Sent: 05 February 2009 23:45
Subject: VS Update - Rombalds, Peco, Track, Snake, Coaching, Leeds Half, Results


In this week’s bumper edition of V S Update:


-          Saturday 7 February – Rombald’s Stride – on or off – information below

-          Sunday 8 February – Peco XC League at John Charles Centre (South Leeds Stadium) – information below

-          Tuesday 10 February – Track Training at Leeds Met – information below

-          Sunday 22 February – Snake Lane – information below

-          Tuesday 24 February – special event after training at Leo’s – book your diary now, details to follow next week

-          Coaching Course places still open – Jog Leaders and Level 1 & 2

-          Leeds Half Marathon entry forms

-          Dewsbury 10k and other results


Saturday 7 February - Rombald’s Stride


At the time of writing, this event is still ON.  If I hear anything before Friday evening, I’ll put a message on the front page of our website


Jonathan Cocker emailed a couple of weeks ago, and I apologise for not passing this on to you, especially as the Ilkley Beer Festival that he mentions is now sold out.


Just to let you know that Eric, David & myself will be doing the Rombalds stride on Saturday 7th February. We will be going steady and walking up the hills, if anyone who has not done it before would like to join us then they are welcome. We are going to the Ilkley Beer festival on the Saturday night after the race where there will be two of our beers on Show ‘New Born Bitter’ & ‘Goldilocks And The Three Beers’. We have set up a micro brewery above Ilkley at Langbar called ‘Moorview Brewery’! If any members have pubs, restaurants etc and require real ales for their fine establishments or anyone just wants a barrel of fine ale for a party then they can feel free to give me a call on 07971661150.

Cheers (quite literally),



Sunday 8 February - PECO Cross Country League (2008-9) Race 4 (Middleton Park)


At the time of writing, this event is still ON.  If I hear anything before Saturday evening, I’ll put a message on the front page of our website


Details from, click on Peco XC and then Rothwell.


Race Date & Time: Sunday 8th Feb 2009 Start time 11.00 am. The Junior Cross Country will start at 10.00 am.


Race Location: The Race will take place entirely within the grounds of Middleton Park near Leeds. Just off Dewsbury Road (A 650). Please follow signs for John Charles Centre For Sport


Registration: The Race HQ will be at John Charles Centre to the right of the main reception please follow signs. Registration will be open from 9.30 for juniors and from 10.00 for seniors.,-4.064941&sspn=15.634187,46.40625&ie=UTF8&ll=53.767917,-1.540318&spn=0.015245,0.045319&t=h&z=15


Car Parking: at John Charles Centre.


The Course: The Course for the Seniors is approx. 5 miles long. It is suitable for spikes, studs, etc. Junior Race is under 2 miles.


After The Race: Changing and Showering Facilities. Race results. Will be located at John Charles Centre near to where registration was.  Please remove Muddy shoes before entering centre.


Please Note NO FOOD.


Tuesday 10 February – Track Training at Leeds Met Headingley


At the time of writing, this is still ON.  If I hear anything before Monday evening, I’ll put a message on the front page of our website


Meet at the Indoor Sports Centre at about 7pm, ready to run at 7:10pm.


Sunday 22 February – Snake Lane 10


32 Striders made the deadline and were accepted.  Names are on   NB another 4 or 5 Striders made the deadline and were rejected despite the organiser saying they’d keep places for us.


4 of these 32 have dropped out and replacements have taken up their entries.  This will be done officially (rule 5 of the 17 rules )


The waiting list now stands at 5 or 6 more.  So while I’m not wishing on anyone sickness and ill-health, can I remind you that if you don’t think you’re going to run, to let me know so that I can reallocate your number to another Strider.


I’m hoping Abbey Runners will be suggesting somewhere to meet after the race.  If not, then since I have the CUP at the moment, I’ll be retaining it whether or not we score more points than them!


Tuesday 24 February – Lasagne Night with special guest


Please book in your diaries now – details to follow next week!


Coaching Courses


We now have approval for 50% funding from Leeds Athletics Development Group; Valley Striders will pay the other 50%.  All we need now are some Striders to commit to one day’s coaching course.


Our main aim is to send 4 or more Striders on Jog Leaders courses.  They will then support training nights and/or help new runners to the club.


But for anyone who would like to consider coaching our more experienced runners, we also have access to funding for the England Athletics level 1 and level 2 coaching courses. NB anyone who has previous experience of leading training sessions and/or mentoring runners may be able to be fast-tracked straight to level 2.


Please contact me if you want to apply for these or would like further information.  We need names by Sunday 15 February at the latest.


Sunday 10 May -  Leeds Half Marathon


Leeds Half Marathon website Entry forms now available at


There are 3800 places this year, over 1000 are already taken, 5 of these are Striders.


Here’s the entry form


Here’s a colourful entry form   It’s 8megabytes so I hope you’ve got fast broadband.  If not then you could always pick one up from John Charles Centre on Sunday when you register for the cross country.


Closing date is 10 April, but I bet it fills by the middle of March.  You have been warned!


Note that the Sheffield Half Marathon is on 26 April (same day as London), has a limit of 5500, 2000 already entered, 50pence cheaper than Leeds but I expect your petrol costs will be more.  This is also the Yorkshire Vets ½ marathon championship.


Note that the Yorkshire Vets 5k championship is held as part of the Esholt 5k series of 3 races in May.  Entry forms are available   VS Grand Prix points for these races!


Saturday 16 May -  Meanwood Trail Race


60+ Striders required to help, please!  Please put this date in your diary!  Race details on . Ask your friends to enter.


Race Results


Dewsbury 10k – 1 February


 Chip                      Chip      G.P.   Gun   Gun

  Pos                      Time       Pts   Pos   Time

   51 Gwilym Thomas      0:36:14      100    51 0:36:18    

   57 Kevin Mcmullan     0:36:27       97    58 0:36:33    

   70 Dan Fisher         0:36:56       95    70 0:37:00    

   89 Jim Clay           0:38:05       92    86 0:38:11    

   95 Dan Murray         0:38:18       89    95 0:38:33    

  104 Ian Rosser         0:38:47       87   102 0:39:01    

  123 Steve Tighe        0:39:19       84   145 0:40:09    

  136 Eric Green         0:39:34       82   126 0:39:37    

  172 Patrick Barrett    0:40:27       79   170 0:40:42    

  187 Liz Wood           0:40:52       76   188 0:41:07    

  210 John Wallace       0:41:20       74   200 0:41:29    

  315 Paul White         0:43:45       71   284 0:43:50    

  364 Paul Sanderson     0:44:47       68   353 0:45:16    

  388 Chloe Hudson       0:45:10       66   373 0:45:28    

  392 Dave Watson        0:45:15       63   396 0:45:49    

  415 Rachael Nevins     0:45:35       61   407 0:46:05    

  430 Sue Sunderland     0:45:47       58   413 0:46:14    

  659 Carole Towler      0:51:39       55   653 0:52:16    

  660 Tim Towler         0:51:40       53   654 0:52:16  


I’m still hoping for a few comments about the new scoring system.  There has been one in favour, one against so far.  If I don’t get any more votes / opinions, I’ll have to go for a compromise solution.  (Which no-one will understand)


Yorkshire Vets race at Horsforth – Sunday 1 February


Sara Dyer finished 44th out of 68 ladies, Andrew Thompson finished 27th out of 102 gents


Marrakech Half Marathon - 25 January


While most of us were having a weekend away from racing and catching up with our training, Tracey was running for the Welsh half marathon team in Marrakech.  This was the same event where, you may remember, last year she had tripped over a guy rope on the day before the race, and this put her out of action for a couple of months.  This year, no such problems as she finished 8th woman in a time of 1:18:15, and was the best-placed of the Welsh team.  


Yorkshire XC Championships – early January


Madeleine Watson emailed:


Well I've tried to send you this twice but I keep getting told it can't be delivered. Its old news really but as it was the most important event of last weekend I feel it ought to be recorded.


It was 2 Watsons representing the Striders and unusually for a combination like this not a Webster in sight. Same area as the Yorkshire Vets 2 years ago though apparently health & safety meant missing out the area with the steep hill the other side of the lane. The ground remained frozen underfoot all day despite the constant racing and meant my rule of 15mm spikes for cross-country was dumped.


Results were:


Women: 1st Hatti Dean 20.37, 79th Madeleine Watson 28.58


Men: 1st Jorge Thomas Cardiff/P&B 32.51, 119th Jerry Watson 41.41       


And finally ..


I’m sure I’ve missed something, but another VS Update will be along shortly.