Helsby weekend round-up 9th – 10th November 2013

Hi all

Saturday morning saw the 35th Delamere Park Run 5k with Helsby’s Carol Shaw first home for the club and 2nd lady overall and Kevin Smallwood taking the honours for the men as well as a new PB.

32 Carol SHAW 23:18 VW50-54 72.82 % F 2 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:22:22 16  
43 Kevin SMALLWOOD 23:54 VM40-44 57.95 % M 40 Helsby RC New PB! 6  
48 Benjamin John WILLIAMS 24:33 SM35-39 54.04 % M 44 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:22:44 13  
51 Louise MCEVELEY 24:42 VW45-49 65.59 % F 5 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:23:49 14  
74 Alison MEAKIN 26:22 VW55-59 71.55 % F 11 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:25:34 14  
98 Donna GEER 29:25 VW40-44 53.48 % F 24 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:29:16 2  

For full results check here


Saturday noon was the Rhobell Fawr Fell Race near Dollgellau, an out and back 6 miler run with 1900ft ascent. You can follow the wall for easier navigation on the climb up but it’s not necessarily the optimum route, especially coming down. This is a gorgeous area to run and interesting in that it is an extinct volcano. Conditions were muddy underfoot as photos show but a brilliant low key fell race, definitely one to try. Just watch out for the rocks and the wall, yes it is somehow possible not to see a wall when you are running!

9th                    Adair Broughton          1.03.48

For more details, photos or video and map, check out the Meirionnydd website or the Welsh Fell Runners websites as below




Adair at Rhobell taken by Ifs Richards

Adair at Rhobell taken by Ifs Richards

On Remembrance Sunday it was already the third race of the Cross Country season, this time being the Northwest XC at Beacon Park, near Skelmersdale. Well done for a good turnout of 17 Helsby runners. Helsby positions as below, no times recorded. First man home for Helsby with another amazing run was Colin Bishop with Jenny Illidge claiming the honours for the ladies. There were some very notable performances on the day so well done to everyone taking part and to all those offering support.

For Helsby ladies

5th                    Jenny Illidge
                    Rachel Adams
                  Jane Ashbrook
                  Janet Robertson
                  Rachel Arnold
                  Joanne Lacking
th                  Clare-Louise Miller
40th                  Lesley Feakes

And for Helsby men

13th                  Colin Bishop
                 Colin Thompson
                  Roy Gaskill
               Tom DeJong
                Steve Riley 1
                  Dave Feakes
                Paul Foster
                Adrian Jackson
st                Andy Smith

Team Results are also below but please note that we are also teamed with Lymm & Warrington.

Helsby Mens ‘A’ team were 5th and Helsby Mens ‘B’ Team were 4th on the day. Helsby Ladies ‘A’ team were 2nd and Helsby Ladies ‘B’ team showing our current strength in depth were 1st. This meant our combined team were 5th but after two races Helsby Mens ‘A’ team are currently 3rd and Helsby Ladies ‘A’ team are a fantastic joint first! The combined team after two races are third.

For full results and details please see race organisors website at


The next Northwest XC is at Arrowe Park at the later time of 11.30am on Sunday 1st December.

As always if I’ve missed any results for over the weekend please let me know as I can get them updated on the blog.

Keep on running



Helsby weekly round-up 5th – 6th October 2013

Hi all

No midweek runs now so straight on to the first race of the weekend.

Saturday morning was the Delamere Park Run 5k, already race number 31 since it’s inception. Colin Bishop was first Helsby man home and second home overall, showing his blistering form, especially with him taking it easy for Sundays Gin Pit 5 race! Next home for Helsby and 2nd female overall was Carol Shaw. Also on the podium for Helsby was Janet Robertson for 3rd lady overall on the day. There were nine out for Helsby in total and congratulations to Kevin Smallwood for his course PB.

2 Colin BISHOP 18:34 VM50-54 81.42 % M 2 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:17:47 15  
34 Carol SHAW 22:51 VW50-54 74.25 % F 2 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:22:22 14  
39 Mike SEARLE 23:16 VM50-54 63.40 % M 37 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:22:47 5  
41 Janet ROBERTSON 23:24 VW45-49 69.23 % F 3 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:22:36 6  
50 Rachel ARNOLD 24:02 VW50-54 70.60 % F 4 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:23:39 5  
58 Kevin SMALLWOOD 24:25 VM40-44 56.72 % M 52 Helsby RC New PB! 4  
87 David MADDERS 25:52 VM40-44 52.77 % M 76 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:23:15 4  
88 Ivan DAVIES 25:53 SM35-39 51.96 % M 77 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:19:47 4  
127 Ivor JOHNSTONE 30:11 VM45-49 47.32 % M 93 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:28:04 3

It was also the Gin Pit 5 race on Sunday where Colin Bishop doing the double over the weekend had a fantastic run for 9th overall and 1st in his age category.

9th                     Colin Bishop                 28.53 (1st v50)


Sunday was the Chester Marathon, and a warm day for running by all accounts. I know Roy Gaskill was very inspired marshalling at mile 14 when the Helsby runners ran past him and thought it was well worth it helping out and he would like to say well done to everyone.

(Please let me know if i’ve missed anyone or they want any more information adding on the blog). Photos below are courtesy of Dave Madders.

Awesome times from the Helsby contingent as you can see below!

546th                 Gareth Boyd                 3.29.53
599th                 Ivan Davies                   3.33.27
886th                 Joanne Lacking             3.44.57
1456th                Tom DeJong                 4.03.43

For full details on the marathon see the official website


Provisional results here


Sign of the Times

Sign of the Times

Ivan, flying!

Ivan, flying!

Tom gives his all

Tom gives his all









This weekend also saw Ben Williams running in the Basington Half. I’ve received a race report from Ben as below

“Just to report that I ran the Basingstoke Half Marathon today. Chip time was 01:55;37, (580th position) about a minute slower than my PB but it was very hot and also hillier than I expected (982 ft of climb). My Garmin recorded 13.22 miles, but a lot of the extra would have been zigzagging around to stay in the shade.

It’s a well organised small race (1323 finishers), through some very scenic countryside, but with several nasty hills. As a bonus, the last three miles is all downhill.

Spectator quote of the day – to me, loudly “Come on Helsby”… then to her mate, quietly “where’s Helsby?” Thanks for the race report Ben, and if anyone else would like to share their thoughts on events they do please let me know as it’s always more interesting reading what others have been upto!

For full results see here http://www.chiptiminguk.co.uk/ps/results/Basingstoke%20Half%20Marathon/27415


Please don’t forget all members and their partners are invited to Chris Hatton’s Retirement Party at Helsby Club on Saturday 26th October 7.30pm

Keep on running