Subject:                                     V S Weekly Update - Training on Tuesday and AGM, Horsforth, WYXC, Events, London marathon, Chris Leggatt, Folkin ramble, George M70 Scottish 10k champion, Stair climb


Sent: 27 September 2012 23:04


Training Next Tuesday (2 October)


After the Handicap a week ago and the Harewood recce earlier this week, we’re now nearly back to normal for next week.


I say “nearly” because the 7pm sessions are starting at 6:45pm and there’s also the extra monthly fell running group.  NB reflective bibs compulsory.


And it’s also the night of the Annual General Meeting, where you’ll be able to find out what has happened in the last 12 months and be involved in the plans for the next 12 months.  The AGM will start at 8:30pm prompt.


Food will be available, book meat pie or veg bake; mushy peas or baked beans to by Sunday 30 September 10pm.  Sorry no dessert!  Food will be served from 8:15pm.


There is now an agenda on the website, click on the tab “For Club Members”, the fourth item down is “Committee Meetings and AGMs”


Hope to see lots of Striders, old and new, on 2 October.


This Weekend


There are now 6 Grand Prix events to go, so even if you’ve only run 2 already, you can still achieve the 8 events to qualify for a Grand Prix T-shirt.  OK, one of the events is the Eindhoven marathon, so more realistically you need to have run 3 and then run the rest of the UK events.  The next event is Horsforth 10k this Sunday.  Some decent GP points may be available as the marathon runners are still keeping the miles high (or maybe they’ll run from home to Horsforth, do the 10k and run back).


You also need to decide this weekend whether you’re going to run the West Yorks X C series.  Names must be in by Tuesday 2 October. Email .




In the last VSWU, I promised you a comprehensive calendar of events in which Striders are involved, either organising or competing.  There’s a more colourful version on the website, see “For Club Members” tab and click on “Key Dates and Events”.  This also tells you the meaning of the codes in brackets (e.g. GP-XC)



·         Sun 30 Sep [GP-S]  Horsforth 10k Leeds Race Series 

·         Tue  2 Oct         Valley Striders AGM 

·         Sun  7 Oct         Bramham Park 5k & 10k 

·         Sun 14 Oct [GP-L]  Eindhoven Marathon 

·         Sat 20 Oct [GP-XC] West Yorks XC race 1 at Wetherby 

·         Sun 21 Oct [FC]    Withens Skyline (BM) 

·         Sun 28 Oct         Harewood Trail 2, 5 and 10 mile races (70 Striders to help please) 

·         Sat 10 Nov         West Yorks XC race 2 at Guiseley 

·         Sat 10 Nov [FC]    Harriers Vs Cyclists (CS)  NB we are likely to choose an alternative race

·         Sun 18 Nov [GP-S]  Abbey Dash 10k 

·         Sat 24 Nov [GP-XC] West Yorks XC race 3 at Huddersfield 

·         Sun 25 Nov [GP-XC] Peco XC race 1 at Fitzwilliam 

·         W/e 8/9 Dec        West Yorks XC race 4 at Wakefield 

·         Sun 16 Dec         Peco XC race 2 at Middleton Park 

·         Tue 26 Dec [GP-TF] Chevin Chase  (2013 GP) 


·         Tue ?2? Jan [GP-H] Christmas Handicap 5 mile from Eccup Res and Junior 1 mile, afterwards at Leos 

·         Sun 13 Jan [GP-XC] Peco XC race 3 at Bramley Fall Park 

·         Sun ?? Jan [GP-M]  Brass Monkey half marathon 

·         Sun 17 Feb [GP-XC] Peco XC race 4 at John Smeaton 

·         Sun  3 Mar [GP-XC] Peco XC race 5 at Bodington Hall (Adel) 


London Marathon Rejections


Valley Striders usually get 4 club places for the London Marathon and we give priority to those who’ve been rejected in the ballot.  If you’ve just received a rejection letter  then email to request a club place.  We put all the names in a hat at the Xmas Do (mid December).


Chris Leggatt


On Monday, Terry Lonergan phoned to tell me the sad news that a former member of Valley Striders, Chris Leggatt, had died the previous day while refereeing a football match.  He was 65.


He joined in May 1983 in the first year of the club, and resigned in 1996 to rejoin his original club Sale Harriers.


However he was frequently in touch and came to the Striders 30th Anniversary Do 2 months ago.  He also helped Mick Tinker and myself design a route for the Peco XC on Otley Chevin 2 years ago, having himself created the Pool Fell Race (no longer in the calendar) many years ago. And in 2010, when the National XC was at Roundhay Park, he was unofficial photographer for Striders and for Sale Harriers. file:///D:/bob/website/vsalbum/10natxc/page_01.htm


Chris is mentioned in Valley Striders founder, Stuart St John’s informal history of the early years of Valley Striders .  Chris also introduced Olympic marathon bronze medallist Charlie Spedding to the Striders and Charlie became our Club President.  See (some of the pictures were in the slide show at the 30th Anniversary).


Stuart emailed


I've just received the awful news that dear old Leggo has died & I'm really saddened by it. He was a grand lad & fun to run with  especially on the summer Sunday morning Leggo Tours. Of a Saturday he'd go & put water bottles in the bus shelter @ the bottom of Creskeld Lane so we'd be refreshed & have a really good burn up to the top the following day. And I think he was the only Club member to have a National X-Country medal when he was with Sale Harriers.”




Folkin Reservoir Ramble


Striders won 3 of the 4 major prizes.  I’ve heard that at least one of the direction signs was pointing in the wrong direction and many people went off route at some time or other, it may be that one or two runners are still on Blubberhouses Moor.


14 mile race


       1  Simon Barker      2:08:27   

       4  Kim Threadgall    2:11:04     (first lady)

       9  Andrew Settle     2:21:49 

      51  finished


20 mile race (V S Grand Prix)


       7  Greg Skerrett     3:00:29      100

       8  Myra Jones        3:00:57       98  (1st lady)

      10  Dan Murray        3:03:51       96

      12  Andy Stoneman     3:06:49       93

      28  Gary Mann         3:15:53       91

      30  Sarah Smith       3:21:46       89

      51  Alun Davies       3:43:10       87

      53  Geoff Webster     3:50:54       84

      59  Alistair Smyth    4:02:33       82

      60  Joe Hanney        4:07:00       80

      67  finished

     (1  Jez Helliwell     2:46:47)


            Grand Prix points now updated on the website.


From George Black in Scotland


Hi Bob, Some more recent results from Scotland.


5KMT        8 Sept.        22:25  (Park Run o/v 70 course record)


2 Miles    12 Sept.        13:44


10K         16 Sept         44:09  (Chip time. Scottish 10K Champs. First o/v 70) 


I will be taking a break from racing for the next few weeks. Hope to do the British Masters/Vets 1/2 Marathon Champs which are being held in Scotland on 7th October.


Great North Run  (thanks to Andy Stoneman for finding these)


      159  Abdoulaye Kodokod   01:20:11       

      629  Andy Stoneman       01:27:57       

     2794  Sue Sunderland      01:38:45       

     3621  Gerard Coll         01:40:57       

     7265  Lucy Nowlin         01:48:41       

    14058  Keith West          01:59:06   

    18258  James Forbes        02:05:38       

    21889  Jaci Knowles        02:11:28       

    26047  Jane Sanders        02:18:42       

    26835  Hayley Foy          02:20:26

    37509  Emma Beaumont       02:57:47       


Yorkshireman Marathon


Sorry, I missed Alistair Smyth (4:37) off the list last week.  Steve has put his points on the Fell Championship table and this is now on the website.


Other Events


The Great Yorkshire Stair Climb - 24 Nov 2012


G-Rex Fitness brings you Yorkshire's tallest stairclimb, and one that can't be matched anywhere else in God's Own County! Taking Place in the fantastic building that is Bridgewater Place, Leeds, you'll get to see sights of Leeds and it's surrounding areas that you never thought you'd see!


The event is set to take place in Leeds and participants will be climbing Bridgewater Place, the tallest building in Yorkshire. The event is set to take place on Saturday 24th November of this year and will be £20 per entrant, raising funds for the Yorkshire Cancer Centre.