COLIN MAKES THE NEWS
As if it needed clarifying...Col is now an 'official' hero! Today it made the Daily Mail, and it also made ESPN news Stateside! ESPN It was also reported on 5 Live radio adn the Today programme on Radio 4! Nice one Col!
31 May: Tom Armstong and Iain Stanton were the club's representatives in the Chester Marathon. In warm conditions Iain did well to finish in well under 4 hours after cramping up in the latter stages - Iain had reached 20 miles in 2:30. He has vowed to do more long runs in his marathon build up in future! Despite not featuring in the results yet, Tom had finished the race in an excellent 3:07 and so proving he is a marathon man! Great running both of you!
Meanwhile at the Sale 5 mile race, John Davies and Pauline are showing good progress with excellent times for the distance. Pauline was 3rd LV55.
28 May: Stu Doyle had another superb run at the Dunham Massey 5K. Although not the fastest of the seasons 5K races, Stu was not far off his best over the distance and beat many of his usual rivals. Pete Maher and John Clarke were 2nd and 4th MV55 respectively. Helen Smith was our fastest lady and 2nd LV40.
23 May: At the Golden Gates 10k in Derbyshire, Mike Harrington ran a solid sub-40 minutes for the hilly course in the heat.
At the White Peak Half Marathon, Matt and Janet had to abandon the thought of a fast race as the weather was so hot - but both finished well. A number of people collapsed in the heat however.
On a scorcher of a day Colin and Carole were out racing again, this time at the Wombourne 10k. Colin was 1st MV60 while for the 2nd time in a week Carole missed the LV55 prize by a handful of seconds. As a result Colin took Carole to the pub to drown her sorrows this time!
Meanwhile at the Nantwich sprint triathlon Tom Annable and wife Julie both ran the anchor 5K running legs for their respective teams in the relay event. Tom teamed up with ex-club member and now cyclist Simon Woodward (and swimmer Brent Ion) to win the event. Tom ran about 17:40 on the grass course and Julie finished her debut race in about 28 minutes.
20 May: The first round of the Delamere Dash 5 mile trail race series took place on a hot night with the race attracting just under 100 runners. Good to see Gareth racing again and getting a top 10 finish. Steve was not far behind in 15th place.
The Mobberley 5.3 mile mixed terrain race was run on a lovely warm evening with plenty of aircraft to watch as the course weaved its way round the airport. First home, in 4th place, was Ed Crowther with a blistering last mile which easily saw off a fading Tom. Mike had a solid top 15 finish and Gemma was our fastest lady in 40th place. Colin and Carole were both only a handful of seconds off winning their respective age categories - a result which left Colin drowning his sorrows in the pub (again). Carole was pleased to be 2 minutes quicker than last year.
19 May: Pauline showed she is starting to get back to form at the Leosowe Seaside 5K in Wallasey which she completed in a little over 23 minutes. John was showing some spring in his step too despite some of the course being on the sand.
16 May: A poor club turn out didn't prevent Nathan Archer scorching to a club record for the Sydney Half Marathon. Reported to rank him #1 in the Archer household for the half marathon distance this year!
CHESHIRE GP & GREAT MANCHESTER RUN
The latest round of the Cheshire GP series was the Shell Chester Half Marathon - never easy to run a half marathon in the warmer months but thankfully it was not too hot for the race. Eleven Vale Royal runners were led home by Stu Doyle in a fine 8th place. Maggie Fenn was our fastest lady in just outside 1:30. The ladies were superb winners of the team prize too.
The Great Manchester Run 10k attracts a big field and TV coverage but the clash with the GP series meant Vale Royal numbers were down. The team was led home by Mike Vennard followed home by the ever improving Andrew Miles. Gary was not far back just ahead of a very pleased Steve Calwell who broke the 40 minute barrier for anther fine PB. (The official results were not filtering by club so please let us know of any other club runners who took part).
BRITISH MASTERS RELAYS
15 May: Another strong performance for the club's male masters at the British Masters Relays at Sutton Park. The team finished in 22nd place after Andy Gibbs had led the team off with a fast opening leg and John Davies brought us home in some style! A great team effort although only Tony improved on last years performance over the hilly 3 mile course. The team had ages ranging from 40 to 66 (sorry Col!) and was competing with the 35 and over age categories - so it was a tough race! Photos in the gallery.
LONDON MARATHON NEWS! Anthony Gaskill has been removed from the marathon results so Colin Rathbone is now the official V65 marathon champion! Results. Reports appearing in Northwich Guardian, Athletics Weekly and the Daily Mail....
9 May: Andy Gibbs romped to victory in the hilly Marbury Mauler 8-mile multi-terrain race. The event was part of the Marbury Village Fete.
The lure of some free yoghurt is always too much for Colin to resist so he was out to test his post-marathon form at the Muller 10k. The results were good - 41 minutes and 1st MV65! A strong run from Carole too in 52 minutes.
7 May: The popular Christleton 5K was run in good racing conditions on Friday night. Stu Doyle has recovered well from his marathon efforts for 18th place. Some strong performances throughout the team - including Steve Caldwell's sub-19 PB.
LONDON & STRATFORD MARATHONS
As has been widely discussed by all of us, the evidence seems overwhelming that Colin has won the V65 category at the London Marathon and so achieved his long held ambition! Indeed he was announced as victor in this weeks Athletics Weekly. The runner who was reported to be 1st in the results was running much slower than his finishing time would suggest judging from his early splits, he has missing split times from 20k to 40k, and can be clearly seen walking in photos (and in TV recordings). The London Marathon office will be investigating but this may take time to correct so we believe it is time to start celebrating Colin's fantastic victory! WELL DONE COLIN!
25 April: At the Rotary Shakespeare Marathon in Straford, Stu Doyle debuted over the distance with a fine 2nd place finish. Stu started well and got to half distance in 1:18 and with a significant lead in the race but suffered badly from 15 miles. Conditions were hot and although Stu will have hoped for a faster time, this is still a cracking performance.
It is an annual tradition to report the achievements of Colin Rathbone at the London Marathon but perhaps this is the best yet. At 66 years old, Colin ran an incredible race to finish in 3hrs 5 mins. This earned Grand Col 1st place in the MV65 category although this appeared in the results as 2nd place only a few seconds behind the supposed winner...... something that has hugely disappointed this great competitor but will be corrected in time (see above). There were disappointments for Nicky Archer who had a fantastic run but sadly missed her Commonwealth qualifying time after suffering from a severe stitch in the late stages, and for Gavin Tomlinson who committed to a good time with a fast first half but suffered in the second half of the race. It's a cruel event! Paul Lloyd had an excellent London debut and Steve Smith had a superb run to break his 4hrs target. A fabulous PB for the ever improving Jo. John, Mike, Ironman Dave, a rebuilt Glenn and Gemma all had terrific runs and should be pleased with their efforts - well done to all. Meanwhile Paul C suffered in the the latter stages of the race and so will be disappointed to be outside 4 hours. Well done to everyone for their efforts - be proud!
|1493 (1)||Colin Rathbone||3:05:51|
24 April: In the Yorkshire Three Peaks Race, Tom Annable unfortunately had to admit defeat when tacking the very tough 24 mile 5500ft climb course and retired on the ascent of the final climb. Time to rethink the training?
18 April: The second weekend of the spring Marathon season has seen some terrific performances by the club athletes. The pick of the crop was the fantastic victory for Maggie Fenn in the ladies race at the Bungay Black Dog Marathon in Suffolk. Maggie finished 13th overall in the race in a 30 minute PB - a class performance!
|13 (1L)||Maggie Fenn||3:07:57|
Meanwhile at the Great Welsh Marathon, Rob Olliver had a superb run to finish in 3hrs 15 minutes - tired but rightfully delighted with his run. Rob was 26th in a field of about 500 runners. Mary also had a good run - a bit slower than her PB but still good enough for 2nd LV45. Well done to both!
It was perfect weather for the 2nd Round of the Cheshire Grand Prix, the Whitley 10k. Good to see a big club turn-out despite a number of runners resting up for marathons. Pete Maher led the squad home and Kate Spilsbury was our quickest lady. No category winners this week but Pete was 4th MV55, Kate 5th lady, Colin 6th MV65, Helen 2nd LV35, Jo 5th LV45 and Carole 4th LV55. (A few pics in the gallery courtesy of John Davies.)
Dave, Murphy, Matt Brown and Richard Keeling chose instead to run at the Cholmondeley 10k. This charity event is run in the beautiful grounds of the castle. The results are listed without names, just number, so it makes it quite hard to be precise about the timings but Matt reported the following results:
Meanwhile we are all keeping our fingers crossed that Nicky Archer makes it back to the UK for the London Marathon! Come on weather!
13 April: Mary Tavener is running in the Great Welsh Marathon on 18 April and is raising money for the Anthony Nolan Trust. She'd be very grateful if you would support this great charity, by sponsoring her, if at all possible Please sponsor her here.
The Fixture page is now an events calendar. Please add races (and other events) of interest (you will need to register to do this). Note the Upcoming Events Sidebar on the LHS of this page which links to this calendar.
The Club Road Race Rankings for 2009 have been compiled are now available here. Apologies for any omissions! The full 2009 Cheshire Road Rankings are available here. Thanks to Adrian Thiemecke for compiling the source data.
4 April: Some impressive Easter Sunday performances at the Air Products 10k in Crewe. Stu Doyle had a superb run for 8th place in his fastest 10k in recent times! Next home was Zach Bamber with a solid 35 minute run. There were age category wins too - Pete was 1st MV55, Colin 1st MV65 and Carole 1st LV55.
2 April: The Miles clan had a Good Friday family outing to the Salford 10k - what a treat! In the windy conditions both were very pleased with their times.
We were sorry to hear of the passing away of ex-Mid Cheshire runner Ray Phipps. Ray was a top class runner in the Seventies when running for Sale. John Davies attended the funeral.
28 March: Representing Great Britain In the World Cross Country Championships held in Bydgoszcz, Poland, Stevie Stockton had a fantastic run to place 47th and score for the team (who finished 6th overall) beating amongst others European Cross Country Champion Hayley Yelling! - Well done Stevie!!
Also racing out of the area was Colin Rathbone. Taking part in the Cleevewold 14 mile multi terrain race near Cheltenham Colin showed great stamina (as always!), on the very hilly course, to place 55th overall (4th MV60) in a time of 2.12.46.
55 Colin Rathbone 2.12:46
Closer to home, as usual a good number of runners from the club were competing in the ever popular Wilmslow Half Marathon with some excellent performances being recorded including PB's for Scott, Steve and Mel and fine age group performances from Jo (6th LV45) and (Mel's dad!) Bev (7th MV60).
32 Gavin Tomlinson 1.12.36 43 Stu Doyle 1.14.28 121 Mike Harrington 1.21.34 258 Gary Weedall 1.28.52 290 Rob Oliver 1.29.35 292 Dave Gough 1.29.35 318 Paul Lloyd 1.30.18 323 Scott Bamber 1.30.23 426 David Jury 1.33.18 472 Steve Caldwell 1.34.09 490 Mel Johnson 1.34.44 568 Bev Taylor 1.36.05 597 Jo Molyneaux 1.36.34
Maggie Fenn opted for the Liverpool Half Marathon and had a great run to finish 211th (on chip time) out of a field of over 4,500. Working her way through the field after taking over 4 minutes to cross the start line! Maggie was 24th Lady and 3rd LV35 finishing in 1.29.16.
The slightly longer and more undulating Milford 21 also attracted 5 club members, testing out their stamina levels for their forthcoming Marathons, who all performed well - with the following results
Gemma was 3rd lady and Mary 3rd lady vet - quite a good few days for the clubs ladies!
JANET SNOW IS LOOKING TO MAKE A TEAM OF 8 TO DO THE 24hr TEAM CHALLENGE AT CATTON PARK 1st AUGUST. FOR MORE DETAILS CHECK OUT THE TR24 WEBSITE. SHE NEEDS A DECISION NOW AS ENTRIES ARE ABOUT TO CLOSE. LOOKS FUN!
26 March: Nicky Archer knocked a minute off her 10,000m PB at the Stanford invitational (she took 90 secs off her PB last year at this event). Nic did 33.32.83 with 16.53/16.40 negative split. An astonishing race won my Lisa Koll in a collegiate record of 31.18!!
This time should see Nic through to the Regional champs. You can watch and read more about her race at the following link.
21 March: Matt Brown thoroughly enjoyed the Cartmel 18km Trail Race after a strong run over this beautiful course. Conditions were wet and muddy which added to the fun! Colin and Carole were in action at the Chedworth 10-mile Trail Race in the Cotswolds. As you might expect, the course had magnificent scenery to compliment the two magnificant perfomances! Colin was 1st MV65 and Carole was just pipped to the LV55 prize by a mere 15s!
78 Matt Brown 1:38:00
Colin and Carole were in action at the Chedworth 10-mile Trail Race in the Cotswolds. As you might expect, the course had magnificent scenery to compliment the two magnificant perfomances! Colin was 1st MV65 and Carole was just pipped to the LV55 prize by a mere 15s!
1st MV65 Colin Rathbone 1:18:52 2nd LV55 Carole Williams 1:33:44
THE 20 MILE RACES WEEKEND:
14 March: Several 20 mile road races were available for those training for spring marathons. For some bizaare reason this year all the races were on the same day. Conditions were chilly and windy but thankfully dry this year but probably not a day for many PB's.
Choosing the toughest of the races, Colin had a superb run at the Spen 20 where he was 1st MV60 and was heard confessing that he had found the course hard work!
89 Colin Rathbone 2:33:42
At the Stafford 20, Tom Armstrong and Mike Harrington had excellent runs - apparently Tom had decided he felt good late on in the race and had left Mike trailing without leaving him his planned supply of gels! (These Tesco lads are ruthless when they sense victory!) Maggie Fenn also had a very good run for a PB over this distance.....even if the course was hillier than expected!
24 Tom Armstrong 2:12:55 32 Mike Harrington 2:15:01 71 Maggie Fenn 2:27:06
The Trimpell 20 is known for being a fast course and so had attracted a large field as usual with seven runners from Vale Royal. Toddy led the way with Rob and Goffy just behind. Gemma showed she is getting into good form as did Jo and Mary so all are looking good for their marathons in a few short weeks!
92 John Todd 2:21:33 100 Rob Olliver 2:22:24 101? Dave Gough 2:22:25 120 Gemma Barnett 2:26:36 134 Paul Lloyd 2.28:27 170 Mary Tavener 2:35:24 183 Jo Molyneaux 2:37:20
BRITISH MASTERS XC CHAMPIONSHIPS
13 March: Andy Gibbs made the long trip to Belfast for the British Masters Cross-Country championship and finished an excellent 6th in the MV45 race. Competing amongst the MV35-45's Andy showed his typical commitment but was just short of the medals this time in the very high class field. A very disapponted Andy reported that he didn't seem to have the form he had hoped for as he lost ground on the hills on each of the four laps. Andy described the course as very hilly and twisty and dry underfoot and had expected it to be one that would suit him. Still a fantastic effort Andy and what a brilliant winter (don't forget that International vest!).
6 Andy Gibbs 27:17
8 March: David Jury led the team home at the Farndon 10k with a solid sub 40 minute run. Dave Murphy was next home followed by Helen Smith who had a superb run for a personal best in a little over 42 minutes and 2nd LV40. Colin was 1st MV65 and looking like the London build-up is working, and Carole showed continued progress with an excellent run for 2nd LV55.
30 David Jury 39:03 65 Dave Murphy 41:44 76 Helen Smith 42:32 81 Colin Rathbone 43:22 273 Carole Williams 52:28
In perfect weather at the fast Trafford 10k, Gavin showed he is getting back to form with a superb sub 33 minute run. 32:58 Mike Harrington continued his tour of the most obscure races in the country with a top-10 finish at the Newton's Fraction Half Marathon in Grantham, Lincolnshire. Mike described the course as hilly and tough and so was very pleased with his run.
23 Gavin Tomlinson 8 Mike Harrington 1:20:30
Mike Harrington continued his tour of the most obscure races in the country with a top-10 finish at the Newton's Fraction Half Marathon in Grantham, Lincolnshire. Mike described the course as hilly and tough and so was very pleased with his run.
Tom Annable finished 6th overall and 1st MV45 in the Cloud 9 race in Congleton. Darren, Matt and Jayne enjoyed the fabulous course and the fine cold and sunny conditions. Pics on Bryan Dale's site.
ENGLISH NATIONAL XC CHAMPIONSHIPS
27 February: Stevie Stockton showed how much she has improved with an incredible silver medal in the senior ladies race at the English National cross country championships in Roundhay Park in Leeds. On the tough course, Stevie finished only a few seconds behind Steph Twell who took gold. Well done Stevie - doing Vale Royal proud! Backing Stevie up in the ladies race were Kate Spilsbury, who had a fine run to be just outside the top 100, and Carole Williams who ran well in the classy field. Colin Rathbone was the only finisher in the men's race after George Thompson pulled up with an ankle injury.
2 Stevie Stockton 28:07 107 Kate Spilsbury 33:27 490 Carole Williams 46:12
1206 Colin Rathbone 60:16
14 February: A brilliant performance by Andy Gibbs at Northern Veteran's Cross-Country Championships in Warrington. On a flat and boggy course, Andy had a tight battle throughout the race eventually finishing a very happy 3rd overall. Most importantly though Andy retained his MV45 title for the 3rd consecutive year and beat a number of his England team rivals. Well done Andy! (Again!)
3 Andy Gibbs - 1st MV45
CHESHIRE CROSS-COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS.
13 February: A fantastic team gold for the men at the rearranged Cheshire Championships on the flat Reaseheath course. The men beat Wilmslow in a tightly fought contest to retain their title. The counter's were Chris Perry, Stu Doyle, James Griffiths, Gavin Tomlinson, Tom Heaward and Graham Miles. The ladies secured team silvers in the seniors (Kate Spilsbury, Gemma Barnett and Maggie Fenn) and veteran catagories (Maggie Fenn, Helen Smith and Carole Williams). We had age category medalists too with Tony Archer 2nd Mv55, Colin Rathbone 1st MV65, Maggie Fenn 3rd LV35, Helen Smith 1st LV40 and Carole Williams 1st LV55. Too many excellent performance to mention them all but be proud of yourselves everyone! There were also numerous successes for the juniors (reported on the VRAC main site).
3 Chris Perry 37:16 5 Stu Doyle 37:30 7 James Griffiths 38:05 10 Gavin Tomlinson 38:58 17 Tom Heaward 40:08 28 Graham Miles 41:12 38 David Jury 42:18 42 Darren Cottier 42:55 45 Gary Weedall 43:21 51 Iain Wedge 43:42 57 Tony Archer 44:33 59 Pete Maher 44:55 62 Scott Bamber 45:38 66 John Todd 46:39 76 Steven Caldwell 47:35 85 John Clarke 48:26 93 Colin Rathbone 50:36 100 Steve Collier 54:01 103 Richard Pettitt 57:33 6 Kate Spilsbury 30:56 8 Gemma Barnett 32:16 11 Maggie Fenn 32:45 12 Helen Smith 33:17 28 Carole Williams 42:58
7 February: Ten Vale Royal athletes out for the Alsager 5. A high standard field as usual with 7 runners inside 24 minutes! The best conditions for several years saw some good times with Zach Cross being the quickest on the day - although Graham pushed him close! Tom Armstrong gets this years "unlucky" prize (Dave Gough won this prize last year!). Maggie Fenn was the quickest of our ladies although Mary was not far behind! No doubt the start was as crazy as usual?
70 Zach Cross 28:26 74 Graham Miles 28:37 104 Andrew Miles 29:55 111 Tom 'Unlucky' Armstrong 30:00 121 Pete Maher 30:11 197 Scott Bamber 32:49 203 Steve Caldwell 32:53 261 Maggie Fenn 34:08 295 Mary Tavener 34:59 526 Jayne Lomax 39:43
Sonya Young was 1st LV55 at the Central Lancashire Half Marathon with a fine run. Paul Lloyd was back racing on the road and was so close to that sub 1:30 barrier:
36 Paul Lloyd 1:30:16 68 Sonya Young 1:35:43
John Carroll and Iain Stanton were out racing too at the popular Radcliffe 10 mile trail race near Bolton:
55 John Carroll 1:12:30 79 Iain Stanton 1:14:56
6 February: A small turn out for the last match of the North Wales Cross Country League on the tough Oswestry course. Our veteran stalwarts were there however: Colin and Carole competing strongly and John, Pauline and Bernie there to support! Tom had a best ever finish for 13th place and in so doing secured the MV45 category for the season and finishing 11th in the overall league. David Jury also ran very well for a highest finish of the season. ....what would he do if he got some consistent training?! Colin and Carole were both quicker than last year and looked in good form. Pics in the gallery (a lot of pics of not many runners!)
13 Tom Annable 36:07 42 David Jury 39:37 105 Colin Rathbone 46:47 61 Carole Williams 30:13
30 January: The final round of the Manchester XC League at Wythenshaw: Stu Doyle's form over cross-country was demonstrated by his superb 9th place. Colin and Carole were both out competing and showing the rest of us what we should be doing with our Saturdays!
9 Stu Doyle 33:14 170 Colin Rathbone 45:45
CLUB SUCCESSES AT THE NORTHERN CROSS-COUNTRY:
23 January: There was a large turn-out for the Northern XC Championships on the testing course in Witton Park in Blackburn. With the Vale Royal AC flags flying , the Juniors had an fantastic day with 2 team golds (Girls U20 and U17) and 2 team silvers (U20 and GU15) as well as 2 individual bronze medals (R Craigie and M Sheen)! In the senior races, there were some fantastic efforts in the very high standard fields! The course was rough, muddy and very hilly ensuring that everyone was exhausted at the finish! Full results for seniors and juniors are listed below! Pics in the gallery.
Men 112 J Griffiths 47:34 29th Team 148 T Annable 48:34 316 P Maher 54:34 357 T Archer 56:08 390 S Bamber 57:23 417 S Caldwell 58:40 487 S Ryabov 61:59 531 C Rathbone 65:14 Ladies 41 K Spilsbury 36:01 209 C Williams 51:18 MU20 15 A Clews 29:19 2nd Team 18 C Perry 29:33 36 Z Cross 30:46 37 E Crowther 30:49 58 T Heaward 33:01 77 A Perry 35:07 LU20 3 R Craigie 24:11 1st Team 7 N Meadows 24:42 15 K Stringer 25:55 26 K Howard 27:41 U17 64 A Miles 23:38 104 T Marsden 25:29 GU17 6 M Huxley 21:12 1st Team 16 C Mills 22:17 18 L Whittick 22:20 19 H Paver 22:21 47 C Perry 24:54 68 G Mayled 27:06 U15 16 Z Bamber 14:04 6th Team 48 R Moore 14:44 55 J Ayre 14:48 82 L Healey 15:15 85 N Tipping 15:19 123 A Zimmer 15:59 138 P Stradling 16:10 150 J Ikin 16:22 156 J Boyce 16:33 191 M Vennard 17:46 197 N Jakeman 18:13 GU15 15 T McCormick 15:59 2nd Team 21 J Evans 16:18 36 A Pettitt 16:51 65 K Moulds 17:38 77 C Heaher 17:50 97 B Archdeacon 18:21 98 L Towers 18:21 118 J Lee 19:01 U13 3 M Sheen 11:09 13 E Bowler 11:28 157 N Rothwell 14:04 GU13 6 J Parsons 12:10 11th Team 80 A Sorensen 13:40 83 J Costello 13:44 128 L Scott 14:16 156 E GravesBrayne 14:42 164 C Pettitt 14:49 178 Lucy Burch 15:03
17 January: Graham Miles had a terrific run in the superbly organised McCain Cross Challenge in Cardiff. In the Masters race Graham ran an even paced race finishing in 7th place. Andrew was a promising 43rd in the U17 race. 7
Graham Miles 23:14
17 January: Graham Miles had a terrific run in the superbly organised McCain Cross Challenge in Cardiff. In the Masters race Graham ran an even paced race finishing in 7th place. Andrew was a promising 43rd in the U17 race.
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17 January: Finally a respite from the bad weather - with perfect racing conditions at the Four Villages Half Marathon in Helsby. There was a good turn out for the club with some excellent performances. Stu Doyle was 10th overall and we had an age category winner with Sonya Young winning the LV55! Maggie Fenn was 3rd LV35. Rob was delighted with his PB as was Scott. The results below are chip times:
10 Stu Doyle 1:14:59 70 Pete Maher 1:23:41 71 Tom Armstrong 1:23:33 140 Rob Olliver 1:27:54 155 Matt Sweeting 1:29:08 163 John Todd 1:29:23 164 Gemma Todd 1:29:22 186 Glenn Wilson 1:30:18 235 Maggie Fenn 1:31:48 256 Scott Bamber 1:33:17 306 Helen Smith 1:35:55 323 John Clarke 1:36:18 345 Jo Molyneaux 1:37:42 412 Sergey Ryabov 1:38:51 440 Sonya Young 1:39:43 443 Mary Tavener 1:40:25
It with deep sadness that we heard the news of Ken Moss's death from cancer last week. Ken had many friends in the club. Ken was a superb runner, a great competitor and a big loss for the sport in the region.
13 January: Former member Steve Wilkinson is looking for sponsorship for a 100k treadmill challenge to raise money for an excellent cause. Please sponsor Steve here. www.justgiving.com/tomandstevetreadmillultra
3 January 2010: A fantastic win for Steve Caldwell in the Delamere Dash Trail Race. Steve was delighted with his first ever race victory in the icy conditions. Well done Steve! There were nearly 300 runners in the race so this is a superb performance! Results.
1 Steve Caldwell 40:14
There were 3 senior athletes out for Vale Royal at the penultimate round of the Manchester XC League at Woodbank Park in Stockport. In very cold but sunny conditions, Kate Spilsbury was an excellent 15th in the ladies race while Graham Miles had a top 40 finish and Pete Maher finished just outside the top 100. Andrew Miles was an excellent 7th in the U17 race.
15 Kate Spilsbury 27:53