Subject:                          V S Update - Tuesday early starts; AGM and food; Harewood request; XC dates; Swimming survey; Race results; Dales Way; Olympic marathon


Sent: 19 September 2014 11:56

Tuesday Training – Early Starts


Please note that for the next 2 weeks (Tuesdays 23rd and 30th) the “7pm” groups will meet earlier to make the best use of the light.


Experienced runners - meet 6:40 at Leos to jog across the fields, or meet 6:45 at Leos to jog up The Avenue, or meet 7:00 by the lodge by the Reservoir.  23rd will be hills and 30th a pyramid session on the reservoir path.


Intermediates – meet 6:45 at Leos.


Tuesday 30 September – AGM and Food


The Annual General Meeting will start at 8:15pm on Tuesday 30 September.


All welcome – please come along to hear reports of the previous 12 months, elect your committee for the next 12 months, and discuss actions for the next 12 months.


Various papers will appear on the website in the days leading up to the meeting on .  Already there is a copy of the club constitution showing proposed amendments.  I’ll be putting Paul White’s accounts there soon.  Also there is a list is the current committee.  If you want to put names to faces or faces to names, go to .


Harewood Trail Races – 19th October – final begging request


John says - We’re nearly there but are still about 10 marshals short – if there is anyone out there who is still available for a couple of hours please email  as soon as possible so we can notify the various ‘teams’ in plenty of time. 


Bob says – John’s done a really neat change such that one set of marshals will be responsible for the junior race and a different set for the senior race – this means that the early group will be able to leave at 10:35 and some of the later group will be able to have a lie-in (although they will be needed before 10:35).  If you’re only available for a limited time, please say so on your email!


Bob also says – we’d like lots of Valley Striders juniors to run the 2 mile race – see .  It is in the Valley Striders Junior Grand Prix and in the Leeds Junior Race Series.


Cross Country Dates


We now have a full set of dates for the Cross Country season


·         Sun 19 Oct - West Yorks XC race 1 at Wakefield 

·         Sun 2 Nov - West Yorks XC race 2 at Leeds  [VSGP-XC]

·         Sat 22 Nov - West Yorks XC race 3 at Keighley [VSGP-XC]  

·         Sun 30 Nov - Peco XC race 1 at Barnbow (Crossgates)  [VSGP-XC] [VSJGP]

·         Sun 7 Dec - West Yorks XC race 4 at Guiseley 

·         Sun 14 Dec -  Peco XC race 2 at Pontefract or Nostell Priory  [VSJGP]

·         Sat 3 or 10 Jan - Yorkshire XC Championships        

·         Sun 4 or 11 Jan - Peco XC race 3 at West Park Leeds 

·         Sat 24 Jan - Northern XC at Pontefract 

·         Sun 8 Feb - Peco XC race 4 at Bodington Hall Adel 

·         Sat 21 Feb - National XC at Parliament Hill London 

·         Sun 1 Mar - Peco XC race 5 at Roundhay Park 


If you want to run West Yorks XC, please email before Tuesday 30 September – you can check your entry at – please note that if you want to run race 1 you must state your availability for marshalling at Harewood.


Please don’t email yet about Peco, there is plenty of time for this.


Templenewsam Junior Parkrun


Starts on Sunday 28 September.  The start time is 10:00, unlike Roundhay which is 09:00.  Would it surprise me if there were one or two Junior Striders running both events?


Swimming Survey


Mike Furby has created a survey (10 questions) and linked via the VS triathletes facebook page .  He thanks those who’ve responded so far and now wishes to widen the survey to all Valley Striders as only a small proportion of Striders have joined the facebook page.


He says “The aim is to try to identify the volume of interest in swimming within Valley Striders and whether there is a desire to do more swimming for whatever reason (leisure, injury recovery, triathlon). In addition I hope it will also point out the variety of options for decent swimming sessions that are already available and that you may not be aware of. It also allows comments to be added to some of the questions”


If you swim regularly or occasionally please respond to the survey, it will only take a minute to answer the questions.  Please add comments to the survey, and if you want to share them, then also use the Facebook page.


Membership Renewals


Details at .  Please note that the rate for runners for renewals is £25, the £30 rate is only for new members.  Some people have paid too much!


Race Results


There were a few Striders gaining VS Fell Championship points at the Rombalds Romp


   13  Myra  Jones          54:05  Trail  1st W

   42  Justin  Vogler     1:01:30  Fell

   49  Hayley  Nancolas   1:02:26  Trail  2nd W

   78  Malcolm  Coles     1:10:53  Fell   1st M60

   82  Bob  Jackson       1:12:17  Trail


The Fell Championship table is just a couple of weeks out of date, but you can be assured that as soon as Steve sends me the updated table with my one and only fell race of 2014, it will be uploaded to the website


The Grand Prix table has been updated to include Vale of York Half.  Note that VSGP has an “Any Other Marathon” category, and this includes off-road marathons, so if you run a marathon anywhere, please email your result.


21 years ago … the Dales Way


The Dales Way is an 82 mile long distance footpath from Ilkley to Windermere, and the Meanwood Valley Trail (that runs past Leos) is the official link path from Leeds onto the Dales Way.


Back in 1992 (?) a group of Striders ran the full distance as a relay. .  The beginners/improvers group should be able to recognise one of the runners!


In Clare Balding’s new series of “Rambling” on Radio 4, the 6 episodes will take in various stretches of the Dales Way.


In this week’s episode, she was walking from the Old Bridge at Ilkley (the official start point) to Bolton Abbey, and her companion for this section was one of the founders of the Rohan clothing company.


Here’s the link for iPlayer


10 Years ago … the Olympic marathon


10 years plus a few days ago Tracey Morris was running in the Olympic Games marathon – from Marathon to Athens.


Her story has just been featured in the Yorkshire Evening Post in a series of stories that they’re publishing about people who made the local headlines.