Vale Royal AC - Senior Section

Running and Athletics in the Heart of Cheshire.

Archive Jan - Jun 2013

 

KETTLESHULME FELL RACE 
 
29 May: A mid-week fix for in the Peak District for race addict Jo Edwards... a 6 mile fell race with 1100 ft of ascent. Jo clocked 64.28 and another 1st LV 50. Good work Jo. 
 
HOLLINS GREEN 5K 
 
1 June: 10 VRAC runners enjoyed/ endured the hot and windy conditions that invariably occur at the Hollins Green 5k. Some very good performances were achieved including 3 new PB's -  by Tommy Armstrong, who knocked a second off his previous best,  Alex Mason, who knocked 10 seconds off his, and Jayne Lomax, who despite going to Bowdon in error and therefore only turning up as the race was about to start, managed to improve her previous best by 3 seconds!!!

The club were also 2nd Male team and 4th Female team.

OverallTimeNameCategoryAge Cat PositionLadies Position
300:15:56DOYLE, StuartMale Vet 401st 
1800:17:13ARMSTRONG, TomSenior Man7th 
3500:18:18COTTIER, DarrenMale Vet 4011th 
4300:18:50MASON, AlexSenior Man16th 
7800:20:25JOHNSON, MelanieFemale Senior4th8th
8700:20:37MAHER, PeterMale Vet 554th 
11300:21:43TIPPING, RobertMale Vet 4519th 
12600:22:16TAVENER, MaryFemale Vet 504th23rd
13400:22:39LOMAX, JayneFemale Vet 453rd26th
16500:24:21HUDSON, PaulMale Vet 6010th 
 
EDINBURGH MARATHON FESTIVAL 
 
25/26 May: Following on from their recent racing expedition to Galway Mary Tavener and Mike Weedal headed north to Edinburgh where the returning to form Mike ran the half marathon and already in form Mary tackled the full marathon. Here's Mary's report: Lessons learned on our excursion north to take part in the Edinburgh race festival: Lesson 1: Ignore all the weather forecasts. Despite indications otherwise, it was a beautiful, sunny day in Edinburgh - just what we didn't want. I now have a bright pink face. Lesson 2: Wear the right shoes. I didn't and boy did I pay for that silly error. Lesson 3. If you have an injury, running on it isn't a good idea (Mike). The Half Marathon went off first. Mike's leg 'went' at about 11.5 miles so he was still able to get round. He clocked 1.27.06 for 2nd V55. I completed the full marathon in 3.32.07 for 3rd FV50. Felt good except I couldn't move my legs which were replaced with lead for last 10k. Only the thoughts that we'd miss our flights back if I pulled out and 'you need never do this again' kept me going. Otherwise, great City and nice courses with PB potential as long as it's not too hot.
 
DUNHAM MASSEY 5K
 
 
25 May: 9 VRACers at the first of the five race North Cheshire Grand Prix 5 k series organised by Spectrum Striders and Altrincham AC. There is a 'race a week' in the series at various locations details here for anyone who is interested. Some decent times at Dunham Massey given that this is not a fast course being multi-terrain and also finishing at a higher point than the start. 
 
PosNameNameCatCat PosTime
2StuartDOYLEMV40116.07
16TomARMSTRONGMS717.31
32DarrenCOTTIERMV401118.46
72MelanieJOHNSONFS220.28
105ChloeBROADFJ522.09
120JayneLOMAXFV45222.57
122JoanneEDWARDSFV50223.02
124BarryCHAMBERSMV60523.04
141PaulHUDSONMV60924.12
 
 
VANESSA CHAPPELL FELL RACE 
 
 
22 May:  ALways looking for fresh challenges, Jo Edwards took to the fells at the Vanessa Chappell fell race midweek.   This tough race is 6.6 miles long with 1317ft of climb.   Jo finished in 62.44 and was 3rd LV50 and 123rd place out of 170.  A good night out! 
 
LIMA HALF MARATHON 
 
 
19 May: You just never know where the distinctive VRAC vest may pop up. Jacky Thorn couldn't resist entering a cheeky little half marathon while she was on holiday in Peru. Good effort as all the instructions were in Spanish. She clocked 1.48.45 and her Garmin showed 13.4m. "Started off easy pace c8:00 m/m as haven't been running ....ok to 5 k then got very difficult. Course pan flat and uninspiring.  My legs were like they had the bones removed for the last 2k." Sounds like a tough one Jacky... we assume you realised Lima is over 5000 ft above sea level... not much lower that Albuquerque! That makes her time amazing.
  
 
 
BRATHAY WINDERMERE MARATHON 
 
19 May: Dave Phillips completed his first road marathon at the Brathay Windermere Marathon. The route does a complete anti-clockwise lap of Lake Windermere and is an undulating but very scenic route. All was going well but Dave says he struggled from mile 18 and lost quite a few of places and 'shuffled' through the finish at 3.18.58 in 42nd place. Not a bad 'shuffle' Dave... and a good warm up ahead of 'Drovers'.  Well done.
 
SANDSTONE TRAIL CHALLENGE 33 MILE 
 
12 May: Alex Mason has another ultra under his belt. See his report on the Sandstone Trail Challenge on the message board here. Next up for Alex is 100k hilly trail ultra in Anglesey in June!
 
BRITISH MASTERS ROAD RELAY CHAMPIONSHIPS
 
18 May: VRAC fielded 2 ladies and 2 mens teams at the National Road Relays, Sutton Park.  A great day out with every runner giving their all for the team effort.  Huge thanks to Colin Rathbone assisted by John Davies to pull the teams together.  
 
The team positions were:
 
Ladies V45 - 14th
Ladies V55 - 5th
Mens  V45 - 21st
Mens  V55 - 11th 
 
The individual stage results:
 
MV45     Pos +/-
David Shepherd18.22m
Ian Newsham21.05m-12
Robert Tipping21.27m1
Scott Bamber18.44m5
Peter Maher21.05m10
 18.33m3
MV50
Tony Archer18.55m
John Clarke20.01m-5
Colin Rathbone21.53m1
James Edwards19.02m3
F45
Joanne Edwards23.05m
Diane Newsham26.30m5
Pauline Davies24.55m3
F55
Sonya Young21.06m
Carole Williams25.28m-8
Val Dunn22.06m2
 
 
CHRISTLETON 5K 
 
17 May: Perfect conditions and some sizzling times throughout the field (winner 13.59) and throughout the 18 strong VRAC contingent with 8 known PB's! Superb races from Mike Vennard and Zack Bamber who both knocked over a minute off their PB's and got the better of the old master Stu Doyle (who himself PB'd!). First back for the ladies a great run from Mel Johnson who equalled her PB. Also a nice sub 20 min debut for new member Mike Devine. Superb night for VRAC. 
 
A number of new records were set as follows:

Mike Vennard - New VRAC club record (all ages) and New Cheshire Junior (U20) record

Stuart Doyle - New VRAC V40 and Cheshire V40 record

Mary Tavener - New Club F50 record

In addition to the above several performances qualify for the Racing Ladders. Updated copies of the Ladders and Records will be posted onto the website and clubhouse wall over the next few days 
 
PosNameCatTimeCat PosGen PosPre Race PB*
8Michael VennardMU200:15:142816.18PB
16Zack BamberMU200:15:3931616.54PB
21Stuart DoyleM400:15:4532115.47PB
38James GriffithsMS0:16:151938?
72Steven CaldwellMS0:17:12376817.23PB
83Graham MilesM450:17:2457717.02
148Scott BamberM450:18:511613218.17
160Michael CarrollMS0:19:1569143?
180Bob CorinaldiM450:19:472416020.44PB
181Mike DevineMS0:19:4874161?
182Melanie JohnsonFS0:19:49132119.49PB=
193John CarrollM500:20:101416919.50
208Helen SmithF400:20:3632919.45
215Mary TavenerF500:20:5133220.54PB
258Jayne LomaxF450:22:4454922.42
263Joanne EdwardsF500:23:0165221.33
277Paul HudsonM600:23:531021925.08PB
286Chris GriffithsM500:24:5225223?
*Power of 10
 
 
MANCHESTER MARATHON (UPDATE)
 
28 April: Update: Just realised we missed another great performance! Katie McGrath's debut at the marathon distance. Well done Katie. She is rumoured to have said 'never again'. Yeah, yeah Katie, that's what everyone says... until the pain memories subside.
 
NamePlace overallCategoryPlace categoryChip TimeGun Time
John Thompson277M45263.07.443.07.52
Paul Hudson3249M60184.19.134.23.04
Katie McGrath3982FSEN3744.39.264.43.15
 
 
STRAWBERRY 5

14 May:  True to form, Colin and Carole enjoyed the cream teas after the wet race in Uttoxeter!  Colin reporting this is a new PW but still recommends the event!
 
3040    Colin RathboneM6039.08
65159Carole WilliamsF3545.36
 
 
MARKET DRAYTON 10K 
 
14 May:  Great to see a superb debut performance in Vale Royal colours by Laura Ackerley at the Market Drayton 10K.
 
964           Laura Ackerley    56:40
 
 
CHESTER HALF MARATHON 
 
12 May:   The conditions were pretty good - cool, light wind and dry - which led to some strong performances. Of particular note were Sophia who knocked a large chunk of her PB whilst Debbie and Sula completed their first half marathons.  Stu Doyle had another strong run to finish 1st in his age category and 6th overall.   Dave Shephard was pleased with his run but reported that he hadn't enjoyed the uphill finish.
 
Chip Position Chip Time First Name Surname Category Category Position
6 01:12:45 STUART DOYLE M40 1
89 01:25:02 DAVE SHEPHERD M45 10
248 01:30:24 PETER CLAYTON M45 21
570 01:37:28 SOPHIA REES F35 12
698 01:39:09 JOHN CLARKE M55 20
2367 01:56:46 DEBBIE MORETON F40 95
601:12:45STUARTDOYLEM401
8901:25:02DAVESHEPHERDM4510
24801:30:24PETERCLAYTONM4521
57001:37:28SOPHIAREESF3512
69801:39:09JOHNCLARKEM5520
236701:56:46DEBBIEMORETONF4095
254101:58:14SULASTANLEYF3598
 
WILMSLOW TRIATHLON
 
12 May:  For the 600 plus participants who entered this year’s event then the weather really was a day of two halves! This Sprint event begins with a 400m indoor pool swim, this takes place at the Leisure Centre which is also where both transitions to and from the bike are and the all important finish line. In between participants ride an undulating 24.2km bike course and then stride out a 6.3km run course which navigates its way through a local housing estate and includes the crossing of two footbridges, just to squeeze that bit extra from already tired legs.   The morning weather was more favoured for those taking advantage of cool but calm conditions as oppose to the afternoon which saw a heavy down pouring of rain and blustery conditions, not the best for any one on the bike at that time wearing only a tri suit. Craig neglected to wear his rain jacket to try and save a few precious seconds in transition and soon regretted this decision, having already suffered a double puncture before the start, could it get much worse!  Joanne, Jayne and Craig appeared to be the only VR participants completing the course in the following recorded times;

Joanne Edwards

Overall time 1 hr 45 mins 53 seconds / Position 461st Swim – 12:19  Bike –   57:41  Run -    31:15

Jayne Lomax

Overall time 1 hr 43 mins 58 seconds / Position 436 Swim – 10:17 Bike - 1hr: 36 secs Run – 30:28 

Craig Sephton Overall time 1 hr 19 mins 09 seconds /   Position 58 Swim - 7:01 Bike - 43:58 Run – 26:18 

598 Finishers.  Thanks to Elaine Deighton for bag carrying, loud cheers and photos.         
 
GALWAY 10K 
 
5 May:  Mary Tavener sent us this fantastic race report from Ireland:   We raced Galway 10k. If I said that I won ( yes !!! hard to believe) the race in about 45.15 and Mike came in around 10th in 43.14 you might think that marathon training is paying off - must be a difficult course etc. However, while I really was first woman (questionable standard, but a proper Ireland athletics road race), 28 men ( including Mike ) were sent the wrong way and ended up running over 11k. The finish involved running around the Galway Race Course. So bizarrely, when I entered through the correct gate to run the final 2k to the finish I was somewhat put out to find runners including Mike coming from the opposite direction. I thought at first, they were taking the 'Mick' warming down while the race was still on. But no, they were running in the wrong direction and at the finish, runners were crossing the finishing line in both directions. When in such a race you can't quite work out what is going on so you start to think do you have to go over the mat both ways (and run round some imaginary pole).
A rather charming Irish man came up to Mike after the race and said " Jeez - you had some kick on you as you went up the hill" ( at 7k). To which Mike testily replied " Pity they sent us the wrong way". And charming Irish man calmly replied " It's Ireland. Be grateful you finished".
So although no prizes were given and times were wrong, no-one moaned. They just went on drinking the free tea and mountains of bourbon biscuits laid on. And I've been deprived of my podium finish - unlikely to be too many more in my running career. Unsurprisingly, final results have yet to be published.    
 
KESWICK HALF MARATHON 
 
5 May:  Bob Corinaldi chose to run the tough Keswick Half Marathon (apparently the only flat bit was round the rugby field to finish!).   While the rest of the country was in sunshine, as is traditional the Lakes offered up some rain and Bob complained of his worst ever case of joggers nipple (apologies to those who have come to this article via another google search!).   However, Bob was pretty please with the result.
 
 
119Bob Corinaldi1:42:35
 
BRISTOL 10K 
 
5 May:  Steve Caldwell made a long journey to Bristol but was a tad disappointed with his finishing time of 36:59 and 157th overall. 
 
157Steve Caldwell36:59    
 
 
THREE PEAKS RACE 
 
Dave Phillips completed the very tough Three Peaks Race in Yorkshire. The course is 23.3 miles and 5279ft of ascent with 5 checkpoints with the going mostly on rocky trail. With 968 entrants it is one of the bigger fell races in the calendar.  Dave tells that:   All was going well, 8mins up on last year with Pen y gent and Whernside in the bag, but I came undone on Ingleborough and reached the summit only 2mins up. Managed to pull some time back on the downhill section to the finish and was buoyed by a spectator shouting "come on Vale Royal" very unexpected in the middle of Yorkshire! Finish time was 4.04.59 191st place. 
 
LAKELAND TRAIL SERIES - HAWKESHEAD 17KM  
 
27 April:  Two intrepid ladies took on the challenge here. A very tough route including the infamous 'Coffin Trail' hill. Probably not conducive to appreciating the panoramic views of Lake Windermere and the surrounding peaks of the Coniston Hills, the Langdales and most of the Lakeland fells.  Excellent runs from both Jo Edwards and Janet Snow finishing 2nd and 5th in L50. Well done ladies.
 
 
PosNameCatCat PosTime
142Jo EdwardsL502nd01:39:05
167Janet SnowL505th01:44:08
212Finishers
 
NORTH WALES 10 MILE, WREXHAM
 
27 April: Mary Tavener decided to head to Wales for her 'race fix' this weekend. Here's her version of events.   "A small select field at the North Wales 10 mile in Wrexham. A very informal start. In fact, the race had started while a number of women (including me) were still nattering on the start line (no change there then Mary!).  Blustery conditions but missed the hail stones and rain. I was 2nd v50 in 72.36." Nice one Mary.
 
MANCHESTER MARATHON 
 
28 April: It's a busy time for marathons. Two more excellent performances, this time in the Manchester Marathon. An impressive time from 'JT' sub 3.10 and equally impressive from Paul Hudson.  Well done fellas. The race was won (for the 2nd year running) by well known local athlete Dave Norman (Altrincham AC) in 2.20.19.  
 
NamePlace overallCategoryPlace categoryChip TimeGun Time
John Thompson277M45263.07.443.07.52
Paul Hudson3249M60184.19.134.23.04
 
 
LONDON MARATHON (photos added to Gallery) 
 
21 April: Congratulations to our 7 runners. Everyone seems to have delivered or exceeded their expectations. Fantastic achievement.  For the second year running Tommy Armstrong ran a reverse split running 3 minutes under his target to a new PB. John Todd put in another impressive marathon well under the 3.15 good for age time. Injuries have plagued Dave Haines' build up so he was more than satisfied with his time... and last years good for age will get him in next year too. A fantastic marathon debut for Helen Smith under the 3.30 barrier. Helen felt good until 23 miles then hit the wall and fainted after crossing the finish line to wake up in the medical tent! Not far back Maggie Fenn with a decent time if not at her best. And a terrific race from Ian Newsham running his second marathon and taking nearly 15 minutes off his previous time. A day the individuals and the club can be very proud of. Full results here. Let's ask them all to use the Message Board to summarise their day. Update: We missed Dave Evans off the results. Sorry Dave! As you entered London before you joined VRAC you didn't show up as Vale Royal in the results. Dave has been in touch to say he suffered an achilles injury 10 days before the race. So his sub 4 hour debut at London was super human. His foot has been in a bucket of ice ever since.  Also belated congratulations to Gemma Mayled who ran for a charity hence we missed her result. Well done Gemma!
 
 
NamePlace overallPlace genderCategoryPlace categoryHalf TimeFinish time
Armstrong, Tom48647518-3933201:25:1402:48:57Reverse Split !!
Todd, John2293213450-5411201:32:1303:11:12
Haines, David3572319440-4469501:36:3503:22:24
Smith, Helen431252340-4410101:42:5803:27:46
Fenn, Maggie554985718-3952401:39:1803:35:25
Newsham, Ian7575617145-4994901:51:3803:46:07
Evans, David10427826918-39441301:55:4803:58:07
Mayled, Gemma13328299818-39174701:58:5404:11:20
 
LONDON MARATHON 
 
Good luck to all our London Marathoners this weekend. Tommy Armstrong, John Todd, Ian Newsham, Dave Haines Helen Smith and Maggie Fenn. The 'hay is in the barn'. Just go out and enjoy the fruits of your fantastic training efforts. Have a safe and successful run. 
 
 
ROUND THE RUNWAY 5.3 MILE
 
18 Mar: A great turnout with 21 VRACers in action in the biggest field yet for this unusual multiterrain race distance. Great success for VRAC with Amelia Pettitt 1st lady, 5 age category wins, 3 age category 2nds, 1st Ladies team and 2nd Mens team. Not a bad nights work everone! Endurance League will be updated soon. John Davies pics in gallery and full results here.  
 
PosNameCatCat PosTime
4Stu DoyleM40128.36
6Zack BamberM20129.26
29Dave PhillipsSM32.15
33Amelia PettitL20132.53
36Rob OliverSM33.08
37David ShepherdM45233.13
38Alex MasonSM33.21
43Scott BamberM45433.31
51Tony ArcherM55134.12
58Kate MouldsL20234.32
85Mel JohnsonSL836.16
98Bob CorinaldiM451737.00
109John MouldsM451937.55
115Paul ClutterbuckM452138.23
125Clara PettittL17138.42
146Colin RathboneM65239.57
154Steve CollierM501540.17
179Jo EdwardsL50541.43
187Richard PettittM501642.04
255Carole WilliamsL60448.34
263Ann CollierL50949.26
292Finishers
Team
Men2nd Place
4Stu Doyle
6Zack Bamber
26Dave Phillips
Ladies1st Place
1Amelia Pettitt
3Kate Moulds
8Mel Johnson
 
 
 
LAKELAND TRAIL RACE CARTMEL 18K 
 
16 Mar: Race addict Jo Edwards tackled this one and was rewarded with an excellent 2nd place in her category. Jo finished the tough course in 1.50.46 finishing 121st out of 177 finishers and 2nd L50 just 40 seconds behind the category winner. 
 
 
NSPCC SANDSTONE XC
 
14 April: A mixed terrain 10K race from Beeston taking in parts of the Sandstone Trail.  
 
GunPosGunTimeForenameSurnameChipPosChipTime
8300:53:05SimonBridge8500:52:59
8700:53:16MarkNaisbitt8800:53:10
10600:55:31JoanneEdwards10900:55:26
15200:59:33AlanCameron15900:59:27
251Finishers
 
 
WHITLEY 10K 
April: A warm but fierce wind made the already challenging route even more so. Good to see Dave Phillips easing back into racing following a bit of a lull in his training intensity due to work commitments. Also a very welcome return to racing for James (his number was 007!) Edwards. A good 3rd place in her category for Claire Thompson competently paced around by 'JT' who ran the road relays the day before. The ever improving Bob Corinaldi paid no attention to the course or the conditions and proceeded to deliver yet another PB... 'just 12 seconds this time' he said!. Well done everyone. Photos in Gallery courtesy of John Davies.
 
PosNameCatCat PosTime
33David PhillipsSM1840.47
49James EdwardsM50-591342.50
84Bob CorinaldiM40-492045.17
87John ThompsonM40-492245.27
88Claire ThompsomF35-44345.28
96Mary TavenerF45-54545.58
212Paul HudsonM60+1954.16
329Finishers
 
 
NATIONAL ROAD RELAYS - SUTTON PARK 
 
12 April: A day to make you feel proud of being a member of Vale Royal AC. After the cancellation of the Northern 12 stage Road Relays in Blackpool on the 23 March due to bad weather we were given an entry to the National 12-stage on Saturday 13 April at Sutton Park, Birmingham. Vale Royal last qualified for the National 12-stage in 1995 (18 years ago for you non-mathematicians).  During the race our position fluctuated from stage to stage but we achieved a superb result (can be found on Sportsoft here)  finishing 55th team in 4 hrs 51 mins 19 seconds, (17th Northern team) (beating Altrincham by 1 second, 3 minutes faster we would have been in the top 50.  With 5 of the team returning from warm weather training in Portugal only the day before and with post-marathon and pre-marathon runners included our performance was all the more spectacular. A great team performance - well done everyone.
  
Although we only managed an incomplete women's team the 3 stalwarts Pauline Davies, Diane Newsham and Carole Williams ran superbly. 
 
CHESHIRE GRAND PRIX LATEST STANDINGS 
 
The Air products Crewe 10k was the first event in this years 7 race Cheshire Grand Prix series. As a result of the outstanding turnout by VRAC runners we are now in 1st place in the Ladies competition and 2nd in the Mens
with the 1st and 2nd Individual ladies and 1st and 3rd Individual men. 

Ladies Scores

PosClubTotal
1Vale Royal182
2Macclesfield H165
3Wilmslow RC164
4South Cheshire H162
5Boalloy RC38
6Tattenhall Runners35
7Spectrum Striders33
8West Cheshire AC31
 
Mens Scores

PosClubTotal
1South Cheshire H552
2Vale Royal533
3Wilmslow RC519
4Macclesfield H451
5Boalloy RC382
6West Cheshire AC297
7Sandbach Striders191
8Spectrum Striders158
9Chester Tri69
10Lymm Runners68
 
BLACKPOOL MARATHON AND HALF MARATHON 
 
7 April: Ian Brough ran the Marathon with Nick Haywood and Ian Newsham tackling the Half. The weather was perfect, a bit cold at the start, but soon warming up. Ian went through the half way point at 1.33.30. The going got tough at 22 miles as his legs started to cramp but with great support from Ian Newsham and Nick Haywood he went on to finish in a 14 min PB sub 3 hours 10 minutes.  Meanwhile, Nick Haywood and Ian Newsham finished the half in close order and high up the field.  Well done all. 
 
Marathon                                         Chip                                   Gun
49th        Ian Brough                        3:09:34                               3:09:58                       635 Finishers
Half
126th       Nick Haywood                  1:37:03                               1:37:27
135th       Ian Newsham                    1:37:06                               1:38:00                      1048 Finishers
 
MOW COP HILL RACE 
 
7 April: A lone Paul Clutterbuck represented VRAC at this tough 6.5 mile hill race with 1300 feet of ascent. Clutty described the race a f'ing (frightfully) brutal but finished a very creditable 57th out of the 100 finishers in 1.04.36.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
CHESTER SPRING 5 
 
4 April: A very decent run from the resurgent Mike Weedall led home 8 VRACers at the Chester Spring 5 miler. Category wins for Jacky Thorn are becoming routine and this was no exception with Mary Tavener securing 2nd in L50.
 
PosNameCatCat PosTime
64Mike WeedallM55331.32
85David MurphySM33.05
95John ClarkeM55833.44
99Jacky ThornL55133.47
129Mary TavenerL50235.07
141Pete MaherM551135.42
198Jo EdwardsL50539.00
203Barry ChambersM601339.26
295Finishers
 
 
AIR PRODUCTS 10K CREWE 
 
31 Mar: 19 VRACers with 8 ladies and 11 men in age categories from under 20 to over 60 showing what VRAC is all about. Almost too many fantastic performances to mention in cool sunny conditions at Crewe. Highlights included: Another sub 33 min for Stu Doyle; Zack Bamber's huge 2+ min PB and 4th overall (club record for U20?); PB and sub 36 for Tommy Armstrong; Amelia Pettitt ran through the field on the second lap for 3rd lady; Rob Oliver smashes through the 40 (and 39!) min barrier to a huge PB; another category win for Jacky Thorn; 1+ min PB for Debbie Moreton. And no doubt other PB's we have missed! All in all a very good day for the club. Well done all. The Endurance League will be updated soon - should be interesting! Full race results and photos on Bryan Dale's site here.
 
PosNameCatCat PosTime
2Stu DoyleM40132.57
4Zack BamberSM33.06
13Tommy ArmstrongSM35.48
33Amelia PettittSL38.053rd Lady
35Craig SephtonM401038.17
37Rob OliverSM38.27
44Tony ArcherM55339.02
46David ShepherdM45539.08
57Scott BamberM45839.53
97Jacky ThornL55142.26
119Clara PettittSL44.00
125Mary TavenerL50344.28
155Robert TippingM452146.21
173Debbie MoretonL40647.47
190Richard PettittM501048.57
192Jo EdwardsL50849.00
195Jayne LomaxL45649.06
212Paul HudsonM601050.17
227Sula StanleyL351051.45
321Finishers
 
 
WILMSLOW HALF MARATHON 
 
24 Mar: In contrast to last year's heat, runners had to cope with bitter conditions and a particularly strong headwind over the last 2 miles which definitely impacted times.  Stu Doyle set a PB here last year and knocked a further 30 seconds off this year - never satisfied, he was hoping for more! The results below show some very strong performances from all the VRACers.
 
True to form Colin and Carole turned up at several points round the course to lend much appreciated vocal support. 
 
 
 
 

PosNameCatCat PosChip Time
13Stu DoyleM4031.12.18
184John ThompsonM45181.26.26
387Pete ClaytonM45391.31.59
470Mel JohnsonFOpen161.34.1038th Lady
732John CarrollM50471.39.11
1462Jayne LomaxL45271.49.35216th Lady
1944Katie McGrathFOpen1521.53.52373rd Lady
3679Finishers
 
 
GALWAY 10K
 
5 May:  Mary Tavener sent us this fantastic race report from Ireland:   We raced Galway 10k. If I said that I won ( yes !!! hard to believe) the race in about 45.15 and Mike came in around 10th in 43.14 you might think that marathon training is paying off - must be a difficult course etc. However, while I really was first woman (questionable standard, but a proper Ireland athletics road race), 28 men ( including Mike ) were sent the wrong way and ended up running over 11k. The finish involved running around the Galway Race Course. So bizarrely, when I entered through the correct gate to run the final 2k to the finish I was somewhat put out to find runners including Mike coming from the opposite direction. I thought at first, they were taking the 'Mick' warming down while the race was still on. But no, they were running in the wrong direction and at the finish, runners were crossing the finishing line in both directions. When in such a race you can't quite work out what is going on so you start to think do you have to go over the mat both ways (and run round some imaginary pole).
A rather charming Irish man came up to Mike after the race and said " Jeez - you had some kick on you as you went up the hill" ( at 7k). To which Mike testily replied " Pity they sent us the wrong way". And charming Irish man calmly replied " It's Ireland. Be grateful you finished".
So although no prizes were given and times were wrong, no-one moaned. They just went on drinking the free tea and mountains of bourbon biscuits laid on. And I've been deprived of my podium finish - unlikely to be too many more in my running career. Unsurprisingly, final results have yet to be published.    
 
KESWICK HALF MARATHON 
 
5 May:  Bob Corinaldi chose to run the tough Keswick Half Marathon (apparently the only flat bit was round the rugby field to finish!).   While the rest of the country was in sunshine, as is traditional the Lakes offered up some rain and Bob complained of his worst ever case of joggers nipple (apologies to those who have come to this article via another google search!).   However, Bob was pretty please with the result.
 
 
119Bob Corinaldi1:42:35
 
BRISTOL 10K 
 
5 May:  Steve Caldwell made a long journey to Bristol but was a tad disappointed with his finishing time of 36:59 and 157th overall. 
 
157Steve Caldwell36:59    
 
 
THREE PEAKS RACE 
 
Dave Phillips completed the very tough Three Peaks Race in Yorkshire. The course is 23.3 miles and 5279ft of ascent with 5 checkpoints with the going mostly on rocky trail. With 968 entrants it is one of the bigger fell races in the calendar.  Dave tells that:   All was going well, 8mins up on last year with Pen y gent and Whernside in the bag, but I came undone on Ingleborough and reached the summit only 2mins up. Managed to pull some time back on the downhill section to the finish and was buoyed by a spectator shouting "come on Vale Royal" very unexpected in the middle of Yorkshire! Finish time was 4.04.59 191st place. 
 
LAKELAND TRAIL SERIES - HAWKESHEAD 17KM  
 
27 April:  Two intrepid ladies took on the challenge here. A very tough route including the infamous 'Coffin Trail' hill. Probably not conducive to appreciating the panoramic views of Lake Windermere and the surrounding peaks of the Coniston Hills, the Langdales and most of the Lakeland fells.  Excellent runs from both Jo Edwards and Janet Snow finishing 2nd and 5th in L50. Well done ladies.
 
 
PosNameCatCat PosTime
142Jo EdwardsL502nd01:39:05
167Janet SnowL505th01:44:08
212Finishers
 
NORTH WALES 10 MILE, WREXHAM
 
27 April: Mary Tavener decided to head to Wales for her 'race fix' this weekend. Here's her version of events.   "A small select field at the North Wales 10 mile in Wrexham. A very informal start. In fact, the race had started while a number of women (including me) were still nattering on the start line (no change there then Mary!).  Blustery conditions but missed the hail stones and rain. I was 2nd v50 in 72.36." Nice one Mary.
 
MANCHESTER MARATHON 
 
28 April: It's a busy time for marathons. Two more excellent performances, this time in the Manchester Marathon. An impressive time from 'JT' sub 3.10 and equally impressive from Paul Hudson.  Well done fellas. The race was won (for the 2nd year running) by well known local athlete Dave Norman (Altrincham AC) in 2.20.19.  
 
NamePlace overallCategoryPlace categoryChip TimeGun Time
John Thompson277M45263.07.443.07.52
Paul Hudson3249M60184.19.134.23.04
 
 
LONDON MARATHON (photos added to Gallery) 
 
21 April: Congratulations to our 7 runners. Everyone seems to have delivered or exceeded their expectations. Fantastic achievement.  For the second year running Tommy Armstrong ran a reverse split running 3 minutes under his target to a new PB. John Todd put in another impressive marathon well under the 3.15 good for age time. Injuries have plagued Dave Haines' build up so he was more than satisfied with his time... and last years good for age will get him in next year too. A fantastic marathon debut for Helen Smith under the 3.30 barrier. Helen felt good until 23 miles then hit the wall and fainted after crossing the finish line to wake up in the medical tent! Not far back Maggie Fenn with a decent time if not at her best. And a terrific race from Ian Newsham running his second marathon and taking nearly 15 minutes off his previous time. A day the individuals and the club can be very proud of. Full results here. Let's ask them all to use the Message Board to summarise their day. Update: We missed Dave Evans off the results. Sorry Dave! As you entered London before you joined VRAC you didn't show up as Vale Royal in the results. Dave has been in touch to say he suffered an achilles injury 10 days before the race. So his sub 4 hour debut at London was super human. His foot has been in a bucket of ice ever since.  Also belated congratulations to Gemma Mayled who ran for a charity hence we missed her result. Well done Gemma!
 
 
NamePlace overallPlace genderCategoryPlace categoryHalf TimeFinish time
Armstrong, Tom48647518-3933201:25:1402:48:57Reverse Split !!
Todd, John2293213450-5411201:32:1303:11:12
Haines, David3572319440-4469501:36:3503:22:24
Smith, Helen431252340-4410101:42:5803:27:46
Fenn, Maggie554985718-3952401:39:1803:35:25
Newsham, Ian7575617145-4994901:51:3803:46:07
Evans, David10427826918-39441301:55:4803:58:07
Mayled, Gemma13328299818-39174701:58:5404:11:20
 
LONDON MARATHON 
 
Good luck to all our London Marathoners this weekend. Tommy Armstrong, John Todd, Ian Newsham, Dave Haines Helen Smith and Maggie Fenn. The 'hay is in the barn'. Just go out and enjoy the fruits of your fantastic training efforts. Have a safe and successful run. 
 
 
ROUND THE RUNWAY 5.3 MILE
 
18 Mar: A great turnout with 21 VRACers in action in the biggest field yet for this unusual multiterrain race distance. Great success for VRAC with Amelia Pettitt 1st lady, 5 age category wins, 3 age category 2nds, 1st Ladies team and 2nd Mens team. Not a bad nights work everone! Endurance League will be updated soon. John Davies pics in gallery and full results here.  
 
PosNameCatCat PosTime
4Stu DoyleM40128.36
6Zack BamberM20129.26
29Dave PhillipsSM32.15
33Amelia PettitL20132.53
36Rob OliverSM33.08
37David ShepherdM45233.13
38Alex MasonSM33.21
43Scott BamberM45433.31
51Tony ArcherM55134.12
58Kate MouldsL20234.32
85Mel JohnsonSL836.16
98Bob CorinaldiM451737.00
109John MouldsM451937.55
115Paul ClutterbuckM452138.23
125Clara PettittL17138.42
146Colin RathboneM65239.57
154Steve CollierM501540.17
179Jo EdwardsL50541.43
187Richard PettittM501642.04
255Carole WilliamsL60448.34
263Ann CollierL50949.26
292Finishers
Team
Men2nd Place
4Stu Doyle
6Zack Bamber
26Dave Phillips
Ladies1st Place
1Amelia Pettitt
3Kate Moulds
8Mel Johnson
 
 
 
LAKELAND TRAIL RACE CARTMEL 18K 
 
16 Mar: Race addict Jo Edwards tackled this one and was rewarded with an excellent 2nd place in her category. Jo finished the tough course in 1.50.46 finishing 121st out of 177 finishers and 2nd L50 just 40 seconds behind the category winner. 
 
 
NSPCC SANDSTONE XC
 
14 April: A mixed terrain 10K race from Beeston taking in parts of the Sandstone Trail.  
 
GunPosGunTimeForenameSurnameChipPosChipTime
8300:53:05SimonBridge8500:52:59
8700:53:16MarkNaisbitt8800:53:10
10600:55:31JoanneEdwards10900:55:26
15200:59:33AlanCameron15900:59:27
251Finishers
 
 
WHITLEY 10K 
April: A warm but fierce wind made the already challenging route even more so. Good to see Dave Phillips easing back into racing following a bit of a lull in his training intensity due to work commitments. Also a very welcome return to racing for James (his number was 007!) Edwards. A good 3rd place in her category for Claire Thompson competently paced around by 'JT' who ran the road relays the day before. The ever improving Bob Corinaldi paid no attention to the course or the conditions and proceeded to deliver yet another PB... 'just 12 seconds this time' he said!. Well done everyone. Photos in Gallery courtesy of John Davies.
 
PosNameCatCat PosTime
33David PhillipsSM1840.47
49James EdwardsM50-591342.50
84Bob CorinaldiM40-492045.17
87John ThompsonM40-492245.27
88Claire ThompsomF35-44345.28
96Mary TavenerF45-54545.58
212Paul HudsonM60+1954.16
329Finishers
 
 
NATIONAL ROAD RELAYS - SUTTON PARK 
 
12 April: A day to make you feel proud of being a member of Vale Royal AC. After the cancellation of the Northern 12 stage Road Relays in Blackpool on the 23 March due to bad weather we were given an entry to the National 12-stage on Saturday 13 April at Sutton Park, Birmingham. Vale Royal last qualified for the National 12-stage in 1995 (18 years ago for you non-mathematicians).  During the race our position fluctuated from stage to stage but we achieved a superb result (can be found on Sportsoft here)  finishing 55th team in 4 hrs 51 mins 19 seconds, (17th Northern team) (beating Altrincham by 1 second, 3 minutes faster we would have been in the top 50.  With 5 of the team returning from warm weather training in Portugal only the day before and with post-marathon and pre-marathon runners included our performance was all the more spectacular. A great team performance - well done everyone.
  
Although we only managed an incomplete women's team the 3 stalwarts Pauline Davies, Diane Newsham and Carole Williams ran superbly. 
 
CHESHIRE GRAND PRIX LATEST STANDINGS 
 
The Air products Crewe 10k was the first event in this years 7 race Cheshire Grand Prix series. As a result of the outstanding turnout by VRAC runners we are now in 1st place in the Ladies competition and 2nd in the Mens
with the 1st and 2nd Individual ladies and 1st and 3rd Individual men. 

Ladies Scores

PosClubTotal
1Vale Royal182
2Macclesfield H165
3Wilmslow RC164
4South Cheshire H162
5Boalloy RC38
6Tattenhall Runners35
7Spectrum Striders33
8West Cheshire AC31
 
Mens Scores

PosClubTotal
1South Cheshire H552
2Vale Royal533
3Wilmslow RC519
4Macclesfield H451
5Boalloy RC382
6West Cheshire AC297
7Sandbach Striders191
8Spectrum Striders158
9Chester Tri69
10Lymm Runners68
 
BLACKPOOL MARATHON AND HALF MARATHON 
 
7 April: Ian Brough ran the Marathon with Nick Haywood and Ian Newsham tackling the Half. The weather was perfect, a bit cold at the start, but soon warming up. Ian went through the half way point at 1.33.30. The going got tough at 22 miles as his legs started to cramp but with great support from Ian Newsham and Nick Haywood he went on to finish in a 14 min PB sub 3 hours 10 minutes.  Meanwhile, Nick Haywood and Ian Newsham finished the half in close order and high up the field.  Well done all. 
 
Marathon                                         Chip                                   Gun
49th        Ian Brough                        3:09:34                               3:09:58                       635 Finishers
Half
126th       Nick Haywood                  1:37:03                               1:37:27
135th       Ian Newsham                    1:37:06                               1:38:00                      1048 Finishers
 
MOW COP HILL RACE 
 
7 April: A lone Paul Clutterbuck represented VRAC at this tough 6.5 mile hill race with 1300 feet of ascent. Clutty described the race a f'ing (frightfully) brutal but finished a very creditable 57th out of the 100 finishers in 1.04.36.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
CHESTER SPRING 5 
 
4 April: A very decent run from the resurgent Mike Weedall led home 8 VRACers at the Chester Spring 5 miler. Category wins for Jacky Thorn are becoming routine and this was no exception with Mary Tavener securing 2nd in L50.
 
PosNameCatCat PosTime
64Mike WeedallM55331.32
85David MurphySM33.05
95John ClarkeM55833.44
99Jacky ThornL55133.47
129Mary TavenerL50235.07
141Pete MaherM551135.42
198Jo EdwardsL50539.00
203Barry ChambersM601339.26
295Finishers
 
 
AIR PRODUCTS 10K CREWE 
 
31 Mar: 19 VRACers with 8 ladies and 11 men in age categories from under 20 to over 60 showing what VRAC is all about. Almost too many fantastic performances to mention in cool sunny conditions at Crewe. Highlights included: Another sub 33 min for Stu Doyle; Zack Bamber's huge 2+ min PB and 4th overall (club record for U20?); PB and sub 36 for Tommy Armstrong; Amelia Pettitt ran through the field on the second lap for 3rd lady; Rob Oliver smashes through the 40 (and 39!) min barrier to a huge PB; another category win for Jacky Thorn; 1+ min PB for Debbie Moreton. And no doubt other PB's we have missed! All in all a very good day for the club. Well done all. The Endurance League will be updated soon - should be interesting! Full race results and photos on Bryan Dale's site here.
 
PosNameCatCat PosTime
2Stu DoyleM40132.57
4Zack BamberSM33.06
13Tommy ArmstrongSM35.48
33Amelia PettittSL38.053rd Lady
35Craig SephtonM401038.17
37Rob OliverSM38.27
44Tony ArcherM55339.02
46David ShepherdM45539.08
57Scott BamberM45839.53
97Jacky ThornL55142.26
119Clara PettittSL44.00
125Mary TavenerL50344.28
155Robert TippingM452146.21
173Debbie MoretonL40647.47
190Richard PettittM501048.57
192Jo EdwardsL50849.00
195Jayne LomaxL45649.06
212Paul HudsonM601050.17
227Sula StanleyL351051.45
321Finishers
 
 
WILMSLOW HALF MARATHON 
 
24 Mar: In contrast to last year's heat, runners had to cope with bitter conditions and a particularly strong headwind over the last 2 miles which definitely impacted times.  Stu Doyle set a PB here last year and knocked a further 30 seconds off this year - never satisfied, he was hoping for more! The results below show some very strong performances from all the VRACers.
 
True to form Colin and Carole turned up at several points round the course to lend much appreciated vocal support. 
 
 
 
 
PosNameCatCat PosChip Time
13Stu DoyleM4031.12.18
184John ThompsonM45181.26.26
387Pete ClaytonM45391.31.59
470Mel JohnsonFOpen161.34.1038th Lady
732John CarrollM50471.39.11
1462Jayne LomaxL45271.49.35216th Lady
1944Katie McGrathFOpen1521.53.52373rd Lady
3679Finishers
 
 
BARCELONA MARATHON (Sofie Rees pics added to gallery)
 
OULTON PARK SPRING DUATHLON    
 
17 Mar: Early morning conditions for this years Sprint event were anything but Spring like. The light covering of snow trackside and it's exposed areas led to many a cold competitor. The event begins with just short of a 5k run followed by 20k on the bike and a final 5k run, all completed an a smooth but undulating circuit. The biggest hurdles of the event to overcome on the day was undoubtably unfastening helmet clips and changing from bike to run shoes with frozen fingers, hence the extended periods in transition! Both Diane and Craig fared well in the field of athletes using the event also as a European Qualifier. Overall positions and splits:

Diane Newsham - overall time 1hr 41 mins / position 214
                    5k run - 21:45
                    20k bike - 51:32
                    5k run - 24:12                     

Craig Sephton - overall time 1hr 11mins / position 44
                    5k run - 16:00
                    20k bike - 37:01mins       
                    5k run - 16:17     

Number of finishers 247 
 
TRIMPELL 20 MILE 
 
17 Mar: Some feedback from Nick: "I would have liked to beat 2.30 but the last few miles got the better of me. Its a very good run I would recommend it to anyone fantastic course almost all traffic free and well organised so much better than Stafford."  
 
PosName10 Mile Split20 Mile
108Nick Haywood1.13.442.34.49
386Finishers
 
 
AGE UK WRAP UP AND RUN TATTON PARK 10K 
 
17 Mar: David Shepherd showed his continued return to form and notched his 1st ever M45 category win. An excellent time considering the tough trail conditions for this 10k race.
 
David Shepherd  14th overall  40:52    1st M45
 
633 Finishers 
 
ULTRAFIT 10 MILE LYTHAM ST ANNES 
 
17 Mar: With nearly ideal conditions for the 22nd Ultrafit Lytham 10 mile race Vale Royal athletes were all pleased with their performances. Notably, a 1st over 60 result for a fast improving Pauline Davies who beat an in form Jennifer Adams into 2nd place by 13 seconds - good sharpener for Wilmslow Half next week.  Carole Williams pleased with bettering her time of last year by 5 mins was 3rd over 60.  Colin Rathbone fresh out of road racing retirement but with cross country still in his legs ran well to finish 4th out of 19 over 65's.  John Davies' support was a positive catalyst to the good performances. John's photos in Gallery.
 
114    Colin Rathbone       1.16.41        4 over 65
151    Pauline Davies         1.21.44        1 over 60 F
210    Carole Williams        1.32.51        3 over 60 F
 
Total finishers    255
 
ALDI ASHBY 20 MILER 
 
17 Mar: A hardy Mary Tavener returned for a second year for this race. This year it snowed. 'Well 'ard' Mary wants bragging rights for running in a vest despite the freezing weather. So bad were conditions she ran 1 whole second slower than last year! Well done Mary.
 
 289th. 02:38:36 Mary Tavener  (844 finishers)
 
DELAMERE PARK RUN 
 
16 Mar: Whilst we don't intend to report every Park Run (people often don't use them as out and out races) it's worth mentioning that at the 3rd Delamere Park run this weekend VRAC once again came in in first place. This time George Thompson. It's been a different 'youngster' in each of the 3 weeks to date. AOM Jodie Spencer was also first lady. In fact VRAC owned 6 of the top 10 places ('Unknown' in the attached results was Tommy Armstrong who included the Park Run in a long marathon training run). Nice. Full results here.
 
BARCELONA MARATHON 
 
17 Mar: Massive congratulations to Sophie Rees on her fantastic debut marathon. As many will recall, Sophie suffered a a heavy fall at training (jogging to the start!) just 12 days before the race. Damage to her knees made running impossible for several days and she embarked on the marathon weekend in Spain with more than a little trepidation. Sophie's Facebook post says it all... " ‎3 hrs 47..... was on for 3:40 (which I was in disbelief about) but last 8 miles added 7 min on. Not sure what world I was in for the last 6, but it sure was a painful one. Made up though, me and marathon I never thought would be in same sentence. Me cry??? Maybe". Well done Sophie.
 
BRITISH MASTERS XC CHAMPIONSHIPS 
 
16 Mar: A fantastic run from Stu Doyle coming 4th overall and 2nd V40 at the British Masters cross country championships at Herrington Park, Sunderland, also the venue of the recent English National XC. The race was won by a v35. Stu had a race long battle in heavy conditions with a fellow V40 from Scotland only losing out narrowly in the closing stages. As the first English V40 finisher this should put Stu in strong contention for a place in the England team for the international race later in the year. Well done Stu. Full results awaited.
 
STAFFORD 20 
 
10 Mar: Always an important race in the build up for London Marathoners. With cold, blustery conditions and a tough headwind up the first climb it was certainly a good test.  Things look good for Tommy Armstrong who ran a 2 minute PB (and 4 minutes quicker than last years race) putting him well into sub 3 hour territory for the marathon. John Todd also had a good race running over a minute quicker then last year and looks in good shape. Dave Haines put in a solid shift a few minutes down last year but still on target for a good marathon. Finally. David Evans had a confidence boost feeling strong right through to the 20 mile point. Unfortunately, it wasn't to be Pauline Davies' day and not feeling good she pulled up after 8 miles.
 
PosNameCatCat PosTime
18Tommy Armstrong2.09.43
64John ToddM5062.22.21
89Dave HainesM40182.28.45
189David Evans2.49.01
337Finishers
 
 
TRAFFORD 10K 
 
10 Mar: 5 VRACers at Trafford 10k where the standard is always high. All acquitted themselves superbly with strong results despite the cold and windy conditions - some disproving the theory that you can't turn back time! Jacky Thorn won the L55 age group in 42.34 - her fastest 10k since 2006. Stu Doyle was 2nd V40 in 32.39, his quickest time for 23 years!! Steve Caldwell (who was seven 23 years ago!) just missed the 36 minute barrier but ran his 2nd best ever time of 36.01 - his mild disappointment at narrowly missing a PB reflecting how much he's progressed in recent months. Graham Miles (1 place and 8 seconds back from Steve) and Mary Tavener were both 4th in their age categories (V45 and W50 respectively) with excellent times of 36.09 and 44.57. Full results here.

PosNameCatCat PosTime
38Stu DoyleM40232.39
130Steve Caldwell36.01
131Graham MilesM45436.09
304Jacky ThornW55142.34
380Mary TavenerW50444.57
745Finishers
 
HIGH LEGH 10K 
 
3 Mar: Well done to David Shepherd. Debbie Moreton and Sula Stanley who enjoyed country lanes and sunshine around High Legh.
 
PosNameTime
32David Shepherd40.32
136Debbie Moreton48.26
191Sula Stanley52.44
 
 
HAWESWATER HALF MARATHON, CUMBRIA 
 
3 Mar: Described by Pauline Davies as the toughest but most scenic road race she has ever run, demonstrated by the winning man`s time of 73 mins, running the out and back course surrounded by snow capped peaks, alternating climbs
and revelling in the merciful last 1.5 miles downhill. Her time was only a minute slower than Wrexham and secured first L60. Pauline was well pleased with her form, and looking forward to her next build up for the London marathon at the flat Stafford 20. 
 
PosNameCatCat PosTime
320Pauline DaviesL6011.54.52
484Finishers
 
CLOUD 9 CONGLETON 
3 Mar: A beautiful day, a lung busting but scenic route up 'The Cloud', excellent free tomato soup at the end and a sensible entrance fee. What else could you ask for on a Sunday morning? Just 39 seconds back Tony Archer enjoyed his first Cloud 9 and following a steady start moved up the field exchanging places with Alex Mason a few times. Matt Sweeting's footgear lacked a certain key feature, grip, which hampered him somewhat (yes he fell over) and Dave Haines returning from a heavy week of corporate entertainment in Israel found he still had caviar and champagne in his legs (on top of some heavy marathon mileage the previous week). Messrs Corinaldi and Clutterbuck had a nice tussle with Clutty's tactic of trying to creep up on Bob unawares failing to deliver in the closing stages. Hard races and fast finishes from Jo Edwards and Jayne Lomax saw them both place highly in their categories - but resulted in a momentary sense of humour failure with the photographer :) More pics in Gallery. Full results here.
PosNameCatCat PosTime
62Tony ArcherM55201:09:05
76Alex MasonM01:10:16
100Matthew SweetingM01:12:40
152David HainesM403501:16:37
195Bob CorinaldiM404101:19:59
200Paul ClutterbuckM452801:20:21
233Joanne EdwardsL50501:23:09
258Jayne LomaxL45701:25:00
421Finishers
 
Footnote from Bob Corinaldi - "Just checked my time, 1:19:59 thats a 2 1/2min PB for me and 1 second inside my planned goal.  Definitely the toughest PB I've ever earned.  My personal thanks must go to Clutty's cheeky grin, spied through the hedge behind me at about 7 1/2 miles. There was no way I was going to let him catch me after all that hard work."
 
PARK RUNS - DELAMERE AND TEESSIDE 
 
2 Mar: Due to the nature and frequency of Park Runs we wont be committing to reporting every one! However, this weekend deserves a mention on two counts. First, it was the inaugural Delamere Forest Park run which was thoroughly enjoyed by 11 VRACers helped by sunshine and a very nice route. Ist back overall was VRAC's Chris Perry looking very comfortable in 16.49 and then jogging off to join the VRAC hill session after the race!  Full results here and VRAC results here. At the same time Helen Smith was running the Teesside Park Run to finish 12th overall and 1st lady in a quick 20.32. If you haven't tried a Park Run yet then get registered and give it a go!    
 
NATIONAL XC CHAMPIONSHIPS SUNDERLAND 
 
 
 
23 Feb: It was a reminder of the recent Northerns event with several inches of fresh wet snow and freezing mud in evidence once again at the National XC Championships. Spectating was as much a test of endurance as running with conditions so muddy and cold around the tent area that the club decided that our tent was not worth saving at the end of the day. As might be expected there were some large high quality fields with the top runners making it look it easy - it wasn't!   Some creditworthy performances from the VRACers who made the long journey North.   An epic battle between Kate and Jodie was only decided in the last yards of the race with Jodie outsprinting Kate in the deep mud down to the finish.   In the men's race, Chris Perry ran strongly for a top 100 finish and a better run than at the Northerns..    The verdict from those who'd been at Knowlsey was that this was more fun but still plenty to test the character.   The youngsters made us proud with some fine performances including a fantastic team medal for the junior ladies.   Read more about it on the main club site.  Full results here.  Good video here (spot the VRAC vests!).
 
PosNameTime
61Jodie Spencer35.16
63Kate Spilsbury35.21
395Carole Williams53.09
427Finishers
PosNameTime
100Chris Perry46.09
250James Griffiths50.17
354Steve Caldwell52.38
970Colin Rathbone69.43
1085Finishers
 
WREXHAM HALF MARATHON 
 
17 Feb: Some excellent performances at the Village Bakery Wrexham half marathon. A lovely day for racing with just the customary wind along the back straight. Impressive PB's for Craig Sephton, Bob Corinaldi (9 minutes!) and Sophie Rees - who threw in a 6 mile warm up and a 1 mile cool down to make it a 20 miler in preparation for the Barcelona marathon in 4 weeks!! Another superb run from Tommy Armstrong who got within 12 seconds of his big PB earlier this year. Jacky Thorn had a race plan to run 7 min/mile to 10 miles then hang on. It worked out well and she whilst she slowed 30s/mile over the last 3 miles she still overhauled 3 more ladies to finish 1st V55 and 2nd UK V55 half marathon ranking for 2013 - only pipped by 12 seconds by a Malby runner racing in Barcelona on the same day! Mary Tavener and Pauline Davies followed the trend of quality performances finishing high in their categories. Overall a very succesfull day. Well done all. 
 
PosNameTimeCatCat Pos
19Tommy Armstrong1.18.47V352
85Craig Sephton1.26.39V4024PB
153Jacky Thorn1.33.46V551
210Bob Corinaldi1.39.49V4052PB
214Mary Tavener1.40.12V504
234Sophia Rees1.42.07V359PB
330Pauline Davies1.53.47V603
 
 
WADSWORTH TROG - Inspiring(!) race report by Dave Phillips!
 
The Wadsworth Trog sounds grim, and was grim. I secured a late entry mid week thanks to the kind organiser and followed on with a late arrival on race day thanks to some navigational errors on the way - not a great start to a self navigation fell race.
> I arrived 10am to see the runners set off but the kind organiser came to my rescue again and explained the runners would be looping back past the start line in 10 minutes, and if I collected my number and waited I could tag onto the back.
> At 20 miles and 4000ft it didn't sound too bad, but nothing prepared me for the terrain with much of the course over open moors with no path and mile after mile of icy bog, fresh snow and energy sapping tussocks which required a technique similar to hurdling rather than running.
> 5 miles ok but felt a bit wooden, 10 miles cold and wet can't find a rhythm, 15 miles pulled muscle in ankle limping on descents and had fallen over 3 times, 18 miles lost and on hands and knees in a bog eating dairy milk, 20 miles shuffle over the line in 3hrs 49 mins and 51st place and fall asleep in back of van.
The Wadsworth Trog sounds grim, and was grim. I secured a late entry mid week thanks to the kind organiser and followed on with a late arrival on race day thanks to some navigational errors on the way - not a great start to a self navigation fell race.  I arrived 10am to see the runners set off but the kind organiser came to my rescue again and explained the runners would be looping back past the start line in 10 minutes, and if I collected my number and waited I could tag onto the back.  At 20 miles and 4000ft it didn't sound too bad, but nothing prepared me for the terrain with much of the course over open moors with no path and mile after mile of icy bog, fresh snow and energy sapping tussocks which required a technique similar to hurdling rather than running.  5 miles ok but felt a bit wooden, 10 miles cold and wet can't find a rhythm, 15 miles pulled muscle in ankle limping on descents and had fallen over 3 times, 18 miles lost and on hands and knees in a bog eating dairy milk, 20 miles shuffle over the line in 3hrs 49 mins and 51st place and fall asleep in back of van. But mission accomplished, 20 miles of fell in the legs which should do me good come the 3 peaks in April.  
 
MANCHESTER XC LEAGUE MATCH #5 - WOODBANK PARK 
 
10 Feb: A fine performance from Amelia Pettitt in the final cross-country league matching finishing 2nd over a tough course at Woodbank Park.    Kate Moulds also had a fine run and with Jacky Thorn winning her age category it was a great day for the women's team.   Mike Weedall showed  he's working his way back to form with 3rd place in his age category and a top-100 finish.   The all veteran men's team completed a fine season in the league.
 
2Amelia PettittU20132:36
12Kate MouldsU20335:43
36Jacky ThornL50139:33
56Sophia ReesL351341:28
63Mary TavenerL50442:24
98Mike WeedallV55346:01
171John ClarkeV551251:52
204Richard PettittV502655:42
208Robert TippingV453955:57
213Colin RathboneV65256:52
220Paul HudsonV60760:06
 
 
NORTH WALES XC - OSWESTRY   
 
2 Feb: Rob Olliver and Ian and Di Newsham were in action for the 5th and final NWCC race at Oswestry. Rob, who has been training well, is clearly returning to form with an excellent 58th place. With a steady start and a strong finish he clocked '42mins something' and 5.9 miles on his Garmin. Pretty impressive given knee deep mud, some water and 2 fences per lap to negotiate. Ian and Di also had good races and whilst official results are awaited they recall finishes of 82nd (2-3 mins behind Rob) and 79th respectively.  Unfortunately, Rob destroyed all his hard work by rewarding himself with a huge piece of chocolate cake after the presentation. Footnote: True to form it was reported that Bernie was first heard and much later seen on the course!
 
ALSAGER 5 
 
3 Feb: 7 VRACers ventured to South Cheshire to run in the popular  Alsager 5 mile road race this morning. This is a high quality race attracting elite runners from all over the country as demonstrated by the fact there were 13 runners under 25 mins. The majority of VRAC runners took advantage of the good conditions to post some fast early season times. Of particular note were PB's for James Griffiths, Tommy Armstrong and Craig Sephton and 3rd L50 for Mary Tavener. Good to see John Caroll racing - judging by his gun vs chip time he started at the back and worked his way through! Full results here.
 
GunPosGunTimeForenameSurnameCatCat PosChipPosChipTime
4200:27:04StuartDoyle4014200:27:01
6400:28:24JamesGriffiths6500:28:24
8700:29:16TomArmstrong8500:29:10
9500:29:32GrahamMiles4559400:29:27
11700:30:30CraigSepthon401311800:30:25
31100:36:55MaryTavener50331800:36:47
32900:37:26JohnCarroll502329300:36:01
794

Finishers 

NORTHERN XC - VETS POSITIONS 

For the stattos...Thanks to Stu and Zoe Doyle who have manually analysed Power of Ten stats to derive the Vets positioning at the Northern XC Championships. Well done again to Stu winning V40 and also to Pauline and Carole 1st and 2nd V60.
 
CatPos in CatTotal in Cat
Stuart DoyleV40169
John ThompsonV451882
Craig SeftonV402869
Tony ArcherV551532
Ian NewshamV456782
Bob CorinaldiV406469
Simon BridgeV457682
Richard PettittV506367
Paul HudsonV601115
 
Debbie MoretonV402023
Pauline DaviesV6014
Sula StanleyV352224
Carol WilliamsV6024
Diane NewshamV452222
 
 
NORTHERN XC CHAMPIONSHIPS - KNOWSLEY SAFARI PARK
 
26 Jan: A very successful day for VRAC in very testing conditions.  Heavy overnight snow had threatened cancellation but the organisers bravely decided to go ahead. The fantasy images some misguided runners had of bounding effortlessly through virgin powdery snow were soon replaced by the reality they faced on arrival. Black muddy slush, deep mud and pools of freezing muddy water... every step of the way on a long and undulating course. On the junior side some excellent individual and team performances saw 2 gold and a silver at team level and a silver and bronze at individual level. As for the seniors the ladies were first to tackle the conditions led home by Jodie Spencer with an excellent top 50 finish with Kate Spilsbury not far behind. The men knew what they were in for when they gave an encouraging shout to Diane Newsham - her usual sunny smile was absent replaced only by a stoney look of determination. On a day where many failed to finish huge credit to all the ladies (we counted them all out and we counted them all back) finishing with a creditable 16th team place. For the men Captain Stu Doyle's long striding legs clearly meant he was in the mud less than others and he turned the tables on Chris Perry (who beat him at the Cheshires). Stu had targeted a top 50 finish so was delighted with 37th with Chris Perry in an excellent 54th. Further back there were stand out performances from Craig Sefton, Iain Stanton and Ian Newsham. Others (e.g. Tom and Tony!) faired less well in the conditions and some (e.g Tom and Tony) actually wished for hungry lions to appear from the trees to put an end to it all. But again all the VRAC men completed the long 12k course to post two team placings (see below). All in all a memorable day. Strange how some races you'd like to forget will live in your memory for ever!  For anyone who wants to see some of the pain and misery there is good video footage here. Also full results here. More pics in gallery.
 
LADIES
PosRaceNoTimeName
48104400:36:33Jodie Spencer
51104500:36:52Kate Spilsbury
171104200:48:45Debbie Moreton
200103900:54:36Pauline Davies
201104600:54:42Sula Stanley
204105000:56:15Carol Williams
207104300:58:21Diane Newsham
217Finishers
Team PosPointsTeam NamePlacings
16470Vale Royal AC( 48 51 171 200 ) 
27Total Teams
MEN
PosRaceNoTimeName
37168300:44:39Stuart Doyle
54168800:45:42Chris Perry
123168400:49:33James Griffiths
210169300:53:22John Thompson
252169100:54:48Craig Sefton
260169200:55:02Ian Stanton
287167700:56:14 
395167801:00:00Tony Archer
470168701:04:17Ian Newsham
508168201:06:45Bob Corinaldi
535167901:10:02Simon Bridge
553168901:12:59Richard Pettitt
566168501:16:57Paul Hudson
583Finishers
Team PosPointsTeam NamePlacings
15936Vale Royal AC( 37 54 123 210 252 260 ) 
542748Vale Royal AC( 287 395 470 508 535 553 ) 
58 Total Teams 
 
TWIN PIERS 10K LLANDUDNO
 
 
19 Jan: Whilst Helsby half marathon was cancelled Carole Williams flew the flag for VRAC and overcame the bitterly cold easterly wind along the North Wales coast to register a very respectable time of 56.38 to capture the 1st female over-60 category finishing 210th overall in a field of 274.  Times generally were down on most years due to the prevailing wind being in the opposite direction. Full results here. Well done Carole.
 
 
 
 
 
 
LILLESHALL - CROSS COUNTRY
 
12 Jan: The plan was simple, a cross country around the well drain fields of the National Sports Centre at Lilleshall near Telford.  Unfortunately the plan failed ,as the winter rains had also got the better of this venue.  With a bitterly cold wind blowing off the welsh hills, lying water, ankle deep mud, and slippy slopes, conditions could only be described as difficult.  3 short laps for the ladies and 4 full laps for the men before retiring to take advantage of the centres facilities while the feet thawed out.
 
68       Diane Newsham              36.01          
90        Ian Newsham                 46.18       
 
ALEX'S LAKELAND 50 RECCE 
 
He's at it again!  Read about Alex Mason's big mountain day recce of the Lakeland 50 on the message board
 
MANCHESTER LEAGUE XC - RACE 4 BOGGART HOLE CLOUGH
13 Jan: Who ever put the Bog in Boggart got it right. The course lived up to its reputation and with clawing mud every step of the way it was...demanding! However, a decent turnout from the hardier VRACers though ensured we fielded teams in mens and womens races. For the series competition runners have to do 4 of the 5 races. Jacky Thorn led the ladies home at Boggart and is narrowly (by 1 point!) leading the series L50.  An excellent run from relative newcomer Sophia Rees showing the benefits of some determined Tuesday night sessions. Despite an inevitable fall a bloodied Jo Edwards reversed tables on Mary Tavener (who prevailed at Cheshire Champs) followed by Maggie Fenn who finished with a smile stating "I hated every step of that". Carole Williams once again faired very well in the L60 category. 
PosNameCatTimeCat PosSeries Cat Pos after 4 racesCat Pos'ns
34Jacky ThornL5033.23212,1,2,2
41Sophia ReesL3534.0912  
44Jo EdwardsL5034.145  
47Mary TavenerL5034.20657,6.8.6
59Maggie FennL3535.3215  
123Carole WilliamsL6044.29444,2,4,4
Team8th
Vet team7th
 
As for the men. 'JT' managed to remember all the kit for his kids yet forgot his own spikes. Squeezing into a borrowed pair he clearly decided to get it over with quickly and shot away from the start line to finish high up the field. Mud lover Tony Archer finished 3rd V55 and consolidated 3rd overall V55 in the series. Next a very welcome return for Mike Weedal who cruised around typically picking up places in the latter stages. A good run for John 'Click' Clarke improving his series position. Colin Rathbone finished a consistent 4th V65 and stands 3rd in the series. Paul Hudson brought the VRACers home also enhancing his series standing.
 
PosNameCatTimeCat PosSeries Cat Pos after 4 racesCat Pos'ns
38John ThompsonV4542.10580,14,13,5
107Tony ArcherV5546.39334,4,5,3,
116Mike WeedallV5547.234  
175John ClarkeV5552.25890,12,14,8
195Colin RathboneV6554.36434,3,4,4
210Paul HudsonV6057.4588=11,12,10,8
Team17th
Vet Team

7th 

Full Series results here
Full Boggart results here
 
More great photo's in Gallery - Thanks John Davies.
 
LIVERPOOL NEW YEARS EVE MARATHON 
 
31 Dec: Belated congratulations to David Shepherd on his PB 3.23.06 finishing 13th out of over 130 runners (official results awaited). David reached half way in 1.35 but a vicious hail storm then took its toll on the field. Clearly, David finished with plenty to spare as he went on to smash his rivals at the Cheshire Champs XC just 5 days later! 
 
 
CENTRAL LANCASHIRE HALF MARATHON - CATFORTH 
 
5 Jan: What a start to 2013 for Tommy Armstrong! He broke through the 1.20 barrier for the first time finishing 6th overall in a field of 315 in a fantastic PB 1.18.31. A delighted Tommy noted he has posted the quickest VRAC HM in the year to date... roll on Helsby! Congratulations Tommy. Full results here.
 
CHESHIRE CHAMPIONSHIPS XC (pics in Gallery - thanks Rob Oliver) 
 
5 Jan: A very hectic day at a muddy Reasheath with lots of individual and team success for VRAC Seniors and Juniors. Strong runs from Kate Spilsbury, Jodie Spencer and Kathy Stringer secured good individual positions and gold in the team event. Jacky Thorn once again showed she is well on the way back to her best with 1st in her category. Likewise Pauline Davies won her category and a very close tussle with Sula Stanley - both being awarded the same time. Mary Tavener also had a good battle with Jo Edwards with Mary narrowly taking the honours on this occasion. Carole Williams added to her award tally with silver in the L60 category. 
 
Senior Women
Pos.NameCategoryLV PosCat posTime
4Kate SpilsburyL431:22
6Jodie SpencerL631:37
17Kathy StringerL1135:06
24Jacky ThornV5512136:35
32Mary TavenerV5017637:31
33Jo EdwardsV5018737:38
48Debbie MoretonV4032841:00
53Pauline DaviesV6037144:37
54Sula StanleyV3538644:37
57Carole WilliamsV6041247:22
1st team3 to count - Kate, Jodie and Kathy
4th team

Vets 

 

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