Helsby weekly round-up 2nd – 6th July 2014

Hi all

Wednesday 2nd July was the Birchwood Ladies 5k. 8 Helsby ladies were out on the night led home by Jane Ashbrook for 9th overall in 20.53. Well done to those ladies running for Helsby for the first time.

9th         Jane Ashbrook                          20.53
11th       Laura Baynham-Hughes         21.22
14th       Louise Spruce                           21.27
20th       Janet Robertson                        22.11
34th       Jackie Keasley                          24.11
68th       Shan Kay McCarthy                   26.39
100th     Alison Butler                             30.29
116th     Emma Barnes                           33.21
129th     Michelle Cully                            36.04

Full results available here


Thursday 3rd July was the 2nd Deeside Multi-Terrain Race of the season with a good turnout for Helsby with 7 green vests out on the night. Derek Morris took the honours for first Helsby home.

8th         Derek Morris                 29.03
9th         Jim O’Hara                    29.18
11th       James Hughes              29.41
12th       Paul Frodsham              29.43
24th       Tom DeJong                 31.42
25th       Gary O’Connor              32.40
38th       Adrian Jackson             35.00

Full results available as below


Can find no results for Delamere Park 5k this weekend but Colin Bishop stormed round the Warrington Park Run on Saturday 5th July for 1st overall.

1 Colin BISHOP 17:35 VM50-54 86.64 % M 1 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:17:24 31


Moel Siabod also on Saturday 5th July was our 5th Fell Counter of the season as well as a race in the North Wales Series. There were 10 Helsby out to take on one of the best single mountain challenges in Snowdonia. Jim O’Hara had a fantastic race for 13th overall and first in for Helsby with Janet Robertson first Helsby lady home.

13th       Jim O’Hara                    55.28
52nd       Phillip Roberts              68.03
53rd       Dave Feakes                 68.24
55th       Phil Gillard                    68.53
58th       Mario Foschi                 69.56
60th       Tom DeJong                 70.30
77th       Adrian Jackson             74.43
92nd       Paul Foster                   78.01
98th       Janet Robertson            82.08
101st     Rachel Arnold               82.58

Results are out on the Welsh Fell Runners website


The Fairy Freckled Cow Race in Denbigshire was on Sunday 6th July. Please find race report from Ben Williams below

“I’ve just come back from running the Fairy Freckled Cow trail race, around the Alwen Reservoir in Denbighshire. It’s a nice low-key race, about 6.75 miles mainly on stony paths and forest roads. It’s undulating, but with one big climb that has most people (including me) walking. A downpour about ten minutes in turned the paper numbers to mush, and I had to carry the remains of mine by hand for the rest of the distance… Paper numbers apart, the organisation was good with plenty of friendly marshals and a water stop halfway.

The turnout was a lot less than last year, maybe it wasn’t a club counter for anyone this year. The only big club turnouts were the locals – Denbigh, Abergele and Prestatyn.

The results aren’t online yet, but I finished within five seconds of last year’s time by my watch, so at least I’m consistent! (57 min 48 secs)”

Full race results should appear here soon


Sunday was also the Lakeland Trails Coniston Half Marathon Challenge. Please find race report from Tim Palmer below

“I did the Lakeland Trails Coniston Half Marathon Challenge on Sunday. This is a trail half marathon starting and finishing at Coniston in the Lake District. The vast majority is off road; mainly on gravel tracks and the scenery is terrific. As it is the Lake District, there is a significant amount of climb at 385m (1265 ft) and between mile 9 and mile 10, there is a fast steep descent which loses all this height gain and virtually no climb in the remaining distance. The weather was much better than forecast (sunshine; no rain) so I slightly regretted my decision not to carry water. Overall, it was an enjoyable race with some excellent scenery. I finished 12th overall in 1:47:38 (and when you compare times with faster

Lakeland Trails Coniston Half Marathon Race which started an hour later on the same course, I am 47th overall in the combined results)”

10th          Tim Palmer              1.47.38

For more information please see


or for full results


Also on Sunday was another fantastic run by Colin Bishop in the Lymm Festival Trail 10k where he was a very impressive 2nd place overall in 36.10

2nd          Colin Bishop            36.10

Results below


and photos of the day




Hope I’ve not missed any results, if so just let me know and I can update the blog accordingly and thanks to those out in support for the races.

Keep on running


Note from Jackie regarding Four Villages below

Planning has already started for the Four Villages, how time flies!  There will be a kick-off meeting in the clubhouse after our club on Wed 9th July, 8:30. Chip balms provided to sustain us.

Helsby Weekly update 2nd – 8th July 2013

Hi all

Updated results with information about the Delamere Park run changed (didn’t sort in position or times, sorry for the confusion).

Wednesday was the Forest Park Ladies 5k with a good showing for Helsby from the 170 runners out in total. Great running from Vanessa meant she was first lady in for Helsby. Full results below


21st       Vanessa Griffiths          22.06
23rd       Joanne Lacking             22.21
25th       Janet Robertson            22.24
32nd       Jane Ashbrook              22.37
43rd       Clare-Louise Miller         23.36

Thursday was Race 2 in the Deestriders Multi-Terrain Summer series. Colin Bishop stormed round the course to finish 6th overall and easily first in his age category.

6th         Colin Bishop                 27.42
14th       Jim O’Hara                    28.47
18th       Adair Broughton            29.18
23rd     Colin Thompson           29.42

36th       Ivan Davies                   31.31
39th       Gareth Boyd                 31.47
52nd       Tom DeJong                 34.51

Full results for the first two races here


Saturday morning was the Delamere Park Run with first in for Helsby Ivan Davies for 17th in 20.02 with a tight finish with Roy Gaskill for 18th in 20.03. First lady in was Joanne Lacking for 56th in 22.49 then Stephen Wiggins next in with 24.33 and 75th place followed by Louise McEveley in 76th in 24.35 .

Please note results below not in order

18 Roy GASKILL 20:03 VM45-49 72.40 % M 16 Helsby RC New PB! 7  
76 Louise MCEVELEY 24:35 VW45-49 65.90 % F 10 Helsby RC New PB! 2  
75 Stephen WIGGINS 24:33 SM20-24 53.09 % M 66 Helsby RC First Timer! 1  
56 Joanne LACKING 22:49 SW30-34 65.16 % F 4 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:22:45 3  
17 Ivan DAVIES 20:02 SM35-39 67.14 % M 15 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:19:47 3  

Full results for the Park run here


Also on Saturday was the Moel Siabod Fell Race at Capel Curig with Jayne Joy securing a brilliant 2nd lady overall in tough conditions. Adair Broughton also ran. Joe and Mario were also at the race offering fantastic support as always. Full results should follow in time here


Paul Foster ran in the Tockholes Fell Race (Darwin) on Saturday in the 6miles and 1000ft race where he achieved 34th place (from 58 runners), completing the course in 54.46

Sunday was the Leigh 10k. Website here but unable to find results as yet


Also on Sunday was the Fairy Freckled Cow Multi-terrain race at Alwen Reservoir with sole Helsby representative Ben Williams having a great run for 67th in 57.56 and first in for Helsby. 143  in total finishers so well done to Ben for that run.

Full results here


and please find an informative race report from Ben below

“Just a quick report on the Fairy Freckled Cow trail race which I ran today. It’s a really friendly race, very informal, round the Alwen Reservoir.  I recorded the distance at 6.75 miles, a bit shorter than the 7m I was expecting. It’s sort of home territory for me – Dad’s from Nantglyn, one of the nearest villages.

The main factor was the heat – some of the race was on forest trails, but people (including me…) were struggling on the open moorland section. The 1130 start didn’t help on that front. The lake sure looked tempting, and plenty of runners seemed to be taking a dip after the finish.

Most of the entrants seemed to be club runners, including what looked like most of Wilmslow RC (27 finishers), so I was worried that the standard might be a bit out of my league, but I managed to find a group who were around my pace and stick with them around the course.

Funniest thing about the day – the big official ‘toilets’ sign pointing into the woods. Well, it made me chuckle.


Cheers for the race report Ben, it’s always interesting to receive others perspectives on the many different races out there.

And as for race reports many thanks to Jackie for all the details on this weekend’s Saunders Lakeland Mountain Marathon

Pictures to follow on the blog and the race report is from three people, Andy, Jackie and Chris BH.

The 35th Saunders Lakeland Mountain Marathon 6th / 7th July 2013 – a challenging, hot, sunny & most memorable GB sporting weekend!

2 days of running with an overnight camp. Starting below Black Combe in the far south west corner of the Lake District competitors headed north onto Corney, Ulpha and Birker Fells. After an initial steep climb the area flattened out to give good running on all courses. The overnight campsite in warm sunshine was its usual mix of relaxing, meeting old friends and making new ones. On the Sunday the courses climbed back out onto the open fells before a fast run back down south to the finish.

words form Andy  Jackie & Chris

What a lovely weekend eh?  And a great area to run or walk in.  Good set of results too:

Chris B-H: Klets run in style, without getting lost too many times  (16th total time 12:14:20, a good workout for the Lakeland 100 in at the end of the month)

Jackie & Rachel:  First female vets in the Carrock Fell class. No prize for that I think, but a great achievement all the same.  We saw Jackie at the finish & she looked as fresh as before she started.  A great comeback mountain marathon race for Rachel after a knee op and achilles treatment over the last 12 months. Knee swelling on Sat evening left me thinking I was going to have an easier run in on Sunday, but that was not the case, a miraculous recovery meant a steady pace set by Rachel on Sunday with me on catch up all morning! Definitely back into form and looking for more as purchased a new pair of mudclawas from Pete Blands at the end of the race!!! (71st total time 7:39:13, age adjusted position 23rd 7:39:13)

Esther & I didn’t complete Beda Fell either day, missing out some of the controls as Esther found the rough ground hard work. Not surprising really, as she’d been so busy with GCSEs and music activities over the past few months she’d done virtually no physical exercise at all.  Before we’d finished she was already planning her campaign to get fitter & have another go next year.  (well done Esher, you look as fresh at the start as the finish, despite a covering a large distance on rough ground carrying an overnight pack in exhausting heat!)

Karen Nash (a british vet fell running legend):  Klets run & completed with cracked ribs, which is just bonkers

Chris V: (Andys friend)  Klets day 1 completed without actually training.  No idea how you did that Chris.  Wheels appear to have come off yesterday, but I haven’t had the full story of that yet, just seen the results.  We’ve still got your sleeping bag, Chris – no noodles or soup spilt down it as far as I know. Day 1 9:22:15

Fantastic work on both days, it was a tough course – would I be right in assuming that you decided enough was enough at Black combe? That heather around the side was enough to put anybody off – my shins are rubbed raw! Karen’s route around there was genius!

Some photos courtesy of Jackie here

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Good to see you all!

Fantastic weekend topped off by the sport (and I managed to get back without knowing the Lion’s score so I could watch it pseudo live!)

The most nerve racking/exhausting part of the weekend was listening to the tennis final on the radio coming home in the van!  Great result for everyone!!! Saunders comes highly recommended as an intro to mountain marathons, ask any of us for more details!

Keep on running everyone and let’s not forget Chris Baynham-Hughes Dragons back talk, which will start 8.15pm after the club run this Wednesday. If you could let Lesley or Dave know if you are going too that would be great