Robbie Webster Wobbler – September 2013

The Robbie Webster Memorial Race – Robbie Webster’s Wobbler.

Firstly I’d like to say what an honour and a privilege it was to stage a race in memory of the great Robbie Webster. I found Robbie an inspirational and passionate runner. Sadly Robbie passed away in 2012, yet in that same year he was regularly seen in the Helsby vest running the fells; completing both Cader Idris and Moel y Gamlin in 2012 – and far from last too! On a personal note, seeing Joe Beswick back on his feet again cheering everybody on and getting to incorporate Joe’s path into the race route seemed very fitting.

93 runners toed the line to pit themselves against Frodsham hill’s many climbs and beautiful trails. Five proper climbs were incorporated in the route seeing a total of 346m of ascent in just over 8.25km. A simply incredible turn out for the race, let alone that it was a closed race!

I clearly tempted fate by suggesting that people were going to find it very difficult to go wrong… only for a small group of runners to do just that (including two that had recce’d the course). Despite this hiccup everybody still appeared to enjoy it and we learnt our lesson for next time.

A fantastic run by Dave Alexander from West Cheshire…. set the course record at 39:40 and the only sub 40 minutes on the night, staying strong to hold off Jeff McQueen (also West Cheshire) into second place and Graham McNeil from Wilmslow who was third.

On the ladies side a win by Pensby runner Lisa Grantham followed by Ali Lewis for second and Sarah Roberts for third both also for Pensby.

Category Men Women
V40 Adair Broughton Vanessa Griffiths
V50 Colin Bishop Karon Forster
V60 Martin Contviend Anne Hewitt
V70 Ian Hilditch No Eligible Runner

Full results here Robbie_Webster’s_Wobbler_results_4-Sep-2013_v4

Interclub rivalry: A second honour was that the race was The Wobbler was the final race in the interclub Fell race series. Tattenhall, Pensby Spectrum and Helsby duelled it out again this year with Spectrum going in to the final race with an 18 point lead. In the end Helsby took the win by a 64 point margin! For me personally this was the icing on the cake – great running Helsby! Final scores for the series were:

786 – Helsby RC

722 – Spectrum Striders

588 – Pensby Runners

347 – Tattenhall Runners

The course didn’t give in easily leading to one retirement and a number of bumps and scrapes visible at the end as the light began to fade. The weather helped to showcase Frodsham hill’s splendour with a number of runners commenting on the beautiful yellow/ orange/ red shafts of light dazzling through the trees – colour depending upon runner speed!

It was great to see so many faces back at the Helsby RC clubhouse for the social afterwards. The Sandwiches, homemade quiches and cakes did an excellent disappearing act along with the odd beer or two.

I’d like to take this opportunity to once again thank the Forest Hills Hotel and health club for allowing us to use their car park and facilities, Les Hewitt for taking over registration and doing the results for the interclub champs so quickly, all the marshals without whom the race wouldn’t have taken place; all those that helped bounce ideas and tweak the final course, the cake bakers and finally I’d like to thank all the runners for taking part, I hope you all enjoyed it!


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Some great pics from our friend Mick Charman, taken from the monument:!AENh4iAopLP2qO8#cid=183B84A4C9237FD4&id=183B84A4C9237FD4%211610&authkey=%21AENh4iAopLP2qO8

Nick Wishart from the Spartans took these at the top of the 2nd steps (or was it the third set J). Some people feeling the climb!

To follow – Mike Hallsworth has a big batch that we’ll get up when he’s back from holiday and Richard Stradling has around 300 pics with almost everyone captured, to be uploaded to

If anybody else has photo of the event, please contact Steve Riley ( so we can upload them to our Flickr site:


Profits from this race have been donated to the Royal Liverpool Hospital on Robbie’s behalf.


PS – The Wobbler will return next year, but probably a little earlier in the year so we can start it a little later without racing against the light. It will also be open to all next year.


Helsby weekly round-up 3rd – 8th September 2013

Hi all

Tuesday night saw the first Multi-terrain of September at Royden Park. This race is similar in ways to Helsby, with wooded sandstone trails and some nice views over the Dee Estuary and North wales. There were less Helsby runners out than previous years, but undoubtedly that was something to do with the brilliant Robbie Webster race on the subsequent night. Results for males and females are taken separately. It is also a team event

This is the route

18th      Adair Broughton          30.09 (2nd in age cat)
      Colin Thompson          30.29
      Geoff Shaw                37.13
   Stephen Wiggins         39.53

22nd     Vanessa Griffiths        37.58
     Louise McEvely          43.36
      Alison Meakin             44.11
th      Janet Shaw                 46.16 (1st
in age cat)
th      Betty Grieve                46.20

This made Helsby men’s team 19th on the night and Helsby ladies A team 12th and B team 27th. Hopefully we can improve on that in the subsequent races!

For full results and information on the remaining races please visit

Wednesday night was our final Inter-club fell counter and the highly anticipated Robbie Webster Wobbler. With some brilliant planning and organisation from Chris Baynham-Hughes and his team of helpers (proper thanks will be in the full race report!) the night was definitely a success.

We’ll add a separate blog report of the race but one thing we should make known is that after some fantastic support from club members in this series Helsby managed to win the much coveted and highly prized Inter-Club trophy. This definitely highlights the current strength in depth at Helsby and something I’m sure that would have made Robbie Webster very proud.

For a quick look at results and team points and summary please visit Spectrums website here

Friday night was the final race in the Multi-terrain series at Deeside. Brilliant running from Colin Bishop saw him claim 1st in his age category over the four runs and 7th on the night. Looked like we were going to get very wet but the skies actually lightened a little and the race was in near perfect conditions. Thanks to Jane for support on the night.

7th        Colin Bishop                27.32
        Adair Broughton          27.48  

Please see here for full results

Saturday was Delamere Park run with 5 Helsby green

41 Janet ROBERTSON 22:57 VW45-49 70.59 % F 4 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:22:36 5  
43 Carol SHAW 23:15 VW50-54 72.97 % F 5 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:22:22 13  
51 Louise MCEVELEY 24:11 VW45-49 66.99 % F 9 Helsby RC New PB! 7  
64 Kevin SMALLWOOD 25:15 VM40-44 54.85 % M 54 Helsby RC New PB! 2  
66 Ian HILDITCH 25:34 VM70-74 70.73 % M 56 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:25:32 13

Saturday was also the ‘Across Wales Walk’ with a  race report from Andy Robinson.

“  I ran the Across Wales Walk again on Saturday (my 7th consecutive year).  45 miles from Anchor Bridge near Clun in Shropshire to the seaside at Clarach Bay near Aberystwyth, taking in Plynlymon on the way.  First in was John Parry in 8:27 & I was second in 8:35.  I won’t be running fast on Wednesday night!  The weather wasn’t too bad considering how awful the forecast was, & we got good views from Plynlymon.  Head wind the whole way, but it was a great event.  Results probably won’t be posted for weeks yet..” Well done to Andy on another fabulous long distance achievement.

It was the Spire Healthcare English Half Marathon in Warrington yesterday, some good results once again for team Helsby on a hilly and windy course! Please find the results below and a link to the full results also.

(Some superb times there and well done to all who ran. This was also a club road counter.)

13th                 Colin Thompson                      80.15
27th                 Chris Fitzpatrick                      83.29
111th               Roy Gaskill                             90.56
140th               Gareth Boyd                           92.18
186th               Tom DeJong                           95.40 
282nd              Dave Feakes                          99.49
323rd               Adrian Jackson                       1.41.56
347th                Stephen Wiggins                     1.41.48
423rd               Laura Baynam Hughes           1.44.51
472nd              Lesley Feakes                         1.47.03
517th               Jason Ollier                             1.48.23
1025th             Emily Smith                            2.03.50

Sunday was also the Dyffrn Conwy Mountain Triathlon – a brilliant race organised by a very enthusiastic team of dedicated kayakers, runners & mountain bikers, which Jackie Keasley had entered. I’ve received a fantastic race report from Jackie so will add this to the blog as a separate article with photos so be sure you take a look at the blog!

Event details here

As you can see a busy week was had by all at Helsby so make sure you come back to the Helsby blog to read more about the Robbie Webster Wobbler and Jackie’s Kayaking Triathlon.

Keep on running



Robbie Webster Wobbler recce, race and route


We will be running out on Tuesday 27th  starting at 6:30pm sharp, anybody wishing to recce the route is welcome to join us. Meeting point is the start line; i.e., the junction of Bellemonte Rd and Hillfield – just up from the Ring o’Bells. (There will be someone at Forest Hills at 6.30pm to guide you to race start if you park there)


Wednesday 4th September @ 6.45, parking at Forest Hills, Frodsham,  registration from 6pm


  • Race entry = £5. This not only gets competitors entry into the race, but it also includes food back at the Helsby Community social club too where the prize giving will be… and yes, there will be cake.
  • Anybody Marshalling will get a free buffet afterwards back at the Helsby club
  • We’ll ask for £3 per head for anybody wishing to have food who haven’t marshalled or raced – it’ll depend upon numbers and what we’ve catered though as to whether there is any left J
  • The event is not for profit and all the race fees will go to the catering, prizes or a charity on Robbie’s behalf.



The route is:

  • Start at the Junction of Hillfield and Bellemonte Road – near Ring o’bells entrance to Middle walk
  • Into Frodsham woods and straight up the stairs on the left towards the monument – Don’t turn back on the switchbacks, but keep going straight, this takes you underneath the monument. Keep going until you re-join the sandstone trail then cut back 270 degrees left and up to the monument (approaching with Forrest Hills on your right)
  • Around the back of the monument then straight back down as if returning to the start -follow the more gentle switchbacks down to middle walk. Turn Left onto middle walk
  • Run along middle walk until you come to the main wooden stairs on the left. Up until you regain the sandstone trail (i.e., don’t do the last 10-20 stairs which take you alongside the golf course)
  • Turn Right and follow Sandstone trail (SST) until you come to the first kissing gate onto the open grassy Woodhouse hill (with Joes walk and the Iron Age forts on it) Go through the gate and when you come to the T-junction (10 yards from gate) turn left
  • Take the next right up to the Iron Age forts. Turn right
  • Follow path through low wall gap and on to kissing gate in the top corner of the field 20 yards before the kissing gate take the left turn onto Joe’s walk (in the 9 o’clock position as you approach from 7 o’clock)
  • Follow the lovely single track path, keeping to the edge; i.e., don’t take any left turns. Follow this down the hill until out of the trees and turn right to head straight down to the double gate and kissing gate which return you to the SST
  • Through the kissing gate and back onto the SST, turn right and continue on SST
  • Turn left up the wooden stairs and right to the top, follow the top path around, past the bench (with view point on left) until regain the main track, turn left and head back to SST
  • Follow SST all way to war memorial


I’ve assumed you know the Sandstone trail, if not, follow the yellow foot markers (not the yellow arrows) The only exception to this is at the top of the metal “fire escape” style ladder on the way back, as you follow the path you come to a tall rusted metal post, turn left, along the way you came rather than out onto the golf course.