Sent: 18 September 2008 00:23
Subject: FW: VS Update - Last chances, Dates, Grand Prix, messages
the full series of West Yorkshire Cross country. I am hoping to get an
extension so that we can put our entries in on Sunday, so if you still want to
enter the full series, please email me before 6pm Sunday evening. It will
cost you £7, payable as soon as possible to
to order pie and peas for after the Club Handicap next Tuesday. Please state meat or veg pie, baked beans or mushy peas, and whether you want apple pie afterwards, by email, by Sunday 9pm, or by text 0777 5898 558 by Monday 12 noon. PLEASE NOTE THAT DUE TO THE DARK EVENINGS THE WE WILL BE MEETING DOWN BY THE RES AT THE EARLIER TIME OF 6:30PM AND THE FIRST RUNNER WILL BE SETTING OFF AT 6:45PM PROMPT
to enter the Horsforth 10k and ensure the Striders are well represented in the Abbey Valley Challenge. The first runner scores 150 pts, the last runner 50 pts, so every runner counts. Over 35 Striders have already entered! Entries may be available on the day, but why risk it, enter now. Entry forms at http://www.horsforthharriers.co.uk/ . If you miss the closing date, send your form off anyway and say that youll collect your number on race day.
your souvenir pottery if you ran in the
Sun 21 Sep Kirkstall off-road 7 mile (new race from Leisure Centre)
Tue 23 Sep Club Handicap (VSGP)
Sun 28 Sep Horsforth 10k (VSGP)
Sun 5 Oct Harewood 10 marshals wanted please
Tue 7 Oct lasagne night & VS special general meeting (no more than 5 mins)
Sun 12 Oct West Yorks XC at Otley assisted by Valley Striders
Sun 26 Oct
Tue 28 Oct probable date of Striders AGM
Sat 15 Nov
Sun 16 Nov Peco XC at Ilkley
Sun 23 Nov Abbey Dash get your entries in! (VSGP)
Sun 30 Nov Thirsk 10 final race of VS Grand Prix (VSGP)
Sun 7 Dec
West Yorks XC at
Sun 14 Dec Calderdale Way Relay
Fri 19 Dec Striders Xmas Do
Sat 20 Dec Peco XC (Abbey Runners)
Sun 11 Jan Peco XC at John Smeaton
Sun 25 Jan Brass Monkey Half (entry forms available soon)
Sun 8 Feb Peco XC
Sun 1 Mar Peco XC at Woodkirk assisted by Valley Striders
Valley Striders Grand Prix
Weve removed Withins Skyline from the GP because it clashes with a WYXC race. The final races for the 2008 GP will be listed in the next VS Update.
Race 1 Race 2 Race 3
Best Pts Pos Time Pos Time Pos Time
Panos Aristotelous 0:16:41 100 4 16.41
Gwilym Thomas 0:17:22 99 7 17.39 13 17.23 8 17.22
Drew Taylor 0:18:15 98 10 18.15 20 18.20 15 18.26
Graham Needham 0:18:46 96 14 18.46 22 19.19
Dan Murray 0:19:03 95 20 19.03
Eirik Stangnes 0:19:09 94 17 19.29 25 19.09
Elika Tasker 0:19:17 93 20 19.59 27 19.17 24 19.59
Jim Clay 0:19:21 92 23 19.21
Matt Allen 0:19:31 91 29 19.31
Eric Green 0:19:38 90 31 19.38 25 20.09
David Bass 0:19:45 89 19 19.45
John Wallace 0:20:05 88 22 20.32 38 20.05
Eddy Robinson 0:20:11 87 26 20.11
Paul Sanderson 0:20:25 86 28 21.05 46 20.59 28 20.25
Simon Redshaw 0:20:46 85 42 20.46
Nick Barnes 0:20:46 85 45 20.58 31 20.46
Xanthe Hannah 0:20:49 83 32 20.49
Mark Hunter 0:21:01 81 35 21.01
Mick Tinker 0:22:02 80 35 22.02 63 23.07
Chloe Hudson 0:22:13 79 36 22.43 57 22.13 52 22.58
Bob Wilkes 0:25:39 78 64 25.39
Anne Mccaffrey 0:29:05 77 56 29.05
Yorkshireman Off-Road Marathon 2008 (26m/4000ft) from Mick Loftus
It was all about the mud! I've completed this event about 6 times and this was the muddiest year by a long way. While you expect a fell race to be pretty muddy, this trail race was even worse. Many sections of the route, which in the past have been firm fields and grassy tracks, were 6+ inch deep quagmires. I was often reduced to wading slowly through the gloop. It was very tiring work. Luckily the weather was perfect; cool, dry and still.
This year the start and finish had been moved to downtown
It was great to see several Striders run. I hope that any first timers at long off-road events aren't too put off by it. It is often run in warm sunshine with hardly a muddy fell shoe to be seen (well OK a bit of mud perhaps).
The whole race was well marked and organisation was excellent as ever. They even provided a specialist 'fell' shower at the end, consisting of a garden hose in the car park.
Well done to everyone who completed it, what an epic!
Results from Mick Loftus and Richard Adcock
10 Mick Loftus 3:57:59 100
19 Rob Bumstead 4:14:58 99
35 Steve Webb 4:31:55 98
59 Richard Adcock 4:59:05 97
67 Simon Redshaw 5:04:28 96
68 Joel Giddings 5:05:43 95
Winning time 3:24:10, last runner 7:07:30
21 Ian Sanderson 2:05:49 100
52 Xanthe Hannah 2:14:54 99
88 Nick Barnes 2:30:10 98
99 Laura Clark 2:32:04 97
Winning time 1:38:14, last runner 5:28:51
Gwil Thomas may have been a little disappointed by his time of 2:56:53, but it puts him in 3rd place in the Any Other Marathon category in the Striders Grand Prix, and this puts him in the overall lead in the Grand Prix, just one point ahead of Ian Sanderson who has led since May.
For the current points table, see http://valleystriders.org.uk/vsgp08t.htm
In the Nottingham Half, Bill Murphy ran 1:44:59 (no Grand Prix points)
Other Race Results
Vicky retained her title congratulations!
14 Vicky Whitehead 0:36:54 (1st woman)
53 Paul Hunter 0:40:09
229 Mike Brown 0:49:47
NB I asked for your stories from the LCW. I thought we might hear how Patrick dropped his baton on Dans head, but only Ian Rosser came forward and here are his notes from leg 4.
LCW Notes from Ian Rosser
I don't know if any other runners had trouble with a great big ugly dog (a Great Dane I think) just after the start. I hate dogs anyway, and this thing was barking, salivating and chasing me as its owners shouted "it's only playing".
Immediately after, at the very first gap in the wall, Matt managed to rip his shorts in half. As he knew the route far better than me, he led the way. I spent the first couple of miles chuckling loudly every time I looked at him, which wasn't very good for my breathing.
other mishap was before the race began. As we set off for
As we made the detour to meet her bloke, who was driving towards us with the missing shoes, she told us how she was the most organised person she knew! By now the car was steaming up a bit, although we couldn't open the windows because Geoff's car doesn't do window handles.
Hi fellow Striders,
After years of thinking about doing this I've finally taken the bull by the horns and decided it's now or never.
I've been training for 12 weeks, gradually increasing my distances - I've done 4 half marathons in training so far.
I ran in
I also did my longest training run to date last Saturday of 18 miles in 2 hr 46 min - I was knackered at the end but felt fine the day after. More of the same for the next few Saturdays when I will be running a combination of 15, 18 and 20 mile runs - if there is anyone who fancies a similar run let me know I would welcome the company.
Since joining the club in May and attending most of the Tuesday sessions at the reservoir and the track my performance has improved dramatically (for me at least !!) and i'm sure it's going to help me get through the tough closing miles.
The "race" is on November 2nd and I'm running on behalf of the Alzheimer's society. Alzheimer's is an ever increasing burden on our society affecting not just the sufferers of the disease but the families who are left with problem of caring for loved ones - the Alzheimer's charity devotes a large proportion of its income to supporting families with specialised help as well as researching into the causes and potential cures for the disease.
I'm hoping to raise £5000 for the charity and would greatly appreciate any help you could give in reaching this target. My total raised to date is almost £3000 - so I'm 60% towards my target.
a very nice letter and donation from Janet Kitchen an honorary striders member
now living in
If you would like to sponsor me you can do this on line at the following address www.justgiving.com/timwilkinson1 or alternatively you could email me email@example.com and I will record it on my sponsor sheet.
Many thanks in anticipation
Message from the organiser of the Edinburgh Marathon
We have made important changes to the entry system for the 2009 Albert Bartlett Edinburgh Marathon. The main difference is that we have no ballot this year and entries are on a first come first served basis until we reach 11,500 entries or 15th January 2009, whichever is soonest.
We are offering free entry to British sub 2:40 males and sub 3:00 females. Free entry also if you have run a sub 73 min (male) or sub 1:25 (female). You need to have run below these times after the 1st January 2007.
· Changes to the start and finish areas give more space to runners/supporters.
· Goody bag. We are replacing our cotton finishers t-shirt with a technical Asics running t-shirt.
will not be a compulsory EXPO for 2009. All running packs (timing chip, running
number, final competitor instructions) will be posted out to
· We will have more shuttle buses for spectators and runners and are also introducing other changes to make the shuttle buses a more efficient service.
To ensure your runners get a place please ask them to enter the marathon before we reach 11,500 entries or 15th January 2009, whichever is soonest.
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