Sent: 26 February 2007 23:31
Subject: VS Update - Pie and peas, Special meeting, Sport Direct xc, Results, Leeds Sports Awards, Yorkshire Vets, messages from Alan Hutchinson and
Special Meeting and Pie and Peas – Tuesday 6th March
Please place your orders – choose whether meat or veg pie and whether mushy peas or bakes beans – by 11pm Sunday 4 March
We will also be discussing
- A new organisation – the Association of Running Clubs – should we join?
- Women’s showers - we have £800 in the bank, how should we spend it?
- Performance Awards – we’ve results from several races in 2007, how shall we grade them?
Hopefully we should also have available the new club jackets in sizes XS, S, M, L for you to try for size and then order.
Sport Direct Race 5 at Thackley – Sunday 4th March
The registration and event is at Immanuel Community College A657 Leeds Road Thackley Bradford BD10 9AQ From Leeds Outer Ring Road, at Rodley Roundabout (Olive Tree Restaurant), head out of Leeds on A657, one mile to Calverley, another mile to Greengates traffic lights, then a further mile to Thackley, the College is on the right just before the centre of Thackley. Please see Map
Register from 10am for 11am start. Studs recommended, NOT SUITABLE FOR SPIKES. Please note: There are no toilets at the start please ask club members not to use the school grounds!
For food after the race: this is at Idle Cricket Club
Cavendish Road Idle BD10 9LE. Please see Map
League positions are indicated in the next section, let’s have a good turnout next Sunday to ensure promotion of both teams. That means everyone! Please!
Oh and in case you’re wavering, Grand Prix points are at stake!
Sport Direct Race 4 at Bramley Falls - Results
The women were the Striders stars of this race, their total of 33 was only 3 points behind the division 1 winners Horsforth and was well clear of all the other women’s teams, so they are now well in the lead in division 2. They will need 4 runners at the last race to guarantee promotion.
Lisa Wilyman again came across from
The men were seventh overall on the day and second in division 2. They were behind the div 2 leaders St Theresa’s but have now overtaken Ackworth to be in the second promotion spot, we now just need to beat Ackworth again in the last race.
Brian was the star in his come-back race, he has only
been back training since just after Xmas. Ian Sanderson was also placed
well and then we packed 61-91 to secure a good team position. Seventh
counter was Jonathan Brownbill who only joined the club last Tuesday.
Eighth counter was
Our ladies vets were third, and the men vets seventh on the day.
There was a superb spread of sandwiches, pies, quiche, salad, fruit cake, other cakes etc at Kirkstall Leisure Centre afterwards, I was the only Strider there but put in a good effort and ate on behalf of at least two other Striders. If any runners had shoulder muscle pains the following day, they would have been due to the weight of the doggie-bags full of food taken away afterwards.
Vets counters marked *
3 Lisa Wilyman S
6 Caz Farrow S
19 Mary Egan 50 *
23 Hayley Palmer S
54 Kathy Kaiser 55 *
18 Brian Hanley S
38 Ian Sanderson 35 *
61 Bob Jackson 55 *
87 Jonathan Brownbill 40 *
109 Geoff Webster 60
111 Bob Wilkes 65
116 Peter Lambert 70
115 Gary Sutherland 64:36 PB
140 Eric Green 65:57 PB
156 Steve Trout 66:38 PB?
198 Paul White 68:45
380 Paul Sanderson 79:22
253 Peter Lambert 51:09
279 Mike Brown 52:38
If you’ve run a race anywhere this year and I haven’t reported it, please let me know so that it can be included in an email and recorded towards the Performance Awards.
Membership and Subscriptions
Since my V S Update of 18 January, of the 36 who received a gentle reminder, 12 have now paid – thank you.
We have also 10 new members in the last 5 weeks,
We now have 152 paid up and 13 honorary members, probably an all-time record.
An initial order has been placed on behalf of 16 Striders. Hopefully they will arrive in time for 6 March and others will then be able to view them and try them for size before ordering their own. The cost is £20 which covers the initial setup charge and delivery charges from our supplier.
The Yorkshire Vets Grand Prix is a series of 10 races for runners aged 35+ but younger runners may run as guests. Entry fees are £2 per race. The races are 5 to 6 miles in distance and are run over mixed terrain (roads and footpaths). There is one race per month February to November. Everyone counts for the team so more V S runners = more points. The next race is at Meltham on 25 March.
Sun 4 Feb Horsforth
Sun 25 Mar Meltham
Tue 22 May Meanwood (V.S. promoting)
Sun 3 Jun
Wed 20 Jun Pudsey
Wed 11 Jul Birstall, Halifax
Wed 1 Aug Knavesmire, York
Thu 23 Aug
Sun 16 Sep Honley
Sat 17 Nov
There are also (separate) Yorkshire Vets Championships incorporated in races such as the Rothwell 10k and the Bridlington half marathon. These are not included in the YVGP. The first Championship race is the Fell Championship included within the Marsden Moor (Ian Blakely Memorial) race on 11 March.
Sun 14 Jan
Cross Country at
Sun 11 Mar Fell at Marsden
Sun 29 Apr 10k at Rothwell
Wed 2 May 5k at Esholt
Thu 7 Jun 5
Sun 15 Jul 10 miles at Eccup
Sun 9 Sep road relays at Esholt
Sun 23 Sep track & field at Spen
Sun 14 Oct half marathon at Bridlington
Sun 28 Oct 15 miles at Holmfirth
See www.yvaa.org for full details
As spotted in Yorkshire Evening Post by Sylvia
Athletics winners included
- Tracey Morris – highly commended in “Sportswoman of the Year” category
- John Lunn
– winner “Outstanding Voluntary Service Award. John is coach, newsletter
editor and chief archivist of Leeds City AC, if you have a rainy day with
nothing to do, enjoy his history of
Townsend – highly commended in “Coach of the Year” category. Phil is
- Serena Blackburn – winner “Disability Performer of the Year”. Serena (from Horsforth Harriers) won the bronze medal in the European cross country championships for the deaf.
Another winner with Striders connections was Carl Johanneson – winner of “Player of the Year”. Carl ran with Striders from 1999 to 2002 whilst being trained by Tony Foster (a current Strider). Carl won the British super-featherweight boxing title 2 years ago and has successfully defended his title 3 times.
As spotted in Yorkshire Evening Post by Peter Lambert.
Chris features in a Breast Cancer Care DVD informing patients how to exercise and eat healthily after treatment. Chris found he had breast cancer in 1998 and has successfully undergone surgery, chemotherapy and drug treatment, completing this treatment 4 years ago.
Chris was shown in the YEP in full running gear, looking much fitter, at 66, than the average runner.
[Chris was a Strider from 1984 to 1998. He is not currently running with a club but was on the original committee of the Pulse Race, and this led to our involvement with the race]
Thanks for all the best wishes from VS members after my recent heart surgery and for the card that last Tuesday's Pie'n'Pea'ers sent to me.
I am now back home and on the slow road to recovery. I'm pleased to say that my problem - a mitral valve prolapse ("heart murmur") - has been repaired and not replaced which means that I won't be on blood-thinners for life (and so can drink again soon !). The reason that surgery became necessary was that my heart was starting to grow due to the extra workload the valve put on it, and apparently the heart can only grow so far before exploding.
The road to recovery is slow because my chest was split into two to get to the heart and so anything which involves any chest strength and movement is right out for at least 6 weeks. However, I have to walk often and can do upper body stretching to keep all the bits mobile. There is no doubt that my fitness has massively helped in my first week recovery, so keep up the good work guys and continue to feel the pain - you never know when you'll need that fitness.
For me, sleeping is a problem, having to lay on my back all night so I'm in the spare room with a chair, blanket and books for my overnight wake-ups. Currently I'm also in the process of disposing of 10 hours of general anesthetic (the op was 4 hours) through my eyes - a bit of an emotional roller-coaster this, such that Lynda now just passes it off as "oh, blubbing again?"
thanks to .... Bob, for
organising the card, acting as middle-man, and for saving my peg in the
By the way, some of you will know my surgeon (I know that Alistair Fale does) as he is an ex-Horsforth Harrier, I think, called Chris Munsch. A good man in my book.
I hope to be at the next P'n'P night (without the run) so if 10 people want to pay 20p to see the scar then I'll get a free tea.
From Alan Hutchinson
I am pleased to confirm I have just about recovered from the experience having reached Gilman’s Point on the crater rim in time to see the spectacular sun rise and then trekking round the crater as far as Stella Point before altitude took its toll and I had to beat a hasty retreat down.
This was without doubt the toughest challenge I or any of us had ever done. Every day involved at least 6-8 hours trekking and acclimatisation at ever higher levels. Just getting out of the tent in the morning left you breathless. Of our group of 29 only 10 made Gilman’s Point after an all night climb with the rest retiring ill, and only 4 made Uhuru the highest point (and a further 4 hours trekking around the crater).
The mountain was stunningly beautiful with various geographical zones from rain forest to permanent ice cap. I will bring my photo album in on Tuesday for you to look through.
And No, I will not be attempting it again but if you ever contemplate it let me know.
A very big thank you to all in the Club who so kindly
sponsored my efforts - I am delighted to report I have raised over £6,000 for
From Ingo Zoller
Hi, just in case someone wonders if the German Strider still exists... I had to change my email address due to excessive quantities of incoming spam mails.
Competition-wise I turned more to triathlon, basically a result of a foot injury several years ago. Having bought a road racing bike friends thought I am sitting on a bike far too well to waste it. Now I learned not to drown while swimming for a mile or so, worked both on my running and cycling, and not forgetting the difficult transition between riding a bike and starting to run (have you ever tried to ride hard for twenty-odd miles, and then to try to break your 10k PB? It is fun even to get going!). And I even managed to finish a few short distance triathlons by now, swimming anything up to a mile (more drifting), racing hard on the bike for up to 30 miles, and then trying to run for anything up to 10k. The distances are hardly ever measured properly, so times don't really matter.
This year I face my first ever middle distance triathlon, swimming for about a mile and a half (Kulmbach - they extend the swimming leg a bit), cycling for something around 55 miles (undulating terrain), and then running a half marathon (luckily this should be flat, but might get hot on the day!).
Afterwards it is time to think about the summer holidays...
[Ingo ran with us from 1999-2002 while at
From Erica Hiorns
interested to learn that the Striders club was born at
From Jane Speight
to let you know that I'm going to be leaving Leeds very shortly - to get
married & move to
My plan is to start running again, along the seafront, once I'm moved and settled in.
I'll keep my membership going to the end of the season, and let you know if I compete in any races "darn sarth".
Women aged 50 and over required for research
[NB V S Update takes no responsibility for the spelling or grammar of this item]
My name is Michael Rawson and my colleges and i are
conducting some research for the
The female participants would be expected to attend leeds university for approximately 1 hour in a morning and then for approx 1-2 hours in the afternoon. These two sessions can be done on the same day if convenient or on different days if prefered. Non of the test are invasive, the 1st session involves measurments of various things, and the second session involves a treadmill test.
If you have any quieries dont hesitate to contact Michael Rawson (07841042330) my email address is: firstname.lastname@example.org
This could be extremely beneficial for the participants as they will be told many interesting findings about their cardiovascular health and fitness. As ive said previously, all our participants really enjoyed the tests. For any extra information the ladies can contact me and ask any questions that they may have.
Mark Hetherington emailed : “This guy is a final year undergraduate student in Sports Science (hence the illiteracy!). He is doing a project with two of my colleagues (Dr Karen Birch and a PhD student called Sally Barber). They are both experienced in working with postmenopausal women, and in carrying out exercise testing, etc. In short, the study should be properly supervised, so it would probably be worth letting your 'more mature' ladies know about it!”
Your support is requested
Before I tell you about an email that I have received from Race for Life, I need to tell you about the five events that Valley Striders are specifically supporting this year
- Meanwood Trail Races, Saturday 14 April, organized 100% by Valley Striders, raises £1000 for Lineham Farm Childrens Centre, 70 Striders needed
- Roundhay Pulse Races, Sunday 20 May, Valley Striders provide technical support at start, finish and prime marshalling points, 15 Striders needed
- Yorkshire Vets race 3 at Meanwood, Tuesday 22 May, hosted by Valley Striders, 15 Striders needed
- Cancer Research 10k, Sunday 16 September (probable date), Valley Striders and Abbey Runners provide marshals, 10 Striders needed
- Harewood Trail Race and Junior/Fun Run, Sunday 7 October, organized 90% by Valley Striders (Lineham Farm provide catering), raises £3000 for Lineham Farm Children’s centre, 70 Striders needed
We would like ALL Striders to marshal at one or both of Meanwood and Harewood. And we need volunteers for our three “smaller” events too.
If you’d also like to help at the Race for Life, the venues are
Let me know if you are interested and I’ll pass on the information to you of how you can volunteer
All contributions to V S Update are welcome! You send them, I’ll email them!