Sent: 20 August 2009 00:46
Subject: V S Update - Abbey Valley race and bbq final reminder, LCW update, race reports, and more
Tuesday 25 August – Valley Striders host Abbey Runners for team handicap race and barbecue
This will be a team race (see details below) using the 5¼
mile circuit of the Reservoir taking in
Followed by a barbecue at Leo’s £6.50 per person, vegetarian option on request.
You will need to let me know by Sunday 23 August 10pm at the very latest whether you are going to run and whether you are coming to the barbecue. (if you run, you need not come to the barbecue) (and non-runners are welcome to come to the barbecue). We will not be taking orders on Monday or Tuesday as the food will be ordered first thing Monday morning.
Click http://valleystriders.org.uk/vslists.htm to check that your booking has been received.
Abbey have over 30 runners coming, we have 26 so far. As we are hosts, we ought to try to have more runners!
Leos will be open for changing but I expect most will come
directly to Eccup Reservoir. Meet near the lodge at the bottom of the
steep hill from
On the night, please arrive before 7pm. We will be announcing teams at 7pm and the first runners will start at about 7:10pm so if you arrive after 7pm you may not get to meet your fellow team members.
Here’s the basis of the competition. Mark and I will make a list of all Abbeys and Valleys and sequence them based on estimated 10k time. Then we divide the list into 5 equal sections. For example, if there are 75 runners in total, the fastest 15 would be the ‘A’ pool, the next 15 fastest the ‘B’ pool, and so on. We’ll them draw teams out of the hat, one runner from each pool making up a team. On the night, we’ll call out the names and each runner will wear a number (A1, B1, C1, D1 & E1 for Team 1, etc.). The E runners will start first, the D runners 5 mins later, and so on. This should ensure that the runners all finish at around the same time. Scoring will be based on each runners’ finishing position within their pool (15 points for the first A runner, 14 for the next, etc., and the same for the other 4 pools). Team score will be the total points scored by the 5 team members. There will be a prize for the first team. And maybe a spot prize or two. NB all runners will be timed. Sounds very complicated but it seemed to work last year.
NB if you do not pre-enter but decide on the night that you want to run, you will be able to do so, but not for a team. As mentioned earlier, if you don’t book for the barbecue but come along to run, then sorry, no food.
P.S. we need a few marshals please!
We currently have 51 names so a few more reserves are required please. List of runners & reserves at http://www.valleystriders.org.uk/lcw09teams.htm
Many of you have already recced your leg, please could everyone else arrange their recce runs as soon as possible. If you’ve not run the leg before, two recces are desirable.
Note that the Kippax Harriers website http://www.kippaxharriers.org.uk/lcwv2.htm has mapmyrun routes and also text route descriptions for each leg.
Entry fees are £7 per runner – please pay
Priory 5 (from
Nick, Eric and I braved the rain last Wednesday for Ackworth Road Runners’ inaugural Priory 5 race. The course was 5 miles (two 2.5 mile laps), mainly over grass, around the grounds of Nostell Priory and could be described as undulating – no steep or long uphill sections. It had been raining heavily for some time before the race and apparently the marshals were considering calling it off, but it turned out conditions under foot weren't too bad at all. The race had a low-key, friendly atmosphere and the marshals were very supportive. All finishers received a t-shirt and a bottle of water. The race had a relatively small field, but I hope this doesn't discourage the organisers from making this an annual event. It could also help people looking for that elusive 5-miler for their Performance Award. I really enjoyed the race and would definitely do it again.
Jackson Ackworth RR & AC 28:30
10 Faye Barnes Ackworth RR & AC 32:33 (1st Woman)
14 Nick Barnes Valley Striders 33:36
19 Eric Green Valley Striders 35:06
I did the Taupo Half marathon in
Loving NZ. See you soon!, Nobby
Striders of yesteryear
Email from Simon Higgins
Hi - Found your website more or less by accident - I was a member from 1984 - 1987 while working at Leeds Uni. I ran with Veronique Marot, Angie Pain and Brian Scobie from the Uni at lunchtimes, and VS on Sundays and sometimes at clubnights. Great times. I was very sorry to see that Hilary McEwan had died. I remember him - he was a real gent.
I was back in Leeds in March
for the Leeds Uni Past vs. Present, and had a pleasant run around
It’s nearly 10 years since Tony was a club member but he re-introduced himself to me at the Round Hill Race. He now lives the far side of Keighley and joined Keighley & Craven earlier this year. He must have been putting in some decent training because, nearing the age of 50, he finished in the top 15 of the race.
Running Shoes for sale
Alison Bogie emailed
I am back
from 6 month travels in
I wondered if you could do me a favour when you next send out an email to the Striders as my boyfriend and I had a bit of a nightmare getting running trainers in Australia, outside of the main cities there aren't that many specialist running suppliers and no one stocks Saucony. We ended up ordering online - unfortunately by the time they were sent out we had moved on and we found a good shop to purchase in. The trainers were forwarded on to us but when we finally got them they didn't fit!!
Anyway to cut a long story short we both have a pair of brand new trainers that are unused and we are trying to sell.
Mark's are Saucony Hurricane 10 (suitable for runners who pronate) and are
If you are interested, then email Alison at firstname.lastname@example.org
Look out for another V S Update at the weekend with a long list of forthcoming events