Helsby weekly round-up 8th – 9th February 2014

Hi all

Sorry for the delay this week but have had to wait for the Northwest Cross Country results to be finalised and distributed.

Delamere Park Run number 49 on Saturday 8th February saw Dave Feakes first home for Helsby in a great 23rd overall. Next home and first Helsby lady was Laura Baynham-Hughes for 32nd and a brilliant course PB. Well done to Hugh Barnes for his PB also. Nine out for Helsby in total, so well done to all who ran.

23 David FEAKES 22:18 VM50-54 67.19 % M 23 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:21:37 16  
32 Laura BAYNHAM-HUGHES 22:46 VW35-39 66.11 % F 3 Helsby RC New PB! 12  
34 Jim JONES 22:54 VM45-49 63.39 % M 31 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:22:50 6  
56 Carol SHAW 24:17 VW50-54 69.87 % F 7 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:22:22 17  
73 Jackie KEASLEY 25:22 VW55-59 70.43 % F 10 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:24:39 3  
79 Hugh BARNES 26:05 JM15-19 53.35 % M 69 Helsby RC New PB! 3  
97 Lesley FEAKES 27:05 VW45-49 61.17 % F 19 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:24:15 19  
110 Ian HILDITCH 27:33 VM70-74 65.64 % M 88 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:25:21 21  
134 Louise MCEVELEY 29:26 VW45-49 55.61 % F 33 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:23:49 26  

Full results available on the link below


Sunday saw the final Northwest Cross Country XC at Birchwood and a lower turnout from all clubs than in some of the XC races this year but we had a good showing from Helsby with 11 runners in total. First man home was Colin Bishop and first Helsby lady was Vanessa. I’ve heard no reports from the race but I’m presuming it was a muddy one!

9th        Colin Bishop
      Chris Baynham-Hughes
      Steve Riley
      Dave Feakes
      Paul Foster

13th      Vanessa Griffiths
      Janet Robertson
      Rachel Arnold
      Jackie Keasley
      Leslie Feakes
th      Lizzie Thomas

Overall for the season this secured 4th place for Helsby men and 3rd place for Helsby ladies. Helsby are also teamed with Lymm and Warrington.

Full results will be on Steve Saunders website as below


It was also the Liverpool & District XC Championship Sunday 9th February at Clarkes Gardens. Well done to John Hardman sole Helsby representative. Full results attached below. Not a bad turnout considering it clashed with the Northwest XC.

96th                  John Hardman            60.29


Sunday was also the Maddog 10k at Southport with 5 out for Helsby. Race report from Colin Thompson below:

“Myself, Steve Wiggins, Helen, Jo Lacking and Clare braved the rain and gale force winds to run the Southport Maddog 10k on Sunday. This, as always, is a brilliantly organised 10k race and a personal favourite of mine. On a good day it’s one of the fastest courses around, an up and back route along the prom, but sadly everybodys time was a fair way off their best due to the terrible weather conditions. We all still had a great run though and the brave singers (Elvis is still alive and well it seems) and supporters on route was excellent and one of the best goody bags and medal at the finish was a nice end to a very enojyable race.

8th         Colin Thompson           39.:03
220th     Stephen Wiggins          47:11
288th     Joanne Lacking            46:23
384th     Claire Miller                  48:20
512th     Helen Owens                49:54



Hope everyone who managed to run enjoyed the cross country season and with some great performances this year it certainly bodes well for next year too.

As always,

Keep on running


Helsby weekend round-up 23rd – 24th November 2013

Hi all

Lots to report this week but please note there are also lots of additional items to look at following the results.

Four out for the Green vest on Saturday morning at the 37th Delamere Park Run with first home Ivan Davies in a great 11th place overall followed by Dave Madders with a course PB and first lady in for Helsby Janet Robertson followed by Jane Ashbrook in her warm-up for Sefton with Charlie.

11 Ivan DAVIES 20:07 SM35-39 66.86 % M 11 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:19:47 7  
21 David MADDERS 21:29 VM40-44 63.54 % M 19 Helsby RC New PB! 6  
32 Janet ROBERTSON 23:20 VW45-49 69.43 % F 4 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:22:36 7  
116 Jane ASHBROOK 33:27 VW35-39 45.24 % F 39 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:21:53 16  


Full results here


Saturday afternoon was the UK Cross Country Challenge at Sefton Park which also incorporates the Liverpool & District XC League and trials to see who represents Great Britain at the European Cross Country. The standard would be the highest from any race we usually compete in!

Great runs from Jayne and Jane in the ladies race which also incorporated the Under 23’s category as did the Senior men’s race so don’t underestimate the achievement of Jayne and Jane, brilliant performances against the countries best I assure you.

Colin Thompson ran a fantastically paced race to shine on the day. As this race also formed part of the Liverpool & District there is a separate set of results for that which can be found specifically on the l&d site. For the purposes of this report we’ll include results for the whole.

Senior ladies (including U23 category race)

63rd                   Jayne Joy                                 31.25
101st                 Jane Ashbrook                          35.26

Senior men (including U23 category race)

204th                 Colin Thompson                        36.31
222nd                 Adair Broughton                        37.18
270th                 Chris Baynham-Hughes            38.41
434th                 Steve Riley                               45.09
470th                 Andy Smith                               47.45

For full results and other details please see here


For the Liverpool & District aspect see here (results to follow)


Brilliant support all the way round this year at Sefton from Joe, Mario, Louise and possible someone giving Joe a run for his money in those particular stakes was young Charlie Ashbrook. Worthwhile doing this race for that alone!

Saturday was also the Tour of Pendle where long distance guru Andy Robinson took the challenge… “It was probably the hardest fell race I’ve ever done – harder than the Edale Skyline. 27km with 1500m of climbing & all of the climbing steep. The final long climb to the top of Pendle had everyone on all fours. A great race!”

For full results see here


Good running from Phil and Paul at the David Staff Memorial Race on Sunday. Paul states “This is a great fell race, good club and great location..I was 9 minutes faster than last year so running with Helsby is truly paying off” Nice words to hear.

And some thoughts from Phil “Lancashire seems to have a number of (runnable?) hills with towers on top which warrants somebody to organise a fell race, Rivington springs to mind and many Helsby runners have participated in this historic race. Darwen (near Blackburn) also has tower and is the focus for at least three races, the Aggie’s race, the Darwen gala and this weekend the David Staff memorial. Paul Foster has connections in this area and as a result of conversations on club runs he has motivated me to try the gala race earlier this year and the David Staff race too.

So on Sunday morning Paul, I and 140 other runners set off from the kiosk in Sunnyhurst woods, climbed up to the reservoir up to the Tower, down Aggie’s staircase back up towards the Tower and hurtled back through the woods for a very enjoyable short, runnable race. Of specific note was Paul’s improvement on his time last year – from 55m 4s to 46m 32s”

Sounds like we should include at least one of these races in our fell races next year!

68th       Phil Gillard                    45.10
80th       Paul Foster                   46.32

Full results here


It was the Conwy half marathon on Sunday as well as the Border league recce. Race report from Jackie below

“Conwy Half yesterday saw 6 Helsby vests at the on the quayside on Conwy, cross the Conwy road bridge and along the coast by Deganwy to LLandudno. Anti-clockwise around the Great Orme road, with 3 steep and steady up hill pulls top the cafe by South Stack lighhouse. Then a wonderful cruise down to West Beach with views over Snowdonia. Back along the coastal track, some parts quite sandy, with views towards Conwy castle and the finish. Not too cold , no wind and almost sunny in parts! Well supported by crowds along the way. Excellent runs by all!”

Well done to Roy, first male home and to Joanne for first lady.

181st                 Roy Gaskilll                  1.33.49
381st                 David Feakes                1.39.10
477th                 Joanne Lacking             1.42.12
628th                 Kevin Smallwood          1.45.32
885th                 Jackie Keasley              1.50.42
897th                 Lesley Feakes               1.50.56


or http://www.runwales.com/events/conwy-half-marathon

Front Runners Conwy Half 2013

Front Runners Conwy Half 2013

Joanne Conwy Half 2013

Joanne Conwy Half 2013

Please note that the next race in the Helsby Club counter calendar is 3rd Sunday League race at Arrowe Park, 11.30am start

It’s also the Cardington Cracker which I am sure a number of Helsby Vests will run as it’s a classic.

Regarding the Border League races we have had an official message through regarding headphones. Message as below in red

“Dear All,

You have probably seen the reminder on the website about runners not wearing head-phones. At last Sunday’s race the referee, John Driscoll, had to caution someone about wearing head-phones. Could you please tell all your runners that head-phones are not allowed and if worn, could result in them being excluded from the results.


David Nalder – Secretary Borders League”

I believe the Border League reccie went well, but a few more marshalls and support is required for Dec 15th. Please let Vanessa know asap if you can help!!

And a few social things

Chris Fitzpatrick has asked if I could put something in the round-up about having a few Xmas beverages at some point… “as a few of us have been talking about it, if you could ask everyone to email me fitzpatrick_chris@hotmail.com with the dates they could be free In December weeknight or weekend (I’m presuming not a lot would be free at weekend due to Xmas parties) but will try an pick something that everyone can make or most of us can make or maybe after a weds night run? So please let Chris know some suitable dates!

Please also note about the Helen Clitheroe evening organised by Spectrum Striders

An Evening with Helen Clitheroe: British Olympic and Commonwealth Athlete

Talking about her personal experiences, What it takes tobe an elite athlete, training tips and a Q +A session.

Where?;at Birchwood Golf Club When?:Friday 29 November 2013 Doors open at 19:00 Tickets £10 each (includes food)

To reserve places, please send Steve Pickford an email at steve.pickford@talktalk.net, payment is by cash on the night.

Helen Clitheroe is a British middle- and long-distance runner who has competed in the 1500m at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney and in the 3000m steeplechase at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. In May 2011 Great Manchester Run saw her produce a career best for the 10k as she completed a dominant performance to win the race in a time of 31:45 minutes. Organised by Spectrum Striders in their 30th Anniversary Year (Supported by England Athletics and the Cheshire Athletics Network)

Keep on running


Helsby weekend round-up February 9th-10th 2013

Hi all

There were various races over the weekend including Fell, XC and road with Helsby members participating in each of the disciplines.

Saturday saw one of the first fell races of the season, the 6mile 2000ft Tarren Hendre, which was the first counter in the 2013 WFRA North Wales Series (sponsored by Cotswold Outdoor). There are 9 races in this series.

Results and photographs are already out on the Welsh fell runners website which also states that the “weather conditions were damp and misty, resulting in a number of runners going astray. It was very wet and muddy underfoot.” Quite true! For a lot of the race runner’s visibility was reduced to about 35ft. Local knowledge of the route might have been helpful for the four Helsby runners as I’m not sure any of us took optimum lines or took the best route choice.

The race started with a brisk run in a forest track to being a suddenly steep and meandering thin forest trail, quite a shock to the system but it was good to see Joe half way up the climb in support. After that there was some more fire road until another steep and slippy climb, almost like the infamous gulley of the Llangynhafal loop but with added water cascading down. The route soon opened up but there was no view along the tops, runners were lucky to see their own feet. A further climb along a fence line in tussocky grass felt like an eternity but the majority of the climb was now done.

The race then changed to a slippy but fun downhill dash for a few miles, either boggy grass, or muddy barely used forest trails. Overall quite a tough workout for six miles but watching Tom looking so strong at the end was great to see. Fantastic results for Helsby too with Jayne Joy starting the season where she left off last year hitting the podiums with a 2nd place against tough opposition and less than a minute behind Adair. I’ve now stopped taking bets whether Jayne will be the fastest fell runner in Helsby in the near future.

Mario had a storming run for 1st v60, hopefully just one of many victories he will have this season. There were 76 finishers in total. For full results and some less than elegant modeling of mud please visit the Welsh Fell Runners website as


with some further stunning further photos on Pete Douglas website here


Helsby positions and places as follows

16th       Adair Broughton            1.04.14
21st       Jayne Joy                     1.05.06
24th       Mario Foschi                 1.05.44
60th       Tom DeJong                 1.20.27

Tom Strong on the downhill section

Tom Strong on the downhill section

The next race in this series is Ras Yr Aran Sat 23rd March, 10 miles 3100ft so a little bit tougher than Tarren Hendre

Sunday was the Liverpool & District Cross Country Championships, full results below


 and we have the race report from Steve below.

“A few more than 140 characters this time…                                 

Bit of drizzle, low single digit temperatures. Slightly laboured race around the now familiar Clarke Gardens course in South Liverpool. Last cross country of the season for us and the final of the L&D Champs,with a few team and individual places still to be decided, so some impressive performances at the front. Meanwhile, further back down the field…

Steve Riley, 86, 47’46
Andy Smith, 106, 50’54 (3rd in age cat)
Jackie Keasley, 129, 56’39 (1st in age cat)

Jackie finished with a massive smile on her face – always one to enjoy the tougher conditions. Great to see Andy Smith finding some late season form and moving up the field. I normally enjoy the mud and heavier going but I was a good few places off the pace this time

Lessons learned:

Don’t do a long one the day before if you’re a lightweight.

Go to bed early and put down the wine even earlier.

Eat your breakfast earlier, so it at least has time to get some way through your stomach.

Don’t make the beginner’s mistake of racing hard over the second half of the second lap because you misheard something …and then have another full lap to go! You’ve done it before remember.

Take the 20 points and stop whinging.

Lesson for anyone else reading: there are good club championship points going spare. Don’t let the champs turn into a prize for turning up! Much as I like being first Helsby, you fast folk should be beating me 🙂

See you on the start line next season, for the filth-fest that is cross country. You’d be mad not to!


I’ve had no other results through yet but I do know it was the Southport ‘Maddog’ 10k at the weekend too. This is the official webpage so results may follow shortly


Race report of the Maddog 10k is gladly received from Colin Thompson who had a stunning run for a sub 38 10k! Well done to Colin on another superb run.

“The Maddog Southport 10k (for the trivia buffs this is named after a member of Southport Hesketh Round Table who died suddenly – Tony McWade whose nickname was “Mad Dog”) is a locally organised 10k race which is in its 3rd year running. It’s a very flat course starting from Stanley High School, along the waterfront to a 5km marker, a small loop and back down the coast road to the finish line. This is a popular event and attracts a large number of runners, 2000+ on the day, there was also a kids fun run and wheel chair race too. Conditions were perfect (cool with slight drizzle and light wind) and after a small delay due to flooding we were off. I somehow managed to blag my way into the “elite” pen (yeah right!) so had a clear race ahead with some very serious looking runners, I managed to hang on to a few of them to the 5k mark but slowly died in the second half. I finally limped over the finish line in a respectful 37.52 & pos-31 – a big PB for me so was happy with the result. I recommend this race to anybody looking for a 10k PB as I don’t think you will find another one as flat in the local area.” http://www.tdl.ltd.uk/race-results.php?event=1291