Subject:                                     V S Update - Dates, Calderdale, Leeds Half, Fell Running meeting, Food on 28 Feb


Sent: 17 February 2012 16:37
Subject: V S Update - Dates, Calderdale, Leeds Half, Fell Running meeting, Food on 28 Feb


Dates / Events


Sunday 19 February – Peco Race 4 at Golden Acre.  Strong men’s and women’s teams needed to maintain our places – 1st and 2nd respectively.  Junior races 8-10 years 1 mile at 10a.m., 11-16 years 2 mile at 10:20a.m. for details, registration at Arthington Lane car park, but if you’re not early, park in Otley Road car park and walk across.  In the previous race at Templenewsam, we had 37 runners, beating our record 35 at the “National” in 2010.  So if you’re coming for your first ever XC this weekend, you can be sure that you won’t be far from a fellow Strider.  NB if it is your first XC, wear whatever shoes have the most tread – don’t wear your old shoes that are likely to have little grip!


Saturday 25 February – just Steve and Sara at the Nationals, but in 2013 it will be back oop North so hopefully we’ll have 30 or more runners then


Tuesday 28 February – an extra pie and peas night, no special occasion, please order by Sunday 26 Feb 10pm see website for details


Sunday 4 March – Dewsbury 10k rearranged date, and you can still enter even if you didn’t enter for the original date


Sunday 4 March – 2nd race in Yorks vets league see for details.  1pm at Otley so you’ll easily get from Dewsbury to Otley if you want to run both, in fact, you marathon runners could probably get an extra 6 miles in between!


Sunday 11 March – final Peco race at Otley Chevin – Striders to provide 6 marshals please


And a little bit further off…


Saturday 14 April – Meanwood Valley Trail


Entries are coming in steadily, but its 3 years since we last filled the race so any promotional support you can give would be most welcome, e.g. handing out forms at the end of races, putting forms in sports shops and sports centres, encouraging friends and relations to run (NB also 1 mile race for 7-10 years and 2 mile race  for 11-16 years)


Sunday 15 May – Calderdale Way Relay


We have entered 2 teams (A) and (B) – the B team will be filled on first come first served basis


Message from Sarah Smith - 2 teams= 24 runners needed for the 6 stages!   It will be a super day. If you are interested, please check the Halifax Harriers' web site for details and if you would like to join the A team or the B team please email me.  (


Sunday 15 May – Leeds Half Marathon


My inside information a week ago was that 3,300 of the 5,000 places had been taken and that entries were arriving at 75 per day, so by my calculation it will fill within the next 2 weeks.


Run Leader course on 17 March


If you’re interested in helping us with our groups or starting one or more independent groups on your own (for the latter, click for details), you’ll need to go on a Run Leader’s course (click for details).


Please email Holly if you are interested.  Yes that is our Holly and she’s got a smart email address as she is co-ordinating applications from all clubs!


Run England registration


This message is for V S members who have joined the club via our Tuesday 6pm Run Leeds @ Alwoodley group, and also anyone who has paid £10 for a 3 month series at the group.


We would very much like you to register on the Run England website, click on the fourth tab “Join Run England” then scroll down past the video and then see “Click HERE to join Run England”  (they make it hard, don’t they!) and box 20 should be “Run Leeds @ Alwoodley”.


Valley Striders get £5 back for everyone who registers, so this will enable us to train more leaders (see previous item).   NB if any of you would like to train as a run leader, please put your name forward to Holly.


Race Results


Rombalds Stride (GP)


                                GP pts

  22  John Marsham     3:08:47   100

  38  Mick Loftus      3:19:13    98

  55  Ian Sanderson    3:28:36    95

  76  Alistair Smyth   3:38:09    93

100  Amanda Seims     3:50:30    90

116  Richard Adcock   3:57:01    88

120  Alun Davies      3:59:11    85

123  Sarah Smith      4:01:38    83

131  Paul Sanderson   4:07:55    80


  19  Jerry Watson     3:08:47   100


Stanbury Splash – from John Marsham


Stanbury Splash was (like the brass monkey I imagine) kind of windy. Times way down on last year ... Not a fell champs, but quite a few striders motivated by the prospect of a free malt loaf (although some not motivated enough to hold off the beers the night before I think!)


Tom Adams Ilkley 45.45

Jo Buckley       55.36


John Marsham     57.27

Oliver Cheyne    60.22

Holly Williams   62.49

Mark Woodhead    63.37

Malcolm Coles    72.14

Alun Davies      73.38


Performance Database


Now that Paul Hunter has left for the orange of Wetherby, I’m looking for someone else to collate the race results and input to the performance spreadsheet which we use to work out the Performance certificates.


It takes less than 10 minutes per week and need not be done on a Monday.  If you can spare the time please email me!


Fell Running Meeting (7 Feb) – from Simon Vallance


·         Fell training – planning to have a monthly fell/off road running session on the first Tuesday of every month to coincide with Pie and Peas.  We will meet at Leos as normal; allcomers welcome.  I will draft a training schedule for review and comment and put it up on the forum.  Key areas will be ascending and descending, running on rough terrain and navigation and will be in a variety of locations within running distance of Leos, and maybe a bit further afield in summer. 


·         Calderdale Way Relay – Sarah plans to enter two teams and invite participants.  We need at least 26 people to volunteer – 12 per team plus a reserve takes place on 13th may More info here


·         Lyke Wake – if sufficient interest we may enter a team 42 miles of fun – teams of 6, must be a least one member of the opposite sex  7th July 2012 more info here


·         People of a fell persuasion will be meeting for a social beer or two at East of Arcadia on the second Wednesday of every month.


·         LIRF – we are looking for volunteers to lead the fell running sessions.  There is an Off Road version of the LiRF qualification which according to the UKA “Once qualified, you'll will have the skills and insurance needed to deliver fun and safe sessions to groups of runners with different abilities, including new runners and those who already run but want to progress.” The nearest course is on the 28th April in Mytholmroyd, Kendal on the 20th May and Church Stretton on the 30th June.  Cost is £90, Leeds network will pay £30, Striders will pay £30, and £30 to be paid for by  volunteer  For more info on the basic qualification


·         A few ideas for other events include the Magnificent 7 on 26th Feb, Isle Jura Saturday 26 May and many more – watch the forum for ideas and details.  We may also liaise with Mr Towler to offer some Sunday morning off-road and fell runs meeting at Smithy Mills at the same time as everyone else


·         And finally, the fell running section of the club will shortly be having its own section of the web site.  It will include training schedule once agreed and fell championship details all in one handy place...


Thursday training – new assembly point – from John Wallace


Owing to the increasing numbers attending the Thursday sessions, it has been agreed with Scott Hall Sports Centre that our meeting point (in bad weather) should be in the upstairs bar at the Centre rather than the downstairs reception area, which has been getting a little congested.


In good weather we will continue to meet just outside (but not directly in front of the doors!).


Food feedback – from Mr Food


Generally positive feedback from the curry, one person thought the portions too small and another said that it wasn't hot enough (we think he meant in temperature and not spice) many others said that they very much enjoyed the curry. 


There were suggestions that there might be samosas or bhajis (but would be a bit of a faff for Tony and not worth all the effort) whereas half a naan with each meal would be good and perhaps one or two pickles at the serving hatch.


Speaking to Tony, because the goat curry is expensive to buy, he couldn’t add extras without putting the price up, but could do an alternative e.g. chicken with naan bread or onion bhajis.


Many people are in favour of a second meal at Leos each month hence the next pie and peas on 28 February (when we can also discuss the curry menu options), but if numbers drop off we’ll go back to one a month.


And Finally


See you Sunday!