Helsby weekly round-up 2nd – 6th July 2014

Hi all

Wednesday 2nd July was the Birchwood Ladies 5k. 8 Helsby ladies were out on the night led home by Jane Ashbrook for 9th overall in 20.53. Well done to those ladies running for Helsby for the first time.

9th         Jane Ashbrook                          20.53
11th       Laura Baynham-Hughes         21.22
14th       Louise Spruce                           21.27
20th       Janet Robertson                        22.11
34th       Jackie Keasley                          24.11
68th       Shan Kay McCarthy                   26.39
100th     Alison Butler                             30.29
116th     Emma Barnes                           33.21
129th     Michelle Cully                            36.04

Full results available here


Thursday 3rd July was the 2nd Deeside Multi-Terrain Race of the season with a good turnout for Helsby with 7 green vests out on the night. Derek Morris took the honours for first Helsby home.

8th         Derek Morris                 29.03
9th         Jim O’Hara                    29.18
11th       James Hughes              29.41
12th       Paul Frodsham              29.43
24th       Tom DeJong                 31.42
25th       Gary O’Connor              32.40
38th       Adrian Jackson             35.00

Full results available as below


Can find no results for Delamere Park 5k this weekend but Colin Bishop stormed round the Warrington Park Run on Saturday 5th July for 1st overall.

1 Colin BISHOP 17:35 VM50-54 86.64 % M 1 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:17:24 31


Moel Siabod also on Saturday 5th July was our 5th Fell Counter of the season as well as a race in the North Wales Series. There were 10 Helsby out to take on one of the best single mountain challenges in Snowdonia. Jim O’Hara had a fantastic race for 13th overall and first in for Helsby with Janet Robertson first Helsby lady home.

13th       Jim O’Hara                    55.28
52nd       Phillip Roberts              68.03
53rd       Dave Feakes                 68.24
55th       Phil Gillard                    68.53
58th       Mario Foschi                 69.56
60th       Tom DeJong                 70.30
77th       Adrian Jackson             74.43
92nd       Paul Foster                   78.01
98th       Janet Robertson            82.08
101st     Rachel Arnold               82.58

Results are out on the Welsh Fell Runners website


The Fairy Freckled Cow Race in Denbigshire was on Sunday 6th July. Please find race report from Ben Williams below

“I’ve just come back from running the Fairy Freckled Cow trail race, around the Alwen Reservoir in Denbighshire. It’s a nice low-key race, about 6.75 miles mainly on stony paths and forest roads. It’s undulating, but with one big climb that has most people (including me) walking. A downpour about ten minutes in turned the paper numbers to mush, and I had to carry the remains of mine by hand for the rest of the distance… Paper numbers apart, the organisation was good with plenty of friendly marshals and a water stop halfway.

The turnout was a lot less than last year, maybe it wasn’t a club counter for anyone this year. The only big club turnouts were the locals – Denbigh, Abergele and Prestatyn.

The results aren’t online yet, but I finished within five seconds of last year’s time by my watch, so at least I’m consistent! (57 min 48 secs)”

Full race results should appear here soon


Sunday was also the Lakeland Trails Coniston Half Marathon Challenge. Please find race report from Tim Palmer below

“I did the Lakeland Trails Coniston Half Marathon Challenge on Sunday. This is a trail half marathon starting and finishing at Coniston in the Lake District. The vast majority is off road; mainly on gravel tracks and the scenery is terrific. As it is the Lake District, there is a significant amount of climb at 385m (1265 ft) and between mile 9 and mile 10, there is a fast steep descent which loses all this height gain and virtually no climb in the remaining distance. The weather was much better than forecast (sunshine; no rain) so I slightly regretted my decision not to carry water. Overall, it was an enjoyable race with some excellent scenery. I finished 12th overall in 1:47:38 (and when you compare times with faster

Lakeland Trails Coniston Half Marathon Race which started an hour later on the same course, I am 47th overall in the combined results)”

10th          Tim Palmer              1.47.38

For more information please see


or for full results


Also on Sunday was another fantastic run by Colin Bishop in the Lymm Festival Trail 10k where he was a very impressive 2nd place overall in 36.10

2nd          Colin Bishop            36.10

Results below


and photos of the day




Hope I’ve not missed any results, if so just let me know and I can update the blog accordingly and thanks to those out in support for the races.

Keep on running


Note from Jackie regarding Four Villages below

Planning has already started for the Four Villages, how time flies!  There will be a kick-off meeting in the clubhouse after our club on Wed 9th July, 8:30. Chip balms provided to sustain us.


Helsby weekly round-up 4th – 9th Sept 2012

Hi all

Where do I begin? Well there’s only one answer isn’t there! It has to be Chris Baynham-Hughes completing the Dragons Back Race which is one of the phenomenal achievements of a lifetime for Chris, oh apart from completing a brilliant Bob Graham earlier in the year! Thankfully It’s been well noted by people at the club offering support via email and donations, talking about it on training runs and track, following Chris each day online etc so there is not much else I can add in this instance, and we now know how tough Chris is after his recent email regarding the race so all I can say is what a fantastic effort and more details for those interested here


With a few less miles to worry about than Chris Tuesday night saw the start of the Wirral Multi-terrain Series at Royden Park, Frankby. Results state 4.69 miles in distance. It was a pleasant night which meant numbers were increased from last year, nearly 275 runners in total. Thanks to Bill and Jayne on the course offering support and for Jayne sorting out money and positions at the end too.

Results are available from Steve Saunders website here


Helsby positions and times as follows and I’ve included age group positions too, as there are prizes for top three in each age category. Team results are included in the official results on the website above.

6th        Adair Broughton          28.56 (2nd)
61st      Ed Halliwell                 33.21 (18th)
98th      Roy Gaskill                 35.35 (15th)
120th    Adrian Jackson           37.04 (14th)
127th    Geoff Shaw                37.40 (10th)
136th    Albert Berry                 38.35 (6th)

24th      Vanessa Griffiths        39.04 (3rd)
25th      Janet Robertson         39.08 (4th)
40th      Nesta Hawker             42.21 (8th)
42nd     Jackie Keasley           42.35 (3rd)
64th      Janet Shaw                 45.39 (8th)
67th      Betty Grieve                46.33 (9th)

Link to some photos by Bill here https://picasaweb.google.com/jackieoutandabout/2012SeptRoydenParkWirralMT?authkey=Gv1sRgCO_D-qSspcb6Ug&feat=email#

Next race is Tuesday 10th September, also 7.00pm and at the Wirral Country Park, Thurstaston. Great atmosphere and races to be part of, best 3 of 4 count and still 3 races to go so doesn’t matter if you have missed one. £1 a race too, proper bargain.

Following on from Tuesday’s multi-terrain, Friday was the last in the Deestriders Summer MT league. Jayne consolidated her recent wins with an emphatic victory, cheered in by special guests Tom and Adrian and with Joe and Mario in support too. Joe now has some vocal competition with Adrian on the course! Great if you are a Helsby runner as we all know.  Prize giving followed the race and in between plates of chips Jayne picked up a tidy trophy so hopefully a photo of that will follow shortly for the blog. Great runs too for Jimmy (who once again biked here, he’ll be the fittest guy in Helsby soon and with Ivan Davies and David Madders out with the green vest it was a good night for Helsby. (Worth thinking about this series for next year everyone.)

Results of all four races here: http://www.deestridersrunningclub.net/results/offroad2012.aspx

4th        Adair Broughton          30.55
9th        Jim O’Hara                 32.49
20th      Jayne Joy                   34.24
23rd      Ivan Davies                 34.40
36th        David Madders           39.14

Running Friday obviously had no effect on some. Sunday was our 10th club counter, the Lake Vyrnwy half marathon. Jayne Joy took four minutes or so from her PB to now join the sub 90 category for 5th lady. Jane Ashbrook had a fantastic race too for a 3rd place category win. Joe picked up the prizes. Also out on course with Joe and Mario supporting were Charlie and Chris and Janet Shaw. Well ran everyone.

34th      Adair Broughton          1.19.05
81st      Ian Landucci               1.25.32
114th    Jayne Joy                   1.27.48
152nd   Jane Ashbrook            1.31.26
244th    Gareth Boyd               1.36.54
318th    Geoff Shaw                1.40.44
398th    Carol Shaw                 1.44.54

Hopefully there will be some photos of the day at Mick Hall’s website http://www.mickhall-photos.com/mp_client/pictures.asp?action=viewphotos&eventid=103799

Also at the weekend was the half marathon at Warrington http://www.english-half.co.uk/ Results here and well done to Tony for such a strong run http://www.winningtimeuk.com/index.php?page=results

193rd           Tony Gavin             1.39.30

Sunday was the Salford 10k with results as below


Ivan had another great run (after running Friday to), knocking on the door of 40 minutes as well as Dave Madders also well up the field.

75th      Ivan Davies                 40.54
189th    David Madders           45.22

Sorry if the race reports are a little short but lots going on this week. It’s great to see how well everyone is running.

Lots coming up too, this Saturday is the Open to Offas LDTR event, 30 mile with some climb (Chris might do it before breakfast), email for more info

Sunday is the local Sutton Six 10k organised by West Cheshire, which is our 11th club counter, so if you are looking to do a final 10k this year or want to pick up some club counter road points that’s the one to do.

Apologies if I’ve missed anyone or any events, last few track sessions remaining, so be at Helsby High School 6.30pm tonight for a little speed work.