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Highbury Fields Parkrun 16 September 2017 

VAC’s latest quarterly Parkrun visit saw us initially choosing Hampstead Heath in North London but that run was cancelled this day due to clashing with another event (although it has gone ahead in the past on South of England XC day). The closest alternative was Highbury Fields, which has good transport links at nearby Highbury and Islington station. Highbury Fields is a small, sloping open space overlooked by Georgian terraces. As it is less than 1k around its tarmac-path boundary, a start hill and 5 laps are necessary to make up the 5k, the hill changing from being quite gentle first time up it to quite draining the sixth time. On a cool, intermittently sunny, morning 5 VAC members met to tackle the course.

Gary Towers had a good battle with the leader from halfway but had to settle for a close second overall. VAC runners scored lots of age group wins and Ros set course age grade and WV65 records.

Andy Murray

2 Gary Towers (Eton Manor) 1MV40 16:56

39 Martin Bright (Highgate Harriers)  1MV50 20:45

74/9w Ros Tabor  (Dulwich Runners) 1WV65 22:54 - WV65 course record and age graded course record at 94.1%

92 Andy Murray (Dulwich Runners ) 1MV60 23:27

192 Martin Garrett (Sudbury Court RC) 3MV60 28:07

274 ran


VAC 10,000 Championships, Millennium Arena, Battersea Park 13 September 2017 

The Officials

Tony Macdowall  Simon Baines, Winner of Race 1

Jaron Davis  Ben Reynolds

Glen Keegan  Peter Durrans

Tom Morris  Sean Smith, Winner of Race 2

Pauline Rich  Yuko Gordon, First Woman

Photos from Jeremy Hemming


Race 1
Position Name Time Age Group VAC Medal First Claim Club
1 Simon Baines 33:02.5* M45 Gold Thames Hare & Hounds
2 Jaron Davis 34:15.2 M40 Guest from Israel
3 Ben Reynolds 34:36.2 M50 Gold Thames Hare & Hounds
4 Tony Macdowall 34:49.7 M35 Gold Victoria Park & Tower Hamlets
5 Dan Madams 35:23.5 M40 Gold Tonbridge AC
6 Martin Murray 36:05.0 M50 New Marske
7 Martin White 38:55 (estimate) M35 Silver West 4 Harriers
8 Darryl Coulter 40:37.1 M45 Kent AC
9 Peter Eckersley 41:31.4 M55 Birmingham Running & AC
10 Philip Carstairs 42:21.5 M55 Gold Belgrave Harriers
11 Peter Hall 42:37.4 M55 Silver West 4 Harriers
Race 2
Position Name Time Age Group VAC Medal First Claim Club
1 Sean Smith 40:29.3 M50 Farnham Runners
2 Glen Keegan 45:57.7 M50 Silver Herne Hill Harriers
3 Yuko Gordon 46:20.2 W65 North Herts
4 Peter Durrans 46:42.3 M65 Gold VAC
5 Tom Morris 46:57.5 M55 Bronze Hercules Wimbledon
6 Rhiannon Needham 48:43.2 W35 Gold Serpentine Runners
7 William Fordham 49:26.1 M65 Silver Waverley Harriers
8 Pauline Rich 53:19.8 W70 Gold Run Academy Worthing
9 Doug Milsom 55:31.3 M75 Gold Hillingdon AC
10 Francis Thomason 61:09.5 M65 Bronze VAC
11 Ann Bath 61:32.3 W65 Gold 26.2 Road Runners
12 Ed Bartlett 66:57.8 M70 Gold VAC
* Simon Baines new M45 Championship Best Performance 

(previous best was Charlie Dickinson, 33:25.9, set 6 September 1995)

Starter: Barry Ferguson
Timekeepers: Barry Ferguson and Dave Kitcher
Lap counters: Anna Garnier, Carey Gray, Cliff Hide, Ian Isherwood, Michael Johnson, Mike May, Liam O’Hare, Tom Richards, Ros Tabor, Dennis Williams.
Entries and Results: Maggie Statham
Photography: Jeremy Hemming


VAC Battersea Park Road Races Grand Prix 2017

Snow Cup Results

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

Nineteen valiant VAC members qualified for the Snow Cup league table. 

Here are the RESULTS: 

Congratulations go to Brian James, the winner with a magnificent average of 87.91%. Penny Elliott placed second with 85.49%, closely followed by Ian Johnston with 84.26%. The top seven runners all achieved percentages of over 80%. Six age groups were represented in the top ten, demonstrating that age grading is a fair way of comparing and rewarding good-for-age performances. Thanks go to the VAC members who supported this new venture and indeed to all, including guests, who competed in Battersea Park over the summer. We start again in April 2018! 

A summary of all the age-graded performances for each VAC member who ran at Battersea in 2017 is here


VAC and SCVAC T&F Championship Results 27 August 2017

Full results


Veterans AC 5M Road Race and Race Walk 22 August 2017, Battersea Park 

5 mile Road Race

Race winner, Paul Cheetham, posted the fastest VAC member’s time of the 2017 summer series with a blistering 27:13, only nine seconds short of the M45 course record of 27:04 set by Richard Tomlinson in May 2014. He steadily pulled away from John Law (M40), a guest from Tunbridge Wells Runners who posted 28:08 in a fast-finishing battle with fellow guest Graham Smith of St Alban’s Striders who was three seconds behind on the line. Carol Jones (W60) was the first woman in 37:13, followed by Caroline Helder (W55) and new member, Carol Marsh (W55).

A performance to note was Brian James’s M70 time of 32:50 which places him third on the Runbritain national 5 Mile rankings, only three seconds behind top-ranked Peter Giles who set 32:47 at Battersea in June. Another great performance was by guest runner, David Moorekite, whose time of 39:53 set an M75 all-comers record for the Battersea course. Joe Aspinall still holds the VAC record of 40:38 set in 2014.

Four VAC members competed in all five of the Battersea races: Joe Aspinall, Cliff Collins, Richard Pitcairn-Knowles and Ed Bartlett, whose amazing attendance record continues. Ed hasn’t missed a Battersea Park fixture for eight years!

A summary of VAC members’ performances in the 2017 series is here.

Age graded results for VAC members for the August race are here. Brian James (M70) topped the table with 87.7% for his time of 32:50. Gary Ironmonger (M55) was a close second with 87.6% followed by Penny Elliott (W70) with 86%.

Pos Time Name Age Group Age Grp pos First Claim Club
1 27:13 Paul Cheetham M45 1 Barnes Runners
2 28:08 John Law (Guest) M40 1 Tunbridge Wells Harriers
3 28:11 Graham Smith (BMAF Open) M45 2 St Albans Striders
4 28:38 Gary Ironmonger M55 1 Herne Hill Harriers
5 29:26 Ian Johnston M45 3 VAC
6 30:29 James McPoland (Guest) M35 1 Barnes Runners
7 30:41 Quentin Baker (Guest) M40 2 Clapham Chasers
8 32:14 Graham Foster (BMAF Open) M55 2 St Albans Striders
9 32:30 Darryl Coulter (NI Masters) M45 4 Kent AC
10 32:50 Brian James M70 1 Watford Joggers
11 32:59 Tom Cheetham (Guest) M50 1 Hercules Wimbledon
12 34:53 Tony Harran M55 3 Herne Hill Harriers
13 34:57 Mike Mann M65 1 Dulwich Runners
14 35:03 Pascal Ingrasciotta (Guest) M45 5 Unattached
15 36:45 Peter Sanders (Guest) M50 2 Unattached
16 37:13 Carol Jones W60 1 Ealing Southall & Midd.
17 37:42 Roger Green (Guest) M65 2 Woodford Green with EL
18 38:32 Caroline Helder W55 1 Wimbledon Windmilers
19 39:05 David Hallson (Guest) M60 1 Road Runners Club
20 39:36 Carol Marsh W55 2 Plumstead Runners
21 39:53 David Moorekite (SCVAC) M75 1 Larkfield AC
22 42:12 Sarah Allen W50 1 Herne Hill Harriers
23 42:57 Phil Kelvin (Guest) W65 1 Serpentine Runners
24 43:52 Penny Elliott W70 1 Waverley Harriers
25 45:48 Cliff Collins M80 1 VAC
26 46:47 Alan Davidson M70 2 Liss RC
27 47:47 Joe Aspinall M75 2 VAC
28 53:53 Richard Pitcairn-Knowles M80 2 Sevenoaks AC
29 55:01 Peter Torre M75 3 Mornington Chasers
30 55:20 Ed Bartlett M70 3 VAC

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

1 David Annetts (Nth Herts) M50 M50 43:16
2 John Hall (Belgrave) M65 49:38
3 Maureen Noel (Belgrave) W50 52:25
4 Dan Maskell (Surrey WC) M65 55:11
5 Peter Hannell (Surrey WC) M70 56:39
6 David Hoben (Surrey WC) M60 58:27
7 Michael Neale (unattached) (G) M65 58:57
8 Tom Casserley (Garden City Runners)(G) M75 61:18
The last fixture of the summer series was held in cloudy, humid conditions, with rain just about to appear towards the end.
New signing Dave Annetts, who has made considerable inroads since taking up the sport, had a convincing victory.
Dave is the third new signing in just a few weeks, all will make a valuable contribution to the veterans scene.
John Hall was pleased to return to sub 10 minute miling since return from long term injury.
Tom Casserley from Garden City Runners was only just outside the hour in his first race walk of any distance.
Clerk of the Course and Starter: Dennis Williams
Timekeepers/Recorders: David Harris, Carl Lawton, Ian Isherwood, Nolan Simmons
Walk Judges: Sean Pender, Michael Croft
Entries: David Hoben, Maggie Statham
Marshal: Martin Berry
Drinks station: Maggie Statham
Results: David Hoben, Maggie Statham
Photography: Jeremy Hemming
First Aid: Alison Jones

VAC Battersea Park Road Races Grand Prix 2017 

Update after four events
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.

A summary of everyone’s age graded results of the four races so far is  here. Sixteen members have posted the required three times. In a very close contest, only separated by decimal points, Penny Elliott (W70) heads the leader board with an age graded average of 84.67%, followed by Carol Jones (W60) with 84.06%. Mike Mann (M65) at present lies third with 83.38%. Next month’s race on Tuesday 22 August will be the last chance to post a time and to improve percentages. There are a further sixteen members who only need one more time to become eligible, so all the positions could change. The final event will be the decider.

VAC 5km Road Race Championships and 5 Mile Race Walk, 11 July 2017, Battersea Park

Simon Baines Ian Johnston

Peter Giles & Anna Critchlow Tony Macdowall

Gavin Mackay  Alan Camp

Andrew Keane  Marie Synnott-Wells

Mark Culshaw, first walker  Ange Norris

Photos from Jeremy Hemming

5km Road Race

Pouring rain throughout the race did not deter the 43 finishers in the annual 5km dash round Battersea Park. Three course records were broken, in addition to several near misses. The race winner was Simon Baines, also the M45 Gold medallist, whose time of 16:20 was only three seconds off the 16:17 all-time best for the Battersea course, set by M45 Richard Tomlinson in 2014. Paul Cheetham, winning M40 Gold, was second in 16:49 followed by Tony Macdowall, taking M35 Gold in 17:08. The first record-breaker was Alan Camp whose 17:56 M60 time knocked over 30 seconds off Peter Giles’s longstanding M60 course record set in 2006. Alan’s time also beat Laurie O’Hara’s M60 VAC 5km Championship Best Performance of 18:14 set in 1995 at the Eastway Cycle Circuit. Peter Giles’s name stayed on the record book as he convincingly improved his own M70 course record from last year’s 20:07 to 19:25, putting him top of the current Runbritain rankings for 2017. He was undoubtedly spurred on by the intense competition from fellow M70, Brian James, who battled hard to finish only eight seconds behind on the line. The other age group Gold medals were won by Peter Wootton (M50), Peter Hall (M55), Valdis Pauzers (M60), Mike Mann (M65), Les Presland (M75) and Cliff Collins (M80).

For the women, Anna Critchlow led the way for W45 Gold in 19:26, 22 seconds off her own W45 course record of 19:04 set last year. The third record breaker was second woman, Ange Norris, whose time of 20:06 knocked ten seconds off Anna Garnier’s W55 course record set in 2010. Marie Synnott-Wells was third, and first W50. Other Gold medallists were Jane Rowden (W60), Penny Elliott (W70) and Marion Rayner (W65) whose time of 25:39 was only 20 seconds short of Sue Lambert’s longstanding W65 course record of 25:19 set in 2010.

Age graded performances for VAC members for the July race are here. Peter Giles (M70) once again topped the table with a magnificent 93.6% for his time of 19:25. Alan Camp (M60) was second with nearly 90%, closely followed by Brian James (M70), race winner Simon Baines (M45) and W55 record breaker, Ange Norris. Fourteen VAC members achieved top class age gradings of over 80%. Members must register three performances in order to qualify for the Battersea Park Grand Prix. A summary of the age graded results of the four races so far is here. Next month’s race on Tuesday 22 August will be the last chance to post a time and to improve percentages.


Race Position Time Name Age Group VAC Champs Age Gp pos. First Claim Club
1 16:20 Simon Baines M45 1 THH
2 16:49 Paul Cheetham M40 1 Barnes Runners
3 17:08 Tony Macdowall M35 1 Victoria Park & TH
4 17:11 Ian Johnston M45 2 VAC
5 17:19 Andrew Keane (guest) M40 St Mary's Richmond
6 17:51 Gavin Mackay M45 3 Petts Wood
7 17:56* Alan Camp* M60 1 Blackheath & Bromley
8 19:25** Peter Giles** M70 1 Hercules Wimbledon
9 19:26 Anna Critchlow W45 1 West 4 Harriers
10 19:33 Brian James M70 2 Watford Joggers
11 19:48 Tom Cheetham (guest) M50 Hercules Wimbledon
12 19:50 Peter Wootton M50 1 Chiltern
13 20:06*** Ange Norris*** W55 1 Dulwich Runners
14 20:22 Peter Hall M55 1 West 4 Harriers
15 20:37 Mike Mann M65 1 Dulwich Runners
16 20:56 Marie Synnott-Wells W50 1 Ranelagh Harriers
17 21:36 Carlos Cobo (guest) M35 Surrey Walking Club
18 21:46 Stephen Parker M60 2 Ilford AC
19 21:55 Valdis Pauzers M60 3 Herne Hill Harriers
20 21:57 Carol Jones W55 2 Ealing Southall & Midd
21 22:14 Peter Durrans M65 2 VAC
22 22:17 Gerry Smith M65 3 Epsom & Ewell
23 22:28 Tom Morris M55 2 Hercules Wimbledon
24 23:15 Caroline Helder W55 3 Wimbledon Windmilers
25 23:25 Jane Rowden W60 1 West 4 Harriers
26 23:39 Ed Skinner M60 3 Tiptree
27 23:42 Trevor Solomon M65 4 VAC
28 23:49 David Gillanders (guest) M65 Unattached
29 23:59 Jacqui Reid W50 2 Met Police
30 25:39 Marion Rayner W65 1 West 4 Harriers
31 25:40 Les Presland M75 1 AFD
32 26:10 Penny Elliott W70 1 Waverley Harriers
33 26:37 Cliff Collins M80 1 VAC
34 28:09 Richard Hammerson M75 2 Reading Road Runners
35 28:21 Bill O'Connor M70 3 Queens Park Harriers
36 29:59 Joe Aspinall M75 3 VAC
37 31:35 Maurice Marchant M65 5 Tonbridge
38 31:37 Richard Pitcairn-Knowles M80 2 Sevenoaks AC
39 32:38 Ed Bartlett M70 4 VAC
40 33:41 Peter Torre M75 4 Mornington Chasers
41 33:51 Lesley Gower W65 2 VAC
42 37:15 Ken Tuson M80 3 VAC
43 39:48 Brian Shave M80 4 Herne Hill Harriers
* Alan Camp new M60 course record (previous best was Peter Giles, 18:35, set 18 July 2006)
** Peter Giles new M70 course record (previous best was Peter Giles, 20:07, set 12 July 2016)
*** Ange Norris new W55 course record (previous best was Anna Garnier, 20:16, set 10 August 2010)

5 Mile Walk
Category B
Race Permit No: RWA7037- 4
1 Mark Culshaw (Ilford) M50 47:53
2 Steve Bishop (Stock Exchange) (G) M55 48:27
3 John Hall (Belgrave) M65 51:16
4 Maureen Noel (Belgrave) W50 52:31
5 Peter Hannell (Surrey WC) M70 55:38
6 Chris Flint (Surrey WC) M70 56:55
7 Mick Harran (Surrey WC) M75 58:36
8 David Hoben (Surrey WC) M60 59:39
The fourth fixture of the season was held in a considerable amount of rain and was the wettest for some time, the officials at the finish did well to handle the time recording in such conditions.
New signing Mark Culshaw from Ilford had an easy victory, both he and Chris Flint had competed in a 20k road event 2 days earlier which had scarcely affected their times.
VAC were pleased to welcome back Steve Bishop who had appeared earlier in the season and recorded a very respectable time.
John Hall from Belgrave returned to a good time and position in view of his extended absence from regular competitions.
Starter: Dennis Williams
Timekeepers/Recorders: David Harris, Carl Lawton, Tom Richards, Ian Isherwood, Nolan Simmons
Walk Judges: Shaun Lightman, Sean Pender, Michael Croft
Entries: David Hoben, Maggie Statham, Anna Garnier
Marshal: Martin Berry
Drinks station: Anna Garnier
Results: David Hoben, Maggie Statham, Dennis Williams
Photography: Jeremy Hemming
First Aid: Alison Jones

England Masters Track & Field Inter Area Challenge, 2 July 2017, Solihull 

The VAC team of men and women fought for every point in the annual track and field challenge between eight area masters clubs. Midland Masters made home advantage count in winning both the men’s and women’s competitions, and becoming the overall champions. VAC’s men and women finished 4th and 6th respectively, with VAC placing 6th overall. There were some great individual performances including fine wins for Aaron Brown (M35-50, 1500m), Allan Long (M70, 200m) and Wesley Clarke (M50-60, Hammer). Good second place finishes were achieved by Pat Logan (M50-60, 100m), Paul Cheetham (M35-50, 3,000m), Tony Richards (M60-70, Shot Put), Lisa Webb (W50-60, 800m and 1500m), Fiona Bishop (W35-50, 2km Walk) and Tracey Gould (W35-50, Hammer). The full results are on the  BMAF website .