UKA fell relays, liverpool marathon & sandbach 10k results


It was a choice of fell, road or multi-terrain for the energetic and active Helsby brigade this weekend, so needless to say lots of results to give and some fantastic achievements in there too.

Thanks to everyone providing me with information on what you have been up to as it really helps the searching and just to reiterate if I miss anyone’s results it’s usually because the runner isn’t down as Helsby so it’s always worth letting me know if that’s the case.

And if seeing these results whets your appetite to ‘up’ your training then by all means head along to Castle Park nr Frodsham on Monday nights at 6.30pm to do a roughly half hour session of speed work with Joe and Mario. Head torches optional but can be useful! First session will start October 22nd.

UKA British Hill & Fell Relays Sunday 14th October 2012

I’ll start with what is now a regular and popular occurrence in the Helsby calendar, the British Fell Relays, sporting such athletes as the World Orienteering Champion and most recent UK, British and English Fell Running Champions, who all knew they were in good company once they saw the Helsby hoodies turn-up.

Similar to the event last year at Kettlewell, the nearly one thousand fell runners were treated to a gorgeous day of blue sky and fantastic scenery, a day that could almost have been part of our missing summer if it wasn’t for the welcoming frost and autumnal colours once reaching the destination early doors.

The relays were organised by Mercia with all four legs starting and finishing in Church Stretton and utilising the beautiful and rugged and hilly terrain of the Shropshire hills. As far as I could tell things ran smoothly and everyone appeared to be enjoying the atmosphere and day, possibly either before or after their respective runs I should add, with the start and finish side-by-side giving all runners a chance to cheer on their comrades in arms at each leg handover.

Many thanks go to Phil for organising and sorting the teams, arriving early to register and then to put up the Helsby gazebo in a prime location, close to tea and cake.

If anyone is interested in the four different legs and maps of the route then please look on the Mercia fell runner’s website here

An earlier event in our fell calendar ‘Callow’ was a tough introduction but gave a good indication of what shoes to wear for the terrain and what the actual running would be like. A great way of seeing the area would be looking at the many photos already up on various websites including Alistair Tye’s here.

More photos will follow from various websites so please keep checking back on the blog to stay updated as I’ll add them when I get to hear about them.

Helsby had two teams out from the 151 teams that finished and quite possibly Helsby’ s best results yet, especially for the ladies.

Jayne and Dave Feakes took the pressure leg, leg 1 where all the anticipation and excitement and energy is concentrated in the colourful array of club vests in the starter pen. A vocal crowd cheered the runners as they screeched past burning some good fell tread in the short road section early on before the real endeavour of hills took place. Jayne had a storming run for an 11th lady overall (against some serious competition) and Dave ran well on legs that were less than seven days after a marathon. We nurture some tough cookies at Helsby it seems.

Jimmy and Adair had their work cut-out to try and catch Vanessa and Lesley who were enjoying the run of their lives getting to checkpoint 2 and almost 45 minutes into their run before pleasantries were able to be exchanged. It felt like leg 2 was tough, with a middle section leading everyone into a false sense of security before the final climbs, with hands on knees and sterling support from Joe and Mario forcing out the last of our commitment to hand over to the great team of Phil and Steve for the thinking man’s leg, the navigation. Vanessa and Lesley still smiling all the way in were able to hand over to Jane and Janet to embark on some hills with added route choice. Even with flags I don’t know where I’m going so well done to the two navigation teams whose times surely show some sublime ‘orienteering’ skills.

Andy and Nesta were on the anchor leg, I believe leg 1 in reverse, and after waiting round and supporting everyone else taking photos and eating fantastic homemade flapjacks both securing great times to put the two teams not too far apart.

The results link above will show individual splits and times so peruse to your heart’s content but the final team standings were

Helsby men achieving a 102nd place in accumulative time of 5.05.56 and Helsby ladies toe to toe nearly all the way with 123rd and 5.32.08.

Hopefully we can continue our good progress next year in October when the 2013 relays will be announced.

Some photos of Leg 1 have appeared on the cliclic website as below

but if you like 3D action why not check out the Youtube videos available for each leg

Leg 1

Leg 2

Leg 3

Leg 4

Interesting reports from the day for those at the sharp end

Liverpool Marathon Sunday October 14th 2012

I don’t need to write much about this marathon as Ivan has written a fantastic race report below. Ivan led the green vest home. Full results can be found at the following link but I’ve extracted out Helsby runners. Well done for all your runs and excellent work by Tom DeJong in his first marathon and all runners were easily in the top half of the field.

308th Ivan Davies 3.28.05
637th Colin Thompson 3.44.37
1944th Tom DeJong 4.27.58
2215th Ivor Johnstone 4.41.31

Ivan’s race report

The Liverpool marathon and run Wirral 10k both started from Birkenhead park, with the 10k following the same route before peeling off just after New Brighton. It was extremely tempting to make that sharp left turn at 6.2 miles as it turns out the medals were identical to those doing the full marathon!

After leaving the park the runners headed off towards New Brighton and up almost as far as Hoylake before turning around and running back along the front towards Birkenhead again. Basically a half marathon on the Wirral and then another half in Liverpool itself. To coin a phrase ‘ it was definately a game of two halfs’, as the first 13m were very flat and the second half not so…The runners then crossed into Liverpool via the Queensway tunnel, which for anyone who’s ran it in the 10k event they hold, has a cruel incline halfway. The start of this uphill was almost at the 13mile point and lasted for approximately 2 miles.

From this point onwards the main thing that sticks in my mind is just how much of the second half was uphill!! We exited the tunnel to lots of cheering and huge crowds but the road was still definitely going up until about 15 miles when we headed towards Liverpool one and up a very very cruel hill past the Anglican cathedral to mile 18. The next 10k or so was all in Sefton park before at last some downhill back past the cathedral and towards the finish by the Liverpool museum.

A great race with superb support and great organisation, although I’m not sure that it’s for those after a pb. I was slightly downbeat by my time of 3.27 which put me in 313th out of about 5000 and 59th in age cat. I stayed for the presentations and was surprised to see not a single lady finished under 3 hours.

Perhaps those hills got to the elite athletes too..

Sandbach 10k

Also on Sunday was the Sandbach 10k, a multi-terrain event. The only club representative was John Thompson who had a great run for 56th place in a time of 49.25. Nice work



Just uploaded a video and some photos of the Helsby gang in action at the Fell Relays.



Weekly round-up 9th – 12th august 2012

Hi all

Hope everyone enjoyed and are motivated by that historic and magnificent evening of sport on Saturday night!

Following on from Wednesday’s popular Pie and Peas race Thursday night saw Jayne, Jimmy and Adair at race number three of the Deeside Multi-Terrain off Road Grand Prix. A solid performance by Jayne saw her first lady home, picking up another bottle of wine in the process and hopefully cementing her position as 1st senior lady for the series. Awards will be given after race 4 in September. Credit also to Jimmy who biked to and from the race! With marshals directing people the same way and with all gates open this time there was no lengthened course like on race 2. Thanks to Joe and Mario and Janet and Geoff Shaw for support on the night.

Full results below with Helsby position and times

6th        Adair Broughton          30.43
15th      Jimmy O’Hara             33.45
21st      Jayne Joy                    34.51

Phil Gillard headed to Yorkshire on Saturday for the Round Hill Fell race, (9 miles and 1200ft) His race report below

‘In anticipation of a golden night for British sport, I decided to get my weekend race in early, so at 08:00 on Saturday morning I set off for the small village of Timble in the Yorkshire Dales. Driving closer to the village the terrain felt very much like that of last year’s fell relays in Kettlewell; rolling hills and sporadic sunshine.

The race is advertised as 14.1km and 335m of climb, quite gentle really and the start of the race felt that way, stony track through some woods with the first climb being a very steady gradient but once we got onto the moor the still flattish terrain turned very boggy and carried on like this for the next 7 miles. The kind of bog which is just runnable but with the opportunity to go knee / waist deep every hundred yards or so, the kind of bog which remains on your body such that Helen made me have two showers and a painful knee scrub before she would go out with me on Saturday evening

To summarise; a long way to go but well worth it for the beautiful views of the Dales and a very warm welcome from them good Yorkshire folk’

Information, map and results and photos from the Otley website as below

A good run from Phil saw him achieve 51st place

51st      Phil Gillard       1.20.54

Quiet elsewhere which hopefully means people were either training hard or resting easy for Wednesday night’s Inter-club race at Whittle Pike. We are currently leading the Inter-club competition but only just! With some key runners missing on Wednesday it will be good to have as many out as we can. This is the Spectrum Striders designated race. Also, don’t forget it’s Helsby’s 8th Fell Counter of the season.

Full details on the following websites: or

but main details below.

Please note it’s a 65 minute drive from Helsby so I’d recommend leaving the club at 6.00pm at the latest but earlier would be preferable if you are arranging lifts

Category:  AS, 5.1 miles (8.2k), 1600ft (488m) climb

Race venue:  Cowpe Village Hall, Cowpe Road, Waterfoot, Rossendale. Entry fee:  £3.00

Cowpe Village Hall does not have a postcode but BB4 7EA will get you close as Cowpe is a small village. (Cowpe village is off the A681 from Waterfoot, about 2 miles east of Rawtenstall.  It is about 30 miles drive from Birchwood.)

Don’t forget you still have time to sharpen up the legs with Track training Helsby High School Monday nights start time 6.30pm.

Helsby weekly round up 25th – 26th July 2012

Hi all

Saturday 25th saw the Push up the Pincyn fell race which forms part of the Clawddnewydd show, details here which provides a good race description

Full results and race report as well as a link to some great photos are all available on the Welsh Fell Runners website .Three green vests were out for this one, Jayne, Phil and Adair.

The advertised distance is just over 6 miles with 1300ft climb but due to recent weather and the race organisers unable to utilise the show field this distance was increased to just over 7 miles as the start and finish were at the village hall instead. The first false start I’ve been involved in made for some light hearted banter and smiles were still evident as runners attempted to leap the hay bale which has become a common (or defining) feature of this race at just over the mile point. In some ways it is a tough trail race rather than a more traditional fell race but there are certainly some sustained climbs in it even if they are not as severe as experienced recently. It is a low key race and with a great atmosphere so certainly one I would recommend for Helsby runners.

Jayne stayed close to Welsh International and record holder for the 6 mile course Andrea Rowland’s to secure a fabulous 2nd place and be in with a shout for the raffled prizes. Jayne’s raffle ticket was number 13, unlucky for some, as her prize was a tin of corned beef! Maybe next year for the gnome or the lollipop? Alistair Tye’s photos of the event here below.

Hay there!

Helsby positions and times below and thanks also to Helen for her support on the day.

5th        Adair Broughton          53.55
12th      Jayne Joy                   59.30
26th      Phil Gillard                   68.54

Sunday 26th was our 7th road counter and 3rd ten mile event. I’ve had some race reports for this event from Helsby runners so please find Geoff’s and Ed’s reports below.

Geoff said “Well the initial discussion was about the men’s 20 points as Mr Adair wasn’t there and where were the ladies? Not one ladies green vest in sight. So off we all went down the first decent and up the first climb before the three climbs to be known as Box Hill for reasons going on in a parallel activity. The sun shone, for a while, it rained, for a while as mile by mile went by. Joe, Mario and Janet shouted their cheer as we passed them by, again and again. Finally the finish was in sight, after of course the final assent of Box Hill, to a bottle of beer named Joggers Tipple which is yet to be sampled. Top points went to Colin, with Ian not far behind. A good run for the men but a ghost run for the ladies.”

Ed states “The Great Warford 10 was both a club counter and in the Cheshire Grand Prix for 2012. Helsby’s turnout was six men and no ladies, so some big points going begging!  It was my first run over the course, and I’d been warned that there were some little hills involved, but after Moel Famau on Wednesday night they weren’t anything to be worried about.  The course was over three laps of 2, 4 and 4 miles, which proved to be an interesting variation on normal runs.  I liked being able to mentally break the race down into chunks and knowing what to expect on the other laps, but the first 4 mile lap after the 2 mile one did seem to go on for a while.  The setting was beautiful, nice country lanes and the start/finish at the David Lewis centre was really nice for warm-up and warm-down.  Plenty of parking, flapjack and a bottle of beer afterwards made it a very nice morning out, and thankfully the rain held off until the journey home.

As for the race, a great battle between Ian and Colin for the rare 20 points freed up by Adair’s absence, results as follows:

Name Time Position
Colin Thompson



Ian Landucci



Edward Halliwell



Geoff Shaw



John Thompson



Tom DeJong



345 runners completed the course (a record I think I heard).

Thanks to Mario and Joe for the support.”

Full results and link to photos available below

Race Results can be found at

Race Photos can be found at  or

Many thanks for the race reports.

Please note the next road counter is already upon us, the popular Pie and Peas race and according to the website places still available. Hope to see you there


Weekly round-up 20-24th June 2012

Hi all

As your legs will probably attest this was a busy week for Helsby runners, with some doing a treble or more of races in less than a week. (We’ll have a look at the fixtures next year to make sure we don’t put a counter either side of the Tough Team Challenge again.)

Hot Foot up Famau Photos from Mick Charman are now available here. Looks like Jayne was making light work of the gully! Separate report of the Hot Foot is already on the blog for those who missed it.!1420&id=183B84A4C9237FD4%211420


Thumbs Up for Uphill Fun

Although Wednesday was a fell counter, it was also the Warrington 10k which had three green vests on show. Geoff Shaw led them home and full results below.

89th      Geoff Shaw                44.44
113th    John Thompson          47.23
203rd    Janet Shaw                 54.02

Friday night was the club favourite Tattenhall Tough Team Challenge event, and was a good night for Helsby runners as the Tattenhall report of the event shows, two Helsby teams picking up prizes.

Although a poor day weather wise it wasn’t too bad on the night with some interesting running to be had and of course all of the fun to be had on the notorious railway.

Helsby ladies Jayne and Jane alongside Chester Tri’s Lisa Grantham scooped the ladies team prize (gonna have a go for the course record next year girls?) with a time close to the record on a muddy course. With a strong team out for the men, Jim, Chris and Adair were 3rd overall taking 2nd mens team. Thanks to Joe, Phil, Mike and other Helsby support on the night.

Tough team results here:

JAC IT UP                              2nd Men’s Team          (3rd)     Jim, Chris, Adair                     64.09
HELSBY TRIERS                   1st Ladies Team          (9th)     Jane, Lisa G, Jayne                69.40
SAGALOUTS                         4th Vets Team             (19th)   Andy Robinson +2                  76.55
DAVE DEE DOZY                  7th Male Vets               (30th)   Dave, Andy S, Albert              82.46
HELSBY OVER HILLERS     3rd Lady Vets               (31st)    Jackie, Janet, Vanessa          83.23
VR JAM                                  4th Lady Vets               (33rd)   Lesley +2                                83.28
ARDEN ELECTRIC               5th Mixed Team          (35th)   Karen J, Graham L +1            84.57
STAG + 2 DOES                    8th Mixed Vets             (43rd)   Nesta, Betty, Mike H              95.10

and photos of the TTT here:

Saturdays running was the afternoon event of the Lymm 5k with 6 runners out for Helsby and led home by Ivan Davies. Full results available on the Spectrum Striders website as below.

57th      Ivan Davies                 20.13
89th      Dave Madders                        21.20
92nd     Geoff Shaw                21.42
120th    John Thompson          22.47
126th    Janet Robertson         23.01
160th    Janet Shaw                 26.12

Sunday saw the ‘We Love Manchester 10k’, with Helsby’ s sole representative Roy Gaskill in the mix of near 1900 runners to secure a great 114th position and a chip time of 41.07. There is definitely some competition in the club now around that 40 minute marker. Full results for this race from TDL link below.

114th    Roy Gaskill                 41.14

Elsewhere Colin and Tom ran the Penny lane 10k with Tom achieving a fantastic new PB. Over 300 runners took part on the day. Full results and photos available (in time) from the link below.

30th       Colin Thompson            40:16
106th     Tom De Jong                46:24 (PB)

Sunday was the 4th fell counter at Moel-y-Gamelin. No results yet so I will send these results separately once available with a brief race report.

Don’t forget track training Monday nights Helsby High School at 6.30pm

Cheers and thanks to everyone who sends me results and links as saves me some time!


Sandstone trail challenge – brilliant!

Quick report: another brilliant day, another great event. Thanks go to everyone taking part whether running, walking, marshalling, feeding, punching cards or any of the numerous things that somehow magically happen behind the scenes. Three cheers to Andy Robinson for being catalyst and ringleader.

Hills were climbed, records broken, mud and wind conquered, feet battered, pies eaten. Results over on the main website:

Pics: (Larkton Hill) (Delamere).

Thanks to everyone for sharing their great pics! If you want copies, contact the photographers directly.


Weekend round-up

Once again lots going on this weekend. Results have already been sent out for the Wrexham ten miler

but other Helsby members had also been active elsewhere.

Great performances in what is surely the wettest marathon on record in Manchester on Sunday saw Colin Thompson with a magnificent 3.13.10 which placed him 208th out of 5000 or so runners. Colin has been improving massively and this result highlights that fact!

Another fantastic run saw Ivan with 3.24.43 (running with Alec’s number)

Helsby also saw Dave Madders under the magic 4 hours, and a great run from Dave saw him with 3.46.41 which shows his ironman training is really paying off.

Please also find attached a link to Chris Baynham-Hughes blog report on his Bob Graham attempt, it’s a big read but well worth it, a great piece of writing and insight into the long distance runs

Chris was also in the Fellsman this weekend, just a mere 61 miles, Results and route below, Chris in 80th, great effort!

Lesley and Dave Feakes (report below) ran in the South Cheshire 20. Results here:


Wrexham village bakery half marathon results 19th feb 2012

Hi all

Please find attached a link to results and photos and news thread for Wrexham Village Bakery half marathon which was held on Sunday 19th February. Worth a look at the news thread link from runners world for thoughts on the day

Blue sky and a delicate covering of snow as a backdrop on the welsh mountains made for a pleasant mornings run with Gareth Boyd and Jayne matching each other stride for stride to gain personal bests. Brilliant running!

Six Helsby runners out in total.

Thanks to Mario and Jim O’Hara and Janet Shaw for support on the day and to Carol for her excellent choice of biscuit.

Helsby positions and times as below taken from the official results

(results file does offer an apology for someone moving a key directional sign that ultimately and sadly left this race being voided as a championship race due to confusion among some of the early runners, for official position you can probably take 12 places off what you see below.)

22nd        Adair Broughton               1.18.24
137th      Gareth Boyd                      1.32.41
139th      Jayne Joy                             1.32.43
165th      Geoff Shaw                        1.36.11
223rd      Carol Shaw                          1.40.42
347th      Alison Meakin                   1.53.24

Some great photos of the day from Mick Hall

Also fantastic shots here with a video near the start and photos

Also some here



Four villages festival of wind and running

Thanks to all our marshalls, volunteers, runners and spectators. Another brilliant event!

Some tough running conditions saw a Tipton Harriers 1-2 in the Helsby Four Villages Half Marathon this weekend. Martin Williams lead home the field in 1:08:32, with 89 seconds in hand over team mate Ben Gamble, who improved on two 4ths and two 3rds in consecutive previous years (albeit in a slower time, giving some idea of the conditions). Christian Prior, City of Chester Triathlon, completing the podium and first from a local club, a further 28 seconds behind.

This was the 31st edition of a highly regarded opener to many people’s season. The first race was established as a local answer to the first London Marathon. Both events draw an incredibly loyal and friendly crowd, with the Four Villages ever popular with north west club runners as well as attracting high quality club entrants from further afield, together with a healthy cohort of civilians.

In the women’s race local Gemma Connolly was first home in 1:21:05, improving on last year’s 4th, followed by Belgrave’s Louise Blizzard just 4 places behind and first F40, getting closer to a PB time set 8 years ago. Completing the trio another travelling runner, this time from the East Midlands, Nicki Nealin of Huncote Harriers (another strong F40).

The strong and blustery winds and an exposed course, meant that the course record was never under threat. Nevertheless further down the field were numerous PBs — including Adair Broughton first from host club Helsby RC in 24th with 1:17:49 — on what’s never an easy course. The steady climbing from mile 7 to 10 normally finds out any weakness in legs nearing their limit.

Despite the unpredictable wind, the weather gave us a good temperatures for running and a massive improvement on some forecasts. A personal highlight was seeing clubmate Dave Feakes get a pretty respectable PB on his 50th birthday. A great race, that always gets good feedback. Here’s to the next one!

Steve Riley

More pics at

Dave Pinnington’s pics on Flickr

Results and event video over on the main site at


Women’s results
Gemma Connolly 01:21:05 St Helens Sutton (55th overall)
Louise Blizzard 1:22:00 Belgrave Harriers (59)
Nicki Nealin 1:23:32 Huncote Harriers (70)

Men’s results
Martin Williams 1:08:32 Tipton Harriers
Ben Gamble 1:10:01 Tipton Harriers
Christian Prior 1:10:29(PB) City of Chester Triathlon Club

Club Xmas Handicap

Another traditional pre-Christmas blast, a 3.5 mile dash (santa hats optional, but great to see a number in evidence plus at least one in full santa gear) before returning to the club house for mince pies and the presentation. Congratulations to Dave Madders for winning the handicap, fastest time of the evening being recorded by Adair. Good also to see a couple of ‘old’ faces who we haven’t seen for a long while. Weather was surprisingly mild and dry for December.

Pos. Name Time Handicap Run time H.Pos.
1 Dave Madders 24:38 00:45 23:53 10
2 Gareth Boyd 25:20 03:30 21:50 3
3 Hannah 25:38 00:00 25:38 14
4 Jayne Joy 25:44 03:15 22:29 5
5 Dave Feakes 25:56 01:00 24:56 13
6 Carol Shaw 26:07 01:30 24:37 12
7 Jane Ashbrook 26:19 04:00 22:19 4
8 Adrian Jackson 26:21 02:30 23:51 9
9 Albert Berry 26:26 02:45 23:41 8
10 Adair Broughton 26:29 07:15 19:14 1
11 Vanessa Griffiths 26:50 02:30 24:20 11
12 Chris Igoe 27:14 00:00 27:14 19
13 Lesley Feakes 27:15 00:15 27:00 18
14 Rachel Arnold 27:37 01:45 25:52 15
15 Chris Ashbrook 27:39 00:45 26:54 17
16 Alex Fitzmaurice 27:45 06:00 21:45 2
17 Ivan Davies 27:53 05:00 22:53 6
18 Steve Riley 28:17 04:45 23:32 7
19 Roy Gaskill 31:00 04:45 26:15 16
20 Graham Lloyd 31:10 01:45 29:25 20
21 Karen 31:11 01:00 30:11 22
22 Andy Robinson 33:20 03:30 29:50 21
23 Andy Todd 34:11 00:00 34:11 23

Conway half marathon results – final road counter

Sunday 20th November saw the final road counter of the season, the Conwy Half Marathon.

Eight Helsby vests managed to cross the border in what was a good day weather-wise for the time of year, with some blue sky showing through on occasion. The route is scenic, starting and finishing at Conwy Castle but heading out to Llanduddno and up the Great Orme, which shows how good Helsby times were, and well done to Ian for a sub 90 half marathon that included the Orme and especially to Jane finishing 3rd in her age category! However, surely run of the day goes to birthday boy John Gallon for his 2nd place. Hope you picked up some prizes Jane, John?

Full results lookup below but Helsby positions and times are as follows. (Gun times and position)

59th      Ian Landucci                1.27.56
151st    Adair Broughton         1.35.42
186th    Jane Ashbrook             1.37.25
275th    Geoff Shaw                  1.41.35
395th    Carol Shaw                  1.46.35
605th    John Gallon                 1.53.59
612th    Jackie Keasley             1.54.53
1128th  Julia Tickridge             2.25:00

Conwy Half photos should appear on Mick Halls site shortly

Great effort everyone