Results for July to December 2016

  • World Masters Athletics Championships, Perth, Western Australia October/November 2016  9-01-17

  • Hercules Wimbledon Interclub & East Surrey League CC, Wimbledon Common, 10 December 2016 11-12-16

  • Epsom 10 road race Incorporates separate VAC and SCVAC 10 mile Road Champs 13 November 2016 14-11-16

  • Men’s Surrey League Cross Country, Epsom Downs, 12 November 2016 14-11-16 
  • Inter-Club Masters Cross Country, Loughton, 5 November 2016 8-11-16 
  • Surrey County Masters Cross Country Championships, Richmond Park, 22 October 2016 25-10-16 
  • Men’s Surrey League Cross Country, Wimbledon Common, 15 October 2016 18-10-16 
  • England Masters Cross Country Inter Area Challenge 8 October 2016, Wimbledon 8-10-16 
  • East Surrey League, Lloyd Park 1 October 2016 2-10-16 
  • VAC at Dulwich parkrun 24 September 2016 26-09-16  
  • VAC 10,000 Championships 7 September 2016 11-09-16  
  • VAC and SCVAC T&F Championship Results 28 August 2016 2-09-16 
  • VAC 5 mile run and 5 mile walk 16 August 2016, Battersea Park 17-08-16 
  • VAC 5k Championships & 5 mile Walk 12 July 2016 Battersea Park 12-07-16 
  • 4th Jack Fitzgerald Memorial Walks Tilgate Park, Crawley, 9 July 2016, Veterans AC 10.325km road and supporting races 11-07-16 

Results for January to June 2016  here... 

World Masters Athletics Championships, Perth, Western Australia October/November 2016 

This outdoor championship took place just over a year after the last one at Lyon but will revert to every two years (next at Malaga 2018), with the European version in intervening years (e.g. Aarhus 2017). The championship at Lyon had been very successful in terms of numbers and host city attractions, with good venues and reasonable travel connections. 

Perth had good numbers competing -over 4000 from 92 countries. The city has a good waterfront and was easy to get around. Athletes had free local travel and were able to visit the surrounding area, including Indian Ocean beaches, islands, wineries and the port of Fremantle about 15k away. The weather was nearly always sunny, with the wind speed and direction affecting maximum daily temperatures, which varied from 18-37 degrees C. 

There were two tracks used, the main one at a sports complex west of Perth with a shaded grandstand and outside ‘athletes village’ eating/seating shopping area, the second one (used for distance races) south of the city with a temporary marquee. Cross Country and shorter road walk events were at Perry Lakes, wooded parkland across the road from the first stadium. Half and full Marathon runs took place along the south side of the Swan River waterfront, with good views back across to the city. The organisers provided ample free shuttle buses to transport athletes from stations to the venues. 

The first main event was cross country, 4x2k laps of a flat loop around playing fields and woodlands. Over the next ten days there was a full programme of track and field events, walks and on the final day marathon, half marathon and relays. 

Highlight performances from VAC members were golds for Brenda Fee (w70 200m), Dalbir Singh Deol (M90 400m), Sue Yeomans (w60 pole vault) and Ben Reynolds (m50 5,000m). Our members’ results are attached plus all the GB relay results.

GB Vets results


 Hercules Wimbledon Interclub & East Surrey League CC, Wimbledon Common, 10 December 2016 


Simon Williamson                                                                Sarah Allen

Mark Cawood                                                                   Victoria Carter

Michael Mann                                                            Ola Balme

Fiona Russell                                                                    Graham Laylee

Gerry Smith                                                                         
Simon Williamson

The VAC Team (left to right, Mike Mann, Graham Laylee, Ola Balme (seated), Fiona Russell, Steve Clancey, Mark Cawood, Simon Williamson, Paddy Clark)

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Match Two of the East Surrey League doubled up with the popular pre-Christmas interclub challenge laid on annually by Hercules Wimbledon. The 5 mile cross country race on Wimbledon Common is well supported by London and Surrey clubs, with men and women, Seniors and Masters, running together to score points for their clubs. VAC contributed a team of nine, led home by Mark Cawood, followed by Victoria Carter who finished as third woman. Other VAC members wore the colours of their first claim clubs, including Sarah Allen, Tony Austin, Gerry Smith, Julian Spencer-Wood and Dennis Williams.


VAC Results 

47        Mark Cawood            M45     33:31 

58        Victoria Carter             W45     34:30 (3rd woman) 

70        Steve Clancey             M45     35:49 

78        Mike Mann                  M65     36:26 

88        Ola Balme                   W45     37:14 

93        Fiona Russell              W45     37:56 

106      Graham Laylee           M55     39:10 

120      Simon Williamson       M55     41:29 

141      Paddy Clark                M70     46:40 


147 finishers   


Epsom 10 road race Incorporates separate VAC and SCVAC 10 mile Road Champs 13 November 2016

Eberhard Prill                                                                   Stephen Vincent

Pippa Major                                                                        Estelle Viljoen 

Mike Mann 1st M65                                              John Taylor 1st M75

Dennis Williams

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short_name family_name age group Position Time VAC Age Cat Pos
157 Steve Davies M45 9 60.14 1
176 Ebe Prill M50 37 68.49 1
82 Stephen Vincent M45 38 68.55 2
76 Pippa Major W50 61 74.15 1
165 Vicky Barratt W45 64 74.56 1
174 Michael Mann M65 74 78.00 1
14968 Keith Brown M60 76 78.13 1
1 John Taylor M75 146 96.28 1
9 Dennis Williams M70 149 98.46 1


Men’s Surrey League Cross Country, Epsom Downs, 12 November 2016 

Paddy Clark, Team Manager                                                 Richard Tweddle

Mark Cawood                                                                      Ian Sesnan

Gary Ironmonger, 1st VAC                                             Steve Clancey

Carey Gray                                                                  Edward Skinner

Alan Lane

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Fixture clashes forced a reduced team for the second match in the Surrey League series. Although one short, VAC’s nine-man team produced some great performances and finished a creditable 7th on the day. 

Gary Ironmonger, in his first run for VAC in the Surrey League, was a welcome addition, leading the team home in 16th position and first M50 in Division Four. Richard Tweddle followed in 25th position. The SLH men, Mark Cawood and Steve Clancey, great supporters of VAC, were 3rd and 4th scorers. Ever-present, Carey Gray, was next, leading Edward Skinner and fast-improving Ian Sesnan. Paddy Clark made a welcome return to racing, followed by loyal stalwart, Alan Lane. 

VAC can still improve its overall standing, so VAC men, please turn out for the next match at Cranford Park, near Heathrow Airport, on 14 January. 

VAC placings at Epsom Downs: Division Four

16 Gary Ironmonger M50 30:52 

25 Richard Tweddle M55 31:33 

36 Mark Cawood M45 33:12

75 Steve Clancey M45 36:26  

96 Carey Gray M55 38:53 

102 Edward Skinner M60 39:58 

107 Ian Sesnan M55 40:24 

126 Paddy Clark M70 46:50 

129 Alan Lane M80 67:28 

129 finishers 

Full results and team placings arehere.


Inter-Club Masters Cross Country, Loughton, 5 November 2016

VAC fielded a team of four at this friendly annual Inter-Club cross country match, organised by Loughton AC. The race was well-attended, with double the number of runners competing on the five mile course, compared with last year. Tony Pamphilon led the way for VAC with a fantastic 2nd placing, followed by Lloyd Bevan and Steve Plested. Pam Jones completed the team and represented VAC’s women. 

VAC placings
2.  Tony Pamphilon (WGEL), M55, 30:01
14. Lloyd Bevan (Serpentine RC), M50, 33:57
20. Steve Plested (Ealing, Southall and Midd), M65, 35:22
54. Pam Jones (Ilford AC) , W80, 51:17, 17th Woman

Team Scores (scoring 4)    
1. Eton Manor: 21   
2. East London Runners: 50
3. Victoria Park Harriers: 58
4. Vets AC: 93
5. Loughton AC: 98

Full results and team placings arehere.

Surrey County Masters Cross Country Championships, Richmond Park, 22 October 2016

Stags on the course before the first race

Alan Lang 2nd M75                                                                     Anna Garnier 1st W60

Peter Giles (311) 1st o/70

Maggie Statham-Berry 2nd W60
                                 Dennis Williams

Paul Cheetham 3rd M40                                           Mark Tennyson, 7th

Mick Boyle, 1st o/60

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Surrey-based VAC members took away plenty of medals in the well-supported County Masters Cross Country Championships in Richmond Park on Saturday 22 October.

VAC Members' Results  

Race One (Women and Men 60+), approximately 6km


Elizabeth Stavreski 






Vikki Filsell 






Dee Smale 






Peter Giles 






Michael Mann 






Anna Garnier 






Pippa Major 






Rebecca Barrow 






Maggie Statham 






Keith Brown 






Stephen Knight 






Stewart McIntyre 






Sarah Allen 






Dennis Williams 






David Hoben 






Rachel Waters 






Ian Isherwood 





111 finishers

Race Two (Men 40 - 59), approximately 10km


Paul Cheetham 






Mark Tennyson 






David Moore 






Gary Ironmonger 






Peter Lee 






Mike Boyle 






Tom Conlon 






Mark Cawood 






Terry Booth 






Ian Sesnan 





91 finishers


Men’s Surrey League Cross Country, Wimbledon Common, 15 October 2016 

Richard Tweddle                                                                    Mark Cawood

Steve Clancey                                                 Peter Hall

Carey Gray                                                                       Graham Laylee

Edward Skinner                                                                            Liam O'Hare

 Ian Sesnan                                                                     Alan Lane

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VAC fielded 14 men for the opening match of the Surrey League. Divisions 3 and 4 ran together, making a record field of 300 finishers. VAC also co-hosted the fixture, alongside Fulham Running Club and Holland Sports, making our contribution as timers, recorders, funnel marshals and results compiler. Paddy Clark did a great job as VAC Team Manager. 

The distance of the two-lap course was billed as 5.6 miles but misunderstandings and absent marshals at a key point resulted in an extra 0.8 miles on the first lap. Fortunately the course was in good condition, the weather was perfect and good-humour was abundant.  

Richard Tweddle led the way for VAC in 21st position and first M55 in the race. The SLH men, Mark Cawood and Steve Vincent, followed, fighting for every place. Peter Hall made a magnificent cross country debut for VAC as fourth scorer. VAC’s next three men, finishing within 13 seconds of each other were the Dulwich pair, Graham Laylee and Andy Murray, followed by the ever-present Carey Gray. Another debutant, Edward Skinner, was 3 seconds ahead of final scorer Liam O’Hare. Ian Sesnan and Walter Wessely made welcome returns to VAC racing. Alan Lane, a Belgrave man, followed them home, coping well with the familiar course.  

VAC was short of some of last season’s fast runners and despite a fine performance, finished in 8th position out of the 10 teams in the Division. It’s all quite tight, so VAC men, please turn out for the next match on Epsom Downs on 12 November. 

VAC placings: Division Four 

21 Richard Tweddle M55 41:00 

38 Mark Cawood M45 43:49

57 Steve Vincent M45 45:27 

77 Peter Hall M55 47:31

80 Steve Clancey M45 47:49  

91 Graham Laylee M55 49:24 

92 Andy Murray M60 49:28

93 Carey Gray M55 49:37 

101 Edward Skinner M60 51:12 

102 Liam O’Hare M65 51:15 

111 Ian Sesnan M55 52:17 

129 Walter Wessely M70 59:20

135 Alan Lane M80 70:11 

DNF Dennis Williams 

135 finishers 

Full results and team placings arehere.


England Masters Cross Country Inter Area Challenge 8 October 2016, Wimbledon

Race One Start: Photo by Chris Woodcock
Clare Elms, 1st in race one                                    Ange Norris 

Ros Tabor, VAC Secretary 

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Race 1
Position First Name Last Name Age group Time Category Position
1 Clare Elms W45 00:27:44 1 - W45
3 Ange Norris W55 00:29:40 1 - W55
5 Selma Benattia W35 00:30:36 1 - W35
9 Fiona Russell W45 00:31:32 5 - W45
11 Michael Mann M65 00:32:02 3 - M65
13 Jim Brown M65 00:33:03 5 - M65
14 Stephen Plested M65 00:33:03 6 - M65
15 Joanna Quantrill W55 00:33:41 3 - W55
17 Ros Tabor W65 00:34:11 1 - W65
18 Margaret Moody W65 00:34:52 2 - W65
19 Stewart McIntyre M65 00:36:35 7 - M65
22 Clare Wyngard W55 00:37:21 5 - W55
23 Doug Milsom M75 00:37:39 1 - M75
24 Maurice Marchant M65 00:38:43 9 - M65
25 Fiona Bishop W45 00:39:08 6 - W45
26 Ann Bath W65 00:39:44 3 - W65
28 Joe Aspinall M75 00:41:13 3 - M75
30 Alan Lane M75 00:58:09 4 - M75
Race 2
Position First Name Last Name Age group Time Category Position
2 Julian Critchlow M55 00:25:24 1 - M55
4 Mark Tennyson M35 00:26:02 2 - M35
7 Stephen Smythe M55 00:28:05 3 - M55
9 Richard Tweddle M55 00:28:16 5 - M55
11 Philip Carstairs M35 00:29:38 4 - M35
13 Lloyd Bevan M35 00:29:58 5 - M35
14 Paul Sanderson M45 00:30:08 3 - M45
18 Andy Murray M45 00:32:39 4 - M45
19 Mark Wadley M35 00:32:45 7 - M35
21 Martin Garrett M45 00:34:42 5 - M45
22 Ian Sesnan M45 00:34:55 6 - M45

East Surrey League, Lloyd Park 1 October 2016 

Graham Laylee                                                       Lesley Bowcott

Lesley Bowcott                                                      Dennis Williams

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Match One of the friendly and welcoming East Surrey League featured nine clubs competing on a 5 mile cross country course in Croydon's Lloyd Park. Vets AC were represented by Graham Laylee and Lesley Bowcott. Other VAC members wore the colours of their first claim clubs, including Sarah Allen, Rebecca Barrow, Steve Knight and Valdis Pauzers in Herne Hill vests and Dennis Williams in the yellow and red of Hercules Wimbledon. 
67th Graham Laylee, VAC, M55, 38:30
69th Valdis Pauzers, Herne Hill Harriers, M60, 38:39
71st Rebecca Barrow, Herne Hill Harriers, W45, 38:43
73rd Steve Knight, Herne Hill Harriers, M60, 39:48
86th Sarah Allen, Herne Hill Harriers, W50, 44:29
89th Dennis Williams, Hercules Wimbledon, M70, 47:44
91st Lesley Bowcott, VAC, W70, 49:05
95 finishers

VAC at Dulwich parkrun, 24 September 2016 

Dulwich parkrun: VAC runners (Alan Davidson, Dave Cox, Joe Aspinall, Martin Garrett, Jo Quantrill, Graham Laylee, Richard Pitcairn-Knowles, Maggie Statham)

Nine VAC members were greeted and cheered by over 200 regular Dulwich parkrunners on a beautiful sunny morning in south London. The 5km course consisted of three laps of flat, wide perimeter footpaths, which were ideal for fast running and good age-graded performances. First home for VAC was Dave Cox in 19:04, followed by Steve Davies and Graham Laylee, who had a fine sub-22 minute run. The next VAC contingent was Maggie Statham, Jo Quantrill and Martin Garrett, who improves his parkrun time with each VAC outing. Alan Davidson, Joe Aspinall and Richard Pitcairn-Knowles made good marks, with Richard just dipping under 30 minutes, his best for 18 months. Maggie, Dave and Jo were at the top of the age-graded results and every VAC runner was either first or second in their age-group.

Name Time Age Group Age Grading Age graded position First Claim Club
Dave Cox 19:04 M60 86.36 2 Woodford Green with EL
Steve Davies 19:46 M45 72.85 22 Dulwich Runners
Graham Laylee 21:43 M55 73.22 20 Dulwich Runners
Maggie Statham 22:17 W60 89.60 1 Holland Sports AC
Jo Quantrill 22:43 W60 85.40 4 SLH
Martin Garrett 23:38 M60 69.04 36 Sudbury Court RC
Alan Davidson 25:43 M65 67.79 46 Liss RC
Joe Aspinall 26:46 M75 75.03 14 VAC
Richard Pitcairn-Knowles 29:59 M80 75.99 10 Sevenoaks AC

VAC 10,000m Track Championships, Millennium Arena, Battersea Park, 7 September 2016

Race One, from left to right: Simon Thompson, Robin Jones, Dan Madams, Rich Berry

Race Two, from left to right: Maggie Statham, Caroline Helder, Francis Thomason, Nichola Adams

10,000 Champs Ben Reynolds 1st, Ian Johnston 2nd

Liam O'Hare M65 Gold
                                                            Peter Eckersley Winner of Race Two

The Officials

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Conditions were pleasant, although a little warm, for the two packed races in Battersea. Our Masters guests were welcomed and added spice to the competition. 

Ben Reynolds lifted the McDowell Cup but was chased all the way by Ian Johnston, who won M45 Gold. Dan Madams won a close battle for third place, and took M40 Gold. In the second race, Peter Eckersley, who had made the trip from Birmingham, bided his time before passing Liam O’Hare and running ahead for a fine victory. Liam won M65 Gold. Anna Garnier, getting back to good form, gained the W60 Gold. Ann Bath’s training for her imminent 24 hour race paid off with a W65 Gold medal winning time four minutes faster than in last year’s fixture.

Race 1
Position Name Time Age Group VAC Medal Club
1 Ben Reynolds 34:29.1 M50 1 Thames Hare & Hounds
2 Ian Johnston 34:36.9 M45 1 VAC
3 Dan Madams 35:35.0 M40 1 London Heathside Runners AC
4 Robin Jones 35:45.6 M40 Guest Herne Hill Harriers
5 Nicola Barberis-Negra 35:53.9 M35 1 Serpentine Runners
6 Simon Thompson 36:18.3 M35 Guest Herne Hill Harriers
7 Rich Berry 36:37.7 M40 2 West 4 Harriers
8 Mark Champion 37:01.5 M45 SCVAC Istead &Isfield Harriers
9 Kevin Chadwick 37:43.9 M35 2 Dulwich Runners
10 Martin White 38:41.1 M35 3 West 4 Harriers
11 Lloyd Collier 38:56.1 M40 3 Tunbridge Wells Harriers
12 David Robinson 41:16.8 M35 Guest Serpentine Runners
13 Andrew Roberts 42:03.2 M60 Guest Serpentine Runners
14 Philip Carstairs 42:05.1 M55 1 Belgrave Harriers
15 Don Powell 42:28.2 M65 SCVAC Basingstoke & Mid Hants
16 Jim Brown 44:28.9 M65 2 Woking AC
Race 2
Position Name Time Age Group VAC Medal Club
1 Peter Eckersley 43:28.7 M55 Guest Birmingham Running
2 Liam O'Hare 43:57.0 M65 1 Barnet & District
3 Vinh Lam 44:35.0 M35 Guest Serpentine
4 Anna Garnier 44:37.1 W60 1 Thames Hare & Hounds
5 Maggie Statham 45:05.5 W60 2 Holland Sports AC
6 Caroline Helder 47:31.2 W50 1 Wimbledon Windmilers
7 Edward Skinner 48:10.2 M60 1 Tiptree Road Runners
8 Nichola Atkins 51:09.3 W50 2 Kingston & Poly
9 Ann Bath 51:50.0 W65 1 26.2 Road Runners
10 Michael Johnson 52:41.7 M70 1 Thames Hare & Hounds
11 Alan Davidson 53:19.7 M65 3 Liss RC
12 Dennis Williams 54:20.2 M70 2 Hercules Wimbledon
13 Francis Thomason 60:37.5 M65 (4th) VAC
14 Edwin Bartlett 63:39.4 M70 3 VAC
15 Richard Pitcairn-Knowles 66:43.2 M80 1 Sevenoaks AC

Starter: Maurice Joyce
Timekeepers: Barry Ferguson and Dave Kitcher
Chip timing: Don Anderson
Entries: Maggie Statham
Lap counters: Dennis Williams, Carey Gray, Mike May, Liam O’Hare, Ian Isherwood, Ros Tabor, Tom Richards, Jaran Finn, Cliff Hide, Rob Sargent
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VAC and SCVAC T&F Championship Results 28 August 2016 

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100m M55 1st Shane Sheridan 12.49 (Number 56)

Greg Conlon 4.05m CBP                                                         Anthony Tipping javelin 30.66m

Lisa Webb 1500m 5:17.28 W50 CBP                                   Peter Giles 800m 2:43.22 M70 CBP

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VAC 5 mile run and 5 mile walk 16 August 2016, Battersea Park

Winner Dave Annetts -159, 2nd Robin Sanderson -182, 3rd Paul Dunne -167, Martyn Annetts -160 ended 7th, 1st Lady obscured behind 181

Winner, Dave Annetts

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Race Position Time Name Age Group VAC Age Grp Pos. First Claim Club
1 27:41 Dave Annetts M50 Guest North Herts RRC
2 29:10 Robin Sanderson M35 Guest HHH
3 30:05 Paul Dunne M35 Guest W4H
4 30:13 Gordon Berry M40 Guest Wimbledon Windmilers
5 30:20 Martin Carmack M45 Guest Serpentine Runners
6 30:35 Alex Jeffreys M40 Guest Serpentine Runners
7 30:40 Martyn Annetts M50 Guest North Herts RRC
8 30:53 Johnny Gill M50 Guest Petts Wood Runners
9 32:03 William McAvock M45 Guest Serpentine Runners
10 32:06 Tom Cheetham M45 Guest Hercules Wimbledon
11 32:29 Peter Giles M70 1 Hercules Wimbledon
12 33:03 Richard Pitt M60 1 Thames Hare & Hounds
13 33:21 Lloyd Bevan M50 1 Serpentine Runners
14 34:52 Mick Barlow M50 Guest Kent AC
15 36:23 Valdis Pauzers M60 2 HHH
16 36:53 Heather Martingell W50 1 Ranelagh H
17 37:15 Peter Dry M60 Guest Epsom Oddballs
18 39:20 Patricia Thomas W50 2 ESM
19 41:51 Dennis Williams M70 2 Hercules Wimbledon
20 42:11 Penny Elliott W70 1 Waverley Harriers
21 42:15 Alan Davidson M65 1 Liss RC
22 42:36 Gerry Crispie M50 Guest Les Croupiers
23 43:02 Cliff Collins M80 1 VAC
24 44:14 Joe Aspinall M75 1 VAC
25 47:22 Elizabeth Moore W55 1 Clapham Pioneers
26 49:26 Ed Bartlett M70 3 VAC
27 52:46 Richard Pitcairn-Knowles M80 2 Sevenoaks AC
28 53:36 Ken Tuson M80 3 VAC

The final race of the series saw the winner, Dave Annetts, post a time of 27:41, the fastest for an M50 this summer, and only 11 seconds short of Ben Reynolds’ course record of 27:30. The race was dominated by ten speedy guests, who were very welcome in this August fixture which tends to struggle for numbers. The first eight men were under 31 minutes with fine battles for places. Peter Giles took the honours as the first VAC man. Heather Martingell was the first woman.

Well done to the ever-presents in the series of five, namely, Dennis Williams, Cliff Collins, Penny Elliott and Ed Bartlett. Penny is to be commended on improving her 5 mile time significantly in each race, with her August time over three minutes quicker than in April.

VAC 5 mile Walk 16 August 2016, Battersea Park

1 Mark Culshaw (Belgrave) (G) M50 48:57
2 David Bowker (Fairlands Valley) (G) M55 52:18
3 Maureen Noel (Belgrave) W50 52:37
4 Fiona Bishop (Woking) W55 53:09
5 Arthur Thomson (Enfield) M80 53:23
6 Mick Harran (SWC) M75 54:19
7 Peter Hannell (SWC) M70 55:01
8 David Hoben (SWC) M60 58:18
9 Michael Neale (unattached) (G) M65 58:25
10 Kathy Crilley (SWC) (G) W65 60:55
The last race of the summer series was held in fine sunny late summer conditions.
Mark Culshaw had yet another win of the season, and David Bowker from marathon orientated Fairlands Valley Spartans appeared for the first time in a creditable second place.
Fiona Bishop saw a return to preinjury form, and also appearing for the first time Michael Neale made a come-back from many years away from the sport to go inside the hour.
Centurion’s Captain Kathy Crilley made a brief departure from her long distance regime to take part before an imminent 24 hour road race.
Clerk of Course: Dennis Williams
Starter: Dennis Williams
Timekeepers/Recorders: David Harris, Nolan Simmons, Carl Lawton
Walk Judge: Shaun Lightman
Entries: David Hoben, Maggie Statham
Marshals: Martin Berry
Drinks station: Maggie Statham
Results:  David Hoben, Maggie Statham
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VAC 5k Championships & 5 mile Walk, 12 July 2016, Battersea Park

Peter Giles, 1st V70                                                         Tor-Ivar Guttulsrod, Race walk winner

Anna Critchlow, 1st Lady                                                  Mohammed Ismail winner

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VAC 5Km Road Championship, Battersea Park, 12 July 2016
Race Position Time Name Age Group VAC Age Grp Pos. First Claim Club
1 16:35* Mohammed Ismail M35 1 HHH
2 16:38 Paul Cheetham M40 1 Barnes
3 17:15 Ian Johnston M45 1 VAC
4 17:37 Stephen Philcox M50 1 Ilford AC
5 17:38 Gavin Mackay M45 2 Petts Wood Runners
6 19:04* Anna Critchlow W45 1 West 4 Harriers
7 19:40 Tom Cheetham (guest) M45 Hercules Wimbledon
8 20:02 Lloyd Bevan M50 2 Serpentine Runners
9 20:05 Bernadine Pritchett W45 2 Woodford Green with EL
10 20:07* Peter Giles M70 1 Hercules Wimbledon
11 20:20 Marie Synott-Wells W50 1 Ranelagh Harriers
12 20:22 Liam O'Hare M65 1 Barnet & District
13 20:45 Peter Hall M55 1 West 4 Harriers
14 21:05 Pippa Major W50 2 SLH
15 21:26 Joy Wright (guest) W40 Bournemouth AC
16 21:39 Carol Jones W55 1 Ealing Southall & Midd
17 21:54 Valdis Pauzers M60 1 HHH
18 22:01 Graham Laylee M55 2 Dulwich Runners
19 22:10 Stephen Parker M60 2 Ilford AC
20 22:29 Tom Morris M55 3 Hercules Wimbledon
21 22:31 Trevor Solomon (guest) M65 Unattached
22 22:54 Caroline Helder W50 3 Wimbledon Windmilers
23 23:00 Jane Rowden W60 1 West 4 Harriers
24 23:72 Paul Browning M55 4 Beckenham Running Club
25 24:13 Jacqueline Reid W50 4 Metropolitan Police
26 24:27 Dianne Crisp W50 5 Ilford AC
27 24:45 Doug Milsom M75 1 Hillingdon AC
28 24:49 Dennis Williams M70 2 Hercules Wimbledon
29 24:57 Alan Davidson M65 2 Liss RC
30 25:03 Michael Johnson M70 3 THH
31 25:36 Ann Bath W65 1 26.2 Road Runners
32 25:42 Cliff Collins M75 2 VAC
33 25:51 Ed Simpson M75 3 Overton Harriers
34 25:57 Penny Elliott W70 1 Waverley Harriers
35 26:31 Michael Leigh (guest) M70 Hercules Wimbledon
36 27:51 Peter Torre M70 4 VAC
37 28:09 Richard Hammerson M70 5 Reading Roadrunners
38 28:24 Julie Gillender W45 3 Ilford AC
39 30:04 Ed Bartlett M70 6 VAC
40 30:04 Mick Harran M75 4 VAC
41 31:05 Bill O'Connor M70 7 Queens Park Harriers
42 31:17* Pam Jones W80 1 Ilford AC
43 31:34 Richard Pitcairn-Knowles M80 1 Sevenoaks AC
44 33:34 Brian Shave M80 2 HHH
45 33:43 Ken Tuson M75 5 VAC

* New course record for age-group

The turn-out of 45 runners was one of the best in the history of the 5km championship race since its debut on the Battersea Park course in 2002. Notably, three course records were broken and one was set for the first time. There were also some great age-group contests with seven M70 athletes battling for medals and five runners in keen competition in each of the M75 and W50 categories.

Mohammed Ismail added a 5km Championship win to his 5 Mile win last month and again logged a new age-group course record. His 16:35 time was a big improvement on the previous M35 best of 17:13 set by Richard Tomlinson in 2007. Paul Cheetham, in second place, chased hard and was only three seconds behind in 16:38. Ian Johnston followed in 17:15, as first M45, then Stephen Philcox in 17:37, as first M50. Eighth man home in 20:07 was M70 Peter Giles, ahead of all the M55, M60 and M65 winners, shaving three seconds off his own course record of 20:10 set in 2014. Liam O’Hare (M65), Peter Hall (M55), Waldy Pauzers (M60), Doug Milsom (M75) and Richard Pitcairn-Knowles (M80) also won age-group Gold medals. Finally, a special mention should be made of Cliff Collins whose excellent time of 25:42 won a Silver medal in the M75 category on the day before his 80th birthday. Looking good for the M80 rankings!

Anna Critchlow was the first woman in 19:04, improving Cathy Ulliott’s W45 course record of 19:10 set in 2010. Anna also holds the long-standing overall women’s course record of 18:09, set in 2008 when she was a W40. Bernie Pritchett (W45) made a welcome return to Battersea Park and placed second woman in 20:05. Bernie is also the holder of a long-standing course record, the W35 course record of 18:15 set in 2006. Marie Synott-Wells, timed at 20:20, was third and first of the W50s. Carol Jones (W55), Jane Rowden (W60), Ann Bath (W65) and Penny Elliott (W70) also won age-group Golds. Thanks to Pam Jones, there is now a W80 mark in the VAC 5km championship record book. Pam turned 80 a week before the race and established a time of 31:17 for W80 Gold. Pam has blazed the trail in VAC women’s records and holds the seemingly unbeatable W70 record of 24:56 set in 2008 and W75 record of 27:10 set in 2012.
VAC 5 mile Walk 12 July 2016, Battersea Park
1 Tor-Ivar Guttulsrod (Hercules) (G) M50 44:42
2 Peter Ryan (Ilford) M60 50:29
3 Shaun Lightman (SWC) M70 51:40
4 Dan Maskell (SWC) M65 52:29
5 Arthur Thomson (Enfield) M80 54:29
6 Dave Delaney (SWC) M70 57:22
7 David Hoben (SWC) M60 59:12
DNF Mark Culshaw (Belgrave) (G) M50
The race successfully avoided the earlier rain of the day, a smaller than usual field with nearly all the walkers having raced over the previous three days.
The race was convincingly won by Tor-Ivar Guttulsrod of Hercules Wimbledon, at his first appearance in the event.
Peter Ryan of Ilford AC gradually shed some time compared to the June Championships, while former Olympian Shaun Lightman and ever-present Arthur Thomson achieved excellent times given that they had both raced only two days earlier, Shaun having been selected for the Inter counties 3k competition and Arthur at the Masters 20k in Coventry.
Clerk of Course: Dennis Williams
Starter: John Hall
Timekeepers/Recorders: Carl Lawton, John Hall, Mick Barlow
Walk Judge: Michael Croft
Entries: David Hoben, Maggie Statham
Marshals: Joe Aspinall, Colin Harris
Drinks station: Martin Berry
Results: Mick Barlow, David Hoben, Maggie Statham
Photography: Jeremy Hemming

4th Jack Fitzgerald Memorial Walks Tilgate Park, Crawley, 9 July 2016, Veterans AC 10.325km road and supporting races

10.325 km 
1. M. Martin (Sy WC M60) 1 hr 0 min 31 sec
2. D. Maskell (Sy WC M65) 1 hr 7 min 39 sec
3. P. Hannell (Sy WC M70) 1 hr 10 min 08 sec
4. M. Harran (Sy WC M75) 1 hr 11 min 12 sec
5. C. Flint (Sy WC M70) 1 hr 11 min 41 sec
6. K. Coulson (Sarnia WC W45) 1 hr 14 min 27 sec
7. D. Hoben (Sy WC M60) 1 hr 16 min 21 sec
8. D. Delaney (Sy WC M70) 1 hr 16 min 57 sec
5.9 km 
1. A. Ingram (Lewes AC W55) 39 min 07 sec
2. A. Martin (Sy WC W50) 41 min 25 sec
1. A. Hussein (Medway U15G) 11 min 12 sec
2. M. Hussein (Medway U15G) 11 min 15 sec
1. O. Hopkins (Lewes U17M) 16 min 17 sec
2. J. Childs (Medway U15B) 16 min 27 sec
3. B. Fury (Medway U15G) 18 min 50 sec
4. J. Buckley (Lewes AC W45) 21 min 22 sec
5. H. Childs (unattached W40) 22 min 54 sec
Veterans AC were pleased to host the fourth 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 with summer temperatures mitigated by some cloud cover and a strong breeze.
Times were largely a little down on the previous year, however in the headline 10.325 km event overall and men's winner Malcolm Martin from Surrey Walking Club maintained his position from the previous two years but with a considerable lead over nearest SWC club rival Dan Maskell.
VAC were pleased to welcome a very in-form Kay Coulson from Guernsey’s Sarnia Walking Club who had flown in for the day especially for this event and who appeared to have had the best personal performance, despite having raced in a local track event only the night before.
Andrea Ingram from Lewes AC again showed her potential winning the 5.9k accompanying race which would have also given her a good 5k time, as she had also had a ladies’ win at VAC’s Gravesend race some months earlier, and club mate Jo Buckley did really well in the 3k on her first attempt at competitive walking with a respectable time which would have not have been out of place in a county championship.
The 3k walkers were led home by the ever improving Ollie Hopkins from Lewes AC who added to his string of wins, just marginally ahead of Jack Childs from Medway & Maidstone.
The race was held to raise funds for Help for Heroes, as a tribute to RAF fighter pilot Jack Fitzgerald. Thank you letter
Judge: Peter Selby
Starter: Dave Stevens
Time keeping/lap recording: Carl Lawton, Ron Penfold, Nolan Simmons
Lead cyclist: Eric Parker
Marshals: Eric Parker, Jeremy Carmichael
Signage: Ron Penfold, Dave Stevens
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