Vale Royal AC - Senior Section

Running and Athletics in the Heart of Cheshire.


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The VRAC - Seniors Section website has been running for a number of years served a valuable purpose. The content has been focussed primarily on race reports. Since the Covid pandemic and the absence of racing the website has been 'dormant'. Following consideration by VRAC management and the availability of various other platforms (including VRAC main website, Facebook, Whatsapp and Strava) it has been decided that the VRAC Seniors Section website will be discontinued. The website in its current state will remain accessible until June 2021. If anyone wants to download and save any of the content they should do so before then. Thanks to all those who have contributed to the development and content on the website over the years.
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4 Oct: Congratulations to Gary Richardson who travelled far to find a marathon and a PB:

"Despite the awful weather conditions with strong winds and heavy rain, managed to achieve a marathon PB of 2.57. Great event and location and so please it went ahead."


19 Sep: Superb run by Chris WIlliams at Barrowford. Running in the sub 32 minute race Chris knocked over a minute off his 10k PB (Road) with his first sub 31 minute finish.
Pos M Name Cat CatPos Club Km/Mile Time
55Chris WilliamsMS(005/014)Vale Royal AC03.05/04.5800:30:54


28 Aug: Racing is back!!!  Huge credit to Mike Harrington and his volunteers for setting up this event with its associated Covid 19 arrangements. By comparison with the usual event the field size was limited with A and B races and staggered starts seeing groups of similar anticipated times going off every 15 seconds.  A high quality field with the winner coming in under 14 miuntes and 33 runners coming in under 15 minutes.  The VRAC contingent was 24 strong with nearly half posting PB's on a breezy cool evening. Some brilliant performances and some epic battles. None more so than Tommy Armstrong nearly being ambushed by a rampaging Clutterbuck. Hopefully, this is setting the scene for future races.  Well done organisers and runners. Fantastic photos courtesy Mick Hall here.
FOOTNOTE: Andy Carter reports:  In RunBritain rankings Holly Weedall and Jake Wilson are now ranked top under 15's all-time for 5k - not bad !
PosFirst nameLast name ChipGenPosCatPosFinishPBOld PB
36JakeWilson 15:02Male36Under 21415:03PB16.11
46ChrisWilliams 15:13Male46SM3815:13=PB 
47RyanMoore 15:13Male47SM3915:14PB15.36
49AlexDoyle 15:15Male49Under 21815:15PB15.31
61MattRowlinson 15:26Male61SM4915:26PB15.51
63MatthewMcCormack 15:28Male63Under 211115:28  
88NathanWilliams 15:52Male86SM6615:53  
100HarryDexter 15:59Male98Under 211816:00  
134HollyWeedall 16:35Female4Under 21116:35PB17.32
141StuartDoyle 16:38Male135Vet 45716:39  
152DylanCarney 16:48Male144Under 212316:49  
153ElizabethRenondeau 16:52Female9Vet 40216:52PB17.08
154OliverWilliams 16:54Male145SM9416:54  
171GraceRoberts 17:20Female15Under 21217:21  
172GaryRichardson 17:23Male157Vet 451017:24PB17.44
199kateMoulds 18:12Female22SM1518:13PB18.56
208LeeCarrington 18:31Male182SM11518:31  
221TomArmstrong 19:04Male191Vet 401919:05  
222PaulClutterbuck 19:05Male192Vet 50819:06PB21.05?
224BrianDooley 19:08Male193Vet 451219:09  
225CraigSephton 19:09Male194Vet 451319:10  
252DebbieBroad 20:53Female39Vet 50120:54PB22.12
272stevecollier 23:02Male224Vet 60623:03  
289anncollier 27:17:00Female58Vet 55427:18:00  


14 Mar: With many racing events falling victim to corona virus, the British Masters XC Championships was one of the few events to survive the weekend.  Several Vale athletes made the journey over to Corwen in North Wales to finish off the cross country season in style and enjoy a last opportunity to race before the impending lockdown. The event was held in the grounds of the Rhug Estate, with good weather matched by a real XC course; the wind, uphill sections and stream crossing(s) posing a real challenge for some.Race 1 was 6km for the women and the M65+ categories and featured three Vale ladies. The race saw a head to head battle between Liz Renondeau of Vale and Jo Marsden of Ellesmere Port.  Liz just edged the win by one second despite taking a nose dive during one of the stream costings (the ‘keep left’ instructions from Bernie before the race were understood as keep to Bernie’s left rather than her own)!  Liz was brilliantly backed up by Jayne Lomax (5th V50) and Jo Edwards (7th v55) leading to the Vale ladies brilliantly taking the v40 team prize!  Well done ladies and good to show these youngsters that they are not the only ones who can claim National team titles!  All three ladies were also scorers in the inter area challenge that Northern Masters won.Race 2 was 8km for the younger men.  Running for Vale in this race were Mark Crabtree and Gareth Williams.  Strong runs by both gents with Mark finishing 14th overall and 8th v40 and Gareth 50th overall ad 10th V50. Overall a great day out for the club and hope to see more Vale athletes competing on the Masters scene over the next season or so.  (MORE PICS IN GALLERY HERE)
1Liz RenondeauW40122.521st Lady Overall
62Jayne LomaxW50531.16 
65Jo EdwardsW55731.28 
14Mark CrabtreeM40831.06 
50Gareth WilliamsM501034.37 


15 Mar: Mike Atkinson found a race that was on! Very good run and a category win despite the muddy conditions and getting stuck at a pedestrian crossing at Stockon Heath costing him 27 seconds!
1401:41:43MikeAtkinson01:41:3414Male13Vet 651


8 Mar: Lee Carrington reports: I raced at Knighton 20 mile yesterday as part of my London marathon training. Managed to keep a steady pace and finished in 2hr 17 mins... 6:52 minute mile pace which is my target pace for London. If it goes ahead! (Great run Lee. Fingers crossed for London.)
42Lee CarringtonMS222.17.05


8 March: Just two at the Chester 10k. Tessa McCormick took second lady just 22 seconds behind Gemma Steel. Tommy Armstrong within the top 10 of the competitive M40 category but not happy with his run suffering from a 'scratchy throat'. He is reported to have gone into self isolation with a case of Corona. Full results here.
NameNameChipPosmin/m GenPosCatPos


8 Mar: Debbie Moreton reports:Just Craig Sephton 40:11 7th in V40 and myself 49:33 6th in V50 in this race. Stepped out of the car to beautiful rather warm sunshine to arrive after a 15 minute walk to the race HQ in a downpour. Cold and very wet start to this friendly, well-supported 10K. Was feeling strong up until around 8K when we had to slip slide along the very muddy grass verge and then the climb over the motorway into a strong headwind towards the end finished my legs off. Perhaps wasn’t the best idea high fiving the local kids along the route with no hand gel but when one lovely little lad is shouting “you are all absolutely amazing!” couldn’t resist. Great race. Thoroughly recommend it.


7 Mar: Stu Doyle and Helen Smoth report: The Cheshire senior mens team faced the usual high quality field at Saturday’s inter-counties XC event at Prestwold Hall in Loughborough. Although not as muddy as expected following the recent heavy rain the course was still quite tough going in places, particularly as the men were, as always, the last ones to run.Cheshire fielded a full team of 9 runners and all finished in the top 200 out of a 300 strong field. We managed an excellent 11th place out of all the counties in the UK in the 6 to count standings and are still waiting for the results of the 9 to count but are anticipating a high placing. VRAC had 3 senior men competing – Arun Dight (making his debut in the senior event) in 115th, Stuart Doyle in 135th and Nathan Williams in 179th. On the ladies side 4 Senior athletes from Vale Royal had the privilege of representing Cheshire in the Intercounties Cross Country at Loughborough.  For the first time there was equality in distance in the women’s and men’s race, advertised as a 10k.  7 miles of heavy, sticky mud later, Helen Smith was the final counter for the Cheshire team, who finished 14th overall. 


1 Mar: Jayne Lomax reports: Five hardy VRAC runners headed for Wales for the beautiful and challenging Anglesy Half Marathon and despite a last minute route change and stormy conditions dug deep and did themselves proud. Brutal, strong and icy winds and a massive fallen tree saw this year's traditional out and back along the seafront diverted inland with steeper climbs. The downhill sections were no respite being so steep you had to lean back to avoid falls and painful knee jarring. It was by far the toughest but most beautiful half marathon I have ever done! The steepest hill on the return section saw all but the elites walking. Not quite the billing 'gentle with undulating hills' but this was probably referring to the original route.
NameGen PosCatCat Pos10kHalf
Paul Davies210M452154.061.54.46
Male finishers683    
Debbie Moreton93F50556.142.04.38
Jayne Lomax119F50658.072.07.55
Jo Edwards143F5561.
Debbie Richardson320F50271.
Female Finishers1198   


1 Mar: Darren Cottier reports: The annual Cloud 9 hill Race is always one to look forward to. The weather was good really during the race as it was dry, with a cool wind and lots of sunny intervals. The conditions on the trails were also good considering the amount of recent rain. The routes over the farmers fields were sodden but this was just as expected. Dominique who has been running well recently, ran a strong race and finished with a first in her age category.

Vale Royal runners

61 Dominique Searle Female 5th. Female 40 1st 1:18:21

77 Darren Cottier Male 71st Male 50 6th. 1:20:14

Other past members

130 Paul Clutterbuck Male 112th Male 50 13th. 1:27:30 1:27:45

237 Valerie Kinvig Female 63rd. Female 55 10th. 1:45:45

22 Alex Mason Male 22nd. Male 40 3rd . Delamere Spartans 1:08:50


1 Mar: Good run out for Helen Harrington at a windy Oswestry. Wind assisited and some downhil in the first half meant plenty of uphill and headwind on the way home. 2nd lady and 1st age cat. Well done H.
PosGun timeFirst nameLast nameChip TimeChip PosGenderPosChipCategoryPosChip
2041:57:00HelenHarrington41:56:0020Female22Vet 3511


1 Mar: After some anxious moments for the organisers in previous days due to surface water on the course it was a relief that the event was able to go ahead. The rain had stopped but not the wind making it a tough challenge. Nevertheless, some great performances. Chris Perry first home and in the top 10. Encouraging run from the returning James Ainsworth who seemed convinced he was used mercilessly as a wind break. Graham Miles brought VRAC home with a sub 40 minute effort. 
PosGun timeFirst nameLast nameChip TimeChip PosGenderPosCategoryPos
5633:08:00ChrisStandidge33:05:0055Male54Vet 404
14936:23:00JamesAinsworth36:13:00147Male133Vet 459
19138:27:00LeeCarrington38:17:00191Male165Vet 3532
20038:51:00RichardMurray38:41:00199Male174Vet 504
22839:50:00GrahamMiles39:38:00228Male197Vet 506


18Amelia Pettitt35.12 314Stu Doyle51.58
56Liz Renondeau37.39 1559John Clarke1.16.50
234Cara Pettitt42.36 1710Finishers 
894Carole Williams1.10.43    
Team36th out of 944 count   
22 Feb: Liz Renondeau reports: A race that at times it felt more like a bog snorkelling course than a XC!  In the aftermath of Storm Ciara and Storm Dennis, the organisers promised that course conditions would not stop the race going ahead and they were not wrong!  A flavour of what to come was ominously building in the one hour queue to get onto the race car park... youngsters warming down following the early races appeared to be fairly mud splattered... however even that did not reveal the full horror of what was awaiting the later races!  Throw into the mix a number of deliberate log obstacles to hurdle (typically at the most swamp like points) and we didn’t even notice the 40-50mph gusts of wind.  However, despite the mud fest in places there were sections that were very runnable so we definitely had a good old fashioned XC race on our hands! On the ladies side, Amelia Petitt led the Vale ladies team out in style.  A top 20 finish (18th) on this course against a quality field was remarkable and shows just how far she’s come this year.  I just missed out on a top 50 placing (56th) but after an injury ridden winter was really pleased.  Next in was Clara Petit (not Cara Gibbons I don’t think) also placing in the top quarter of the nearly 1000 strong field in total.  Proudly bringing the team home to 36th out of 94 finishers was Carole Williams.  Kate Moulds also started but unfortunately had to withdraw mid race due to not feeling well.  Well done ladies, a brilliant effort! The men had just 2 brave souls. Both lived to tell the tale. Stu Doyle got badly held up in the crush in the early stages and had to work his way up the field from 2 miles. John Clarke had his usual solid run a little further back. Natabley, Ed Shepherd now VRAC 2nd claim came in a tremendous 35th overall.


22 Feb: Jo Edwards reports: Rhyl 10 mile today, great course but very very windy, first five miles the wind was on our backs but after turning at Prestatyn the second half into a gale, the last mile on the promenade getting a free dermabrasion from the sandblasting. In the wind you weren’t really getting very far for your efforts, two cups of tea later just to swill the sand from our mouths. All character building. Mary Taverner 18th lady, 2nd in age, 1.20.46 chip time. Jo Edwards 41st lady,5th in age, 1.27.34. chip time. Deb Richardson 122nd lady, 17th in age, 1.43.05 chip time.


8 Feb: Colin Rathbone reports: Touch and go on Saturday before ‘Ciara’ struck which fortunately did not appear until later. A disappointing turnout for the women in the last of the Manchester venues with only Mel flying the flag which unfortunately looks likely that we will be relegated in the Vets Women from Div 1 to Div 2 and the Senior Women will be relegated from Div 2 to Div 3 from next year. Mel excelled running strongly throughout, pity she didn’t have a back-up. In the Senior Men we fielded a skeleton team of 6, but what a team. Great performances from all 6. Results below. Team positions on the day were very creditable. Cumulative team results are eagerly awaited but it looks like a possible promotion in the Senior Men category from Div 2 to Div 1 and a probable promotion in the Vets Men from Div 2 to Div 1. Brilliant effort everyone. Full results here.
73Mel JohnsonL351541.19
30Stu DoyleM45136.31
56Mark CrabtreeM401037.53
132Gareth WilliamsM50941.04
175Richard MurrayM501542.27
248Mark PillinerM502146.27
312John ClarkeM65450.02
Team25th/466 count  
Vets Team7th/384 count 


31 Jan: 15 from VRAC at this popular 5 mile blow out and no less than 7 PB's. Chris Williams logged a top 20 finish taking around 30 seconds off his best. Close behind Andrew Miles continued his good form with a similar PB improvement. Liz Renondeau took 20 seconds off her best to win the F40 category. Gary Richardson, Matthew Hough and Mel Johnson also logged PB's. Good day. Full reults here. More photos on Bryan Dale site.
18Chris Williams MMSEN00:25:2300:25:22PB
20Andrew Miles MMSEN00:25:3400:25:34PB
41Matthew Mccormack MMSEN00:26:3600:26:36PB
71James Ainsworth MM4500:28:4900:28:47 
72Elizabeth Renondeau FF4000:28:5100:28:48PB
86Michael Harrington MM4500:29:1800:29:15 
93Gary Richardson MM4500:29:3600:29:29PB
101Lewis Brown MMSEN00:29:4800:29:44 
138Graham Miles MM5000:31:1500:31:12 
145Matthew Hough MM4500:31:3500:31:15PB
163Craig Sephton MM4500:32:1300:32:05 
199Helen Whitby FF3500:33:2900:33:22 
238Paul Davies MM4500:34:1700:33:55 
255Melanie Johnson FF3500:34:4100:34:19PB
395Mary Tavener FF5500:38:3800:38:28 


26 Jan: Rob/Katie Olliver report: This seafront race started right on the prom front, next to the beach huts and was an out and back race. The wind was strong and the rain coming down sideways at times. Katie was looking to get a race in ahead of the Village Bakery and wanted to race flat out, as it replaced a progression run on Saturday. Katie was made up to finish second lady in 65.01 and thought the prizes were fantastic!. Katie commented "Very difficult race today, brutal conditions throughout...but made up with 2nd lady and my amazing race gillet and a trophy in the shape of trainer!!"


25 Jan: Colin Rathbone reports: First time at this lovely parkland venue in North Yorkshire. Perfect weather and spirits were high due to the Vale Royal successes in the junior categories, with the Under 15 girls taking team gold, the Under 17 men taking team gold and Under 20 men taking team bronze, with individual medals being achieved also. See main VRAC website. By the time of the senior races the conditions underfoot had become somewhat muddy in places. We managed a Senior Women’s team with spirited performances from Amelia Pettitt who had made the journey from London to run, being rewarded by a 13th overall ably supported by Chloe Dooley, Helen Smith and Claire Thompson. Carole Williams ran strongly despite falling and cracking a rib at the last Tatton xc. Well done girls.
Unfortunately we couldn’t muster a team in the Men’s race but the 4 who did run performed brilliantly. Well done fellas.Hopefully we can get senior teams out in the Nationals in Nottingham on 22 February. Full results here.  FOOTNOTE: For stattos. Gareth Wlliams reports: "Finished exactly 300th in this race for 3 of the last 4 years!". The only other person who would have known that would have been statto Goffy of course.
Men   Ladies  
PosTimeName PosTimeName
8247.27Stu Doyle 1330.44Amelia Pettitt
12049.19Mark Crabtree 6233.57Chloe Dooley
30055.53Gareth Williams 9536.06Helen Smith
5811.23.29Colin Rathbone 13738.15Claire Thompson
584Finishers  34557.42Carole Williams
    11th/39Team4 Count


19 Jan: The usual strong and talented turnout for this popular local race which was won in 1.06.14. Plenty of VRAC vests throughout the field. Chris Standidge was at the sharp end with a top 10 finish just 8 seconds short of his PB. It was a good day for Mr and Mrs Richardson with Gary close to a 2 minute PB and Debbie completing her first half marathon abley paced and nattered round by Jo Edwards. Following a busy cross country season Nick Mort was another half marathon debutant comfortably under his target of 2 hours. Some excellent runs by VRACers with Paul Davies and Debbie Broad delivering big PB's with Paul improving by over 3 minutes and Debbie 'very happy' with a huge 4 min 44 sec PB. And...Congatulations to Mary Tavener who has been selected to represent England in a masters half marathon international at Fleet in March. Good day for VRAC. Full results here.
PosGun timeFirst nameLast nameChip TimeChip PosGenderPosCategoryPos 


17 Jan: Graham Miles reports: Andrew and myself headed to Morecambe for an early 5k.Once we had battled the M6 on a Friday night to arrived for a low key but reputedly quick 5k. It was a wet and windy night and Andrew was running in his third race in six days (on three different surfaces).He went off in the lead and ran on his own winning in a new PB of 15.09 winning by a minute. I finished in 18.51, with my category position being unknown at the time of going to press. A low key race with no chip timing but worth going to. The race is run every 6 weeks if anyone fancies giving it a go.


11 Jan: Colin Rathbone reports: Great new venue, excellent weather and good conditions underfoot. A decent turnout in the men’s race but again only a skeleton number in the women. Everybody ran exceptionally well with some high placings giving us a possible promotion boost back into Division 1. All we need is a good turnout for the last fixture at Heaton Park on the 8 February. Full reults here.
52nd. Holly Carrington.  36.53
71st.   Claire Thompson. 37.59. 9th V40
257th. Paula Manley.       48.44. 55th V40
313rd. Carole Williams.   56.54.  6th V65

Total runners 328
Ladies Team 41st out of 69
Ladies Vets Team 46th out of 69
21st. Stu Doyle.     34.16.   1st V45
31st. Aaron Doyle. 34.44.  5th U20
36th. Ryan Moore. 34.53
42nd. Mark Crabtree. 35.08. 4th V40
136th. Gareth Williams. 38.49. 10th V50
195th. Matt Hough.   40.17.  30th V45
274th. Bob Corinaldi. 43.03. 17th V50
284th. Mark Pilliner.   43.31.  19th V50
385th. John Clarke.    47.44.  4th V65
446th. Nick Mort.        53.22. 33rd V55
478th. Paul Hudson.    1.06.30. 6th V65

Total runners 478
Men’s Team. 10th out of 62
Vets Team ‘A’ 8th out of 57
Vets Team ‘B’ 44th out of 57


11 Jan: Helen Harrington reports: Cracking little event hosted by Mick Hall with a few testing climbs. The men’s race was run before the women which made it a little spread out in the ladies field. Nonetheless, Helen finished third overall despite running solo for most of the race. Tony Dutton on his way back from injury enjoyed the race and has a lot more to come as he continues to build his fitness. Ed: The observant will note Tony's achievement of finishing in the same position as his race number. Race pic for H awaited.
RacePosNameChipCat Pos
Female3Helen Harrington42.54F351
Male141Tony Dutton54.52M4525


11 Jan: Proud Graham Miles reports: Andrew Miles went for his annual pilgrimage to the Northern Indoors at the English institute of sport at Sheffield to take on the 3000m.The first 2k was tactical with Andrew going through in a close lead group of 7 in 6.04.The race sped up from there with Andrew running the penultimate 200m in 30.3.With 200 m to go he was second and held on to 2nd in a 11 second indoor Pb of 8.48.7, 3 seconds behind the winner and holding off the third runner by 1/2 a second.This was Andrew’s first region medal, with his previous highest senior position being 7th. 


4 Jan: The Cheshire Champs XC was at Knights Grange and jointly hosted by Cheshire clubs. Thanks to all the people who helped. The VRAC competitors turned out in force and did themselves and the club proud. The ladies fielded 4 full teams with Sarah Murphy, Katie Brough and Helen Smith taking 2nd team overall and 1st vet team. The men had 4 in the top 10 and took 1st team overall and also 1st vets team. Full results here.
LADIES Pos.No.NameCategoryLV Pos.Cat posTime
3647Sarah MurphyV402233:08
11638Katie BroughV355135:21
14653Helen SmithV507137:03
16652Dominique SearleV409537:35
17654Claire ThompsonV4010637:39
19639Holly CarringtonL 937:45
24649Clara PettittL 1138:39
37642Melanie JohnonV3524540:49
44650Jeanette PopeV40291241:24
65643Jayne LomaxV5048744:38
68641Liz GaleV40511845:37
72640Jo EdwardsV5554546:31
74645Debbie MoretonV5056846:42
80644Paula ManleyV40622150:22
86651Debbie RichardsonV50661054:08
91655Carole WilliamsV6571355:54
Team A2nd3 countVets Team A1st3 count 
B4th B4th  
C10th C12th  
D20th D15th 
MEN Pos.No.NameCategoryMV Pos.Cat posTime
4140Harry DexterM 438:28
8141Arun DightM 739:32
9142Stuart DoyleV452139:39
10134Josh BetteleyM 839:55
14157Nathan WilliamsM 940:47
17138Mark CrabtreeV407541:13
27148Matt McCormackM 1842:37
32147Duncan HarrisV5011143:10
53135Lee CarringtonM 2846:13
59199Rick MurrayV5029846:25
91139Bob CorinaldiV50561349:38
93145David HainesV50581450:08
128151Andrew PopeM 4556:21
133132Alex AshcroftV45882358:52
136137Steve CollierV609171:00:15
137143Anthony DuttonV4592261:00:44
142136Barry ChambersV659741:05:20
145149Nick MortV5599151:07:51
Team A1st6 CountVets Team A1st4 Count 
B8th B15th  

2020 GOALS

1 Jan: Happy New Year to all at VRAC. May it be a healthy and rewarding running year. A good time to step back and think about what you want 2020 to bring in terms of your running. Well worth taking a look at coach Andy Carter's checklist of things that will help you improve. You will find his advice in the Training section here. Meanwhile, here were a few who got the New Year off to a good start with double dip park runs.


29 Dec: Graham Miles reports: 5 Vale Royal members attended the undulating Ribble Valley 10km as an ideal blowout between Christmas and New Year. First home in a time of 31.43 was Andrew Miles finishing in 42nd. Andrew was followed home by Mark Crabtree, making his debut on the course. Mark’s chip time was 35.17 finishing 138th and 11th Vet 40. Next home was Mike Harrington in 36.39 in a season’s best finishing 178th and 13th Vet 45. The last to complete was Graham Miles with a chip time of 39.21 finishing in 270th and 12th Vet 50.Unfortunately Josh Betteley started but dropped out around 2 ½ miles. A very well organised race which have I run on a number of occasions, but not a PB course despite the quick times throughout the field, but that just might be me!

PosNameGunChipCatPosNet Cat PosGenPos
42ANDREW MILES00:31:4300:31:43Male3838Male42
138MARK CRABTREE00:35:3400:35:17V401111Male125
178MICHAEL HARRINGTON00:36:5300:36:39V451113Male157
270GRAHAM MILES00:39:4200:39:21V501112Male242


26 Dec: Helen Harrington reports: Some great performances for Vale Royal AC at the inaugural Run Cheshire Northwich Boxing Day 5k, led home by Harry Dexter who finished second overall. A great race for the ladies saw Amelia Pettitt finish first lady in a race long battle between her and Holly Weedall who finished just 10 seconds back for second place. Excedllent runs were also had by Dylan Carney, Rhys Bowden and Jack Searle all setting new PB’s for 5k. Add to that no less than 6 age category wins! Everyone enjoyed the new Boxing Day Challenge and mince pies were well received by all finishers. Brilliant free to download pics from Mick Hall here.
PosGun timeFirst nameLast nameChip TimeGenderPosCatPos 
216:13HarryDexter16:12Male2U 211PB=
1418:51GaryRichardson18:48Male11Vet 451 
2119:55TomArmstrong19:53Male17Vet 406 
2520:26DominiqueSearle20:24Female5Vet 401PB
3220:56MelanieJohnson20:53Female7Vet 353 
4622:17Johnclarke22:13Male37Vet 651 
4922:23ClaireThompson22:21Female11Vet 402 
6323:38JeanettePope23:33Female14Vet 404 
10027.02PaulaManley26:56Female30Vet 408 
13129:32DebbieRichardson29:14Female46Vet 503 


26 Dec: Just two VRacers at a very wet RTW. Great to see Tony Dutton back racing even if he does need to work on his selfie technique and vest strap malfunctions :) VRAC representation abley assisited by the evergreen Barry Chambers.
PosGun timeFirst nameLast nameChip TimeChip PosGenderPosCategoryPos
18636:19:00AnthonyDutton36:06:00189Male149Male Vet 4523
20937:30:00BarryChambers37:00:00210Male165Male Vet 656


21 Dec: Huge congratulations to Gary Richardson on achieving his ambition of breaking 3 hours. Here's his report:

I wanted to do a marathon in December but limited races available with most being off road, so had to travel all the way to the Kent coast. This is a low profile race with no real timers or marshals out on the course so times are reliant on you GPS watch. The course was 5 out and back loops running only a few feet from the waters edge along the sea wall. The weather was horrendous with strong coastal winds and driving rain. Good on the 2.5 mile out loop but awful on the return leg. Managed to achieve my long term goal of Sub 3, finishing in 2:59:20 and 2nd place overall. Very scenic and pretty course I can imagine in the Summer. I must thank Anna and Paddy (Daughter and her boyfriend) who were my support crew and braved conditions and were soaked through and freezing cold by the end.


15 Dec: Four solid runs from VRAC. Gemma Barnett first home with a PB commented: "10 years since I'd last did this race. Happy with a minute quicker and 4th lady. Strong field so I'll take that". Not far behind an under the weather Helen Harrington.
82GEMMA BARNETTTF 18-39401:06:4701:06:37PB
132HELEN HARRINGTONF 18-39701:10:2601:10:14 
142JOHN TODDM 55-59401:10:5001:10:39 
171DAVID MURPHYM 40-443001:12:3801:12:15 


8 Dec: Debbie Broad reports: Seven athletes headed to Telford In what was a cold wet and windy day. Both men had a great race - our very own Mike Harrington found himself in the elite race by mistake but pulled out a seasons best with Chris Williams going sub 32 minutes for the first time with a PB in an impressive 31.59. Our top woman Sarah Murphy smashes out a season best and a 4th v40 in 37.03. Mel Johnson and Chloe Broad had solid runs. Although Chloe has been ill for a month and has been taking training very steady. Fab run by Helen Smith who is getting back to form with a great seasons best and I finished my year with another sneaky PB! Full results here.
105CHRIS WILLIAMS00:32:0700:31:59Senior U40100Male105PB
298Sarah Murphy00:37:0300:37:00W404Female43 
315MICHAEL HARRINGTON00:37:2100:37:13M4516Male267 
408CHLOE BROAD00:39:3000:39:27Lady U4070Female86 
520MELANIE JOHNSON00:42:3300:42:24Lady U4084Female119 
544HELEN SMITH00:43:1100:43:03W508Female129 
594DEBBIE BROAD00:44:3300:44:27W5010Female142PB


8 Dec: Colin Rathbone reports: Good weather (just the odd gust), a bit spongy under foot but overall great new course. We only managed a skeleton women’s team (again) but a great commitment from the ladies who turned up, including 2 new recruits to the Manchester league - Helen & Caroline, both a bit nervous but when the race started they were firing on all cylinders.  In the men’s team also just managed a team + 1, relying heavily on the usual xc stalwarts. Good to see Mark Crabtree has made a good recovery from his recent injury. Paul Hudson gave it a go but retired after the first lap.


30th. Hollie Carrington.  42.48.  14th senior lady
133rd. Caroline Buckley. 53.09.  10th V50
142nd. Helen Betteley.    54.21.   13th V50
172nd.  Carole Williams.  64.06.  3rd V65

Total 179 - Women 27th team out of 34 - Vets Women 27th team out of 31.


40th. Mark Crabtree.   45.09.  9th V40
84th. Lee Carrington.   48.12.  42nd SM
118th  Rick Murray.        50.34.  10th V50
139th. Dave Haines.      51.51.   24th V45
167th. Mark Pilliner.       53.46.  14th V50
201st. Chris Beard.        56.18.   17th V50
277th. Barry Chambers. 67.04.  4th V65

Total 286 - Senior Men 17th team out of 37 - Vets Men 11th team out of 32.

Will Ashfield in the Under 17 Boys ran a perfectly paced race to outsprint Finlay Proffitt (Macclesfield ac), a reversal of the result at Wythenshawe Park in the 1st Manchester xc event to gain a well deserved 1st place.


8 Dec: Debbie Moreton reports: A gloriously bright, sunny morning for the Tatton Park Yule Yomp 10 trail race. Lots of effort made with the fancy dress and the usual great atmostphere. However, fighting with a very strong, cold wind, battling with all the mud glorious mud and being knee deep in cold water at one point seemed to make the race feel a lot tougher than normal. Managed a smile or two for the photographer, except at the finish line when all the water sloshing about in my shoes had turned my feet to ice and everything hurt!). Have to say, the race missed James Ainsworth and his tutu though. 
Claire Thompson        FV40     Category position 1                                                                                    Chip time 00:47:38
Stephen Thompson    MV55    Category position 15                                                                                   Chip time 00:52:20
Eleanor Riches           FV45    Category position 3  (running as Waters Winter Wanderers not Vale)              Chip time 00:52:27
Debbie Moreton          FV50     Category position 6                                                                                    Chip time 00:56:54
Jo Edwards                FV55     Category position 2                                                                                    Chip time 00:57:24
Chris Griffiths             MV60    Category position 13                                                                                   Chip time 00:59:37
Paula Manley             FV40     Category position 32  (running as Waters Winter Wanderers not Vale)            Chip time 01:01:38
Debbie Richardson     FV50     Category position 32                                                                                   Chip time 01:09:22

Eleanor and Paula's team came first in the teams.


30 Nov: The local Rushmoor crowd clearly had a bit of a shock with a sudden influx of VRAC quickies! FB post "Lads on tour, Rushmoor Parkrun (Aldershot)! Unfortunately James Stringer had more important things to do (hair dresser). George Thompson with Pete Cox, Zach Cross, Tom Heawood and Chris Perry (winner)."


23 Nov: A massive 10k field of over 4000 at Wilmslow and some terrific times with 7 runners going sub 30 minutes. 18 runners from VRAC and no less than 10 PB's! Andrew Miles improved on his recent PB at Leeds Abbey Dash by around 1 minute. Good to see James Aimsworth making his comeback with his first race for 5 months targetting 36 minutes and not far off. Matt Hough, Ian Simpson, David Roberts and Mike Atkinson all carved between 1 and 2 minutes off their 10k best. AOM Debbie Broad had missed sub 45 min by 2 seconds at Leeds but smashed through the barrier here. Well done all. Full results here.
PosGun timeNameNameChipPosGenPosCatPos 
4734:50:00ChrisJones34:45:0046Male46Vet 358 
5835:14:00GeorgeThompson35:08:0057Male57Vet 3511 
10036:36:00JamesAinsworth36:31:00100Male96Vet 4018 
12237:13:00RobertRoe37:04:00122Male117Vet 4023PB
13937:32:00MatthewHough37:24:00141Male131Vet 456PB
14437:35:00RichardMurray37:26:00145Male135Vet 505PB
16438:13:00IanSimpson38:01:00166Male153Vet 508PB
29740:54:00DavidRoberts40:35:00311Male276Vet 4533PB
31141:05:00CarolynDooley40:47:00320Female25Vet 453 
42142:52:00GeoffFawkes42:21:00440Male386Vet 4552PB
42442:55:00BrianDooley42:22:00442Male388Vet 4553 
45543:19:00MelanieJohnson42:37:00457Female44Vet 359 
56944:52:00MikeAtkinson43:45:00542Male507Vet 654PB
61745:22:00DebbieBroad44:39:00648Female68Vet 506PB
113650:33:00JayneLomax49:31:001296Female216Vet 5018 


16 Nov: Coln Rahtbone reports: A misty & cold start at the cross-country at Park Hall. Three women and nine men turned out. Park Hall one of the best cross-country courses so it was disappointing to not achieve a women’s team for the second time this season. Knights Grange was our only complete team outing. Men have cumulative team position 5th out of 14. West Cheshire & Congleton not far in front of us - let’s get good teams out for the last match at Rodbaston on 14 December.
PosNameCatTime PosNameCatTime
75Jeanette PopeW4028.40 16Josh BetteleySM25.21
116Paula ManleyW4033.06 45Aaron DoyleJM27.12
155Carole WilliamsW6539.18 60Mike HarringtonM4527.58
173Finishers   130Bob CorinaldiM5031.23
     161Mark PillinerM5032.43
No ScoreTeam Div 1 (incomplete Team)   188John ClarkeM6534.26
     236Barry ChambersM6540.08
     245Nick MortM5540.56
     246Colin RathboneM7540.59
     3rd/19Team Div 2 (4 counters) 


16 Nov: Liz Renondeau reports: The British and Irish Masters International XC was held at Aintree with three VRAC representatives. Gareth Williams for Wales (M50 team), Liz Renondeau for England (W40 team) and Carolyn Dooley who was a reserve for the England W45 team and ran in the Open race. It was a pleasure to see Helen Smith there who also ran in the open race. Everyone turned up expecting a mud bath of a course given the recent rain fall. Actually the course was pretty runnable. No hills (yeah!) and good to firm in places and slightly squelchy in others. Weather was cold but dry (for once)! I was pretty apprehensive about how I was going to run as picked up a shin / ankle injury a few weeks before and hadn’t run for three weeks. However adrenaline kicked in and I had a pretty good race (Ed - understatement!). Absolutely delighted to win bronze individual and team gold. Carolyn had a brilliant run in the open race finishing fifth lady overall.  Great to see Helen Smith in the open race too - think she was a couple of places down on Carolyn. Overall a fabulous event topped off by a presentation and awards ceremony at Southport convention centre afterwards. Carolyn and I were lucky enough to be seated on the same table as legendary masters runner Claire Elms as well as her coach who is results editor for AW. So hopefully you will all see more mention of Vale athletes results in coming editions! Although we did spend the first half hour of the conversation thinking he said he worked for VW as opposed To AW. So we’re slightly confused for a while. Evening topped off with some serious dancing and celebrating with all the other teams. Northern Ireland lot won the prize for most vocal and best dancing. Both of us hope we make the team next year when it is Dublin’s turn to host! Ps awesome support from Bernie Jones on the course who despite being Wales team manager made a lot of noise for us English ladies!
NameRaceDistancePosCatCat PosCountryTime
Liz RenondeauW35 - W606k8W403ENG21.58
Gareth WilliamsM50 - M608k50M5028WAL30.07


8 Nov: John Clarke reports:  I ran the 40 mile Warrington Way Ultra, It starts and finishes in Lymm, You can do it as a solo runner in pairs or team relay, I did it as a solo runner in a time of 8 hours 29 min, 66th out of 231 solo runners, slower than I wanted but some of the last 10 miles in the fields were nearly impossible to run on with loads of thick mud and water, so walked a bit more than expected, This is a great race for anyone wanting to do there first ultra with 3 checkpoints all stocked food and drinks very friendly staff with great support around the course, with people offering you sweets and also more food and drinks even cans of cider, And you get a hot meal at the finish.


9 Nov: Colin Rathbone reports: What a cracking day for the 2nd instalment of the Manchester xc league at Kenworthy Woods. The weather confounded all predictions and we were treated to a fine dry day only to be surpassed by the performances of the Vale Royal Seniors.


16th. Kate Moulds.  28.43
69th. Helen Smith.  31.07.  3rd L50
79th. Claire Thompson. 31.28. 11th L40
93rd. Mel Johnson.  32.05.  17th L35
316th. Carole Williams. 44.20. 6th L65

Total 343 ladies
Senior Ladies 12th out of 68 teams
Vets ladies 11th out of 71 teams.

Good to see Kate Moulds leading the Vale Royal charge & a good close finish for Helen, Claire & Mel. Carole was our team safety net and ran well in her new spikes.


1st. Ed Shepherd. 31.51
14th. Chris Williams. 33.17
149th. Gareth Williams. 39.22. 8th V50
191st. Rick Murray. 40.16. 13th V50
245th. Dave Haines. 42.11. 36th V45
307th. Mark Pilliner. 44.05. 26th V50
347th  Chris Beard. 45.23. 31st V50
482nd. Barry Chambers. 54.00. 6th V65
492nd. Nick Mort. 55.45. 39th V55

Total Male runners 512
Senior Men’s Team 22nd out of 70 teams
Vets Team 21st out of 59 teams.

It was brilliant to see Ed win by a clear 17 seconds, leading in a massive field of 512 runners, a truly uplifting moment. Chris Williams ran a superb, perfectly measured race to finish in 14th place. Our other 7 runners did the club proud, each one giving their usual 100%. A great performance. Let’s see if we can get even more runners at the next Manchester event at Arrowe Park, Birkenhead on SUNDAY 8 December. Note the change of day to the Sunday. All details on Full results here.


2 Nov: Gareth Williams reports:Very wet conditions at Berry Hill Park in Mansfield didn't prevent a great day for the club claiming 1 team gold (U15 girls) and 2 team silvers (U15 and U17 boys).The senior ladies team of Helen Smith, Liz Gale and Debbie Broad came in a very respectable 81st out of 121 complete teams. The rain had stopped by the time the senior men's race started but the muddy conditions meant times were much slower than normal for the course. Chris Perry and Richard Pettitt got our A and B teams underway. Nathan Williams, Josh Betteley and Gareth Williams made up the rest of the A team, finishing in 48th out 161 complete teams. Full reults here.


3 Nov: Mel Johnson reports: My self and chris made the journey to abergele for the Abergele 5mile the last inter counties match. Good racing conditions with slight wind going out. Chris looked strong when I saw him out on the course finishing an amazing 11th in a great time of 27.58 (PB) and 1st vet 35. I believe the mens Cheshire team finished 2nd. I had a good run finnishing 72 and 4th vet 35 in a time of 35.11... there were a total of 216 finishers. Cheshire ladies won gold! So a great day for us both.
1100:27:59ChrisJones00:27:5811Male11Vet 351PB
7200:35:25MelanieJohnson00:35:1172Female16Vet 354


26 Oct: Colin Rathbone reports: A good overall turnout for the event but sadly the Vale Royal contingent was minimal due to the distance to this event coupled with the atrocious weather. Senior Women could not field a team, in both the Seniors or the Vets. Vale Royal. 8th Senior Men Team in Div 2.  But sadly could not field a Vets team. Despite the low number of Vale Royalers they all committed fully & deserve praise for their efforts. Full results and photos at Bryan Dale here.
12Katie BroughF3522.2419Aaron DoyleJM28.53
37Mel JohnsonF3525.0964Mike HarringtonM4532.09
115Paula ManleyF4031.24213John ClarkeM6540.51
192Finishers  235Barry ChambersM6545.34


26,27 Oct: Bob Corinaldi reports on dirty weekend with Mrs C: Another treat from Mrs C last weekend!  Dirty double in the Lake District is 2 trail runs, 15K on Saturday & 14k on Sunday.  The weather had been horrendous on the lead up to this event and snow was forecast on the upper reached of Helvellyn. Saturdays 15K was a route around the lower part of Helvellyn and as I was running both days I opted for road shoes as I need my comfort now I’m getting older. My first mistake was starting towards the back and having to pick my way through the field at the start.  This was followed closely by me losing my shoe in an unexpected boggy bit at 2 ½ miles and landing on my backside.  This undid most of my hard work  at the start and due to the nature of the terrain its difficult to pass on most sections so I only managed 1:18:00and 46th place & Mrs C in 2:36:17. Sunday’s 14K was along part of the Ullswater shore line  which meant a trip up the lake on a boat to the start (I don’t do boats!) and although Ullswater was probably like a millpond my stomach did start to go onto a slow spin cycle by the time we got off. This was quite a lumpy trot with 1300ft of elevation.  Keen not to repeat all of the mistakes from Saturday I stuck with the road shoes but managed to get up front at the start and hang on for 11th place in 1:18:49 & Mrs C in 2:48:01. Hellvellyn results here. Ullswater results here.


27 Oct: Brian Dooley reports: Sunday saw a break in the recent wet weather and a large Vale Royal contingent were greeted with blue skies and sunshine for the Winsford 10k Trail race. That said because of the previous heavy rain the course had to be altered as the section along the Weaver back to the salt mine was now under water. Rather than cancel the organisers changed the route to an out and back heading from the salt mine and taking in the Whitegate way and Grange lane before turning around at Vale Royal Abbey for the dash for home. The battle at the front of the race was between Ryan Moore and new to VRAC Matthew McCormack, Matt was in the lead at the half way turn but Ryan finished strong to clinch the victory. Gary Richardson had a typical solid race finishing 5th and taking 1st male over 50 with the next battle between Gemma Barnett and myself, it was nip and tuck for most of the race with Gemma just pipping me on the line. More VRAC battles happened further down the field with Debbie Moreton next to take victory passing Jayne Lomax in the closing stages of the race and taking 1st female over 50. All in all a successful day out for VRAC picking up 1st & 2nd male, 2nd & 3rd female, 1st M O40, 1st M O50, 1st F O50, and 1st Team. Full results here.
PosGun timeFirst nameLast nameChipPosGenderPosCatPos
135:24:00RyanMoore35:24:001Male1Senior (18-39)1
235:57:00MatthewMccormack35:57:002Male2Senior (18-39)2
539:02:00GaryRichardson39:01:005Male5O40 (40-49)1
1141:14:00DominiqueSearle41:13:0011Female2O40 (40-49)2
1442:08:00GemmaBarnett42:08:0014Female3Senior (18-39)1
1542:09:00BrianDooley42:08:0015Male12O40 (40-49)3
1643:34:00JohnTodd43:33:0016Male13O50 (50-59)1
3347:09:00ClaireThompson47:08:0033Female7O40 (40-49)5
8352:43:00DebbieMoreton52:40:0085Female18O50 (50-59)1
8652:59:00JayneLomax52:56:0091Female19O50 (50-59)2
18601:02:58DebbieRichardson01:02:44186Female74O50 (50-59)16
20401:05:07CaroleWilliams01:04:55205Female88O60 (60+)5


26 Oct: Chris Beard reports:Dave Haines and myself travel to the peak district for this popular 'hilly' race.  24 hours of rain of biblical proportion saw us faced with a journey through overflowing streams, rivers and fjords just to reach the race start. With no let up in the weather we ran through torrential rain and the majority of the course was under water, there were streams flowing down the hills and standing water on the flats, it was knee deep in places but, it all added to the experience. Dave ran a fantastic race battling through the field to finish 14th overall, and 2nd MV45 in a time of 1:00:06 which was faster than last year in much better conditions. I finished way back in 47th place, 8th MV50 in 1:06:13.  Judging by the pictures taken around mile 6 I had enjoyed the water way too much! A great race and well organised and marshalled, plus there's tea and cake at the finish. 
134 Finishers.


27 Oct:  Graham Miles reports: Five vale royal runners made the trip to Leeds, for the Abbey Dash 10km,one of the quickest 10k’s in the country. It was a windy day and the course was not as fast as I expected, or it might be a sign of me getting older. First home with a PB of 36 seconds was Andrew Miles in 32.25.Andrew was a little disappointed with the time due to struggling with a stitch from mile 4 onwards. The quality of the race was such that Andrew finished 129 with 29 men under 30 minutes. Andrew was followed home by Sarah Murphy in a chip time of 36.19 a PB by 5 seconds to finish 44th lady and 4th F40. Sarah had a battle with Amelia Pettitt who’s chip time was 36.09 but they finished one place apart in the race(369 &370). Debbie Broad had an excellent run to knock 45 seconds of her PB finishing in a chip time of 45.01.The final member of the team was a older gentleman ,who thought the ideal way to spend time with his family was to take them to a race which entailed getting up at 5 and then letting them stand in the cold while he went and did his hobby! I was aiming for sub 39 minutes and actually ran 38.57( chip time) with a negative split, the second half being 17 seconds quicker than the first half despite almost walking up the final hill. I was 531 overall and 15th M50. A race I would definitely good back to and would recommend to anyone ,but could have done with less wind and being a lot fitter.
129Andrew MilesMMSEN00:32:3000:32:25PB
369Sarah MurphyFF4000:36:3400:36:19PB
370Amelia PettittFFSEN00:36:3500:36:09 
531Graham MilesMM5000:39:2500:38:57 
1150Debbie BroadFF5000:46:3800:45:01PB


27 Oct: Lee Carrington reports: I did the  Clwydian hills fell race today.a partially marked  9 mile course with 3000ft of climb..Managed 10mins quicker than last time and didn’t get lost.


26 Oct: Jo Edwards took part in the 37th Snowdonia Marathon. My training had gone well leading up to this but unfortunately came down with man flu the night before, well I’m here now so I might as well get that T-shirt, weather was evil but the rain stopped as I reached the top of Pen y Pass, so much water on the roads and the last two miles were very dangerous but the race was as well supported as ever, despite my throat being on fire I was happy with my result.
Finish time 4.36.33
6th in age group out of 59
224th female out of 805
1,163rd out of 2,333


19 Oct: Bob Corinaldi reports: Whilst on a recent trip to Greece Mrs C treated us both to a 5k in Thessaloniki. Thankfully it was at night as there’s a bit of a heatwave going on at present.  A 5k after 10 days eating & drinking was never going to be pretty and as a late entry we ended up at the back of the start pens. I managed to pick my way through a packed field in 20:43 which is ok for a holiday stroll!  Mrs C finished in 36:35 but won the sprint to the ice creams at the end!

NameGunChipGender Pos'nFinal Pos'n
Bob Corinaldi35:39:0020:43472733
Ashlin Corinaldi51:50:0036:35:009882452


19 Oct: We struggled for numbers but managed to field one senior mens team. John Humphries, Josh Betteley, Cameron Weaver and Matt Hough finished a very worthy 17th team out of 51 on a muddy course. Unfortunately, the ladies were unable to field a team but Holly Carrington flew the flag as a solo runner putting in a good performance. Full results here.


13 Oct: Full report awaited but looks like some good performances with Rick Murray taking the M50 win.
PosGun timeNameNameChipmin/m GenderPosCatPos
1438:09:00RichardMurray38:06:0006:08Male13Vet 501
1738:38:00RobertRoe38:36:0006:12Male16Vet 404
2239:35:00IanSimpson39:32:0006:21Male21Vet 502
2640:23:00GemmaBarnett40:22:0006:29Female3Vet 352
3442:07:00DavidRoberts42:04:0006:46Male30Vet 457
5143:43:00AnnaBegbie43:37:0007:01Female8Vet 354
5343:51:00MelanieJohnson43:44:0007:02Female9Vet 355
6144:58:00MikeAtkinson44:52:0007:13Male50Vet 602
29959:19:00DebbieRichardson58:44:0009:27Female124Vet 508


12 Oct: Colin Rathbone reports: What started as a sunny day at Wythenshawe Park but with the recent rain the course was boggy in many parts. A decent turnout for the men with 9 runners but only 4 women (a basic team). What we lacked in numbers we made up with gutsy performances by all 4. Hopefully there will be more at Kenworthy Woods on the 9 November. I must also mention Will Ashfield in the Under-17 race. Will shared the lead with Finley Proffitt of Macclesfield who is a year older than Will to lose out by 2 seconds in a thrilling sprint finish. I was 1st over 75, 4th over 70. Think the oldest category in Manchester is the over 70!

Paul Hudson reports: First club league cross country since 2017. - 6 miles of mud and tree roots through the affluence of Wythenshawe.Totally unfit so planned to come last (last = fame - everyone looks to see who came first or last - the 2 most important positions). Thought I'd executed the plan well only to be thwarted by someone else who had slipped in about 600 metres behind to steal the position - totally gutted.
41Helen SmithL50135.44
54Claire ThompsonL40636.36
167Mary TavenerL551042.08
264Carole WilliamsL65552.42
31/55Team4 Count  
16/56Vets Team3 Count 
109Gareth WilliamsM50438.31
110Lee Carrington  38.35
209Darren CottierM453342.38
218Dave HainesM453642.56
277Chris BeardM502745.10
332John ClarkeM65747.53
378Colin RathboneM75152.43
386Nick MortM552853.48
415Paul HudsonM651065.13
30/52Team6 Count  
18 and 46/48Vets Team4 Count 


12 Oct: Kate Dickinson reports: I completed the 10k Hell Run in Delamere this Saturday (otherwise known as The Half Way to Hell Run). It was a fantastic, challenging course with plenty of mud, brambles and bogs. Including the legendary Bog of Doom! I placed 2nd overall and was First female.


13 Oct: Liz Renondeau reports: Selected for my first North if England vest running in Peterborough half. 7 hour round trip with 0430 wake up call on race day from some Scottish revellers fighting in room next door. Arrived at start in torrential rain. Warmed up... still torrential rain. 10 mins before due to go to start... told there was a slight delay due to incident in course. 45 mins later... race cancelled. Man seen acting suspiciously on course and police and fire arms squad called to investigate! So in summary got the vest but unfortunately not able to run in it... unless you count my warm up!


13 Oct: Stu Doyle reports: Good conditions and a flat course for this morning’s Manchester Half marathon. Pleased to run my quickest half for a couple of years at 1.13.23 and also managed to win my age group (764 other M45’s!!!). I felt strong throughout as evidenced by the 5k splits below  - my  5k to 20k was a 17. 25 – and could have got under 73 mins if I’d pushed earlier but key target was to run a decent time and I didn’t want to risk blowing up. I saw Chris Standidge (had a superb run in 71.42to come 30th overall) and Chris Griffiths 1.53 (4107th and 41st V60) but not sure if there were any other VRAC runners... Note: there were! See results table opposite.

28Chris StandidgeMMO3501:11:4401:11:43
37Stuart DoyleMMV4501:13:2501:13:24
1204Vincent JensenMMO3501:41:1801:40:57
2627Scott BamberMMV5001:55:1501:48:27
3749Chris GriffithsMMV6002:04:2901:53:26
4351Chris HudsonMMO3502:09:0401:58:35


5 Oct: A great day for Vale Royal on Sunday at the National Road Relays in Sutton Park - the club took 2 of the 8 team golds on offer and ended up with 7 top 30 finishes - a great performance by everyone competing - Both Under 15 teams won gold, and by good margins. The Senior Women finished 26th with Tessa McCormick clocking the 32nd fastest and Amelia 40th. Our senior Men came 30th with Chris Perry clocking the 41st fastest. Overall this was one of our best days ever on the National stage - when you consider the number and quality of clubs running, only 5 other clubs including a Welsh club took team gold. Hopefully we can replicate this at Mansfield for the National cross country relays on 2nd November - a venue where we have taken silver on a number of occasions but never gold! Full reults here.


6 Oct: Colin Rathbone reports: Colin & Carole spent a few days in Bournemouth and took in the Festival of Running Marathon. We didn’t anticipate it being so hilly combined with the stiff sea breeze resulting in slightly disappointing times for both of us:

Pos 596.  Colin Rathbone.  4.00.33.  1st over 70
Pos 1712.  Carole Williams.  5.09.12.  2nd over 65

Total number of runners: 2131

Bournemouth Festival of Running is held over 2 days Saturdays races include a few children’s races + a 10k & a 5k and Half Marathon & Marathon on Sunday. Due to the tough nature of the course the organisers have decided not to hold the Marathon next year after a 7 year history (people seem to want pb’s).


6 Oct: Brian Dooley reports: Carolyn and I travelled down to south Wales for the Cardiff Half Marathon, we both had great runs there last year and this year Chloe was racing as well. Weather was good with almost perfect conditions apart from a slight breeze and as always support all around the course was superb, this is the second biggest half in the UK after the great North run with over 20,000 people taking part. Mrs D and I had disappointing runs with me just sneaking under 90mins and Carolyn just over. The story of the day however was Chloe’s run, targeting around 85mins feeling good she went for it from the start and ran a pretty perfect race with even splits and finishing in an amazing time of 80:57 – 14th female overall and the first non-elite athlete home. Running in her Cardiff Uni AC kit Chloe said the support around the course was incredible and really kept her going, a lot more to come yet.

Full results

NameNameGenderGen PosCatCat PosGunGun PosChipChip Pos 


6 Oct: Vince Jensen reports: One of the main reasons I ran was in memory of Trevor Cording (pic below). I wanted to run last year, but got injured. Trevor helped me a lot in improving my running. The race itself was also to test myself coming back from injury, 16.3 miles was probably a step too far as really struggled with the last few miles. Definitely felt it the following day. One downside is the metric is an out and back. Main thing is I am back running!


6 Oct: Chris Beard reports:This was my 3rd attempt at this race and although training hadn't been great due to niggles and work commitments I was looking forward to running on tarmac roads after last weeks mud fest on the Sandstone Trail. Conditions were quite windy today but unlike last week there was no rain and we were treated to spells of warm sunshine throughout the race. A very hilly route starting at the show ground in the centre of Shrewsbury then leading you around the streets and through the town centre and along the river before eventually taking you out into the country before heading back for the finish at the show ground. The race was won in 1:19 which goes to show it's not a particularly fast course and not one for PB chaser but none the less it's a well organised event and there's a nice bit of bling and a tee shirt at the end.

1252 Finishers, I was 12 in the M50 group.


28 Sep: Colin Rathbone reports:Good turnout for Vale Royal in the first North Staffs match of the season at Knights Grange - 13 Senior Women & 14 Senior Men completed the muddy course. Liz Renondeau led home the women in 1st place overall with a superb textbook run in 20.46, 21st Dominique Searle 23.08, 24th Sophie Smith 23.26 & 28th Hollie Carrington 24.11 completing the Vale Royal counters now standing 2nd team in Division 1 after the 1st race. In the men’s event 10th Matthew McCormack 30.03, 12th Aaron Doyle 30.09, 17th Ryan Moore 30.37 & 25th Chris Jones 31.08 completing the men’s team counters (only 4 to count in Division 2 teams) resulting in being placed 1st in Division 2. Full results will be displayed on the NSCC website here as soon as they have been verified. It was difficult for the results team as most of the team finishing sheets were wet & soggy due to the heavy showers. Full provisional results and photos on Bryan Dale's site here.


29 Sep: Poor shoe choice seemed to be the headline of the day. After the rain of recent weeks the sandstone trail looked a much different trail to last year with many a number of sections muddier than previous years. Gemma Barnett ran a phenomenal race to finish in second place in the ladies B race only 11s behind the winner having  opted for road shoes and struggling to stay upright in places. Another fantastic perfomance in the B race was by Matt Hough who finished third overall. Debbie Broad and Colin Rathbone also recorded category wins in the F50 and M75 respectively. The A race didn't quite go to plan for Lee Carrington who despite navigating all 34 miles successfully earlier in the year took a wrong turn and eventually withdrew after a flying start. Gary Richardson led the A contingent home in a best finish position of 14th with Dave Haines, Anna Begbie, Paul Davies Swift and Jo Edwards all completing the distance.A special mention for Jayne Lomax who was seen for hours shuttling runners along from Gresty's waste to the finish line, it's rumoured she covered the entire distance simply as a support runner. Congratulations to all who finished and to Mike Harrington who pulled together another good race on a not so good weather day.
A Race     
14GaryRichardson02:23:26Vet 453
23DavidHaines02:29:28Vet 454
74AnnaBegbie02:46:21Vet 352
147PaulDavies03:06:44Vet 4527
152JoanneEdwards03:10:05Vet 553
B Race     
3MatthewHough01:21:37Vet 452
12GemmaBarnett01:27:54Vet 352
30ChrisBeard01:34:24Vet 503
45MelanieJohnson01:40:11Vet 356
54DebbieBroad01:42:19Vet 501
76ColinRathbone01:47:33Vet 751
139ChristopherGriffiths01:59:07Vet 609
216RuthMooney02:17:44Vet 4518
217HelenBetteley02:17:52Vet 5013
247BarryChambers02:28:39Vet 656


22 Sep: Darren Cottier flew the VRAC flag on this lumpy course putting in a good solid performance.
PosNameChipCatCat Pos
54Darren Cottier1.32.27M4511


22 Sep: Brain Dooley reports: Back at university in Cardiff Chloe Dooley continued her current good form with another PB in the Swansea Bay 10k, just sneaking under the 37 minute mark in a chip time of 36:57 in less than perfect running conditions. In a stacked field she finished 6th overall and first junior (U23). Full results here.
PosNameGunChipGender PosCatCat Pos 
62Chloe Dooley37:01:0036:57:006FJ1PB


22 Sep: Three from VRAC tackled this new and interesting race. All three won their categories. James Edwards first race for a very, very, very long time rewarded with V60 win. His feedback: "Well organised, well marked course with virtually all terrains. Full of variety with a very hard finish up steep slopes and steps. The weather made it even better as I can imagine a normal September run round the campus playing fields being very wet!" Full results here.
PosGun timeFirst nameLast nameChip TimeChip PosGenderPosCategoryPos
544:07:00YasperFreestone44:07:005Male5Under 181
1145:37:00JamesEdwards45:34:0012Male10Vet 601
1747:36:00KatieDickinson47:35:0020Female2Senior Female1


15 Sep: All of our Senior teams ran brilliantly, the A team finished in 8th place, our best ever position in the Northerns with Chris Perry getting the 8th fastest individual time and 4 of our athletes in the top 75 out of 678 runners -  with the B team finishing in 30th place it looks as though we have 2 mens teams through to the Nationals ( depending how you read the rules - but as our B team finished 30th beating the 25th A team we should be in ) - the C team finished in 79th place with 107 teams finishing.  The only other clubs to qualify 2 teams were Salford, Sale, Leeds and Morpeth so we're in distinguished company!!  Once we get confirmation then we only have a short window to accept the invitation therefore can any runners who have competed in either the North West or Northern relays let Stu Doyle know by Sunday 22nd if they wish to compete in the Nationals which are in Birmingham on Sunday 6th October. He can then assess whether there is sufficient interest for 2 teams and pick squads. Please either respond to this post, text Stu Doyle on 07775 550364 or let Andy, Shaun or Stu know in person. The The Senior Ladies did even better finishing 5th - with Liz Renondeau 4th fastest overall, Sarah Murphy 19th fastest, Holly Smith 27th and Amelia Pettitt 30th out of 284 runners - the B team came 13th with Chloe 14th fastest and Sophie 55th - the C team finished in 43rd out of 69 teams .The Ladies do not need to qualify for the Nationals so will e able to enter as appropriate.  Well done all. Full results here.


15 Sep: Excellent win for Chris Williams only 6 seconds short of his PB. Nice category win for Gemma Barnett. Nice cakes too it seems. Full results here.
PosGun timeFirst nameLast nameChip TimeGenderPosCategoryPos
132:28:00chriswilliams32:27:00Male1Senior Male1
2038:02:00TomArmstrong38:00:00Male18Male Vet 405
3039:30:00MichaelHarrington39:28:00Male28Male Vet 456
3540:21:00GemmaBarnett40:19:00Female3Female Vet 351
9448:53:00BarryChambers48:43:00Male79Male Vet 654
11850:54:00JayneLomax50:49:00Female20Female Vet 504
16901:00:10DebbieRichardson01:00:05Female44Female Vet 509


15 Sep: Disappointed and disenchanted at the late cancellation of the English Half Marathon at Warrington Katie Olliver made the trip north for an alternative, She was rewarded. "Ran my heart out today for sub 90 min and achieved 87 min. Just an agonising 8 week wait for the Championship places to open up at London marathon now".
129Katie Olliver1.27.56F352


8 Sep: Good conditions and an excellent location including an interesting 5k+ course  which started and finished on a running track but incorporated path’s and roads with several twists and turns and some undulations.The senior men fielded 4 strong 4 man teams with ages ranging from those making their debuts in the senior ranks to V50’s! All Team’s acquitted themselves well and out of 71 complete teams with 12 complete Cheshire Teams achieved the following results:


A team 5th place overall (within 30 secs of 2nd place) and were 1st Cheshire team.

B team  - 13th Overall and 3rd Cheshire

C Team – 25th Overall and 4th Cheshire

D Team – 45th Overall and 10th Cheshire

The ladies also put in a very creditable performance fielding 3 teams with 51 teams competing overall and 9 Cheshire teams.

A Team 3rd overall and 1st Cheshire

B Team 12th overall and 3rd Chashire

C Team 36th overall and 8th Cheshire

Full results here.


8 Sep: The GNR has become a regular race in John Clarke's schedule. This year Mel Johnson made the trip too. Good runs from both with John going 4 minutes quicker than last year.
NamePosFinish Time
Melanie Johnson244301:39:20
john clarke268701:40:12


8 Sep: Two quick ladies joined a big field at Salford. Carolyn Dooley comments: New tactic, racing myself to fitness Salford 10k 40.33 and 14th female overall. 4 weeks to Cardiff Half, time to focus and prepare. Debbie Broad comments: a little pb from me 45.46. Not sure about my hair band!!
CarolynDooleyF 14F45+500:19:5900:40:3710900:40:33114 
DebbieBroadF 46F50+400:22:4500:45:5330900:45:46337PB


8 Sep: Jayne Lomax reports: Very cold start before the sun burst out to heat things up before the sting in the tail hill at the end. Not the biggest turn out with so much going on today elsewhere but what we lacked in runners was made up for in effort with both ladies and gents holding there own in the category places. Great to see the Mike Harrington's return to racing with an excellent 2nd M45 finish. Bionic Bob Corinaldi (who wasn't feeling it) had a nap in his car before revving up his own engine to secure 3rd in his category. The Nifty 50's women's club cut through the glam and glitter  to show their grit, all finishing well up in the field.
Chris Jones Pos: 6th SM: 3rd. Chip: 35:36
Mike Harrington. Pos: 20th. M45: 2nd. Chip: 41:14
Bob Corinaldi. Pos: 31st. M50: 3rd. Chip:42:41
199 Finishers
Debbie Morton Pos: 15th. F50: 3rd. Chip: 49:24
Jayne Lomax Pos: 24th. F50: 4th. Chip: 51:37
Caroline Buckley. Pos: 30th. F50: 5th. Chip: 52:37
Helen betteley Pos: 48th. F50: 9th. Chip: 55:07
Debbie Richardson. Pos: 85. F50: 14th. Chip: 59:21. P.B
231 Finishers


8 Sep: Jo Edwards reports: Jo Edwards took part in this race 8th September, tough race with lots of hills and a sting in the tail at mile 11, up to the top of the mast, narrowly missing an age category win by twenty seconds, finished in 1.58.41, 14th out of 50 women, didn’t mind the 2nd place as I finished eight minutes quicker than last year. Great race.


1 Sep: Good to see Vincent Jensen enjoying his running again. Following up on the Mid Cheshire 5k on Thursday he tackled the Cheshire Half Marathon on Sunday!  "Absolutely stoked with the time considering the amount or lack of training I have been doing. A year ago today I walked away from Dingle marathon very disappointed due to getting injured. Today I ran Cheshire half marathon and completed it in a time I never thought I would be near after the limited training I have done. Today I also finally got my motivation back since Dingle. The last mile was an absolute killer till I saw Rach and kids. This gave me the boost I needed. Now to push on from here and build". Full results here.
141VINCENT JENSEN01:38:0001:37:38


29 Aug: Another fast, furious, high quality race with 15 runners going sub 15 minutes. Charlie Hulse from Liverpool Harriers stormed home in 14.21 closely followed by VRAC's Chis Perry equalling his PB of 14.25. Great running conditions and, as usual, VRAC heavily represented with 36 athletes with great performances and battles throughout with no less than 12 PB's. Brilliant evening's racing. Full results here.
No. PosGunNameNameChipGenPosCatPos3KFinish 
6214:25ChrisPerry14:25Male2Senior Male208:4314:25=PB
322615:22AndrewMiles15:21Male26Senior Male1809:1015:21PB
245715:53MattRowlinson15:51Male57Senior Male3909:3115:51PB
1356315:57ChrisStandidge15:54Male63Senior Male4309:3715:54PB
1286616:00NathanWilliams15:59Male66Senior Male4509:3215:59PB
64212716:51GeorgeThompson16:49Male122Senior Male7509:5816:49 
28015217:19TessaMcCormick17:13Female8Senior Female410:1517:13 
14715517:23HollySmith17:18Female9Under 21510:1017:18 
16217917:47SarahMurphy17:44Female17Vet 401810:3717:44 
22618117:51ChloeDooley17:46Female19Under 21810:4217:46PB
21119818:01RobMcbain17:51Male175Vet 402210:4717:51 
67621618:19TomArmstrong18:13Male190Vet 402410:5518:13 
40221818:22matthewhough18:13Male192Vet 451510:5918:13PB
72722618:32RichardMurray18:23Male200Vet 50711:0018:23 
28525218:58GrahamMiles18:49Male221Vet 50811:2218:49 
31626519:15KateMoulds19:03Female33Senior Female1711:1919:03 
30227719:24CraigSephton19:14Male239Vet 452611:3019:14 
65528019:25CarolynDooley19:17Female40Vet 45311:3119:17 
33128219:28Scottbamber19:18Male242Vet 501011:3419:18 
40134120:16DavidRoberts20:05Male285Vet 453212:0820:05PB
38134420:19PaulDavies20:00Male288Vet 453311:5320:00PB
29934520:20HollieCarrington20:09Female57Senior Female2612:1420:09 
40834920:23AnnaBegbie20:10Female60Vet 35912:0320:10 
37436320:45PaulJackson20:33Male298Senior Male15512:1620:33PB
43937120:56MelanieJohnson20:42Female68Vet 351212:2020:42 
26437220:57VincentJensen20:43Male304Senior Male15812:2320:43 
41438921:17GeoffFawkes21:08Male315Vet 453412:3321:08 
42540321:37Johnclarke21:22Male323Vet 65412:4521:22 
51348023:27stevecollier23:13Male371Vet 601413:5623:13 
64049924:03:00SharonWilson23:38Female121Vet 451713:5323:38PB
56250024:05:00JoanneEdwards23:48Female122Vet 55514:1223:48 
69750324:06:00DebbieMoreton23:49Female124Vet 50514:1323:49 
51551424:33:00JayneLomax24:16:00Female131Vet 50614:2024:16:00 
56951924:50:00BarryChambers24:21:00Male386Vet 651514:4724:21:00 
55852625:02:00NickMort24:43:00Male388Vet 552214:4824:43:00 
58755827:18:00anncollier26:50:00Female157Vet 55916:0926:50:00 
69657028:08:00DebbieRichardson27:50:00Female166Vet 501217:0227:50:00PB


25 Aug: Gareth Williams reports: Cilcain Mountain Race is held every August bank holiday as part of the Cilcain village show. The race is 4.5 miles starting and finishing in the village and essentially goes to the summit of Moel Famau and back. It is popular with clubs from North Wales, Cheshire and Merseyside and is a great family day out, usually with sunny weather to match. The winner this year was Stephen Skates of Prestatyn RC  and first lady was Gemma Moore of NWRRC. Finishing in 21st, Gareth Williams had hopes of retaining the over 50's Llys Fynydd Shield but could only manage 3rd in category this time. Full results here.


25 Aug: Debbie Moreton reports: Free to enter National Trust 5K & 10K at beautiful Chirk Castle held on the fourth Sunday of the month. 1st lady & 2nd person home for the 5K. Was going to do another loop and make it 10K but very hot and hilly so went back to the family at the ‘van for a cooked breakfast instead.


24 Aug: Debbie Broad reports: Tourist parkrun in Anglesey interesting multi terrain course with some sand dunes thrown in but a new parkrun pb 22.49 so very pleased.


21 Aug: Chris Jines reports: On Wednesday I raced the Bramhall Runners Foodbank 5K. I had planned on racing at Ellesmere Port 5K but left it too late to get a place and managed to find this race on the same night, entry was just £6 plus a donation for the local foodbank.Though being advertised as 5K it is actually a 5.5K multi terrain race over stone paths, muddy fields, roads and twice through a river. I had a tough decision whether to opt for racing flats or trail shoes, after choosing flats it got a bit hairy through the muddy field sections but was worth the risk for the benefit on the road sections. After taking the lead early on I managed to stay in front to take the win after being pushed all the way by a young runner from Stockport Harriers but was able to distance him a little in the last 500 metres
Well worth 6 quid and a tin of fruit. Full results here.


21 Aug: Seven from VRAC at EPRC 5k (formerly Capenhurst 5k). A trio of Pettits all performing well with Ed first U20 and a 5 second PB. Tessa McCormick (course record holder) went well placing 2nd lady. Amelia Pettitt and Kate Moulds were also placed high in the field. Great to see Steve Caldwell racng again and delivering a not too shabby time just outside 20 minutes. Full results here.
PosGun timeFirst nameLast nameChip TimeChip PosGenderPosCategoryPos 
616:22EdwardPettitt16:227Male6Under 201PB
5318:43MichaelHarrington18:4154Male48Vet 455 
9120:03StevenCaldwell20:0293Male78Vet 3517 
20024.22RichardPettitt23:58196Male153Vet 5511 


18 Aug: Stu Doyle reports:A good turnout for this morning's race which featured an inter counties event between Cheshire, Staffs and North Wales. Quite a number of the VRAC contingent were representing Cheshire and helped them to first place in the ladies and 2nd in the men's competition.The course is relatively flat although is quite twisting as it follows footpaths round Birchwood. Conditions were reasonably good although pretty windy in parts. The most notable performance was Chloe Dooley's 3rd place overall whilst we had 2 age group victories plus a number of placings and in addition a first sub 36 for Aaron Doyle in his 2nd 10k.
PosGun timeFirst nameLast nameChip TimeChip PosGenderChipCategoryChip 


14 Aug: Holidaying Mel Johnson managed to squeeze in a warm and cheeky 10k race. She said "Should have been a 10k but measured short (5.73 miles) 3rd lady in 43.34".


10 Aug: Top work by Liz Renondeau and Mark Crabtree at the British Masters Track and Field Champs in Birmingham. Liz rounded off a busy week of racing where she had already set 3k and 1500 track PBs, ranking her 2nd and 3rd in the UK W40 rankings, Liz claimed the W40 1500 title at the Alexander stadium meeting. Key message from Liz: "Don’t let age be a barrier. I genuinely thought my track days were behind me until this summer!" Mark Crabtree was also in action picking up silver in the M40 5000 meters. Well done both.


11 Aug: Debbie Broad reports: No other blue and yellows ventured up north for the windy 5 miler but so glad I did with a v50 category win. Full results here.
PosGun timeNameNameChip TimeGenderPosCategoryPos


7 Aug: Another brilliant VRAC Pie and Peas event incorporating an additional fun run to celbrate VRAC 25 year anniversary. Thanks to the organisers and all the volunteers. A high quality race with fast and furious competiton throughout the field. A large VRAC contingent in the mix throughout. Some excellent individual performances and team wins for ladies and men.  Team and category results plus photos on the main VRAC website here. Category wins for Alex Doyle, Stu Doyle, Gareth Williams, Carolyn Dooley and Jeanette Pope. The two Debbie's also practiced their well rehearsed  rehydration strategy. Full results here.
PosGunNameNameChip TimeGenderPosCatPos
628:05:00StuartDoyle28:04:00Male6Vet 451
1230:10:00GarethWilliams30:09:00Male12Vet 501
1330:14:00GaryRichardson30:14:00Male13Vet 452
1730:58:00RobertRoe30:56:00Male17Vet 403
2532:16:00GrahamMiles32:15:00Male25Vet 502
2832:32:00BrianDooley32:30:00Male28Vet 458
3232:41:00ScottBamber32:39:00Male32Vet 503
3933:21:00MatthewScott33:19:00Male37Vet 4510
4433:38:00CarolynDooley33:37:00Female3Vet 451
4633:57:00AnnaBegbie33:55:00Female5Vet 353
5834:47:00BobCorinaldi34:44:00Male52Vet 508
6134:57:00GeoffFawkes34:55:00Male55Vet 4515
6435:00:00ChrisWeedall34:57:00Male58Vet 409
8136:34:00JohnMoulds36:29:00Male73Vet 509
9037:13:00JohnClarke37:09:00Male79Vet 652
11838:53:00JeanettePope38:48:00Female18Vet 401
12339:05:00SteveCollier39:00:00Male103Vet 605
12939:28:00LizGale39:24:00Female22Vet 403
13439:43:00EleanorRiches39:36:00Female25Vet 456
16041:18:00AnthonyDutton41:11:00Male127Vet 4523
16241:20:00DebbieMoreton41:13:00Female35Vet 503
16341:22:00JoEdwards41:15:00Female36Vet 554
17741:53:00ChristopherGriffiths41:47:00Male136Vet 6010
19342:57:00BarryChambers42:39:00Male146Vet 655
20743:37:00NickMort43:28:00Male154Vet 5525
24746:00:00PaulaManley45:54:00Female72Vet 4013
26747:31:00AnnCollier47:25:00Female86Vet 5510
27648:01:00DebbieRichardson47:53:00Female95Vet 5013


8 Aug: Another set of good results from the Sale Sizzler crew. Mark Crabtree within 2 seconds of his PB.
2916:34MarkCrabtree16:3429Male29Vet 403316:34
6217:24ElizabethRenondeau17:2363Female2Vet 402217:23
11318:40TomArmstrong18:30110Male106Vet 40121218:30
12919:06MichaelHarrington18:59128Male122Vet 45121218:59
13919:18DarrenCottier19:11140Male131Vet 45161619:11
46725:59:00BarryChambers25:37465Male341Vet 659925:37


4 Aug: Jo Edwards reports: Jo gave herself a full week to prepare for this race by entering it the week before. The first and last miles were on the beach at Conway Morfa, a nice slightly undulating first five miles then a gruelling ascent up Conway Mountain, one little flat bit at the top then the scary slow ( Jo turned her ankle three days before) down the other side with the castle in sight. Not a PB course but great scenery and even better support, not a fast time but really enjoyed it.
Chip time 208.44, 4th FV55, 194th/365.


3 Aug: Great to hear from Andy Gibbs. Here's his report: On Saturday 3rd August 2019 one Vale Royal athlete ran the Teggs Nose Fell Race.  Saturday was a very hot and humid day, surprisingly the route was in very good condition considering how much rain we have had over the last month!  From the start the pace was pretty easy and 5 of us split away and ran in a tight bunch.  The bunch stayed together through the fields and didn’t start to spread out until the first climb.  I was feeling very strong at this point, the first four runners started to pull away on the second climb and down the steep hill the gap increased and I was left in limbo.  I kept running hard and on the second ascent of Teggs Nose was caught by another runner, I tried to stay with him but on the tracks leading off the top he left me.  I had to really dig in to my reserves as I did everything I could to stay with him.  Crossing the last set of fields the wheels came off and he left me and I just hung on for dear life.  Running the last mile on the road was so painfully slow. All in all, a disappointing time, my slowest in 14 years, but a great finishing position.

Andy Gibbs, 6th overall 1st Vet 50, 64.54.


4 Aug: Brian Dooley reports: Mrs D and I made the long trip to the home of Gavin and Stacey (Barry, South Wales) for the Barry Island 10k. We wouldn't normally travel this far for a 10k but Carolyn had been selected to represent England Masters again. In my unofficial role of agent/manager/chauffeur I decided I may as well run also. A great location for a 10k if you're a spectator, less so if you're running!. Described as a 'challenging course' by the race director (we all know what that means!) it certainly lived up to expectation. After a nice flat start things started to get lumpy at 2k with a tough climb from 4k to 5k, this was followed by a mostly downhill section to 8k but then two surprise climbs in the final 1.5k put pay to any quick times. I was happy overall with my run, managing to keep it under 40mins despite the tough course, a good confidence boost in my road to recovery. Carolyn also had a solid run going slightly quicker than her other England appearance at the Birmingham 10k an equally challenging course. Great finishers T-Shirt as a bonus.


31 July: Frequent racer Anna Begbie managed to squeeze in a mid week event and delivered another impressive performance. Including parkruns (20) it looks like she has run in 42 races in first 7 months of 2019! 1.35 events per week. Phew.


28 July:Rain didn't dampen the VRAC spirits in Wrexham on Sunday with PB's for no less than 5 Vale Royal Athletes. The race was won in a staggering 29:57 and with a new faster course promised for 2020 this is one to watch in the future. Chris Williams paid the price for going off with the early blistering pace however still led the club home and finished in the top 3 overall just outside 33 minutes.  First PB of the day was an extremely impressive 36:41 by Gary Richardson smashing his old 10k PB by almost 2 minutes. Tommy had a solid run leading home the 'infamous' VRAC train of Lee, Rob and Rick who all recorded new PB's. The final PB of the day and her first sub 60 was from Debbie Richardson making it a clean sweep in their household for the day. 
2736:47:00GaryRichardson36:41:00Male27Vet 452PB
3737:32:00TomArmstrong37:28:00Male34Vet 409 
4337:55:00RobertRoe37:49:00Male40Vet 4012PB
4537:56:00RichardMurray37:51:00Male42Vet 503PB
10742:57:00JohnTodd42:52:00Male96Vet 555 
11843:39:00AnnaBegbie43:10:00Female14Vet 353 
22449:25:00EleanorRiches48:55:00Female51Vet 457 
25050:47:00JoanneEdwards50:16:00Female59Vet 553 
43059:49:00DebbieRichardson59:17:00Female148Vet 5018PB


28 July: AOM Bob Corinaldi still recovering from Comrades reports! Every 4th Sunday the National Trust organise a free 10k around Chirk Castle.  Its 2 twisty loops of mainly trail with a fair few lumps and bumps along the way. Last Sunday was a typical Welsh summers day (howling gale & raining). At the start I was in a group of 3 which broke away early but I drifted off the back and spent most of the time plodding round on my own expecting to get caught by the pack behind.  At the end of lap one this looked likely as there was a small group of people about 30s behind. This gave me the kick up the backside I needed and on lap 2 I dropped the pursuing group then caught and passed the second place runner on the last uphill at about 9k to finish second overall.There’s no official results as it’s a fairly low key event but I can assure you that more than 3 people ran it!


20/27 July: Two Parkruns at Caffarella for Matt Scott. 2nd place (20.42) on 20 July and 4th place (21.13) on a 'bloomin' hot' 27th July.


25 July: Possibly the most sizzling Sizzler ever but some cool performances from the 10 gentlemen VRACers. Family Doyle the first 3 back with a close battle between Messrs Armstrong and Hough. Likewise another close one between friends and rivals Haines and Beard. Well done lads. Ladies?
2216:47StuartDoyle16:46Male22Vet 454
8318:41TomArmstrong18:35Male81Vet 4011
8518:46MatthewHough18:42Male82Vet 4512
13219:57DarrenCottier19:49Male124Vet 4518
15320:22DavidHaines20:10Male140Vet 4522
16320:42ChrisBeard20:30Male149Vet 5012
22522:10GeoffFawkes21:57Male201Vet 4532
35925.42BarryChambers25.17Male291Vet 6510


17 July: Tony Dutton reports:The inaugural Alderley Park Trail Race took place on Wednesday evening. A 2 lap course of approximately 5 miles within the hidden grounds of Alderley Park which was part trail and part road made for a exciting course. I would definitely recommend this race for next year, well organised and marshalled, the race sold out within 48 hours this year. Chairman Stuart Doyle lead home the Vale Royal 4 finishing in 4th place with a time of 28:20. Son Aaron was 1st U20. A solid run by Debbie Moreton finishing 10th in her age category was another brilliant run on the night with a total of 430 finishers.
PosGunNameNameChipChip PosGenPosCatPos
428:21:00StuartDoyle28:20:004Male4Vet 451
11339:41:00AnthonyDutton39:37:00120Male92Vet 4515
16442:08:00DebbieMoreton42:03:00169Female37Vet 4510


11 July: Another good turnout and excellent performances from VRAC. Mark Crabtree is in good form and equalled his PB. Liz Renondeau had a good race on the track earlier in the week and backed this up coming in second lady and first F40. Chloe Broad had another good race and mum Debbie posted an impressive PB. Looks like messrs Cottier, Haines and Beard had quite a battle with the latter two posting identical gun and chip times!
1516:33827MarkCrabtree16:3215Male15Vet 403PB=
4617:22776ElizabethRenondeau17:2046Female2Vet 401 
10818:51692ChloeBroad18:46110Female7Senior Female4 
10918:51720MatthewHough18:3699Male102Vet 4511 
14419:35757DarrenCottier19:26142Male133Vet 4514 
17520:06655DavidHaines19:58179Male161Vet 4519 
17720:06657ChrisBeard19:58180Male162Vet 5015 
31122:25690DebbieBroad22:12313Female49Vet 505PB
44624.48684BarryChambers24.16435Male349Vet 659 


7 July: Another excellent event staged by our friends at Northwich Running Club. A 2k Fun run and a 5K and 10k trail run in and around Carey Park. Good representation in all races by VRAC. The 5k saw Messrs Ainsworth and WIlliams (senior) take 2nd and 3rd with Mel Johnson 1st lady. In the 10K Williams (junior) repeated his victory from last year with Gary Richardson in 3rd. Carolyn Dooley took 1st lady and Anna Begbie took ist U40. It seems Mel Johnson doubled up and raced both 5K and 10k back to back finishing 4th lady and second in her category!!
218:00JamesAinsworth17:592M 2Over 401
318:56GarethWilliams18:553M3Over 501
1122:26MelanieJohnson22:2411F 1Under 401
2624:40DanielRichardson24:4026M22Under 4014
136:54:00NathanWilliams36:53:001M 1Under 401
339:15:00GaryRichardson39:13:003M3Over 401
1141:42:00RobMcbain41:41:0011M11Over 404
1443:09:00CarolynDooley43:08:0014F 1Over 401
1844:38:00AnnaBegbie44:34:0018F 2Under 401
2645:49:00MelJohnson45:46:0026F 4Under 402
8554:20:00ChristopherGriffiths54:17:0085M68Over 606


7 July: Stu Doyle and Debbie Moreton report: Six of us did this mornings race - an out and back  course with a few undulations but reasonably quick and the conditions were pretty good although it did get warm towards the end. Stu Doyle under 34 mins for the first time in 18 months with 33.55 to win his age group. Matt Hough had a storming run to finish in 38.35 which he was delighted with. Debbie Moreton (49.29) , Jo Edwards (50.24) , Jayne Lomax (53.10) and Debbie Richardson (breaking the hour mark in 59.39) also ran and seemed to enjoy themselves - particularly the glasses of prosecco they were all drinking afterwards!!

Debbie Moreton adds: Thankfully not as hot as last year’s race being cloudy with a slight breeze at the start, however by the time I was halfway round the clouds cleared and it became a bit of a scorcher. Luckily there appeared, like an oasis, a pop-up pub “Air of the Dog” at which Debbie Richardson was insistent that we celebrate her PB with a glass of Prosecco. Would have been rude not to!

To pre-empt complaints it can be confirmed the ladies have been reported to to committee for having too much fun. The trial continues.
1333:59:00StuartDoyle33:55:0013M 13M451 
5838:44:00MatthewHough38:35:0059M 55M455PB
51649:51:00DebbieMoreton49:29:00553F 77M458 


3 July: Lisa Meadows reports: A lovely sunny evening saw 182 ladies take part in the 27th annual Forest Park Ladies 5k at Birchwood on Wednesday 3rd July. Just myself and Val Dunne taking part in VRAC colours this year along a single lap course that offers a bit of everything, firm parkland paths, wooded trail and a grassy start and finish with a few twists and turns for good measure!  Whilst Val hadn’t run this race before and so quite naturally had a few pre-race nerves, she needn’t have worried, completing the race in 22:13 to finish 8th overall. and also secure a fantastic V60 age category win. For me this was my second year running at this event with recent training sessions paying off and helping me to a course PB of 22:43, an improvement of 24s on last year and a V45 age category win too! Definitely a race I would recommend, a lovely friendly race for runners of all abilities, with great support along the course..
PosNameTimeCatCat Pos
8Val Dunne22.13V601
11Lisa Meadows22.43V451


30 June: Holidaying Craig Sephton couldn't resist. Here's his report. 
I took the opportunity to hop over the border from Luxembourg into Germany on Sunday morning and ran the Trierer Half Marathon. The organisers had already moved the start time forward as temperatures later in the day were 37’c! Thankfully In the morning I just had to contend with the high 20’s. It’s a 2 lap city race, the atmosphere, German brass bands and impromptu showers provided by the residents and spectators made this sight seeing tour in my trainers one to remember!

Chip time 1:32:35  50th placed overall & 6th in age group


29 June: Congratulations to Chris Perry who blazed away from his competitors to record a new 3k steeplechase best of 8:44.55. Full results here. Well done comrade Perry. The story behind the vest is yet to unfold.


27 June: The first in the summertime 4 race series with weather to suit. A good start for 11 VRACers. Chris Williams first home for VRAC with a great battle between father Doyle and his two sons. All very close wth Alex taking the bragging rights with an U20 course record. Another solid performance from Chloe Broad taking 2nd lady. All rounded off with the evergreen Barry Chambers.
PosGunNo.NameLast nameNameGenPosCatPosFinish
2216:24252StuartDoyle16:23Male22Vet 45216:23
9118:26242TomArmstrong18:18Male87Vet 40918:18
13519:31269DarrenCottier19:23Male128Vet 451419:23
15219:53226DavidHaines19:44Male143Vet 451719:44
15419:57230HelenHarrington19:52Female11Vet 35319:52
18020:17225ChrisBeard20:08Male163Vet 501520:08
37624:55257BarryChambers24:22Male293Vet 65824.22


23 June: Four regulars at the final race of the series. Congratulations to recent member Anna Begbie who was in the prizes with a very worthy series win in the F35 age category.
PosGunName AG
5021:26Anna Begbie V35
8524:21:00Mary Tavener V55
10126:09:00Anthony Dutton V45


23 June: Geoff Fawkes reports: Two options available and I chose the one nearest to where I was staying, called Caffarella in the south eastern quadrant of the city. Set off on a 3 mile jog in 27 degree heat (with my mate Ed from Sunderland Harriers) and arrived at 8.50 to find a small gathering of about 20 locals, half a dozen Brits (including us) and about 5 Australians. The briefing was done in Italian and English and we were off bang on 9 onto the relatively flat dusty trail course (2 laps), which was very well marked out with signs, cones and nearly as many Marshals as runners! Finished 5th out of a field of only 31 (Ed was 4th) and then we jogged backed the 3 miles to our apartment for a well earned Italian breakfast.


23 June: Another very well organised Mike Harrington Cute Fruits event at this years Colshaw Hall 10k helped by good weather and a great venue. The course is pretty fast and flat other than for 2 reasonably tough hills at 1m and 4.5m. An excellent VRAC contingent who featured heavily among the prizes with men's and ladies individual titles thanks to strong runs from Chris Williams and Sarah Murphy. Three out of the top 4 men were wearing the blue and yellow quarters of VRAC. Sarah Murphy, Gemma Barnett and Mel Johnson won the ladies team prize which resulted in a clean sweep after Chris Williams, Raif Serif and Stu Doyle took the men's title. There were age category wins for Raif Serif, Stu Doyle and Sarah Murphy and a 10k debut for Debbie Richardson. It was also good to see Vincent Jensen back racing for VRAC after a lay off with injury. Full results here.


22/23 June: Brian Dooley reports: Having achieved the qualifying time over 5k at the Cardiff 5k and also at Christleton Chloe travelled to Bedford to compete in the U23 national championships. Conditions for racing were far from ideal with a strong wind and high humidity and the race was inevitably quite tactical. In a quality field  which included Jodie Judd, Chloe who had the slowest time on paper had a strong race finishing 6th overall in a time of 18:09 and was very happy with her performance and thoroughly enjoyed her first exposure to top class track racing. Also competing at the championships in the U20 class was soon to be senior Ben Lee, Ben made it through to the 800m final and finished in 7th place with a new PB of 1:50:52 in a race which saw the British U20 record fall.


21 June: Classic Friday night 'fun' at Tough Team. Mark Crabtree, George Thompson and Ed Shepherd made a formidable trio and secured an excellent 2nd place overall. Lee Carrington was part of the first mixed team. Many other VRAC runners in various teams can be seen in the results here.


22 June: Fantastic to see 6 from VRAC representing Cheshire with county debuts for Rick Murray, Gary Richardson, Anna Begbie and Debbie Broad. Hot weather and brutal ascent/descents, allegedly the 4th hilliedt course in Britain, made this a tough, tough race. Great performances from all helping Cheshire to 4th place in the mens and 3rd in the womens team events in a very strong field. Category wins for Rick Murray and Gemma Barnett. Full result here.
PosNameCatCat PosTime 
10Chris JonesMS359.31 
25Gary RichardsonM4521.02.05 
35Rick MurrayM5011.04.41 
50Gemma BarnettF3511.07.216th Lady
84Anna BegbieF3541.12.07 
94John ToddM5541.13.44 
166Debbie BroadF5031.25.18 


16 June:A small but committed group made their way to Horwich for the BMAF 5k champs and encountered the usual high quality fields in all age groups. The ladies did superbly to come away with 2 individual bronze medals plus an excellent them gold. Times were a bit down for all as the course contains 3 laps with a decent hill on each plus a strong wind on the long back straight. Results here.
PosNameCatCat PosTimeGen Pos
13Stu DoyleM45516.2913
40Liz RenondeauF40317.573
53Sarah MurphyF40518.275
74Carolyn DooleyF45319.4713


16 June: Two VRAC ladies helped the Cheshire team to second place at Stone. Chloe Broad was 3rd lady overall and first Cheshire counter with a PB and improving on her recent Manchester 10k time by nearly a minute to go sub 39 minutes. Great to see the new Mrs Olliver enjoying her comeback and racing again, winning her age category... and some alcohol. Perhaps to be shared with Mr Olliver. Perhaps not.
Full results here.
PosNameCatCat PosChip  
42Chloe BroadSF 38.413rd LadyPB
64Katie OlliverF35140.205th Lady 


16 June: Debbie Moreton reports Jayne Lomax,Jo Edwards and Debbie Moreton thoroughly enjoyed this trail race. Scenic, lots of mud, puddles and hills. Lovely lot Marple Runners, very friendly and supportive and very generous with the goody bag. Even a copy of the Beano and looking at their strip I understand the connection. Rather epic medal too. Have to admit to a huge schoolgirl error though as left my trail shoes in car at Jayne’s house and whilst wearing my road shoes nearly ended up going for a swim in the canal! Jayne 3rd in age category, Jo 1st and myself 2nd.
Full results here.
PosNameCatCat PosGunChip
115JO EDWARDSFemale 55-59100:54:0300:53:56
126JAYNE LOMAXFemale 50-54300:54:4300:54:37
131DEBBIE MORETONFemale 45-49200:55:0700:55:02


15 June: Bob Corinaldi reports: Bit more Parkrun Tourism. Went to Hermanus parkrun and started at the back because I've got a stinking cold and didn't want to get  carried away or home for that matter. Finished 14th from 245 runners in 26.22 on a very twisty / technical course!


13 June: A great turnout for the 4th race in the series with 18 VRACers on the start line. Some good performances with age category wins for Stu Doyle, Aaron Doyle and Andrea Hilldrup who also clocked a PB. One more race to go in the series at Hollins Green 23 June. Full results here.
PosNameCatTimecat pos 
5Stu DoyleM4516.321 
8Chris JonesSM17.02  
9Aaron DoyleMJ17.191 
21Gary RichardsonM4518.104 
25Matthew HoughM4518.245 
32Andrea HilldrupF4018.411PB
46Tom ArmstrongM4019.216 
69Anna BegbieF3520.263 
71Geoff FawkesM4520.3218 
72Mel JohnsonF3520.344 
137Mary TavenerF5523.213 
155Debbie MoretonF4023.596 
162Jo EdwardsF5524.126 
167Jayne LomaxF5024.205 
175Tony DuttonM4524.5325 
185Oliver JohnsonMJ25.208 
224Debbie RichardsonF5028.4511PB


9 June: Bob Corinaldi reports: This was part 2 of my 50th birthday present to myself. I did the Comrades 'down run' last year but apparently that's only half way. So I returned to Durban to complete this years 'up run' and taste the final part of my 50th birthday treat to myself. Also if you complete your first 2 Comrades in succession you get an extra medal called a 'Back to back'. That's a once in a lifetime deal that fools like me can't resist! 

The Comrades has a huge following in South Africa & spectators turn out along the entire route to support the runners and offer food & drinks, salt, massage, physio etc, which is in addition to the official aid stations placed every few km along the route. The race itself is also streamed live on national TV throughout the day. The up run is shorter at only 87km long (it was just over 90km last year on the down run).The up run is exactly as you might imagine, generally uphill for about 68km but with plenty of downhills in there as well so the climbs can be quite brutal. The only flat part is the racecourse at the finish which is only a few hundred metres long. For a decent course description click here.

All started well as it was relatively cool but very humid in Durban. As planned I took my time and held back at the start, letting the over enthusiastic runners disappear into the distance. I plodded steadily up Cowies and onto Fields hill which came sooner than expected. The 4km steep climb can make or break your day. All good up Fields although I did get passed by the 9 hour bus near the top but I decided not to go with them. Onto Bothas hill, leaving a flower on Arthur's seat, wishing him good morning and and onto the halfway point in 4.35 & feeling ok. Inchanga beconed which is a long undulating climb passing through the 42km to go marker and beyond. A few amusing comments made by runners at this point were;

1. 'I love this point as we only have a marathon left to finish!' 
2. 'If I felt this bad at the start of a marathon I would go home!' 

On the steady climb to Umlaas Road (the highest point) the sun came out and things started to hurt. By Umlaas, the gels & percy pigs wouldn't go down and so the latter stages were fuelled by coke & energade. The energade turns everything bright orange so it looked like I'd spilt fake tan all over my hands. Things were turning ugly! Down to Little Pollys and the sub 10hr finish is looking doubtful as Little Pollys is a speed bump compared to the real Polly Shorts. 
At the top of Little Pollys the supporters take great pleasure in reminding us that were about to take on the real thing and we'd better get ready. Up we go, I get plenty of encouragement from seasoned vets with many Comrades under their belt, it looks like my back to back medal is in the bag, but can I get the new sub 10hr medal the Robert Mitshali.

Once over Polly's just stay on your feet and roll downhill to the finish, legs absolutely battered. Turns out I managed a bit of a sprint finish and crossed the line in 9:47:46. Very happy/relieved. In general I had a much better run than last year although both runs are wildly different. Yes it hurt but at no point did I feel that a finish was doubtful. That was the end of a journey that started in June 2017 with training for Chester Marathon as my first qualifier, ending a few days ago on 9th June 2019. The Comrades medals are probably the smallest out there but definitely the hardest won. 

Special thanks must go to my long suffering wife Ashlin for her understanding and support as I've spent the past 2 years running at every opportunity although she has had 2 holidays out of it so it's not all bad!


8 June: Ahead of Bob Corinaldi's epic 2nd Comrades Ultra marathon he and Mrs C took a in a Park Run in Durban. "North Beach parkrun for a gentle stretch prior to the big one. 1999 runners, swelled by the influx of Comrades runners but this one is regularly over 1000 runners." Winner did 16.24! Results here.


8 June: Tony Dutton off piste: Picture from today's race at Naden Valley Rochdale. Not sure I'm happy with the Photographer position on this, I'll be honest, not my finest hour! Stylish effort Tony.


8 June: The Man versus Horse Marathon is an annual race over 22 miles (35 km), where runners compete against riders on horseback. The race — which is a shorter distance than an official marathon road race — takes place in the Welsh town of Llanwrtyd Wells every June. Brian Dooley reports: Well folks I survived, 22.5 miles, 4000ft of ascent and I beat 5 horses, also snook under my target time of 4 hours with a finish time of 3 hrs 47mins. Phenomenal event and experience, brutal but thoroughly enjoyable at the same time and great sense of camaraderie between both runners and riders - oh yes and I got a cheeky snap with Sophie Raworth who finished 10mins behind me. (Wow... respect Sophie!)


6 June: Debbie Moretn reports: The rain stopped and the sun shone. Good VRAC turnout. Age category wins for Andrea Hilldrup, Anna Begbie and Mary Tavener. Ladies team 2nd again!
PosNameCatCat PosFinish Time 
20Adrea HilldrupF40119.072nd lady
41Anna BegbieF35120.27 
44Mel JohnsonF35220.36 
51Geoff FawkesM45920.50 
59John ClarkeM65221.22 
77Tony DuttonM451123.05 
86Mary TavenerF55123.43 
97Debbie MoretonF45424.14 
99Jayne LomaxF50324.20 


30 May: Full results here.

1st M Ed Shepard SM. 1st. 15:06  rumoured to be new course record 
17th M Gary Richardson V45 2nd. 18:31 
47th M Geoff Hawkes V45 5th. 21:18
82nd M Tony Dutton V45. 12th 24:35
90th M. Barry Chambers V65. 26:13

4th Male team out of 15 teams ( 4 to count ) 

3rd F Katie Moulds SF 2nd. 19:06
8th. F Anna Begbie V35 1st 20:26
27th F. Mary Tavener V55 2nd 23:48
30th F  Debbie Morton V45 5th 24:26
35th  F. Jayne Lomax V50 5th. 24:50
51st F. Debbie Richardson V50 7th 28:42 

2nd and 7th Female teams out of 11 teams ( 3 counters )


25May: Great run from Helen Harrington winning the ladies race overall in 1.07.24 (gun). "Sunny and Fun! Came home with lots of booze and chocolate.
First race win in around 13 years and 12s off my PB at Blackpool 10m this morning."


19 May:
NamePosFinish Time
Raif Serif3800:33:03
Chloe Broad26200:39:41
Melanie Johnson41900:41:34
Ella Ferguson256200:49:33
Sharon Wilson287500:50:11
Geoff Davies995301:02:45
Lydia Davies996201:02:46
David Humphreys1615401:19:48


23 May: The hard way round!  Full results here.

22nd M     Gary Richardson.         18:38.     V45. 2nd
31st M.     Tommy Armstrong.      19:05.     V40. 3rd
82nd M.     John Clark.                 21:40.     V65. 1st
116th M.    Tony Dutton                23:29.     V45 14th
9th F.   Anna Begbie.                   20:50.     V35 
33rd F.  Joanne Edwards.            24:09.     V55 4th
34th F.   Debbie Morton.              24:16.     V45  7th
36th F.  Jayne Lomax.                 24:34.   V50 4th
56th F.   Debbie Richardson.        28:59.     V50. 9th


19 May:
PosGun timeNo.First nameLast nameChip TimeChip PosGenderPosCategoryPos


19 May: Full resuts here.
8th M  Gary Richardson          39:46      V45 1st
3rd F.   Anna Begbie.              44:21.     V35. 1st
17th F.  Jayne Lomax.             54:17.     V50 3rd
52nd F. Debbie Richardson.   1:02:31      V50 9th


26 May: Brian Dooley reports: Sarah Murphy, Liz Renondeau, and Carolyn Dooley swapped their Vale Royal vests for England ones at the Birmingham 10k with Chloe gaining an elite entry making up the foursome. At 5k all 4 looked on for impressive times but a tough uphill second half and headwind finished off with a final 1k of twists and turns including a 180 degree turn around a traffic cone meant times ultimately suffered. Nonetheless a day for all to be proud particularly for Sarah, Carolyn, and Liz rewarded for their commitment and representing England topped off by Liz taking the V35 prize.
NamePosFinish Time
Elizabeth Renondeau8600:37:12
Chloe Dooley10000:37:53
Sarah Murphy14100:39:20
Carolyn Dooley22400:41:24


17 May: As usual there was a great VRAC turnout for one of the fastest 5ks in the region. There were numerous PBs including Matt Rowlinson getting agonisingly close to a sub 16, Chloe Dooley shaving even more time off her recent 5k PB and taking second place.  This helped the women's team to a great victory in a traditionally strong race.  Good to see the spring marathoners back out racing the shorter stuff and great to see Amelia Pettitt running well and injury free. Full Results 

1915:40AndrewMiles15:3919Male19Senior Men15
3516:05MattRowlinson16:0235Male35Senior Men23
5216:17StuartDoyle16:1653Male52Over 455
6116:29EdwardPettitt16:2762Male61Under 207
6616:36MarkCrabtree16:3265Male66Over 4011
6716:37AaronDoyle16:3467Male67Under 209
9617:20GarethWilliams17:1596Male95Over 502
11717:50ChloeDooley17:48119Female2Senior Women1
12417:57RobertRoe17:49122Male121Over 4018
12717:59SarahMurphy17:58128Female4Over 402
13018:06AmeliaPettitt18:00129Female6Senior Women3
13718:12JamesGriffiths18:07134Male130Senior Men68
14118:19LewisBrown18:13142Male133Senior Men71
14618:24RichardMurray18:17144Male137Over 506
17519:00KateMoulds18:56178Female13Senior Women6
17719:02GrahamMiles18:57179Male163Over 507
18519:08AndreaHilldrup18:59182Female17Over 404
19519:22CarolynDooley19:17198Female23Over 453
20319:27BrianDooley19:24208Male179Over 4526
21119:36HelenHarrington19:30215Female25Over 356
24220:14HollieCarrington20:02241Female38Senior Women14
24520:15LeeCarrington20:02242Male204Senior Men95
24620:17DavidHaines20:07248Male205Over 4533
26420:46GeoffFawkes20:33264Male215Over 4535
33122:53DebbieBroad22:36329Female69Over 504
35023:35AnthonyDutton23:17349Male272Over 4544
38025:18:00RichardPettitt25:09:00382Male287Over 5520


12 May: A strong turnout for Vale Royal in this reasonably new race as the club took four of the top five places.  The men took the team prize and the women took the women's team prize with Mel Johnson claiming 2nd lady and Debbie Richardson with a strong PB. Full Results.



11 May: Bob Corinaldi sent us this report on the full Sandstone Trail Race:

A small Vale Royal contingent took on the Sandstone Challenge on Saturday 11th May and an ‘interesting' day was had by all.

The Sandstone Challenge is organised by Helsby Running Club and takes in the full Sandstone trail from Whitchurch to Frodsham which is about 33 and a bit miles depending upon how good your navigation skills are!  As this was Gary's first foray into ultra running, shoe choice was critical. Thankfully he brought several pairs of road and trail shoes with him to try and he was seen jogging round the car park sporting various types of running shoes trying to make up his mind. I'm sure at one point he may also have tried a pair of Debbie's high heels. He eventually settled on road shoes by the way!

As the run started, the early morning mist lifted and Lee disappeared into the distance. He had a cracking run, breaking the 5 hour barrier, finishing in 2nd place in a time of 4:58. Given the number of stiles and the ground conditions this was a fantastic performance and he took 20 minutes off his time from the previous year.  Gary was hot on Lee’s tail eventually finishing in 7th place in a time of 5:31 claiming that he should have stuck with trail shoes after all!  Bob was on for a sub 6 hour finish until two schoolboy errors saw him get lost twice on a course he allegedly knew like the back of his hand! The navigational blunders dashed any hope of a sub 6 and he finished in 18th place in a time of 6:02 & still managing to shave a few minutes from last years time.  Matt got off to a flying start but seemed to suffer in the heat towards the end and followed Bob into the finish (probably not a good idea) finishing in 19th place also in a time of 6:02.  Sophie who is preparing for an Ultra later this year and true to form had a few falls but a steady run given the conditions, finishing in 29th place in a time of 6:29  John has obviously kept both his stamina and the ability to run on a full stomach between aid stations (see photo) finishing in 39th place with a time of 6:51.  Full Results 


7 May: Tony Dutton reports: Perfect conditions for Wilmslow Running Clubs spring Round the Runway 5 mile trail race. Myself and Debbie Moreton took on the event this year that usually sells out within a few weeks. This was my 2nd time running the race and Debbie's first, would definitely recommend this race, which has one rather steep climb after crossing underneath the runway through the Bollon tunnel. Full results here.
Tony Dutton13940.15
Debie Moreton14740.46


5 May: Bob Corinaldi reports: Made my annual visit to the Keswick Half Marathon over the weekend. Much cooler conditions than last year but I still got sunburn! Made a conservative start, not wanting to get tripped in the melee at the start and I was also wary of the previous days 'easy' run..12.8 hilly miles which included an enthusiastic Parkrun.  From the first mile onwards it just got better and better. Went really well through the hilly first 8 miles and found another gear when I hit the road back to Keswick at Grange. Target was to equal or sneak under last year's 1:44 but managed 1:36:37 which took 5 minutes from my previous best around that course. Old age seems to be working out!

Position 86
Time 1.36.37


5 May: 'Proud Dad' Brian Dooley reports: On the back of her performances at the Northern X-Country champs and recent 10K PB at Arley Chloe was selected to run on the Northern team at the Cardiff 5K. Perfect conditions for racing and despite a tough course there were lots of fast times and PB’s, Chloe didn’t disappoint posting a huge 48 second PB and going sub 18 for the first time with 17:57. The young Northern team came third overall only being beaten by more senior teams from Wales and Northern Ireland. Looks like mum and dad will be bringing up the rear at Christleton in a few weeks time