Sent: 15 April 2011 00:15
Subject: V S Update - Baildon results and prizewinners, Marathon reports, Max's International Squad


Coming up


Sunday April 17th – good luck to all the Striders at London.  5 Striders have run marathons in the last 2 weeks (Simon Midwood 2:52 at Paris, Paul Kaiser 2:55 at Brighton, Dave Penman 3:16 at Paris, John Wallace 3:21 at Rotterdam, Mike Higgins 4:04 at East Sussex).  There are two reports later in this week’s V S Update.


Tuesday April 19th – third Bunny Run from Haworth, last opportunity for Fell Championship points in this series.


Thursday April 21st – curry night at Sheesh Mahal, Chapel Allerton.


Sunday April 24th – Guiseley Gallop – can anyone hand out Meanwood Valley Trail entry forms please?


Sunday May 8th – Leeds Half Marathon – entries now closed, and sorry, I can’t help to get entries for anyone who has missed the deadline (I’ve just tried!).  However, for those of you who are in, when you get your race packs you should get a sheet for unattached runners advertising all the running clubs in Leeds.  Part of the deal is that the clubs provide marshals.  So far, thanks to  Dan Fisher, Dave Middlemas, Joe Hanney, Meg Galsworthy, Peter Lambert, Sharon Tansley, Steve O'Callaghan, Xanthe Hannah who have all signed up to do a section on Meanwood Road.  I did pull strings so that Striders get the early section in the race and therefore can go home early!  Ideally I’d like another 4 please, can anyone else help?


Saturday May 28th – Meanwood Valley Trail Race – we need 65 marshals, we have 25 already – thank you! .  Please email me if you can help.


Beginners Group


We still have vacancies.  If you have friends, relations or work colleagues training for the Run for All 10k and looking for some support, send them along to our sessions, Tuesday 6pm to 7pm (arrive 5:45pm the first night).  For details see or email 


Roundhay parkrun


First run on Saturday April 23rd see!/pages/Roundhay-parkrun/127584317310477 .  This doesn’t seem to be on yet, but keep following this, particularly if you haven’t got a Facebook account. 


I note that they are still asking for marshals.  Please help if you can but I would much prefer it if you help at the races organised / supported by Valley Striders where the profits go to charity (Meanwood, Harewood 10, Leeds Half, Harewood Cancer Research) or we receive some of the profits (Peco XC, Yorkshire Vets).


Baildon Boundary Way


Striders results


Andy was 2nd overall, Holly was 2nd lady and Holly, Myra and Sarah won the women’s team prize!


    2 Andy May           1:21:44      100

   19 Dan Murray         1:34:02       99

   27 Alistair Smyth     1:37:10       98

   32 Mark Woodhead      1:38:10       97

   38 Roy Huggins        1:38:34       96

   41 Rob Bumstead       1:39:11       95

   42 Holly Williams     1:39:20       94

   48 Tom Button         1:40:50       93

   50 Greg Skerrett      1:41:08       92

   78 Myra Jones         1:46:12       91

  103 Richard Adcock     1:48:37       90

  104 Graham Jones       1:48:40       89

  108 Bob Jackson        1:49:13       88

  125 Sarah Wood         1:51:25       87

  143 Mick Tinker        1:53:33       86

  145 Mike Midgley       1:54:15       85

  153 Steve Dixon        1:55:16       84

  160 Keith Brewster     1:56:08       83

  165 Nick Wallhead      1:57:07       82

  177 Leroy Sutton       1:58:21       81

  194 Ged Coll           2:00:07       80

  203 Chloe Hudson       2:01:05       79

  236 Sarah Smith        2:06:07       78

      Sara Dyer(walking) 3:25:53       77


Report from Simon Forde in Bradford Telegraph and Argus


Tim Midgley of Bingley Harriers just missed beating Tom Adams' course record in the Baildon Boundary Way.


Glorious dry, sunny conditions provided the perfect backdrop for Sunday's half-marathon, comprising 355 runners and 50 walkers.


A leading group of Midgley, Colin Walker (Pudsey & Bramley) and Quentin Lewis - eventually fourth, from organising club Baildon Runners - broke away over the first three miles of trails, road and woodland from Tong Park to the Leeds-Liverpool canal, via Esholt village.


The long, strength-sapping canal section soon changed things as Midgley stamped his authority on the race, while Andy May (Valley Striders) and Nigel Armitage (Pudsey Pacers) moved up into second and third respectively.


The front three held their positions on the tough climb to Baildon Moor and down to the finish at Baildon Rugby Club, with Midgley missing last year's record by 35 seconds as he clocked 1hr 19min 42sec.


Jon Holah's fifth place was good for the over-50s prize and, when added to Mick Hill's seventh and Colin Walker's ninth, secured the team prize for Pudsey & Bramley.


Other men's age-category prizes went to Nick Charlesworth (over-40s) of Wharfedale Harriers in sixth place and Richard Borysiewicz (over-60s) of Valley Hill Runners in Sheffield, who completed the course in an impressive 1:38.


Tamara Hird was first lady in 1:37:35, two minutes clear of Holly Williams (Valley Striders) with Sue Brown (unattached) third. But Williams picked up the ladies' team prize for Valley along with Myra Jones and Sarah Wood.


Unattached runner Liz Noakes won the ladies over-45s category in 1:46, while Aileen Baldwin (Stainland) and Lyn Eden (Ilkley) picked up prizes in the F55 and F65 age groups.


Paris Marathon (report from Simon Midwood)


Thought I'd write a little report on our French adventures for the newsletter, so here goes....

Myself and Dave Penman travelled to Paris at the weekend, fully prepared for our first attempt at marathon running - 16 week training plan completed without a hitch, half marathon and 20 mile races finished quicker than expected. Both confident of achieving target times of 2:45 and sub-3:00 respectively.

Unfortunately we didn't plan for bright sunshine and temperatures reaching 28c, not exactly ideal running conditions!!

I started exactly as I wanted, comfortably maintaining a 2:43 pace and picking off runners as the miles ticked by. We were sensible enough to wear caps which we continually soaked with water, as well as taking on plenty of fluids at each stop. However, despite my respect for the conditions, I hit the wall at mile 21 and lost 9 minutes in the last 5 miles to stagger home in 2:52.35.

Dave had a similar experience, starting to miss his splits from halfway and suffering in the heat in the last 6 miles, finishing in 3:16.32. He wasn't even aware that we had run past the Eiffel Tower!

I'd definitely recommend Paris for anyone looking for a Spring marathon. It's easy to enter, well organised, the route goes past all the sights and it's flat as a pancake other than some short hills exiting the tunnels between 16 and 20. The atmosphere was great too, I lost count of the number of "Allez Simon" shouts I received and there was music every 500 metres most of the way.

Despite both finishing up a little disappointed, it was a great experience and we had plenty to be proud of considering the heat and our inexperience. Bring on London or New York next year!

Brighton Marathon (report from Paul Kaiser)


Having arrived at base camp in Brighton (my brothers house) on the Friday evening after suffering at the merciless hands of the M25, Saturday saw Sharon and I strolling along the seafront to the expo where there was an interesting seminar with talks by Liz McColgan and Valley Striders honorary president Charlie Spedding, amongst others. Arriving back at base camp showed a sign of things to come the following day, the sun had been beating down and we were both burnt to a crisp, a check of the forecast revealed more of the same for the marathon - it was going to be hot, hot, hot. Emergency supplies of industrial strength sun cream were bought, and rain dances danced in vain as we settled down to large bowls of pasta, and a relaxing glass of wine. Originally there was supposed to be myself, both my brothers, and Sharon all running, but injuries had scuppered Sharon and my elder brother Neil's chances, so it was left to me and my younger brother Matt to fly the flag. My Mum and Dad were also there in their now familiar role of cheerleaders in chief and dispensers of invaluable been-there-done-that advice. Good luck messages from Alan and Liz, amongst others, were much appreciated.

Despite being chided by Bob and Mr Murray for wimping out of the Wakefield 10k the week before, I felt that my preparation and training had gone well so was confident come race morning, but with the sun already burning bright at 8am and temperatures expected to rise to 22C by 12 noon there was an obvious concern about dehydration and staying cool. The start was well organised apart from familiar toilet chaos, and I was soon settled into a comfortable pace. The day before at the seminar Hugh Jones, the course measurer, had said that the first 10 miles were where all the hills were so just get through them as easy as possible and save yourself for the easy flat last 16 miles (ha!). Not being one to argue with a former London marathon winner, this was the plan. My main goal was just cracking the sub-3 so was encouraged to settle into an early pace of around 6:40 m/m, which felt comfortable enough, while still trying to heed Bob's advice the previous Tuesday to treat the first 6 miles as a warm up!

The hills did indeed come and go in the first few miles and the sun got hotter and hotter, but I was managing to keep an even pace and with water stations every 3 miles I was staying cool by pouring most of it over my head. The course was fine with plenty of enthusiastic crowds and plenty of out and backs, so there was good support from the other runners. A coastal breeze between 10 miles and halfway provided some respite from the heat. I passed the 13.1m mark in about 1:27:28 so was well on course and was encouraged by regular sightings of Sharon and my Mum and Dad, who were doing a great job of zipping round the course. I was feeling good and just trying to maintain a consistent pace to 20m when I knew the hard work would really begin. Not only was this the point where things traditionally get ugly but it is also by far the worst bit of the course - a long barren stretch out to a power station with sparse crowds and only industrial buildings for company. The organisers had helpfully put up a sign calling it 'the road to hell' and the local art college students had built a wall asking if you had hit it yet. Cheers guys! The conditions were really starting to have an impact at this point and people were really starting to suffer, which is never nice to see, and it must have been a long way to the finish for some. The turn for home came at 23 miles when we got back onto the seafront and the crowds started to build again. At this point I was running on my own as a lot of people had fallen by the wayside, so I just had to concentrate and dig in to maintain my pace. The 25 mile mark was a welcome sight and with 12.5 minutes in hand to complete the last 1.2m I knew sub-3 was well within my grasp. I've been told since that I looked like I was 'in the zone' but it certainly didn't feel like it! I crossed the line in 2:55:28 chip time and what I later learned was 27th place overall. My brother followed me in a very respectable 3:50 and promptly announced his immediate and permanent retirement from running. Apparently he got through the last 2 miles by telling himself they were the last 2 miles he would ever have to run! We shall see.

The day was nicely rounded off with beer and fish and chips on the seafront. They were tough conditions but I was pleased with my time and position. My Mum's Kaiser family PB of 2:55:06 is still intact for now but is firmly in my sights for the Striders autumn outing to Palma later in the year!


Ed Whitlock


(reprinted from Parkrun news)


If you don't know who Ed Whitlock is and you're looking for a bit of inspiration, I urge you to look him up on the web. He was at it again at the weekend breaking the over 80s Marathon World Record with a time of 3:25:40. He beat the previous record (set in 1998) by over 15 minutes. Intriguingly, when that figure is adjusted through age grading, it is the equivalent of a disappointing 2:08:15. I use the word ‘disappointing’ advisedly, because he ran 2:54:48 when aged 73, which when adjusted through age grading is the equivalent of 2:03:57 – two seconds faster than Haile Gebrselassie’s current absolute world record.


Bob says, Ed is a rival to our own Lou Gilchrist in the age-graded tables.  Lou has a number of world W70 and W75 records.  Max used to mention Ed quite often which leads me on to …


Max’s International Squad


I’ve been catching up with Max’s International Squad.


Two of his three Australians have been globetrotting, but Diana Dubelaar has emailed to say she has now returned from Vancouver to Australia and is now living on Queensland’s Gold Coast.  I mentioned it had been 20 degrees in the UK, she said most Queenslanders kept their coats on at that temperature.


I’ve had a longer email from Karen Barlow (previously Natoli)


YES. I am fit and still running!!!


Damian and I are back in Melbourne. We left the USA mid November after running and winning the Denver Marathon!


I had a great time training and racing in the States last year and finished off with a nice break over Christmas and the start of the year.


I am now back training hard and have my eyes set on trying to qualify for London 2012.


I think of Max often and miss his motivating emails!!!


We have just started the cross country season over here so am looking forward to a solid winter training and racing and then I will hit the track for the summer before racing another marathon. I am training with Anthony DeCastella's group in Melbourne and their best female runner is from Great Britain!!! Abi Bayley. She is flying and hoping to qualify in the marathon also for England. I am not sure which marathon our squad is going to target early in 2012. But am thinking it will either be in Japan or London/Europe.


I will definitely keep you up to date with our progress here down under. I am sure I will see Kirsten (Jackson, the third Aussie) out and about at the cross country races.


Hope all is well with you and thank-you for including us in your VS updates!