Subject:                                     V S Weekly update - various dates to note including club handicap and beer fest, Meanwood Trail thanks and results, London Marathon results


Sent: 26 April 2013 13:35


Lots of events in this week’s edition so I’ll put them in date order


Jon Parker world tour starting Saturday 27 April


Jon emailed - I am planning to take a year out from work to try and fulfil a long held ambition to cycle around the world. I am setting off from Roundhay on Monday 29 April and pedalling east to Hull, Zeebrugge, Europe and hopefully beyond!


When I’m away I can be reached at I’ll also be keeping a blog if anyone is interested in following my progress: (not much content there yet, but watch this space!).


I’m having a few send off drinks on Sat 27 April 8pm in the Adelphi. Everyone welcome and would be great to see people before I leave.


Club Junior Mile, Club Handicap and Food – Tuesday 30 April


Club junior one mile race by Eccup Reservoir assemble 6:15pm, start time 6:20pm


Club handicap 5 miles assemble 6:45pm, slowest runner off first at 6:55pm


Start location 


Followed by lasagne at 8:30pm (note only one sitting).  Please book lasagne at by 10pm Sunday saying whether you want carnivore or veggie lasagne and whether you want apple pie


Leos Beer Fest – Friday 3 & Saturday 4 May


Leos have organised a beer festival for Friday 3rd (from 7pm) and Saturday 4th May (from 12 noon) to raise money for the club. Venue – Leos.


There will be over 30 beers and 6 ciders featuring local brewers such as Elland, Ridgeside, Salamander, Collingham, Ilkley and Kirkstall. There will be live music each day in the marquees which will be erected out the front of the club. Hot food will be available and the entrance fee is £5 which includes a glass and your first drink.


We’d like everyone to try and support this event for the good of the club and if you can come along then please do. The general consensus from those who have said they will be going is that most Valley Striders will be going on the Friday whilst the beer is nice and fresh! So, dust your drinking goggles off and we’ll see you there!


Any questions, please email Dan at


NB Striders are sponsoring a barrel of guest beer on the night, possibly one of Paul Briscoe’s brews.


The Fox Trail Race – Sunday 5 May – email from Abbey Runners


Abbey Runners are organising a trail race over the May Day Bank Holiday at The Fox Inn, Thorner, LS14 3DX from 11am on Sunday 5th May. We would be grateful for your support from your club at what will be a low key and relaxed event.


The race will be a time trial that can be run individually or in pairs. Entries will be taken on the day from 11am but runners can arrive and start at anytime before 12.30pm. The run is approx 6.3 miles and mainly off-road on public footpaths and tracks. Runners will be guided around the route by written route instructions with the added incentive of a voucher for a drink at the pub afterwards. Entry £5 with £2 voucher given back.


It's a slightly different format to the usual trail race but we think that your runners will like it. It has proved popular elsewhere in England (one of our new members has brought the idea up from Essex with him!) so we hope it will be successful here too. We're inviting other local running clubs to come and try this event and bring some added competition. As this is the first race of this type we would like to target committee members and runners in your club that like to run off-road who could provide us with feedback and spread the word. There is plenty of scope for more races to be organised so please help us to make the first race a success.


Follow this link for more details:


There is a registration link on the site, please note this is really just for us to gauge likely numbers and wouldn't prevent extras on the day!


We hope that some of your club members will be able to support the event.


Regards,  Alison (Club Secretary - Abbey Runners)


Training – Tuesday 7 May – Fell Training


Simon Vallance emailed - the next fell session will be a recce of the Jack Bloor route (the race is the following Tuesday 14th).


Bob says - we’re not sure whether it will be a pie and peas evening – if so we’ll need three sittings to include the late arrivals back from Ilkley – see next week’s V S Update or watch the website.


Simon also said “Jack Bloor may also be something that interests our junior section as there are various age group races before the main event at 7.15”  Parents – if you want any information, take a look at   and/or email Simon on .


Leeds Half Marathon – Sunday 12 May


There are some number exchanges appearing on the VS facebook and/or VS forum pages.  The official Valley Striders policy is that we do not approve of any number changes and if you do use someone else’s number please consider the implications


Training – Tuesday 14 May – Track for everyone (except Jack Bloor racers)


Following a very successful track session at Grammar School At Leeds last Tuesday with over 25 juniors and over 15 adults, we’ve now booked the track at GSAL for the second Tuesday in the month through to September.  Thanks to Richard Irvine for setting this up and to Andy & Richard for leading the session.


So second Tuesday in the month will be beginners, improvers and juniors 6pm at GSAL, intermediates and experienced runners 7pm at Leeds Met.


Bradford Millennium Way Relay – Sunday 16 June


We are now looking for teams for the Bradford Millennium Way Relay on Sunday 16 June.  This is teams of 5 pairs, total 50 miles, all within Bradford City Council boundary, but nowhere near Bradford, details at .  Route starts and finishes at Bingley Rugby Club, and goes via Marsh (near Oxenhope), Laycock, Silsden and Ilkley.


We won the mixed team prize from 2002 to 2005 and the vets in 2006, it would be good to get back in the prize list again.  And if we could get 3 teams (30 runners) this year it would be a sound base of knowledge for next year, so the first 10 who apply get a guaranteed place.


Please email if you’d like to run.


Meanwood Valley Trail


We had a record 115 finishers in the junior races (may need to consider splitting into two separate races next year).  There were 258 finishers in the senior race, which was especially good considering there were other races at Hawksworth and Spofforth the same day.


Thanks to around 65 of you who came and helped on the day (particular mention to 5 of the Schofield family and 3 of the Wilkins family) and another 10 who helped with various pre-race tasks.


MVT Results


1 mile (school years 3 to 6) (and one or two a bit younger)


  Pos                              Age cat  Pos in cat

    2  Joe Sherman          6.42     BSY5-6      2

   12  Sam Hollis           7.41     BSY3-4      3

   13  Callum Chambers      7.41     BSY5-6     10

   44  Ben Hollis           9.14     BSY5-6     16

   48  Sarah Brady          9.26     GSY3-4      7

   55  Sam Chambers         9.39     BSY3-4     18

   58  Ella Hollis         10.21     GSY3-4     10

   61  Amy Parton          11.00     GSY5-6     14

   62  Emily Stoneman      11.13     GSY3-4     12

   64  finished


Meanwood Valley Trail 2 mile (school years 7 to 12)


    9  Ronan Loftus        12.33     BSY11-12    4

   24  Callum Parton       13.25     BSY9-10     6

   30  Aileen Loftus       13.33     GSY9-10     3

   40  Elliott Hudson      15.14     BSY9-10     8

   51  finished


Meanwood Valley Senior Race


   44  Sarah Graham        53.17   2nd W (Morpeth Harriers, 2nd claim VS)

   89  Adam Parton         58.45

  171  Esther Hollis       67.33 


Adam and Esther were running as other members of their family were marshalling.


London Marathon Results


                                       GP Pts    

     42  Andy May              2:32:36   100

    719  Dave Penman           2:53:21    98

    825  Dusan Svoboda         2:54:50    96

   1921  Myra Jones            3:07:09    95  109th W

   2339  Kevin McMullan        3:11:41    93

   3367  Joel Giddings         3:20:25    91

   3483  Richard Irvine        3:21:38    89

   4726  John Batchelor        3:30:00    87

   6245  Nick Barnes           3:39:29    85

   6245  Sue Sunderland        3:39:29    85

   7733  John Shanks           3:46:51    82

  11400  John Wallace          4:02:02    80

also non-counting

    303  Rob De'Giovanni       2:44:17


Andy took 2 minutes and 1 second off his PB.  He also now holds the fastest marathon time by a Strider this millennium, overtaking Tracey’s 2:33:13 at the Commonwealth Games at Melbourne in 2006.


NB It’s not a typo, Nick and Sue ran identical times to the second!


Race reports welcome for the next edition!


Runners wanted for Martin House


I am writing to see whether you can help us, we are experiencing a ‘slow period’ here at the hospice and are struggling to fill a few of our events, mainly running events! We were hoping you may be able to help us publicise these to your members/clients. These events are –


Hull 10k – 19th May

Great North Swim – 15/16th June

Leeds 10k – 14th July

York 10k – 4th August

Great North Run – 15th September


Register online at -


If you have any questions about any of the above events or want to discuss how you can support us further then please call me on 01937 844569.