Sent: 31 March 2011 00:35
Subject: V S Update - things to do this weekend; Roundhay parkrun; backward running; results/reports from East Hull, Heptonstall, Dentdale, Thirsk, Exeter; FRA navigation course


Things to do this weekend


Run the Wakefield 10k on Sunday Ė entries will be accepted on the day Ė see   NB itís 9a.m. start but that gives you plenty of time to get back for lunch with your mum.


Enter the Leeds Half Marathon (entries close some time next week) Ė see


Order your lasagne (for next Tuesday) by Sunday 10pm Ė order meat or veggie lasagne and optional apple pie to


Tell your friends that we still have vacancies for our Run in Leeds Group (we had 12 this week but can accept 30) see


Fill and return your census form.


Roundhay Parkrun


Message from Simon Buckden, race director of the new Roundhay parkrunparkrun

We are delighted to announce the first Roundhay parkrun.

This will take place on Saturday 23 April 2011 at 9 am.

We are also looking to work with clubs so that they could benefit from potential new members.

Details are on the Roundhay parkrun page:!/pages/Roundhay-parkrun/127584317310477

If you know of anybody that would like to volunteer, if they could send an email to  as parkrun exists because of volunteers.


Bob says, note also that there is a practice run on Wed 13 April at 6:30pm


Backward Running


The 2nd UK Backward Running Championships is taking place in Heaton Park, Manchester on Sunday 14th August.  Do your club members think they could take on the challenge to complete the 1 mile course backwards, one third of the course is uphill?  (For those who think this sounds easy, 1 mile backwards is the equivalent to running 6 miles forwards).  Or for an even greater challenge why not try to beat the current UK record of 7 mins 30 secs set by Garret Doherty.
There will be backward championship menís, women's and over 40's races available, plus a sponsored charity backward fun run for those not quite so fit.  More details, a beginners guide, a video of last years event and how to book a place can be found at


Peco Race 5 pictures from Amanda Seims

East Hull 20 results (from Clive Bandy)


 19  2:10:20  Kevin McMullan 

 28  2:14:13  Clive Bandy   

 50  2:19:33  Eric Green     

 90  2:29:46  Simon Redshaw 

134  2:38:26  Paul Gill     

159  2:44:42  Sue Sunderland


Heptonstall Fell Race (report from Steve Webb)


Heptonstall was a superbly organised event and attracted just over 200 starters, of whom 193 survived in some shape or form.  £5 entry fee included tea before the start (take note Trollers Trot), start administered by the local vicar including an extract from the Gospel according to St Paul(!?), and free soup, tea and cakes at the finish.  Above all a brilliant and varied course including a section of very tough tussocks but otherwise plenty of good moorland, upland pasture and wooded valleys.  There was also something for the industrial archaeologist as we ran for some time alongside a fascinating leat that would have fed water powered mills near Hebden Bridge.  Oh, and it was very hilly, including a killer ascent in the last mile.


Good turnout of 11 Striders and a great performance from Tony Mills.  Another very good run from Simon V and Eirik got a fine finish position by virtue of sprinting down all the hills. I think Malcolm was first V70 and thereby set the V70 record. I really struggled with stiff hamstrings and no energy and was beaten comprehensively on the day by the course.


Overall a worthy addition to the championship.  Next up, something completely different - the Bunny Runs.


Fell Championship points positions now on the website




Dentdale run Ė Saturday 12th March Ė 1pm (report from John Wallace)


An unusual start time, presumably to allow people time to get to the tiny village of Dent in the middle of, er, Dentdale. Itís also a Saturday, those savvy Yorkshire types realizing that lots of people will stay over and spend money in the village if itís a saturday. And it seems to work, over 300 people (Dumfries AC brought 20+) signed up for the race which raises funds for the village school (and it needs it, the roof is covered in scaffolding and in dire need of repair), and it is sponsored by Dent Brewery (you can tell why I was there).


The race is 14.2 miles, the length being dictated by where there are bridges to cross the river that flows through the dale. Itís a pretty simple route but very picturesque. West out of the village, south of the river, for 3.5 mile, cross a bridge, then east for 7 mile north of the river (passing Dent village on the way) to another bridge, which we cross and return the final 3.5 mile south of the river again. Itís not flat, although not desperately  hilly either. Itís also not dry due to the proximity of the river which in many places creates large pools of water across the road Ė although not as bad as 3 years ago when the western part of the run was cancelled due to flooding and we did 2 laps of the eastern part, which in no way could have been called dry Ė best bit was a 40yd stretch of ankle deep flooded road, which we had to do twice!


But this year it was much better, cool, little wind and even a hint of sun at times Ė perfect running weather. Its well organized, with changing room provided in the school (the chairs are a bit low which caused a few problems getting back up after the race) and a tea provided for all finishers. Results are out very quickly rivaling even the Striders! In short, an excellent event and highly recommended. If thereís one fault itís the last 150 yds over cobbles to the finish, which was a great cramp inducer.


Nonetheless I managed 1.40.38 which was a pb by 10 minutes (I said it was good conditions) and I was pretty pleased.


Thirsk 10


Report from John Wallace


The 2010 Thirsk 10 took place yesterday (27 March 2011) in conditions a far cry from those that had caused the postponement from its original date. Conditions were perfect for running fast times of a good flat course, whose only difficult point is a sharp u-turn between miles 7 and 8. Those who forswore the joys of a 3 Peaks reccy were well rewarded as Striders returned a raft of PBís, although PB himself (running as Tim Towler) couldnít manage one, and the travelling support (Ken & Kathy K, Sharon, Jeremy and of course Joyce and Peter) had plenty to cheer on.


Big congrats to Rob DeGiovanni, 6th home in 54.42, a PB by 2 minutes.


Other PBís for Paul Kaiser, Roy Huggins (running as John Batchelor Ė Johníll be pleased with his new PB), myself and Tom Button (in a fight for the line) and Gary (Wo)mann. There are probably others so apologies to those Iíve missed.


I guess we should enjoy it whilst we can because I canít believe conditions will be so perfect when the race returns to its usual date at the start of December.


Report from Tom Button


Last year's Thirsk 10 was postponed at the last minute because of snow and ice and was rearranged for 27th March.  Unlike last November the weather was perfect for running: cool, dry and still.  The start was also better organised this year with the officials waiting until everyone had arrived before setting the race off.


The conditions seemed to suit the healthy turnout of Striders.  We were represented twice in the top 10 with Rob De'Giovanni in 6th (54:01) and Andy May in 10th (56:05). Rob and Andy were followed by Paul Kaiser who finished in 58:30.  Behind these were some other very respectable times and going by the conversation afterwards there were quite a few PBs (including the second one in two days for John Wallace).  Thanks should go to all the Striders who turned out to support - it's always good to see a friendly face or hear an encouraging "voice".  Thanks also to Ken Kaiser for the photos which can be seen at 


Pos  Forename Surname     ChipTime

  6  Rob      DEGIOVANNI  00:54:42

 10  Andy     MAY         00:56:05

 35  Paul     KAISER      00:58:30

 82  Roy      HUGGINS     01:02:18

123  Drew     TAYLOR      01:04:25

140  James    TARRAN      01:05:14

150  Ian      ROSSER      01:05:32

151  Eric     GREEN       01:06:03

159  John     WALLACE     01:06:07

160  Tom      BUTTON      01:06:13

169  Gary     MANN        01:06:29

213  Liz      WOOD        01:08:53

237  Patrick  BARRETT     01:09:40

277  Paul     WHITE       01:11:53

298  Paul     SANDERSON   01:12:45

346  Susan    SUNDERLAND  01:14:17

432  Ruth     WARREN      01:19:05

521  Carole   TOWLER      01:24:16


Note from Paul Kaiser


Striders were 5th team in the Northern championships and 2nd team in the Yorkshire championships! Rob didnít count - only entries for the original November date were valid for these.


The Grizzly (report from Holly)


Tom and I ran the Grizzly (Axmoor, near Exeter) 2 weeks's how it went:


The race is 20 miles long, the route changes every year and this one was 'the hardest one yet' (it's official, it says so on the website, and everything on the internet is true)

1700 runners, set off by the town crier and (nearly all) reciting "God Save The Queen",

We went over a pebble beach, through the town centre and then followed signs for 'Beer', unfortunately it turned out to be the name of a town!

Through the sea, 

Through a camp site,

Sea views on the left and luscious green fields on the right

On trails, taking in a pine forest, open fields, a pooey farm...and 4 knee deep bogs - one with a guide rope to pull yourself out if you got stuck

Back though pebble beaches x2

Up the side of a sheer drop, about 100 foot high

All punctuated by 2 bag pipers, karaoke, some fiddlers, numerous quotes for mental uplift (e.g. "To see the furthest, look inside yourself"!!!) and enough marshals to make Bob proud.


1st man: 2.38

1st Lady: 2.49


Tom Button: 3.47, 141st senior male out of 413

Holly Williams: 3.17, 9th lady out of 112


last runner: 6.16


And then we drove all the way home!!!!!!


We'll be there next year and we highly recommend it.


Holly & Tom


FRA Navigation Course (from Sarah Smith)


I thought I would share with you a great tip.  If your map reading skills need a little brushing up, or you would like to know how to use a map and compass (confession: I always carry them but didn't know how to use them properly) sign up for one of the FRA navigation courses.
I have just returned to Leeds from Kettlewell, and had a great weekend.  I cycled from Skipton to Kettlewell YHA on Friday evening, and being a few hours behind on my plan was cycling in the dark but for a full moon, so that was quite atmospheric.
That evening, we had an introduction to navigation, then Saturday morning at 7 am a brisk run up a hill and back for breakfast; then some work in our group (1 instructor to 3 students) - we went out on the fell and were shown navigation techniques in the field and each encouraged to navigate the group to specified features.  In the afternoon we did an exercise where we all had to navigate our way to checkpoints individually and in the evening, after tea and some theory/instruction we did a similar exercise but in the dark - in pairs.  With Sportident dibbers (I think).
Sunday morning, another 7 am run (not for me though, I know I am bad) then after an outline of the role of the FRA we all embarked on a 10k solo challenge with dibbers again and this time it was misty and visibility on higher ground was poor which meant we could test our new found skills.  The instructors took time and care if they could see anyone (e.g. me) struggling with a technique.  I cannot thank my instructor and all the instructors who gave their time and knowledge enough.  Some of the techniques come naturally to me (e.g. setting your map) but others I could never work out from a book or when a friend tried to show me for example taking a bearing.  But now, thanks to the work and effort of these dudes I think I can do that now!  It is going to be important to keep practising for me, otherwise I will forget. 
So, what a great weekend.  I was so impressed with these people who have given their weekend up to teach us these skills - the instructors and the admin support were equally encouraging and it was a pleasure to spend my weekend with such genuine and good people.  I recommend that you look out for the next one and put your name down, I understand they are always fully booked, and fast.
I cycled home via Otley where I stopped off for tea and cake at Deb's house.  I am unable to walk now but its good to combine a weekend in the Dales learning how to navigate with a long Sunday bike ride (good training for Wetherby to Filey) .... Sorry I missed Heptonstall but hope to see you on another run soon.  Hope you all had a good time in Heptonstall and had some cake too!