Subject:                          V S Update - Training at GSAL, Hi-vis, Food on 21st, Parents meeting, Results and reports from 5 long distance events and more


Sent: 11 October 2014 19:19

Congratulations to Myra who was 1st lady at the Kielder marathon last Sunday – see our website for a picture of her crossing the line


Tuesday 14 October – Training at GSAL – 5:45pm start


Note that it’s the 2nd Tuesday in the month, so it must be track training.


The juniors and beginners/improvers will be at Grammar School at Leeds.  There are no floodlights so we’ll be starting at 5:45pm prompt.


Note also that they’ve changed the parking arrangements at GSAL, you’ll need to park in the visitors car park down the main drive and then on the right.  Then work your way anti-clockwise round the school buildings to get to the track.


For intermediates and experienced runners,


the session is at Leeds Met at the usual start time of 7pm.  Note the price is now £4.50.  Unfortunately we can’t have a bulk booking, so some of the committee members are investigating whether there are any alternatives.  If you use the track more than once a week, it is cheaper less expensive to take out annual membership at £225.


Hi-Vis for Training


Hi-vis is now compulsory for all 6:45pm and 7pm sessions.


Juniors and beginners/improvers at the 6pm sessions need not wear hi-vis but please wear a light colour rather than black or dark blue, so as to be more visible under floodlights!


Junior Striders wanted for Harewood Junior Race – Sunday 19 October


Marshals will be getting their final instructions this week; what we need now is lots of junior Valley Striders to run.  Race details and entries at and it’s only £3 to enter online (£5 on the day).


Not only will you get the best support from all the Valley Striders marshals, but also you’ll be gaining V S Junior Grand Prix points and Leeds Junior Race Series points.


Tuesday 21 October – Food


Two sittings for pie and peas – please book by 10pm Sunday 19th

·         early sessions followed by pie and peas at 7:15pm book at before 10pm Sunday choosing meat pie or veggie bake (£3.50), whether you want mushy peas or baked beans and whether you want apple pie (£1.50)..

·         later sessions followed by pie and peas at 8:30pm book at  before 10pm Sunday choosing meat pie or veggie bake (£3.50), whether you want mushy peas or baked beans and whether you want apple pie (£1.50).


Please note if you book and don’t cancel before 10pm Sunday, you are liable for payment if you don’t attend.  If you subsequently email a cancellation, we may be able to re-sell your food.


Parents of Juniors Meeting


I’ve updated the website


We’ll be setting up a rota to ask you to support the juniors session approximately once every 4 weeks.


The Junior Christmas Party has been booked for Tuesday 6 december – save the date!


The final tables for the Junior Gramd Prix 2013/4 are now on the website, presentations will be at the Xmas Party.


More information on juniors to follow


West Yorkshire Cross Country


Good luck to everyone running the first WYXC on 19 October.  If you’ve not registered and want to run the 2nd race, email by Saturday 18 October to


Membership Renewals


If you’ve paid in the last 2 weeks but can’t see it updated on don’t worry, Paul is away and we’ve not had an update from the bank.


But for the 40% of you who haven’t paid yet, this is just another gentle reminder!  And if you’re not intending to renew, please let Tom know




Great Yorkshire Stair Climb – Saturday 22 November


Further to last week’s email where I suggested a VSAC vs VSCC challenge, but of course there are more than 50 Valley Striders who are members of both VSAC and VSCC, so it would have to be an AC vs CC vs AC+CC challenge


Entry and further information at


Harriers vs Cyclists – Saturday 15 November


The previous week to the Stair Climb is the “Harriers vs Cyclists” event organised by Bingley Harriers.


This is part of the VSAC Grand Prix, but hopefully there will be some VSCC mountain-bikers to add further competition


Details at 


RESULTS AND REPORTS (Alphabetical order)


Atlantic Coast Challenge  - from Richard Adcock

Day 1. Padstow-Perranporth
28.6 miles along the coast path and across beaches - It was hot, undulating and tiring although I did get to see Newquay without going near a nightclub.
5:24:38 Finished 26/162 but there were definitely some short cuts being taken by others which was annoying.
60 miles to go


Day 2. Perranporth-Hayle
Another day, another marathon!  26.3 miles along the coast path, through sand dunes and across beaches never seems to get any easier.
Tired legs from the off today meant it seemed to take forever to get to 13.1 miles, then another forever to get to the end!
5:04:45  39/156
Just 29 miles tomorrow


Day 3. Hayle-Lands End
27.25 miles
I will take back what I said about yesterday’s stage, today definitely took forever to get to half way!
The first 4 miles were painful on aching thighs, then we climbed out of St Ives and the coast path was torture - climbing over slippy wet rocks unable to run for the next 10 miles was exhausting (4 hours to do 14 miles!)
The terrain eased up for the second half, and my mindset and pace improved especially for the last 3 miles when I felt great.
7:00:56   59/147


Overall 37th


Barcelona Ironman Triathlon – from Dan Price


Ali and I both finished the inaugural Ironman Barcelona on Sunday. Ali smashed it in 12:47 and I was pleased to finish (14:06) without any knee problems. Both survived (even enjoyed!) the washing machine start of the sea swim, the bike was along the coast in spectacular scenery and super flat and the run was through the town of Callela with the whole town out to support. Superb Event and highly recommended to anyone looking to smash their PB or do their first Ironman. Mike Furby and Richard Adcock - sub-11 hour potential? Potential future VSCC Tri trip?


Chester marathon


Four Striders here, including the fastest Striders marathon (so far) this year

    14 Andy May       2:37:49

   316 Adam Parton    3:17:43

   321 Mike Robins    3:18:10

   734 Kate McIntyre  3:38:37


NB congratulations to Duncan Clark from Abbey Runners who won the “metric marathon” 26.2km at the age of 50, there’s hope for us old uns yet.


Ilkley Aquathlon 1-2-3


Congratulations to the Hollis family with a collection of podium places at this event

·         Ella Hollis finished 3rd/12 girls in the “Tri Start” cetgory

·         Ben Hollis finished 2nd/34 boys in the “Tri 1” category

·         And Esther Hollis was 1st lady (of 3) in the Adult category


Junior parkruns - 5 October


At Templenewsam, Tally Diamond was 1st girl (3rd overall) in 8:38.


At Roundhay, Millie Sofilas was 1st girl (8th overall) in 9:23, Josephine Pawley 2nd girl 9:38, Alessia Teoli 4th girl 10:29, Amy Sofilas 5th girl 10:54 and Laura Vogler 6th girl 11:10.  The boys were represented by Dominic Richardson (11:01), Julian Vogler (11:22), Alec Twigg (11:26) and Marco Teoli (14:44).


Kielder Marathon


Congratulations to Myra Jones who was 1st woman across the line in 3:17:58.


The other Striders finisher was Ruth Warren in 4:25:37




Lisbon Results (gun times) from Joe Hanney



·         David Thompson (2nd claim Strider) 3.09

·         Joe Hanney 3.24.40

·         Ross Bibby 3.38.56

·         John Batchelor 3.54.07

·         Jonathan Brownbill 3.56.46


Half Marathon

·         Jonathan Smyth 1.27.22

·         Ian Sanderson 1.30.30

·         Dan Murray 1.32.19

·         Tim Towler 1.33.21

·         Roy Huggins 1.35.33

·         Alistair Smyth 1.37.26

·         Tom Button 1.40.01

·         Alan Hutchinson 1.41.31

·         Jake Towler 1.47.26

·         Chloe Hudson 1.52.48

·         Patrick Barrett 2.09.04

·         Becky Bibby 2.19.16

·         Richard Clough 2.23.16


5.5k (not timed) - Gary Mann, Jeremy Ladyman, Carol Towler


Honeymooners – John Wallace, Emma Wallace


Photographer – Kathy Robbins