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successful treatment at Athlete Matters in Worsley (Duncan Mason): Details below. 10% Discount for VRAC.
10 Nov: 6 VRAC runners made the short trip to Arley Hall for what is regarded as one of the fastest 10ks in the area. Andrew Miles was first home not to far outside of his PB on 33.26. Next home was Tom Armstrong in 38.05, he was disappointed to be slower than his recent result at the Farndon 10k. Next home was Rick Murray with a 20 second PB followed closely by Robert Roe with a 39.08. Craig Sephton was next home and was just outside the 40 minnute mark with a solid 40.03. Rounding it up for VRAC was John Moulds taking part in his first 10k in almost 18 months. The results are not particularly clear so apologies if anyone has been missed off. Full Results.
|Pos.||Name||Category||L Pos.||MV Pos.||LV Pos.||Cat pos||Time|
27 Oct: Fantastic result and a national title for the V35 ladies. "With two of the three V35 ladies selected to run for England later this year in the Masters International XC a strong team of Liz Renondeau, Sarah Murphy and Andrea Hilldrup showed just how good they are coming away from the British Masters XC relays not only with Gold but a new course record after storming to victory with over 2 minutes to spare. Sarah set the team up leading from the gun and finishing fastest on leg 1 and second fastest of all the runners for the day. Andrea extended the lead clocking a time only 9s slower than Sarah on the previous leg. With a good but not insurmountable lead Liz ran strong to bring the ladies home for the Gold medal and new course record! Well Done Ladies a fantastic achievement". Full results
|6th M Gary Richardson 1:11:59. 1st V40|
|9th M David Shepherd 1:14:28. 2nd V50|
|10th M Matt Scott 1:14:43 3rd V45|
|19th M Chris Beard. 1:19:22 3rd V50|
|32nd M/F Tony ( Alison ) Dutton 1:30:18 6th V50|
|45th M Richard Pettitt 1:41:30 7th V55|
|5th F Claire Thompson 1:20:47 1st V40|
|10th F Debbie Broad 1:31:16 1st V50|
|12th F Debbie Moreton 1:32:06 1st V45|
|15th F Jayne Lomax 1:35:27 3rd V50|
|21||03:03:42||03:03:26||Gary Richardsn||(M) V40||7:00 min/mile||PB|
|7 Vale Royal Ac 'A' 42:51||15 Vale Royal Ac 'A' 40:21|
|Benjamin Lee (17) 10:47||Clara Pettitt (24) 13:37|
|Cameron Weaver (10) 10:36||Emily Lowery (16) 12:52|
|Arun Dight (10) 11:08||Katelyn Mooney (15) 13:52|
|Jacob Brown (7) 10:20|
|18 Vale Royal Ac 'B' 45:23||26 Vale Royal Ac 'B' 45:21|
|John Humphries (23) 11:11||Lucy Burch (37) 15:30|
|Matt Rowlinson (26) 11:40||Siobhan Tarbuck (33) 14:57|
|Josh Betteley (22) 11:28||Melanie Johnson (26) 14:54|
|Stuart Doyle (18) 11:04|
|38 Vale Royal Ac 'C' 52:18||Vale Royal Ac 'C'|
|Gareth Williams (38) 12:21||Jeanette Pope (40) 15:50|
|Lee Carrington (40) 13:01||Jo Edwards (37) 16:36|
|David Roberts (40) 13:55|
|Richard Murray (38) 13:01|
|49 Complete Teams||40 Complete Teams|
14 Oct: The final race of the year in the Mike Harrington stable of races saw 8 VRAC runners take part in this countryside race on the Cheshire/North Wales border. 1st home and 2nd overall was Chris Perry who was unable to retain the title he won last year. Tom Armstrong came in next with a steady sub 38. New recruit to the club Ian Simpson was next home and sneaked under 40 mins. Gemma Barnett was our first lady home and 6th female overall closely followed by dad John Todd. Next in was Lisa Meadows with a fantastic PB given the wet and windy conditions. Vet 70 legend Colin Rathbone took his age group prize with a sub 50 finish and completing the VRAC contingent was Jayne Lomax just outside her SB with 51.06. Mike would like to thank VRAC runners for supporting the races in 2018 and hope to see you back in 2019.
|Pos||Gun time||First name||Last name||Chip Time||Chip Pos||Category||Pos|
|Pos||Name||Chip||Cat||Cat Pos||Gen Pos|
|11||Chloe Broad||SL||32.20||152||Richard Murray||V50||10||39.42|
|44||Helen Smith||L45||5||34.49||219||David Haines||V45||35||41.49|
|47||Claire Thompson||L40||6||34.56||258||Chris Beard||V50||25||43.22|
|69||Mel Johnson||L35||9||35.52||270||Mark Pilliner||V50||28||43.53|
|76||Lucy Knight||SL||36.08||329||John Clarke||V60||4||46.26|
|124||Jeanette Pope||L40||18||38.31||331||Tony Archer||V60||5||46.30|
|152||Julie Annable||L55||6||40.02||404||Colin Rathbone||V70||2||51.44|
|155||Mary Tavener||L55||7||40.09||407||Barry Chambers||V65||11||52.02|
|9th/63||A Team||4 Count||42nd/57||Team||6 Count|
|29th/63||B Team||4 Count||25th/52||Vets Team||4 Count|
|4th/59||A Vets Team||3 Count|
|25th/59||B Vets Team||3 Count|
|Pos||Name||Cat||Time||Cat Pos||Pos||Name||Cat||Time||Cat Pos|
|8||Stu Doyle||M45||27.43||1||1||Liz Renondeau||W35||20.36||1|
|41||Gareth Williams||M50||30.04||3||18||Sophie Smith||JW||22.41||6|
|45||Chris Jones||SM||30.10||37||Helen Smith||W45||23.53||11|
|87||Darren Cottier||M45||31.54||13||51||Mel Johnson||W35||24.33||8|
|93||Tommy Armstrong||M40||32.04||16||64||Lucy Knight||SW||25.18|
|136||Matt Scott||M45||33.15||28||73||Liz Gale||W45||25.39||19|
|153||Craig Sephton||M45||34.14||33||86||Jeanette Pope||W40||26.15||16|
|166||Mark Pilliner||M50||35.00||14||95||Eleanor Riches||W45||27.02||22|
|173||Geoff Fawkes||M45||35.22||37||97||Debbie Moreton||W45||27.05||23|
|183||Matt Hough||M45||35.58||39||99||Julie Annable||W55||27.14||8|
|230||John Clarke||M60||38.23||5||171||Debbie Richardson||W50||32.49||21|
|234||Tony Archer||M60||38.33||6||190||Carole Williams||W65||35.03||3|
|SENIOR MEN||SENIOR LADIES|
|13 Vale Royal AC 'A' 2:08:27||Vale Royal AC 'C' Incomplete||19 Vale Royal AC 'A' 1:34:47||74 Vale Royal AC 'C' 1:53:41|
|Ryan Moore (43) 21:43||Chris Weedall (109) 25:36||Emily Lowery (36) 23:24||Eleanor Riches (87) 27:37|
|Harry Dexter (28) 21:19||Tony Wardle (109) 25:33||Kate Moulds (25) 23:48||Jeanette Pope (85) 28:35|
|Jacobjohn Brown (26) 21:46||Richard Murray (102) 24:54||Andrea Hilldrup (20) 23:17||Liz Gale (81) 28:07|
|Chris Perry (18) 20:26||Matthew Hough (101) 25:36||Katelyn Mooney (20) 24:18||Julie Annable (78) 29:22|
|Arun Dight (14) 21:19||Richard Pettitt (109) 32:26|
|Andrew Miles (13) 21:54||58 Vale Royal AC 'B' 1:47:13||97 Complete Teams Finished|
|30 Vale Royal AC 'B' 2:14:27||128 Complete Teams Finished||Esme Bridge (71) 26:22|
|Helen Smith (64) 26:21|
|Cameron Weaver (35) 21:31||Lisa Meadows (66) 27:12|
|Alexander Doyle (37) 22:15||Debbie Broad (62) 27:18|
|Matt Rowlinson (32) 22:26|
|Josh Betteley (35) 23:16|
|Stuart Doyle (30) 22:09|
|George Thompson (30) 22:50|
Official results are awaited but about 250 started the race. 99 finished (fact) but not all confirmed through all the checkpoints. I was 58th (ish). The race was 53 miles (ish) with a few last minute changes to the route meaning no one is absolutely sure! Time 19.5hrs (ish). Sorry about this one. Didn't stop my watch or look at the clock. I was within 10 mins of my predicted finishing time. For me the race went absolutely to plan. The 5 reecees I did in really bad weather prepared me for the worse. Yes we had a downpour. Yes it suddenly went very cold and foggy as darkness fell making visability under a head torch really difficult but I was ready for it. By the end I was on cloud nine and a little disappointed to be finishing. Physically I was fine, mentally drained but I achieved what I had set out to do at the start of the year in achieving the GB Ultras 50 mile Grand Slam. Finally...today (Monday) doms has set in and my back is really sore so can hardly walk! (Pic is David taking a refuelling stop at 43 miles... and still smiling!)
|Pos||Gun||First name||Last name||Chip||Gen||Pos||Cat||Pos|
|15||36:35:00||Gareth||Williams||36:34:00||Male||15||Male Vet 50||1|
|23||37:35:00||Elizabeth||Renondeau||37:35:00||Female||2||Female Vet 35||1|
|121||49:06:00||Barry||Chambers||48:57:00||Male||99||Male Vet 65||1|
Mens Results: There were 73 complete teams in the North West of which 21 were from Cheshire with results by team as follows:
Vale Royal Ac ‘A’ 1:21:45 – 1st Cheshire, 1st North West
1 Ryan Moore (8) 20:44 2 Jacob Brown (4) 20:04
3 Samuel Whitehead (2) 20:00 4 Harry Dexter (1) 20:57
Vale Royal Ac ‘B’ 1:24:10 – 2nd Cheshire, 7th North West
1 Cameron Weaver (16) 21:04 2 Alexander Doyle (11) 21:07
3 Stuart Doyle (8) 21:03 4 Arun Dight (7) 20:56
Vale Royal Ac ‘C’ 1:28:48 – 4th Cheshire, 19th North West
1 Nathan Williams (26) 22:22 2 Matt Rowlinson (23) 22:03
3 James Ainsworth (22) 22:14 4 Chris Jones (19) 22:09
Vale Royal Ac ‘D’ 1:33:57 – 8th Cheshire, 35th North West
1 Gareth Williams (42) 23:38 2 Gary Richardson (40) 23:26
3 Michael Harrington (33) 22:47 4 Richard Murray (35) 24:06
Vale Royal Ac ‘E’ 1:41:11 – 14th Cheshire, 52nd North West
1 Chris Weedall (56) 24:45 2 Matthew Scott (57) 26:38
3 Malcolm Hughes (55) 25:02 4 Matthew Hough (52) 24:46
Vale Royal Ac ‘F’ 1:43:47 – 15th Cheshire, 57th North West
1 Lee Carrington (51) 24:23 2 David Shepherd (52) 25:28
3 Geoff Fawkes (56) 26:38 4 John Moulds (57) 27:18
Vale Royal Ac ‘G’ 1:57:25 – 20th Cheshire, 72nd North West
1 David Roberts (70) 26:43 2 Steve Collier (74) 30:18
3 Chris Hudson (74) 28:46 4 Richard Pettitt (72) 31:38
|POS||NAME||GEN||CAT||GUN||CHIP||GEN POS||CAT POS||CHIP POS|
19 Aug: 6 VRAC made the short trip to Birchwood for this longstanding 10k in the race calendar with 4 having been picked to represent Cheshire in an inter county match against Staffordshire and North Wales. First home for VRAC was Mike Harrington in his 3rd race in 6 days with a 36.53 followed by Brian Dooley with a seasons best time. Next home was Helen Harrington in 40.37 which is a another seasons best closely followed by Carolyn Dooley in 41.07. Mel Johnson was next home finishing 5th in her age category in what was a strong field. Eleanor Riches brought the team home with a 48.24 and on the whole times appeared to be down for everyone with the strong wind and rain. Full Results.
|91||40.41||Helen Harrington||F35||2||40.37||9th lady|
|98||41.10||Carolyn Dooley||F40||4||41.07||11th lady|
15 Aug: There was a good VRAC turnout for this traditionally quick course (now known as the Ellesmere Port RC 5k). Conditions were fairly good apart from a headwind between the 2km and 3km points. James Ainsworth had a great run despite his many ailments as mentioned on social media in the build up to the race. There was a category win for Mike Harrington but Dave Gough, Debbie Broad and Barry Chambers just missed out on their respective age group awards due to the usual strong field this race attracts from Merseyside and North Wales. There were solid runs throughout the field including a big PB for Mark Pilliner and seasons best from Richard Pettitt. Full Results
31 July: The final race in the 3 race series and another good turn out with 10 VRAC representing the club at a course not renowned for producing fast times. Well done to Ollie Williams in 3rd place and congratulations also to Kate Moulds on being first female and Gemma Barnett who finished 3rd female. Full Results Race Photos
29 July: In a change to the recent weather, torrential rain and 20mph wind greeted 11 VRAC runners amongst the record 750 sell out at the latest of the Mike Harrington stable of races. The rain eased at the start but the wind affected times and most people appeared to be a minute or more on what we would expect. There was a category win for Lisa Meadows who was remarkably only 6 seconds outside of her PB and another age group win for Colin Rathbone. Full Results. Race Photos
|Position||Finish time||First name||Last name||Net time||Category||Category position|
|204||00:48:46||Colin||Rathbone||00:48:28||Vet 70 Male||1|
22 July: Mike Harrington was the lone VRAC to take part in this race. Mike claimed it was an excellently organised race and a great course. As with most races in the last few months the heat was a factor and Mike managed a 36.24 to equal his season's best. Full results.
|Pos||Gun||No.||First name||Last name||Chip||Gen||Pos||Cat||Pos||400m||Finish|
Helen Harrington and Lisa Meadows were part of the 369 strong field of runners who chose running over football last Wednesday turning out for the Tony Barnes Memorial Sefton Park 5 mile race. Though signs with the latest score, radio coverage and the noises coming from the local pub helped keep runners upto speed on how the game was progressing. To continue the theme of late, it was another warm and sunny evening for racing two loops on the undulating paths within Sefton Park. Helen having last ran this race some 14 years previously (some fellow runners did question how old or young she must have been back then!) ran a fantastic 32:34 to finish 4th lady. Lisa running this event for the first time finished in 37:24 which was a PB for the distance. Runners were treated to not only a t-shirt and a medal for their efforts but also a curry. With the football on at race HQ there was even the opportunity to catch the extra time whilst enjoying the post race curry and waiting for the race presentation. A really well organised race and definitely one for next years calendar.
Described as the oldest and largest ultra marathon in the world, the Comrades Marathon was originally conceived in 1921 by South African Veteran Vic Clapham to commemorate South African soldiers killed during the war and to be a unique test of physical endurance….it didn’t disappoint. Its run annually between Pietermaritzburgh and Durban, changing direction each year and a nominal 90km long. Due to the changes in elevation between the start & finish, the Pietermaritzburgh to Durban leg is called the ‘Down Run’ and the reverse route is the ‘Up Run’. 2018 was to be a Down Run from Pietermaritzburgh to Durban. There are several significant hills along the route affectionately known as the big five along with timed cut offs culminating in the final 12 hour cut off at the finish.
I qualified in group C following last years Chester Marathon and lined up on the chilly start line ready for the cock crowing at the 5:30am start. Pacing was always going to be difficult as it’s a hilly 50km followed by a fairly steep 30km downhill and a steady 10km to the finish. Apparently there’s only 4km of flat profile on the entire route. I decided early on to try and enjoy it & soak up the atmosphere as the support along the entire route was incredible. I saved the legs through the first 50km and all went relatively well until about 75km when my stomach went on strike, the km’s seemed like miles and I had to give myself a serious talking to which thankfully had the desired effect. The long downhill on tired legs was brutal and I managed to get some ice from a water bath and run with it on my quads for a while until it melted in the heat. I finished in 9:54:57 which is just inside the target I set myself although I hadn’t appreciated just how long & steep the downhill section was. All in all a great day out and thankfully the months of long miles (1,650 since November) paid off.
Apparently I’m halfway through my Comrades journey which isn’t complete until you’ve run both up & down legs!
Final result 9:54:57
Overall 5407 from approx 20,000 starters and 16,478 finishers
July 1: The hot weather continues to effect races and this one was just a matter of surviving. Five VRAC runners ran this out and back 10k on the bypass as it was temporarily closed to traffic. Another fine run from Chris WIlliams in 3rd place and just dipping under 33 minutes. Good to see Tommy Armstrong back racing and after a quick check on Power of Ten there didn't seem to be any PBs.
June 23: A belated well done to Chris Perry who ran a fantastic 14.18 over 5000m improving his PB from 14.57. An amazing time that puts Chris well within the elite criteria set by England Athletics.
|18||19.22||Gemma Barnett||F35||1||1st Lady|
|48||22.34||Emma Louise Pyatt|
21 June: Mike Harrington was the only VRAC member to take part in this long standing 10k in and around the park at Woolston. It was a last minute decision as by his own words "lacks the self-discipline to do a tempo session". Mike finished 4th overall and was first in the 40-49 category in a season's best of 36.24. Full results.
|55||18.08||Sarah Murphy||W40||1||18.06||2nd Lady|
|58||18.17||Liz Renondeau||W35||2||18.15||3rd Lady|
17 June: Round 4 of the Cheshire Road Race Grand Pris series saw 16 VRAC toe the line at the magnificent Colshaw Hall 10k. Conditions were ideal on a course not known for PB potential. There were age group wins for Stuart Doyle, James Ainsworth and Gareth Williams who had sneaked into the Vet 50 category just days earlier. There was a PB for Rick Murray on this undulating course and Mel Johnson was just a second outside of her seasons best which bodes well for them on a quicker course. Good run also for Debbie Broad who narrowly missed out on her category prize. Full results.
|Pos||Gun time||Name||Last name||Chip||Pos||Gen||Pos||Category||Pos|
14 June: Round 4 of the North Cheshire Grand Prix series saw some more strong performances from the VRAC contingent. Chris Jones was first back in his first race in over a month just one place and two seconds ahead of Mike Harrington who again took the V45 prize and with it almost guaranteed the series win. Gary Richardson was next with a season's best run. Dave Haines was along next quickly followed by Chris Beard who knocked another 20 seconds of his PB set only last week with a 19.29 and must be heading for a sub 19 soon. John Clarke was in next with another solid run which has been the tale of his series. Jill Haines rounded it off for VRAC and looked like she had plenty left in the tank. Full Results
The final race in the series is the Hollins Green 5k on Sunday 24th June. Full details.
7 Jun: Race 3 of the North Cheshire Grand Prix Series saw another 6 VRAC tackle this traditionally quick 5k. Another warm evening which has been the story of this series saw Jake Wilson first home with another junior age prize. Next home was Mike Harrington with another V45 win and is looking good for the series win. Dave Humphreys was next home quickly followed by Chris Beard with a huge PB of almost 20 seconds. Barry Chambers had another solid run and Pauline Davies rounded it off for VRAC with another category win. Full Results.
The next race in the series is Thursday 14th June at Dunham Massey for the fast version of the course. Full Details.
|7||WILSON, Jake||Male Junior||Vale Royal Ac||17.10|
|12||HARRINGTON, Michael||Male Vet 45||Vale Royal Ac||17.34|
|33||HUMPHREYS, David||Male Vet 45||Vale Royal||19.39|
|37||BEARD, Chris||Male Vet 45||Vale Royal Ac||19.48|
|88||CHAMBERS, Barry||Male Vet 65||Vale Royal Ac||24.00|
|97||DAVIES, Pauline||Female Vet 65||Vale Royal Ac||24.39|