Sent: 29 November 2010 09:29
Subject: V S Update - training sessions (weather alert), deja vu, grand prix and massage


Training Sessions


Tuesday 30 November


WEATHER ALERT!  High Ashes is not likely to be suitable.  If you normally start from High Ashes, please come to Leos instead.

We should be able to run a session round the playing fields at Leos under floodlights.

NB the meeting to discuss Grand Prix races is postponed to 7 December


Thursday 2 December


This is a “new runners” session, 6 miles at 9 to 10 minute miling.  Look out for a message on the website Wednesday evening for any change.


Tuesday 7 December


First Tuesday of the month, so it must be Lasagne night


Book at before 10pm Sunday, choosing meat or veg lasagne, and whether you want apple pie


Déjà vu


The next topics are mainly a repeat of the V S Update of 17 November but have been updated slightly


Grand Prix 2011 meeting – postponed to Tuesday 7 December


If you would like your favourite race to be included, come along.  Or if you can’t be there, email Alan Hutchinson and let him know.


West Yorks XC and Peco XC


Next WYXC is Sunday 5 December at Thornes Park, Wakefield.  You need to have pre-entered to run


Next Peco is Sunday 19 December at Middleton Woods – HQ will be John Charles Centre (formerly known as South Leeds Stadium).  Just turn up on the day to run!


Calderdale Way – Sunday 12 December


Good news, we’ve got our 3 teams.  Risky news, we’re short of reserves.  If you’re available on 12 December, please email


For those who did put their names down, check  


Xmas Meal and Presentation Night – Friday 17 December


Bookings continue to be taken, price is £9.50 per person for an all-you-can-eat buffet meal.


There will be a selection of hot and cold meats, meat and vegetarian pasta dishes, potatoes, salads and followed by various seasonal desserts.


As usual, when booking say whether you’d like carnivore or vegetarian.  If you’re going to sample the vegetarian section, please book “half-and-half” otherwise (from previous experience) the veg. dishes will run out.


Please book by emailing You will receive an auto-reply stating how to make payment.  Payment must be made by Tuesday 14 December. 


The “xmas” account seems to have lost some of the emails.  These are the people who I think have booked so far.  If you have booked but are not in this list, sorry, and please book again


John Wallace, Bob Jackson, Paul White (2), Ian Sanderson, Holly Williams, Paul Holloway (2), Chloe & Jeremy, Andy Thorpe, Sarah Smith, Sylvia & Geoff, Adam Parton, Richard Clough, Andy Settle (2), Paul Kaiser, Sharon Tansley, Liz Wood, Alistair Smyth, Erica & Mark


Brass Monkey


Did you get in?  If so, please email and we’ll see how many will be there on 23 January.  So far 20 Striders have confirmed their entry


London Marathon


We have FOUR club entries for the London Marathon.  There will be a ballot which will be drawn on Friday 17 December.  If you want a chance of a place, go to our website for more details.  We have only six names applied so far and at least two of these are currently on the injury list.  So, even if you didn’t get a rejection slip, if you are interested, put your name forward.  (We don’t want to have to give Abbey Runners our spare entries).  Names must reach me by 14 December.


Membership Subs


Over two thirds of all members have now renewed their subs.  The current status is that 173 have paid and 86 haven’t.  If you’re one of those who haven’t, please send a cheque for £20, payable to “Valley Striders” to Paul White, 17 Whinmoor Court, Redhall, Leeds, LS14 1NX.  You can check whether you’ve paid at (NB this does not include the 15 who’ve paid in the last week).


If you’re not intending to renew, please email Paul


Abbey Dash


Even when the official results showed club names, there were a few Striders unlisted.  But I think I’ve found them all now (or they’ve found me), so check the Grand Prix page for updated results   The final count was 58 Striders (a record for any grand prix race, and only beaten by the 60 for the Leeds Country Way) and 7 friends.


We successfully got George promoted to 1st M70 (Congratulations), and he emailedthank you for sorting out my problem. Great to see so many Striders in the race and the roadside support was greatly appreciated. Only disappointment was not having Max around at the 9K mark. Regards George”


Thirsk 10 mile


Was, not surprisingly, cancelled. 


There was a discussion about whether the pools panel should sit.  Can you imagine it?  And now the results from James Alexander Gordon.  Gwil Thomas vs Dan Fisher – away win.  Alistair Smyth vs Eric Green – score draw.  But no, and the Grand Prix positions remain as they were, so congrats to Gwil and Liz the 2010 champions.  However the Grand Prix Committee have agreed that anyone who ran 7 races and had an entry for Thirsk is entitled to a Grand Prix T-shirt.


Leeds Up & Running 20% Off


Gilly Wight, manager of Up and Running Leeds Central has emailed


Up and Running Leeds City Centre are holding a 20% off evening on Wednesday 1st December, between 5-7pm, please see the attached.


Please could you forward this email to all your club members.


Sports Massage – message from Liz Wood


Just a reminder to Striders that I'm qualified in sports massage therapy.  For anyone who's not tried sports massage before, you might be interested in some of the benefits:

- improvement in tissue condition, reduced stiffness, pain and fatigue

- increased flexibility and range of movement

- improved balance between muscle groups

- faster recovery from injury - aids soft tissue repair

- improves circulation & skin elasticity


There are loads of ways this can help your running, whether it's to help you recover from a hard session or a race, or the perfect way to make sure you're in peak condition before your next event.  Regular sports massage is a valuable addition to your training routine.  It could give you those extra precious seconds and bag you your next PB!  Not all my clients are athletes; anyone can benefit from it; the intensity of the massage is adapted to suit each individual and their requirements. 


Stuck for a Christmas present for the runner in your life?  Look no further!  Or why not add a sports massage to your own Christmas wish list.  Go on, you deserve it! 


I'm based in north Leeds.  Prices are £25 for 45 mins and £30 for 60 mins.  For more information and to book in, contact Liz on 07866 480368 or at