Helsby weekend round-up 8th-9th March 2014

Hi all

Saturday 8th March saw one year, 52 races, of Delamere 5k Park Runs and there were 10 out for Helsby in the 52nd race of this event. Jim Jones picked up Helsby honours in the first of his weekend double to finish in 25th overall in 21.37, which was also a course PB, closely followed by Dave Madders. Rachel Arnold was first Helsby lady to finish in 66th overall in 24.41. Well done to Tim Palmer who also achieved a course PB on the day.

25 Jim JONES 21:37 VM45-49 67.15 % M 24 Helsby RC New PB! 7  
28 David MADDERS 21:48 VM40-44 63.07 % M 26 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:21:29 11  
35 Phil GILLARD 22:43 VM50-54 65.96 % M 31 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:22:00 2  
49 Tim PALMER 23:42 VM45-49 61.74 % M 45 Helsby RC New PB! 10  
57 Stephen WIGGINS 24:12 SM20-24 53.51 % M 51 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:21:58 18  
66 Rachel ARNOLD 24:41 VW50-54 69.62 % F 8 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:23:39 8  
68 Derek GALLAGHER 24:46 VM60-64 65.34 % M 60 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:21:49 9  
85 Benjamin John WILLIAMS 25:44 SM35-39 51.55 % M 73 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:22:44 17  
181 Louise MCEVELEY 32:59 VW45-49 49.62 % F 54 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:23:49 29  
182 Paul BULMER 33:18 VM55-59 46.15 % M 128 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:28:33 9  

Latest Results


It was also the 7th Warrington Park Run where Helsby’s Colin Thompson ran a fantastic sub 18 minute 5k for 2nd place overall.

2 Colin THOMPSON 17:56 SM35-39 73.51 % M 2 Helsby RC First Timer! 32

Full results can be found here

Saturday and Sunday saw the weekend Bolton Hill Marathon where Dave and Lesley Feakes ran on Saturday’s race.

Just a quick note to let you know that Lesley and I took part in the Bolton Hill Marathon on Saturday 8th March. This was the second year the event has taken place and it is described as one of the toughest marathons in the UK. The route follows some of the most beautiful trails and Country Roads on the West Pennine Moors and took us up and over Winter Hill, past White Coppice and along Anglezarke Reservoir, past Rivington Pike and Barn, through Barrow Bridge village and down the famous miners 63 steps to the finish on the outskirts of Bolton. The race is well organised and the marshalling and drink / food stations were fantastic. The event takes place over 2 days and so some hardy souls completed both races.

The terrain was certainly variable. In some places you needed fell shoes and in others you could have comfortably got away with road shoes. We wore trail shoes which for me was a bad decision as I ended up face down in several peat bogs whilst Mrs Feakes nimbly jogged across them. We ran the race together and completed it in a time of 04hrs 55mins 36secs which we were very happy with given our goal of completing it in under 5hrs. A great race and one I would recommend to others.

133rd                 Dave Feakes                 4.55.36
134th                 Lesley Feakes               4.55.36

For more information on the Bolton Hill Marathon see here


and direct link to results here


Jim Jones was at the Ian Roberts Fell Race, his second of two races at the weekend. Race report below

“I did the Ian Roberts Fell Race on Sunday. A great course around Marsden Moor in ‘Last of The Summer Wine ‘ country. The glorious sunshine topped a great event hosted by Holmirth Harriers and was well worth the dive up there. The first 3 miles of the 6.4 mile route was a steady climb over mostly tussocky grass, interspersed with boggy areas. Then came the hard work! A steep 250ft climb followed by a steady descent before another hardish climb and some slippery descents. There was then a decent run into the finish at Marsden Cricket Club and some fabulous home made cakes and a very generous buffet laid on by the Harriers. A great day out, and I even went home with sun tan and bottle of wine spot prize too.”

For more information please see here


and results should appear in time here


Sunday was also the St Helens 10k where Helsby’s Colin Bishop ran in a top ten performance and with a fantastic time too.

10th                   Colin Bishop                 35.50

Full results here


It was also the Trafford 10k where John Thompson ran, a few words below

“I ran the Trafford 10K on Sunday in 47.40, a very fast course which attracted many top runners at the sharp end including World Triathlon Champion Non Stanford (although she failed to finish!)”

517th                 John Thompson                        47.40

Link to results below


Keep on running



Helsby weekend round-up 9th-10th March 2013

Hi all

A busy weekend!

It was a great day for Helsby and Cheshire on Saturday with Jayne representing the County at the Inter-counties XC in Birmingham at Coften Park. Jayne, for once not in the green vest but wearing the striking black and gold of Cheshire ran a commanding and intelligent race on the muddy and undulating terrain surrounded by the counties most talented runners to finish in 113th place. It was a great team effort for Cheshire, with each runner pushing all the other Cheshire counters to secure a 7th place out of over 30 counties. As Andy Smith states “If Jayne hadn’t pressured Jodie in the final lap, she (Jodie) might not have made that last bit of effort to take a couple of crucial places. Real team work.”

From Jayne’s perspective her race report is here

“Cold, wet, mud, more mud and a bit more muddy substance…perfect cross country conditions!

Coften Park and the day of the UK Inter-county Champs had landed. I don’t think beforehand I’d quite appreciated the massive scope of this event with thousands of runners and spectators of all ages trudging, sinking, skidding about the park, with TV camera’s strategically placed also thrown in the mix.

The senior ladies race was 8000m, exactly 5 miles, essentially 3 laps of the course. At the start horn we were fired out of our respective county pens, to push ourselves round what was a tough undulating course. The standard of women running was admirable – how do people move so quick through such terrain? I won’t lie, it hurt! But at the same time was thoroughly enjoyable and aside from the final climb leading to a descent and the finish (at which point vomit was ever closely looming!) I found myself wishing for it not to be ending so quickly??

What can I say….all in all an amazing experience and a fantastic day. It’s definitely given me an appetite to work for this chance again, if I can work hard enough to pull that off (a feat in itself), then next year’s additional goal is to claim a counter position.

Thanks again go to Joe, Mario, Andy and Adair, Rachel and Patrick for cheering me on and all their support on the day. Also cheers again to everyone at the club who wished me good luck in the run up as it meant heaps and certainly gave me motivation to ‘dig-in’ when the mud threatened to almost swallow me whole :D”

Results here


113th     Jayne Joy         31.22

(to put that time in perspective, think about doing a 5 mile road run in 31.22!)

or why not soak up some of the atmosphere with this short clip on youtube below. Can you spot Jayne?


Photos should follow shortly on flickr and the Helsby blog

Saturday morning saw another Park run, with 5 out for Helsby, please take a look at the latest results here, with Colin Thompson finishing in a fantastic 4th place! Other runners out were Roy, Tom, Ian and Jocelyn. Great stuff


4th         Colin Thompson            18.43 *PB
18th       Roy Gaskill                   20.29
27th       Tom DeJong                 22.16
57th       Ian Hilditch                    26.54
65th       Jo Farwell                     28.36

It was also the St Helens 10k on Sunday, with two Helsby vests on show. Adrian (securing a PB) and Ben both had superb races finishing with great positions in a race of over 1000 runners.

115th     Adrian Jackson 44.49
445th     Ben Williams     52.48

Full results and Information can be found here


It was also the Trafford 10k on Sunday which saw John Thompson improve his time yet again. Some words from John below

“I ran the Trafford 10K on Sunday and managed a PB with 46.23. So times still going in the right direction!

There was a really strong field out which charged off and set a great pace for everyone to follow. The course is very flat and fast and well sheltered so really recommend it to anyone looking for a quick 10K time. Cheers, John”

414th     John Thompson                        46.35

Full Results here


Remember Castle Park training is still ongoing, meet just before 6.30 on Monday nights. If you need any info just ask.

Enjoy your week