Helsby weekly round-up 9th – 14th September 2014

Hello all

Final results (Race 4) are now out for the Deeside Multi-terrain series, a Friday night on 5th September. Two out for Helsby. There should also be results available for the final placing of the series but they are yet to go online.

11th         Derek Morris                                     30.04
32nd        Jim Jones                                             34.53


It was race 2 of the Wirral Multi-terrain series, a trail and beach run near Wallasey on Tuesday 9th September which had 340 runners out in total. Was it the nice weather or the beach that attracted so many? Colin Thompson looked good for a top ten to be first Helsby male home and Joanne Lacking showing her good form for first Helsby lady home.

9th           Colin Thompson                               24.49
61st         Tom DeJong                                       27.27
76th         Adam Gordon                                   28.02
111th      Tim Igoe                                               30.05
129th      Jim Jones                                             30.37
168th      Geoff Shaw                                        32.59
170th      Stephen Wiggins                              33.09
21st         Jo Lacking                                            31.17
30th         Vanessa Griffiths                             31.48
49th         Helen Owens                                     34.04
51st         Carol Shaw                                          34.17
76th         Jackie Keasley                                   36.58

Helsby Mens ‘A’ Team (first 5 runners) were 15th on the night, and ‘B’ team were 43rd. Helsby ladies ‘A’ team (first 3 runners) were 11th on the night and ‘B’ team were 25th. Great effort everyone.

Special mention goes to Carol Shaw who is currently in 2nd place for her age category after the first two races.

Race organisor states next Race Tuesday 16th September starts at 18:30 at the bottom of Station Road, Thurstaston. Please ask all runners to park sensible and see you Tuesday.

Full Results and current team standings can also be found at www.stevesaunders.co.uk

Delamere Park run 5k number 77 was on Saturday 13th September with Ed Halliwell in fine fettle taking the green vest honours. Jane Ashbrook was first Helsby lady home. Well done to Alfie, Jim and Jane who combined for a trio of PB’s for the course. Well done to the nine Helsby runners.

14 Edward HALLIWELL 20:00 VM40-44 68.75 % M 13 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:19:58 6
21 Alfie GRADY 20:42 JM15-17 65.22 % M 20 Helsby RC New PB! 26
25 Jim JONES 21:14 VM45-49 68.92 % M 24 Helsby RC New PB! 17
34 Jane ASHBROOK 21:49 VW35-39 69.67 % F 4 Helsby RC New PB! 28
100 Jackie KEASLEY 25:33 VW55-59 70.84 % F 16 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:24:39 5
158 Louise MCEVELEY 30:30 VW45-49 53.66 % F 38 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:23:47 43
159 Stephen WIGGINS 30:31 SM20-24 42.44 % M 121 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:21:58 27
160 Paul BULMER 30:44 VM55-59 50.00 % M 122 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:28:33 18
209 Ivor JOHNSTONE 39:33 VM45-49 36.41 % M 139 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:28:04 14

Full Results


Colin Thompson was the only Helsby runner at the Warrington Park Run number 34 but he certainly made it count with a sub 18 minute run for 1st overall.

1 Colin THOMPSON 17:55 VM35-39 73.58 % M 1 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:17:43 45

Full Results


It was the Peris horseshoe and half on Saturday with two intrepid adventurers in Tim Palmer and Jim O’Hara nailing one of each. Tim’s excellent race report below.

The Peris Horseshoe (Ras Pedol Peris) is one of the classic Welsh fell races. The full horseshoe is AL 17.5 miles 8597ft ascent (28.2km 2590m) and half is AM 8.5 miles 4500ft ascent (13.7km 1372m). As it was my first long fell race, I opted for the Half Horseshoe that finishes at Pen-y-Pass (and at the finish was glad that I made that choice!) The half starts in Llanberis haf hour before the full race; after a few hundred metres on the flat, it is straight onto the steep climb through the quarries and beyond to the summit of Elidir Fawr (924m / 3,031ft). After 3 miles with ½ mile of ascent and just over an hour, I was at the summit – the tremendous views and downhill cheered my spirits. It is then onto Y Garn (947m / 3,017ft) and Glyder Fawr (999m / 3,247ft) – both with substantial climbs onto them. I was passed by the two leaders of full Peris Horseshoe  on the climb up Y Garn – my spirit was again cheered to see that even they couldn’t run up it. After a fast descent, I was passed a cheerful Jim at the top of Devil’s Kitchen, who soon disappeared out of sight on the climb up Glyder Fawr. The descent off Glyder Fawr to Pen-y-Pass was steep and the best route isn’t obvious – there were almost as many variants on it as runners! It was then on to finish, cheered on by an enthusiastic and vocal Jenny by the bins of the youth hostel (as described by Mike Blake, the race director, in his briefing). My time was 2:51 – full results awaited. Whilst I was racing, Jenny had found a nice 5 mile run (with about 400ft of climb) around Llyn Padarn for the car park in Llanberis – well marked just follow the posts with the white ring on them. The weather was kind to both of us with sunny spells and some cloud; I benefited from the cooler temperatures on the mountain tops and the light breeze.

Report from Mike Blake of Eryri


Full results should appear on the Welsh Fell Runners website shortly (I’ll update blog when results are out but I believe Jimmy had an amazing 6th place in the full horseshoe, kudos Jimmy, we are liking the cut of your jib)


Sunday 14th September was the popular Lake Vyrnwy half marathon and ‘Degsy’ Morris was first in for Helsby with Joanne Lacking in excellent form for 1st Helsby lady. Results below showing chip time and gun time and well done to all who ran.

185th      Derek Morris          1.32.51
205th       Tom DeJong           1.34.05
220th       Joanne Lacking     1.34.29
244th       Dave Madders        1.35.42
550th       James Gray             1.47.00
797th       Emily Smith            1.57.18

Full results


In other news

I will be away travelling in South America for a few weeks so it would be great if someone could do the round-up starting from Monday 29th September including Monday 6th October and Monday 13th October!

It may be best if it’s on a rota basis rather than put the onus on one individual? Chester chronicle like the information submitted as early as possible now and they can be contacted on their email chester.sport@cheshirenews.co.uk, basically with runners names and times and the event only.

I’ll mention again before I go.

Keep on running


Helsby weekly round-up 4th – 9th Sept 2012

Hi all

Where do I begin? Well there’s only one answer isn’t there! It has to be Chris Baynham-Hughes completing the Dragons Back Race which is one of the phenomenal achievements of a lifetime for Chris, oh apart from completing a brilliant Bob Graham earlier in the year! Thankfully It’s been well noted by people at the club offering support via email and donations, talking about it on training runs and track, following Chris each day online etc so there is not much else I can add in this instance, and we now know how tough Chris is after his recent email regarding the race so all I can say is what a fantastic effort and more details for those interested here


With a few less miles to worry about than Chris Tuesday night saw the start of the Wirral Multi-terrain Series at Royden Park, Frankby. Results state 4.69 miles in distance. It was a pleasant night which meant numbers were increased from last year, nearly 275 runners in total. Thanks to Bill and Jayne on the course offering support and for Jayne sorting out money and positions at the end too.

Results are available from Steve Saunders website here


Helsby positions and times as follows and I’ve included age group positions too, as there are prizes for top three in each age category. Team results are included in the official results on the website above.

6th        Adair Broughton          28.56 (2nd)
61st      Ed Halliwell                 33.21 (18th)
98th      Roy Gaskill                 35.35 (15th)
120th    Adrian Jackson           37.04 (14th)
127th    Geoff Shaw                37.40 (10th)
136th    Albert Berry                 38.35 (6th)

24th      Vanessa Griffiths        39.04 (3rd)
25th      Janet Robertson         39.08 (4th)
40th      Nesta Hawker             42.21 (8th)
42nd     Jackie Keasley           42.35 (3rd)
64th      Janet Shaw                 45.39 (8th)
67th      Betty Grieve                46.33 (9th)

Link to some photos by Bill here https://picasaweb.google.com/jackieoutandabout/2012SeptRoydenParkWirralMT?authkey=Gv1sRgCO_D-qSspcb6Ug&feat=email#

Next race is Tuesday 10th September, also 7.00pm and at the Wirral Country Park, Thurstaston. Great atmosphere and races to be part of, best 3 of 4 count and still 3 races to go so doesn’t matter if you have missed one. £1 a race too, proper bargain.

Following on from Tuesday’s multi-terrain, Friday was the last in the Deestriders Summer MT league. Jayne consolidated her recent wins with an emphatic victory, cheered in by special guests Tom and Adrian and with Joe and Mario in support too. Joe now has some vocal competition with Adrian on the course! Great if you are a Helsby runner as we all know.  Prize giving followed the race and in between plates of chips Jayne picked up a tidy trophy so hopefully a photo of that will follow shortly for the blog. Great runs too for Jimmy (who once again biked here, he’ll be the fittest guy in Helsby soon and with Ivan Davies and David Madders out with the green vest it was a good night for Helsby. (Worth thinking about this series for next year everyone.)

Results of all four races here: http://www.deestridersrunningclub.net/results/offroad2012.aspx

4th        Adair Broughton          30.55
9th        Jim O’Hara                 32.49
20th      Jayne Joy                   34.24
23rd      Ivan Davies                 34.40
36th        David Madders           39.14

Running Friday obviously had no effect on some. Sunday was our 10th club counter, the Lake Vyrnwy half marathon. Jayne Joy took four minutes or so from her PB to now join the sub 90 category for 5th lady. Jane Ashbrook had a fantastic race too for a 3rd place category win. Joe picked up the prizes. Also out on course with Joe and Mario supporting were Charlie and Chris and Janet Shaw. Well ran everyone.

34th      Adair Broughton          1.19.05
81st      Ian Landucci               1.25.32
114th    Jayne Joy                   1.27.48
152nd   Jane Ashbrook            1.31.26
244th    Gareth Boyd               1.36.54
318th    Geoff Shaw                1.40.44
398th    Carol Shaw                 1.44.54

Hopefully there will be some photos of the day at Mick Hall’s website http://www.mickhall-photos.com/mp_client/pictures.asp?action=viewphotos&eventid=103799

Also at the weekend was the half marathon at Warrington http://www.english-half.co.uk/ Results here and well done to Tony for such a strong run http://www.winningtimeuk.com/index.php?page=results

193rd           Tony Gavin             1.39.30

Sunday was the Salford 10k with results as below


Ivan had another great run (after running Friday to), knocking on the door of 40 minutes as well as Dave Madders also well up the field.

75th      Ivan Davies                 40.54
189th    David Madders           45.22

Sorry if the race reports are a little short but lots going on this week. It’s great to see how well everyone is running.

Lots coming up too, this Saturday is the Open to Offas LDTR event, 30 mile with some climb (Chris might do it before breakfast), email for more info

Sunday is the local Sutton Six 10k organised by West Cheshire, which is our 11th club counter, so if you are looking to do a final 10k this year or want to pick up some club counter road points that’s the one to do.

Apologies if I’ve missed anyone or any events, last few track sessions remaining, so be at Helsby High School 6.30pm tonight for a little speed work.