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After a quiet winter by his standards he still managed to pull out a magnificent 3.41 at The Flying Fox Marathon for an age category win. Another age category victory at the Much Wenlock Half as well as a storming leg at the recent Vets Relays means that the May Athlete Of The Month award goes to Colin Rathbone.
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Thanks to Bryan Dale for allowing us to use his photos. Visit his racephotos website for more pictures!
Injured? See Colin Rathbone for a massage, Paul Hudson for physiotherapy. There are a number of other good physios - several of us have had very successful treatment at Athlete Matters in Worsley:
Membership renewals still required by 1st June - final reminder
A significant number of people are still to renew their memberships. These were due on 1st April. The England Athletics deadline for renewals is 1st June after which memberships will lapse and an admin fee of £10 per person on top of the standard membership fee will apply. The club cannot pay this and therefore will be obliged to add it onto the fee for any renewals. To avoid this additional charge please pay your fee and submit your renewal form by 31st May at the latest. Thanks. Subs forms on main website here.
|8||00:17:38||HARRINGTON, Michael||Male Vet 45||03:31.6||1|
|30||00:20:21||HAINES, David||Male Vet 45||04:04.2||9|
|59||00:22:07||BEARD, Chris||Male Vet 45||04:25.4||14|
|78||00:23:27||EDWARDS, Joanne||Lady Vet 50||04:41.4||2|
|90||00:25:02||TRAN, Ray||Male Vet 50||05:00.4||8|
|95||00:25:30||CHAMBERS, Barry||Male Vet 65||05:06.0||2|
A rather wet and windy weekend but still a great one. Debbie Moreton, George Thornley and Lisa Meadows are now the latest in the list of 71 different VR runners who have completed a Castles leg. There were 2 new records set this year.... Zack on Leg 2 and Gary on Leg 20. (Gary due to new route). Darren remains the only person to have done all 11 Castles Relays that VRAC has entered, closely followed by Clutty and Dave Haines on 8. Craig started the weekend with a cracking run, finishing 10th out of 66 teams. Stages 1 to 6 had horrid weather, as the relevant runners will assure you. Hainesy happily enjoyed his run and Tony regretted agreeing to a hilly leg. Debbie smiled, as always, all the way round , even up the 300m steep ascent to end her run. Nick realised his honeymoon feeling was definitely over at about 9 miles of his hilly half marathon! Bob ran on adrenaline thanks to the birth of his new granddaughter, Edith. Clutty said he had his best run of his Castles career. George ran further than he'd ever run before, Lisa's calf held up for her to have a great run and Gary finished the weekend in great style with much speed.
Stage; Distance; Name; Time; Placing
Stage 1 9.1 miles Craig Sephton (V) 01:01:43 10th
Stage 2 10.7 miles Zack Bamber 01:04:37 10th
Stage 3 12.3 miles Gary Richardson (V) 01:19:34 20th
Stage 4 9.5 miles Sophie Rees (FV) 01:10:46 37th
Stage 5 9.6 miles Scott Bamber (V) 01:06:16 15th
Stage 6 10.7 miles Joanne Edwards (FV) 01:24:22 55th
Stage 7 9.5 milesAnthony Atkinson (V) 01:15:45 53td
Stage 8 10.8 miles Dave Haines (V) 01:14:24 25th
Stage 9 8.5 miles Debbie Moreton (FV) 01:04:00 46th
Stage 10 13.1 miles Nick Haywood 01:34:37 50th
Stage 11 12.3 miles Dave Shepherd (V) 01:25:29 36thStage 12 11.2 miles Dave Gough (V) 01:13:52 21st
Stage 13 10.6 miles Chris Beard (V) 01:14:38 31st
Stage 14 10.8 miles Ian Brough (V) 01:17:24 37th
Stage 15 12.8 miles Bob Corinaldi (V) 01:29:13 31st
Stage 16 8.8 miles Paul Clutterbuck (V) 01:09:00 51st
Stage 17 9.2 miles George Thornley 01:02:41 29th
Stage 18 9.1 miles Darren Cottier (V) 00:56:42 11th
Stage 19 7.7 miles Lisa Meadows (FV) 01:00:46 45thStage 20 10.1 miles Gary Richardson (V) 01:04:49 26th
Tatton Park 10k
Sunday 11th June: James Ainsworth was the lone VRACer talking on this new route around tatton park, mainly undulating roads with a couple of small loops on trails. James managed 2nd place in 35:41 a long way behind first place Patrick Martin (Stockport) who ran 31:04.
Thursday 8th June: The third in the series of five 5ks saw another decent turn out from VRAC. This is historically a quick course but the heavy rain made the grass section at 2.5k and 4.75k a bit slippy.
Mike Harrington and Barry Chambers made it 3 out of 3 age group wins. There was a PB for Chris Beard and another for Jill Haines.
7. 17.25 Mike Harrington
58. 21.00 Chris Beard
99. 23.14 Jo Edwards
105. 23.43 Barry Chambers
108. 23.56 Jayne Lomax
134. 26.26 Jill Haines
Wincle Trout Run
Saturday 3rd June, claimed to be the hardest of the Wincle routes, combined with the heat made this a tough run. Both Bob C & John Clarke took on this challenge which is normally a popular race for VRacers, great runs by both, Bob blew up at the end but was chuffed with his time. John clearly enjoying the river crossing a little too much! Well done guys.
LIVERPOOL ROCK 'n' ROLL MARATHON
Sunday 28th May: Marathon stalwart Tom Armstrong was the sole VRAC representative for this popular race. Hoping for a sub 3.05 to guarantee a London 2018 place Tom faded slightly in the final third of the race ending up agonisingly close with a 3.06.11. A creditable result on a far from flat course.
SHUTLINGSLOE FELL RACE
MANCHESTER GREAT RUN 10K
28 May: Scott Bamber ran for Maxine who was injured. Happy with a solid 40:53 after a very slow first mile due to congestion.
31 May: Scott Bamber got a last minute entry to the Dovestone Diamond 10k race. A beautiful route with 5k of tough uphill (200 plus metres of climb) and 5k of breakneck downhill to follow. Last year I pulled a hamstring on the ascent so great to finish in one piece and crack the top 20.
43.37 (18th of 209 finishers)
FLYING FOX MARATHON
28 May: Good temperature, lovely scenery, well organised but tough course. Colin Rathbone, sole Vale Royaler in this testing event, ably supported by Carole on her bike, Ian Brough and his wife on their tandem with full musical accompaniment and John Todd on his bike. Not a big field but great atmosphere and a thoroughly enjoyable Marathon.
34th. Colin Rathbone. 3.41.20. 1st O70. 83 finishers.
DUNHAM MASSEY 5K
25 May: Seven VRAC members faced tropical conditions in the first of the North Cheshire Grand Prix 5k Series at the slower version of the two Dunham Massey courses.
First home for VRAC was Mike Harrington in 17.50 for the V45 win. Next was Dave Haines just outside the 20 min mark with 20.08 followed by another V45 Chris Beard in a PB of 21.57. Jo Edwards was next home for VRAC with a seasons best time of 23.24 closely followed by Barry Chambers who picked up the V65 prize in 24.10. Next lady back for VRAC was Jayne Lomax in a time of 25.55 and rounding it off with a PB was Jill Haines in 28.03.
|Pos||Gun time||First name||Last name||Chip Time||Chip Pos||Gen||Pos||Cat||Pos|
|200||4||243||Luke SEILER||Vale Royal AC||26.21|
|1500||1||227||Ryan MOORE||Vale Royal AC||04:16.87|
|1500||2||82||Stuart DOYLE||Vale Royal AC||04:32.79|
|3000||4||58||James AINSWORTH||Vale Royal AC||09:52.99|
|3000||5||202||Michael HARRINGTON||Vale Royal AC||10:12.82|
|3000||3||288||Lisa MEADOWS||Vale Royal AC||12:59.26|
|5000||3||261||Gareth WILLIAMS||Vale Royal AC||17:40.81|
|5000||5||99||David HAINES||Vale Royal AC||20:13.77|
2 May: Unusally, just 3 from VRAC. Another good run from Mike Harrington finishing 8th overall. Next, great to see the return of Prodigal Son, Dave Gough, once again in VRAC colours. Welcome back 'Goffy'. Clearly, he enjoyed a run round with another familiar face that is still AWOL. Chris Griffiths completed the VRAC trio looking very chirpy in the closing stages.
|Pos||Gun||Name||Name||Chip||Chip Pos||Gen||Gen Pos||Cat||Cat pos|
23 April: Offa's 'Orror is a 20k
multi-terrain race in the Wye Valley. It is a challenging race, run
mainly on footpaths and forest trails. Gary Richardson decided it had to
be done. Sounds 'fun' Here's his report.
23 April: While some VRACers were pounding the streets of London others were pounding the country lanes of Cheshire. On the start line experienced Race Director Mike Harrington forgot to attach his timing chip to his shoe and made a dash to the car park to rectify his schoolboy error. Allegedly the Whitley Race Director then started the race a little early leaving Harrington behind! Nevertheless Mike overhauled most of the field to lead VRAC home. Craig Sephton was a little disappointed at High Leigh 10k but put this behind him with a 6 second PB. Claire Thompson flew the flag for the ladies finishing 3rd F35. Well done all.
|Place overall||Place gender||Place category||Name||Category||Half||Finish|
|13||Debbie Broad||22:55||PB||1st Lady|
|Pos||Gun||Name||Chip||Pos||Gen Pos||Cat||Pos||Age Time|
|Pos||Name||Chip Time||Category||Cat Pos||Gen Pos||Pace|
|418||Katie BROUGH||02:59:38||SEN||3||17||14.1 km/h||PB|
|775||David MURPHY||03:11:33||V35||199||738||13.2 km/h||PB|
|1229||Ian BARKER||03:20:40||V50||75||1149||12.6 km/h||PB|
|3375||Mary TAVENER||03:51:38||V55||9||466||10.9 km/h|
|4052||Jane PILLINER||04:05:47||V45||?||?||10.3 km/h||PB|
|Name||Gen Pos||Category||Cat Pos||5 Mile||10 Mile||Gun||Gun Pos||Chip||Chip Pos|