Sent: 15 February 2007 00:15
Subject: V S Update - Cross-country, Pie and peas, Forthcoming races, Thursday curry, PBs and Performance awards, Several adverts


Sport Direct XC Sunday 18 February


Thanks to Mark Hetherington for supplying the following details.


The penultimate race in the series is this Sunday at Bramley Falls Park (on the right hand side of the A647 Leeds-Bradford Road as you drive from Kirkstall towards Rodley). Usual start time (11.00am, registration from 10.00am onwards), cost £2.50 (food and showers afterwards at Kirkstall Leisure Centre).


The course is quite hilly, may well be fairly muddy, and is suitable for spikes or studs (trail shoes should be OK unless it is really muddy).


As it says on the Abbey Runners website, it isn’t just the 4 women and 8 men ‘counters’ who are important on Sunday, runners are also needed to push the opposition counters down the finishing order!


We need a good quality and quantity of Striders on Sunday to maintain our challenge for promotion!


Extra Pie and Peas Night Tuesday 20 February


Final Reminder : 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.


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


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.


Your booking will be confirmed on our listings page,


Forthcoming Races


Please note the following dates

(VSGP = Grand Prix see website for more details)

(VSFC = Fell Championship see website or Geoff for more details)


Sat 3 March – Noonstone fell race – VSFC

Sun 4 March – Sport Direct XC at Eccleshill, NB scores VSGP points

Sat 10 March – National Cross Country

Sun 11 March – Ian Roberts Fell Race – Yorks Vets Champs - VSFC

Sun 18 March – Spen 20 and East Hull 20 – both VSGP

Sun 25 March – Ackworth Half Marathon – this race has just been added to the VS Grand Prix

Sun 1 April – Baildon Boundary Way – scores VSGP and VSFC points, but entries closed

Sun 1 April – Northern 12 stage and 6 stage – see below

Tue 10 April – Valley Striders Club Handicap, 10k by reservoir (good footpath and tarmac) - VSGP

Sat 14 April – Meanwood Trail Race – marshals wanted

Sun 22 April – London Marathon – entries closed - VSGP

Sun 29 April – Rothwell 10k – fast course, the race is now over half full, entries filling fast – VSGP

Sun 29 April – Three Peaks Race - VSFC

Weds 2/9/16 May – Esholt 5k NB no entries on the day – VSGP

Tue 8 May – Jack Bloor Fell Race - scores VSGP and VSFC points

Sun 13 May – Leeds Half Marathon - VSGP


There are other races listed on the Dates page of the website, other listings of races are available (e.g. ) !


Northern Relays - Mens 12 stage and Womens 6 stage


Thanks to Paul Briscoe for the following information


Sunday April Silksworth Sports Centre, Sunderland and the start time is shown as being 11.30am for both men's and women's races.


Men's race is 4 x 4 miles and 8 x 2 miles.  Women's race is 6 x 2 miles.


The closing date is 7th March and the cost is £30 per team for the Men's 12 stage and £15 per team for the Women's 6 stage.


We’ll discuss this at the club next Tuesday, email me  if you are interested in running but not coming to the club next Tuesday.


Thursday Curry


The Thursday night running group have been a little remiss lately with organising the curry nights - so this is to be rectified.

Next curry night will be Thursday 1st March (and 1st Thursday of the month thereafter).

After the run, so about 9pm - all welcome of whatever eating capability

Probable venue Nazams in Woodhouse, and open to suggestions thereafter.

John Wallace


Dewsbury 10k


Dave Middlemas was another to get a PB


Liversedge Half


Most of these Striders were using this tough half marathon as part of their racing/training preparation for London or another spring marathon


 20 Ian Sanderson      86:06

 55 Eric Green         92:21

 66 Alison Bogie       94:33 3rd W (2nd claim)

 72 Steve Trout        95:57

 85 Patrick Barrett    97:44

137 Simon Redshaw     102:54

173 Hayley Palmer     106:06

210 Mivvy Tekchandani 109:50

401 ran


Striders PBs and Performance Awards


Just before Christmas, Steve O’Callaghan brought along his best race times at various ages and Alan Hutchinson brought along a proposal for an award scheme for current Striders.  We are going to go ahead with both of these, and confirm the details in the next few weeks.


We will be collecting ALL Striders PBs and ABs (age-bests, 5 year bands) in a database to have available for the Striders 25 year celebrations in July.  Have a look on the website and look in the yellow club section for “Runner Performances”,  we already have an Excel format to collect the data and sample reports for each runner.  Send your PBs and ABs to me in a format similar to that on the website.  NB I’m hoping someone will volunteer to input this data!


We will be collecting ALL Striders race times for 2007 onwards for an awards scheme.  The scheme will work on the something like the following lines: There will be gold, silver and bronze times set for each race distance for each age group.  Then say if you achieve bronze performances at 4 different race distances you will receive a bronze medal.  If we wanted more levels we could have 7 levels and issue coloured certificates using the different colours of judo belts.  Ideas welcome!   We’ll maybe have a big discussion on 6 March when Hutch is back from Kilimanjaro.


Up & Running Advert


Prices Slashed on Winter Clothing in-store at the Headingley and City Centre Shops!  From Saturday 10th Feb for 2 weeks - 20% off!


NB You won’t get your 10% club discount on sale items.


Women aged 18-40 required for research


From Mark Hetherington (Abbey Runners)    Calling Lady Marathon Runners: I am supervising a student project, looking at metabolism, aerobic capacity and running economy in female distance runners. We are looking for experienced female distance runners between the ages of 18 and 40, who have preferably completed at least one marathon (although we would also be interested in you if you have runs lots of half marathons, long off-road races etc.). It would involve 3 visits to our laboratory during the next 2 months: one short visit to undergo a brief medical, followed by 2 visits of 2 – 3 hours each to do a series of treadmill running tests (one of which will be a ‘maximal’ exercise test). The benefit to you would be that you would get a full ‘athlete testing’ report, similar to those that we do on a semi-commercial basis for elite runners at a cost of £100 a throw! Such a report can be very useful in helping you to plan your training. If you are interested, e-mail me


For Sale - Timex Bodylink (Ironman Triathlon T59551)


Heart rate monitor and speed/distance system. Still with original box and instruction books.


I have never used the GPS part of this system and only used the heart rate monitor a few times. The only thing that is marked is the outer rim of the watch which has a small scratch on it from when I fell over in the woods!!!


Cost new was £240, would like to sell for £100.  If anyone is interested or wants to have a look please give me a ring on 07961 830 502.


Thanks, Vicky Whitehead


Addendum from Bob, I’ve Googled for this and it is still a current product.



See you next Sunday and/or Tuesday!