Sent: 18 August 2008 00:00
Subject: FW: VS Update - Dates including LCW, Lasagne and Leeds Half; also a Report and a Result




Thursday 21 August – Yorkshire Vets race at Starbeck – see further details below


Sunday 31 August – Leeds Country Way – teams listed below – more reserves needed urgently.  NB who has last year’s trophies – I need to return them!


Tuesday 2 September – lasagne night at Leos (please book by email, saying whether you want meat or vegetarian lasagne, and whether you want apple pie), also Special General Meeting to discuss new Club Constitution see for details.


Wednesday 3 September – Hyde Park 5k (GP points) note earlier start time!  See below for points to date.


Sunday 7 September – Leeds Half Marathon (GP points).  We have 56 Striders entered which is 16 more than any other club.  Swapping of race numbers is strictly forbidden, but if, despite this, you are still considering it, please read the “17 rules” .  Hopefully we’ll be the best supported club, too.  The race organisers are looking for marshals, and clubs supplying a team of marshals will get a donation from Leeds City Council (see below).  Please let me know in the next 7 days whether you are interested.


Tuesday 9 September – track training at Leeds Met Headingley


Sunday 14 September – Yorkshireman marathon and half (GP points). 


Sunday 14 September - Cancer Research run at Harewood – 6 more marshals needed – please let me know if you are available to marshal for this very good cause.


Sunday 14 September - Wetherby 10k (not GP)


Tuesday 16 September – recce run of part of Harewood Trail Race route.  Meet Harewood Village Hall at 6:30 pm prompt.  (it goes dark early)


Sunday 21 September – Kirkstall off-road race (not VSGP)


Tuesday 23 September – Autumn Handicap.  Meet by the Res at 6:45 prompt. (it goes dark early)


Sunday 28 September – Abbey Valley Challenge at Horsforth 10k (and GP points).  Ranges of numbers have been reserved for Striders and Abbey.  Can we retain the Abbey Valley Challenge Trophy?  Please enter early!


Sunday 5 October – Harewood 10 Mile Trail Race organised by Valley Striders.  45 more marshals needed. Please let me know if you are available to marshal for this, our biggest fundraising event - last year we raised over £3000 for Lineham Farm Children’s Centre. 


Sunday 12 October – first race in West Yorkshire Cross Country League.  At Otley.  Striders are helping Otley A C organise the race.  20 Striders needed to help please (some of whom will be able to run the race).  More details on the series to follow.  It costs £7 (in total) for 4 races, if you want to enter the series, please give your £7 to Paul White.


Sunday 23 November - Abbey Dash (VSGP) - enter early (will close early)


Sunday 30 November - Thirsk 10 (VSGP)


There are other Grand Prix races between September and November – see




Yorkshire Vets – Tuesday 21 August (from GW)


The next grand prix race is on Thurs 21 Aug at 7.30pm at Starbeck, Harrogate, promoted by Nidd Valley Road Runners. The course is mainly on good tracks and paths with some road, mainly near the finish. Trail shoes may be needed in wet conditions but in dry conditions many runners use road shoes. The course is mainly flat with just one hill. Usual £2 entry on the day. Venue: Harrogate Railway Athletic Football Club, Station Road, Starbeck. Parking at Clubhouse, about 10mins jog to start. Changing rooms, showers, toilet facilities, bar & food.'


Leeds Country Way – Sunday 31 August



1. Tracey Morris & Vicky Whitehead

2. Xanthe Hannah & Hayley Nancolas

3. Sue Sunderland & Sharon Tansley

4. Elika Tasker & Erica Hiorns

5. Carmel Barker & Bernadette Clayton

6. Mary Egan & Kates Ford

Reserves: Anna Costello, Carole Schofield



1. Mick Loftus & Mick Wrench 

2. Rob Bumstead & Drew Taylor

3. Graham Needham & Ian Sanderson

4. Panos Aristotelous & Steve Webb

5. Paul Hunter & Eirik Stangnes

6. Gwil Thomas & Simon Vallance

Reserves: Alastair Kennis, Jon Uttley



1. Patrick Barrett & Jonathan Brownbill

2. Paul Sanderson & Mick Tinker

3. Alan Hutchinson & Tim Towler

4. John Wallace & Geoff Webster

5. Bob Jackson & Paul White

6. Jonathan Cocker & Tony Haygarth

Reserves: none!!



1. Dan Murray & Greg Skerrett

2. Simon Redshaw & ANO

3. Lucy Carey & Kay Duggleby

4. Matt Allen & Ian Rosser

5. Jim Clay & Alistair Fale

6. Sarah Coll & Lisa Hodgson

Reserves: none!!


More reserves needed – please let me know!  


And could you please give your £7 to Paul White.  Ideally we’d like to collect these BEFORE the race, please.


Marshals Required to assist with the Leeds Half Marathon 2008

The Leeds Half Marathon is taking place on Sunday 7th September 2008 and in order to managed the route effectively and safely, Marshals are required at various parts around the route. The Organisers are looking for Clubs / Individuals to assist with the Marshalling roles at this event.

Marshals should only be required for a couple of hours and in return, will be provided with a Volunteers T-shirt, Marshalling Bib and event information.

A small donation will also be made to Clubs / Groups who provide a large number of volunteers.

For further details or to register your interest, please contact Sean Kachmarski on 0113 3951444, email


Race Reports


Wharfedale Triple T (from Steve Webb)


My dodgy ankle ruled out another foray in the solo class at the Saunders Mountain Marathon and so last weekend I headed instead for Kettlewell, and 3 races in 3 days.  The weather on Friday evening was absolutely glorious for the 4k uphill only road race.  The race ends at the top of the pass to Coverdale and is really hard; on the hairpin bend at Park Rash the slope appears too steep for tarmac to remain in situ!  I was 7th in about 20 minutes - much longer than I take for 5k on the flat.  Race winner was the evergreen Ian Holmes of Bingley Harriers. 


Saturday saw a 20k navigational fell race (Cat. A Medium) around, up and over Great Whernside.  The weather was no longer perfect and people were left fumbling about in driving rain and very low visibility around the summit plateau.  I was in the chasing group which almost closed the gap to the leaders at the trig point after they had gone wandering in the mist.  On this day I was 10th, being tailed off a little on the tussocky descent. (The "TTT" stands for tarmac, trail and tussock - so I couldn't really complain about misrepresentation)


Finally on Sunday morning we reconvened for the 3k (Cat. A Short) fell race which leaves the event field, goes straight up through the scree and crags above Kettlewell, traverses some upland meadow and comes back down a track.  All over in the blink of an eye and the gasp of a lung; and pro-rata to the distance I probably did did more walking than in any other race I can think of. 


My finish position was 8th on day 3, good enough for 5th place overall and 2nd Vet behind Ian Holmes, who was series winner with three outright wins. But there was very good competition at the front; in each race he was only a few seconds ahead of Joe Mercer of Skipton.  Sara ran on day 1 and day 3 but found other things to do on the Saturday, so no Grand Prix mug for her.


Editor’s note, if you are wondering how Steve managed glorious weather last weekend, this event took place in July and his report has been in my inbox for a while


Scandal of missing points in VS Fell Championship (from GW)


Steve Webb  210 points (Round Hill not included)


Steve Webb, captain of the fell section & prolific winner of the VS Fell Championship, was missed off the recent points list. This was, of course, a sneaky attempt to keep him from winning again. An eagle-eyed investigator spotted the omission and so Captain Webb has been reinstated with full points tally!!'


Hyde Park 5k


Grand Prix points are scored according to the best time for the series.  Here is the current position


                                        Race 1      Race 2      Race 3
                       Best     Pts   Pos   Time  Pos   Time  Pos   Time
 Panos Aristotelous 0:16:41      100    4  16.41    0   0.00    0   0.00   
 Gwilym Thomas      0:17:23       99    7  17.39   13  17.23    0   0.00   
 Drew Taylor        0:18:15       98   10  18.15   20  18.20    0   0.00   
 Jeremy Ladyman     0:18:25       97   11  18.36   21  18.25    0   0.00   
 Graham Needham     0:18:46       96   14  18.46    0   0.00    0   0.00   
 Eirik Stangnes     0:19:09       95   17  19.29   25  19.09    0   0.00   
 Elika Tasker       0:19:17       94   20  19.59   27  19.17    0   0.00   
 Matt Allen         0:19:31       93    0   0.00   29  19.31    0   0.00   
 Eric Green         0:19:38       92    0   0.00   31  19.38    0   0.00   
 David Bass         0:19:45       91   19  19.45    0   0.00    0   0.00   
 John Wallace       0:20:05       90   22  20.32   38  20.05    0   0.00   
 Simon Redshaw      0:20:46       89    0   0.00   42  20.46    0   0.00   
 Carmel Barker      0:20:55       88   27  20.55    0   0.00    0   0.00   
 Nick Barnes        0:20:58       87    0   0.00   45  20.58    0   0.00   
 Paul Sanderson     0:20:59       86   28  21.05   46  20.59    0   0.00   
 Mick Tinker        0:22:02       85   35  22.02   63  23.07    0   0.00   
 Chloe Hudson       0:22:13       84   36  22.43   57  22.13    0   0.00   
 Anne McCaffrey     0:29:05       83   56  29.05    0   0.00    0   0.00   

The latest GP points table is You will notice that everyone now has a group letter A/B/C/D/E (or U for unclassified).  These are explained in the Grand Prix Handbook  Each group winner will get a Grand Prix T-shirt at the end of the year.


Other results


None of these – apologies, our results collector is on holiday!  But race reports are welcome from everyone.


Where’s Brian Hanley?


Brian won the VS marathon trophy a year ago.  What’s he up to?  He emailed:


“I have moved my research from running into the infinitely more complicated and bizarre world of elite race walking.  I've been to Russia to collect data at the Race Walking World Cup (probably worth a race review due to its sheer oddness - they even had 20,000 at the Opening Ceremony) and hopefully will travel to Australia to collect data there too.  But of course I'm still hoping to spend more time running and getting back into competition!”