If it doesn't challenge you, it won't change you.
A multitude of races in June of varying distance, surface and terrain. James Ainsworth had another stella month racing prolifically and extremely well. Despite work and family commitments Chris Jones also stepped up running his first sub 36 10k at Warrington. Helen Smith and Carolyn Dooley also picked up well deserved Cheshire vests at Stone 10k. However the June award goes someone who also raced prolifically picking up the M45 title for the North Cheshire 5k series and running his first sub 10 minute 3k on the track. June AOM is MIKE HARRINGTON.
In 3 Words
CHESHIRE GRAND PRIX
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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|
28 June: Congratulations to Chris Jones on breaking the 36 minute 10k barrier for the first time. Superb run coming 4th overall in 35.54.Credit to Chris as the course was not particularly quick being twisty and with some grass running. Chris was place 5th until 5K but then managed secure and maintain 4th place in what turned out to be a lonely race! Well done Chis.
27 June: Congrats on 3000m PB for Mike Harrington. 9 mins 48 Secs.
|4||16.11||Chris Williams||70||21.39||Rebecca Nixon|
|9||17.06||James Ainsworth||71||21.47||Steve Collier|
|11||17.12||Edward Pettitt||87||23.09||Cerys Pilliner|
|18||18.11||Holly Weedall||103||24.28||Richard Pettitt|
|27||19.05||Chris Weedall||106||24.57||Holly Haines|
|31||19.13||Matt Scott||120||25.50||Jill Haines|
|42||19.53||Kate Moulds||126||26.36||Lydia Davies|
|46||20.11||Dave Haines||127||26.42||Geoff Davies|
|53||20.41||Tony Dutton||149||30.37||Shaun McGrath|
|59||20.59||John Moulds||153||31.15||Paul Hudson|
|Pos||Gun||First name||Last name||Chip||Pos||Gender||Pos||Cat||Pos|
Carolyn – 40:26 1st V40 6th lady
Helen – 41:39 1st V45 12th lady
|Overall Pos||Team Name||Team||Team Time|
|3||Vale Royal Spartans||Alex Mason|
|9||Harry up it looks like rain||Nick Haywood|
|10||Where's Rob||Katie Brough|
|Karen Bain (NRC)||96.44|
|Matt Watkins (NRC|
|DNF||No Name 2||Gemma Barnett|
|8||00:17:38||HARRINGTON, Michael||Male Vet 45||03:31.6||1|
|30||00:20:21||HAINES, David||Male Vet 45||04:04.2||9|
|59||00:22:07||BEARD, Chris||Male Vet 45||04:25.4||14|
|78||00:23:27||EDWARDS, Joanne||Lady Vet 50||04:41.4||2|
|90||00:25:02||TRAN, Ray||Male Vet 50||05:00.4||8|
|95||00:25:30||CHAMBERS, Barry||Male Vet 65||05:06.0||2|
A rather wet and windy weekend but still a great one. Debbie Moreton, George Thornley and Lisa Meadows are now the latest in the list of 71 different VR runners who have completed a Castles leg. There were 2 new records set this year.... Zack on Leg 2 and Gary on Leg 20. (Gary due to new route). Darren remains the only person to have done all 11 Castles Relays that VRAC has entered, closely followed by Clutty and Dave Haines on 8. Craig started the weekend with a cracking run, finishing 10th out of 66 teams. Stages 1 to 6 had horrid weather, as the relevant runners will assure you. Hainesy happily enjoyed his run and Tony regretted agreeing to a hilly leg. Debbie smiled, as always, all the way round , even up the 300m steep ascent to end her run. Nick realised his honeymoon feeling was definitely over at about 9 miles of his hilly half marathon! Bob ran on adrenaline thanks to the birth of his new granddaughter, Edith. Clutty said he had his best run of his Castles career. George ran further than he'd ever run before, Lisa's calf held up for her to have a great run and Gary finished the weekend in great style with much speed.
Stage; Distance; Name; Time; Placing
Stage 1 9.1 miles Craig Sephton (V) 01:01:43 10th
Stage 2 10.7 miles Zack Bamber 01:04:37 10th
Stage 3 12.3 miles Gary Richardson (V) 01:19:34 20th
Stage 4 9.5 miles Sophie Rees (FV) 01:10:46 37th
Stage 5 9.6 miles Scott Bamber (V) 01:06:16 15th
Stage 6 10.7 miles Joanne Edwards (FV) 01:24:22 55th
Stage 7 9.5 milesAnthony Atkinson (V) 01:15:45 53td
Stage 8 10.8 miles Dave Haines (V) 01:14:24 25th
Stage 9 8.5 miles Debbie Moreton (FV) 01:04:00 46th
Stage 10 13.1 miles Nick Haywood 01:34:37 50th
Stage 11 12.3 miles Dave Shepherd (V) 01:25:29 36thStage 12 11.2 miles Dave Gough (V) 01:13:52 21st
Stage 13 10.6 miles Chris Beard (V) 01:14:38 31st
Stage 14 10.8 miles Ian Brough (V) 01:17:24 37th
Stage 15 12.8 miles Bob Corinaldi (V) 01:29:13 31st
Stage 16 8.8 miles Paul Clutterbuck (V) 01:09:00 51st
Stage 17 9.2 miles George Thornley 01:02:41 29th
Stage 18 9.1 miles Darren Cottier (V) 00:56:42 11th
Stage 19 7.7 miles Lisa Meadows (FV) 01:00:46 45thStage 20 10.1 miles Gary Richardson (V) 01:04:49 26th
Tatton Park 10k
Sunday 11th June: James Ainsworth was the lone VRACer talking on this new route around tatton park, mainly undulating roads with a couple of small loops on trails. James managed 2nd place in 35:41 a long way behind first place Patrick Martin (Stockport) who ran 31:04.
Thursday 8th June: The third in the series of five 5ks saw another decent turn out from VRAC. This is historically a quick course but the heavy rain made the grass section at 2.5k and 4.75k a bit slippy.
Mike Harrington and Barry Chambers made it 3 out of 3 age group wins. There was a PB for Chris Beard and another for Jill Haines.
7. 17.25 Mike Harrington
58. 21.00 Chris Beard
99. 23.14 Jo Edwards
105. 23.43 Barry Chambers
108. 23.56 Jayne Lomax
134. 26.26 Jill Haines
Wincle Trout Run
Saturday 3rd June, claimed to be the hardest of the Wincle routes, combined with the heat made this a tough run. Both Bob C & John Clarke took on this challenge which is normally a popular race for VRacers, great runs by both, Bob blew up at the end but was chuffed with his time. John clearly enjoying the river crossing a little too much! Well done guys.
LIVERPOOL ROCK 'n' ROLL MARATHON
Sunday 28th May: A hot day to tackle a marathon. Tommy Armstrong was not deterred and had a valiant shot at a target time of 3.05.00 to qualify for a good for age time for London. Through halfway in 1.30.04 things were looking good but Tommy's comments tell the story "Found it tough knew I was in trouble by 10k had a few bad spells and then missed gfa by 71 seconds not the easiest with the elevation gain in the first half". Tommy finished in 85th place in 3.06.11. A creditable result on a far from flat course.
SHUTLINGSLOE FELL RACE
MANCHESTER GREAT RUN 10K
28 May: Scott Bamber ran for Maxine who was injured. Happy with a solid 40:53 after a very slow first mile due to congestion.
31 May: Scott Bamber got a last minute entry to the Dovestone Diamond 10k race. A beautiful route with 5k of tough uphill (200 plus metres of climb) and 5k of breakneck downhill to follow. Last year I pulled a hamstring on the ascent so great to finish in one piece and crack the top 20.
43.37 (18th of 209 finishers)
FLYING FOX MARATHON
28 May: Good temperature, lovely scenery, well organised but tough course. Colin Rathbone, sole Vale Royaler in this testing event, ably supported by Carole on her bike, Ian Brough and his wife on their tandem with full musical accompaniment and John Todd on his bike. Not a big field but great atmosphere and a thoroughly enjoyable Marathon.
34th. Colin Rathbone. 3.41.20. 1st O70. 83 finishers.
DUNHAM MASSEY 5K
25 May: Seven VRAC members faced tropical conditions in the first of the North Cheshire Grand Prix 5k Series at the slower version of the two Dunham Massey courses.
First home for VRAC was Mike Harrington in 17.50 for the V45 win. Next was Dave Haines just outside the 20 min mark with 20.08 followed by another V45 Chris Beard in a PB of 21.57. Jo Edwards was next home for VRAC with a seasons best time of 23.24 closely followed by Barry Chambers who picked up the V65 prize in 24.10. Next lady back for VRAC was Jayne Lomax in a time of 25.55 and rounding it off with a PB was Jill Haines in 28.03.
|Pos||Gun time||First name||Last name||Chip Time||Chip Pos||Gen||Pos||Cat||Pos|
|200||4||243||Luke SEILER||Vale Royal AC||26.21|
|1500||1||227||Ryan MOORE||Vale Royal AC||04:16.87|
|1500||2||82||Stuart DOYLE||Vale Royal AC||04:32.79|
|3000||4||58||James AINSWORTH||Vale Royal AC||09:52.99|
|3000||5||202||Michael HARRINGTON||Vale Royal AC||10:12.82|
|3000||3||288||Lisa MEADOWS||Vale Royal AC||12:59.26|
|5000||3||261||Gareth WILLIAMS||Vale Royal AC||17:40.81|
|5000||5||99||David HAINES||Vale Royal AC||20:13.77|
2 May: Unusally, just 3 from VRAC. Another good run from Mike Harrington finishing 8th overall. Next, great to see the return of Prodigal Son, Dave Gough, once again in VRAC colours. Welcome back 'Goffy'. Clearly, he enjoyed a run round with another familiar face that is still AWOL. Chris Griffiths completed the VRAC trio looking very chirpy in the closing stages.
|Pos||Gun||Name||Name||Chip||Chip Pos||Gen||Gen Pos||Cat||Cat pos|
23 April: Offa's 'Orror is a 20k
multi-terrain race in the Wye Valley. It is a challenging race, run
mainly on footpaths and forest trails. Gary Richardson decided it had to
be done. Sounds 'fun' Here's his report.
23 April: While some VRACers were pounding the streets of London others were pounding the country lanes of Cheshire. On the start line experienced Race Director Mike Harrington forgot to attach his timing chip to his shoe and made a dash to the car park to rectify his schoolboy error. Allegedly the Whitley Race Director then started the race a little early leaving Harrington behind! Nevertheless Mike overhauled most of the field to lead VRAC home. Craig Sephton was a little disappointed at High Leigh 10k but put this behind him with a 6 second PB. Claire Thompson flew the flag for the ladies finishing 3rd F35. Well done all.
|Place overall||Place gender||Place category||Name||Category||Half||Finish|
|13||Debbie Broad||22:55||PB||1st Lady|
|Pos||Gun||Name||Chip||Pos||Gen Pos||Cat||Pos||Age Time|
|Pos||Name||Chip Time||Category||Cat Pos||Gen Pos||Pace|
|418||Katie BROUGH||02:59:38||SEN||3||17||14.1 km/h||PB|
|775||David MURPHY||03:11:33||V35||199||738||13.2 km/h||PB|
|1229||Ian BARKER||03:20:40||V50||75||1149||12.6 km/h||PB|
|3375||Mary TAVENER||03:51:38||V55||9||466||10.9 km/h|
|4052||Jane PILLINER||04:05:47||V45||?||?||10.3 km/h||PB|
|Name||Gen Pos||Category||Cat Pos||5 Mile||10 Mile||Gun||Gun Pos||Chip||Chip Pos|