Helsby weekly round-up & Arenig Fawr fell counter results


Sorry for delayed results this week but I have been waiting for the Arenig Fawr Fell Race results but unfortunately they have not yet been added to the interweb so thought I’d send out what anyone wearing a green vest has been upto.

Dave and Lesley added to their recent stockpile of longer races along with Helen and over 2000 other runners at Sunday’s Chester Marathon. Great results for Helsby there so well done on completing what is often seen as a pinnacle race in a runner’s career. Good carbo food curry obviously!

Chester Marathon


781st                       Dave Feakes                        3.47.24
937th                       Helen Owens                       3.54.37
1303rd                    Lesley Feakes                      4.13.42

Photos of the event and other information here


Asics Seaside 10k at Southport

Colin and Tom headed to Southport for a 10k, which I think is the 2nd 10k there in the space of a fortnight. Well done to Colin once again in the top few per cent of the field.


42nd                         Colin Thompson  41.30
108th                             Tom De Jong      46.12

Arenig Fawr Fell

This was our penultimate fell race of the season and didn’t disappoint. Recommended by Jim O’Hara (who seems to like putting Helsby runners through their paces) it also happened to be the second to last race in the competitive Welsh Fell Runners North Wales Series so it was always going to be a battle for places.

Fantastic terrain for a fell race though,  with a steady climb on a decent track at the start leading all runners into a false sense of security as they were quickly flagged to a hillier and rougher, stony and boggy terrain, for a fell run that would test all of us to our limit.

Great seeing Joe and Mario at a couple of locations on the course and this race is  worth a recce to find some time-saving lines down from the summit. Muddy runners at the end very much welcomed the homemade soups and numerous cakes that were on offer or even a quick wash in the stream for those unable to dodge the numerous cow pats on the last run in.

Helsby ladies once again stole the show with a stunning 3rd lady overall from Jayne (not too far behind Adair and Jim at the summit it has to be said) and Jackie running strongly as ever to claim first in her category. With results like this coming from Jayne and Jackie it may well be worth them doing more events in the series next year.

Helsby runners for this counter were Adair, Jimmy, Jayne, Andy Robinson, Phil Gillard, Jackie and Andy Smith

Full results now available here http://fellrunner.org.uk/results.php?id=1737

Photo below courtesy of Alistair Tye, please see link below for other runners

Jackie at the summit of Arenig Fawr

Some info on Arenig Fawr below, hopefully a race we’ll go back too.


Race info and results at Race Organiser’s website


Once again some great photos from Alistair on his website


Please also check out the clic clic photo website


Good luck to those doing the Fell Relays this weekend or Liverpool Marathon!


Helsby weekly round-up & inter-club fell results

Hi all

Results are now available for the 30 mile, 7000ft long distance trail counter that four from Helsby attempted on a marvellous Saturday just over a week ago.


With all four Helsby runners in the top ten a great result for the club, and a 1, 2, 3 from Adair, Ian and Andy showed the effort put in on the day. Outstanding views on the run, so much so that Jackie went to revisit an area she enjoyed after the King John’s Castle fell counter on Saturday, aptly named Pothole Crags (which is essentially the highest part of the Trail up the Beast race). Interestingly the Open to Offas route also takes in part of The Druid , The Lletty, the Llangynhafal Loop and The Beast Races. We’ll probably do some recce’s of the route next year if anyone fancies it.

1st                   Adair Broughton          5hrs 04mins
2nd                 Ian Landucci                  5hrs 47mins
3rd                  Andy Robinson             5hrs 59mins
Joint 8th     Jackie Keasley                  7hrs 15min

Running for 7 hours (and on Monday for a few hours too I believe) didn’t stop Jackie having a pop at the 3rd Wirral Multi-Terrain beach race nr Wallasey last Tuesday night. Jackie was joined by 12 other Helsby runners. It was a mixed night with the weather, as those on a long warm-up got completely drenched whereas sensible people sought shelter in the pub! Interesting route choice early on also determined a good run or not with two distinct groups starting out at the beach either heading left or right. (Note for the future, take the route to the right!) Both Jackie and Jayne were 3rd in their respective categories but stealing the show that night was Carol Shaw coming in 1st for her category. Current standings after three races can be found in the full results on RO’s website below but Helsby positions and times extrapolated


14th               Adair Broughton          25.30
68th               Colin Thompson           29.04
84th               Roy Gaskill                    29.59
100th            Adrian Jackson              31.12
112th            Albert Berry                    32.15
119th            Geoff Shaw                      32.41
137th            Tom DeJong                    33.42
148th            Chris Hatton                   36.01

5th                  Jayne Joy                          28.57 (3rd)
26th               Janet Robertson          33.09
31st                Carol Shaw                       33.38(1st)
42nd              Jackie Keasley               35.52 (3rd)
58th               Janet Shaw                      39.36
The race series finishes this Tuesday night at Arrowe Park (Cherry Orchard car park), it’s a 6.30pm start, no registration but race costs £1. Prize giving should follow shortly afterwards for those eligible for a prize. Remember it’s the best 3 of your 4 races so worth checking where you stand currently and be aware of the people you might need to beat! Might be worth having some shoes with grip too if the recent rain is anything to go by.

Thursday night John Thompson was out at the Ron Hill birthday 5k nr Rochdale. Superb run for John on a hilly 5k. Full results here


103rd            John Thompson            23.17

Saturday was the Great Langdale Half marathon, a run that Dave and Lesley have done over the last few years and saw them well up in a field of nearly 400 with PB’s for both, great work.


86th               David Feakes                  1.47.17
133rd            Lesley Feakes                 1.53.35

Lesley and Dave at the Great Langdale Half 2012

How different the weather was for Saturday and the King John’s Castle Inter Club and Fell Counter at the Raven Inn. Brilliant blue skies welcomed runners and enabled a nice beer in the front of the pub for prizegiving afterwards. The Raven Inn made everyone welcome even providing soup and tea and coffee as part of race entry, another fell bargain at £4. Thanks go to Martin Contrviend and John Linley for organising this race. John had also made some age category winner t-shirts unique for the event.

So how did it go……………

It’s not as tough in terms of climb as some of the other fell races, but was tricky in navigation in parts, and made you work hard in places, so the results don’t tell the full story as some runners will have lost time in parts. There was a stile very early on which was used this year as the farmer would not allow a gate opened but apart from that it’s a good race and thankfully we had Joe and Bill marshalling out on the course where it crossed a road, and supporting in fine voice as always. General feedback was good.

Provisional results are already done by Julian who copied them down on the day.


It makes interesting reading for those that like stats. Helsby were 2nd on the day and 2nd overall in the series, which is a fair result I think and probably as expected if we go by club size. I think the Druid showed when we have a full compliment of runners we are very strong. Saturday we missed some of our good runners and it may have made things a little closer by the end but overall I hope everyone enjoyed the series and will continue to support the races next year. Of note we only had 9 runners out compared to Spectrums 14. We’ll make sure the races are all suitable to get to this time too! Pat on the back for everyone who did one or all of the races and if you do have any comments on the series please let me know.

Full results should appear in time on the Welsh fell runners website www.wfra.org.uk but Helsby positions as below (times will be updated on the blog once received)

2nd                 Adair Broughton          35.10
6th                  Jim O’Hara                   36.52
12th               Ian Landucci                   38.30
22nd              Andy Robinson              42.39
33rd               Steve Riley                      43.52
44th               Janet Robertson          45.18
54th               Andy Smith                      48.06
60th               John Thompson            49.58
65th               Jackie Keasley               51.58

And we still have more races to go……..

Sunday was the Southport 10k legacy event, have found a website but no results yet, will keep an eye out though and 4 Helsby ran, definitely Roy, Adrian and Helen and have been informed one othe, which gave Roy a 1st v45 and Adrian a 2nd v40, well done guys.


I’ll add results to the blog once published.

As always if anyone wants to write a brief report about their race then it’l be great to receive them and add a different perspective to the blog.