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 46.44Jo Edwards 84th overall, 9th woman, 3rd FV40 57.35
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).
|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|
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).
|Position||212 (4th Age Category)|
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|
|4||Lord Help Us||Dave Haines||14||65.38||Male Vets||1|
|13||3 Wise Monkeys||Paul Clutterbuck||47||72.42|
|Mark Thornley||46||72.12||Male Vets||4|
|27||Tri Harder||Jayne Lomax||92||80.14|
|Val Kinvig||93||80.23||Lady Vets||2|
|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.
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!
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
|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|
|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.
|Team Position||6th||3 to count|
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).
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.
|53||Amelia||PETTITT||FJ||2nd Lady, 1st Junior Female||19.32|
|121||Clara||PETTITT||FJ||4th Junior Female||21.41|
|133||Hannah||BISHOP||FJ||5th Junior Female||22.12|
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.
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.
3299 Diane Newsham 52:39
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|
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|
|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|
|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|
|Team Place||18th||Team Place|| |
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.
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).
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.
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.
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|
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.
(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|
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!
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|
|54||Amelia Pettitt||1st jun.||39.17|
|129||Barry Chambers||3rd m60||45.11|
|133||Clara Petitt||2nd jun.||45.36|
|151||Colin Rathbone||3rd m65||46.31|
|172||Pauline Davies||1st f60||48.09|
5K fun run:
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|
|Vale Royal AC Ladies||1:42:39|
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.
|4||00:26:34||DOYLE, Stuart L||1st V40||PB|
|14||00:27:41||VENNARD, Michael||1st U20||PB|
|43||00:30:00||McCORMICK, Tessa||1st Lady||PB|
|126||00:33:46||SMITH, Helen||2nd F40|
|169||00:35:17||TAVENER, Mary G||2nd F50|
|198||00:36:18||THORN, Jacky||3rd F50|
|231||00:37:18||RATHBONE, Colin Ellis|
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.
|1||South Cheshire H||488||515||1003|
|7||West Cheshire AC||104||473||577|
|11||Ellesmere Port RC||0||309||309|
|4||South Cheshire H||126||126||252|
|10||Ellesmere Port RC||26||79||105|
|11||West Cheshire AC||32||69||101|
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
The following weekend Tony and Nicky took the chance to run half marathon and 10k respectively in Nathan’s hometown
LIVERPOOL HALF MARATHON
18 Mar: Sergey chose to run the Liverpool Half - perhaps avoiding some tough competition at Wilmslow the following week:
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!
ENDURANCE LEAGUE MATCH # 1 - WILMSLOW HALF MARATHON
|Gender||Cat||Cat Pos||to 10K||Chip Time|
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!
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.
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!
|1st LV60||Pauline Davies||2:57|
11 Mar: Perfect fast conditions for the Trafford 10k and a tight battle between Darren and Steve for top club spot:
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!
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.
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.
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|
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.
Just 3 VRAC members did sufficient races (4 to count) for the series:
|Name||Category||Category Pos||Overall Vets Pos||Overall Pos|
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!
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
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.
|Team||31st out of 52||6 to count|
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
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.
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)
|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!
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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.