Birchwood XC final NW series race 04/03/12 and silverware

Final Results are now available online for the Northwest Cross Country Series.

Just click on the Birchwood link to take you to a .pdf file.

Sunday saw the last race in the series at Birchwood Forest Park starting at 10.00am, a 4 lap course which is an open route for spectators to watch proceedings but also interesting at 4 laps for the runners. Total distance seemed to be just over 5 miles. Julian from Spectrum did a small rain dance Saturday night to fill his pond but unlike previous years was more of a puddle, still, it’s good fun for a splash or two as you’ll see on the various photos available.

For anyone following this series they’ll know how close Helsby ladies were to putting their name on the silverware (with the joint help of Lymm & Warrington) but with some of the key Helsby ladies from previous races missing it was going to be a tight call as to whether they would win on the day.

Jayne Joy did all she could and more to bound home as overall ladies winner, a phenomenal achievement considering she was 17th in her first race of this series. Janet Robertson followed brilliant for a 13th position finish. There were 43 ladies in the race. Unfortunately on the day the women just missed out on top spot to finish 2nd team. It was now going to be a close call as to which ladies team would win the trophy overall! Stay tuned…..

With Joe on his knees asking for runners on Wednesday night it was a delight to see some new faces for the cross country. With Jim O’Hara as energetic as a cat on a hot tin roof, and this was after running a fell race in Shropshire on Saturday and Colin running his first race in a green vest, Adrian, Adair and Andy meant we had a good team for the day.

Some brilliant runs were had too, Jim took his good road form onto the fields to worry Adair who came in 11th although Jim was looking over his shoulder to see where Jayne was he still finished a strong 30th , and with Colins first cross country event to finish 42nd shows his potential. Fastest finish of the day went to Adrian and I think his highest position yet at 77th, Andy tidied up the Helsby pack for 97th. With the other runners from Lymm and Warrington this placed Helsby men’s team 5th on the day and fifth overall in the team series.

Helsby Ladies and Mens positions and placings as follows

1st        Jayne Joy

13th      Janet Robertson


11th      Adair Broughton

30th      Jimmy O’Hara
42nd     Colin Thompson
77th      Adrian Jackson
97th      Andy Smith

But what about the ladies final team position?

Waiting for the results was admittedly quite tense, especially as Steve Saunders (series organiser) kept everyone guessing till the very end due to it being a tie between the two top ladies teams! After countback big cheers and delighted faces all round as Helsby were mentioned as Northwest XC winners and for the first time will have their name engraved on the trophy!

Massive congratulations not just for those who ran on the day but for all Helsby participants in the series, a job well done and I’m sure enjoyable too (well maybe after the races at least).

There was much support on the day too, with Joe and Mario keeping us going each lap and Jackie taking photos. Thanks also to Kathryn and Steph.

It has been a delight to be in a race and be part of a successful cross country season for Helsby and hopefully is just the start of future success. All bodes well for next season!

Special thanks also to Jackie for a brilliant photo/video of the race that completely sums up the day and post race celebrations! Well worth a watch and something to show your friends and family I think.

I’ve also attached a photo from Jackie to the email.

Photos also from Dave Pinnington

Lastly, thanks to Andy Smith for the well earned round of drinks!



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

Hi all

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 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.



Wirral MT race 3 results – thurstaston

Hi all

Please find attached link to the results for Race 3 of the Wirral MT series.

“Please find attached copy of latest results which can also be found on

See you all at the last race and the presentation. Please remind all runners that the series is the best 3 out of 4 and in the event of a tie the highest finisher in the last race is deemed the winner and a new of places will be decided at the last race.

Good luck everyone.

Steve Saunders

The course was on the Wirral Way at Thurstaston with some beach on each lap. Thankfully not as windy as the last race but equally tough I’m sure. Some great results once again for the Green Vests on show. Helsby positions and places as follows


6th           Adair Broughton               28.55
39th         Ian Landucci                       32.03
65th         Paul Porter                         34.30
83rd        Geoff Shaw                        35.42
105th      Adrian Jackson                  37.19


20th         Carol Shaw                          38.35
42nd        Nesta Hawker                   42.19
46th         Betty Grieve                      43.25
47th         Janet Shaw                         43.56
49th         Jackie Keasley                   44.21

Overall standings so far can be found here:

Well done to all taking part.

Photos of the night below are courtesy of Mick Charman. Nice sunset Mick!

Special thanks to Mario who has been sorting the numbers and results on the night as well as to Joe, Steph and Mick for support during the race.

Next race is at Arrowe Park on Tuesday night with a 6.30pm start.

Wirral mt race 2 results – Harrison drive

Hi all

Results now out for last Tuesdays ever so slightly breezy beach run at Harrison Drive nr Wallasey.

Some great results placing Helsby runners in the podium rankings for age categories.

Full results link here:

Current rankings here: (note this will be best three races out of the four)

Helsby placings on the night as follows:


7th           Adair Broughton               25.25
39th         Ian Landucci                      28.14
81st         Paul Porter                         30.51
110th      Geoff Shaw                          33.05
122nd      Paul Foster                         33.55


24th         Carol Shaw                         33.46
51st         Betty Grieve                        37.11
59th         Janet Shaw                        40.10

Thanks also to Joe, Mario, Steph and Mick for support on the night. Some fabulous photos by Mick Charman below.

Next race is Tuesday night but at the earlier time of 6.30pm. Unfortunately a little bit of sand once again but ‘hopefully’ less wind. Race details on but race is at Wirral Country Park, Thurstaston.

Wirral MT race 1 royden park results

Results out for the first September multi-terrain race at Royden Park

This race was a lap of the field, followed by a trail run through the woods and then over the red rocks and back through the woods, a two lap course. We did have a little rain on the night but considering the possible forecast things weren’t too bad at all. A few hiccups on the night, including bruised arms and stitches but I’m sure everyone enjoyed themselves!

Some photos on the blog courtesy of Mick Charman.

Great support as always from Joe and Mario and Steph.

Full results here

And current standings in age category’s can be found next to the name

Men’s results placing Men’s teams in 14th and 34th place

9th           Adair Broughton               29.28
47th         Ian Landucci                       33.07
83rd        Paul Porter                         35.27
84th         Geoff Shaw                        35.30
100th      Phil Gillard                           36.42
103rd      Adrian Jackson                  36.54
136th      Paul Foster                         40.46

Ladies Results placing their teams in 8th and 21st

14th         Jayne Joy                             37.46
18th         Vanessa Griffiths             38.10
34th         Carol Shaw                          41.05
49th         Betty Grieve                      44.25
56th         Janet Shaw                         45.59

Next race is at Harrison Drive at 7.00pm this Tuesday, mainly a beach race with some trai, for further details please see http://www.steve

September wirral multi-terrain series 2011 dates & info

Dates now out for the September Wirral MT Series :)

All varied terrain, some trail, some wood, some beach, some fields

Entry Fee £1 a race, club vest only

Fully recommended, not many midweek races after this till Spring!

Club series so all runners really help in the clubs league position

6th, Royden Park, Frankby, 7.00pm
13th, Beach, Harrison Drive, Wallasey 7.00pm
20th, Wirral Country Park, Thurstaston 6.30pm
27th, Arrowe Country Park, 6.30pm

For more details please see

Any questions just ask, poster attached @the forum link below

Thurstaston multi-terrain race results – tuesday 10th may 2011

Results now attached for the Thurstaston 6 mile multi-terrain challenge held on Tuesday 10th May 2011

Although not run for the past couple of years this popular Wirral race sees a variety of terrain including some road, beach, trail and wood with many local clubs represented and very similar to the multi-terrain series held on each Tuesday in September later in the year. 142 runners on the night with 4 representing Helsby.

Helsby positions and times as below

Mens race

7th           Adair Broughton               37.13
61st         Geoff Shaw                        45.30

Ladies race

20th         Liz Dobson                          54.37
29th         Janet Shaw                         56.43