Long trail series 2012

Sunday’s Sandstone Trail races marked the end of this year’s Long Trail Series races, so here’s a summary of the year’s events, and the results. I’ll soon be looking at what events to include in next year’s series, so if there are any you would like to run, just let me know. Any off-road timed event between 14 and 35 miles qualifies.

This may have been the best year in the club’s history for off-road endurance running. As far as I’m aware, nobody has ever matched Chris Baynham-Hughes’ achievement in completing the Dragon’s Back race. We also had two completions of the Bob Graham Round in the same year, again something that has never happened before. And once more we were well represented at the Saunders Lakeland Mountain Marathon, with four members competing.

The Long Trail Series itself went well again, with four of the seven events having four or more club members running, and one or two more club members starting to try out some of these longer runs. Here’s a brief event by event summary:

Wuthering Hike, 33 miles, 10 March: Only me on this one, which was a pity as it’s a great event. It’s a bit of a long drive to get there, which may have put some off.

Edale Skyline, 21 miles, 25 March: Four of us ran this Peak fellracing classic, with good weather for the third year running – too warm if anything. The main highlight was Chris Baynham-Hughes’ performance, finishing in 44th place in what is always a top class field.

Sandstone Trail Marshals’ event, 33 miles, 5 May: This didn’t happen as I was ill!

Gritstone Tryal, 15 miles, 29 July: Only Jackie and me for this one, but I think we should try to get more out next year, as it’s a great local event and it needs support. We both had a great run on the Staffordshire gritstone, and the navigation was reasonably straightforward.

Race the Train, 14 miles, 18 August: It wasn’t a normal running of this event as it didn’t rain at all. Five HRC runners competed: none of them beat the train this year, but Jane Ashbrook came closest. Dave Feakes being the only man among them picked up 20 points, with Jane being first HRC lady home yet again.

Open To Offas, 30 miles, 15 September: This was a great LDWA event, crossing the tracks of a number of the short fell races we’ve had in the Clwydian Hills. Most of the participants are walkers but there are some runners too, and the organisers would be happy to have more. We had the first three finishers, with Adair setting a new course record of 5 hours 4 minutes, and Jackie finishing joint first lady.

Sandstone Trail A Race, 17 miles, 30 September: Five of us ran this year, on a day when we were expecting rain, but in the event it stayed dry. The conditions were pretty muddy, but not nearly as bad as it could have been, given the flooding there had been only days before. A great event as always, with Adair leading the club home in 11th place overall.

Overall, Jackie and I competed in five events each, and Adair and Ian Landucci ran two each. One was enough for everyone else! Full results to follow…

Andy Robinson

Helsby weekly round-up Sept 11th – 16th 2012

Hi all

Once again, as summer slowly wans into autumn, it’s been a busy week for Helsby running personnel.

Last Tuesday saw Race 2 in the September Wirral Multi-terrain series. Full results and current placing’s are on Steve Saunders website here www.stevesaunders.co.uk Helsby position and times below, with a special congratulations to Adrian for breaking into the top 100 for the first time, something he’s been aiming to do since last year, great effort. Sterling effort by Carol for a 2nd place in her category and Jayne and Jackie both 3rd in theirs. 15 of us ran in total. Team placings can also be seen on the full results pdf document.

Mixed bag of weather on the night, and what could have been a golden beach sunset turned into a windy and heavy shower for the 2nd lap of the beach run. Still great fun for everyone I’m sure! Race distance was 4.9miles with road to begin then beach and the Wirral Way to finish.  Another beach run this Tuesday as race 3 is at Harrison Drive, Wallasey at the earlier time of 6.30pm. Hopefully we can still have a good crowd out, and remember there’s no registration, just turn up in the Helsby vest and run. You’ll need a pound though but not a bad price for a race.

12th         Adair Broughton                   30.18
69th         Ed Halliwell                          34.23
93rd         Roy Gaskill                          36.27
97th         Adrian Jackson                    36.57
107th       Steve Riley                           37.37
115th       Geoff Shaw                          38.06
127th       Albert Berry                          39.20
143rd       Tom DeJong                        40.17
161st       Chris Hatton                         43.35

4th            Jayne Joy                             35.00 (3rd)
24th         Vanessa Griffiths                    39.24
32nd         Carol Shaw                           40.53 (2nd)
41st         Jackie Keasley                      43.21 (3rd)
63rd         Janet Shaw                           46.59
65th         Betty Grieve                          47.33

Saturday was the Open to Offas 30 mile and 7000ft cake festival round the Clywdians which happened to have a race on at the same time. Some details on the LDWA website



Results now out as above but Andy Robinsons time is down as 20 mins slower than he actually was, so I’ll send a separate email when they arrive but four of us out from Helsby and all having a brilliant day, great weather and great scenery and to be honest really quite spoiled at the end with endless tea being offered. It is definitely one for the calendar to try if you have not had a go at this type of event even if you don’t feel like racing. Good to see Ian Hilditch out on the course too. Adair, Ian Landucci, Andy Robinson and Jackie all ran.

Sunday was our penultimate (11th) road counter, the now traditional local Sutton Six. Provisional results here


Looked a nice day for running, easy to say for those of us taking it easy with the camera, had done some practising in France last week with my zoon lens (but the real reason was that I was just too scared of Jayne’s current form to want to race against her)


By all accounts it was a bit windy on some parts of the course and feedback suggested that it more undulating than expected but still a course that people get their PB’s on. Jayne and Jane now both under the magic 40 minutes this year which meant Jayne was first home for Helsby with a new PB of 39.14 that earned her 2nd place in the race. And the sub40 so soon after the sub 90 half marathon means she’s already redefining her targets for next year. A cracking run by Roy saw him first green vested man in a close battle with Jim O’Hara. Ten runners out for Helsby with Monday night track star Jason taking 4th junior and 45 minutes dead on his first 10k. Joe was out watching on the course helping those hunting PB’s. Helsby positions and placings as follows:

31st         Jayne Joy                            39.14
61st         Roy Gaskill                          42.00
63rd         Jim O’Hara                          42.10
82nd         Adrian Jackson                   43.54
96th         Geoff Shaw                          44.57
106th       Dave Madders                      45.11
127th       John Thompson                    47.12
136th       Carol Shaw                          47.54
139th       Andy Smith                         48.08
174th       Tom DeJong                        52.33
193rd       Janet Shaw                         55.56

Oats all round! Has Andy already had his……….?

Hope I’ve not missed anything.

I’ll be heading to the club at 5.30pm this Wednesday for a faster hill run if anyone fancies it to try and utilise a bit of the light while its remaining. I’ll also send a reminder out later in the week about our next club fell counter this Saturday which is also the final race in our Inter-club series. If you’ve not tried a hill/fell race yet definitely one to try.



2012 long trail series

Andy Robinson has been consulting interested runners and has proposed the following dates and events for the 2012 long trail series…

  1. Wuthering Hike (Haworth Hobble), Sat 10 March. 33 miles, 4400 ft of climbing. This is a great race.
  2. Edale Skyline, Sun 25 March. 21 miles, 4500 ft. Testing AL fell race. Fills up quickly, so enter early in the new year.
  3. Sandstone Trail Challenge Marshals’ event, Sat 5 May. 33 miles, 3700 ft.
  4. Gritstone Tryal, Sun 29 July, 15 miles, 2000 ft. This is a navigational event, so map & compass work will be needed. I’ve never done it, but it looks interesting!
  5. Race the Train, Sat 18 August, 14 miles. The only one for which entries are already open.
  6. Open to Offas, date not set yet, but probably Sat 15 September. 30 miles, 7000 ft(?). An LDWA classic in the Clwydian hills.
  7. Sandstone Trail A Race, date not set yet: either Sun 30 September or Sun 14 October. 17 miles, 655m of climbing.
Let us have your thoughts in the Comments box below!

Andy Robinson