Steve Mitchell at the AAA world trials

Great to see Steve in action at the 1500m worlds trials in Birmingham this weekend. Last time I saw him was whilst doing hill reps on Frodsham Hill (hill of champions that, eh Andy?). I had to do a double take when they panned along the line up and there he was. It’s easy to forget what a talent Steve (Richard Mitchell’s son), still an under 23, is still improving and looking to get under the magic 4 minutes for the mile before too long. Steve ran strongly with the lead pack for the race and came in 4th behind the fast-improving James Shane.

Ok, so he runs for Bristol and West and formerly with Vale Royal as a youth, but if there’s any reflected glory, little old Helsby RC is happy to bask in it. He’s been known to show his strength with a ridiculously fast club handicap time and memorably turned out for the Eyri borders league in 2009, a rare win for Helsby in recent times! Of course, going further back Helsby had numerous individual winners & were also team winners  on many occasions [thanks for the reminder Mario].

Steve Riley

Interesting read – training in Kenya

For those of you who are putting in the extra training ready for the Four Villages, or any other forthcoming race for that matter, you may wish to read about the training that second-claim Helsby runner Stephen Mitchell is currently undertaking. He’s currently at the Kip Keino training ground in Kenya and has been asked to write a blog about how he’s getting on, which you can find at:

It makes interesting reading,