All the latest news and other good stuff is on the blog: helsbyrunningclub.wordpress.com. Get involved! Join us for a club run every Wednesday, 6:30pm at the Helsby Community Sports Club, or Mondays for a quality session at the High School track (summer) or Castle Park (winter).
Race date is 15 January 2017. Entries open 1 October 2016 via this website. We'd be delighted to have you along for another special, community-organised race, on what we think is one of the best courses around — just challenging enough! Give your new year campaign the kick start needs.
And we're off again. Our other big event of the year — the Sandstone Trail Challenge — goes live for entries 1 December 2016. We're expecting runner's places to go quickly so please be ready. But also PLEASE don't enter on the off chance that you 'might get fit'. It's a big day and a popular event - and everyone that doesn't turn up deprives someone else of a place. Injuries happen, we know that, and we're well setup for transfers and we welcome all serious entrants (and light hearted entrants - you know what we mean!). We're keen as anything for another brilliant event! More here.
A big thanks to all of you who ran, walked, pushed and helped out at the Sport Relief Mile (or six) fundraiser. What a great fun inspirational day it turned out to be!
141 runners completed either a single, three or six mile fun race. There were lots of families running, including some of our club members and children, but more importantly people who wouldn't normally get involved in this kind of thing. Well done all! Age range of runners from 2 to 89! With lots of cheers and encouragement from supporters, marshals along the way with new residents of the Windings looking out from their balconies.
All round the elements were on our side with a spring day of dry sunny weather. The atmosphere and smiles will be remembered, funds raised plus we may have encouraged some young aspirant Helsby Running Club members too!?
There's lots of pictures up at https://goo.gl/photos/9oThZjb2YEK6o4jN7 - and some real crackers there are!
Sport Relief brings the entire nation together to get active, raise cash and change lives. Half of all the money the public raises is spent by Comic Relief right here at home in the UK, with the other half used to make a difference in the world's poorest communities. By taking part in a Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Mile in your local area, you are helping us make a difference to people living unimaginably tough lives.
The 2016 race was a great success — see you again in January 2017!
<< Go here to read the race page and read more >>
Four Villages Race Booklet - mailed with postal packs [PDF, 899KB]
Car parking help [PDF, 78KB]
2016 course map [PDF, 61KB]
Finish area map [PDF, 171KB]
Club site and start area [PDF, 103KB]
Please help us make this the Greenest Half Marathon around! We love running and racing and meeting up with like-minded folk but also recognise we're contributing in our own small way to congestion and emissions. That's why we're teaming up with a car sharing website developed by a runner to save you money and reduce the carbon footprint. Please EVERYONE try out the site (even if you don't expect to car share). It only takes a minute and is completely free to use. As well as saving petrol money, it will ease the parking headaches for us at the race. Nick, who created the site, is keen to hear your feedback.
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The 2016 Challenge will be on Saturday 7 May. All runner places were taken in record time and the waiting list is full. Walker places have also been taken but there are a few spaces on the waiting list. << Go here to read more and enter >>
The 2015 results are now up. There's a Race Director's short report about the event here with a few photos. There are more photos on the web, There are some blogs and photos up on the Delamere Spartans website too. Steve Roberts' blog - he had a hard time of it and didn't finish, but we hope he'll be back for another go next year. Nick Wishart's blog - Nick finished 5th this year. John Kleiser took some photos and a short video as well. More here.
Thanks all for coming! Thanks to all our racers, runners, joggers, supporters and organisers (sorry if you had to wait for your bag at the end!). Thanks for generally sharing a great day with us!
<< 2014 race results >>
Loads of photos of the day up on our flickr site. Don't forget to check Mick Hall's official race photo site too!
You can use these 2014 instructions for general information — there will be some updates for 2015. Entry details.
Download the 2014 race booklet [PDF, 579KB] with updated map for the 2012 minor route change at Dunham-on-the-hill.
Full 2014 parking instructions [PDF, 733KB] with updated map and parking instructions.
For the first time in our 32 year history we had to cancel our January Half Marathon because of treacherous snow and ice conditions. Many of our suppliers were incredibly generous in waiving their fees with just 24 hours notice of the cancellation, for which we thank them. Just as significant though were the individual small acts of kindness of our runners who chose to donate their refunds to charity.
Particular mention to our headline sponsor Essar, for their continued support for the race that never was — great to rely on them in these changing times.
Read more about the massive £20,000 our runners donated and the 'Hospice Half' where we delivered the cheque >>
Pictures from the course of the aborted 2013 race on our flickr site.
Another great success on 11 May 2013 with 187 walker and runners completing the event between 4h51 and 12h3. More on the 2013 Sandstone Trail Challenge event page with links to the results, race report and event pictures.
2012 was another fabulous event. Thank you all for turning out and walking or running the entire Sandstone Challenge. With a great atmosphere out on the trail — and a lovely supportive atmosphere at the finish — we're lucky to have such high quality entrants. You traversed an entire county and travelled the length of a complete OS 1:50,000 sheet!
Last year we had stunning new male and female records from Duncan Harris and Caroline Hall, but of course it's not all about speed, as our happy walkers will attest. We're keen to keep this inclusive for anyone who can complete this challenging distance over the day and we split the entries evenly between runners and walkers. Full results for 2011 and 2012 on the event pages.
Pictures :: Lots of great pictures from the day:
www.flickr.com/photos/78556448@N05 (Larkton Hill)
www.flickr.com/photos/78556448@N05 (Delamere Forest)
Thanks to all our photographers for sharing.
Well that was good, wasn't it? Thanks for everyone's kind comments, looks like many of you enjoyed the day despite the wind! There's a race report over onthe blog here.
Video from Mick Hall. Gobuy a photo if you want to support him!
<< 2012 results >> There's also a great drill-down resource on the Power of Ten, where you can compare performances of club runners.
If enjoyed the run and you're local why not join us in training on Mondays and Wednesdays. We're not all fast!
Our race report is on the blog at http://helsbyrunningclub.wordpress.com. Please add your comments! Half marathon pages here.
Posing for the Chester Chronicle!
Positive PR :: Other good press is coming in at the Chester Chronicle, Northern Running Guide, Run 247, Runners World and others. More at Rhyl Journal, Liverpool Echo, RunBritain.com, Ellesmere Port Pioneer, Halifax Evening Courier, This is Staffordshire. Lee Riley's remarkable world record running with the 40lb pack is covered in the Crewe Chronicle. Personal stories at Cumbrian Runner, Furious Cycling, Beginner Triathlete and a great insight to life at the front of the pack from 3rd place Dave Norman. Let us know your own stories...
<< 2011 results >>
Photos :: As well as the official Mick Hall photos, photographerSteve Angus was on hand snapping away ...immediately after a Top 100 finish. Nice one! Watch those two sites for photos as they appear and we'll let you know if we hear of any others. Mick Charman also has a nice collection on Flickr.
After the uncertainty of the bad weather, this turned out to be another great day for running. If you enjoyed the race, have you thought about joining Helsby Running Club? We're open for all abilities. Race pictures: Mick Hall's 2010 event photos are here. Faster folk on the earlier pages, slower later. 2010 race results
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