Spectrum, Tattenhall, Helsby inter-club series

A quick reminder of the three-way champs we’ve started with our friends at Tattenhall and Spectrum Striders. One race down, two to go…


There are 3 races for the first season, one chosen by each club:

Day  Race Distance
Wed 11 Jul  The Druid  (nr Mold)  8k/366m  5 miles/1100ft
Wed 8 Aug  Whittle Pike  (nr Rawtenstall)  8.2k/488m  5.1 miles/1400ft
Sat 22 Sep  King John’s Castle  (nr Mold)  7.4k/264m  4.6 miles/850ft

Each club has these races in their club fell race championship.


These are the rules for 2012. There will be a review after the first season to see how they are working and see if any tweaks to the scoring are necessary.

  1. Up to 7 men and 3 women will be counting runners for each club.
  2. Men score 21 points down to 1 point.
  3. Women score 21 points down to 13.
  4. There are extra bonus points in every vet category – 5, 3, & 1.  Vet categories are those used by the race organiser.
  5. There are also 2 bonus points for each male or female runner above the scoring team of 7 men and 3 women.
  6. 2nd claim members do count in this league.

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.