9BAR Sunrise to Sunset Challenge - 13.1m - Tuesday 27/12/2016
The Annual 9BAR Sunrise to Sunset Challenge was held at the Shrewsbury Cycle Track in Sundorne (1km laps). The challenge was to run as far as you can between Sunrise (8:20) and Sunset (16:01) – be it a 10K, Half Marathon, Marathon, or Ultra, your lap was card stamped after every lap. The idea of the race is for runners to run as far as the can (or want to) between the hours of Sunrise (8.20) and Sunset (16.01), the winner being the runner who records the furthest distance. Hayley McNicholas and Ollie, Dawn and Martin Hunt selected the half marathon with Ollie finishing the fastest in 01:47 and second place, with Dawn third, Martin fourth and Hayley ninth.
K42 Canarias Anaga Marathon - 26.21m - Saturday 10/12/2016
Jez Fellick travelled to Tenerife for the K42 Canarias Anaga Marathon Jez said "Just over 28 miles so it's an ultra in my book. Stunning place to run and less muddy than beacon park! I was aiming for 5.30 so not sure why I'm slightly annoyed with 5.03. Would highly recommend to anyone that enjoys long trail races in the mountains". Jez finished in 24th place out of over 700, a great effort.
Benidorm Half Marathon - 13.1m - Sunday 27/11/2016
6 of Wallasey A.C. ladies travelled to Spain for the Benidorm Half Marathon. The course took in the center and the coast of the city of Benidorm and had a high percentage of foreign visitors. Sandra Ellison was first home and Claire Marsden grabbed a personal best. Photos
Vale of Clwyd Half Marathon - 13.1m - Sunday 27/11/2016
The Vale of Clwyd Half Marathon course was described as "Wonderfully scenic, the undulating route taking you to the villages of Llangynhafal, Gellifor, Llanychan and Llanynys before finishing where you started, in Llandyrnog village. Despite the undulations, there are some very fast sections which explains the many PB’s that have been achieved on the route." The race attracted Caet Cuthbert who completed the course in 02:20 for 75th place.
Tatton Park Half Marathon - 13.1m - Sunday 20/11/2016
Claire Walton continued her rich vein of form with yet another win this time in the Tatton Park Half Marathon. Claire was first lady in 01:23 dead. Ray Clark set a personal best of 01:28:54. Photos
Tatton Park 10k - Sunday 20/11/2016
Mike Green finished in 12th place in the Tatton Park 10k after completing the course in 37:38., Mike was second in his age category. Katie Bellew ran well to cross the line in 52:59. Photos
Conwy Half Marathon - 13.1m - Sunday 20/11/2016
The Conwy Half Marathon started on Conwy Quayside next to the river Conwy and in front of the 700+ year old Conwy Castle, from here it proceeded along the road through to Deganwy and on to the West Shore in the Victorian Town of Llandudno then along Church Walks and past the pier. Next was the Great Orme then to the West shore and back to the finish on the quayside. Steve Smith was first home for the men in 01:29:51 although Jack Poland did beat him on chip time with 01:29:30. Jess Smith was first lady in 01:44. Martin Hunt completed his 50th half marathon and Jan McArd set a personal best. Photos
Brecon Beacons Ultra - 46m - Saturday 19/11/2016
The Brecon Beacons Ultra route is described as a very varied one that will test competitors strengths and weaknesses; flat land specialists will love the canal bits whilst the mountain goats will prefer the 'gap', and then of course there's all the 'in between' bits. The start of the Brecon Beacons Ultra took place in the heart of the Brecon Beacons starting and finishing in the delightful village of Talybont on Usk and consisted of 2 laps. 4 intrepid athletes from Wallasey A.C. participated in the event with bragging rights going to Ian Wilson.
Penmaenmawr Fell Race - 10m - Saturday 19/11/2016
Jez Fellick and Nick Holt headed to Wales for the Penmaenmawr Fell Race, the course incorporates 1950 feet of ascent and a bog. Our Wallasey A.C. runners overcame these obstacles to finish in 01:23 (13th) and 01:43 (63rd) respectively.
Escape from Meriden Ultra - Saturday 19/11/2016
In Meriden, a 500 year old cross marks the centre of England, runners had 24 hours to get as far from Meriden as they could travel on foot. Runners were supplied with a race drone gps tracker, any steps away from a direct route were wasted as they result was based on as the crow flies miles.
Steve Armstrong took up the challenge at midnight and raced through to past midday before succumbing to injury, but not before he had covered 47.7 as the crow flies. Steve said "Just didn't seem to be my day!".
Mo Run - 5k - Saturday 19/11/2016
Ray Clark finished third in the 5k Mo Run in Croxteth Hall, Liverpool finishing in 19:04.
Mo Run - 10k - Saturday 19/11/2016
Peter Barham and Louise Shields competed in the10k Mo Run in Croxteth Hall, Liverpool.
Windmill 10k - Sunday 13/11/2016
The Windmill 10k was run on a fast, flat and accurately measured course on the coastal front of Lytham, the runners took in some great sights of the town including the iconic Lytham Windmill and the stunning Fairhaven Lake. Over 900 took part and Ollie Hunt and Hayley McNicholas were amongst them.
Cheshire 10k - Saturday 12/11/2016
Nearly 1,400 runners contested the Cheshire 10k at Arley Hall near Warrington. The fast and flat course helped Joe Boden set an excellent personal best of 33:45 which gave him 22nd place. First lady home for the club was Sallie Holt in 40:33 and 12th lady. Claire Marsden knocked an impressive 6 minutes off her lifetime best returning in 54:46. Photos
Betws-y-Coed Trail Challenge 10k - Saturday 12/11/2016
The Betws-y-Coed Trail Challenge
10k from the centre of Betws-
Betws-y-Coed Trail Canicross Challenge 10k - Saturday 12/11/2016
Jess Smith took her dog Molly on the Canicross challenge 10k and they completed the course in 53:10.
9BAR Sunset to Sunrise Challenge Half Marathon - 13.1m - Saturday 12/11/2016
9BAR Sunset to Sunrise Challenge was run along the banks of the River Severn on the disused Ironbridge to Bridgnorth Railway line in the dark, the race started at 4.16pm on the 12th November and finished when ever the runners have had enough pain or at Sunrise on the 13th November at 7.33am. The race was open for half / full and ultra distances. Team Hunt took on the Half Marathon challenge with Ollie claiming second place.
New York Marathon - 26.2m - Sunday 06/11/2016
Paul Bradford had a great run at the New York marathon post a 02:58 on a difficult course. Paul said "What a day! I was delighted with 2:58 on the toughest course I've ever done.".
Lancaster Half Marathon - 13.1m - Sunday 06/11/2016
Claire Walton returned victorious from the Lancaster Half Marathon with a win in the ladies race in 01:24.
Spooky Halloween Night Run - 10k - Saturday 05/11/2016
The Spooky Halloween Night Trail Race in Delamere Forest was a 10k course that consisted of three separate loops. The first loop was run around Blakemere Moss, the second loop was the notorious forest warrior. The third loop was up Pale Heights before dropping back down and heading back into the forest towards the finish line. Steve Armstrong, Pete Brunt and Kareen Porschke donned their head torches and took up the challenge.
November Nightmare Marathon Day 6 - 26.2m - Friday 04/11/2016
Dawn and Martin Hunt returned to Shropshire for the sixth race in the November Nightmare series of marathons.
November Nightmare Marathon Day 1 - 26.2m - Sunday 30/10/2016
The November Nightmare is a series of 6 Marathons (or Half marathons) in 6 day in Telford. Team Hunt travelled down to Shropshire for the race, Ollie Hunt was first back in 6th place in 04:29.
November Nightmare Half Marathon Day 1 - 13.1m - Sunday 30/10/2016
The November Nightmare is a series of 6 Marathons (or Half marathons) in 6 day in Telford. Hayley McNicholas completed the course in 02:54.
Snowdonia Marathon - 26.2m - Sunday 30/10/2016
Steve and Jess Smith were first man and lady home for the club in the hilly Snowdon Marathon. Steve returned in 03:25 and Jess in 03:45. great efforts on a tough course.
NEWSAR Clwydian Hills Fell Race - 15k - Sunday 23/10/2016
The NEWSAR Clwydian Hills Fell Race was a 15km race with 3,000ft of ascent, over the Clwydian hills in North Wales including the summit of Moel Famau. Wallasey AC finished fourth in the team race with Jez Fellick first home in 14th and first in his age category. Sallie Holt was fist lady in 106th. Photos
Wirral Seaside Run - 5k - Sunday 23/10/2016
Running into a 20mph headwind did not deter Helen Anne Stansfield as she scored a victory in the last Wirral Seaside Run of 2016. Helen crossed the line in 21:53, most runners times were down due to the wind. Colin Palmer was first male in 18:46 for fourth place.
Manchester Half Marathon - 13.1m - Sunday 16/10/2016
The runners at the Manchester Half Marathon faced extremely wet conditions. This did not deter our runners as John Bassett led them home in 01:38.
Birmingham Half Marathon - 13.1m - Sunday 16/10/2016
3 runners from the club travelled to Birmingham to join a large field for the Birmingham Half Marathon. Richard Saunders was the first back for the club in 01:40.
The Lakes Four Passes - 23m - Saturday 15/10/2016
The Lakes Four Passes was a 23
mile trail race in the Cumbrian Fells with the route taking in four
of the Lake Districts most scenic valleys and their adjoining
passes. The route was circular route and started and finished at
Rosthwaite Village Hall in Borrowdale, at the southern end of
Derwent Water. The first pass was Sty Head Tarn situated between the
Scafell Massif and Great Gable before the race dropped down to
Wasdale with Cumbria's deepest lake. The second which was Black Sail
Pass & the third Scarth Gap, which happened to be the easiest ascent
of the day & gave views of Haystacks, Wainwright's resting place to
the right. The fourth and final pass was an old miners path and was
the hardest of the day to the top of Honister's Pass before
returning down to the village hall. Caet Cuthbert was amongst the
112 strong field and said "Fab
race, but very tough. Took me 6hrs 40 to finish".
York Marathon - 26.21m - Sunday 09/10/2016
Martin and Dawn Hunt completed the York Marathon in personal best times of 04:15 and 04:14 respectively.
Chichester Half Marathon - 13.1m - Sunday 09/10/2016
The Chichester Half Marathon included a mixture of road, cross country and cycle path terrain, started at Chichester College and took in the historic sites of Chichester, including the Cathedral and the walls. It then led up to the pinnacle of the South Downs, the Trundle, before wending its way back down Centurion Way. Phil Bird and Grace Gibson made the trip returning in 01:39 and 01:54 respectively.
Chester Marathon - 26.21m- Sunday 02/10/2016
Claire Walton was 7th lady overall in the Chester Marathon returning in 03:04. Steve Ellis was first male for the club in 03:54. Photos
Chester Metric Marathon - 26.21k- Sunday 02/10/2016
Bryan Stevenson led the Wallasey AC runners home in the Chester Metric Marathon posting a 01:49, Jess Smith was the first lady back for the club in 02:05. Photos
Sandstone Trail A Race - 17m - Sunday 02/10/2016
The Sandstone Trail A Race is 27.5km (17.1 miles) with 655m climb starting from Duckington following sections of the Sandstone Trail Path, finishing in Delamere Forest. The race had a timed-out road crossing at the A51, because of the heavy traffic on this road, competitors had to punch the electronic controls both before and after the road crossing. The time taken between the two controls was deducted from the overall time for the race. Jez Fellick was first back for the club in a creditable 8th place in 02:12. Photos
Sandstone Trail B Race - 10.6m - Sunday 02/10/2016
The Sandstone Trail B Race is 17.0km (10.6 miles) with 288m of climb starting from Beeston following sections of the Sandstone Trail Path, finishing in Delamere Forest. The race had a timed-out road crossing at the A51, because of the heavy traffic on this road, competitors had to punch the electronic controls both before and after the road crossing. The time taken between the two controls was deducted from the overall time for the race. Zoe Pearse and Caet Cuthbert completed the challenging course in 01:41 and 02:15 respectively. Photos
Great Scottish Run Half Marathon- 13.1m - Sunday 02/10/2016
The Great Scottish Run Half Marathon course started in the centre of the city, in George Square, and from there took runners past a selection of Glasgow’s finest venues and buildings. As well as crossing over the River Clyde, runners will took a trip through Pollok Park and Bellahouston Park, before heading back for the grandstand finish on Glasgow Green. Hayley McNicholas completed the race in 02:09.
Matalan Merseyside 10k - Sunday 02/10/2016
Ray Clark headed over to Aintree Racecourse for the Matalan Merseyside 10k, Ray completed the course in 01:03.
Kielder Marathon - 26.21m- Sunday 02/10/2016
The Active Northumberland Kielder Marathon route followed an almost entirely off-road course around northern Europe’s largest man-made lake, Kielder Water, in Northumberland. Organisers claim it is “Britain’s Most Beautiful Marathon”. Ollie, Dawn and Martin Hunt made the trip, Ollie was first back in 04:13 and said "The most beautiful race scenery I've ever seen which helped take my mind off the fact it was the hilliest race I've ever done but still pulled out a marathon pb somehow. Mum and dad did great too especially after last week's marathon in the legs". Photos
Hoylake 10k - Sunday 25/09/2016
Wallasey AC runners bagged a 1,2 at the Hoylake 10k with Joe Boden (36:05) edging out Greg Jones (36:18) for first place. First lady for the club was Elaine Opara in 48:03 for 8th lady. Photos
Ormskirk 10k - Sunday 25/09/2016
At the end of the Ormskirk 10k the runners were treat to a free pint of beer. Dave and Jess McKinlay and Karl Bunnell worked up a thirst on the course which started and finished on Ormskirk Cricket Club.
Llyn Alwen Trail Race - 11.5km - Sunday 25/09/2016
Jan McArd joined the 186 runners in the Llyn Alwen Trail Race, Jan finished in 85th place in 01:05. Llyn Alwen is a small natural upland lake on Mynydd Hiraethog in Conwy 10km east of Betws y Coed. The trail course consisted of one loop around the lake in a clockwise direction.
Loch Ness Marathon - 26.2m - Sunday 25/09/2016
The Loch Ness Marathon route went through breathtaking scenery, along the south-eastern shores of Loch Ness, across the River Ness, and into the centre of Inverness, capital city of the Highlands. Martin and Dawn Hunt travelled up to Scotland for the race and Dawn said "Loch Ness marathon - absolutely fantastic, if you do marathons you have to do this one, a bus takes you from the finish line, to Narnia, and then you run back to the finish line, breathtaking scenery, awesome, also a p.b. course.".
Robin Hood Half Marathon - 13.1m - Saturday 24/09/2016
Hayley McNicholas travelled to Nottingham for the Robin Hood Half Marathon, Hayley completed the course in 02:15.
Offa's Dyke Race - 185m - Friday 23/09/2016 - Tuesday 27/09/2016
The Offas Dyke Race is 185 miles in total, and features 9085M of elevation (Mount Everest is 8,848 metres). The race starts in Chepstow and finishes in Prestatyn and the end of King Offa’s Dyke. Steve Armstrong took on this challenge along with 72 other ultra runners. Only 44 finished the race. Steve can be very proud of his achievement in finishing this monumental task in 90 hours 11 minutes for 38th place and said "Well stone me that was hard".
English Half Marathon - 13.1m - Sunday 18/09/2016
4 runners from the club travelled to Warrington for the English Half Marathon. The race started and finished by Warrington Town Hall and was run in sunny and warm conditions. Jack Poland was first back for the club in 01:27:48.
EHM 10k - Sunday 18/09/2016
Sandra and Jessikha Ellison completed the EHM 10k in Warrington, both runners crossed the line in 58 minutes and a few seconds.
Wirral Seaside Run - 5k - Sunday 18/09/2016
Wallasey AC had two second places in the September Wirral Seaside Run with Rob Pearse representing the men and Helen Anne Stansfield the ladies. Photos
Scouse 5k - Sunday 18/09/2016
Jan McArd and Claire Marsden completed the Scouse 5k in Liverpool City Centre. Mike Kelly and Ray Clark also took part. No results were published.
Self-Transcendence 24-Hour Track Race - Noon Saturday 17/09/2016 to Noon Sunday 18/09/2016
A selection of 45 of the UK’s most experienced and promising ultra runners took on the physical and mental challenge of covering the greatest distance they can in 24 hours, making as many loops of the track as possible in the Self Transcendence 24 Hour Track Race. Nick Holt was up for the challenge and with his wife Sallie as support crew headed off to London for the event which has been run since 1989. Nick said "At 12 o'clock on the 17th September, I started the Self Transcendence 24 Hour Track Race at Tooting Bec. 378 and a bit laps later, I finished (with Sal who'd been supporting me the whole time at my side), smiling, but very, very sore. 151.472km or 94.12 miles. I would have loved to get to the magic 100 but I quite simply wasn't good enough on the day. It's a raw, stripped down running event but it's brilliant, incredibly well supported and at £49 entry, I defy you to find a better value for money race anywhere in the world. I'm very glad I've done it, and no, I won't be back next year...happy to crew for a fellow Wallasyean if anyone fancies it though...". That's an amazing 378 laps, well done Nick. An article regarding the race which featured Nick appeared in the Guardian and a copy of the race programme can be found here. Photos
WST Overall Standings
10 runners from the club finished all three Whistle Stop Tour of Wirral races totalling over 26 miles. First male was Olly Hunt in 03:21 (35th) and first lady was Sharon Lamont in 03:44 (91st).
Wirral Half Marathon - 13.1m - Sunday 11/09/2016
The Wirral Half Marathon was a point to point race on a flat course and started in Birkenhead Park, followed a path through the Birkenhead Docks to the River Mersey promenade at Seacombe Ferry and then on to New Brighton, then continued along the Wirral coastline as far as the Leasowe Castle Hotel where the course looped back and returned to the finish line on Coastal Drive. The race attracted 24 Wallasey A.C. runners, Phil Walton was first home for the club in an excellent 01:18:19 and 6th place overall, Vicky Kehoe was first lady back in a personal best 01:38:46 and 11th lady overall and second in her age category. Photos
Wirral 10k - Sunday 11/09/2016
The conditions for the Wirral 10k were warm and sunny, Greg Jones was first past the post for the club in an impressive 34:25 and sixth place overall, first lady for the club was Zoe Pearse in a personal best 42:14 and fourth lady overall. Jessikha Ellison also achieved as personal best of 57:19. Elaine Opara was first in her age category category. Photos
Montane Trail 13 - 13.1m - Sunday 11/09/2016
The Montane Trail 13 in Delamere consisted of a lap of the Blakemere Moss Lake then headed