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Selection for the British and Irish Masters Cross Country races in November 2017 

This year’s prestigious international races will take place in Londonderry, Northern Ireland on Saturday 18 November 2017. There are two men's races: one for the M35 to M45 age groups and the other for M50 to M60 age groups, contested over an 8km course. The women, together with the M65+ men, compete over a 6km course. 

The England team selectors will meet on Saturday 7 October 2017 to choose the team members and reserves. Teams will be selected for each 5 year age group from M35 to M75 and W35 to W70 by a committee of selectors representing each of the England Masters/ Veteran Area Clubs. Mike Mann will be VAC’s representative on the England Selection Committee. The closing date for applications for selection is Saturday 30 September 2017  


For each 5 year age group, four athletes will be selected to represent England. The same will apply to each of the other four participating countries: Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. 


Selection for the England team will be based on performances in 2017 on road, track, country and fells in any events endorsed by UK Athletics. Your best performances in 5k and 10k races will be used by the selectors to rank the athletes. The equivalent track distances and cross country races will also be taken into account. These will include BMAF and European Masters cross country, track, road and road relay performances. It is recommended that you list your best performances, including BMAF championship races, and seek out opportunities to compete in known fast races that will demonstrate your ability and current form for the selection in October.  

Please visit the England Athletics Masters Association
 (EAMA) website for application forms and further information, including a letter from Philip Lee, EAMA’s Cross Country Secretary. If you wish to apply for selection, please complete both the application form and the performance form.  


Paid-up members of VAC should send their completed forms, by post or email, to Mike Mann at the address below so that he receives them on or before 30 September 2017. Those sending their forms by email should ensure that they send an SAE to Mike Mann.


Mike Mann (VAC representative on the Selection Committee)
90 Crescent Lane,  

London SW4 9PL 

Email:  mcmann90@yahoo.co.uk

Mike will also answer any queries.


Virgin Money London Marathon: 23 April 2017

As an affiliated club, VAC is entitled to one entry to the 2017 London Marathon based on the number of first claim VAC members who are registered with England Athletics. Paid-up VAC members (whether or not first claim), should send (by email preferably) your name to the club Secretary, Ros Tabor, if you wish to be considered for the place. Priority may be given to first-claim members. Note that if selected, you will be required to pay the standard race entry fee.

Applications should reach Ros Tabor (by email to secretary@vetsac.org.uk or telephone 020 7701 2546) by 30 November 2016.




VAC Annual General Meeting
Thursday 18 September 2014 at 1901 Arts Club
Race Walking Secretary’s Report 
I am pleased to report that a full series of races has been held which included the 5km championship at Bexley hosted by Cambridge Harriers, the 7 miles championship at Picketts Lock hosted by Enfield & Haringey AC, the Middlesex, Surrey and Hertfordshire County 10,000m championships at Battersea Park track, the 3k championship at Ewell Court incorporated in the Surrey & Sussex Masters county championships, 2 Jack Fitzgerald Memorial Races of approx. 6m held in Tilgate Park, Crawley and the Summer series of 5 miles road races held at Battersea Park which included the 5 miles championship. All races have been reasonably well attended with a couple of exceptions and I am grateful for the assistance of Jeremy Hemming as Road Race Secretary in the administration of the races.
The result of each race was rapidly put on the VAC’s web site by Jeremy Hemming and no delays occurred. All entry fees have been passed to the Treasurer, and results sent to Race Walking Record, Enfield Walker & Essex Walker newsletters.
The 5 miles races at Battersea Park are traditionally spread over the Summer months from April to August held in conjunction with the road runners, and the weather was fine on most occasions. There were 22 competitors for the whole series, compared with 30 for the previous year. Some only managed one race and one managed to complete all 4 races, this year the April event had to be cancelled.
The judge for the 10k track was John Powell. It was won by Ian Richards of Steyning AC in 49:49, second was Steve Allen of Barnet guesting in 55:49.
The 5 miles championship on 10 June was won by Peter Ryan of Ilford AC in 43:12, with John Hall of Belgrave Harriers second in 47:11.
We were not able to field a team as hoped in the Inter Area match at Solihull on 20 July due to clashes with other meetings, Shaun Lightman of Surrey Walking Club was the sole representative.
The VAC track championships on 1 June included a 3k walk which attracted 12 participants, and was incorporated within the Surrey & Sussex Masters county championships, next year this fixture will be back to the usual date of August bank holiday Sunday.
VAC’s members have set records at the Euro and World Championships, which have been dominated by Ian Richards & Arthur Thomson, and John Hall among others continues his upwards trajectory, while prolific ultra distance walker Sandra Brown has set records at various distances and achieved high placings in Rotterdam, Belgium and Southend 24 hour events, on one occasion bettering the runners’ distance!
The Lester Cup was first awarded in 1962 and apart from the period between 2004 to 2008 when it was not awarded it has been won by many distinguished race walkers and club men. The winner this year is Paul King of Belgrave Harriers with 97 points, with Andy Cox of Hillingdon AC second [78 points]. The handicapper is Carl Lawton and I most grateful for his involvement.
We have been able to have a full list of officials in all our meetings and I am grateful for their presence and invaluable assistance.
In summary, the numbers are down on the previous year and the hope is for a greater turnout and participation by members in the forthcoming year.
David Hoben, VAC Race Walking Secretary 
Thank you letter from Help for Heroes for funds raised on Jack Fitzgerald Memorial Races, 14 June 2014.

Brave New World - Sprint Handicap Grand Prix:


Members select up to 12 sprint races from any Open Meetings on the web site or Vets League . Championship Events e.g. County Champs, Vets Champs and National and International Events excluded.

These are all acceptable for the Gibson trophy – Sprint Handicap Grand Prix: see news item dated 18 April

1. The number of any individual events between 100m and 400m

2. Times must be recorded on Power of 10

3. Points awarded will be posted based on any improvement against your handicap time generated from the last two years where available, this will not be age specific i.e. all ages against each other male and female

In addition please note that for other events (longer distances as well as field events) we will be posting further information for members as well as details other VAC Events.


Hi all
Re: 23rd February 2014 Interarea Match - Lee Valley 
Well done for all the fantastic performances and support that you gave each other today.
I'll forward individual results when they are released but below are the Team scores for the Women's, Men's and Overall match.  

I am very happy to report that we came a very comfortable third with 399 points, which is also a great improvement on last year's 271 points (also third). 
Women's Match
Men's Match
Overall Match


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John Bryant. Author of The London Marathon book and Chairman of the London Marathon Charitable Trust.

Sir Chris Chataway, 82 has died after suffering from cancer.
He held membership of VAC since 2006, as well as Thames Hare and Hounds, and competed cross country with the club.
Chataway was one of Britain's finest middle-distance runners in the 1950s and a member of the Olympic team in 1952 and 1956.
In May 1954, he helped Roger Bannister break the four-minute mile before achieving his own world record in the 5,000 metres four months later.
By the end of the year he had become the first person to be awarded the BBC's Sports Personality of the Year.
In 1959 he entered Parliament as a Conservative MP. He was made minister of Posts and Telecommunications (1970-1972) and Minister for Industrial Development (1972-1974). He then left politics for a career in the City.
From 1991 to 1996 he was chairman of the Civil Aviation Authority and was knighted in 1995.
He kept his passion for running alive and ran the Great North Run some three years ago.

CC Champs 18 January 2014
If the number of runners was low there was no shortage of quality. Four previous winners of seven titles lined up on a new course, closely modelled on the old Camp Road 4.8M course. The start and finish was the Hercules Wimbledon spot near the KRRC stone; the main loop was the old one so the main difference was two laps instead of three which had often been requested, not to mention cutting the run in and out from the start by Wilberforce School. 4.43 miles was the reading from Tony Austin's satnav watch.
In the reluctant absence of last year's Steve Norris who was off colour, it was a fifties dominated affair where few younger members would have troubled the winner.
Course expert and four timer, Vic Maughan led at the top of the hill with Tuohy on his heels and Mick Boyle nearby.
Emerging from the trees at the finish Tuohy blazed in with a five second lead on Boyle who was conceding three years.
New member Gary Ironmonger made a good start in VAC to be third, from Maughn and previous winner Len Reilly, of Kent AC.
In seventh place Mike Mann, 65, comfortably headed the rest to make his record here five age group wins.
Close eighth was Carey Gray, our Surrey League mainstay who travelled from Oxfordshire.
Then Andy Murray, ninth was first 60, and in time to greet his partner Ros Tabor.
W60 was keenly contested as Ros held previous three timer Maggie Statham and Jane Georghiou, who can boast a dozen group wins in VAC CC, by modest margins. So Dulwich Runners took five titles altogether, with Steph Burchill in W55.
Brian Shave, sporting his Herne Hill vest, proved strong longevity to gain his fourth gold in M75.
Thanks is due to the ample officials who ensured good order, based on Belgrave Hall.