Subject:                          V S Weekly Update - next week's training, Leeds Country Way final call


Sent:                               10 August 2012 09:06


Training next week


Tue 14 Aug - Kathy's Run Leeds beginners/improvers/juniors group meet Leos 6:00pm for training session (new starters welcome!).


Tue 14 Aug - Holly's Run Leeds improvers group meet Bodington Hall sports pavilion 7:00pm – directions as follows, from Ring Road, go on Otley Road towards Otley, just before end of dual carriageway turn right into Bodington Hall grounds, go downhill till you get to one way system, sports pavilion is on your right but you need to turn left and go nearly the full circuit of the one way system.


Tue 14 Aug - Valley Striders meet Leeds Met Indoor Sports Centre 7:00pm for track session (maps on website).


Thu 16 Aug - meet Scott Hall 6:45pm for steady 7 miles at 8 to 9 minute mile pace (with stops).


Thu 16 Aug - Kathy's Thursday group meet Roundhay Park Lakeside Cafe 6:40pm


Leeds Country Way


We now have 45 runners, so just 27 more needed


Please check if you’re on this list –

·         if you aren’t on but you are not available, let me know email

·         in particular if you are one of our faster runners, please reply as soon as possible – we need to select the men’s A and women’s A teams before we can select the other teams

·         if you are on but you’re not available, let me know  email

·         the list will be updated at


Men :  Alan Walsh , Alex Nancolas , Alistair Smyth , Alun Davies , Andy Stoneman , Bob Jackson , Dan Murray , Graham Ford , Ian Sanderson , James Tarran , Jerry Watson ,  Joel Giddings , Kevin McMullan , Mick Tinker , Mike Higgins , Patrick Barrett , Paul Kaiser , Paul Sanderson , Paul White , Richard Balshaw ,  Richard Irvine ,  Rob Hamilton , Simon Midwood , Simon Vallance , Tim Towler , Tom Button , Tony Mills ,  Tosh Akhtar


Women : Anne Jones , Hayley Nancolas ,  Kim Knowles ,  Kim Threadgall ,  Laura Clark , Laura Goodson ,  Liz Wood ,  Lou Allinson ,  Louise Purdy ,  Michaela McGarry ,  Myra Jones ,  Pam Lomoro ,  Ruth Warren ,  Sarah Howell ,  Sarah Smith ,  Sharon Tansley ,  Sue Sunderland


Not available : Andy Thorpe ,  Jenni Kerr ,  Joe Hanney ,  Jon Parker , Julia Leventon , Mel Murray , Mick Loftus ,  Sarah Clark


More Events


Wed 15 August – Hyde Park 1 mile – note entry limit of 150.  Entry information on (V S Grand Prix  & Leeds Race Series)


Also Wed 15 August – Sports first aid course at Leos, probably 7pm to 10pm.  This course normally costs £30 but Leeds Athletics Network are funding half of this and Valley Striders will fund the rest (providing you are or will be a frequent volunteer for at least two of our three races each year) – email me  to “book”.  So it’s free but if you book and then don’t turn up, you will have to pay as someone else could have had the place.  Book early, filling fast.


Sat 25 August - Burnsall Fell Race (AS) (V S Fell Championship)


Mon 27 August – Spofforth 10k – easy trail route & little village gala (near Wetherby).  On the Forum, Sarah Smith is inviting you to make a cycling day trip to the race and back.


See last week’s V S Update for events in Septmeber




Round Hill Fell Race

                                    VSGP Pts

    3  Richard Balshaw     1:00:27    100   2nd M40        

    6  Steve Webb          1:02:17     97   1st M50        

   18  Joel Giddings       1:11:03     93                  

   40  Martin Oddy         1:18:19     90                  

   44  Alistair Smyth      1:18:34     87                  

   69  Graham Ford         1:26:39     83                  

   89  Sara Dyer           1:46:45     80                  


Points will be updated soon for V S Grand Prix, V S Fell Championship and Leeds Race Series


Hayton Heller – race report – from Tom Button


A holiday's not really a holiday without a race so I decided to do the Haytor Heller on Dartmoor whilst away a couple of weeks ago.  It's an off-road 6 mile course with about 1100 feet of climbing: basically 4 steep uphills and 4 steep downhills.  I looked up a couple of times and the views were fantastic (you could see the sea) but this was a bit dangerous given the footing.  The highlight was the narrow downhill path through head-high ferns with a few conveniently placed boulders to hurdle.  As this was my first race as a vet (and given my non-running injury forced 3 months off earlier this year) I was fairly happy with my time.  I was also first Strider!  I was last Strider too.  The race is highly recommended if you find yourself down that way this time next year.


    1  Adam Tockwell     Torbay AC   42:04

  55 Tom Button   Valley Striders   54:42

  257 finishers