Subject:                          V S Update - Peco race 1; Food on Tuesday; Yorks XC; Xmas Dos; Xmas Trees; Results from WYXC race 3


Sent: 27 November 2014 00:05

Peco race 1 this Sunday 30 November


All the race details are at the foot of this email.  To summarise –


·         junior races are at 10:00 (school years 4-6) and 10:20 (school years 7-12).  No need to pre-register.  Pay £1 on the day at race HQ.  Please wear VS vests or VS T-shirts - if you don’t have one, please wear a white top.  I have a few spares which I’ll bring to race HQ.


·         adult races start at 10:50 (men) and 11:00 (ladies).  A list of Striders who have been registered is on the website.  No-one else may run in race 1.  We will have numbers for you at the clubhouse at race HQ.  All numbers will be labelled with names.  You will need your number before you join the queues to pay £3.  Please wear VS vests or VS T-shirts - if you don’t have one, please wear a white top. Please could VS members bring spare vests if they have one.


Please could we have 4 or 5 volunteers to come early (9:30) and take it in 15 minutes shifts to look after and hand out the VS race numbers


Finally please see the note about removing muddy footwear in the event venue.


See you Sunday!!


Food next Tuesday – Tuesday 2 December


Normal training sessions – see the website for details.


Two sittings for lasagne – please book by 10pm Sunday 30 Nov

·         early sessions followed by lasagne at 7:15pm book at before 10pm Sunday choosing meat or veggie lasagne (£3.50) and whether you want apple pie (£1.50).  NB I have been asked to ask that soft drinks are not brought in to the bar / function room area.

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


Yorkshire Cross Country Championships – Entries close Sunday 7 December


This year’s Yorkshire Cross Country will on Saturday 10 January at Lightwater Valley. Race details  £6  Closing date 7 December.  Please send names to  Please check your name at


Also advanced notice of Northern Cross Country on Saturday 24 January at Pontefract. Race details  £7 adults £5.50 juniors.  Closing date 7 January.  Email the “teams” account as above


Also advanced notice of National Cross Country on Saturday 21 February at Parliament Hill London. Race details £7 Closing date 5 January.  Email the “teams” account as above.


VS Junior Xmas Party – Tuesday 9 December – names by Saturday 6 December


Bookings are now being taken for the Junior Christmas Party (parents welcome too!) to be held on Tuesday 9th December 2013 at Leos from 6:15pm to 8:00pm approx.


The buffet menu will cater for children and adults and include chicken nuggets, chilli, hot dogs, nachos and pizza for mains and a selection of desserts including cheesecake and jelly & ice cream. We have games planned before the meal, between courses and after the meal, and also a quiz (I suspect a knowledge of boy and girl bands may be an advantage).  We also have some awards to present.  More information to follow. Please arrive for about 6:15pm.  NB no junior training session on 9 December.


Tickets cost £6 (same price all ages) and to book your place please email by Saturday 6 December – NB please advise number of children and number of adults. Veggie option available, please say in your email. 


Once booked, please pay – click on for how to pay (please include your name and “JuniorXmas” as reference if paying online).


Names will be updated at (please check after a couple of days!)


V S Xmas Party -  Friday 12 December – names by Sunday 7 December


Bookings are now being taken for the Christmas Party to be held on Friday 12th December 2013 here at Leos.


The evening will be a Christmas party like never before (or maybe like last year)! You will be welcomed from 7pm by a festive atmosphere of music and friends.


The ticket price will include a two course buffet meal, a band, 10 top quality prizes for the raffle, a short celebration of our running achievements from the year and dancing through as late as 2am.


Tickets will cost £15 and to book your place please email by Sunday 7 December. Veggie option available, please say in your email.  There will be no admittance on the night without pre-booking.


Names will be updated at (please check after a couple of days!)


Once booked, please pay – click on for how to pay (please include your name and “Xmas” as reference if paying online).


All welcome – first claim, second claim, cyclists, triathletes, social members and partners


Xmas trees


Message from Tony (the chef) Firth.


Exclusive offer to Valley Striders members – hand-picked Xmas trees at reduced prices if you mention you are a Strider.  E.g. a 6ft Norway spruce for £30 instead of £36.  Other sizes available, just say the size you want and Tony will give you a quote.  Contact Tony on 07903 778 918




West Yorks XC Race 3


With the overnight rain, steep hills, tricky cambers, tight corners etc, it was a challenge that sorted out the cross-country specialists from the road runners.


Also with long queues through Shipley and a major diversion on the Bingley by-pass, it was also a challenge to arrive in time for the races.


Women                                    Dist   Pace    GP   

      20  Myra Jones            0:22:08   5.4  4:05.9     85

      24  Hannah Corne          0:22:25   5.4  4:09.1     84

      36  Rachel Mackie         0:23:06   5.4  4:16.7     83

      49  Sue Sunderland        0:24:12   5.4  4:28.9     80

      50  Sarah Shanks          0:24:13   5.4  4:29.1     79

      55  Gemma Midwood         0:24:53   5.4  4:36.5     78

      63  Pascale Fotherby      0:26:16   5.4  4:51.9     77

      64  Alex Watson-Usher     0:26:17   5.4  4:52.0     76


There would have been 10 but two of our team didn’t get there in time.  The women’s team were 7th, but moved UP in the overall league tables from equal 3rd to 2nd because neither the team previously 2nd (Wakefield) nor the team previously also equal 3rd (Skyrac) had complete teams.  The fourth Skyrac runner was also stuck in traffic so the roadworks were actually to our  benefit!



      14  Matthew Hallam        0:26:27   7.7  3:26.1    100

      17  Jon Parker            0:27:01   7.7  3:30.5     99

      23  John Hobbs            0:27:19   7.7  3:32.9     98

      24  Gwil Thomas           0:27:20   7.7  3:33.0     97

      31  Paul Fotherby         0:27:43   7.7  3:36.0     96

      32  Jon Pownall           0:27:44   7.7  3:36.1     95

      47  Jerry Watson          0:28:49   7.7  3:44.5     94

      52  Steve Webb            0:28:57   7.7  3:45.6     93

      57  John Shanks           0:29:31   7.7  3:50.0     92

      63  Andrew Bell           0:29:50   7.7  3:52.5     91

      84  James Tarran          0:30:50   7.7  4:00.3     90

      85  Vernon Long           0:30:52   7.7  4:00.5     89

      94  Simon Vallance        0:31:08   7.7  4:02.6     88

      97  Gary Mann             0:31:13   7.7  4:03.2     87

      99  David Merritt         0:31:28   7.7  4:05.2     86

     115  Adam Parton           0:33:28   7.7  4:20.8     82

     119  Andy Pagdin           0:34:02   7.7  4:25.2     81


For the third race in a row it was 1st Leeds City, 2nd Valley Striders.


Howard Jeffrey

Howard is first claim with Otley, second claim with is.  Apologies to Howard, I missed him off the results of Roy’s parkrun even though he was on the team photo in a VS vest, and also missed him off the Abbey Dash results (more excusable as he was listed as Otley).  His times were 20:03 for parkrun and 41:51 3rd M60 (chip 41:27) at Abbey Dash


Kevin McMullan

Kevin was listed as “Kevin Sanderson” in the Abbey results.  No idea why, don’t they think we have enough Sandersons already?  Kevin’s time was 38:34 (chip 37:59)



PECO Cross-Country League (Please note the start times below...)

Race No.1, organised by St.Theresa’s A.C. at Barnbow Social Club, Manston Lane, Cross Gates, Leeds, on Sunday 30 November 2014


Race HQ postcode for SatNav users: LS15 8AD
Race HQ location map link:,434564&st=4&ar=y&mapp=map.srf&searchp=ids.srf&dn=566&ax=437697&ay=434564&lm=0

In is anticipated that the 2014-5 races will be attended by many more runners than in previous years. As a result there will be some restrictions on the use of the land and facilities we are using, plus an experimental new format to the main race.

Barnbow Social Club is a private facility, with a neighbouring football ground and pavilion. STAC has arranged use of the club’s function room between 9:00am and 1:30pm. This will be used for registration before the race and presentation of results afterwards. It is also intended to provide refreshments there after the race.

Adult runners should already have their numbers. Registration desks will be divided by groups of numbers (e.g. 1-400, 401-800, 801-1200, 1201 upwards); please look out for the appropriate queue.
Entry fees are £3 for adult runners and £1 for junior runners.
All runners must register individually and present their race number at the registration desk: only runners whose names have been pre-registered with the League by 23rd November will be eligible to count towards team scores.

Changing rooms and showers in the neighbouring football ground will be available to participants in the race. Unfortunately there is only a single shower room, so anyone wishing to use this facility should bring swimwear. The toilets in the club may not be used as changing rooms. Also please note that muddy shoes and clothing must not be worn on the function room, which has recently had a new carpet fitted – this includes officials, helpers and spectators as well as competitors.

There is a car park, but space is limited. It might be necessary for some cars to park along Manston Lane, beyond the junction with Sandleas Way. With the numbers anticipated, car-sharing is essential. Manston Lane/Sandleas Way junction is served by First Leeds bus services 11, 11A & 64. Manston Lane/Pendas Way junction (approximately half a mile away) is served by First Leeds service 40.

The courses are variations of equivalent events held in the same area since January 2008. However, in anticipation of the number of competitors, the landowners have restricted our use of some of the area that has been used previously, notably the northern and eastern perimeter of the large field, which abut the streams. The start and finish points will be in the large field, on the opposite side of Manston Lane to the race headquarters, but the start points will be further away than before so please allow time to get there in time.

Because of restrictions on the use of the main field, club flags and tents cannot be accommodated immediately adjacent to the course (with the possible exception of a facility for the first aid team). It might be possible to accommodate flags and tents on the football pitch, alongside the race headquarters, instead.

It is recommended that cross-country/trail studded shoes be worn, though road-running shoes with a good tread might be sufficient if the course is reasonably dry. The courses are not suitable for spikes as there are two short concrete bridges and almost a mile along a semi-metalled track. In the adult race there is one water jump, which will be at the first half-mile. There are no stiles to cross, and it is intended that gates on the route will be kept open for the duration of the race. (Please note that the junior runners will need to cross the stream to reach their start position, but the water jump is not part of their course.)

The courses have been measured by a GPS device as follows:-

Age groups for all 5 races in the season are based on age on 30/11/14

Please note that the main race for adults will have a staggered start, with the men starting ten minutes before the ladies; this is intended to alleviate congestion at the start of the race. (It is estimated that the fastest ladies will catch up with the tail of the men’s race around 2¼ to 2½ miles.) There will be separate finish funnels for ladies and men. Start times of races will be as follows:-