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).
By overwhelming popular demand we remain in January! One less reason to go mad with the mince pies over Christmas. Race date is 17 January 2016, 10:30am start. We're making some significant changes this year to try and avoid being jinxed by the weather and appreciate your continued support. Entries open 1 October via this site. We'll put a link up nearer the time. Onwards!
A big thank you to everyone who opted to donate their refund from the 2015 Essar Four Villages Half Marathon to our charity partners.
We're delighted to announce we've been able to donate over £25,000 to local groups involved in the race and our two local hospices, Halton Haven Hospice in Runcorn and the Hospice of the Good Shepherd in Chester. We've already had fantastic feedback on the difference this money will make to these organisations. So a big thank you again.
We're now planning for 2016 and are making some changes to try to ensure the weather doesn't beat us again. As you may remember, we asked all 2015 entrants if it should be moved to later in the year. Around 1,500 entrants responded and over 70% wanted it to remain in January.
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The 2015 results are now up. The lost property is listed in the results too. I've written a short report about the event with a few photos in it. There are more photos on the web, and we'll add the rest soon. 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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