Helsby weekly update 17th July – 22nd July 2013

Hi all

I believe some people are still not aware of Ian Landucci’s blog warning of Hyponotremia posted a couple of weeks ago. Please read when you get the chance and let’s hope Ian is well soon and all from Helsby wish him the best in his recovery.


There were two races last Wednesday night, the Sefton Park 5 Miler and The Druid Fell Race. Colin Bishop running his first of two Five mile races this week was the sole Helsby representative for the Tony Barnes Memorial Race. Colin is in fine form highlighted by him securing a PB on the night. Full results as below.


13th                  Colin Bishop                29.04

The Druid Fell Race was a club counter but also the first of three in our Inter-club fell competition so it was great to see such a fantastic turnout for Helsby including some fell virgins…..but will they be back for more? Twenty out for Helsby with the ever improving Jim O’Hara leading the cause in blinding aplomb finishing in 6th place overall. Prize winners on the night included Janet Robertson picking up a well-deserved age category position. Thanks to Joe and Mario for support and marshalling on the night. Well done also to those that managed to dodge the cows on the night. Over 150 runners were out for this race and the race organiser was able to donate £400 to the local hospice which shows supporting these low key and cheap races is really worthwhile.

(Race organisor would also like to thank Adnow Jackson who drove to his house to offer him a lift to the race, very kind!…sorry Adrian, couldn’t resist)

6th   35.52   Jim O’Hara
9th   36.13   Chris Baynham Hughes
14th   37.27   Adair Broughton
30th   40.22   Colin Thompson
46th   42.31   Roy Gaskill
55th   43.32   Steve Riley
58th   43.36   Gareth Boyd
59th   43.41   Andy Robinson
64th   44.26   Paul Porter
78th   45.48   Janet Robertson
81st   46.10   Tom De Jong
84th   46.17   Adrian Jackson
89th   46.42   Paul Foster
97th   47.14   Vanessa Griffiths
99th   47.25   Jim Jones (2nd Claim for Helsby)
111th   48.43   Rachel Arnold
120th   50.19   Ben J Williams
123rd   51.10   Chris Hatton
134th   54.38   Joanne Lacking
135th   54.40   Helen Owens


For full results please check out the Welsh Fell Runners website here 


Also, Pete Douglas was once again out on the course finding our best gurning shots here


In terms of the Inter-Club competition between the four clubs of Helsby, Spectrum, Tattenhall and Pensby we are now in 2nd position and only 12 points behind Spectrum. Let’s hope we have a good turnout at Teggs nose on Saturday 3rd August, especially with a couple of our good runners back in action to complement what was a brilliant achievement by all involved on the night, which should hold us in good stead. Remember if you turn up, no matter what your ability you will help Helsby score points.

Saturday morning saw the Delamere Park Run where seven Helsby members were led home by the sub 20 minute man Roy Gaskill. Four new course PB’s were also achieved on the morning so well done to all taking part and special congratulations also to Laura Baynham-Hughes not just first lady home for Helsby but 1st lady overall on the day. Chris will have to watch out!

8 Roy GASKILL 19:53 VM45-49 73.01 % M 8 Helsby RC New PB! 8  
13 Andy ROBINSON 21:24 VM55-59 74.30 % M 13 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:21:01 2  
27 Benjamin John WILLIAMS 22:50 SM35-39 58.10 % M 27 Helsby RC New PB! 8  
29 Laura BAYNHAM-HUGHES 22:53 VW35-39 65.55 % F 1 Helsby RC New PB! 8  
41 Carol SHAW 23:54 VW50-54 70.99 % F 5 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:22:24 9  
64 Tanya Elizabeth DOWNES 27:08 VW35-39 55.77 % F 15 Helsby RC New PB! 2  
109 Jane ASHBROOK 36:25 VW35-39 41.33 % F 49 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:21:53 10  

Saturday afternoon was the Burtonwood 5 Mile road race, our 8th Road Counter of the season and a race which is now a common fixture in our Calendar. This year it was also part of the Cheshire Grand Prix series of races so a quality field was expected. Colin Bishop showed his class with a top three finish in his age category and first male home for Helsby and extra kudos goes to Jo Farwell who biked there and back from Helsby also securing top points for the club counter. Well done to all runners on what was a warm day.

I should also mention the great support on the day from Joe, Jane and Louise. Photo’s of the day courtesy of Louise will appear on the Helsby blog. And just to make it clear we always appreciate your shouts of encouragement, keep them coming!

Full results can be found here courtesy of Spectrum Striders


Helsby position and times as follows:

22nd                 Colin Bishop                29.05
                 Colin Thompson          29.52
                  Adair Broughton          30.07
                  Gareth Boyd               33.30
                Adrian Jackson           35.38
                Tom DeJong               36.58
               Andy Smith                 38.15
th                Jo Farwell                   43.58

For standings in the Cheshire Grand Prix please check the following link in the next few


Keep on running everyone, and don’t forget it’s the Green Green Grass Fell Counter this Wednesday, details here in the upcoming races section, and luckily race organisor only lives a few metres away from the course start!


Please let me know if I’ve missed any results as I’ll update the blog accordingly.


Druid fell counter 6 wednesday july 11th 2012 (also inter-club competition)

Hi All

As at least 22 of you know, Wednesday was our inter-club as well as 6th fell club counter race, starting and finishing at the Druid Pub at the base of Foel Fenlli.

A delicate warmth welcomed the rainbow of vests congregating at the pub car park and the blue skies gradually gave way through the evening to cloud. It was cold by the time of prizes and many Helsby runners enjoying their pint were wearing their Helsby hoodies and pondering on a missing summer. However, there was still lots of banter and smiles and talk of close races, especially between Helsby runners!

Thanks to everyone for taking part in what is the biggest Helsby field in a fell race I’ve known and hopefully will help us in our bid for points against the Tattenhall and Spectrum runners. Tattenhall had 17 out and Spectrum 15. Jayne Joy was our only prize winner, with an impressive turn of speed at the end in a tight finish with Clywdian runner Mary Gillie, not a bad scalp to have. Guess that’s the Monday night track sessions paying off. There were some unique prizes available as usual with this series of race, ranging from water pistols to umbrellas but probably best to stick to the wine Jayne!

Foel Fenlli is the 2nd highest peak in the Clwydians coming in at 1677ft, race is advertised at 5 miles with 1200ft of climb. Muddier than some years and dark in the forest of doom but it all adds to the atmosphere. Biggest field ever for the race as a whole with 135 finishers tightly packed into a small country lane doesn’t make for the easiest of starts but the stiff climb before the farmers fields helps to spread out the field early on. From then on you dodge cow pats and cattle-grids, catch your breath to say hi to Joe who is already cheering the next runner behind, mince over some styles and dig in for the climb up Fenlli.

Great views if you could spare a moment to look round and was fantastic to see a multi-coloured trail of runners heading up the offas dyke path. Once you hit a ridge you then head to the new stone steps and contour around the top of Fenlli. Route changed slightly this year with an additional climb up Fenlli instead of back onto the ridge, before the fast downhill back to the styles and farmers fields and a chance to hold on or even gain a few positions now the back of the race has been broken.

John Thompson’s first fell race and what a stirling effort, seconds in it for many Helsby runners, so I’m sure there will be interesting battles in the green vest ahead. Results will be available soon on the www.wfra.org.uk

Thanks to Joe out on the course and to Chris Hatton taking photos on the night. Positions and places below. 

4th Adair Broughton


11th Chris Baynham-Hughes


12th Jim O’Hara


31st Mario Foschi


32nd Jayne Joy


2nd lady
34th Steve Riley


37th Ian Landucci


51st Gareth Boyd


56th Roy Gaskill


59th Jane Ashbrook


66th Andy Robinson


68th Paul Porter


69th Adrian Jackson


70th Phil Gillard


75th David Feakes


108th Vanessa Griffiths


109th Andy Smith


112th Jackie Keasley


115th Nesta Hawker


116th Lesley Jane Feakes


119th John Thompson


130th Betty Grieve



Please note the next fell counter is the Green Green Grass of Home, a little bit tougher than the Druid but a good race and anyone from Helsby will be more than capable to run it. I’ll send more details out nearer the time. The next inter-club race and also club counter is the Whittle Pike on 8th August.