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successful treatment at Athlete Matters in Worsley (Duncan Mason): Details below. 10% Discount for VRAC.
21 June: Mike Harrington was the only VRAC member to take part in this long standing 10k in and around the park at Woolston. It was a last minute decision as by his own words "lacks the self-discipline to do a tempo session". Mike finished 4th overall and was first in the 40-49 category in a season's best of 36.24. Full results.
|55||18.08||Sarah Murphy||W40||1||18.06||2nd Lady|
|58||18.17||Liz Renondeau||W35||2||18.15||3rd Lady|
17 June: Round 4 of the Cheshire Road Race Grand Pris series saw 16 VRAC toe the line at the magnificent Colshaw Hall 10k. Conditions were ideal on a course not known for PB potential. There were age group wins for Stuart Doyle, James Ainsworth and Gareth Williams who had sneaked into the Vet 50 category just days earlier. There was a PB for Rick Murray on this undulating course and Mel Johnson was just a second outside of her seasons best which bodes well for them on a quicker course. Good run also for Debbie Broad who narrowly missed out on her category prize. Full results.
|Pos||Gun time||Name||Last name||Chip||Pos||Gen||Pos||Category||Pos|
14 June: Round 4 of the North Cheshire Grand Prix series saw some more strong performances from the VRAC contingent. Chris Jones was first back in his first race in over a month just one place and two seconds ahead of Mike Harrington who again took the V45 prize and with it almost guaranteed the series win. Gary Richardson was next with a season's best run. Dave Haines was along next quickly followed by Chris Beard who knocked another 20 seconds of his PB set only last week with a 19.29 and must be heading for a sub 19 soon. John Clarke was in next with another solid run which has been the tale of his series. Jill Haines rounded it off for VRAC and looked like she had plenty left in the tank. Full Results
The final race in the series is the Hollins Green 5k on Sunday 24th June. Full details.
7 Jun: Race 3 of the North Cheshire Grand Prix Series saw another 6 VRAC tackle this traditionally quick 5k. Another warm evening which has been the story of this series saw Jake Wilson first home with another junior age prize. Next home was Mike Harrington with another V45 win and is looking good for the series win. Dave Humphreys was next home quickly followed by Chris Beard with a huge PB of almost 20 seconds. Barry Chambers had another solid run and Pauline Davies rounded it off for VRAC with another category win. Full Results.
The next race in the series is Thursday 14th June at Dunham Massey for the fast version of the course. Full Details.
|7||WILSON, Jake||Male Junior||Vale Royal Ac||17.10|
|12||HARRINGTON, Michael||Male Vet 45||Vale Royal Ac||17.34|
|33||HUMPHREYS, David||Male Vet 45||Vale Royal||19.39|
|37||BEARD, Chris||Male Vet 45||Vale Royal Ac||19.48|
|88||CHAMBERS, Barry||Male Vet 65||Vale Royal Ac||24.00|
|97||DAVIES, Pauline||Female Vet 65||Vale Royal Ac||24.39|
|17||18.54||Gemma Barnett||L35||1||1st Lady|
|23||19.24||Kate Moulds||SL||3rd Lady|
|124||33.20||Shaun Mc Grath||M70||3|
31 May: Round 2 of the North Cheshire Grand Prix Series with another hot and humid 5k. The course is a reverse route of the multi-terrain Forest Park Ladies 5k. Mike Harrington again took the V45 win. The men (mainly V45!) took second team place. Most VRAC runners seemed to be a bit quicker than last weeks Dunham Massey race. Full Results
The next race in the series is the Bowdon 5k on Thursday 7th June. Full details.
24 May: 8 VRAC members travelled to the national trust estate at Dunham Massey for race 1 of the North Cheshire Grand Prix Series. This race was the 'uphill' version of the two that are staged in the parkland and as seems usual for this race runners faced hot conditions. There was a win for Ed Shepherd in his first outing in a VRAC vest (2nd claim) and category wins for both Jake Wilson and Mike Harrington. On the whole runners appeared to be abut a minute down compared to recent faster 5ks. Full Results
The next race in the series is at Birchwood Brook on Thursday 31st May at 7.30pm. Details here.
|1||294||SHEPHERD, Ed||Male Senior||15.22|
|13||58||WILSON, Jake||Male Junior||17.38|
|15||29||HARRINGTON, Michael||Male Vet 45||17.44|
|40||290||RICHARDSON, Gary||Male Vet 40||19.09|
|53||295||MOULDS, Kate||Female Senior||19.54|
|65||85||BEARD, Chris||Male Vet 45||20.34|
|137||72||LOMAX, Jayne||Female Vet 50||24.25|
|164||118||HAINES, Jill||Female Vet 45||26.06|
|Name||Pos||Chip Time||Name||Pos||Chip Time|
|James Griffiths||94||00:37:33||Chloe Dooley||257||01:37:14|
|Gareth Williams||96||00:37:40||melanie johnson||324||01:38:57|
13 May: Nathan Williams was the only VRAC runner as far as we know to have taken part in this race. Huge congratulations to Nathan with a PB and first sub 35 10k. Nathan finished in 47th place in a time of 34.55. Full Results.
13 May: Fan of the odd trail race Chris Griffiths in company with six of our friends from Northwich Running Club took part in this 10k trail race. The course is within a picturesque nature reserve in the former mining areas between Hindley and Spring View. Also representing VRAC was Claire Thompson and Stephen Thompson. Claire finished 4th female and won her age category. Full Results.
12 & 13 May: Some great performances as a number of VRAC swapped the road for a rare track outing in the championships in Macclesfield. There was a big PB of 9.38 in the 3000m for James 'the machine' Ainsworth. Great track debut for Tony Dutton who doubled up for the 1500 and 3000m. Lucy Knight had a great second place in the senior women's 3000m. There was a win too for Helen Smith in the senior womens 5000m. Well done also to Dave Haines with a sub 19 on his 5000m debut. Full Results.
8 May: Round three of the Cheshire Grand Prix series saw 10 VRAC tackle this unique 5m trail race that passes underneath the runway of Manchester Airport. We had a full mens team but sadly only three women when four counters would have scored. James Ainsworth continued his good form of late with a top ten finish in a strong field. Despite only three women in the team some strong scoring from Mel Johnson, Jeanette Pope and Jayne Lomax leaves VRAC ladies still in 3rd position the Grand Prix. Full results.
6 May: Chloe Dooley was the only VRAC runner to take part in this high quality race which takes place in a leafy suburb of Whitchurch. The race also incorprates the Welsh 5k championships and Chloe finished in 11th place in a time of 19.23 a full 30 seconds outside of her PB (set at Kingsley April 2017). Full Results.
6 May: This race incorporated an international masters match with England taking on a combined Celtic nations team consisting of Scottish, Welsh and Northern Irish masters runners. Liz Renondeau and Sarah Murphy were both picked to represent England. Sarah finished 17th in 38.14 and Liz ran a conservative 39.19. Both are to be congratulated for being picked to represent England.
5 & 6 May: Merseyraces host this 5k and 10k on consecutive days around Sefton Park. Lucy Knight was the sole VRAC runner to do the 5k on what is described as a twisting course. Lucy was 5th lady in a time of 21.37. Full Results
Lucy also did the 10k the following day in a solid 44.36 finishing 22nd female out of almost 2000 female runners. Also flying the VRAC flag at the 10k was Liverpool student Emma Pyatt. Emma was well outside of her PB in a time of 49.13. Full Results
29 April: Rounding off a busy weekend of racing was the Chester Half Marathon with a sell out 6000 entries. First home for VRAC with a PB was Andy McQue just one week after a great run at the London Marathon. Next home was Craig Sephton who is clearly coming back into some form. Liz Renondeau was back home next in 6th place with age category win. Steve Caldwell continued his return to fitness with a controlled 1.29.22 which was his target. Chris Swift had his usual consistent run over this distance coming in just ahead of Chris Weedall who knocked a big chunk off his PB. Ray Tran rounded up things for Vale Royal in his regular outing at this race. Full results.
|Pos||Gun time||First name||Last name||Chip Time||Pos||Category||Pos|
28 April: VRAC Vets runners made the annual pilgrimage to Sutton Park to the national picnic championships that doubles up as the masters road relay races. The men had two teams in the V45 category with the A team finishing 18th and the B team were close behind in 25th place. The men also had a team in the V55 category that finished 29th. In the women's event there was a notable performance from Helen Harrington who finished in 10th place on the first leg in the FV35 category helping the team to a 17th place. The club also had two FV45 teams and it was great to see Caroline Buckley and Liz Gayle making their debuts at the relays helping their teams to a 9th and 16th position. Special mention must also go to Pauline Davies who finished 7th in her leg in the V55 race despite stepping into the team from the V65 category to race against younger athletes. A great day for the club with so many runners having been involved in the previous nights race at Kingsley either taking part or helping out. Full results and pictures courtesy of Bryan Dale.
27 April: Just the 34 VRAC made the short trip to Kingsley for the spring edition of the Mid Cheshire 5k. The race again incorporated the England Athletics 5k Championships which resulted in 25 men dipping under 15 minutes and 12 women breaking 17 minutes. As expected in such a stacked race there were plenty of PBs and full results can be found by clicking this link. Free to download pictures are available courtesy of Mick Hall and Vale Royal AC's own Chloe Broad.
A full film of the race including drone footage is available here.
|Pos||Gun time||First name||Last name||Chip Time||Chip Pos||Category||Pos|
|1||17:33||Matt||Rowlinson||17:33||1||Male||1||Male Under 40||1|
|4||19:22||Robert||Roe||19:22||4||Male||4||Male Under 40||4|
|9||21:19||Matt||Jakeman||21:19||10||Male||9||Male Under 40||7|
|29||24:30:00||Jayne||Lomax||24:28:00||31||Female||2||Female Over 50||1|
|42||25:45:00||Geoff||Davies||25:30:00||41||Male||37||Male Over 50||8|
|Place overall||Place gender||Place cat.||Name||Category||Time|
|328||325||233||» McQue, Andrew (GBR)||18-39||02:47:25|
|1894||1793||1070||» Jones, Chris (GBR)||18-39||03:09:48|
|3363||307||216||» Barnett, Gemma (GBR)||18-39||03:23:16|
|3651||3286||271||» Murray, Richard (GBR)||50-54||03:25:17|
|4897||616||114||» Cavanagh, Nicola (GBR)||40-44||03:33:49|
|4909||4288||922||» Cavanagh, Joe (GBR)||40-44||03:33:55|
|5771||4910||800||» Dooley, Brian (GBR)||45-49||03:39:16|
|6460||1092||220||» Dooley, Carolyn (GBR)||40-44||03:43:36|
|10706||2566||381||» Riches, Eleanor (GBR)||45-49||04:05:50|
|14002||3748||306||» Broad, Debbie (GBR)||50-54||04:21:40|
|17362||12428||1973||» Woolley, Matt (GBR)||45-49||04:36:30|
|24655||7898||38||» Williams, Carole (GBR)||65-69||05:07:20|
15 April: Round two of the Cheshire Grand Prix series and VRAC women had a full complement of runners but the men's team was a runner short. First home for VRAC was Mike Harrington just four days after the Chester Spring 5 followed by Robert Roe who knocked 3 minutes off his last visit here which was his 10k debut. Chris Swift was next home with a PB followed closely by our first lady back Melanie Johnson. Lucy Knight was second home and continued her good form and now sits in fourth place in the Cheshire Grand Prix series. Less than a minute later came fan of this race Claire Thompson and then Ray Tran less than a week after the Whitchurch 10k. Prolific racer Debbie Moreton was in next with Barry Chambers just 10 seconds behind despite having done the 'Ally Pally' Parkrun the day before. Jayne Lomax brought the VRAC contingent home and was happier to get her camper van off the muddy field than actually finish the race. Full Results
|Pos||Name||Gen||CAT.||Gun||Chip||Gen Pos||Cat Pos||Chip|
11 April: The Chester Spring 5 is the traditional curtain raiser for the start of summer road racing season and as usual was well supported by VRAC. Matt Sheen defended his title setting a new PB and it is rumoured that if he wins it for a third time he gets to keep the social club. There was a big PB for James Ainsworth who reached a long held target of a sub 28. 1st lady back for VRAC was Liz Renondeau who was 3rd overall. Dave Haines looked to have recovered well from his marathon and earned a great PB. Graham Miles had another decent run and looks well and truly over his injuries. Steve Caldwell made his comeback in a VRAC vest in his first outing for 20 months and surely won't be long before he is back at his best. Chris Beard made his debut at this distance but should be pleased with this result. Both Mary and Colin had solid runs and were unlucky not to be in the category prizes. Pauline Davies continued her fine run of form with another age group victory. Full Results
|14||27:57:00||James||Ainsworth||27:56:00||14||Male||14||Male Vet 40||6||PB|
|29||29:16:00||Michael||Harrington||29:13:00||30||Male||28||Male Vet 45||4|
|47||30:35:00||Elizabeth||Renondeau||30:32:00||47||Female||3||Female Vet 35||1|
|53||31:02:00||David||Haines||30:59:00||54||Male||50||Male Vet 45||8||PB|
|57||31:11:00||Graham||Miles||31:08:00||57||Male||54||Male Vet 50||4|
|90||33:35:00||Chris||Beard||33:26:00||90||Male||84||Male Vet 45||12|
|186||38:13:00||Mary||Tavener||38:05:00||188||Female||28||Female Vet 55||3|
|190||38:29:00||Colin||Rathbone||38:19:00||193||Male||161||Male Vet 70||3|
|210||39:06:00||Barry||Chambers||38:50:00||206||Male||173||Male Vet 65||5|
|243||41:03:00||PAULINE||DAVIES||40:56:00||245||Female||47||Female Vet 65||1|
|342||46:47:00||Carole||Williams||46:31:00||343||Female||101||Female Vet 65||3|
Cold wet and windy 6am start. I made conscious decision to start slow as the early several miles through the Liverpool streets were the hilliest of the race. Finally got onto Trans Pennine Way which we mostly followed all the way to Didsbury. After 20 miles at CP3 (Runcorn) was told I was 75th. Though underfoot conditions not as muddy as Chester my feet were just as wet. My hands finally thawed at (CP6) 35 miles in and felt good. Started to tire with 6 miles to go but ran almost all the second half of the race. At the finish we passed the finish line and had to do a lap of the sodden field which was twice the size of Pie and Peas field. Another gold medal for top 100 finish. Two down two more GB Ultras to go in June and September, the Pennine Barrier 50 and Snowdon 50. This completes the GB Ultras grand slam.
Provisional result: 22nd overall. 8 hours 39 minutes 12 seconds. 250 started.
The course has changed in the last couple of years, a short
wooded section at the end of each lap makes the new course around 30 seconds
slower than the old all footpath course. However the fast and flat course
didn’t disappoint delivering four pbs. James Ainsworth led the team home. James
was in second but struggled with a stich at 6km which cost him a few seconds
over the next mile or so. Never one to give up he recovered the pace over the
last mile to finish 5th overall, second in his age category. The
first of the PB runners was Rob Roe. Rob was leaving nothing to chance,
aerodynamic haircut and shoes resulted in an even paced race delivering a first
sub 38 min 10k and PB of over 20 seconds. Next home was the rapidly improving
Tommy Armstrong. Having struggled to train consistently over the last six
months the ever the optimist Tom was hoping for sub 40 and planned to just pace
Hainesy round. Another sub 38 finish from Tom shows he’s moving in the right
direction. Even though his pacer was nowhere to be seen after the first bend
Dave Haines was next back with a PB, breaking the last one set in 2008. Chris
Beard has been steadily increasing his mileage and focusing on his speed work
at the club sessions. He continued his great year, setting another PB following
on from his success at Wrexham. Next back in quick succession was Lucy Knight
and Tony (race machine) Dutton. Lucy won the battle between the two of them,
just missing out on a PB. Tony had secured a PB at Salford on Friday and was
happy with two 10k’s in a weekend. Lisa Meadows has also been focusing on speed
work over the last few months, targeted sessions really paid off with a great
PB of over 30 seconds and has already set a target for a new PB! Next home was Debbie Moreton who described it as fabulous
till 8km but still had enough in the tank to out sprint a Wilmslow runner over
the line. Debbie was closely followed by Jane Lomax, who had been reluctant to
take her coat off but soon warmed up and delivered another great performance
with consistent splits.Full results here.
|22||Robert Roe||00:37:50||00:37:47||Open Male||PB|
|119||Lucy Knight||00:44:26||00:44:23||Open Ladies|
30 Mar: Just 4 VRAC attended this long standing Good Friday race hosted by Salford Harriers. The course is a two lap race and attracts a decent standard. Matt Sheen was first home with his first sub 31 minute 10k of 30.58. Liz Renondeau was next back with a solid 38.34. A first 10k for almost 18 months saw Helen Whitby make a comeback with another solid performance of 41.51. Last home and tantalisingly close to his going sub 43 was Tony Dutton. Tony should still be happy with his progress and a PB with 43.00. Full Results.
25 Mar: The Senior Men fielded a strong team in Sunday’s Northern 12 Stage Road Relays at Birkenhead Park. The team had a good blend of youth and experience and it was great to witness the team spirit. The weather and surroundings were excellent with a mildly undulating course and we managed an excellent 12th place, easily beating our previous best position of 30th, holding our own against the biggest clubs in the North of England and taking some impressive scalps in the process. Just 4 ladies ran so they ranked as an incomplete team. This did not detract from some strong performances from Mel Johnson, Pauline Davies, Hollie Carrington and Carole Woilliams. Full resuts here. Pics courtesy John Davies in Gallery.
25 Mar: Race report from Brian Dooley (and proud dad moment) for one of our away from home seniors – Chloe Dooley.
After the recent bad weather the conditions couldn’t have been more perfect for great road racing and to quote Chloe “Tears of happiness (and exhaustion 😂) at the end of today’s Cardiff Bay 10km! Couldn’t be happier to have taken a minute off my PB running 38:44. Makes all the hard training sessions worth it”
Chip time 38:44, 1st female U20
Chloe was running in her second claim colours of Cardiff University, she’s currently studying physiotherapy there. Certainly looks like the training sessions with James Thie’s elite group are paying off.
18 Mar: Just two VRAC members made the short trip to Wigan to one of the few surviving races this weekend. Another podium position and PB for Andrew Miles who finished 3rd in 16.10. Not to be outdone was dad Graham Miles who was 1st vet 50 in 19.00. Graham's fastest 5k since the summer of 2016. Full Results.
11 Mar: 5 VRAC made the trip to Catalonia for the Barcelona Marathon. The weather conditions were perfect with even the odd spot of rain. Mike Harrington was first back managing to sneak under the 3 hour mark. At his second Barcelona marathon (2016) Gary Richardson improved on his time by over 10 minutes. Dave Haines next and with both he and Gary running solid even paced races they secured their good for age places for the 2019 London Marathon. Nick Haywood by his own admittance had an uncomfortable second half and was pleased to finish. Another debutante Jill Haines completed the line up for Vale Royal and is to be congratulated for a fantastic achievement. The organisation and atmosphere could not be any better and the race is highly recommended. (Sorry no pic for Jill... yet)
4 Mar: 7 VRAC ran the inaugural Chester 10k organised by the team behind the Chester Half and Chester Marathon. Not a particularly quick course with the final 2km being uphill but well organised as you would expect. Chris Perry was 1st VRAC home and was placed 3rd overall. Chris Williams was next back and clearly in good shape as he defied logic and earned a big PB. George Thompson was next followed by Chris Standidge in a rare outing in VRAC colours, Mike Harrington and Jodie Thompson. All four appeared to be a minute or so slower than expected which was probably a combination of the course and weather. Young 'senior' Curtis Rodway completed the VRAC team and was only a few seconds outside of his PB. .
25 Feb: The first of the 2018 races from the Mike Harrington stable saw a record entry of almost 2300 runners. The weather conditions were perfect for a half marathon and a number of the 15 strong VRAC contingency were rewarded with PBs. First home with a huge PB was relative newcomer to the club Andy McQue. Chris Jones and Rick Murray came in next to complete a hat-trick of PBs. Gemma Barnett had another solid run and was unlucky not to be in the prizes. Nick Haywood and Dave Haines came in next with steady runs in the final weeks of training for the Barcelona marathon. Chris Beard 'PBd' next with a great run just outside the 90 minute mark. Anthony Atkinson, an agonising 10 seconds outside his PB was back next with Lisa Meadows not too far behind with a PB. The combination of getting over a few niggles and those ruthless Bernie Jones Saturday sessions paying off. Debbie Broad was in next looking in great form with her London marathon on the horizon. Colin Rathbone who won his age category was next home followed by Jill Haines also in the final stage of Barcelona marathon training. Next in was another VRAC runner with a marathon looming was Carole Williams in 2.15. Jo Edwards brought up the rear whilst on pacing duties for her daughter. Full Results
Special mention to Gary Richardson, John Todd and Dave Gough who acted as pacemakers in the race and did a fantastic job.
15 Feb: Just two VRAC made the journey to Northern Ireland to take part in this quality 5k in which 91 runners squeezed under the 15 min mark. Chris Perry was 1st home in a PB time of 14.42 followed by Matt Sheen who was just outside his PB with a time of 15.07. Full results
10 Feb: Another great turnout from VRAC in the final race of the season. Due to the heavy rain the majority of the course was ankle deep in mud and a real test of stamina and resilience. It had been well churned up in time for the senior men and women's race. Claire Thompson had a strong run over the 5 mile course and was first lady home for VRAC in 22nd place in a notoriously strong field. Lucy Knight was next in despite a number of falls and slips, followed by Hollie Carrington, Julie Annable (2nd in age group) and Lisa Meadows. The ever present Debbie Moreton was next home followed by Mary Taverner and ably supported by cross country stalwart Carole Williams. In the men's race which was just under 6 miles new 'signing' Mark Crabtree had a great debut although unable to count for us until his transfer fully goes through next month. Mark finished 41st claiming some decent local scalps. There was some good grouping after Mark as Lee Carrington, Matt Scott, Chris Weedall, Steven Thompson, Gareth Williams, Robert Roe and Mike Harrington all came in within around a minute of each other. Rick Murray was not far behind followed by Dave Haines who was nervously protecting a slight groin strain. Next in was Dave Roberts, Chris Beard and then another cross country stalwart John Clarke. Richard Pettitt and Colin Rathbone came in next just a few seconds apart. Everyone is to be congratulated in sticking that one out. Full Results.
|Pos||Name||Cat||Cat Pos||Time||Pos||Name||Cat||Cat Pos||Time|
|22||Claire Thompson||L40||3||39.32||41||Mark Crabtree||M||41.58|
|38||Lucy Knight||L||40.41||111||Lee Carrington||M||45.42|
|79||Hollie Carrington||L||43.33||113||Matt Scott||M45||14||45.49|
|109||Julie Annable||L55||2||45.39||118||Chris Weedall||M||46.06|
|134||Debbie Moreton||L45||18||47.05||126||Stephen Thompson||M50||13||46.21|
|139||Mary Tavener||L55||4||47.38||137||Gareth Williams||M45||20||46.38|
|244||Carole Williams||L65||4||68.22||141||Robert Roe||M||46.49|
|13th/51||Team 6 Count||218||Dave Haines||M45||34||50.30|
|37th/51||Team 6 Count||236||Dave Roberts||M40||40||51.50|
|12th/47||Vets Team 4 Count||279||Chris Beard||M45||43||54.27|
|33rd/47||Vets Team 4 Count||297||John Clarke||M60||7||56.00|
|18th/45||Team 6 Count|
|38th/45||Team 6 Count|
|13th/42||Vets Team 4 Count|
|30th/42||Vets Team 4 Count|
4 Feb: This race has been traditionally well supported by VRAC for many years and 2018 was no exception. Some great performances from some of our younger 'Seniors'. First back in 10th place was 800m specialist Jacob Brown with a fantastic 25.53. Next with a huge PB was Andrew Miles followed by Oliver Williams with another big PB. Liz Renondeau was 1st female home just outside the 30 min mark but fastest 5 miler since 2015. Craig Sephton was just outside of his PB followed closely by Graham Miles whose consistent injury free training is paying off. Making her debut at this distance was Andrea Hilldrup with a creditable 30.52.. This was also a 5m debut for Robert Roe and Kate Moulds and both had great runs. Dave Haines who is in heavy marathon training was next home followed by another marathon stalwart Jayne Lomax. Pauline Davies was next VRAC clinching her category prize. Last VRAC home was Jill Haines who is also only 5 weeks away from her marathon debut.
Finally a mention to second claim Ed Shepherd who regularly trains at Knights Grange and finished 2nd overall in a stunning 24.34. Full results.
7 Jan: Chris Perry was the sole VRAC representative. The race had been rearranged due to a cancellation during the snow in December. Chris was rewarded with a huge PB of 30:48 and such is the standard of the race that this was only good enough for 21st place. Full results
|Pos.||Name||Category||LV Pos.||Cat pos||Time|
|Teams A - D||1st, 2nd, 6th, 18th||3 count||31 teams in all|
|Teams A - C||1st, 8th, 17th||3 count||25 teams in all|
|Pos.||Name||Category||MV Pos.||Cat pos||Time|
|Teams A - D||1st, 8th, 15th, 21st||6 count||22 teams in all|
|Teams A - D||2nd, 12th, 14th, 17th||4 count||23 teams in all|
31 Dec: 6 VRAC made the journey to Clitheroe for what is historically a fast race, largely due to the strong field including several Olympic athletes rather than the hilly course itself. This race also incorporates the North of England 10k championships. There were strong winds all around the course which lead to some slower times than expected. First home for VRAC was Matt Sheen in 31.56. Next was a below par Andy Miles who hoped to improve on his recent PB at Wilmslow but the blustery conditions scuppered that. Amelia Pettitt was next home in a seasons best time claiming 7th lady in a strong field. Eleanor Riches was our next lady home with a solid run just outside her PB and Richard Pettitt rounded off another prolific year of racing in VRAC colours just outside his seasons best time. Special mention to former clubmate Stevie Stockton now racing for Leeds City who was 3rd overall in her first road race for two years. Full results. Mike Harrington 'ran' as well.
|Pos||Name||Gun||Chip||Cat||Cat Pos||Gen Pos|
|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.