Subject:                          V S Update - YV thanks, Major dates, July dates, wins for Gwil, Franco & Chloe, YV results, Reports from Wales and Turkey, Job wanted


Sent: 28 June 2013 16:10

Yorkshire Vets Race – Thank You


Thank you to the 5 who helped set up the route (and then ran) and thank you to the 24 who marshalled.


Special thanks to those who did an extra long shift

·         Paul, Chris, Ged and Iain who directed the car parking and then marshalled

·         Geoff, Sylvia, Ian, Mick and Holly who set up the route and marshalled

·         John, Pat, Peter and Joyce who helped with food and drink


Major Dates


Sunday 30 June – Place your lasagne order (see 2 July)


Saturday 6 July – Valley Striders shadowing Leeds parkrun (see 3 August)


Tuesday 23 July – Striders junior 1 mile race and club handicap 5.2 miles trail route


Saturday 3 August – Striders will be organising the parkrun on Woodhouse Moor.  Volunteers required for course set-up and dismantling (will be able to run), and for marshalling and race admin.  If you’d like to help, please email .  We want the admin team to go and shadow the “normal” race organisers on Saturday 6 July, so if you’d like to part of the admin team -  (timekeeping, funnel marshal, bar-code handing-out, bar-code reading etc), please volunteer next week


Sunday 1 September – Leeds Country Way, 64 miles, teams of 12, run in pairs, so each pair run approx. 11 miles.  For the last 3 years we’ve had 5 teams (the only club ever to have had 5 teams) and would like 5 teams again this year,  Please email if you’d like to run.  The first 24 names are guaranteed to get a run (irrespective of speed) providing that we have 5 total.


Sunday 27 October - Harewood Trail Races organised by Valley Striders – save the date


Dates for July


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


Sun 30 Jun - Humber Bridge Half  [V S Grand Prix]


Tue 2 Jul – Juniors and beginners/improvers sessions at Leos at 6pm, Intermediates and experience runners at Leos at 7pm (NB no fell session) …


… followed by lasagne, two sittings (7:15pm and 8:30pm) book by Sunday 30 June to (you’ll get an acknowledgement) saying whether you want carnivore or veggie lasagne, whether you want apple pie, and whether you want the 7:15 or 8:30 sitting. 


Tue 2 Jul  - "Jane Tomlinson" 5k at Methley also in Leeds Race Series


Wed 3 Jul - "John Lunn" Hyde Park 5k  Leeds Race Series


Sun 7 Jul - Eccup 10 [VSGP] [VSJuniorGP]  also in Leeds Race Series and Leeds Junior Race Series


Tue 9 Jul – Juniors and beginners/improvers at GSAL at 6pm, intermediates and experienced runners at Leeds Met at 7pm


Wed 10 Jul - Hyde Park Summer mile [VSGP] also in Leeds Race Series


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


Sun 14 Jul - Salomon City Trail runs in Roundhay Park 


Sun 14 Jul - Burton Leonard 10k


Tue 16 Jul – sessions to include fell session, details to follow


Sat 20 Jul - Ingleborough [V S Fell Championship]


Sun 21 Jul - Pudsey 10k [VSGP] [VSJGP] also in Leeds Race Series and Leeds Junior Race Series


Sun 21 Jul - Harrogate 10k 


Tue 23 Jul - Summer Handicap  [VSGP] [VSJGP]


Note that the Grand Prix is up to date on the website and I’ll be uploading the Junior GP (from Richard) and the Fell Championship (from Steve) over the weekend.


London Marathon Good For Age Entries


Ian Sanderson emailed to say that London Marathon  2014 'Good for Age' entries are now open, until July 8th. Not a ballot, guaranteed entry provided you have a qualifying time from 2012 or this year. Short marathons don't count, Ian says he’s using his 2012 result before it expires.


Striders Autumn Marathon – message from Tom


Eurostar tickets from London to Brussels are now on sale for the weekend of the Brussels marathon.  There's a few of who are going on the 10.58 from London on the Saturday and returning on the 14.56 from Brussels on the Tuesday.


Parkruns Saturday 22 June


Gwil Thomas won at Tilgate (Sussex).  Ian Sanderson was 2nd at Sheringham (Norfolk), but a moral victory as he was beaten by “Unknown Athlete”.


There were 27 Striders at Roundhay and 6 at Hyde Park. John Shanks and Sarah Harper were at Carlisle (Unknown Athlete won there as well, he/she gets around) and Ruth Warren was at Harrogate.


Chris Leggatt 5k


Congratulations to 1st man Franco Pardini and 1st lady Chloe Hudson.  A couple of pictures on VS website.


Yorks Vets Race at Alwoodley



    23  Steve Wilkins      32:58    M35      

    27  Andy Stoneman      33:22    M35      

    30  Dan Murray         33:32    M35      

    34  Rob Bumstead       34:27    M40      

    37  Roy Huggins        35:10    M50      

    53  Rob Marsh          36:20    M40      

    56  Andrew Settle      36:57    M45      

    70  John Wallace       38:40    M45      

    72  Alistair Smyth     38:47    M55      

   107  John Bucktrout     45:24    M55      

   126  Leroy Sutton       65:06    M55      

        Rob Hamilton       dnf               


        Maureen Coffey     dnf               


        Chloe Hudson       42:07    (under 35)    


VS Men were placed 4th in men’s category “first four counters”


VS Men were placed 3rd in men’s category “all to count”


Thanks from Vets Race Organiser, Tim Cock


In his speech at the prize presentation Tim said “another excellent race organised by Valley Striders, well marked and well marshalled on every turn”


An apology from a mountain biker


Dear Bob, thanks for your email and explanation. I was out last night on my mountain bike and was aiming to set a PB. I always give way to other uses, so when first encountered your group, I stopped of course to let people past thinking I could make up the time. At the next section I had to do the same again and then the third time it was obvious that my chances of a PB were numbered. I'm sure you can imagine that sinking feeling. 


Fair enough if it was your annual organised event and it was with permission. Could be an idea to put signs up at the major entrances to the woods to say an event in progress. 


I'm afraid I tore a strip off one of your marshals - so please could you pass on my apologies to her? Pure frustration on my part as the PB alluded me once again.


Race Report - Welsh 1000m Peaks Race 2013 – from Mick Loftus


Boiling hot and dripping with sweat I climbed up the final steps onto the main Snowdon ridge from the PYG Track, immediately the cold wind hit me and I felt chilled to the bone in seconds.  Although I was only a few minutes away from the end of the 2013 Welsh 1000m Peaks Race, I took no chances and put on a hat, gloves and kag.  Then I turned away from the crowds making for the summit of Snowdon to climb the subsidiary peak Garnedd Ugain.  After 'dibbing' at the control I retraced my steps back to the main path and climbed up to the finish just by the Snowdon summit cairn.  I had made it in 5:03, well up on my 2011 time. 


The race had started in a field next to the sea 22 miles away. Then we had followed a route taking in Carnedd Llewelyn, Carnedd Dafydd, Glyder Fawr, Garnedd Ugain and Snowdon.  In total this had included 8000ft of ascent, about double the Three Peaks total.  It is a spectacular and uncompromising route, especially above the Ogwen valley.  This section includes the Y Gribin ridge, which is an exposed rocky scramble. 


For those who have done the Yorkshire Three Peaks Fell Race, it is similar because there are essentially three large climbs but where the Three Peaks are linked with sections of flattish ground, this Welsh monster only has about 500m of flat running along the A5.  It is a little shorter than the Three Peaks but is likely to take at least an hour more to complete it.


The race is unusual for a number of reasons; it is a point to point route with a bus to the start, it starts at sea level and finishes at the highest point in England and Wales, and from the finish there is still a 5 mile 3000 ft descent to the car park. 


The organisation of the race is excellent and it is definitely one to attempt if you have done a few 'Long A' fell races already. 

    1 Colin Donelly     Lochaber AC         04:04:36

   23 Mick Loftus       Valley Striders AC  05:02:49


Scafell Pike Marathon


Results from Ross

   49 Ross Bibby          06:11:10                    

  121 Amanda Galsworthy   08:26:27      

  132 finished


European Triathlon Championships in Alanya, Turkey – from Howard Jeffrey

Here is a short report about my participation in the Olympic distance
European Triathlon Championships in Alanya, Turkey last week.


My goal was not to finish last in my age category mv55-59 and I was 15/22.

swim 0:33:35 (17) transition 0:00:59 bike 1:11:10 (18) transition 0:00:58 run 0:46:15 (11) total 2:31:57 – results here (category winner, Alfi Carez (Sui) in total 2:02:19).


I performed to the best of my ability on the day – warm sea swim, flat (part cobbled) bike laps and undulating run in 80 degree heat.


Thoroughly enjoyed the experience and the resort and weather were fantastic as were the Turks who were very welcoming, if not particularly triathlon savvy.


So many Brits out there it seemed like a domestic competition at times and a sackful of medals was brought home to GB, including gold in the junior mixed relay, silver, female std elite and bronze male std elite inter alia.


Three days of sprints and olympic distances including paratriathlon – awesome! Most enduring memory will be the senior mixed relay members sprinting down a 60 meter promontory and diving into the sea to start each of their mini triathlon legs.


Next major competition is the World sprint Duathlon championships in Ottawa in August and I have made the cut for the 2014 sprint distance triathlon in the next age group up (60-64). Word is it will be in Kitzbühel, Austria which might make the Keswick half seem flat!


Job Wanted – from Eddy Robinson


Hi Bob, 

        Hope you're well, I was just wondering if you'd be able to put this on a Valley Striders email. I'm back from uni for the next 3 or 4 months and basically I really need some money, so if anyone knows anyone who can offer me any kind of job I'd be really grateful. Literally any kind of job even if it’s just something small for a few days, that'd be better than wallowing in my overdraft for the whole summer. Hopefully I'll be running on a Tuesday at least a few times while I'm home so I guess I'll see you then. 

Cheers, Eddy 

Edward Robinson