Helsby weekly round-up 9th – 14th September 2014

Hello all

Final results (Race 4) are now out for the Deeside Multi-terrain series, a Friday night on 5th September. Two out for Helsby. There should also be results available for the final placing of the series but they are yet to go online.

11th         Derek Morris                                     30.04
32nd        Jim Jones                                             34.53


It was race 2 of the Wirral Multi-terrain series, a trail and beach run near Wallasey on Tuesday 9th September which had 340 runners out in total. Was it the nice weather or the beach that attracted so many? Colin Thompson looked good for a top ten to be first Helsby male home and Joanne Lacking showing her good form for first Helsby lady home.

9th           Colin Thompson                               24.49
61st         Tom DeJong                                       27.27
76th         Adam Gordon                                   28.02
111th      Tim Igoe                                               30.05
129th      Jim Jones                                             30.37
168th      Geoff Shaw                                        32.59
170th      Stephen Wiggins                              33.09
21st         Jo Lacking                                            31.17
30th         Vanessa Griffiths                             31.48
49th         Helen Owens                                     34.04
51st         Carol Shaw                                          34.17
76th         Jackie Keasley                                   36.58

Helsby Mens ‘A’ Team (first 5 runners) were 15th on the night, and ‘B’ team were 43rd. Helsby ladies ‘A’ team (first 3 runners) were 11th on the night and ‘B’ team were 25th. Great effort everyone.

Special mention goes to Carol Shaw who is currently in 2nd place for her age category after the first two races.

Race organisor states next Race Tuesday 16th September starts at 18:30 at the bottom of Station Road, Thurstaston. Please ask all runners to park sensible and see you Tuesday.

Full Results and current team standings can also be found at www.stevesaunders.co.uk

Delamere Park run 5k number 77 was on Saturday 13th September with Ed Halliwell in fine fettle taking the green vest honours. Jane Ashbrook was first Helsby lady home. Well done to Alfie, Jim and Jane who combined for a trio of PB’s for the course. Well done to the nine Helsby runners.

14 Edward HALLIWELL 20:00 VM40-44 68.75 % M 13 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:19:58 6
21 Alfie GRADY 20:42 JM15-17 65.22 % M 20 Helsby RC New PB! 26
25 Jim JONES 21:14 VM45-49 68.92 % M 24 Helsby RC New PB! 17
34 Jane ASHBROOK 21:49 VW35-39 69.67 % F 4 Helsby RC New PB! 28
100 Jackie KEASLEY 25:33 VW55-59 70.84 % F 16 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:24:39 5
158 Louise MCEVELEY 30:30 VW45-49 53.66 % F 38 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:23:47 43
159 Stephen WIGGINS 30:31 SM20-24 42.44 % M 121 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:21:58 27
160 Paul BULMER 30:44 VM55-59 50.00 % M 122 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:28:33 18
209 Ivor JOHNSTONE 39:33 VM45-49 36.41 % M 139 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:28:04 14

Full Results


Colin Thompson was the only Helsby runner at the Warrington Park Run number 34 but he certainly made it count with a sub 18 minute run for 1st overall.

1 Colin THOMPSON 17:55 VM35-39 73.58 % M 1 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:17:43 45

Full Results


It was the Peris horseshoe and half on Saturday with two intrepid adventurers in Tim Palmer and Jim O’Hara nailing one of each. Tim’s excellent race report below.

The Peris Horseshoe (Ras Pedol Peris) is one of the classic Welsh fell races. The full horseshoe is AL 17.5 miles 8597ft ascent (28.2km 2590m) and half is AM 8.5 miles 4500ft ascent (13.7km 1372m). As it was my first long fell race, I opted for the Half Horseshoe that finishes at Pen-y-Pass (and at the finish was glad that I made that choice!) The half starts in Llanberis haf hour before the full race; after a few hundred metres on the flat, it is straight onto the steep climb through the quarries and beyond to the summit of Elidir Fawr (924m / 3,031ft). After 3 miles with ½ mile of ascent and just over an hour, I was at the summit – the tremendous views and downhill cheered my spirits. It is then onto Y Garn (947m / 3,017ft) and Glyder Fawr (999m / 3,247ft) – both with substantial climbs onto them. I was passed by the two leaders of full Peris Horseshoe  on the climb up Y Garn – my spirit was again cheered to see that even they couldn’t run up it. After a fast descent, I was passed a cheerful Jim at the top of Devil’s Kitchen, who soon disappeared out of sight on the climb up Glyder Fawr. The descent off Glyder Fawr to Pen-y-Pass was steep and the best route isn’t obvious – there were almost as many variants on it as runners! It was then on to finish, cheered on by an enthusiastic and vocal Jenny by the bins of the youth hostel (as described by Mike Blake, the race director, in his briefing). My time was 2:51 – full results awaited. Whilst I was racing, Jenny had found a nice 5 mile run (with about 400ft of climb) around Llyn Padarn for the car park in Llanberis – well marked just follow the posts with the white ring on them. The weather was kind to both of us with sunny spells and some cloud; I benefited from the cooler temperatures on the mountain tops and the light breeze.

Report from Mike Blake of Eryri


Full results should appear on the Welsh Fell Runners website shortly (I’ll update blog when results are out but I believe Jimmy had an amazing 6th place in the full horseshoe, kudos Jimmy, we are liking the cut of your jib)


Sunday 14th September was the popular Lake Vyrnwy half marathon and ‘Degsy’ Morris was first in for Helsby with Joanne Lacking in excellent form for 1st Helsby lady. Results below showing chip time and gun time and well done to all who ran.

185th      Derek Morris          1.32.51
205th       Tom DeJong           1.34.05
220th       Joanne Lacking     1.34.29
244th       Dave Madders        1.35.42
550th       James Gray             1.47.00
797th       Emily Smith            1.57.18

Full results


In other news

I will be away travelling in South America for a few weeks so it would be great if someone could do the round-up starting from Monday 29th September including Monday 6th October and Monday 13th October!

It may be best if it’s on a rota basis rather than put the onus on one individual? Chester chronicle like the information submitted as early as possible now and they can be contacted on their email chester.sport@cheshirenews.co.uk, basically with runners names and times and the event only.

I’ll mention again before I go.

Keep on running


Helsby weekly round-up 2nd – 7th September 2014

Hi all

Tuesday 2nd September was Race 1 of the September Multi-terrain series was a 4.7m affair at Royden Park near Thurstaston. Nine out for Helsby with Colin Thompson first home for the men and Vanessa first from the Helsby ladies.

11th         Colin Thompson               29.34
69th         Tom DeJong                       33.00
130th      Steve Riley                          36.58
133rd      Adrian Jackson                  37.19
147th      Geoff Shaw                        38.51
25th         Vanessa Griffiths             38.09
32nd        Jo Lacking                            38.28
50th         Helen Owens                     41.08
63rd        Carol Shaw                          43.18

Mens ‘A’ Team 19th and Ladies ‘A’ Team were 11th and Ladies ‘B’ Team were 37th.

Race organiser apologises for delays exiting car park but supposedly the Hotel owner had decided to deliberately block his car at an exit and was being more than a little awkward.

Full results are available from www.stevesaunders.co.uk

Next Race is at Harrison Drive opposite the Derby pool 19:00 start, tonight!

Delamere Park Run on Saturday 6th September saw ten green vests with Ed Halliwell leading the Helsby contingent home. Rachel Arnold was first Helsby lady.

12 Edward HALLIWELL 20:35 VM40-44 66.80 % M 11 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:19:58 5
18 Gareth BOYD 21:03 VM40-44 65.80 % M 17 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:19:08 12
20 Alfie GRADY 21:31 JM15-17 62.74 % M 19 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:20:48 25
26 David FEAKES 22:02 VM50-54 68.00 % M 24 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:21:37 23
45 Jim JONES 23:07 VM45-49 63.30 % M 41 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:21:16 16
59 Rachel ARNOLD 24:38 VW50-54 69.76 % F 7 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:23:39 12
62 Lesley FEAKES 24:49 VW45-49 66.76 % F 8 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:24:15 26
162 Paul BULMER 31:26 VM55-59 48.89 % M 109 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:28:33 17
163 Claire MORTON 31:31 VW55-59 56.69 % F 54 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:27:05 13
164 Louise MCEVELEY 31:32 VW45-49 51.90 % F 55 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:23:47 42



Sunday 7th September saw Shelf Moor Fell Race, the third of our Inter-club series of races and a good race by Jimmy saw him take home the full 20 points. Rachel Arnold was 1st Helsby lady home. As this was the third and final race in the Inter-club series I have heard that Helsby have done enough to take home the title so well done to everyone who has been involved in any of the races!

Steve Rileys comments from facebook “Top run out today at Shelf Moor, Glossop. Smiley faces at the end from Jimmy (after a 5000′ warm up yesterday), Phil , Steve, Paul, Janet, Rachel and Jackie. Joe in full voice as per usual. About 6 miles and 1500′. Hills, sunshine, peat bogs, rocks, smiles. Rumour has it we did enough to snatch the inter club championships from Spectrum, Pensby and Tattenhall. Get in!”

11th         Jim O’Hara                          50.31
56th         Phil Gillard                           1.02.36
59th         Steve Riley                          1.02.52
78th         Paul Foster                         1.09.09
79th         Rachel Arnold                    1.09.21
81st         Janet Robertson               1.10.34
92nd        Jackie Keasley                   1.17.10

Details and results here



Regarding the Inter-club series please find all the relevant results from the Spectrum website


and well done to Spectrum for organising and collating all the results.

Sunday saw a great result for Adrian at the Delamere Montane Trail 10k where he was 18th from over 160 runners. He ran so well he was awarded a special pink t-shirt, full evidence will appear on the blog shortly

18th         Adrian Jackson                  50.17

The Adrian

The Adrian

Full results available below


Also on Sunday Jenny and Tim Palmer ran in the Lakes. A report from Tim below

“Jenny and I ran in the Lakeland Trails Derwentwater 10k Trail Race on Saturday and we too received pink T shirts for doing so. The race starts at Fitz Park In Keswick and is very much a race of three parts: after a lap of the park, it is 2.5 miles along the old railway (now a cycle/foot path) alongside (and sometimes over) the River Greta, then a steep climb 400ft in about 1.5miles finished off an exhilarating fast descent back to Keswick. The weather was kind to us and the views were great.

Jenny 1:00:53 122nd out of 278
Tim 0:49:04 31st out of 278 

Full results are:http://www.lakelandtrails.org/download/Results/Keswick14/rptResult10km.html

Note: that on the provisional results we are listed as Deeside Orienteering Club, not Helsby – this should be changed on the full results”

Sunday was also the Salford 10k with four out for Helsby and a storming run by Ivan Davies saw him take home first for a Helsby in a classy sub 40 time. Not sure who the 4th runner was but Dave Madders has been watching too much Doctor Who and was in more than one time and place so all credit to him.

107th      Ivan Davies                         39.30
126th      Roy Gaskill                          40.20
186th      Dave Madders                  42.18
244th      Dave Madders                  43.30

Results available here http://www.tdl.ltd.uk

If I’ve missed anything from the round-up please let me know as I’ll update the blog as necessary.

Keep on running


Helsby weekly round-up 30th August – 1st September 2014

Hi all

Still waiting on results for the Crowden Horseshoe and the Ring of Fire…but for now

Delamere Park Run 5k number 75 on Saturday August 30th saw a good podium finish for Colin Bishop who was 2nd overall in 17.31. Janet Robertson was first Helsby lady home for 67th overall in 24.16. Well done to Alex and Claire who both recorded PB’s on the day. Nine out for Helsby in total.

2 Colin BISHOP 17:31 VM50-54 86.96 % M 2 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:17:15 39
16 Alex FITZMAURICE 20:16 SM25-29 63.65 % M 16 Helsby RC New PB! 3
34 David FEAKES 21:59 VM50-54 68.16 % M 33 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:21:37 22
45 Jim JONES 22:46 VM45-49 64.28 % M 42 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:21:16 15
67 Janet ROBERTSON 24:16 VW45-49 67.45 % F 7 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:22:36 18
87 Lesley FEAKES 25:25 VW45-49 65.18 % F 12 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:24:15 25
106 David WIGGINS 26:16 VM55-59 58.50 % M 90 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:26:08 6
117 Claire MORTON 27:05 VW55-59 65.97 % F 21 Helsby RC New PB! 12
206 Ivor JOHNSTONE 33:03 VM45-49 43.57 % M 146 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:28:04 13

Full results for the Delamere Park run as below


Also on Saturday was the Warrington Park Run 5k number 32 which saw Tom DeJong inside the top ten for 6th overall in 19.23 and first Helsby man home followed by Joanne Lacking who was first Helsby lady and a brilliant 2nd lady overall for 29th in 22.05 followed by 4th lady overall Helen Owens in 37th in 23.29

6 Tom DE JONG 19:23 SM20-24 67.24 % M 6 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:19:08 10
29 Joanne LACKING 22:05 SW30-34 67.47 % F 2 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:21:48 8
37 Helen OWENS 23:29 VW35-39 64.73 % F 4 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:23:20 10

Full results for Warrington Park run as below


Saturday was the Maesgwm Muddle a new race for Snowdonia and not one for the faint hearted weighing in at 8.7miles with 2789ft climb. A good description of the route is included in Phil Gillard’s great race report below

“Shall we have starter and pudding?

One of my favourite training runs in Snowdonia starts in Llanberis, goes south down the Snowdon valley with a climb up to Foel Goch, along the ridge to Foel Gron and onto Moel Ellio, from there it is a grassy descent back down to Llanberis. It is homely run which leaves you very satisfied afterwards, much like steak and ale pie, chips and peas in your favourite pub.

I was delighted to learn that Mike Blake had created a new race called the Maesgwm Muddle which used this route as its core, I was even more delighted to learn that it had been chosen as one of the rounds of the British Fell Championship. So on Friday, Helen and I set off to camp in Llanberis with the anticipation of a nice walk on the Friday, do the race on the Saturday and a few beers to celebrate on the Saturday evening. What a great way to spend a weekend, enhanced by the site of Jimmy and Sharon who also ran

The start and finish of the race was right next to our campsite, so a quality field runners set off in full view of Helen, sat in her camp chair, drinking a Costa.

So, back to that steak and ale pie; steak and ale pie is a great main course and is a good wholesome meal in its own right, our starter prior to the main course was a hands and knees climb up Moel Cynghorion (much like climbing the stairs when you were two years old) followed by a steep descent back into the Snowdon valley. This ascent / descent was in the third mile of the race which I recorded as a 29 minute mile!

Ok the starter was a bit filling but I am sure I will enjoy the pie and chips and I did; a mile or so up a gradual track followed by a few hundred meters of climb up to the Foel Goch and then the ridge which was fantastic despite the swirling mist. The grassy descent was equally as good.

You know that feeling when you feel full but everybody else orders a pudding and you feel obliged to join in, well it was a bit like that the pudding was a steady, muddy climb through some beautifully coloured heater and then retrace your steps back to onto my normal route back to Llanberis.

A real tough race in some fantastic company and by the way we ate out that night and I did have starter, main and pudding”

40th         Jim O’Hara                          1.44.02
137th      Phil Gillard                           2.14.16

Full results are available on the Welsh Fell Runners website www.wfra.org.uk

And photos here http://www.sportpicturescymru.co.uk/pages/gallery/2014-gallery.php?gall_id=444

And here https://www.flickr.com/photos/hhac/sets/72157646666902477/

Sunday 31st August was the Crowdon Horseshoe. This is a race of 8 miles and 1699ft ascent. Race report by Jim Jones

“I did the Crowden Horsehoe today. It was a great route but a tough 8 mile course. The sheer drops along some of the paths are not for the faint hearted! There were also some really rocky paths with several streams to negotiate on the way out, and an uneven rocky descent on the way back. The peat bogs across the top were a challenge in themselves with no way of knowing if they would be ankle or waist high until you went through them. The weather was good today but it’s a course where you could easily go astray (as has apparently happened with some runners on previous years) if the weather closes in. It was good to see the hosts doing random kit checks. This is a popular race and the big turn out today caused quite a bottleneck at the first style, so anyone wanting to get ahead will have needed to fly off the start.”

Route below: http://connect.garmin.com/activity/579813836

Not seen the results yet but I think they’ll appear here: http://www.dpfr.org.uk/results/index

As hopefully many of you are aware it was the Anglesey Ring of Fire this weekend, amounting to about 33 Park Runs over three days! Among the many were four intrepid Helsby adventurers. We have no results as yet but photos are courtesy of Jackie have now been uploaded to our flickr account as below


I’ve also had some information from Jackie as attached

To be going on with, From their Facebook page:-

And the Ring O’ Fire 2014 winner is John Knapp #71 in a time of 23:25

Second is Val Swinger #128 in a time of 23:44

Third is Dion Leonard #43 in a time of 24:56

135 signed up. 106 started. 56 finished. The stats tell a story. It’s a tough but beautiful race. Well done to everyone who tried and a huge congratulations to those hardy 56 who finished. Thanks to everyone who made it so special. A massive thanks to our army of marshals who sacrifice a lot to support us. So long as the demand is there Bing, Q, Rich and team will keep the fire burning. Hope to see you back in 2015. We’ll be launching next year’s event in the next few weeks. Results will also be uploaded in next day or two. Sleep first!

Good luck to everyone running in the September Multi-Terrain series this month, a fabulous set of races to be part of!

Keep on running


Helsby weekly round-up 20th – 24th August 2014


The eagerly anticipated Robbie Wobbler was held for the second year on Wednesday August 20th and a great turnout on the evening saw another success for Helsby Running Club. Thanks to Chris Baynham-Hughes for his email regarding the race and his brilliant handling of the event as well as everyone involved.

Full results as below.


Also on Wednesday night was the Capenhurst 5k with two fantastic performances from Joanne and Helen

105th      Joanne Lacking                  20.09
160th      Helen Owens                     22.58

Full results and photos are at http://www.ellesmereportrunningclub.org.uk/capenhurst_5k.htm

Saturday was the Delamere Park Run 5k with nine Helsby vests on show. An excellent 2nd place overall for Colin Bishop saw him 1st in for Helsby as was Janet Robertson for 3rd in her category. Well done to all who ran.

2 Colin BISHOP 17:30 VM50-54 87.05 % M 2 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:17:15 38
23 Alex FITZMAURICE 21:35 SM25-29 59.77 % M 23 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:21:33 2
59 Janet ROBERTSON 23:51 VW45-49 68.62 % F 3 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:22:36 17
64 David FEAKES 24:21 VM50-54 61.53 % M 60 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:21:37 21
82 Lesley FEAKES 25:11 VW45-49 65.78 % F 9 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:24:15 24
95 Jackie KEASLEY 26:10 VW55-59 68.28 % F 12 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:24:39 4
117 Claire MORTON 27:43 VW55-59 64.46 % F 20 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:27:35 11
121 Jen O’HARE 27:59 VW40-44 54.97 % F 24 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:27:08 6
184 Ivor JOHNSTONE 35:00 VM45-49 41.14 % M 128 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:28:04 12



Two out a the Warrington Park Run also on Saturday with a number one spot for Colin Thompson followed by Tom DeJong securing a fabulous new PB in the process. Both Helsby runners were inside the top ten.

1 Colin THOMPSON 17:54 VM35-39 73.65 % M 1 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:17:43 44
9 Tom DE JONG 19:08 SM20-24 68.12 % M 9 Helsby RC New PB! 9



Jim Jones was doing his bit for the Scottish Independence debate by sticking Cheshire on the map on the Northern part of our United Kingdom. His race report below

“The race went from the island of Berneray to Lochmaddy on the Island of North Uist. (the islands are connected by a causeway). We were taken to the start by bus and spoilt with a very generous lunch, after a hot shower, in the Hammersay House Hotel at the finish. The route was undulating on a single track road with fantastic scenery all the way.  It was a well hosted event and a great excuse to visit a fantastic place.

17th         Jim Jones                             1.47.02

route below:


Also – a race report from the local community newsletter:

2 Islands Half Marathon – Berneray to Lochmaddy

The third running of this annual race took place on Saturday 24 August in near perfect conditions. A record number of runners and walkers took part (48), including those from Berneray, Uist and the islands, but also this year from the mainland, the south of England, Germany and Australia!

Ross Clark of Hunters Bog Trotters set a record time for the event of 1:16:56, shaving 11 minutes off the previous fastest time – yes he went pretty much like a rocket!

The organisers would like to thank all for coming – it seems folk enjoyed it, and many are aiming to come back for more next year! The organisers also want to thank all those who helped and especially the management and staff of Hamersay House Hotel in Lochmaddy, who put on a splendid spread for us after the event and provided a great venue for the presentations and some much-needed R&R! The full results are available here. There are plenty of pictures on the event’s Facebook page.

(2014 results should be updated soon)

Bank Holiday Monday saw the Cilcain Show Race, a loop from Cilcain to Moel Famau and back. Jackie’s race report below

‘Tom, Phil Roberts, Max and me did the Cilcain Moel Famau fell race yesterday. Results not out yet. Great race to do on a wet bank holiday! Mist virtually down to Cilcain itself! Cool for running, as muddy as it gets. Well done to Max for a top finish and to Phil & Tom for battling it out on the uphill road finish after all the mud (results not out yet, so not sure on their exact positions). Good to see Steff Charman back fell running again. Mick has a good run too.  The rain didn’t dampen the ever faithful support from Joe & Mario, thanks. Just spotted the pair of them at Lynn Ogwen at Saturdays Tryfan down hill race for Peter Douglas’s memorial too! Photo on the Welsh Fell Runners Website at http://www.wfra.org.uk).  Village day very well supported despite the rain, the usual, live music, morris dancers, dog show, greasy pole, best marrow and victoria sponge etc etc.  I spent my left over entry money on produce from the plant store, the lads on a well earned pint at the pub!

Details and hopefully 2014 results should appear on the Cilcain show page soon.


or possibly the Welsh Fell Runners website http://www.wfra.me.uk/index.htm

As always ,if I’ve missed any events or races then please let me know to keep the blog updated. It’s great to receive race reports no matter what the discipline or distance so thanks to all who send them in.

Keep on running


Helsby weekly round-up 13th – 17th August 2014

Greetings carbon based bipeds

Firstly, congratulations to Jayne Joy who was joint 6th in the British Athletics Mountain Running Challenge for 2014 which included her Inter-county achievement and a race in her England vest. Full results below.


Pilgrims Cross on Wednesday 13th August was honoured with two Helsby vests at this Rossendale organised 6 miler with over 1000ft of ascent. Phillip Roberts showing his good form was first Helsby home followed by the irrepressible Jim Jones, both under the hour.

47th         Phillip Roberts                   50.57
95th         Jim Jones                            59.09

race map http://www.racemaps.org.uk/pilgrimscrossfellrace.htm

and full results http://www.rossendaleharriers.co.uk/results/PilgrimsCrossResults2014.pdf

Delamere Park Run 5k on Saturday 16th saw an amazing four new PB’s from Helsby runners, Colin, Max, Dave and Louise! Colin Bishop was a solid 1st overall with new Helsby runner Max Wainwright 3rd overall, fantastic to see two Helsby members in the top three. Great running from Vanessa saw her 34th overall to claim 2nd lady and first in for Helsby. Well done to all who ran.

1 Colin BISHOP 17:15 VM50-54 88.31 % M 1 Helsby RC New PB! 37
3 Max WAINWRIGHT 17:53 SM25-29 72.13 % M 3 Helsby RC New PB! 2
18 David MADDERS 20:45 VM40-44 66.27 % M 17 Helsby RC New PB! 18
27 Alex FITZMAURICE 21:33 SM25-29 59.86 % M 26 Helsby RC First Timer! 1
34 Vanessa GRIFFITHS 21:54 VW45-49 75.65 % F 2 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:21:49 8
37 David FEAKES 22:02 VM50-54 68.00 % M 34 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:21:37 20
59 Carol SHAW 23:08 VW50-54 74.28 % F 5 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:22:22 22
64 Louise MCEVELEY 23:47 VW45-49 68.82 % F 6 Helsby RC New PB! 41
95 Lesley FEAKES 25:33 VW45-49 64.84 % F 16 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:24:15

Full results below


Warrington Park Run 5k saw another number 1 spot for Colin Thompson our sole Helsby representative at this race so he’s making it count :d

1 Colin THOMPSON 18:14 VM35-39 72.30 % M 1 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:17:43 43

and full results


Saturday afternoon was the Catherine Dowdall Darwen Gala Memorial Race in honour of Jamie’s wife Catherine and it was a brilliantly organised event raising money for charity as well as a reflective afternoon. Jim O’Hara was having the race of his life although we are still unsure why he and six others decided to head to Bolton after visiting Darwen Tower but it did give other people in a green vest the opportunity of a scalp. Mario won his usual best in class category and Joe was out on the tower in fine voice along with Phil Gillard and Helen offering fantastic support as ever. Prize giving had Jamie on stage sounding more composed and professional than the Radio DJ’s hosting the Gala.

Darwen Gala

Paul Fosters race report follows

“The race finally got started in the gala field after a slight delay due to the fete being late arriving which helped a few late runners who also got stuck behind the procession.

Race Start

The race starts with a quick climb through the park woods then up to Darwen Tower. Once you got to the top it was perfect conditions for a quick glance around to see some popular faces of Phil and Helen Gillard and of course ‘Mr Helsby’ Joe cheering everybody on. After a quick run down then round and back up to the moors we followed the path along to a single track which took us straight across ready for the run down back through the heather to the finish in the park. A highlight for me was seeing Phil Gillard pop up out of the heather like a meerkat taking photos and shouting where is Jim O’Hara. Once we all arrived back in the park and a chance to ask Jim what went wrong it was time to sample the free pint and hot dog which certainly put a smile back on Jim’s face.

Post Race

After all the runners watched the ferret and falcon display it was time for the presentations which Jamie compered in his usual good form. I would like to thank everyone who showed an interest in the race but unfortunately couldn’t make it due to other commitments. Maybe next year we can put it on the fell counter so Jim O’Hara can have another crack at it.

The race raised £390 for sarcoma cancer and £100 for Bolton mountain rescue which is fantastic.”


9th           Adair Broughton               37.52
14th         Jamie Dowdall                   40.11 (2nd claim Helsby)
22nd        Mario Foschi                      42.15 (1st in age cat)
30th         Jim Jones                             43.38
47th         Paul Foster                         45.45
71st         Jim O’Hara                          51.31

For a map of the route (but not Jimmy’s route as it won’t fit on the scanner)


For full results and information see http://darwenrunning.weebly.com/darwen-gala.html

Sunday 17th was the Birchwood 10k with a near sub-40 run from Ivan seeing him first in for Helsby.

92nd        Ivan Davies                         40.04
97th         Derek Morris                     40.26
110th      Roy Gaskill                          41.01
196th      Dave Madders                  43.41
564th      David Wiggins                    54.44

Full results


Sunday also saw the Two Hillforts Fell Race which starts and finishes in Llandyrnog, North Wales. This was a testing course and as the race organiser stated in his email report ‘In bright and breezy conditions, a field of 46 runners took to the starting field beside the pub and sped off towards the heather-clad hills. Soon the fields gave way to the start of the long climb up to Penycloddiau’. Jayne Joy looked in complete control as she tackled this first Marilyn of the Clwydian Range and went on to secure 1st lady and 5th overall in a time that took 3 minutes off the previous record. Definitely worth considering this race next year for those that like running in the Clwydians. A good club counter I’d say.

5th           Jayne Joy                             74.06
9th           Adair Broughton               77.00

Full results are on the Welsh Fell Runners site with some lush green photographs


The Swiss Iron Trail race report by Chris Baynham-Hughes.

“Coincidence can be a kind master. Whilst planning our summer holidays I was just about to book the ferry when an email arrived from the Swiss iron trail. The dates looked familiar so I entered into negotiations with the boss and a race on the way home was approved. Result. I’d been looking at this race previously as the T201 a whopping 201km and 11,500m of ascent had my mind boggling. A potential target for the future, but not one just before a 3 day return drive to Blighty. So I entered the T41 a curious title for a 43km race with just over 2600m of up and just a little less in descent. We got going with a time trial around the lakes of Lenzerheide (4km on the flat) before heading up the surrounding mountains on our way to Davos. Sitting neatly in 11th as we hit the climb the going got tough. I caught the guy in front half way up the mountain (he was from the Netherlands) and chatted the rest of the way before leaving him right at the top. The trails were very runnable and in most case were wide fire roads to allow access to the cable cars of this skiing and  mountain biking playground.

I spent the rest of the race cat and mouse with an Austrian chap over 9th place – he was very serious about the whole thing; over taking me whilst I took selfies and enjoyed the intermittent view between the clag. A relatively small error over a turning sent me down the mountain but it was reasonably quickly recovered. Unfortunately the beauty of the course was only revealed to us on an infrequent basis and the weather took a turn for the worst, even snowing at points. I hit the bottom of the final climb roughly 2.5 minutes behind the Austrian who had put on a bit of a lead due to me tripping over a little earlier and deciding I needed to take on some sugar and not do myself an injury before the Ring O’Fire in two weeks time – he also gained by not stopping at the check point to resupply, but I was confident I could make up the time he’d gain on the climb through channelling my inner Mario on the downhill – where I had originally managed to pass him. I arrived into Davos to excited screams from the boys. Realising I wasn’t going to catch the elusive Austrian I ran carrying the boys in for the final section. Thankfully Laura pointed out we were a little further away than I had thought so James went on my shoulders and Rhys ran in hand in hand with me in 5 hours, 46 minutes – my slowest marathon to date I think J. Certainly a fab end to the holiday.

Curiously I ended up in 7th for my age group and 11th overall, this surprised both Laura (who had counted people in and had me in 8th) and me – I guess the wrong turn cost me ~5 places as I passed others in the check points. A shame, but not why I had turned up for this race. The first 5 runners were all sponsored athletes with 3 in the Mammut pro team, so not too shabby in the end. To the big question though, would I go back for the 201? If the weather was right I may very well do, just don’t tell Laura. :d”

and photos


Let me know if I’ve missed any events or challenges achieved this week as I can always keep the blog up to date. Enjoy the remaining bits of the summer and good luck to all those marshalling, running or enjoying the festivities at the Robbie Wobbler on Wednesday night.

Keep on running


Helsby running club weekly round-up 2nd – 5th August 2014

How ya doin’?

Delamere Park Run Race Number 71 5k was on Saturday August 2nd and Colin Bishop kept up his winning ways against last year’s Robbie Wobbler winner Dave Alexander. Rachel Arnold was first Helsby lady. Five ran in total as below

1 Colin BISHOP 17:37 VM50-54 86.47 % M 1 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:17:24 35
65 Rachel ARNOLD 24:41 VW50-54 69.62 % F 9 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:23:39 11
164 Stephen WIGGINS 32:11 SM20-24 40.24 % M 108 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:21:58 26
165 Paul BULMER 32:11 VM55-59 47.75 % M 109 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:28:33 15
175 Ivor JOHNSTONE 33:49 VM45-49 42.58 % M 116 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:28:04 11


It was the monthly Halewood 5k also on Saturday where Tom ran in first u20 followed by Dave Madders securing a new PB for the course

37th         Tom DeJong                       19.57 (1st u20)
45th         Dave Madders                  20.20 (New PB)

Full results https://sites.google.com/site/halewood5kresultsservice/home/weekly-results

Teggs Nose Fell Race was also on Saturday August 2nd and three Helsby were out in attendance, Colin Thompson, Phillip Roberts and Tom DeJong.

Well done to Colin Thompson first in for Helsby at Teggs followed by Phillip and Tom (on his 2nd race of the day!)

12th         Colin Thompson                               1.05.01
28th         Phillip Roberts                                   1.12.55
50th         Tom DeJong                                       1.18.43

Full Results now available at http://www.macclesfield-harriers.co.uk/

or why not watch a clip of the start https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xn4E-3VcbOM

Worsthorne Fell Race near Burnley was a near 11k trail and moor race with 900ft climb with three Helsby out on Sunday 3rd August. Three lady Internationals were in the race with Jayne Joy 2nd of the bunch to enjoy another day on the podium. Adair and Mario were both 2nd in their age categories. Fantastic support from Joe meant we got to see him twice on the course (I’m thinking Joe could probably walk round the course faster than half the field running it!)

22nd        Jayne Joy                             47.03
27th         Adair Broughton               48.48
52nd        Mario Foschi                      53.51

Full results here


and comedy gurns, legs and arms here


Arenig Fawr on Sunday was a North Wales Fell counter and a classy field will always be in attendance for these races. Phil was the only Helsby runner but did the club proud with a solid run.

Race report by Phil Gillard.

“When a sheep trod feels like a motorway – a lot of my racing this summer has been in races which start and finish at a carnival or fete, Arenig Fawr was different. The start and finish is a quarry to the north of Bala – a stark and remote location. The race is organised by Yannis; Yannis is a purist and a proper “mountain man” and the race reflects this, having run the inaugural running of this new route last year, I knew what to expect. The other thing Yannis is really good at organising is a support crew with experienced marshals and a team providing copious amounts of refreshments both pre and post race, so to be greeted with a cup of coffee when you had completed your race entry form was fantastic.

The race starts from the base of the quarry and winds up a zig-zag path for about a mile until you reach the base of a gully much like the one at the far end of Moel Famau but twice as long. Once you reach the top of the gully then you are on your own, the route is not marked the terrain is unforgiving (tussock, bog and rock) and the paths are non existent. From the top of the gully you climb to checkpoint 1 on a small knoll and then contour round under Arenig Fawr for about 2 miles to find checkpoint 2 and then descend into the valley below Moel Llyfnant to be faced with a mile of climb to the summit (checkpoint 3), as you are climbing the lead runners are descending via the same route; an inspirational site to see the likes of Lloyd Taggart and Jackie Lee descending at real pace. Back into the valley and then another tussocky climb up the top of Arenig Fawr, the conditions at the top were very windy, pity the poor marshals on checkpoint 4. The route between checkpoints 4 and 5 is probably the best running – a semi circular flattish run to avoid the cliffs to the left and then a tremendous grassy boggy descent to checkpoint 6 and the finish.

The joy of running in this type of terrain is the remoteness, there is something special about being able to make progress over difficult ground, trying to select the best line to make your travel as short as possible without taking in too much height gain / loss and avoiding difficult terrain. The sheep trods make life a little easier but the sheep aren’t always following the race route!”

33rd        Phil Gillard                           2.13.17

Full results www.wfra.org.uk

North Wales Half Marathon was also on Sunday and Helsby’s Jim Jones was the sole representative having a great run in the process. Race report from Jim below.

“I signed up on the day and did the North Wales Half Marathon. This race is promoted as one of the most scenic half marathons and I wasn’t disappointed. The views of the castle from the top of Conwy mountain at around 9 miles were fantastic. Fortunately the weather had also cleared a bit by then for what was nearly all down hill to the finish.

Notwithstanding the 600ft climb from Penmaenmawr village to the top of Sychant Pass, the toughest part of the race today was probably the first 3 miles with a strong head wind and blustery rain before we turned inland. The race website describes the first 1.2 miles as being on ‘hard sand’ (I must have been on the wrong beach!)”

Route and results below,

112th           Jim Jones                     1.51.29



Borrowdale is a classic fell race of 17miles and over 6500ft of ascent and our classy runner Jim O’Hara ran one of the best races he’s had in a green shirt for a sublime 34th overall taking a few named scalps along the way. Well worth a congratulations to Jim when you next see him.

34th         Jim O’Hara                          3.48.50

Jimmy does the Splits as below

Location Leg Total
Bessyboot 00:40:34 00:40:34
Esk Hause 00:44:33 01:25:07
Scafell Pike 00:25:11 01:50:18
Styhead 00:21:42 02:12:00
Great Gable 00:21:43 02:33:43
Honister 00:27:23 03:01:06
Dale Head 00:22:12 03:23:18
Finish 00:25:32 03:48:50

And Full results


Worth also noting that a runner was seriously injured at the Borrowdale Fell Race. Please do not take running in the fells lightly. Wear the right kit and spend time on navigation if required. No need to take risks out there!


If I’ve missed any news or events then please let me know. It’s great when I receive race reports and adds so much colour to the blog, please keep them coming

Keep on running



Helsby weekly update 23rd – 27th July 2014

G’day all

The Green Green Grass of Home on Wednesday 23rd July was our 6th Fell counter of the season and what a great evening of running from the 19 Helsby contingent fighting for valuable club points.

4th           Jim O’Hara                          46.24
22nd        Phil Gillard                           55.20
25th         Phillip Roberts                   55.50
26th         Mario Foschi                      55.51
31st         Dave Feakes                      56.32
34th         Adam Gordon                   57.58
37th         Steve Riley                          58.25
39th         Jane Ashbrook                  58.49
42nd        Janet Robertson               59.01
43rd        Adrian Jackson                  59.02
46th         Laura Baynham-Hughes 59.53
47th         Jim Jones                             60.00
52nd        Tim Palmer                         60.55
54th         Tom DeJong                       61.30
56th         Vanessa Griffiths             61.44
63rd        Paul Foster                         63.59
65th         Lesley Feakes                    65.37
70th         Rachel Arnold                    67.50
81st         Emily Smith                         74.59
Full results http://www.wfra.me.uk/index.htm

Delamere Park Run 5k had its 70th event on Saturday 26th July and once again was won by Colin Bishop on his fastest time for the course to date. Emma Barnes was first Helsby lady home also on a new course PB. Eight out for Helsby, well done all and congratulations to Jim Jones using the park run as a warm-up before a pretty tough fell race in the afternoon.

1 Colin BISHOP 17:24 VM50-54 87.55 % M 1 Helsby RC New PB! 34
21 Edward HALLIWELL 21:00 VM40-44 65.48 % M 21 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:19:58 4
24 David MADDERS 21:11 VM40-44 64.91 % M 24 Helsby RC New PB! 16
53 Jim JONES 24:02 VM45-49 60.89 % M 53 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:21:16 14
126 Emma BARNES 31:25 VW35-39 48.38 % F 22 Helsby RC New PB! 7
128 Paul BULMER 31:39 VM55-59 48.55 % M 106 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:28:33 14
129 Stephen WIGGINS 31:39 SM20-24 40.92 % M 107 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:21:58 25
130 David WIGGINS 31:40 VM55-59 48.53 % M 108 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:26:08 5


Push up the Pincyn on Saturday afternoon was a warm affair in a sunny spot of North Wales. Against the backdrop of the Clwydians is this great but under supported fell race that takes place as part of a village show with old tractors, chain wielding Welshmen and fine fettled horses some of the things on display. The Pincyn isn’t as mighty as some of the Clwydians but from Clawddnewydd over undulating fields on a warm afternoon it certainly feels like it. A great race to try not least for the novelty hay bale jump.

Jayne Joy did more than try though with an impressive win for 1st female dominating the field and finishing 6th overall. New runner Adair Broughton coughing up a lung was happy he managed to finish and Mario Foschi was once again a prize winner for his age category. Tim had a great run for 26th and Jim Jones for 29th on his second race of the day, fair play!

Results are already up on the wfra website alongside a race report that states the following “The prize giving was once again a no-expense-made affair with Jayne Joy just missing out on anything remotely interesting to claim the bottle of Toilet Duck! That’s what taking part is all about.” I wonder if any other England Internationals have ever won anything like that!

Thanks to great support from Joe and Jenny Palmer on the day.

6th           Jayne Joy                             50.35
13th         Adair Broughton               56.23
18th         Mario Foschi                      61.15
26th         Tim Palmer                         66.21
29th         Jim Jones                             67.19


Also on Saturday afternoon was the Beetham Sports Fell Race. Great race report from Phil below

“Report from Beetham Sports

So many fell races, so little time – what a great feeling waking up on a Saturday morning with the choice of 2 fantastic fell races – Push up the Pincyn – North Wales or Beetham Sports – South Cumbria. So, how do you decide, it was the M6 which decided; as we were going to a party in Ramsbottom on the Saturday evening, we opted for the South Cumbrian race to allow Helen even more time to make herself even more gorgeous than she is already 🙂

Arriving at the sports field we were greeted by the site of a loosely marked sports field and hoards of eager Cumbrians all awaiting their chance to shine at running, obstacles races and traditional Cumbrian wrestling. I must admit I really love this low key, community based way of keeping traditional sports going as well as giving the youngsters an insight into how to manage the thrill of competition in front of an appreciative and vocal crowd. The site of Paul, Jamie, friends and family was a welcome site as we settled down to watch the best of Beetham in advance of the fell race

Onto the fell race – 6 miles, woods, open fields and pasture land, steady ascents and descents, all very runnable, nothing technical apart from a 10m scramble through a limestone chimney at the top of the “fairy steps”. A good steady workout for a sunny Saturday afternoon. Helen tells me that some of the early finishers got mixed up with the obstacle race – two races for the price of one, how good is that”

As stated by Phil also out was Paul Foster and Jamie and Paul’s race report is below

“For the second year running we made our visit to the Beetham sports gala day in Cumbria .This is now become a family trip which also involves a weekend of camping in nearby Bolton le sands . The gala is a great day for all the family which has kids races, wrestling, adult races as well as the main fell race.

Luckily the fell race starts at 3.30 which gives you plenty of time to shake of the late night drinking around the camp fire.

As I sat around enjoying the British weather it was good to see two familiar faces walking our way Phil Gillard and his wife Helen had also decided to make the visit up north . The fell race itself is a great race which starts in the show field follows a well-marked route across fields, a few hills then back for the finish in the show ground

The race is 5.8 miles with 928ft of climb, the 70 degree heat made me think a lot about a cold beer for the last few miles . If anybody fancies a great day out with or without the family I would recommend this race.”

Phil Gillard hitting a rich vein of form was 1st in for Helsby.

37th       Phil Gillard                           49.21
45th       Jamie Dowdall                   52.09 (2nd claim)
55th       Paul Foster                         54.09

Full results below


Sunday 27th July was the Great Warford 10 Mile Road Race and our 9th road counter of the season. First in for Helsby in a brilliant sub 60 minute run was Colin Thompson for 13th overall followed by Joanne Lacking for first Helsby lady. Joanne, Laura and Helen were the 2nd ladies team on the day so another fantastic result for Helsby ladies! Nine out for Helsby in total and well done to all runners on the day.

13th         Colin Thompson               59.38
108th      Joanne Lacking                  1.12.59
113th      Dave Madders                  1.14.01
117th      Adrian Jackson                  1.14.21
136th      Laura Baynham-Hughes  1.15.41
164th      Stephen Wiggins              1.19.41
169th      John Thompson               1.20.32
176th      Helen Owens                     1.21.45
191st       Tom DeJong                       1.23.49

Further Details at www.wilmslowrunningclub.org/

Photos at http://www.racephotos.org.uk/

Full results at http://www.race-results.co.uk/results/2014/warford.pdf

Hopefully you are all now aware that on Wednesday night 30th July, in the clubhouse after our club run, Jayne Joy will be giving a talk on Eating Disorders in Sport, chip butties provided!! Please come along to the third in our series of club talks on running related subjects.

Keep on running


Helsby weekly update 16th – 20th July 2014

Hi all

The Druid on Wednesday 16th July is always a popular race with Helsby members. Twelve green vests were out to take on the challenge of Foel Fenli with Chris Baynham-Hughes and Joe marshalling and supporting. Great running from Jim O’Hara saw him 5th overall and 1st Helsby man home and Janet Robertson was first Helsby lady. Three Helsby prize winners on the night so well done to Tom, Mario and Janet for their age category wins.

5th           Jim O’Hara                          35.59
18th         Phillip Roberts                   40.38
26th         Adam Gordon                   22.59
27th         Phil Gillard                           43.11
29th         Tom DeJong                       43.15 (1st in age cat)
34th         Mario Foschi                      44.05 (1st in age cat)
43rd        Janet Robertson               45.12 (1st in age cat)
48th         Laura Baynham-Hughes                45.46
50th         Adrian Jackson                  45.51
57th         Joanna Lacking                  46.54
66th         Jim Jones                             48.09
68th         Paul Foster                         48.15

No official results are onlined but results should follow shortly here, if anyone wants a copy of the results in the meantime just email me and I can send them on.


Also on Wednesday was the Sefton Park 5 Miler where Gary and Derek had a close race to finish a second apart.

60th         Gary O’Connor                  33.15
61st         Derek Morris                     33.16

Full results


Thursday night was the Sale Sizzler with four out for Helsby with Colin Thompson first Helsby man home and Louise first Helsby lady.

34th         Colin Thompson               17:19
262nd      John Thompson                22:39
431st       Louise Spruce                    34:38
433rd      Michelle Cully                    34:56

Full results here:


Onto the weekend and the most popular park run this weekend was not Delamere but the Newbury Park Run where Tim and Jenny put Helsby on the map. Tim’s Newbury excursion is detailed below!

“As we were visiting my parents, Jenny and I did the Newbury Parkrun this Saturday rather than the more usual Delamere or Warrington. This is on Greenham Common, which those of you of a certain age will remember for RAF Greenham Common, US cruise missiles and peace protesters; it has now

reverted to common land with odd remmants of the old air base. Either Joe’s Monday night training or the course, or more likely a bit both, enabled me to take over 2 minutes off my Parkrun PB. The turnout was much larger than at Delamere with over 330 runners.”


26 Tim PALMER 21:36 VM45-49 67.75 % M 24 Helsby RC First Timer! 11
174 Jenny PALMER 28:13 VW40-44 55.35 % F 33 Helsby RC First Timer! 2

Colin Bishop who has made Delamere Park Run his own with many recent wins dominated the field again for a 1st place.

1 Colin BISHOP 17:41 VM50-54 86.15 % M 1 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:17:35 33


Similarly, in the Warrington Park Run Colin Thompson raced round for another Helsby victory.

1 Colin THOMPSON 18:06 VM35-39 72.84 % M 1 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:17:43 41


Jayne Joy our International Star was selected for an invite only race, the ‘Snowdon Super Cup’ which is part of the Snowdon Mountain race weekend. Weather conditions meant a delayed start and a shortened course, so a different day than was expected for Jayne. Great support from Mario and Joe at the halfway café’ really buoyed Jayne on to be 9th female in a very elite field of athletes. Another proud day for Helsby.

25th         Jayne Joy                             38.29

More details below


and full results


Warton Crag Fell Race also on Saturday was a 6 miler with 150m of climb, described by Phil Gillard here

“As you travel up to the Lakes and just north of Lancaster, there is a limestone outcrop to the west of the M6, this is called Warton Crag and the location for the aptly named Warton Crag fell race. The race is on the same day as Warton sports and carnival; the good people of Warton really go to town with a parade of floats, stalls, teas and cakes and some sports, the highlight of which is the fell race.

The race starts off on the carnival field and winds itself through the village until we reach the bottom of the crag which in terms of terrain and height is much like Helsby hill. Once the top is reached there is short steady descent into the rolling North Lancashire hills for a pleasant undulating meander through woods, pasture land, country roads and the grounds of a somebody’s country pad. Very runnable and not too taxing. It is also nice to run alongside some less familiar vests of Dallen, Chorley, Trawden, Red Rose Runners and Helm Hill

With the run complete is was time to head to Manchester for a very pleasant meal and night out”

A great run from Phil saw him 30th overall

30th         Phil Gillard                           51.40

And full results


Burtonwood 5 Miler cancelled due to necessity for road closures, details below.


Roy was first in for Helsby at Sundays Penny Lane Striders 10k and Jane Ashbrook first Helsby lady as well as first in her age category. Great running everyone on what would have been a hot day.

43rd        Roy Gaskill                          41.41
51st         Gary O’Connor                  42.20
64th         Tom DeJong                       43.29
66th         Jane Ashbrook                  43.33
88th         Joanne Lacking                  45.22
100th      Phillip Roberts                   46.03
139th      David Hilton                        48.55
201st       Clare Louise Miller           52.55
236th      David Wiggins                    58.08
238th      Stephen Wiggins              58.16

Full results available from


as always, if I’ve missed an event then do let me know as I can update the blog as necessary.

Keep on running



Wednesday 23rd July it’s the 6th fell counter of the Helsby season, the Green Green Grass of home, a steep fell race of 4.5 miles and 1500ft climbing from Llangynhafel. Please meet at the club for 6pm for car share

Wedneday  30th July, in the clubhouse after our club run, Jayne Joy will be giving a talk on Eating Disorders in Sport, chip butties provided!! Please come along to the third in our series of club talks on running related subjects.

Helsby weekly update 10th – 16th July 2014

Hi all

Thursday night 10th July was the Dearnford Lake Relay event with a great turnout for Helsby to challenge some of the top Cheshire clubs. Each team consisted of 3 legs each of 2 miles as a relay. There were 24 out in the green vest and some very admirable performances too. There were over 110 teams out in total so it shows how well Helsby did on the night.

Lots of stats to work through at the link below for those interested in times. Teams and placings published below with an individuals time next to their name. Helsby ladies had three of the top ten fastest lap times on the night with Jayne Joy the 2nd fastest lady. Colin Bishop was in the top ten for male lap times. Well done to everyone on the night and a fantastic event to highlight the success and potential of Helsby RC.

4th overall          The Three C’s                33.11 Colin Thompson            10.56 Chris Fitzpatrick            11.27 Colin Bishop                 10.48

16th overall        Green Army                   37.09 Tom DeJong                 12.02 Gareth Boyd                 12.36 Roy GAskill                   12.31

18th overall        Team 1 Helsby Ladies   37.25    2nd Ladies Team Jane Ashbrook              12.48 Jenny Illidge                  12.53 Jayne Joy                     11.44

24th overall        Jim’s Boys                    38.23 Stephen Roach             12.43 Mario Foschi                 13.59 Jim Higgins                   11.41

42nd overall        Team 2 Helsby Ladies   41.58 Helen Owens                 14.49 Joanne Lacking             13.36 Laura Baynham-Hughes13.33

53rd overall        Team 3 Helsby Ladies   44.40 Louise McEveley           15.02 Sally Parkinson             15.10 Carol Shaw                   14.28

85th overall        Team 4 Helsby Ladies   50.06 Nesta Hawker                17.52 Tanya Downs                17.12 Jackie Keasley              15.02

89th overall        Team 5 Helsby Ladies   50.59 Donna Geer                  17.59 Shaw McCarthy             17.09 Clare Miller                    15.51

Thanks to Joe and anyone else who was out for your fantastic support on the night.

For full results please check out the Whitchurch Whippets website as below


Also on Thursday was the Wizard 5miler, a multi-terrain race in Cheshire that forms part of the Cheshire Road Race Grand Prix where John Thompson ran “the tough multi-terrain race through the woods, fields and hills around Alderley Edge” to secure 156th place in 40.59.

Full results available here

Full results can be seen at : http://www.race-results.co.uk/results/2014/wizard.pdf or http://www.race-results.co.uk/results/2014/wizard.htm

And, photos beginning to appear at : http://www.racephotos.org.uk/

and further info on the Wilmslow website here http://www.wilmslowrunningclub.org/

Delamere Park Run on Saturday 12th July saw a good turnout for Helsby with a good win for Colin Bishop for 1st overall. Well done to Phil Gillard for his new PB as well as Joanne Lacking and Emma Barnes. Joanne was first lady home for Helsby.

1 Colin BISHOP 17:35 VM50-54 86.64 % M 1 Helsby RC New PB! 32
28 Tom DE JONG 21:35 SM20-24 60.39 % M 25 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:20:04 8
32 Phil GILLARD 21:49 VM50-54 69.29 % M 28 Helsby RC New PB! 4
39 Joanne LACKING 22:22 SW30-34 66.62 % F 5 Helsby RC New PB! 7
46 Jane ASHBROOK 23:12 VW35-39 65.23 % F 7 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:21:53 25
75 Helen OWENS 24:35 VW35-39 61.83 % F 12 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:23:24 9
120 Claire MORTON 27:57 VW55-59 63.92 % F 24 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:27:35 10
143 Tanya Elizabeth DOWNES 29:38 VW35-39 51.29 % F 35 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:27:08 6
163 Jim JONES 30:58 VM45-49 47.26 % M 119 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:21:16 13
167 Emma BARNES 31:56 VW35-39 47.60 % F 48 Helsby RC New PB! 6
169 Louise MCEVELEY 32:15 VW45-49 50.75 % F 49 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:23:49 40
170 Paul BULMER 32:16 VM55-59 47.62 % M 121 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:28:33 13
171 Stephen WIGGINS 32:17 SM20-24 40.11 % M 122 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:21:58 24

Full results http://www.parkrun.org.uk/delamere/results/latestresults/

There was also a Helsby victory at the Warrington Park Run 5k on Saturday for Colin Thompson who secured a new PB in a fantastic performance as did Shan McCarthy for 1st Helsby lady home.

1 Colin THOMPSON 17:43 VM35-39 74.41 % M 1 Helsby RC New PB! 40
93 Shan MCCARTHY 27:09 VW40-44 57.95 % F 20 Helsby RC New PB! 8

Full results http://www.parkrun.org.uk/warrington/results/latestresults/

Also on Saturday 12th July Jim O’Hara ran the tough Wasdale race

63rd      Jim O’Hara                  5.52.24

Results here http://www.fellrunner.org.uk/results//race14/Wasdale2014.pdf

Sunday saw the We Love Manchester 10k where sole representative for Helsby was Roy Gaskill securing 69th overall.

69th       Roy Gaskill                   40.14

Full results available from TDL http://www.tdl.ltd.uk/race-results.php?event=1707

It was also the Saunders Lakeland Marathon this weekend. Report from Jackie below

“It started and finished in Deepdale near Patterdale with the entire race wedged between  Ullswater and Thirlmere on the Helvellyn range.   The weather was perfect for the race, it started hot on Saturday morning but gradually clouded over and became thankfully cooler. Rain started the moment we got to the overnight camp site at Wythburn at the head of Thirlmere but only became heavy as everyone was tucked into their tents sleeping. It was cloudy and misty first thing on Sunday but cleared as we climbed up and was sunny but cool for the rest of the day. All courses were really tough and much harder than normal due to this years new planner being an ex OMM planner.

Chris B-H did the individual Klets course (the most difficult one) and came in an excellent 6th place in a total of 10hrs 12m . Well done Chris.

Jackie, Rachel, Lesley & Sally entered the paired event of Kirkfell (mid difficulty) but ran around altogether for moral support in a total time of 15hrs 19min to finish 52/53rd out of 56 finishers, however 22 did not finish due to the severe course which made us feel much better on our position. We were just delighted to finish it in once piece, still speaking to each other and with our sense of humours in tact!

Over the weekend we climbed and circumnavigated Helvellyn twice covering 28.6 miles and 10600ft (3500m) of climbing. “

Sat  26.5K   1782m climbing (pink route)
Sun  19.5K  1759 m climbing (blue route)




And Chris Baynham-Hughes report

“Yet another fantastic weekend racing at the SLMM. Without doubt this is a

highlight of my year. For those not familiar with the mountain marathon format its essentially orienteering on a grand scale over rough open fell land. I took on the solo ‘klets’ class which meant I’m given a map, a series of grid references and I have to decide which order I take them in. Strategy, accurate navigation and light kit are the key elements to success; Sadly the strategy and accurate navigation bits aren’t my strengths! Starting off we managed to get a group helsby photo before heading our separate ways. I started well speed wise, but badly in the accuracy stakes over shooting by 400m. It doesn’t sound a lot, but its adding the best part of 1k to my run and in this terrain that’s a large addition in such a tight event.

Day 1 saw me face down several times after rolling both ankles and add about 20-25 minutes to my time through mistakes but to my delight and surprise I made the chasing start for the second day…. I also got to laze in the sun on Gavin Bland’s farm surrounded by awesome scenery. Result! It was great to sit and chat with the Helsby ladies, who had gone aroundtogether in a 4,

before calling it a night.

Day 2 started well with me nailing the second checkpoint in the mist before

heading to Grizedale tarn and making a poor decision. With my ankle very sore I thought I’d go over Fairfield rather than around it. I lost time and ultimately didn’t manage to pick up any places, but I didn’t lose any either so finished in 6th overall. Considering my aim was to try and break into the top 10 I was over the moon!

A fantastically well organised event in true fell country and a real family

atmosphere to it. With classes ranging from walking pairs to solo klets, strategy, skill and speed this is an event that everybody should do at least once.”

As always please let me know of any other events I may have missed as I can always update the blog.

Keep on running


Upcoming Events Info from Jackie


Wednesday 23rd July its the 6th fell counter Green Green Grass of home, a steep fell race of 4.5 miles and 1500ft climbing from Llangynhafel.

Wedneday  29th July, in the clubhouse after our club run, Jayne Joy will be giving a talk on Eating Disorders in Sport, chip butties provided!! Please come along to the third in our series of club talks on running related subjects.

Wednesday 6th August its the 10th road counter Pie & Peas, 5 miles from Moulton near Northwich. This race is increasingly popular and tends to fill up so please apply online if you wish to do it. http://www.runbritain.com/RaceDetail.aspx?eventid=7aba07cb5c64


Helsby weekly round-up 10th June – 17th June 2014

Hi all

Doesn’t anyone have a quiet weekend anymore?

Trail up the Beast was our fourth fell counter and first Inter-Clubfell race on Tuesday 10th June. Looks like 23 were out for Helsby which is a brilliant turnout and leading the field home were Jimmy and Jane for full club points. Not sure who won at the prize giving so please let me know as I can update the blog accordingly. I do know Tom DeJong was first Under23 so well done to him.

Helsby positions and times as below.

9          JIM O’HARA                                          38.21
15         COLIN THOMPSON                               41.07   
22         CHRIS BAYNHAM-HUGHES            41.44   
36         TOM DE JONG                                    44.24   
41         STEVE RILEY                                       46.10
44         PHIL GILLARD                                      46.23
46         PHILIP ROBERTS                                  46.31
50         MARIO FOSCHI                                     47.13
63         JAMES HIGGINS                                   48.52
64         JANE ASHBROOK                                48.59
65         DAVID FEAKES                                    49.15
77         JIM JONES                                           52.41
79         PAUL FOSTER                                      52.57
83         TIM PALMER                                        54.11
85         VANESSA GRIFFITHS                           54.27
91         ADRIAN JACKSON                               55.10
106       JACKIE KEASLEY                                58.12
108       LESLEY FEAKES                                 59.28   
114       DAVID HILTON                                      61.00
117       LIZZIE THOMAS                                    62.38
119       JENNY PALMER                                   62.55
121       NESTA HAWKER                                  65.02
132       ALEC ROBERTSON                              81.10

Full results of the Beast race are on www.wfra.org.uk

On Wednesday Jim Jones was out at the Holcombe Two Towers fell race, his 2nd race in two days! Our 2nd claim runner Jamie Dowdall also had a great run at this race.

26th          Jamie Dowdall                        42.07 (2nd claim)
59th          Jim Jones                                 49.28 

For full results and map please see links below.



Not content with 2 races in 2 day, Jim headed to the Walsh Two lads fell race for race number 3 in 3 days!

130th         Jim Jones                                              47.23 

For full results and map please see links below.



Saturday 14th June was the Delamere Park 5k where seven Helsby runners were out. Tom DeJong was first Helsby man home for a new course PB and Jim Jones was in the top ten. Louise McEveley was first Helsby lady home.

4 Tom DE JONG 20:04 SM20-24 64.95 % M 4 Helsby RC New PB! 7
9 Jim JONES 21:24 VM45-49 68.38 % M 9 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:21:16 12
17 David FEAKES 21:59 VM50-54 68.16 % M 16 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:21:37 19
41 Derek GALLAGHER 24:06 VM60-64 67.15 % M 37 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:21:49 17
48 Louise MCEVELEY 24:22 VW45-49 67.17 % F 7 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:23:49 39
64 Rachel ARNOLD 25:33 VW50-54 67.25 % F 11 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:23:39 10
169 Lesley FEAKES 32:42 VW45-49 50.66 % F 62 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:24:15 22

Full results, http://www.parkrun.org.uk/delamere/results/latestresults/

It was the rescheduled Hollins Green 5k on Saturday with according to Andy Smith “A bit of light relief for some after the Sandstone last weekend, a fast 5km on the road.

A few green vests made the rescheduled Hollins Green 5k on Saturday. Fortunately the damp weather had taken a lot of heat out of the day and made for good running conditions, although the damp roads were a little greasy in places.Sadly after 13 years this may be the last occassion that this classic race enjoying a village location and a fast course may be held. Warrington Borough Council have proved difficult, insisting on many road closures and the need to hire traffic management companies, which has added considerably to the costs. Nevertheless, strong running from the Helsby contingent with both Donna and Jen securing PBs, much to their delight”

64th          Andy Smith                             21.17
74th          Janet Robertson                     21.53
86th          John Thompson                      22.48
118th         Jennifer O’Hare                       25.58
123rd        Donna Geer                            27.57

Full results and details as below.


Also on Saturday was the Whinlatter Forest race incorporating the Eurpoean Championships Trial and Race 2 of the UKA three race Mountain Race Challenge, where our very own Elite athlete Jayne Joy ran a great race to finish 7th overall in a superb field and to feature in the prizes.

7th         Jayne Joy         40.36

For more details and full results please see the website below, a fantastic achievement I’m sure you will all agree.

Many thanks also go to Joe and Mario who gave some great support on the day, very much appreciated from Jayne.




Ras Pedol Cwm Pennant Horseshoe was an inaugural race in the North Wales Fell Series also on Saturday, a particularly tough race by all accounts. Jim O’Hara continues his good form to be first in for Helsby on the day.

Race report from Phil Gillard

“On Saturday Jimmy, Chris, Jackie and myself made our way to one of the remotest and beautiful valleys in the Snowdon range for the Cwm Pennant race, clocked as 15.6 miles and 6000 feet. The route is a classic with a fairly flat run out to the first climb up Moel Hebog, followed by some runnable undulating work to visit Moel Ogof and Moel Lefn. The route down to Bwlch y Ddwy-elor via Bwlch Cwm Trwsgl is the most challenging navigation but rewarded with the sight of a checkpoint with water and Bill Keasley taking photos (Bill is not a permanent fixture, he was only there for the race). Time then for the climb up to Trum y Ddysgl and onto the next part of the ridge which goes over an edge and a climb over a Jurrasic Park like landscape onto the plateau of Craig Cwm Silyn which is a fairly runnable until you reach the summit of Garnedd Goch and then down a quad burning heather & boulder infested descent off Cwm Ciprwth. So far we have had grassy and rocky ascents and descents, mountain and trail like tracks but no road, well don’t be disappointed, there is a 3km section of tarmac to finish, what more could you ask.

The organisers describe it as a behemoth of a race and they are right, the reward is some stunning scenery and mountain isolation and also, being a classic horseshoe allows you to look back at the full extent of your achievement. The advice I would give is to get your navigation right because if you need to ask for directions you will won’t be able to pronounce the route !”

And some words from Jackie

“Jimmy, Chris, Phil & I made the journey to Cwm Pennant on Saturday for this gem of a long race, 4th race in the WRFA series.

The weather was kind, sunny spells, a pleasant breeze and clear all the way around for slower runners (i.e. me!). A very well organised race with plenty of cheery marshalls at all 10 checkpoints with smiles, encouragement, mars bars and jelly babies and 2 essential drinks stops.

The words of a Dark Peak runners blog (tested to destruction) sums it up.

So. What a race. It has it all. Steep ascents. Steep descents. Crazy no-path nightmare heather bashing, excellent views, scrambly bits, runnable climbs, non-runnable climbs, sneaky local lines and an horrific final section along the road.

You could almost call it the Jura of Wales. A race of real character, and I feel proud to have done it this year, the second year of its running. Math has done well to create something that could well become a real classic of the calendar. There were 40 runners last year, 80 this year. I suspect there may well be a few more next year. Fantastic day out.”

27th       Jim O’Hara                                3.09.39
29th       Chris Baynham-Hughes              3.12.57
66th       Phil Gillard                                4.06.50
71st       Jackie Keasley                          4.25.37

Photos from Bill Keasley below

think i'll just run all of these for something to do

think i’ll just run all of these for something to do

Jackie, Chris, Phil and Jim O

Jackie, Chris, Phil and Jim O

Heads down and working hard

Heads down and working hard

All smiles from Phil

All smiles from Phil

Full results on www.wfra.org as well as a race description and race map. For photos see below


Sunday saw 7th road counter of the current season for the Sport in the Port 10k where Helsby’s Derek Morris took full honours in a superb sub-40 race. Well done to Louise for first Helsby lady home to take the full points.

32nd       Derek Morris                 38.37
45th       Roy Gaskill                   40.23
160th     Stephen Wiggins           46.10
199th     Derek Gallagher            47.25
236th     Louise McEveley           48.57
417th     David Wiggins              55.05

Results and other details on the link below.


Moel-y-Gamelin on Sunday saw Jim O’Hara and Jim Jones out for the club but I’ve not found the official results as yet. I’ll post on the blog once available.

In other news from Jackie;

Next weekend is the Helsby Community Sports Club Workforce weekend. Thanks to those who have said they can get come along to help; we are up to 15 runner volunteers so far.

  • Please come along on Saturday morning 21st June, 9:30 onwards, or asap after the Park Runs.

I will know more after this Tuesday’s workforce meeting, but tasks runners will be involved in are deep cleaning and painting the ladies’ shower room and loos, moving our 4 Villages Race store to the alcove in the TV lounge, plus more painting & cleaning in and outside and landscaping the front of the club! So please bring along your sense of humour, work clothes, scrubbing brushes/buckets/clothes/de-grouter tool/cleaning equipment. John G will bring his tools to build the new store. Petrol strimmers and gardening tools (just in case). Painting equipment will be provided.

The weekend after, Friday 27th June, its our presentation evening, in our revamped club house! A packed evening which will kick off at 6:30 with:-

  • our annual highly contested summer handicap (which includes a couple of laps of Helsby Hill, all speeds catered for). Please let Phil know your 5K and 10K race times (phil.gillard1@btinternet.com)
  • followed by a BBQ. Club to provide cooked food, please let Dave & Lesley know if you are coming along and bringing either nibbles, salad or sweet. davidfeakes1234@btinternet.com
  • annual presentation evening (the 2013/14 awards in road, fell, cross country and Border League have now been determined and include lots of you!) So please come along; you may have won an award!
  • and finally a disco; Chris & Tim Igoe will put on some dancing music for us!
  • Family and friends welcome

Keep on running