Vale Royal AC - Senior Section

Running and Athletics in the Heart of Cheshire.


CHESHIRE CHAMPS XC 4 JAN: List of declared entries here.

ROSEBANK SPORTS VOUCHER SCHEME: There is a new Loyalty Voucher scheme for VRAC Members. Details here.

LONDON MARATHON CLUB PLACE: Congratuations to Lee Carrington who was the lucky wnner of the club place. Jeanette Pope was reserve.

CROSS COUNTRY: Dates for 2019/2020 North Staffs and Manchester League XC are here. Pre entry required for Manchester league. Names to Colin Rathbone or email

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November was another very busy (and wet!) racing month on and off road. XC highlights were a brilliant bronze and team gold for Liz Renondeau at the British and Irish Masters and a race win for Ed Shepherd at Manchester League, Kentworthy Woods. Lots of excellent performances on the road with Chris Jones and Mel Johnson representing Cheshire at Abergele 5 with Chris logging a PB. No less than 10 PB's at Wilmslow 10k. In a race with 7 athletes under 30 minutes VRAC first home was in a fantastic 11th place. Knocking a minute of his PB, smashing through the 32 minute barrier and following up on recent stellar performances at Leeds Abbey Dash and Podium 5k Novemer AOM is ANDREW MILES.
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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


26 April: Last Friday saw the return of the Mid Cheshire 5k and great support from VRAC again with 29 runners taking part.  Many noteable performances across the board including 3rd overall for Ed Shepherd in 14.20, PB for Alex Doyle, great debut at this distance for John Humphries with a 15.38, and a 16.47 PB for Chris Jones just 3 weeks after the Manchester Marathon.  There were PBs also for Liz Renondeau, Kate Moulds and Hollie Carrington.  Full Results

Entry to the summer staging event is here.

 PosGun timeNo.First nameLast nameChip TimeChip PosGenderPosCategoryPos3KFinish 
4115:33200AlexanderDoyle15:3141Male41Under 2149:176:14PB
4415:40190JohnHumphries15:3844Male44Under 2159:206:18Debut
9616:30208StuartDoyle16:2899Male94Vet 4579:486:39 
14617:05233JamesAinsworth17:01147Male141Vet 401610:106:51 
15117:11838ElizabethRenondeau17:09151Female7Vet 35210:116:57PB
17717:37354GarethWilliams17:31177Male165Vet 50310:297:02 
21318:05358RobertRoe17:58209Male190Vet 402310:507:08 
24718:45398GrahamMiles18:38248Male217Vet 50811:097:28 
27719:18440scottbamber19:07276Male234Vet 501011:267:40 
29219:33413AndreaHilldrup19:23292Female48Vet 40611:287:54 
32520:09644MelanieJohnson20:01329Female51Vet 35812:047:57 
33620:21474PaulDavies20:04332Male283Vet 453411:558:09 
36120:48481GeoffFawkes20:41368Male302Vet 453712:188:23 
37721:09448CraigTodhunter20:53378Male314Vet 454112:188:34 
38721:18556JohnClarke21:01385Male321Vet 65312:408:20 
41422:23818GaryWeedall22:11421Male341Vet 552313:079:03 
43923:06594stevecollier22:49440Male354Vet 60713:349:15 
47224:24:00606JayneLomax24:05:00477Female98Vet 50714:179:48 
47424:24:00661BarryChambers24:00:00471Male376Vet 65614:359:25 
52527:21:00677anncollier26:52:00523Female126Vet 55616:1610:36 
54429:43:00672PaulHudson29:14:00544Male406Vet 651217:3211:41 


28 April: Good weather conditions for this years race with 7 VRACers taking on the challenge. Tommy Armstrong threatened the 3 hour barrier but like many others slowed a little over the second half. Excellent PB for Carolyn Dooley rewarding her for her commitment to training. Rick Murray ran a very quick first half but paid the price in the second half. Experienced David 'Spud' Murphy completed another creditable marathon. Our amazing Coiln Rathbone outpaced much of the field to secure 2nd vet 75. Mary Tavener and Liz Gale delivered solid performances to bring the club home. Special mention (editiors licence) for ex VRAC member Amy Sheils (nee Archer) who ran a 6 minute PB at Manchester 3 weeks ago and a further 5 minute PB at London 3.28.29! Great pics from John Davies and Clara Pettitt in Gallery here.
PosCat PosNameCatHalfFull 
2501525Tom ArmstrongM401.28.343.02.35 
356332Carolyn DooleyL451.
4284354Rick MurrayM501. 
46271972David MurphySM1. 
94582Colin RathboneM751.45.373.41.53 
1052056Mary TavenerL551. 
13349710Liz GaleL401.


7 April: Liz Renondeau reports: I ran in the Port of Blyth 10K which incorporated the British Masters 10k road championships on Sunday April 7th. This was an out and back course along the coast and the Breeze off the North Sea was relatively kind! I finished second lady overall to Aly Dixon (who went on to finish 16th lady at Boston a week later) in 35.44 and won the V35 British Masters title. Obviously really pleased as had been targeting this all winter. No other VRAC athletes there as far as I’m aware. Full reults here.

21 April: Liz Renondeau reports: Yesterday Mary Tavener and I ran at Hale 5. Mary was first in her age group. I was First Lady in new PB (29.08). Pretty hot conditions but lovely well organised race that I would recommend! Full results here


21 April: Stu Doyle repors: Pretty warm conditions for today's race which featured a number of VRAC members.1st home in 6th place overall (1st v45) was Stu Doyle  (34.11), closely followed by 2 16 year olds - Ed Pettit  (10th in 35.30) and Aaron Doyle making his debut at the distance in 36.17 to finish 17th. Tommy Armstrong had his last outing before London ( where he'll be hoping for cooler conditions) with 42nd in 39.41 whilst Gemma Barnett had another strong performance to finish  4th lady overall and 2nd v35, narrowly missing the 40 min barrier by 6 secs. Paul Davies was next home in 91st with 43.29 with Colin Rathbone also completing his London preparations with a v75 age category victory in 49.21. Completing the finishers was Richard Pettitt with 53.35 to finish well inside the top 2/3rds.


7 Apr: A little different to our usual races was Bob Corinald's latest adventure.  Bob tells us:

"The LDWA (Long Distance Walkers Association) organise challenge events which are long distance events for both walkers and runners in a similar format to the popular Sandstone event in May.  The 3 Shires has 21,23,28 & 30 mile options & I went for the 30 mile route running from Swythamley, The Roaches, Three Shires Head, Shuttlingsloe, Wildboarclough (twice) and back to Swythamley. The route is almost entirely on footpaths / bridleways with navigation required but nothing too serious.  With 5,400ft of climbing, its best described as 'a bit lumpy' but the scenery made it all worthwhile and the sun shone throughout. I'd set myself a target of 6 hours, nothing scientific behind that, just thought 6 hours was a nice round number but my main aim was to get round without injury as after all it was just a training run. All went well until Shuttlingsloe which took its toll and things started to slip.  I seemed to recover throughout the second half and pull it back....the 6 hour finish was back on.  With a desperate sprint to the village hall at the end the Garmin said 5:59:39 but I couldn't get back in the village hall as the door was shut!  Turns out we'd left through an emergency exit in the morning and the proper entrance was round the side!  Quick jog round the side to check in as complete and my time officially recorded as 6 hours 0 minutes, happy with that! No idea where I came as there aren't any official results but chatting to a few people, 6 hours seems like a reasonable time for a 30 mile training run.If anyone fancies something different, a really well organised low key event with no pressure, amazing views and some of the best food I've ever seen at a checkpoint (which you have to visit twice) then this is the one for you but be have to run past the Wincle Brewery at around 25 miles"


7 Apr: Perfect weather conditions for the 4 VRAC toeing the line at the Greater Manchester Marathon.  1st home was Chris Jones with with a huge PB of 2.50.01. Next home making his marathon debut was Mark Pilliner who ran superbly well after recovering from hip injuries earlier in the year.  Debbie Broad was next in with a fantastic 3.57.08.  Another huge PB and securing a good for age for London (next year). Fourth finisher for VRAC was Eleanor Riches who finished behind Debbie but with a faster chip time of 3.53.30  Obviously Debbie had her elbows out at the start line.   All four should be extremely proud of their achievement and take a well deserved recovery. As a footnote is it a coincidence that all four used the Village Bakery Wexham Half in their build up? Full Results. 

226Chris Jones1006MMO3502:50:1102:50:01
3321Mark Pilliner4527MMV5003:45:2403:38:16
4518debbie broad7789FFV5004:01:1303:57:08
5061Eleanor Riches6763FFV4504:07:3203:53:30


6 Apr: Colin Rathbone writes:  Unfortunately no Men’s team this year despite qualifying in the Northern 12 Stage at Birkenhead Park. But fielded a partial team in the Women’s 6 Stage. Four stalwarts ran soundly in perfect conditions. Pity we couldn’t muster the full 6.

Leg 1, long leg.    Amelia Pettit. 32.52.
Leg 2, short leg.  Clara Pettit.   21.41. 
Leg 3, short leg.   Carole Williams. 28.44
Leg 4, long leg.     Kate Moulds.  36.44

Leeds won both the Men’s 12 Stage and the Women’s 6 Stage - A very entertaining day of racing - certainly on a par with the Grand National and the Varsity Boat Race.


24 Mar: Colin Rathbone reports: A perfect day for running a Half Marathon, attracted 2836 finishers, 5 of them Vale Royalers. Sarah Murphy had a good run - 5th lady overall - 2nd F40. Darren Cottier a sound run, Matt Hough improving all the time. Eleanor Riches a super PB performance and a sub 1.45 for Colin Rathbone 1st M75. In the 10k Paula Manley (Shaun’s daughter) ran soundly for a 7th F40.


24 Mar: Despite a couple of enforced late changes we fielded a strong 12 man team at Birkenhead park this afternoon. Conditions were dry and sunny but pretty windy and the team performed admirably achieving a best ever position of 11th ( within 30 seconds of a top 10 finish) and beating the previous best of 12th set last year. There were some superb performances enabling us to reach a peak of 4th after 4 legs. We inevitably slipped back marginally over the remaining 8 legs however it is notable that 3 of our team are first year seniors and 3 are over 45 therefore we will undoubtedly get even stronger in forthcoming years as our juniors develop and more come through to replace the old guard!! It is also worthy of note that every one of the 10 teams ahead of us is based in a city or major town so we are definitely punching above our weight!
Chris PerryAlex Doyle
Ben LeeChris Williams
Andrew MilesRyan Moore
Matt RowlinsonGareth Williams
Stu DoyleJohn Humphries
Jacob BrownGary Richardson


23 Mar: Good racing conditions and some very good results.  First back for VRAC Chris Standidge our triathlon specialist. Next,James Ainsworth satisfied with his continued progress after injury. Another good race for Liz Renondeau finishing a tantalising 4 seconds short of her PB. Performance of the day came from Chloe Dooley posting a big PB (nearly 2 minutes) witnessed by her proud parents. Mum Carolyn commented: "5 weeks ago Chloe ended up in A & E after spraining her ankle in training just before Nationals, on crutches and unable to walk let alone run. Today after much hard work, rehab and cross training she took almost 2 minutes of her 10K PB running 37.03. She often says I’m her inspiration to keep working hard...well today she was totally mine!". A great run from Helen Harrington once more posting sub 40 minutes and her fastest time since 2005! Solid runs from Paul Davies and frequent racer Mary Tavener. George Thompson completed the VRAC line up limping home with a torn calf.
FavPosNet PosNameTimeNet TimeCategoryCat PosGenderGen PosNet Gender Pos
 3434CHRIS STANDIDGE00:34:3200:34:26Male28Male3333
 4647JAMES AINSWORTH00:35:1800:35:17V404Male4445
 5456ELIZABETH RENONDEAU00:35:4100:35:41Female4Female44
 7574CHLOE DOOLEY00:37:0600:37:02Female6Female65
 134142HELEN HARRINGTON00:39:5600:39:47Female13Female1617
 208213PAUL DAVIES00:42:3800:42:19V4528Male185189
 339344MARY TAVENER00:47:1000:46:26V553Female4949
 391422GEORGE THOMPSON00:48:4000:48:36Male168Male326349


17 Mar: Colin Rathbone reports: Lovely sunny day here for the 40th running of the Thirsk 10 Miler starting & finishing at the racecourse. This single lap course, well organised with very supportive marshalling attracted over 1000 runners. Colin & Carole made the voyage into Yorkshire to compete and were satisfied with their performances.
501Colin RathboneM7511.22.33
878Carole WilliamsM6551.40.20


17 Mar: A VRAC double at Wigan Running Festival with victories in both half marathon and 5K. Congratulations to Chris Perry as he steps up his race distance to include half marathon. Chris was overall winner at Wigan by over one minute to set a new course record. Full results here.
1Chris PerrySNR1/28901:10:4901:10:50
Also a great win for Andrew Miles and category win for Graham Mies in the 5k. Graham reports: Andrew and myself returned to the Wigan 5k,held in conjunction with the half marathon.The course is basically an out and back route,with the first half downhill.The advantage this year was the wind was against us for the first half which made the second half not too bad despite the climbs.Andrew won in 16.04 ,and I was 14th and first v50 in 19.13 out of the 806 finishers.For anyone thinking of an early season 5k,I would highly recommend this race.
1Andrew MilesSNR1/12800:16:0400:16:04
2Graham MilesV50Jan-2700:19:1400:19:17


17 Mar: Racing junky Debbie Moreton the lone VRACer here. She reports: Another of my races postponed from last year. Third time this multi-terrain race has been held. The weather was definitely not kind to us. Hail at the start line and hail to finish! Change to the route, for the better I think, despite a 2K steady climb to begin with. Pleasant but very wet run along the canal then lots of very muddy trail and puddles like lakes! Race finished with a lap of Poynton Pool (park) and then ended back on Park Lane right outside a Costa Coffee. Delicious flapjack, sweets, banana and medal on offer. After feeling rubbish a couple of weeks ago, pleased with my steady run and overall time in the conditions finishing 5/56 in my age group.
Debbie Moreton00:50:1050:10.350:10.305:01.3 Min/K534217


10 Mar: Colin Rathbone reports: Colin Rathbone was the sole Vale Royaler in the Knighton 20 as part of his London “build-up”. High winds and an undulating course meant fast times were hard to achieve. A great race, well organised, supportive marshalls and a quality tee-shirt all for £15.

Position 136th Colin Rathbone  1st V75.   Chip time 2:54:44.
Total finishers: 270


9 Mar: LADIES - Debbie Broad reports: A slightly depleted senior women’s Cheshire team headed over to Prestwold hall in Loughborough to compete in the intercounties cross country in which the women and men ran an equal distance of 10km plus. Our very own Lucy Burch swapped her shorts for a very smart Team Managers jacket. Sarah Murphy and Chloe Broad from Vale Royal put on there Cheshire Team Kit today. Instead of the mud of last years intercounties it was strong winds and occasionally Hale.  Sarah has a fabulous race coming in 63rd -third counter for Cheshire and only one place behind Cheshire’s second counter. Chloe also had a great race her second year to represent Cheshire as a senior coming home  in 153rd and 5th counter for Cheshire. The team came 12 /29 complete teams.
MEN - Robert Brown reports: Jacob Brown1st home for Cheshire 85th, Stuart Doyle 177th, 5th Cheshire. High gusting winds but good underfoot conditions, Cheshire men's team 17th of 32 teams. Sam Whitehead didn't run due to his car breaking down en route from Durham where he's at University.


10 Mar: Colin Rathbone reports: Colin Rathbone was the sole Vale Royaler in the Knighton 20 as part of his London “build-up”. High winds and an undulating course meant fast times were hard to achieve. A great race, well organised, supportive marshalls and a quality tee-shirt all for £15.

Position 136th Colin Rathbone  1st V75.   Chip time 2:54:44.
Total finishers: 270


10 Mar: While our UK racers were complaining about the cold, rain and wind our international racers were whinging about the sun and the heat. Gary Richardson and Dave Haines returned for another crack at the Barcelona marathon. With temperatures into the 20's it was not what they had been used to! Gary went well until mile 20 but then the heat and exhaustion took its toll. Nevertheless, he imprived on last years time by around 3 minutes (a PB we think). Dave Haines hoped the  heat resitant haircut might help but found the going tough from halfway.  Both can be proud of their achievement. Meanwhile, a member of their support crew was able to enter and excel in the local 'eat the most junk food' marathon.
747GARY RICHARDSONM4503:04:1303:03:43
3833DAVID HAINESM4503:39:1903:38:32


10 Mar: As usual a field stacked with talent. Heavy driving rain and surface water did not seem to deter the field with 4 men going sub 30 and Steve Cram's protege, Laura Weightman, setting a new ladies course record in 31.59. A good race fro Chris Perry at the sharp end although he appeared to finish in some discomfort. Another good race from Liz Renondeau, 3rd L35 and a solid sub 40 minute result for Robert Roe.
14136:18:00ElizabethRenondeau36:15:00142Female13Vet 353
22639:25:00RobertRoe39:13:00226Male200Vet 4024


10 Mar: Not a quick course at the best of times and even less so in the conditions served up for Katie Brough. Great to see Katie racing again and running well to secure first lady placing.
10KATIE BROUGH00:40:1200:40:12V351Female1


9 Mar: Congratulations to Lucy Knight selected for N Wales inter-counties XC. Not an easy passage it seems but all the more credit for that. Here's here comments: "Horrendous windy conditions. Worst race preparation ever! But I found some sort of peace through all the wind rain and mud and remembered why i love running. The race didnt reflect the training I've done but the training is there for a great road season".


10 Mar: A busy weekend for racing with some filthy weather on Sunday morning! Another very impressive race for February AOM Mark Crabtree. Likewise, Melanie Johnson backed up her recent form just a few seconds short of her PB set recently at High Legh.

PosGun timeFirst nameLast nameChip TimeChip Posmin/m GenderPosCategoryPos


3 March: Mark Crabtree has put in some excellent cross country races this season which proved a solid base for an speedy 6 min/mile half marathon at rainy Berkhamstead through the Chilterns countryside.

"It's a half marathon my previous running club always attend in high numbers and a very good, well organised race. I was disappointed not to win the V40s though - the winner wasn't that far ahead.. too much training on the flat since the move up north I think!"
PosNameCatCat PosTime
9Mark CrabtreeM40378.28


3 March: Chris Beard reports: A scenic and challenging mostly off road race from Congleton to Bosley Cloud (1125ft) and back via the ancient Bride-stones.  This race is run by Congleton Harriers under FRA rules.  It's a popular well organised race with plenty of marshals and support along the way.Sunday saw a cold, wet, windy start to the day with the threat of a storm coming in. Lots of competitors chose to gear up with under vests/tee-shirts and other forms of rain cover. I opted for the minimalist approach and I was glad I did as the weather cleared slightly just after the start, although it remained very wet and muddy under foot  providing a challenging route across some of the fields and up and down the Cloud. Darren Cottier was the other Vale Royal attendee and he had a good race running really well and finishing with a very respectable time of 71.32 to put him 49th overall and 7/34 MV45. I  was pleased to post a PB of just under 4 minutes finishing with a time of 75.02 and 68th Overall which put me 8/51 MV50. There were 259 finishers. I'd definitely recommend this race if you fancy something a bit more technical with the added bonus of a hill.  Did I mention there is also cake...
PosNameCatCat PosTime
49Darren CottierM457/3471.32
68Chris BeardM508/3175.02


3 Mar: Tony Dutton reports: On Sunday I took on the Cheadle 5 Miler in North Staffordshire for my first road race of the year.This is one of two road races Cheadle running club hold each year with the start and finish being at the Cheadle Academy. The race takes us through Cheadle town center at the beginning before heading out to the countryside for a few inclines. Not the fastest of courses but a well organised and marshalled race finishing 63rd out of 150 runners.


2 Mar: Lee Carrington reports: Headed over to Waverton on Saturday for the 6am start of Chester ultra 50. It was a circular route around Chester/Helsby/frodsham and then taking in the sandstone trail for the last part of the race. I was going really well until woodhouse hill frodsham when cramp set in and struggled for the second half of the race but managed to keep going, with the help of wife Hollie and a few friends that were meeting me at points along the way with food water etc. Managed to finish in 10th place in 8hrs 11mins and a Gold Medal (top 100 finisher). John Clarke also took on his first ultra and finished just outside the Gold category to finish with a hugely creditable Silver (100 - 200 finisher) in a time of 11hrs 6mins.

John Clarke reports: I finished 114th, had a great day felt good then started to struggle from Frodsham onwards, the last 7 miles on the canal was tough, had some help from Bob Corinaldi (he did the race last year) who ran the canal stretch with me to the finish. Also some great support from Colin & Carol, and a quick massage of Colin at CP5.
PosNameTimeMedal Type
10Lee Carrrington8 hr 11 minGold
114John Clarke11 hr 6 minSilver


2 Mar: Horrendous conditions caused some issues for the time keepers but did not stop Andrew Miles blasting out a 30 second PB in the A race and Liz Renondeau a 5 second PB in the B race.
PosNameGender PosCatCat PosTime 
A Race26Andrew Miles26SM2415.40PB
B Race7Liz Renondeau1F35117.24PB


2 Mar: Debbie Moreton reports: Just 5 runners from Vale ventured out to a wet High Legh. Fantastic, well-organised, friendly race and a great goody bag. A reasonably flat course with the challenge of a short, slippy, muddy section and a steady climb over the motorway bridge near the end. Great run by James Ainsworth, 2nd in age group; Mel Johnson, 2nd lady, 2nd in age group and a PB; Bob C 6th in age group; Eleanor Riches 6th in age group and Debbie Moreton 7th in age group in a field of a total of 519 runners (269 male/250 female). A great race which I thoroughly recommend.

6thJames AinsworthM6th40-492nd00:35:5700:36:00
41stMelanie JohnsonF2ndSL2nd00:42:1100:42:19
42ndBob CorinaldiM40th50-596th00:42:2200:42:30
104thEleanor RichesF15th40-496th00:46:4400:46:54
126thDebbie MoretonF24th40-497th00:48:3100:48:42


23 Feb: Colin Rathbone reports: To my mind, the best venue ever for the English Nationals (and I’ve been to quite a few). Set in the beautiful National Trust parkland of Harewood House, north of Leeds in perfect weather (18* in Feb), sunny, exceptionally dry underfoot, the course promised fast times and good performances. The mood in the Vale Royal camp was buoyant after seeing Holly Weedall dominate the  under 15 girl’s race and Holly Smith 6th in the Under 17’s. Gutsy performances in the women’s race from Sarah (110%) Murphy, Amelia and Clara Pettit ably supported by Carole Williams (sadly Chloe Broad had to drop out) resulted in a 44th team position out of 114 complete teams. Brilliant effort girls. Sadly the senior Men could not raise a team but sterling performances by Pat Stradling (a rare outing for Pat), Mark Crabtree (doubtful in the week with a tender Achilles), Colin Rathbone ( does he not know when to retire?) and James Griffiths gave credit to the VR vests they were wearing. The Nationals are the culmination and pinnacle of the club xc season. I applaud the Vale Royalers who did turn out in such a fantastic event.
57Sarah Murphy00:31:51 452Patrick Stradling00:44:22
68Amelia Pettitt00:32:16 517Mark Crabtree00:45:05
316Clara Pettitt00:37:17 1912Colin Rathbone01:05:50
1008Carole Williams00:57:38 1962James Griffiths01:10:21
1034Finishers  2006Finishers


23 Feb:Gareth Williams reports: Gareth and Nathan Williams made the trip to Pembrey Park, Llanelli for the Welsh XC Champs on 23rd Feb. It was Nathan's debut and Gareth first outing since 2005 in the race.The course was mostly flat and the ground very firm but log jumps, tight bends and some sharp climbs on to the dunes kept it interesting. The race was won by Swansea's Dewi Griffiths, reclaiming his title in his preparation for this years London Marathon. Nathan benefited from a last minute footwear change (thanks to having the same size feet as his dad) and came home in a very strong 21st position (av 5.46 miling!) in 36.50.. Gareth had a tough battle with former Wrexham clubmate, Andy Edge, now running for Thames Hare and Hounds, and just prevailed on the last lap to finish in 43rd overall and 4th place in the M50's in 39.25. A great day was made even better while driving home, listening to the rugby commentary and hearing Wales roar to a famous victory over England.


17 Feb: A great turnout for this one and a good marathon building block for quite a few.  Dry conditions but a challenging headwind in the closing 3 miles to test the resolve of runners.  George Thompson led VRAC home with Chis Jones not far back just 12 seconds short of his PB. First home for the ladies was Carolyn Dooley, also just short of her PB but well satisfied with another sub 1.30 and progress towards the London Marathon. Great to see Gemma Barnett back after her stress fracture with a very worthy sub 1.30. Geoff Fawkes is claiming a 'vets PB' as his last half marathons were in the 1980's! Mark Pilliner has had a stellar XC season and is in marathon training but struggled home with a hip problem. Fingers crossed for his quick recovery. Perhaps the two performances of the day were Debbie Broad who was delighted with a 5 minute PB, and Colin Rathbone winning the M75 category in under 1.50. Mary Tavener, also marathon training took 2nd L55 and Carole WIlliams brought VRAC home taking an impressive 2nd in the L65 category.


9 Feb: Challenging weather conditions did not detract from VRAC paricipants! Sarah Murphy won the ladies race overall and W40 Gold, Debbie Moreton took W45 Gold, and Jayne Lomax W50 Silver. The three of them picking up W40 team Gold. Great to see Andy Gibbs again in VRAC colours and running strongly as ever with 5th overall and M55 Gold.
Ladies 5kPosNameCatTimeAge Group
 1Sarah MurphyL4021.23Gold
 5Debbie MoretonL4527.58Gold
 8Jayne LomaxL5030.00Silver
Men 8kPosNameCatTimeAge Group
 5Andy GibbsM5531.28Gold


14 Feb: Two of our fastest runners made the trip for this renowned super quick 5K. Robert Brown reports: It's a great race, you have to be sub 16 min 5k to enter and last night a new record of 13:43 won it. 12 runners went under 14 and 113 under 15 overall out of 202 finishers. The course is set on roads surrounding a park called The Mall in Armagh. They race over almost 5 manic laps. Conditions were perfect, 10 degrees and no wind on closed roads surrounded by high Georgian buildings. Chris Perry ran 14:25, a 12 second pb, Jacob Brown ran 14:40 for a 19 second pb. Tthe atmosphere is second to none. They preceded the 5k with 10 short age graded kids races and the women's 3k so there is no shortage of support all around the course.
34Chris PERRY00:14:25PB 12 Secs
67Jacob BROWN00:14:40PB 19 Secs


9 Feb: Colin Rathbone reports: Excellent turnout for Vale Royal in the final match of the season at Kenworthy Woods on Saturday 9 February. 14 senior Men and 8 senior women contested the good conditions underfoot. Despite the valiant efforts of the men it looks likely that both the senior men’s team and vets men’s team will be relegated from the 1st Division. The Vets ladies faired well to maintain their position in the 1st Division, the Senior Women’s team despite fabulous performances (including a rare appearance for Katie Brough) closed the gap on 3rd place East Cheshire in the 2nd Division. Still awaiting final ratified results but according to Colin's calculations it looks like we are still 1 point adrift of 3rd place.
PosNameCatCat PosTime PosNameCatCat PosTime
25Katie BroughL35429.08 41Mark CrabtreeM401035.14
45Holly Carrington  30.16 88Gareth WilliamsM50337.17
47Claire ThompsonL40530.22 127Lee Carrington  38.34
51Lucy Knight  30.37 160Richard MurrayM501639.21
56Mel JohnsonL351130.57 165Tommy ArmstrongM403739.30
159Mary TavenerL55734.46 175Robert RoeM404039.42
239Debbie RichardsonL503140.40 199Matt ScottM452040.20
258Carole WilliamsL65443.03 249Stephen ThompsonM55642.00
271Finishers    252Chris BeardM503242.09
      278Mark PillinerM503643.37
9/54Team4 count   355John ClarkeM601048.17
40/54Team4 count   397Colin RathboneM70354.22
3/54Vets Team3 count   398Richard PettitteM552854.43
46/54Vets Team3 count   400Nick MortM553055.00
      17/50Team6 Count  
      42/50Team6 Count  
      25/50Vets Team4 Count  
      49/50Vets Team4 Count 


10 Feb: Just one from VRAC this year for this challenging 10K around The Great Orme. Tony Dutton's report: I travelled to Llandudno for the 2019 Nick Beer 10k. It's basically a 10k around the great orme anti clockwise. Tough conditions with a headwind going up, but a decent workout with a Chip Time of 52:15 Pos. 252 from 598 runners.
NameNameGen PosCatCat PosGunPosChipPos


26 Jan: A number of VRACers at the Northern XC Champs at Pontefract racecourse. The course was extremely firm, predominantly flat and therefore very quick which suited some but not others. The senior men's scoring 6 finished a very creditable 20th team out of 53 complete teams. The individual highlight was Jacob Brown's superb debut in the senior championship. Jacob was ably supported by Stu Doyle, Nathan Williams, Mark Crabtree and Gareth Williams. Team completed by the perennial Colin Rathbone now 75 and still racing! There were 704 finishers. Unfortunately the ladies were unable to field a complete team due to Helen Smith suffering a recurrence of a calf injury. Nevertheless Sarah Murphy had another great run in conditions that did not suit her whilst it was also great to see Amelia Pettitt competing again and Carole Williams looking as strong and glamorous as ever! 376 finishers. Full results here.

Ladies   Men  
PosTimeName PosTimeName
2830.40Sarah Murphy 2840.25Jacob Brown
4231.41Amelia Pettitt 8742.30Stu Doyle
36152.22Carole Williams 11443.34Nathan Willaims
376Finishers  17245.16Mark Crabtree
    24647.00Gareth Williams
    67865.25Colin Rathbone
    Team20th of 536 count


20 Jan: Relief for organisers and runners alike that the weather did not threaten this years race. Indeed cool, calm conditions were good for running. A typically solid performance from Stu Doyle at the sharp end. Performance of the day came from Gary Richardson who sliced nearly 2 minutes off his PB. Next, another good race for Liz Renondeau who decided to race at short notice. Malcolm Hughes (pictured), Mary Tavener and Jayne Lomax all acquitting themselves well to complete the VRAC field.