Subject:                          V S Update - LCW runners desperately needed; Wetherby junior race; VS mile, handicap, mile, BBQ; Harewood marshals needed; Sedbergh report


Sent: 25 August 2014 00:37

In this week’s edition

·         Leeds Country Way on 31 August – we’ve had 11 drop-outs in the last 3 weeks and desperately need runners and reserves

·         VS mile and 5 mile races on 2 September – deadline approaching for BBQ booking

·         Harewood Trail Races on 19 October – marshals required

·         And more!


Leeds Country Way 31 August – Desperate Measures


Over the last 3 weeks, 11 people who originally signed up for LCW have dropped out for various reasons, plus several reserves have declared themselves unavailable,


At the time of writing, we definitely have one vacancy, are waiting for a reply from someone else, and have a third who injured their knee on Thursday and hope they’ll be OK by next Sunday.


So firstly can I ask the 69 still confirmed to run not to partake of any dangerous activities in the next 7 days.


And secondly can I ask the other 200+ Striders (including cyclists!) to let me know if you are free next Sunday (31 August) and in a state that you can manage approximately 10 miles, whatever the pace.


Please email   Thank you!


Wetherby Junior Race


Also on 31 August, this will be the first race in the V S Junior Grand Prix for 2014/5


VS Junior Mile, Adult Mile, Handicap 5 miles and BBQ on 2 September, book by 28 August


Final call for the BBQ on 2 September, 2 “sittings”

·         For 7pm email

·         For 8:30pm email

Bookings required by the evening of Thursday 28th, £7 per portion, please pay by internet, details at


And there will be 3 races on the night

·         1 mile for juniors and parents arrive 6:10pm

·         5 miles for adults arrive 6;45pm

·         1 mile for adults (including VSCC members) arrive 7:05pm


Harewood Trail Races – Sunday Oct 19th - message from John Wallace


Hi guys


Well, as Alex said last week the entries are starting to roll in so now we’re chasing for some marshals!


We need upwards of 100 volunteers all told to carry out a range of tasks, whether early morning set up of HQ and the finish area, car park attendants, dealing with entries, finish line recording or being marshals and cheering people on whilst showing them the way


There’s a lot going on and it’s our way of putting something back in for all those races and events we’ve taken part in and raising some money for charity to boot. It’s a couple of hours’ time and I’d venture to say most people enjoy it.


This year, for 1 years only, the headline race is only 8 miles so it’s a chance to work on a really unique occasion.


It’s just 2-3 hours of time so please volunteer by emailing


Thanks a lot.




Race Diary


Lots of local races in September, including


Ilkley Incline – Wednesday 3 September at 7pm


They say “We hope to provide another gruelling/enjoyable evening (with twenty two individual prizes) and maybe getting somewhere near last year's bumper turn out (at 108 up about 20% on the previous best). The entry fee has stayed at £1 50p since the race started 13 years ago”.


Accurately measured 1 mile uphill race climbing 560 feet on road and track. The start is at the foot of Keighley Road at the junction with Wells Road in Ilkley (GR SE 114469).

Course records: Men - John Henegan (Pudsey & Bramley) - 7:01 (2004) Women – Racheal Bamford (Otley A.C.) 8.28 (2012)


Other local races

·         Saturday 13 September – Rombalds Romp trail and fell races (same start time, 2 routes) –

·         Sunday 21 September – Kirkstall Trail –

·         Sunday 5 October – Horsforth 10k


Marshalling for other events


Yorkshire Marathon – 12 October - message from Holly Williams Button


Jane Tomlinson are looking for senior marshals for the marathon (12th October), it's a paid position with responsibility for a group of volunteers either on baggage/water stations/goody bags etc.

Email if you're interested. If there is a group of Striders from Leeds they could share cars.


Brownlee Triathlon – 21 September – message from WY Sport


Helen Galashan at West Yorkshire Sport has emailed us to ask for volunteers at the Brownlee Triathlon at Harewood House.  Their charity is Macmillan Cancer Support.


Rather than repeat the detail, it is on the WY Sport website


Race Results


Two wins in two weeks for VS ladies at Templenewsam parkrun – Alex Watson-Usher on 16 August and Louise Cazan on 23 August.  Coincidentally they will run the anchor leg for VS women’s team at LCW next Sunday!  Also a win for Tally Diamond, first girl at junior parkrun on 24 August.


Note in future, we’re going to have to be more specific when we say “junior parkrun” as there will be a junior parkrun at Templenewsam from 28 September.


Sedbergh Hills Race Report – from Steve Dixon


Sedbergh Hills Fell Race, Sunday 17 August.

AL 14.5 miles and 2000 metres of climbing.

English Fell Running Championships


This race gets better each time you do it. It's an absolute gem amongst the bejewelled hills of the Howgills in the eastern side of Cumbria.


The weather always adds interest, particularly this year with heavy showers and gale force winds. Wind chill meant freezing temperatures on the higher tops. This may have been a factor in why so many of the 400 entrants didn't make it to the start line. Many of the checkpoints were on exposed tops or in valley bottoms acting as wind funnels. These were all manned heroically by cheery supportive marshals ensuring we all made it back to the safety of Sedbergh.


Winder top was the last checkpoint towering above the town. It is a steep and ferocious descent for tired legs and many had falls and tumbles in their dash to the finish. Kim was leading the Valley Striders dash for home and was one of the fallen but still made it to the finish in under 3 hours. Unfortunately the fall was awkward and a twisted knee may keep her out of running shoes for some weeks. I wish her a speedy recovery.


Rob Hope, Pudsey & Bramley was first in 02.06.10 Victoria Wilkinson, Bingley was First Lady in 02.19.34 (I did hear this smashed the record!) Kim Threadgall Spence 132nd in 02.57.07 Andreas Mayer 188th in 03.14.25 Robert Bumstead 205th in 03.19.30 Steve Dixon 212th in 03.23.04 Graham Pawley 226th in 03.29.24

270 starters and 262 finished