Sent: 27 August 2010 09:04
Subject: V S Update - LCW, Handicap, Harewood 10, WYXC, AV Handicap Report, Results, Reports


Sorry, it’s been two weeks since the last V S Update – if you thought you’d missed one, you haven’t.


And particular apologies to Tom Button, as the first item is rather late notice.


Striders night out – Friday 27 August


Tom Button emailed


There's a Striders night out in Headingley on Friday 27th August.  

Plan is to meet in Arcadia 7.30-8pm-ish and then make our way on from there.  All welcome. or 07815-616-895 if you need more information


Thursday Training – 2 September


First Thursday in the month, so a slightly slower, slightly shorter session, probably with more stops.


If you have friends thinking of joining a running club, recommend this session to them.  Meet Scott Hall 6:45pm.


LCW – Sunday 5 September


GOOD NEWS: There seems to have been a recce every day and some days more than one.  John Wallace has led 5 or 6 recces and Chloe Hudson has run every leg … and she’s not even running the race, she’s away for the weekend!  I think nearly everyone has run their leg at least once.


BAD NEWS:  We’ve lost 5 runners in the last week due to injury so we’re now down to 58 confirmed runners, 2 short of 5 full teams.  If you’re available on 5 Sept, please contact me on this email address


ARRANGEMENTS FOR THE DAY: will be sent out the middle of next week.  I’ll be sending out estimated start times and your leg captains will be ensuring there are cars in the right places.  The leg captains will also have all 10 numbers for the 5 teams on their leg – you need to bring 4 safety pins and £8!


Club Handicap and Pie & Peas – Tuesday 7 September


Date confirmed – meet 6:50pm PROMPT down by Eccup Reservoir.  If it’s a light evening it will be 10k otherwise 5 miles.


If you want food afterwards, book at by 10pm Sunday 5 September, saying whether you want

  • meat pie or vegetarian bake
  • mushy peas or baked beans
  • apple pie with ice cream


NB the current hot topic on the Forum is to find the identity of Mr Food.  Sign on to the Forum via the link on the VS website!


Harewood 10 – Sunday 3 October


If you’re in running shops, sports centres, or anywhere(!) and see entry forms with 10 October, please pick them up, then contact me and I’ll arrange to re-stock


There are several local races at the end of August and during September where we need a couple of Striders to stand at the end of the finishing funnel handing out new entry forms, and telling runners that the date has changed.  So far I only have 3 volunteers in total

  • Parkruns – Ian Rosser
  • Spofforth Trail on Aug bank hol Monday
  • various legs of LCW on 5 Sep
  • Wetherby 10k & junior race on 12 Sep - Paul Hunter & Joe Hanney
  • Rombalds Romp on 18 Sep
  • Kirkstall trail on 19 Sep
  • Harewood 10k (organised by Pannal School) on 19 Sep
  • Horsforth 10k on 26 Sep. 

Can you help on one of these dates?


And of course we need marshals on the day – 60 of you! – email me if you can help   check


And if we have “too many” marshals this will allow some Striders to run – first to volunteer to marshal will be given the option to run.


Finally, advanced notice that there will be a “Harewood Recce Run” on the evening of Tuesday 21 September instead of our session from Leos.  We’ll meet at Harewood Village Hall for our session – a faster group will run 8 miles and a slower group 5½ miles.  NB you’ll need a head torch if you want to run the full 10.


West Yorks XC – closing date 9 September


The following is a repeat of the item 2 weeks ago as so far only 5 Striders have applied!


The dates have now been announced for the “Complete Runner West Yorkshire Cross Country League” to give it its full title, henceforth known by us as WYXC.


Race 1: Sun 10th October @ Nunroyd Park, Guiseley  

Race 2: Sat 30th October @ Fartown , Huddersfield  

Race 3: Sat 20th November @ Bramley Fall Woods, Leeds

Race 4: Sun 5th December @ Thornes Park, Wakefield 


Entries for the first race are required by Thursday 9 September.  There are no entries on the day.  It costs £8 whether you enter one race or all four (not bad £2 per race!), so it would help our admin if you entered now even if you can’t run the first race.


To enter, please email a special address .  Check your entry at


Cancer Research 10k at Harewood Sunday 31 October


12 marshals needed – free bacon sandwich and hot drink - more details to follow.


Race Report - Abbey-Valley Team Handicap


There were 89 runners running, 12 marshals marshalling and 80 barbecue meals eaten!


The 89 runners formed 18 teams of 5 and there were 5 mini races setting off at 5 minute intervals.  The winner of each mini-race scored 20 points for their team, the runner up 19, etc down to the last runner scoring 3.


The winning team was “team 3” who each received a bottle of wine

A Duncan Clark   AR 15

B Lewis Balfour  VS 19

C Keith Brewster VS 13

D Chloe Hudson   VS 19

E Peter Leach    AR 17


Bottles of “Abbey Valley Team Handicap” beer (specially labelled for the occasion) were awarded to the second-placed team, the last (but not least) team, the fastest runner (Dan Fisher) and the slowest.  All results now on the website – there’s a link on the main page.


Race Results


Burnsall 10 (VSGP)

                                    GP Pts

   23 Paul Kaiser        1:06:09      100  

   32 Alan Hutchinson    1:09:52       97  

   37 Patrick Barrett    1:10:58       93  

   39 Eric Green         1:11:30       90  

   44 Nick Barnes        1:12:30       87  

   47 Tim Towler         1:13:46       83  

   92 Paul Holloway      1:28:09       80  


Burnsall Fell Race (VSGP and VSFC)

                                    GP Pts   Fell pts

   39 Dan Murray           19:24      100     79.3


The race winner, Rob Hope, ran 13:59, the race was a grade “A” (i.e. steep), so Dan scored 13:59 / 19:24 * 100 * 1.1 = 79.3 points.


Including Dan’s Grand Prix points, that works out at 9.2 points per minute of running, which I believe to be a club record!


Great Yarmouth half marathon


Congratulations to Chloe Hudson, 3rd in the W18-39 age category, 99th in 1:42:16.


Parkrun (email from Carmel Barker)


Because of your plea to get in top 20 I became a first timer this morning (after vowing 2 years ago i'd never run another 5k!) Things we do for Valley Striders!
PS I was the only one wearing my club vest too!!

Forfar 10k (email from George Black)


Completed Forfar 10k on Sunday 15 August in 43:03

Splits 1k to  5k    21:32, 5k to 10k   21:31

Position 46 from a field of over 300 and first 0ver 70, Winning time was 34:28 as weather was warm and course, according to Garmin users, was 6.82 miles and undulating.

Just 3 weeks to World Duathlon Age group race in Edinburgh so trying to avoid "Slippy Stanes".Regards George


Race Report - Allerthorpe Classic Triathlon (1.5k, 40k, 10k)  (from Richard Adcock)


Well I survived, just... It was the perfect weather for a race 

It started with two laps of a 750 metre lake swim with a 10 metre run in-between for the spectators - it was a tight twisty course that didn't really allow the field to break up, it was manic - there was kicking, punching, dunking, lost goggles, people swimming over the top of others the whole course, it was awesome but not a place for the faint hearted or weak swimmer!!! 

In to transition for a quick change out of my wetsuit and straight out on to the flat but breezy 40km bike course on quiet country roads (averaged 34km per hour). 

Back in to transition, a second quick change, grab a gel and out for a 10km run again on quiet country roads - the first section was made worse by a pain in my shin which disappeared at 3km allowing me to pick up the pace for the run in. 

Finished 96th out of 200 starters 

00:26:42 Swim, 01:56 T1, 01:09:56 Bike, 00:53 T2, 00:53:41 Run,  02:33:08 Finish (PB)


Full results at

Good training for the Koln Half Ironman in two weeks (1.9k swim, 90k bike, 21k run)


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