Subject:                                     V S Update - Deadlines, Peco XC, Xmas parties, Yorks XC, Xmas trees, Xmas training, Beer, Oakwood O, Membership subs, Emails, Running workshop, Junior results


Sent: 04 December 2014 23:47


·         VS Junior Xmas party – sign up by Saturday 10pm – nb see section below for a slight change in arrangements

·         VS Xmas party – sign up by Sunday 10pm

·         Yorkshire Cross Country – sign up by Sunday 10pm

·         Peco Cross Country (race 2) (new registrations only) – sign up by Sunday 10pm


Peco XC League


This email is all about Christmas arrangements, but I do need to start by congratulating the 48 gents and 13 ladies who ran at Barnbow in Peco race 1 last Sunday

·         VS men (8 to count) first in the top division

·         VS ladies (5 to count) first in the top division

·         VS men’s vets (6 to count) fourth in the top division

·         VS ladies’ vets (3 to count) first in the second division

·         VS men’s second team (i.e. positions 9 to 16) first in the division for second teams

·         VS ladies’ second team (i.e. positions 6 to 10) first in the division for second teams

·         VS men’s third team (i.e. positions 17 to 24) second in the division for second teams


The full results are on the Peco website.  I’ve not put them in this email to save space, but the VS names can now be found from


Next week’s race is Sunday 13th at Nostell Priory. Car parking will be £1 and it’s a 50 mile round trip (from Leos), so car sharing is recommended. Full race details will be at .


If you did register for race 1 but didn’t run, your number will be under the VS Flag at the race – you’ll need your number before you register.


If you didn’t register for race 1 and want to run race 2, email by this Sunday night.


Race 2 will be the first race in the VS 2015 Grand Prix!


Finally good luck to our men’s and ladies’ teams running at Guiseley this Sunday, they are both placed second in the West Yorkshire XC league and if we get 2 sets of silver medals it will be a great achievement.


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


It’s the final chance to book 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.


Notification of new arrangements.  There will be games before the food and the first two will be outside (unless raining), so please could children come in their running kit and shoes and bring their party gear and a spare pair of shoes to change into.  The games will start at 6:20pm.


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.


There will also be games between courses and after the meal and many awards to be presented.


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). If you are booking late and paying on the night, please bring a cheque if possible as this makes it easier for those collecting the money.


Names will be updated at (please check after a couple of days!) – so far we have 29 children and 18 adults.


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


It’s the final chance to book 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.


Once booked, please pay – click on for how to pay (please include your name and “Xmas” as reference if paying online).  If you are booking late and paying on the night, please bring a cheque if possible as this makes it easier for those collecting the money.


Names will be updated at (please check after a couple of days!) – so far we have 63 booked.  Due to capacity, it seems likely that bookings after Sunday night will be rejected.


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


Yorkshire Cross Country Championships – Entries close Sunday 7 December


This season’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 email the “teams” account as above to run in the Northern Cross Country on Saturday 24 January at Pontefract and/or the National Cross Country on Saturday 21 February at Parliament Hill London.


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


Xmas Training


Note that we will be training as usual from Leos on Tuesdays 23 and 30 December, but no sessions on Thursdays 25 December and 1 January.


Beer for sale


We have a number of cases of Harewood Trail Ale beer for sale at £10 for a case of 8 bottles.  This money will go to the charity.  The beer is well within its sell by date!  Please collect and pay at the Xmas party or on Tuesday 16 December.


Oakwood Ho Ho 'O' - Christmas orienteering challenge from Jason Praill


The Oakwood Ho Ho 'O' is a Christmas orienteering challenge around Gledhow and Roundhay with a choice of 3 courses, approx 5, 10 & 15km. It's free, easy and fun. A fully marked map is provided with instructions. All controls are within a few metres of existing paths, but it depends on whether you know all the paths in the area!
Full details are provided here:
Oakwood Ho Ho O Details

Have a go whenever you want, start and finish at the Oakwood clocktower. Time yourself and share your experiences on facebook - but please, do not share your answers! Keep a lookout for other people on the course, or team up if you prefer. It's just for fun and may particularly appeal to the ADVENT-ure racers in the club.

There will be winners, but no prizes unless someone cares to donate an unwanted Christmas present. Complete your run by 31st December and register your results at 




Membership Subs


We started the year (September 1) with 477 members

20 have resigned

80 new members have joined

321 have renewed, so we now have 401

But 136 have still not renewed - Please pay your £25 or £15 as soon as possible, see for how to pay


The membership list is at .  It is up to date to 2 December.  NB please let me know if you’re showing as “due” but have paid, it is likely to be my mistake.


Email Communication


Note there are now several new-ish email distribution lists

·         Cycling weekly email – to be on the distribution list, email

·         Triathlon occasional emails - to be on the distribution list, email

·         Fell running emails – this is via a Google group. To request membership of the group send an email to . You do not need a gmail account for this.  The group is a private discussion group that is not listed on Google's group directory.  Emails to the group address - from members only - get distributed to everyone on the list. You can unsubscribe at any time.

·         For other distribution lists, see the “Contact Us” page on the website


Interesting workshop for Distance Runners


‘Take The Brakes Off Your Distance Running’ Workshop

Saturday 20th December 1000 - 1300

Spring Hall Track, Huddersfield Road, Halifax.


The workshop will cover the main areas that hold distance runners back from running faster and achieving PB’s. The workshop will be a mixture of practical ( indoor and on the track ) and theory, looking at :

-       Running technique problems and how to solve them.

-       Common running related injuries, causes and how to stop them happening.

-       Muscle imbalances, tightness and weakness and how they can be corrected including soft tissue release and suggested stretches.

-       Which muscles aren’t activated in many distance runners and how to switch them on.

-       How to build a runner’s engine, including explaining what VO2, threshold and heart rate zones training systems are and how to use them.


The workshop will be delivered by a British Athletics Level 3 / UKSCA Level3 Coach and a Lead Olympic Physiotherapist.


Bob says - it costs £20 – if you’re interested I’ll email you the booking details




West Yorks XC Race 3 Junior Races


Unfortunately Tally Diamond arrived too late to run in the under-11’s race (remember the traffic problems I mentioned last week), but she ran in the under-13’s and had a great run against girls 2 or 3 years older and finished 43rd out of 74.


In the Under-15 boys, Alex Irvine was 51st


In the Under-17 boys, Alex Pagdin was 5th


Peco XC Race 1 Junior Races


Junior 1.1 mile (school years 4 to 6)


    9 Alvie O’Brien    8:31   5   B4-6    8

   21 Tally Diamond    9;12   5   G4-6    4

   25 Imogen Idle      9:27   5   G4-6    7

   41 Sarah Brady     11:15   6   G4-6   14

   50 finished


Junior 2.1 miles (school years 7 to 12)


   22 Alex Irvine      16:53  10  B10-12   7

   26 Claudia Stanton  17:36  12  G10-12   4

   32 Laurie O’Brien   19:01   7   B7-9   11

   41 finished


Peco XC Senior Races


Results can be found from


This now completes the VS Grand Prix 2014.  A record 230 members took part running 981 times and a record 48 ran 8 or more races.  Final tables can be found from


VS Grand Prix 2015 starts with Peco Race 2 on 13 December.


Yorkshire and Humberside Junior Triathlon Series


Congratulations to Ella Hollis who was 2nd in Tristart Girls and Sam Hollis who was 3rd in Tristart 1 Boys in the Yorkshire and Humber Junior Triathlon Series 2014.


Leeds Christmas Challenge 10k – from Howard Jeffrey


Howard emailed : I had a great race at Leeds Christmas challenge 10K with Pete Johnson from Scarborough AC, who's name you probably recognise (yes I do, although he runs for Scarborough, he lives in Roundhay!). He was first o/65 at the Abbey Dash, one and a half minutes faster than me. I was jaded at the Dash but felt good on Sunday so we had a real ding dong all the way round. I came out on top by 4 seconds. 20th overall and 1st o/60 in 43:06


Other Valley Striders were Simon Barker 49:21 and Chris Sawyer 53:45.