Subject:                                     V S Weekly Update - Abbey Dash, Pie'n'peas, WYXC & PecoXC info, Run England, Baildon entry, Fell champs, Track training, Research


Sent: 16 November 2012 16:47

Abbey Dash – Sunday 18 November


Good luck to everyone on Sunday!


If you want to meet beforehand, meet on the Town Hall steps, look for Holly with a “Run England” banner. 


If you want to meet afterwards, Wetherspoons a.k.a. Beckett’s Bank on Park Row!


Remember to bring some money.  You’ve free parking for the day so no excuse not to do some Xmas shopping!


Training – Tuesday 20 November


Almost a normal week next week!

·         Kathy's Run Leeds beginners/improvers/juniors group meet Leos 6:00pm for training session (new starters welcome!), followed by pie and peas (see below)

·         Grace's intermediates group (48-60 mins for 10k, 18yrs+) meet Leos 7:00pm for session to be agreed.   

·         Experienced runners (faster than 48mins for 10k) meet Leeds Met Indoor Sports Centre 7:00pm for track session


Pie and peas – Tuesday 20 November


We are putting on “pie and peas” for Kathy’s Group at 7:10pm on Tuesday 20 November.  (you can come even if not running the session at 6pm!)  Temporary defectors from Grace’s group are also welcome.


Book at by Sunday 18 November 10pm saying whether you would like meat pie or vegetarian bake, mushy peas or baked beans, and also whether you would like apple pie and ice cream.


Note that both of the “pies” are made by Tony at Leos. The meat pie is minced beef, covered with mashed potato and topped with pastry.  The vegetarian bake will definitely contain small potatoes and will be topped with cheese, but what else is in the pie will be Tony’s surprise - in the past we’ve had sliced sweet peppers, mushrooms, carrots, green beans, tomatoes…


Main course is £2.50, dessert £1.50.


West Yorkshire XC Race 3 – Saturday 24 November


Race is at Fartown School Huddersfield, details at


Postcode HD2 1DJ Streetmap


If you’re not already registered, sorry too late now.


Peco XC Race 1 – Sunday 25 November


At Fitzwilliam Country Park.  Sat Nav: WF9 5AA


Hoping to see lots of Striders juniors and seniors at this race.  Final race of 2012 for Valley Striders Grand Prix points.  Quite a distance to travel, so perhaps use the Forum to arrange transport share.


Race Times & Distances:
Junior XC Challenge (School Years 4-6): 10.00am, 1 mile approx.
Junior XC Challenge (School Years 7-12 inclusive): 10.20am, 2 miles approx.

Seniors (men * women 17 and over*): 11.00am, 4.9 miles approx.  * Age groups for all 5 races in the season are based on age on 25/11/12


Full details at .  Pay on the day – will be either £2.50 or £3 for seniors, not sure of fee for juniors, possibly £1.


Xmas Meal and Presentation Night Friday 14 December


Please put date in your diary.  See previous V S W U for details.  Email with your order.  Carnivore, veggie or half’n’half.


Registering with Run England


If are in Kathy’s beginners/improvers group or you have come through Kathy’s group in the last 18 months, we are keen that you sign up with Run England.


There is an organisation in England to encourage people to run .  There is a project in Leeds to get a lot of new people in to running, see  “Run Leeds @ Alwoodley” (Kathy’s Group) is one of the 30 or so running groups in Leeds that are part of this project. 


Holly and myself are two of the committee members on the Leeds project.  We are keen to get as many runners as possible registered with Run England.  People “new to running” will count towards our target, but just increasing the numbers of runners registered with Run England will improve the chances of Leeds getting more funding next year – funding that can be spent on coaching courses for leaders.


We would like you to register with Run England.  It’s not the easiest website, here are some tips

·         Go to .  Click on “Join Run England” (on the left hand side) or “Join For Free” on the right (they both go to the same place)

·         Then, halfway down, click where it says “Click HERE to join Run England”.  You’ll get a form to fill in. 

·         Please fill in your email address (but later on there are questions whether you want to receive news information and whether you want to give feedback – so you have the opportunity not to be on any mailing list)

·         Please answer the questions “Are you new to running” and “On how many days have you done a total of 30 minutes or more of physical activity” as you would have answered when you joined the group (NB if you joined in 2011, answer as though it was February 2012)

·         Please fill in the group name as “Run Leeds @ Alwoodley” and the club name as “Valley Striders – Road & Endurance” (NB as soon as you start typing these, you will be offered you a list)

·         If you have any problems, just email me!

·         Email me if you’ve successfully signed up!  Thanks!


Entry details for Baildon Boundary Way


From Baildon Runners


We are pleased to advise you that entries for the 19th Baildon Boundary Way (a multi-terrain half marathon) that takes place on Sunday, 7 April 2013 will open at 9:00am on Monday, 26 November 2012 at:


Please note that no postal entries will be available for runners.


Please note we can only cater for 480 runners on race day but this mailshot is being sent to over 6,000 email addresses in our database!  So if you want to run in 2013, you need to apply early.  Online entries for runners for the 2012 event closed just 17 days after entries opened so do be warned!


The event also incorporates a non-competitive walk but please note that the online entry system is for runners only.  Entries for the walk will be by post only and will not open until after the online capacity for runners has been reached.


At that time we will place an entry form for walkers on our website,  Entries for the walk will have no restriction on numbers.


Special note for club runners:  In order to enter online, you will need to quote your URN.  This is your unique runners number which is allocated to all runners who are affiliated to England Athletics.  If you do not know it, we suggest you ask your club secretary for the information now.  If you are unable to enter your URN you will have to pay the higher unaffiliated runner fee and will not be eligible to count in the team competition.  However, if after entering you later find your URN or join a running club, do let us know and we will amend your entry.  However, we will not be able to refund the difference in the entry fee and will treat the excess as a charitable donation.


From Bob – your URN is at .  This is a VSGP 2013 race.


Fell Championships – from Steve Webb


Results for Shepherd's Skyline and Wadsworth Half Trog now included.   I think this probably leaves the Tour of Pendle this Saturday as the last chance to add points from the "Any Other A Long" category.


Good turn out at the Half Trog in excellent weather but very sloppy underfoot conditions.  Appropriately for Remembrance Sunday the new course included a section of incised footpath that was reminiscent of a trench on the Somme.  Malcolm was first V70 and Julia had an excellent run for second lady.  A race too far for me this weekend after WYXC on Saturday (not that it appeared to be a problem for Julia).


Last Tuesday’s track training


Those of you overtaken on your track speed session by a race walker should click on  His time for the 50km walk at the London Olympics equates to 3:18 for a marathon (NB but even if you can run 3:18 for a marathon, could you run a further 7.8km at the same speed?!)


After deciding on some changes to the track session 3 months ago, we have now settled on doing some sessions based on 5 minutes.  Options are

·         400 metres in say 1:15 with 3:45 rest (or say in 1:35 with 3:25 rest)

·         800 metres in say 2:40 with 2:20 rest (or say in 3:10 with 1:50 rest)

·         1000 metres in say 3:30 with 200 metres jog recovery back 1:30 to the start line (Gwil’s session)

If you’ve not done a track session recently, come back on 11 December and try it!


Research Project


My name is James Watkins and I am an undergraduate student studying Sports and Exercise Science at Leeds Metropolitan University. I am recruiting participants to take part in a research project looking at carbohydrate metabolism during running at simulated altitude. I am looking for male runners/ triathletes aged 18-44 years old. The study is based in Leeds and would require 5 visits to the labs (one maximal oxygen uptake test and familiarisation session and then 4 experimental trials). All the tests will be carried out at a simulated altitude of 2500m. This is a great opportunity to get involved in some interesting research where you will get a free maximal oxygen uptake test done and can get information about your energy use during running (at simulated altitude). If you are interested in participating, or know somebody that might be, please get in touch for some more information.

James Watkins  Email:   Mobile: 07506 327389


Product Research


From Lauren Caveney:  I work for a research company in Leeds called Brainbox Research ( ) and we are currently doing some research into endurance athletes’ thoughts about sports supplements. We are holding focus groups in the Roundhay area of Leeds in about a weeks’ time to hear from male and female endurance athletes. The group will be an informal discussion lasting about 90 minutes about use of supplements and consideration of a new product that will be on the market soon. We are also offering participants £40 as a thank you for their time.


I still have some details to confirm regarding the time of the group (it will be in the evening) but if you are interested please contact me.

Lauren Caveney

Research Consultant

Brainbox Research Ltd, 46 Town Street, Gildersome, Leeds, LS27 7AA  0113 2380157