Subject: V S Update - training, Peco XC relays, kit, Peco race 5 and series results, reports from National XC and High Cup, and more
Sent: 08 March 2013 10:16
Sorry for the delay, if the last V S Update you received was 24 February, you haven’t missed one.
Training next week
Two sessions at 6pm both at Leos – beginners/improvers led by Kathy & Ken, and separate juniors session led by Andy & Richard
Two sessions at 7pm both at Leeds Met track – Holly & Grace’s intermediates and the experienced runners group.
Peco XC Relays - Sunday 10 March, 11:00 at Templenewsam (juniors at 10:20am)
Congratulations to Sue Sunderland and Carole Schofield who have been selected for the Peco League F50 team and Roy Huggins who has been selected for the M50 team.
Are any Striders going? It seems that many of you have been distracted by Spen 20 or a long run from Smithy Mills and/or lunch with your mum.
If you’re going or thinking of going, let me know by text on 07775 898 558 and I’ll make up some teams. I’m hoping that there will be at least 3 Striders (at least one M40, at least one W) so we can have a club team. Other teams can be any combination of men and women, young and old.
I do know we have at least one junior team (start is 10:20)
Details at www.pecoxc.co.uk
Note that the league presentations, planned to take place after the XC relay, have been postponed.
Lots of Fell Championship events coming up in the next few weeks. The next GP race is the Baildon Boundary Way (but is full), then the Esholt 5k series and the Leeds Half. I’m told the Leeds Half is nearly full but this may just be a rumour to get you to part with £26.20 (incl booking fee). See www.valleystriders.org.uk/vsdates.htm for GP and FC races.
V S Food
We had 26 for first sitting and 15 for second sitting Tuesday just gone. As the next first Tuesday in the month is Easter Tuesday, we’re proposing the bring food a week forward to 26 March. Good idea?
V S Kit
Mr Kit has emailed me with the following message
As there are a number of events coming up over the coming months, now seemed like a good time to order some more VS branded hooded tops. The cost per top is £21 and this buys you a black top with ‘Valley Striders Leeds’ on the back in white print and the same on the chest only smaller and embroidered.
Sizes are Small, Medium, Large and XL. Please ask to try a fellow Striders top if you’re unsure about size.
Can I please request orders by no later than Tuesday 19th March 2013 to email@example.com
Peco Results – Race 5
Junior 1 mile
1 Joe Sherman
24 Ceara Sexton (1st run)
31 Adam Mills
34 Emily Stoneman (1st run)
35 Sarah Brady
36 Abigail Stoneman (1st run)
Junior 2 mile
7 Callum Parton
14 Alex Irvine
26 Elliott Hudson (1st run)
27 Eleanor Ford
Striders Race G.Prix
Pos Pos Pts
1 Andy May 5 100 M
2 Paul Kaiser 16 99 M
3 Jeremy Ladyman 22 98 M
4 Gwil Thomas 33 97 M
5 Jon Parker 36 96 M
6 Steve Wilkins 43 95 M
7 Tony Mills 45 94 M
8 Gary Mann 47 93 M
9 Simon Vallance 51 92 M
10 Julia Leventon 3 91 W
11 John Shanks 69 89 M
12 Franco Pardini 74 88 M
13 Myra Jones 7 90 W
14 Adam Parton 95 87 M
15 Joe Hanney 102 86 M
16 Sue Sunderland 16 85 W
17 Rob Marsh 115 84 M
18 Sharon Tansley 24 83 W
19 Tomas Mildorf 131 82 M
20 Alistair Smyth 139 81 M
21 Carole Schofield 29 80 W
22 Sean Fitzgerald 152 79 M
23 Malcolm Coles 161 78 M
24 Sarah Smith 42 77 W
25 Bob Jackson 186 76 M
26 John Hussey 188 75 M
27 Chloe Hudson 48 74 W
28 Sarah Harper 52 73 W
29 Graham Ford 198 72 M
30 Bob Wilkes 214 71 M
Race 5 Teams
· Ladies: Abbey & Valley joint 1st, Kirkstall 3rd
· Ladies Vets: Valley 7th
· Men: Valley 1st, Abbey 2nd, Saltaire 3rd
· Men Vets: Valley 9th
Peco Series Results
Juniors (4 races to count)
Joe Sherman – 2nd in boys school years 4-6 category
Adam Mills – 12th in boys school years 4-6 category
Callum Parton – 4th in boys school years 7-9 category
Alex Irvine – 5th in boys school years 7-9 category
Sarah Brady ran 3 races in girls school years 4-6 category
Eleanor Ford ran 3 races in girls school years 7-9 category
The following junior Striders ran 1 race – Ceara Sexton, Emily Stoneman, Abigail Stoneman, Callum Chambers, Ben Hollis, Nathan Brady, Elliott Hudson
Race 1 2 3 4 5 Tot Runner pts
1st Valley 1 2 1 7 1 12 1405
2nd Abbey 2 1 4 3 2 12 1700
3rd Saltaire 3 4 2 2 3 14 1873
1st Abbey 1 1 1 1 1.5 5.5
2nd Wetherby 2 2 2 2 4 12
3rd Valley 8 3 5 3 1.5 20.5
1st St Theresas
5th Valley 4 4 5 6 9
6th Valley 7 6 7 7.5 7
1st W50 – Sue Sunderland
1st M70 – Malcolm Coles
2nd M70 – Bob Wilkes
3rd W50 – Carole Schofield
4th M45 – Simon Vallance
5th M – Jon Parker
5th W – Myra Jones
Message from Gwil
Well done to everyone who ran today: it was a fantastic team performance and whether in the counts or not, there was some gutsy running today.
In the end, we won this Peco not thanks to a handful of fast runners but thanks to a large numbers of runners putting in some quality shifts. Whilst this Peco may have been more exciting than we could have expected, in the end, it's made the win all the more satisfying.
Thanks to everyone who turned out to run a Peco this season!
Snake Lane 10
7 Andy May 00:54:56 00:54:57
8 Daniel Fisher 00:55:02 00:55:03
64 James Tarran 01:02:21 01:02:26
100 Andrew Stoneman 01:04:23 01:04:31
106 Gary Mann 01:04:33 01:04:41
122 John Batchelor 01:05:30 01:05:38
165 Myra Jones 01:07:51 01:08:00
229 Louise Allinson 01:10:38 01:10:57
500 Sarah Howell 01:23:01 01:23:27
681 Hannah Stoneman 01:37:58 01:38:55
Trollers Trot (GP)
10 Andy Stoneman 3:23
19 Alan Walsh 3:33
20 Dan Murray 3:33
24 Ian Sanderson 3:37
31 Ollie Cheyne 3:43
40 Simon Redshaw 3:50
56 Richard Adcock 3:59
62 Alan Hutchinson 4:02
77 Nick Barnes 4:11
167 Meg Galsworthy 5:26
Grand Prix points will be updated on the website soon
97 Tim Towler 1:01:39
346 Carole Towler 1:16:40
400 Grace Thomas 1:21:22
415 Sarah Clark 1:22:43
492 Becky Murray 1:34:28
The last 3 will be running the Edinburgh half marathon in April – they are following the Striders adage that there is no better way of training than racing!
Report from 2013 National XC Championships – from Kevin McMullan
Herrington Country Park, Sunderland
Many years ago when I was a young runner, I had very simple ambitions. Run a London, compete in a National, and run the Tour of Tameside (older runners will remember this last one).
Anyway, I never did do the ‘Tour’ but I achieved my national ambition in 2011 at Alton Towers. If somebody had told me before running there that it would the most evil National course in living memory I may not have done it, but no one did, so I ran it.
Last December when the e mail came round asking for National 2013 volunteers it seemed a long way away and I reasoned adding a second National to the CV was probably no bad thing, and thought that the chances of Sunderland (the 2013 venue) being anywhere near as bad as 2011 were pretty remote.
The day arrived and I travelled up with Paul Fotherby who very kindly agreed to give me a lift. Halfway up the A1, it was as if we had been transported to another country, and the green and pleasant land of West Yorkshire was replaced with something more akin to a Scandanavian vista. Furthermore, the sky was an unforgiving, sullen dark grey, as the North East promised little cheer in the way of accommodating cross country weather.
The organisers had decreed that non VIPs had to use a park and ride to get to the course, so Paul and I disappeared into a labyrinthine industrial park, managed to park the car, and duly found a bus that took us to Herrington Country park. The ambient temperature was around 2 degrees, and as we trudged into the park, the concrete pathway gave way to a grassless, brown surface with a scattering of remaining snow.
We found a way to a very welcome tent to escape the mud and cold where we met Paul K and Sharon. It was a few minutes before the start of the ladies race, and as the Striders only lady representative, Sharon was putting on a very brave face for the ordeal to come. In the tent were a couple of junior runners who looked as they had been dipped up their waist in the thickest mud imaginable. One was complaining bitterly as his mother tried to remove his socks, as his feet had long since lost the ability to send any signals to his brain other than pain.
Sharon duly, and bravely, made her way to the ladies start and we wished her luck. Shortly after, Steve W arrived, and after changing, we counted down the minutes to the men’s start.
The notion of a ‘warm up’ was rather fanciful as there was no suitable terrain with which to do this. Armed with 15mm spikes as our only defence, we exited our tent with ten minutes to go, and within 2 minutes my feet were completely frozen.
The start of the National is a truly inspiring site for a spectator as 1000+ runners are lined up in a cavalry charge in 200 plus team pens. At the allotted time the gun sounded, and we were off. My ambitions were probably different to the other lads and can be summed up simply – survival. It became apparent as I ran across the opening 400 metres of sticky, snow covered field that it was going to be, for me at least a very long 12 kilometres indeed.
The course funnelled sharply at the end of the large field and we entered the serious mud which was to continue, more or less unabated, for the next 56 minutes. Now I am no cross country runner so navigating through thick goo is an art lost on me, but even for guys more accomplished, it must have been a tough day at the office. I waded and squelched my way round what seemed like an endless opening lap of 4K with the only consolation being that I only had 2 laps remaining. I plodded on gamefully, sometimes passing runners and often getting passed in return, most of us at this position in the field cocooned in our private misery.
Lap 2 came and went slowly, and I was into my last lap. There were three climbs per lap, 2 smallish ascents and a final drag made far harder in the absence of any sort of firm ground to gain purchase on. Having reached the top, one was then confronted with a steep descent in a surface that was a living organism of capricious, deep, gelatinous brown liquid. Some runners managed to charge quickly through this whilst keeping their balance but I only had dignity left, and discretion was certainly the better part of valour as I made this decent in the most circumspect of fashions.
Eventually we neared the end of lap three and we were directed up a hill toward the finish. The notion of finishing cheered my aching limbs and tortured breathing to the extent that I found 10 yards of vigour, but upon reaching the top of the hill I saw that the finish was still 200 or so yards away, said distance protected by a sea of mud. There was to be no sprint finish to glory for me I reflected.
The sight of mid field, exhausted runners picking their way through this final torment most have been a source of amusement or sympathy for the onlooking spectators, and with huge relief I finally crossed the finishing line.
The three other male striders had long since finished and were trying to remove excess mud back in the tent. Sharon was also there, having also survived the experience. Steve did concede that the course was a ‘little too muddy’ which tells you how bad it was!
I thought the other Striders all had very good runs and the results are below:
Paul K – 332 – 52.12
Steve W – 366 – 52.49
Paul F – 395 - 53.23
Kevin M – 583 – 57.39
Sharon T – 246 – 42.34
I cannot say I am anxious to repeat the experience but the National really is the holy grail for all you cross country aficionados – so why not give it a go next year!
Race Report - High Cup Nick Fell Race – report from Steve Dixon
23 February - 15Km and 460 metres of climbing
Dufton in the Eden Valley, a staging post on the Pennine Way, was the start of this race.
There were plans for a number of Striders to travel across to race along what many consider to be one of the most dramatic stretches of the Pennine Way. Social commitments, illness and indecision meant that the number was whittled down to two - me and Mark Woodhead.
Never having walked or run in this area I was keen to set off early and have a jog around Dufton Pike as a bit of an exploration and warm up. Mark planned to drive up later in time for the race.
I never did see Mark that day.
The race was held and the winner Ricky Lightfoot of Ellenborough finished in 1hour and 2 minutes. I finished almost half an hour later in about 90th position , not quite making the top half of the field (this is the modest goal I set myself and not managed it for a long time). I've not seen any results for this race yet.
The race itself can be highly recommended. It is flagged for a lot of the route and the climb up to the Nick is steep and rocky and easy scrambling was needed. The reward was and exhilarating run along the rim of the Cup in Arctic like conditions. Then came a very fast descent along a flagged route back to the finish on the village green.
And Mark? All became clear later when he owned up to relying upon his sat nav to get to Dufton. It seems he ended up in a small village called Garrigill, way to the north, with the sat nav still insisting that he follows the unmade road called the Pennine Way that in theory should end up in Dufton. Mark insists that he can see his car in some of the race photos taken at the top of High Cup Nick: https://plus.google.com/photos/112660024446587293959/albums/5848650979181279297?banner=pwa
Message from Andy Stoneman
For all you Strava addicts out there, I’ve set a club page up for ‘Valley Striders AC’. Sign up, join in and have a go and setting a PR on the segments on our favourite training routes....feel free to add your own. Its a great way of adding some motivation to try even harder on some of those familiar/challenging/boring sections.