12th Meanwood Valley Junior Races

Under U.K. Athletics Rules - U.K. Athletics Licence applied for

Saturday 18th April 2015 - 10.00 a.m.

from Leodiensian Club ("Old Leos"), Crag Lane, off King Lane, Alwoodley, LS17 5PR



Thank you for your entry for the race - please find your number enclosed.

Race numbers 1-99 are for school years 3 to 6, race numbers 100-199 are for school years 7 to 12. Please check your number is in the correct range for your year!

If you are unable to run, PLEASE DO NOT GIVE YOUR NUMBER TO SOMEONE ELSE, as this might cause incorrect allocation of prizes, and could cause confusion if an accident or emergency were to occur.

Please write on the reverse of your number, in waterproof ink, emergency contact details and any medical information that may be relevant in case of emergency.


The Meanwood Valley Trail is a footpath from Woodhouse Moor near Leeds City Centre to Golden Acre Park at Bramhope. This path forms the first 7 miles of the Dales Way long distance footpath from Leeds to Bowness-on-Windermere.

Our Junior Trail Race starts and finishes at the Old Leo's Club, just 300 yards off the Meanwood Valley Trail.

The course is one lap for school years 3 to 6 and two laps for school years 7 to 12.

The route is on footpaths and grassland. There is a map of the course on the race website but please note that the rugby pitches are private land and should not be trained on prior to the race!

Competitors should note that some parts of the route will be slippery and/or muddy and/or uneven so should make sure that their running shoes will provide some grip!

This is the eleventh year of this race. We had 30 runners in 2004, and numbers have increased steadily to 100 last year. We hope to have 100 runners again this year!


All profits from the race are being donated to Lineham Farm, which, each year, gives over 1000 deserving local children a unique, rewarding and memorable holiday in the country. Over the last 14 years we have raised over 13,000. Please contact us if you would like further details of the charity or would like to raise money for them.


Promoted by Valley Striders

Course designer, Geoff Webster, and the rest of the Valley Striders Race Support Team hope you enjoy the course and the event - Good Luck!

For further information, please visit the race website:
or email v.s@virgin.net or contact Bob on Leeds 289-2830,






From Leeds City Centre and the South (including M1 and M621)
  1. Follow the A61 through the City Centre towards Harrogate for 4 miles out of Leeds
  2. On reaching the roundabout with the A6120 Outer Ring Road, turn left
  3. At the next roundabout (just before the shopping centre which includes Sainsbury's and Homebase), turn right onto King Lane
  4. Follow King Lane for approx 1 mile; there is a parade of shops on the right hand side, at the end of the parade turn left onto the drive/track to Old Leo's (there is a sign for Old Leo's, also a blue 'P' sign, but there is no roadsign for Crag Lane)
From the North East and East
  • On reaching the A6120 Outer Ring Road, follow signs for Bradford
  • Cross over the A61 (Leeds-Harrogate) roundabout, then follow (3) above.

  • From the North West and West
  • On reaching the A6120 Outer Ring Road, follow signs for York
  • Immediately after Sainsbury's supermarket (on your left), turn left at the roundabout and follow (4) above

  • From Ilkley and Otley
  • From Otley, take the A660 (towards Leeds)
  • Immediately after Bramhope, at the little roundabout, turn left up Kings Road
  • At the next T-junction, turn right, then after 200 yards bear left onto King Lane
  • Continue across a cross roads, and through a narrow left hand bend. After passing a dozen houses, the road narrows again down a hill. Two-thirds of the way down this hill, on the right hand side, is the driveway to the Clubhouse. If you reach some shops you've gone 50 yards too far!

    Providing the weather is good, there should be sufficient parking within Leos grounds. If the car park is full or you decide not to park at Leos, then PLEASE (1) don't park on King Lane (you may get a parking ticket) (2) don't park adjacent to the play area (let local residents use this) (3) don't park in the shops parking area (not fair to the shops or customers) (4) do park carefully on side streets allowing room for residents to get in and out of their drives. Thank you!


    Inside the Clubhouse, separate changing rooms for men/boys and women/girls will be available before and after the race. (NB valuables are left at your own risk).

    The Start and Finish are both less than 100 yards from the Clubhouse.

    The bar in the Clubhouse will be open after the race for competitors (soft drinks for under-18's) and for spectators!

    The bar in the Clubhouse has been recently redecorated. Please change your shoes before entering the bar. You are also requested not to bring kit-bags into the bar.

    Results will be displayed as soon as possible after the finish. All runners in the junior race will receive a full set of results for their race and a certificate showing their time and position.

    We intend to present trophies in the Clubhouse between 10:45 and 10:50 i.e. during the Senior race.


    Mail Order 01943 601581
    Shops at Leeds Road, Ilkley
    and Leeds Road, Nelson

    For a list of entries received to date, visit our website http://www.valleystriders.org.uk/trail.htm

    Please let your friends know that Late Entries for the Junior Races will be accepted on the day at 2.00 extra!