Junior Information
Updated 11 October 2017

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Junior membership fees will go up to 33, but this will include at least 13 of race entry fees paid by the club, namely 5 Peco XC races, the Meanwood Trail Junior Race from Leos in April or June, and the Eccup junior races from Adel in July. These races have been chosen because they are (a) open to age groups starting school year 2 (which is our minimum age), (b) are suitable for all abilities, and (c) have confirmed that they accept bulk entries.

A few parents have juniors who now have other commitments on Tuesdays so can only attend a limited number of training sessions. There will be a membership fee of 23 to cover a maximum of 10 training sessions, this to include the race fees as listed above.

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Click here for the results of Alvie O'Brien's survey published 15 Nov 16


Valley Striders juniors train every Tuesday evening 6pm. Most weeks they are at Leodiensian Club ("Leos") on Crag Lane, off King Lane, LS17 5PR. In the summer, on the second Tuesday in the month (and sometimes on other Tuesdays too), they train at the running track at Grammar School at Leeds.

Occasionally there are other events that replace the junior session e.g. on three Tuesdays we have a mile race at Eccup Reservoir. Check the website homepage for venues.

For most sessions we split into 3 groups: (a) school years 2 to 4, (b) school years 5 to 6, (c) school years 7 and above. Sometimes we have a 4th group of experienced junior runners (mostly over 10). NB faster runners may move up one group.

Sessions consist of a warm up and then 3 different repetitions or skills training, followed by cool down and stretches. Sometimes the "experienced" group will go for an intense endurance session rather than the reps.

Click here and here and here for sample session plans

Membership / Terms and Conditions

The official minimum age for joining is 8, but younger runners who have brothers and sisters or friends in the club may try the sessions and the coaches will then discuss the situation with the parents.

Junior club membership is 21 per year for 2016/17; rate from 1 September 2017 to be agreed

Parents(/guardians) MUST stay at the club for the duration of the session, initially watching (or joining in if this will help the child). When the child is used to the session and the parent is satisfied that the child is being safely supervised, the parent may then if they wish join the beginners/improvers session that trains in parallel.

If parents aren't able to run, they are encouraged to generally help at the session (not necessarily in the group where their child is training), e.g. supervising turn-round points, accompanying children for pit-stops, timing laps, etc.

If a parent leaves the site, they must nominate another adult to be responsible for their child.

We intend to appoint Welfare Officers to oversee all aspects of safety.

The objectives of our junior training

Our primary aims are

We encourage you to take your children to various races throughout the year.

We made some awards at the Xmas party and are continuing these in 2014 amd 2015

Coaches and their qualifications (NB all named coaches have up-to-date CRB/DBS checks)

Richard Irvine and Emma Steel lead and a number of our club members help with the session too.

For further information, email

England Athletics affiliation/membership

Older juniors who run in England Athletics affiliated races need to be registered with England Athletics which costs an additional 15. Examples of affiliated races that require E A membership are Hyde Park mile, Canal Run 5k, Run for All 10k, Abbey Dash 10k, West Yorks XC league. However most junior races are classified as fun runs so do not require E A affiliation (juniors should still sign up for the race as a "Valley Striders" and are encouraged to wear a V S vest). The Peco XC league does not require affiliation.

Club vests

We have two suppliers for Valley Striders club vests, both in Ilkley.
- Complete Runner (Fastrax), on the left hand side of the Leeds road about half a mile before the town centre (they have a selection of styles)
- Dobson and Robinson (Intersport) at 46 The Grove (near Betty's Cafe) (some of the women prefer their style).
For both of these, printing is done individually (the Fastrax is a flock print which is ironed on). You will need to go in and try for size, then probably best to have it mailed on to you (they may make a small charge for this). NB Ask for the lettering to be set fairly high up otherwise it will be obscured when you pin on your race number!