Thursday’s run September 5th

Please remember that this Thursday’s run from West Kirby starts at the earlier time of 6.30pm

Jack is leading the run this week.

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Winter Safety

Winter Safety

The Tuesday and Thursday runs of the Village Road Runners are part of the Village Hotel Bromborough’s Leisure Club timetable and as such, the Village Hotel has the overseeing responsibility for the Running Club.

We have recently received a complaint from a very concerned motorist, who had to take action to avoid one of our runners crossing the road. The driver was unable to see them, as the runner was not wearing any high visibility lights. Our roads and pavements are getting busier each year and it is essential that all of our runners are highly visible to other road and pavement users. For many years the wearing of lights with the Running Club has been advisory, but it is now to be made compulsory for the Tuesday and Thursday Winter runs. The Village Road Runners has a fine safety record and we all want to keep it that way.

Running lights are cheap and widely available both online, from specialist running shops and sometimes from supermarkets.

Therefore, if you wish to participate in a Village Road Runners Tuesday or Thursday Winter run, then it is a requirement that you MUST wear high visibility lights, to ensure that you can easily be seen by others. In addition, please only cross roads at safe crossing points and wear light and reflective clothing. If you are not wearing lights and hence highly visible to others, then you cannot run with us on a the Tuesday or Thursday runs during the Winter. This applies to all Village Road Runner members, whether you are a member of the Village Leisure Club or not.

The Village Road Runners is a wonderful running group, so please let’s all work together to keep everyone safe.

Mark Critchley

Leisure Club Manager

Village Hotel Wirral

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August race achievements

Most of the races that VRR members took part in in August were in the northwest and a total of 80 miles (approximately 129km) was run – this excludes park runs. Not the busiest month but a range of races nevertheless. Here’s a guide to who did what and where!

Birchwood 10k

Marc Williams

Race the train

Mark Critchley

West Kirby triathlon

Sam Stringer, Donna Mckeown

Ellesmere 10k

Tony Clixby, John Highton

Blackpool 10k

Tony Clixby, Tim Plested

Ellesmere Port 5k

Dave Leece, Brian Seal

Wirral Way 24hour run

John Brown- 10k

Seaside run

Marc Williams, Brian Seal, Steve Leslie , Freya Evangeline, Dermot Gough, Debbie Spencer

Park runs this month were run by VRR members in Birkenhead, Chester, Berlin and


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Jo Blogs: Storeton – the one with the cows….

Oh what a night πŸ‘for the last Storeton run for 2019…πŸƒβ€β™‚οΈπŸƒβ€β™‚οΈπŸƒβ€β™‚οΈπŸ•πŸΎπŸƒβ€β™€οΈand what a turnout..

44 runners and 2 four legged friends left the Seven Stars at 7pm and pounded the pavementsπŸ‘ŸπŸ‘ŸπŸ‘ŸπŸ‘Ÿ towards Brimstage.

Once past the Manor it was downhill all the way to Brimstage at this point you know that coming back it’s uphill πŸ˜’πŸ™ˆ. Great running through the mainly traffic free lanes to Storeton: lots of banter, laughter πŸ˜‰πŸ˜ and jokes along the way and then across the fields up to the woods..

But then …disaster…πŸ‘€ there were monsters in the fieldπŸ‘Ή yes there were great big brown and white ones…called cows πŸ„πŸ‚πŸ„πŸ‚ who put them there in our way..? So it was a case of picking your moment and getting a wiggle on through the herd…They looked quite intrigued by the sight of such a motley crew of runners πŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸƒβ€β™‚οΈ on their patch.

So after the uphill stretch through the cows πŸ„πŸ‚πŸ„ it’s where you chose to take the long or short route home.

Both are challenging as there are some who like a fast pace or push on up the hills and some who go steady to do the longer distance. Whatever the choice the good thing is you are never on your own. πŸ‘¬πŸ‘­

So for the longer run its was nettle jumping up to the woods.🌲🌳🌿..then through to Marsh Lane and a good pace down Lever causeway ..Neil then wanted to go the scenic route…definitely too many holidays πŸ– looking at beautiful scenery!! Didn’t anyone tell him he was in Wirral not Italy 🏞 ?? And it was longer!

Back up hill and towards home through more fields full of monsters πŸ‘ΉπŸ‘Ή / cows πŸ‚πŸ„

Dave was on form so he was first through the gate but oops ..without his trainer πŸ‘Ÿ which was stuck in the mud πŸ’©πŸ’© so he had to put his muddy foot πŸ‘£ back in his muddy trainer …yuk!! πŸ™ˆπŸ™ˆ

Of course we didn’t laugh πŸ€£πŸ˜‚πŸ€£.

It wasn’t long before he had to stop again to sort out the extra mud cushioning he was running on.

This clearly gave him a spring in his step as we had to put our foot down πŸ‘ŸπŸ‘Ÿ to get back before dark..πŸƒβ€β™‚οΈπŸƒβ€β™€οΈ

We made it back to be greeted by shouts of ‘well done’ “great running’ πŸ™ŒπŸ™Œ secretly they probably wanted to say…’what took you so long?’ ‘We are starving’…

Judging by the fantastic turnout this has to be one of the most popular runs and in tradition it was off to the Seven Stars for drinks πŸ₯‚πŸ»πŸΊ or the Three Stags for food πŸ”πŸ»β˜•πŸ² ..

The perfect end to a perfect evening VRR run.

πŸƒβ€β™‚οΈπŸƒβ€β™€οΈ 😊

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Multi terrain races: important, final information

Sandra Riley has said she will organise the team for the multi terrain races: she will need all the information as requested in Tony’s previous post by TOMORROW WEDNESDAY AUGUST 28th

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Sue Hadley’s Skydive

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Multi terrain series 2019

Tomorrow Weds 28th August someone needs to email a list of our runners competing in the Wirral Multi Terrain series this year to

This is a last call for anyone interested.

Also, we need someone to be team manager as I am unavailable.  If you would like to be team manager please let me know. It involves getting our team to the event and recording their results plus making sure we have a marshal as requested by the organiser. See IMPORTANT NOTE number one below

These are the final instructions for the Wirral September Multi Terrain Series. The dates are:

3th. Sept. Royden Park, Frankby, 7.00pm

10th. Sept.Wirral Country Park, Thurstaston, 7.00pm.

17th. Sept, Harrison Drive, Wallasey 6.30pm.

24th. Sept. Arrowe Park Golf Course, Arrowe Park 6.30pm.

Runners must run in their recognised club colours.

Full series rules are attached


  1. Each participating club must provide the League with a contact (name, address, telephone number, and e-mail if possible) and provide a team manager for each race and one Marshall.
  2. Entry fee of Β£1 per athlete per race, to be collected by each team manager and handed to one of the League Officials at each race (we will review the Β£1 entry after this series)
  3. I need now to have a list of your affiliated athletes, preferably in excel format, indicating ….. name, age, gender, category (as per attached rules) and date of birth. This is really important to facilitate to compiling of results. Please e-mail to me at

Team manager:



Trish Monks

Carolyn Brennan

Garry Swaby

Sandra Riley

Rachel Keenan


Dave Leece

Amanda Parkinson

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Tour tee shirts

Neil, Dave and myself called in at out club t-shirt suppliers this morning. As soon as they have got their school uniforms orders out of the way for the beginning of term they will set up a VRR shirt/vest website for us so you can select you size, order and pay online. Easy peasy ! At the moment the website for tee shirts is just for the upcoming Ghent tour, but it is hoped this will include other club merchandise in the future.


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Eastham Woods – Johnnyboy’s review

The last summer run of the year at Eastham… another great turnout of 29 runners πŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸƒπŸ»β€β™‚οΈ taking on a quite hilly start that gives you a good cardio exercise,along with a quadruple of four legged friends courtesy of Joe Mc and Sharon Clixby who brought the pooches 🐾🐾 for a run or leisurely walkies. Again under the instructions of Grandad Dave, those who don’t know the route πŸ€”πŸ€” stick to those that do, only problem this time round though was some that knew the route actually got lost themselves πŸ₯ΊπŸ˜©πŸ˜‚ even though we had marshal Jennie Brown along with Sam Stringer and Grandad Dave , those who knew the route simply carried on regardless past the cricket 🏏 and football ⚽️ pitches, then through the woods πŸŒ²πŸŒ³πŸΏπŸ¦” to do a second lap. Then the downhill sprint finish to the holy grail of the famous Tap 🍺🍺🍺, nothing more rehydrating than a pint , and with the weather on the humid side the beer garden beckoned, the local mosquito and midges love nothing better than warm sweaty runners πŸ₯΅πŸ₯΅ a few little bites won’t harm anybody πŸ˜‚ for once though, being the eager runner first to the bar 🍺🍺 Ian Evans took the mantle from me, he must have taken a short cut πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‰ but I will regain my crown πŸ‘‘ next time. Next week it’s Thornton Hough, the challenge is set πŸ˜‚ until then, keep on running πŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸƒπŸ»β€β™‚οΈ

Johnnyboy Brown

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Ghent 2019

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