V S Update - 25 June 2017

- Training Tuesday 27 June
- Upcoming Events - Hyde Park mile and junior half mile, Eccup 10 and junior races, Danefield relay, Methley 5k and junior race, 5k at Brownlee Centre, Ledsham Leap, Golden Acre relay, Washburn senior and junior relays
- Report from Bardsey
- Results from Pudsey, Huddersfield (3 events) and British Masters 5k

Results and Reports

It has been 2 weeks since the last V S Update but this week's edition is rather thin as I only have results from 5 races (but 4 of them had only one Strider running!) and a report from one other race.

Please send your results to raceresults@valleystriders.org.uk (in particular any marathons, half marathons and ultra races - all of these are eligible for GP points)

Please send your reports to vsupdate@valleystriders.org.uk

Training Tuesday 27 June

Juniors and Beginners/Improvers 6pm at GSAL. Additional session at 7pm - field events for those entered for or thinking of entering West Yorkshire Track and Field. Note that results from the 100 metres sprints at the 3 junior sessions this year at GSAL are now published, see links on the front page of the website.

Intermediates and Advanced 7pm at Far Moss for hill session by Eccup Reservoir

For 4 July, please check website nearer the date

Upcoming Events

VS Annual Events

Two of our biggest events of the year are on the horizon, the club barbecue in August and the Leeds Country Way Relay in September. Information about these will be in a V S Update and on Facebook soon.

West Yorks T & F - Wed 28 June

At Wakefield. For anyone not registered, it is too late to enter, but there are 2 more meetings in the series - Wednesday 19th July at Cleckheaton and Sunday 6th August Wakefield. Entry is just 4 in total. Under 11's get 1 track, 1 field at Cleckheaton, 2 track, 1 field at Wakefield. Other age groups get 2 track, 1 field at both. This is a great opportunity for our juniors to gain some experience with no pressure, then be ready to take part next year.

Hyde Park mile and junior half mile - Wed 28 June

The 1 mile race is full. There is a half mile race for ages 11 to 15, entries still open at www.racebest.com, must pre-enter. In Leeds Junior Race Series - see www.leedsathletics.net

Eccup 10 and junior races - Sun 2 July

The Eccup 10 race is full. Entries still available for the junior races at 9am - 1 mile for school years and 2 miles for school years (distances are approximate). www.racebest.com 3 for pre - entry via www.racebest.com ; 5 on the day if not full. I can see 8 V S juniors have already entered but hopefully there will be more (make a change from junior parkrun). In Leeds Junior Race Series.

Danefield Relay - Tue 4 July

7:15pm. Teams of 3, 4.8km per leg, minimum age 12. VSGP points and Fell Championship points available. See V S Update on 4 June for details www.valleystriders.org.uk/up170604.htm

Canal Run (Methley) 5k and Junior Race - Tue 4 July

Main races full, but entries still open for junior race 1.5km at 6:45pm http://rothwellharriers.org.uk/canal - run/

5k at the Brownlee Centre - Wed 5 July

See www.racebest.com. This is the first of a series of 5k races at the Brownlee Centre; 3 to "buy" your race number and 4 per race. Limited entries.

Ledsham Leap - Wed 5 July

See http://www.countrytrailraces.co.uk/ for details, also see John Hussey's report from the Bardsay Bound further down this V S Update

Golden Acre relays - Wed 12 July

Wednesday 12 July 7pm - 3 undulating legs of 2.75miles around Golden Acre Park. It's entries on the night and we encourage people to make up their own teams, if possible. We'll also create a Facebook event and suggest that anyone looking for a team or team member post in there. Details at http://www.abbeyrunners.co.uk/golden-acre-relay/

Washburn senior and junior relays - Fri 14 July

Friday 14 July 7pm. See V S Update on 11 June for details www.valleystriders.org.uk/up170611.htm Minimum age for junior race is 8 years, see link for rules about team composition


Bardsey Bound (from John Hussey)

Bardsey Bound 7th June 2017


This event was the first of this year's Country Trail Series and was organised by Roundhay Runners from the Bingley Arms at Bardsey. The idea is to arrive between 6.30pm and 7.30pm, register and pick up your set of route instructions. The cost is only 5 which includes a 2 voucher for the bar afterwards so it's a bargain price for an evening event.

Runners set off when they are ready either by themselves or in small groups and attempt to follow the instructions for the route which is around 10Km. Careful reading and attention to detail is essential but it's always good fun to see some of the runners going off in the wrong direction and having to turn around!

There were 69 runners with 8 Valley Striders as follows:

Amanda Seims 52.31 (7th place, 1st lady)

Rachel Mackie 55.54 (9th place, joint 2nd lady)

Sarah Grant 55.54 (9th place, joint 2nd lady)

Hannah Corne 74:48

Elaine Craiggs 75:55

Jean Hussey 101:55

John Hussey 101:55

Anne Jones 101:55


These are always great social events and explore areas around Leeds which I hardly knew existed. The next event is the Ledsham Leap based at the Chequers Inn, Ledsham. The routes are mainly off road, not technical to run and the route finding adds another spark to the run. Why not join us there!

After Amanda's comments about my casual approach to the race I promise to put more effort in next time with less chatting - well I'll try anyway!


Pudsey 10k (VSGP) (from Rob Hamilton)


John Hobbs




Daryl Hibberd




Robert Hamilton




Paul Smith




Hayley Nancolas




Bethany Lovell




Chloe Hudson




Christine Huckerby



1st Male team Valley Striders

Hayley was 2nd female and first F35

Rob was 1st M50

Huddersfield Half Marathon

Rob Hamilton also emailed with results from the Huddersfield Half. He was the only Strider, finishing 25th in 1:51:31. The winning time was 1:26:26 so looks as though it was a tough route.

South Huddersfield Trail and Road Series

Bethany Lovell emailed in a couple of results
- Windmill 6 (19/03/2017): 54th in 52:44
- The School Run (10/06/2017): 46th (5th female) in 1:00:02

British Masters 5k Championships at Horwich

Thanks to Andy Parker for sending this link http://www.runbritainrankings.com/results/results.aspx?meetingid=207436

Andy finished in 30th place (gun time 18:11, chip 18:07). The winning time was 15:49 (gun), winning lady 18:50, former Strider John Convery finished 2nd M55 in 17:18, and I spotted the winning M70 time was 19:58 (chip)! 116 finished.