Helsby weekly round-up 12-13th April 2014

Hi all

It was a busy weekend running wise with a fabulous Helsby turnout at the latest Delamere Park Run 5k on Saturday 12th April. Twelve green vests were led home by the brilliant Colin Bishop who ran through the finishing tape for first overall with Colin Thompson running well with a solid 4th place. Tom Dejong took his course PB and Janet Robertson led the ladies home for 56th overall. Well done to all who ran.

1 Colin BISHOP 17:47 VM50-54 85.66 % M 1 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:17:47 24
4 Colin THOMPSON 18:37 VM35-39 70.81 % M 4 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:18:09 35
11 Edward HALLIWELL 20:03 VM40-44 68.08 % M 11 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:19:58 2
12 Tom DE JONG 20:30 SM20-24 63.58 % M 12 Helsby RC New PB! 6
29 David FEAKES 22:16 VM50-54 67.29 % M 25 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:21:37 18
53 Derek GALLAGHER 23:27 VM60-64 69.01 % M 47 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:21:49 13
56 Janet ROBERTSON 23:33 VW45-49 68.79 % F 7 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:22:36 14
88 Louise MCEVELEY 25:35 VW45-49 63.97 % F 20 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:23:49 32
95 Lesley FEAKES 26:01 VW45-49 63.68 % F 23 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:24:15 21
123 Claire MORTON 27:57 VW50-54 63.09 % F 33 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:27:52 6
181 Jane ASHBROOK 33:49 VW35-39 44.75 % F 64 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:21:53 22
212 Tanya Elizabeth DOWNES 41:20 VW35-39 36.77 % F 84 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:27:08 5

For full results see below


It was also the Coledale Horseshoe Fell Race on Saturday with Helsby’s Jim O’Hara in attendance. This is an 8.5m traverse in the Lakes with 3000ft ascent in total. Unfortunately no results as yet but they should appear here soon


or for more information http://www.fellrunner.org.uk/races.php?id=2994

As I’m sure many of you are aware it was London marathon weekend last Sunday and many of us were tuned in, not to watch Mo but to see how our three Helsby runners got along. Not far behind Mo in all fairness was Chris Fitzpatrick with an awe inspiring sub three hour run to finish in the top 1000 of the race. Guess he never wore the mankini in the end. Great and similar runs were had by Helen Owens and Clare Miller. Helen Owens had completed a sub four hour Manchester Marathon just the week before too. Very impressive Helsby quartet there and be sure to congratulate them.

926th                Chris Fitzpatrick          2.55.35
5965th             Stephen Roach             3.35.37
13,280th           Helen Owens              4.06.47
13,715th           Clare Miller                  4.08.39

Hope I’ve not missed anyone, let me know if so!

For more details and full results please see the following website below


It was the 2nd road counter of the Helsby summer road series on Sunday at the local Whitley 10k, a race organised by Spectrum which takes in some of the country lanes of Cheshire and the pleasant village of Whitley. Another great turn-out for Helsby with a good battle for club honours between the many categories. Ivan Davies piloted the way for Helsby with a great win closely followed by Roy and Ian. Louise McEveley was first lady home to take the full race points.

Hopefully this now makes it interesting for the third road counter this coming Wednesday at the always popular West Cheshire Spring 5 race.

34th                  Ivan Davies                 40.31
38th                  Roy Gaskill                 40.52
54th                  Ian Landucci               41.40
90th                  Dave Feakes              44.26
124th                Dave Madders           46.10
162nd               Geoff Shaw                48.10
178th                Louise McEveley        49.02
199th                Lesley Feakes             50.29
234th                Jo Farwell                   53.02
313th                Janet Shaw                 1.02.02
343rd                Paul Bulmer                1.07.31
346th                Stephen Wiggins         1.07.32 

For full results and further information please see the official website below



In other news did anyone find a blue OMM jacket last Wednesday after the club talk as it was possibly left on the night by a club member? If so please drop me a line. Could someone also ask behind the bar tonight too. Just to reiterate, it’s a blue OMM jacket, very lightweight.

Good luck to all those at the Spring 5 on Wednesday and hopefully our marathon runners are also recovering well.

Keep on running



Gareth Boyd Race Report London Marathon 2012

Well Marathon number 8 is run/completed and whilst I’m doing a bit of a ‘robot walk’ on the whole, 24 hours after the VLM I’m moving ok. 4 weeks ago, even getting fit and ready for the start line was 50 50 (tendonitis) but by doing this radical new thing called ‘stretching’ and having acupuncture (thank you Jane A!), I was able to join my wife at Blackheath. The Harry Hill costume was a real crowd pleaser (see attached) and I’d lost count by the first 6 miles of how many ‘Come On Harry’ shouts I’d heard. Admittedly, I was surprised that a few spectators thought I was the radical chef- Heston B?!  However, the limited vision, warmer than anticipated weather and lack of training miles took its toll and after approx 19 miles, I lost the desire to wave continuously and just wanted to get it over with. Hats off to the ‘real’ fancy dressed runners – the rhinos etc – incredible and many with such fast times – at around mile 21 for instance, I was overtaken by a ‘dog’ called Alfie. A finish time of 4.08.03 was a tad disappointing but at least, a) I had no injury problems during the race, b) I overtook Iwan Thomas and c) I’d beaten my wife (she finished in a pb of 4.26.53).Obviously a BIG shout goes out to Jane A for another GREAT finishing time. Thank you for all the support and once again, a BIG thank you to Helsby Running club for giving me the opportunity to run this amazing event.

 Harry Hill London 2012

Many thanks



Jane 3rd at Stafford 20!

News flash: Jane Ashbrook took 3rd female at this weekend’s Stafford 20 …sounds like the London preparation is going well! More on Jane’s physio blog.