Subject:                                     V S Weekly Update - Yorkshire XC, Xmas, Peco race 2, Junior Striders / Grand Prix, Calderdale, Bradford 8.8k


Sent: 08 December 2012 00:33

Cross Country


Apologies for short notice but entries for the Yorkshire Cross Country Championships are needed by next Tuesday evening at the latest, please email if you want to run


Here are the details for this winter’s county, regional, and national championships.  Note that we need to submit a team entry, you cannot enter as an individual.  Please email  for all of the following

·         Yorkshire Cross Country at Lightwater Valley on Saturday 5 January, entries needed by Tuesday 11 December, details at

·         Northern XC at Knowsley Safari Park on Saturday 26 January, entries needed by Tuesday 8 January, details on Northern Athletics website

·         National XC at Sunderland on Saturday 23 February, entries needed by Wednesday 26 December.


Xmas Arrangements


Striders Xmas Do and Annual Awards


Friday 14 December 7:30 pm at Leos.   Just got the 60th booking, if it goes on at this rate we’ll be setting up tables in the gents showers (maybe not).  Please book by Tuesday 11 December at saying whether you want carnivore, veggie or half'n'half.  To check your booking go to, click “For Club Members” and “London & Xmas”.  Please pay by Tuesday 11th.  Either by cheque (payable to Valley Striders) to 17 Whinmoor Court, Red Hall, Leeds LS14 1NX or by internet banking payment to Sort Code: xx-xx-xx, Account Number: aaaaaaaa, please include your name in the reference.


Xmas Training – all sessions as usual but with following notes and exceptions


·         Tuesday 11 December – track session at Leeds Met, but please take reflective bib in case track is frozen, in which case there will be a road session from Leeds Met (probably hills at Church Lane)

·         Tuesday 25 December – no sessions!

·         Sunday 30 December – meet by lodge at Eccup Res for junior 1 mile at 10:45a.m. and Xmas handicap 5 miles at 11a.m. afterwards at Leos.

·         Tuesday 1 January – no sessions!

·         Tuesday 8 January – track session

·         Tuesday 15 January – food at Leos


Peco Cross Country Race 2


The next “Peco” is at Middleton Park on Sunday 16 December.  Access is via the cul-de-sac that goes past John Charles Centre for Sport (previously known as South Leeds Stadium)


1 mile approx. for school years 4-6 at 10a.m., 2 miles approx. for school years 7-12 at 10:20a.m., 5 miles approx. for seniors at 11:00


Details at (but the website appears to be under reconstruction at the moment).  And see junior section below as it contains links to some maps.  NB adult fee is £3.


Junior Striders


We now have nearly 40 juniors who train with us on a Tuesday at 6pm and/or run under the Striders banner at parkruns.


We’re working on four projects to help these runners improve and encourage new juniors to join.

·         Junior Grand Prix Championship

·         Junior Performance Certificates

·         Specialised Junior Training Sessions

·         Track sessions for juniors

Richard Irvine has been working on the Junior Grand Prix – see below.  We’ll have an announcement about Junior Performance Certificates in the next V S Update.  Andy Stoneman, having just qualified as a Coaching Assistant (congratulations, Andy!) is looking at equipment for junior training sessions.  And Richard is corresponding with a local school about using their track next spring/summer.

Junior Grand Prix – from Richard Irvine


The Grand Prix aims:

Races to be incorporated in the Grand Prix

The number of events to be incorporated will be approximately 14, from the following categories:

The season runs alongside the school year, from 1 September through to 31 August of the following year. 

The Junior GP sub-committee will attempt to decide the majority of events in advance, but some may be marked as provisional.  These would mostly be based on popularity in previous years, but consideration would also be given to new local events. Suggestions are encouraged from club members for the inclusion of events not on the list.  Such suggestions may only be incorporated as long as good advance notification is given.

Scoring / Prizes


We’re still working on the scoring system but it has been decided that there will be a winning boy and winning girl in each school year, also additional merit awards.


2012/3 Championship


Here are the events definitely in the junior championship

·         Tue 18 Sep - Autumn Handicap Junior 1 mile

·         Sun 28 Oct - Harewood Trail 2 Mile

·         Sun 16 Dec - Peco XC race 2 at Middleton Park

·         Sun 30 Dec - Christmas Handicap Junior 1 mile

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

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

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

·         Tue ?? Apr - Spring Handicap Junior 1 mile

·         Sat 20 Apr - Meanwood Valley Trail 1 mile or 2 mile

·         ??? May/Jun - V S Junior 1500M Time Trial (track)

·         Sun 7 Jul - Eccup Junior 1 mile or 2 mile

·         Sun ?? Jul - Pudsey junior races (same day as Pudsey 10k)

·         ??? Jun/Jul - Summer Handicap Junior 1 mile

·         to 31 Aug - Any Parkrun


Note that we’ve included two events that have already taken place, but there were so may junior Striders running these that we thought it fair to include them.  We may add one or two more further events.


Calling VS Juniors to the Peco Race - from Richard Irvine


As mentioned on Tuesday at Kathy's 6:00 p.m. Beginners/ Improvers/ Juniors session, the PECO Cross Country League Race 2 at Middleton Park takes place on Sunday 16th December.


There are 2 junior races, split into age groups. The school year 4-6 old boys & girls race is approximately 1 mile and sets off at 10.00am. The school year 7-12 boys & girls race is approximately 2 miles and sets off at 10.20 a.m. For keen mums and dads, there is also a senior race at 11.00am, which is 5.5 miles!


These events are lots of fun and you'll get great support from our senior club members. At the first PECO XC race a couple of weeks ago we had 2 juniors both placed in the top 10 in their races, Joe Sherman (4th) in the 1 mile and Alex Irvine (8th) in the 2 mile. It would be fantastic to see more of our junior runners at Race 2 and this will count towards the newly formed VS Junior Grand Prix (details above!)


The race is marshalled and will take place entirely within the grounds of Middleton Park (located near John Charles Sports Stadium off the A653 Dewsbury Road. The race HQ will be set up in the park clearing identified by the arrow on the map below. Registration will be from 9.15am – 9.45am for juniors. See map:,429465&st=4&ar=y&mapp=map.srf&searchp=ids.srf&dn=516&ax=430202&ay=429465&lm=0


Changing facilities are available to those needing them at the Parnaby Tavern where food will also be available (after the senior race) as part of your £1 entry fee!


Further information can be found on the PECO XC website...


Calderdale Way Relay 2013 - from Sarah Smith


The Calderdale Way Relay 2013 will be on Sunday 19 May.


Leeds half marathon is 12 May 2013 according to northern running guide website.


River Moy half marathon is 25 May 2013 according to the Run Ireland website.


That means we have no competition from those for once!


I see no reason why we can not get 4 teams together at least, including a ladies’ team. 


Bradford City not quite 10k – report from Joe Hanney


It was the first running of the Bradford City run in its current 5k and 10k format on Sunday. There were 5 of us from Valley Striders running the 10k  - Sue Sunderland, Hayley Nancolas, Andy Settle, Myra Jones and myself.


It was a lovely crisp morning as we arrived in the impressive new City Park. I didn't mind the undulating course round the university, although I think others did. But a generally flat atmosphere, unenthusiastic marshalls and fairly poor organisation meant it was a bit of a disappointing run overall. It was a 2 lap race, but it soon became clear that the course wasn't a full 10k. I heard reports of different measurements, but the organisers now say the course we followed was only 8.8k due to a 'marshalling error'. Myra wasn't happy with the quality of the mince pies either.


Hopefully things will improve next year, although I don't think I'll ever beat 35.05 in a race described as a 10k again! Myra just lost out to the first woman in a sprint finish, and Myra, Hayley & Sue won a team prize. So it wasn't all bad.


The results that were initially posted on the internet were confusing, but I think the ones attached are a bit more accurate.  Also everyone received an apologetic e-mail from the race organisers.


                         Chip     Gun

    49 Joe Hanney        0:35:05  0:35:11

    53 Myra Jones        0:35:18  0:35:20  (2nd W)

    60 Andrew Settle     0:35:33  0:35:38  (2nd Claim VS)

    78 Hayley Nancolas   0:37:14  0:37:16

   107 Sue Sunderland    0:38:14  0:38:17


Bob writes


It was quite a long email from the race organiser, so I won’t print it all, but basically it was an error by one of the marshals from ESS their event stewarding company, not from one of the volunteer marshals.

Myra also told me that the finish was quite exciting.  It was a 2 lap race, and some of the runners were still finishing the first lap / going out on their second as the leading runners were finishing their second.  Anyway, the two routes crossed each other!


For Sale


Clive Bandy emailed - if you know of anyone wanting a Garmin forerunner 405 GPS watch, please let me know as I know a bloke wishing to sell one.