Sent: 03 November 2010 00:18
Subject: V S Update - subs due, Peco XC this Sunday, GP & Fell Champs status, results from Ilkley, Huddersfield and Denver, messages from Pam and Mat


AGM – earlier this evening


We had two vacancies on the committee and these places have been taken by (1) Holly Williams and (2) Dan Fisher and Gwil Thomas on a job share.


If you’ve not already paid your subs, please send a cheque for £20, payable to “Valley Striders” to Paul White, 17 Whinmoor Court, Redhall, Leeds, LS14 1NX.


Minutes of the rest of the proceedings to follow.


Peco XC Race 1 – Sunday 7 November


The Peco league is a league of about 15 clubs, mainly from the Leeds area, but a few are further away. There are 5 races in the series and at the end of the series there are prizes for teams and individuals in age group bands.  There is also a prize for everyone who runs all 5 races.


Each race is 4 to 5 miles, mainly off-road but not usually too challenging terrain.  Pay on the day!


The first race in the series is hosted by Ackworth Road Runners but will be at Pontefract Park which is just off M62 junction 32 so easily accessible from Leeds.


There are usually 20 to 25 Striders running each race, come and run on Sunday (even if you’ve never run XC before)


NB The final race is to be hosted jointly by Valley Striders and Airecentre Pacers on the Danefield Estate on Otley Chevin in March!


Here are the race details from website (there is a map on the website)


PECO Cross Country League (2010-11) Race 1 (Pontefract Park) Hosted by Ackworth Road Runners 

Race Date: Sunday 7th November


Race Times & Distances:


Junior XC Challenge (8 - 10 year old boys & girls*): 10.00am, 1 mile approx.

Junior XC Challenge (11 - 16 year old boys & girls*): 10.20am, 2 miles approx.

Seniors (men * women 17 and over'): 11.00am, 5 miles approx.


* Age groups for all 5 races in the season are based on age on 8/11/10


Entry Fee: Seniors £2.00  Juniors £1.00 ( Please note - No Food)


Race Location: The race will take place within the grounds of Pontefract Park & Racecourse & surrounding countryside. From the M62 exit at Junction 32 and follow A639 Pontefract. At the first roundabout turn right into the park. Up to the mini roundabout and right, there will be plenty of parking - follow the marshalls.


Registration: The race HQ will be near the main Car Park area inside the Race Course.

Registration will be from 9.15am - 9.45am for juniors, 10.00 - 10.45am for seniors. See map below:


The Course: The course is suitable for studs or trail shoes, even trainers if ground still dry. The start may be on road for a few hundred yards then into the country - this takes us across farmers fields , please keep on the paths. Then back into the park and edge of race course. The junior races will be entirely in the park - grass/tarmac - studs/flats.


After The Race: There are no changing facility and unfortunately we cannot provide food. Toilets will be available at the Golf pavilion.


Grand Prix Leaderboard


Is now updated on the website.  141 Striders have run at least one race and 25 have already run 8 races, so qualifying for Grand Prix T-shirts.


Dan Fisher and Gwil Thomas jointly lead the Grand Prix with 799 points.


There are 4 races to go

·         Sun 7 Nov – Peco XC race 1 at Ackworth

·         Sat 20 Nov - West Yorks XC race 3 at Bramley Falls Park (near Rodley)

·         Sun 21 Nov - Abbey Dash 10k (enter soon)

·         Sun 28 Nov - Thirsk 10


Fell Championship Leaderboard


Steve Webb emailed


Latest position in fell champs is attached (now on website).  This includes the results from Withens Skyline race.  Excellent effort from Malcolm who was first M70 and set a new M70 record in doing so.


Holly is now hot on the heels of Xanthe but is in the last chance saloon as she has to run the final race in the Fell Championship, the Shepherds Skyline on 6 November.


Denver Marathon (from Karen Barlow)


Hi Bob,

Just a quick message to let you know I won the Denver Rock n Roll Marathon on Sunday. The race was at altitude (one mile high) and was held on a beautiful crisp sunny clear day in Colorado. I ran 2.54. 

Thanks for including me in the VS Updates.

Best Regards,

Karen Barlow


Yorks Vets Road Relays


On a 2.9 mile route from Ilkley Lido


M40 Kevin McMullan   17:43

    John Wallace     20:29  38:12

    Ian Sanderson    18:30  56:42

    Roy Huggins      19:04  75:46



M50 Jerry Watson     17:39

(A) Tim Towler       20:16  37:55

    Graham Needham   19:30  57:25


    Jerry was 2nd fastest M50


M50 Tosh Akhtar      19:36

(B) Mick Tinker      22:02  41:38

    Bob Jackson      21:06  62:44



F45 Sara Dyer        25:41

    Carole Towler    25:53  51:34

    Sarah Smith      24:11  75:45



F55 Meryll Cripps    28:12

    Ruth Warren      23:11  51:23

    Mary Egan        23:01  74:24

    2nd out of 4 only 54 secs behind Rotherham

    Mary was 2nd fastest F55

    Ruth was 3rd fastest F55


West Yorks Cross Country League race 2 at Huddersfield


Under 17 Boys

 12 Eddy Robinson

 28 finished



 19 Sam Harris       24:06

 23 Katie Parry      24:28

 27 Myra Jones       24:40

 42 Sue Sunderland   25:56

 47 Laura Clark      26:09

 60 Carole Schofield 27:07

 72 Sharon Tansley   28:53

 79 Sarah Smith      29:52

 89 finished

    Team finished THIRD behind Holmfirth & Bingley but ahead of Leeds City, Keighley, Knavesmire, Ilkley etc



 69 Gwil Thomas      39:19

 72 Jerry Watson     39:24

 89 Kevin McMullan   40:21

114 Paul Kaiser      42:24

138 Gary Mann        45:22

144 Tim Towler       46:13

152 Malcolm Coles    47:43

157 Bob Jackson      49:40

160 Tony Haygarth    52:09

168 Dave Jones       57:04

170 finished

    Team finished 11th


From Pam Lomoro


Thanks for the update and infor. As you may have noticed, I have not been to training for a while. Finished my studies at Leeds and have now moved down to London temporarily before relocating to Sudan later this year (BTW, that's where my dad is from and I spent a year working there in 2008 - It is very hot, had to get my run completed by 7 am to avoid ridiculous heat).


I just wanted to say what a fantastic club the striders are. I have had a great time training and socialising with you guys. You may not know but you have been an inspiration and a great stress buster during a very stressful period of my studies - and my life. You helped me to put the fun back into my running and aim for greater things without getting overly obsessed with PBs, and they came naturally - those PBs. Indeed, I ran a full marathon (Amsterdam) for the first time in my life despite having been a competitive runner for over 12yrs. And despite only managing a twice a week training schedule in the last 6 weeks prior to the marathon, I managed to run a 3.40 chip time, thanks to the support of fellow striders.


I don't want to say bye because you can be sure to see me again even though not often. I plan to start a running club in Juba, South Sudan where I will be relocating to, and already I have secured the support of the ministry of Youth and Sports there. I will be coming to you for advice on this, and who knows, maybe some striders can come and run the very first Juba 10K next year (Providing the political situation in Sudan proceeds without trouble).


I wish you all well and let's all remember to keep the fun in running. I will probably pop into training one of these days and hope to see some of you at Abbey Dash - BTW I owe you ££ for the LCW and that LCW Ladies Trophy is probably mine.


On the Forum from Mat Taylor


Just thought I'd mention that last night I bumped into Sir Jimmy Savile OBE, KCSG, DJ in my local Co-Op, on Street Lane.


He seemed a bit disappointed that they had run out of milk, stating:  "It's like being in a war zone. You've no milk. I remember during the war there wasn't any milk. We'd run out of cows."


(I can only presume that we used to drop them out of aeroplanes whenever we'd used up all our bombs.)


Anyway, I just thought that you'd all like to know.


Bob says “Mat, are you quite sure it wasn’t Geoff that you saw?”