V S Update - 9 July 2017

- Leeds Country Way
- Training Tuesday 11 July
- Thursday away day 13 July
- Handicap and Junior Mile 18 July
- Juniors waiting list
- West Yorks Track and Field
- VS Summer BBQ
- Sportshoes discount
- Results from Liverpool, Otley Chevin, Beamsley, Settle, Templenewsam
- Report from Isle of Jura

Leeds Country Way (from Myra Jones)

We're hoping to enter 5 teams in this year's Leeds Country Way. Please let us know if you would like to take part by accepting the Facebook invite (link below) or emailing teams@valleystriders.org.uk

If you have a preference for a particular leg or running partner please let us know and we'll do our best to accommodate it. We're hoping to send the team details out at some point during the week commencing the 17th July so we have plenty of time to recce so please sign up by 16th July.

I've attached the details of the event for those who've not taken part before but please do let me know if you have any questions. It's a really fantastic event and we would like as many of you as possible to represent the club.



Training Tuesday 11 July

6pm sessions at GSAL, 7pm at Leeds Beckett Park track, see VS website for more details and maps.

Thursday Away Day 13 July (from Richard Irvine)

The VS Thursday Run will be heading out on its third away day of the summer. This time taking in the route of the Round Hill Fell Race (for further details of the course see http://otleyac.org.uk/round-hill-fell-race ). Amanda and Simon will be leading this, meeting at Timble for a 7 p.m. start. As this is sandwiched between 2 relay events (Golden Acre & Washburn) we anticipate a fairly easy pace that is manageable by anyone able to run 6 - 7 miles at 9 min/mile pace. We hope to have food and a couple of drinks afterwards (location being determined). Newcomers welcome! Further details can be found on the VS Facebook page.

Summer Handicap and Junior 1 mile races - Tuesday 18 July

All races are free to enter and all races are open to club members and non-members including friends of existing members and juniors on the waiting list. We would like to be notified about non-members in advance, please email juniors@valleystriders.org.uk for the junior race or rickandsue1@sky.com for the club handicap.

Meeting place for race start and postcode for parking are on the front page of the website www.valleystriders.org.uk. Note that it is a 3 minute jog / 6 minute walk from Alwoodley Lane to the start.

On the night, we will be asking parents of juniors to marshal along the half mile length of the junior route as (especially if it is a nice evening) there are likely to be walkers, dogs and bicycles on the route.

We will need about 7 marshals for the 5 mile trail race, if you can help please email Sue Sunderland rickandsue1@sky.com . The race can't take place without these marshals.

Juniors waiting list

Our junior group has a waiting list of over 50 juniors and we have spaces for 10 of these for the period 11 July to 26 September. If you were on the waiting list you should have received an email just over a week ago. If you didn't get it, please check your junk email. For further information please contact juniors@valleystriders.org.uk. Note that the junior 1 mile races on 18 July are open to all juniors on the waiting list whether or not invited for the 10 places.

West Yorks T & F - Wed 19 July & Sun 6 August

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. Entries for 19th July needed by 10th July. Contact juniors@valleystriders.org.uk for more information.

Valley Striders Summer BBQ - Friday 11 August

SAVE THE DATE - more details to follow

Discount code for www.sportsshoes.com

Members of Valley Striders can have a 10% discount and free delivery on purchases.

This is available to all members of Valley Striders including juniors, cyclists and triathletes.

Please don't share this code with people who are not a member of VS and please do not copy to any social media site open to the public.

The code for this month is: (see Facebook)


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)

Rock n Roll Liverpool, Sunday 28th May (from Ross Bibby)

Half Marathon
Ross Bibby, Valley Striders, 1.25.17
(8244 finishers)

Rob Marsh, Valley Striders, 3.27.02
(3009 finishers)

Bob writes, sorry I missed this one in the raceresults inbox.

Otley Chevin Fell Race, Wednesday 31st May (from Ross Bibby)

2.8m/689ft, VSFC BS

1.Jack Wood, Ilkley Harriers, 17.34
24. Ross Bibby, Valley Striders, 21.17
Rachel Pilling, Pudsey & Bramley, 22.12 (first F)
104. Alison Eaves-Lai, Valley Striders, 28.38
Stuart Harris, Valley Striders, 28.47
(136 finishers)

Beamsley Beacon (from Amanda Seims)

1 Chris Miller (1st M) 35:58
8 Jon Pownall 37:44
18 Ross Bibby 40:08
40 Simon Vallance 42:32
42 Rachel Pilling (1st W) 42:55
78 Amanda Seims 47:40
167 finished

Settle Hills (from Amanda Seims)

1st - Ged Callan 56:47 Bingley Harriers
1st lady (18th place) - Chloe Haines 1:08:34 Dark Peak FR
3rd lady (30th place) - Amanda Seims 1:13:45 Valley Striders

85 ran in scorching heat! No food with this one. It was a nice runnable course though.

From new member Rachel Waters

Rother Valley 10k May 14th 1.00.02
Manchester 10k May 28th 58.51
Humber Half June 25th 2.18.42

Bob says "I'm happy to publish all race results from remote places (South Yorkshire, Greater Manchester and Humberside) because if any Striders want some information about such races they'll know who to ask"

Tempsey Torture (from Pascale Fotherby)



Net Time

Gun Time



Daryl Hibberd





Paul Fotherby



2nd M40


Michael Hall





Sean Fitzgerald





Pascale Fotherby





Sarah Mann




The next one is at Roundhay on 19th July (entries via Racebest) and you get an ice cream at the end (very much appreciated last Wednesday!)


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

Just one report this VS Update, a very long one, so here are the first two paragraphs and click on the link at the bottom to continue.

Isle of Jura (from Sarah Smith)

For four years now, I have been trying to rearrange my life in order to make it to the start line of the Isle of Jura Fell Race, ever since I had to forego my place in 2013.  I had not run much in the months prior to the race, and I knew I was doomed to being timed out.  Instead of setting off with the runners, I had marshalled at check point 7, Corra Bheinn, which role in fairness I had felt quite proud to fulfil. Being on the Isle of Jura, being part of this incredible event, handing a cup of water to the runners, all felt like a privilege.

Three days before the race in 2013, I had reccied the section of the race that took in the three Paps of Jura with Steve, Andreas and Amanda, my fellow club members who were running in the race.  I had never been in such an exposed place in my life, and could not believe where I found myself, this was the stuff of dreams. The weather that week was extreme.  Tropical temperatures, clear skies, no clouds for multiple horizons.  The views from the peaks of the Paps were breathtaking; the colours of the sky and the sea were the richest, deepest, brightest throbbing turquoise and whatever other hue you can pin on blue that exist in the palette.  This riot of nature, the mountains and the sea, was verging on painful it was so beautiful.

And if you want to find out how Sarah got on when she went back to Jura in May this year, then read her blog and see the pictures here