Subject:                          V S Update - Food; Goosanders; Membership payments; Results from York and parkruns; VSTC update


Sent: 16 October 2015 00:44

Food on Tuesday 20 October


Apple pie is back  (I hope)


Normal training sessions at 6pm and 7pm from Leos followed by lasagne


For food at 7:15pm book at , for food at 8:30pm, book at


In each case, choose meat or veggie lasagne (£3.50), and whether you also want apple pie and ice cream (£1.50).  Please book before 10pm Sunday 18 October.




Did you know that Eccup Reservoir was a Site of Special Scientific Interest?  (and has been since 1987).  Did you know that it has one of the largest colonies of goosanders?  Did you know that goosanders breed from October till February?   Neither did I till I applied for permission to Yorkshire Water for the Harewood 10 race route to go round Eccup Reservoir.


We now have some modified routes

5 mile

10 mile

2 mile


We still need lots of marshals.


If you’d like to help on the day, please email or “join” the Facebook event .  List of marshals will be at (but may be a few days behind)


VS adults if you want to run, please let us know at – we need to ensure we have sufficient marshals before we can “allow” our members to run.


VS juniors please enter now!  VS parents, please volunteer to marshal the “main” race, we will put you in the first mile, you’ll be able to see your child run the 2 mile and then walk (briskly) across the field to your marshalling position.


Race entries are now online at , please tell your friends.  We have 258 entries so far (185 for the 10 mile, 44 for the 5 mile, 29 for the 2 mile). 


And if you want to know more about goosanders, go to


Membership Payments


Earlier this week we had 221 members who had paid their membership fees for running / athletics.  Last year we had 454 in total, so there are a lot of you still to pay!


Adult renewal is £29, junior (under 16) renewal is £15, please pay by bank transfer to "AC Membership" Sort Code: 53-70-00  A/c Number: 72143878  Reference to say your name and “subs".  Or by cheque payable to “Valley Striders” and send to Tom Button, 36 Kingsway Court, Leeds, LS17 6SS.


There is an explanation of the membership rates at


If you want to check whether (we think) you’ve already paid, go to  This may be a few days out of date, the date last updated is at the top of the page.


Thank you!


Marathon (and Half Marathon) Season


Just a reminder that within the Grand Prix there is an “Any Other Marathon” and “Any Other Half Marathon” category, so if you run a marathon or half in Yorkshire or anywhere else in the world, please email in your result (event, date, position, gun time, chip time) to claim your points.  Points could mean prizes!




Vale of York Half Marathon (continued)


This race was also the Yorkshire Vets Half Marathon Championships and we had 3 winners, congratulations to Andy May (M40), Carmel Barker (W55), Ruth Warren (F60) all Yorks Vets champions.


Round Ripon 35 (from Richard Adcock)


The weather started a bit chilly but turned out nice on Saturday for the 35 mile trail race around Ripon.

It was a nice route starting at Studley Roger, with trails across the fields and through the woods but a lot more road than I expected.

Finished 37/126 in 6:32:06


Yorkshire Marathon


    6 Andy May         2:35:38  2:35:38  1st M40

  152 Kevin McMullan   3:08:16  3:08:01

  204 Joel Giddings    3:12:15  3:11:51

  384 Dave Simms       3:24:07  3:23:43

  407 Gareth Barns     3:25:18  3:24:54

  454 Andy Pagdin      3:27:31  3:27:07

  482 Sam Harris       3:28:25  3:27:42

  604 Mike Hall        3:33:19  3:32:55

  935 Mike Furby       3:47:15  3:46:60

 1523 John Hussey      4:02:00  3:57:56

 1427 Ruth Warren      4:00:31  3:58:35

 1487 George Black     4:01:15  4:00:10  1st M70


Yorkshire 10 mile


  120 Justin Mong      1:13:13  1:11:12 

  948 Louise Jennings  1:36:43  1:34:52

  997 Sarah Clark      1:37:52  1:36:01




Congratulations to Tally Diamond who was 1st female finisher at Templenewsam 5k parkrun last Saturday. This was 4 days before her 11th birthday.  Happy birthday too!  I suggested that she might be the youngest ever parkrun winner, and was informed that she’d won another one 2 months ago!


The following day at Dewsbury, Valley Striders girls took the first 4 places (they beat all the boys) with 1 Sophie Turner, 2 Tally, 3 Keira Jones and 4 Imogen Idle.


All 4 of them will be representing VS at West Yorkshire Cross Country this coming Sunday, together with Alvie and Laurie O’Brien.  Come on, Striders!


Munich marathon, half marathon and 10k


Results awaited


V S Triathon Championships (from Mike Furby)


The latest GP table is now on the website (follow the “Triathlon” link in the top bar).


Added are Oulton Park Duathlon, Brownlee, Dam Ard and Last of Summer Tri.

As a result of some amazing results from VSTC athletes over the last couple of weeks we do see some changes at the top of the table. Anna Hobbs moves into 2nd overall with her fantastic win at Last of Summer Tri but is still second lady with Alison Price retaining her lead. The other significant change is that Vernon Long has taken over as MVet leader by less than half a point with his excellent AG win at Brownlee Tri as well as a decent result at Dam Ard allowing him to remove two lower scoring races. Daniel Price retains leadership in the Male category and 3rd place overall with Vernon in 4th. Sue Carr remains in the lead of the FVet category. Welcome also to the leaderboard Martin Sutcliffe and Jon Pownall with their first races for VSTC completed.

There are now 37 Striders who have completed at least one triathlon this year.