Birchwood north west xc race 6 results

Hi all

Please find attached the ‘belated’ results for the 6th and final race of the North West Cross Country League which was held at Birchwood 5th March 2011. Helsby positions as follows.

9th Adair Broughton
47th Steve Riley
51st Phil Gillard
54th Gareth Boyd
58th Andy Smith

7th Janet Robertson
12th Rachel Arnold

Full Results can be found on Steve Saunders website here:

Just a reminder that the Thurstaston Summer Multi-terrain Challenge takes place on the 10th May details can be found at under Multi-terrain. This is a great event taking in roughly six miles of the Wirral Country Park with varied terrain of beach, trail and woodland.




North west cross country race 5 results – walton park

Please find attached the results for Race 5 of the Northwest Cross Country. Helsby positions as follows

29th Jim Savage
52nd Andy Smith

8th Janet Robertson

Well done to those taking part. Please find a link to a full copy of race results @


Town park xc

This Sunday (16 Jan), Runcorn Town Park for a 10am start. Parking at Brookvale Leisure Centre, Barnfield Avenue, with a short stroll to the start. About a 4.5 mile course with tea snd sandwiches afterwards! Get in.

L&D xc entries


Hi all – If anyone would like to participate in the above XC race then please contact Adair, email with Name and DOB and Category only.

I have been asked to send the entries off ASAP so please let me know by Friday 28th January if you wish to run. Any other questions just ask


Cheshire xc championships

Well done to everybody who took part in the Cheshire Championships XC at the weekend.

It was a muddy course, designed by Julian from Spectrum, with zig-zag funnels through puddles and some disappearing and reappearing logs to jump over and many small hills to climb, on the multi-lap course at Birchwood Forest Park.

It was four laps for the senior ladies and five for the men. Full result, although provisional for now can be found here

So it is with great delight I can inform you that our ladies vets secured 2nd place overall! (Jane, Janet and Rachel). Be sure to congratulate them.

Brilliant running from Janet Robertson saw her secure first place V40 and Jackie Keasley following strongly behind was 3rd V50. Well done.

Ladies positions as follows:

14th JANE ASHBROOK              41:56

20th JANET ROBERTSON         43:53

25th RACHEL ARNOLD              46:31

32nd JACKIE KEASLEY                49:37

Mens positions as follows:

26th ADAIR BROUGHTON       45:37

72nd STEVE RILEY                        51:28

106th PHIL GILLARD                    57:49

115th ANDY SMITH                      1:00:12

Thanks also to Ian Landucci for turning up but suffered an injury mid race and to Joe for his usual and brilliant support on course.

Edit: Mick Charman, formerly of this parish, was there with camera. Pictures starting to appear here: More to come…

XC Results Northwest League @ Clarke Gardens

Hi – Please find attached results for the 2nd XC of the season, last Sunday’s Northwest Cross Country at Clarke Gardens. Four Helsby runners turned out and positions below.

11th Adair Broughton

32nd Ian Landucci

66th Steve Riley

102nd Andy Smith

This unfortunately put us in last place of the men’s league. No ladies turned out so no team score there. Full results here

Courtesy of Mick Charman and Dave Pinnington, some photos of the event

Plenty more XC’s left in the season if anyone would like to participate, great runs and free! A quick reminder for anyone wishing to do the Sefton Park Cross Country, as it is a chip timed event I’ll need names, DOB and category by the end of this week.

Best, Adair

Winter race series

Hopefully you’ll have seen Andy’s email on the winter Border’s League and Cross Country series. The dates are now up on the menu over there on the right hand side and there’s a reminder below.

Both of these are good sets of events and a good opportunity to keep yourself fit over the winter without those nasty expensive entry fees!


  1. Sunday 24th October Caernavon 11am
  2. Sunday 14th November Ellesmere Port 11am
  3. Sunday 12th December Wirral 11am
  4. Sunday 13th February West Cheshire 11am
  5. Sunday 13th March Mold 11am
  6. Sunday 27th March Deeside 11am
  7. Wednesday 27th April Wrexham 7pm

Cross country

  1. Saturday 30th October, Arrowe Park 2pm (Liverpool & District)
  2. Sunday 31st October, Clarke Gardens 10am (Sunday League)
  3. Saturday 27th November, Sefton Park TBC (Liverpool & District)
  4. Sunday 5th December, Arrowe Park 11:30am (Sunday League)
  5. Saturday 11th December, Beacon Park 2pm (Liverpool & District)
  6. Saturday 8th January, Birchwood TBC (Cheshire Champs)
  7. Sunday 16th January, Runcorn Town Park 10am (Sunday League)
  8. Sunday 6th February, Clarke Gardens 11am (L&D Champs)
  9. Saturday 19th February, Alton Towers TBC (National Champs)
  10. Sunday 27th February, Walton Park 10am (Sunday League)
  11. Sunday 6th March, Birchwood 10am (Sunday League)


Runcorn Town Park xc – Sunday 7th March

Rescheduled from January, when it fell foul of the snowy weather. Usual venue in Runcorn Town Park, organised by Warrington Road Runners. Map and directions of the course (PDF).

Stop Press: Helsby fields full XC team! Yesterday saw 6 adult males with nothing better to do than run around in the grass and mud of Runcorn’s Town Park. Well done to everyone for turning out, on what was actually quite a tough race for its modest distance. Thankfully devoid of long dull sections, there was always something to keep your interest. Sometimes it was a bit too interesting, as the small crowd gathered at the top of the ski slope will attest, witnessing the procession of runners slow to almost a grovel!

The rescheduling and subsequent clash with one or two other events, meant the overall turnout was down, so it was all the more gratifying to get a full team out. Adair Broughton, Steve Riley, Andy Robinson, Roy Tunstall, Chris Hatton and Andy Smith all seemed to enjoy themselves. Full results might be a little while yet. Let’s not forget the 7th man Joe, present  again in full voice. I for one was encouraged in the final stretch to try for a couple of extra positions by his vocal support, at a point when I was otherwise settled in for the finish.

Superb conditions for running: a still morning with plenty of sunshine, contrasted nicely with those stretches yet to see any warmth, still covered in frost.


PS That’s All Folks! Cross country season is OVER. Those with a taste for dirt and hills will have to look elsewhere, as the fell season starts to get into gear. See you on the hill!

Birchwood xc

Thanks to Spectrum for putting on an excellent race yesterday up at Birchwood, Warrington. Opening the curtains on Sunday to a fresh dump of snow put a seed of doubt in place over the run going ahead. Shouldn’t have worried, the race was on and the snow only added to the fun. As did the Icey Puddle of Doom (a trench of mud and slush, barely above freezing point). Still at least we only run through it 4 times. After a good half lap of running the feeling came back into my toes ….just in time for the Slippery Banks of Dread, a set of steep rollers with no other purpose than to sap your leg strength.

Good runs from Ian, Steve and Andy S completed the Helsby turn-out. Really you’d be mad to not try a cross-country at least once in your running career.

…luckily for you it’s not too late. Normally Birchwood closes the season, but this year we’ve got a bonus event on 7th March with the rescheduled Runcorn Town Park. Again a good course. Have a go!

Pic from Mick Charman‘s set on the Spectrum site.

Cheshire XC Championship 13th Feb 10

Hi all

For full results please see the following link from the Cheshire AA website

4 Helsby runners made the start line and very well done to Roy Tunstall who took home the shiny gold medal for his age category!

Conditions were ideal for running but maybe a little cold for watching. The ground wasn’t as muddy as expected with some people using trainers instead of spikes. A very enjoyable afternoon out. Hopefully a link to some photographs will follow. Positions of Helsby runners as below.

37th Adair Broughton 42.13
65th Ian Landucci 46.31
102nd Roy Tunstall 56.04
104th Andy Smith 57.58

Please note the next xc is the spectrum organised North West Series at Birchwood Forest Park on Sunday 21st Feb 11.00am.