After 3 half marathons Mimi finally gets her bottle of wine! After Bangor XC 2017. I reallly hope that is just mud! Ladies Team Oswestry 2015 Couch to 5k runner Nikki delighted with her first running shoe purchase. She's got a long way to catch mum, though! Whippets Ladies Team Mold XC 2016

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Whitchurch Whippets is a friendly Road Running club for all abilities serving North Shropshire.

We meet at the Whitchurch Rugby Club on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 7:00 pm


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31st March - Renewal Subs Due

It's time to renew your membership. We'd love you to stay - it's going to cost you £24 if you pay be the end of March or £25 thereafter. Go on, you know you want to!

Payment online preferred. Speak to Dean Richards or Jen Spencer if you've missed the email/facebook post with the details.

Sat 31st March - Round 4 of the Winter Handicap

The final chance to prove how good you are at estimating a 5k performance! Almost any of the remaining contenders can finish on top. To be in with a chance you must have done at least two of the previous 3 races. Good luck!

Sun 1st April - Air Products 10k

One of the fastest local 10k races. It's not pretty but it is quick!

Sun 8th April - Whitchurch 10k

Now, you must all know about this one - but a reminder if it had slipped your mind! It is a Championship event.

Recent News

Page last updated: 18th March 2018 by Simon Parsons email webmaster@whitchurchwhippets.co.uk

18th March

The mini-beast has put paid to most of today's races - and, sadly for some, the full Grizzly! But the cold weather didn't stop a good number of you from doing the Social Parkrun at Crewe yesterday. Whippets also ran at: Peacehaven, Harrogate, Delamere, Telford, Seaton, Shrewsbury and Heslington.There were pbs for Peter Holmes and Pippa Burchell at Crewe and for Michael Starkey and Shaun Burgess at Telford. Well done all who ran!

I went back into hibernation. See you all when it warms up and stays warm!

12th March

Sadly, a waterlogged car park put paid the Cheshire 10k at Arley Hall. That was to be the main event of the weekend for many, but not all.  Mimi Owen was our sole finisher in the Wrexham Half Marathon, but didn't she do well! Mimi was first in her age group running 1:48:32 - a 78.39% performance. Oh, and she also won a bottle of wine which she was very happy about.

Parkruns saw Whippets running all over the place with Janice Eastwood setting a new PB at Crewe. Well done, Janice.

Finally, it was good to see Tease the Whippet winning at Crufts. I bet we get a lot more enquires about our club as a result.

4th March

There was I thinking no one would bother to get out and race when people managed to do parkruns on Saturday and the Chester 10k on Sunday! Not only that, but the cold seems to make Whippets run well. There were pbs for Shauan Burgess and Michael Starkey at the Crewe parkrun and for Dave Thornton, Janice Eastwood and Katie Prince at Chester. Well done all of you!

Now that the Beast from the East has gone my thoughts are turning to running. If you feel the pavements shake it may be another earthquake or me taking a few tentative steps.

2nd March

I can't imagine any of you are going to be racing this weekend, so here's a stat to motivate you for the warmer days ahead.  Leah Leonard, Jo Grandfield and Mimi Owen all appear in the top 30 rankings by Runbritain for the Half Marathon in their respective age groups. Well done, you three!

28th February

One missed result from Sunday, Kirsty Fisher also ran the Village Bakery Half setting a pb. Well done, Kirsty.

26th February

In case you hadn't heard, the last round of the Winter Handicap will now be on the 31st March at Shrewsbury and not on the 3rd. This is due to this week's parkrun having pacers.

Wrap up warm and mind how you go now, it's going to be a bit fresh this week.

25th February

The Club Championship season got off to a cracking start at the Village Bakery half Marathon. I reckon the cold weather must have got people moving as there were pbs for Louise Baldwin, Janet Burgess, Simon Huxley, Mimi Owen, Michelle Purcell, Michelle Scrase and Dave Thornton! Medals were also won, with Leah Leonard and Mimi Owen 2nd in their age groups while Jo Grandfield was 3rd in hers. There were also club age records for Jo Grandfield and Mimi Owen. Well done, all!

After one race the Men's championship is headed by Gareth Dodd and the Women's by Mimi Owen. The next Championship qualifying race is the Cheshire 10k at Arley Hall on the 10th March.

There were also reasons to celebrate on Saturday, as Nikki Shingler smashed through the 45 minute mark at the Shrewsbury Park Run. Nikki's reaping the benefit of the longer runs she's been doing. Also in action at Shrewsbury were Katie Prince and Kirsty Fisher. Elsewhere, Rob Moyes and Fi Challinor were at Moors valley, Ali Dolphin at Fountains Abbey and bunch at Erddig: Keith Cotton, Loz Evans, Georgina and Gillian Fowles and Alison Birch. Great to see both Loz Evans and Alison back in the results.

19th February

Mimi Owen was running down in London yesterday, setting a new club age record and placing 1st in her Age Category in the Richmond Half Marathon. Well done, Mimi!

18th February

The latest Social Parkrun saw 10 Whippets travel out to Chester for a run that saw a pb for Jan Eastwood. Pbs were also set by Kirsty Fisher at Telford, Katie Prince at Shrewsbury and Georgina Fowles at Heslington. Well done, all!

14th February

Winter Handicap standings have now been updated Winter Handicap Standings

It's very close at the top with Simon Phillips, Katie Evans and Fi Challinor separated by just 3 points! But with runners doing all 4 races able to drop their worst result, it's still possible for any of the 10 people still competing to win. The last race on the 3rd March should be fun!

12th February

Ali Dolphin was also on good form this weekend, placing 3rd v55 in the Nick Beer 10k. Well done, Ali!

11th February

A baker's dozen of Whippets took part in round 3 of the Winter Handicap at Shrewsbury on Saturday with stunning results - 8 runners were within 13 seconds of their predicted time. The closest three were Fi Challinor (1 second), Simon Phillips (3 Seconds) and James Rainbow (5 Seconds). Full results in due course. Whippets were also in parkrun action at Telford, Penrose, Heslington, Wepre and Erddig.

This morning saw Shaun Burgess set a stunning new 10k PB of 45:34 at the Walton Wobble 10k where he was also 1st M50 - great run, Shaun! Michael Starkey also had a very good run setting a new pb of 57:04.

There was also a good turnout for the 1st Whitchurch 10k training session with 5 runners joining 18 Whippets for a 5k run. It will get harder!

8th February

The club will be hosting a series of training runs aimed at the Whitchurch 10k. These will take place from SJT school on a Sunday morning at 10:00am. The first one is this Sunday 11th Feb and will run for 7 weeks. The aim is 2 weeks 3 miles, 2 weeks 4 miles, 2 weeks 5 miles and on the last week we are looking at running the race route. Everyone is welcome to come along and join in. The more the merrier as we can then cater for different pace groups.

6th February

I returned once again to the Stourbridge Stagger for a nostalgic race that takes in part of my old school XC course. It was my third time out at the 7km distance and I went with an ambitious target in mind, a top 10 finish. It was a cold but dry morning, perfect conditions for the challenging off road race which starts along with the 10 mile option. After a congested start when the courses split I found myself alone but for an old school friend who sailed past me with a cheery wave! I kept her in my sights and tried to keep my own targets in mind. With 2km to go a kindly marshall told me I was in 10th place, I felt I still had more in the tank so pushed on for home. On entering the park at the finish I was battling with lady from Halesowen AC but I managed to find something extra to sprint home and was thrilled to discover I was in 8th position. I think that this winter's xc fixtures have definitely been a good training investment and I would encourage other Whippets to give this race a try.

Liz Rankin
Liz Rankin Stourbridge Stagger 2018

5th February

After an up and down season, the final fixture at Oswestry on Saturday saw both our teams end up in the same league positions as last year! The men finished in 5th place and the women in 7th - and 8th place in the Masters. This was a great result and reflects good committment over the winter. Simon Phillips was first home for the men on Saturday while Jo Grandfield led the women home. Also running for the men were: Dean Richards, Andy Heath, Shaun Burgess, Peter Holmes, Rob Ingham and James Rainbow. Jo was accompanied by Janet Burgess, Liz Featherstone and Fi Challinor.

Saturday also saw members in parkruns at Sandwell Valley, Cannon Hill, Shrewsbury, Heslington and Erddig. Georgina Fowles setting a new pb at Heslington, well done Georgina!

28th January

Prize for the most adventurous parkrun of the year so far goes to Ali Dolphin for running in Etna, Italy. The rest of you stayed more locally with a good pack running in Shrewsbury while others were at Heslington, Wepre and Erddig. There were pbs for Katie Evans at Shrewsbury and Georgina Fowles at Heslington - well done, both!

If you did race anywhere else this weekend can you let me know.

22nd January

The club sent two good full strength teams to Baschurch on Saturday for the 4th fixture in the North Wales XC League. It was a very traditional XC course over wet and muddy ground. Despite this, both men and women packed well with the result that both men and women finished 5th team on the day. This great result moved the women up to 9th place in their division while the men remained in 6th.  The women are also 7th in the Masters Division. It was good to see Shaun Burgess and Michael Starkey make their XC debut. The finishing positions were:


40 Rob Sharam

44 Paul White

47 Dean Richards

75 Simon Phillips

119 Shaun Burgess

131 Michael Starkey


47 Jo Grandfield

59 Janet Burgess

62 Rachael Foster

65 Liz Rankin

72 Liz Featherstone

It's worth taking a look at the photos in the facebook group to see just how much fun can be had in mud and water!

The final fixture is at the Marches School in Oswestry on the 3rd Feburary.  

21st January

Saturday saw race 4 in this year's North Wales Xc League at Baschurch. More on the XC when the results appear, but it looked like everyone enjoyed the water features and cooling weather. It was great to see a few new faces giving it a go!

Friday night also saw XC country action with Simon Phillips, Keith Cotton, Liz Featherstone and Liz Rankin contesting the last race in the Llandegla Dash night race series. Simon was 6th home in the tough race.

Saturday morning saw a smattering of park runs with Mimi in action at Congleton, Martin and Sheridan Lane at Shrewsbury, Fi Challinor, Rob Moyes and Nikki Shingler at Ellesmere Port and Katie Prince and Tom Woodworth at Erddig.

This morning saw Shaun Burgess and Sticks Starkey take part in the Asthma UK charity 10k run at Ellesmere.

16th January

The 2nd round of the Winter Handicap took place within the Shrewsbury Parkrun on Saturday with 10 Whippets contesting the handicap. Dean Richards and John Dillon were best at guessing their run times with both just 6 seconds out. After two races the Handicap is led by Nikki Shingler with Katie Evans, Dean and John Dillon tied in 2nd place! The next race is on the 10th February. Peter Holmes was the only runner to set a Pb at Shrewsbury. I'll get all the tables updated when James Rainbow is well enough to send them.

Katie Prince also ran at Shrewsbury but didn't provide a guesstimate before the race. Elsewhere, Whippets were in Parkruns at Heslington (Georgina Fowles), Ludlow (Ali Dolphin) and Congleton (Katie Webster).

Sunday saw half a dozen Whippets take part in the Run through Tatton Park 10k with Michelle Scrase starting her racing year well with a new PB. Well done, MIchelle. Also enjoying the surroundings were Neil and Jen Spencer, Lynn Norton, Zara Elson and Sally Hales.

12th January

Louise Baldwin has informed me that she also raced the Telford 10k last Sunday knocking 87s off her course best. Nice one, Louise.

9th January

The Club Championship season kicks off next month with the Village Bakery Half Marathon. You can enter here Village Bakery Half Marathon

8th January

Saturday saw teams of Whippets competing in the County XC Championships at Attingham Park. There are photos on Facebook showing that they all had a really good time. There was great packing (or hand holding) from the men with Rob Sharam 29th, Paul White 30th and Dean Richards 31st. Simon Phillips was next in 47th with Rob Ingham in 115th and James Rainbow in 131st. In the muster competition, which takes into account all who ran for each club, the men were 9th team beating Telford Harriers, Wrekin College and Market Drayton - nice one guys! First home for our Women was Mimi Owen in 41st place, Fi Challinor was 53rd and Liz Featherstone 61st. The women were 11th team in their muster competition.

Thanks to Katie Prince for acting as our nominated Marshall! Katie had a busy weekend because she also set a new pb in the rescheduled Telford 10k on Saturday. Nice one, Katie.

There were just a few parkrun results for Congleton (Keith Cotton), Shrewsbury (Katie Webster, Kirsty Fisher and Nikki Shingler) and Ludlow (Ali Dolphin)

2nd January

Back to normal now, folks! So that means no more two parkruns on the same day - this seems to have been a New Year's day challenge some of you couldn't resist! Dean Richards, Simon Phillips, Fiona Challinor and Rob Ingham ran at both Shrewsbury and Telford yesterday morning. They were joined by Rob Moyse at Shrewsbury and Paul Evans and Kirsty Fisher at Telford. If you raced elsewhere please let me know.

Enjoy tonight's normal run with normal people over normal routes.

Older news stories have been moved to the News Archive


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Winter Safety

1. Be visible. Wear light colours/Reflective clothing
2. Stay as a compact group
3. Look after the backmarker
4. Stay on lit paths when ever possible and only run approved routes
5. Always carry some ID when training alone.