Subject:                                     V S Weekly Update - dates incl club handicap and barbecue, places available LCW, results incl Eccup 10, Liz Wood ironman triathlon report


Sent: 12 July 2013 09:25

Headline Dates 


Sat 13 July – 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.  12noon to 5pm


Tue 16 July – sessions to include fell session, details below


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



·         Junior 1 mile race arrive 6:15pm for 6:25pm start (adults may run 1 mile if they want)

·         Club Handicap 5.2 Miles Trail (good paths) arrive 6:45pm for 7pm prompt start Route map

·         Start for both is by Reservoir at bottom of hill from Alwoodley Lane Click for map where to meet

·         followed by BARBECUE at 8:30pm - book at before 10pm Sunday 21st, menu is 1 piece of steak, 2 sausages, 1 piece of chicken, 1 burger, salad, coleslaw, new potatoes or wedges, veggie option also available, cost is £7.  Please note there will be no extra portions, you must book by the Sunday!


Sat 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


Sun 1 September – Leeds Country Way, 64 miles, teams of 12, run in pairs, so each pair runs 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.  We already have 31 names so now need 29 more plus reserves.  The 4th and 5th teams are less competitive and we still have first come first served places available, so if you can run 10 miles, whatever the pace, please please sign up!


Fell session – Tuesday 16 July (other sessions are available as usual)


Dear Fell Runners,


Next week will be the postponed fell session to take place at Danefield Forest Park, reached from the East Chevin Road (at the top of the steep road down in to Otley).


We will be meeting at 7pm prompt in the second car park (driving from the Bramhope end) which we would run past the corner of on the Chevin Chase. There will be a briefing for 15 minutes and then teams of two or individuals will commence running from 7.15 onwards.


Can all runners please bring a map which can be found using the following website link:


A compass, pen and fell or trail shoes should also be brought and some may consider leg cover to protect you when running in the rough.


Those with little orienteering experience are advised to pair up with someone who has.


Following the session, we will be going in to Otley for fish and chips and a pint, the traditional fell runners way of recuperating! Results will be announced in the pub.


Can people please respond to give us an idea of numbers. Look forward to seeing you all next week.




Dan and Simon




3k track race at Leeds Met


    5 Dan Fisher         9:18.9

    8 Gwil Thomas        9:45.1

   20 Kevin McMullan    10:37


Jane Tomlinson Canal Run at Methley


No, not 10,000 running 10k on the streets of Leeds, but 253 running approx. 5k on the canal towpath near Methley. This race is organised by Rothwell Harriers which was Jane’s running club, and the results show Jane’s husband Mike in 147th place with 25:10.


    6 Franco Pardini     17:25

   83 Louise Wardman     21:54

  161 Stephen Diamond    25:55


In the junior race:


   38 Tally Diamond      11:32

  100 Jordan Diamond     16:25


John Lunn 5k on Woodhouse Moor


For many years there was a series of three 5k races on Woodhouse Moor, the first Wednesday in July, August and September.  The course was borrowed by the Leeds parkrun, consequently numbers reduced, and the series was reduced to a single race in memory of John Lunn, Leeds City stalwart, who died 2 years ago.  The race has remained popular with a few clubs including Leeds City and Valley Striders, I believe about 10 Striders ran, if any of you have seen the results, let me know!


Eccup 10


     8 Gwil Thomas            0:59:41  100

    20 Franco Pardini         1:02:10   99

    21 Paul Kaiser            1:02:13   98

    22 Steve Webb             1:02:32   97

    40 Andy May               1:05:17   96

    42 Ian Sanderson          1:05:32   95

    45 Jon Pownall            1:05:41   94

    50 John Shanks            1:06:19   93

    53 Dave Penman            1:06:27   92

    63 Rav Panesar            1:06:59   91

    69 Steve Wilkins          1:07:39   90

    78 Joel Giddings          1:08:29   89

    92 Holly Williams         1:09:55   88

    96 Myra Jones             1:10:04   87

   151 Ian Rosser             1:14:06   86

   152 Adam Parton            1:14:10   85

   170 Rob Marsh              1:15:09   84

   175 Roy Huggins            1:15:26   83

   176 Sharon Kaiser          1:15:28   82

   177 Richard Irvine         1:15:30   81

   219 Simon Barker           1:18:13   80

   230 Iain Currie            1:18:56   79

   232 Sue Sunderland         1:19:02   78

   268 Sean Fitzgerald        1:20:55   77

  286 Alex Watson-Usher      1:21:39   76

   329 Jason Watson-Usher     1:23:39   75

   333 Rachael Nevins         1:23:45   74

   388 Pascale Fotherby       1:26:24   73

   396 Sarah Harper           1:27:05   72

   475 Gemma Midwood          1:31:46   71

   514 Bob Wilkes             1:35:34   70

   519 Kay Duggleby           1:36:06   69

   560 Josie Rothera          1:38:38   68

   564 Sarah Howell           1:38:49   67

   724 John Whitehead         1:55:20   66

   741 Meryll Cripps          2:03:29   65

Second claim

    77 Tahir Akhtar           1:08:29   89  Sparkhill H

   183 Howard Jeffrey         1:15:43   80  Otley AC


NB Waiting for the junior results


Hyde Park Mile


Seen the pictures but waiting for the results


Race Report - Outlaw Triathlon – from Liz Wood


Here's my race report from Sunday's Outlaw!


Things to do before you're 40:

1) get a tattoo (done)

2) do an ironman-distance triathlon


Not too much of a cliché, then. So, back in September, I entered the Outlaw Triathlon. Highly rated for it's organisation, value for money and fantastic atmosphere, it takes place in and around Holme Pierrepont National Watersports centre in Nottingham. In December, the 30 week training plan began.


Having largely neglected my VS sessions in favour of working on my decidedly weaker disciplines of swim & bike, my main contact with any Striders since then has been whenever I was in the Edinburgh bike shop, spending yet more on bits & bobs I hadn't realised I needed. The snow eventually melted away, the swimming, cycling & running transferred to outdoors, the distances increased and before I knew it I was tapering down ready for the big day.


We were greeted at 4:30am on Sunday 7th July with a sunrise so beautiful, it stopped every athlete in their tracks as they checked their bikes & struggled into wetsuits. There was not a breath of wind, the lake so still, reflecting this big orange sun. We had a feeling that we may not be appreciating the beauty of that big sun later on in the day. With a few minutes to go, a sound like a little gunshot brought an 'oooh' as we all wondered whose tyre had just exploded in the heat & prayed it wasn't ours.


We slid into the lake. I positioned myself at the back of the fast pen, having decided against following Richard Adcock's advice to get myself right in the middle of the action for a good old scrap. However, the first 200m ended up being a bit of a bun fight as the swimmers from the slower pens swam over to the side of the lake earlier than they needed to, resulting in a bit of a squash. By 500m we had spread out a bit, and the chances of a kick in the face dramatically reduced. Once I got into a rhythm, the rest of the swim went surprisingly quickly. It's quite calming that it's almost completely silent during the swim. As I made my way to the finish, the faster swimmers were already whizzing round the lake on the start of the bike leg.


Onto the bike, a beautiful course through the countryside, largely flat. Some great support along the way, from villagers, marshals, motorists, local cycle groups and other competitors. Lots of electrolyte drinks to keep us going.


2:30 pm, time for the marathon! Two short laps around the lake, then two longer laps out & back along the Trent & around the lake again. On completing each lap you collected a wristband. Not a breath of wind and it felt like about 30 degrees. Thankfully, it got a little easier after the first 6 miles and I shuffled between the fantastically well stocked aid stations. The out & back sections on the narrow towpath meant for lots of encouragement between the runners, or sometimes just a weary glance of acknowledgement. It really felt like we were all in it together.


Finally, I had 4 wristbands on & was counting down my final miles. Such a relief to cross the line, my final time was 13:34:04.


Thank you so much to everyone who sent messages of support & sponsorship. It really helped to get me through the bad patches. If anyone else would still like to donate, it's Thanks to your generosity, I've raised over £1000 for Cancer Research so far.


Many thanks & hope to join you for training again soon, Liz


Bob says, here are Liz’s stats from the Outlaw Triathlon website – incredible to run a 4:48 marathon on such a hot day (after 100+miles cycling), not surprising she picked up 24 positions on the run


                        Time    Position(W)

Swim        2.4 miles   1:23:30   63

Transition                 7:20   61

Bike        112 miles   7:06:53   79

Transition                 7:24   75

Run        26.2 miles   4:48:57   51

Total                  13:34:04   51