Vale Royal AC - Senior Section

Running and Athletics in the Heart of Cheshire.


LONDON MARATHON 2018 CLUB PLACES: If you are inerested in applying for a club place please read the process and eligibility criteria here. If you are eligible email info@valeroyalseniors or speak to Colin Rathbone.

Would any seniors wishing to run in the National XC relays let Stu Doyle, Andy Carter or Shaun McGrath know asap. 

National XC Relays - Berry Hill Park Mansfield (4 x 5km for seniors and 3 x 3 km for U20s).

Take care of your body. It's the only place you have to live


Plenty of great racing in September of varying distances and surfaces. Races on trails, cross country, road and fells and even a Parkrun in Italy thrown in.  Great turnout and performances at the North West and Northern road relays with the men qualifying for the National Championships. The athlete we have singled out ran for the Mens B team at the Northern Relays making a point by running faster than 3 of his A team colleagues. He also took nearly 2 minutes off his 10K PB at Sutton 6 running 34.20 (which according to Power of 10 is 1 second quicker than his Dad's PB!). September AOM is ANDREW MILES.
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21 Oct: VRAC had 3 ladies and 4 men's teams out at a windy Graves Park in Sheffield for the Northern XC Relay Champs. Legs are over a hilly 2 mile circuit with the men's race consisting of 4 stages and the ladies 3. The men's A team finished a very creditable 10th with the B team in 29th, the C team in 50th and the D team in 58th. There were 65 complete teams. There were a number of intra-club battles in the Ladies race with the A team  managing a strong 27th, closely followed by the B team in 34th and C team in 48th out of the 56 complete teams. There were a number of notable  performances including husband and wife duo Lee and Hollie  Carrington who both produced superb runs on their VRAC relay debuts together with Chris Weedall who also ran extremely well, particularly as he ran the Chester Marathon 2 weeks ago. Full results here.


Interesting weekend for Mr and Mrs Haywood. Oh and James Ainsworth and Gary Richardson! Here's Nick's report:

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.

Helvellyn (Saturday)

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.

Ullswater (Sunday)

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!

PosGunNameNameChipmin/m Gen PosCatPos


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!



15 Oct: Nice conditions if a little warm for this race. Some great performances with Brian Dooley setting a new PB and so close to going sub 85 minutes. Next, Robert Roe setting a huge PB going well under 90 minutes for the first time. Not far back Carolyn Dooley and in her words: "Super happy to run sub 90 today and finish 1st V40! Championship place at London reconfirmed". Looks like a solid races for Malcolm Hughes and Eleanor Riches and a predictable big PB for Tony Dutton who is improving with every race. Chris Griffiths' race was a brave one: "First twinge at 5k, probably should have stopped at 17k but it just became about finishing in the end. Dedicated to Trevor Cording who would have smashed my 2:03:13 time". Respect Chris.
PosNameTimeCategoryCat PosGen Pos 
193Brian DOOLEY01:25:02V4513186PB
259Robert ROE01:27:16V3549247PB
343Carolyn DOOLEY01:29:03V40114 
616Malcolm HUGHES01:34:06V5027569 
776Anthony DUTTON01:36:34V40104707PB
1721Eleanor RICHES01:46:20V4516235 
3943Chris GRIFFITHS02:03:13V55932963


14 Oct: Unseasonably warm conditions for the opener to the MACCL series. Great ground conditions too. As usual, large high quality fields and some great racing. Chloe Broad saw the ladies home with an impressive run followed by Claire Thompson. Debbie Broad and Julie Annable were both under the weather but determined to race for the team. They had a close, but of course, friendly battle. Stalwart Carole WIlliams brought the team home. Matt Sheen revelled in the high class sharp end of the field. Great to see Rob Olliver back racing in VRAC colours and putting together an impressive performance. Likewise, good to see 'JT' Thompson on the country again. Joe Cavanagh ran a well paced race nearly catching JT on the final lap. Dave Haines overhauled Tony Archer in the final yards but Tony was delighted to be back and racing well after missing last season with knee surgery. Colin Rathbone saw the VRAC contingent home just one week after his Chester Marathon effort. He secured 2nd M70 just a few seconds behind the winner. All in all a fun day out.
PosNameCatCat posTime
22Chloe BroadL20438.44
43Claire ThompsonL40540.48
113Debbie BroadL50746.11
116Julie AnnableL55546.19
227Carole WilliamsL65357.45
17th/48Team (4 count)   
15th/51Vets Team (3 count)  
PosNameCatCat posTime
4Matt SheenSM 34.04
15Stu DoyleM45235.47
118Rob OlliverM402641.23
190Stephen ThompsonM501644.34
191Joe CavanaghM403744.36
216Dave HainesM453246.01
218Tony ArcherM60346.04
293John ClarkeM60749.24
362Richard PettittM552254.02
369Colin RathboneM70254.34
15th/53Team (6 Count)   
14th and 34th/48Vets Team (4 Count)  


It was with shock and great sadness that we learned of the tragic death of Trevor Cording during the Chester Metric Marathon on 8th October. Many of us in VRAC knew Trevor who was an experienced runner, a former member of Fylde Coast Running Club and a mainstay at Northwich Running Club since it's inception. Trevor was aged 50, married with 3 children.  VRAC sends our heartfelt condolences to Trevor's family and our friends at Northwich Running Club. Trevor will be sadly missed by many, many people.



8 Oct:The club managed 2 complete senior women's teams of 4 and a senior men's 6 stage team at Saturday's National Road Relays. Both races featured the UK's strongest clubs who in turn fielded a number of the nations best distance runners. The ladies A string of Amelia Pettitt, Chloe Broad, Sarah Murphy and Sarah Griffiths managed a strong 24th whilst the ladies B team of Esme Bridge, Lisa Meadows, Debbie Broad and Carole Williams were 77th out of 86 complete teams.Meanwhile the senior men's team of Cam Weaver, Andy Miles, Matt Sheen, Ryan Moore , Stu Doyle and Chris Perry just missed out on a top 50 place put of 82 complete teams.

FOOTNOTE: U13 girls and U17 girls picked up Gold and Silver respectively.


Congratuations to Chris Williams, James Ainsworth and Mike Harrington selected for the 6 man team to compete in the Intercounties match at Abergele 5 on 5th November. You can be sure these guys will leave nothing out there but sweat and guts. Good luck fellas.


8 Oct: Unfortunately the results fail to show 'Club' so it's tricky to sort out VRAC runners. Two are very clear. An outstanding victory for Chris WIlliams winning the overall race by a margin of nearly 2 minutes. We can't see another half marathon result for Chris so this could be his debut! Secondly, Liz Renondeau, who joined VRAC from Ellesmer Port on 1st October, took first place in the ladies race so a double for VRAC!! (Liz is in black in the pic below). Mark Pilliner was another we noticed in the results with a solid run. If any other VRAC members ran please let us know!
PosNameTimeCatCat Pos 
1Chris Williams1.13.14SM  
16Liz Renondeau1.25.36F3511st Lady
89Mark Pilliner1.41.10M4512


8 Oct: Good conditions for this local marathon saw 5 VRAC athletes all with good performances with Mary Tavener running for England in her age category. First home Bob Corinaldi who has been eating up the miles in early preparation for the Comrades Marathon in 2018. Bob improved 3 minutes on his London time this year running a PB and was well inside his Comrades qualification time though very annoyed just missed breaking 3.30. Next our 'super vet' marathon specialist Colin Rathbone who was too poorly to run Sandstone last week. Colin also improved on this years London time by 5 minutes. Likewise our latest International Mary Tavener ran over 8 minutes faster than at London to take 9th place in the F55 category. Marathon debutant Chris Weedall was well satisfied with his race and though his immediate reaction was 'never again' we all know that will change once he recovers! An excellent day was rounded off by Matt Wooley whose target was sub 4 hours having just missed out at London. Matt ran with the 3.45 pace group to 21 miles then held on with grim determination up the cruel climb at 24 miles. Job done in spades Matt. Recover well folks.


With one race to go in the series here's an update on the team and individual standings.  To recap, 5 races out of 7  count for the team awards, and 4 out of 7  count for the individual awards. Some final positions are already settled, the remainder will be decided at Farndon 10k on 15th October. 

Full results tables are here but in summary:
Men, teams:  Vale Royal have won (CONGRATULATIONS!!!); second is between Macc & SCH. (Mathematically, Wilmslow could snatch third, but this would require a maximum score with SCH not improving)
Men, individuals: Chris Williams (VRAC) and Stu Doyle (VRAC) will finish first and second respectively (CONGRATULATIONS!!!). Third is between Andrew Miles,  Scott Wilson, Mark Walker and  Barry Archbold
Women, teams:  Macclesfield are a certain third, but only 10 points currently separate Vale Royal & Macclesfield
Women, individuals:  Diane McVey has won. Second and third are between Janine Ellis, Diane Bygrave, Helen Smith, Louisa Harrison, Carolyn Dooley & Chloe Dooley.

We need a good turnout from the ladies at Farnden to be in with a shout of doing the men/ladies team double!



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.


30 Sep: Race 1 in the North Staffs XC league and there were some strong fields in our 'home' fixture. The senior women finished a creditable 4th in Division two out of 17 teams. In a really competitive Division one the men placed 3rd at this early stage in a league of 10 teams. Full Results. The next fixture is at Park Hall on Saturday 28th October. Details Here.

LLYN ALWEN 11.15k 

24 Sep: Just two VRAC made it to this trail race which consists of one loop around the lake.  Stephen Thompson was first home for the club in 9th while Claire Thompson was second home in 16th (5th lady).  Full Results

SUTTON 6 (10K)

17 Sep: A belated well done to the 17 VRAC runners who turned up for this undulating 10k.  This was Race 5 in the Grand Prix series and some great runs notably from Chris Williams, Andrew Miles, James Ainsworth and Gareth Williams. Great supprot from the other men with a lot of sub 40 times helping to clinch the men's title.  There was a category win for Helen Smith as the women also ran well to keep ahead of Wilmslow for the Grand Prix series. Full results


16 Sep:  The club entered several teams in both the men's and ladies events at Saturdays Northern Road Relays at Sportcity in Manchester which offers a fast flat course albeit with several tight turns.

The ladies fielded  3 full teams of 4 runners each and finished in the extremely creditable positions of 13th, 29th and 38th put of 66 complete teams. Of particular note was the appearance in the A team of the mother and daughter duo of Carolyn and Chloe Dooley ahead of the latter starting university. Womens Results

Meanwhile the senior men fielded 2 complete teams of 6 and a 3rd team of 3 runners. The A team achieved their main objective of finishing in the top 25 in order to qualify for the National relays next month in style. They finished 23rd although are currently showing as 19th due to the disqualification of other clubs for fielding ineligible athletes. The B were also well inside the top half with 45th place out of 101 complete teams. George Thornley and Matt Scott made their relay debuts for the club and both performed very strongly. Mens Results 


9 Sep: We had a good turnout at the first of this Autumn's relays which were at Blackpool. They are open to clubs across the North West but incorporate separate County championships. In the senior ladies VRAC fielded a fantastic 6 teams of 3 runners. In the NW champs they finished 7th, 10th, 18th, 25th, 39th and 40th out of 51 complete teams. Meanwhile they completely dominated the Cheshire Champs with the 1st 4 teams home!! In addition we also finished 7th and 8th teams in the County competition. The men also had a good turnout, although not quite so impressive as the ladies, and managed to finish 3 complete teams of 4. We achieved placings of 14th, 45th and 62nd out of 74 complete teams and 1st, 5th and 6th in the Cheshire Champs.

Full results here. Photos from Rob Brown here.


10 Sep: No ordinary half marathon this. All on Delamere Forest trails. Some stretches narrow, wet and slippery with plenty of tough technical sections to cope with. Congratulations to VRAC's only participant. Ollie WIlliams coming in a suparb 2nd overall in 1.25.47. Results here.


10 Sep: Terrific run from Amelia Pettitt in the womens elite race placing 16th.  Great run too from John Clarke returning for the third year running to the GNR and clocking his best time yet. Clara Pettitt and recently joined Eleanor Riches made an impressive half marathon debuts.
NamePosFinish Time
john clarke226201:37:56
Clara Pettitt363901:42:38
Eleanor Riches443401:44:53


10 Sep: Three good runs at Sanbach. James AInsworth tantalisingly close to a PB missing it by 1 second! Another impressive run from Matt Scott and a 5 second PB for the improving Tony Dutton. Results here.
PosGunNameNameChipChip PosGen PosCatCat Pos 
435:30:00JamesAinsworth35:29:0044V40 Men3 
1839:23:00MatthewScott39:21:001818V40 Men8 
3543:04:00AnthonyDutton43:02:003432V40 Men10PB


7 Sep: Mike Harrington was the only VRAC at this 3 lap 5k in Wavertree hosted by Liverpool Harriers. Mike ran a steady 17.27 to finish 12th overall and 3rd V45. Full Results


6 Sep: In Brian Dooley's own words: "The lengths some people will go to for a race win, all the way to a supply chain conference in Atlanta which just happened to include a 5k race. Not huge competition but hey a wins a win". Looks like the Supply Chain Conference supplied ladies trainers at all delegates eh Brian. :)


2 Sept: Mr and Mrs Haywood and Gary Richardson travelled up to Keswick for this tough 15k fell run, Here's their report:

"Starting at Fitz Park, in Keswick the race headed out of the park and over an array of different conditions. Some excellent down hill sections with 180 degree bends, it was a little hit and miss wither you would get round them. Some tough hills which reduced the pace to a fast walk in places and of course the marsh of hell! A little over a mile of bog, mud and marsh added to the challenge. Would you find some grip or sink to your knees? There was not way of knowing. Sophie discovered a waist deep section disappearing to her hips, Gary was grateful he hadn't found that section because he would of needed to swim. After the marsh a nice climb on rocky trails overlooking the lake took its toll on already tired legs taking the accent to about 1,600 FT. Gary feeling the strain on climb reached for a caffeine enriched energy gel, there now his new favourite race treat (after the burning in your throat stops). Sophie decided this would be best place to fall (we all thought it would happen) and managed to cut her knee and bruise her chin!Then a nice 3 ish mile decent to the finish were your ankles take a pounding. Also the first aid tent had a very cute puppy collie to aid those injured runners."

24. Gary Richardson 1.15.12
30. Nick Haywood 1.17.10
99. Sophia Haywood 1.32.24


2 Sept: Ann and Steve Collier's absence was noted at last weeks Delamere park run. Now we know why. They were doing this one in Italy! Steve's report:

"We had a rare absence from Delamere but managed to make it to the parkrun at Marecchia in Rimini.We had to get up at 5:30am on Saturday to catch a train in order to get there in time.Ann was first lady!"

For those of us fluent in Italian the report noted " Russia, Irlanda e Inghilterra si sono unite oggi ai parkrunner locali per correre al Marecchia parkrun."


3 Sept: In the 3rd running of the Tatton 10k this year Chloe Broad was the only member of VRAC to take part. In grim conditions Chloe secured the 1st lady prize with a 39.32 just a few seconds outside of her PB. Full Results


3 Sept: Emma Pyatt in a rare outing on the roads was the only VRAC representative at this race which attracts a strong local field. Emma finished with a creditable 45.19 in wet and windy conditions.  Full Results


24 Aug: One race that almost went under the radar from last week. Only two VRAC made the trip to deepest Shropshire with Helen Smith first home for the club in 42.50 taking the FV45 prize. The other VRAC representatove was Ray Tran who posted a sub 50 minute time of 49.56. Full Results


3 Sept: Report from Bob Corinaldi on his latest challenge:

"Training for the marathon hasn't been going well with the legs failing anything from 12 to 18 miles so there was a little trepidation this morning at the South Cheshire 20 as I've only managed one 20 miler so far.  I ran this 2 years ago and ran to the watch so I thought I'd try the same thing, 7:55 for the first 10 & 7:50 for the second 10.   All went relatively smoothly and was quite uneventful by my standards. I did my best to break Bryan Dales lens with some quality gurning on the way round & I kept waiting for the inevitable collapse in the latter never came and I finished in 2:35:50. Mary Tavener seemed to be going well when I saw her near the finish."

572.35.50Bob Corinaldi
1002.49.17Mary Tavener


Over the 3 weekends the Haines family has been holidaying in Florida it looks like one or other of them (Dave, Jill or Molly) have been representing VRAC in every Clermont Park Run. Dave's final appearance saw him take 4th place in 20.30. Jill was 42nd in 28.33 and the previous week Molly was 66th in 27.48. Good work Family Haines.


Something special happened on 31 Aug. On 1st September 2016 Dave Gough set himself the target of running at least 5 miles every day for 12 months. That would have meant at least 1825 miles in the year. As the year progressed this was obviously not challenging enough. So as well as running every day Goffy added an additional target. 3000 miles in the year.  On Thursday evening 31 Aug 2017 Dave ran the 13 miles he needed to hit the 3000 miles target as well as running a minimum of 5 miles every single day for 12 months! Since self confessed 'stato' nerd Goffy started keeping records at the age of 16 he has run over 65000 miles. So excluding his school running days that's more than 2.5 times around the world and an average of over 33 miles/week and 1700 miles/year for 38 years!!!! Congratulations Goffy on an amazing achievement . You are officially a true VRAC running legend.


29 Aug: Victories again for Chris Williams and Holly Weedall. 12 year old Holly improved on her already remarkable PB to further improve her number 1 age group standing in the UK over this distance. Further PB for Tony Dutton who continues his quest for sub 20. Some more excellent performances from VRAC youngsters including PB's for Cerys Pilliner and Izzy Davies.

116.11Chris Williams  
417.03James Ainsworth  
717.20Oliver Williams  
817.21Will McKay  
1017.32Holly WeedallPB1st Lady
2418.53Chris Weedall  
3720.16Tony DuttonPB 
5121.16John Clarke  
5521.42Beth Latham  
5621.52Rebecca Nixon  
5922.13Steve Collier  
6622.55Cerys PillinerPB 
7323.50Barry Chambers  
8324.48Izzy DaviesPB 
9225.54Geoff Davies  
10127.06Lydia Davies  
12430.37Shaun McGrath  


28 Aug: Speedy Father and son duo Gareth and Nathan WIlliams returned for another crack at the Cilcain Show Moel Famau mountain race. Last year they finished 12th (Nathan) and 16th. This year both ran nearly 2 minutes quicker with Nathan taking 2nd place in 36.28 and Gareth not far back in 4th in 36.59 to win the interestingly named Robin Wolley trophy for 1st M40.  Nice work boys. Back for a victory next year Nathan?  PS: Pics - like Father like son?!


26 Aug: David Shepherd's first foray into the mirky world of ultra trail racing. He ran it with Deborah Short (NRAC who has only been running for 18 months). They clocked a hugely creditable 8 hours 22 minutes for the challenging 36 mile route and by David's account they thoroughly enjoyed it! "We decided on a pace, walk hills and concentrate on what we were eating and drinking. Top third finish and me thinking I would struggle to finish I felt I could have done another 13 miles."


24 Aug: Another running of the Mid Cheshire 5K now renowned for it's PB potential. As usual a huge entry from VRAC with 39 participants. 9 PB's and many other excellent performances.  A ladiea team win for  Sarah Murphy, Chloe Broad and Carolyn Dooley. Also of particular note was a momentus day in the Doyle family. Alex getting GCSE results in the morning then running a big PB to beat Dad Stu for the first time! Stu's performance moving him up to 10th Vet 45 in the country over the distance. Aaron Doyle completed the special day running a huge PB himself. Brilliant photos of all runners free to download from Mick Hall here.
PosGunNameNameChipGenGen PosCatCat Pos 
300:14:52ChrisPerry00:14:52Male3Senior Male3PB
1500:15:34MatthewSheen00:15:33Male15Under 212 
2300:15:45RyanMoore00:15:43Male23Senior Male18PB
2900:15:51AlexanderDoyle00:15:50Male29Under 213PB
4200:16:05StuartDoyle00:16:04Male42Vet 452 
5500:16:30AndrewMiles00:16:28Male53Senior Male35 
6200:16:45NathanWilliams00:16:40Male60Under 218 
7000:16:57edwardpettitt00:16:55Male67Under 2110 
7300:17:00ChrisJones00:16:55Male70Senior Male42PB
8400:17:13GarethWilliams00:17:07Male80Vet 454 
10700:17:37JamesGriffiths00:17:31Male101Senior Male60 
12100:17:49AaronDoyle00:17:46Male115Under 2115PB
13600:18:10SarahMurphy00:18:09Female8Vet 402 
14300:18:22GaryRichardson00:18:12Male134Vet 4021 
15400:18:39ChrisWeedall00:18:30Male142Senior Male81PB
17400:19:01BrianDooley00:18:52Male160Vet 4517 
18400:19:11chloeBroad00:19:05Female16Under 212 
19000:19:21scottbamber00:19:14Male174Vet 5010 
19100:19:23DaveGough00:19:13Male175Vet 5011 
20200:19:39CarolynDooley00:19:32Female21Vet 404 
20700:19:45RichardMurray00:19:37Male186Vet 5015 
21200:19:49GrahamMiles00:19:39Male190Vet 4521 
22000:19:59ChrisSwift00:19:49Male195Senior Male101 
24200:20:19AnthonyDutton00:20:11Male213Vet 4033PB
24700:20:26HelenSmith00:20:14Female31Vet 453 
25900:20:39TonyArcher00:20:28Male227Vet 605 
26400:20:46MelanieJohnson00:20:32Female34Vet 356 
26900:20:51CharlieFawkes00:20:42Male234Under 2117PB
27000:20:52GeoffFawkes00:20:43Male235Vet 4527 
28000:21:03JohnClarke00:20:51Male242Vet 607 
30400:21:45stevecollier00:21:31Male259Vet 5513 
31800:22:12LucyBurch00:22:08Female54Under 217 
32800:22:33MaryTavener00:22:17Female59Vet 553 
33100:22:39EleanorRiches00:22:22Female60Vet 456 
35100:23:07JoanneEdwards00:22:49Female68Vet 506 
35600:23:12debbiebroad00:22:55Female70Vet 507PB
37200:23:45richardpettitt00:23:31Male294Vet 5519 
37700:23:51ChristopherGriffiths00:23:37Male296Vet 5520 
42500:26:59anncollier00:26:41Female107Vet 556 


20 Aug: Gemma Barnett successfully returned to this challenging race to repeat last years victory. Good training for David Murphy preparing once again to tackle Snowdonia Marathon in a few weeks. As ever, able support from John Todd as he continues to return to fitness. Full results here.
PosNameTimeCatCat Pos 
16Gemma Barnett1.33.06F3511st Lady
29David Murphy1.39.09SM  
53John Todd1.41.52M555 


19 Aug: A nice event experienced by Mary Tavener.

Organised by the Long Distance Walking Association (LDWA), this 'challenge' saw 350 runners and walkers take on an off-road loop around the rivers and canals of Birmingham. You get to run under spaghetti junction, the back of Aston and Birmingham Universities, the canals around the City Centre down to Bournville and Cadburys. It was a fantastic and fascinating way to cover some training miles. Who'd have thought that Birmingham was so green and peaceful. You are meant to navigate but it was fairly straightforward ( good instructions and maps provided). 5 check points (CPs) where breakfast, lunch, cakes, hot and cold drinks were provided,  ( a cake competition at checkpoint 4). Not a gel to be seen. A hot meal and showers were available at the end. All of this for £15 (£10 if you are a member).  The percentage of runners was quite high but most were similar to me - using it as training. Lots of Brummie humour. Weather was perfect. Would definitely do it again- tempted to walk next time as the food looked so good. The marathon course was accurate. The LDWA organise lots of events and I would definitely do another of their run/walks. No idea where I came but the official time was 4hrs 18 mins ( you get a certificate!).


20 Aug: 4 VRAC took part in this long standing local race. All four had been picked to represent Cheshire in the inter-area match against North Wales.  All four were counters in the race with the women's team winning against their North Wales rivals. A jet-lagged Chris Williams was first back for VRAC followed by Mike Harrington with a PB and Carolyn Dooley. Kate Moulds was the fourth VRAC home with a seasons best time. Full Results

Chris WILLIAMSMS00:34:13969 
Michael HARRINGTONMV4500:35:3319219PB
Carolyn DOOLEYFV4000:40:437379 
Kate MOULDSFS00:41:218486


17 Aug: Just 4 VRAC ran the fourth and final race in the 2017 Sale Sizzler series. First home was Chloe Broad with a big PB looking like another VRAC runner to be putting recent injuries behind them. Following up was Anthony Dutton, Barry Chambers and Paul Hudson, all three had solid runs with the consistency they have showed in all of their 5Ks so far this summer. Paul Hudson was the only VRAC to complete all 4 Sizzlers. Full Results

 PosGun timeFirst nameLast nameClubChip TimePosCategoryPos400m5KPB
12318:41ChloeBroadVale Royal AC18:398Under 20201:2918:39PB
25420:58AnthonyDuttonVale Royal AC20:52218Vet 403001:3420:52 
37723:17BarryChambersVale Royal AC23:05303Vet 65701:5023:05 
51630:26:00PaulHudsonVale Royal AC30:04:00353Vet 601502:1830:04:00


16 Aug: A good VRAC turnout as usual for this fast local 5k. Up at the sharp end Cameron Weaver squeezed under 16 minutes for the first time and grabbed a well deserved 3rd place. Huge PB for Nathan Williams who took his age group prize. Further down the field Tony Archer ran under 21 minutes hopefully putting his injuries behind him. Great run and PB from Lucy Knight on her old stomping ground and the usual solid runs from the stalwarts of the group. Full Results

 PosGun timeFirst nameLast nameClubChip TimeChip PosPosCategoryPos 
315:55CameronWeaverVale Royal AC15:5533Under 201PB
1516:36NathanWilliamsVale Royal AC16:341515Under 202PB
2617:17MichaelHarringtonVale Royal AC17:152826Vet 452 
3517:31GarethWilliamsVale Royal AC17:313535Vet 453 
12720:53TonyArcherVale Royal AC20:49128115Vet 604 
16822:43MaryTavenerVale Royal AC22:3216824Vet 552 
18323:11LucyKnightVale Royal AC23:0618332Senior Female11PB
19323:45RayTranVale Royal AC23:34192158Vet 5019 
20224:20:00JayneLomaxVale Royal AC24:12:0020238Vet 505


13 Aug: Mike Harrington was again the sole VRAC at the inaugural 600 sell-out Leigh 10k. The course was one small lap and two larger laps on partially closed roads starting and finishing outside Leigh Town Hall. Mike finished 5th in 36.49 (1st Vet 45). Full Results


12 Aug: Mike Harrington was the sole VRAC representative at this monthly free 5k organised by Buxton AC. Any dreams of a victory were crushed when bumping into sub 29 10k runner Chris Davies of Telford AC at the start line. Mike finished 5th in 18.15 (1st Vet 45). Full Results 


13 Aug: From Carolyn's feedback it sounds like another good day for Mr and Mrs Dooley. Full results here.

"Fab day in Blackpool. Tough course but great views..Northern Masters 10K Champs first with me finishing 2nd Female and 1st V40 and Mr D getting 3rd V45 followed by fish and chips on the front and finished off with a display from the Red Arrows".

PositionNameCatCat PosTime
27Brian DooleyM45(3/23)00:40:12
38Carolyn DooleyF40(1/17)00:41:25


7 Aug: James Ainsworth ventured up Teggs Nose. Here's his report:

"7.8miles starting at the sheep dog trials fair out over farmers fields then two steep climbs of teggs nose then back the way you came. Wasn't expecting much as had been out on the beer the evening before so set off steady, came down off the hills well and took a few places on the last couple of km and came in 16th in 1:04:58. Good fun."


5 Aug: We don't routinely report Park Runs but sometimes they have special interest. It's been great to see Julie Annable running again after another long battle with injury. On her travels she took the chance to run the Park Run at Poole and amongst the 730 other runners who did she bump into?  Here's her report:

"After 6 months off running through injury, again!!! I made it to the start line of the Poole Park Parkrun. I heard someone behind me call my name. The entire Pettitt family were also stood on the start line with me. Lovely to see them all. Small world!"


3 Aug: Race 3 in the popular series had a particularly strong field at the sharp end with 5 men going under 15 minutes despite the windy conditions. 7 VRAC made the trip to Wythenshaw Park. Some good performances from the women with Amelia Pettitt returning to some form, Chloe Broad coming back from injury and Jill Haines with another PB and looking good to break 25 mins at the final Sizzler on the 17th August. Sarah Murphy had another strong performance and the trio of Dave Haines, Paul Hudson and Richard Pettitt all had solid runs. Full Results.

 PosGun timeFirst nameLast nameChip TimeGenderPosCategoryPos
6417:41AmeliaPettitt17:39Female7Senior Female5
8617:59SarahMurphy17:57Female13Vet 404
15619:29ChloeBroad19:23Female22Under 202
16319:36DavidHaines19:30Male141Vet 4516
39124:46:00RichardPettitt24:32:00Male297Vet 5512
40925:24:00JillHaines25:05:00Female106Vet 457
47829:42:00PaulHudson29:22:00Male327Vet 6012


Following outstanding results at Pie and Peas both the men and ladies are now leading the Grand Prix.  Team and individual standings below.  Team Championship is based on 5 races from 7 and individual Championship 4 races from 7. Three races to go... Sutton 6, Congeleton half marathon and Farndon 10k..We need strong performances in at least one of these but of course the better we do in all of them helps to suppress our rivals!  Let's try and have a good turnout for Sutton 6 and Farndon 10k.



2 Aug: Another terrific Pie and Peas event. Thanks to all the organisers and marshalls.  Wind, sun and a heavy storm provided variable conditions! 46 runners from VRAC with the VRAC men claiming the first 8 places with Matt Sheen and Chris Perry crossing the line together in 1st place. The ladies claimed the top 5 places in the female category with Sarah Griffiths winning the ladies title. Also a multitude of category wins (see table). Some great inter-club (and inter-family!) duels throughout the field. This result will greatly strengthen our position in the Cheshire Road Race Grand Prix. Great stuff!
PosGunName GenGen PosCatCat Pos
600:27:30StuartDoyleMale6Vet 451
700:27:58AlexanderDoyleMale7Under 201
900:28:56CameronWeaverMale9Under 202
1300:29:53JamesAinsworthMale13Vet 401
1400:29:56GarethWilliamsMale14Vet 452
2700:31:44MattRowlinsonMale27Under 203
3200:31:59MatthewScottMale31Vet 457
4300:32:50GeorgeThornleyMale41Under 204
4500:32:51RobertRoeMale43Vet 357
4600:32:55ScottBamberMale44Vet 504
5100:33:23LewisBrownMale49Under 205
5500:33:35BrianDooleyMale53Vet 4512
5700:33:45BobCorinaldiMale55Vet 4513
6000:34:02CarolynDooleyFemale3Vet 401
6200:34:10ChloeDooleyFemale4Under 201
6500:34:39SamWashingtonMale61Under 206
6800:34:49HelenSmithFemale5Vet 451
7300:35:17StephenThompsonMale68Vet 5013
7400:35:22JohnMouldsMale69Vet 5014
8400:35:46AnthonyDuttonMale76Vet 4011
9700:36:10DavidRobertsMale87Vet 4013
10400:36:30CharlieFawkesMale93Under 207
10500:36:30GeoffFawkesMale94Vet 4522
10700:36:33ClaireThompsonFemale12Vet 352
10900:36:58JohnClarkeMale97Vet 603
11900:37:27SteveCollierMale105Vet 553
12400:37:54JeanettePopeFemale15Vet 403
12700:38:13ClaireChapmanFemale17Vet 404
14200:38:56PaulSpareMale120Vet 653
16300:40:16BarryChambersMale131Vet 654
17200:40:56ChristopherGriffithsMale138Vet 5510
17500:41:05RayTranMale141Vet 5028
18500:41:28JayneLomaxFemale39Vet 502
19000:41:47RichardPettittMale149Vet 5513
26300:47:51AnnCollierFemale81Vet 558


30 July: Well organised and a nice flat course with the weather defying the gloomy forecast. Another superb win for Chris Williams bettering his Alderley Bypass PB by 3 seconds, although he had to work hard with 3 others within 40 seconds of his finishing time. Solid run from Craig Sephton and a delighted James Edwards winning his category. 11 Second PB for Tony Dutton Tony Archer gradually returning to form but more than happy to be pain free. New member Eleanor Riches with a very respectable time. Category wins for the Rathbone/Williams household and high finishes for Mary Tavener and Debbie Broad for whom this was a debut 10k.. All in all a good day!
PosGunName ChipGenGen PosCatCat Pos 
133:11:00ChrisWilliams33:10:00Male1Senior Male1PB
2338:35:00CraigSephton38:32:00Male23Vet 455 
6742:33:00JamesEdwards42:23:00Male63Vet 551 
7943:11:00AnthonyDutton43:08:00Male72Vet 4011PB
9044:05:00TonyArcher43:54:00Male83Vet 603 
13346:44:00EleanorRiches46:34:00Female13Vet 453 
15047:40:00MaryTavener47:27:00Female17Vet 552 
19849:18:00ColinRathbone49:04:00Male168Vet 701 
20449:38:00debbiebroad49:30:00Female31Vet 454 
39159:16:00CarolineWilliams59:02:00Female108Vet 651 


29 July: Billed as a 'Testing course in fantastic scenery' is race organisers speak for a lot of hills and a lot of pain!. Gemma Barnett picked up another Cheshire vest to help the Cheshire ladies team to victory. A strong performance from mileage monster Bob Corinaldi with able support from birthday boy (nearly) John Todd.
PlaceNameFirst nameLast nameCategoryGenderTime
56Gemma BarnettGemmaBarnettLady Vet Over 35Female1:05:58.7
84Bob CorinaldiBobCorinaldiMale Vet Over 45Male1:09:27.6
108John ToddJohnToddMale Vet Over 55Male1:11:58.1


25 July: Second race in the series and two more great wins for Chris Williams (1st overall) and Holly Weedall (1st lady). Good runs from Chris Weedall and Matt Scott (1st M45) both under 19 minutes. Great family turnout from the Haines family with Improving Dave Haines just missing the 20 minute barrier. Looks like a nice bit of pacemaking support by Matt Rowlinson for Izzy Davies.
116.06Chris Williams 
917.46Holly Weedall1st Lady
1017.53Oliver Williams 
2018.39Chris Weedall 
2318.57Matt Scott1st M45
3620.03Dave Haines 
4820.45Tony Dutton 
5721.13John Clarke3rd M60
6121.29Rebecca Nixon 
6221.37Matthew Woolley 
6921.59Stev Collier 
8824.05Izzy Davies 
8924.06Matt Rowlinson 
11426.25Jill Haines 
12127.06Molly Haines 
12627.47Lydia Davies 
14431.36Shaun McGrath 


You may have noticed the exceptional season Chris Williams is having. Chris originally joined the club in 1997 as a 11 year old and competed as junior, coached by Shaun for 4 years. He re-joined the club at the start of this year and has been a prolific racer on behalf of VRAC. We are delighted Chris will continue his leading contribution to the Cheshire Road Race Grand Prix by running the Pie and Peas on 2nd August. Especially as Chris is due to marry Sarah Jeffs the following day Chester! They met in their local pub in Holmes Chapel 9 years ago.  Sarah is not currently a member of a running club but she does the occasional 10k to keep fit. Congratulations Chris and Sarah. Oh, and run well at the Pie and Peas Chris!


26 July: Having missed the much awaited sizzler 5k due to a tummy bug Pauline Davies decided to have a stab at the Leasowe Seaside 5k on the Wirral starting with a half mile run run againstthe brisk wind then turning on to the promenade with a tail windfor the remaining distance which produced a seasons best of 24.52.


As we know the wonderful world of Parkrun is becoming a worldwide phenonmenon. Chris Griffiths recently ran one in Mansfield, Ohio... and bumped into running buddy Paul Doffman from NRC! Not so long ago Tony Archer ran one in Australia... and bumped into his son, Nathan! Small world.  If you travel overseas pack your barcode and always check out if there is a Parkrun closeby and send us your update.


23 July. Jo Edwards and Tony Atkinson took on this arduous trail challenge. Here's Jo's report:

Tony's time 6.41.46, 274th overall, 37th in age group, my time 6.51.48, 5th in age group, gender position 58th, overall 355. The first 5 miles was over 2.000 ft of climb, then we had to tackle miles of bog and swamp which seemed to go on forever, fell over a few times, half way point was Bedgellert, wheels had fallen off already, started to climb again at mile 18, mile 19 was the cutoff point, if you're not there in 5.15hours your pulled out of the race, then we faced with Snowdon itself, up the Pyg Track for the next 3.5 miles, went on forever, people feeling sick/ dizzy (me included) despite drinking for England. Then the decent down the Llanberis path,  every step hurt, then when you'd got so close the finish they sent you in the opposite direction grr, for the last mile, everything hurt by this time, eventually finished in pain but happy, extremely well organised, well marshalled, absolutely stunning course, would recommend it for the mad ones out there, it's one for the bucket list. PS:  we had to carry emergency safety kit, waterproof trousers, jacket, hat gloves food mobile phone even a whistle!


20 JULY:  8 VRAC attended the 2nd of the 4 race series and were again met with a large, strong field and decent conditions. Some notable runs for Stu Doyle taking the V45 prize, Sarah Murphy who took V35 prize and Dave Haines who nudged closer to a sub 19. Jill Haines scored another PB and there was a welcome return to racing for Amelia Pettitt. Full Results

 PosGun timeFirst nameLast nameChip TimePosCategoryPos400m5K
2216:13StuartDoyle16:1322Vet 45101:1516:13
7317:31MichaelHarrington17:2767Vet 45501:2717:27
8917:44SarahMurphy17:4410Vet 35101:2017:44
17119:22DavidHaines19:19150Vet 451701:3519:19
27521:24AmeliaPettitt21:1842Senior Female2001:4321:18
35023:04BarryChambers22:54283Vet 65601:5222:54
43225:26:00JillHaines25:10:00108Vet 45902:0625:10:00
50430:52:00PaulHudson30:30:00352Vet 601102:2730:30:00


14, 15 & 16 JULY:  Nathan and Gareth Williams took on this 3 races in 3 days challenge around the Mersey Valley.Friday night was a 5 mile trail race followed by 1 mile graded races on Saturday morning and rounded off with a 3 mile race along the river bank on Sunday. Nathan and Gareth managed 10th and 11th respectively on the Friday, and slipped down the results a bit the following 2 days. The event is reported as being well organised and very friendly as well as attracting a few of the top local men and women.  Full details and results available via


16 JULY - Bob Corinaldi was the lone VRAC representative at this race. His report is below. 

"Not one for the 1/2M purist, this was an interesting trot round Dalby Forest in the sun. The ground was very tricky under foot with some nasty litte descents and a fair few boggy bits. Got stuck behind a bit of 10k traffic as we shared part of the course. According to Garmin,  the course was a little short but rumour has it this was due to the trees interfering with the signal & I'm not going to argue with that. Finished  in 1:48:35 which was 19th from 231, not bad for a grandad"


13 July: Five VRAC ran this multi-terrain race hosted by Wilmslow Running Club with great race conditions, dry underfoot and fantastic scenery. The route takes in forest trails, sections of road, farm fields with steep sharp descents and a couple of stiles. Runners were warned at the start that there were cows loose in the field en route. Dave Shepherd was first home showing he is getting his speed back after the years of injuries and claimed a few notable scalps. Joe Cavanagh was next back enjoying the trails and flying up the hills. Dave Haines was next paying the price for trying to stay with Dave Shepherd over the first two miles. Nikki Cavanagh was first Vale Royal lady followed closely by Jo Edwards who was second in her age category. Link to full results.
26David Shepherd00:31:55v503
46Joe Cavanagh00:33:36v407
57David Haines00:34:29v4513
109Nikki Cavanagh00:38:13L406
133Jo Edwards00:39:54L502


After 3 races (Chester Spring 5, Kingsley 5k and Alderley 10k) VRAC is in an excellent posotion. The mens team are in the lead with 1640 points with Macc Harriers second on 1495 points.  The ladies lie second on 616 points with Wilmslow just 6 points ahead. Notable individual standings include Chris Williams and James Ainsworth 1st and 5th respectively. We need strong performances in 3 of the remaining 4 races (Pie and Peas, Sutton 6, Congleton Half and Farndon 10k).  Let's try and make it a double for the men and women this year.  Full results here.


11 July: 11 July: Some would say one Bob Corinaldi is sufficient. But two?  Here's his mid-week fell race report:

"You have a double (from the back anyway). Spent an hour last night chasing him round the North Yorkshire Moors at the Tom's Bransdale Fell Run. Made an interesting training run but my fell running technique is far worse than my road running technique. Got within striking range, then it got all complicated with narrow tracks through moorland and I could barely stay upright. Anyway 12.5k long, 400m of climb (most in the first mile) and some of the best flapjacks I've ever tasted. Finished in 1:10:04, 21st from 55 runners with a huge smile which isn't like me at all!  No pics I'm afraid as the local midges were out in force".


9 JULY: Chris Jones was our only representative at this testing four miler. The race forms part of the NSRRA calendar (North Staffs equivalent to our Grand Prix Series) so attracted a strong local field. Chris finished 11th in 23.34 in his debut at this distance. Full results


9 July: A lovely summers day for this brilliant event organised by Northwich Running Club with David Sheoherd playing a lead role.  A 2k fun run, a 5k and a 10k around the traffic free trails of Carey and Marbury Park. The 2k fun run gave the opportunity for a number of VRAC parents and grandparents to test themselves against their aspiring offspring! In the 5k VRAC had the mens and ladies winners covered with Gareth Williams and Holly Weedall. Mel Johnson ran an excellent race, close to her previous best, and finishing 2nd lady.  In the 10k Chris WIlliams streaked home in a stand out time with Nathan Williams taking second and Mike Harrington 4th. Chris Griffiths completed the VRAC field at a more sedate pace.

5k PosGunNameNameChipGenPosCatPos
 318:47HollyWeedall18:47Female1Under 401
 1321:32MelJohnson21,27Female2Under 402
134:48:00ChrisWilliams34:47:00Male1Under 401
237:13:00NathanWilliams37:13:00Male2Under 402
438:10:00Mike Harrington38:03:00Male440-501


6 JULY: Just 6 VRAC runners started for the first of this popular 4 race 5k series. Decent conditions and the usual strong field meant a number of runners left with PBs. First home for the club with his 1st sub 17 5k was Mike Harrington in 16.53. Next home was Sarah Murphy who won her age category, followed by Dave Haines with a 3 second PB then Chris Beard with a solid run. Jill Haines was next in just outside of her PB set last week at Crewe and finally Paul Hudson completed the team with a season's best time of 30.03.  Full Results.  The next race in the series is on Thursday 20th July. 

 PosGun timeFirst nameLast nameChip TimeGenderPosCategoryPos
3416:57MichaelHarrington16:53Male32Vet 453
7017:50SarahMurphy17:48Female5Vet 352
15019:43DavidHaines19:37Male131Vet 4515
24621:44ChrisBeard21:25Male208Vet 4531
39926:13:00JillHaines25:53:00Female104Vet 4512
46530:28:00PaulHudson30:03:00Male317Vet 6012


4 JULY: Tony Dutton tried this one. Only a small entry of 47 runners running 3 laps of the Berry Hill Fields, some high climbs and fully off road, across paths and tracks. Tony came 17th in 45.42.


2 July: This was the first staging since its conversion from a 5 mile race. 18 VRAC runners were greeted by warm and windy conditions on a course that was quite undulating. It was the 3rd race of the Grand Prix series with strong teams fielded. Mike Harrington with a sub 36 was only good enough for sixth counter. Mike Vennard, making a rare UK appearance whilst back from college in the US, was first home in 7th place in 32.10, closely followed home by another superb run from Chris Williams, beating some quality athletes in the process. Sarah  Murphy also had a strong run to finish 7th female. There were category wins for Chloe Dooley (U20), Nathan Williams (U20) and Stu Doyle (V45) and an added bonus was Vale Royal narrowly beating Liverpool to win the team completion based on the combined results of the 1st 3 men and 1st 3 ladies.  Full Results

 PosGun timeFirst nameLast nameChip TimeChip PosPosCategoryPos5KFinish


2 July:Having lost out on a national bronze at Horwich after stopping to tie a shoelace, Pauline Davies made no mistakes in the Northern Masters 
5k Multi-terrain Champs at Ratcliffe with both laces firmly tied she scored first w/65 in both open & Northern Masters in 26.53 on a far from easy course.


2 July: Even if you get a PB sometimes you are still gutted! Rick Murray missed breaking 11 minutes for 3000m by 0.9 of a second! Better luck next time Rick!