Helsby Running Club staged an off-road hill race last week in memory of one of their long-standing members who sadly passed away in 2012.

Robbie Webster’s passion for running inspired the club to stage the Robbie Webster Wobbler last year and its return this year saw 79 athletes compete.

Even in his 72nd year, Robbie was regularly seen sporting the club’s green vest while running the fells and he completed both Cader Idris and Moel y Gamlin in 2012.

Robbie Webster at the Tavern Trail race in the Clwydian hills in 2009
Robbie Webster at the Tavern Trail race in the Clwydian hills in 2009
 

His enthusiasm for the hills was incorporated into the race route, which spanned five climbs over more than five miles.

After finishing the race atop Frodsham Hill, runners and helpers returned to Helsby Sports Club for cakes, refreshments and the prize-giving.

Race organiser Chris Baynham-Hughes: “I was delighted with the smooth running of the event and the feedback from our runners was very positive.

“We had a great evening and were blessed with good weather. The whole thing was a fitting tribute to Robbie — we’re thrilled to be able to put something back in his name.”

The overall winner was Karl Steinegger of the Spectrum Striders, chased closely by Jez Brown of Buckley Runners and Helsby newcomer Max Wainwright in his first fell race.

The women were led home by Katie Ashcroft from Warrington, Karon Forster of Calder Valley Fell Runners and Anest Müller of West Cheshire Athletic Club.

Helsby Running Club, which is currently enjoying an influx of new members, took home the V50, V60 and the male and female team prizes.

The club wishes to thank all the competitors, marshals, helpers, cake-makers and the Forest Hills Hotel for the use of their parking area for the race headquarters.

Proceeds from the race will go to the Royal Liverpool Hospital.