Four Villages charity donations

A big thank you to everyone who opted to donate their refund from the 2015 Essar Four Villages Half Marathon to our charity partners.

We’re delighted to announce we’ve been able to donate over £25,000 to local groups involved in the race and our two local hospices, Halton Haven Hospice in Runcorn and the Hospice of the Good Shepherd in Chester. We’ve already had fantastic feedback on the difference this money will make to these organisations. So a big thank you again.

We’re now planning for 2016 and are making some changes to try to ensure the weather doesn’t beat us again. As you may remember, we asked all 2015 entrants if it should be moved to later in the year. Around 1,500 entrants responded and over 70% wanted it to remain in January.

We’re pleased to let you know next year’s race will take place on Sunday 17 January 2016. Entries open 1 October 2015. Check back in September for entry details. We hope to welcome you again to our race in January.

Best wishes,

The Helsby Four Villages Half Marathon Team

Four villages (almost!) full

Entries are now closed as the race nears its race limit. There are a handful of invites and manual entries to take care of. After that the race will reopen for the final few of places (less than 50). These places will again be via the Fabian website as before.

You can check you’re on the existing start list here: www.fabian4.co.uk/start/list.aspx?EventID=1113

See you in January!

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Helsby weekend round-up 18th-19th January 2014

Hi all

Saturday’s Delamere Park run saw only two out for Helsby (I guess due to our Sunday Four Villages Race) with Paul and Stephen separated by only one second.

88 Paul BULMER 28:33 VM55-59 53.82 % M 73 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:28:33 6  
89 Stephen WIGGINS 28:34 SM20-24 45.62 % M 74 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:21:58 17  

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

Saturday also saw Andy Robinson compete in ‘The Hebden’, his report with full positions below. Great result for Andy with 30th place overall. As Andy states “21 miles & nearly 5000 feet of climbing in the Calder Valley, mainly in mud! I did OK as well: 30th out of 179 finishers in 4:05. I couldn’t quite keep up with Gavin Mulholland & Ben Mounsey though.

30th       Andy Robinson                         4hours 5minutes

Full Results are here.

http://www.alangreenwood.biz/th2014/Results%202014.pdf

Sunday was our very own race, the Four Villages or Helsby Half. Thanks have already been given to everyone involved by Gareth (so many of you!) but it should be reiterated here and (once again) it was a fabulous day. I’ve not looked at the amount of Helsby runners compared to previous years but there were more green vests out than at any time I can remember. At a quick count 29!

There were also rumours that Dave Feakes had done so much brushing up on Saturday and before the race Sunday that he’d ran the whole race with his brush before realising he still had it in his hand.

Having Helsby runners in the race brings so much more atmosphere for people cheering the local runners and for other runners to see what a growing and vibrant club Helsby is. I’ve taken a snaphot of the Helsby results below and I don’t need to talk of the performances individually as they really do stand out for themselves, very very impressive all of you, and the great PB’s obtained are the icing on the cake for a superb event ran in perfect conditions. I for one can’t wait till next year. Gun times below, bear in mind people’s chip times will have been a few seconds quicker!

Colin Bishop was first local male and Jayne Joy first local lady.

Gun Position Gun Time Age Cat Position

30th

Colin

Bishop

01:17:35

1st

M50

34th

Colin

Thompson

01:17:50

24

MSEN

128th

Chris

Fitzpatrick

01:24:09

69

MSEN

133rd

Chris

Baynham-Hughes

01:24:14

71

MSEN

137th

Jayne

Joy

01:24:33

2nd

FSEN

214th

Derek

Morris

01:28:19

96

MSEN

275th

Ivan

Davies

01:31:10

116

MSEN

335th

Ian

Landucci

01:33:26

33

M50

363rd

Roy

Gaskill

01:34:26

62

M45

443rd

Tom

Dejong

01:36:43

3rd

MU20

470th

David

Feakes

01:37:17

47

M50

530th

Stephen

Wiggins

01:38:43

193

MSEN

551st

Lacking

Joanne

01:39:12

20

FSEN

636th

Andy

Smith

01:41:29

62

M50

655th

Leslee

Martin Scott

01:42:16

16

F40

686th

Laura

Baynham-Hughes

01:43:00

20

F35

800th

Lesley

Feakes

01:45:43

16

F45

804th

Clare

Miller

01:45:54

18

F45

830th

Geoff

Shaw

01:46:32

18

M60

856th

Carol

Shaw

01:47:12

10

F50

920th

Louise

McEveley

01:49:07

29

F45

1050th

Adrian

Jackson

01:52:21

180

M40

1118th

Lizzie

Thomas

01:54:14

54

FSEN

1137th

Michelle

Hardwick

01:54:43

43

F35

1159th

John

Thompson

01:55:27

194

M40

1191st

Kevin

Smallwood

01:56:33

198

M40

1357th

Emily

Smith

02:01:32

72

FSEN

1359th

Helen

Owens

02:01:32

67

F35

1746th

Tanya

Downes

02:29:23

99

F35

Official Results available from our main website here

http://helsbyrunningclub.org.uk/

Helsby Half Runner’s World comments

http://www.runnersworld.co.uk/events/ratingsall.asp?sp=&v=2&ugn=8819&en=79670

Helsby Half RunHelsby Flickr Photos

Helsby duo work together

Helsby duo work together

Pre-race Smiles

Pre-race Smiles

http://www.flickr.com/photos/runhelsby/

Helsby Half Mick Hall Official Photographs

http://www.mickhall-photos.com

Mick Charman Photographs

https://skydrive.live.com/?cid=183b84a4c9237fd4&id=183B84A4C9237FD4%211705&Bsrc=Photomail&Bpub=SDX.Photos&sff=1&authkey=!AH02zEEposoa7H0#cid=183B84A4C9237FD4&id=183B84A4C9237FD4%211705&authkey=%21AH02zEEposoa7H0

and our ongoing twitter feed here

http://www.twitter.com/runhelsby

and in other news…………

This weekend (Saturday 25th) is the Northerns Cross Country to be held at Knowsley Safari Park with details here

http://www.noeaa-athletics.org.uk/Pages/Event.aspx?id=160&EventID=385

We have a good proposed turn-out for Helsby and we will have runners in three different events so it will be good to have some people at the course early to support Tom DeJong (3rd Junior at the Helsby Half!) who is in the junior race, so why not have an earlier warm-up running round the course cheering on Tom.

Saturday 25th January afternoon race times for Northerns XC

13.40 Junior Men
14.15 Senior Women
15.05 Senior Men

A couple of other notices from Andy Robinson 1. Entries for the Sandstone Trail Challenge are coming in fast, & there aren’t many runners’ places left. If any more club members want to run, you need to get your entries in asap. 2. I’ll be having a significant birthday on 6th March, & will be celebrating it on Wednesday 5th March in the club after the run. I’d rather not do that on my own, so please all come along if you can. (The campaign for V60 glory starts the following Saturday in the Stan Bradshaw Pendle Round, although there are a lot of fast old men up Pendle way, so I don’t fancy my chances to be honest.)

As always, keep on running

Adair

Four villages half marathon 2013

Joy - Four Villages Half MarathonThe race was cancelled because of the weather and you should have had email updates. We still have a few reduced T-shirts for sale and commemorative finisher’s mugs for anyone that wants to collect or cover the postage.

One of our goals has always been to support local community groups and charities. Many runners have been in touch to ask that their money be donated to charity. Thank you!  We’ll be back!

The refund window has now closed.

Pic courtesy of Mick Hall photos.

Four villages now full

20 Jan — race full, cancellations taken, transfers closed. Parking information http://helsbyrunningclub.org.uk/halfmarathon/parking2012.htm. Have a great race, rain or shine!

The tweak to the course in mile 2 is here: http://tinyurl.com/runhelsby Continue on A56 briefly, next left opposite pub, rejoin Village Rd..

Helsby Half runners — Mike’s photos

Photos of  Helsby runners taken at just over 1 mile and at 8.5 miles. The photos are in order they were taken and so are in race position order. I have more of each runner, if anyone wants copies let me know and I will send them to you. Well done to all runners, sorry if I have missed anyone.

Shell four villages half marathon – all over now!

Hope you enjoyed your run today — some really strong performances out there and some good improvements. I could only watch as Ivan and his mate Graham disappeared into the distance, the Big Run preparation is obviously going well!

Full race results are over on the old site. Mick Hall’s event photos are here.

We’ll get a list of everyone’s time and positions when we’ve got a bit more time. Adair comfortably made the Top 100. But some of these fast new lads will hopefully be chasing his tail before too long! Was it Chris BH’s first Half? If so a pretty impressive debut. Ed, Ian, etc., we already know you’re good. Further down there were some strong runs — I saw Albert and Betty both looking good at the end. Lots more.

More importantly I know lots of you gave up a shot at the race, to help out behind the scenes. Thanks all, all of us in the green vests wouldn’t have been able to do it without you. As ever, there was a good vibe after the race. People enjoying a well run race once again. We must be doing something right!

We’re getting some great reviews over on the Runner’s World site. It’d be great if we could welcome some new folk along to the club as a result of getting them interested.

Unused chips
If you couldn’t make the race, it would help us out if you could return your chip to:
Helsby Community Sports Club, Chester Road, Helsby WA6 0DL

Half Marathon web pages.
Four villages half marathon

Helsby Half runners — Ian’s (niece’s) pics

What an excellent race it was today, well done to everyone involved.  My niece was primed to take a few photos of any Helsby runners she spotted going past the turn in Mouldsworth just after 8 miles.  Some managed to escape the camera but she caught quite a few of us.

Cheers Ian