Subject:                                     V S Weekly Update - Events, Peco results, Jolly Holly 10k report


Sent: 18 January 2013 14:24



The usual – see the website if you’re unsure!


Myra emailed me saying she is trying to restart the Friday evening ladies-only session (I think it used to be 6pm at Roundhay) – any ladies interested please email




Good luck to everyone in the Brass Monkey this Sunday.


A week on Saturday (26th) is the first parkrun at Templenewsam – see the facebook page “Temple Newsam parkrun” note the space between (“temple” and “newsam”).


Next V S Grand Prix races – Brass Monkey, Dewsbury 10k (3 Feb), Peco Race 4 (17 Feb at John Smeaton).  Dan Murray is currently checking the full list of races for 2013 and I’ll publish it next week. 


I think the 2013 Fell Racing Handbook has been published so no doubt the fell runners will be getting together to decide the races in the V S Fell Championship.  If you want to be involved, email Sarah Smith


Sarah will also be organising the Calderdale Way teams for 19 May – entry forms are just out so we need to decide how many teams to enter.  Email Sarah if you’re interested.


If you enjoy racing (it’s the best form of training), you can do this without travelling far nor spending a lot of money as most of the local clubs in Leeds (like us) organise affordable races through the year.  See and follow the links to “Leeds Race Series”.  There’s also a Junior Race Series.


Apologies from me for not forwarding the email about York Marathon immediately.  I think I’d had it 2 days.  If you’d entered immediately you would have got in, as it was, 5000 places were filled within 4 days.


Night Terror series race at Harewood (advert)


Dear Running and Triathlon Clubs

Please excuse this direct email to you.  We are organising a series of new events in your region and wish to raise its profile with your club members.


This is a series of off-road night time runs over a distance of 6 miles.  Runners can enter as an individual or as a team of three in our three categories: women only, men only or mixed teams.


The events will take place in the following locations

26th January 2013 Aldershot Army Training Land

9th February 2013  (19:00-21:30) Leeds Harewood House

2nd March 2013 Manchester Arley Hall

16th March 2013 Bristol Ashton Court


Thanks and regards


Tony Barden

Inmotion Sport Limited


Results - Peco XC race 3 at Bramley Falls


Junior years 4-6 one mile (NB positions not on website)

           Joe Sherman

           Adam Mills

           Sarah Brady


Junior years 7-12 two miles (NB positions not on website)

           Callum Parton

           Alex Irvine

           Eleanor Ford



                            GP Pts

      5    Kim Threadgall      95   

     18    Myra Jones          84   

     36    Sue Sunderland      80   

     70    Sarah Smith         74   

     77    Sarah Howell        72   

     86    Pascale Fotherby    71   

     89    Sarah Harper        70   



      3    Dan Fisher         100   

     15    Gwil Thomas         99   

     16    Simon Midwood       98   

     17    Jon Parker          97   

     45    Kevin McMullan      96   

     50    Simon Vallance      94   

     54    Gary Mann           93   

     57    John Shanks         92   

     60    Dan Murray          91   

     63    Dave Penman         90   

     79    Richard Irvine      89   

     81    Tony Mills          88   

     93    Roy Huggins         87   

     95    Adam Parton         86   

    126    Steve Dixon         85   

    144    Joe Hanney          83   

    149    Alistair Smyth      82   

    161    Leroy Sutton        81   

    178    Malcolm Coles       79   

    184    John Wallace        78   

    187    Sean Fitzgerald     77   

    191    Simon Barker        76   

    195    Graham Ford         75   

    209    Tony Haygarth       73   

    237    Bob Wilkes          69   


Team results

Men’s team 1st – it was a close call, they had 257 points to Pudsey & Bramley’s 266, but then I realised P&B are in the 2nd division,  Cumulatively for the series, the team move from joint 1st to 1st.

Ladies team 5th which means they move from 6th to 5th

Men’s vets 5th which means they stay 4th

Women’s vets 7th which means they stay 7th


Race Report - Jolly Holly 10k – from Sarah Howell


While the rest of the Striders were gearing up for the winter handicap, Gary and I were driving through serious rain on our way to Ripon for the 25th anniversary Jolly Holly jog. I'd found the run by searching for festive events, and while holly covered the Christmassy feeling I was after, jolly and jog didn't sound too strenuous, so I signed us up.


The 300 meter round trip from the car to the clubhouse to collect our numbers gave us our first soaking. Then the jog to the start line drenched any remaining dry patches. I cowered under a tree for shelter while Gary warmed up. Then we met Ruth, who had managed to squeeze her Valley Striders vest over a hoodie - impressive stuff. She was also freezing and wet.


The sun made a brief, welcome and surprisingly warm appearance as we set off for 10k of fields, woodland paths and occasional surfaces not made of mud. The route undulated without anything too challenging in the hills department and ended with some a couple of fast flat miles, for which the rain saw fit to rejoin us. 


We finished filthy, wet, but pretty jolly. On a clear day, the scenery (you run round the edge of Fountains Abbey land) would be amazing; I'd definitely recommend it for next year.


Gary Mann 41st 42.59

Sarah Howell 232 54.26

Ruth Warren 233 54.28

536 finishers