COMMITTEE MEETING (ALL WELCOME)
The first committee meeting took place a week last Tuesday, 18 Striders attended
The theme of the meeting was improving communication.
ABAC / UK Athletics - Paul gave us an update - due to the block vote of ABAC clubs, the closure of AAA of England has at least been postponed to allow further discussion and involvement of the clubs.
Meanwood Trail. Alan Hutchinson volunteered to be chief marshal. Most our regular section leaders were at the meeting and volunteered to take their places again this year. (Thank you!). Please could ALL Valley Striders make themselves available on Saturday 8th April to support the race, we need at least 60 of you to marshal or for other duties. Your start time will be between 9:30 and 10:15, depending on where you are marshalling (if you volunteer early you can choose your place). We would also like a few of you to start 08:00 to 08:30 to help lay out the route - you will be given expert instruction and then will be qualified to lead a section next year. Reply by email if you can help in any way.
Team Race Diary A calendar of events (team races and relays) that we regularly enter was discussed and a few events added. Team managers were appointed for those events in the near future. This calendar is now on the website http://www.valleystriders.org.uk/yearplan.htm . Team managers are required for the remaining events and deputy team managers are required for all events, please apply if you are interested! If there is an event you are interested in running, contact the team manager for details.
Team Manager's Checklist A checklist for Team Managers was discussed. This was to help newcomers to the position know what was required when. It was agreed that we should ask team members for race entry fees at around the time the entries were submitted, and only as a last resort collect the money on the race day or afterwards.
Vadim Kuznetsov Trophy - we discussed what this should be awarded for - watch this space!
Email Message Board - Paul Briscoe suggested this as a way of intercommunication between Striders. We will be setting up a trial for those that attended the meeting and see how this goes for two weeks with feedback at the next meeting. If you would like to be included in the trial, please email me.
NEXT`COMMITTEE MEETING (ALL WELCOME) / BIRTHDAY DRINKS / PIE'N'PEAS - TUESDAY 7 MARCH
The main topic of discussion will be the Meanwood Trail Race. We will also review the year planner and have feedback from the message board trial. Business should take no longer than 20 minutes.
This will be combined with the buying of drinks for all present by your Publicity Secretary who will recently have run his first race in his new age-group.
This will also be a pie and peas night, book these by return email to email@example.com - choose whether meat or vegetarian pie, and choose whether accompanied by peas or beans.
Note that you do not need to participate in the Committee Meeting (all welcome) to have either the pie'n'peas or the free drink.
RESULTS OF 12th FEBRUARY
Liversedge half marathon
Several Striders getting in early marathon training included
Uttley 84.02 for
47 Adam Parton 91.09 for fun?
64 Howard Jeffrey 93.53 for fun?
97 Michael Grant 98.23 for Rotterdam
169 Simon Redshaw 105.15 for London
301 Kay Duggleby 120.20 for Rotterdam
368 Sheila Grant 129.56 for Rotterdam
RESULTS OF WEEKEND 4th and 5th FEBRUARY
Rombalds Stride trail
22 or 23 miles (depending on whether you chose a
pioneering route (i.e. got lost) or not)
10 Steve Webb 182.14 100
13 Mick Loftus 182.51 99
26 Alan Hutchinson 195.44 98 PB
27 Simon Vallance 197.52 97
60 Dave Milner 218.14 96
66 Bob Jackson 222.27 96
68 Alison Bogie 224.38 95
111 Geoff Webster 252.13 95
Yorkshire team champions were Tracey (3rd W), Vicky (6th W) and Sam (7th W) - CONGRATULATIONS
And several Striders achieved PBs, apologies if I've missed some.
Hanley 32.52 100
40 Tracey Morris 35.06 99
58 Vicky Whitehead 36.28 98
81 Sam Harris 37.47 97
111 Adam Parton 38.39 96
117 Richard King 38.49 95
174 Tim Towler 40.32 94
181 Roy Flesher 40.40 93
196 Eric Green 40.57 92
204 Paul White 41.06 91
207 Jules Barltrop 41.09 90
219 Mark Hunter 41.29 89
221 Mick Tinker 41.33 88
235 Bill Mccaffrey 41.44 87
260 Carmel Barker 42.04 86 PB
373 Paul Sanderson 44.48 85
386 Tony Haygarth 45.09 84
444 John Bucktrout 46.31 83 PB
493 Paul Morris 47.35 82
517 Lisa White 48.05 81 PB
542 Emma Jenkins 48.33 80 PB
554 Maddy Illingworth 48.59 79
762 Anne Mccaffrey 54.52 78
775 Matt Watkins 55.38 77
Up-to-date Grand Prix positions (including your groups for this year) on http://www.valleystriders.org.uk/vsgp06t.htm
Lou Gilchrist ran 51:39 to finish 199th out of 301 runners, 29th out of 76 women. She was the only W70, so won her age category, but also beat all 5 W60's, 3 of 4 W55's and 3 of 4 W50's.
Sylvia won Yorkshire Womens Cross Country title (W55 age group)
Sylvia finished 45th out of 73 in the race and was first in her age category
In the M30-M49 race, Jerry was 65th (23rd M45), Julian 69th (9th M35, yes M35 is now a vets category), Paul Hunter 79th (39th M40) and John Hallas 101st (43rd M45) of 118 runners
In the M50-69 race, Bob Wilkes was 83rd (5th M65) and Geoff 85th (14th M60)
Torremolinos half marathon
Peter Lambert, aged 70 years and 1 day, ran 1:41:47 to finish 361/756 and 2nd out of 10 in his age group (Veterano F)
... has been running recently for Northern Ireland (30th/80 in the UK Cross Challenge at Cardiff) and for Leeds City (25th/579 in the Northern Cross Country, just out of the counting positions in the Leeds winning team)
Yorkshire Vets Race Series
The Yorkshire Vets (YVAA) organise 20 events through the year. Having had a V.S. committee meeting where one of the main subjects of discussion was communication, I apologise because you will receive this email after the first race in this series has taken place. But there are 18 more.
10 are a series of events only open to members of clubs affiliated to YVAA. These are generally mixed terrain of 5 or 6 miles. There is a series championship for the best performance over 6 races. The first race was Sunday 12 Feb. The second race is Sunday 5 March from Pudsey.
6 are championship events held in conjunction with standard road races - 10k at Rothwell, 5k at Esholt, 5 mile at Haworth, 10 mile at Eccup, 1/2 marathon at Bridlington, 15 mile at Holmfirth. Coincidentally, 3 of these are also Striders GP Events
The other 4 events are the cross-country (also just gone, see results above), the fell championship at Meltham (Apr 9), the relays at Esholt (Jul 23) and track/field at Spen (Sep 24)
Full details are on http://members.lycos.co.uk/yvaa/
Our team managers are Sylvia and Geoff 266-6288
The fell race calendar published by email showed the Wadsworth Trog in March but was in fact last Sunday (JH, GW, SW, SW and MW had spotted this fact and did compete). I believe the rest of the dates to be correct - the corrected list is on the Striders website.
Next GP and FC races
The next Fell Championship race is the Noonstone on March 4th. (NB for those of you training for the Lyke Wake, there is also the Trollers Trot 25 miler the same day). http://www.valleystriders.org.uk/vsfc06c.htm for full (corrected) Fell Championship calendar
The next Grand Prix race is the Spen 20 on March 12th, followed by the East Hull 20 on March 19th. http://www.valleystriders.org.uk/vsgp06c.htm for full Grand Prix calendar
12-stage and 6-stage relays
The Northern events usually clash with the Meanwood Trail Race but this year are two weeks earlier, on Saturday 25 March at Heaton Park Manchester. On the North side of M/c - only 2 miles from the M62/M60, very easy to get to. If you are interested, contact team managers Brian Hanley firstname.lastname@example.org and Sam Harris email@example.com . Entries must be in by 1st March so please act quickly!!
Lift wanted for Ackworth half marathon
Message from Clare Doherty C.F.Doherty@leeds.ac.uk (potential new Strider?)
I live in Leeds and Iím entered for the Ackworth half marathon on April 2nd. I donít drive and, as itís an early start Iím asking if there is anyone from the club also running who would be willing to give me lift from Leeds. Iím very amateur and would expect a club runner to finish way before me. But I donít expect anyone to hang around waiting for me afterwards. Getting back shouldnít be too much of a problem, itís getting there at that time of the morning that Iím most concerned about. Okay thanks, Clare
Query re calf injuries
Message from John Blundell J.E.Blundell@leeds.ac.uk
Three Peaks Forms are now available for this year's race for those who have qualified (or think that they can persuade the organisers that they deserve an entry) at www.threepeaksrace.org.uk
See you on March 7th if not before