Dorking Ten Mile Road Race 2016 Race Report – Ewan Bate

On Sunday 5 June, Dorking and Mole Valley AC organised and executed yet another stellar Dorking 10 on its 31st occasion providing a 10 mile route of outstanding beauty (to compensate for the horrible climbs) for close to 500 athletes.

As the competitors congregated at the start of the course and club chairman, John Jelly, spoke words of wisdom and encouragement, 5 minutes prior to the official start Gary Donald, the race’s solo wheelchair competitor, and blind runner Louise Simpson and her guide set off to rapturous applause from the runners and spectators.

As the beaming sun shone over the roads of Dorking and Brockham, the Dorking 10 would bring to light a new Surrey 10 Mile Men’s Champion, as John Sanderson of Guildford and Godalming, last year’s winner, did not take part. This year’s race would be one to be remembered.

Right from word ‘Go’, Ben Savill of Croydon Harriers and Jack Parslow of Dacorum and Tring burst their way to the front of the field, passing the first mile marker in 5:20. As the race proceeded, the tactics became apparent: the long strides of Parslow tucked in behind the short, rapid steps of Savilll This partnership passed the half-way point in 27:28 and later reached mile 7 in 38:21 when the surge of Andrew Brooker, MABAC league supremo, saw him come within about 100 metres of the leaders.

And so, the race went on and fortunately, to the spectators’ excitement, the gap between Parslow and Savill was negligible going onto the field of Dorking Rugby Club, which meant only one thing; a sprint finish was afoot. Parslow, as if the first 9.9 miles were just a mere warm-up, found his sixth gear and brushed Savill aside in a truly Mo Farah-esque finishing kick to become Dorking 10 Men’s Champion in a time of 54:56, with a shattered Savill finishing 3 seconds back and Andrew Brooker taking the final position on the rostrum in a time of 56:10.

In the women’s competition, Annabel Granger of Bristol & West AC proved to the streets of Dorking that you didn’t need a sprinting kick to win as she blew away the rest of the field over the 10 miles, much like Georgie Bruinvels last year, to take the title in a time of 62:31 followed by Samantha Ludlow Taylor from Guildford & Godalming in 63:33 and Isobel Rea from West 4 Harriers in 64:17.

From Dorking and Mole Valley AC, the crowd were delighted to see twelve home club athletes finish with Stuart Prentice leading the men home in 64:48 and Louise Schlaeppi being the first woman home in 79:22.

If this year’s running of the event, so to speak, was anything to go by, Dorking 10 2017 should be an absolute spectacle.

Surrey County Track & Field Championships 14th & 15th May 2016

The Surrey County Championship at Kingston was well supported as usual but not many DMVAC members competed. On the Saturday,  Bruce Harrold (a veteran in track and field) ran a controlled 5,000m starting steadily and picking up runners in the second half to place 5th in 16 min’s 15.09 secs.  Charlie Wyllie ran in the U/20 1500m being just unable to follow the pace on the last lap burn up, finishing 4th in  4 min’s 8 secs.  Sophia Hervouvin was 6th in a heat of the ladies U/17 100m in 14.12 secs.

The only medal of the day was a bronze for senior Kasia Kublik-Okon with a season’s best discus throw of 28.77 metres.  U/15 sprinters Marcus Austin and Thomas Hughes took part in the very competitive 100m with the former 6th in his heat 13.47 secs.  Thomas won his heat in 12.56 secs, was 4th in semi-final in 12.35 secs and 5th in the final (12.16). On Sunday the boys were back for the 200m with Thomas Hughes again reaching the final.  After coming 2nd in his heat (24.83 secs) he was 3rd in the semi-final in an identical time and 5th in the final (25.01 secs).  Marcus was 5th in his heat in 26.85 secs.

Ben Brunswick cam back from University to run strongly in the U/20 800m being narrowly beaten into 2nd place for a well deserved Silver medal (1.59.07 secs).  In 3,000m races Cameron Smith placed 9th out of 18 under 15’s in a time of 10 min’s 34.06, with Fred Geen 9th U/17 in 10 min’s 36:14.  Ewan  Bate ran really determinedly in the U/171500m to record a good PB of 4 min’s 21.75 secs in 4th position.

Juniors Shine at Surrey XC Matches 7th November

Junior and Senior ladies before the match

Junior and Senior ladies before the match

At the last week’s Surrey ladies cross country match at Esher under 17’s Hannah Morris and Lowri Morris (not related) ran really well in the senior race.  Hannah (aged 16) was 1st DMV runner in 37th position with a time of 28 min’s 04 whilst 15 year old Lowri  was 3rd scorer in 29.01 (60th).  With her Guildford rival absent, Elsa Palmer had no difficulty in winning the combined U/15 and U/17 girls race in 16 mins 50 sec.  Tess Johnson was 23rd (20.14) with the Schlaeppi sisters Holly and Leah 34th and 36th (22.11 and 25.53 with the team 4th  on 94 points. An inexperienced U/13 team had Ella Morris in 41st position in 15.55 with Ellie Jordan timed at 16.21 (47th) and Amelia Brien 51st (17.05).  Poppy Wakelin finished quickly in 17.18 with Ellie Ranger recording 18.18 and Grace Penfold  19.17.

The boys raced at Wimbledon Common with a good turnout especially of the under 13’s who unfortunately have to race with the under 15’s and under 17’s.  Oscar Subh-Symons was first DMV runner home in 15.37 (7th U/17), with Ewan Bate 3rd U/15 in 15.53 and an impressive performance from Joe Palmer saw him placed 4th U/13 in 16.26.  Jack Goodman was 17th U/13 in a time of 17.03 with under 15’s Cameron Smith and George Robert-Shaw 20th and 27th in their age group (17.34 & 18.23). Oscar Robert-Shaw was only 4 seconds behind his older brother in leading home a group of DMV U/13’s (32nd).  Next to finish was Hal Johnson (39th in 19.36) with Jasper Spurden (42nd/20.01), John Spillane (43rd/ 20.09), Josh Earl (47th/20.52) and Noah Brown (51st in 21.59).

International Success for Elsa Palmer

Dorking and Mole Valley Athlete Elsa Palmer capped a successful season of competition by winning individual Silver and Great Britain team Gold at the Biathle World Championships in Batumi, Georgia. Biathle is a continuous run-swim-run event and Elsa, who is also a member of Leatherhead Swimming Club, competed over 500m/100m/500m event. Her GB team triumphed over the South African (silver) and Russian (bronze) teams. Also in the GB team was her father, Mark Palmer (also a DMVAC member), who won Masters GB team Silver and placed 5th individually. 35 countries and over 500 competitors competed at the World Championships. Nationally, Elsa placed 2nd in the GB Biathle Championships series, held at various venues around the country.

Most recently, Elsa won her age category at the Hever Castle Triathlon Festival, with her brother Joseph Palmer coming 2nd in his race category. There were races for all adult and childrens’ age groups (aged 8 and over) at several different distances. The triathlon festival claims to hold the World Record for the largest children’s triathlon.

Earlier in the season, Elsa competed in the prestigious English Schools National Track and Field championships at Gateshead International Stadium, placing 7th in the final. She followed her success at national level by winning Silver in both the 1500 metres and the 3000 metres track and field events at the South of England Championships, held at the Bedford International Athletic Stadium, home of Paula Radcliff’s athletics club (Bedford & County AC). She completed the track and field season in late August, placing 10th in the England Athletics Championships, also held at Bedford.

Elsa is now preparing to defend her titles, later this coming season, as current Surrey Cross-country and Surrey Modern Biathlon Champion.

DMVAC Runners Sail to Alderney to Compete in Half Marathon

the crew of the yacht Bagadeus

The crew of the yacht Bagadeus

The crew of the yacht Bagadeus sailed from the Hamble (near Southampton) across to the English Channel to the Channel Islands to compete in the Alderney Half Marathon (and 10k) on 5 September. Five of the crew were from Mole Valley, four of them running for Dorking and Mole Valley Athletics Club.

Left to right: Dave Sheridan (DMVAC, 8th in the half, 1:51:37); Nigel Green (Run to Live RC: 5th, 1:46:54); Rob McCaffrey (DMVAC, 3rd, 1:37:13); Becki Palser (unattached, 2nd lady, 1:56:59); Hamish Cardno (DMVAC, 27th in 10k, 56:12) and Stuart Aikman (DMVAC, 13th, 2:07:22).

The runners (sailors?) also visited the timeless island of Sark, and had a memorable night-sail back across the channel, under the Milky Way, using the stars for navigation, seeing the blood-red moon rising from the waters and with bioluminescent jellyfish lighting the yacht’s wake.


Ebbisham League for Junior Boys dates confirmed

The three match dates and venues for the Ebbisham League have been confirmed as follows:

  • 19 April: David Weir Stadium, Sutton
  • 14 June: Woodcote School, Coulsden
  • 2 July: Stompond Lane Stadium, Walton

There are track and field events in two scoring age groups:

  • U15s (for lads in Years 8 and 9) and
  • U13s (for lads in Years 6 and 7).

There are also non-scoring track and field events in U11s (a great chance for some of the younger lads to get experience of a track meeting) and U17s (i.e. Years 10 and 11).


In each U13 and U15 event there are up to 2 scorers per team, but we can enter any number of non-scorers as well which is an ideal opportunity for people to try a new event or to secure a PB in a favoured event even if they aren’t one of the two nominated scorers. Everyone can compete in a maximum of 3 events + the relay.

The Team Manager, Lawrence Bate (, will be organising up teams and encourages non-scorers to join in as well. Venue details are included in the Fixture list match details.

The 34th Hercules Wimbledon Young Athletes Open Meeting, Wimbledon Park Stadium, April 12th, 2015

Following last year’s highly successful re-location of this major meeting from Crystal Palace to our home stadium at Wimbledon Park, we will be staging it there again this year on April 12th. As always we look forward to a fun curtain raiser to the track and field season, with some keen competition for your athletes.

Now in its 34th year, the meeting includes events from U11 to U20. U20 men and women also have the rare opportunity to test themselves over the mile distance, in the Dave Clarke Mile (separate races for both men and women), for which there are cash prizes for the first three places. One of Britain’s finest cross country runners (representing GB eleven times), and the current Club Chairman, Dave is also one of Hercules Wimbledon AC’s best known track athletes, who set his best time of 3:56.95 for the mile at Crystal Palace in 1982.


The closing date for entries is Friday, 20th March.

Athletes can enter and pay online via (or download the printable form) and view the timetable there too.

Parking at the Stadium is limited, but it is easily accessible by public transport. The nearest tube station is Southfields on the District Line, and the number 39 and 493 buses stop just by the entrance to the Park on Wimbledon Park Road. See for a map.

Windsor MABAC Sunday 11th January

The Windsor MABAC 8 mile race was organised by MAGIC and saw the largest ever turnout with a field of over 300 runners. A minute’s silence was held before the race in memory of Ralph Henley, co-founder of the MABAC League, who died on Christmas Day.  The Windsor Event was also established by Ralph.  His son started both races, and  MABAC will be making donations to the Progressive Supranuclear Palsey Association and Marie Curie (Berkshire and Surrey); Ralph’s family expressed their wish for a donation to these charities, in lieu of flowers.

September a successful month for DMVAC athletes

Dorking and Mole Valley Athletics Club Becky Loomes was rewarded for a lot of hard work during the season with the bronze medal in the under 17 ladies heptathlon at this year’s Surrey multi-events championships at Sutton Arena.  On a windy day which affected some of the events she had a new Personal Best  in the long jump (4.92 metres a club record) and javelin (18.01 metres) also equalling her best high jump with 1.47metres.  In other events she putt the shot 7.99 metres and was timed at 13.82 secs (80 m Hurdles), 29.19 secs (200m) and 2 minutes 51 secs (800m).  The 15 year old who has no coach for her throws and jumps, had a total of 3352 points, and will be in the same age group next year.

Mark Palmer had a great experience representing GB in the world age group triathlon championships in Beijing, finishing in a superb 16th position.  After a 4.2 kms swim,he cycled 120 kms with 3,500 ft of climbing, finishing with a half marathon run all in a temperature of 23 degrees.

Missing the South of England relays because of her sister’s wedding, AFD runner Georgie Bruinvels who lives in Dorkiing, won the Hellingly 10K race in Surrey.  On a hilly course she was 5th overall, breaking the ladies record with a time of 35 minutes 36 seconds.

July 2014

DMVAC’s Luke Caldwell Competing in the Commonwealth Games

Luke first took up running when he volunteered to make up the numbers at a school cross country event as a 14 year old. He ran quite well in that race, finishing just behind a school friend who happened to be a member of DMVAC. Luke’s friend invited him to come down to Pixham Lane where he trained regularly and started to make County teams and place highly in National events.

When he was 18, Luke went to Oxford to read Physics and his 1500m time came down significantly. As a result of this, he was given the opportunity to go to the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, US, on an athletics scholarship. During his time in the US, Luke ran impressively, recording a PB of 13.29 for 5000m and was awarded the coveted “All American” sports award 5 times.

Luke made his Senior International debut running for the UK in the European Team Championships in June this year where he placed a creditable 6th.  His next goal is the Commonwealth games in Glasgow, when he will be competing for Scotland. Luke ran in the 5000m on Sunday 27th coming 13th out of a field of 25 in a time of 13:43:75. If he runs in the 10,000m, which is yet to be confirmed, it will be on Friday 1st August at 8:05pm.

First Grand Prix race completed

The first race in the club Grand Prix competition was the Badger Half Marathon held on Sunday. Twenty club members braved the muggy conditions and Dr Rob McCaffrey’s singing, to compete on the course which ran between Denbies and Norbury Park.

The next club GP race is the Wimbledon Common MABAC at 7.30pm on Tuesday 5th August. This is a super friendly, fun event with refeshments provided after the race. A good club turnout is needed to maintain our lead over Wimbledon Windmilers.

Hannah Jarvis selected to represent Wales for Snowdon Race

Club member Hannah Jarvis has been selected to represent Wales in the Snowdon International Mountain race (39th Tyn Lon Volvo International Snowdon Race / Ras Ryngwladol yr Wyddfa 2014) next weekend! This is a tough 10 miler from Llanberis to the summit and back. More about the race.