Results for January 2021 on

  • Veterans AC 5km Road Race and Race Walk, 8 June 2021, Battersea Park 11-06-21
  • Veterans AC 5km Road Race and Race Walk, 18 May 2021, Battersea Park 25-05-21 
  • VAC 5km Open Masters Road Race, Wimbledon Park, 11 April 2021 13-04-21 

Veterans AC 5km Road Race and Race Walk, 8 June 2021, Battersea Park

Here are the Results of the 5k Road Race.


Wave 2: Dee O'Brien (67), Paul McCrone (62), Kay Sheedy (86), Debbie Jackson (48), Andrew Cornish (23)

 
Kevin Quinn, Men's Winner                                                  
April James-Welsh, Women's Winner

 
Helen Pool (74), Anna Critchlow                                                         
Bruce Poll (73), Eddie Ware

 
Andrew Cornish                                                                         
Lisa Webb

 
Peter Torre                                                                                    
Melanie Peddle

 
Stuart Bennett                                                                      
Maureen Noel (66), Fiona Bishop

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Race Walk
Category B
Race Permit No: RWA21019-2_r1 

Place Name Age Group Club Time
1 David Annetts M55-1 N Herts Road Runners/Veterans AC 24:40
2 Grazia Manzotti W50-1 Tonbridge AC 28:35
3 Melanie Peddle W50-2 Loughton AC 29:06
4 Stuart Bennett M60-1 Ilford AC/Veterans AC 32:07
5 Maureen Noel W55-1 Belgrave Harriers/Veterans AC 32:44
6 Fiona Bishop W60-1 Woking AC/Veterans AC 33:22
7 Lesley Morris W60-2 Ilford AC/Veterans AC 34:12
8 Tom Casserley M80-1 EHAC/Veterans AC 34:52
9 Peter Hannell M75-1 SyWC/Veterans AC 39:12
Silvana Alves W45 Barnet & District AC DNS
Kathy Crilley W70 SyWC/Veterans AC DNS

The second of the regular Battersea Park races had a smaller field with idyllic spring weather, with large sections in the shade it looked like PB territory and it was.

The course was 5k again, and the race walk was the only event which was actually a race, as the accompanying running race had wave starts, due to compliance with the present COVID-19 regulations.

Fast finishing Dave Annetts (N Herts Road Runners) went into a clear lead followed by Stuart Bennett (Ilford AC).

Grazia Manzotti (Tonbridge AC) had a second win at this event finishing strongly and also a new PB, but this time she had to work hard to avoid being overtaken by ever improving Melanie Peddle from Loughton AC, who also gained a PB.

Tom Casserley (Enfield AC) did a very respectable time and went home with another PB. 

Officials:
Race Director: Ben Noad
Clerk of Course: Dennis Williams
UKA Adjudicator and Starter: Malcolm French
Timekeepers: David Harris, Don Turner
Recorders: George Abbott, Carl Lawton, Ian Isherwood, Maggie Statham-Berry
Walk Judges: Shaun Lightman, Mark Culshaw
Registration: Maggie Statham-Berry, Ros Tabor
Marshals: Joe Aspinall, Tony Austin, Martin Berry, Stephanie Burchill,
Gina Coulson, Anna Garnier, Andy Murray, Victor Ray, Ros Tabor
Results: Don Anderson and Ben Noad
Photography: Cliff Hide
First Aid: Collingwood Services
Covid Officer: David Hoben


Veterans AC 5km Road Race and Race Walk, 18 May 2021, Battersea Park


Start of Wave 2


Wave 1: Sage Pearce-Higgins (173), Kevin Quinn (109), Gary Ironmonger (150), Jim Allchin Race Winner (101), Neil Danby (129)

 
Victoria Buck, First Woman                                                              
   Ian Kitching, First M65

 
Edyta Wierzbowska, First W40                                                       
Peter Hall, First M60

 
Grazia Manzotti, First Woman
 Walker                             Julian Spencer-Wood, First M70


Start of the Walk: Ian Torode (190), Dave Annetts (104), Lesley Morris (134), Grazia Manzotti (163), David Kemp (157), Silvana Alves (103)

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Here are the Results of the 5k Road Race.

Race Report

VAC made a welcome return to Battersea Park for the first race of the series of summer road races. We last met there in August 2019. Nearly two years later, different circumstances necessitated a new 5km course using the spacious Bandstand area as Race HQ and a start of six waves, set off at one-minute intervals to ensure social distancing of the 73 starters.

VAC members turned out in force and welcomed new members with customary friendliness. Even a downpour before the start did not dampen the spirits.

At the head of the race, new member, Jim Allchin (M35) overhauled SLH’s Kevin Quinn (M40) to win by 15 seconds in 15:11. Another new member, Sage Pearce-Higgins (M35), was third, ahead of Neil Danby (M55) who achieved an excellent age-group time of 16:33. Other age group winners were Gary Towers (M45), Joseph Gonzales-Armas (M50), Peter Hall (M60), David Pitt (M65), Julian Spencer-Wood (M70), John Carter (M70) and Edmond Simpson (M80).

For the women, Victoria Buck (W45) won a close battle with Rachel Berry (W45), finishing three seconds ahead in 19:31. They were closely followed by Victoria Carter (W45) in 19:49. There was an equally close race for the fourth and fifth places between W55s, Lucy Woolhouse and Kay Trinder, with Lucy two seconds ahead on the line with 20:45. Other age group winners were Helen Davies (W50), Michele Coe-O’Brien (W60), Jane Rowden (W65), Edyta Wierzbowska (W40), Penny Elliott (W75) and Marion Rayner (W70).

Race Walk
Category B
Race Permit No: RWA21019-1_r1


Veterans AC 5K Walk - Battersea Park, 18 May 2021
Place Name Age Group Club Time
1 David Annetts M55-1 N Herts Road Runners/Veterans AC 24:07
2 David Kemp M60-1 Arena 80/Veterans AC 26:36
3 Ian Torode M60-2 South West Vets AC 26:41
4 Grazia Manzotti W50-1 Tonbridge AC 28:44
5 Silvana Alves W45-1 Barnet & District AC 30:17
6 Stuart Bennett M60-3 Ilford AC/Veterans AC 32:19
7 Maureen Noel W55-1 Belgrave Harriers/Veterans AC 33:01
8 Fiona Bishop W60-1 Woking AC/Veterans AC 33:12
9 Lesley Morris W60-2 Ilford AC/Veterans AC 34:11
10 Christopher Flint M75-1 SyWC/Veterans AC 38:41
Peter Hannell M75 SyWC/Veterans AC DNS
Kathy Crilley W70 SyWC/Veterans AC DNS
David Hoben M65 SyWC/Veterans AC DNS

The first of the regular Battersea Park races had a reasonable field with fickle spring weather, as torrential rain greeted the start. The rain fortunately abated within the first few minutes.

This time the course was 5k, on a new route, and was staged in accordance with the present COVID-19 regulations applying to athletics, race walking, and the local park authorities.

An in form Dave Annetts (N Herts Road Runners) went into a clear lead followed by David Kemp (Arena 80), in addition a battle ensued between Maureen Noel (Belgrave Harriers) and Fiona Bishop (Woking AC) with Maureen edging out Fiona in the later stages. Ian Torode from SWVAC travelled a considerable distance from Somerset to take part and was rewarded with a good time, also Grazia Manzotti (Tonbridge AC) had a good result in her first attempt at 5k on the road, improving on her track time for the distance.

 Shaun Lightman and Mark Culshaw acted as judges to ensure fair play.

Officials:
Race Director: Ben Noad
Clerk of Course: Dennis Williams
Starter: Ivor Wiggett
Timekeepers: David Harris, Camilla Allwood
Recorders: Carl Lawton, Maggie Statham-Berry
Walk Judges: Shaun Lightman, Mark Culshaw
Registration: Maggie Statham-Berry, Ros Tabor, Andy Murray
Marshals: Joe Aspinall, Martin Berry, Gary Budinger, Stephanie Burchill, Jaran Finn, Andy Murray, Victor Ray, Ros Tabor
Results: Ben Noad
Photography: Cliff Hide
First Aid: Medical Despatch Event Services


VAC 5km Open Masters Road Race, Wimbledon Park, 11 April 2021 


Start of Wave Five

 
Andy Bond, Race Winner
  Hayley Cargill, 1st Woman

 
Bea Lafreniere, 1st W40
  Pete Crockford (369), 2nd M60

 
Tony Patterson
  John Foss

 
Donna Richards
  Marion Raynor

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VAC’s Open Masters race was part of a programme of 5km races arranged by Hercules Wimbledon AC. The event had been postponed from 20 December and took place under Covid-19 conditions with runners set off in six waves, one minute apart, starting from the Wimbledon Park athletics track and climbing the long hill up Church Road towards Wimbledon village before re-entering the park and returning on traffic-free paths.

For many VAC members, it was a welcome return to racing and an opportunity to greet friends warmly after a year’s absence. Over 50 members took part, benefitting from free entry, and undeterred by the near-freezing temperatures early in the day.

Andy Bond (M45) of Dulwich Runners and VAC was a clear winner in a time of 16:39, followed by VAC members, Ben Paviour (M45, Herne Hill Harriers) in 17:15 and Robin Jones (also M45 and HHH) close behind in 17:18.

For the women, VAC members also secured the top three positions. Hayley Cargill (W35, Walton AC) was easily the fastest with a time of 19:03. Next was Isobel Rea (W45, West 4 Harriers) in a time of 19:54, closely followed by Helen Pool (W45, Reading Roadrunners) in 19:56.

Other VAC members were first in their age categories: Gary Ironmonger (M55), Bea Lafreniere (W40), Anna Critchlow (W50), Peter Hall (M60), David Pitt (M65), Lucy Woolhouse (W55), Gina Coulson (W60), David Hines (M70), Maggie Statham-Berry (W65), Marion Raynor (W70) and Penny Elliott (W75).

Here are the Results of the Masters Open 5km Road Race.