Sent: 09 December 2007 00:33
Subject: V S Update - Cross country (final reminder), Dec 11 training, Xmas do (final reminder), London marathon, Harrogate ringway, Abbey Dash, Columbus marathon
In particular I can recommend the Northerns as the best value race you’ll get in 2008. There should be about 3,000 runners across the 8 races, come along and join them! Great atmosphere!
Let me know if you want to enter by Tuesday 11 December 11pm at the very latest.
Other cross country dates
Sun 23 Dec – 2nd race in Sport Direct league at Ackworth – details to follow
Sun 13 Jan – 3rd race in Sport Direct league at Crossgates – details to follow
Sun 13 Jan – Yorks Vets Cross Country at Keighley – entries must be with us by Thursday 3 January at the latest
Sun 17 Feb – 4th race in Sport Direct league at Otley Chevin – details to follow
Sat 23 Feb –
English Cross Country Champs at
Sun 9 Mar – 5th race in Sport Direct league at Thackley – details to follow
Tuesday 11 December - training at Leeds Met Carnegie track at Headingley
Meet at the indoor sports centre 6:50 – 6:55 to get changed or 7:05 ready to run. Arrive a few minutes early because there may be a queue to pay. Directions on the website. Afterwards at the Three Horse Shoes.
Xmas Meal and Presentation Night - Friday 14 December – final reminder
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. Let me know if you require vegetarian food so that I can ensure there is plenty on offer. Hope to see you there.
Steve O’Callaghan, mobile 07721 611330, email - firstname.lastname@example.org
With a week to go, over 50 have signed up. Having had record attendances at the summer Anniversary events, it seems that another record will be broken!
Please send me your nominations for the Marathon Trophy and the Also Ran Trophy which will be presented on the night.
Christmas / New Year Handicap – Sunday 30 December
We’ll meet down by the Res at 10:45, first runner off at 11:00. 5 miles round the Res, almost to Eccup (there will be a marshal to tell you where to turn), and back. Fancy dress optional. Grand Prix points available. Back to Leo’s afterwards.
We have two unallocated places for the London Marathon.
If you were rejected but still want to run, let me know by Friday 28 December. We’ll put the names into the hat and draw two names for these places at the Xmas Handicap. We’ll also draw one name for a guaranteed place in 2009 so someone can start training early!
We already have three teams
- Nat Crossland, Bob Jackson,
Andrew Cutts, Sylvia Watson, Paul Hunter
- Erica Hiorns, Jonathan Brownbill, Greg Skerrett, Patrick Barrett, Dan Murray
- Helen Priest, Neil Fairburn, David Cusack, Eric Cusack, Jonathan Cocker
And we have two more towards a fourth team.
Get yourselves together in teams of 5 – you must have at least one woman, one over 40 and one over 45.
Or if you want to be part of a team, let me know.
Did I mention that the sausages and giant Yorkshire pudding are brilliant at the Yorkshire Lass in Knaresborough? There’s a veggy version too!
John Hallas tells me he organises an occasional handicap race on the Leeds Liverpool canal near the City Centre, The next one will be Wednesday 23 January, so put it in your diaries and I’ll give you more details later (or email John email@example.com )
Abbey Dash Results
Four names that I missed in the last email brings the number of first claim Striders who ran up to 41
Chip Chip G.P Gun Gun
Pos Time Pts Pos Time
1974 Anne Worrall 0:49:48 65 2064 0:54:39
2023 Sarah Gordon 0:50:02 64 2105 0:54:53
3822 Matt Watkins 0:59:34 61 3978 1:07:35
4051 John Whitehead 1:01:17 60 3666 1:05:02
And here are three more runners currently considering joining Striders
1846 Maureen Coffey 0:49:11 1421 0:50:24 6th W55
3163 Kathly Poon 0:55:35 3256 1:02:06
Well, Jonjo and I did the
So let's get the usual start line excuses out of the way.
Two weeks before Jonjo was out training on Ilkley Moor (ba't at - without his hat), despite me telling him some weeks before to stay on the roads, and the inevitable happened. He turned his ankle on a rock and ended up with a very bruised foot and did not run again until two days before the race.
As for me, I have for quite some time now had a condition that manifests itself every so often. My back tweaks, the left groin hurts, my thigh goes dead and the sciatica returns with a vengeance. The whole leg feels like it does not want to work. The Saturday before flying out it happened again! Four miles to get home and only 8 days before the race.
On the Monday my Doctor referred me to a private sports injury specialist, Martyn Speight, a very successful fell runner (3rd in the 3 Peaks) and he diagnosed Lumber Spinal Stenosis. What the hell is that? A narrowing of the spinal canal which places pressure on the spinal cord. If you want any of the details, have a look on the web "The Bonati Institute Glossary: Spinal Stenosis". In my case the nerve between the compacting vertebrae is that which goes to the left leg.
I did not think it was possible but two treatments including
acupuncture, and a series of exercises got me to the start line. We had a
jog around part of the course on the Friday without any after effects. Loaded
the pasta and jells and on a gloriously sunny morning we set off at 3.30
pace. The terrain is dead flat. The longest straight road is 6.5 MILES
long and the atmosphere at the start and finish beats
How did we do? Let's get the excuses in again.
We were on our schedule (half way in 1.43.49) until about 19 miles when
Jonjo said "Dad, I've got a stone in my shoe". I told him to pull to
the side of the road and get it out before it caused any damage. I slowed
down to await his return and when he did, I could not pick up the pace.
He stayed around until the 21 mile point and pumping himself up with aggressive
arm shakes and "Come on
Me? I just watched the road and concentrated on moving forward! The weather was hot with the relentless sunshine but the crowd support was fantastic and before I knew it I was at 25 miles, then 26, one final turn and downhill to the finish. Jonjo was waiting just beyond and the treasured memory is of the emotional embrace and "We did it Pops".
Our times were Jonjo, 3.43.54 (debut) and me, 3.46.48. Having led the O/60s at the half way point I finished 3rd. I did not know it at the time but I suppose it puts my effort into prospective for an old un. I had no problems with the pre-injury. Just a little cramping from 8 miles onwards and some enormous blisters on 3 toes. The winner did 2.31 which is slower than my Piccadilly time all those years ago. Age is a bummer isn't it?
We spent the following week touring
A month has gone by and our sponsorship of Martin House hospice has reached £700. Still more to collect.
The front of the vests had the names of Alan and David on
the shoulder traps. The backs had our names, the Union flag surrounded by
the words "The Brits are Coming", and "Remembering Alan and
David". This I did in remembrance of two great friends, Alan
Robershaw and David Fossati from Sale Harrier days who passed away during
the last few years. Alan was my coach from when I started running aged 14
and David was a close friend I covered many a mile with. As long as
I have the ability to run, I will do something each year wearing this
vest. Next year? Maybe the 3 Peaks or