Results for January to June 2017

VAC Battersea Park Road Races Grand Prix 2017

The five road races of VAC’s summer series in Battersea Park count towards a Grand Prix for VAC members. To be eligible, members must compete in at least three of the five races. The person with the highest average of his or her three best age-graded performances will be awarded the Snow Cup, a trophy which dates back to 1950.

After three fixtures, a league table of age-graded results is here. Ten members have posted times in three races and the person with the best average so far is Cliff Collins (M80) with 77.88%. Valdis Pauzers (M60) lies in second place with 76.05%, followed by Tony Macdowall (M35) on 75.07%. There are still two fixtures remaining and nearly forty other members who have already competed in at least one of the fixtures still have the opportunity to clock up the required three finishing times.


BMAF T&F Championships, Birmingham 24 & 25 June 2017


With the European Masters Track and Field Championships in Aarhus barely a month away these championships were an opportunity to gauge fitness and practise competition. There were many VAC members competing over the 2 days. Conditions were pretty good.

One notable VAC success was Cliff Taylor's M85 Javelin British record of 18.38m. He also won the M85 discus and M85 hammer. Peter Giles won 3 golds in the M70 category – 800m, 1500m, and 5,000m. Barry Ferguson, Fiona Bishop, Dalbir Singh Deol, Aaron Brown and Pam Jones all won 2 gold medals.

Other VAC gold medallists included:

W50 100m Angela Bates 13.63
M90 100m Dalbir Singh Deol 22.97
W45 400m Joanna Flowers 62.72
W65 400m Ros Tabor 77.84
M50 400m Mark White 55.75
M70 400m Derek Wardle 69.38
W45 1500m Rachel Badham 05:13.4
W80 1500m Pam Jones 08:39.9
M35 1500m Aaron Brown 04:19.0
M70 1500m Peter Giles 05:26.3
M75 80m hurdles Barry Ferguson 16.51
M75 300m hurdles Barry Ferguson 62.82
M65 3k walk Ian Richards 14:59.0
W55 3k walk Fiona Bishop 20:02.3
M75 3k walk Doug Milsom 21:31.9
M85 discus Clifford Taylor 17.67m
M65 javelin Tony Richards 36.42m
M85 javelin Clifford Taylor 18.38m
W35 200m Katie Skelding 26.92
W50 200m Angela Bates 28.47
M90 200m Dalbir Singh Deol 50.34
W35 800m Zoe Doyle 02:18.4
M35 800m Aaron Brown 01:59.2
M55 800m Gary Ironmonger 02:14.5
M70 800m Peter Giles 02:51.0
W65 5000m Margaret Moody 23:00.0
W80 5000m Pam Jones 30:52.0
M70 5000m Peter Giles


M55 3k s/chase Andy Tindall 10:44.5
W55 5k walk Fiona Bishop 34:01.6
M75 5k walk Ronal Penfold 32:32.3
M60 high jump David Blunt 1.45m
M70 triple jump Allan Long 8.45m
M85 hammer Clifford Taylor 23.94m
W50 javelin Caroline Garratt 37.83m

Full results are available on the BMAF website: 


VAC 5M Road Race and Race Walk Championships, 13 June 2017, Battersea Park

Joy Wright(Bournemouth & BMAF) 2nd lady                           Ian Johnston, race winner

Peter Hall 1st o/55                                    Ange Norris, first lady (record W55 time)

Nicola Hopkinson (31) and Louise Taylor (5)

Ana Osoril (42), Marion Rayner (21), Les Presland (8) and Doug Milsom (1)

Cliff Collins 1st 80 and John Taylor (4)

Fiona Bishop (81), Pam Jones (30) and Richard Pitcairn-Knowles (36)

L-R: Ian Johnston, Paul Cheetham and Steve Davies on lap 2

5 Mile Road Race
It was a warm, muggy, evening in Battersea Park and most of the regular runners posted slower times than in April or May. However, the VAC members’ championship produced some fine racing. The first four positions were keenly fought until Ian Johnston pulled away convincingly on the final lap to win by 25 seconds over Paul Cheetham who pushed hard to beat Steve Davies by just seven seconds. Close behind, in fourth place, Tony Macdowall continued his race-on-race improvement to knock another 30 seconds off his Battersea best. There were also some fierce age group battles. For the M50s, Stephen Philcox was just ahead of Tony Tuohy, and in the M70s, Peter Giles was chased by new member, Brian James. For the M75s, Doug Milsom and Les Presland were inseparable for much of the race until Les dug deep to create a winning gap of 20 seconds.

Ange Norris was the first woman home in a time of 33:20, a new W55 Battersea Park course record, improving Anna Garnier’s 2012 record by eleven seconds. SCVAC W40 runner, Joy Wright, was second in 34:29, followed by W4H’s Jane Rowden who won the W60 Gold medal, ahead of Farnham’s Jane Georghiou. Gold medals were also awarded to Nicola Hopkinson (W50), Marion Rayner (W65) and Penny Elliott (W70) who defied the sultry weather and improved on May’s race time by nearly a minute. Another great mark was set by Pam Jones who set an inaugural W80 course record of 51:29. This complements her excellent W75 course record of 43:03 set in June 2012.

Age graded performances for VAC members for the June race are here. Peter Giles topped the June table with a magnificent 90% for his time of 32:47, which also heads the M70 Runbritain rankings for 2017. Ange Norris was second with nearly 87%, closely followed by Brian James (M70), Ian Johnston (M45) and Jane Rowden (W60) who all achieved 86% and were only divided by small fractions of percentages. Members must register three performances in order to qualify for the Grand Prix. A summary of the age graded results of all three races so far is here.

Race Position Time Name Age Group VAC Champs Age Gp pos. First Claim Club
1 27:35 Ian Johnston M45 1 VAC
2 28:00 Paul Cheetham M40 1 Barnes Runners
3 28:07 Steve Davies M45 2 Dulwich Runners
4 28:19 Tony Macdowall M35 1 Victoria Park & TH
5 29:06 Stephen Philcox M50 1 Ilford AC
6 29:15 Tony Tuohy M50 2 Dulwich Runners
7 30:36 Jamie McLoughlin M40 2 VAC
8 30:55 Peter Mannion (guest) M55 Windle Valley
9 32:19 Tom Cheetham (guest) M50 Hercules Wimbledon
10 32:47 Peter Giles M70 1 Hercules Wimbledon
11 33:07 Peter Wootton M50 3 Chiltern
12 33:14 Brian James M70 2 Watford Joggers
13 33:20* Ange Norris* W55 1 Dulwich Runners
14 33:36 Mike Mann M65 1 Dulwich Runners
15 33:50 Peter Hall M55 1 West 4 Harriers
16 34:29 Joy Wright (BMAF guest) W40 Bournemouth
17 35:42 Valdis Pauzers M60 1 Herne Hill Harriers
18 36:29 Stephen Parker M60 2 Ilford AC
19 36:35 Gerry Smith M65 2 Epsom & Ewell
20 36:42 Tom Morris M55 2 Hercules Wimbledon
21 37:28 Ed Skinner M60 3 Tiptree
22 37:38 Jane Rowden W60 1 West 4 Harriers
23 37:53 Liam O'Hare M65 3 Barnet & District
24 38:34 Caroline Helder W55 2 Wimbledon Windmilers
25 38:36 Andy Gardiner (guest) M60 Kent AC
26 38:43 Jane Georghiou W60 2 Farnham Runners
27 39:03 Nicola Hopkinson W50 1 Ilford AC
28 40:21 Louise Taylor (guest) W45 Unattached
29 40:28 Bill Fordham M65 4 VAC
30 41:41 Marion Rayner W65 1 West 4 Harriers
31 41:42 Ana Osoril (guest) W50 Unattached
32 43:13 Les Presland M75 1 AFD
33 43:33 Doug Milsom M75 2 Hillingdon AC
34 44:20 Penny Elliott W70 1 Waverley Harriers
35 44:48 John Taylor M75 3 Heaton Harriers & AC
36 44:53 Cliff Collins M80 1 VAC
37 45:36 Michael Leigh (guest) M70 Hercules Wimbledon
38 48:34 Joe Aspinall M75 4 VAC
39 51:17 Bill O'Connor M70 3 Queens Park Harriers
40 51:29** Pam Jones** W80 1 Ilford AC
41 52:07 Richard Pitcairn-Knowles M80 2 Sevenoaks AC
42 55:22 Ed Bartlett M70 4 VAC
* Ange Norris new W55 course record (previous best was Anna Garnier, 33:31, set 17 April 2012)
** Inaugural W80 course record.

5 Mile Walk
Category B
Race Permit No: RWA7037-3

1 David Annetts (N Herts) (G) M50 46:40
2 Maureen Noel (Belgrave) W50 52:12
3 Fiona Bishop (Woking) W55 53:01
4 Chris Flint (SWC) M70 54:54
5 Mick Harran (SWC) M75 56:39
6 Dave Delaney (SWC) M70 56:44
7 David Hoben (SWC) M60 59:06
DNS David Bowker (Fairlands Valley) (EMAC) (G) M55

The third fixture of the season and also the club championships was held yet again in fine sunny spring conditions even if a little humid.

The turnout was lower than the previous fixtures due to a clash with another popular series and a number of regulars on the injury list.

VAC were pleased to welcome Dave Annetts from North Herts Road Runners as guest who had a convincing win in a similar time he achieved in a large event near Newmarket over the same distance where he came second only to U23 20k GB record holder Callum Wilkinson, of Enfield & Haringey AC. VAC wish him well in his move into race walking.

Naturally with a small turnout nearly all attained gold medals; in particular Fiona Bishop, Woking AC took 1 minute off her 2016 VAC 5 mile champs and Dave Delaney, SWC 5 minutes off the same event last year.

Clerk of Course: Mick Barlow
Starter: Dennis Williams
Timekeepers/Recorders: Carl Lawton, Tom Richards, Ian Isherwood, Nolan Simmons
Walk Judge: Shaun Lightman
Entries: David Hoben, Maggie Statham, Anna Garnier
Marshals: Martin Berry, Mick Barlow
Drinks station: Anna Garnier
Results: David Hoben, Maggie Statham, Dennis Williams
Photography: Jeremy Hemming
First Aid: Alison Jones


VAC at Osterley parkrun, 10 June 2017

Osterley parkrun: VAC runners, left to right: Carey Gray, Rich Berry, Rachel Badham, Martin Garrett,
Patricia Thomas, Mike Mann, Peter Hall, Doug Milsom (photo by Ali Yousuf)

Pos. Name Time Age Group Age Grading Age graded position First Claim Club
1 Richard Berry 17:47 M40 77.88% 1 West 4 Harriers
6 Rachel Badham 20:27 W45 77.67% 2 West 4 Harriers
13 Peter Hall 21:30 M55 73.33% 7 West 4 Harriers
14 Carey Gray 21:34 M55 72.49% 10 Woodstock Harriers
19 Mike Mann 22:25 M65 76.95% 3 Dulwich Runners
36 Patricia Thomas 24:37 W50 69.80% 14 Ealing, Southall & Midd
46 Martin Garrett 24:59 M60 65.91% 18 Sudbury Court RC
71 Doug Milsom 26:54 M75 74.66% 5 Hillingdon AC

(230 finishers)

The Osterley parkrun took place on a fine, though rather breezy summer's morning with warm sunshine breaking through during the run. The course consisted of 3 laps, some of it on newly laid cycle paths but more than half on grass and trails, with tree roots marked clearly in yellow paint, so times will have been down compared with a tarmac course. We were told that numbers were higher than usual, but the organisation was excellent. Osterley House, an iconic Georgian building in West London, formed a memorable backdrop for the VAC team photo.

Eight VAC members took part. Rich Berry was first for VAC and also first in the whole run in 17:47, a full minute ahead of the second finisher. Rich also topped the age-graded table. Next for VAC, in 6th place overall, was Rachel Badham who was also 2nd in the age-graded table. Six of the top ten age-graded performances on the day were achieved by VAC members.

VAC's next get-together is on Saturday 16 September at Hampstead Heath parkrun. All VAC members are welcome. New parkrunners must pre-register with parkrun to obtain a Barcode.


Jack Fitzgerald Memorial race walks, 10 June 2017, Tilgate Park, Crawley

5th Jack Fitzgerald Memorial Walks Tilgate Park, Crawley, 10 June 2017, Veterans AC 10.325km road and supporting races

Category B Permit No: RWA7060-1

10.325 km
1. F. Reis (Thames Valley) M55 54:59
2. O. Hopkins (Lewes) U20M 57:03
3. M. Peddle (Loughton) W45 63:46
4. P. Gaston (SWC) M65 69:15
5. J. White (unattached) M45 70:10
6. C. Flint (SWC) M70 70:25
7. M. Martin (SWC) M60 71:03
=7. A. Martin (SWC) W50 71:03
9. B. Kirkdale (Hastings Runners) M55 71:52
10. A. Jones (Steyning) W60 72:04
11. J. Killick (Steyning) M70 72:39
12. S Pender (Enfield) M60 72:47
13. D. Hoben (SWC) M60 75:59
=13. D. Delaney (SWC) M70 75:59
DQ R. Hornigold (Lewes) W35
DNS P. Hannell (SWC) M70

5.9 km
1 C Wallis (AFD) U15W 40:11
2 E Payton White (Lewes) U17W 40:33
3 J. Hall (Belgrave) M65 44:02
DNS C. Edwards (SWC) M65

1. E. Hawes (Lewes) U13B 10:21
2. L. Morse (Lewes) U15W 10:24
3. P. Selby (SWC) M70 12:02
4. L. Burr (Tonbridge) U11B 12:02

Veterans AC were pleased to host the fifth running of this event on a lakeside course once used as the test bed for Britain's water speed record round popular beauty spot Campbell's lake in good June weather with lower temperatures in the surrounding pinewood sections.

In the headline race over 10.325 km VAC were pleased to welcome back Francisco Reis from Thames Valley Harriers who had missed out on a victory on a previous occasion, this time having a convincing win over the nearest athlete by over 2 minutes. Ollie Hopkins from Lewes AC continued his upwards trajectory keeping pace with the winner for a good second place in his longest race to date, not long after his win at Haywards Heath Harriers 1k track race. Also on an upwards trajectory Melanie Peddle from Loughton AC came in a strong third place overall just a little outside one hour.

In the supporting races in the 5.9km Charlotte Wallis from AFD had to work for her win over Eva Payton-White from Lewes AC, the 1.5k time trial was won by Ethan Hawes also from Lewes AC; and coach Peter Selby from SWC commemorated his 60 years in race walking including London to Brighton wins by taking part accompanying his charge Lewes Burr from Lewes AC.

The race was held to raise funds for Help for Heroes, as a tribute to RAF fighter pilot Jack Fitzgerald. Thank you letter

Judge: Shaun Lightman
Starter: Peter Selby
Entries: Maggie Statham
Time keeping/lap recording: Carl Lawton, Ron Penfold, Dave Stevens
Lead cyclist: Eric Parker
Marshals: Eric Parker, Chris Cheeseman
Signage: Ron Penfold, Dave Stevens
Water station: Entries: Maggie Statham
Changing, showers, refreshments: Tilgate Forest Golf Centre
From an original idea by Walter Hill, SCVAC

This event is dedicated to the memory of Jack Fitzgerald 1923-2013


Veterans AC 5M Road Race and Race Walk 9 May 2017, Battersea Park, London SW11  

The Start

Race winner Stephen Philcox (122)

Valdis Pauzers                                               Tom Morris

Peter Crowhurst

Marion Rayner                                                 Cliff Collins

Leading Race Walkers: Mark Culshaw, Penelope Cummings

Vanda Caulfield (130), David Hoben (49) race walker and Peter Crowhurst (126)

Photos from Jeremy Hemming
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5 Mile Road Race 

Conditions were good. Many competitors who had also run in April were pleased to improve their times. There was an exciting contest at the front with Stephen Philcox (M50) surging in the final few hundred metres to win by six seconds from Tony Macdowall, closely tracked by Gavin Mackay. Carol Jones (W55) led the women, coming in comfortably under 36 minutes. Marion Rayner (W65) and Penny Elliott (W70) posted commendable first marks for their age groups.

Age graded performances for VAC members are here. Carol Jones headed the table. Good times by the older runners elevated them to high spots in the ranks. 

5 Mile Road Race
Race Position Time Name Age Group Age Grp. Pos. First Claim Club
1 28:40 Stephen Philcox M50 1 Ilford AC
2 28:46 Tony Macdowall M35 1 Victoria Park H & TH
3 28:56 Gavin Mackay M45 1 Petts Wood Runners
4 29:52 Tony Gould (guest) M45 2 Serpentine
5 30:12 Jamie McLoughlin M40 1 VAC
6 30:59 Darryl Coulter M45 3 Kent AC
7 31:18 Byron McKinney (guest) M40 2 Tiverton
8 32:19 Tom Cheetham (guest) M50 2 Hercules Wimbledon
9 33:37 Mick Barlow (guest) M50 3 Kent AC
10 33:52 Mike Mann M65 1 Dulwich Runners
11 34:19 Lyndon Bubb (guest) M45 4 Ravens
12 35:04 Valdis Pauzers M60 1 Herne Hill Harriers
13 35:47 Carol Jones W55 1 Ealing Southall & Midd
14 36:13 Tom Morris M55 1 Hercules Wimbledon
15 36:26 Gerry Smith M65 2 Epsom & Ewell
16 37:18 Ed Skinner M60 2 Tiptree
17 38:03 Caroline Helder W55 2 Wimbledon Windmilers
18 38:33 Vanda Caulfield (guest) W50 1 Epsom & Ewell
19 38:34 Peter Crowhurst M65 3 Brighton & Hove AC
20 40:32 Ian Mursell M65 4 VAC
21 41:06 Marion Rayner W65 1 W4H
22 41:08 Colin Harris (guest) M60 3 Wimbledon Windmilers
23 41:25 Karen Macaulay (guest) W55 3 Orion Harriers
24 42:13 Les Presland M75 1 AFD
25 44:10 Cliff Collins M80 1 VAC
26 44:40 Maria Campbell (guest) W45 1 Unattached
27 45:10 Penny Elliott W70 1 Waverley Harriers
28 45:44 Ann Bath W65 2 26.2 Runners
29 46:29 Rachel Greener (guest) W50 2 Waverley Harriers
30 47:04 Anna Faithfull (guest) W35 1 Unattached
31 48:15 Joe Aspinall M75 2 VAC
32 49:50 Richard Pitcairn-Knowles M80 2 Sevenoaks AC
33 55:07 Ed Bartlett M70 1 VAC

5 Mile Race Walk 

The second fixture of the season was again held in perfect racing conditions, on a sunny spring evening which was less cold than of late.

The results showed an emergence of girl power as Penelope Cummings from AFD had her second overall win in four weeks at a VAC fixture in a time very close to her personal best, and Melanie Peddle of Loughton came third overall and went under 50 minutes for the first time with a new personal best showing what can be achieved in only a year in the sport; while Maureen Noel (Belgrave) maintained her usual excellent time.

Further down the field Paul King from Belgrave and Chris Flint from SWC gradually returned to their previous form and Peter Hannell also SWC returned to this distance after a number of months’ absence and achieved a better than expected time.

A black running top, with black & white striped edges, was found after the race on 9 May outside the Millennium stadium. Please contact the entries secretary or the walks secretary to reclaim – will bring to the June fixture in the series in any event.

1 Penelope Cummings (AFD) (SCVAC) (G) W40 48:01
2 Mark Culshaw (Ilford) (G) M50 48:02
3 Melanie Peddle (Loughton) (EMAC) (G) W45 49:23
4 David Bowker (Fairlands Valley) (EMAC) (G) M55 50:11
5 Dan Maskell (SWC) M65 51:55
6 Maureen Noel (Belgrave) W50 51:58
7= Chris Flint (SWC) M70 54:06
7= Paul King (Belgrave) M65 54:06
9 Peter Hannell (SWC) M70 57:40
10 David Hoben (SWC) M60 59:09
11 Michael Neale (unattached) (G) M65 60:31
12 Dave Delaney (SWC) M70 61:53

Clerk of Course: Mick Barlow
Starter: Dennis Williams
Timekeepers/Recorders: David Harris, Ian Isherwood, Carl Lawton, Tom Richards
Walk Judge: Michael Croft
Entries: David Hoben, Maggie Statham, Mike Mann
Marshals: Martin Berry, Dennis Williams
Drinks station: Maggie Statham
Results: David Hoben, Maggie Statham
Photography: Jeremy Hemming
First Aid: Alison Jones


Veterans AC 5M Road Race and Race Walk 18 April 2017, Battersea Park, London SW11

RWA Permit No 7037-1 Category B

The Start...

Marie Synott-Wells 2nd lady Race winner                               Thomas Grimes(G)

Walk trio: Shaun Lightman, David Bowker(Fairlands) and Dan Maskell

Gary Ironmonger, 1st VAC                                 Simon Thompson M35 2nd

Race Walkers leaders

Vikki Filsell 1st woman                                      Valdis Pauzers M60 1st

 Photos from Jeremy Hemming
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Race Position Time Name Age Group Age Grp Pos. First Claim Club
1 26:51 Thomas Grimes (Guest) M35 1 East London Runners
2 27:53 Gary Ironmonger M55 1 Herne Hill Harriers
3 28:21 Tony Tuohy M50 1 Dulwich Runners
4 28:24 Simon Thompson M35 2 Herne Hill Harriers
5 29:11 Tony Macdowall M35 3 Victoria Park H & TH
6 29:49 David Ogden M55 2 South London Harriers
7 30:14 Byron McKinney (Guest) M40 1 Tiverton
8 30:45 Jamie McLoughlin M40 2 VAC
9 32:15 Thomas Martini M40 3 Ealing Eagles
10 32:48 Tom Cheetham (Guest) M50 2 Hercules Wimbledon
11 33:10 Mick Barlow (Guest) M50 3 Kent AC
12 34:24 Vikki Filsell W45 1 THH
13 34:44 Marie Synott-Wells W50 1 Ranelagh
14 35:20 Tony Harran M55 3 HHH
15 35:25 Valdis Pauzers M60 1 HHH
16 36:06 Tom Morris M55 4 Hercules Wimbledon
17 36:20 Carol Jones W55 1 Ealing Southall & Midd
18 36:39 Liam O'Hare M65 1 Barnet & District
19 37:57 Ed Skinner M60 2 Tiptree
20 38:38 Paul Browning M55 5 Beckenham
21 41:46 Colin Harris (Guest) M60 3 Wimbledon Windmilers
22 42:41 Cliff Collins M80 1 VAC
23 43:41 Les Presland M75 1 AFD
24 45:56 John Taylor (SCVAC) M75 2 Heaton Harriers
25 49:52 Joe Aspinall M75 3 VAC
26 51:06 Richard Pitcairn-Knowles M80 2 Sevenoaks AC
27 56:12 Ed Bartlett M70 1 VAC

Twenty seven runners posted good marks for the first five mile outing in Battersea’s pleasant park. The winner was Thomas Grimes of East London Runners who joined the select few who have broken 27 minutes on this course. His time of 26:51 bettered the previous M35 best of 26:59 set by Mohammed Ismail in 2016. In second place, Gary Ironmonger’s time of 27:53 was within a whisker of matching the long-standing M55 course record of 27:49 set by Liam O’Hare in 2005. Gary’s time also placed him at the top of this year’s runbritain national M55 rankings for 5 Miles. A performance of note was Cliff Collins’s blistering 42:41, faster than all his 2016 times, and also positioning him at the top of the national M80 rankings for 5 Miles.

Vikki Filsell was the first woman in a time of 34:24, with Marie Synott-Wells pushing her all the way, finishing twenty seconds behind. Carol Jones completed the trio.

Age graded performances for VAC members are here. Gary Ironmonger topped the table but it's early days and three performances are required to qualify for the Grand Prix

Race Walk

1 Mark Culshaw (Ilford) (G) M50 48:29
2 Steve Bishop (Stock Exchange) (G) M50 48:41
3 Stuart Bennett (Ilford) (G) M55 48:51
4 Melanie Peddle (Loughton) (EMAC) (G)(W45) 51:01
5 Shaun Lightman (SWC) M70 51:16
6 David Bowker (Fairlands Valley) (EMAC) (G)(M55) 51:25
7 Dan Maskell (SWC) M65 53:10
8 Arthur Thomson (Enfield) M80 56:23
9 Paul King (Belgrave) M65 57:18
10 David Hoben (SWC) M60 58:33

The first race of the summer series took place in good racing conditions on a bright but cool early spring evening.
Mark Culshaw continued his 2016 form to deliver yet another race win in this series, closely followed by Steve Bishop making a return to the racing scene after a few years absence, and Stuart Bennett from Ilford using the midweek race as a warm up to the upcoming London marathon at the weekend. Melanie Peddle from Loughton AC, who has already established herself In her first year in the sport, was the only newcomer to the series and finished in a respectable time.
Clerk of Course: Mick Barlow
Starter: Don Turner
Timekeepers/Recorders: David Harris, Ian Isherwood, Carl Lawton, Tom Richards
Walk Judges: John Hall, Sean Pender
Entries: Anna Garnier, David Hoben
Marshals: Martin Berry, Nolan Simmons
Drinks station: Anna Garnier, Maggie Statham
Results: David Hoben, Maggie Statham
Photography: Jeremy Hemming
First Aid: Alison Jones


Veterans AC, Surrey, Herts and Middlesex 10k Track Championships, Tooting Bec 12 April 2017

RWA Permit No 7035-1 Category A

1 Penelope Cummings (AFD) (SCVAC) (G) W40 59:24.0 Surrey
2 Mark Culshaw (Ilford) (G) M50 1:01:59.4 Middx
3 Gary Smith (Enfield) (SCVAC) (G) M60 1:02:48.7 Herts
4 Dan Maskell (SWC) M65 [1] 1:06:17.9 N/A
5 John Borgars (Herts Phoenix) (EMAC) (G) M70 1:06:31.4 Herts
6 Shaun Lightman (SWC) M70 [1] 1:07:54.5 Middx
7 Fiona Bishop (Woking) W55 [1] 1:08:58.9 Surrey
8 Mick Harran (SWC) M75 [1] 1:09:40.3 Surrey
9 David Bowker (Fairlands Valley Spartans) (EMAC) (G) M55 [1] 1:11:03.6 Herts
10 Paul King (Belgrave) M65 [2] 1:12:43.7 Middx
11 Sean Pender (Enfield) (G) M60 1:15:37.8 Middx
12 Dave Delaney (SWC) M70 [2] 1:17:58.9 Surrey

DQ Peter Watts (Swanley) M65 N/A

Championship results in square brackets
County championships:

G Smith, J Borgars, D Bowker

M Culshaw, S Lightman, P King

P Cummings, F Bishop
M Harran, D Delaney

The annual VAC and Counties championships took place in good racing conditions under cloud cover, rainstorms were threatened but never materialised.
Sean Pender from Enfield AC who had qualified as a starter recently, generously acted as a starter in this race using a clapperboard and then went on to participate himself.
Penelope Cummings from AFD had an excellent race to win outright, she was also first lady overall and first Surrey lady.
New Ilford AC signing Mark Culshaw who was racing neck and neck with Penelope at certain times finished strongly in second place and first Middlesex; meanwhile Gary Smith, another Enfield AC regular, finished powerfully in third place to get gold for Herts for the first time since 1998. John Borgars from Herts Phoenix who had competed frequently since his record breaking 100 mile race in 2016, also completed in a good time and position.
The Middlesex county medal presentations were made by the president, Steve Marshall; Ken and Margaret Livermore attended the Herts county medal presentations, which were made by county representative Ken Livermore, who also presented Gary Smith with the county cup.
Starter: Sean Pender
Judges: Noel Carmody, Michael Croft
Timekeepers: David Harris, Ros Tabor
Recorders: Don Turner, Tom Richards, Mike May, David Hoben
Electronic timing: Don Anderson


BMAF 10km road Champs, Gravesend 9 April 2017

Tony Tuohy (42) finished 1st 50
Andy Howey (35) was 2nd M50
Gary Ironmonger Herne Hill colours finished 1st 55

Martyn Rouse, Ian Johnston and Robert O'Rourke, the VAC M45 Silver Medal winning team (photo by Maggie Statham-Berry)

Mick Boyle (HHH)                                              Jane Georghiou was 3rd W60

Howard Bristow from Sullivan Smith, lap 2                                                        1st lady Mary James (SLH)

Rob Sargent (Ilford)                                                      Ian Johnston was 2nd M45

188 Pauline Rich w70 worthing                                                   Sullivan Smith, Race Winner
175 Maggie Statham - Berry w60 Holland sports                                         196 Pam Jones w80 Ilford

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The full results are on the Statistics menu of the BMAF website.

VAC members’ results are shown below.

For the first time, BMAF staged their own 10k championship race rather than using an established event. The venue was the Gravesend Cyclopark, recently constructed on land by the A2, a few miles outside the M25 and a couple of miles from Gravesend station. The race had full use of the main cycling circuit, a 2.5k loop on smooth, wide tarmac, with changing and café buildings right by the start/finish area. The 4 laps were quite testing as the initial downhill slope was followed by a long uphill second kilometre and another down and up before the end of the lap. Also there was no shade on a sunny morning approaching 20 degrees C. Chip timing was used but there was no finish clock. Several VAC members volunteered to help BMAF organise the race.

There were some great efforts by VAC members, including the following gold medal winners in the BMAF championships for their age group:M55 Gary Ironmonger; M50 Tony Tuohy; W60 Maggie Statham-Berry; W70 Pauline Rich; W75 Patricia Cummings; W80 Pam Jones. Also splendid M45 Silver team medals were awarded to the VAC team of 1st claimers, Ian Johnston, Robert O'Rourke and Martyn Rouse.

BMAF and VAC 10K Road Championships, Cyclopark, Gravesend: 9 April 2017
VAC Members' Results
Race Position Time Name BMAF Age Group Pos. VAC Medal Position First Claim Club
6 35:04 Ian Johnston M45-2 1 Veterans AC
11 36:36 Gary Ironmonger M55-1 1 Herne Hill Harriers
12 37:02 Mark Cursons M55-2 2 Harrow AC
13 37:20 Tony Tuohy M50-1 1 Dulwich Runners AC
15 37:44 Tom Conlon M55-3 3 Herne Hill Harriers
17 37:59 Mike Boyle M55-4 Herne Hill Harriers
32 41:05 Don Lawless M50-7 2 Thurrock Harriers AC
42 42:51 Terry Booth M50-9 3 Guildford & Godalming AC
44 43:28 Robert O'Rourke M50-10 Veterans AC
46 43:41 Peter Giles M70-2 1 Hercules Wimbledon AC
47 43:44 Dennis Briggs M40-5 1 Ilford AC
48 43:45 Tony Harran M55-9 Herne Hill Harriers
53 44:15 Mick Ellsmore M60-5 1 Cambridge Harriers
57 44:55 Stephen Parker M60-6 2 Ilford AC
59 45:03 Lisa Webb W50-2 1 Shaftesbury Barnet Harriers


45:12 Peter Hamilton M65-6 1 Blackheath & Bromley Harriers AC  
63 45:39 Valdis Pauzers M60-7 3 Herne Hill Harriers
67 46:17 Jim Brown M65-7 2 Woking AC
69 46:29 Maggie Statham W60-1 1 Holland Sports AC
71 46:39 John Denyer M65-9 3 Sevenoaks AC
76 47:06 Satha Alaganandasundaram M55-13 Ilford AC
79 47:21 Ros Tabor W65-2 1 Dulwich Runners AC
81 47:34 Cain Bradley M55-14 Tonbridge AC
83 48:47 Martyn Rouse M70-6 2 Veterans AC
86 49:47 Jane Georghiou W60-3 2 Farnham Runners
87 50:07 Ed Skinner M60-9 Tiptree Road Runners
88 50:09 Nicola Hopkinson W50-5 2 Ilford AC
92 51:23 Dianne Crisp W55-3 1 Ilford AC
94 52:25 Rob Sargent M60-10 Ilford AC
96 53:27 Pauline Rich W70-1 1 Worthing Striders
99 54:31 Tony Austin M60-11 Hercules Wimbledon AC
100 55:51 Michael Johnson M75-2 1 Thames Hare & Hounds
103 63:42 Carol Muir W45-2 1 Ilford AC
105 66:58 Patricia Cummins W75-1 1 Worthing Striders
106 67:40 Pam Jones W80-1 1 Ilford AC
107 70:35 Richard Pitcairn-Knowles M80-2 1 Sevenoaks AC



RWA Race permit no: RWA7034-1 
Veterans AC were pleased to host the second running of this event on a dedicated cycle circuit which in shape and gradients can only be described as a large Scalextric set.
We were also pleased to welcome for the second year running Olympic silver medallist Paul Nihill MBE and his wife Pauline attending as special guests. In all there were 50 entries, and 47 on the line.
The weather was favourable, just the right combination of sun and wind, the 15k was won in 75.10 by a very in form Luc Legon from Cambridge Harriers who has followed up his London Walks victory with this one, in his first attempt at this distance. This was 10 minutes faster than previous year record set by Malcolm Martin, and 14 minutes ahead of Seb Parris from Ilford in a creditable second place.
For the 10k headline race which was to score in the Enfield League 2017 series this was not unsurprisingly also won by Luc Legon in 49.13, the runner up was Jonathan Hobbs from Ashford AC, and a third place fast finishing Marshall Smith also from Ashford with a personal best.
For the ladies 10k this was convincingly won by Emily Ghose from Tonbridge AC in 56.53 also in a personal best and who managed to beat nearly all of the men.
In the 5k race George Wilkinson had a victory in 28.50 not far in front of first place Isabelle Bridge from Blackheath Harriers coming in at 29.22 with a personal best.
First female in the juniors 2.5k race was Devina Nova from Ashdord AC finishing in 15.21 in her first attempt at this distance.
VAC are grateful to Ron Wallwork for allowing this race to be incorporated in the Enfield League series.
Name Age band Club Time
1 Christian Hopper U13B Cambridge H 17.56
1 Devina Nova U13G Ashford AC 15.21
2 Abigail Smith U13G Blackheath & Bromley 15.24
3 Katie Stringer U13G Medway & Maidstone 16.14
4 Hannah Hopper U15G Cambridge H 16.34
1 George Wilkinson U17M Enfield & Haringey 28.50
2 Tony Wilkinson M55 Unattached 34.13
3 Chris Edwards M65 SWC 36.13
4 Stephen Holliday M65 Ashford 38.27
5 Dave Ainsworth M65 Ilford 44.03
6 Ken Livermore M80 Enfield & Haringey 45.15
DNS Peter Hannell M70 SWC
1 Isabelle Bridge U17W Blackheath & Bromley 29.22
2 Andrea Ingram W55 Lewes 32.26
3 Jacqueline Benson U17W Ashford 33.24
1 Luc Legon U23M Cambridge H 49.18
2 Jonathan Hobbs SM Ashford 50.25
3 Marshall Smith U20M Ashford 51.45
4 Chris Hobbs M60 Ashford 58.20
5 Seb Parris SM Ilford 58.52
6 Graham Chapman M60 Headington 59.00
7 Richard Emsley M60 Crawley Saints & Sinners 59.44
8 Trevor Jones M60 Steyning 60.22
9 Stuart Bennett M55 Ilford 60.42
10 Simon Kerr SM Headington 60.44
11 Mark Culshaw M50 Ilford 62.23
12 John Ralph M60 Enfield & Haringey 63.39
13 John Borgars M70 Loughton 65.29
14 Dan Maskell M65 SWC 67.18
15 Ron Penfold M75 Steyning 67.42
16 Chris Flint M70 SWC 68.12
17 Steve Cartwright M55 Colchester 70.15
18 Andy Cox M60 Hillingdon 70.29
19 Steve Kemp M55 EMAC 70.52
20 David Hoben M60 SWC 71.59
21 Sean Pender M60 Enfield & Haringey 72.36
22 Dave Delaney M70 SWC 76.05
DNF Gary Smith M60 Enfield & Haringey
DNS Shaun Lightman M70 SWC
DNS David Crane M35 SWC
1 Emily Ghose U20W Tonbridge 56.53
2 Helen Middleton W50 Enfield & Haringey 60.46
3 Melanie Peddle W45 Loughton 64.09
4 Anne Jones W60 Steyning 68.22
5 Noel Blatchford W65 Abingdon 71.55
6 Kay Coulson W45 Sarnia WC 72.09
7 Jo Miles W60 Hillingdon 72.50
8 Sandar Wade W35 Abingdon 77.36
1 Luc Legon U23M Cambridge H 75.10
2 Seb Parris SM Ilford 89.11
3 Graham Chapman M60 Headington 89.37
4 Trevor Jones M60 Steyning 91.32
5 Stuart Bennett M55 Ilford 94.03
6 Mark Culshaw M50 Ilford 95.39
7 John Ralph M60 Enfield & Haringey 96.08
8 John Borgars M70 Loughton 99.19
9 Dan Maskell M65 SWC 102.38
10 Chris Flint M70 SWC 103.47
11 Dave Delaney M70 SWC 117.43
1 Anne Jones W60 Steyning 103.16
2 Jo Miles W60 Hillingdon 109.00
1k time trial
1 Lewis Burr U11 Tonbridge 6.55
2 Adam Childs U13 Medway & Maidstone 7.18
Judges: Pauline Wilson (chief), Shaun Lightman, Peter Cassidy, Doug Hopkins, Ron Wallwork.
Starter: Dave Stevens
Time keeping: Maggie Statham, Carl Lawton
Lap recording: Eric Parker, Peter Selby
Lead cyclist: Eric Parker
Registration: Maggie Statham
Judges' runner: Barbara Ralph
Souvenirs: Justin Kinsey, Medals for All
First Aid: Robert Burch, Medical Despatch
Changing, showers, refreshments: Cyclopark, Gravesend
The staff of Cyclopark, Gravesend 
This event is dedicated to the memory of Cecil Gittins 1928 - 2014



England Masters Indoor Track & Field Inter Area Challenge (indoor), 26 February 2017, Lee Valley

VAC men came 4th of 7 area veteran teams, our women 5th and overall VAC were 5th.

Results are on the BMAF website




Mile End Parkrun 5k 18 February 2017
The quarterly VAC visit to a Parkrun was to the East End this time. Mile End Park was created towards the end of the 20th century by clearing land to the east of the Regents Canal between the Thames and Victoria Park. Whilst the land started off being flat, several small hills were created, including one incorporating a bridge over Mile End Road. The Parkrun starts outside Mile End track, with changing, toilet and locker facilities, and heads north over two small hills, turning at a third to return, initially by the canal, to the start for a second full lap.

Eight VAC runners met at the start on a grey but mildish morning. First VAC runner to finish was Alan Camp, who set a course M60 record. Further back Ros Tabor improved the course’s age graded record, set by her there in 2015, to 94.65%.

Next outing is to Osterley Park (National Trust-owned in west London) on Saturday 10 June. All welcome -Parkrun registration/barcode required - see

11/1m60 Alan Camp (Blackheath & Bromley) 18.12* 88.10% age-graded
54/1m50 Lloyd Bevan (Serpentine) 20.33 73.56%
59/1m65 Mike Mann (Dulwich Runners) 21.27 80.42%
65/2m55 Peter Hall (West 4) 21.36 72.99%
81/2m60 Andy Murray (Dulwich Runners) 22.18 73.84%
85/1w65 Ros Tabor (Dulwich Runners) 22.25 94.65%*
142/4m60 Martin Garrett (Serpentine) 25.25 64.79%
151/1m70 John Carter(Wimbledon Windmilers) 25.50 71.03%

*Course records m60/overall age graded

Photo shows from left - John Carter, Andy Murray, Ros Tabor, Peter Hall, Lloyd Bevan, Martin Garrett, Mike Mann


BMAF Pentathlon, South of England Masters, EVAC & VAC Championships & Open (indoor) Meeting, 12 February 2017, Lee Valley

Ros Tabor, W65 800m and 1500m winner, credit to Jeremy Hemming

Results are on the BMAF website



Women’s Surrey League Cross Country, Coulsdon, 11 February 2017

The start...

VAC Members at Coulsdon

Around 20 VAC women, running for their first-claim clubs, braved the wintry conditions on a tough five mile course in Coulsdon’s Happy Valley. Belgrave’s Sophie Carter was the fastest VAC finisher, followed by VAC’s Cross Country Championship winner, Liz Stavreski. Ange Norris was the first W55 in the race, beating all the W45 and W50 runners. Rachel Badham was first in the W45 category. Ola Balme and Marie Synott-Wells were 2nd and 3rd in the W50 placings.. 


1. Isabel Brinsden, Senior, 28:58 (non VAC)

22. Sophie Carter W35, 32:32

35. Liz Stavreski, W40, 33:21

44. Ange Norris, W55, 33:47

52. Selma Benattia, W35, 34:10

58. Victoria Buck, W40, 34:26

62. Rachel Badham, W45, 34:38

71. Ola Balme, W50, 34:56

86. Marie Synott-Wells, W50, 35:48

100. Kate Williams, W50, 36:13

114. Susanna Harrison, W50, 36:38

126. Lisa Thomas, W50, 37:02

134. Pippa Major, W50, 37:27

159. Liz Amos, W35, 38:29

192. Rebecca Barrow, W45, 39:57

241. Nicky Atkins, W50, 42:57

247. Jane Rowden, W60, 43:12

284. Sarah Allen, W50, 46:48

290. Ann Bath, W65, 47:03

294. Fiona Bishop, W55, 47:37

340 finishers

Marie Synott-Wells                                                           Rachel Badham

Ola Balme

Photos from Jeremy Hemming
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Men’s Surrey League Cross Country, Lloyd Park, 11 February 2017 

Steve Clancey, ran in all four matches                                                                      Peter Hall

Eight VAC men made up the VAC team for the final match in the Surrey League series at a cold, grey, Lloyd Park. The two lap course presented the customary greasy mud. Strong legs, good footwear and masterly technique were the order of the day. The team was led home by Mark Cawood, placing 19th in the Division Four race. Next were fellow SLH club mates, Steve Clancey, Jamie Freeland, Glen Morgan and Barry Attwell, all posting sub 40 minute times over the challenging five miles. Peter Hall, Andy Murray and Carey Gray closed the team scorings, making every place count. 

Despite being two men short of a full team, VAC finished a worthy 7th on the day. The team’s performance enabled VAC to gain a place in the overall standings. We finished a very creditable 6th out of the 10 teams in the division. The Surrey League also makes awards to leading individuals in the M40-49, M50-59 and M60 age groups. VAC’s Mark Cawood has won the bronze medal in the M40 category, taking into account his four great performances. In the M60 category, Andy Murray’s consistency has been rewarded by the silver medal. Steve Clancey, Mark Cawood and Carey Gray once again 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 at Lloyd Park: Division Four

19 Mark Cawood M45 32:50

39 Steve Clancey M45 35:14

48 Jamie Freeland M40 36:14

50 Glen Morgan M50 37:01

71 Barry Attwell M60 39:24

76 Peter Hall M55 40:12

79 Andy Murray M60 40:53

91 Carey Gray M55 43:03

113 finishers

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

VAC Cross Country Champs, Wimbledon Common, 21 January 2017 


The start

In freezing temperatures, but with bright, calm, conditions, 56 finishers claimed some excellent racing and pleasing performances. For the fourth year we used the two-lap 4.5 mile course on Wimbledon Common, taking in the trail alongside the Beverley Brook and the climb up Robin Hood horse ride. Course records for the Championships are taking shape, augmented by some fine performances at the Inter-Area Masters’ Challenge in October 2016 which used the same course.

The race winner, Richard McDowell, led the field by over 30 seconds to set the inaugural M35 course record in an excellent time of 25:07. The top five finishers were each from different age groups (M35, M50, M55, M45 and M60). Second-placed Tony Tuohy had a magnificent run to break the M50 course record by over 20 seconds. Third-placed Gary Ironmonger set a new M55 VAC Championship course record. Next was Ian Johnston, as first M45, followed by Alan Camp, showing great form, holding off two challengers and improving Dave Cox’s admirable M60 record by 18 seconds. Mike Mann and Peter Giles retained their M65 and M70 titles in their annual tussle, which this year was narrowly won, by four seconds, by Peter. Doug Milsom, in good form, and not straying off course this year, posted a fine 39:06 to rewrite the VAC Championships M75 course record. However, he did not match his own magnificent overall M75 course record of 37:39 set at the Inter-Area Challenge.

For the women, there was a close contest for the top three placings which were taken by runners in three different age groups (W40, W45 and W55), each setting new VAC Championships course records. First woman, and 8th in the race, was Liz Stavreski whose time of 29:19 improved Victoria Carter’s championship course record of 29:43. However, the absolute course record is still held by Clare Elms whose time of 27:44 set at the Inter-Area Challenge looks unbeatable. Rachel Badham followed in 9th place in a time of 29:35, knocking 11 seconds off Anna Critchlow’s W45 VAC Championships course record. Rachel was chased all the way by W55 Ange Norris who set a new VAC Championship record of 29:54 but couldn’t quite match her own overall course record of 29:40 set at the Inter-Area Challenge. The W50, W60 and W65 gold medals were won convincingly by Patricia Thomas, Jane Georgiou and Margaret Moody.

Thank you to all who competed in the championships. The award for the most conspicuous club goes to Herne Hill Harriers, fielding eight runners and picking up numerous medals. Dulwich Runners came a close second with seven runners, followed by W4H with five.

Thanks also to the officials and helpers without whom the event could not have been held:

Meeting Director: Maggie Statham

Registration: Martin Berry, Maggie Statham 

Data and results: Peter Kennedy

Medical support: Alison Jones

Timekeeper: Nigel Bongers

Recorders: Stephanie Burchill, Tom Morris, Maggie Statham

Marshals: Joe Aspinall, Paddy Clark, Maurice Doogan, Mike May, Liam O’Hare, Ros Tabor, Dennis Williams

Course set-up: Mike Mann, Andy Murray, Dennis Williams

Photographer: Jeremy Hemming

Results here...

Richard Mcdowell, Race Winner                    Liz Stavreski, First Woman 

Valdis Pauzers                                                                      Stuart Morrison

Margaret Moody                                                      Jane Georghiou

Bill O'Connor                                                                        Ian Johnston

Gary Ironmonger                                                                    Mike Boyle
Liz Stavreski                                                                                Ange Norris, First W55

Anna Critchlow                                                                       Ola Balme

Patricia Thomas, First W50                                                               Peter Giles M70

Peter Hall                                                                    Graham Laylee

Andy Murray                                                                    Walter Wessely

Gerry Smith                                                  Martin Spence

Carol Jones                                              Richard Bloom

Alan Camp                                                                 Jeremy Carnell

Rosemary Lewis                                                              Peter Kennedy

Lisa Pettit                                                  William Fordham

Photos from Jeremy Hemming
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Men's Surrey League Cross Country, Cranford 14 January 2017

Gary Ironmonger led VAC team                                                                              Steve Clancey

Peter Hall                                                             Carey Gray

Simon Williamson                                                             Mark Cawood

Philip Jones                                                  Peter Hall

Andy Murray                                                              Ian Sesnan

Walter Wessely

The VAC team at Cranford Park (from left to right): Steve Clancey, Peter Hall, Paddy Clark (team manager), Simon Williamson, Ian Sesnan, Andy Murray, Gary Ironmonger, Carey Gray,Mark Cawood,Philip Jones)

What's different about this plane? No windows – it flies cargo

Photos from Jeremy Hemming
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Ten VAC men made up a full team for the third match in the Surrey League series at a surprisingly sunny Cranford Park under the shadow of Heathrow Airport’s flightpath. The team’s lead runner, Gary Ironmonger, came a magnificent fourth in the Division Four listing after a tight contest with the 5th and 6th placed younger runners who were only seconds behind. VAC were well supported in the middle of the pack by great performances from Mark Cawood, Philip Jones, Steve Clancey and Peter Hall, followed by the men who closed the team, Carey Gray, Andy Murray, Simon Williamson, Ian Sesnan and Walter Wessely, who are just as valuable as the faster ones. 

Thanks go to Paddy Clark, the team manager, who orchestrated VAC’s presence and kept spirits high. The team finished a creditable 6th on the day, a place higher than in the previous match. The team performance helped VAC to jump to 7th overall after the three fixtures, but we need a strong performance in the final match to consolidate. We could even bag another place. 

VAC men, please turn out for the final match at Lloyd Park, Croydon, on 11 February.

VAC placings at Cranford Park: Division Four

4 Gary Ironmonger M55 29:11

19 Mark Cawood M45 31:26

29 Philip Jones M50 32:31

40 Steve Clancey M45 33:41

60 Peter Hall M55 35:42

72 Carey Gray M55 36:49

74 Andy Murray M60 37:04

85 Simon Williamson M55 38:19

87 Ian Sesnan M55 38:49

103 Walter Wessely M70 45:44

107 finishers

Full results and team placings are here.