Helsby weekly round-up 5th – 6th January 2013

Hi all

Many thanks to Andy for distributing Saturdays amazing results. I’ll reiterate part of them here as I’ll use them as the basis for the round-up email and blog article.

Saturday was the Cheshire County Cross Country Championship which saw Jayne Joy finish in third position and securing her selection to represent the county in the inter county championships later this season. Jenny and Jane were also given county forms to fill in. The Helsby ladies team also scored a third team position in a closely fought contest with only 5 points separating the top 4 teams of Vale Royal, Chester Tri, Helsby and Wilmslow.

The ladies and men’s courses were slightly different in distance but utilised the same parts of the area. Very muddy field made contouring corners difficult and parts of the fields were very wet to sap energy but this was a good course for spectators who could watch a lot of the race from one or two locations. It was great to see how much effort everyone was putting in and I think Helsby ladies are punching well above their weight for the size of our club, something we should all be proud of.

Jayne’s results is a perfect example of what hard work and dedication can achieve.

3rd       Jayne Joy.             31:06
13th      Jenny Illidge.         34:29
14th      Jane Ashbrook      34:43
34th      Janet Robertson.   37:52
41st      Carol Shaw.           38:48

Representing the men at the Cheshires were Adair, Steve and Andy – although with less glory than the ladies. 

26th        Adair Broughton.  44:53
89th        Steve Riley.          54:17
120th      Andy Smith.          61:03

Full results can be found on


There was also fantastic support on the course from Richard and Rachel, Phil and Helen, Jenny’s parents and of course Joe and Mario.

Thanks to Jenny for photo

Medals ahoy! 3rd Team

Medals ahoy! 3rd Team

Colin Thompson  and Tom were out on Saturday at the Halewood 5k (free race 1st Saturday of every month) with 41 runners out in total and Colin writes “No PBs for either of us but we still had a solid race on a nice course”. Tom also ran Sunday so well done to Tom for his double that weekend.

13th       Colin Thompson            20.20 (2nd in category)
25th       Tom De Jong                22.39 (age category winner)

Full results for Halewood below

Sunday was the final Sunday league cross country event, held at Walton Hall Park in Liverpool, where the joint Helsby, Lymm, Warrington RR ladies team won the series trophy for the second consecutive year with Jayne winning the ladies individual trophy. Once again, a terrific performance from the ladies over all the races.

Both Lesley and Jayne were in the top half of the field for the 5.25 mostly flat course and Helsby had two men in the top ten which bodes well for next season. It was also a bigger field than the previous race with 132 men and 51 ladies.

Well done to all who ran, especially those doing the double. A strong performance by the men saw them 4th team on the day (rather than the usual 5th). Let’s build on this for next year!

3rd         Jayne Joy
21st       Lesley Feakes

8th         Adair Broughton
10th       Colin Bishop
37th       ChrisBaynham-Hughes
82nd       David Feakes
88th       Adrian Jackson
102nd     Tom De Jong
112th     Andy Smith

Once again many thanks to Dave Pinnington for showering runners with great photos of the day


Please note the further chapters in Chris Baynham-Hughes Dragons Back blog are now available here http://baynham-hughes.com/Blog/

(There is a link to Steve’s and Chris’s respective blogs on our Helsby wordpress site too)

And for everyone who likes planning their racing year in advance I’ve now done the first draft of this year’s events listing on the blog is now available here:


If you know of any other races I need to add just send me the details. It’s definitely time to start thinking of your favourites as over the next few weeks we’ll hopefully get the summer calendar sorted. By summer, we mean from March to November!

If anyone would like to add their choices for the Long Distance Trail Series please let Andy Robinson know too.

Also, Joe has asked if anyone has a car or has a family member who has access to a car with roof bars who will be able to take the race clock for the half marathon after the start. Please contact Joe Beswick if you can help (or contact me and I can forward the relevant details)

Reminder that this Sunday is already the 4th Border League Race, the laps of Birkenhead Park. See you there at 11.00am. For details please visit www.bordersleague.org.uk




Birchwood XC final NW series race 04/03/12 and silverware

Final Results are now available online for the Northwest Cross Country Series.


Just click on the Birchwood link to take you to a .pdf file.

Sunday saw the last race in the series at Birchwood Forest Park starting at 10.00am, a 4 lap course which is an open route for spectators to watch proceedings but also interesting at 4 laps for the runners. Total distance seemed to be just over 5 miles. Julian from Spectrum did a small rain dance Saturday night to fill his pond but unlike previous years was more of a puddle, still, it’s good fun for a splash or two as you’ll see on the various photos available.

For anyone following this series they’ll know how close Helsby ladies were to putting their name on the silverware (with the joint help of Lymm & Warrington) but with some of the key Helsby ladies from previous races missing it was going to be a tight call as to whether they would win on the day.

Jayne Joy did all she could and more to bound home as overall ladies winner, a phenomenal achievement considering she was 17th in her first race of this series. Janet Robertson followed brilliant for a 13th position finish. There were 43 ladies in the race. Unfortunately on the day the women just missed out on top spot to finish 2nd team. It was now going to be a close call as to which ladies team would win the trophy overall! Stay tuned…..

With Joe on his knees asking for runners on Wednesday night it was a delight to see some new faces for the cross country. With Jim O’Hara as energetic as a cat on a hot tin roof, and this was after running a fell race in Shropshire on Saturday and Colin running his first race in a green vest, Adrian, Adair and Andy meant we had a good team for the day.

Some brilliant runs were had too, Jim took his good road form onto the fields to worry Adair who came in 11th although Jim was looking over his shoulder to see where Jayne was he still finished a strong 30th , and with Colins first cross country event to finish 42nd shows his potential. Fastest finish of the day went to Adrian and I think his highest position yet at 77th, Andy tidied up the Helsby pack for 97th. With the other runners from Lymm and Warrington this placed Helsby men’s team 5th on the day and fifth overall in the team series.

Helsby Ladies and Mens positions and placings as follows

1st        Jayne Joy

13th      Janet Robertson


11th      Adair Broughton

30th      Jimmy O’Hara
42nd     Colin Thompson
77th      Adrian Jackson
97th      Andy Smith

But what about the ladies final team position?

Waiting for the results was admittedly quite tense, especially as Steve Saunders (series organiser) kept everyone guessing till the very end due to it being a tie between the two top ladies teams! After countback big cheers and delighted faces all round as Helsby were mentioned as Northwest XC winners and for the first time will have their name engraved on the trophy!

Massive congratulations not just for those who ran on the day but for all Helsby participants in the series, a job well done and I’m sure enjoyable too (well maybe after the races at least).

There was much support on the day too, with Joe and Mario keeping us going each lap and Jackie taking photos. Thanks also to Kathryn and Steph.

It has been a delight to be in a race and be part of a successful cross country season for Helsby and hopefully is just the start of future success. All bodes well for next season!

Special thanks also to Jackie for a brilliant photo/video of the race that completely sums up the day and post race celebrations! Well worth a watch and something to show your friends and family I think.


I’ve also attached a photo from Jackie to the email.

Photos also from Dave Pinnington


Lastly, thanks to Andy Smith for the well earned round of drinks!