Sent: 16 October 2011 13:45
Subject: V S Update - AGM and subs, Events including WYXC/Peco/VSGP/VSFC, Results, London marathon rejections, Messages from Paul Holloway and Dick Dale




This year’s AGM will be on Monday 1 November at 8:30pm at Leos.  Pie and peas will be available, book at saying whether you want the carnivore or vegetarian option.  In order to speed the proceedings, there will not be apple pie, but bring your own desserts if you want.


Paul White and myself have done some calculations and are proposing that the membership rate from 1 September 2011 to 31 August 2012 remains at £20 for first-claim members.  This does need to be formally ratified at the AGM, however 72 Striders have already paid the £20, so we’d prefer not to change it.  If you want to pay now, please send a cheque, payable to “Valley Striders”, to Paul White, 17 Whinmoor Court, Redhall, Leeds, LS14 1NX.


As I said, 72 have already paid, including 20 “Run Leeds @ Alwoodley” (Tuesday 6pm) runners who have “upgraded” to full Club membership.  If you want to check your membership status, go to the website, click on “For Club Members” at the top and then click on “Membership List” on the left hand side.


As for how we spend your £20, then £5 goes to England Athletics for your competition licence, £7.50 goes to Leos, and the other £7.50 is “ours” – Paul will tell you at the AGM what we did with it last year.


NB If you are entered for the West Yorkshire Cross Country, you could send the £8 at the same time.




Thanks to 70+ Striders who helped.  A special edition of V S Update will be with you soon!




The following information is also on the website, click on “For Club Members” at the top and then click on “Key Dates and Events next 3 mths” on the left hand side.  This page also explains the colour scheme!!  Note that there are 2 Fell Championship and 5 Grand Prix races still to go – and Withins Skyline counts for both!



  • Sun 23 Oct [VSGP-TF] and [VSFC] - Withins Skyline (BM)
  • Sat 29 Oct Oct - West Yorks XC race 2 at Knavesmire (info at
  • Tue 1 Nov - V S ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING at Leos
  • Sat 5 Nov [VSFC] - Shepherds Skyline (BM)
  • Sun 6 Nov [VSGP-M] - Guy Fawkes 10 (New in Grand Prix)
  • Sun 20 Nov [VSGP-S] - Abbey Dash 10k
  • Sun 20 Nov [VSGP-XC?] - West Yorks XC race 3 at Shipley
  • The third WYXC race was due to be a Grand Prix race but with Abbey Dash on the same day we suspect not a big Striders attendance - we may switch the Grand Prix to the fourth race
  • Sun 27 Nov [VSGP-XC] - Peco XC race 1 - venue TBC possibly Pontefract or Ackworth -
  • Peco League arrangements - 1 mile race for 8-10yrs at 10:00, 2 mile race for 11-16yrs at 10:20, senior race at 11:00 more info at
  • Sun 4 Dec [VSGP-XC?] - West Yorks XC race 4 at Wakefield
  • Sun 18 Dec - Peco XC race 2 - Middleton Park
  • Mon 26 Dec [2012 VSGP-TF] - Chevin Chase (entry at later today - likely to sell out quickly)


  • date TBC [VSGP-H] - Xmas Handicap 5 miles – how about Mon 2 January?
  • Sun 15 Jan [VSGP-XC probably] - Peco XC race 3 - Kippax venue TBC
  • Sun 22 Jan [VSGP-M] - Brass Monkey half marathon at Yorklook out for entry details on
  • Sun 19 Feb - Peco XC race 4 - Golden Acre Park
  • Sun 11 Mar [VSGP-XC probably] - Peco XC race 5 - Otley Chevin (organised by Hyde Park Harriers assisted by Valley Striders)
  • Sun 1 Apr [VSGP-TF probably] - Baildon Boundary Way (forms not yet available)




(thanks to Paul Hunter for finding most of these!)


Wetherby 10k


I published the full Striders results in the V S Update on 18 September, but omitted the “podium” places

·         Rob De'giovanni, Simon Midwood & Dave Penman  1st men’s team

·         Paul Hunter        M50 2nd

·         Michaela McGarry   F45 1st

·         Sue Sunderland     F50 2nd

·         Ruth Warren        F55 3rd

·         Meryll Cripps      F60 2nd


Lake Vyrnwy Half Marathon


552 Attila Deszo       1:49:50


Rombalds Romp


An innovation by Mike Ayers of Abbey Runners – an approximate 10k race where runners all started and finished at the same place but had a choice of routes – “fell” tough terrain or “trail” good tracks but hillier – prizes awarded in each method

 21 Clive Bandy        54:56  Trail

 29 Dan Murray         56:46  Fell

 31 Alistair Smyth     57:26  Trail

 42 Patrick Barrett    59:59  Trail

 95 finished


Newcastle parkrun – WINNER ROB DE’GIOVANNI


  1 Rob De’Giovanni    16:30


Kirkstall 7 mile trail


  9 Joel Giddings      42:41  M35 2nd

 19 Gary Mann          44:52

150 finished


Lakeland Half Marathon – from Kathy Kaiser


We are in the Lakes at the moment, Paul and Sharon did the Lakeland Half Marathon yesterday, both did brilliant, Paul came 4th overall in 1hr 24mins which is 4 mins quicker than last year and the weather yesterday was appalling, Sharon came 5th lady in 1hr 45mins. Both came away with a prize.


Great North Run


  124 Abdul Kodokod     1:19:47

  143 Rich Smith        1:20:19

 2873 Ged Coll          1:40:28

 4777 Rich Davenport    1:45:57

 8640 Keith West        1:53:50

19611 Jane Sanders      2:12:09


Any other Striders, please let me know your results so that we can include them on the Performance Tables


Ron Hill’s 73rd Birthday Race 5k at Littleborough


 169 Lou Gilchrist     27:46


Horsforth 10k


  6 Gwil Thomas        36:49

 16 Joel Giddings      38:25

 26 Roy Huggins        39:20

 97 Andy Settle        44:07

106 Nick Wallhead      45:12

114 Sue Sunderland     45:46  F50 1st

117 Laura Goodson      45:56

385 James Forbes       62:24

437 finished


Harewood 10k (Pannal School)


 18 John Shanks        43:52

 30 Joe Hanney         46:25


Maratonul Piatra Craiului Salomon


102 Paul Smith       6:02:48

129 Andreas Mayer    6:18:08


See what it’s all about at


Harewood 2, 5 and 10 miles (Valley Striders)


Separate email to follow


West Yorks Cross Country at Guiseley



 22 Hayley Nancolas    25:18

 69 Carole Schofield   28:15

 83 Sharon Tansley     29:08

102 finished



 42 Gwil Thomas        34:28

 56 Jerry Watson       35:00 M50 1st

 69 Paul Kaiser        35:49

 95 Simon Vallance     37:21

128 James Tarran       39:20

135 Tosh Akhtar        39:33

192 Rob Marsh          44:16

197 Bob Jackson        44:49

??? Malcolm Coles      45:30 approx (not in results)

214 Dave Jones         50:53

220 finished

    Team 10th out of 19 complete teams


To be updated on Grand Prix table.


Beacon Fell Race (Worcestershire)


  7 Steve Webb


See report from Malvern Gazette


Chester Marathon


  82 Dan Fisher       3:04:09

 480 Sue Sunderland   3:35:23 F50 4th

1542 Paul Sanderson   4:24:06


To be updated on Grand Prix table “Any Other Marathon”.


Bramham Park 10k – WINNER ANDY MAY


   1 Andy May         36:04

   7 Dan Murray       39:46

   8 Roy Huggins      39:55

   9 Gary Mann        40:58

  14 Alan Hutchinson  44:03

  16 Alistair Smyth   44:29

  21 Patrick Barrett  45:17

  24 Leroy Sutton     46:18


Eric Green’s tour of North West England


21/08/11 Leek half            77  1:36:37

28/08/11 Fleetwood half       64  1:31:18

04/09/11 Southport beach 10k  19  0:42:23

18/09/11 Garstang half        33  1:32:34

25/09/11 Macclesfield half    79  1:32:34

02/10/11 Congleton half       66  1:31:33

09/10/11 Blackpool 10         28  1:08:59


National Fell Relays


I’ll put a link from the website home page when I have the results


Palma Marathon


I’ll put a link from the website home page when I have the results – as I write, they are still running!




Amanda Seims emailed


Funny enough I came across this video of the race and I'm in it from about 1:10.  I wasn't aware that the guy behind me was taking video of the Scafell descent so that's pretty good to watch




The marathon magazines touched down a week or so ago.  Were you lucky enough to be accepted? 


If you got a rejection slip then you will have another chance to get a place.  Valley Striders will receive 3 or 4 places to allocate to club members.  Priority will be given to

·         Those who joined Valley Striders prior to 1 January 2011

·         Those who applied to London and received a rejection slip

·         Those who have not had a club place before.


If you qualify in at least one of these categories, email  (NB please let us know whether or not you have had a rejection slip)


Another way of getting into London is via a charity place.  So far, one charity has contacted me


Health Poverty Action


Hi there,


I work for an international health and development charity called Health Poverty Action. We are currently looking for 25 keen runners to take our charity places in the 2012 London Marathon and I was wondering if any of your members might be interested in applying.


All money raised in sponsorship will go towards providing basic but life-saving healthcare and education for the world’s poorest people.


We will provide all of the fundraising ideas and support needed to smash the sponsorship target of £1800 and will also provide:  


·         A fundraising pack, including sponsorship forms and fundraising tips

·         A running vest

·         A cheering squad on the day

·         A post race reception including a massage


If any of your members are interested in running for Health Poverty Action either with their own place or a Health Poverty Action charity place, please get in touch.


Best wishes


Lizzie Helps


Messages from Paul Holloway – (a) new Strider and (b) support Margaret Ehrenberg in her “Run for Colin”


I hope you are well, and that today's race was a success in the warm conditions.


I've two bits of news to share with you, that might be of interest to other Striders.


Firstly, I have news of a new Strider.  Edith Holloway was born on Friday 9th September at Birmingham Womens Hospital, weighing 6lb 9oz.  She, and her mother, are both doing great.  Dad isn't doing too bad either!


Also, Striders might want to support a friend of mine who is embarking on a 6 day, 180 mile off-road running challenge to raise money for charity in memory of Colin Morath of Abbey Runners who died in August. 


Margaret Ehrenberg is my sports massage therapist here in Birmingham.  She lives locally, but began her running career 27 years ago up in Leeds when she ran with Abbey.  She rates her biggest achievement as her 3:08 finish at the London Marathon in 1989, when still with Abbey.  She also won a bronze medal winner for her age group at the same distance at the World Masters Championships in Finland in 2009, and was 1st lady in the Country to Capital Ultra, 45 miles off road, last year.


Colin Morath was Margaret's inspiration in her early running days.  They did an awful lot of running together, which continued after Margaret moved away from Leeds.  Colin died in August after being ill for two years or so.  To raise funds in his memory, she has devised a challenge which she hopes is worthy of their mutual love of off-road running, and the sort of challenge which he, himself, might easily have come up with.


Margaret will be taking 6 days to run the 180 miles from Birmingham to Leeds, beginning on Monday 14th November and arriving in Leeds on Saturday 19th November.  Her route, which you can find on her blog, is mainly off-road.  She's planning to run the Abbey Dash the following day, which - as I'm sure many Striders will know - was founded by Colin, and was race-directed by him for the majority of its 27 years.


She is raising funds for two charities - Brain Tumour Research and Support across Yorkshire, and St Gemma’s Hospice.  Both these charities helped Colin and his family during his illness.  If you'd like to support Margaret in her goal of raising at least £10 per mile for the two charities, please visit  Margaret is also keeping a blog of her preparation and motivation for the run, which is at


Best wishes,




Message from Dick Dale


Hi again Bob we are in Spain living here now. After my accident I went back to work but it was difficult with pain in my leg most days. Some time ago we decided we wanted to retire to Spain and here we are. Once we reached 60 we both received pensions. Sue took redundancy from the library, a friend of wanted to buy our bungalow to rent out so it all worked out very well. Still wish I was out running with you guys but that is not possible now, but I am at the right side of the daisies so I have to be happy with that, I do go out on my bike most days and we have had a pool built so I swim every day, came out here on 31st May and only rained twice, much the same as with you I suppose. Harry and Jenny coming out in Feb so I will get all the gossip off them so you had better be good, I had 10 good years with Striders a time I will never forget, and I still have my vest and always will. Please give my regards to all at the club and it would be good to keep on touch if you have the time.  Bye for now Sue and Dick