Sent: 05 May 2008 17:45
Subject: VS Update - MVT marshals, John Hallas 5 mile, reports from 3 Peaks and
Re: VS Mini-update - Lists
We’ve a better turnout percentage than the local elections, but not quite there yet
Meanwood Valley Trail
Needing 80, got 57. NEED 23 MORE PLEASE! Thanks to everyone who has volunteered so far. There will be four main groups.
- marshals for junior race (they’ll also marshal the senior race, some of them at different locations) – meet Leos at 9:30
- marshals for senior race Leos to Seven Arches – meet Leos at 09:45
for senior race Seven Arches to Ring Road. – meet
for senior race
In a week’s time we’ll let you know by email which group you’re in. The email will also contain some instructions e.g. emergency phone numbers, what to tell passers-by etc; you’ll also be allocated a specific location and this will have an instruction which way to point the runners. There will be a reflective bib for each of you to pick up at the meeting point. Please bring with you a plastic bag to collect any marker tape, and a small screwdriver to remove drawing pins from notices that I’ve put round the route today!
Needing 20 or 30, got 15 plus 3 “possibles”, but only two women has responded so far, so unless something changes, no chance of a women’s team (or even a mixed team). Entries must be in by the end of May but it’s also important to have time to recce the route, so we need to make a decision on how many teams by the middle of the May.
5 mile handicap on the canal – 8 May – from John Hallas
organising another 5 mile handicap race on Wednesday 8th May. The
course will be the same one as before, start from the
Please let me know if you are interested. Handicaps will be based around the finishing times for the last handicap. Any new entrants please provide an estimated 5 mile time. No prizes, no entry fee, just potential glory and a good lunchtime workout on an accurate (5.02 miles), flat course. Feel free to circulate this to other lunchtime canal runners
I will be doing the timekeeping again so if you can try and remember your finishing time (that I shout out) and ensure I have captured it on my start list.
Fell Championship and Race Report – from Geoff Webster
3 Peaks Race
Mick Loftus was first Strider to finish in the excellent time of 3:51. He was followed in by Caz in 3:58. This is also a very good time but she was disappointed as she expected to do better having recently finished as first woman at the Edale Skyline 20 mile race. Simon Vallance got home in just over 4 hrs followed by Anthony Fryer in 4:17.
There was some competition between the V.S.
internationals, Eirik for
Meanwhile GW had a desperate day out running in slow motion and just managing to avoid being timed out. The poor old bloke staggered to finish in 5:30 – he will return next year to do much better (it’s not possible to do worse is it?)
The race incorporated the world long distance mountain
running championships which was won by Jethro Lennox of
175 Mick Loftus 3:51:03
227 Caz Farrow 3:58:36
244 Simon Vallance 4:00:50
347 Anthony Fryer 4:17:52
415 Eirik Stangnes 4:28:31
495 Ingo Zoller 4:40:34
678 Geoff Webster 5:31:49
Fell Championship Scores to date
SCORES AFTER 3 PEAKS (NB 7 best results to count)
317 Caz Farrow
230 Mick Loftus
224 Geoff Webster
184 John Wallace
182 Simon Vallance
178 Eirik Stangnes
152 Richard King
151 Richard Adcock
147 Anthony Fryer
90 Ingo Zoller
* Jim Towers
80 Dan Harman
78 Rob Bumstead
73 Paul Sanderson
72 Peter Stevenson
71 Eric Cusack
70 Pam Baird *
69 Adela Reperecki *
66 Simon Redshaw
45 Laura Clark
43 Howard Jeffrey *
41 Andy Duffield *
39 Paul Hunter
37 Eric Green
35 Bob Jackson
33 Andrew Cutts
23 Mick Tinker
19 Bob Wilkes
* second claim members included for reference only
(unless they can run the Fellsman in 9 hrs)
=100 BL=90 CL=80 } AL
AM=70 BM=65 CM=60 } maximum points per race
AS=55 BS=50 CS=45 }
Caz is making the running but Mick L has come from a long way down the field after his good run in the 3 Peaks, while G.W. has taken third place after his bad run in the same race.
There are still plenty of races to go at so the Championship is wide open. We hope to get a good turnout for the Wharfedale off-road marathon and half marathon on 7 June.
Road Race Reports and Results
Bradford 10K on Sunday and I thoroughly enjoyed it beating my pb by over
3½ minutes with a time of 43.14 (chip time) it seems like everything
is coming into place for my first marathon at
The only other Strider I could see in the results was Ian Rosser who did a chip time of 39.28 finishing 33rd (15th in his category).
It was a fast course with just one short steep hill at the beginning which got the heart going! To sum up. Well organised and well worth a go next year for Striders.
A couple of Striders have emailed me saying they were missing the long reports that used to appear in V S News. We also had a few in early editions of V S Update, mainly from Bill Murphy reporting on a triathlon from a far corner of the world where he’d just happened to be invited to do a lecture the same week.
This is the nearest I can get to a race report from at
an exotic foreign beach resort. (
quite a clear day as I drove into
the runners at the start with just under 10 minutes to go and saw Eric,
Jonathan and my nephew Chris. Eric had run
had been disappointed to miss out on the Striders club places at
Also on the start line were 6 more Striders – Dan, Greg, Eran and Paul for the full and Jeremy and Chloe for the half.
wife took a picture of him, me and Chris. Then I saw another friendly
face – Pat Umpleby! She and John had decided to come to
It started drizzling as we lined up at the start. The skies were grey and it looked like it was going to get worse. Two years ago we started 30 mins late because the water was not in place on the route, it was the middle of summer and some runners were dehydrated before they started. This year, fortunately, the race started on time (well 3 mins late to be precise), otherwise we’d have been shivering before we set off.
I drank half a bottle of Lucozade on the start line (a recommendation by Steve O which I have followed ever since for all marathons and half marathons). There would be Lucozade in sachets at four drinks stations so I had decided not to run with a bum-bag of supplies.
Jonathan and I decided to run together for a while. He was hoping for sub 3:30. I ran 3:13 at Windermere last year, but having lost the whole of January this year due to a cough, I’d set a plan of 3:25 and a target of 3:20 if everything went well. My longest run this year had been 20 miles. My plan was to run the first 6 at a very steady pace, then I only had a 20 mile race to run.
bit of the race was a two mile loop, down to the Tower and back to the
Hilton. Then we set off towards the
headed back towards the Tower, the rain came down steadily and, looking up, I
couldn’t see the top of the Tower – it was covered by cloud. The wind was
very slightly against and I got in with a group of four runners from
The first Lucozade station was at 10 miles and I took a sachet which I sipped for the next 5 miles.
got 2 miles past the Hilton (the 11 mile mark), the half separated from the
full, and the half runners turned to head for home. But there were still
plenty of marathon runners around including my new friends from
at the turn near the
16 miles was just before the turn and my watch said 1:59-something so I’d made up some time and I was now averaging 7½ minute miles. It was just water at the turn, we’d got past 16 miles and we’d still only had one Lucozade station. I turned into the slight wind, it was still drizzly and headed back to the Tower again, overtaking three or four on the way. I saw Jonathan, Eran and Chris coming in the opposite direction and they were all going well.
The Lucozade station was at 19 miles (it was the same one as at 10) and it didn’t look like there was going to be another one, so I took two sachets, drank half of one, threw the rest of it away, and carried the other one.
Heading up to Bispham again for miles 20 to 23 was tough, there were not many runners about (I passed a couple), the concrete promenade was not the easiest surface to run on, and there were quite a few puddles to dodge.
At 23 we turned for home. I took water at the turn and drank most of the rest of the Lucozade. I hadn’t seen the other Striders because at this end of the course the runners in the different directions were separated by a high wall. The weather had cleared, the sun was almost managing to get between the clouds, I caught a lady runner at mile 25 and we talked each other in from there – 10 minutes to go, a mile to go, 5 minutes to go etc.
We crossed the line together in 3:16. She was interviewed by the announcer, while I was pleased to collect my T-shirt, medal and goody bag. John U was there and took my picture. (I look like I’ve just finished a marathon).
Eric was also by the finishing barriers. He’d broken 3 hours by 5 minutes! Dan and Greg were just at the end of the finishing area and they had PBs too. There were two slices of buttered malt loaf in the goody bag – perfect!
Jonathan wasn’t far behind, he beat his target of 3:30 by a few seconds. John U took his picture. He looks like he’s just won the race!
I needed to get changed out of my damp kit so I missed Eran coming in, and also my nephew Chris’s first sub 4 hours in 50 attempts! I did see Paul who just missed 4 hours by one minute.
I was very pleased with my time, considering the interruption to my training in January. Everyone else recorded PB’s, so a very successful outing for all Striders.
The results were on the website later that evening. For the third marathon in succession, I’d finished fourth in my category, just outside the prizes. I’ll have to enter another one.
35 Eric Green 2:55:12 PB 4th M50, no prize
60 Dan Murray 3:03:29 PB
83 Greg Skerrett 3:07:35 PB
113 Bob Jackson 3:16:21 4th M50, no prize
172 Jonathan Cocker 3:29:44 PB
210 Eran Gal-or 3:36:37 PB
338 Paul Sanderson 4:01:41 PB
44 Jeremy Ladyman 1:26:55 PB
Lochaber Marathon (from Ian Sanderson)
A nice race, about 400 runners, flat as a pancake with
views over Loch Eil and
41 Ian Sanderson 3:08:59
Here’s the consolidated “Any Other Marathon” category in the Club Championship after all these races
4 Ian Sanderson 3:08:59 97 Lochaber 41
7 Jonathan Cocker
10 Bernadette Clayton
12 Jonathan Brownbill 3:57:05 89 2 Oceans (split time)
14 Simon Vallance
15 Paul Sanderson
16 John Wallace 4:09:49 85 2 Oceans (split time)
19 Eirik Stangnes
Stop press! Jonathan Brownbill moves up to 9th
place with 3:23 at the
Handicap Race Result
Richard Adcock hung on to win despite a late challenge from Erica Hiorns and Paul Hunter.
Gwil Thomas with 37:41 had the fastest run time (and
100 GP points), just 6 seconds ahead of Rob Bumstead. As could have been
predicted from our efforts versus Abbey at
Our two juniors, David and Eddy, ran their first ever 10k races and were ranked 14th and 15th of the 44 runners. They’ll both be racing in the Esholt 5k series.
Those that had run 3 peaks (3 days earlier) or
Thanks to the timekeepers Mike and Eileen, to number-hander-outer Pat, to subtractor Max, and to halfway marshals Sylvia, Geoff and John. Mike and Eileen were kept busy with the first 26 finishing in a space of less than 2 minutes.
36 Pie and peas were enjoyed afterwards. Eran
announced that this would be his last training session at Striders as he was
moving back to
Race Race Hand- Run Pts
Pos Time icap Time
1 Richard Adcock 55.18 10.15 45.03 74
2 Paul Hunter 55.24 16.00 39.24 96
3 Erica Hiorns 55.29 12.45 42.44 84
4 Nick Barnes 55.32 10.45 44.47 75
5 John Bucktrout 55.39 8.15 47.24 68
6 Jeremy Ladyman 55.42 16.10 39.32 94
7 Alan Hutchinson 55.46 15.15 40.31 91
8 Mary Egan 55.53 11.45 44.08 78
9 Rob Bumstead 55.57 18.10 37.47 99
10 John Wallace 56.03 13.15 42.48 82
11 Bob Wilkes 56.07 7.00 49.07 65
12 Simon Redshaw 56.13 13.15 42.58 81
13 David Bass 56.14 14.15 41.59 87
14 Ian Sanderson 56.18 17.15 39.03 98
15 Eirik Stangnes 56.22 15.45 40.37 90
16 Tony Haygarth 56.28 11.45 44.43 76
17 Eddy Robinson 56.37 14.15 42.22 86
19 Kay Duggleby 56.47 4.45 52.02 62
20 Hayley Nancolas 56.51 12.15 44.36 77
22 Gwil Thomas 56.56 19.15 37.41 100
23 Adela Reperecki 56.57 7.00 49.57 63 2
24 Lucy Carey 57.05 2.45 54.20 60
25 Maureen Coffey 57.09 7.45 49.24 64
26 Christine Bradbourne 57.10 9.00 48.10 67
28 Eric Green 57.30 16.10 41.20 89
29 Simon Vallance 57.38 18.10 39.28 95
30 Andrew Cutts 57.52 16.30 41.22 88
31 Jonathan Brownbill 58.01 14.15 43.46 79
32 Jon Uttley 58.03 18.10 39.53 92
33 Mike Brown 58.19 7.30 50.49 63
34 Mick Loftus 58.36 19.00 39.36 93
35 Xanthe Hannah 58.45 12.45 46.00 71
36 Elika Tasker 58.46 16.00 42.46 83
37 Natalie Crossland 59.46 11.30 48.16 66
38 Greg Skerrett 59.48 14.15 45.33 73
39 Elissa Bilton 60.33 2.45 57.48 59
39 Bob Jackson 60.33 14.45 45.48 72
41 Ian Rosser 61.28 18.45 42.43 85
42 Joel Giddings 63.06 16.10 46.56 70
44 Eran Gal-or 67.15 13.30 53.45 61
Grand Prix positions now updated on the website