SHEFFIELD OPEN XC GRAVES PARK
31 Dec: Steve Caldwell travelled to Sheffield just to ensure he posted the final race for 2011. In cold, windy but dry conditions he finished the 10k course in 41.43 finishing 17th in a small but quality field of 40. Well done Steve. Will you be first to post a race in 2012!
RIBBLE VALLEY 10K, CLITHEROE
27 Dec: Father and son ventured North for this well known 10k which attracts a quality field (Tri-athlete Alistair Brownlee was 2nd in 29.15!) . Despite a reported over enthusiastic start an excellent PB run from Andrew Miles. Whilst beating his Dad on the day, Dad still holds the 10k PB... for now. Graham, still returning to full fitness following his foot injury was well satisfied with his run too.
|107||Andrew Miles||35.32||12th MJ|
|176||Graham Miles||38.02||22nd M40|
CHESTER ROUND THE WALLS
26 Dec: The absence of frost/snow allowed the 40th running of the Boxing Day race to return to the traditional route around the City Walls. The weather did play a part though with very heavy winds making for a tough race especially the latter stages on the racecourse.
|153||Barry Chambers||39.12||9th M55|
|200||Val Kinvig||41.19||5th L45|
|268||Diane Newsham||44.13||8th L40|
CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR
It's been an excellent year for VRAC, Seniors and Juniors. Many brilliant personal and team performances, trophies and accolades. For you personally, maybe it’s been a great year full of progress, improvement and PB’s. Maybe not. Either way, always remember what it’s like when you’re injured and you can’t run a step! Let’s be grateful when we are healthy and injury free and look forward to enjoying our running in 2012… however far, however fast. Happy Christmas.
PS: Keep an eye on the training section for runs and sessions over the Christmas/New Year period.
18 Dec: three VRAC runners tackled the annual race which again was run around Tittensor reservoir. Due to snow on the Roaches the race was reduced to 5 miles instead of 8, most in fancy dress as is the norm. Photos on Bryan Dale's website. Long and short of it was Pauline enjoyed herself.
Pauline Davies 41.29, 1st f/60
Diane Elf Newsham 43.33
18 Dec: An unusually light weekend for racing. Tommy Armstrong flew the VRAC flag at Telford 10k running a fine 37.11 to post yet another (yes yet another) PB - shaving 22 seconds of his Wrexham time on 4 Dec. He placed 72nd out of 554 finishers. Well done Tommy.
NORTH STAFFS XC FINAL RACE, LEEK
10 Dec: We finished off an excellent N Staffs XC series with another good turnout of 5 women and 16 men. A solid 2nd place for the womens team led home by Kate Spillsbury with a fine 4th place finish. 1st W60 place for Pauline Davies. The men missed a few of their faster contingent managed 6th team on the day but importantly comfortably secured series wins in the vets and vet 50 categories. Some excellent performances with special mention for the consistent Stu Doyle and a top 50 finish for the rejuvinated John Carter.
|56||Pauline Davies||33.35||1st W60|
|63||Val Kinvig||33.56||7th W45|
|Div 2: 2nd Team 144 points (4 counters)|
|3||Stu Doyle||33.19||1st M40|
|21||Andy Clews||36.11||6th JM|
|49||John Carter||38.41||4th M50|
|62||John Thompson||39.41||8th M45|
|86||Tony Archer||41.12||1st M55|
|106||Pete Maher||42.56||2nd M55|
|123||John Clarke||44.32||5th M55|
|192||Colin Rathbone||50.46||3rd M65|
Div1: 6th team 242 (6 Counters)
SERIES RESULTS (over 4 races)
CANBERRA HALF IRONMAN
10 Dec: Congratulations to Nathan Archer who completed his debut half Ironman in Canberra. 1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike, 13.1 mile run. A terrific performance well inside his target time of 5 hrs 30 mins. Next stop full Ironman in Melbourne next March.
Swim 37.26, bike 2.45.13, run 1.51.34. TOTAL 5.23.39 (357th out of c 1500).
PS: Nath had a 'Dad' moment when he left the bike-run transition without his number and had to back track 200m to get it! Good effort Nath!
Please see the following from the Chairman:Pearl and Billy our wonderful U11 coaches need your help. Work commitments mean Pearl is too often on her own looking after 20-30 U11s. Stuart Jakeman kindly helped at St Nicks last week. If you could regularly help Pearl with the U11s on Tuesdays and Thursdays please could you email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please share this with ALL your VRAC friends, parents and members.
LONDON MARATHON DRAW
Congratulations to the 3 lucky (?) winners of the VRAC London Marathon places for 2012. Dave Haines, Dave Murphy and Pauline Davies. Reserve Ian Newsham. Happy training and good luck to you all.
ALEXANDRA PARK 5K
4 Dec: Hail and wind for this one according to rather nesh Steve Caldwell! It's a mark of his improvement he wasn't happy with a seemingly decent time. Good to see Barry Chambers cropping up again in the results.
HELENA TIPPING 10K
4 Dec: Another double header for Maggie Fenn - Manchester League XC on Saturday and Helena Tipping 10K on Sunday. Respect! Decent run from Tommy Armstrong despite his claim he didnt like it! Also a very decent return to racing by past member Helen Whitby 87th overall 5th lady and time of 42.22.
|102||Maggie Fenn||43.35||3rd W35|
MANCHESTER LEAGUE WYTHENSHAWE PARK MATCH 3
3 Dec: A muddy course and a scrambled stream crossing added true XC grit at Wythenshawe Park. Two valiant ladies acquitted themselves very well. Maggie Fenn enjoyed a particularly good run moving up from 46th (13th L35) in race 1 to 25th (7th L35).
Unfortunately, the men fell one short of a senior team but did manage to field a vets team. Stu Doyle topping the vet M40. Good runs from Craig Sephton and Tony Archer who have both improved their finishing positions in all 3 matches so far. Colin Rathbone (not hampered by running in Carole's tights this time!) improved 3 places over race 2 with another solid run from Paul Hudson.
|25||Maggie Fenn||31.32||7th L35|
|143||Carole Williams||43.53||5th L55|
|7||Stu Doyle||34.37||1st M40|
|142||Tony Archer||42.03||2nd M55|
|297||Colin Rathbone||51.37||4th M65|
|Mens Vets Team: 15th (4 to count)|
BRITISH AND IRISH MASTERS CROSS COUNTRY INTERNATIONAL
Here's Stu's report of a very special weekend:
I just wanted to thank everyone across the club for the amazing amount of support and good luck messages over the past week. As you may be aware I was selected to run for England in the V40 team in the British & Irish Cross Country championships in Glasgow.
The race consisted of teams from each of the 5 home nations (England, Northern Ireland, Wales, Scotland) plus the Republic of Ireland with 6 runners per team (4 to count) in each of the veteran age categories (V35-V60 i.e. a total of 180 runners in my race).
The race went really well for me, helped by the appalling conditions - very muddy, driving rain and extremely windy (gusting 50mph) which allowed me to use my relative bulk to good effect!
I set off fairly conservatively but worked my way through the field, and by the end of the 1st lap I was lying about 15th overall and 7th v40. Thanks to the support of my wife and 2 sons (Alex & Aaron), plus one Bernie Jones (Wales' team manager) I managed to push on in the 2nd lap and finished 5th V40 (out of 30) and 2nd Englishman and also placed 10th out of the 180 in the whole race, helping the v40 team to finish in 1st place (just 3 points ahead of Northern Ireland).
Overall a great weekend and a very proud moment to finally pull on the England vest - plus a GOLD medal as the icing on an already 'sweet' cake!
WEEKEND RESULTS 26/27 NOVEMBER
Norwich Half Marathon - Alex Mason bravely tackled the Norwich Half in extremely windy conditions (up to 70 kph!). Not surprisingly this hampered his attack on breaking the 1.30 barrier. Nonetheless, a good performance within the top 10% of the field. The 1.30 will go on a better day Alex.
|Gun Position||Name||Gun Time||Chip Time|
McCain Cross Country Challenge - In blustery conditions and in a high quality field over 500 runners (first 6 getting British vests) 3 VRAC runners took part in the senior mens race for the Mccain cross country challenge at sefton park, liverpool yesterday. Run over 9.8 k the results were:
131 Chris Perry 34:02
263 Scott Bamber 39:13
484 Richard Pettitt 49:24
Photos and junior results on the main VRAC site.
|89||Maggie Fenn||45.35||2nd L35|
|208||Pauline Davies||52.43||1st L60|
|291||Carole Williams||59.13||5th L55|
HE DID US PROUD!
More detailed report will follow but for now Tom Annable's facebook post will do!
INTERNATIONAL HONOURS FOR 'BIG STU'
We have just heard our very own ‘big’ Stu Doyle has been selected as one of the 6 athletes to represent
Congratulations from all your friends and clubmates at VRAC. Your quiet dedication and your commitment to training and racing has gained great respect from us all. This is worthy recognition of your efforts. You are a great ambassador for VRAC.
You deserve this... congratulations and good luck.
LEEDS ABBEY DASH
20 Nov: Two outstanding PB's at the presigious Leeds Abbey Dash 10k. One minute off Steve's PB and 19 seconds off Kate's. Well done both.
|Gun Position||Name||Gun Time||Chip Time|
|234||Kate Spilsbury||37.23||37.16||10th Lady|
N STAFFS XC RACE 3 STAFFORD COMMON Photos in Gallery
19 Nov: A superb (perhaps record?) turnout for this race. 7 ladies and 20 men. The ladies, led home by Gemma barnett, went one better than race 2 to secure 3rd team spot in Div 2. Unfortunately as they didn't field a team Race 1 they are not in the overall running for the series.
A strong mens contingent retained 4th place in Div 1 and remain close to 3rd spot with one race to go. In the overall Vets and V50 categories we are well in the lead - so no slip ups for the last race please!
Many excellent performances and some great competitive battles between clubmates highlighted by 5 VRAC men finishing within 22 seconds in finishing places 82 - 88! With an age spread of 50 years (17 - 67) what an excellent advert for the club and a thriving seniors section.
|28||Maggie Fenn||22.30||5th W35|
|51||Jackie Thorn||24.03||3rd W50|
|59||Jo Edwards||24.24||4th W45|
|81||Val Kinvig||26.08||8th W45|
|93||Diane Newsham||28.00||30th W40|
|109||Carole Williams||30.36||7th W55|
|Ladies team: 3rd Team Div 2 (4 to count)|
|5||Stu Doyle||33.59||2nd M40|
|8||Andy Clews||34.45||3rd JM|
|21||Andrew Miles||35.59||6th JM|
|68||John Carter||39.26||5th M50|
|71||Scott Bamber||39.35||16th M40|
|82||John Thompson||40.11||10th M45|
|83||Graham Miles||40.19||20th M40|
|84||Craig Sephton||40.24||21st M40|
|86||John Todd||40.27||7th M50|
|88||Tom Annable||40.33||12th M45|
|94||John Moules||41.01||13th M45|
|95||Tony Archer||41.03||1st M55|
|108||Ian Brough||41.49||27th M40|
|121||John Clarke||42.52||4th M55|
|125||Pete Maher||43.06||6th M55|
|179||Ian Newsham||46.21||28th M45|
|206||Richard Pettit||49.07||23rd M50|
|216||Colin Rathbone||51.25||5th M65|
|219||Paul Hudson||51.45||16th M55|
|Mens Team: 4th Div 1 (6 to count)|
|M40 Vets Team: 1st (6 to count)|
|M50 Vets: 1st (4 to count)|
|Mens Div 1 Summary|
|Race 1||Race 2||Race 3||TOTAL|
|1||Staffordshire Moorlands AC||62||50||60||172|
|2||City of Stoke AC||75||95||85||255|
|3||South Cheshire Harriers||238||226||210||674|
|4||Vale Royal AC||284||189||213||686|
|Mens overall Vets Summary|
|Race 1||Race 2||Race 3||TOTAL|
|1||Vale Royal AC||457||392||393||1242|
|Mens V50 Vets Summary|
|Race 1||Race 2||Race 3||Total|
|1||Vale Royal AC||423||418||370||1211|
LONDON MARATHON - CLUB ENTRIES
For anyone who failed to get a place in next years Marathon, through the ballot, the good news is that we once again have 3 club entries. Can anyone who wants to be in the draw, which will take place on the track prior to training on 1 December 2011, please contact Colin Rathbone either by email at email@example.com or in person. Please note that to be eligible you need your rejection slip, must of been a member for at least 12 months and must not have had a club entry in 2010 or 2011.
'SPUD' FAN CLUB
Even before David Murphy aka 'Spud' was awarded Athlete of the Month we received the following message from Thomas Murphy to the website:
"Well done to all of the Vale AC runners that ran snowdonia but a special well done for David Murphy my dad he ran amazing."
MANCHESTER LEAGUE SHERDLEY PARK MATCH 2
13 Nov: Hats off to Carole Williams and Steve Caldwell who turned up to run at Sherdley Park having run at the N Wales league Northop the day before! And likewise to chest infected Colin Rathbone who seeing we were one short of a team pulled on a spare shirt and Carole's running tights to complete the course. Brilliant.
Good runs from everyone. Carole going a minute faster than last year; a superb overall 12th and age category win for big Stu Doyle and Craig, Tony and Paul all improving their age category positions over Match 1. Full results here. Photos in gallery.
|12||Stu Doyle||32.40||1st M40|
|138||Craig Sephton||39.18||30th M40|
|158||Tony Archer||40.08||3rd M55|
|292||Paul Hudson||51.49||17th M55|
|300||Colin Rathbone||53.09||6th M65|
|Mens Team: 27th out of 40 (6 to count)|
|Vets Team: 17th out of 35 (4 to count)|
|78||Carole Williams||38.49||6th L55|
LANCASTER HALF MARATHON AND LANGLEY 7
6 Nov: Two excellent performances over the weekend From Maggie Fenn at the Langley 7 and a superb PB for David Shepherd at the Lancaster Half Marathon.
|111||Maggie Fenn||54.34||4th W35|
|Lancaster Half Marathon|
|25||David Shepherd||1.22.45||5th V45|
ENGLISH XC RELAYS - MANSFIELD
5 Nov: On a course made treacherous by persistent heavy rain VRAC put out two senior mens team and one senior ladies team in the National cross country relays at Mansfield on Saturday. Well done to everyone who ran in difficult conditions.
41st 1:11:49.70 Vale Royal AC 'A'. 0:16:48.85 (39) Tom Carter. 0:17:21.60 (30) Chris Perry. 0:18:38.25 (35) George Thompson. 0:19:01.00 (41) Tom Heaward.
98th 1:20:04.40 Vale Royal AC 'B' 0:19:20.90 (122) James Stringer. 0:19:03.75 (100) James Griffiths. 0:20:55.95 (99) Scott Bamber. 0:20:43.80 (98) Steve Caldwell.
49th 0:37:29.10 Vale Royal AC. 0:11:14.30 (26) Kate Spilsbury. 0:13:33.35 (53) E Cox. 0:12:41.45 (49) Kate Howard.
N WALES XC - LLANDUDNO
22 Oct: Apologies for delay but the results took a long time to appear!
|30||Jacky Thorn||22.46||3rd W50|
|56||Pauline Davies||25.12||2nd W60|
|90||Carole Williams||29.33||2nd W55|
N STAFFS XC - MENS VETS UPDATE
Thanks to Stu Doyle for the following update and analysis.
Some really good performances across all age groups but it was particularly good to see so many seniors and vets out - possibly the best event I've attended in respect of quality and quantity of VR performances across the board.
We got 14 vets out (no ther club got more than 9!) and because our nearest rivals only managed to get 5 out (and hence out of the running!) we are now in a really strong position:
Overall Vets Scores (6 to count)
|Race 1||Race 2||TOTAL|
|Vale Royal AC||457||392||849|
Meanwhile in the V50's category (4 to count) we're even further ahead!
|Race 1||Race 2||TOTAL|
|Vale Royal AC||423||418||841|
Let's keep it going for the final 2 races.
HALOWEEN HELLRAISER, WILLASTON
30 Oct: Hats off to 3 intrepid ladies who faced the tough Haloween Hellraiser the day after racing the North Stafs XC at Park Hall. Maggie Fenn, Val Kinvig and Diane Newsham. Photos in gallery.
29 Oct: 11 athletes braved the elements on (yet) another very wet and windy day in Snowdonia to take part in, and conquer, the race billed as Britain’s Toughest Marathon. Despite having to tackle the hills wearing many layers, including club vests over rain jackets plus hats and gloves the fantastic encouragement from the travelling Vale Royal support crew and the team spirit of those involved meant that all had a great time and produced some fantastic performances.
In a race where everybody ran well the star of the show was Paul Clutterbuck who set a superb sub 4 hour PB on a day when most things were sub aqua! David Murphy and Darren Cottier both made excellent debuts at the distance whilst Iain Stanton also improved his Marathon best. Congratulations all. Recover well.
|Position||Name||Chip Time||Category Pos||Category|
N STAFFS XC RACE 2 - PARK HALL
29 Oct: What a fantastic turnout! 5 ladies and 19 men! Mens and ladies photos in the gallery (Thanks Val and Ian).
An excellent 3rd place for the mens team in Div 1. (5th in race 1). A club record turnout (according to Colin Rathbone, and he should know) of 19 runners including 14 veterans (more than any other club). 1st home was Stuart Doyle in 4th place (and 1st V40) with Andy Clews (7th, 3rd Junior man) and Andrew Miles (23rd, 5th Junior man) also running well. The scoring 6 was completed by Steve Caldwell (43rd), Tom Armstrong (48th) and Dave Shepherd (67th). Other notable age group performances came from John Carter (4th V50), Tony Archer (1st V55), Pete Maher (2nd V55), John Clarke (3rd V55) and Colin Rathbone (4th V65). A special word for David Shepherd who turned up to support the cause following just 2 hours sleep and delivering a fantastic run! Analysis not yet available but hopefully the vets team 2nd position will be maintained after this.
The ladies team acquitted themselves extremely well with some particularly strong performances within their age groups to finish 4th in Division 2.
Next N Staff race is Stafford Common on 19 Nov
|4||Stu Doyle||35.51||1st M40|
|7||Andy Clews||36.47||3rd JM|
|23||Andy Miles||38.40||5th JM|
|80||John Carter||42.25||4th M50|
|98||Tony Archer||44.22||1st M55|
|111||Pete Maher||45.24||2nd M55|
|129||John Clarke||46.46||3rd M55|
|212||Colin Rathbone||55.16||4th M65|
|Div 1. 3rd Team 189 Points|
|34||Maggie Fenn||25.23||8th W35|
|40||Jackie Thorn||25.58||2nd W50|
|73||Val Kinvig||28.12||5th W45|
|121||Carole Williams||33.45||8th W55|
|Div 2. 4th 247 Points|
PASSING CLOUDS FELL RACE
23 Oct: Two excellent runs at the Peak District fell race over 9.75 miles with 1850 ft of climb starting from the interestingly named Tittesworth Reservoir. Judging by Alex Mason's performance at Tuesdays hill session he just continued his race!
|No. of finishers||184|
MANCHESTER AREA XC - HEATON PARK
22 Oct: A small VRAC contingent enjoyed participating in very large womens and mens fields at Heaton Park in sunny if blustery conditions. Good to see Maggie Fenn XC racing again with a very respectable top 50 finish. Also returning from absence Phil Monks showed his class. Also an excellent debut for tri-athlete Craig Sephton running a well paced race.
Full results here.
|46||Maggie Fenn||37.49||13th L35|
|169||Craig Sephton||43.00||33rd V40|
|183||Tony Archer||43.25||4th V55|
|346||Paul Hudson||55.36||21st V55|
SANDBACH SUPER 6
16 Oct: Two top 10 finishers in this multi-terrain 10k. A brilliant and convincing race victory for 'Big Stu' Doyle in a great time of 34.08 (1min 40 secs ahead of 2nd). Also an excellent run from the in form Iain Stanton securing 9th place in 40.31.
9 Oct: Yet two more superb marathon performances over a weekend that saw VRAC seniors race a cumulative 306 miles (approximately Graham!). A great marathon debut for Ian Newsham tantalisingly close to breaking the 4 hour mark (there's a good reason to do another Ian) and an excellent run from Jayne Lomax.
|Position||Name||Time||Category Pos||10k Split|
CONGLETON HALF MARATHON
9 Oct: In what proved to be a busy racing weekend 4 VRAC senior men tackled the renouned 'Sting in the Tail' Congleton half. Once again Stu Doyle delivered a brilliant race finishing second overall just seconds behind the winner. All the more impressive considering Stu raced hard the day before at the N Staffs XC.
|2||Stu Doyle||1.15.32||1st V40|
9 Oct: Congratulations to the Chester Marathoners. Running a marathon where ever and when ever is a massive achievement and an experience that will live in the runners memory for ever.
|Position||Name||Time||M/F Pos||Category Pos||13.1 Split|
N STAFFS XC RACE 1 - KNIGHTS GRANGE
8 Oct: Thanks to all those who helped set up and marshall a very successful XC at Knights Grange. Special thanks to Tom for another great job as race director.
Good turn out in the senior mens race with another excellent result for Stu Doyle. Andrew Miles showed he is now a 'front of the pack' runner. Steve Caldwell followed up his tremendous Great North Run with a top 50 performance. Some welcome returns to racing for Tony Archer and John Carter following injury. John finished well up the field and looks like he had a great battle with Scott Bamber who continued his good form. Disappointing to see only 3 senior ladies in the field. well done to them especially Jackie Thorn who also returned to racing after a long lay off.
|5||Stu Doyle||36.01||1st M40|
|79||John Carter||42.24||4th M50|
|97||Tony Archer||43.41||1st M55|
|118||Pete Maher||45.40||3rd M55|
|129||John Clarke||46.32||4th M55|
|Div 1. 5th Team 284 Points|
|38||Jackie Thorn||24.18||3rd W50|
|73||Val Kinvig||26.42||5th W45|
2 Oct: An excellent turn out in unseasonally warm conditions with many using the race as Snowdon Marathon training, with a dozen completing the long A race and a couple tackling the shorter race B race. George was a clear winner of the B Race, finishing nearly 5 minutes ahead of the second place finisher, whilst Pauline was first Lady Vet 60. In the A race Jo Moly was 3rd lady Vet and won the over 50 prize. With 4 ladies in the top 20 of the vets race they would have run away with the team prize if there had been one...
BUPA GREAT EDINBURGH 10K
2 Oct: just 2 weeks after completing the High Peak 40 mile race Alex Mason was racing again! Another excellent performance saw him take 196th place out of almost 6,000 finishers in a time of 41.36
IMPORTANT - TUESDAY WINTER TRAINING
Thanks to everyone for ensuring there was a great response to the recent survey. The main reason for the survey was to get feedback on the venue and starting time for Tuesday night training during the winter months. Historically, we have transferred from Knights Grange (our Tuesday venue in the summer) to Northwich (Rudheath) over the winter months. We have shared and discussed the results of the survey with the Club Chairman.
It has been agreed:
* From Tuesday 4th October Tuesday training for the senior group will transfer to Northwich.
* The venue will be St Nicholas High School, Greenbank Lane, Hartford, Northwich (Directions/Map here) NOT Rudheath.
MACCLESFIELD HALF MARATHON
25 Sept: Six seniors tackled the tough Macc Half. Well done all.
25 Sept: After less than perfect training preparation due to work commitments and a hectic work schedule in Milan, Munich and Berlin in the days before the Berlin Marathon Nicky Archer ran an excellent 2.44.18 to finish 30th lady. Her splits are here. The race saw a new mens world record. If anyone fancies an overseas marathon Berlin is well worth considering. A beautiful city, a flat course, massive support and a very high quality field. Well done Nicky.
RACE ROUND UP
18 Sept: On a busy days racing highlights included Steve Caldwell smashing his half marathon pb in the Great North Run. Mary taking 2nd spot in the Lady V40 category at the Warrington half. Yet another age group win for Stuart Doyle, this time at the Sutton 6 10k, where Scott Bamber had to revise his pb and go sub 40 for the first time to hold off rapidly improving junior Amelia Pettitt, who was a clear winner in her category, elsewhere proud Scotsman John Todd was performing well in his old home town, despite being stung by a wee beastie, prior to the race, John was second vet 50. Whilst Alex Mason, trebled the distance of his previous longest race and had a great run to break the 8 hour barrier at the extremely tough High Peak 40 Mile race. Well done everybody!
GREAT NORTH RUN
|192||Mary Tavener||1.38.19||2nd F40|
SUTTON 6 10K
|5||Stuart Doyle||33.31||1st M40|
|61||Amelia Pettitt||39.59||1st FJ|
|6||John Todd||1.29.47||2nd M50|
|HIGH PEAK 40 MILE|
11 Sept: Alex Mason has been impressing at training and his high finishing position at Gawsworth is no surprise. A good time on a course that combines footpaths, canal paths and country lanes. A sub 40 min 10k on a fast course is there for the taking. Also, well done Carole... rumour has it Colin and Diane were also in the race although the results list seems to disagree??
|148||Carole Williams||60.30||5th LV55|
4 Sept: Ahead of next weekends Great North Run Steve Caldwell ventured out to the inaugrial running of the Wilne 10k. It's a mark of Steve's recent form that he felt he didn't run too well nearing the 38 minute mark! Still very impressive. Good luck at GNR Steve.
AINTREE DIABETES 10K
31 Aug: The most important race of the year at Aintree. Yet another LV40 title for Jo Edwards well supported by Val and Janet. Well done ladies.
|40||Jo Edwards||46.05||4th Lady, 1st LV40|
|52||Val Kinvig||49.56||9th Lady|
|57||Janet Snow||51.39||10th Lady|
MORE WINS FOR MASTER MAHER
Two excellent category wins for Pete Maher... one in his favourite half marathon and one even further afield. Well done Pete.
|Lincolnshire Wolds 10 Mile - 3 September 2011|
|16||Peter Maher||1st M55||1.06.37|
|Lake Vyrnwy Half Marathon - 11 September 2011|
|93||Peter Maher||1st M55||1.26.09|
NORTH WEST TRIATHLON, NANTWICH
2 Sep: Two more VRAC seniors dipped their toes in the triathlon water with excellent results. Well done Diane and Jayne. Ironman next!?
|Position||Swim 500m||Bike 20k||Run 5k||Total|
|35th Jayne Lomax||12.28||48.53||24.03||1.25.24|
|48th Diane Newsham||12.28||48.33||28.34||1.29.35|
MOEL FAMMAU MOUNTAIN RACE
29 Aug: Clutty never shies away from a tough race... even on a Bank Holiday Monday with a crushing hangover following the weekends festivities. 4 miles up Moel Fammau! Finishing time and position TBC but at least we are able to confirm survival as he was training on Tuesday.
NO REST FOR THE WICKED SERIES ISLE OF MAN
14-19 Aug: Darren Cottier took part in the above race series in the I.O.M. A fantastic event and a fantastic performance from Darren. The 'No Rest for the Wicked' series consists of five different races in 6 days around Isle of Man. Each race is run as an individual race. Final placings in the competition are based on cumulative time from all five races entered. Darren finished 2nd overall with a cumulative time of 3.55.21 just 4 minutes behind the winner. Well done Darren.
28 Aug: Looks like Pete Maher is getting back to his prolific racing habits. It must be working as he ran over a minute quicker than at Birchwood last weekend.
|47||Pete Maher||38.57||3rd V55|
24 Aug: A good turnout at Capenhurst led home by Pete Maher who is clearly following his usual mantra and racing himself back to fitness. Pete just edged it over an excellent run by Amelia Pettit coming home as 1st junior lady.
|43||Peter Maher||18.54||3rd M55|
|44||Amelia Pettitt||18.56||Ist JL|
|103||Ciara Pettitt||22.19||3rd JL|
FLEETWOOD HALF MARATHON
28 Aug: Ian Newsham has been training very well of late and this is clearly showing through in his racing. A 1.36.45 finish at Fleetwood half marathon knocked 3 minutes off his PB and secured 89th place out of over 300 finishers. Congratulations Ian... sub 1.30 is on the cards.
21 Aug: The clash with Leek saw just two VRAC runners at Birchwood - Steve Caldwell and a return to racing for the evergreen Pete Maher. A solid sub 40 run for Steve with Pete not far behind as he starts to race himself back to fitness. The race was won by previous VRAC runner Nick Jones in 31.35.
LEEK HALF MARATHON
21 Aug: The renowned Leek Half marathon is a tough examination of fitness with it's hilly route... and a warm race day. Not a race for PB's even for those who specialise in the latter... Tommy. Some valiant performances and nearly a notable scalp for Steve Smith!
RUN WINSFORD 10K
21 Aug: 225 finishers enjoyed the inaugrial multi-terrain Run Winsford 10k taking in familiar highlights including Vale Royal Abbey and the ultra scenic Salt Union! Two VRAC runners, Mark Naisbitt and Diane Newsham were in the field with an excellent category win for Diane. A just reward for the commitment she has shown at training. Well done Diane.
|94||Diane Newsham||56.22||1st LV40-49|
ESTONIA TRISTAR 111 TRIATHALON
Jo Molyneaux and Dave Gough travelled to Estonia to compete against some of the best triathlete's in the world and one of them came back as a prize winner! (yes, you've
correctly guessed which one!). Jo had a fine swim (1K) to lead Goffy out of the water by nearly 3 minutes. Goffy pedalled hard in the first 20k of the 100k bike section to catch Jo, before cycling the next 80k (unnoticed!) approximately 10 metres behind her, arriving at the second transition at the same time Goffy sneaked (still unnoticed!) ahead at the start of the 10k run. Dave finished in a total time of 4 hours 40 and Jo in 4 hours 44, a time which won Jo the prize for her age category.
GREAT WARFORD 10 MILE
14 Aug: Another excellent performance from Stu Doyle finishing a fine 3rd place and winning the V40 category. Also a superb run from Gemma finishing 3rd lady and going away £25 the better. Rumour has it this was unwisely invested in wkd's shortly afterwards. 'Old' John Todd now experiencing life in a new category secured 2nd V50. A good run from the fast improving Ben Carter helped the mens team (3 members) to 4th team place. A little further back Clutty 'nailed' a big PB (8 min quicker than last year). This is now his favouite race! Richard Keeling brought VRAC home... good to see Richard racing again.
|3||Stuart Doyle||56.14||1st V40|
|40||John Todd||1.06.13||2nd V50|
|71||Gemma Barnett||1.10.32||3rd Lady|
SALE 10 MILE
7 Aug: The clash with Meerbrook 15k reduced the usual VRAC turnout at Sale but two made it. Steve Calwell laid to rest a less than satisfactory run at Elswick running nearly 3 minutes faster to secure 39th place in an impressive time not too far outside the magic hour mark. Mary also had a good run 3rd in her category.
|142||Mary Tavener||01:16:25||3rd LV45|
7 Aug: A tough hilly but scenic 15k not for the faint hearted. A strong turnout and some good team-mate battles.
31 July: Two hardy clubmates tackled the challenging obstacle course where 800+ runners staggered up the `Stairway to Heaven` at the MCFC stadium, tackled on the firefighters water slide, picked thier way through the spiders web, scrambled up the giant haystack, attacked the rock climbing wall, vaulted over derelict cars and much, much more... Good effort lads!
PIE AND PEAS 5 MILE
3 Aug: As expected a big VRAC turnout for the Pie and Peas over an amended course due to path repair work by the river. Team honours to VRAC men and women and many individual prizes. Prize list and full results on the VRAC website
Thanks to all those who put the event together and helped on the day.
ADIDAS 24HR 10K RELAYS
30/31 July: This was the race's third year and was bigger than ever with approx 1800 competitors. The race consists of a 10K course through the parkland of Catton Park. Teams comprised either solo competitors, teams of 2, 5 or up to 8. The race is continuous for 24 hours and running with head torches at night. Two teams had VRAC representation.
|TEAM: VALE ROYAL|
|Name||Lap No||Start time||Lap Time|
|Karen Midgley||1||12:00 PM||00:55:40|
|Darren Cottier||2||12:55 PM||00:42:03|
|Ian Newsham||3||1:37 PM||00:50:40|
|Val Kinvig||4||2:28 PM||00:52:24|
|Janet Snow||5||3:20 PM||00:56:19|
|Diane Newsham||6||4:17 PM||00:59:23|
|Karen Midgley||7||5:16 PM||00:56:10|
|Darren Cottier||8||6:12 PM||00:43:21|
|Roy Morris||9||6:56 PM||00:48:24|
|Ian Newsham||10||7:44 PM||00:51:05|
|Val Kinvig||11||8:35 PM||00:51:40|
|Janet Snow||12||9:27 PM||00:58:51|
|Diane Newsham||13||10:26 PM||01:06:53|
|Darren Cottier||14||11:32 PM||00:51:21|
|Roy Morris||15||12:24 AM||00:55:05|
|Ian Newsham||16||1:19 AM||00:54:20|
|Val Kinvig||17||2:13 AM||00:55:11|
|Janet Snow||18||3:08 AM||01:02:25|
|Ian Newsham||19||4:11 AM||00:55:11|
|Darren Cottier||20||5:06 AM||00:45:40|
|Roy Morris||21||5:52 AM||00:58:55|
|Diane Newsham||22||6:51 AM||01:00:38|
|Val Kinvig||23||7:51 AM||00:52:48|
|Janet Snow||24||8:44 AM||00:59:54|
|Ian Newsham||25||9:44 AM||00:53:56|
|Darren Cottier||26||10:38 AM||00:44:14|
|Roy Morris||27||11:22 AM||00:57:15|
|Name||Lap No||Start time||Lap Time|
|Mark Wright||1||12:00 PM||00:47:47|
|Jo Lambert||2||12:47 PM||00:46:34|
|Don Haugton||3||1:34 PM||00:43:38|
|Greg Lambert||4||2:17 PM||00:50:15|
|Dave Thompson||5||3:08 PM||00:43:42|
|Stephen Thompson||6||3:51 PM||00:44:12|
|Mark Wright||7||4:36 PM||00:50:19|
|Jo Lambert||8||5:26 PM||00:50:08|
|Don Haugton||9||6:16 PM||00:44:51|
|Greg Lambert||10||7:01 PM||00:51:06|
|Dave Thompson||11||7:52 PM||00:43:37|
|Stephen Thompson||12||8:36 PM||00:43:38|
|Mark Wright||13||9:19 PM||00:58:31|
|Jo Lambert||14||10:18 PM||00:50:11|
|Don Haugton||15||11:08 PM||00:49:31|
|Greg Lambert||16||11:58 PM||00:54:54|
|Dave Thompson||17||12:52 AM||00:46:51|
|Stephen Thompson||18||1:39 AM||00:49:05|
|Mark Wright||19||2:28 AM||00:56:25|
|Jo Lambert||20||3:25 AM||00:54:08|
|Don Haugton||21||4:19 AM||00:55:29|
|Greg Lambert||22||5:14 AM||00:55:37|
|Dave Thompson||23||6:10 AM||00:46:30|
|Stephen Thompson||24||6:56 AM||00:46:13|
|Mark Wright||25||7:43 AM||00:53:46|
|Jo Lambert||26||8:36 AM||00:55:59|
|Greg Lambert||27||9:32 AM||00:57:07|
|Dave Thompson||28||10:30 AM||00:49:54|
|Stephen Thompson||29||11:19 AM||00:55:06|
VRAC HAS ANOTHER IRONMAN!
31 July: Congratulations to Mark Thornley on his completion of the Ironman. He finished 889 out of nearly 1300 entrants. Despite only starting to learn to swim at the end of last year, he beat around 250 people out of the water in the 2.4 mile swim overtook 60 plus people on the 112 bike section, which was his longest ever bike ride, and took another 80 competitors in the marathon. He finished faster (and in a better mood!) than he did in London Marathon!! Splits below.
SWIM BIKE RUN OVERALL RANK DIV.POS.
1:32:12 7:50:37 4:32:44 14:20:37 889 92
LEG DISTANCE PACE RANK DIV.POS.
TOTAL SWIM 2.4 mi. (1:32:12) 2:25/100m 1030 104
TOTAL BIKE 112 mi (7:50:37) 14.28 mi/h 968 100
TOTAL RUN 26.2 mi (4:32:44) 10:24/mi 889 92
T1: SWIM-TO-BIKE 8:40
T2: BIKE-TO-RUN 16:23
SALE SIZZLER 5K
28 July: Another superb run from the in form non smoking Tommy Armstrong posting yet another pb 17.31 and securing 45th place.
23 July: Steve Caldwell ran the Elswick Express 10mile in 1:04:31, which he felt was a little slower than he would have liked but good enough for 30th out of a field of 130. Steve recommneds this race for next year...
flat and scenic.
BURTONWOOD 5 MILE
16 July: A strong contingent secured excellent individual and team results in the Burtonwood 5 mile road race. As usual Stu Doyle was at the sharp end finishing 5th overall and winning his age category. Yet another PB for the (non) smoking Tommy Armstrong with Steve Caldwell and Gary Weedall close to the sub 30 minute mark. This quartet claimed 2nd team place behind St Helens-Sutton AC. Stephanie Jakeman holding up the ladies end 1st in her category.
|5||Stu Doyle||27.03||1st V40|
|83||Stephanie Jakeman||39.14||1st LV35|
14 July: A warm summers evening made for a challenging race over about 5 miles on tracks and trails at Alderley edge. As an option to Thursday night training 9 VRAC runners opted for the ultimate workout that only race conditions provides. First home was Andrew Miles who started very quickly (perhaps too quickly Andrew!) with the race leaders. It seems David Shepherd, John Todd and Scott Bamber had an epic interclub battle finishing consecutively within 9 seconds of one another. As usual Gemma Barnett had a strong run being 4th lady home. John 'Click' Clarke and Janet Snow secured high placings in their categories.
|51||Gemma Barnett||35.37||4th Lady|
|63||John Clarke||37.00||2nd M55|
|137||Janet Snow||44.53||2nd F50|
13 July: Having quit the evil weed a week ago Tommy Armstrong lit up the Sale Sizzler with a smoking performance clocking 17.41 knocking 10 seconds off his PB. Tommy had to draw on all his reserves and was still puffing some time after the finish. His next race is thought to be in Hale.
BOLLINGTON NOSTALGIA FELL RACE
10 july: Prolific racers Jo Edwards and Val Kinvig continued their hectic race schedule on the Bollington fells but declined to reveal the nostalgic significance. With 7.1 miles and 1200 feet of acsent to tackle they once again delivered excellent performances. Well done you two.
|13th Lady||Jo Edwards||60.18||5th LV40|
|23 Lady||Val Kinvig||65.39||11th LV 40|
6 July: Scott Bamber has been racing heavily this year and well too. He was the only VRAC entrant at the Offerton 10k and definitely being in shape for a sub 40 minute run... except he discovered the course was a tough one over parkland and commented on similarities to the "Westwood High Cross Country nightmare" which clearly left a lasting impression. Looks like a solid run nonetheless and as consolation he said he picked up a mystery prize but was not quite sure what for!! Maybe it was the 'I should have researched this before I entered' award Scott...