Beacon Bash – First Long Trail Race

The first run in the new Trail Series took place this morning. The Beacon Bash was an intricate 21 mile route from Newburgh near Wigan, and four stalwart HRC members showed up to take part. Personally I’d say that was pretty good considering we all woke up to 2 or 3 inches of new snow this morning. The going was slow, needless to say, as we were running in melting snow the whole way. Nevertheless a good time was had by all, with pie and peas at the end too.


Andy Robinson 3:34
Ed Halliwell 3:40
Chris Hatton 4:04
Steve McHugh 5:20

Ed was well ahead of me but got lost near the end & lost at least 15 mins. Chris missed the official start so his run time was actually a few minutes faster, but not enough to affect the placings. Steve was doing the Beacon Bash anyway, and was wearing his walking boots little thinking he was competing in anything at all. Sorry Steve.

Post-event refreshment score: 8 out of 10. That’s by LDWA standards, which are in a different league to most running events.

Next Trail Series event

Kipling Kaper, Saturday 27th March. This is the longest run in the series, at 28 miles. There are other options from 20 miles up, but to count in the series you need to do the full 28 miles. It’s a great route in the Staffordshire Peak District, including an ascent of Shutlingsloe and finishing along the top of the Roaches. For further info go to or ask me on a Wednesday night.

Andy Robinson

Sandstone Trail

In contention for my top race of the year, the Sandstone trail is a fabulous race over some of the most scenic parts of Cheshire. Its popularity was reflected in the large turn out from Helsby, 11 runners in the long (17.1 Mile) A race and 5 runners in the shorter (10.6 Mile) B Race.

The weather on the day was ideal, sunny but not to hot. The great visibility meant if you had time to look there were some excellent views across the Cheshire plain to the Welsh hills. Everyone enjoyed the race, though the last few miles of hills on the A race tested a few peoples stamina to the limit.

The club also had great support on the day with Joe and Mario (previous race winner) popping up several times on route.  Mike Hallsworth was helping to marshal the event and gave everyone a shout when not too busy making sure no one got run over crossing the busy A51.

The excellent conditions saw the course record broken with John Brown of Salford winning in 1:50:20. There were also course records in the Men’s V40, V50, V60 and women’s V50 races. The Helsby placings:

A Race (17.1 Miles)
38 Ian Landucci 2:22:27
47 Edward Halliwell 2:26:51
53 Steve Riley 2:28:38
73 Phil Gillard 2:34:54
78 Andy Robinson 2:39:15
81 Rachael Arnold 2:39:51
92 Richard Mitchell 2:44:31
103 Jackie Keasley 2:49:11
111 Dave Feakes 2:52:00
139 Lesley Feakes 3:19:14
Dnf Beverley Mitchell (Retired at Beeston)

B Race (10.8 Miles)
28 Chris Baynham-Hughes 1:22:56
67 Ian Hilditch 1:35:23
78 Vanessa Griffiths 1:36:54
131 Sheila Ryder 1:54:27
Dnf Albert Berry (injured calf near end of race)