Sent: 20 March 2010 23:57
Subject: V S Update - Max's funeral, run 100km for Max, Bradford Millenium Way, Peco results, Fell results, and more


Max Jones funeral arrangements Friday 26 March


Max's funeral will be Friday 26 March at 1pm at Lawnswood Cemetery, Otley Road, LS16 7PH  followed by a wake at Leos, LS17 5PR , all welcome.


Please email if you will be coming so we can let Tony know approximate numbers.


We already have a dozen tributes to Max or stories about Max on the website .  Please email me your tribute or story and I will update the website - Max’s family are reading this page regularly.  We also have more facts, more photos and more links about Max, including a link to an article in Thursday’s Yorkshire Evening Post, so take a look at the webpage.


Run 100km for Max on the morning of Friday 26 March


Max had a 1.9 mile (3km) lap from his house that he used for most of his training runs. If he wanted to run a tempo run of 10k, he ran 3 laps; for 10 miles he ran 5 laps; I believe he even occasionally ran 10 laps for 20 miles.


We plan to run (or walk) some laps between 10:30 and 11:30 on Friday morning. If 10 of us ran 3 laps and 4 of us walked 1 lap, this would be just over 100km. If more turned up, we could total a bit more, maybe 191km for Max’s world 24 hour record!


We'll meet in the car park by Oakwood Clock at 10:20 (if the car park is full, park in Somerfield car park or on Prince's Avenue).


We'll then all do one lap together, then it will be up to you how many more laps you do (should be plenty of time for 3 laps in total, speedy runners might do 4.).


Here's a map of the lap - "Map My Run" says it's 1.91 miles or 3.07km.


If we run for about an hour, then drive 10 minutes to Leos for changing and showers, allow half an hour an hour, then 10 minutes to get to Lawnswood, we'll be there with half an hour to spare.


Email if you are coming                .


Ladies’ Day Outing – Sunday 25 April


Holly emailed : the ladies day outing has to be pushed on a wee bit to the 25th April - sorry if this mucks things up for anyone!


Same time time and place, meeting at the Mustard Pot in Chapel Allerton, at 1pm, for Sunday lunch and then proceed onto drinks (and cake, for Amanda) around the vale of Chapel A. 


Contact Holly to sign up or for more information


Other events in March/April/May


  • Clocks go forward on Sunday 28 March so Tuesday 30 March will be summer training at Eccup reservoir – see website for details
  • Tuesday 6 April will be club handicap – see website for details
  • Just about your last chance to get entries in for Leeds Half Marathon.
  • Remember Monday 3 May for Rothwell 10k – and Abbey Valley Challenge race 5 (Striders lead 3-1)
  • Remember Saturday 15 May for Meanwood Valley Trail organised by Striders – lots of help needed


Bradford Millenium Way Relay – Sunday 13 June


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 it’s in Summer.  Or like the best bits of the Leeds Country Way Relay with some “easy” fell running and no housing estates.


And it’s nowhere near Bradford – the route is Bingley – Haworth – Laycock – Silsden – Ilkley – Bingley.


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


Let me know if you are interested in running.  We will need to get teams planned by the early May and then organise recce runs.


PECO XC League


Race 5 Results


Men  (v = counter for vets team)

 21 Tony Mills

 27 Andrew Thompson (v)

 35 David Bass

 80 Tony Haygarth (v)

 82 Bob Jackson (v)

 84 Paul White (v)

103 Bob Wilkes (v)

121 finished

Men’s Team 5th/7 in Premier Division

Men’s Vets 9th/18



 19 Sharon Tansley

 27 Sue Sunderland (v)

 86 finished

Women’s team 6th/8 in First Division

Women’s vets 11th/15


Series Results


Men Premier Division

  1 Abbey

  2 Ilkley

  3 Valley Striders

  4 Horsforth

  5 Rothwell

  6 St Theresa’s

  7 Ackworth

Men Vets

  7 Valley Striders

Men Individual  (only shows Striders who ran at least 3 races, and sequenced according to best 4 scores)

  1 Gwil Thomas  (1st under-40)

 29 David Bass (ran all 5)

 49 Joel Giddings

 62 Andrew Thompson

 67 Roy Huggins

101 Tony Haygarth (3rd M60)

106 Bob Jackson (2nd M55)

129 Paul White

179 Bob Wilkes (1st M65) (ran all 5)


Ladies First Division

  1 Ackworth

  2 Chapel Allerton

  3 Virgin Active

  4 Valley Striders

Ladies Vets

  7 Valley Striders

Ladies Individual (only shows Striders who ran at least 3 races, and sequenced according to best 4 scores)

 12 Sue Sunderland (2nd W45) (ran all 5)

 16 Sharon Tansley (ran all 5)

 62 Sara Dyer (2nd W50)


Fell Championship Results and Report (from Steve Webb)


Wadsworth Trog Results (BL)

Eirik         3.47.59

Steve         3.54.53

Malcolm       4.24.55

Steve Dixon   4.30.49

Rob Bumstead  4.37.31

Xanthe        4.49.47

Jonathan B    4.51.45

Winner        3.00.24

Lady winner   3.43.48


Winter Hill Results (AM)

Steve         1.53.25

Eirik         1.54.42

Aled          2.01.57

Malcolm       2.26.22

Geoff         2.34.44

Winner        1.26.54


Just one week after the Wadsworth Trog four Striders reconvened in the West Pennine moors near Horwich to tackle the Winter Hill race and were joined by Aled, making his first appearance in the fell league this year.


Visibility was much better than at the Trog so routefinding was easy.  Winter Hill stands above Rivington reservoir and country park and is by no means a huge mountain at 456m.  However the race route resembles the trail of a demented lemming, with numerous climbs to the summit followed by plunging descents.  So it was well worthy of category A status and there was a strong field.  


There were no soft points on offer as British Champion Rob Hope broke the course record by 3 minutes.  In our part of the field we found it tougher going, particularly the descents on frozen tussock grass.  The course was just short enough for Steve to hold off the late challenge of Eirik.  Aled had a good run, just missing the 2 hour barrier.  Malcolm was reliable as ever for 3rd M65 and Geoff showed improving running form and found all the checkpoints.


Thanks to Sylvia for cheering us on our way from on high. 


More from the National XC


Anthony Fryer emailed


Here are some photo's from the National XC champs.


Steve O’Callaghan emailed


Position 825 Paul O’Callaghan 53:24 running for Tadworth Athletic Club.


He was the only runner from the club and like me he does not like the wet slippery surface but enjoyed the event. He started running about six months ago after being a footballer and was recovering from a knee ligament injury. He is really enjoying his running now and is slowly increasing his mileage from about 30 miles a week for the forthcoming road season.


Traversa - A solo walk across Africa by Fran Sandham


Penny Sanders emailed, saying this may be of interest to several Striders


Thursday  1st April  7.30pm, at Seven Arts Centre, Chapel Allerton, Leeds


Tickets : £7 /£5 conc in advance; £8 /£6 conc on the door


Critically acclaimed author and public speaker Fran Sandham took on the challenge of a lifetime, by walking across Africa, completely alone.


No backup, no support team, no one to carry his gear, no sponsors, no film crew, no journalists, no fuss, no cheering crowds, and no strings attached. Above all, it had to be on a one-

way ticket: no safety nets, no get-out clauses and nothing to fall back on ...


'I found myself increasingly gripped'  THE OBSERVER


'A lively and engaging speaker whose journey on foot across Africa needs to be heard to be believed'  BBC LONDON 94.9 FM


For further details see


Two messages from Amanda Seims


Free fitness assessments


A few of the club members said they'd be keen to do any free fitness assessments at the university.  There is a study offerring free body fat and bone density scans.  Please can people e-mail

Sponsorship for Upper Wharfedale Mountain Rescue


I am running the Yorkshire 3 Peaks fell marathon ( and the Mont Blanc mountain marathon ( this year for the local mountain rescue team, the Upper Wharfdale Fell Rescue Association. If you, your friends or family enjoy the outdoors, these volunteers are your first emergency service in many cases so please sponsor me if you can.

Stop Press - Leeds Parkrun result


It was Striders one-two on Woodhouse Moor today with Gwil first and Daniel McHugh second.  Gwil now has more Leeds Parkrun wins than any other runner. 


55 Striders have run a Parkrun, read about it at and put Saturday 1 May in your diary as this has been scheduled for a club mass race.