Subject:                                     V S Update - Round Hill, Tuesday at GSAL & LeedsMet, Roundhay parkrun, Tues 18th food, LCW teams, Harewood Races, WYXC, Bardsey Blast, Sicklinghall Sizzler


Sent: 07 August 2015 00:18

Sunday 9 August – Round Hill Fell Race


This Sunday is the Round Hill Fell Race and it scores triple points – V S Grand Prix, V S Fell Championship and Leeds Race Series.  See  for race details.  Those of you that did Ilkley Trail earlier in the year will know that the slopes on the north side of Otley/Ilkley are less steep than those on the south side (Otley Chevin and Ilkley Moor).  I note that the race entry fee has gone up 66% this year, it is now £5!!!  Sorry, I should have reminded you about this earlier.


Tuesday 11 August - Training


It’s the second Tuesday in the month and we’re back to the normal schedule, so the 6pm groups will be at Grammar School at Leeds and the 7pm groups will be at Leeds Beckett University Headingley.  For more details see the home page at (the training section in bright green)


Saturday 15 August – Roundhay parkrun


I think there are still a couple of marshalling positions and 3 or 4 pacing times available, please email Alex.  And if all the volunteering positions are full, then just come and run!


Use Facebook group   or email Alex or go to the “Future roster” page


Tuesday 18 August – Pie and Peas


Normal summer training sessions, followed by pie and peas, usual arrangements apply, email (for 7:15pm) (for 8:30pm) choosing meat or veggie pie, peas or baked beans.  Ice creams will also be available (no need to book).  Book food by 10pm Sunday 16 August.  


Leeds Country Way – Sunday 6 September


We ended up with 66 names, and as, in the last week, we lost more than we gained, we have decided only to have 5 teams, therefore there are 6 reserves.


The basis of selection was that everyone who put their name forward by the cut-off date (26 July) got a place.  Note that last year more than 10 dropped out, which means reserves have a very good chance of taking part.


Emails have now gone out this evening to everyone who put their names forward.  If you put your name forward and have not received an email, let me know ASAP.  The emails are by leg rather than by team, so that recces can be organised.  Most recce runs will be added as events in the Valley Striders Facebook group, and anyone is welcome to join in.


Teams are on the website .  We’re still taking names, so if you’d like to be added to the reserves list, please email


Harewood Trail Races and Junior Race – Sunday 8 November


Planning is well under way, and we will have entry forms, flyers and online entry by the end of August.


If you’re available to help on the day, please email


If you can also help before the day, either with flyers (handing out and/or putting on car windscreens and/or taking to schools, gyms, running shops etc), or helping lead a small team of marshals, please mention this when you email the “help” account.


Thank you!


West Yorkshire Cross Country


Please put these dates in your diary – Sunday 18 October at Wakefield, Saturday 31 October at Huddersfield, 14 or 15 November at Keighley and Sunday 6 December at Nunroyd, Guiseley.  Thanks to Jerry Watson for this information.




Bardsey Blast


This was the 3rd race in Jason Praill’s Yorkshire Trail Evening Series, and had been sub-contracted to Roundhay Runners.  There was a record number of 114 runners, the first time one of Jason’s races has passed the 100 mark.


    Oliver Smith       M  1   0:43:20 race winner

    Clive Bandy        M  9   0:50:10

    Paul Smith         M  9   0:50:10

    John Batchelor     M  9   0:50:10

    Rachel Mackie      F  1   0:50:45

    Sarah Grant        F  1   0:50:45

    Jerry Watson       M 13   0:51:20

    Colin Smith        M 23   0:56:10

    Bob Jackson        M 25   0:57:20

    Ian Sanderson      M 39   1:06:00

    Madeleine Watson   F  8   1:06:05

    Gillian Felton     F 12   1:08:15

    Jean Hussey        F 24   1:15:25

    John Hussey        M 54   1:15:25

    Deborah Fraites    F 40   1:24:05

    Elaine Craiggs     F 40   1:24:05


Next race the Sicklinghall Sizzler on Wednesday 26 August see  Approx 5.3 miles, also for the first time a junior race 3.1 miles minimum age 12.


Apologies if I’ve missed anyone else’s race report, if so, please send me a reminder!