Sent: 22 January 2010 13:58
Subject: V S update - Monkey lunch, Peco, Ali Rose presentation, YVXC, Autumn marathon, U&R offer


Brass Monkey luncheon arrangements


9 of us went for Sunday lunch after last year’s Brass Monkey to the Fox and Hounds in Copmanthorpe, where we found good food at a reasonable price and quick service (and they didn’t mind Gary Mann still being in his running gear while waiting for his partner to return from shopping at the Designer Outlet).


Same arrangements this year.  The full address is Fox and Hounds, Top Lane, Copmanthorpe, York, North Yorkshire, YO23 3UH


(Thanks to Dan Murray for the address and website link)


Peco XC – Sunday 31 January


The next race is at John Smeaton Sports Centre, details are at


Striders teams are finely placed in all divisions (see below) – a good team turnout is required in our surge for leading places.


Presentation by Ali Rose – Tuesday 2 February at Leos


Thanks to Tracey Morris, we are pleased to welcome Ali Rose to Leos on Tuesday 2 February for a presentation and demonstration of drills and injury prevention.


Ali is a physiotherapist at Leeds Carnegie Sports Centre.  Her personal clients include Olympic athletes Kelly Holmes, Jessica Ennis and Tracey Morris.  Read more on


Tuesday 2 February will be our normal 3 by 10 minutes at High Ashes (weather permitting) followed by pie and peas (book to stating whether meat pie or vegetarian bake, and whether mushy peas or baked beans).  NB no dessert this week. 


If you are coming for the food and presentation, please arrive for 8:15pm.  If you are just coming for the presentation, please arrive for 8:45pm.


Yorkshire Vets Cross Country Championships  (Saturday 6 February)


Drew Taylor writes “The closing date for the above is fast approaching.  The final date to let me know if you want to be entered for the Yorkshire Vets is Tue 26 Jan.  email


Those currently on the list are Carole Schofield,  Malcolm Coles, Jerry Watson, Tony Haygarth, Andrew Thompson, Geoff Webster, Simon Vallance”


Busy Weekend


The weekend of 6-7 February sees 4 events popular with the Striders


On the Saturday

  • Wadsworth Trog 20 mile race in Striders Fell Championship  Closing date 31 January – no entries on the day
  • Rombalds Stride 24 miles from Guiseley (not sure of closing date)
  • Yorkshire Vets XC (see above)

On the Sunday

  • Dewsbury 10k in Striders Grand Prix, the official closing date is 17 January but at the time of writing, you can still enter online at .  It’s expensive but a fast course (slightly uphill out, slightly downhill back, so if you’re looking for a PB, look no further)


Results – Peco XC at Ilkley


One picture is worth 1000 words so see .  There are actually a few hundred pictures in total, so that must be getting on for a million words.


Fantastic result for Dan Fisher.  If you look at the pictures, you’ll see him lurking in the pack on most photos, so he must have had a great last lap.


Men                       GP Pts
    3 Dan Fisher            100
    6 Steve Webb             99
    9 Gwil Thomas            98
   28 Jim Clay               97
   38 Simon Vallance         96
   45 Andrew Thompson        94
   48 Tony Mills             93
   51 Roy Huggins            92
   54 David Bass             91
   84 Mark Hunter            90
   88 Tony Haygarth          89
  105 Bob Jackson            88
  112 Malcolm Coles          87
  141 Dave Jones             82
  145 Bob Wilkes             81
   19 Sue Sunderland         86
   30 Chloe Hudson           84
   40 Sharon Tansley         83
   48 Sara Dyer              80


Junior race (7-10 years)

   13 Natasha Lenton-Thompson (5th girl)


Team positions on day – Men 3, Men Vets 4, Ladies 4, Ladies Vets 7


Cumulative team positions – Men 4, Men Vets 5, Ladies 3, Ladies Vets 4


In the individual series, no, I’ll just let you look at


Autumn Marathon


Dear VS Marathon, half and 2.5k runners


After the great success (even if I say so myself) of the Dublin Marathon, I’ve been inundated with requests for details of this year’s Valley Striders Autumn Marathon Tour. Well after much research, discussions and deliberations it’s Amsterdam.


Sunday 17th October 2010 (just 268 days to go). Why Amsterdam I hear you say! It’s flat and fast, easy and cheap to get there and back from Leeds Bradford airport, there is also a half marathon and 7.5k run all on the same day, reasonable priced hotels and beer and a massive red light district for Hutch and Alistair to lose themselves in. So I’d like to think that’s something for everybody’s palate?


We had about 24 Valley Striders that went to Dublin last Oct, with 18 running the marathon. We all had a fantastic time, both running and the local hospitality (next time, we’ll make it to the Guinness brewery, honest!  Let’s try and beat that number this year. If you have any doubts, just ask anybody who went to Dublin.


Provisional arrangements        

Sat 16th

•          Out Sat 16th Oct 2010, flight: LBA, 07:00am, arr Amd, 09:15am

•          Train from Schiphol to City centre, 30 mins, 

•          Central hotel

•          Marathon Expo, to collect race number and goody bag

•          Afternoon free

•          Evening, meet for pasta dinner and beer (to calm nerves, except Brownbill who’ll have a skin full)

Sun 17th

•          am, Early runners breakfast

•          am, Run for all your worth, but not Liz W

•          After race, shower, beer and food, not necessary in that order

•          pm, rest and/or more beers

•          evening¸ dinner/more beer, and take bets on who Tom gets off with

Mon 18th

•          Late breakfast

•          sights and bars of Amsterdam

•          5pm train to airport

•          Flight: dept  Amd 19:15, arr LBA 19:30

•          Home to your families (Tom, anybodies guess)

Cost, approx                          

•          Flight, LBA-ASM,  Jet 2 £100 inc (hand luggage only)

•          Train,  Airport-city,  € 12, return

•          Hotel, 2 night B&B, twin/double room, £85-100 pp


If your interested, can you let me know by Fri 11th Feb at the latest and state either definite or maybe.


Further details and confirmation will be sent out soon after




Patrick Barrett

VS Director of Marathon Services


Special Offer at Up & Running


Message from Ian Nixon at Headingley branch


We are offering all club members a fantastic offer of a free Nite Vision Jacket (RRP £40) with every purchase of a pair of shoes for the next month. This is a fantastic saving, and is available to all your club members. Just get them to mention the promotion when they purchase their shoes to claim the jacket. This offer can't be used in conjunction with any other offers (so unfortunately no club discount on the shoes, but the saving on the jacket is worth much more).


(this offer is also available at Leeds Central)