V S Update - 25 October 2018

- Training and food? on 30 October
- Peco cross country
- Membership fees
- West Yorks cross country
- Hoodies and buffs
- London marathon club entries
- Leos bonfire
- V S Xmas Party (adults)
- Results from Newcastle, Chester, Schools XC, York, British Fell Relay, St Aidans, WYXC
- Tour report from Bilbao

Training and Food? on Tuesday 30 October

All sessions from Leos.  If food is available, there will be another email from 'vsupdate', please look out for it, and it will also be published in the VSAC Members and VSAC Juniors Facebook groups.

Peco Cross Country (from Myra Jones and Bob Jackson)

This year all entries are online and you can either enter the whole series or each race individually.  If you're going to run 3 or more races, it is cheaper to enter the whole series

VALLEY STRIDERS JUNIORS SHOULD NOT ENTER YET, WE WILL PROVIDE YOU WITH A DISCOUNT CODE FOR FREE ENTRY.

Online entry opened on Monday 15th October, and will close (for series entries) on Thursday 15th November (10 days before Race 1). This will allow for series race numbers to be personalised with the runner's name and club (which should minimise the risk of anyone running in the wrong number). Individual race entries will remain open (for Race 1) until Friday 23rd November).

See www.valleystriders.org.uk/up181013.htm for details.

Membership fees

There will be an email from juniors@valleystriders.org.uk late next week with details of junior membership fees.  This will also include the Peco discount code.

Membership fees for adults will be decided at the AGM in November.

West Yorks Cross Country

Results from race 1 are in the results section below.  Additional entries for race 2 have closed.

Entries for the last two races (Sun 18 Nov and Sat 8 Dec) are being accepted at half price (£10 adults, £6 juniors), cut off Friday 2 November

Entries for the last race (Sat 8 Dec) are being accepted at a quarter price (£5 adults, £3 juniors), cut off Friday 16 November

NB it is not possible just to enter race 3.

Please pay Sort code: 53 70 00, Account: 72143851, Reference: "WYXC" and your name, also email teams@valleystriders.org.uk

Hoodies and Buffs

Still time to order hoodies and buffs.  Hoodies orders close at midnight on 5th November.  We have 16 buffs left in stock to sell.  For both, payment in advance is essential.

See www.valleystriders.org.uk/up181013.htm for details.

London Marathon - club entries

For those of you who have been unsuccessful in the London Marathon Ballot, we are now taking applications for the club places we will be allocated.

We currently have 246 1st claim senior members so will only have 2 places this year. We will need to have 251 1st claim senior members by 5th November in order to qualify for a 3rd place.

Please email teams@valleystriders.org.uk  if you would like to apply for a place. We will close entries at 10pm on 6th November.

See www.valleystriders.org.uk/up181013.htm for details of the selection process.

V S Grand Prix

Final races in this year's Grand Prix are

28-Oct-18

Wistow 10k (FULL)

04-Nov-18

Abbey Dash 10k

04-Nov-18

Guy Fawkes 10 (FULL)

10-Nov-18

Parkrun - location to be agreed - see Facebook

25-Nov-18

Peco XC race 1 at Middleton Park

28-Nov-18

Evensplits 5k Race 10 at Brownlee Centre

For Abbey Dash go to https://www.ageuk.org.uk/get-involved/fundraise/sporting-events/running/leeds-abbey-dash/

We'll be updating the points table at the end of the month after the October marathons.

Please email results of GP races including ALL half marathons, marathons and ultras, to raceresults@valleystriders.org.uk

Leos Bonfire Night

Saturday 3 November 6pm to 9pm

There will be a variety of food vendors, full stocked bar, toffee apples, BBQ, Tuck Shop and a fireworks display starting at 19.15.

It is just £2 entry on the gate or £5 if you need parking.

V S Xmas Party

Save the Date - Christmas Party 7th December at 7pm

RESULTS

Great North Run (VSGP AOH)

Pos

 

Chip

46

Jonathan Ball

01:16:08

1916

Alexandra Watson-Usher

01:40:33

2223

David Merritt

01:42:11

6119

Mike Powell

01:54:53

6889

Gemma Merritt

01:56:47

20190

Lisa Jones

02:21:35

32754

Tracey Atherton

02:44:19

42281

Meryll Cripps

03:31:24

 

Chester Marathon (VSGP AOM)

1043 Amanda Spencer 3:44:32 3:42:51

Leeds Schools Cross Country race 2

This is a league competition; there are 4 events during autumn/winter.  These are the Striders who I spotted in the results competing for their schools.

Under 9 Girls - 8 Alice Bonner, 20 Darcey Mollitt, 22 Vida Richmond-Coggan (96 ran)
Under 9 Boys - (128 ran)
Under 11 Girls - 2 Evie Rose, 3 Jessica Baxter, 12 Abigail Kingston, 30 Christa Shackleton, 95 Darcey Mollitt, 96 Annabel Khan (114 ran)
Under 11 Boys - 3 Ethan Taylor, 8 Zach Taylor, 30 Billy Broadhurst, 105 James Khan (138 ran)
Under 13 Girls - 8 Flo Pell (32 ran)
Under 13 Boys - 3 Jamie Walker, 15 Alfie Jones, 35 Matthew Sedgley (39 ran)
Under 15 Girls - 11 Imogen Idle (15 ran)
Under 15 Boys - 9 James Preston, 14 Isaac Rose, 17 Tom Mackreth, 18 Fergus Hagerty, 19 Aiden Moriarty (23 ran)

English Schools Cross Country Cup

In the West Yorkshire round, Imogen Idle represented Woodhouse Grove in the intermediate girls race and finished in 11th place, 2nd counter for Woodhouse Grove who were first team and qualified for the regional finals in Sheffield next month.

York 10 (VSGP)

Pos.

Name

Cat.

Gun Time

Chip Time

Gender Pos.

Cat. Pos.

Chip Pos.

G.P. Pts

182

Iain Currie

M50

01:11:22

01:11:11

163

16

190

100

243

Sarah Mann

F35

01:13:41

01:12:39

38

10

234

95

1888

Becky Murray

F40

01:42:15

01:38:29

899

171

1805

90

2308

Andrew Settle

M50

01:49:02

01:45:43

1103

135

2284

85

2339

Christine Huckerby

F60

01:49:47

01:47:41

1229

27

2375

80

 

York Marathon (VSGP AOM)

Pos.

Name

Cat.

Gun Time

Chip Time

Gender Pos.

Cat. Pos.

Chip Pos.

20

Huw Lippiatt

M45

02:43:28

02:43:26

19

2

20

117

Andrew Bennett

M35

02:58:33

02:58:31

112

33

118

1772

Leroy Sutton

M60

04:04:50

04:01:22

1452

21

1768

1936

Ruth Warren

F60

04:12:16

04:10:40

377

4

2012

2022

Suzanne Shenderey

F40

04:15:04

04:08:51

408

82

1956

4236

Amanda Lea-Langton

F45

06:37:26

06:30:55

1488

224

4237

 

British Fell Relay Championship

Held at Ambleside, Valley Striders finished 40th of 246 teams started 239 finished.

Leg 1 - solo 5.0 miles 2,400 ft Daryl Hibberd 0:54:56
Leg 2 - pairs 6.7 miles 2,800 ft Ross Bibby & John Pownall 1:15:25
Leg 3 - pairs navigational Mick Loftus & Simon Vallance 1:32:57
Leg 4 - solo 4.3 miles, 2,000 ft Dave Middlemas 0:48:49

Race information and full results at  https://britishfellrelays2018.org.uk/results/ .

St Aidan's Half Marathon (VSGP AOH)

2 Daryl Hibberd 1:23:40 1:23:39
12 Joel Giddings 1:30:48 1:30:44
78 Mike Robins 1:49:51 1:49:41
173 Lisa Jones 2:11:40 2:11:18
245 finished

West Yorkshire Cross Country Event 1 at Cleckheaton

Under 11 Girls (approx. 1.2k)
4 Evie Rose 5:25 Leeds City, trained by VS
8 Jessica Baxter 5:58 Leeds City, trained by VS
19 Alannah Thornton 5:52 first run in WYXC
65 Darcey Mollitt 7:03 first run in WYXC
74 finished

Under 11 Boys (approx. 1.2k)
4 Rafferty Mirfin 5:08 first run in WYXC
60 Henry Pell 6:49 first run in WYXC
65 finished

Under 13 Girls (approx. 2.4k)
26 Flo Pell 12:14
76 finished

Under 13 Boys (approx. 3k)
3 Jamie Walker 11:55
35 Alfie Jones 13:39
48 Toby Walker 14:23
69 finished
VS team finished 5th/8

Under 15 Girls (approx.3k)
15 Tally Diamond 13:07
37 Imogen Idle 15:34
41 finished

Senior Ladies (approx. 5.4k)
37 Kat O'Mahony 24:14 first run in WYXC
47 Samantha Harris 24:52
50 Rachel Mackie 24:53
52 Chloe Hudson 24:58
64 Jenny Hall 25:48 first run in WYXC
66 Josie Rothera 26:08
72 Carole Schofield 26:39
111 finished
VS team finished 8th/13

Senior Men (approx. 9k)
8 Matt Hallam 30:48
24 Ali Burns 32:09 Wharfedale H
32 Simon Midwood 32:45
51 Jon Pownall 34:11
60 Dan Fisher 34:38
76 Paul Fotherby 35:40
79 Gwil Thomas 35:43
108 Graham Jones 38:42
109 Dave Simms 38:45
177 finished
VS team finished 7th/12

TOUR REPORT

V S Autumn Tour to Bilbao (from Ian Sanderson)

There were 36 runners and supporters on this year's tour. I think everyone agreed it was one of the nicest places we've visited – well worth a city-break holiday. Despite both having a modern art museum and a transporter bridge, Bilbao bears very little resemblance to Middlesbrough. The sun shone most days, it was pleasantly warm and the pintxos were delicious (Basque tapas), if a little small. But the star was the Guggenheim museum – fabulous to look at, and some really good permanent and temporary exhibits inside and out (I was blown away by the knitted / crocheted, Dr. Who / Dr. Seuss type monster in the main atrium – 'Egeria'). And it was free this weekend (20th anniversary)!

As for the races...well, Bilbao's USP is it is a night time race, starting around dusk (7pm). This does pose some unusual race-day questions; what to eat and when, how much sight-seeing to do beforehand, do we drink this bottle of red that comes with the 'Menu del dai'? Judging by times and peoples' post-race reactions, not all of us got the answers right. The start was well organised, with fireworks and the obligatory 'Final Countdown' by Europe blaring out by the San Mares stadium (home of AC Bilbao). But it was surprisingly humid, with most striders pouring water over themselves from the off (and some resorting to more extreme cooling measures). The course was quite convoluted with some ups and downs and more than a few soul-destroying out-and-back sections. The first lap (10K and half) was very well supported, with most runners doing the half marathon (myself included). For the marathon runners who continued onto the second lap, the field thinned to ones and twos, the support evaporated and it was apparently a fairly grim experience (until they got to the VS supporters corner, of course). But give it a week and they'll forget that and start planning their next marathons.

Tour Awards
- VS tour decathletes (attended all 10 tours): Patrick Barrett, Danny Murray, Tim Towler, Carole Towler.
- Fastest marathon time: Roy Huggins
- Fastest HM: Victoria Sims
- Fastest 10k: Emma Wallace
- First ever HM: William Sims, Rachel Bentley
- And
TOUR STAR was Alistair Smyth, for his perseverance in the Marathon.

There were some other awards, but you have to have been on the tour to find them out!

Bilbao 10k

Pos

Nombre

T. Oficial

T. Real

Categoría

P.Cat

3430

Emma Wallace

1:08:52

1:04:14

Absoluta Fem

1105

4380

Carole Towler

1:17:29

1:06:41

Absoluta Fem

1743

4382

Jake Towler

1:17:30

1:06:43

Absoluta Mas

2631

Bilbao Half Marathon (VSGP AOH)

Pos

Nombre

T. Oficial

T. Real

Categoría

P.Cat

72

Victoria Sims

1:21:38

1:21:25

Veterana B

1

123

James Tarran

1:24:22

1:24:10

Veterano D

7

138

Daniel Murray

1:25:14

1:25:02

Veterano B

27

296

Ian Sanderson

1:30:43

1:30:21

Veterano C

40

511

Sean Cook

1:35:36

1:35:10

Veterano A

106

592

Tracey Taylor

1:37:01

1:36:47

Veterana D

3

638

Joe 'Hope' Hanney

1:37:58

1:37:32

Veterano C

114

674

Rachel Bentley

1:38:36

1:37:35

Sin Categoría

213

1068

Liz Adams

1:44:20

1:43:21

Veterana B

12

1269

Timothy Towler

1:46:34

1:45:33

Veterano E

35

1272

Holly Williams

1:46:36

1:45:34

Sin Categoría

395

1620

Alan Hutchinson

1:50:51

1:46:44

Veterano F

26

1956

Keith Taylor

1:54:58

1:54:00

Veterano E

75

2226

John Hussey

1:58:02

1:52:22

Veterano F

38

2491

William Sims

2:01:35

2:00:25

Veterano F

42

2650

Mike Powell

2:03:28

1:57:49

Veterano A

434

3709

Patrick Barrett

2:20:40

2:13:50

Veterano F

68

3823

Rebecca Murray

2:24:38

2:15:44

Veterana B

162

3827

Anne Jones

2:24:45

2:15:51

Veterana D

57

4047

Lucy Carey

2:34:18

2:23:30

Veterana E

20

4194

Jean Hussey

2:53:17

2:44:22

Veterana F

12

4212

Richard Clough

2:59:50

2:50:54

Veterano C

555

Bilbao Marathon (VSGP AOM)

Pos

Nombre

T. Oficial

T. Real

Media

Categoría

P.Cat

423

Tom Button

3:59:13

3:58:14

1:46:43

Veterano C

89

451

Roy Huggins

4:01:29

3:57:21

1:57:25

Veterano E

29

831

Alistair Smyth

5:11:30

5:09:56

2:11:59

Veterano F

25

 

Bilbao Also-Rans (But aren't fully in the results)
- John Wallace, with impeccable timing, came down with something and wisely decided to not run. He did drag himself out to support, though (thanks John!).
- Steph Gledhill made it to the start line of the marathon despite a really bad chest infection in her marathon build-up. She set off to see how it went, but was still struggling with her breathing so stopped at the half distance in around 1:55.
- Sue Sunderland had intended to do the marathon but got injured a few weeks beforehand. Unable to run (literally), she decided to 'power-walk' the first lap, finishing the half marathon distance in under 3 hours. In fact she looked so good crossing the line that she was interviewed by a TV crew who thought she'd finished third in the marathon!
- Finally Myra Jones was cruising along in the marathon in a top 10 position until, on the sparsely populated / poorly lit / unmarshalled second lap, she and another runner took a wrong turn. They must have repeated one of the many out and back sections as they suddenly found themselves behind the 3:30 hour pacer. She was understandably annoyed (!) and decided to save herself for another day and pulled up.

The supporters deserve a huge 'thank you' for putting up with us prima-donna runners. Thanks to Kathy, Rick (and John W.) for popping up in unexpected places to cheer, and to Heather and Helen who walked all of 10m from the hotel to the bar next-door to set-up our glamorous riverside 'VS spectator's corner' where we all eventually assembled to cheer on the marathon runners (if you've seen the photos, any resemblance to a bunch of tramps drinking in a bus-stop are entirely coincidental).

Special thanks to Kathy Robbins for all her organising (mainly on scraps of paper on our kitchen table), Paul Sanderson and the Hussey's for hazardous waste transportation (VS vests), and everyone else who's had a hand in this year's tour.

The 36 attendees will soon have the chance to nominate 2019 tour locations, and the outcome will be announced at the Christmas Party. We hope some of you will join us next year.