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Archive 2008


Colin Rathbone fails to display club colours at the Tittesworth Xmas Cracker race last month. 



Pauline Davies fails to display club colours at the Tittesworth Xmas Cracker race last month. 


Can you recognise all the santas?  (Answer it now so you don't have to do it at next years W'Oscars!!!)   

26 December:  He's so old he can remember when the walls were built, but today Bernie ran what surely must be a career best performance (OK - maybe just his best since he turned 50!) in taking the MV45 award in the Round the Walls Race and whipping Tom's **** in the process!  No one knows why he wasn't awarded the MV50 that he'd actually won!  Results.

26 December:  Tom-Tom beat Dave-Dave in a close Christmas Parlauf.  Glenn and Toddy 3rd.  Nick Heywood breaks the "Fastest 1st 1/2 lap in a Xmas Parlauf" record (there seems to be a theme emerging here Nick!) but in doing so fades rapidly and so relinquishes the title he won with Marcus last year!

17 December:  Strange reports coming through that Bernie raced at the weekend - nobody knows where (and nobody asked!). [WW insider's comment: It was in Mold. And still nobody knows where it is]

15 December: Pauline breaks 50 minutes (with a few seconds to spare!) in the Langdale 10k despite the wet weather and the true 10k course!  Well done Pauline!   The curse of the Athlete of the Month award strikes as John has to withdraw through injury!  

13 December:  Carole Williams takes a fantastic 2nd overall in the LV55 category in the N.Staffs league!   Andrew Clewes had another fantastic run for the juniors winning every race by a good margin.  Class act!  Confusion over the number of laps meant Tom and Colin chose the wrong race tactics but both enjoyed the very hilly and very muddy course! 

13 December:  W'Oscars slideshows are now available........Woscars, Castles, EnvelopesWinners1   They may take a minute or two to download!

10 December:  Big Col's starting to get back to form in the Stockport 10 as he cruises to 2nd MV60 in 71:42.   Big Stu breaks 34 minutes (33:46) and finishes 3rd in the Helena Tipping 10k, however Mary is not satisfied to be outside 44 minutes on this fast (or is it slow?) course.

9 December: - Its that time of year again...but who are santas elfs this time???  Follow the links to get in the festive spirit... elf1elf2, elf3


7 December:  A noisy night at the W'OSCARS  was enjoyed by all.  Well done and BIG thanks to Goffy and Bernie for their organisation and their humour!  Many stories to share over the coming months!  

WW of the YearMarcus Crompton (He could easily have won all 3 categories and so the proprietor of The Terrace - which sells great food to the people - deserved to take home the main prize of the evening!).

Most Improved WW:  John Todd (John was particularly gracious as he accepted his award!!!   However, his humble and heartfelt speech was rather nauseating - eh Hainsey??)

WW Performance of the Year:  Tom Annable (Tom was speechless during his acceptance of the award - as he thought he had failed to mention his Sandstone Trail performance!) 

1 December:  Big turn out in the cold at Cheddleton.  Some great runs including: Big Stu 5th in 34:25! & a PB for Rob (41:08).   Other results here and pictures in the gallery.   Marcus proves that his 'standing-up all day training' program does work as he finishes the Wesham 10k in 38:33!    

29 November: News from New Mexico Updated - see Nicky's interview (note the developing Yankee accent!) 

17 November:  A date for your diaries! Sunday December 28th is the date for the annual Christmas Trip out to complete a leg of the Welsh Castles Relay. This years stage is the extremely picturesque mountain stage (leg 7) from Dolgellau to Dinas Mawddwy (9.75 miles). That evening there will also be a party at Helen's parents house in Kingsley 6pm onwards - all welcome to come to either or both events. 

17 November: In the North Staffs Cross Country League on Saturday, Carole Williams had another great run to finish 92nd. 'Big Stu' Doyle managed to produce a fantastic performance transferring his road form on to the Mud to take 5th place, with Tom 26th, Goffy 40th, and Colin 147th backing him up.

Carole and Colin were back out on Sunday competing in the Manchester League! Carole finishing 94th in the ladies race and Colin 178th in the mens 5th V60, with John Davies having an excellent run to take 200th position and 8th V60, beating a number of his regular rivals in the process.

On the roads Mary Tavener was 2nd LV45 in the Preston 10 Miles in 74.06 and Vincent Van Woerkem 14th in The Barnsley 10k in a time of 36.02.  

14 November: Congratulations to Ruth and 'Mad' Mike on the birth of their second child on 12 November. Another boy, Thomas, to follow in the family running footsteps. Best Wishes from all Weedall Wonders

4 November:  Race Reports added for Langley 7 and Ullswater/Helvellyn Trail races - here.  Col & Carol excel at the "Gilly Hilly 7.5", race report added to race round-up - here.

3 November: Report of Nicky's latest race in the U.S.    is now in the News from New Mexico section.   Big VRAC turn out at Langley - led home by Stu Doyle with an excellent 4th place - see pics.  With 355 burpees and then running the Langley 7 in a 22lb jacket, Glyn reminds us all we are just too soft!  Tom wins vets prizes in both the Helvellyn and Ullswater trail races. Pete Clayton in the prizes too - see pics

26 October:  Clutty and Steve finish the Snowdonia Marathon in appalling wet and windy conditions - a great achievement - well done guys!   Vincent and several thousand other runners make the news headlines in the OMM!  Hainsey, Goffy, Graham and Tom turn up to run in the mudbath at Heaton Park - only to be shocked by the strength of the competition!  (Results Here).  Finally Goffy attempts a new record for the Mast Hill but forgets to stop his watch. 

23 October:  Andrew Miles wins the Mid-Cheshire Schools Champs (well done!) while dad Graham (from Cheshire) struggles to cope with the arrival of a Stoke City fan at training!

22 October: Nicky is Athlete of the Week again! - News from New Mexico updated.

22 October:  George Thompson has a superb 6th place at Park Hall XC.  Carole now 2nd LV55 in N Staffs league after another superb run!   Results

12 October:  Membership for 2009:  Click here for a Membership Form.  Remember, you need to be a member of the club to represent Vale Royal in races. You should also join if you wish to train with the group (although new members are very welcome to try us out first!). If you are already a member of another club, you are welcome to join us as a second-claim member (ask us for advice) - although quite frankly we can't think why you would want to be a member of any other club!

12 October: Race report for the Cross-Country match at Lilleshall 

6 October:  Busy weekend for VRAC:  Tom & Olivia win Sandstone Trail A Races and along with Goffy win the team prize.  George Thomson wins B race.  Gemma (1:30) Toddy (1:23) and Rob (1.31) run well in Congleton half.   Carole shows continued improvement in the N Staffs XC league (92nd from 112) , Andrew Clews wins the Junior race, and Colin (147th) and Marcus (77th) fly the VRAC colours in the mens race.   Race reports to follow!

1 October:   DAVIES WAY OUT IN FRONT!  Race report for Colwyn Bay XC now in race reports.  Also contains reports of Nick & Pete's 1/2 marathon performances.

27 September:  Nine Vale Royalers turn out at Colwyn Bay - Colin's happy!  See the photos in the Gallery (thanks to Molly!)   Race report to follow.

23 September:  More new club records ratified (see here) - please nominate your records! More photos from Sutton 6 10k added to gallery (courtesy of Lord Archer Photography Services).

21 September: Surprise news as Bernie Jones makes a comeback to the local Scene:

16 September:   Helen second in the very tough Langdale Half Marathon in 1:33!   Marcus returns to racing and finishes in 1:37. See photo gallery for pictures from Langdale and the Road Relays at Marbury held on Saturday.

7 September:  NEWS FLASH:  Nic storms to XC victory in the US.  See 'News from New Mexico' for more details.

11 August: Great Warford 10 - results - race report to follow  

7 August: A successful and enjoyable Pie & Peas 5 saw several home successes for Vale: Nicky Archer was 1st senior lady, and Stuart Doyle 1st MV35. The winning womens' team was made up of Nicky, Stevie Stockton, Rebecca Craigie and Kathy Stringer. Full race report to follow! Download an Excel file with full results here     ***PHOTOS NOW IN THE GALLERY*** - thanks Nick!

5 August: Check Race Reports for details of the latest action!  



21 July: News of another success for Nicky in London, and Vale Royal's off-roaders' trip to Northumbria, in race round-up 


17 July - Mike Harrington set a new PB of 28:41 in the Sefton Park 5. Well done Mike! 



13 July - Nicky scores a new 16:35 5000m personal best in the Nationals at Birmingham! Photos in the Gallery and Race Report. Elsewhere, Big Stu was in action again at the Cheadle 4 



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