Subject:                          V S Update - More marshals needed for Vets race, Band night cancelled, Dates and Results


Sent: 22 June 2012 09:32
Subject: V S Update - More marshals needed for Vets race, Band night cancelled, Dates and Results


A shorter V S Update than usual, I have a new mission to send a thinner edition each week rather than War and Peace every 3 weeks.


More marshals needed for Vets race


We are still well short of marshals for next Tuesday night.  We could festoon the whole of Adel woods with red and white tape, in fact I’ve just bought 4km of the stuff, but this is not the Valley Striders style, we want to be around the route to encourage the runners and to take action if any injuries.  Ken and Kathy have been recceing in the woods and, after the heavy rain, the course will prove “interesting”.


So if you can spare 2½  hours next Tuesday from 6:45pm to 8:45pm* , please email to let us know you’re available.  The arrangement is simply to meet in front of the club house at 6:45pm.  Then the marshals will be split into 2 groups, one to do the East and North of Leos, the other to do the West and South.  If there are too many marshals (just a possibility) then some of you may be able to run the race so bring your fell/trail shoes just in case.


* NB 8:45 allows 1hr 15min for the last person to finish.  If you need to be away earlier, e.g. 8:15pm ask to be placed on the Stairfoot Lane section which is early on the 2 lap course, as soon as the last runner has passed, you can go.


PS if you’ve already emailed to volunteer, apologies that our auto-answer message is still set to Harewood Trail, and don’t worry, we have your name!


Band Night Cancelled


Sorry, the band night has been cancelled due to insufficient numbers, despite Dan’s many attempts to cajole you to come.  We may try to rearrange later in the year, possibly as a joint social with the rugby and cricket sections, your opinions welcome to




Tue 26 June – Yorkshire Vets Race at Leos starting at 7:30pm – approx. 5 miles round the woods near Leos,  There will be a 6pm Kathy’s group (all welcome) but the two 7pm sessions are cancelled as we need people to marshal. 


Fri 29 June – band night cancelled


Tue 3 July – Pie and peas night.  The proposal is that Kathy’s group and Holly’s group will both meet at 7pm so that runners can have a meal straight afterwards.  Fell training group to meet at Leos but earlier than usual - 6:45pm.  Club group meet Leos 7pm for 3 by 10 mins session.  Book food at saying whether you want meat pie or veg bake, whether you want mushy peas or baked beans and whether or not you want apple pie.


Tue 3 July – Jane Tomlinson 5k canal run at Methley, part of Leeds Race Series


Wed 4 July – “John Lunn” 5k at Woodhouse Moor – V S Grand Prix, also part of Leeds Race Series


Wed 4 July – Danefield Relay – teams of 3 – make up your own teams


Sun 8 July – Run For All 10k in Leeds


Fri 13 July – Washburn Valley Relay – teams of 3 – make up your own teams


Sun 15 July – Eccup 10 mile – V S Grand Prix – also junior races (3 different distances depending on age)


Sun 15 July – Holme Moss Fell Race – V S Fell Championship


Sat 21 July – Ingleborough Fell Race – V S Fell Championship


Sun 22 July – Pudsey 10k – V S Grand Prix – also junior races  (2 different distances depending on age)


Tue 24 July – VS 30th anniversary – change of plan! - Summer Handicap at 7pm from Eccup Res, 5 mile off-road route via Emmerdale, also junior 1 mile race at 6:30pm, followed by barbecue.  More information to follow


Wed 25 July – Golden Acre Relay - teams of 3 – make up your own teams – details will be on


Sun 2 Sep – advanced notice of date for Leeds Country Way - last year we had 5 teams of 12 runners, keep this date free!  This is a 60 mile route, run in pairs, so each pair runs 10 miles.  It uses country footpaths and it is strongly advised that you do at least one recce run a week or so before the race so you know the route.  When we pick the teams, the first 12 to sign up are guaranteed a place - Anne, Kim and Sarah from Kathy’s group have already done so.


Hooded Tops – reminder from Dan Murray


(NB I’ve asked Dan to delay placing the order till next Wednesday and for him to “model” one of the tops on Tuesday!)


We are about to place an order with our branded clothing supplier for some more black hooded tops. These are as many of you will have seen people wearing around the club which have ‘Valley Striders Leeds’ on the back in large print and the same on the front on the left chest but smaller and embroidered. The cost is £21 per top and the choice of sizes is S / M / L / XL. If you’re unsure about size, please ask someone who is wearing one to see if they would mind you trying it assuming they look about your size. We will be placing the order on Wednesday 27th June so can all orders be made by emailing by no later than Tuesday 26th  June stating your name and size.


Cheers, Dan  




Otley 10mile


       6  Simon Midwood      00:59:31      100

       8  Paul Kaiser        01:01:32       99

      31  Kevin Mcmullan     01:05:42       98

      34  Joel Giddings      01:06:23       97

      43  Tahir Akhtar       01:07:10       96

      46  Gary Mann          01:07:16       95

      48  James Tarran       01:07:40       94

      55  Dan Murray         01:08:37       93

      58  Roy Huggins        01:08:47       92

      59  John Batchelor     01:08:48       91

      62  Andy Stoneman      01:09:33       90

      86  Adam Parton        01:11:45       89

      88  Keith Sexton       01:11:46       88

      92  Alan Walsh         01:11:59       87

     103  Alistair Smyth     01:13:30       86

     113  Paul Smith         01:14:28       85

     116  Patrick Barrett    01:15:24       84

     134  Sue Sunderland     01:17:12       83

     152  Ged Coll           01:18:54       82

     204  Mike Higgins       01:24:17       81

     271  Sarah Howell       01:34:33       80


This is a tough course with two long steep hills, so Simon did well to get under the hour.


As can be seen on the VS Facebook site, fish and chips were enjoyed afterwards, reminding me of or more at


V S Grand Prix points now updated on the website


Chevin Fell Race – from Steve Webb


These now included in the Fell Champs table: not so many points available this year as the race has changed category from A to B.  Quite right too; there is too high a proportion of road for it to ever be deserving of A status.  However it still remains a very steep climb and an equally steep descent to test both the lungs and the knees.


Tom Adams of Ilkley was a clear winner to continue his recent good form.  I was first Vet 50 in 10th overall and Justin and Greg also managed to conquer the Chevin on behalf of Valley Striders.


More results and reports – always wanted!