Sent: 20 April 2011 00:29
Subject: V S Update - Calendar, BMW, London, Sussex marathon report, Pecolympics
Sat 23 April
– first Roundhay parkrun
Sun 24 April – Guiseley Gallop
Tue 26 April – visit by
Sat 30 April –
Mon 2 May – Rothwell 10k
Tue 3 May - Pie and peas – book to firstname.lastname@example.org by 10pm Sun 1 May stating meat or veg pie, peas or beans, apple pie?
Sat 7 May – Striders beginners group will be running
Sun 8 May – Leeds Half Marathon (a few more marshals wanted, reply to this email if you can help)
Tue 10 May – Track session, also Jack Bloor Fell race (grand prix and fell champ)
Tue 17 May – Club Handicap 10k, meet by Res 7:00 prompt
Sun 22 May – Peco presentations at Leos – see below
Tue 24 May – Meanwood recce run
Thu 26 May –
Sat 28 May – Meanwood Valley Trail Race (lots of marshals wanted)
Mon 30 May – Ilkley Trail Race
Sun 12 Jun – Bradford Millennium Way Relay – see below
Sun 19 Jun – Jane Tomlinson Run For All
This is a 50 mile relay for teams of 10 i.e. 5 legs run in pairs. It’s like the terrain for the Calderdale Way Relay but a little bit easier and much nicer because it’s in Summer. Or like the most scenic bits of the Leeds Country Way Relay with some “easy” fell running and no housing estates.
Between 2002 and 2005 we won the mixed team prize every year, and in 2006 we won the vets team. Maybe we can win the mixed or vets team again or alternatively challenge for the men’s or women’s team prizes.
More details on our website http://valleystriders.org.uk/vsrelays.htm#BMW
Email email@example.com if you are interested in running. We will need to get teams planned by early May and then organise recce runs.
2:38:45 Paul O'Callaghan Steve's "lad" but not VS
2:57:25 Kevin McMullan
2:58:54 Clive Bandy
3:14:04 Liz Wood
3:35:01 Gary Sutherland
3:42:31 Michael Grant ex VS member
3:46:29 Paul Gill VS place
4:00:09 Steve Dixon VS place
4:17:10 Sarah Smith
4:20:05 John Batchelor VS place
5:08:20 Sheila Grant ex VS member
? Anna Costello
? Matt Allen
honoured to receive a club place for the VLM, I resolved to do a time to do
myself justice! Unfortunately I then over-trained, then the resulting
injuries have stopped me training consistently since. However the physio tells
me that if I can strengthen my bum then I'll be OK...
I still wanted to do
So, three minutes in to the big day... and I couldn't stop and walk, particularly as I was in Pen 1 right at the front. I managed to walk at 7 minutes though; feeling a bit guilty about the shouts of 'come on mate around' me. I kept up the walk breaks, looking forward to them more as time passed by. Half way in 2:06, finish in 4:26.
I'm no more sore than the previous two Marathons I have done, despite being out of shape. I think my longest run in the last 12 weeks or so was about 10 miles. I reckon in the circumstances beating 4:30 is a good outcome.
Thanks for giving me the opportunity of doing
quick note to say I survived the inaugural Sussex Marathon (results here). I have
managed to raise over £300 in sponsorship for the Stroke Association (see why here),
and if any Striders would like to sponsor me they can at www.justgiving.com/mhmarathon2011.
The course had been announced as a winding figure-of-eight around the hilly
The first 6 miles was a loop from the Start/Finish line, out of
With 674m of climb on the course (for reference, the London Marathon has 189m), by the time I was on the final return portion my legs felt like jelly, though I thought my glutes would seize up totally!
Its fair to say my joints took a bit of a pounding on the downhill, too. I thought I was in danger of sneaking in under the 4-hour mark, but the last hill really took it out of me, but I managed to cross the line with my two nieces (7 and 10) running alongside in a time of 4:04:49.
All in all, a worthwhile experience, a real challenge (maybe not ideal for a first marathon), and I think it will spur me on to complete a more conventional (flatter) marathon in the future!
Pecolympics, Barbecue and Cross Country Presentations
The PECO Cross Country League presentations will take place at Leo’s on Sunday 22nd May. The provisional timetable is as follows:
Members of league clubs are welcome to attend for some or all of the afternoon’s events. There will be no charge other than for the BBQ. We need to know in advance how many BBQ tickets will be needed.