Congratulations to Gill Welsby for succesfully passing her Leadership in Running Fitness course last week. After a few mentored sessions, Gill will be on the club rota and will take groups out for training sessions. Meanwhile, Tony Welsby is well on his way to becoming a qualified 'Coach in Running Fitness' and two more members are listed to do the next LIRF course available. The club relies tremendously on the coaches, without them we wouldn't be able to have training sessions on Mondays, Wednesdays or Thursdays, so THANKS to all of them. If you would like to put a bit more back into the club by becoming a coach or a leader, why not drop an email to Richard by clicking here. -24/05/12

Bernard's Alternative Run

The next alternative Wednesday run is Bernard's on Wednesday, June 13th. Meet at the Hand and Diamond pub, Coedway, from 18:45 to 19:00 hrs for a 4, 6 or 8 mile run. Please let Bernard know you are going by filling in his flier given out on Mondays in the Quarry or by emailing him by clicking here. -24/05/12

Bluebells & Stuff

Thanks and congratulations to Alex for organising last night's Bluebell alternative run. The routes and directions were excellent and the weather brilliant, summer running at its best !
The Club Records are all listed on the website, and I update it with any local race results but, of course, I miss a few. If you (or someone you know) breaks a club record, please let me know so the achievement can be recorded.
Monday, June 4th, is Beacon Lighting Day as part of the Queen's jubilee celebrations, and beacons will be lit all over the country. Some of the Monday offroaders are running that night from the Ragleth pub, having some refreshments, then climbing Ragleth hill to help celebrate the lighting of the beacon. Come and join in if you fancy it, headlamps required as the beacon will be lit at 22:30hrs! -24/05/12


Those who train on a Monday evening from the Quarry know well that we send out quite a few groups. There is always a bit of interest in who runs with which group and we do try to group members according (loosely) to ability. Richard has described how they work for an article he has written for the Shuffler Magazine, but we have also put it on the website. If you look at our front page menu, you will see a new link marked 'Coach's Corner'; click it and you will find a link to the groups structure.


Newport Running Club put on a race called the Sherifhales Shuffle yesterday and it is maybe appropriate that Shufflers did well there. Congratulations to Keith Silvester and Pete Booth for winning their categories.

Olympic Torch

Tim Jones will be carrying the Olympic Torch into Shrewsbury along Wenlock Road to Sutton Road at about 12:30 on May 30th, if you can make it, why not join the crowds and support a fellow Shuffler

Phoenix Flier

Congratulations to Keith Silvester and Pete Booth who each won their categories last night in the Phoenix Flier 5k, part of the TAC Sexarathon Series.

MK 10k

Club records tumbled yesterday with Pete Boot and Val Swingler both setting new 10k club records. Keith Silvester and Val won their categories with Paul Gresty and Pete being placed in theirs. Congratulations to them and all the other Shufflers who did the race.

MK 10k place

If anyone wants an entry to the Market Drayton 10k, then Geoff Kinlen has a spare one for official transfer. Call Geoff on 01694 722250 if you are interestyed, or email him by clicking here.

ho ho ho

We don't allow adverts in this News section, nor non-news items but I am going to break the rules and recommend anyone who has ever run a marathon to listen to the Marathon Runners Prayer by clicking here . It's very funny, even if you haven't done a marathon.

Bluebell Run

Alex's annual Bluebell Run is on Wednesday 23rd May, there will be no official run from the Column that evening. For information on how to book your place on the coach please click here .


Charlie Leventon took a lot of pictures on top of Haughmond Hill, they can be seen by clicking here .


Results can be found by clicking here .


Brilliant race today at Haughmond, with the sun shining on over 100 runners in the Haughmond Handicap Chase. The results should be here tomorrow but you can view the pictures at the finishing line by clicking here .

Guinness Book of Records

A team organised by Sue Whittingham is running the Bridgnorth to Shrewsbury leg of the Relay GB event to be run next week.If you fancy organising part of the next leg from Shrewsbury to Chester then act straight away by clicking here.

Alternative Run

The run last night was excellently attended with about 80 Shufflers doing either a 4 or an 8 mile run from Longdon and having refreshments afterwards at the Tankerville Arms. Congratulations and thanks to Pete and Liz for organising such good routes (and the weather).


The Lake Vyrnwy half marathon entry forms are out! However, there is a problem with their website so Shufflers can download an entry form before anyone else by clicking here. Yet another brilliant benefit of being a Shuffler!
Don't forget that there's an alternative run tonight from the Tankerville Arms so no official run from the Column.

Daytime Training

Cathy Hammond would like to run during the day and is looking for a running partner. If you already run with a daytime group or just fancy going out with someone rather than running on your own, why not drop Cathy an email by clicking here. -30/04/12


No sooner than one London marathon is over, we start to think about the next oe. the 2013 Ballot is now OPEN here.


Just a reminder that the 2012 beginners' group starts tomorrow, Monday 30th April, at 19:00hrs from the Bandstand in the Quarry. Wouldn't it be nice if the rain held off for an hour or so too, but, as one enthusiastic runner once said, 'There's no such thing as bad weather, just inappropriate clothing'. Hmmmmmm. -29/04/12


Fancy being part of a Guinness Book record and doing a run for charity at the same time? There's a continuous relay running round Britain in early May and they are looking for runners to help between Bridgnorth and Chirk, via Shrewsbury. Teams of up to four runners do from 10k each to do 26 miles in a total of four hours. For more details visit their website by clicking here. -28/04/12


The first of the summer series of the Shropshire Fell Race series was on Wednesday with a speedy gallop up and down the Wrekin, luckily bertween rain showers. Val Swingler was first woman home and Tim Jones fresh (??) from London was 2nd in his category.
The results were also announced for the winter series, Val won her category, Dave Woodvine was 4th in his with Paul Bowes, Andy Barton, Janice Curtis and Liz Salisbury coming home 5th in theirs.
Congratulations to them all. -27/04/12

Relays Fun

The Whitchurch Whippets are organising a relay race round Dearnford Lake on July 4th. If you've never done a relay, they are great fun, all you need is a team of three runners, each to do a two mile leg, and of course you need a good name for the team. If you fancy having a go click here for the Whitchurch Whippets website. -25/04/12

Hospital Walk

If you fancy a walk for charity, how about walking or running from the the Princess Royal Hospital in Telford to the RSH in Shrewsbury on behalf of the Lingen Davies Cancer Relief Fund on 24th May. If you do, then please click here. -22/04/12


Well Done to all the Shufflers who did the Virgin London Marathon today, especially Carole Morgan, 9th in her age group and Libby Collinson, 14th in hers.
Huw Dolphin 3:17:13
Paul Gresty 3:18:17
Richard Hunter 3:19:46
Tim Jones 3:35:12
Libby Collinson 3:38:03
Paul Carroll 3:42:30
Dave Perry 3:53:32
Lorraine Richards 3:55:02
Chris Wood 3:58:51
Sharron Richardson 4:03:23
Carole Morgan 4:10:57
Juan Reyes-Montes 4:31:41
Neil Davies 4:36:05
Nicholas Hardman 5:49:13
Well done to all of them, they ran the best race in the world and came out smiling! -22/04/12


First, let's all wish 'good luck' to all the Shufflers who are doing London this weekend, we hope you all beat your target times and come back happy, tired and un-injured.
Secondly, I have had a very unusual appeal for financial support for a Cheshire runner who went to Greece earlier this month to do a marathon, and disappeared whilst running it. If you would like to help his distraught family, please read this letter from the Sandbach Striders.
Third, Liz and Pete have asked me to remind everyone that their alternative run is on Wednesday, May 2nd from the Tankerville Arms in Longdon. Please read all about it by clicking here.
Fourth, congratulations to Pete Booth in winning his age group at the Lilleshall 5 last night and to Keith Silvester in being placed in his category. -18/04/12

Funds Wanted

The charity fundraising season is here with more members needing support on their various charitable runs. Please help them by signing up on their 'Just Giving' sites
To support Juan Reyes-Montes at London click here.
To support Kristan McKenna in his 2000kmn cycle ride click here. -17/04/12

Time Trial

The first of the monthly 2012 Time Trials will be on Wednesday 18th. If you haven't done one before, it's a measured 2 mile course, nice and flat with plenty of time to warm up and cool down. It is also a brilliant way to measure your fitness compared with last year or to watch your progress as the training this year pays off. Meet behind the ShireHall as normal at just before 19:00hrs -17/04/12


Two Brilliant results today
First of all, at the Great Welsh Marathon, Val Swingler was 4th overall and first woman home in a record breaking 2:59:22, first time a Shuffler woman has beaten the three hour barrier!
Secondly, the Ennstone 7 mile race saw Shufflers taking first and second places overall ! Keith Silvester was first and Richard McKenna was second. What a brilliant racing Sunday for Shufflers -15/04/12

Beginners and other stuff

Yesterday evening's Haughmond Hill run from Uffington was an excellent night, thanks to Chris and the team for all the organising, bread and butter, drinks and of course, chips.
This year's beginners' course will start on Monday 30th April, in the Quarry as usual. Minimum age is 18, pass the message on to anyone interested as we shall not be advertising it in the local papers this time.
Alan Morris is looking for written articles, letter, photographs, etc., for the next issue of the Shuffler magazine. Amongst 439 members I am sure we have many who could write an item connected to running. How about a trip down your running Memory Lane, or your report on a recent race? Go on, click here to send an email to Alan to tell him you will have a go at something; he is waiting for your email ! -12/04/12


Don't forget that this Wednesday, 11th April, there is no official run from the Column as it is the first Haughmond Hill run. Meet at Uffington village Hall for a 19:00hrs start, several groups will be available. Then it's chips in the village hall afterwards - soft drinks will be provided too. -10/04/12

Off Road Mondays

The off road Mondays are continuing throughout the summer and the venues are all listed in the Diary section. If you don't see the one for tonight (Mytton Arms at Habberley) please click on your 'refresh' button. -09/04/12

London Marathon

I am sure that lots of Shufflers are doing London (and other marathons) again this year and now that the bulk of the hard training is done, they are concentrating on raising sponsorship. I am happy to publish their appeal details here, Cheryl and Jane's is below and Alan Roberts has let me know that you can help him support the Hospice by clicking here. -07/04/12


A couple of members are organising events to which all Shufflers are invited
Alex is a keen cyclist and has a bike event for like minded Shufflers around the pointy bit in Wales (including Snowdon) for May 27th. For more details click here
Cheryl Wilde and Jane Coles are doing the London Marathon and have organised a fund-raising walk to support their charity for 15th April. For more details click here -05/04/12


Well Done to all the Shufflers who excelled themselves at yesterday's races. In the Ironbridge half marathon Janet Edwards and Libby Collinson won their categories with Lorraine Richards and Tim Jones second in theirs.
At the inaugural Mynd Mac fell race in Church Stretton, Dave Woodvine was 5th home (and 3rd in his category) whilst Alan Morris led home his supervet category. -02/04/12

Off Road Mondays

The summer Off-Road Monday training sessions will start on Monday, 2nd April, the venue will be the Ragleth Inn at Little Stretton. We shall start at 19:00 hrs and return to the pub about 65 minutes later for refreshments. There will be the usual faster group and also a slower group, for whom no experience in the hills is neeeded. Trail shoes are an advantage but not absolutely necessary, no headlamps needed but please bring a wind/waterproof top as it can get fairly chilly on top of the Mynd. We intend making this a fortnightly group but if there is the demand and interest then we shall do the off-roads every Monday with a different venue each time. -29/03/12


The Lilleshall Monumental 10k was on Sunday and congratulations to Keith Silvester and Alan Morris for winning their categories, especially to Alan who set a new club record. -27/03/12


Don't forget the Quarry venue from tonight is the Bandstand, and Porthill bridge is still closed.
Lots of races last weekend, well done to the Shufflers doing the Stafford half and to Val Swingler who was 3rd home at the Wrekin Fell Race (and, of course, won her category). Results not out yet from Lilleshall, but prizewinning Shufflers will be listed here shortly. -26/03/12

Quarry Monday

The clocks change this weekend so next Monday we shall meet in the Quarry as usual, but by the Bandstand instead of by Porthill Bridge.
The off-road Mondays will start again on April 2nd, first one will be from the Ragleth pub in Little Stretton, full list of venues will be on the website soon. -22/03/12

Olympic Torch

Shuffler Tim Jones will be carrying the Olympic Torch through Shrewsbury on the 30th May. The full list is on the London2012 website. -19/03/12

Records Tumble

Last weekend Janet Edwards showed her brilliant current form by smashing the club record and being first woman home at the Ellesmere Half Marathon, Norman Titley was placed in his category, with Tony Welsby first home in his category in the five mile race.
Janet followed up with a storming result at the Rhayader 20 miles yesterday, where she won her category, breaking the club record at the same time. Tim Jones and Malcolm Bardsley also broke club records at Rhayader where Malcolm also won his category, and Lorraine Richards was placed in hers.
Congratulations to all of them.


At last TAC have announced the dates of the Sexarathon series so the Diary has been updated accordingly. If anyone finds any errors in the Diary, please let me know as I am sure there must be some somewhere! -18/03/12


It is said that there are three types of runner, those who are injured, those who are just getting over an injury, and those who are just about to get injured! Well, for the first group there's a new website to help you self-diagnose with suggested treatments. I spent a happy hour going through old injury symptoms and came up with the same answers that the physio did at the time, so, with the normal caveats, it works! There are lots of categories and diagrams and videos to help with both the diagnoses and the treatment. Click here for the website. -14/03/12


I hear that the Market Drayton website is now open for their 10k and already lots of Shufflers have signed up.
Early warning that this year's Awards Dinner will be on the 23rd of November at the Lord Hill, make a diary date now as numbers will be limited to 80.
If you haven't received your copy of the brilliant Shuffler magazine, it could be that you didn't renew your subscription, make amends immediately and send a cheque off to Brian.

Chips and Results

The racing season continues with the Kidderminster & Stourport Multi Terrain 8, where Richard Hunter came a brilliant 3rd home and Keith Silvester was 6th overall and 2nd in his category.
Over in Carding Mill Valley a dozen Shufflers did the hilly Canter on Saturday. Val Swingler won her category and Dave Woodvine, Maria Spurling and Colin Williamson were placed in theirs. Congratulations to all of them.
Reminder that Monday is Chip Buttie night down at the Porthill after training. -04/03/12

Records & Stuff

Congratulations to Val Swingler who broke the club record by winning her category in the Nick Beer 10k in Llandudno last weekend.
Don't forget the Shufflers' AGM next Tuesday, 21st at the Boathouse. Your first drink and a buffet supper are free to all members. We could do with a few raffle prizes, so why not bring along that unwanted Christmas pressie for a good cause.
The Porthill Bridge is sceduled to close on March 12th for about five months. I am told that there might be a 50p ferry alternative, but please be prepared to run over one of the other bridges if you normally use Porthill.

Wyre Forest

The Wyre Forest 8 is a popular race amongst Shufflers and some were in the prizes yesterday. Keith Silvester, Shaun Perry, Malcom Bardsley and Libby Collinson each won their categories with Tim Jones, Janet Edwards and Martin Ottey being placed in theirs. Congratulations to all of them and especially as our teams were 3rd in both men and ladies. -13/02/12


We've just had the Long Mynd Valleys race as part of Mercia Shropshire fell running weekend. Val Swingler won her category in both the races and Tim Jones and Andy Barton were placed in their categories. If you fancy the idea of sliding down a snowy hillside take a look at by clicking here. -07/02/12


Don't forget that tomorrow night (Monday 6th Feb) is the first Chip Butties night of 2012. For anyone who hasn't been before, it's after training and at the Boat House pub. Chips butties are free but you have to buy your own post-training drink. For those who have been before, see you down there ! -04/02/12

Serious Issue

The Shufflers are the biggest and best known running club in Shrewsbury and as such we have a responsibility to other residents and footpath users. A few weeks ago we had to issue a reminder about too much shouting when training in residential areas and now we have had a complaint about members 'hogging' the pavement when we are in a group. Please remember that pedestrians and other groups of runners have just as much right to the pavements as we do, so please do not run two and three abreast when other users are being passed. It's no problem to drop to single file under these circumstances and to issue a polite 'thanks' when other users do the same to let us pass. The Shufflers' good reputation is really important to us in the town, let's keep it that way. -24/01/12

Club Rules

The original club rules were written in 1981 and have been updated occasionally since then. A modified set has been prepared and its adoption will form an agenda item at the AGM on the 21st of next month. A copy is available here. -17/01/12

Golden Fleece

Sarah Hayward is looking for some company on the first weekend in March as she has entered an LDWA event in York. If any other female Shuffler fancies sharing the trip and expenses then Sarah would be delighted to hear from you. Her telephone contact is 07789 384978 or 01743 235934 -15/01/12

More Stuff

At the coaches' meeting last night several safety related items were discussed,
Firstly, headphones, these are not allowed on club training sessions as they impede your hearing traffic, coaches' instructions and other Shufflers being sociable, please leave them at home!
One of the groups tried a test recently by putting runners wearing different coloured vests in the shade, yellow and white ones could be seen but the pink ones became invisible. Worth bearing in mind next time you buy a new top, safety is more important than fashion (there's a provocative statement!) Best of all is to have one of the slip-over, yellow, reflective, mesh type vests that don't really add an extra layer of warmth.
Some of the Monday training groups have been too large recently whilst others have been much smaller. The maximum group numbers should not be over 20 runners so if a coach asks you to join another group, please co-operate as much as you can, it means we can all get away quicker with less hanging around waiting for groups to be sorted. -11/01/12


Couple of things.
The Shropshire branch of the British Red Cross has a couple of London places going for £2,000 spoonsorship, if you are interested please phone Emma on 280078
There's a runners arranged Quiz Night at the Affcot Lodge, (just South of Little Stretton) on Friday 20th January, all proceeds to Cuan House Wildlike Rescue, more details from Pauline on 352387
Steve France, Libby Collinson, Helena Bramwell and Keith Silvester have broken club records recently and are now on the Records page, if you think you have bettered any of the times up there, please let me know and your name will be entered in its rightful place!
The AGM is on February 21st, at the Boathouse, the calling notice and agenda is here -08/01/12


Belated New Year Greetings to all - hope 2012 running is all you plan and also injury free - well, we can hope can't we ?
And of course, a new year means that SUBSCRIPTIONS are due. Please make sure you send your renewals to Brian, if he doesn't hear from you by the end of the month, you will be struck off his list!! If you have lost the renewal form you were sent, then just download an application form from the website, fill it in and send it to Brian.
A new year also means that an AGM is due, the date is Tuesday, 21st February at the Boathouse, free drink and buffet supper to all members who turn up. The official invitation and agenda and proposed modifications to the Club Rules will be on the website shortly.
Advance notice that the Porthill Bridge will be closed from March to April.

Christmas Greetings

HAPPY CHRISTMAS to all Shufflers, their families and friends, wherever they may be. Who cares if it takes about two miles of training to burn off a mince pie, Christmas is a time for indulgencies, the training can resume in a few days but if you feel guilty you can run the Boxing Day Dash up the Stiperstones or on the 27th, there a good 5k in the Quarry. -24/12/11

London Marathon Training

Christmas is the ideal time to start training for the London Marathon in April, so Chris Wood has arranged a schedule and will take a training run every Saturday at 09:00hrs from by the Column, dates/distances as below:
24 Dec - 10 miles
31 Dec - 10 miles (to be arranged by the participants - Chris is skiing)
7 Jan - 11 miles
14 Jan - 12 miles
21 Jan - 13 miles
28 Jan - 14 miles
4 Feb - 15 miles
11 Feb - 16 miles
18 Feb - 17 miles
25 Feb - 18 miles
3 Mar - 19 miles
10 Mar - 10 miles
17 Mar - 20 miles (Rhayader Road Race)
24 Mar - 15 miles
31 Mar - 20 miles
7 Apr - 15 miles
14 Apr - 10 miles
22 Apr - 26.2 miles - London Marathon -21/12/11


Congratulations to Libby Collinson for winning her age group at the Telford 10k yesterday and to Keith Silvester (our club champion) and Pete Booth, placed in theirs. Lots of other Shufflers ran the race in cold, icy conditions.
Don't forget that it's the Decoration Run tonight, see below.
The ever popular annual Choc-O challenge by Wrekin Orienteers is open now, visit here for details. -19/12/11

Decoration Run

Next Monday will be the last training run from the Quarry before Christmas so it is our Christmas Decorations Training Run. Please come dressed with whatever costume or decorations you feel like, even if you have to run a little slower. Afterwards there are free chip butties at the Boathouse so why not replace some lost calories there with lots of other Shufflers. -15/12/11

Mortimer Forest

The Mortimer Forest race used to be a big favourite amongst Shufflers, maybe the weather yesterday put people off. However, Carol Morgan won her category and Val Swingler was 2nd in hers. Our men ran well but as far as I can see in the preliminary resultd, none were in the prizes. -12/12/11

Cross Country

The Shropshire County Cross Country Championships take place at Lilleshall National Sports Centre on Saturday 7th January 2012. Senior races start at 1:30pm. The club will pay the entry fee so if you would like to run off your Christmas excess, please let Nick Pollock know before Thursday 8th December, email him by clicking here. -06/12/11

Time Trial

Apologies for being so late in congratulating all the 28 Shufflers who successfully found their way from Little Stretton to Stiperstones in the recent Time Trial. Well done Tim Devanney and Keith Silvester for the first male pair home and to Val Swingler for second woman home. -06/12/11


Sorry, but with the excitement of the awards last Friday, I forgot to mention that the draw for London Marathon places was made and the lucky names drawn out were: Neil Davies, Juan Reyes-Montez, Chris Wood & Dave Perry. -22/11/11


Well Done to the brave Shuffers who completed the Wrekin Wrecker today, Val Swingler won her category and was third lady home. Lots of foggy pictures at our Flickr site by clicking here . -20/11/11


Congratulations to all the award winners last night
Tudor Trophy, most outstanding performance to Martin Ottey for his 110k, 24 hour Thunder Run
Barrett Trophy for the most improved runner to Diane Jacks
Ron Morgan Cup for the outstanding senior runner to Richard McKenna
Vets Rose Bowl to Keith Silvester
Keith Ivison award for services to the club to Colin Williamson
Dave Sutcliffe award for the best new beginner to Susan Bursnell
Three coaches awards to, Tony & Gill Welsby, Ruth Lovett and Jackie Weaver
Cock Up award 1 to Natalie Busby for getting so lost on Phil's alternative run
Cock Up award 2 to Mike Powell and his group for avoiding paying at Mr Bun in Church Stretton
Runner's runner voted by members to Alan Morris
Club Champions for 2011 were Helena Bramwell and Keith Silvester
Lots of photographs which you can see at our Flickr site by clicking here . -19/11/11


Ninety Shufflers and friends wined, dined and enjoyed themselves last evening at the Annual Dinner Dance and Awards Evening at the Greenhous Meadow Stadium. A full list of the winners, with photographs (!!) will be on the website over the weekend, together with the complete listing for the club championships. -19/11/11

Mad Jacks

Well Done to all the Shufflers who did Mad Jacks today, the last race in the Shufflers Championships and the race that decided who the 2011 champions are. To find out you will have to wait until the Awards Dinner when they will be announced - yet another reason why you should send off your cheque to Carol right away. Congratulations to Libby Collinson, Keith Silvester, Dave Kerr and Alan Morris, all of whom won their categories in the race and to Paul Gresty and Pete Booth who were placed in theirs. As you may know there is an exciting water feature (pond) at the end of the race which provides an excellent photo-opportunity and some shots not to be missed. You can see them at our Flickr site by clicking here . -06/11/11


Gotta rejection slip from London? If you have and you still want to do the race then there are some club spaces available. All you have to do is get your slip to Liz by clicking here. The draw will take place at the Awards Dinner on November 18th, if you haven't already booked your place, hurry up ! -02/11/11


Well Done to the Shufflers who ran the Chester and Snowdon marathons recently. Special congratulations to Jan Edwards who celebrated moving up an age category by winning the new one at Snowdon. -01/11/11

More Stuff

Today Keith Silvester and Helena Bramwell continued their recent storming race successes by each winning their categories and Helena also being the fastest lady at the Firworks Five in Telford. Keith also broke the club record for the distance.
Now the clocks have gone back, the training evenings will be completely dark and it is essential that everyone wears light colours or ideally a reflective bib or jacket. The coaches will nag you of course, some may even admonish offenders but it is your own interests to be seen by drivers. We have also had a complaint about Shufflers and coaches shouting too loudly in residential areas, please remember that local residents deserve peace and quiet in the evenings, and we certainly don't want to tarnish our good reputation around town. -30/10/11


If you would like a chance to be first over the line at London 2012, you can enter a ballot here.
Brilliant run yesterday 'Over the Edge', 18 miles along Wenlock Edge, good to see lots of Shufflers there walking as well as running.
Well Done to Keith Silvester and Libby Collinson for winning their categories in the ever-popular Bells of Pattingham last weekend.
Off Road alternative from the Red Lion in Wellington and over the Wrekin in the dark tonight (Monday). -24/10/11

Birmingham half

Shuffler Natalie Busby is running the Birmingham half marathon this Sunday and is looking for some friendly Shuffler to run with her and maybe share transport. If you are doing it and fancy some company, contact Natalie on 07845 340158 to discuss. -19/10/11

Club Championships

The club championships are hotting up, especially amongst the men! At least five men are up there with a good chance. Don't forget the 'season' finishes with the Mad Jacks race on November 6th, and there's plenty of time to do that other fast race you've been building up to. At least three fast women Shufflers have scored lots of points but not many have done the maximum of four qualifying distances. To see how you are doing and to see the rules and scoring method, click on the 'Championship' link on the home page. If by any chance your name isn't there in the listings, it could be because I've made a mistake and inadvertently ignored you, or maybe you don't have a racing licence number, but if you drop me an email I can investigate. -09/10/11


Diary Note please, the annual Awards Night is Friday, 18th November, booking forms and the menu will be out very shortly. If you have been before you will know what a brilliant event it is, if you haven't, then make a resolution to come this year, enjoyment guaranteed!
London marathon rejection slips are dropping through letterboxes now but all is not lost, we shall have some club places available again (we hope). To be included in the ballot for these please let Liz have a copy of your rejection note but please remember that you must have been a Shuffler when you originally applied for your place. -07/10/11

Superwoman Val

Val Swingler WON the Long Mynd Hike this weekend !!!! The LMH is Shropshire's toughest trial; over 50 miles in length with 8,000 ft of climbing overall including eight of Shropshire's tallest summits. The afternoon high temperatures forced many runners and walkers to retire and with little remission as night fell only the toughest competitors managed to finish. Shuffler Val Swingler battled throughout and was first person home, not just first lady, she was the outright winner, the first time ever that all the men have been beaten. Major congratulations to Val.
Pictures from the Hike are at our Flickr site here . -02/10/11


to Val Swingler who broke the record at the Powis Arms Bury Ditches race last weekend.
Good luck to all the Shufflers doing the Long Mynd Hike this coming weekend, Val broke the record there last year too, let's see what this year brings. -28/09/11

Chip Butties

It is Autumn and the nights are getting darker and maybe cooler. Don't forget to wear reflective clothing or light tops when you are out training. To compensate for the weather we are recommencing the popular Chip Buttie Evenings. These are after Monday training and all are welcome to have a drink and FREE chips at the Boathouse. The dates fixed are
3rd October
7th November
19th December - Christmas chips ! -26/09/11


Congratulations to all the 11 Shufflers who braved the Great North Run, especially Richard Hunter who had a great run, just missing the club record by a second !
Congratulations too to Keith Silvester who is really flying at the moment, for coming third man home in the Colemere 5k, and of course winning his category. -26/09/11

Severn Bridges

Thanks to all the Shufflers who helped with the marshalling at this popular 10k race this morning, an Up & Running voucher will be won by the marshal whose name is picked from a hat on Monday. To see photographs of this race (and the teeny boppers fun race) visit our Flickr site here . They are split into three sets, fun run, near the start, and Porthill Bridge. -18/09/11

Monday Training Sessions

Now the nights are getting darker, from this coming Monday, we shall be meeting in the Quarry, but down near the kiddies playground and Porthill Bridge and not the Bandstand. Please congregate near the lampost by the playground and don't block the roadway near the Porthill Bridge! -16/09/11


Whilst so many Shufflers were running round Lake Vyrnwy on Sunday, back home in the Shropshire Hills one of the toughest fell races was taking place - the Stretton Skyline. 19 miles and 4,450 ft of climbing. Val Swingler was not only first lady home but did so in the 4th fastest time ever. Only six women have ever beaten three hours in this race and Val's time was nearly five minutes inside the three hours. Truly a remarkable achievement, Well Done Val. -16/09/11

Vyrnwy Results

The results from the Lake Vyrnwy half marathon are now out so we can officially congratulate the club members who won awards. Keith Silvester was the first Shuffler home in a new MV50 club record of 1:23:05, coming third in his age group. Carol Morgan won her age category and also broke the cub record. Lorna Yale was 2nd in hers whilst Bridget Pocock and Richard Bailey were 4th and 5th in theirs. As the Vyrnwy half is one of the best half marathons in the calendar and attracts a huge field, these results are really brilliant. I am sure lots of other Shufflers did PBs and achieved other goals at Vyrnwy, it is a very popular race amongst Shufflers, so Congratulations to all. -15/09/11

Time Trial

Don't forget that this Wednesday, Martin and Sue will be organising the last of the 2011 time trials. So, last chance to do one of the Club Championship events and to see how much you have improved over the summer months. Meet at the Column as usual just before 19:00hrs. -13/09/11


Well Done all the 68 Shufflers who did Vyrnwy yesterday, lots of photographs on our Flckr site available here and more following later.
Congratulations too to Keith Silvester who won his category in the Madely Matchmaker last week and clinched his Sexarathon Series win. In the Matchmaker, Helena Bramwell won her category and Pete Booth was placed in his.
It's very rare that a husband and wife team each win the same race, but the Wistantow 26 miler on Saturday saw Clive Richardson romping home forty minutes ahead of the second placed runner. Not to be outdone, Sharron was first lady home (jointly with Helena Bramwell). I don't know what the Richardsons had for breakfast on Saturday, but I'd like the recipe! -12/09/11


The Lake Vyrnwy half marathon is one of the most popular races on the calendar, and it's this coming Sunday. Over 70 Shufflers have entered the race and I hope many more will go to support them. We shall have a 'team photograph' as usual at 12:30 on the playing field, with luck an announcement will be made on the Tannoy system. Don't forget your club vest and Have a Good One !! -08/09/11


The more eagle-eyed members will have noticed that the site has changed a little bit, all because of a recent discovery. Founder member Ron Morgan discovered an old scrapbook, created by Wendy Morgan in 1981, which explains how and when the club was born. Wendy kindly has given us permission to reproduce the scrapbook on the website and we have also acknowledged her and Ron's involvement by changing our Home page. If you would like to take a nostalgic look at the book then click on the bottom menu item just to the left. -07/09/11

Something Different

Couple of ideas for something different for a change.
Firstly, there is a Social Celebration of Shropshire fell running taking the form of a supper, bar and ceilidh at Church Stretton School on Saturday 10th September. If you are interested please contact Charlie Leventon by clicking here.
Secondly, how do you fancy doing the Welsh 3000ft peaks (14 of them) in 24 hours, or over a weekend, next summer in a group with a leader? click here for more details. -29/08/11


Next Wednesday, 31st August, there will be no official training from the Column as it is the second Haughmond Hill outing.
Martin tells me that the monthly time-trial is hotting up and that the last one for this season will be on the 14th September, not 21st as originally planned. See how you have improved over the year or set a marker for next year but don't miss it as the results are entered in the club championship. -25/08/11

Severn Bridges

Once again the club has agreed to marshal the town's Severn Bridges 10k race so Nick Pollock is looking for volunteers to help out. The race takes place on Sunday 18th September and you would be needed between 9am and about noon. No experience is necessary - just a friendly disposition and the ability to give out a simple instruction are required. Along with the Haughmond Hill race, this is the Shufflers' chance to reciprocate for the all the local races which other clubs marshal. If you need further incentive, Shropshire Council have arranged for an Up and Running gift voucher to be raffled to one of the marshals. Please email Nick by clicking here, or speak to him on a club night if you can help out.. -21/08/11


Wrekin Orienteers have arranged a relatively simple orienteering event over the Shropshire Hills for the 4th September. There are three courses, 8, 12 and 16km and Clive tells me that the controls are really easy to find. Sounds like a good fun event, for more details please click here . -15/08/11


I know we don't normally carry adverts on the website, but just in case any member is a new parent and would like a 3 wheel buggy so that training (with baby)can continue, then Helen Blowers has got one for sale. Click here for details. -15/08/11


Shufflers have been enjoying the summer weather in races recently with excellents results. At the Gyrn Gallop Dave Woodvine was 2nd in his age group, at at Tenbury, Paul Bowes was 3rd in his group in the 10k. The Ellesmere 5k was run yesterday and saw David Kerr and Paul Gresty winning their categories, with Richard McKenna, Joe Gresty, Alan Morris and Fiona Hamolton all getting placed in theirs. Congratulations to them all.
Tonight's off-road group are meeting at the Carding Mill Valley lower car park at just before 19:00 hrs. -15/08/11

Coastal Canter

Many thanks to Alan Morris for organising another Coastal Canter, this time to the Coastal Path on Anglesea. Shufflers ran, jogged and walked between 10 and 26 miles in glorious weather and finished with a brilliant al fresco meal thanks to Eileen. A few pictures to record the event can be seen by clicking here. If anyone took any others please email them to me (or give me a disk) and we can add them to the site -08/08/11

Alternative Run

The next alternative run is Wednesday, 10th August from Harmer Hill Village Hall. To book a place please phone Phil Hammond on 01939 290202/07799158364 or by clicking here. N.B. some fliers have gone out with an incorrect email address for Phil so please check you have used the correct one. -05/08/11

Well Done Mr President!

Martin Ottey had a 'significant' birthday recently and to celebrate the event he ran a solo effort in last weekend's Thunder Run. In case you don't know it, the Thunder run is a 24 hour non-stop relay round a 10k off road course. It's normally run in teams of five or eight, or even in pairs, but Martin ran it solo!. He ran 11 laps which is 110k, all well under the 24 hour limit, which is an incredible achievement. There were other Shufflers there too, teams called Come on Eileens Midnight Runners, and Shufflers Return and Andy Bartons Team. They all did amazingly well and admiring congratulations are due to them all. We look forward to the report in the next Shuffler magazine. If you would like to know more about it visit here. or for the results click here. -02/08/11

Off Road

We popped in to the Bridges pub this lunchtime to make sure it was open for us tomorrow, and they confirmed that the official opening is Monday, August 1st and they are celebrating with a hog roast ! The off-road group is meeting there at just before 19:00 hrs and getting back just over an hour later for chips, hog-roast and drinks. Join us !! -31/07/11

Time Trial

Since the first club Time trial more than seven years ago, over 160 Shufflers have tested themselves over the two mile circuit. The record is 10:09, set by Mo Hill, with Janet Edwards holding the women's record at 12:32. Martin and Sue Ottey organise it for the third Wednesday in each summer month, so if you fancy a bit of a challenge, the next one is 17th August. To see who else has done it over the years, click here for a full listing. -27/07/11

Anniversary - important !!

If you sent an email to Martin from the link in the News section below, please send another one as the wrong email address was linked - sorry, webmaster error ! -25/07/11

Sundorne Shufflers

The Sundorne Shufflers is a small group of champion runners, namely Norman Titley and Dave Perry. Yesterday they ran a six hour endurance race on Cannock Chase and completed 84k, and winning the trophy for the fastest two-man team there. The event was organised by the Love Life Love Running people and the event will surely get into our calendar for next year. Well done to the Sundorne Shufflers ! -25/07/11


As you all know, the club is 30 years old this year and we have just discovered that the first ever committee meeting was on July 27th in 1981. This co-incides nicely with our Alternative Run at Martin's farm on the 27th July 2011. Don't delay in booking your place - see below for the link. -21/07/11

Club Records - again !

Keith Silvester followed his 10k record by beating his own 5k record last night at the Vic Musgrove race. Helena Bramwell and Pete Booth won their cateegories in the race and Keith was 2nd in his. Congratulations to them and to the other Shufflers who posted really good times over this fast course. -21/07/11

Club Record

Keith Silvester is in fine form this year. He set a new MV50 10k record at Market Drayton and yesterday at the Worcester Pitchcroft event he set a new club record with a blistering 37:57.
Last weekend Helena Bramwell was first lady home in the Wenlock Olympics Road Race, Pete Booth won his category and Mac Bardsley, Libby Collinson with Carol Morgan each coming second in theirs.
On the same day in the Wyre Forest, Janet Edwards won her category, congratulations to all of them. -18/07/11

Diary Date - Celebration

The Shufflers is 30 years old this year so we are celebrating it with a run (of course) on the 27th July. The run will be organised as the next alternative run from Martins Farm as already planned. Please book your space with Martin by telephone on 01743 791220, or 07814 146479 or email him by clicking here. For more details please click here, -17/07/11

Next Monday off road

On Monday 18th, the off road group will be meeting up with the Oswestry Olympians again at Nesscliff. We can park either in the Three Pigeons pub car park or also the official (small) car park just up the lane. At least two groups will go out and we aim to start at 19:00hrs prompt! Chip butties afterwards in the pub. The meeting with the Olympians is always a good run, so do come along and try it if you are not a regular off-roader. -12/07/11

Wednesday 13th

This week, for one single Wednesday evening training session, we shall meet at the Quarry by Porthill Bridge instead of the Column. This is because we are having a session with an England Athletics 'Flying Coach'. He will take a group in the Quarry and we shall also have a steady run from there too. Next week we shall revert to the Column as normal. -10/07/11

Track Nights

A brief reminder that there is no Thursday track session this Thursday, nor next week on the 14th, but it will recommence on the 21st. -06/07/11

Shufflers' Coastal Canter

There are a few last places remaining for Alan's Coastal Canter on the 7th August, for details please click here. -05/07/11

Off Road

The meeting place for the off-road Wrekin run tonight is Forest Glen car park by the old Quarry at the bottom of the Wrekin, where the Streak starts from. -04/07/11

Pontesbury Fell Race

A few Shufflers did the Pontesbury Fell Race yesterday and Dave Carson took some pictures which can be see at our Flickr site here. -23/06/11

Alternative and Track and FREE race

Bernard's BBQ run went very well last night with nearly 100 Shufflers doing either the 5 or 8 miles. Thanks to Bernard for the organisation and to all the Shufflers who went along to make it such a good evening.
Reminder message to all the tracksters, there is no track meeting at SCAT tonight as it is being used for an athletics event.
Hanwood Olympic Games (!!) includes a free 5k race on the 27th June, next Monday at 19:30hrs. Call Natalie on 07870 457067 if you are interested. -23/06/11

Club Championships

It's halfway through the year so the club championships are getting interesting. If you recall, there are seven categories/races in the series, but we only count the best four towards the championships. Older members have their race times adjusted to account for their age (otherwise it would always be won by a relative youngster) and points are awarded by comparing your time to the top times in each race. Sounds complicated I know, but it is the fairest system we could devise. If you click here, you should get a spreadsheet showing all. This is all done manually of course so mistakes are inevitable. If you think you have been missed out or unfairly treated, please let me know by clicking here and sending me an email. Please note that I have only included members with a race licence, if you haven't opted for one please contact Brian and we can add your results to the list. For more details, please take a look at the Championship section via the home page. -22/06/11

953 miles

Well Done to Chris Davies, he completed his epic ride from John-o'-Groats to Lands End yesterday after nine gruelling days in the saddle. He will be glad to get back to some easy running around Shrewsbury I should think. -20/06/11

Off Road

Tonight's off road session will be from the Yew Tree pub at All Stretton, all welcome. If you'd like to see who goes take a look at this recent picture of a select group, bet you don't know where it was taken though! Click here to see the pic. -20/06/11

Long Mynd Hike

If you are interested in this 50 mile run/jog/walk then you are advised to enter it as asoon as possible as it fills up very quickly. Details can be found here. -18/06/11

WOW !!

It was the Severn Loop 5k in the Quarry last night and on their home territory, Shufflers excelled. Norman Titley, Helena Bramwell and Libby Collinson won their categories with Helena breaking her own club record by 17 seconds. Keith Silvester was 2nd in his and Phil Roberts, Rhian Williams and Gill Welsby were third in their categories. An excellent run by so many Shufflers - Brilliant !! -18/06/11


There are a few new events in the Diary section this season
Firstly, on July 10th, Ludlow Runners and Croft Ambrey are organising a 5 mile offroad race in conjunction with the Soapbox Derby, at Richards Castle, you can email for details by clicking here.
Secondly, on July 17th there is a Street Orienteering event taking place in Shrewsbury with 5 courses available, from 3k to 7k. If you haven't tried orienteering (or if you are a well seasoned expert) why not give it a go. More details here
Thirdly, the National Trust are organising a Wenlock Edge Walk on 23rd October. Assembly point is Much Wenlock, to catch a coach to the start at Craven Arms, you then walk or run back to Wenlock, a total of 18 miles. For more info or to book a place click here. -17/06/11

More Congratulations

More Congratulations are due to racing Shufflers. In last weekend's Newport Carnival 10k Paul Gresty won his category, Helena Bramwell won hers and was second lady home, and Cheryl Wilde was 2nd in her category.
At last night's Rodney's Pillar fell race, Dave Carson was 2nd in his category but Claire Godfrey, Paul Bowes and Dave Carson all got prizes in the handicap results. WELL DONE ALL
I also hear rumours that long-term Shuffler Chris Davies is in the County on his epic ride from John-o-Groats to Land's End. -16/06/11


Congratulations to Shufflers this week who raced in the Shropshire 4 on Wednesday and the Park Hall 5k on Thursday. At the four miler Keith Silvester and Pete Booth were both 2nd in their categories and in the 5k at Park Hall Helena Bramwell was 3rd home and won her category whilst Andrew Prosser was third in his. Well done to all of them. -11/06/11

Thursdays at the Track

In summer we occasionally cannot use the track on Thursdays because of athletics meetings and the dates we have been given when the track is NOT available are 23rd June, 7th and 14th July. -111/06/11


Great alternative run (as usual) this week. Ninety Nine two legged runners and Three four legged ones completed the eight or four mile route from the Tankerville Arms in Longdon although rumour has it that some wiley Shufflers managed to avoid the 'last mile'. Thanks to Liz and Geoff for the organisation, don't forget to book the next one from the Hand and Diamond (see below for the contact details.) -10/06/11


As you know the next alternative run is on the 8th June, from the Tankerville Arms.
Following that will be Bernard's, on 22nd June from the Old Hand and Diamond at Coedway, email Bernard to book a place by clicking here.
If you can't wait that long, the next off-road is next Monday, from the car park at Rodney's Pillar. We shall include the 'guaranteed mile PB' - if you've never done it, come along and nail that record 1 mile personal best time. -01/06/11

Club Records

As you may know, the club records are on the website and get updated when anyone does an outstanding run. Paul Gresty did such a run at London this year and beat the long standing Alan Morris V55 marathon record by a few minutes. Congratulations to Paul for this brilliant 3:14 time. If you reckon you have beaten a club record, drop me an email and we shall get your name up there where it belongs. -27/05/11


Firstly, belated congratulations to Helena Bramwell for winning her category in the Phoenix Flier last week, and to Keith Silvester who came third in his.
Secondly, after a brilliant Lone Pine Alternative run last night, finishing in the Ragleth pub for chips, thanks to Alex, an early announcement that the next one is the Longden Loop from the Tankerville Arms, normal format, Liz and Geoff will have fliers at training nights. The date is Wednesday 8th June, starting at 18:45 to 19:00hrs, make a diary note now. -26/05/11

Monday Off Road

Monday's off road group will meet at the Callow Inn at Bromlow, (used to be called the Drum and Monkey) which is close to Hope Valley. Two groups from about 19:00 hrs with chips in the bar afterwards. -21/05/11

Lone Pine

Next Wednesday, 25th May, there will be no formal group from the Column, as it is the next of our famous Alternative Runs. This time Alex is organising the Lone Pine run and there will be a coach to and from the venue. You MUST book a place on the coach with Alex or there may well not be room for you ! The trip is FREE and will include chips and sandwiches at the Ragleth Pub in Little Stretton. For more details click here. -19/05/11

Get Well Soon

Richard McKenna was badly injured when he was knocked off his bike on the way to work recently. On behalf of the Shufflers, Get Well Soon Rich, we hope you'll be up and about again soon. -19/05/11


Well Done to Helena, who is running so well at the moment that she was first woman home in the Sheriffhales 7 mile Shuffle on Sunday. Also, late acknowledgement, but Keith Silvester broke the club 10k M45 record at Market Drayton with a blistering 38:41. Many congratulations to them. -17/05/11


Can you run for two miles? Would you like to check your progress month by month? If you answer, 'yes' to these then you will enjoy the monthly Time Trial. Organised by Sue and Martin, it's over a measured distance on the third Wednesday of each month. This month it's this Wednesday, 18th. Or you can treat it as a fast, short training run. Either way, why not have a go on Wednesday? Meet at the Column as normal and start the warm-up run at 19:00 hrs. Go on, run something different for a change ! -15/05/11

Free running weekend in Holland

Three local cyclists have already taken up the Zutphen Town Twinning offer for the sports weekend, 26th June. Zutphen have organised a 10k race and two Nordic Walking events and would like some Shuffler runners there too. Your UK train fare and the air ticket will be fully financed, and you will be hosted by local people over there. All you need is your running gear and a bit of spending money. If you are interested in representing the Shufflers internationally, expenses paid, just email Yvonne by clicking here.

Market Drayton 10k

Congratulations to all the Shufflers who did the MK 10k today. Not as many Shufflkers as last year, or at least, not so many running in club vests ! If you would like to see some images, click here . You can also see some more HHC images taken by Tim Devanney. -08/05/11

Week Ahead

Monday sees the next off road session from the Ragleth Inn at Little Stretton, groups to cater for all speeds !
Then on Wednesday, the next Alternative Run from Wenlock Priory from 18:30hrs with chips in the pub afterwards. Lovely, wooded routes, great scenery, good paths and good company, what could be better? -07/05/11

Coaches and Leaders

As the number of active Shufflers relentlessly grows year by year, we need more coaches to lead groups on Mondays and Wednesdays. The club pays for the one day tuition and it really isn't difficult - there's no exam at the end, just a certificate to show that you have been on the course. You can choose a course for road running (25th May in Burton or 25th June in Birmingham) but if you fancy something closer and off-road, there's a new one at Church Stretton on July 16th specialising in fell running. You don't need to be a fast runner (look at some of our coaches ! ) nor do you need to have tons of knowledge about running or training, you just need a bit of enthusiasm and a willingness to put something back into the Shufflers to make the club better and better.
Fancy learning more about it? Just click here, and send me an email. -04/05/11


Brilliant race today. The Haughmond Handicap Chase was held from the Sports Village in excellent conditions, sunny but windy and dry. Shuffler records were broken by Richard McKenna, Stephen Hatton, Helena Bramwell, Janet Edwards, and Libby Collinson. For full results click here.
To see pictures of the race you need to go to our FLICKR account here. -01/05/11


If you fancy a bit of a challengs and a change, why not have a go at a triathlon? Shrewsburytri are organising one for September 4th centered in the Showground. For more details click here. -29/04/11


What glorious weather! Brilliant for running, especially in the early morning or evening when the sun isn't quite so hot. I hope Shufflers everywhere managed to get out and enjoy the hottest Easter for decades. I recced Clives Red Lion Ramble this morning, fabulous route through woods filled with spring flowers (including the uncommon Broomrape). The real thing is on Wednesday from the Red Lion pub in Wellington (on the main road from Shrewsbury) and I would encourage everyone to go along, there's no formal session from the Column, so don't miss it.
Despite it being Easter Monday we shall still be running from the Quarry at the normal time and also the offroad group will meet at the Stiperestones pub. -24/04/11


Next Monday the off-road group will meet at the Stiperstones pub just before 7 as usual
The 2011 Beginners' Course will be starting on Monday, May 2nd. -21/04/11


CONGRATULATIONS to all the Shufflers who did the London Marathon last Sunday and especially to Libby Collinson who ran her way into the Guinness Book of World Records as the fastest combined time by a parent and different sex child. There's a picture and story on the Shropshire Star website which you can see here. -21/04/11


Good Luck to all the 18 Shufflers doing the London Marathon this weekend. My moles tell me that quite a few will be doing PBs if conditions are good. If the system works well you can follow the results as they come in on the london-marathon website and if you feel inspired, the ballot for places in next year's event opens on April 26th. I shall be away next week, so a 'Congratulations' announcement will be delayed - please take it as read !


Claire from Denbigh is visiting Shrewsbury this weekend and would love it if a Shuffler could take her on a local off-road run, maybe even the HHC race route that we do so she can recce it before entering. Call her on 07764 945885 if you can help her.


Last minute reminder that on Wednesday this week there is no official run from the Column as we are meeting at 18:50 hrs at Uffington village hall for our Haughmond Chip Buttie night. The clues are in the title, it's over Haughmond Hill and there are free chip butties in the village hall afterwards.


Well Done to Pete Booth for winning his category in the Lilleshall 5m race last week, also to Keith Silvester for coming third in his.

Weekend in Holland

As you know, Shrewsbury is twinned with Zutphen in Holland and on the 26th June, Zutphen are holding a Sportsday and have invited Shufflers to visit and do a 10k race, Nordic Walking (6 and 10km) or Biking. Fares are about £50 and there may be some funding available, you would be staying with people in Zutphen overnight. So, if you fancy the idea of a low cost summer weekend in Holland, with a bit of exercise thrown in for good measure, just drop the organiser an email by clicking here

More Stuff

Firstly, belated congratulations to Val Swingler and Stephen Hatton for winning their categories in the Lilleshall Monumental 10k, Then on Sunday, Dave Carson and David Egglestone were each 3rd in their categories in the Wrekin Fell Race. This means that in the whole Winter Series both Val and David were second in their categories, whilst Liz Salisbury came first in hers.
Secondly, Monday evening training sessions are getting busier and busier so we are changing the format a bit to speed things up. Please arrive at the bandstand at 18:55 hrs and decide straight away which group you want to run with, Geoff will be there to organise it and if everyone co-operates we should be able to get away earlier than in the past.
Thirdly, next Monday is the second of the off-road runs, meet at Carding Mill Valley to go off at 19:00hrs., there will be a (really) slow group as well as the normal fast one so if you haven't tried it, why not come along?
On the following Wednesday, 13th, we shall be meeting at Uffington Village Hall, so there will be no formal training from the Columnn. -05/04/11


Firstly, next Monday we shall move to our summer meeting place at the Bandstand in the Quarry instead of by Porthill Bridge.
Secondly, the Alternative Runs are now in the Diary section, the first is on April 13th at Uffington for the Haughmond Hill Run with chips in the village hall afterwards.
Thirdly, we have two available dates for anyone who would like to organise an Alternative Run, 11th May and 27th July. If you fancy having a chat about the possibilities, talk to Chris Wood at a training session or email him by clicking here -31/03/11


Lots of good local races yesterday, results will be here as soon as they are published. First indications are that at the Harper Adams 10k, Keith Silvester was third home and Helena Bramwell won the women's race. Congratulations to them! -28/03/11

Off Road Mondays

The clocks change this weekend and that means daylight at 19:00hrs, so we can start the off road training sessions. First one is on Monday at Pontesbury School, there will be two groups speedy and not-so-speedy. Trail or fell shoes if you have them, otherwise road shoes if you don't mind getting them a bit muddy. -24/03/11


Whilst most of us were still in bed at 06:00hrs yesterday, Martin and Sue Ottey (the Togetherness Team) started their 12 hour Lightning Relay near Ledbury. Twelve hours later they had clocked 100k and come third in the mixed pairs. Martin tells me that his next 'big run' is the Thunderun on 30/31st July and urges Shufflers to get their entries sorted urgently as the organisers already have over 1000 entries! -21/03/11


Well Done to all the Shufflers who helped Mike Powell celebrate his 20th Rhayader yesterday, special congratulations to Libby Collinson for winning her category again, and to the women's team of Libby, Sharron Richardson and Janet Edwards for romping home with the team prize. -20/03/11


Congratulations to Lorraine Richards, winning her category at the Ironbridge half last weekend. Next weekend is the Rhayader 20 mile race which many Shufflers 'enjoy' as part of their London training. Rumour has it that Mike Powell is doing it for the 20th time, so we wish him Good Running. -16/03/11


Don't forget the Ceilidh on Friday evening at Radbrook Community Hall, dancing to Salop Galop, only £10 a head including food, but please bring your own alcoholic drink! Let Carol know you're coming by clicking here, if the last one is anything to go by then it will be a brilliant night. -16/03/11


Last weekend saw the Pontesbury Potter, the Ironbridge Half but no results up yet. However Libby Collinson won her category in the Stafford 20 miles, congratulations to Libby and all the other Shufflers who raced this weekend, as soon as the results are posted, their names will be recorded here! -14/03/11


Well Done Helena Bramwell, winning her category at the Ellesmere half last weekend, and also to Rob Thomson, 3rd in his category. -08/03/11

School-time Training

We are thinking of organising some daytime training sessions for members who have difficulties getting to the evening ones. They would be just like the Monday evening sessions, except in the daytime. If you are interested please click here. No commitment at this stage, just an indication of interest. You might also suggest which days and times would suit you best -08/03/11


As you know, Shrewsbury is twinned with Zutphen in Holland and on the 26th June, Zutphen are holding a Sportsday and have invited Shufflers to visit and do a 10k run, Nordic Walking (6 and 10km) or Biking. If you fancy the idea of a summer weekend in Holland, with a bit of exercise thrown in for good measure, just drop me an email by clicking here and I shall forward the details as they come available. -07/03/11


It's the last of the winter chip buttie evenings on Monday, just turn up after training at the Boathouse. Speedy rehydration and carbs reloading is excellent after a training session, the carbs are free, the hydration you have to buy for yourself! -04/03/11

Vyrnwy half and Muller 10k

The Lake Vyrnwy half marathon now has its own website where you can get hold of an entry form for this year's race. It is incredibly popular and will fill up quickly, so best advice is to enter now without delay. The date is Sunday September 11th, and you can access their site by clicking here.
Similarly, the Market Drayton 10k (used to be the Muller 10k) on 10th May is open for entries by clicking here. -04/03/11

Off Road Mondays

Last night was the last of the winter series of Full Moon Offroad sessions because next month is March and the new summer series will start. The clocks will change on the 27th so we shall get an extra hour of daylight and for the 28th we are going to meet at Pontesbury School. We shall have two groups, a fast one for the fell racers and a slower one for those Shufflers who would like to train away from the hard pavements and traffic of Shrewsbury and would prefer the grass and forest tracks around Earls Hill. -22/02/11


Some more 'don't forget' items:
There should be a full moon on Monday so the off-roaders are out over the hills, starting at the Yew Tree in All Stretton at 19:00 hrs.
The AGM is next Tuesday at the Boauthouse, starts at 19:30 hrs.
Carol tells me that tickets for the Ceilidh on March 18th are going quickly, so please book your place soon. If you can't find the form then email Carol by clicking here.


There are only eight days left before the AGM, so please make sure that you have a note in your diary for the evening of Tuesday, 22nd February at the Boathouse. The formal part of the evening is normally fairly quickly finished, then we have an informal discussion session where members can make comments, suggestions, ask questions about the club, coaching or anything else. It is your opportunity to have your say in the running of the club. And to tempt you, we are laying on a free buffet and your first drink is FREE. Don't forget, a week tomorrow, we all look forward to seeing you there. -14/02/11


Yesterday was a good racing day with four local races, and Shufflers excelled again !
In Shrewsbury the Severn Loop saw Helana Bramwell coming home as second lady and Gill Welsby winning her category.
In Telford, Stephen Hatton and Alan Morris were both second in their categories in the Ennstone 7.
Lots of Shufflers travelled to the Wyre Forest to compete in the 8 miler and Janet Edwards was first lady home. Shawn Perry won the juniors and Lorraine Richards was second in her category.
Congratulations to all of them and well done too, to all the Shufflers who wore club vests whilst racing this weekend. -15/02/11


The Severn is now flooding the bit of the Quarry where we normally meet so tonight we shall be meeting at the other end of the Porthill Bridge, near the Boathouse, where we shall be having Chip Butties afterwards.
Yesterday at the very windy Carding Mill Canter, Val Swingler and Liz Salisbury won their categories and Dave Carson was 2nd in his. Well Done to them. -07/02/11


Chip Buttie night this coming Monday the 7th, don't forget, down at the Boathouse after training !! -04/02/11

Shifnal Gallop

The Racing Shufflers had a good day yesterday at the Shifnal Gallop 10k. Helena Bramwell was 2nd lady home and (of course) won her category. Alan Morris also won his age category and Calvin Wright was 3rd in his. Well to all of them. -31/01/11

Race News

2011 got off with a flying start for Shuffler racers. At the postponed Telford 10k Helena Bramwell was 2nd and on the same day at the Shell Half Marathon Libby Collinson won her category whilst fellows Shufflers Lorraine Richards (Hardy) and Shaun Perry were both placed in theirs.
The Helen Tipping 10k was in Wrexham earlier in January and saw Gill Welsby win her category and Helena 3rd in hers.
Congratulations to all the runners who have started off 2011 so well, long may it continue -27/01/11

Diary Date

Please make a note in your diary for Friday, 18th March as we have booked it for the Grand Shufflers' Annual Ceilidh. Last year's event was a brilliant, sell-out do and we hope to do even better this year. Details to follow, but make that note in your diary/Outlook/calendar right away! -24/01/11

Houseman 100

Are any Shufflers doing the Houseman 100 in May I wonder? If you are please let me know by clicking here.

Full Moon

The first full moon off road run of 2011 will be Monday 17th at Pontesbury school. As usual, it will be off road, headtorches necessary. -15/01/11


Three items today:
Firstly, if you are doing London this year please could you let me know by clicking here.
Secondly, I know that many members do their long slow runs some time over each weekend, sometimes in groups and sometimes solo. A few members would like to join in as London (or general) training so if you do a weekend run and would be happy for other(s) to join you please let me know by clicking here.
Thirdly, in the 'links' section I have listed a few local charities that members might consider sponsoring for marathons etc. If you know of other worthy and local charities, please let me know and I can add them to the list.


As you know we organise one of the best races in the area, the Haughmond Handicap Chase, on May 1st. We need to get more entries so we need to publicise the race and the best direct way is to have entry forms available at other races. This is where YOU come in. We need someone to take a wad of forms to the following races:
Jan 9th Wrexham 10k
Jan 23rd Telford 10k
Jan 30th Shifnal Gallop and the Wolverhampton Turkey Trot
Feb 5th Stourbridge Stagger
Feb 13th Severn Loop and Ennstone 7
Feb 27th Village Bakery half and the Milford 21
If you are doing any of these or any other race before the end of April and could take some forms with you please email Alan by clicking here. -05/01/11


Three Dates for your new 2011 diary.
Next Monday, 10th January is the first of this year's Chip Buttie nights
22nd February, Shufflers AGM at the Boathouse
Sunday 1st May, the Haughmond Handicap Chase, yes, it is on a Sunday now not the Bank Holiday Monday, diary note immediately ! -04/01/11


HAPPY NEW YEAR to all Shufflers, friends and families.
Don't make your resolutions too onerous nor too easy but make at least one to do with running.
Many thanks to all those members who have already sent their membership renewals to Brian, if YOU haven't then maybe you could resolve to send it off before the holidays are over :-)) Happy New Year -02/01/11

Christmas Greetings

Happy Christmas to all Shufflers and friends of Shufflers.
We hope the cold weather has not put you off running, don't forget, there's no such thing as 'bad weather', only inappropriate clothing !
And if yopu really think it's too cold to run, just try this link again


The weather is taking its toll I'm afraid. No track this evening.
Secondly, the Severn Loop 5k race scheduled for the 27th has been postponed to Sunday, 13th February, by which time the snow should have melted!


The Chip Butties are still being served after training tonight, although I expect the number of Shufflers out training will be somewhat depleted. Normally the chip butties are for runners but tonight, as it's Christmas, why not come down at about 20:00hrs and join us.

Race Diary

I have put up the 2011 race diary but of course, many races dates are not yet published. If anyone can help by letting me know of any that I have missed or got wrong, please email me here

Choc O

For those members eagerly awaiting the orienteering challenge over the Mynd this Christmas known as the Choc-O Challenge, don't go yet as the pegs have not been set out! Andrew Clough reckons it might be out by Christmas but watch this space for news.

Christmas Pressie ?

Performance coach Craig Owen is offering Shufflers a discounted sports massage between now and the end of January. To learn more about the details, email him by clicking here.

Xmas Monday

Next Monday we are having a Christmas Training Session which will be followed by the last of this year's chip buttie evenings at the BoatHouse. Please come suitably attired for a cold Cristmas evening, flashing lights, reindeer antlers, Santa outfits or just a red nose.


The Mortimer Forest race was today, a popular race amongst Shufflers, congratulations to Val, second in her vategory. Mortimer Forest discouraged many members from doing the County Cross Country Championships, held yesterday at Lilleshall. Our team was much depleted but so were the other clubs' teams with the ladies seniors and vets only amassing 10 runners. You can see some photos on our normal Flickr site here.


Last Sunday saw a few Shufflers racing over The Lawley, Caradoc and much more in the famous Cardington Cracker fell race. Our club champion, Paul Gresty, was first in his category and Val Swingler and Liz Salisbury were 2nd in theirs. Well Done to them and all the other Shufflers who ran it. -09/12/10


Last Sunday saw a few Shufflers racing over The Lawley, Caradoc and much more in the famous Cardington Cracker fell race. Our club champion, Paul Gresty, was first in his category and Val Swingler and Liz Salisbury were 2nd in theirs. Well Done to them and all the other Shufflers who ran it. -09/12/10


We don't carry any advertisements on the Shufflers website but we do give a mention when relevant suppliers offer members a discount. This week Blacks have offered members a 15% discount card, for details, please click here.


Each year the LDWA puts on a 100 mile walk and next year it is based in Shropshire. Places are filling up fast for LDWA members (non members cannot sign up until January) so if you are interested in this excellent event then please click here for details. Several Shufflers have already registered so why not make it your challenge for 2011 ?


Wrekin Orienteers are again organising the Christmas Choc Orienteering Challenge around the Long Mynd area. Great idea to get out over the hills on a fine sunny day over the Christmas break, and practice your map reading skills. Long and short courses available as normal. For details, please click here.

Inclement Weather

My goodness, it's chilly, but we are still having training sessions as normal. Please make sure that you are appropriately dressed and have warm clothes to put on after the session as you can get quite chilled driving home. Of course, we may have to cancel the formal aspect of a session if conditions get too bad but please look at this section of the website for the latest News.


As members know, getting a place in the London Marathon is either due to good luck in the ballot, or raising a lot of sponsorship for a charity place. The third way is by being lucky in the Shufflers' draw. The race organisers give us five guaranteed places each year and anyone with an official reject slip can enter the draw for one of these places. At last night's Chip Buttie evening in the Boathouse the five lucky (?) winners were
Steve Parker
Tim Jones
Juan Reyes-Montes
Doug Hamilton
Paul Carroll
Congratuations to them, we wish them good training and a successful race next April.


Many members have asked Martin about the Thunder Run he enthusiastically recommended in the last issue of The Shuffler. If you recall, it is a 24 hour relay run held on 30/31st July at Catton Park in Derbyshire. Details and an entry form are here, or speak to Martin, but don't delay as places will go quickly.

More Stuff

Firstly, congratulations to Val (2nd lady home) and all the other Shufflers who braved the cold and navigated themselves successfully from Little Stretton to the Stiperstones pub for yesterday's Time Trial, pictures of the race can be seen here.
Secondly, the off-road headlamp run last Monday was so good that the next one has been organised for Monday, Dec 6th at the Stiperstones pub, at 19:00hrs
Thirdly, don't forget that tonight is a 'chip buttie' night down at the Boathouse after training, best (and most enjoyable) way of getting warm and carbo-replenishing after a wintery training session. -20/11/10


Firstly, congratulations to Val (for winning her age group) and all the other Shufflers who did the Wrekin Wrecker today, pictures of the race can be seen here.
Secondly, there is an off road Full Moon run tomorrow, Monday, at the Ragleth Pub, Little Stretton, starting at 19:00 hrs. Headlamps necessary!
And, thirdly, I am sorry to say that the 'just before Christmas' new date for the County Cross Country Championships has proved very unpopular with members so we shall not be entering a team. Any one who would like to run it as an individual should contact Colin by clicking here. -21/11/10

X Country

The County Cross Country Championships are to be held on 11th December at Lilleshall. The Shufflers normally send in a few teams of seniors and vets in both the men's and the women's races and we have occasionally walked away with prizes. Please put a note in your diary now and let Colin know that you'd like to enter by emailing him here. He has to complete the entries in ten days time, so please offer to help support the club NOW. -15/11/10

Awards Night

We had the sell-out Awards Night dinner last night and winners were :
Most Improved Runner - Helena Bramwell
Most Outstanding Performance - Val Swingler
Seniors Award - Jerome Nogues
Vets Award - Richard Paddock
Services to the Club - Mike Powell
Coaches Awards - Paul Furber & Dave Webb, Helen Lewis, Chris Scott
Championships - Ione Dowson and Paul Gresty
Runners Runner - Helena Bramwell
Beginners Award - Jo Hazeldine
Cock-up Awards - Linda Black and Alan Morris
The championship final listings are on the website, photographs of the dinner can be seen here.
Thanks to Carol for all the organising, brilliant night was had by all. -13/11/10


The Corndon Classic fell race scheduled to be on this Sunday, 14th is definitely cancelled. -09/11/10

Full Moon Fells

The monthly off road training is now arranged to coincide with a full moon (well, almost) and the next one is on the 22nd November, meeting at the Ragleth pub in Little Stretton at 19:00hrs. Headlights mandatory and we shall probably have two groups, mountain goats and tame lambs. -07/11/10

Mad Jacks

The last race in the Club Championships was run today, Mad Jacks in Attingham Park and nearly 40 Shufflers entered. For a change, more of our men runners than the women won prizes and congratulations to Paul Gresty, Dave Kerr, Norman Titley, Dave Woodvine, Laura Hudson and Liz Salisbury each of whom won category places.
The championship winners will be announced at the Awards Dinner on Friday (sorry, no more places left, it's a sell-out) and the final figures will be on the website next weekend. -07/11/10

Records Tumble

The Firework Five in Telford is a fast, fast course. Not only did Helena beat her own club record but new(ish) member Richard McKenna beat the senior record too. Congratulations to both of them.
The last specific race in the club championship is Mad Jacks, next weekend. It's a brilliant, off road (with mud and water but mainly tracks) so if you want to maximise your points, get an entry in right away. -31/10/10

Chip Butties

Don't forget - it is a Chip Buttie Night at the Boathouse next Monday, November 1st. If you haven't been before, it is after training at the Boathouse Pub, chips butties are free but you have to buy your own drinks. Just put a fleece on and come down to socialise with other like minded sweaty Shufflers ! -28/10/10

Helena Wins Again

Helena Bramwell was on top form at the Fireworks Five in Telford yesterday, first lady home and beating her own club record which she set up last year. The previous weekend Helena was second at the Bells of Pattingham where Libby Collinson won her category. Congratulations to both of them.
Don't forget that the deadline for booking the Awards Dinner is this week, don't delay, send your booking to Carol or email her to say you are coming by clicking here. -25/10/10

Runners' Runner

Each year we ask Shufflers to nominate a member as the Runners' Runner. Someone who has impressed you over the last twelve months, maybe inspired and helped you, maybe encouraged you and others. It could be a coach, a runner in your group or someone you know who has put in an extra effort to make your running experience better. It should be someone to whom you and the club would like to say, 'Thankyou'. Nominations are easy, just click here, to send Carol an email with their name. -16/10/10

London Rejects

If you applied to run in the 2011 London Marathon, you should be receiving acceptance/rejection slips about now. The club gets a few places and we shall be making a draw on 20th December, the last Chip Buttie run before Christmas. If you have a rejection slip and would like to be included in the draw for club tickets, please contact Liz here, or at a club night. Please remember that you have to have been a Shuffler when you applied for the London place so if have joined within the last six months you will have to wait until next year. -13/10/10


The County Cross Country Championships are to be held on 11th December at Lilleshall. The Shufflers normally send in a few teams of seniors and vets in both the men's and the women's races and we have occasionally walked away with prizes. Please put a note in your diary now and let Colin know that you'd like to enter by emailing him here. -08/10/10

Decisions, decisions

It's terrible, isn't it, having to make decisions? Shall I have beef or salmon, the chocolate truffle or the cheesecake, and which of the three tempting starters shall I order? Well, we shall all have to make our minds up fairly quickly and send the form off to Carol. What's it all about? The Shufflers Annual Awards Night of course. In case you've forgotten, it's on November 12th. A menu is attached here so don't delay, take the plunge and send your choice to Carol. -06/10/10

Val Victorious

The Long Mynd Hike is this weekend and Shuffler Val Swingler smashed the record she set last year by a whopping 30 minutes. Val was sixth as they came off the second climb over Lawley but by the top of the Mynd she had raced into second place overall, a position she held for the rest of the 50 mile race. Andy Davies, winner for the sixth time, said at the end, "Val's performance was absolutely outstanding, conditions were very muddy underfoot, the race was over a mile longer than normal and still she totally smashed the record" Congratulations to Val and all the other runners and walkers who completed this gruelling ultra race. Pictures of the race can be seen here. -03/10/10

Chip Butties

Next Monday sees the start of the chip buttie season. Once a month, after training, we go down to the Boat House for a social get-together. Chip butties are free but you have to buy your own drinks! Next one after October 4th will be 1st November and I shall put them in the Diary section. -30/09/10


Congratulations to Helena Bramwell and Dave Kerr for winning their categories in the Colemere 5k today, doubly so to Helena as she was first woman home. Over at Hinstock, Keith Silvester was third home and won his age category too. Well Done All.
As the dark evenings are drawing in, a couple of reminders. Please ensure that you wear a light coloured or reflective top when out training with us. Secondly, from tomorrow night we are moving down to the Porthill Bridge area in the Quarry on Mondays. -29/09/10


Yes, it's that time again when the Pontesbury Potter registration desk is open. Next year's Potter is on Saturday, 12th March, to enter please click here. -26/09/10

Severn Bridges 10k Race

Thanks to all the marshals who volunteered to help this morning, we will be drawing the lucky name out of a hat before training tomorrow in the Quarry. Congratulations to all the Shufflers who ran the race too, there are lots of pictures on our Flickr site here. -19/09/10

Club Championships

The recent races have made the 2010 club championships wide open again. Several members, if they ran one more qualifying race, could leap up to the top of the list, and it might all depend on the last race, Mad Jack's 5 on November 7th.
If any Shuffler finds themselves free on Sunday morning, please come down and help marshal the Severn Bridges 10k race, there are lots of Shufflers running the race too, on-the-day entries are ok up to 10:45. -16/09/10


A record number of Shufflers were racing last weekend with the women again bringing in the trophies. At the Vyrnwy half marathon Lorraine Hardy and Carole Morgan both won their categories, and at the Little Wenlock Wheeze, Helena Bramwell was first lady home. At the 26 mile Wistantow Challenge, Sharron Richardson was first lady home. Congratulations to all of them.
Pictures of Shufflers doing the Vyrnwy half can be seen on our Flickr site here, there is another set of images of all runners on the same site.
The full Lake Vyrnwy Half results are here. -13/09/10


The Lake Vyrnwy half marathon is one of the most popular races on the calendar, and it's this coming Sunday. Over 70 Shufflers have entered the race and I hope many more will go to support them. We shall have a 'team photograph' as usual at 12:30 on the playing field, with luck an announcement will be made on the Tannoy system. Have a Good One !! -07/09/10

Long Mynd Hike

If you are doing the LMH this year, please could you let Colin know by clicking here. -06/09/10


If you enjoy off-road running and you think you can read a map, why not have a go at the Wrekin Orienteers' event on the Long Mynd on September 12th. More details can be found by clicking here. You should meet lots of other Shufflers there too. -06/09/10


If you enjoy off-road running and you think you can read a map, why not have a go at the Wrekin Orienteers' event on the Long Mynd on September 12th. More details can be found by clicking here. You should meet lots of other Shufflers there too. -06/09/10

Alternative Run

The last of the 2010 alternative Wednesdays will be on the 8th September, from Harmer Hill Village Hall. A528 Ellesmere Road out of Shrewsbury to Harmer Hill, turn left at the Bridgewater Arms following the signs for Ellesmere. VH is at the top of the hill on the right. Start from 18:30 to 19:00. Please book a place by emailing Phil by clicking here. or phoning him on 07799 158364
There will be no formal training from the Column that evening. 4, 6 or 8 miles routes, bring reflective clothing and a headtorch for the 8 miler or if you start late. -31/08/10


Lorraine Hardy is obviously well over her injuries as she broke the club age group 10k record and won her category in the Ellesmere 10k on Sunday. Ione got a category 2nd at the Tenbury 10k, and earlier this month Val Swingler actually beat the train and was second woman home in that famous race. Well Done Ladies, but where are the winning men ?? -30/08/10


This Wednesday, 25th August, there will be no formal training session from the Column as it is another of our Alternative Evenings. Meet at Upton Magna village hall ready to set off at 19:00hrs. As usual, we shall split into several groups and all return for chip butties and soft drinks at the hall afterwards. There will be no charge for the refreshments, but a big thanks to Chris for the organisation.

Keith Ivison

"Pete and Grace Hough would like to offer their condolences to Chris and the family at this very sad time. We owe Keith a huge debt of gratitude as he introduced the Hough family to the world of running and all the positive things it brought with it. We made many friends throughout Shropshire and it all started with a “Hya you guys. Do you want to come for a run with us?” from Keith. We never looked back. We met by accident in The Quarry one Sunday morning over 30 years ago and yes we are still running and involved with athletics after all that time. Thanks Keith."

Keith Ivison remembered by Paul Rushworth

As a former 1982-1989 member of the Shropshire Shufflers I would like to go down on record as saying that Keith Ivison was one of the most genuine, likeable people I have ever met in my life. When you joined the Shufflers he really made you feel welcome and special.
We ran together… we played 5 a-side football together and when Jane and I married, it was Keith who arranged all the shufflers outside the Abbey Church to wear the running colours and make an arch with their hands for us to walk under…. A thoroughly NICE man.
When I read about the tragic incident in the paper, I was desperately hoping it was another Keith Ivison… they do say that God only takes the good when they are young… Our thoughts go out to Chris and his family; we are SO… so sorry.
Paul and Jane Rushworth and family.

Keith Ivison

I am very sad to announce that Keith Ivison, one of the founders of the Shropshire Shufflers died this week.
Coach Geoff Harris, another of our longest serving members remembers Keith, "I knew Keith very well even before Shufflers as we were football referees together. Keith was the first club member to introduce structured coaching within the club and we all remember his measured, timed mile. He was elected as the first Chairman of the club and when Keith, and his lovely wife Chris, lived in Armoury Gardens Shufflers attended New Year's Eve parties at his house - a wonderful start to each year. Keith was always willing and happy to advise and encourage members to achieve their aims and ambitions. He will be sadly missed".

Vyrnwy Half

The two lucky Shufflers to get the places at Vyrnwy are Mike Powell and Paul Carroll. Sorry to the others that applied and whose names were not drawn out of the hat.

Farmyard Frolic

Martin and Sue's Farmyard Frolic is on Wednesday 11th August. For details please click here. Please book a place with Martin before this Friday
Please note that there will bo no formal training session that evening.

Vyrnwy Half

The organisers of the Vyrnwy half have let me know that there are a couple of Shuffler numbers up for grabs. As you know, they block book a series of race numbers for Shufflers (and we always fill them) but unfortunately two members have had to drop out. If you would like to take up one of the places, please let me know by emailing me here. If we get too many we shall draw the lucky ones out of a hat. The opportunity will close on Friday, 6th August.

Coastal Canter

Over 50 Shufflers and friends took the Mick Boulton coach to the Welsh Coast on Saturday. Not to paddle in the sea (although some did) but to complete Alan's Coastal Canter. A full report will be in the next Shuffler magazine but you can see some photographs on our Flickr site here. Keep checking as I shall add more as they come available. Hardly anyone got lost and everyone was full of praise for the meal at the end. Another of Alan's fantastic trips, thanks to him , head chef Eileen and all the others who made it such a success.

Helena and Keith Flying

Congratulations to Helena Bramwell and Keith Silvester in the Vic Musgrave Fast 5k on Wednesday. Helena's time of 19:50 knocked over a minute off the club record, set by Shirley Madeley in 1996, and Keith knocked a similar amount of Andy Clough's record set last year in the same race. Brilliant times, anyone who beats 20 minutes for a 5k is really flying.

Harley Hurler

Next Wednesday (28th) is the next Alternative off-road run. Organised by Richard, Viv & Libby, it starts at the Plume of Feathers on the A458 Bridgnorth road from 18:45hrs onwards. Food later. For the flier click here.
No nead to bre-book, just turn up on the night.
There will be no formal training session from the Column that evening.

Coastal Canter

Just in case anyone didn't receive them, the final instructions for the 51 Shufflers who are accompanying Alan on his Coastal Canter this weekend can be found here.
The coach is completely full of course!

Three Things

Firstly, Congratulations to the Shufflers who did so well at the Wenlock Olympians race, Helena Bramwell, Keith Silvester and Alan Hartley all came 2nd in their categories and Libby Collinson was 1st V50 (and beat the V35 and V40 winners too) Brilliant running.
Secondly, Steve and Julie Parker have organised a picnic run on Long Mynd for 31st July, details here
Thirdly, several Shufflers were cycling in the Alps a few weeks ago, Alex and Chris took some photos (well, actually lots of photos) which you can see at our Flickr site here



One or two of the coaches have mentioned that runners are coming to training evenings wearing headphones which of course must be removed for the session. We don't allow them for three reasons, firstly you might not hear oncoming traffic, secondly you might not hear coach instructions and thirdly because its a bit unsociable when you are running with a load of other Shufflers to cut yourself off from them. So, for safety and for friendliness, please leave headphones at home on club nights.


Lots of entries in the Wordsearch competition in the last issue of The Shuffler, and the lucky one drawn out of the hat was from Dave Woodvine. Congratulations Dave.

Clive & Sharron's Alternative Wednesday Run

This is for next Wednesday, 7th July and will be mainly off-road. For more details click here. There is ne need to register this time just turn up on the night.

Shrewsbury 5k

Congratulations to all the Shufflers who ran the Severn Loop 5k yesterday. Conditions were "fairly warm" as one competitor put it. Helena Bramwell continued her winning streak with a category first with Keith Silvester and Paul Gresty getting second in theirs.

Long Mynd Hike

The Long Mynd Hike website is now accepting on-line entries. Sign up quickly if you want to enter this wonderful annual event as it will be heavily oversubscribed. The site is here.


....doesn't stand for the world wide web, it's Wills Wonder Wander which took place near Colemere this evening. Thanks to Will for a brilliant evening, to see a pictorial record of the event visit our Flickr site here.

Off Road Monday

This Monday (21st June) we are having another off-road sesion, this time at the Nesscliffe Country Park, with chips afterwards at the Three Pigeons. We promise there won't be as many hills as the usual off-road evenings! Meet at 7 p.m. at the car park about 800m past the school, (G.R.SJ 385198)

Wills Wonder Wander

The next alternative run is this Wednesday, for details, please click here. If you would like to go, please email Will or hand in one of the fliers he has been distributing. This means that there will be no formal coaching session from the Column this Wednesday

Jim Pyne

Many members will know Jim Pyne, he has now moved to a placement in Nesscliffe. Of course, Jim would love to come to the Club on a Monday evening when possible. Is there anybody who comes in from that way who might be able to bring him in and take him home occasionally? If anyone could help, could they ring Martin on 01743-874035 or see him at Club.


There will be no track session this Thursday, 17th June, nor on the 1st and 15th July.


Congratulations to Val Swingler, after coming a brilliant 2nd in Man v Horse last weekend, she ignored tired legs and was first home in the Shroppy Handicap at Rodneys Pillar yesterday. Four other Shufflers also went home with prizes, well done Paul, Colin, Dave and Richard

Shufflers Race to Victory

The sunshine is here and Shufflers are out racing. At the Park Hall 5k, Ione Dowson won her category and Paul Gresty was second in his. Paul followed this with a category win at the Newport Carnival 10k, and joined new member Keith Sylvester (category 1st) and Helena Bramwell (category 1st) on the podium. Congratulations to all of them, and also to all the other Shufflers who spend their Sundays pushing themselves to maximum effort in a race somewhere. To those Shufflers who have yet to test themselves in a race, why not take a look in the Diary Section and have a go? There are races for all distances, off road or on road, and even if you don't win, the endorphin rush at the end is a brilliant and (almost)free experience that will stay with you for ages.

Alan's Coastal Canter

Alan Morris has organised another 'event', this time a run along the new Ceredigion coastal path. There will be a coach from Shrewsbury and a picnic provided and various mileage options. The date is Saturday, July 24th and it will be 'first come, first served' basis. Given the reputation of Alan's events, this one will be very popular and will sell out quickly. For more information click here.


If you fancy the idea of orienteering but never had the courage to give it a go, here's your chance. On Sunday, June 6th, Wrekin Orienteers are holding a Street Orienteering Race in the Shrewsbury town Centre. For more details click here.

Alternative Runs

Thanks to Alex for a brilliant alternative evening yesterday. The coach dropped off runners at various points on the way to Little Stretton and then members had a 4, 6 or 9 mile option to get to the Ragleth Inn for excellent sandwiches and chips. The rain lashed it down at the start, (but cleared up quickly) but this was no problem to the 70 hardy Shropshire Shufflers who completed their runs.
If you like the idea of an off road run, the next regular one is from Criggion, around Rodneys Pillar and the Breiddens. It is scheduled for June 7th and we are meeting up with Oswestry Olympians for chips afterwards at the Punchbowl.

Club Championships

As you know, we run a club championship each year and you can see how you are doing by clicking on the box on the Welcome Page. Instead of having to click on each distance in turn, we have now condensed them into one linked spread-sheet so that you can see all the club members and their adjusted times and accumulated points in one file. Thanks to Chris Myles for doing the software for this. It's very simple to use but the workings behind it are a bit tricky, so if you experience any problems, please let me know. We have also adjusted the WAVA tables as we think they gave too much advantage to the super-vets that always seem to do too well. For a direct link please click here.

Alternative Run - Fully Booked

The coach for Alex's Lone Pine Run on Wednesday 26th May is fully booked. If you have missed out, all is not lost because you can park at the Ragleth Inn, Little Stretton, and run a circular route from there, joining in with the chips about 8:30p.m. If you want to do this, please let Alex know by clicking here, so that enough food is ready.

Bomere Dash & Dawdle

Chris Myles has told me about the Bomere Heath School Dash & Dawdle, a 4-6 miles family walk/run around Bomere’s paths and lanes followed by barbecue at the Red Lion, Bomere Heath on Sunday May 23rd. More info here.

Muller 10k

Congratulations to all the Shufflers who ran the Muller 10k last weekend. Special congratulations to Lorraine Hardy and Carole Morgan for winning their classes and to Val Swingler for a second in hers.

Alternative Wednesday

The next of the highly successful Alternative Wednesdays will be Alex's Lone Pine Run on 26th May. There will be a free coach leaving the Column at 18:25hrs. There will be 4, 7 and 9 mile options followed by free grub and a coach ride back to the Column. Book now by emailing Alex by clicking here.

Haughmond Handicap Chase

Congratulations to Paul Ward and Michelle Clarke who successfully defended their crowns in today's race. Michelle's time was a new race record and other records tumbled on a good racing day. Jerome Nogues, David Egglestone, Keith Sylvester, Libby Collinson, Helena Bramwell, Louise Dermont and Richard Bailey all broke previous club records with Libby also taking the all-comers title.
For the results please check here.
For pictures of the runners finishing click to our Flickr account here. where you can also see some pics from Alex and Chris and Janice of the off-road Stiperstones run last Wednesday.
To see the club records click here.

Fell Running

The presentation evening for the Shropshire Fell Running Winter Series was held last week. Congratulations to Dave Carson, Val Swingler, Liz Salisbury and Colin Williamson for winning their categories and to Sue Whittingham for her second place. If you have never tried fell running, there are plenty of short races held locally throughout the summer, take a look at the diary section for dates and venues.

Haughmond Handicap Chase

Don't forget it's the Shufflers' premier race on Bank Holiday Monday. There's still just time for a late entry (go to the link on our welcome page) and if you have already entered, final instructions are available here.

Other Marathons

Whilst 18 Shufflers were excelling at London, the Shakespeare marathon was also being run. Congratulations to Paul Gresty, Simon Dowson and Lin Osborne for their efforts, and whilst we are talking about marathons, well done Jerome Nogues in the new Brighton Marathon.


Those who remember Bridget (Butler) are invited to her 50th birthday celebrations on May 1st at the Royal Oak in Coton Hill.


Congratulations to all the Shufflers who completed London today.
Huw Dolphin 3:07
John Morris 3:18
Paul Ingram 3:26
Lee Jones 3:31
Libby Collinson 3:35
Richard Orme 3:35
Lorraine Hardy 3:41
Sharron Richardson 3:42
Robin Elliot 3:47
Andy Prosser 3:59
Chris Wood 4:04
Steve Cox 4:05
Carole Morgan 4:11
Neil Davies 4:17
Eileen Williams 4:39
Sarah Williams 4:40
Juan Reyes-Montes 4:51
Penny O'Hagan 4:53



This week is a busy week for Shufflers, starting with the London Marathon today, on Monday there is off-road training from Stiperstones and on Wednesday there's Liz & Pete's alternative run from the Tankerville Arms at Longdon. Don't forget that we also train on Thursdays at the track at SCAT, brilliant as a cushioned alternative to hard pavements.


GOOD LUCK to all the Shufflers that are doing the best race in the world this Sunday. The rest of us will be glued to the telly looking out for the red, white and blue vests hurtling by. Results will be on here on Monday with a bit of luck.

Val Races Home

The inaugural Llanelli Marathon was held last weekend and Val Swingler had a storming run to be the first female home in a cracking time of 3:03:17. This is a new club record, beating Lorraine Hardy's 2004 record by nearly two minutes. Brilliant run Val.


If you fancy being a spectator at the 2012 Olympics, well the ticket registration office is open. The Shufflers are thinking about having a coach to take us down there for a suitable day, but we shall all need tickets and the first step is registration. Even if you think the chances of going are slim, registration is free and there's no downside to it. the website is here.
If you are actually competing in the Olympics, please ignore this message :-)

Alternative Runs

Don't go down to the Column this Wednesday as we are meeting at the village hall in Uffington for runs on Haughmond Hill followed by chip butties.
The first of the Alternative runs is on the 28th April, from the Tankerville Arms at Longdon, from 6:30 to 7 o'clock, followed by food at the pub. There is no charge for the food on these events.

Weekends away

If anyone is doing the Great North Run and needs accommodation, then Newcastle University is offering low cost facilities here.
Secondly, Oswestry Olympians have arranged a Running Weekend in the Yorkshire Dales for the first weekend in November. Shufflers are invited too, more details here.


Martin tells me that the new beginners' group will start on May 3rd, when we shall also move the meeting place from the Quarry playground to the Bandstand.

Haughmond Hill

Next Wednesday, 14th April, there will be no training run from the Column because it is the first of the Haughmond Hill runs. Meet at Uffington Village Hall for a 19:00 hrs set off, then chips and malt loaf in the hall afterwards. A good time is always had by all!

Village Bakery

Andrew tells me that refunds are now available from the Village Bakery half, snowed off earlier this year. If you registered with them you can claim a refund on their website.

Off Road

The first of the off-road Monday training sessions is on the 29th, next Monday. We shall meet at about five to seven (18:55) at Pontesbury School. We shall start running at seven o'clock as we don't want to be out in the dark. Don't forget that the clocks go forward this weekend so that should help us.


It's that time again ! The entry form for the Lake Vyrnwy Half Marathon (September 12th) is now available and places are going like hot cakes. To avoid disappointment, download an entry form from here, and send it off soon.

Date Change

We have been beaten by the Womens Institute ! Our booking for the Uffington Village Hall for our spring Haughmond Hill off-road evening has been trumped by the WI so we are moving the date to the 14th April. Further details will be announced shortly.


It was the Telford half marathon yesterday, on the first warm day of the year. Libby Collinson continued her excellent form by winning her age category - brilliant result in a strong field.


It is not often that a Shuffler gets mentioned in the race results section of Athletics Weekly, but a certain H. Bramwell is there this week as the first lady home in the Edgeahead race last weekend. Well done Helena.


Last Sturday several Shufflers ran the Cardingmill Canter, a good local fell race. But it was also a celebration for two Shufflers. For Carol Beard, it was her first ever fell race (and she tried to keep it a secret) and for Colin Williamson, it was the 66th and final race in his project to run 65 races in his 65th year. Ruth was there to record the event, including the champagne at the end. You can see the pictures on our Flickr account here.


Couple of reminders are appropriate. Firstly, it is the Pontesbury Potter on Saturday and Wendy-Jane has reminded people that if they don't have a place then they should not just turn up and try to join in on the day. The event relies strongly on the goodwill of local landowners and the future of the Potter will be jeopardised if un-accepted runners or walkers try to take part.
Secondly, don't forget that it is Chip Butties Monday next week, at the Boathouse after training. Everyone is welcome.


It was the Carding Mill Canter fell race today and congratulations to Dave Carson and Carol Beard for winning their categories. Especially as it was Carol's first proper fell race

Off Road

The next unofficial off road session will be on Monday 1st March from the Callow Inn (the old Drum & Monkey) at Bromlow. Meet at 18:55, chips in the pub afterwards. Headlamps and full body cover please.


Last weekend was good for racing, clear, cold and sunny. In Wales, Dave Carson was 5th overall and won his age category in the Ras Moelyci and in the Wyre Forest, 27 Shufflers signed up for the Wyre Forest 8. This is a very popular event for Shufflers and we received a silver salver for the club with the most entries, and a large bottle of bubbly which will be in the raffle at the AGM on Tuesday.


The AGM is on Tuesday evening at the Boathouse, at 19:30hrs, all Shufflers are invited. If you have any comments or suggestions or questions on how the club is run, please come along and discuss them. There will be the formal bit where we vote in the officials then afterwards, we have a general discussion about the club. Refreshments and your first drink are FREE, so please come along.

Margaret Pyne

Club members will be sad to hear that popular member Jim Pyne's mother Margaret has passed away. Longstanding members will recall that Margaret and Jim's late father Ron supported the Club well, and could be relied upon to marshal when needed. For those of Jim's friends who would like to attend the funeral, the service is at St. Chads at 11am Tuesday morning the 23rd of February and after at the crematorium.

Shuffler Successes

Quite a few races in the last two or three weeks have seen Shufflers in winning form:
In the much delayed Telford 10k, Ione Dowson won her age category.
At the Shifnal Gallop, Helena Bramwell was 3rd lady home and won her category, and Graham Evans won his.
The Long Mynd Valleys race is one of Shropshire's hardest of the year and Val Swingler was 2nd lady home, winning her category of course.
At the Ennstone 7 today, Helena Bramwell and Colin Williamson won their categories.
Well done to all these proud Shuflers!


It's Chip Butties again next Monday after training, at the Boathouse


If you are coming to the AGM and you have a suitable (or even unsuitable) raffle prize, then please bring it along, we shall try to ensure you don't win it back again!

The membership survey revealed that the magazine, the website and alternative runs were the most popular activities, so we are increasing the number of alternative runs this summer. They are a brilliant range of runs, for all abilities, set in different areas, and organised by members. If you have a burning desire to organise one, then please grab hold of Chris Wood at a training session as he is co-ordinating them, and don't forget, they're FREE.

The Club Championships this year have one big change, we are dropping the Wenlock Olympics Road Race and replacing it with the Mad Jack's race in November. So, whether you run a 5k, 10k, half marathon, 20+ miles, a local summer series fell race, a club Time Trial or Mad Jacks, please be sure to let me know your time and your points will be calculated. Secondly, we are modifying the WAVA factors as we think it over-compensates for aged bodies! -05/02/10


The AGM will be held on the 23rd February at the Boathouse at 19:30hrs. The agenda can be seen here and this year we shall have FREE Buffet including your first DRINK.

Off Road

The next unofficial off road session will be from the Ragleth pub in Little Stretton on Monday 1st Feb. Meet at 18:55, chips in the pub afterwards. Headlamps and full body cover please.


Don't forget that it is Chip Butties on Monday 18th at the Boathouse and after training

There's a local runners' charity quiz night on Friday 22nd at 19:30hrs at the Ragleth Inn, Little Stretton, email Pauline Richards by clicking here for details. Price is £5 which includes supper, and it's for a good cause, so if you'd like a good fun night out in good company, without spending a fortune, why not give it a go?


I have put up a new Diary for 2010 races, linked from the home page, but of course many race dates are not yet finalised. If you can give me any missing ones I would be grateful.


The current ice and snow can make running conditions tricky, but many members are still going out, both off-road and around the town. We know that Monday and Wednesday evenings mean training sessions so please come along as normal if you are happy running under the conditions each night. Where and when we can, we shall continue to have coached sessions as normal, but if the coaches consider that it is too risky then the training session is officially cancelled. What happens then is up to individual members of course, but most go for a run anyway and are sensible about the risks.


Happy New Year to all Shufflers, and their friends and families. I hope 2010 is a brilliant running year for everyone. Through the wonders of modern technology, although I am thousands of miles away at the moment, I learn and can pass on the good news that the Choco Challenge is being extended to 17th January (see below for details.)


We have added some images to the Haughmond Handicap Chase section of the website and a better course description. We have also provided a link to enter on-line as well as the normal mail entry form. Let us know what you think of these changes.
I am going to be away for Christmas so to all our friends and members, a Happy Christmas, a Brilliant New Year, and a successful, injury free, PBfull 2010.


There will be normal Monday and Wednesday club training nights over the Christmas break, but the track Thursdays have been cancelled for Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve.
Monday 21st will be the chip buttie night at the Boathouse and I have no doubt that many Shufflers will turn out decorated in (in)appropriate dress for the training run.

Mortimer Forest

We have had a request that as there are not many parking places at the Mortimer Forest race, we should try to share transport. I suggest that we could maybe meet at Dobbies at say 09:00 on the Sunday morning and sort things out then. Any comments, just email me by clicking here.

Choc - o

Again this year joint Wrekin Orienteer & Shuffler Andy Clough is putting on the Choc O challenge over the Christmas period on the Longmynd. Details can be found on the Wrekin website here. The markers will be out on the Mynd from Sunday Dec 20th until Sunday Jan 3rd, and all Shufflers are welcome to have a go.

Off Road

The next off road Monday will be next year, on January 4th. We shall meet at the Yew Tree pub in All Stretton and go and find some muddy tracks in Gogbatch. As usual, chip butties in the pub afterwards. Last night we went from Little Stretton and had a glorious clear night sky and full moon to run under although it was a bit frosty on the tops.

X Country

I'm afraid we won't be entering any teams in the County Cross Country races this year. The normal January date was brought forward to December and most of the regulars had other commitments so we have not been able to enter. With luck, the organisers will revert to January for next season and we can go and recover our old glory!

Off Road

The next full moon Monday will be upon us next week, so the off-road group will be running over the hills again. Venue is Little Stretton, park in the pub car park or by the stream. As before, head torches are essential, body cover necessary, pub chips afterwards optional.


Last night we held the draw for the five lucky members to get club places in the London Marathon next April. They were, Sarah Williams, Lee Jones, Sharron Richardson, Richard Orme, and Neil Davies. Congratulations to them and commiserations to those who whose names were not drawn from the hat.
There was some confusion concerning eligibility for the draw and we should apologise to members who were not aware of this. There are two conditions to be entered in the draw. Firstly, of course, you have to have a rejection slip from the London Marathon organisers and secondly, you have to have been a Shuffler when you applied to London, which effectively means before the end of April. This latter rule is to stop people joining the Shufflers after getting a London rejection, just to get in our draw. I am sorry this wasn't made clear to everyone before they handed their slips in to Liz.

Wrekin Wrecker

Yesterday it rained! Not really a News Item in itself, but it set the conditions for the Wrekin Wrecker. The name comes from the fact that the 8 miles race (with over 3,000 ft of ascent) wrecks the runners, not the Wrekin, and is a favourite (???) amongst local fell runners. Val Swingler was First Lady home with Liz Salisbury and Colin Williamson both winning their age categories. Liz Hird was there with her camera and the images can be seen on our Flickr site. If you want to see more there are plenty at Alastair Tye's fell running pictures website
Don't forget that it's a Chip Butty Night tonight, after the training session.


If you would like to see more pictures of Shufflers 'racing' have a look at Phil Johnson's pages here. Thanks to Sharron for her tip-off, but she featured in the wet T-shirt feature there last year !

Awards Evening

'A Brilliant evening' was the general opinion after last night's awards dinner at the football club. The award winners were :-
Most Outstanding Performance - Val Swingler and Tim Devanney
Senior Award - Andy Prosser
Most Improved Runner - Ione Dowson
Veterans' Award - Colin Williamson
Coaches' Award - Lin Osborne and Jerry Kurek
Services to the Club - Sue Ottey
Club Championships - Carol Beard and Colin Williamson
Runners' Runner - Jerry Kurek
Beginners' Award - Geoff Black
Cock-up Award - Simon and Ione Dowson
Congratulations to all of them and thanks to Carol for all the organising.Pictures are on the Flickr site here.

Club Championships

Over 130 members completed races in the Championships this year, nearly 20% up on last year. The final results were not known until the last few days with several runners emailing me their results right to the end of October. As we announced at the Awards Dinner last night (see above) the Club Champions this year are Carol Beard and Colin Williamson and to see how your points added up, just click here.

X Country Champs.

I have just heard that the County Cross Country Championship Races are to be held on Saturday, December 12th at Lillieshall. I know that it is a busy time but if you can help make up a Shufflers' team please let me know as soon as possible by clicking here. -9/11/09

Mad Jack's Five

Yesterday the second Mad Jack's Five was run at Attingham Park and 35 Shufflers took part. Congratulations to all of them but especially to Dave Humphreys, Libby Collinson, Liz Salisbury and Colin Williamson, all of whom won their age categories and to David Carson, Alan Morris, David Kerr, Barbara Cole, and Carole Morgan who were placed in theirs. Thanks too to the supporters, especially those who watched us wading thigh deep through the pond just 200m before the finishing line! -6/11/09

More Help Needed

The County Cross Country race is to be held in January and I normally make the arrangements by collecting names and completing the forms. This year, however, I shall be away for the Christmas period so I need someone to take on the organiser's role. If you'd like to offer or would like to know more details first just click here. -6/11/09


Following the committee meeting this week, a few News Items
The draw for the London places will be on November 23rd at the Chip Buttie night at the Boathouse. Any rejection emails or letters should be sent to Liz straight away.
Helen will be retiring as Treasurer at the AGM next February, so we are looking for her successor. Helen tells me that the job is neither tricky nor time consuming but of course it is important. If you would be willing to help us by volunteering, please could you reply by clicking here.
We need a Press Officer ! Someone who would be happy writing a few race reports and sending them to the local press on an occasional basis. There must be a Shuffler somewhere who can string a few words together? If you can help, please offer by clicking here.

Awards Dinner

Discover who are the Club Champions, who is the members' favourite "runners' runner" and above all who has won the coveted Cock-up award. This year's awards dinner is less than 2 weeks away now so don't miss out ! Download a form by clicking here, and email it to Carol right away. -2/11/09

Championship last plea

I shall start the calculations for the Club Championships this weekend. Please could you check your race times to make sure I haven't missed one of your races or got your time wrong. The results will be announced at the club Awards Dinner on November 13th - see 22nd October News item below for details. -30/10/09

Car Sticker Suggestions

I Run with the Pack, with the Shropshire Shufflers
Shufflers by name, but Sprinters by nature
The Shropshire Shufflers are Ace
I lost weight with the Shropshire Shufflers
I'm fast, I'm a Shropshire Shuffler
ANY more? -28/10/09

Off Road & races

The next of the off-road alternative Mondays is on November 2nd. We are meeting at the Stiperstones pub just before seven o'clock. Body cover, whistle and of course a headlight please. Chips afterwards.
Congratulations to our club president, Martin Ottey, and to the other intrepid Shufflers who did the Snowdonia marathon on Saturday in horrible conditions. Meanwhile Libby Collinson was 2nd in the Worksop half, and last weekend both she and Dave Humphreys won their categories in the Bells of Pattingham race. -26/10/09

Awards Dinner

This year's Awards Dinner is to be held on November 13th as you have seen from the Newsletter. You can download a form here and email it to Carol instead of entrusting it to the post under the current circumstances. -22/10/09


Aching legs, bruised and blistered feet, lack of sleep and a tired, tired body. These are a few of the signs that you have just completed a 50 mile non-stop run/climb/jog/walk including 8,000 feet of climbing that make up the Long Mynd Hike. But the overriding effect is an incredible elation that you have just finished one of the most gruelling events on the calendar. Congratulations to the Shufflers that did it this weekend, there are lots of images on our Flickr account which you can access via the Gallery section.
STOP PRESS, Val Swingler was First Lady home - brilliantly done Val. -05/10/09


The Stretton Skyline is one of the toughest fell races of the summer, normally considered to take runners as long as their marathon times. Last Sunday Val Swingler was first lady home in 3:06, a fantastic result. Well Done Val. -18/09/09


Well Done to the 60 Shufflers who completed the Vyrnwy half marathon yesterday. I know for many of them that it was their first half marathon, so extra congratulations to them. Weather was fine and sunny, maybe a little too warm for PBs but Carole Morgan and Colin Williamson both got category placings. There's a group photograph here and the overall results can be found here. -14/09/09


The local race series have now finished and Shufflers were well represented again. The Nesscliffe Nasty was the final Pentarathon race and category placings went to Andrew Williams, Phil Hammond, Wendy Marston, Martin Ottey and Colin Williamson. In the Pentarathon Series overall Andrew and Phil both came second in their age categories.
Over in Telford Carol Beard kept the Shufflers' flag flying by coming second in the Sexarathon Series.
And on the fells, both Colin Williamson and Val Swingler had successes in the Summer Series.
The Wolverhampton Half-Marathon was a milestone for Shuffler Dave Lacey as it was his 150th half marathon and his 400th race overall !
Congratulations to all of them. -10/09/09

Doug Morris

The Doug Morris bench was unveiled this weekend, just near the Vyrnwy half marathon start. Over 60 runners and friends were there including quite a few Shufflers who knew Doug. Alastair Tye took some photographs and they can be seen at here. If you are doing the Vyrnwy half on the 13th, don't forget to have a little sit and remember. -31/08/09


Every May, Martin and Sue introduce about 50 beginners to running and the Shufflers. They promise (threaten ? ) them that they will all run 10k by the end of August and, true to their word, 43 certificates were given out on Monday night to 43 people who can now call themselves 'runners' as they had all completed the 10k. Supported by an equal number of members every one finished the course in under 90 minutes and the first home was in an impressive 54 minutes. Congratulations to all of them and to the coaches who have helped then become runners and, we hope, 43 new members. -26/08/09

Records Updated

Oooh Dear, I know this will cause a lot of emails. I have put on the website a table of the club records at most distances and for most age groups. The issue is that they were kept up to 1996 by Dave Lacy and he has passed these old ones to me, but as far as I know, no-one has kept them since then. Now, I know that many of these records have been broken in the last 12 years, but I don't know which ones, by whom nor when. So, if you have a more recent record please let me know and provide the evidence ! 'records' supported only by memory will not be accepted! To view the table please click here .
OK, I have updated it by trawling through a few websites so a more recent version and the HHC and Club Time Trials is available by clicking here . You can also access the latest version from the front page menu.

Market Drayton Muller 10k

I counted 35 Shufflers completing the Muller 10k today, but I see from the results that 61 Shufflers actually did it including a few who used it as a 'get-back-to-racing-after-London' idea. Well done to all of them, just think if every Shuffler wore a club vest at the races, the impact would be fantastic. Pictures as always on our Flickr account which you can get to by clicking here, and the results can be found here.


Results have been updated so that runners' numbers are listed which means you can put names to all the faces that are now on our Flickr account which you can get to by clicking here
To see the full results click here.


Records tumbled today in the third annual Haughmond Handicap Chase. Both the mens' and the womens' records were smashed as Paul Ward and Michelle Clarke won in good running conditions, fairly chilly but the threatened downpour never materialised. Thanks to all the Shufflers and others who marshalled and organised, everything seemed to go smoothly, which is what we have come to expect from Alan's team. To see the full (provisional) results click here.


Bank Holiday Monday sees the first of our beginners' sessions. This is aimed at people over 18 who want to start running, get back into running, get fitter, loose weight or any other reason. Come along to the Quarry, by the Bandstand, at about five to seven and join in. The first session will not be too strenuous (although it should stretch you) but by September you will all be able to run 10k, because we set up a special event just for that purpose. The amazing thing is that it will cost you nothing, but of course, we hope that enjoy it so much that you will want to join the club and become a regular Shuffler.


Not all the Shufflers were running or watching London yesterday, nine were in Stratford running either the half or full marathon. Special congratulations to Helena, Nigel and Mary for doing the full one! I have added the adjusted times to the championship points table which you can see by clicking click here.


What a great race ! Twelve brilliant Shufflers showed that all the training paid off on this glorious day in London. Congratulations to:
Paul Gresty, 3:15
Val Swingler, 3:25
Pete Booth, 3:41
Libby Collinson, 3:51
Carole Morgan, 4:07
Richard Bailey, 4:15
Cynthia Ashcroft, 4:34
Paul Williams, 4:42
Juan Reyes-Montes, 4:36
Liz Hird, 5:00
Linda Black, 5:15
Lindsey Stanborough, 6:21
For other results go to the excellent FLM website here

Lots of News

The new beginners' course will start on Monday 4th May at just before seven in the Quarry by the bandstand. For insurance reasons, no juniors please, minimum age is 18.
Don't forget that this Wednesday there is no meeting at the Column as it is a Haughmond Hill Chip Butty night. Meet at Uffington Village Hall at about 18:50hrs.
Martin tells me that some of the club vests have arrived, well in time for London - see him on Monday club night.
As the Fitness Studio at the baths has now closed, Martin's Circuit Training is moving to the London Road Sports Centre on Friday evenings at 8 till 9. The next one will be on the 24th April.
Andrew was (un)official photographer at the Wrekin Fell Race recently, the first batch of images are on our Flickr site here
-07/ 04/09

Haughmond Handicap Help

Alan Morris is hoping that lots of Shufflers will volunteer again to help marshal this year's race on May 4th. It is always great fun and it is a brilliant way of putting something back into the club. No experience is needed, just some warm clothes and a willingness to give up three hours on the bank holiday morning. As a special bonus to members, if you want to run the race (and who wouldn't) then you can have a half price entry if you can also provide a marshal who isn't a club member. Go on, click here. and tell Alan you'd be delighted to help. If you'd like to know more about it click here and then call or email Alan

Andrew's dog

ok, why is Andrew running with his dog? The answer is CaniX - the sport of running off-road with your dog. Andrew and his dog were in a demonstration at Crufts recently and clearly both have top class pedigrees. If you would like to know more about it try clicking here.

See what happens when I ask for news :-))


A weblog (blog) has been set up to allow discussion and collaboration among Shropshire's running community. Members will be able to advertise and discuss races, discuss injuries or post comments on any topic that is likely to be of interest to other Shropshire runners. Find it by clicking here

X country !

Will, Andrew and Nick have sent lots of pictures which you can see on our Flickr account by clicking here.


In yesterday's freezing weather 24 valiant Shufflers represented their club in the annual County Cross Country Championship races at Lilleshall. It was bitterly cold with a mean wind, but vests and exposed knees were the order of the day, plus a few thermal layers where needed. James Paddock in his first ever cross country race was 8th in the men's race - brilliant result considering the high quality of the field. The Vet women did us proud too, bring home the second team prize, congratulations to Louise Dermot, Sharon Richardson and Sue Whittingham. Molly Richarson took lots of pictures which you can see on our Flickr account by clicking here.


Dave Woodvine has established a Facebook group for Shufflers which you can access and join by clicking here.

Membership Renewals

Membership renewal forms went out in December as the renewal date is January 1st. There are still quite a number of Shufflers who haven't yet got round to returning it to Brian, if you are one of them please could you do it as soon as possible. Don't forget that if you haven't renewed by the end of January then we shall strike you off the list, you won't get the next Newsletter and you will have to pay an extra £5 rejoining fee!


As you know, the club gets a few places in the London Marathon and we draw these out of a hat containing the names of members who missed out on the official draw. The lucky members drawn out on Monday were :-
Richard Bailey
Liz Hird
Linda Black
Pete Booth
Eileen Williams
So, for the unlucky ones, don't forget that there are lots of charity places still available and I hope that the lucky members also manage to raise funds for their favourite charity to help keep the London Marathon the UKs largest charitable event.


I rarely put up 'commercials' in this News section (unless they are for the Shufflers of course) and I don't think I've ever recommended a YouTube site. However, I was complaining the other evening about the cold weather and was duly reprimanded by being sent sent a link to see what running in the cold is really about. Watch it and you will never complain about cold feet again........ever!
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Club Championships

Sorry that I haven't launched the club championship results up on the website sooner but I have not been well (aaaaah !). Anyway, they are up now and if you click here. then all should be revealed. I am sure that some errors must have crept in as thousands of results were used, so if you think you have been badly done by just drop me a line by clicking here, and complaining!

Awards Night

The Shufflers' Annual Awards Dinner was held last night at a new venue - the new football stadium, and what a resounding success it was. As various committee members announced the winners, the gasps of delight and applause from the 80 Shufflers present could be heard as far away as the old football ground! The winners were:-

The quiz (thanks to Shirley) was won by team Hird Instinct although the prize Quality Street was consumed before the night's dancing was over and special thanks go to Carol Beard for organising such a successful event.

Sunday 12th October

I know that it is a bit unusual to have a date as the headline here, but today was one of the most glorious running days we've had for a long time, and I felt that I had to record the fact! I hope everyone was tempted to go out, especially on the hills. The Breiddens fell race was well supported as usual although not as many red, white and blue vests as last year. Sue W, Val and Colin each won their categories, and as they all did well in the Hike last weekend, perhaps a 50 miler the week before is good preparation for an AM fell race!

Five Peaks Challenge - New images added Wednesday

Strictly speaking not a Shufflers event, but our Alan Morris organised a challenge that will be remembered for years to come! 47 of us ran, scrambled, walked and crawled up the highest mountains in England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Ireland, all in 48 hours. This added up to 42 miles on our feet, 18299 ft of climbing (Everest is only 29000) and, just as hard on the body, over 1400 miles in the coach. To see the pictures go to our Flickr site by clicking here. If you have any more pictures, please email them to me at here
or email me for an address to post them to me on a CD, and I'll add them to the Flickr set. Congratulations to all the runners who did it, hope the stiffness wears off soon, and massive thanks to Alan and his team for the organisation, and to Pauline and Marion for the peaks of wonderful food.
- 30/06/08

Haughmond Results

Many thanks to Jill Leventon for doing all the results for us on the race day and checking them all again afterwards. To see how you and your friends got on, or to identify the runners in the Flickr site, just click here.
- 08/05/08


Wel, everyone now knows who the club champions are for 2007, but if you'd like to see where you came, all the results are now up on the website, Some of the actual points awarded at individual races have changed from the original postings, mainly because of typos and wrong birthdays. If anyone thinks that their results are not right, please email me and I'll put the corrections through
Grand summary here.
Vyrnwy here.
Rhayader here.
Market Drayton 10k here.
Park Hall 5k here.
Ragleth fell race here.
Time trials here.
Wenlock Olympics here.
- 02/12/07

Dinner Awards

It was the annual Christmas Dinner and Dance last Friday and, of course, the eagerly awaited awards were presented as follows.

As Chairman Ron Ball said, 'This year the awards were really difficult to decide, as there were so many deserving candidates for them. I am sure that you will all join me in congratulating them'. - 25/11/07

Club Champs

Well, all the seven races counting towards the Club Championships have been run, analysed, adjusted and points awarded. I have changed a few of the earlier ones as birthdays became known and a few anomolies corrected. Each set of race results in draft form can be found as below, but I haven't put up the running totals as they all have to be checked before the Club Champions are announced at the dinner on November 23rd. If you think you have been robbed of points or the wrong age or time attributed to you, please let me know asap and I shall endeavour to correct them on my return in November.
Vyrnwy here.
Rhayader here.
Market Drayton 10k here.
Park Hall 5k here.
Ragleth fell racehere.
Time trials here.
Wenlock Olympics here.
- 16/10/07

Doug Morris

Very sad news to announce today. Doug Morris, the 'father of running in Oswestry' died whilst out running on Saturday. Please find the time to leave a tribute to Doug here

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Haughmond Hill

Well, what a brilliant sucess our first race was !! Organised by Alan Morris, the inaugural Haughmond Hill Handicap Chase was run today. As you might recall, the slowest runners set off first with the fastest starting about an hour later, with everyone else in between according to their (claimed) 10 mile time. With perfect handicapping everyone should have arrived at the finish together but luckily for the crew at the tape, the runners were spread over about 30 minutes. Timing was by electronic 'dibbers' (thanks to Jill Leventon) and we think this is the first time that a handicapped start race with electronic timing has been run in the UK. So, everybody did a PB for the race and all the winners are now course record holders. Thanks to all the marshalls and helpers and to the rain for holding off whilst the race was in progress. The mens' race was won by Paul Ward from Wrekin Road Runners and the first lady home was Mel Price from Mercia Fellrunners. To see the full results click here - 07/05/07

Dinner Awards

At the annual Christmas Dinner and Dance this evening the following awards were made.

As Martin said at the dinner, 'This year the awards were really difficult to decide, as there were so many deserving candidates for most of them. I am sure that you will all agree that all these runners deserve our congratulations'. - 24/11/06

Dinner Dance Awards
This years event was again a spectacular success, with all tickets sold well in advance. Award winners were

- 26/11/05

Membership Fees
As agreed at the last AGM, membership fees will increase on January 1st 2006 as follows

- 21/11/05

Club Awards
Friday, 26th November saw 78 Shufflers and their partners at the Four Crosses in Bicton for the annual dinner, dance and awards celebrations. The awards presented were:
Tudor Award for Most Outstanding PerformanceDebbie Thomas
Barrett Trophy for Most Improved RunnerColin Williamson
Terry Campion Vets Rose BowlJanet Edwards
Shufflers Shield for Services to the ClubMartin Ottey
Senior AwardHuw Dolphin
Coaches AwardJackie Hendrie
Coaches AwardPhil Hammond
Dave Sutcliffe Beginners AwardPaula Jones
Cock Up AwardColin Williamson
Cock Up AwardSue Candy
Runners Runner AwardRobbie Craig
"Excellent awards, excellent food, excellent company, but why didn't I win the raffle?" was Jenny York's summary of the evening. - Colin - 02/12/2004