Helsby weekly round-up 6th – 12th August 2014


Pie and Peas on Wednesday 6th August was our 10th road counter of the season and thirty Helsby vests ensured a sea of green for the supporters on the night. What an awesome turnout for the club. Well done to Colin Bishop, Colin Thompson and Carol Shaw who were all age category winners on the night and to Max Wainwright who won first unattached but is now a Helsby runner! Looks like there is even more excellent competition within the club. Colin Bishop was first man home for Helsby and Joanne was first lady. Well done to all who ran and have a look at the team photo for some nice poses! Also, as Jackie told me “Special mention to Paul Bulmer who ran around with his guide runner plus Jane A in a brilliant 55min on a fairly tricky course for Paul.”

6th           Colin Bishop                       28.26
8th           Colin Thompson               29.08
13th         Max Wainwright               30.00
25th         James Higgins                    32.08
33rd        Tom DeJong                       33.02
37th         Roy Gaskill                          33.27
44th         Phillip Roberts                   33.37
46th         Adam Gordon                   33.46
62nd        Ian Landucci                       34.52
72nd        Adrian Jackson                  35.40
90th         Joanne Lacking                  36.25
102nd      Stephen Wiggins              37.04
111th      Alex Fitzmaurice               37.32
112th      Tim Igoe                               37.42
113th      John Thompson                37.43
115th      Carl Pratt                             37.44
116th      David Hilton                        37.52
120th      Jim Jones                             38.05
128th      Vanessa Griffiths             38.39
135th      Carol Shaw                          38.58
143rd      Mike Searle                        39.41
160th      Jackie Keasley                   41.35
163rd      Chris Igoe                            41.42
180th      Graham Lloyd                    43.14
224th      Mike McShane                  46.28
234th      Jenny Palmer                     47.37
244th      Emma Barnes                    51.08
248th      Alison Butler                      52.45
255th      Jane Ashbrook                  55.12
256th      Paul Bulmer                        55.12

Prize winners for the Pie and Peas


and full results


We run for Pie

We run for Pie

Paul Bulmer & Jane

Ponderosa Fell Race in North Wales also on Wednesday saw two Helsby out.

7th           Jim O’Hara                          28.56
69th         Rachel Arnold                    40.21

On Thursday night it was the third race in the Deestriders series. No results as yet but they should appear here shortly


Delamere Park Run Number 72 on Saturday 9th August saw nine out for Helsby with Colin Bishop getting even faster for a new course PB and the nailed on win. Max Wainwright is certainly one to watch hitting a podium on his first attempt for 3rd overall. Vanessa was first Helsby lady home. Great work from Dave Madders and Emma Barnes saw two new course PB’s on the day.

1 Colin BISHOP 17:23 VM50-54 87.63 % M 1 Helsby RC New PB! 36
3 Max WAINWRIGHT 18:04 SM25-29 71.40 % M 3 Helsby RC First Timer! 1
8 Ivan DAVIES 19:32 VM35-39 69.37 % M 8 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:19:32 15
24 David MADDERS 20:57 VM40-44 65.63 % M 24 Helsby RC New PB! 17
47 Vanessa GRIFFITHS 22:27 VW45-49 73.79 % F 3 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:21:49 7
154 Emma BARNES 29:29 VW35-39 51.55 % F 30 Helsby RC New PB! 8
170 Jane ASHBROOK 30:52 VW35-39 49.03 % F 36 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:21:53 27
181 Paul BULMER 32:02 VM55-59 47.97 % M 137 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:28:33 16
182 Carol SHAW 32:25 VW50-54 53.01 % F 45 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:22:22 21

Full results


Warrington Park Run 5k race number 29 saw Men’s Captain Colin Thompson secure success for the number 1 spot on the day. Excellent stuff.

1 Colin THOMPSON 18:12 VM35-39 72.44 % M 1 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:17:43 42

Full results


Sunday 10th August saw the ‘Welcome Tavern 10k’ in Preston. Colin Thompson who was a fantastic 2nd states this was “an undulating multi-terrain course starting and finishing at the Welcome Tavern pub. Nice low key event with brilliant organisation and great commemorative medal at the finish” Tom DeJong ran well for 15th overall.

2nd          Colin Thompson                               36.49
15th         Tom DeJong                                       42.27

Saturday also saw two different Tours of Bradwell, Jim O’Hara in the half tour and Andy in the full tour. Some words from Andy below

“Jim & I were both running at Bradwell in the Peak District on Saturday, Jim in the Half Tour of Bradwell, me in the Full Tour.  Jim came 6th, I was 41st.  Race website & results are here, and the photos can be found via my Runfurther website here.”

Full link to results


Sunday saw Jim Jones at the Lowther Lakeland Trail and in Jim’s words “Its a great 13 mile route and the Lowther Show is a brilliant day out. Shame about the rain today with the regards the show. However, the conditions were near ideal for the duration of the race with light rain throughout. This is one that I’ll be putting in my diary for next year.

Think I finished 39th in 1:56 (Garmin time) http://connect.garmin.com/activity/562127949 Results should appear here:  http://www.lowthershow.co.uk/what-s-on/lowther-trail-run

In other news

This Saturday is the Darwen Gala and Memorial Race, information sent from Paul via email previously http://darwenrunning.weebly.com/darwen-gala-new.html “The Darwen Gala fell race has been renamed this year in memory of my sister in law and Jamie Dowdall’s wife Catherine. Jamie runs with the Darwen Dashers but often trains with Helsby through the winter. The race is good for all runners, hills are runnable, up to Darwen tower along the moors then back, race is 4.7 miles and is about a mile longer than previous years which makes this a better race and finishes with a free beer. Darwen Gala also forms part of the the day, so bring yourself or all the family for a great fun filled day.”

Don’t forget it’s the brilliant Robbie Wobbler on Wednesday 20th August, the club organised hill event of the season with ascent, descent, trail, woods, charm and cake.

Wednesday 20th August @ 7pm, parking at Forest Hills, Frodsham, WA6 6HH.  registration from 6:15pm

If you can’t run and would like to help then Chris could always do with some marshals or a photographer so drop him a line at TheWobbler@baynham-hughes.com This is a fantastic event and will be once again with the enthusiasm and dedication of Helsby members. It’s events like this that have helped the tremendous growth of the club and with Chris’s hard work we can make things a little less stressful by lending him a hand.

For those not fancying the hills there is also the Ellesmere Port 5k on the same night which is dedicated to a local runner who died far too young, an event I’ll be running or marshalling at as required as Neil was a friend of mine. Details and entry as below


as always if I’ve missed anything then let me know. I’ll try and keep the blog updated with results not yet published.

Keep on running


Helsby weekend round-up 1st – 2nd March 2014

Hi all

It was the 51st Delamere Park Run on Saturday 1st March and it was a Feakes double taking the honours for first club members home. Well done to Dave and Lesley.

45 David FEAKES 23:31 VM50-54 63.71 % M 45 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:21:37 17  
91 Lesley FEAKES 26:14 VW45-49 63.15 % F 8 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:24:15 20  
113 Louise MCEVELEY 27:17 VW45-49 59.99 % F 17 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:23:49 28  
156 Jane ASHBROOK 30:07 VW35-39 50.25 % F 38 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:21:53 20  
174 Paul BULMER 31:40 VM55-59 48.53 % M 126 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:28:33 8  
175 Claire MORTON 31:56 VW50-54 55.22 % F 49 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:27:52 4  

Latest results here http://www.parkrun.org.uk/delamere/results/latestresults/

The Pipe dream Fell race on Saturday saw Jim Jones into a top 50 placing on this tough up and downer in Dolgarrog. Jim’s race report is below.

“I did the Pipe Dream fell race in Dolgarrog on Saturday. The weather turned out well with it being a bright cool morning but it was still wet and muddy underfoot throughout the race. It was the first time I’d done this race and I’d heard a lot about the steep ascent up the steps right after the start. However, there was a route change this year on account of some major works being undertaken on the pipe. So we set off on a very steep zig zag climb through the woods to the left of the pipe and rejoined the pipe after about 0.8 of a mile. We then followed the pipe along the top to then what seemed a mad dash back down to Dolgarrog.

The descent was a real mixed bag and technically challenging. There really did seem to be a bit of everything from grassy tussocks, woodland with a stream-bed and plenty of rocks and roots to negotiate, to metalled road, and even a construction site! (which I understand was a further temporary deviation in the route this year). Again, being a newcomer to fell running, the descent was where I lost a lot of time. But at least I now know where to cut the corners next year, as there was some scope to choose your route.

Eryri, who host the race, are inviting feedback on their blog as to whether to keep the zig zag climb instead of the steps for next year.”

44th                   Jim Jones                     57.10

Pipe Dream Report and Results


A Bowland runners report


Saturday also saw the Carding Mill Canter with three from Helsby heading to the valley to challenge the best Mercia have to offer. Jimmy kindly obliged to put Helsby on the map with a superb top ten finish with great runs from Chris and Phil also on what was a gorgeous day to be out on the hills.

7th                     Jim o’Hara                                48.27
22nd                   Chris Baynham-Hughes           51.19
76th                   Phil Gillard                                62.01

Full results here http://www.merciafellrunners.org.uk/node/2451

Other details here http://www.merciafellrunners.org.uk/node/237

Sunday 2nd March saw 247 runners out for Race 4 of the Border League season with 17 of these being Helsby green vests. This was a lapped race round upper Birkenhead Park and the good turnout for Helsby saw Helsby ladies in a fantastic 3rd place in Division 1 which also saw Helsby men’s team 3rd in Division 2. Colin Bishop was first man home for Helsby as well as 1st in his age category. Vanessa Griffiths in one of the performances of the day secured 2nd place in her age category.

Thanks to Joe, Mario and Jayne and also to those on the day offering support and organising the tokens.

Helsby positions and times as follows.




















Vanessa Griffiths





















Nesta Hawker











Full results here http://www.bordersleague.org.uk/

Please also find some information from Louise regarding the new Thursday night sessions.

“Hi all

Col and I went to try Chris Baynham-Hughes and Roy Gaskill’s session this evening at Phoenix Park.

I found it to be a very enjoyable and varied session with a wide range of activities that had been carefully thought about to improve overall running fitness.

The activities were suitable for myself and Colin despite the difference in pace and ability.

The park was very quiet, had plenty of lighting and the pathyways made it perfect for running in colder/rainier weather.

I would highly recommend!

Lou & Colin”

As always, keep on running


Helsby Festive round-up Christmas 2013

Hi all

Hope the Christmas festivities have been good to everyone.

There has already been a couple of Delamere Park runs since the last round-up email, not least one on Christmas day! Well done to Colin Bishop for his podium place and to Janet leading the Helsby ladies home. Special congratulations also to Stephen Wiggins securing a PB so soon after his last one.

3 Colin BISHOP 18:16 VM50-54 83.39 % M 3 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:17:47 19  
15 Stephen WIGGINS 21:58 SM20-24 59.33 % M 13 Helsby RC New PB! 15  
18 David MADDERS 22:16 VM40-44 61.30 % M 16 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:21:29 9  
25 Janet ROBERTSON 23:00 VW45-49 70.43 % F 4 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:22:36 10  
41 Jackie KEASLEY 24:39 VW55-59 72.48 % F 9 Helsby RC First Timer! 1  
47 Louise MCEVELEY 25:07 VW45-49 64.50 % F 12 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:23:49 21  
62 Jo FARWELL 26:55 VW40-44 58.02 % F 17 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:25:22 11  
64 Ian HILDITCH 26:57 VM70-74 67.10 % M 47 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:25:21 18  


Saturdays park run saw Gareth Boyd first in for Helsby with Janet Robertson once again first lady home.

22 Gareth BOYD 20:55 VM40-44 65.74 % M 22 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:19:08 9  
35 David MADDERS 21:54 VM40-44 62.33 % M 34 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:21:29 9  
46 David FEAKES 22:33 VM50-54 65.93 % M 45 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:21:37 14  
47 Janet ROBERTSON 22:41 VW45-49 71.42 % F 2 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:22:36 10  
48 Stephen WIGGINS 22:49 SM20-24 57.12 % M 46 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:21:58 15  
102 Lesley FEAKES 26:02 VW45-49 63.64 % F 19 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:24:15 16  
120 Ian HILDITCH 27:30 VM70-74 65.76 % M 95 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:25:21 18  
146 Ivor JOHNSTONE 29:58 VM45-49 47.66 % M 105 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:28:04 6  
150 Claire MORTON 30:23 VW50-54 58.04 % F 44 Helsby RC First Timer! 1  
153 Paul BULMER 30:27 VM55-59 50.47 % M 109 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:28:33 4  
154 Louise MCEVELEY 30:28 VW45-49 53.17 % F 45 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:23:49 21  



For full results please see the link below


Boxing day saw the Round the Walls race take place in Chester, albeit without the walls due to an icy start to the day. Runners in their new Christmas trainers were treated to a two lap figure of eight muddy loop within the roodee racecourse.

It was a good showing for some of Helsby’s best runners with Colin Bishop, Jayne Joy and Geoff and Janet Shaw on good form…..Maybe it will entice Geoff to try some cross country races ! Colin and Jayne were both prize winners with Colin even beating local fell running legend Jezz Brown. It was also an interesting race to support due to all the familiar faces and to the naked gladiators and Father Christmas trying to run off all the mince pies and sherry he’s been indulgent with. Thanks also to Jane out on the course in support.

15th                         Colin Bishop       19.53
30th                         Jayne Joy             21.09
193rd                      Geoff Shaw        26.43
338th                      Janet Shaw         31.35

For full results please see below


Race 5 of the Northwest XC league was the 2nd event this year at the Stadt Moers course held on Sunday 30th December. Numbers were down from other races this season in this league, obviously due to the festive period but performances were as good as ever. Positions only available.

7th                           Colin Bishop
11th                         Colin Thompson
54th                         Chris Fitzpatrick
56th                         Roy Gaskill
83rd                        Gareth Boyd
90th                         Tom deJong
101st                       Stephen Wiggins
106th                      Paul Foster

6th                           Jenny Illidge
17th                         Rachel Arnold
19th                         Vanessa Griffiths
34th                         Jackie Keasley

This placed Helsby Men’s team 4th on the day and Helsby ladies 3rd. Overall Helsby men now stand in 4th and Helsby ladies 2nd. Well done to everyone and to Joe and Jane and others offering their support on the day.

And i’ve had no other information received but if anyone has any other results or events they’ve done as always let me know and enjoy your New Years Eve whatever you might be upto.

Keep on running



Helsby weekend round-up 14th – 15th December 2013

Hi all

Just two events this weekend as far as I am aware.

Saturday 14th December saw the 40th Delamere Park run with a great run from Ivan to see him home first for Helsby and 8th place overall. Louise was first Helsby lady home.

8 Ivan DAVIES 19:49 SM35-39 67.87 % M 7 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:19:47 9  
23 Stephen WIGGINS 22:18 SM20-24 58.45 % M 22 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:22:14 12  
44 Louise MCEVELEY 24:57 VW45-49 64.93 % F 3 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:23:49 18  
54 Lesley FEAKES 25:43 VW45-49 64.42 % F 7 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:24:15 15  
59 Benjamin John WILLIAMS 26:00 SM35-39 51.03 % M 51 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:22:44 16  
111 Jane ASHBROOK 36:05 VW35-39 41.94 % F 34 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:21:53 18  

For full results http://www.parkrun.org.uk/delamere/results/latestresults/

Obviously this week’s main event was the culmination of lots of hard work by Vanessa and Adrian to allow Helsby to host the Border League at Wigg Island Community Park near Runcorn. Some great performances once again from the 24 Helsby runners who were led round the course by in form Colin Thompson and Jane Ashbrook. Well done to Louise, Stephen, Ben and Jane for the weekend double.

22nd                 Colin Thompson                      32.02
                  Roy Gaskill                             35.52
                Tom DeJong                           37.03
                Dave Madders                         38.35
                Jane Ashbrook                        38.43
                David Feakes                          39.01
                Steve Riley                             39.24
                Joanne Lacking                      40.07
                Mike Searle                             40.19
nd               Laura Baynham-Hughes        40.23
183rd                Carol Shaw                             40.29
                Stephen Wiggins                     40.30
                Gareth Boyd                           40.31
                Paul Foster                              40.38
                Geoff Shaw                            40.50
th                Jenny Illidge                            40.53
218th                Claire-Louise Miller                 41.58
                Ben Williams                           42.12
                Helen Owens                          42.42
                Louise McEverley                   43.30
                Chris Hatton                            45.25
                Jo Farwell                               47.00
                Betty Grieve                            48.19
th                Janet Shaw                             49.56 (3rd in age cat)

Overall this led Helsby ladies to 4th in Division 1 and Helsby men to 6th in Division 2.

Well done once again to all who ran.

For full results please see the link below


For anyone interested an article on running from the BBC


Good luck to all who compete in Wednesday’s club handicap. Have fun!

Not sure of any other events at the weekend but as always if I’ve missed anyone off then please let me know so I can keep the blog updated

Keep on running