Helsby weekly round-up 10th June – 17th June 2014

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Doesn’t anyone have a quiet weekend anymore?

Trail up the Beast was our fourth fell counter and first Inter-Clubfell race on Tuesday 10th June. Looks like 23 were out for Helsby which is a brilliant turnout and leading the field home were Jimmy and Jane for full club points. Not sure who won at the prize giving so please let me know as I can update the blog accordingly. I do know Tom DeJong was first Under23 so well done to him.

Helsby positions and times as below.

9          JIM O’HARA                                          38.21
15         COLIN THOMPSON                               41.07   
22         CHRIS BAYNHAM-HUGHES            41.44   
36         TOM DE JONG                                    44.24   
41         STEVE RILEY                                       46.10
44         PHIL GILLARD                                      46.23
46         PHILIP ROBERTS                                  46.31
50         MARIO FOSCHI                                     47.13
63         JAMES HIGGINS                                   48.52
64         JANE ASHBROOK                                48.59
65         DAVID FEAKES                                    49.15
77         JIM JONES                                           52.41
79         PAUL FOSTER                                      52.57
83         TIM PALMER                                        54.11
85         VANESSA GRIFFITHS                           54.27
91         ADRIAN JACKSON                               55.10
106       JACKIE KEASLEY                                58.12
108       LESLEY FEAKES                                 59.28   
114       DAVID HILTON                                      61.00
117       LIZZIE THOMAS                                    62.38
119       JENNY PALMER                                   62.55
121       NESTA HAWKER                                  65.02
132       ALEC ROBERTSON                              81.10

Full results of the Beast race are on www.wfra.org.uk

On Wednesday Jim Jones was out at the Holcombe Two Towers fell race, his 2nd race in two days! Our 2nd claim runner Jamie Dowdall also had a great run at this race.

26th          Jamie Dowdall                        42.07 (2nd claim)
59th          Jim Jones                                 49.28 

For full results and map please see links below.



Not content with 2 races in 2 day, Jim headed to the Walsh Two lads fell race for race number 3 in 3 days!

130th         Jim Jones                                              47.23 

For full results and map please see links below.



Saturday 14th June was the Delamere Park 5k where seven Helsby runners were out. Tom DeJong was first Helsby man home for a new course PB and Jim Jones was in the top ten. Louise McEveley was first Helsby lady home.

4 Tom DE JONG 20:04 SM20-24 64.95 % M 4 Helsby RC New PB! 7
9 Jim JONES 21:24 VM45-49 68.38 % M 9 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:21:16 12
17 David FEAKES 21:59 VM50-54 68.16 % M 16 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:21:37 19
41 Derek GALLAGHER 24:06 VM60-64 67.15 % M 37 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:21:49 17
48 Louise MCEVELEY 24:22 VW45-49 67.17 % F 7 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:23:49 39
64 Rachel ARNOLD 25:33 VW50-54 67.25 % F 11 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:23:39 10
169 Lesley FEAKES 32:42 VW45-49 50.66 % F 62 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:24:15 22

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

It was the rescheduled Hollins Green 5k on Saturday with according to Andy Smith “A bit of light relief for some after the Sandstone last weekend, a fast 5km on the road.

A few green vests made the rescheduled Hollins Green 5k on Saturday. Fortunately the damp weather had taken a lot of heat out of the day and made for good running conditions, although the damp roads were a little greasy in places.Sadly after 13 years this may be the last occassion that this classic race enjoying a village location and a fast course may be held. Warrington Borough Council have proved difficult, insisting on many road closures and the need to hire traffic management companies, which has added considerably to the costs. Nevertheless, strong running from the Helsby contingent with both Donna and Jen securing PBs, much to their delight”

64th          Andy Smith                             21.17
74th          Janet Robertson                     21.53
86th          John Thompson                      22.48
118th         Jennifer O’Hare                       25.58
123rd        Donna Geer                            27.57

Full results and details as below.


Also on Saturday was the Whinlatter Forest race incorporating the Eurpoean Championships Trial and Race 2 of the UKA three race Mountain Race Challenge, where our very own Elite athlete Jayne Joy ran a great race to finish 7th overall in a superb field and to feature in the prizes.

7th         Jayne Joy         40.36

For more details and full results please see the website below, a fantastic achievement I’m sure you will all agree.

Many thanks also go to Joe and Mario who gave some great support on the day, very much appreciated from Jayne.




Ras Pedol Cwm Pennant Horseshoe was an inaugural race in the North Wales Fell Series also on Saturday, a particularly tough race by all accounts. Jim O’Hara continues his good form to be first in for Helsby on the day.

Race report from Phil Gillard

“On Saturday Jimmy, Chris, Jackie and myself made our way to one of the remotest and beautiful valleys in the Snowdon range for the Cwm Pennant race, clocked as 15.6 miles and 6000 feet. The route is a classic with a fairly flat run out to the first climb up Moel Hebog, followed by some runnable undulating work to visit Moel Ogof and Moel Lefn. The route down to Bwlch y Ddwy-elor via Bwlch Cwm Trwsgl is the most challenging navigation but rewarded with the sight of a checkpoint with water and Bill Keasley taking photos (Bill is not a permanent fixture, he was only there for the race). Time then for the climb up to Trum y Ddysgl and onto the next part of the ridge which goes over an edge and a climb over a Jurrasic Park like landscape onto the plateau of Craig Cwm Silyn which is a fairly runnable until you reach the summit of Garnedd Goch and then down a quad burning heather & boulder infested descent off Cwm Ciprwth. So far we have had grassy and rocky ascents and descents, mountain and trail like tracks but no road, well don’t be disappointed, there is a 3km section of tarmac to finish, what more could you ask.

The organisers describe it as a behemoth of a race and they are right, the reward is some stunning scenery and mountain isolation and also, being a classic horseshoe allows you to look back at the full extent of your achievement. The advice I would give is to get your navigation right because if you need to ask for directions you will won’t be able to pronounce the route !”

And some words from Jackie

“Jimmy, Chris, Phil & I made the journey to Cwm Pennant on Saturday for this gem of a long race, 4th race in the WRFA series.

The weather was kind, sunny spells, a pleasant breeze and clear all the way around for slower runners (i.e. me!). A very well organised race with plenty of cheery marshalls at all 10 checkpoints with smiles, encouragement, mars bars and jelly babies and 2 essential drinks stops.

The words of a Dark Peak runners blog (tested to destruction) sums it up.

So. What a race. It has it all. Steep ascents. Steep descents. Crazy no-path nightmare heather bashing, excellent views, scrambly bits, runnable climbs, non-runnable climbs, sneaky local lines and an horrific final section along the road.

You could almost call it the Jura of Wales. A race of real character, and I feel proud to have done it this year, the second year of its running. Math has done well to create something that could well become a real classic of the calendar. There were 40 runners last year, 80 this year. I suspect there may well be a few more next year. Fantastic day out.”

27th       Jim O’Hara                                3.09.39
29th       Chris Baynham-Hughes              3.12.57
66th       Phil Gillard                                4.06.50
71st       Jackie Keasley                          4.25.37

Photos from Bill Keasley below

think i'll just run all of these for something to do

think i’ll just run all of these for something to do

Jackie, Chris, Phil and Jim O

Jackie, Chris, Phil and Jim O

Heads down and working hard

Heads down and working hard

All smiles from Phil

All smiles from Phil

Full results on www.wfra.org as well as a race description and race map. For photos see below


Sunday saw 7th road counter of the current season for the Sport in the Port 10k where Helsby’s Derek Morris took full honours in a superb sub-40 race. Well done to Louise for first Helsby lady home to take the full points.

32nd       Derek Morris                 38.37
45th       Roy Gaskill                   40.23
160th     Stephen Wiggins           46.10
199th     Derek Gallagher            47.25
236th     Louise McEveley           48.57
417th     David Wiggins              55.05

Results and other details on the link below.


Moel-y-Gamelin on Sunday saw Jim O’Hara and Jim Jones out for the club but I’ve not found the official results as yet. I’ll post on the blog once available.

In other news from Jackie;

Next weekend is the Helsby Community Sports Club Workforce weekend. Thanks to those who have said they can get come along to help; we are up to 15 runner volunteers so far.

  • Please come along on Saturday morning 21st June, 9:30 onwards, or asap after the Park Runs.

I will know more after this Tuesday’s workforce meeting, but tasks runners will be involved in are deep cleaning and painting the ladies’ shower room and loos, moving our 4 Villages Race store to the alcove in the TV lounge, plus more painting & cleaning in and outside and landscaping the front of the club! So please bring along your sense of humour, work clothes, scrubbing brushes/buckets/clothes/de-grouter tool/cleaning equipment. John G will bring his tools to build the new store. Petrol strimmers and gardening tools (just in case). Painting equipment will be provided.

The weekend after, Friday 27th June, its our presentation evening, in our revamped club house! A packed evening which will kick off at 6:30 with:-

  • our annual highly contested summer handicap (which includes a couple of laps of Helsby Hill, all speeds catered for). Please let Phil know your 5K and 10K race times (phil.gillard1@btinternet.com)
  • followed by a BBQ. Club to provide cooked food, please let Dave & Lesley know if you are coming along and bringing either nibbles, salad or sweet. davidfeakes1234@btinternet.com
  • annual presentation evening (the 2013/14 awards in road, fell, cross country and Border League have now been determined and include lots of you!) So please come along; you may have won an award!
  • and finally a disco; Chris & Tim Igoe will put on some dancing music for us!
  • Family and friends welcome

Keep on running


Helsby weekly round-up 29th May – 2nd June 2013

Hi all

Jura Fell Race was on Saturday 25th May and our Chairman Jackie was in attendance and which she completed brilliantly in just over 6 hours for 207thplace…. Please note this race is 28km with 7 mountain summits and total climb of 2370m! Huge congratulations to Jackie for that one. For full details of the race see here or to see Jackie’s full report of the race please visit the separate blog article



Saturday morning was the Delamere Park run with another convincing win by one of the fastest runners in Cheshire, Colin Bishop. First lady home for Helsby was Vanessa for a fantastic 26th place.

1 Colin BISHOP 17:50 VM50-54 84.77 % M 1 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:17:47 6  
26 Vanessa GRIFFITHS 21:59 VW45-49 74.45 % F 4 Helsby RC New PB! 3  
39 Carol SHAW 23:05 VW50-54 73.50 % F 9 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:22:24 7  
47 Helen OWENS 23:57 VW35-39 63.19 % F 11 Helsby RC First Timer! 3  
79 Derek GALLAGHER 27:22 VM60-64 58.59 % M 54 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:21:49

For full results see here


Saturday was also the Welsh 1000m peaks race, certainly a tough one in the Calendar. Chris Baynham-Hughes was the sole representative for Helsby. Please find Chris’s race report below

“Cracking weekend out in Llanberris with the family. Reliably woken up by the boys I headed out to my 3rd attempt at the Welsh 1000m peaks race. Two years previous I’d had my worst showing in a Helsby vest which saw me sat down half way around realising I’d bitten off more than I could chew. Once the pain had faded a couple of weeks later I vowed to return and get my dignity back. Alas last year was a wash out and revised course, so the good weather forecast was very well received.

The truth was that I had it easy, I just had to get to the top of Snowdon taking in all five 1000m peaks in Wales starting from the coast. Laura on the other hand was attempting to climb Snowdon from LLanberris with Rhys (4 in August) and James (2 in July). All was going well until the descent from the Carneddau to Llyn Ogwen where I badly rolled my ankle. I hobbled down in serious pain and my heart sank as 15+ people passed me. On the verge of my first DNF in order to limit the damage I decided to run the flat road and see how it was. I was able to isolate it so I figured I may as well try the up. It wasn’t too bad so I cracked on up the knarly Gribin ridge which turned into a semi-rock climb. Agony down the red spot path lead to salvation on the way up Snowdon. Genuinely running up the PYG track with good form was a world away from the sorry excuse for a shuffle that I had managed two years previous. Descending from Garnedd Ugain I tripped and narrowly missed my face on the rocks; at the same time my leg cramped and I let out a yelp much to the distress of those around me who thought I’d cracked my face on the rocks. Thankfully not so just enough left to push (literally with the tourists) to the end.

The real hero of the day was Laura though, whilst they didn’t make it to the top, they did get well over half way! All that was left was to enjoy the sunshine of the weekend. Turned out we were camping next to the chap that came second; he was in the lead on Snowdon before Colin Donelly passed him “like a very relaxed train”… not bad for a vet 50

Whilst I lamented what could have been I was also really pleased with the end result all things considered. 16th in 4:52:25. “

16th       Chris Baynham-Hughes  4.52.25

For photos of the day please visit www.wfra.org.uk

Official website and full results available here http://www.welsh1000m.org/

Saturday afternoon Hollin’s Green 5k race was our 6th road counter of the season. Nine men were out and the two men’s teams finished 8th and 15th. 1st lady home for Helsby was Janet Shaw.

Helsby positions and places as follows

40th       Adair Broughton            18.47
51st       Gareth Boyd                 19.04
61st       Ivan Davies                   19.29
66th       Ian Landucci                  19.53
106th     Dave Madders               21.05
114th     John Thompson            21.48
120th     Geoff Shaw                  22.01
130th     Andy Smith                   22.27
169th     Ian Hilditch                    24.44
197th     Janet Shaw                   26.34

For full details and results see here


Sunday was the brilliant Hospice run and hopefully a full report and photos will be in the Chronicle shortly as well as an update on the blog.

Elsewhere on Sunday three Helsby runners were out enjoying the weather at the Edenfield Fell Race, organised by Rossendale Running Club. Jayne Joy on winning form in the fells has continued that success even further from home. Jayne was first lady home, first home for Helsby and was three seconds off the course record. The great achievement shows Jayne is now turning fell running into an art form. Also running were Adair Broughton and Paul Foster.

20th       Jayne Joy                     53.11
43rd       Adair Broughton            56.51
80th       Paul Foster                   65.35

For a map and previous race report please see here


Full Results availablehere here


Also out on Sunday was the Helsby long distance trail winner Andy Robinson in the Northants Ultra 35. Andy’s race report as follows “too flat and too much road”!

15th       Andy Robinson 5.36.03

Results available here


Well done once again to everyone getting the Helsby vest out on display


Jubilee weekend round-up June 2012

Hi all

Some results from the weekend

Four Members of Helsby were out for Hollins Green 5k Cheshire Grand Prix event on Saturday 2nd June led by Geoff Shaw. Full results below


Helsby positions and times as follows:

137th    Geoff Shaw                21.20
153rd    Carol Shaw                 21.49
199th    John Thompson          23.28
228th    Janet Shaw                 25.59

Following the Mynyd Mwfr hill race Monday morning, by 1.00pm we were pleasantly informed that Andy Robinson has followed in Chris’s footsteps and successfully completed the Bob Graham round in 23 hours 37 minutes. Magnificent achievement by Andy and he’ll be doing report for the Helsby blog shortly. Congratulations to Andy from all at Helsby!

Blog article here: https://helsbyrunningclub.wordpress.com/2012/06/06/warning-may-contain-nuts/

Monday morning saw our yearly pilgrimage to quiet Trefonen near Oswestry for the 4 mile Mynydd Myfyr.hill run. Helsby ladies were able to steal the show with 1st and 2nd places from Jayne and Jane but not to be outdone in the prizegiving was Helen Moss for first in her age category and Jackie Keasley also. Great to see Betty testing her hill legs too. Although there were some lovely flowers on display it seemed like the Welsh whiskey was a better choice for the ladies winner.

Adair, Phil and Robbie were the male contingent.

Many thanks to Joe, Mario and Rachel for support during the run with Rachel out supporting her son who had a stunning run to pick up a cash prize as first Junior.

Full results now available for Mynydd Myfyr with Helsby position and times below
6th        Adair Broughton          23.18
23rd      Jayne Joy                   26.04 (1st lady)
29th      Jane Ashbrook            27.22 (2nd lady)
58th      Jackie Keasley           32.23 (1st in category)
71st      Betty Grieve                34.55
81st      Robbie Webster          38.24
83rd      Helen Moss                 41.41 (1st in category)
85th      Phil Gillard                   41.43

Having a look at the Oswestry Olympians site I’ve just noticed that the Lake Vyrnwy race September 9th, which is one of our club counters is already full. I’ve missed the boat on this particular race but fortunately some Helsby members were a bit more on the ball!

Joe also surprised everyone by bringing his torch in honour of his good friend Doug Morris and luckily Mick Charman was on hand to capture some photos.


Tuesday night saw the Thurstaston Multi-terrain challenge now run by Pensby Runners. Over 70 people were out for this event that has been in early May in previous years. We didn’t have a delightful sunset like in previous years but did miss the worst of the rain during the run. Jayne Joy doubled up on two wins in two days showing that form is temporary but class is permanent. Adair, Colin and Adrian and Albert were also out to enjoy the night. (I’ve picked up a Helsby vest btw, presumably Albert’s?). Many thanks to Joe out on course, on the beach and on the Wirray Way for the run in.

Full Results , video and Photos from Pete Douglas here

5th        Adair Broughton          37.56
15th      Colin Thompson          40.58
17th      Jayne Joy                   41.22 (1st Female)
31st      Adrian Jackson           44.56
33rd      Albert Berry                 45.38



If I’ve missed anything out please let me know

Next club counter is this Sunday 10th June, Mersey Tunnel 10k starting Liverpool city centre and finishing New Brighton. Details here: