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

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

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Sat 29th Feb - Winter Handicap

The final round in this Winter's handicap will be on the 29th Feb as part of the Alderford Lake parkrun. Predictions to Dean Richards before the start.

Sun 1st March - Whitchurch 10k Training

Meeting at the Ruby club 10:00. Open to members and non-members. Group training runs for all abilities.

Sun 8th March - Whitchurch 10k Training

Meeting at the Ruby club 10:00. Open to members and non-members. Group training runs for all abilities.

Sun 15th March - Whitchurch 10k Training

Meeting at the Ruby club 10:00. Open to members and non-members. Group training runs for all abilities.

Sun 22nd March - Whitchurch 10k Training

Meeting at the Ruby club 10:00. Open to members and non-members. Group training runs for all abilities.

Sun 29th March - Whitchurch 10k Training

Meeting at the Ruby club 10:00. Open to members and non-members. Group training runs for all abilities.

Thur 9th April - Couch to 5k begins

Our annual Couch to 5k course starts. 7 pm at the Rugby Club.

Couch to 5k

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Page last updated: 20th February 2020 by Simon Parsons

20th February

Two small bits of news. Our annual Couch to 5k course starts on Thursday 9th April - 7pm at the Rugby Club. More details here: Couch to 5k

Just as we did last year, we are also holding Sunday morning training sessions throughout March for anyone doing the Whitchurch 10k. These sessions are open to non members - experienced club members will lead groups suitable for all abilities. Meet at the Rugby club at 10:00 to register and to warm up. Groups will leave for their runs at 10:15. First session on Sunday 1st March.

16th February

I'm full of admiration for anyone who ran in yesterdays rain and wind - but it's no surprise there were no pbs from the small clutch of parkrun results.

So, I'll just remind you all that the final round of the Winter Handicap is on Saturday 29th Feb as part of the Alderford Lake parkrun. Your predictions to Dean Richards before the start.

Winter Handicap

12th February

Membership Sec Jenny Spencer writes:

Hi Whippets, it's renewals time coming up and two things to think about. Firstly, I think everyone has had an email saying that England Athletics is going digital, so your renewal registration pack will be via email. This only works if your email address is up to date with EA! If you haven't received the email I suggest you log on to the portal with your URN (everyone has had one when they registered and to enter races), and make sure all your details are up to date, including home addresses. Some of you have moved house I think, and not told me. If you have, could you let me know so that I can update the club records too. Thanks.

Secondly, EA have put their price up AGAIN this year, but the club is going to do an early bird deal. If you pay by 31st March it will be £25. If you pay on the 1st April or after, it will be £26. Remember, if you entered the marathon ballot, you've already paid! I'm not expecting payment yet, but reminders will be going out at regular intervals from now.

If you do want to pay now and don't have the club's bank details contact Jen Spencer or Dean Richards

9th February

Paul Parkinson was first home at Alderford Lake and Jon Bliss set a new pb at Bedfont Lakes, and that's the news from yesterdays parkruns. Well done, both.

3rd February

It was a great end to the Cross Country season at Oswestry on Saturday. Fielding teams of 5 runners, our men finished 4th on the day whilst our women were 7th. Our men ended in the season in 4th place - our best ever finish - just 2 points off 3rd and not that far off promotion. Our women finished in 7th place matching last year. As well as our team's doing well, Rob Weston ended the season in 3rd individula place. Well done, all and congratulations to team managers Simon Phllips and Rachael Foster.

Cross Country

Nothing special to report from Saturday's parkruns.

Just a reminder that the club championship season kicks off on the 16th February with the Village Bakery Half Marathon -  now called the Wrexham Half Marathon.

Club Championship

27th January

For any Whippets running in the final North Wales XC fixture this Saturday (1st Feb) we'll be meeting up at the Rugby Club at 11:40am to share lifts. For those making their own way the venue is Marches School, Oswestry, SY11 2AP. It starts an hour earlier than normal, so the ladies start is 1pm and the men at 1:45pm.

26th January

Yesterdays parkruns saw pbs for Amy Biggar and James Marston at Alderford Lake and Gary Gray and Richard Handley at The Wammy. Well done, all!

23rd January

Some of you may be interested in this workshop that takes place in Shrewsbury on 16 February. It will cover planning, structuring and monitoring your training, followed by a practical session on conditioning and strengthening key muscle groups to aid running.  The workshop is being run with Ruddy Farquharson, an expert in Strength and Conditioning who works with runners and British Gymnastics.

20th January

Just two Whippets contested yesterday's Essar For Villages Half - Richard Handley and Lorraine Gillan. Both setting pbs. Well done, both!

Frday night saw half a dozen Whippets run the 3rd Dash in the Dark Race of the season. You don't have to be mad to do this sport, but it does help. I hope the post race refreshments were good!

19th January

Some people will do anything to get out of the Winter Handicap - but going inside? A special parkrun at HMP Tern Hill saw 7 Whippets do time ranging from 17:25 (Rob Weston) to 39:35 (Nikki Shingler)! Well done, folks.

Dean still managed to keep an eye on the Handicap and writes:

Round 3 of the Winter Handicap this morning and 12 runners took part. 27 runners have taken part in at least 1 run and there are 8 runners who can still qualify for the overall win as it is 3 out of 4 runs to score. After 3 runs the best 2 scores count, current top 3 are;

8 - Duncan Meredith

21 Dean Richards

26 Sue Evans

Someone will have to let me know when the final race is because I don't know!
There were no pbs set at any of the parkruns.

13th January

The North Wales XC league shifted to a new venue in Shrewsbury on Saturday and it turned out to be a tougher course than imagined! Once again we finished full teams. The men did particularly well to finish 3rd team in their division on the day.  Our men now sit 4th in their division with the Women eighth in theirs. Our teams were:


11 Rob Weston

65 Rob Sharam

72 Saul Mellor

74 Dean Richards

87 Ali Hunter

97 Simon Phillips


42 Libby Dudleston

79 Mimi Owen

98 Liz Featherstone

The final fixture is at the Marches School in Oswestry on the 1st February.

Cross Country

There are no pbs to report from Saturday's parkruns.



7th January

For any Whippets running in the North Wales XC this Saturday (11th) we'll be meeting up at the Rugby Club at 12:45pm to share lifts. If you’re making your own way the venue is Roman Road Sports Centre, Longden Road, Shrewsbury, SY3 9DW. This is a different venue from the original fixture list. The ladies start is 2pm and the men at 2:45pm.

5th January

Whippets were up and about in a variety of parkruns yesterday. Just two pbs to report for Jon Bliss and Gary Gray. Well done, both. Vicky Hopwood was first lady at Alderford Lake.

No sign of County Championship XC results yet - I'm hoping that some of you ran.

2nd January

Happy New Year.

The year got off to a great start with Rob Weston romping home in first place in the Wammy parkrun yesterday. Rob set a new club record of 16:16 for 5k slashing 22 seconds off his old record. Someone wasn't eating or drinking enough over the festive period! Well done, Rob.

No other pbs to report. And,  yes, I did spot that some of you ran twice yesterday. Those with nothing better to do can scour the results to identify the guilty parties.

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

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Winter Safety

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