Subject:                          V S Weekly Update - Dates for June/July, Help needed for Vets Race, Results from parkruns and elsewhere


Sent: 10 June 2013 00:34

Dates for June and early July


Tue 11 June – track sessions, 6pm at GSAL and 7pm at Leeds Met – go to home page for links to maps and directions for both of these.


Wed 12 June – Otley 10 mile race – entries online or on the night, see for details.  Dan Murray emailed to say “Following a trip to the fish and chip shop after the Otley Fell Race this week, the owner of the Maypole Fish and Chip shop on Cross Green (the road the clubhouse for the race is on) has offered a free drink to anyone buying food who also has a race number. I know we don’t need an excuse to buy fish and chips but if anyone was wavering…”


Sat 15 June - Buckden Pike [VS Fell Championship]


Sun 16 June – Bradford Millennium Way Relay – we have 2 teams but NO reserves please email if you are willing to be on stand by.


Tue 18 June – the usual 4 sessions followed by pie and peas sessions followed by pie and peas at 7:15pm and 8:30pm - book at  before 10pm Sunday 2nd, choosing meat or veggie pie, mushy peas or baked beans, and whether you want apple pie  also choosing 7:15pm or 8:30pm.  Also for those who are willing to lead a small team of marshals for the Vets Race on 25 June, a recce of the route starting at 7pm


Sun 23 June – Chris Leggatt memorial 5k from Pool-in-Wharefdale – information from Mike Crosfill. 


·         Chris was a member of Valley Striders for some years since its early days in the early 1980’s and also organised the Pool fell race and Pool 10k race in the 1990’s.  He died aged 65 of an abdominal aneurism (bursting of the aortic artery) while refereeing a football match last September. His running career was very extensive and top quality. He was a national junior champion in his teens running for Sale Harriers and won many awards. When he moved over from Cheshire to Yorkshire (Pool) he joined Bingley Harriers and then Valley Striders when the club started. His PB for a marathon was 2 hours 25 and he helped the founder members of Valley Striders (Stuart St John and others) to grow it into a very strong and respected club.

·         The race starts at 3pm, costs £5 to enter and proceeds go to “The Circulation Foundation”.  Start from behind Pool Village hall on Arthington Lane. The race goes from the hall, over the river Wharfe bridge then loops though Castley village and back to the hall (very flat course).  The race is part of the Pool Feast gala from 1pm to 5pm.

·         Mike and Eileen Crosfill are doing the time keeping and please could you email Mike at: if you can assist with the finish funnel/marshalling or general marshalling .


Tue 25 June - Yorkshire Vets Race at Alwoodley


·         This is the 5th year that we are organising the race, and proceeds go to V S club funds and to Leos.  We need 40 Striders to help, starting 6:45pm. We only have 14 volunteers so far, please help if you can!  We also need people to help set out the route from 5pm.  I’m hoping we have “too many” marshals in which case older Striders will have the option to run (but maybe these could help on course set-up).  Please email if you can help and/or want to run.  Check for names so far.  See for a race route map.


Sat 29 June - Leeds 3k track run at Leeds Met


Sun 30 June - Humber Bridge Half [VS Grand Prix]


Tue 2 July – 5k race at Methley – organised by Rothwell Harriers, part of Leeds Race Series


Wed 3 July - The Danefield Relay – Dan Murray emailed “Teams of 3 runners required for this 3 mile relay (9 miles in total). The race will be on well defined tracks and bridle paths with some climbs and descents. Estimated lap times 20-25 minutes. Teams can be made up as men, ladies, mixed and vets so find yourselves a team and come along. It will be fun.”


Wed 3 July - "John Lunn" Hyde Park 5k race details Leeds Race Series


Sat 6 July - Le Tour in Leeds!!


Sun 7 July - Eccup 10 [VSGP] and junior races [VSJGP]  Leeds Race Series


Wed 10 July - Hyde Park Summer mile [VSGP]  Leeds Race Series


Sun 14 July - Jane Tomlinson Run For All 10k in Leeds


Sun 14 July - Salomon City Trail runs in Roundhay Park allows you to try Salomon trail shoes for free


Wed 17 July - Golden Acre Relay – Dan Murray emailed “Teams of 3 runners required for this 2.75 mile relay over an undulating course of fields and pathways around Golden Acre Park. Teams can be made up as Men, Ladies, Mixed, Vets and Juniors (aged 13-16). Entries on the night – limit of 120 teams. £10 per team. Another event which is great fun so find yourself a team and come along.”


Sat 20 July - Ingleborough [VSFC]


Sun 21 July - Pudsey 10k [VSGP] and junior races [VSJGP]  Leeds Race Series


Wharfedale Results


Half Marathon

    18th    Andy Stoneman       01:50:16      

    21st    Clive Bandy         01:51:02      

    114th   Graham Ford         02:12:37      

    136th   Ian Spence          02:19:35      

    200th   Tomas Mildorf       02:40:35      

Full Marathon

    25th    Franco Pardini      03:24:35      

    28th    Paul Smith          03:26:11      

    36th    Eirik Stangnes      03:30:26      

    37th    Kim Threadgall      03:30:51      

    47th    Alan Walsh          03:45:52      

    53rd    Richard Irvine      03:49:05      

    55th    Andrew Settle       03:50:58      

    62nd    Andreas Mayer       03:55:16      

    63rd    Ian Sanderson       03:56:33      

    67th    Martin Oddy         03:58:53      


Otley Chevin Fell Race Results


Congratulation to Holly Williams 1st lady – picture of her with the huge cup (or maybe it’s a medium sized cup close to the camera) on our website and on Facebook.  Also congrats to Mick Loftus 1st M45, and Steve Webb 1st M50.  Still waiting for complete results to appear.


Roundhay Schools 5k


Congratulations to Callum Chambers 2nd (of 200+ runners) in 21:59 (picture on VS Facebook)




Amanda Seims emailed a couple of weeks ago “I came 1st  lady in the Roundhay Parkrun on the 18th May (I'm number 34).  I have registered but didn't have access to a printer so haven't been counted which is a shame as I didn't expect to come first but it was a wet day and most striders were probably resting before the CWR on Sunday hence no faster ladies turning up!  I even wore my Valley vest too.”


Results from 1 June


Holly and Tom were in Manchester for a party on the Friday night and persuaded by their host to run at the South Manchester parkrun at Platt Fields Park about a mile away.  Holly was 1st lady (12th overall) in 18:59 and Tom just behind in 16th place in 19:18.


At Leeds Hyde Park, Gwil was 1st in a PB 16:44.


At Roundhay, Rav Panesar was 2nd in 19:25 and Julia Leventon 1st lady in 19:37.


At Falkirk …John Shanks emailed:


“Sarah and I were in Scotland at the weekend and decided to take on Falkirk Parkrun while we were there. Anyone that has ever been to Falkirk will know that it isn’t the most pleasant town in the world, and the locals tend to be as friendly as they look. I’m not sure if the Grangemouth refinery has had this effect but there’s certainly something in the water in my home district.


“In amongst all this lies the hidden gem that is Callendar Park, a lovely and well maintained natural area and a perfect setting for a morning run. The atmosphere is very friendly and the organisers do a fine job. The course begins at the front of Callendar House then it goes past the lake and takes one loop through the woods, round the golf course, up a steep gravel hill and then past the lake again to the finish. No lapping so you get a nice smooth run and the hills, especially the one at 3k pose a tough challenge, on a par with or possibly harder than Roundhay.


“There are some quick runners that take part in this, mainly because of the absence of other Parkruns in Central Scotland which is a shame really. In front of me were quick runners at both ends of the scale; Fiona Matheson (VW50-55) finishing in 18:17 and Andrew Fischbacher (JM14) 18:22.


“I’d recommend this run to anyone passing through this area, even better if you like golf as there’s a good pitch and putt course within the grounds too! Striders results 6 John Shanks 18:44, 61 Sarah Harper 23:47.”


We also had runners at Cannon Hill (B’ham), Harrogate and Huddersfield.

Garmin heart rate monitor for sale

Amanda Seims   emailed

I have a new Garmin FR60w ladies heart rate monitor watch which comes with the heart rate belt and a USB stick for wirelessly downloading training data to a computer.

The basic functions it has are:

"In the gym or on the road, FR60 tracks all your workout data, including time, heart rate, calories burned, lap times and averages and more. FR60 boasts advanced training tools, such as training alarms and Virtual Partner®, which lets you race against a virtual training partner to improve your performance"

It's not a GPS watch although you can buy an optional foot pod to go with it which will then track your speed, cadence and distance based on accelerometry (not GPS).

I entered my details into it but don't think I ever got around to using it as I have since borrowed a GPS watch from work and have been using that until I can afford my own GPS watch.

Watch specs here (mine is also lilac):

It's still in the box complete with instructions.  I'd like £40.