Sent: 18 June 2007 23:50
Subject: V S Update - Forthcoming Events, Break-ins, YV Thanks, Results, Reports


Apologies – it has been a while since the last V S Update, every time I’m ready to press the “send” button, a new piece of news arrives.  But here we go now…




(a more extensive list is at )


Sun 24 Jun – Bradford Millennium Way Relay – teams of 10, five legs, run in pairs.  We have 20 runners declared and 1 reserve, I’d very much like another reserve to volunteer, please – no previous experience necessary!


Sun 1 Jul – Wigginton 10k – fast course as recommended by Eric Green


Tue 3 Jul – Pie and Peas night, please reply by Sunday 1 July or (as a last resort) text to 0777 5898 558 before 12 noon Monday 2 July


Wed 4 Jul – Hyde Park 5k (VSGP) on Woodhouse Moor, save money by pre-entering, save more money by pre-entering the series of 3 (first Wednesday of the month, Jul/Aug/Sep).


Sun 15 Jul – Eccup 10 mile (VSGP), NB may fill up before race day


Tue 17 Jul – normal training but also recce run for following week’s Handicap at the pace of the slowest, details to follow


Friday 20 Jul – Washburn Valley Relay, teams of 4, approx 4 miles per leg.  Anyone interested?  44 teams entered last year, most of the local clubs were represented.


Tue 24 Jul – Summer Handicap 5 mile trail (VSGP), start by lodge by Eccup Res, route is via Eccup village, Emmerdale village, water treatment works and dam.  Afterwards pie and peas


Wed 25 Jul – Golden Acre Park Relay, teams of 3, just over 2 miles per leg, very sociable event, all standards welcome, make up your own teams and name them yourselves (preferably with Valley and/or Striders in the name) and enter on the night.  We had 4 or 5 teams last year.


Sun 29 Jul – Round Hill Fell Race (VSGP) (more trail than fell), approx 7 miles from Timble, north of Otley


Sun 29 Jul – Harrogate 10k (NOT VSGP) good support, but quite tough route


Wed 1 Aug – Hyde Park 5k (VSGP) on Woodhouse Moor


Sun 12 Aug – Valley Striders 25th Anniversary Run in the morning from Woodhouse Moor to Leo’s along Meanwood Trail, fitter members can start at Leo’s and run down to Woodhouse Moor before picking up those starting there.  After the run, lunchtime barbecue at Leos, cooked by Tony, £6.50 per person, families welcome.  More details to follow.


Sun 26 Aug – Norland Moor Fell Race (VSGP) (more trail than fell)


Sun 2 Sep – Leeds Country Way Relay, teams of 12, 6 legs approx 10 miles each, run in pairs.  For the last 4 years we have had 4 teams – mens A, vets, womens and a “D” team.  Can we get 48 runners again?  The first 12 to sign up are guaranteed to run (providing we can get 4 teams).  Please do not enter Sandal Castle 10k, Wolverhampton Marathon or any other event on the same day – your Club needs you!


Tue  11 Sep – Club Handicap 10k


Sun 16 Sep – Cancer Research Run at Harewood, we provide 10 marshals.


Sun 7 Oct – Harewood 10 mile Trail Race organised by Valley Striders, we need approx 60 marshals please, we already have 6 marshals.  Please do not enter the Selby half marathon, Bramham fun run or any other event on the same day – your Club needs you – please let me know if you have a preferred marshalling location.  Entries have now started to come in.  If you can take some entry forms to a race or to your local gym or sports centre, please let me know and I’ll get some to you. 




There have been a number of break-ins recently at Leo’s, including last Tuesday night, when radio, wallet and phone were stolen from Nick Barnes’ car.  The previous Saturday, 3 cars had had glass broken.  


So if you’re training at Leo’s on a Tuesday or use Leo’s as a base for a training run any other day of the week, lock your car securely and keep your valuables and other possessions out of sight (and not in your glovebox).  


We are now advising that you park your car the far side of the Clubhouse where it is visible from the bar (and also further for thieves to make their getaway).




On what was usually a V.S. training evening there was a tremendous turn out of Club members in order to support the Y. V. Grand Prix Race.  53 people were engaged in organising the smooth running of the event which consisted of 159 runners (yes 1 supporter per 3 runners!).  This number does not include G.W.’s mammy who made a large proportion of the sandwiches.


The course was laid out by GW, Andrew C, Sylvia and Jim & Lyn (2nd claim members).  Jim & Lyn also ran the race.  The start/finish/timing/results area was organised by Bob J, Paul H, Mike & Eileen Crosfill, Mick T and Peter L.  Car park marshalling was a team working for Paul F and Max.  The sandwiches were distributed by Joyce L and Pat Umpleby.


The marshals, too numerous to list, were positioned at short intervals throughout the 5 mile course.  This was necessary due to the twisting, turning and heavily wooded nature of the course and also due to the fact that one section of tapes had been removed by a passing tribe of vandals.


V.S. was represented in the race by a solitary runner (we could only spare one).  This was Carole Schofield who finished 2nd W45 and got a prize.  Carole ‘paid’ for her run by baking 120 bins for the post-race feast.


Not surprising that there seemed to be one or two minor ankle twists due to the rough underfoot conditions of the Meanwood Trail but nothing serious.  One runner, however, finished with a cut to the head due to him coming into contact with an overhanging tree branch but he didn’t let this slow him down and managed to finish in fourth place.


The Yorkshire Vets gave a glowing report on the race and the venue.  This was entirely due to the enthusiastic support given to the event by V.S. members and supporters.  So thanks to everyone who helped out on the night.




Apperley Bridge Canter (approx 10k)


  1 Tim Crossland      34:49 Leeds City

 32 Rob Bumstead       41:12

 49 Tim Towler         43:05

 51 Joel Giddings      43:22

 65 Jonathan Brownbill 44:23

 70 Hayley Palmer      44:44 6th W

 96 Tom Ridgway        47:00

115 Natalie Crossland  49:18

133 Peter Lambert      51:12 2nd M65

153 Geoff Webster      52:55

160 Sylvia Watson      53:44 2nd W55

    238 finished


Melmerby 10k


 32 Howard Jeffrey     38:50 1st M50

 37 Eric Green         39:30 2nd M50


Kirkby Malzeard 10k


 12 Howard Jeffrey     40:25


Wharfedale Off Road Marathon (VS Grand Prix & Fell Championship)


  2 Steve Webb         3:13:47 1st M45

  7 Caz Farrow         3:36:05 1st W new record

 12 Mick Wrench        3:49:37

 13 Ross Anderson      3:53:46 VS 2nd claim

=26 Bob Jackson        4:08:37 3rd M55 no prize

=26 Eric Green         4:08:37 2nd M50 no prize

 51 Bob Wilkes         4:44:37 1st M65 prize

 70 Peter Stevenson    5:19:25

    78 finished


Steve won three T-shirts for this race, one for completing the race, one for 2nd M and one for 1st M45.  So when you next see him, it’s not that he’s putting on weight, he’s just getting some wear from his T-shirts.


Wharfedale Off Road Half Marathon (VS Fell Championship)


 15 Paul Hunter        1:53:08 2nd M45 no prize

 22 Steve Morley       1:58:03

 54 Peter Lambert      2:16:02 1st M70

 88 Sara Dyer          2:33:13

    114 finished


Blackpool Half Marathon


 51 Howard Jeffrey     1:31:00 3rd M50

410 Kay Duggleby       1:56:59

    1042 finished


Roberttown 7


138 Melanie Watson     1:27:11   


Harewood Chase (approx 10k off road)


 21 Howard Jeffrey     39:55  1st M50 – beer and wine

 27 Bob Jackson        41:08  3rd M55 – whine (no prize)

 30 Eric Green         41:31  2nd M50 – beer

 32 Joel Giddings      41:44

 47 Jonathan Brownbill 43:49


West Yorks 5 mile at Bradford


 33 Eric Green         32:48

 34 Tim Towler         33:07

 94 Kates Ford         38:30

153 Carole Towler      44:57


Otley 10 mile


 22 Dan Harman         1:02:53

 34 Jon Uttley         1:05:01  2nd M45 – prize!

 50 Steve Morley       1:06:35

 54 Richard King       1:07:39

 56 Adam Parton        1:07:45

 57 Paul Hunter        1:07:57  

 68 Eric Green         1:09:25

151 Greg Skerrett      1:15:34

269 Sara Dyer          1:27:25

283 Mike Brown         1:28:34


Anyone been running elsewhere, send your results in!


PBs and AGBs  (personal bests and age-group bests)


The information is coming in slowly.  I’d really like to have everyone’s information in by August 12th and also to include Striders no longer running with us, so please send your details in as soon as possible and Erica will flex her fingers and input the information.  See




Welsh 1000 Metre Peaks (from Mick Loftus)


Back to Snowdonia again this year for the Welsh 1000m Peaks (22 miles 7000 ft ascent).  It was cool and cloudy at the start.  The tops were in cloud.  I felt good but when we climbed into the mist things got tricky.  I was with about 6 other guys progressing gingerly through the 10m visiblity on the Carnedd range.  Then a woman with a Eryri Harriers appeared out of the mist, she was obviously a local, we all followed her for the next 30 minutes around what she told us was her regular Sunday training run.  She went on to be the first female finisher.  Eventually a diminished group dropped out of the mist to the A5 at Ogwen.  Then it was up over the Glyder range again into the mist.  I was on my own now and was reduced to a slow jog with map and compass.  Eventually I decended down to Pen y Pass with only Snowdon to go.  After the previous 4 hours of running I found the climb up the Pyg track slow and hard.  I got the top and finished in 5:14:54 just under 4 minutes down on last year but up to 12th place from 17th.  It was won in 3:55 by Colin Donnelly from Lochabar AC, there were 72 finishers. No other Striders ran!


From George Black


Just an update. Ran in the Beveridge Park 5K series on 18 May. Very like Roundhay with a similar hill which was negotiated twice. Temperature was ideal but wind in excess of 25mph made it a bit difficult at times, especially with a relatively small field. There were 62 finishers and I was first over 65 in 30th place in a time of 20.31. The winner's time was 16.09.


The duathlon training is going OK. With just 4 weeks to the Edinburgh event there is now no time to get over any injury so I am trying to be as careful as possible. I am coming down to Leeds on 19th June, new grand daughter is due end of this month, and I may get over to Bolton for the British Masters 5K Road Champs. Are any other Striders taking part? I took part in the British Masters Relay recently but ran very poorly and reckon I cost our over-60 team the silver medal. To make it worse second place went to Bingley!!!. It was nice to see the lads from Bingley and hear the Yorkshire accent once more.


From George Black again


Asics Haddington 5 mile, time 33:37, position 42, winning time 26:13.


European Duathlon Championship 16 June Edinburgh.  Representing G.B. won the 65-69 age group by 8 minutes.  5K run, 37K cycle, 5K run. Conditions horrendous!!!!!!.


Hope to be at the Club this Tuesday.


Tracey is ready - Report on Welsh Athletics website - Jun 18 2007


TRACEY MORRIS considers herself fit enough to contest the marathon at the World Championships in Osaka after testing herself in yesterday’s BUPA Great Women’s-Only Run in Sunderland.  Morris felt no ill-effects from the knee injuries which she has been suffering from and caused her to miss the world trial race staged in conjunction with the London Marathon in April.  The 39-year-old Welsh athlete, who sprang to fame when emerging from fun runner status to win the Olympic trial three years ago, was eighth in yesterday’s 10 kilometres race.


Unsurprisingly she was no match for Kenyan winner Rose Cheruiyot, who destroyed the opposition over the last two kilometres, clinching victory in 33minutes, 32seconds.  Cheruiyot, last autumn’s Amsterdam marathon winner, beat off the challenge of former French 10,000m champion Hanan Farhoun by 18sec with Kenya’s Edinburgh-based Catherine Mutwa third in 33min 47sec.


Morris, however, relished getting back into action for the first time in three months.  “I’m not far off from where I was last year when I ran here and I felt no problems at all, although I definitely need to getter fitter,” said Morris, who clocked 34min, 59sec.


Morris, who missed a huge chunk of her winter training programme, added, “Everything’s been going really well in the last few weeks, but I’m having to make up for lost time.  I’m now doing 90 miles a week, the biggest mileage I’ve ever done in my life, but I’ve no other option. Normally I would have eased down and rested before the race, but after all the training I’ve missed, I’ve got to keep pounding out the miles.  Really, just as in the past, I’m very lucky Dolland & Aitchison my employers still support me massively with time off.”