Helsby weekly round-up 9th – 14th September 2014

Hello all

Final results (Race 4) are now out for the Deeside Multi-terrain series, a Friday night on 5th September. Two out for Helsby. There should also be results available for the final placing of the series but they are yet to go online.

11th         Derek Morris                                     30.04
32nd        Jim Jones                                             34.53


It was race 2 of the Wirral Multi-terrain series, a trail and beach run near Wallasey on Tuesday 9th September which had 340 runners out in total. Was it the nice weather or the beach that attracted so many? Colin Thompson looked good for a top ten to be first Helsby male home and Joanne Lacking showing her good form for first Helsby lady home.

9th           Colin Thompson                               24.49
61st         Tom DeJong                                       27.27
76th         Adam Gordon                                   28.02
111th      Tim Igoe                                               30.05
129th      Jim Jones                                             30.37
168th      Geoff Shaw                                        32.59
170th      Stephen Wiggins                              33.09
21st         Jo Lacking                                            31.17
30th         Vanessa Griffiths                             31.48
49th         Helen Owens                                     34.04
51st         Carol Shaw                                          34.17
76th         Jackie Keasley                                   36.58

Helsby Mens ‘A’ Team (first 5 runners) were 15th on the night, and ‘B’ team were 43rd. Helsby ladies ‘A’ team (first 3 runners) were 11th on the night and ‘B’ team were 25th. Great effort everyone.

Special mention goes to Carol Shaw who is currently in 2nd place for her age category after the first two races.

Race organisor states next Race Tuesday 16th September starts at 18:30 at the bottom of Station Road, Thurstaston. Please ask all runners to park sensible and see you Tuesday.

Full Results and current team standings can also be found at www.stevesaunders.co.uk

Delamere Park run 5k number 77 was on Saturday 13th September with Ed Halliwell in fine fettle taking the green vest honours. Jane Ashbrook was first Helsby lady home. Well done to Alfie, Jim and Jane who combined for a trio of PB’s for the course. Well done to the nine Helsby runners.

14 Edward HALLIWELL 20:00 VM40-44 68.75 % M 13 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:19:58 6
21 Alfie GRADY 20:42 JM15-17 65.22 % M 20 Helsby RC New PB! 26
25 Jim JONES 21:14 VM45-49 68.92 % M 24 Helsby RC New PB! 17
34 Jane ASHBROOK 21:49 VW35-39 69.67 % F 4 Helsby RC New PB! 28
100 Jackie KEASLEY 25:33 VW55-59 70.84 % F 16 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:24:39 5
158 Louise MCEVELEY 30:30 VW45-49 53.66 % F 38 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:23:47 43
159 Stephen WIGGINS 30:31 SM20-24 42.44 % M 121 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:21:58 27
160 Paul BULMER 30:44 VM55-59 50.00 % M 122 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:28:33 18
209 Ivor JOHNSTONE 39:33 VM45-49 36.41 % M 139 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:28:04 14

Full Results


Colin Thompson was the only Helsby runner at the Warrington Park Run number 34 but he certainly made it count with a sub 18 minute run for 1st overall.

1 Colin THOMPSON 17:55 VM35-39 73.58 % M 1 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:17:43 45

Full Results


It was the Peris horseshoe and half on Saturday with two intrepid adventurers in Tim Palmer and Jim O’Hara nailing one of each. Tim’s excellent race report below.

The Peris Horseshoe (Ras Pedol Peris) is one of the classic Welsh fell races. The full horseshoe is AL 17.5 miles 8597ft ascent (28.2km 2590m) and half is AM 8.5 miles 4500ft ascent (13.7km 1372m). As it was my first long fell race, I opted for the Half Horseshoe that finishes at Pen-y-Pass (and at the finish was glad that I made that choice!) The half starts in Llanberis haf hour before the full race; after a few hundred metres on the flat, it is straight onto the steep climb through the quarries and beyond to the summit of Elidir Fawr (924m / 3,031ft). After 3 miles with ½ mile of ascent and just over an hour, I was at the summit – the tremendous views and downhill cheered my spirits. It is then onto Y Garn (947m / 3,017ft) and Glyder Fawr (999m / 3,247ft) – both with substantial climbs onto them. I was passed by the two leaders of full Peris Horseshoe  on the climb up Y Garn – my spirit was again cheered to see that even they couldn’t run up it. After a fast descent, I was passed a cheerful Jim at the top of Devil’s Kitchen, who soon disappeared out of sight on the climb up Glyder Fawr. The descent off Glyder Fawr to Pen-y-Pass was steep and the best route isn’t obvious – there were almost as many variants on it as runners! It was then on to finish, cheered on by an enthusiastic and vocal Jenny by the bins of the youth hostel (as described by Mike Blake, the race director, in his briefing). My time was 2:51 – full results awaited. Whilst I was racing, Jenny had found a nice 5 mile run (with about 400ft of climb) around Llyn Padarn for the car park in Llanberis – well marked just follow the posts with the white ring on them. The weather was kind to both of us with sunny spells and some cloud; I benefited from the cooler temperatures on the mountain tops and the light breeze.

Report from Mike Blake of Eryri


Full results should appear on the Welsh Fell Runners website shortly (I’ll update blog when results are out but I believe Jimmy had an amazing 6th place in the full horseshoe, kudos Jimmy, we are liking the cut of your jib)


Sunday 14th September was the popular Lake Vyrnwy half marathon and ‘Degsy’ Morris was first in for Helsby with Joanne Lacking in excellent form for 1st Helsby lady. Results below showing chip time and gun time and well done to all who ran.

185th      Derek Morris          1.32.51
205th       Tom DeJong           1.34.05
220th       Joanne Lacking     1.34.29
244th       Dave Madders        1.35.42
550th       James Gray             1.47.00
797th       Emily Smith            1.57.18

Full results


In other news

I will be away travelling in South America for a few weeks so it would be great if someone could do the round-up starting from Monday 29th September including Monday 6th October and Monday 13th October!

It may be best if it’s on a rota basis rather than put the onus on one individual? Chester chronicle like the information submitted as early as possible now and they can be contacted on their email chester.sport@cheshirenews.co.uk, basically with runners names and times and the event only.

I’ll mention again before I go.

Keep on running


Helsby weekly round-up 30th August – 1st September 2014

Hi all

Still waiting on results for the Crowden Horseshoe and the Ring of Fire…but for now

Delamere Park Run 5k number 75 on Saturday August 30th saw a good podium finish for Colin Bishop who was 2nd overall in 17.31. Janet Robertson was first Helsby lady home for 67th overall in 24.16. Well done to Alex and Claire who both recorded PB’s on the day. Nine out for Helsby in total.

2 Colin BISHOP 17:31 VM50-54 86.96 % M 2 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:17:15 39
16 Alex FITZMAURICE 20:16 SM25-29 63.65 % M 16 Helsby RC New PB! 3
34 David FEAKES 21:59 VM50-54 68.16 % M 33 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:21:37 22
45 Jim JONES 22:46 VM45-49 64.28 % M 42 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:21:16 15
67 Janet ROBERTSON 24:16 VW45-49 67.45 % F 7 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:22:36 18
87 Lesley FEAKES 25:25 VW45-49 65.18 % F 12 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:24:15 25
106 David WIGGINS 26:16 VM55-59 58.50 % M 90 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:26:08 6
117 Claire MORTON 27:05 VW55-59 65.97 % F 21 Helsby RC New PB! 12
206 Ivor JOHNSTONE 33:03 VM45-49 43.57 % M 146 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:28:04 13

Full results for the Delamere Park run as below


Also on Saturday was the Warrington Park Run 5k number 32 which saw Tom DeJong inside the top ten for 6th overall in 19.23 and first Helsby man home followed by Joanne Lacking who was first Helsby lady and a brilliant 2nd lady overall for 29th in 22.05 followed by 4th lady overall Helen Owens in 37th in 23.29

6 Tom DE JONG 19:23 SM20-24 67.24 % M 6 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:19:08 10
29 Joanne LACKING 22:05 SW30-34 67.47 % F 2 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:21:48 8
37 Helen OWENS 23:29 VW35-39 64.73 % F 4 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:23:20 10

Full results for Warrington Park run as below


Saturday was the Maesgwm Muddle a new race for Snowdonia and not one for the faint hearted weighing in at 8.7miles with 2789ft climb. A good description of the route is included in Phil Gillard’s great race report below

“Shall we have starter and pudding?

One of my favourite training runs in Snowdonia starts in Llanberis, goes south down the Snowdon valley with a climb up to Foel Goch, along the ridge to Foel Gron and onto Moel Ellio, from there it is a grassy descent back down to Llanberis. It is homely run which leaves you very satisfied afterwards, much like steak and ale pie, chips and peas in your favourite pub.

I was delighted to learn that Mike Blake had created a new race called the Maesgwm Muddle which used this route as its core, I was even more delighted to learn that it had been chosen as one of the rounds of the British Fell Championship. So on Friday, Helen and I set off to camp in Llanberis with the anticipation of a nice walk on the Friday, do the race on the Saturday and a few beers to celebrate on the Saturday evening. What a great way to spend a weekend, enhanced by the site of Jimmy and Sharon who also ran

The start and finish of the race was right next to our campsite, so a quality field runners set off in full view of Helen, sat in her camp chair, drinking a Costa.

So, back to that steak and ale pie; steak and ale pie is a great main course and is a good wholesome meal in its own right, our starter prior to the main course was a hands and knees climb up Moel Cynghorion (much like climbing the stairs when you were two years old) followed by a steep descent back into the Snowdon valley. This ascent / descent was in the third mile of the race which I recorded as a 29 minute mile!

Ok the starter was a bit filling but I am sure I will enjoy the pie and chips and I did; a mile or so up a gradual track followed by a few hundred meters of climb up to the Foel Goch and then the ridge which was fantastic despite the swirling mist. The grassy descent was equally as good.

You know that feeling when you feel full but everybody else orders a pudding and you feel obliged to join in, well it was a bit like that the pudding was a steady, muddy climb through some beautifully coloured heater and then retrace your steps back to onto my normal route back to Llanberis.

A real tough race in some fantastic company and by the way we ate out that night and I did have starter, main and pudding”

40th         Jim O’Hara                          1.44.02
137th      Phil Gillard                           2.14.16

Full results are available on the Welsh Fell Runners website www.wfra.org.uk

And photos here http://www.sportpicturescymru.co.uk/pages/gallery/2014-gallery.php?gall_id=444

And here https://www.flickr.com/photos/hhac/sets/72157646666902477/

Sunday 31st August was the Crowdon Horseshoe. This is a race of 8 miles and 1699ft ascent. Race report by Jim Jones

“I did the Crowden Horsehoe today. It was a great route but a tough 8 mile course. The sheer drops along some of the paths are not for the faint hearted! There were also some really rocky paths with several streams to negotiate on the way out, and an uneven rocky descent on the way back. The peat bogs across the top were a challenge in themselves with no way of knowing if they would be ankle or waist high until you went through them. The weather was good today but it’s a course where you could easily go astray (as has apparently happened with some runners on previous years) if the weather closes in. It was good to see the hosts doing random kit checks. This is a popular race and the big turn out today caused quite a bottleneck at the first style, so anyone wanting to get ahead will have needed to fly off the start.”

Route below: http://connect.garmin.com/activity/579813836

Not seen the results yet but I think they’ll appear here: http://www.dpfr.org.uk/results/index

As hopefully many of you are aware it was the Anglesey Ring of Fire this weekend, amounting to about 33 Park Runs over three days! Among the many were four intrepid Helsby adventurers. We have no results as yet but photos are courtesy of Jackie have now been uploaded to our flickr account as below


I’ve also had some information from Jackie as attached

To be going on with, From their Facebook page:-

And the Ring O’ Fire 2014 winner is John Knapp #71 in a time of 23:25

Second is Val Swinger #128 in a time of 23:44

Third is Dion Leonard #43 in a time of 24:56

135 signed up. 106 started. 56 finished. The stats tell a story. It’s a tough but beautiful race. Well done to everyone who tried and a huge congratulations to those hardy 56 who finished. Thanks to everyone who made it so special. A massive thanks to our army of marshals who sacrifice a lot to support us. So long as the demand is there Bing, Q, Rich and team will keep the fire burning. Hope to see you back in 2015. We’ll be launching next year’s event in the next few weeks. Results will also be uploaded in next day or two. Sleep first!

Good luck to everyone running in the September Multi-Terrain series this month, a fabulous set of races to be part of!

Keep on running


Helsby weekly round-up 20th – 24th August 2014


The eagerly anticipated Robbie Wobbler was held for the second year on Wednesday August 20th and a great turnout on the evening saw another success for Helsby Running Club. Thanks to Chris Baynham-Hughes for his email regarding the race and his brilliant handling of the event as well as everyone involved.

Full results as below.


Also on Wednesday night was the Capenhurst 5k with two fantastic performances from Joanne and Helen

105th      Joanne Lacking                  20.09
160th      Helen Owens                     22.58

Full results and photos are at http://www.ellesmereportrunningclub.org.uk/capenhurst_5k.htm

Saturday was the Delamere Park Run 5k with nine Helsby vests on show. An excellent 2nd place overall for Colin Bishop saw him 1st in for Helsby as was Janet Robertson for 3rd in her category. Well done to all who ran.

2 Colin BISHOP 17:30 VM50-54 87.05 % M 2 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:17:15 38
23 Alex FITZMAURICE 21:35 SM25-29 59.77 % M 23 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:21:33 2
59 Janet ROBERTSON 23:51 VW45-49 68.62 % F 3 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:22:36 17
64 David FEAKES 24:21 VM50-54 61.53 % M 60 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:21:37 21
82 Lesley FEAKES 25:11 VW45-49 65.78 % F 9 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:24:15 24
95 Jackie KEASLEY 26:10 VW55-59 68.28 % F 12 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:24:39 4
117 Claire MORTON 27:43 VW55-59 64.46 % F 20 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:27:35 11
121 Jen O’HARE 27:59 VW40-44 54.97 % F 24 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:27:08 6
184 Ivor JOHNSTONE 35:00 VM45-49 41.14 % M 128 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:28:04 12



Two out a the Warrington Park Run also on Saturday with a number one spot for Colin Thompson followed by Tom DeJong securing a fabulous new PB in the process. Both Helsby runners were inside the top ten.

1 Colin THOMPSON 17:54 VM35-39 73.65 % M 1 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:17:43 44
9 Tom DE JONG 19:08 SM20-24 68.12 % M 9 Helsby RC New PB! 9



Jim Jones was doing his bit for the Scottish Independence debate by sticking Cheshire on the map on the Northern part of our United Kingdom. His race report below

“The race went from the island of Berneray to Lochmaddy on the Island of North Uist. (the islands are connected by a causeway). We were taken to the start by bus and spoilt with a very generous lunch, after a hot shower, in the Hammersay House Hotel at the finish. The route was undulating on a single track road with fantastic scenery all the way.  It was a well hosted event and a great excuse to visit a fantastic place.

17th         Jim Jones                             1.47.02

route below:


Also – a race report from the local community newsletter:

2 Islands Half Marathon – Berneray to Lochmaddy

The third running of this annual race took place on Saturday 24 August in near perfect conditions. A record number of runners and walkers took part (48), including those from Berneray, Uist and the islands, but also this year from the mainland, the south of England, Germany and Australia!

Ross Clark of Hunters Bog Trotters set a record time for the event of 1:16:56, shaving 11 minutes off the previous fastest time – yes he went pretty much like a rocket!

The organisers would like to thank all for coming – it seems folk enjoyed it, and many are aiming to come back for more next year! The organisers also want to thank all those who helped and especially the management and staff of Hamersay House Hotel in Lochmaddy, who put on a splendid spread for us after the event and provided a great venue for the presentations and some much-needed R&R! The full results are available here. There are plenty of pictures on the event’s Facebook page.

(2014 results should be updated soon)

Bank Holiday Monday saw the Cilcain Show Race, a loop from Cilcain to Moel Famau and back. Jackie’s race report below

‘Tom, Phil Roberts, Max and me did the Cilcain Moel Famau fell race yesterday. Results not out yet. Great race to do on a wet bank holiday! Mist virtually down to Cilcain itself! Cool for running, as muddy as it gets. Well done to Max for a top finish and to Phil & Tom for battling it out on the uphill road finish after all the mud (results not out yet, so not sure on their exact positions). Good to see Steff Charman back fell running again. Mick has a good run too.  The rain didn’t dampen the ever faithful support from Joe & Mario, thanks. Just spotted the pair of them at Lynn Ogwen at Saturdays Tryfan down hill race for Peter Douglas’s memorial too! Photo on the Welsh Fell Runners Website at http://www.wfra.org.uk).  Village day very well supported despite the rain, the usual, live music, morris dancers, dog show, greasy pole, best marrow and victoria sponge etc etc.  I spent my left over entry money on produce from the plant store, the lads on a well earned pint at the pub!

Details and hopefully 2014 results should appear on the Cilcain show page soon.


or possibly the Welsh Fell Runners website http://www.wfra.me.uk/index.htm

As always ,if I’ve missed any events or races then please let me know to keep the blog updated. It’s great to receive race reports no matter what the discipline or distance so thanks to all who send them in.

Keep on running


Helsby weekly round-up 13th – 17th August 2014

Greetings carbon based bipeds

Firstly, congratulations to Jayne Joy who was joint 6th in the British Athletics Mountain Running Challenge for 2014 which included her Inter-county achievement and a race in her England vest. Full results below.


Pilgrims Cross on Wednesday 13th August was honoured with two Helsby vests at this Rossendale organised 6 miler with over 1000ft of ascent. Phillip Roberts showing his good form was first Helsby home followed by the irrepressible Jim Jones, both under the hour.

47th         Phillip Roberts                   50.57
95th         Jim Jones                            59.09

race map http://www.racemaps.org.uk/pilgrimscrossfellrace.htm

and full results http://www.rossendaleharriers.co.uk/results/PilgrimsCrossResults2014.pdf

Delamere Park Run 5k on Saturday 16th saw an amazing four new PB’s from Helsby runners, Colin, Max, Dave and Louise! Colin Bishop was a solid 1st overall with new Helsby runner Max Wainwright 3rd overall, fantastic to see two Helsby members in the top three. Great running from Vanessa saw her 34th overall to claim 2nd lady and first in for Helsby. Well done to all who ran.

1 Colin BISHOP 17:15 VM50-54 88.31 % M 1 Helsby RC New PB! 37
3 Max WAINWRIGHT 17:53 SM25-29 72.13 % M 3 Helsby RC New PB! 2
18 David MADDERS 20:45 VM40-44 66.27 % M 17 Helsby RC New PB! 18
27 Alex FITZMAURICE 21:33 SM25-29 59.86 % M 26 Helsby RC First Timer! 1
34 Vanessa GRIFFITHS 21:54 VW45-49 75.65 % F 2 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:21:49 8
37 David FEAKES 22:02 VM50-54 68.00 % M 34 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:21:37 20
59 Carol SHAW 23:08 VW50-54 74.28 % F 5 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:22:22 22
64 Louise MCEVELEY 23:47 VW45-49 68.82 % F 6 Helsby RC New PB! 41
95 Lesley FEAKES 25:33 VW45-49 64.84 % F 16 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:24:15

Full results below


Warrington Park Run 5k saw another number 1 spot for Colin Thompson our sole Helsby representative at this race so he’s making it count :d

1 Colin THOMPSON 18:14 VM35-39 72.30 % M 1 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:17:43 43

and full results


Saturday afternoon was the Catherine Dowdall Darwen Gala Memorial Race in honour of Jamie’s wife Catherine and it was a brilliantly organised event raising money for charity as well as a reflective afternoon. Jim O’Hara was having the race of his life although we are still unsure why he and six others decided to head to Bolton after visiting Darwen Tower but it did give other people in a green vest the opportunity of a scalp. Mario won his usual best in class category and Joe was out on the tower in fine voice along with Phil Gillard and Helen offering fantastic support as ever. Prize giving had Jamie on stage sounding more composed and professional than the Radio DJ’s hosting the Gala.

Darwen Gala

Paul Fosters race report follows

“The race finally got started in the gala field after a slight delay due to the fete being late arriving which helped a few late runners who also got stuck behind the procession.

Race Start

The race starts with a quick climb through the park woods then up to Darwen Tower. Once you got to the top it was perfect conditions for a quick glance around to see some popular faces of Phil and Helen Gillard and of course ‘Mr Helsby’ Joe cheering everybody on. After a quick run down then round and back up to the moors we followed the path along to a single track which took us straight across ready for the run down back through the heather to the finish in the park. A highlight for me was seeing Phil Gillard pop up out of the heather like a meerkat taking photos and shouting where is Jim O’Hara. Once we all arrived back in the park and a chance to ask Jim what went wrong it was time to sample the free pint and hot dog which certainly put a smile back on Jim’s face.

Post Race

After all the runners watched the ferret and falcon display it was time for the presentations which Jamie compered in his usual good form. I would like to thank everyone who showed an interest in the race but unfortunately couldn’t make it due to other commitments. Maybe next year we can put it on the fell counter so Jim O’Hara can have another crack at it.

The race raised £390 for sarcoma cancer and £100 for Bolton mountain rescue which is fantastic.”


9th           Adair Broughton               37.52
14th         Jamie Dowdall                   40.11 (2nd claim Helsby)
22nd        Mario Foschi                      42.15 (1st in age cat)
30th         Jim Jones                             43.38
47th         Paul Foster                         45.45
71st         Jim O’Hara                          51.31

For a map of the route (but not Jimmy’s route as it won’t fit on the scanner)


For full results and information see http://darwenrunning.weebly.com/darwen-gala.html

Sunday 17th was the Birchwood 10k with a near sub-40 run from Ivan seeing him first in for Helsby.

92nd        Ivan Davies                         40.04
97th         Derek Morris                     40.26
110th      Roy Gaskill                          41.01
196th      Dave Madders                  43.41
564th      David Wiggins                    54.44

Full results


Sunday also saw the Two Hillforts Fell Race which starts and finishes in Llandyrnog, North Wales. This was a testing course and as the race organiser stated in his email report ‘In bright and breezy conditions, a field of 46 runners took to the starting field beside the pub and sped off towards the heather-clad hills. Soon the fields gave way to the start of the long climb up to Penycloddiau’. Jayne Joy looked in complete control as she tackled this first Marilyn of the Clwydian Range and went on to secure 1st lady and 5th overall in a time that took 3 minutes off the previous record. Definitely worth considering this race next year for those that like running in the Clwydians. A good club counter I’d say.

5th           Jayne Joy                             74.06
9th           Adair Broughton               77.00

Full results are on the Welsh Fell Runners site with some lush green photographs


The Swiss Iron Trail race report by Chris Baynham-Hughes.

“Coincidence can be a kind master. Whilst planning our summer holidays I was just about to book the ferry when an email arrived from the Swiss iron trail. The dates looked familiar so I entered into negotiations with the boss and a race on the way home was approved. Result. I’d been looking at this race previously as the T201 a whopping 201km and 11,500m of ascent had my mind boggling. A potential target for the future, but not one just before a 3 day return drive to Blighty. So I entered the T41 a curious title for a 43km race with just over 2600m of up and just a little less in descent. We got going with a time trial around the lakes of Lenzerheide (4km on the flat) before heading up the surrounding mountains on our way to Davos. Sitting neatly in 11th as we hit the climb the going got tough. I caught the guy in front half way up the mountain (he was from the Netherlands) and chatted the rest of the way before leaving him right at the top. The trails were very runnable and in most case were wide fire roads to allow access to the cable cars of this skiing and  mountain biking playground.

I spent the rest of the race cat and mouse with an Austrian chap over 9th place – he was very serious about the whole thing; over taking me whilst I took selfies and enjoyed the intermittent view between the clag. A relatively small error over a turning sent me down the mountain but it was reasonably quickly recovered. Unfortunately the beauty of the course was only revealed to us on an infrequent basis and the weather took a turn for the worst, even snowing at points. I hit the bottom of the final climb roughly 2.5 minutes behind the Austrian who had put on a bit of a lead due to me tripping over a little earlier and deciding I needed to take on some sugar and not do myself an injury before the Ring O’Fire in two weeks time – he also gained by not stopping at the check point to resupply, but I was confident I could make up the time he’d gain on the climb through channelling my inner Mario on the downhill – where I had originally managed to pass him. I arrived into Davos to excited screams from the boys. Realising I wasn’t going to catch the elusive Austrian I ran carrying the boys in for the final section. Thankfully Laura pointed out we were a little further away than I had thought so James went on my shoulders and Rhys ran in hand in hand with me in 5 hours, 46 minutes – my slowest marathon to date I think J. Certainly a fab end to the holiday.

Curiously I ended up in 7th for my age group and 11th overall, this surprised both Laura (who had counted people in and had me in 8th) and me – I guess the wrong turn cost me ~5 places as I passed others in the check points. A shame, but not why I had turned up for this race. The first 5 runners were all sponsored athletes with 3 in the Mammut pro team, so not too shabby in the end. To the big question though, would I go back for the 201? If the weather was right I may very well do, just don’t tell Laura. :d”

and photos


Let me know if I’ve missed any events or challenges achieved this week as I can always keep the blog up to date. Enjoy the remaining bits of the summer and good luck to all those marshalling, running or enjoying the festivities at the Robbie Wobbler on Wednesday night.

Keep on running


Helsby weekly update 16th – 20th July 2014

Hi all

The Druid on Wednesday 16th July is always a popular race with Helsby members. Twelve green vests were out to take on the challenge of Foel Fenli with Chris Baynham-Hughes and Joe marshalling and supporting. Great running from Jim O’Hara saw him 5th overall and 1st Helsby man home and Janet Robertson was first Helsby lady. Three Helsby prize winners on the night so well done to Tom, Mario and Janet for their age category wins.

5th           Jim O’Hara                          35.59
18th         Phillip Roberts                   40.38
26th         Adam Gordon                   22.59
27th         Phil Gillard                           43.11
29th         Tom DeJong                       43.15 (1st in age cat)
34th         Mario Foschi                      44.05 (1st in age cat)
43rd        Janet Robertson               45.12 (1st in age cat)
48th         Laura Baynham-Hughes                45.46
50th         Adrian Jackson                  45.51
57th         Joanna Lacking                  46.54
66th         Jim Jones                             48.09
68th         Paul Foster                         48.15

No official results are onlined but results should follow shortly here, if anyone wants a copy of the results in the meantime just email me and I can send them on.


Also on Wednesday was the Sefton Park 5 Miler where Gary and Derek had a close race to finish a second apart.

60th         Gary O’Connor                  33.15
61st         Derek Morris                     33.16

Full results


Thursday night was the Sale Sizzler with four out for Helsby with Colin Thompson first Helsby man home and Louise first Helsby lady.

34th         Colin Thompson               17:19
262nd      John Thompson                22:39
431st       Louise Spruce                    34:38
433rd      Michelle Cully                    34:56

Full results here:


Onto the weekend and the most popular park run this weekend was not Delamere but the Newbury Park Run where Tim and Jenny put Helsby on the map. Tim’s Newbury excursion is detailed below!

“As we were visiting my parents, Jenny and I did the Newbury Parkrun this Saturday rather than the more usual Delamere or Warrington. This is on Greenham Common, which those of you of a certain age will remember for RAF Greenham Common, US cruise missiles and peace protesters; it has now

reverted to common land with odd remmants of the old air base. Either Joe’s Monday night training or the course, or more likely a bit both, enabled me to take over 2 minutes off my Parkrun PB. The turnout was much larger than at Delamere with over 330 runners.”


26 Tim PALMER 21:36 VM45-49 67.75 % M 24 Helsby RC First Timer! 11
174 Jenny PALMER 28:13 VW40-44 55.35 % F 33 Helsby RC First Timer! 2

Colin Bishop who has made Delamere Park Run his own with many recent wins dominated the field again for a 1st place.

1 Colin BISHOP 17:41 VM50-54 86.15 % M 1 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:17:35 33


Similarly, in the Warrington Park Run Colin Thompson raced round for another Helsby victory.

1 Colin THOMPSON 18:06 VM35-39 72.84 % M 1 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:17:43 41


Jayne Joy our International Star was selected for an invite only race, the ‘Snowdon Super Cup’ which is part of the Snowdon Mountain race weekend. Weather conditions meant a delayed start and a shortened course, so a different day than was expected for Jayne. Great support from Mario and Joe at the halfway café’ really buoyed Jayne on to be 9th female in a very elite field of athletes. Another proud day for Helsby.

25th         Jayne Joy                             38.29

More details below


and full results


Warton Crag Fell Race also on Saturday was a 6 miler with 150m of climb, described by Phil Gillard here

“As you travel up to the Lakes and just north of Lancaster, there is a limestone outcrop to the west of the M6, this is called Warton Crag and the location for the aptly named Warton Crag fell race. The race is on the same day as Warton sports and carnival; the good people of Warton really go to town with a parade of floats, stalls, teas and cakes and some sports, the highlight of which is the fell race.

The race starts off on the carnival field and winds itself through the village until we reach the bottom of the crag which in terms of terrain and height is much like Helsby hill. Once the top is reached there is short steady descent into the rolling North Lancashire hills for a pleasant undulating meander through woods, pasture land, country roads and the grounds of a somebody’s country pad. Very runnable and not too taxing. It is also nice to run alongside some less familiar vests of Dallen, Chorley, Trawden, Red Rose Runners and Helm Hill

With the run complete is was time to head to Manchester for a very pleasant meal and night out”

A great run from Phil saw him 30th overall

30th         Phil Gillard                           51.40

And full results


Burtonwood 5 Miler cancelled due to necessity for road closures, details below.


Roy was first in for Helsby at Sundays Penny Lane Striders 10k and Jane Ashbrook first Helsby lady as well as first in her age category. Great running everyone on what would have been a hot day.

43rd        Roy Gaskill                          41.41
51st         Gary O’Connor                  42.20
64th         Tom DeJong                       43.29
66th         Jane Ashbrook                  43.33
88th         Joanne Lacking                  45.22
100th      Phillip Roberts                   46.03
139th      David Hilton                        48.55
201st       Clare Louise Miller           52.55
236th      David Wiggins                    58.08
238th      Stephen Wiggins              58.16

Full results available from


as always, if I’ve missed an event then do let me know as I can update the blog as necessary.

Keep on running



Wednesday 23rd July it’s the 6th fell counter of the Helsby season, the Green Green Grass of home, a steep fell race of 4.5 miles and 1500ft climbing from Llangynhafel. Please meet at the club for 6pm for car share

Wedneday  30th July, in the clubhouse after our club run, Jayne Joy will be giving a talk on Eating Disorders in Sport, chip butties provided!! Please come along to the third in our series of club talks on running related subjects.

Helsby weekly update 10th – 16th July 2014

Hi all

Thursday night 10th July was the Dearnford Lake Relay event with a great turnout for Helsby to challenge some of the top Cheshire clubs. Each team consisted of 3 legs each of 2 miles as a relay. There were 24 out in the green vest and some very admirable performances too. There were over 110 teams out in total so it shows how well Helsby did on the night.

Lots of stats to work through at the link below for those interested in times. Teams and placings published below with an individuals time next to their name. Helsby ladies had three of the top ten fastest lap times on the night with Jayne Joy the 2nd fastest lady. Colin Bishop was in the top ten for male lap times. Well done to everyone on the night and a fantastic event to highlight the success and potential of Helsby RC.

4th overall          The Three C’s                33.11 Colin Thompson            10.56 Chris Fitzpatrick            11.27 Colin Bishop                 10.48

16th overall        Green Army                   37.09 Tom DeJong                 12.02 Gareth Boyd                 12.36 Roy GAskill                   12.31

18th overall        Team 1 Helsby Ladies   37.25    2nd Ladies Team Jane Ashbrook              12.48 Jenny Illidge                  12.53 Jayne Joy                     11.44

24th overall        Jim’s Boys                    38.23 Stephen Roach             12.43 Mario Foschi                 13.59 Jim Higgins                   11.41

42nd overall        Team 2 Helsby Ladies   41.58 Helen Owens                 14.49 Joanne Lacking             13.36 Laura Baynham-Hughes13.33

53rd overall        Team 3 Helsby Ladies   44.40 Louise McEveley           15.02 Sally Parkinson             15.10 Carol Shaw                   14.28

85th overall        Team 4 Helsby Ladies   50.06 Nesta Hawker                17.52 Tanya Downs                17.12 Jackie Keasley              15.02

89th overall        Team 5 Helsby Ladies   50.59 Donna Geer                  17.59 Shaw McCarthy             17.09 Clare Miller                    15.51

Thanks to Joe and anyone else who was out for your fantastic support on the night.

For full results please check out the Whitchurch Whippets website as below


Also on Thursday was the Wizard 5miler, a multi-terrain race in Cheshire that forms part of the Cheshire Road Race Grand Prix where John Thompson ran “the tough multi-terrain race through the woods, fields and hills around Alderley Edge” to secure 156th place in 40.59.

Full results available here

Full results can be seen at : http://www.race-results.co.uk/results/2014/wizard.pdf or http://www.race-results.co.uk/results/2014/wizard.htm

And, photos beginning to appear at : http://www.racephotos.org.uk/

and further info on the Wilmslow website here http://www.wilmslowrunningclub.org/

Delamere Park Run on Saturday 12th July saw a good turnout for Helsby with a good win for Colin Bishop for 1st overall. Well done to Phil Gillard for his new PB as well as Joanne Lacking and Emma Barnes. Joanne was first lady home for Helsby.

1 Colin BISHOP 17:35 VM50-54 86.64 % M 1 Helsby RC New PB! 32
28 Tom DE JONG 21:35 SM20-24 60.39 % M 25 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:20:04 8
32 Phil GILLARD 21:49 VM50-54 69.29 % M 28 Helsby RC New PB! 4
39 Joanne LACKING 22:22 SW30-34 66.62 % F 5 Helsby RC New PB! 7
46 Jane ASHBROOK 23:12 VW35-39 65.23 % F 7 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:21:53 25
75 Helen OWENS 24:35 VW35-39 61.83 % F 12 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:23:24 9
120 Claire MORTON 27:57 VW55-59 63.92 % F 24 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:27:35 10
143 Tanya Elizabeth DOWNES 29:38 VW35-39 51.29 % F 35 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:27:08 6
163 Jim JONES 30:58 VM45-49 47.26 % M 119 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:21:16 13
167 Emma BARNES 31:56 VW35-39 47.60 % F 48 Helsby RC New PB! 6
169 Louise MCEVELEY 32:15 VW45-49 50.75 % F 49 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:23:49 40
170 Paul BULMER 32:16 VM55-59 47.62 % M 121 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:28:33 13
171 Stephen WIGGINS 32:17 SM20-24 40.11 % M 122 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:21:58 24

Full results http://www.parkrun.org.uk/delamere/results/latestresults/

There was also a Helsby victory at the Warrington Park Run 5k on Saturday for Colin Thompson who secured a new PB in a fantastic performance as did Shan McCarthy for 1st Helsby lady home.

1 Colin THOMPSON 17:43 VM35-39 74.41 % M 1 Helsby RC New PB! 40
93 Shan MCCARTHY 27:09 VW40-44 57.95 % F 20 Helsby RC New PB! 8

Full results http://www.parkrun.org.uk/warrington/results/latestresults/

Also on Saturday 12th July Jim O’Hara ran the tough Wasdale race

63rd      Jim O’Hara                  5.52.24

Results here http://www.fellrunner.org.uk/results//race14/Wasdale2014.pdf

Sunday saw the We Love Manchester 10k where sole representative for Helsby was Roy Gaskill securing 69th overall.

69th       Roy Gaskill                   40.14

Full results available from TDL http://www.tdl.ltd.uk/race-results.php?event=1707

It was also the Saunders Lakeland Marathon this weekend. Report from Jackie below

“It started and finished in Deepdale near Patterdale with the entire race wedged between  Ullswater and Thirlmere on the Helvellyn range.   The weather was perfect for the race, it started hot on Saturday morning but gradually clouded over and became thankfully cooler. Rain started the moment we got to the overnight camp site at Wythburn at the head of Thirlmere but only became heavy as everyone was tucked into their tents sleeping. It was cloudy and misty first thing on Sunday but cleared as we climbed up and was sunny but cool for the rest of the day. All courses were really tough and much harder than normal due to this years new planner being an ex OMM planner.

Chris B-H did the individual Klets course (the most difficult one) and came in an excellent 6th place in a total of 10hrs 12m . Well done Chris.

Jackie, Rachel, Lesley & Sally entered the paired event of Kirkfell (mid difficulty) but ran around altogether for moral support in a total time of 15hrs 19min to finish 52/53rd out of 56 finishers, however 22 did not finish due to the severe course which made us feel much better on our position. We were just delighted to finish it in once piece, still speaking to each other and with our sense of humours in tact!

Over the weekend we climbed and circumnavigated Helvellyn twice covering 28.6 miles and 10600ft (3500m) of climbing. “

Sat  26.5K   1782m climbing (pink route)
Sun  19.5K  1759 m climbing (blue route)




And Chris Baynham-Hughes report

“Yet another fantastic weekend racing at the SLMM. Without doubt this is a

highlight of my year. For those not familiar with the mountain marathon format its essentially orienteering on a grand scale over rough open fell land. I took on the solo ‘klets’ class which meant I’m given a map, a series of grid references and I have to decide which order I take them in. Strategy, accurate navigation and light kit are the key elements to success; Sadly the strategy and accurate navigation bits aren’t my strengths! Starting off we managed to get a group helsby photo before heading our separate ways. I started well speed wise, but badly in the accuracy stakes over shooting by 400m. It doesn’t sound a lot, but its adding the best part of 1k to my run and in this terrain that’s a large addition in such a tight event.

Day 1 saw me face down several times after rolling both ankles and add about 20-25 minutes to my time through mistakes but to my delight and surprise I made the chasing start for the second day…. I also got to laze in the sun on Gavin Bland’s farm surrounded by awesome scenery. Result! It was great to sit and chat with the Helsby ladies, who had gone aroundtogether in a 4,

before calling it a night.

Day 2 started well with me nailing the second checkpoint in the mist before

heading to Grizedale tarn and making a poor decision. With my ankle very sore I thought I’d go over Fairfield rather than around it. I lost time and ultimately didn’t manage to pick up any places, but I didn’t lose any either so finished in 6th overall. Considering my aim was to try and break into the top 10 I was over the moon!

A fantastically well organised event in true fell country and a real family

atmosphere to it. With classes ranging from walking pairs to solo klets, strategy, skill and speed this is an event that everybody should do at least once.”

As always please let me know of any other events I may have missed as I can always update the blog.

Keep on running


Upcoming Events Info from Jackie


Wednesday 23rd July its the 6th fell counter Green Green Grass of home, a steep fell race of 4.5 miles and 1500ft climbing from Llangynhafel.

Wedneday  29th July, in the clubhouse after our club run, Jayne Joy will be giving a talk on Eating Disorders in Sport, chip butties provided!! Please come along to the third in our series of club talks on running related subjects.

Wednesday 6th August its the 10th road counter Pie & Peas, 5 miles from Moulton near Northwich. This race is increasingly popular and tends to fill up so please apply online if you wish to do it. http://www.runbritain.com/RaceDetail.aspx?eventid=7aba07cb5c64


Helsby weekly round-up 27th May – 1st June 2014

Hi all

It is a very mixed bag this week, from park runs to club counters to Elite International races!

On Tuesday 27th May our Steve Riley joined Keswick AC for a one night stand, running in their Latrigg Uphill Time Trial. Steve was an impressive 5th place and this was to be a reverse route of what Jayne Joy ran at the Karrimor Great Trail Race on Sunday. Steve has reported that it is a friendly club with “Beautiful, if lung bursting terrain.”

5th          Steve Riley       19.08


Wednesday 28th May was the first in the Harrock Hill race series and a brief race report by Paul Foster below

“I ran the first of the Harrock hill races last night..5.2 miles 900 ft. The course was changed a little to keep away from charging cows. Don’t think it would have added much more on to the distance.

Felt more like the cross country season.”

38th                  Jamie Dowdall           40.19 (2nd claim Helsby)
109th                Paul Foster                  48.33

Hopefully results to appear here in time, can’t find at the moment.


Thursday 29th May saw the Bowden 5k with three out for Helsby led home by Geoff Shaw for 113th overall in 22.54.

113th                Geoff Shaw                22.54
138th                John Thompson          24.02
177th                Janet Shaw                 28.02

Full results of Bowden


Saturday 31st May was the 64th Delamere Park Run 5k with 8 Helsby runners out. Ed Halliwell led the Helsby contingent home for 13th overall and Joanne Lacking was first Helsby lady securing a new PB for 36th overall. Well done to all who ran.

13 Edward HALLIWELL 20:38 VM40-44 66.16 % M 13 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:19:58 3
22 Phillip ROBERTS 21:31 VM35-39 62.51 % M 22 Helsby RC First Timer! 2
36 Joanne LACKING 22:34 SW30-34 66.03 % F 3 Helsby RC New PB! 6
49 Carol SHAW 23:25 VW50-54 73.38 % F 4 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:22:22 20
239 Paul BULMER 39:16 VM55-59 39.13 % M 154 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:28:33 12
240 Louise MCEVELEY 39:16 VW45-49 41.68 % F 86 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:23:49 37
241 Claire MORTON 39:16 VW50-54 44.91 % F 87 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:27:35 9
242 Stephen WIGGINS 39:18 SM20-24 32.95 % M 155 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:21:58 23

Full results


It was also the 19th Warrington Park Run 5k where Helsby’ s talented Colin Bishop secured an overall course win on his first attempt at the course to come home in 17.24.

1 Colin BISHOP 17:24 VM50-54 87.55 % M 1 Helsby RC First Timer! 29

Full results


Interestingly, on Saturday the Hollins Green 5k was cancelled due to a council refusal to accept the UK Athletics endorsed traffic management course to apply road closures. Details on the website below!


The race has been provisionally rescheduled for Saturday 14th June.

Sunday saw our 3rd Helsby fell counter at Edenfield (BM) where 9 Helsby tested themselves on the tough tussocky terrain. Great result for Jim O’Hara first man home for Helsby to take the full honours and to Jackie for first Helsby lady home. (It’s worth noting that Jimmy is also currently in 3rd place for senior men in the North Wales series of fell races so a great season he is having!)

19th                  Jim O’Hara                             53.16
34th                  Chris Baynham-Hughes         55.01
73rd                  Philip Roberts                          62.23
79th                  Phil Gillard                               63.29
90th                  Mario Foschi                           65.01
101st                Jim Jones                               66.01
126th                Paul Foster                              70.34
128th                Jackie Keasley                       71.51
139th                Rachel Arnold                         74.04

Results available from the Rossendale Harriers website


Also on Sunday was the Wigan Trail 10k, with 5 Helsby runners out, please find results below:

3rd Colin Thompson 37.56
27th Tom Dejong 44.31
62nd Adrian Jackson 48:31
149th David Wiggins 58:36
150th Stephen Wiggins 58:37

Full results and further info



Photo of our Wigan Peers below

Helsby Runners at Wigan Trail 10k 2014

Helsby Runners at Wigan Trail 10k 2014

As always, race reports are most welcome and if I’ve missed any event or challenge then please let me know as we try and keep the blog as up to date as possible.

Keep on running


Helsby weekly round-up May 7th – May 11th 2014

Hi all

Great variety of events once again this week from Andy’s 5k to a superb mountain marathon from Steve Riley!

Still awaiting results for last Wednesday’s Dinas Bran Hill Run at Llangollen. If anyone comes across the results then please let me know and I’ll update the blog accordingly. Some photos of the night below. This is a good race and as usual Helsby runners featured prominently in the results so well done to all prize winners. Jim O’Hara was first Helsby male home and Jayne Joy was first female also taking the course record.

Thumbs Up for Hills

Thumbs Up for Hills


Saturday’s Delamere Park Run saw six out for Helsby with Andy’s first Delamere Park Run seeing him on top of the Helsby podium with 31st overall. Louise McEveley was first lady for Helsby in 58th. Congratulations to David Wiggins for his course PB.

31 Andy SMITH 22:46 VM50-54 65.81 % M 29 Helsby RC First Timer! 1
58 Louise MCEVELEY 24:57 VW45-49 65.60 % F 6 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:23:49 36
77 David WIGGINS 26:08 VM55-59 58.80 % M 66 Helsby RC New PB! 4
106 Claire MORTON 27:54 VW50-54 63.20 % F 20 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:27:35 8
122 Jane ASHBROOK 28:57 VW35-39 52.27 % F 27 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:21:53 23
123 Rachel ARNOLD 28:59 VW50-54 59.29 % F 28 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:23:39 9


Full Delamere Park Run 5k results below:


Colin Thompson was the sole Warrington Park Runner for Helsby this week but an 18 minute run saw him 5th overall.

5 Colin THOMPSON 18:00 VM35-39 73.24 % M 5 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:17:56 37


Full results for Warrington Park Run 5k below:


Also on Saturday was the eagerly anticipated Excalibur Marathon with four Helsby runners out testing their bodies to the limit. Race report from Steve Riley below.

“Top, top event on familiar ground to many. Full bonus points to Nestafor picking this as her debut marathon, with a mighty 6000ft of climbing! Rotten weather with some strong winds, a bit of rain and (I hear) some hail. Mind you, the weather was actually way better than forecast, so a lucky escape! Mist over the top of Moel Famau and a familiar fast finish into the top car park at Bwlch Penbarrass where hot stew, sweet tea, friendly faces and Famau-brewed beer awaited us.  Nesta, Jim, Steve, Steve, Sharon”

Race results with Gun Times.

31st      Steve Riley                 5.11.46
102nd   Nesta Hawker             6.33.10
103rd    Sharon Basford         6.33.33 (Tattenhall)
104th    Jim O’Hara                 6.33.34
105th    Stephen Wiggins         6.33.14

For more race details see


or to peruse the full results http://www.tdl.ltd.uk/race-results.php?event=1571 or to take a look at the remarkably photogenic runners http://www.sportsunday.co.uk/conquer-excaliber

Saturday was a trip into Bolton and the Last Drop Loop Fell Race now in its 2nd year. With a large increase in numbers participating and a longer course due to a ‘parade lap’ being added Helsby’s Jayne Joy secured her second win in as many days with a new course record by minutes also. Great support from Mario and Joe on the day too.

18th      Jayne Joy                   45.15

For more information and full results please see below


Some photos of the day also


Also on Saturday was the Bollington 3 Peaks Fell Race with two good performances from Philip and Jim in what was another big increase in field size from previous years.

101st    Philip Roberts              54.02
120th    Jim Jones                   55.59

For full results please see the Macclesfield website below.


Sunday was the Port Sunlight 10k with two runners out for Helsby. Colin Bishop was a brilliant 11th overall taking his age category win in an awesome 35.19 and Jane Ashbrook was 149th overall for 4th in her category in 43.52.

11th      Colin Bishop                35.19
149th    Jane Ashbrook            43.52

Full results of Port Sunlight can be found here:


There are two notable races I’d like to mention this week.

Tuesday night 7.15pm at Wirral Country Park, is the Thurstaston Multi-terrain Challenge a 10k approx. race of beach, road and trail running and well worth a run out if you want something low key and a little from the norm. More details can be found below


On Sunday there is a good introductory fell race, the Mynydd Myfyr Hill Race at Trefonen. In recent years this has been popular as it’s been in our Fell Counters and on the May Bank Holiday weekend but hopefully the date change and fact it’s not a counter won’t deter too many. Please ask Joe on Wednesday for more details if interested.



Keep on running


Helsby weekly round-up 23rd – 27th April 2014

Hi all

Two first places for Helsby in this week’s round-up and a race that had no results!

Wednesday night 23rd April saw the last Border League race held by Deestriders. A brief report as to the reasons why the results didn’t stand can be seen on the North Wales Blog below.


Thanks to Donna Geer/Mario who took a photo of the many Helsby runners on the night as seen below. 28 were out in all for Helsby, fantastic turnout.

It was unfortunate that the race wasn’t validated and these things do happen from time to time but taking the season as a whole  it was a fantastic series of races for Helsby ladies and promotion for Helsby men is definitely a good target for Borders 2014/15 and certainly achievable.

Well done to Colin Bishop, first for his age category and to Tom DeJong picking up a 3rd junior title.

Results for the other Border League races over the previous season can be seen below.


Helsby Team

Helsby Team

It was the Delamere 5k Park Run on Saturday 26th with a great 1st place by the formidable Colin Bishop (undoubtedly one of the top ten runners in the country for his age group, so we should be very proud to have him for Helsby!) and first Helsby lady was Louise McEveley. Where was everyone this week?

1 Colin BISHOP 17:55 VM50-54 85.02 % M 1 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:17:47 25
74 Louise MCEVELEY 25:30 VW45-49 64.18 % F 11 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:23:49 34

For full results see below:


Saturday was also the Warrington 5k Park Run where sole Helsby representative Colin Thompson had a silver medal position for another great run.

2 Colin THOMPSON 17:58 VM35-39 73.38 % M 2 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:17:56 36

For full results of Warrington see below


Saturday also saw long distance runner Chris Baynham-Hughes head for a Highland Fling. His race report below…

Saturday morning… and afternoon I decided to take on the Highland Fling (a double marathon along the West Highland way between the start of the WHW (Milngavie) and Tyndrum). It’s a very popular race despite the clash with The Fellsman and many of the familiar faces were there; I’d headed up with three Spartans and Richie Webster from Wallasey RC. The weather was forecast to be atrocious so I was delighted to start without my waterproof on and pretty much stay that way for the entire race.

My lack of race prep showed as I just didn’t’ have the miles in my legs unlike all the recent Helsby marathon heroes we keep hearing about, so after a surprisingly strong start I started to go backwards after about 20 miles. Still, I toughed it out (I can confirm that you don’t get any 50 miler for free) and focused on enjoying the scenery which was superb. It was a bit rough or “technical” underfoot around one of the lochs (earlier in the race you’d skip over it) and some of the trail was in very poor condition, but good company, well organised and one I’d certainly look to do again… but with full training next time! I finished in the top 10%, but only by virtue of it being such a big event (~800 starters), in 9 hours 45 minutes, best of all there was no ankle pain.

The first question I was asked as I passed the finish line was “Do you want a water or a beer?” My kind of race :d”

Sunday 27th April was the Radcliffe 10k Multi-terrain race and a Viking raid by Jayne Joy saw her secure a fabulous victory against some talented opposition and a PB too on an undulating course shows the sort of form she is in.

23rd                  Jayne Joy                   38.25 (1st lady)

Thanks also to Joe and Mario who were out in support on the day. For further details and results see below;




A smiling Jayne Joy http://www.runningpix.co.uk/XCTrailpics/Radcliffe10K1432D/large-44.html

……and for a bit of extra reading

BBC Article. A point of View – How running has changed since the four minute mile


Keep on running


Helsby weekend round-up 22nd-23rd March 2014

Hi all

Lots to report this week and varied too, a very active and healthy club right now!

Saturday is 5k parkrun day and once again we had runners at Delamere and at Warrington. Ed Halliwell stormed round in a sub 20 for first Helsby honours and podium finish with Jim Jones also securing a parkrun top ten. First Helsby lady was Janet Robertson

3 Edward HALLIWELL 19:58 VM40-44 68.36 % M 3 Helsby RC First Timer! 1
7 Jim JONES 21:19 VM45-49 68.10 % M 7 Helsby RC New PB! 8
16 Phil GILLARD 22:42 VM50-54 66.01 % M 16 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:22:00 3
22 Stephen WIGGINS 23:13 SM20-24 55.78 % M 22 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:21:58 20
24 Derek GALLAGHER 23:29 VM60-64 68.91 % M 23 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:21:49 11
32 Janet ROBERTSON 24:01 VW45-49 67.45 % F 2 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:22:36 13
86 Shan MCCARTHY 27:40 VW40-44 56.87 % F 22 Helsby RC New PB! 7
195 Paul BULMER 36:50 VM55-59 41.72 % M 118 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:28:33 11
196 Louise MCEVELEY 36:50 VW45-49 44.43 % F 78 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:23:49 30


Colin Thompson was the sole wearer of the Helsby vest at Warrington, a good warm-up for his Borders on Sunday saw him 4th place.

4 Colin THOMPSON 18:03 SM35-39 73.04 % M 4 Helsby RC PB stays at 00:17:56 34

Full results for Warrington below


Saturday and Sunday saw the GinPit Double Marathon with Gareth Boyd challenging himself with the double. Race report from Gareth below

This weekend, I competed in The GinPit Double Marathon again – the same marathon course run twice over 2 days. It’s a low key event (only 45 runners) but extremely well organised with 4 x great marshal/checkpoints points (biscuits/sweets and water  ) along the way.  Most of it is run off road – trail/canal path (lots of mud and water and windy conditions but really flat!)  and it’s a really good way to test those legs if you’re considering running an ultra or two during the year or just doing something different.

Results : –

Day 1     position 22                         finish time 4:14:02

Day 2     position 20                         finish time 4:34:00


Now onto Sunday and there were three Helsby out at the Wilmslow Half with Mike Searle first in for Helsby followed by John Gallon and Chris Igoe.

869th                 Mike Searle                   1.41.07
1626th                John Gallon                  1.50.44
2221st                Chris Igoe                     1.57.22

Full results and details can be found below



It was also the Liverpool Half this weekend with seven green vests on display with the first home Chris Fitzpatrick. Joanne was first Helsby lady. Race report from Jackie below

Liverpool Half an epic this morning too with very strong winds along the Wilderspool promenade for the last 4 miles! Not done this before and it was one of the most iconic half’s I have done for a while.  Finishing in front of the Liver Bulidings with a Samba band playing was on a par with the atmosphere at the London Marathon! The daffodils’ in Sefton Park were lovely too. All these things take your mind off tired legs!

57th                   Chris Fitzpatrick            1.22.43
343rd                 Roy Gaskill                   1.32.04
447th                 Tom DeJong                 1.33.36
711th                 Joanne Lacking             1.37.33
1787th                Claire-Louise Miller        1.47.08
2398th                Jackie Keasley              1.51.19
2493rd               Ben Williams                 1.52.00

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There were 15 runners out for Helsby at the Border League Race 5 on Sunday Deeside College. Thanks to all who turned up and to all the support which is always brilliant. Colin Bishop and Carol Shaw had superb runs for first in their respective categories as did Alison for a great second in hers. Helsby positions and times below.

Helsby ladies were 4th in Division 1 and Helsby men were 2nd in Division 2, great stuff everyone.

18th       Colin Bishop                             24.55 (1st in age cat)
23rd       Colin Thompson                        25.08
80th       Ivan Davies                               28.03
116th     Dave Madders                          30.20
121st     Alison Halsall                            30.48 (2nd in age cat)
123rd     Steve Riley                               30.57
133rd     Carol Shaw                               31.20 (1st in age cat)
139th     Tim Palmer                                31.33
141st     Laura Baynham-Hughes          31.35
181st     Louise McEveley                       34.05
189th     Michelle Hardwick                      34.19
195th     Sally Parkinson                         35.05
203rd     Emily Smith                              36.15
218th     Betty Grieve                              38.03
227th     Ivor Johnstone                          44.44

Full race results


Edale was also on Sunday, a classic fell race with over 300 runners out challenging themselves with the 21 miles and 4500ft ascent. Brilliant run from Jimmy saw a top result against quality company.

19th                   Jim O’Hara                    3.27.28


That’s it for the round-up this week


I’ll be on holiday next week so if anyone would like to keep the blog updated for this weekend’s races i’m sure everyone at Helsby will be appreciative but no problem if not. If anyone would like to do it I can also give you the address for the Chester Chronicle as we get a brief round-up of our races there too so they’ll need to be sent by Tuesday of each week. Normal service will be resumed the subsequent week so it’s not so bad if we miss a week’s worth of news, its really just to let people know the results of races for this coming weekend.

Keep on running