Sent: Thursday, December 15, 2005 1:14 AM
Subject: V S Update

Tracey gets "qualifying" time for Commonwealth Games


Congratulations to Tracey who won the Bedford half marathon in 76:36, and in doing so proved her fitness to the Welsh selectors such that on 19 March 2006 she will be in Melbourne on the start line of the Commonwealth Games Marathon.


Harrogate Ringway Relay


The date has now been announced as Sunday 8 January.  This clashes with our Club Handicap.


We have some choices:

(a) Bring the Club Handicap forward to Monday 2 January but NB Leo’s won’t be open.

(b) Leave Club Handicap on Sunday 8 January – don’t enter Ringway

(c) Move the Club Handicap back to Sunday 15 January NB this is the day after the Yorks x-c


Another thought was to run parts of the Harrogate Ringway ourselves on Monday 2 January.  I have some ideas for this how Striders could run 1 leg, 2 legs or all 5 legs


London Marathon Club Entries


Unfortunately we missed the deadline for submitting our application by just one day.  Therefore I regret to announce that we have no club entries for 2006.


We sincerely apologise to Kay, Eric, Hayley and Mivvy who failed in our the Striders ballot for 2005 and were designated to have first call over these club entries for 2006.  They will automatically get first call for 2007 i.e. if they apply for 2007 and get rejected (which will be 3 times in a row) they will get the club places.


Regarding those of you that have been rejected for 2006 (for the first time), we apologise to you too.  If 2 or more of the above 4 Striders get in through the London ballot for 2007 or do not want to run in 2007, there will be some club places still available.  We will decide how these places are allocated nearer the time.  So please let me know if you have been rejected so your names can be on the reserve list for 2007.


Calderdale Way Results


So close in all the categories


1 Bingley Harriers 5:59:49

2 Dark Peak 6:00:06

9 Bowland Vets 6:22:03

10 Horwich Vets 6:23:39

33 Pudsey & Bramley Mixed 7:25:04

35 Stainland Lions Mixed 7:26:52

36 Bingley Ladies 7:28:18

37 Valley Striders Mixed 7:33:49

38 Ilkley H Ladies 7:34:28

41 Valley Striders A  7:37:19


Harewood Trail declared profits


The final total profit including entry fees, donations, sponsorship (from runners and companies), refreshments, etc was £3,749.  Thank you again to everyone who helped before and/or on the day.


Meanwood Trail (Saturday 8 April 2006)


The votes are now in, and I am pleased to announce that, for 2006, the profits will again go to Lineham Farm.


This race cannot take place without your support and we need about 60 Striders to help on the day for the junior and senior races.  Please put the date in your diary!


We also need volunteers to hand out race entry forms at a few local races.  Thanks to Michael and Sheila Grant for doing so at the West Yorks cross country.  The next event is the Chevin Chase on Boxing Day.  Please email me if you are free to do this.


Late Grand Prix results


Mick Wrench shot to the top of the Any Other Marathon category with 2:54:17 at Benidorm.  Well done, Mick!


Also at Benidorm, running the half marathon, were Dick Dale 1:49:31, and former Strider, now aged 72, George Dawson who ran 2:03:45.


Northern Ireland 10k Championships


Results included 3rd claim Strider Tim Crossland 7th, 31:32,  Natalie Crossland 46:39 and Paul White 42:35 (4th M55)


Valley Striders Grand Prix 2006


Following the success of the VS GP 2005, with a record number of participants, we have made a few minor changes to the format for 2006 which are summarised as follows:"


3 categories - short road, medium road and fell/trail - have each been increased from 5 to 6 races.  There will again be 5 long races, 4 handicaps and 4 cross-countries so the total number of races will be 31.


As last year, there will be an "Any Other Marathon" category


As last year, you can choose between the Spen 20 and East Hull 20, best time to count, but these are on different Sundays in 2006 so you can run both and choose your best time.


And in the short road category we have selected two 3-race series, at Esholt and Hyde Park.  At each of these you can run 1, 2, or all 3 races, your best time to count.


Points are awarded at each race 100 for first Strider, 99 for second, 98 for third etc


You need to try to run at least one race in 5 different categories.  There is a small penalty if you run fewer than 5 categories.


And you need to run a minimum of 8 races to qualify for a 2006 Grand Prix T-shirt.


Short Road

Dewsbury 10K (5.2.06 9.30am)

Rothwell 10K (30.4.06)

Esholt 5K (May, best of 3)

Hyde Park 5K (July, August, Sept – best of 3)

Pudsey 10K (July)

Leeds Abbey Dash 10K (November)


Medium Road

Brass Monkey Half (22.1.06 10am)

Leeds Half (21.5.06)

Thirsk 10 (June)

Eccup 10 (July)

Bishop Wilton Half (22.7.06)

Selby Half (October)


Long (Road and Trail)

Rombalds Stride (February)

Spen 20 (12.3.06) or East Hull 20 (19.3.06)

London Marathon (23.4.06)

Burley Bridge (November)

Any Other Marathon


VS Handicap

Winter (January)

Spring (April)

Summer (July)

Autumn (September)


Cross Country

West Yorks X-C (October)

West Yorks X-C (November)

West Yorks X-C (November)

West Yorks X-C (December)


Trail and Fell

Chevin Chase (26.12.05 11am)

Baildon (2.4.06)

Jack Bloor (May)

Settle Hills (July)

Round Hill (August)

Withins Skyline (October)


Xmas meal


One or two spaces may be available, phone Steve O 239 1946


Any more votes for “Also Ran Trophy” and “Marathon Performance of the Year”?


Leeds Country Way pots and Harewood Trail beer bottles


I still have about 28 pots and 12 bottles of beer in the back of my car, so please claim them as soon as possible as my fuel economy figures are very low due to this extra weight.