V S Update - 25 March 2017

Tuesday 28 March Training - all groups from Leos

Advanced Summer Training at Eccup (message from Steph Gledhill)

Summer training at Eccup reservoir will start again with the 3x10 session on Tuesday 4th April.

There are two options when running from the club, on road or partly off road.

We will follow the on road route on the first night due to it still getting dark early-ish.

Once the nights get lighter people will have the option to run off road there and back.

The on road route is up The Avenue, turn right at the top, cross over Alwoodley Lane and down Goodrick Lane (same place as the handicap races).

The off road route heads up The Avenue, then turns off to the left along The Quarry, cross Alwoodley Lane to Lakeland Crescent, you then access the fields, head down the field to the bottom, over the style, then follow the path round the field to your right.

The intermediates summer training start date will be posted soon.


We're hoping to have food at Far Moss soon, will let you know by email and Facebook groups.

West Yorkshire Track and Field

A reminder that entries must be posted, and must arrive by 4 April.

For details see www.valleystriders.org.uk/striders_team.htm

Please contact juniors@valleystriders.org.uk if you have any questions.

Bradford Millennium Way Relay (message from Myra Jones)

The Bradford Millennium Way Relay is taking place on 25th June this year. The relay is made up of 5 legs of between 8 and 11 miles and each leg is run as a pair. It would be great if we could enter a couple of teams.

It's a lovely trail route that doesn't actually go near Bradford, instead you'll take in the delights of Bingley, Haworth, Laycock (near Keighley), Silsden and Ilkley. If you would like to run and/or if you have any questions please email teams@valleystriders.org.uk .

We would like to sort the teams out over the Easter weekend so that we have plenty of time to recce, so please let us know if you can run by 15th April.

Wetherby 10k / Leeds Country Way Relay

I've seen that early bird entries have just opened for the Wetherby 10k. PLEASE RESIST TEMPTATION. This is almost certainly the same day as the Leeds Country Way Relay. Striders policy is to guarantee a run to at least the first 12 Striders who put their names forward irrespective of pace, hopefully we'll have 5 teams again this year.

Race Results (message from Graham Jones)

All Valley Striders results from road races and multi-terrain races (plus some trail races over a measured course) are included in our Performance Database. We use this for the VS Grand Prix; for calculating club handicap start times; and for choosing relay team pairings. In theory, we also use it for age-graded performance awards, though we've not publicised these for a while.

We will collate results from any races on the http://valleystriders.org.uk/vsdates.htm web page, plus some other local races. However, if you've raced further afield, you can let us know by emailing race results to raceresults@valleystriders.org.uk . Please provide the name and date of the race, the measured distance, and your position and time (chip time if available). It would be helpful if you could include the web link for the full set of results, so we can pick up results for all Valley Striders. Thanks.

Fell Calendar (message from Amanda Seims)

I assume most people won't have seen this (and not everyone is on facebook) but I am compiling a calendar of off-road events to include local, national and international that may be of interest to people in the club. With off-road events they are dotted about on multiple sites so I'm hoping this will give me a way of keeping track of what's on.

It's an online shared document so anyone can edit and add to it (autosaves as you go). I've tried to include a lot of info which may be too much info for some but I think it's all fairly handy (I should probably add a column to show events that are in the Fell champs though!).

Worth a look over.


Race calendar (message from Bob Jackson)

Note also that the Valley Striders website has a calendar that lists all the Grand Prix races, all the nominated Fell Championship races, local relays and other local races. Just click on "Calendar" in the top bar of the home page of the website www.valleystriders.org.uk

V S Grand Prix 2017

Results to date are now on the website. Click on "for club members" on the top bar and "Grand Prix and Fell Champ" on the left.

Leeds Race Series (message from Bob Jackson)

The 2017 Leeds Race Series comprises all the races organised / promoted by Leeds clubs plus the 6 parkruns in Leeds, approximately 21 races in total. The Series is free to enter (of course you do have to pay for each race). The scoring works on a Grand Prix format, 1000 for the fastest LRS entrant at an event 999 for the next, etc, and it is best 8 races to count with other prizes for age group categories and most events completed. It is mildly competitive (just like parkrun).

In the 2017 series there has been one race so far (Templenewsam Ten) but really gets going in April with the Bramley parkrun and the Guiseley Gallop. For more details go to www.leedsathletics.net and click on the link for Leeds Race Series for the calendar of events.

There is also a Junior Race Series for 1 September 2016 to 31 August 2017. It is not too late to enter and if you ran any of the earlier races (e.g. Peco Junior XC) you will get points retrospectively.

Please sponsor Lisa Koi (V S member and mum of junior members Isaac and Noah)

On 4th Feb this year Rachel Watson tragically lost her life whilst out running on the Ring Road near Moortown. Rachel was a much loved mum to her 3 young boys and a much loved wife, sister, daughter, friend etc. It has devastated and shocked all who knew Rachel or heard of her death including our small school community.

Rachel was training for Leeds Half Marathon that morning which takes place this May. In her memory and as a tribute to her and in support of her family, a group of 29 of us (and growing by the day) are running the Leeds Half Marathon for Rachel and at the same time we are fundraising for a charity called Winston's Wish (an amazing charity who support bereaved children and their families).

They are currently supporting Rachel's family at this very difficult time.

If you would like to make a donation to Winston's Wish, we have a group just giving page:


Or you can text RACW80 and your donation to 70070 (e.g. RACW80 5). Valid donation values are 1, 2, 3, 5, 10

We would be grateful of all support. Thank you

Race Results and Reports

Look out for a special V S Update in a few days' time. Results/reports should be sent to the vsupdate@valleystriders.org.uk email address