Vale Royal AC - Senior Section

Running and Athletics in the Heart of Cheshire.

Archive Jan-Jun 2012

KETTLESHULME FELL RACE

13 June: Belated results for this 6 miler with 1200 ft of ascent. 

 Dave Phillips  10th overall,                                44.03

Tommy Armstrong   17th overall                        46.44

Jo Edwards 84th overall, 9th woman, 3rd FV40    57.35

LYMM 5K

23 June: More good 5k performances at the 5th and final race of the North Cheshire 5k Grand Prix series at Lymm. Category wins for Stu Doyle, Helen Smith and Amelia Pettitt and overall series wins in their categories for Stu (M40) and Amelia (Junior Female).  

Pos Time Name Category mins/k Cat Pos
4 00:16:23 DOYLE, Stuart Male Vet 40 03:16.6 1
20 00:18:02 MOORE, Ryan Male Junior 03:36.4 4
40 00:19:18 PETTITT, Amelia Junior Lady 03:51.6 1
50 00:19:51 CLARKE, John Male Vet 55 03:58.2 2
71 00:20:35 SMITH, Helen Female Vet 40 04:07.0 1
108 00:22:22 TIPPING, Robert Male Vet 45 04:28.4 21
117 00:22:41 PETTITT, Richard Male Vet 50 04:32.2 9
136 00:23:50 LOMAX, Jayne Female Vet 45 04:46.0 5

LIVERPOOL TRIATHLON

01 July: Two VRAC seniors competed in the Liverpool Triathlon. This event takes place in and around the Kings Waterfront area of Liverpool. First away with an early start time was Craig Sephton, over the Olympic distance. Living up to his reputation as VRAC Triathlon specialist, Craig delivered a strong performance in all three disciplines to finish 51st overall.

Next to take the plunge into the Queens Dock waters was Diane Newsham, stepping up from super sprint to sprint distance for the first time.Photos in Gallery (Thanks to Ian Newsham for report and photos).

Craig Sephton Swim 1500m 24.44
Bike 40k 1.07.35
Run 10k 40.13
2.15.17
Position 51st
Diane Newsham Swim 750m 23.39
Bike 20k 46.54
Run 5k 27.05
1.43.35
Position 212 (4th Age Category)

TOUGH TEAM

 

22 June: 11 VRACers joined a field of 134 in the Tattenhall Tough Team race, a challenging multi-terrain race of around nine miles for teams of three. This year’s event was started by Olympic torch bearer Alex Staniforth, the youngest person to complete a solo National 3 Peaks Challenge. Alex kindly allowed several VRAC runners to pose with the torch after the race. Heavy rain in the preceding 48 hours made for a wet and muddy course. First team home for VRAC clinching 4th place overall and winning the male vets prize were a well matched team who seemed to benefit from divine assistance. Well done all. Full results here

Overall Team Pos Team Name Names Pos Time Team Cat Team Cat Pos
Tony Archer 13 65.34
4 Lord Help Us Dave Haines 14 65.38 Male Vets 1
John Todd 15 65.42
13 3 Wise Monkeys Paul Clutterbuck 47 72.42
Mark Thornley 46 72.12 Male Vets 4
Rob Oliver 45 72.20
27 Tri Harder Jayne Lomax 92 80.14
Val Kinvig 93 80.23 Lady Vets 2
Jo Edwards 94 80.24
33 VR Jam Mary Tavener 108 83.28
Ann Budenberg 104 83.22 Lady Vets 4
Lesley Feakes (Helsby) 107 83.26

  

HOTFOOT UP FAMAU 

21 June: A short but very sharp race up Moel Famau that utilises the hidden and infamous stone gulley as it contours steeply to the Jubilee Tower. The race is given the toughest 'A' rating as it crams 1200 ft of ascent into 3.5 miles which is even tougher than it sounds as the route has many 'up and down' sections rather than a straight climb... and of course it was muddy and wet! Our premier fell specialist Dave Phillips flew the flag in style for VRAC finishing an excellent 9th overall in 39.24 out of 96 finishers. 

HORWICH 5K - BRITISH VETS CHAMPIONSHIP (BMAF) 

17 June: Stu Doyle and Andy Gibbs both raced in the British Vets (BMAF) 5k champs at Horwich. Stu was 7th overall and 2nd V40 in 16.07 with Lee Jones (2nd overall) being 1st V40 in 15.59. Next V40 was just behind Stu in 16.08 so it was all pretty close at the finish. Andy was 17th overall and 3rd v50 in 16.55, only 5 seconds behind 2nd place. So two National medals for VRAC - in fact Andy got Silver as the second place finisher was not registered with BMAF and likewise because Lee Jones isn't registered with BMAF Stu was awarded Gold - although with typical modesty he is a little reluctant to claim National Vets champion status! Well done Stu and Andy - we are proud of you both.

DUNHAM MASSEY 5K         

14 June: At the previous 5K at Dunham Massey on 25 May warm weather had resulted in slower than expected times. However, the damp and blustery conditions at the 2nd Dunham Massey race were clearly preferable with VRACers posting significantly faster times... and many faster than the recent Hollins Green race. A sub 16 minute time saw Stu Doyle to another M40 win and a top 5 overall finish. In form Athlete of the Month Scott Bamber had a superb run and a big PB. Amelia Petitt went well under 19 minutes to register 1st Junior Female and Mel Johnson prevailed in a good battle with Helen Smith (2nd F40) both getting close to the 20 minute mark. Another good night VRAC. Full results here.

Position Name Cat Time Cat Pos
4 Stuart DOYLE M40 15.55 1
40 Scott BAMBER M45 18.17 4
55 Amelia PETTITT FJ 18.49 1
69 John CLARKE M55 19.46 3
76 Melanie JOHNSON F 20.06
77 Helen SMITH F40 20.08 2
89 Clara PETTIT FJ 20.39 4
121 Richard PETTITT M50 21.49 12
124 Steve COLLIER M50 21.56 13
126 Hannah BISHOP FJ 21.59 5
146 Jayne LOMAX F45 22.55 4
187 Ann COLLIER F45 27.36 11
Finishers 203

WELSH CASTLES RELAYS 

9/10 June:   Report to follow but another terrific weekend for the club.  Major thanks to Dave Haines for his hard work getting us all organised!   

Results: 

Stage Position Distance Runner Time
1 19 9.1 John Todd 1:03:06
2 14 10.7 Ben Carter 1:08:56
3 16 12.1(m) Darren Cottier 1:16:44
4 25 9.5 Maggie Fenn 1:09:07
5 32 9.6 Jo Edwards 1:13:28
6 58 10.7 Carole Williams 1:42:18
7 36 9.1(m) Matt Sweeting 1:06:37
8 29 10.8 Dave Murphy 1:15:15
9 6 8.6 Tom Annable 51:13
10 19 13.1(m) Dave Phillips 1:26:01
11 34 12.3(m) Iain Stanton 1:26:33
12 2 11.2 Lewis Healey 1:03:02
13 32 10.6 Paul Clutterbuck 1:15:45
14 22 10.8(m) Tommy Armstrong 1:11:17
15 55 12.8 Diane Newsham 1:55:13
16 21 8.8 Iain Brough 1:00:12
17 29 9.2 Steve Smith 1:06:07
18 23 9.1 Colin Rathbone 1:06:31
19 6 10.8 Steve Caldwell 1:12:20
20 39 10.7 Rob Olliver 1:18:56
Overall 25  

BOARS HEAD FELL RACE 

6 June: Two hard core racers tackled the Boar Head fell race covering 8 miles and 1322 ft of climb.

Dave Philips    11th overall       time 50.46
Jo Edwards     119th overall     time 67.01     5th LV40

BOWDEN 5K 

7 June: Bowden's reputation for being a fast course didn't quite pan out on a soggy evening with most times being down on Hollin's Green. Some good results though with category wins for Stu Doyle, Amelia Pettitt and Mary Tavener. Athlete of the Month Scott Bamber bucked the trend and ran faster than Hollins Green breaking the 19 min barrier with his second fastest 5k ever. 

Position Name Cat Time Cat Pos
4 Stuart DOYLE M40 16.20 1
29 Steven CALDWELL M 18.01
37 Graham MILES M40 18.22 8
48 Scott BAMBER M45 18.59 4
49 Amelia PETTITT FJ 19.00 1
53 Tony ARCHER M55 19.24 2
74 John CLARKE M55 20.09 3
83 Melanie JOHNSON F 20.30
94 Clara PETTIT FJ 21.25 2
109 Joanne EDWARDS F45 21.53 3
110 Hannah BISHOP FJ 21.57 3
116 Mary TAVENER F50 22.16 1
128 Richard PETTITT M50 22.46 10
135 Jayne LOMAX F45 23.04 5
143 Valerie KINVIG F50 23.47 4

WINCLE TROUT 

2 June: The Wincle Trout Run is a tough 9km fell run in the picturesque Dane Valley, crossing woodlands, river and high moorland (1,000ft of climb). Good performances all round with another very good race for Dave Haines and a 2nd F50 finish for Val Kinvig. 

Position Name Cat Cat Pos Time
28 Dave Haines M40 5 46.39
91 John Clarke M50 14 52.21
107 Paul Clutterbuck M40 34 53.51
155 Val Kinvig F50 2 56.59
221 Janet Snow F50 8 64.18

BUXTON HALF MARATHON 

3 June: Wet, cold, windy and hilly summed up Buxton 2012 but this was not to deter a hardy trio stepping up to the challenge. John Todd put in a superb performance notching up a top 20 finish. Iain 'Stanno' Stanton not too far behind. Rounded off with a solid run from 'two races in one weekend' Paul Clutterbuck who felt some of the previous days Wincle Trout in his legs.

Position Name Category Cat Pos Time
19 John Todd M50 3 1.33.11
26 Iain Stanton   1.35.23
79 Paul Clutterbuck M40 21 1.53.48
       
  Finishers 146  

HOLLINS GREEN 5K 

2 June: For only the second time in the race's history (2002 - 2012) a single club claimed victory in both the men and women's team event. VRAC!! (Macclesfield also did it in 2008).  Helped in no small part by a sizable contingent of 'younger' male and female VRAC members who put in some excellent performances. A good overall turnout with 23 VRACers enjoying ideal cool and damp conditions (unlike the very hot races in recent years).As well as winning teams in both genders we also had additional teams placed highly. Many excellent individual performances. A strong finish from Amelia Pettitt saw her break the 19 minute mark and secure 1st Junior Lady and second Lady overall. Mike Vennard just 10 seconds behind Stu Doyle who logged another category victory. Mel Johnson cheered on by her boys grabbed the 4th lady spot overall.

51 00:18:37 WEEDALL, Gary Male Vet 50 319 52
A great day for VRAC. Provisional results below. Full results here.
 
Position Time Name Category Cat Pos mins/km  
7 00:16:08 DOYLE, Stuart Male Vet 40 1 03:13.6
8 00:16:18 VENNARD, Mike Male Junior 3 03:15.6
15 00:16:57 MOORE, Ryan Male Junior 4 03:23.4
17 00:17:00 BAMBER, Zack Male Junior 5 03:24.0
26 00:17:25 COTTIER, Darren Male Vet 40 5 03:29.0
36 00:17:46 STRADLING, Patrick Male Junior 7 03:33.2
41 00:18:07 THOMPSON, Stephen Male Vet 45 3 03:37.4
43 00:18:27 PHILLIPS, David Male Senior 03:41.4
52 00:18:37 WEEDALL, Gary Male Vet 50 7 03:43.4
58 00:18:54 PETTITT, Amelia Junior Lady 1 03:46.8 2nd Lady
62 00:19:02 BAMBER, Scott Male Vet 45 7 03:48.4
66 00:19:07 ARCHER, Tony Male Vet 55 3 03:49.4
89 00:20:14 JOHNSON, Melanie Senior Lady 04:02.8 4th Lady
90 00:20:15 MOULDS, John Male Vet 45 15 04:03.0
98 00:20:20 WHITTICK, Lucy Junior Lady 2 04:04.0
134 00:21:14 MOULDS, Kate Junior Lady 4 04:14.8
140 00:21:25 PETTITT, Clara Junior Lady 5 04:17.0
143 00:21:29 BISHOP, Hannah Junior Lady 6 04:17.8
144 00:21:33 EDWARDS, Joanne Female Vet 45 4 04:18.6
146 00:21:37 TAVERNER, Mary Female Vet 50 3 04:19.4
156 00:21:58 TIPPING, Robert Male Vet 45 29 04:23.6
186 00:22:51 PETTITT, Richard Male Vet 50 17 04:34.2
221 00:25:09 HUDSON, Paul Male Vet 55 17 05:01.8
Finishers 268

 

Team Position Gender Pos Time Name Cat Pos
First 2 00:18:54 PETTITT, Amelia Junior Lady 58
  4 00:20:14 JOHNSON, Melanie Senior Lady 89
  7 00:20:20 WHITTICK, Lucy Junior Lady 98
Fifth 15 00:21:14 MOULDS, Kate Junior Lady 134
  18 00:21:25 PETTITT, Clara Junior Lady 140
  19 00:21:29 BISHOP, Hannah Junior Lady 143
First 7 00:16:08 DOYLE, Stuart Male Vet 40 7
  8 00:16:18 VENNARD, Mike Male Junior 8
  15 00:16:57 MOORE, Ryan Male Junior 15
  17 00:17:00 BAMBER, Zack Male Junior 17
Eighth 26 00:17:25 COTTIER, Darren Male Vet 40 26
  36 00:17:46 STRADLING, Patrick Male Junior 36
  40 00:18:07 THOMPSON, Stephen Male Vet 45 41
  42 00:18:27 PHILLIPS, David Male Senior 43
Eleventh 51 00:18:37 WEEDALL, Gary Male Vet 50 52
  60 00:19:02 BAMBER, Scott Male Vet 45 62
  64 00:19:07 ARCHER, Tony Male Vet 55 66
  86 00:20:15 MOULDS, John Male Vet 45 90
Number of teams: Ladies 15. Men 34.
 

GOYT VALLEY 10K 

23 May: In a busy week for racing John Thompson ventured to the Cheshire/ Derbyshire border last Wednesday (23rd May) to compete in the scenic (but tough) Goyt Valley 10k fell race. John finished a very creditable 19th out of 200+ runners in a time of 44.11.

SALE 5 MILE 

27 May: Three excellent runs in the heat at Sale 5. A 6 second PB for Tommy Armstrong sporting a new pair of featherlight racing shoes. Over a minute off Scott Bamber's PB and a 3rd M60 finish for Barry Chambers.

Pos Name Cat Cat Pos Time
19 Tommy Armstrong 29.29
33 Scott Bamber M45 4 31.26
86 Barry Chambers M60 3 37.57
Team Position 6th 3 to count
Finishers 146

  

STAVELEY TRAIL  & CHALLENGE RACE 

26 May:   Warm conditions made the third round of the lakeland trail series a greater challenge than normal. The trail climbed out of Staveley above the Kentmere valley, before returning along the valley itself past idyllic tarns, through ancient woodlands, climbing Reston scar before the descent back into Staveley village. All VRAC members proved to be a match for this test of endurance, particularly Janet who took a tumble mid race. The series now takes a break for the summer and returns in the autumn. (PHOTOS IN GALLERY).

Staveley Trail Race 17km - 228 Finishers.

 21       Stephen Thompson   1:23:44
129      Joanne Edwards        1:46:06
156      Valerie Kinvig            1:49:59  3rd Lady Vet 50
203      Janet Snow              2:02:22
              
Staveley Trail Challenge 17km - 331 Finishers. 

182   Diane Newsham            2:09:47 

HARROCK HILL FELL RACE  

23 May: Our fell specialist Dave Phillips had a good midweek outing at Harrock Hill. 5.2 miles with over 900ft of climb. No official results yet but Dave came 9th overall out of 100-150 runners and registered a course PB which he reports was due to a herd of angry cattle who gave chase across a field. Sorry Dave but this PB will be null and void due to outside assistance. Hard luck.

DUNHAM MASSEY 5K

25 May: A very warm evening and an uphill course meant times were somewhat down on what might be expected. Nevertheless, some excellent performances and age category results.

4 Stuart DOYLE M40 1st M40 16.18
21 Steven CALDWELL M 17.46
24 Tom ARMSTRONG M 17.52
53 Amelia PETTITT FJ 2nd Lady, 1st Junior Female 19.32
72 John CLARKE M55 4th M55 20.11
102 Helen SMITH F40 2nd F40 21.08
121 Clara PETTITT FJ 4th Junior Female 21.41
131 Richard PETTITT M50 22.04
133 Hannah BISHOP FJ 5th Junior Female 22.12
173 Jayne LOMAX F45 2nd F45 24.08

  

MANCHESTER MARATHON 

29 April: Belated congratulations to Craig Sephton for his performance in appalling weather at the Manchester marathon. Craig finished 349th overall and 99th M40 in 3.22.55.

BRISTOL 10k   

20th May : Avid racer Diane Newsham raced in Bristol over the weekend. Cool cloudy weather provided ideal running conditions for the 5th Bristol 10k. Well done Diane.

Pos

3299         Diane Newsham          52:39

9152          Finishers.

BUPA GREAT MANCHESTER 10K 

20 May:Four VRAC athletes joined 40,000 others at the BUPA Great Manchester 10k.  Mike Vennard ran a very impressive sub 35 minute race.  Steve Caldwell went sub 37 minutes with the added bonus of getting his hands on Nell Macandrew to congratulate her as she crossed the finish line close to him (all caught on National TV!).  Close behind followed James Griffiths with Dad Chris Griffiths rounding things off nicely for VRAC.  Well done all.

Name Cat Position Cat Position 5k split Finish (Chip)
Mike Vennard 0 - 34 67 53 16.26 34.27
Steve Caldwell 0 - 34 136 94 17.55 36.42
James Griffiths 0 - 34 152 103 17.44 37.00
Chris Griffiths 50 - 54 15072 704 28.37 59.23

 

 

 

CHRISTLETON 5K 

18 May: Another excellent turnout from VRAC with 17 club members enjoying cool conditions and a fast course. Some superb performances and several PB's. A very high quality race evidenced by the fact that Stu Doyle ran a 15 second PB and finished 13th overrall and 4th V40! Impressive category positions for the ladies with Jacky Thorn 1st L50, Tess McCormick 2nd U20 and Helen Smith 2nd L40. Athlete of the Month, Dave Haines, continued his fine form smashing through his target of 18.30 to set a big 30+ second PB. The race results will be entered into the VRAC 2012 5K Ladder (C/O Jacky) and will appear soon under the Racing tab above.  Well done everyone. Full results here.

Name Category Gender Time Overall Pos Cat Pos Gend Pos
Stuart Doyle Male Vet 40 M 15:47:00 13 4 13
Graham Miles Male Vet 40 M 17:31:00 54 9 51
Gary Weedall Male Vet 50 M 18:02:00 69 4 63
Tessa Mccormick Female U20 F 18:10:00 77 2 9
David Haines Male Vet 40 M 18:11:00 78 14 70
John Todd Male Vet 50 M 18:37:00 88 5 79
Tony Archer Male Vet 55 M 18:47:00 99 4 87
John Clarke Male Vet 55 M 19:23:00 121 7 107
Helen Smith Female Vet 40 F 19:45:00 127 2 17
Melanie Johnson Female Senior F 19:49:00 134 12 19
John Carroll Male Vet 50 M 19:50:00 136 11 117
Danny Griffiths Male U20 M 20.44.00 157 9 137
Barry Chambers Male Vet 60 M 21:17:00 173 9 150
Jacky Thorn Female Vet 50 F 21:23:00 177 1 26
Hannah Bishop Female U20 F 21:34:00 184 5 29
Joanne Edwards Female Vet 45 F 21:51:00 190 4 32
Jayne Lomax Female Vet 45 F 22:59:00 213 5 42
Valerie Kinvig Female Vet 50 F 23:35:00 228 6 48

 

WEEKEND RACES 12-13 MAY

A very busy weekend for races! In fact, since Thursday there have been over 50 VRAC senior participants at 5 racing venues ranging from multi-terrain, road and track. Good effort.

1. Chester Half Marathon

Three fantastic performances! Led home by Tommy Armstrong no doubt still with some London marathon in his legs. Followed by a superb run and a big PB for the fast improving Ian Brough. And, a L40 win for Helen Smith for whom sub 1.30 looks well on the cards. A big well done to this trio. Full results here.

Overall Pos Name Cat Cat Pos Time
53 Tommy Armstrong SM 37 1.24.35
73 Ian Brough M40 15 1.25.48
188 Helen Smith L40 1 1.32.02 8th Lady

2. National Masters Road Relays Sutton Park (see Bryan Dale link on left panel for photos)

VRAC fielded 2 ladies teams (V35 and V45) and 2 mens teams (V45 and V55). A very enjoyable and competitive day in some very high class company. Full results here 

Ladies V35 Ladies V45
Maggie Fenn 21.40 Jayne Lomax 22.41
Di Newsham 24.49 Val Kinvig 23.45
Carole Williams 26.10 Jo Edwards 21.43
Jacky Thorn 21.34
Team Place 11th Team Place 11th
Mens V45 Mens V55
Tom Annable 18.03 John Clarke 19.27
Gary Weedall 18.10 Colin Rathbone 22.16
David Shepherd 18.44 Tony Archer 18.58
RichardPettitt 21.09 Pete Maher 20.03
Scott Bamber 18.44
John Moulds 20.27
Team Place 18th Team Place

15th 

3. Market Drayton 10k

Stu Doyle was 2nd overall and 1st V40 in 33.00. The racing machines that are Colin Rathbone and Carole Williams did their 3rd race in 4 days and still put in excellent performances - Out of 956 finishers Colin was 220th and 2nd V65 (1st was an agonising 10 seconds ahead of him) in 45.42 whilst Carole was 606th and 5th LV55 in a time of 55.52.

All excellent times, particularly as it was quite windy and the course is far from flat.

4. Greater Manchester and Cheshire AA County Track Championships. 

Meanwhile, on the track the in form Steve Caldwell secured the mantle of 'Champion' senior man at 3000 metres with a time of 10.11. Many other fine VRAC performances form the juniors. Full results here
 
ROUND THE RUNWAY MOBBERLEY (Photos in Gallery) 

10 May: Another superb turnout with 27 members tackling the 5.3 multi-terrain course. With the race being part of the VRAC Endurance series the inter-club competition was keen as ever and as the results below show there were some very close finishes. Steve Caldwell was delighted to be first VRAC finisher with another excellent run. Zack Bamber and Tony Archer enjoyed wins in their categories with John Carter, Jo Edwards, Colin Rathbone, Jayne Lomax and Carole Williams all securing top 3 category finishes. The race was won by ex VRAC Gavin Tomlinson. On the team front the men secured 5th and the ladies 3rd. Full results here. (Endurance Series table will be updated soon).

Pos Name Cat Cat Pos Time
17 Steven Caldwell 31:46:00
20 Darren Cottier V40 4 32:06:00
24 Stephen Thompson V45 6 32:26:00
32 Zack Bamber JM 1 33:19:00
34 Graham Miles V40 8 33:20:00
37 Matthew Sweeting 33:47:00
46 David Haines V40 10 34:19:00
47 Scott Bamber V45 8 34:26:00
48 John Carter V50 3 34:30:00
51 Tony Archer V55 1 34:48:00
55 Ben Carter 35:23:00
58 Alex Mason 35:48:00
69 Melanie Johnson L 6 36:52:00
78 Helen Whitby L 8 37:25:00
86 John Carroll V50 7 37:46:00
88 Paul Clutterbuck V40 15 37:51:00
108 Steve Smith V40 18 39:21:00
114 Joanne Edwards L45 2 39:36:00
115 Steve Collier V50 9 39:41:00
120 Anna Burns L 19 40:16:00
137 Colin Rathbone V65 2 41:19:00
139 Jayne Lomax L45 3 41:33:00
157 Valerie Kinvig L50 4 43:10:00
180 Paul Hudson V55 8 46:08:00
184 Diane Newsham L45 6 46:25:00
201 Carole Williams L55 2 47:48:00
218 Ann Collier L50 5 50:40:00

248 Finishers.  

2012 VRAC AWARDS: 

The VRAC awards were presented at the presentation evening at the Oaklands hotel on Friday night - a celebration of the club's successes across all age categories and disciplines.   One-club VRAC!   Chairman Alan Parsons presented the prizes to the winners (see below).  This year, the club has recognised veteran age category winners in the awards for the first time.  The top award of the night, the Athlete of the Year, was deservedly won by the talented and quickly improving Elliot Bowker.   The seniors winners were all highly deserving of their awards amongst some strong competition in every category!   Juniors also received their awards with a hugely impressive list of achievements (see the main club website for their many successes and share in the pride of being part of such an amazing club).  Well done to all!

 

Athlete of the Year Elliot Bowker
Outstanding Contribution Tom Annable
Senior Women Kate Spilsbury
Senior Men Steve Caldwell
Women V35-45 Helen Smith
Men V35-45 Stu Doyle
Women V45-55 Mary Tavener
Men V45-55 John Thompson
Women V55+ Pauline Davies
Men V55+ Tony Archer
Special Mention for Ironman Achievements Mark Thornley / Jo Molyneaux 

 

THREE PEAKS 2012

28 April: Congratulations to Dave Phillips for his fantastic performance in the Three Peaks 2012. The gruelling race, held in the Yorkshire Dales, covers the peaks of Pen-y-ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough totalling 23.3 miles with nearly 5300 ft of ascent. Runners carry mandatory safety and navigation equipment. Dave placed 195th out of 641 finishers in impressive time of 4.09.05. Well done Dave. 

Leg Total
Pen-y-ghent
00:39:23 00:39:23
Ribblehead 01:01:25 01:40:48
Whernside 00:39:54 02:20:42
Hill Inn 00:22:39 02:43:21
Ingleborough 00:42:06 03:25:27
Horton 00:43:38 04:09:05      

HAWKSHEAD TRAIL RACE & CHALLENGE 

28 April:   Lakeland Trails Series Round Two in Hawkshead.  Starting from the showground, just outside this picturesque lakeland village, competitors faced a 17km circuit, along rocky footpaths and bridleways. Runners were rewarded with panoramic views of lake Windermere and the surrounding peaks of the Coniston hills.  Ahead lay the infamous "coffin trail" a one mile rocky climb, a challenge for any runner.  First home with an impressive performance was Joanne Edwards, followed by Valerie Kinvig for another age cat top three position.  Well done to all. Photos in gallery.


Hawkshead Trail Race 17km - 274 Finishers.

139    Joanne Edwards       1:34:13
166    Matthew Brown       1:38:13
184    Valerie Kinvig           1:40:10     2nd Lady Vet 50
213    Jayne Lomax            1:45:19
261    Richard Keeting       1:57:55
        
      
Hawkshead Trail Challenge 17km - 413 Finishers. 

225   Diane Newsham          1:59:14

CONGRATULATIONS LONDON MARATHONERS (photos added in Gallery)

22 April: Congratulations to our six participants in the London marathon. Everyone seems to have delivered or exceeded their expectations. Fantastic achievement. Led home by Tommy Armstrong with a sub 3 hour result which included the holy grail - a negative split.  Hainsey put his training and recent form into a race with a superb sub 3.15. Likewise, John Todd. Interesting discussions will ensue as apparently Toddy crossed the line first but Hainsey's chip time was faster (6 seconds!). Having been low profile for a while Dave 'Spud' Murphy followed up an impressive Snowdon marathon with an excellent London result. Likewise, Mary Tavener showed her quiet training regime has been very effective (31st in her category). To complete the honours Pauline Davies put the ghosts of last year to bed with an excellent 14th place in her category. Well done everyone. Be very proud... and recover carefully.

 

Name Overall Pos Gender Pos Category Pos Category Half Split Finish
Tommy Armstrong 826 798 515 18-39 01:29:07 02:55:53
Dave Haines 2116 1958 459 40-44 01:34:21 03:10:42
John Todd 2123 1964 123 50-54 01:32:54 03:10:48
Dave Murphy 3379 3020 1507 18-39 01:39:51 03:21:56
Mary Tavener 4846 711 31 50-54 01:43:21 03:31:36
Pauline Davies 8892 1751 14 60-64 01:49:04 03:52:28

 

GOOD LUCK LONDON MARATHONERS 

Good luck to our six VRAC clubmates in the London marathon this weekend. Pauline Davies, Mary Tavener, Tommy Armstrong, Dave Haines, Dave 'Spud' Murphy and John Todd.  Enjoy your day... it's the reward for all those miles of training. 

WHITLEY 10K 

(More excellent photos added to Gallery C/O John Davies) 

15 April: Another great turnout from VRAC fielding 28 runners.  Provisional results below. NOTE 1) The times look to be about 25 seconds quicker than they actually were. 2) The Female age categories are wrong in some cases - e.g. Clara Pettit and Kate Moulds are classed as V55's! This impacts Pauline and Carole.

That said, there were many excellent runs and once again several big PB's. Congratulations to Amelia Pettitt for her overall win in the women's section and once again to Stu Doyle for his 3rd overall and winning M40 finish.  Further details and updated Endurance League will follow soon.  (Photos in Gallery).

Race Pos Time     Gender Gender pos Age Cat Age Cat Pos
3 00:32:54 Stuart DOYLE Male 3 M40 1
19 00:36:56 Darren COTTIER Male 19 M40 8
28 00:38:08 Amelia PETTITT Female 1 F 1
29 00:38:08 Stephen THOMPSON Male 28 M40 12
34 00:38:33 Ben CARTER Male 33 M 17
35 00:38:36 Ian BROUGH Male 34 M40 14
36 00:38:50 David PHILLIPS Male 35 M 18
41 00:39:09 John CARTER Male 40 M50 4
45 00:39:24 MATTHEW SWEEETING Male 44 M 22
51 00:40:06 Tony ARCHER Male 49 M50 5
77 00:41:46 Helen SMITH Female 6 F35 3
81 00:41:58 Paul CLUTTERBUCK Male 75 M40 30
88 00:42:27 John MOULDS Male 82 M40 33
93 00:42:38 John CLARKE Male 86 M50 14
101 00:43:14 John CAROL Male 94 M50 16
118 00:44:20 Kate MOULDS Female 11 F55 1
120 00:44:53 Mary TAVERNER Female 12 F45 3
121 00:45:03 Bob CORINALDI Male 109 M40 44
123 00:45:20 Clara PETIT Female 13 F55 2
131 00:45:47 Colin RATHBONE Male 116 M60 10
133 00:45:55 Joanne EDWARDS Female 17 F45 7
135 00:46:00 Richard PETIT Male 118 M50 23
166 00:48:02 Jayne LOMAX Female 23 F45 12
176 00:48:19 Pauline DAVIES Female 26 F55 4
182 00:48:36 Valerie KINVIG Female 28 F45 15
219 00:51:14 Diane NEWSHAM Female 39 F45 21
239 00:53:52 Paul HUDSON Male 196 M50 44
254 00:56:10 Carole WILLIAMS Female 48 F55 8

  

 

RUN THE BRIDGE - 5 MILE 

8 April:   Two Vale Royal runners out for the Runcorn bridge 5 mile.   A sub-30 PB(?) for Steve Caldwell for 16th place and good to see Pete Clayton out racing! 

16 Steve Caldwell 29:50
39 Pete Clayton 32:09

AIR PRODUCTS 10k

8 April:   Damp cool conditions meant for some very fast times at the air products 10k!   Stu Doyle was just outside his PB, taking 3rd place and 1st MV40 (usually reserved for Stu nowadays!).  Amelia Petitt was 1st junior with sister Clara 2nd and Pauline Davies had another age category win.   Barry Chambers was 3rd M60. 

3 Stu Doyle 1st m40 33.23
21 Tom Armstrong 36.46
54 Amelia Pettitt 1st jun. 39.17
57 David Shepherd 39.22
129 Barry Chambers 3rd m60  45.11
133 Clara Petitt 2nd jun.  45.36
137 Giles Cobley 45.45
141 Richard Pettitt 46.05
151 Colin Rathbone 3rd m65  46.31
172 Pauline Davies 1st f60  48.09
189 Rebecca James 49.31

5K fun run:

10 Edward Petit 20:34
14 Alex Doyle 21:24
 

NORTHERN 6 & 12 STAGE ROAD RELAYS - SEFTON PARK

1 April:   Belated report for the Northern Road relays.   For the first time in many years we managed to get team's out in both of the Northern men's 12 stage and women's 6 stage relays!  This time the relays were run in fine weather at Sefton Park in Liverpool.   John and Colin had a fight to get team's out due to so many last minute drop outs (come on folks!) but we made it.   Vale Royal were the only Cheshire team and we were congratulated by Cheshire Athletics for supporting this fantastic event.   The women were led home by Helen Whitby, back in Vale Royal colours and finished in 24th place with great support from the squad.  The men's were led off by Steve Caldwell before Bill Hodkinson brought the team home in 44th place (great to see Bill running again!).  Well done to all who turned out!

Vale Royal AC Mens 4:24:35
Steven Caldwell  27:57
Peter Maher  15:14
Craig Sephton  29:59
James Griffiths  14:04
Ben Carter  29:36
George Thompson  12:42
Iain Stanton  29:43
David Haines  14:24
Ian Brough  28:37
Gary Weedall  14:07
Darren Cottier  29:34
Bill Hodkinson  19:39
 
Vale Royal AC Ladies 1:42:39
Helen Whitby  15:33
Helen Smith  15:30
Joanne Edwards  17:10
Jayne Lomax  17:32
Carole Williams  19:46
Jacky Thorn  17:08

CHESTER SPRING 5  

April 4: Another fantastic turnout and some superb performances with of PB's aplenty on a cold and windy evening. We suspect PB's included those shown below... let us know if there were more! The Endurance Champs table has been updated and makes interesting reading. Full Spring 5 results here.

Place Time Name
4 00:26:34 DOYLE, Stuart L 1st V40 PB
14 00:27:41 VENNARD, Michael 1st U20 PB
31 00:29:24 CALDWELL, Steven PB
40 00:29:56 COTTIER, Darren
43 00:30:00 McCORMICK, Tessa 1st Lady PB
54 00:30:34 WEEDALL, Gary
55 00:30:36 THOMPSON, Stephen
57 00:30:43 BROUGH, Ian PB
72 00:31:17 SHEPHERD, David
78 00:31:30 HAINES, David PB
80 00:31:35 SWEETING, Matthew
95 00:32:00 CARTER, John
126 00:33:46 SMITH, Helen 2nd F40
130 00:33:50 CLARKE, John
141 00:34:14 CLUTTERBUCK, Paul
169 00:35:17 TAVENER, Mary G 2nd F50
174 00:35:23 CORINALDI, Bob
176 00:35:27 SMITH, Steve
179 00:35:35 CARTER, Ben
198 00:36:18 THORN, Jacky 3rd F50
209 00:36:42 COLLIER, Steve
213 00:36:47 CHAMBERS, Barry
219 00:36:55 EDWARDS, Joanne
231 00:37:18 RATHBONE, Colin Ellis
257 00:38:32 LOMAX, Jayne
266 00:39:05 KINVIG, Val PB
309 00:42:04 NEWSHAM, Diane PB
328 00:43:21 HODKINSON, Bill
348 00:44:34 WILLIAMS, Carole
361 00:46:34 COLLIER, Ann

After 2 races in the Cheshire GP the men are placed 3rd and ladies 2nd. Great stuff, let's keep it going and the next GP event - Whitley 10k.

Men

1 South Cheshire H 488 515 1003
2 Wilmslow RC 518 478 996
3 Vale Royal 480 469 949
4 Chester Tri 354 498 852
5 Spectrum Striders 438 395 833
6 Macclesfield H 508 270 778
7 West Cheshire AC 104 473 577
8 Sandbach Striders 182 279 461
9 Helsby RC 53 309 362
10 Styal RC 306 33 339
11 Ellesmere Port RC 0 309 309
12 Cheshire HHH 307 0 307
13 Warrington AC 45 223 268
14 Tattenhall Runners 0 267 267
15 Boalloy RC 254 0 254
16 Warrington RR 178 67 245
17 Congleton H 169 0 169
18 Lymm Runners 71 0 71
 
Women

Pos Club Wilmslow Chester Overall
1 Wilmslow RC 181 163 344
2 Vale Royal 152 156 308
3 Chester Tri 133 158 291
4 South Cheshire H 126 126 252
5 Macclesfield H 153 25 178
6 Helsby RC 12 154 166
7 Spectrum Striders 80 77 157
8 Cheshire HHH 126 0 126
9 Tattenhall Runners 0 119 119
10 Ellesmere Port RC 26 79 105
11 West Cheshire AC 32 69 101
12 Styal Runners 89 0 89
13 Warrington RR 79 0 79
14 Sandbach Striders 7 43 50
15 Lymm Runners 29 0 29
16 Congleton H 23 0 23
17 Warrington AC 17 0 17
- Boalloy RC 0 0 0

Full details of the Cheshire Road Race Grand Prix including latest Club and Individual standings can be launched here

ARCHERS ON TARGET DOWN UNDER 

It’s been a busy couple of weeks for the Archers in Australia, the highlight being Nathan’s debut Ironman in The Asia Pacific Championship, Melbourne. The event was a high profile race with 1600 participants including a sizable group of elite professionals.  Nathan’s structured and committed training regime with fellow triathletes was rewarded with a superb 10.49.36 placing him 91st in his category and 590th overall. For good measure Nathan set a marathon PB! Well done Nathan – and good luck at Cairns Ironman in June!! (Photos in Gallery).

Swim 3.8k 1.06.36
T1 0.05.15
Bike 180k 5.39.34
T2 0.05.34
Run 42.2k 3.52.35
TOTAL 10.49.36

The following weekend Tony and Nicky took the chance to run half marathon and 10k respectively in Nathan’s hometown Newcastle.  On a hilly coastal course Tony was well pleased with 1.30.23 in 27 deg heat finishing 35th in a field of 544. Shame he dramatically hit the wall in the final mile and dropped about 10 places!  Meanwhile, a slowly ‘returning to fitness’ Nicky was also happy with a 38 minute 10k race finishing 3rd lady.  Seeing the VRAC vest an ex VRAC junior Emma-Leigh Heighway said hello to all back at home – especially John Davies. Now living in Australia she completed her debut half in 1hr 35 min.

LIVERPOOL HALF MARATHON 

18 Mar:   Sergey chose to run the Liverpool Half - perhaps avoiding some tough competition at Wilmslow the following week:

1411 Sergey Ryabov 1:46:11

WIRRAL SEASIDE RUN 

18 Mar:  It’s taken until now for the results to come out but Colin & Carole weren’t the only ones enjoying the seaside sun on the 18th March. Ann, Steve & Paul  ventured to the end of the Wirral for the first of the summer series of seaside runs. Out of a field of 74, Steve was 33rd, Paul was 51st and Ann 65th (14th lady out of 21). Ann was making her debut in a Vale Royal vest!

33 Steve Collier 21:34
51 Paul Hudson 25:10
65 Ann Collier 28:05

ENDURANCE LEAGUE MATCH # 1 - WILMSLOW HALF MARATHON  

 
25 Mar:   Round 1 of both the Vale Royal Endurance Championship and the Cheshire Grand Prix took place at the Wilmslow Half Marathon.   Conditions were perfect for racing with warm bright sunshine and no wind at all.   Not everyone enjoyed the sun though!   Bringing the team home was Stu Doyle with a fast 1:12 and 3rd in his age category.   Pauline Davies was also a prize winner with 2nd LV60.    Steve Caldwell ran a PB and although disappointed not to break 1:20 that time will surely come!   Personal bests too for a sunburnt Bob Corinaldi and Paul Clutterbuck.    Both Mel and Scott had bad days, collapsing in the latter stages - but both are recovering now.    Check back here for the analysis of the standings in the championship!  Next round of the champs is the Spring 5 and then Whitley 10k - better enter asap as entries are limited.
 
****** STANDINGS IN THE ENDURANCE CHAMPIONSHIP ARE NOW AVAILABLE!  See The Endurance League Page.  ******* 
 
Gender Cat Cat Pos to 10K Chip Time
20 Stuart Doyle M40 3 00:33:25 01:12:48
116 Steven Caldwell S 65 00:37:46 01:21:43
154 Tom Armstrong S 87 00:37:54 01:23:55
162 Dave Gough M45  20 00:38:47 01:24:23
166 Tom Annable M45 21 00:39:00 01:24:55
174 Stephen Thompson M45 23 00:39:29 01:25:25
281 Ben Carter S 151 00:39:48 01:29:54
323 David Murphy S 169 00:42:27 01:31:09
405 Helen Smith F40 7 00:43:13 01:33:26
507 Melanie Johnson F 21 00:43:10 01:35:31
649 Jo Molyneaux F50 5 00:45:56 01:38:25
711 Paul Clutterbrook M40 118 00:46:30 01:39:07
719 John Carter M50 50 00:40:24 01:39:40
780 Mary Taverner F50 8 00:45:58 01:40:37
828 John Carroll M50 59 00:46:45 01:40:56
1074 Pauline Davies F60 2 00:47:37 01:45:27
1169  Jo Edwards  F45    00:48:56  01:46:48 
1270 Jayne Lomax F45 22 00:49:01 01:48:14
1369 Bob Corinaldi M40 223 00:49:20 01:48:40
1731 Steve McNamara M40 277 00:47:17 01:53:15
3191 Scott Bamber M45 325 00:40:41 02:13:41
3249 Caroline Thompson F 373 00:58:06 02:12:30

 
NORTHERN VETS 10 MILE CHAMPIONSHIP  
 
18 Mar: The 21st Ultrafit 10 mile race incorporating the Northern Vet's 10 mile championship took place on Sunday in Lytham.  Colin and Carole can never resist a day at the seaside and with blue skies, Sunday was no exception!   Carole successfully defended her title whilst Colin was 2nd in his age group although both admit that the lack of training was evident in their times this year.
 
Colin Rathbone        1.20.09        2nd Nthn Vet o65

Carole Williams        1.37.22        1st Nthn Vet o55 

SOUTH YORKSHIRE HALF MARATHON 

18 Mar: Pauline Davies continues to show good form in her build up for the London marathon.   This time at the tough South Yorkshire half marathon.   Conditions were cool and showery with hail - perfect!

  Pauline Davies 1:46

CARTMEL TRAIL RACE & CHALLENGE 

18 Mar:   Lakeland Trails Series Round One in Cartmel.  Muddy conditions greeted the 6 VRAC seniors, that travelled to the lakes, for the first round of the series. Starting from the race course, the route took in 18km of undulating trails and tracks across the lower lakeland fells. The weather stayed fine but conditions underfoot were difficult.  Steve Thompson delivered another great performance, finishing 27th overall. For the ladies Valerie Kinvig finished strongly to take 165th and 3rd lady vet 50.


Cartmel Trail Race 18km - 250 Finishers.

 27    Steve Thompson   1:24:02
132    Mathew Brown     1:43:43
165    Valerie Kinvig       1:48:42    3rd Lady Vet 50
173    Joanne Edwards   1:50:49 
214    Janet Snow          2:02:04

Cartmel Trail Challenge 18km     (Same route longer time limit) - 383 Finishers. 

206    Diane Newsham   2:08:48

SPEN 20 / STAFFORD 20 

11 Mar:  Part racing, part training, both Spen and Stafford are important build up races for the coming spring marathons.  Pauline was pleased with her run at Spen (2:57, 1st LV60) - another fine performance in what were quite unusually warm conditions (not conditions that Pauline likes!).   At Stafford, Tom Armstrong was very happy with his run and Dave Haines has showed he is in excellent condition for a good marathon.   With good performances all round it's looking promising for London! 

Stafford
32 Tom Armstrong 2:13:38
76 Dave Haines 2:23:13
79 John Todd 2:23:49
92 Dave Murphy 2:26:00
105 Craig Sephton 2:27:09
141 Iain Stanton 2:32:19
196 Mary Tavener 2:42:49
Spen
1st LV60 Pauline Davies 2:57

 

TRAFFORD 10k 

 11 Mar:  Perfect fast conditions for the Trafford 10k and a tight battle between Darren and Steve for top club spot:

146 Darren Cottier 37:21 M40
162 Steve Caldwell 37:51 S

CHEADLE 5 

4 Mar:  Steve Caldwell ran the Cheadle 5 in somewhat snowy conditions in a respectable 30:25 despite recovering from a bug......so looking forward to improvement in Trafford 10k next week!

17 Steve Caldwell 30:25

CLOUD 9 RACE 

 4 Mar:  A sizeable Vale Royal team turned out in wet and windy conditions for the superb and popular Cloud 9 trail race in Congleton.  Some photos in the gallery and more on Bryan Dale's website.   

10 Andy Ellis 1:00:15 M
25 David Phillips 1:02:58 M50
40 Darren Cottier 1:05:29 M40
54 Iain Stanton 1:07:28 M
60 Stephen Thompson 1:08:16 M45
83 David Haines 1:10:20 M40
93 Alex Mason 1:11:52 M
162 Paul Clutterbuck 1:17:00 M40
232 Jayne Lomax 1:22:33 L45
233 Bob Corinaldi 1:22:35 M40
237 Joanne Edwards 1:22:49 L45
288 Valerie Kinvig 1:27:45 L50
361 Diane Newsham 1:37:27 L45

 

 TERRY NORTLEY RADCLIFFE 10M TRAIL RACE 

26 Feb: Despite needlessly falling over 3 times (an old footballing trait) and one unscheduled toilet stop (a new runners trait) Iain 'Stanno' Stanton knocked nearly 4 minutes off last years time to finish in 61st (out of 261 runners) place in 70.59. Well done Stanno.

HIGH LEGH 10K

26 Feb: Having not seen David Shepherd for a while due to problems with his calf he decided to jump in at the deep and race at High Legh! Apparently, his specialist informed him that his calf problem could be traced back to a nerve in his back so running would not make it any worse. Having not run for 5 weeks David finished (in pain!) in a very respectable 40.58 in 28th (3rd M45) in a field of 315 runners. Hopefully, we will see him back training soon.

 NATIONAL CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS - PARLIAMENT HILL

25 Feb: Congratulations to the five seniors who joined our excellent juniors at Parliament Hill. A fine 8th place for Stevie Stockton. Full results here.

Name Position Time
Stevie Stockton 8 28.18
Kate Spilsbury 57 31.29
Carole Williams 624 51.18
Finishers 650
Name Position Time
Steve Caldwell 634 47.00
Richard Pettitt 1556 62.00
Finishers 1688

LONG MYND VALLEYS FELL RACE 

5 Feb: Belated congratulations to our recent member Dave Phillips on this one. This race may not be the longest race in the fell running calendar, but it is renowned as being one of toughest races of the year. The distance of 11.5 miles is accompanied by a total climb of 4500 feet (mostly in the final 4 miles) and if that was not enough, the weather was bitterly cold with a covering of snow making running conditions (especially descents) treacherous. Over 200 took part and the race was won in 1 hr 39 minutes with Dave finishing an excellent 42nd in 2.12.28.  No wonder he didnt find Castle Hills much of a challenge on Tuesday! Full results here

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NICK BEER 10K LLANDUDNO 

12 Feb: A challenging 10k starting and finishing on the sea front and taking in the Great Orme with the associated climbs. Hence, some excellent times from the intrepid trio below. Allegedly, when asked by locals what brought them to Llandudno they replied 'We're only here for the Beer'. 

Gun Pos Name Cat CatPos 5k Split 10k ChipTime GunTime
110 David Murphy SM 32 23.18 42.36 42.48
210 Paul Clutterbuck M40 37 25.10 46.09 46.28
242 Steve Smith M40 42 25.28 47.17 47.35
Finishers 682

MANCHESTER AREA XC RACE 5 - CLAYTON VALE 

11 Feb: The 5th and final race in the series saw 5 VRAC men and Jo Edwards brave the frozen course and freezing conditions at Clayton Vale. Somewhat lower turnouts than previous races should take nothing away from some excellent VRAC performances. Coming off two weeks of solid training (70 miles/week!) Stu Doyle seems to be over his illness finishing and excellent 4th place overall and winning the overall vets race by 3 seconds from Sale rival Ian Wetherall.   Well done everyone.  

Position Name Cat Cat Position Time
4 Stu Doyle M40 1 33.03
53 John Thompson M45 8 37.35
182 Richard Pettitt M50 17 46.43
191 Steve Collier M50 18 48.09
200 Paul Hudson M55 14 50.39
Finishers 212
Position Name Cat Cat Position Time
44 Jo Edwards L45 6 36.18
Finishers 95

Just 3 VRAC members did sufficient races (4 to count) for the series: 

Series results.
Name Category Category Pos Overall Vets Pos Overall Pos
Craig Sephton M40 19 38 82
Tony Archer M55 2 43 89
Paul Hudson M55 9 90 153

N WALES XC LEAGUE - OSWESTRY 

4 Feb: Thanks to Ian Newsham for the following report:

Four VRAC members competed in the final round of the North Wales Cross Country at Marches school in Oswestry. Conditions were cold with a scattering of snow. As in the previous rounds,  Diane  Newsham and Carole Williams put in two solid performances, hoping for a good overall position in the championship. At the presentation Carole was rewarded with a well deserved 2nd W55. Colin Rathbone and Ian Newsham flew the flag for the men. Full results not available yet. FOOTNOTE: Diane then proceeded to race Alsager 5 the following day. Respect!

ALSAGER 5 

5 Feb: An lower turnout than usual at an icy Alsager 5 - perhaps some discouraged from the drive to the venue as much as the race itself. Clearly, the ladies are made of sterner stuff judging by the participants. Ben Carter, the sole male runner from VRAC, led the club home with a sub 6.30 pace showing he is well on the way back after injury. Another superb category win for Pauline Davies and impressive races from Jayne Lomax and Diane Newsham.  Well done all. Full results here

Position Name Cat Cat Position Time
125 Ben Carter SM 32.24
330 Jayne Lomax L40 9 39.56
360 Pauline Davies L60 1 41.14
396 Diane Newsham L40 16 42.55
Finishers 560

NORTHERN XC CHAMPIONSHIPS - PONTEFRACT   

28 Jan: Chilly but sunny conditions at Pontefract Racecourse. Lengthy tests over 8k for the senior women and 12k for the men.  Missing some faster 'youngsters' and Stu Doyle (who was still recovering from illness) the senior men fielded 9 men out of the 14 on the start list (all but 3 being vets). Two women flew the flag for the ladies.  Some excellent runs in high quality men and womens fields.  The men secured 31st team place (pipping Macclesfield by 1 point). Full resultshere. PHOTOS in Gallery c/o Ian Newsham.

Name Position Time
Tom Heaward 200 48.33
Steve Caldwell 256 49.51
John Thompson 306 51.03
Dave Phillips 321 51.28
Graham Miles 361 52.27
Tony Archer 433 54.45
Pete Maher 472 56.19
John Clarke 509 57.27
Colin Rathbone 650 65.46
Finishers 685
Team 31st out of 52 6 to count
Name Position Time
Diane Newsham 207 49.24
Carole Williams 216 53.14
Finishers 235  

HELSBY HALF MARATHON 

22 Jan: An excellent turnout for the local half marathon with 21 VRACers who battled the difficult windy conditions. Despite the conditions some excellent performances and even some PB's. Still recovering from a heavy cold Capt Stu Doyle delivered the usual quality performance (apart from falling over at one of the turns that is!!) to finish 11th overall. Notably, Steve Caldwell finally prevailed over Tommy Armstrong and now has his sights on sub 1.20. Gemma Barnett and the fast improving Helen Smith (3 min PB) had excellent runs on the ladies side with Maggie Fenn, Jo Moly and Mary Tavener finishing high in their respective categories.  Congratulations to everyone. Full results here

Name Surname GendPos Cat CatPos GunTime Gun Pos ChipTime
Stuart Doyle 11 M40 2 01:14:52 11 01:14:50
Steven Caldwell 61 MSEN 35 01:22:11 63 01:22:00
Tom Armstrong 70 MSEN 39 01:23:45 73 01:23:30
Dave Gough 115 M45 22 01:27:08 120 01:26:53
Peter Clayton 141 M45 30 01:28:27 146 01:28:10
Tony Archer 163 M55 3 01:29:30 170 01:29:20
Craig Sephton 181 M40 41 01:30:15 189 01:29:12
Peter Maher 215 M55 6 01:31:30 225 01:30:45
John Todd 238 M50 15 01:32:35 251 01:32:19
Gemma Barnett 14 FSEN 5 01:32:35 252 01:32:21
Helen Smith 16 F40 4 01:33:18 275 01:33:03
David Haines 304 M40 65 01:35:16 322 01:34:58
John Clarke 327 M55 12 01:36:32 352 01:35:46
Maggie Fenn 27 F35 6 01:36:43 360 01:35:54
Jo Molyneaux 39 F50 2 01:38:58 452 01:38:32
Mary Tavener 64 F50 4 01:42:54 601 01:42:27
Sergey Ryabov 568 M55 25 01:43:56 637 01:42:37
Jayne Lomax 164 F40 29 01:53:11 975 01:52:05
Ian Newsham 883 M45 173 01:56:31 1092 01:55:11
Diane Newsham 210 F40 40 01:56:31 1093 01:55:12
Richard Keeling 1089 M40 226 02:16:27 1498 02:13:41

N WALES XC LEAGUE - LILLIESHALL 

14 Jan: The ladies flew the flag for VRAC on Saturday. Maggie Fenn, Pauline Davies, Diane Newsham and Carole Williams fielded a team. Well done ladies. The ladies team was led home with a superb top 10 finish by Maggie Fenn, backed up by strong runs from the XC regulars. 

88 I Newsham M45 39.39
122 C Rathbone M65 46.55
10 M Fenn W35 23.31
42 P Davies W60 27.27
57 D Newsham W40 29.38
67 C Williams W55 32.00

MANCHESTER LEAGUE - STOCKPORT RACE 4 

15 Jan: A cold but sunny January day for this one over a challenging course with plenty of mud and one particularly tough steep and very slippery climb. A rather smaller field than earlier races should not detract from some very good performances. Nice to see we managed to field a team led home by an impressive top 50 finish for Steve Caldwell. John Thompson continued his excellent recent form with Tony Archer just missing out on a top 100 finish. Another solid run from Craig Sephton and good preparation for his forthcoming Manchester marathon. Pete Maher who has not been anywhere near his best was pleased with his improved progress. Paul Hudson completed the team with another determined performance.  One more race to go in this series.

(Photos in Gallery) 

 

 

 

Pos.

Name Category Cat pos Time
47 Steve Caldwell M 37.03
74 John Thompson V45 13 38.26
102 Tony Archer  V55 3 40.04
120 Craig Sefton V40 25 40.58
147 Pete Maher V55 4 42.35
250 Paul Hudson V55 18 52.54
Finishers 258
Senior Men Team 18th 6 Count
Vets Team 12th 4 Count

CHRISTLETON 5K - 2012 RACE BACK ON  

As you probably know Christleton 5k had been discontinued. Now it is back on, the organisation having been taken over by Chester Tri Club (from Tattenhall). The date is Friday 18 May. It's sure to fill up fast (400 limit). Details and entry here

CHESHIRE CHAMPS XC 

7 Jan: Fantastic turnout and performances in very challenging conditions!! Massive thanks to Tom Annable and others who assisted him in setting up the course and marshalling. A lot of outstanding individual performances including 7th place for Kate Spilsbury and category wins for Helen Smith (turning her recent training performance into a great race), Pauline Davies and Carole Williams. Ladies secured 3rd team (Spilsbury, Smith, Barnett and Edwards). The men secured a convincing team victory and 2nd Vets team placing. The usual star performance from (Captain) Stu Doyle, a welcome appearance by Tom Carter and particularly notable races for Perry, Monks, Armstrong, Caldwell, John Carter (3rd V50), Weedall and Archer (2nd V55). Also an impressive debut (without spikes!) for newcomer Dave Phillips. Well done everyone. Great event. Great Performances. Great shop window for VRAC.  Spectator of the day... 5 year old Alex Stanton who entertained Marshalls at the remote corner of the course from start to finish offering advice and figgy rolls to passing runners. Good lad.

Footnote: John Moulds now added to results. Great run eventually prevailing over Craig! 

Pos. Name Category Cat pos Time
7 Kate Spilsbury L 7 38:36
13 Helen Smith V40 1 41:03
17 Gemma Barnett L 10 42:09
26 Jo Edwards V45 5 46:04
28 Jayne Lomax V40 3 46:22
30 Pauline Davies V60 1 48:38
33 Valerie Kinvig V45 8 49:15
35 Diane Newsham V40 4 55:34
37 Carol Williams V55 1

59:00

 

Pos. Name Category Cat pos Time
4 Stu Doyle V40 1 42:31
6 Tom Carter M 5 42:36
7 Chris Perry M 6 42:57
27 Andy Clews M 19 46:37
35 Phil Monks M 23 47:11
40 Tom Armstrong M 26 47:57
44 Steve Caldwell M 28 48:18
48 John Carter V50 3 48:56
53 Gary Weedall V45 8 49:16
55 David Phillips M 33 49:42
67 Stephen Thompson V45 10 50:53
71 Tony Archer  V55 2 51:25
72 Scott Bamber V40 16 51:30
75 John Moulds V45 12 51.56
77 Craig Sefton V40 17 52.00
80 Ben Carter M 40 52:16
93 Ian Brough V40 20 53:39
102 John Clarke V55 5 56:29
104 Pete Maher V55 6 56:40
124 Richard Pettitt V50 14 1:02:18
129 Steve Collier V50 15 1:03:38
135 Paul Hudson V55 11 1:07:31

CENTRAL LANCS NEW YEAR HALF MARATHON 

2 Jan: First race posting of the year goes to Tommy Armstrong and Helen Whitby who travelled north to Preston. In less than favourable weather Tommy made a flying start to the year in 81.45. A solid and welcome return to racing for Helen in 91.50. Well done both.

 
 
 

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