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Whitchurch Whippets is a friendly Road Running club for all abilities serving North Shropshire.

We meet at the Whitchurch Rugby Club on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 7:00 pm


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1st November - Head Torch Run

An optional club session suitable for all supervised by Fi, normal runs also available. You must have, and use, a head torch to take part in the head torch run. There will be no exceptions as it is for your safety.

Upcoming sessions:

8th Nov Hills
15th Nov Reps
22nd Nov Hills
29th Nov Fartlek
6th Dec Head Torch Run
13th Dec Reps
20th Dec Hills

Saturday 5th November North Wales XC League - Llandudno

Meeting at the Rugby Club - Time to be decided

Future league races on: 26th November, 14th January and 4th February.

18th November - Birthday Bash

The club will be 9 years old this month which we will again celebrate at the Rugby Club with a buffet. As ever, the function will include the London Marathon ballet - sorry, ballot!

The bash costs just £10 per head. Please give names and money in advance to Adam Richards.

Club Marathon Ballot

Recent News

Page last updated: 26/10/2016 by Simon Parsons

26th October

UKA athletics are introducing a representative Masters team marathon event sometime in 2017. Because of her fantastic debut at Chester, Mimi has been selected to represent England at the event. If she is able to take up the place, Mimi will be able to purchase and run in an England vest. Nice one. Mimi!

23rd October

Just a few Whippets doing parkruns yesterday at Shrewsbury, Telford and Erddig. Highlight of the day being beginner Sheridan Lane setting a pb and gaining an even higher Club Standard than the one she reached last week. Sheridan now qualifies for a Blue Standard - well done, Sheridan!

17th October

There may have only been three Whippets running at Farndon in the last Club Championship race of the season, but Liz Rankin and Sheridan Lane both set Pbs. It was Sheridan's first 10k - so I know she'll be delighted with her result as it also gains her her first club Standard! Well done, both. As it was the last Championship race the top three in each championship can now be confirmed as:


John Dillon339.66
Kevin Smith324.67
Jon Morgan300.99


Mimi Owen308.77
Leah Leonard295.23
Liz Featherstone246.30

It's great to see that 72 members ran at least one Championship race!

16th October #2

The Cross country results have now come through and show that the women with 3 to Score sit 8th in Women's Division 2, while the men with 4 to score (new this year) are 13th in Men's Division 2.

16th October

There was agreat start to the XC season with seven ladies turning out for the club at Mold. Sadly, the men could only field a weakened team - but there are more men to come into the team at the next fixture in Llandudno on 5th November. The official results will probably take some days to come through, but the on the day finishing positions were:


71 Jo Grandfield
79 Rachael Foster
82 Shell Read
111 Mandy Lewis
116 Liz Featherstone
117 Michelle Scrase
124 Lynn Norton


60 Rob Sharam
112 Andy Heath
122 Simon Phillips
135 Ian Grandfield

Elsewhere, Saturday saw Whippets in parkruns at Telford (Fi Challinor), Gnoll (Tom Woodworth) and Erddig (Christine Henderson)

13th October

Our Birthday Bash on the 18th November also sees the presentation of Standards awards. Some of you will be awarded your first Standard mug while others may receive a mug for reaching a higher standard.

There are still two weeks for some of you to set performances that may gain you a new or improved standard. To save your brains, I've worked out what race distances some of you need. *** shows you need an improved performance in that distance to move up a standard!

Needs a half marathon:
Helen Robbins

Needs a 10k
Keith Cotton***

5k or 10k will do
Leanne Sands

10k Needed
Elizabeth Featherstone***
Louise Baldwin***
Ian Grandfield
Andy Heath
Karen Smith
Sheridan Lane
Jo Tinman
Cathy McAllister***

5k Needed
Garry Norton
Janet Burgess
Lynn Norton
Michelle Norton
Laurence Evans***

12th October

New rules for the Club Marathon Ballot are being introduced this year. Be warned, they are more complicated than ever but are aimed at biasing the ballot towards club members who have not yet run the London marathon and members who play an active part in club life.


  1. You must have applied for a place in the Virgin Marathon Ballot and been rejected.
  2. You must be a first claim member at the time of the ballot
  3. You will need to have paid your subs for 2017 before the ballot
  4. You must not have run the London Marathon in 2015 or 2016
  5. You must not have had a place in the London Marathon for 2015 or 2016

Places in the ballot

  1. Everyone who enters the ballot gets one ticket with their name on in the ballot
  2. You get an extra ticket for being present on the night
  3. You can gain more tickets by earning points as follows:
One extra ticket for each 5 points up to a maximum of 3 extra tickets. One point for:
  • Running in a Club Championship Race ( 1 point for each race)
  • Helping with a Magic mile - timekeeping/refreshments/marshalling
  • Running in the Dearnford Lake Relay
  • Acting as official volunteer at Shrewsbury Park Run when hosting a Summer Handicap Race - must be listed as a volunteer on Park Run site (point per race helped with)
  • Acting as official helper at Dearnford Relay - (Includes Timekeepers/Recorders/Admin staff/Marshalls/Stewards/First Aid/course markers and clearers)

Oh, boy! That's going to give me hours of fun.

Application form

This year an application form for ballot entry will need to be completed and given to Jenny Spencer by midnight on the 6th November. Late applications will not be accepted. The application form must be accompanied by:

  1. Proof of rejection from Virgin London Marathon
  2. Club Subs of £23 for 2017-2018
Marathon Ballot Form

Application Form

12th October

Now that London Marathon Rejections have arrived I will soon post details on how to enter the Club Ballot for our one allotted place! An application form will be posted in a day or so. As in previous years, members wishing to enter the ballot will need to pay next year's subs at the time they apply for a ballot place.

While we're talking marathons, Mimi Owen's age record at Chester means she now holds the whole set of age records from 1 mile through the Marathon - well done, Mimi!

11th October

Another result has emerged from the weekend. Fi Challinor was our only runner in the Pattingham Bells 7 on Sunday.

9th October

Yesterday saw Whippets running in parkruns in Chester(Tom Woodworth), Shrewsbury(Fi Challinor), Worcester(Katie Webster) and Erddig(Liz Rankin).

5th October

And another result from the weekend, new member Sid Paul completed the Cardiff Half Marathon in 1:37:52

4th October

Liz Rankin was in action in the Lake District at the weekend and she writes:

"This weekend I traveled to the Lake District for my first taste of a race in the Lakeland Trails series. The race took place a Coniston and was a 6.5 mile course almost entirely on trail. It was a very varied and challenging course starting with an ascent, all 882ft of it! The weather was perfect and the race well organised and friendly and I would highly recommend the series. As I strode towards the finish along the lake shore pleased to have survived the bogs and streams of the Old Man of Coniston I encountered the sting in the tail 'the water jump' crossing a stream waist high - all in all a great warm up for the impending cross country season"
Liz Rankin
Liz Rankin in the Consiton Lakeland Trail Race 2016

3rd October

Sunday, saw glorious weather for the Chester Marathon, and our two representatives certainly had glorious performances! Mimi Owen was 4th v55 in her marathon debut while Ken Robbins was 3rd v65. Both ran "good for age times" which should guarantee them places in the 2018 London Marathon. Both performances were also new club Age Records! Ken now holds the age records for every distance from 1 mile through the Marathon. Well done, both!

Elsewhere, Katie Webster and Gillian Fowles were in action at the Shrewsbury Parkrun, Fi Challinor at Hereford and Keith Cotton at Congleton.

28th September

Mark Gregory and Keith Cotton were also in action on Sunday in the Macclesfield Half Marathon.

26th September

Some people will do anything to get out of doing a Magic Mile, Cathy McAllister went as far as Loch Ness to run the Loch Ness Marathon! Cathy ran 4:10:29 for a PB. Well done, Cathy!

James Rainbow ran in the Trailffest half marathon in Porthmadog on Saturday as part of training for the Snowdonia Marathon. James writes:

"Its an excellent trail race with 1400FT of climbing and stunning views of Welsh hills and coast. Its a mixture of open hill side and swooping forest trails and finishes on the Cobb at Porthmadog. The strong wind made the last 1.4km pretty tough!"

Apologies, if you've already seen this on facebook, I've just added a new page on the common mistakes runners make. If your race performances aren't as good as you'd like you might want to take a peak. If racing's not your thing then feel free to ignore!

The "Mistakes" page can be accessed from the Training Page or this link: The mistakes runners make.

25th September

Strong headwinds made running the final Magic Mile an even tougher prospect than usual, even so, it was good to see half a dozen members and Rob's son David give it a go. Dean Richards led home: John Dillon, Rob Sharam, Simon Phillips, Michelle Read, Dave Thornton and David Sharam. Tom Woodworth was very unfortunate to miss the start, but still got a run in before joining us for breakfast at the Raven Cafe.

Saturday saw the usual smattering of Parkruns with Sheridan Lane setting a new PB at Shrewsbury. Also in action were Tom Woodworth (Chester), Katie Webster (Telford), Gillian Fowles (Shrewsbury), Liz Rankin (Erddig) and Mandy Lewis (Erddig).

19th September

The main action of the weekend was definitely Saturday's Shrewsbury Park Run, but Saturday also saw Keith Cotton and Maureen Whyte running at Erddig and Tom Woodworth at Wepre. Maureen set a new PB at Erddig and I suspect that we may see many more improvements from her! Sunday also saw a new 10k pb for Simon Huxley in the Severn Bridges 10k where he was only just behind Liz Rankin.

And another result from last week has emerged. Tom Woodworth completed the Great North Run setting a new Pb and earning a Red Club standard.

17th September

Fiona Challinor did all she could to try and hold Dean off in the Handicap, smashing 64 seconds off her handicap time. Unfortunately for Fi, Dean also had a great run, returning to form at just the right time to place 4th in the Shrewsbury park run and take 43 seconds off his Handicap! There were a number of other great runs, with John Dillon just sneaking over the 85% age grading and James Rainbow taking 37 seconds off his handicap. Not to be left out, Duncan Meredith and Katie Webster both set pbs.

The result of such good running was that Dean is the 2016 Don Wilbraham Handicap Trophy winner, with Fiona Challinor runner-up and James Rainbow once again on the podium in 3rd place. Well done to all who took part and a big thank-you to Simon Phillips for the great job he does in handicapping everyone for each race!

12th September

And a very succesful Lake Vyrnwy Half Marathon it was! 19 Whippets finished the race in warm conditions. Leah Leonard was our first lady home while John Dillon was first for the men. There were age records for Jo Grandfield, Mimi Owen, John Dillon and Ken Robbins. PBs were also recorded by Liz Featherstone, Caroline Nelson, Leanne Sands, Katie Webster and Janet Burgess. Dean Richards, Simon Phillips, Jon Morgan, Duncan Meredith, Richard Stewart, Steve Cope, Loz Evans, Adam Richards and Fi Challinor completing the Whippets contingent. Well done, all!

John Dillon just sneaked an 85.0% age grading in his attempt to record 85% performances across the board in Club Championship events! John has effectively sealed the Male Championship while Mimi has probably done the same for the Ladies. But it ain't over until that well known lady sings! There is still one Magic Mile, one Handicap Race and the Farndon 10k to go. All of which might be critical for the remaining podium places.

11th September

Lake Vyrnwy results will be posted tomorrow when available. So just a quick catch up on some other results. Our only Park runner yesterday was Gillian Fowles in Erddig. Gillian ran 35:39 Elsewhere Louise Baldwin ran the Awyr Las 5k in 29:13. An earlier result for Louise has also come to light - on 24th August she recorded 28:10 in the Plas Menai (Caernarvon) 5k.

8th September

Also over the weekend, Dean Richards completed the Shrewsbury Triathlon and Mandy Lewis the Quadrathon. Dean was 5th in the Male Open category recording a time of 69:12

And just because I can, I've added records and rankings for the Mile to the Stats page. We've had a fair number of races now and plenty of members have run this year. Just so you know, club record holders are Gareth Dodd and Leah leonard. Records and Rankings

7th September

Despite the very muggy conditions, half of the 20 strong field set new pbs in the Magic Mile last night. For the record, the improvers were: Louise Baldwin, Janet Burgess, Sally-Ann Chesters, Clare Davies, Liz Featherstone, Helen Gorman, Jo Grandfield, Jo Lloyd, Liz Rankin and Dave Thornton. It was especially pleasing to see our recent beginners doing well. The next Magic Mile is on Sunday 25th September. Start time 10:30.

6th September

And another result from the weekend, Mark Gregory ran 2:56:54 in the South Cheshire 20 in his marathon build-up.

And as a bonus, Fiona has just given me a list of Autumn Club sessions. The sessions are suitable for all and will make a welcome change to pounding the streets we all love so much!

Training Page

5th September

The Tilston 10k provided rich pickings for the 8 Whippets who took part. John Dillon took top honours by setting a new Age Record and qualifying for our first ever Diamond Standard! John has now set 85% performances over the Mile, 5k and 10k. There wre also pbs for Michael McKeown, Michelle Purcell, Michelle Read and Dave Thornton. Dave Thornton also qualified for a Black standard and Michael McKeown a Green Standard. If that's not enough, Leah Leonard was first lady home! The above named were joined by Keith Cotton and Duncan Meredith. Great running, Whippets!

Elsewhere, Katie Webster set a new PB in the Cosford Spitfire 10k earning a Black Standard in the process and John Rowlands ran the Wolverhampton Half Marathon.

3rd September

Round 4 of the Summer Handicap saw Gill Fowles take the top points beating the handicapper by 109 seconds - so that's why you've been running at Erddig these last months, Gill! Katie Webster took second place and was the only runner to set a new PB. Fiona Challinor maintained a strong challenge for the cup with a result that moved her into first place. With just one race to go Fiona Challinor heads Liz Featherstone by 2 points with Duncan Meredith just one point further back - but Dean Richards still has a race in hand! The final race is on the 17th September.

Summer Handicap.

This was also a Club Championship race and as a result the Women's top 3 are now Leah Leonard, followed by Fi Challinor and Katie Webster. The men's top 3 are Kevin Smith, Jon Morgan and Dean Richards. The Lake Vyrnwy Half will probably settle matters.

Club Championship

Still catching up, I have now added a race report Fi Challinor wrote for the Wepre parkrun Race Reports

It would be good to have reports for more races added to this section - even if just to provide details of the course, parking and refreshments. It's always good to know if a race is flat or hilly and the terrain it's run on. I'll think about indexing races in due course.

Older news stories have been moved to the News Archive


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We meet Tuesday and Thursday Evenings at 7:00 p.m at the Rugby Club Edgeley Road SY13 1EU

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Winter Safety

1. Be visible. Wear light colours/Reflective clothing
2. Stay as a compact group
3. Look after the backmarker
4. Stay on lit paths when ever possible and only run approved routes
5. Always carry some ID when training alone.