Breidden Hills results final fell counter 9th october 2011

Hi all – Results now out for the final fell counter of the season which took place at Breidden Hills Sun 9th October for those that fancied a little altitude as an alternative to the Chester tarmac. A tough race with a strong field that included three intrepid Helsby runners making the expedition.

As can be seen from the quality photos below, lots of colour and an interesting route with Steve Riley romping home in first place for Helsby, swiftly followed by Phil and Andy

Helsby positions and places as below

92nd Steve Riley 1:18:37

105th Phil Gillard 1:20:30

124th Andy Smith 1:30:26

Full results can be found on Ian Landucci will update the final fell series standings shortly



King John’s castle – new fell race 24th sept 2011

New Fell Race 4.6 miles, 865ft ascent at 11am on 24th September 2011

King John’s Castle Fell Race


The Raven Inn (
Llanarmon yn Ial (Map ref 190562) nr Mold

The course is suitable for all abilities
& marked for the whole distance

£4 entry fee payable on the day

For further details contact
John Linley
01352 771543

Directions: The village sits on the B5431 road, near the junction with the B5430, six miles south of the market town of Mold. In the centre of the village can be found a small, traditional village shop and the Raven Inn public house, the last of the many drovers’ inns that were once found in the village. Llanarmon is 2 miles from the A494, a main north–south trunk route, and 3 miles from the A525 and the A5104 roads.

The Raven Inn
Ffordd Rhiw Ial

Read more:

Druid fell counter results 13th july 2011

The Druid.

A record turnout for Helsby with 19 Helsby vests participating in this Clywydian Wednesday night jaunt, race two in this particular north Wales series and race eight of our club counters.

So how do we look at this race? The blue sky with only the slightest wisp of cloud, the rolling green hills and welsh livestock chewing the cud, the cooling breeze, the people out supporting a wonderful spectacle of human endeavour, the brilliant vista from the top of Foel Fenli…….or do we think of the blood (Albert), the sweat (undoubtedly all of us) and the beers.

It was quite fantastic to see so many of us out enjoying this race (well, maybe after it had finished anyway) and I bet Joe has a sore throat today what with all the cheering he had to do! Thanks also to the support from Bill and to Mario offering his talent and advice.

As Martin mentions in his report, there was lots of competition throughout the race, with two Helsby in the top ten and some awesome category performances. Ian Landucci took home a bird hotel for his garden for 1st place with Jackie also showing her stunning fell form to win 1st lady in her category.

Paul Porter maintains his 100% prize winning streak for each fell race he completes with a spot prize of five pair of socks (what are your lottery numbers Paul? His last fell race win was a pair of shorts. Maybe some Innov8’s next?), Andy Smith had his choice of prizes and plumped for the hat but Robbie loses out on a voucher for some sweets by pipping Vanessa at the post who scooped that particular prize.

Great running also from Colin and Jayne in what were I think their first foray onto the fells. Great stuff

If you want to add any comments about your particular races or thoughts then please take a look at the blog and the forum, link on the right > (still awaiting lots of you to join in!) and add them, it’s always great to hear peoples thoughts after a race.

There was a team photograph taken too so keep an eye on the blog for that one to appear here soon….

Full results and short report from Martin now available on the welsh fell runners site

Helsby positions and places as follows:

7th Adair Broughton 35.34
10th Chris Baynham-Hughes 37.21
25th Ian Landucci 39.27
34th Edward Halliwell 41.36
38th Colin Scarisbrick 42.00
46th Jane Ashbrook 42.49
49th Steve Riley 43.42
53rd Paul Porter 44.01
55th Phil Gillard 44.14
56th Andy Robinson 44.21
63rd Janet Robertson 45.28
65th Albert Berry 45.33
75th Andy Smith 46.36
80th Rachel Arnold 47.44
81st Jayne Joy 47.51
99th Jackie Keasley 49.45
113th Carol Shaw 54.56
122nd Robbie Webster 60.06
123rd Vanessa Griffiths 60.07

Please note the next fell counter is the third race in the North Wales series, the Green Green Grass of Home  is on Wednesday night 27th July 2011 @  7.30pm at Llangynhafal, the Golden Lion Pub (the dark side of Moel Famau) Details will be on the website.

So if you have yet to do a fell race, or fancy trying out the hill legs again please have a think about this one. Will be great to see so many out of for Helsby again.



Moel y Gamelin

I think most who turned up here had done it before, which is curious really because you’d think knowing what was coming up would be a severe disincentive to coming back. Always a tough race with around 2400′ of climbing spread across 5 or more tops and 9.5 miles. The Llantysilio ridge is a real roller-coaster, no sooner is one climb over than you’re straight into a steep descent, and some of us at least found it hard to get into a rhythm.

The day was blessed with very warm weather, as it has been for the last few years, making the added water stops at the two road crossings very welcome. Helsby presences from Adair, Chris BH, Jim, Steve, Phil, Andy S & Jackie, with the usual high quality marshalling and vocal support from Joe. Good to see Robbie out as well doing his own thing earlier in the day, missing the worst of the heat.

13 1.25.58 Adair Broughton
21 1.32.00 Chris Baynham-Hughes
39 1.39.24 Jim O’Hara
56 1.46.00 Steve Riley
81 1.58.06 Phil Gillard
87 2.04.22 Andy Smith
91 2.11.07 Jackie Keasley

Full results over at

Put it in your diary for next year. And if I haven’t sold it you, put the date in anyway for a long weekend away elsewhere, for the guaranteed weather.

Hotfoot up Moel Famau

Last Wednesday saw another outing on this friendly mid-week race, the first of the ‘Clwydian Summer Trots’ series. It goes a little something like this: up, down, up, down, uu-up, doWN. That big up is the horrendous stone gully leading almost to the top of Famau. Really we’ve run up there sufficient times to know better by now. It’s not a fit place to walk, let alone attempt to race. Nevertheless several Helsby vests were out for this great little race.

Some characteristically bonkers prizes from organiser Martin – a water pistol, chocolate, watering can and sleeping mat, amongst the usual beer and wine.

Helsby positions:

8 Adair Broughton Helsby 40.17

17 Jim O’Hara Helsby 43.38

23 Steve Riley Helsby 45.37

29 Jane Ashbrook Helsby 47.13

50 Chris Hatton Helsby 53.05

62 Robbie Webster Helsby 61.11

Jane came away with 2nd female prize and Jim took a spot prize for ‘most creative final descent’. Well done both! Full results from WFRA. and pics from