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 round-up 8th – 12th May 2013

Hi all

What a busy week.

Last Wednesday saw six Helsby members do the Dinas Bran fell race. I’m unable to find any results at the moment so if someone can find them please let me know. Presumably they will appear on the Dinas Bran School website shortly. Adrian has sent me a text saying that the runners were Mario, Adrian, Tom, Vanessa and Janet and Paul Foster. Hopefully more details to follow!


Saturday morning showed off the class in Helsby at the moment with two in the top three.  Colin Bishop storming first in a new PB in 17.47 was swiftly followed by Colin Thompson in 3rd in a fantastic time of 18.11 (not yet shown on the results). Some other fantastic results and PB’s on the day can be seen in the full results here


1st         Colin Bishop                             17.47
3rd         Colin Thompson                        18.11
26th       Carol Shaw                               22.35
37th       Laura Baynham-Hughes 23.57
39th       Helen Tudor                              24.02
40th       Derek Gallagher                        24.05
41st       Rachel Arnold                           24.06
47th       Alison Meakin                           25.45
50th       Jo Farwell                                 26.00

Congratulations to all who ran so well.

Saturday was the Helsby organised Sandstone Trail Challenge. Great stuff once again from Andy and all the helpers to pull off a brilliant event.

Full results already on the Helsby webpage and well done to Gareth Boyd and Steve Riley romping home for identical times of 6.06 for 36th and 37th (hope that wasn’t a sprint finish :d ) and especially to Ian Hilditch securing a new v70 record for 101st place in 8.50 and to Betty Grieve who completed the long distance challenge in 9.44 for 120th. Hope i’ve not missed anyone? Congratulations also to this year’s winner Dave Douglas.


Photos from Ben Williams for the Sandstone Trail Challenge


Also on Saturday saw Chris Baynham-Hughes do battle with another tough ultra, the Transvulcania


I’m sure Chris will update his blog about this race shortly but news straight from Chris is that he was 179th out of 1600, struggled a bit with the heat and had a drip at the end! One tough cookie.

Sunday was the Chester Half Marathon. I’ve had a couple of reports from this race and hopefully a photo of Clare, Roy and Tom will follow on the blog.

Some words from Ben “Although I didn’t get a PB it’s an awesome race now – very well organised, nice flat course (apart from the end…) and plenty of support around.”

And words from Ed “Conditions were pretty perfect for running on Sunday for the Chester Half, the foreast wind only turned out to be a light breeze. I arrived at 7:30 for 9:00 start as recommended in the race booklet and only had a five minute wait to get into the racecourse for parking, I suspect it would have been longer for those arriving later but there was also the option of Park and Ride with extra services laid on.

This was my second running of Chester Half and my first on the new course.  The race has expanded to 6,500 runners (according to the announcer) now, but didn’t feel too big at all.  The start was also on the racecourse and it was easy enough to start near the front if you wanted to.  There as a fun run for the kids which started next to the main start and at the same time, which must have been a great experience for them, and didn’t get in the way of the main race at all.

The race starts by going up to Fountains Roundabout, the along Parkgate Road for around 6 miles before turning and coming back along country lanes to Blacon/Saughall and then back up into the Town Centre for the big finish outside the Town Hall.  The course is great for a PB, as the return leg is marginally downhill and there’s only one real slope to worry about, being the run back up into Chester.  This is actually a real killer after 12.5 miles, but it helps being able to hear the finish.  I’m not sure about Mr Feakes’ idea of positioning himself on that slope with a camera – we may have to have a talk about that Dave!

Results for those listed as Helsby Running Club are below:

First Name Surname Category Category Position Gun Time Overall Position Chip Time Chip Position




































As you can see, I’ve finally nailed 1:30!  I had a perfect run on a perfect day after perfect training.  My only problem on the day was a fear I was going too fast as split after split showed I was way inside my target 6:45 pace and I tried slowing down but the clock kept telling me I was still flying.  The champagne tasted great in the afternoon!


PS – As an interesting side-note, there’s a remarkable similarity between Gun Positions and Chip Positions for us all, we must have stood in the right places at the start!”

There’s a few other names I need to add as they don’t appear as Helsby in the results. A good run from Tom De Jong after a week of two fell races saw him come home in 1.42 (something) but I’m not sure what name he was running with. Ben was 3481st in 1.56.04. Great stuff from Ed joining the sub90 club

For full results and photos of the Chester Half, check out the official website below:


Helsby at Chester Half

Some other photos of the Chester Half here http://www.chesterchronicle.co.uk/2013/05/13/thousands-take-part-in-the-2013-chester-half-marathon-59067-33325128/

Further afield and also on Sunday saw Jayne Joy win her first International race.  This was part of a fabulous training weekend in the Pyrenees with the talented and famous 80’s marathoner John Boyes.  Hopefully more information will follow. A link below shows some information on the training weekend but a full race report will follow in time. (Great idea to organise a future training week with mountain or trail race thrown in at the end? Lots of opportunity to bike some of the Tour de France routes too)


Many thanks to Kath Boyes for the photographs of Jayne collecting her prizes, very spoilt at a race win in France!


How many gifts?

Jayne with a wonderful array of prizes from the Tarbes 10k, France

Please note that there is a local multi-terrain at Thurstaston on the Wirral organised by Pensby on Tuesday 14th May. This is a great trail race on beach and along the Wirral Way at a distance of 10k. Start is 7.15pm at Wirral Country Park but there will also be car share from the club with a meet time of 6.15pm.

Heres’a link with more information


Once again, thanks to everyone providing me with reports, photos and results as it really helps in concatenating these emails. If i’ve missed anything let me know as I can always update the blog as needed.

Keep on running