Sent: 05 April 2010 00:19
Subject: V S Update - dates for 3 months, marshals wanted, 240 miles for Max, race results, Trollers recollections


Racing ahead for the next 3 months


Here’s a collection of events – some we’re organising, some are part of our internal competitions (Grand Prix & Fell Championships), one is a relay where we’ll compete as a team and some are local races that you might want to try.  Further details on most of these can be found on John Schofield’s web site


·         Tue 6 Apr - Spring Handicap (VSGP).  Turn up by Eccup Res at 6:45 to run. Food orders now closed. 

  • Tue 6/13/20/27 Apr - Bunny Runs (CS) (best time to count) (VSFC)
  • Tue 13 Apr - track training at Leeds met
  • Sun 25 Apr - London Marathon CLOSED (VSGP)
  • Sat 1 May - Leeds Hyde Park parkrun Mob Run. Competition between local clubs for best scoring and also for number of runners.  All runners score.  If you’ve not run a parkrun before, you will need to register in advance (any time) and you will need to download and print a barcode.  See
  • Sat 1 May - Malhamdale Meander (NOT VSGP)
  • Sun 2 May - Bluebell Trail (Stainland) (ukr)
  • Mon 3 May - Rothwell 10k (VSGP) Enter at .  This is also the ABBEY VALLEY CHALLENGE, all runners score points, Striders currently hold the cup and lead 3-1.
  • Tue 4 May – Meanwood Valley Trail recce run.  We’ll meet at Leos at 6:45 and take a gentle run round the race route.  Afterwards, pie and peas.
  • Weds 5/12/19 May - Esholt 5k series (best time to count) (VSGP)
  • Sun 9 May - Leeds Half Marathon (VSGP).  Race full.  10-15 Striders to help please.  Following Valley Striders and other local clubs “rescuing” the Leeds Half Marathon from extinction 2 years ago, clubs in Leeds have been asked to provide some marshals.  We’d like to cover a length of Meanwood Road and Stonegate Road, which will need 10 – 12 marshals (we have 2 so far).  We’ll put up the Striders banner in the hope that we might also attract some new members. Please email me if you are available to help.
  • Sun 9 May - Ripon 10 mile approx (ukr)
  • Tue 11 May - Jack Bloor fell race (VSGP & VSFC)
  • Sat 15 May - Meanwood Valley Trail Race and Junior Races.   70 Striders to help please.  This is the first of 2 races wholly organized by Striders.  We need 60 – 70 marshals, so far we have 15 (thank you).  Please volunteer if you are available.  We will have over 500 runners and will raise about £1,000 for Lineham Farm.  This will be the 15th year.  Please email me if you are available to help.
  • Wed 19 May - Askern 10k (ukr)
  • Sat 22 May - Sowerby Bridge MT 10k (ukr)
  • Sat 22 May - Bridgewater Place tower climb Leeds (ukr)
  • Thu 27 May - Apperley Bridge Canter (Horsforth Harriers)
  • Sun 30 May - Ilkley Trail (ukr)
  • Wed 2 Jun - Otley Chevin (AS) 3.5m 900' (VSFC)
  • Thu 3 Jun - Bronte 5 (ukr)
  • Sat 5 Jun - Wharfedale off road marathon (CL) 25.0m 2600' (VSGP & VSFC)
  • Sat 5 Jun - Wharfedale off road half marathon (BL) 14.0m 2600' (VSFC)
  • Sun 6 Jun - Harewood House Chase 10k (Bingley Harriers)
  • Sun 6 Jun - Roberttown 7 (ukr)
  • Thu 10 Jun - Abbey Fell Race (Abbey Runners)
  • Sun 13 Jun – Bradford Millennium Way Relay (teams of 10).  We have 9 runners so far – 21 more needed.
  • Sun 20 Jun - Settle Hills fell race (VSGP & VSFC)

·         Tue 22 Jun - Striders host Yorkshire Vets league race.  30 Striders to help please.  This will be the 3rd year we have hosted this race.  Please email me if you are available to help.


For information on events in July and beyond, see .  If you know of any local events missing from my list, let me know.  Lists of marshals and relay runners on


Results of “Run 100k for Max”


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 10k, he ran 3 laps; for 10 miles he ran 5 laps; I believe he even occasionally ran 10 laps for 20 miles.


Valley Striders ran 21 laps in the morning and 48 in the evening, a total of 130 miles or 210km, which just beat the 191km that Max ran to set his M70 world record for 24 hours at East Hull Stadium


A further 54 laps were run by Max’s family in Leeds, Abbey Runners (including Valley 2nd claimer Dave Gillian who ran 13 and a bit to complete a full marathon) and some Valley Striders running earlier in the week.  And a further 8 lap equivalents were run by Max’s family in Oregon and New Jersey.  So in total we achieved over double Max’s 24 hour record.


Many people, Striders and others, have sent tributes which I have posted on the Valley Striders website


Max’s daughter Sue, emailed me a message from the Jones family:


“Thank you so much to everyone for such wonderful messages, stories and thoughts about our marvellous father. We really appreciate all your tributes to him and we are very proud that he inspired so much love and admiration from so many people around the world. Keep on running for him!  Best wishes Peter, Amanda and Sue”


Race Results


Baildon Boundary Way (VSGP)

                                     GP Pts
   13 Steve Webb         1:29:38      100  
   26 Dan Murray         1:33:23       99  
   33 Simon Vallance     1:36:50       97  
   34 Andrew Thompson    1:36:51       96  
   41 Joel Giddings      1:37:56       94  
   47 Holly Williams     1:39:25       93  
   66 Tom Button         1:43:32       91  
   67 Alistair Smyth     1:44:09       90  
  120 Bob Jackson        1:52:02       89  
  133 Keith Brewster     1:53:40       87  
  152 Andrew Cutts       1:55:52       86  
  163 Mick Tinker        1:57:48       84  
  178 Sue Sunderland     2:00:21       83  
  257 Bob Wilkes         2:12:54       81  
  280 Sara Dyer          2:17:03       80  

Spen 20


   36 Ian Sanderson      2:19:26

  154 Sue Sunderland     2:49:45

  258 Dave Jones         3:38:03


Trimpell 20, Lancaster


   86 Eric Green         2:20:05


East Hull 20


   25 Kevin McMullan     2:12:13

   64 Eric Green         2:20:45

  101 Simon Redshaw      2:29:12

  104 John Batchelor     2:30:40

  105 Patrick Barrett    2:30:40

  124 John Wallace       2:35:19

  151 Carmel Barker      2:39:22

  159 Liz Wood           2:40:42


Wakefield 10k


   12 Dan Fisher           35:06

   46 Daniel Fitzhugh      38:52

   48 Ian Rosser           38:58

   66 Steve Tight          39:59

  254 Nick Wallhead        45:14

  791 Sara Goward          55:48


Guiseley Gallop Approx 10k multi-terrain


    6 Dan Fisher           38:53

   24 Roy Huggins          42:06

   46 Joel Giddings        45:23

   56 Alistair Smyth       46:19

   77 Andrew Cutts         48:02

  100 Paul White           49:15

  135 Sharon Tansley       51:17

  142 Leroy Sutton         52:13

  146 Sue Sunderland       52:21

  214 Howard Jeffrey       56:05

  318 Helen Kelly Ali      63:14

  346 Sara Goward          65:00


Problem emails


Paul White rang me – he’d had a problem with his computer and an email had been forwarded under his name to all of the contacts in his address book.  He warns – “do not open the attachment – it can affect files on your hard drive”


No more Trotting up the Trollers (recollections by Peter Lambert)


I understand from Bob that this event has taken place for the last time and as co-founder of it over 20 years ago he asked me to put pen to paper on how it came about.  No falling asleep now as questions will be asked!


So here goes:


I joined the LDWA (Long Distance Walkers Association) in 1979 into the West Yorkshire Group as a keen walker with many years experience, Lyke Wake Walk, 3 Peaks etc.  Talk about lamb to the slaughter.  Unknown to me, the Group had a fearsome reputation nationally as to its antics regarding “walking”.  It was “run” literally by a group of battle-hardened fell runners who used these “walks” as training runs.


My first outing with them was a 30 miler in Lancashire and I quickly learnt 2 things – take a map and know how to use it – because, as day follows night, if you couldn’t keep up, you were left.  Not being into running then, I spent a lot of time on my own.


After a couple of years of this madness, a new member – and they were few and far between – by the name of John Sparshatt set about reforming the group to its original purpose namely walking.


He suggested organising a route of approximately 26 miles in the Yorkshire Dales.  I teamed up with his idea and the seeds of the Trollers Trot were sown on our dining room table with a map and lots of paper for notes.


After a couple of weeks we had the route worked out which needed walking.  If you think it’s an easy task to find a new route, sit down one evening with a map and work out 26 miles.


Apart from a few amendments we were in business.  The first venue was at Bolton Abbey Village Hall and the route went up Simon’s Seat, down to Howgill.  Its venue has changed over the years.  Grassington Town Hall and recently Threshfield, with variations to the route accordingly.  Happy days and memories.


The longest event I’ve ever been involved in is the annual LDWA 100 miler which took place one year from Settle.  Joyce and I, together with 6 others, were on a checkpoint at Buckden Village Hall for 29 hours and 40 minutes as the route passed through on the way out and on the way back.


So when Bob asks you to spare an hour for our events, just think how lucky you are.


PS. This particular event was won by an ultra distance runner Mike Cudahy who has run the Pennine Way in under 3 days!