Subject:                                     Valley Striders Weekly Update - eating, racing, training, juniors, Yorks XC result, York Marathon and more


Sent: 09 January 2013 21:37

Thanks to all the contributions to this week’s email, not so much for me to do!




Tuesday 15 January, pie and peas at 8:20pm, please book at book at before 10pm Sunday, choosing meat or veggie pie, mushy peas or baked beans, and whether you want apple pie




Peco XC race 3 is at Bramley Falls Woods, this is alongside the old “Leeds and Bradford Road” B6157 that runs between Rodley and Kirkstall Road (on the south side of the river).


·         Juniors school years 4 to 6 one mile at 10:00a.m.

·         Juniors school years 7 to 12 one mile at 10:20a.m.

·         Seniors approx. 5 miles at 11:00a.m.


NB Race registration is at the Acorn Pub on Leeds & Bradford Road, not the same place as last year which was down by the canal.


All races score for the Valley Striders Junior Grand Prix or Valley Striders Grand Prix.  Full details at  No need to enter in advance, just pay £3 (I think) on the day (includes food afterwards)


Northern Cross Country


Entries for Northern XC close this Friday, email if you want to run


Juniors Section


A good turn-out for PECO XC 2 at Middleton saw 5 of our juniors take part in the 1 and 2 mile races. 8 juniors took part in the Striders Winter 1 mile.


All results are now on the website, click the tab at the top “For Club Members” and then the link on the left hand side “Juniors”.  Also in this section, thanks to Richard Irvine) is an Excel file showing the current Grand Prix positions.  If you don’t have any points in the parkrun column but have run some parkruns, it is probably because you aren’t registered as a Valley Strider on parkrun.  To amend this, when you get your weekly newsletter from parkrun, look for the link to “update my details”.  Also let us know so we can find your “old” races.


Kathy's Tuesday night "Run Leeds" session has just restarted and this week Andy and Richard led the junior session while Ken and Kathy led the beginner/improver session.  It is intended to have separate sessions every other week, so there will be separate sessions on 22 January and 5 February, but on 15 and 29 January we will have a joint session.


Hope to see many of you this Sunday at the Peco race!




Thursday 10 January – experienced runners at Scott Hall, Kathy’s group at Roundhay


Tuesday 15 January – all sessions at Leos – Kathy’s beginners/improvers/juniors at 6pm, Holly’s intermediates at 6:45pm, experienced runners 6 by 5mins at 7pm


Thursday 17 January – experienced runners and Kathy’s group both at Scott Hall


More details on


Monday Nights at Leeds Met – from Amanda Seims


Hi, I've mentioned this a few times and some people seemed keen to go…  It's a 2 hour session Monday 6-8, first hour of physio type exercises led by someone from the infamous Ali Rose clinic (think team GB etc).  Second hour led by Leeds Met athletics coaches Andy Hendersen and Mick Hill (coaches Jess Ennis).  So... a very high quality session and all for £4.  Starts on 14th Jan and runs in term time.  It does attract some top quality young athletes but the likes of me also go and I was sore for a good week after the first time but it's all good fun and the coaches are very supportive and helpful if you've never been before.  Need to get there early as it gets very busy but basically just turn up and find a partner.  Happy to meet everyone in the reception area at Headingley Campus Sports centre if needed?  Think circuits with a bit of plyometrics, pilates, fast footwork etc thrown in and some funky music.  Each station is only 20 seconds so it's not too bad really and you can always modify the exercise if you are struggling.


Steve Webb added “Sounds like the session Sara and I have been attending in Bradford, except ours is less crowded and has no music.  Good for improving core strength, flexibility and balance; so definitely recommended for fell runners.  I like the idea that Mick Hill is available at the Leeds circuits; I'm thinking of taking up javelin as I reckon I could have a good chance against the Brownlees.”




Yorkshire Cross Country Championships



     48 Myra Jones        0:25:59

     87 Sharon Tansley    0:29:28

    125 finished  



     49 Simon Midwood     0:38:06

     50 Dan Fisher        0:38:06

     53 Andy May          0:38:22

     77 Paul Kaiser       0:39:46

     78 Jerry Watson      0:39:47

     86 Gwil Thomas       0:40:01

     95 Steve Webb        0:40:22

     99 Paul Fotherby     0:40:42

    142 Kevin McMullan    0:43:20

    165 Dave Penman       0:44:59

    179 John Shanks       0:45:51

    240 finished


Striders men finished 8th team, but 6th best club in Yorkshire as 3 of the teams ahead of them were Leeds City.


Peco Handicap Race



    15 Pascale Fotherby   H

   21 Adam Parton        E

    27 Alistair Smyth     E

    29 Roy Huggins        D

    30 Ian Sanderson      C

    36 Gary Mann          C

    57 Tony Haygarth      G

    61 Malcolm Coles      F

    65 finished




Brass Monkey Half


I hope everyone is ready! 


If not, then just to remind you that transfers are permitted “by completing the Sports Systems Transfer Form, up to 1hr before the race. There will be a £5 administrative fee”, it says in the race booklet on I couldn’t find a transfer form on the website so I suggest you go to and use the “Contact Us” feature.  Let me know what they say.


I’ve already paired up two gents and two ladies.  I currently have a ladies number available and a gent wanting number but transfers are only permitted between same sex. 


York Marathon – 20 October 2013 – press release emailed by Jon Parker


Keen runners from the business community are being encouraged to sign up for the Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon, a new race for the regional running calendar.  Thousands of runners are set to take part in the 26.2 mile event, which begins from the centre of York and is taking place on October 20.  The marathon - said to be one of the flattest in the UK - is being staged by a new organisation under the umbrella of Jane Tomlinson’s For All Events – which already runs the successful Leeds, York, Hull and Pennine-Lancashire 10Km runs and the Leeds half marathon. 


The news comes a day after it was announced that is the official media partner of the Clarion Leeds 10k Corporate Challenge, part of the Run For All series which includes the new marathon.  Sheffield-based phone and broadband provider, Plusnet, will be the headline sponsors of the event, which is being launched today.


For All Events – which comprises Run For All, Walk For All and Swim For All – was established by the Tomlinson family as a legacy to the late Yorkshire fundraiser and campaigner Jane Tomlinson CBE who raised almost £2m for charity by tackling a series of incredible endurance challenges, despite being diagnosed with terminal cancer.


As well as raising funds for charity, the marathon is expected to generate significant amounts for the Yorkshire economy.  TV football pundit Chris Kamara is one of the famous Yorkshire faces backing the event. He said: “I know Jane Tomlinson was a massive inspiration to me and I’m sure she was to many, many other people. “I hope thousands of people pull on their running shoes to take part in this, the first Yorkshire Marathon. Good luck everyone, I know it will be a huge success and bring in lots of money for deserving causes.”


For All Events’ Mike Tomlinson said The Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon would become a major highlight of the UK’s sporting calendar and a flagship event for the organisation. It is expected to raise up to £500,000 for charities in its first year. Mr Tomlinson added: “We’re really excited about the new Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon. We launched the Leeds 10K seven years ago now and we’ve been thinking for a long time about putting on a long distance event in Yorkshire – and this is it!"


Richard Adcock has emailed the link


Bob (me) says


I’m told that over 1000 people registered on the first day and entries are up to about 2000, so if you want to enter, suggest you do so quickly.  It “only” costs £40 (a bit more than some marathons, but of course your transport and accommodation costs will be much less) and you can get 50% of your fee back if you drop out 4 months before the race.  By the way, I’m in!

Edale Skyline - from Steve Dixon


Entries for this race open on 31 January.  this race filled up very quickly this year and, as it is a counter in the English championship in 2013, it's likely to fill even quicker.


The UK Backward Run (Advertisement)

Why not introduce a new running challenge for your club members in 2013.  The UK Backward Run is one of the toughest, most exhilarating and most humorous races in the North West.  Our current course record is 7 minutes 06 seconds, do your club members have the fitness and stamina to beat this?

This may initially sound silly, but recent studies have proven that adding backward running to your training sessions will improve your attendees forward running times as reported in the
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The 4th UK Backward Run will take place on Sunday 11 August 2013 at Heaton Park, Manchester

Why run backwards?

Find out more about the male and female backward running races and obtain more information about the benefits at

We look forward to seeing you there.

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International Triathlete – from Howard Jeffrey


Happy new year. I am still 2nd claim member of Striders as I enjoy being kept posted. Not appeared in the results recently but did Chevin Chase and Jolly Holly Jogs albeit don't really enjoy mud.


Posted the following on the Otley site last week which goes to show if you see a Strider (Mick Tinker) doing a Triathlon (Leeds Grammar July 2010) and think hey I could do that!


Last year I started to swim and bike to get stronger for running and avoid all the niggles that come with regular racing.


I did a few Triathlons and I have had to go through all the new niggles that come with swimming and biking (I should have known!) and can add them to the still present running ones. I have not yet become faster at running although I do feel stronger.


What was unexpected was I have qualified for Team GB in the Triathlon Age-Group European Standard Distance Championships in Turkey next year. Just found out today as was not notified earlier.


Don’t ask me how I did it as there were some criteria – apart from ticking the box and paying the registration fee, which I did at every opportunity – that I have unbelievably satisfied.


Move over Alistair and Jonny…!


Regards, Howard

Lineham News January 2013


Happy New Year from everyone at Lineham Farm


I would like to welcome you to our first newsletter of 2013, we are all very excited about the year ahead as we are celebrating our 20th year. I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has supported Lineham over the past 20 years and we hope that you will join in and help us celebrate.


Lineham first opened its doors in May 1993 and in that time thousands of children and young people have stayed and visited the farm, they have come from schools, charities and other organisations in the Leeds area. We couldn't have provided these visits without the support of Leeds City Council and our very generous supporters.


To celebrate the farm’s success we are holding a series of events, our annual Burns' Nicht is taking place on the 18th January, followed by a new event, Leg It For Lineham on Sunday 17th February.  This is a 5km fun run around the grounds of the farm and fun for all the family! We will keep you up to date on the other exciting events taking place throughout the year.


If you would like to hold an event to celebrate our 20th Anniversary please contact us and we can provide you with a fundraising pack.


Best Wishes


Hannah Borkala

Fundraising Manager


P.S Don't forget the farm is available to hire for the weekend, for more information please contact us on 0113 2300959 or


Here’s the link for “Leg it for Lineham”,   (unfortunately it clashes with Peco Race 4)