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Updated  28 July 2019

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Pre 2019 Road Running

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SCVAC Road Half Marathon Champs Rearrangement 28-07-19
Thank you to the members who took the time to respond to me this week. But Iíve still only been informed about 1 entrant and the race is now full.

So we will move the Championship to a race in the autumn, further details to follow in the coming days.
Kind regards

England v Celtic Nations Masters 10k Challenge. Birmingham 26 May 2019.

As there were several Southern Counties Vets AC runners selected for the England team in the above event held as part of The Great Run Birmingham 10K I thought they deserved a mention for their efforts as by common consent it was a tough and not particularly attractive course. England were extremely well represented, the Celtic Nations, sadly, were not quite so numerous but the overall quality of the field was very high even stretching to Jo Pavey in the open event. Our ladies were led by Kate Rennie 2nd (45-49) in 38.41 with Penny Forse 3rd (65-69) in 46.54 and Sue Garner 5th (70-74) in 55.34. Our leading man was Paul Whelpton 1st (65-69) in 38.46 followed by Dave Beattie 3rd (70-74) in 46.16 with a very strong (75-79) group led by Tony Brackstone 3rd in 50.58 with Dave Moorekite 4th in 51.35 and Tony Rea 5th in 51.52. Dave Moorekite's wife Janice ran in the open race to finish in 52.11. Qualification for the event was not easy and on a chilly, damp morning I thought all the runners produced efforts to be proud of.

Mick Jefferies,


New Annual Road Race Trophy (The Ina Champion Memorial Trophy)

Iím delighted to announce that for 2019 we have a new annual Road Race trophy (The Ina Champion Memorial Trophy) which will be awarded to the SCVAC member who achieves the best age grading score across the 4 SCVAC road races, this yearís qualifying races are:
- Bognor Prom 10k
- Dorking 10 mile
- Burnham Beeches Half Marathon
- York Marathon

The winner will be announced after the York Marathon and the Trophy will be awarded at the AGM in early December.

SCVAC Road 10k Champs at the Bognor Prom 10k on the 19th May 2019
Itís just over 7 weeks to the SCVAC Road Race Champs, & as requested weíve moved further west this year and so consequently the Bognor Prom 10k is a new Championship race for us.
Itís a flat, fast, traffic free course with the promise of a great Start / Finish village.
Hope you can join us?
For race entries we wonít be using the Opentrack system, rather weíd be grateful if you could:
- enter by their race entry portal at this address 

- & email me at  to let me know you have done so.
It would also be handy if you could enter using SCVAC as your club, but itís not essential as long as you email me to let me know youíve entered.
Then on the day come and find me, Iíll be in the race village wearing a bright yellow SCVAC polo shirt.
Hope to see you on the 19th.
Kind regards
Mark Champion
SCVAC Road Race Secretary

SCVAC Road Races go West. (well a bit)
Following comments from members that recent races have been weighted too far to the east of our region this year's races have been spread a bit more widely.

The Bognor Prom 10k is a race new to SCVAC, Burham Beeches half sees us returning to an old favourite, and for both the Dorking 10 mile and York Marathon we are teeming up BMAF for what promise to be exciting races.

19 May - Bognor Prom 10k
2 Jun - Dorking 10 mile, in conjunction with BMAF
11 Aug - Burnham Beeches Half Marathon
20 Oct - York Marathon, in conjunction with BMAF

I'm hoping to tie up the few loose ends on the Bognor Prom 10k and Burham Beeches Half in the next couple of weeks, entries will then go live on Opentrack. Entry details for the Dorking 10 & York Marathon will also be on Open Track in the National Section.

Look forward to seeing some of you out on the roads this year.

Mark Champion


Dear SCVAC Athlete

SCVAC 2019 Road Race Schedule

I'm in the middle of putting together the SCVAC 2019 road race schedule and I have some news and I'd like your opinions.

SCVAC 10 Mile Race
Next years SCVAC 10 Mile Champs will be held in conjunction with the BMAF 10 Mile Champs, it's in Dorking on the 2nd June and entries are already open on the BMAF website

SCVAC Marathon
For the last two years SCVAC Marathon has teamed up with the BMAF Marathon at Chester. For 2019 the BMAF Marathon is moving to York and we have the option of having the SCVAC Marathon at York, or having our own race somewhere in our region. I'd be grateful of your thoughts.

SCVAC 10k & Half Marathon
To date I haven't finalised these, I'm Kent based so know the Kent Road Race scene well, but I'm am keen to spread the races a bit wider this year so I'm looking for suggestions.

Races need to be, easy to enter (won't sell out quickly), be well organised and mid-sized where the Race Organisers will be pleased to accommodate us soI can work with them to get fast accurate SCVAC results on the day. So any suggestions will be much appreciated.

Finally, thanks to those who replied to my Facebook posts with race suggestions I've noted them and will be taking them into consideration. I do try and post SCVAC items on both the SCVAC & BMAF Facebook pages so if you are on Facebook please like both those sites so you'll see what I'm up to.

Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and an injury free 2019.

Kind regards

Mark Champion


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