Sent: 19 July 2009 00:24
Subject: V S Update - 20% off at U&R, Membership, Help wanted, AV handicap & barbecue, Leeds Country Way reminder, Race Diary, Results (team win at Eccup)


20% off at Up & Running Headingley for one day only Wednesday 22 July


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Dear Valley Striders


As part of our continuation to help support the local clubs we are offering all members of your club 20% off non-sale items this Wednesday 22nd July. We will be open until 8pm this day to allow all members time to get to the shop. Please can you ensure that all members bring with them proof of membership, or alternatively if you could send an up to date membership list that would be preferable. Please can you let your members know about this offer. Many thanks


Ian Nixon


Up & Running, Headingley
261 Otley Road, Headingley, Leeds, LS16 5QL
0113 2788866


Membership Status


You will find your membership status at .


The Valley Striders year runs from 1 September to 31 August, but the England Athletics year runs from 1 April to 30 March


Everyone who has paid since 1 September 2008 has been registered with England Athletics for the athletics year starting 1 April 2009.  We are still waiting for the membership cards to come through – last year they took 4 months, they’ve only had 6 weeks so far this time.


Help Wanted


Thanks to Eric Green for handing out entry forms for our Harewood Race at the finish of the Eccup 10.


There are 3 races next weekend all of which contain a high number of potential runners for our race. 


Please please can you help at these races?  Just an hour of your time needed!

·         Sat 25 Jul - Rombalds Romp Trail Race (8 miles) from White Wells, Ilkley (org. by Abbey Runners)

·         Sun 26 Jul - Pudsey 10k

·         Sun 26 Jul - Harrogate 10k


Abbey Valley Handicap and Barbecue – Tuesday 25 August


Last year there were 90 runners taking part, approximately equal numbers from Abbey Runners and Valley Striders.  There were 5 runners in each team, most teams were 3 Abbeys and 2 Valleys or vice versa.  The route was the 5¼ mile route to Emmerdale and round Eccup Reservoir that we used for our Summer Handicap a couple of weeks ago.  There was a scoring system and there were some winners but more importantly everyone enjoyed the barbecue back at Leos.


We’re repeating this on Tuesday 25 August.  If you are going to run and/or you want food at the barbecue, you will need to book by Thursday 20 August.  The early notice is required so we can arrange teams and Tony can buy food.  Cost of the barbecue is £6.50.  There will be a veggie version but this must be selected in advance!


Leeds Country Way – Sunday 6 September


We only have 26 names which makes it very difficult to arrange 4 teams of 12 runners.  Please let me know by the end of July whether you want to run.  According to the number of runners we have at the end of July, we’ll decide how many teams to enter.  So for example if we have 36 names, we’ll enter 3 teams – if your name’s not on the list, you won’t be running unless someone drops out.


Last year we were 1st ladies, 2nd vets, 3rd men.  Also we are the only club to have had 4 teams for the last 4 years.  Please sign up for Striders biggest team event of the year.


Street Athletics – Tuesday 21 July


If you can leave work a little early next Tuesday, you can get to see Linford Christie and Darren Campbell, special guests at “Street Athletics” at Thomas Danby College.  This is on from 4pm to 7pm so you can see most of it before moving on to Striders training.  Details at


Lasagne – Tuesday 4 August


Advance notice that first Tuesday of the month in August will be lasagne night – meat or vegetarian versions available.  You will need to book by Sunday 2 August, we won’t be taking bookings on Monday 3rd


Events Diary


Here are some dates for the next 6 weeks.  More events are on .  Let me know if you know of good local events not on my list.


Note the change of date for Sedbergh Hills (thanks, Anthony)

  • Wed 29 Jul - Nostell Priory 5
  • Sun 2 Aug - Round Hill fell race (CM) (VSFC and VSGP)
  • Sun 2 Aug - Idle trail race
  • Wed 5 Aug - Hyde Park 5k (VSGP)
  • Sun 9 Aug - Askern 10 miles (Yorks vets champs)
  • Sun 9 Aug - Bingley Show trail race
  • Wed 19 Aug - Cinnamon Lodge Chase from Meltham  
  • Sun 23 Aug - Sedbergh Hills (AL) (VSFC) 14.0m 6000' note change of date
  • Tue 25 Aug – Abbey Valley team handicap and barbecue £6.50
  • Sat 29 Aug - Dentdale Fell Race (English Fell Champs race 5) - Anthony Fryer for details
  • Sun 30 Aug - Alice's Run from Mytholmroyd
  • Wed 2 Sep - Hyde Park 5k (VSGP)
  • Wed 2 Sep - Ilkley Incline 1 (VSGP)
  • Sun 6 Sep - Leeds Country Way Relay - 48 Striders to run

Bradford Marathon


Bradford are planning to have a marathon in October 2010.  And this year, as a “warm-up” for the organisers and runners, there will be a 10 mile race on 18 October, starting and finishing in the City Centre. Expect a well-organised race as the people who organise Bradford Millennium Way relay are involved. Details at




Eccup 10


1st mens team (vouchers) & 2nd ladies team (no vouchers)


    7 Gwil Thomas        1:00:31      100 
   12 Dan Fisher         1:01:40       99 
   18 Jeremy Ladyman     1:02:30       98 
   22 Matt Allen         1:03:31       97 
   44 Ian Sanderson      1:06:44       96 
   47 Graham Needham     1:07:12       95 
   56 Eric Green         1:08:36       94 
   63 Ian Rosser         1:09:10       93 
   70 John Wallace       1:10:17       92 
   83 Alan Hutchinson    1:11:26       91 
   87 Hayley Nancolas    1:11:45       90 
   90 Liz Wood           1:12:08       89   1st W35
   92 Tahir Akhtar       1:12:16       88 
  102 Gary Sutherland    1:12:53       87 
  108 Patrick Barrett    1:13:30       86 
  109 Roy Huggins        1:13:31       85 
  169 Paul Sanderson     1:17:43       84 
  207 Chloe Hudson       1:19:54       83 
  208 Sue Sunderland     1:19:58       82 
  228 Leroy Sutton       1:21:58       81 
  266 Bob Wilkes         1:23:52       80 
  296 Louise Allinson    1:26:07       79 
  332 Carole Towler      1:28:21       78 
  334 Tim Towler         1:28:23       77 
  355 John Bucktrout     1:29:32       76 


See for results and latest positions in the Grand Prix and Fell Championship.


Kilburn 7


I don’t have full results but Ruth Warren emailed Hi Bob, Just to let you know I received my prize for the first time as a Valley Strider. Ran the Kilburn 7 (really 7¼) yesterday and came 8th woman and 1st in my category. I won £25 !!! Time was 51 mins and something.”

Hyde Park Parkrun


Congrats to Gwil who achieved his second race win of the year at the Parkrun.


Race reports


After a rush in recent weeks, this section is empty this time.  Please send me your race results and, if possible a report for inclusion in V S Update.