Subject:                                     V S Update - Training, Reminders for Peco MVT and Nutrition, Marathons, new member, Trog report


Sent: 15 February 2013 12:16



Normal sessions next week – check the website for details (I’d better remember to update it!)


Excellent sessions Tuesday just gone, over 30 for the beginners/improvers run by Andy, and great to see Kathy and Ken back from holidays in NZ.  Holly had 15 for her track session, and there were another 20+ in the experienced runners group who did a tough 8 by 800’s at 5 minutes per rep.  A few did alternate 800’s and 400’s but I’m not sure that was any easier.  Some positive feedback from both track groups, so likely to be similar sessions next month on 12th.




A reminder that it’s Peco Race 4 at John Smeaton on Sunday, juniors at 10:00 or 10:20 and seniors at 11:00, enter and pay on the day and you need not have entered previous races in the series.   Only £3, and this includes food afterwards upstairs in the sports centre.  VS Grand Prix race.


For the full list of Grand Prix, Junior Grand Prix and Fell Championship races for the year, go to , click on “For Club Members” tab, then click on “Key Dates and Events”


Meanwood Valley Trail and Junior Races – Saturday 20 April


Thanks to those who replied, we have 12 marshals now, need another 58.  If you can help, please email .


I’m still looking for help with publicity – taking entry forms to local sports centres, running shops and, in particular, schools.


Nutrition Talk / Workshop – Tuesday 26 February at Leos


Debbie Fearnley is doing a talk “Fundamentals of Nutrition” on Tuesday 26 February at 8:30pm at Leos.


Debbie says “As the workshops are interactive, so that I can get round and speak to everyone when setting individual goals I ask for no more than 20 athletes/parents/coaches”.  So although there will be a presentation there will also be opportunities to ask your own questions.


There are just 6 places left.  The final places are likely to go fast, so don’t delay, book today at putting “Debbie” in the subject of your message.


For those who have already booked, I’ll send out some more details this weekend.




Voting has concluded for the Striders Autumn Marathon, and Brussels on 6 October received nearly 90% of the 28 votes.


Patrick says “Yes, we’re off to the delightful Euro HQ city of Brussels for weekend of 05 - 08 Oct 2013 for either a Full, half & 4k run. Fly from Manchester direct to Brussels international


I’m proposing we fly out of Manchester on Sat 5th Oct, on the 10:30 departure and return on Tues 8th Oct on the 16:25 flight. I will now check the hotel options and then email Bob to include an open the invitation to all VS within the next week or two”


There are lots of Striders planning spring and/or autumn marathons.  Email me, tell me where and when you’re running and I’ll collate a list.  Please use the on email.


Newest and youngest member


Wadsworth Trog report from Steve Dixon


This is a 21 mile race over challenging terrain sapping energy from your legs very quickly.  The race starts from the Old Town above Hebden Bridge and is well organised by Calder Valley Fell Runners.  The route takes you over lots of remote and pathless fell country, Wadsworth and Midgley Moor been two of them and dropping down to visit a couple of reservoirs along the way.  Navigational skills are essential, unless you can follow the right Calder Valley vest, when the clag comes down.  Luckily on the day visibility was good.


Karl Gray had the respect of all with his unbelievable time of 2 hours and 49 minutes but from a VS perspective the performance of the day was Kim’s that earned her an incredibly heavy trophy to take home being the first lady home in front of Dark Peak’s Nicky Spinks.


Other notable performances were from Andrew Stoneman in his first ever fell race; Ann and Sarah in contributing to winning the Ladies team prize and also Malcolm in winning the VM70 prize. He may have been the only VM70 running but he came home in a very impressive time.  All in all it was a very successful day for the Striders.


    21  Kim Threadgall          3:36:43   (1st Lady)

    36  Simon Vallance          3:41:35

    43  Dan Murray              3:46:39

    45  Andrew Stoneman         3:48:18

    46  John Marsham            3:48:40

    71  Andreas Mayer           4:08:02

    76  Ann-Kristen Koehler     4:09:45   (7th Lady)

    91  Stephen Dixon           4:14:48

    97  Andrew Settle           4:22:26   (Kippax 2nd Claim VS)

   119  Malcom Coles            4:44:01   (1st VM70)

   142  Sarah Smith             5:31:00

   147  finishers

    14  DNF’s


Also in the results, Macclesfield Harrier Mike Nelson who finished 12th in 3:27:32.  Mike is currently working in Leeds and joined us for Tuesday’s track session.