Sent: 03 July 2008 00:50
Subject: VS Update - Dates for your Diary (action required) and Race Reports


Lots of Dates for Your Diary Ė note that some require urgent action


Yorkshire Vets Races, Sunday 6 July and several other dates


Geoff and Sylvia have emailed to say:


Grand Prix races coming up: Honley on 6 July; Stainland on 16 July; Knavesmire on 30 July: details on YVAA website   These are only open to over-35ís.


YVAA road championship races are held as part of normal road races.  The Askern 10 mile on 10 August and the Spen 10k on 14 September host the YVAA Championships.  The races are open to everyone but to be eligible for Yorkshire Vets trophies, you need to be over 35 and you need to pre-enter.


Track Training, Tuesday 8 July


Remember 2nd Tuesday of the month is track training at Leeds Met (Carnegie) (Beckett Park), meet at the Indoor Sports Centre ready to run at 7:10


Eccup 10 mile, Sunday 13 July


There are still places available and probably taking entries on the day.  And Valley Striders Grand Prix points are available too!


And it is also an ideal opportunity in qualification for a Valley Striders Performance Certificate.  This requires 5 competitive races but these must be at at least 3 different distances.  Many of you have run several 5ks and several 10ks, but need a third distance.   See for details of the performance awards system.  Iíll be updating the website soon with the latest awards.


Golden Acre Relay, Wednesday 16 July, 7pm


Teams of three, two and a half miles each, route fully marshaled.  Enter on the night, £10 per team.


Just get together to make up a team, invent a good Striders name, ensure at least one of you arrives by 6:30 to register and the others by 6:50 at the very latest.  NB parking can be tricky.


The meeting point is the back car park to Golden Acre, on Arthington Road,441935&st=4&ar=Y&mapp=newmap.srf&searchp=newsearch.srf


Washburn Valley Relay, Friday 18 July, 7:15pm


Message from Chris Carver, Otley AC: "Otley AC will be organising practice runs over various sections of the course on Thur 10 July at 7.15pm. If any of your members are interested they are more than welcome to join us and perhaps get to know the terrain ( and opposition) a bit better. I suggest that all interested parties meet initially at the Yorkshire Water Swinsty Moor car park - which is the start and finish of all the stages."


Teams of three, about 4 miles each, no marshals, so you need to recce.  I canít find on the website whether you need to enter in advance, so suggest you contact Chris Carver on the Otley AC website or get the info if you go to the recce run.


V S Anniversary Run and Barbecue, Sunday 20 July (OR NOT)


The plan is to meet at 10:30 at Leoís, run down the Meanwood Valley Trail to Woodhouse Moor (just over 4 miles), then run back again to celebrate the 26th anniversary of Valley Striders.  Followed by a lunchtime barbecue.


We need a minimum of 50 barbecuers to make the event viable, so far we have only 12!


I need to let Tony know by next Monday whether the barbecue is on, so please email by this Sunday (6 July) or text on Monday to 0777 5898 558, to say if you are coming and how many family and friends you are bringing with you.


We had a great do last year and did decide it would be an annual event, so please email or text straight away, otherwise unfortunately we will have to cancel the barbecue.


Summer Handicap, Tuesday 29 July, 7pm


Five and a quarter miles from the Res, a clockwise route via Eccup and Emmerdale.  Afterwards itís lasagne night!


Leeds Country Way Relay, Sunday 31 August


Weíre trying to get four teams of 12.  We already have 39 names but 6 or so are listed as possible or subject to recovery from injury, so at least 12 more required. 


Please let me know by Tuesday 8 July whether you are a definite, a probable or a possible.


Then Paul Furness and myself can start putting teams together and allocating runners to legs so there is plenty of time to recce.


Leeds Half Marathon, Sunday 7 September Ė message from Ian Rosser


I will be writing a story later in the week for the Yorkshire Evening Post about the Leeds half marathon.


Just to give club members advance notice that about 2,400 of the available 3,000 places have already been allocated. If you are planning to run it, make sure you get your entry in fast!


Horsforth 10k, Sunday 28 September


Reminder that this is the return match for the Abbey Valley challenge cup, so donít book anything else that weekend!


Race Reports


Humber Bridge Half Marathon - from Xanthe Hannah


Six Striders (that I saw) took part with varying degrees of success. There was a pretty big field but no chip timing so we all made sure we started at the front.


The organisation was very good with ample water stations but the course was brutal with a harsh slip road off the bridge, a never ending hill between miles 9 and 10 and then the slip road back on to and across the bridge.


I made the stupid mistake of running the first 10k at my recent 10k race pace then, not unsurprisingly, struggled to get round the remaining 7 miles and finished around 6 minutes slower than my PB . The boys (JB, Chief Marshall, Patrick and Jeremy) all managed decent times with Patrick in particular beating his target time by a couple of minutes. But the most impressive performance had to be by Chloe who knocked several minutes off her PB.


There are some pre and post race photos that might make their way to you; including Chief Marshal's owl.


JB, as usual, did his best to tarnish the good Valley Striders name by telling the lady mayor that he liked her thong as she climbed up to the starting podium. She seemed quite pleased by the attention though.


Humber Bridge Half Marathon - from Ian Rosser


I did the Humber Bridge half marathon on Sunday. My first time at this event, and I had been warned in advance about ďCardiac HillĒ which is a fairly steep rise at mile 9, and lasts for a full mile.


At the bottom of the hill, I was on for an 85 minute run. By the top of the bugger, my legs were shot and I struggled back in just over 89 mins.


The hill aside, itís a pleasant enough run with the obvious attraction of running over the bridge, which is one mile between its main supports.


Other VS runners on the day included Jeremy Ladyman (87.09), Dan Murray (96.00), Jonathan Brownbill (96.51), Patrick Barrett (98.43), Xanthe Hannah (105.03), Chloe Hudson (106.35) and Michael Grant (119.42).


I thought the organisation was excellent (although as my father-in-law organises it, I may be biased). Apart from the apples, pears and water at the finish, there were even free cakes, muffins and Mars bars, a leg massage tent and a bouncy slide and castle (very important when you have four young Ďuns waiting impatiently for your return).


Midsummer 10K Burton-on-Trent 24/06/08 - from Drew Taylor


Not a bad little event if you're in the Burton area midweek in late June. The course was pretty flat, although not particularly fast as the first couple of miles were on a fairly uneven canal towpath. There was a free burger or veggie option included in the entry fee. Obviously a bottle of beer hasn't caught on yet in these parts, which is surprising as the race started and finished within a few yards of the brewery!


1      Nathan Holmes (Northbrook AC) 33:41

15    Drew Taylor 37:31

206 Ran


Thatís all folks


Thatís all for now, but expect another VS Update next week with details of UK Athletics membership registration, more information about the Performance Awards, results from the Hyde Park 5k, an ironman report from Bill Murphy and more.


And donít forget to let me know about the Anniversary Barbecue and the Leeds Country Way.