Vale Royal AC - Senior Section

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Archive June to December 2013

RIBBLE VALLEY 10K, CLITHEROE
 
29 Dec: This tough 10K always attracts a quality field. This year was no exception with the first 5 all going under 30 minutes.  Another great performance from Chris Perry but with equal credit going to the ever present Barry Chambers.
 
PosNameCatChipGun
27Chris PerrySM31.4231.43
610Barry ChambersM6047.4048.20
1087Finishers
 
CHESTER ROUND THE WALLS
 
26 Dec: Seems the ladies were made of sterner stuff to blow away the cobwebs on Boxing Day...outnumbering a valiant Barry Chambers 3 to 1. At the sharp end Tessa McCormick posted a category win and won the ladies race overall. Well done all. 
 
PosNameCatCat PosTime
20Tessa McCormickL20120.251st Lady Overall
39Kerry RileySL321.46
156Barry ChambersM60825.50
216Jo EdwardsL50227.23
439Finishers
 
EUROPEAN CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS 
 
Some great running by the GB Cross country teams in the European Championships with GB topping the medal table with 9 medals - 5 Gold, 1 Silver and 3 bronze - from a European point of view it shows we are still strong over the country and a lot of you are not far behind those in the British team ! It was great to hear Vale Royal mentioned and we must congratulate Katie Brough on her run and, of course, bringing home a team gold medal, a great effort and a fantastic result, particularly as she has been under the weather for the past couple of weeks.  
 
DELAMERE NIGHT RUNNER
 
14 Dec: Saturday saw 3 VRACers don the head torches to take to 10K trials around Delamere Forest. The weather managed to hold off and a fantastic evening was had by all, the trails of head torches snaking through the forest and over 'Old Pale' was quite a spectacular site.
 
 Pos Name Cat Time Cat Pos.
 3 George Thompson  M 39.44 2
 13 Alex Mason M 44.07 9
 144 Janet Snow FV50 56.50 2
 Finishers: 378
 
TATTON YULE YOMP
 
8 Dec: There were 6 runners from Vale Royal featuring at this 10k event, as the results below show. Was something of a shock to see Angie in the results, considering how sober (I don’t think) she was the night before at the Christmas party. Jo also made both the party and the 10k. Hard core people.
 
 Pos Name Cat Time Cat Pos.
 58 John Carroll MV50 45.44 7
 232 Debbie Moreton FV40 51.19 9
 233 Joanne Edwards FV50 52.30 3
 270 Angie Channing FV40 52.07 13
 341 Sula Stanley FV40 53.54 28
 1022 Steph Cooper FS 1.14.17 271

STOCKPORT 10 MILE
 
8 Dec: Just two Vale Royal representative at this undulating, forever varying terrain, type of course. It really is a good one to do, if it weren’t for being the day after the Christmas do. There were actually 3 VR entrants but unfortunately Steve Caldwell succumbed to a hang-over (courtesy of somewhere other than the VR Christmas do). A great run and 8th place from our new member Chris Standidge. Tommy Armstrong must have resisted the booze at the VR party as he clocked a very speedy 1hr00min13 seconds, getting him 29th overall in a field of 938 runners, and 23rd in the senior men age-group. “2 bloody seconds” or not (Tommy’s quote), it was still a very impressive time.
 
 Pos Name Cat Time Cat Pos.
 8  Chris Standidge SM 56.24 8
 29 Tommy Armstrong  SM 1.00.13 23

VALE ROYAL SENIOR 2013 CLUB AWARDS
 
Following the Senior club awards on Saturday evening, below is a summary of the awards and the winning athletes. 
 
2013 Endurance League Male: Rob Olliver

2013 Endurance League Female: Jane Lomax

Most Improved Runner of 2013: Rob Olliver - Showing continuous improvements throughout out the year, over different terrains and distances

Most Impressive Performance of 2013: Gemma Barnett - Finishing 1st Lady in Leek Half Marathon, along with a host of other 1st, 2nd and 3rd places throughout the year

Most Contribution to the Club of 2013: Tony Archer - Chief organiser on the Senior committee who ensures the smooth running of the section via his excellent communications and regular updates on the website . Tony is a regular leader of Club training sessions and frequent racer at key club events. Tony also ensures the attendance of Mrs A and her fantastic flapjacks.

MANCHESTER LEAGUE XC RACE 3 - SHERDLEY PARK

7 Dec: A cool afternoon at Sherdley Park saw a reasonable turnout for the Vale Royal ladies, though the men were a bit low on numbers. People must be taking this Christmas shopping malarkey far too seriously. There were 6 ladies and 9 men ready to have a trot around this undulating course which was 2 laps for ladies, 3 laps for men.  Kate Titlow brought the ladies home with a strong 26:10 for 6.2k, followed by the younger age-group Emma Pyatt and Jade Evans. Not so young Sophia Rees was next, working through the field after her usual slow start, and with a fantastic 2nd in her age-group, Mary Tavener was next to finish. Completing the ladies’ turnout was Carole Williams, never failing to turn out for these endurance-building xc races. Jacky Thorn was unfortunately injured but still supporting the ladies full-heartedly. 

Team placings: Senior Women got third place, and the Vets Women got 12th.

 Pos Name Cat Time Cat Pos.
11Kate TitlowSW26.107
18Emma PyattU2027.475
25Jade EvansU2028.406
38Sophia ReesL3529.507
59 Mary TavenerL5031.242
124Carole WilliamsL6038.134

137 finishers 

In the men’s race, Vale Royal was the only club to produce a full U20 team, with Michael Vennard bringing the race home, in an impressive 9th place overall, first in the U20 age-group. Matt Hulse had a strong race with another 4th place in his age-group. First Vale Royal Senior home was Rob Olliver. And yes, he actually ran this time, rather than just get his name in the results. A great run from Rob, with Colin quoted to have said “that’s his strongest run to date, that is”. Patrick Stradling was the next one in, of the U20 team, with some determined running and working for the finish line, soon to be followed by U20 Nathan Tipping. Craig Sephton had no fight with Mr Tony Archer this weekend, due to Mr Archer disappearing to sunnier climates (well done Master Nat Archer with your 9hr 23 min ironman!). Craig choosing Sherdley as his way to “ease” his way back into running, after a niggly injury! He did it justice, with a strong consistent run. John Clarke had a good run out, Robert Tipping enjoyed his run, and Richard Pettitt finishing things off for the men’s turn out.

Team placings: U20 1st, Senior Men 6th, Senior Men Vets 24th

 Pos Name Cat Time Cat Pos
9Michael VennardU2032.451
22 Matt HulseU2035.034
34Rob OlliverSM36.2823
58Patrick StradlingU2037.498
96Nathan TippingU2039.3610
113Craig SephtonV4040.4422
173John ClarkeV5544.324
230 Robert TippingV4550.5846
248Richard PettittV5059.4828
 
250 finishers
 
NORTH STAFF XC RACE 4 - Leek
 
North Staffs XC Update: Hot off the press from Paul Hudson, Vale Royal also took 1st place in the leagues V55 Mens Team. Paul was there to step up and collect the prize and medals. Well done to the V55 men who took part in any of the four races.
 
 
30 Nov: Saturday saw the final meeting of the North Staffs X-Country league and 13 runners travelled across to Leek, to tackle this well talked about course. First home in the ladies race was Emma Pyatt, closely followed by Jade Evans. Next saw Jayne Lomax and consistent North Staffs XC competitor Debbie Moreton, completing the team for the ladies was Carole Williams. In the mens race, first home was Rob Olliver, who's strength and form showed in this demanding course sneaking passed Tommy on the first hill and not looking back. This might have taken some of the limelight from the recent Toddy/ Gemma competitions. Tony Archer finished next with a strong performance, seeing him win the V55 category (for the 3rd year running). James Ainsworth found out all about the 'Up and Downs' of the Leek course, he had heard so much about. With Colin not running, there was no Paul/ Colin battle to unfold this week! Thanks to all who were on the course supporting, I think Colin's unwavering support could be heard across the whole course. League results: Ladies overall 6th in Div 1. Mens overall 8th in Div 1.
 
 Pos Name Cat TimeCat Pos 
 16 Emma Pyatt  JW 25.39 
 21 Jade Evans JW 26.38 
 73 Jayne Lomax W45 31.24 
 86 Debbie Moreton W40 32.56 
 114 Carole Williams W60 37.13 
 Finishers 136
 
Pos Name Cat Time Cat Pos
 38 Rob Olliver SM 34.28 
 51 Tommy Armstrong SM 35.29 
 90 Tony Archer M55 37.49 
 98 Mike Harrington M40 38.08 
 112 James Ainsworth SM 39.09 
 162 John Clarke M55 42.25 
 215  Paul Hudson  M60 55.13 
 217 Richard Pettit  M50 57.14 
 Finishers 223
  
EUROPEAN CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS
 
Note from coach Andy Carter:This Sunday sees the European Cross Country Championships in Belgrade and we wish Katie Brough lots of luck for a successful race for Great Britain, I am sure she will continue to do the club proud - the races  will be shown on BBC2 at 12 noon for a couple of hours.

 
NORTH WALES CROSS COUNTRY RACE 3 - WREXHAM

23 Nov: There were only 2 VRACers who headed over the boarder, to run in the third meeting in the North Wales XC league in Wrexham. A strong run from Sophie, in the ladies race, showing she is continuing to return to form, finishing 19th. The new spikes got their second outing, although they just weren't quite as clean as at Stafford Common! In the mens race another consistent performance from Rob, over a fairly short course at 5.5miles saw him finish 32nd.
     
PosNameCatTimeCat Pos
19Sophie ReesF22.17 
    
 
81 Finishers
 
Pos     NameCatTimeCat Pos
32Rob OlliverSM32.49
 
143 Finishers 
 
EUROPEAN CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS
 
Huge congratulations to Katie Brough who has been selected for the GB and NI Team to compete at the European SPAR Cross Country Championships at Belgrade, Serbia in January. The senior womens team is Julia Bleasdale, Katie Brough, Lauren Deadman, Lauren Howarth, Gemma Steel and Stephanie Twell.  Good luck Katie.  More details here.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
***LONDON MARATHON - CLUB PLACES***
 
Following the committee meeting on 25 Nov the 3 VRAC club places go to the following members: Paul Clutterbuck, Mel Johnson and Nick Haywood (Reserve Tony Archer).  The VRAC Secretary will forward entry details by email. Congratulations and good luck to all.

NORTH STAFF XC RACE 3 - PARK HALL
 
16 Nov: Good conditions at Park Hall. A lower than usual VRAC turnout in the ladies race. Jade Evans had another good run with a 4 place improvement vs Staffs Common. Angie Channing and Debbie and Debbie Moreton also bettered their previous positions. Carole Williams (who didn't do Staffs Common) put in another good race to complete a team score. A better turnout from the men but with Stu Doyle on international duties and no 'young' seniors it was left to flying machine Rob Olliver to bring VRAC home with a superb 29th placing (one better than Staffs Common). A great battle unfolded between Messrs Ainsworth, Sephton and Bamber. James Ainsworth's debut XC saw him start extremely quickly but he was clawed back by the experienced duo of Craig Sephton and Scott Bamber. A very strong finish from Scott saw him take the honours with Craig just edging it from James on the line. Great stuff!. A good run from returning to fitness Ben Carter but very disappointing for Dad John who was cruising through the field only to pull a calf muscle forcing him to DNF. Meanwhile, the Paul Hudson/Colin Rathbone rivalry continued with Paul getting revenge for Staffs Common and winning through on this occasion. 
 
PosNameCatTimeCat Pos
16Jade EvansJW24.102
68Angie ChanningW4028.1614
77Debbie MoretonW4028.5018
131Carole WilliamsW6033.375
163Finishers
6thTeam Div 1 (4 Count)
PosNameCatTimeCat Pos
29Rob OlliverSM39.03
86Scott BamberM4543.1712
91Craig SephtonM4043.3024
92James AinsworthSM43.31
101Tony ArcherM5543.572
109Ben CarterSM44.26
113John ToddM5044.345
152John MouldsM4547.1524
164John ClarkeM5548.285
241Paul HudsonM6056.2812
245Colin RathboneM6557.289
257Richard PettittM5066.0929
DNFJohn Carter
264Finishers
9thTeam Div 1 (6 count)
 
BRITISH AND IRISH MASTERS INTERNATIONAL XC - CARDIFF
 
 
 
16 Nov:  There are no results up yet so Stu's race report is subject to change as it's based on Zoe and the boys counting!!

The British and Irish masters International consists of teams of 6 runners in each of the usual 5 year vets age group representing each of the 4 UK countries plus the Republic of Ireland I.e 30 runners in each category. This years race was in Bute Park in Cardiff and I was selected as one of the 6 man England v40 team which on paper, and on grass, was extremely strong! The course was very flat and dry and also, at only 4.7 miles, quite short too. As a result the race was extremely fast (I.e not the long slog through a mud bath that I generally favour!) and therefore even after a 5.12 first mile I was already further down the field than I'd hoped. However I managed to pick off quite a few people during the race and finished either 7th or 8th overall V40 out of the 30 (based on my kids counting -official results still awaited) and the 4th English runner. As there are 4 to count I'm pretty certain England also won the team event with 4 in 7/8 as no other team had more than 1 runner ahead of me. Overall I was quite happy with my run given the conditions and the fact that my last 4 months training have been quite injury plagued.
 
***UPDATE*** The official results from my race on Saturday are now on power of 10 and I was actually 6th overall v40 so better than I'd thought ( I was 1 second behind a Northern Irish runner in 5th and given the same time as a Welshman in 7th so it was probably the tight finish which caused my kids to miscount!!) and England easily won the team event. 

 
LEEDS ABBEY DASH 10K
 
17 Nov: This renowned race always attracts a fast field and sure enough the first 14 home were all under 30 minutes. The amended course route was thought to be a touch slower than previously but the 3 VRACers all returned excellent performances. Tommy Armstrong ran pretty even splits (3.23 - 3.40/k) to see him first VRAC back within 30 seconds of his PB and importantly narrowly ahead of arch rival Steve Caldwell. The impetuosity of youth saw Steve off to a 3.19 first kilometre which his pupils would no doubt point out was a schoolboy error. That said, he ran another excellent time about 40 seconds outside the PB he set here last year. Not far behind the boys was Kate Spilsbury with a superb PB and first time through the 37 minute barrier. All did VRAC proud. 
 
NameCatCat PosGun TimeGun PosChip TimeChip Pos
Tommy ArmstrongM357236.1735936.03367
Steve CaldwellSM24036.3336636.20401
Kate SpilsburySF2537.0643336.57462
 
 
MANCHESTER LEAGUE XC RACE 2 - WOODBANK PARK
 
10 Nov: A beautiful sunny day belied the brutal underfoot conditions that made this race a true test of strength and endurance.  A good turnout from VRAC seniors with 5 ladies and 11 men on the startline.  A strong run from Jade Evans led VRAC home closely followed by Jacky Thorn with another category win. A much improved run from Mary Tavener who moved up 30 places vs Race 1 at Heaton Park. Angie Channing seems to be starting to enjoy XC with a good run. The ever present Carole Williams who raced Mad Jack the previous day saw the ladies home.  Great to see 3 U20's join the elder statesmen for the senior mens race. They all acquitted themselves admirably. Some very solid performances throughout with a close dual between Messrs Sephton and Archer with Craig regaining the lead in the closing stages. A good day only marred by two DNF's - Paul Husdon who twisted his ankle in the early stages and Robert Tipping with an achilles problem after 2 laps. Team positions to be confirmed due to some apparent admin blips (including awarding Rob Olliver 19th place even though he was still in Amsterdam!)  Pics in Gallery courtesy of Bryan Dale/John Davies.
 
PosNameCatTimeCat Pos
45Jade EvansU2036.515
49Jacky ThornL5537.151
80Mary TavenerL5039.115
113Ang ChanningL4040.5118
195Carole WilliamsL6049.185
206Finishers
TBCTeam (4 to Count)
TBCVets Team
PosNameCatTimeCat Pos
23Matt HulseU2037.424
45Patrick StradlingU2039.319
59Steve CaldwellSM40.09
94Nathan TippingU2041.5117
122David ShepherdM4543.0719
137Craig SephtonM4043.4223
139Tony ArcherM5543.494
169James EdwardsM5545.225
263John MouldsM4549.2748
353Colin RathboneM6556.305
DNFRobert Tipping
DNFPaul Hudson
375Finishers
TBCTeam (6 to Count)
13Vets Team (4 to count)
  
MAD JACK 5 ATTINGHAM PARK, SHREWSBURY 
 
9 Nov: Sun shone on Attingham Park today for Colin and Carole in the Mad Jack cross-country 5-miler around this beautiful National Trust property at Atcham, Shrewsbury.  Lots of mud and water with a fair number of obstacles to surmount.
Colin 2nd over M65 Pos 158th 44.14
Carole 2nd over F60 Pos 275th 53.50
Total finishers 353. 
A good warm-up for Woodbank Park the following day.
 
MONTANE 26 RIVINGTON 
 
Nov 3: Alex Mason is heavily involved in Trail Kidz who organise free trail running events to encourage youngsters. While helping at an event at Rivington over the weekend Alex (on the spur of the moment) managed to get a late entry for the trail marathon that was also taking place... as you do!!  Here's how he got on...
 
The race starts in Rivington, over the moors to Darwen and the back along the Goit and reservoirs.
The ascents were runable with none that ground you to walking.  However the wind on top of the moors really hampered process and it was just head down and push through. At the halfway CP (28K in!) I was informed I was 12th which gave a nice boost.  From about 5K before there, over Darwen Moor there was a runner who was always about 100-200m in front. At the next CP my feet were feeling a bit wrecked as the toll of running on either wet and muddy trails or hard fire tracks had pulped them. I occasionally saw the runner in front, sometimes as close as 50m but I never gained enough to catch him. Anyway, finished the 'marathon' which ended up being 27.2 miles in 12th, the last mile just pushing me over 4hrs to 4:03. The event was fantastically organised, CPs stocking gels, sports drinks, pop and water, sweets, flapjacks and pork pies, but no Branston.
 
 
NATIONAL CROSS COUNTRY RELAYS MANSFIELD
 
2 Nov: VRAC entered teams in both the Mens and Ladies event at the 2013 National Cross-Country relays in Mansfield. This is a prestigious event features all the top clubs in the country and is run on a twisting course involving significant amounts of mud! The ladies fielded 2 strong teams in their 3 x 3 k  race with the A team finishing a superb 10th and the B team an excellent 29th out of 99 finishing teams. Stevie Stockton finished 2nd by a single second on leg 1 running 9.49 which proved to be the 2nd fastest time of day (3rd was Steph Twell!) whilst Kate Titlow had a strong run to come home 28th in 11.17 for the B Team. On Leg 2 Kate Spilsbury did really well to keep the team up with the leaders in 6th place with an 11.03 stint whilst Kerry Riley (11.44) advanced the B team 3 places. Jodie Spencer's 11.35 on the final leg kept Vale in the top 10 with Jade Evans bringing home the B team in the top 30 in 12.32. Meanwhile the Mens Team, racing over of 4 legs of 5k each, were led off in style by Chris Perry's excellent opening leg of 16.39 for 39th. The remaining team members Stu Doyle (17.13), George Thompson (18.37) and Steve Caldwell (19.30) then endeavoured to keep the team in as high a place as possible, finishing a very creditable 55th out of 157 finishing teams.  Video of all races here.
 
CAPESTHORNE HALF MARATHON
 
3 Nov: Three great performances at Capesthorne. James Ainsworth has impressed with his potential since joining VRAC but been somewhat hampered by niggling injuries. These seem to be behind him as he knocked nearly 7 minutes of his PB (Wilmslow earlier this year) to crash through the 1.30 barrier. Clearly, James was keen to emphasise the place for HRM's and strategic placement of Pepper Pig plasters. Claire Chapman also 'had a good'n' (Pepper Pig plaster details unknown) and a big 7 minute PB. Finally, (does this man ever have a race free weekend?) the evergreen Paul Hudson - also thought to be a possible PB.
 
PosNameCatTimeCat Pos
34James AinsworthM1.27.14PB
139Claire ChapmanL401.38.083PB
438Paul HudsonM601.57.427PB?
LANGLEY 7
 
 2 Nov: A very challenging 7 miler with a long climb in the first half of the race. All 5 VRACers put in excellent performances. Rob Olliver up front conceding 3 places in the later stages of the climb but regaining 2 of these with a strong finish. Ian Brough made a late decision to take Dave Haines place and was rewarded with a superb race. With some tough competition at the sharp Gemma Barnett placed 3rd lady, but crucially, ahead of fast starting dad John Todd (October Athlete of the Month) who picked up another M50 victory. Not far back Nick Haywood who looks like he is returning to form... ummm but where was your VRAC vest Nick?
 
PosNameCatTimeCat Pos
7Rob OlliverM42.43
21Ian BroughM4045.384
26Gemma BarnettL46.08
30John ToddM5046.31
32Nick HaywoodM47.34
201Finishers
 
 
ENDURANCE LEAGUE LATEST STANDINGS
 

The endurance league standings have been updated following Stafford Common.....see here.

With 2 races of this year’s Endurance League to go Rob Oliver (113 pts) has a narrow lead over Paul Hudson (106 pts) albeit Rob has only competed in 9 races so far and therefore has an opportunity to increase his lead if he does one of the remaining NSCCL events. Paul, who’s competed in a superb 14 club races this year, would need to improve on his lowest scoring marks so far in order to overhaul Rob. 

Meanwhile the battle for 3rd place is even closer with Tony Archer (92 points from 10 races) holding a single point lead over Dave Shepherd (91 points from 8 races) 

In the Ladies competition Jayne Lomax has a significant lead with 64 points from 10 races. There is a close race for 2nd place however between Gemma Barnett (37 points), Helen Smith (35 points), Mel Johnson (34 points), Amelia Pettit (32 points) and Jo Edwards (30 points)
 
HALOWEEN HELLRAISER 
 
27 Oct: Unexpectedly good weather for this interesting but tough race with most of the 9.3 mile course off road including a run through the graveyard thrown in for haloween authenticity. A stretch of road allowed the VRACERS to make their move with Old John Todd establishing short lead over daughter Gemma. Old John was then to go the wrong way at one of the many gates / stiles, however a shout from Gemma and he was back on track but had surrendered his lead. True to form Old John blamed the marshal for his self inflicted error. Within half a mile he overhauled Gemma again which he managed to maintain for ANOTHER family victory. Consolation for Gemma was a race against one of the top Newcastle AC runners Michelle Buckle and cruised home for victory making it another double for the dad and daughter team. Nick Haywood who ran for Chase Harriers last year but returned to improve under the Vale Royal banner with Jo Edwards going for a 'double dip' weekend with back to back races having done Staffs Common XC the day before. 
 
PosNameCatTimeCat Pos
13John ToddM501.07.001
18Gemma BarnettSL1.07.441
33Nick HaywoodSM1.13.15
116Jo Edwards1.33.18
140Finishers
 
BRITISH ATHLETICS CROSS CHALLENGE, BRISTOL
 
27 Oct:  Report from Head Coach Andy Carter: Vale Royal AC had 3 athletes competing in the British Athletics Cross Challenge 2013 /14 and we are very pleased to report that we had 2 winners! In the under 17 Men's race Elliot Bowker and Jac Hopkins broke clear of the field but Elliot kept the pressure on to pull away from his Welsh rival to win by 29 seconds ! Following this Katie Brough then took the Senior Ladies race, taking the lead after about 1k she stayed clear to win from Juliet Potter, Stevie Stockton was also in the race and finished in 4th place 20 seconds behind the winner.
So a great day for the club! 
 
NORTH STAFFS XC - RACE 2, STAFFORD COMMON
 
26 Oct: Renowned for it's mud it was a surprise and a relief to find good underfoot conditions despite the recent rain. Helen Smith has been training well and showed her form with a 4 place improvement versus race 1. An excellent run from young Jade Evans and great to see a rejuvenated Sophie Rees do justice to her gaudy new spikes. Jayne Lomax also moved up 4 places versus Race 1 while Angie, Debbie and Sula made their 2013 NSCC debuts. Unfortunately an out of sorts (and breath) Jo Edwards had a rare DNF.  For the men it goes without saying Stu Doyle was in class of his own with his second 3rd of the series. Rob Olliver and David Shepherd are both flying at the moment. Further back an epic battle between Messrs Archer and Bamber unfolded with the old fella just holding on over the finishing line (both awarded the same time!). Great to see James Edwards and father and son Carters out on the XC trail again. A good day was completed with solid runs from the two John's Mould and Clarke with Colin Rathbone avenging his defeat by Paul Hudson at Heaton Park. The only downside was a DNF for out of sorts Tommy Armstrong. 
 
 
PosNameCatTimeCat Pos
16Helen SmithW4023.304
20Jade EvansJW24.223
37Sophie ReesSW25.48
57Jayne LomaxW4527.077
72Angie ChanningW4028.0314
80Debbie MoretonW4028.3219
81Sula StanleyW4028.3620
DNFJo Edwards
162Finisher
4thTeam Div 14 to count
PosNameCatTimeCat Pos
3Stu DoyleM4036.181
30Rob OlliverSM39.14
75David ShepherdM4542.419
87Tony ArcherM5543.252
88Scott BamberM4543.2511
105John CarterM5044.237
115James EdwardsM5545.104
132Ben CarterSM46.22
145John MouldsM4547.3526
163John ClarkeM5548.386
220Colin RathboneM6555.054
230Paul HudsonM6056.426
DNFTommy Armstrong
256Finishers
7thTeam Div 16 to count
 
SNOWDONIA MARATHON
 
26 Oct: Three brave souls returned to Snowdonia for this punishing test of mind and body. A windy day added to the usual challenge. David 'Spud' Murphy seems to excel at this course and put in another fine performance. The dynamic duo Smith and Clutterbuck both had problems in the build up (knee and ankle respectively) but both put in excellent runs. Smithy grabbed a course PB and put one over of mate (nay rival) Paul Clutterbuck. VRAC can be very proud to be represented by these three solid citizens.
 
 
PosNameCatCat PosGun TimeChip Time
180David MurphySM863.33.183.33.01
665Steve SmithM451004.09.134.06.35
812Paul ClutterbuckM451254.18.444.17.08
1554Finishers
 
 
 
MANCHESTER LEAGUE XC RACE 1 - HEATON PARK
 
20 Oct: Manchester League is renowned for its big and high quality fields. Both the senior ladies and mens races did not disappoint. A lovely day and an attractive and varied parkland course make this a popular meet.  Katie Brough ran a superb race at the head of the ladies field with herself and Jackie Fairchild Trafford AC well out in front. A strong climb up the long finishing straight saw Katie maintain her narrow lead to a fantastic victory.  Kate Titlow was also well up at the sharp end finishing an excellent 6th. Jacky Thorn enjoyed a strong race winning her category.  For the men Rob Olliver led VRAC home with brilliant top 50 finish with Steve Caldwell not far back. Good performances from all VRACers with good battles throughout the field typified by Paul Hudson giving every ounce to claim his first ever victory over Big Col.  Fun day in the sun, all rounded off with Mrs A's legendary flapjacks!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
PosNameCatTimeCat Pos
1Katie BroughSL29.231
6Kate TitlowSL32.205
56Jacky ThornL5538.351
110Mary TavenerL5041.247
191Carole WilliamsL6048.596
212Finishers
9thTeam (4 to Count)
PosNameCatTimeCat Pos
49Rob OlliverSM38.5127
54Steve CaldwellSM39.0930
129Craig SephtonM4042.2021
143Tony ArcherM5543.185
170James EdwardsM5544.217
265John ClarkeM5548.5314
325Paul HudsonM6055.3111
327Colin RathboneM6556.064
343Finishers
21st Team (6 to Count)
 
 
SANDBACH STRIDERS 10K
 
13 Oct: Wet conditions and a tough multi-terrain course are not normally associated with excellent times and PB's. The 5 VRACers didn't agree.  'Old' John Todd led the contingent home with an superb 5th overall and the 1st M50 prize... and just as important a very narrow victory over daughter Gemma Barnett, who won the ladies race just a few seconds away from her PB. An armed guard was arranged to accompany them on the way home. Next James Ainsworth seems well over his injury problems posted a 50 second PB just outside the 40 min mark. Jayne Lomax and Paul Hudson also logged very solid races and high placings in their categories. Both have been a credit to VRAC throughout the season both with their race frequency and performances.
 
 
PosNameCatTimeCat Pos
5John ToddM5038.371
6Gemma BarnettF38.411
12James Ainsworth40.115    PB
82Jayne LomaxF4049.055
106Paul HudsonM6052.122
189Finishers
  
NATIONAL 6 STAGE ROAD RELAYS - SUTTON PARK
 
12 Oct:  Competing against the best squads in the country the senior men's team finished in a creditable 62th place in this afternoon's national 6 stage Road Relays at Sutton Park in Birmingham. The team were led off by Mike Vennard who unfortunately twisted his ankle on one of the various tight bends very early in the race.  Mike displayed tremendous courage to complete his leg in the still impressive time of 20.25 whereby he was immediately set upon by the St John's ambulance brigade! Chris Perry promptly set about cutting his way through the field and gained a superb 14 places with the fastest time of the day by a VRAC runner of 18.32, then Stuart Doyle then managed to advance a further 6 places with a 19.19 stint. By this time the field had started to spread out significantly and therefore despite excellent runs by George Thompson (20.25), Paddy Stradling (21.01) and Steve Caldwell (21.27) the team remained in a similar position for the remainder of the race finishing in 62nd place, an improvement of 3 positions on the last time we'd raced at Sutton Park in this event.

VRAC had 2 ladies teams for the first time in this event and both acquitted themselves extremely well. the A team finished 21st thanks to a superb 15.20 1st leg from Tess McCormick and some exceptionally consistent runs from the remaining team members, Jodie Spencer (16.36), Kate Spilsbury (16.12) and Kate Titlow (16.32). The B team of Kerry Riley (16.42), Emma Louise Pyatt (17.43), Jade Evans (19.12) and Amelia Pettitt (16.47) were also consistently strong across all 4 legs to achieve their position of 47th.

Also massive thanks to Colin and Carole (once again) for their tremendous support at numerous points around the course!!
 
BRITISH AND IRISH MASTERS INTERNATIONAL XC
 
 
Huge congratulations to Stu Doyle who has been selected for the England team at the British and Irish Masters International XC at Bute Park, Cardiff on 16 Nov.  Well deserved would be an understatement. Well done Big Stu. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
DUATHLON, WINSFORD
 
5 Oct: Tommy Armstrong and Tony Archer opted for an alternative training session on Saturday participating in Craig Sephton's police duathlon from Winsford Police HQ which he kindly opened up to VRAC members. Brilliant event!  Not intimidated by the shaved legs, lycra and expensive bikes on display Tommy and Tony acquitted themselves well ... at least in the running phases but getting spanked on the bike stage! The distances were 4.3k/19k/4.3k.  A great competitive workout thoroughly recommended. Let's get more of us to his next event.
 
 
PosNameRun 1T1BikeT2Run 2Total
8Tom Armstrong15.590.3236.330.2715.121.07.48
12Tony Archer15.440.5339.310.2115.581.12.27
19Finishers
 
 
 
CHESTER MARATHON
 
6 Oct: Congratulations to Debbie Moreton and Sula Stanley for their brilliant marathon effort in what they describe as "far too hot but an amazing experience".   
 
PosNameGender PosCatCat PosChip Time
1793Debbie Moreton330F40704.18.54
1795Sula Stanley333F35754.19.06
 
CONGLETON HALF MARATHON
 
6 Oct:  A small number of VRAC runners took advantage of excellent Autumnal conditions at the undulating Congleton 1/2 marathon to post some excellent times including several PB's. Gemma Barnett was an excellent 3rd overall lady , knocking nearly 4 minutes off her PB in the superb time of 85.26 whilst Jayne Lomax ran her 2nd fastest half marathon time ever in 1.46.31 for the 6th F45 place. In the men's race Stuart Doyle was also 3rd place overall (1st v40) in a solid 73.19, closely followed home by Ian brough in a new PB of 85.16 and John Todd in 85.27, running his fastest half for 5 years, to finish 3rd v50. Paul Hudson also ran an excellent race, in what according to power of 10 was his first 1/2 marathon, to finish in 2.02.26. The race was the final event in the Cheshire GP series - team scores are still awaited however in the individual events Amelia Pettit finished as 3rd overall lady whilst Stu Doyle finished 2nd overall male, missing out on defending his title by a single point despite beating the winner, Damian Nichols, on the day.
 
 
PosNameNameCatCat PosChip TimeGun Time
3StuartDoyleM40101:13:1901:13:19
41IanBroughM401401:25:1601:25:20
44GemmaBarnettF301:25:2601:25:30
45JohnToddM50301:25:2701:25:30
233JayneLomaxF45601:46:3101:46:48
362PaulHudsonM60802:02:2602:02:44
427Finishers
  
 
ENDURANCE LEAGUE LATEST STANDINGS
 

The endurance league standings have been updated following Stafford Common.....see here.

With 2 races of this year’s Endurance League to go Rob Oliver (113 pts) has a narrow lead over Paul Hudson (106 pts) albeit Rob has only competed in 9 races so far and therefore has an opportunity to increase his lead if he does one of the remaining NSCCL events. Paul, who’s competed in a superb 14 club races this year, would need to improve on his lowest scoring marks so far in order to overhaul Rob. 

Meanwhile the battle for 3rd place is even closer with Tony Archer (92 points from 10 races) holding a single point lead over Dave Shepherd (91 points from 8 races) 

In the Ladies competition Jayne Lomax has a significant lead with 64 points from 10 races. There is a close race for 2nd place however between Gemma Barnett (37 points), Helen Smith (35 points), Mel Johnson (34 points), Amelia Pettit (32 points) and Jo Edwards (30 points)
 
HALOWEEN HELLRAISER 
 
27 Oct: Unexpectedly good weather for this interesting but tough race with most of the 9.3 mile course off road including a run through the graveyard thrown in for haloween authenticity. A stretch of road allowed the VRACERS to make their move with Old John Todd establishing short lead over daughter Gemma. Old John was then to go the wrong way at one of the many gates / stiles, however a shout from Gemma and he was back on track but had surrendered his lead. True to form Old John blamed the marshal for his self inflicted error. Within half a mile he overhauled Gemma again which he managed to maintain for ANOTHER family victory. Consolation for Gemma was a race against one of the top Newcastle AC runners Michelle Buckle and cruised home for victory making it another double for the dad and daughter team. Nick Haywood who ran for Chase Harriers last year but returned to improve under the Vale Royal banner with Jo Edwards going for a 'double dip' weekend with back to back races having done Staffs Common XC the day before. 
 
PosNameCatTimeCat Pos
13John ToddM501.07.001
18Gemma BarnettSL1.07.441
33Nick HaywoodSM1.13.15
116Jo Edwards1.33.18
140Finishers
 
BRITISH ATHLETICS CROSS CHALLENGE, BRISTOL
 
27 Oct:  Report from Head Coach Andy Carter: Vale Royal AC had 3 athletes competing in the British Athletics Cross Challenge 2013 /14 and we are very pleased to report that we had 2 winners! In the under 17 Men's race Elliot Bowker and Jac Hopkins broke clear of the field but Elliot kept the pressure on to pull away from his Welsh rival to win by 29 seconds ! Following this Katie Brough then took the Senior Ladies race, taking the lead after about 1k she stayed clear to win from Juliet Potter, Stevie Stockton was also in the race and finished in 4th place 20 seconds behind the winner.
So a great day for the club! 
 
NORTH STAFFS XC - RACE 2, STAFFORD COMMON
 
26 Oct: Renowned for it's mud it was a surprise and a relief to find good underfoot conditions despite the recent rain. Helen Smith has been training well and showed her form with a 4 place improvement versus race 1. An excellent run from young Jade Evans and great to see a rejuvenated Sophie Rees do justice to her gaudy new spikes. Jayne Lomax also moved up 4 places versus Race 1 while Angie, Debbie and Sula made their 2013 NSCC debuts. Unfortunately an out of sorts (and breath) Jo Edwards had a rare DNF.  For the men it goes without saying Stu Doyle was in class of his own with his second 3rd of the series. Rob Olliver and David Shepherd are both flying at the moment. Further back an epic battle between Messrs Archer and Bamber unfolded with the old fella just holding on over the finishing line (both awarded the same time!). Great to see James Edwards and father and son Carters out on the XC trail again. A good day was completed with solid runs from the two John's Mould and Clarke with Colin Rathbone avenging his defeat by Paul Hudson at Heaton Park. The only downside was a DNF for out of sorts Tommy Armstrong. 
 
 
PosNameCatTimeCat Pos
16Helen SmithW4023.304
20Jade EvansJW24.223
37Sophie ReesSW25.48
57Jayne LomaxW4527.077
72Angie ChanningW4028.0314
80Debbie MoretonW4028.3219
81Sula StanleyW4028.3620
DNFJo Edwards
162Finisher
4thTeam Div 14 to count
PosNameCatTimeCat Pos
3Stu DoyleM4036.181
30Rob OlliverSM39.14
75David ShepherdM4542.419
87Tony ArcherM5543.252
88Scott BamberM4543.2511
105John CarterM5044.237
115James EdwardsM5545.104
132Ben CarterSM46.22
145John MouldsM4547.3526
163John ClarkeM5548.386
220Colin RathboneM6555.054
230Paul HudsonM6056.426
DNFTommy Armstrong
256Finishers
7thTeam Div 16 to count
 
SNOWDONIA MARATHON
 
26 Oct: Three brave souls returned to Snowdonia for this punishing test of mind and body. A windy day added to the usual challenge. David 'Spud' Murphy seems to excel at this course and put in another fine performance. The dynamic duo Smith and Clutterbuck both had problems in the build up (knee and ankle respectively) but both put in excellent runs. Smithy grabbed a course PB and put one over of mate (nay rival) Paul Clutterbuck. VRAC can be very proud to be represented by these three solid citizens.
 
 
PosNameCatCat PosGun TimeChip Time
180David MurphySM863.33.183.33.01
665Steve SmithM451004.09.134.06.35
812Paul ClutterbuckM451254.18.444.17.08
1554Finishers
 
 
 
MANCHESTER LEAGUE XC RACE 1 - HEATON PARK
 
20 Oct: Manchester League is renowned for its big and high quality fields. Both the senior ladies and mens races did not disappoint. A lovely day and an attractive and varied parkland course make this a popular meet.  Katie Brough ran a superb race at the head of the ladies field with herself and Jackie Fairchild Trafford AC well out in front. A strong climb up the long finishing straight saw Katie maintain her narrow lead to a fantastic victory.  Kate Titlow was also well up at the sharp end finishing an excellent 6th. Jacky Thorn enjoyed a strong race winning her category.  For the men Rob Olliver led VRAC home with brilliant top 50 finish with Steve Caldwell not far back. Good performances from all VRACers with good battles throughout the field typified by Paul Hudson giving every ounce to claim his first ever victory over Big Col.  Fun day in the sun, all rounded off with Mrs A's legendary flapjacks!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
PosNameCatTimeCat Pos
1Katie BroughSL29.231
6Kate TitlowSL32.205
56Jacky ThornL5538.351
110Mary TavenerL5041.247
191Carole WilliamsL6048.596
212Finishers
9thTeam (4 to Count)
PosNameCatTimeCat Pos
49Rob OlliverSM38.5127
54Steve CaldwellSM39.0930
129Craig SephtonM4042.2021
143Tony ArcherM5543.185
170James EdwardsM5544.217
265John ClarkeM5548.5314
325Paul HudsonM6055.3111
327Colin RathboneM6556.064
343Finishers
21st Team (6 to Count)
 
 
SANDBACH STRIDERS 10K
 
13 Oct: Wet conditions and a tough multi-terrain course are not normally associated with excellent times and PB's. The 5 VRACers didn't agree.  'Old' John Todd led the contingent home with an superb 5th overall and the 1st M50 prize... and just as important a very narrow victory over daughter Gemma Barnett, who won the ladies race just a few seconds away from her PB. An armed guard was arranged to accompany them on the way home. Next James Ainsworth seems well over his injury problems posted a 50 second PB just outside the 40 min mark. Jayne Lomax and Paul Hudson also logged very solid races and high placings in their categories. Both have been a credit to VRAC throughout the season both with their race frequency and performances.
 
 
PosNameCatTimeCat Pos
5John ToddM5038.371
6Gemma BarnettF38.411
12James Ainsworth40.115    PB
82Jayne LomaxF4049.055
106Paul HudsonM6052.122
189Finishers
  
NATIONAL 6 STAGE ROAD RELAYS - SUTTON PARK
 
12 Oct:  Competing against the best squads in the country the senior men's team finished in a creditable 62th place in this afternoon's national 6 stage Road Relays at Sutton Park in Birmingham. The team were led off by Mike Vennard who unfortunately twisted his ankle on one of the various tight bends very early in the race.  Mike displayed tremendous courage to complete his leg in the still impressive time of 20.25 whereby he was immediately set upon by the St John's ambulance brigade! Chris Perry promptly set about cutting his way through the field and gained a superb 14 places with the fastest time of the day by a VRAC runner of 18.32, then Stuart Doyle then managed to advance a further 6 places with a 19.19 stint. By this time the field had started to spread out significantly and therefore despite excellent runs by George Thompson (20.25), Paddy Stradling (21.01) and Steve Caldwell (21.27) the team remained in a similar position for the remainder of the race finishing in 62nd place, an improvement of 3 positions on the last time we'd raced at Sutton Park in this event.

VRAC had 2 ladies teams for the first time in this event and both acquitted themselves extremely well. the A team finished 21st thanks to a superb 15.20 1st leg from Tess McCormick and some exceptionally consistent runs from the remaining team members, Jodie Spencer (16.36), Kate Spilsbury (16.12) and Kate Titlow (16.32). The B team of Kerry Riley (16.42), Emma Louise Pyatt (17.43), Jade Evans (19.12) and Amelia Pettitt (16.47) were also consistently strong across all 4 legs to achieve their position of 47th.

Also massive thanks to Colin and Carole (once again) for their tremendous support at numerous points around the course!!
 
BRITISH AND IRISH MASTERS INTERNATIONAL XC
 
 
Huge congratulations to Stu Doyle who has been selected for the England team at the British and Irish Masters International XC at Bute Park, Cardiff on 16 Nov.  Well deserved would be an understatement. Well done Big Stu. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
DUATHLON, WINSFORD
 
5 Oct: Tommy Armstrong and Tony Archer opted for an alternative training session on Saturday participating in Craig Sephton's police duathlon from Winsford Police HQ which he kindly opened up to VRAC members. Brilliant event!  Not intimidated by the shaved legs, lycra and expensive bikes on display Tommy and Tony acquitted themselves well ... at least in the running phases but getting spanked on the bike stage! The distances were 4.3k/19k/4.3k.  A great competitive workout thoroughly recommended. Let's get more of us to his next event.
 
 
PosNameRun 1T1BikeT2Run 2Total
8Tom Armstrong15.590.3236.330.2715.121.07.48
12Tony Archer15.440.5339.310.2115.581.12.27
19Finishers
 
 
 
CHESTER MARATHON
 
6 Oct: Congratulations to Debbie Moreton and Sula Stanley for their brilliant marathon effort in what they describe as "far too hot but an amazing experience".   
 
PosNameGender PosCatCat PosChip Time
1793Debbie Moreton330F40704.18.54
1795Sula Stanley333F35754.19.06
 
CONGLETON HALF MARATHON
 
6 Oct:  A small number of VRAC runners took advantage of excellent Autumnal conditions at the undulating Congleton 1/2 marathon to post some excellent times including several PB's. Gemma Barnett was an excellent 3rd overall lady , knocking nearly 4 minutes off her PB in the superb time of 85.26 whilst Jayne Lomax ran her 2nd fastest half marathon time ever in 1.46.31 for the 6th F45 place. In the men's race Stuart Doyle was also 3rd place overall (1st v40) in a solid 73.19, closely followed home by Ian brough in a new PB of 85.16 and John Todd in 85.27, running his fastest half for 5 years, to finish 3rd v50. Paul Hudson also ran an excellent race, in what according to power of 10 was his first 1/2 marathon, to finish in 2.02.26. The race was the final event in the Cheshire GP series - team scores are still awaited however in the individual events Amelia Pettit finished as 3rd overall lady whilst Stu Doyle finished 2nd overall male, missing out on defending his title by a single point despite beating the winner, Damian Nichols, on the day.
 
 
PosNameNameCatCat PosChip TimeGun Time
3StuartDoyleM40101:13:1901:13:19
41IanBroughM401401:25:1601:25:20
44GemmaBarnettF301:25:2601:25:30
45JohnToddM50301:25:2701:25:30
233JayneLomaxF45601:46:3101:46:48
362PaulHudsonM60802:02:2602:02:44
427Finishers
 
 
RAB MOUNTAIN MARATHON - LAKE DISTRICT
 
 
 
You never know where the distinctive VRAC vest will pop up next! Congratulations to Alan Cameron and Mark Naisbitt who completed the 2 day RAB Mountain Marathon in Stair near Keswick in the Lake District. A team race and their first attempt at a scoring event and they came 135th out of 209 teams.  Weather was outstanding!
 
Pos    Name                             Category  Day 1 - Saturday    Day 2 - Sunday     Total      Total Time
135th Alan Cameron/Mark Naisbitt  MV        180  (128)           115   (156)             295        09:13:13
 
 
NORTH STAFFS XC - RACE 1 KNIGHTS GRANGE
 
28 Sept: The first race in the series hosted by VRAC at Knights Grange. Huge thanks to Tom Annable and all the folks who helped on the day. A credit to our club.  Warm late summer weather made for a lovely day for the spectators and hard work for the runners. Many good performances... the big highlight being Gemma Barnett's emphatic victory in the ladies race. 3rd overall and category win for Stu Doyle and a category win for Tony Archer.
 
 
PosNameCatTimeCat Pos
1Gemma BarnettSL24.171
20Helen Smith W4027.505
36Emma PyattJL29.062
53Jayne LomaxW4530.247
126Carole WilliamsW6036.544
160Finishers
5thLadies TeamDiv 1
PosNameCatTimeCat Pos (if top 10)
3Stu DoyleM4036.301
33Tommy ArmstrongSM39.50
41Steve CaldwellSM40.29
61David ShepherdM4542.106
80John ToddM5043.295
86Tony ArcherM5543.591
92Gary WeedallM5044.168
108Nick HaywoodSM45.16
118John CarterM5045.26
137John MouldsM4547.23
146John ClarkeM5548.033
166Ben CarterSM50.01
195Simon BridgeM4553.25
207Robert TippingM4556.02
215Paul HudsonM6057.12
242Finishers
4thMens teamDiv 1
 
SANDSTONE TRAIL A AND B RACES
 
 
29 Sept: Fine conditions, if a little warm, for this years Sandstone Trail race. Excellent races from all VRACers involved. In the A race Rob Olliver continued his meteoric rise with a 20 minute PB and 3rd place overall. Ian Brough and Paul Clutterbuck also clocked 7 and 3 minute PB's respectively. A good omen for Clutty's forthcoming Snowdon marathon. After all her recent problems everyone was delighted (and relieved!) to see Sophie Rees enjoying (yes enjoying) a fine race finishing with a 7 min PB and a smile on her face. A few seconds back Bob Corinaldi completed an excellent showing from VRAC.
 
In the B race Scott Bamber and Claire Chapman flew the flag for the club, both with creditable performances.
 
 
 
 
 
 
A Race
PosNameCatTime
3Rob OlliverM2.03.06
12Ian BroughM402.11.40
77Paul ClutterbuckM402.36.01
89Sophie ReesL2.40.14
91Bob CorinaldiM402.40.27
188Finishers
3rdMens Team
B Race
12Scott BamberM401.21.23
48Claire ChapmanL401.37.00
163Finishers
 
 
MACCELSFIELD HALF MARATHON
 
29 Sept: Craig Sephton was offered the chance of a late entry to Macc half from a collegaue and decided to go for a final half marathon of the year.  Those who have done it before will not be surprised he found it hilly and concluded the only flat piece was the running track itself! Deliberately avoiding a 'clock watch' race Craig was well satisfied with a sub 1.30 finish clocking a creditable 1.29.25.  The only VR vest on display he thinks.
 
SANDMAN TRIATHLON, ANGELSEY
 
 
22 Sept: Jo Edwards has entered the Bolton Ironman 2014. As she develops her racing experience she tackled the sprint distance race in Angelsey. "The race consisted of a 400m straight line swim along the beach, an 18k bike ride and a debatable 5k run (I think it was further). The swim was tough, choppy and all technique went out of the window. After swallowing two gallons of Irish Sea, I endured a run across stones, pebbles and soft sand for 300m to T1, sporting my new Gomez style tri suit. I was glad to still be alive and confident on the bike and I new I could pick a few off on the hilly, but very scenic course. Spurred on by the hundreds of cow bells en-route, it went well with the bike training paying off. The run however, was a different story. Through Newborough Forest, over the sand dunes and the last mile along the beach, I felt like I'd just ran Snowdon again. The run course would have been beautiful on its own if I had been able to enjoy it more as at this point, I was getting tired. This race was by far the hardest thing I have ever done to date. My heart rate was maxed out throughout. Anyway, enough of the  small stuff now, its time for the standard distance and beyond. Bring on The Slateman!"

Swim  13.43 (including transition)
Bike    42.37
Run     32.52
Overall finish time   1.33.43  Personal best for sprint distance 
 
LARKING GOWEN IPSWICH HALF MARATHON
 
22 Sept: Unexpectedly Tony Archer found himself in Suffolk for the weekend. Driving into Ipswich noticing the AA warning signs for the Ipswich half marathon he managed to use the VRAC influence to persuade the organisers to give him a late entry... thinking it must be flat and fast. Wrong. Hardly any flat bits at all! So he was well pleased with a decent time and an M55 category win. For good measure he warmed up the day before at the Ipswich Park Run. 16th in 20.13. Moral - don't travel anywhere without your running gear and VRAC vest!
 

Pos

NameCatCat PosChip Time
68Tony ArcherM5511.31.44
986Finishers
 
RUN WINSFORD 10K
 
22 Sept: Mark Ward, 1st unaffiliated at Pie and Peas won a complimentary membership to VRAC. He followed this up with a great 2nd overall at Winsford 10k. In form David Shepherd set out to win his age category and surpassed this with 3rd overall and missing his PB by just 1 second. Although still well below his true form it was good to see James Ainsworth back after injury. Another strong run from Jayne Lomax with 2nd in her category.  VRAC results below and full results here. Well done all.  
PosNameCatCat PosTime
2Mark WardM30-39138:17.2
3David Shepherd M 40-49138:44.3
17James Ainsworth M 30-39643:05.3
30Mark Naisbitt M 40-49745:45.2
48Jayne Lomax F 40-49248:20.2
65Debbie Moreton F 40-49449:47.2
91Alan Cameron M 40-492652:20.2
93Sula Stanley F 30-39852:28.4
 
236                 Finishers
 
HIGH PEAK 40 MILE CHALLENGE
 
21 Sept: If you think you have suffered mental and physical pain in a half or full marathon read Alex Mason's report of his experience as he returned for another crack at this gruelling 40 mile race in the peak district. Inspiring. Well done Alex, a fantastic race and a great result. Alex finished a tremendous 30th in 07:26:10, gaining 32 places and 32 mins in the latter stages showing his fitness strength and determination.  And... he wants to do it again! Crazy. Full report from Alex on the Message Board. 
 
 
NORTHERN ROAD RELAYS - BLACKPOOL
 
 
21 Sept:  Ladies and men's senior teams enjoyed an outstanding day at the Northern Championships at Blackpool on Saturday. The ladies performed superbly in their 4 stage event to finish in 3rd place against the best teams in the whole of the North of England. Whilst VRAC has enjoyed success in the junior races in previous years at this event it was extremely pleasing to gain medals in the senior event. It was a very high class ladies field with some elite runners taking part. The winning Leeds team had Susan Partridge on the anchor leg, who is currently number 1 in the country at both half and full marathon distance. Olympian Jenny Meadows ran the first leg for Wigan, and came in second, Kate Moulds was 8th. Jodie Spencer brought us up to 5th, Amelia Pettitt then took us into a medal position. Tess McCormick kept her head after Susan Partidge shot past her and took 3rd place back in the last mile. This is the first time a ladies team from Cheshire has medalled in the event.
 
Meanwhile the men's team comfortably achieved their target of a top 25 placing which qualifies them for the National Championships in 3 weeks time, finishing 22nd out of 89 completed teams. The race was over legs of just over 4 miles each. After outstanding runs on legs on 1 and 2 from Mike Vennard (20.25) and Chris Perry (20.57) the team were in 6th place, headed only by Stockport, Sale, Morpeth, Salford and Leeds! The strength in depth of our much bigger rivals then came to the fore however solid runs from Steve Caldwell (23.41), George Thompson(22.51) , Patrick Stradling (23.47) and Stuart Doyle (21.56) saw the team home.
 
SUTTON 6
 
15 Sept:  The forecast was all gloom and doom but, although a bit breezy, the rain held off for the Sutton 6. A good turnout with 16 VRACers and 8 (known) PB's (outstanding given the undulating course is not particularly quick).  On the men's side Rob Olliver continued his incredible form breaking the 36 minute barrier and knocking around 3 minutes off the PB he set at Crewe earlier this year. For the ladies Tessa McCormick and Kate Moulds excelled with PB's, Kate running only her second 10k and knocking about 6 minutes off her previous time.  Other highlights included a victory for a resurgent  'Old' John Todd over daughter Gemma Barnett who herself ran a great PB.  An epic battle between Sephton, Barnett, Brough and Shepherd all finishing within 11 seconds with PB's for the latter 3. Scott Bamber abstained from alcohol and pudding the previous night and was rewarded with a PB. Tony Archer didn't and wasn't. Nick Haywood struggled with a dodgy stomach. Good runs from John Moulds, Clara Pettitt and Jayne Lomax who posted a nice PB. The field brought home with the evergreen Paul Hudson before the rain set in! As a bonus the ladies also picked up the ladies team prize. This was a Grand Prix race and also a VRAC Endurance series race. Updates on both to follow. Well done everyone.
 
 
PosNameCatCat PosTimeKnown PB's
7Rob OlliverSM35.55PB
18Tessa McCormickL<20137.22PB
24Kate MouldsL<20238.07PB
26John ToddM50238.14
29Craig SephtonM40438.33
30Gemma BarnettSL38.34PB
31Ian BroughM40538.39PB
32David ShepherdM45538.44PB
40Scott BamberM45739.23PB
43Amelia PettittL<20339.5
48Tony ArcherM55240.17
60Nick HaywoodSM41.39
75John MouldsM451542.46
108Clara PettittL<20445.53
129Jayne LomaxL45247.51PB
175Paul HudsonM601153.24
210Finishers
 
1st Ladies Team: VRAC: McCormick, Moulds, Barnett 
 
GREAT NORTH RUN
 
15 Sept: Helen Smith returned to the North East for the second year to race the famous GNR. In wet and blustery conditions, she ran a PB of 1:31:11 placing 9th L40-45. Helen was especially pleased as she expected to run about 1:35 but "my watch ran out of battery at the start so I had absolutely no idea what pace I was running as there were no clocks on the course until mile 10 so I got a big surprise when I saw 69 mins". There may be a moral there! Well done Helen. ADDITION: We just heard Angie Channing also did the GNR. A great time 1.43.40 :o)
 
GAWSWORTH 10K
 
15 Sept: Whilst most of his VRAC rivals were engaged elsewhere Mike Harrington pulled a neat move to race the mainly cross country Gawsworth 10k. A good move as he was in the prizes placing 3rd overall in 39.25.   
 
SOUTH CHESHIRE 20 MILE, SHAVINGTON, CREWE
 
 
15 Sept: A tough 20 miler on frequently hillyCheshire country lanes. Two VRAC stalwarts used the race in preparation for the forthcoming Snowdon marathon. Paul Clutterbuck fuelled up with several cans of a 'special brew' on Saturday night ran an excellent race in 2.43. Not far back partner in crime Steve Smith came in in 2.48. Clutty placed 93rd and Smithy 104th out of a field of 213 runners.Well done the lads.  Full results here.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
LAKE VYRNWY HALF MARATHON
 
15 Sept: Unusually just one VRACer at this years picturesque Lake Vyrnwy half.  An great run from Tommy Armstrong though placing 22nd in a field of 1300 runners in a time of 1.18.35... a tantalising 4 seconds adrift from his PB set at Catforth in January. Full results here.
 
BALA STANDARD TRIATHLON - EUROPEAN TRIATHLON UNION QUALIFIER
 
8 Sept: Congratulations to Craig Sephton on a PB in his final triathlon of the season. Here's his report:
 

Bala Triathlon is a favourite event for many triathletes who return each season to its scenic lake shore, this year accommodating approximately 550 competitors. This was also a GB qualifier for the ETU standard distance event In Kitzbuhel 2014. The weather was cold and windy from the outset creating a tough chop on the water for the swim and an increasingly wet bike section didn’t help matters or increase the temperature either. The run consists of an out and back loop on the road with a long down hill section that only has to be run back up on even more fatigued legs to reach transition and a welcome finish! I had a pretty much incident free race unless you count a kick to the face which resulted in a cut and swollen lip and that was before the hooter had gone for the start of the swim! I’d set my sights on attaining a PB as this was to be my last tri of the season and my efforts were rewarded with a 2 hr 11 minute finishing time. Contented, now I can look towards the start of the cross country season! 

Overall time 2hrs 11 minutes – 73rd Overall 13th in Age Group

Swim 1500m – 27 mins

Bike 40k – 1hr 1 min

Run – 39 mins

Finishers - 471

SPIRE HEALTHCARE ENGLISH HALF MARATHON - WARRINGTON
 
8 Sept: They just keep on coming... Another outstanding performance from Rob Olliver. A 9 minute+ PB to finish 8th overall well under 1.20 (and apparently within 16 seconds of Tommy Armstrong's time!!). It's a mark of Rob's current form that he was disappointed to drop 2 places in the last mile despite running 5.54 min pace! Also an excellent run from David Shepherd who is also in a rich vein of form. Mary Tavener also had a 'good one' and took 2nd in her category. As we know Sopie Rees has been out of sorts and struggling with her breathing. She was soon in trouble and forced to take walking breaks in the first 4 miles. She is one tough and determined individual continuing to complete the race some 10 minutes outside her usual time. Respect and admiration is not always reserved for those who run faster than expected. 
 
PosNameCatCat PosGun TimeChip Time
8Rob OlliverSM81.18.531.18.47
40David ShepherdM40101.25.371.25.30
286Mary TavenerF5021.40.481.40.33
430Sopie ReesSF231.46.211.46.08
1537Finishers
 
DELAMERE PARK RUN - AUGUST ATHLETE OF THE MONTH
 
Congratulations to Ann Collier whose 4 successive PB's at Delamere Park run in August earned her the well deserved Athelete of the Month award... and a new pair of trainers from Sweatshop! FOOTENOTE: As per 'The Collier's Rule' note on the message board it seems Steve Collier was also Delamere Park run AOM in a previous month!  Well done both! Take a look at Steve's reply on the message board re the club points system too.
 
CREWE 5K
 
 
 
30 Aug: The 3rd and final race in the Crewe 5k series run by South Cheshire Harriers.   First VRACer home an excellent run from young Matt Rowlinson. An epic battle followed between the very much in form Gemma Barnett, Amelia Pettitt, Ian Brough and John Todd. Gemma won the battle narrowly coming through to win 1st lady setting a new course record. Great to see Shaun McGrath bringing VRAC home rewarded with a winning M65 position.  For more details of Shaun's racing comeback see the main VRAC site here. Confirmation of series results awaited. More pics and full results on Bryan Dales website.
 
PosNameCatCat PosTime
7Matt RowlinsonM717.39
9Gemma BarnettL118.29
10Amelia PettittL218.33
11Ian BroughM40218.46
14John ToddM50219.18
18Clara PettittL420.41
31Chloe BroadL722.35
53Richard PettittM50728.11
55Shaun McGrathM65130.29
66Finishers
 
 
CAPENHURST 5K
 
21 Aug: So... it was the keenly awaited showdown between Messrs Armstrong and Harrington with the entry fee at stake. Warm but decent running conditions saw young Tommy quick off the start line accompanied by Rob Olliver and (for a little while) Graham Miles. Mike H started on the other side of the field and was never able to make up for a slower start in the congestion. Great run from Tommy only 2 seconds away from his PB. Another outstanding run from Rob Olliver taking a massive 87 secs off his PB. Next up Mike Harrington, still with an excellent time. Out of sorts Graham Miles struggled to a time way out of his normal league just holding off Amelia Pettitt with an excellent time and 1st FU20. Tony Archer was determined to run sub 19 mins and clocked 18.58 on his watch only to be denied by the timekeeper (no doubt more accurate) with 19 flat but 1st M55. Close behind was a fast finishing Nick Haywood. Cheryl Hale followed up her recent Sale Sizzler form with an excellent 2nd F40 finish close to the 20 minute barrier with Clara Pettitt not far behind. Mary Tavener was not pleased with her run despite a decent time. Richard Pettitt rounded off another admirable family performance. 
 
 
PosNameCatCat PosTime
26Tommy Armstrong17.09
29Rob Olliver17.22
34Mike HarringtonM40617.37
46Graham MilesM45418.21
50Amelia PettittFU20118.24
67Tony ArcherM55119.00
71Nick Haywood19.05
101Cheryl HaleF40220.14
106Clara PettittFU20420.23
145Mary TavenerF50321.29
219Richard PettittM502227.21
245Finishers
 
 
UK TRIATHLON HALF IRONMAN
 
18 Aug: Report from Craig Sephton:  Dearnford Lake in Whitchurch played host to this years Half Ironman event organised by UK Triathlon. The 1.2 mile swim consisted of 2 laps within a very weedy lake, which only added to the entertainment of a mass start within such a small environment. I emerged complete with green algae and flooded goggles after 29 mins. The 56 mile bike course was quite flat, although due to the exposed roads any headwind or crosswinds where shelter couldn't be found made for a challenging balancing lesson on a TT bike, two loops done in 2hrs 35mins. The majority of the 13 mile run took place within the grounds of the lake and hence reminded me of a cross country course such was the amount of cordon tape and zigzagging that was necessary to navigate the two loops. The last 5k felt tough but the finish line eventually came into sight after running for 1 hr 36 mins.
Overall time 4 hrs 46 mins - Overall place 14th
Splits:
1.9 mile swim - 29 min
56 mile bike - 2 hr 35 min
13.1 mile run - 1 hr 36 min 
LEEK HALF MARATHON
 
 
 
 
18 Aug: Leek is renowned for being a very challenging half marathon with 1220 ft of climbing and at least 5-6 minutes slower than flatter halves. A fantastic win for Gemma Barnett taking first lady in a sprint finish from a Staffs Moorland rival. Just as important she also narrowly beat Dad, John Todd... again.   Next up, a good run from David 'Spud' Murphy. A little further back a tough battle between Messrs Corinaldi and Clutterbuck... very close from the 8.5 mile point helping Bob to a 15 minute improvement on his previous Leek half. Steve Smith completed a very creditable showing for VRAC. Great training for those with the Snowdon marathon coming up. Congratulations again to Gemma who is in a rich vein of form.
 
 
PosNameCatCat PosTime
22Gemma BarnettL11.31.021st Lady Overall
24John ToddM5031.31.14
49David Murphy1.37.37
80Bob CorinaldiM4551.43.50
82Paul ClutterbuckM4561.44.11
93Steve SmithM45111.46.17
225Finishers
Mens Team:6th4 to count
 
BIRCHWOOD 10k
 
18 Aug: Quite a small VRAC contingent at Birchwood this year but they did us proud!  Amelia and Clara Pettitt secured 1st and second in the FJ category and with Debbie Moreton's contribution VRAC won the ladies team event comfortably from Penny Lane Striders. Another good run from Robert Tipping and a PB for Sula Stanley to round things off. Well done everyone.
 
 
PosNameCatCat PosChip Time
83Amelia PettittFJ139.29
167Clara PettittFJ243.29
241Robert TippingM452146.12
334Debbie MoretonF40749.12
407Sula StanleyF351351.13  PB
764Finishers
Ladies Team:564 Pts
1stAmelia Pettitt
Clara Pettitt
Debbie Moreton
 
 
 
 
MACCLESFIELD TRIATHLON
 
18 Aug: Race report from Jo Edwards:
This race consisted of a 400m pool swim, 24k bike ride, 7.3k run. My swim time was 8.40am, a bit better than the grim start time at Wilmslow, weather was good, warm enough to wear only a tri-suit for the entire race. The bike course was very undulating and damp from the downpour the night before. The run course hilly, the last section of the Macc Half for those of you that know. A bit disappointed with my swim time after training my butt off in the water for the last six months, oh well back to Boundary.

Swim time    400m                11.28
T1                                      59 secs
Cycle             24k                57.22
T2                                      56 secs
Run                7.3k              34.50

Overall time                     1.45.38,  109th overall, 4th in age group.
 
SALE SIZZLER RACE 4
 
15 Aug: A smallish contingent for the 4th and final race of the Sale Sizzler series. A warm and damp evening saw some good performances with Messrs Corinaldi, Chambers and Hudson all going quicker than their previous Sizzler outings. Strong runs from Cheryl Hale (just outside 20 mins), Robert Tipping and in-form Jayne Lomax. Footnote: Bob Corinaldi's watch told him he had broken through the 20 minute barrier (19.58) for the second time (since Christleton). The official timekeeper thought otherwise! Next time Bob... next time.
 
 
NamePosRace 4 TimeCat Cat Pos
Tony Archer12119.13M556
Bob Corinaldi15920.00M4514
Cheryl Hale16520.04L22
Robert Tipping23121.40M4522
Barry Chambers26222.09M606
Jayne Lomax31723.17L455
Paul Hudson37425.08M6013
Finishers

459 

 
GREAT WARFORD 10 MILE
 
11 Aug: A good turnout with 14 VRACers enjoying nice conditions for this 10 miler.  First home with another outstanding PB was Rob Olliver tantalisingly close to the 1 hour mark and 7 minutes quicker than his last race here in 2009! Excellent performances from Messrs Brough, Todd, Sephton and Shepherd who all came in consecutively within 21 seconds after a great battle (Ian Brough's debut at this distance). Tony Archer was pleased to log a PB at his venerable age and following on from an excellent Pie and Peas race Bob Corinaldi posted a 5 min PB (and tells us this included his first sub 45 mins for 10k). Another winning performance in her L50 category for Mary Tavener followed by Sophie Rees who struggled somewhat with her breathing. Colin 'mercurial' Rathbone pleased to be racing again with a very solid run. Jayne Lomax continued her recent form although a little slower than last year with some Pie and Peas still in her legs. Next, Jo Edwards who not only had Pie and Peas in her legs but also a 60 mile bike ride the previous day! An excellent morning rounded off with the ever present Paul Hudson and 3rd place L60 for Carole WIlliams. (PB's shown below are those the editor was made aware of. Let us know of any other PB's)
 
PosNameCatCat PosTime
31Rob OlliverSM1.00.09PB
54Ian BroughM40151.03.14PB
57John ToddM5041.03.26
58Craig SephtonM40161.03.34
59David ShepherdM4521.03.35PB
79Tony ArcherM5531.06.21PB
150Bob CorinaldiM45191.12.24PB
174Mary TavenerL5011.13.51
179Sophie ReesL3561.14.32
217Colin RathboneM6561.17.51
249Jayne LomaxL4581.20.12
254Jo EdwardsL5031.20.36
310Paul HudsonM60111.29.02
335Carole WilliamsL6031.33.39
365Finishers
Team Men
6thRob Olliver
Ian Brough
John Todd
Team Ladies
4thMary Tavener
Sophie Rees
Jayne Lomax
 
 
 
PIE AND PEAS 5 MILE (fantastic photos added courtesy Max Bamber)

7 Aug: A beautiful evening and a great night for our club. VRAC fielded 35 runners and an army of marshalls. Thanks to those and all the organisers who worked so hard to put on another great event.  With Chris Perry and Elliot Bowker taking 1st and 3rd overall and Tessa McCormick and Kate Spilsbury taking 2nd and 3rd in the ladies category and VRAC taking first in both mens and ladies team races it was also a terrific result for the club. Many, many other superb individual performances. Full results on the main VRAC website.
 
VRAC PLACINGS: 
 
Pos.NameCategoryTime
1Chris PerryM26:07
3Elliot BowkerM2027:13
4Zack BamberM2028:03
8Tom ArmstrongMV3528:52
16Rob OlliverMV3529:31
18Steven CaldwellM29:44
25Tessa McCormickL2030:17
26Matt RowlinsonM2030:21
33Kate SpilsburyL31:10
34Gemma Barnett-ToddL31:23
35Amelia PettittL2031:27
36Graham MilesMV4531:34
45David ShepherdMV4531:55
46Kate TitlowL32:03
51Scott BamberMV4532:31
55Kate MouldsL2032:44
61Daniel MorrisonM2033:00
75Kerry RileyL33:53
79Emma PyattL2034:11
82Gary WeedallMV5034:17
83James AinsworthMV3534:18
101Bob CorinaldiMV4535:13
103Rebecca HirstL2035:15
114Megan HoughL2035:45
122Clara PettittL2036:19
141John ClarkeMV5537:20
146Mark NaisbittMV4037:28
154Steve CollierMV5037:50
164Barry ChambersMV6038:29
171Angie ChanningLV4038:48
176Jayne LomaxLV4539:02
177Joanne EdwardsLV5039:02
193Geoff FawkesMV4039:40
226Alan CameronMV4042:14
232Paul HudsonMV6042:30
 
VRAC PRIZE LIST:
 
MALEPositionNameClubCategoryTime
Open 11Chris PerryVale Royal ACM26:07
Open 33Elliot BowkerVale Royal ACM2027:13
MU204Zack BamberVale Royal ACM2028:03
M358Tom ArmstrongVale Royal ACMV3528:52
Team 11Chris PerryVale Royal ACM26:07
Team 23Elliot BowkerVale Royal ACM2027:13
Team 34Zack BamberVale Royal ACM2028:03
Team 48Tom Armstrong Vale Royal ACMV3528:52
FEMALEPositionNameClubCategoryTime
Open 22Tessa McCormickVale Royal ACL2030:17
Open 33Kate SpilsburyVale Royal ACL31:10
FU205Amelia PettittVale Royal ACL2031:27
Team 12Tessa McCormickVale Royal ACL2030:17
Team 23Kate SpilsburyVale Royal ACL31:10
Team 34Gemma Barnett-ToddVale Royal ACL31:23
Team 45Amelia PettittVale Royal ACL2031:27
 
 
 
TEGG'S NOSE FELL RACE
 
3 Aug: Great to see Andy Gibbs in action again, this time on the fells. Near perfect conditions saw a record 147 runners tackle 7.3 miles and 1,722 feet of climb! From the start the pace was set by the young England fell runner Jack Ross, with a small number of runners packed behind - including Andy. After ¾ of a mile along the roads the route heads on to fields before turning up the first hill.  Jack Ross kept his lead but Andy pulled away from the small following group attacking the first of 8 hills.   The runners worked hard up the harsh hills and flew down the steep descents, on the second ascent of Teggs Nose, the 5th hill, 2 runners caught and past Andy but on the run home he kept them both in sight finishing an excellent 4th place and 1st Vet... beating Malcom Fowler, his arch rival, by some way! Andy’s time 58 mins 20 secs. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
SALE SIZZLER RACE 3
 
1 Aug: Some excellent times from the 7 VRACers at the 3rd of the 4 race Sale Sizzler series. Tommy Armstrong was first home for VRAC with a brilliant PB. Nathan Tipping's debut at this distance delivered an impressive 18.12 and 3rd place in the U20 category. Ian Brough is back to top form again and also logged a PB. Another solid Sizzler for Helen Smith VRAC's only lady competitor. PB for Nathan Tipping's Dad Robert with the ever present Paul Hudson, the only VRAC to do all 3 Sizzlers this series.
 
NamePosRace 3 TimeCat Cat Pos
Tommy Armstrong3117.07
Nathan Tipping5418.12U203
Ian Brough5618.14M408
Bob Corinaldi14620.47M4017
Helen Smith16421.14L407
Robert Tipping19822.01M4519
Paul Huson31725.56M6012
Finishers400
 
 
CAPENHURST 5K
 
21 Aug: So... it was the keenly awaited showdown between Messrs Armstrong and Harrington with the entry fee at stake. Warm but decent running conditions saw young Tommy quick off the start line accompanied by Rob Olliver and (for a little while) Graham Miles. Mike H started on the other side of the field and was never able to make up for a slower start in the congestion. Great run from Tommy only 2 seconds away from his PB. Another outstanding run from Rob Olliver taking a massive 87 secs off his PB. Next up Mike Harrington, still with an excellent time. Out of sorts Graham Miles struggled to a time way out of league just holding off Amelia Pettitt with an excellent time and 1st FU20. Tony Archer was determined to run sub 19 mins and clocked 18.58 on his watch only to be denied by the timekeeper (no doubt more accurate) with 19 flat but 1st M55. Close behind was a fast finishing Nick Haywood. Cheryl Hale followed up her recent Sale Sizzler form with an excellent 2nd F40 finish close to the 20 minute barrier with Clara Pettitt not far behind. Mary Tavener was not pleased with her run despite a decent time. Richard Pettitt rounded off another admirable family performance. 
 
 
PosNameCatCat PosTime
26Tommy Armstrong17.09
29Rob Olliver17.22
34Mike HarringtonM40617.37
46Graham MilesM45418.21
50Amelia PettittFU20118.24
67Tony ArcherM55119.00
71Nick Haywood19.05
101Cheryl HaleF40220.14
106Clara PettittFU20420.23
145Mary TavenerF50321.29
219Richard PettittM502227.21
245Finishers
 
 
UK TRIATHLON HALF IRONMAN
 
18 Aug: Report from Craig Sephton:  Dearnford Lake in Whitchurch played host to this years Half Ironman event organised by UK Triathlon. The 1.2 mile swim consisted of 2 laps within a very weedy lake, which only added to the entertainment of a mass start within such a small environment. I emerged complete with green algae and flooded goggles after 29 mins. The 56 mile bike course was quite flat, although due to the exposed roads any headwind or crosswinds where shelter couldn't be found made for a challenging balancing lesson on a TT bike, two loops done in 2hrs 35mins. The majority of the 13 mile run took place within the grounds of the lake and hence reminded me of a cross country course such was the amount of cordon tape and zigzagging that was necessary to navigate the two loops. The last 5k felt tough but the finish line eventually came into sight after running for 1 hr 36 mins.
Overall time 4 hrs 46 mins - Overall place 14th
Splits:
1.9 mile swim - 29 min
56 mile bike - 2 hr 35 min
13.1 mile run - 1 hr 36 min 
LEEK HALF MARATHON
 
 
 
 
18 Aug: Leek is renowned for being a very challenging half marathon with 1220 ft of climbing and at least 5-6 minutes slower than flatter halves. A fantastic win for Gemma Barnett taking first lady in a sprint finish from a Staffs Moorland rival. Just as important she also narrowly beat Dad, John Todd... again.   Next up, a good run from David 'Spud' Murphy. A little further back a tough battle between Messrs Corinaldi and Clutterbuck... very close from the 8.5 mile point helping Bob to a 15 minute improvement on his previous Leek half. Steve Smith completed a very creditable showing for VRAC. Great training for those with the Snowdon marathon coming up. Congratulations again to Gemma who is in a rich vein of form.
 
 
PosNameCatCat PosTime
22Gemma BarnettL11.31.021st Lady Overall
24John ToddM5031.31.14
49David Murphy1.37.37
80Bob CorinaldiM4551.43.50
82Paul ClutterbuckM4561.44.11
93Steve SmithM45111.46.17
225Finishers
Mens Team:6th4 to count
 
BIRCHWOOD 10k
 
18 Aug: Quite a small VRAC contingent at Birchwood this year but they did us proud!  Amelia and Clara Pettitt secured 1st and second in the FJ category and with Debbie Moreton's contribution VRAC won the ladies team event comfortably from Penny Lane Striders. Another good run from Robert Tipping and a PB for Sula Stanley to round things off. Well done everyone.
 
 
PosNameCatCat PosChip Time
83Amelia PettittFJ139.29
167Clara PettittFJ243.29
241Robert TippingM452146.12
334Debbie MoretonF40749.12
407Sula StanleyF351351.13  PB
764Finishers
Ladies Team:564 Pts
1stAmelia Pettitt
Clara Pettitt
Debbie Moreton
 
 
 
 
MACCLESFIELD TRIATHLON
 
18 Aug: Race report from Jo Edwards:
This race consisted of a 400m pool swim, 24k bike ride, 7.3k run. My swim time was 8.40am, a bit better than the grim start time at Wilmslow, weather was good, warm enough to wear only a tri-suit for the entire race. The bike course was very undulating and damp from the downpour the night before. The run course hilly, the last section of the Macc Half for those of you that know. A bit disappointed with my swim time after training my butt off in the water for the last six months, oh well back to Boundary.

Swim time    400m                11.28
T1                                      59 secs
Cycle             24k                57.22
T2                                      56 secs
Run                7.3k              34.50

Overall time                     1.45.38,  109th overall, 4th in age group.
 
SALE SIZZLER RACE 4
 
15 Aug: A smallish contingent for the 4th and final race of the Sale Sizzler series. A warm and damp evening saw some good performances with Messrs Corinaldi, Chambers and Hudson all going quicker than their previous Sizzler outings. Strong runs from Cheryl Hale (just outside 20 mins), Robert Tipping and in-form Jayne Lomax. Footnote: Bob Corinaldi's watch told him he had broken through the 20 minute barrier (19.58) for the second time (since Christleton). The official timekeeper thought otherwise! Next time Bob... next time.
 
 
NamePosRace 4 TimeCat Cat Pos
Tony Archer12119.13M556
Bob Corinaldi15920.00M4514
Cheryl Hale16520.04L22
Robert Tipping23121.40M4522
Barry Chambers26222.09M606
Jayne Lomax31723.17L455
Paul Hudson37425.08M6013
Finishers

459 

 
GREAT WARFORD 10 MILE
 
11 Aug: A good turnout with 14 VRACers enjoying nice conditions for this 10 miler.  First home with another outstanding PB was Rob Olliver tantalisingly close to the 1 hour mark and 7 minutes quicker than his last race here in 2009! Excellent performances from Messrs Brough, Todd, Sephton and Shepherd who all came in consecutively within 21 seconds after a great battle (Ian Brough's debut at this distance). Tony Archer was pleased to log a PB at his venerable age and following on from an excellent Pie and Peas race Bob Corinaldi posted a 5 min PB (and tells us this included his first sub 45 mins for 10k). Another winning performance in her L50 category for Mary Tavener followed by Sophie Rees who struggled somewhat with her breathing. Colin 'mercurial' Rathbone pleased to be racing again with a very solid run. Jayne Lomax continued her recent form although a little slower than last year with some Pie and Peas still in her legs. Next, Jo Edwards who not only had Pie and Peas in her legs but also a 60 mile bike ride the previous day! An excellent morning rounded off with the ever present Paul Hudson and 3rd place L60 for Carole WIlliams. (PB's shown below are those the editor was made aware of. Let us know of any other PB's)
 
PosNameCatCat PosTime
31Rob OlliverSM1.00.09PB
54Ian BroughM40151.03.14PB
57John ToddM5041.03.26
58Craig SephtonM40161.03.34
59David ShepherdM4521.03.35PB
79Tony ArcherM5531.06.21PB
150Bob CorinaldiM45191.12.24PB
174Mary TavenerL5011.13.51
179Sophie ReesL3561.14.32
217Colin RathboneM6561.17.51
249Jayne LomaxL4581.20.12
254Jo EdwardsL5031.20.36
310Paul HudsonM60111.29.02
335Carole WilliamsL6031.33.39
365Finishers
Team Men
6thRob Olliver
Ian Brough
John Todd
Team Ladies
4thMary Tavener
Sophie Rees
Jayne Lomax
 
 
 
PIE AND PEAS 5 MILE (fantastic photos added courtesy Max Bamber)

7 Aug: A beautiful evening and a great night for our club. VRAC fielded 35 runners and an army of marshalls. Thanks to those and all the organisers who worked so hard to put on another great event.  With Chris Perry and Elliot Bowker taking 1st and 3rd overall and Tessa McCormick and Kate Spilsbury taking 2nd and 3rd in the ladies category and VRAC taking first in both mens and ladies team races it was also a terrific result for the club. Many, many other superb individual performances. Full results on the main VRAC website.
 
VRAC PLACINGS: 
 
Pos.NameCategoryTime
1Chris PerryM26:07
3Elliot BowkerM2027:13
4Zack BamberM2028:03
8Tom ArmstrongMV3528:52
16Rob OlliverMV3529:31
18Steven CaldwellM29:44
25Tessa McCormickL2030:17
26Matt RowlinsonM2030:21
33Kate SpilsburyL31:10
34Gemma Barnett-ToddL31:23
35Amelia PettittL2031:27
36Graham MilesMV4531:34
45David ShepherdMV4531:55
46Kate TitlowL32:03
51Scott BamberMV4532:31
55Kate MouldsL2032:44
61Daniel MorrisonM2033:00
75Kerry RileyL33:53
79Emma PyattL2034:11
82Gary WeedallMV5034:17
83James AinsworthMV3534:18
101Bob CorinaldiMV4535:13
103Rebecca HirstL2035:15
114Megan HoughL2035:45
122Clara PettittL2036:19
141John ClarkeMV5537:20
146Mark NaisbittMV4037:28
154Steve CollierMV5037:50
164Barry ChambersMV6038:29
171Angie ChanningLV4038:48
176Jayne LomaxLV4539:02
177Joanne EdwardsLV5039:02
193Geoff FawkesMV4039:40
226Alan CameronMV4042:14
232Paul HudsonMV6042:30
 
VRAC PRIZE LIST:
 
MALEPositionNameClubCategoryTime
Open 11Chris PerryVale Royal ACM26:07
Open 33Elliot BowkerVale Royal ACM2027:13
MU204Zack BamberVale Royal ACM2028:03
M358Tom ArmstrongVale Royal ACMV3528:52
Team 11Chris PerryVale Royal ACM26:07
Team 23Elliot BowkerVale Royal ACM2027:13
Team 34Zack BamberVale Royal ACM2028:03
Team 48Tom Armstrong Vale Royal ACMV3528:52
FEMALEPositionNameClubCategoryTime
Open 22Tessa McCormickVale Royal ACL2030:17
Open 33Kate SpilsburyVale Royal ACL31:10
FU205Amelia PettittVale Royal ACL2031:27
Team 12Tessa McCormickVale Royal ACL2030:17
Team 23Kate SpilsburyVale Royal ACL31:10
Team 34Gemma Barnett-ToddVale Royal ACL31:23
Team 45Amelia PettittVale Royal ACL2031:27
 
 
 
TEGG'S NOSE FELL RACE
 
3 Aug: Great to see Andy Gibbs in action again, this time on the fells. Near perfect conditions saw a record 147 runners tackle 7.3 miles and 1,722 feet of climb! From the start the pace was set by the young England fell runner Jack Ross, with a small number of runners packed behind - including Andy. After ¾ of a mile along the roads the route heads on to fields before turning up the first hill.  Jack Ross kept his lead but Andy pulled away from the small following group attacking the first of 8 hills.   The runners worked hard up the harsh hills and flew down the steep descents, on the second ascent of Teggs Nose, the 5th hill, 2 runners caught and past Andy but on the run home he kept them both in sight finishing an excellent 4th place and 1st Vet... beating Malcom Fowler, his arch rival, by some way! Andy’s time 58 mins 20 secs. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
SALE SIZZLER RACE 3
 
1 Aug: Some excellent times from the 7 VRACers at the 3rd of the 4 race Sale Sizzler series. Tommy Armstrong was first home for VRAC with a brilliant PB. Nathan Tipping's debut at this distance delivered an impressive 18.12 and 3rd place in the U20 category. Ian Brough is back to top form again and also logged a PB. Another solid Sizzler for Helen Smith VRAC's only lady competitor. PB for Nathan Tipping's Dad Robert with the ever present Paul Hudson, the only VRAC to do all 3 Sizzlers this series.
 
NamePosRace 3 TimeCat Cat Pos
Tommy Armstrong3117.07
Nathan Tipping5418.12U203
Ian Brough5618.14M408
Bob Corinaldi14620.47M4017
Helen Smith16421.14L407
Robert Tipping19822.01M4519
Paul Huson31725.56M6012
Finishers400
  
 
CREWE 5K SERIES
 
26 July: On a very hot and humid evening Gemma Barnett delivered a great race to thwart Dad John Todd in their ongoing rivalry. 
 
The next race in the series will be in August.  
 
NamePosTime
Gemma Barnett1118.372nd lady
John Todd1319.06
Amelia Pettitt1419.063rd lady
 
 
WIZARD 5 ALDERLEY EDGE
 
25 July: The Wizard 5 (actually more like 4.5 miles) is a tough multi-terrain race over a variety of surfaces with plenty of hills, stiles and twists and turns. A great turnout from VRAC men and ladies resulting in second place in both men and ladies team event. Endurance League standings will be updated shortly.
 
 
PosNameTimeCatCat Pos
3Zack Bamber27.25U201
8Tommy Armstrong29.25
11Rob Olliver29.47
16Ian Brough30.36M406
31Alex Mason32.08
32Scott Bamber32.18M453
33James Edwards32.23M552
34Tony Archer32.27M553
54Mel Johnson34.49L6
58Bob Corinaldi35.21M457
65Paul Clutterbuck35.54M4510
70Sophie Rees36.13L354
83Steve Collier37.27M506
95Angie Channing38.53L404
97Jo Edwards39.22L501
117Paul Hudson41.11M604
130Jayne Lomax42.10L454
153Ann Collier48.34L504
160Finishers
Mens Team:
  1  Wilmslow Running Club              12
  2  Vale Royal AC                           21
                                 3  Zack Bamber         
                                 8  Tom Armstrong       
                                10  Rob Olliver         
  3  Sale Harriers Manchester           22
Ladies Team:
  1  Wilmslow Running Club              10
  2  Vale Royal AC                           30
                                 6  Melanie Johnson     
                                 9  Sophia Rees         
                                15  Angie Channing      
  3  Macclesfield Harriers & AC         34
 
 
 
DEVA DEVA'S TRIATHLON
 
21 July:  Congratulations to Kate Moulds on her first senior triathlon at Chester Tri club’s ladies only “Deva Deva’s”

The 750m swim is in the river Dee, followed by a 25km bike ride and a 5km run around the  meadows. Despite wearing her Dad’s loose fitting wetsuit and leaking goggles, she came out of the water in the top 20. Wearing her running trainers…(dad’s cycling shoes were way too big) she passed a few people on the bike, leaving her starting the run in 8th place. The run was the fastest time of the day, just scraping under 19 minutes, leaving her 3rd out of 273 finishers…giving her first options on a fine selection of carefully formulated recovery products!

Well done Kate. A fantastic 5k time on it's own merit!

BOUNDARY BREEZE TRIATHLON - NW REGIONAL SPRINT CHAMPIONSHIPS

21 July. Craig Sefton tackled this one representing VRAC. A quality field of competitors attended the event, hosted by Manchester Tri Club, incorporating the North West Regional Sprint Championship. The course includes a 750m Open water swim (again without wetsuits this weekend) a 14 mile bike section and finishes with a 3 mile road / off road run. Quite an incident free event (makes a change for Craig!)with no real mishaps at all. Overall Craig was well pleased with his  performance on the day.
 
Overall time 1hr 14 mins 3 seconds - Overall position 26 ,  4th in Age Cat 40-44
 

Swim - 14.49;  Bike - 39.57 mins; Run 19.16 mins.

201 finishers

 
ARLEY HALL HALF MARATHON
 
21 July: Welcome cooler conditions for the Arley Hall half marathon.  Following on from his 1.25.02 at Chester earlier in the year another excellent half for David Shepherd and 3rd in the M45 category. A very solid run from Pete Clayton just outside the 1.30 mark. James Ainsworth, worried about a dodgy hamstring knocked around 6 minutes off his PB. Well done all.
 
NamePosTimeCatCat Pos
David Shepherd181.25.54M453
Peter Clayton371.30.37M458
James Ainsworth471.32.17SM
Finishers379
 
 
PARK RUN HERO
 
By chance, it's just come to our attention that Barry Chambers, who is a frequent VRAC presence at races, has completed 147 Park Runs at over 30 venues including Cardiff, Harrogate, Thetford, Ipswich, Wimbledon, Hull, Pontefract and many more! He also volunteered at this weeks Delamere Park Run as back marker. Unsung hero. Well done Barry. We assume nobody else out there can top this?
 
BURTONWOOD 5 MILE
 
20 July: As this was a Cheshire Grand Prix race and also a VRAC Endurance League race the turnout was uncharacteristically disappointing. Just 8 men (6 to count) and one lady (4 to count) on the start line. So the ladies, having been in the lead after Lymm, will have no score. GP standings will be updated soon.
 
Stu Doyle came into the race with considerable uncertainly having pulled up in training last Tuesday with a recurring groin niggle. Happily, all was well with an excellent second place closely followed by a superb run and PB for Zack Bamber and a category win. Rob Olliver fulfilled the promise of his recent form with a big PB getting close to the 30 min barrier. Tony Archer was pleased with with his effort and great to see the return of James Edwards who is steadily returning to form after a long injury layoff. John Moulds who has been on the triathlon trail recently ran well to complete the GP team score for the men. The sole lady, Helen Smith, came in next with a solid run and high category position. The ever present Paul Hudson completed the VRAC finishers. Unfortunately, Scott Bamber, was a casualty succumbing to the heat and forced to pull up in the latter stages.  
 
NamePosTimeCatCat Pos
Stu Doyle227.04M402
Zack Bamber327.33MJ1PB
Rob Olliver3830.08SM17PB
Tony Archer6032.14M5013
James Edwards6733.11M5015
John Moulds9034.21M4028
Helen Smith10034.48L356
Paul Hudson18542.43M6017
Scott BamberDNF
Finishers234
 
WORLD TRIATHLON CHAMPIONSHIPS
 

Congratulations to Sophie Rees who has qualified for the 2013 London ITU Standard Distance Triathlon World Championships. As the host nation Great Britain has 20 slots available per age group and over 40 countries are expected to be represented. It is an individual event with Sophie representing Great Britain in the 35-39 age-group in Hyde Park, London on Sunday 15th September 2013. 1.5k swim, 40k bike and 10k run. There were 3 qualification standard distance triathlons, of which the Liverpool Triathlon, which Sophie competed in last weekend (Saturday 13th July), was one. She had to come within the top 7 in her age-group (80+ competitors were in her age-group) to qualify and also be within 115% of the winning time in her age-group. 

"The race consisted of a slow swim in the docks, with 100s of jellyfish (non-stinging, thankfully), mediocre bike (been neglecting it due to back/glute problems) and a run I was happy with. I did 2hrs 20min 37sec." Her time included quite long transitions (approx 4 min) and an excellent 43.03 for the 10k run stage. 
 
 
 
SALE SIZZLER RACE 2
 
18 July: On what must have been one of the hottest Sizzlers on record 4 brave souls from VRAC took on the challenge.Darren managed to squeeze under the 19 min mark and Lucy Scott notched up a creditable 2nd in the ladies U20 category. Barry and Paul were the only repeat performers from race one and not surprisingly their times were a little down due to the conditions. Respect to all. Diane Modahl was delighted that Darren and Paul agreed to her having a photo with them.
 
 
NamePosRace 2 TimeCat Cat PosRace 1 Time
Darren Cottier8718.57M4012
Lucy Scott17621.21U202
Barry Chambers24623.03M60422.37
Paul Hudson32826.03M601025.36
Finishers400
 
SEFTON PARK 5 MILE
 
18 July: Pete Maher and Mary Tavener dragged 'tired bodies' around two very hot laps of Sefton Park. Nice race for a warm evening. 341 finishers. Good effort!
 
Pete Maher     (35.27) 106  4th V55  
Mary Tavener  (36.48) 131  1st V50 
 
 
MANCHESTER 10K 
 
14 July: Two more VRAC debutants. Congratulations to Angie Channing and Michelle (Shell) Cowen who battled admirably in the extreme heat at the 'We Love Mancherster' 10k.
 
 
NamePosTimeCat Cat Pos
Angie Channing48448.54F4012
Michelle Cowen14821.03.33F197
 
DEBUT!
 
Nice debut in VRAC colours for James Ainsworth who has impressed at training since his arrival. A decent 19.34 and 6th place at Congleton Park run... despite a dodgy shin.
 
 
 
NYP RIPON TRIATHLON
 
13 July: Craig Sephton tackled the 1.5k swim, 44k bike and 10k run in hot conditions. A successful outing. See his full report on the Message Board. 
Overall time 2hrs 20mins - Position 35th
Swim 1.5k - 28 mins
Bike 44k - 1hr 8 mins
Run 10k - 41 mins
Overall finishers 650  
 
FOREST PARK LADIES 5K
 
3 July: Some excellent performance and a superb team victory for VRAC in the Forest Park ladies race at Birchwood.
The Vale Royal squad were at the head of the 170 strong field from the start. Amelia Pettitt returned to form finishing second to lead the winning team home ahead of a very good team from Wilmslow. The winning VRAC team had an average age of 19, about half that of the talented Wilmslow squad. Amelia took the second ladies prize and Megan Hough was awarded the first junior prize. Kerry Riley had her first race in the VRAC vest and beat last years winner.
Cheryl Hale started the race approx 2 mins late as her taxi (dad!) got lost on the way. New recruit Kate Titlow (second in the Cheshire x\c in January) will not be cleared for team awards for another few weeks. All looks very promising for the Senior Ladies distance relay teams starting in September.
 
PosTimeNameCat
218.26Amelia PettittJL
318.56Kerry RileySL
719.28Kate TitlowSL
819.35Megan HoughJL
1220.49Emma-LouisePyattJL
1921.40Chloe BroadJL
2222.16Clara PettittJL
3823.10Cheryl HaleL40
 
 
Pos      ClubPosTimeNameCategoryRaceNo
1:  Vale Royal AC     
  20:18:26PETTITT, AmeliaJunior Ladies363
  30:18:56RILEY, KerrySenior Ladies141
  8
0:19:35
HOUGH, MeganJunior Ladies1322
 
 
SOUTHPORT HALF MARATHON
 
7 July: Two hardy ladies performing at Southport. Blistering heat and a 45mile-6 mile 'brick' session the previous day didn't stop Sophie Rees knocking over a minute off her PB. In Sophie's terms PB stood for Pretty B......d at the end where she was snapped in some distress... or was she just looking for a 4 leafed clover? 
 
Mary Tavener fresh from her Mont Blanc heroics didn't appreciate the high temperatures but nonetheless delivered a typically determined run.
 
 
PosNameTimeCat Cat PosGender Pos 
107Sophie Rees1.36.07F35-4447PB
153Mary Tavener1.40.03Fopen312 
      
620Finishers    
 
 
WORLD TRAIL RUNNING CHAMPIONSHIPS, LLANWRST, N WALES
 
6 July: Alex Mason went along to this event and participated in the 10k. There were two races, the main title race of 78K which consists of 5 x 15K loops and an international/open 10K race. Sounds like a fascinating day to witness the long race whilst throwing in a tough 10k to boot. On a tough and technical coursein hot conditions Alex finished 45th out of 135 in 46.30.  See Message Board for a full report on his day. 
 
MONT BLANC 10k
 
 
 
29 June: You never know where the VRAC vest is going to appear next! Congratulations to Mary Tavener (1st L50), Mike Weedall (1st M50) and Anne Budenburg (2nd L50)... and Annes partner Alasdair Mckelvie. Sounds like a nice getaway combined with a very tough race. See Mary's full report on the Message Board. 
 
SALE SIZZLER 5K
 
4 July: A suitably warm and sunny evening for a big field at the first of the 4 race Sale Sizzler series - with many high quality athletes at the sharp end. Don't forget Sale Sizzler is included in the Endurance League with individuals best Sale Sizzler time being used to calculate their score. Six VRACers enjoyed the evening with Tommy Armstrong leading the way in an excellent time considering the course is not considered quick with it's twists and turns. Tony Archer, with enthusiastic support from 2 grandchildren, was well satisfied with his effort. Another excellent run from AOM Mel Johnson, supported by hubby and 2 sons. A strong and determined finish from Helen Smith gave her a 4th place in the competitive L40 category. The M60 category well represented by the evergreen Barry Chambers and Paul Hudson who ran despite injury concerns. There are another 3 Sale Sizzler to come - one every 2 weeks (Thurs).
 
PosNameTimeCat Cat Pos
54Tommy Armstrong17.16M 
126Tony Archer19.09M554
166Mel Johnson20.22L19
222Helen Smith21.34L404
263Barry Chambers22.37M607
364Paul Hudson25.36M6015
456Finishers
 
 
CAT AND FIDDLE UP AND DOWN RELAY
 
3 July: We all know Dave Phillips is quite bonkers but apparently it runs in the family as his bro joined him in this mad relay - one partner running down the other running up. Here's how it went:
 
"Headed up to the Cat n Fiddle for a down and up relay. With my batten, a broad bean in my hand, the 21 of us set off down the 2.9km 250m descent. It was fast and furious, lots of elbows and I was part of a mass pile up when four or five of us went down on a slippery right hander, must have looked more like a rugby match than a fell race. I got back up still in fifth but managed to pick a few places up taking some big risks and finished second in 9.19. With the batten handed to my bro my nights work was done, and I definitely had the easiest leg has JP raced back up the fell with an ex English fell running champion. Overall position 4th place. I would not recommend this race to any responsible runner! But I did enjoy it!" 
 
LYMM FESTIVAL TRAIL 10K
 
30 June: Debbie Moreton and Sula Stanley ran in the midday heat on Sunday. Both delighted with the results:

Debbie Moreton 50:49
4th female in age group, 8th female overall

Sula Stanley 53:21
7th female in age group, 15th female overall 
 
 
WHALEY BRIDGE FELL RACE
 
29 June: A challenging 6 mile fell race with a novel twist at the end... crossing a river.  Ian Brough and Dave Haines flew the flag for VRAC.
 
 
PosNameCatTimeCat Pos
45Ian BroughM4047.2412
94Dave HainesM4051.5928
     
243Finishers   
 
CREWE 5K
 
 
28 June: It's been coming for some time. Now it's happened. Gemma Barnett, who has been in excellent form since her maternity 'leave' has been getting closer and closer to Dad John Todd in the Park Run series.  On Friday evening at Crewe she finally did it... convincingly by 23 seconds!! Toddy experienced the Pride and Pain syndrome. Pride that she finally prevailed. Pain at the defeat. Ha ha... join the 'Dad beaten by daughter' club Toddy! Get used to it. The usual solid performances from the Pettitt sisters and a category win for Barry Chambers rounded off a successful night.
 
 
NamePosTimeCat Cat Pos
Gemma Barnett1218.54SL11st Lady
Amelia Pettitt1319.022nd Lady
John Todd1519.17M501
Clara Pettitt2922.14
Barry Chambers4023.24M601
Finishers65
 
NORTH CHESHIRE 5K ROAD SERIES
 
 
The final results for the above series are now confirmed. The average time for the best 4 races determining the 5 race series outcome.  VRAC runners were overall series winners in 3 age categories, namely. Mel Johnson (Senior ladies), Jo Edwards (L50) and Stuart Doyle (V40). In addition Jayne Lomax, finished 2nd in the L45 category, achieving new PB's in 3 consecutive races during the series. Darren Cottier and Paul Hudson rounded off the VRAC contingent with very consistent and creditable performances.  
NameCatDunham M 1H GreenBowdenDunham 2LymmAv Time best 4 racesCat Pos
Mel JohnsonSL20.2820.2520.0519.5520.3020.131st
Jayne LomaxLV4522.5722.3922.3122.300.0022.292nd
Jo EdwardsLV5023.020.0023.0823.3323.3423.191st
Stu DoyleM4016.0715.5616.1015.5516.1316.021st
Darren CottierM4018.4618.1817.5717.4518.2818.076th
Paul HudsonM6024.1224.2124.1223.3724.3624.055th
 
CHESHIRE GRAND PRIX STANDINGS
 
The Lymm 5k was the 2nd race in this year’s 7 race Cheshire Grand prix series and so far Vale Royal are doing exceptionally well. Out of 21 teams the Men are currently lying in 3rd place:
 

Pos

Club

Crewe

Lymm

Overall

1

South Cheshire H

552

527

1079

2

Wilmslow RC

519

525

1044

3

Vale Royal

533

472

1005

4

Macclesfield H

448

488

936

Meanwhile the Ladies are going 2 better and are leading their competition, with Amelia Pettit a clear leader in the individual standings following a 1st and 2nd place in the 2 races to date. 

Pos

Club

Crewe

Lymm

Overall

1

Vale Royal

182

179

361

2

Wilmslow RC

164

187

351

3

South Cheshire H

162

132

294

4

Macclesfield H

165

48

213

 

LYMM 5K

 
22 June: The last of the 5 race North Cheshire 5k series and also a Cheshire Grand Prix race. An excellent VRAC turnout for the 2nd race in this year's Cheshire Grand Prix, particularly given so many athletes had run in the previous nights Tough Team event. It was also great to see a number of younger runners from the club performing so well and really supporting the team effort. Lymm is a tough 5k because of the super quick downhill start and and leg sapping 2k uphill drag to the finish therefore some excellent times were recorded, including a number of PB's - notably by Rob Olliver, Sophia Rees and Chloe Broad. Age category wins were achieved by Chloe Broad (u15 women), Zac Bamber ( u20 men), Stuart Doyle (v40 men).

in addition a number of VRAC athletes picked up a number of overall series prizes - full details to be published shortly.
 
PosTimeNameCatMin/Mile
500:16:13DOYLE, StuartMale Vet 4005:13.1
1500:16:53BAMBER, ZackSenior Man05:25.9
3700:18:07MILES, Graham RMale Vet 4505:49.8
4900:18:28COTTIER, DarrenMale Vet 4005:56.5
5600:18:49OLLIVER, RobSenior Man06:03.3
6200:18:56PETTITT, AmeliaFemale Senior06:05.5
7100:19:08BAMBER, ScottMale Vet 4506:09.4
8000:19:24MASON, AlexSenior Man06:14.5
10800:20:17CLARKE, JohnMale Vet 5506:31.6
11400:20:30JOHNSON, MelanieFemale Senior06:35.8
12300:20:47HOUGH, MegganFemale Junior06:41.2
12400:20:53MAHER, PeterMale Vet 5506:43.2
13600:21:15SMITH, HelenFemale Vet 4006:50.3
13900:21:19HALE, CherylFemale Vet 4006:51.5
15700:21:53REES, SophiaFemale Vet 3507:02.5
16100:22:02BROAD, ChloeFemale Junior07:05.4
16600:22:15TIPPING, RobertMale Vet 4507:09.6
18600:23:08SCOTT, LucyFemale Junior07:26.6
19800:23:34EDWARDS, JoanneFemale Vet 5007:35.0
22500:24:36HUDSON, PaulMale Vet 6007:54.9
 
 
HOTFOOT UP MOEL FAMAU
 
19 June: It's great to see the VRAC colours being regularly flown on the hills with our two specialist fell runners Dave Phillips and Alex Mason. This was gentle entertainment for a hot Wednesday evening up and down Moel Famau. Dave finished an impressive 6th a couple of minutes behind the winner and allegedly a little distressed (none of us will believe that). Alex Mason was also well up in the field despite paying the price for starting too far back in the field on a course where overtaking was very difficult. Keep up the good work lads.
 
PosNameTime
6Dave Phillips38.42
35Alex Mason45.34
104Finishers
 
 
TRAIL MARATHON WALES
 
22June: David Shepherd tackled the toughTrail Marathon Wales in the stunning trails and tracks of the world-renowned Coed y Brenin forest in the Snowdonia National Park. A unique marathon established as one of Wales’ finest trail marathons. By all accounts a memorable and painful experience which David finished with a suspected broken finger! See a full report of his race on the message board. 
 
Footnote: Results now out. David was 135th out of 260 finishers in 4.55.31. The last 4 miles took him 1hr 20mins!. Good news - his finger isn't broken, just dislocated. Bad news - it was too swollen to go back in despite much tugging... he has to return for another go when the swelling has subsided... 
 
TOUGH TEAM TATTENHALL (Pics in Gallery)
 
21 June: The longest day of the year. Seemed like it. A great turnout for this brutal event that we nonetheless find fun. 5 VRAC teams covering mens, ladies and mixed all delivering great performances. Rob Olliver joined mountain goats Dave Phillips and Alex Mason to lead the charge. Closely followed by the mens vets team and our mixed team with a resurgent Gemma Barnett. Not far back Bob, Clutty and Steve Smith headed through the finish and straight to the bar. Finally, the imaginatively named 'Vale Royal Ladies' team decided to add nearly a mile to their endeavours by going the wrong way. All added to another memorable event. Thanks to our friends at Tattenhall for putting it on.
 
PosTeamTimeNames
6No Name Three64.53Dave Phillips
Alex Mason
Rob Olliver
7Test Tickles65.23Darren Cottier
Mike Harrington
Tony Archer
9The Three B's65.33John Todd
Ian Brough
Gemma Barnett
17Bob's Choc Thrice73.24Bob Corinaldi
Paul Clutterbuck
Steve Smith
33Vale Royal Ladies83.08Mary Tavener
Anne Budenburg
Sophie Rees
 
 
SOUTHPORT MARINE LAKE TRIATHLON 
 
16 June: Congratulations to Sophie Rees on a fantastic 2nd place female which included a 10k PB! Here's her summary: "Southport standard distance tri..... I'd recommend it for anyone who wants to give standard distance a go. I'll keep quiet the 4:30am wake-up call and the stupid wind on the bike, but the lake was great for swimming in, the bike was on closed roads, which is hard to get in the UK, and the run was flat. The swim was long at 1.7k to avoid swans and cygnets (quack), and it was a fair fight in the water with it being a mixed wave (my physio was doing dot to dot with the bruises last night). The windy 25.5mile bike was "character building", especially with dodgy gearing on my bike (anyone know a good mechanic). The 10k run was going well, until I was overtaken in the final half mile by a girl running a 40min 10k, bringing me in as 2nd female."
 
1.7k swim 26min 45sec, 25.5mile bike 1:11:39, 10k run 44:31, with transitions included, my total time was 2:24:54.
 
 DUNHAM MASSEY 5K
 
13 June: 9 VRACers in the 4th of the 5 race North Cheshire Grand Prix 5k series. This being the second at Dunham Massey but this time run the other way round meaning the finish point is at a lower level to the start point... the outcome being better times in most cases. A case in point was Stu Doyle who was 12 seconds quicker than the previous Dunham Massey race posting another sub 16 time with the resultant category win. Two excellent category wins for Mel Johnson and Helen Smith and it looks like Pete Maher is quietly getting back to form. The final race in the series is at Lymm on Sat 22 June (NB Lymm is also part of the Cheshire Road Race Series so let's have a good turnout please!)
 
 
PosNameNameCatCat PosTime
5StuartDOYLEMV40115.55
31DarrenCOTTIERMV40717.45
75MelanieJOHNSONFS119.55
78PeterMAHERMV55420.21
98HelenSMITHFV40120.58
101LucySCOTTFJ421.11
128JayneLOMAXFV45422.30
142JoanneEDWARDSFV50323.33
143PaulHUDSONMV60523.37
 
UP 'THE BEAST' MAESHAFN 
 
11 June: A mid-week lung buster for Alex Mason and young Patrick Stradling. 7.2k with 458m of ascent. Although billed as a trail race and starts off through woodland it has some of the steepest ascent stages in Wales as runners scramble the 'the beast'.  
 
PosNameCatTime
12Patrick StradlingU2339.10
22Alex MasonSM43.44
90Finishers
 
 
WELSH CASTLES RELAY  (more pics in Gallery c/o Matt, Darren and Rob)

 

8/9 June: Another memorable Welsh Castles weekend in glorious sunshine. The high temperatures favoured spectators but challenged the runners, but undaunted, typical full on commitment from all VRAC runners delivered fantastic performances and a superb overall position of 18th (14th open team and 10th over Mountain legs).  There were 3 Welsh Castles virgins (?) Bob Corinaldi, Sophie Rees and and Scott Bamber and 4 new VRAC course records set by Graham Miles, Stu Doyle, Darren Cottier and Jo Edwards (on the new shorter leg 19).  Unfortunately (for Dave Phillips) the Drovers leg was cut short to avoid an illegal 'rave' at the summit (try again next year Dave :). Despite some logistical challenges on Sunday the support was terrific and great to see Iain 'Stanno' Stanton who came along on his crutches.

 
 
 
 
The usual crop of memorable moments will no doubt be included in the banter over the coming weeks (and of course at the Xmas party!). One such,  Rob Olliver not only delivered an awesome run... he was also snapped finding time to sample the joys of a Welsh Leisure Centre en route.  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Last but not least a huge thanks to team organiser Dave Haines (ably assisted by Rob Olliver). Some thought this was Hainsey's Usain Bolt impression... in fact he was pointing out the disappearing Dave Phillips on Drovers.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Results below (Mountain Legs in highlighted in green) 
 
LegFromToRunnerTimePosition
1Caernarvon CastlePenygroesAndrew Miles63-0312
2PenygroesCriccieth CastleJames edwards73-2820
3Criccieth CastleMaentwrogJohn Todd84-3129
4MaentwrogHarlech CastleTony Archer64-2213
5Harlech CastleBarmouthGraham Miles63-0412
6BarmouthDolgellauSteve caldwell66-577
7DolgellauDinas MawddwyScott Bamber68-2731
8Dinas MawddwyFoelPaul Clutterbuck82-4643
9FoelLlanfair CaereinionSophie Rees61-3321
10Llanfair CaereinionNewtownStuart Doyle74-524
11NewtownLlanbadarn FynyddTommy Armstrong76-278
12Llanbadarn FynyddCrossgatesDavid Haines75-0129
13CrossgatesBuilth WellsBob Corinaldi77-3333
14Builth WellsDrovers ArmsDave Phillips60-46 short leg25
15Drovers ArmsBreconDave  Murphy85-4124
16BreconBeacons ReservoirDarren Cottier59-3521
17Beacons ReservoirCyfarthfa CastleRob Olliver57-3312
18MerthyrAbercynonSteve Smith68-3336
19AbercynonCaerphilly CastleJo Edwards64-5344
20Caerphilly CastleCardiff CastleIan Brough71-5226

 

BOWDEN 5K 

6 june: The third of the 5 races in the North Cheshire 5k series saw 9 VRACers on the start line on a warm summers evening.  Unusually, Stu Doyle had to settle for 2nd M40 (saving himself for Welsh Castles no doubt) and another excellent run from in form Mel Johnson to lead the ladies home.

PosNameNameCatCat PosTime
6StuartDOYLEMV40216.10
32DarrenCOTTIERMV40917.57
95MelanieJOHNSONFS220.05
101LucySCOTTFeMJ320.23
122HelenSMITHFV40421.23
151JayneLOMAXFV45422.31
162HannahBISHOPFeMJ423.08
163JoanneEDWARDSFV50323.08
182PaulHUDSONMV601024.12

OUTLAW HALF IRONMAN  - NOTTINGHAM 

2 June: Two excellent performances for VRAC from Craig Sephton and Maggie Fenn at the inaugural Outlaw Half Ironman hosted by One Step Beyond events. The half IM consists of 1900 metre open water swim, 56 mile bike and 13.1 mile run. 

Approximately 1100 competitors began the event located at Pierre Point National Water Sports Centre at Nottingham, the competitors going off in 4 separate swim waves between 06:30 & 06:50am in chilly but calm waters - although Maggie may not agree having not experienced the washing machine effect of a mass start before! Conditions throughout the day were near perfect and both Maggie and Craig responded with excellent races. Craig was particularly pleased as he had missed a crucial 3 week block of training following an injury at work 5 weeks before the event. Clearly he is IRONMAN! 

Maggie - Overall finish time 6hrs 4 mins - placed 653rd

Swim - 42 mins   /   Bike - 3hrs 22 mins  /  Run - 1 hr 49 mins

Craig - Overall finish time 4hrs 59 mins - placed 82nd

Swim - 32 mins   /   Bike - 2 hrs 43 mins  / Run - 1 hr 36 mins

 
WINCLE TROUT FELL RUN 
 
 
1 June: The Wincle Trout Run is a demanding 9km fell run in the picturesque Dane Valley, crossing woodlands, river and high moorland (950ft of climb). With a number of VRACers at Hollins Green 5k there were just 3 clubmates at Wincle this year. In form Bob Corinaldi looked set to give Dave Haines a hard time but unfortunately twisted an ankle forcing him to retire leaving Dave and John Clarke to fly the flag for VRAC, both with very respectable times and placings. 
 
PosNameTime
81Dave Haines47.50
107John Clarke49.54
DNFBob CorinaldiDNF
304Finishers
 
LAKELAND TRAILS SERIES STAVELEY 
 
1 June: Clearly the mid week fix at Kettleshulme was not enough for the insatiable Jo Edwards. She completed the second tough fell race of the week. This time a 17k race with a time of 1.48.30 to give her 2nd LV50. "Real tough, real hot, real steep, real nice pint after, real good day". We assume the pint was real ale then Jo. Well done.

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