Sent: 03 August 2010 00:19
Subject: V S Update - LCW teams and recces, Abbey-Valley team handicap, Three more relays, More events, Results including wins for Myra, Vicky, Gwil and Jon
Just less than 5 weeks to go so time to get recceing!
This Wednesday evening I will be sending out 6 emails, one per LEG. If you’ve been selected for a team you will get contact details for your partner and for the other 8 Striders running the same leg as you. If your partner is away on holiday then contact someone on your leg from another Striders team and recce with them.
I’ll also be sending a 7th email to those currently nominated as reserves to check your status.
If you don’t receive an email before Thursday morning
and you asked to run the
I’m hoping that people will use the Valley Striders Forum to publicise their recce runs, then reserves and other Striders have the opportunity to join a recce run.
Abbey-Valley team handicap and barbecue – Tuesday 17 August
For the third year running we are hosting Abbey Runners for a Team Handicap race over the 5 and a quarter mile route that we used for our “summer monsoon” handicap two weeks ago.
The format will be the same as the last 2 years - all runners (from both clubs) will be divided into 5 ‘pools’ (A – E) based on 10K race times. Each team of 5 will consist of 1 runner from each pool (names drawn from a hat), and will therefore comprise a mixture of Abbeys and Striders. Club rivalries will be suspended for a few hours!
Pool E (the slowest) sets off first, pool D 5 minutes later, then C, then B then A. Each pool is its own mini race with the winner scoring 20 points, second 19 etc. Then we add the points for each team member to find the winning team.
While the points are being calculated, Tony and his team will be serving the barbecue back at Leos.
Important notes re food and race entry
The BBQ will cost £6.50 per head (meat and vegetarian options available); book as usual to firstname.lastname@example.org by 10pm Sunday 15 August. If you book but don’t turn up you will be liable to pay the £6.50. You can book food even if you don’t want to run.
You must pre-enter to run, this really is the only way we can sort out teams for the night. Use the same email address email@example.com , again by 10pm Sunday 15 August, if you want to run and please let us know your best guess for a 5k or 10k road race. If you are running but not stopping for the barbecue there will be a charge of 50p on the night.
If you haven’t pre-entered and turn up on the night, you’ll be able to run if someone else hasn’t turned up and you are in the same pool. Otherwise you’ll be able to run but not as part of a team.
Note that the “odd” 50p’s will cover cost of prizes and partial subsidy of food for our timekeepers and marshals. NB if you forget to pay the 50p on the night and your team wins, I will drink your prize!!
FRA Relays – Sunday 17 October – from Steve Webb
for only the second time ever, we had a team in the FRA Relay Champs. It
was a great event and we got a very pleasing result. See
We need 6 runners per team: two solo legs (AS category), one AM pairs and one navigational pairs. Team categories are Open, Ladies, V40, F40, V50.
As this is a National team Championship hopefully the club will pay entry fees.
So do I detect the sound of volunteers stampeding towards me? BTW I cannot race as already committed to run for Airienteers in the CompassSport Cup Final on that day - another example of silo thinking from those who draw up fixture lists.
Northern Road Relays and Cross Country Relays
Leading Striders men and women – book these dates in your diaries
The 6 & 4 stage relays plus the Young Athletes Road Relays will be held on Saturday 2nd October at Wythenshawe Park Manchester. We had a good men’s result at Carnegie last year and should try to enter a mens and womens team this year.
Northern Athletics Cross Country Relay Championships
Athletics Annual Cross Country Relays will be held at
Note that the next V S Grand Prix and V S Fell Championship races are at Burnsall on Saturday 21 August – Burnsall 10 mile (VSGP) at 2:30 and Burnsall Classic Fell Race (VSGP&VSFC) at 4:30 see http://www.burnsallsports.co.uk/ for more details
Next Yorkshire Vets race is this Wednesday, 4 August at Knavesmire – see www.yvaa.org for details of this and future Yorkshire Vets races
And somewhere in there we also need to fit in a Club Handicap!
Fell Championship report from Steve Webb
League now updated to include the sterling efforts of Geoff and Malcolm at Holme Moss, which counts as "Any A Long", plus Round Hill. (will be on the website by Wednesday)
We had 5
men and 4 ladies at Round Hill. Malcolm would like it known that he wore
a very smart new VS vest. This obviously brought him good
fortune as he was first M60. First fell race for
In the league Sara is the first lady to record 5 finishes and so is leading, but Xanthe is just one race behind and Holly has much the highest average score but still needs two more races.
12 Steve Webb 1:00:38
29 Ian Sanderson 1:04:34
47 Nick Barnes 1:10:01
110 Sara Dyer 1:41:35
week it was the
ladies’ turn for the honours this week with a 1-2-4 for recent recruits
Daniel Fitzhugh finished 3rd and the Striders men packed the top 20 with 7-8-9-11-16, including new member Alan Brydon (11th).
This week our men set
a club first by having winners at two different parkruns. Gwil took off
the orange jacket and won at
Lou Gilchrist again set the highest age graded
percentage for parkruns anywhere in the country that day with 94.8% at
We’re now up to 99 Striders at parkruns, 28th position
Perhaps we should organise a Saturday trip to
I’ve noticed that not many Striders wear club vests at parkruns. It is a club policy that club vests should be worn for all races but if it is a cunning plan to engage potential new members without them knowing we are from a club, then let me know.
3 Daniel Fitzhugh 17:16
7 Ian Rosser 18:11
9 Dan Murray 18:24
11 Alan Brydon 18:40
26 Graham Jones 20:02
60 Bob Jackson 22:07
61 Alistair Fale 22:14
73 Sarah Wood 23:01 4th W
28 Paul Holloway 24:17
89 Lou Gilchrist 26:36
13 Nick Barnes 19:37
4 Daniel Fitzhugh 18:07
23 Ian Sanderson 19:44
26 Nick Barnes 20:02
62 Sarah Oldroyd 23:04
70 Chris Sawyer 23:40
100 Lou Gilchrist 26:54
30 Paul Holloway 23:59
Congratulations to Vicky and the women’s team – Vicky was 1st W and the women won the team prize.
14 Kevin Mcmullan 36:43
23 Vicky Whitehead 37:38
78 Eric Green 42:09
384 Sara Goward 54:17
532 Meryll Cripps 63:44
Priory Five, Nostell Priory
24 Nick Barnes 33:50
The website is now up-to-date with all race performances for this year. Are you one of the 42 Striders who has earned a Performance Certificate this year?
To find out, go to www.valleystriders.org.uk, click on “Club Information” at the top, then click on “Performance Awards” on the left.