Sent: 12 February 2009 00:10
Subject: VS Update : events diary for February / March


Saturday 14 February – Orienteering event – message from Steve Webb


I'm organising an informal orienteering event for Airienteers at Middleton Woods, Ilkley on Saturday 14 February.  There will be courses suitable for children/novices and also a short technical course to test navigation.  All are welcome.  The venue is Ilkley Lido, registration from 12.30, starts between 13.00 and 14.00, cost £1 seniors, 50p juniors to include a pre-marked map.  Details on AIRE website.


Come along and brush up your running navigation; then you can go for a run up to Beamsley Beacon and enjoy tea and buns in Ilkley afterwards.


Message from Bob – if you do get to the Airienteers website, also take a look at the Adel Woods / Meanwood Park event results.  Technology has come a long way.  Not only are there split times for every competitor at every checkpoint, but those with GPS have supplied track data so you can see where they got lost trying to find the checkpoints!!


Sunday 22 February – Snake Lane


6 replacements have been drafted in to run instead of our non-runners, so we still have a full team of 32 to compete with Abbey Runners (and score Grand Prix points too)


Anyone else who has a number but won’t be running, let me know and I’ll arrange to get your number transferred as we still have a waiting list of Striders who want to run.


Tuesday 24 February – Hill session, lasagne and …


Get your orders in for lasagne as soon as possible, more details next week


Saturday 28 February - Noonstones Fell Race – message from Anthony Fryer


The Noonstones fell race on February 28th is the first Fell Championship race of the year.

Event details


Sunday 1 March – Peco Cross Country at Woodkirk


If last weekend’s abandoned race doesn’t get rearranged, then this will be the only chance for the Men to possibly get 2nd place and the Women to save themselves from relegation – so please please make sure this is in your diary.


We have also been asked to supply half a dozen marshals for this race, so if you’re not fit to run but you are available to marshal, please let me know.


Sunday 8 March – Little Strickland 10 mile


This race is organized by Valley Strider Mark Bean who moved to near Penrith about 4 years ago, this will be the third year he has organized this race.  An undulating route along minor country roads and only £7 to enter.  Details at


Leo’s Changing rooms


On the one Tuesday in the month that we were away at the track, the changing rooms were broken into while the rugby players were training.  Items stolen included money, mobiles, car keys and two cars. 


From now on, we’ll be locking the changing rooms while we’re out, and I suggest that you don’t leave anything on show in cars in the car park.


Request for sponsorship from Chris Carver of Otley A C


Let me begin by briefly introducing myself ... I'm Chris Carver, the secretary of Otley AC and race director of the Otley 10.  Could I please ask you to forward this email to your members, or delete it as you see fit.  If you choose the latter please except my apologies for having troubled you.


Some of you will know about my successful battle with cancer back in the 1990s.  And as some of you are aware, in May I am to embark upon the biggest challenge of my life, running from Otley to London on behalf of the male cancer charity Orchid.


Training for this run is a serious challenge in itself, but I know that the funds I raise will go towards the fight against male cancers.  Orchid is the only UK registered cancer charity to focus entirely on the male-specific cancers; prostate, penile and testicular.  They exist to save lives and suffering caused by these diseases by funding medical research and promoting awareness about them.


For too long male-specific cancers have been under-funded and under-supported as far as research and awareness are concerned.  But, with 35,000 cases of prostate cancer, and 2000 testicular cancer cases per year, the incidence of male-specific cancers is relentlessly approaching the number of breast cancer cases.  Out of every 100 cancers diagnosed in men, 24 are of the prostate, and if that isn’t thought-provoking enough, there are 10,000 deaths every year – that’s one man every hour.


Raising funds will be no mean feat.  With a target of £2000, I’ll have to fundraise just as hard as I will have to train.  But with your support, I know I’ll be a step closer.  I have set up my own online fundraising website, which you can visit by going to   If you didn’t already know, Gift Aid is a great way to contribute – if you are a UK taxpayer, the government will add a little bit more to your donation (28%) at no extra cost to you!  So please do remember to tick the gift aid box where provided, complete with your full address details.


Anything you are able to contribute will really help me reach and hopefully exceed my target so thank you so much for your consideration.


Further details of my Run to London can be found at as can details of the full route and also the three records I'm targetting (after consultation with Guinness World Records).


My blog also has the necessary details and links ...





Below is a brief resume/biography of my running career to date with specific emphasis on my successful battle with cancer.


Born in Bradford on 26 February 1964.  I began running in 1972 after watching the Munich Olympics on television. Throughout the rest of the decade I took part in lots of endurance races – mainly cross country representing my school [The Grange School, Bradford].


In the mid to late 1980s I shifted to mainly road running but in February 1990 (my 26th birthday) I was diagnosed with testicular cancer and had a testicle removed.  In June 1990 it was confirmed that the cancer had spread to my lungs, I underwent six months of chemotherapy but it never occurred to me to stop running ... I remember regularly running between visits to Bradford Royal Infirmary.  In August 1990 my wife's gran died of cancer - liver, I think.


In September 1991 I began racing again but only two years later I ended up in hospital again … this time for an operation to remove part of my right lung due to the cancer.  My mother died only a few days before this operation and her funeral was in Scarborough only two days after my operation.  A smoker all her life she died of lung cancer.


Began training seriously again in 1994 but unusually for a committed runner [in the public's eyes anyway] I have never been interested in the marathon and have only ever entered one – Nottingham 2005 (3h 09:28).


Joined my local club - Otley AC - in September 1997 and became secretary in September 1999.  I’m also the race director for the annual Otley 10 mile road race.


In autumn 2005 I began to shift the emphasis from the odd very long run to ultra competition and my first such race was the Barry 40 in March 2006.  Although I had to withdraw at 31 miles because of an injury brought on by the appalling weather I enjoyed the event immensely and immediately set about finding another ultra race to try.

Since then I have taken part in the following ultra races:

1.        Self Transcendence 24 hr race in London in Oct 2006 – 113 miles 7 yards (15th)

2.        Round Rotherham 50 mile trail race in Dec 2006 – 8h 35:36 (23rd)

3.        East Hull Harriers 24 hr track race in Jul 2007 – 127 miles 701 yards (1st)

4.        Self Transcendence 24 hr race in London in Oct 2007 - 125 miles 1624 yards (6th)

5.        Round Rotherham 50 mile trail race in Dec 2007 - 9h 00:38 (33rd)

6.        East Hull Harriers 24 hr track race in Jul 2008 - 137 miles 1272 yards (1st)

7.        Self Transcendence 24 hr race in London in Oct 2008 - 141 miles 1196yards (3rd)


At present I am enjoying the both the races and the long runs and the feeling of pushing myself to see exactly what my body can achieve.


Some of my more unusual long training runs have been:

·         catch train to York, run back to Otley along the Ebor Way, via Tadcaster and Wetherby (37 miles)

·         catch Settle Carlisle train to Dent, run back to Otley along the Dales Way (53 miles)

·         catch bus to Skipton, run along the Leeds Liverpool canal to Leeds then back to Otley via Bramhope (37 miles)

·         in Jun 2006 I took part in a 10 mile race in Thirsk.  I ran to the start from Otley before completing the race in 1h 23 (45 miles)

·         in Sep 2006 I took part in the Wetherby 10k. I ran to the start from Otley (17 miles), ran the race in 42 mins, ran the 17 miles back to Otley (40 miles total)

·         in Sep 2007 I took part in the Wetherby 10k, again running to and from the event.  Ran the race in 40 minutes this time.