Sent: 25 January 2009 11:13
Subject: VS Update - Dates, Snake, Training Course, Fell Championship, Grand Prix, English Fell, Monkey Results


Important Dates


Dewsbury 10k Entries – Sunday 1 February


Entries have now closed, but I have access to 3 entries, contact me for details


Lasagne Night – Tuesday 3 February


Please book by Sunday 1 February 10p.m, stating whether meat lasagne or vegetarian lasagne, also whether you want apple pie.


Late bookings by text 0777 5898 558 up to 2pm Monday 2 February


Peco Cross Country – Sunday 8 February – at John Charles Centre (South Leeds Stadium)


Lots of women needed to help stave off relegation, lots of men needed for our push for 2nd place in the league.  See for details (not yet on their website).


Yorkshire Vets Cross Country – Saturday 14 February


The Yorks Vets cross country championships is at Knavesmire on Saturday 14 February.  Please let Drew Taylor know before 4 February if you want to run


NB for other events organized by Yorks Vets, see  (you only have to be 35 to run!)


Snake Lane - Sunday 22 February


Regarding travel to and from the race, please email Dan Murray before Thursday 29 January if you are interested in travelling by the Abbey Runners coach.  So far we have the back seat booked!  Here are the details.


Abbey Runners have organized a coach (bus) to and from the race.  It’s a 53 seater, and Abbey have taken 30 of the places.  So we will be slightly outnumbered, as we will for the race.


The provisional timetable for the day is:

08:30 leave from the Abbey club car park at Adel

11:00 race

13:30 leave race venue (after showering, changing and attending the prize giving)

14:00 arrive at a pub in York for eating, drinking and calculation of Abbey Valley Trophy results.

Rest of afternoon to continue eating and drinking or for shopping or sightseeing, etc.

17:30 leave York

18:00 arrive back at Adel


Northern 12 Stage Relay – Sunday 5 April


The Northern men’s 12 stage and women’s 6 stage relays are on the 5th April in Stockport.


Please contact Paul Hunter  if you'd like to be included in the men’s team; Laura Clark  for the women’s team.


The Northern 12 stage relay is a qualifying event for the National 12 stage relay. Teams that finish in the top 25 qualify for the National.


Leading Training Sessions


This note was lurking at the bottom of the previous V S Update.  I got 3 replies, two interested and one rant.  We have the potential to take up 6 places in total.  Please contact me if you are interested or would like further information.  Do not be put off by the term “Jog England” – it is about to be re-branded “Run England”.


There is a one-day course available from England Athletics which covers all the aspects of leading a training session, whether it be for newcomers to running or for serious runners (like ourselves).  Tim Towler and myself have both been on this course.  We would like every Valley Striders training session to include at least one qualified leader.


A summary of the course is


Membership Fees


69 still to pay.  See . Standard rate £14.  Cheque to Valley Striders for £14 to Paul White, 17 Whinmoor Court, Redhall, Leeds, LS14 1NX.  Please!


2009 Fell Championship - from Steve Webb


After a stimulating email debate a meeting was held recently to determine the basis on which the 2009 Fell Championship will be contested.  You can never please all the people all the time, but this is what was decided at the meeting for the 2009 championship.


Twelve qualifying races: 4 short, 4 medium, 4 long.


Total score to be based on your best 4 races to include at least one short, one medium and one long.


Your score at each race is:                    Winner’s time   x  100 x AF (adjustment factor)

                                                               Your time


At category A races:     AF = 1.1

At category B races:     AF = 1.0

At category C races:     AF = 0.9


The qualifying races are:






Jack Bloor Race, Ilkley

Tuesday 12 May


5.2m 1150’

Otley Chevin

Wednesday 3 June


3.5m 900’

Tom Tittiman, Hebden Bridge

Sunday 21 June


4.0m 700’

Oldfield, nr Keighley

Sunday 19 July


5.5m 550’









Noon Stone, Mytholmroyd

Saturday 28 February


9.0m 2300’

*Windmills Whizz, Ogden, Halifax

   *To be confirmed

Saturday 14 March


7.0m 800’

Ilkley Trail Race

Sunday 24 May


6.5m 700’

Round Hill, nr Otley

Sunday 2 August


9.0m 1100’









Three Peaks, Horton in Ribblesdale

Saturday 25 April


24.0m 4500’

Wharfedale Off Road Marathon

Saturday 6 June


25.0m 2600’

Sedbergh Hills

Sunday 16 August


14.0m 6000’

Yorkshireman Off Road Marathon

Sunday 13 September


26.0m nyk


You need to get your entries in immediately for the Three Peaks.  The selection of races is designed to try and tempt some of the road and trail runners in the club to have a go at fell races.  The idea is once you’ve tried a C you might like to tackle some higher scoring Bs and As!


Anthony has kindly volunteered to collate results and calculate scores using Steve’s unique patent pending system.  The scores will be publicised after each race and totals will be updated on the VS website.


Geoff has kindly volunteered to create a new trophy to be awarded to the lady with the highest score in the championship.  Any suggestions for the design of this masterpiece of conceptual art to go to GW at his studio – but please no pickled Swaledale sheep or unmade beds.




2009 Grand Prix – from Bob Jackson


A few changes – we’ve added the Ilkley Trail Race and the Ilkley Incline to the list of Grand Prix races, which completes the calendar.  The Ilkley Incline is an interesting race, it is just one mile … uphill!


Having completed the calendar, we have removed the Wetherby 10k because it is the same date as the Yorkshireman.  Suggestions are required for a replacement 5k, 5mile or 10k race.


Note that 5 of the races in the Fell Championship are also in the Grand Prix – by running these you would not only qualify for the Fell Championship, but also only need 3 more to qualify for the Grand Prix.


These double counting races are : Jack Bloor, Ilkley Trail, Wharfedale, Round Hill and Yorkshireman.


There is also a proposal (from me) to change the scoring system for the Grand Prix so that it is not biased towards races where only a few Striders turn up.  To see the new system, click on .  Comments please!


English Fell Championship – from Anthony Fryer


This year the English Champs events are all a bit more local than in previous years so if interested in doing them it is a lot easier than usual.

6 races in the series. Best 4 results count and 1 needs to be done at each distance.  

The champs are as follows

Short: Stretton Hills (Sat. 6th June), Dentdale (Sat. 29th Aug.)
Medium: Half Tour of Pendle (Sat. 7th March), Tebay (Sat. 20th June)
Long: Wasdale (Sat. 11th July), Langdale (Sat. 10th Oct.)

I will be doing Tebay, Dentdale, Wasdale and Langdale. So if anyone is interested but is not up for the drive there and back you are more than welcome to car share. Also if you are just interested in one ot two of the races just to see what the Champs are like then again let me know.

Some are pre-entry and will fill up fast!

Half Tour of Pendle - Entries open at Clayton Le Moor Website  or  . A grand total of £4 to enter. I have a map of the course that I am happy to copy although will be a big field and a short course so nav will not be a problem.

Stretton Hills - Bit far away and is entry on the day. Don't know much about it?

Tebay - A nice day out in the Howgills. Grassy, fast running perfect for those who like XC but just add a few more hills. Again I have a map of the course but should be okay with nav. Not sure about entry for this as awaiting my calendar.

Dentdale - Entry forms not out yet but website is Part  of the Dentdale show so can take the family

Wasdale - Entries found here. Total of £6. Pre-entry only and a limit of 250 hardy souls. Didn't fill up last time it was a champs race but this is getting more popular. Note that it is a tough race that in bad weather would require navigation skills. One of the hardest on the calendar. I did it last year and here is how I found it.   Again I have a map.

Langdale - Pre-entry, there is a limit but I think it is around 500 as a champs race. Last years entry details here. This will fill up as it is a classic race.

I know some people are put off by some of the fell races that need navigation skills. If that is a concern for people then let me know. I will happily go through the basics on a weekend up on Ilkley Moor. Even put on a little navigation training event for you to brush up your skills. I also have an e-book on mountain nav that people are welcome to have.

Anthony Fryer
Mobile: 07939 441343


Race Reports & Results


Ilkley Moor Night Race and Ovenden Fell Race


See Anthony Fryer’s website

Brass Monkey Half Marathon


 Chip                      Chip       G.P   Gun     Gun

  Pos                      Time       Pts   Pos    Time

   47 Gwilym Thomas      1:20:25      100    47 1:20:31  

   71 Kevin McMullan     1:21:42       98    71 1:21:48  

   82 Dan Fisher         1:22:53       97    83 1:23:00  

   93 Matt Allen         1:23:48       95    93 1:23:55  

  133 Ian Rosser         1:26:21       94   133 1:26:29  

  136 Gary Sutherland    1:26:26       92   134 1:26:31  

  142 Ian Sanderson      1:26:42       91   142 1:26:49  

  145 Eric Green         1:26:57       89   145 1:27:00  

  150 Dan Murray         1:27:19       88   149 1:27:26  

  172 Steve Tighe        1:28:34       86   173 1:28:48  

  202 Patrick Barrett    1:29:57       85   201 1:30:05  

  206 Alan Hutchinson    1:30:07       83   208 1:30:17  

  208 Tim Towler         1:30:08       82   207 1:30:15  

  221 Tom Button         1:30:46       80   221 1:30:54  

  235 Hayley Nancolas    1:31:16       79   235 1:31:32  

  270 Liz Wood           1:32:51       77   274 1:33:08  

  273 Paul White         1:32:56       76   267 1:33:01  

  275 Bob Jackson        1:33:01       74   273 1:33:08  

  293 John Wallace       1:33:42       73   293 1:33:54  

  295 Greg Skerrett      1:33:43       71   294 1:33:58  

  299 John Batchelor     1:33:51       70   298 1:34:03  

  332 Nick Barnes        1:35:06       68   331 1:35:21  

  340 Gary Mann          1:35:21       67   337 1:35:36  

  365 Simon Redshaw      1:36:35       65   363 1:36:42  

  389 Michaela McGarry   1:37:25       64   385 1:37:38   2

  431 Richard Adcock     1:38:57       64   428 1:39:10  

  480 Sue Sunderland     1:40:29       62   483 1:40:59  

  610 Chloe Hudson       1:44:47       61   623 1:45:36  

  621 Sharon Tansley     1:45:06       59   624 1:45:36  

  712 Geoff Webster      1:48:41       58   709 1:49:00  

  804 John Bucktrout     1:51:58       56   806 1:52:51  

  915 Kay Duggleby       1:57:05       55   923 1:57:54  

 1009 Tracy Stewart      2:00:58       53  1009 2:01:46  

 1125 Debbi Wagman       2:09:12       52  1128 2:10:22  


GP Points allocated on Chip time.  My sprint to the line to beat Liz was in vain. 


There were 1279 finishers.  Striders had 34 of them, but Darlington Quakers with 41 and Dragons with 37 both had more. Our 34 was equalled by Abbey.


But, looking at positions, we had 29 in the top half, and this was well ahead of the others (Quakers 20, Abbey 19).