Vale Royal AC - Senior Section

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Athlete of the Month 

Athlete of the Month (AOM) is awarded each month to the VRAC athlete who has delivered outstanding performances relative to their potential and their previous performances.  Any member can put forward a nomination for AOM verbally to the mens or ladies captain or by emailing [email protected]. Nominations must be received by the 5th of the following month. The judging panel will assess the nominations and select the award winner who will be published on the VRAC Seniors website.

DATE
 ATHLETE
 WHY?
 Apr 2017
 Chris WIlliams
Pauline Davies
 Mar 2017
 Andrea Hildrup
James Ainsworth
 

Magnificent March saw PB's and heroic performances. Matt Sheen and Andrew Miles both delivered PB's at the high quality Trafford 10k. Dave Humphreys a 10k PB at Arley and half marathon PB is torrential rain at Anglesey. Katie Brough first lady at Blackpool 10 mile and Jenny Watt 1st lady at Leeds/Liverpool canal half and then running sub 90 minutes at Wilmslow despite being trampled by a horse! Any of these worthy AOM's but in the end we couldn't split two outstanding athletes. Two brilliant Championship races for Andrea Hildrup finishing 9th overall and 4th L35 at the British Masters XC Champs and 2nd overall and 1st L35 at Northern Vets XC Championships. Equally impressive 'Slim Jim' James Ainsworth 4th overall and 1st M40 PBing at High Legh 10k and then breaking 80 minutes for the first time with a 2 minute PB at Wilmslow half. Joint AOM's for March at Andrea Hildrup and James Ainsworth.

 Feb 2017
 Craig Sephton
 Another good month. On the back of her excellent form on the country Jodie Thompson earned Cheshire selection. Chris Jones and James Ainsworth pushed each other to 5 mile PB's at Alsager. Helen Smith clinched 1st L45 for the MACCL series. Chris Swift PB'd at Wrexham half which also saw an encouraging run from Katie Brough in her marathon build up. However let's recall May 2015 when Craig Sephton was 1/2 mile from home on a long training run when he stepped off the kerb and badly fractured his ankle. His running and triathlon ambitions for the forthcoming year were shattered in an instant. But... he was determined to carefully manage his way back to full competitive fitness. Nearly 2 years on it is fantastic to see him back to his best. A brilliant 2+ min PB at Wrexham half. CRAIG SEPHTON is February AOM.
  Jan 2017
SARAH MURPHY
HELEN SMITH
 A lot of good stuff in January with Sophie Rees completing her 13 half marathons in 13 weeks; Numerous excellent performances at Helsby half including Chris Standidge, Rick Murray and Natasha Smith.  A big month for cross country with Cheshire Champs, Manchester League and the Northerns. Again many creditable performance here but two ladies stood out. Sarah Murphy 2nd lady and 1st F35 at Cheshire Champs and 12th lady and 1st F35 at Northerns. Helen Smith 1st F45 at Cheshire Champs, Manchester League and Northerns. Both fully deserving of recognition as joint Athletes of the Month.January AOM's SARAH MURPHY and HELEN SMITH
Date
 Athlete
 Why?
 December 2016
 GARETH WILLIAMS
 Apart from some excellent race performances a key highlight for us all in December was to see the return of EUAN DUNBAR achieving his ambitious goal to run the Christmas Day parkrun. Inspirational. On the racing front we saw a great XC debut from LIZ GALE at Staffs Common, BARRY CHAMBERS completing the Boxing Day Round the Walls race being one of only three people to have done all the RTW races. We also saw MIKE HARRINGTON break through the 36 minute barrier for 10k. However, December is a favourite month for one member who loves cross country. With strong performances in Manchester and North Staffs leagues and a call up for N Wales our December AOM is GARETH WILLIAMS.
November 2016
 BRIAN DOOLEY

JULIE ANNABLE
 
Deciding November AOM has been super tough!  Stu Doyle had another terrific month cross country with International honours at the Masters XC Glasgow and 1st M45 at Cross Challenge. Rick Murray and Carolyn Dooley continued their excellent form both going sub 40 minutes at 10k. Brian Dooley broke through the 1.30 half marathon barrier last month and continued this month with a superb sub 40 min PB at Tatton 10k. Julie Annable has been patiently progressing after serious injury. Her cross country performances this month were outstanding in the Manchester League and the British Master XC relays. November AOM’s are:
BRIAN DOOLEY AND JULIE ANNABLE.
October 2016
Chris Jones
Matt Sheen
October was quite a month with many worthy candidates for AOM. Over 13.1 miles Mr and Mrs Dooley and Chris Griffiths all excelled at the Manchester and Stu Doyle won overall at Congleton' Gemma Barnett had female wins at Winsford 10k and Haloween Hellraiser. A resurgent Tom Annable 7th at Sandstone Trail and Kate Titlow cracking 40 minutes for 10k at Farndon. There were two more candidates we just couldn't split for AOM this month. Chris Jones has been running some great races for a while. In October he smashed the Manchester half going sub 1.20 for the first time. He also got a worthy Cheshire selection at Abergele 5. The whole of the men's team were superb at Northern XC relays where Matt Sheen ran a stunning final leg to claim team Bronze in the final 400m. Matt also placed 6th in a high quality field at Manchester League XC. In fact Matt has been the fastest VRAC runner in every one of the road and XC relay events. October AOM's are Matt Sheen and Chris Jones.

 

 Date Athlete Why?
 September 2016Amelia Pettitt, Sarah Griffiths, Sarah Murphy Some good individual performance in September. Great to see Steve Caldwell and Craig Sephton progressing after injury at the Sutton 6. Chris Jones and James Ainsworth had another ding dong battle spurring them to good times at Sanbach 10k, Road relays figured highly with some tremendous team performances throughout VRAC at the NW Road Relays and Northerns. For their exceptional performance winning the Ladies NW Road Relay by over 4 minutes this months AOM goes to the Ladies A team: Amelia Pettitt, Sarah Griffiths and Sarah Murphy.
 August 2016 Nathan Williams  A very busy August on the racing front! Some excellent performances from many VRAC athletes including continued improvements from Matt Rowlinson, Cheshire vests James Ainsworth, Mike Harrington, Sarah Murphy and Helen Whitby, A win for Gemma Barnett at Leek and a great Ultra debut for Bob Corinaldi.  However, as we bid farewell to one younsgter heading Bristol Uni we recognise another intensive racing month with 5 high quality races . August Athlete of The Month isNATHAN WILLIAMS.
 July 2016 Carolyn Dooley An interesting month with some wide ranging performances. Amy Hinchley ran in uk u20 welsh athletics outdoor international. Ric Murray had another good month. Matt Rowlinson had a great 5k at Crewe. Gary Richardson continued his form with a PB at Arley half marathon. Oliver Williams clocked a 5k sub 16 PB at Sale Sizzler. However, this month Mr and Mrs Dooley fight it out for Athlete of the Month just as they do in races.  Both had excellent half marathon debuts at Arley and it?s another narrow win for Mrs D. July Athlete of the Month isCarolyn Dooley.
 June 2016 James Ainsworth  
June was a busy month with 15 race reports to consider. It was another strong month for Mike Harrington, Chris Jones and Stu Doyle. However, there was a striking theme of several athletes making strong comebacks following injury. Tommy Armstrong raced 4 times and showed good progress. Tom Annable enjoyed similar progress over several races. However by a narrow margin, following several excellent races, in particular Crewe 5k and Colshaw 10k, where he once more moved up the leaderboard June Athlete of The Month goes to JAMES AINSWORTH.
 May 2016 Mike Harrington
 
 
It's been a busy and excellent racing month over various terrains and distances up to 33 miles (Nick Haywood and Sophie Rees). A memorable day at the Vets relays with some superb individual and team results. A massive turnout at Christleton 5k with many PB's. Zack Bamber continued to show his talent winning the Round the Runway and 3rd at Dovestone All Terrain race. Paul Hudson raced home and abroad. However, one individual managed to squeeze in 5 races during the month running consistently well in all of them and was within a second of breaking 17 minutes for 5k when setting a new PB. May Athlete of the month is the prolific MIKE HARRINGTON  

 April 2016
 Ian Brough
 
 
Many worthy candidates following outstanding performances including London and Manchester marathons. Recent AOM Rick Murray shone at Wilmslow half, London marathon and Mid Cheshire 5k! Big Stu took the VRAC marathon record at Manchester. Terrific marathon PB's and debuts for Chris Jones, Gemma Barnett, Helen Smith, Chrs Swift, Nikki Cavanagh and Carole Williams. However, after much debate we have decided the award goes to a sensational performance at London breaking through the 3 hour barrier. April AOM is IAN BROUGH.
March 2016
 Amelia Pettitt
 
There was a wide range of racing types, distances and locations in March. Road, fell, XC, track and field; various distances up to marathon and locations in England, Wales, Scotland, Spain and Italy (and we had Ireland in February)!! Special mention to Chris Jones' excellent PB at Stafford Half Marathon and Gary Richardson's debut marathon in Barcelona. However, one individual stood out. She has delivered some exceptional races over the past season and continued in March with a 4th GB place at the World University Championships (she goes to Newcastle) and then winning the Isle of Man running festival. March Athlete of the Month is AMELIA PETTITT.
February 2016  Ladies XC Team Some very worthy performances in February including a 10k PB for David Shepherd, a great individual performance from Stu Doyle at the National XC and 3 PB's at Helsby half for Ian Brough, Ian Barker and Chris Swift. However, something very special happened this month. VRAC's first ever seniors team medal with the ladies winning a superb bronze at the National XC Championships.  The seniors squad in order of placing was Amelia Pettit, Sarah Murphy, Kate Spilsbury, Kate Titlow, Kate Moulds, Sarah Griffiths, Kerry Riley and Jayne Lomax. Whilst the first 4 counted for the team we have decided the entire squad deserves AOM recognition. Well done ladies VRAC is very proud of you.
 
 January 2016

 Sarah Murphy 

 &

 Rick Murray 

 Many, worthy candidates over XC and on the road. Helsby half saw 8 PB's from the 15 VRACers. Amelia Pettitt was outstanding at the Northern XC (with a subsequent England call up). Sarah Murphy and Helen Smith also had a terrific month. Mike Harrington ran two brilliant XC races and, of course, Stu Doyle excelled again. Unusually this month there are two AOM's. Both are individuals who are committing themselves to marathon training and showing huge progress. The AOM lady took over 15 mins off her PB at Helsby and the gentleman took over 11 mins off his. The joint January AOM's are Sarah Gibbs and Rick Murray.
 
 December 2015 Gareth Williams More good performances from in form Helen Smith, James Ainsworth and Sarah Murphy. However, this month we recognise the progressive improvement of a talented and long standing member/friend of VRAC. He loves the 'country' and has moved up the field over the 2015/16 season winning an epic battle with club mates to be first counter at muddy Boggart Clough. Son Nathan is keeping him on his toes too! December AOM is Gareth Williams.

 

November 2015  Barry Chambers 
Some good performances in Novemember including impressive races for Chris Jones at Langley 7 and Park Hall XC, David Shepherd at Park Hall and Petzl Night 10k and Carolyn Dooley at Cheshire 10k. However this month we had to recognise a fantastic milestone of 250 Park Runs accumulated at over 50 locations. November Athlete of the Month is BARRY CHAMBERS.
October 2015
 Helen Smith 

Fantastic runs from our two Snowdon Marathon warriors. David 'Spud' Murphy with a big Snowdon PB and Paul Clutterbuck comfortably under his 4 hour target. But some committed training on the track rewarded with a 10k PB and category win at Farndon and an another excellent XC race at Staffs Common means AOM this month goes to HELEN SMITH.

 September 2015 Ryan Stringer A long list of nominees including Gemma Barnett for two wins this month,Katie Brough for a great win at Salford, Bob Cornialdi's marathon PB at Loch Ness and Amelia Pettitt's PB's at both 10k and half marathon.  However, we have to recognise the fine achievements of a talented sprinter who this month broke the long standing club record for 200m in 22.7s at the final Cheshire League meet at Salford.....the September Athlete of the Month Award goes to  RYAN STRINGER!
 August 2015 Alex Hall An early bid for the title this month came from Sula Stanley who posted a big PB at the Arley Half Marathon.   We also have to recognise the achievements of John Clarke who despite his injury troubles posted a clean sweep of age category victories in the Cheshire 5 K series.    The number of great performances Pie and Peas meant we couldn't separate out the contenders - though there were many!   So for very fine running at the front of the field in the Ellesmere 10k and Capenhurst 5K, the August Athlete of the Month is ALEX HALL!
 July 2015 James  Ainsworth A number of high finishes for our talented younger seniors!   A win for Alex Hall at Cheadle and both Sophie Smith and Oliver Williams with 2nd places in the South Cheshire 5K. Katie Brough had a good win at Sizzler #1 and Stu Doyle was in the top places at the Wizard.   A mention too for the personal achievement completing an Ironman for Jo Edwards.   But it had to his month this time.....for breaking the 17 minute 5K barrier at Sale Sizzler #2, the July Athlete of the Month is JAMES AINSWORTH!
 June 2015 Gemma  Barnett Our club captain Stu Doyle had another fantastic month including a stage win & course record at the Castles and fine runs over 10k too.  (The whole castles team could have taken the award!)  However, we set the bar very high for Stu so not this month!   Another contender is Euan Dunbar who has raced prolifically and shown great form. (The Toughie award goes to Dave Shepherd for his trail half marathon!)   But for her victories at the South Cheshire 5K and Colshaw 10K the Athlete of the Month for June goes to GEMMA BARNETT!
 May 2015 Steve  Caldwell Outstanding month this time with great performances from Elliot Bowker and Tess McCormick at Christleton, a fine run from Debbie Moreton at Chester Half and a win for Gemma Barnett at Much Wenlock.   However, there was no doubting this months winner after a sub hour run at 10 miles, breaking 17 minutes for 5k and winning the Cheshire 1500m championships.  The May Athlete of the Month award goes to STEVE CALDWELL!
 April 2015 Angie  Channing An absolutely impossible decision this month!  All our marathoners had battles & tales to tell, ran unbelievably well and deserved to win the award.   Over shorter distances, Steve Caldwell had two impressive PBs including sub-60 over 10 miles.  Euan Dunbar also had two fantastic PBs over 10k.  Amelia Pettit had a great victory and PB at the Crewe 10k.   So who would you have chosen?   This month we choose to recognise the superb debut over the marathon and the smashing of her race target.  The April Athlete of the Month is ANGIE CHANNING!
 March 2015 Tom      Annable We're waiting for the right moment to recognise James Ainsworth's big improvements - and it was close this time with his big PB at Wilmslow (Stu Doyle and Sarah Gibbs too had excellent PBs).   Dave Shepherd had a superb and exciting run at the Nitro 10K night run for a top-3 finish.   But for his returning form & fitness in endurance runs at Dentdale & Trimpell and then turning out for the 12-stage relays, the March Athlete of the Month is TOM ANNABLE!
 February 2015 Carole    Williams The standout club performance this month was the Amelia Pettitt's medal win in the junior National XC Champs (See the main club website).   However, for the seniors we had several contenders.   Ian Brough (Wrexham) , Euan Dunbar (Wrexham), James Ainsworth (Alsager) and Chris Griffiths (Mad Dog 10k) all had excellent PB's on the road.   However, this month we are recognising the prolific XC racing performances and her superb half marathon PB at Wrexham - the February Athlete of the Month is CAROLE WILLIAMS!
 January 2015 Colin Rathbone Two main contenders this month (we ruled out the Helsby unofficial PB for Chris Beard!).   A brilliant win for Sarah Murphy at the Cheshire XC Champs was deserving of our award but we chose instead to recognise determination in the face of adversity (he's been ill most of the month!) and winning age category runs at the Northerns, Twin Piers and Heaton Park.  The January Athlete of the Month award goes to COLIN RATHBONE!
 December 2014 Tony Archer A couple of near misses this month:  Sarah Murphy's run at the Yule Yomp winning the ladies race and helping VRAC to the team prize and James Ainsworth for the Yule Yomp 7th place and strong XC performances.  However for achieving 2nd M60 at the Manchester League, 1st M60 at the final N Staffs league race at Leek (and overall winner) and 1st M60 at the Chester Round the Walls Race the December Athlete of the Month is TONY ARCHER!
 November 2014

 Elliot Bowker

 Mike Vennard 

 This month the strong senior contender was Bob Corinaldi for his very strong run at Stowmarket (and his new pre-race routine!).   However, we have to recognise that last weekend the club and two fantastically talented runners achieved something very special!   Showing hard work, grit and determination and an ability to run super fast in the European XC trials, the November Athlete of the Month Award goes to GB athletes MIKE VENNARD and ELLIOT BOWKER!
 October 2014 Sula Stanley Several noteworthy mentions this month:   Iain Stanton's welcome return to racing cross-country after his horrific injury, Bob Corinaldi's big PB at the Farndon 10k, Gemma Barnett's Hellraiser win, James Ainsworth's cross-country performances and the Snowdon marathon performances of Paul Clutterbuck and Dave Murphy.   However, for a massive 30 min PB at the Chester Marathon and recognition of her massive progress, the Athlete of the Month award for October goes to SULA STANLEY!
 September 2014 Sophie Rees Strong contenders again this month: Elliot Bowker (6th fastest at Northern Road Relays), Rob Olliver (4th at Sandstone Trail) and Gemma Barnett (3rd Lady at Sandstone Trail).  However for her determined comeback from long term injury and commendable performances at South Cheshire 20, Long Sandstone Trail and Macc half - the latter 2 in consecutive days - the September Athlete of the Month is SOPHIE REES!
  August 2014 David Shepherd For great performances at Capenhurst (PB!) and good runs at the Marbury 5.3k and the Crewe 5K series, we had no arguments on the way to declaring the August AThlete of the Month to be DAVID SHEPHERD!
 July 2014 Stu Doyle Plenty of great performances to choose from in July: Sophie Rees back racing at Great Warford, Tess McCormick 3rd at the Crewe 5K, Jo Edward's ironman  and Rob's PB over 5K at the Sale Sizzler.   We usually find reasons not to give him the Athlete of the Month as he achieves so much, but this month we had to give in!   For  2 successive PB's at 3000m on the track. 1st overall at Wizard. 2nd overall and 1st M40 at Gt Warford 10m, the July Athlete of the Month is STU DOYLE!
 June 2014 Alex Mason Oh so close for Gemma Barnett (Welsh Castles yellow), Dave Phillips (multiple races including Welsh Castles and 2nd in Tough Team!), James Ainsworth (PB at Arley),Debbie Moreton (PB at Arley) and Amelia Pettitt (1st lady Crewe 5k)!  A special mention too for Craig Sephton's European triathlon. However, for his superb ultra-endurance efforts in the Endure 24, the June Athlete of the Month Award goes to Alex Mason!
 May 2014

 Ryan Stringer

 Val Dunn 

A very strong run with some great performances and PBs at Christleton (Chris/James/Mike).  Colin had another jaw-dropping, age defying performance at the Flying Fox Marathon.   However, we recognise both our Championship medal winning and record breaking mens sprint performance as well as the 3rd fastest overall time at the Ladies Masters Relays (+ ladies 5K record!).   The joint May Athletes of the Month are RYAN STRINGER and VAL DUNN!

HELEN SMITH and DAVE MURPHY!
 April 2014

 Helen Smith

 Dave Murphy 

 Marathon Month!   This year we couldn't separate two cracking performances in separate marathons.   The first was a club age category record on her debut at London and the second was a superb PB at the Manchester Marathon.  
HELEN SMITH and DAVE MURPHY!
 March 2014 Colin Rathbone It is measure of Rob Olliver's improvement that a 2:51 marathon does not win him AOM!   Other fine contenders in James Ainsworth for several strong performance (hopefully leading to a great marathon) and Chris Perry for his sub 32 minute 10k.  But for winning the Northern Vet's 10 mile championship and being the champion of team athletics events, the March Athlete of the Month is COLIN RATHBONE!
 February 2014 Carole WIlliams Fantastic performances from Katie Brough at Alsager and the nationals and big improvements from Nik Haywood at Oulton Park meant they could easily have won.  However, for an excellent showing in the Manchester XC league and Wrexham half marathon, the February Athlete of the Month is CAROLE WILLIAMS!
 January 2014 Helen Smith &  Steve Caldwell A lot of racing in January meant a tough decision again!   Greats PB's at the Helsby half marathon and strong performances at the very muddy Northern Cross Country Champs - in both the mens and ladies races - mean that once again we have joint winners!   The January Athlete's of the Month are HELEN SMITH and STEVE CALDWELL!
 December 2013 Chris Standidge  The December athlete of the month was nearly given to Tony Archer for many great park runs in NZ but as the park runs don't count we had to look elsewhere!! Two close condenders in Tess McCormick, finishing 1st lady in the Round the Walls race, and Chris Perry, running the fastest 10k for some years by a club member at Ribble Valley. However, the award for December is given to a new member who ran a terrific 10 mile a Stockport.....the December Athlete of the Month is CHRIS STANDIDGE!
 November 2013 Jade Evans Paul Hudson has continued to improve throughout the year and his strong showing at Stockport meant he was a strong contender this month.  However, for her excellent runs over the country at North Staffs and Manchester leagues as well as her valuable team contribution at the National XC relays, the November Athlete of the Month goes to JADE EVANS.
 October 2013 John Todd Very strong performances from Rob Olliver, Gemma Barnett and Katie Brough would make them worthy winners too!   However, for his fastest half marathon in many years at Congleton, age category wins at the Halloween Hellraiser and at Sandbach, the October Athlete of the Month goes to JOHN TODD!
 September 2013

 Kate Moulds

 Dave Shepherd

 It's great to see so many performances making the judging very tough every month!   If Rob and Gemma hadn't got the award last month they would have been contenders this month.   But we have singled out a member of the amazing Ladies Senior Road Relay team who medalled in the Northern Champs (all deserve an award) who also had a terrific run at Guilden Sutton! However, in the spirit of previous months we couldn't choose a sole winner we recognise this athlete's terrific performance on the country and the road with a 3rd place at Winsford and a 10K PB.   The joint winners of the September Athlete of the Month are KATE MOULDS and DAVE SHEPHERD!
However, in the spirit of previous months we couldn't choose a sole winner we recognise this athlete's terrific performance on the country and the road with a 3rd place at Winsford and a 10K PB.   The joint winners of the September Athlete of the Month are KATE MOULDS and DAVE SHEPHERD! 
 August 2013

 Gemma Barnett

 Rob Olliver 

 Yet again you have made it tough for us to decide and we've had to give the award to two excellent athletes!
Firstly for 5K PB's and a superb win at the Leek Half Marathon we have to give an award to GEMMA BARNETT!

However, we have to also recognise the massive improvement and huge PB's at Great Warford, Pie & Peas and Capenhurst from ROB OLLIVER!

Both show what hard work and training can do! 
 July 2013

 Katie Brough

 Ian Billinge 

 Another very tough month to make a clear decision so we have decided that we have joint winners - both on the track!   For a superb performance in getting amongst the medals at the UK Championship 5K, the first winner is the talented new member KATIE BROUGH.
For V40 club records at 100m/200m in his debut season, the second winner is IAN BILLINGE.

Well done to both!
 June 2013 Mel Johnson Jayne Lomax's 3 personal bests and Jo Edwards V50 victory in North Cheshire GP series were strong contenders for this month's award.   However for her outstanding perfomances and her overall victory in the series, the Athlete of the Month for June is MEL JOHNSON!
 May 2013 Mary Tavener Two strong runs over 5K nearly won the award for to Mel Johnson. Dave Shepherd's Chester Half performance was also in the running as well as the big 5K PB's for Bob Corinaldi and Paul Hudson....however, the jury was unanimous in recognising Mary's victory in Galway, as well as her Club LV50 record at Chrisleton and her solid performance at the Edinburgh Marathon.   The May Athlete of the month is MARY TAVENER!
 April 2013Tommy Armstong Although there were many fine performances in the perfect conditions at London this year - including fantastic debut marathons for Helen, Ian and Gemma - this time there was one run that stood out....with a perfectly paced, reverse split and a breakthrough performance in breaking the 2:50 barrier, the Athlete of the Month for April is TOMMY ARMSTRONG!
 March 2013 Stu Doyle March?cold weather and sizzling performances! Tommy Armstrong PB?s at 20m/10k; Jacky Thorn fastest 10k since 2006 and 2 L55 wins; Sophie Rees defied injury to shine in her debut marathon in Barcelona; Zack Bamber and Amelia Pettitt excelled at Air Products 10k and Rob Oliver delivered on his training improvement with a huge 10k PB. However, with no less than two sub 33 min 10k?s, a half marathon PB and a brilliant 4th place at the National Masters XC the March Athlete of the Month is:     STU DOYLE
 Feburary 2013 Jodie Spencer Several worthy contenders this month including James Griffiths (National XC) Tommy Armstrong (Wrexham Half & Alsager 5) and Bob Corinaldi (big PB at Wrexham Half).   However, for her strong showing in the very tough conditions at the National XC, as well as her support to the ladies senior team the February Athlete of the Month is the talented JODIE SPENCER!
January 2013 

Sula Stanley

Debbie Moreton

Craig Sephton    

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This month's decision has been an extremely difficult one and even after significant levels of debate across the committee it has proved impossible to separate 3 of the contenders.  

Sula and Debbie have demonstrated exceptional commitment and enthusiasm since joining the club and have prospered despite some of their first races have been in some of the toughest conditions seen in Cross Country events in recent years.  

Craig's dedication and commitment has been rewarded with constant improvement and his performances in January were quite probably his best yet in a VRAC vest. He is the epitome of the saying ?when the going gets tough?.


 Debbie Moreton, Sula Stanley and Craig Sephton. 

Sula and Debbie have demonstrated exceptional commitment and enthusiasm since joining the club and have prospered despite some of their first races have been in some of the toughest conditions seen in Cross Country events in recent years.  Craig's dedication and commitment has been rewarded with constant improvement and his performances in January were quite probably his best yet in a VRAC vest. He is the epitome of the saying ?when the going gets tough?.
December 2012  Dave Phillips A close call this month with worthy contenders Tommy Armstrong (10k PB) and Carole William (vets winner at North Staffs XC) just being pipped for the decision.  For excelling going uphill at the Leek XC match and downhill in the Jubilee plunge, the final winner of 2012 and the December Athlete of the Month is DAVE PHILLIPS!
 November 2012 Kate Moulds Another strong month with Dave Williams epic fell racing performances and continuing improving form for Jo Edwards, it took something special to win.  However, for superb cross-country running leading to a top-10 finish and showing the way for the strong senior ladies team at the Manchester League, the Athlete of the Month for November is KATE MOULDS!

 KATE MOULDS!
 October 2012  Ian Brough A number of contenders this month with Bob Corinaldi's massive marathon PB at Chester, strong road performances by Jackie Thorn and Tom Armstrong as well as some superb performances off-road from Dave Philips and Alex Mason.   All performances that deserve an award but, for a superb run on a very tough Snowdonia marathon course, the October Athlete of the Month instead goes to IAN BROUGH

 IAN BROUGH!
 September 2012  Tessa McCormick For a superb win at the Guilden Sutton 10k, a terrific 2nd place finish in the 1st NSCC cross-country and a cracking relay leg in the Northerns, the September Senior Athlete of the Month is Tessa McCormick! (Although nominated for the junior AOM she was racing against the seniors and so qualified for the senior award too!)
 August 2012 Tony Archer  Category wins at Capenhurst 5K and at Pie and Peas.
 July 2012  John Thompson For terrific performance on the trails at the Wizard 5, on the fells at Great Hucklow and on the road at Great Warford and for maintaining his lead in the endurance championship

 June 2012

 Stu Doyle For a fantastic national vets 5k championship win and 5 age category wins!
 May 2012 Scott Bamber Another very tough decision this month!  With Helen Smith's 1:32 and Ian Brough's fantastic PB at Chester Half marathon, as well as Stu Doyle's impressive PB's at 5k and 10k, it took something special to win this month!  So for a superb PB over 5 miles, May's Athlete of the Month is SCOTT BAMBER! 
 Apr 2012 Dave Haines It's great to have such a tough decision on our hands after some  superb performances in April.   Dave Phillips had a superb run at the tough Three Peaks Race.  Several great performances at London including those by Tom Armstrong (2:55 and reverse split) and Pauline Davies (Cheshire LV60 Record).  However, with a London performance that had everyone talking and great runs in the NW relays and Spring 5, April's winner was DAVE HAINES!
 Mar 2012 Bob Corinaldi For two PB's including Wilmslow Half Marathon!
 Feb 2012 Ben Carter For excellent PB at Alsager!
 Jan 2012 Helen SmithFor turning some excellent performances in recent training sessions into 2 great races, resulting in an age category victory in the Cheshire Cross Country Championships and a prize winning performance at the 4 Villages Half Marathon with a 3 minute improvement in her PB.
 Dec 2011 John Carter  For a fantastic performance at the last North Staffs leagues with a top-50 finish on the toughest course of all!
 Nov 2011 Stuart Doyle Fantastic England debut in the Master's International
 Oct 2011  Dave  Murphy For superb runs at Snowdonia Marathon and Sandstone Trail.....
 Sept 2011 Steve Caldwell

For the second time in recent months, the Athlete of the Month award goes to STEVE CALDWELL. This time an 8 minute improvement on his half marathon PB whilst competing in the Great North Run helped him win the award! Well done Steve! 

 Aug 2011

 Diane Newsham For continuing to improve and for a superb prize winning performance at Run Winsford 10k
 July 2011 Tommy Armstrong For being Mr PB!
 June 2011  Jo Edwards  Prize - winning performances on the roads and fells


 May 2011

 Steve Caldwell

Jo Molyneaux

A very strong month in May! For a big improvements on his 5k and 10k PB's the ATHLETE OF THE MONTH AWARD goes to STEVE CALDWELL! A 2nd ever TRIATHLETE OF THE MONTH award goes to JO MOLYNEAUX for completing her ironman challenge in style.   Her run in the marathon was so good she also gets a joint ATHLETE OF THE MONTH AWARD too!      

 April 2011 Colin Rathbone He's so fantastic at London it's easy to take Colin's marathon performances for granted - but we must applaud his mental fortitude in this years race.  67 years old and 3:12 to win by 10 minutes - no contest for COLIN RATHBONE in this month's Athlete of the Month.
 March 2011 Ian Newsham Superb runs at the Cloud 9 race and Wilmslow half marathon.
 February 2011 Iain Stanton For his superb PB at Wrexham and strong performance on the cross-country and the road, the Athlete of the Month for February is the ever-improving IAIN STANTON!
January 2011Tom Armstrong For his fantastic run, and superb new personal best, at the 4 Villages Half Marathon, together with a top 3 finish at the Bramhall Park Run, January's winner is the very much in form TOMMY ARMSTRONG
November/December 2010Andy Clews & John Davies Once again we have joint winners for the past 2 months! Demonstrating that Cross Country running is a sport for all ages!
October/September 2010 Jo Edwards/Paul Clutterbuck Joint winners for their Snowdon Marathon, Sandstone Trail, Macclesfield Half performances
 August 2010

Andy Clews (runner)

Dave Gough (Triathlete!)

For one month only we have a Triathlete of the month award!   For his superb personal achievement in completing an Ironman triathlon this unique award goes to DAVE GOUGH.   

The Athlete of the Month award goes to the ever-improving ANDY CLEWS for his class win and sub 27minute run at the Pie and Peas.

 July 2010 Tessa McCormick For a superb 3rd place at the Forest Park 5K, this month's Athlete of the Month is TESSA McCORMICK!
 June 2010 Stu Doyle A late announcement this month - and a tough one to call!   For his excellent form over the shorter distances since his spring marathon, this month's Athlete of the Month is STU DOYLE!
 May 2010 Steve Caldwell For terrific personal bests at both 5K and 10K - with his first sub-40 minute run at the Manchester 10k - this month's Athlete of the Month is STEVE CALDWELL!  Well done Steve!
 April 2010Colin Rathbone & Maggie Fenn April always sees some great marathon performances and this years was no exception with some impressive debuts and PBs.  However, there were two outstanding perfomances that got everyone talking!   This month's Athlete of the month award goes to both MAGGIE FENN for her fantastic run at the Bungay Marathon and to COLIN RATHBONE for his unbelievable performance at London.  Well done both of you!
 March 2010 Mel Johnson Some strong contenders this month from the club's ladies with impressive performances over 10k for both Nik Archer and Helen Smith.  However, one performance stands out this month: Her superb PB in the Wilmslow Half Marathon earns the Athlete of the Month award for MEL JOHNSON!
 February 2010 Tony ArcherA tricky decision this month as there have been some incredible performances including Andy Gibbs' gold medal at the Northern Vets XC, Stevie Stockton winning a senior medal for Vale Royal at the National XC, and medals galore at the County XC Champs - but in recognition of his superb run at the Cheshire Championships, the Athlete of the Month is TONY ARCHER!!!!  
 January 2010 Kate Spilsbury For a a terrific run at the Northern Cross-Country on the tough course in Blackburn this month's Athlete of the Month is KATE SPILSBURY
 December 09 Nicky Archer For a hugely impressive, if rather lonely, time-trial in the Las Vegas Marathon, this month's Athlete of the Month is NIC ARCHER!    A top 10 UK performance in 2009!
 November 09 Andy Gibbs Well no surprises here....this month's Athlete of the Month for his awesome performance at the Master's International is ANDY GIBBS!
 October 09 Jo Molyneaux For her terrific performance and massive improvement at the Sandstone Trail Race, Octobers Athlete of the month is JO MOLYNEAUX!
 September 09 Stu Doyle For his superb victory at the Sandbach 10k and for his superb runs in the Cheshire GP, this month's Athlete of the month is STU DOYLE!.
 August 09 Darren Cottier Racing at 5K, 10k, 10 miles as well as on the fells, it is for shear tenacity that this month's Athlete of the Month is DARREN COTTIER.
 July 09 Nicky Archer For her superb sprint and fantastic victory in the City of Manchester 10k this months Athlete of the Month is NICKY ARCHER!
 June 09 Andy GibbsFor his incredible performance in winning the silver medal at the British Masters 5K, this month's Athlete of the Month is ANDY GIBBS!  
 May 09Tom ArmstrongIn a strong month, it was the terrific personal bests at both half marathon and 20 miles which have earned the Athlete of the Month Award for Tom Armstrong!
 April 09Jo Molyneaux, Colin Rathbone, Gemma BarnettAfter long consideration we couldn't split the three terrific marathon performances All fantastic performances.
 March 09                       Pauline DaviesFor superb performances at both Stafford and Spen, and for her continued improvement, this month's Athlete of the Month is the remarkable PAULINE DAVIES!
 February 09Rob Olliver For breaking 1:30 barrier at Wrexham Half Marathon
 January 09Dave GoughAn excellent run in the North Wales League at Wrexham showed Goffy was back to form!
 December 08Bernie Jones For being unbeaten as a 50 year old!     1st MV50 at the Round the Walls Race & somewhere in Wales.
 November 08John Davies & Helen SmithJohn:  For an excellent run at the Cheddleton 10k.  Helen:  For her first ever race victory!
 October 08Tom Annable Sandstone Trail A Race win. 
 September 08Helen Whitby For a superb run at the very tough Langdale Half Marathon 

 

SLOW TART AWARD

We used to have a regular 'Slow Tarts' award - to recognise the calamities that members frequently found themselve in!   However, it was realised that the same members tended to win the award so we put it aside.   Here''s a few of the old winners:

Date  Slow Tart Why?
 October 09 Dave Gough For tripping up a couple of times during the month - first while running on Alderley Edge, the second time in negotiating the price on a French banger -Octobers Slow Tart is DAVE GOUGH!
 September 09 Dave Haines Slow Tart of the month goes to Dave Haines for spending 3 hours deciding whether his prospective new shoes match his running kit!
 August 09 John ToddFor quitting the session at Springbank when the rain started and then running home without getting his car, this month's Slow Tart is JOHN TODD!
 July 09 Dave Topping For taking his own route hen he was meant to be escorting Le Joggers out of Northwich, this month's Slow Tart is DAVE TOPPING!
 June 09 Dave Haines For his long deliberation about whether his increasingly long hair looked better inside or outside his sunglasses while getting ready to run at the Welsh Castles, this months Slow Tart is DAVE HAINES!
 May 09Mark ThornleySo close...... for his riverbank fall and for his surprised expression as the leaf he grabbed failed to hold his weight as he slid towards the river, this month's Slow Tart is Mark Thornley!
 April 09Tom AnnableFor putting his back out laying his little garden path with the tiniest of paving slabs, this month's SLOW TART (and useless bloke award!) goes to TOM ANNABLE!  Fix!
March 09                         Pauline DaviesShe may be good over 20 miles but she still has problems staying on her feet!  For a spectacular fall at the British Masters XC, this month's slow tart is the slightly less remarkable PAULINE DAVIES! 
February 09Paul ClutterbuckFor his PB performance in running to the start line at the Alsager 5! 
January 09Mike HarringtonFor carrying on plodding! Police Mike kept going straight when he should have turned the second corner on the Big Gadbrook circuit and ended up at the traffic lights! 

 

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