Sent: 05 June 2008 00:00
Subject: VS Update - June events, AV comments, July/August events


Coming up in June


This Sunday, 8 June


We still need 3 marshals for the Pulse Race.  Please contact Mick Tinker directly on if you are available


Next Tuesday, 10 June


Training at Leeds Met Carnegie Track


Meet in the “Indoor Sports Centre”, be ready to run at 7:10pm and allow time in case there is a queue to pay!


The following Sunday, 15 June


We have 2 excellent teams for the Bradford Millennium Way Relay but are desperate for reserves.  Let me know if you are available to be on standby.


The following Tuesday, 17 June


We need another 12 marshals for the Yorkshire Vets race at Leos in the evening.  Please let me know!


The Tuesday after that, 24 June


Back to normal training sessions – hills!



Abbey Valley run


Thank you for your thanks last night – it did all go rather well didn’t it! 


Thank you for the emails today, here are some extracts (I thought it better to leave them anonymous)


(1) Thanks to you (and your accomplices) for last night.  It was good fun if a little slippery. I think I beat my 5 mile race PB(!) which was set in one of the first races I did last autumn.


(2) It was enjoyable to be in mixed teams of Valley and Abbey Runners and personally it was a change not only to be beaten by the same Valley Striders, but, also a number of new runners in the shape of the Abbey Runners. The BBQ was brilliant and thanks must go to Tony and his team. Appreciation and thanks to the Marshals, Timekeepers and Recorders who all did a super job and also to Dr M and yourself for the overall organisation.  One suggestion is that could we arrange the next joint venture on a Friday so that more time can be spent interclub socialising after the race, we could even arrange entertainment such as a Disco, Band or Magician!  Finally and not least a big thank you to Patrick B for the magnificent banners he produced to welcome our guests (a double first in Architecture/Lego Construction has so many applications).


(3) Would just like to say thanks for last night. Never done anything like that before and wasn't as awful as I had imagined.



Coming Up in July and August


Pie and Peas, Tuesday 1 July


Hyde Park 5k, Wednesday 2 July


Lots of Striders will be there


Eccup 10 mile, Sunday 13 July


Also 2 mile junior race 11-16 yrs and fun run for under-11s.  Organised by Abbey Runners


Golden Acre Park Relay, Wednesday 16 July


Teams of 3 (need not necessarily be from the same club!), about 2½ miles each.  £10 per team.  Organised by Abbey Runners


Washburn Valley Relay, Friday 18 July


7.15pm on Fri 18 July from Swinsty Moor car park for teams of 3 over 3 sections averaging 3.8mls on public footpaths, bridleways & small amount of road. £5 per team. NOT well marshalled and marking of course limited so recce essential.


From Otley AC website: "Members of Otley AC will lead practice runs if required - probably during early-mid July. If the dates of these practice runs are not convenient please feel free to organise your own, but please contact me if you need any help. I would suggest that organising your own would be a good idea and use ours for extra practice if necessary"(tele 01943 468109).  


Trophy for 1st female & 1st male team. Refreshments in The Spite afterwards (about 1.75ml out of Otley on the Blubberhouses road).Entry limited to 60 teams (excluding Otley teams), 1st come 1st served.


Valley Striders Anniversary Run, Sunday 20 July


Run along the Meanwood Valley Trail to Woodhouse Moor and back (about 4 miles each way) on the Sunday morning, then a barbecue meal for lunch at Leo’s


Round Hill Fell Race, Sunday 27 July


More of a boggy trail race than a fell race


Valley Striders Summer Handicap, Tuesday 29 July


Provisional date


Leeds Country Way Relay, Sunday 31 August


60 miles, teams of 12, run in pairs, an average of 10 miles each.  Terrain similar to Abbey Valley Run, in fact the section along Eccup Moor Road and out to Emmerdale is part of leg 5.  We will enter 4 teams and the first 12 people who give me their names are GUARANTEED a run.



Race Report


Roberttown 7 (near Spenborough) – from Jeremy Ladyman


A well organised 7mile race with an undulating course and a rather attractive commemorative paperweight as a prize for finishers. The field was small (c.200 runners) so there was no jostling for position when the start gun went off and it was possible to get into a good rhythm early. NB the finish is higher than the start.


I enjoyed the race despite the heavy rain and came 16th in c.43mins 45secs. I think this was a similar pace to my Rothwell 10K time (which was a PB) - all those full English breakfasts I had in Cornwall whilst on holiday for the past two weeks don't seem to have done me any harm.