Running is not about being better than someone else. It's about being better than you used to be.
Where to start? November saw international honours for Sarah Muphy, Stu Doyle and Liz Renondeau at the British and Irish Masters XC; County honours for Chris Williams, James Ainsworth and Helen Smith at Abergele 5; a rash of PB’s at Wilmslow 10k with Andrew Miles just missing sub 33 mins. David Shepherd continuing his run of form along with the rapidly improving Robert Roe (2 PB’s). Resurgent Rob Olliver and Tony Archer cross country. In the end AOM was a close call between two ladies. Huge credit to Lucy Knight for her steady improvement and regular racing over recent months and her 10k PB at Wilmslow. However, by a short head, this month's award goes to a lady who delivered 4 excellent races in November, 3 xc and a 10k PB at Wilmslow. November AOM is HOLLIE CARRINGTON.
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CHESHIRE CHAMPS COURSE
Thanks to Bryan Dale for allowing us to use his photos. Visit his racephotos website for more pictures!
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|First Name||Surname||Gender||Gen Pos||Category||Cat Pos||Gun||Overall Pos||Chip||Chip Pos|
|14th/61||A Team (4 count)|
|46th/61||B Team (4 count)|
|11th/55||Vets A Team (3 count)|
|30th/55||Vets B Team (3 count)|
|29th/52||Team (6 Count)|
|13th/49||A Vets Team (4 Count)|
|33rd/49||B Vets Team (4 Count)|
|3rd Team||Div 2 (4 counters)|
|8th Team||Div 1 (6 Counters)|
|Pos||Name||Time||Net Time||Category||Cat Pos||Gender||Gen Pos||TOD|
|Team A||8/68||6 Count|
|Team B||44/68||6 Count|
|Vets Team A||5/62||3 Count|
|Vets Team B||29/62||3 Count|
|Vets Team A||16/56||4 Count|
|Vets Team B||43/56||4 Count|
|Pos.||Name||Category||L Pos.||MV Pos.||LV Pos.||Cat pos||Time|
|Pos||Name||Gun||Chip||Cat||Cat Pos||Gender||Gen Pos|
28 Oct: Another good turnout from senior ladies and men. The second in the 4 race North Staffs series. Weather-wise, there have been some (bad) memorable races Park Hall which can be bleak and exposed. However, the weather and underfoot conditions were good this year. The race distance was shorter than previous years with the ladies at approx 5k and the men 7k. Some good performances with Sophie Smith and Chris Williams leading VRAC home. Full results and photos on NSCC website here.
|Team||2nd Div 2 (4 count)|
|Team||8th Div 1 (6 Counters)|
|18||Gemma Barnett||L35||1.18.40||1st Lady|
Would you like a dirty weekend in the lakes she said! I’m sure that was how it was sold to me. I have to confess being a little concerned when Sophie also said should we invite Gary! After retrieving my mind from the gutter it was clear Sophie was on about the Dirty Double at Helvellyn and Ullswater. Both these 15k race’s run on consecutive days making for a challenging weekend.
16 James Ainsworth 64.57
30 Gary Richardson 67.41
42 Nick Haywood 69.09
163 Sophia Haywood 83.52
Starting and finishing at Jenkins Field, on the shores of Ullswater in Glenridding. The Trail Race was 15km following footpaths and bridleways that take you into the foothills of Helvellyn, with elevated panoramic views of Ullswater, and dramatic vistas of Helvellyn and the surrounding peaks. The underfoot conditions were lethal in places, Bambi on ice comes to mind. Sophie pulled off a small miracle and DIDN’T fall over on what was a very technical course. James had managed to organise the event to coincide with a boy’s weekend and was off to do some heavy (re-hydration) that evening.
No results at time of writing
Due to poor weather the ferries were cancelled so the planned route was changed to a gentler 12.2 KM over a small mountain! The late start (1pm) provided Nick with a chance to organise his race safety pins and for Gary to hit up the INOV8 stand for some demo shoes. Pulling off a proper Del Boy moment Gary managed to do a lovely deal involving a new pair of trainers. On the start line overlooking Ullswater and a large mountain we all convinced ourselves we would be running up that! How wrong we were. After just 4 miles the route took on a distinct vertical feel as 10ish minutes of walking took you to 260 meters, the hill was noticeable. Once again Sophie stayed upright and it was Mr Haywood who took a tumble while trying a dodgy overtake. A massive shout-out to Debbie Richardson who provided fantastic support all weekend and took some great photos. The whole weekend is highly recommended in fact Gary was heard to say “they do a season ticket, you know.”
15 Oct: The final race in the Cheshire Road Race Grand Prix series with the Ladies team event on the line with VRAC needing a strong performance to overhaul leaders Wilmslow. In short, they did it!! See separate report below for more details. Some superb individual performances with Chris Perry and Chris Williams taking first and second with Gemma Barnett fourth lady and F35 winner. Category wins also for Graham Miles (M50 debut!), Curtis Rodway, Helen Smith, Emma-Louise Pyatt, Colin Rathbone and Carole Williams.Meanwhile, Gareth Williams enjoyed a run to support wife Amanda (NRC) to a fantastic PB!
VRAC has done a historic double in the Cheshire Road Race Grand Prix series winning both men and ladies team events. To recap, the Team Championship is based on 5 races from 7 and individual Championship 4 races from 7. The men had already secured their team title after Sutton 6 (Race 5) but the ladies were in a close second place to Wilmslow before the final race at Farndon. They did an excellent job to field a strong team given other races such as the Manchester Half marathon had taken some potential participants, To put this double into perspective the race history shows the VRAC ladies won the team event in the inaugural year 2003 but the men have never won the team event. The last time a double was achieved was Wilmslow in 2014. On the individual side Chris Williams secured the men's title with Stu Doyle as runner up. Helen Smith was runner up in the ladies individual event. Great result for VRAC. Well done to all those who took part, Remember even if you weren't a counter you may well have helped the team by pushing back a rival counter!
|Pos||Name||Time||Category||Cat Pos||Gen Pos|
|17th/48||Team (4 count)|
|15th/51||Vets Team (3 count)|
|15th/53||Team (6 Count)|
|14th and 34th/48||Vets Team (4 Count)|
|16||Liz Renondeau||1.25.36||F35||1||1st Lady|
1 Oct: A new edition to the Mike Harrington portfolio of races with plenty of runners and volunteers from VRAC. Some great performances in the A race (17 miles from Duckington to Delamere) in particular David Shepherd who covered the hilly, muddy trail in 2.17.18 and was unlucky not to pick up and age group prize. Following on from a long-term injury David seems to have found his niche with these longer distance races. In the B race (10 miles from Beeston Castle to Delamere) there were again some great performances with terrible conditions under foot. Great to see some of the 'track mums' (Caroline Buckley and Debbie Broad) running fantastically well in their own right. Full Results
1 Oct: 6 VRAC members made the short trip to the salt mines in Winsford for this scenic multi-terrain race. 1st home and retaining her crown was Gemma Barnett who finished 4th overall. Steven Thompson just beat John Todd for the age category win and the pair were followed closely home by a returning to form Melanie Johnson. Next home was Claire Thompson who narrowly missed her age category prize and rounding it off solidly for the club was Ray Tran. Full Results.
1 Oct: Race 6 in the Cheshire Grand Prix series saw a low turnout from VRAC due to a congested racing weekend. Ably representing the club however were Stu Doyle who was unable to hang on to the lead group and retain his title but still finished with an age group win in a creditable 1.17.31 and 5th overall. In next was the usual solid run from Daren Cotter in 1.31. Third in and a little off the pace by his own high standards was Joe Cavanagh in 1.35.07. Full Results The final race in the series is the Farndon 10k on Sunday 15th October. Details and entry here.