Sent: 31 August 2011 09:30
Subject: V S Update - Teams, Events and help needed for Harewood Races


Urgent! – Leeds Country Way – message for runners


Look out for an email Thursday with estimated start times for each pair.


If you’re unable to run, please contact your leg captain (by phone).  If you get no reply, contact John Wallace 07855-809-672.


Race numbers will be with your leg captains; please bring 4 safety pins!


Lots of recces have been happening but we only have 3 reserves, so if you’re able to run and available to stand by even up to the Sunday morning, please contact John Wallace 07855-809-672.


Urgent! – Yorkshire Vets Road Relays


Oops this slipped under the wire.  The relays are Sunday 11 September at Saltaire 10:45am start.  See for details


Entries are due in by THIS Saturday (3 September), so email me before Friday lunchtime if you want to run.  If I can get sufficient for any age-group team (teams of 4 for younger groups, 3 for older), I’ll enter teams.


Urgent! - West Yorks XC


The dates have now been announced for the “Complete Runner West Yorkshire Cross Country League” to give it its full title, henceforth known by us as WYXC.


Race 1: Sun 9th October @ Nunroyd Park, Guiseley  

Race 2: Weekend of 29th/30th October, venue to be advised

Race 3: Weekend of 19th/20th November, venue to be advised

Race 4: Sun 4th December @ Thornes Park, Wakefield 


Entries for the first race are required by THURSDAY 8 SEPTEMBER.  There are no entries on the day.  Still waiting to know entry fees, likely to be between £8 and £10 for the series, whether you enter one race or all four (not bad £2 or £2.50 per race!), so it would help our admin if you entered now even if you can’t run the first race.


To enter, please email a special address


Important! – Harewood 10 mile, 5 mile and 2 mile races


These races have raised over £30,000 for charity over the last 11 years but to be successful we need runners and marshals.


So, if you’re available on Sunday 2 October to help at the event, please email as soon as possible.  If you have a preferred location e.g. at Harewood because your children are running, then let us know in the email.  Similarly if you have to leave early or arrive late let us know and we’ll find you a suitable location.


And if you’d like to run, also let us know.  Because we need so many marshals we say that Striders may not run unless they provide a substitute (family or friend) to marshal in their place.  However last year we had the luxury of a few “extra” marshals and everyone turned up on the day so about 5 Striders were able to run.


The other area where we need help is publicity.  One area is the handing out of our entry forms at local races.  In the list of events below you’ll see several events that are local and most of which have some component of off-road, so competitors in these are likely to be interested in running Harewood 10 or 5 mile too.  We’d like one or two Striders at the finishing funnels of these races to hand out forms - email if you can help doing this. 


Most of these races (Wetherby being the exception) are adult only, so how do we get entries for the 2 mile?  Over half of our 2 mile entrants are juniors.  If you have children (or grandchildren or nieces or nephews or cousins etc) at local schools, can you publicise our event please?  The timing is ideal with the kids going back to school this or next week.  And our run is a good opportunity for kids to run for competition or fitness and (for some) to raise money for a local children’s charity.  Please go to and follow the link to Harewood Trail where you can see race information and download an entry form.


Other Dates


Tue 6 September – Run Leeds Training Session 6pm – this session is definitely ON, but all Run Leeds group members are welcome to run the Club Handicap (and sample the pie and peas) instead.


Tue 6 September – Club Handicap – this will be 5 miles, meet 6:50pm PROMPT at the bottom of the hill from Alwoodley Lane near the lodge by the Reservoir (normal Tuesday training session location).  Race route is alongside the reservoir, across the dam, on the back road, almost to Eccup and back again. 


Afterwards, food at Leos, book at by 9am Monday 5 September (please book earlier if possible), saying whether you want

·         meat pie or vegetarian bake (£2.50)

·         mushy peas or baked beans

·         apple pie with ice cream (£1.50)


If you’ve not run a Handicap or Grand Prix race before, then please email me before 10pm Monday 5 September with a recent 5k or 10k time. 


Sat 10 September – Yorks Road Relays – we definitely have a men’s team and a ladies’ team.  This is based at Leeds Met Carnegie track at Headingley.  Supporters welcome!  The women will each be doing 2 laps of the campus for 4.3km and the men 3 laps for 6.5km, so plenty of action for spectators. We’ve also been asked to provide some marshals if we can.  This is virtually an all day event, with junior races from 11am to 1pm, the women’s race at 1pm for approx 1 hour, and the men’s race at 2pm for approx 2½ hours.  I’m sure if you could help for part of that time it would be appreciated, email me if you can


Sun 11 September – Wetherby 10k – tarmac and good firm footpaths.  VS club grand prix points available!  Race info on  Harewood entry form hander-outer required.


Sun 11 September – Yorkshireman Marathon – fell championship points available.


Sunday 11 September -


Sun 11 September – Sandal Castle 10k – Race info on  Harewood entry form hander-outer required (if anyone going!)


Tue 13 September – Training – normal Run Leeds session at 6pm, V S track session at Leeds Met at 7pm


Thu 15 September – training and curry night


Sat 17 September – Rombalds Romp - on Ilkley Moor and organised by Abbey Runners – there is choice of 2 routes – “Fell” or “Trail”.  Race info on Harewood entry form hander-outer required.


Sun 18 September – Kirkstall 10k – footpaths near Kirkstall Abbey and down to canal.  Race info on  Harewood entry form hander-outer required.


Tue 20 September – Run Leeds Training Session 6pm – this session is definitely ON, but all Run Leeds group members are welcome to run the Harewood Recce run – see next item


Tue 20 September – Harewood Recce – we’ll meet 6:45 at Harewood Village Hall.  Nights will be too dark to run the entire route, so there will be 4 groups – (a) 8 miles fast group (b) 8 miles medium group – good night vision required (c) 5 miles medium group (d) 5 miles slower group.  The 5 mile route will be the new 5 mile race route!


Sun 27 September – Horsforth 10k – 4 miles tarmac and 2 miles canal towpath.  Race info on . Harewood entry form hander-outer required.


Sun 27 September – Harewood 10k – This isn’t our race!  Race info on . Harewood entry form hander-outer required.


Sun 2 October – Harewood 10/5/2 – This is our race.  Details above!


Sun 9 October – WYXC Race 1 – Entry details above.




Just a very quick results section to say that on Sunday 13 August we had TWO parkrun winners, Andy May at Hyde Park and Jon Parker at Roundhay.


NB Marathon report special edition will be with you soon!