It’s that time of year again when we look forward to the Welsh Castles Relay, which takes place on 4/5 June. 

Please put this date in your running diary - we need over 40 runners if we are to enter two teams!

We also need a small group of enthusiastic volunteers to make this fabulous team event work. If you would like to be part of the organising committe please make yourself known to Sam (running) or Andy (coaching) at the track on a Tuesday or e-mail



Really Good Relay Results for WADAC’s men !

The SEAA Road Relays at Aldershot are a popular fixture in the men’s racing calendar and we again sent 5 teams and 26 athletes to the event including, for the first time, a V60 team.  Buoyed by good performances over the summer on the track and at the Overton 5 road race event we travelled with some confidence and looking forward to pitting ourselves against some of the best clubs in the South.  That confidence was not misplaced and we recorded perhaps our best ever results.

The day consists of 2 races.

All the Vets teams start together at 12.30 with 4 legs of 6km and this year that meant 63 athletes set off together stampeding up the hill before things spread out as pace and age differences separates the teams.  WADAC had 4 teams (V60, V50, V40A, V40B) in the Vets race with Martin Mannion and Simon Stevens in particular seeking to get our colours out towards the front.  Martin covered the course in 20’18 (2nd fastest V50 and 10th fastest overall Vets) to handover in 5th overall and 2nd V50.  The V50’s were consistently towards the front of their group and even up to 1st at the end of the second leg before finishing third to win WADAC’s first ever medals at this event.  Not to be outdone our V60’s were a model of consistency to be third throughout and Jonathan Kane (well into his 70’s!) ran a fantastic last leg to ensure there were bronze medals for them too – magnificent!.  Detailed results are further below.

The Senior Men start at 14.30 with 6 legs round the same 6km course.  There were 79 teams starting this years event and with many putting their top athletes up front we were thrilled to have Toby Lambert put the Black and Gold 7th at the end of the first leg.  Toby’s time of 18’27 was the 16th fastest of the day and we were always going to be hanging on from there.  This year’s team had strength in depth however and good performances throughout the team kept us in the hunt and allowed Bis Batuwitage to bring us home in 30th and secure an invitation to the Nationals. 

Overall a really successful day not only our first medals but also our first return to the Nationals since 2005/6 so many congratulations to all the athletes who took part.  

The detailed results are below.

Snr Men – 30th from 69 complete teams
Toby Lambert             18m 27s  (16th fastest)
Stuart McCallum         19m 38s
George King               19m 44s
Bonnor Sullivan          20m 18s
Ian Debnam                21m 40s
Bis Batuwitage            22m 20s


V60 Men – 3rd from 6 complete teams – Bronze Medals
Martyn West               25m 05s  (8th fastest V60)
Steve Goodwin           25m 19s  (11th fastest V60)
Derek Smith                28m 13s
Jonathan Kane            29m 24s



V50 Men – 3rd from 19 complete teams – Bronze Medals
Martin Mannion          20m 18s  (2nd fastest V50, 10th fastest Vet)
Marius Kwint             21m 58s
David Vosser              23m 06s
Graham Bungay          22m 00s







V40 A Men – 11th from 33 complete teams
Simon Stevens            21m 00s
Bruce Ayling              22m 06s
Peat Allan                   23m 44s
Mark Curtis                22m 36s

V40 B Men – 22nd from 33 complete teams
Robert Bryan             23m 45s
Steve Oliver               23m 45s
Richard Nichols          24m 28s
Matt Lane                   24m 24s


WADAC’s golden girls win again!

The sun was shining on Saturday 19th September as WADAC ladies sent two teams to compete in the SEAA Road Relays at Aldershot.

The race consists of 4 stages of a fast 3850 metre course around Rushmoor Arena, and this year attracted 71 senior and veteran ladies from some of the top clubs in the region.

Our talented Vets team retained their title for the second year running after a battle with Dulwich Runners.  Lucy Elliott got the team off to a flying start with a scorching first lap of 13m 10s, the 8th fastest time of the day and winning the gold medal for fastest Vet.  Jo Jefferies and Michaela McCallum both ran strongly on the second and third legs, handing over to Kathy Bailey in second place.  Dulwich’s anchor runner was no match for Kathy who soon moved into the gold medal position, bringing the team home over one minute ahead of Dulwich.

Not only did our Vets win gold, but they also finished 13th team overall, beating the majority of the senior ladies’ teams, including our own.

However Hannah Knapton and Klara Lyne, both making their debut in the senior race, both ran strongly, and together with Sam Parkinson and Lynne Whitaker, finished in a creditable 39th place , one place ahead of  Dulwich senior ladies, who were also beaten by their older team mates.


1st Vets team/ 13th overall
Lucy Elliott                 13m 10s  (fastest Vet)
Jo Jefferies                  16m 08s 
Michaela McCallum      14m 44s
Kathy Bailey               13m 54s  (2nd fastest Vet)

Snrs 39th team overall
Hannah Knapton         14m 58s
Klara Lyne                  15m 40s
Sam Parkinson            16m 12s
Lynne Whitaker          16m 03s


News Flash - WADAC success at SEAA Road Relays

Congratulations to all our teams competing at the SEAA Road Relays this past weekend but special congratulations to our :
- Lady Vets (Lucy Elliott, Jo Jefferies, Michaella McCallum, Kathy Bailey) winners of team gold medals
- Lucy Elliott winner of the individual gold medal for the fastest Vets legs 
- Mens Seniors (Toby Lambert, Stuart McCallum, George King, Bonnor Sullivan, Ian Debnam, Bis Batuwitage), top 25 finish and therefore invited to the Nationals
- Mens V50 (Martin Mannion, Marius Kwint, David Vosser, Graham Bungay) winners of team bronze medals
- Mens V60 (Martyn West, Steve Goodwin, Derek Smith, Jonathan Kane) winners of team bronze medals

A fantastic weekend, go WADAC!

Fuller report & photos to follow here & in Chatterbox


Test Way Relay: good news and bad news

The bad news: sadly there will be no Test Way Relay this year as the previous organisers have retired.

The good news: there is every intention to get it back up and running for next year with a new organising committee.

Please get in touch with Jo Jefferies if you would like to be involved.  It's a fabulous event, much loved by all the clubs who enter - which is why everyone is getting together to make sure it keeps going.