Subject:                                     V S Update - Harewood, Wedding parkrun, Grand Prix, Fell Championships, Yorks XC, Cycling, Results, Round Rotherham Report, and more


Sent: 03 November 2013 23:59

Most of this email was written before the weekend.  This weekend’s results from West Yorks XC, Shepherd’s Skyline and Guy Fawkes will be in the next edition.


Just one result from the weekend for you now – Simon Midwood ran 2:43:45 at New York.


Harewood Trail Races


Many many thanks to everyone from Valley Striders who supported.  We had 487 finishers in total and made a profit of around £750 plus additional donations of around £250 – to be shared between Lineham Farm and Yorkshire Air Ambulance.  Some feedback from the runners later in this email.


Training – Tuesday 5 November


No pie’n’peas next Tuesday as we suspect many will be at the Roundhay Park bonfire or at home.


But we still have 5 training sessions, all meeting at Leos.  Juniors and beginners/improvers are at 6pm.  And at 7pm, intermediates, experienced runners and fell running groups.  Simon Vallance is leading the monthly fell running group with a headtorch session in Adel Woods


Wedding day Roundhay Parkrun – Saturday 16 November – message from Sarah & Gary


We've decided to start our wedding day on November 16th with a Roundhay Parkrun. Gary, jealous of the attention paid to the bride, will be wearing a wedding dress and throwing a bouquet at the end. Sarah will be dressed as a groom (and taking it very easy to avoid falling on her face again...) We'd love it if as many Striders as possible could join us. If you've ever longed to be a bridesmaid, this is your chance! Bridesmaid dresses (especially on boys) welcome but not compulsory.


Pie’n’Peas – Tuesday 19 November


Next VS Food will be 19 November and will be lasagne, order meat or veggie version, whether or not you want apple pie, and whether you want to eat at 7:15 or 8:30 to before 10pm Sunday 17 November.


Grand Prix


4 races to go

·         Sun 3 Nov - Guy Fawkes 10

·         Sun 17 Nov - Abbey Dash 10k  

·         Sun 17 Nov - West Yorks XC race 3  (playing fields near Leeds Met Headingley)

·         Sun 24 Nov - Peco XC race 1


Tables are on the website


184 Striders have run at least one race and 34 have already run 8 or more, this qualifying for a VSGP commemorative technical t-shirt.


Gary Mann leads from Steve Webb and John Shanks.  But Simon Midwood, Gwil Thomas and Paul Kaiser are all poised to overtake Gary & co as they have each run 7 races.  Myra leads the ladies ahead of Sue Sunderland and Sharon Kaiser.  I think only Kim Threadgall can overtake Myra and she must run 3 of the final 4 races to get 8.   See


Reminder that if you want to run in West Yorks XC race 3, you need to email before 10pm Tuesday 5 November.  The cost is £12, this will pay for race 3 and 4.


Reminder that if you want to run any race in the Peco XC League you need to email before 10pm Thursday 21 November.  There is no charge to register, just pay on the day for each race you run.  You can check your name is listed at


Junior Grand Prix


There is a junior race before the Abbey Dash.  The junior dash is open to ages 8-15, starting 9am at the same start line. The junior run costs £6.00 to enter, please call 0800 169 87 87 to sign up!


Fell Championship


Latest Fell Championship table is now on the website


Steve Webb emailed


Just to let you know that the Fell League is fully up to date with results from Withens Skyline, Langdale, Rombalds Fell/Trail, Yorkshireman and Edale.  Just 3 races to go now - Shepherds Skyline, Wadsworth Half Trog and Tour of Pendle.  Quite a few of the chaps still need one more scoring race, in particular:


·         John Marsham & Steve Dixon need to bag a Short.

·         Mick Loftus, Me, Simon Vallance, Eirik Stangnes, Dan Murray, Alastair Smyth and Graham Ford need to bag a Medium.

·         Becky Bibby needs a Long

·         Ann Kristin Kohler needs a Short and a Medium,

·         Sarah Smith needs a Short plus one other

·         Holly needs to finish all three remaining.


Can't say you haven't been warned!  Enjoy your running,


Yorks XC Championships


We now have information for this season’s Yorkshire XC Championships.  They will be held on Saturday 4 January at Lightwater Valley near Ripon.  We need to send off team entries on Wednesday 4 December.


Please email before 9pm Tuesday 3 December.  Cost is £6 all age groups.  Note there is no Under-11 category. You can check your name is listed at


V S Cycling Club


There is a now a weekly cycling email sent out by Andy Stoneman.  To be on the distribution list email


VSCC is now affiliated to British Cycling, we are club no 299627. All members are encouraged to take out their own membership with British Cycling or the CTC according to their individual needs.


Rides coming up over the next few weeks include

·         Women’s Wander, Saturday 2nd November - 10am Fortnightly Women’s Only Ride. Every other Saturday social ride. Circa 30 miles. Led this week by Hannah Stoneman.

·         Wednesday Wander (Rocky Roads) 6th November Our new monthly off-road/MTB ride. This week it’ll be to Harewood via as many bridleways as possible. Meet at American Golf at 6.30pm. The ride will be about 15-20. Lights compulsory – the brighter the better!

·         Wednesday Whoosh 6th November A fortnightly road-training ride based on repeated loops of a local circuit under streetlamps. This week led by John Bucktrout on his Alwoodley loop, suitable for all abilities. Meet at American Golf at 6.30pm. Lights compulsory.

·         Morvelo City Cross, Saturday 9th November, Halifax Give cycle racing a go with this highly recommended Urban Cyclo-cross race with junior, novice, vets and womens catergories. Fun urban race with beer thrown in. Ideal for cross and MTB bikes. Please contact Andy Stoneman if you need more info or would like to come along. Please note we need to organise transport and book entries to this ASAP. It’ll be an early start and I can carry 3 more people and 3 more bikes.

·         Wednesday Wander 13th November Our weekly training ride meeting at American Golf at 6.30pm. Rides are about 30miles while its dark and are at about 16mph. Lights compulsory. Route TBA.

·         Women’s Wander, Saturday 16th November - 9am Fortnightly Women’s Only Ride. Every other Saturday social ride. Meet at American Golf at 9am. Circa 30 miles. Led this week by Hannah Stoneman. Route TBA.

·         Saturday Saunter, 16th November  John Bucktrout’s Saturday social ride. Meet at American Golf at 9am. Circa 60 miles at a steady pace of about 14-15mph. Route TBA.


Little Stretton to Stiperstones – information from Julia Leventon


Sunday 24th November is the 26th running of the annual Little Stretton to Stiperstones timetrial in Shropshire.  It’s one of my favourite races though I may be biased as it was founded and organised for the first 25 years by my Dad.  The deal is that you start at Little Stretton and you choose your route to the Stiperstones - route choice is a source of heated discussion but every route takes you over the Longmynd and the Stiperstones.  Start times are staggered so that you can't just run as a pack - you can run as a single or in pairs.  Its attracted quality competition over the years, partly as its on Mercia home terrain.

Tomas and I will be heading down there for the weekend.  If you fancy coming down for an introduction to the brilliance of the Shropshire hills, I would be very happy to discuss route choices and logistics.

Harewood Trail


One or two problems, not helped by the caravans for the Ladyboys of Bangkok being in the same field as our race and them wanting to move the caravans off site half an hour before our race started.


We re-routed our junior race to avoid them but forgot to tell the marshals for the 5 mile race that there was no change to this race, as a consequence the first 18 runners did 0.3 mile extra and at one point in time, runners were coming in to the finish in opposite directions.


Lots of good feedback on Twitter:

·         Pretty chuffed with my top 20 finish at yesterday's Harewood 10 trail race. Thanks @ValleyStriders for a great race!

·         Had a fab time at Harewood House with @ValleyStriders 10 mile trail race

·         @ValleyStriders thanks for a great 5 mile run today in lovely surroundings

·         Harewood Trail done, now off to Akbars for lunch to send the prodigal son back to Uni with a full belly. Might have to overindulge too!

·         Enjoyed today's 5mile race at Harewood, I was happy to pick up the 1st man prize. Slight shame I got beat by a 15yr old though #2ndreally

·         Had a fab time at Harewood House with @ValleyStriders 10 mile trail race

·         @ValleyStriders yes I had a brilliant time @ harewood today,great course and super friendly marshals made for a lovely run,thanku

·         @ValleyStriders she did great and such a lovely place to hold the runs!! Had a lovely morning. - thank you

·         Amazing run at Harewood 10mile trail race. Four seasons at once, lots of lovely, sticky mud, beautiful scenery, and a massive PB.

·         Loved the Harewood 10 race today organised by @ValleyStriders. Easily one of my favourites - scenery, marshalls, organisation all excellent.

·         @ValleyStriders Great event today! Thanks!! Enjoyed every puddle! Marshalls were great too! Their smiles and cheers were much appreciated!

·         @ValleyStriders Harewood 10 Thanks for another great race , well organised with great support from all Marshall's - see you next year

·         @ValleyStriders lots of fun :-) Bit hillier than I anticipated though!! #fivemileroute

·         Tough sticky conditions at the #Harewood10 . Good course and rainbow chasing involved @ValleyStriders

·         @ValleyStriders another good race today. Thx to RO and organisers.

·         @ValleyStriders I loved it! My first real trail race & it was great fun! I got nice and muddy. Thanks to all marshals for great support

·         Fab 5 mile trail run at Harewood. Well done @ValleyStriders team!

·         Last minute decision to go and run the Harewood 10 mile trail run ahead of an afternoon of watching sport. Looks like a sunny morning for it


And a Kirkstall Harrier even wrote on her blog about it:


I had an interesting email conversation (numbers and times removed)

·         Runner - I ran the 10 mile Harewood rally trail today and I have looked at the results and I am not on the results list. My number is (number) and I finished around (time) mins.   Please let me know if my result will be added as I paid to get a time and if my result is not added I would like a refund.

·         Me – That’s easily fixed.  We have a number (number) in (position) position, and this shows as an unattached M60.  I think it very unlikely that an unattached M60 would finish so high, and I think it a lot more likely that there has been a transcription error (number1) instead of (number2). I’ll fix it in the next issue of the results.  By the way I’ve copied the race organiser of the (race name) (race organised by runner’s club).  Next time you see him have a chat with him about the sort of things that can go wrong with races, we just do our best to please!

·         Runner - That's great thanks just wanted to make sure I get a time. Thanks for your quick response.


Striders Results at Harewood


2 mile

   8 Callum Parton     12.54    BSY9-10   4

   16 Ben Redshaw       14.10    BSY3-4    3

   21 Sam Hollis        14.44    BSY5-6    7

   22 Tally Diamond     14.53    GSY3-4    1 congratulations!

  26 Liam Townend      15.16    BSY7-8    4

   28 Imogen Idle       15.39    GSY3-4    2

   29 Eleanor Ford      15.41    GSY9-10   2

   32 Ceara Sexton      15.54    GSY3-4    3

   48 Sarah Brady       17.38    GSY5-6    5

   60 Laura Vogler      19.50    GSY3-4    5

   61 Emily Stoneman    19.55    GSY5-6    7

   63 Ella Hollis       20.02    GSY3-4    6

   70 Jordan Diamond    21.21    BSY9-10   8

   71 Sarah Ord         21.22    Fsen      3

   72 Julian Vogler     21.38    BSY1-2    2

  92 finished


5 mile

  33 Stephen Diamond   44.26    BSY11-12  6

  94 finished


10 mile

  31 Ian Sampson       71.26

  71 Howard Jeffrey    78.12 (2nd claim)

 108 Sean Fitzgerald   82.58

 111 Michael Hall      83.10

 301 finished


Race Results


Brussels – from Joe Hanney


Ladies Run (4k)


   Holly Williams       14.30 (1st)

   Emma Teece           24.54


Half marathon


   Andy May           1.13.44 (7th)

   Jeremy Ladyman     1.22.39 (81st)

   Dan Murray         1.24.11

   Roy Huggins        1.28.36

   Tim Towler         1.29.17

   Alan Hutchinson    1.35.26

   Greg Skerrett      1.37.31

   John Batchelor     1.37.31

   Chloe Hudson       1.52.14

   Richard Clough     1.52.27

   Patrick Barrett    1.56.40

   Paul Crabtree      1.57.45 (2nd claim VS)

   Carole Towler      2.04.15

   Becky Murray       2.21.44

   Lorraine Crabtree  2.22.59 (2nd claim VS)




   Gary Mann          3.09.43 (82nd)

   David Thompson     3.15.58 (2nd claim VS)

   Joe Hanney         3.25.48

   Tom Button         3.38.29

   Pam Lomoro         3.42.51

   Alistair Smyth     3.42.58

   Paul Sanderson     3.51.05

   Jonathan Brownbill 4.05.16

   John Wallace       4.09.26

NB Pam travelled and stayed separately but met in the bar after the race!


Bridlington Half Marathon


  103 Adam Parton          1:34:48

  154 Andy Pagdin          1:40:08                                                                                        


Fun Run

   31 William Emsley

   93 finished


Worksop Half Marathon


    6 Andy May       1:15:30

  195 Mike Furby     1:31:47 PB


Chevin Chiller


   10 Ross Bibby      31:01

   13 Julia Leventon  31:56 1st W

   36 Tomas Mildorf   35:23

   54 Kim Threadgall  37:54

   55 Ian Spence      37:54

   65 Simon Barker    39:26

   68 John Hussey     39:39 1st M60


Race Report – Rowbotham's Round Rotherham trail race – from Ian Sanderson


A short report on a long race, Rowbotham's Round Rotherham trail race. You wouldn't think there be many people wanting to run 50 miles around Rotherham, but it's been going for 31 years so there must be something to be said for it. And if you are thinking of dipping a toe into the strange world of ultra-marathons, this is actually a very good introductory race. Why? Well, it's as flat as you are going to get outside of Norfolk. It starts at dawn, so you've got a good chance of finishing in daylight. It's only a short drive from Leeds, so you can spend a sleepless night in your own bed before the race. It has a decent size field of runners and walkers, so plenty of people to follow and you won't be last. It's a way-marked route and the organisers have produced fantastic 'strip maps' for navigation (GPS also allowed). It's good Yorkshire value at £13, including t-shirt, cloth badge, certificate, refreshments at seven check-points (not quite LDWA standard) and a two course meal at the finish. There are very few stiles to climb over on the route (that becomes important in the last 20 miles!). And it's not as grim as it sounds.


The scenery in the first part of the event is a bit mixed, including a few industrial estates and landscaped pit heaps, but there's some pleasant bits in-between. And it tends to more rolling farmland (complete with sticky mud) and surprisingly pretty villages in the second half. Some people struggle in the later stages because the route is too flat - there are only a few hills and the whole circuit is very runable with no obvious walking breaks. But I'm not proud and had no problem walking on flat sections early on, taking my time at checkpoints, slowing to chat to people, and did the first half in a restrained 4:20. I really wasn't looking forward to the second half but I had obviously got my pacing about right and I started feeling a bit more confident as the miles rolled by and I began passing people. And then, just as I was really starting to flag, finally, thankfully, we got a proper hill and a proper long walking break (yes, ultra-runners look forward to hills - I told you it was a strange world)! And a nice downhill jog to the last checkpoint, only 3 miles from the finish. While not managing much more than a brisk shuffle at this stage, I was still shuffling faster than many people at the end and I felt quite please with myself as I arrived back at the start in 9:19 and 44th place. To put that in perspective, the winning time was under 7 hours (!) and 236 finished, including a bus-load of runners from Portsmouth?


So if you've done a decent amount of mileage in training for a marathon next autumn, and find yourself wondering if you could get away with doing a 'bonus' ultra-marathon for no extra effort, you might want to consider this race. Or seek professional counselling.