2019 News Stories

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

29th December

Whippets spread all over the place yesterday running at 10 different venues! Libby Dudleston was first lady home at Alderford, well run Libby! No pbs to report.

27th December

i hope you all had a good Christmas. I was made aware that people ran at Alderford on Christmas day. I've added results from there, but unlike regular Saturday parkruns I'm not told who ran elsewhere. So, if you ran somewhere and want your result added you'll have to let me know!

22nd December

No pbs to report from yesterday's parkruns but it was good to see Rob Sharam and Charlotte Giddings first home at Alderford.

I don't think there are any other results to report this weekend, so I'll just wish you all a Merry Xmas and I look forward to seeing some of you on Boxing Day!

18th December

Another result has sneaked out from the weekend. Richard Handley did the Stockport 10 miler on Sunday.

16th December

It was good to see eleven Whippets turn out for the Mortimer Forest Trail run yesterday. They were led home by pack leader Simon Phillips in one of his favourite races. Hills and mud - what's not to like!

15th December

Sixteen Whippets took part in round 2 of the Winter Handicap with Sue Evans coming in just 4 secounds off her predicted time. 25 members have now taken part in at least one of the rounds, so 25 are in it to win it! It's all still to play for.

Winter Handicap

Elsewhere, there was a pb for Suzy Wilkes at the Wammy Parkrun. Well done, Suzy!

13th December

Round 2 of the Winter Handicap is tomorrow at the Alderford Lake parkrun. predictions to Dean Richards by 8:50 in the morning.

10th December

A few more results have been brought to my attention. Lee and Lisa Dale and Sticks did the Lanzarote 10k on Saturday while Sean Burgess did the accompanying Half Marathon. While on Friday, in a rather darker and colder Llandegla, Simon Phillips, Rob Ingham, Keith Cotton, Sarah Gill and Liz Featherstone did race 2 in the Dash in the Dark series.

9th December

After knocking 44 secs off the club 10k record last week, Rob Weston followed up by taking another 39 seconds off it in the Telford 10k. This high quality race saw the first 16 home in under 30 minutes. The quality was so high that Rob's great time only placed him 163rd! Great run, Rob! Rob was accompanied at Telford by Geoff Handley. Elsewhere, Sue and Ed Vine ran in the Tatton Yule Yomp.

8th December

Just the one pb for Amy Biggar to report from yesterday's parkruns. Well done, Amy!

I'm still waiting to hear if there's going to be a boxing day run from the rugby club - but I'll be surprised if there isn't. So best pencil in 11:00 on the 26th. And, if past years are anything to go by, there will be drinks in a local pub after the run.

2nd December

Ever improving Rob Weston continued his record breaking run yesterday by setting a new club record of 34:04 and placing 2nd in the Oulton Park 10k. Great run, Rob!

Elsewhere, Richard Handley was in action on both Saturday and Sunday in the Cheddleton 10k and Newcastle Dales Dash 10k. Jenny Stiles, Simon Roberts and Suzy Wilkes ran the Chasewater Pudding Dash.

1st December

No pbs to report from yesterdays parkruns at Richmond, Wolverhampton, Chester, Shrewsbury, the Wammy and Aderford Lake. Better luck next week!

25th November

Our mudlarks were in action at Dolgellau on Saturday in the third fixture of the North Wales XC league. It was shame our men could only field three runners out of the four needed - all credit to our women for completing a team! Our men were 7th team on the day but retained 5th place in the league while our women were 12th on the day and now sit in 7th place in their division.

The next league race on 11th January 2020 is being hosted by Shrewsbury Athletic Club. Unfortunately the Baschurch course is not available due to work taking place at the University so the next North Wales Cross Country League race will take place at a new venue - Roman Road Sports Centre, Longden Road, Shrewsbury SY3 9DW.

Cross Country

Sunday saw Whippets compete in the Wilmslow Festive 10k and the Weston Park 10k and 5k races.

24th November

Just the one pb to report for Ashley Blakemore in yesterday's parkruns. Well done, Ashley! 

Cross country results should appear in the next day or three.

19th November

Sunday saw 5 Whippets do the Beckbury Trail and 3 Whippets the Conwy Half Marathon. Jo Grandfield finishing 2nd in the F55 category. Well done, Jo. No pbs to report.

17th November

Despite Fridays night's bash, a good number of Whippets got out of bed on Saturday to take part in the rescheduled first round of the Winter Handicap. A challenge that saw Duncan Meredith get within 1 second of his predicted time to lead the competition. 15 runners took part. There is still opportunity for people to take part as it is 3 from 4 races to count and only the first run has taken place. The next run is 14th December. 

Winter Handicap

In terms of parkrun performances. Vicky Hopwood was first lady at Alderford and there were pbs for:

Amy Biggar
Sarah Castin
Matthew Dowsett
Sarah-Jayne Evans
Richard Handley
Zoe Smith-Higgins

15th November

Reminder that tomorrow - Saturday the 16th - sees the rescheduled first round of the Winter Handicap. Predicted times to Dean Richards before 8:50 a.m. I suggest you have a few drinks at the bash and then give Dean your predicted time. Should work out nicely!

14th November

It's tomorrow! And these people will be eagerly awaiting the draw for places in the London Marathon:

  • James Rainbow
  • Liz Rankin
  • Keith Cotton
  • Pete Holmes
  • Ali Hunter
  • Dave Thornton
  • Odilia Plummer
  • Liz Featherstone
  • Shaun Burgess
  • Janet Burgess

We're all crossing our fingers for James who has been unlucky on so many ocassions.

See you at the Birthday Bash.

11th November

The weekend kicked off with a night race at Llandegla - the first in the Dash in the Dark series. Four Whippets took part, with Jo Gradfield first in her age category. Jo was accompanied by Simon Phillips, Keith Cotton and Liz Featherstone.

Saturday saw the Mad Jacks 5 and a regular set of park runs. The Alderford parkrun saw the club take wins in both sexes through Rob Weston and Charlotte Wainwright. There were pbs for Karen and Ashley Blakemore and Matthew Dowsett at Alderford, Gary Gray and Sarah Castin at Shrewsbury and Richard Handley at the Wammy. Well done, all.

The Cheshire 10k awas cancelled due to a flooded car park.

9th November

With the Birthday Bash getting near, it's time to reveal the nominations in the most improved categories. So here they are:

Most improved female runner

Julie Hollins​
Lyndsey Cotton​
Sue Evans​
Suzie Wilkes​

Most improved male runner​

Adam Hollins​
Ali Hunter​
David Bowie​
Malcom Myles-Hook​
Saul Mellor​
Simon Huxley​

Most improved beginner​

Christine Nixon​
Katie Copnall​
Sarah Castin​

Tickets still available

See you there!

4th November

You'll  have to let me know if you ran the Tatton Half as the results don't give clubs. The only result I can give for Sunday is the Flying Fox 10 miler where Richard Handley was 43rd.

3rd November

A quiet parkrun Saturday with just a handful of Whippets in action. Highlight was a win for Rob Weston at Alderford.

Don't forget to get your Birthday Bash ticket - especially if you are due to get a Standard mug. They have now been ordered.

31st October

If you're looking to enter the club ballot for a place in the 2020 Virgin London Marathon here's the link to the application form and eligibiliity rules. The form needs to be with Jenny Spencer with your subs by midnight on the 13th November.

London Marathon Club Ballot Rules and Application Form

29th October

At this months Committee meeting the subject of dogs attending club runs was discussed. The Committee have decided that due to H+S concerns, especially as we are now running in the dark, no dogs will be allowed on club runs.

We hope that you all understand that the safety of our members must come first.

28th October

The rain might have done for Alderford but other races did go ahead over the weekend. Vicky Hopwood set a new 5k pb representing Lancaster Uni in the Lancaster Power of 5k on Friday. Mimi says she really enjoyed the Snowdonia Marathon which she ran on Saturday in the company of Jo Grandfield and Simon Huxley. Simon setting a pb. Well done, all. Sunday saw Ali Dolphin, Katie Webster and Paul Evans run the Bridgnorth 10k.

That should be's all the performances now in for this year's standards. If you do race anywhere before Friday (1st Nov), or I've missed a result that matters please let me know. I plan to order the mugs on Wednesday as it's not long before the birthday bash. Have you got your ticket, yet? I understand it's gong to be ticket only entry.

Club Standards

27th October

I guess it was a case of rain stopped play yesterday with the Winter Handicap called off. Apparently parkruns don't cater for swimming! Anyway, wasn't the rugby fantastic! The winter handicap will be rearranged. Next Saturday would not be welcome, just saying.


23rd October

Just a reminder that the Winter Handicap kicks off this Saturday morning as part of the Alderford Lake parkrun.

Winter Handicap

21st October

Despite dreadful weather the club still managed to send full strength teams to the 2nd fixture in the North Wales XC League at Colwyn Bay. No mean feat for one of the furthest journeys of the season! Our men were 7th on the day - dropping from 3rd to 5th in the league, but only a few points off 3rd place. Our women were 9th on the day a result that still moved them up to 6th overall as other teams found it even tougher! Things can only get easier with fixtures closer to home.

Our teams were:

Men: Rob Weston, Paul Parkinson, Simon Phillips, Dean Richards and Rob Ingham

Women: Jo Grandfield, Rachael Foster, Zoe Smith-Higgins, Liz Feathertone and Michelle Read

The next fixture is on the 23rd Nov at Dolgellau.

Cross Country

20th October

Parkruns saw pbs for James Gresty, Richard Handley, Vicky Hopwood and Nancy Perks. A few extra results have come through from Zoe Smith-Higgins who set pbs at the Alderford Lake parkrun on the 7th September and the Farndon 10. Well done, all.

Libby Dudleston wanted to ensure you were all aware of the weekly 'Strength and conditioning' class available for all members at the BodyTech gym, on a Wednesday evening 7:15 - 8:15pm and costs £3 each and run by Paula Houlihan (An excellent PT instructor). You can just turn up each week, you don't have to be a member of the gym or attend every week, but it's an excellent way to work on your general fitness, and she gears it towards working on the muscles a runner needs.  It is regularly attended by many from the club.

17th October

For anyone wanting to run in the cross country this Saturday (19th), we’ll be meeting up at the Rugby Club at midday prompt to share lifts. For those making their own way, the fixture is at Fox Hills, Colwyn Bay, but parking at Eirias Park LL29 7SP. The women's race starts at 2pm and the men's at 2:45pm.

14th October

I was right, a whole stack of you did the Farndon 10k yesterday. Jo Grandfield was first in the F55 category while Leah Leonard was 3rd in the F35 category. There were pbs for Jo Grandfield, James Gresty, Annmarie Jackson, Amy Kellett, Malcolm Myles-Hook, Victoria Newland-Jones, Paul Parkinson, Suzy Wilkes. Elsewhere, David Bowie romped home first in the M65 category at the Oswestry 10k. Well done, all.

The Farndon 10k was the last of this year's Championship races. As a result, this year's Club Champions are John Dillon and Mimi Owen.  Congratulations, both. The top 3 in each category are:


  1. John Dillon
  2. Rob Weston
  3. Shaun Burgess


  1. Mimi Owen
  2. Leah Leonard
  3. Rachael Foster

14 men and 13 women completed races at all 4 distances that comprise the championship (Mile, 5k, 10k and HM) and 118 members completed at least one race.

The presentations will be at the Birthday Bash on the 15th November. Don't forget to get a ticket when available!

Club Championship


13th October

First off, wasn't it fantastic to see the 2 hour marathon broken! Well done, Eliud Kipchoge. A brilliant lesson in leaving nothing to chance in the pursuit of excellence. Something most of us can learn from.

Anyway, it was a quiet Saturday with Whippets only in parkruns in Edinburgh, Northwich and Alderford. There were pbs for Sarah Castin, Bethany Morse-wolfe and Nancy Perks. Well done. I guess that means the Farndon results will keep me busy tomorrow.

10th October

James Rainbow writes:

"Rob and I entered the Long Mynd Hike on Saturday, which was a 80 KM trek around the South Shropshire hills, starting and finishing in Church Stretton and covering 9 major climbs. Rob had to unfortunately pull out due to severe blisters at 63 KM. I went on to complete the 80 KM in just under 18 hours. The rain on Saturday evening made it incredibly challenging and turned the second half of the course into a bit of a quagmire. It was without doubt the best organised and run event / race I have ever done and the marshals and helpers were something else!"


9th October

The cross country season got off to a great start at Wrexham on Saturday with our men finishing 3rd in the Second Division and getting a mention in the organiser's post race report! First home was Rob Weston in 13th place. Rob was backed up by Paul Parkinson (70), Saul Mellor (78), Dean Richards (82) and Simon Phillips (120). The first 4 score in the team competition. Our women also made a good start finishing in 7th with Libby Dudleston (40th), Jo Grandfield (72) and Rachel Foster (81). David Bowie ran in the V65 race finishing in 8th place. Our women also placed 9th in the Female Masters Division.

The next fixture is on Saturday the 19th October at Colwyn Bay.

Cross Country

7th October

It was a distance racing Sunday with Whippets running in the Shrewsbury Half, Chester Marathon and Chester Metric Mararthon.

There were pbs for Shaun Burgess in the Chester Marathon and Karena Evans in the Shrewsbury Half. Well done both.

6th October

Let's start by catching up on pbs at last weeks Wem 10k. I think most results have now been added. There were pbs for:

Sarah Castin
Katie Copnall
Gary Gray
Richard Handley
Sheila Hocknell
Malcolm Myles-Hook
Nancy Perks
Thomas Prince
Zoe Smith-Higgins
Rob Weston
Sian Whitehouse

Well done, all!

Now, yesterdays parkruns. Carol Fowles is still touring and ran the Zielona Góra parkrun yesterday - which I believe is in Poland. Other Whippets ran more locally with just the one pb for Michelle Read in Walmer on the south coast.

Cross country results  from yesterday and Sunday's races will be dealt with tomorrow.


3rd October

The (provisional) dates for the 19/20 winter (naked) handicap are;
26 October
16 November
14 December
18 January
As with the summer handicap its your 3 lowest scores that count, however.... For this series you predict your time before the run and not use any watches etc during the run so you have no idea of the time that you're running.
For every second that you are faster or slower than prediction you get 1 point, if you are spot on you get -10 points.
The venue is Alderford lake parkrun

1st October

If you are running at the cross country this Saturday we'll be meeting up at the Rugby Club at 1pm to share lifts. If you’re making your own way the women’s race starts at 2pm and the men’s race starts at 2:45pm. The fixture is at Ysgol Morgan Llywd, Wrexham LL13 9NG. Please note this is a different venue from the original fixture list that was posted.

A good number of Whippets took part in the 2 Sandstone Trail Races on Sunday. Our Women made a great showing in the A  race with Leah Leonard 1st v35, Jo Grandfield 1st v55 and Mimi Owen 1st v60! Rachael Foster was 4th v50 in the B race. Well done, all! It's impressive that so many chose to warm up for this weekend's Cross Country fixture.

30th September

The good news is that the Wem 10k seems to have been a success with over 600 people running. The bad news is that club names weren't included with the results. This has made my life difficult. I've done my best to identify most Whippets but I'm pretty sure I'll have missed some of you - sorry! So I need your help. Let me know if:

1. I've provided a result for someone with the same name as you but you didn't run

2. You did run and I've missed your result.

As an example, two people called Andrew Rogers ran and I'm not certain the Jonathan Morgan I've listed is our Jon - there is another good one running in the area!

I'll update the pb situation when I'm more confident of the results.

29th September

Yesterday's parkruns saw Whippets do time inside at Tern Hill and a pb for Cathy McAllister at Alderford!

The last of this Sumer's Magic Miles included two unavoidable water features providng welcome mid-race refreshment for John Dillon, David Bowie, Gary Gray, Liz Rankin and Dean Richards. Gary recorded a great new pb while Liz realised her dream of recording a 65% performance. Well done, folks.

The Wem 10k will be reported on tomorrow.

26th September

A reminder that Sunday morning sees the last of this year's Magic Miles. The Magic Mile will START at 10:00. So please be up at the start line all warmed up and ready to go at that time; If you don't know where the start is - please ask someone! If you are running, I'll see you at the finish.

24th September

One for your diary, this year's Birthday Bash will be at the Rugby Club on Friday 15th November. More details to follow in due course.

And some other news. Mimi Owen and Clarrie Hocknell ran the Abersoch Half on Saturday. Mimi was first F60. Also, results from the Sexarathon series are now out and we done proper good with Jo Grandfield wining the v55 category and Mimi the v60. There were also top ten placings in their categories for Clarrie Hocknell, Jenny Stiles, Sue Evans and Sheila Hocknell. A number of other Whippets also took part in the series. Well done, all.

23rd September

The only result I'm aware of from yesterday is Richard Handley's run in the Macclesfield Half where he set a new pb. Well done, Richard! If you raced elsewhere you'll have to let me know.

22nd September

Whippets in action at a number of parkruns yesterday with pbs for Sarah Castin, Carol Fowles, John Hopwood and Nancy Perks. Well done, folks.

19th September

As part of the England Athletics #RunAndTalk 2019 campaign there will be chip butties and a chance to chat at the Rugby Club after running on Tuesday the 24th. More on this important mental health initiative can be found here #RunAndTalk

16th September

Yesterday saw father and son team Geoff and Richard Handley do the Run through Tatton 10k. Richard had a great run coming in 20th place. Well done, guys!

15th September

Saturday's parkruns included a club championship event at Shrewsbury which saw Rachael Foster move into 3rd place in the Chmapionship. Well run, Rachael! There were also pbs for:Katie Evans, Lorraine Gillan, Simon Huxley, Sarah Musgrove, Victoria Newland-Jones, Nancy Perks, Emma Smart, Valerie Smither and Zoe Smith-Higgins. Well done, all.

The English Half Marathon events at Warrington were cancelled and will be rescheduled. I'm not yet sure what that means for our Championship which must be decided by the end of October! The next Championship events are:

29 Sep Magic Mile

6 Oct Shrewsbury Half Marathon

13 Oct Farndon 10k

Club Championship


12th September

Just learned that Kate Prince, Gary Gray and Julie Collins ran the Great North Run on Sunday. It was a pb for Katie - well done!

9th September

Saturday's parkruns saw pbs for: Sheila Hocknell, Jane Kay, James Marston, Cathy McAllister, Sue Taylor, Ed Vine, Sue Vine, Paul Wilburn and Catherine Wilburn.

Last week saw the completion of the Telford Sexarathon series with nine members running in the Harper Scarper 5k. I'll keep an eye out for series results - they don't appear to be out yet. We think we've done really well in a few categories. Clarrie Hocknell set a new 5k pb in the race.

Dave Thornton and Janet Burgess also sneaked off on their own on Sunday to run the Sandbach 10k.

The main weekend race was the Lake Vyrnwy Half. Rob Weston again demonstrated his good form by setting another club record taking 35 seconds off the previous record held by Gareth Dodd. Rob was 4th in the race. Vicky Hopwood was first in the Junior Female category. John Dillon says it was all down to his pacing - but I suspect she must have been pacing John round! Congratulations to both Rob and Vicky on their achievements.There were also pbs for David Bowie, Will Dudleston, Adam Hollins, Victoria Hopwood, Ali Hunter and Rob Weston.

Well done to all pb setters!

Lake Vyrnwy was a championship event which saw John Dillon leap to the top of the men's standings. The top three in each category are now:


  1. John Dillon
  2. Rob Weston
  3. Shaun Burgess


  1. Mimi Owen
  2. Leah Leonard
  3. Sue Evans

Club Championship

Next up are:

14th Sep - Shewsbury parkrun

15th Sep - English Half Marathon

6th September

I've just updated the Standards page with the current situation for this year. The table shows standards reached this year. But you will only get an award if the AWARDED column says 2019. If it gives an earlier year then you have already received an award for the standard reached this year or for a higher standard reached in an earlier year.

There's still time for better performances to count. The cut off is the end of October.

Club Standards

3rd September

Nikki Shingler writes:

"Just so you know myself and Jon Morgan ran the Quarry challenge (10k) at race the train. Our results were not added to the official results yet due to another race about to start as we came in. We both ran it together it was very tough but enjoyable! And we finished in 1:44:52"

3rd September

Thirty Whippets ran in the 4th Magic Mile tonight. The cool weather conditions were ideal for fast times. Both Libby Duddleston and David Bowie set new Age Records and there were also pbs for: Sarah Berry, Alison Birch, Lorraine Gillan, James Gresty, Adam Hollins, Jim Huggins, Ed Vine, Susan Vine, Alice Williams, Suzy Wilkes. Well done, all.

I also know that Duncan Meredith will be delighted with his 65.09% clocking! Bit close, Dunc.

Thanks to all who helped tonight. It started to get a bit hairy with tractors and the light fading quick.

2nd September

As well as winning the brand new parkrun at Alderford, last week also saw Rob Weston set a new Club 5k record in the Mid-cheshire 5k - beating the record held by Gareth Dodd from 2015. Great run, Rob! There were also pbs for Geoff Handley, Paul Parkinson and Nicola Rogers.

This past week also Whippets race take part in the Ellerdine Effort 5k, Cosford Spitfire 10k and Cheshire Half Marathon. Paul Parkinson setting a new pb in the Cheshire Half.

Well done to all of you pb setters!

The Mid-Cheshire 5k saw Mimi Owen sweep into top spot in the Women's Championship. She is followed by Leah Leonard and Sue Evans with Natalie Stevens just 1 point back in 4th. There were no changes at the top of the Men's standings.

Club Championship

Next up are the Magic Mile on Tuesday and the Lake Vyrnwy Half on Sunday.

1st September

The inaugural parkrun at Alderford Lake kicked off in great style yesterday with 325 runners taking part. Whippet Rob Weston was first male home setting a male course record of 18:19. Katie Latham of South Cheshire Harriers set the female record of 21:43.

42 Whippets ran and there were pbs for: Charlotte Giddings, Bethany Morse-Wolfe, Michelle Read, Ed Vine and Susan Vine.

I'm sure the club's facebook group page is full of photos and stories!

26th August

I'm back on it now, but apologies for a short(ish) report as I don't really know what happened at Race the Train. I'm hoping it's been well covered on facebook! I may also have missed one or two results - so please let me know if I've missed you.

Parkruns over the last few weks have only thrown up pbs for: Sarah Berry, Sheridan Lane, Martin Lane, Thomas Prince and Andrew Rogers.

The Ellesmere Port RC 5k saw Rob Weston set a new 5k best while John Dillon was 1st v60.  John's run was also an 85.79% age grade - a mighty impressive score! And a club age record.

The best attended race was, unsurprisingly, the Ellesmere 10k yesterday. More than 30 Whippets ran and I'm guessing the heat prevented more pbs, but new bests were set by: David Bowie, Sarah Castin, Evan Fowles and Zoe Smith-Higgins. Paul Parkinson was 5th v45 while David Bowie was 4th V65 and Geoff Handley 5th V65. It looks like we've got the makings of a very good v60+ age group!

Well done. to all of you.

The Ellesmere runs were both Championship events and the top 3s are now:


  1. Shaun Burgess
  2. David Bowie
  3. Jon Morgan


  1. Leah Leonard
  2. Sue Evans
  3. Natalie Stevenson

These are the Championship events left:

Mile - 3rd and 29th September

5k  - Mid Cheshire 29th August

5k - Shrewsbury parkrun 14th September

10k - Farndon 13th October

HM - Lake Vyrnwy 8th September

HM - English Half - 15th September

HM - Shrewsbury HM - 6th October

I'll catch up on Standards after the the next Magic Mile. Just remember that you need to have raced three different distances from this list: Mile, 5k, 10k, 10 miles, Half Marathon and Marathon. Clearly doing a Mile, 5k and 10k is the easiest way to go! Just saying.

See you on the 3rd September for the next Mile.

11th August

An international flavour to this weeks parkrun results with Whippets running in Rouen, Whistler and London. No pbs to report.


8th August

Rob Weston sliced 4 seconds off Gareth Dodd's two year old Mile Record in round 3 of the Magic Mile series. There was also a club M65 age record for David Bowie. And, there were also pbs for Sue Evans, Geoff Handley, Adam Hollins, Ali Hunter, Sheridan Lane and Andrew Rogers. Well done, all.


Stats and Records

The next Mile will be on the 3rd September.

The club championship is beginning to look tasty. Mimi Owen and John Dillon are both sneaking up on the rails needing one more distance each to complete the set. Can John run as far as 13.1 miles and can Mimi get up on time on a Saturday to do a championship parkrun? These things are determined by fine margins!

Club Championship

7th August

The Summer Handicap completed last night with Adam Hollins coming home first to take the top spot. Well done, Adam!

Rob Weston ran the season's fastest time with a 13:05 clocking. Twenty people ran last night - with 48 Whippets running at least one race in the series.

The top 3 taking into account their best 3 results from the four races are:

  1. 143 pts Adam Hollins
  2. 137 pts Jennifer O'Reilly
  3. 136 pts Sarah Berry

Summer Handicap

Next up on Thursday is another Magic Mile. Meeting at the Rugby Club at 7 pm.



4th August

I haven't decided whether 34 Whippets did the Shrewsbury parkrun yesterday because it was Championship race, the promise of cake or to support Dean and Katie Webster in their 100th parkrun! I'm guessing it may have been our best ever turn out, though!

Rob Weston was first home for us in 5th place and there were pbs for Sarah Castin, Geoff Handley, Dawn Harding, Ali Hunter, Victoria Newland-Jones, Jill Shakeshaft, Adam Hollins and Rob Weston. Well done, all. It was also Liz Rankin's 99th parkrun - so I can see even more cake on the way.

In terms of the championship - the only change saw Ali Hunter displace Saul Mellor in the top 3. That should be fun!

The next Championship race is the Magic Mile on Thursday

Club Championship

29th July

Yesterday's Helena Tipping 10k saw Mimi Owen take first female vet 60 while Chairman John Dillon could only manage 3rd vet 60. There were also pbs for Sarah Berry, Lisa Dale, James Gresty, Saul Mellor, Paul Parkinson, Rob Weston and Suzy Wilkes. Well done, all.

The race was a championship event and the eagle eyed among you will spot Mr Dillon beginning to gather some handy points, although he's yet to break into the top 3. The next championship qualifying events are:

3rd Aug Shrewsbury parkrun (5k)

8th Aug Magic Mile

25th Aug Ellesmere 10k

8th Sep Lake Vyrnwy Half Marathon

Club Championship

28th July

Whippets all over the place in yesterday's parkruns. No pbs to report.


23rd July

Despite the very hot humid conditions 26 Whippets turned out for race 3 in the Summer Handicap. Thomas Prince was first across the line while Rob Weston (13:37) and Vicky Hopwood (16:11) set best times. There was a small change at the top of the table with Jen O'Reilly moving above Adam Hollins to take the lead - but there are still a good number of people who could claim the top spot after the final race on the 6th August. 48 members have taken part so far this year.

Summer Handicap

22nd July

Michelle Purcell ran the Aintree 5k yesterday. Despite being rammed from behind by a wheelchair athlete she still managed to set a new pb and finish first in her age category. Her performance also means she picks up a Black Mug this Autumn. Well done, Michelle!

22nd July

Nine Whippets took part in last Wednesday's Vic Musgrove 5k. This was the 5th race in the Telford AC Sexarathon series. With just one race to go, our best placed runners are Clarrie Hocknell 8th Senior Ladies, Jenny Stiles 11th V35 Ladies, Jo Grandfield 1st v55 Ladies and Mimi Owen 1st v60 Ladies. Good luck in the final race - the Harper Scarper 5k on the 4th Sep.

Clarrie also set a new 5k pb. Well, done!

21st July

Saturday's parkruns included a club championship event at Shrewsbury which saw Carol Fowles, Ali Hunter and Christine Nixon all set new pbs. Well done, folks.

The next championship event is the Helena Tipping 10k next weekend at Wrexham.

Club Championship

Als yesterday, James Rainbow writes:

"Rob Ingham, Peter Holmes and myself took our fell racing to new heights yesterday, as we raced in the Ras Ryngwladol yr Wyddfa (Snowdon International Race). It was ~9.5 miles from Llanberis to the summit of Snowdon and back down again including ~1000 M of climbing. It was race 4 in the World Mountain Running Association World Cup series, so there were plenty of international elite runners at the front and it was frightening how fast they were! It was a cracking (but very tough) race and we were thrilled to have completed it."


Don't forget that Tuesday sees Round 3 of the Summer Handicap at the Mosquito Farm. Departing from the Rugby Club at 7 pm

19th July

Twenty-three Whippets took part in last night's Magic Mile, with Rob Weston just a tantalising two seconds away from setting a new club record - it will happen, Rob!  There were pbs for: Ashley Blakemore, Adrian Carvell, Victoria Hopwood, Jim Huggins, Christine Nixon, Paul Parkinson, Jill Shakeshaft, Valerie Smither, Julie Tew and Rob Weston. Vicky Hopwood's pb was also a club Age Record - the Club record is held by Leah Leonard. Just spotted that Rob Sharam also set an Age Record in the mile the other week. Well done, all!


The mile was part of the Club Championship and the top 3 are currently:


  1. Shaun Burgess
  2. Jon Morgan
  3. Saul Mellor


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

Last week's Shrewsbury parkrun was also supposed to be a club championship event but was cancelled. This Saturday's parkrun will count instead, as will the one on the 3rd August.

Club Championship

14th July

With the Shrewsbury parkrun cancelled, Whippets were in action all over the place. No pbs to report.


13th July

Relay photos can now be found here.

Many thanks to Charlotte of Charlotte Giddings Photography ( for taking such great pictures for us.

Wednesday night saw Peter Holmes, Rob Ingham and James Rainbow continue to get ready for the cross country season by contesting the Stiperstones Fell race.

12th July

The relay at Alderford Lake last night was another great success with 120 teams running. I had my head down setting runnners off, so I'm waiting for more comprehensive reports! I didn't make it to the presentations either, so at the moment I've no idea who won what. But I hope you all had a great time and enjoyed the post race shower we laid on.

It was great to see so many club members helping out or running.

Anyway, just to let you know that results have now been posted. Photos may take a day or three.

Relay Results

First Male team came from Oswestry Olympians (Tom Heard, Oliver Blade and Peter Butler)

First Female team were "Tag Chicks" (Sabrina Thomas, Ceri Card and Tracie Truman)

First Mixed team were "Purple Reign" (John Park, Andrew Carter and Ellie Robinson)

First Community team were "Whitchurch Wasps" (Mike Gibbs, Cameron Prendergast and Oliver Fox)

As far as Whippets teams fared. Our best result came in the Mixed category where team "Lady and Two Tramps" (Dean Richards, Saul Mellor and Leah Leonard) placed a magnificent second. Leah Leonard also looks to have been the second fasted lady runner of the day. Nice one, folks!

Our best placed men's team were 20th (Shaun Burgess, Michael Starkey and James Gresty) while our best placed ladies team were 15th (Michelle Read, Michelle Purcell and Katie Webster). I can't post individual results as I'm not 100% certain that I can rely on the names or legs run all being correct.

11th July

Relay day! I hope everyone has a great time and/or a good run. See you all at Alderford Lake.

8th July

The Alderley Edge10k yesterday saw eight Whippets running. Paul Parkinson and Jenny Stilles were our first runners back. There were pbs for Sarah Berry, Geoff Handley and Paul Parkinson, well done all.


It's a busy week, with chips and the Club AGM tomorrow and the Relay at Alderford Lake on Thursday.

7th July

There were pbs for Sarah Castin and Thomas Prince at Shrewsbury on Saturday. Whippets were also running at Erddig, Henley Wood, Penrith and Newborough Forest.

3rd July

Handicap standings have now been calculated and it's brewing up to be a good contest. Last night saw 18 more Whippets join the fray. 42 Whipets have nor run at least one race. The current top 3 are:

1.  Adam Hollins

2= Jen O'Reilly

2=  Paul Parkinson

The next race is on the 23rd July

Summer Handicap

2nd July

The second round of the Summer handicap attracted 30 members and a stray Aussie over to the Chairman's mosquito farm. Not satisfied with the handicappers official handicap, three runners decided to further handicap themselves by having a long warm up so they could start even later than their given start times. Very sporting chaps - but I wouldn't do it again! The fastest run of the day came from our Australian guest Keelan Birch who got round even faster than the recorded 13:53!  Fastest lady was Vicky Hopwood.

The times people that ran are on the results page. The handicap standings will be updated later and posted by lunchtime tomorrow.


1st July

You'll have to let me know if I've missed you off the Tilston 10k results - I so hate results that don't include club name! Anyway, I've done my best. As far as the race goes, it looks like Saul Mellow was first Whippet home in 10th place setting a new pb. Well done, Saul. Our first lady home looks like having been Heather Stewart.

30th June

Wednesday night saw the 4th race in the Telford AC Sexarathon Series - the Ironbridge 4. Eight whippets ran. With just two races to go, our women are doing particularly well with Jo Grandfield Leading the LV55 Category and Mimi Owen the LV60 Category. There are mixed fortunes elsewhere.

Yesterday saw Nikki Shingler notch up her 50th Parkrun at the Wammy. As is common with most Whippet events cake was involved! Well done, Nikki! Adam Richards was also in good shape at the Wammy - the only Whippet to post a pb on Saturday. Nice one, Adam.


Don't forget that Tuesday sees round 2 in our Summer Handicap at John Dillon's place. Meeting at Rugby Club 7pm prompt to share lifts

27th June

I thought that you'd like to know how you're doing with regard to Club Standards. The table below shows the level you have currently reached this year - it may or may not be better than a standard you've reached before! If you're not shown, then you have not recorded a race result at three different valid distances.

Club Standards

Nikki Shingler Red Linda Callaghan Blue Liz Rankin Black
Charlotte Dolphin Yellow Janice Eastwood Blue Natalie Stevenson Black
Katie Prince Yellow Paul Evans Blue Dave Thornton Black
Sarah Berry Green Elizabeth Featherstone Blue David Bowie Bronze
Julie Collins Green Gary Gray Blue Keith Cotton Bronze
Georgina Fowles Green Duncan Meredith Blue Libby Dudleston Bronze
Sarah Gill Green Simon Phillips Blue Rachael Foster Bronze
Lyndsey Cotton Purple Michelle Purcell Blue Charlotte Giddings Bronze
Gillian Fowles Purple Simon Roberts Blue Peter Holmes Bronze
Julie Hollins Purple Marcus Somerfield Blue Ali Hunter Bronze
Martin Lane Purple Michael Starkey Blue Dean Richards Bronze
Fiona Leatham Purple Jenny Stiles Blue Richard Stewart Bronze
Sarah Musgrove Purple Sue Evans Black Paul White Bronze
Janice Owen Purple John Haley Black Jonathan Morgan Silver
James Rainbow Purple Clarrie Hocknell Black Robert Sharam Silver
Heather Stewart Purple Simon Huxley Black Shaun Burgess Gold
Claire Stewart Purple Robert Ingham Black Leah Leonard Gold
Odilia Briceno Plummer Blue Saul Mellor Black Mimi Owen Gold

26th June

It was perfect conditions for a fast run in last night's Magic Mile. Rob Weston was first home in 4:55 just missing the club record by a few seconds. There were over 30 pbs set! It was also the biggest field for a club event with 54 running eclipsing the previous best of 33.


After the excitement of the mile we returned to the rugby club to find ourselves locked out. After enjoying all of Liz Featherstone's cup cakes it was decided that we'd postpone the AGM to another day.


25th June

After the Magic Mile, it's chips and the club AGM tonight.


1. Welcome

2.Apologies for absence.

3.Chairman's Report.

4.Treasurer's Report and presentation of the budget.

5.Change to Constitution. Increasing number of Ordinary Committee Members.

The committee have discussed increasing the number of Ordinary Committee Members. It is proposed to increase the number from Eight to Ten. Consequently the following motion, proposed by John Dillon and seconded by Dean Richards will be put to the AGM.

"It is proposed that the Club Committee shall consist of Four Honorary Officers and not more than Ten Ordinary Committee Members"

Should this motion be passed the Club Constitution will need to be amended. As this is a change to the Club Constitution a majority of at least two thirds of the people present(and eligible to vote) is needed to pass this motion.

6. Election of Chairman and Treasurer. Both standing for re-election unopposed.

Re-election of Six Ordinary Committee members. All standing unopposed. Fiona Leatham, Jen Spencer, Cathy McCallister,Liz Featherstone,Keith Cotton and Adam Richards.

Election of Four/Two (depending on the outcome of item 5) new Ordinary Committee members. Katie Webster,Janice Eastwood,Nikki Shingler and Dave Thornton.

7. Ratification of President.

8. A.O.B

1. The Club would like to Thank outgoing Committee members John Rowlands and James Rainbow for their contribution to the Club over many years.

2. Presentation of Winter Handicap Trophy.


The Chairman's Report, Treasurer's report and Accounts are here:


Chairman's Report Treasurer's Report Financial Statements

24th June

Yesterday saw seven Whippets contest the Colshaw Hall 10k. No pbs to report.


23rd June

There were just a few Whippets out to play yesterday at:Shrewsbury, Birkenhead, Erddig and the Whammy. Geoff Handley set a new pb at Shrewsbury - well done!


22nd June

Just to let you know that Shrewsbury Parkruns on the 29th June and 13th July have been cancelled. These were Championship qualifying events. Shrewsbury Parkruns on the 20th July and 3rd August will now be the championship events.

Club Championship

20th June

John Dillon writes:

Oswestry Olympians are holding their Chirk Castle Relays on Thursday 15th August @ 7:00pm. Like last year the club will be paying the team entry fees. Please can you email your teams of 3 to I need your age and UKA reg. number as well. Hopefully we can get another great turnout for this event. Thanks. John.


17th June

There was a good turn out for the Shropshire 4 race on Wednesday in the Telford A, C Sexarathon series with 9 Whippets running. I'll catch up with series standings later. Yesterday saw John Haley and Malcolm Myles-Hook do the Stone 10k. On Saturday, Shaun Burgess, Michael Starkey and Julie Collins completed the Barmouth 10.

This weeks report comes from Fi Leatham and surely qualifies for race report of the year!

The Comrades Marathon

On the 9th June I took part in the Comrades Marathon in South Africa. Billed as the Ultimate Human Race this 55 mile ultra began in 1921, originally run by 34 people to commemorate their fallen comrades in the First World War. The route goes either up from Durban to Pietermaritzburg or in alternate years the other direction from Pietermaritzburg to Durban.

There are a few unique things about Comrades:

There is a strict 12 hours cut off with a further 6 cut offs earlier along the route. At exactly 12 hours after the race started, a gun is fired the finish line is closed, anyone after this time is prevented from finishing, even if they are on the finishing straight just one second away.

The Comrades route changes direction each year and is either an up or a down run, the up run having 6000 ft of elevation in 87 kilometres while the down run is a mere 4000 ft of climb but is longer at 90k.

The route is marked in kilometres but rather than the counting up as in a traditional race, the K makers count down, so the first to be seen on the up run is a mere 86k to go.

Five of the hills on the route are named hill due to their severity, Cowies, Fields, Bothas, Inchanga (literally meaning blade of a knife) and Polly Shorts, but they say it’s the unnamed hills that you need to watch out for.

A special back to back medal is awarded to those runners who complete a ‘back to back’ returning to run in the other direction the year after their first completion.

Normally up to half the field finish in the last hour, this year 65% of the finishers finished in 10-12 hours.

Race numbers are printed with the number of previous finishes a runner has achieved. The highest I saw on route was an incredible 47 finishes. Once a runner has completed 10 runs they are awarded with a Green number which is theirs for life, they can even be handed down in the family.

At the Expo I met several people who shared their tales of previous Comrades, including a Canadian who returned for a 3rd time after being cut off in his previous two attempts. I took in all the advice I could from those I spoke to who had run before, I also met the coach at the expo who’s plan I had been ‘following’ since Christmas.

On race day with a 5.30am start we had to be in the pens by about 5am. The pens are seeded A – H depending on your qualifying marathon time, I was in pen F so I knew it would take about 8 minutes to cross the start line. Soon it was time for the South Africa’s national anthem and then the traditional song Shosholoza which is translated ‘Go Forward’. With the sound of the cock crow and cannon fire the race started and we ran out of Durban into the darkness as it was another hour before the sun would start to rise.

All along the route their was tremendous support even with the early start the streets out of the city were lined with people and this continued throughout the route. Supporters were happy to hand you anything needed along the way, I can remember one lady offering me an ice lolly at one point which I gratefully accepted, another bravely took off my shoe and sock at the top of Polly Shortts when I had so much pain from a toenail that I thought it was completely detached.

I had my pace strategy planned before the race, start slowly, run/walking the largest hills and leaving enough time to walk the whole of Polly Shortts as I had been advised by Bruce Fordyce (9 times winner) a couple of days before. Pretty much everything went to plan, I didn’t manage to eat as much as planned and really got through the whole thing on less than half a banana alongside the gels I had with me. Although I had things left at tables around the route I only grabbed the Fruit Pastilles I had stashed and gave them to some children from the Ethembeni School for the disabled who lined the path outside the school. It was along day out and the hills didn’t disappoint, the pace buses did a tremendous job of pulling us along and getting me up those long inclines.

With every step being another nearer to the finish, I eventually saw the green grass of the finish at Scottsville Racecourse and could hear the crowd from about a kilometre away. I nearly stopped to take a photo of the final marker which said 1k to go but thought better of it in favour of keeping moving.

I finally crossed the line with a time of 11:36:33 and the noise from the spectators was truly unbelievable. I stayed around to hear the final countdown to the 12hour cut off, and the quiet that followed the final gun as those who hadn’t made it still worked their way into the racecourse.

I later found out that my chip time was 11:27:20 so nearly 9 minutes lost by the seeding at the start, I am over the moon with my result as I had hoped to just finish and realise that there was no certainty in that. Well they say that you haven’t run Comrades until you have run it both directions, so will I go back for the back to back medal next year? Watch this space…

For the record the cut offs were:

Pinetown 18.5k, (cut off 2:40:00, my time 2:30:40)
Winston Park 29.5k (cut off 4:30:00, my time
Drummond (not quite half way) 43.05k (cut off 6:10:00, my time 5:39:13)
Cato Ridge 56.8k (cut off 8:10:00, my time 7:30:16)
Umlaas Road 67k (cut off 9:30:00, my time 8:58:21)
Polly Shortts 79.2k (cut off 11:10:00, my time 10:36:24)
Finish 86.83k (cut off 12 hours, my time 11:36:33)

16th June

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

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

14th June

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


Club Championship

11th June

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10th June

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

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

Club Championship

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

Club Standards

9th June

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

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

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

Summer Handicap

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


7th June

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

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

4th June

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


3rd June

Mimi Owen writes:

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

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

2nd June

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


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

Summer Handicap

29th May

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


26th May

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

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

Well done, all.

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

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


21st May

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

20th May

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

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

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


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


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

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

Club Championship

19th May

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

James Rainbow writes:

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

Sadly, James adds:

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

18th May

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

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

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

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


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


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

The next qualifying race is Sunday's Chester Half Marathon

Club Championship

13th May

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

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

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

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

12th May

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


10th May

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

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


7th May

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

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

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

6th May

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

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

Just in:

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


5th May

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

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


29th April

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

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


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


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

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

Club Championship


25th April

James Rainbow reports that:

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


24th April

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

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


23rd April

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


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


Shaun Burgess

Jon Morgan

Dean Richards


Leah Leonard

Rachael Foster

Sue Evans

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

Club Championship

21st April

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


15th April

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

Order forms can be downloaded from the Kit page:

Club Kit

14th April

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

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


9th April

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

8th April

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


7th April

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


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

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

 Well done, all of you.

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


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


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

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

Club Championship

2nd April

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

See you later for cake!

31st March

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

Let me know if you have raced elsewhere.

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

28th March

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

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

See you all next week.

25th March

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


There was a long list of pbs:

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

Well done, one and all!

The top 3 in the Championship now looks like this:


Leah Leonard
Natalie Stevenson
Fiona Leatham


Shaun Burgess
Dean Richards
Dave Thornton

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

Club Championship

24th March

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

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

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

18th March

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

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

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

Club Championship

Let me know if you raced elsewhere.

17th March

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


14th March

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

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

To find out more click here Course Info

12th March

Fiona Leatham writes:

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

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

11th March

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

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


10th March

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

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

4th March

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

Rob writes:

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

3rd March

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

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

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

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


25th February

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

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



24th February

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


18th February

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

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

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


1. Paul White

2. Shaun Burgess

3. Richard Stewart


1. Mimi Owen

2. Leah Leonard

3. Rachael Foster

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

Club Championship

17th February

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

11th February

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

10th February

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

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

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


9th February

Winter Handicap Organiser James Rainbow writes:

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

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

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

Winter Handicap

4th February

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

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

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

Cross Country

3rd February

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

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

27th January

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

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

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


20th January

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

18th January

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

17th January

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

16th January

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

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

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

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

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

15th January

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

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

Cross Country

13th January

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

8th January

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

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

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

7th January

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


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


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

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

2nd January

Happy New Year, Whippets!

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

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