Helsby weekly round-up 6th – 12th August 2014


Pie and Peas on Wednesday 6th August was our 10th road counter of the season and thirty Helsby vests ensured a sea of green for the supporters on the night. What an awesome turnout for the club. Well done to Colin Bishop, Colin Thompson and Carol Shaw who were all age category winners on the night and to Max Wainwright who won first unattached but is now a Helsby runner! Looks like there is even more excellent competition within the club. Colin Bishop was first man home for Helsby and Joanne was first lady. Well done to all who ran and have a look at the team photo for some nice poses! Also, as Jackie told me “Special mention to Paul Bulmer who ran around with his guide runner plus Jane A in a brilliant 55min on a fairly tricky course for Paul.”

6th           Colin Bishop                       28.26
8th           Colin Thompson               29.08
13th         Max Wainwright               30.00
25th         James Higgins                    32.08
33rd        Tom DeJong                       33.02
37th         Roy Gaskill                          33.27
44th         Phillip Roberts                   33.37
46th         Adam Gordon                   33.46
62nd        Ian Landucci                       34.52
72nd        Adrian Jackson                  35.40
90th         Joanne Lacking                  36.25
102nd      Stephen Wiggins              37.04
111th      Alex Fitzmaurice               37.32
112th      Tim Igoe                               37.42
113th      John Thompson                37.43
115th      Carl Pratt                             37.44
116th      David Hilton                        37.52
120th      Jim Jones                             38.05
128th      Vanessa Griffiths             38.39
135th      Carol Shaw                          38.58
143rd      Mike Searle                        39.41
160th      Jackie Keasley                   41.35
163rd      Chris Igoe                            41.42
180th      Graham Lloyd                    43.14
224th      Mike McShane                  46.28
234th      Jenny Palmer                     47.37
244th      Emma Barnes                    51.08
248th      Alison Butler                      52.45
255th      Jane Ashbrook                  55.12
256th      Paul Bulmer                        55.12

Prize winners for the Pie and Peas


and full results


We run for Pie

We run for Pie

Paul Bulmer & Jane

Ponderosa Fell Race in North Wales also on Wednesday saw two Helsby out.

7th           Jim O’Hara                          28.56
69th         Rachel Arnold                    40.21

On Thursday night it was the third race in the Deestriders series. No results as yet but they should appear here shortly


Delamere Park Run Number 72 on Saturday 9th August saw nine out for Helsby with Colin Bishop getting even faster for a new course PB and the nailed on win. Max Wainwright is certainly one to watch hitting a podium on his first attempt for 3rd overall. Vanessa was first Helsby lady home. Great work from Dave Madders and Emma Barnes saw two new course PB’s on the day.

1 Colin BISHOP 17:23 VM50-54 87.63 % M 1 Helsby RC New PB! 36
3 Max WAINWRIGHT 18:04 SM25-29 71.40 % M 3 Helsby RC First Timer! 1
8 Ivan DAVIES 19:32 VM35-39 69.37 % M 8 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:19:32 15
24 David MADDERS 20:57 VM40-44 65.63 % M 24 Helsby RC New PB! 17
47 Vanessa GRIFFITHS 22:27 VW45-49 73.79 % F 3 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:21:49 7
154 Emma BARNES 29:29 VW35-39 51.55 % F 30 Helsby RC New PB! 8
170 Jane ASHBROOK 30:52 VW35-39 49.03 % F 36 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:21:53 27
181 Paul BULMER 32:02 VM55-59 47.97 % M 137 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:28:33 16
182 Carol SHAW 32:25 VW50-54 53.01 % F 45 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:22:22 21

Full results


Warrington Park Run 5k race number 29 saw Men’s Captain Colin Thompson secure success for the number 1 spot on the day. Excellent stuff.

1 Colin THOMPSON 18:12 VM35-39 72.44 % M 1 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:17:43 42

Full results


Sunday 10th August saw the ‘Welcome Tavern 10k’ in Preston. Colin Thompson who was a fantastic 2nd states this was “an undulating multi-terrain course starting and finishing at the Welcome Tavern pub. Nice low key event with brilliant organisation and great commemorative medal at the finish” Tom DeJong ran well for 15th overall.

2nd          Colin Thompson                               36.49
15th         Tom DeJong                                       42.27

Saturday also saw two different Tours of Bradwell, Jim O’Hara in the half tour and Andy in the full tour. Some words from Andy below

“Jim & I were both running at Bradwell in the Peak District on Saturday, Jim in the Half Tour of Bradwell, me in the Full Tour.  Jim came 6th, I was 41st.  Race website & results are here, and the photos can be found via my Runfurther website here.”

Full link to results


Sunday saw Jim Jones at the Lowther Lakeland Trail and in Jim’s words “Its a great 13 mile route and the Lowther Show is a brilliant day out. Shame about the rain today with the regards the show. However, the conditions were near ideal for the duration of the race with light rain throughout. This is one that I’ll be putting in my diary for next year.

Think I finished 39th in 1:56 (Garmin time) http://connect.garmin.com/activity/562127949 Results should appear here:  http://www.lowthershow.co.uk/what-s-on/lowther-trail-run

In other news

This Saturday is the Darwen Gala and Memorial Race, information sent from Paul via email previously http://darwenrunning.weebly.com/darwen-gala-new.html “The Darwen Gala fell race has been renamed this year in memory of my sister in law and Jamie Dowdall’s wife Catherine. Jamie runs with the Darwen Dashers but often trains with Helsby through the winter. The race is good for all runners, hills are runnable, up to Darwen tower along the moors then back, race is 4.7 miles and is about a mile longer than previous years which makes this a better race and finishes with a free beer. Darwen Gala also forms part of the the day, so bring yourself or all the family for a great fun filled day.”

Don’t forget it’s the brilliant Robbie Wobbler on Wednesday 20th August, the club organised hill event of the season with ascent, descent, trail, woods, charm and cake.

Wednesday 20th August @ 7pm, parking at Forest Hills, Frodsham, WA6 6HH.  registration from 6:15pm

If you can’t run and would like to help then Chris could always do with some marshals or a photographer so drop him a line at TheWobbler@baynham-hughes.com This is a fantastic event and will be once again with the enthusiasm and dedication of Helsby members. It’s events like this that have helped the tremendous growth of the club and with Chris’s hard work we can make things a little less stressful by lending him a hand.

For those not fancying the hills there is also the Ellesmere Port 5k on the same night which is dedicated to a local runner who died far too young, an event I’ll be running or marshalling at as required as Neil was a friend of mine. Details and entry as below


as always if I’ve missed anything then let me know. I’ll try and keep the blog updated with results not yet published.

Keep on running



Helsby weekly round-up 7th-14th August 2013

Hi all
Wednesday 7th August was the 5 mile Pie and Peas, a now traditional run for the club and this year was incorporated into the Cheshire GP series so a strong field was expected. Eighteen runners out for Helsby so our biggest road turnout of the year for the counters. Well done to Janet Shaw as the sole Helsby prize winner on the night!
17th Colin Thompson 29.37
st Adair Broughton 29.59
57th Roy Gaskill 32.46
th Jayne Joy 32.56
th Gareth Boyd 33.18
rd Tom DeJong 36.24
th Paul Porter 36.59
th Adrian Jackson 37.14
nd Geoff Shaw 37.20
th John Thompson 39.02
180th Carol Shaw 39.08
st Ben Williams 39.40
th Graham Lloyd 41.36
th Jackie Keasley 42.07
st Ian Hilditch 42.28
th Michael McShane 44.56
nd Alison Meakin 43.22
Janet Shaw 46.51 (Age category winner)
Photos and full results are available here
Also on Wednesday night was the Ponderosa fell race where five Helsby vests were out to tackle the short but tough course with Jim O’Hara first in for the men and Nesta Hawker running superbly for a category win.
Full results available on the Welsh Fell Runner website www.wfra.org.uk
19th Jim O’Hara 29.55
th Paul Foster 36.35
th Chris Hatton 41.45
th Nesta Hawker 45.10
th Jon Hardman 45.26

Saturday morning was the Delamere Park Run with five PB’s from the seven Helsby runners. Great work everyone. Colin first in for the men and Vanessa for the women.


84.69 %
PB stays at 00:17:47
74.00 %
New PB!
75.02 %
New PB!
58.62 %
New PB!
75.86 %
New PB!
57.81 %
PB stays at 00:22:44
73.79 %
New PB!
Full results for the Park Run here
Andy Robinson ran the Long Tour of Bradwell on Saturday, a 33 mile race in the Peak District with substantial climbing. Andy came in 35th from 85 and was 4th MV50 and was over an hour faster than when he last ran it three years ago!
Results here
Sunday was the Great Warford 10 Miler, a Cheshire Grand Prix counter and a Helsby road counter. Three in attendance for Helsby
36th Colin Thompson 1.00.41
121st Gareth Boyd 1.10.26
204th Tom De Jong 1.16.32 (to be verified)
Full results here

Sunday saw a top ten finish for Jim O ‘Hara at the Gladstone 9 finishing in a superb 1.23.44 and awarded 2
ndplace in his age category. Phil Gillard also showed he is getting back to form with 40th position in 1.44.37.
7th Jim O’Hara 1.23.44
th Phil Gillard 1.44.37
And full results available on the Welsh Fell Runners website
Jayne, Karl Steinegger (Ambleside and Spectrum) and Adair ran a recce of Nant-y-Moch, on Sunday which, as an honest appraisal, will probably be one of the hardest fell races to do! It’s a 20km race with 4000ft climb but much of the course is tussocky with minimal path or trails. Knowledge and use of a map and compass is also essential. The recce took 4 hours 45 minutes which included stops to read the map and a couple of errors in route choice but shows that the race organiser’s interpretation that the average runner will be out for about 3 hours is probably quite accurate.
Details on the race (next Saturday) can be found here
Enjoy the handicap on Wednesday for those that are running or helping
Keep up the good training everyone, it’s obviously paying off