Subject:                          V S Update - training on Tuesday, WYXC, Peco XC, London, Harewood, Results (wins for men at Horsforth and Holly in Brussels), Steeplechase report


Sent: 07 October 2013 00:17

Training on Tuesday


Reminder that second Tuesday of the month is the track sessions, 6pm at GSAL or 7pm at Leeds Met.


Note that this will be the final session of the year at GSAL, for the rest of the winter we will be back at Leos.


West Yorks XC


We have 23 men, 8 women and 7 juniors registered for the WYXC League.  See for list of entries


Dates are

   Sun 20 October at Wakefield

   Sat 2 November at Pudsey

   Sun 17 November at Leeds

   Sun 1 December at Guiseley


The Wakefield venue is likely to be Thornes Park, here’s a map  .  From what I remember the first race (Under-11’s) is usually at 11:45, Under-13’s are 12-ish, Under-15’s about 12:30, women’s race at 13:30 and men’s at 14:15.  Details will appear at


Note that you can still enter the series but will be ineligible for race 1.  Email


Peco XC


Dates are as follows.   


   Sun 24 November  Temple Newsam       Kippax Harriers   / St Theresas           

   Sun 15 December  Golden Acre Park    Abbey Runners     / Ilkley Harriers       

   Sun 12 January   Middleton Park      Rothwell Harriers / Ackworth RR           

   Sun 16 February  Danefield (Chevin)  Valley Striders   / Airecentre Pacers     

   Sun 2  March     Northcliffe Park    Saltaire Striders / Eccleshill RR


Note that, for the first time, adults need to register in advance, and will be allocated a number to wear for all 5 races.  This should mean that the registration queues on the day will be quicker as they’ll have your details including age category, you just need to pay.


If you want to register for Peco XC, please email .  You won’t get a confirmation but a list will be updated at


London Marathon Entries


Just a reminder that if you have a rejection slip for London (or even if you haven’t), email for a chance of one of the 4 VS places.  Check your request has been received at


You’ll notice that this web page also shows Xmas meal bookings.  This year’s Xmas do is on Friday 13th December, details to follow, but save the date now.


Harewood 2, 5 and 10


Still needing marshals, with 3 weeks ago it would make my life easier if I knew that we had everyone we needed and could allocate places.  Please email,uk if you are free – there will be a list at


Regarding specialist positions, I’m looking for

·         some car parkers (to arrive early)

·         some to hand out race numbers to those that have entered online

·         sweepers for the 2 mile, 5 mile and 10 mile


Other upcoming races


The Guy Fawkes 10 is nearly full, if you are considering entering suggest you do so on receipt of this email


Email from Ripon Runenrs - Your members may be interested in the Jolly Holly Jog 10k on Sunday 29 December. Full details can be found on our website at:


However Sunday 29 December is the date set for the Valley Striders winter junior mile and 5 mile handicap – save the date!


Still waiting for details of the Chevin Chase and Brass Monkey Half




Kirkstall junior race


      1 Alex Pagdin      11:35  (2nd claim)

     24 Laura Vogler     19:12

     25 Henry Firth      19:44

     28 Ben Easton       19:48

     29 Jonathan Easton  23:46


Kirkstall 7


      2 Andy May         37:58

     18 Gary Mann        42:57

    19 Roy Huggins      43:00

     43 Adam Parton      46:58

     56 Rob Marsh        48:12

     61 Leroy Sutton     48:24

     85 Keith Brewster   50:34

    126 Pascale Fotherby 54:42

    175 Sarah Howell     60:06


Berlin Marathon


The marathon season has now started in earnest.  There were two Striders at Berlin a week ago


  F1519 Kate McIntyre   3:50:23

  15570 Paul Gill       3:59:01


Nottingham Half


On the same Sunday was the Nottingham full marathon and half – no Striders in the full but 4 in the half - results from Paul White


    Pos                   Gun time   Chip pos / time

    114 Jon Pownall       01:25:33    114   01:25:28

    754 Paul White        01:39:44    826   01:39:28   5th M65

   1110 Alex Watson-Usher 01:43:48   1179   01:43:10

   2306 Gemma Midwood     01:54:18   2510   01:53:58

   6585 finished


Horsforth 10k


Nearer home there were many Striders at the Horsforth 10k, the men picked up the team prize and the women were 3rd placed team.


      4 Andy May        34:21

     15 Gwil Thomas     36:14

     20 Jeremy Ladyman  37:04

     25 Dave Penmann    37:19

     27 Rav Panesar     37:25

     29 John Shanks     37:27

     36 Dan Murray      38:31

     45 Gary Mann       39:09

     54 Roy Huggins     40:14

     57 Jon Parker      40:34

     60 Paul Smith      40:52

     89 Alistair Smyth  42:43

    115 Alan Hutchinson 43:36

    144 Leroy Sutton    44:44

    159 Michael Hall    45:50

    163 Sue Sunderland  46:00

    245 Sarah Harper    49:29

    269 Chloe Hudson    50:35

    309 John Bucktrout  52:15

    310 Steph Gledhill  52:16

    335 Louise Cazan    53:43

    365 Josie Rothera   54:58

    464 Becky Murray    61:49

    543 finished




Waiting for a full set of results, congratulations due to

·         Andy May - 7th in the half marathon and

·         Holly Williams – won the ladies 4k race


Also today were the Mablethorpe marathon, the Bramham 10k and the Red Bull Steeplechase


Race report from the Red Bull Steeplechase – from Steve Wilkins


The Red Bull Steeplechase is a fell race from Castleton in the Derbyshire Peak District usually on the 1st weekend on October (just over an hour’s drive from Leeds).

Cost is around twenty pounds but you get a red bull hooded top, running socks and tea towel?! Plus they send you 4 cans of bull as well – a bargain.


Race format - 21 miles split into four knockout stages.

·         1st  stage is 8 miles but only the first 300 get through.

·         2nd  stage is 4 miles (pretty much all of it is vertical climbing or descending!) with only the first 125 getting through.

·         3rd  stage is 6 miles but only the top 30 males and 10 females get through after this check point

·         4th stage is 3 miles.

Red Bull also put on a bbq and after party at the finish at the Castle Pub.  Coaches from the end of each stage back to the finish / start are also laid on as part of the entrance fee.


It was horrendously hilly, very well organised and cheap to enter!  I got through to the last steeple (18 miles) but missed the cut off for the final 3 miles, finishing in 77th place.


Thoroughly enjoyed it though and will be back next year.  I recommend it to all Striders.


Google redbullsteeplechasecastleton for full details.


Steve Wilkins