2016 News Stories

These are all the archived news items that have appeared on the home page this year.

19th December

No major races this weekend. But PBs for Katie Webster and Sheridan Lane in parkruns at Telford and Shrewsbury.

12th December

Simon Phillips kicked off the weekend with another Friday race in the Llandegla Dash in the Dark series before joining another six Whippets on Sunday in the XC hill fest known as the Mortimer Forest Trail Run. I'm hoping a write up will follow before too long! Also running at llandegla was Jo Grandfield, making her debut in the series. Simon was joined at Mortimer by Rob Sharam, Dean Richards, Duncan Meredith, Ken Robbins, Liz Featherstone and Fi Challinor. This is steadily becoming a Whippet's favourite - I don't know if the post race chips have anything to do with it?

Elsewhere Katie Webster, Louise Baldwin and Liz Rankin did the Telford 10k with Katie and Louise setting new PBs. Saturday saw Liz Rankin our only parkrunner. Liz was in action at Erddig.

Next up is the Boxing Day run from the Rugby Club at 11:00 am. Drinks will be sought afterwards for those that need refreshing.

7th December

A provisional list of Club Championship races has now been sorted. There may be one or two changes but it gives you a chance to book some of the earlier races before it's too late!

Club Championship 2017

3rd December

James Rainbow writes:

"Five Whippets ran in the first round of the winter handicap at the Shrewsbury parkrun this morning. Simon Phillips had the run of the round, as he was only 6 seconds off his predicted time, so he sets the early pace! Ken is in second place as he was 25 seconds of his predictions, with Fi and Helen following closely in 3rd and 4th. Summer handicap champion Dean was back in 5th place, 45 seconds off his forecast time.

It's still early days and with the best three scores to count out of the four rounds, it's still all to play for. Round 2 is 21st Jan 2017."

As James says, there's still time for more of you to join in!

Also, don't forget the Boxing Day run on the day after that other day. Nice run - drinks - all good!

28th November

Disappointed to miss the North Wales XC league on Saturday, Simon Philips and Rob Sharam spent yesterday yomping over the Long Mynd. Simon writes:

"Myself and Rob Sharam completed the Stiperstones Time Trial on Sunday. It's a time trial from Little Stretton to the Stiperstones Inn, any route you like in the shortest time possible, but unless you want a major detour you have to go up and over the Long Mynd and then up and over the Stiperstones. We finished 14th place and 2nd Male Pair in 1hr 21m, which uncannily was the same time as last year."

27th November

Saturday's XC fixture in Bangor was always going to be difficult with a good number of Whippets unavailable, but great team performances saw us field complete teams in each category. That was better than local club Menai T&C could manage! Rachael Foster led the Women's team home accompanied by Fi Challinor and Liz Featherstone. Andy Heath was first male Whippet home, he was joined by Dean Richards, James Rainbow and Ken Robbins. As a result of the excellent team work - the men moved up a place in their division while the women held station. It gets easier now with the final two fixtures much closer to home in Shropshire!

Cross Country.

Elsewhere, Tom Woodworth was in London running in the Bushy Parkrun while Mandy Lewis was running at Erddig.

21st November

Photos from the Birthday Bash are here on the Social Page

I could only find one parkrun result from Saturday with Jamie Walker running in Ellesmere Port. Yesterday saw a few more Whippets in action with Katie Webster, Fiona Challinor and John Rowlands in the Conwy Half and Jon Morgan and Ken Robbins in the Beckbury Trail race. Louise Baldwin was on her own in the Tatton 10k where she set a new PB.

As they were there, let's hear what Fiona and Jon say about their races.

Fi Challinor writes:

"The day started here with a downpour so I didn't hold out much hope for good weather but as I got closer to Conwy it cleared up and in the end it was beautiful warm sunshine as we ran around the Great Orme. The view was fantastic and made the 2.5 mile climb well worth the effort, I even managed to challenge myself by running on the outside of the road next to the cliffs (those who know me will know my fear of heights, but I felt safe enough with the wall between me and the drop!). This was my 25th Half marathon and one I've wanted to do for some time, glad I finally got the chance, well worth the trip. "

Jon Morgan writes:

"Nov 20th saw what I think is the 2nd running of the Beckbury Trail by one of the newest clubs in the area - Lawley RC. A very well marshaled event and friendly atmosphere. JD would have loved it, a cold drizzly start, soggy trails with a goodly amount of mud. Not a flat event - you were either going up or down. It was so tempting to give a gentle shove to the photographer standing on the edge of a steep bank into a pool...........but I resisted. It was good to see Ken Robins at the start, who got 2nd in the over 65 category. I was lucky as none of my arch rivals turned up and I got the M60 class, winning a bottle of cider and lager - my sort of race! It's about 50 min away, pleasant scenery with styles, mud and the odd bramble. I'd recommend it to anyone fancying a change from the norm (whoever Norm is)"

19th November

Two things we can say with some certainty about last night's Birthday Bash are, that there was enough food and that Adam was fairly happy to win the Marathon Ballot! It was good to see so many people there and I think it's safe to say that a good time was had by all.

Thanks to the generosity of Whippets and local organisations, the raffle in favour of Isla Marshall raised £255 in her great cause and also ensured that Alison Birch gets back running - Alison won the big prize of a whole bundle of race entries! For those that weren't able to be there, here's a list of our award winners:

Most improved beginner: Sheridan Lane
Most improved male: Ken Robbins
Most improved female: Michelle Purcell

And, In case you've forgotten - the other awards that already been decided are:

Club Championship - Female
1st Mimi Owen
2nd Leah Leonard
3rd Liz Featherstone

Club Championship - Male
1st John Dillon
2nd Kevin Smith
3rd Jon Morgan

Don Wilbraham Summer Handicap
1st Dean Richards
2nd Fiona Challinor
3rd James Rainbow

I'll post photos up tomorrow. But I may have to get photoshop out first!

15th November

In case you were wondering, the Birthday Bash is from 7:30pm on Friday with the feeding frenzy kicking off around 8pm. Timings not precise - but we'll try and keep early arrivals away from the food until after 8pm! The management reserve the right to test the food first for your safety!

14th November

I'm still waiting for Weston Park 10k results to appear - but I'm not aware of any other results from Sunday. Meanwhile, the Llandegla Dash in the Dark results from Friday have appeared. Simon Phllips reports that there was a good turnout of over 90 runners and that James Marsh also took part.

13th November

It was super Saturday for a few Whippets, with Mimi setting a new PB and hitting an 80% age-grading for the first time in the Cheshire 10k. James Rainbow had his best ever race in the Mad Jack's 5 at Attingham, while Katie Webster completed her 50th Parkrun in Shrewsbury. I think I'll let them speak for themselves.

Mimi writes:

"Did the Arley 10k today, miserable weather and muddy parking etc, but once running not too bad! 47.55, pushed myself very hard, no more races until next year now."

James writes:

"It was my 6th time of running it (it was the 9th edition of the race) and it was as fun as ever. There were a couple of extra man made obstacles (6ft high banks of soil/gravel) as well as the usual mix of trees to jump, stiles to climb and of course the wade through the pond at the end!! Having said that, it was surprisingly firm under foot apart from under the tress and by the river. It was the first year that there was a medal at the end and a team competition. I didn’t see any other Whippets there, which is shame as it’s a great local cross country race. I know you can’t really compare cross country times but it was my quickest ever, so I was really pleased."

Katie writes:

"50th parkrun milestone achieved today. No pb but first in age category so pleased I got out of bed."

Thanks for the updates one and all. I'm still waiting to hear about Simon Phillips in Friday's Llandegla Dash in the Dark.

10th November

As always we would welcome prizes for the raffle to be held at the Birthday bash. This is especially true this year as it is for such a good cause. If you have a prize to donate just bring it along on the night - no item too small or large!

7th November

This year's Birthday Bash on the 18th November will see many awards given out as we make presentations for Club Standards, Championships, Handicaps and more!

Among known winners of Championships ets, we have some special improvement awards for which the nominations are as follows:

Most improved beginner
Michael McKeown
Sheridan Lane
Simon Huxley

Most improved male
Dave Thornton
Duncan Meredith
Ken Robbins

Most improved female
Cathy McAllister
Karen Smith
Michelle Purcell

And, In case you've forgotten - the other awards that already been decided are:

Club Championship - Female
1st Mimi Owen
2nd Leah Leonard
3rd Liz Featherstone

Club Championship - Male
1st John Dillon
2nd Kevin Smith
3rd Jon Morgan

Don Wilbraham Summer Handicap
1st Dean Richards
2nd Fiona Challinor
3rd James Rainbow

Just in case you were wondering, the club awards committee is responsible for all nominations and have had access to all the performance data I have collected over the year!

6th November

Ten Whippets headed over to St David's College, Llandudno for the second fixture in the North Wales XC league as the club again fielded two full teams.

The men finished:

46 Robert Sharam
81 Dean Richards
95 Andy Heath
97 Simon Phillips
151 Ken Robbins

The Women finished

57 Jo Grandfield
66 Rachael Foster
84 Liz Rankin
97 Michelle Scrase
104 Lynn Norton

After two fixtures the men are in 8th position and the women 9th in their respective leagues. The next fixture is on the 26th November at Bangor.

Elsewhere, Fi Challinor did the Woodhouse Moor park run while Tom Woodworth was in action at Birkenhead.

Tomorrow, I'll let you all know the nominations for club awards to be made at the Birthday Bash on Friday week - the 18th. Adam Richards awaits your bookings!

3rd November

I've just made a final check on Standards Mugs and discovered that due to a previously missed race result from last year, Ian Grandfield is entitled to a Silver Standard. Well done, Ian! I have checked everyone as best as possible - even checking against UKA profiles, but it is always possible I've missed a race result. Please let me know if that is the case.

2nd November

Two more results from the weekend. Matt Lucas and Mark Gregory both completed the gruelling Snowdonia Marathon and should therefore be in fine fettle for some of the future Cross Country fixtures.

A reminder to all Marathon hopefuls - if you're hoping to enter the club ballot, the 8th of November is the last date to get your subs and application form to Jenny Spencer. Late applications will not be accepted. So far, Adam Richards, Mimi Owen and James Rainbow are in the ballot.

31st October

As far as I can see, just one result from yesterday to report. Katie Webster ran 52:58 in the Bridgnorth 10k.

This was the last chance for members to set a new club standard. The list of new standards for this year, as far as I know, are therefore as follows:

Member Standard Reached
Thomas WoodworthRed19th September
Michael McKeownGreen4th September
Mandy LewisPurple24th April
Sheridan LaneBlue23rd October
Cathy McAllisterBlue30th August
Louise BaldwinBlue30th August
Duncan MeredithBlack28th June
Liz RankinBlack28th June
Michelle ReadBlack28th June
Mark MusgroveBlack4th August
Dave ThorntonBlack4th September
Katie WebsterBlack4th September
Leah LeonardSilver15th May
Ken RobbinsSilver28th June
Jo GrandfieldGold6th September
John DillonDiamond4th September

If you think you've qualified for a new or improved standard and I have missed you - please let me know asap as I will be ordering mugs in the next day or two.

Details of the standards scheme are here: Club Standards.

30th October

Yesterday's parkruns saw Whippets running in Shrewsbury (Katie Webster, Fi Challinor and Louise Baldwin), Beeston (Tom Woodworth), Worthing (Christine Henderson) and Erddig (Liz Rankin). Meanwhile Liz Featherstone travelled to Porh Eirias for a 10k - setting a new PB but just missing out on moving up a club standard by 7 seconds!

28th October

The Winter handicap will again be taking place this year starting on 4th December. As for last year it will be a series of "Naked" races - don't get excited - it just means no technology or watches allowed. You have to predict your finish time then do your best to match it without help! Full details and rules here: Winter Handicap

26th October

UKA athletics are introducing a representative Masters team marathon event sometime in 2017. Because of her fantastic debut at Chester, Mimi has been selected to represent England at the event. If she is able to take up the place, Mimi will be able to purchase and run in an England vest. Nice one. Mimi!

23rd October

Just a few Whippets doing parkruns yesterday at Shrewsbury, Telford and Erddig. Highlight of the day being beginner Sheridan Lane setting a pb and gaining an even higher Club Standard than the one she reached last week. Sheridan now qualifies for a Blue Standard - well done, Sheridan!

17th October

There may have only been three Whippets running at Farndon in the last Club Championship race of the season, but Liz Rankin and Sheridan Lane both set Pbs. It was Sheridan's first 10k - so I know she'll be delighted with her result as it also gains her her first club Standard! Well done, both. As it was the last Championship race the top three in each championship can now be confirmed as:


John Dillon339.66
Kevin Smith324.67
Jon Morgan300.99


Mimi Owen308.77
Leah Leonard295.23
Liz Featherstone246.30

It's great to see that 72 members ran at least one Championship race!

16th October #2

The Cross country results have now come through and show that the women with 3 to Score sit 8th in Women's Division 2, while the men with 4 to score (new this year) are 13th in Men's Division 2.

16th October

There was agreat start to the XC season with seven ladies turning out for the club at Mold. Sadly, the men could only field a weakened team - but there are more men to come into the team at the next fixture in Llandudno on 5th November. The official results will probably take some days to come through, but the on the day finishing positions were:


71 Jo Grandfield
79 Rachael Foster
82 Shell Read
111 Mandy Lewis
116 Liz Featherstone
117 Michelle Scrase
124 Lynn Norton


60 Rob Sharam
112 Andy Heath
122 Simon Phillips
135 Ian Grandfield

Elsewhere, Saturday saw Whippets in parkruns at Telford (Fi Challinor), Gnoll (Tom Woodworth) and Erddig (Christine Henderson)

13th October

Our Birthday Bash on the 18th November also sees the presentation of Standards awards. Some of you will be awarded your first Standard mug while others may receive a mug for reaching a higher standard.

There are still two weeks for some of you to set performances that may gain you a new or improved standard. To save your brains, I've worked out what race distances some of you need. *** shows you need an improved performance in that distance to move up a standard!

Needs a half marathon:
Helen Robbins

Needs a 10k
Keith Cotton***

5k or 10k will do
Leanne Sands

10k Needed
Elizabeth Featherstone***
Louise Baldwin***
Ian Grandfield
Andy Heath
Karen Smith
Sheridan Lane
Jo Tinman
Cathy McAllister***

5k Needed
Garry Norton
Janet Burgess
Lynn Norton
Michelle Norton
Laurence Evans***

12th October

New rules for the Club Marathon Ballot are being introduced this year. Be warned, they are more complicated than ever but are aimed at biasing the ballot towards club members who have not yet run the London marathon and members who play an active part in club life.


  1. You must have applied for a place in the Virgin Marathon Ballot and been rejected.
  2. You must be a first claim member at the time of the ballot
  3. You will need to have paid your subs for 2017 before the ballot
  4. You must not have run the London Marathon in 2015 or 2016
  5. You must not have had a place in the London Marathon for 2015 or 2016

Places in the ballot

  1. Everyone who enters the ballot gets one ticket with their name on in the ballot
  2. You get an extra ticket for being present on the night
  3. You can gain more tickets by earning points as follows:
One extra ticket for each 5 points up to a maximum of 3 extra tickets. One point for:
  • Running in a Club Championship Race ( 1 point for each race)
  • Helping with a Magic mile - timekeeping/refreshments/marshalling
  • Running in the Dearnford Lake Relay
  • Acting as official volunteer at Shrewsbury Park Run when hosting a Summer Handicap Race - must be listed as a volunteer on Park Run site (point per race helped with)
  • Acting as official helper at Dearnford Relay - (Includes Timekeepers/Recorders/Admin staff/Marshalls/Stewards/First Aid/course markers and clearers)

Oh, boy! That's going to give me hours of fun.

Application form

This year an application form for ballot entry will need to be completed and given to Jenny Spencer by midnight on the 6th November. Late applications will not be accepted. The application form must be accompanied by:

  1. Proof of rejection from Virgin London Marathon
  2. Club Subs of £23 for 2017-2018
Marathon Ballot Form

Application Form

12th October

Now that London Marathon Rejections have arrived I will soon post details on how to enter the Club Ballot for our one allotted place! An application form will be posted in a day or so. As in previous years, members wishing to enter the ballot will need to pay next year's subs at the time they apply for a ballot place.

While we're talking marathons, Mimi Owen's age record at Chester means she now holds the whole set of age records from 1 mile through the Marathon - well done, Mimi!

11th October

Another result has emerged from the weekend. Fi Challinor was our only runner in the Pattingham Bells 7 on Sunday.

9th October

Yesterday saw Whippets running in parkruns in Chester(Tom Woodworth), Shrewsbury(Fi Challinor), Worcester(Katie Webster) and Erddig(Liz Rankin).

5th October

And another result from the weekend, new member Sid Paul completed the Cardiff Half Marathon in 1:37:52

4th October

Liz Rankin was in action in the Lake District at the weekend and she writes:

"This weekend I traveled to the Lake District for my first taste of a race in the Lakeland Trails series. The race took place a Coniston and was a 6.5 mile course almost entirely on trail. It was a very varied and challenging course starting with an ascent, all 882ft of it! The weather was perfect and the race well organised and friendly and I would highly recommend the series. As I strode towards the finish along the lake shore pleased to have survived the bogs and streams of the Old Man of Coniston I encountered the sting in the tail 'the water jump' crossing a stream waist high - all in all a great warm up for the impending cross country season"
Liz Rankin
Liz Rankin in the Consiton Lakeland Trail Race 2016

3rd October

Sunday, saw glorious weather for the Chester Marathon, and our two representatives certainly had glorious performances! Mimi Owen was 4th v55 in her marathon debut while Ken Robbins was 3rd v65. Both ran "good for age times" which should guarantee them places in the 2018 London Marathon. Both performances were also new club Age Records! Ken now holds the age records for every distance from 1 mile through the Marathon. Well done, both!

Elsewhere, Katie Webster and Gillian Fowles were in action at the Shrewsbury Parkrun, Fi Challinor at Hereford and Keith Cotton at Congleton.

28th September

Mark Gregory and Keith Cotton were also in action on Sunday in the Macclesfield Half Marathon.

26th September

Some people will do anything to get out of doing a Magic Mile, Cathy McAllister went as far as Loch Ness to run the Loch Ness Marathon! Cathy ran 4:10:29 for a PB. Well done, Cathy!

James Rainbow ran in the Trailffest half marathon in Porthmadog on Saturday as part of training for the Snowdonia Marathon. James writes:

"Its an excellent trail race with 1400FT of climbing and stunning views of Welsh hills and coast. Its a mixture of open hill side and swooping forest trails and finishes on the Cobb at Porthmadog. The strong wind made the last 1.4km pretty tough!"

Apologies, if you've already seen this on facebook, I've just added a new page on the common mistakes runners make. If your race performances aren't as good as you'd like you might want to take a peak. If racing's not your thing then feel free to ignore!

The "Mistakes" page can be accessed from the Training Page or this link: The mistakes runners make.

25th September

Strong headwinds made running the final Magic Mile an even tougher prospect than usual, even so, it was good to see half a dozen members and Rob's son David give it a go. Dean Richards led home: John Dillon, Rob Sharam, Simon Phillips, Michelle Read, Dave Thornton and David Sharam. Tom Woodworth was very unfortunate to miss the start, but still got a run in before joining us for breakfast at the Raven Cafe.

Saturday saw the usual smattering of Parkruns with Sheridan Lane setting a new PB at Shrewsbury. Also in action were Tom Woodworth (Chester), Katie Webster (Telford), Gillian Fowles (Shrewsbury), Liz Rankin (Erddig) and Mandy Lewis (Erddig).

19th September

The main action of the weekend was definitely Saturday's Shrewsbury Park Run, but Saturday also saw Keith Cotton and Maureen Whyte running at Erddig and Tom Woodworth at Wepre. Maureen set a new PB at Erddig and I suspect that we may see many more improvements from her! Sunday also saw a new 10k pb for Simon Huxley in the Severn Bridges 10k where he was only just behind Liz Rankin.

And another result from last week has emerged. Tom Woodworth completed the Great North Run setting a new Pb and earning a Red Club standard.

17th September

Fiona Challinor did all she could to try and hold Dean off in the Handicap, smashing 64 seconds off her handicap time. Unfortunately for Fi, Dean also had a great run, returning to form at just the right time to place 4th in the Shrewsbury park run and take 43 seconds off his Handicap! There were a number of other great runs, with John Dillon just sneaking over the 85% age grading and James Rainbow taking 37 seconds off his handicap. Not to be left out, Duncan Meredith and Katie Webster both set pbs.

The result of such good running was that Dean is the 2016 Don Wilbraham Handicap Trophy winner, with Fiona Challinor runner-up and James Rainbow once again on the podium in 3rd place. Well done to all who took part and a big thank-you to Simon Phillips for the great job he does in handicapping everyone for each race!

12th September

And a very succesful Lake Vyrnwy Half Marathon it was! 19 Whippets finished the race in warm conditions. Leah Leonard was our first lady home while John Dillon was first for the men. There were age records for Jo Grandfield, Mimi Owen, John Dillon and Ken Robbins. PBs were also recorded by Liz Featherstone, Caroline Nelson, Leanne Sands, Katie Webster and Janet Burgess. Dean Richards, Simon Phillips, Jon Morgan, Duncan Meredith, Richard Stewart, Steve Cope, Loz Evans, Adam Richards and Fi Challinor completing the Whippets contingent. Well done, all!

John Dillon just sneaked an 85.0% age grading in his attempt to record 85% performances across the board in Club Championship events! John has effectively sealed the Male Championship while Mimi has probably done the same for the Ladies. But it ain't over until that well known lady sings! There is still one Magic Mile, one Handicap Race and the Farndon 10k to go. All of which might be critical for the remaining podium places.

11th September

Lake Vyrnwy results will be posted tomorrow when available. So just a quick catch up on some other results. Our only Park runner yesterday was Gillian Fowles in Erddig. Gillian ran 35:39 Elsewhere Louise Baldwin ran the Awyr Las 5k in 29:13. An earlier result for Louise has also come to light - on 24th August she recorded 28:10 in the Plas Menai (Caernarvon) 5k.

8th September

Also over the weekend, Dean Richards completed the Shrewsbury Triathlon and Mandy Lewis the Quadrathon. Dean was 5th in the Male Open category recording a time of 69:12

And just because I can, I've added records and rankings for the Mile to the Stats page. We've had a fair number of races now and plenty of members have run this year. Just so you know, club record holders are Gareth Dodd and Leah leonard. Records and Rankings

7th September

Despite the very muggy conditions, half of the 20 strong field set new pbs in the Magic Mile last night. For the record, the improvers were: Louise Baldwin, Janet Burgess, Sally-Ann Chesters, Clare Davies, Liz Featherstone, Helen Gorman, Jo Grandfield, Jo Lloyd, Liz Rankin and Dave Thornton. It was especially pleasing to see our recent beginners doing well. The next Magic Mile is on Sunday 25th September. Start time 10:30.

6th September

And another result from the weekend, Mark Gregory ran 2:56:54 in the South Cheshire 20 in his marathon build-up.

And as a bonus, Fiona has just given me a list of Autumn Club sessions. The sessions are suitable for all and will make a welcome change to pounding the streets we all love so much!

Training Page

5th September

The Tilston 10k provided rich pickings for the 8 Whippets who took part. John Dillon took top honours by setting a new Age Record and qualifying for our first ever Diamond Standard! John has now set 85% performances over the Mile, 5k and 10k. There wre also pbs for Michael McKeown, Michelle Purcell, Michelle Read and Dave Thornton. Dave Thornton also qualified for a Black standard and Michael McKeown a Green Standard. If that's not enough, Leah Leonard was first lady home! The above named were joined by Keith Cotton and Duncan Meredith. Great running, Whippets!

Elsewhere, Katie Webster set a new PB in the Cosford Spitfire 10k earning a Black Standard in the process and John Rowlands ran the Wolverhampton Half Marathon.

3rd September

Round 4 of the Summer Handicap saw Gill Fowles take the top points beating the handicapper by 109 seconds - so that's why you've been running at Erddig these last months, Gill! Katie Webster took second place and was the only runner to set a new PB. Fiona Challinor maintained a strong challenge for the cup with a result that moved her into first place. With just one race to go Fiona Challinor heads Liz Featherstone by 2 points with Duncan Meredith just one point further back - but Dean Richards still has a race in hand! The final race is on the 17th September.

Summer Handicap.

This was also a Club Championship race and as a result the Women's top 3 are now Leah Leonard, followed by Fi Challinor and Katie Webster. The men's top 3 are Kevin Smith, Jon Morgan and Dean Richards. The Lake Vyrnwy Half will probably settle matters.

Club Championship

Still catching up, I have now added a race report Fi Challinor wrote for the Wepre parkrun Race Reports

It would be good to have reports for more races added to this section - even if just to provide details of the course, parking and refreshments. It's always good to know if a race is flat or hilly and the terrain it's run on. I'll think about indexing races in due course.

31st August

Just added results for the Ellesmere Port RC 5k on the 17th and can also report that Louise Baldwin ran the Plas Menai 5k on 24th August (results not yet available). John Dillon was delighted with his time which rocketed him to 16th in the UK for his age group. I think we can safely say that John's mojo is working again!

30th August

Despite it being rather warm - or so I gather- there were some great performances in the Ellesmere 10k on Sunday. Jo Grandfield set a new age record and there were pbs for Louise Baldwin, Dave Thornton, Loz Evans, Liz Featherstone, Cathy McAllister and Tom Woodworth. Well done, one and all!

This was also a club championship event, and as a result, Dean moved into 2nd place in the Men's championship. There was no change in the Women's championship but it has come very close for 2nd place with less than one percent separating Katie Webster, Liz Rankin and Fiona Challinor. The next championship race is the Magic Mile on the 6th September followed closely by the Lake Vyrnwy Half on the 11th.

New club standards have also been gained by Louise Baldwin, Dave Thornton and Cathy McAllister who all qualify for Blue awards There are still two months to run in the awards season, so plenty of time for new and improved awards to be earned.

It was great to see that a good number of Whippets made it over to the Sun in Welshampton for chip butties - thanks go to Liz Featherstone for the arranging.

If I've missed any results from the last two weeks can you please let me know.

11th August

A well attended and pretty swift Magic Mile tonight with 18 runners setting 8 pbs! It was especially good to see new runners Amy Asquith and Louisa James completing their first races. There were also pbs for Laurence Evans, Sheridan Lane, Jo Lloyd, Michael McKeown, Michelle Read and Katie Webster. The next mile is on Tuesday 6th September.

Don't forget that there will be chips and drinks at the Red Lion in Ellesmere after the Ellesmere 10k on the 28th. Meeting at the pub at 12:45 or shortly thereafter - you should find everyone in the beer garden out back!

10th August

Another result just in from the weekend, Mark Gregory ran the hilly Leek Half Marathon in 1:52:44. Mark is in training for the Snowdonia Marathon in late October.

8th August

It was a family affair in the Cannock Chase Trail 10k yesterday, with Garry, Lynn and Michelle Norton all out to play. Poor Michelle suffered a knee breakdown so found it very tough. Not an easy race anyway, full of ups and downs - I did the road race once under the mistaken belief that Cannock Chase was likely to be flat! Give us a break - I'm a Londoner! So, I'm impressed with anyone that races there - especially on the country. Well done, folks!

7th August

A reminder that this Thursday sees the 3rd of this year's Magic Miles. Not only are they part of the club championship but they are also useful as one of the qualifying distances for the Club Standards. If you're new to the club then check out the Club Standards page. Essentially you need to race over three different qualifying distances in a year that runs from 1st November to 31st October.

This year's Club Championship is already heading for a conclusion. It looks very much like the Lake Vyrnwy Half Marathon will determine the outcome with both John Dillon and Mimi Owen needing performances to make a claim for Championship top spots.

6th August

A dozen Whippets contested round 3 of the Summer Handicap at Shrewsbury this morning. Michael Mckeown, fresh off the beginner's course smashed his handicap by nearly three minutes to take the honours. Sheridan Lane, another of our beginners, also beat her handicap by a massive margin (55 seconds). John Dillon was 9th in the race in an impressive 19:06. Leah Leonard was our first lady home. Mimi Owen was another runner who also smashed her handicap time. John, Leah and Mimi were all 1st in their age groups, while Ken and Katie were 2nd in theirs. Great running all round!

After three rounds in the series, James Rainbow on 76 points heads Duncan Meredith and Liz Featherstone in joint 2nd place on 71 points. The next race is on the 3rd September.

See Summer Handicap for Handicap standings.

4th August

Mark Gregory has informed me that he took part in the Shrewsbury Park Run on 2nd April and the Chirk Half Marathon on 10th July. Thanks, Mark - sorry to have missed those results.

Which is a handy reminder, that you can email me if I have missed any results. As far as Park Runs go, I am informed by the Park Run organisation of all performances by Park Runners registered as Whitchurch Whippets. This is great, but does mean that I do not look at individual Park Run results - so I will miss your result if you are not registered as a Whitchurch Whippet in your Park Run profile.

Also, as a matter or course, I will only check results for races shown on the Whippets Race diary - so, if you do run in a race that's not listed I may well miss your result. I also have trouble picking out members who are still registered with other clubs - apologies to any one in that category.

Bottom line, please let me know of any results that have slipped by me. If possible please provide a link to the results, I will only enter performances that I see in the official results.

Coincidentally, the other day I was asked how many results have been recorded. I've just had a check and it's currently 3,951 results from over 1000 races since 2007. The first results come from the Helena Tipping 10k on 16th December 2007!

1st August

The Helena Tipping 10k returned to the race calendar on Sunday, albeit at a much hotter time of the year - but the cooler weather we've been having seems to have helped performances! Gareth Dodd was first home for us in 23rd place. John Dillon had another great run to finsh 1st MV60 but will have to knock some more time off to break the 85% barrier over the distance! John also set a new Age Record. Also having great runs were: Mimi Owen (2nd LV 55), Leah Leonard (3rd LV35) and Ken Robbins (3rd MV65) while Katie Webster equalled her PB - but with a higher age-grade! Well done, all of you.

Saturday saw Dave Thornton make his Park Run debut at Shrewsbury, while Louise Baldwin ran at Penrhyn and Gillian Fowles at Erddig.

Next up is the 3rd round in the Handicap at Shrewsbury on Saturday followed by the 3rd Magic Mile on the 11th.

26th July

Just to let you know that while entering last weeks results I discovered a tiny error in the way in which age-grading percentages were calculated compared to the Howard Grubb age-grading calculator (His calculator is the gold standard of age-grading). I have now corrected the calculation so that our age-percentages now match Howard Grubb's 2006/2010 Table Version

In order that all performances are treated in the same way for the Club Championship I have recalculated all age-percentages from 1st November 2015 – the start of the championship year.

The bad news for you ladies is that the underlying factors for women used by Howard Grubb (and provided by the World Masters Athletics organisation) were revised in 2010. This has meant that many of your percentages (not all) have been reduced.

For your information, I have rechecked all past Championships using the revised factors and calculation and no championship result has been unduly affected. Those who won using the old calculation will still have won using the new factors and calculation. I have also rechecked all Standards awarded and none has been affected – no one should have got a higher or lower standard award!

Please note that when people join the club I sometimes have to enter results before knowing someone's exact age. This can affect a grading – I try to correct as soon as possible but some results do slip past me.

25th July

Last Thursday saw excellent conditions for the 2nd of our Magic Miles. Due to having to remark the start, the course may have been 3m shorter than the last very hot race - but even so pbs tumbled in the cooler conditions. John Dillon recording his best ever age graded performance, setting 85.42% - well done John!

There were also Pbs for Rob Sharam, Neil Spencer, Duncan Meredith, Garry Norton, Dave Thornton, Jo Lloyd, Leanne Sands, Michelle Purcell and Michael McKeown!!!!

Last Wednesday saw the 5th race in the Telford A.C Sexarathon series - the Vic Musgrove 5. After 5 races Jo Grandfield heads the LV50 category while Jon Morgan is 2nd in the MV60 category. The final race is on the 31st August.

And to continue the good news, Louise Baldwin set a new PB in the Caernarvon Race The Train 5k and Karen Smith a new 5k Pb in her first Park Run at Shrewsbury,

21st July

Last Call for Kit Orders

Dean Richards writes:

Last call for kit ordering.... Please let me know by next Tuesday (at the latest) if you want any of the following kit ordering;

Hoodie (£25) (size, blue or red, zip or pullover)

T-shirt (£15) (size (ladies sizes came up very small last year)

Long sleeve shirt (£17) (size)

Vest (£13)

The prices are a guide based on last years sales so could be subject to change...

We have snoods and winter hats in stock along with some sizes of vests.

After Tuesday I don't know when the next order will be as we try to place bulk orders to keep costs down

18th July

Just thought it would be nice to list the members who have joined us over the last few months - mainly off the very successful Couch to 5k Course. Welcome, one and all!

Andrew Heath Janet Burgess Sarah Musgrove Mark Musgrove
Cathy McAllister Tom Woodworth Daniel Craig Louise Baldwin
Dave Thornton Clare Davies Michael McKeown Emma Mason
Sheridan Lane Leanne Sands Sally-Ann Chesters Christine Taylor
Joanne Tinman

17th July

Back to normal after the excitements of the relay. Only one result from today that I know about. Ken Robbins ran 1:45:18 to place 3rd V65 in the Cheshire Half Marathon and set a new Club Age Record. Ken now holds club age records for 5k, 10k and Half Marathon - and he's in training for the Marathon. Time to pop down the bookies and place a bet on him grabbing that record, too! Well done, Ken!

Members were in parkrun action on Saturday at Chester (Fiona Challinor and Tom Woodworth), Penrhyn (Louise Baldwin) and Erddig (Katie Webster).

Elsewhere, James Rainbow was romping over the long Mynd in the Piece of Cake Trail Half Marathon. He writes:

"I ran in the Piece of Cake Trail race on Saturday, which was organised by “How hard can it be events”. It was based in Carding Mill Valley and there was either a half (one lap) or full (two lap) marathon options – I went for the half. It essentially crossed over the Long Mynd to Bridges and back via the top of Pole Bank and involved over 2000 FT of climbing. It was a very tough race as a lot of the climbing was to steep to run but was worth it for the stunning views and two fast descents. The last descent to the finish line was the best! The medal was very blingtastic and as it was a called a piece of cake, there was plenty of cake at the finish line! The course was well marked with red tape and three check points which were well stocked with drinks and snacks. Overall I was very pleased with my time of 2 hours 45 mins."
James Rainbow
James Rainbow with his Piece Of Cake Medal

16th July

15th July

Yet again, the weather gods blessed our relay at Dearnford Lake. It was another great evening with 110 teams competing. A team from Shrewsbury A.C won the Male Category while teams from Telford A.C won both the Mixed and Female Categories. The Slaughtered Monks of Combermere Abbey recorded their 4th win in five years in the Community Category!

Fastest runs of the day came from Claire Martin of Telford (10:53) and Brett Edwards of Shrewsbury A.C (10:31). Our fastest runners were Gareth Dodd (11:07) and Leah Leonard (12:46).

Our highest placed team was that of Dean Richards, Leah Leonard and John Dillon who just missed out on a podium finish by coming 4th in the Mixed Team category. Duncan Meredith, Karen Smith and Liz Featherstone finished 28th in the same category. We had one team in the Ladies category, with Mimi Owen, Michelle Read and Michelle Norton finishing in an excellent 6th place. Whippets were otherwise spread around a good number of community teams. The results page shows lap times for all the Whippets that competed.

In due course a great number of photos will also be published. The event is only such a great success because of the hard work and help of many club members and others. I'd like to thank everyone who helped in any way on the day and over the months leading up to the event.

Results here

11th July

A rather quiet weekend with a few members in parkrun action. But it was good to see new members from the beginner's course running their first races. Well done Sheridan Lane and Michael McKeown! Joining them at Shrewsbury was Katie Webster. Liz Rankin was at Erddig while Maureen Whyte was running at Wilmslow.

Attention now turns to our own race, the Grocontinental Relay at Dearnford Lake on Thursday evening. Just hoping for good weather, now!

8th July

The Telford AC Sexaraton series passed halfway with the 4th race on Wednesday - the four mile Ironbridge 4. After 3 races, Jon Morgan was 2nd in the MV60 and Jo Grandfield leading the LV50 class. Ironbridge saw Gareth Dodd, Ian Grandfield, Jo Grandfield, Jon Morgan and Ken Robbins in action. Jon (3rd MV60) and Jo (2nd LV50) placed well to keep their championship chances alive. The next race in the series is the Vic Musgrove 5 on the 20th July.

Liz Rankin was also out racing on Wednesday, running in the Ruithin Evening 5k.

7th July

Tuesday night saw the Whippets shift base for a social run from the Horse and Jockey, Grindley Brook. I counted 33 runners - but there may well have been more!

It was especially pleasing to see so many new and soon-to-be members taking part. Most people stayed on for a drink and a meal and we may have even recruited a new member on the night! A good time was had by all.

Next up is the Grocontinental Relay at Dearnford Lake on Thursday 14th July. Unsurprisingly, there will be no club night that evening! I'm just keeping an eye out for the weather now.

4th July


Just one more result from the weekend - Mimi Owen did the Erddig Parkrun on Sturday running 26:09.

Dean has asked me to let you know that he is looking to place a kit order by the end of the month. Vests (£13), Snoods (£7.50) and Beanie Hats (£8.50) are currently in stock. Hoodies (£25 approx), T-Shirts (£15 approx) and Long Sleeve Shirts (£17 approx) need to be ordered. So, please contact Dean if you are looking for any of those.

See Club Kit for more information.

2nd July

Round two of the Summer Handicap saw 14 members attempt to beat the handicapper. Kevin Smith was first Whippet home with John Dillon posting the best age graded performance. Dean Richards led the way in the handicap with a much improved run to beat the handicapper by 36 seconds - he may come to regret beating his handicap by such a margin! It was really pleasing to see Simon Huxley, Jo Tinman and Nikki Diamond, fresh off the Couch to 5k course, running 5k for the first time. We said we'd get you to 5k - well done!

After 2 races the series is jointly led by Dean Richards and Mark Musgrove with James Rainbow close behind in 3rd place. The next race is on the 6th August.

See Summer Handicap for Handicap standings.

29th June

As a result of the mile last night a number of people have now qualified for first or improved standards awards:

Member Standard Type
Louise BaldwinPurpleFirst standard
Cathy McAllisterPurpleFirst standard
Duncan MeredithBlackImproved
Liz RankinBlackImproved
Michelle ReadBlackFirst Standard
Ken RobbinsSilverImproved

See Club Standards for full details of the Standards scheme

29th June

Despite the foul weather, thirty Whippets challenged themselves over the Magic Mile which included a water dip or two for good measure! It was particularly good to see our newer members and beginners in action.

Rob Sharam was first over the line chased closely by Dean and Mark Musgrave. Best runs of the day came from John Dillon - who just missed breaking the 80% mark - and Mimi Owen. The results mean that Duncan Meredith now leads the Men's Championship and Leah Leonard the Ladies Championship. The next Magic Mile is on the 21st July while the next Championship qualifying race is the Shrewsbury Parkrun this Saturday.

Club Championship.

Given the weather, the AGM was still well attended and, hopefully, you'll be pleased to know that the committee for the coming year will be the same as last year with Jon Morgan also continuing as President. The accompanying chip butties were well enjoyed and probably accounted for the good AGM attendance! Next up is the second round of the Summer Handicap at Shrewsbury on Saturday.

28th June

Tom Woodworth was also in action on Sunday in the Great Donnington 10k. This was his second 10k. His first was in the Liverpool Spring 10k on the 1st May a result that passed us by.

27th June

Shifnal half Marathon results have emerged to show that Gareth Dodd placed 7th and Jon Morgan 44th and 1st v60. Great running both of you!

27th June

I'm still waiting for results from the Shifnal Half Marathon, but in the meantime a reminder that Saturday sees the 2nd race in the Summer Handicap - the Shrewsbury Parkrun.

Handicaps for the second round can be found here. Summer Handicap.

Hopefully, we'll also see many of you at the Magic Mile and AGM tomorrow. It's chip time!

26th June

Saturday saw Ken Robbins set a new club age record in the 10k running 47:17 in the Runfest Wales 10k at Rhyl. Ken was unsurprisingly first in the v65 category with such a great time. Well done, Ken!

Elsewhere, Whippets were finding even more parkruns to master. Tom Woodworth ran at Colwick, Liz Rankin and Gillian Fowles at Erddig, Louise Baldwin at Penrhyn and Maureen Whyte at Wilmslow. It's good to see Maureen setting a new 5k PB, go girl!

This Tuesday sees the first Magic Mile of the year. Meet at the rugby club at the normal time. Training will be followed by the club AGM and chip butties. The AGM will be very short but there will be time for a good chat over drinks!

19th June

Today saw the Shrewsbury Half Marathon take place under new organisers. The scenic, but hilly, race proved successful for the half dozen Whippets who took part. Andy Heath and Dean Richards having a great tussle to the line with Andy just coming out ahead- albeit with a one second slower chip time! It was a club PB for Andy and Dean was pleased with his run. Duncan Meredith and Michelle Read also set new PBs. John Rowlands and Janet Burgess were our other runners.

Saturday saw just a few members in Park Run action - Louise Baldwin in Penrhyn and Liz Rankin, Gillian Fowles and Maureen Whyte at Erddig.

Don't forget that Tuesday week sees the first Magic Mile of the year. Normal time at the rugby club. That night also sees the Club AGM complete with chips. Don't fret - chip eating will consume more time than the AGM!

14th June

I am delighted to announce that our relay is now full (120 teams) and that entries have now closed. So, we just need some of that glorious sunshine stuff to make it another great evening!!

Results for last week's Park Hall 5k have now emerged and show that Mimi Owen was 1st in her age group and Simon Phillips 2nd in his. Mimi and Simon were joined by James Rainbow. Mimi was just delighted to be back running and hopes to come down to the club again, soon.

12th June

Yesterday saw Whippets mainly in Park Run action with appearances at Shrewsbury (Liz Rankin), Telford (Katie Webster), Erddig (Gillian Fowles) and Worthing (Christine Henderson). Elsewhere, Louise Baldwin was also in 5k action, running in the Dysynni Trail Fest 5k.

Today saw Phil Townsend continue his comeback by completing the Two Castles 10k while Gareth Dodd, Mark Gregory and Fi Challinor took on the Potters Arf. Gareth was 24th. I'm still waiting on results for the Park Hall 5k held on Thursday just gone.

I've just had a look at standards performances for the year. Most members have yet to run enough qualifying distances, but I can report that Leah Leonard has qualified for a Silver Standard and Mandy Lewis for Purple award. A number of other members have equalled their current standard but awards will only be made for improvements this year. Setting a standard for the first time also counting as an improvement. I expect the Magic Mile series to help a number of members find that elsusive third qualifying distance. Check out Club Standards.

5th June

Two other results from yesterday. Gill Fowles continued her comeback in the Erddig Park Run while new member Louise Baldwin was delighted with her run in the Abersoch 10k. Louise writes:

"Very pleased with my time of 01:06:27, considering I couldn't run to catch a bus at the start of 2016. Grateful thanks to Whitchurch Whippets, who have all made me feel so welcome."

4th June

Summer has kicked off with race 1 in this year's Summer Handicap. Mark Musgrave and James Rainbow getting off to great starts by unwisely beating the handicapper by 46 seconds - he won't be very happy with that! Duncan Meredith was close on their heals, beating the handicapper by 42 seconds. Dean Richards, Fiona Challinor and Liz Featherstone may have wisely kicked off the series by not poking the handicapper too heavily. Race 2 is on the 2nd July. Hopefully, with half term out of the way, we will see more Whippets join the series. With only 4 races to count out of 5 there is still time to join in and challenge for the win!

31st May

Don't forget that this weekend the Shrewsbury Park Run is Race 1 in the Summer Handicap.

Predicted times and all about the Summer Handicap here...

30th May

Apart from two park run results - Katie Webster at Telford and Gillian Fowles at Erddig, I couldn't find any other race results for the weekend just gone. So, let me know if you did race somewhere. However, Fiona has sent a report of her last race in Canada. She writes:

"As you know I ran the Watford-Alvinson 16k race on Monday (Victoria Day in Canada). The weather was a complete contrast to the week before with high temperatures and no escape from the sun. Even with the early start it was 22 degrees in the morning. I went to the arena in Watford to be bused to the start in a big yellow school bus, but before we set off we heard that there had been a car accident on the race route so we had to wait in case there was a very last minute route change. Once we got the all clear we set off the near 10 mile journey to Alvinson, it was just a long straight road all the way and the race consisted of running back along it to Watford. There were some reasonable hills near the end and we were joined by the 8k runners with 3k to go in which there were competitors as young as 5 years old.

The race has been going for 59 years and a runner who was in the first event (and had ran all) got the prize as the oldest competitor, but they didn't say his age, and a small girl got the prize for the youngest (5). Another different and enjoyable race experience, well worth it."

26th May

Thought I'd let you know that entries for the relay are steadily coming in and 81 of the 120 places available are now booked. The race will fill up, so if you're thinking of running best get an entry in to Alison Birch sooner rather then later.

There's also one overseas result to report. Fi Challinor completed the Watford-Alvinston 10 mile race in 1:33:58.

23rd May

A mixed weekend of Park Runs, trail runs and a 10k.

Katie Webster writes:

"I ran the 3rd Shindig in the Shire trail half on Saturday. The race starts and finishes at The Sun pub in Corfton (what's not to like) and takes in beautiful vistas of the Clee hills and Wenlock Edge. As expected the course was extremely undulating, covering narrow farm lanes, farm tracks and navigating through bluebell and wild garlic covered woodland paths. A near vertical climb called "the bump" meant runners were on their hands and knees at times but the view from the summit was amazing. A lot of mud was encountered, but this was all worth it and it was probably my favourite race to date. Extremely well organised by a great team called "How Hard can it be Events "- would definitely recommend their races. Very satisfied with my time of 2:43."

Katie Webster
Shindig Medal
Saturday also saw Tom Woodworth set a PB in the Delamare Park Run, and Louise Baldwin a PB at at Shrewsbury. Gillian Fowles is still coming back to fitness and ran at Erddig.

Michelle Norton ran the tough llangollen 10k on Sunday. If you raced anywhere else, you'll have to let me know.

21st May

Two midweek results for you. Wednesday saw the Phoenix 5k, the 2nd race in this year's Sexarathon series. Jon Morgan was 2nd MV60 and Jo Grandfield 2nd LV50. The series standings haven't been updated yet, but Jo was leading her age group after the first race and Jon was 2nd in his. Jo's time was also a new Club Age Record. Jo and Jon were accompanied by Gareth Dodd and Ian Grandfield.

The highly rated Christleton 5k took place on Friday in near ideal conditions. Dean Richards was first home for us in 19:22, but only by 5 seconds from 2nd V60 John Dillon, Simon Phillips was just another 6 seconds back and Leah Leonard a further 11 seconds down. John's time was good enough to set a new Club Age Record while Liz Rankin knocked lumps off her PB!

17th May

And another result from the weekend. Rob Sharam placed 11th in the Wenlock Half Marathon in 1:35:37

16th May

And one international result from yesterday! Fiona Challinor ran the Fast and Furious 10k in West Lorne Ontario. Fi writes:

"Today I ran the Fast and Furious 10k in West Lorne, Ontario, Canada. Expecting good weather I had packed light and ended up being the only runner lining up to run in short sleeves as it turned out to 4 degrees with a minus one wind chill this morning. I made good use of a spare pair of socks on my hands as I hadn't any gloves luckily no-one really seemed to notice :-)

Both the 5k and a 10k options were running at the same time. As it was an out and back, the 5k runners were bused to the turn around point and started from there, at the same time as the 10k start, it was interesting to have the 5 k runners coming towards you along the first half of the route with no guidance as to which side of the road to run! All in all an interesting morning, the out and back course was mostly one long straight with just 2 corners in the whole race There was a strong side on wind for 9k of the race but the free coffee for all (spectators and runners) helped me get warm again afterwards. I ran 55:12 and was 3rd 40-49 female (6th female overall) but it was a very small field with I think only 23 runners in the 10K race. Next week I will be running the 16K Walford Alvingston Race and currently the forecast is 25 degrees (it's snowing outside as I type this but the weather changes quickly over here)".

15th May

Saturday saw the introduction of a new Park Run at Erddig, Wrexham, that was well supported by the club with Ian Grandfield first home in 13th place and a PB as a Whippet. Maureen Whyte , Gillian Fowles and Caroline Nelson joined Ian at Erddig, with Caroline running with her young daughter, Lucy. New member Louise Baldwin was also in Wales, running in the Penrhyn Park Run. Elsewhere, Mandy Lewis ran Delamere while Ken Robbins and Katie Webster ran at Shrewsbury with Ken setting a new Club Age Record. Well done, Ken!

Also on Saturday, Simon Phillips tried his hand at Summer Biathlon and now combines shooting with his running. We expect great behaviour on the beginner's course! Simon writes:

"I headed down to the Forest of Dean to compete in a running event with a difference, my first summer biathlon. This combines cross country running with rifle shooting, in this event laser rifles are used. The competition consists of a 3km lap followed by five shots in the prone position, for every shot missed you incur an additional 100m penalty loop. This is followed by another 3km lap followed by five shots in the standing position and once again a 100m penalty for each shot missed, then a final 3km lap to the finish.

I really enjoyed my first attempt at biathlon, even though I had no previous shooting experience. The hour before the race consists of training by a former biathlete and ex-team GB coach. The race itself for me consisted of too many laps of the penalty loop, followed by chasing down and passing people who could actually shoot. Hopefully this will improve at the next round in a few weeks time at Cannock Chase".

The main story on Sunday was the Chester Half Mararthon - the second qualifying Half Marathon in this year's club Championship. Leah Leonard was first Whippet home in a magnificent 1:29:09 to place 2nd F35 and 8th lady overall! Leah's time was also a Club Age Record.The result also means that Leah leads this years Club Championship for Women. The race also marked Karen Smith's debut over the half marathon distance. Karen was running to raise funds for Vicki Denman who died tragically young. Karen ran with Duncan Meredith - we haven't yet told Karen that he was going to wear ear plugs! Karen had a great run to finish alongside Duncan in 1:57:49. There were also PBs for Jo Evans, Leah Leonard, Andy Heath, Cathy McAllister and Liz Rankin. Well done, one and all!

The next Club Championship races will be the Shrewsbury Park Run on June 4th, the Shrewsbury Half on June 19th and the Magic Mile on 28th June.

13th May

Jon Morgan's Market Drayton result took some work from the race organisers but has now emerged. Unlike many of who were badly affected by the heat, Jon ran a fantastic 42:42 to set a new Club Age Record. Well done, Jon. Great run! He's now looking nervously over his shoulder as John Dillon has just had his 60th Birthday! The result has moved Jon into 2nd place in the Club Championship.

9th May

Highlight of the weekend - and the season so far - was the Market Drayton 10k with more than 20 Whippets running. Run in blistering heat, the first Whippet home was Mark Musgrove in 44 minutes and 22 seconds. First lady was Jo Evans. Despite the conditions, there were PBs for Laurence Evans, Duncan Meredith, Michelle Purcell, Mark Musgrove and Sarah Musgrove - well done. I am still waiting on a missing result for Jon Morgan.

This was a Club Championship Race, and once Jon's result has emerged, the leaderboard will show Jon in 2nd Place with Laurence Evans in 3rd. In the Ladies Championship, Jo Evans has also moved into Bronze position - so, definitely a good weekend for the Evans household!

On Saturday, Tom Woodworth ran the Ellesmere Port Park Run before helping with the Sandstone Trail Challenge - a race in which Leah Leonard placed 30th with a time of 6:09 for the 32.5 mile route!

3rd May

The Conti Lightning run at Catton Park was the main event for us over the Bank Holiday weekend. The 12 hour race operates in relay form with teams and individuals attempting to log as many 10ks as they can in the time. The club have had a great record in this event - our teams placed 1st and 3rd in the 5 person mixed category last year. This year the team was hit by withdrawals but were lucky to have Katie Evans step in to run 3 legs! Our team of Dean Richards, Simon Phillips, Rob Sharam and Katie Evans completed 14 laps. Full results in due course - when published.

Update: Results are now out and show that our Mixed team placed 6th out of 52 teams completing 14 laps in 12hours 10 minutes and 38 seconds. Adam Richards was our only solo runner completing a very creditable 4 laps.

25th April

Yesterday proved a successful outing for Whippets in the London Marathon. Ian Grandfield was first Whippet home, while Jon Morgan and Jo Grandfield both set new age records. Fiona Challinor just missed setting a new Pb, while Mandy recorded her first Marathon finish - so a definite PB.

18th April

Last Thursday saw the first of this year's Sexarathon Races at Lilleshall. The club was well represented with Gareth Dodd finishing in 11th place. After one race, Jo Grandfield is leading the LV50 Category while Jon Morgan is 2nd in the MV60 Catgory and Ken Robbins 4th in the M65s. Rachael Foster is 5th LV45 while Ian Grandfield and Keith Cotton are 10th and 19th MV50.

New member Tom Woodworth ran the Delamere Park Run on Saturday, while Gillian Fowles was at Shrewsbury. Sunday saw Katie Webster run the Port Sunlight 10k while Cathy McAllister did the Lilleshall Monumental 10k.

11th April

Chuffed with her Winter Handicap Victory, Liz went out and set a new 10k PB on Sunday in the Cheshire 10k at Arley Hall. Liz was joined by Jo Evans who also set a new PB - great running, both! Liz also ran in the Delamere Park Run on Saturday while it was good to see Gillian Fowles back running in the Shrewsbury Park Run.

6th April

It was great to see so many people take the long run option round Black Park last night. Based on the feedback it is something we will do again this Spring/Summer!

Twenty or so members also stayed on for chips, a drink, and to see Liz Rankin presented with her trophy for winning the Winter Handicap.

4th April

A surprisingly quiet weekend with Keith Cotton running the Leamington Park Run, Ali Dolphin and Fiona Challinor at Shrewsbury and Gareth Dodd 10th in the Newcastle 10k. Easter is all over now folks, so racing should pick up from here.

Don't forget chips and a long run tomorrow - and, if you haven't already paid, your subs are now late!

28th March

Saturday Park Runs saw Geirgia Butler set a new PB at Cheltenham. Elsewhere, Keith Cotton was in action at Delamere and Ali Dolhin at Shrewsbury. Easter Sunday was once again the traditional day for the Air Products 10k at Crewe. Gareth Dodds was our first runner home in 36:40. Gareth was joined by Kevin Smith, Leah Leonard and Ken Robbins. Leah was 3rd Lady V35 and Ken set a new club age record! Well done, all.

24th March

It's no good sneaking North to run in some obscure 20 miler, and expect to get away without it being reported - my spies are everywhere! Anyway, President Jon Morgan's marathon preparations are clearly on track as he ran the Trimpell 20 in Lancaster in 2:35:59.

22nd March

Just learned that Roger Smith and Pam Hardy also ran the Shrewsbury 10k but weren't listed as Whippets in the results; which is why I missed them. Both ran PBs. As a consequence, Pam has now moved into first place in the women's club championship. Go, girl! Roger has gone into 5th place in the men's. Michelle Read, meanwhile, ran in the Charnwood Forest Marathon with her dad finishing in 5:37:16.

21st March

Sunday saw two Club Championship qualifying races with the new Shrewsbury 10k and the Stafford Half Marathon. Rob Sharam, Laurence and Jo Evans and Fiona Challinor were at Stafford with Laurence and Jo both setting new PBs. Well done, both. Must have been a good day in the Evans household!

Kevin Smith was our only runner in Shrewsbury, where he placed 25th overall and 3rd in the v50 category. Kevin writes:

It was perfect conditions for running the 1st Shrewsbury Mercedes Benz 10k this Sunday. Organisation of the event was excellent, from the information sent out prior to race day to collecting your chipped race number at registration on the day. Start and finish was in the town square and with almost 900 runners on the start line everything, excuse the pun, appeared to run smoothly. For anyone hoping to improve on their 10km P.B. this course is certainly not the one! Plenty of short sharp hills with the Mount at 1km, Port Hill at 4km, Kingsland at 5km, another at short sharp climb at 6km, Quarry at 8km and finally if that wasn't enough St Johns Hill in the last km. with the finish on the cobbles.

The winner and pre-race favourite Paul Ward stormed to victory in an impressive 33.38 I was pleased to finish 25th overall and 3rd in the over 50’s with 39.45

However tough this race was there were hundreds of encouraging spectators who also had decided to get up early to support the runners. All credit to the organisers Mercedes Benz in pulling this race off! Brilliantly marshaled route, Km signs where they should be and a well drilled drinks station at 5km. Good medal and technical t-shirt and energy bar. Happy Days.

Kevin Smith heads the men's Club Chamopnship with two qualifying distances, while Jo Grandfield leads the women. The next qualifying race is the Air Products 10k on Easter Sunday.

20th March

Saturday was a relatively quiet Park Run day with just Fiona Challinor in action at Telford and Roger Smith, Katie Webster and Pam Hardy at Shrewsbury.

15th March

Two more results from the weekend. Claire and Richard Stewart both ran the Silverstone Half Marathon on Sunday. They both ran 1:58:09 which was a PB for Claire, well done!

14th March

Highlight of the weekend was Leah Leonard smashing more than 20 seconds off Emily Dove's 5k Club record from 2012. Leah ran 19:40 at the Telford Park Run on Saturday to finish as 1st lady and 12th overall. There was also Park Run success at Shrewbury for Pam Hardy who set a new Age record and Roger Smith who recorded yet another PB.

Leah Leonard
5k Record Holder Leah Leonard

Sunday saw Jon Morgan come home 1st V60 at the Ironbridge Half Marathon. Elsewhere, James Rainbow ran the liverpool Half, but if you ran the Silverstone Half can you please let me know because their result system is club unfriendly!

I am still waiting for results from the Knighton 20, but Rob Sharam ran and has this to say:

"On such an amazing spring morning it would have been a travesty to let a number in this mornings Knighton 20 go unpinned (the relocated Stafford 20), so I felt kind of privileged to make the 30 minute journey to Knighton (5 miles east of Newport) with Gareths number.

The start location in Knighton, a village with population of about 30, was clearly infested with runners and it was probably good that we were soon spread over a 3 lap x 6 2/3 mile route which the organisers describe as having 'slight undulations' - the typical understatement for anyone used to running around Whixall . But in fairness it was all reasonable runnable, with plenty enough variety to stay focussed, and despite being on open roads was essentially traffic free, I'm not sure I even counted 5 cars, but then I wasn't really counting.

The first lap was quite chatty , the second totally un-memorable and by the third it was clear most people were also just hanging in, and it was a real relief to get to the 500m uphill finish. I was very pleased with unconfirmed 2h22m08, though less pleased to be back home early enough to join in with the gardening." The race is as well organised and as well supported as the previous editions based at the university, and the relocated course is a massive improvement. A highly recommended race for next year for anyone looking to spend quite a few hours in the sunshine "

10th March

New rules for the Club Marathon Ballot are being introduced this year. Be warned, they are more complicated than ever but are aimed at biasing the ballot towards club members who have not yet run the London marathon and members who play an active part in club life. We are publishing the rules now so that you can see how you can best maximise your chances in the ballot - if you're eligible, that is!

Consider these as draft rules therefore subject to minor change or clarification - you wouldn't believe how complex the discussions have been, and I might have just got something slightly wrong in this announcement. Other committeee members will no doubt correct me in due course.

So, here we go:


  1. You must have applied for a place in the Virgin Marathon Ballot and been rejected.
  2. You must be a first claim member at the time of the ballot
  3. You will need to have paid your subs for 2017 before the ballot
  4. You must not have run the London Marathon in 2015 or 2016
  5. You must not have had a place in the London Marathon for 2015 or 2016

Places in the ballot

  1. Everyone who enters the ballot gets one ticket with their name on in the ballot
  2. You get an extra ticket for being present on the night
  3. You can gain more tickets by earning points as follows:
One extra ticket for each 5 points up to a maximum of 3 extra tickets. One point for:
  • Running in a Club Championship Race ( 1 point for each race)
  • Helping with a Magic mile - timekeeping/refreshments/marshalling
  • Running in the Dearnford Lake Relay
  • Acting as official volunteer at Shrewsbury Park Run when hosting a Summer Handicap Race - must be listed as a volunteer on Park Run site (point per race helped with)
  • Acting as official helper at Dearnford Relay - (Includes Timekeepers/Recorders/Admin staff/Marshalls/Stewards/First Aid/course markers and clearers)

6th March

A fairly quiet weekend. Keith Cotton ran the Wrexham Half Marathon on Sunday, while Georgia Butler, Liz Rankin, Roger Smith, Pam Hardy, Linda Viner and Ali Dolphin were all in Park Run action on Saturday.

The Wrexham Half was a championship race and Keith has now moved into 3rd place as a result of his run. The next Championship qualifying race is the Shrewsbury 10k on the 20th March. Club Championship.

29th February

Yesterday saw a few more Whippets out and about. Roger Smith and Pam Hardy were racing for the 2nd time in two days at the Oulton Park 10k. Roger setting a second PB in as many days - good running Roger! Katie Webster was over on the other side of the country running the Cambridge Half Marathon. She writes:

Cambridge Half Marathon
"The whippets red and white vest travelled to East Anglia on Sunday where I ran the Saucony Cambridge half marathon in 1:59:29. Still no where near peak fitness but an enjoyable 13.1 miles all the same. This was a great event with amazing crowd support which reminded me of the London Marathon. The route takes runners past the iconic sights of Kings College, The Round Church, the Fitzwilliam Museum, The Backs and through Grantchester. In all a lovely race, very scenic and with a great medal and bursting goody bag."

28th February

Yesterday saw the culmination of our first Winter "Naked Handicap" series where runners predict their race time and then run without any technology to help! Organiser, James Rainbow writes:

"It felt like winter this morning as 5 Whippets lined up for the final round of the Winter Naked park run series, with the top three all racing. After three rounds I finally got my pacing spot on – if only I had sprinted for the line!! Dean is obviously coming into some good form as even after some advice from the summer handicapper, he was still a minute quicker than he thought! Duncan had a great run - setting a new PB, and it would have been interesting overall if he could have made round one. Liz had a steady run and was 29 seconds out. John made his second appearance but was way quicker than he thought.

Congratulations to Liz, who wins the inaugural winter series overall, with good steady pacing over three rounds as she was never more than 37 seconds out from her predications."

The handicapped runners were joined by Roger Smith, Pam Hardy, Linda Viner and Ali Dolphin at shrewsbury. Roger and Pam also setting PBs - despite being cold it must have been a good day for racing. Pam's time was also a new 5k age record, well done, Pam! Meanwhile, Fiona Challinor was exploring another Park Run - racing at Moor Valley. I

22nd February

All the action this weekend took place on Saturday. Rob Sharam, Simon Phillips and Keith Cotton put on their mud running boots for the inaugural Llandegla Dash in the Daylight 10k. Rob Sharam was first back in 10th place with Simon just two places further back. Rob's time of over 50 minutes giving a clue as to how tough the course was! Simon thinks it would make a great club trip as the course is permanently marked - he says they also offering easier routes! We'll discuss it in committee, but it sounds a great idea to me.

Fiona Challinor ventured furthest away for a Park Run - travelling to Sheffield for the Sheffield Castle Park Run. I think she found that one a bit hilly. Sheffield is where Seb Coe spent a lot of his youth training on the hills - it didn't do him any harm! Roger Smith, Pam Hardy, Katie Webster and Linda Viner settled for Shrewsbury.

One result I missed from last week. Jo Grandfield also ran the Village Bakery Half in an excellent 1:44:23 for an age graded percentage of 76.33% taking her to first place in this year's Club Championship. After one event Jo heads the women and Kevin Smith the men. The next qualifying event is the Wrexham HM on the 6th March followed by the Shrewsbury 10k on the 20th. There are plenty of qualifying events left. See Club Championship.

14th February

The Village Bakery half Marathon today in Wrexham proved to be a very productive race for the club with age records for Leah Leonard, Kevin Smith and Jon Morgan. Kevin was also 2nd v55 in the race. There were also PBs for Pam Hardy, Duncan Meredith, Linda Viner and Mandy Lewis. Well done, one and all!

Saturday saw Whippets spread around a number of Park Runs: Prices Liverpool (Heather Stewart), Delamere(Keith Cotton), Shrewsbury (Roger Smith and Dean Richards - pacing duty) and Lytham Park (Ali Dolphin). Heather's run was a PB.

10th February

Liz Rankin did the Stourbridge Stagger on Sunday and writes:

"I ran the Stourbridge Stagger 7k (7.3 actually!) trail race on Sunday. I had no idea how I did as my watch didn't work properly and neither did my legs! - I was rather surprised to find that I finished in 16th place in a time of 40:03. It was very muddy, with an unexpected killer hill 10 seconds from the start( they reversed the route for the first 1k from the advertised route). All in all not a great day for me but still pleased to manage a respectable placing."

8th February

Saturday saw the final fixture in the North Wales XC League. I can only imagine how muddy it was! Sadly, our ladies team was hit by illness but we were valiantly represented by Liz Featherstone who, according to the photographic evidence, needed plenty of cake to aid her recovery!
Liz Featherstone
Hungry, Liz?

We nearly fielded a full men's team with Ken Robbins attempting his second race of the day. Ken set a new age record in the Shrewsbury Park Run in the morning but couldn't acheive the double. But, it's great to see Ken back running! Rob Sharam was first Whippet home, he was followed up by Dean Richards, Simon Phillips, Duncan Meredith and James Rainbow.

The men finished the season 6th in their Division with the women 7th in theirs. Not a great season, but it's the taking part that counts!

Whippets were in Park Run action at Delamere, Telford, Shrewsbury and Penrhyn (Ali Dolphin)! Ali went on to run the Nick Beer 10k on Sunday - so clearly on a running weekend. While compiling this report I discovered that I had missed a new age record by Pam Hardy for the 5k set on 23rd January at Shrewsbury. Well done, Pam!

3rd February

I was so surprised to see Jon Morgan running the Telford Park Run that I failed to spot that he set a new 5k Age Record. Apparently, it's all part of his cunning plan to set as many age records as possible before John Dillon reaches 60 in May. Well done, Jon. Good luck with all the other distances!

This year's Summer Handicap Dates have now been added to the race diary. The handicap series will exclusively use Shrewsbury Park Runs. Results from other venues will not be accepted this year. Find out more here: Summer Handicap

We still have one free place in the Shrewsbury Half Marathon on 19th June to give away. Dean Richards has been awarded one place - he was the only person that entered the draw made last night! There will be a draw for the final place at next month's committee meeting on the 1st March. If you'd like to take part in the draw, email simon.parsons

31st January

Saturday saw a smattering of Whippets in Park Run action, including a rare sighting of Jon Morgan at Telford. I guess he was checking out his new age ratings! Roger, Pam, Linda and Ali were all in action at Shrewsbury.

25th January #1

Michelle Read

Michelle Read writes:

"Today the whitchurch whippets top travelled to Canterbury in kent, where I ran the Canterbury 10 miler in 1hour & 20 mins. Very pleased as beat my dad."

25th January #2

Simon Phillips and Rob Sharam took part in the Mercia Hill trial yesterday. Rob writes:

"Simon Phillips and I took part in the Mercia Hill trial...or more aptly this year 'Trial by Hill' as both Simon and myself nearly failed the challenge. The numbers really shouldn't have made for THAT hard a run - listed as requiring navigational basic skills , with an optimal route of about 9 miles with 875m of climbing and even the weather forecast was on our side, though in hindsight the pre-race email could have been taken more seriously :

"The forecast is for reasonably warm conditions with light to moderate wind but hill fog and thick cloud. Expect to have to navigate carefully!"

And so it was that Simon and I left the Carding Mill Valley Visitors centre in almost springlike conditions with our personal timing clock started and having just been handed an OS explorer scale map with 10 marked checkpoints which would in the words of the organisers "visit several of the many antiquities on the Longmynd, including a tree ring dating from the 1850s, a water supply reservoir completed in 1902 and a medieval enclosure and building platform." But as its self navigation and no route marking first we had to find them all.

We started well enough, and nothing actually went really wrong ( though the moderate wind was nearer hurricane force and the hill fog was thick to solid), but since neither Simon nor I know the Longmynd well, nor are particularly good orienteerers (that's being generous), we were relying more on luck than skill and its fair to say luck didn't accompany us as much as in the previous year. Also running didnt feature as much as expected, with a painfuly high percentage of hands on knees climbs, wing and prayer scrambling through the miles of zero-visibility high moorland, and even the other competitors didn't seem to know better so we always had to push on and 'navigate' our own way.

And so it was that after nearly 3 hours we were physically spent but still stuck on a golf course above Church Stretton searching for the last checkpoint, with a choice of Quit for an easy 5 minutes downhill back to the HQ or backtrack to find and climb another hill. I don't know how we chose the latter but we did and luck was back with us and we got the 10th stamp and were back at the HQ before the cutoff time.

Our final time is beyond embarrassing and into 'adventurous' , we certainly got value for money with our route which was probably about 12 miles, final bit of luck we are spared the embarrassment of accurate GPS recording.

These Mercia Fell Runner events are brilliant, they are very well organised and supported, accessible to all abilities and fair to say are unpredictable to those of us who think we can predict them."

23rd January

James Rainbow writes: "Six Whippets lined up for round 2 of the Short Winter Series at the Shrewsbury Park Run on Saturday morning. Best run of the day was by Liz Rankin who was only 7 seconds out side her predicted time. Both Dean and I got carried away and ran 1 minute and 1 minute 8 seconds quicker than our respective predictions!

Jo and Duncan made their naked debut with great runs and were 19 and 23 seconds off their predictions but unfortunately injury meant that Liz Featherstone couldn’t run as fast as she would have liked.

Overall it is a three horse race - Liz Rankin is leading and is very well placed with a 28 second cushion over Dean, who then has a 30 second margin over me. Predicted times for the final round will need careful thinking about!!"

A number of other Whippets (Roger Smith, Pam Hardy, Linda Viner and Kevin Smith) also ran at Shrewsbury but didn't take part in the Naked Handicap.

Friday night saw Simon Phillips complete round 3 in the LLandegla dash in the Dark series. Simon was 13th. Simon is next in action on Sunday in another serious off-road race!

18th January

Another Cross Country weekend, with race 4 of the North Wales XC league at Baschurch. Our teams were slightly depleted, but still did better than those teams that never showed up at all! It was a new venue that Dean has described as a proper cross country course, so that will be hills and mud, then! Furthermore, it was a complete shock to see the official results already posted this morning!

Our runners finished in these positions:

54 Mimi Owen
76 Liz Featherstone

33 Rob Sharam
58 Dean Richards
66 Simon Phillips
118 James Rainbow

Both teams lie in 7th position in the 2nd division in the league. The final fixture is on the 6th February at Oswestry.

Elsewhere it was good to see Adrian Hayward back in action on Sunday at the Four Villages Half Marathon. Saturday, saw Gerorgia Butler do the Worsley Woods Park Run, while Roger Smith, Pam Hardy and Linda Viner ran at Shrewsbury.

13th January

Results for the County Championships have now been posted on the results page. Sadly, it looks like we failed to make the podium in any category!

The eagle-eyed among you may spot two names you don't recognise - Ian and Jo Grandfield have been running with us since the summer but were racing for Market Drayton RC in the county championships.

One name missing from the results is that of Adam Richards. Adam sadly had to pull out midway through the race with a bad ankle. It was great to see 12 members running!

11th January

The county XC Championship at Attingham Park on Saturday saw our largest ever entry with teams in both the men's and women's races. I'm still waiting for results to appear but I'm hoping that we did well in the veteran (master) categories. The weather was relatively kind to the women but it tipped down for the men! Dean writes:

"The course was flat but felt tough and each lap seemed very long. The rain made each lap tougher and tougher."

Elsewhere, Roger, Pam, Linda and Ali were in action in the Shrewsbury Park Run.

Heads up - we have been granted two free places in the Shrewsbury Half on the 19th June.

If you are thinking of entering the race, please email before the end of January to let me know. We will draw the lucky winners at the next committee meeting. You will need to use the code you get to enter the race for free!

6th January

If you are desperate to do a Marathon in April and missed London, we have a guaranteed club place available in the Brighton Marathon on 17th April. Normal places are sold out. Can't get any sense of price from the Race website - but looks like around £65. If for some strange reason you are interested please respond before 15th January - cut off date. First come first served.

4th January 2016

Happy New Year and back to real life, folks!

I could only find Park Run results for the last week. Let me know if you did race elsewhere. Respect for Ali, Pam and Linda who did Park Runs on both the 1st and 2nd January!

28th December

Just a quick round up of happenings over the last few days. Christmas Eve saw just Simon Phlillips and myself running which was shame as it turned out to be a nice dry night.

The Boxing Day run saw a rare, but welcome, appearance from Mark Gregory. Accompanying Mark, were Simon Phillips, Dean Richards, Adam Richards, Christine Henderson and myself. Drinks afterwards were at Last Orders.

Boxing day also saw Roger Smith, Pam Hardy, Katie Webster, Linda Viner and Keith Cotton in Park Runs at Shrewsbury and Delamere.

On Sunday, Liz Rankin did the Wheaton Aston 10k.

24th December

Merry Christmas, Whippets! Hopefully see a few of you tonight, otherwise see you in the near future.

21st December

Saturday saw the first race in the Winter "Naked" Handicap series at the Shrewsbury Park Run.

Organiser James Rainbow writes:

"Five Whippets took part in Round 1 of the inaugural running of the Naked handicap Series at the Shrewsbury Park Run. There was a combination of tactics, ranging from flat out to more tempo pace and luckily the rain held off for the actual race. Unfortunately bonus seconds were not available for fancy dress – sorry Liz!! Run of the morning was by Dean who was only 12 seconds off his predicted time – well done. However, it remains close between the 5 and all to play for in round 2."

Pam Hardy and Roger Smith also ran at Shrewsbury but did not take part in the handicap.

The next race in the series is scheduled for 23rd January

More on the series here

14th December

Friday night saw 24 whippets attend the Club Xmas Curry at the Blue Water restaurant. This was the best turn out for a few years and was well enjoyed.

Friday also saw Simon Phillips and Andrew Corbett take part in the 2nd Llandegla Dash in the Dark. Simon was 11th, while Andrew in 17th position was the first over 50.

The main racing event of the weekend was the Telford 10k which saw Roger Smith first home in a new PB for the men with Mimi Owen heading our ladies. It was also good to see Pam Hardy back in shape and setting a PB. They were accompanied by Linda Viner, Katie Webster, Ali Dolphin and Dean Richards (on pacing duty).

The mud larks were on duty at Mortimer Forest. Regulars Simon Phillips and Rob Sharam were joined by Duncan Meredith and Adam Richards. Simon says its was even more slippery than usual, this didn't deter Adam from giving his clean trail shoes a good run out.

Muddy Shoes
Mortimer Forest Shoes

Fi Challinor was the only Whippet in Park Run action this weekend, running at Ellesmere Port. Fi was home in 17th place but points out that there were only 28 runners - I think she should have kept quiet about that bit!

7th December

Floods put paid to the planned Naked Handicap at Shrewsbury, while gales stopped the Delamere Park run going ahead. Ali Dolphin, however, ventured over to Telford for what must have been quite a blowy 5k! The first Naked Handicap will now take place at the Shrewsbury Park Run on the 19th December.

Sunday, saw Jon Morgan, Mimi Owen, Marcus Somerfield and Claire Trump run the Weston Park 10k. Mimi was 2nd in the F41 category out of 44 runners in that category (I'm not sure what F41 means - but it's different to the F40 category!). Mimi writes:

"Lovely dry run through the park, quite windy, one fair climb and some offroad parts so pb's difficult to achieve."

I know that Sue and Ed Vine did the Tatton Yule Yomp 10k on Sunday - but no results have yet emerged.

3rd December

The County XC Championships will be on the 9th January at Attingham Park. It makes a great change from Lilleshall! Men run 10k, Women 6k. If you'd like to be entered please let me know. If you don't - you won't be entered as it costs the club money to enter people, and we won't enter members just on the off chance they might fancy a run. To be eligible to run you must either have been born in Shropshire, been resident for more than 9 continuous months or a member of the Armed Services based in Shropshire.

2nd December

Following a few queries, I've added a page about Age Grading. As well as explaining how it works it shows you how to calculate the performance needed to achieve a given age %. This is invaluable if you are looking to attain a Club Standard. Enjoy!

1st December

A reminder that the Shrewsbury Park Run this Saturday is the first race in the Winter Handicap Series. If you're running, James Rainbow needs your time prediction before the race! See him at the club this Thursday or at the start.

29th November

Another wet and windy weekend to make running interesting! I was out and about before breakfast this morning to get 9 miles in before the gales. Anyway, the highlight of the weekend was the North Wales XC league on Saturday at Mold. Rachael writes:

"Mud glorious mud! Today's cross country fixture was at Mold Alun School. A new course for us all which the women's team seemed to enjoy but was probably less fun for the men's team as the course was looking particularly churned up when we finished! Great effort from both teams in wet and windy conditions. Those who turned out for the women today were Libby Duddleston, Laura Turner, Liz Featherstone and Rachael Foster and for the men were Simon Phillips, Robert Sharam, James Rainbow and Kevin Smith."

The placings were as follows:

36 Libby Dudleston
65 Rachael Foster
88 Laura Turner
95 Liz Featherstone

53 Rob Sharam
63 Kevin Smith
96 Simon Phillips
160 James Rainbow

The XC marked the end of a very busy racing week for Simon Phillips as it was his third race in 7 days! On Friday, Simon took part in the first of this year's Llandegla Dash in the Dark race. He was joined in that particular madness by Andrew Corebett, Keith Cotton and Mandy Lewis.

Simon writes:
"My legs don't feel nearly as bad as I thought they would today, but I'm certainly going to enjoy my day off. The amount of mud I'm washing out from the clothes used in the last week is ridiculous."

23rd November

Okay - was it organised to cause me loads more work, how come six Whippets managed to run in six different Park Runs on Saturday! Anyway, Whippets were in action all over the place, check out the results page to find out where. It was good to see Jo Evans make her Park Run debut at Shrewsbury.

Sunday saw seven Whippets run in the Conwy Half Marathon. Gareth Dodd was first home in 25th place. There was an age record for Mimi Owen in her first Half Marathon and pbs for Graeme Alexander and Marcus Somerfield.

Also on Sunday, Simon Phillips and Rob Sharam took part in the Little Stretton to Stiperstones Time Trial. The pair were 2nd in the Male Pair category, finishing the team trial in 1:21:03. This is how the organiser described conditions:

Weather:Fine and cold; some damp, some sun, some mist.
Ground: Generally good, some soft/muddy

19th November

The club Christmas Curry will be on the 11th December at a venue to be decided.

16th November

Photos from the Birthday Bash are now up on Picasa. Picasa Photo Link

16th November

Yesterday, saw Pam Hardy and Liz Rankin take part in the first ever Beckbury Trail race at Beckbury. The girls report that the 5.6 mile race was pretty tough but very enjoyable. A race to consider adding to your 2016 race calendar.

Liz Rankin
Liz Rankin

15h November

I don't know if it was the change of venue or the awarding of club standards - but Friday's Birthday Bash was probably the best ever attended in our history with more than 65 people attending! We'll find out later what people made of the buffet, but there was certainly food to spare. In any event, a good time wash had by nearly all, but of course only one person could win the club place in the London Marathon. The lucky winner on Friday was Fiona Challinor.

Adam's statistical pb based quiz saw a variety of strategies take place - from outright asking individuals named in the quiz, to scouring the club website. I am of course delighted that the website in now easier to use on phones - but we may have to be careful about the nature of future quizes! The raffle was another great success, with more than £150 being raised. A big thank you to all those who donated prizes, helped with the tickets or purchased a strip or two.

It was good to be able to hand out many of the club Standard mugs and certificates, but we still have many unclaimed awards. Details on how to get your mug and certficate will be published later. But it will be your responsibility to collect - we won't chase you!

Photos from the night will appear in due course.

Our award winners were:

Club Championships

1st: Christine Henderson
2nd: Libby Dudleston
3rd: Rachael Foster

1st: Kevin Smith
2nd: Jon Morgan
3rd: Gareth Dodd

Don Wilbraham Handicap
1st: Simon Parsons
2nd: Phil Townsend
3rd: Matt Lucas

Most improved Male Runner
Phil Townsend

Most Improved Female Runner
Jo Evans

Most Improved Beginner - Rowland Trophy
Michelle Norton

Special Achievement Award
Liz Featherstone. A well deserved award for going above and beyond in helping Christine Henderson after her bad fall needed a hospital visit lasting into the early hours.

9th November

New for this year: Winter "Naked Racing" Handicap. A three race, self handicap series using Shrewsbury Park runs. Check it out here: WINTER NAKED RACING SERIES

8th November

All of the action seems to have happened on Saturday this weekend. There were Whippets in action at the Mad Jack's 5 in Attingham Park and at Arley Hall - posh venues, then! Best run of the day came from Phil Townsend, who knocked nearly two minutes off his previous best, well done, Phillip.

Philip was joined At Arley Hall by Fiona Challinor. Meanwhile, Roger Smith, Duncan Meredith, James Rainbow, Pam Hardy, Linda Viner and Ali Dolphin enjoyed the annual 5 mile run and paddle at Attingham Park.

2nd November

Too tired after tweaking web pages all day to write anything much! A quiet racing weekends with just a few Park Run results from Saturday. On Sunday, Ali Dolphin ventured into the deep south to run in the Bridgnorth 10k.

"Standards" page now revamped with final awards listing for this year. Please let me know asap if you believe your award to be wrong!

1st November

The sharp eyed among you may have noticed that this page looks different to the last time you viewed it. Well, it's been quite a few years since the website was last given a makeover - but one is now underway. The new style should also be more usable on a phone or tablet.

I'll be changing just a page or two at a time and, with more than thirty pages to convert, this process will take many weeks. There may be a few teething problems, so please let me know if you come across a problem. I'm already aware that the slideshow may be misbehaving when the page first loads. In fact, it looks like iPads, and, I guess, other ios devices may not like the slideshow. I'll be working on it this coming week.

26th October

Saturday saw Graeme Alexander and Matt Lucas complete the tough Snowdonia Marathon. Whippets were also in Park Run action in Coventry (Phil Townsend), Delamere (Andrew Corbett), Telford (Katie Webster) and Shrewsbury (Pam Hardy, Linda Viner, Ali Dolphin and Michelle Purcell). It was Michelle's first Park Run - gaining her not only a new PB but also a Club Standard for the year!

21st October

The "Dogs" are back off tour and enjoying the change in temperature and greyer skies! Liz Rankin writes: "Race day dawned with a cloudless blue sky, perfect holiday weather but not so good if you are racing along a virtually shadeless coastal route. Just over 9500 runners from 24 countries set off at 9am for the full and half marathoners followed by the 10km 20 minutes later. From a personal point of view I ran a great 4km, the other 4 whippets were somewhere ahead of me but I was going well and according to plan, then I hit the hill, just about at the point when Dean, John and Simon were flying down it in the opposite direction. I dragged myself onwards in the beating sun, at about 8.5km I caught Katie, she has been running well and had come across a British runner suffering from heat exhaustion who was insisting on trying to continue. Using her medical training Katie put the woman in the Tredenlenburg position and tried to persuade her she needed to stop, she was determined to continue and Katie assisted her to do that, I ran on and found medical attention for them. My friend, a paramedic was by the roadside and took over enabling Katie to finish her race. I passed the 10km marker and looked for the finish, and kept running, on and on it seemed until finally there was the finish line, at 10.5km, it was a quarter marathon distance not 10km! Never mind there was the consultation of a medal plus free beer and donuts, well there would have been except John Dillon got there first!

We didn't manage many pictures but this is probably the best one, I think Dean was trying the free beer somewhere in the shade when it was being taken!

Dogs on Tour 2015

20th October

Just added a few photos from the Farndon 10k courtesy of Philip Townsend.

19th October

A very busy weekend of racing with members competing at home and abroad. From Farndo to Toronto, Amsterdam and Palma. Some people will do just about anything to get out of doing XC (I've still got a sick note from my mum)!

Saturday morning saw Pam Hardy, Roger Smith, Ali Dolphin and Linda Viner in Park Run action at Shrewsbury.

Over at Llandudno in the afternoon we fielded both men's and women's teams in the North Wales XC league - results not yet available. It was great to turn out two teams given that a number of regulars were abroad. Our racing teams comprised: Rachael Foster, Libby Dudleston, Laura Turner and Gareth Dodd, Rob Sharam, Matt Lucas, Jon Morgan and James Rainbow. The next fixture is at Mold on the 28th November.

The Farndon 10k on Sunday saw half a dozen whippets racing with PBs for both Marcus Somerfield and Mimi Owen. Mimi was 1st V55, setting a new Club Age Record in the process. Also running at Farndon were Adam Richards, Alison Birch, Duncan Meredith and Phil Townsend.

Overseas, Fi Challinor braved freezing weather to set a new Marathon PB and Club Age Record of 4:11:43. Slightly closer to home, Andrew Corbett and Keith Cotton did the Amsterdam Marathon with Keith setting a new PB.

The "Whippets on Tour" weren't so lucky, they raced in an over length 10k. Despite that, John Dillon was 2nd M55 and can now concentrate on tanning those fine legs of his! The unlucky tour group consisted of: Dean Richards, Simon Phillips, John Dillon, Katie Webster and Liz Rankin. Still, it looked like the fine weather and ice creams might have helped dull their disappointment with the race!

14th October

I've updated the Standards Table for performances up to 12th October. Only a few changes. Remember, you only have until the end of this month to improve on your currently shown standard.

12th October.

Just caught up with Saturday's Park Run results. Ali Dolphin writes:

"Two excerpts from Shrewsbury parkrun news from Saturday:-
Libby DUDLESTON (VW35-39) of Whitchurch Whippets, was second female(43rd overall) over the line in 20:58 John Liam DILLON (VM55-59) was graded 82.96% for the time 19:10 (14th overall)"

Libby's time was another Age Record, well done both!

11th October

The final Magic Mile of the season saw Dean Richards(5:29) pace John Dillon to an excellent 5:31.

9th October

After the first XC fixture at Bangor our men are in 5th place out of 16 teams in Division 2. The next fixture at Llandudno on the 17th is going to be a challenge with several regular runners in Palma. If you can run, even if you've never run cross country before, please help the club and turn out on the 17th. The more the merrier! Unfortunately, due to the vertigo I'm still suffering from, I've got a sick note from my mum.

8th October

This year's Birthday Bash on the 13th November will see many awards given out as we make presentations for Club Standards, Championships, Handicaps and more! With nearly everyone in the club receiving an award it's going to be a night not to miss!

Among known winners of Championships ets, we have some special improvement awards for which the nominations are as follows:

Most improved beginner
Georgia Butler
Helen Wood
Michelle Norton
Chrissie Rawliss

Most improved male
Matt Lucas
Philip Townsend
Simon Parsons

Most improved female
Elizabeth Featherstone
Mimi Owen
Jo Evans
Libby Dudleston

Just in case you were wondering, the club awards committee is responsible for all nominations and have had access to all the performance data I have collected over the year!

4th October

Libby Dudleston (3:36) and Graeme Alexander (3:26) completed the Chester Marathon while Jo Evans ran the Chester Metric Marathon (26.2 Km) in 2:10. All three set Pbs, Libby's time was a new club age record, so well done all of you!

Also setting a pb was Susan Vine in the Winsford 10k while Ed Vine set a season's best. Congratulations, both. Ed writes:

"Sue's knee held out, and although I was effected by asthma slightly it was a good day and the multi terrain was fun. Well organised and great support from marshals and locals."

3rd October

The xc season kicked off with the first fixture at Bangor. Unfortunately, circumstances meant we were unable to field a ladies team this time. The men finished as follows:

59 Dean Richards
61 Rob Sharam
71 Kevin Smith
81 Matt Lucas
86 Simon Phillips

Team results will be posted when available. The next fixture is on 17th October at Llandudno.

Saturday also saw people at action at Park Runs in Woodbank (wherever that is), Telford and Shrewsbury.