Sent: 15 November 2007 01:08
Subject: V S Update - Various Events and Cross Country Result


West Yorkshire Cross-Country League at Knavesmire, York – Saturday 17 November

If you are registered, then please turn up if you can.  As an added incentive, Striders Grand Prix points are available for this race.  Ladies, we have only just had enough for a team for the first two races – your club needs you!

The race HQ is the opposite end of the racecourse from the Brass Monkey.  If you’re coming along the A64 from Leeds, about half a mile after the junction for the ring road and Copmanthorpe, get in the left hand lane and take the A1036 to York (West).  After a mile and a bit you’ll see the hotels and then the racecourse on your right.  Take the next right turn and you’re there.,450660&st=4&ar=Y&mapp=newmap.srf&searchp=newsearch.srf

NB This only applies to the 48 Striders pre-registered for the series.  There are strictly no entries on the day. 

If you want to run the final race on 2 December at Wakefield, let me know Tuesday 20 November at the latest.  It will cost £6.

Club Night – Tuesday 20 November

We’ll be discussing the races for the 2008 Grand Prix.  All welcome to contribute.  The table in the corner will be for G P discussion, elsewhere for general banter.

We never got to discuss Valley Striders vests and logos two weeks ago so maybe if we can get the G P sorted out quickly we can start discussion on that too.  A good idea seems to be to have “Valley Striders Leeds” printed on the back.  Alternative suggestions that have been made are “Valley Striders Track Club” and “Valley Striders Pie and Peas Club”.

Track Session : we had approximately 28 runners for the track session yesterday and I think everyone will agree that it went very well.  Thanks for Geoff for setting us going and to Sylvia for giving us our times on the measured 400 metre runs.  I’ve now booked the track for the second Tuesday in the month for December, February and March.  For January, I’ve booked the 15th because we won’t be training on the 1st and I think we should have pie and peas on the 8th.

Abbey Dash – Sunday 25 November

It seems every Valley Strider I know is running the Dash.  New members please get your Striders vests!  After the race, meet on the town hall steps just above the end of the finishing funnel.  Does anyone want to suggest somewhere to go afterwards – I’m trying to work out what will be open 10:09 on a Sunday morning (yes, I’m hoping to break 40 minutes!!).

Entries have now closed but I may have a man’s and a woman’s race number available.  Since one or two Abbey Runners may be reading this email, I’ll say no more, just email me.

Please read the “rules” regarding swapping of race numbers  if you intend to give your number away or run in someone else’s number in any race.

Calderdale Way Relay – Sunday 9 December

I’m assuming Geoff has got his teams, but if you’ve not signed up and are available as a reserve, call him on 266-6288.

Christmas Meal and Presentation Night - Friday 14 December – from Steve O

The Valley Striders Christmas Party is to take place at Leos as usual on Friday 14th December 2007, 7pm for 7.30pm. An excellent evening with excellent food is guaranteed all for the knock down price of £9 per person.

Please let me know if you wish to attend.  Please send a cheque payable to me S.O'Callaghan  to my new home address of 31 Smithy Lane, Cookridge, Leeds. LS16 7LX.  Alternatively let me know and give a cheque to Bob Jackson made out to me.

Let me know if you require vegetarian food so that I can ensure there is plenty on offer.

Hope to see you there. If not, best wishes for the festive season and the new year ahead.

Steve O’Callaghan    Mobile 07721 611330, email -

(Steve, you forgot to mention the raffle, the highlight of the evening)

Chevin Chase – Wednesday 26 December and Baildon Boundary Way – Sunday 6 April

Entry forms for both of these races are available from

I suspect Chevin Chase will fill in the next 7 days and Baildon in the next 2 to 3 weeks, so I recommend you get your entries in as soon as possible.  You have been warned!

Both will be 2008 Valley Striders Grand Prix races

Harrogate Ringway Relay – Sunday 6 January

This is for teams of 5, each team member runs between 3 and 5 miles for a total of 20 miles all the way round.  Teams must comprise at least one woman, at least one M40 and at least one M45.  If you can get a team amongst yourselves, that would be great. Otherwise I’ll assemble teams from those who email me.  Entry fees are £2 or £2.50 per person, that’s all!  I’ll have some maps and instructions at the club over the next few weeks.  There’s also information on our website. Start at the Waterside in Knaresborough, finish at the Yorkshire Lass, just the other side of the river, it does great Yorkshire pud with sausage and onion gravy.  I’m hoping to organize a recce run over the holiday period, maybe on 1st January!?

Membership Subs

Paul White has already received subs from over 100 members, so just under 100 to go. The website has been updated with the list of members  Paul is at the club most Tuesdays, but if you can’t get there, send a cheque for £12, payable to Valley Striders, to Paul White, 17 Whinmoor Court, Red Hall, Leeds LS14 1NX

Anniversary T-Shirts

Paul Hunter now has the additional T-shirts that have been ordered since the AGM.  He is at the Club most Tuesdays, bring your money (short sleeve are £4.30, long sleeve £5.50).

Result - PECO Sport Direct Cross-Country League at Woodkirk

Of our 196 registered club members, 71 are women, but only 3 turned up for the cross-country at Woodkirk, thus, having being promoted to the First Division last year, we were 5th out of 6 teams in this first race (only 3 Horsforth runners turned up, too).  If a couple of our 55-minute 10km runners had run, we’d have been 4th and if instead a couple of our 50-minute 10km runners had run, we’d have been 3rd .  Please put 23 December in your diaries, ladies, to help us move out of the relegation zone.

But congratulations to Caz and Carole for top 10% placings and thanks to Lyn for good support which kept us above Horsforth.

  2 Caz Farrow

  7 Carole Schofield F45 *

 62 Lyn Eden         F60 *

 77 non-runner + 25 penalty points

 77 non-runner + 25 penalty points

 76 finishers

The vets scoring requires 1 W35, 1 W45, 1 W55.  Despite having only 2 qualifiers, we finished 7th out of 14 teams

In contrast, 12 of our 125 registered men turned up and we were clear winners in the Second Division, and in fact would have been ranked in 4th place in the First Division.  Dave Middlemas was our leading runner, in the top 10% placings, and well done too to Mark Greaves who signed up as a first-claim Strider 20 minutes before the race.

 12 Dave Middlemas

 23 Mark Greaves     M40 *

 30 Drew Taylor      M45 *

 32 Steve Morley     M35

 37 Richard King  

 54 Paul Hunter      M45 *

 63 Bob Jackson      M55 *

 69 Eran Gal-Or

 86 Paul Sanderson   M40

 88 Tony Haygarth    M60 *

 92 Richard Adcock

110 Jim Towers       M55 *

130 finishers

The vets scoring requires 3 M40, 2 M50 and 1 M60, the starred runners counted and the vets team were ranked 5th but only 2 pts behind Rothwell and 31 pts behind Ilkley, so we have a chance to challenge for the vets prizes this year.

Next race at Ackworth on 23 December.  Note that 2nd claim members are eligible to run for us.  I’ll publish the venue details nearer the date.  All Striders are eligible, just turn up and pay £2.50 on the day.