Helsby weekly round-up 10th June – 17th June 2014

Hi all

Doesn’t anyone have a quiet weekend anymore?

Trail up the Beast was our fourth fell counter and first Inter-Clubfell race on Tuesday 10th June. Looks like 23 were out for Helsby which is a brilliant turnout and leading the field home were Jimmy and Jane for full club points. Not sure who won at the prize giving so please let me know as I can update the blog accordingly. I do know Tom DeJong was first Under23 so well done to him.

Helsby positions and times as below.

9          JIM O’HARA                                          38.21
15         COLIN THOMPSON                               41.07   
22         CHRIS BAYNHAM-HUGHES            41.44   
36         TOM DE JONG                                    44.24   
41         STEVE RILEY                                       46.10
44         PHIL GILLARD                                      46.23
46         PHILIP ROBERTS                                  46.31
50         MARIO FOSCHI                                     47.13
63         JAMES HIGGINS                                   48.52
64         JANE ASHBROOK                                48.59
65         DAVID FEAKES                                    49.15
77         JIM JONES                                           52.41
79         PAUL FOSTER                                      52.57
83         TIM PALMER                                        54.11
85         VANESSA GRIFFITHS                           54.27
91         ADRIAN JACKSON                               55.10
106       JACKIE KEASLEY                                58.12
108       LESLEY FEAKES                                 59.28   
114       DAVID HILTON                                      61.00
117       LIZZIE THOMAS                                    62.38
119       JENNY PALMER                                   62.55
121       NESTA HAWKER                                  65.02
132       ALEC ROBERTSON                              81.10

Full results of the Beast race are on www.wfra.org.uk

On Wednesday Jim Jones was out at the Holcombe Two Towers fell race, his 2nd race in two days! Our 2nd claim runner Jamie Dowdall also had a great run at this race.

26th          Jamie Dowdall                        42.07 (2nd claim)
59th          Jim Jones                                 49.28 

For full results and map please see links below.



Not content with 2 races in 2 day, Jim headed to the Walsh Two lads fell race for race number 3 in 3 days!

130th         Jim Jones                                              47.23 

For full results and map please see links below.



Saturday 14th June was the Delamere Park 5k where seven Helsby runners were out. Tom DeJong was first Helsby man home for a new course PB and Jim Jones was in the top ten. Louise McEveley was first Helsby lady home.

4 Tom DE JONG 20:04 SM20-24 64.95 % M 4 Helsby RC New PB! 7
9 Jim JONES 21:24 VM45-49 68.38 % M 9 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:21:16 12
17 David FEAKES 21:59 VM50-54 68.16 % M 16 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:21:37 19
41 Derek GALLAGHER 24:06 VM60-64 67.15 % M 37 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:21:49 17
48 Louise MCEVELEY 24:22 VW45-49 67.17 % F 7 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:23:49 39
64 Rachel ARNOLD 25:33 VW50-54 67.25 % F 11 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:23:39 10
169 Lesley FEAKES 32:42 VW45-49 50.66 % F 62 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:24:15 22

Full results, http://www.parkrun.org.uk/delamere/results/latestresults/

It was the rescheduled Hollins Green 5k on Saturday with according to Andy Smith “A bit of light relief for some after the Sandstone last weekend, a fast 5km on the road.

A few green vests made the rescheduled Hollins Green 5k on Saturday. Fortunately the damp weather had taken a lot of heat out of the day and made for good running conditions, although the damp roads were a little greasy in places.Sadly after 13 years this may be the last occassion that this classic race enjoying a village location and a fast course may be held. Warrington Borough Council have proved difficult, insisting on many road closures and the need to hire traffic management companies, which has added considerably to the costs. Nevertheless, strong running from the Helsby contingent with both Donna and Jen securing PBs, much to their delight”

64th          Andy Smith                             21.17
74th          Janet Robertson                     21.53
86th          John Thompson                      22.48
118th         Jennifer O’Hare                       25.58
123rd        Donna Geer                            27.57

Full results and details as below.


Also on Saturday was the Whinlatter Forest race incorporating the Eurpoean Championships Trial and Race 2 of the UKA three race Mountain Race Challenge, where our very own Elite athlete Jayne Joy ran a great race to finish 7th overall in a superb field and to feature in the prizes.

7th         Jayne Joy         40.36

For more details and full results please see the website below, a fantastic achievement I’m sure you will all agree.

Many thanks also go to Joe and Mario who gave some great support on the day, very much appreciated from Jayne.




Ras Pedol Cwm Pennant Horseshoe was an inaugural race in the North Wales Fell Series also on Saturday, a particularly tough race by all accounts. Jim O’Hara continues his good form to be first in for Helsby on the day.

Race report from Phil Gillard

“On Saturday Jimmy, Chris, Jackie and myself made our way to one of the remotest and beautiful valleys in the Snowdon range for the Cwm Pennant race, clocked as 15.6 miles and 6000 feet. The route is a classic with a fairly flat run out to the first climb up Moel Hebog, followed by some runnable undulating work to visit Moel Ogof and Moel Lefn. The route down to Bwlch y Ddwy-elor via Bwlch Cwm Trwsgl is the most challenging navigation but rewarded with the sight of a checkpoint with water and Bill Keasley taking photos (Bill is not a permanent fixture, he was only there for the race). Time then for the climb up to Trum y Ddysgl and onto the next part of the ridge which goes over an edge and a climb over a Jurrasic Park like landscape onto the plateau of Craig Cwm Silyn which is a fairly runnable until you reach the summit of Garnedd Goch and then down a quad burning heather & boulder infested descent off Cwm Ciprwth. So far we have had grassy and rocky ascents and descents, mountain and trail like tracks but no road, well don’t be disappointed, there is a 3km section of tarmac to finish, what more could you ask.

The organisers describe it as a behemoth of a race and they are right, the reward is some stunning scenery and mountain isolation and also, being a classic horseshoe allows you to look back at the full extent of your achievement. The advice I would give is to get your navigation right because if you need to ask for directions you will won’t be able to pronounce the route !”

And some words from Jackie

“Jimmy, Chris, Phil & I made the journey to Cwm Pennant on Saturday for this gem of a long race, 4th race in the WRFA series.

The weather was kind, sunny spells, a pleasant breeze and clear all the way around for slower runners (i.e. me!). A very well organised race with plenty of cheery marshalls at all 10 checkpoints with smiles, encouragement, mars bars and jelly babies and 2 essential drinks stops.

The words of a Dark Peak runners blog (tested to destruction) sums it up.

So. What a race. It has it all. Steep ascents. Steep descents. Crazy no-path nightmare heather bashing, excellent views, scrambly bits, runnable climbs, non-runnable climbs, sneaky local lines and an horrific final section along the road.

You could almost call it the Jura of Wales. A race of real character, and I feel proud to have done it this year, the second year of its running. Math has done well to create something that could well become a real classic of the calendar. There were 40 runners last year, 80 this year. I suspect there may well be a few more next year. Fantastic day out.”

27th       Jim O’Hara                                3.09.39
29th       Chris Baynham-Hughes              3.12.57
66th       Phil Gillard                                4.06.50
71st       Jackie Keasley                          4.25.37

Photos from Bill Keasley below

think i'll just run all of these for something to do

think i’ll just run all of these for something to do

Jackie, Chris, Phil and Jim O

Jackie, Chris, Phil and Jim O

Heads down and working hard

Heads down and working hard

All smiles from Phil

All smiles from Phil

Full results on www.wfra.org as well as a race description and race map. For photos see below


Sunday saw 7th road counter of the current season for the Sport in the Port 10k where Helsby’s Derek Morris took full honours in a superb sub-40 race. Well done to Louise for first Helsby lady home to take the full points.

32nd       Derek Morris                 38.37
45th       Roy Gaskill                   40.23
160th     Stephen Wiggins           46.10
199th     Derek Gallagher            47.25
236th     Louise McEveley           48.57
417th     David Wiggins              55.05

Results and other details on the link below.


Moel-y-Gamelin on Sunday saw Jim O’Hara and Jim Jones out for the club but I’ve not found the official results as yet. I’ll post on the blog once available.

In other news from Jackie;

Next weekend is the Helsby Community Sports Club Workforce weekend. Thanks to those who have said they can get come along to help; we are up to 15 runner volunteers so far.

  • Please come along on Saturday morning 21st June, 9:30 onwards, or asap after the Park Runs.

I will know more after this Tuesday’s workforce meeting, but tasks runners will be involved in are deep cleaning and painting the ladies’ shower room and loos, moving our 4 Villages Race store to the alcove in the TV lounge, plus more painting & cleaning in and outside and landscaping the front of the club! So please bring along your sense of humour, work clothes, scrubbing brushes/buckets/clothes/de-grouter tool/cleaning equipment. John G will bring his tools to build the new store. Petrol strimmers and gardening tools (just in case). Painting equipment will be provided.

The weekend after, Friday 27th June, its our presentation evening, in our revamped club house! A packed evening which will kick off at 6:30 with:-

  • our annual highly contested summer handicap (which includes a couple of laps of Helsby Hill, all speeds catered for). Please let Phil know your 5K and 10K race times (phil.gillard1@btinternet.com)
  • followed by a BBQ. Club to provide cooked food, please let Dave & Lesley know if you are coming along and bringing either nibbles, salad or sweet. davidfeakes1234@btinternet.com
  • annual presentation evening (the 2013/14 awards in road, fell, cross country and Border League have now been determined and include lots of you!) So please come along; you may have won an award!
  • and finally a disco; Chris & Tim Igoe will put on some dancing music for us!
  • Family and friends welcome

Keep on running


Helsby weekly round-up 19th June – 24th June 2013

 Hi all

Last Wednesday was the Hot Foot Up Famau fell race. Results are now online here with short race report.


Jim O’Hara was first in for Helsby with some great performances on the night from other Helsby runners. Helsby position and times as follows

19th                  Jim O’Hara                             42.15
st                  Paul Foster                              54.25
95th                  Helen Owens                          61.35
th                  Nesta Hawker                         62.03

Thursday night was already our 7th road counter of this season, the Woolston 10k. Fantastic showing for Helsby saw 16 members out on the night. There was great support on the figure of eight Woolston Park laps from Joe and Louise. There was at least two PB’s on the night from Colin Thompson and Ben Williams. Colin Thompson was first man home for Helsby and Jane Ashbrook first lady home. It’s also worth noting that Jo Farwell had biked 20 miles to get to the race! Well done.


Helsby position and places as follows (these results subject to change as Ben’s time and position were not recorded correctly and organisor is sorting)

16th                  Colin Thompson                      37.46
                  Adair Broughton                      38.59
                  Ian Landucci                           41.00
                  Gareth Boyd                           41.11
                  Roy Gaskill                             41.16
                Jane Ashbrook                        44.26
                Adrian Jackson                       44.47
                Joanne Lacking                      45.08
                Janet Robertson                     46.06
                John Thompson                      46.10
                Tom deJong                            48.20
                Clare Louise-Miller                  48.55
xxx                  Ben Williams                           49.23
                Jo Farwell                               54.49
                Janet Shaw                             56.01
nd               Rhona Cook                            60.00

Friday night was the ever popular Tattenhall Tough Team event with a good showing from Helsby on what was a glorious night for spectating but maybe starting off as a little muggy for running. Some good team names chosen as you can see from the results.

It was great to see Ivor Johnstone setting the race off and support from Tough Team regular Mike Searle. Support also on the night from Joe and Louise. Some photos from Mike Hallsworth (also out marshalling) are in the attached pdf file (TO FOLLOW)


Full results are available from the Tattenhall website


First home for Helsby was ‘Triple J’ in 18th place with the fabulous team of Jane Ashbrook, Jayne Joy and Jenny Illidge who were also 2nd ladies team overall. Following ‘Triple J’ were the ‘21st Century Schizoid Men’ who in 20th place and 4th male vets overall, the Schizoids consisted of Andy Robinson, Steve Riley and Gareth Boyd. The team in 28th place overall was Team Pink with Helsby guest Colin Thompson. Helsby ‘Over the Hillers’ were next in for 30th place and 2nd Ladies vets team overall. Over the hillers were Rachel Arnold, Jackie Keasley and Vanessa Griffiths. 31st place was another Helsby team consisting of Tim Igoe, Stewart Greene and Les Scott). ‘Tried & Tested’ were 38th team home with guest runner for Helsby’s Louise McEveley, swiftly followed by team name of the night ’50 Shades of Green’ who were Laura Baynham-Hughes, Clare Miller and Joanne Lacking. 44th team home were a Helsby mixed team of Betty, Chris Igoe and Graham

Delamere Park Run on Saturday morning saw 8 out for Helsby with strong running from the front from Ivan as first man home and Joanne with her first park run first lady home. Helsby position and times below but for full results please check here


13 Ivan DAVIES 19:57 SM35-39 67.42 % M 12 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:19:47 2  
15 Roy GASKILL 20:07 VM45-49 72.16 % M 14 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:20:05 6  
33 Derek GALLAGHER 22:17 VM60-64 71.95 % M 32 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:21:49 8  
45 Joanne LACKING 22:56 SW30-34 64.83 % F 4 Helsby RC First Timer! 1  
78 Ian HILDITCH 25:35 VM70-74 70.68 % M 65 Helsby RC New PB! 8  
80 Clare MILLER 25:44 SW25-29 57.51 % F 15 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:24:17 4  
81 Benjamin John WILLIAMS 25:45 SM35-39 51.52 % M 66 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:23:17 6  
127 Jo FARWELL 32:54 VW40-44 47.47 % F 38 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:26:00 5

Heading into Saturday afternoon it was the Lymm 5k, which was race 3 of the Cheshire Grand Prix series. Full results available on Spectrum’s website here. Geoff Shaw led the Helsby pack for the men and Helen Owens for the ladies.


Helsby position and times as below

175th                Geoff Shaw                22.35
                Helen Owens              23.51
th                Janet Shaw                 27.17

Sunday morning was our 4th fell counter of the season which was the ‘tougher than most in our fell series” Moel-y-Gamelin race, starting and finishing at the Ponderosa’ café at the horseshoe pass. Strong field for this one as it was a North Wales counter and Welsh Open counter also.

It was wet and windy and only men of steel started with just the club vest on….New honours taken too with Jim O’Hara having a fantastic run to be first home for Helsby, hopefully this will now give him the confidence to know how good he can be. Jayne Joy was first lady home and a senior lady prize winner too (more wine for Jayne). Even with the tricky conditions the course record was broken by the leading male.

Joe and Mario out in support on the course.

Hopefully results to follow online shortly with a more detailed report when that happens. Results should appear either at Wrexham Road Runners or Welsh Fell Runners website.

www.wfra.org.uk or http://wrexhamroadrunners.org.uk/

Keep on running


Moel y Gamelin

I think most who turned up here had done it before, which is curious really because you’d think knowing what was coming up would be a severe disincentive to coming back. Always a tough race with around 2400′ of climbing spread across 5 or more tops and 9.5 miles. The Llantysilio ridge is a real roller-coaster, no sooner is one climb over than you’re straight into a steep descent, and some of us at least found it hard to get into a rhythm.

The day was blessed with very warm weather, as it has been for the last few years, making the added water stops at the two road crossings very welcome. Helsby presences from Adair, Chris BH, Jim, Steve, Phil, Andy S & Jackie, with the usual high quality marshalling and vocal support from Joe. Good to see Robbie out as well doing his own thing earlier in the day, missing the worst of the heat.

13 1.25.58 Adair Broughton
21 1.32.00 Chris Baynham-Hughes
39 1.39.24 Jim O’Hara
56 1.46.00 Steve Riley
81 1.58.06 Phil Gillard
87 2.04.22 Andy Smith
91 2.11.07 Jackie Keasley

Full results over at wfra.co.uk

Put it in your diary for next year. And if I haven’t sold it you, put the date in anyway for a long weekend away elsewhere, for the guaranteed weather.

Moel y Gamelin

An excellent race I can thoroughly recommend, though at 9.5 miles on a hot day, hard work at times. Starting from the Ponderosa Café so plenty of food and drink available.

Helsby future all starsThe course involved some quite steep ascents and descents for the first couple of miles, followed by a much easier Moorland section. Drinks stations were provided on this part as the route conveniently crosses a minor road a couple of times. The sting in the tail with this course in the last couple of miles when you retrace your steps back over the hills, which made the sight of the Ponderosa Café and the nice grassy descent to the finish line very welcome.

Finishing positions:
Ian Landucci
Steve Riley
Phil Gillard
Robbie Webster/Mario Foschi (photo finish)

If smiles were miles, these two would be winners!
Finish times not yet available.


Particularly well done to Robbie for completing his first fell race since his comeback.

Editor’s note: what Ian describes as the ‘sting in the tail’ actually resembled a scene from the trenches. It was a war of attrition out there, sworn enemies sharing water and jelly babies, brave warriors reduced to a shuffle with only the thought of being heckled by Joe[1] at the top pulling them onwards. It was great!

[1] It’s almost guaranteed that wherever you race, our man Joe Beswick will pop up from behind a tree or trig point to shout encouragement. Easily worth a place or two for everyone 🙂

Edit: Lots of pics now up here.