Vale Royal AC - Senior Section

Running and Athletics in the Heart of Cheshire.

NOTICES

6/12 STAGE RELAYS: Take place SUNDAY 24 March, Birkenhead Park. Please advise Stu Doyle or Helen Harrington if you want to participate or email 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.


WELSH CASTLES 2019: Please see here and respond if you are interested.


CROSS COUNTRY ENTRIES: Pre entry is required for the Nationals (23 Feb). If you want to run please advise Stu Doyle or Helen Harrington or email 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.


RACE REPORTS: We try and keep the  website up to date. The volume and variety of races makes this increasingly challenging. You can help by sending a brief race report with a link to the results to info@valeroyalseniors.com.  If you have been a Park Run tourist somewhere novel let us know about that too!

Our wealth is our HEALTH.

Anon

ATHLETE OF THE MONTH

2019 got off to a good start. Jacob Brown once again excelled placing 4th at Birchwood 10k and 28th at the Northern XC Championships. Gary Richardson posted a superb 2 min PB at Helsby half marathon. Nathan Williams had another good month cross country in Manchester League and Northerns. This month we recognise a lady who has delivered many excellent performances for VRAC which she continued in January leading the ladies to senior and vets team wins at Birchwood 10k and an excellent 28th at the Northern XC Championships. January AOM is SARAH MURPHY.
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6/12 STAGE RELAYS
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Injured?  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.

 
RACE REPORTS
please email us at info@valeroyalseniors.com with news and results.
 

ARMAGH 5K

14 Feb: Two of our fastest runners made the trip for this renowned super quick 5K. Robert Brown reports: It's a great race, you have to be sub 16 min 5k to enter and last night a new record of 13:43 won it. 12 runners went under 14 and 113 under 15 overall out of 202 finishers. The course is set on roads surrounding a park called The Mall in Armagh. They race over almost 5 manic laps. Conditions were perfect, 10 degrees and no wind on closed roads surrounded by high Georgian buildings. Chris Perry ran 14:25, a 12 second pb, Jacob Brown ran 14:40 for a 19 second pb. Tthe atmosphere is second to none. They preceded the 5k with 10 short age graded kids races and the women's 3k so there is no shortage of support all around the course.
PosNameTime 
34Chris PERRY00:14:25PB 12 Secs
67Jacob BROWN00:14:40PB 19 Secs

MANCHESTER LEAGUE RACE 5 - KENTWORTHY WOODS

9 Feb: Colin Rathbone reports: Excellent turnout for Vale Royal in the final match of the season at Kenworthy Woods on Saturday 9 February. 14 senior Men and 8 senior women contested the good conditions underfoot. Despite the valiant efforts of the men it looks likely that both the senior men’s team and vets men’s team will be relegated from the 1st Division. The Vets ladies faired well to maintain their position in the 1st Division, the Senior Women’s team despite fabulous performances (including a rare appearance for Katie Brough) closed the gap on 3rd place East Cheshire in the 2nd Division. Still awaiting final ratified results but according to Colin's calculations it looks like we are still 1 point adrift of 3rd place.
PosNameCatCat PosTime PosNameCatCat PosTime
25Katie BroughL35429.08 41Mark CrabtreeM401035.14
45Holly Carrington  30.16 88Gareth WilliamsM50337.17
47Claire ThompsonL40530.22 127Lee Carrington  38.34
51Lucy Knight  30.37 160Richard MurrayM501639.21
56Mel JohnsonL351130.57 165Tommy ArmstrongM403739.30
159Mary TavenerL55734.46 175Robert RoeM404039.42
239Debbie RichardsonL503140.40 199Matt ScottM452040.20
258Carole WilliamsL65443.03 249Stephen ThompsonM55642.00
271Finishers    252Chris BeardM503242.09
      278Mark PillinerM503643.37
9/54Team4 count   355John ClarkeM601048.17
40/54Team4 count   397Colin RathboneM70354.22
3/54Vets Team3 count   398Richard PettitteM552854.43
46/54Vets Team3 count   400Nick MortM553055.00
      402Finishers   
           
      17/50Team6 Count  
      42/50Team6 Count  
      25/50Vets Team4 Count  
      49/50Vets Team4 Count 

NICK BEER 10K - LLANDUDNO

10 Feb: Just one from VRAC this year for this challenging 10K around The Great Orme. Tony Dutton's report: I travelled to Llandudno for the 2019 Nick Beer 10k. It's basically a 10k around the great orme anti clockwise. Tough conditions with a headwind going up, but a decent workout with a Chip Time of 52:15 Pos. 252 from 598 runners.
NameNameGen PosCatCat PosGunPosChipPos
AnthonyDutton202MV453700:52:3024700:52:15252

NORTHERN XC CHAMPIONSHIPS - PONTEFRACT

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 here.

Ladies   Men  
PosTimeName PosTimeName
2830.40Sarah Murphy 2840.25Jacob Brown
4231.41Amelia Pettitt 8742.30Stu Doyle
36152.22Carole Williams 11443.34Nathan Willaims
376Finishers  17245.16Mark Crabtree
    24647.00Gareth Williams
    67865.25Colin Rathbone
    704Finishers 
       
    Team20th of 536 count

FOUR VILLAGES HALF MARATHON - HELSBY

20 Jan: Relief for organisers and runners alike that the weather did not threaten this years race. Indeed cool, calm conditions were good for running. A typically solid performance from Stu Doyle at the sharp end. Performance of the day came from Gary Richardson who sliced nearly 2 minutes off his PB. Next, another good race for Liz Renondeau who decided to race at short notice. Malcolm Hughes (pictured), Mary Tavener and Jayne Lomax all acquitting themselves well to complete the VRAC field.
PosGunNameNameChipPosGenPosCatPos 
1401:14:19StuartDoyle01:14:1914Male14V452 
7501:21:47GaryRichardson01:21:3774Male71V4512PB
8001:22:18ElizabethRenondeau01:22:1581Female5V352 
32001:34:43MalcolmHughes01:34:30329Male287V5030 
65101:45:26MaryTavener01:44:23659Female107V558 
105901:57:39JayneLomax01:57:011091Female223V5021 
1632Finishers        

TWIN PIERS 10K - LLANDUDNO

19 Jan: Colin and Carole made their regular trip to Wales for this event. Here's their report: Good conditions for this scenic race from Llandudno Pier to what used to be Colwyn Bay Pier until they removed it. Just 3 Vale Royalers out. First home in his first 10k in an impressive time of 35.23 was Ed Pettit. Colin Rathbone just starting his London Marathon training was happy with his sub-50 mins and Carole picking up her training for the National xc.

Ed Pettit 35.23 3rd U20 12th overall
Colin Rathbone 49.56 4th V70 173rd overall
Carole Williams 60.51 2nd V65 321st overall

Total finishers 434

MANCHESTER LEAGUE RACE 4 - HEATON PARK

12 Jan: Good turn out from ladies and men, enough for multiple senior and vet teams. Some good racing at an unusually dry Heaton Park! Well done all. One more MACCL race to go at Kentworthy Woods 9th February. Let's round it off it style! Full results here.
PosNameCatCat PosTime
41Helen SmithL45439.15
48Claire ThompsonL40839.34
60Holly CarringtonSL 40.26
80Mel JohnsonL351241.11
121Jeanette PopeL402143.03
167Mary TavenerL551045.59
279Pauline DaviesL65554.54
290Debbie RichardsonL503056.49
295Carole WilliamsL65658.21
313Finishers   
     
Team13th, 48th   
Vets Team7th, 37th  
PosNameCatCat PosTime
25Nathan WilliamsSM 35.50
42Mark CrabtreeM401136.56
104Gareth WilliamsM50439.27
153Lewis BrownSM 40.39
171Lee CarringtonSM 40.58
209Richard MurrayM501542.08
223Robert RoeM405142.34
270Bob CorinaldiM502843.41
284Chris BeardM503144.08
286Mark PillinerM503344.13
305Stephen ThompsonM551345.09
403John ClarkeM601150.36
456Richard PettittM553457.35
459Colin RathboneM70658.59
464Nick MortM553661.13
466Finishers   
     
Team16th, 50th6 count  
Vets Team13th, 31st, 54th4 count 

CHESHIRE XC CHAMPIONSHIPS - BIRCHWOOD

5 Jan: Terrific turnout and terrific results from ladies and men! Ladies taking 1st and 3rd in overall team and vets tea results. Brilliant effort, well done everyone.
Pos.NameCatMV Pos.Cat posTime
4Jacob BrownM 435:12
15Mark CrabtreeV404338:45
47James GriffithsM 3242:23
50Tom ArmstrongV4016842:33
53Gary RichardsonV4518542:43
59Lee CarringtonM 3843:03
64Darren CottierV4523743:30
65Matthew ScottV4524843:33
69Rick MurrayV5027544:01
75Craig TodhunterV45331144:38
76Chris WeedallV40341244:40
80Robert RoeV40381344:49
95Chris BeardV50511146:10
97John ThompsonV50531346:18
100David HainesV45561746:49
106Mark PillinerV50611647:21
114Geoff FawkesV45692048:09
142Anthony DuttonV45952653:08
154Richard PettittV55106151:01:23
157Finishers    
      
Team4th and 9th 6 Count  
Vets Team3rd, 6th, 11th, 19th 4 Count 
Pos.NameCatLV Pos.Cat posTime
2Sarah MurphyV401132:31
3Liz RenondeauV352132:41
10Chloe BroadL 634:40
14Chloe DooleyL 935:46
17Clara PettittL 1236:39
19Sophie SmithL 1337:09
20Helen SmithV457237:11
27Claire ThompsonV4012438:18
30Holly CarringtonL 1739:05
38Melanie JohnsonV3520540:06
45Jeanette PopeV4026840:50
59Liz GaleV40381143:22
68Jayne LomaxV5046344:16
69Jo EdwardsV5547544:26
84Debbie RichardsonV5061951:53
90Finishers    
      
Team1st, 3rd,7th, 14th3 count   
Vets Team1st, 3rd, 11th3 count  

PARKRUN TOURISM

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!

RIBBLE VALLEY 10K

30 Dec: Liz Renondeau reports: Liz Renondeau was one of many athletes who saw 2018 out with a bang at the Ribble Valley 10K on Sunday, which also incorporated the North of England 10K Champs. A stacked field saw both the men and women’s course records broken and nine men break the 30min barrier. Liz was made up with her race, setting a new PB of 35.37, finishing 10th lady overall and fifth lady in the north of England champs, an agonising 6 secs off a bronze medal. Race was brilliantly organised and the course undulating but scenic and very runnable. Highly recommend for those looking for a quick race at the end of next year.
PosNameTimeNet TimeCategoryCat PosNOE PosGen Pos
127ELIZABETH RENONDEAU00:35:3900:35:37Female9510

ROUND THE WALLS - CHESTER

24 Dec: Perfect conditions for this years traditional Boxing Day blow out.  Nice run from John Moulds who is returning to some good form. Tony Dutton enjoyed the race and the finish line photo opportunity. Lisa Meadows picked up 2nd L45 with mercurial racer Barry Chambers bringing VRAC home.
PosGun timeFirst nameLast nameChip TimeChip PosGenderPosCategoryPos
7732:19:00JohnMoulds32:13:0078Male67Male Vet 5010
9333:13:00AnthonyDutton32:56:0091Male81Male Vet 4517
10834:05:00LisaMeadows34:00:00110Female14Female Vet 452
21638:45:00BarryChambers38:10:00213Male167Male Vet 657
472Finishers       

LANCASTER CHRISTMAS CRACKER 10K

22 Dec: Debbie Broad reports: Mixed year for Chloe Broad as in and out of training due to injury. But felt the need to race before the end of the year. Undulating windy course no Pb but First Lady and the prize was almost as big as her!

NORTH STAFFS XC RACE 4 - RODBASTON

15 Dec: Colin Rathbone reports on the final North Staffs xc at Rodbaston. Due to atrocious weather a depleted Vale Royal presence at Rodbaston Campus, Penkridge on Saturday. Only 2 senior women (Helen Smith & Carole Williams) flew the flag and 4 men (Chris Jones, Matt Scott, Mark Pilliner & John Clarke). Brave performances but insufficient runners to field teams.

Carole Williams. 2nd V65  and Mark Pilliner 3rd V50 over the 4 matches.

(Good news for Vale Royal the Under 11 girls won team Gold.) What admirable efforts all round.

TATTON YULE YOMP

9 Dec: James Ainsworth rep[orts. Vale Royal runners returned for one of the most festive races of the year, some fantastic fancy dresses from snowmen to xmas trees and the odd fella in a pink tutu! Sarah Murphy returned to claim 1st Lady which she has won every year since 2014! James Ainsworth was happy with his run considering the drag effect of the pink tutu and leg warmers, Duo Stephen and Claire Thompson came in with exactly the same gun time of 47:10 one of them making up the 3rd team member to defend the 1st club prize which again has been retained for a number of years. In true festive fancy dress Debbie Moreton, Joanne Edwards, Chris Griffiths, Caroline Buckley and Helen Betteley loved every minute of it!! Well done all.
PosNameNameGenderGen PosCat Cat PosGun ChipChip Position
11JamesAinsworthMale11MV40200:39:2400:39:2311
14SarahMurphyFemale1FV40100:40:3100:40:3114
62StephenThompsonMale54MV55300:47:1000:47:0265
63ClaireThompsonFemale9FV40200:47:1000:47:0867
208DebbieMoretonFemale56FV45600:53:5100:53:20222
249JoanneEdwardsFemale70FV55400:55:2900:54:57283
308ChristopherGriffithsMale214MV60900:56:5700:53:31228
433CarolineBuckleyFemale143FV50901:01:0900:59:56458
434HelenBetteleyFemale144FV501001:01:0900:59:56460
1494Finishers       

STOCKPORT 10 MILE

9 Dec: Just two from VRAC at the 2018 Stockport 10. Excellent run from Ian Simpson and solid result for Tony Dutton.



PosNameGunChipCatCat Pos
103Ian Simpson1.07.531.07.04M5011
523Tony Dutton1.24.151.23.56M4578
988Finishers   

TELFORD 10K

9 Dec: Debbie Broad reports: A trio from Vale Royal head to Telford 10k Chris Perry, Liz Renondeau and Debbie Broad this Sunday while others were at the Yule tide yomp. Wet and windy conditions didn’t quite get us PB’s. However great running from Liz winning her V35 category Chris 40th SEN Men and Debbie 8th V50. As usual a high quality field with 17 runners going sub 30 minutes.
PosRace NoNameTimeNet TimeCategoryCat PosGenderGen Pos
4666Chris Perry00:30:5600:30:53M Sen40Male46
285277Elizabeth Renondeau00:36:2400:36:21FV351Female24
6421691Debbie Broad00:46:0700:46:00FV508Female120
1242Finishers      

MANCHESTER XC RACE 3 - WOODBANK PARK, STOCKPORT

1 Dec: Colin Rathbone reports. Fantastic senior turnout for the 3rd Manchester xc on Saturday, with no less than 14 senior men and 7 senior women, despite a number of usual stalwarts being absent. Conditions were good underfoot and the weather was kind. In the men’s race, our leader Stu Doyle, even with the lack of mud, performed brilliantly  finishing in 12th overall, 1st o45 in a very competitive field. Next home was Mark Crabtree in 59th place, a really sound run by Mark in 40.44. In 153rd  was Gary (never again) Richardson, a recent convert and now an avid cross country. Gary had a tussle with Lee Carrington who had, eventually, to concede by a mere 12 seconds. One to watch next time me thinks! In 199th place saw saw a strong run from Matt Scott in 46.06 hotly pursued in 207th by new member Craig Todhunter in 46.23 (another good asset for the club). Seventh VR in 209th was Rob Roe, a sound and perfectly executed pace Rob in 46.38. Mark Pilliner, Bob Corinaldi and Chris finished in quick succession in 238, 246, 259 positions. John Thompson, a veteran of the Mcr xc’s, despite a lack of training had a spirited run in 267th. John Clark, another evergreen, soon to fall into the o65 cat hit a very respectable time of 53.30 in 354th. Barry Chambers, despite hurting his back on the first lap, bravely carried on to the finish. A fine example of not accepting a DNF (wise or otherwise). VR men were brought home by another fairly new recruit, Nick Mort. Nick, at the age of 56 has just started xc running. Another example of grit and determination. Well done Nick and the other 13 men.
Senior teams.   19th and 39th out of 58
Vets teams.       12th,25th and 42nd out of 53.
Distance.           10k
434 finishers
 
Vale Royal women saw more good performances with Helen Smith leading the way in 45th place (7th o45) in 39.12. Helen worked hard the whole race, sharing with me, after the race, her disappointment with her performance. This approach usually provokes an even better performance in subsequent races. Keep pushing Helen. Claire Thompson, another avid Mcr xc, ran gutsily to finish in 55th place in 39.35. Next home was Holly Carrington, who recently has lost a lot of training, initially unsure about starting had a remarkable run to finish in 75th in 40.58, a super example of talent and ‘can do’ attitude. Next home was Mel, inspired by her son Ollie’s super performance in the u13 boys race. Mel clocked 41.29 to finish in 87th. Julie Ann Roberts, sporting her maiden name, was 151st, 4th o55 in 44.55. A sound run Julie. Carole, next in, in 287th in 58.50 ran a solid race. Debbie Richardson, again a recent recruit to running under the tutelage of husband Gary experienced shoelace problems but still managed a creditable 291st place. Triple knot in future Debbie!
Teams
Senior women.  15th out of 59
Vets women.      9th and 49th out of 57
298 finishers 

Great effort Vale Royal. Pics courtesy John Davies in Gallery here.

MYERSCOUGH 10 (FORMERLY 'GUYS 10')

2 Dec: Tony Wardle made a rare outing in a VRAC shirt at the rarely run 10 mile distance.  He was the loan club member to make the journey to Garstang in Lancashire and was rewarded with a 1.07.52.  Full Results. 

WILMSLOW 10K

25 Nov: A belated report of the Wilmslow Festive 10k.  19 VRACers tested their end of year fitness at one of the final fast local 10k's.F  irst home a little outside of his sub 33 target was Andrew Miles finishing just in the top ten (Men).  New PB's were set by Chris Jones, Liz Renondeau, Rick Murray, Matthew Hough, Mark Pilliner, Geoff Fawkes and Debbie Broad. Geoff Fawkes time was particular impressive given there is over 2 minutes difference between his gun and chip time! There were category win's for both Stu Doyle and Chloe Dooley however Brian Dooley and Tommy Armstrong were both unlucky with illness and injury and crossed the line together having both had to abandon their own races. Full results  Free Pictures

PositionFinish timeNumberFirst nameLast nameNet timeNet positionClubGenderGender positionCategoryCategory position
1100:33:171246AndrewMiles00:33:1611Vale Royal ACMale10Senior8
2500:34:223580StuartDoyle00:34:2125Vale Royal ACMale23Vet 451
3100:34:442600ChrisJones00:34:4132Vale Royal ACMale29Vet 354
4100:35:093819JamesAinsworth00:35:0744Vale Royal ACMale39Vet 4010
6300:36:063650ElizabethRenondeau00:36:0363Vale Royal ACFemale5Vet 352
13100:38:141566RichardMurray00:38:04132Vale Royal ACMale122Vet 505
14200:38:32903RobertRoe00:38:24143Vale Royal ACMale131Vet 4027
16200:39:113702MatthewScott00:39:03167Vale Royal ACMale149Vet 4515
16800:39:182222ChloeDooley00:39:09174Vale Royal ACFemale15Under 201
20700:40:031121HelenHarrington00:40:00221Vale Royal ACFemale19Vet 354
21500:40:19722CarolynDooley00:40:11228Vale Royal ACFemale22Vet 453
22200:40:312418MatthewHough00:39:15177Vale Royal ACMale200Vet 4521
28500:41:512419MarkPilliner00:41:37308Vale Royal ACMale257Vet 5014
33800:42:562164TomArmstrong00:42:42390Vale Royal ACMale305Vet 4057
34000:42:57721BrianDooley00:42:47396Vale Royal ACMale307Vet 4533
44300:44:23744MelanieJohnson00:44:03494Vale Royal ACFemale45Vet 3513
48200:44:48810GeoffFawkes00:42:35377Vale Royal ACMale433Vet 4552
64500:46:49991DebbieBroad00:45:59671Vale Royal ACFemale83Vet 504
129700:53:282971JayneLomax00:51:441359Vale Royal ACFemale277Vet 5028

MASTERS INTERNATIONAL XC - SINGLETON PARK, SWANSEA

18 Nov: Thanks to Liz Renondeau for report: Vale Royal was again well represented at the British Masters International XC Championships with Sarah Murphy and Liz Renondeau running for the England v40 and v35 Ladies teams and Gareth Williams running for Wales in the v50 category. By all accounts, the course was a pretty tough one - not too soft underfoot but multiple laps of a very undulating course. Sarah Murphy as usual left absolutely nothing on the course, narrowly missing out on an individual medal in fourth but scoring for the winning England team. Liz Renondeau was a little disappointed in her run; although running very even splits, was cross at herself for not getting herself in the mix on the fast downhill start which left her too much to do on the final lap. She still counted for the England w35 team which also won gold. The third of the Vale contingent, Gareth Williams placed a very respectable 28th for Wales in the competitive v50 category, a position he is looking to build on next year if work allows for a little more consistency in his day-to-day training schedule. A big well done to all three of them and great to see them flying the Vale flag on this very competitive Masters stage. Full results here.

PARK RUN TOURISM

The VRAC vest has been seen around the world over the past few weeks. Tony Archer visiting Australia for son Nathan's wedding managed 3 separate park runs in 3 weeks including one (8 am) the morning after the wedding celebrations! The highlight was a beach park run on Bar Beach. 100% (soft) sand with some stages running through the surf. Gareth Williams took the VRAC vest with him to Washington DC and claimed a park run win at Roosvelt Island as a reward.
NameDatePark RunVenueTimePos
Gareth Williams12-DecRoosvelt IslandWashington, USA18.531st
Tony Archer10-NovStocktonNSW, Australia21.4314th
Tony Archer17-NovNulkabaNSW, Australia22.3513th
Tony Archer24-NovBar BeachNSW, Australia27.205th

PODIUM 5K - BARROWFORD

1 Dec: Some super quick runs at the night time Podium 5k. In his first ever 5k Jacob Brown placed 8th in a high quality field, just dipping under 15 mionutes. Liz Renondeau continued her excellent season posting a PB.
PosTimeName CatGenSBPB
814:59Jacob BrownPBU23M14:5914:59
3815:55Ryan Moore SENM15:3615:36
7017:29Elizabeth RenondeauPBV35W17:2917:29
7117:53Michael Harrington V45M16:5916:53

MANCHESTER XC RACE 2 - UNIVERSITY FIELDS, WYTHENSHAWE

10 Nov: Another decent turnout from VRAC and some good performances. Stu Dolyle just outside the top 20 and 1st M45. A close battle battle between Messsrs Haines, Scott and Beard! Excellent run from Lucy Knight whose training is paying dividends.
MenLadies
21. Stu Doyle 33:23 (1st V45)56. Lucy knight 29:40
97. Mark Crabtree 36:18 61. Helen Smith 29:50
226. Lee Carrington 39:5788. Claire Thompson 30:52
281. Dave Haines 41:27125. Jeanette Pope 32:00
282 Matthew Scott 41:28162. Melanie Johnson 33:24
293. Chris Beard 41:45182. Mary Tavener 34:04
319. Mark Pilliner 42:48183. Joanne Edwards 34:08
339. Bob Corinaldi 43:03276. Jill Haines 37:20
372. Stephen Thompson 43:58341: Carole Williams 43:25
453. John Clark 47:39 
513. Colin Rathbone 53:19

CHESHIRE 10K - ARLEY HALL

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. 

SUNFLOWERS HALEWOOD 5K

3 Nov: Mike Harrington was again the lone VRAC runner at this monthly 5k.  A stronger than usual field saw Mike post a 17.39 for 18th place.  Full Results.

'NOT' LANGLEY 7

3 Nov: Gary Richardson reports: 4 VRAC runners travelled to Langley. For those familiar with it in the past, it used to be the Langley 7, but as it is now 8 miles and doesn't go through Langley at all, not sure what it is called now. The race was very scenic, but extremely hilly, effectively a fell race but on tarmac. The beginning of the race was a somber moment as we held a minutes silence for one of Macclesfield own runners that tragically died in a car crash only 10 days prior. His widow ran the race with their 4 month old son in the pushchair in his memory. It was great to see the running community coming together in this way. Very enjoyable race and one for next years calendar.
Pos.NameCategoryL Pos.MV Pos.LV Pos.Cat posTime
24Gary RichardsonMV40 10 456:17:00
42David HainesMV45 21 401:00:18
53Lee CarringtonM   1901:01:48
208Jill HainesLV4574 631801:27:14

NATIONAL XC RELAYS - MANSFIELD

3 Nov: Great to see VRAC represented at Senior level in Ladies and Mens races. Here's reports from Debbie Moreton and Stu Doyle:
Ladies - A dry but windy short course awaited the senior men and senior women teams at the national cross country relays senior women scraped an A team and incomplete B team. Chloe Broad although initially was running for Cheshire at the abegele 5 on Sunday withdrew due to university commitments made the short journey to Mansfield to kick of the A team. Emma Pratt took over for the B leg and Helen Smith brought them home in a respectful 50 out of 139 teams.  
Debbie Broad and Liz Gale enjoyed their quick run out in the incomplete B team.
Men - We had 2 strong senior men's teams out with the A team of Ryan Moore, Chris Perry, Sam Whitehead and Jacob Brown achieving a highest ever finishing position of 27th against the best teams and runners in the country. The B team of Nathan Williams, Matt Rowlinson, Stu Doyle and Gareth Williams also acquitted themselves  extremely well, finishing in 59th place - well inside the top half of the 153 complete teams.

ABERGELE 5 MILE

Nov 4: Great to see 3 VRAC members donning county vests and extra special that two of them were mother and daughter. Here's their comments:

Carolyn Dooley: Honoured to run alongside Chloe in her first senior Cheshire vest. Age category wins for both of us too and Cheshire won the ladies Inter-county match!  James Ainsworth: Great running with the Cheshire team again today at Abergele 5m intercounty match against north wales. Hopefully the start of a comeback after a couple of months being injury ridden! 12th o/a 3rd v40 and course pb 28:20. Full results here.
PosGunNameNameChipPosGenderPosCatPos
1228:22:00JamesAinsworth28:20:0012Male12Vet 403
4032:15:00ChloeDooley32:13:0040Female8Under 201
4432:54:00CarolynDooley32:52:0044Female9Vet 451

LAKE WASHINGTON HALF MARATHON - SEATTLE

3 Nov: Brian Dooley will travel a long way to secure 1st VRAC indeed 1st GB athlete! Sounds like a very creditable performance. Here's his summary:

Lake Washington half 5th overall and 2nd 40-49 - Very Hilly so happy with the time 1.26.55. And before the comedians start there was more than 5 people in it.

BRITISH MASTERS CROSS COUNTRY RELAYS - LONG EATON (DERBYSHIRE)

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

HALLOWEEN HELLRAISER - ALSAGER

28 Oct: This race has been a happy hunting ground for VRAC in the past and this year was no exception. Thanks to Debbie Moretion and Jayne Lomax for report and results: 

Awesome running by VRAC with some fun with the gates and Tony Dutton now known as Alison! Claire Thompson claimed 4th senior women and first V40; Debbie Morton first V45; Debbie Broad first V50; Gary Richardson first V50. Great turn out from VRAC. 
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

LEICESTER MARATHON

14 Oct: An excellent run from Gary Richardson. In what he calls a 'biitter sweet' PB Gary was averaging 6.48/mile (on target for sub 3 hours) until severe cramp hit him with just 2 miles to go which put paid to that! Next time Gary.
Pos.GunChipNameCatPace 
2103:03:4203:03:26Gary Richardsn(M) V407:00 min/milePB

NORTHERN XC RELAYS - GRAVES PARK, SHEFFIELD

20 Oct: Three good team performances from the senior men at a warm and sunny Graves Park in Sheffield on Saturday. The A team of Ben Lee, Cam Weaver, Arun Dight and Jacob Brown finished a very creditable 7th behind some of the North's top club. The B team of John Humphries (on his 18th birthday), Matt Rowlinson, Josh Betteley and Stu Doyle finished a strong 18th whilst the C team of Gareth Williams, Lee Carrington. Dave Roberts and Rick Murray were also well placed in 38th thanks to some consistent running across the team. Legs were 2 miles each. On the ladies side two complete teams and one incomplete team acquitted themseves with great credit. The two complete teams placed 15th and 26th out of 40 teams with Emily Lowery running the fastest leg for VRAC.  Well done all.
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

FARNDON 10K

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. 

PosGun timeFirst nameLast nameChip TimeChip PosCategoryPos
233:19:00ChrisPerry33:19:002Senior Male2
1737:56:00TomArmstrong37:54:0017Vet 406
3239:53:00IanSimpson39:48:0033Vet 504
3940:36:00GemmaBarnett40:34:0039Vet 353
6443:36:00JohnTodd43:30:0065Vet 553
8745:46:00LisaMeadows45:39:0088Vet 453
15750:03:00Colinrathbone49:55:00165Vet 701
17951:20:00JayneLomax51:06:00187Vet 505

HELVELLYN CHALLENGE 15K TRAIL RACE

13 Oct: James Ainsworth reports: A bunch of mates traveled up to the lakes to take part in the Lakeland Trails 15km Helvellyn race, this it becoming a regular thing then staying over and enjoying a few beers this year we stayed over in Penrith which was an interesting night out avoiding many a pub brawl ! Due to current Achilles injury and being 2 weeks into rehab i decided to downgrade to the 15km Helvellyn Trail Challenge which started an hour earlier then the race to try to enjoy it and run steady. Conditions were horrific floods and strong winds more so than the previous year which was bad as well!! I seemed to be the only one wearing a vest everyone else was in full waterproof kit! I did enjoy it and ran 6mins slower than the previous year and ran in at 3rd place. Main thing was Achilles held up ok which was a worry on the hills.

MANCHESTER HALF MARATHON

14 Oct: Four very quick athletes at Manchester and 3 big PBs. Chris williams taking around 2 minutes off his for a top 20 place. Robert Roe around 3 minutes to go sub 1.25 and an overdue sub 90 minutes for Scott Bamber who's last attempt a Wilmslow a few years ago ended at 12 miles and then the medical tent. He finally smashed it,  David Humphreys (right) has lacked miles in training so was more than satisfied with his 1.34 effort. Good work fellas
PosNameChipCatCat PosGen Pos
19Chris WILLIAMS01:11:06SM1219
256Robert ROE01:24:41V4036234
304Scott BAMBER01:26:04V5012279
882David HUMPHREYS01:34:15V4579798

YORKSHIRE MARATHON

14 Oct: Having completed the S African Comrades ultra marathon on it's 'downhill' year Bob is intending to repeat his effort next year to complete the 'uphill' event. As part of his continuous mileage training he tackled the Yorkshire marathon with a hope might break 3,30 having narrowly missed out at Chester last year. In hos words it was 'The most eventful marathon' he has ever run. But most importantly he overcame events to crack 3.30. Well done Bob. Here's his comments: "3:30 pacer was on a mission and disappeared Got cold and kept dropping stuff and had to stop to pick it up. Had a wee at mile 12. Hung on in there and Forrest Gumped the last mile..3:29:10!!!!

MANCHESTER XC RACE 1 - WYTHENSHAWE

13 Oct: Unseasonably warm albeit windy conditions and unusually an absence of mud at Wythenshawe. The ladies fielded 11 runners to fulfill 2 senior and 2 vets teams. An excellent run from young Chloe Broad just outside the top 10 in a high quality field. Some close battles between Helen Smith and Claire Thompson and also Julie Annable, Mary Tavener and Debbie Moreton. The men fielded 8 runners to ensure a full senior and vets team. A strong race for Rick Murray and great to see a 2nd V70 for the mercurial Colin Rathbone. Also great to see long standing VRAC member Barry Chambers bring us home.  Available photos appear to suggest the ladies were more photogenic. Strange. Before and after shots suggest they gave it their all.
Ladies     Men    
PosNameCatPosTime PosNameCatPosTime
11Chloe BroadSL 32.20 152Richard MurrayV501039.42
44Helen SmithL45534.49 219David HainesV453541.49
47Claire ThompsonL40634.56 258Chris BeardV502543.22
69Mel JohnsonL35935.52 270Mark PillinerV502843.53
76Lucy KnightSL 36.08 329John ClarkeV60446.26
124Jeanette PopeL401838.31 331Tony ArcherV60546.30
152Julie AnnableL55640.02 404Colin RathboneV70251.44
155Mary TavenerL55740.09 407Barry ChambersV651152.02
158Debbie MoretonL452640.14 437Finishers   
230Jill HainesL453944.02      
289Carole WilliamsL65551.15      
307Finishers         
           
9th/63A Team4 Count   42nd/57Team6 Count  
29th/63B Team4 Count   25th/52Vets Team4 Count  
4th/59A Vets Team3 Count        
25th/59B Vets Team3 Count       

CONGLETON HALF MARATHON

7 Oct: Darren Cottier flew the VRAC flag at Congleton and delivered an excellent performance over a testing course.
Pos NameNameCat Cat/Pos ChipPosGun
48DarrenCottierM45(008/046)01:28:494801:28:51

CHESTER MARATHON

7 Oct: Tony Dutton and Matthew Wooley took on the Chester Marathon. Whilst Tony felt his time was not what he hoped for a sub 4 hour debut was a great start to his marathon career. Yes, the pain has clearly faded quickly as he is planning his next one! Well done both.
PosGunNameNameChipPosGenPosCatPos
144803:59:41AnthonyDutton03:57:471445Male1180MV40249
161404:06:53MatthewWoolley04:04:531613Male1301MV45215
2786Finishers       

NATIONAL ROAD RELAYS - SUTTON PARK

6 Oct: A great day for VRAC highlighted by the U15G team of Faye Conboy, Grace Roberts and Holly Weedall who won the national road relay champs, with Holly also setting the fastest leg time. Creditable performances from our senior ladies and men who both fielded two teams. Great to see Siobhan Tarbuck (192) back with her first outing in the famous VRAC vest for 15 years!
36  Vale Royal AC                  'A'  1:54:12

        Cameron Weaver   (64) 19:16
        Chris Perry      (46) 18:28
        Harry Dexter     (46) 18:58
        Jacob Brown      (35) 18:34
        Arun Dight       (34) 19:12
        Stuart Doyle     (36) 19:44

62  Vale Royal AC                  'B'  2:01:04

        Benjamin Lee     (47) 18:43
        Josh Betteley    (63) 20:36
        Alexander Doyle  (65) 20:18
        Matt Rowlinson   (63) 20:18
        John Humphries   (61) 20:34
        George Thompson  (62) 20:35

76 Complete Teams
20   Vale Royal AC                 'A'  1:04:43

        E Renondeau      (27) 15:48
        Chloe Broad      (30) 16:36
        Andrea Hilldrup  (23) 16:20
        Sarah Murphy     (20) 15:59

47   Vale Royal AC                 'B'  1:10:48

        Sophie Smith     (59) 17:22
        K Brough         (53) 17:12
        Katelyn Mooney   (48) 17:23
        Emmalouise Pyatt (47) 18:51

61   Vale Royal AC                 'C'  1:15:54

        Siobhan Tarbuck  (71) 18:36
        Helen Smith      (66) 18:38
        Lisa Meadows     (64) 19:04
        Debbie Broad     (61) 19:36

68 Complete Teams

CARDIFF HALF MARATHON

7 Oct: Two great times from Mr and Mrs Dooley. Carolyn ran her best time in 2 years and was rewarded with a free massage from daughter Chloe! Brian was delighted with a 'shiny new PB'.  Well done both. Great family day.