Seniors' News (2020)

Racing is back

Finally, we have returned to the fells in competitive mode. Well done to Sharon Taylor for 2nd at the Burnsall half trail marathon, with Rob Jebb 4th and Greg Munsch 29th. We also saw the start of the Kong series at Clough Head with a great run by Hannah Russell to come in 3rd and leading the ladies to the team prize with Rebecca Wilson and Vicky Atkinson. Ross Bibby first back for Helm men closely followed by Will Laye and Rory Addison. Results. And what is traditionally seen as the season opener Loughrigg took place on Wednesday night, and in what has become a small tradition with the juniors showing the seniors the way. Well done Dylan Cater a fine run to be first back for Helm, and Hannah Keenan first back for the ladies in her first race.

Return to Training

After what seems like an age, we can return to training as of the 31st March. Initially we are planning a similar format to last time and there will be further details shortly, in the meantime see here


Memberships will be due from the 1st April and as in previous years we will have an 'early bird' offer for 1 month. We would also like to encourage members to sign up for the direct debit which means you will never miss the discount rate and it also makes the life of our long suffering membership secretary easier. Apart from all the obvious benefits, bear in mind it is important to join for the purposes of insurance at races training etc.....

Amazing long distance challenge reprise...

Great account here of Shane's amazing BG (just prior to lockdown)....


Each week from now until the end of March(ish!) we plan to hold a different club’s what you’ve been waiting for it’s... 

(NOT) THE KENDAL WINTER LEAGUE but it is exciting - Further detail here

And now Challenge 3 is here...

Result to be posted in the results pane left.


Wansfell uphill time trial

It made a pleasant change to pin a number on for a race - in what seemed to most like an age. The course was simple straight up Wansfell - along the identical route we normally associate with the post-Christmas blast, but this time with no descent. Duncan Richards had organised the event as a precursor to next year's Ambleside Mountain Cup that like everything else fell foul of Covid this year, and as a result the field was 'stacked' with elite runners eager to race. Helm had a number on the staggered 'start line', and Chris Richards cruised up to second behind Keswick's Jacob Adkin, Rob Jebb was 1st v40 and 3rd overall, Phiiiip Rutter, new to Helm, was an impressive 8th. Sharon Taylor was 1st back for Helm and was 1st v40. Results

The amazing lockdown challenges continue

Apologies for the delay in posting about these; firstly three weeks back Alex Staniforth completed the National Three Peaks – climbing Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon, and running the entire distance between them. This 452 mile journey took 9 days 12 hours 51 mins, and the Alex's incredible effort raised over £10,000 for the Mind over Mountains charity. More info on this can be found on his blog

There next up we had Howard Dracup, at a loose end due to race cancellations, decided to have a go at the Steve Parr roundThe Steve Parr Round is 61 Lakeland Summits, about 116 miles, about 42,550 feet of ascent! Howard set a new record of 42hours 37minutes and 15 seconds! A record which had stood since 1984.

The same weekend Chloe Lumsden successfully completed her much anticipated Bob Graham round in a swift 21:59. A great day out in spectacular conditions. 


Well done Kelli Roberts who achieved the fastest known time over the scary Cullin Ridge on the account here. Kelli has not been alone in taking on some big challenges in recent weeks. First up was Sarah Gerrish who also achieved the FKT for the 50 mile Bay Limestone round, a spectacular route that seems destined to become popular over the coming years. Meanwhile well done to Joe Kenny scampered around the Bob Graham in speedy sub 18hrs, and this was followed by another Bay Limestone round, also in the blistering heat by Cat Slater and Jenny Race, with Cat making the distance to Arnside.

And finally racing has commenced again - of a sort, with the Lowther Trail race, Robert Mortimer was first back for Helm in 57th, followed by Dave White, Kath Aubrey, Vicky Atkinson and May Crawford. Well done all.

Captains' challenge round two is here, can Sharon exact revenge after round 1?

We're back racing! Well virtually

Over 30 of us signed up to race, where you pick your own route of a minimum of 4mls and 500ft of climb, run it between the first 3 days of the month and submit evidence of your exploits, such as a strata or garmin trace, to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Organised by David Griffin the results of the first race are in with Pete Harrison setting a blistering 22.40, and Sharon Taylor 28.35. The race will be repeated next month and points awarded if you beat your time over your course. If you still wish to give it a go - or missed out as you didn't get the distance/height you can still enter July's event. Anyone over 14 from the club can have a go - Cyrus Cropper leading after the first race. Details here The Crunch (Virtual race).


HelmHill Spring 2020 Lockdown Newsletter! 

It's Up - see latest news for link

Silverdale Circuit

Reports just coming in that David Griffin won the 17ml Silverdale Circuit and he was also 1st v60!

Carnethy 5 - Claymore retained

What a race.  It is difficult to explain the appeal of this event at times, after all it's a long drive for a short race and the weather is usually grim. However as an early season measure, the coolest prize in fell running, and the now long tradition the club has of making the trip, means the day never disappoints. 2020 was no different with storm Dennis gathering strength throughout the day, the knowledge that it would probably go ahead (after all 2016 was a blizzard), all adding to the apprehension and excitement. After the initial climb to Scald Law we were in the full blast of the storm making our way to the turn at West Kip and at times it seemed faster progress could be made on all fours. The ladies of course were defending their title and with an amazing run Hannah came home first, Sharon second and Kelli fourth. The men managed second team with Rob 8th Mike A 10th, Adam P, and Josh J. Rob was 2nd v40, Sharon 1st v40 and Bianca 3rd v40. Results. Thanks to CarnethyHRC and their marshals whose ability to stand upright is remarkable.

KWL update and Stybarrow Dodd

4 races into this year's Kendal Winter League and the opening races have been dominated by Lancaster and Morecambe's Matthew Knowles and Ambleside's Chloe Rylance - latest standings are here. Stybarrow Dodd race saw a close battle between Hannah Russell and Sharon Taylor over a shortened course due to the weather, with Hannah using her descending skills to take the honours. Results. Photos from granddayoutphotography here.


Nine Standards

A determined Helm contingent made the trip to Kirkby Stephen for this New Year's day blast. It's an 8 mile out and back course consisting road slippery tracks and bog, depending on how frozen/wet it has been over the Christmas period. For once the cloud was above the fell and it wasn't raining, allowing some of us to take in the spectacular scenery of these parts, which is not always the case in this event. Mike Ainsworth was first back for Helm in 4th and along with Kieran Hodgson and Jack Simpson took the team prize. Not to be outdone, Bianca Dyer, Jo Rycroft and Charlotte Milligan took the ladies team. David Griffin was 1st v60 and Bianca 1st v40. Results.


The traditional season finale and post-christmas blast took place on a rather damp and murky Wansfell Pike. The two mile up and down blast, is a good opportunity for any of our over 14 runners to put the seniors in their place and many duly did. Mark Addison was an excellent 3rd, and along with Adam P and Will Acland were the only seniors to avoid the attentions of the juniors; Martin Askew and Henry Hunter leading the charge. Kelli Roberts despite being under the weather still came in 2nd for the ladies. Billy was 1st v60 and Lorna A 1st FV50. Results.

Tour de Helvellyn and Helvellyn 10K

Well done to Adam Perry for winning the staggering 37 mile Tour de Helvellyn, and to Paul Aitken on a fantastic 4th. Sara Gerrish also ran an impressive race to finish 16th. Meanwhile those that like the flat stuff (occasionally) were out in force at the Helvellyn 10k; great running by Pete Harrison (3rd) Pete German and John Robson.

Fancy Dress Run and the Langdale Christmas pudding 10k

A fantastic run out for both seniors and juniors ahead of the presentation at the Castle Green hotel. Meanwhile Pete Harrison won the pudding and the Brathay 10k christmas race. Great turnout for Helm with Kath Aubrey 1st v50 and Pete German also having a great run. Results


Autumn Newsletter Available

The bumper 56-page Autumn/Winter edition is here. You can read about our British & English champions, many long adventures on the fells (some involving ropes), short racing shorts, tales of rivalry, Johnny Grisedale's gt-gt-grandad, getting lost in Wales and more including the usual incompetence on and off the fells. 

Grisedale Horseshoe and Ilam Fell race - the final counters for the English championship

It is hard to believe that the championship season is now over, and 2019 again proved a success for Helm. Grisedale Horseshoe is a tough race and the club had many runners on the start line for the 5000ft packed into about 10 miles. Kelli Roberts came home 1st to round off a brilliant year and retain her title, as did Hannah Russell in the u23, Sharon Taylor finished third in the table and Bianca Dyer 3rd v40. Rob Jebb maintained his consistent good form to come home 4th at Grisedale and was supported well by Josh Jardine Mike A, Pete Rigby, Adam Perry and Keiran H. Billy Procter was 1st v60. 

As a result many of the team placings were still up in the air as we headed for Ilam in the peak district. Only 4 miles and not a cross-country as some had thought, the course contained several steep climbs and slippery descents - not unlike our beloved Helm in fact. Not for the first time Sharon took the honours for the ladies, with Bianca and Marie, helping to secure the open and v40 English titles. Rob came in 1st for Helm in 10th with Mike A, Adam Paul Reilly and Tom Tipping making up the open team. This means we have Gold in the women's open and v40 and Bronze in the men's open and v40, only missing a medal by 1pt in the men's v50. A fantastic team effort for all who ran. Confirmed also was Rob Jebb's Bronze in the open and Gold in the  v40 and Billy Procter's Gold in the v60.

Gt Whernside and and a Bob Graham

Well done to Tom Addison and Jack Simpson representing Helm at Gt Whernside with Tom coming 2nd. Now we have all recovered from the dot watching, well done to Jenny Rice on her Bob Graham round completed with 20 seconds to spare!

Peaks Skyline

Well done to Emma J and Laurie K, both on the podium in 3rd at the 29 mile Peaks Skyline.

Creag Dhubh - final British Championship counter

Well done to all those who made the long trip north for the short and sweet final race of the 2019 British Championship. Kelli Roberts won the ladies race to retain her title and was supported by counters Sharon and Hannah to help the ladies to also retain the team title. Josh Jardine was first back for Helm and we think the men's open team secured second place this year (to be confirmed). Also great running has meant, Rob J (Gold in the Men’s V40], Hannah R (Gold in the u23) and Billy P (Gold in the a single point!). Special mentions also to Sharon T (silver in the Women’s Open), Bianca D (Bronze in the Women’s V40) and Georgia S (Bronze in the U 23). Some great top 10 performances as well from Josh J, James B and Carrie G. Well done to all those who travelled, raced, gave it death, and generally did the green vest proud. Results.

Round Up

A lot has happened over recent weeks, in particular the British and English Championships at Blackfell, and The Great Lakes Race. A strong turnout in the Great Lakes saw Kelli Roberts maintain the top spot taking an amazing 20mins off the previous record, Sharon Taylor and Janie Oates took the team prize. Rob Jebb was first back for the men in 5th with Josh Jardine in 6th with great runs from Joe Kenny, Mike Ainsworth and Pete Rigby close behind. Blackfell was also taken by Kelli with Sharon Taylor and Hannah Russell counting for the ladies. Rob again was first back for the men with Adam Perry, Mike A, Kieran H, and Tom Tipping for the men. Champs positions here.

Not for the first time this year Rob and Sharon made a family double, this time at a gruelling hot Wasdale. Well done to Joe Kenny winning the Endmoor 10k!

Mourne Highline, The Yorkshire 3 Peaks, Newlands and TWA

The British championship began in Northern Ireland over the same linear course as last year. It's always an eagerly anticipated weekend for Helm runners and we were well represented on the start line and in O'Hare's such is the evening tradition.  Despite the race being re-routed due to Storm Hannah and driving wind and rain, we made a great start to this years competition. Kelli won for the ladies and Sharon and Hannah had fine runs to take the ladies team - supported by Jo Rycoft, Bianca D, and Fi Paterson. For the men, Josh J came in 3rd, Rob 9th (1st v40), Mark A 15th, Mike A 17th, and Ben P 36th for a great team effort. Hannah and Josh took the u23 titles and Billy P 1st v60.  Results.  

Meanwhile the classic Y3P was taking place, and Jo Kenny had a great run for 18th place, and Chloe Lumsden first back of the Helm ladies - many Helm battled it out across the gruelling course. Results. The previous weekend saw the Newlands Memorial race,formerly 'Anniversary Waltz' and TWA races. Rob Sharon Millie and Isla made it a Jebb/Taylor clean sweep winning all their races! Results to follow

Spring Newsletter:

Contributions needed please - deadline end of April. All contributions welcome, any length - here's some ideas: Favourite Races, club champs races, KWL experiences, My First Fell Race kind of things or just what you love about fellrunning. Checkout the old newsletters for ideas. Please let me know if you plan to send something. Send to the newsletter address at the bottom.Thanks, Rick.

Howgill Fell Race 

The big day finally arrived, not only was this the 2nd round of the English championship but it was the first time we had hosted a championship race. First mention must go to Adam Perry for the 'vision' of the route and then to all the Helm marshals and helpers who made it happen. Despite all the recceing in cold misty conditions the Howgills surprised us with what felt like the warmest (and longest) day of the year with spectacular sunshine. Rob Jebb had a super run in the conditions to come in second, narrowly pipped at the last by Keswick's Carl Bell. Also counting for the Helm team were Mike A, Adam, Keiran and Paul A. Sharon Taylor had a fine run to finish 3rd helping the ladies to first team with Kelli (4th) and Hannah (13th). Final mention to Katie Mackay (34th) and Joel Jameson (50th) who both had great runs in their first outings in the Helm vest. Howgill Fell Race results.

Coledale Horseshoe and Dungeon Ghyll

Well done to the select Helm contingent who ventured north to this classic horseshoe race, Matthew Clark was first back for Helm and Sarah Gerrish was first back for the ladies. Results.

Also well done to Mhairi Helm, 3rd lady at the Dungeon Ghyll race.

Causey Pike, Carrock Fell, Helm Hill and Edale skyline, and Coniston 14

The past couple of weekends have seen a number of races taking place, with a few runners taking on a double header. The Up and Down of Causey Pike attracted a good turnout from Helm with Josh Jardine 4th overall and 1st u23, and Tim Cowin 2nd v40. Georgia Stevens was 1st FU23 and 4th overall. Results. Next up was Carrock Fell, a club championship race that saw Rob Jebb pipped into 2nd and Josh Jardine 3rd. Well done to Sharon Taylor who was 1st back. Results. The penultimate counter in the KWL was on the Helm with Robert Askew having a fine run for 3rd and Bianca Dyer and Emma Johnston making a 1,2. Putting in the miles on the black stuff well done to Cat Slater coming in 9th at the Coniston 14, resultsand a good run from Ali Richards both at Coniston and the previous weekend on the Edale Skyline.

Stretton Hills - English championship rnd 1

The season of 2019 is now officially underway as a large Helm team ventured to darkest Shropshire for this 5.9 mile race. The course consisted of 2 short sharp climbs followed by some fast flat running and a sting in the tail. There was plenty of route choice, which was much discussed before and after the event. Rob was first back for Helm in 16th, 3rd v40 and Hannah was first u23 and Billy 1st v60. The men's team packed well after Rob with Mark, Josh, Mike and Adam making the counters. The ladies also made a good start to defending their title, Sharon was first back in 5th, followed by Kelli and Hannah in 6th and 8th. Results here and team standings to follow.

Black Combe fell race

Well done to Rob Jebb and Sharon Taylor who were both 1st in this 8 mile testing fell race which for once wasn't 100% shrouded in mist. Helm also saw good runs from Ben Procter, Jack Simpson and Rick Stuart (2nd v50), and Catherine Niblock and Ali Richards for the ladies.  Full results.

Carnethy 5

Those new to the club may not fully appreciate what has become a bit of a tradition of making the long drive north for a 5 mile, 5 summit race just outside Edinburgh, but to cut a long story short, club president Billy had always converted the prize of a claymore awarded to the winning team, and after many years of trying we first won it in 2015 and then again 2017. Last year Carnethy made another, bigger shiny version to awarded to the winners of the ladies team, but that year the prize alluded us. Such is the strength in depth of the club this year we had high hopes, and sure enough with Sharon 2nd (by 1 sec) Hannah 3rd and Kelli 5th, and also the rapidly improving Jo Rycroft in the top 10 there was little room left for other clubs. The men ran well with Rob Jebb 1st back for Helm in 7th and Mike Ainsworth, Ben Procter and Pete Rigby making up the men's team. Rob was 1st v40. Billy 1st v60 and Bianca Dyer 2nd v40. It was a great day out.


A few of the Carnethy warriors also made their way to a sunny Barbondale to stretch their legs and the KWL race was won by Rob Jebb, with Josh Jardine in 2nd. Jo Rycoft and Catherine Niblock also made it a Helm 1,2 in the ladies.  

Wadworth Trod

Well done Sharon Taylor winning the 19 mile Wadsworth Trog...

Arant Haw Uphill

Friday evening saw the first club championship race - the uphill only challenge of Arant Haw, brilliantly organised and marshalled by Adam and Carrie. The cold crisp night saw the 40+ runners  snake up to the summit having been started off in intervals. Times were somewhat down due to the knee high drifts on large sections of the route, but it was the same for all and Rob Jebb set the pace for the men and Kelli Roberts for the ladies...results to follow.

KWL Whitestones and Birkrigg

The Kendal winter league has continued to attract high number in all categories this year, with Whitestones' mud not being quite so deep this year, Josh Jardine coped well to come in 1st, and Bianca Dyer was first lady back for Helm. Birkrigg was once again sunny if windy and Pete Harrison was 1st Helm back in 4th and Jo Rycroft 1st for the ladies in 2nd. Results in pane on the left.

KWL Scout Scar

An incredible 323 runners appeared out of the mist for this seasons opening race....

Cumbria county XC championships

With the ladies honing their skills in recent 10k races, Sharon, Kelli and Emma were crowned  cross country county champions this week, Helm retains the title secured last year - Great running.

Nine Standards

And so it begins, the traditional New Year's day blast saw a number Helm runners tackling the 8 mile out and back tarmac bog mix. A glorious day meant good times, and a chance to see the view for once not obscured by driving rain and ice. Showing great early season form Adam P led us home in 2nd, chased in by Josh J (3rd) and Mike A in 6th securing the team prize. James Baron was 1st v50 and Charlotte M was first back for the ladies...full results

Ribble Valley North of England 10k, Wansfell, and the Tour of Helvellyn

It's been the year that has just kept on giving right till the last, firstly a fine win for Adam Perry over the long and challenging Tour de Helvellyn - results to follow for a race that saw many Helm runners competing. Next up the traditional season finale that is Wansfell, which saw Rob Jebb 3rd and 1st v40, and Kelli Roberts and Hannah Russell making a fine 1,2 in the ladies. Results here. Then Helm had 5 runners in the very competitive Ribble Valley 10k, which was billed this year and the North of England 10k championships. A new pb for Sharon on the black stuff led the ladies home to a silver medal with Jo Rycroft and Emma Johnston spurring each other on to the end. Laurie Kearsey and Pete German kept the ladies company with great times of 36.31 and 40.07. Results.

KMF Trail Race and Lee Mill Relay

Beautiful weather once again blessed the local race that takes in the familiar climb up and across the scars, and includes the added perk of a town centre start and finish. Kelli made it to the podium in second place, and was also joined by Bianca Dyer 1st v40, Caroline Holden 1st v50 and Billy P 1st v60.  Mike Ainsworth came in first for Helm in 6th place overall followed by Seb S and Keiran H who was 1st v40. Results.

For the first time Helm dispatched 5 teams to the Lee Mill Relay which consists of 4 individual legs of the same course. Results just in confirm Helm as 2nd v40, 2nd Ladies, and 3rd Mixed team. Spare thought for Martin Askew, stepping in at last minute for the 'young 'uns' team who took a nasty fall.  Some great individual performances and we will be back...

Autumn bumper newsletter

Featuring the Proctor Posterior Protector,  Helm Hill Abroad, Sick Bay News, Fell Fashion and more!  Now with added Madge!

British Relays - Grasmere

What a day, what a season. The final big event of the year delivery more twists and turns for those watching the 8 Helm teams competing across all the various categories. Great support was out in the event field and on the fell cheering the runners home.  Once again the all conquering Helm ladies triumphed in a tense afternoon as they held off Black Combe after the all important nav leg in thick clag. All teams seemed in contention for medals such is the strength in depth at the club at the moment with the open men 6th, MV40 2nd, FV40 4th (by 2 seconds!!) MV50 2nd, FV50 2nd (by 8 seconds!) Mixed team 2nd open 'B' 45th out of 250 teams...full results.

Hodgson Brothers Mountain Relay

The excitement had been building for months - who was in the teams? who's got injured? and who was paired with who? Fell running's premiere relay event was finally upon us. The Helm support was out in force on all the hills, cheering the teams on, in what proved a gripping day for runners and spectators alike. The men's, ladies', and mixed teams were all vying for podium places throughout the day in this most competitive of events. Finally, on the last hill the ladies leg four runners Kelli Roberts and Sharon Taylor took the lead having overturned an 8min deficit, to win the event for the first time. The men's team also in contention to the last, finished fourth and the mixed team made the podium with a brilliant 3rd place.  There were many great performances which you can analyse in the results here.

Ring of Steall

Amazing effort from Helm team, Cat Slater, Jenny Rice and Claire Wilson tackled the daunting  29km / 2,500m Skyrace® on technical & challenging terrain, with Jenny leading the trio home in 48th in an international field...

Cautley Horseshoe

Pic from Holmfirth Harriers click for moreIt was a local race but not just for local people, with Cautley hosting the final championship race of the year. Although the women had already won the title, to go with the British, there were still individual honours to be decided and Kelli Roberts capped off a great year securing the title with her 2nd place on the day. Once again the team showed great strength in depth with Sharon coming in third and then Jo Rycroft, Bianca Dyer, and Janie Oates packing well. Bianca and Marie we think have 3rd places in the v40 and v50. Rob Jebb came in 3rd in what was a very tight finish, winning the v40 and we think 3rd in the open category.  Mark Addison was next back for Helm with Mike Ainsworth, Paul Aitken, and Adam Perry making up the team. Results here, and final championship standings to follow.

Meanwhile Sams Dixon and Gibbs represented the club in the 3 shires race with Sam Dixon coming in an impressive 12th.

Long stuff abroad with stunning scenery

Whilst we're enjoying the return to drizzle and clagged in fells, quite a few Helmies seem to be still enjoying summer racing with fantastic views ofstunning scenery on the continent, drinking great coffee and cold, strong lager. Some superb performances at some very, very long iconic races: Jim Mann takes an impressive 14th place at the Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc traversing through France, Italy and Switzerland (171 kilometres (106 mi) 10,040 metres (32,940 ft!) ascent) in 23hrs, Carrie Gibson completed the 'tougher than UTMB' Ultra Trail Monte Rosa, an equally bonkers 170km /11,000m in 56hrs, whilst Paul Turner and Emma Jennings individually completed the Traces des Ducs de Savoie, a mere 123km/7000m ascent around the Savoie and Aosta regions in 26hrs ish. Hopefully we'll find out more about the joy of running for 24+hours in the next newsletter.

Ben Nevis

It's the largest climb in Britain and the final race in the British Championships. Always over subscribed, Helm did well to get so many onto the startline in Fort William, with many camping overnight. Friday's beautiful evening light disappeared to reveal a classic Scottish 'drich' Saturday.  Clag was down to about 1500ft leaving 3000ft climb in 15m visibility, so there was little point in stopping to admire the view. Once again Rob Jebb was first back for Helm skilfully navigating the screes and treacherous stepped and flagged path, which claimed a number of runners and kept mountain rescue busy. Josh J being one of them having been well placed on the climb. Mike Ainsworth was next back for Helm with Adam P, Paul Aitken, and Nigel Wood making the counters. Again the ladies confirmed their status as British open champions, with Kelli, Hannah and Sharon 3rd , 5th and 7th. Great runs also from Bianca Dyer and Marie R, contributing to the v40 british champions team and also individual bronze in the v40 and v50. Provisional calculations for individual results are as follows......TBC
1st V40 - Rob Jebb 3rd open male - Rob Jebb 2nd U23 - Joshua Jardine, 3rd V40 female - Bianca Dyer 2nd, U23 female - Hannah Russell, 3rd v50 female Marie Robson. Full Results.

Turner Landscape - penultimate English Championship race, Sedbergh Hills, Rockman swim run, Kentmere....

A hot and humid day for the competitors at this beautiful 10 mile race. Helm had good representation in all categories and with one race to go several teams remain in medal contention. A good day for the men's and women's open, the ladies have already secured the title, but won this as well, once again Kelli R leading us home with Sharon and Hannah. The men are now in second place, Rob Jebb continuing his fine recent form 1st back for Helm, with Mark Addison, Josh J, Adam P and Ben P, making up the team. The mens v40 have also edged up into 2nd place with Tim Cowin, Paul Reilly and Nigel Wood backing up Rob. Results. So many great performances this month with Josh Jardine and Sharon winning at Kentmere and Rydal round, A Helm 1,2,3 with Robb, Adam P and Mike Ainsworth at Sedbergh Hills plus the ladies  team prize with Sharon 1st, and of course the incredible Jenny Rice and Cat Slater winning Rockman swim run in Norway. 

Update, Jura, Duddon, Billy Bland Relay, Coniston Gullies, Brunt Knott....Tal y Mignedd

Much has been taking place on the fells of late and this short update will not do justice to all the performances, so apologies if I have left some out. Josh Jardine with a number of other Helm ventured North to the Isle of Jura and came in a fine second with Marie Robson taking 1st v50. A misty Duddon 'saw' Rob Jebb navigating his way to 3rd and 1st v40, Adam Perry was 6th, Sharon Taylor and Kelli Roberts 2nd and 3rd. Sharon and Josh were both 1st at the short and sweet Coniston Gullies. Tal y Mignedd was the short counter for the British championship, and many good performances, Rob and Sharon again being first back for Helm, see results, with the ladies having good runs to take 2nd team and 1st v40 team. And for many it was a short nap on the bus back to Kendal then to race the Billy Bland challenge starting at various times at night - despite racing hours earlier the men broke the record for the challenge and we also set the best time for a mixed team. Well done all - a busy fortnight. Finally Mark Addison set the record for the inaugural Brunt Knott race with Joe Kenny 3rd, superbly organised by the Grisedales, and Tom Addison nipped in 3rd at Settle Hills.

Old County Tops, Buttermere Sailbeck, Inter Counties and Sedbergh Gala.

A record that has stood since 1989 by Colin Valentine & Dave Nuttall was bettered by just under 5 minutes on Saturday. 35 miles and 3300m of ascent that is the Old County Tops was completed in 6hr and 21 mins by Rob Jebb and Ellenborough's Ricky Lightfoot. Congratulations to the pair of them. Is anyone going to bet on that one being broken anytime soon?  Helm were well represented in this classic event, Adam Perry coming in 2nd with Borrowdale's Kim Collinson, Jack Simpson and Ed Newcome, Rick Stuart and Jenny Rice, Carrie Gibson and Catherine Niblock, Garry Beardwood and Andy Cox, Sam Moon and Kirk Wadsworth, and Stuart Allan all got the t-shirt, and of course Sam Gibbs and Steve Baker will be back. Some great pictures here from Stephen Wilson. Meanwhile we had Buttermere Sailbeck with 9 Helm entered, Sharon Taylor winning and Marie Robson claiming another 1st FV50 Sam Green was 1st back for the Helm men. We were also well represented in the Inter Counties event at Lad's Leap, with Josh Jardine being 1st cumbrian man home and taking a team silver with Chris Richards, and Kelli Roberts also claiming team silver with the cumbrian ladies. Finally the BOFRA season kicked off at Sedbergh Gala and Ali Richards came home 1st lady.

Fairfield horseshoe, Pinhaw and a Bob Graham

A stunning day on Saturday inspired the in form Josh Jardine to win the Fairfield horseshoe after a tussle all the way round with Rob Jebb making it a Helm 1,2 and Sharon Taylor won the ladies. Many other good performances with Tim Cowin 11th and Paul Reilly 31st also running well. Results. And meanwhile in deepest Lancashire, Tom Addison won the Pinhaw fell race accompanied by Jos in 14th. Well done to Pete Rigby who completed his BG with his brother last weekend - a great achievement.

Clough Head Coniston, Wray, Kentmere trail and OMM

A busy bank holiday weekend included the second English Championship counter at Clough Head. A pleasing turnout, saw us competing in all categories, with both the men's and ladies' open teams looking really strong. With the ladies off first, and great running from Kelli Roberts 5th, Hannah Russell 7th and Sharon Taylor 9th, Helm took the team prize and backing up their 1st at Edale. The men we think took second team with Robb Jebb 8th, Josh Jardine 11th,Tom Addison 14th, Adam Perry 23rd and Paul Aitken 35th. We also believe the men were 2nd v40 team and the ladies 3rd v40. Hannah and Josh were also 1st u23. It was a beautiful day and a great race organised by Keswick, with plenty of route choice and blisters. Full results. The Saturday was Coniston Fell race and a super 4th for Ben Procter and Jack Simpson 16th. Results. The 17km Kentmere Trail race was also taking place and saw a win for the speedy Chris Richards who finished 2 mins ahead of the field. ResultsWray Caton moor witnessed a win for Adam Perry and a men's team prize with Sam Moon and Paul MacFarlane, and there was a win for Emma Jennings and Caroline Wade at the OMM long score event...

The Three Peaks

Well done to all who tackled the 23 mile classic that takes in Pen-Y-Ghent Whernside and Ingleborough. A good Helm turnout was led home by Tom Addison who after some encouragement up the final climb managed to put to bed some family banter by beating dad Mike's time.  Bianca Dyer was first home for the ladies after a 3 way battle with Ali Richards and Rowan Ranner. However run of the day must be Sam Gibbs who took 20+ mins off his last years time. Results

Anniversary Waltz, TWA and Arant Haw

Well done to everyone who ran in glorious weather at the Anniversary Waltz and Teenager race. Brilliant results for Helm with Kelli Roberts 1st Lady in Waltz, Paul Aitken 4th male in Waltz, Rob Jebb 1st male, Adam Perry 3rd and Sharon Taylor 1st lady in Teenager (Was that a team prize?).

Congratulations to Mike Ainsworth who won the Kendal Winter League this year with Imogen Burrow winning the Ladies, Bianca Dyer won the LV40 and Brian Thompson the v60. Many other Helm runners in the top 3 categories....Full results.

Late Spring Newsletter - contributions needed!

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British Champs Round 1: Mourne Highline, N.Ireland

Woohoo! Massive congratulations to Josh Jardine who WON the British Champs opener in the Mourne Mountains in Northern Ireland. 28 Helm runners made the trip over the Irish Sea to race 9.50 gruelling miles in thick mist. Josh was followed home by Rob J in 8th, Mike A in 23rd and Adam P in 40th.  Provisional results suggest V40 ladies are 3rd team with Bianca a brilliant 3rd V40 overall backed up by Ali and Carrie. A great time was had by all. Race report and results

Howgill fell race and New Dungeon Ghyll.

Friday and Saturday saw two races of very differing lengths.  Firstly Adam's Howgill fell race went ahead for the second time, with a small army of Helm marshals dotted over the fells, and fittingly the two fantastic trophies designed by our own Jo Cater were won by both the men's (Rob Jebb, Josh Jardine and Garry Beardwood) and the ladies (Sharon Taylor Hannah Russell and Jayne Rigby) teams. Unsurprisingly none of the contingent turned out the following day for the short and sweet NDG, which proved somewhat controversial with many runners missing a checkpoint in the mist. First FV40 was Bianca Dyer and first home for Helm was Tim Cowin followed by Paul Reilly and Adam Oliver. Results.

The name's Addison, Jos Addison - KWL Helm Hill race and Causey Pike

Two races this weekend and in Sunday's penultimate KWL counter on a sunny Helm Hill, Jos flew round the punishing course for a first win in the series. Kelli Roberts also made it a Helm win for the ladies with Hannah Russell in 2nd and Imogen B 3rd. Results. Super pictures from Mark Birkbeck. Saturday's Causey pike race saw Rob Jebb coming in a fine second and first v40, and with Josh Jardine (5th) and Tim Cowin, nipped off with the team prize out of Keswick's back yard. Great running also from Jack Simpson and Rachel, and Georgia Stevens who was 1st u23.

Edale Skyline

The first round of the English championship was a 21 mile circuit of Edale, the opposite way around to the usual route. Having had a recent reputation for some inclement weather, the day was relatively benign for this very challenging course. Judging the pace proved essential in this race with many testing climbs coming in the 2nd half, and we had some fantastic results. The team positions will be out shortly but the ladies open team of Sharon Taylor, Kelli Roberts and Cat Slater came in first, with Jenny Rice hard on their heals and showing the team's strength in depth. Mike Ainsworth transferred his KWL form with a great run to come in 1st for Helm and 16th overall. Rob Jebb, Mark Addison, Tim Cowin and Pete Rigby completed the open team. We think we also have 3rd team places for the men's v40 and v50 and ladies v40, so a great platform to build on for the year. You can do your own calculations for the team results from here. Great runs from so many it is impossible to list.

Carnethy and Barbondale

This weekend saw the traditional Helm double header (or is that triple header?) of the trip to Edinburgh to attempt to retain/win the claymore of the Carnethy 5, followed by Sunday's brutal Barbondale KWL race.  A smaller Helm turnout made the trip North and despite  fine runs narrowly lost out to HBT for the men's claymore, and the ladies were third in the battle for the newly cast ladies claymore. The counters were Rob Jebb, Mike Ainsworth, Adam Perry and Lee Procter, and Hannah Russell, Catherine Niblock and Carrie Gibson. We will be back.  A wintery feel to the short and sharp Barbondale was on offer, and despite having Carnethy in their legs Josh J, Adam Perry and Mike Ainsworth made it a 1,2,3,4 with Tom Addison nipping in in 3rd.  Hannah R also took the ladies honours with Rachel Simpson, Jenny Rice and Catherine Niblock making another 1,2,3,4. You can relive the action in this brilliant video by Becky and Oliver Willoughby. 

Wadsworth Trog, Whitestones and That's Lyth

Hot off the press, a small Helm contingent ventured over for the 19 mile Wadsworth Trog, where Sharon Taylor had a great run coming in 1st lady.

The pre-season races are now fully underway; last weekend saw the third KWL race at Whitestones where Mike Ainsworth narrowly edged Adam Perry for a Helm 1 2 and the ladies went 1 better with new recruit Kelli Roberts coming in first, with Imogen Burrow and Emma Johnston making it a 1 2 3. Ali Richards was 1st LV40 and Jo Wilcox 1st LV50. Also on the Sunday the 23 mile That's Lyth saw some great Helm runs - both Rachel and Jack Simpson coming in third.

Arant Haw Uphill only and Scout Scar

Two events that showed what the club is about this week, starting with the KWL on Scout Scar drawing the anticipated large turnout.  Mike Ainsworth came in 3rd for Helm and Imogen Burrow recovered from the Keswick cross country to come in 2nd for the ladies. Many strong runs from the club in the results and congratulations to those contributing to the seemless organisation.

On Friday night Adam and Ben had organised the first club championship race with a night time uphill only challenge of Arant Haw. Again a large club turnout and pub finish made a spectacular night. Rob Jebb was fastest to the summit with Josh Jardine in 2nd and Mark Addison in 3rd. Hannah Russell was 1st for the ladies followed by Cat Slater and Bianca Dyer.

Cumbria County Cross Country Championships - 6th January 2018

A quartet of ladies headed to Keswick for the Cumbria County Cross Country Championships and have set the standard for the rest of 2018!

GOLD Imogen Burrow - U20 Cumbria XC Champion

GOLD Sharon Taylor - Ladies Cumbria XC Champion

GOLD - Helm Hill Ladies Cumbria XC Champions (Sharon, Catherine Slater 6th & Jenny Rice 8th)

Well done as well to Jacob Aubrey 1st back for Helm in the u20.


Ireland British Champs Race - Group accom & travel plans  Update2: DEPOSIT NEEDED by 24th Jan.

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Great to see so many Helm Hill vests running at Wansfell today.......too many to mention everyone! Rob Jebb was 2nd (1st V40) followed by Adam Perry, Paul Aitken, Tim Cowin (3rd V40). Pictured (pic Chris Shaw) are Lewis Bowness edging out Joe Conner for the 1st u18. For the ladies Hannah Russell was also 2nd (1st U23) with Rachel Simpson in 4th place and Bianca Dyer taking 1st V40. Full results to follow.

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.

Seniors' News 2017