Helsby weekly round-up to 30th July 2013

Hi all

Lots to report this week.

Race report from up north by Andy Smith for a fell race Tuesday 23rd July

“Tuesday night, just as the summer weather broke, I headed out for the Fellside race in the Caldbeck fells, north of Skiddaw. An A-medium race, 7 miles with nearly 2000′ foot of climb in it, threatened to be a bit of an epic for an evening race. A tremendous thunderstorm and lashing rain as I drove towards race HQ didn’t bode well. Fortunately the storm passed before the start of the race, but the hills remained shrouded in cloud. 15 minutes after leaving the start (Fellside farm NY304372) we entered thick clagg with visibility of only a few yards and little in the way of defined paths over the bog and heather. It was then a case of hanging onto the shadowy figure in the mist in front and hoping that they were following someone who knew where the hell they were going. This worked ok for the first summit (Brae Fell NY288352), our little group of 4 made it safely to summit 2 (Great Sca Fell NY292338) – we think, and eventually to summit 3 (Knott NY296329) with only a minor detour. The need to hang onto others spurring me on to better running than I thought I was capable of. Leaving Knott, our group grew considerably and eventually the policy of following someone who knew where they were going came unstuck. After some ominous rolls of thunder, the cloud lifted a bit a revealed a large valley. This was met by a consensus of opinion that we’d all gone astray. A route back to the race course was plotted. Here I made a mistake in electing to remain high and contour round, rather than drop down and back up, loosing quite a bit of ground in the process and dropping – it transpired – to the back of the field. Back onto a definable track and following vests in the distance brought me onto the 4th summit (High Pike NY318350) and the long run back to the finish, passing the tail end marker in the process ! I finished 44th in 1hr 41m 33sec, clearly completely out of my league. Nevertheless it was another good outing on the fells and I did feel as though some of my fitness and strength is returning. It’s all good training. And more of an epic than I originally envisaged.”

On Wednesday Jo Farwell competed in the ‘Blues and Twos’ Multi-terrain 10k in Preston (this was after cycling 18 miles to get there!).

Full results for the Blues and Twos can be found here


Also on Wednesday was the Green Green Grass of Home Fell race, race 6 in our club fell series. Photos are available at the Welsh Fell Runners website www.wfra.org.uk. First home for Helsby with another fine performance was Jim O’Hara and first Helsby lady home was Jane Ashbrook. Lots of Helsby prize winners on the night including Roy, Laura and Jane. It should also be noted that this was Laura’s first fell race which is a fabulous performance

No official results as yet on the but Helsby positions and times (should be) as follows

5th Jim O’Hara


6th Adair Broughton


17th Colin Thompson


26th Gareth Boyd


30th Roy Gaskill


31st Steve Riley


38th Tom de Jong


44th Paul Porter


49th Paul Foster


65th Jane Ashbrook


67th Jim Jones (2nd claim)


71st Adrian Jackson


78th Laura Baynham Hughes


85th Chris Hatton


86th Nesta Hawker


93rd Jackie Keasley


95th John Hardman


Saturday as normal saw the green vests at the Delamere 5k Park Run where Derek Morris saw a podium result for 3rd overall and we also had three PB’s on the day. Carol Shaw first home for the Helsby ladies in 40th overall.


3 Derek MORRIS 19:02 SM35-39 70.67 % M 3 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:18:55 3  
33 Stephen WIGGINS 22:39 SM20-24 57.54 % M 28 Helsby RC New PB! 3  
34 Benjamin John WILLIAMS 22:44 SM35-39 58.36 % M 29 Helsby RC New PB! 9  
40 Carol SHAW 23:25 VW50-54 72.46 % F 6 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:22:24 10  
68 Ian HILDITCH 25:32 VM70-74 70.82 % M 55 Helsby RC New PB! 10  
73 Alison MEAKIN 25:51 VW55-59 72.99 % F 15 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:25:45 8  
90 Tanya Elizabeth DOWNES 27:11 VW35-39 55.67 % F 20 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:27:08 3  


Full Results here


Paul Foster had a fell race at Beetham in Cumbria which formed part of the village fete on Saturday which was a 6 mile race with 1000ft climb. Paul had a great run for 46th overall in a time of 52.50

Also out on the fells for the Push-up the Pincyn fell race near Ruthin were four Helsby vests with Phil Gillard in his first race back, so was good to see Phil enjoying his hills. Helsby positions and times as follows. Well done to Tom DeJong for first under 23 and prize winner Mario for 2nd in his category.

2nd        Adair Broughton            50.13
21st       Mario Foschi                 60.46 (2nd in age cat)
23rd       Tom DeJong                 62.00 (1st u23)
24th       Phil Gillard                    62.39
26th       Jim Jones                     63.10 (2nd claim Helsby)

Full results on www.wfra.org.uk with links also to Photos on the day available from Alistair Tye and Pete Douglas

As you know this weekend was Lakeland 100. Chris has written a good account of the day (and night) here


Results for Lakeland 100 here.

Sunday was the Gritstone Tryal. Race report received from Andy Robinson below

“Jackie & I ran the Gritstone Tryal race yesterday. It was a really good event again: this year 11 miles through the hillsfrom Flash in the Staffordshire Peak (south of Buxton). A new route every year, and you don’t find out where you’re going until the morning of the race. The rain held off so we had great running conditions, the views were excellent & the running was pretty good underfoot too. Winning time was 1:50:22, I came in 15th in 2:09:30, and Jackie was 24th in 2:37:32 (not 3:37:32 – there’s a typo in the results). Jackie was first female vet as well, beating all the other ladies over 40, so she got a prize for that. Results are here.

Some things to note

       It’s the next Interclub and Club Counter this weekend, the Teggs Nose race near Macclesfield. The race is 2.30pm this Saturday and is just under an hours drive from Helsby. Details and information available from www.macclesfield-harriers.co.uk We are competing very well in this series so far so as many runners as we can muster will really help our progress.

       Don’t forget to let Phil know your 5k and 10k times if you are running in the summer handicap which also includes the BBQ. Helsby Running Club will provide the meat and veggie options but if anyone can bring a savoury salad or side dish or sweet that is really helpful. Please let Jackie know what you will bring so we can have a balanced BBQ!

       Pie and Peas is filling up, is a popular event and places are limited, don’t miss out. Please visit the Vale Royal website for more details. http://www.valeroyalseniors.com/

       We now have a date for the Robbie Webster Wobbler, which will be the third and final race in our inter-club series. This race will be on Wednesday 4th September 2013 at 6.45pm, Frodsham Hill. Details to follow..

Keep on running



GGGH fell counter race 7 results 25th July 2012

Results for the Green Green Grass of Home are now available on the Welsh Fell Runners website.

A brief report from Martin, results and some outstanding photographs all available from the following link


This race was our 7th club counter and it is great to see so many Helsby runners turning out for the fells this year, which has definitely built on the enthusiasm shown from last year. Certainly the race on this particular night could have been called the Green Green of Helsby with 17 vests on display from the 90 taking part and 87 finishers.

I have to agree with Andy Robinson that the GGGH is the best of the three races in the Clwydian series (the others being Hotfoot and the Druid) as the route is varied but tough and always somehow slightly different each year, whether purposefully or not!

Runners meander from the registration at the Golden Lion nr Llangynhafal to the start of the race (also the start of the Llangynhafal Loop race earlier in the year) and wait patiently and possibly nervously till Martin stands tall and describes the route, setting us up for the first short steep climb up the green grass which quickly hits a fairly wide stony track, seemingly innocuous but with enough incline and distance to separate the field early on, which then presses us on to a crossroads at the Offas Dyke path.

About three-quarters of the way up that first path we see head past Alistair Tye taking photographs (bonus points available if anyone could smile at this point) we then encounter Joe marshalling and supporting, where runners then contour round the side of Moel Famau before heading to the atmospheric summit, clouded in mist where Huw, the apparition in yellow, sent us back down the Offa’s Dyke path to again be deviated away from runnable trail to bracken, heather and fern, ‘where even the sheep don’t tread’ as Steve Riley has written previously. A final and stiff climb soon beckons where Helsby’s Chris Hatton positioned himself for photographs. Look forward to seeing those!  Fun but energy sapping downhill, seeing Joe and his yellow marshals flag in the distance, trying not to face plant again as your foot mysteriously disappears into a boggy trap, runners then hit the same stony trail from the start of the race, turning left into the ferns before the splendid short and sharp descent and cheers from the more sensible watchers and a group of children doing Mexican waves means you have finished a race and an accomplishment.

But really that’s just the start of the night as prize giving is an entertainment show all in itself.

(It should also be noted that Martin mentioned runners should check for ticks, especially after the wet weather, so always worth remembering to do that when you have been out in the fells.)

Some great runs and battles on the night with standout performance once again going to Jayne who was first lady by a good margin and also beating talented local runner and last year’s winner Lisa Grantham.

Helsby have now also been contacted by Easyjet as they want some consultation by Jayne to teach their pilots how to do a perfect take-off and landing. Photo evidence below. Brilliant.



Helsby ladies stole the spotlight with Jackie showing her class in winning her age category convincingly, holding off other runners at the finish. Jim O’Hara is on good form and great to see Adrian pick up a prize of a horn too. (Martin said it was because he’d heard about Adrian’s sprint performances at track and thought Adrian could use it as a warning to other runners as he tears round the track on his 200m relays). Best prize of the night surely the scouse earring collected by Jayne, it almost looks like a hula-hoop.

Helsby position and places as follows

4th Adair Broughton 45.09
9th Jim O’Hara 47.03
13th ChrisBaynham-Hughes 48.15
20th Jayne Joy 50.50
22nd Ian Landucci 51.56
26th Steve Riley 52.35
29th Colin Thompson 52.51
30th Edward Halliwell 53.16
33rd Mario Foschi 53.52
35th Andy Robinson 54.07
46th Phil Gillard 55.59
49th Paul Porter 56.18
52nd David Feakes 57.08
64th Tom de Jong 62.03
66th Adrian Jackson 62.34
75th Jackie Keasley 67.32
78th Andy Smith 67.58

Many thanks to all who turned up for such a great night and hopefully this green ocean can continue onto Whittle Pike, the next club counter and also Race 2 in our Inter-Club Fell running series. Whittle Pike is the Spectrum nominated race on Wednesday 8th August. Details courtesy of Spectrum are below. It should be about an hour’s drive from Helsby and I will send some more details and a reminder out a few days before the race.