Sent: Monday, August 21, 2006 11:39 PM
Subject: V S Update - dates, showers, LCW, cross country, fell relay, Tracey, results, website

Dates for your diary
Tue 29 Aug 1845 - Tuesday training - 5th Tuesday of the month - suggestions please!
Sun 3 Sep 0800 - Leeds Country Way - more details below
Wed 6 Sep 1915  - Hyde Park 5k NB earlier start time
Tue 12 Sep 1900 - Autumn Handicap 10k, 7pm prompt start, pie and peas.  Email me before Sunday evening to book meat or veg pie, and peas or beans.
Sat 16 Sep - Entry forms for next January's Brass Monkey Half Marathon will appear on the Knavesmire Harriers website   From previous experience it is likely that you will need to send off your entry that weekend to be certain of your entry being accepted.
Sun 17 Sep 0930 - Cancer Research 10k at Harewood, 10 volunteers required please
Sun 17 Sep 1400 - Wetherby 10k new race (not in GP)
Sun 17 Sep - Yorkshireman marathon, the only marathon left in Yorkshire - course record is 3hr 3min - take heed!
Tue 19 Sep 1830 - Harewood Trail recce run - 6:30 pm prompt from Harewood Village Hall - 5 mile run for slower runners, 8 miles for faster runners, 10 miles if you have a headtorch.
Sat 23 Sep - Latest date for entries for West Yorks Cross Country League - names and 6 to Bob (me) reply to this email to confirm or for more details (or phone 0113 289 2830)
Sun 24 Sep - Horsforth 10k (not GP)
Tue 26 Sep - was Provisional Date for AGM - postponed.  Instead this will be marshals meeting for Harewood Trail.  All welcome!
Sun 1 Oct - Kirkstall 10k (fairly fast course, but not GP)
Sun 8 Oct 1000 - Harewood Trail - 70 volunteers required please (I have 5 so far)
Sat 14 Oct - British Fell Racing Relay Championships at Luddenden Foot, teams of 6 - see below
Sat 14 Oct 1330 - First race of West Yorks Cross Country League at Huddersfield - no entries on the day - see below
Tue 17 Oct 2030 - New provisional date for AGM, pie and peas
Sun 29 Oct 1330 - Second race of West Yorks Cross Country League at Leeds - no entries on the day
Sun 19 Nov 1330 - Third race of West Yorks Cross Country League at Wakefield - no entries on the day
Sun 26 Nov 0930 - Abbey Dash - entries now available online at   Race likely to be full at beginning of November, so enter now (if you can afford it - 13)
Sun 3 Dec 1330 - Final race of West Yorks Cross Country League at Guiseley - no entries on the day
Fri 15 Dec 1930 - Christmas do and presentation night - reserve in you diary now!
Thank you, the generous donations have now exceeded the required 1,000 and we have given a cheque for this amount to Leo's.  However, having seen at first hand the state of the ladies changing room / showers, this could also do with some modernisation, so the extra donations could go towards this.  We'll discuss this at the AGM, in the meantime, don't stop sending your shower fund donations!
Leeds Country Way Teams
Our supply of reserves is dwindling so if you are available let me know
A team: (Vets) (1) Julian Bhowmick, Paul Hunter, (2) Drew Taylor, Tracey Morris, (3) Roy Flesher, John Uttley, (4) Simon Vallance, Steve Webb, (5) Andrew Cutts, Alan Hutchinson, (6)  Tim Towler, Gary Sutherland
Ladies team: (1) Jules Barltrop, Sam Harris, (2) Mivvy Tekchandani, Elika Tasker, (3) Mary Egan, Kay Duggleby, (4) Laura Clark, Hayley Palmer, (5) Carmel Barker, Carole Schofield, (6) Sam Davies(Guy), Erica Hiorns
B team: (1) Mick Loftus, Mick Wrench, (2) Bob Jackson, tba, (3) Eric Green, Mick Tinker, (4) Richard King, Ian Sanderson, (5) Andy Thorpe, Paul White, (6) Dave Middlemas, John Hallas
C team: (1) Patrick Barrett, Paul Sanderson, (2) Paul Furness, Simon Redshaw, (3) John Laird, John Wallace, (4) Geoff Webster, Rob Liddle, (5) Stuart Rawnsley, Tracy Stewart, (6) Penny Sanders, Sylvia Watson
Reserves: Sara Dyer, Rob Bumstead, Bill Murphy, Tony Haygarth, Keith Cluderay
West Yorks Cross Country League
This is a series of 4 races, held between October and December (see dates above)
Last year we had well over 40 Striders entered and on average there were 9 women and 18 men running. 
There are separate races for women (approx 5.5km) and men (approx 9.5km).  And this year there are vets prizes in 5 year age bands. 
It is very very competitive at the front and very very sociable at the back.
The first race is on October 15, but entries for this race must be with me by September 24.  It only costs 6 to cover all 4 races (and it's also 6 if you only run 1 race), please make cheques payable to Valley Striders and send them to Bob Jackson, 4 Malthouse Close, Scarcroft, Leeds LS14 3DS.
British Fell Running Relay Championships
at Luddenden Foot Saturday 14 October, teams of 6 (men, ladies and MV40)
leg 1 (solo) 5.9 miles 1500'
leg 2 (pairs) 9 miles 2300'
leg 3 (pairs/navigation) 7-8 miles
leg 4 (solo) 5.9 miles 1500'
Contact Steve Webb  01943 871606 email  if you want to run and/or for more details.  Also see
NB CLOSING DATE is Monday 4 September.
European Marathon Chmpionships at Gothenburg
Tracey finished 16th out of 34 starters and 29 finishers in 2:37:34.
Steve Cram, commentating, said "another gutsy run, she's coming in for 16th place with the rain lashing down"
Paula Radcliffe said "she has had a lonely run, got detached early on, but has been able to pick athletes off as they have suffered.  She's produced another consistent and solid run, she hasn't had the ideal buid up in terms of training and preparation, hopefully she'll build on this race for the future"
Brendan Foster said "it's been a hard demanding difficult run in cold and wet conditions. A good solid performance by Tracey, she'll have another year's training then the world championships and then Beijing beckons for her as one of Britain's top marathon runners"
In the post-race interview, Tracey, looking less bedraggled than 5 minutes earlier, said "the race didn't go that well, it was dreadful for the first two laps with a bad stomach which eased off as the run went on.  The last 3 months training has been a better build up than for Melbourne.  But today has been difficult with the weather windy and raining and the course winding and up and down"
Asked about her plans for the future she said "I take each race as it comes.  I'm a little bit disappointed today, but it's one more experience and hopefully I can move forward again"
Catch up with Tracey's career to date on   (that's where Tracey looks when she wants to know what she's done at previous races!)
Another useful web page is , but my own personal solution is always to take two Rennies about 90 minutes before a race.
Sale 10
100  Julia Barltrop     1:08:23   L    14 
248  Louise Gilchrist   1:22:47   L70   1
Lou beat all the L55's and all the L60's and all the M70's
Isle of Man Half Marathon
Paul White wrote "Just to let you know that I finished 2nd M55 in the IOM Half Marathon and received an engraved trophy.  My time was 1:33:33 and I finished 26th overall on a course which was hilly for the first 5 miles with a strong wind blowing particularly for the first 6 miles or so.  It's the first time I've done this race and was very pleased with the outcome, and having to wait for the presentations!"  (This was Paul's first trophy, he's now looking for a cabinet)

Bingley Show Race

Mick Tinker won the M50 1st prize, his first ever category win - congratulations!
Bishop Wilton half marathon (Grand Prix)
   19 Eric Green         1:34:32      100  
  121 Peter Stevenson    2:01:49       99 
  133 Mike Brown         2:03:43       98
Harrogate 10k
  51 Johnny Harrison  41:43
  52 Bob Jackson      42:01  2nd M55 (prize)
  53 Alison Bogie     42:12  6th W (prize)  1st women's team
 322 Max Jones        57:50  2nd M70 (no prize)
There were 31 Chapel Allerton runners, all them running off some calories in advance of their summer barbecue
Website Updates - Race Reports
Over the last 9 months I have been sent a few race reports for inclusion in the next V S Newsletter.  Rumours that there will never be another V S News are exaggerated but in the meantime you will find some new race reports on the website
Mick Loftus - KIMM 2005, Wuthering Hike 2006, Welsh Peaks 2006
Bill Murphy - Nottingham Half 2005, Great North Run 2005, Snowdonia 2005
Alan Hutchinson and Mick Wrench - Lyke Wake 2006
Stop press, another email has just arrived from Bill Murphy so this will be transferred to the website soon
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