Results for January 2020 on

 Canons Parkrun Saturday 22 February 2020

The most recent VAC parkrun meetup was at Canons Park – a small park in Harrow once belonging to a monastery and including an old walled garden. The course is 3 flat laps. Half of each lap is through woodland and that sheltered us from the wind. The 3 VAC members were made welcome – Martin is a regular runner there. The venue is easily accessible – a short walk from the Jubilee line station.

The next meetup for VAC parkrunners is on Saturday 13 June at Lloyd Park. We are not expecting mud. I hope lots of you will be able to join us.

Andy Murray          26.40      2nd M65
Ros Tabor              27.31     1st W70 and new age group record
Martin Garrett        28.25      3rd M65


Men’s Surrey League Cross Country, Lloyd Park, 8 February 2020

Andy Murray, Darren Franks, Ian Strong, Gary Ironmonger, Gary Budinger, Bruce McLaren, Trevor Robinson
Andy Mitchelson, Liam O'Hare, Barry Attwell, Paddy Clark

Photo by Maggie Statham-Berry

Gary Ironmonger                                                          
Bruce McLaren

Darren Franks                                                              
Steve Clancey

Liam O'Hare and Gary Budinger

Trevor Robinson                                                
Andy Mitchelson and Barry Attwell

Above photos from Cliff Hide. Cliff has more photos and is happy to supply J-Peg copies to VAC competitors.
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A strong turnout of 14 for our final match of the season saw us achieve 8th place on the day of the 12 teams and 7th overall for the season (up from 8th after 3 matches). Although Division 3&4 was the opening league race of the day, the earlier parkrun  - also run as a warm-up by Andy Mitchelson - had used half of the course and Lloyd Park was extremely muddy beyond the first field, making it very draining on runners’ energy. Gary Ironmonger was first home for us in 11th, also for the second match in a row he was first over-50 in Division Four.

The best VAC category positions in the division for the season were achieved by Gary Ironmonger who was first in the V50-59 category and by Barry Attwell who was second V60+.

Thanks to Maggie Statham-Berry and Ros Tabor for officiating on the day, plus Tony Austin for marshalling, and especially to Paddy Clark for providing numbers, shelter and bag store through the season, as well as marshalling for every match. The full results are on the  Surrey League website

VAC Placings, Division Four, Lloyd Park
Pos. Time Name Age Group
11 32:57 Gary Ironmonger M55
46 37:56 Bruce McLaren M50
60 38:43 Darren Franks M50
63 39:12 Andy Mitchelson M50
71 39:54 Barry Attwell M65
86 41:24 Tony Harran M55
90 41:50 Steve Clancey M45
100 42:53 Carey Gray M60
107 43:33 Gary Budinger M55
120 46:24 Trevor Robinson M45
122 47:54 Andy Murray M65
126 50:34 Liam O'Hare M70
128 52:10 Ian Strong M55
131 58:01 Martin Garrett M65
133 finishers (279 in combined race)
Division Four Team Results at Lloyd Park Overall Pos.
4 Matches
1 Barnes Runners 254 1
2 Tri Surrey 281 2
3 Collingwood 407 3
4 Windrush 462 10
5 Lingfield Runners 488 4
6 Holland Sports AC 510 5
7 British Airways 622 8
8 VAC 659 7
9 Elmbridge 669 6
10 Horley Harriers 797 9
11 Epsom Oddballs 956 11
12 Sutton & District AC No show 12


VAC Cross Country Championships and Masters Open race, Wimbledon Common, 18 January 2020

The start, with race winner, Mike Cummings (No 55), to the fore.

Mike Cummings tracked by Richard McDowell
 First woman, Megan De Silva

Robin Jones, M45 Gold
 Sue McDonald (No 33), Alice Riddell-Webster

Jay Hadfield, W45 Gold
 Marie Synnott-Wells

Mike Mann, Mary Setyabule
 John Grigg, Jacqui McCarron

Martin Garrett, Maurice Marchant, John Carter

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Conditions were good for VAC’s last ever race on Wimbledon Common’s 4.5 mile “Thatched Cottage” course and it was fitting that a sparkling new course record was set by the winner, Mike Cummings of Herne Hill Harriers. For 2021, we are required to devise a new course which does not encroach on the fairways of Wimbledon Common’s two golf courses.

Fifty four members and guests competed on some very muddy stretches, but also firm tracks. Mike Cummings (M35) and Richard McDowell (M40) were locked together for the first lap and well into the second, until Mike pulled away at the top of the horse ride, to win by 16 seconds. Both men were inside the previous course record of 24:48, set in 2016, and Richard’s time was also a new M40 course record.

Megan De Silva of Ranelagh Harriers, 10th in the race and first woman, set a new women’s record for the VAC Championships of 28:08. However, the record for the course still belongs to Clare Elms who posted a time of 27:44 at the Inter-Area match in 2016.

VAC Gold medals were won by Robin Jones (M45), Andy Bowen (M50), Gary Ironmonger (M55), Tom Morris (M60), John Grigg (M65), Mike Mann (M70), Peter Giles (M75) and Doug Milsom (M80). Peter Giles’s time of 33:32 rewrote the previous M75 record of 39:06 set by Doug Milsom. Doug however had the consolation of similarly breaking the M80 record by nearly six minutes.

For the women, VAC Gold medals were won by Jay Hadfield (W45), Sue McDonald (W50), Lucy Woolhouse (W55), Carol Jones (W60), Jane Georghiou (W65) and Lesley Bowcott (W75). Sue McDonald was the first woman for VAC and won the women’s trophy, as well as setting a new W50 championship record. Lesley Bowcott, already the W70 record holder, posted a great time of 44:54 which will serve as the inaugural and all-time W75 record for the course.

Here are the records for VAC’s “Thatched Cottage” course.

Race Pos. Bib Time Name Age Group Masters Club Age Gp Position VAC Medal BMAF/Guest Medal First Claim Club
1 55 23:47 Mike Cummings M35 VAC 1 Gold Herne Hill Harriers
2 34 24:03 Richard McDowell M40 VAC 1 Gold Hercules Wimbledon AC
3 38 25:52 Matthew Munro M40 VAC 2 Silver Herne Hill Harriers
4 28 25:57 Robin Jones M45 VAC 1 Gold Herne Hill Harriers
5 4 26:35 Rich Berry M45 VAC 2 Silver West 4 Harriers
6 56 26:52 Tim Rose M45 Guest 3 Bronze Usk Runners
7 27 27:11 Gary Ironmonger M55 VAC 1 Gold Herne Hill Harriers
8 49 27:53 Mark Tennyson M55 VAC 2 Silver Guildford & Godalming AC
9 42 27:57 Jonathan Ratcliffe M50 SCVAC 1 Gold Herne Hill Harriers
10 54 28:08 Megan de Silva W35 Guest 1 Gold Ranelagh Harriers
11 7 28:17 Andy Bowen M50 VAC 2 Gold West 4 Harriers
12 50 28:24 Peter Tullett M60 EMAC 1 Gold Chelmsford AC
13 33 29:00 Sue McDonald W50 VAC 1 Gold South London Harriers
14 43 29:03 Alice Riddell-Webster W50 VAC 2 Silver Fulham Running Club
15 8 29:07 Mike Boyle M55 VAC 3 Bronze Herne Hill Harriers
16 15 29:16 Simon Danciger M55 VAC 4 Barnes Runners
17 14 29:45 Anna Critchlow W50 VAC 3 Bronze West 4 Harriers
18 65 30:26 Dean Butterfield M55 Guest 5 Unattached
19 62 30:49 Adrian Smith M40 Guest 3 Bronze West 4 Harriers
20 37 30:52 Peter Mountain M60 SWVAC 2 Silver Bristol and West AC
21 53 30:53 Lucy Woolhouse W55 VAC 1 Gold Veterans AC
22 59 30:56 Vic Maughn M55 VAC 6 Herne Hill Harriers
23 26 30:57 Jay Hadfield W45 VAC 1 Gold Elmbridge RRC
24 12 31:32 Tom Cheetham M50 VAC 3 Silver Hercules Wimbledon AC
25 18 31:33 Darren Franks M50 VAC 4 Bronze Veterans AC
26 24 32:14 Michael Graz M45 VAC 4 Bronze Veterans AC
27 61 32:32 Duncan Rimmer M40 Guest 4 Herne Hill Harriers
28 30 33:00 Tony Macdowall M35 VAC 2 Silver Victoria Park H & TH AC
29 60 33:32 Tony Harran M55 VAC 7 Herne Hill Harriers
30 22 33:32 Peter Giles M75 VAC 1 Gold Hercules Wimbledon AC
31 48 33:53 Marie Synnott-Wells W55 VAC 2 Silver Ranelagh Harriers
32 44 34:06 Mary Setyabule W50 VAC 4 Herne Hill Harriers
33 58 34:15 Helen Davies W50 VAC 5 Hercules Wimbledon AC
34 31 34:49 Mike Mann M70 VAC 1 Gold Dulwich Runners AC
35 46 34:59 Maggie Stacey W50 VAC 6 26.2 Road Runners Club
36 2 35:08 Nicky Atkins W55 VAC 3 Bronze Kingston & Poly H
37 20 35:20 Gareth George M50 VAC 5 Epsom & Ewell Harriers
38 9 35:41 Gary Budinger M55 VAC 8 Dulwich Runners AC
39 36 35:45 Tom Morris M60 VAC 3 Gold Hercules Wimbledon AC
40 57 36:29 Mark Standing M50 Guest 6 Herne Hill Harriers
41 21 37:20 Jane Georghiou W65 VAC 1 Gold Farnham Runners
42 1 38:19 Sarah Allen W55 VAC 4 Herne Hill Harriers
43 64 38:24 Edward Skinner M60 VAC 4 Silver Tiptree Road Runners
44 63 38:30 Carol Jones W60 VAC 1 Gold Ealing Southall & Middlesex
45 3 40:46 Sue Belcher W40 Open 1 Gold Sutton Runners
46 25 41:13 John Grigg M65 VAC 1 Gold Fulham Running Club
47 66 41:23 Jacqui McCarron W45 Guest 2 Silver Epsom Oddballs
48 47 41:57 Ian Strong M55 VAC 9 Herne Hill Harriers
49 11 42:26 John Carter M75 VAC 2 Silver Wimbledon Windmilers
50 32 44:03 Maurice Marchant M70 VAC 2 Silver Tonbridge AC
51 19 44:28 Martin Garrett M65 VAC 2 Silver Sudbury Court RC
52 6 44:54 Lesley Bowcott W75 VAC 1 Gold Wimbledon Windmilers
53 35 46:30 Doug Milsom M80 VAC 1 Gold Hillingdon AC
54 39 49:02 Bill O'Connor M70 VAC 3 Bronze Queen's Park Harriers


 Men’s Surrey League Cross Country, Oxshott Woods, 11 January 2020

Andy Mitchelson, Ian Strong and Andy Murray

Gary Ironmonger
 Eddie Lambert

Bruce McLaren
 Steve Clancey

Gary Budinger
 Carey Gray, Andy Murray

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Conditions were good at Oxshott for the three-lap, 5 mile, Division 3 and 4 combined race which features a testing hill and rough, stony ground. Gary Ironmonger ran well in 11th position in Division Four to lead the team in, with Eddie Lambert not far behind, still in the top twenty. Bruce McClaren ran strongly through the field to take VAC's third spot. Barry Attwell edged Peter Giles after a close battle and Andy Mitchelson wasn't far behind, showing impressive improvement over the season. Steve Clancey was standing by to marshal, but was freed up to run - and went well, which was a bonus. Gary Budinger, Andy Murray and a poorly Carey Gray completed the scoring, with Ian Strong giving us a B Team presence.

The VAC team finished 10th on the day, and we've dropped to 8th overall after three matches. It's close, though, and a good turn out for the final match at Lloyd Park on 8 February would see us move up a few places.

VAC Placings, Division Four, Oxshott
Pos. Time Name Age Group
11 33:40 Gary Ironmonger M55
19 34:35 Eddie Lambert M40
75 39:55 Bruce McLaren M50
94 41:08 Barry Attwell M65
95 41:13 Peter Giles M75
101 41:50 Andy Mitchelson M50
104 42:03 Steve Clancey M45
133 45:21 Gary Budinger M55
142 46:15 Andy Murray M65
151 48:46 Carey Gray M60
163 53:20 Ian Strong M55
166 finishers (353 in combined race)
Division Four Team Results at Oxshott Overall Pos.
3 Matches
1 Barnes Runners 258 1
2 Tri Surrey 441 2
3 Collingwood 465 4
4 Elmbridge 479 6
5 Lingfield Runners 484 3
6 Windrush 487 10
7 British Airways 620 9
8 Holland Sports AC 637 5
9 Horley Harriers 648 7
10 VAC 755 8
11 Epsom Oddballs 921.5 11
12 Sutton & District AC 1064.5 12

The full results are on the  Surrey League website