SENIORS 8.00am SUNDAY RUNS: These runs will now be communicated via a dedicated Whatsapp group. See details here.
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CAPENHURST 5K: Wed 21 Aug 7.15pm. £10. Entries here.
VETS ROAD RELAYS: Sat 18 May Sutton Park. Fantastic club/team day out typically with amazing picnics! Open to men and ladies 35+. If you can participate please tell Colin Rathbone or Helen Harrington. Event details here.
RUNNING PAST 40: As this will apply to quite a few of us here's an interesting read from WeaverPysio Sports and Injury Clinic on doing just that. Click here.
UPDATE:2019 LONDON MARATHON: Congrats to Liz Gale who wins the place. Dave Haines reserve.
TRACK ETIQUETTE: PLEASE READ AND COMPLY TO THE RULES AGREED BY THE VRAC COMMITTEE. VIEW HERE.
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SENIORS SUNDAY RUNS
Thanks to Bryan Dale for allowing us to use his photos. Visit his racephotos website for more pictures!
See Colin Rathbone for a massage, There
are a number of good physios - ask around. Several of us have had very
successful treatment at Athlete Matters in Worsley (Duncan Mason): Details below. 10% Discount for VRAC.
17 May: As usual there was a great VRAC turnout for one of the fastest 5ks in the region. There were numerous PBs including Matt Rowly getting agonisingly close to a sub 16, Chloe Dooley shaving even more time off her recent 5k PB and taking second place. This helped the women's team to a great victory in a traditionally strong race. Good to see the spring marathoners back out racing the shorter stuff and great to see Amelia Pettitt running well and injury free. Full Results
12 May: A strong turnout for Vale Royal in this reasonably new race as the club took four of the top five places. The men took the team prize and the women took the women's team prize with Mel Johnson claiming 2nd lady and Debbie Richardson with a strong PB. Full Results.
11 May: Bob Corinaldi sent us this report on the full Sandstone Trail Race:
A small Vale Royal contingent took on the Sandstone Challenge on Saturday 11th May and an ‘interesting' day was had by all.
The Sandstone Challenge is organised by Helsby Running Club and takes in the full Sandstone trail from Whitchurch to Frodsham which is about 33 and a bit miles depending upon how good your navigation skills are! As this was Gary's first foray into ultra running, shoe choice was critical. Thankfully he brought several pairs of road and trail shoes with him to try and he was seen jogging round the car park sporting various types of running shoes trying to make up his mind. I'm sure at one point he may also have tried a pair of Debbie's high heels. He eventually settled on road shoes by the way!
As the run started, the early morning mist lifted and Lee disappeared into the distance. He had a cracking run, breaking the 5 hour barrier, finishing in 2nd place in a time of 4:58. Given the number of stiles and the ground conditions this was a fantastic performance and he took 20 minutes off his time from the previous year. Gary was hot on Lee’s tail eventually finishing in 7th place in a time of 5:31 claiming that he should have stuck with trail shoes after all! Bob was on for a sub 6 hour finish until two schoolboy errors saw him get lost twice on a course he allegedly knew like the back of his hand! The navigational blunders dashed any hope of a sub 6 and he finished in 18th place in a time of 6:02 & still managing to shave a few minutes from last years time. Matt got off to a flying start but seemed to suffer in the heat towards the end and followed Bob into the finish (probably not a good idea) finishing in 19th place also in a time of 6:02. Sophie who is preparing for an Ultra later this year and true to form had a few falls but a steady run given the conditions, finishing in 29th place in a time of 6:29 John has obviously kept both his stamina and the ability to run on a full stomach between aid stations (see photo) finishing in 39th place with a time of 6:51. Full Results
26 April: Last Friday saw the return of the Mid Cheshire 5k and great support from VRAC again with 29 runners taking part. Many noteable performances across the board including 3rd overall for Ed Shepherd in 14.20, PB for Alex Doyle, great debut at this distance for John Humphries with a 15.38, and a 16.47 PB for Chris Jones just 3 weeks after the Manchester Marathon. There were PBs also for Liz Renondeau, Kate Moulds and Hollie Carrington. Full Results
Entry to the summer staging event is here.
|Pos||Gun time||No.||First name||Last name||Chip Time||Chip Pos||Gender||Pos||Category||Pos||3K||Finish|
7 April: Liz Renondeau reports: I ran in the Port of Blyth 10K which incorporated the British Masters 10k road championships on Sunday April 7th. This was an out and back course along the coast and the Breeze off the North Sea was relatively kind! I finished second lady overall to Aly Dixon (who went on to finish 16th lady at Boston a week later) in 35.44 and won the V35 British Masters title. Obviously really pleased as had been targeting this all winter. No other VRAC athletes there as far as I’m aware. Full reults here.
21 April: Liz Renondeau reports: Yesterday Mary Tavener and I ran at Hale 5. Mary was first in her age group. I was First Lady in new PB (29.08). Pretty hot conditions but lovely well organised race that I would recommend! Full results here
7 Apr: A little different to our usual races was Bob Corinald's latest adventure. Bob tells us:
7 Apr: Perfect weather conditions for the 4 VRAC toeing the line at the Greater Manchester Marathon. 1st home was Chris Jones with with a huge PB of 2.50.01. Next home making his marathon debut was Mark Pilliner who ran superbly well after recovering from hip injuries earlier in the year. Debbie Broad was next in with a fantastic 3.57.08. Another huge PB and securing a good for age for London (next year). Fourth finisher for VRAC was Eleanor Riches who finished behind Debbie but with a faster chip time of 3.53.30 Obviously Debbie had her elbows out at the start line. All four should be extremely proud of their achievement and take a well deserved recovery. As a footnote is it a coincidence that all four used the Village Bakery Wexham Half in their build up? Full Results.
|POS||NAME||BIB||M/F||CATEGORY||GUN TIME||CHIP TIME|
6 Apr: Colin Rathbone writes: Unfortunately no Men’s team this year despite qualifying in the Northern 12 Stage at Birkenhead Park. But fielded a partial team in the Women’s 6 Stage. Four stalwarts ran soundly in perfect conditions. Pity we couldn’t muster the full 6.
Leg 1, long leg. Amelia Pettit. 32.52.
Leg 2, short leg. Clara Pettit. 21.41.
Leg 3, short leg. Carole Williams. 28.44
Leg 4, long leg. Kate Moulds. 36.44
Leeds won both the Men’s 12 Stage and the Women’s 6 Stage - A very entertaining day of racing - certainly on a par with the Grand National and the Varsity Boat Race.
|Chris Perry||Alex Doyle|
|Ben Lee||Chris Williams|
|Andrew Miles||Ryan Moore|
|Matt Rowlinson||Gareth Williams|
|Stu Doyle||John Humphries|
|Jacob Brown||Gary Richardson|
|Fav||Pos||Net Pos||Name||Time||Net Time||Category||Cat Pos||Gender||Gen Pos||Net Gender Pos|
|POS||NAME||CAT||CAT POS||FINISH TIME|
|POS||NAME||CAT||CAT POS||CHIP TIME||FINISH TIME|
|POS||NAME||CAT||CAT POS||CHIP TIME||FINISH TIME|
|NAME||TIME||SPLIT||LEG||SPEED||FV45 POSITION||GEN POS||OVERALL POS|
|Debbie Moreton||00:50:10||50:10.3||50:10.3||05:01.3 Min/K||5||34||217|
10 Mar: A busy weekend for racing with some filthy weather on Sunday morning! Another very impressive race for February AOM Mark Crabtree. Likewise, Melanie Johnson backed up her recent form just a few seconds short of her PB set recently at High Legh.
|Pos||Gun time||First name||Last name||Chip Time||Chip Pos||min/m||Gender||Pos||Category||Pos|
|10||Lee Carrrington||8 hr 11 min||Gold|
|114||John Clarke||11 hr 6 min||Silver|
|Pos||Name||Gender Pos||Cat||Cat Pos||Time|
|A Race||26||Andrew Miles||26||SM||24||15.40||PB|
|B Race||7||Liz Renondeau||1||F35||1||17.24||PB|
|POS||NAME||Gen||Pos||CAT||Pos||CHIP TIME||FINISH TIME|
|57||Sarah Murphy||00:31:51||452||Patrick Stradling||00:44:22|
|68||Amelia Pettitt||00:32:16||517||Mark Crabtree||00:45:05|
|316||Clara Pettitt||00:37:17||1912||Colin Rathbone||01:05:50|
|1008||Carole Williams||00:57:38||1962||James Griffiths||01:10:21|
|Ladies 5k||Pos||Name||Cat||Time||Age Group|
|Men 8k||Pos||Name||Cat||Time||Age Group|
|34||Chris PERRY||00:14:25||PB 12 Secs|
|67||Jacob BROWN||00:14:40||PB 19 Secs|
|Pos||Name||Cat||Cat Pos||Time||Pos||Name||Cat||Cat Pos||Time|
|25||Katie Brough||L35||4||29.08||41||Mark Crabtree||M40||10||35.14|
|45||Holly Carrington||30.16||88||Gareth Williams||M50||3||37.17|
|47||Claire Thompson||L40||5||30.22||127||Lee Carrington||38.34|
|51||Lucy Knight||30.37||160||Richard Murray||M50||16||39.21|
|56||Mel Johnson||L35||11||30.57||165||Tommy Armstrong||M40||37||39.30|
|159||Mary Tavener||L55||7||34.46||175||Robert Roe||M40||40||39.42|
|239||Debbie Richardson||L50||31||40.40||199||Matt Scott||M45||20||40.20|
|258||Carole Williams||L65||4||43.03||249||Stephen Thompson||M55||6||42.00|
|9/54||Team||4 count||355||John Clarke||M60||10||48.17|
|40/54||Team||4 count||397||Colin Rathbone||M70||3||54.22|
|3/54||Vets Team||3 count||398||Richard Pettitte||M55||28||54.43|
|46/54||Vets Team||3 count||400||Nick Mort||M55||30||55.00|
|25/50||Vets Team||4 Count|
|49/50||Vets Team||4 Count|
|Name||Name||Gen Pos||Cat||Cat Pos||Gun||Pos||Chip||Pos|
26 Jan: A number of VRACers at the Northern XC Champs at Pontefract
racecourse. The course was extremely firm, predominantly flat and
therefore very quick which suited some but not others. The senior men's
scoring 6 finished a very creditable 20th team out of 53 complete teams.
The individual highlight was Jacob Brown's superb debut in the senior
championship. Jacob was ably supported by Stu Doyle, Nathan Williams,
Mark Crabtree and Gareth Williams. Team completed by the perennial Colin
Rathbone now 75 and still racing! There were 704 finishers.
Unfortunately the ladies were unable to field a complete team due to
Helen Smith suffering a recurrence of a calf injury. Nevertheless Sarah
Murphy had another great run in conditions that did not suit her whilst
it was also great to see Amelia Pettitt competing again and Carole
Williams looking as strong and glamorous as ever! 376 finishers. Full results .
|28||30.40||Sarah Murphy||28||40.25||Jacob Brown|
|42||31.41||Amelia Pettitt||87||42.30||Stu Doyle|
|361||52.22||Carole Williams||114||43.34||Nathan Willaims|
|Team||20th of 53||6 count|
|Vets Team||7th, 37th|
|Team||16th, 50th||6 count|
|Vets Team||13th, 31st, 54th||4 count|
|Pos.||Name||Cat||MV Pos.||Cat pos||Time|
|Team||4th and 9th||6 Count|
|Vets Team||3rd, 6th, 11th, 19th||4 Count|
|Pos.||Name||Cat||LV Pos.||Cat pos||Time|
|Team||1st, 3rd,7th, 14th||3 count|
|Vets Team||1st, 3rd, 11th||3 count|
1 Jan: Belated report from Geoff Fawkes NYD double 'up north'. Two counties and two rivers double he did on New Years Day:
9am - Riverside in County Durham - 3 laps in a park right next to River Wear with Lumley Castle and Durham County Cricket Ground in the background, coming 73rd out of 500. Then a 22 mile drive to get to Prudhoe Riverside for a 10.30am start - this time in the County of Northumberland running alongside the River Tyne, 2 laps of a trail country park, coming 46th out of 400. Ran negative splits for both races, with the second one quicker (albeit a harder course) and overall 30 seconds quicker than 2018 New Year's Day double!