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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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Tues 25th June - Magic Mile #1 and AGM

First of this year's Magic Miles. Meeting at the Rugby Club normal time. This will be followed by the Club AGM and chips.

Tues 2nd July - Handicap Round 2

Round 2 of the Summer Handicap.

Thur 11 July -Agro Merchants Relay

If you haven't got your team entry sorted - it's time to get a move on.

Full details of the relay here: Relay

Recent News

Page last updated: 16th June 2019 by Simon Parsons email webmaster@whitchurchwhippets.co.uk

16th June

A very quiet parkrun Saturday for the club, just four Whippets in action. But there was a club Pb for new member Geoff Handley at Telford.

Next up the Magic Mile and AGM on the 25th.

14th June

There may have only been five Whippets at the very soggy Park Hall 5k on Wednesday but it was a productive trip with pbs for Paul Parkinson, John Haley, David Bowie and Julie Collins. Well done, all. It was a Club Championship race, so the five that ran also gained some very useful points. The next qualifying race will be the Magic Mile on the 25th June.


Club Championship

11th June

The Club AGM is on the 25th June at 8:30 pm at the Rugby Club.

We need to hold an Annual meeting of members to elect the committee and Honorary Officers.

If you wish to propose a resolution or motion, to be included in the Agenda, you must put it in writing to the Secretary ( Alison Birch, 8 Hollinwood, Whixall, SY13 2NW) to arrive no later than 19th June.

This year the posts of Chairman and Treasurer are due for election. John Dillon, Chairman and Dean Richards, Treasurer have both agreed to stand again. We will have two vacancies on the committee this year as both John Rowlands and James Rainbow have decided to stand down. 

If you would like to seek election as one of the Club officers or as a general committee member you must have your nomination seconded and put in writing to the secretary to arrive by 19th June. Elections may need to be held at the AGM if there are any new nominations.

All our other current Committee members and Club Officers are willing to continue in their roles.

For your information, our current committee comprises: John Dillon (Chairman), Alison Birch (Secretary), Dean Richards (Treasurer), Jenny Spencer (Membership), Simon Phillips (Captain, Handicap/Cross Country), Fiona Leatham (Coaching and Welfare), Adam Richards(Social), Cathy McAllister (Press), Keith Cotton, Liz Featherstone.
John Rowlands and James Rainbow are standing down and we would like to thank them both for their valued contribution to the Club over many years.

10th June

She did it with time to spare! Fiona Leatham completed the monster that is the Comrades Marathon in 11 hours 36 minutes and 33 seconds. This was well inside the 12 hour cut-off. Great run, Fi! I look forward to a full update once you've finished partying.

If you fancy a short fast run this week. The Park Hall 5k is on Wednesday. It's a club championship event.

Club Championship

Finally, after the first Magic Mile I'll show how people are doing with regard to Club Standards. Most club members need to get a Mile in to qualify for a standard - the alternative is a Half Marathon. For me, the choice between one mile and 13 miles is a no-brainer - but then again, I was a Middle Distance runner in my prime and even 1 mile was a very long way!

Club Standards

9th June

Yesterday saw a big turnout at Shrewsbury. I've been tough and only added results for people who are currently registered as Whippets. So, apologies if you are intending to join but haven't quite got round to it yet. I will happily add missing results for members. Some people travelled some distance to run yesterday, none further than Fiona Leatham who hopped on a plane to South Africa. Fi is there for today's gruelling Comrades Marathon - a 90km(ish) challenge.  Good luck, Fi!

In the parkruns there were pbs for Simon Huxley, Adam Richards and Marcus Somerfield. Well done, guys!

I've also posted the Handicap standings here. We've tried to be fair to Dave Thornton and Nikki Shingler who stopped to aid Jenny. A few non members ran and they have not been counted in the standings.

Summer Handicap

Wednesday saw Rob Sharam, Simon Phillips, Rob Ingham, Peter Holmes and Jo Grandfield ran in the 6.3km Rodney's Pillar Fell race at Breidden Hill.


7th June

In case you hadn't heard, the club AGM will be on the 25th June at the Rugby Club. It should involve chips and doesn't take very long! Before the AGM is the first of this Summer's Magic Miles.

I'm still waiting for some guidance before publishing the Handicap standings.

4th June

A rather wet handicap tonight. An unfortunate asthma attack near the finish for Jenny Styles meant that Dave Thornton and Nikki Shingler gave up their chance of finishing to help her. Thanks guys! You will be given race points - if not a time. 23 Whippets did complete the course, with newcomer James Marston heading the field. Rob Sharam (14:46) and Cathy McAllister (19:47) posted the fastest times. The table will be worked out tomorrow.


3rd June

Mimi Owen writes:

"I ran in the Abersoch 10k on Saturday, (1st in FV60) A beautiful course, mixed terrain and a beach last 1k.

It is part of the Abersoch Triple Crown, a 10k, a sprint triathlon at the end of June, finally a half marathon in September, I’m hoping to complete the 3 events. "
Well done, Mimi!
I've also just added the Handicap predictions for tomorrow:

2nd June

Whippets were once again well spread about at eight different parkruns . Sadly no pbs to report.


Don't forget that this Tuesday sees the first of this Summer's Handicap races from John Dillon's house. Please meet at Rugby Club at normal time to offer lifts as parking is currently restricted at John's. The handicapper has had all your race results and is relishing the prospect of setting challenging target times.

Summer Handicap

29th May

A small group of Whippets were racing in London over the weekend. Fi Leatham ran the mile on Sunday - but her result seems to have gone missing. On Monday, Katie Evans. Dean Richards and Nikki Shingler ran the Vitality 10k.


26th May

It was Super Saturday as far as parkruns go, with 25 Whippets including a number of new members in action at Shrewsbury and more elsewhere. There were pbs for:

S Castin
John Haley
Dawn Harding
Kim Huxley
Annmarie Jackson
Amy Kellett
Christine Nixon
Andrew Rogers

Well done, all.

Age gradings for new members are not right as I don't have their exact ages just yet. They will automatically correct in due course.

It was also good to see the chairman troubling the scoreboard!


21st May

A few more results have crept out from the weekend. Paul White completed the Windermere Marathon in 3:39:34 on Sunday while a group of Whippets ran the multi terrain Stanton Stile Hop 10k on Saturday. There were pbs for Carol Fowles and Darren Evans, well done both.

20th May

There was great whippet support for the Chester Half Marathon yesterday with at least 25 Whippets completing the course. There were pbs for David Bowie, Ali Hunter, Saul Mellor and Marcus Somerfield, well done all! If I've missed your result you know what to do.

While I was doing the results, I discovered we're not the only Whippets out there now. There also seems to be a club or group called the Woodland Whippets! That's kind of great, but has just made my life harder as I can no longer just search for Whitchurch (as also the tri club) or Whippets!

Chester was a Club Championship event and the standings now show:


  1. Shaun Burgess
  2. Jon Morgan
  3. Richard Stewart


  1. Leah Leonard
  2. Natalie Stevenson
  3. Odilia Briceno Plummer

The next qualifying race is the Park Hall 5k on the 12th June

Club Championship

19th May

What with Christleton on Friday and the Chester Half today, it's no surprise that there were only a few people out doing parkruns yesterday. Northwich saw on form Adam Richards set another 5k pb. Well done, Adam!

James Rainbow writes:

"Rob Ingham and I took our fell running to new heights when we raced in Ras Y Gader (Cader Idris fell race) on Saturday. It was 10.5 miles from the centre of Dolgellau to the top of the Cader Idris mountain (3000 FT ascent) and back again, over mostly technical and rocky ground. Rob had a great run to finish in 2.25 but I badly twisted my ankle on the way down and limped home 20 mins later. It was the friendliest race I have ever competed in and there was a fantastic atmosphere all afternoon. "

Sadly, James adds:

"Judging by the colour of my ankle this morning, I will be out of action for quite a few weeks."

18th May

Mid week races saw the Phoenix Flyer take place on Wednesday and the Christleton 5k on Friday. Ten Whippets ran in the Phoenix flyer - round 2 of the Telford AC Sexarathon series. Ron Ingham and Clarries Hocknell were our first runners home. Standings in the series are not yet out. The next race is the Shropshire 4m on the 12th June.

The Christleton 5k is one of the finest races in the region attracting many high class runners. Rob Sharam had a great run to finish in 18:38  and set a new club age record - but this only placed him 162nd in the race! Leah Leonard was our first lady home in 19:41 just 3 seconds away from her club record time set last year.

There were pbs for Clarrie and Sheila Hocknell in the Phoenix flyer and for Odilia Briceno Plummer, Shaun Burgess, Zara Elson and Saul Mellor at Christleton. Well done to all of you and Rob Sharam!

Christleton was a Club Championship race and the top 3 in each category are now:


  1. Shaun Burgess
  2. Jon Morgan
  3. Paul White


  1. Leah Leonard
  2. Natalie Stevenson
  3. Odilia Briceno Plummer

The next qualifying race is Sunday's Chester Half Marathon

Club Championship

13th May

I've posted all the Drayton results that I know about. Let me know if I've missed anyone. More than 30 thirty Whippets took on the testing Market Drayton 10k course in fine sunny weather which probably accounts for the small number of pbs! Anyway, there were pbs for Will Dudleston, Lorriane Gillan, Linda Grocott, John Haley, Ali Hunter, Janice Owen and Sheila Hocknell. Well done, all!

Saturday saw Leah Leonard first lady home in the 33 mile long Sandstone Trail Challenge. Results have not yet been published, but it's understood that Leah set another pb making that a hatrick of pbs in two marathons and an ultra!

And another distance result from the 27th April has come in from Liz Featherstone who writes:

"Duncan and I completed the very first ‘Shropshire Way Ultra’ a 50 mile race (ended up being just under 52 miles!) from Ellesmere to Llanymynech, Chirk Bank and back to Ellesmere, great event, tough in places but well worth all the hard work in training, definitely recommend it for a challenge."

12th May

Yesterday saw just a handful of parkrun results. Welcome to David Bowie who set his first pb with the club and there was also a pb for Adam Richards. Well done, both.


10th May

On Wednesday evening, five Whippets took themselves down south to run in the Wrekin Streak Fell Race. James Rainbow writes:

"It was straight up the main path all the way to the trig point at the top and then back down the same way! It was round 2 of the Shropshire Summer Fell race series round 3 is Batch Bash on the 22nd."


7th May

Jon Morgan took himself off to Bristol for the Simplyhealth Bristol 10k on Sunday. Jon writes:

"A pleasant sunny day with a mainly flat scenic route that goes up the Portway under the Clifton Suspension bridge. Very well organised, only criticism was it was a bit congested. A potential PB course if you can get a clear run. Approx 13,000 competitors"

Jon recorded a more than respectable 49:14 to show there's still life in the old dog. Nice one, Jon!

6th May

With this year's Couch to 5k well under way and very well supported, I was asked when our first course was held. I've just had a look, and our first course was held in 2008 - the club's very first year! It was just called a "Beginners Programme" - the Couch to 5k tag came later. But it was the same format.

This is what the website had to say: 8th May - A very pleasing seventeen people turned up for the Beginners programme

Just in:

Michelle Purcell, Natalie Stevenson and Gary Gray did the Liverpool Spring 10k yesterday. And there was a very welcome pb for Michelle!


5th May

Whippets well spread around again yesterday, with pbs for Linda Callaghan at Chester, Lyndsey Cotton at Shrewsbury and Saul Mellor at Nant y Pandy. Well done, all.

Have a great bank holiday. It's good running weather even if not good for much else


29th April

There was a great showing in the London Marathon with ten Whippets completing the distance. Leah Leonard was first home for the Whippets in 3:13:13 - a new Pb and Club Age Record. There were also Pbs for Janice Eastwood,  Charlotte Giddings, Lorraine Gillan, Sarah Musgrove and Paul White. Libby Dudleston, Fiona Leatham, Mimi Owen and Paul White were our other finishers. Congratulations to all.

Results for Fridays Mid Cheshire 5k have now been posted and show that Natalie Stevenson set a new PB, well done Natalie! This was a Club Championship race and the top 3 in both categories have changed and now show:


  1. Jon Morgan
  2. Dean Richard
  3. Dave Thornton


  1. Natalie Stevenson
  2. Jenny Stiles
  3. Leah Leonard

The next Championship race is the fast Christleton 5k on the 17th May.

Club Championship


25th April

James Rainbow reports that:

"Last night 5 Whippets (Simon Phillips, Rob Ingham, Pete Holmes, Jo Grandfield and I) raced in the Caradoc Classic Fell race. It was the first race in the 8 race Shropshire Summer Fell Series."


24th April

The Telford A.C Sexarathon series kicked off last week. The first race in the six race series saw 10 Whippets take part in Lilleshall 5 miler. Jo Grandfield and Mimi Owen were both first home in their age groups. Joining them at Lilleshall were: Clarrie and Sheila Hocknell, Rob Ingham, Jenny Stiles, Simon Roberts, Paul and Sue Evans and Fiona Leatham. The next race is the Phoenix Flyer 5k on the 15th May.

And one more result that nearly sneaked past. Andrew Rogers set a new PB in the Whitley Village 10k on the 14th of April. Well done Andrew.


23rd April

The hot weather didn't prevent a baker's dozen of Whippets from contesting the Air Products 10k on Easter Sunday with Saul Mellor leading the pack home and setting a new pb. There was also a pb for Ali Hunter.


It was Club Championship race and as a result the top 3 in each category is currently as follows


Shaun Burgess

Jon Morgan

Dean Richards


Leah Leonard

Rachael Foster

Sue Evans

The next Championship race is the Mid-Cheshire Spring 5k on the 26th April.

Club Championship

21st April

Phew what a scorcher! But it didn't stop Whippets running all over the shop from the North East to the South West. And there were pbs for Julie Hollins, Michael "Sticks" Starkey and Claire Stewart. Well done, all.


15th April

Mandy Lewis is curretly taking orders for Kit. Orders need to be with her by the 30th April.

Order forms can be downloaded from the Kit page:

Club Kit

14th April

Thursday saw this year's Couch to 5k Course kick off with a fantastic group of new and returning runners. I saw you! Welcome all.

The weather stayed fine but rather chilly for Saturday's parkruns from God knows where. They all have strange names these days. In amongst them all there were pbs for Julie Collins, Peter Holmes, Katie Prince, Adam Richards and Michael Starkey. Well done, all.


9th April

Better late than never, here's a result from the 24th March that nearly snuck past me. Odilia Briceno-Plummer completed the London Landmarks Half Marathon in 2:12:45. Odilia was running in aid of charity to raise funds and awareness of the plight of the people of her home country of Venezuela, including her own family, and despite running with a painful injury to her knee (which otherwise would have stopped her running at all) she was determined to complete the run out of respect to those who sponsored her to do it. Well done, Odilia.

8th April

The weekend wasn't just about the Whitchurch 10k. There was also the small matter of the Manchester Marathon that saw Rob Sharam, Leah Leonard, Mimi Owen, Heather Stewart and Fiona Leatham in action. Rob Sharam and Leah Leonard both had great runs, setting new club age records. Leah's run was also a new pb. Well done, both!


7th April

A great days racing was had by the Whippets in today's local SJT Whitchurch 10k. I've entered 59 results so far and one or two more might still emerge. Let me know if we've failed to spot you. Thanks go to Dean Richards for doing a great job in sorting through the results for me.


With so many running it's no surprise that there was a good batch of club pbs. Here's the roll of honour:

Linda Callaghan Julie Hollins Malcolm Myles-Hook
Lyndsey Cotton Adam Hollins Janice Owen
Charlotte Dolphin Victoria Hopwood Katie Prince
Libby Dudleston Simon Huxley Michelle Purcell
Kirsty Fisher Kim Huxley Karina Stockton
Georgina Fowles Duncan Meredith Holly Turner
Charlotte Giddings Sarah Musgrove Alice Williams
Sheila Hocknell    

 Well done, all of you.

It was also a club championship race. As it stands the top 3 in each category are:


  1. Leah Leonard
  2. Rachael Foster
  3. Sue Evans


  1. Shaun Burgess
  2. Jon Morgan
  3. Dean Richards

The next championship race is the Air Products 10k on the 21st April.

Club Championship

2nd April

Oops! It would seem I have gotten a Championship Half Marathon wrong - the English Half Maration should be a qualifying race but the Macclesfield Half Marathon shouldn't. The website page will be corrected shortly. Sorry folks, it's an age thing!

See you later for cake!

31st March

Clearly people are saving themselves for the key event that is Tuesday's Bake Off! As a result I think there may only be yesterday's parkruns to report. You were all over the place from somewhere in Wales I can't pronounce to somewhere in Germany I'm also struggling with! Just one pb to report, that by John Haley in Shrewsbury. Well done, John!

Let me know if you have raced elsewhere.

See you all Tuesday, I'm bringing my own big plate just to be on the safe side. Don't disappoint me all you wonderful master bakers.

28th March

I hope you all enjoy your last dark run of the season!

Fi has just informed me that she and Duncan Meredith ran the Charles Darwin Day Marathon in February. A result that sneaked under my carelessly flung net. Just so you know, I don't usually look for results for races that aren't show in the Club Race Diary. So, if you have raced elsewhere best drop me note.

See you all next week.

25th March

As well as parkruns, Saturday also saw the Arley Hall Cheshire 10k race - one of our Championship races. Leah Leonard headed our women home just behind pacemaker Dean Richards. Leah sadly missed breaking the 40 minute barrier by 2 seconds! But she did gain a new Club Age record. Well done, Leah!


There was a long list of pbs:

  • Shaun Burgess
  • Zara Elson
  • Gary Gray
  • Peter Holmes
  • Leah Leonard
  • Nicola Rogers
  • Andrew Rogers
  • Nikki Shingler
  • Michael Starkey

Well done, one and all!

The top 3 in the Championship now looks like this:


Leah Leonard
Natalie Stevenson
Fiona Leatham


Shaun Burgess
Dean Richards
Dave Thornton

The next Championship qualifying race is the Whitchurch 10k on the 7th April

Club Championship

24th March

Saturday's parkruns saw pbs for Linda Gallaghan at Chester, Charlotte Dolphin at the Stewart parkrun and Rob Moyse at Hove. Well done, all! Whippets also ran at Delamere, Crewe and Henley wood.

Only one more week and you'll start running in the light! It's also the time of year when membership renewals happen. I'm sure Jenny has already been in touch - so you know what to do.

It was good to see so many of you out this morning helping the 10k runners.

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.


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.


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).


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.



24th February

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


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


1. Paul White

2. Shaun Burgess

3. Richard Stewart


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!


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.


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


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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