Sent: 28 June 2007 00:11
Subject: V S Update -
Valley Striders’ biggest participation event of the year is now only two months away. Planning has commenced!
In the last 4 years we have been the only club to have 4 teams of 12 competing. We must be able to do it again. Since my last email we have 17 signed up, we’re one-third of the way, only 31 more needed.
The race is on Sunday 2 September, starting at 08:00 from Garforth Sports Centre and taking a circular clockwise route of 60 miles mainly off-road (footpaths and fields) through and near Woodlesford, Stanley, East Ardsley, Morley, Gildersome, Pudsey, Apperley Bridge, Thornbury, Golden Acre Park, Eccup, Bardsey, Scarcroft, Barwick, Scholes and back to Garforth.
Each leg is about 10 miles, you run in pairs, we try and match you for speed as near as we can.
Interested? Then email me or ask me or Paul Furness for more information. There are still some guaranteed places in our “D” team for even the slowest runners, although we will select our “A”, “Vets” and “Ladies” teams on ability.
We need to get as many names as possible in the next 2 to 3 weeks so that we can put provisional teams together and let you recce your leg once or twice before the race.
Events in July
I know I listed them in the last email, but in case you’ve deleted your copy …
Tue 3 Jul – Final Reminder! - Pie and Peas night, please reply by email on or before Sunday 1 July stating whether meat or vegetable pie and whether mushy peas or baked beans. NB in emergency (e.g. you’ve been on holiday) text to 0777 5898 558 before 12 noon Monday 2 July
Wed 4 Jul –
Tue 10 Jul – normal training but also recce run for Handicap (24th) at the pace of the slowest. We’ll meet by the Lodge by the Res at about 7:05-7:10pm (we’ll use our usual routes to get there) then do the clockwise circuit via Eccup, Emmerdale and the Reservoir Dam.
Sun 15 Jul – Eccup 10 mile (VSGP), NB may fill up before race day
Tue 17 Jul – normal training session or you could do the recce run again.
Fri 20 Jul – Washburn Valley Relay, teams of 4, approx 4 miles per leg. http://www.otleyac.co.uk/Washburn%20Relay/WVR.htm 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, first runner off at 7pm. Afterwards pie and peas. And some presentations as this is the nearest Tuesday to the date of our 25th Anniversary.
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. http://www.abbeyrunners.co.uk/GoldenAcre/golden.htm
Sun 29 Jul – Round Hill Fell Race (VSGP) (more trail than fell), approx 7 miles from Timble, north of Otley
Anniversary Run and Barbecue
Sun 12 August – Valley Striders run down and up Meanwood Trail followed by lunchtime barbecue. Please let me know ASAP if you are definite or are likely to be coming so we’ve an idea of numbers (also let me know if you are vegetarian). £6.50 per head.
The Vets team couldn’t quite hold on to their trophy,
being overtaken by
But well done to everyone, conditions were difficult, the early legs had to contend with very steamy conditions (warm and boggy underfoot) and the later legs had to contend with very rainy conditions (warm and boggy overhead).
Outstanding performance of the day was that by Dan and Gaz on leg 1, they had only recced it once and came through in fifth place (Otley got lost on this leg!). The other BMW debutants Graham (called up on Thursday evening), Paul, Jonathan, Patrick, Dan M, Joel and Simon also all had good runs.
The Club Secretary will be writing 100 lines “I must be in place and ready to run when the incoming team arrives”.
Valley Striders Vets
Pos on Leg Cumulative
1 Ian Sanderson &
2 Bob Jackson &
3 Jonathan Brownbill & Patrick Barrett 9 1:08:20 7 3:58:18
5 Rob Bumstead & Mick Wrench 10 1:25:50 8 6:43:43
Valley Striders B
1 Dan Harman & Gaz Moules 5 1:22:38 5 1:22:38
5 Joel Giddings & Simon Redshaw 19 1:35:43 19 7:39:07
Selected Team results
1 Keighley & Craven 6:09:48
2 Horsforth Harriers 6:12:29
3 Abbey Runners 6:12:41
4 Ilkley Harriers 6:13:26
5 Bingley Harriers 6:31:13
7 Pudsey Pacers 6:40:58
8 Valley Striders Vets 6:43:43 2nd Vets
9 Otley AC 6:58:31
10 Ilkley Vets 7:08:39 3rd Vets
14 Ilkley H Ladies 7:25:37 1st Women
Jane Tomlinson 10k
turnout for the Striders and special congratulations to Tracey (1st W), Mary
(1st W50) and
Chip Chip Gun Gun Cat Cat
Pos Time Pos Time Pos
4 Tracey Morris 0:34:43 4 0:34:43 FSEN 1
164 Mary Egan 0:44:11 168 0:44:42 F50-59 1
189 Liz Adams 0:44:33 274 0:46:37 FSEN 19
265 Anna Costello 0:45:41 277 0:46:38 FSEN 21
494 Xanthe Hannah 0:48:27 428 0:49:07 FSEN 41
731 Paul Morris 0:50:40 636 0:51:22 MSEN 362
1200 Sarah Spruytenburg 0:53:59 978 0:54:19 FSEN 126
2324 John Sutcliffe 0:59:49 2143 1:01:38
3252 Matthew Watkins 1:04:23 3499 1:09:24 M40-49 535
3303 Anne Mccaffrey 1:04:43 3549 1:09:38 F40-49 451
4554 Melanie Watson 1:12:13 4666 1:17:40 FSEN 1439
Let me know if I’ve missed anyone not registered as a Strider
British Masters 5k Championships at Horwich
George Black 20:05 4th M65
20 Tim Towler 39:53
Otley Beat The Clock 5k
44 Rob Bumstead 19:28
64 Paul Sanderson 21:10
42 Steve Trout 40:35
All of these are now listed on the website (2007 Performances). We’ll be getting the Personal Bests and Age-group bests up to date in the next week or two so keep sending them in
From Tracy Stewart
I was stopped by a small child outside his house on my way home asking me why I was running, was a man chasing me ... I nearly said no such luck but managed to try to explain I was doing it for fun!! He looked at me as if I was mad!
And finally …
… belated Congratulations to Liz Wood (previously