Helsby weekly update 16th – 20th July 2014

Hi all

The Druid on Wednesday 16th July is always a popular race with Helsby members. Twelve green vests were out to take on the challenge of Foel Fenli with Chris Baynham-Hughes and Joe marshalling and supporting. Great running from Jim O’Hara saw him 5th overall and 1st Helsby man home and Janet Robertson was first Helsby lady. Three Helsby prize winners on the night so well done to Tom, Mario and Janet for their age category wins.

5th           Jim O’Hara                          35.59
18th         Phillip Roberts                   40.38
26th         Adam Gordon                   22.59
27th         Phil Gillard                           43.11
29th         Tom DeJong                       43.15 (1st in age cat)
34th         Mario Foschi                      44.05 (1st in age cat)
43rd        Janet Robertson               45.12 (1st in age cat)
48th         Laura Baynham-Hughes                45.46
50th         Adrian Jackson                  45.51
57th         Joanna Lacking                  46.54
66th         Jim Jones                             48.09
68th         Paul Foster                         48.15

No official results are onlined but results should follow shortly here, if anyone wants a copy of the results in the meantime just email me and I can send them on.


Also on Wednesday was the Sefton Park 5 Miler where Gary and Derek had a close race to finish a second apart.

60th         Gary O’Connor                  33.15
61st         Derek Morris                     33.16

Full results


Thursday night was the Sale Sizzler with four out for Helsby with Colin Thompson first Helsby man home and Louise first Helsby lady.

34th         Colin Thompson               17:19
262nd      John Thompson                22:39
431st       Louise Spruce                    34:38
433rd      Michelle Cully                    34:56

Full results here:


Onto the weekend and the most popular park run this weekend was not Delamere but the Newbury Park Run where Tim and Jenny put Helsby on the map. Tim’s Newbury excursion is detailed below!

“As we were visiting my parents, Jenny and I did the Newbury Parkrun this Saturday rather than the more usual Delamere or Warrington. This is on Greenham Common, which those of you of a certain age will remember for RAF Greenham Common, US cruise missiles and peace protesters; it has now

reverted to common land with odd remmants of the old air base. Either Joe’s Monday night training or the course, or more likely a bit both, enabled me to take over 2 minutes off my Parkrun PB. The turnout was much larger than at Delamere with over 330 runners.”


26 Tim PALMER 21:36 VM45-49 67.75 % M 24 Helsby RC First Timer! 11
174 Jenny PALMER 28:13 VW40-44 55.35 % F 33 Helsby RC First Timer! 2

Colin Bishop who has made Delamere Park Run his own with many recent wins dominated the field again for a 1st place.

1 Colin BISHOP 17:41 VM50-54 86.15 % M 1 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:17:35 33


Similarly, in the Warrington Park Run Colin Thompson raced round for another Helsby victory.

1 Colin THOMPSON 18:06 VM35-39 72.84 % M 1 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:17:43 41


Jayne Joy our International Star was selected for an invite only race, the ‘Snowdon Super Cup’ which is part of the Snowdon Mountain race weekend. Weather conditions meant a delayed start and a shortened course, so a different day than was expected for Jayne. Great support from Mario and Joe at the halfway café’ really buoyed Jayne on to be 9th female in a very elite field of athletes. Another proud day for Helsby.

25th         Jayne Joy                             38.29

More details below


and full results


Warton Crag Fell Race also on Saturday was a 6 miler with 150m of climb, described by Phil Gillard here

“As you travel up to the Lakes and just north of Lancaster, there is a limestone outcrop to the west of the M6, this is called Warton Crag and the location for the aptly named Warton Crag fell race. The race is on the same day as Warton sports and carnival; the good people of Warton really go to town with a parade of floats, stalls, teas and cakes and some sports, the highlight of which is the fell race.

The race starts off on the carnival field and winds itself through the village until we reach the bottom of the crag which in terms of terrain and height is much like Helsby hill. Once the top is reached there is short steady descent into the rolling North Lancashire hills for a pleasant undulating meander through woods, pasture land, country roads and the grounds of a somebody’s country pad. Very runnable and not too taxing. It is also nice to run alongside some less familiar vests of Dallen, Chorley, Trawden, Red Rose Runners and Helm Hill

With the run complete is was time to head to Manchester for a very pleasant meal and night out”

A great run from Phil saw him 30th overall

30th         Phil Gillard                           51.40

And full results


Burtonwood 5 Miler cancelled due to necessity for road closures, details below.


Roy was first in for Helsby at Sundays Penny Lane Striders 10k and Jane Ashbrook first Helsby lady as well as first in her age category. Great running everyone on what would have been a hot day.

43rd        Roy Gaskill                          41.41
51st         Gary O’Connor                  42.20
64th         Tom DeJong                       43.29
66th         Jane Ashbrook                  43.33
88th         Joanne Lacking                  45.22
100th      Phillip Roberts                   46.03
139th      David Hilton                        48.55
201st       Clare Louise Miller           52.55
236th      David Wiggins                    58.08
238th      Stephen Wiggins              58.16

Full results available from


as always, if I’ve missed an event then do let me know as I can update the blog as necessary.

Keep on running



Wednesday 23rd July it’s the 6th fell counter of the Helsby season, the Green Green Grass of home, a steep fell race of 4.5 miles and 1500ft climbing from Llangynhafel. Please meet at the club for 6pm for car share

Wedneday  30th July, in the clubhouse after our club run, Jayne Joy will be giving a talk on Eating Disorders in Sport, chip butties provided!! Please come along to the third in our series of club talks on running related subjects.

Helsby weekly update 26th June – 1st July 2013

Hi all

Last Wednesday 26th June saw Paul Foster run the 2nd Harrock Hill race of the season beating last months’ time by over a minute. No results as yet but details here


It was the Delamere Park Run on Saturday morning which saw Steve Riley first in for Helsby and 24th place followed by three rising stars in Helsby ladies section all establishing PB’s for the course! Eleven out for Helsby so it was a good local showing of the green vest.

24 Steve RILEY 22:12 VM45-49 65.39 % M 21 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:21:21 4  
34 Joanne LACKING 22:45 SW30-34 65.35 % F 5 Helsby RC New PB! 2  
38 Laura BAYNHAM-HUGHES 23:07 VW35-39 64.89 % F 7 Helsby RC New PB! 6  
44 Helen OWENS 23:24 VW35-39 64.67 % F 8 Helsby RC New PB! 4  
54 David FEAKES 24:06 VM50-54 61.69 % M 42 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:21:37 7  
72 Lesley FEAKES 25:22 VW45-49 64.52 % F 17 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:24:15 7  
73 Louise MCEVELEY 25:25 VW45-49 63.74 % F 18 Helsby RC First Timer! 1  
80 Ian HILDITCH 25:44 VM70-74 70.27 % M 60 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:25:35 9  
86 Alison MEAKIN 26:23 VW55-59 71.51 % F 21 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:25:45 6  
131 Louise SPRUCE 42:41 SW30-34 34.67 % F 52 Helsby RC First Timer! 1  
132 Jane ASHBROOK 42:42 VW35-39 35.25 % F 53 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:21:53 9  

A little bit further than 5k in distance was the Lakes 10 Peaks race also on Saturday that saw the brilliant endurance legs and lungs of Andy Robinson on the tough 44 miles course. Brief race report from Andy below

I ran the Lakes 10 Peaks race on Saturday, which I think may be the hardest 1-day race in the country. 106 started, and 34 didn’t make it to the finish, which is the lowest drop-out rate they’ve had yet – conditions were quite good in the Lakes, which is probably why so many finished. 44 miles and 16300 feet of climbing (the way I went anyway), taking in the highest 10 peaks in the Lakes. It was a brilliant day out, and I’ll try to write a proper report for the blog when I’ve got a few minutes. I’m still pretty tired just now. I finished 8th out of 72 finishers, in 14:55:09, winner’s time 13:02:47, so I’m feeling pretty pleased with myself!” Results here.


Sunday was Callow, a race which I’m sure is fondly remembered by those who did it as a club counter last year! Taking in the four climbs of Ashes, Yearlet, Grindle and Callow in Church Stretton were Jayne and Adair. Best not put ‘autopause when stopped’ as a setting on your Garmin though as your Garmin thinks you have actually stopped as you trundle your way up the climbs.

No results as yet but they should appear here shortly


Photos on the day were taken by Alistair Tye


Sunday was also the Penny Lane Striders 10k in Liverpool

Full results here


Helsby position and times as below (with chip time)

48th                   Roy Gaskill                   41.25
56th                   Ivan Davies                   41.25
143rd                 Dave Madders              47.16
171st                 Clare-Louise Miller        48.48
198th                 Tom DeJong                 50.13

Photos of Penny Lane 10k courtesy of Mick Charman below

Clare Ivan Roy Tom

















Please also find information on Chris Baynham-Hughes blog regarding his Transvulcania race


I’ve been informed by Chris that C4 also did a documentary on it which can be watched on 4OD here: http://www.channel4.com/programmes/4triathlon/episode-guide/series-4/episode-5

Keep up the good work everyone