Sent: 23 April 2009 00:42
Subject: V S Update - Peco night, VSGP/VSFC, Meanwood, Relays, Dublin, Sponsorship, Handicap Results, Perth, Redcar, Cotswolds
PECO XC Presentation Night
We have at least 3 Striders going to this event at the Faversham this Friday (April 24). The advertised start time is 8:00 so I’d imagine the first presentations will be between 8:30 and 8:45. Striders have 4 individual awards and the Premier Division men’s runners-up team prize to collect.
The Faversham is located at 1 – 5 Springfield Mount,
Springfield Mount is off
Anyone staying very late will be conveniently placed for the “Parkrun” 5k on Saturday morning!
Grand Prix and Fell Championship Races
to those running the
Mon 4 May - Rothwell 10k (VSGP) (ukr)
6 May - Esholt 5k series race 1 (VSGP) (
10 May - Leeds Half
Tue 12 May - Jack Bloor fell race (AS) (VSFC and VSGP)
Wed 13 May - Esholt 5k series race 2 (VSGP)
Sun 17 May - Windermere marathon (in the “Any Other Marathon” category of VSGP)
Wed 20 May - Esholt 5k series race 3 (VSGP)
Sun 24 May - Ilkley Trail Race (CM) (VSFC and VSGP)
Wed 3 Jun - Otley Chevin (AS) 3.5m 900' (VSFC)
Sat 6 Jun – Wharfedale off-road marathon (CL) 25.0m 2600' (VSFC and VSGP)
Wed 10 Jun - Otley 10 (VSGP)
21 Jun - Tom Tittiman,
Tue 30 Jun - Summer Handicap (VSGP) (Probable date)
1 Jul -
Sun 12 Jul - Eccup 10 (VSGP)
Sun 19 Jul - Oldfield Gala, nr Keighley (CS) 5.5m 550' (VSFC)
MEANWOOD TRAIL RACE
Recce run – Tuesday 5 May
On Tuesday 5 May, we’ll be recceing the Meanwood Trail Route, starting from Leos at 6:45pm.
I’m sure that many of you will be running Rothwell the day before and/or Esholt the day after, so you’ll be pleased that this steady run is scheduled rather than the 3 by 10 minutes which was due.
into 3 groups, with the first and second groups running the full 7.5 miles but
the third group just reaching
But before we do that we’ll also recce one lap (1 mile) of the junior race – we need to do this because there was a marshalling error last year so the juniors only ran 0.8 miles instead of 1 mile.
And afterwards, lasagne at the club, usual booking arrangements, say whether you want the carnivore or vegetarian version (both £3) and whether you want apple pie (£1.50 extra)
Race – Saturday 16 May
More marshals needed! (you’d have been disappointed if I’d not mentioned that in a V S Update). Also Leeds Half Marathon marshals still needed.
Some advanced notice for some relays that we regularly take part in:
This is a 50 mile relay for teams of 10 i.e. 5 legs run in pairs. It’s like the terrain for the Calderdale Way Relay but much nicer because its in Summer or like the Leeds Country Way Relay with some “easy” fell running and no housing estates.
also say straight away that it is nowhere near
Between 2002 and 2005 we won the mixed team prize every year, and in 2006 we won the vets team. Maybe we can win the mixed or vets team again or alternatively challenge for the men’s or women’s team prizes.
More details on our website http://valleystriders.org.uk/vsrelays.htm#BMW
Let me know if you are interested in running. We will need to get teams planned by the middle of May and then organise recce runs.
This is a more casual event, teams of 3, each person runs a lap of 2.5 miles, a similar route to that used for the Peco XC races in Golden Acre.
Just get together in teams of 3, make up a name for the team (preferably including the word “Striders”) and enter on the night, £10 per team.
Washburn Relay – Friday 17 July
We’ve only occasionally had a team in this race, but maybe with a little planning we can get a few Striders teams here.
Here are the details from Otley AC:
We would like to invite your club to enter a team (or teams) in the above event that will commence at 7.15pm from Yorkshire Water Swinsty Moor Car Park (see enclosed map).
year the course will be split into three segments averaging 3.8 miles/6.1km and
is on permissive footpaths, bridleways and a small amount of road in the scenic
race will NOT be well marshalled and there will only be limited marking of the
course so it is essential to “recce” the course beforehand. Please use
the notes www.valleystriders.org.uk/washburn_valley_route_notes.doc
in conjunction with Explorer Map 297 –
Members of Otley AC will lead practice runs if required – probably during early - mid July. If the dates of these practice runs are not convenient please feel free to organise your own, but please contact me if you need any help. I would suggest that organising your own would be a good idea and use ours for extra practice if necessary.
There is a £5.00 fee per team for the race and there will be trophies for the first all male team, the first all female team and the first mixed team. The presentation will take place immediately after the event before adjourning to The Spite for refreshments. (The Spite is about 1.75 miles out of Otley on the Blubberhouses road).
As in previous years team numbers will be issued so please bring safety pins for each team member.
The last few years have seen the popularity of this event grow exponentially to the point that the course cannot physically sustain many more runners (nor the car park many more cars !!!). Because of this we have decided to impose a limit of 60 teams in total (from clubs other than Otley AC).
STRIDERS AUTUMN EXCURSION to
Planning from Patrick Barrett for the
26 October 2009. It’s a bank holiday in
I’m getting a VS Dublin Marathon posse together, so far there has been a lot of interest with approx 10 Striders wanting to go. The Plan is to fly out from Leeds Bradford on Sunday 25, in the morning/lunch time and return on Tuesday 27 around tea time. Flights with Ryan Air are not available for booking at the moment, but it is anticipated to cost approx £60 return inc of taxes, fee etc. Hotel, should get something for approx £100 pp for BB for the two night stay in the central area, This is based on 2 persons sharing. (As organizer, I get first choice of room mate, definitely not Brownbill, or anyone who shaves on a morning. So that rules Tracy M out. Dan’s in with a chance).
If you are interested in joining the Dublin Marathon posse for this fun packed, potential PB weekend(ish), please let me know as soon as possible, but no later than 22 May, as we need to get flights and hotels booked while they are cheap.
Some of you will know that I was picked out of the annual ballot last October and won a place in this years London Marathon, and have since been training and increasing my distances. Its mostly been going well and I've lowered my 10-mile PB by 2mins, half marathon PB by 10mins and 20-mile PB by 11mins in the last 6 months, although I can't wait to get back to shorter races!
What most of you won't know is that since I was given that place, I've lost my Dad. He suffered his 3rd heart attack just 2 months ago on 30th January and passed away aged 62, leaving my Mum who loves and misses him very much, my brother and sister, his granddaughter and myself. I apologise now to those of you I told I was running various races in February and March only to drop out at the last minute just with the excuse that I was "going home" - I hope you understand.
The sharp ones amongst will by now have spotted what's coming. I'm going to use my place to run for my brilliant Dad and to raise money for the British Heart Foundation, whose work previously helped to save my Dad twice before, until he ran out of good luck on that fateful day. I know a lot of people ask for sponsorship around this time, but if you can spare anything, then I and my family will be extremely grateful - my online sponsorship page is below or I can take donations to put on a traditional form.
On a running note, I've only done one marathon marathon before and I did a 3:54 in
I’m running for the Martin House children’s hospice in Boston Spa. Although I’m not ‘high profiling’ my charity run, any sponsorship, no matter how small, would be greatly appreciated. 100% of cash raised will go to this very worthwhile charity.
Message from Bob
interesting way of supporting a worthwhile cause – donate some money for each
mile you do in training. Maybe you could donate 5p a mile. Can
Valley Striders get from Leeds to
Here’s the message from Richard
the pupils at
Using a system of pledge forms donate to us your training and racing mileage to contribute towards the three target distances. Add a fixed rate or pence per mile monetary contribution to further help us raise money for ICT equipment used to run multi-sensory learning programmes for our students.
the 8th to 17th May a high mileage peak within your own
training and help the pupils at
For pledge forms email: email@example.com or contact: 07590 777909 or 07590 777914
Club Handicap 10k
37 Striders for the Spring Handicap was a good number, and we had almost as many marshals.
Thanks to Mike, Eileen, Max, Pat, Joyce, Jonathan, Geoff, Sylvia, Peter, Mick, John and Liz (and apologies to anyone that I’ve missed)
New member Sarah Oldroyd was first across the line, but we put some small print in the rules last Autumn, and as it was her first club handicap she didn’t win the cup. Instead it went to Louise Allinson who joined this time last year and has improved significantly over the 12 months – a deserving winner.
Congratulations to another Strider who has been with us less that a year – Dan Fisher – who scored the 100 Grand Prix points for being the fastest runner on the night.
The Grand Prix table has been updated on the website – there are now 84 Striders who have run 1 or more races, and 4 of these have now completed 8 races so are already entitled to VS Grand Prix 2009 T-shirts.
Race Race Hand- Run Pts
Pos Time icap Time
1 Sarah Oldroyd 53.04 1.00 0:52:04 65
2 Louise Allinson 53.58 7.45 0:46:13 72
3 Simon Redshaw 54.34 13.00 0:41:34 83
4 Jeremy Ladyman 54.44 18.00 0:36:44 98
5 Paul Sanderson 54.47 10.15 0:44:32 76
6 Dan Fisher 54.51 18.30 0:36:21 100
7 Gary Mann 55.08 13.45 0:41:23 85
8 John Batchelor 55.12 14.00 0:41:12 86
9 Jim Clay 55.18 17.15 0:38:03 96
10 Eddy Robinson 55.35 15.15 0:40:20 89
11 Ian Rosser 55.41 16.30 0:39:11 95
12 Mike Brown 56.00 6.15 0:49:45 67
13 Eric Green 56.01 15.45 0:40:16 90
14 Mick Loftus 56.03 18.15 0:37:48 97
15 Ian Sanderson 56.10 16.45 0:39:25 93
17 Alistair Smyth 56.23 14.30 0:41:53 82
18 Tom Button 56.25 17.00 0:39:25 93
19 Gwil Thomas 56.30 20.00 0:36:30 99
20 Xanthe Hannah 56.31 12.45 0:43:46 78
21 Bob Wilkes 56.33 6.00 0:50:33 66
22 John Bucktrout 56.35 7.15 0:49:20 68
23 David Bass 56.38 15.30 0:41:08 87
25 Alan Hutchinson 56.49 14.45 0:42:04 81
26 Mary Egan 57.01 12.00 0:45:01 75
27 Simon Vallance 57.02 17.45 0:39:17 94
28 John Wallace 57.35 13.45 0:43:50 77
30 Andrew Cutts 58.11 16.00 0:42:11 80
31 Drew Taylor 58.18 18.15 0:40:03 91
32 Richard Adcock 58.34 12.00 0:46:34 71
33 Bob Jackson 58.50 16.00 0:42:50 79
34 Catherine Farrow 59.12 17.45 0:41:27 84
35 Alistair Fale 59.54 14.00 0:45:54 74
36 Rob Bumstead 60.02 19.00 0:41:02 88
37 Nick Barnes 61.13 13.00 0:48:13 69
may have noticed my absence from training these past 3 weeks. My excuse
being I have been in
I managed to pack my shoes (and Striders top!) and enter the Asics Perth Two Bridges 10k event on the 5th April. Here is my race report....
Entered a couple of days beforehand and managed to blag an "A" category entry, reserved for sub 38m runners (my pb was 38m dead). The race was a 'fun run' being combined with a 5k event for walkers/prams/less energetic. The course looked promising for a qucik time, starting from Langley Park next to the business district of Perth and following the banks of the Swan river mainly on cycle tracks crossing south on the 'narrows' freeway bridge and north over the causeway (hence the twin bridges!). My support team were sadly absent for the 8am start, deciding to stay in bed seeing as it was the weekend. Still, the usual pre-race excitement was there as 1500 runners gathered for the start. Being autumn the weather was getting cooler, only reaching 32 deg most days. By 8am it was around 20 deg with a stiff breeze blowing.
Looked around for others but sadly I appeared to be the only 'Strider' sporting the team colours at the start... Well, you never know!
Well organised start saw front runners charge through 1k in around 3:10. I was 20 secs behind and suddenly very thirsty. Reached my 3k in c.11m and was on for a new PB as we reached the south shore stretch from 3k-7k. Straight into a stiff breeze off the river I started to go backwards... Started to be closer to 4m/kms and revised goal was to finish in under 40mins... Did I mention that we were running on cycle tracks? Well, these were still open to the general public , some who seemed oblivious to the fact there was an official event taking place. At 6k, I was running with 3 others when coming towards us were 2 bikers (I recall using another term at the time) - we were 3 breast and one of these bikers (again another term used) aimed straight for us and then swerved between me and the guy to my left. Amazing, given the swell of runners following behind us! Still that was my only grip re marshaling.
Over the second bridge and on the turn for home I started to leave my group and focus on catching those ahead. Back onto the north shore the route passed the landmark WACA ground then headed back to the finish - wind assisted once again! Made up two further places in the last km to finish in a new PB of 37:53. Nice to break the 38m barrier and fly the VS flag down under. Came 46 overall, and 12th in the M35-40 cat. Winning time was 31:21. www.wamc.org.au if you need to check the results!
All in all a bonzer race..... Skippy tasted good on the barbie later that afternoon!
I entered the Redcar 1/2 a few months ago,
principally as it fitted in with my diary better than the
My Chip Time was 4 seconds under 1.5 hours, and naturally I'm going to quietly forget about my Gun Time.
Incidentally I used a 'pace band' that I printed off the Internet. You input a time and a distance and it gives you a band with your desired cumulative mile-times which you print out, cover with tape, then put on your wrist. Easier than trying to remember what 7x6:52 is.
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My email has been very busy in the last few weeks. If you’ve sent me something for publication in V S Update and it hasn’t appeared yet, it is somewhere in my inbox, so remind me.
If you’ve run a race and have a race report or want to advertise a race or anything, then send me an email and I’ll publish it!