Dinas Bran fell counter 9th May 2012

Hi all

Quick report on last nights first fell counter of the season.

Brilliant night for Helsby at Dinas Bran. Glad to see the rain did nothing to dampen the enthusiasm of the 19 (just counted from the photo) green vests on display. Two members Roy and Tom were new to the fells and what a muddy and wet introduction to hill running.

This race is just under 5 miles and consists of two loops of the trails round Dinas Bran, starting with a lap round the school field then a short and sharp road section onto the Dinas Bran paths to start the first ascent. The paths were muddy and slippy in places so a remarkable achievement by Tom to get round in normal running shoes! Club talisman and coach Joe was (near enough) at the highest point of the course to cheer us on, which helps enormously at that particular section at the gate before the castle ruins. After the second lap a fast run in to the finish to wait for photos, tea and cake.

Lots of prizes for Helsby runners which even led to race organisor asking “is there actually anyway left in Helsby”

Prizes for Jayne 1st lady overall (That’s two from two for Jayne and yes you guessed it, straight to the wine again!) and Vanessa and Adair both 3rd plus lots of age category winners including Mario, Jackie, Janet, Ian Landucci and great to see ex Helsby member Steph Charman picking up her category prize also. Hope I’ve not missed anyone (should have taken a list!)

Some highlights

Comment of the night from young Tom “That was the hardest thing I’ve ever done”

Finish of the night undoubtedly goes to Phil Gillard for showing how a class fell runner can outpace a young whipper snapper who was even being paced to the finish! Made my night!

Fall of the night, well who else but Jimmy. Unfortunately no photographic evidence of said event but knowing Jimmy it will be Olympian standard

Photos from Adrian

Full results here


Helsby Runners positions and times as below

New female course record from Jayne Joy, Congratulations!

3rd        Adair Broughton      33.54
6th        Jim O’Hara                35.13
9th        Mario Foschi             37.18
10th     Jayne Joy                  37.37
11th     Ian Landucci             37.54
22nd     Roy Gaskill                41.04
23rd     Phil Gillard                41.12
25th     Steve Riley                41.46
26th     Paul Porter                41.49
30th     Adrian Jackson        42.55
33rd     David Feakes           43.18
34th     Vanessa Griffiths     44.46
36th     Janet Robertson      45.06
39th     Andy Smith               46.34
40th     Alec Robertson        47.16
42nd     Tom De Jong            48.06
46th     Jackie Keasley         49.54
49th     Nesta Hawker           51.37
52nd     Robbie Webster       57.15 

Dinas bran results – fell counter race 2 may 4th 2011

Hi all

Results for Dinas Bran 4th May, Race 2 of our Fell series are now attached. I’ve been informed they will be placed on the Ysgol Dinas Bran website found here


An impressive showing of 11 green vests (which would roughly amount to 20% of the field) from 51 made sure this was an interesting and competitive race for all involved. Dinas Bran is a fairly robust course with some steep climbs and descents, with great scenery too (if you could spare a few moments to look round), that provided a shorter than usual but still nonetheless challenging route.

On registering I was surprised to find that Prince William was also running, until it turned out that it was in fact Chris Baynham-Hughes and it was only a case of mistaken identity (don’t worry, Chris knows what I’m talking about!). So no opportunities to see Kate or to blag a free helicopter ride home.

However, there were some close battles as can be seen from the results and photos from the night, which can be found at Pete Douglas’s website below. Bonus points awarded to anyone who can find a smiley face after the ascent.


Helsby Positions and times below

8th           Adair Broughton                              34.28
10th         Chris Baynham-Hughes                   34.58
15th         Ian Landucci                                     36.59
19th         Edward Halliwell                              38.32
20th         Steve Riley                                        38.50
29th         Andy Robinson                                  40.37
30th         Phil Gillard                                        40.49
39th         Andy Smith                                        43.05
41st         Chris Hatton                                      44.00
42nd        Rachel Arnold                                    44.00
48th         Jackie Keasley                                   47.00

Congratulations to Jackie Keasley for 1st in her age category!

Cup of Tea or Bottle of Wine or why not both!




Fell counter 2 – Dinas Bran @ llangollen 6.45 wed 4th may

Hi all

Here is a link to some more information about the Dinas Bran race, Race 2 of our summer ‘Fell Race’ series this Wednesday @ Llangollen 6.45pm


At 4.3 miles and with total climbing of 1100ft it would be a great introduction to hill or fell running. With a laid back atmosphere and refreshments available I’m sure it would be an enjoyable night for all.

Some information on where you will be running too


Location is Ysgol Dinas Bran, Dinbren Road, Llangollen, Clwyd LL20 8TG

Ed has suggested a 5.45pm meet-up at the club for those intending to run.

Please note official start time is 6.45pm