Sent: 04 January 2007 00:21
Subject: Happy New Year, English National
XC, Sport Direct XC, VSGP 2007,
A very Happy New Year to you all!
Are you sitting comfortably, then I’ll begin:
English National Cross Country
This is an event not to be missed. The spectacle of 750 runners lined up the full width of a field, only 6 deep, and at the starters gun, heading for the far corner where the route starts to narrow. And that’s just the women’s race. There will be 1500 men! There will be GB runners at the front and hundreds of ordinary club runners at the back, so let’s have as a minimum 9 men and 4 women so our team is recorded in the places. And we can actually have as many runners as we like, no limit on number of runners from each club.
The date – Saturday 10 March (2:15 for women, 3pm for men)
The venue –
The distance – 8km for women, 12km for men
The cost - £3.50
The benefit – an experience as good as the London Marathon (I guarantee)
The closing date – we need to send entries off next Friday morning (12 January), so ideally would like all names in by next Tuesday (9 January)
Email me if you need any more information
Sport Direct Cross
Country League (2006-7): Race 2 (
Let’s get our best possible team out this weekend for the Sport Direct cross-country race, and let’s see if we can climb a few places in the league tables.
The following very comprehensive details were supplied by Abbey Runners (thanks, Mark)
Race Date & Time: Sunday 7th January 2007, start time 11.00am.
Location: The race
will take place entirely within the grounds of
Registration: The race HQ will be beside the Arthington Road Car Park. Registration will be from 10.00 – 10.30am. See map:
The Course: The course will be approximately 5 miles long and will consist of one small lap and two large laps. It is suitable for spikes (unless it is frozen), studs or trail shoes (unless it is very muddy). The course is undulating, with several short ascents and descents. There are some tight turns, some narrow sections and the main hazard underfoot is tree roots.
After The Race: Changing and showering facilities, race results and food will all be located at Adel Sports & Social Club, Church Lane, Adel. This is about one mile from the race HQ. See map:
V S Grand Prix 2007
Two races completed (see below for results), 29 to go, you only need 8 to qualify for a Grand Prix T-shirt, the full race calendar is on the website http://www.valleystriders.org.uk/striders.htm#GrandPrix
The next races are Brass Monkey half marathon (race full), Sport Direct cross country on 28 January, and Dewsbury 10k on 4 February http://www.dewsburyroadrunners.co.uk/
entry forms for Spen 20 and
One of our
GP races, the
The Club places for 2007 have already been allocated to Kay, Hayley and Mivvy. But should one of them be unable to run, we are able to nominate a substitute and at the Club, after the Handicap on 31 December, it was Patrick Barrett’s name that came out of the hat.
For 2008 we are likely to receive 3 places again, but we thought we’d draw one place so that someone would know that they had a guaranteed place so could start training well before next December. It was Louise Cleghorn’s name that came out first. We will ask Louise to apply by ballot as well, if she is successful, then Michael Grant will get this guaranteed place. We will draw the other two places next Xmas.
Spen 20 and
Chevin Chase Results
A few Striders here making their annual outing in club colours. A couple of bananas finished in about 120th place, they overtook me just before the climb back to Surprise View and slid downhill back to Guiseley faster than I could run! I think most of us beat the Horsforth Santas.
43 Martin Horbury 0:45:59 99 2 40
72 Mick Loftus 0:47:36 98
98 Ian Sanderson 0:48:55 97
107 Paul Hunter 0:49:27 95 40
135 Bob Jackson 0:50:19 94 50
204 Tony Haygarth 0:52:53 90 50
205 Eric Green 0:52:55 89 40
211 David Cusack 0:53:06 88
265 Simon Redshaw 0:55:03 86
295 Madeleine Watson 0:56:06
339 Brendan Kitson 0:57:30 84
400 Eric Cusack 0:59:28 83 50
408 Bob Wilkes 0:59:41 82 50
446 Peter Lambert 1:00:59 81 50
484 Peter Stevenson 1:02:27 79 50
667 Mitch Scott
Club Handicap Results
Thanks to Mike and Eileen Crosfill, Joyce Lambert and Ken Kaiser for officiating.
Race Race Hand- Run Pts
Pos Time icap Time
1 Patrick Barrett 43.48 8.45 35.03 92 40
2 Oliver Watson 45.03 6.45 38.18 85 2
3 Eric Green 45.06 13.00 32.06 98 40
4 Mike Brown 45.22 6.45 38.37 85 50
5 Paul White 45.29 11.15 34.14 93 50
6 Bob Jackson 45.37 12.15 33.22 96 50
8 Stephen Ball 45.56 4.15 41.41 82 50
9 Sheila Grant
46.04 1.30 44.34 79
11 Martin Horbury 46.10 16.00 30.10 100 2 40
12 Jose Diaz 46.11 11.45 34.26 92 2
13 Richard King 46.13 14.15 31.58 99
15 Ian Sanderson 46.15 14.30 31.45 100
16 Simon Redshaw 46.32 10.00 36.32 87
17 Peter Lambert 46.38 7.00 39.38 84 50
19 Madeleine Watson 46.53 10.30
22 John Bucktrout 47.16 7.15 40.01 83 40
23 Alan Hutchinson 47.30 14.00 33.30 95 40
24 Kathy Kaiser
49.05 6.45 42.20 80
51.44 9.45 41.59 81
27 Louise Cleghorn 54.46 2.30 52.16 78 L
Message from Alan Hutchinson – Climbing Kilimanjaro
raising funds for Cancer Research
A number of people have expressed a wish to sponsor me on this and while I appreciate that a number of us run Marathons for Charity and it is difficult to ask each other for sponsorship, this is something different. I would be very grateful for any donations and these can be made on my web site which automatically sorts out the gift aid as well. The link is www.bmycharity.com/alanhutchinson
(for being awarded the Marathon Trophy at the Xmas Do) Thanks for that, Bob and other Valley Striders! Maybe soon I can even try training for another marathon?!
Message from Sam Davies (formerly Sam Guy)
I am writing to explain why I have not been seen at training or in any race for a while. Well, I am 3 months pregnant and unfortunately have been quite poorly with it.
I am now starting to feel better and am going to try a few gentle runs but may not make it back to training before D day.
If you need me to marshal or anything please let me know as it would be nice to see everyone. Please let everyone know down at the club. Have a good new year.
From a rapidly expanding Sam Davies
joined us early in 2005 and then proceeded to run the
Meanwood Trail Race
Will be on Saturday April 14th. Again, all proceeds to Lineham Farm. Please keep this date free for marshalling.
Striders 25th Birthday
Striders was conceived on the 23rd July 1982, at
Mick Dewhurst proposed the formation of the “Valley Striders” with the object of participating as a team in various forms of running.
Present at the meeting were Mick Dewhurst, Stuart StJohn, Morin Dewhurst, Martyn Hopson, Steve Rock, Paul Steward and Geoff Webster.
The nearest Tuesday this year is 24 July and I propose this date for our summer handicap to be followed by celebrations of the 25th birthday of Valley Striders.
The first club members were registered on 10th December 1982 so we have an opportunity for a second celebration towards the end of the year!