Weekend Round-up XC results 27th – 28th October 2012

Hi all

Cross country on both days of the weekend, with two very different day’s weather wise. One Helsby member even did the double.

Saturday, 2.00pm saw the 1st Liverpool & District XC at Beacon Park. Andy Smith first home for Helsby on what is normally a tricky cross country course, with the notorious ski slope beckoning twice in the race. Andy tackled it with consummate ease as normal, so we’ll be looking to him for any advice on the course this coming weekend when the Northwest Sunday league heads to Beacon Park.

Full Results are now available for Saturdays race at the Liverpool & District website below. Quote from the organiser below

“Match Results are now in from Beacon Park, A lovely afternoon  and the course was not as wet as normal. Thanks to Skem/Bound for once again providing us with a testing course.”


106th    Andy Smith     48.34

However, Clarke Gardens on Sunday WAS a wetter course than normal with an additional stream appearing this year. However, the grey autumnal and drizzly skies in no way diminished enthusiasm for what was a brilliant turnout for Helsby with 9 men and 4 ladies to really get a good start for the league season. Full results available from Steve’s website here:


Jayne Joy started this season as she finished the last with a brilliant 1st lady from the 57 who ran in total. Vanessa was also in the top ten for a great 9th lady overall with Carol Shaw and Lesley both easily in the top half of the field. This put Helsby ladies in 1st position for the team standings. Helsby also run with Lymm and Warrington.

Fantastic effort from talented new member Colin Bishop coming in 17th overall in a field of 148 men. This placed Colin 2nd in his age category and really helps to bolster our team this year. Lots of battles also going on for 3rd Helsby member with Steve running a strong last lap to come in just before Phil,  Adrian and Dave Feakes who all had brilliant runs on the day. Tom deJong ran well not long after his Liverpool marathon efforts. Adair, Andy Smith and Chris were the other Helsby runners out. Helsby helped the mens team to finish in 5th place.

Remember there are no times issued for this league so always worth taking a stop watch if you want those recorded. The course was 1 small lap and 2 large laps with an estimated mileage of 4.9 miles.

Many thanks to all the support on the course which was very prevalent, especially to Joe and Mario and Wayne Percival.

Helsby positions and placings as below

6th                    Adair Broughton
17th                  Colin Bishop
92nd                 Steve Riley
95th                  Phil Gillard

97th                  Adrian Jackson
102nd               David Feakes
112th                Tom DeJong
134th                Andy Smith
138th                Chris Hatton

1st                    Jayne Joy
9th                    Vanessa Griffiths
18th                  Carol Shaw
24th                  Lesley Feakes


The next cross country is the Northwest League 2 Race at the very traditional Beacon Park nr Skelmersdale. Race is at 10am but unfortunately no extra hour in bed this week! Link below is for directions to Beacon Park taken from Spectrums website


(The venue is off Beacon Lane nr Skelmersdale, WN8 7RU. )

Don’t forget, Castle Park training continues on Monday nights 6.30pm on the top field, all welcome

Jackie has put together another fantastic montage of the fell relays at Church Stretton earlier this month with a great soundtrack, well worth a look. Many thanks to Jackie for doing this, especially as she wasn’t able to be with us on the day



Liverpool & district xc championship 19th feb 2012

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Please find attached a link to the full results for the Liverpool & District Cross Country Championship results which was held at Clarke Gardens on Sunday 19th February. This was a three lap course, slightly longer than the North West Cross Country route and by all accounts a fine morning for a run.


A great run by Steve Riley saw him home first for Helsby closely followed by Andy Smith in what is a tough and competitive division. The team competition was won easily by Liverpool Harriers. Thanks to Steve and Andy for representing Helsby in this league

Positions and times as below:

98th         Steve Riley          46.15
128th      Andy Smith         52.13

Photos of the days event can be viewed at Dave Pinningtons Flickr website



Full set here





North West XC race 5 results – sunday 5th february 2012

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Please find attached results for the 5th race of the North West XC season which was held in Walton Park and hosted by Liverpool running club on Sunday 5th February

Full results below:


According to feedback from other runners this was an improved and longer than advertised, two lap course, although still fairly flat and in good xc running conditions on the day. Distance was roughly 5.3 miles.

Helsby ladies continue to show their class and XC quality, confidently striding to an impressive two point victory in the team event on the day. Still improving brilliantly is Jayne Joy. It should be noted that this is her first season at the cross country and from her first race coming 17th ran a composed and clever race to out sprint one of the top performing women in this league to finish 2nd lady.

All Helsby ladies finished in the top half of the field so shows the strength in depth we have at the club and we should congratulate and be impressed by all the performances.

Disappointingly we only had two male finishers in this race but thanks to everyone who turned up to race or to their much needed and grateful support. As usual Joe and Mario were in fine voice supporting and thanks also to Jane Ashbrook and Andy Smith supporting on the last lap too.

There is a great atmosphere at these particular XC events, not to mention the free refreshments available afterwards so if you want to be part of it there is still the final race of the season to look forward too or try. There is still a little debate about the date for this but information will be sent out as soon as it is available.

Details of Helsby runners and positions from Sunday’s race are below:


7th        Adair Broughton

88th      Steve Riley


2nd       Jayne Joy

13th      Vanessa Griffiths

16th      Carol Shaw

17th      Rachel Arnold

19th      Janet Robertson

Photos also available courtesy of Steph Charman



Runcorn town park NW XC results 15th Jan 2012

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Results are now available for the North West Series XC held at Town Park Runcorn 15th January 2012, see below for link


Some cold weather hardened what is usually a muddy course but with a beautiful blue sky and frost on the ground a near perfect day for cross country ensued.

Photos in the blog below courtesy of Mick Charman of Spectrum

Other photos online courtesy of Dave Pinnington of Penny Lane


Once again the Helsby ladies continued to impress which has now put them in lead position for the team results to date, so be sure to congratulate them! The mens team are currently 5th.

Many thanks also to the support on the day from Mario and Joe and friends and family and also to Kathryn Roberts who helped marshall on the day.

Helsby positions and places as follows:

Mens Results

10th Adair Broughton
59th Roy Gaskill
81st Steve Riley
91st Adrian Jackson
116th Andy Smith

Ladies Results

3rd Jayne Joy
4th Jane Ashbrook
16th Janet Robertson
17th Rachel Arnold

Please note the next NW XC will be on 5th February at Walton Hall Park, Liverpool, details will follow regarding that race.

Northwest sunday league XC race 2 results – beacon park 6/11/11

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Results are now out for the 2nd Northwest Sunday Cross Country league held at Beacon Park, Skelmersdale 6th November 2011

Full results can be found on www.stevesaunders.co.uk Just head to the XC Section

Runners could not have asked for a nicer day to run with great views from Beacon Hill of the Welsh mountains and Liverpool, a grand blue sky and not even a whisper from the golden leaves yet to fall. This is a classic cross country course encompassing two laps of undulating terrain, plenty of mud (you could lose a shoe if you are not careful!) and with the majority of spectators choosing to watch at the top of the first climb made for an interesting morning. Joe, of course, was out supporting in fine voice.

Sandwiches and tea and coffee were available after, if you knew how to get there!

Once again the ladies dominated proceedings with some stunning individual performances that now see a three way tie for the lead in the female team standings. On the day only 1 point separated the first and 2nd lady teams, the 2nd of which was Helsby. All Helsby ladies featured in the top half of the field. Jayne and Vanessa showed their strength on what was a tougher course than last week to finish many places higher than before.

The men stay in 6th place in the league table. Helsby positions below.

Mens Results

9th        Adair Broughton
97th      Phil Gillard
116th    Andy Smith

Ladies Results

8th        Jane Ashbrook
11th      Jayne Joy
14th      Vanessa Griffiths
18th      Rachel Arnold
21st      Janet Robertson

Some photos of the day are available courtesy of Spectrum Striders


The next Sunday League is closer to home at Arrowe Park on Sunday 4th December but please note the later start time of 11.30am (to allow some runners to get from the Liverpool Santa Dash I think). It’s getting exciting to see how the ladies will perform next time out but we could really do with some more men having a run out. Arrowe Park is fairly flat so a good introduction to those wanting to try some cross country.



Monday night track training

Track training can now begin in earnest!

Joe has kindly been to check the track and has let us know he will begin the Monday night track training sessions from 11th April at 7.00pm Helsby High School.

Everyone is welcome of all abilities, sessions last about half an hour

More details to follow