Subject:                          V S Weekly Update - Dates incl parkrun, Lineham Farm, club handicap; cycling kit, British record for Lou


Sent: 04 July 2013 14:49

Dates for July (and a few beyond)


Sat 6 Jul – Valley Striders will be organising the Leeds (Hyde Park / Woodhouse Moor) parkrun on 3 August and shadowing the organisers on 6 July.  We’d like a few people to go this Saturday morning to see the admin team - race director, timekeeper, tag hander-outer, bar-code reader - in action, please email Alex Watson-Usher if you’ll be going this Saturday.  NB assuming you are faster than 25 mins or so, you could probably run the race and then observe.


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

·         10 mile race – online entry via available till “Friday tea-time”, also entries on the day at £2 extra (it says on the website)

·         Junior races - will be taking entries on the day for the Eccup 1 & 2 Mile Junior Races on Sunday (in the main hall at Adel Sports & Social Club, from 8.15 – 9.15am) (from Mark Hetherington) – note also that year 3 are able to enter


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 on Woodhouse Moor [VSGP] also in Leeds Race Series  My information is that this is a flat course i.e. it only uses the top half of the park nearest the University.


Sat 13 Jul – Lineham Farm Open Day and 20th Anniversary Celebration – FREE admission – face painting, BBQ & bar, bouncy castle and fairground games, tombola, arts & crafts, animals (of course) and more.  Valley Striders have raised over £30,000 (yes, the comma is in the right place) for Lineham Farm over the past 10 years.  Please visit our favourite charity.


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


Sun 14 Jul - Salomon City Trail runs in Roundhay Park 


Tue 16 Jul – sessions to include fell session, details to follow (see website next week)


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 – Striders Junior 1 miles race and Striders Summer Handicap (approx. 5.2 miles trail) [VSGP] [VSJGP] – followed by food – more details on website soon

·         Note that the Junior GP table is now up to date on the website


Sat 3 Aug – 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


Sun 1 Sep – 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.


Sun 27 Oct - Harewood Trail Races organised by Valley Striders – save the date.  Also help needed to hand out entry forms at local races please email


Cycling kit – message from Andy Stoneman


A few folk have asked about kit down at Leo’s recently

Due to demand we’ll be making another kit order. Please take a look at the kit list on the website  and let me know if you’d like to order anything. The order deadline is Tuesday 23rd July.

Popular items are the arm warmers and full back wind gilets which are also useful for running, the bibshorts, short sleeve tops and the lightweight training jacket.

Please also note we can order junior cycling tops with a short zip at £35.

Place your orders at 

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Fell Championships – from Steve Webb


League updated to include Buckden Pike, which was a rather crowded affair as it was an English Champs counter.  The pinch points en route to the fell brought the field to a standstill, and there was a very early faller due to a speed bump in the car park! 


Following scrutiny of the scores I've had to treat one of Mick's runs as a non-counter: he still needs to bag a Medium.  This leaves Ross Bibby as a clear leader at present with a full complement of 5 scoring races.


Humber Bridge Half


                         Chip time  Gun time

    39  Gary Mann        01:28:33   01:28:39

    50  Joel Giddings    01:29:50   01:29:57

  156  Eric Green       01:37:01   01:37:06

  344  Sue Sunderland   01:44:12   01:44:20

  470  Hayley Nancolas  01:47:12   01:48:24

 1006  Sarah Howell     02:02:16   02:03:39


The GP table will be updated on the website after Eccup 10 and Hyde Park mile next week


Lou Gilchrist – British 10k record holder


Congratulations to Lou Gilchrist who just over a week ago knocked nearly 4 minutes off the British 10k record for the W80 category – she ran 61:37 at the Oldham 10k


Free items – from Amanda Seims


FREE Mizuno Wave Harrier 3 fell shoes in size 7. Washed and clean and good for someone wanting to try fell running. Great on steep grassy/muddy terrain.


FREE Bottle holder belt for running with phone/gel pocket. It's not very adjustable at the waist as I cut the straps so it would fit me better - I am a 27inch waist but it will still extend to 30 inch.

You just need to be able to collect from Moortown/Chapel Allerton.  Email Amanda