BANGOR - NORTH WALES XC LEAGUE MATCH # 2
30 Oct: Alas, we failed to get teams out for either the men's or women's race at the latest round of the North Wales cross-country league at Treborth playing fields in Bangor. However, the course was in perfect condition with plenty of nice wet mud and with heavy rain and hail showers, everyone enjoyed the day! Pauline had the worst of the weather! Some pictures in the gallery though Tony was running too fast for his pic!
58 Pauline Davies 27:25 32 Tom Annable 32:00 51 Tony Archer 33:48 70 Dave Haines 34:55 101 Rob Olliver 37:13
ALDERLEY BY-PASS 5-MILE
24 Oct: A superb 2nd place and a personal best for Stu Doyle at the Alderley By-Pass 5-mile race, showing that he is now fully returned from injury! The race was held on the new by-pass prior to opening the road to traffic.
2 Stu Doyle 27:02
HEATON PARK - MDCC XC Match # 1
23 Oct: The first match of the MDCC cross-country league was run in heavy conditions at Heaton Park. Not a big turn out on the day - most are focussing on N Staffs or Welsh league this year. However, we had a star performer with Tessa McCormick winning the U17 girls race by 20s. John & Pauline Davies were out but with no other seniors team-mates it was lonely run to 3rd MV65 and 4th LV55 respectively. In the U13 girls, jessica costello was 29th and Becky Smith 37th.
1 U17 Tessa McCormick
|3 O65||John Davies|
|4 LV55||Pauline Davies|
17 Oct: Another successful day for club members at this popular local event with Jo Edwards picking up the Lady Vet 40 prize. Andy Clews (2nd) won the annual battle with Stuart Doyle (3rd) in the race overall whilst Gemma Barnett and Claire Thompson occupied the same positions amongst the ladies
9 Oct: Belated results for Colwyn Bay XC. Wall to wall sunshine rewarded those who made the trip. The men scraped a full team (10th of 15 teams) and a Vets team (7th of 16 teams). Gareth secured 7th in the M40 age category, Tony 4th M55, Pauline and Carol 1st and 2nd W55. NEXT NWCC IS BANGOR 30 OCTOBER - LETS TRY AND GET A GOOD TURN OUT AND FULL MEN AND WOMENS TEAMS.
Link to Photos.
48 Gareth Willaims 37.19 67 Tony Archer 38.22 98 Dave Haines 41.04 110 Rob Oliver 42.15 155 John Davies 46.07 159 Colin Rathbone 47.04
10 Oct: On a lovely day for running Vale Royal runners had a successful day in the local races with a fine victory for junior Tom Marsden (17.40) in the 5k event with Steph Jakeman coming home as 2nd lady. Gary Weedall had a top 10 finish in the 10k where Paul Clutterbuck also set another PB. Results were as follows
CONGLETON HALF MARATHON
10 Oct: Also enjoying the perfect conditions Tommy Armstrong led home a 5 strong Vale Royal contingent at the Congleton Half Marathon with a fine 1 hour 24 minute run
SANDSTONE TRAIL RACE
4 Oct: In the wettest conditions imaginable, it was a great acheivement to finish the Sandstone Trail Race this year! Torrential rain and a generous supply of mud on the middle sections of the course meant that times were a somewhat slower than last year! Quite a debut for Paul Lloyd who normally likes smooth dry roads and nice weather!
A Race 75 Paul Lloyd 2:36:56 88 Paul Clutterbuck 2:42:17 98 Jo Edwards 2:48:21 B Race 22 Dave Haines 1:26:34 64 Barry Chambers 1:44:49 69 Val Kinvig 1:45:37 73 Pauline Davies 1:47:08
NORTH STAFFS CROSS-COUNTRY LEAGUE.
3 Oct: Fine weather for the first match of the North Staffs Cross-Country league at Knight's Grange. It was terrific effort by Vale Royal in both hosting the events and supporting the racing with quality teams! Thanks to all who showed up and did us proud! The individual performance of the day went to Andy Clews for a superb 2nd place in the men's race hanging on well after a fast start! The men's team lie in a creditable 6th place in Division 1 of the league. The ladies had a very strong team out led home by a flying Kate Splisbury in 6th place, supported by Kathy Stringer, Nikki Meadows and Maggie Fenn. The ladies team was a superb 2ND PLACE OVERALL! Many of the youngsters were doing the Northern Road Relays and so numbers were down but there were still some terrific performances including an excellent 3rd place for Ben Lee in the U11 Boys race. Photo's on Bryan Dale's race photos site.
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TORONTO MARATHON & MACCLESFIELD HALF
26 Sep: Another England vest and a fine marathon performance by Nicky Archer - this time at the Toronto Marathon. After juggling a full-time job and training, it was a test of how Nicky would adapt but she showed her class with a superb 2:44:28. Well done Nicky! Photos in the Gallery
Nicky Archer 2:44:28
At the Macclesfield Half Marathon, Steve Caldwell just missed breaking the 1:30 mark - but that will surely come on a faster course. Jo and Ian finished together just in front of Paul. Diane was very pleased with her PB over the distance!
78 Steve Caldwell 1:30:38 309 Jo Edwards 1:45:52 310 Ian Newsham 1:45:52 319 Paul Clutterbuck 1:46:29 636 Diane Newsham 2:07:02
19 Sep: Six Vale Royal runners turned out for the Sutton 6 10k. Conditions were good on this fast course but the winning times seemed slower than in previous years. Pete Maher was a superb winner of the MV55 category.
13 Pete Maher 37:33 21 Gary Weedall 38:38 29 Tony Archer 39:31 40 Pete Clayton 40:02 53 Dave Haines 41:09 151 Val Kinvig 51:48
NORTH-WEST ROAD RELAYS & GREAT NORTH RUN
19 Sep: Although the full results are not out yet, we know that the seniors team of Chris Perry,Ed Crowther,Andy Perry and Andy Clews, were 2nd Cheshire team in the Northwest relays and finished an excellent 7th overall. The Juniors excelled themselves too - the juniors u15 and u17 ladies won the Cheshires and the North west relays. The Junior boys also picked up medals in every age group. Senior men's results:
2 Chris Perry 14:52 2 Ed Crowther 15:47 4 Andy Perry 16:42 2 Andy Clews 15:17
Helen Smith made her annual trip to do the Great North Run, raising £500 for Prostate Cancer charity. Starting from 2000 people back, Helen ran well through the crowds to finish in just under 1:40.
Helen Smith 1:39:43
12 Sep: The Gawsworth 10k is not a fast 10k and so times were down on expectations. However the race is over a good course and well worth the effort! Dave Haines was 1st home - showing he has managed to keep training over the holiday period. 4th lady overall was Claire Thompson. Rob was slower than he can do but a few more weeks training and the form should come. Diane was just outside the hour - perhaps needing to work on the sprint finish?
55 Dave Haines 44:12 63 Claire Thompson 45:18 91 Rob Olliver 47:35 249 Diane Newsham 1:00:05
DERWENT TRAIL RACE & CAPENHURST 5K
5 Sep: Four Vale Royal athletes had a great time enjoying the sunshine and competing in the 8.5 mile Derwentwater trail race. This involved a 4 mile steady climb before a 3 mile descent to the finish line. There were some flats bits but they were mainly bog! The course record was broken by Nick Swinburn - Northumbria Fell Runners in a time of 0:51:30.
15 Ed Crowther 1:01:06 41 Pete Clayton 1:08:38 132 Matt Brown 1:16:37 335 Richard Keeling 1:33:50
25 Aug: One result we missed was the Capenhurst 5K which saw a fine win for Pete Maher in the MV55 category and strong FU20 team led home by Laura Gray.
33 Pete Maher 18:13 65 Laura Gray 19:36 72 Amelia Pettitt 19:46 92 Jade Evans 20:31 98 Emma-Louise Pyatt 20:58 135 Barry Chambers 23:21
FLEETWOOD HALF MARATHON
29 Aug: Ian Newsham showed he is improving with a superb PB at the Fleetwood Hallf Marathon in very windy conditions - made even more difficult by the sand from the beach being blown over the runners!
125 Ian Newsham 1:44:28
BIRCHWOOD 10k & LEEK HALF MARATHON
22 Aug: Two excellent performances at the Leek Half Marathon over a challenging course augers well for Snowdon.
92 Glyn Evans 1:44:37 129 Paul Clutterbuck 1:51:11
Three Vale Royal athletes braved the roundabouts at the Birchwood 10k in Warrington:
89 Pete Maher 39:14 103 Pete Clayton 40:24 131 Maggie Fenn 42:08
AUSTRALIAN ADVENTURE RACE (more pics added to Gallery)
Congratulaions to Nathan Archer (in the cap) who has completed his most challenging adventure race yet. Mountain Designs GeoQuest is Australia's premier adventure race. It involves non-stop endurance racing in the major disciplines of trekking, mountain biking and kayaking. Teams of four must navigate their way through an arduous 200+km course that is only revealed to them the evening before the race. Nathan and 3 other hardy souls formed team "Three Blokes and a Chick" to compete in the 'Half race in 34 hrs 11 minutes placed 11 out of 30 teams. Placed 2nd after the early stages the team had some overnight challenges as the temperatures plummeted to sub zero. When the lady team member succumbed to the early stages of hyperthermia the team were forced to stop build a fire, zip her into a thermal blanket and huddle together until the sun rose... to continue unfazed. True hard core. Well done Nathan.
CHESHIRE GP: GREAT WARFORD 10
15 Aug: A small turn out for the latest round of the Cheshire Grand Prix - the Great Warford 10. A beautiful, warm and windless day meant excellent conditions for racing and Stu Doyle took full advantage with a superb 4th place, edging out some of his usual rivals in the process. Stu's dedication to training is really paying off and he just keeps improving! More than a country mile behind were the two Tom's who were both running very poorly but at least finished (both had considered other options!) Finishing between them, John was a strong finisher despite training hard in the week and is looking good for his triathlon. Next was our only lady Gemma who was a decent ninth overall. Good to see Dave Murphy back to racing a little further back. 363 finishers.
MEERBROOK 15k & TEGGS NOSE RACE
9 Aug: The Meerbrook 15k in Staffordshire is known to be a tough challenge with a scenic course over a number of tought hills. As always it attracted a very strong field. John was first club runner home with Maggie fastest of the ladies.
The Teggs Nose Fell race is always one of Andys target races. This time Andy finished a fine 5th after leading in the early stages but losing out on the descents to the specialist fell runners and a couple of juniors on the run. Nevertheless, Andy was still quicker than last year and pleased with how sore his legs feel now!
ADIDAS THUNDER RUN 24 HOUR RELAY
31 Jul - 1 Aug: The Adidas Thunder-run is a 24 hour relay over an off-road 10k course around Catton Park in Walton on Trent. A team consisting of Janet Snow and her brother John Thompson, Darren Cottier, Sonya Young, Val Kinvig, Karen Midgley and Joanne Edwards took part for Vale Royal. The event was well organised by Adidas with good camping facilities, a food tent, showers and a well marshalled course. Janet did a good job of organising the team although she could not fully take part in it due to a cracked rib. But if you ever fancy going camping, make sure you invite Janet as she has all the gear. The relay started well with 'double laps' being completed by John and Jo and the team were placed 5th by early evening. As the sun set, the head torches became mandatory and the pace settled down. During the night there were a few hiccups as Sonya tumbled and had an injury scare. A visit to the medical tent, a massage and a short sleep seemed to do the trick as the next day, Sonya completed another lap for the team in an excellent time. It was later rumoured that she faked the injury so she had an excuse to visit the massage tent. Val completed 4 laps showing that she is back to racing fitness after her break from training. Val also woke half the campsite up when trying to wake Darren up in time for his next race, only to find his tent was empty as he had already left earlier. Jo was keen to use the event for her Snowdon marathon training and completed 5 laps including a double lap. John also completed 5 laps including a double lap showing what a great athlete he is. He seemed keen to do more if needed.
Karen raced with consistency and finished the final lap in style. Her great performance was partly helped by avoiding the campsite and having a full night's sleep at a local B&B. Darren completed 3 laps in the dark and was glad that his batteries lasted out. In all, the team completed 27 laps of a 10k course in 24:14:30 and came 17th out of the 72 teams in the mixed 8 category. Not bad for a team of 7. Well done to everyone for all their efforts! A superb performance and a great weekend. DC.
UK IRONMAN TRIATHLON CHAMPIONSHIPS
1 Aug: Well we all thought he was mad even attempting it, but Dave Gough has proved what a tough competitor he is with a fine finish in the UK IRONMAN in Bolton. In perfect conditions Dave finished the 3mile swim, 117 mile cycle and 26.2 mile run in 13 hours. We were right, he is mad but, that said, we are still in awe of this fantastic achievement! Well done! What next?
|Dave "Ironman" Gough||13:21:00|
SALE SIZZLER 5K
27 July: The sole club representative at the final Sale Sizzler 5K was Darren Cottier:
ANTWERP HALF IRONMAN TRIATHLON, PUDSEY 10k, Gt .HUCKLOW FELL RACE
26 July: Jo Molyneaux finished her debut triathlon at the Antwerp Half Ironman in an impressive 5.30. Jo was very pleased with her result and has clearly relished the transition into the triathlon field. Well done Jo and best of luck in your preparation for the Lanzarote Ironman next year!
Meanwhile at the Great Hucklow Fell Race in Derbyshire, Dave Haines showed his change of lifestyle and diet is bringing some good form with a strong run over the tough course.
Iain Stanton travelled to Leeds for the Pudsey 10k Trail Race and had a solid top-50 finish in a field of 350. Definite imrovement Iain!
SALE 5K, BURTONWOOD 5, DELAMERE 10k
17 July: The Trentham 10 mile race, in memory of John Oultram, is over a hilly two lap course and Ian Newsham enjoyed the damp conditions and was very pleased with his time:
At the Burtonwood 5 mile race, there were top-50 finishes for Pete and Steve, although Steve was disappointed with his time even though it was a PB. Val was just outside the top-100, perhaps needing to perfect her sprint finish?!
15 July: Iain and Scott had a close battle at the Delamere Trail 10k race - part of the Salomon Trail Series. Both were well up in the field. Scott had his quickest time over the course and is showing he is still improving.
Darren showed he is getting back to top form with an excellent run in the Sale 5K. Not far back was Pete Maher in another impressive sub 18 minute run and with Sergey a few minutes back, a strong team outing!
OULTON PARK LADIES HALF MARATHON
11 July: It's great to see one of clubs newcomers off to a great start in their running career! At the Oulton Park Ladies Half Marathon organised by the women's running network, Diane finished in an excellent 2:13 in the hot and breezy conditions! (Diane has only been running for 9 months!) The course takes in 3 laps of the motor racing circuit.
WIZARD 5 & FOREST PARK 5K
8 July: Plenty of Vale Royal vests for the Wizard 5 race organised by Wilmslow RC. The 5 mile race had plenty of stiles, trails and fields as well as a sharp hill to finish. In muggy conditions Tom finished 8th and 2nd MV45, Gemma was 3rd lady and Tony was 2nd MV55. Sprint finish award for the evening went to Jayne Lomax! A very enjoyable race! Damien Nicholls from the host club won the race in a course record 27:50. 209 finishers
7 July: Seven Vale Royal ladies turned out for the Forest Park Ladies 5K on a good night for racing. First home was the ever improving Tessa McCormick with an excellent sub-19 minute run. Some very strong runs from the squad, just behind Tessa. Pauline Davies was 1st LV55 and the junior ladies were 2nd and 3rd teams overall.
|25 (1 L55)||Pauline Davies||22:56|
PENNY LANE 10k & FAIRY FRECKLED COW RACE
4 July: Windy conditions meant hard work for both Tommy and Paul at the Penny Lane 10k in Liverpool. Said to have been a headwind in both directions!
A change in the weather meant tough racing conditions in the driving rain and wind for the Fairy Freckled Cow Raceround Llyn Alwen in Denbighshire. The hill in this 11km hilly trail run was a real killer in these conditions with a severe headwind on the ascent. Aside from that a cracking race!
SALE SIZZLER #1
1 July: A good group out for the Sale Sizzler 5K on a very hot and humid evening. Another superb run by Pete Maher for 1st MV50 and Tom dipping under 18 minutes, with Darren and Mike just behind. The Davies family were showing the training is working with some real signs of improvement! 390 finishers
|1 (V50)||Pete Maher||17:35|
|10 (V40)||Darren Cottier||18:03|
|3 (V60)||John Davies||21:14|
|4 (LV50)||Pauline Davies||23:02|