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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!

All contributions welcome for the next bumper newsletter. Loads has happened since the last one so please send anything you'd like to see: your KWL experience, winter race reports, poems, first race experience, training tips, odd facts about you for the 'I never knew that' comp, tales of wonder/woe from the fells, spill the beans/own up to complete mess-ups on the fells etc.  See the other newsletters  for inspiration. We'll aim to get it out by mid May so End of April is a good memorable deadline. Please send anything to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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.

All being coordinated on the facebook page (search for Rick's post 'Update2'). Let him know if you can't access it by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Wansfell

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