Sent: 08 April 2007 18:43
Subject: VS Update - Reminders and Race Reports (including wins for Tracey and Lisa)
Final reminder – club handicap and pie and peas Tuesday 10 April
First runner off prompt from the Res at 7pm. Please book pie and peas before 12 noon Monday. Are you booked in? See www.valleystriders.org.uk/vslists.htm
Penultimate reminder – Meanwood Trail Race Saturday 14 April
We still need at least 8 more marshals PLEASE, otherwise we run the risk of the Meanwood Trail being 5 or 9 miles rather than 7.
Final arrangements for marshalling will be emailed on Wednesday evening and also posted on the website www.valleystriders.org.uk/trail07m.htm
Report by Paul Brooks on
For the first time for several years,
The 10km race and the full marathon started together, with over 2,000 in the former and in excess of 9,000 in the latter, at 9.00 a.m. and with temperatures in the low 20C’s by noon, athletes in the shorter race were glad of the early start. The weather was superb, clear skies and little wind, the organisation top-class and hundreds lined the start/finish area, where fountains and the National Gallery provided a big-occasion feel to the atmosphere.
In the women’s race, Olympic and Commonwealth Games marathon runner Tracey Morris – who was returning to the sport after an operation to repair damage to her leg, caused by a fall when warming up for the Great South Run last November – was another runner delighted with her performance. She won the race in a superb 33:45, finishing 13th person over the line. Non Stanford is one of the most exciting prospects
The teams wish to thank: Jacqueline Brace for all her hard work before, during and after the event and Running Crazy, the organisers of the trip.
Dent 14, Saturday 10 March
103 Lisa Wilyman 1:43:49 5th W
It amused me that the women’s winner of the Dent 14 was called Lisa Dent (from Skyrac AC).
This race counted in both the Valley Striders Grand Prix and in the Valley Striders Fell Championships.
18 Martin Horbury 1:31:43 99 Keighley & Craven
56 Bob Jackson 1:40:12 97
60 Alan Hutchinson 1:40:46 96
66 Steve Trout 1:42:06 95
72 Eric Green 1:42:41 94
91 Paul Hunter 1:45:57 90
193 Peter Lambert 1:59:02 87
214 Bob Wilkes 2:02:21 86
225 Paul Sanderson 2:03:23 85
Congratulations to Steve who picked up the 3rd M40 prize and to Peter Lambert who picked up the 1st M70 (but no trophy, shame!)
The course was fast, it was wet only on the moor across to Harvey Smith’s gallops, so some good times were obtained.
Hartlepool Marina 5 mile, Sunday 1 April (from Ian Sanderson)
I've been getting really hacked-off with long slow runs, so did the Hartlepool Marina 5 mile race on Sunday. I appreciate that 5 mile races don't normally feature in the latter stages of marathon training programmes, but as a monkeyhanger I've been meaning to do my home-town race for a while now. This was my first 5 mile race and I managed to sneak in under 30 minutes (29:49) so you can add this to Alan Hutchinson's Orwellian database of performances (Big Hutch is watching).
20 Ian Sanderson 0:29:49
P.S. Please disregard this e-mail when setting handicaps for next week.
20 Lisa Wilyman 1:33:33 1st W
An expeditionary force of Nidd Valley
Road Runners went to the West coast of
Here’s Lyn’s story (I asked for full details so that the Striders can start planning their 2008 tour early)
in an apartment in Salthill, 10-15 min walk from the eating district of
We hired a car and drove the marathon route. What can I say about
the marathon given that I don't like road running. It is one of the most
beautiful marathons I have run. The scenery is out of this world,
starting literally in the middle of the wilderness with a 'Ready, Steady Go',
after the two leaders of the Ultra had run past. Basically the route of the
Ultra Marathon starts at a place called Maam Cross at 9.00am and is a circuit
around the base of the
Organisation for this race is brilliant. Runners were bussed to
their starts in good time. We arrived at our start an hour early.
Thankfully portaloos were available there, though if the weather had been
inclement we would have a had serious problems as there was no shelter at
all. A lorry was there to take our bags to the finish. From the
finish we had the choice to be transported directly back to
As we were there a week we toured Co Connemara and Co Clare [The Burrens
and the Cliffs of Mohar]. The scenery is remarkably wild. Gritstone
and boggy moorland in
The Irish people are the most welcoming and lovely people. Everyone has time to talk - and sparkly eyes.
I could go on and on - but won't. Details of next year's event is on the Connemara Marathon website already www.connemarathon.com/
146 Eric Green 39:23
402 Lou Gilchrist 49:25 1st W70, beat all 5 W60
Guiseley Gallop, Sunday 8 April
There were 3 Striders and 3 second claim Striders
77 Bob Jackson 44:07 1st M55
179 Jim Towers
193 Peter Lambert 52:58 2nd M70 (out of 6!)
448 Lyn Eden 1:06:43 Nidd Valley
Emma and I are pleased to announce the arrival of Sophie Jane Wrench. Born on Friday 26th January at the LGI and weighed 5lb 13oz. The labour was longer than expected, a bit like her father’s marathon times! Mother, baby and father are doing well.