Subject:                          V S Update - Y Vets marshals; Training/pies/physio; Summer TDF party; Leeds C Way; Race calendar; Quiz night; Results including lots of VS prizewinners; parkrun discussion


Sent: 23 June 2014 00:12

Yorkshire Vets Race – Tuesday 24 June


Thank you!  40 Striders have stepped forward and we now have course-set-uppers, marshals, team leaders, start & finish team, race director, car-parkers, sandwich-makers etc.  And 3 spare marshals who will be able to run if everyone else turns up.


If you’ve been unsure whether you’re free but now are free (e.g. England v Costa Rica doesn’t figure quite so high on your priorities), then come along Tuesday 6:45pm and either run or marshal in place of someone who does want to run.


NB, sorry, no normal training sessions on 24 June.


Training, pie and peas and physio visit – Tuesday 1 July


If it’s the first Tuesday of the month, it must be food at Leos.


Time for pie and peas, two sittings, 7:15pm and 8:30pm.  Choose meat or veggie pie (£3.50, the price has gone up 50p), mushy peas or baked beans, and whether you want apple pie (£1.50).


Book to or as appropriate. You can cancel before 10pm Sunday 29th without penalty.


Holly has invited physio Jamie Sawiuk to come to Leos that evening, she’ll be there from 6pm, and will do pre-session physio for the 7pm groups, post-session physio for the 6pm groups and then post session physio for the 7pm groups


She says

·         Anyone that is thinking of seeing me , it would be helpful if they think about what makes them worse, what makes them better and whether they have a 24 hour pattern to their pain.

·         I’m going to keep it individualised and relaxed and I'm hoping people will be comfortable to ask anything they need to

·         I was going to keep it informal, could people get in touch with Holly or myself and then we can get an idea of how much interest there is (and maybe book slots if a lot of interest).


More info about Jaime further down this email…


Valley Striders Summer TDF Party and BBQ – Friday 11 July – Hosted by the Cycling Section


Dan Murray emailed


We are holding a summer party at Leos on Friday 11th July 2014 open to all members of Valley Striders with partners and kids. It will be a Tour De France themed evening and Tony is preparing a special ‘Le Tour BBQ’ which we can enjoy whilst watching all the action from that day’s Tour De France stage on the big screen. Costs are £10 per adult and £5 per child. Please confirm your booking by no later than Saturday 5th July confirming orders to and stating carnivore or vegetarian.


Payment to be made in advance of the evening by sending a cheque made payable to Valley Striders to John Shanks at 11 Sunnybank Road, Horsforth, Leeds, LS18 4NB. Alternatively, transfer your cash to the VS account Sort Code: 53-70-00 Account Number: 01168509 but please include your name on the transfer reference and include the word ‘BBQ’.


There will be games to play on the night such as rounders, slow bike riding, sack race etc so please bring some sensible footwear. 


Book a place / Save the date – Leeds Country Way Relay – 31 August


The Leeds Country Way is a 60 mile set of linked footpaths around Leeds.


The Leeds Country Way Relay is a race for teams of 12, run in pairs, so each pair runs about 10 miles.


The race is organised by Kippax Harriers and this year’s race will be on Sunday 31 August.  Details at


Usually around 40 teams compete, from most of the running clubs in Leeds and some from a little further away. 


For the last 3 years, Valley Striders have had 5 teams running, i.e. 60 runners.  Last year we won all 3 major team prizes – 1st men’s team, 1st women’s team and 1st vets team.

We plan to have 5 teams again (and maybe a 6th).  Three teams will be created by selection but the other teams will be on a first come first served basis.


This is to announce that the first 24 runners who email are guaranteed a place to run – you can run with a VS friend or we will match you with a suitable partner.


Email if you’d like to run!   Please reply ASAP for one of the 24 guaranteed places!


However we are planning to select all teams by middle of July.  Why so soon?  Because some people take long summer holidays and if we leave it later it may be impossible to arrange recces.


So all please reply by 6 July to let us know whether you are available.


Race calendar


There were lots of details in the last V S Update, so just a summary here

·         Saturday 28 June – Leeds (Hyde Park) parkrun – juniors earn points in Leeds Junior Race Series – all Leeds (Hyde Park) parkruns in June count towards Series, best time to count (see )

·         Saturday 28 June – Leeds (Hyde Park) parkrun – earn points in Leeds Race Series – all Leeds (Hyde Park) parkruns in June count towards Series, best time to count (see )

·         Saturday 28 June – Leeds 5k Track Races at Leeds Met – LRS - see and and minimum age 15

·         Sunday 29 June – Settle Hills Race - VS Fell Championship

·         Tuesday 1 July – Danefield Relay on Otley Chevin, see  for details

·         Tuesday 1 July – Jane Tomlinson Junior Canal Race at Methley – LJRS - details at

·         Tuesday 1 July – Jane Tomlinson 5k Canal Race at Methley – LRS - details at,

·         Wednesday 9 July – Hyde Park Half Mile Race (for Juniors) – VS Junior Grand Prix and LJRS - details at  no entries on the day

·         Wednesday 9 July – Hyde Park Mile Races – VS Grand Prix & LRS -  no entries on the day

·         Friday 11 July – Post Hill race – LRS -

·         Sunday 13 July – Eccup junior races – VSJGP and LJRS - details at 

·         Sunday 13 July – Eccup 10 – VSGP and LRS - 

·         Sunday 7 September – Vale of York half marathon from Sherburn-in-Elmet.  This is a new race, looks to be a flat course. 17 Striders already entered and I suggest we add it as a Grand Prix race as we are one short for the “medium road” category.  Details at .  The race has a limit of 1000, has only been open for 6 weeks and is already half full so suggest you enter soon.


Charity Quiz Night – Message from Sean Fitzgerald


My work are putting on a charity quiz night at Elland Road on Thursday 24th July, which will be compared by Rich Williams from Heart FM. All the proceeds go to 3 Yorkshire charities which do great work in the community, and their are some great prizes up for grabs. It would be great if we could put together a team of 10 striders. 


Also the event is backed by RICS , and the target clientele will be very construction and property led, thus its also a great networking opportunity for those who work in this sector. 


Please contact me on if you are interested. It's £9 a head if we can get a table together.




Otley Chevin Fell Race

    20 Ross Bibby      21:35

    25 Andy Bell       22:06

    54 Alistair Smyth  25:55

    59 Malcolm Coles   26:31


Castle Howard 10k Trail Race

   56 Joe Steele        46:05

   177 Ruth Warren       54:56 (2nd W55)


Castle Howard 6k Trail Race

   51 Lindsey McDermott 38:12


Yorkshire Vets Road Relays


3 legs each approx. 2.9 miles on park paths, road, river paths and canal paths at Saltaire.


There were 54 teams entered – 6 x M35, 5 x M40, 8 x M50, 8 x M60, 1 x M70, 18 x F35, 5 x F45 and 3 * F55 – but only one from Valley Striders (which was ten fewer than Baildon Runners but one more than Abbey Runners, Pudsey Pacers and Leeds City).



   1 City of Hull      51:41

   2 Rotherham H       52:56

   3 Bingley H         54:46

   4 Holmfirth H       55:18

   5 Valley Striders   57:54

     Keith Brewster      18:43  (10th fastest runner)

     Bob Jackson         20:00  (16th fastest runner)

     Paul White          19:22  (12th fastest runner)

   6 Baildon R “A”     60:27

   7 Baildon R “B”     67:45

   8 Saltaire Striders 68:09


Pudsey 10k


Congratulations to Myra (1st W) and to her and her team-mates Hayley and Steph winning the 1st W team prize!


       5  John Hobbs          00:37:46    100  1st M35 prize   

      19  Jonathan Smyth      00:41:15     99     

      22  Andrew Bell         00:41:39     98     

      30  Ian Sanderson       00:43:06     97     

      36  Myra Jones          00:43:34     96  1st W

      38  Dusan Svoboda       00:43:56     94     

      53  Alistair Smyth      00:45:24     93  1st M55

      55  Andy Pagdin         00:45:47     92     

      60  Mike Furby          00:46:39     91     

      73  Adam Parton         00:47:23     90     

     116  Hayley Nancolas     00:50:12     89  W 1st team    

     117  Mike Robins         00:50:12     89     

     166  Stephanie Gledhill  00:53:33     87  W 1st team

     173  Dawn Parton         00:54:09     86     

     191  Bob Jackson         00:54:56     84     

     195  Liz Reddington      00:55:05     83     

     217  Lucy Robins         00:56:26     82      

     218  Chris Sawyer        00:56:26     82     

     236  Pascale Fotherby    00:58:33     80     


Pudsey junior race


Full results awaited, the two Striders running were Callum Parton (finished 3rd) and Imogen Idle.


Staveley Stampede (near Knaresborough)


Congratulations to 1st W – Hannah Corne!  Results to follow


Mike Groves 10 at Coltishall Norfolk


   106 Sarah Howell   1:27:07


Further to last V S Update info re parkrun


From Paul Kaiser - Hi Bob, I believe you've missed Sharon off the parkrun winners list! 26/06/10 at Hyde Park Sharon is listed as second F in the results, but the first female (in 17:39!!) was later proven to be a bloke running with his girlfriends barcode  (previous times are 23:xx - 40:xx!) I Think you queried it at the time and Sharon was accepted as the winner, but frustratingly the results have only been partially changed so the 'first' women is now 'Unknown ATHLETE (F)'. Previously she was named. Funnily enough, in the same event, there was also initially another women listed in front of Sharon who was struck off the results for only doing two of the three laps!  All a bit farcical but a win is a win!


From Graham Pawley - Interesting parkrun stats - one point to note is that Holly Williams is the only woman at either of the Roundhay parkruns (junior and 5km) to have been first overall finisher (on 7.7.12) beating all the men/boys.  Tally Diamond has been 2nd quite a few times at the junior parkrun but has always had a boy ahead of her.


I’ll do the junior parkrun stats in the next V S Update.


Jaime Sawiuk – further info


I qualified from Brunel University in 2008 and since then I have pursued as many opportunities to learn and gain experience in sport. I am an Ex-Elite gymnast myself and I represented Yorkshire. Having trained up to 6 times a week and coached from a young age I understand what it is like to be the athlete keen to get through to he next competition. I also know what it is like to be the coach and I use this first hand knowledge to help guide both athletes and coaches with their rehab.


I have worked in numerous settings including spinal, upper and lower limb as well as obstetrics and chronic pain management. In addition I have worked with several rugby clubs including, Hunslet Hawks, and Parkside Hawks. Presently I am in my 6th season with Leodensians, and my 2nd season with Bramley Buffaloes. Lastly I work for British Gymnastics covering competitions for higher level athletes.


I recently have treated a number of runners and cyclists which I have found extremely rewarding. All of which I have managed to get through the marathons they have been training so hard for and helping them to achieve their PB. Kindly one marathon runner has mentioned myself on our testimonial page on our website.


It is this interest that has drawn me to Valley Striders to do a free advice session and treatment session for runners and cyclists. If treatment is needed on a longer term basis I will provide all Valley Striders with discounts to see me specifically in Clinic at David Lloyds.  At David Lloyds we can also offer a functional screening tool to prevent injury. We have a pool and running track which can be used before or after appointments.


I now keep myself fit with running and Pilates ( I have been known to still do the odd cartwheel). I will finish my instructing course for Pilates in August if there is any interest for me to start a class.