Results for January to June 2019

  • Men’s Surrey League Cross Country, Lloyd Park, 9 February 2019 14-02-19
  • VAC Cross Country Championships and Masters Open race, Wimbledon Common 19 January 2019 28-01-19
  • Men’s Surrey League Cross Country, Oxshott Woods, 12 January 2019 20-01-19 

Men’s Surrey League Cross Country, Lloyd Park, 9 February 2019

Most of the VAC team. Barry Attwell , Gary Budinger, Ian Strong, Lloyd Bevan, Ian Kitching, Joe Aspinall (1732), Martin Garrett, Andy Murray, Dan Maskell, Tony Harran

Carey Gray, ran every match since 2011                         
Gary Budinger, ran in all four matches

Ian Kitching, top ranked M60                                                                           
Ian Strong

Dan Maskell, followed by Martin Garrett                                           
Dan Maskell, fell in the mud
Above photos from Cate Berry

Eleven VAC men lined up at Lloyd Park for the final match of the series. The rain held off but the course was tough, featuring the usual long muddy stretches and slippery hills. Barry Attwell led the team home and was the first M60 in the combined Division 3/4 race. He was followed by Ian Kitching, the first M65 and winner of the overall M60 trophy. Next was Carey Gray who extended his attendance to seven complete seasons without missing a match. His times have been remarkably consistent too. Gary Budinger also competed in every match this season. The remaining VAC runners dug deep and held their places. Unluckily, Dan Maskell tripped and fell full-length on the second lap but finished strongly and undeterred, covered in mud.

Despite having a full team, VAC finished 11th out of the 12 teams in the Division. This position was also our overall standing after the four matches.

Thanks go to Paddy Clark, the VAC team manager, for his organisation and encouragement as well as being a reliable marshal at each race.

VAC Placings, Division Four, Lloyd Park
Pos. Time Name Age Group
54 36:31 Barry Attwell M60
66 37:20 Ian Kitching M65
69 37:36 Carey Gray M55
85 39:07 Tony Harran M55
104 40:47 Lloyd Bevan M55
109 41:18 Gary Budinger M55
129 45:11 Andy Murray M65
134 46:48 Dan Maskell M70
137 48:19 Martin Garrett M65
139 50:59 Ian Strong M55
141 64:42 Joe Aspinall M80
142 finishers (285 in combined race)
Division Four Team Results at Lloyd Park Overall Pos.
4 matches
1 Sutton Runners 311 1
2 Tri Surrey 339 5
3 Elmbridge 340 3
4 Tadworth AC 367 2
5 Lingfield Runners 370 4
6 Windrush 512 6
7 Horley Harriers 726 7
8 British Airways 742 9
9 Holland Sports AC 754.5 8
10 Barnes Runners 850.5 10
11 VAC 859 11
12 Epsom Oddballs 1089 12

Full results of the Division 3/4 match and team placings are here.

VAC Cross Country Championships and Masters Open race, Wimbledon Common 19 January 2019

The start. Winner, Richard McDowell (127) and 2nd placed, Paul Cheetham (149), to the fore

Richard Pitcairn-Knowles, Ann Bath, John Carter, Dan Maskell and Maurice Marchant

Richard McDowell, men's Champion                                            
Sue McDonald, women's Champion

Nikki Sturzaker, 2nd woman, and Andy Del Nevo

VAC President, Peter Torre, and Anna Garnier, W60 Champion

Above photos from Cliff Hide. Cliff has more photos and is happy to supply J-Peg copies to runners. Email him at

Fifty nine VAC members and guests competed on Wimbledon Common on a cold, overcast, afternoon. Earlier in the day, marking the course had been thwarted by tree felling alongside the Beverley Brook forcing the closure of the track and a rerouting of the course into the playing fields on the other side of the brook. The new route probably added a couple of hundred metres to the 7.5km (around 4.5 miles) course, but some said that the grassland was preferable to the alternative tree roots and mud.

Richard McDowell (M35) held off the persistent challenge of Paul Cheetham (M45) to become the Men’s Champion by a margin of 13 seconds. Robin Jones (M45) was less than 30 seconds behind in third, followed by the M55 Guest Gold medallist, Robert McHarg from SCVAC. Other Gold medallists were Dan Hallam (M40), Terry Booth (M50), Mark Tennyson (VAC M55), Steve Smythe (M60), Gerry Smith (M65), Peter Giles (M70), Doug Milsom (M75), Joe Aspinall (M80) and Richard Pitcairn-Knowles (M85).

Sue McDonald was the Women’s Champion and W50 Gold medallist in a very fast time of 30:14. Nikki Sturzaker (W45 Gold) was thirty seconds behind, followed by Lucy Woolhouse (W55 Gold). Other Gold medallists were Sue Belcher (W40), Anna Garnier (W60), Margaret Moody (W65) and Lesley Bowcott (W70).

Times were not counted for course records because of the course diversion, which is disappointing for Joe Aspinall and Sue McDonald whose times would have set new VAC M80 and W50 course records.

Race results are here.

Race results, age category positions and medallists are here.

Men’s Surrey League Cross Country, Oxshott Woods, 12 January 2019

Most of the VAC team. Barry Attwell , Ian Strong, Dan Maskell, Lloyd Bevan, Gary Budinger, Carey Gray, Vic Maughn, Andy Murray, Richard Batchelor, Alan Lane, Paddy Clark

Edward Lambert, first VAC

Richard Batchelor (1702)

Carey Gray                                                                           
Dan Maskell

Lloyd Bevan

Above photos from Martin Berry

The third match of the Men's Surrey League took place on a tough course in Oxshott Woods with three repetitions of a steep hill which was long enough to hurt each time. Some regular runners were absent but newcomers scored well to give VAC a respectable presence. Twelve men started but bad luck and wise decisions made a final tally of eight finishers. First home for VAC was newcomer, Edward Lambert, followed by Richard Batchelor, both well up in the field. Regulars, Carey Gray and Gary Budinger were next, closely followed by Lloyd Bevan, making his VAC Surrey League debut. Dan Maskell, usually seen race-walking, made a welcome return to the team. Ian Strong brought VAC home with his usual determination and great enthusiasm.

VAC's team were 11th out of the 12 clubs in Division 4. Overall, after three matches, we are also in 11th position. To move up the table, we need a good turnout at Lloyd Park, Croydon, on 9 February. 

VAC Placings, Division Four, Oxshott Woods

Pos. Time Name Age Group
23 34:00 Edward Lambert M40
35 35:45 Richard Batchelor M40
92 40:28 Carey Gray M55
135 44:13 Gary Budinger M55
137 44:17 Lloyd Bevan M55
154 47:20 Andy Murray M65
160 49:08 Dan Maskell M70
163 52:24 Ian Strong M55
DNF Vic Maughn M55
DNF Barry Attwell M60
DNF Peter Giles M70
DNF Alan lane M80
164 finishers (328 in combined race)
Division Four Team Results at Oxshott Woods Overall Pos.
3 matches
1 Sutton Runners 302 1
2 Elmbridge 356 3
3 Windrush 377 7
4 Lingfield Runners 452 4
5 Tadworth AC 479 2
6 Horley Harriers 594 6
7 Tri Surrey 614 5
8 Barnes Runners 658 9
9 Holland Sports AC 688 8
10 British Airways 749 10
11 VAC 902 11
12 Epsom Oddballs 1089 12

Full results of the Division 3/4 match and team placings are here.