Sent: 02 November 2009 23:59
Subject: V S Update - reminders and announcements, diary, grand prix, thank you, agm, race reports & results, 2 new striders, messages
Sorry, it’s been a while since the last V S Update so this email is rather longer than normal – make a cup of tea, sit yourself down …
Quick reminders and announcements
Next Tuesday (November 3) between mouthfuls of lasagne we will discuss Grand Prix events for 2010. If you’re not able to get to Leo’s that night and have some suggestions, please mail them to firstname.lastname@example.org . NB too late to order lasagne now.
NB we’ll have a meeting to discuss Fell Championship 2010 in a few weeks time.
Next Sunday (November 8) is the first Peco XC
league race at
The following Tuesday (November 10) is the regular
second Tuesday in the month track session at
Abbey Runners have also asked if Striders can help marshal at the Abbey Dash (22 November). They need 90 marshals and not surprisingly are having difficulty getting that number. Email me if you can help. (So far, we have me, Geoff, Sylvia, the Umplebys, the Careys and Xanthe – thank you!)
Don’t forget the Thirsk 10. Postal entries close on 7 November so get your entries in this week. We hope to have 40 to 50 Striders running there in the hope / expectation of winning back the Abbey-Valley Challenge Cup. Every Strider who runs will score points, the cup will be won as much by quantity as quality. It’s a simple scoring system – the first runner (from one of the 2 clubs) scores 150 points, the last runner scores 50 and everyone else is in between. Therefore even the 3 slowest runners score in total more than the fastest. And the scoring system also leads to some exciting head-to-head race finishes. If you intend to run but don’t have transport, or if you want to share transport, let me know.
are due now. If you haven’t already paid (you can check at www.valleystriders.org.uk/vsmemreg.htm
) send a cheque for £15, payable to Valley Striders, to Paul White, 17 Whinmoor
Also a repeat reminder for you to check www.valleystriders.org.uk/vsmemreg.htm . If the last column is not a “Y”, we do not have emergency contact details for you, in which case, please email me with the name and phone number someone to contact for you in case of emergency. Thank you to the 10 people who replied last week, we now details for 74 of you but that is less than half the number of active members in the club.
Events diary for rest of 2009 and early 2010
Dan Murray says “Ladies and Gents, entries now open for the Chevin Chase, get your Tu Tu at the ready!!” http://www.airecentre-pacers.co.uk/
major Cross Country events (Yorkshire, Northern, Yorks Vets,
Grand Prix 2009
Just 4 races to go. 29 Striders have already run 8 races, therefore have already qualified for a 2009 Grand Prix performance vest or shirt. But another 32 have run 4 or more races – they too could qualify. Who will win the men’s and ladies’ championships? Who will win the vets prizes and the groups? Click on www.valleystriders.org.uk/vsclubch.htm and follow the links for Grand Prix points table and Grand Prix points table by group.
And a statistic for you – Striders have now run 94 marathons this year – 56 measured road marathons and 38 off-road marathons of 24 miles or more. If you’ve run a marathon this year, check that your run has been included in the “Any Other Marathons” section in www.valleystriders.org.uk/vsgp09r.htm
This is now updated to the middle of October. If you’ve run a race in a
remote part of
Thank You! – two letters received
From Ruth at Lineham Farm
Just a small note to say “thank you hugely” for all your hard work and determination for the recent Harewood Races. The day was really fun and we are so pleased to be associated with the Valley Striders.
Please pass on out greatest thanks to all concerned.
says - NB we are still calculating the final profit, but it appears to be about
£3,800 to be shared between Lineham Farm and
From Imogen at Cancer Research
I just wanted to pass on my thanks to Valley Striders for coming along to volunteer at this year’s Cancer Research UK Run 10k at Harewood House. I hope you enjoyed the day. Our Run 10k events could not take place without the help of our volunteers and your support is very much appreciated. Thank you!
been a really successful year with over 1700 men and women taking part in the
event at Harewood. This was our biggest year there to date which is a
fantastic success. We have already raised £43,000 and look set to smash
the target of raising £74,000 from Harewood alone. Every penny will go
directly towards Cancer Research
Thanks again for your help and hope to see you next year.
AGM – Chairman’s Brief Notes
42 Striders attended the AGM last week. There were some excellent reports by committee members and other officials – the minutes will be available shortly and will include several of the reports in full, available to everyone to read.
and Tracy Stewart have resigned from the committee due to other
commitments. Although they were only on the committee for one year, both
have supported the club for several years – Laura as women’s captain and
And I’d like to welcome Xanthe Hannah and John Wallace as new members of the committee.
Message from Valley Striders founder and vice-president
Bob & just a brief note before next Tuesday & the yearly lift off once
again. Hope things are going well - they seem to be according to the missives I
keep receiving - & that you are in fine fettle; what will they do without
your catering expertise & who will get the pies in? Besides wishing
everybody all the best @ the AGM the reasons I'm emailing are two-fold. I am
clearing out old stuff which has remained untouched / undiscovered for yonks
& have come across, besides lots of my medals for forgotten events of the
past, the original Club Resolution & some really early course &
events stuff that I wrote when the Striders was virtually my life. I wondered
if you would like them for the archives, if you have such a thing, as they
are not doing much sat up here in
I'm migrating for the winter to
(Bob says - If you want to read a brief and entertaining history of the first few years of the Striders, go to www.valleystriders.org.uk/vslife.htm )
Race Reports and Results
I went over to
Sunday morning turned out to be cool and sunny and I was surprised to see Eric hanging around at the start - can't believe I travelled that far and still wasn't the leading Strider! I started at the back of the 3:30 pen and feeling quite apprehensive after missing this target by some way in
I'd thoroughly recommend
Results at http://evenementen.uitslagen.nl/2009/amsterdammarathon/index-en.html if you enter my number 1545, where there are links to photos and videos every 5k from halfway.
Holmfirth 15 on 25 October - report by Rob Hamilton
Holmfirth lies 5.5 miles from
I stayed in
There was a brief downpour of rain before the start, with patches of breeze on route; otherwise the weather was ideal for running. I probably started too fast and by the first lap I was feeling the effects of going out the night before. My conscience said to drop out, but I gritted my teeth and continued finishing 34th out of 170 finishers. To my surprise I received a prize for first M40.
The winner: Stuart Macdonald. Bingley Harriers. 1.24.45.
Panos 1:28:13 was 4th just missing out on 3rd by 2 seconds.
Ian Sanderson 1:39:37 24th
Rob Hamilton 1:43:06 34th, 1st M40
Andrew Thompson 1:43:38 38th, 2nd M40
James Tarran 1:44:30 40th
Ruth Warren 1:56:57 87th, 2nd F50
There were encouraging marshals and mandatory cake and sandwich stall, but I have been to better organised events. Overall it’s worth a visit even its just to see the picturesque Peak District or see where the late glamorous! 'Nora Batty' and 'Compo' performed in the Last of the Summer Wine.
Dublin Marathon on 26 October – race and tour report from Jonathan Brownbill
A Brilliant race, a Brilliant trip and a Brilliant time had by all.
On the 26 October 2009 at 9am, a Valley Strider Reconnaissance Mission embarked upon the inaugural Autumn Marathon Club Trip Race. In times to come these early Street Pounders will be revered and regaled as the first of a long line Autumn Trip Club Marathon Runners. Plans are in hand for the 2010 mission and further details will be available in due course.
A couple of highlights of the run were the Special VS Vest which we had made that provided a real sense of belonging, Matt finishing sub 3 hours which was a brilliant run. The genuine excitement level of all leaving the hotel at the same time on the morning of the run to get the start at the same time and finding laughter round every corner on the 10 minute walk that took care of any nerves and reinforced the fact that we are members of a running club.
race we all relaxed and submerged ourselves in what
A couple of our brave party deserve special mention as they brought a little bit extra to the experience. The first person worthy of recognition is Tom Button who must receive the award for 'best use of lips' ... his bugle playing and rendition of 'Papas got a Brand New Pig Bag' was brilliant. Up next is Dr Alistair who went to the aid of a collapsed runner just after the race while in the pub, he took the stricken runner’s pulse and told him it was very weak and he should remain prone for a couple of minutes. When the collapsed runner had left the pub Alistair was asked how weak the pulse was 'No idea', came the reply 'I could not find it'. How good is Dr Alistair, he made the dead live again. Now turning to the most lame excuse on the trip, please step up Alan Hutchinson. Alan had to call it an early one on Monday evening as his burger was stuck in his Oesophagus, nothing to do with 9 pints of Guinness Alan? Finally the organiser and Rick Astley look-a-like, Mr Patrick Barrett, who receives warm thanks and special award for his interpretation of Irish Dancing merged with a manic head banging set at a Motorhead concert. Truly inspiring Patrick and to think you claim to have Irish Blood in you. Now how do you say Slainte?
Grand Prix pts
287 Matt Allen 2:59:52 100
404 Dan Fisher 3:05:55 98
481 Alan Hutchinson 3:09:23 97
488 Alistair Smyth 3:09:37 95
606 Dan Murray 3:13:31 94
828 Liz Wood 3:19:46 92
875 Dave Thompson 3:21:07 91 (Billericay Striders and VS 2nd claim)
933 Patrick Barrett 3:22:28 91
1119 Tom Button 3:25:41 89
1617 Greg Skerrett 3:33:18 88
1616 Jonathan Brownbill 3:33:19 88
2126 John Wallace 3:40:27 85
3378 Gary Mann 3:55:24 83
5006 Paul Sanderson 4:12:56 82
8092 Mary Egan 4:59:20 80
Tom Button has uploaded some photos - you can see them at http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=166500&id=732215478&l=b04d3f299e he says you don't need to be registered on facebook to view them.
2 Gwilym Thomas 17:00
11 Rob Hamilton 18:40
12 Ian Sanderson 18:44
15 Roy Huggins 18:57
19 Ian Rosser 19:08
20 James Tarran 19:15
54 Leroy Sutton 21:40
103 Paul Holloway 25:00
For other parkrun results see http://www.parkrun.org.uk/leeds/Home.aspx
42 Striders have raced at least one Parkrun and between them have run 292 races.
Gwil has 7 race wins, Caz 2, and Elika and Vicky 1 each. James Tarran only needs to run 3 more races to get a T-shirt for 50 races. Not too far behind are Ian Rosser on 31, Paul Holloway on 29 and Ian Sanderson on 28.
National Cross Country Relay at
Striders finished 68th out of 151 teams, this was about 30 places up on last year. The race was chip-timed so we have results to the nearest one-hundredth of a second!
Leg 1 Panos Aristotelous 17:10.95
Leg 2 Dan Fisher 18:13.90
Leg 3 Rob De Giovanni 17:53.55
Leg 4 Simon Midwood 18:00.35
NB Dan was
running just 5 days after
48 Hayley Nancolas 25:55
75 Madeleine Watson 28:02
15 Panos Aristotelous 29:57
52 Gwil Thomas 32:23
57 Steve Webb 32:28
87 Alex Nancolas 33:53
101 Rob Hamilton 34:33
130 Joel Giddings 35:56
136 Rob Bumstead 36:12
141 Lewis Balfour 36:21
161 James Tarran 37:36
170 Roy Huggins 38:12
176 Mark Hunter 38:29
180 Tahir Akhtar 38:59
189 Malcolm Coles 39:54
199 Tony Haygarth 41:40
200 Paul White 41:41
205 Mick Tinker 42:28
215 Jim Towers 44:22 (Ilkley H)
218 Geoff Webster 46:01
219 Bob Wilkes 46:17
Photos at www.photos-dsb.co.uk
A plea – after each cross country could at least 4 Striders stay behind to help dismantle the tent. On Sunday, Sylvia was holding one corner and nearly floated off to Bramhope, the wind was so strong.
Jerry Watson had an unfortunate and unusual accident. I’ll let him tell the story
pretty well following through just behind
Kevin finished 89th and as the people around me at the time finished in the 76-96 bracket I think I was going well as I didn't break 100 last year and it was a big field so probably better.
Really p****d off as I'm off to Seattle to run the marathon at the end of the month and I can't see me running a step at least for a week so this screws any plans of me racing it, as I've already lost a couple of weeks of buildup in October through a chesty cough.
Ah well. Old men should not be allowed out!
From Jools Barltrop
Just to let you know, Christian Luke, the latest addition to Striders, was born on Sept 25th weighing 6lbs 2oz. Judging by his delivery, he should have a decent sprint finish! We're both doing fantastically well. Love to all.
From Gwil Thomas
Could you let everyone know that Emma and I had our daughter on Monday, 26th October at 8:14pm. Her name's Erin and she weighed in at an athletic 8lbs 9, 3/4 ozs.
From Ian Nixon, Up and Running, Headingley
Injury has all cleared up now, so hopefully will be able to get down in the next month once I can get use of the car! Can you let club members know that we now have in stock the book recently published by your very own president, Charlie Spedding, in store now, which with 10% club discount will be cheaper than anywhere else! Perfect for Christmas!! Hopefully see you soon.
(Bob says, but if you buy direct from Charlie you can get your copy personally inscribed)
From Michaela McGarry
A big 'THANK YOU' to everyone who was kind enough to complete my daughter, Vicky's, food questionnaire. It was most appreciated.
That’s all, folks!