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 weekend round-up 1st – 2nd February 2014

Hi all

It was race number 48 at the Delamere Park 5k Run and normal service was resumed with Colin Bishop taking a podium place in 2nd overall followed by first lady home for Helsby Janet Robertson.

2 Colin BISHOP 18:23 VM50-54 82.86 % M 2 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:17:47 20  
40 Janet ROBERTSON 23:42 VW45-49 68.35 % F 3 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:22:36 11  
47 Jim JONES 24:34 VM45-49 59.09 % M 42 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:22:50 5  
57 Louise MCEVELEY 25:39 VW45-49 63.81 % F 9 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:23:49 25  
60 Jackie KEASLEY 25:47 VW55-59 69.30 % F 10 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:24:39 2  
83 Ian HILDITCH 27:30 VM70-74 65.76 % M 65 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:25:21 20  
118 Donna GEER 30:21 VW40-44 51.84 % F 38 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:28:31 6  

Full results as below


Saturday morning was also the Halewood 5k wth four out for Helsby led home by Colin Thompson who was 15th overall followed by Ivan and Tom with course PB’s and Dave Madders.

15th                   Colin Thompson                        17.46
29th                   Ivan Davies                               19.23
38th                   Tom DeJong                             20.04
74th                   Dave Madders                          23.05

Full results for Halewood are available below, just scroll to the bottom of the page.


Saturday afternoon saw Clive Wilkinson head to the Tarren Hendre fell race and his race report is below

“Decided to make the journey into Wales to give fell running a try. Unfortunately a forecast of strong winds resulted in the summit section of the race being removed from the course on the advice of the Mountain Rescue Team. This left a steep walk, followed by a lot of trail running and a very muddy descent. Weather wasn’t too bad in the end although we did have hailstones at one point.

Finished 22nd in a field of 49 with a time of 52:01

Clive Wilkinson”

Well done to Clive on what was a fantastic results for his first fell race!

Full results for Tarren Hendre are already up on the fellrunner website and a report usually follows on the Welsh Fell Runners website. Links as below.



Sunday was the 3rd Border League of the season at Abergele. There were 18 runners out for Helsby so a good showing with Helsby positions and times as below. Some great performances out there too with Colin Bishop leading the men home and Jane Ashbrook first Helsby lady.

22nd                   Colin Bishop                             28.29 (1st in age cat)
24th                   Colin Thompson                        28.38
103rd                 Roy Gaskill                               33.08
119th                 Tom DeJong                             33.45
134th                 Jane Ashbrook                          34.56
144th                 Vanessa Griffiths                      35.24 (3rd in age cat)
150th                 Joanne Lacking                         35.37
163rd                 Stephen Wiggins                       36.13
171st                 Laura Baynham-Hughes            36.39
180th                 Carol Shaw                               37.01 (3rd in age cat)
181st                 Andy Smith                               37.03
186th                 Adrian Jackson                         37.20 1
89th                 Claire-Louise Miller                    37.31
196th                 Geoff Shaw                              37.51
214th                 Louise McEveley                       38.50
248th                 Betty Grieve                              43.38
254th                 Ben Williams                             44.22
264th                 Janet Shaw                               47.08 (3rd in age cat)

Overall Helsby ladies were 4th team in Division 1 and Helsby men were 7th in Division 2.

For full results please see http://www.bordersleague.org.uk/

Sunday was also the Mercia organised Long Mynd Valleys race where sole Helsby participant Jim O’Hara had a fantastic run in a quality field for 29th overall in 2.05.47.

For full results and other information and photos please see this link


and finally

Jackie Keasley would like to say

Thanks for coming along to last Weds 4 Villages Wash up meeting. It was well attended & there were many good ideas & comments for next year’s race, easier to do now than next year whilst it’s fresh in our minds & legs!

We have had plenty of suggestions for our summer road & fell counters. Please come along on Wed 26th Feb 8.30 to the bar after our club run, where we will sort out the counters lists for this summer championships. Sustenance for the evening will be chip baps organised by Dave & Lesley who will be in touch.