Helsby weekly round-up 27th May – 1st June 2014

Hi all

It is a very mixed bag this week, from park runs to club counters to Elite International races!

On Tuesday 27th May our Steve Riley joined Keswick AC for a one night stand, running in their Latrigg Uphill Time Trial. Steve was an impressive 5th place and this was to be a reverse route of what Jayne Joy ran at the Karrimor Great Trail Race on Sunday. Steve has reported that it is a friendly club with “Beautiful, if lung bursting terrain.”

5th          Steve Riley       19.08


Wednesday 28th May was the first in the Harrock Hill race series and a brief race report by Paul Foster below

“I ran the first of the Harrock hill races last night..5.2 miles 900 ft. The course was changed a little to keep away from charging cows. Don’t think it would have added much more on to the distance.

Felt more like the cross country season.”

38th                  Jamie Dowdall           40.19 (2nd claim Helsby)
109th                Paul Foster                  48.33

Hopefully results to appear here in time, can’t find at the moment.


Thursday 29th May saw the Bowden 5k with three out for Helsby led home by Geoff Shaw for 113th overall in 22.54.

113th                Geoff Shaw                22.54
138th                John Thompson          24.02
177th                Janet Shaw                 28.02

Full results of Bowden


Saturday 31st May was the 64th Delamere Park Run 5k with 8 Helsby runners out. Ed Halliwell led the Helsby contingent home for 13th overall and Joanne Lacking was first Helsby lady securing a new PB for 36th overall. Well done to all who ran.

13 Edward HALLIWELL 20:38 VM40-44 66.16 % M 13 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:19:58 3
22 Phillip ROBERTS 21:31 VM35-39 62.51 % M 22 Helsby RC First Timer! 2
36 Joanne LACKING 22:34 SW30-34 66.03 % F 3 Helsby RC New PB! 6
49 Carol SHAW 23:25 VW50-54 73.38 % F 4 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:22:22 20
239 Paul BULMER 39:16 VM55-59 39.13 % M 154 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:28:33 12
240 Louise MCEVELEY 39:16 VW45-49 41.68 % F 86 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:23:49 37
241 Claire MORTON 39:16 VW50-54 44.91 % F 87 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:27:35 9
242 Stephen WIGGINS 39:18 SM20-24 32.95 % M 155 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:21:58 23

Full results


It was also the 19th Warrington Park Run 5k where Helsby’ s talented Colin Bishop secured an overall course win on his first attempt at the course to come home in 17.24.

1 Colin BISHOP 17:24 VM50-54 87.55 % M 1 Helsby RC First Timer! 29

Full results


Interestingly, on Saturday the Hollins Green 5k was cancelled due to a council refusal to accept the UK Athletics endorsed traffic management course to apply road closures. Details on the website below!


The race has been provisionally rescheduled for Saturday 14th June.

Sunday saw our 3rd Helsby fell counter at Edenfield (BM) where 9 Helsby tested themselves on the tough tussocky terrain. Great result for Jim O’Hara first man home for Helsby to take the full honours and to Jackie for first Helsby lady home. (It’s worth noting that Jimmy is also currently in 3rd place for senior men in the North Wales series of fell races so a great season he is having!)

19th                  Jim O’Hara                             53.16
34th                  Chris Baynham-Hughes         55.01
73rd                  Philip Roberts                          62.23
79th                  Phil Gillard                               63.29
90th                  Mario Foschi                           65.01
101st                Jim Jones                               66.01
126th                Paul Foster                              70.34
128th                Jackie Keasley                       71.51
139th                Rachel Arnold                         74.04

Results available from the Rossendale Harriers website


Also on Sunday was the Wigan Trail 10k, with 5 Helsby runners out, please find results below:

3rd Colin Thompson 37.56
27th Tom Dejong 44.31
62nd Adrian Jackson 48:31
149th David Wiggins 58:36
150th Stephen Wiggins 58:37

Full results and further info



Photo of our Wigan Peers below

Helsby Runners at Wigan Trail 10k 2014

Helsby Runners at Wigan Trail 10k 2014

As always, race reports are most welcome and if I’ve missed any event or challenge then please let me know as we try and keep the blog as up to date as possible.

Keep on running



Helsby weekly round-up May 7th – May 11th 2014

Hi all

Great variety of events once again this week from Andy’s 5k to a superb mountain marathon from Steve Riley!

Still awaiting results for last Wednesday’s Dinas Bran Hill Run at Llangollen. If anyone comes across the results then please let me know and I’ll update the blog accordingly. Some photos of the night below. This is a good race and as usual Helsby runners featured prominently in the results so well done to all prize winners. Jim O’Hara was first Helsby male home and Jayne Joy was first female also taking the course record.

Thumbs Up for Hills

Thumbs Up for Hills


Saturday’s Delamere Park Run saw six out for Helsby with Andy’s first Delamere Park Run seeing him on top of the Helsby podium with 31st overall. Louise McEveley was first lady for Helsby in 58th. Congratulations to David Wiggins for his course PB.

31 Andy SMITH 22:46 VM50-54 65.81 % M 29 Helsby RC First Timer! 1
58 Louise MCEVELEY 24:57 VW45-49 65.60 % F 6 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:23:49 36
77 David WIGGINS 26:08 VM55-59 58.80 % M 66 Helsby RC New PB! 4
106 Claire MORTON 27:54 VW50-54 63.20 % F 20 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:27:35 8
122 Jane ASHBROOK 28:57 VW35-39 52.27 % F 27 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:21:53 23
123 Rachel ARNOLD 28:59 VW50-54 59.29 % F 28 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:23:39 9


Full Delamere Park Run 5k results below:


Colin Thompson was the sole Warrington Park Runner for Helsby this week but an 18 minute run saw him 5th overall.

5 Colin THOMPSON 18:00 VM35-39 73.24 % M 5 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:17:56 37


Full results for Warrington Park Run 5k below:


Also on Saturday was the eagerly anticipated Excalibur Marathon with four Helsby runners out testing their bodies to the limit. Race report from Steve Riley below.

“Top, top event on familiar ground to many. Full bonus points to Nestafor picking this as her debut marathon, with a mighty 6000ft of climbing! Rotten weather with some strong winds, a bit of rain and (I hear) some hail. Mind you, the weather was actually way better than forecast, so a lucky escape! Mist over the top of Moel Famau and a familiar fast finish into the top car park at Bwlch Penbarrass where hot stew, sweet tea, friendly faces and Famau-brewed beer awaited us.  Nesta, Jim, Steve, Steve, Sharon”

Race results with Gun Times.

31st      Steve Riley                 5.11.46
102nd   Nesta Hawker             6.33.10
103rd    Sharon Basford         6.33.33 (Tattenhall)
104th    Jim O’Hara                 6.33.34
105th    Stephen Wiggins         6.33.14

For more race details see


or to peruse the full results http://www.tdl.ltd.uk/race-results.php?event=1571 or to take a look at the remarkably photogenic runners http://www.sportsunday.co.uk/conquer-excaliber

Saturday was a trip into Bolton and the Last Drop Loop Fell Race now in its 2nd year. With a large increase in numbers participating and a longer course due to a ‘parade lap’ being added Helsby’s Jayne Joy secured her second win in as many days with a new course record by minutes also. Great support from Mario and Joe on the day too.

18th      Jayne Joy                   45.15

For more information and full results please see below


Some photos of the day also


Also on Saturday was the Bollington 3 Peaks Fell Race with two good performances from Philip and Jim in what was another big increase in field size from previous years.

101st    Philip Roberts              54.02
120th    Jim Jones                   55.59

For full results please see the Macclesfield website below.


Sunday was the Port Sunlight 10k with two runners out for Helsby. Colin Bishop was a brilliant 11th overall taking his age category win in an awesome 35.19 and Jane Ashbrook was 149th overall for 4th in her category in 43.52.

11th      Colin Bishop                35.19
149th    Jane Ashbrook            43.52

Full results of Port Sunlight can be found here:


There are two notable races I’d like to mention this week.

Tuesday night 7.15pm at Wirral Country Park, is the Thurstaston Multi-terrain Challenge a 10k approx. race of beach, road and trail running and well worth a run out if you want something low key and a little from the norm. More details can be found below


On Sunday there is a good introductory fell race, the Mynydd Myfyr Hill Race at Trefonen. In recent years this has been popular as it’s been in our Fell Counters and on the May Bank Holiday weekend but hopefully the date change and fact it’s not a counter won’t deter too many. Please ask Joe on Wednesday for more details if interested.



Keep on running


Helsby weekly update till 5th May 2014

Hi all

Firstly, let’s all congratulate Jayne Joy for being picked to represent Cheshire in the upcoming Inter-county Fell Race at Witton Park on 18th May 2014. More details below, be sure to click on the Inter-counties tab.


It was the usual busy weekend for Helsby with a variety of races

Saturday 3rd May 2014 was the 60th Delamere Park Run and we had two PB’s for Helsby, firstly with Colin Bishop in first overall in a superb 17.38 and with Claire Morton in 134th in 27.35. Louise McEveley was first Helsby lady home.

1 Colin BISHOP 17:38 VM50-54 86.39 % M 1 Helsby RC New PB! 26
44 Stephen WIGGINS 22:56 SM20-24 56.47 % M 41 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:21:58 21
79 Louise MCEVELEY 24:35 VW45-49 66.58 % F 9 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:23:49 35
81 David HILTON 24:49 SM30-34 52.38 % M 72 Helsby RC First Timer! 1
134 Claire MORTON 27:35 VW50-54 63.93 % F 29 Helsby RC New PB! 7

Full results below


Roy Gaskill decided to venture further afield and he entered the Marple 5k Park Run on Saturday to finish 17th overall in 20.22. Roy states “very accurate course a bit different from park runs I’ve done with no tarmac and lots of fields and few tracks and not very flat.”

17 Roy GASKILL 20:22 VM45-49 71.85 % M 16 Helsby RC First Timer! 12

The Halewood 5k saw Ivan Davies secure a course PB as well as Tom DeJong securing 1st in his u20 age category and knocking a big chunk off his previous best to finish 22nd in 19.25. Great result for Tom after his recent first time under 20 minutes and this race highlighted Ivan’s improving form.

18th       Ivan Davies                   19.12
22nd       Tom DeJong                 19.25
38th       Dave Madders              20.59
39th       Joanne Lacking            21.11      


It was the Llangynhafal Loop Fell Race on Saturday afternoon which was also a club fell counter and a fantastic turn-out for Helsby saw 18 green vests out in the field of 82 in total. Impressive performances all round saw Jim O’Hara first senior male home with Jayne 1st lady overall. Other notable prize winners on the day were Janet, Mario and Alec but some wonderful and exciting performances all round, especially the Phil Gillard and Dave Feakes downhill race-off! Well done also to Lizzie who chose quite a difficult first fell race. Rumours are Mario is still locked away playing with his prize…………you’ll have to ask him when you see him.

Special congratulations to Jackie who not only ran the Loop but then didn’t stop and continued to Abergele. Awesome!

5th Jim O’Hara 45.55 1st in cat
8th Jayne Joy 47.10 1st Lady
15th Chris Baynham-Hughes 48.35
31st Phil Gillard 54.46
32nd David Feakes 54.56
34th Steve Riley 55.27
41st Janet Robertson 57.48 1st in cat
42nd Jim Jones 57.55
43rd Tim Palmer 58.11
47th Mario Foschi 59.18 1st in cat
51st Jane Ashbrook 59.59
53rd Alec Robertson 60.12 2nd in cat
58th Andy Smith 60.46
63rd Lesley Feakes 61.42
67th Jackie Keasley 65.01
68th Paul Foster 65.02
74th Jennifier Palmer 70.27
75th Lizzie Thomas 73.33


Helsby Fell Runners at the Llangynhafal Fell Race May 2014

Helsby Fell Runners at the Llangynhafal Fell Race May 2014


Thanks to Joe out on the course cheering and marshalling and to the brilliant cheers from Laura and her support choir consisting of Charlie, James and Rhys.

For full results and a link to photos please see the Welsh Fell Runners website below



Sunday was the Liverpool Spring 10k at Sefton Park where Colin Thompson and new recruit Gaz were the Helsby representatives. Colin kept up his good form with a great time of 35.21 nudging him ever nearing to the sub 35 he is more than capable of Gaz had a brilliant sub 40 PB as well. Well done!

Race report from Colin below

“Myself and new Helsby recruit Gaz O’Connor ran the Liverpool Spring 10k on Sunday. The course starts in the middle of Sefton Park by the café and is a 2 lap course, a few twists and turns and quite undulating. I must admit, I ran this race last year and didn’t enjoy it at all, it was a hot day, the course was tough (with a set of steps at the half way point –thankfully removed for 2014) and I blew up towards the end and lost a load of time and places. I was determined to have a better race this time round. I took to the start line in pen 1 and the usual Merseyside suspects were there, more notably John Connolly of Penny Lane Striders and Neil Cosgrove who runs for Knowsley. I have been in some close battles with them recently but always seem to lose out by a few seconds so was determined to stay with them to the finish this time. The gun went off and the pace was quick from the start, my garmin read 5:30 min miles which is my 5k pace! I felt ok though and settled with a group from Liverpool Harriers. First lap done at 5k mark at 5:37 pace and on target for the sub 35 I’ve been chasing, but things changed rapidly. I started to struggle. It was a hot day again and there are some tough sections on the course which have some killer hills. I was still with the Liverpool Harriers runners but John came running past around the 8k mark and the group started to pull away. I dug in deep but really had nothing left. The finish is on a steep climb around 100m long, I tried to put on a sprint but my legs were jelly, I crossed the line and looked at the garmin and was very surprised to see 35:21, I really thought I’d lost more time on that second lap but actually beat my Arley Hall PB, I lost out to John but ahead of Neil for once! I was made up with the result and gives me huge confidence going into future 10ks, where hopefully on a flatter course and cooler conditions I can get my target time! Big thanks to Louise, Col Bishop and Jane for their support on the day, and a big congratulations to Gaz for a great run also going sub 40 and getting a PB in the process. This is a great race and a big event, around 3000 on the day, brilliant organisation and a fantastic samba band adds to the atmosphere.”

14th                   Colin Thompson            35.21
62nd                   Gaz O’Connor               39.06

Helsby Runner Colin Thompson (left) at the Liverpool Spring 10k

Helsby Runner Colin Thompson (left) at the Liverpool Spring 10k


For full results


For more details and pics of the day please see


In a rather pleasant day off work Helsby’s Jayne Joy headed to Glossop for the James Thorn Fell Race. With someone removing all the flags from what was the night before a flagged course many people ended up running off course or adding extra miles including race leader Andi Jones who remarkably still ended up 2nd after a long detour. No results as yet but Jayne achieved a 2nd place finish so another podium in the bag. It’s also worth noting that Ex Helsby fell runner Danny Chan was a brilliant 3rd in this event and is now running for Pennine. If you are reading Danny, good to see you and keep up the great achievements on the fells.

More details here with results to follow


If I’ve missed any events please let me know and I’ll update the blog but if you do want to be in the round-up then it’s always good to let me know.

In other news

As mentioned in a previous email, Dinas Bran on Wednesday, be good to have a good Helsby turnout as I’ll hopefully be there with the camera. Lads, a bit of make-up wouldn’t go amiss, the girls look great.

Adrian has asked if anyone would like their names on their Helsby Hoody. It costs about £3 for a full name. Please see Adrian on a Wednesday to arrange.

Keep on running


Helsby weekly round-up 23rd – 27th April 2014

Hi all

Two first places for Helsby in this week’s round-up and a race that had no results!

Wednesday night 23rd April saw the last Border League race held by Deestriders. A brief report as to the reasons why the results didn’t stand can be seen on the North Wales Blog below.


Thanks to Donna Geer/Mario who took a photo of the many Helsby runners on the night as seen below. 28 were out in all for Helsby, fantastic turnout.

It was unfortunate that the race wasn’t validated and these things do happen from time to time but taking the season as a whole  it was a fantastic series of races for Helsby ladies and promotion for Helsby men is definitely a good target for Borders 2014/15 and certainly achievable.

Well done to Colin Bishop, first for his age category and to Tom DeJong picking up a 3rd junior title.

Results for the other Border League races over the previous season can be seen below.


Helsby Team

Helsby Team

It was the Delamere 5k Park Run on Saturday 26th with a great 1st place by the formidable Colin Bishop (undoubtedly one of the top ten runners in the country for his age group, so we should be very proud to have him for Helsby!) and first Helsby lady was Louise McEveley. Where was everyone this week?

1 Colin BISHOP 17:55 VM50-54 85.02 % M 1 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:17:47 25
74 Louise MCEVELEY 25:30 VW45-49 64.18 % F 11 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:23:49 34

For full results see below:


Saturday was also the Warrington 5k Park Run where sole Helsby representative Colin Thompson had a silver medal position for another great run.

2 Colin THOMPSON 17:58 VM35-39 73.38 % M 2 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:17:56 36

For full results of Warrington see below


Saturday also saw long distance runner Chris Baynham-Hughes head for a Highland Fling. His race report below…

Saturday morning… and afternoon I decided to take on the Highland Fling (a double marathon along the West Highland way between the start of the WHW (Milngavie) and Tyndrum). It’s a very popular race despite the clash with The Fellsman and many of the familiar faces were there; I’d headed up with three Spartans and Richie Webster from Wallasey RC. The weather was forecast to be atrocious so I was delighted to start without my waterproof on and pretty much stay that way for the entire race.

My lack of race prep showed as I just didn’t’ have the miles in my legs unlike all the recent Helsby marathon heroes we keep hearing about, so after a surprisingly strong start I started to go backwards after about 20 miles. Still, I toughed it out (I can confirm that you don’t get any 50 miler for free) and focused on enjoying the scenery which was superb. It was a bit rough or “technical” underfoot around one of the lochs (earlier in the race you’d skip over it) and some of the trail was in very poor condition, but good company, well organised and one I’d certainly look to do again… but with full training next time! I finished in the top 10%, but only by virtue of it being such a big event (~800 starters), in 9 hours 45 minutes, best of all there was no ankle pain.

The first question I was asked as I passed the finish line was “Do you want a water or a beer?” My kind of race :d”

Sunday 27th April was the Radcliffe 10k Multi-terrain race and a Viking raid by Jayne Joy saw her secure a fabulous victory against some talented opposition and a PB too on an undulating course shows the sort of form she is in.

23rd                  Jayne Joy                   38.25 (1st lady)

Thanks also to Joe and Mario who were out in support on the day. For further details and results see below;




A smiling Jayne Joy http://www.runningpix.co.uk/XCTrailpics/Radcliffe10K1432D/large-44.html

……and for a bit of extra reading

BBC Article. A point of View – How running has changed since the four minute mile


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Easter Weekend Round-up 2014

Hi all

Great running from everyone from the Spring 5 and the varied races over the Chocolate break and Helsby has definitely had a rebirth over the last year. Many thanks to Colin Thompson once again for ensuring we have a set of results out this week.

Firstly i’d like to draw everyone’s attention to an article in the Chester Chronicle about Helsby runner Paul Bulmer that Jackie has informed me about. It’s an inspiring read and goes to show what can be achieved and also how people should regard the club as a team however well we do individually.


On Wednesday 16th April it was the Chester Spring 5 and 3rd road counter in the Helsby summer series which saw 17 green vests out in the country lanes of Upton. Colin Thompson for full Helsby points in a very good field was an impressive 18th in 28.26 while Joanne Lacking keeps her great form for first in for Helsby ladies to take the honours. Well done to everyone else who secured PB’s as I know Tom did. Well done to all who ran.

Full Helsby results please see below:

18th      Colin Thompson                      28:26

73rd      Derek Morris                           31:34

82nd     Tom Dejong                            32:04

103rd    Ian Landucci                           32:52

112th    Jim Higgins                             33:36

164th    Joanne Lacking                      35:35

174th    Laura Baynham-Hughes        36:13

176th    Stephen Wiggins                     36:22

194th    Tim Palmer                             36:45

203rd    Carol Shaw                             37:15

219th    Paul Foster                              37:49

222nd   Geoff Shaw                            37:53

258th    Louise McEveley                    40:06

260th    Jackie Keasley                       40:20 (3rd in age cat)

284th    Jenny O’Hare                         42:58

291st    Jenny Palmer                         43:54

319th    Donna Geer                            46:43

Full results here:


On Good Friday it was the Salford 10k with the very Good Ivan and Dave putting Helsby on the map in Manchester. (Was Moyes running the other way?) Ivan’s race report below.

Myself and David madders ran the Salford 10k on Good Friday. This event is a two lap course starting from Salford sports village. Not the prettiest of courses but quite flat and a good for those pb hunting.

For some reason I thought this might be one of those “niche” events that slip under the radar from time to time, where a 40 minute 10k might just put you well up the final placings…how wrong I was.

A quick look at the results will show what a quality field turned out for this; 10 people ran under 31 minutes and a sub 35 only just got you in the top 50.  Despite this, the weather was kind and although they went to great lengths to give us all chip (timing), there didn’t seem to be any timing mats on the course and the results seem to be gun times only? So chip times probably a Few seconds faster.

Helsby results below:

166th    Ivan Davies                             39:52

287th    Dave Madders                        45:06

Full results here:


On Saturday 19th April it was the 58th Delamere Parkrun with Jim Jones first in for Helsby in a fine 21.34 run. Janet Robertson was first Helsby lady home. Good running everyone

Helsby results below:

27th      Jim Jones                               21:34

58th      Derek Gallagher                     23:07

71st      Janet Robertson                     23:42

94th      Louise McEveley                    24:50

232nd   Ivor Johnstone                        33:47

Full results here:


Saturday was a tough North Wales Series Fell Race. Brief race report from Phil below

“Jimmy O’Hara, Alec Robertson and I (Phil Gillard) ran in the Ras Y Moelwyn race on Saturday – 10 miles, 2800 feet, no results yet but nice video which catches the mood nicely”


Other details and results should appear here in time


Runcorn Bridge Race Report from Colin Thompson below:

On Easter Sunday 20th April it was the Runcorn Bridge 5 mile road race and 4th road counter of the year. It was a brilliant turn out for Helsby with 14 green vests on show. The race starts on the Runcorn side of the bridge, up over the Silver Jubilee into Widnes, left through the industrial estate to Halebank with the finish in Hale Park. The course is mostly flat with only a few undulations and conditions were perfect for a PB, which showed on the day with some brilliant running resulting in Colin Bishop and Carol Shaw winning their V50 age categories to shine on the day. Colin Bishop was first for the men with a fantastic time of 28:19 and top ten place for the full 20 points, and Joanne Lacking first lady home in a strong 35:41. Helsby men also won 3rd team place which, for a small running club like ours, is brilliant to be able to beat some of the big Merseyside and Cheshire teams and shows how much talent we currently have within the club.”

That third place team place is fantastic news! Well done guys. Thanks also to everyone out watching and supporting the race. It’s much appreciated by all the runners and please let me know if you have supported and watched a race because it’s nice to give a thankyou to those who dedicate a lot of their time to the club.

Helsby results below:

9th        Colin Bishop                            28:19 (1st in age cat)

11th      Colin Thompson                      28:30

51st      Roy Gaskill                             32:04 (3rd in age cat)

57th      Jim Higgins                             32:20

60th      Tom Dejong                            32:34

71st      Stephen Roach                       33:03

129th    Joanne Lacking                      35:41

145th    Carol Shaw                             36:21 (1st in age cat)

156th    Derek Gallagher                     36:46

191st    Geoff Shaw                            38:08

220th    Louise McEveley                    38:58

222nd   Stephen Wiggins                     39:00

250th    Clare Miller                              39:43

341st    Shan McCarthy                      43:17

Full results here:


Great round-up this week, an honour to send out

As always, keep on running


In other news please find an email from Louise below

Hi All,

On Friday 25th April (this coming Friday) a few of us are going to the Chinese Delight in Frodsham for a meal, and then in to Frodsham for a drink or 12.

I have 14 confirmed names on Facebook already but if you would like to come and your name is not below please email me on lspruce83@live.co.uk so I can add you to the list.

Unfortunately as it is quite short notice I need numbers by Wednesday  23rd, sorry it’s last minute but hopefully some of you can make it.

Confirmed names so far are as follows, Me, Col Thompson, Derek Morris, Helen Owens, Gareth Boyd, Chris Fitzpatrick, Jo Lacking, Jane Ashbrook, Jamie Dowdall, Tom Dejong, Gareth O’Connor, Roy Duffy, Lou McEveley, and Ste Wiggins. Thanks Guys Louise xx



Helsby weekly round-up 12-13th April 2014

Hi all

It was a busy weekend running wise with a fabulous Helsby turnout at the latest Delamere Park Run 5k on Saturday 12th April. Twelve green vests were led home by the brilliant Colin Bishop who ran through the finishing tape for first overall with Colin Thompson running well with a solid 4th place. Tom Dejong took his course PB and Janet Robertson led the ladies home for 56th overall. Well done to all who ran.

1 Colin BISHOP 17:47 VM50-54 85.66 % M 1 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:17:47 24
4 Colin THOMPSON 18:37 VM35-39 70.81 % M 4 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:18:09 35
11 Edward HALLIWELL 20:03 VM40-44 68.08 % M 11 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:19:58 2
12 Tom DE JONG 20:30 SM20-24 63.58 % M 12 Helsby RC New PB! 6
29 David FEAKES 22:16 VM50-54 67.29 % M 25 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:21:37 18
53 Derek GALLAGHER 23:27 VM60-64 69.01 % M 47 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:21:49 13
56 Janet ROBERTSON 23:33 VW45-49 68.79 % F 7 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:22:36 14
88 Louise MCEVELEY 25:35 VW45-49 63.97 % F 20 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:23:49 32
95 Lesley FEAKES 26:01 VW45-49 63.68 % F 23 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:24:15 21
123 Claire MORTON 27:57 VW50-54 63.09 % F 33 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:27:52 6
181 Jane ASHBROOK 33:49 VW35-39 44.75 % F 64 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:21:53 22
212 Tanya Elizabeth DOWNES 41:20 VW35-39 36.77 % F 84 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:27:08 5

For full results see below


It was also the Coledale Horseshoe Fell Race on Saturday with Helsby’s Jim O’Hara in attendance. This is an 8.5m traverse in the Lakes with 3000ft ascent in total. Unfortunately no results as yet but they should appear here soon


or for more information http://www.fellrunner.org.uk/races.php?id=2994

As I’m sure many of you are aware it was London marathon weekend last Sunday and many of us were tuned in, not to watch Mo but to see how our three Helsby runners got along. Not far behind Mo in all fairness was Chris Fitzpatrick with an awe inspiring sub three hour run to finish in the top 1000 of the race. Guess he never wore the mankini in the end. Great and similar runs were had by Helen Owens and Clare Miller. Helen Owens had completed a sub four hour Manchester Marathon just the week before too. Very impressive Helsby quartet there and be sure to congratulate them.

926th                Chris Fitzpatrick          2.55.35
5965th             Stephen Roach             3.35.37
13,280th           Helen Owens              4.06.47
13,715th           Clare Miller                  4.08.39

Hope I’ve not missed anyone, let me know if so!

For more details and full results please see the following website below


It was the 2nd road counter of the Helsby summer road series on Sunday at the local Whitley 10k, a race organised by Spectrum which takes in some of the country lanes of Cheshire and the pleasant village of Whitley. Another great turn-out for Helsby with a good battle for club honours between the many categories. Ivan Davies piloted the way for Helsby with a great win closely followed by Roy and Ian. Louise McEveley was first lady home to take the full race points.

Hopefully this now makes it interesting for the third road counter this coming Wednesday at the always popular West Cheshire Spring 5 race.

34th                  Ivan Davies                 40.31
38th                  Roy Gaskill                 40.52
54th                  Ian Landucci               41.40
90th                  Dave Feakes              44.26
124th                Dave Madders           46.10
162nd               Geoff Shaw                48.10
178th                Louise McEveley        49.02
199th                Lesley Feakes             50.29
234th                Jo Farwell                   53.02
313th                Janet Shaw                 1.02.02
343rd                Paul Bulmer                1.07.31
346th                Stephen Wiggins         1.07.32 

For full results and further information please see the official website below



In other news did anyone find a blue OMM jacket last Wednesday after the club talk as it was possibly left on the night by a club member? If so please drop me a line. Could someone also ask behind the bar tonight too. Just to reiterate, it’s a blue OMM jacket, very lightweight.

Good luck to all those at the Spring 5 on Wednesday and hopefully our marathon runners are also recovering well.

Keep on running



Helsby weekend round-up 5th – 6th April 2014

Hi all

Many thanks to Colin Thompson for his round-up last week!

The Delamere Park Run 5k this Saturday 5th April saw two vests out for Helsby with first in Gareth Boyd in 11th overall followed by Louise McEveley in 60th. Well done to Gareth and Louise who were also out at the Border League race the following day. Full results below.

11 Gareth BOYD 20:43 VM40-44 66.37 % M 10 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:19:08 11
60 Louise MCEVELEY 25:43 VW45-49 63.64 % F 14 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:23:49 31

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

It was also the monthly Halewood 5k on Saturday morning with Colin and Tom in fine form to secure PB’s or equal too’s! Colin was first in and a fine performance too considering the Borders the following day. Colin ran for a top ten position and Tom DeJong with a superb sub 20, something he has been aiming for recently, showing his progress and commitment to running. Well done to both and be sure to congratulate Tom on his milestone performance.

8th         Colin Thompson                        17.38
38th       Tom DeJong                             19.57

For more details see http://www.knowsleyharriers.com/merseyvend-north-west-5k/

Or for full history of results see below


Sunday 6th April saw the illustrious Manchester Marathon with some very impressive performances from the six Helsby runners on the day led home by Joanne Lacking in a quality 3 and a half hours and Dave Feakes well under the four hour mark.

1122nd               Joanne Lacking            3.29.09
1708th                Dave Feakes                 3.42.09
2062nd               Helen Owens                 3.48.16
2935th                Lesley Feakes               4.02.48
3199th                Stephen Wiggins           4.10.14
4201st                John Thompson            4.28.33
5603rd               Tanya Downes              5.23.56


It was the Border league Race 6 at New Brighton also on Sunday with 17 runners out for Helsby so a very good showing for the green vest. Thanks to all supporters on the day as it really helps the runners and provides that little extra incentive.

Great times and positions from the two Colin’s and six Helsby men in the top 100 now shows the strength in depth at the club. The ladies still continue to shine and to have two teams out as Joe stated earlier is fantastic for the club.

No team results as looks like an incorrect link currently on the website below.


Helsby positions and times as follows.

21st                  Colin Bishop                  30.16 (1st in age cat)
29th                  Colin Thompson            30.41
76th                  Jim Higgins                   33.33
81st                  Roy Gaskill                   33.47
82nd                 Gareth Boyd                 33.48
90th                  Tom DeJong                 34.46 (3rd in age cat)
100th                Alison Halsall                35.41 (1st in age cat)
129th                Vanessa Griffiths          37.36 (3rd in age cat)
142nd               Steve Riley                    38.26
174th                Michelle Hardwick        40.25
181st                Louise McEveley           41.45
186th                Andy Smith                   42.15
190th                Lizzie Thomas               42.55
195th                Emily Smith                  43.34
200th                Jo Farwell                     44.28
214th                Shan McCarthy              45.36
220th                Jane Ashbrook              46.52

Away from the roads now and a visit to the Lakes by Tim and Jenny on Sunday saw them at the Grizedale Forest Trail Race. Promising performances by Tim and Jenny show even brighter times are ahead for Helsby on the fells this year! Tim’s race report below.

“Jenny and Tim ventured up to the Lakes on Sunday to do the Great Grizedale Trail Race. This is a 10 mile trail race in Grizedale Forest. It is all on the forest tracks (good surface) with some good views towards Coniston. It is definitely undulating (my Garmin reckons 529m of undulation – but we are not totally convinced that it is this much). The Lake District weather (showers and wind) avoided any overheating problems. The promised six inch deep mud on the track didn’t materialise at the 9 ½ mile mark (thankfully). We both agree that it would be worth doing it again.”

For more information please see http://www.grizedale10.co.uk

Offical results now published for the race:


54th          Tim Palmer              85.03
113th         Jenny Palmer           100.06

Great running once again Helsby!


Helsby weekend round-up 22nd-23rd March 2014

Hi all

Lots to report this week and varied too, a very active and healthy club right now!

Saturday is 5k parkrun day and once again we had runners at Delamere and at Warrington. Ed Halliwell stormed round in a sub 20 for first Helsby honours and podium finish with Jim Jones also securing a parkrun top ten. First Helsby lady was Janet Robertson

3 Edward HALLIWELL 19:58 VM40-44 68.36 % M 3 Helsby RC First Timer! 1
7 Jim JONES 21:19 VM45-49 68.10 % M 7 Helsby RC New PB! 8
16 Phil GILLARD 22:42 VM50-54 66.01 % M 16 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:22:00 3
22 Stephen WIGGINS 23:13 SM20-24 55.78 % M 22 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:21:58 20
24 Derek GALLAGHER 23:29 VM60-64 68.91 % M 23 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:21:49 11
32 Janet ROBERTSON 24:01 VW45-49 67.45 % F 2 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:22:36 13
86 Shan MCCARTHY 27:40 VW40-44 56.87 % F 22 Helsby RC New PB! 7
195 Paul BULMER 36:50 VM55-59 41.72 % M 118 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:28:33 11
196 Louise MCEVELEY 36:50 VW45-49 44.43 % F 78 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:23:49 30


Colin Thompson was the sole wearer of the Helsby vest at Warrington, a good warm-up for his Borders on Sunday saw him 4th place.

4 Colin THOMPSON 18:03 SM35-39 73.04 % M 4 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:17:56 34

Full results for Warrington below


Saturday and Sunday saw the GinPit Double Marathon with Gareth Boyd challenging himself with the double. Race report from Gareth below

This weekend, I competed in The GinPit Double Marathon again – the same marathon course run twice over 2 days. It’s a low key event (only 45 runners) but extremely well organised with 4 x great marshal/checkpoints points (biscuits/sweets and water  ) along the way.  Most of it is run off road – trail/canal path (lots of mud and water and windy conditions but really flat!)  and it’s a really good way to test those legs if you’re considering running an ultra or two during the year or just doing something different.

Results : –

Day 1     position 22                         finish time 4:14:02

Day 2     position 20                         finish time 4:34:00


Now onto Sunday and there were three Helsby out at the Wilmslow Half with Mike Searle first in for Helsby followed by John Gallon and Chris Igoe.

869th                 Mike Searle                   1.41.07
1626th                John Gallon                  1.50.44
2221st                Chris Igoe                     1.57.22

Full results and details can be found below



It was also the Liverpool Half this weekend with seven green vests on display with the first home Chris Fitzpatrick. Joanne was first Helsby lady. Race report from Jackie below

Liverpool Half an epic this morning too with very strong winds along the Wilderspool promenade for the last 4 miles! Not done this before and it was one of the most iconic half’s I have done for a while.  Finishing in front of the Liver Bulidings with a Samba band playing was on a par with the atmosphere at the London Marathon! The daffodils’ in Sefton Park were lovely too. All these things take your mind off tired legs!

57th                   Chris Fitzpatrick            1.22.43
343rd                 Roy Gaskill                   1.32.04
447th                 Tom DeJong                 1.33.36
711th                 Joanne Lacking             1.37.33
1787th                Claire-Louise Miller        1.47.08
2398th                Jackie Keasley              1.51.19
2493rd               Ben Williams                 1.52.00

For more details please see


or for full results check out TDL


There were 15 runners out for Helsby at the Border League Race 5 on Sunday Deeside College. Thanks to all who turned up and to all the support which is always brilliant. Colin Bishop and Carol Shaw had superb runs for first in their respective categories as did Alison for a great second in hers. Helsby positions and times below.

Helsby ladies were 4th in Division 1 and Helsby men were 2nd in Division 2, great stuff everyone.

18th       Colin Bishop                             24.55 (1st in age cat)
23rd       Colin Thompson                        25.08
80th       Ivan Davies                               28.03
116th     Dave Madders                          30.20
121st     Alison Halsall                            30.48 (2nd in age cat)
123rd     Steve Riley                               30.57
133rd     Carol Shaw                               31.20 (1st in age cat)
139th     Tim Palmer                                31.33
141st     Laura Baynham-Hughes          31.35
181st     Louise McEveley                       34.05
189th     Michelle Hardwick                      34.19
195th     Sally Parkinson                         35.05
203rd     Emily Smith                              36.15
218th     Betty Grieve                              38.03
227th     Ivor Johnstone                          44.44

Full race results


Edale was also on Sunday, a classic fell race with over 300 runners out challenging themselves with the 21 miles and 4500ft ascent. Brilliant run from Jimmy saw a top result against quality company.

19th                   Jim O’Hara                    3.27.28


That’s it for the round-up this week


I’ll be on holiday next week so if anyone would like to keep the blog updated for this weekend’s races i’m sure everyone at Helsby will be appreciative but no problem if not. If anyone would like to do it I can also give you the address for the Chester Chronicle as we get a brief round-up of our races there too so they’ll need to be sent by Tuesday of each week. Normal service will be resumed the subsequent week so it’s not so bad if we miss a week’s worth of news, its really just to let people know the results of races for this coming weekend.

Keep on running


Helsby weekend round-up 15th – 16th March 2014

Hi all

Delamere and Warrington Park runs this weekend Saturday 15th March. A great run from Colin Bishop saw him first for Helsby and first overall at Delamere with a fantastic run from Ivan Davies securing a new PB as did Shan McCarthy. There were eleven out for Helsby at Delamere this weekend. Full results on the link below the Helsby runners times and placings below.

1 Colin BISHOP 18:02 VM50-54 84.47 % M 1 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:17:47 22  
12 Ivan DAVIES 19:32 SM35-39 68.86 % M 12 Helsby RC New PB! 13  
25 David MADDERS 21:37 VM40-44 63.61 % M 25 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:21:29 12  
43 Carol SHAW 23:01 VW50-54 73.71 % F 3 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:22:22 19  
57 Derek GALLAGHER 23:34 VM60-64 68.67 % M 52 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:21:49 10  
66 Helen OWENS 24:06 VW35-39 62.79 % F 6 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:23:24 6  
131 Shan MCCARTHY 28:23 VW40-44 55.43 % F 32 Helsby RC New PB! 6  
142 Stephen WIGGINS 29:00 SM20-24 44.66 % M 105 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:21:58 19  
143 Paul BULMER 29:00 VM55-59 52.99 % M 106 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:28:33 10  
167 Jane ASHBROOK 30:36 VW35-39 49.46 % F 50 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:21:53 21  
196 Ivor JOHNSTONE 33:50 VM45-49 42.56 % M 126 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:28:04 8  


Over at Warrington Colin Thompson and Tom ran together to both secure a top ten place in their park run. Not too long now before Tom smashes that 20 minute barrier! Full results below.

8 Colin THOMPSON 20:10 SM35-39 65.37 % M 6 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:17:56 33  
9 Tom DE JONG 20:10 SM20-24 64.63 % M 7 Helsby RC First Timer! 5  


It was the Llantisilio fell race organised by Tattenhall also on Saturday. This was a North Wales Counter and also the first Helsby Fell counter of the season. The race is 6.2 miles and 1200ft according to the Welsh Fell Runners website but further details can be found on the Tattenhall Running Club website, both links below.

Superb race from in-form Jimmy saw him 11th overall in a quality field. (Please note Jamie Dowdall is 2nd claim for Helsby)

Helsby positions and times were

11th Jim O’Hara 57′ 25″
45th Jamie Dowdall 66′ 04′
63rd David Feaks 71′ 06″
64th Phil Gillard 71′ 42″
67th Clive Wilkinson 72′ 54″
72nd Jim Jones 73′ 38″
89th Alec Robertson 77′ 14″
97th Lesley Feaks 81′ 09″
105th Paul Foster 85′ 51″



Tattenhall webpage


Welsh Fell runners webpage


Well done to everyone who ran this weekend and if I’ve missed any results be sure to let me know and I’ll get them added to the blog

And as always

Keep on running



Helsby weekend round-up 22nd-23rd February 2014

Hi all

It was the Delamere Park Run 5k race number 50 on Saturday 22nd February with two in the top ten for Helsby and the first place to boot! Well done to ColinBishop for first place in 18.17 followed by Ivan in20.07 with a great run for 6th. Laura Baynham-Hughes was first lady home in 23.06 for a fab 28th overall.

1 Colin BISHOP 18:17 VM50-54 83.32 % M 1 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:17:47 21  
6 Ivan DAVIES 20:07 SM35-39 66.86 % M 6 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:19:47 12  
12 Gareth BOYD 20:56 VM40-44 65.68 % M 12 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:19:08 10  
28 Laura BAYNHAM-HUGHES 23:06 VW35-39 65.15 % F 1 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:22:46 13  
37 Carol SHAW 23:34 VW50-54 71.99 % F 2 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:22:22 18  
43 Janet ROBERTSON 23:53 VW45-49 67.83 % F 3 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:22:36 12  
56 Louise MCEVELEY 24:55 VW45-49 65.69 % F 5 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:23:49 27  

For full results


It was also the Liverpool Princess Park run on Saturday with another podium finish for Helsby taken by Colin Thompson with a fast 5k in 18.01. Tom DeJong ran in a time of 20.35 for 26th place but unfortunately did not have his barcode to be entered as a named person in the results.

3 Colin THOMPSON 18:01 SM35-39 73.17 % M 3 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:17:40 31

For full results


Jim Jones did the Moel y CI on Saturday, a tough fell race over in Snowdonia. Jim states “Found it pretty tough coming back down and lost a lot of places to the experienced fell runners.

Hopefully have a better run on the Pipe Dream in Dalgarrog on Saturday.”

78th                   Jim Jones         56.17

Full results of the race below


and photos hopefully available on the Welsh Fell Runners website www.wfra.org.uk or here


In other news

This Wednesday 26th post club run is the meeting night for those who want to be included in the decision making process of our summer road and fell calendar. If you are going make sure you’ve contacted Dave or Lesley regarding your chip balm order!

Please don’t forget this weekend is the Border League race 4 hosted by Wallasey and held in Birkenhead Park at the usual start time of 11.00am Sunday.

More information below


Penby’s Tuffnutz 11mile team Endurance event (multi-terrain running and obstacles) is on again this year but it does unfortunately happen on the same day as a Border League race. Jackie has sent the link for more information which is below but the date is Sunday 6th April 2014 at 11.00am at Thurstaston. I’ll include the flyer on the blog or see here


Chris Fitzpatrick and Jackie have both asked me to mention about the Helsby beer festival, message from Chris below;

“I believe the Helsby Beer Festival comes to town on 7th & 8th March, and we don’t need an invite to go out and enjoy ourselves, so there’s a few of us meeting up and going to the sports club on Friday 7th, approx. 7.30pm. You will need tickets for this one, they are £3 each, you can pick them up at the sports club, Helter Skelter, Chester Rd Shell Garage and a few other places. Would be good to see you all there.”

As always

Keep on running