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!
RIBBLE VALLEY 10k
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!
CHESTER ROUND THE WALLS
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 Shepherd||42:!2|| |
| ||Pete Clayton||42:33|| |
| ||John Carroll||47:26|| |
| ||Debbie Moreton||51:24|| |
| ||Sula Stanley||55:50|| |
2012 CHRISTMAS PARTY & SENIOR'S AWARDS
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(!).
N STAFFS XC RACE 4 - WESTWOOD HIGH, LEEK
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.
|Team||9th Div'n 2. 4 to count|
|Team||2nd in Div'n 2. 6 to count|
N STAFFS XC STANDINGS - UPDATE
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
HELENA TIPPING MEMORIAL 10K - WREXHAM
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 :)
MANCHESTER AREA LEAGUE XC - RACE 3 WYTHENSHAWE PARK (pics in gallery)
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.
|Team||10th Ladies 4 counters|
|Vets||10th Vets 3 counters|
|Team||27th Mens 6 counter|
|Vets||14th Vets 4 counters|
CHRISTMAS PUDDING 5 MILE - WYTHENSHAWE PARK
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.
NORTH WALES XC LEAGUE - WREXHAM
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!
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
|Position||Name||Time||Age Category||Age Category Position|
CHESHIRE 10K CREWE
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.
PRESTON 10 MILE
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.
TOUR OF PENDLE FELL RACE
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.
LEEDS ABBEY DASH 10K
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
N STAFFS XC - RACE 3 STAFFORD COMMON (pics in Gallery)
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.
|Team||1st 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 :)
3rd Div 1 (6 to count)
AUSTRALIA 100K TRAIL RACE
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
THE ROACHES FELL RACE
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
MANCHESTER AREA XC RACE 2 - SHERDLEY PARK
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
|Team||3rd (4 counters)|
|Vets||7th (3 counters)|
|Team||13th and 37th (6 to count)|
LAKELAND TRAIL SERIES RACE 6 & 7 HELVELLYN 15K & ULLSWATER 14K (photos in gallery
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.
NORTH STAFFS CROSS-COUNTRY VETERANS STANDINGS
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.
NEWSAR CLWYDIAN HILLS FELL RACE
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!
TATTON HALF MARATHON
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.
PASSING CLOUDS - FELL RACE
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.
|17||Bruce Helliwell||M40 - 49||41.43||4|
|82||Steve McNamara||M 40-49||46.32||27|
|83||Jayne Lomax||F 40 - 49||46.32||3|
|124||Debbie Moreton||F30 - 39||48.39||16|
|187||Sula Stanely||F 40 - 49||52.20||4|
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.
SOUTH CHESHIRE HARRIERS - HALLOWEEN HELLRAISER
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
N STAFFS XC - RACE 2 PARK HALL
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.
|2nd||Team Div 2|
|3rd||Team Div 1|
FLINTSHIRE 10K - MOLD
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.
MANCHESTER AREA LEAGUE XC - RACE 1 HEATON PARK
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.
|18th Ladies Team out of 35 teams|
|16th Lady Vets Team out of 29 teams|
|27th Mens Vets Team out of 38 teams|
LONDON TO BRIGHTON
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
NORFOLK 100k ULTRA EVENT
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 Doyle||M40||34:48 |
|12 (2nd MV45)||John Thompson||M45||39:43|
NATIONAL 6-STAGE ROAD RELAYS FINAL
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.
|43||Chris Perry||15:57 |
| ||Zack Bamber ||16:54 |
| ||George Thopmson ||17:37|
| ||Stu Doyle ||16:27 |
| ||Ryan Moore||17:45 |
| ||Michael Vennard ||16:25 |
LAKELAND TRAILS SERIES RACE 5 CONISTON
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
157 1:26:20 Joanne Edwards.
193 1:31:18 Valerie Kinvig. Lady Vet50 2nd
200 1:32:55 Janet Snow.
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
CONGLETON HALF & QUARTER MARATHONS
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 Emma Pyatt 43.54.
|1/2 Marathon|| || || || |
|3 (1st M40)||Stu Doyle||M40||1:13:41 |
|76||Darren Cottier||M40||1:30:32|| |
BLACKPOOL TO FLEETWOOD 10 MILE
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
NSCC VET'S LEAGUE STANDINGS
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 Scores||Ladies Standings|
| ||V40+ ||V50+ || || |
|Boalloy||482||Cheadle RC||430||Newcastle (Staffs)||70|
|Vale Royal||508||Vale Royal||532||Trentham Staffs||70|
|Knutsford Tri Club||555||Stafford H||603||Vale Royal||152|
|South Cheshire||556||Wrexham||696||Stafford H||156|
|Stafford H||585||Stone Master||262|
|Mow Cop Runners||379|
SANDSTONE TRAIL A AND B RACES
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!
|B Race|| |
MACCLESFIELD HALF MARATHON AND 5K
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
|Pos||Gender Pos||Name||Cat||Cat Pos||Pace||Time|
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.
|Pos||Gender Pos||Name||Cat||Cat Pos||Pace||Time|
NORTH STAFFS XC - RACE 1 KNIGHTS GRANGE
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.
|VRAC||Team Div 2||1st||4 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.
|VRAC||Team Div 1||2nd||6 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.
NORTHERN ROAD RELAYS - LEIGH
22 Sep: VRAC fielded 2 mens and 2 ladies teams with team selection based on performances at the previous weeks NW Relays at
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 01:58:58||Women's A team:||9th Total Time 00:55:31|
|Chris Perry ||18:48||Jodie Spencer ||14:14|
|Michael Vennard ||19:31||Tessa Mccormick ||13:28|
|Lewis Healey ||20:16||Kate Spilsbury ||14:05|
|Stuart Doyle ||19:38||Amelia 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.
GREAT NORTH RUN
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.
HIGH PEAK 40 MILE CHALLENGE
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."
NORTH WEST ROAD RELAYS - SENIOR WOMEN
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.
PERIS HORSESHOE SNOWDONIA
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!"
GUILDEN SUTTON 10K ("SUTTON 6")
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
NORTH WEST ROAD RELAYS
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.
LAKELAND TRAILS SERIES RACE 4 KESWICK (Photos in Gallery)
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.
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.
|Pos||Name||Gun Time||Chip Time||Cat||Cat Pos|| |
|120||Jacky Thorn||46.03||45.50||L50||1||13th Lady|
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|Finishers||430|| || || || |
MOEL FAMAU MOUNTAIN RACE
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.
LAKE MACQUARIE HALF MARATHON - NSW
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!
|39||Steve Caldwell||17.36||SM|| |
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)
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SOUTH COAST TRIATHLON - SEAFORD EAST SUSSEX
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)
|Pos||Name||Cat||Cat Pos||Swim 750m||Bike 20k||Run 5k||Total|
SALE SIZZLER - RACE 4
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.
|Pos||Name||Cat||Cat Pos||Race 4||Race 3||Race 2||Race 1|
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.
|26||Iain Stanton||M ||14||66.43|
SALE SIZZLER - RACE 3
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.
|Pos||Name||Cat||Cat Pos||Race 3||Race 2||Race 1|
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.
|Men (4 to count) |
|Ladies (4 to count)|
GREAT WARFORD 10 MILE
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.
|3||Stu Doyle||V40||54.30||2 PB|
|133||Paul Clutterbuck||V40||72.51||21 PB :-)|
|Team||(3 to count)|
GREAT HUCKLOW FELL RACE
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.
SALE SIZZLER - RACE 2
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.
BOUNDARY BREEZE & CITY OF BIRMINGHAM SPRINT TRIATHLONS
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.
|Run|| 3 mile||19.10|
|Run|| 3 mile||21:19|
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.
|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 |
SALE SIZZLER 5K - RACE 1
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.
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.
LAKELAND TRAILS MARATHON
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.