Subject:                                     V S Update : Tuesday arrangements; Hoodies deadline; VS BBQ; Race diary; Relay season; Junior results wanted; Reports from Chevin and Scafell


Sent: 21 June 2015 01:06

Tuesday 23 June Arrangements


·         5:45pm Juniors/Beginners/Improvers training session – early start time and parking arrangements


It is the Vets Race later in the evening and we are expecting a continuous stream of cars coming off King Lane, down Crag Lane and into Leos Car Park from 6:15pm (or even earlier) until 7:15pm (or even later)


We will have early session for juniors, beginners and improvers from 5:45 to 6:45.


We are asking you not to park on Leos car park, nor at Alwoodley Cricket Club, nor at the little car park at the entrance to Leos, because if you do, when you want to leave, you will hold up the traffic coming in.  Options for parking are in front of the shops on King Lane (but not if they are still trading), on The Avenue, or on the Buckstones as you can access Leos from behind Alwoodley Cricket Club


Note that if you do park at Leos, we will ask you to move your car straight away or stay till the race starts at 7:30pm.


·         7pm Intermediates and Experienced runners training sessions - cancelled


·         Yorkshire Vets Race


We now have just enough marshals plus one substitute, so if you’ve volunteered, please don’t change your mind.  If you still want to come and help, please be at Leos in front of the clubhouse, at 6:45pm.  And if you want to run the race, you can, all we ask is that you help with the clearing up afterwards, in particular, putting the furniture back in place in the clubhouse.


Please email if you can help, see for list of names, click for map of route and for plan of start and finish


Hoodies – message from Mr Kit – deadline Monday 22 June


Summer Hooded Tops Order (Adults and Juniors) – DEADLINE 11:59pm Monday 22nd June 2015


The options / costs are:

·         Adult Black Hoody (no zip) - £21

·         Adult Black or Grey Hoody (full zip) – £26.25

·         Kids Black Hoody (no zip) – £16

·         Kids Black or Grey Hoody (full zip) - £20.50


Each hoody comes as either male, female or kids and will have ‘Valley Striders Leeds’ on the back (heat applied) and the same on the chest only smaller and embroidered. The price also includes for your name (can't be too long) or initials to be embroidered on the chest so you don’t get it mixed up with other Striders. If someone would prefer to not have their name adding, a slight saving to the prices above can be offered. However, this is not recommended as we have had issues with tops getting mixed up.   For pictures, go to and click on “Kit” in the top bar.


Sizing info can be found using these links

·         Full zip hoody: (black or grey):

·         Pullover hoody: (black):

You could always try on a fellow Striders top too but make sure they have an SG hoody not one of the old versions.


Please email your order to


Online banking should be paid to sort code 53-70-00, a/c number 72143851 (note that this is NOT the normal VS account), reference to include your name and the word “Hoody". Or write a cheque payable to “Valley Striders” (writing “Hoody” on the back) and send to John Shanks at 11 Sunnybank Road, Horsforth, Leeds, LS18 4NB.


Saturday 11 July - V S Summer Barbecue (from Dan, Becky and Cloughy)


Following the success of last year's Tour De France themed BBQ at Leos Rugby Club, we're doing it again!


In advance of the food and drink:


The cyclists’ plan is to go out on a number of different rides all meeting up at an agreed point then cycling back. All rides will set off from the Thomas Osborne and 10 Warrior Points are available for anyone who joins one of the rides no matter the distance. Keep an eye out on Facebook for more details.


For the runners we have 2 runs to celebrate the reopening of the dam at Eccup.  Both runs will set off at 5pm running the first few km together then splitting for a slightly longer route 11.5km or a slightly shorter route 9.5km to get back for the 6.30 kick off!:)


An event has been created on Facebook.


The party will commence with games starting from 6.30pm on the rugby pitches before we then eat a French themed BBQ at 8pm and enjoy drinks late in to the evening. As with last year, we have a bouncy castle booked to entertain the kids.


The event is open to all Valley Striders members, partners and children and the cost will be £10.50 per adult and £6.50 for kids.


Please email to confirm your booking. When ordering please let us know if you require a vegetarian option.


We will need money paying in advance to secure your place.  Online banking should be paid to sort code 53-70-00, a/c number 72143851 (note that this is NOT the normal VS account), reference to include your name and the word “BBQ". Or write a cheque payable to “Valley Striders” (writing “BBQ” on the back) and send to John Shanks at 11 Sunnybank Road, Horsforth, Leeds, LS18 4NB.


Races coming soon

·         Wednesday 1 July - Hyde Park Summer mile VSGP and LRS - approx 10 races with 25 runners per race, entry limit 250, only 60 places left, no entries on the day, last year there were about 20 Striders and a good time was had by all, as you get to run your race and watch another 9 races,

·         Wednesday 1 July - Hyde Park Summer half mile VSJGP and LJRS

·         Sunday 5 July - Eccup 10 and Junior races VSGP and LRS - only 150 places left, likely to fill before race day, see

·         Sunday 5 July - Eccup Junior races VSJGP and LJRS

·         Tuesday 7 July – “Jane Tomlinson” Canal Race at Methley LRS and Junior race LJRS

·         Saturday 11 July - Addingham Gala Fell Race VSFC

·         Sunday 12 July – Pool 5k Race (Chris Leggatt memorial run) (Chris was a member of Valley Striders) 3pm, part of “Pool Feast” starting at 1pm.  Last year the winning man and woman were both VS.

·         Tuesday 14 July – VS summer 1 mile and handicap races

·         Sunday 6 September – Leeds Country Way Relay – 72 Striders wanted to make 6 teams – email if you’d like to run.  The first 24 who reply are guaranteed to run, no matter how slow – you just need to be capable of running 10 miles.


Food on 7 July


Numbers of people eating at the later sitting seem to have been dwindling possibly because people didn’t want to risk being volunteered for a position of responsibility at Harewood.


We now have a team to organise the race (thank you!) so it will now be safe to book food.  Info will be on the website soon.


Relay Season


It’s the time of year for evening relays.  All of the following events are for teams of 3, and we ask you to make your own arrangements to make teams.


Danefield and Golden Acre can only be entered on the night, Washburn is pre-entry only.


Danefield Relay – Tuesday 30 June


Washburn Relay – Friday 17 July


Entries have to be sent via clubs, and I have these, so just email me if you want a form


The closing date is 11 July unless the entry limit (60 team) is reached earlier.


Golden Acre Relay – Wednesday 22 July




Junior Results Wanted


Lots of junior sports days and fun runs this time of year, so please email your results to me!!!


Chevin Fell race (from John Marsham)


I'd never done this before despite it being 'on the doorstep' and it looked like a fun way to get a bit more fast hill work in. With an expected time of around 20 minutes it wasn't my kind of race, but I seemed to do OK in the end. It's a straight-up straight-down sprint (well may be there's a short flatish bit on the top), with the fit able to accelerate on the less steep bits and the rest left plodding behind. Mick Loftus led what was a good turn out of Striders home. A fun race - great to have such 'suburban fell running', as Steve put it, on our doorsteps.


1       Jack Wood       M       Ilkley H        00:17:41

22      Mick Loftus     M45     Valley Striders         00:20:55

23      Paul Fotherby   M40     Valley Striders         00:20:58

32      Claire Green    F       Pudsey & Bramley        00:21:18

34      Steve Webb      M50     Valley Striders         00:21:19

39      John Marsham    M       Valley Striders         00:21:39

41      Andrew Bennett  M       Valley Striders         00:21:40

66      Robert Bumstead         M45     Valley Striders         00:23:04

117     Malcom Coles    M70     Valley Striders         00:28:27

138     Dave Jones      M50     Valley Striders         00:34:52


Scafell Pike Marathon, 7th June, 27.5miles, 1800m ascent/descent (from Ross Bibby)


Having done this race for the past two years since its inception and ranking it as one of my favourites, I was keen to run it for a third time, however after a botched then successful laser eye surgery operation and an enforced week and half off running I wasn't sure how I would get on.


The race starts and finishes in Keswick, and genuinely has the most variety and stunning scenery of any race I have taken part in. You can take a ferry across to the start at Nichol End Marina, or jog/walk a couple of miles around instead. From there you run along Derwentwater lakeside to Grange (where the 13k race that starts later turns off), and climb up through Castle Crag in Borrowdale. At this point the half marathon route turns off (which again starts later and Becky was doing) and the marathon carries on to Seatoller, then a short road section to Seathwaite. The "real" race however begins at Seathwaite, where you climb steeply up to Stockley Bridge and the checkpoint at Styhead tarn. I tend to start quite far back in this kind of race, and then gradually work my through the field, especially on the climbs, when some of the road runners and first timers who have set off too quickly soon get found out! I knew I had gained a significant number of places by Styhead, from where previous race knowledge is useful to pick up the trod track to the corridor route that takes you up to the summit of Scafell Pike. 


Although conditions were windy, the rain held off and visibility was pretty good most of the way up- that is of course until you get a few hundred metres from the summit plateau, where visibility turned to about 20 metres (which is pretty standard for whenever I seem to go up there!). From the summit it can become tricky in terms of navigation, and certainly underfoot, where you negotiate wet and slippy large boulder fields and scree in between Broad Crag and Ill Crag down to Esk Hause. From there it is a fast but rocky descent back to Styhead, and the return back down to Stockley Bridge and Seathwaite (you can save a few minutes by leaving the path here).


I knew I was in 5th place at this point so I pushed on through farmers fields and along the river to Rosthwaite, then begin the deceptively steep climb up to Watendlath. I had overtaken 4th place at this point, and on the descent past Watendlath Tarn and down to Ashness Bridge I was gaining on the 3rd placed runner. You take in some cracking views of Derwentwater as you cross Ashness bridge and climb but skirt below Falcon and Walla crag, before dropping out and crossing the road to begin the last few miles along the lakeshore back to the finish at Crow Park in Keswick. 


The race was won by world trail running champion and local resident Ricky Lightfoot in a new record 3hr40m, but I was chuffed to finish in 4th place in 4hr44m, knocking 23min off my time last year and finishing just 3.5min off second place and 28 seconds off third. Becky thoroughly enjoyed the half marathon, which takes in the first and last quarter of the marathon route, and due to start times meant we finished at pretty much the same time. I would highly recommend these races (check out for their series, plus maps of the routes) and also makes a very interesting 30 mile training loop from Keswick if you ever find yourself in the Lakes......


1. Ricky Lightfoot, Salomon Racing, 3.40.41

4. Ross Bibby, Valley Striders, 4.44.29

11. Charmaine Horsfall, 4.56.04 (1st female)

(156 finishers)