Sent: 23 December 2008 09:17
Subject: VS Update - Diary for 2 weeks and rest of 2009, Maria Dixon, Dick Dale, Quiz


Diary for the next couple of weeks


Tuesday 23 December – track training at Leeds Met Headingley, meet at the Indoor Sports Centre ready to run at 7:10pm.


Wednesday 24 December – last chance to buy presents.


Thursday 25 December – Christmas Day.  Running 10 miles in your new shoes immediately after Xmas lunch not recommended.


Friday 26 December – Chevin Chase (NB race full).  First Striders Grand Prix race of 2009.  Who will challenge Gwil and Xanthe for their titles?  Is anyone free to hand out Meanwood Valley Trail entry forms at the end of the finishing funnel?  If so please contact me on 0777 5898 558 as soon as possible so that I can get the forms to you.


Sunday 28 December – Winter Handicap 5 miles.  Meet at the bottom of the hill from Wigton Lane to the Reservoir at 10:50am.  The first runner will start at 11:00am.  The run is 5 miles, on the gravel path by the Res, then on tarmac across the dam and almost to Eccup village, then a U-turn and back again.  Afterwards, back at Leos, bring some seasonal food and I will buy some drinks (see Q21 of the Quiz below).  No entry fee, and open to Striders and guests.  Fancy dress is optional, others are striving for Grand Prix points.


We will also be drawing out the two places for the London Marathon – I have 4 names so far – Richard Adcock, Patrick Barrett, Greg Skerrett, Liz Wood.  Did anyone else get rejection slips from London?


Tuesday 30 December – training from Leos – hill session at Church Lane.


Wednesday 31 December – Auld Lang Syne fell race at Haworth, .  Maybe a drink or two in the evening.


Thursday 1 January – New Year’s Day.  Also good chance to get in a recce run for the Harrogate Ringway Relay.


Sunday 4 January – Harrogate Ringway Relay, starts 09:30 from Conyngham Hall car park at Knaresborough.  Lots of details on the Valley Striders website.   Very friendly event, £2, no prizes, food in the Mitre pub in Knaresborough afterwards (Camra pub and excellent food).  Please email me if you’d like to be part of a team.


Tuesday 6 January – training from Leos.  3 by 10 minutes on High Ashes.  Afterwards pie and peas – please book by Sunday 4 January 10pm stating whether meat or veg pie, mushy peas or baked beans, and whether you’d also like apple pie.  Late bookings taken until Monday 2pm on 0777 5898 558 (please text, not voicemail).


Saturday 10 January – Yorkshire XC championships at Rotherham, please email Drew  before 29 December if you want to enter.


Sunday 11 January – third Peco league race at John Smeaton sports centre.  Footpaths, some likely to be a bit muddy.  Voted best food of Peco league by me last year.  NB results for race 2 not available yet, probably on tomorrow.


Diary for the rest of the year


Here are the Grand Prix races for 2009

  • Fri 26 Dec – Chevin Chase
  • Sun 28 Dec – Xmas Handicap 5
  • Sun 11 Jan – Peco XC at John Smeaton
  • Sun 18 Jan – Brass Monkey half (closed)
  • Sun 1 Feb – Dewsbury 10k
  • Sun 8 Feb – Peco XC at John Charles Centre (South Leeds Stadium)
  • Sun 22 Feb – Snake Lane 10 (closed)
  • Sun 15 Mar – Spen 20
  • Sun 5 Apr – Baildon Boundary Way trail half marathon (entries likely to close very soon – you have been warned)
  • Tue ?? Apr – Spring Handicap
  • Sun 26 Apr – London Marathon
  • Mon 4 May – Rothwell 10k
  • Sun 10 May – Leeds half
  • Tue ?? May – Jack Bloor fell race
  • Three Weds in May – Esholt 5k series
  • Sat 6 Jun – Wharfedale marathon
  • Wed 10 Jun – Otley 10
  • Tue ?? Jun – Summer Handicap
  • Wed ?? Jul – Hyde Park 5k
  • Sun ?? Jul – Eccup 10
  • Sun ?? Jul – Round Hill fell race
  • Wed ?? Aug – Hyde Park 5k
  • Tue ?? Aug – Autumn Handicap
  • Wed ?? Sep – Hyde Park 5k
  • Sun 13 Sep – Wetherby 10k
  • Sun ?? Sep – Yorkshireman marathon
  • ?? Oct – West Yorks XC race 1
  • Sat ?? Nov – Burley Bridge Hike
  • ?? Nov – West Yorks XC race 3
  • Sun ?? Nov – Abbey Dash 10k
  • Sun ?? Nov – Thirsk 10
  • Plus 2 more fell/trail races to be added

These will be on the website soon with more details e.g. confirmed dates if known.


Striders own races will be Saturday 16 May for the Meanwood Valley Trail and Sunday 5 October for the Harewood Trail 10.


Plenty to look forward to!


Mountain Hardwear Open5 - report from Maria Dixon


I managed to get myself over to Staveley in the Lakes to do the Mountain Hardwear Open5 adventure race. It was a 5hr fell running, mountain biking & navigation race with a 'score' format, like in orienteering. The Lakes were still under a thick carpet of snow & ice right down to valley level, which made the race er... interesting, to say the least! I gave up on trying to do much on the mountain bike section, as the ice just made it too treacherous - even the roads were covered. Loads of people (including me) just carried/pushed their bikes over the worst bits rather than attempting to ride.


The run was better, although still slow going. The ice, snow & mist made navigation a bit tricky and were really strength-sapping - one minute sliding around on sheet ice, the next trudging through a crust of deep snow. Overall, the conditions meant that it was a low-scoring event for everyone - the winners of each category scored 100 - 200 points less than would usually be expected. However, despite all that, I got 250pts (40pts higher than my last attempt, and I finished after 4hrs 22mins, so if I'd planned my time better & filled the whole 5hrs I might have scored more) and came 14th out of 16 solo females, which I'm pretty pleased with. And it was a great day out in the hills. :-)


Dick Dale


Is improving and now able to receive visitors 11:00 to 14:00 and 17:00 to 20:00 at ward 54A, Clarendon Wing, LGI


Striders Quiz of the Year


Can you beat the 19 answers correct by Eirik, Ian R, Ian S, Joel and Matt at the Xmas Do?  Answers in next V S Update.


1.         How many Striders sent emails to the Yorks Evening Post to support reinstatement of the Leeds ½ Marathon? …less than 10 / 10-19 / more than 20

2.         Which team was promoted to Premier Division of Peco Sport Direct League at the end of the 2007/08 season? …men / women / both

3.         What was the score in the first Abbey Valley Challenge? … Abb 56 Val 54 /  Abb 54 Val 56  / Abb 5140 Val 5860 

4.         Where was the second Abbey Valley Challenge held? … Horsforth 10k / Leeds ½ marathon / Wakefield 10k

5.         How many teams of 5 ran in the Abbey Valley run prior to the barbecue?  … 12 / 18 / 24

6.         What was the winning margin for the ladies’ team in the Leeds Country Way? …25 secs / 25 mins / 55 mins

7.         How many ladies’ pairs won fastest leg trophies at LCW? … 2 / 3 / 4

8.         What position were the men’s team? … 2nd / 3rd  / 4th

9.         How many Striders ran in the Leeds Half Marathon? …  40 / 50 / 60

10.        How many runners have run in Meanwood Valley / Harewood Trail Races since their inception? …5,761 / 7,761 / 9,761

11.        How many on VS Committee? … 4 / 10 / 180

12.        What was Steve O’Callaghan’s award at the 2008 AGM? … Club Captain / Life Member / Vice President

13.        Who was first finisher in a Striders vest in the Abbey Dash? … Bob Jackson / Gwil Thomas / Tracey Morris

14.        Which English National event did we compete in for the first time for many years? … Road Relays / XC Championship / XC Relays

15.        How many Striders were ‘lost’ at the Original Mountain Marathon? … 0 / 3 / 6

16.        What position did VS men & women finish in West Yorks XC League? … men 9th & women 6th / men 7th & women 7th / men 6th & women 9th

17.        Who was VS fastest marathoner in 2008? ... Eric Green / Rawand Tayeb / Tracey Morris

18.        Which Strider broke a course record in 2008? ... Laura Clark / Caz Farrow / Vicky Whitehead

19.        How many Striders ran 8 or more Grand Prix races this year? … 27 / 32 / 37

20.        How many Striders have qualified for at least one Performance Certificate since their inception in January 2007?  … 36 / 56 / 76

21.        Why will Bob Jackson be buying drinks at the 2008 Xmas Handicap? …his 500th race / his 55th birthday / his 25th anniversary as a Strider


Wishing you all a great holiday and a successful and injury-free 2009.