Joe Beswick and the Olympic torch live

Hi all

Firstly many thanks for the kind emails that people have sent me for organising the day. I think it organised itself really, just happy that Joe’s day couldn’t have gone any better. (Hadn’t put any sunscreen on, so I didn’t want to be burnt that day anyway.)

Steve Riley and I have added some photos to the Helsby Flickr Site as below. They hopefully go somewhere to showing how honoured and happy Joe is plus the excitement and warmth that the whole of Macclesfield and Joe’s family and friends showed.

I’ve added the name of the photographer although the better ones of mine were actually taken by Bill, so thanks to Bill for those.

Also available, and I presume for a limited time only is Joe’s TV appearance! It’s on i-player link below (but you may need Adobe Flashplayer installed to watch it). Joe’s on at about 25 minutes in and you can fast forward if you need too.

Big thanks to Chris Ashbrook for downloading Joe’s live run and allowing the world to view it on youtube, I’m sure I’m not the only one who has now watched it numerous times!

Thanks to everyone who has commented on the blog, one highlight for me was knowing Andy Smith was watching live in Australia. The world is a large place but people like Joe do their part for making it smaller and better. If you haven’t commented on the blog then please do.

I was going to write a short account of the day but decided after reading some words Mario wrote that they summarise the day fantastically and I’d be unable to add more. I’m glad so many were able to share the day and it was fabulous to meet all of Joe’s family and his sister Doreen who does as much as Joe in her own wayfor he community! So in the words of Mario….

Thirty first of May Two Thousand and Twelve was the year

‘twas the year that Joe with His torch would appear.

Close to the route was Beswick Street

Where Joe would proceed with His pattering feet.

Cheering Him along would be the Helsby Brigade

Who throughout all the years Joe would have given His aide.

For someone like Joe with His torch in hand

He must have felt like the proudest man in the land.

Mario  x

Thanks again


If you do watch Joe then please comment on the blog!

Joe’s Olympic torch run May 31st – details and route

Hopefully by now you all know we are nearing a very special occasion for the club as a whole and more importantly for a very special individual in our club and community. I’m talking Joe’s Olympic torch run in Macclesfield on Thursday May 31st.
Mike Searle has forwarded to me the official information on Joe Beswick which is now on the Olympic website including original nomination information, details of their route, profile of each torchbearer etc
Here’s the link to Joe’s page:
This is a great honour for Joe and I know many of you are going to be sharing this moment with him. Finally we will be able to cheer Joe in for a change! It will be great to see as many people as possible support Joe on his day.
Exact street details have now been provided and I have attached a scan of Joe’s route as a PDF file  
Joes Route:
From : Oxford Road (A5088) near Edward Street to Chester Road (A537) near Macclesfield Day Nursery (BEST BETWEEN THESE TWO POINTS). Please see highlighted line on pdf file. Interestingly Joe’s route goes past Beswick Street!
According to route information, Joe’s Olympic Leg will be at roughly 9.50am, which hopefully gives everyone time to drive to Macclesfield on that day. Not as early a start for us as it will be for Joe but recommended leaving time from the club will be just after 7.00am. The attached map shows some options for parking but unfortunately I don’t know Macclesfield well enough to state which is the best one in particular. However, for those wishing to car share I suggest we meet at the Helsby Club to depart for 7.15am at the latest. This will give us enough time to get to Macclesfield and arrange a good location to see Joe.
For those who want to make an extended day of it and not going back to work that day, we have decided it might be a nice idea to have a walk or social run near Macclesfield after Joe has finished his Olympic torch bearing duties and then after this head to a local pub for a social bite.
The run will be a sociable one, some canal towpaths and up Teggs Nose and back, all welcome. If you don’t fancy a run why not go on a nice walk instead before the meal.
Everybody is welcome whether you fancy a walk instead of a run and we’ll be keeping it very informal anyway. I’d suggest meeting for the walk/run at 10.30am then meet at a local pub between 12 and half past. 
The pub’s called the Church House.
Address is Church House, Church Lane, Sutton Lane Ends, SK11 0DS.  Grid
ref 931712.
They serve food 12-2, at reasonable prices.
It’s a proper pub, not a restaurant pretending to be a pub.  Friendly too.
They let dogs in. 
Please make a note in your diaries THURSDAY MAY 31st about 9.45am and if you have any questions just ask!
The A537, B5088 & A536 will be closed from approx 8:35, so there’s going to be chaos for anyone trying to get into Macc from the  west after 8:30.  Best bet is perhaps for all of us to aim to get there for 8, park up in a car park on the east side of town, & walk to where  Joe’s going to be brandishing the torch.  At least we’ll be able to get out of town once he’s finished his bit then. (Info from Andy Robinson – Thanks for the heads up)
Joe showed us at Monday night track a wonderful T-Shirt given to him by his grandaughter/daughter
Attached is a link on ebay where you could purchase something similar, and could put Joe’s name on it if required

Joe’s olympic dream

If you haven’t seen it yet, we’ve finally managed to get hold of that brilliant article on Joe and the Olympic Torch relay. [Click the picture to read]

THERE were special cheers for Joe Beswick on his 81st birthday when the athletics veteran and Frodsham community stalwart heard he had been chosen as an honoured Olympic Torch-bearer…












Helsby Olympic Torchbearer – Joe Beswick

Hi all

First the great news, Joe Beswick has been officially selected as an Olympic Torchbearer.

It appears the press are already on the case so look out for an article about Joe in the Chester Chronicle soon.

Joe has been informed he’ll be running a leg near Macclesfield and according to the schedule it will be on or around 9.45am on Thursday May 31st

I understand this is a working day for a lot of people and obviously not the ideal location but for those who can make it, what an opportunity to give some time back to Joe and show our support not just for what he does at the running club but for what he has done for the community as a whole.
Helsby Legend Joe beswick at Llantisilio

Championship records at the northern vets league leigh sports village

Hi all

The legend that is Joe Beswick obtained two championship records at Leigh Sports Village on 16th May 2011

See the results here

Records were obtained in the Javelin and Discuss for his age category

Be sure to congratulate him when you see him.

Thanks to Mario for keeping me informed about the records as looks like Joe didn’t want to mention it!



Moel y Gamelin

An excellent race I can thoroughly recommend, though at 9.5 miles on a hot day, hard work at times. Starting from the Ponderosa Café so plenty of food and drink available.

Helsby future all starsThe course involved some quite steep ascents and descents for the first couple of miles, followed by a much easier Moorland section. Drinks stations were provided on this part as the route conveniently crosses a minor road a couple of times. The sting in the tail with this course in the last couple of miles when you retrace your steps back over the hills, which made the sight of the Ponderosa Café and the nice grassy descent to the finish line very welcome.

Finishing positions:
Ian Landucci
Steve Riley
Phil Gillard
Robbie Webster/Mario Foschi (photo finish)

If smiles were miles, these two would be winners!
Finish times not yet available.


Particularly well done to Robbie for completing his first fell race since his comeback.

Editor’s note: what Ian describes as the ‘sting in the tail’ actually resembled a scene from the trenches. It was a war of attrition out there, sworn enemies sharing water and jelly babies, brave warriors reduced to a shuffle with only the thought of being heckled by Joe[1] at the top pulling them onwards. It was great!

[1] It’s almost guaranteed that wherever you race, our man Joe Beswick will pop up from behind a tree or trig point to shout encouragement. Easily worth a place or two for everyone 🙂

Edit: Lots of pics now up here.