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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.
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.
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
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
|Pos||Gun||Name||Name||Chip||Chip Pos||Gen Pos||Cat||Cat Pos|
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
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 stages...it never came and I finished in 2:35:50. Mary Tavener seemed to be going well when I saw her near the finish."
|10||17.32||Holly Weedall||PB||1st Lady|
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?!
|Pos||Gun||Name||Name||Chip||Gen||Gen Pos||Cat||Cat Pos|
|16||Gemma Barnett||1.33.06||F35||1||1st Lady|
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
|NAME||CAT.||CHIP TIME||GENDER POS.||CAT. POS.||CHIP POS.||PB|
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
|Pos||Gun time||First name||Last name||Club||Chip Time||Pos||Category||Pos||400m||5K||PB|
|123||18:41||Chloe||Broad||Vale Royal AC||18:39||8||Under 20||2||01:29||18:39||PB|
|254||20:58||Anthony||Dutton||Vale Royal AC||20:52||218||Vet 40||30||01:34||20:52|
|377||23:17||Barry||Chambers||Vale Royal AC||23:05||303||Vet 65||7||01:50||23:05|
|516||30:26:00||Paul||Hudson||Vale Royal AC||30:04:00||353||Vet 60||15||02:18||30:04:00|
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
|Pos||Gun time||First name||Last name||Club||Chip Time||Chip Pos||Pos||Category||Pos|
|3||15:55||Cameron||Weaver||Vale Royal AC||15:55||3||3||Under 20||1||PB|
|15||16:36||Nathan||Williams||Vale Royal AC||16:34||15||15||Under 20||2||PB|
|26||17:17||Michael||Harrington||Vale Royal AC||17:15||28||26||Vet 45||2|
|35||17:31||Gareth||Williams||Vale Royal AC||17:31||35||35||Vet 45||3|
|127||20:53||Tony||Archer||Vale Royal AC||20:49||128||115||Vet 60||4|
|168||22:43||Mary||Tavener||Vale Royal AC||22:32||168||24||Vet 55||2|
|183||23:11||Lucy||Knight||Vale Royal AC||23:06||183||32||Senior Female||11||PB|
|193||23:45||Ray||Tran||Vale Royal AC||23:34||192||158||Vet 50||19|
|202||24:20:00||Jayne||Lomax||Vale Royal AC||24:12:00||202||38||Vet 50||5|
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".
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.
|Pos||Gun time||First name||Last name||Chip Time||Gender||Pos||Category||Pos|
|Pos||Gun||Name||Gen||Gen Pos||Cat||Cat Pos|
|Pos||Gun||Name||Chip||Gen||Gen Pos||Cat||Cat Pos|
|Place||Name||First name||Last name||Category||Gender||Time|
|56||Gemma Barnett||Gemma||Barnett||Lady Vet Over 35||Female||1:05:58.7|
|84||Bob Corinaldi||Bob||Corinaldi||Male Vet Over 45||Male||1:09:27.6|
|108||John Todd||John||Todd||Male Vet Over 55||Male||1:11:58.1|
|9||17.46||Holly Weedall||1st Lady|
|23||18.57||Matt Scott||1st M45|
|57||21.13||John Clarke||3rd M60|
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.
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
|Pos||Gun time||First name||Last name||Chip Time||Pos||Category||Pos||400m||5K|
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 www.allterrainchallengeuk.com
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"
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.
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.
|Pos||Gun time||First name||Last name||Chip Time||Gender||Pos||Category||Pos|
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
|Pos||Gun time||First name||Last name||Chip Time||Chip Pos||Pos||Category||Pos||5K||Finish|