Sent: 09 July 2010 09:18
Subject: V S Update - Final call for LCW, events, Y Vets message from Geoff, results, win for Daniel Fitzhugh, run or cycle for Wheatfields


Leeds Country Way Relay (Sunday 5 September)


We have 57 names so we’re NEARLY there for our 5 teams, but of course, need reserves, probably at least 6 based on previous experiences.


We’ll be selecting teams next Tuesday (13 July), so please reply by Monday evening (12 July), selecting one of the following

  • Yes definitely (unless injured in the meantime)
  • Not fully fit but very hopeful of recovering in time
  • Not sure yet but probably yes
  • Still not sure, put me on the reserves list
  • Very unlikely but you can call me in September if you’re really short
  • Sorry, no, I’m injured and not running for 2 months
  • Sorry, no, I’ve other arrangements on that day
  • What’s the Leeds Country Way?


If you leave it later than 12 July, you’ll can still get on the reserve list!




Training (almost) as usual but please note

  • Thursday 15 July – curry at Sheesh Mahal, Harrogate Road, Chapel Allerton – after session from Scott Hall
  • Tuesday 20 July –summer handicap (meet 6:50pm by Eccup Res for the Handicap) and pie and peas after


Grand Prix


Next events in the Grand Prix are


·         Wed 7 Jul / 4 Aug / 1 Sep - Hyde Park 5k series (best time to count)

  • Sun 11 Jul - Eccup 10
  • Tue 20 Jul - Summer Handicap
  • Sat 21 Aug - Burnsall 10 mile

·         Sat 21 Aug - Burnsall fell race (also in Striders Fell Championship)


And more – see website


Fell Championship


Apologies, I forgot to publicise that the race at Kettlewell last Sunday was in the Fell Championship.  Here are the rest of the races, remember you need to run 5 races to count, with at least one at each distance A, B and C.


·         Sun 1 Aug - Round Hill , Timble, nr Otley (CM) 9.0m 1100')

  • Sat 21 Aug - Burnsall Fell (AS) (also in VS Grand Prix)
  • Sun 12 Sep - Yorkshireman marathon (CL) 26.0m
  • Sun 24 Oct - Withins Skyline (BM)
  • Sat 6 Nov - Shepherds Skyline (BM)

·         Any other AL category race before 15 December (AL)


Other Races


Races coming up in Yorkshire in the next 3 weeks include


Saturday 17 July – Bishop Wilton half marathon

Sunday 25 July – Harrogate town centre 10k

Sunday 25 July – Rougemont Trail Race (Weeton Show/ Almscliffe Crag)Harrogate 10k – Sunday

Details for all of these on


Yorkshire Vets at Knavesmire – Wednesday 4 August


You’ve marshalled the race, here’s your opportunity to run.  Details will be available on the soon.


Yorkshire Vets – message from Geoff


Many thanks to everyone who turned out to help with the race organisation. The elderly folk really appreciated the smiling faces & encouragement of the marshals, particularly Dan Murray who dressed in the uniform of a Chelsea Pensioner & sang “it’s a long way to Tipperary” while standing to attention on the path behind the cricket club. One veteran said it inspired him to such great effort that he had not run so fast since one of the Kaiser’s tanks came over his trench back in 1918.


Thanks also to Mike & Eileen for their usual reliable job of time keeping & special thanks to Pat & John for their excellent catering effort (much appreciated by the hungry runners) not forgetting their able assistant Joyce, the Voice. Conduct of the race was overseen by referee Ken who kept GW on his toes regarding the race permit.


All the vets enjoyed their trip round the trail in which VS was represented by Paul White, Carole Schofield & Malcolm Coles (winner of some socks).


Malcolm is doing the full series of races which are one per month throughout the summer; so if you have reached the great age of 35 you are eligible to take part in the series of off road events where you may score points & points mean prizes. Look out on VS Forthcoming Events for the next race!


Grand Prix Results


Hyde Park 5k - awaited


Fell Championship Results


Wharfedale Triple T


A brilliant weekend of running in the Dales; shame more Striders didn't join in.  Full results are:


Friday night: 4K uphill road race


  1.Sam Tosh  Rossendale     18.29

  4 Steve Webb  1st V40      19.41

 21 Sara Dyer   1st F45      29.22

 25 finishers


Saturday 20k A Medium fell race


  1. Sam Tosh              1.28.32

  5  Steve Webb  2nd V40   1.32.07

 18 Tony Mills             1.39.48

 44 John Wallace           2.12.44

 59 finishers


Sunday  3k A Short fell race


  1 Sam Tosh                 13.21

  7 Steve Webb  1st V40      15.34

 31 Sara Dyer   1st F45      22.59

 32 finishers


Unsurprisingly Sam Tosh was the winner of the series (I was actually just ahead of him when we crossed over Great Whernside for the first time in the 20k fell race) and I was first V40 over the weekend. 


Other results


Leeds parkrun 142 (03/07/10)


Congratulations on a first win to Daniel Fitzhugh – yet another Striders name on the virtual podium.


   1 Daniel Fitzhugh      0:17:57

   8 Roy Huggins          0:18:49

   9 Paul Kaiser          0:18:58

  10 Ian Sanderson        0:19:19

  11 Joel Giddings        0:19:36

  14 Ian Rosser           0:20:15

  23 Leroy Sutton         0:20:38

  57 Chris Sawyer         0:23:28

  73 Ken Kaiser           0:25:42


There are now 91 Striders who have run at least one parkrun race – we are now ranked 30th club in the UK by number of runners. 


To run a parkrun, all you need to do is  : register (just once) on ; download and print a barcode; get up early on a Saturday morning; go to Woodhouse Moor; run.


Leeds Run for All (Jane Tomlinson) 10k (04/07/10)


Some Valley Striders vests well to the fore in the Run for All 10k last Sunday.


   5 Rob De'Giovanni      0:35:36

   7 Gwil Thomas          0:36:27

  19 Ian Rosser           0:38:58

  36 Rich Smith           0:40:08

  46 Alan Walsh           0:40:36

  48 Roy Huggins          0:40:43

 132 Bernadette Clayton   0:43:40

 577 Ged Coll             0:49:25

 656 Andy Smith           0:49:31

2226 Sara Goward          0:56:40

4897 Danielle Wilson      1:05:40


If anyone else ran, let me know (the results didn’t specify club names so I could only list who I saw).


Burn Valley Half Marathon (04/07/10)


  48 Eric Green           1:37:08

  79 Nick Barnes          1:43:02

 243 Mike Brown           2:13:56


Paul Hunter usually spots Striders running races in Yorkshire, but if you’ve run further afield, let him know


Run on a treadmill or ride a stationary bike for Wheatfields (Tuesday 13 July)


Chris Leggatt has sent me a flyer


“Virtual Challenge – help us cover a distance of 781km in 24 hours”


Leeds Railway Station – Tuesday 13 July – 7am to 7pm”


“Help us cover a distance of 781km – a km for every patient cared for by Wheatfields Hospice over a year – on treadmills and stationary bikes”


“We also need volunteers to help collect money from passengers as they pass through the station”


For more information ring 0113 203 3302 or email