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The Fancy Dress run

A cold and crisp day saw an assorted turnout for what has now become a well established event in the Helm calendar. This year Chris Schofield took us on a route not dissimilar to the KMF trail run over the scars with obligatory stops for drinks, eventually winding up at the 'Rifleman's'. Despite it being a tight race (too tight in some cases) Paddington (aka Anna Stevens) was adjudged the winner.

Helm Hill Presentation Night

It was great to see so many members at the Presentation Night on Friday. For those who weren't able to make it here's where the awards went!

Helm Hill Runner of the Year - Mike Ainsworth
Male Athlete of the Year - Josh Jardine
Female Athlete of the Year - Imogen Burrow
Most Improved Senior - May Song-Crawford
Coach of the Year - Kate Simpson 
Crag Rat - Carrie Gibson 
Team Of the Year - Women's Open English Champions Sharon Taylor, Hannah Russell, Bianca Dyer, Catherine Niblock, Lucy Spain, Imogen Burrow. 
Most Improved Junior - Joe Clayton
Ken Shuttleworth Trophy - Erin Bagge 
Junior Whippets - Abigail Conner, Elise Tallon, Freya Richards, Becky Dyer, Evan Allan, Jonah Hughes.
Special Star Award - Freddie Crawford 

We also recognised the Senior and Junior Club Championship winners, the Men's V40 team who completed the Billy Bland Challenge in a record time (with support from Karl!), our dedicated Committee members, our brilliant Coaches, Adam Perry who was made Crag Rat Captain, Billy P, our multiple V60 Champion and Ben Procter, the downhill champion. Last but not least Lizzie Adams who picked up the coveted 'I've Recced It' Award.

Phew.......what a night! Thanks to everyone who helped put together a fantastic event.

What will 2018 have in store.....??

Tim

KMF trail race Sale and RunnersvCyclists

Great weather, a great turnout and a great event that was Kendal Mountain festival trail race. Mike Ainsworth came in for us in 5th place, with Hannah R 3rd lady and 1st u23. Billy Procter continued his super year with another win in the v60 and Rick Stuart had a fine run for 1st v50. Ben Procter, Andy Horrobin, Bianca and Jacob Dyer were amongst many excellent Helm performances. Results are here and pictures here.

Meanwhile Robb Jebb took to two wheels to win the Runners v Cyclists event and Lee Procter secured his first (of many) senior fell race victory at Sale fell race.

British Fell Relays - Llanberis

A fantastic weekend was had by 54 Helm runners across all team categories. 3 men's open, 2 ladies' open, men's and ladies' v40, men's v50 and mixed. Great food at a classy bunkhouse for 40 and it even stayed dry. You'll have to analyse the results for many great performances. The ladies' v40 came second, with the men's open leading us home in 10th place. 3 contenders for runs of the day...Tom Addison in 2nd on leg 4? or Shane and Jim Mann's 4th on the nav leg? or Chairman Tim hanging in with President Billy in the v50s?

English Championship and the Hodgson Brothers' Relay

Two busy weekends racing have passed and we are now definitely at the sharp end of the season. Great Whernside fell race was a 4ml out and back and the final championship counter that saw many teams out to make a bid for last minute medals. A great effort from Helm whose final team positions are we think... Ladies open silver, v40 bronze, male open tied silver, v40 silver and v50 sadly pushed out into 4th spot. A fantastic achievement for the club and everyone involved and testament to all the hard work people have put in this year. Our chief and inspiration Billy Procter secured the v60 gold, meaning he has a triple of English British and BOFRA golds this year. A remarkable season. Josh Jardine has already secured the British u23 championship, and Hannah Russell flew down the fell to secure the English u23 gold.

Everybody's favourite the Hodgson Brothers Relay was a shortened course this year due to very poor conditions, and despite the usual last minute injuries Helm's teams put in their best ever showing. The men's open team ran in 4th the v40 and ladies team both secured silver medals.

 

Lakeland Country Fair, Sedbergh Hills, Weasdale Horseshoe, Shipman Knotts and the Brecon Beacons

A busy few days with good turnouts to all these races. Rob Jebb wins at Lakeland country fair, Carrie Gibson wins at Weasdale and secures the Howgill trophy to boot. Also impressive, was Adam Perry backing up Weasdale and Sedbergh and coming second and third respectively, with Mike Ainsworth having a fine run for 2nd. Sedbergh also saw Tim Cowin 5th  (1st v40) and Jo Wilcox and Kath Aubrey 1st and 2nd v50. Starting to trouble the podium is the returning Lee Procter with 3rd at Lakeland Country fair and then 4th at Shipman knotts and now I hear 3rd at Dufton.

A large turnout for Russ’ Shipman Knotts race with Tim C coming 2nd and Shane Ohly 3rd. Hannah R winning for the ladies and with Bianca Dyer and Jennifer Hutchinson made it a 123. Meanwhile down in Wales an amazing effort saw Fiona Marley Paterson win the Brecon Beacons Ultra...

 

Maesgwm Muddle and Steel Fell

Wednesday evening at Steel fell showed the Lake district off to its finest and Helm were well represented in this low key classic. Jenny Rice came in 2nd for Helm and Tim Cowin likewise for the men.  A few of us rested up for Saturday's Maesgwm Muddle final British Champs counter in north Wales and the 'funbus' left at 6.30 in the morning to make the early race start at 11.00.  Thick clag made for a challenging event and Tom Addison came in a creditable 7th for us with the men's open team of Adam Perry, Josh Jardine, Mike Ainsworth and Shane Ohly all in the top 30 for a great team result. Catherine Niblock led the ladies home and both the ladies and men's v40 teams look to have scored well.

World Champs, Borrowdale, Osmotherby Show, Newtonmoor Highland Games and Breca Swimrun

It's hard to know which is the bigger story in this week's write-up so in vague chronological order, firstly well done to Chris Richards running for GB this past week in Italy in the World Championships no less, and coming in in an amazing 16th on a course not dissimilar to the gradients of the steeper KWL. Also that weekend we had several Helm pairs taking the plunge in the Breca Swimrun, obviously inspired by Jenny Rice and Claire Wilson's write up in the newsletter (they were 2nd this time out) Lee Procter and Bruce Duncan came a creditable 8th in the sprint course and Rick Stuart and Garry Beardwood 12th in the long course. 

Borrowdale is for many the perfect fell race and being on this year's club championship we had a good Helm turnout, and new recruit Rob Jebb led us home in 2nd with Tim Cowin, Paul Aitken Tom Addison and Jack Simpson also having good runs. Lucy Spain and Maire Robson had great runs for 11th and 17th respectively. Results. Not quite as far as Italy but Nigel Wood strayed out of the county to win Osmotherby Show, and at Newtonmoor Highland Games Paul Reilly sprinted in for 7th.

 


Kentmere and Blisco

Success in the past few days, firstly on Sunday where we had 30 runners in the local classic of Kentmere Horseshoe. Josh Jardine led from the off, winning the race and leading home the Helm contingent with, Keiran Hodgson 8th (1st v40) Adam Perry (12th) and Andrew Horrobin (27th) also took the mens team prize. The ladies also took the team prize with Hannah Russell 3rd, Catherine Niblock and Bianca Dyer. Results.

Wednesday saw the evening race of Pike O Blisco only just allowed to go ahead due to lightning and stormy weather only subsiding 10 minutes before the start. Adam Perry was first back for Helm in 5th closely followed by Tim Cowin. Hannah R was 1st lady and Lucy Spain 3rd, Ben Kent 1st u18 and Rick Stuart 1st v50. All won varying amounts of cheap mexican lager and Rick took home a large slate obelisk.

Lakes Sky Ultra

Hot news is that Cat Slater has won the 56km ultra marathon around the central lakes. Well done, what an amazing effort.

Snowdon Mountain race

Helm were well represented in the international mountain race, with Sharon Taylor representing England, and joined by Ben Procter, Paul Reilly Craig Burrow and Marie and John Robson. Results

Ingleborough

Well done to Kath Aubrey coming into some form as 2nd Lady at Ingleborough and James Baron 3rd MV40, backed up by Lizzie Adams, Vicky Atkinson and Chloe Alina.

 

A wow w/e! Alva, EU champs, Scottish 24hr record and Wasdale

Big, big news from Scotland! Massive congratulations to Jim Mann who's just broken the 27 yr-old Munros 24 hr record by completing 30 Munros in ~22 hours.  Well done Jim! On the same day in rather hotter conditions Chris Richards came a great 15th in a quality field of junior men at the European Mountain Running Champs. Meanwhile a large turnout at the 21 mile gruelling English champs race at Wasdale secured MV40 1st, Men open 3rd, MV50 4th, Women Open 4th, Women V40 2nd.  Josh Jardine led us home in 11th followed by Keiran in 16th and 3rd v40. So great to have a team in every category, well done to all!! In another part of Scotland Ben P and Kath Aubrey both came 3rd in the hotly contested, short blast at the Alva Games Bofra race. And it's only Sunday lunchtime so still time for more to happen!

Castle Carr English champs entries open!

Sun 3rd Sept, Hebden Bridge. Enter on Sientries. Get yours in fast! We're doing well but need to keep the momentum up for the final races. FRA race info

Club champs - Skiddaw

A large senior turnout saw Chris Richards succeeded in leading the field up Skiddaw in almost as many weeks at the recent club champs race. However, resulting club positions were thrown into confusion as Chris pre-planned to save his legs for the European champs next weekend and finished at the summit, apparently gifting top club points to next Helm counter Adam Perry. But wait! Adam was on Inov8 team duty so a stewards enquiry awaits. 

England call-up!

Huge Congratulations to Sharon Taylor, selected to run for England again at Snowdon (last time in 2003) - amazing achievement!

British Mountain Running Trial - Skiddaw

Well done Chris Richards on winning the uphill trial and being selected for the British junior men's team and he will be joined by Imogen Burrow for the junior women...

Weets - English Championship rnd 2

A day of mixed weather greeted the respective competitors to the men's and women's races down in Barnoldswick. First up the women ran in scorching sunshine and then the men in a torrential downpour with thunder and lightning.  Overall we had a some strong team performances, firstly Sharon Taylor (5th) Hannah Russell (8th) and Bianca Dyer (24th) led the ladies to 2nd team and 1st u23 for Hannah. The ladies v40 also did well with Bianca, Kath Aubrey and Ali Richards counting.  In the men all the teams faired well and we now lie 2nd in the team championship. Tom A led us home in 11th, with Mark A in 14th and packing well in support were Adam Perry (32) Tim Cowin (43) and Ben Procter (44). Tim, Rick and Keiran counted for the v40s and after a flyer from John Cooper the v50 have also moved up the table to 4th supported by Rick and Shaun Addison. Men's results. Women's results. Team standings. Let's get everyone to Tebay...

Hutton Roof and Jura

Whilst many were off either to Jura or Weets, a good local showing for Helm at Hutton roof fair. First home for Helm was Kirk Wadsworth in 7th and good runs from Craig Burrow and Paul McFarlane ensured 2nd mens team, and not to be outdone the women also were 2nd team thanks to Keeley Smith, Tessa Hagendoorn and Jenny Wroe. Awaiting results from Jura, but rumour has it we were well represented by Mick Hoffe 1st v60, and Lucy Spain, Catherine Niblock and Carrie Gibson.

A Big Catchup

So much has happened in the past couple of weeks it is a bit of a challenge to keep up with the performances of so many in the club. Back in mid-April saw Adam Perry organise the first Howgill fell race - a gruelling tour of the popular training ground. Many from the club came out to marshall and also complete in an event that was won in some style by Rob Jebb. Adam had also shown he was coming into some form by coming 2nd in the Teenage with Altitude race, and little did we know that he was also planning another attempt at the Lakes 24hr record this weekend. Adam was targeting 78 peaks to be completed in 24hrs, and after the 90miles just missed out. This was a remarkable attempt, especially considering the weather conditions, and left those both supporting him and watching the 'tracker' in the small hours lost for words. One day....

Meanwhile another runner displaying fine form is Chris Richards who won Saturday's Whernside uphill race taking some notable scalps on the way, and building on a fine 2nd at Rivington pike a fortnight ago, although his best prize was a goblet for winning Moel Wnion the week before.

The 2nd British championship at Stuc a Chroin saw a strong Helm contingent, and the men came away with the team prize with Josh Jardine in 7th Tom Addison 8th Adam Perry 17th and Mike Ainsworth 19th. Hannah Russell took first u23 and Billy first v60. Also on a distance theme we had Andrew Horrobin coming home 4th in the 53 mile Highland Fling, with Catherine Slater and Emma Dent also completing this 'Ultra'.

The Three Peaks Race also took place with the Helm ladies coming away with the team prize through Sharon Taylor (5th), Fiona Marley-Patterson, and the improving Rowan Ranner.

KWL Arant Haw race was won by Tim Cowin and Hannah Russell and brought the series to a close. Josh Jardine won the men's league and Hannah R the ladies, Ali Richards was fv40 winner with Bianca Dyer a close 2nd. Imogen B was 2nd under 23 and Helm also had Sam Mason and Jacob Aubrey in 2nd and 3rd u21.

 

 

Ken Shuttleworth

It is with great sadness that I have to tell you that Ken Shuttleworth died peacefully at home this morning. Ken was Life President and one of the founder members of the club, organising the Winter League for many years. It was his time as a milk tanker driver and delivery driver for Builders Supply that gave him an intimate knowledge of some of the more obscure parts of the county, asking farmers and landowners on his rounds if they wouldn't mind holding a fell race on their land. I will always be grateful to Ken for making the club so welcoming as I might not have discovered fell running without him, and certainly wouldn't have met and married Jennifer. He was always quietly proud of the club he'd helped to create, and always kept up with the club's results even after his active involvement. The club's focus on juniors wouldn't have been the same without his influence and we all owe him a great deal of thanks. His funeral is pencilled in for a week on Monday (the 15th of May) at the Parish Church at 10:30, which I'll confirm next week.

Alistair Dunn

Slieve Donard - British Championship Rnd 1

News in from Ireland; Tom Addison wins the first race of the British championship and another stunning run from Josh Jardine in 3rd, and the evergreen Billy Procter takes 1st v60. More to follow but here are the results and some pictures on the BARF Facebook page.

New Dungeon Gill race

This short sharp race straight up and down Harrison Stickle, has varied in its route over the years with the direct line up and down the hazardous crags now discouraged. Nonetheless a really good turnout for Helm, with a number of prizes won; Josh Jardine was edged out into second by Carl Bell of Keswick, but came away with 1st u23. Tim Cowin was 2nd v40 in 5th overall with Keiran H 8th and Paul Reilly 16th helping us to the team prize. Good runs also from Ben Kent 3rd u23 and Jim Andrews 3rd v50. Results.

Long Mynd Valleys - English Championship round 1

Shropshire is apparently the inspiration for JRR Tolkien's 'Shire', and on a warm spring day, standing on the start line for this year's English championship opener, it was easy to see why. With a race profile that looked distinctly like it had come straight out of Billy's imagination, many of us felt daunted and strangely reassured at the same time. Tom A won here in 2014 and so it was to be again as he paced his race perfectly to out-descend his rivals on the final run in. If Tom's wasn't run of the day then it had to be Josh Jardine, who made many sit up an take note as he ran in 6th and 1st u23 in his first champs race.   Helm had taken a strong team across all the categories and hopefully we will be well placed when the team results appear. The men's open team look to be placed second with Mark A, Mike A, and Adam P, coming in next for Helm.  Sharon Taylor was first lady home for Helm in 7th with Hannah Russell continued her fine form to come in 10th and 1st u23, and of course Billy enjoyed this route to win the v60 category. Too many other great runs to list here so you'll have to check out the results

KWL Longsleddle

This was the first time this race had been held, and with such varied terrain and a beautiful setting hopefully it is destined to become a regular fixture.  Tom A (1) and Josh J (2) and Hannah R (1) warmed up nicely for the champs race at Long Mynd. Results

 

Runners in the Mist

Another opaque Black Combe race for the runners meant navigation skills were needed, add to that some mud wrestling in the start and finish fields and you have the recipe for a great race.  23 Helm Hill runners put on the vest for this Club Championship race. Ben Proctor was the highest Helm finisher in 8th, Hannah Russell continued her great form with 2nd female. Full results on fellrunner.org.uk

A tough weekend -High Peak Marathon and Cautley KWL

42 miles around the Peak District' boggy and wet hills, in winter, setting off at 11pm at night?! Are you mad?!   Clearly Helm Hill Runners' Adam Perry, Shane Ohly and Garry Beardwood are.   Major congratulations to Adam and Shane who, partnred in their team of 4 by Jim Mann and Nick Barber, WON in just under 8.5hrs.  Congrats also to Garry's team who finished in a creditable 10th position. 

Sunday's Cautley KWL saw Helm's Josh Jardine continue his winning streak to romp up and down the brutal slopes of Gt Dummock in an impressive first place with Hannah Russel equally impressive run for first woman and Jacob Aubrey leading the U21's coming home in 4th overall. The lost property collection also grew impressively this week. 

 

A busy weekend - High Cup Nick - Sedbergh KWL and Badger Blast

There were some great performances over the weekend and first up was the club championship counter at High Cup Nick. Tom A continued his good form with a win and was backed up for the team prize through Adam Perry (6th), Josh Jardine (7th) and Tim Cowin (15th) and 3rd v40.  Rick Stuart had a fine run to take 1st v50 after 'lying around ill' for months.

Sunday saw Mark Addison come 2nd at the Badger Bar blast, (same time as the winner?) and Sedbergh KWL delivered it's usual less than expensive mud experience, with Mike Ainsworth quickest to the shower, followed in second by Tim Cowin. Hannah Russell took the ladies honours, with Imogen Burrow in 3rd. Bianca Dyer and Ali Richards continued their battle for LV40 and this time it was Bianca.

A special belated well done to Josh Jardine who last week dominated the KWL Cunswick race.

Carnethy

Once upon a time winning the claymore at Carnethy seemed unattainable, but now we have done it twice in three years.  This year two minibus' of Helm runners made the trip north more in hope than expectation, being fully aware of the quality of runners that we would meet on the start line. 'Run of the day' would have to go to.....err....everybody who got around the course in what can only be described as arctic conditions with the organisers confirming 40 - 50 mph winds and a windchill of -20C.  Such is the strength in depth of Helm we won both the men's and ladies' team prizes which includes of course the claymore - can anyone think of a better trophy?  The men's quartet consisted of Tom A (2nd) Mark A(7th) Josh Jardine (13th) and Adam Perry (14th), and the ladies were led by a stunning run from Hannah R who won the race outright with Sharon T(4th) and Catherine N.  Both teams were ably supported by many who helped by pushing the counters of other teams further down - truly a team effort.  Special thanks to Carnethy RC for the day, who had so many marshals out in such conditions allowing the race to go ahead.

See here for a report and results.

Birkrigg

Well done to Mike Ainsworth who took the honours at Birkrigg in the KWL, leading home Luke Bowen and Jon Rylance of Ambleside, and in the ladies Nina Walkingshaw of Howgill held off Imogen B and Carol Evans (Settle). Results

 

KWL 2017 off to a flyer

After all the organisation over the winter months, not even the most optimistic of us would have foreseen the popularity of the first two races; with both Scout Scar and Giggleswick attracting over 200 senior runners. Garry Greenhow, Sam Watson, and Charlie Lowther took the first 3 places on the scar with Kieran H coming 4th (1st v40) and 1st Helm. Hannah R led us home for the ladies with Catherine Slater coming in 2nd in her 1st race for Helm, with Ali Richards 1st v40. Results.

Giggleswick race saw Alistair Russell (Kendal) hold off Adam Perry for Helm and Mark McGoldrick (Wharfedale) edge ahead of Kieran H again 1st v40. The ladies saw Bingley's Victoria Wilkinson come in 1st with Imogen Burrow for Helm 2nd lady and 1st u23. A fine run from Bianca Dyer took the LV40 for Helm. Results.

Great pictures by Andy Holden of Stuart Allen and Ali Richards.

Tour of Helvellyn and Helvellyn 10k

Well done to the Helm runners in both these events Andy Horrobin came a superb 2nd overall and 1st v40 in this endurance event with Stuart Allan, Emma Jennings, Emma Dent and Sharon Hutchinson also competing. Results.

Also Sharon Taylor kept up the pace in the 10k race around Thirlmere coming in 1st followed by Jonny Marchant, Gill Ramsey and Lyndsay Harrod.

Fancy Dress run

The rain held off this year and Allsorts assembled at the Rifleman's for the run that startles walkers out on Cunswick scar.  The winners this year were Paul and Sarah Senior's Smurfs who just shaded it (in blue) from Jonny's wee willy Winkie and Paul and Jenny's where's Wallys. Thanks to Ali and Rick for organising especially the 'refreshments' at Cunswick hall to aid the return ascent of Gamblesmire lane. Photos and videos on Twitter. Pic by Duncan Richards.

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