Hadrian's Wall Half - Oh, no, it wasn't! Dearnford Relay Start Whippets sort out the finishing order before the start at Arley Hall 2017 Dean Richards Summer Handicap Champion 2016 Whippets Table Centrepiece

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Thurs 19th July - Magic Mile #2

The second of this year's mile races. Meeting at the Rugby Club at normal time.

Tues 24th July Handicap Round 3

Round 3 of this Summer's Handicap at Jon Dillon's in Bronington.

Tues 7th August Handicap Round 4

Final round of this Summer's Handicap at Jon Dillon's in Bronington.

Thur 9th August - Magic Mile #3

The third of this year's mile races. Meeting at the Rugby Club at normal time.

Sun 26th August - Ellesmere 10k

A club championship 10k followed by social - see facebook

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Page last updated: 16th July 2018 by Simon Parsons email webmaster@whitchurchwhippets.co.uk

16th July

I'm only aware of parkruns for the weekend just gone. There were pbs for Rob Moyse (Bryn Bach) and Claire Trump (Killerton). Well done, both.

Let me know if you raced elsewhere.

Don' forget, it's Magic Mile time on Thursday. See you at the finish line!

13th July

Last night saw another great relay race at Alderford Lake. A big thank you to all the competitors and helpers who helped make it a great night. Fortunately we got it all packed away before the heavens opened.

The relay results are here: Grocontinental Relay 2018 Results

One result from Wednesday night, no - not that one! Simon Phillips was the only Whippet in the Druid's Fell race placing 22nd.

11th July

This Saturday's Club Championship qualifying parkrun at Shrewsbury will have to be rescheduled as the parkrun has been cancelled.

8th July

Whippets were well spread out round the country in yesterday's parkruns. Seven took part in the Social parkrun at Cannock chase but a further 11 ran in 8 other locations. You're not making my job easy, guys! Anyway, despite the heat there were pbs for Sarah Berry, Charlotte Dolphin, Janice Eastwood, Gary Gray and Nicola Rogers, well done all! It was also good to see Michael McKeown back in race results.

4th July

Despite a fixture clash with an event in Moscow, 26 Whippets and a couple of guests still braved the hot weather to take on the 2.4 mile course in Bronington. Sara Berry was first home. Fastest times of the night were posted by Paul White (14:35) and Jo Cornes (18:44). After 2 rounds Zara Elson leads with 97 points but it's all still to play for. The next race is on the 24th July.

Summer Handicap

3rd July

Paul White also raced on Sunday. He recorded 1:38:17 in the Southport Half Marathon

2nd July

Just a few results to catch up on. Last Wednesday a group of Whippets took part in the Ironbridge 4 - round 4 of the Telford AC Sexarathon series. After 4 races, Jo Grandfield is lying 2nd in the v55 category just 16 points down on the leader. Mimi is 3rd in the V60 category.  Also running on Wednesday were Keith Cotton, Rob Ingham, Rob Moyse, Katie Webster and Fi Leatham. Apparently it was warm.

The only result I have from the weekend, other than parkruns, is Pam Hamilton setting a 10k pb in the Alderley Edge Bypass 10k. This follows up the 10k she did at Colshaw Hall a few weeks back. Well done, Pam!

Don't forget that we'll be at Mr Dillon's for the Handicap tomorrow. Meeting at the Rugby Club as normal for lifts.

1st July

I guess yesterday was too hot for many of you to fancy racing - and no bad thing! Anyway, the Shrewsbury parkrun was a championship qualifying event that saw 8 Whippets take part. Whippets were also in action at Longrun Meadow (Taunton), Conwy, Erddig and Ludlow. No pbs to report.

Championship positions didn't change. The next Championship qualifying race is the Shrewsbury parkrun on the 14th July. Club Championship

Don't forget that Tuesday sees round 2 of the Summar Handicap at John Dillon's place in Bronnington.Summer Handicap

27th June

Phew! What a scorcher. Last night's Magic Mile must have been the hottest we've ever had, but it didn't hurt performances with 26 pbs being set among the 33 who ran. Too many to list, but well done all of you!

It was also a championship event and as a result here are the current  top 3 for each side of the club:


Leah Leonard

Mimi Owen

Liz Featherstone


Shaun Burgess

Dean Richards

Duncan Meredith

The next Championship Race is the Parkrun at Shrewsbury on Saturday - 30th June Club Championship

It's also a good opportunity to catch up with Club Standards. Shaun Burgess has just qualified for a well deserved Gold Standard, while there are hard earned standards for another 19 of you! Well done one and all. Find out more about club standards here: Club Standards

Here's the current position for this year's awards. There's still plenty of time to bag yourself a new mug.

Member Standard Reached
Shaun Burgess Gold 26th June
Paul White Silver 26th June
Dave Thornton Bronze 26th June
Rob Moyse Black 26th June
James Rainbow Black 26th June
Lisa Dale Blue 26th June
Paul Evans Blue 26th June
James Gresty Blue 26th June
Michael Starkey Blue 26th June
Janice Eastwood Blue 26th June
Narg Harris Blue 26th June
Lynn Norton Blue 26th June
Simon Roberts Blue 26th June
Alison Birch Purple 26th June
Katie Evans Purple 26th June
Sarah Gill Purple 26th June
Kirsty Fisher Green 26th June
Katie Prince Red 26th June
Nikki Shingler Red 26th June

25th June

Just a couple of races to report, so far. Shaun Burgess and Michael Starkey did the Stone 10k in the heat yesterday. Michael setting a new pb of 51:27. Well done.

Further North, Liz Featherstone, Rob Moyse, Dvae Thornton and Fiona Leatham did the Hadrian's Wall Half. A bit too tough for pbs, methinks.

24th June

There was some great running at the Whammy parkrun yesterday with Charlotte Dolphin and Nikki Shingler setting new pbs - Nikki taking over 2 minutes off her 5k best! Well done, both. John Dillon and Dean Richards also had good runs, with John setting an 83.5% performance. Whippets were also in action at Prudhoe Riverside, Ellesmere Port, Ludlow and Erddig.

Don't forget that this Tuesday sees the first of this year's "Magic Mles" - a gentle downhill run filled with love and inspiration in verdant countryside. Meeting at the rugby club at the normal time.

22nd June

And another mid-week race result. Rob Moyse and Fiona Leatham did the Warrington 10k last night with Rob setting a new PB of 48:47. Well done, Rob.

21st June

Simon Phillips, James Rainbow, Rob Ingham and Jo Grandfield took part in the hilly Pontesbury Fell race last night. Simon was 29th, with Jo second in her age group.

18th June

Sunday found Whippets racing in the Shrewsbury Half and the Port Sunlight 10k. James Rainbow set a10k PB at Port Sunlight and Odilia Briceno-Plummer a Half Marathon PB at Shrewsbury. Odilia was accompanied by Paul White, Shaun Burgess, Sarah Berry and Duncan Meredith while Katie Webster was running with James.

I nearly missed a result from last wednesday - thanks to Sue Evans for alerting me! Eleven Whippets ran the Shropshire 4 in the Sexarathon series. Sadly, they don't seem to be publishing the standings so i can't tell you how anyone is doing in the series. Next race is on the 27th June at Ironbridge - the day after the first of this year's magic miles.

17th June

Our very successful Couch to 5k course finished on Thursday and it was fantastic to see so many of the participants take part in the Telford parkrun yesterday. Altogether 32 people ran under the Whippet name!

The very sharp eyed among the Couch to 5k runners may spot that their Age graded percentages look a litlle bit low. That's because I don't yet have your full details. Once I have your correct age, future results will be correctly graded. So, get those membership forms in quick!

I will also have missed anyone who didn't put down that they were a Whitchurch Whippet when registering with parkrun.

All of these Couch to 5k participants set pbs on Saturday:

Rachel Corlett

Charlotte Dolphin

Julie Hollins

Christine Houston

Frank Houston

Elizabeth Lindsay-Gould

Tracey Pyke

Lesley Smith

Valerie Smither

Nicola Storey

There were also pbs for

Narg Harris

Martin Lane

Paul Evans

Congratulations, one and all!

Last Wednesday saw the Park Hall 5k with just Simon Phillips and John Dillon running from the Whippets. Simon was 28th and John 33rd.

14th June

On Tuesday 19th June we have invited Whitchurch Tri Club to join us for a social run. As usual there will be a range of distances/paces. Following training, chip butties will be served in the Rugby Club.

11th June

It was great to see fifteen Whippets take part in the Social parkrun at Erddig on Saturday. There was just the one pb for Narg Harris. Well done, Narg! Whippets also ran at Bushy Park, Shrewsbury and Peacehaven. 

Yesterday saw Fi and Rob complete a very hot Potter's 'Arf - I watched the French Open and Canadian Grand Prix.

In case you missed it, the fledgling Fell running section of the club were in action at the Rodney Pillar Fell race on Wednesday. Taking part were Peter Holmes, Rob Ingham, James Rainbow and Jo Grandfield. You're all welcome to join them on their next hilly adventure! 

6th June

The Summer Handicap kicked off in great style with Zara Elson romping home in first place. So, all those chatty races were just a clever ploy to fool the handicapper! A fantastic 42 runners took part with Paul White (13:59) and Leah Leonard (17:51) setting the fastest times.

The next round is on the 3rd July Summer Handicap

3rd June

Only 9 whippets did a parkrun yesterday. There were no pbs but Keith Cotton wins the prize for running furthest from Whitchurch. His run at Meadowvale was in Mississauga,Canada!

Don't forget that Tuesday ses the first Handicap of the Summer at John Dillon's in Bronington. Unless you go straight there, cars will be departing from the Rugby Club.

I've just posted the handicap times that Simon Phillips has been slaving over all weekend - enjoy! Summer Handicap

1st June

For those that couldn't make the AGM or haven't heard, the club is now open to people aged 16 and over!

29th May

Dean Richards writes:

Just to let you know Katie and I were racing in London at the weekend. I did the Westminster mile on Sunday, 5.31 on a slightly long course, 1.03m, a my wave had to take the right hand line on two of the 90 degrees left corners.... And we ran the Vitality London 10000 on Sunday in 59.43, in a race pace to perfection as Katie managed a negative split (30.05 through 5k).

Over 8000 completed the mile and 14000 in the 10k along with some famous faces (Lord Seb Coe taking part in both, Mo Farah and Calum Hawkins in the 10k and Jessica Ennis-Hill starting the 10k also)

We both enjoyed the weekend and will probably head down again next year

27th May

Only ten Whippets did parkruns yesterday but they still managed to run at six different venues! Nikki Shingler continued her run of improvement, setting another PB at Shrewsbury while Michael Starkey raced to a PB at Hanley. Well done, both!

Don't forget that Tuesday sees the Club AGM at the Rugby Club after training. It's going to be an important meeting with a vote to be held on lowering the club membership age to 16.

25th May

The Alderford Relay is closing in on us. We are looking for volunteers who can help out on the night or help mark out the course during the afternoon. If you are able to help can you please email info@whitchurchwhippets.co.uk.

24th May

James Rainbow writes:

Three Whippets (Rob, Pete and myself) competed in the Batch Bash Fell race last night, which was round 3 of the Shropshire Summer Fell race series. It was 3.4miles with ~1000 FT of climbing around Little Stretton and the last very steep climb before the finish was particularly difficult! The views from the top (1250 FT) were stunning and it was a beautiful evening to spend with like minded Whippets! Round 4 is Rodney Pillar race in a few weeks.

I think we are now 3 new members of the Fell running wing of the Whitchurch Whippets, as we seem to have caught the bug.


22nd May

Over the next few months Google are effectively forcing all websites to become encrypted. As a result, I will be making the necessary changes tomorrow. There shouldn't be a problem - but you never know!  So, there is a chance there may be some disruption to the site. I'll let you know when it's all sorted. If I've screwed it up, I'll let you know what's going on through facebook.

For those of you that like to know these things, the full web address (RL) will be changing to https://www.whitchurchwhippets.co.uk from http://www.whitchurchwhippets.co.uk.

21st May

Despite the sweltering weather, Whippets were still hard at it over the weekend. Tracey and Ross Kennedy completed the Great Manchester 10k. It was Tracey's first 10k - well done, Tracey. There were also pbs for Nikki Shingler in the Telford PR and Paul Evans in the Liverpolo Rock n Roll Half.

A tougher challenge was faced by a pack of Whipets who took on the Snowdonia half marathon. No pbs - unsurprisingly - but a magnificent 2nd place in her age group for Jo Grandfield. Jo was accompanied by Mark Gregory, Duncan Meredith and Liz Featherstone. Paul White was also in action on Sunday in the Windermere Marathon. Paul had a good run just 6 minutes off the time he set in Manchester. Paul says there was an elevation gain of 1864 feet! That would slow one down a bit.

Don’t forget that as an alternative to normal training on Tuesday (22nd) we’ll be meeting up at the Bickerton Poacher at 7pm. If you want to share lifts we’ll also be meeting at the Rugby Club to leave by 6:40pm.

19th May

There was great weather for the Christleton 5k last night. This prestigious fast race saw Shaun Burgess, Sarah Gill, Peter Holmes, Duncan Meredith and Paul White all set new pbs. The top 28 runners broke 16 minutes with the winner from Liverpool Harriers running 14:43! Despite recording an 83.57% run, John Dillon was 4th in his age group. Which just goes to show the quality fo the field this race attracts! Well done, all.

This was a club championship race and the top 3 in each category are currently:

Men: Shaun Burgess, Dean Richards and Duncan Meredith

Women: Leah Leonard, Liz Featherstone and Janet Burgess

The next club championship races are the Park Hall 5k on the 13th June and Shrewsbury Half on the 17th June

15th May

Leah Leonard and Mandy Lewis did the Helsby Sandstone Trail Challenge on Saturday. Leah was 9th home and first woman - covering the 33 miles in 5 hours 1 minutes! With 193 taking part, Mandy was 96th in a time of 8:32. Well done, both! Time for a cup of tea and a biscuit.

14th May

The Market Drayton 10k was again well supported on Sunday with 25 Whippets running. There were pbs for Odilia Briceno Plummer, Lisa Dale, Sue Evans, Pam Hamilton, Simon Huxley, Rob Moyse and Nikki Shingler. Well done, all! It's good to see a number of our newer members racing.

There were no pbs set at any of the parkruns on Saturday. Alongside the Social parkrun at Wepre, Whippets ran at Chester, Shrewsbury, Ellesmere Port, Heslington, Erddig and Whitby.

11th May

James Rainbow writes:

Four of us (Rob Ingham, Peter Homes, Simon Roberts and myself) ran the Wrekin Streak fell race on Wednesday night. It was 2.7 miles straight up and back down the Wrekin, which included 247M of climbing - it was one race were we all ran negative splits! We all really enjoyed it.


7th May

Saturday's parkruns saw Paul White home 7th at Telford setting a new pb of 18:56. There were also pbs for Katie Evans (Shrewsbury), Alex Glover (Erddig), Simon Roberts (The Wammy) and Nikki Shingler (The Wammy). Well done, all!

Sunday saw Shaun Burgess, Rachael Foster, Michael Starkey and Ali Dolphin run the Llangollen 10k, but I'm guessing the heat wasn't a great help!

2nd May

The club AGM will be held at the Rugby Club on Tuesday 29th May @ 20:15. Invite and Agenda will be emailed out shortly. Chip butties will follow the AGM.

30th April

There was a great turnout for the Chester Half yesterday - but I may not have all of the results just yet. What I do know, is that Paul White was first home for us and that there were pbs for: Shaun Burgess, Janice Eastwood, James Gresty, Rob Moyse, Duncan Raynor, Simon Roberts. Lisa Dale, Ed Vine, Sue Vine and Paul White. Well done, one and all!

29th April

Yesterdays parkruns - too many to list - saw pbs for Sue and Paul Evans, Georgina Fowles, Alex Glover and Claire Wragg. Well done, all!

Here they all are: Results

28th April

There was great running at the highly competitive and fast Mid Cheshire 5k race last night. Best run of the day came from Leah Leonard who was 3rd in her age group setting a new club record of 19:38! We don't see many of those, these days. Great run, Leah. Gareth Dodd was our first male runner home in 17:45. There wee also pbs for Janet Burgess, Sarah Gill, Peter Holmes and James Rainbow. The whippet pack was completed by Dean Richards, Liz Rankin. Jon Morgan, Liz Featherstone and Dave Thornton. 

It was also a club championship race, as a result Gareth Dodd has moved into first place with Jon Morgan and Dean just behind. Leah heads Liz Featherstone and Janet Burgess in the ladies. The next championship race is the Chester Half on Sunday. Club Championship

27th April

This year's Couch to 5k course began yesterday with an amazing 56 participants - a record attendance! The weather was kind, if a litlle chilly, but the session went really well and we look forward to many new runners joining the club in due course. Thanks must go to all the coaches and helpers from the club who made the session such a success. Roll on next week - but a little warmer would be nice!

23rd April

Phew, what a scorcher! Despite the hot conditions. 8 Whippets safely completed the London Marathon with Leah Leonard setting a new age record and Paul Evans a PB. They were joined by Jo Grandfield, Mimi Owen, Sid Paul, Jon Morgan, Stephanie Beeston and Louise Baldwin. Well done, all.

22nd April

The Sexarathon series kicked off at Lilleshall last Wednesday and it was great to see 8 Whippets having a go. Keith Cotton was our highest place finisher in 130th place with Jo Grandfield not much further back in 150th. They were joined by Rob Ingham, Liz Featherstone, Simon Roberts, Fiona Leatham, Sue and Paul Evans. Now they've just got to complete the next 5 races in the series!

Yesterday saw a smattering of parkrun performances with Shaun Burgess having the run of the day - knocking 46 seconds off his previous best at Shrewsbury. Outstanding! John Dillon and Gareth Dodds  had better get their racing shoes on or the Championship could be heading elsewhere. Shaun has now knocked nearly 2 minutes off his 5k time in just over a month and is impressing with each race! Well done, Shaun. But be careful not to over-race.

15th April

A very soggy car park frustrated the social parkrun scheduled for Erddig. As a result, Whippets were sniffing the grass and cocking their legs in a variety of locations - the recently discovered flat parkrun called the Wammy proving the most popular.  Dean was 7th and Simon 9th home in that one. All told, there were pbs for Shaun Burgess and Michael Starkey at Shrewsbury and Sarah Gill at the Whammy.

9th April

The weather gods smiled on the 2nd running of the SJT Whitchurch 10k and the 42 Whippets who ran. Leah Leaonard was our first woman home in 35th place winning the F30 category. Shaun Burgess was first home for the men in 45th place. There were no club or age records, but 20 pbs were set! Congratulations to all who completed their first 10k or set a new pb. Here's the roll of honour:

Frankee Bolas
Lisa Dale
Janice Eastwood
Zara Elson 
Sue Evans
Kirsty Fisher
Georgina Fowles
Sarah Gill 
Alexandra Glover 
James Gresty 
Peter Holmes 
Simon Huxley 
Robert Ingham 
Catriona McCausland 
Janice Owen 
Duncan Raynor
Vickie Raynor 
Simon Roberts 
Nikki Shingler 
Clare Wragg

Meanwhile Rob Sharam and Paul White ran the Manchester Marathon, with Rob home in 3:07:24 and Paul setting a pb of 3:23:56.

8th April

Well done at the Whitchurch 10k today. proper write up tomorrow. I've added as many results as I could, but some of you were not down as Whippets - please let me know if I've missed your result.Results

3rd April

We are now in a new membership year, so if you haven't already renewed you need to take action. If you are planning on renewing, the renewal fee is now £25. If you're not planning on renewing can you please let us know.

Jen has renewed all 70 who have already paid up - thank you, folks.


2nd April

There was great running at the Air Products 10k in Crewe yesterday with Mimi first LV60 in 47:21(age graded 82.9%). Shaun Burgess also had a great run setting a pb of 41:09 (75.21%) and moving him into the upper ranks of the Whippets! There were also pbs for Michael Starkey and Liz Rankin while Dean set his fastest time in 5 years. Well done, all!

1st April

As noted, the Shrewsbury results did change after we'd posted the Winter Handicap results. As a result, Dean Richards is our Winter Handicap Champion, with Simon Phillips 2nd and Keith Cotton in 3rd. Congratulations to Dean and Keith, and hard luck to Simon and James who have lost out. 

Winter Handicap

I'll post all the park run and other race results tomorrow. An Easter bunny is calling me.

31st March

*** STOP PRESS ***

The Winter Handicap results and write up may need to change as it turns out there was a problem with the Shrewsbury results. We'll confirm or change the results as soon as we know we're dealing with the correct results.

Sorry, folks. We went with the info available at the time.

*** END ***

James Rainbow writes:

12 Whippets ran the delayed final round of the winter handicap, which resembled Oswestry cross country in places with the 2 water obstacles! The extra 4 weeks has helped with the pacing, as five runners were within 15 seconds of their own predicted time. Run of the round was by James, who managed to run his exact predicted time (to make sure it wasn’t a fix, I emailed my time to Simon the webmaster on Friday evening), closely followed by Simon who was 1 second out, then Liz, Dean and Keith.

The overall Winter Handicap series result came down to the last race and congratulations go to Simon Phillips who won the series. He was only an amazing 23 seconds off his predicted time over 3 races – great effort. Dean was second with three very low scores and James was 3rd helped by the minus 10 seconds bonus! Keith and Peter make up the top 5

It was a great series overall with 11 runners contesting 3 rounds and 19 runners contesting at least 1 round.

Winter Handicap

27th March

Also racing on Sunday was Paul Evans who set a pb of 2:08:46 in the London Landmarks Half Marathon. Well done, Paul.

26th March

I've just had a look at results for races in our Race Diary and it looks like no one ran the Ironbridge or Liverpool Half Marathons, but five Whippets did face down the challenge that is the Mortimer Forest Trail Race. This is one of Simon Phillips's favourite races, so it's good that he was first Whippet home. He somehow also persuaded Rob Ingham, Duncan Meredith, Peter Holmes and Liz Featherstone to run!

25th March

Yesterday's parkruns has Whippets running at seven different venues with pbs for Narg Harris and Michael Starkey. Well done, both.

18th March

The mini-beast has put paid to most of today's races - and, sadly for some, the full Grizzly! But the cold weather didn't stop a good number of you from doing the Social Parkrun at Crewe yesterday. Whippets also ran at: Peacehaven, Harrogate, Delamere, Telford, Seaton, Shrewsbury and Heslington.There were pbs for Peter Holmes and Pippa Burchell at Crewe and for Michael Starkey and Shaun Burgess at Telford. Well done all who ran!

I went back into hibernation. See you all when it warms up and stays warm!

12th March

Sadly, a waterlogged car park put paid the Cheshire 10k at Arley Hall. That was to be the main event of the weekend for many, but not all.  Mimi Owen was our sole finisher in the Wrexham Half Marathon, but didn't she do well! Mimi was first in her age group running 1:48:32 - a 78.39% performance. Oh, and she also won a bottle of wine which she was very happy about.

Parkruns saw Whippets running all over the place with Janice Eastwood setting a new PB at Crewe. Well done, Janice.

Finally, it was good to see Tease the Whippet winning at Crufts. I bet we get a lot more enquires about our club as a result.

4th March

There was I thinking no one would bother to get out and race when people managed to do parkruns on Saturday and the Chester 10k on Sunday! Not only that, but the cold seems to make Whippets run well. There were pbs for Shauan Burgess and Michael Starkey at the Crewe parkrun and for Dave Thornton, Janice Eastwood and Katie Prince at Chester. Well done all of you!

Now that the Beast from the East has gone my thoughts are turning to running. If you feel the pavements shake it may be another earthquake or me taking a few tentative steps.

2nd March

I can't imagine any of you are going to be racing this weekend, so here's a stat to motivate you for the warmer days ahead.  Leah Leonard, Jo Grandfield and Mimi Owen all appear in the top 30 rankings by Runbritain for the Half Marathon in their respective age groups. Well done, you three!

28th February

One missed result from Sunday, Kirsty Fisher also ran the Village Bakery Half setting a pb. Well done, Kirsty.

26th February

In case you hadn't heard, the last round of the Winter Handicap will now be on the 31st March at Shrewsbury and not on the 3rd. This is due to this week's parkrun having pacers.

Wrap up warm and mind how you go now, it's going to be a bit fresh this week.

25th February

The Club Championship season got off to a cracking start at the Village Bakery half Marathon. I reckon the cold weather must have got people moving as there were pbs for Louise Baldwin, Janet Burgess, Simon Huxley, Mimi Owen, Michelle Purcell, Michelle Scrase and Dave Thornton! Medals were also won, with Leah Leonard and Mimi Owen 2nd in their age groups while Jo Grandfield was 3rd in hers. There were also club age records for Jo Grandfield and Mimi Owen. Well done, all!

After one race the Men's championship is headed by Gareth Dodd and the Women's by Mimi Owen. The next Championship qualifying race is the Cheshire 10k at Arley Hall on the 10th March.

There were also reasons to celebrate on Saturday, as Nikki Shingler smashed through the 45 minute mark at the Shrewsbury Park Run. Nikki's reaping the benefit of the longer runs she's been doing. Also in action at Shrewsbury were Katie Prince and Kirsty Fisher. Elsewhere, Rob Moyes and Fi Challinor were at Moors valley, Ali Dolphin at Fountains Abbey and bunch at Erddig: Keith Cotton, Loz Evans, Georgina and Gillian Fowles and Alison Birch. Great to see both Loz Evans and Alison back in the results.

19th February

Mimi Owen was running down in London yesterday, setting a new club age record and placing 1st in her Age Category in the Richmond Half Marathon. Well done, Mimi!

18th February

The latest Social Parkrun saw 10 Whippets travel out to Chester for a run that saw a pb for Jan Eastwood. Pbs were also set by Kirsty Fisher at Telford, Katie Prince at Shrewsbury and Georgina Fowles at Heslington. Well done, all!

14th February

Winter Handicap standings have now been updated Winter Handicap Standings

It's very close at the top with Simon Phillips, Katie Evans and Fi Challinor separated by just 3 points! But with runners doing all 4 races able to drop their worst result, it's still possible for any of the 10 people still competing to win. The last race on the 3rd March should be fun!

12th February

Ali Dolphin was also on good form this weekend, placing 3rd v55 in the Nick Beer 10k. Well done, Ali!

11th February

A baker's dozen of Whippets took part in round 3 of the Winter Handicap at Shrewsbury on Saturday with stunning results - 8 runners were within 13 seconds of their predicted time. The closest three were Fi Challinor (1 second), Simon Phillips (3 Seconds) and James Rainbow (5 Seconds). Full results in due course. Whippets were also in parkrun action at Telford, Penrose, Heslington, Wepre and Erddig.

This morning saw Shaun Burgess set a stunning new 10k PB of 45:34 at the Walton Wobble 10k where he was also 1st M50 - great run, Shaun! Michael Starkey also had a very good run setting a new pb of 57:04.

There was also a good turnout for the 1st Whitchurch 10k training session with 5 runners joining 18 Whippets for a 5k run. It will get harder!

8th February

The club will be hosting a series of training runs aimed at the Whitchurch 10k. These will take place from SJT school on a Sunday morning at 10:00am. The first one is this Sunday 11th Feb and will run for 7 weeks. The aim is 2 weeks 3 miles, 2 weeks 4 miles, 2 weeks 5 miles and on the last week we are looking at running the race route. Everyone is welcome to come along and join in. The more the merrier as we can then cater for different pace groups.

6th February

I returned once again to the Stourbridge Stagger for a nostalgic race that takes in part of my old school XC course. It was my third time out at the 7km distance and I went with an ambitious target in mind, a top 10 finish. It was a cold but dry morning, perfect conditions for the challenging off road race which starts along with the 10 mile option. After a congested start when the courses split I found myself alone but for an old school friend who sailed past me with a cheery wave! I kept her in my sights and tried to keep my own targets in mind. With 2km to go a kindly marshall told me I was in 10th place, I felt I still had more in the tank so pushed on for home. On entering the park at the finish I was battling with lady from Halesowen AC but I managed to find something extra to sprint home and was thrilled to discover I was in 8th position. I think that this winter's xc fixtures have definitely been a good training investment and I would encourage other Whippets to give this race a try.

Liz Rankin
Liz Rankin Stourbridge Stagger 2018

5th February

After an up and down season, the final fixture at Oswestry on Saturday saw both our teams end up in the same league positions as last year! The men finished in 5th place and the women in 7th - and 8th place in the Masters. This was a great result and reflects good committment over the winter. Simon Phillips was first home for the men on Saturday while Jo Grandfield led the women home. Also running for the men were: Dean Richards, Andy Heath, Shaun Burgess, Peter Holmes, Rob Ingham and James Rainbow. Jo was accompanied by Janet Burgess, Liz Featherstone and Fi Challinor.

Saturday also saw members in parkruns at Sandwell Valley, Cannon Hill, Shrewsbury, Heslington and Erddig. Georgina Fowles setting a new pb at Heslington, well done Georgina!

28th January

Prize for the most adventurous parkrun of the year so far goes to Ali Dolphin for running in Etna, Italy. The rest of you stayed more locally with a good pack running in Shrewsbury while others were at Heslington, Wepre and Erddig. There were pbs for Katie Evans at Shrewsbury and Georgina Fowles at Heslington - well done, both!

If you did race anywhere else this weekend can you let me know.

22nd January

The club sent two good full strength teams to Baschurch on Saturday for the 4th fixture in the North Wales XC League. It was a very traditional XC course over wet and muddy ground. Despite this, both men and women packed well with the result that both men and women finished 5th team on the day. This great result moved the women up to 9th place in their division while the men remained in 6th.  The women are also 7th in the Masters Division. It was good to see Shaun Burgess and Michael Starkey make their XC debut. The finishing positions were:


40 Rob Sharam

44 Paul White

47 Dean Richards

75 Simon Phillips

119 Shaun Burgess

131 Michael Starkey


47 Jo Grandfield

59 Janet Burgess

62 Rachael Foster

65 Liz Rankin

72 Liz Featherstone

It's worth taking a look at the photos in the facebook group to see just how much fun can be had in mud and water!

The final fixture is at the Marches School in Oswestry on the 3rd Feburary.  

21st January

Saturday saw race 4 in this year's North Wales Xc League at Baschurch. More on the XC when the results appear, but it looked like everyone enjoyed the water features and cooling weather. It was great to see a few new faces giving it a go!

Friday night also saw XC country action with Simon Phillips, Keith Cotton, Liz Featherstone and Liz Rankin contesting the last race in the Llandegla Dash night race series. Simon was 6th home in the tough race.

Saturday morning saw a smattering of park runs with Mimi in action at Congleton, Martin and Sheridan Lane at Shrewsbury, Fi Challinor, Rob Moyes and Nikki Shingler at Ellesmere Port and Katie Prince and Tom Woodworth at Erddig.

This morning saw Shaun Burgess and Sticks Starkey take part in the Asthma UK charity 10k run at Ellesmere.

16th January

The 2nd round of the Winter Handicap took place within the Shrewsbury Parkrun on Saturday with 10 Whippets contesting the handicap. Dean Richards and John Dillon were best at guessing their run times with both just 6 seconds out. After two races the Handicap is led by Nikki Shingler with Katie Evans, Dean and John Dillon tied in 2nd place! The next race is on the 10th February. Peter Holmes was the only runner to set a Pb at Shrewsbury. I'll get all the tables updated when James Rainbow is well enough to send them.

Katie Prince also ran at Shrewsbury but didn't provide a guesstimate before the race. Elsewhere, Whippets were in Parkruns at Heslington (Georgina Fowles), Ludlow (Ali Dolphin) and Congleton (Katie Webster).

Sunday saw half a dozen Whippets take part in the Run through Tatton Park 10k with Michelle Scrase starting her racing year well with a new PB. Well done, MIchelle. Also enjoying the surroundings were Neil and Jen Spencer, Lynn Norton, Zara Elson and Sally Hales.

12th January

Louise Baldwin has informed me that she also raced the Telford 10k last Sunday knocking 87s off her course best. Nice one, Louise.

9th January

The Club Championship season kicks off next month with the Village Bakery Half Marathon. You can enter here Village Bakery Half Marathon

8th January

Saturday saw teams of Whippets competing in the County XC Championships at Attingham Park. There are photos on Facebook showing that they all had a really good time. There was great packing (or hand holding) from the men with Rob Sharam 29th, Paul White 30th and Dean Richards 31st. Simon Phillips was next in 47th with Rob Ingham in 115th and James Rainbow in 131st. In the muster competition, which takes into account all who ran for each club, the men were 9th team beating Telford Harriers, Wrekin College and Market Drayton - nice one guys! First home for our Women was Mimi Owen in 41st place, Fi Challinor was 53rd and Liz Featherstone 61st. The women were 11th team in their muster competition.

Thanks to Katie Prince for acting as our nominated Marshall! Katie had a busy weekend because she also set a new pb in the rescheduled Telford 10k on Saturday. Nice one, Katie.

There were just a few parkrun results for Congleton (Keith Cotton), Shrewsbury (Katie Webster, Kirsty Fisher and Nikki Shingler) and Ludlow (Ali Dolphin)

2nd January

Back to normal now, folks! So that means no more two parkruns on the same day - this seems to have been a New Year's day challenge some of you couldn't resist! Dean Richards, Simon Phillips, Fiona Challinor and Rob Ingham ran at both Shrewsbury and Telford yesterday morning. They were joined by Rob Moyse at Shrewsbury and Paul Evans and Kirsty Fisher at Telford. If you raced elsewhere please let me know.

Enjoy tonight's normal run with normal people over normal routes.

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