Summer runs

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More cross country information

For full information about the upcoming races visit

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Cross country season

Charlie has reminded us of the cross country season starting this Sunday and will be participating for VRR. Here is a list of dates. If you’re interested, get in touch with Tony.

 20th October : Beacon Park Skelmersdale
3rd November: Clarke Gardens, Liverpool
15th December: Arrowe Park, Wirral
2nd February: Croxteth Hall, Liverpool
23 February: Town Park, Runcorn
1st of March: Birchwood Park, Warrington
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Message from Dave (2)

When meeting for runs at the Village please stay away from the main reception so as not to block the area.

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Message from Dave (1)

If you want to order a t shirt for Ghent do it NOW as the tour is soon! Please don’t leave it until the last minute!

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VRR London marathon ballot

If you want to be in the ballot for a London marathon place, you need to keep your rejection letter in a safe place until the draw takes place.

Other conditions will apply and be listed nearer the time.

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The one at the end…

And so, it’s farewell to the summer runs of 2019 πŸ‘‹πŸ‘‹πŸŒž, though in true British tradition πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ it rained on the parade πŸ’¦πŸ’¦accompanied by a gusty breeze πŸŒ¬πŸŒ¬πŸ’¨, nonetheless 16 hardy runners πŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸƒπŸ»β€β™‚οΈgathered at the floral pavilion, which was closed so we couldn’t shelter from the elements πŸ₯ΆπŸ₯Ά, so the only option was for us to get running to warm up the body. But wait…. there’s mutiny amongst us, do we run to Seacombe Ferry βš“οΈβ›΄ or do we run to Leasowe Lighthouse πŸ’‘πŸ’‘a show of hands βœ‹πŸ€šand most had gone on the winter route of Seacombe…three dared the longer route to Leasowe, myself, Donna Mckeownand Mark Critchley took on the challenge, the wind favourable going out and coming back, the downside was…it was a longer distance πŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸƒπŸ»β€β™‚οΈand everybody else had finished before the rains arrived πŸ’¦πŸŒ§β˜”οΈ, but the seahorse awaited..nothing better after a run than a few 🍺🍺and some good food πŸ”πŸ₯©πŸŸπŸ—πŸ–πŸ°πŸ¨and putting the world 🌎 to rights. In general it’s been a great summer of running for all of us, the winter runs start now πŸŒ›πŸŒ™πŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸƒπŸ»β€β™‚οΈ when we get lit up like a Christmas πŸŽ„ tree. Safety first. And on the bright side πŸ‡§πŸ‡ͺGhent is just around the corner…keep on running..

John Brown

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Stellar September!

Following a quiet August, VRR members were really busy in September! Park runs were done in Birkenhead, Chester and Copenhagen and races run not just round the πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ UK but in πŸ‡±πŸ‡Ή Lithuania and πŸ‡«πŸ‡· France. The total number of miles run πŸƒπŸ»β€β™‚οΈπŸƒπŸ»β€β™€οΈwas ……..884!! πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»

Congratulations to the following participants and if I’ve not included you please let me know.

Chester half marathon

Jennifer Keenan, Ian Evans

Vilnius 10k

Jo Dutton,Mark Daniels, Dave Goodall, Tony Clixby

Vilnius half marathon

Steve Leslie, John Brown

Southport 10k

Dave Leece, Dermot Gough , Phil Allison

Carnforth 10k

Charlie Anderson

Lake Vyrnwy half marathon

Marc Williams, Brian Seal, Mike Storrey, Sergio Dominguez, Carl Davenport

Spitfire 10k (Coventry)

Tim Plested

Ellesmere triathlon

Sam Stringer, Gail Stuthridge , Steve Stuthridge, Donna McKeown

Wirral half marathon

Alex McGuiness, Mo Osborne

Hoylake 10k

Donna McKeown, Lucy McCardle. Mel MaCardle, Joe McCardle

Knowsley safari park 10 miles

Carolyn Brennan, Anne Fleming

Disney (Paris) 5k

Joe McCardle, Sandra Riley

Disney (Paris) 10k

Lisa Critchley, Donna McKeown,

Emily McCardle, Sandra Riley, Joe McCardle, Melanie McCardle, Lucy McCardle

Disney (Paris) half marathon

Sandra Riley, Joe McCardle

Wirral multi terrain race series

Phill Allison, Alex Hughes, Andy Monks, Andy Crowe, Andy Lacey, Jack Kiley, Garry Swaby, Brian Seal, Dave Loughlin, Mike Storrey, Tony m Plested, Paul Napier, Steve Stuthridge, Carl Davenport, Donna McKeown, jenny West, Laura Reece, Carolyn Atherton, Rachel Keenan, Sandra Riley, Trish Monks, Sally Ann Sweeney, Carolyn Brennan, Sue Williams, Ann Fleming, Freya Wood

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Jo’s blog: The one near the end….

30 runners πŸƒβ€β™‚οΈπŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸƒβ€β™‚οΈ met at the Green Lodge tonight for one of the last 😭 of the Summer runs.

Fluorescent πŸƒβ€β™‚οΈrunners set off along Stanley road towards the beach πŸ– everyone settled into groups and it was onto the sand hills towards West Kirby. This is a lovely stretch that really warms up the legs 🦡🦡and whilst its tough running into the wind it does keep you cool..

Next its round the Marine Lake β›΅β›΅ and we had perfect conditions tonight with no wet feet.πŸ‘πŸ‘£πŸ‘£ πŸ‘ŸπŸ‘Ÿ

At the end of the lake its decision time.πŸ€” .up the killer hill or back along the promenade????

The majority tackled the hill…last time till Christmas Eve πŸŽ….πŸŽ„πŸŽ„..and at least if you go up you have to come down….And downhill it was to the centre and towards Hoylake… definitely the opportunity to pick up speed and πŸƒβ€β™‚οΈrun for your supper !! πŸ˜ŠπŸŸπŸ”πŸ»

Back at the Green Lodge to everyone cheering each other home from a great runπŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ’ͺ

This has to be one of the most varied and scenic routes…and even though weather was threatening to rain β˜”πŸŒ§ we were lucky ☘ to stay dry ☁️ enjoy each other’s company πŸ‘¬πŸ‘­ and be thankful πŸ™ of living in Wirral and having some of the best, safe and stunning routes right on our doorstep..😍

Wetherspoons welcomed a rather sweaty, and bedraggled bunch of runners in (goodness knows what people must think) for our usual catch up, meals and drinks, great end to a great evening πŸ»πŸ·πŸ²πŸ•πŸΏ.

Grandad Dave (who is always the one ranting on about the use of mobile phones) only went and broke the new rule of no phone🀳 at the dinner table again !! πŸ™‰πŸ™ˆ

OMG that’s the 2nd time the only excuse is .

it’s old age…ha ha only Grandad Dave could get away with it …

Anyway…Cant wait to do it all again next year πŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸƒβ€β™‚οΈπŸ₯°

Jo Dutton

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The One With The Early Start

Good turn out for tonight, well done on the run everyone 29 or 31 runners. A lovely evening – we all ran along Wirral way then down on to the beach. Sam Stringer didn’t run but she was fast running to the pub to get served first. Everyone was on time which was good too see and we all smashed it. Well done and good luck to Steven Leslie Jo Dutton Mark Daniels John Brown Dave Goodall and Tony Clixby (Vilnius 10k and half marathon)and a huge well done everyone who did multi terrain and ran tonight. Top effort by everyone in the club good m8s and family to me and we all had lovely meal at the weatherspoons and good company too.

Jack Kiley

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Message from Dave

Is anyone up for a Hallowe’en fancy dress pub run (as it’s a Thursday this year)

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