NEWS STORIES 2008-2012

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It ain't pretty - but all the news we published between 2008 and 2012 is below

2012

31st December last result of the year, unless anyone knows otherwise! Richard Stewart ended the racing year with a 10k at Wheaton Aston, coming home in 137th place and a time of 44:53.

17th December Another good weekend for Whippets at Telford. The flat 10k saw Jo Meadowcroft improve her Age Record yet again. There were also PBs for James Marsh and James Walker. Meanwhile, Dean is still refusing to cut time off his PB - don't worry, Dean, it will happen soon! Daren Peacock, Fiona Challinor and Kat Clarke completed the Whippets pack.

9th December There was a low turnout for the breakfast run, but I'm sure those who were there had a good time!

Elsewhere, Rob Sharam and Simon Phillips took part in the Mortimer Forest Race. Simon writes:

Myself and Rob Sharam headed off to Mortimer Forest Hill Race this Sunday and unlike the mist and rain from last year were greeted with a beautiful sunny day. I'd certainly recommend this race as a "must do" with great scenery, a brilliant mix of terrain, including a couple of very steep climbs, several very fast and muddy descents and lots of rolling hill tracks through the forest. We certainly both enjoyed it with Rob finishing 22nd and myself 41st, but I'm very happy with my run as it was more than 6 minutes quicker than last year.

8th December John Dillon ran the South Manchester Park Run finishing in 13th place in a time of 19:09. He says he didn't enjoy some of the paddling involved!

3rd December Helena tipping results are now out confirming that Emily Dove set a new Club Record of 39:40. There were also age records for Jo Meadowcroft, Rob Sharam, Simon Phillips and Joh Dillon.

Further Pb's look to have been set by Fiona Dillon, Paul Dobson, Mark Gregory, Sarah Owen, Daren Peacock, Adam Richards, Sue Taylor, James Walker and Sarah Wilson!!

Biggest improver of the day was Sue Taylor who knocked a massive 4 minutes and 17 seconds off her 10k time. Adam Richards was the biggest male improver taking off 2:54 with James Walker (2:46) not far behind. Both Jo and Mark knocked 2 minutes and 3 seconds off their bests!! I did say it was a good day for the club.

The Helen Tipping 10k was the first qualifying race in the 2013 Club Championship and unsurprisingly 2012 Champions John Dillon and Emily Dove have got off to a cracking start.

2nd December A good turnout of 19 Whippets braved the cold conditions to race in the Helena Tipping 10k at Wrexham. Results will be published later when available, but it is fair to say it was a great day for the club with John Dillon (1st M55), Emily Dove (1st senior Woman and 2nd Lady), Sarah Wilson (2nd Senior Woman), Jo Meadowcroft (2nd W40) and Sue Taylor (3rd W55) all picking up prizes! There were also many PBs and one very disappointed Dean - who missed a PB by just one second!

All in all a great start to the 2012/2013 Club Championship series.

26th November Fiona Dillon and Lesley Dunn ventured over to Salford yesterday for the Salford Women's 5 1/4 mile race.Fiona writes:

"More undulating than we thought it would be, wet for first couple of miles and windy but we were glad we'd done it. Lesley ran 51:47 and I ran 49:10."

25th November The third round in the North Wales XC league at Wrexham saw us field our largest team of the campaign to date with 8 men and 3 women. And for once the weather forecasters got it dead right - the rain started bang on time at 2pm to make it a wet race for all!

Emily Dove was first home for the girls in 20th position - the girls race includes young boys so Emily was probably around 12th! Emily was backed up by Stephanie Beeston in 68th and Captain Kate Smith in 98th place.

The men were led home by Graham Jones in 32nd place with Rob Sharam snapping at his heels in 39th. Dean Richards had an excellent run in 57th place, beating Simon Phillips who miscounted the laps and made his main effort a lap too early. Bob Wilson made a rare XC outing to finish in 86th place. Debutant Tom Greenham in 95th place was next home, edging out John Dillon in 97th. John really didn't like the conditions despite it being a 4 lap course! Never mind, John we'll let you off the remaining fixtures! The team was completed by Steve Cope (142). All in all a great team performance that I expect will keep us ahead of closest rivals Prestatyn.

The next fixture is in the New Year at Lilleshall.

Today saw a few Whippets compete in the Little Stretton to Stiperstones fell race. Rob Sharam clearly didn't run hard enough yesterday as he finished the tough course in 10th place in a great time of 1:16:37!! Simon Phillips and Emily Dove teamed up to finish 2nd Mixed Pair in a time of 1:27.59. It will be interesting to see if they all went the same way as competitors choose their own route!

20th November Jo wasn't the only Whippet out to play at the weekend. Simon Phillips, Dean Richards and Emily Dove took part in the Wrekin Wrecker on Sunday. Emily was 4th lady home. Places and times below.

59 Simon Phillips 01:17:50
77 Dean Richards 01:19:57
82 Emily Dove 01:20:26

Simon Phillips writes: "It's certainly a tough race, as you can tell from the times taken to cover 8 miles. It involved running up and down the Wrekin three times with over 2,400 feet of ascent, very steep climbs and slippery descents made it a challenging run to say the least."

19th November I'm only aware of one result from the weekend. Jo Meadowcroft was 4th in her age category at the Conwy Half Marathon completing the tough course in 1:36:03.

Read all about the 5th Birthday Bash here

18th November Full update to follow on Monday ... but Friday saw a very successful 5th Birthday Bash at the Archie. Marathon places were won by Dean Richards, Richard Stewart and Shane Connolly. Congratulations to them and commiserations to the 9 unlucky entrants.

12th November Saturday saw a group from the club cycle down to Attingham Park for the Mad Jack's five. Read Brian's write up here.

6th November Sarah Wilson reports that: On Sunday, Dave, Darren and I all took part in the Flying Fox 10 mile race over in Standon.

Dave was first home in 68.02, followed by Darren in 71.28 and then myself in 75.27, a new PB over 10 mile distance. The course had a muddy and underwater section that only the brave ran through at 5 mile (not me).

I won my category for NSRRA and picked up an award for being the first in the group to finish. With that being the last in the race series with NSRRA I have won the group overall with maximum points which is a great accomplishment and completed 13 out of the 20 races which I am very proud of and have been promoted to the top ladies group!

5th November Tatton Park saw Laura Turner dip under 2 hours over the Half Marathon distance for the first time, while the Flying Fox 10 showed that Daren Peacock still needs to learn how to pair his trainers correctly! Still, it didn't stop Daren running a good time over the tough 10 miler!

Laura was joined by Fiona Challinor, who narrowly missed the 2 hour mark, and Amy Sheasby who recorded a good debut over the distance with a 2:08 clocking. Daren was joined by Dave and Sarah Wilson.

31st October Results for last XC match at Llandudno show that both men and women managed to hold on to their current league positions of 4th (Men) and 9th (Women).

Our men's team will have a fight with Prestatyn to hang on to 4th place over the remainder of the season. But our women are in a great position to improve - if we can field full teams for the remaining fixtures. Hopefully, with the long distance matches out of the way this should be an easier feat to achieve!

29th October If you're expecting to be in the Club Ballot for a London Marathon Place, can you please check that you're on this list! If you're not listed please let me know.

Please remember that to enter for the ballot you must have had a rejection letter from Virgin London Marathon and pay next year's subs in advance of the ballot! The club has been awarded 3 places again!

Stephanie Beeston
Shane Connolly
Andrew Corbett
Emily Davies
Laura Fisher
Brian Hickson
Darren Peacock
Dean Richards
Claire Stewart
Heather Stewart
Richard Stewart
Bob Wilson
Sarah Wilson

28th October A pretty quiet weekend with some of the fast group away in the Dales for a weekend of running pain with a group from Oswestry Olympians!

On the racing front I have only seen results for the Halloween Hellraiser. Dave Wilson and Brian Hickson yacked all the way round and finished together - how sweet! You can see Brian's write up here

24th October After much deliberation the nominations for the Awards evening on the 16th can now be revealed. Club Award Nominations .

Tickets for the Awards Evening and Club Birthday Bash are £10 per head. Names and money in advance to Simon Phillips or Jenny Spencer.

21st October Laura Turner reports that she ran the Werrington 10k coming home in 67th place in a time of 55:08

20th October The fast group were brought back down to earth in more ways than one with a muddy second XC fixture at St David's College, Llandudno. Unfortunately due to illness we were again unable to field a complete Women's team but we did at least field a full Men's team.

With both Graham and Dean suffering from niggles there were surprises for the men with Rob Sharam coming home first and Simon Phillips beating Dean for the first time! Emily Davies made her debut for the Ladies. We're hoping that with the two furthest fixtures out of the way we will be able to field full teams at the 24th November fixture in Wrexham. Full results still awaited but our positions were:

Men
38 Rob Sharam
52 Graham Jones
86 Simon Phillips
89 Dean Richards
101 Brian Hickson
119 Mark Gregory

Women
72 Emily Davies
97 Kate Smith

18th October Dogs on Tour report by Graham Jones now posted.

17th October #2 Photos from Berlin. Dogs on Tour

17th October A very busy weekend with 11 Whippets in Berlin on the "Who let the dogs out" tour as well as races in Hanley, Sandbach, Cardiff and Liverpool!

First up was a sneaky 5k on Saturday for Dave Wilson in the Hanley Park Run. Dave was 10th in 20:23.

The "Dogs" had a race if mixed fortunes over a very flat course in Berlin. I can't believe alcohol had anything to do with it! Graham Jones was our first man home while Vicky Leese led the women. Continuing his great 2012 form, Simon Phillips set a new PB and Age record knocking 40 seconds off his own record! John Dillon was an impressive 5th in his age group, not too far off a podium finish while there was also a PB for Tracey Green. The rest of us had so-so results - still, there was a free bar after the race as consolation! Full report and photos later.

Sandbach saw half a dozen whippets race over 10k, they were led home by Mark Gregory who is returning to the good form he had a few years ago.

Richard and Heather Stewart raced round the Cardiff Half Marathon while James Marsh and Paul Dobson ran the Liverpool Marathon.

8th October Two race results to report from the weekend. Daren Peacock ran the Chester Marathon, improving on his 2011 performance by over 18 minutes and setting a new age record in the process.

Dave and Sarah Wilson plus John Rowlands raced the Congleton Half Marathon. Dave writes:

Sarah and I competed at NSRRA Race Number 19 Congleton Half, the early morning fog soon dispersed as we got going and the conditions were near perfect. Sarah set a new PB of 01:36:19 taking 50 NSRRA points, the Group M title and a prize for her placing in the process. I also set a new PB of 01:25:56 finishing 39th out of 417 runners.

John Rowlands was 400th in 2:19.53.

6th October An unusually sunny Bangor saw the first of this year's fixtures in the North Wales XC leaue. Sadly, we could only field part teams - we were missing one runner from each team, but it was great to see our two ladies in action! Well done Kate Smith and Steph Beeston.

It might have been dry and sunny above, but at ground level it was definitely very muddy. I'm told that people pay good money to see girls covered in that much mud - it may be good for the complexion but not conducive to fast running! For the ladies, Steph was first back in 66th place with Kate in 89th spot.

Despite being one runner short the men had a very good outing finishing 3rd Men's team in Division 2! Graham Jones was first home in 32nd. Graham was backed up by Rob Sharam(47th), Dean Richards(76th), Simon Phillips(81st) and Mark Gregory (106th).

Come on Whippets, the next fixture is in 2 weeks and with full teams we can do so much better!

2nd October A few more results have filtered out. Katherine Clarke ran the Swansea 10k and the Robin Hood Half Marathon over the last few weekends, while Bob, Dave and Tracy competed in the Ludlow Tri. Bob writes:

Dave, Tracey and I headed over to Ludlow for the final Triathlon of the year in our race calendar. The distances were 400m swim, 26k bike and 6.25k run.

This is a race that Dave and I have both raced before but was new to Tracey. This is a really friendly race - great to finish the season off. I was first back in 41st position in a time of 1.24.51 (Knocking 5 mins off my 2010 time), closely followed by Dave in 49th position in a time of 1.26.17,Dave was very pleased to knock over 40 secs off his 2011 swim time. Result of the day had to go to Tracey competing in only her second triathlon finishing in 89th position in a time of 1.31.59 but most impressive as she was the 8th lady overall. There was a total of 315 Triathletes competing.

We refuelled at the Silverton in Shrewsbury on some very nice Japanese beer that I can’t pronounce.

1st October Phew! Back online again. Apologies for the gap while I moved home. It's been fairly quiet over the past week or so - but on 23rd September Jon Morgan ran the Hinstock Hurtle 10k and yesterday Richard Stewart and Peter Richards ran the Bristol Half Marathon.

18th September part 2 Just after I'd finished updating the site, the Seven Bridges results appeared! Anyway, nine Whippets scampered round the 7 bridges led home by Graham Jones who finished in 8th place. It was good to see Alison Birch back racing as well as improvements from a number of Whippets.

18th September A few results to report from the weekend. Not a comprehensive list - so if your name is missing please let me know - the Great North Run and Tilston 10k results have not shown clubs and the Seven Bridges results are not out yet!

Anyway, I do know that Sarah Phillips and Laura Fisher completed the GNR with Sarah delighted at completing her first Half Marathon in under two hours. Well done, Sarah!

Jo Meadowcroft was 2nd lady in the inaugural Tilston 10k. Hopefully more Whippets will take part next year; as Jo says it was a good course and it's local!

Sarah and Dave Wilson continued their NSRRA campaign by racing in the St Thomas 7 miler at Upper Tean. Sarah continued her fantastic run of good results taking maximum points and now just needing one more Group M win to claim the crown. Dave says that it is a great little event if you like hills! Made more worthwhile by the technical t-shirt, crunchie, bottle of water and oatcakes in the goody bag.

I know a number of you ran in the Shrewsbury Seven Bridges 10k - but results don't seem to have been posted yet.

12th September I have added Lesley Dunn to the Lake Vyrnwy results - I missed her as she ran for the Severn Hospice and was therefore not listed as a Whippet. A very worthy run!

10th September All races in the Club Championship have now been completed and the top 3 positions are as follows:

Ladies:
1. Emily Dove 219.09
2. Jo Meadowcroft 218.04
3. Christine Henderson 214.65
Men
1. John Dillon 243.82
2. Richard Stewart 230.32
3. Jon Morgan 223.42
See Club Championship for full standings.

9th September Twenty-four Whippets travelled to Lake Vyrnwy for the final Race in the Club Championship series. Fortunately the weather had cooled and the race was reasonably comfortable.

Graham Jones was first home setting a new club record and our first sub 80 minute clocking. As expected, John Dillon snatched the Championship away from Richard Stewart setting an age record in the process. Jo Meadowcroft made a spirited attempt to snatch Championship victory from Emily but could not close the gap as Emily ran her best half of the Year.

There were many pbs throughout the field and even I completed my first half since 1985 - even if they did miss me off the results! Well done to all who took part.

Elsewhere, on 2nd September John rowlands completed the Wolverhampton half Marathon in 2:24:46.

On wednesday Jon Morgan and Keith Cotton competed in the last race in the Telford Sexarathon series - the Harper Scarper 5 miler. John cemented his excellent 3rd place in the series. Keith ended the series in 20th place in his age group while Kate Waterhouse was 9th Senior Female.

Sunday also saw Sara Wilson have another good run in the NSRRA series, finishing in 64th place in the Ipstones 5.

30th August Another exciting and tight finish to the Don Wilbraham Handicap Series saw James Rainbow steal the title from Mandy Lewis by 1 point. It was no doubt a heartbreaking result for Mandy, but James deserved his win having recorded an improvement in each race and beating the handicapper by 29 seconds on the night! Mandy also improved in each race but just couldn't quite beat the handicapper by enough in the final race. Well done, James and hard luck, Mandy!

23 Whippets contested the final race in near to ideal conditions, the cooler conditions saw 18 of the runners beat the handicapper's predictions! Fastest man on the night was Rob Sharam who ran 17:39. Emily Dove was fastest lady in 18:52. Paul Dobson mounted a late challenge for the series ending in equal third place with Emily Dove.

Thanks must go to Simon Phillips for performing the handicapping - although some people have been casting a dubious eye over Simon's own handicap given the amount he improved last night! I'd also like to thank all those who have helped on the finishing line throughout the Summer.

29th August Sarah Wilson has informed me that she and Jon Morgan ran in the Staff Knott 5 miler at Cannock Chase on the 8th August. Sarah picking up another 50 points in the NSRAA League.

26th August A large pack of whippets chased round a warm sunny Ellesmere in the Ellesmere 10k. Graham Jones ws first male home for us in 19th place while Emily Dove just missed out on the podium coming home 4th lady.

There were age records for both Simon Phillips and Jo Meadowcroft who both lowered times set at the Air Products 10k back in April. There were many good performances throughout the field and it was good to see new members Stephanie Beeston and James Walker in action.

This race was the last qualifying 10k in the Club Championship. With just a final Handicap race and the Lake Vyrny Half to go the leaders will be nervously looking over their shoulders. The men's championship is headed by Richard Stewart and the women's by Emily Dove. See Club Championship for full standings.

Race photos can be found on Bryan Dale Race Photos

25th August Dave and Sarah Wilson travelled over to Trentham for the Dave Clarke 5 race (Love the name). Race 16 out of 20 in the NSRAA series. Sarah scored a maximun 50 in her category and now only needs to continue her good form for the next 3 races to claim the Group M championship which would be a fantastic achievement in her first year.

24th August See Notices for details of two great offers. John Robertson is offering free Physiotherapy clinics while Oswestry Olympians have extended a kind invitation for our members to join a running weekend in the Yorkshire Dales.

23rd August I'm back off holiday and trying to catch up with results - See below. If I've missed a race that you'd like reported/recorded please let me know.

19th August Dave and Sarah Wilson plus Darren Peacock raced the Birchwood 10k. Dave writes:

Sarah and I were joined by Darren Peacock at the Birchwood 10k, early morning sunshine made for a tough but enjoyable race, I came home in 94th place in 39:23 (41st in my category), Darren 198th in 43:31 (36th in his category) and Sarah in 284th 45:46 (13th in her category)

18th August Laura, Brian, Dean and Jon all tried to beat the train at Twyn. To see how they fared see Race Report

17th August Fi Challinor took part in the Race to the Beach 5k race while on holiday. She writes:

Just thought to let you know about the 5k race I did in Canada yesterday. It was a little warm for my liking and they thought to stick a big hill in the middle which almost rivalled Milton Road in the Potters Arf. Not quite a PB but I can claim an overseas PB I reckon.

7th August Emily Dove has let me know that she was first lady home in the Bridges or Bust fell race on Sunday - this, despite a 1k detour which wasn't Emily's fault!!

6th August Another Parkrun result from the weekend has filtered through. Fiona Challinor ventured over to Swadlincote for the Conkers Park run. Fiona finished in 62nd place with a time of 26:49.

5th August Another quiet weekend for the Whippets - obviously everyone watching the Brits hoover up medals at the Olympics. Wasn't last night just awesome - Jess, Mo and Greg!

Anyway, Brian and Laura sneaked away from watching stuff in London to take part in the Crystal Palace Park Run. Laura writes:

Whilst away enjoying the Olympics Bri and I felt we should enter an event of our own. As all spaces in the female Greco wrestling team and the male gymnastics team were filled we reluctantly decided we'd have to make do with crystal palace park run.

So on a cold, wet and windy Saturday morning after very little sleep (we'd had volleyball the night before) and no breakfast we made the 5minute trek in our whippets vests to crystal palace park for the 5km park run!

The race was tough as it was 2 laps of the park,pretty much uphill, in the rain! Frankly not my idea of fun!

There were 99 runners and Bri finished in 6th position in 20:44. I forgot my barcode so we estimate I finished at approx 9th lady and 37th position overall - my garmin registered 24:48. I won't mention that the first lady, who finished in 20:58 ran pushing a buggy!!!

Overall we were impressed with the park run and the organisation of the whole thing. One lady suggested we set one up near to us but I'm not sure 10 laps of jubilee park would interest anyone!!!!

30th July It's been rather a quiet week or so on the running front, but made up for over the weekend with a team of Whippets in action in the 24hr Thunder run at Catton Park and a variety of individuals contesting the People's triathlon at Dearnford Lake.

At Dearnford, Bob just beat brother Dave in the Olympic male category. Bob was 7th with Dave in 10th place. Emily Dove was star of the day - she was 2nd in the Female Gold category with Gillian Fowles 32nd. Jackie Eccleston was our only female competitor in the Olympic Category. Jackie finished in 9th place.

As for the Thunder Run, Dean Richards writes:

"An injury hit team from the Whitchurch Whippets headed over to Catton Park to take part in the Adidas Thunder Run (a 24 hour relay event). The months of rain leading up to the event meant that a few course changes were necessary but the sun in the week preceeding the event helped to ensure that the new (longer and hillier) route was predominately dry.

The Whippets finished 9th out of 188 teams in our category for teams containing 6 - 8 runners with 30 laps in 24 hours 32 minutes and 39 seconds. Rob Sharam was consistent in all 6 of his laps, Graham Jones ran 5 laps (including the Whippets fastest lap of the weekend in 40 minutes 55 seconds) Brian Hickson, Laura Fisher, Dean Richards and Simon Philips all ran 4 laps and Juliet Salem, who was battling illness, completed 3 laps."

18th July A midweek trip to Telford for race 5 in the Telford A.C Sexarathon series saw Graham Jones set a new Club 5k Record coming home in 12th place with a time of 17:10 for his first run in the series. Jon Morgan and Keith Cotton continued their good runs in the series by coming home 89th and 138th.

Jon was in 4th place in his category before the race and it looks like he may well have moved up into 3rd place.

16th July No tacks on the road for the Wilson family over the past week! Last Thursday, Dave Wilson raced in the JCB Lakeside 5 coming home in 33:24. Yesterday, Sarah ran the Trentham 10. Sarah writes:

"I ran the Trentham 10 and finished in 76:23 which I was happy with considering the profile. I was the 7th lady to finish and gained another 1st place in the NSRRA league."

I've not yet been made aware of any other results from the weekend. Let me know if you have raced somewhere.

Sadly, the Archery scheduled for Friday had to be cancelled as it's not usual to fire bows while swimming! Eight of us went for a curry at the Taj Mahal instead. And very good it was too!

12th July Twenty Whippets contested race 3 in the Don Wilbraham Handicap series. First across the line was debutant Richard Charmley well and truly catching the handicapper out - nice one, Richard!

Fastest on the day was Dean Richards who ran the course in 18:09. The series is really hotting up now with only 1 point separating the top 3 with Mandy Lewis just in the lead from Emily Dove and James Rainbow. Keith Cotton is also within striking distance just 8 points further back. It should be an exciting final race on the 30th August. Full results here

9th July A rather quiet weekend after the excitement of our Relay. But first a catchup on some earlier results:

1st July - Jon Morgan and John Rowlands competed in the Shifnal half Marathon

3rd July - Dave and Sarah Wilson continued their NSRAA challenges with a wet race in the Berryhill 10k. Dave writes: "We both had a bit slower times than Stone due to the weekends excursions and an undulating part off road course, a good work-out none the less. Sarah again bagged maximum points in Group M coming home in 47:36 whilst I was more than happy to finish with 44 points in 43:04"

8th July - Dave and Sarah were again in action - this time in the Cheadle 4. Sarah writes: "Yesterday Dave and I ran Cheadle 4. It's a 4 mile route around the outskirts of Cheadle which consists of 1 mile flat, 2 mile climbing up the hills to the quarry and then a fast down hill to the finish. I won my category."

8th July - Rob Sharam meanwhile was putting his muddy training at Dearnford to good use by running in the Wenlock Marathon. Rob writes: "Relieved to actually finish todays Wenlock Marathon alive, 3h55mins , 4th place! It's got 2300ft of climbing and nearly 400 of that was in just 1km, and in all about 1 mile on tarmac! No wonder they call it 'over the edge' cos you have to be nuts to attempt it. On the plus side I can now grow carrots in my shoes as they are so caked in mud" 5th July Last night saw the very first Dearnford Lake Relay. The first open race organised by the Whippets. A heavy shower in the 10 minutes before the start did little to dampen spirits and fortunately the race was largely run in the dry - even if not under the blue skies we'd hoped for!

Forty teams had entered making for a very successful first race. Judging by comments received we can hope to build on this great start. The first team home was the "Pre Modenors" team from Oswestry with a South Cheshire Harriers team in 2nd place. It was good to see third spot taken by our own team comprising Graham Jones, Rob Sharam and Dean Richards. Our ladies team of Laura Fisher, Emily Dove and Jo Meadowcroft went one better by coming home 2nd behind the Oswestry Team "Chicks On Legs". The Community team prize went to the wonderfully named "Slaughtered Monks of Combermere Abbey" with the Mixed Team prize going to South Cheshire Harriers.

Fastest Male runner was Peter Butler (Oswestry Olympians) with a time of 10:51. Graham Jones was fifth fastest in 11:24. Fastest lady was Ali Lavender (Oswestry Olympians) in 12:06. Emily Dove was 2nd quickest in 13:39.

I'd like to say a big thank-you to the Race Committee and everybody that helped on the night including Registration and Results team, Changeover officials, Marshals, Stewards, Water Table teams, Results Runners and, not least, all the runners who made it a great new event!

Full results here

2nd July Haven't spotted any race results yet but I do know that Whippets have been busy on the Tri front. Mandy Lewis took part in the Deva Tri coming home in 176th position out of 220. Bob and Dave Wilson were in action in the Trentham Big Half Marathon. Bob was first twin home in 40th place with Dave close behind in 78th position. I couldn't spot any more results so apologies if I've misssed anyone.

29th June More than 30 Whippets turned up for the Social Run last night. It was great to see half a dozen runners from this year's beginner's course join us on the 3 mile run. Fifteen of us sat down to eat afterwards. But it looked suspiciously like one of two had naughtily skipped the running stage of the evening!

Wednesday saw Jon Morgan, Keith Cotton and Kate Waterhouse take part in the Ironbridge 4. The 4th race in the 6 race Sexarathon series.

26th June It turns out that Richard Stewart didn't run at Stone despite what the official results said! Richard has informed the organisers who will look into it. I guess the moral of the story is - that if someone is going to run under your name you need to hope that they run faster than you would!

Having said that, for those that didn't know, running under someone else's number is not allowed under UKA rules unless the proper number transfer process has been followed. Organisers do not have to allow transfers. Being caught running under the wrong number can lead to you being barred from races! It also screws up our club results and stats and therefore makes me very unhappy. For quite a while one of our records was accorded to someone who didn't run in the race it was given for!

25th June Only 3 Whippets made it to the Stone 10k this year - and for once it wasn't baking! Dave Wilson set a new pb of 38:37 knocking 46 seconds off his run in the Clayton 10k a month ago, while Sarah Wilson was again first in her group in the NSRRA series. Sarah ran 44:28. Rather more Whippets could be found wandering the grounds of Sir John Talbot school as they attended the first Active Whitchurch Community Games event. The weather was a bit of dampener but it was good to see so many groups represented even if there weren't many visitors! Simon, myself, Alison Birch and Jayne Jones did however go for a run round Brown Moss at the promised time. Well at least we enjoyed it!

Dean Richards meanwhile raced over 5 miles in New York on Saturday recording a time of 33:48.

Not satisfied with just going for a run, Jackie Eccleston combined her 4k run with an 800m swim and 40k bike ride in the Cholmondely Castle Triathlon Series. And for good measure - won her age group! Well done, Jackie!

Just learned that Garry Norton ran the Freckleton Half Marathon on the 17th June recording a time of 2:00:24.

Finally, a rather wet Thursday saw the completion of this year's highly successful beginners course with 11 beginners completing the 3 mile run. It's interesting to note that there were more beginners in action on Thursday than regular club members! I'll say no more.

22nd June Fiona Challinor reports that she and Laura Turner ran the Warrington Road Runners 10k on the 20th June and both recorded new PBs. Well done.

19th June Twenty Whippets contested the second race in this year's Don Wilbraham Handicap series. Having processed the results I'm beginning to suspect that the whole field took a short cut! There were stunning times throughout the field, and for once even the fast guys scored well - the series normally makes it hard for the faster runners. First home was newcomer Kat Clarke who just held off an improving Adam Richards. Graham Jones had a storming race with Rob Sharam to lower the course record by 15 seconds.

After two races the series is very tight but is jointly headed by James Marsh and Emily Dove on 50 points, but there are three more people within two points of the lead.

It looks like the Club Championship now waits on the lake Vyrnwy Half Marathon in September; but Jo Meadowcroft closed the gap on Christine Henderson in the Ladies Championship and Rob Sharam closed in on Richard Stewart.

The next handicap race is on Thursday 12th July.

Don Wilbraham Handicap Series

Club Championship

18th June A quiet weekend. So far I've only been amde aware of a result from the Severn Loop 5k on Friday where Emily Dove was first lady home in a time of 20:07. This was also a new club record. Well done, Emily!

13th June A contingent of 5 whippets braved the British Summer weather to romp round the Park Hall 5k at Gobowen. As well as a fine 6th place for Graham Jones, there were age records for Rob Sharam, Simon Phillips and Keith Cotton.

10th June A dry day, at last, saw half a dozen whippets in action in the hilly Potter's Arf Half Marathon in Hanley. First home for the club was Dave Wilson in 1:30:05. Also in action were Daren Peacock, Richard Stewart, Fiona Challinor, Teresa Macleod and Laura Turner. Fiona and Laura both setting PBs on the tough course.

Back on Bank Holiday Monday, Simon Phillips was the club's only representative in the Mynydd Myfyr Hill run at Trefonen. Simon spookily setting exactly the same time as in 2009!

4th June A few results to catch up on. Richard Stewart ran the Sheffield Half Marathon on 27th May finishing in 1:42:27. On Wednesday 29th, Jon Morgan, Keith Cotton and Kate Waterhouse ran the Shropshire 4 - part of the Sexarathon Series. After 3 races Jon is 3rd in his age group just 8 points off the leader. Yesterday Sarah Wilson ran the Westbridge 5 - part of the NSRRA series - recording a new 5 mile pb and maintaining her challenge in the series.

26th May Just found out that Sarah Phillips ran in the Great Manchester 10k last Sunday. She is well chuffed at breaking her PB in the process.

23rd May Last night saw the first of this year's Don Wilbraham Handicap Races. The race was blessed with fine weather and attacted a large field of 27 runners. As usual the first race of the year with new runners resulted in the Handicapper being turned over! James Marsh was first across the line, nearly 5 minutes ahead of his given handicap. Make the most of it, James, as Simon Phillips has caught up with you now!

I also got the shock of my life when heading back to organise the timekeeping; for the first time ever I saw someone, Sue Taylor, heading up Alkington ahead of me. I had to rush to the finish as it could have been a very close run thing! Sue came up to me after the last finisher and confessed that she took an accidental shortcut by going up Thomson Drive and not right round chemistry! Sadly, I've had to remove Sue from the results - thanks for your honesty, Sue, but don't anyone else give me shocks like that again! I'm not as fit as I was.

Fastest run of the day was by Graham Jones with a time of 16:53 for the 3 mile course which I believe is a course record - taking 3 seconds off the previous best by Gareth Dodd. Best age graded performances came from John Dillon 81.58% and Christine Henderson 72.48%.

The race is part of the Championship series which is now hotting up as races have now been held over all of the qualifying distances. At this stage, Richard Stewart heads the men's series and Christine Henderson the women's. But I think Richard will be nervously looking over his shoulder waiting for John Dillon to set a Half Marathon time. Lake Vyrnwy will be decisive!

20th May Interest in our Dearnford Lake Relay is growing with a major local employer asking to enter 5 teams! Don't miss out - get your own team together.

Out and about, Laura Fisher ran the Bristol 10k today recording a fine 45:24 to open her 10k account for the year.

19th May A few midweek results to report. Sarah and Dave Wilson took part in the Clayton 10k - part of the NSRRAA series. Sarah recorded her second category 1st place in two races so could be challenging for the silverware if she is able to run enough races! Dave shaved a couple of seconds off his PB which he was pleased about given a pile up at the start when a couple of runners were trampled!

Also on Wednesday was the Phoenix Flyer 5k -part of the Telford A.C Sexarathon series. Jon Morgan, Keith Cotton and Kate Waterhouse were all in action. Keith recorded an age Record beating his time from the same race last year.

I've also found another result from Market Drayton - Emily Davies made her debut for the club running 49:45.

13th May The busiest race week of the year with 30 Whippets in action in the Market Drayton 10k and another 10 in the Chester Half Marathon. It was great to see so much red and white on show!

Stars of the show were Vicky Leese and Graham Jones who both claimed club records in the 10k at Drayton. Vicky was also 3rd lady home - and that was after leading the mass warm up!! But there were plenty of other PBs gained too. Sadly, I had to pull out after 2 miles with a hamstring problem - and I was just beginning to enjoy the hill!

At Chester, Jo Meadowcroft was first home followed by Richard Stewart.

Anyway, well done to all who took part today. The handicapper is especially pleased - the first club handicap race is next week! It was great to see Elaine Dines, Rob Lewis, Katy Furber and Linda Callaghan in action again. Photos to follow in due course.

Both races are part of this years New Club Championship series with Christine Henderson leading the way for the Women and Richard Stewart for the men. But it's close in both categories.

11th May I've found the Haughmond Handicap results at last. Three Whippets took part with Emily Dove third woman home in 24th place. Kate Waterhouse was 88th and Cathy Reynolds 101st.

Yesterday was the 2nd week of the Beginner's Course and despite a very overcast sky we had even more people turn up! There were over thirty taking part including 8 newcomers. We were even given a round of applause by the Cricket club as we passed by!

On a personal note, I met up and ran with two friends from Blackheath and Bomley Harriers. John Turner and Peter Rogers are running from John O Groats to Lands End to raise money for Cure Parkinson's trust. They are running 30 miles a day and the run will take 29 days. Poor Peter has been suffering with a foot problem for the last week which is making life very tough for them. I ran with them into town from near the Willeymoor and then out the other side to Dearnford Lake. Details of their expoits can be found on here.

7th May One result so far from yesterday. John Rowlands ran the Uttoxter half Marathon. More results expected from the Haughmond Handicap Chase later.

Our beginners course got off to a good start on Thursday with 27 starters. Fortunately it stayed dry! A great start to this year's course.

1st May Fi Challinor also ran at Manchester but she was missed from the official results - soggy chips are never good! They have now sorted out her time. Fiona was delighted to go under 4:30 for the first time and very pleased they didn't lose her time!

Also running at the weekend was Emily Dove who competed in the Yorshire 3 peaks race. Finishing the gruelling fell race in 4:53:41.

30th April Must have been a quiet weekend - the results haven't exactly been flooding in! On Saturday, three Whippets took part in the North Wales 10 mile Road championship at Wrexham. Graham Jones was first back in 18th place with a time of 61:13. Jo Meadowcroft was 62nd in 73:52 and Sarah Owen was delighted with her 88:16 in 104th place. Jo must have really run hard because she didn't appear for the Breakfast run (or was that it swim?) the next morning!

Despite the appalling weather, Simon Phillips, Carl Swain, Andrew Corbett, Maureen Whyte and Julie Corbett all set off from the Raven Cafe on Sunday morning for an enjoyable splash round the countryside. I was impressed that they stayed out on the road for more than half an hour before returning to join me for breakfast.

I can't imagine what it must have been like for Adele Minshall who took part in the Manchester Marathon on Sunday. I think she must have been a bit soggy at the end!

One other result to report from the previous weekend. Christine Henderson set her first 10k time of the year with a run in the Langdale St George's day 10k. Christine ran 61:53.

22nd April A great London Marathon race for the Whippets. 7 Whippets competed in ideal conditions, setting 2 club records, 3 Age Records and 6 pbs! Vicky Leese knocked 13 minutes off the Ladies Record while Colin Jones smashed 10 minutes off the Men's! There was also a new Age record for Rob Sharam. Well done, all of you!

Any chance of all you folks getting together for a photo asap for Sara Rogers and the press!

21st April Two results to report. On Wednesday, Jon and Keith ran 5m at Lilleshall in the first race of this year's Sexarathon series.On Saturday, Sarah Wilson managed to escape from the children for 22:40 to record a new club record in the Mile End Park Run.

17th April The Sandstone Trail 10k results are now out and show that James Rainbow and Keith Cotton enoyed a hilly Cheshire run.

James writes: "It is a great hilly cross-country course and was not as muddy as I thought it would be. However there were a couple of awkward freshly ploughed fields to run across. Still pleased with my time though." (Editor: I think the handicapper will still ignore this one, James!)

16th April Unless there were any Whippets in the Sandstone Run, it looks like it was a quiet race weekend for the club with just John Rowlands and Sarah Wilson in action in the Newcastle 7. It was Sarah's debut in the NSRAA series and she throughly enjoyed it - even the first 3 miles uphill!

9th April Air Products Photos now uploaded to Picasa Photos on Picasa

8th April Despite a persistent drizzle the Air Products 10k proved to be a successful outing for many of the 13 Whippets who ran. There were Age records for Jo Meadowcroft and Simon Phillips alongside pbs for Richard Stewart, Adele Minshall, Bob Wilson and Fiona Dillon. Richard knocked 50 seconds off the time he set at Trafford last year in what was probably the best Whippet performance of the day.

The race was another in the Club Championship series which is still led by Richard Stewart and Laura Fisher. The next qualifying races are the Market Drayton 10k and Chester Half on 13th May.

3rd April Added AGM minutes to Notices Page

1st April It's no joke! Neil Spencer and Julie Corbett crossed the finishing line in the Olympic stadium as part of the National Lottery Olympic Park 5 mile run. They had a fantastic time in the run involving 5,000 runners that was graced by ideal running conditions under blue skies!

Olympic Park run The other major action this weekend was the Ironbridge Half Marathon. Jon Morgan was first home in the popular but hilly Half. Emily missed the start but still had a good run. Also enjoying the scenic route was Kate Waterhouse who recommends the race to all Whippets!

28th March For those that like to know these things, here are the 10k lap times for our glorious Lightning runners. It was a very hilly start in case you were wondering!

Male team Pos 1 Laps completed 16 in 12:28:09

ROB SHARAM 1 00:44:04
GRAHAM JONES 2 00:43:38
DEAN RICHARDS 3 00:46:43
SIMON PHILLIPS 4 00:46:36
ROB SHARAM 5 00:43:51
GRAHAM JONES 6 00:42:30
DEAN RICHARDS 7 00:47:44
SIMON PHILLIPS 8 00:46:46
ROB SHARAM 9 00:44:46
GRAHAM JONES 10 00:47:11
DEAN RICHARDS 11 00:50:01
SIMON PHILLIPS 12 00:48:21
ROB SHARAM 13 00:46:42
GRAHAM JONES 14 00:47:21
DEAN RICHARDS 15 00:50:10
SIMON PHILLIPS 16 00:51:45

Mixed Team Pos 2 Laps 14 in 12:32:10

BRIAN HICKSON 1 00:50:00
LAURA FISHER 2 00:56:51
VICKY LEECE 3 00:47:45
ANTHONY BAKEWELL 4 00:58:26
BRIAN HICKSON 5 00:46:05
LAURA FISHER 6 00:53:45
VICKY LEECE 7 00:47:02
ANTHONY BAKEWELL 8 01:01:33
BRIAN HICKSON 9 00:48:29
LAURA FISHER 10 00:57:28
VICKY LEECE 11 00:50:53
ANTHONY BAKEWELL 12 01:02:32
BRIAN HICKSON 13 00:52:18
LAURA FISHER 14 00:59:03

26th March It wasn't just a lovely hot sunny weekend - it was also a notable weekend in Whippet history as our male team of four won the Buff Lightning 12 hour run - the first open category event the club has won! See Simon's race report....

The male team of Simon Phillips, Rob Sharam, Dean Richards and Graham Jones were joined by a mixed team (Brian Hickson, Laura Fisher, Vicky Leese and Antony) who finished second in the mixed category! I believe both teams were quite tired by the end but are loking forward to the 24hr equivalent so that they can run twice as far!

The weekend also saw a magnficent Half marathon performance by Colin Jones at Wilmslow. Colin ran 1:22:32 impressing Dave Wilson who acheived his own goal by running the half at Marathon Race pace. Dave ran 1:32:06. Kate Waterhouse was also in action over the same distance but at Stafford.

19th March another varied weekend if racing with Whippets in action over distances ranging from 2.5 miles to 40 miles!

Brian Hickson was in action in th 40 mile Cannock chase hike on Saturday before joining Laura and nephews at Cholmodeley on Sunday.Report...

Brian and Laura were joined by Graham Jones, Emily Dove, Jo Meadowcroft and Mel Oulton at Cholmondeley. Graham was 5th in the race and it looks like Emily might have been the 2nd Lady. Apologies if I've missed anyone but the results don't show clubs and some of the names are suspect!

Rob Sharam and Adele Minshall were honing their marathon training with a 20 mile race at Rhayader. Rob writes...

Finally, Garry Norton, Keith Cotton and Linda Callaghan ran the Liverpool Half Marathon. Good to see Linda back in the results.

If you hadn't noticed the big button above - our Beginners Course starts on 3rd May. So why not encourage some of your friends to take part!

12th March The racing season is defintely on us now, Whippets were in action all over the place. I've recorded results from 6 races but apologies if I've missed anyone!

Age bests were set by John Dillon in the Trafford 10k and Daren Peacock in the Fradley 10k. John dragged Dean round to a new PB in the process.

Brian Hickson was first home for us in the Ellesmere Half with Emily Dove just a few places behind. Emily was 2nd lady across the line and first in her age group. Brian and Emily were joined by Kate Waterhouse and John Rowlands in this club championship qualifying race. The men's series is still being led by Richard Stewart who ran the Silverstone Half on Sunday. Heather Stewart and Keith Cotton also enjoyed a hot run with Richard around the circuit.

Rob Sharam and Dave Wilson did the Stafford 20. Dave writes...

Finally, I have been notified that Fiona Challinor ran in the Hanley Park Run at the weekend.

6th March Time to catch up on a few results from the weekend and earlier.

Dave Wilson writes:

"While visiting the Tri Show at Sandown park over the weekend I decided to enter the Saucony 10k. At the end of a high mile marathon week I was happy coming home in 39:27 shaving 1 second off my PB - they all count!"

Simon Phillips was the sole Whippet at race 3 in the Dash in the Dark series. He writes:

"Just under 40 runners turned up for the last race in the "Dash in the Dark" series. Sadly I was the only Whippet again, but managed to run my fastest time of the three races, finishing 11th in a time of 29:15. Finally for those few who can't wait for another year, they've decided to hold a "Dash in the Daylight" at Llandegla, sometime in June, so no headtorch required."

Elsewhere, Emily Dove ran in the Carding Mill Canter and discovered that running downhill is not her forte.

29th February Robert Turton stdying psychology at Loughborough is after some help with a project. Read more...

28th February Kate Waterhouse was one of the few Whippets racing over the weekend. Kate took part in the Belvoir challenge, a 15 mile race in North East Leicestershire. Kate writes that the weather conditions were perfect and there was hardly any mud despite 90% of the course being off-road. Kate recorded 2:54:53.

20th February An eventful weekend. Friday saw Simon Phillips take part - and enjoy - the 2nd dash in the Dark race at Llandegla! Simon also ran the Village Bakery half two days later recording his best half marathon time with the Whippets. I'm not sure that two races in three days works for most people but it certainly worked for Simon!

Sunday saw a very eventful Village Bakery Half Marathon at Wrexham. Fortunately the surprise light dusting of snow didn't affect the course but a malicious local did! It would seem that someone turned a race sign round sending a number of the leaders off down a short cut! Rob Sharam and Bob Wilson were both caught out but realised their mistake and turned round. They ending up running further than race distance while some of the leaders only ran 11.3 miles! Certainly Bob Wilson missed out on a PB as a result. Tough luck guys.

It looks like the other 11 whippets who raced were unaffected. This was the 2nd race in the club championship series and after two races Laura Fisher leads the way in the Women's championship with Richard Stewart heading the men. The next race is the Ellesmere Half Marathon on the 11th March. Club Championship

Elsewhere, Heather Stewart ran 1:22:24 in the Plymouth Hoe 10 mile race.

14th February The Whitchurch Fairtrade steering group are looking for support to run an olympic style torch to Oswestry. See Notices

12th February A very quiet race weekend as it doesn't look like any Whippets were in action at the Nick Beer 10k in Llandudno.

However, the final XC results have now been posted and we can congratulate our hardy men's team on finishing the season in style! The final match at Oswestry in the snow made all the difference with us overtaking both Prestatyn and Denbigh to end the season in 5th place - equalling last year! Roll on next season - but not just yet.

5th February Despite the lingering ice, eight Whippets made it over to Alsager to slide round the 5 mile course. First home was Keith Cotton for the men. Fiona Dillon was first lady home. I'm told that Mr Dillon was there to cheer Fiona on but not race. It was good to see new member Carl Swain making his debut.

4th February Our intrepid Cross Country team arrived at the Marches School in Oswestry just in time to meet the snow. I guess that meant it was warming up - although I can't say I noticed! This was the last fixture in the season and we were delighted to have Emily Dove running as our ladies team.

Emily kept up our women's tradition of missing the start of this race! Despite giving the field a 30 second head start, Emily had a great run and finished in the mid twenties. Our men also gave it some welly with Graham Jones coming home in 16th place - his best yet in the league. It looks like we will have held off Prestatyn so should have maintained our 6th place in the league. For the record our runners finished as follows:

16 Graham Jones
27 Rob Sharam
53 Dean Richards
63 Colin Jones
66 Bob Wilson
89 Simon Phillips
104 Brian Hickson

My warm thanks to all who took part in the season's races. Maybe next year we can move forward in the league again. Thanks also to Simon Phillips for team managing.

3rd February A new web page for the Dearnford Relay has now been created. It's very basic at the moment but will be enhanced over the coming weeks. See Relay

29th January Gareth Dod kicked off his racing year with a fast 10k in the Shifnall Gallop coming home in 8th place in 38:42. Gareth was joined by Jon Morgan and John Rowlands. I'm not aware of any other weekend races at present.

24th January A few more results have now crept out. In Friday's Dashes in the Dark race it turned out to be a very close race between Graham and Dean with Graham just getting the upper hand. It will be interesting to see what happens in race 2.

Also in action at the weekend was Colin Jones in the Gloucester Marathon. Colin is still returning to full fitness so we shouldn't read too much into his performance in this windy race - but I'm sure Colin's well back on the way to running well.

22nd January Despite a brisk 23 mph wind several of our members enjoyed a run at the Helsby Half Marathon yesterday. Sarah Wilson had most joy recording a new PB (1:40:09) in her first race in 18 months. We are still waiting for all the results but Sarah was joined by Dave Wilson (1:29:44), Kate Waterhouse (2:07:13) and Laura Fisher (1:48 ish).

Results from last weekend's cross country match have now appeared and it looks like we managed to sneak one place up the table despite our short numbers. Now in 6th place, we head Prestatyn by just 4 points so we really need a good turnout at the final race.

20th January A small pack of whippets braved the dark to take part in the first of the Dashes in the Dark series at Llandegla. Race Report.

17th January The cross country season got back under way in bright, frosty conditions at Lilleshall on Saturday. A much depleted team of Whippets showed that they hadn't lost any fitness over the Winter break.

Club positions were:

23 Graham Jones
65 Colin Jones
72 Dean Richards
91 Simon Phillips

The next and final fixture is on the 4th February at Oswestry

12th January There's not been much happening since the start of the New Year. However, New Year's day saw a group of us run round Brown Moss in lovely spring weather!

As to racing, Sunday the 8th saw Heather Steward set the first result of 2012 with a 52:26 clocking in the Plymouth Roundtable 10k.

This weekend sees the 4th race in the North Wales XC league at Lilleshall.

2011

28th December Another few results from the 27th have emerged. Brian Hickson, Laura Fisher and Jon Morgan were all in action at Wheaton Aston in a fast 10k. Brian recorded a new PB of 41:19 while Jon ran his best 10k of the year.

27th December Graham Jones set a new club 5k record in spring-like weather in the Seven Loop 5k at Shrewsbury. The course was certainly fast and mainly flat. John and Fiona Dillon also found the course to their liking as both set age records. John was 1st in his age category and Fiona 3rd in hers. They were joined by Dean Richards recovering from illness and Gillian Fowles who was recovering from mince pies! I've now added 5k records to the Stats page.

26th December A select bunch of Whippets assembled for a traditional boxing day run round Brown Moss. For the record the attendees were: Simon Parsons, Alison Birch, Sarah Wilson, Laura Fisher, Mel Oulton,Mark Bridgewater, Mark Gregory, John Dillon, and Dean Richards. It was great to see Mark Bridgewater over from Switzerland and Mel from Bronnington. A drink or three in the White Bear followed the run.

18th December Only one race to report on from the weekend - the Telford 10k. Just four Whippets in action - but it was great to see Sarah Wilson back racing. Sarah jumped into 3rd place in the ladies rankings with a 45:12 clocking. However, best run of the day came from Dean Richards who ran 39:40 to record a new PB. Sarah and Dean were joined by Colin Jones and Daren Peacock.

12th December It looks like it was a quiet weekend with just one race to report: Mortimer Forest 10 Mile Hill Race.

In other news, we have added two more qualifying races to the club championship series because of the clash between the Market Drayton 10k and the Chester Half Marathon. The Air Products 10k and the Ellesmere Half Marathon are now on the list - giving you even more choice!

6th December Club Championship standings now posted. Championship Standings.

4th December A good twenty-plus whippets assembled on the start line for the Helena Tipping 10k. There were age records for John Dillon and Christine Henderson. Helena Tipping 10k.

28th November It looks like it was a fairly quiet weekend with Bob Wilson running the 5k Hanley Park Run and a group taking part in the Stiperstone Time Trial. Brian Hickson's full report says it all! Stiperstone Time Trial.

21st November Two groups were in action yesterday as far as I can see. A group of five tackled the Cony Half Marathon enjoying the views from the Great Orme while another four ran the 'flat' (my mistaken belief last year) 10k that is Cannock chase! In action at Conwy were Ken and Helen Robbins, Kate Waterhouse, Teresa Macleod and Christine Henderson. Sara Rogers turned up to watch and cycle round a bit. Ken was first home in 2:02:37.

At Cannock the group of four were led home by Brian Hickson in 40th place in 44:42. Brian and Laura were joined by Garry and Lynn Norton. Lynn broke 60 minutes with a great run in 58:56. It appears to be the only race result I have recorded for Lynn - so it's great to see her racing.

19th November Results from the Northop Cross country fixture have now been published and show that the club finished fifth on the day. Sadly, despite the great result we have slipped slightly further behind Prestatyn. We did however gain on Denbigh and both clubs are still within reach over the final two fixtures. League Table. The next league race is on the 14th January at Lilleshall.

12th November A good sized team of Whippets travelled over to Northop for round 3 in the North Wales XC League. The weather was fantastic and the new course a true challenge. Graham Jones was first home with the team packing well. Colin made life difficult for himself by removing a shoe on the last lap but is clearly getting back into shape. Our positions were:

21 Graham Jones
54 Rob Sharam
72 Dean Richards
80 Jeff Clarke
96 Brian Hickson
97 Colin Jones
100 Simon Phillips
116 Dave Wilson

11th November Our Birthday celebration took place on Friday at the Archie, and good fun it was too. Read more here.

7th November A total of 9 Whippets have entered the Club Ballot for London Marathon places. For the record, they are:

Fiona Challinor, Keith Cotton, Jon Morgan, Rob Sharam, Dean Richards, John Eversfield, Graham Jones, Richard Stewart and Heather Stewart

6th November A very varied weekend of racing with Whippets racing over distances from 5 miles to the Marathon! In Plymouth, Heather Stewart recorded her best 10k of the year to show she is back on form after injury. Nearer home, Lee Bateson, James Rainbow and John Rowlands all ran the Mad Jack's 5 miler in scenic Attingham Park. Lee was first man home.

Dave Wilson finished the last race in the 20 race NSRAA series - the Flying Fox 10 miler in Stone. Dave was accompanied by Brian and Laura. Read more here.

Perhaps the most interesting race of the day was the 105 lap Crewe Track Marathon. Juliet Salem put her Chester Marathon debut behind her and sneaked over to Crewe to take part in a very unique Marathon. Rather her than me!Juliet reports that she finished in a time of 4:29. We are both waiting to see the official results as Juliet thinks she completed too many laps! Read more here.

5th November Just been having a look at original members back from 2008. The table below shows all of our current members who joined before March 2008. How many do you know?

Adele Minshall Ken Robbins
Alison Birch Mandy Lewis
Andrew Corbett Michael John Rowlands
Emma Edge Neil Spencer
Helen Robbins Rachael Foster
Jeff Clarke Robert Sharam
Jen Spencer Sara Rogers
John Hopwood Sean Evanson
Jonathan Morgan Simon Parsons
Keith Cotton Richard Stewart

2nd November Also in action at the weekend in the Hellraiser 1 mile fun run were Laura's niece and nephew, Brooke and Myles - two future Whippets? Laura writes:

We arrived early in order to make sure the twins were able to get into their costumes and limber up! They were very interested in the physio beds and stated they would have poorly legs after their run! We walked to the start line and I was informed 'auntie blob, we are going to win!' so I knew the pressure was on. The race started and we began the mile course with a hill! Both twins ran as fast as they could followed closely by auntie blob and her rucksack containing the emergency potty!!!!! After a few minutes Brooke was 'tired out' and wanted to be 'up, up' so the race then continued with Myles running and auntie blob running with aforementioned rucksack and now carrying Brooke. After her little rest Brooke decided she could now run again so down she went and off we all ran again. This continued for the rest of the race (Myles ran for the entire 1 mile course). Towards the end both twins were flagging and myles reported 'sore feet' so auntie blob provided encouragement by offering to buy them a cake if they ran across the finish line! It worked and we finally crossed the line all together at 18mins 6seconds. After a quick drink and stretch we collected their goodie bags (which included a toffee apple, chocolate biscuits, happy meal toy, ball, magazine, Halloween style pen and chocolate balls!!!!) and set off to get the promised cake (and a much needed coffee and sit down for auntie blob!)

1st November Results have now appeared from the weekend where Whippets were in action in Nantwich and Telford. John Dillon made a quiet return to racing in the Fireworks 5 at Telford where he was a very creditable 16th. John was joined by ever improving Fiona Dillon and Gilliam Fowles. Over in Nantwich, Brian Hickson, Dave Wilson and Colin Jones romped round the Halloween Hellraiser. Brian just getting the nod over Dave at the Finish - or did Dave think they crossed the line together?

31st October Results from the Llandudno Cross Country fixture have now been published and our men's team are holding steady in 7th place. We've lost a little ground on main rivals Denbigh but are just 30 points behind 6th place team Prestatyn. The next fixture is on November the 12th.

24th October Our men's cross country team was down by the seaside again (almost) on Saturday for the second fixture of the season at St David's College, Llandudno. This was a new venue for this year with a good mix of fields, pitches and woods. But something tells me we may not be going back there next year as the fixture rather disrupted a wedding party trying to go up the narrow road we were all trying to go back down!

The number of runners was 50% up on the first fixture so although our placings look down they may well be quite good. It was great to see Jeff Clarke back in action but a shame that we still haven't managed to field a ladies team. Oh well, the next fixture is closer to home so come on girls - you can't all hate mud! Running can even be quite educational - Brian Hickson learnt that four pints of strong lager the night before is not ideal carbo loading! Anyway, for the record our placings were:

35 Graham Jones
67 Rob Sharam
95 Jeff Clarke
99 Dean Richards
112 Simon Phillips
117 Colin Jones
141 Brian Hickson

18th October A very quiet weekend and so far I'm only aware of results for Richard and Heather Stewart who ran the Cardiff Half Marathon. Richard writes:

Heather, and myself, ran in the Cardiff Half Marathon, yesterday, with Heather travelling up from Plymouth and meeting us in Cardiff. Neither of us had a good race, and found it tough due to lack of training miles, due to injuries over the past few months, but as we’d registered for this race last year, we thought we would attempt it. I finished in 1:46:30 and Heather in 2:09:12, and we were both disappointed with our times. However, we have no after affects, and the physiotherapy sessions we’re going through seem to be helping, so we’ve agreed to keep our training going through the winter.

12th October Thirty whippets and partners sat down for a curry at the Taj Mahal last night - and very good it was too. Definitely recommended for more visits.

Entry for the ballot for club marathon places is now open. To qualify for a place in the ballot you must:

1: Have applied for a place in the 2012 London marathon and been rejected by Virgin.
2: Have been a club member at the time you applied for a Marathon place
3. Pay your subs for 2012 before the ballot.

The ballot will take place at the Birthday Bash - however, there is a chance we may not know exactly how many club places are available. At this moment we are assuming we will receive 3 places again.

Nominations for Club Awards can now be found on the Social page. Handicap placings are not shown - in case you have forgotten the final handicap places were:

1. James Rainbow
2. Gillian Fowles
3. Jo Meadowcroft

10th October Also in action on Sunday were Linda Callaghan in the massed Royal Parks Half Marathon and Teresa MaCleod and John Rowlands in the Congleton Half. If you ran somewhere and I haven't noticed please let me know!

10th October Be one of the first to cross the Olympic finishing line in the Olympic stadium! The National Lottery is organising a 5 mile race in the Olympic Park on 31st March. The race finishes in the Olympic stadium. Entries are by ballot that closes on 27th October. Entry price includes 2 free olympic stadium tickets - I wouldn't like to guess for what days or events though! Thanks to Keith Cotton for spotting this one.

see Olympic Park Run

9th October After all the injury problems it was great to see nine Whippets completing the Chester Marathon. A very succesful race for all concerned with age records for Fiona Challinor, Adele Minshall, Christine Henderson and Daren Peacock. Rob Sharam not only set an age record but a new club record shaving more than two minutes off Dave Wilson's record time. Laura Fisher was the club's first lady home. Well done to all, now take a well deserved rest.

3rd October Brian Hickson escaped cross country duties by going for a walk (is that allowed?). He writes:

Just thought I would let you know that I competed in the Longmynd Hike over the weekend. The hike follows a set figure-of-eight route over the rugged countryside of South Shropshire and the Welsh Marches, with about 8,000 feet of climbing covering eight summits. We set of in the sweltering heat at 1pm on Saturday and by 6pm which was 22 miles in, one of the guys I was walking with collapsed through heat stroke and dehydration, after 15 minutes the decision was made to carry on with just the two of us. Luckily the sun was setting and the temperature dropped for the final 28 miles. We carried on running and walking through the darkness and eventually finished at 01.49am finishing in a time of 12hrs 49mins which is a PB for me by 11 minutes. I need to wait for the results to be posted but think we came around 36th overall out of about 450 starters, I am not sure how many actually finished because the heat took its toll on many of the front runners as well as the field in general, many of them packed in well before the half way mark.

So all in all a really good run/walk and am really pleased with my time, my feet are in a bit of a mess with blisters of which I blame the heat but that’s all part of the event. I am taking names for next year’s event if anyone is interested let me know, Dean I have all ready got your name down so no need to contact me!!! (Ed:Not if it clashes with the Cross country you won't!)

1st October What's with the first race of the cross country season? Yet again it was unseasonably hot - even in Bangor! Anyway, we just managed to scrape a men's team together, things were that bad that I had to run! Our team was made up of Graham Jones (20th), Rob Sharam (52), Dean Richards(83), Simon Phillips (84), Colin Jones (105) and Simon Parsons (118). Graham had an excellent race to finish in 20th place. Dean cruelly outsprinted Simon Phillips to pip him by 1 place. Rob and Colin are only just getting back into shape and I made up the numbers. Sadly, due to next week's Chester Marathon we couldn't field a women's team. Hopefully we'll get things sorted for the next fixture on the 22nd October at Llandudno.

29th September While some of you were stuffing yourselves at the Raven on Sunday, Dave Wilson was in Tri action at Ludlow. He writes:

I popped over to South Shropshire to compete in the Ludlow Sprint Triathlon coming home in 42nd place out of 313 competitors for the record my splits were as follows; 400m swim (8:35), T1 (1:18), 26k Cycle (51:24), T2 (40 secs), 6.25k run (25:01)

26th September Sadly, I missed the Breakfast run - okay, to be more honest I missed the Breakfast, but I'm told that some 20 whippets enjoyed a run round Brown Moss and the deep fried sausages afterwards! It doesn't sound like any of our Oswestry friends managed to make it over.

Elsewhere, still waiting for results but Jeff Clarke got back into form with a 42:52 clocking in the Hinstock 10k. Let me know if you were racing elsewhere.

DON'T FORGET YOUR HI-VIS GEAR - IT's BACK TO NIGHT RUNNING THIS WEEK

20th September Results from the weekend have at last filtered out. There were Whippets at action in the Great North Run, the English Half Marathon at Warrington and the Seven Bridges 10k in Shrewsbury. Daren Peacock set a new age record in Warrington while Jeff Clarke and Mark Gregory made a touching show of togetherness by finding each other among the 54,000 runners and finishing within 1 second of each other - aah! Ever improving Elaine Homer set a 10k pb in Shrewsbury where she was joined by James Rainbow and Teresa MacLeod. Richard Stewart also had a good run in Warrington.

17th September As mentioned below, Bob Wilson competed in the Bala Olympic distance Tri last weekend. Bob writes:

Being a European qualifier it attracted Triathletes from all over the country. The conditions on Sunday were very difficult, the swim was very tough as the waves in the lake seemed massive (28 people had to be pulled out by boat). I questioned my sanity on several occasions during the event but will probably be back there next year for a bit more of the same.

Bob's times were: swim 33:33 cycle 77:01 and run 41:24 with transitions his total time was 2:35:27 and he finished in 235th position overall.

11th September Sixteen Whippets braved the gusty winds to race round Lake Vyrnwy. The race was appropriately won by Ben Fish in a time of 67:43! First home for the Whippets was Graham Jones - setting his second club record in two weeks. There were also age records for Rob Sharam, Jon Morgan, Jo Meadowcroft and Jackie Eccleston. It looks like there was another pb for Adele Minshall who just missed breaking the 2 hour mark by six seconds! Well done to all of you.

Elsewhere, Dave Wilson completed his first Olymoic distance Triathlon at Tatton. Dave completed a 1500m open water swim, 40k bike and 10k cross country run in a time of 2 hours 40 minutes finishing 187th overall and 40th in his age/sex category.

Kate Waterhouse also competed in the Sprint at Tatton yesterday and Bob did Bala Olympic distance Tri today. Results will be posted later.

1st September The final race in this year's Don Wilbraham Handicap series saw 20 Whippets battle round the 3 mile course. We were delighted to have Liz Wilbraham present to start the race and see the runners home.

7th September Jon Morgan wrapped up his sexarathon race series in the Madeley Matchmaker in fine style by winning his age group by just one point. Jon was 72nd in the race in he which he was also joined by Keith Cotton and Sara Rogers. Sara finished her season in 7th place in her age group whilst Keith ended up 16th in his.

4th September Just a couple of results so far from the weekend. Dave Wilson and Daren Peacock both raced in Wolverhampton but in different races (sort of). Daren took part in the Half Marathon whilst Dave ran the full Marathon distance. Daren ran 1:35.04 for a new PB while Dave said he would take it easy but still ran 3:32:00! Dave writes:

This was race number 18 out of the 20 race series. I came home in a time of 3hrs 32 minutes dead in 70th place, it is now looking likely that I will finish the series in 5th place in my group which I’m incredibly happy with in my 1st full season.

1st September The final race in this year's Don Wilbraham Handicap series saw 20 Whippets battle round the 3 mile course. We were delighted to have Liz Wilbraham present to start the race and see the runners home.

The race was won by ever improving Elaine Homer who beat her handicap by nearly two minutes! The fight for the championship went down to the wire with James Rainbow just hanging on by 4 points from Gillian Fowles. Third place did see a change as Jo Meadowcroft came from behind to overtake both Sean Evanson and Christine Henderson. Graham Jones was fastest on the day and but for being held up by traffic would probably have set a new course record. As it was he ran 16:59.

Well done to all members who took part this Summer and a big thank-you to handicapper Simon Phillips and all the recorders who helped at the finish.

29th August For Ellesmere 10k photos please see Bryan Dale's excellent site.

28th August A good pack of some 22 whippets assembled at Ellesmere for the second running of the Ellesmere 10k. Last year there were 342 runners - this year there were 427 finishers! Lovely weather to run in with just a slight wind. Highlight of the day for the Whippets - but maybe not for John Dillon - was the setting of a new Club Record by Graham Jones who ran 36:27 to finish in 22nd place. There were season's bests and PBs all the way through the pack. And I know that Adele was as delighted with her new PB as I was with mine! Hopefully I'll get some photos up in the next day or so.

22nd August Back off holiday so normal service will be resumed as soon as possible. A few results have been added to the Racing page. Members have recently taken part in the Newark half, Ellesmere 5k, Birchwood 10k and the 14 mile Race the train event. If I've missed a race you have taken part in, please let me know.

Eleswhere, Juliet Salem spotted this report in the Chester Marathon News:

"Stockport Harriers are still just edging ahead with 30 club members running at Chester, but Chester Tri Club are catching up, now with 29 entered. Will the yellows beat the blues on the day? Whitchurch Whippets still showing strongly, with competition now from Manchester Tri Club. Plenty of other UKA clubs well into double figures - it's great to see club athletics doing so well."

8th August Just a few results kown from the weekend. New father Dave Wilson got away from nappies to run the Meerbrook 15, coming 53rd in 67:45. New runner Laurence Evans competed in his first race, the Liverpool Big Heart 5k, finishing with a very creditable 24:40. Well done to both.

Dave writes:

I competed in NSRRA race number 14 Meerbrook 15K yesterday over in the peak district, after a slight downhill for the first few hundred yards we were faced with Gunn Hill, a two mile climb which has a 600 metre elevation, which I can’t deny was pretty challenging. Rather bizarrely when we reached the top of the hill there was a lone man playing his bagpipes. Having dropped down the other side of Gunn Hill we were then tackled with a series of hills and mud covered country roads, before returning to bottom of Gunn Hill to go back up and over (at breakneck speed) to return to the start/finish line. A really good workout but I’m not sure it’s one I’ll be looking out for next year, I came home in 53rd place out of 261 runners in a time of 1:07:45 which should leave me unchanged in 3rd place for my age group.

3rd August The Thunder run results are out now. Our "A" team (Whippets) finished 6th with 31 laps and our "B" team (Wannabes) 103rd with 24 laps out of 147 teams. Colin Jones completed 14 laps ( miles) on his own to finish in 21st place out of 80 solo runners. Dean Richards writes:

Two teams and Colin Jones from the Whitchurch Whippets ventured over to Catton Park in Derbyshire to take part in a 24 hour relay race in which teams compete over a 10km cross country course. The “Whippets” and “Wannabes” teams competed in the category for mixed teams of up to 8 runners while Colin Jones competed as a solo runner. The Whippets team was made up of Rob Sharam, Dean Richards, Graham Jones, Brian Hickson, Laura Fisher, Jon Morgan and Richard Stewart. The Wannabes team comprised Sara Rogers, Heather Stewart, Ken and Helen Robins, Kate Waterhouse, Juliet Salem, Gary Norton and Jackie Eccleston.

The race started at mid-day on 30th July and runners were greeted with a clear blue sky and soaring temperatures. The first runners for each team were Rob Sharam (39:49) and Heather Stewart (61:04).

As the race progressed into the night the teams donned head-torches and carried on running through the darkness and more pleasant temperatures. Colin was still running strong and didn’t stop for a rest until after 3am and 15 hours of the race had elapsed - by which time everyone was counting down the return of daylight and the end of the race.

As mid-day approached on 31st July the final runners for each team eagerly waited to receive the wristband bracelet. Dean Richards rounded off the race for the Whippets completing his 5th and final lap in 48:53 minutes while Gary Norton for the Wannabes on his 3rd lap finished with a 67:37 minutes lap.

Despite a 40 minute sleep that lasted 4 hours Colin came in an impressive 21st out of 80 competitors with 14 laps in 24 hours 25 minutes. The Wannabes finished in 103rd position with 24 laps in 24 hours 24 minutes. After 24 hours and 12 minutes of racing the Whippets secured a magnificent 6th place out of 147 teams - just 32 seconds ahead of 7th place. Rob, Graham and Dean completed 5 laps each with the other team members completing 4 a piece.

Great fun was had by all, especially the support crew of Keith Waterhouse, the Rogers family, Lynne Norton, the Eccleston family, Moss and Brock (Ken’s and Helen’s dogs) and Rusty - who won a prize for being “The Best Thunder Run Dog”!

Interest and enthusiasm for the 2012 race is growing with everyone keen to return next year so the club is expecting to take even more teams along for the next instalment.

Anybody interested in taking part in the 2012 event please let Dean or Sara know as soon as possible as entries are expected to open in September.

1st August Our 24hr Thunder Run teams and Colin Jones had a great weekend. Write ups and photos to follow over the next day or so.

20th July Jon Morgan, Keith Cotton and Sara Rogers competed in the Vic Musgrove 5k in Telford - part of the Sexarathon series. After 5 races it is great to report that Jon Morgan leads his age category by 3 points with just one race to go. Nearly there Jon!!

19th July Just picked up on another result from the weekend. Daren Peacock ran the Buxton Carnival 5 miler on Saturday.

18th July Sunday saw Bob Wilson, Teresa MacLeod and Sara Rogers take part in the Trentham 10. Elsewhere, Richard and Heather Stewart were in action in the Leigh Village 10K while Dave Wilson decided to have a bit of a swim, cycle and run in the OOTRI Sprint Triathlon. Dave writes:

As for me I popped over the race in the OOTRI Sprint Triathlon, the bike element is Shropshire’s version of the Pyrenees, it is very technical, very hilly and made pretty dangerous by the conditions (but I loved it). The run element looked familiar and I think it was 3 laps of the Cross country field from the North Wales League (The one and only cross country event I’ve entered) so I was pretty satisfied to run it in 20 minutes as my legs were like jelly for the 1st lap from the cycling.

David Wilson MS 400m swim + T1 = 00:10:20, 26k Bike + T2 =01:02:05, 5k 00:20:10, total = 01:32:35, position = 53

17th July One more midweek race to report. Thursday saw Dave Wilson along with Richard and Heather Stewart contest the JCB Lakeside 5 mile race in Rocester. Dave's 56th place should keep him well in overall contention in his age group.

14th July Thursday saw the largest field yet in this Summer's handicap series. 26 runners lined up; including 5 new faces and a number of members running for the first time this year. First home was Pippa Mahen; whilst fastest was Rob Sharam with a time of 17:31. James Rainbow took 26 seconds off his last performance to ensure that he deservedly retains first place in the series. 2nd overall is Gillian Fowles with Mark Gregory in 3rd. It could be a very tight finish again in the final race on Thursday 1st September. Oh, and Fiona now leads John 3 - 0. There's no extra time in this competition, John!

10th July Dave Wilson maintained his NSRAA challenge with a 4 mile race in Cheadle today. Despite a knee niggle Dave hung on to run 26:04 in 36th place. Dave thinks this will keep him in his current position.

5th July Dave Wilson, Daren Peacock and Teresa Macleod found themselves somewhere in Stoke for the Berryhill 10k. For Dave it was part of the NSRAA road series and he writes:

I competed in NSRRA Race number 10 at the unforgiving Berryhill fields last night, a 3 lap mixture of park paths and sandy hills made it pretty tough but judging by Darren’s photo I think he enjoyed it. We are now at the half way mark with 10 more races to go (including 3 in 9 days) and I’m happy to report that I should move in to first place for my age and consolidate 2nd place in my group, it will be tough to stay at the top but you never know ‘It’s a funny old game’

Dave was right he is currently in 2nd place in Group B and first in his age group. Well done, Dave!

4th July Despite the heat, Jon Morgan still managed to set a new club age record in the Shifnal Half Marathon on Sunday. Jon now holds a full set of age records: 10k, HM and Marathon. Well done, Jon! Jon was accompanied at Shifnal by Kate Smith and Mark Musgrove.

3rd July Just a few results from the last few days while I wait for results from the Shifnal Half.

On Wednesday, Jon Morgan, Keith Cotton and Sara Rogers took part in the Ironbridge 4 miler. This was race 4 in the Sexarathon series. Jon still stands an excellent 2nd in his age group - just four points down on the leader. Keith is 17th in his group and Sara 7th in hers. The next race is the Vic Musgrove 5k on 20th July in Telford.

On Saturday, the 2nd July, Richard and Heather Stewart took part in the Black Country Half Marathon. From the times run I'm guessing it was a very hot affair!

30th June Around thirty people turned up for this summer's social run from Grindley Brook. I was especially pleased to see new members Elaine, Sharon and Laurence, just off the beginner's course, cope so well with the 3 1/2 mile run.

26th June Another year - another blistering hot Stone 10k! A bakers dozen of Whippets ventured to Stone for a roasting. There were excellent runs from Bob and Dave Wilson but it looks like nearly everyone else wilted in the sun! What's the secret boys?

21st June Birthday boy Dean Richards joined 16 others in the 2nd of this year's Don Wilbraham Races. The race was won by Gillian Fowles demonstrating the good progress she has made this year. Despite whingeing about not looking forward to the race, Jo Meadowcroft was 2nd in. Handicapper Simon Phillips was 3rd home - a stewards enquiry has been called for!

After two races in the 4 race series James Rainbow still leads - although the pack is closing in. Whilst John Dillon should be eying the main prize - we suspect he is still wondering when he is going to beat his wife Fiona across the line - go girl, go! The next race is on Thursday the 14th July.

Just learnt that Teresa MacLeod ran in the National Forest Run the National Forest Race on the 12th June. New member Teresa was 59th in a time of 51:27 over the 6 mile(ish) course.

19th June We helped South Cheshire Harriers celebrate their 25th Birthday by taking part in a 34 mile run from Mow Cop to Grindley Brook. The run was organised as a relay of either 4 legs or 6 legs. Just to be different we ran it as 6 legs with 5 people! Dean running two legs.

It wasn't meant to be a highly competitive event - but, just for the record, we ran the 2nd fastest time of the day despite getting lost in several places! It was quite a complicated route and the South Cheshire teams had the advantage of being able to recce the course. Our team comprised Simon Phillips, Dean Richards, Rob "the bike" Sharam, Laura Fisher and Brian Hickson. I acted as team driver and map provider.

The run ended with drinks at the Horse and Jocket, Grindley Brook. Despite the mysteries of the route the team seem quite keen to take part if the event happens again!

18th June After the Potters 'Arf Dave Wilson has moved up to 2nd place in his age category in the NSRRA Series. His next race is at Stone on the 26th. Nice one, Dave!

13th June Results from the Park Hall 5k on 9th June have now been published. Graham Jones was an excellent 6th in 17:50. Rob Sharam was not far behind in 13th chased by Dean Richards who finished in 17th. Dean ran 20 seconds faster than in 2010.

12th June Four runners made it over to Hanley for the Potters Arf. There were season's bests for Daren Peacock and Fiona Challinor. Dave Wilson was first back in 1:30:41 while Kate Waterhouse used the race as a photo opportunity! (Sorry Kate, couldn't resist that one, lol!)

Elsewhere, Richard and Heather Stewart took part in the Two Castles 10k from Warwick to Kennilworth. Heather ran, or maybe swam, a season's best over 10k!

11th June The Newport 10k didn't proves as big a draw as previous years, but five Whippets did race. Brian Hickson was first home for us in 47th place. Jeff Clarke wasn't far behind. Jaccie Ecclestone recorded a seasons's best over 10k. Janet Broomhall and Gillian Fowles completed the tiny squad.

Earlier that morning Dean Richards and myself helped Alan Wilcox run through Whitchurch on his way from Bristol to Blackpool in aid of charity. I had taken a phone call from his Bristol club, the Hogweed Trotters, at 9 pm the night before to ask if we could find anyone to run a short way with Alan to make things a bit more enjoyable for him. Thankfully Dean agreed to help. I ran down to meet Alan at the Raven Hotel then ran with him back into town. Dean then took over, running Alan out along the A49 for six miles. We didn't envy the poor guy having to run along the A49 up to Warrington!

9th June Dean Richards, Rob Sharam and Graham Jones raced the Park Hall 5k. Official results not yet out but it looks like they all had good runs.

8th June Jon Morgan, Sara Rogers and Keith Coton made a mid week trip to the Shropshire Golf course. As they forgot their clubs they had to run the Shropshire 4 instead! This race is number 3 in the Sexarathon series. The next race is on the 29th June at Ironbridge and Jon Morgan is still chasing top spot in his age group.

6th June Another quiet weekend. Dave Wilson had a great run in the Westbridge 5 - part of the long running NSRAA series. Dave scalped a number of his closest rivals and is very happy with his progress.

Adele fancied a day besides the seaside so ran the Wales Marathon on Sunday. She is quite rightly feeling very pleased with herself having recorded a magnificent 4:48. Adele says it was hot and hilly and that she had a curry to celebrate - personally I'd have settled for a curry instead of running! Official results not yet published.

Standings for the Telford AC Sexarathon have now been published and after 2 races Jon Morgan is tied for first place in his age group. Well done, Jon. Only 4 more to go! The next race is a four miler this Wednesday - The Shropshire 4 from the Shropshire Golf Club.

31st May Kate Smith reports that she ran in the windy Buxton Half Marathon on Sunday. Kate ran 1:58:43 despite the wind.

30th May Just one race result so far from the Bank Holiday weekend. Heather Stewart ran the Plymouth Half Marathon in 2:01:14. I'm guessing it's pretty hilly down there.

29th May Added back the pages on stretching which had gone walkabout!. They can now be found on the Training and Misc Pages.

24th May Twenty-five members took part in the first of this year's handicap races. The sereies has been named the Don Wilbraham Handicap in memory of member Don Wilbraham who died last year.

James Rainbow was first home having pulled a flanker on the handicappers by running slowly in an earlier 10k race. He won't be so lucky next time out! There were good runs all the way down the field but the fastest run of the day was from Graham Jones with a time of 17:09 - just 3 seconds away from the record set by Gareth Dodd last year. some people even claimed to enjoy it!

The next race in the series is on the 21st June

22nd May Four Whippets made their way over to Llandudno for a 10 mile race. First home was Juliet Salem ahead of Ken Robbins, Sara Rogers and Helen Robbins. Ken says they were made to wait half an hour for the start which wasn't a lot of fun in wind and rain. The wind was blustery throughout but the race was still won in a time of 51:30.

19th May Jon Morgan continued his 2011 Sexarathon campaign with a 4th place in his age category in the Phoenix Flyer 5k. I think this leaves Jon in 3rd Place overall - but I can't find any updated standings. Jon was joined by Keith Cotton and Sara Rogers in the Thursday evening race.

15th May> Two main races to report. A bakers dozen ran the Chester Half Marathon. The squad were led home by Dean Richards who set a new PB by almost a minute. There was an age record for Jackie Ecclestone and PBs for Brian Hickson, Stephen Cole and Adele Minshall. Half a dozen of us were mauled at Marbury over 4.5 miles. The course included an uphill run on grass over the Kill Cow. It was not a lot of fun. Rob Sharam was 2nd home. He was joined at Marbury by Jeff Clarke, Simon Parsons, Ken and Helen Robbins and Sara Rogers.

8th May Market Drayton results now out. RESULTS 37 Whippets finished the race. Star of the day was Vicky Leese who set a new Club Record despite still feeling sore from the Marathon. Age records were also set by Janet Broomhall, Joy Walwyn, Rob Sharam and Jon Morgan. John Dillon is no doubt smiling as he feared that his club record was about to go! He'll have to wait a bit longer yet.

8th May A goodly number of whippets made it to the start line of the Market Drayton 10k, although I suspect that one or two might have just turned up just for the yoghurts! The rain held off and it turned out to be a gruelling and hot race. The revised route made it seem even hillier than in past years. More details when the results come out. I'd like to say a good time was had by all - but that might be an exageration! Thanks go to Simon Phillips for taking the photos - you should see the ones I didn't post! I have posted the photos on Picasa

7th May One midweek result to report. Dave Wilson ran in the Clayton 10k as part of the North Staffs Road race series. Dave still has LOndon in his legs and was pleased to get round without injury. Dave currently lies 2nd in his age group in the 20 race series!

5th May This year's beginner's course is underway. Despite the rain, eleven people came along to start the course. Even more are expected next week.

2nd May What's up with you lot? You could just sit around in the sun, but oh no, you have to go and find a hot hilly race somewhere instead! Oh well, best get on with reporting the results, then. Seven Whippets decided to try their hand in the Haughmond Handicap chase on Sunday. First home for us was Brian Hickson in 39th place. Laura Fisher was next in - and claims to have rediscovered the joys of running. There were rare outings for Kate Smith, Juliet Salem and Cathy Reynolds and the pack was completed by Ken and Helen Robbins.

Dave Wilson ventured slightly further afield to run in the Uttoxeter half marathon where he finished in 57th place. He says the course was hilly and the conditions not ideal but good preparation for the up coming Potter's 'arf.

And even further away... Richard and Heather Stewart ran the Saltash Half Marathon where they both picked up prizes. Richard writes:

"Heather, and myself, ran in the Saltash Half Marathon on Sunday, with a field of just over 200, mostly local, runners from the Plymouth area. As you can see from the attached Hill Profile, it was certainly the toughest, most undulating race we’ve competed in. We received lots of advice from the other runners, who warned us to take it easy, and enjoy the scenery with great views of the Tamar. Around the 10 mile mark we both felt good, after a long downhill stretch, but the last 3 undulating miles were a struggle. However, we later learned that we had both won prizes. Heather was first in her age category, and I was second in my age category. Unfortunately, we didn’t wait for the presentations, as we were unaware of our wins, but we were informed that our prizes would be posted to us.

1st May Just a quick result catch up. On Sunday 17th April Christine Henderson ran the St George's Day 10k at Langdale in the Lakes. It was Christine's first race of the year. Monday the 25th April saw Richard Stewart chase down Heather, his daughter, over 10 miles at Wombourne. Apparently Richard gave Heather a 15 minute head start before setting off.

Today, the 1st May saw Adele complete the South Cheshire 20 Miler. Apparently Adele was duped into entering on the basis that it was going to be a team event. Sadly, the rest of the team melted away! Hope you enjoyed a nice day out in the sun, Adele!

26th April A quiet Easter weekend. Brian, Laura, Richard and Heather ventured over to Salford for a 10k on Friday. Brian was delighted to record a new PB even though the weather was better for sunbathing than running! Richard and Heather also ran a 10 miler on Easter Monday but I'm still waiting on the results. I'm also waiting for official confirmation of Christine Henderson's Langdale 10k on the 17th April. Christine ran 57:30.

17th April Nine members successfully completed the London Marathon today. First member home was Dave Wilson in a new Club Record time of 3 hours 10 minutes and 10 seconds. Dave’s twin brother, Bob, was unfortunately running with an injury but still set a respectable time of 3 hours 55 minutes. It was also a good day for the ladies, with Vicky Leese setting a new Club Record of 3:34:24.

Records continued to tumble with new age records for Jon Morgan (3:23:36), Jilly Hunt(4:16:08), Janet Broomhall (4:39:46) and Fiona Challinor(5:08:02). Jilly and Fiona were running in their first marathons.

Also running the London Marathon for the first time were Hannah Rigby (3:46)and Andy English (4:02). Andy was another member running with an injury. Well done to all of you.

Aside from the marathon another nine members enjoyed a spring 10k in the grounds of Cholmondeley castle. All very delightful but not a course for fast times! First home for us was Rob Sharam.

Carching up, the Sandstone Trail 10k results show that James Rainbow and Sara Rogers completed the Sandstone Trail 10k last weekend.

16th April Some slightly older news for you. Adele Minshall has been exploring the delights of Prague where she completed the Prague Half Marathon on the 2nd April. Adele writes:

I took part in the Prague Half Marathon on the 2nd April - my first overseas race. An unseasonably hot 25c and running on cobbles made it a tough race. Disconcerting to see runners at the road side with drips in their arms. Well, I got around in 2:18;21hrs. Enjoyed the weekend though. Prague is a beautiful city. 14th April The Air Products 10k results have now emerged so I can at last report on a fantastic day's racing for the club. There were Records and Pbs in abundance.

Star of the show was Jo Meadowcroft who set a new Womens 10k record. On the men's side, Graham Jones is starting to chase down John Dillon's Club Record but had to settle for an Age Record this time out. Age Records and PBs were also set by Simon Phillips and Rob Sharam. Even I managed to knock 37 seconds off my PB - and the course wasn't even short! Richard Stewart, Darren Peacock and Brian Hickson also enjoyed the fine spring sunshine.

John Dillon turned up to take photos and, if necessary, trip Graham up. So where are the pics John - or was there no film in your camera?

Also in action on Sunday was Dave Wilson who had a leisurely pre-marathon run in the Newcastle 7.

I'm still waiting for results from the Sandstone 10k as I know that James Rainbow took part - and there may well have been others running.

13th April I got carried away so we now have a Twitter account. Username = WhitWhippets.

11th April I'm still waiting for results from Sunday, but in the meantime a couple of midweek fixtures to report. On Wednesday, Jon Morgan, Keith Cotton and Sara Rogers ran in the first of this year's Sexarathon races - a 5 Miler at Lilleshall. After one race in the six race series Jon lies 2nd in his age group.

Jaccie Eccleston was also in action on Wednesday at Chester in the Spring 5.

Sunday saw members run at Crewe, Beeston and Newcastle - you'll just have to wait, but I can tell you that there will almost certainly be a new club record to report!

31st March Tuesday saw our first daylight run of the year. Thirty members turned up for a welcome change of run run round Brown Moss. The run was followed by the club's AGM. I'm afraid you're stuck with me as Chairman for another two years! Rob Sharam was re-elected as Treasurer. The existing committee was also voted back in with the addition of Kate Waterhouse as Social Secretary. So, if you have any thoughts on Social activities please see Kate. Twenty-five of us went on for a curry at Eastern Spice. AGM fifteen minutes - waiting for food 60 minutes. It was still a good meal though!

AGM Minutes and Reports

28th March Just spotted that Richard Stewart ran the Lilleshall Monumentall 10k yesterday in a time of 47:00.

27th March Despite the early start, a goodly gang of 11 Whippets turned up to run with the Wrekin Road Runners at Coalport. We ran an out and back route of around 6 miles. Adele and Sara doing rather more by getting lost on their warm down walk - don't get Sara chatting if she's supposed to be navigating! After the run we all retired to a pub for breakfast. Definitely no need for lunch! For the record, the attendees were Simon Parsons, Simon Phillips, John Dillon, Jon Morgan, Kevin Smith, Graham Jones, Gary Norton, Lynn Norton, Adele Minshall and Sara Rogers.

Whippets were also in action at Liverpool and Wilmslow in Half Marathons and Wolverhampton in the March Hair Raiser. Results aren't yet available for the Lilleshall Monumental 10k. See the racing page for all results.

20th March A team from the Whippets finished second place in the SIS Lightning 12 hour run on Sunday at Eastnor Castle in Herefordshire. Simon Phillips writes: "The team comprising of Rob Sharam, Dean Richards, Graham Jones, Jo Meadowcroft and Simon Phillips finished second in both the mixed five category and second team overall.

The race consisted of 9.1km laps of a tough course around the Malvern Hills and the Whippets managed 17 laps, almost 100 miles in 12 hours 29 minutes, but were beaten by a local team from Gloucester Athletics Club, who competed 17 laps in 11 hours 50 minutes. The mixed Whippets team managed to beat all the remaining teams, including the male five teams by two or more laps.

If you want a tough challenge I would certainly recommend this one, the course was a lot more challenging than the one used in the Thunder Run 24 hour. A special thanks to Rob and Dean for doing an extra lap each, the rest of us weren't as keen for a forth."

Splits:

Rob Sharam, 41:13,40:32,41:48,42:42
Dean Richards, 43:34, 44:58, 43:32, 46:20
Graham Jones, 41:14, 43:30, 45:21,
Jo Meadowcroft, 46:04, 48:16, 46:23,
Simon Phillips, 43:08, 44:57, 45:49,

Also happening today was the Stafford Half Marathon which saw Keith Cotton and Dave Wilson in action. Dave said he was going to run slowly, right....

Congratulations are also due to Brian Hickson who was part of the winning team in the Cannock Chase 40 Mile Walk. His team won by over two hours in a time of 7 hours and 45 minutes!

19th March Adele Minshall took part in the Rhayader 20 finishing in 3:46:46. Adele writes:

Suffering with tight quads today. I did the Rhayader 20 mile around the lakes yesterday. An amazing run. Extremely scenic, beautiful clear blue sky, red kites flying overhead. Tough race very steep uphills with hairy hairpin downhills. Views of waterfalls on the way up, very barren at the top and then the most wonderful views of the lakes and dams. Very well organised, the Marshalls were great even offering pieces of Mars bar ( I didnt partake as I have given up chocolate for Lent) and jelly babies at the water stations. my time was around 3:46.

14th March A fairly quiet weekend with people in action in Stafford, Ironbridge and Trafford. Richard Stewart had a great run in the Trafford 10k. Dave Wilson completed a solitary performance in the Stafford 20 miler - showing he is well on course for a great time in London. Bob Wilson had started the race but had to drop out at 15.5 miles with a niggle. Bob was happy with his pace up to that point. Four members took part in the Ironbridge Half Marathon led home by Rob Sharam who writes:

Personally, I love this race, it must be the nicest half marathon course conceivable with only about 1/2 mile on roads - and that bit is through Ironbridge, so there is quite a buzz weaving through the crowds and pushchairs.

The conditions were about perfect, cool to start with sun breaking through, but the overnight rain had softened the muddy bits so I ended up looking much the same as at the end of the cross country races!

Theyve changed the route a little this year and reversed the direction so that its a gentle downhill for the first 5 miles, and then a very 'cheeky' hill at mile 8 followed by a gradual uphill all the way to the finish. On paper it shouldnt make much difference, but racing it felt like at least a couple of minutes of additional suffering.

Its fautlessly organised, theres loads of supporters out and must be a hundred marshalls who are all really friendly and encouraging - make this a club race next year ?

10th March Added a new section to Record Statistics to show progression of Club Records. So if you've held a club record at some stage your performance will be recognised in perpetuity!

9th March One more from the weekend. Colin Jones ran the Bath Half in 1:26:29 which he described as an ok run. The half marathon rankings are certainly hotting up at the moment.

7th March A very busy race weekend. There was a magnificent turnout of 18 Whippets at the Ellesmere Half Marathon. 1st Man home for us was Graham Jones in 4th place gaining him 3rd Male and a Club Age Record to boot. Graham, though, was outdone by Vicky Leese who was 2nd Lady home (1st Senior Lady). Vicky set a new Club Record for the Half Marathon displacing poor Jo who only set the latest record last weekend! Despite the freezing cold and undulating course there were many good performances. I won't tell you what Jilly said about the hills - her comments are only printable in certain top shelf magazines - or so I believe! Well done to all who ran.

Elsewhere, Dean Richards took five minutes off his Marathon PB in Barcelona where it was presumably a bit warmer! Richard and Heather Stewart along with Janet Broomhall ran the Silverstone Half Marathon. Bob and Dave Wilson raced in the Shakespeare HM on Saturday. Bob's run was only 3 seconds away from his PB. It's also possible a Whippet or two ran in the Bath Half but the results don't show club names and I lost the will to live after looking through the first thousand results! If you raced anywhere I haven't mentioned please let me know. It's coming up to Handicap time and our spies are itching to check on your form!

6th March Village Bakery results have at last come out and are now posted showing Club Records for Kevin Smith and Jo Meadowcroft. Take a quick look Jo because I have a feeling Vicky might have just stolen the record off you at Ellesmere!

28th February Ony a small contingent braved the chilly wind and pre-race showers to compete in the Village Bakery Half Marathon on Sunday at Wrexham. The winds didn't stop it being a fast race and subject to official times - not yet available - one or two club records may well have been set. At the moment it looks like Kevin Smith and Rob Sharam both ran inside Bob Wilson's Club record. Check back in a day or two to see results. A few photos are here - only a few because I forgot to charge my camera battery!

24th February Muller 10k cancelled by Muller a few days ago but today there has been an indication that Market Drayton Running club and the town may take it on. We wish them well and hope that the race can be salvaged. Watch this space...

21st February First results from a quite weekend are in. Because their training plan said they needed to run a half marathon, Bob and Dave travelled right over to the other side of the country to race! Now that's what I call dedication. Dave writes:

Bob & I travelled over to Lincolnshire this morning to compete in the Sleaford Half Marathon at RAF Cranwell. Bob was first home in 1:26:14 (53rd place) followed by me in a new PB of 1:27:22 (61st place).

Bob summarised the event well ‘It was like one of Jon Morgan’s mystery tours’ it started in an RAF camp, went through a farmyard, crossed 4 miles of ploughed (very muddy) fields eventually finding a road at around 5 miles then re-joining the farm track at around 12 miles before descending into the RAF camp again.

At £14 it was worth the journey as the goody bag was reasonable full and every runner received a free cup of tea on completion.

15th February Entries for the Chester Half Mararthon on 15th May are now open. The race fills up quickly so if you're interested you need to get your entry in. A number of whippets have already signed up. Entries

14th February Another weekend result. Keith Cotton and Jackie Eccleston ran the Nick Beer 10k in Llandudno. Keith ran 51:10 and Jackie 51:57. Cold, wet, hilly and no big breakfast!

13th February Around 15 Whippets turned up for the Breakfast run round Brown Moss. We split into two packs - one pack ran 4.5 miles and the other pack 5 miles. Breakfast as ever was a pleasure.

A few members were also in action at the Ennstone 7 where Gareth Dodd recorded an impressive 2nd placing. Gareth was joined by Brian Hickson, Kate Waterhouse, Ken and Helen Robbins and Sara Rogers. Ken and Sara shared the same time which suspiciously looks like they must have been holding hands across the line! Good job Helen was just a little way back to keep an eye on things! Kate says it was rather wet.

Results from the final Cross Country fixture are now available on the North Wales CC website. The men achieved a fantastic 6th place at Oswestry which meant that we finished in 5th place in the league. This was a tremendous improvement on last year's 9th Place. The women finished in 7th at Oswestry and 9th in the league - equalling last year's performance. It was a great season for the club - well done to all who took part!

12th February The club is looking for a new social secretary. More details on the noticeboard.

6th February A small pack of seven whippets made it over to Alsager for the Alsager 5 in blustery conditions. Gareth "Hercules" Dodd was first man home - and no, I've absolutely no idea why he is listed as Hercules in the results. Our first lady home was Jo Meadowcroft with another strong run. Dave Wilson also ran well and is claiming a PB, which on such a windy day is no mean feat. Results are on the racing page.

5th February Saturday saw our men and women take part in the last fixture in this year's North Wales Cross Country League at Oswestry. We had strong performances in both races with a magnificent 23rd place for Rob Sharam being the highlight of the day. There was also a very close battle between Rachael and Kate, with Rachael just keeping Kate at bay on the long run in.

I'm not sure everyone enjoyed the course or the weather. It's okay, Richard, we won't ask you to do another one! Well, not until next year, anyway. Gale force winds almost had the runners come to a halt in places on the course. However I believe the rain was quite refreshing! It was also very thoughtful for the organisers to ensure that there had been a race in the morning to help keep the course at its muddy best! Full results in due course but the finishing positions were:

Women
56 Rachael Foster
59 Kate Smith
65 Kate Waterhouse
72 Helen Robbins
74 Sara Rogers

Men
23 Rob Sharam
43 Graham Jones
53 Dean Richards
72 Simon Phillips
75 Brian Hickson
80 Rob Cope
105 Jon Morgan
117 Richard Stewart

1st February Forgot to say that Jon Morgan's 10k at the weekend was also an improvement on his own club age record.

31st January Just one result from the weekend. Gareth Dodd, Jon Morgan and John Rowlands all ran the Shifnal Gallop 10k - a cross country race. Gareth was 9th home in 38:20. Jon Morgan was 27th - and 1st Male Vet 55. John Rowlands also had a good run to finish in 109th. It was a bitterly cold day so well done to all three.

30th January Full Cross country results are now available here. Our men were 7th team home, just holding on to 6th place in the league. Our women did even better, coming home 5th team and improving from 10th to 6th in the league. Let's see if we can field even stronger teams in the final fixture to make this a great season.

24th January Results from Gloucester Marathon are now in and Colin Jones had a great race yesterday setting a new club record of 3:12:35 deposing Rob Sharam. I can see a marathon battle brewing this year! Next up, Dean in Barcelona. Anyway, here's Colin's write up: To let you know I had a good marathon in Gloucester. There was also the madness of a 50k race going on at the same time.

The weather was near perfect, cloudy and not too cold. The race started off with a loop around the suburbs and then onto 3 laps of a undulating rural course (4 for the 50k race). I was going fine until about 20 miles when I had the option of running over a pothole or a little bit of mud, I chose the mud, slipped and then took a bit of a fall, fortunately just a few grazes and I was straight back up and running. It was funny when the guy behind shouted 'now isn't the time for breakdancing'.

The last few miles were a bit of a struggle as there were a couple of steady climbs, however it gave me a boost seeing the last few mile markers.

It was a really good first marathon to do, very well organised- and had a nice atmosphere with everyone encouraging each other. Not too sure about the exact time, all I remember seeing is 3:12. So all in all, a good day.

23rd January A busy day with Whippets in action at Helsby, Telford and Gloucester. I don't yet have the results from the Gloucester Marathon - but Colin Jones was taking part. Helsby saw Rob Wilson set a new Club Record of 1:24:42 as he came in 116th place. There were also PBs for Dave Wilson and Dean Richards. Dave writes: Dean, Bob and I raced at Helsby today and we all set new PB’s. Bob has also set a new club record of 1:24:42, I managed to knock almost 10 minutes off my time from last year and managed 1:27:52 (181 place) and Dean managed 1:32:04 (269 place) in his second race of the weekend. The race conditions were perfect, the route was scenic and the goodie bag and medal are excellent.

Meanwhile a dozen members raced in the rearranged Telford 10k. Highlights were Kevin Smith and Jo Meadowcroft winning their age groups. Jo also just missed the club record by 5 seconds. I think Laura's going to be looking anxiously over her shoulder this year! Jo did however improve her own age record.

22nd January Freezing cold fog greeted our teams in the fourth fixture of the North Wales Cross Country season at Lilleshall. Thanks to late call ups we were able to field complete teams in both the men's and women's races. First home for the Ladies was Kate Smith making her Cross country debut. Kate was joined by Sara Rogers and Helen Robbins. All three ladies were also running in the Telford 10k the next day - that's what I call dedication! The men were led home by Rob Sharam with Graham Jones not too far behind. The team was rounded out by Dean Richards (running Helsby on Sunday), Simon Phillips, Brian Hickson (Telford Sunday) and Simon Parsons (nice big lunch on Sunday). The men's race was over 6.17 miles which is as near as dammit 10k. Full results in the weeks to come. But unofficially:

Women
49 Kate Smith
63 Sara Rogers
65 Helen Robbins

Men
41 Rob Sharam
46 Graham Jones
62 Dean Richards
89 Simon Phillips
103 Brian Hickson
110 Simon Parsons

20th January A meeting of our coaches was held on Tuesday. Thursday Speedwork sessions for the next few months are listed on the training page.

We also discussed this year's Beginner's Course. The course will be for 8 weeks and will begin on the 5th May. More details in the coming weeks.

12th January Helena Tipping Results now available. Kevin Smith was first M50 - well done Kevin. Jo Meadowcroft also had a great run to lower her own age record. Laura had better watch out as Jo will soon be looking for the club record!

9th January I spotted eighteen whippets in action at the Helena Tipping yesterday. It was a lovely bright day but there was still a little ice around which made it a slightly slower race than usual. Kevin Smith was our first man home. Jo Meadowcroft was our first lady. More photos will be posted later and results when available.

1st January Around a dozen people turned up for the New Year's Day run round Brown Moss. It was great to be out in the country again. Roll on the Spring!

2010

30th December I've updated the Race diary for the next few months Race Diary

28th December At last that pretty white stuff is on the way out and we can get back to sensible running! Hope you all had a good Christmas. Time to shift the pounds now!

Ony one race report from the Christmas period - so far. Richard Stewart writes: Heather, and myself, ran the ‘Shell Chester Round the Walls’ on Boxing Day, though due to the weather, it was 3 laps of the racecourse. I ran the course of just under 4 miles, with Heather, and we both finished in 36:24, so a nice leisurely run to shake off the effects of Christmas dinner and booze.

26th December a small but keen group turned up for the traditional Boxing Day run. For the record they were: Alison Birch + guest, Leslie Dunn, Rachel Foster, Mark Bridgewater, Dean Richards and Hannah Rigby. Hannah just missed the photo. I believe they went for a run round Brown Moss. I retreated home to the warm. I don't do Ice!

19th December Our very own little Santas. Any guesses?

Santas

15th December Place available in Telford 10k. Contact Brian Hickson on brianhickson333@btinternet.com.

14th December Alport FC needs your help. Vote for the club and help them qualify for a much needed grant. See the Noticeboard.

12th December Simon Phillips writes that: "Myself and Kate Waterhouse ran the Tatton Park Yule Yomp 10K yesterday. Kate's run was a family outing, running with both her dad and sister. It was sub zero temperatures and a bit misty for the 10am start, but a really good course round Tatton Park with just the final stretch on a closed road. I'd certainly recommend it as one to do."

3rd December The Cross country results have just been posted and sadly despite our excellent efforts our score was only good enough for 6th place on the day. After 3 races the men lie in 6th place in Division 2. The women managed to hold on to 10th place in Division 2 of the Women's league. Full results on the North Wales CC Site

2nd December Despite the freezing conditions 4 runners made it for a run on Thursday - slightly down on Tuesday.

28th November Yesterday saw our largest ever men's team take part in the North Wales Cross Country League at Wrexham. Ten men lined up for the senior race while we also had a full team in the Ladies race that preceded it.

First home was Kevin Smith in an excellent 35th place. Not far behind were Graham Jones and Rob Sharam. Dean Richards, Brian Hickson and Simon Phillips completed the scoring team. The men recorded our best ever set of results with a score that would have placed us third in our Division in each of the previous two fixtures. The race also saw debut cross country runs for Richard Stewart, Rob Cope and Steve Cope.

We will have to wait a week or so to find out the official results. I'm not sure everyone enjoyed the run as it was bitterly cold but the post race cookies were very much appreciated! Onwards to the next fixture in the New Year at Lilleshall. Our placings were Women
86 Kate Waterhouse
91 Sara Rogers
94 Helen Robbins

Men
035 Kevin Smith
040 Graham Jones
043 Rob Sharam
057 Dean Richards
078 Brian Hickson
103 Simon Phillips
124 Richard Stewart
128 Rob Cope
140 Steve Cope
142 Arvon Williams

23rd November Once again I was too premature. A pack of Whippets ran the Conwy Half Marathon on Sunday. Pride of place goes to Helen Robbins who set a new Age best with 2:09.32. Helen was accompanied by Keith Cotton, Sara Rogers, Kate Waterhouse and Adele Minshall. Adele writes:

Sara, Kate, Helen, Keith and I enjoyed a shivering half. A good run with a steep climb up the Orme. Helen achieved a pb 2.09, I was last whippet home - the climb was too much for me. Sea views all the way round. Well marshalled but a chilly 5 mins queue for medals and t shirt.

21st November Unless more results come in, it looks like only three Whippets were in action this weekend. Brian Hickson, Jo Meadowcroft and Simon Parsons journeyed down to Cannock Chase for the new Cannock Rotary 10k race. Lovely country to run through but a very tough race. Reminded me of the Light Infantry run. Long banks to run up with little chance to recover on the downhill sections. Brian was very pleased to record a PB - I don't know how, but very well done. Jo was 1st lady home in the F35 category. The only consolation I could grab was being 4th in the M50 cat. I think that just means the more sensible M50s had stayed away. One race I don't think I'll be doing again.

20th November The Club has just entered the 21st Century and now has a Group on Facebook. It is a closed group so you will have to ask to join. But it could be useful for sharing info around the club between members. It will not replace the web. This site will remain the key source for club information. I won't be pasting results on Facebook for a start!

19th November The Spencers have a Table and Chairs to dispose of. See the Noticeboard.

12th November The club's 3rd birthday was celebrated at Hannah's Indian Restaurant in Whitchurch. Some 68 members and partners enjoyed an excellent Indian Buffet. As well as the presentation of club awards there was also a fun quiz by Simon Phillips and a prize raffle - thanks to all who contributed!

We were also treated to a yummy birthday cake courtesy of Jean Bancroft. Thanks, Jean.

Birthday Cake

Andy English, Hannah Rigby and Bob Wilson were the delighted winners in the draw for club places in the London Marathon. Someone will have to patiently explain to me why anyone wants to put themselves through the torture that is Marathon training!! But good luck to them all. Our Award winners were:

Most improved beginner: Christina Trevanion
Most improved male: Dave and Bob Wilson (joint award)
Most improved female:Maureen Whyte
Male who has best represented the club:Richard Stewart
Female who has best represented the club: Helen Robbins
Special Achievement: Andrew Corbett for his Ironman performance Club Summer Handicap Presentation
Winner: Graham Jones
2nd Place:Brian Hickson
3rd Place: Maureen Whyte

I think we were finally kicked out of Hannahs by the chef at around one in the morning! A good night indeed.

9th November Results for Hell Up North now out. Dean Richards and Simon Phillips ran in the Morning Glory Race. Dean was an excellent 23rd with Simon in 120th place. There were over 1700 finishers. Well done guys.

8th November Cross country league positions after Bangor now posted. The men have moved up three places despite fielding a weakened team whilst the women have dropped slightly - but there is all to play for over the remaining three fixtures.

7th November Over the weekend, a half dozen whippets took part in the wet Mad Jack's Five at Attingham Park. The group were led home by Keith Cotton, with a rare appearance from James Rainbow - last seen at the Muller 10k! Keith and James were joined by Ken and Helen Robbins, Sara Rogers and John Rowlands. I've yet to find out just how wet and muddy the course was!

Meanwhile Dave Wilson and Kate Waterhouse also went off roading in the Flying Fox 10. Dave was 34th and writes: "it was more like cross-country than a road race very wet, muddy and hilly but enjoyable."

I'm still waiting for the "Hell Up North" results but I know Dean Richards ran. I'm not sure if there were any others.

4th November Congratulations to Mandy and Rob Lewis who have a new arrival. Mandy writes: "I Would like to report that we've bred a little girly whippet! She was born last Monday, 25th October, she was very very quick so hopefully that bodes well for a good future in running. We've called her Rebecca ( I think, it does keep changing!) and she was 7lb 6oz."

3rd November Another result from last weekend. Richard Stewart ran the Birmingham Charities 10k in 43:46 coming 21st. Richard writes that"It was 4 laps round Perry Park, with about 40% tarmac and the rest on grass, woodland path and gravel. It got more difficult towards the end when you started lapping some of the slower runners, and had to pass them on some narrow paths, but it was still an enjoyable race. Official results should be available in the next day or so. I will be taking it easier over the winter, as my right heel is painful after a hard run."

31st October Not satisfied with getting muddy at Bangor, Brian Hickson took part in the Halloween Hellraiser at Nantwich on Sunday. Brian was 45th with Kate Waterhouse in 162nd and John Rowlands in 181st place. Brian writes: "I really enjoyed the race because it was so varied in terrain and scenery, there was steps, stiles, kissing gates (I got no kisses though), graveyards, motorway bridges, fields, roads and of course mud!!!"

30th October Two slightly depleted teams made their way over to Bangor for the 2nd fixture in theis year's North Wales XC league. The rain held off until the women began to run then spat hail stones at the poor girls for good measure! The men's race was also rain affected, but as someone said, it wouldn't be Bangor unless it rained! Juliet Salem was 65th home in the women's race with Helen Robbins following up in 97th position. The men's race saw us get two men into the top fifty - a club first. First home was Kevin Smith in 40th position. He was followed closely by Graham Jones in 47th place. Dean Richards had a good run to place 71st whilst Brian Hickson won his personal battle with Simon Phillips. Brian was 87th and Simon 97th. Let's see if we can field full teams for the remaining fixtures.

29th October Stretches from Jennifer Stiles added to site.

28th October The Whippets were very well represented at Don's very moving funeral. He was very much respected in Prees and we know how much we respected him. Don had a love of athletics dating back to school days and had completed a number of Marathons, including London, in his competitive days. The theme tune from Chariots of fire was a very fitting and moving touch. We will be doing something to honour Don in due course.

25th October Not many Whippets were in action over the weekend, but those that were did so with great success. Brian Hickson, Laura Fisher, Sarah Wilson and Sara Rogers ran in the Fireworks Five at Telford. Laura writes:

Although it was freezing at the start it was a beautiful dry sunny day, perfect for running. There were 78 runners overall. Whitchurch whippets ladies won the ladies prize! So we did very well as me and Sarah got prizes for our places. Sara also got a bottle of wine for her L40 win. And we all got T-shirts for 1st ladies team!!!!!

Elsewhere, Adele Minshall and Jo Evans took part in the Birmingham Half Marathon. It was Jo's first Half Marathon and she was very pleased to run the same time as Adele. However, Jo says the finish organisation let the race down as people had to queue to finish the race - leading to official times being much slower than run times! Wake up, Birmingham!

24th October I have now added the League results to the Cross Country Page. The club has started off where it ended last year in 9th place in both the men's and women's leagues. But crucially we are close enough to our rivals to make good progress.

23rd October The talk given by Jennifer Stiles on Tuesday was well attended and very popular. There was excellent advice all round and the guidance on running shoes was very welcome. Many thanks to Jilly Hunt for the wonderful sandwiches. I didn't need to eat at all on Wednesday!

22nd October Don's funeral will be held at noon on Thursday October 28th at St Chads, Prees. Club colours are welcome. I will be attending along with several other Whippets.

21st October Sadly, I have to report that Don Wilbraham passed away peacefully in hospital on Tuesday with his wife Liz at his side. Don was one of the very first club members, joining in early 2008, and was always a popular running companion because of his easy going nature and good conversation. He will be sadly missed by all who knew him.

19th October Just heard from Kate Waterhouse that she ran the Sandbach 10k at the weekend. Kate writes:

"Did the Sandbach 10k on Sunday. Multi terrain but mostly on quiet country lanes. Beautiful morning. Shame that you had to cross a slippery railway bridge at the end which cost me some time but otherwise a really friendly and well organised race."

18th October A few results from last weekend. Our wandering father and daughter team were again in action. Richard and Heather Stewart ran the Cardiff Half Marathon. Heather knocked 5 minutes off her previous best for the year. Richard writes: "The weather was perfect and it was quite a flat course. It was very well organised, but very slow for the first few miles, due to lots of slow runners starting in the wrong place, but we’d both do this one again. We were very pleased with our times, and thought it was great, that your time was texted to your mobile phone as soon as you’d finished."

Despite carrying an injury, Jon Morgan made the best of moving up an age group by running in the Rotary Blenheim 10k. Setting an age record on the way. Jon would like to apologise to Chris Bennion for so doing!

15th October Results for last weekend have started creeping out of the woodwork. Jackie Eccleston ran 52:05 in the Natterjacks 10k at Southport whilst Heather Stewart ran the 8 mile Autumn Trail run in Plymouth in a time of 1:16:20. Kate's time for the Sandon Hall 10k has also come through. Kate ran 61:14.

11th October A few more reports from the Weekend. Dave Wilson and Laura Fisher ran the Congleton Half. Looks like it was a PB for Laura in 1:39.59. Dave ran 1:30:48.

Fiona Challinor writes that: "Not a race, but I thought I would let you know that I ran one of the legs in the Coastal GB relay yesterday. Don't know if you are already aware that runners have been running a relay around Great Britain which started in Blackpool back in May and is due to be back in Blackpool late October. So far over 4000 miles have been completed by the various runners taking part, I did my bit yesterday carrying Barry the Baton from Kinmel Bay through Rhyl to Prestatyn where I passed him to the next runner. It was a fun (but very windy) morning by the sea and nice to be part of such an unusual challenge.See Coasters GB

Barry the Baton

Barry the Baton

Kate Waterhouse is back on the running trail now that the duathlon/triathlon season is over. Kate ran in the Sandon Hall 10k - no result yet available.

10th October Yesterday saw the first of this season's cross country races. Simon Phillips reports that "Thirteen Whippets made the trip to Colwyn Bay for the first cross country fixture of the season and as with previous years was bathed in glorious sunshine.

It was great to see six new faces representing the club for the first time in the cross country league.

The ladies team were first to run, although due to unexpected traffic problems it was an extremely close call to making the start on time. Rachael Foster was first home, followed by Juliet Salem and Rebecca Dines. In the men's race Kevin Smith was first home, followed by Rob Sharam and Graham Jones.

We're now all looking forward to the next fixture at Bangor on 30th October."

Women's results
77 Rachael Foster
82 Juliet Salem
104 Rebecca Dines
108 Sara Rogers
114 Helen Robbins

Men's results
54 Kevin Smith
80 Rob Sharam
89 Graham Jones
108 Colin Jones
131 Simon Phillips
151 Mark Gregory
164 Arvon Williams
166 Brian Hickson

5th October If you've had your London Marathon application rejected there is still a chance to get one of the places granted to the club. Club Marathon Places

4th October Only a few Whippets braved the heavy rains to race over the weekend. On Saturday, the Wilson boys broke away from a stag do to compete in the Newcastle Park Run. They suspiciously ran the 5k in exactly the same time of 20:40. Bob won the personal race by a tattoo. Richard Stewart was in Warrington on Sunday paddling round the English Half Marathon. He says that in places the water was ankle deep. Richard still managed an excellent 1:37:45.

30th September Entry forms now available for Helena Tipping 10k on 5th December - our next big club race. It's local, flat and fast.Helena Tipping 10k

29th September Liz Wilbraham has given us an update on Don see Notices

27th September A quiet weekend unless you tell me otherwise! Sara Rogers was our only representative at Colemere in their 5k Trail Race. The Hinstock 5k saw Steve and Joy Walwyn in action - although in Steve's case I'm reliably informed that the pub might have something had something to do with his keenness to take part! Joy writes that it is getting a bigger event every year now, with an excellent social at the "local" Falcon Pub with a band playing, barbeque and drinks etc. One worth considering next year, then.

While Bob Wilson writes that: "I took part in The Ludlow Sprint Triathlon yesterday; it seems that the distances vary a bit on the sprint triathlon this one was 400m swim 26km bike and oddly 6.25k run, I managed to complete all of that in a time of 1.29.58 finishing in 68th position."

24th September Blacks in Shrewsbury are holding a VIP Running clothing event and have invited us along. See Notices.

Results are now up for the Great North Run and the Seven Bridges 10k. I have now added age graded percentages to results over: 5k, 10k, 10m, Half Marathon and Marathon distances. Apologies to anyone who doesn't like the resulting percentages! The factors used are from the 2006 World Masters Organisation tables and compare your race result against a standard for your age.

20th September Still waiting for the official Seven Bridges results but Dave Wilson reports that Sarah Wilson was first lady home with Jo Meadowcroft not too far behind as 3rd Lady. Christine Trevannion was also there racing hard, while Dave himself just pottered round enjoying the scenery - or so he says!

19th September Laura and Brian completed the Great North Run. I'm still waiting to hear if anyone else took part before publishing any results. Laura beat Brian but was probably beaten by several bananas and a pantomime horse. They were both happy with their first Half Marathon but that will teach them to be in the wrong starting position in a busy race! Several members also took part in the Seven Bridges 10k - more when results available.

The sharp eyed among you may spot that I've changed how some of the page links work. Life can be so much fun.

17th September Lake Vyrnwy Photos now added

13th September Some 19 Whippets pounded the lakeside paths in the Lake Vyrnwy Half Marathon yesterday. Despite it being fairly warm, Bob Wilson ran an excellent race to set a new club record. The race also saw a number of PBs set and a new age record for Simon Phillips. Results Photos will be posted when available - did anyone take a camera?

9th September Janet Broomhall has reported that she ran the Wolverhampton Half Marathon on Sunday. Janet completed the race in 1:56:02.

7th September Just a reminder that Sara Rogers has a new batch of club T-Shirts for sale. Club vests are also available. Club Kit

6th September Also in action at the weekend were father and daughter combo - Richard and Heather Stewart. The pair were in action in Glasgow in the Great Scottish Half Marathon. Richard clocked 1:39:28 whilst Heather sneaked inside the 2 hour mark with 1:59:52.

5th September Twenty-six people, including seven new friends from the Wrekin Road Runners, turned up for the breakfast run from the Raven. Thanks for coming over folks. We look forward to a return run round Telford in due course!

A six mile run turned out to be just over a mile short - but it has to be said that most people (well, me anyway) were really only there for the breakfast - and the shorter the run the better, I thought. The "Gut Buster" breakfast must also be getting smaller as I had no trouble munching my way through 3 sausages, 2 eggs, 3 bacon, hash browns, fried bread, mushrooms, tomatoes, beans, black pudding and bubble and squeak. Quite enjoyed the run as well!

Just two race results that I am aware of from Sunday. Andy English set a new PB in the Bristol Half Marathon and Bob Wilson enjoyed himself with a short paddle, cycle and jog in the North West Sprint Triathlon at Nantwich. Bob was 131st in a time of 1:16:44. He's already looking forward to his next Triathlon. We might be losing him to the dark side!

2nd September The final race in this Summer's Handicap series took place in fantastic running conditions with 22 members taking part. Overall 50 members have run at least one race, a very pleasing statistic.

First home was Danielle Connolly chased hard by Brian Hickson who was in with a great chance of winning the series. But sadly for Brian, Graham Jones was not too many places further back. In another nail-biting finish to a series, Graham took the top spot by 1 point! Handicapper Simon Phillips was suitably embarrased to finish in 3rd place - and very pleased that he didn't run even faster! Maureen Whyte will be very surprised, and hopefully very pleased, to learn that she has finished in fourth place!

A big thank you to all of you who have taken part or helped at the finish to make this year's series such a great success.

1st September Gareth Dodd, Jon Morgan, Helen Robbins and Ken Robbins all took part in the Madeley Matchmaker 5k. This was the last race in the series. Jon, Ken and Helen have all had a good series just failing to take the top spot in their age categgories. Ken and Helen were 2nd in their age groups whilst Jon was a very good 3rd in his.

31st August Seems I missed Sarah Owen from the list of Whippets in action at Ellesmere - sadly, race results aren't always what they ought to be! Anyway, Sarah, another recent joiner, made a fine club debut finishing in 62:13. Apologies if i've missed anyone else.

29th August While I was flying back into Manchester, club members were braving wet and windy conditions in the inaugural Ellesmere 10k.

The race was won by Telford A.C International Chris Davies in a time of 30:33. First home for the Whippets was Gareth Dodd in 28th Place. The organisers were very impressed by our large turnout - in fact we had the largest presence of any club with 28 runners - even beating hosts Oswestry who turned out 21 members!

Laura Fisher was our first lady home - setting a new club record in the process! There was also a new age record for Adele Minshall.

It was also great to see recent new members Laura Turner, Christine Trevannion, Annabel Fearnall and Fiona Dillon all making their race debuts. Photos will be posted in due course unless you pay me not to!

12th - 29th August While I was away in Switzerland members were out and about racing around the area. Members raced at Ellesmere over 5k, Birchwood over 10k and Gobowen over 5 miles. See Racing page for results.

9th August Andrew Corbett finished the Outlaw Triathlon in fine style - beating his 12 hour target by 6 minutes. The event was made up of a 2.4 mile swim, a 112 mile Cycle ride and a full marathon to finish. Andrew finished with a time of 11 hours 54 minutes and 37 seconds in 269th place out of 714. His individual event times were:

Swim 1hr 22mins 49 seconds

Cycle 6hrs 4 mins and 2 secs

Marathon 4 hrs 17 mins and 10 seconds

Well done Andrew. Anyone else fancy a go?

8th August A few early weekend results while we wait for Andrew Corbett's Outlaws Triathlon Result. Whippets were in action at Newark and Meerebrook today. In the Meerebrook 15k Laura Fisher writes that she and Brian were both really pleased with their results and didn't find the race as tough as expected. The weather helped as it was cool but dry. Unfortunately the amazing views that had been promised were hidden by mist! Sara Rogers and Adele Minshall were also there but not spotted by Laura. Does that mean Sara's had her hair recoloured?

Dave Wilson, Heather Stewart and Richard Stewart all had good runs in the Newark Half Marathon. Dave writes that it was a good race, very well organised and marshaled. Despite the heat and the hills they all enjoyed themselves and plan to be back there next year for the 30th. Dave managed to knock over 18 minutes off last years time coming home in 115th position out of a field of 1036 in a time of 1:31:07. All results are on the Racing page.

2nd August Thunder Run results Summarised:

Team 7th Place. 30 legs in 24:33:28 Ave: 49:07

Fastest leg Rob Wilson 41:34

Rob Wilson 4 legs Ave 42:57 Fastest 41:34
Rob Sharam 4 legs Ave 44:17 Fastest 42:22
Dean Richards 4 legs Ave 46:12 Fastest 43:50
Jon Morgan 4 legs Ave 46:59 Fastest 44:29
Dave Wilson 4 Legs Ave 47:08 Fastest 44:21
Simon Phillips 4 legs Ave 48:01 Fastest 46:21
Keith Cotton 3 legs Ave 56:05 Fastest 53:32
Kate Waterhouse 3 legs Ave 67:39 Fastest 62:19

Full Results

1st August A cracking good run from the Thunder Run Team of Bob and Dave Wilson, Jon Morgan, Simon Phillips,Rob Sharam, Keith Cotton, Dean Richards and Kate Waterhouse. Over the 24 hours of the race the team covered 300km - exactly as predicted! Stats on how much they ate or slept are not yet available! They finished in a great 7th Place in their category and 12th Team overall. First Pics. More photos and full results to follow when available.

After a good spell of barking at the moon, the Whippets team have moved up to 6th place in the Thunder Run - even after an off piste excursion by Dave! After 16 hours they have covered 230km and are still on target to beat the 300km mark.

31st July The Whippets are enjoying a good long run in Catton Park! After the first 8 legs of the 24 hour Thunder Run the team are in 8th place out of 76 teams. Next update tomorrow morning!

26th July Kevin Smith set our fastest 10k time of the year by coming a great 4th in the Leigh Sports Village 10k on Sunday. Richard Stewart also set a new pb whilst his daughter Heather is getting closer to setting another best. So far there are no other results to report.

23rd July There was an excellent turnout last night for race 3 in the Summer Handicap Series with 30 members taking part. It was especially pleasing to see so many beginners giving it a go - although it did give the handicappers problems! First home was Jo Evans, one of our newest members. Fastest run of the night came from Kevin Smith with a time of 17:41. The series is jointly led by Graham Jones and Juliet Salem. With one race to go, seventeen runners are still in with a chance of winning the series! The final race is on Thursday the 2nd September. Handicap Standings

Wednesday night saw race 5 in the Telford Sexarathon Series over 5k. Jon Morgan, Ken Robbins and Helen Robbins all lie in 2nd place in their age categories with one race to go.

22nd July Daren Peacock reports that he ran the Buxton Carnival 5 on Saturday(17th). He says that it was a tough course! With a 2 mile climb to start! Daren finished in 68th place in a time of 36:48

21st July Despite the bad weather we still had a good number out for a refreshing run in the rain last night. Sadly, numbers for the Chip Butties were down on expectations - which pleased John "Chip" Dillon no end! Never mind, the 25 or so that stayed on had a good natter and feed. Let's hope for better weather next time.

Dates are now out for the Cross Country Season.

19th July The Pitchcroft 10k is billed as a fast 10k, and lived up to its reputation for Dave Wison who jumped into 3rd place in this year's 10k rankings with a new PB of 39:28. Richard and Heather Stewart also ran, but just missed setting PBs. Meanwhile Adele Minshall sneaked off to Trentham to run the much hillier Trentham 10 miler.

18th July On Thursday Kate Waterhouse ran the Salomon Forest Delamere 10k whilst Dave Wilson ran the JCB Lakeside 5. Results on racing page. Today Laura Fisher completed the Race for Life 10k at Weston Park. Dave Wilson, Heather Stewart and Richard Stewart all ran the Pitchrcoft 10k at Worcester. Results awaited.

I've also produced a new age profile for the club with a comparison against last year.

15th July Just learnt that Kate Smith ran the Buxton Half Marathon back in June in a time of 1:58.39.

13th July Around a dozen members ventured over to Bickerton for a run over the Bulkeley Hills. The group split into two for a short run over about 3 miles and a longer 6 mile run. The runs were well organised as usual by Andrew Corbett who surprised us all with his drawing ability having drawn a whippet as a Trail Marker! It's just a shame we were all caught in a downpour but it didn't spoil the run!

12th July Kate Waterhouse reports that she and Jackie Ecclestone ran in the Better Half Marathon at Oulton Park on Sunday. She says that had it not been for a ferocious headwind across parts of the circuit I am sure we would both have got under 2 hours.

11th July I've also heard that Sara Rogers was down in London for some shopping - sorry, I meant taking part in the Asics British 10k. Sara says it was very crowded and took nearly half an hour for her to cross the start line - now if only that was half an hour to cross the finishing line! Jon Bird was also in action in Llandudno - he says the 10k was very hilly. Results not yet available for either event.

9th July Spies tell me that our women might have won the women's team prize in the Dawley Crown classic. Well done, ladies - that's brilliant! Apparently it was 3 to score; Laura Fisher was first home for us in 26th place with Sarah Wilson just three places behind. They were backed up by Sara Rogers and Helen Robbins. Bob Wilson had another good run finishing in 9th place. Bob was backed up by Jon Morgan and Keith Cotton. Sadly, our men missed out on a team prize!

8th July Kate Waterhouse ran in the latest race of the Delamere trail series - this time the distance was around 4.8 miles.Kate says it was very humid but good training for the thunder run!

5th July A few results to catch up on today. Starting with last Wednesday, Jon Morgan, Ken Robbins, Sara Rogers and Helen Robbins took part in the 4th Race of the 6 Race Sexarathon series at Ironbridge. After this race, Jon, Ken and Helen all lie 2nd in their age categories - come on you Whippets!

On Sunday Kevin Smith and Gareth Dodd had a tussle over the half marathon distance at Shifnal. Kevin came out on top setting a new Club Record of 1:26:27 whilst Gareth set a new open age record of 1:27.19. Meanwhile over in Manchester, Dean Richards and Daren took part in the City of Manchester 10k. Dean went under 40 minutes for the first time, setting a PB of 39:52. Daren just missed a PB by a couple of seconds.

Saturday saw Richard and Helen Stewart competing in the Birmingham Black Country Half Marathon. Richard writes: Heather, and myself, completed the Birmingham and Black Country Half Marathon on Saturday, running the canal route from Wolverhampton to Birmingham . We left Whitchurch at 7:30, arriving in Wolverhampton before 9am, and collecting our train tickets for the journey back to Wolverhampton, to collect the car. We dropped our bags at the start, where they would be transported to Birmingham by van. There was a gate to the canal, and they allowed someone to start about every 10 seconds. Although the route was flat, there were many hazards to watch out for - the expected ones, like the bridges, gates and the Coseley Tunnel, and the unexpected ones, which included cyclists and joggers travelling in the opposite direction, and fishermen (or should that be anglers), who all seemed to feel we were trespassing on THEIR canal, and made no effort to give way. We found it a lot tougher than expected, and later understood why they warned that it was not a course for getting a PB. The Coseley Tunnel is 360 yards long and very dark, and although the organisers provided some lighting, you had to watch your footing, and avoid slowing down too much, or you would be holding up the other runners, who sounded as if they were very close and trying to get past you. The ramps over bridges were difficult and there were several sharp turns, and uneven surfaces which broke any rhythm you had going. My time was 1:50:27, and Heather finished in 2:09:19 Our bags, including the proverbial ‘goody bags’, were available for collection at the finish and we took advantage of discounted food and drink at the Piano and Pitcher, available to all runners, before we then made our way to New Street Station, for the journey back to Wolverhampton. Both Heather, and myself, felt shattered when we eventually arrived back in Whitchurch around 2:30pm, but we both agreed that the race was a bit different and interesting, and we would do it again, next year.

1st July A historic day for the club as Melissa Nicholson handed in her membership form to become our 100th member. This has been a major target for the club and something we didn't expect to achieve inside just 3 years. We must be doing something right!

The rain held off long enough for members to enjoy a social run from the Horse and Jockey Pub at Grindley. The 3.5 mile loop round the canal was completed by a pack of around 35 members - I know, I should have counted, but it was quite hard with people joining in half way! Around 25 stayed on for a meal. It was very pleasing to see so many from the beginner's course coming along.

30th JuneAround 20 foolhardy whippets took part in last night's first club beep test. Rachael Foster was the last lady to drop out, but Graham Jones managed to survive the longest, reaching level 12.1. Other fiendish fitness tests are being planned for those who want to test their metal again.

27th June Simon Phillips reports that the 11 Whippets who travelled to Stone looking for any fast times on this flat 10K course were to be sadly disappointed, as it was offically the hotest day of the year. The temperature had more than a feeling of the Muller 10K in 2008 and certainly made running more of a challenge than usual. Results will be posted when available.

24th June If you go down to the woods today you're in for a big surprise - well you might have been on Thursday if you'd been in Delamere Forest. Kate Waterhouse, Sara Rogers and Helen Robbins took part in the latest Delamere Trail run. It's an excellent summer series around the trails in Delamere forest. The races vary in length and this one was approx 4.5 miles. Well recommended as a change from Brown Moss! Talk to the girls if you want to know more.

22nd June Another excellent turn out for the club handicap. 22 members ran round a rather hot circuit. Graham Jones has clearly been putting in some hard work as he managed to beat the Handicapper's prediction by over 30 seconds! Juliet Salem leads the series having placed 3rd in race 1 and 5th in race 2. Gareth Dodd and Simon Phillips aren't too far behind. Results and Standings

21st June A fairly quiet weekend; but a small group did find their way over to Wombourne for a Half Marathon. First home for us was Richard Stewart, followed by his daughter Heather, then Sara Rogers and Adele Minshall. Adele's time was a new club age record - improving her own previous record set in the four villages half earlier this year.

One earlier result to catch up on. Andrew Corbett completed the Bala Middle Distance Triathlon - a half Iron Man in preparation for the full thing later this year. Andrew completed the three events in 5:30.27.

15th June The Committee has a new member. We are pleased to welcome Jilly Hunt on board as the Club's Social Secretary. Watch out for even more fun times that don't involve running in the months to come!

14th June Let's start with some news from midweek. The latest Sexarathon standings have now been published and club members are featuring highly. Jon Morgan and Ken Robbins lie in 2nd place in their age categories, whilst Helen is in 3rd place in hers. All three are in with great chances of winning their series.

Also midweek half a dozen Whippets made it over to Gobowen for the Park hall 5K which saw Gareth Dodd flex his muscles for an excellent 8th place. Colin Jones and Kevin Smith were not far behind in 15th and 16th place. Dean Richards and Simon Phillips both posted PB's. Mel Oulton seems to like this series and ran faster this year than last.

Saturday was fortunately cool enough to allow good runs at Newport for 13 club members. First home was Gareth Dodd in 9th place - I think it's something to do with the football season being over. It's not a PB course - far too hilly for that, but there were good runs all down the field and a debut for Graham Jones. He's the one in the Durham vest.

Sunday saw just 3 members run the Potter's arf - a pretty tough Half Marathon.

13th June Results for weekend posted on Racing page. Photos and commentary tomorrow.

9th June Just one result from the weekend. John Rowlands ran in the Westbridge 5 finishing in 48:15

31st May Dean Richards and Simon Phillips decided to cheat and split a whole Marathon between them by doing the Chester Marathon Relay. It was obviously a good decision as they came 2nd out of 24 teams in the relay competition. In the process Dean set a new Half Marathon PB of 1:32:57. Simon, on the other hand, is rueing having spent the first few miles talking to runners who were going faster than he planned, there must be a lesson in there somewhere!

30th May Despite attendance at the social the night before, a fair group of whippets ran the annual Light Infantry Run round Black Park. The first three men and women were all club members. Gareth was first Male in a time of 40:26. Laura was first Female with a time of 49:48. Brian managed to take his revenge over Laura for beating him at Muller - although some suspect he took a short cut across the fields! For the men, Colin Jones was second home and new member Jon Bird 3rd. Rachael was 2nd Lady home and Kate Waterhouse third. The other members taking part are listed in the results. Photos will be posted later when I've edited the gory bits out!

Elsewhere, Dave Wilson and Kevin Smith ventured over to Stoke for a 10K which seems to have ended up as a short race for all competitors bar one - the guy who finished in 9th place, who was promptly declared the winner! It will be interesting to see how the organisers explain that one! Never mind guys, I hope you still had a good run!

29th May Around thirty whippets attended the social at the Morgans, although alcohol might have confused accurate counting! Good fun was had by all despite the poor weather. A big thanks to Jon and Debbie for hosting the event - especially Debs for the wonderful food! Hopefully there'll be another social in July.

25th May A cracking start to this year's handicap series with 28 members racing over a slightly revised course. First home was Lesley Dunn who managed to outfox the handicappers - it won't happen again! Fastest time of the day came from Gareth Dodd who ran a time of 17:06 which is a course record. Fastest lady was Sarah Wilson with a time of 20:56. The next race is on the 22nd June. Full results and standings here.

24th May And a great result from the weekend with Charlotte Giddings braving 26 degree temperatures to record a new Club Record in the Edinburgh Marathon. Phew, what a scorcher! Well done Charlotte.

23rd May Been a busy sort of week. A group of 15 made their way over to Bickerton for a hilly run over Bulkeley before enjoying a drink and a bite at the Poacher. Sadly that means we weren't around at the Rugby club to greet Don Wilbraham. Don enjoyed his visit and the opportunity to show off his new Mohican style hairdo. It was good to hear of his visit from those that were there. Hopefully there'll be more of us around for Don's next visit.

There were two races in mid week. Kate Waterhouse and Sara Rogers enjoyed themselves in the Delamere Trial Series with Sara coming 2nd in her age group. Kate highly recommends the series saying they are really nice runs and can be entered on the night if any one fancies a change of scenery.

Thursday also saw the Phoenix Flyer at Dawley, the 2nd race in the Telford Sexarathon series. Kevin Smith made his club debut finishing in an excellent 37th position. Jon Morgan, Ken Robbins and Helen Robbins continued their assaults on the overall series. Ken and Helen are lying 2nd equal in their age groups whilst Jon lies 3rd. We wish them well in the remaining 4 races.

17th May Some more results from the weekend. First off, a result from the Lake District where Christine Henderdon ran the Windermere Marathon. Christine came home 3rd in the lady vets 60 category setting a time of 4:56:14 - a Club Record over all age groups! Well done, Christine.

The sharp eyed among you have spotted that Alison, Helen and John were missing from the Chester results. Now added. They weren't there last night - honest! Helen's time was a new Age Record breaking her own record.

16th May Another great turn out from the club with a dozen members racing in the Shell Chester Half Marathon. The twins led the way again with Sarah Wilson first lady home - just to keep it in the family. There was a Club Record for Bob Wilson and Age Records for Rachael Foster and Ken Robbins. Someone must be putting something in the water.

13th May One more result from last weekend. Caroline Nelson fulfilled a promise to a friend and ran in the Beaverbrooks Blackpool 10k. Caroline completed the distance in around 50 minutes exactly - times were only recorded in 15 second brackets! Well done, Caroline.

10th May Photo page now full of Muller Pictures. Not much more to say about the race. It looks like we were the 3rd Biggest Shropshire club there after Shropshire Shufflers and the Wrekin Road Runners. Next year we'll have to get 50 or 60 there! There were far too many PBs to list - but you know what you did! In the results the positions are those in which people finished - times are chip times. Laura will be very pleased to see that she ran faster than Brian even though he did sprint past her in the finishing area - what a gent! Thanks to all of you for giving us handicappers a great set of results to work with!! See you on the 25th.

9th May 42 Whippets turned out in fine weather to run the Muller 10k. First Whippet home was Rob Wilson in a time of 39:01. There were many PBs and club age records for Laura Fisher, Janet Broomhall, Adele Minshall, Jean Bancroft and Ken Robbins. There will be more photos and a bigger report when I've had a chance to analyse the results and edit the piccies.

7th May Dean Richards has given some reflections on his Marathon. see Noticeboard

6th May This year's Beginner's course got underway with a massive turnout of 24 new runners. Leaders Adele Minshall and Simon Philips had their work cut out but it looked like a great session was enjoyed by all. Thanks to all of our regular members who leant a hand or offered to help. With such numbers I am sure help will be greatly needed over the next few weeks.

5th May Just a few results from the Bank Holiday. Kate Waterhouse continued her exploration of the North with a run in the Keswick Half Marathon. She says it was a beautiful course that reminded her of Lake Vyrnwy only with hills! On Bank Holiday Monday Dave Wilson and Sara Rogers took part in the Haughmond Handicap Chase.

25th April It was with some relief that our Marathon runners woke to find that the weather had moderated to provide excellent running conditions. Andrew Corbett was first back in 3:15:52. Dean was all smiles as he crossed the line in an excellent 3:31:50. Daren Peacock and Keith Cotton crossed the line just over the four hour mark whilst Adele posted the bravest run - completing the race with a broken wrist. Dean and Adele both set club age records for their performances. Not to be left out, Jon Morgan completed the Shakespeare Marathon at Stratford in 3:51:22

24th April Saturday saw a very succesful outing for a small group of Whippets in the North Wales 10 Mile Road Championship at Wrexham. The Ladies Team of Kate Waterhouse, Sara Rogers and Helen Robbins won 3rd Team in the Open Category and Sara picked up the prize for 1st W40. Bob Wilson was first back and narrowly missed out on the prizes in the Open Category. We are certainly building a reputation with the North Wales League organisers!!

19th April Whippets have been enjoying fine racing weather over the past week. Thursday saw Kate Waterhouse run the Hanchurch Hilly 5 which I'm guessing involved some uphill stretches. Sunday saw 11 whippets over at Cholmondeley Castle for a multi-terrain 10k around the estate. The entries were much higher than last year with three times as many people taking part in the 10k. Looks like it will become a well established race in coming years.

First home was Simon Phillips. Race results are a bit hit and miss as they don't show names but we think we identified most whippets correctly. Sadly, we haven't managed to establish Janet Broomhall's result - but she was there!

Sunday also saw Kate Waterhouse and John Rowlands venture over to Newcastle for the Newcastle 7. All results on the racing page

15th April Missed Caroline's debut race in the Sandstone 10k. Sorry, Caroline. Just one question - why are you listed as an "M" and not an "F" in the results? Is there something you need to tell us?

13th April The new vests have arrived. If you want a club vest please see Sara Rogers on a Club Night or email Sara@rrroofing.net. Vests are £12 and the printing is expected to stay on! Just a few results from the weekend. Andrew Corbett outsprinted his son in the Sandstone 10k - not sure that's fair Andy! Elaine was also there and didn't get drawn into the family tussle.

11th April Just a few midweek results to catch up on. Kate Waterhouse found herself the only club member in the Chester 5 on Wednesday.Kate says the course was a tad more undulating than she was expecting - but very well organised. Four other Whippets were in action in Lilleshall in the first of this year's Sexarathon Races. Jon Morgan was our first runner home. Also racing were Ken and Helen Robbins and Elaine Dines.

7th April Another result from the weekend. Jackie Eccleston did the Run the Bridge 5 mile race at Runcorn on Sunday in 41:59.

6th April Updated Race Diary and added photos from Air Products 10k

4th April Nine Whippets forewent Easter Eggs to race round the Crewe Industrial estate in chilly winds. Star of the show was Charlotte Giddings with a new Club Record, taking Jo Meadowcroft's mark set two years ago. There were excellent runs all down the field with PB's for Bob and David Wilson, Kate Waterhouse as well as for Richard and Heather Stewart in their second race in 3 days. I'll try and post some photos in due course

2nd April Richard and Heather Stewart headed up to Salford for a Good Friday 10k. It was Heather's first race and despite falling at the 9k mark she recorded a very respectable 56:13. Richard continued his good run of form with a 44:32 clocking.

30th March What a start to the summer season! Over 50 whippets ran round Brown Moss in our first daylight run. That was almost certainly the largest number we've ever had on a single run. The run was followed by our quickest ever AGM at around 17 minutes! I guess people just wanted to get on to Hannah's for a curry. Around thirty sat down to eat and a good time was had by all. On the Noticeboard there is an update on Don.

29th March Sunday saw Whippets racing in Liverpool. Albrighton and Wilmslow. Charlotte Giddings and Vicky Leese both had excellent runs in Liverpool. Charlotte set a new ladies Club Record whilst Vicky ran a good time depsite being injured. They were joined by Keith Cotton who consolidated his London Marathon training. Dean Richards, Daren Peacock and Kate Waterhouse ran in the very popular Wilmslow Half Marathon with Daren and Dean both recording PB's - showing that their Marathon training is going well. Daren's time was also a club age record. Sara Rogers, Elaine Dines and John Rowland tried their hands at the March Hair Raiser in Albrighton.

23rd March The Whitchurch Light Infantry run is advertised as being on 30th May. And if anyone is looking for a race this Sunday there is a 10k at Lilleshall Lilleshall Monumental 10k

21st March Whippets were in Half Marathon action in Stafford and Ironbridge today. Kate Waterhouse said she felt quite lonely at Stafford whilst at Ironbridge 11 Whippets completed the course. Age records were broken by Charlotte Giddings and Ken Robbins at Ironbridge where Simon Phillips said it didn't feel quite as nice on the long and slow climb back as it did at the start! Chris Evitts was first back at Ironbridge in his first race in club colours. Results

17th March Richard Steward was also in action on Sunday running the Silverstone Half in 1:43:53

16th March Just learnt that on Sunday, Kate Waterhouse and Andy English took part in what's been billed as the "World's first Kilomathon", a 26.2km run from Nottingham to Derby.

14th March Eight whippets made it out for the Stafford 20. Thankfully no torrential rain and hail this year, but strong winds certainly made the running hard work. First home was the mixed relay team of Simon Phillips, Sarah Wilson and John Hopwood, closely followed by Andrew Corbett. Next back was Charlotte Giddings with a very good run, followed by Dean Richards, Daren Peacock and Keith Cotton.

11th March Entries now being taken for the Sexarathon series. Entry form here.

10th March Rachael Foster was also in action over the weekend. Running the Bath Half Marathon in 1:50:16

8th March Farndon results now up on the Racing page I've now had a chance to go through the results and the club had an excellent day at Farndon. There were PB's for Bob Wilson, Ken Robbins, Helen Robbins and Alison Birch. Helen and Ken Robbins both lowered their own club age records, whilst Chris Bennion set a new age best in the M55 category. Richard Stewart ran an excellent 46:40 at Farndon having run even faster for a 44:27 PB at Trafford earlier that morning! Well done to you all. I would have loved to have run - but the bacon bap was just too tempting.

7th March A glorious, if chilly, day saw 14 whippets course round the Farndon 10k. Colin Jones was the first Whippet home whilst Dean and Keith take the bravery award for running 13 miles to get there and then racing! Their feat was matched - if not beaten by Richard Stewart for whom the race was his second 10k race of the day. I've sent for the Doctor! Bob and Helen were overjoyed with their runs - both had big PB's if confirmed by the official results. It was also good to see Chris Bennion and Jackie Ecclestone run their first races in club colours. Apologies to those I haven't mentioned. Mark this race in your race calendar for next year - it is a cracking rural circuit. Photos.

28th February February was seen out with a social run for 20 of us round Brown Moss followed by a blow out breakfast at the Raven Cafe. It was great to run in daylight and out of town. Some strange people preferred the run - I know which I enjoyed most! Kate Waterhouse was unable to take part as she was still tired after wading through mud on Saturday.

25th February It has been announced that the Wrexham - Village Bakeries Half Marathon will not be rearranged. Anyone wishing for a refund must do so before March 21st. see update

24th February Dates have just been set for the 2010 Summer Handicap series

21st February Sadly, the Village Bakery Half was cancelled due to an overnight dump of snow. Hopefully nobody travelled over to Wrexham. To make up for the disappointment, I've just added some races to the diary for April.

20th February Some 30 Whippets sat down at Hannah's for the curry buffet. From what little I remember, it was a very good night! Hopefully there'll be a few pictures in due course!

I've also posted an update on Don on the Noticeboard.

17th February Village Bakery Half and Stafford 20 see Notices

As a result of adding in Bangor University, who didn't take part in the last league fixture, there has been a slight correction to both the men's and women's XC league position. Consequently both teams have dropped down to 9th place - still a good result.

16th February Finally got round to updating the final XC league results. A very successful season for both our men's and women's teams - with both finishing in 8th place. This was a two place improvement for our men and a very good start for the ladies. The girls will be relieved to learn that their late arrival at the last fixture does not appear to have affected the final league results! Well done folks - I'm sure we can make another step forward next season. Thanks to Simon Phillips and Sara Rogers for their work in managing the teams, and to everyone who took part. Cross Country League.

14th February Half a dozen whippets ran the Ennstone 7 on Sunday with Gareth Dodd yomping round in 43:18 for an excellent 5th place. Next home was Ken Robbins closely tracked by Kate Waterhouse. In 103,104 and 105th place were Sara, Helen and Elaine. Hmm, they were either holding hands most of the way round or were racing really hard - now be honest, girls, which was it? Kate says that Gareth's run was "very impressive as there were a couple of nasty inclines to test your legs in the last mile. Hot soup and a medal for all finishers".

12th February Don Wilbraham would love to see people. Update here.

7th February Congratulations to Helen Robbins. The organiser of the North Wales XC league phoned to say that Helen has won her age group in the individual competition. It was well worth finding the school on Saturday then!

Sunday also saw a number of whippets run in the Alsager 5, including Sara and Kate who ran the previous day at Oswestry. The first whippet home was Colin Jones in 29:44 over the 5 mile circuit. Next back was Richard Stewart in what looks like an excellent time of 36:27. Also barking at their heels were Elaine Dines, Alison Birch and John Rowlands.

6th February The final fixture in this year's North Wales XC series saw our men's and women's teams in action at Oswestry. I say saw our teams in action - but as you can see from the poor photos it was a very foggy afternoon and quite hard to see anything at all!

The men recorded their best ever results so it was a real pity that the team was one short. The women decided to give the other teams a chance, so drove twice round Oswestry to ensure they missed the start by eight minutes. Bravely they set off after the fast disappearing field. Fortunately they were still smiling at the end of the afternoon.

The men were delighted the women did turn up - not just for the support, but also for the excellent ginger cake and shortbread courtesy of Sara and Helen. Thanks, girls! Who said men were shallow! It was also good to see the twins making their Cross country debut.

Full results in due course but the men's positions were Rob Sharam(51), Simon Phillips(72), Dean Richards(79), Rob Wilson(85) and Dave Wilson(92). If Dave's shoe hadn't come off in the mud I'm sure the twins would have finished more or less together. I think we'll draw a discrete veil over the ladies results as they don't bear any resemblance to how well they ran!

3rd February John Rowlands looks like having been the sole Whippet in action over the weekend with a run in the Shifnal Gallop 10k.

1st February Don Wilbraham begins radiotherapy today. We wish Don and his family all the best. There's a fuller update on the notice board.

24th January It was third time lucky for the Telford 10k as it finally took place on Sunday with 7 Whippets in the field. First back was Rob Sharam in 39:35. Ken Robbins had the best run of the day, setting a new club M60 record - not bad for the first race of the year! Full results are on the racing page.

22nd January Two new notices posted.

19th January It was too chaotic to count but it looked like we had our biggest ever winter turnout tonight, with around 35 whippets out for a run. A big welcome to new members Katie, Michelle and Chris. Good news keeps coming in. As well as a number of PB's, last Sunday saw Sarah Wilson set a new Half Marathon club record record in the open age group.

17th January Looks like things are back to normal with 6 whippets in action in the sun at Helsby. The Half Marathon distance obviously suited the Wilson family - with Dave and, new member Sarah, posting great times and PB's to head the rankings for 2010. There was also a PB for Andy Forrester as it was his first Half Marathon, although Andy was more pleased just to be back running again; and it looks like Kate, Keith and Adele all relished the opportunity to shake a few cobwebs off! Photo to come I believe. Dave Wilson reports that there was a good quality medal and a free bottle of locally brewed beer for all runners, which he said can't be bad.

14th January Just been announced that this weekend's XC fixture at Wrexham has been cancelled.

10th January I know that some of you are aware that Don Wilbraham is not too well at present, but many of you won't have heard. His wife, Liz, has given us an update which she is happy to have posted on the Notice Board. I am sure you will join me in wishing Don a speedy recovery.

10th January I have updated the racing page with races through to the end of March - weather permitting!

7th January A big welcome to Vicky and Sarah as 9 members braved the arctic conditions to run round the rugby pitches. Hopefully there's only another week of this.

5th January Simon Phillips, Bob Wilson, John Dillon and John Hopwood bravely turned out in the snow to run round the rugby pitches. It even looked like they enjoyed it!If you don't fancy running in snow and ice why not devise a circuit training session you can do indoors? See Notice Board page for ideas. Now would also be a good time to shed those extra Xmas pounds before the serious running starts again.

1st jan 2010 Reliable sources inform me that eleven of you had an enjoyable run round Brown Moss while I struggled to keep my Beamer on the A49.Well done, folks. Get the runs in when you can.

2009

29th December One result from the weekend. Somehow Elaine managed to find a race that didn't involve ice-skating! Elaine completed the Wheaton Aston Roman 10k in 59:41. Well done Elaine, puts the rest of us to shame.

27th December Icy conditions claimed another race with Simon Phillips denied the chance to break his neck plunging down Moel Famau. Maybe some things are for the best!

26th December 18 whippets turned up for the Boxing day run. Sadly, the icy conditions meant we had to settle for laps round the rugby pitches. At least we got a run in. A few of us then went on for a drink at the Cat on the Park. Let's hope New Year's day is better.

24th December Just Simon Phillips and myself down for a run. A record of sorts. Fortunately the paths were clear enough for a run round town.

22nd December Over twenty whippets sat down at Spice Heaven for an enjoyable pre-christmas curry. Not surprisingly, rather fewer fancied a run over icy paths beforehand! Hopefully normal running conditions will return in time for the Boxing Day run.

20th December Sadly, the freezing weather and consequent ice made the Telford 10k too dangerous and the race was cancelled at short notice. The race is being rescheduled for 10th January. I hope Dave Wilson was the only one to travel to Telford to find out the hard way - bad luck Dave!

14th December Kate and Elaine took part in the Tatton Pud Plod 10k on Sunday whilst Christine Henderson took part in the Great Langdale Christmas Pudding 10k on Saturday.

11th December Simon Phillips has found a novel challenge for anyone interested in a short run over the Xmas period. see Jubilee Plunge Run

6th December There were mixed fortunes for the 18 Whippets who ran in the Helen Tipping 10k. If you ran sub 50 minutes you kept dry otherwise you got an early cold shower! First back to the finish was Ken Robbins - sadly this was because his calf problem reappeared and his race was over after about a mile. Our lead runner was Gareth Dodd, who set a new club age record - sorry I missed you with the camera, Gareth, I didn't realise you were running! There was also an age record for Helen Robbins who put her success down to a bottle of wine, lager and a whisky the night before!Later she tried to claim it was the porridge she had for breakfast! There were also PB's for Sara Rogers, Alison Birch and Mandy Lewis.

30th November The results for the Bangor XC have now appeared. After a strong team performance the men have edged up a couple of places to 9th place in the League with Denbigh in sight. Last season we finished in 10th place. A good push now could see us finish in 8th place. The women were unfortunate not to pick up any more places but held on well to 8th place. The next race is at Wrexham in the New Year.

28th November There was a good turn out for Sunday breakfast at the Raven and some of us even enjoyed a social run round Ash and Brown Moss! Fortunately the rain stopped just as we set off and the weather just kept on improving. Definitely an experiment worth repeating.

21st November The North Wales XC league fixture at Bangor today was as close as members will get to swimming in mud. The photos will give a fair idea of just how wet and muddy it was. Despite the weather and last minute pull outs we still had full teams in both the men's and women's races.

First home for the Women was Rachael Foster (51) she was well supported by Sara Rogers (65), Kate Waterhouse (69) and Helen Robbins (76). The men were led home by Rob Sharam in 58th place. Behind him the team packed well with: Andrew Corbett (88), Simon Phillips (93), Dean Richards (106), Colin Jones (111) and Jon Morgan (114). Much to everyone's surprise, Colin stayed on his feet all the way round - even if he did set off a wee bit too fast on the first lap!

I'm sure they all enjoyed the race even if Kate refused to smile! The long journey was improved by the provision of Shortbread by Sara and Ginger cake by Helen Robbins. We like having a women's team as they bring so much more to the event!

15th November A select few took advantage of fine weather to enjoy a social run round Brown Moss. Thanks to Simon, Dean, Jen, Neal, Sara and Emma for keeping me company!

14th November Dave Wilson takes time out to run in the Bushy Park 5k while in London.

13th November The club marked its 2nd birthday with award presentations and a hotpot supper at the Dodington Lodge. Details of award winners and all the gory details here

9th November Results for Mad Jack's 5 now posted on the Racing page. Our first runner home was Simon Phillips. Photos are available from www.uksportpictures.com and www.fellrunningpictures.co.uk

8th November Simon Phillips reports that: "Eight Whippets made it out on Sunday for a slightly over 5 mile run around the scenic Attingham Park for the Mad Jack's Five. Although warned at the start to expect a water feature towards the end, no one quite expected the full on wade down a muddy stream that we all encountered. I think most of us enjoyed it, some maybe more that others, but I'm sure we'll all be entering again next year". Results will follow in due course.

1st November Members raced over Road and Country this weekend. Kate Waterhouse took part in the Flying Fox 10 while Bob Wilson ventured over to Stockport for the Woodbank Parkrun. Slightly nearer to home, Dean Richards and Andrw Corbett chose to wade through mud in the Delamere Hell Up North run - a race over 12 miles 107 yards according to what they told Dean!

28th October A dozen of us went over to Wrexham. For many of the group it was their first time on a track and certainly made a change from running up Alkington. Time trials over 1 mile and 400m proved very enlightening - I can see a dose of hard training coming up for one or two! A lengthy post mortem in a pub on the way back indicated that (nearly) everyone enjoyed the experience. We shall go back in about a month - and perhaps a few of you ladies might like to come too!

Ken Robbins reports that he: 'stepped in at the last minute to run with my brother Brian in The OMM Mountain Marathon based arround the Elan Valley in Mid Wales weekend 24/25 Oct. 1500 pairs took part in the two day event. Running in the 'C' class with Min of 21k covered on each day we came 208th out of 350 teams. After a poor 1st day we picked 50 places on the second day.'

27th October Gareth Dodd led the Whippet pack home with an excellent 7th place in the Halloween Hellraiser. Colin Jones found the course to his liking as he reversed recent country results to romp home ahead of Simon Phillips. Further results on the racing page. For those that enjoy cross country the Shropshire County Championships are coming up - see Noticeboard.

26th October Rob Sharam completed the Snowdon Marathon in a cracking good time of 3:22:01 which is only 10 minutes slower than his flat marathon time! Rob writes: 'the finish was more appealing than the start - with about 1/2 inch driving rain in the hour before it started, but all that blew over after the first mile. Overall an incredible rollercoaster experience, but spectacular route and well organised, an amazing number of supporters all the way round. The hardest mile was mile 24 which was entirely downhill but dropped about 700ft with it! it could be hard to convince many others to join me on it next year.'

25th October Seems that there are even more masochists in the club than I suspected! An eight strong pack made it over to Nantwich for the Halloween Hellraiser. Results in due course.

21st October As suspected a few whippets cropped up in the Bells of Pattingam 7. See Racing page for results.

19th October Whippets in action all over the place again. Alison Birch and Richard Stewart were found at Weston Park whilst the Wilson's ran in Cardiff and Southport - Bob set a Half Marathon PB of 1:32:48 in Cardiff whilst Dave set a 10k PB in Southport in the Natterjack Seaside 10k. I'm waiting for the Bells of Pattingham results because I'm sure a number of Whippets were also in action there. If you're running in the Halloween Hellraiser. See Noticeboard

17th October The North Wales Cross Country League now has its own website

16th October Even more photos will now be available on https://get.google.com/albumarchive/100162775177989931081

15th October Sara Rogers is now taking orders for Hoodies while Simon and Dean are looking to form a team for next years Thunder Run. See Noticeboard

14th October Just a few other results from the weekend. Daren Peacock broke his half-marathon PB by 5 minutes in the Congleton Half whilst Keith Cotton, Sara Rogers and Adele Minshall ran the Birmingham Half Marathon. Sara says she was a bit tired from the cross country the day before!

11th October Another succesful outing in the North Wales Cross Country League. We completed both a men's and women's team again. Simon Phillips reports 'The weather was ideal for running and the course was certainly more challenging than the Lilleshall course it had replaced. Highlight of the day, besides the running of course, was the excellent post-race home baked shortbread kindly provided by Sara. We're all now waiting in anticipation for the muddy course at Bangor and what home made goodies might also turn up.'

Positions: Women 46 Rachael Foster, 60 Sara Rogers, 66 Kate Waterhouse, 72 Elaine Dines.Men 73 Rob Sharam, 103 Jon Morgan, 111 Dean Richards, 121 Simon Phillips, 123 Mark Gregory, 131 Andy Forrester, 132 Colin Jones.

One earlier result for you - Andrew Corbett completed the Sandstone Trail 27.5km run on the 4th October in 31st place with a time of 2:19:27.

7th October - Added Pattingham 7 and Telford 10k to Racing Page.

6th October - Just a few results from the weekend - with Kate Waterhouse taking part in the New Balance Half in Warrington and Sara Rogers venturing over mixed terrain in the Badger Bite 6k. Have also got hold of the Cross Country Results from Colwyn Bay. The Men's team are lying 11th in League 2 and the Women in 8th place in Women's League 2. League Tables. Individual placings can be found on the Racing page. Photos to follow soon.

28th September - A busy weekend that saw the first of this year's cross country matches at Colwyn Bay on Saturday while more Whippets were in action on Sunday at Hinstock and Colemere over 5k and Preston over 10k. The first cross country fixture was again blessed with fine sunny weather and it was with much pleasure that we tucked into ice creams after the race. The fixture itself was even tougher than last year as it looked like a batch of faster runners had crawled out of the woodwork. First home for the men was Rob Sharam in 84th place. Rob was followed home by Andrew Corbett, Dean Richards, Simon Phillips, Colin Jones and Andy Forrester. Myself and Ken Robbins followed behind at a slightly more leisurely pace. I knocked over two and half minutes off last years time but only managed to move a few places further forward! More importantly the match featured the debut of our ladies team led home by Rachael Foster. Next in was Sara Rogers followed up by Jilly Hunt, Elaine Dines and Helen Robbins - who can't remember ever having run harder! Full results in due course.If you must know, I lost our copy somewhere between Colwyn Bay and the pub- honest!

Despite racing hard on Saturday, Sara, Ken and Helen turned out at Colemere on Sunday to support the very first running of their 5k race. Rob Wilson was the first Whippet home - running a very creditable 21:20 in 22nd place.

Joy and Steve Walwyn were both in action at Hinstock alongside a Katy Walwyn who we suspect may be related - if not, Joy will have to have words with Steve who finished one place behind said Katy!

Up in Lancashire Kate Waterhouse was on her own seeking to improve on her 2008 time over 10k. This she did in style, recording a new Personal Best.

25th September - The results for the Seven Bridges 10k have now been posted. Dave Wilson has closed up on his brother over 10k whilst Elaine Dines just outsprinted a fast improving Jilly Hunt. Jilly knocked over 11 minutes off her 10k best but couldn't quite best a very determined Elaine. Elsewhere, Christine and Dave Henderson took themselves off to Anglesey. On a very hilly course, Christine set an age record for the Half Marathon and was first home in her age group although the organisers will have to explain how they've got her recorded as a male! Dave ran a more conservative 10k at the same venue.

23rd September - Still waiting on results for Seven Bridges 10k. But did learn that Kate Waterhouse competed in her first Triathlon at the weekend. Kate finished in 111 place in the Female Sprint event at the Cheshire Triathlon in Nantwich. The event comprised a 500m pool swin, a 20k bike ride and a 5k run. Kate is one of a growing number of Whippets who have competed in Triathlons. There's no truth in the rumour that they all have webbed feet.

20th September - Mark Gregory slashed 7 minutes off his 2008 time in the Great North Run. It must have been all that stretching they forced people to do! Either that or we've got the wrong Mark Gregory - there were three listed. I'm sure there were only two last year. Anyway, well done Mark. It looked like good fun in the sunshine. Mr Gregory was joined by Mark Sumner from the whippets. Perhaps you need to be called Mark to get an entry? Also spotted in the results was Gareth Dodds, who we're hoping will soon become a member. Also on Sunday was the Seven Bridges 10k. No results yet but we know that Sara Rogers, Elaine Dines, Jilly Hunt and one of the twins took part.

19th September - Added Lake Vyrnwy Photos

13th September - gorgeous weather accompanied the 13 whippets who took part in the Lake Vyrnwy Half Marathon. Club records tumbled with Jon Morgan first home in 1:28:44. Rachael Foster was our first lady home - also with a club age record. There were also age records for Mel Oulton, Ken and Helen Robbins and Adele Minshall. Keith Cotton, Sara Rogers, Kate Waterhouse, Alison Birch, Jillian Hunt, John Rowlands and Elaine Dines were our other participants.

12th September - Dean Richards and Simon Phillips enjoyed perfect weather for the 10k night race round Prague's city centre streets. The boys missed out on the first prize of a new car and 1700 Euros but both set new PB's - Simon taking 20 seconds off his own Club Age Record. A new career in coaching beckons for John Dillon who inspired his team with the advice to "just run a bit faster".

9th September - Congratulations to Jon Morgan on winning his age group in the Sexarathon series (v50 category) with second place in the Madeley Matchmaker 5k. Jon had a great series winning the fifth race and coming second in the other five races. Kate Waterhouse also had a good series finishing in fourth place in the Senior Women's category. Sara Rogers would have featured highly if she hadn't been forced to miss the last race. Even so, she still managed to finish 9th in the Series. Well done to all three of you. Elsewhere last week, Dean Richards and Simon Phillips were in action in the Nesscliffe Nasty - part of the Pentarathon series. Simon Phillips just pipped Dean Richards on the day and was rewarded with third place in the v40 Category in the series. Also on Sunday, the twins took part in the Wolverhampton Half Marathon. Both can be pleased with their new PB's. Rob Wilson ran an excellent 1:33:22 in his first half marathon with Dave five minutes back in 1:38:59 - knocking 10 minutes off his PB.

3rd September - A group of 19 South Cheshire Harriers joined thirty of our members on our Thursday night runs. One group went over Brown Moss to Ash for a six mile run while another group did the 5 mile Canal run. The run was followed up by chip butties and drinks at the rugby club. A great time was had by all, and I now know how many chips runners consume - especially those from the Manchester area! Photos here We look forward to meeting up with the South Cheshire Harriers again next year. In the meantime there is an open invite to join them on a run from the Bhurtpore Inn at Aston on the 15th September at 19:00 - head torches recommended!

1st September - Discovered that Neil and Jen Spencer took time out to run a 5k in Bushy Park on Saturday.

27th August - A group of 4 Whippets made a succesful trip to Capenhurst for a 5k. Kate managed to knock off a whopping 4 minutes and 21 seconds off her time from last year, which was also her first race. Rob Wilson ran very well for his first 5K while Dean managed a new PB and Simon Phillips ran faster than last year.Good results all round. Also in action - at Delamere in the last of the Summer Trail series - were Ken and Helen Robbins. Kate Waterhouse and Sara Rogers.

25th August - I'm told that Carrie's farewell do went well. No more details I'm afraid - but I saw Carrie in Tesco's car park yesterday and she was quite chuffed with the whole affair.

23rd August - Mark Gregory was our only participant in the Birchwood 10k, warming up for the Great North Run. Mark was 287 in a time of 44:48 which I believe is a massive PB. Well done Mark.

13th August - In a nail-biting finish, Sara Rogers just hung onto her lead in the Summer Handicap series. A fiercely fought final saw Sara's lead cut to just four points. First home on the day was Rob Lewis, followed by Jilly Hunt and Alison Birch. Christine Henderson was the unlucky runner-up this year. The series has been well contested with 36 members running in at least one race. A big thank-you to Simon Phillips for organising this year's series. Definitely a born handicapper!

9th August - Whippets ventured afar for their fun this weekend. Simon Phillips left his bike behind to compete in the isle of Man Half Marathon - finishing in 46th position with a time of 1:41:51. David Wilson took himself off to Newark for the Newark Half and finished with a time of 1:48:08. Something makes me think that it was hardly the best of days to be running a half marathon, but well done to both.

4th August - Simon Phillips, Dean Richards, Mel Oulton ventured over to Gobowen on the last day of July for a 5 mile jaunt. Simon knocked nearly fourty seconds off his previous time whilst both Dean and Andy had storming runs. But the best run of the day possibly came from Mel who recorded a time of 40:26 giving her an improved WICAT age rating of 6 - up from 5. They don't even look wet. Must have stopped raining!

29th July - Helen Robbins continued her campaign in the Delamere Summer series with a race over 4.5 miles last Thursday. Helen finished 51st in a time of 43.14. Helen has completed all three races so far with one more to go in August. It's a shame the races have been scheduled for the same dates as our own handicap series, but it's definitely a series of races well worth taking a look at. I've just had a look at earlier results and noticed that Janet Broomhall took part in race 1.

28th July - A horrible thought, I know, but winter is on the way and with it the blessing that is the North Wales Cross Country League. Unbridled joy can be found in splashing through deep muddy puddles and panting up steep inclines in freezing rain all whilst wearing the flimsiest of vests! Anyway, I've just posted the race dates for the coming season on the Cross Country Page. If any women are interested in running we could look at entering a ladies team this year. The good news for you girls is that you don't have to run as far! Let me or Simon Phillips know if you are interested.

23rd July - Round 3 of the Summer Handicap. Newcomer Andy Forrester was first home round the testing 3 mile circuit. He'll learn! Fastest on the day was Jon Morgan with 19:04 just three seconds quicker than Mike Rigby. After 3 races the series is headed by Sara Rogers with Christine Henderson hot on her heels. There are still quite a number in contention for the championship. Roll on round 4.

21st July - a dozen brave whippets met up at the Bickerton poacher to enjoy a very hilly run over the Bickerton hills. By all accounts Rob Lewis felt very tired afterwards! He wasn't the only one. Relief was at hand in the form of drinks and food at the Bickerton Poacher. They all enjoyed it so much that there is talk of another run in August.

20th July - a fairly busy Friday with whippets running in the Packwood 10k and the Telford Crown Classic 10k. There were PBs for Dean Richards, Rob Wilson and Alison - who sneaked under the 60 minute mark for the first time. There was also a club age record for Mel Oulton. Well done to you all. The rain seems to have stopped by the time people raced but it was still very windy. The Packwood 10k was also described as undulating.

August races have now been added to the racing page.

16th July - Still waiting for weekend results from the Deva Divas Triathlon and the Wenlock Olympic 7 mile runs. But we do know that Hannah Rigby was 2nd in her Triathlon age group.

11th July - A few results from Delamere added to the results page. Helen Robbins has raced twice over at Delamere. In the first race she was joined by Kate Waterhouse and in the second by Dave Wilson.

5th July - John Rowlands took the hard way and completed the Shifnal Steeplechase Half Marathon. Not sure I'd have fancied that kind of distance in the heat. Well done John.

2nd July - A dozen of us went over to Nantwich for a friendly but very hot run with the South Cheshire Harriers. It made a nice change to run over new territory and the chip butties afterwards were very welcome. We will return the invitation in September.

1st July - Jon, Sarah and Kate continued their assault on the Sexarathon series. With just two races to go Jon heads the Male 50-55 group with a very consistent 2nd place in each race. Nearly there, Jon! Kate is 4th in the Senior Women and Sarah is 8th in the Female 40-44 group. Good luck to you all in the last two races.

29th June - Handicap standings available here. Thirty-one members have already run in the handicap this year. It's not too late to have a go as there are two more races left.

25th June - 23 people put our handicapper under pressure in race 2 of this year's handicap. Fastest on the day was Rob Sharam in 18:27. Slowest on the day was me!! Don't ask. I can confirm that setting off too fast really doesn't work! Results are on the racing page. Standings will be updated in due course but Sara Rogers is leading from Christine Henderson and Rob Lewis.

23rd June - A really good social run round the canal followed by a meal at the Horse an Jockey. Over thirty people took part in what proved to be a very popular event.

21st June - A quiet weekend with just one result for Sarah Rogers who ran her fastest 10k of the year.

15th June - July races added to racing page. And one more result to add for the weekend. Kate Waterhouse ran in the Potter's Arf Half Marathon in Stoke on Sunday. Bet that was on the warm side!

13th June - Last year it was the Muller that was baking hot - this year it was Newport. Only a small group from the club took part this year which was a shame as it is very well organised event. But it was hot and everyone suffered. Ken Robbins was least fortunate - picking up a calf injury in the last kilometre having done all the hard work! Highest placed was Rob Sharam followed by Simon Phillips, Rachael Foster, Sara Rogers without Rusty and Helen Robbins. I just watched - for which I was very glad!

10th June - Whippets have been getting about midweek. Jon Morgan, Sara Rogers and Kate Waterhouse raced in the third of the Telford Sexarathon races at Granville Country Park. Official standings aren't available yet but I reckon Jon is now leading in the 50-55 year age group. Kate is also well up in her group. On the same day Simon Phillips and Dean Richards ran in the Park Hall 5k part of the Oswestry pentarathon. Results aren't yet available.

8th June - Just one result to report. John Rowlands ran the Westbridge 5 in Stone on Sunday in a time of 46:34.

2nd June - A record twenty people turned up for the first of the four Summer Handicap 3 mile races challenging Simon Phillips on his first day as handicapper. Simon managed to get 15 of the 20 runners within 42 seconds of their actual times - a real achievement, but that doesn't mean Elaine is going to forgive him any time soon! As to the race itself, Christine Henderson ran from gun to tape to win. Little does she realise how such bravery will compromise her future handicap! Fastest on the day was Jon Morgan in a time of 18:32 - 7 seconds faster than his best last year. Full results are on the racing page. The next race is on Thursday the 25th June.

Ken Robbins informs me that he and Helen ran in the Delamere Trail 5 mile race on the 28th May. Helen was 2nd in her age group and Ken 5th in his.

1st June - Not much happening on the running front this week so thought I'd let you know that I have a limited number of copies of my novel available for purchase. If anyone would like a copy please drop me an email or otherwise let me know. Price is the same as through Amazon at £6.99 - but without the postage!

27th May - Two results that nearly passed me by. Last wednesday Jon, Kate and Sara ran the Phoenix Flyer - part of the Telford Sexarathon series. After two races Jon is lying second in the M50 category, Kate is 5th in the Senior Women and Sara is 11th in the F40 category. Good luck in the forthcoming races. Sara also took part in the BUPA Great Manchester Run on the 17th May recording a time of 58:02.

26th May - A busy bank holiday weekend. First up, on Sunday, was the Light Infantry 6.6 mile run round Black Park and Mile bank. First home for the club was Jeff Clarke in second place - beaten by a much younger man. First lady home was Rachael Foster who is dead chuffed with her winner's medal! They were backed up by Chris Wilson, Sean Evanson, Simon Parsons, Ken and Helen Robbins, Andy English, Kate Waterhouse and Sara Rogers and her dog, Rusty. Before the race, Sara asked Rusty if he was happy to run 6.5 miles - she assures me he said yes. Personally, I don't think she told him about the hills! No animals were harmed in the running of this event! Sorry, if I've missed anyone - it's been a long weekend!

Monday saw John Dillon, Simon Phillips, Dean Richards and John Rowlands venture into Wales for the first run in the Oswestry Pentarathon. The race at Trefonen involved running up to the top of Mynydd Myfyr and back. This is known as fun! John Dillon was the first Over 50 man in 15th place. Some rather nice pots of jam were Fiona's reward for letting her husband out to play! Simon Phillips was next back - in a very respectable 44th place. Dean Richards came down in 69 position and John Rowlands, looking rather trim, was in 121 place - rather pleased to have won his own personal battle with a regular rival. Supposedly, no humans were harmed in the running of this event!

18th May - Six members ran in the Chester Half Marathon on Sunday and were treated to an unwelcome drenching half-way round. Still, saves on showering later! First home was Keith Cotton in 1:46:48. Congratulations to Mel Oulton and Kate Waterhouse for setting new age records.

15th May - Added map of Handicap Route. The Handicap series details can be accessed from either the Racing or Misc Pages.

14th May - Finishing adding photos of club vests. I know they're nearly all of blokes - but I'd only get into trouble if I started selecting pictures of all the great looking girls in the area!I really must get a life! Also added new Misc Page (see left) to act as link through to odd bits and pieces like this.

13th May - New Club Vests Directory. Shropshire today, Cheshire, Staffs and Wales coming soon.

12th May - Updated Muller results with corrections. Added more photos.

11th May - Still waiting for the Muller 10k results to settle down, results are changing by the odd place and seconds - but it looks like plenty of PB's, age records and a club record for John Dillon. Photo page all of it's own for the Muller 10k. Many more photos to appear in due course.

10th May - at least 34 Whippets raced round Market Drayton in the Muller 10k. It was the club's largest turnout. I will update this report tomorrow but for now just wanted to say that provisional results are on the racing page.

4th May - Kate Waterhouse had a go at the Haughmond Hill 9 mile Handicap. In her own words: "Very odd setting off on your own and then dreading the sound of thundering footsteps catching you up - but it was a good route and I enjoyed the challenge of doing something a bit different. Nice trail through the woods with plenty of time to take in the views of all the bluebells whilst hurdling fallen trees and dodging muddy puddles". One for you next year then Mr Dillon?

3rd May - My first novel has finally been published and is available on Amazon. More details here..

26th April - Triumph all round. All of our Marathon runners completed the distance. Preliminary results are London: Jon Morgan 3:24:20, Mark Gregory 3:52:36, Keith Cotton 4:22:34 and Dean Richards 4:39:50. Rob Sharam completed the Stratford Marathon in 3:12:53. Well done guys!

19th April - A busy weekend with Whippets in action all over the place! Dave Henderson ran on Saturday in the St George's Day 10k in Langdale. Ken Robbins and others were also enjoying the scenery - this time round Cholmondeley Castle. Completing the action were Kate Waterhouse and John Rowlands in the Newcastle 7. I will get all the results up this weekend.

12th April - Unable to run, I took my camera over to Crewe to watch the Air Products 10k. It was a beautiful sunny day made all the better by not having to sweat round an industrial estate! Anyway, those who did it seemed to have quite a good time. John Dillon knocked six seconds off his best setting another club record. Simon Phillips was less fortunate - I think I might have worn him out on Thursday - I have apologised! Sara smiled her way round, just glad she made the start on time Tip for the day - check the race start time before leaving home.

11th April - Received an email from Jo Meadowcroft who is on the other side of the world. Cast your eyes to the right to read her news.

10th April - race results updated for Reading Half Marathon on 29th March, Chirk 10k 5th April and Lilleshall 10k 8th April.

9th April - just been informed of two local events. Both are multi-terrain for those that are fed up with bashing their legs out on the road. The Cholmondeley Cross Country Charity Run is on the 19th April and is over 10k in the castle grounds. see www.thecholmondeleyrun.co.uk for more details.

The Marbury Mauler - part of the Murbury Merrydays- is on the 10th May. The Mauler is a 6.5k multi-terrain race around the picturesque village of Marbury in South Cheshire taking in road, hills, marsh, canal towpath and the Marbury mere. The race is sponsored by the Dusty Miller Wrenbury and the race organiser is our very own Mark Sumner. I have entry forms, so if you are interested please let me know .

7th April - John Dillon finally took his legs out to play in the Spring Sunshine. John and Simon Phillips took part in the monthly Alexandra Park 5k. Apparently, it was a scenic 3 lap course around the park. For John it was a chance to take up where he left off last Summer - recording an impressive 18:19. Not bad for the first race of the year - and there's plenty more to come. Simon was also in excellent shape recording a PB of 20:35. Simon says he could have gone faster but went off too fast on the first lap and paid the price later on. Just goes to show that there are always lessons to be learnt in this running lark.

1st April - A great crowd turned out for the first summer run and the AGM. It made a wonderful change to get out over Brown Moss again. Twenty of us then went on for a curry - next time we'd better think about warning the curry house. I think they had to send someone out to catch a few more chickens! Just learnt that Greg Watson also raced at the weekend. Greg had a great run in the City of Lincoln 10k, setting a new club record in the M65 Age Group with a time of 53:32 - a ime that wouldn't disgrace a much younger man! Well done Greg.

30th March - Two half-marathons and four whippets. Dean Richards, Keith Cotton and Mark Gregory headed over to Wilmslow whilst Kate Waterhouse travelled up to Liverpool. Kate seems to like the long stuff - in her own words: "Strangely I enjoyed it more than running in a 10k - but that may have been as I deliberately kept my speed down in the early stages to see how I felt towards the end. That way I was able to sit back a bit and watch others struggle over the first half of the race. It was a lovely day and the last three miles were along the port with a nice breeze so all in all a good run." The boys haven't told me what they thought - but in all probability I wouldn't be able to print their opinions!

22nd March - Rob Sharam and Jon Morgan took on the hills around Ironbridge in the Ironbridge Half Marathon. Congratulations to both for fine performances - John was 3rd in his age category while Rob improved on his previous year's performance. Jon's run was also a club record in the M50 age group.

17th March - Simon's talk on 10k training was very well attended. Around twenty people turned up to learn that they have probably been running too quickly over too few miles (that's the edited version). For those that unfortunately missed it - it may well be repeated, albeit in a slightly shorter form!

15th March - John Rowlands was also in action, in the Stafford Half, coming home in 2:15:08 and setting a new Club Record. Good work, John!

15th March - Kate Waterhouse has done it again - another PB over 10k this year. This time in the Trafford 10k. Well done. Not only did Kate have a great run in the morning but she also turned out to help with the Whitchurch Swim-Run Event. Thirteen club members and a few extra friends helped out with this inaugural event. Children swam a number of lengths in the pool before running to St John Talbots. Nearly 40 children took part. Thanks to all of those who helped. The event was deemed a great success.

8th March - Ten Whippets turned out for a cold and windy Stafford 20 on Sunday. The race also featured a relay and the club fielded both a men's team and a mixed team. Unfortunately the runners who were completing the full distance or the last leg of the relay had to cope with torrential rain, whilst those who'd already finished tried to find some shelter. First home were the men's relay team (John Hopwood, Simon Phillips and John Dillion) coming 10th in the relay, followed by the mixed team (Jo Meadowcroft, Rachael Foster and Andrew Corbett) three places behind. Rob Sharam was the first solo runner home, followed by Jon Morgan, Dean Richards and Keith Cotton.

3rd March - The Farndon results are in. Club records for Rob and Jenny. Pb's for Neil, Kate and a whopping 10 minute improvement for Alison - just what did you put in those cakes?

2nd March - Oops- nearly forgot to post the final cross country results! The club had a good final fixture at Oswestry on the 7th February finishing in 6th place - ahead of West Cheshire and only one place behind hosts Oswestry. The final league table shows us in 10th place out of 16 clubs. There is no reason why we can't move significantly up the table next season.

1st March - A lovely warm sunny day saw nine whippets race round the country lanes near Farndon. Alison Birch deciding a 10k race was the fitting way to spend her birthday. She sees a specialist tomorrow! Nice buns, by the way. Alison very kindly baked some cakes for us to enjoy post race. Back to the racing, and first home was Rob Sharam. Followed by Jo Meadowcroft, Neil Spencer, Rob Lewis, Elaine Dines and Katy Waterhouse. Jenny Spencer was next in, delighted to learn that her result sets a club record in her age group. Jenny - I promise to update the records as soon as I get the official results!! Jo was equally delighted to learn that she was first woman home in her age group, winning a prize for the second race in a row. After Jenny, were Alison Birch and Mandy Lewis.

24th February - Fifteen whippets enjoyed a curry at Eastern Spice the next one will be at the end of March.

20th February - Results from the Ennstone 7 now in. Good runs from both Elaine Dines and Kate Waterhouse.

18th February - Results from Wrexham Half Marathon now in. Club records for Rob Sharam, Jon Morgan and Adele Minshall.

14th February - With Marathon preparations well under way Rob, Dean, Jon, Keith and Adele made their way over to Wrexham for a test over half the distance. They were joined by John Rowlands and Jo Meadowcroft. Photos Here. Good runs were had by all - with Rob first home breaking 90 minutes for the first time. Next in was Jon Morgan just a few seconds over the 90 - but still his best half for a few years. Dean was followed home by Jo, Keith, Adele and John. Adele was rightly delighted with a seven minute improvement over her last effort over the distance. Results will follow in due course.

7th February - Our cross country team finished off the season at Oswestry in fine style. The melting snow and muddy channels making for a true winter cross country course. They all said they enjoyed it. Clearly looks can be deceiving! First home was Rob Sharam in 68th Place. The team then packed closely with Dean in 76th, Simon in 80th, Jon in 91st and John Hopwood in 96th. Well done guys. A good first season.

1st February - A good pack made it over to Alsager for a very cold 5. First home was Gareth Dodd for the men, on his debut, and Jo Meadowcroft for the women. There were good runs all round despite the cold conditions. The women's team were 9th vets team out of 20!!

30th January - Results for Wrexham XC finally arrived. We were 8th team on the day, ahead of both Oswestry and West Cheshire - an excellent result that keeps us in 10th place in the league.

25th January - Katie Waterhouse travelled all the way up to Preston to take part in the Chernobyl 10k. She was rewarded with a new PB of 59:06 - her first time under the hour. Congratulations, Katie.

22nd January - Jon Morgan ran in the Four Villages Half Marathon at Helsby on Sunday the 18th - setting a Club Record in the process. Well done Jon.

20th January - Race diary updated to end of March. See Racing Page.

17th January - a depleted team made its way over to Wrexham for Race 4 in the North Wales XC league series. On the way the team of Rob Sharam, Dean Richards, Simon Phillips and John Hopwood picked up a couple of Whippets! The race itself was run in a strong bitter wind but fortunately didn't involve any extra laps. The rain began just as the last man finished. The race between John, Dean and Simon was very close, finally resolving itself in John's favour. A very good debut from Mr Hopwood. We hope to see him racing again for the club in the future. Rob Sharam stayed ahead of the pack the whole way making him our first runner home in 78th place. John was next in 97th with Dean in 99th and Simon just 3 places further back in 102nd. The next race is on February 7th at Oswestry.

13th January - Updated XC page with league table after Bangor. The club remains in 10th place in the 2nd Division.

6th January - Just learnt that Greg Watson set a club record in the Bupa Great Manchester Run back in May. Well done Greg and thanks for letting us know.

1st January - A good crowd turned up for a run round Brown Moss. I can't remember how many due to the drinks at Curshaws afterwards!

2008

26th December 22 members turned up for the Boxing Day run and enjoyed a social run round Brown Moss.

23rd December - well done to the eleven or so that raced at Telford over the weekend. I've added the results but can't update club records because of the problems with the Helen Tipping results.

13th December - Still waiting for corrected Helena Tipping results. if you want to look at the wrong ones go to www.wrexhamroadrunners.org. In the meantime races for next year added to Racing Page.

11th December - Congratulations to Jon Morgan and Adele Minshall who were allocated places in the London Marathon. These two places were given to the club under a club scheme by Flora. Four people who had been rejected went into a draw. Commiserations to Rob Sharam and Nikki Ryder who were unlucky this time.

10th December - A total of 18 whippets ran the Helena Tipping 10k. The results are still being corrected but we do know that Jeff Clarke won a prize for being 3rd over 45 man and Jean Bancroft was 2nd over 60. Well done both of you. See the photos page for pictures.

7th December - A large group descended on Wrexham for the Helena Tipping 10k. It was great to see so many. I know a number of Pb's were set which was very pleasing. I hope Elaine has forgiven me. She was looking to get round in just under the hour. For some reason she was out of breathe afer I dragged her round in under 52 minutes! Congratulations to all who ran. For some reason Dean Richards preferred a 10k in New York to Wrexham Industrial Estate - can't think why! His result is on the results page. The Helena Tipping results will be posted as soon as I have them.

22nd November - Six of us made the long journey to Bangor for the third fixture in the North Wales Cross Country League. The fixture was expected to be tough but no one expected the organiser to get confused and throw in an extra mile and a half lap! The course ended up being a very wet and muddy 7.3 miles instead of the usual 5.5 miles! It was a real feat of endurance. On the bright side, Jeff Clarke ran his first league race for us and was first back in 93rd place with Rob Sharam snapping at his heels in 94th. Simon Phillips had a good run to finish in 105th. Jon Morgan chased him hard in 114th with Dean Richards a further 11 places back in 125th. I made sure the fixture finished in the dark by staying our a fair bit longer, coming home in 164th place - still an improvement, though. We look forward to next year and a shorter race!

20th November - Whitchurch whippets take over the front page of the Whitchurch Herald with articles on Sara Rogers and Kit Ebben. Most members will already be aware that Sara Rogers competed in the New York Marathon but it now appears that Kit Ebben also took part. Kit was running with three friends from the Malpas area. Kit completed the distance in 4 hrs and 2 minutes a fact you wont find in the article. It's also a Club Record for the M35 age group. Kit and his friends raised over £9,000 for Kidney research. Both articles can be seen in the 20th November edition of the Whitchurch Herald and online at www.whitchurchherald.co.uk.

16th November - Kate Waterhouse and John Rowlands struggled through the mud in the Sandon 5 a McMillan Cancer Support event.

14th November - A 50 strong pack of whippets turned up at the Dodington Lodge to celebrate the club's 1st Birthday. A hotpot and apple pie meal was enjoyed before Simon's 'easy' quiz. (Well it seemed easy to me - Simon). The quiz was won by a team calling themselves the Pheasant Pluckers. They know who they are - even if you don't! After the quiz a number of awards were presented. See Social Page

9th November - John Rowlands seems to have been the only whippet out to play this weekend. John completed Mad Jack's five - a multi-terrain race near Shrewsbury. Over 200 runners braved the wet conditions for the first running of this race at Attingham Park.

3rd November - Sara Rogers completed a chilly New York Marathon, her first full marathon, in 5 hrs 47 minutes. Sara was raising money for cystic fibrosis.

27th October - Andrew Corbett and Keith Cotton went overseas to perform in the Dublin Marathon. I hope they didn't drink too much guiness whilst over there.

26th October - Jon Morgan, Adele Minshall and Emma Edge took part in the Birmingham Half marathon. Jon and Adele setting new club records in the process. On the same day, Dean Richards sneakily ran in the Nantwich Halloween Hellraiser.

25th October - Helen Griffiths and John Rowlands were also in action last Sunday. Helen completed the Weston 10k - her first 10k - well done Helen, I knew you could do it! John Rowlands fought his way round the Pattingham Bells 7 mile all-terrain course.

22nd October - Latest Cross Country Table can be accessed from Racing page. We are still in 10th place but the gaps are narrowing. If we keep putting out full teams we will move up the division.

19th October - John Dillon, Simon Phillips and Jo Meadowcroft travelled up north to Lytham St Annes to take part in the Green Drive Five. The rain held off and all three recorded personal bests over 5 miles. Must surely be down to my wonderful coaching! Congratulations to all three and especially to Jo who made her debut in a club vest.

13th October - New photos added to Photo Gallery

11th October - Whippets were in cross country action in Lilleshall and South London this weekend. In bright sunny conditions Simon Parsons showed off the red whippet vest in a sea of black in the Blackheath and Bromley Harriers 5 mile Championship - a race that goes back to 1880. Simon felt honour was best served by jogging round at a comfortable pace to give onlookers a better chance to see our kit!

By contrast the first team were in action in light refreshing drizzle. We managed to get out a full team for the first time. The difference it makes showed in the team score which was nearly 200 points better than in the first fixture. We will have to wait for the full results to see what effect it has had on our position in the league. The course was about 5.7 miles long consisting of 4 laps. The course was much flatter than Colwyn Bay, but quite muddy in a few places. Everyone seemed to enjoy it, although cross country may not be John Dillon's favourite pastime!! Our results can be found on the racing page.

8th October - First results back for the North Wales CC league. We are in 10th place in Division 2

5th October - While Shropshire was under water two club members were lucky enough to find themselves running in glorious sunshine. Mark Gregory and Mark Sumner both completed the Great North Run. Mark Gregory posted a time better than even he expected - a just reward for all the hard work he has put in this summer

29th September - Keith Cotton was our only representative in the Macclesfield Half Marathon. His result can be seen on the Racing page. Keith is well into his marathon training at the moment

28th September - New photos added to Photo Gallery. Your UKA Registration number can now be found from the Membership page.

27th September - A lovely afternoon beside the seaside for the club's first appearance in a team event - the North Wales Cross Country League. Judging by the curious looks we got before the race our presence clearly scared the established clubs. The 4 lap race round Erias park proved a novel experience for all five of us. I don't think we realised quite how tough the opposition was going to be. We soon found out! Still, we had a good time and the consensus was that it was great fun and that we can't wait for the next fixture at Lilleshall in two weeks time. The results will be posted when available but for the record the team was Dean Richards, Simon Phillips, Rob Sharam, Simon Parsons and Ken Robbins.

23rd September - Just learnt that Mark Gregory also ran in the Shell Sutton six setting a new PB. Well done Mark - sorry I missed your result.

22nd September - A small pack of whippets raced in the Shell Sutton Six. Despite magnificently knocking over two minutes off his best and setting a new club record, John Dillon still found himself only 6th best v50!! Simon Phillips and Dean Richards also made good steps forward. People do seem to race well just after a handicap run. Food for thought there! John Rowlands was also in action but couldn't quite match his run from last weekend.

18th September - And the winner of the Summer Handicap series is Simon Phillips! The final race of the series took place in perfect if slghtly dark conditions and as a result a number of improved times were set. Simon crossed the line in 3rd place. Series leader Andy McGurrin ran faster than his handicap but was still edged out of the top spot. Congratulations to Simon Phillips, who is a deserving champion having improved in all four races. Thanks to all of you who raced for supporting this new event. And a special thanks to all those who helped me on the finishing line.

14th September - congratulations to John Rowlands who set a new V60 club record in the Goodrich 10k.

9th September - The club will be taking part in the North Wales Cross country League. The first fixture is on the 27th September. For more details click here

7th September - Congratulations to Joy Walwyn on setting a new club record in the Wolverhampton Half marathon. She was accompanied by her husband Steve, and Jon Morgan - running his second race in five days.

3rd September - Jon Morgan and Sara Rogers finish the Sexarathon series in fine style. Jon finished 4th in his age group and Sara 8th. Maybe next year one or two others will join them in the series.

27th August - Jon Morgan and Sara Rogers take part in race 5 of the Sexarathon series. Jon is in 4th place in his age group just 24 points behind the leader with one more race to go.

20th August - Congratulations to Kate Waterhouse on competing in her first ever race - the Capenhurst 5k. John Dillon and Simon Phillips also took part; showing how much they are still improving. It has been noted.

5th August - Emma Edge won the third of the summer Handicap races on her debut. Andrew McGurrin was second home in a hotly contested race. Andrew took a minute off his previous best for the course and as a result has moved into a close lead in the series. Fastest time of the day went to John Dillon with 17:50, just one second faster than Jeff Clarke. The next race is on September 18th. Click here for current standings and more on the Summer Handicap Series

3rd August - Club Discount now available from Whitchurch Sports for club members.

1st August - Simon Philips and John Dillon contest the Gobowen 5. John improves again taking the 2nd M50 prize. It has been noted for the handicap!!

26th July - Training advice now added to training page. Old news moved to News Archive.

24th July - The town's pavements trembled as 35 members took part in the 3 mile social run. It was a struggle but we somehow managed to hold the fast pack back!! It was good to see so many in the bar afterwards. We are already talking about holding another run in October.

20th July - Dean Richards pushed his way up the 10k rankings with a good debut 10k in club colours in Nantwich. Adele Minshall stretched her legs to good effect in the Trentham 10 miles while Emma Edge, Mandy Lewis, Amanda Corbett and Maureen Whyte completed the Deva Diva Triathlon.

18th July - John Dillon and Simon Phillips took part in the Packwood 10k setting new club records.

10th July - Despite the weather, things are hotting up in the Summer Handicap. Ken Robbins caught the handicapper out with a strong debut performance but after two races Simon Phillips heads the series. Consistent performances have moved Andrew McGurrin into 2nd place with Andrew Corbett hot on his heels. Click here for more details

5th July - 18 members attended the summer social in Curshaws. See the social page for more details.

2nd July - Jon Morgan and Sara Rogers took part in the Ironbridge 4 the 4th race in the Telford Sexarathon series. Jon lies 5th in the V50 standings whilst Sara is 8th equal in the LV40 category.

14th June - A dozen members made their way down to Newport for the Carnival 10k. I just wish someone had told me about the hills before I got carried away at the start. Club records were set in several categories, with Adele Minshall breaking 60 minutes for the first time, proving it's possible to run hard and still look stylish!Records were also recorded by Jeff Clarke, Simon Phillips, Jon Morgan and Joy Walwyn.

12th June - Fifteen members took part in the first of the Summer Handicap Races. Mandy Lewis ran well to lead from gun to tape and therefore head the series after one race. Fastest runner was Jeff Clarke who ran the 2.96 mile course in 17:57. More details to follow in due course.

5th June - An article on Sara Rogers appeared in the North Shropshire Chronicle. Sara will be running in the New York Marathon in November. She is hoping to raise £1200 for Cystic Fibrosis. This will be Sara's first full marathon. I'm sure Sara will appreciate any support fellow whippets can offer!

5th June - The last of the Beginners session took place. The course exceeded expectations and we hope a fair number will join the club as a result.

1st June - Andrew Corbett took part in the TRI UK Shropshire Triathlon held at Ellesmere. Finishing in 122nd place, his time of 2:32:37 was almost four minutes faster than last year. It must be all that running he's been doing!

25th May - A nine strong pack of whippets took part in the local Light Infantry Run. A strong wind was in our faces on the challenging and hilly way out. Sadly, the wind didn't seem to give the strong push we needed on the way back. The course was over 10k at around 6.6 miles. Jeff Clarke narrowly failed to win the event won by Gareth Dodd in a time of 39.46. We will have to work on getting Mr Dodd to join us! Helen Robbins was 1st lady home and she was delighted to receive a trophy for keeps!

19th May - A number of members took part in the Shell Chester Half Marathon setting seven Club Records in the process. There were 1841 finishers. The women finished as 12th team of 18! Jon Morgan, Alison Birch and Adele Minshall took part in the Cholmondeley 10k on the same day.

11th May - 19 club members took part in the Muller 10k setting a record for the number of club members taking part in a single race.

8th May - A very pleasing seventeen people turned up for the Beginners programme

2nd May - You can now get a 10% discount on kit at Up and Running Shrewsbury on production of club membership card

30th April - The club is now 50 strong and still growing!!

2nd April - The club's affiliation to England Athletics has been confirmed