Sent: 09 February 2007 00:32
Subject: V S Update - Sport Direct XC, Extra pie-peas, Marshals required, Race results and GP positions, Striders jackets, George Black


Sport Direct XC Sunday 18 February


The next race will be at Bramley Falls Woods.  We need good teams of men and women to maintain our challenge for promotion.


Another local race, head out of Leeds on Kirkstall Road, turn left at Kirkstall traffic lights past Morrisons and BHS/Clover, across the little bridge and bear right up the old Leeds Bradford Road for just over a mile, Bramley Falls is on the right.  Arrive to register between 10:00 and 10:30, race start is 11:00.  (if there is any change to these arrangements I will email next week)


Everyone who runs has an effect on the overall scores, because any team who is missing a runner is penalised by the number of points for last place, if you run, that last place is one additional point, it might make all the difference.


Extra Pie and Peas Night Tuesday 20 February


Two of your committee members have birthdays this week, come and celebrate with them, there may be cake too!


Let me know whether meat pie or veg pie, whether mushy peas or baked beans, by email by 11pm Sunday 18 February


or specially for those returning to work after half term holidays, text me 0777 5898 558 by 12 noon Monday 19 February.


Please note that if you book, you are committing to pay £2.50, unless we are able to re-sell your meal on the night.


Liversedge Half Marathon Entry – this Sunday


I have an entry available (not mine), suit man aged 30-50, phone me 289 2830 if interested.


Marshals Required


Meanwood Valley Trail Race – Saturday 14 April, we have 10 marshals and need 60.  This race raises about £1,000 for Lineham Farm Children’s Centre, but needs you to marshal, please!


Roundhay Pulse Race – Sunday 20 May (new date), we have 4 marshals and need 12.  (We supply the finishing line team and a few key positions, the rest is marshalled by charity volunteers).  This race raises money for the British Heart Foundation, so if this charity is close to your heart, come and help please.


Rombalds Stride


23 miles if you didn’t take any short cuts, beautiful day


    6 Steve Webb         2:57:52

   54 Catherine Farrow   3:38:45

   55 Bob Jackson        3:38:45

  204 Lyn Towers         5:11:27

  205 Jim Towers         5:11:27

  470 ran or walked

      Rob Bumstead       dnf (short cut back from Menston, 18 miles)


Dewsbury 10k


A great course and great conditions for a PB as (at least) 6 Striders proved!


Chip                      Chip       G.P   Gun   Gun

  Pos                      Time       Pts   Pos  Time

   14 Tim Crossland      0:32:18      100                2          

   46 Dave Middlemas     0:35:17      100    46  35.17  

  109 Jon Uttley         0:37:34 PB    99   119  37.58  

  113 Gary Sutherland    0:37:40 PB    98   122  38.05           

  136 Richard King       0:38:17       97   141  38.42          

  164 Eric Green         0:39:19 PB    96   168  39.41          

  177 Dan Murray         0:39:38 PB    95   170  39.42          

  189 Tim Towler         0:39:57       94   191  40.20          

  193 Adam Parton        0:40:00       93   193  40.23          

  198 Steve Morley       0:40:09       92   190  40.18          

  231 Steve Trout        0:40:53 PB    91   227  41.12          

      Patrick Barrett    0:41:19 PB    90                        

      Paul Sanderson     0:44:19       89                       

  503 Mike Brown         0:46:43       88   521  47.54          

  934 Matt Watkins       0:59:19       87   943  60.38          

  973 Louise Cleghorn    1:00:46       86   960  61.27          


Patrick and Paul were chipless.  There had been a problem that chips had fallen out of envelopes or had been removed by the GPO as suspicious items (depending on which rumour you believed)


Latest Grand Prix Positions


Are on the Valley Striders website.  Eric Green is the only Strider to have completed all 5 races, but there are 4 Striders who have run 4 and there are 55 Striders and 6 second-claim Striders already featuring in the table. and


Ackworth Half Marathon


It is likely that we will include this in the Grand Prix.  Although it is just a week after Spen and East Hull 20 and a week before Baildon Boundary Way, it may well suit many Striders who don’t fancy 20 miles (i.e. most of us) and who missed the closing date for Baildon.  Ackworth is gently undulating, 7 weeks before Leeds half so an ideal race to check your preparation if Leeds is your main target for spring 2007.


Race Dates


There is an updated list of dates on the Striders website   Let me know of any local races that I’ve missed!


Striders Jackets


Last Tuesday Paul Hunter brought along a sample of a jacket from Peco (Andi Barrett).


Click and for pictures (or go via the website )


Sports styling, concealed hood, showerproof/windproof. Air vents at underarms. Two front zip pockets full zip front, fully lined. Elasticated draw cord hem, elasticated cuffs.


Size Chest (to fit)
S - 38" ; M - 40" ; L - 42" ; XL - 44" ; 2XL - 46/48" also can have Extra small. Sizes are on the generous size. Small will definitely fit a running 40” chest and the extra small should suit our female members. If people want to see a jacket, call down to the club on a Tuesday night (small and extra small samples available).


Price - £19.00 Inc VAT


Ideally we need to order in batches but no minimum order number.


Message from George Black


Hi Bob, I know it was a long time ago but I also got a British Team Marathon Gold at Turku at the 1991 games. I believe Max has also achieved a 'gold' on at least one occasion.


I am now concentrating on the duathlon and won the Scottish series for the over 60 age group last year. I am now training for the European Duathlon Championships which are being held in Edinburgh this year on the 16 June. One of the qualifying race is being in Fife on the 25th March so the problem will be to be fit enough to qualify for the British Team but not so fit that I cannot hold form until June. This is a different situation from the athletic worlds where anyone who wants to enter can do so without qualification. The other difference is it can cost over £40 to enter the qualifying race. You then have to pay a further amount to advise them that you wish to be considered for the team. Then you must buy the GB strip which costs another £55 for the tri suit alone. There is also the likelihood of having to make a payment towards team expenses. I don't know what the cost of entering the actual championship is but I am trying to get Louie to take out a second mortgage. The world duathlon champs are in Hungary this year but no matter how it goes in June I will not be going there. So next time you are asked to pay £5 to enter a race keep this in mind. Oh and I should have mentioned the warm up races leading to the Champs involve a good bit travel and entry fees in the region of £20. HELP THE AGED Regards George