V S Update - 10 March 2016

Training on 15 March; AGM and food on 22 March; Peco Relays; WY Track & Field; CWR and BMW; Race diary (VSGP, VSFC, LRS); Leos robbery fund; Yorkshire Vets; Results from National XC and Harewood half marathon.

Training on 15th March

We took a look at the rugby pitches this week and there's certainly not enough suitable ground on the floodlit pitch for it to be safe to run, so it's the same arrangements as has been since Xmas, i.e.

6pm from Leos - combined beginners, improvers and juniors. We will have 3 groups, and we are widening the qualification for juniors - just 5 parkruns will suffice (or running a Peco XC), but under-12s must be accompanied by a responsible adult running in the same group as them (but not necessarily at the same speed!).

We're hoping to resume training on Leos playing fields the first Tuesday after the clocks go back i.e. 29 March, but will keep you informed

7pm from Leos - intermediates and advanced runners groups

AGM and Food on 22nd March

At 8:30 we will be holding the AGM of the full V S club, i.e. runners, cyclists and triathletes. Everyone is welcome. Look out for a separate email from chair@valleystriders.org.uk coming very soon.

"Pie and peas" is on, two sittings, for food at 7:15pm book at earlyfood@valleystriders.org.uk and for food at 8:20pm (note earlier time) book at food@valleystriders.org.uk

Book before 10pm Sunday 20 March, choosing meat pie or veggie bake (3.50) and choose mushy peas or baked beans. Pay on the night, but note that if you order but don't turn up, you will need to pay unless we can re-sell your food.

Peco Relays Sunday 20 March

Teams of 3 are required for the final Peco event of the season. The junior relay starts at 10:00 and is approx. 1.3 miles each, the senior relay at 11:00 and is approx. 3.1 miles each.

So far we have a boys junior team, a girls junior team and an OAP team for the senior race. Surely more Striders are interested in taking part?!

Either make up your own teams, or contact teams@valleystriders.org.uk and I'll mix and match.

For more details and "terms and conditions" see www.pecoxc.co.uk

West Yorkshire Track and Field League

Valley Striders have entered this league. The first event is on Sunday 17 April and then there are 6 more dates through the summer. For further information, click on "Team Competition" in the top bar of the website. Note that entries need to be in by 4 April. Any queries to teams@valleystriders.org.uk.

Calderdale Way Relay and Bradford Millennium Way Relay

CWR is on Sunday 15 May and BMW on Sunday 28 June. For more information, click on "Team Competition" in the top bar of the website. Any queries to teams@valleystriders.org.uk.

Race Diary - races for next 2 months in V S Grand Prix and/or V S Fell Championship and/or Leeds Race Series

For other races in March and April and for more races after 10 May see www.valleystriders.org.uk/vsdates.htm . For some, such as Apperley Bridge Canter, Otley 10 and Wharfefale half marathon, I suggest you enter early!

For details of the Leeds Race Series, go to www.leedsathletics.net and follow the links from there. The Series is free to enter! Support local races organised by local clubs!

Armed Robbery at Leos

A total of 350 (minus a few pence) was donated, thank you!

Yorkshire Vets race - volunteers needed

I mentioned this in the previous V S Update and have had a very disappointing response, only 5 replies. I'll repeat the request, and if there isn't a better response, will cancel this event too.

We need about 30 marshals for the Yorkshire Vets race. If you are likely to be available to help on 21 June from 6:45pm to 8:45pm please email help@valleystriders.org.uk - NB we realise this is a long way in advance to commit, and so will understand if a few have to give back word nearer the date.


National Cross Country at Donington Park

This was the first year that any Valley Striders juniors had competed in the "National". Well run and well done to all three who finished well inside the top half of their races

Girls U13
129 Tally Diamond 15:37
196 Keira Jones 16:07
449 finished
Tally and Keira both have a further two years in this age group, who knows what positions they might be in 2018!

Girls U15
132 Sophie Turner 18:58
354 finished
Sophie has one more year in this age group, so hopefully will make the top 100 next year

696 Sara Dyer 55:21
739 finished

379 Daz Hibberd 51:35
382 Simon Midwood 51:39
435 Paul Fotherby 52:26
741 Jon Pownall 56:58
762 Gary Mann 57:11
914 Steve Webb 59:00
1730 finished
Team finished 51st out of 123 complete teams

Results Archive

I've been updating a results archive of various cross country and relay events on the website. Click on "For Club Members" in the top bar, and then "Cross Country" and / or "Local Relays" on the left.

If anyone can complete any of the gaps, please email me!

Harewood House Half Marathon

There were no club names shown on the results, I've found as many Striders as I could, but if you ran and I've missed you, please email me



Gun time

Chip time

GP Pts


Jonathan Smyth





Dave Penman





Mark Metcalfe





Gemma Merritt





Justin Mong





Alex Watson-Usher









This race counts as an "Any Other Marathon" in the V S Grand Prix. The points table has now been updated on the website, click on "For Club Members" in the top bar, and then "Grand Prix and Fell Champ" on the left.