Subject: V S Update - Race entries, Curry, Junior parkrun, Reports from Bolton, Edale and Bucharest


Sent: 11 October 2013 16:16

Events entry information


Three events that fill up very quickly, some quicker than others.


         Snake Lane 10 entry opens Saturday 12 October at 08:00 (you will have time to enter and then go to parkrun)

         Chevin Chase entry opens Sunday 13 October at 13:00

         Brass Monkey half entry opens Saturday 26 October 09:00


Events this weekend include the Shadwell Shuffle , the Wistow 10 near Selby and the Woodland Challenge at Bradley near Huddersfield, see for these two.


Training next week


Is back to normal locations and start times, check if unsure, dont forget your reflective bib (4.99 from Sports Direct)


Curry night


Next food night at Leos will be curry on Tuesday 22 October, order to by 10pm Sunday 20th saying whether you want meat or veggie curry, whether or not you want apple pie and whether you want to go to the 7:15 or 8:30 sitting.


Harewood 2, 5 and 10 Sunday 27 October


Still needing marshals, just 2 weeks to go to the race, we will be allocating positions next weekend.  Please email,uk if you are free there will be a list at


Regarding specialist positions, Im looking for  some car parkers (to arrive early),  some to hand out race numbers to those that have entered online and a sweeper for the 10 mile (I have sweepers for 2 and 5, thanks).


Junior parkrun


Junior parkrun starts at Roundhay on Sunday 24 November.  This will be weekly, every Sunday at 09:00 and the distance is 2km, for ages 4 to 14. 


Unfortunately the first date clashes with the first Peco XC race, but Im hoping that many junior Striders go to the second event on 1 December.


Ironman UK (Bolton) - report from Alan Walsh


Sorry for this report being late, I have been on a mega holiday tour of the West Coast USA ...from, Ironman to Fatman in four weeks!!!!
The weather had hardly helped, the coldest Spring I can ever remember, including snow into April, was hardly conducive to getting the necessary miles in. From early January the Striders Sunday morning groups played a massive role in getting me out for my long run and with the poor biking conditions I decided to simply focus on Spring marathon fitness and take it from there. 
The strategy seemed to work and from the end of April, as I took the Striders adage of the best way to train is by racing, I was increasingly happy with my results. Swimming lessons at Leeds Met Uni with Jack Maitland helped and having the Yorkshire Dales on the doorstep with a choice of regular Sportives meant I was getting decent mileage in on the bike.
On the morning of the race I was absolutely terrified, I knew I had done a lot of miles but genuinely didn't know how I was going to deal with the potential 17 hours of pain in front of me. In all honesty my fears were as much about the psychology of it as much as the physical test, I was worried about panics in the water (I had never done a mass start with 1,800 people before!) and whether I could keep my mind focussed for hours on end on the bike. My one consolation was that I was fairly confident that I could finish the marathon if I got there.
When the hooter went it was actually something of a relief. I had inadvertently started the swim about 1/3 of the way from the front having wished to start at the back and the number of people around me kept my mind occupied through both turns and the time to the first exit (you get out, run over a timing mat and then get back in for the second 1,900m) seemed to go quite quickly.
Sure enough as I ran through the mat the time was 42mins, under my best case scenario of 45mins. This gave me a boost and the first half of the second lap went well. However at the second turn I started to get a headache. Having broken the first rule of racing by buying a new pair of goggles at the expo the day before the race without time to break them in, I was sure that this was down to them digging in but I couldn't completely keep the worries at bay. Suddenly my mind was struggling and I was worried about whether the headache was dehydration, whether it was a muscle concern in my back or something else. The last straight seemed to take forever and I was convinced I would have lost time when I got out of the water. To my surprise the clock said 1.24, I had done the second lap the same as the first!
That buoyed me and I took the positivity into the bike. It was a non-drafting event but there was no way this could have been enforced in the first 13 miles as there were bikes everywhere. I decided to get wide and go for it, making up literally hundreds of places within the first hour. Luckily I had no punctures or mechanicals and the bike passed off without incident. I kept the nutrition up and took on plenty of solid bars meaning that I went into T2 actually feeling pretty decent having made up over 500 places on the bike.
I started the run at a steady pace which felt easy and was surprised when my Garmin finally got satellite that I was doing 8.30 minute miles. I was slowly picking people off in front of me and felt good. I later found out that I made up another 120-odd places on the run. I sustained the 8.30 pace for about 14 miles, felt great and was eying a 4 hour marathon. At this point I felt that I needed my first gel and shouldn't have been so surprised, having not eaten anything for two hours, that it made me sick. I managed to get a few dry crackers eaten over the next 6 miles and was then able to get a proper gel strategy in place for the final 6 miles when I managed to get my pace back. I didn't get my 4 hour marathon, having paid the price of getting my nutrition slightly wrong but I was happy with the 4.07 which got me finished in 12.20, a lot faster than I had expected.
I would highly recommend the IM to anyone. The day was amazing, it felt like being part of something really special. The spectators on the course made sure that every competitor felt like a pro. There was Tour de France like support up the hills, with spectators in the road roaring you on, others braving the weather in their mankinis not to mention those who had taken the time in advance to write messages of support and encouragement in chalk on the road. My one bit of advice to anyone who gives it a go, if you want to enjoy the day you need to be prepared to put the miles in over the 6-12 months before. If you do that the IM is sure to be one of the most memorable days of your life.
I entered the Ironman to raise awareness and funds for Leukaemia Research. If you wish to support this fantastic cause please do so at




Edale Skyline - Report from Julia Leventon


Sunday 29 September (apologies to Julia, I omitted this report from last weeks V S Update)

Three Striders competed (John Marsham, Steve Dixon and myself), and were cheered round by two more (Ann Koehler Koch and Sarah Smith).  The race was an English Championship counting race and is on home terrain for all the Dark Peak runners, so it was a strong field.  Looking round the ladies on the start line I felt suitably intimidated. 

I'm not sure we looked very convincing on the start line: Steve had run the Hardmoors 60 the week before and had a groin strain so was unsure that he would make it up even the first hill; I had spent the previous weekend sleeping through a virus and trying to get rid of an ITB problem, so was similarly under-confident;  and John was getting over the effects of a cycle tour round Romania that had not been kind to his stomach.  The perfect group of people to be taking on 21 miles with 1350m ascent!

I started slowly and soon regretted it as I got stuck in slow-moving traffic up the first ascent of Ringing Roger (map of the route here:  I think this was actually a blessing in disguise as I spent the entire race over-taking people after that.  The pull up onto Win Hill is all run-able but I was shocked to see some of my usual rivals coming off the hill before I had even summitted. But with less than 1/3 of the race completed by then I tried to just concentrate on not pushing too hard too soon.  Then comes a long descent before coming back up the other side of the valley onto Loose Hill.  I was pleased to see Ann at the top and she told me John was maybe a couple of minutes ahead. 

After Loose Hill the route follows the Hollins Cross, Mam Tor ridge , and then onto Rushup edge.  In the sunshine of Sunday there were lovely views across the valley and I felt myself starting to push on, enjoying the amount of support from the hikers.  Then the fun comes - the peat bog climb up onto Brown Knoll.  I just tried to keep moving and get some food in.  I was rewarded with leaving a group behind and catching up to a couple of women ahead of me.  I knew I was in about 15th by then and changed my target from 'complete the course' to 'stay in the top 15'. 

Here I should mention Sarah who was marshalling at the Jacob's Ladder checkpoint and who did some brilliant cheering, which was very much needed at that point!


Then comes Kinder; at times rocky, at times peat bog.  I am not convinced I took the best racing line and I found myself alone for a couple of miles.  Not a problem til I put my foot in some peat and ended up in up to my hips (peat staining is a cheap fake tan).  I dragged myself out and kept going, glad to see the penultimate summit of Grindslow Knoll.  I'd told myself it was flat after that, but it isn't.  A rocky, windy ascent that never ends takes you back onto Ringing Roger, followed by a fast, rocky descent to the finish.  I suffered, but it seems not as much as some; I caught a couple of ladies at the top of Ringing Roger (those rivals mentioned earlier) and threw caution to the wind on the descent.  I finished 12th woman (93rd overall) far surpassing my expectations of the day and myself


I discovered that John had maintained his 2 minute lead over me to finish 87th overall.  Steve was not far behind, finishing 165th overall and 4th MV60.  And it deserves a second mention: one week after racing 60 miles.


1st Man: Simon Bailey (Mercia FR) 2:45:50

1st Woman: Victoria Wilkinson (Bingley Harriers) 3:12:03

87, John Marsham (VS) 3:42:02

93, Julia Leventon (VS) 3:43:53

165, Steve Dixon (VS) 4:09:45


Report from Romania - by Paul Smith & Sarah Smith


Back in the UK and proud to announce some impressive Striders' results.

We set off to compete in the Maraton Piatra Craiului in the mountains at Zarnesti, Romania. When we learned the event was cancelled due to snow after we had arrived at Zarnesti, we hatched a plan to enter the Bucharest marathon and headed back there. We had an amazing trip and made some good friends in the running community of Romania.

Bucharest International Marathon and Half Marathon 6 October 2013

Half marathon
1st Stefana Andrei 1h 07m 24s
6th place overall and 1st female Todoran Paula 1h 16m 44s
24th place overall and 5th female Kim Threadgall Spence, 1h 24m 38s - 1st in her category also a PB, won 100 Euros and a carrot!
1606 finished

1st Chelokoi V Bushendich 2h 14m 05s
84th Paul Smith 3h 14m 55s (category position 10th) also a PB
234th Andreas Mayer 3h 54m 24s (unfortunately not a PB but he helped the person behind him achieve a PB)
235th Sarah Smith 3h 53m 17s (category position 4th) also a PB

Mablethorpe Marathon


    9 Ian Sanderson     3:07:41   5th in age category

  134 Simon Barker      4:14:33

  220 finished 

           winning time 2:49:12

           winning lady 3:15:57


Brussels results awaited