Subject:                                     V S Update - Curry, Calendar, Manchester entry, Help, Thanks, Performance Certificates, Track Cycling


Sent: 29 January 2014 23:41

Tuesday 4 February – Curry!


Next week it’s the first Tuesday in the month.  So it must be food at Leos.  And it will be curry.


·         For the 7:15pm sitting, book to

·         For the 8:30pm sitting, book to

·         Choosing meat or veggie curry, and whether you want apple pie

·         Book by 10pm Sunday 2 February


Race Calendar


Planning your racing year?  A reminder that all the races in the 2014 V S Grand Prix and 2014 V S Fell Championship have been decided, and are now listed on the website .  Race organisers have set dates for most of these so you can now plan your racing year!


Stop press!  The Striders Autumn Marathon Tourists will be going to Lisbon where there is a full marathon, half marathon and 5.5km fun run.  For more details, contact Patrick


Urgent! Manchester Marathon place available


A friend of mine is selling his Manchester Marathon place for a very cheap £30 since he got a place in London. Any takers? He will pay the transfer cost but it has to be sorted by the 31st January.

If you're still considering a spring marathon then this is a winner, loads of fellow Striders taking part.

Let me know and I'll pass on his email.  John Shanks


Help! And Thanks!


We’re still looking for help for Peco race (16 February), in particular for people who are willing to marshal the senior race from 11:00 to 12:30 (you’ll need to arrive by 10:30 at the latest) – please email  The venue is likely to be West Park, will confirm next week.


We probably have enough for admin (taking entries) and course set-up, but the more the merrier for these tasks, so if you want to race but can help beforehand, also please email


See for list of marshals to date.  If it seems that there are a lot of names already there, note that we would like a few to jog round the route after we’ve marked it out (but before the race starts) to check that it is clearly marked.


Thank you to everyone who replied to our request for marshals for the Meanwood Trail Race (12 April).


We now have over 80% of the numbers needed sand hopefully a few more of you will come forward nearer the date, so I can confirm the race will be “on”


Race Results and Performance Certificates 2013


Graham Jones has collected 2,681 race results for Valley Striders in 2013, which takes the database to 10,215 results since we began collecting in January 2007.


We may have missed a few race results, so please check  to see if all your race results have been included!


This spreadsheet is in name order, but there is also a version of this in date and race order at .  NB these files are 2.4Mb!


Using age-grading calculations in the “World Masters Athletics Age Graded Tables” we have allocated V S Performance Grades (copyright!) to all of these races, and any Strider achieving 5 performances at the same grade, including at least 3 different distances, is awarded a V S Performance Certificate.


With the data we have, we have provisionally awarded 120 certificates in 2013, taking the number up to 460 since 2007.


To see if you have been awarded a certificate, see .  There is also a version in date order at


For an overview of age grading and the V S Performance Certificates scheme, see


Junior certificates have already been awarded at the Xmas Party and on 7 January.  But we’ll give time for everyone else to check their races have been included, so we’ll award certificates at the food night on 4 March.


Parkrun Results


Striders were running at 10 different venues last Saturday,


But it was an extra special performance at Roundhay, where we had the FIRST SIX men AND the FIRST WOMAN.  And then on the Sunday, at the junior parkrun, we had FIRST BOY and SECOND GIRL!


Results for Andover parkrun, event number 137, 25/01/2014.

4 Daz HIBBERD 00:19:55

90 participants completed the run today


Results for Greenpoint parkrun, event number 28, 25/01/2014.

14 Sean FITZGERALD 00:21:14

284 participants completed the run today


Results for Leeds parkrun, event number 332, 25/01/2014.

21 Roy HUGGINS 00:19:41

45 Max PARTINGTON 00:20:52

49 Rob MARSH 00:20:58

50 Callum PARTON 00:21:01

65 Sue SUNDERLAND 00:21:49

78 Mike HALL 00:22:20

95 Adam PARTON 00:23:28

117 Iain CURRIE 00:24:04

118 Eleanor CURRIE 00:24:06

121 Malcolm COLES 00:24:08

129 Dawn PARTON 00:24:16

182 Caroline TOLAN 00:25:53

372 participants completed the run today


Results for Pontefract parkrun, event number 139, 25/01/2014.

88 John Stewart WALLACE 00:24:43

300 participants completed the run today.


Results for Rother Valley parkrun, event number 36, 25/01/2014.

18 Graham JONES 00:20:38

114 participants completed the run today.


Results for Roundhay parkrun, event number 144, 25/01/2014.

The first male to finish was Jeremy LADYMAN (M) (Valley Striders AC) in a time of 00:17:30.

The first lady completing the course was Myra JONES (F) (Valley Striders AC) in a time of 00:20:15.

1 Jeremy LADYMAN 00:17:30

2 Gwilym THOMAS 00:17:57

3 David PENMAN 00:18:31

4 Mick LOFTUS 00:18:39

5 John SHANKS 00:18:57

6 Andrew BELL 00:19:06

10 Joel GIDDINGS 00:19:34

12 Ian SANDERSON 00:19:48

15 Myra JONES 00:20:15  (first woman)

31 Andy PAGDIN 00:21:18

34 Joe STEELE 00:21:23

35 Daniel JOHNSTONE 00:21:25

52 Jeremy RICHARDSON 00:22:40

57 Louise CAZAN 00:22:47

64 Bill MCCAFFREY 00:23:02

68 Aileen LOFTUS 00:23:15

70 Alex IRVINE 00:23:18

71 Richard IRVINE 00:23:18

90 Michael ROBINS 00:23:58

100 Pascale FOTHERBY 00:24:24

103 Christopher A SAWYER 00:24:28

106 Stephanie GLEDHILL 00:24:30

121 Paul STOKES 00:25:30

126 Joanna Catherine CHAMBERS 00:25:35

134 Sarah HOWELL 00:25:45

144 Gemma Louise MIDWOOD 00:26:02

146 Graham FORD 00:26:08

169 Esther HOLLIS 00:26:50

172 Chloe HUDSON 00:27:00

188 Hannah CORNE 00:28:00

202 Claire SENIOR 00:29:12

204 Anne MCCAFFREY 00:29:20

208 Dave JONES 00:29:35

268 Joseph IRVINE 00:34:54

287 participants completed the run today.


Results for Skipton parkrun, event number 23, 25/01/2014.

8 Alan WALSH 00:24:44

72 participants completed the run today.


Results for St Albans parkrun, event number 108, 25/01/2014.

196 Meryll CRIPPS 00:33:23

232 participants completed the run today.


Results for Temple Newsam parkrun, event number 52, 25/01/2014.

56 Tally Nicole DIAMOND 00:26:16

57 Stephen DIAMOND 00:26:17

131 Jordan DIAMOND 00:35:02

135 Sarah ORD 00:35:31

159 participants completed the run today.


Results for York parkrun, event number 93, 25/01/2014.

68 James TARRAN 00:22:01

304 participants completed the run today.


Roundhay Junior parkrun 26/01/2014

1 Alex Irvine 8:59

3 Tally Diamond 10:08 (second girl)

6 Josephine Pawley 10:40

28 Jordan Diamond 12:56

49 Daniel Fotherby 14:16

75 Michael Fotherby 22:14

75 finishers


58 Striders ran in total (and 3 of the juniors ran both Saturday and Sunday)


Striders at National Cycling Centre Track


Sixteen Striders had an hour on the banked indoor track at the National Cycling Centre at Manchester a week ago.  For pictures and results see




London Marathon accommodation


Dear Valley Striders


I am a parent with children at a primary school in Blackheath. We are doing a fundraiser that involves providing affordable (£35 p/night p/person) and comfortable bed and breakfast to runners running the London Marathon on the night before the race with all monies going to charity. 


Please could you let me know if any of your club members taking part might be interested?


Many thanks


Mob: 07766662530


Message from Up & Running – Headingley / West Park


Dear Club

Up & Running's theme for February is Fall in Love With Running, aimed at new runners. We're creating a community wall, with reasons to start running, how to start running and motivational quotes, amongst many other things.

We would really appreciate it if you could give us some information regarding activities that your organisation is planning that you feel may be of interest to new runners.

I really hope that you can join us in this project, and help to give aspiring runners as wide a range of opportunities as possible.

I wonder if you could also answer the following questions, to help us get a broad range of answers from all sections of the health and fitness community.
1.    Your favourite running distance.
2.    A reason why anyone should run?
3.    Why do YOU run?
4.    What advice would you give to a new runner?
I look forward to hearing from you.

Matthew Pierson

Up & Running, Leeds Headingley  0113 2788866