Results for January 2018 on

  • EUROPEAN MASTERS NON STADIA CHAMPIONSHIPS ALICANTE 18 – 20 May 2018 24-05-18
  • VAC 10km road Championships, Sutton 10K, Nonsuch Park, 20 May 2018 24-05-18
  • Veterans AC 5M Road Race and Race Walk, 15 May 2018, Battersea Park 22-05-18
  • Veterans AC, Surrey, Herts and Middlesex 10k Track Championships, Battersea Park, London SW11 25 April 2018 30-04-18
  • VAC Members at the Virgin Money London Marathon, 22 April 2018 25-04-18
  • Veterans AC 5M Road Race and Race Walk, 17 April 2018, Battersea Park 20-04-18 
  • Cecil Gittins Memorial Walks, Cyclopark Gravesend, 14 April 2018 19-04-18 
  • European Masters Championships Indoors, Madrid 19-24 March 2018 5-04-18 
  • Croydon Harriers Invitational Cross Country, Lloyd Park, 17 March 2018 23-03-18 
  • VAC Indoor T&F Championships, Lee Valley, 25 February 2018  22-03-18 
  • Southern Counties Veterans AC Indoor Championships (incorporating Veterans AC Championships 3k walk), Lee Valley 18 February 2018 23-02-18 
  • VAC at South Norwood parkrun, 17 February 2018 18-02-18 
  • Men’s Surrey League Cross Country, Lloyd Park, 10 February 2018 13-02-18 
  • VAC Cross Country Championships and Masters Open race, Wimbledon Common 20 January 2018 28-01-18 

EUROPEAN MASTERS NON STADIA CHAMPIONSHIPS ALICANTE 18 – 20 MAY 2018

 

These championships for European over 35’s cover road and cross country runs plus road walks and are held every two years. This time they were held in Alicante, a pleasant, relaxed city on the south-east coast of Spain.

 

10K road walk Fri 18 May

This race was held on a 2k loop on a paved path beside the marina. Very picturesque but quite hard on the feet!

 

VAC RESULTS

Ian Richards - 1st M70 54:01, and part of gold medal M70 team

Fiona Bishop - part of bronze medal W40 team


10k road run Fri 18 May
The first running race was at 6 pm for women and m55 upward at San Juan, a few miles north of Alicante. The race route was two nearly flat laps, going up and down two side roads and a section of main road, involving 3 right turns and 3 u-turns per lap plus a u-turn between laps. The temperature was mid twenties with a breeze but the tarmac had been in the sun all day. We therefore set off at a conservative pace. We were fading a bit in the heat until making use of the later water stations to splash ourselves. Despite the u-turns it was difficult to spot all the age group leaders from their fronts.

 

VAC RESULTS

Pam Jones – 1st W80 1:09:10

Pauline Rich – 3rd W70 52:46, and part of gold medal W70 team

Ros Tabor – part of silver medal W65 team

Carol Lowes – part of bronze medal W40 team

Tony MacDowall – part of silver medal M35 team

 


3x2k Cross Country Relays Sat 19 May
Cross country relays are open to athletes entered by their nations, with GB offering a run to all interested, going down to B teams in age groups if necessary. The races were held inside the edge of a triangular park near the 10k course, on rough paths around 2 sides, then a couple of out and back sections on grass before completing the final side. There were a few kerbs and tree roots to avoid. Older men went at 9am, women at 10. The final race was for younger men. The main countries competing were hosts Spain, GB, Italy, Germany and Switzerland, who had loud cowbell-ringing supporters.

 

VAC RESULTS

Tony MacDowall – part of bronze medal M35 team

Kelvin Lowes – part of bronze medal M40 team

Mike Mann – part of gold medal M65 team

Sue McDonald – part of gold medal W50 team

Fiona Bishop – part of bronze medal W55 team

Ros Tabor – part of silver medal W65 team

Pauline Rich – part of silver medal W70 team

Patricia Cummins – part of silver medal W70 team

20K (women) 30K (men) road walk Sat 19 May

These races were on the same loop as the 10k walks.

 

VAC RESULTS

30k - Ian Richards 1st M70 3:01:20


Half Marathon Sun 20 May
This started at 8.30am on a partly cloudy morning, so no heat problems, from the seafront area of Alicante. The route was two 10.55k laps, going out near the port to the south, then back to a twisting tour inland of the city centre before hitting the coast road to the north and a  u-turn back to the start. There was a steady climb around 2k and descent near 7k.

 

VAC RESULTS

Ros Tabor - 3rd W65 1:46:16, and part of silver medal W65 team

Sue McDonald - part of silver medal W50 team

Mike Mann – part of bronze medal M65 team

 

Alicante offered a good choice of hotels, eating and drinking spots and very sunny weather. There were enough sights (castle, bullring, old town etc.) to cover in a weekend. As usual there was a big GB team, who were very sociable between events, although not making as much noise as the very keen Swiss. Races were mostly well-organised and sited but not particularly well-scrutinised by EMA officials and there were a few shortcomings, e.g. dangerous spots on xc course and inadequate portaloos. London has put in a bid for the next one to be held in Stratford QE2 Park in 2020 and hopefully they or the Italian counter-bidders can look after the athletes better.

 

Andy Murray and Ros Tabor




VAC 10km road Championships, Sutton 10K, Nonsuch Park, 20 May 2018

 
Ian Kitching, 1st M65                                                               
Terry O'Neill, 2nd M65


Maurice Marchant and Jim Brown, M65 competitors

On a fine sunny morning, sixteen VAC members took part in the Sutton 10K, a popular race with 448 finishers. The two-lap course in and around Nonsuch Park, Cheam, looked as if it should be flat and easy, but a deceptive incline and multiple corners made it a test of stamina as well as pace.

Paul Cheetham was the first VAC finisher, seventh in the race, and VAC M45 Gold medallist, with a chip time of 34:46. Next was Jamie McLoughlin, taking the M40 Gold, with Tony Tuohy (M55) not far behind. Ian Kitching, in fine form, posted an impressive M65 time of 39:45. He was the first of VAC’s five-man M65 contingent, with Terry O’Neill taking the Silver medal and Jim Brown the Bronze.

For the VAC women, Lynda Hembury was first in a fantastic time of 42:07 which puts her at the top of this year’s W60 runbritain 10km rankings. She won the race’s W55+ prize. Next was Susannah Harrison, placing second in the W55+ category and winning the VAC W55 Gold medal.

Results

VAC Pos. Race Pos. Name First claim club Chip Time Age Grp VAC Age Grp Pos.
1 7 Paul Cheetham Thames Hare & Hounds 34:46 M45 1
2 33 Jamie McLoughlin Walton AC 37:10 M40 1
3 35 Tony Tuohy Dulwich Runners 37:41 M55 1
4 49 Gavin Englefield SLH 39:08 M40 2
5 56 John Foss SLH 39:34 M55 2
6 65 Ian Kitching SLH 39:45 M65 1
7 98 Terry O'Neill Belgrave 41:47 M65 2
8 104 Lynda Hembury Tring RC 42:07 W60 1
9 149 Susanna Harrison Guildford & Godalming 45:06 W55 1
10 150 Jim Brown Woking AC 45:11 M65 3
11 154 Pippa Major SLH 45:33 W50 1
12 186 Gerry Smith Epsom & Ewell 47:26 M65 4
13 217 Caroline Helder Wimbledon Windmilers 48:57 W55 2
14 221 Keith Brown Croydon Harriers 49:12 M60 1
15 311 Mike Edwards Kingston & Poly 55:48 M60 2
16 344 Maurice Marchant Tonbridge AC 58:24 M65 5


Veterans AC 5M Road Race and Race Walk, 15 May 2018, Battersea Park 


Race Walk: Steve Allen and Melanie Peddle


Race Walk: Fiona Bishop, Chris Flint, Paul King


Stuart Beaney, winner of the road run

5 Mile Road Race

Conditions were fair. It was warm and dry but a little breezy in places causing dust and pollen to be an irritant for some. Guest runners were made welcome and enhanced the competition with some fine performances. One such example was the battle for first place, won by Stuart Beaney but with strong pressure in the first two laps from Gareth Creagh, a guest from Highgate Harriers. The M65 age group was keenly fought with three men posting sub-33 minute times. Ian Kitching came in first, and fifth in the race, in a time of 32:06, followed by guest Larry Cattle in 32:32 and then Terry O’Neill in 32:48.

Victoria Carter (W45) was the first woman in a good time of 32:55. Next came Caroline Helder and Carol Jones, within three seconds of each other. Penny Elliott’s time of 43:21 was over a minute quicker than her time in the April race, and only 18 seconds short of Pam Jones’s W75 course record of 43:03 set in 2012.

Race Position Time Name Age Group Age Gp Position First Claim Club
1 28:06 Stuart Beaney M40 1 Kent AC
2 28:28 Gareth Creagh (Guest) M40 2 Highgate Harriers
3 29:02 Martin Murray (NEMAA) M50 1 New Marske Harriers
4 30:52 Gavin Mackay M45 1 Petts Wood Runners
5 32:06 Ian Kitching M65 1 SLH
6 32:12 Alex Jeffreys (Guest) M40 3 Serpentine Runners
7 32:32 Larry Cattle (Guest) M65 2 Unattached
8 32:48 Terry O'Neill M65 3 Belgrave Harriers
9 32:55 Martyn Annetts (Guest) M50 2 North Herts RR
10 32:58 Victoria Carter W45 1 Thames Valley Harriers
11 33:13 Peter Eckersley (BMAF Open) M60 1 BRAT
12 33:16 Tom Cheetham (Guest) M50 3 Hercules Wimbledon
13 34:16 Davyd Michell (NMAC) M40 4 Helsby Running Club
14 35:18 Martin Daoud M55 1 Ealing Southall & Midd
15 35:20 Lloyd Bevan M50 4 Serpentine RC
16 37:13 Mike Mann M65 4 Dulwich Runners
17 37:56 Caroline Helder W55 1 Wimbedon Windmilers
18 37:59 Carol Jones W60 1 Ealing Southall & Midd
19 38:46 David Hallson (Guest) M65 5 Road Runners Club
20 41:55 Ian Mursell M65 6 VAC
21 42:16 Sarah Allen W50 1 Herne Hill Harriers
22 42:48 Phil Kelvin (Guest) W65 1 Serpentine Runners
23 43:21 Penny Elliott W75 1 Waverley Harriers
24 48:52 Joe Aspinall M80 1 VAC
25 53:31 Ed Bartlett M70 1 VAC
26 55:03 Maria Ellis W55 2 VAC
27 55:18 Richard Pitcairn-Knowles M85 1 Sevenoaks AC
Veterans AC 5M Race Walk, 15 May 2018, Battersea Park, London SW11
Permit No: RWA8039-2 Category B

The second race of the summer series took place in fine dry conditions, and not too hot to race in. The entries were a little down, due to the proximity of other events including Alicante. Dave Annetts (N Herts RR), Steve Allen (Barnet) and Melanie Peddle (Loughton) continued their season’s form. Tom Casserley who had signed up recently for VAC was rewarded with a new PB.

5 Mile Race Walk

Officials:
Clerk of the Course and Starter: Dennis Williams
Timekeepers/Recorders: David Harris, Carl Lawton, Tom Richards, Ian Isherwood
Walk Judges: John Hall, Shaun Lightman
Entries: David Hoben, Maggie Statham
Marshals: Martin Berry, Mick Barlow
Drinks station: Maggie Statham
Results: David Hoben, Maggie Statham
First Aid: Alison Jones


Veterans AC, Surrey, Herts and Middlesex 10k Track Championships, Battersea Park, London SW11 25 April 2018
RWA Permit No RWA8040-1 Category A


Photos from C Hide  - Mass start

 
David Annetts overall winner & Herts winner; Ian Richards (91) striding out in first M70 race

The annual VAC and Counties championships took place in good racing conditions on a cool bright evening. 

Dave Annetts from N Herts RR had an excellent win and also won the Herts champs for the first time, and was also presented with the county cup. Ken and Margaret Livermore attended the Herts county medal presentations, which were made by county representative Ken Livermore.

Penelope Cummings from AFD also had an excellent race to become first lady overall and first Surrey lady. Runner up was ever present Fiona Bishop from Woking AC who did well in spite of doing the London Marathon only 3 days earlier.
 
Ian Richards from Steyning had his first race as M70 and achieved an unofficial WR, with plenty to look forward to in the rest of the year. 

First placed for Surrey was Tor-Ivar Guttulsrød (Hercules Wimbledon) and for Middlesex John Hall (Enfield & Haringey).

Results

1 David Annetts (N Herts RR) M50 [1] 52:41.4 Herts
2 Ian Richards (Steyning) M70 [1] 53:30.5 N/A
3 Tor-Ivar Guttulsrød (Hercules Wimbledon) M50 (G) 55:48.7 Surrey
4 Penelope Cummings (AFD) W40 [1] 59:53.3 Surrey
5 John Hall (Enfield) M65 [1] 01:01:49.7 Middx
6 Steve Allen (Barnet) M60 01:03:43.5 Herts
7 Maureen Noel (Belgrave) W50 [1] 01:04:47.9 Middx
8 Gary Smith (Enfield) (SCVAC) (G) M60 01:05:03.5 Herts
9 Bob Lyne (Crusaders) (Ireland) (G) M50 01:05:16.4 N/A
10 Fiona Bishop (Woking) W55 [1] 01:07:27.4 Surrey
11 John Borgars (Herts Phoenix) (EMAC) (G) M70 01:08:12.2 Herts
12 Shaun Lightman (SWC) M75 [1]

01:09:34:2

Middx
13 Glen Keegan (Herne Hill H) M50 01:11:08.8 Surrey
14 Mick Harran (SWC) M75 [2] 01:11:25.8 Surrey
15 Peter Hannell (SWC) M75 [3] 01:14:12.8 Surrey
16 Sean Pender (Enfield) (G) M60 01:17:19.7 Middx
17 Maddy Shott (Belgrave) (G) SW

DNF

Championship results in square brackets
County championships:

Herts:
Men:
D Annetts, S Allen, G Smith

Middlesex
Men:
J Hall, S Lightman, S Pender

Surrey
Women:
P Cummings, F Bishop
Men:
Tor-Ivar Guttulsrød, G Keegan, M Harran

Acknowledgements:
Starter: Maurice Joyce
Judges: Michael Croft
Timekeepers: David Harris, Don Turner
Recorders: Ros Tabor, Anna Garnier, Carl Lawton, Mike May, Michael Johnson, Cliff Hide, Tom Richards, Dave Hoben, Dennis Williams, Ian Isherwood, Peter Ryan
Chip timing & photo finish: Don Anderson


Veterans AC 5M Road Race and Race Walk, 17 April 2018, Battersea Park


Mick Barlow, Lloyd Bevan, Mike Mann, Peter Hall
 
Gary Towers  Penny Elliott
Shaun Lightman, Chris Flint, Paul King

5 Mile Road Race
Conditions were good for the first fixture of the series, not too warm or too cold, and only a gentle breeze. Simon Baines (M45) and Gary Ironmonger (M55) were rewarded by capturing two longstanding course records. Simon won the race in a time of 26:59, becoming one of the very few to dip under 27 minutes on this 5M course. His time knocked five seconds off Richard Tomlinson’s old M45 course record of 27:04. Paul Cheetham and Gary Towers, both M45, battled each other to finish second and third, with Paul pulling away towards the end to win by 15 seconds in a time of 27:23. Gary Ironmonger was fourth in 27:47 and at last bettered Liam O’Hare’s M55 course record of 27:49 set way back in 2005. Despite being in fine form, he only beat it by two seconds, a testament to the quality of this challenging record.

Performances to note were from Bob Bradbury, M60, in ninth position in a time of 31:06 and Terry O’Neill, M65, in 13th position with 33:03. In the middle of the field, there was a good competition between five 34-minute men, with Mick Barlow getting ahead.

For the women, Carol Jones was the first finisher in a time of 37:57 which puts her high in the W60 Runbritain rankings for 5M. Penny Elliott posted an excellent early season time of 44:28 placing her at the top of the W75 rankings for 5 miles.

Age graded performances for VAC members are here. Gary Ironmonger's record-breaking run scored over 91% as an age-graded percentage and puts him at the top of the table. Race-winner, Simon Baines, comes in at second place with 87% followed, in third, by Penny Elliott on 86%. However, it's early days and three performances are required to qualify for the Grand Prix.

Race Position Time Name Age Group Age Grp position First Claim Club
1 26:59* Simon Baines* M45 1 THH
2 27:23 Paul Cheetham M45 2 THH
3 27:38 Gary Towers M45 3 Eton Manor AC
4 27:47** Gary Ironmonger** M55 1 Herne Hill Harriers
5 28:29 Dan Madams M40 1 Tonbridge AC
6 29:09 Simon Thompson M35 1 Herne Hill Harriers
7 29:47 Robin Jones M45 4 Herne Hill Harriers
8 30:06 Jamie McLoughlin M40 2 Walton AC
9 31:06 Bob Bradbury (SCVAC) M60 1 Woking AC
10 31:11 Vic Maughn M55 2 Herne Hill Harriers
11 32:11 Neil Cheetham (Guest) M35 2 Visitor from New Zealand
12 32:38 Darryl Coulter (NI Masters) M45 5 Kent AC
13 33:03 Terry O'Neill M65 1 Belgrave Harriers
14 34:03 Mick Barlow (Guest) M50 1 Kent AC
15 34:31 Davyd Michell (NMAC) M40 3 Helsby Running Club
16 34:41 Peter Hall M55 3 West 4 Harriers
17 34:48 Mike Mann M65 2 Dulwich Runners
18 34:57 Lloyd Bevan M50 2 Serpentine RC
19 35:09 Richard Pitt M60 2 THH
20 35:18 Tony Harran M55 4 Herne Hill Harriers
21 37:57 Carol Jones W60 1 Ealing Southall & Midd
22 38:36 David Hallson (Guest) M65 3 Road Runners Club
23 41:13 Colin Harris (Guest) M60 3 Wimbledon Windmilers
24 41:21 Martin Wilson M65 4 Ealing Southall & Midd
25 41:50 Phil Kelvin (Guest) W65 1 Serpentine Runners
26 43:57 Sarah Allen W50 1 Herne Hill Harriers
27 44:28 Penny Elliott W75 1 Waverley Harriers
28 45:45 Michael Leigh (Guest) M70 1 Hercules Wimbledon
29 46:45 Alan Davidson M70 2 Liss RC
30 49:48 John Wilks M50 3 Herne Hill Harriers
31 50:14 Joe Aspinall M75 1 VAC
32 55:02 Ed Bartlett M70 3 VAC
33 59:36 Richard Pitcairn-Knowles M85 1 Sevenoaks AC
* M45 Course Record (old record: 27:04, Richard Tomlinson, 13 May 2014)
** M55 Course Record (old record: 27:49, Liam O'Hare, 10 May 2005)

Veterans AC 5M Race Walk, 17 April 2018, Battersea Park, London SW11

Permit No: RWA8039-1 Category B

The opening races of the summer series took place in fine dry conditions, with the occasional gust of wind.

The times were respectable given that nearly all the field had raced at Gravesend only 3 days before.

VAC had a new men’s race winner as Seb Parris who had won the VAC 15k at the Gravesend meeting cruised home in 43:26, and Melanie Peddle had another good race to be second overall and first lady home in 49:59, in fact the runners in the accompanying race were impressed too!

Tom Casserley who had signed up recently for EHAC continued his form at the Gravesend meeting.

5 Mile Race Walk

1 Seb Parris (Ilford)

SM

43:26

2 Melanie Peddle (Loughton) (EMAC) (G)

W45

49:59

3 Steve Allen (Barnet) (G)

M60

51:09

4 Maureen Noel (Belgrave)

W50

52:42

5 Shaun Lightman (SWC)

M75

54:44

6 Chris Flint (SWC)

M70

56:22

7 Paul King (Belgrave)

M65

57:09

8 Tom Casserley (Enfield)

M75

58:21

9 David Hoben (SWC)

M65

59:05

10 Peter Hannell (SWC)

M75

59:09

11 Kathy Crilley (SWC)

W70

DNF

Officials:
Clerk of the Course and Starter: Dennis Williams
Timekeepers/Recorders: David Harris, Carl Lawton, Liam O'Hare, Tom Richards
Walk Judge: Michael Croft
Entries: David Hoben, Maggie Statham
Marshals: Martin Berry, Dennis Williams
Drinks station: Maggie Statham
Results: David Hoben, Maggie Statham
First Aid: Alison Jones


Cecil Gittins Memorial Walks, Cyclopark Gravesend, 14 April 2018 


The start

15km Race: Malcolm Martin (2nd), Seb Parris (winner), Ollie Hopkins (3rd)
Ilford walkers: Janice Bentley Pearson, Lesley Morris, Anne Scurfield, Rachel Lawless, Stuart Bennett

Cecil Gittins Memorial Walks
Cyclopark, Gravesend
14 April 2018

 
Veterans AC 2.5k/5k/10k/15k road race incorporating Enfield League
 
RWA Race permit no: RWA8038-1 (Category B)

Veterans AC were pleased to host the third running of this event on a dedicated cycle circuit which in shape and gradients can only be described as a large Scalextric set.

In all there were 42 entries, and 39 on the line, a little down on 2017, with ages ranging from 11 to 85.

We were also pleased to welcome Pauline Nihill, wife of Olympic silver medallist Paul Nihill MBE and Noel Carmody, current RWA president.

A loud round of applause was given by the walkers in the traditional Enfield League way to commemorate the life of Bernie Hercock, president of Enfield & Haringey AC, who had sadly passed away since the Donkey Lane meeting.

Given that the winter was prolonged and there had been a gap in the race calendar the times were respectable; the favourable and sunny weather this time took some by surprise!

The 15k was won in 85:24 by an in form Seb Parris (Ilford AC), with runner up Malcolm Martin (SWC) in 85:38 and coming in third for his first attempt at this distance was Ollie Hopkins (Lewes AC) with a creditable 88:22.

For the ladies’ 15k only entry was Angela Martin (SWC) who put in a gritty performance having had layoffs with injury in previous year finishing in 114.06.

For the 10k headline race which was to score in the Enfield League 2018 series this was not unsurprisingly won by Portuguese international Francisco Reis (TVH) in 50.45, the runner up was David Crane (SWC) in 52.34, and a third place for Seb Parris (Ilford AC) in 56.57 who went on to complete the 15k. The ladies race was won by 2017 overall League winner Helen Middleton in 61.29, second place was the ever-improving Melanie Peddle in 63.00, and a pb for Jacqueline Benson (Ashford AC) as she climbed to 65.11.

The supporting races included Abi Smith (BBHAC) who won her 2.5k race and is continuing her form.

VAC are grateful to Ron Wallwork for allowing this race to be incorporated in the Enfield League series.

RESULTS

DNS

Dave Annetts

M55

N Herts RR

John Ralph

M60

Enfield & Haringey

Paul Gaston

M70

Surrey WC

2.5k

F

1

Abigail Smith

U15G

Blackheath & Bromley H

15.02

2

Charlotte Wallis

U15G

AFD

15.43

3

Millie Morris

U17G

Medway & Maidstone

15.45

4

Katie Brash

U13G

Blackheath & Bromley H

16.33

5km

F

1

Linda Mountford

W50

unattached

32.32

2

Val Mountford

W70

unattached

43.24

M

1

Peter Hannell

M75

Surrey WC

36.24

2

Chris Edwards

M65

Surrey WC

37.05

3

Dave Ainsworth

M65

Ilford

44.28

4

Ken Livermore

M85

Enfield & Haringey

44.40

10km

F

1

Helen Middleton

W55

Enfield & Haringey

61.29

2

Melanie Peddle

W45

Loughton

63.00

3

Jacqueline Benson

U20W

Ashford

65.11

4

Andrea Ingram

W55

Lewes

65.53

5

Fiona Bishop

W55

Woking

68.09

6

Janice Bentley Pearson

W55

Ilford

70.46

7

Rachel Lawless

W55

Ilford

73.56

8

Angela Martin*

W50

Surrey WC

74.30

9

Anne Scurfield

W60

Ilford

77.36

10

Lesley Morris

W55

Ilford

77.37

DNF

Maddy Shott

SW

Belgrave

M

1

Francisco Reis

M55

Thames Valley Harriers

50.45

2

David Crane

M40

Surrey WC

52.34

3

Seb Parris*

SM

Ilford

56.57

4

Malcolm Martin*

M60

Surrey WC

57.25

5

Ollie Hopkins*

U20M

Lewes

57.36

6

Chris Hobbs

M60

Ashford

57.44

7

Martin Fisher*

M55

Redcar RWC

61.20

8

Stuart Bennett

M55

Ilford

63.07

9

Richard Emsley

M65

Saints & Sinners

64.37

10

Gary Smith

M60

Enfield & Haringey

65.26

11

Andy Cox

M65

Hillingdon

69.05

12

John Borgars

W70

Loughton

69.14

13

Chris Flint*

M70

Surrey WC

70.27

14

Tom Casserley

M75

Enfield & Haringey

71.26

15

Mick Harran

M75

Surrey WC

72.06

16

Mark Culshaw*

M50

Ilford

73.57

17

David Hoben

M65

Surrey WC

74.15

18

Sean Pender

M60

Enfield & Haringey

76.37

15km

F

1

Angela Martin

W50

Surrey WC

114.06

M

1

Seb Parris

SM

Ilford

85.24

2

Malcolm Martin

M60

Surrey WC

85.38

3

Ollie Hopkins

U20M

Lewes

88.22

4

Martin Fisher

M55

Redcar RWC

93.51

5

Mark Culshaw

M50

Ilford

104.28

6

Chris Flint

M70

Surrey WC

107.58

*continued to 15k

Acknowledgements

Judges: Shaun Lightman (chief), Peter Selby, Doug Hopkins

Starter: Ron Penfold

Time keeping: Carl Lawton, Maggie Statham

Lap recording: Pam Ficken

Lead cyclist & judges' runner: Eric Parker

Hospitality: Cyclopark, Gravesend


European Masters Championships Indoors, Madrid 19-24 March 2018


Dalbir Singh Deol


, Ros Tabor in the W65 1500m


 The m60+ cross country race

These championships are held every other year, with the Worlds in between, and cover indoor races up to 3k, field events plus outdoor 5k xc and walks. The stadium in use was about 3 miles south west of the city centre and was very modern, with spectator seating and display areas all round. Catering, registration and medal presentations were in adjoining marquees. It was great to watch the GB team gain second place in the overall medal table.

The championships were well organised and well supported by a large Spanish athlete entry. We had free use of public transport and Madrid was a great place to look around, with good architecture, galleries and eating and drinking places for our time away from the stadium. Unfortunately the main Retiro Park was shut most of the week due to danger from wind-damaged trees.

Cross country races were held on the last day in a linear park on high ground just across the road from the stadium, 3 laps of an undulating loop of about a mile, nearly all on firm paths. A cold wind blew against the runners on the first uphill section.

There are two further masters champs in Spain this year -European non-stadia (10k and half marathon) in Alicante in May and World track and field, plus some road, in Malaga in September. Any British VAC member can enter and be part of the GB team.

Andy Murray

Full VAC results here...

Congratulations to our gold medal winners below and to all our other medal winners and participants.

European Champion VAC members
M90 60m, 200m, 400m Dalbir Singh Deol
M85 1500m, 3000m, 5k xc Richard Pitcairn-Knowles
M65 200m Wally Franklin
W65 800m, 1500m Ros Tabor
W65 Pole Vault Sue Yeomans
W60 1500m Anna Garnier
M40 400m Gavin Stephens
W40 200m, 400m Susie McGloughlin
W35 800m Fiona de Mauny


Croydon Harriers Invitational Cross Country, Lloyd Park, 17 March 2018


Maggie Statham

VAC members are invited each year to run in this end-of-season cross country fixture in Lloyd Park. The fixture had been postponed from 3 March because of snow but, unluckily, the conditions on 17 March were even worse. It was bitterly cold, with a biting wind and snow covering the wet, greasy, mud, customary for Lloyd Park. The six mile distance was a challenge for the 18 hardy finishers. Maggie Statham was VAC's representative, finishing in 13th position. VAC also provided a course marshal, Paddy Clark, who was sent to a windswept far corner of the course to direct and encourage the runners, a task he performed admirably. The results are here.


VAC Indoor T&F Championships, Lee Valley, 25 February 2018

Once again, VAC’s indoor championships were held at the Lee Valley Athletics Centre as part of the South of England Masters championships. This was a well-attended meeting ranging from M35/W35s to M85s. As age-group winners, over forty VAC members were awarded nearly sixty SoE Gold medals. John Batchelor and Gary Ironmonger won three apiece and twelve members took home two Golds.

In the 60m sprints, there were wins for VAC’s Richard Pitcairn-Knowles (M85), Allan Long (M75), John Browne (M60), Pat Logan (M55), Chris Taplin (M50), Sue Dassie (W65), Angela Bates (W50) and Susan McLoughlin (W40). Gold medalists in the 200m included Richard Pitcairn-Knowles (M85), Wally Franklyn (M65), Pat Logan (M55), Stuart Channon (M40), Angela Bates (W50) and Susan McLoughlin (W40). Gold medalists in the 400m were John Batchelor (M75), Terry Bissett (M70), Steven Tester (M35), Joanna Flowers (W45) and Rhiannon Needham (W35). Winners in the 60m hurdles were Barry Ferguson (M75), Emily McMahon (W65) and Wendy Lewis (W50).

Turning to the middle distance events, in the 800m there were wins for John Batchelor (M75), Peter Hamilton (M70), Gary Ironmonger (M55), Ros Tabor (W65), Andrea Sanders-Reece (W60), Susan McDonald (W50), Liz Amos (W40) and Rhiannon Needham (W35). Winners in the 1500m were Steve Atkinson (M50), Gary Ironmonger (M55), Peter Hamilton (M70), Ros Tabor (W65) and Lisa Webb (W50). In the 3000m, John Batchelor (M75), Alan Camp (M60), Gary Ironmonger (M55), Ian Johnston (M50) and Matthew Preston (M45) finished as winners.

VAC had good representation in the shot put with wins for Kathleen Moeller (W40), Fiona Argent (W60), Liz Sissons (W70), Dan Upton (M40), Robert Shephard (M55), Keith Seldon (M60), Patrick Reynolds (M65) and Clifford Taylor (M85). In the triple jump events Tina Howell (W35), Clifford Warren (M55), Patrick Reynolds (M65), Allan Cheers (M70) and Allan Long (M75) were Gold medalists. Winning long jumpers were Stuart Channon (M40), Richard Weekes (M50), Patrick Reynolds (M65), Allan Cheers (M70) and Allan Long (M75), while Wendy Lewis (W50) was a high jump winner. Finally, Brian Slaughter (M60) and Sue Dassie (W65) won their pole vault events.

Full results are available on the BMAF website.


Southern Counties Veterans AC Indoor Championships (incorporating Veterans AC Championships 3k walk), Lee Valley 18 February 2018

3k indoor track

1 [1] David Annetts North Herts M50 14:44.68
2 [3] John Hall Belgrave M65 16:39.46
3 [6] Peter Hannell SWC M75 22:24.07

Square brackets denote position in combined race

Another day, another win, another PB for Dave Annetts.


VAC at South Norwood parkrun, 17 February 2018


South Norwood parkrun: VAC runners, left to right: Andy Murray, Ros Tabor, William Fordham, John Carter, Mike Mann, Jane Hughes, Jo Quantrill, Maggie Statham, Richard Pitcairn-Knowles

SOUTH NORWOOD PARKRUN

10 VAC members went to this fairly new parkrun in South London for our latest ‘mob match’ outing.
The course is 2 laps on stony paths round the country park. It is still quite a small event so we were all able to run freely from the start. Conditions were good, with little or no wind. The puddles could be avoided. There is one small hill on each lap.

VAC members set the following age group records:

Richard Pitcairn-Knowles M85
Ros Tabor W65
Maggie Statham W60
RESULTS
Mike Mann 1st M65 22.53 76.18%
Ros Tabor 1st W65 23.54 90.17%
Andy Murray 2nd M60 23.58 69.33%
Maggie Statham 1st W60 24.18 83.40%
Bill Fordham 3rd M65 24.47 68.33%
Jo Quantrill 2nd W60 24.58 78.84%
John Carter 1st M70 26.46 69.61%
Jane Hughes 1st W55 27.03 68.76%
Sarah Allen 4th W50 28.58 60.87%
Richard Pitcairn-Knowles 1st M85 33.49 71.86%

We try and choose parkruns from different localities around London, so as many members as possible have a chance to join in. The next event scheduled is Hampstead Heath parkrun on Saturday 9 June.


Men’s Surrey League Cross Country, Lloyd Park, 10 February 2018


Tony Harran, Barry Attwell, Gary Ironmonger and Vic Maughn


Gary Ironmonger, first VAC


Gary Budinger


Andy Murray and Team Manager, Paddy Clark, tend to the gazebo

Eight VAC men started the final match of the series at a cold and muddy Lloyd Park. Constant rain made the usual slippery two lap, 5 mile, course even more challenging. Gary Ironmonger was first home for VAC in a great 7th place in Division Four, and 1st M55. The trio of Vic Maughn, Barry Attwell and Tony Harran held firm in the top half of the racers to take valuable places. Vic was 2nd M55 and Barry was 1st M60. Andy Murray and Carey Gray followed, reversing their usual finish order, with Andy ahead of Carey this match. Gary Budinger wasn’t far behind. VAC’s 8th starter, Tony Austin, wisely dropped out, feeling unwell having struggled round the first lap. Perhaps the biggest casualty of the day was the VAC gazebo which finally bent its legs and succumbed to the wind and rain, having sheltered us well throughout the season.

With three men short of a full team, VAC finished in 10th position on the day. This brought us in at 8th overall, with a total score of 2680.5 in the final standings, but tantalisingly close to Elmbridge in 7th, with only 1.5 points difference. The Surrey League also makes awards to leading individuals in the M40-49, M50-59 and M60 age groups. VAC’s Gary Ironmonger won the silver medal in the M50 category with his four great performances. Carey Gray and Andy Murray also ran in every fixture. Carey hasn’t missed a match since 2011!

Thanks go to Paddy Clark, the team manager, who has marshalled the team, provided the essential practical support and kept spirits high.

VAC Placings, Division Four, Lloyd Park
Race Pos. Time Name Age Group Age Grp. Position
7 32:22 Gary Ironmonger M55 1
32 35:26 Vic Maughn M55 2
36 36:05 Barry Attwell M60 1
45 36:47 Tony Harran M55 5
94 42:44 Andy Murray M60 4
97 43:20 Carey Gray M55 11
102 45:18 Gary Budinger M55 13
DNF Tony Austin M60
115 finishers

Division 4 Team results, Lloyd Park
1 Holland Sports 228.
2 Collingwood 296.
3 Horley Harriers 419.
4 Runnymede Runners 471.
5 British Airways 574.
6 Windrush AC 608.
7 Lingfield Runners 618.
8 Wild Trail Runners 628.5.
9 Barnes Runners 687.
10 VAC 717.5.
11 Elmbridge 989.
12 Epsom Oddballs 1024.

Division 4: Final Overall Team Results
1 Collingwood 1300.
2 Runnymede Runners 1476.
3 Holland Sports 1584.
4 Horley Harriers 1905.
5 Wild Trail Runners 2155.5.
6 Windrush AC 2642.
7 Elmbridge 2679.
8 VAC 2680.5.
9 Lingfield Runners 2936.
10 British Airways 2954.
11 Barnes Runners 3042.
12 Epsom Oddballs 3686.

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


VAC Cross Country Championships and Masters Open race, Wimbledon Common 20 January 2018


VAC CC Champs, the starting line-up (photo by Stephanie Burchill)


Margaret Moody, Maggie Statham, Ros Tabor, Penny Forse, Andy Murray (photo by Martin Berry)


Ros Tabor, Margaret Moody, Fiona Russell, Maggie Statham, Carol Jones, Patricia Thomas (photo by Martin Berry)

Fifty runners completed the 4.5 mile course on Wimbledon Common in the worst rain that most could remember for VAC’s championship race. The two-lap course presented a tough challenge with deep puddles, muddy swathes and soggy sand on the horse-ride hill.

Paul Cheetham won the race in a time of 25:31, only 21 seconds short of the M45 course record, set in much more favourable conditions. Fellow M45, Gary Towers, was second, only 19 seconds behind, having been in the lead for a while. In third place came Dan Hallam, first M40, in 27:07, closely followed by first M55, Gary Ironmonger, in 27:15. Terry Booth had a great run, finishing 9th to win the M50 Gold medal. Peter Giles was also in good form and in drier conditions would surely have broken his own M70 course record, which he missed by just 18 seconds. Barry Attwell and Mike Mann won the M60 and M65 Golds. Although it wasn’t a day for breaking records, a brand new M85 age-group record was posted by Richard Pitcairn-Knowles. His time of 52:30 was faster than his M80 record of 52:46 set in 2016!

For the women, Tracy Galbraith from Eastern Veterans led the way, finishing in a good time of 31:16, taking the W50 Open Gold medal. First for VAC was Lucy Woolhouse, the W55 Gold medallist, in a time of 31:38, holding her own in a fine battle for places as she and four men all finished in a six second burst. Marie Synnott-Wells (W50), Fiona Russell (W45), Margaret Moody (W65), Maggie Statham (W60) and Lesley Bowcott (W70) all won Gold medals in their age groups.

Special thanks on such a wet day go to the officials and helpers.

Finish Line: Stephanie Burchill, Maurice Doogan, Tom Richards, Don Turner
Registration: Martin Berry, Maggie Statham
Results: Peter Kennedy, Janet Kennedy
Marshals: Joe Aspinall, Paddy Clark, Dennis Williams
Course setters: Mike Mann, Andy Murray, Dennis Williams
Medical Support: Alison Jones

VAC Cross Country Championships, Wimbedon Common, 20 January 2018
Results
Pos. Bib Time Name Age Gp. Club VAC pos. OPEN pos. First Claim Club
1 54 25:31 Paul Cheetham M45 VAC M45-1 Barnes Runners
2 7 25:49 Gary Towers M45 VAC M45-2 Eton Manor AC
3 3 27:07 Dan Hallam M40 VAC M40-1 Herne Hill Harriers
4 42 27:15 Gary Ironmonger M55 VAC M55-1 Herne Hill Harriers
5 12 27:34 Tony Tuohy M55 VAC M55-2 Dulwich Runners AC
6 51 28:06 Rob Marcus M40 Guest M40-2 Walton AC
7 43 28:25 Len Reilly M55 VAC M55-3 Kent AC
8 58 28:34 Felix Allen M45 VAC M45-3 Hercules Wimbledon AC
9 8 30:28 Terry Booth M50 VAC M50-1 Guildford & Godalming AC
10 29 31:16 Tracy Galbraith W50 EVAC W50-1 Oxford City AC
11 10 31:26 Andrew Simms M50 VAC M50-2 Herne Hill Harriers
12 9 31:33 Philip Cross M50 VAC M50-3 Woking AC
13 50 31:34 James Bartosik M35 Guest M35-1 Walton AC
14 49 31:36 Tony Harran M55 VAC M55-4 Herne Hill Harriers
15 33 31:38 Lucy Woolhouse W55 VAC W55-1 Veterans AC
16 22 31:39 Peter Giles M70 VAC M70-1 Hercules Wimbledon AC
17 56 31:50 Barry Attwell M60 VAC M60-1 South London Harriers
18 47 31:57 Victor Maughn M55 VAC M55-5 Herne Hill Harriers
19 41 32:00 Tom Cheetham M50 Guest M50-4 Hercules Wimbledon AC
20 53 32:03 Richard Clark M60 VAC M60-2 Hercules Wimbledon AC
21 55 32:34 Andrew Masters M40 Guest M40-3 Lewes AC
22 46 32:36 Matteo Maino M50 Guest M50-5 Barnes Runners
23 19 32:52 Michael Mann M65 VAC M65-1 Dulwich Runners AC
24 20 32:58 Stephen Plested M65 VAC M65-2 Ealing Southall & Middlesex AC
25 31 33:06 Cathy Stewart W50 SCVAC W50-2 Aldershot Farnham & District AC
26 44 33:31 Marie Synnott-Wells W50 VAC W50-1 Ranelagh Harriers
27 27 33:46 Fiona Russell W45 VAC W45-1 Mornington Chasers
28 18 33:52 Peter Kennedy M65 VAC M65-3 Lewes AC
29 4 34:17 Trevor Robinson M40 EVAC M40-4 Dagenham 88 Runners
30 32 34:59 Patricia Thomas W50 VAC W50-2 Ealing Southall & Middlesex AC
31 30 35:12 Mary Setyabule W50 VAC W50-3 Herne Hill Harriers
32 36 35:18 Penny Forse W65 SCVAC W65-1 Stubbington Green Runners
33 38 35:30 Margaret Moody W65 VAC W65-1 Basingstoke & Mid Hants AC
34 23 35:39 Roger Green M70 VAC M70-2 Woodford Green with Essex Ladies
35 34 35:55 Maggie Statham W60 VAC W60-1 Holland Sports AC
36 39 35:58 Ros Tabor W65 VAC W65-2 Dulwich Runners AC
37 15 36:07 Andy Murray M60 VAC M60-3 Dulwich Runners AC
38 6 36:30 Gareth George M45 VAC M45-4 Epsom & Ewell Harriers
39 37 37:35 Jane Georghiou W65 VAC W65-3 Farnham Runners
40 45 37:41 Carol Jones W60 VAC W60-2 Ealing Southall & Middlesex AC
41 13 38:23 Anthony Austin M60 VAC M60-4 Hercules Wimbledon AC
42 14 39:03 Martin Garrett M60 VAC M60-5 Sudbury Court RC
43 11 39:28 Ian Strong M55 VAC M55-6 Epsom Oddballs RC
44 21 39:37 John Carter M70 VAC M70-3 Wimbledon Windmilers
45 48 39:39 Jo Quantrill W60 VAC W60-3 South London Harriers
46 28 41:38 Sarah Allen W50 VAC W50-4 Herne Hill Harriers
47 40 44:02 Lesley Bowcott W70 VAC W70-1 Wimbledon Windmilers
48 57 44:36 Christine Munden W45 Guest W45-2 Thames Valley Harriers
49 52 47:05 Bill O'Connor M70 VAC M70-4 Queens Park Harriers
50 25 52:30 Richard Pitcairn-Knowles M85 VAC M85-1 Sevenoaks AC