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Page last updated: 18th March 2019 by Simon Parsons email webmaster@whitchurchwhippets.co.uk

18th March

Whippets were racing in 3 main locations on Sunday. Dean Richards, Dave Thornton, Fi Leatham, Shaun Burgess, Jon Morgan and Charlotte Dolphin contested the Stafford Half - with Charlotte setting a pb. Only Simon Huxley and Natalie Stevenson ran in the Shrewsbury 10k, which was rather a surprise. Saul Mellor set a  Marathon pb at Wrexham, while Mimi Owen was first in her age group in the Wrexham 20 miler. Well done, all.

I saw most of the rest of you in Queensway yesterday!

The Shrewsbury 10k and Stafford Half were championship races and as a result Simon Huxley and Natalie Stevenson now head their respective championships.  Enjoy! The next championship race is the Chester 10k at Arley hall next weekend.

Club Championship

Let me know if you raced elsewhere.

17th March

With today being a very busy race day at Wrexham, Stafford and Shrewsbury it's no surprise there were just a smattering of parkrun results for yesterday. No pbs to report.

Results

14th March

It's back! Please spread the word that our very popular Couch to 5k Course kicks off on Thursday 11th April.

If you want to book a place, click on this link Couch to 5k

To find out more click here Course Info

12th March

Fiona Leatham writes:

"Liz Featherstone and I completed The Grizzly on Sunday, a challenging very multi terrain race on the south coast of Devon.

 With 3500ft of elevation the race takes you from pebble beach (at least a mile is run on this over 2 stretches), to cliff top (twice) and everything in between, complete with lengthy streams, hills with ropes to pull yourself up, the ‘Stairway to Heaven’ and an infamous bog. 
 
With severe winds one of the more exposed cliff top sections was cut as a safety measure and we were certainly battling the weather for a lot of the course. 
 
We stuck together for the whole race of nearly 20miles and both had an amazing experience, don’t think there is another event quite like it. 
 
Having had the mud hosed off by the firemen at the end we went for well earned fish and chips followed by a pint! We finished with identical times of 4:55:59."

11th March

Half a dozen Whippets contested the Chester 10k. Despite the wind, there were pbs for Clarrie Hocknell, Jenny Stiles and Katie Prince, well done!

With a lot of new members it's possible that some members raced at Chester but were not down as Whippets. Please let me know if you raced there - or anywhere else over the weekend.

Results

10th March

I 'ate you lot, parkruns at 7 different locations. Can't you please all just run at Shrewsbury! Sadly, no pbs to report.

It looks like toay's Chester 10k times will be slow - unless the wind is largely behind. You'll have to waint until tomorrow to find out.

4th March

Rob Sharam has been moved into the ultra world in recent months. On Saturday he and Andy Heath ran the Rhayader Round the Lakes 30k.

Rob writes:

"Its like a longer, hillier, and less tree lined version of Lake Vyrnwy, with 3 stunning reservoirs and a 4 mile long ‘hill’ to add to the  total of 1649ft climbing. Despite the ominous weather forecast it stayed mostly dry but the 40mph winds on  the most exposed 8mile sector required some tactical team work and gritted teeth. A great day out"

3rd March

I guess you must all be saving yourselves for upcoming races as there were very few out at parkruns yesterday. But there was a pb for Jenny Stiles at the Whammy, well done.

A few mudlarks were also in action over the fells. James Rainbow writes:

"Rob Ingham and I raced in the Carding Mill Canter yesterday. It was only short (5 miles AS rated) but it certainly packed a punch and the wind didnt help!  Elsewhere, Rob Sharam and Simon Philips ran in the Dash to the Pole, which was a night-time self-navigated time trial to the top of Pole Bank. Rob was 7th home and first in his age group and Simon was not far behind in 11th."

James also informs me that Rob Sharam ran in the Long Mynd Valleys race (10th Feb), which is probably the toughest Fell race in our area (you have to have your entry vetted for previous winter Fell race experience).

Results

25th February

Saturday also saw Jon Morgan, Sarah Berry, James Gresty and Michael Starkey complete the Rhy 10 miler. Somehow they all contrived to finish with times ending in 26 seconds but different minutes. I've asked for race tapes to see if I can spot how they did it! There were pbs for Sarah, James and Michael, well done all.

Fiona Leatham has emailed me to say that she and Nikki ran in the Carsington Water 10k and Half yesterday. An undulating and trail course as part of a whole weekend of running in the peak district. It was Nikki's 2nd fastest 10k.

Results

 

24th February

A quieter weekend with a smattering of parkrun results from Erddig, Delamere, Heslington, Hove, Bakewell, Crewe and Oswestry. No pbs to report.

Results

18th February

The new Club Championship season kicked off yesterday with the Village Bakery Half. The race saw 26 Whippets take part. Mimi Owen was first v60 home and there were 14 pbs set! Well done, all! Here's a list of pb setters:

Odilia Briceno Plummer
Julie Collins
Janice Eastwood
Sue Evans
Paul Evans
Gary Gray
Simon Huxley
Sarah Musgrove
Michelle Purcell
James Rainbow
Natalie Stevenson
Jenny Stiles
Katie Webster

I know it's early days but the top spots in the Championship are as follows

Men

1. Paul White

2. Shaun Burgess

3. Richard Stewart

Women

1. Mimi Owen

2. Leah Leonard

3. Rachael Foster

The next qualifying races are the Shrewsbury 10k, Stafford Half and Wrexham half all on the 17th March.

Club Championship

17th February

Whippets ran parkruns at Hanley, Erddig, Worthing and Crewe yesterday. It was good to see Ian Grandfield back in the results. And there was a pb for Lyndsey Cotton - well done, Lyndsey!

11th February

Blockbuster Challenge winners Adam and Nikki who completed their run across the board with alphabetical parkruns.

10th February

Yesterday not only saw the completion of the Winter Handicap but also the first completions of the Blockbuster challenge. Nikki Shingler and Adam Richards became first female and first male (or joint winners if you prefer) by finishing 4 alphabetical parkruns at the Wammy. Adam also set a pb - so a doubly great day for him. Well done, both.

Elsewhere, James Rainbow finished 31st in the Titterstone Clee Fell race.

Today saw Keith Cotton, Jen Styles and Ali Dolphin do the Nick Beer 10k, with Jen setting a new pb. Well done, Jen!

Results

9th February

Winter Handicap Organiser James Rainbow writes:

"Seven Whippets braved the cold wind to run in this morning's final round of the Winter Handicap. Run of the round was a fantastic effort from Peter Holmes who was only 3 seconds of his predicted time. Pete was closed followed by Keith Cotton (6 seconds) and Simon Phillips (12 seconds)

For the overall Winter Handicap title, it was a showdown between Keith and Natalie Stevenson. In the end Keith came out on top, with Natalie a close second. There was a slight re-jigging of the order behind, as Katie Prince overtook Janice Owen into 3rd.

Over the series, Keith was only a total of 31 seconds of his three predicated times, which makes him a worthy winner. In total, 18 Whippets ran in at least 1 round this winter. "

Winter Handicap

4th February

A spirited finish to the cross country season saw both our men and women climb up their leagues to finish in the same league positions as last year. A great result and due reward for finishing teams in every fixture unlike a number of rival clubs. Our men ended up in 5th place and our Women in 7th.

Our heroes on Saturday, at Oswestry in chilly conditions, were: Rob Sharam, Simon Phillips, Dean Richards, Peter Holmes, James Rainbow, Simon Roberts, Jo Grandfield, Janet Burgess and Natalie Stevenson.

Well done all of you who took part at some point in the season!

Cross Country

3rd February

I guess the cold weather kept most of you away from parkruns yesterday, but there were Whippets in action at Shrewsbury, Ludlow and Erddig. No pbs to report.

It was also the final North Wales XC fixture of the season at Oswestry, but I'm still waiting on results.

27th January

The main event of the weekend was Round 3 of the Winter Handicap. James Rainbow writes:

"Only five Whippets braved the drizzle for this mornings round 3 of the Winter handicap at the Shrewsbury Park Run. Run of the round was Natalie Stevenson who was only 10 seconds off her predicted time, followed by Keith Cotton and Katie Prince. In the overall there are now only 5 Whippets fighting it out for the top spot - with Keith Cotton in first place, followed by Janice Owen and then Katie Prince. With just the final round to go, its still all to play for."

Whippets were also in action at Delamere, Heslington, Crewe, Erddig and the Wammy. No pbs to report.

 

20th January

Whippets did parkruns in Shrewsbury and Chester yesterday with Natalie Stevenson setting a PB in Shrewsbury.

18th January

Natalie Stevenson has informed me that she and Gary Gray raced in a very windy Tatton 10k last Sunday.

17th January

Beacuse this Saturday's Shrewsbury parkrun is a paced event the Winter Handicap has been rescheduled fot the 26th January.

16th January

Club vests and T-Shirts can be ordered through Mandy Lewis. Mandy will process orders every 3 months with the first orders to be in by 31st January.

Whippet vest £15.
Available in sizes:
Mens - S, M, L, XL, XXL
Ladies - XS, S, M, L, XL (approx. 8, 10, 12, 14, 16)

Whippet t-shirt £15
Available in sizes:
Mens Performance T - XS, S, M, L, XL, XXL
Ladies Performance T - XS, S, M, L, XL, XXL (approx. 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18)

Large Whitchurch Whippets logo on the back in white, small logo on the front. Optional name on front for £1.50 extra.

Orders to be in by January 31st 2019. Full payment at time of ordering please. Delivery will be 3-4 weeks. 
 
Please email Mandy to place an order Mandy@jigsmith.com and she will send you the bank details for payment to confirm the order.

15th January

The North Wales XC League fixture at Northop on Saturday saw the Whippets again field full teams - something a number of other clubs failed to do. As a result our men now sit 6th in their league and the women 8th in theirs. The men's team comprised Rob Sharam, Dean Richards, Simon Phillips, Peter Holmes,  James Rainbow, Rob Ingham and Simon Roberts. The women's team was made up of Jo Grandfield, Rachel Foster and Liz Featherstone.

The final fixture is at the Marches School in Oswestry on the 2nd February. Full teams are again needed if we are to match last season's league placings of Men 5th and Women 7th.

Cross Country

13th January

Saturday's main event was the penultimate cross country fixture at Northop but you'll have to wait for those results! Parkrunners were in action at Delamere, Shrewsbury, Telford, Erddig, Penrith and Bodelwyddan Castle. No pbs to report Results

8th January

Just caught up on some results from 1st Jan thanks to Liz Rankin. And I thought you all had better things to do! It seems that a number of you doubled up in parkruns: Delamere and Northwich - Lee Dale, Michael Starkey, Sarah Berry, James Gresty, Lisa Dale and Liz Rankin. Shrewsbury and Telford - Dean Richards, Simon Roberts and Jenny Stiles. The Wammy and Hanley - Fi Leatham.

Congratulations to Gary Gray, Natalie Stevenson and Jenny Stiles who all set new pbs!

Next year, can you all please party harder the night before.

7th January

It was County Championship weekend for Cross Country with championship races taking place in most counties as a prelude to Area and National Championships. This year's Shropshire Championship was held at Oswestry and saw the Whippets field both Men's and Women's teams.

Women

36 Rachael Foster
40 Mimi Owen
47 Natalie Stevenson
60 Liz Featherstone

Men

46 Dean Richards
61 Simon Phillips
69 Saul Mellor
107 Rob Ingham
121 James Rainbow
123 Mark Gregory

Saturday also saw Sarah Gill do the Wirral 10k. There was also a smattering of parkruns with Lee Dale setting a new PB at Delamere. Well done, Lee!

2nd January

Happy New Year, Whippets!

It appears that a number of you wanted a parkrun for Christmas and so ventured over to Delamere on the 25th. Julie Collins came away with a new PB. Well done, Julie! Ali Dolphin meanwhile did the Walsall parkrun on christmas Day.

If there are any more results for 2018 please let me know before this weekend. The rollover to the New Year will mean I will not be entering 2018 results after Saturday. There may also be a delay in entering results this weekend as I wrestle with this annual task. And, it's also quite possible that I'll screw a few things up. You have been warned.

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