Sent: 23 August 2007 23:51
Subject: FW: V S Update - LCW, Dates, Anniversary Report, A Couple of Results, Some Messages


Leeds Country Way – Sunday 2 September


We have 4 teams of 12 except that our women’s team is currently one short, we need another woman urgently, this is for the final leg approx 8.5 miles Scarcroft to Garforth, probably the easiest terrain on the whole circuit, so don’t worry if you’ve done little or no off-road running previously.  Race speed is not important, any woman with two legs may apply.  Please!


For the 47 of you running, I’ll be sending out estimated start times for each leg in the next day.  Hopefully each leg’s 8 runners can meet at the end of the leg, then two cars can be driven to the start.  I’ll be handing out race numbers on Tuesday night to someone on each leg, so they will be available for all our teams.  Remember to bring 4 safety pins!


If you pick up emails at work and are on holiday next week, make sure you have the list of phone numbers I sent previously!


Did I mention that we were one woman short?   (NB another reserve or two for the men’s teams would be useful, any speed will do)


Also on 2 September is the Women’s Marathon at Osaka, we believe it starts about 11pm Saturday night UK time, so tune in to watch Tracey complete her set of the 4 major marathons.




Sunday 26 August – Norland Moor Trail – Striders Grand Prix


From Old Rishworthians RUFC, Copley (Grid ref 085224 on OL21) - Sunday 26th August, 11.30am. 7 miles of scenic trail running. £3 on the day only


Monday 27 August – Spofforth Gala Trail Race


1:30pm start, there is an entry limit, see for details


Tuesday 28 August – normal training – hills!


Registration of officials – by Wednesday 29 August


These need to arrive at UK Athletics by 31 August at the absolute latest otherwise the gradings will be rescinded.  So we need to send them off Wednesday 29 August at the latest. Please come along next Tuesday to sign your form and have your pic taken (or bring a passport size photo).


Tuesday 4 September – normal training 3 by 10 mins and NOT pie and peas


Wednesday 5 September – Hyde Park 5k – Striders Grand Prix


NB start time is 7:15 for this final race


Sunday 9 September – Wetherby 10k – Striders Grand Prix


The race is FULL.  Nul points if you (like me) have not entered already.


Sunday 9 September – Yorkshireman off-road marathon and half-marathon


Online entry for the half marathon will CLOSE Friday 24 August at 8pm, enter at


The marathon is nearly full so enter as soon as possible.


Sunday 9 September – Yorks vets road relays at Esholt


Teams of 3 or 4 (depending on age) times 2.5 miles each – any interest? – closing date 1 September


Tuesday 11 September – Club Handicap 10k and Pie and Peas


First runner off 7pm prompt from by the Res

Afterwards Pie and Peas – please book by Sunday 9 Sept


Anniversary T-shirts – deadline Sunday 11 September


71 T-shirts have been booked and of these 50 paid for and collected.


We have arranged to have a second batch printed at the same price (£4.30 for short sleeve, £5.50 for long sleeve)


You have until 11 September to order these


Sunday 16 September – Cancer Research Race at Harewood


10 required to marshal; we have 2, so 8 more please


Tuesday 18 September – Harewood Trail Race recce run from Harewood Village Hall


Runs of 5, 8 or 10 miles available.  We will meet at Harewood Village Hall at 6:30 pm.  If you can’t get there in time, we will pick up stragglers at Wike Lane End at about 6:40 pm – more details in next V S Update.  Head-torches necessary if planning to run 10 miles!


Sunday 23 September – Kirkstall 10k – a good race


Tuesday 25 September – not the AGM


Postponed to 16 October


Sunday 30 September – Horsforth 10k – a good race


Tuesday 2 October – Harewood 10 mile marshals briefing and Pie and Peas


Sunday 7 October – Harewood 10 mile Trail Race and Junior 2 mile


70 required to marshal, please.  We have 25 so far, thanks.  The races will have about 800 runners in total and they raise over £3,000 for Lineham Farm.  Please help!


Saturday 13 or Sunday 14 October – first race in West Yorks Cross Country League


More details in next V S Update


Tuesday 16 October - Annual General Meeting and Pie and Peas 


Anniversary Report


The second anniversary event went very well with 33 Striders running from Leo’s to Woodhouse Moor and back.  John Umpleby took photos at Leos, then by the Henry Marsden statue on Woodhouse Moor (the official start of the Meanwood Valley Trail).  On the way back we took a brief detour to 18 Lucas Place where the club was founded in 1982, and John took some more photos.


Back at the Club, Sylvia Watson cut the silver ribbon and declared open the Women’s showers.  81 barbecue meals were eaten. 


Finally we made 3 presentations

-          a V S Performance award to Adam Parton,

-          honorary life membership to Lou Gilchrist (accepted in her absence by Max Jones).  Lou holds the W70 world record for 5km, 5 miles, 10km, 10miles and half marathon.

-          honorary life membership to Joyce (the Voice) Lambert – “Valley Striders number one supporter for over 15 years”


Thanks to John for the photos and to Pat Umpleby and Connie Cluderay for setting up shop to sell the Anniversary T-shirts.


The consensus of opinion was that the run to Woodhouse Moor and barbecue should become an annual occasion.


Omission from the last V S Update – thanks to Carole Schofield for the anniversary cakes


I am collecting all the photos from the events to put on the website, I hope to complete this in the next week.  If you’d like a copy of any photos on the website, I will be able to email a higher quality copy.


A Couple of Results


We’re a bit short of results because our results compiler (Paul Hunter) is on holiday.  If you have raced recently, please email me your result and that of any other Striders


Hyde Park 5k


Here are the Grand Prix positions after race 2.  The final race is Wednesday 5 Sept, note earlier start time of 7:15pm


                                      Race 1      Race 2      Race 3  

                      Best    Pts   Pos   Time  Pos   Time  Pos   Time

Ian Sanderson      0:18:24     100    0   0.00   25  18.24    0   0.00

Andy Duffield      0:18:36      99   26  18.36    0   0.00    0   0.00

Eirik Stangnes     0:19:11      99   34  19.35   32  19.11    0   0.00

Drew Taylor        0:19:20      98    0   0.00   34  19.20    0   0.00

Tim Towler         0:19:37      97   36  19.37    0   0.00    0   0.00

Joel Giddings      0:19:41      96   37  19.41    0   0.00    0   0.00

Bob Jackson        0:19:56      95    0   0.00   39  19.56    0   0.00

Carole Schofield   0:20:23      94   43  20.23   46  20.29    0   0.00

Jonathan Brownbill 0:20:24      93   53  20.41   45  20.24    0   0.00

Patrick Barrett    0:20:27      92   47  20.27    0   0.00    0   0.00

Dan Murray         0:20:28      91   48  20.28    0   0.00    0   0.00

Simon Redshaw      0:21:00      90    0   0.00   53  21.00    0   0.00

Paul Sanderson     0:21:17      89   60  21.29   55  21.17    0   0.00

Keith Barker       0:21:28      88   59  21.28    0   0.00    0   0.00

Erica Hiorns       0:21:45      87   61  21.45    0   0.00    0   0.00

Mick Tinker        0:22:39      86    0   0.00   69  22.39    0   0.00

Kates Ford         0:22:57      85   68  22.57    0   0.00    0   0.00

Bob Wilkes         0:23:51      84   73  24.11   76  23.51    0   0.00

Sarah Nixon        0:27:08      83   85  27.08    0   0.00    0   0.00


In the 1 mile race, our (12 year old) Adam Kemp finished second, only a few seconds behind a boy whose 16th birthday was the following day.


Isle of Man Half Marathon (email from Paul White)


Natalie Crossland recorded 1:45:31.  nb husband Tim won the race in 1:14:20 (3 minutes in front of the 2nd place).


Some Messages


Great North Run – message from Melanie Watson


I was signed up to do the Great North Run in September but I’ve had to pull out for personal reasons. 


I have two single en suite rooms booked at the one of the colleges in Durham which includes transfers to the start and from the finish of the race.  They were £95 each but we’d take offers.   


I know they’re expensive but we left it quite late to book them and had to take what was available, but they were non refundable so now we’re a bit stuck!


Chicago Marathon – message from Natalie Crossland


Some of you will be aware that Tim and I are doing the Chicago Marathon in 7 weeks time, the training is well underway and we have decided to put all the pain we will go through towards a good cause. We are supporting a close friend, who lost his wife after she ran the Nike 10km last year, in his efforts to raise money for CRY- Cardiac Risk in the Young. 


Every week 8 'apparently' fit and healthy young people die in the UK from undiagnosed heart conditions, and Cardiac Risk in the Young, or CRY, are fighting to drive that figure down through a number of incredibly worth while projects.  These include raising awareness of cardiac risk in the young, funding medical research into sudden cardiac death, donating cardiac equipment to hospitals and doctor's surgeries, supporting a national heart screening programme, funding the centre for Sports Cardiology at the British Olympic Medical Centre, and helping families affected by sudden cardiac death.


If you are happy to sponsor Tim and I you can donate through the justgiving site: if you would rather donate via the traditional way I have a sponsor form - let me know how much you want to donate and I will make a note and collect after the marathon.


You & Your Lungs – Saturday 6th October, 09.30-13.00 – email from Leeds University (via Mick Tinker)


We are delighted to announce that we will be continuing with the You & Your Body project until the end of the year. Add to your learning about your body by taking a fascinating look at the lungs!


Come along and take a virtual tour of the lungs, find out about how exercise affects your lungs and learn more about the damage done by smoking. Listen to talks, have a go on interactive exhibits and talk to expert doctors and scientists. See some of the cutting edge research going on in Leeds and elsewhere and find out more about what the University of Leeds gets up to!


Tickets are limited but are free of charge. Small community groups are particularly welcome. Refreshments will be available.


To book your free place(s) please visit and complete the booking form.


Tuesday Training – message from Jonathan Brownbill


Just out of interest I compared my 5 1/4 mile handicap race time with my 5 mile race time I ran on the 18 March 2007 at South Leeds. The South Leeds 5 mile race time was 37 mins and 53 secs compared to last weeks race time of 35 mins 23 secs, that's a full 2 mins 30 secs quicker. I'm chuffed to bits to have improved by this margin in just over 4 months and the only explanation I can offer is Tuesday Night training.


Anybody who wants to improve must attend Tuesday Nights Training week in week out, both Liz Wood (nee Adams) and myself are evidence of what can be achieved in a relative short time. So Bob, I would just like to say many thanks for the wonderful training you organise and run (that’s worth a pint for you next week, Jonathan) which has resulted in my own improvement. My next goals are to run a sub 40 min 10k, a sub 1 hour 32 mins half marathon and to conquer the nemesis which is Patrick 'the plodder' Barrett.


Two Oceans Marathon – from Annemi Van Zyl


I received this report from Annemi a few months ago but omitted to publish it, sorry, Annemi!  It is now on our website, follow the link in the big yellow box to “Race Reports”, and then go to “International”.