Sent: 23 December 2010 00:34
Subject: V S Update - Xmas / new year dates, Parkrun 1234, Peco 12, VS awards, 2010 quiz
Christmas and New Year dates
Thursday 23 December – normal Thursday training from Scott Hall.
John says “Just in case anyone thought there wouldn’t be Thursday runs over Christmas, here I am to put you all right. We’ll be out this Thursday (23rd) and the week after (30th) as normal in the freezing cold weather 6.45 at Scott Hall (there is a thaw forecast – next June I think). Wrap up warm .. and bright, especially bright, bright’s really important. If you’re not already really bright then write to Santa quick for new bright stuff. I’m writing for a new brain so I’ll be really bright – if I’m no brighter after Christmas I’ll assume he didn’t get my letter.”
Sunday 26 December – Chevin Chase – see you there! (1st VS Grand Prix race of 2011)
December – normal Tuesday training from Leos (hills at
Wed 29th December- Coley Canter at Shelf – James Franklin says in this week’s Abbey Runners email “8 miles off road across farmland and woods. Very good course and only 50p to enter. Its on Calder Valley Fell Runners site (http://www.cvfr.co.uk/Races/Other/Coley_Canter/coleycanterhome.htm).”
Thursday 30 December – normal Thursday training from Scott Hall.
December – closing date for National XC (19 Feb at
Friday 31 December – Auld Lang Syne race, but race full.
Sunday 2 January 2011 – club handicap 5 miles (2nd VS Grand Prix race of 2011) – meet by Eccup Res at 10:45, first runner off at 11:00. Afterwards back at Leos for a drink, please bring a little food to share!
Tuesday 4 January – normal Tuesday training from Leos (5 by 6 mins at High Ashes) – NB pie’n’ peas postponed to 18 January’
January – closing date for Northern XC (29 Jan at
Thursday 6 January – Thursday training from Scott Hall, suitable for slightly slower runners (or faster runners still running slowly after too much seasonal food and drink)’
Sunday 16 January – third Peco race at Kirkstall’
Tuesday 18 January – pie and peas night and meeting to discuss events for 2011 Fell Championship – all welcome.
Nearly 200 members have paid for the 2010-2011 Striders year, and there are just 49 members from last year who haven’t paid yet.
have received reminders from
If you are
still to pay, please send a cheque for £20 to Paul at
(Or if you decide not to rejoin, please email Paul firstname.lastname@example.org to save us sending further reminders.)
result for the Club! I wonder whether this has been achieved by any other
club at the
3 Ian Rosser 19:47 69.50% VM40-44
8 James Tarran 21:02 66.88% VM40-44
43 Chris Sawyer 25:58 57.70% VM50-54
Club vests – policy
I have had comments from a few new members who have been to parkruns and didn’t know till they saw the race results that there were so many Striders running.
It was agreed at the AGM http://www.valleystriders.org.uk/VS%20AGM%20Minutes%20Nov%2010.doc that Striders members should, in all races, wear their Striders vest or alternatively wear the vest of a charity for which they are being sponsored. (It’s not in our constitution at present but is in the “welcome” email sent to new members). And to “encourage” this, we should exclude race performances from our database for Performance Certificates if the club member is not wearing a Striders or charity vest.
The majority of Striders do wear club vests in most races but only a minority wear them for parkruns (some saying that this is because they are not real races). If you run a parkrun and want your performance included you will need to email email@example.com to claim your performance and say that you were wearing a club vest. This will take effect from 1 January 2011.
Peco XC 19/12/2010 ~ 1-2 for Striders
result on a very frosty
NB the ladies are in the “second” division so are placed well for promotion (I think 3 teams will go up). In Sunday’s race, had the ladies been in the top division, they would have been third, so are very competitive with the leading teams.
64 Paul Hunter
71 John Wallace
89 Malcolm Coles
90 Bob Jackson
96 Tony Haygarth
22 Amanda Seims
38 Sarah Smith
The weather tried its best to play havoc with the running fixtures again this weekend but all the main events went ahead.
race in the PECO cross-country League featured Bradford-Airedale, Eccleshill
Road Runners and Saltaire Striders (formerly St Bede’s AC). A total of
242 hardy souls braved the 4.8-mile course over rock-hard, snow-covered ground
Tim Midgley (running second-claim for Horsforth Harriers) made light of the conditions to win, with Matt John, from Abbey Runners, second.
Abbey packed their eight counters in the top 30 to win the event comfortably. Valley and Rothwell follow in the team competition, with Horsforth dropping to fourth. Ilkley Harriers, in the Premier Division, were severely depleted and only managed four men counters and two ladies and now find themselves adrift at the bottom of the league with three races to go.
Will Kerr (Saltaire) finished sixth to lead his team to a second consecutive victory in the men’s first division. Bradford-Airedale, in their first season, finished an impressive second to also kindle visions of promotion.
Club chairman Chris Hainsworth said: “We are taking it one step at a time but yesterday was encouraging. This year’s aim was just to get a team out and let everyone know we are still in existence. I think that promotion might be a bit ambitious this year but could well be within our grasp next year.”
Saltaire captain Kerr said: “The men managed to put out an incredible 16 runners. This is what being a running club is all about for me. Mass participation makes the club stand out and at the same time brings the members closer together.”
Cheapest and dearest
marathons in the
didn’t get into
Saturday 21 May – White Peak marathon – measured 26.2 miles - entries open 1 January, £17, limit 200, usually full by February, this is on cinder and tarmac tracks, road shoes advised. http://www.matlockac.org.uk/wpm.html
May – Windermere marathon – this was the most expensive marathon in the
I’ve run both of these so email me if any questions!
Xmas Presentation Night
In alphabetical order
Also Ran Trophy
Vets – M40 Steve Webb, M50 Eric Green, W35 Liz Wood
Groups – B
Dan Murray, C
Steve Webb &
priority is given to Striders who (a) have been members for longer than a year
and (b) have applied in the London Marathon ballot and (c) have received a
rejection letter. There were 4 Striders in this category and since we had
4 places, no draw was necessary, the beneficiaries being John Batchelor,
The following rules were used to prioritise the reserves
(1) Member longer than a year, with rejection letter, previously had club place – Erica Hiorns
longer than a year, no rejection letter –
(3) Member joined this year, no rejection letter – Sarah Smith
Reserves will get a place should one or more of the four drop out before 11 February.
If you want
Max Jones Trophy
This is a
new trophy awarded to the best age-graded road race performance – winner Lou
Gilchrist for 43:49 at the
This is 95.1% on the age-graded scale, which is just inside a Valley Striders grade 10 performance.
Lou had very slightly higher AG percentages at two parkruns, but we decided to award this for the officially measured and timed event.
We have set a condition that a club member can only win this once, so 199 of you are in with a chance for next year!
Valley Striders Christmas Quiz
Get yourself a drink and a mince pie and have a go at these questions.
1. Where was the National
Cross Country held? - Roundhay /
2. How many Striders ran in the National Cross Country? - 27 / 32 / 37
3. For which one of these did Max Jones not have a calculation about race time? - shoe weight / runner’s weight / runner’s height
4. Max Jones came from
5. Which race was the Abbey
Valley Challenge 2010? - Leeds half / Rothwell 10k /
6. How many Striders ran in the Leeds Half Marathon? - 35 / 45 / 55
7. Who was first finisher in
a Striders vest in the Leeds Half? -
8. How many Striders ran in the Three Peaks Race? - 5 / 8 / 11
9. Who was first Strider in
10. How many Striders ran in the Leeds Country Way Relay? - 48 / 50 / 60
11. What was the winning
margin for the ladies’ team in the
12. What position were the men’s team? - 2nd / 3rd / 4th
13. What did Keith recommend that you should not carry? (and was subsequently a spot prize at the Harewood Trail Race!) - Bottle belt / Camelbak / Hand grip water bottle
15. Which was the best placed Striders team in the Yorks Vets Road Relays? - M40 / M50 / W55
16. How many Striders ran in the Amsterdam Marathon? - 19 / 24 / 29
17. How many first claim Striders ran in the Abbey Dash? - 38 / 48 / 58
was first finisher in a Striders vest in the Abbey Dash? - Rob De’Giovanni /
19. How many Striders ran 8 or more Grand Prix races in 2010? - 27 / 37 / 47
20. Which was the first year of the Grand Prix? - 1982 / 1989 / 1995
fastest marathon time this year was set by? - Karen Barlow /
22. How many races did you need to run to qualify for prizes in the Fell Championship - 4 / 5 / 6
23. How many new members have joined Striders in 2010? - 50 / 60 / 70
24. How many Striders
Answers in the new year. NB the winning team at the VS do scored 20 out of 24, and this was without the help of a phone with internet connection (I had to confiscate one of these!)
This is probably the last V S Update of this year, so thank you to everyone for making 2010 a very successful year for the Striders.
My new year wish is continued success in 2011 for the Striders and that you also achieve your personal running targets in 2011.