Results for January to June 2024

  • VAC and EMAC Indoor Track and Field Championships, Lee Valley, 11 February 2024 17-02-24
  • Women's Surrey League Cross Country, Lloyd Park, 10 February 2024 14-02-24
  • Men's Surrey League Cross Country, Lloyd Park, 10 February 2024 22-02-24
  • VAC Cross Country Championships and Masters Open race, Wimbledon Common, 20 January 2024 26-01-24
  • Women's Surrey League Cross Country, Oxshott, 13 January 2024 18-01-24
  • Men's Surrey League Cross Country, Oxshott, 13 January 2024 17-01-24

VAC and EMAC Indoor Track and Field Championships, Lee Valley, 11 February 2024


Men's M35-M55 1500m with race winner Chris Loudon (130) quick off the mark

  
Alexandra Marginean W35 Shot                                            
Charmaine Johnson W60 Long Jump

 
Clare Elms W60 3000m                                                         
Peter Giles M75 3000m

 
Mike Vassiliou M60 60m                                                        
Allan Long M80 60m

 
Liz Amos W45 200m                                                               
Gary Palmer M55 Long Jump

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At least 100 VAC members competed in a highly competitive joint indoor championships with Eastern Masters AC. Twenty eight VAC Indoor Championship Best Performances were recorded including two from Allan Long (M80 60m and 200m), Liz Amos (W45 200m and 400m), Vaughan Ramsay (M50 High Jump and Triple Jump) and Alexandra Marginean (W35 High Jump and Shot). 

Here are the  Results on Power of Ten.

Here are VAC's Individual Results and Medallists.



Women's Surrey League Cross Country, Lloyd Park, 10 February 2024


VAC's women's team: Ros, Jo, Lisa, Viv, Sarah, Vera, Catherine

 
Lisa Thomas                                                                            
Jo Quantrill

 
Vera Blei                                                                                   
Sarah Allen

 
Catherine Porter                                                                       
Viv Mitchell (399) Ros Tabor
Photos from Helen Davies

The full results are on the Surrey League website.

VAC Placings, Division Two, Lloyd Park, 10 February 2024
Pos. Time Name Age Group
39 41:08 Lisa Thomas W55
74 44:38 Jo Quantrill W65
94 49:29 Vera Blei W50
95 49:49 Viv Mitchell W60
98 50:01 Ros Tabor W70
115 54:19 Sarah Allen W60
116 54:45 Catherine Porter W55
131 finishers in Div 2 (231 in combined race with Div 3)



Men's Surrey League Cross Country, Lloyd Park, 10 February 2024


Most of VAC's men's team after the race

 
John Foley                                                                                  
Bruce McLaren

 
Malcolm Davies                                                                         
Martin Evans, M70

 
Charles Hampden-Smith                                                       
Felix Allen

 
John Carter, M80                                                                     
Dan Maskell, M75
Photos from Helen Davies

A team of 20 faced the sloshy mud of Lloyd Park in the final match of the season. The preceding wet week had made the course typically waterlogged and heavy going. John Foley was VAC's first finisher in 13th position in Division Four, followed by Peter Lee in 14th and Malcolm Davies in 27th. VAC's first ten scorers packed well and all were in the top 70 positions. Newcomer, Felix Allen, was welcomed in the 6th scoring position. The B team was led home by John Foss. VAC's 20th man, John Carter, recently celebrated his 80th birthday, and there were plenty of men behind him at Lloyd Park.

On the day, VAC finished in third place behind Sutton Striders and Clapham Pioneers, who as newcomers to the Surrey League, were determined to secure promotion. VAC's full B team of ten had much better strength in depth than the rival clubs and was a fantastic first on the day. 

The full results at Lloyd Park are on the   Surrey League website .

Overall, after four matches, VAC finished third in Division Four, tantalisingly close to promotion to Division Three, missing out by just 7 points, the narrowest of margins. VAC's combined score was 1656. The score of Clapham Pioneers in second place was 1649.

Here are the final scores of the 2023/24 season: Surrey League Cross-Country

Thank you to the 39 men who played a part in VAC's splendid season. Four of them ran in all four matches: Malcolm Davies, Chris Lee, Andy Mitchelson and Dan Maskell. Eleven ran in three of the matches. In the League's age category awards, VAC's M60-69 runners dominated the rankings with the top three places going to Charles Hampden-Smith, Richard Evans and Ebe Prill, with John Foss fifth (first M65). Malcolm Davies was fourth in the highly competitive M50-59 category and was the second M55 in the listing.  

A massive vote of thanks goes to Paddy Clark, the Team Manager, first there at the matches and the last to leave. He provided the numbers, groundsheets, gazebo and most importantly the support and encouragement essential to the great team spirit.

VAC Placings, Division Four, Lloyd Park, 10 February 2024
Pos. Time Name Age Group
13 33:30 John Foley M55
14 34:23 Peter Lee M55
27 35:42 Malcolm Davies M55
30 35:52 Bruce McLaren M55
35 36:23 Charles Hampden-Smith M60
44 37:33 Felix Allen M50
52 38:29 Ebe Prill M60
53 38:36 Richard Evans M60
56 39:06 Ben Revill M50
68 40:17 Duncan Rimmer M45
70 40:21 john Foss M65
80 41:23 Chris Lee M60
97 43:55 Mike Mann M75
107 45:26 Andy Mitchelson M55
110 46:29 Clive Walker M65
113 48:07 Dave West M65
118 50:11 Andy Murray M70
123 52:21 Dan Maskell M75
127 53:49 Martin Evans M70
132 55:58 John Carter M80
142 finishers (317 in combined race)
Division Four Team Results at Lloyd Park
Points Overall Pos.
1 Sutton Striders 184 1 (846 score)
2 Clapham Pioneers 217 2 (1649 score)
3 VAC 376 3 (1656 score)
4 Lingfield Running Club 539 5 (2466 score)
5 Dulwich Park Runners 572 7
6 Collingwood 694.5 6
7 Horley Harriers 718 8
8 Runnymede 821 10
9 Epsom Oddballs 825 12
10 Sutton Runners 844 4 (2444 score)
11 British Airways 844 9
12 Chessington Unity RC 931 11
13 Windrush Tri Club 1120 13
14 Waverley AC 1184.5 14



VAC Cross Country Championships and Masters Open race, Wimbledon Common, 20 January 2024


The start of the race

 
Richard McDowell Race Winner                                           
Jani Kraner 2nd place

 
Matilde Lomba 1st Woman                                                   
Nikki Sturzaker 2nd Woman

 
Mark Tennyson 1st M60                                                        
Tony Pamphilon 1st M65

 
Lucy Woolhouse (95) Vikki Filsell (24)                                  
Catherine Porter

 
Steve Smythe                                                                          
Madeleine Armstrong-Plieth

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Here are the Category Results

Here are the  Individual Results

There were 78 finishers in VAC’s annual cross country championship held on the same 4.75 mile course as last year. Richard McDowell (M40) led from the start to defend his 2023 champion’s title with another emphatic victory. His time of 25:30 was one second quicker this year despite more slippery conditions down to and around the Queensmere pond. Jani Kraner (M40) was second, one minute behind Richard and nearly a minute ahead of third placed Steve Winder, the first M50. Three of Steve’s Epsom & Ewell clubmates followed in quick succession, claiming the M45 Gold, Silver and Bronze medals. In ninth place, Mark Tennyson again won Gold but this year in the M60 age group. Mark’s time of 29:07 earned him the best men’s age-graded performance of 89.5%. Other age group winners were Michael Tay (M35), Mike Webber (M55), Tony Pamphilon (M65), Peter Kennedy (M70) and Mike Mann (M75). 

Matilde Lomba (W35) of Hercules Wimbledon was the women’s winner in 30:52, overhauling Nikki Sturzaker (W50), last year’s winner who ran quicker this year. Madeleine Armstrong-Plieth (W40) was a good third just ahead of Rachel Berry (W50). Vikki Filsell and Lucy Woolhouse retained the W55 and W60 trophies which they had won in the 2023 championship. Lucy’s time translated to the best age-graded performance of the day at 90.8%. Other Gold medals were won by Rebecca Pickard (W45), Jo Quantrill (W65) and Jane Georghiou (W70). 


Women's Surrey League Cross Country, Oxshott, 13 January 2024


The start of the women's Division 2/3 race

 
Lucy Woolhouse, 1st VAC                                                       
Anna Garnier

 
Vera Blei                                                                                    
Gina Coulson

 
Lesley Bowcott                                                                         
Viv Mitchell

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VAC’s women’s team competed strongly at the third match of the season at Oxshott Woods on the course tackled earlier in the day by the men’s team. The two and a half lap, 4.8 mile, undulating route made its way through woods and sandy heathland, twice up a notoriously steep hill. The course was riddled with tree roots which caused a fair number of trips and falls. 

Nine VAC women started the race but one was forced to withdraw with a badly turned ankle after falling on a tree root. Three other team members also fell but could carry on. 

Lucy Woolhouse again was VAC’s first finisher in 39th position in Division 2. She is comfortably in the lead in the Division’s W60 rankings. Second for VAC was Lisa Thomas, followed by Anna Garnier, Gina Coulson and Vera Blei in the scoring positions. Ros Tabor, Viv Mitchell and Lesley Bowcott made up the B team.  

VAC’s A team was 13th on the day and sits in 8th position overall after three matches.

The full results are on the   Surrey League website.

VAC Placings, Division Two, Oxshott Woods, 13 Jan 2024
Pos. Time Name Age Group
39 35:50 Lucy Woolhouse W60
67 38:26 Lisa Thomas W55
83 39:28 Anna Garnier W65
123 44:02 Gina Coulson W65
127 44:19 Vera Blei W50
135 46:10 Ros Tabor W70
140 46:38 Viv Mitchell W60
171 58:43 Lesley Bowcott W75
175 finishers in Div 2 (327 in combined race with Div 3)


Men's Surrey League Cross Country, Oxshott, 13 January 2024 


VAC's Men's Team

 
Richard Batchelor, 1st VAC                                                     
Jim Carrington

 
Stewart Bond                                                                            
Liam O'Hare

 
Andy Murray                                                                             
Andy Mitchelson

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The weather was fine but cold for VAC’s third Surrey League match of the season at Oxshott Woods. The course had been described as “treacherous” by the organiser in the start-line briefing. It was a fitting description. Tree roots throughout were a constant hazard and great care was needed.

Twenty men finished for VAC, making everyone a scorer. The “A” team of ten were a good third. The “B” team of the next ten went even better and placed first on the day.

Richard Batchelor once again was the first VAC finisher in an excellent 14th place in Division Four. He was followed by fast-finishing Peter Lee in 16th place. Then came newcomer, Jim Carrington, in 20th, also inside 32 minutes for the 4.8 mile course. Charles Hampden-Smith and Malcolm Davies were both in the top fifty, with Richard Evans, Ben Revill, Stewart Bond, Duncan Rimmer and Ebe Prill completing the scoring A team. John Foss led the B team, with every place counting in the scores.

Overall, VAC held onto second place in Division Four, but it’s tight. Two clubs are promoted to Division Three. The final match at Lloyd Park will be the decider.

The full results are on the Surrey League website.

VAC Placings, Division Four, Oxshott
Pos. Time Name Age Group
14 31:05 Richard Batchelor M45
16 31:21 Peter Lee M55
20 31:45 Jim Carrington M45
36 33:54 Charles Hampden-Smith M60
41 34:05 Malcolm Davies M55
59 35:34 Richard Evans M60
64 35:53 Ben Revill M50
74 36:49 Stewart Bond M50
75 36:50 Duncan Rimmer M45
79 37:07 Ebe Prill M60
96 38:28 john Foss M65
121 40:38 Chris Lee M60
126 41:28 Mike Mann M75
128 42:14 Andy Mitchelson M55
138 44:17 Martin Evans M70
142 45:31 Andy Murray M70
146 46:01 Gary Budinger M60
147 46:14 John Ryan M65
152 47:50 Liam O'Hare M75
158 50:27 Dan Maskell M75
167 finishers (341 in combined race)
Division Four Team Results at Oxshott
Points Overall Pos.
1 Clapham Pioneers 180 3
2 Sutton Striders 268 1
3 VAC 454 2
4 Collingwood 584 5
5 Runnymede 605 11
6 Lingfield Running Club 639 6
7 Sutton Runners 646 4
8 Dulwich Park Runners 748 8
9 Horley Harriers 762 7
10 British Airways 953 9
11 Windrush Tri Club 974 13
12 Epsom Oddballs 994 12
13 Chessington Unity RC 1015 10
14 Waverley AC 1048 14