2017 News Stories

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

30th December

Katie Webster also raced earlier this week, completing the Wheaton Aston 10k in 53:56.

29th December

Two more race results to report. Ali Dolphin ran in the Walsall parkrun on Christmas day while Kirsty Fisher set a new PB in the Sunrise to Sunset Half Marathon on Wednesday.

If you do happen to race this weekend, can you please let me know asap as I need to undertake annual web maintenance in the middle of next week. This can affect results and more if I'm not careful.

27th December

Dean Richards, Simon Phillips and Kirsty Fisher started Christmas Day the right way, with a parkrun at Delamere! Wakes you up and makes space for all that follows! If you raced elsewhere please let me know.

Yesterday saw a traditional Boxing Day run out over the Moss. A good number of us went on to the White Bear for drinks. I then promptly managed to forget everything i was supposed to be doing. It must have been a good drink!

Almost back to normal, now - although it was Costa rather than Jones's for me this morning.

24th December

It was helpful Whippets on Saturday as a good number turned out to volunteer at the Shrewsbuy parkrun. Given their times, I'm guessing that Fiona and Rob were acting as back markers! Paul Evans and Kirsty Fisher were also running at Shrewsbury, while Mandy Lewis was at Erddig and Tom Woodworth at Delamere.

Have a great Christmas folks. Hopefully see some of you on Boxing day for a drink or three.

17th December

Saturday saw 7 Whippets take part in the Social Parkrun at Delamere. It was good to see more members take part. The hot drinks afterwards looked very festive! The next social parkrun will be on the 17th February at Chester.

Training as usual this week with a Christmas Curry on Friday - don't forget to email to book places!

10th December

As I look out at all that nasty white stuff and wish I was a hibernating bear, I'm impressed that anyone has even opened the front door - never mind gone racing! Full respect then for Ali Dolphin who did the Ludlow parkrun yesterday and Chell Scrase the Tatton Yule Yomp 10k today! Let me know if you also raced this weekend and I've missed you. See you all in March.

6th December

The Xmas curry has been booked for Friday 22nd December at Spice Heaven. Time is 7:00 for 7:30 and we have 25 places. If you want to go then please email with numbers. Thanks

There will be a Boxing Day run from the Rugby club at 11:00 followed by a pub visit for those that want to. There will be no organised club runs on Boxing Day evening.

3rd December

Yesterday saw round one of the Winter Handicap within the Shrewsbury parkrun. James Rainbow writes:

A fantastic show of 13 Whippets ran round one of the winter handicap this morning. For the first time ever we had a runner who ran exactly their predicted time so well done to Nikki who scores a bonus of minus 10 and takes the early lead. There were 5 other runners within 30 seconds of their predicted time. There are still 3 rounds to go, so not to late for anyone else to enter the series and still all to play for.


Also in park run action were Katie Webster, Paul Evans and Louise Baldwin at Telford and James Walker at Wepre. The handicap must have got people shifting because pbs were set by: Sue Evans, Katie Evans, Peter Holmes, Rob Moyse and Janice Owen! Well done, all.

The next round of the Winter Handicap is on the 13th January. Full details here: Winter Handicap

2nd December

Simon Phillips writes:

Three Whippets ran at the 2nd Dash in the Dark race at an icy LLandegla last night. With first time runs for Liz Rankin and Liz Featherstone. Everyone seemed to enjoy it, especially the soup and banoffee pie afterwards. I was certainly happy with the time I ran and placing 2nd Vet.

13 Simon Phillips 29:27
73 Liz Featherstone 42:05
78 Liz Rankin 43:05

And Keith Cotton writes:

Last weekend [26th November] I completed the Benidorm 10k with 5 others, two former Whippets Andrew & Patrick Corbett, Neil Salt, Ian Banks & Tony Huxley, my time was 49 mins 38 seconds. The trip was arranged with you arrange the flights & they organise the transport from the airport, the hotel, race entry & after race party. This is the fourth time we have used them, I would recommend Malcolm & his team, attached is a link to photographs & video from the race.

1st December

I've just updated the Cross Country results for last weekend at Bangor. The men remain in 6th place while our women remain in 10th place. Our women also lie 8th in the Masters Division. Now that the long distance races are out of the way, we should make good progress in the remaining two fixtures in the new year.

North Wales XC

28th November

Also happening at the weekend was the challenging Stiperstones Time Trial which saw the pairing of Rob Sharam and Simon Phillips improve on their previous year's performance. Rob says he's still picking out thorns from falling into a gorse bush! Ali Dolphin was also taking part in a pairing with Frank Atherton:

16 Simon Phillips and Rob Sharam 1:20:40
77 Frank Atherton and Ali Dolphin 1:47:00

There were 120 teams/individuals taking part.

Tonight's training will be a fartlek session which will be both fun and suitable for all!

27th November

Yesterday saw Katie Webster run a wintry Wilmslow Festive 10k finishing in 52:14. If you raced elsewhere you'll have to let me know.

26th November

Round 3 of the North Wales XC league saw two strong teams travel out to Bangor - the coastal one! Given the chilly foreboding weather that was a fantastic acheivement and one I think will boost our league positions. Really pleasing to see! The unofficial finishing positions were:


  • 55 Jo Grandfield
  • 75 Janet Burgess
  • 92 Liz Rankin
  • 93 Liz Featherstone


  • 42 Rob Sharam
  • 43 Paul White
  • 66 Dean Richards
  • 93 Andy Heath
  • 133 Rob Ingham
  • 141 James Rainbow
  • 145 Peter Holmes

The ladies positions will change when the official results come out and they remove the young boys/old men who also ran in the women's race.

As a result of the cross country it was quiet on the Parkrun front with just Katie Prince(Shrewsbury), James Walker (Wepre) and Mimi Owen(Erddig) running.


22nd November

Nearly missed it, but Jo Grandfield's run in the Conwy half marathon was a new club age record. A great acheivement on a difficult course. Well done, Jo! And thanks to Mimi for making me aware.

21st November

Two more races to report on from the weekend. Ali Dolphin did the Weston Park 10k while Katie Webster did the Beckury Trail Race. Also at Beckbury were Shaun Burgess and Mike Starkey who have been running with us but have still to sign on the dotted line!

20th November

Yesterday saw Jo Grandfield place 2nd in the F55 category in the tough Conwy Half Marathon. Well done, Jo. There were also very good runs from Mark Gregory and Chell Scrase. Ascending the Great Orme doesn't make this a great race for pb setting!

Most of the Birthday Bash photos are on Facebook - but I've also created a photo album in google. This is the link 10th Birthday Bash 2017

19th November

It was back to normal on Saturday with Whippets running a mix of parkruns. Ali Dolphin was at Worcester, Dean Richards at Chester, Louise Baldwin at Shrewsbury, Fi Challinor at Ellesmere Port and James Walker at Cassiobury.

I'll be catching up on Birthday Bash photos over the coming week.

18th November

The Whippets 10th Birthday party at the rugby club last night was a great success with close on 60 people present. Great thanks need to be given to Liz Featherstone for her fantastic job in decking out the hall and tables. There were carved wooden Whippets for centrepieces, while each place setting had a handfolded napkin, box of sweets - replete with Whippets rosette, and Whippets branded pen. You're a star, Liz!

Pictures to come.

Male Club Champion Gareth Dodd 2nd: Rob Sharam 3rd: Simon Phillips
Female Club Champion Mimi Owen 2nd: Liz Featherstone 3rd: Louise Baldwin
Summer Handicap Chell Scrase 2nd: Rob Ingham 3rd: Duncan Raynor
Special Achievement Mimi Owen    
Most Improved Male Dave Thornton    
Most Improved Female Liz Featherstone    
Most Improved Beginner Peter Holmes    

Paul Evans won the marathon ballot

16th November

Happy 10th Birthday Whippets!

Who'd have thought it, where did that decade go? For those of you that don't know, these guys on the right are the ones to blame.

Let's have a great party tomorrow night. See you at the Rugby Club.

Simon, Alison and Jon 2008

12th November

Telford parkrun
A good pack for the Telford Social Parkrun November 2017

It was great to see 10 Whippets taking part in the Social Park Run at Telford. Our pack comprised: Liz Rankin, Dean Richards, Simon Phillips, Fiona Challinor, Paul Evans, Martin Lane, Simon Roberts, Sue Evans, Sheridan Lane and Nikki Ashley.The eagle eyed among you will spot that Liz Rankin and Dean Richards were using the run as a warm up for the Mad Jack's 5 at Attingham the same day! There they were joined by Duncan Meredith, Liz Featherstone and James Rainbow. Telford saw Martin Lane set a new Pb - well done, Martin. Whippets were also in action at Newtown (Ali Dolphin), Ellesmere Port (James Walker) and Perry Hall (Katie Webster.

Also running twice over the weekend was Simon Phillips who ran the first night race in this year's Dash in the Dark series at Llandegla. Mandy Lewis also ran.

9th November

Wait no longer! Here are this year's Birthday Bash award nominations.

Most Improved Female

  • Cathy McAllister
  • Janet Burgess
  • Liz Featherstone
  • Liz Rankin

Most Improved Male

  • Dave Thornton
  • Mark Gregory
  • Robert Ingham
  • Sid Paul
  • Simon Huxley
  • Simon Phillips

Most Improved Beginner

  • Janice Owen
  • Katie Prince
  • Nikki Ashley
  • Peter Holmes
  • Pippa Burchell
  • Sally Hale
  • Zara Elson

The nominations are in no particular order so you'll just have to try and guess the actual winners! It would be great if all nominees could be there - no need to prepare a long speech thanking your Mum, your dog and everyone you've ever met!

8th November

The Birthday Bash will soon be on us and as usual we will be holding a raffle. This year all the proceeds will be going to the West Midlands Air Ambulance. If you'd like to donate a raffle prize please bring something along on the night. If you don't, I'll bring down even more copies of my novel! To prevent the raffle going on all night prizes may be grouped.

I've just updated the Race Diary and the Club Championship page to show our Championship Races. In a change to the diary - races shown in Red are now Club Championship Races as opposed to any other meaning. Some dates and races are still to be decided but you can at least start to organise your racing year!

And, as it's that time of year - there will be a Christmas Social event on Friday the 22nd December. The venue to be determined.

5th November

With a great bunch running at Arley Hall on Saturday there were relatively few parkrun results for this weekend. Ali Dolphin ran at Telford, while Rob Ingham, Lynn Norton, Jen Spencer and Narg Harris ran at Erddig. Narg set a new pb, well done!

It's also fantastic to see that Mimi Owen has again been selected to represent England in the Master's Marathon. See Mimi - your first selection was no fluke! We're all very proud of you and what you have achieved.

4th November

There was a great Whippets turn out for the Cheshire 10k at Arley Hall this morning with 13 Whippets running. There were pbs for: Fiona Challinor, Zara Elson, Sue Evans, Paul Evans, Liz Featherstone, Sarah Gill, Sally Hale, Simon Roberts and Paul White! There was also an Club Age Record for Mimi Owen. Well done, all!

1st November

I've just updated the Standards page to show the standards to be awarded on the 17th. It would be great if all those listed could be at the Birthday Bash - or otherwise get someone to collect their mug and certfiicate for them.

Club Standards

29th October

The final event in this year's Club Championship took place this morning with a well attended Magic Mile. As well as settling the Club Championship, there were Pbs for Peter Holmes, Liz Featherstone, Simon Roberts and Katie Prince, while Mimi Owen recorded a new Age Record. Ten Whippets ran.

The top 3 final placings in the Club Championship are therefore:


  1. Gareth Dodd
  2. Rob Sharam
  3. Simon Phillips


  1. Mimi Owen
  2. Liz Featherstone
  3. Louise Baldwin

Full standings can be seen here: Club Championship

Also in action today were Ali Dolphin, Katie Webster and Paul Evans in the Bridgnorth 10k, while Saturday saw James Rainbow complete the tough Snowdonia Marathon in a pb time.

The Shrewsbury Park run on Saturday gave club members a chance to dress up in Halloween clobber - these days, Simon Phillips seems to need no second invitation to don fancy dress! Six Whippets ran with pbs for newest member Katie Evans and Sally Hale. Whippets were also running at Erddig and Cassiobury with Narg Harris also setting a pb.

Well done, all!

This Tuesday sees the much awaited Bake Off. This will be preceded by an optional hunger inducing out of town Head Torch Run. No head torch - no run! There will be town runs as well. Good luck to all our bakers. Rest assured that I shall do my best to sample all entries.

23rd October

The results from the North Wales XC league have now been posted and show that the men have improved to 6th place in the League while the Women have held at 10th - but just one point behind Wrekin Road Runners! The women are also in 9th place in the Women's Masters category.

The best run of the day came from Paul White who was our second man home - beating Dean back into 3rd! But I think everyone who ran on Saturday deserves respect - they wre great team performances and bode well for the rest of the season. The next fixture is on the 25th November at Bangor. If we can continue to do well on the long distance races then we will get our just reward in the Shropshire events!

North Wales XC League

22nd October

It's that time of year again. Here's the link to the rules and application form for the one club place in the 2018 London Marathon. The ballot will take place at the Birthday Bash on the 17th November.

London Marathon Ballot

22nd October

Llandudno Men
Storm Brian appears just in time for the Men's race at Llandudno 2017

22nd October

Llanduduno Ladies Team
Our Women enjoy a sunny afternoon in Llandudno 2017.

21st October

Storm Brian was never going to be strong enough to deter our hardy XC teams from venturing over to Llandudno! Great respect is due the 3 ladies and 7 men who contested the 2nd league fixture at St David's College in challenging conditions. The finishing positions were:


  • 56 Jo Grandfield
  • 89 Liz Rankin
  • 92 Liz Featherstone


  • 47 Rob Sharam
  • 57 Paul White
  • 59 Dean Richards
  • 76 Simon Phillips
  • 103 Andy Heath
  • 144 Rob Ingham
  • 146 James Rainbow

19th October

Fandon 2017
Whippets at The Farndon 10k

17th October

Also running at the weekend was Katie Prince in the Scouse 5k.

Just to let you know that I've created a new email address for web stuff.

16th October

The Farndon 10k on Sunday proved highly popular with 23 Whippets racing. Rob Sharam and Leah Leonard were our first runners home with Leah 3rd in her age group. PBs were set by Janet Burgess, Liz Featerstone, Cathy McAllister, Dave Thornton, Janice Eastwood, Peter Holmes, Sheridan Lane, Simon roberts, Paul White, Pippa Burchell and Martin Lane. Well done, one and all!

This was the penultimate Club Championship race of the year. With just the Magic Mile on the 29th to go the top placings are:


  1. Gareth Dodd 304.42
  2. Rob Sharam 297.73
  3. Simon Phillips 297.54


  1. Mimi Owen 321.20
  2. Liz Featherstone 260.25
  3. Louise Baldwin 254.81

Check out the full table here:  Club Championship

I've also brought the Club Standards up to date. If you're still missing a performance you have up to the end of the month! Club Standards

15th October

The aim of the monthly Social Parkrun is that we try and concentrate on one location and make it something of a social Whippets on tour event. It's a great idea, but we probably need to tweak dates, marketing and locations to ensure that we get plenty of Whippets at the designated parkrun. Yesterday's parkrun saw just three of us at Hanley with other Whippets running at Ellesmere Port, Glossop, Edgcumbe and Erddig. And many Whippets were rightly saving themselves for the Farndon 10k. Perhaps we'll have better luck at next month's event - the date and location will be reviewed!

Anyway, Fi, Dean and I had fun at Hanley despite it's mountainous profile. I was just happy to be back in action, even if it was a personal worst. Things can only get better! Dean and Fi were saving themselves for Farndon. The coffee afterwards was very welcome.

10th October

Two more results from the weekend, Liz Rankin did the Royal Parks Half Marathon while Fi Challinor did the Pattingham Bells 10k (ish) run.

10th October

Cross country results are now out and show that despite a slightly depleted team the Men are in 9th place in their league, while the women are 10th in theirs.

North Wales XC

9th October

Sunday saw Mimi Owen become the first Whippet to gain an International vest when she represented England in a home counties competition within the Chester Marathon. This was an honour that Mimi earned with her fantastic runing last year. It's a tremendous achievement and one she should be truly proud of.

The Chester Marathon saw both Mimi and Mark Gregory gain pbs, while there were great debut runs for Louise Baldwin, Andy Heath, Duncan Raynor and Sid Paul. Keith Cotton and Dave Thornton also debuted over the Metric Marathon distance. Mimi's run was also a club Age Group record. Well done, one and all!

Elsewhere, Simon Phillips removed the club's oldest age record by completing the Chehire Half Marathon in a time of 1:28:08 - coming home 2nd v45 into the bargain. Great run, Simon!

8th October

A heavy race calendar for Sunday saw a slightly depleted men's team in the first XC Fixture of the Season but the women fielded a full strength team at Wrexham. The women finished as follows (the results will change as boys and old men running in the women's race are stripped out):

61 Jo Grandfield

76 Janet Burgess

86 Liz Featherstone

95 Chell Scrase

The men came home:

52 Dean Richards

93 Paul White

99 Andy Heath

The next XC fixture is in 2 weeks on the 21st October at St David's college, Llandudno.

Saturdays also members run at Telford, Delamere, Erddig and Ellesmere Port with Sue Evans setting a new PB. Well done, Sue!

4th October

For the attention of anyone who has been unsuccessful in the 2018 London Marathon ballot. Do not throw your rejection letter away. You will need this to enter the club ballot. Further details and rules will follow.

The revised date for the Magic Mile is Sunday 29th October.

2nd October

I can only find one result for yesterday, Ali Dolphin did the Appley Estate a bit more than 10k race!  Sadly, it looks like the organisers got their measuring wrong - their half marathon may have been 13.99 miles and the 10k: 10.7K. Hey ho! I hope it was good fun anyway.

Results for the Brown Clee Burn aren't out yet - let me know if you ran so that I'll know to keep my eye out for them.

1st October

A quiet parkrun weekend with Whippets in action in just Shrewsbury and Erddig. Highlight of the day was Simon Roberts setting a new pb. See results

Elsewhere, Zara Elson got very muddy for charity in the Pretty Muddy 5k completing a worthy cause and proving that she is in good form for next weekend's xc fixture at Wrexham! Meeting times etc will be posted during the week. North Wales XC League

25th September

Mimi Owen ran the Macclesfield Half in 1:53:29 yesterday setting another new club age record. Well done, Mimi!

However, the main event of the weekend was the Equinox 24 relay event at Belvoir Castle in Leciestershire. A write up will follow in due course. I've looked at the results that have been produced so far and can't work out what they are showing! Hopefully one of the team will clear things up.

24th September

Apparently seven Whippets took part in the Shrewsbury parkrun - but from the pictures I've seen I can't prove it! It was the parkrun's 4th Birthday and many runners went in disguise. The results show that our ladies recorded 3 pbs to to 1 for the men - the pb gainers were Nikki Ashley, Janice Eastwood, Zara Elson and Paul Evans. Accompanying them were Dean Richards, Simon Phillips and Duncan Meredith. Elsewhere, Tom Woodworth ran at Bestwood Village in Nottinghamshire and Jo Grandfield at Erddig.

James Rainbow meanwhile went off road to take part in the Trailfest Half at Porth Madog.

20th September

A bit of catching up: the final standings for the Telford AC Sexarathon series show that Jo Grandfield convincingly won the Ladies V55 category, Keith Cotton was 18th in M50 category and Jon Morgan 8th in the M60 category. Well done, all!

Also, Fi and Simon have moved up a place in the Bullock Smithy finishing in 40th place with Fi 6th Lady.

Due to the birthday parkrun and curry on Saturday it has been decided to postpone Sunday's final Magic Mile. So, please don't turn up at the start unless you just want a bit of practice!

18th September

There was another rash of Pbs for Whippets on Sunday. Michelle Scrase continued her great year with her first Half Marathon PB in the English Half Marathon at Warrington. There were also pbs for Janice Eastwood (Big Stockport 10k), Janet Burgess(Severn Bridges 10k) and Paul Evans (Severn Bridges 10k). Whippets are running well at the moment!

17th September

With Shrewsbury's parkrun being a nominated Club Championship event it's perhaps no surprise that most of our parkrunners were there yesterday. It looks like the weather was kind to running with pbs for Liz Featherstone, Mark Gregory, Peter Holmes, Simon Huxley, Rob Ingham and Adam Richards. Well done, all! Elsewhere, Ali Dolphin ran at Castletown in county Kildare, Katie Webster at Telford and Lynn Norton at Erddig.

12th September

The Tilston 10k results are now out and show that Michelle Read was 3rd Lady. Well done, Michelle!

By the look of things, Michelle was the only Whippet running; but they don't show club name on the results - so please let me know if I missed your result.

11th September

Although it proved to be a very wet race, the Lake Vyrnwy Half marathon was still a great event for the 17 Whippets who took part with 12 setting pbs! For the record they were: Louise Baldwin, Janet Burgess, Keith Cotton, Liz Featherstone, Mark Gregory, Simon Huxley, Rob Ingham, Michael McKeown, Duncan Meredith, Michelle Purcell, Duncan Raynor and Dave Thornton! First home was Gareth Dodd in 37th place followed by Rob Sharam (83) and Andy Heath (157). Janet Burgess was our first lady home. Jon Morgan and Adam Richards were the other Whippets not already mentioned.

It was probably the deciding race for this year's Club Championship but with a few races still to go it would be unfair to crown any Champions just yet. However it is very close for the minor places in both categories. The top of the men's championship is Gareth Dodd (304.42), Rob Sharam (297.70), Simon Phillips (297.54) and Jon Morgan (295.88). The women's championship reads: Mimi Owen (321.2), Louise Baldwin (254.81), Liz Rankin (253.55) and Liz Featherstone (250.03).  The final races are Magic Mile (24th Sep - careful with that curry!), Shrewsbury parkrun (16th Sep), Farndon 10k(10th October).

Also to report from Sunday, Tom Woodworth completed the Great North Run and I'm still waiting for results for the Tilston 10k.

John Dillon writes:

The races for the Club Championship 2018 will include all this years races. The Cheshire Half Marathon will be included in 2018. Any further additions will be decided next month and published as soon as.


The Whippets 10th Birthday Bash will take place at the Rugby Club on Friday 17th November. Tickets, which must be purchased in advance, are £10 each. They are available from Adam Richards or Simon Phillips.

10th September

Saturday parkruns saw Nikki Ashley sneak a crafty victory over Fi Challinor while setting a new PB at Shrewsbury. There was also a PB for Georgina Fowles at Erddig. Well done, both!

Two new parkruns were added to the list of runs done by Whippets - Rising Sun (Newcastle upon Tyne) and Malahide (Dublin). I'll see about constructing a list at some stage, it should make interesting reading!

9th September

I've just been checking on the situation with regard to club standards. Following the Ellesmere 10k and recent Magic Miles a number of new Club Standards have been earned:

Janice Eastwood Green
Peter Holmes Green
Simon Roberts Green
Ross Kennedy Purple
Rob Ingham Blue
Liz Featherstone Black
Duncan Raynor Black
Simon Phillips Gold

To understand Club Standards see Club Standards

8th September

Simon Phillips writes:

Just to let you know that the provisional results from the Bullock Smithy at the weekend have been published and Fi was 7th lady out of 57 starters. Which is an amazing result. We obviously finished together, so were joint 41st out of 215 starters. You have to count from the starters as just over 25% retired at various points along the route.

6th September

James Rainbow writes:

We will be running the 3rd iteration of the Winter Naked Handicap this winter and It will have the same format as before: give me your predicted 5KM time (be that PB pace or gentle jog) beforehand, then all you have to do is run as close as you can to your predicted time BUT without any electronic aids, watch, phone etc at the Shrewsbury park run. The best 3 out of 4 scores will count for the overall series title. Each round has a backup date in case of flooding / snow etc. The dates are:

Round 1 = Sat 2 Dec (Back up  Sat 23 Dec)

Round 2= Sat 13 Jan (back up Sat 27 Jan)

Round 3 = Sat 10 Feb (back up Sat 17 Feb)

Round 4 = Sat 3 Mar (back up Sat 31 Mar).

Last night saw the 4th of this Summer's Magic Miles. The conditions were ideal and the race saw pbs for: Keith Cotton, Zara Elson, Sarah Gill, Sally Hale, Rob Ingham, Sid Paul, Duncan Raynor, Michelle Read and Paul White. Michelle's time was also a club age record - great running, all!

I timed myself over the course before you all ran and recorded a personal worst - but really happy to be back running and just wanted to get a race result in for 2017.

There's another mile planned for Sunday Morning the 24th September. More details to follow.


4th September

A quiet Sunday after the excitements of yesterday. I've only found two results. First, Mark Gregory smashed his time for the Stafford 20 miler by over 20 minutes - great run, Mark! Secondly, John Rowlands ran the Wolverhampton Half Marathon.

Last Tuesday saw Liz Rankin take part in the South Cheshire Queeens Park 5k series where she ran 25;07. Michelle Scrase's Ellesmere 10k result has now been confirmed - Michelle ran 58:29.

Tomorrow sees another Magic Mile - the last midweek run this year. There's also a Sunday one planned for the 24th September.

3rd September

Yesterday saw Whippets once again spread around the country in parkrun action. Members ran at Richmond, Cardiff, Tamar, Chester, Shrewsbury and Erddig. There were Pbs for Peter Holmes, Janice Owen, Duncan Raynor and Paul Evans.

Our magnificent ultra team of Fi Challinor and Simon Phillips also completed the challenging 56 mile Bullock Smithy Hike in the Peak District. Great achievement, both!

1st September

The Summer Handicap came to its conclusion last night with 22 Whippets racing, including all the main contenders. Rain before the start caused some concern, but the race was mostly run in the dry! The return to the original handicap format has been very much welcomed and the series has proved tremendously popular with 51 members contesting at least one race. That's a fantastic result.

First home last night was Jen Spencer; with Dean Richards (14:46) and Michelle Scrase (19:26) running the fastest legs. Michelle has had a great season culminating in her deservedly winning the Handicap series.  Rob Ingham and Duncan Raynor took second and third place in the series but it was all very tight with only 16 points separating the first 8 runners.

Tomorrow sees Fi Challinor and Simon Phillips tackle the 56 miles Bullock Smithy LDWA Hike. They've both been in hard training and have spent many hours recceing the route and pubs. If they don't get lost in the dark, they should finish some time early Sunday morning. Good luck to both!

30th August

Liz Rankin writes:

I managed to squeeze in a 5k race on the way home from work today. I took part in the 3rd race in the Queens Park 5k series which is run in Crewe by the South Cheshire Harriers. It was a really friendly and well organised race with the feel of a Parkrun with a slightly more competitive edge as well as being a snip at £4 or £10 for the series. It's a fun course, starting and ending in the park and taking a route out of town along a cycle path with some testing hills.
Official times not out yet but I think I managed 25:07


29th August

Right, I'm back from the Alps now nd just catching up on what you lot have been up to in my abscence. Please let me know if I've missed a result - I've done me best!

Anyway, it was great to see so many running the Ellesmere 10k on Sunday where there were Pbs for Janice Eastwood, Peter Holmes, Ross Kennedy, Duncan Meredith, Duncan Raynor and Simon Roberts.

I was following the Race the Train mob on Facebook. It looks like they all had a good time once the rain eased!

There were also Pbs for Nikkii Ashley and Martin Lane in Parkruns, Fi Challinor in the Ellesmere Port RC 5k and for Alison Birch and Dave Thornton in the Mid Cheshire 5k.

After all the activity of the last two weeks the Club Championship sees Simon Phillips heading Dean Richards and Keith Cotton; but it looks like it may be decided by whether Gareth Dodd does or doesn't run Lake Vyrnwy! The Ladies Championship sees Mimi Owen in firm command, but the minor placings could still change with Liz Featherstonr chasing Liz Rankin and Louise Baldwin.


13th August

Whippets were everywhere on Saturday, the results page lists members in action at 8 different parkruns which I think must be a record in itself! This month's social parkrun was at Birkenhead where five Whipets ran. Birkenhead proved to be a fast course with pbs for Keith Cotton and Liz Featherstone. Mimi was at South Manchester, another good flat course, where she set a new Pb of 22:54 - earning her an amazing age grading of 82.36% and a new club age record. Well done, all. Goes to show folks, that if you really want to run a fast time choose your race course wisely.

The next social parkrun is planned for the 2nd September at the Walsall Arboretum.

11th August

Ideal runing conditions saw twenty Whippets race over the Magic Mile last night with pbs for 11 runners and a new Club Record of 4:53 for Gareth Dodd! The pb setters were: Nikki Ashley, Frankee Bolas, Pippa Burchell, Gareth Dodd, Janice Eastwood, Sue Evans, Julie Hughes, Rob Ingham, Sheridan Lane, Vickie Raynor and Simon Roberts. Nikki and Janice both taking 59 seconds off their previous bests! Well done, all. Great running.

The miles are part of the Club Championship and with just a few races left the top 3 women are: Mimi Owen, Liz Rankin and Louise Baldwin. The top 3 men are Simon Phillips, Dean Richards and Keith Cotton. The next Championship race is the Ellesmere 10k at the end of August. Club Championship

6th August

Our summer recruits have certainly taken to parkrunning in a big way, Saturday saw Whippets running at Mansfield, Delamere, Telford, Shrewsbury, Ellesmere Port and Erddig. There were pbs for: Janice Eastwood, Zara Elson, Sue Evans, Georgina Fowles, Sally Hale, Peter Holmes, Ross Kennedy, Janice Owen and Katie Prince! Great running, one and all.


4th August

It was fantastic to see so many new members taking part in the Handicap last night. I only had two spare numbers after everyone had registered! This was perhaps no great surprise, as the number taking part - 32 - was the most ever. Beating the previous record of 30 set on the 22nd July 2010! 49 members have taken part oin this year's series.

Fastest runs came from Rob Sharam (14:26) and Michelle Read (18:19). The first person home was Janice Eastwood. After the 3rd round the top 3 are James Rainbow, Michelle Scrase and Duncan Meredith. It's still all to play for with only 6 points between the first 7. The next race is on the 31st August.

Read all about the Handcap here: Summer Handicap

31st July

The Helena Tipping 10k at Wrexham provided rich pickings for the Whippets who ran. Gareth Dodd was 15th in a time of 37:12 while Mimi had a great run to record 48:33 and place 3rd V55. There were also pbs for Simon Huxley, Rob Ingham, Michael McKeown and Duncan Raynor. It was also great to see Alison Birch back in race action. Well done, all.


See Helena Tipping Results

30th July

Whippets are still travelling far and wide to compete in Parkruns. Members have already run in North America and Australasia and now James Walker has added Africa to the list, running in the Ebotse Parkrun in Benoni, South Africa! Closer to home, Dean Richards was second in Ellesmere Port while Georgina Fowles set a new PB at Erddig running with her mother Gillian. It was also good to see Katie Prince running at Shrewsbury.

29th July

Handicap times for Thursday are now on the handicaps page. Good luck!

27th July

Next Thursday sees round 3 of the Summer Handicap. Meeting at the club at the normal time before travelling to John Dillon's. Don't forget your bug spray!

26th July

Last night saw a great number of our beginners group trying their hand over the Magic Mile. Thirteen ran in all with Sue Evans setting the best age graded performance. It was all very inspiring, so much so that Nikki has vowed to beat Fi at a future parkrun!

This year's couch to 5k course has proved very successful and we look forward to our newest members joining us at many more club events. Next up is round 3 in the Summer Handicap on the 3rd August.

Magic Mile results are here: Results

23rd July

Looks like just some parkrun results this weekend. Whippets were running in Congleton, Chester, Shrewsbury and Erddig. There were pbs for Pippa Burchell, Janice Eastwood, Peter Holmes and Rob Ingham, well done, all.

Just seen that Michelle Read ran in the Deal Dinosaur 10k today running 49:16 to beat her dad!

21st July

It was a smaller field that contested the second Magic Mile of the Summer - but, after a pre-race downpour, the weather proved kind for setting good times. There were pbs for Rob Ingham, Sid Paul and Simon Phillips.

Simon Phillips moved up to a Gold standard - a worthy achievement as he joins a select gang of Whippets who have achieved Gold or better: Jo Grandfield, Andrew Corbett, Gareth Dodd, Jon Morgan, Mimi Owen (Platinum), Kevin Smith (Platinum) and John Dillon (Diamond). The result also moves Simon to the top of the Championship standings. Just goes to show what a good spell of decent training can do - well done, Simon!

The next Magic Mile will be on the 10th August - the next round in the Summer Handicap is a week earlier on the 3rd.

20th July

It was good to see a few new faces contesting a race in the Telford AC Sexarathon series. James Rainbow, Katie Webster and Liz Featherstone joined regulars Jo Grandfield and Jon Morgan in the Vic Musgrove 5k last night.

18th July

The Grocontinental Relay – A Fabulous Night!
Thursday 13th July saw 120 teams from across Cheshire and Shropshire competing in our annual relay organised by Whitchurch Whippets and sponsored by Grocontinental.  Community teams joined seasoned club runners to run a 2 mile lap around the lake in teams of 3 and what a fantastic night it was!

The team spirit was amazing with local clubs such as Market Drayton and Oswestry Olympians supporting the event in massive numbers. Everyone was cheered and encouraged through to the last runner on the finishing line (in front of Jon Morgan and his bike).  The Whippets were out in force on the course in club and community teams, but in greater numbers helping to ensure that the event ran as smoothly and efficiently as it did.

A massive thank you to all of you who brought equipment down, helped to set up, recorded times, marshalled, cleared up….and all the other jobs that made this another brilliant evening for all participants.  The relay is only the event it is because it’s a massive team effort from everyone! An extra special thanks to the amazing Simon Phillips who somehow (with the help of his trusty laptop) managed to stay calm and make sense of the chaos to produce accurate finish times for all teams and individuals!

Firm ground ensured some fast times around the off-road course and Oli Blake of the team ‘Two Olympians for Sale’ recorded the fastest lap time of 9.49m and his team went on to win the Mens Team trophy.  Holly Smith (Smith Sisters team) led the way for the ladies as a Junior Female with a lap time of 11.01m and the team went on to win the Ladies Team trophy. The Oswestry Olympian ladies came a close second place in the team competition.  The mixed team winners were ‘Is this the Shot Put’ and the ‘Monty Muskers’ took the Community Team prize.
Great support from runners and spectators and outstanding race organisation made this a fantastic local event for the whole community. Well done Whippets!

Cathy McAllister

14th July

Last night saw another great relay at Alderford Lake. A full report will come along in due course, just to say a big thanks to all who helped make the event such a great success.

Results have now been posted. Pictures will take somewhat longer.

12th July

In case you haven't seen this from John on Facebook:

Hi everyone. The following people have volunteered to help out at the relay on Thursday. Please can you all meet Neil Spencer at the Fingerpost sign @ 6:30 for your briefing.

Simon Huxley - Marshal
Dave Thornton - Marshal
Caroline Nelson - Marshal
Sheridan/Martin Lane - Marshal
Michelle Purcell / Michelle Scrase - Lake Stewards
Leah Leonard / Michael McKeown - Lake Stewards
Dunc Raynor / Louise Baldwin / Mimi Owen - Results runners.

If anything changes for the above could you please let me know. Also, if anyone else wants to help out then I'm sure we can find you a job

John Dillon

11th July

There was a fantastic turnout at the second Social Parkrun at Erddig on Saturday with some 16 Whippets running. As the group included many new members there were a ruck load of pbs. Pbs were set by: Helen Castelli-Burke, Peter Holmes, Christine Houston, Ross Kennedy, Janice Owen and Katie Prince. Well done, all.

The next Social Parkrun is at Birkenhead on the 12th August.

Don't forget that Thursday sees our Relay at Alderford Lake. Which is another way of saying we won't be at the Rugby Club!

7th July

Now that enough races have been completed, a few new club standards are emerging! So far, the following people have qualified for their first or improved standards:

PlatinumMimi Owen
BronzeKeith Cotton
BronzeMark Gregory
BronzeCharlotte Wainwright
BlackLouise Baldwin
BlueJanet Burgess
PurpleChell Scrase

Well done, all! Details of the standards scheme are here Club Standards.

5th July

There was a tremendous turnout for last night's social run from the Horse and Jockey at Grindley Brook. More than 30 people ended up running including a good number fresh from our Couch to 5k Course. Many stayed on for drinks and a meal. It was great to receive a number of completed membership forms, too! I've just got to remember to pass them on to Jen now.

Don't forget there's a social parkrun at Errdig this Saturday, and then our relay at Alderford Lake on Thursday week.

2nd July

There was a fantastic turnout of 15 Whippets and 9 CouchTo5k attendees at the Shrewsbury parkrun yesterday. The run was highly successful for all concerned and there were smiles all round at the finish. The run saw PBs for Duncan Raynor and Michelle Scrase, well done, both. A good number also went on to Montgomery's Tower for a well-earned post-race breakfast.

The club results are on the results page, our Couch To 5k runners results are below. Well done, all of you - we promised to get you to 5k!

30:35 Ross Kennedy
31:53 Rachel Williams
31:56 Frankee Bolas
31:57 Vicy Raynor
36:07 Peter Holmes
36:07 Janice Owen
37:57 Tracey Kennedy
38:51 Teresa Dawkes
48:56 Nikki Ashley

I think the couch to 5k gang are getting the message that the unofficial club motto is "Run, Eat, Drink!"

Erddig parkrun saw Keith Cotton, Georgina Fowles and Gill Fowlees run with couch to 5k finisher Janice Eastwood (32:22). Janice taking an impressive 67 seconds off her previous run to set a new PB!

Don't forget that we're meeting at the Horse and Jockey, Grindley Brook at 7pm on Tuesday. Order any meals before running!

29th June

The Shifnal Half Marathon results from last weekend did eventually appear and show that Jon Morgan and Liz Featherstone both completed the tough multi terrain event. It's also good to report that Couch to 5k course member Janice Eastwood ran in the Erddig parkrun setting a time of 33:29 - well done, Janice. I look forward to seeing more of our Couch to 5k runners at the Shrewsbury parkrun on Saturday.

28th June

Just to let you know that the club's new Chairman is John Dillon. Jon Morgan remains Club President and Liz Featherstone has joined the comittee. club officers for this year.

I'd just like to say a big thank you to all of you for the wonderful words and gifts as I stepped down. I've been told that as an Honorary Life Member I am not allowed to leave the club under any circumstances - so you're still stuck with me! For the record, I've already used one of the very welcome Jones's gift vouchers on this morning's breakfast. Cheers, guys!

The AGM was preceded by Chip Butties, Whippet Buns (Thanks, Liz) and the first of this year's Magic Miles. The conditions must have been near perfect for running as 18 pbs were set! If I hadn't measured the course myself, I would have been a bit suspicious. As it happens, I always measure the mile a bit over distance (circa 1620m) which is why it shows up as 1.01 miles on most watches. That makes up for small errors on the wheel and anyone finding a shorter route that I'd missed. In among those pbs were age records for Liz Rankin and Mimi Owen. A fantastic 29 members took part. Well done, one and all.

For the record, pbs were set by: Loise Baldwin, Keith Cotton, Liz Featherstone, Mark Gregory, Simon Huxley, Rob Ingham, Sheridan Lane, Martin Lane, Cathy McAllister, Jenny O'Reilly, Mimi Owen, Sid Paul, Simon Phillips, Liz Rankin, Duncan Raynor, Adam Richards, Michelle Scrase and Dave Thornton.

The miles count towards the Club Championship and the current top 3 are men: Simon Phillips, Dean Richards, Dave Thornton and women: Mimi Owen, Liz Rankin and Louise Baldwin. Club Championship

The next Magic Mile is on 20th July

27th June

I'm still waiting for the Shifnal results to appear,but in the meantime I've caught up with those sneaky runners who've been taking part in the Telford Sexarathon. The handicapper will be pleased! After 3 races, Jo Grandfield heads the Ladies LV55 category while Jon Morgan is in 4th place in the M60 category.

26th June

With Shifnal Half Marathon results still awaited, I only have results for Parkruns on Saturday to report. Award for for going the extra mile goes to Katie Webster who raced in the Livonia parkrun in the United States! Back home, Whippets ran at Chester (Michael McKeown), Delamere (Mimi Owen) and Erddig (Duncan Meredith, Keith Cotton, Georgina Fowles and Gill Fowles). Michael McKeown and Georgina Fowles set news pbs, well done both.

Don't forget we have the first Magic Mile of the year tomorrow followed by Chip Butties and the AGM. The Mile starts at 7:40 pm prompt from the Ash Road.

21st June

Last night saw an impressive turnout for round 2 of the Summer Handicap. The return to it's original format is proving very popular with 27 people racing yesterday. First home was Heather Stewart, but Michelle Scrase ran well to maintain her lead at the top of the table. Fastest runs of the day came from Rob Sharam and Leah Leonard. There are still many people in with a chance of winning, so this year's series is expected to be decided on the final race. The next race is on Thursday 3rd August.

Standings and race details are here Summer Handicap

18th June

Phew, what a scorcher! A blistering hot weekend still saw Louise Baldwin and Rob Ingham set pbs for the Half Marathon at Shrewsbury and Georgina Fowles for 5k (Erddig PR). Well done, all! Also running in Shrewsbury were Simon Phillips, Mimi Owen, Richard and Claire Stewart and Fi Challinor. Mimi had the best run of the day returning home in 3rd place in her age category. Simon can take consolation from taking over from Dean at the head of the Club Championship.

Also in action on Saturday were Gill Fowles (Erddig PR), Michael McKeown (Chester PR) and Fi Challinor (Ellesmere Port).

Don't forget your mosquito spray for Tuesday!

17th June

Wednesday saw Rob Sharam, James Rainbow and Liz Featherstone take part in the Park Hall 5k at Oswestry. Rob was 21st in a time of 19:07.

Don't forget that Tuesday sees Round 2 of the Summer Handicap at John Dillon's house in Bronington. Meeting at the rugby club at 7pm for lifts. Handicaps for the race are now up. Summer Handicap

11th June

Our new monthly parkrun tour got off to a quiet start with just four Whippets venturing over to Congleton. Hopefully there will be a bigger contingent at the next one on 8th July (I think). Anyway, for the record, Simon Phillips, Keith Cotton, Dave Thornton and Liz Rankin ran at Congleton, while Simon Huxley ran at Shrewsbury and Georgina and Gill Fowles at Erddig.

5th June

The Worldwide Whitchurch event turned out to be a rather quiet affair, and having seen the attendees from the other towns on Friday night, I wasn't very surprised to see only our own members out for the run on Sunday! Still, the weather was good and it was great to see Whippets out for a morning run.

Saturday saw Louise Baldwin beating 60 minutes for the tough Abersoch 10k - a target she'd been aiming at. Louise stuffed that target so can be well pleased with herself. Whippets were otherwise in parkrun action at Markeaston, Delamere, Shrewsbury, Wepre and Erddig!

On Sunday, Dean Richards and Andy Heath both succesfully completed the Chester Deva Olympic Distance triathlon with Dean just edging Andy. Apologies to any other Whippets who took part.

31st May

A good number of Whippets made it over to Bronington for the first race in this year's Summer Handicap. The return to a Yacht Handicap format proved very popular as did the 2.4 mile, flat, off-road course. Many thanks to John and Fiona Dillon for their hospitality and preparation work.

First home was Michelle Scrase beating the handicapper by the best part of a minute! Second home was new member Georgie Fowles then perennial handicap contender James Rainbow. Fastest run of the day came from Rob Sharam (sorry Dean) who recorded a time of 14:29. Fastest lady was Mimi(sorry Michelle) with 18:25.

The next race is on the 20th June. Standings and race details are here Summer Handicap

30th May

As far as I know, it was a quiet race weekend with just a few people in action at Wepre (James Walker) and Erdigg (Gillian Fowles and Keith Cotton) on Saturday, Heather Stewart in the Great Manchester Run on Sunday and Louise Baldwin in the Vitality London 10k on Monday.

Today sees the start of this year's Summer Handicap series with a new course starting at John Dillon's house in Bronington. We will be meeting at the rugby club as normal and then travelling out to John's place. The race is back to the popular Yacht handicap format with faster runners chasing down the slower with everyone expected to finish at around the same time. It will be fun!

27th May

Another race result has just emerged from last weekend. Liz Rankin writes:

"Last Sunday I ran Snowdonia Half Marathon. It certainly lived up to its billing as the UK's toughest half marathon with 1806ft of ascent! There was a 1 in 7 hill at mile 11 which attracted an extra medal for running all the way up - I walked that one. I completed the course in 2:18:32 which was well inside my target of 'complete in one piece'. It's a lovely challenging route on road and forest tracks from Llanrwst, highly recommended."

24th May

This year's AGM will take place on the 27th June. An invite and draft agenda has just been emailed to all paid up members.

The AGM will be accompanied by Chip Butties and will take place after the first Magic Mile of the year. I promise not to make a long speech as I stand down as Chairman!

23rd May

Whippets were in action at the Christleton 5k on Friday and the Chester Half Marathon and Shawbury 10k on Sunday. Dave Thornton claimed a new PB at Christleton while Mark Gregory improved his Half Marathon best at Chester. Louise Baldwin also clipped seconds off her 10k time at Shawbury. Well done, all! See the results page for other runners.

Both races were also Club Championship qualifying events and as a result a very happy Dean Richards sits at the top of the Men's table with Dave Thornton in third. Keith Cotton hanging in there in second place. The Women's top three are Mimi Owen, Liz Rankin and Katie Webster. See Club Championship.

15th May

Our couch to 5k course got off to a great start on Thursday with 28 people turning up to begin their running journey. We're hoping for even more to show up this Thursday!

It looks like it was a quiet weekend as I can only see a few parkrun results for Whippets. Simon Phillips, Katie Webster, Liz Rankin, Fi Challinor and James Walker ran at Wepre, while Keith Cotton, Mimi Owen and Tom Woodworth did Erddig.

There is talk of selecting one parkrun a month as a club outing. This is a great idea that I really hope gets off the ground.

Claire Stewart has informed me that she ran in the Staines 10k yesterday recording 56:58.

7th May

The result of Market Drayton closing the entry within a day of last year's race was that only 15 Whippets took part this year. And to think we once fielded 42! Anyway, Gareth Dodd had a great run to place 8th in a time 35:53. It was also a successful outing for Mandy Lewis, Sarah Musgrove, Sid Paul, Georgina Fowles and Michelle Scrase who all set new Pbs. Well done, all. Also running were team Stewart - Claire, Heather and Richard as well as Dave Thornton, Duncan Meredith, Louise Baldwin, Michelle Purcell, Loz Evans and Gillian Fowles.

Whippets were spread around parkruns on Saturday with Simon Phillips beating Dean as they came home 3rd and 5th at Ellesmere Port. Elsewhere, Tom Woodworth ran at South Manchester, Katie Webster at Telford, Liz Rankin at Wepre and Keith Cotton at Erddig.

3rd May

The Summer Handicap is back in its old format whereby faster runners chase down slower runners. But with a new venue. Races will take place on tracks and trails around John Dillon's home near Bronington. Lifts will be sorted to and from the Rugby club. The first race will be on Tuesday 30th May. See Summer Handicap.

1st May

Two more results from the weekend. Claire Trump followed up her Kings Lynn parkrun by running in the Kings Lynn 10k on Sunday, while James took part in the Pemmbroke coastal trail series marathon on Saturday. James writes:

As I couldn’t run in London, I decided to enter a different spring Marathon and ran in the Coastal Trail Series Pembrokeshire Marathon on Saturday. It was slightly longer than an officially measured marathon course (27.7 miles) and wasn’t flat (my watch noted 4500 FT ascent) but was stunningly beautiful, as it was mostly run on the coast path. It was well organised, the course was brilliantly marked and all the officials were friendly and helpful. As you crossed the finish line, you got you result printed out and given to you! I was very pleased to have completed my first marathon in 18 years!

30th April

And another two countries can be ticked off the list - or maybe I shouldn't be giving Fi any more ideas - Blockbusters is going to start getting expensive if it goes global! Anyway, Fi is now on the Australian leg of her long skive and ran in the St Peters parkrun which is in somewhere called Sydney, while Andy Heath knocked off the Gozo Half Marathon in Malta. Australia and Malta are islands off the south coast and are coloured a pinky red on all sensible maps.

Elsewhere, Michelle Read played dodge the cars in the inaugural Oswestry Half Marathon while Claire Trump (King's Lynn) and Keith Cotton (Erddig) were in parkrun action.

29th April

The England Athletics 5k at was billed as flat and fast and certainly lived up to its billing. Six Whippets ran, with Liz Rankin, Mimi Owen and Simon Phillips all setting new club age records and pbs! Well run, guys. Dean Richards, Jon Morgan and Gareth Dodds completed the pack. As Dean reports, the first 23 runners all ran under 15 minutes!

It was also a club championship race, and as a result Gareth has moved to the top of the Men's category while Liz Rankin heads the Women's. Club Championship.

23rd April #2

All three Whippets completed the London Marathon with Charlotte Wainwright coming home in an impressive 3:28:15. Claire Stewart was next back cracking the 5 hour barrier - recording 4:58:04. Adam was just a bit further back setting his first marathon pb at 5:24:02. Charlotte's run was also a new pb. Well done, all.

23rd April

Fi writes:

"During my trip to New Zealand I found myself with the opportunity to take part in the World Masters Games which is being held in Auckland from 21st April for 10 days. There are over 28,000 athletes involved over 28 sports from athletics, cycling, and triathlon to orienteering, softball hockey and football and loads in between.

I took part in athletics (the half marathon), there was also cross country going on as well as track and field events but that was all after I leave the area.

Firstly all athletes had to attend 'accreditation' and pick up athlete passes and official kit bags and then there was the opening ceremony on Friday evening to attend, this was in the Eden Park stadium, Auckland where the Rugby World Cup final was held In 2011. The first event on the Saturday morning was the 10k at 7am followed by my event the half marathon at 9am.

The weather was fine, sunny and about 20 degrees. Starting on the harbour, the route followed the coast for just over 5k and was 2 laps of an out and back course. I started well but by the 8th mile I was finding that I just couldn't keep up the pace of the first half. Finishing 19th in my race although a little slower than I'd hoped. It was a great experience to be part of such a large sporting occasion and meeting participants from all around the world. Such a shame that I'm moving on before the cross county is on next weekend!

Now onto the real business of the weekend and work out how I'm going to follow the London marathon from here!"

Back home, it's been a quiet parkun weekend with just Dean running in the Mile End parkrun and Mimi and Katie at Shrewsbury.

22nd April

Fi Challinor took on a global field in the World Masters Games Half Marathon and emerged as the 19th fastest woman in the world for her age. When asked to comment on her performance, Fiona said it was a bit warm and she might have gone off too fast. This modest explanation didn't take into account the mountains and volcanoes she'd been scaling in the run up to the event. Her competitors were lucky she wasn't in top form!

What's more, the Whippets vest is now well recognised on the international stage. One of her fellow competitors came over to say hi, saying he recognised the vest. Admittedly he was from Denbighshire - but, hey, it's a start!

17th April

Very much a case of Whippets at large this weekend. Members ran in six different parkruns ranging from Shrewsbury (Dean Richards and Mark Gregory) to Cornwall New Zealand (Fi Challinor). Others ran at Barnstaple (Liz Rankin), Penrhyn (Louise Baldwin), Conwy (Tom Woodworth) and Delamere (Mandy Lewis). Mark Gregory had a great run at Shrewsbury to set a new pb of 21:00 dead.

Sunday saw just Dean Richards, Simon Phillips and Dave Thornton in action at the Air Products 10k in Crewe. However, it was a successful outing with Dean running his best 10k in nearly 4 years and Pbs for both Simon and Dave. As a result Simon has moved to the top of the men's Club Championship Leaderboard.

Liz Rankin was down in Devon and writes:

"I travelled to Devon this week to stay with my Aunt & Uncle. My Uncle, at nearly 70 has been running for many years and I had thought that we might get a rare opportunity to run together. On arrival I found that I was booked in for club run on Wednesday, Club Social Race on Friday and parkrun on Saturday! It was really interesting to see how another club works and they were very welcoming. I rather put a spanner in the works by 'winning' the club social race by being the closest to predicting my time over 10k ( only 6 seconds out!) If any whippets find themselves in North Devon they would be made very welcome at the South Molton Strugglers"

11th April

Cathy McAllister writes:

"In the warm April sunshine SJT launched their inaugural Whitchurch 10K and what a fantastic event it was, a real community morning for the whole town! Twenty-five Whitchurch Whippets joined over 650 runners on the town-centre based 10K route and lots of families and friends were there to cheer everyone on. It was a really good morning - congratulations to all the organisers and all the Whippets who took part, it was great to be part of it and we’re looking forward to next year!

I tried to snap everyone as they got to the finish line…some of you proved difficult to catch with a clear pic but hope I managed it!"

On a statistical note, Jon Morgan was 1st M60 and Leah Leonard 3rd F30. Pbs were also set by: Louise Baldwin, Janet Burgess, Mirta Calvo, Andy Heath, Ceri Hope, Sarah Musgrove, Sid Paul, Michele Scrase and Dave Thornotn. Well done, all.

It was also a club championship race and as a result the top 3 women are Liz Rankin, Louise Baldwin and Fi Challinor while the leading men are Andy Heath, Keith Cotton and Mark Gregory. The next qualifying race is the Air Products 10k on Sunday 16th. Club Championship.

Cathy's photos are here:

10th April

A write up on the Whitchurch 10k will follow in due course. In the meantime there was a great club presence at the Shrewsbury parkrun on Saturday where around a dozen Whippets helped with the event. The post race breakfast was also very popular! Cheers, folks. And - The Bake Off Photos are here:

4th April

Mimi Owen, Fi Challinor and Katie Webster had a very successful outing at the Manchester Marathon yesterday with all 3 setting Pbs. There were also age records for both Fi and Mimi. Mimi's run rated a massive 79.56% just half a percent shy of a Platinum standard and placed her 8th in her age group. Great running, one and all!

Elsewhere, Keith Cotton ran the Liverpool Half Marathon in a time of 1:47:02.

Saturday saw Whippets running in parkruns at Ipswich, Shrewsbury and Wepre, with Louise Baldwin setting a PB at Shrewsbury.

30th March

One more race from the weekend. Mark Gregory came 52nd in the Llantysilio fell race on Saturday in 1 hr 30m 18s while Mandy Lewis was 58th in 1 hr 55m 28.

29th March

More than 30 well groomed Whippets turned out for the Club Photo before the first light run of the year. On their return, their dog bowls were filled to busting with all manner of sweet and savoury bakes! It's fair to say there were no hungry Whippets last night. Quite rightly, all who baked were acclaimed as winners - but special mention must go to Liz Featherstone for the chocolate Whippets and club flags that topped her buns.

Club photo and baking pictures to follow in due course. Thanks to Charlotte Wainwright for doing the photographic honours.

26th March

A great day for racing in warm spring sunshine. The flat course at Arley Hall 10k provided rich pickings for the three Whippets who ran. Gareth Dodd had race of the day coming home in 34th place to set a new Club Record - that's not an easy feat, these days! There was also a pb for Liz Featherstone while Dean returned to form, running his fastest 10k since 2013. One other result, James Walker did the Wepre parkrun yesterday.

25th March

It was the final round in the Winter Handicap at Shrewsbury today and James Rainbow writes:

"This morning saw the final round of the Winter Handicap and I have got the results checked by an independent adjudicator!

It was either the sunshine or adrenaline of the finale that meant most predications were well off the mark. There were only two who kept cool heads, Helen was only 8 seconds behind prediction, closely followed by husband Ken who was within 9 seconds of his prediction! Simon and Keith were next best on the day but they only just got within one minute of their forecast, mainly because both ran PB’s!

The series overall lead was turned on its head in the last round, as Ken topped the table. His round two score was discounted, leaving three excellent scores of 25, 17 and 9! Dean’s final round score has been discounted and he came in second overall. It was very close run for third, with Keith pipping Simon by 1 point.

The best prediction of the whole race series was Dean in round 2, only 5 seconds off. Well done to all, with 7 Whippets figuring in the overall table."

Louise Baldwin and Tom Woodworth were also running at Shrewsbury - but did not take part in the handicap. And, over at Telford Katie Webster set a great new 5k pb, well done, all!

21st March

Don't forget that next Tuesday - the 28th there will be a club photo before running at 7pm! Please turn up in good time for the photo in club kit/clothing. And, after the run, it's the Great Whippets Bake Off!

20th March

A somewhat quieter weekend than last with just one race to report (so far). A good pack of Whippets contested the Shrewsbury 10k with Gareth Dodd bounding home in 9th place. There was a Whippets 10k pb for Mirta Calvo and a pb for Simon Huxley, well done both! Alongside those three were: Jon Morgan, Mark Gregory, Keith Cotton, Dave Thornton, Fi Challinor, and Louise Baldwin. Fi also did the South Manchester Park Run on Saturday.

13th March

I think we'd better call yesterday Endurance Sunday! Duncan Meredith completed his first Marathon at Wrexham and, subject to the organiser's confirmation, wins the Blockbuster challenge! Well done Duncan, I think that glass of Champers was very well deserved. Hills on Tuesday! Also running at Wrexham was Liz Featherstone completing the accompanying half marathon. While over the border in Shropshire, Jon Morgan and Ken Robbins completed the Ironbridge Half Marathon.

Elsewhere, Richard and Clare Stewart completed the Silverstone Half as part of Claire's marathon preparation. Meanwhile, Rob Sharam ran the Knighton 20 miler at Stafford - it used to be the Stafford 20. And, catching up from a week ago, Andy Heath also raced a 20 miler - completing the Rhayader Round the Lakes 20.

And just for good measure, Fi completed the very challenging Grizzy on the southwest coast at Seaton. The hilly and muddy course required a hose down at the finish from local firemen - it doesn't look like Fi minded the cold water too much!

It's making me tired just typing all this lot up. Well done, one and all!

12th March

Yesterday saw Whipppets in Parkrun action at Cassiobury (James Walker), Dudley (Katie Webster) and Erddig (Keith Cotton).

5th March

Yesterday saw round 3 of the Winter Handicap at Shrewsbury. James Rainbow writes:

"Luckily the river level didn’t rise any higher and round 3 of the winter handicap went ahead this morning, with 7 Whippets taking part (unfortunately the organiser was injured!). I think there must have been plenty of practising going on because the first 5 runners all finished within 20 seconds of their predicted time and the best of the lot was Keith, who was only 6 seconds out – well done.

Overall Keith has 24 points and just leads Simon by 4 points but both only have two scores and need a good run in round 3. Dean sits in 3rd place and if he can better his first score of 45, then he will be right back in the mix! Final round (weather and pacers permitting!) will be in 3 weeks on 25th March."

Winter Handicap.

3rd March

Dates for our Couch to 5k beginners course have now been set. The 8 week course begins on 11th May. The course costs £5 - the fee will be refunded on joining the club!

Couch to 5k course.

27th February

Gareth Dodd had a great run to place 3rd in the Oulton Park 10k in 36:36 on Sunday.Well done, Gareth. Great start to the year!

Elsewhere, Ken Robbins was 1st M60 in the Ruthin 5k and Mimi Owen completed the Harewood House Half Marathon.

26th February

A few new parkruns to report this weekend! Claire Trump ran at Rosliston (South Derbyshire) setting a new PB. Meanwhile, James Walker ran at Cassiobury in Watford. Parkrun tourism going well, then! Elsewhere, Erddig saw Jo Grandfield and Liz Rankin run, while Shrewsbury hosted Dean, Simon Phillips, Katie Webster, Fi Challinor and Louise Baldwin. It's good to see Louise running again after injury.

25th February

Telford parkrun this weekend cancelled due to storm damage. Round 3 of the winter Handicap series will now take place on the 4th March at Shrewsbury.

20th February

The Village Bakery Half Marathon on Sunday was just the biscuit for the sizable group of Whippets who ventured over the Wrexham. There were pbs for Andy Heath, Mimi Owen, Liz Rankin, Michelle Purcell and Dave Thornton. Well done, guys! They were joined by Mark Gregory, Duncan Meredith, Cathy McAllister, Mandy Lewis and Liz Featherstone.

This race was the first qualifying race in this year's Club Championship and, as a result, Andy Heath and Mimi Owen have set the initial pace. The next qualifying race is the Wrexham Half on 12th March. See Club Championship.

Saturday saw Fi Challinor celebrate her 51st parkrun at Ellesmere Port in the company of a balloon, Simon Phillips, Dean Richards and Liz Rankin. Other Whippets were in action at Widnes (Tom Woodworth), Wepre (James Walker) and Erddig (Jo Grandfield, Keith Cotton, Gillian Fowles and Caroline Nelson) Caroline accompanied her ever improving young daughter Lucy - hopefully a Whippet in the making!

12th February

Okay - now you're just testing me. Six different parkrun locations this weekend. Come on guys, make my life a bit easier and all run in Shrewsbury!

Anyway, the Dunedin result was reported to me along with the other five. Whippets running at Moors Valley(Fi), Penrhyn(Tom Woodworth), Birkenhead(Keith Cotton), Wepre(James Walker) and Erddig(Jo Grandfield)

Most notable result was Fiona Challinor notching up her 50th parkrun. Well done, Fi!

11th February

An early result from today! Neil and Jen ran in the Dunedin parkrun in New Zealand. Jen writes:

" Well, against all probability, Neil and I decided to do a Parkrun, but just to be different we decided to do it in New Zealand whilst on holiday. What we didn't take into account is the fact that Dunedin is on a very steep hill and it was an 8am start!

The location itself was beautiful, being around the Botanic Gardens. It started with a double loop on the lower section of the garden through the formal beds, but then a very steep climb up to the wooded section of the run. This also had to be done twice, it was a killer!

Jen and Neil Spencer
Neil and Jen in Dunedin (or so they say!)

Neil said he was watching the old hands, and they very sensibly walked up these sections to save their legs. Our times were not the best, but we're putting in our excuses early with the course description! I didn't manage to beat the man who ran with a 5 year old on his shoulders the whole way round, though I almost caught him by the end.

Everyone was very friendly asking where all the visitors were from, they included us, Norfolk, Guildford, London the U.S. and Lincolnshire. The last one being a 73 year old woman entered in the London marathon this year. (I did beat her). If you're going to do a Parkrun, then this may be the place to do it!"

8th February

There’s going to be a change at the top. Having finally run out of steam, I’ve decided to stand down as Chairman at the next AGM. That will be somewhere between the beginning of April and the end of June!

I’m not disappearing. I will continue to coach, maintain the race diary and stats and update the web. And, injuries permitting, I will even get back running. I’m rather looking forward to enjoying the club as a regular member!

I informed committee members on Monday and it was discussed in committee last night. Just thought I’d better let the rest of you know as soon as possible before the rumour mill got going.

The King is dead, long live the King!

7th February

There are two more race stories to report from Sunday - and I've been spoilt with race reports!

Rob Sharam writes about the Long Mynd Valleys race on 5th Feb 2017:

"If you enjoy running up the equivalent of Ben Nevis on a sunday afternoon, or using a race profile to saw wood, then this is the race for you.

The weather was as good as it gets, no wind, temperature of 4C at the start in Cardingmill valley, with a sprinkling of snow higher up and a mix of sublime views and eerie misty valleys. The race gets down to business straight away, gaining 450ft in the first km isnt comfortable for anyone, then doing the same in the 3rd km and repeat for 6 other 'smaller climbs' until the final walk up Yearlet, with 620ft in 1 KM, keeps things in perspective. Even some of the descents are a struggle but at least you dont have to worry about any long flat stretches. Attempting this the day after the Oswestry cross country meant I started with a more sensible pacing strategy and a surprise result finishing 7 minutes quicker than last year in 2:03 (for 11miles, 3395ft of up - and down I guess). Not a particularly high placing but this year saw a supercharged field with lots of vests from Ambleside, Pennines, Bowland (get the link?) presumably using it as a recce for the English National Fell championship of the same route race in march. Even if youre not tempted to run its got to be worth popping down to watch the suffering on 26th March."

Liz Rankin was also in mudlark action and writes:

"I returned to the midlands this weekend to take on the Stourbridge Stagger. The past two years I have taken the option of the ladies 7k race. This year I put my big girl pants on and tackled the whole 10.34 miles of the full Stagger. This is an off road including the locally infamous slop alley! ( a deep gulley filled with shin deep churned up mud) The route also includes part of my old school cross country course so was a little nostalgic too! It was cold, foggy and very muddy but an enjoyable experience nonetheless I felt as if I deserved a medal as I crossed the finish line but had to make do with the commemorative towel instead."

6th February

The club finished the Cross country season in style with the women fielding another large team and the men moving up to clinch 5th place above teams such as Telford and Wrexham! Rob Sharam led the men home with Jo Grandfield doing the same for the women. Rob was backed up by Simon Phillips, Andy Heath, Dean Richards and James Rainbow. The magnificant women's team comprised Jo Grandfield, Mimi Owen, Rachael Foster, Liz Featherstone, Mandy Lewis, Fi Challinor and Mirta Calvo. I wonder what Mirta made of the conditions on her debut for the club!

Well, that's it for the season with the men finishing in an improved 5th place and the women holding steady at 7th in their repective Divisions. A great all round effort by the club. Thanks and much credit must go to captains Simon Phillips and Rachael Foster. Thanks too, to all the runners who turned out over the season.

Saturday also saw Katie Webster do the Shrewsbury parkrun while Tom Woodworth ventured over to Rugby.

30th January

A quiet weekend with Whippets only in parkrun action as far as I can see. It was good to see Clare Trump back in action - recording a pb at the Killerton parkrun in Exeter. Well done, Clare!

21st January

James Rainbow writes:

"This morning saw round two of the “Naked” winter handicap at Shrewsbury Park run, where 8 Whippets braved the freezing conditions. The run of the round went to Dean, who was only 5 seconds of his prediction (thanks to a last minute pre-race assessment of the conditions!). Keith and Janet made up the top three this morning, with excellent runs of only 15 and 18 seconds of prediction. Congratulations go to Liz Rankin, who was running her 50th Park Run and set a fantastic PB and also provided some great cakes!

The top three overall in the series is Simon Phillips, Janet Burgess and Keith Cotton all of whom only have one score, so would need to run the next two rounds. Dean is sitting pretty in fourth with the best score from two rounds. It’s still all to play for in round three and four!"

The next round is on the 25th February.

Naked Handicap.

18th January

Don't forget that it's round 2 in this year's Winter Handicap competition on Saturday. No watches, phones or tech allowed! The competition takes place as part of the Shrewsbury parkrun. If you're taking part you must get your predicted time to James Rainbow, or email before the start of the parkrun.

Simon Phillips heads the competition after one round - just 6 seconds off his predicted time in race 1!

Naked Handicap.

15th January

Yesterday saw the fourth fixture in the North Wales XC league and what could be one of our best ever performances as a club! A total of fourteen Whippets competed in the two races with seven men and seven ladies in action. The men finished 4th team on the day while the women placed 6th out of 14 teams. There was even a rare XC outing for President Jon Morgan while Liz Rankin was that keen to race she also ran in the Erddig parkrun in the morning!

The men's team consisted of Rob Sharam, Dean Richards, Simon Phillips, Andy Heath, Jon Morgan, Ken Robbins and James Rainbow. The women's team were Jo Grandfield, Rachael Foster, Liz Rankin, Fi Challinor, Liz Featherstone, Lynne Norton and Helen Robbins. The river crossing was particularly enjoyed and helped keep feet cool!

Jon Morgan
Jon's high knee approach drew admiring glances
Men Attingham
while Andy's swimming approach was less effective!

The club is now placed 8th in the Men's league and 9th in the Women's league. Another strong showing in the final fixture in Oswestry on the 4th Feb could see both teams move up several places. Come on, you Whippets!

Both Jo Grandfield and Simon Phillips had also been action the previous night in the last of the Llandegla Dash in the Dark races. Jo magnificently finishing 1st lady v50 - well done, Jo! Jo and Simon were joined at Llandegla by Ian Grandfield and Mandy Lewis.

Yesterday also saw Whippets in park run action at Shrewsbury(Kate Webster) and Erddig (Liz Rankin and Keith Cotton)

10th January

Shropshire County Cross Country Championships – Sat 7 Jan 2017 Attingham Park

A great afternoon out with 11 Whippets running for our teams and Liz Rankin doing a fantastic marshalling job on a muddy corner of the course. Finished off in style with tasty cakes made by Simon Phillips…a highlight of everyone’s afternoon!

Rachel Foster led the ladies around the course, with Mimi Owen on her shoulder the whole way but the other ladies weren’t far behind. It wasn’t as muddy as expected but still a challenging 6K cross-country course with some fast runners in the field. We had lots of team support from the men cheering us on at the halfway point which gave everyone a boost! Telford AC dominated the ladies competition taking 1st place in Seniors and 1st-3rd places in the Vets category. Overall team winners were Shrewsbury AC (Senior Ladies) and Telford AC (Vets Ladies).

Men Attingham
2017 County XC Champs
The mens race was longer at 10K and the field included some very fast club runners. All the men raced hard and the ladies had plenty of chances to cheer them on with 3 loops of the course! Rob Sharam led the team home, with Dean Richards and Simon Phillips very close on his tail. Telford AC again featured in the individual and team positions for the men, but Shrewsbury AC won the Senior team competition and Oswestry Olympians won the Vets category.

Well done everyone – looking forward to a very chilly cross-country at Baschurch on Saturday!

Cathy McAllister

Elsewhere, Whippets were running in parkruns in Shrewsbury, Erddig and Ellesmere port with Simon Huxley setting a new PB.

6th January

Whippets Kit – new Online Club Shop

I am delighted to announce that RunGeek of Warrington will now be the main supplier of Club Kit and accessories. You order direct from the online shop. There is a delay of around 10-14 days for kit to be produced. To keep delivery costs down you can always get together with friends to place an order.

Visit the Online Club Shop Whitchurch Whippets Club Shop

I will update the kit page on this website over the weekend.

3rd January

Whippets Press Officer role - in new hands!

Well, here goes! I've volunteered to take on the Press Officer role from Dec 2016 and I'm excited to get going and see if we can build on current publicity and become even better known within the local community of Whitchurch and surrounding villages.

To kick off 2017, I'm aiming to take team photos at the County XC Champs at Attingham this Sat and provide a brief write-up for the local press and Gossip magazine.

If you're planning an exciting personal or charity challenge in 2017, or you have a running story to share, please let me know and we can follow your progress and have a chat about putting an article together. I'll also be asking for your support during the year with posing for 'Whippets' photos at some of our local races and providing or checking race reports for accuracy!

If you have photos or race information that we can use at any point this year, please email and it will get to me - and I'll do my best to get back to you promptly!

Many thanks for reading this far - I'll see a lot of you on Sat afternoon for team pics!!

Cathy McAllister

3rd January

I don't know what all you slugabeds were doing on New Year's Day, but Fiona Challinor was clearly feeling in need of some exercise as she completed both the 9:00 Congelton parkrun and 10:00 Hanley parkrun. Respect!

2nd January

Happy New Year Whippets! Just a few parkruns from Saturday to report. Gill Fowles was in action at Shrewsbury, Tom Woodworth at Sherwood Pines and Fi Challinor and Mandy Lewis at Erddig.