Vale Royal AC - Senior Section

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Archive Jul-Dec 2012


30 Dec: 2012 wouldn't have been complete without a final mountain challenge for Dave Phillips. The Jubilee Plunge is a frantic 2 mile downhill race from the top of Moel Famau with a steep and very slippery 1500 ft descent. The wet, windy weather deterred other potential VRACers but Dave finished the year with another great result - 12 min 3 secs and 5th out of the 75 who lived.  He described it as 'the scariest 12 minutes of my life'. Obviously, the risk to life and limb was worth it... he beat his brother by 13 seconds!
30 Dec: Graham Miles returned for a second shot at the Ribble Valley 10k in his new age category M45. Results show the race to be a little slower than last year (no doubt due to the weather conditions) yet Graham improved last years time by 28 seconds to finish in 37.34 in 162nd place and 6th M45. A very decent end to 2012 Graham!
26 Dec: Due to the waterlogged racecourse the traditional Boxing Day race was foreshortened to avoid the grass. Two VRACers joined the festivities. Race addict Jo Edwards finished an excellent 145th out of the 425 participants in 23.41 and secured the 1st L50 spot. Close on her heels was Barry Chambers who finished 163rd in 23.43 and 8th M60.
16 Dec: Stu Doyle joined a class field led home by two Olympians with the first 8 runners below 30 mins and 32 runners under 32 minutes - one of the best 10k fields in the Midlands for many years. Olympic 1500m athlete Andy Baddeley on his 10k debut was first home in 29.08 closely followed by fellow Olympian Nick McCormick. Stu was home in 33.12 in 49th place - a bit off his target 32.15 and perhaps suffering after a 4.57 first mile! It's rare to see two M45 and one other M40 ahead of Stu - a clear idication of the quality of the field. New member Dave Quinn also ran finishing 207th in 41.48. A few more VRAC sessions will see him sub 40 no doubt. Full results here
TATTON YULE ROMP 10k (pics in the gallery) 
9 Dec:   Five Vale Royal athletes turned out for the Tatton Yule Romp 10k.  Dave Shepherd and Pete Clayton had a good battle for top spot.  Good to see Sula and Debbie doing so well.  With John Carroll making up the fifth team member, all has a good day out!
      Dave Shepherd42:!2 
 Pete Clayton42:33 
 John Carroll47:26 
 Debbie Moreton51:24 
 Sula Stanley55:50 
8 Dec:   Thanks to John Todd, Dave Haines, Gemma Barnett, Paul Clutterbuck and Glyn Evans for the excellent Christmas Party at Moss Farm Cricket Club.   Inspirational talks, fiendish quizzes, plenty of laughs, good food and drink - overall a great night to celebrate the successes of the Vale Royal AC senior section in 2012!     The main awards of the evening were presented and congratulations go to the deserving winners:
 Most Improved Athlete Bob Corinaldi       
 Performance of the Year Ian Brough (Snowdonia Marathon)
 Senior of the Year  Stu Doyle
The men's and ladies endurance league championships were completed with the final North Staffs XC league match.  There was unanimous praise for the contribution this event has made to the club!   Many thanks to Stu Doyle for proposing and championing the series.  A full write up of the league will follow and final standings are being collated but the outstanding winners are:
 Ladies Endurance League Champion 2012 Jo Edwards                                                                                      
 Men's Endurance League Champion 2012 John (JT) Stephen Thompson
The fact that these two runners have performed so consistently well throughout the year and have both competed in most of the qualifying races (JT did them all!) has surely fully vindicated the excellent, elegant and surprisingly simple to understand scoring system(!).   
 8 Dec: The last race in the N Staffs series is renowned for being a tough one. The very hilly Leek course.  Despite missing a few regulars the ladies acquitted themselves well. Jo Edwards led the team home with a second place in her category. Pauline Davies claimed the W60 category with Carole WIlliams not far back in second. An excellent turnout from the men with 21 starters and 20 finishers. Unfortunately, John Carter who had been well up the field had to pull out deep into the final lap with a muscle strain.  A superb run from young Mike Vennard in 4th place and the much sought after scalp of the grand master Stu Doyle in 5th (and 1st M40). Despite an 'incident' with dog during a training run (and a resulting sore knee) Zack Bamber ran well to claim 3 JM with Ryan Moore a few places back in 5th JM. The team benefited from the presence of fell runner Dave Phillips who loved the hills and ran a strong race overhaul John Thompson who completed the top 6 counters for a very strong team result - 2nd in Div 1. Tom Annable and Craig Sephton had their usual dual with Tom's downhill running getting him the edge on the day. It was a rare event to see Iain Stanton properly equipped (yes spikes too!) and he reaped the reward moving well up the field compared to Staffs Common. Further down some good performances on the tough course and category wins for Tony Archer (M55) and the evergreen Colin Rathbone (M65).  Overall series results to follow.  A very good series for VRAC. Well done all.
PosNameCatTimeCat Pos
23Jo EdwardsW4528.492
76Pauline DaviesW6035.071
85Carole WilliamsW6035.582
91Diane NemshamW4537.0115
100Anne CollierW5039.229
Team9th Div'n 2. 4 to count
PosNameCatTimeCat Pos
4Mike VennardJM30.532
5Stu DoyleM4031.051
10Zack BamberJM32.303
18Ryan MooreJM33.285
33Dave PhillipsSM35.28
37John ThompsonM4535.524
49Tom AnnableM4536.429
52Craig SephtonM4036.5811
75Iain StantonSM38.16
79Scott BamberM4538.2714
90Tony ArcherM5539.051
106John ToddM5040.068
113Ben CarterSM40.24
114Matt JakemanJM40.2510
152Paul ClutterbuckM4043.5130
162Ian NewshamM4544.4829
171Richard PettittM5045.3518
175Colin RathboneM6545.501
177Steve CollierM5046.1220
201Paul HudsonM6049.597
Finishers 215
Team2nd in Div'n 2. 6 to count
With one race to go (this Saturday!) Stu Doyle has been pouring over the latest standings and reports the following:
Ladies - The Seniors Ladies are well clear in 1st place in Division 2 and look certain to achieve promotion to Division 1 providing they field a team for the last race. Carole Williams is leading the W60 standings

Men - The Senior Men look odds on to achieve 3rd place overall in Division 1. Both the M40+ and M50+ teams are in 1st place with significant leads over their nearest rivals - but we need to round this off in the last race. Zack Bamber is in 1st place in the Junior Mens standings with Ryan Moore in 2nd place. Both look secure in these placings if they run the final race. Stu Doyle is in 2nd place in the overall senior standings but only 1 point separates 1st to 3rd!!!!!!! Come on Stu. He is also leading the V40 standings. Tony Archer has a large lead at the head of the M55 standings. M45 - some confusion over Steve/John/JT Thompson due to his complex and mysterious identity. Organisers have been informed. Full details here.
2 Dec: Congratulations to Tommy Armstrong on an excellent 30 second PB.  He shunned the prospect of a muddy XC at Wythenshawe opting for 10k on the road. Tommy placed 16th overall in a field of 271 in a time of 36.18. M35 status seems to suit him :)
1 Dec:  Despite the cold sunshine for the race the course was a very muddy one following the recent rains. Another excellent run from the in form Kate Moulds saw her post her second victory in the U20 category. Jacky Thorn again impressed with a strong run and second W50. Solid performances from Maggie, Mary Jo and Carole completed a good day for the ladies.
Following his 'gone viral' photo from the last N Staffs race 'JT' headed up the mens team managing to eventually shake off a rejuvenated Tom Annable. Nice to see the men managed to field a full team (just) and a vets team.  The MACCL XC  series now takes a break until January. 



NameCatTimeCat Pos
12Kate MouldsU2030.161
43Jacky ThornW5033.012
55Maggie FennW3533.4718
70Mary TavenerW5034.538
83Jo EdwardsW4535.419
155Carole WilliamsW6044.064
Team10th Ladies 4 counters
Vets10th Vets 3 counters
PosNameCatTimeCat Pos
82John ThompsonM4536.2213
93Tom AnnableM4536,4916
136Tony ArcherM5538.355
237John ClarkeM5543.0814
274Colin RathboneM6545.1610
303Paul HudsonM6049.455
Team27th Mens 6 counter
Vets14th Vets 4 counters
25 Nov: Graham Miles decided to sample the multi terrain Christmas Pudding 5 mile dash at Wythenshawe Park. It seems the organisation left something to be desired with the race starting 4 minutes early. Despite missing the start by 40 seconds Graham whistled through the field to finish 2nd overall and 1st in his newly acquired M45 category. Another first... due to the problems at the start Graham failed to record his time (oh no!) but was told it was 34.08. 
23 Nov: Having played the role of single parent for a week whilst Mrs Stanno lived it up in Chicago Iain decided to build on his one shoe'd Staffs Common experience with another XC challenge.  He was rewarded with a very good 76th place out of 155 starters and was 'quite happy' with the race. So much so he is now awaiting delivery of a pair of spikes for the next race! 
24 Nov: A  contingent of 8 VRAC runners ventured to the wilds of North Staffordshire for the undulating Cheddleton Christmas Pudding 10k yesterday. There were some good performances on the hilly 3 lap course. Of note were the fact that Pauline and Carole were less than 20 and 30 seconds respectively behind the 1st placed Lady V60 winner plus Craig Sephton's recent purple patch continued with victory over 'JT' in a hard fought race long battle. Full resultshere.

PositionNameTimeAge CategoryAge Category Position
3rdStuart Doyle33.38V401st
28thCraig Sephton39.51V409th
30thJohn Thompson40.12V454th
123rdIan Newsham47.18V4518th
129thColin Rathbone47.35V656th
211thPaul Hudson53.29V6012th
264thPauline Davis58.38LV602nd
267thCarole Williams58.48LV603rd

18 Nov: Not content with his epic mud bath at Staffs Common of Saturday, 'JT' John Thompson headed for Crewe on Sunday to race a 4 lap 10k in Queens Park, Crewe (organised by UK Triathlon). He was rewarded with a second place finish in 38.50. Maggie Fenn also raced... we are awaiting her result and will update when available.
18 Nov: Despite a somewhat chaotic start with marshalls trying to funnel runners over the timing mat Mary Tavener went on to post a seasons best with a well paced race and a strong finish. 1:11.56 chip time saw her finish 125th out of 660 finishers and 3rd L50. 
17 Nov: Another 'not for the faint hearted' race for Dave Phillips. This was the seasons final " A Long" race - "A" meaning it was classified the toughest in terms of ascent and terrain, and "Long" meaning it was over 20K. In fact it was 16.8 miles and 4830ft of climb! The route zig zags over the various elevations of Pendle Hill and has three brutal climbs in the second half, with the rest of the course mostly undulating boggy moorland. No official results yet, but Dave guesses a top 50 finish (which probably means top 25!) out of 300+ runners. He knocked 9 - 10 mins off last years time. Another excellent run for Dave - and no doubt he'll be fresh as a daisy at training on Tuesday.  We'll update the actual result when it's published. Dave came 36th in 2.49.55 out of 362 finishers. Great that through Dave we have seen the Vale Royal AC name appear towards the top end of many well known fell races. Full results here.
18 Nov: Congratulations to a delighted Steve Caldwell on his 50 second PB in 35.51 - which included a much sought after reverse split. Steve has been targetting this race for a while determined to go sub 36 minutes. In a high quality race (6 sub 30 min finishes) Steve placed 232nd out of over 7000 runners. Great effort and just reward. Full resultshere.
17 Nov: Staffs Common is known to be on the muddy side at the best of times but following the heavy rain on Friday it was no doubt a mud fest this year – the purists would say a true XC challenge! Calf deep mud in places claimed lost shoes (Stanno!) and some wallowing tumbles (JT!).  A great turnout though and once again some excellent performances. Tessa McCormick showed her class with a superb 17 second victory in the ladies race. The muddy conditions were clearly to Jo Edwards liking as she made the top 25 and 2nd W45. Good runs from Maggie Fenn and Jayne Lomax made a winning Div 2 team score. A solid run from Diane Newsham and another winning W60 for Carole Williams completed the results for the ladies. 
PosNameCatTimeCat Pos
1Tessa McCormickJW20.551
25Jo EdwardsW4525.532
27Maggie FennW3526.044
48Jayne LomaxW4527.488
89Diane NewshamW4532.2816
93Carole WilliamsW6032.481
Team1st Div 2 (4 to count)
 An excellent 18 man turnout in the mens race. Stu Doyle continued his excellent form only narrowly missing out on 2nd place. ‘Youngsters’ Zack Bamber and Ryan Moore placed 2nd and 3rd in their age category. ‘JT’ John Thompson grabbed a top 50 finish despite his fall. Tommy Armstrong whinged about the conditions but nevertheless posted a strong score for the team. Craig Sephton and Tom Annable had a battle royal throughout the race with another closing stages finale. This time Craig reversed last weeks outcome to claim the honours. Tony Archer known for his liking of the mud and Staffs Common posted his best ever NSCC finish and 1st M55. Not far back Scott Bamber finally got the better of a returning John Carter. Lots more strong performances included a 3rd place M65 for Colin Rathbone.  Oh, and with his droopy 'Movember' Toddy narrowly mis-judged his 118 finish. All in all a great day for VRAC. Well done everyone. Full results here.

PS: Post race feedback suggests Staffs Common mud sticks to hairy legs like glue with ensuing painful shower experiences... this was confirmed by some of the men too :)   

PosNameCatTimeCat Pos
3Stu DoyleM4036.431
20Zack BamberJM40.222
22Ryan MooreJM40.343
49John ThompsonM4543.269
57Tommy ArmstrongSM43.44
61Craig SephtonM4044.1015
62Tom AnnableM4544.1211
77Tony ArcherM5545.341
83Scott BamberM4545.4815
85John CarterM5046.007
99Ian StaintonSM47.13
114John ToddM5048.4610
145Ian NewshamM4551.3628
147Paul ClutterbuckM4051.5133
154Matt JakemanJM52.5215
173Colin RathboneM6554.203
177Steve CollierM5054.3219
188Robert TippingM4555.4035

3rd Div 1 (6 to count)



10 Nov: Congratulations to our 'down under' past member Nathan Archer who posted a massive 2 hour 15 minute PB in the arduous 100k (actually 104k!) trail race in New South Wales. If you want to share his pain his race report is here
11 Nov: Another fantastic fell running performance from Dave Phillips in The Roaches. Usually, 15 miles the race was extended to 18 miles with some re-routing required due to Ash Die Back precautions. With 3700 ft of climb it is an out and back route which includes an ascent of the Roaches, a river crossing, a waist deep bog, then a climb to the top of Shutlingsloe trig point, whereupon runners turn around and do it all again! In very muddy conditions Dave finished 8th out of 134 finishers in 02:48:57. Full results here.
10 Nov: Excellent turnout from VRAC and some very high quality runs. A nice sunny day but nonetheless a very wet and challenging course due to the previous days rain. A brilliant run from Kate Moulds led the ladies home 10th overall and 2nd junior lady. Jacky Thorn showed her continued progress with an excellent L50 win in this very competitive league.
Strong runs from Amelia Pettitt and Helen Smith secured a 3rd place team finish. Stu Doyle decided not to interrupt his heavy training schedule for this race but proceeded to turn in a superb run and 4th overall. Some good tussles further down saw a returning Tom Annable pip Craig Sephton and Ian Brough finally breaking away from Tony Archer deep into the final lap. Good to see Colin Rathbone returning to form with a 3rd place category finish. Hopefully we can look forward to an even bigger VRAC field next week at Staffs Common. Full results here.
PosNameCatTimeCat Pos
10Kate MouldsLJ26.532
13Amelia PettittLJ27.213
29Helen SmithL4028.493
39Jacky ThornL5029.371
72Mary TavenerL5031.506
136Sula StanleyL3537.2724
148Carole WilliamsL6039.172
Team3rd (4 counters)
Vets7th (3 counters)
PosNameCatTimeCat Pos
4Stu DoyleM4033.391
86John ThompsonM4539.4013
103Tom AnnableM4540.3320
104Craig SephtonM4040.3518
112Ian BroughM4040.5020
124Tony ArcherM5541.144
175Mat JakemanJM43.2715
218John MouldsM4545.5138
245John ClarkeM5547.4212
260Colin RathboneM6549.163
261Richard PettittM5049.2423
279Robert TippingM4551.2450
294Paul HudsonM6054.4412
Team13th and 37th (6 to count)
3/4 Nov: Billed as the "Dirty Double" with two trail races in two days, our four regular ladies in this series were hoping to finish in style. First came Helvellyn, snow covered towards the summit, with а mixture of damp, muddy, rocky paths, with steep descents on the lower trails. Conditions meant there was numerous fallers including three of our own. However all made it to the finish including Matthew Brown and Richard Keeling who had also opted for a day out in the lakes. In the evening with a few drinks by a log fire, the ladies summed up the race series as  a tough, well organised event run in spectacular scenery. Sundays Ullswater trail (non counting) started with a cruise down the lake. The trail back to Glenridding followed undulating lakeside paths, through woodland.

Helvellyn Results: Joanne Edwards 1:21:44 , Matthew Brown 1:26:27 , Janet Snow 1:26:53 , Val Kinvig 1:31:02 , Diane Newsham 1:44:46 , Richard Keeling 1:44:46

Ullswater Results: Joanne Edwards 1:28:46 , Val Kinvig 1:32:42 , JaInet Snow 1:32:43 , Diane Newsham 1:48:07

Overall Spring Series - Cartmel - Hawkshed - Kentmer

7th Joanne Edwards - 9th Val Kinvig 1st lady vet 50 - 22nd Janet Snow - 32nd Diane Newsham

443 Ladies ran in one or more races.

Overall Autumn Series - Keswick - Coniston - Helvellyn

Results to follow.

6 Nov:   The current (unofficial!) veterans standings in NSCC league are shown below.   We are obviously in a good position and we need to get strong teams out to maintain/improve our standings.  Next match is at Stafford Common on  20-Nov.
4 Nov: Another great performance from Dave Phillips on the fells. This time it was the North East Wales Search and Rescue (NEWSAR) Clwydian Hills Fell Race. 93 runners took part with Dave placing 6th in 88mins 23secs. The route took in 3100ft of ascent and 10 very muddy miles, visiting seven checkpoints including a crawl up the gully to the summit of Moel Famau. Just the sort of relaxing Sunday Dave enjoys!
4 Nov: A new half marathon starting and finishing in the scenic grounds of Tatton Park and taking in what was expected to be fast and fairly flat course around Knutsford. 4 excellent performances from VRACers including second and third F50 spots for Jacky Thorn and Mary Tavener. Tommy Armstrong at the sharp end 15th overall and the consistent Pete Clayton just outside the 1.30 mark.
PosNameCatTimeCat Pos
15Tommy ArmstrongSM1.20.5810
78Pete ClaytonM451.30.098
177Jacky ThornF501.37.062
188Mary TavenerF501.37.333
28 Oct: Another 'toughy' for Alex Mason. Still recovering from two big races, including his superb 100k performance, Alex tackled the Passing Clouds fell race. Just under 10 miles with over 1800 ft of ascent. Although 10 minutes slower than last year (not surprising given his recent exploits!) Alex enjoyed the race... and the extremely muddy conditions running 1.39.54 to finish 99th out of 204 finishers. 
WINSFORD 10K (updated) 
28 Oct: Bruce Helliwell has impressed in recent training sessions and converted this into an excellent race. Steve McNamara and Jayne Lomax ran together for much of the race which helped Steve equal his PB. Jayne had also run the Park Hall XC the previous day! Good to see two additional ladies (parents) in the race. Debbie Moreton and Sula Stanley (who join track sessions) were well up in the field. Sula has also raced the NSCC cross country and hopefully we will see Sula and Debbie at forthcoming events.
PosNameCatTimeCat Pos
17Bruce HelliwellM40 - 4941.434
82Steve McNamaraM 40-4946.3227
83Jayne LomaxF 40 - 4946.323
124Debbie MoretonF30 - 3948.3916
187Sula StanelyF 40 - 4952.204
27 Oct: A very special marathon voted 'Best Marathon 2011' and also 'The Toughest'. Not for the faint hearted the  demanding and spectacular route, encircles Snowdon, with some brutal climbs none more so than at the 23 mile stage. Once again a good turnout from VRAC with 7 members taking on the challenge and all aquitting themselves brilliantly. Ian Brough was first home in his first Snowdon event running a fantastic 3.23 time (we believe the only VRAC memeber to better this was Marcus Crompton who ran 3.19 in 2007). John Todd took 14 minutes off last years time, Iain Stanton, Dave Haines and Jo Edwards bettered theirs by 3, 9 and 3 minutes respectively. Jo Edwards confirmed her 'tough chick' status completing the race bloodied after a nasty fall. Paul Clutterbuck was a couple of minutes down on last year mainly due to wasting time while he considered suicide at 19 miles. Debutant David Shepherd relieved to have come through his injury problems to post an excellent time. Well done everyone.
PosNameCatTimeCat Pos
99Ian BroughM403.23.4128
156John ToddM503.30.32?
?Iain StantonSM3.45.38
298Dave HainesM403.46.5570
385David ShepherdM453.53.2646
484Paul ClutterbuckM404.00.11114
515Jo EdwardsW504.01.365
28 Oct: Following a night shift ,Tommy Armstrong was faced with two options, home to bed or a nine mile multi terrain race around the muddy cheshire countryside. Choosing the latter he gave an impressive performance in difficult conditions to finish 6th overall. Ian and Diane were also 'hard core' tackling the Hellraiser the day after racing the NSCC XC at Park Hall. The prodigal Nick Haywood also ran under his old club name (Chase Harriers) as he is in the process of transferring back to VRAC.
6th          Tom Armstrong             1:03:40
28th        Nick Haywood               1:13.32           
67th        Ian Newsham                1:22:12
99th        Diane Newsham            1:34:00
27 Oct: A sunny but chilly day and very little mud to be seen at this years Park Hall race. Despite the clash with the Snowdonia Marathon VRAC fielded full senior and vets teams.
PosNameCatTimeCat Pos
26Jacky ThornW5025.392
40Mary TavenerW5026.343
478Jayne LomaxW4527.036
91Diane NewshamW4530.5412
99Carole WilliamsW6032.142
104Ann CollierW5032.557
110Pauline DaviesW6034.083
2ndTeam Div 2
PosNameCatTimeCat Pos
4Stu DoyleM4035.301
6Zack BamberJM35.582
11Mike VennardJM36.394
24Ryan MooreJM38.478
68John ThompsonM4541.516
75Craig SephtonM4042.1817
87Scott BamberM4543.019
94Tony ArcherM5543.504
176Ian NewshamM4550.2729
189Steve CollierM5051.4819
211Colin RathboneM6554.174
221Paul HudsonM6056.265
223Robert TippingM4558.0635
3rdTeam Div 1
14 Oct: One that escaped... an impressive 7th place finish (in field of over 400) for Steve Caldwell at Mold in 36.45. Well done Steve.  
20 Oct: Perfect conditions, a great course but a modest turnout from VRAC with the men falling one short of the required 6 for a team score - although enough to score in the Vets team category. As usual at MACCL the lady and mens races were large, high quality fields. In the ladies race all our ladies were in the top 10 of their categories. Kate Moulds ran an excellent race to win the junior category. Jacky Thorn was pleased with another positive step back towards her potential running strongly to secure 2nd L50. With strong runs from Mary Tavener and Carole Williams the ladies finished well in the team standings. On the mens side Tommy Armstrong enjoyed his first experience at Heaton Park with a sub 40 minute time. Craig Sephton is clearly in great form after a successful tri season. Tony Archer expected to win the race following a few recent runs at altitude with Nicky... not quite but a solid race nonetheless. Colin Rathbone with typical determination and grit posted 3rd in M65 and a stirring sprint finish from Paul Husdon rounded off the scoring.
PosNameCatCat PosTime
19Kate MouldsLJ135.07
49Jacky ThornL50238.37
96Mary TavenerL50741.40
167Carole WilliamsL60450.23
18th Ladies Team out of 35 teams
16th Lady Vets Team out of 29 teams
PosNameCatCat PosTime
65Tommy ArmstrongSM39.27
120Craig SephtonM401942.31
152Tony ArcherM55443.39
311Colin RathboneM65352.38
336Paul HudsonM601156.32
27th  Mens Vets Team out of 38 teams
One we missed........Mark Thornley took part in the London to Brighton run which at over 50 miles with tricky navigation is a major challenge. Sadly Mark missed his time limit of 13 hours but completed the event so is deserving of considerable praise and respect!!   Great effort Mark!  What next?   Write up here.
14 Oct:  Alex Mason is proving to be the club's 'hard man' with his latest outing being the 100k ultra event in Norfolk.   No hills this time but Alex was pleased to complete the tough event in under 12 hours with a fantastic 12th place overall (out of 100 competitors).   Great stuff!.   Alex's race report will be added to the message board.  Results here.
14 Oct:   Despite the previous days relays event, Stu Doyle was fresh enough to be victorious as the Sandbach 10k with a decent time considering that the 1st k and last 2k were run over mud!   John Thompson had a good run to finish 2nd vet 45.
1 (1st M40!!)Stu DoyleM4034:48
12 (2nd MV45)John ThompsonM4539:43
13 Oct:   A strong men's team represented the club at the National Road Relays at the new venue of Clumber Park, Nottinghamshire (Sutton Park has been closed because of an outbreak of E Coli!).   As ever the standard is extremely high at these national finals so the team did very well to finish 43rd some 11 minutes down on the impressive winning Newham and Essex Beagles.
43Chris Perry15:57
 Zack Bamber 16:54 
 George Thopmson 17:37
 Stu Doyle 16:27 
 Ryan Moore17:45 
 Michael Vennard 16:25 
06 Oct:  There was no easing your way into this one, from the start in the centre of Coniston village ,the first 5k was all up hill through the copper mines. The route took in great views of Coniston lake and the surrounding peaks of the Old Man and Swirl How. Following a busy week of racing, Jo Edwards put in another strong off road performance, while Valerie Kinvig secured another age cat top three.

Race 15 k
Pos                 Time        
157                 1:26:20                Joanne Edwards.
193                 1:31:18                Valerie Kinvig.          Lady Vet50 2nd
200                 1:32:55                Janet Snow.      
Challenge 15 k
Pos                 Time        
290               1:52:31                  Diane Newsham. 
7 October:   At the Chester Marathon, Bob Corinaldi had a superb run, breaking his 4hr target in style with his last mile being his quickest!  A personal best by some 30 minutes as well!  Well done Bob!
Bob Corinaldi           3:55:07 
7 October:   A successful day out for the club at Congleton.  Emma Pyatt can delight in beating the men and winning the quarter marathon!   In the half marathon there was a high finish and an age category win for Stu Doyle.
1/4 Marathon 
1                 Emma Pyatt                43.54.   
1/2 Marathon    
3 (1st M40)Stu DoyleM401:13:41
67Pete ClaytonM451:29:36
76Darren CottierM401:30:32 
7 October:   A great run by Tommy Armstrong to break the 10-mile hour barrier at  Blackpool.   A high finishing position too!   
4       Tom Armstrong           59:20 
The men are in second place in both the V50 and V40 team standings after the first match of the North Staffs cross-country league.    
Men's ScoresLadies Standings
Boalloy482Cheadle RC430Newcastle (Staffs)70
Vale Royal508Vale Royal532Trentham Staffs70
Telford AC539Trentham593Moorlands81
Knutsford Tri Club555Stafford H603Vale Royal152
South Cheshire556Wrexham696Stafford H156
Cheadle RC564Congleton244
Stafford H585Stone Master262
Chase Harriers790Cheadle287
Wrexham951South Cheshire354
Mow Cop Runners379
30 Sep: Decent cool conditions for the race although obviously muddy in parts after the recent rains. Excellent debuts for the leading VRAC trio Caldwell, Stanton and Brough - even though Stanno managed to forget his trail shoes! A superb F50 win for Mary Tavener. Some other intersting highlights... Clutty achieved a 5 year A Race ambition of reaching the B Race start before they started... Darren managed to get lost by following a guy that had turned the wrong way... Steve Smith recharged his batteries mid-race when he touched an electric fence... Colin et al was as vocal as ever on Kelsall Hill. All in a days racing. Meanwhile, just two in the B race. A superb second for George Thompson and a good run from the evergreen Barry Chambers.  It's been a busy weekend!
A Race
PosNameCategoryTimeCat Pos
12thSteven CaldwellM02:08:57
19thIain StantonM02:15:16
24thIan BroughM4002:19:148
35thJohn ToddM5002:21:594
47thDarren CottierM4002:24:5818
84thPaul ClutterbuckM4002:39:2631
102ndMary TavenerF5002:47:051
130thSteve SmithM4002:56:5048
B Race 
PosNameCategoryTimeCat Pos
2ndGeorge ThompsonM01:12:31
90thBarry ChambersM6001:47:006
30 Sep: David Shepherd showed his consistent improvement since his return from injury with an impressive sub 1.30 run on the challenging Macclesfield course. Good result for Pete Clayton too and with 'JT' Stephen Thompson using it as a training run following the NSCC XC the day before we are hopeful VRAC may have retained 3rd place in the Cheshire GP. Jacky Thorn also confirmed she is making very encouraging progress following her long injury layoff as she and Jo Edwards ran impressive races as they also 'doubled up' having raced the previous day. Full results here
PosGender PosNameCatCat PosPaceTime
4342David ShepherdM45(004/088)04.11/06.4501:28:19
8077Peter ClaytonM45(013/088)04.24/07.0501:32:51
121110Stephen ThompsonM45(018/088)04.35/07.2301:36:41
325050Jacky ThornF50(007/015)05.08/08.1601:48:16
428069Joanne EdwardsF45(012/029)05.22/08.3701:52:59
There was also a 5k event where another 3 hardcore VRACers followed up their efforts at NSCC XC the day before with another race. Impressively led home by the younger Pettitt sister, Clara. Well done.
PosGender PosNameCatCat PosPaceTime
234Clara PettittF15(002/005)04.13/06.4700:21:06
2924Richard PettittM50(003/012)04.27/07.0900:22:14
4737Paul HudsonM60(002/002)05.02/08.0500:25:08
29 Sep: A hectic weekend of racing was kicked off with VRAC doing another excellent job of hosting the first race in the NSCC series at Knights Grange. Thanks to Race Director Tom Annable and all those who helped in the course set up and marshalling. Across the various Age Groups VRAC had 67 runners and teams in every race except one with none of them finishing lower than 4th.  Although somewhat depleted by other races (Macc half and Sandstone Trail) senior men and women still showed a good turnout.
The 9 senior women were impressively led home by Tessa McCormick who came second overall and 1st Junior Lady. Top 5 category finishes for Helen Smith, Jacky Thorn, Jo Edwards and Carol Williams (a warm up for Jacky and Jo who were doing Macc half the following day). With 4 to count the ladies easily won Div 2 team ahead of Boalloy AC.
PosNameCatTimeCat Pos
2Tessa McCormickJW21.231
18Helen SmithW4023.595
33Jacky ThornW5025.392
43Jo EdwardsW4526.265
58Jayne LomaxW4527.207
74Val KinvigW5029.136
83Sula StanleyW3529.4212
96Diane NewshamW4030.5827
112Carol WilliamsW6033.252
VRACTeam Div 21st4 to count
13 senior men in the mens race. The old master Stu Doyle holding off the challenge from the youngsters to finish 4th overall and 1st M40. Zack Bamber, Lewis Healey and Ryan Moore were next posting 1,2,3 in the Junior Male category. Another healthy battle between messrs Armstrong and Caldwell completed the top 6 who secured 2nd in the Div 1 team event - behind City of Stoke but ahead of Staffordshire Moorlands. Tony Archer and John Clarke secured 1st and 4th M55 respectively.
PosNameCatTimeCat Pos
4Stu DoyleM4039.021
8Zack BamberJM39.531
13Lewis HealeyJM40.482
21Ryan MooreJM41.503
29Tommy ArmstrongSM42.50
31Steve CaldwellSM43.08
55John ThompsonM4545.186
75Tony ArcherM5546.411
91Scott BamberM4548.0313
131John ClarkeM5551.594
152Steve CollierM5053.2017
174Richard PettittM5056.1323
195Paul HudsonM6060.536
VRACTeam Div 12nd6 to count
23 Sep: As the Triathlon season draws to a close, two VRAC seniors took the opportunity for one last event in 2012.  Iain Stanton was keen to improve on his last triathlon experience, and with new equipment (a grown ups bike) parked in transition all was looking good. With another club member in the race Diane was showing determination.  Diane edged it in the swim, Iain pulled back time in the bike, therefore it all came down to the run. With a classy field Iain's 5k time was inside the top 50 , Diane onlyneeded to improve her 5k PB by 6 mins !!!!! .  As you can tell both had a good day out. 
SwimBikeRunFinish TimePos
Iain Stanton13.0742.4220.571.16.46168
Diane Newsham12.3345.0227.511.25.26270
22 Sep: VRAC fielded 2 mens and 2 ladies teams with team selection based on performances at the previous weeks NW Relays atMarbury Park.  Men's and Ladies A teams performed superbly delivering the best VRAC result ever, both qualifying for the National Road Relay Championships. The Men finished 18th and the Women 9th.  

A consistent team performance for the men was led by Chris Perry who ran an outstanding first leg. Likewise for the women’s A with Tess McCormick and Amelia Pettitt both posting sub 14 minute legs. The womens B team ran as ‘incomplete’ being one runner short but nonetheless Kate Moulds, Jackie Thorn and Carol Williams all ran excellent legs. Unfortunately, the mens B team comprising Andrew Miles, Ryan Moore, Darren Cottier, Scott Bamber, Matt Jakeman and Josh Boyce did not register a qualifying time due to an unfortunate misunderstanding at the changeover. Nonetheless, another excellent day for VRAC. 

Mens’ A team:18th Total Time 01:58:58Women's A team:9th Total Time 00:55:31
Chris Perry 18:48Jodie Spencer 14:14
Michael Vennard  19:31Tessa Mccormick 13:28
Lewis Healey 20:16Kate Spilsbury 14:05
Stuart Doyle  19:38Amelia Pettitt 13:44
Zack Bamber 20:10
George Thompson  20:35
The Women's B team (incomplete)
Total Time: 00:49:22
Kate Moulds 13:59
Jacky Thorn 15:57
Carole Williams 19:26 



Footnote: The Nationals are due to be held at Sutton Park but there is some doubt over the staging of the event as Sutton Park has been closed to due to an outbreak of E. Coli.


 16 Sep: In a busy weekend for racing congratulations to Helen Smith who made the trip to join 50,000 runners in the famous Great North Run. She was rewarded with a superb 40 second PB finishing 1126th overall, 67th lady and 10th L40 in 1.31.35. Helen ran impressively consistent splits 5k 21.29; 10k 43.09; 15k 64.35. Well done Helen.
15 Sep: Congratulations to Alex Mason on his (second) completion of this gruelling ultra event in the Peak District. Alex knocked a minute off his previous time to finish 62nd (out of 161 finishers) in 7.58.42. Here's his report:
"I set my sights on a decent improvement on last year and set off at a reasonable pace averaging 6min/k even doing some 4.5min/k for the first 15K which I felt comfortable with as I wanted to bag some time to use later on when the course becomes a lot more challenging. However the next 10K between CP3 and CP5 is where the first hills really start to set in.  At the top of Mam Tor cramp hit me and I ended up rolling about on the floor for a few minutes in agony. After a few mins and back on my feet I made the tricky decent of Mam Tor to the next CP where I stocked up on fluids and fuel as it'd started to get warm now. I had already decided to take the next section slow as it's a brutal climb up from Castleton through Cave Dale and I knew this would be tough so this is where I spent some of the time I'd bagged earlier. At the top was the next CP and then the next 10K was a lovely nice smooth descent through Tideswell and then along the Monsal Trail.  I was doing about 6:30min/k which was my target pace and felt like I could take a chunk off last year's time. However I'd forgotten how tricky Deep Dale 1 was underfoot and although not very steep it was very demanding and my pace slowed. At the next CP it was along the road on the home stretch.  Last year this was very slow but I was determined to put up a good pace.  I was now slowing somewhat as the heat and cramp were really kicking in. Then came Deep Dale 2, it's a on your hands and bum job as the descent and ascent are so steep.  To the next CP and the last 3 miles to home where even the slightest gradient reduced my pace significantly to really put my time at risk. All in all, I managed to knock a massive one minute off last years time and improve by three places. I was disappointed not to have taken more off but happy that I hadn't gone over 8 hours." 
15 Sep: The senior womens results are now available (senior men already reported below). VRAC Senior women are shown below. Full results available on Cheshire AA website. Each leg was 5.4k.
A Team - 1.03.58 - 6th North West and 1st Cheshire team 
Jodie Spencer 21:17 ; Kathy Stringer 22:29 ; Ameilia Pettitt 20:12
B Team - 1.15.30 - 28th North West and 9th Cheshire team
Jacky Thorn 22:50; Diane Newsham 27:56; Jo Edwards 24:46 
Overall throughout the 8 races in the NW relays VRAC were Cheshire Champions in Senior Men, Senior Women, U17 Women,U17 Men and U13 Boys.  VRAC were second Cheshire team in U13 Girls, U15 Girls and U15 Boys. A very successful event for the club in every way.
15 Sep: While a few of us thought the NW Relays and Sutton 6 were hard work our resident mountain goat Dave Phillips was tackling the infamous Peris Horseshoe mountain race over 17.5 miles and 8500 ft of climb including an ascent of Snowdon. He ran it with his equally insane brother - full results not yet published but here is Dave's report. Congratulations.
"What a tough tough day, was having a good run, sun out, banter, great views and in 18th place at Penny Pass 2hrs 10mins, then we hit Snowdon, easy at first until we turned left off the miners track and literally crawled to the top of Snowdon in the cloud, cold and drizzle. Firstly I hit trouble on Lilwedd and had to take some food and drink on board then a couple of navigational errors left us isolated from a small group and finally my brother had a moment near the top and had to scoff  the rest of my emergency food and water, but we made it to the top of Snowdon and felt ok on the descent but had dropped 20 or so places. One more climb over Cynghorion and it was downhill to the finish in a not so impressive time of 5hrs 10mins but very happy to have made it!"
16 Sep: A small contingent of VRAC runners ran in this popular local event with Tess McCormick comfortably winning the ladies race in her debut at the distance! For Emma-Louise Pyatt and Stu Doyle it was their 2nd race of the weekend following outings in the NW Relays on Saturday.

34.04 - Stu Doyle - 3rd Overall, 2nd V40
37.00 - Tommy Armstrong - 13th Overall
37.29 - Tess McCormick - 16th Overall, 1st lady and 1st U20 lady
40.40 - Pete Clayton - 50th Overall
44.21 - Emma-Louise Pyatt - 87th Overall 2nd U20 Lady
15 Sep: Record entries saw over 350 teams and in excess of 1000 runners enjoy the NW Road Relays superbly hosted by VRAC on at Marbury Park. Thanks to all those who helped set up and organise the event. Great credit to our club.
Vale Royal entered an impressive total of 5 senior mens teams (and an impressive age range of 17 - 60!) in Saturday's North West Relays Championships which also included the Cheshire Championships. The A and B teams picked up Gold and Bronze medals respectively in the Cheshire event.

A total of 72 teams finished the race including 15 from Cheshire -  the highest turnout for a considerable number of years. The Vale Royal teams were as follows

A Team - 1.10.37 - 6th North West and 1st Cheshire team

Chris Perry  17:02,  Andrew Miles 18:22; Mike Vennard  17:37, Stuart Doyle 17:36

B Team - 1.13.05 - 17th North West and 3rd Cheshire

Zack Bamber 17:37, James Griffiths 18:14, George Thompson 18:18, Ryan Moore 18:56

C Team  - 1.17.20- 33rd North West and 7th Cheshire

Josh Boyce 20:14, Lewis Healey 18:06, Darren Cottier 19:01, Graham Miles 19:59

D Team - 1.22.17 -  48th North West and 10th Cheshire

John Thompson 20:15, Tony Archer 21:01, Scott Bamber 20:09, Tom Annable 20:52

E Team - 1.33.20 -  67th North West and 14th Cheshire

David Shepherd 20:18, John Clarke 22:18, Richard Pettitt 23:58, Paul Hudson 26:46
Ladies results to follow when available.  
01 Sept:  Following a summer break, 4 VRAC senior ladies continue to show great commitment to this race series.  Starting from Fitz Park in Keswick, the 15k course took in some of the most dramatic mountain scenery in the lake district, with views of Derwentwater and the surrounding peaks of the Skiddaw and Blencathra range. Generally good conditions underfoot were interrupted with the infamous Glendereterra bogs, which sapped strength and broke up the rhythm.  Well done to all four, particularly Janet who had been mountaineering the day before.
Trail Race
164       Mo Jo Edwards           1:22:53
202       Valerie Kinvig             1:26:55
225       Janet Snow                1:31:09
278       Diane Newsham          1:42:55 


2 Sept: Reputed to be a fast flat course (5.6m between the lowest and highest point) and this year incorporating the Midland 10k championship. Last year Steve Caldwell was disappointed with his 38.15 finish so he returned for a second bite of the cherry. The good news... he beat last years time to finish 81st in 38.00. The bad news... he was still disappointed as this time certainly does not reflect his current form or potential being well short of his 36.42 PB. In his post race interview with Phil Jones he says he's not going back next year! 


26 Aug: Following a long battle with injury Jacky Thorn is steadily and carefully returning towards her potential. She travelled to Ellesmere Shropshire for her first 10k race in over 6 years and came away with a rewarding category win.

PosNameGun TimeChip TimeCatCat Pos 
120Jacky Thorn46.0345.50L50113th Lady


27 Aug: This race forms part of the Cilcain Show and covers 4.6 miles with 1050 ft of climbing - some being brutal! Well done to one VRAC youngster and two VRAC oldsters. Patrick Stradling was 2nd in the 16 -18 age category.

15Patrick Stradling38.18
58John Todd43.25
117Paul Clutterbuck49.01


 26 Aug: Bulletin from down under. Congratulations to Nathan Archer on a big PB to finish 29th in a field of over 500 runners in a fantastic time of 1:26:50.   Nath smashed the final kilometre in an attempt to beat his Dad's PB but sadly fell 50 seconds short. What a shame :)

Nathan's next challenge is a 100k off road event in November where he aims to take 4 hours of his PB. Good luck with that one Nath.







22 Aug: Bright and breezy conditions for this mid week burn up on a potentially fast course. Steve Caldwell paid a little for an over enthusiastic start but still posted his second fastest 5k ever. Tony Archer seeking an illusive PB missed it by 16 seconds but was pleased with a win in the M55 category. Likewise Clara Pettitt won her FU20 category with a pacey run. Jacky Thorn is still returning to form and despite a respiratory problem earlier in the week she put in an excellent performance to make it 3 category wins for VRAC. Not far back Mary Tavener delivered another solid run to finish 3rd F50. Richard Pettitt completed the VRAC contingent with a brave run and very sore feet from his new racing flats! 


PosNameTimeCatCat Pos
39Steve Caldwell17.36SM 
79Tony Archer19.01M551
115Clara Pettitt20.47FU201
130Jacky Thorn21.27F501
140Mary Tavener21.50F503
147Richard Pettitt22.10F505



19 Aug: 12 VRACers in warm conditions at the 'sold out' Birchwood 10k. An excellent race from Darren Cottier getting the the better of Tommy Armstrong who had had the upper hand at the Sale Sizzler series. Also a great category win for Helen Smith. Well done Diane Newsham - South Coast Tri on Saturday and Birchwood 10k Sunday!! Endurance League results will be updated soon. (Photos in Gallery - thanks Ian Newsham)

  Gun CatChipChip
50Darren Cottier00:36:58MV401100:36:5450
58Tom Armstrong00:37:34MS2800:37:3058
107Stephen Thompson00:40:03MV451600:39:59109
121David Shepherd00:40:33MV451700:40:20119
187Helen Smith00:43:20FV40100:43:13191
269Paul Clutterbuck00:45:42MV404600:45:13272
281Steve Collier00:45:52MV502500:45:39282
289Mary Tavener00:46:05FV50700:45:55294
438Robert Tipping00:50:22MV455300:49:50441
469Jayne Lomax00:51:27FV451600:50:42464
686Diane Newsham00:57:32FV452500:56:50685
803Ann Collier01:02:18FV501801:02:06817

Finishers     969 


18 Aug: Diane Newsham certainly gets around to race triathlon. Following her trips to compete in Liverpool and Birmingham in July she ventured to the south coast for her next race. Strong currents made the sea swim a real challenge for even the strongest of swimmers, fast heading out, but a battle to return to the beach. For the bike, 6 laps along Seaford promenade on closed roads, followed by a 5k run also along the sea front. Diane's continuing progress was rewarded with an improvement in her times in all three disciplines knocking over 6 minutes off her total race time compared her earlier races... and a winning position in her category. Great effort. (Photos in gallery)

PosNameCatCat PosSwim 750mBike 20kRun 5kTotal
58Diane NewshamF451st23.1244.1129.471.37.10


16 Aug: A large and high quality field in the last of the 4 race Sale Sizzler series which included the Northern 5k Championships. With no rival (Tommy Armstrong) to worry about Steve Caldwell ran his best race of the series setting a 13 second PB. Darren Cottier, Jacky Thorn and Paul Hudson all completed the full series with very consistent times and Bob Corinaldi can be pleased to have improved his time in each race to set another PB.  Mary Tavener maintained her form for another top 5 L50 finish. Good to see Pete Maher back - yet to be confirmed if he was Jacky's pacer or vice versa! Well done everyone.

PosNameCatCat PosRace 4Race 3Race 2Race 1
60Steve Caldwell17.2317.3617.39DNR
68Darren CottierV40517.4217.3917.2317.52
196Bob CorinaldiV401820.4420.5821.2822.25
227Jacky ThornL50421.2821.2721.4421.49
228Pete MaherV551921.29DNR20:4820:39
249Mary TavenerL50521.5821.4822.0622.32
380Paul HudsonV552525.3525.1125.2825.26


4 Aug: An unusual distance and a very tough hilly race. Excellent runs from all 4 VRACers and an excellent category win for John Thompson who has been training and racing in earnest.

PosNameCatCat PosTime
23Stephen ThompsonM45165.19
26Iain Stanton1466.43
82Paul ClutterbuckM401475.57
123Jo EdwardsF45481.02


2 Aug: A superb run and big PB by Andrew Miles in his first Sale Sizzler of the series. Andrew has focussed on track races so far this summer and clearly this is bearing fruit. Likewise impressive runs and PB's from Tommy Armstrong, Steve Caldwell and Bob Corinaldi. Like most others Jacky Thorn and Mary Tavener have progressively improved their times in the Sizzler series (see below) with high end finishes in the L50 category. One more race to go in the series. 

PosNameCatCat PosRace 3Race 2Race 1
13Andrew MilesJM216.35DNRDNR
34Tom Armstrong17.1417.1917.31
41Steve Caldwell17.3617.39DNR
42Darren CottierV40717.3917.2317.52
150Bob CorinaldiV402220.5821.2822.25
164Jacky ThornL50321.2721.4421.49
179Mary TavenerL50521.4822.0622.32
275Paul HudsonV551525.1125.2825.26


PIE and PEAS 5

1 Aug: Despite many would be runners volunteering for marshalling duties there was the usual high turnout for VRAC's own race with 42 participants out of a total field of 206. A great mix of gender and ages groups showing VRAC is a club for all. A great one two for Chris Perry and Elliott Bowker with Stu Doyle in 5th. VRAC won men and women team awards with many more individual category placings. Thanks to all the organisers and volunteers for putting on another great race. Full results here.

PosNameCatTimeCat Pos
1Chris PerryM26.18
2Elliot BowkerM2026.401
5Stu DoyleM4027.131
6Matthew SheenM2027.392
14Lewis HealeyM2029.293
15James StringerM29.49
16George ThompsonM29.55
20Daniel MorrisonM2030.314
22Stephen ThompsonM4530.542
23Zack BamberM2031.075
26Amelia PettittL2031.211
27Mark ThornleyM4531.363
29Scott BamberM4531.494
31Craig SephtonM4032.188
32Ian BroughM4032.239
37Jessica ParsonsL2032.442
38Tony ArcherM5532.461
43David ShepherdM4533.075
54John MouldsM4534.066
59Emma-Louise PyattL2034.203
61John ClarkeM5534.284
62Kate MouldsL2034.294
65Rob OliverM3534.438
66Jade EvansL2034.485
68Paul ClutterbuckM4034.5413
75Patrick StradlingM2035.106
78Kathy StringerL35.31
84Steve SmithM4036.0718
90Clara PettittL2037.016
103Richard PettittM5037.4910
112Steve CollierM5038.0412
113Barry ChambersM6038.093
120Jo EdwardsL4538.521
133Jayne LomaxL4539.242
134Anne BudenburgL4539.243
138Glen RamseyM3539.4215
151Simon BridgeM4540.4618
157Matthew JakemanM2041.499
162Paul HudsonM5542.289
175Diane NewshamL4544.376
180Stephanie JakemanL4045.112
197Rachel BridgeL4548.248
Team Results:
Men (4 to count) 
Perry, Bowker,
Doyle, Sheen
Ladies (4 to count)
Pettit, Parson,
Pyatt, Moulds



29 July: The 7th race in the VRAC Seniors Endurance League saw a lower turnout than usual with just 9 VRACers on the start line. Stu Doyle posted a big PB finishing 3rd overall but had the rare experience of being pipped for 1st V40 - by a top quality athlete, Mark Dalkins, from Telford AC. The low turnout for the  VRAC men meant Spectrum Striders and Macclesfield narrowed the gap on us in the Cheshire GP standings. With another solid team performance the ladies look assured of second place in the GP.  The men will want a strong turnout at Birchwood or Maccelsfield races to allow us to drop the Great Warford score. Endurance League table will be updated after the Pie and Peas.

PosNameCatTimeCat Pos
3Stu DoyleV4054.302   PB
47Stephen ThompsonV4564.069
75David ShepherdV4066.3514
133Paul ClutterbuckV4072.5121   PB  :-)
156Maggie FennL3574.556
161Mary TavenerL5075.185
182Jo EdwardsL4577.275
200Jayne LomaxL4578.496
259Val KinvigL5085.4110
Team(3 to count)



22 July: Dave Haines and John Todd coordinated a trip to a tough fell race in Derbyshire. Great Hucklow Fell Race takes in a unique and varied route of about 10km (6 miles) with about 340m (1000') of ascent taking runners up Durham Edge, over Abney Moor and down to run up and out of Bretton Clough. 

18Stephen ThompsonMMV405153
24Darren CottierMMV405233
56Ian BroughMMV405758
69John ToddMMV505937
76David HainesMMV406116
93Robert CorinaldiMMV406216
103Joanne EdwardsFFV406431

Finishers 179. 


19 July: Some good performances at the second race in the series. A closely contested race at the sharp end between Messrs Armstrong, Cottier and Caldwell with Tommy and Darren both improving on their first Sale Sizzler times. Bob Corinaldi's marathon training seems to be paying off as he knocked nearly a minute off his first Sizzler outing. 

PosNameCatCat PosTime
41Tom ArmstrongSM17.19
46Darren CottierV40817.23
55Steve CaldwellSM17.39
171Pete MaherV551120.48
196Bob CorinaldiV402321.28
211Jacky ThornL50521.44
220Barry ChambersV501821.58
221Mary TavenerL50622.06
333Paul HudsonV552025.28



15 July: Three VRAC seniors competed in triathlons this weekend. Craig Sephton & Iain Stanton, opted for the Cheshire event, staged at the boundary breeze lake, near Holmes Chapel.  Craig gave another strong performance, finishing 24th overall.  Iain in his first triathlon, was hampered somewhat when his bike failed the pre-race safety check and he had to borrow a mates mountain bike instead! Nevertheless he put together three very respectable times to finish 195th. 

Craig SephtonSwim750m13.49
Bike14 mile38.42
Run  3 mile19.10
Iain StantonSwim750m20.38
Bike14 mile01:00:39
Run  3 mile21:19

Diane Newsham travelled to the Midlands, for the City of Birmingham Triathlon.  Staged within the grounds of Sutton Park, Venue for the National Master Road Relays earlier in the year.  The swim in Powels pool was followed by the bike around much of the relay route, undulating and technical. The 5k run was all off road and came as a shock to non cross country runners.

Diane Newsham         Swim       750m                  26.56              
                              Bike          20k                  48.55
                              Run             5k                 29.07

                              Position    Female             37th/66

Well Done to all three. (Thanks to Ian Newsham for the above reports). 


12 July: Another of Malcolm Fowler's excellent low key but well organised races encompassing trails, fields and roads with the odd stile thrown in. As part of the VRAC Seniors Endurance League series the race was well attended and vigorously contested! Zack Bamber led home the 27 strong VRAC field with a superb 6 place overall and 1st Junior Male. The very much back in form Darren Cottier wasn't far behind just outside the top 10 overall and 2nd V40. Top 3 category positions for John Thompson (V45), Tony Archer (V55) and Matthew Jakeman (JM). Also good to see David Shepherd back racing as he continues his rehab following his calf problems.  On the ladies side a strong run from Mel Johnson saw her narrowly ahead of Helen Smith who secured 2nd L40. Category wins for Kate Moulds (LJ) and Clara Pettit (L17) and top 3 category places for Jo Edwards (L45), Mary Tavener (L50) and Val Kinvig (L50) - Val still suffering with very sore ribs after her crashing fall at Whaley Bridge! Team wise VRAC Men and Ladies both secured a very creditable 2nd place. Well done everyone. The Endurance League table will be updated soon. Full results here. 

PosNameCatCat PosTime
6Zack BamberJM128.15
11Darren CottierV40229.27
16John ThompsonV45330.00
17Steven Caldwell30.16
20Graham MilesV40630.24
25Scott BamberV45530.59
36Matthew Sweeting31.55
43Tony ArcherV55232.27
55David ShepherdV451133.34
67John MouldsV451634.28
70Melanie Johnson534.39
71Helen SmithL40234.41
89Kate MouldsLJ135.43
95Matthew JakemanJM336.14
101Paul ClutterbuckV401736.21
112Clara PettittL17137.03
133Steve CollierV501238.24
138Joanne EdwardsL45238.52
141Richard PettittV501339.05
145Mary TavenerL50239.26
149Robert TippingV452739.37
193Valerie KinvigL50342.46
196Paul HudsonV55842.51
202Louise FinneyL351543.22
217Stephanie JakemanL401044.38
229Diane NewshamL451246.03
239Ann CollierL50948.50
Mens Team Result:
1  Wilmslow Running Club              11
                                 1  Damian Nicholls     
                                 3  Peter Speake        
                                 7  Malcolm Fowler      
  2  Vale Royal Ac                      33
                                 6  Zack Bamber         
                                11  Darren Cottier      
                                16  Stephen Thompson    
  3  Sale Harriers Manchester           38
                                 2  Mike Hatch          
                                 8  Elton Davies        
                                28  Glenn Savage        
Ladies Team Result:
1  Sale Harriers Manchester           18
                                 3  Jan Nicholls        
                                 4  Sian Holland        
                                11  Zoe Gmerek          
  2  Vale Royal Ac                      21
                                 5  Melanie Johnson     
                                 6  Helen Smith         
                                10  Kate Moulds         
  3  Wilmslow Running Club              26
                                 1  Diane McVey         
                                12  Janine Ellis        
                                13  Christine Geraghty  


5 July: Coming off the back of 6 M40 race wins in June and a Gold medal at the British Vets 5k Championships Stu Doyle has demonstrated he is one of the best and most consistent M40 endurance runners in the country. He added a further M40 win at the first Sale Sizzler of the series. Good runs from everyone else including Tommy Armstrong equalling his PB and Jacky Thorn 3rd L50.

PosTimeNameCategoryCat Pos
1216.20Stu DoyleM401
4217.31Tommy ArmstrongSM
5117.52Darren CottierM407
14220.39Pete MaherM555
18021.49Jacky ThornL503
18321.53Barry ChambersM605
20422.25Bob CorinaldiM4028
21122.32Mary TavenerL507
28925.26Paul HudsonM5514

Finishers    386 


30 June: A 5.75mile Fell Race starting from the centre of Whaley Bridge Village and climbing 900 ft and crossing the Goyt river (chest high this year!) before the finish. A good tussle between Messrs Haines and Todd with positions toing and froing during the race and in form Dave Haines prevailing in the closing stages. Excellent category placings for Val Kinvig and Janet Snow.

Pos.NameCatTimeCat Pos
48David HainesV4049.1210
54John ToddV5049.357
150Valerie KinvigFV5060.553
162Janet SnowFV5063.185


Thanks to Jo Edwards for the following report.

1 July: John Thompson and Jo Edwards made the trip to Coniston to run in the Lakeland Trails Marathon. Jo, intending to run the half marathon, decided walking in to registration on Saturday afternoon that while coming all this way she might as well do 26 miles having done absolutely no training whatsoever - determined not to be out shone by her male clubmate. The weather was horrendous, raining heavily from start to finish, the terrain was very tough, slippery, boggy in places and very hilly. Jo suffered (as you might expect) from cramp for the last 8 miles having to stop countless times but John on the other hand ran like the true mountain goat that he is and didnt look like he had even been in a race at the finish - did the club proud. Results as follows: 

John Thompson 22nd overall, 19th male, 8th in age group,  3.41.24
Jo Edwards 233rd overall, 46th woman, 16th in age group   4.54.46
PS: In fact Jo you both did the club proud. Great effort. 


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