Helsby weekly round-up 11th – 12th January 2014

Hi all

Saturday 11th Janaury saw the 45th Delamere Park Run with ten out in the green vest led home by first man Ivan Davies and first lady Joanne Lacking. Well done also to Lesley Feakes for the weekend double.

11 Ivan DAVIES 19:48 SM35-39 67.93 % M 11 Helsby RC PB   stays at 00:19:47 11  
36 David MADDERS 22:57 VM40-44 59.48 % M 36 Helsby RC PB   stays at 00:21:29 10  
63 Joanne LACKING 24:16 SW30-34 61.40 % F 3 Helsby RC PB   stays at 00:22:45 4  
69 Helen OWENS 24:56 VW35-39 60.70 % F 5 Helsby RC PB   stays at 00:23:24 5  
73 Lesley FEAKES 25:06 VW45-49 66.00 % F 6 Helsby RC PB   stays at 00:24:15 18  
88 Kevin SMALLWOOD 26:00 VM40-44 53.27 % M 80 Helsby RC PB   stays at 00:23:39 8  
155 Ivor JOHNSTONE 31:29 VM45-49 45.74 % M 110 Helsby RC PB   stays at 00:28:04 7  
159 Paul BULMER 32:09 VM55-59 47.80 % M 111 Helsby RC PB   stays at 00:28:33 5  
160 Claire MORTON 32:10 VW50-54 54.82 % F 49 Helsby RC PB   stays at 00:27:52 3  
161 Louise MCEVELEY 32:10 VW45-49 50.36 % F 50 Helsby RC PB   stays at 00:23:49 23  

For full results see here


Warrington Road Runners, our team compatriots alongside Lymm in the Northwest Cross Country League hosted the Runcorn Town Park XC this Sunday 12th January. This was the penultimate race in what has been a bigger league this year with many new teams involved. The 4.8m course on the day was also slightly altered from previous years to have a little more climb at the start of the race. Conditions were good in parts, to very muddy at the back end of the course. The cold morning with frost on the ground made for a picturesque backdrop for the many photographers out on the course. Links below if you fancy a look at the photos.

A fabulous turnout for Helsby with some sensible people retiring from the race and excellent support from Joe, Mario and Jane, with added refreshments from Jane post race meant we had 19 finishers enabling both Helsby male and female teams to secure 4th on the day. Helsby ladies are currently in 2nd and Helsby men 4th.

We also had a good run from Jamie Dowdall but due to 2nd claim member rules unfortunately he never appeared in the results, fabulous to see in the Helsby vest though and a great runner to have in the team.

2nd Jayne Joy
11th Jenny Illidge
19th Jane Ashbrook
30th Rachel Arnold
39th Claire-Louise Miller
43rd Lesley Feakes

10th Colin Bishop
17th Colin Thompson
34th Chris Fitzpatrick
37th Derek Morris
40th Chris Baynham-Hughes
63rd Roy Gaskill
75th Gareth Boyd
84th Tom DeJong
86th Steve Riley
93rd David Feakes
113th Andy Smith
119th Adrian Jackson

For full results and further team statistics please

visitwww.stevesaunders.co.uk and follow the cross country links.

Photos from Helsby Flickr’s account taken by Adair here www.flickr.com/runhelsby


Put em Up, Put em Up!

Put em Up, Put em Up!

Photos from Dave Pinnington below


Missing from last week’s round-up was another tough one by the ever intrepid Chris Baynham-Hughes over Christmas (or maybe it’s a short one by his standards?) Account of ‘Tour de Helvellyn’ by Chris below.

“I did the Tour de Helvellyn. The course is roughly 38 miles from Askham, around Helvellyn (over sticks pass and down then back over passed Grisedale tarn) and is impossible to fully prepare for due to random weather possibilities for a race in the lakes on the Saturday before Christmas. With the weather forecasted for 90mph winds and persistent rain combining to bring a perceived temperature of -14 I headed out to the start line expecting a tough day. I wasn’t race focused, just looking to have a good day out – the event has a rolling start so it’s tactical to race it, making sure you start out at the right time can play a big part in overall performance and position. I started out early so I could get back to a family do and timed it just right to go through the 2nd checkpoint which doesn’t open until a set time; i.e., no point in starting too early! The wind was pretty strong, but more like 50 gusting to 70mph I’d have said and I was comfortable heading around in shorts and a paramo jacket. I also managed to miss the rain mostly with about 20 minutes worth of downpour, but the real foot soaker was running 100+m through 1.5ft deep water on the way into Patterdale due to flooding. No doubt it looked like a scene from Baywatch as I skipped through the ice cold water… ahem… moving on. Due to the rolling start I ran on my own at a comfortable pace all the way around thus was very pleasantly surprised to knock ~50 mins off my previous time despite the conditions. I managed 20th place against a pretty stiff field so was pretty chuffed all in all. Made a bit of room for the turkey at least.”

Well done to Chris for that one.

In other news, our Cheshire Champion Jayne Joy made a guest appearance in Athletics Weekly , see the attached link and thanks to Mario for the copy. The results section also references our Helsby runners on the day.

Athletics weekly XC Results

Many thanks also from Gareth for those who helped out at the weekend with the half-marathon preparations and let’s all make it one to remember this weekend. Still lots to do this weekend pre and post race and good luck to all who are running.

Chris Fitzpatrick has asked me to include the following in the round-up.

After the success of the xmas night out, we thought what better way to celebrate another successful half marathon than to organise a night out before the serious marathon training kicks in

So Friday 7th Feb 7.30pm Helter Skelter, a few of us are meeting up, would be great to see as many out as last time.

As always, keep on running



Helsby Festive round-up Christmas 2013

Hi all

Hope the Christmas festivities have been good to everyone.

There has already been a couple of Delamere Park runs since the last round-up email, not least one on Christmas day! Well done to Colin Bishop for his podium place and to Janet leading the Helsby ladies home. Special congratulations also to Stephen Wiggins securing a PB so soon after his last one.

3 Colin BISHOP 18:16 VM50-54 83.39 % M 3 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:17:47 19  
15 Stephen WIGGINS 21:58 SM20-24 59.33 % M 13 Helsby RC New PB! 15  
18 David MADDERS 22:16 VM40-44 61.30 % M 16 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:21:29 9  
25 Janet ROBERTSON 23:00 VW45-49 70.43 % F 4 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:22:36 10  
41 Jackie KEASLEY 24:39 VW55-59 72.48 % F 9 Helsby RC First Timer! 1  
47 Louise MCEVELEY 25:07 VW45-49 64.50 % F 12 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:23:49 21  
62 Jo FARWELL 26:55 VW40-44 58.02 % F 17 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:25:22 11  
64 Ian HILDITCH 26:57 VM70-74 67.10 % M 47 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:25:21 18  


Saturdays park run saw Gareth Boyd first in for Helsby with Janet Robertson once again first lady home.

22 Gareth BOYD 20:55 VM40-44 65.74 % M 22 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:19:08 9  
35 David MADDERS 21:54 VM40-44 62.33 % M 34 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:21:29 9  
46 David FEAKES 22:33 VM50-54 65.93 % M 45 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:21:37 14  
47 Janet ROBERTSON 22:41 VW45-49 71.42 % F 2 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:22:36 10  
48 Stephen WIGGINS 22:49 SM20-24 57.12 % M 46 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:21:58 15  
102 Lesley FEAKES 26:02 VW45-49 63.64 % F 19 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:24:15 16  
120 Ian HILDITCH 27:30 VM70-74 65.76 % M 95 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:25:21 18  
146 Ivor JOHNSTONE 29:58 VM45-49 47.66 % M 105 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:28:04 6  
150 Claire MORTON 30:23 VW50-54 58.04 % F 44 Helsby RC First Timer! 1  
153 Paul BULMER 30:27 VM55-59 50.47 % M 109 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:28:33 4  
154 Louise MCEVELEY 30:28 VW45-49 53.17 % F 45 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:23:49 21  



For full results please see the link below


Boxing day saw the Round the Walls race take place in Chester, albeit without the walls due to an icy start to the day. Runners in their new Christmas trainers were treated to a two lap figure of eight muddy loop within the roodee racecourse.

It was a good showing for some of Helsby’s best runners with Colin Bishop, Jayne Joy and Geoff and Janet Shaw on good form…..Maybe it will entice Geoff to try some cross country races ! Colin and Jayne were both prize winners with Colin even beating local fell running legend Jezz Brown. It was also an interesting race to support due to all the familiar faces and to the naked gladiators and Father Christmas trying to run off all the mince pies and sherry he’s been indulgent with. Thanks also to Jane out on the course in support.

15th                         Colin Bishop       19.53
30th                         Jayne Joy             21.09
193rd                      Geoff Shaw        26.43
338th                      Janet Shaw         31.35

For full results please see below


Race 5 of the Northwest XC league was the 2nd event this year at the Stadt Moers course held on Sunday 30th December. Numbers were down from other races this season in this league, obviously due to the festive period but performances were as good as ever. Positions only available.

7th                           Colin Bishop
11th                         Colin Thompson
54th                         Chris Fitzpatrick
56th                         Roy Gaskill
83rd                        Gareth Boyd
90th                         Tom deJong
101st                       Stephen Wiggins
106th                      Paul Foster

6th                           Jenny Illidge
17th                         Rachel Arnold
19th                         Vanessa Griffiths
34th                         Jackie Keasley

This placed Helsby Men’s team 4th on the day and Helsby ladies 3rd. Overall Helsby men now stand in 4th and Helsby ladies 2nd. Well done to everyone and to Joe and Jane and others offering their support on the day.

And i’ve had no other information received but if anyone has any other results or events they’ve done as always let me know and enjoy your New Years Eve whatever you might be upto.

Keep on running