2005 Issue 1
Road and General
In the newspapers, Tracey has often been quoted “I’m just terrified of finishing last”. There were 88 entered for the Olympic Marathon and of these, only three had PB’s slower than Tracey’s.
On the day 81 started, 66 finished and Tracey finished 29th, i.e. in the top third of those that entered and well in the top half of those who finished.
deservedly becomes only the third Strider to be featured in a picture on the cover
of V.S.News. This honour follows quickly
after being awarded the Janet Kitchen Horsforth Marathon Trophy for best
Striders Performance of the Year, the
Last March, at short notice, we helped Runners World and Leeds Tourism Department organise a 16 mile paced run round the Harewood Estate as a training run in preparation for the London Marathon. About 150 runners turned up and they were supported by 8 pacers from Runners World and 4 from Striders.
We’re going to do the same again this year but with 4 Runners World pacers and 6 or more Striders pacers. The route is the Harewood 10 mile Trail route but running on the tarmac access road at the back of Eccup Res rather than running all the way round. This year there will be just 5 groups – 7, 7½, 8, 8½ and 9 minute miling.
We will need two runners at each pace. (We will need a spare one at each pace in case of injury to any participant, the Harewood Estate are likely to insist on this). Hopefully one in each pair will be equipped with a GPS pacer watch for the day to set the exact required pace. Your mission as pacers is to run at that pace (no faster, no slower) for the 16 miles. It is therefore advisable to choose a pace that you can comfortably achieve!!
I already have 6 volunteers, but the more the merrier. All pacers are likely to be “recompensed” with a free pair of running shoes.
In This Issue
Valley Striders AGM 28 Sept 2004................................................................ 4
Things on Page 7........................................................................................... 7
Grand Prix 2004............................................................................................. 8
Grand Prix Results and Reports..................................................................... 8
Grand Prix 2005.......................................................................................... 14
Other UK Race Reports and Results............................................................. 15
Striders Presentation Night – Awards........................................................... 16
New members.............................................................................................. 18
Birthdays, Births and Farewells................................................................... 19
Coach’s Column (Max Jones)....................................................................... 20
International Reports................................................................................... 24
Emails from Belfast (Natalie Crossland)......................................................... 24
Alderney Half Marathon 11 Sept (Mick Tinker)............................................... 25
½ marathons & 10ks in Germany (Ingo Zoller)................................................ 27
Danish Report (Britt Folkerman).................................................................... 27
San Diego 5K (Carole Schofield).................................................................. 28
Reports from the U.S.A................................................................................ 30
Emails from South Africa (Annemi Van Zyl)................................................... 31
Forthcoming Races & Events........................................................................ 32
If you haven’t yet paid your subs for this year (September 2004 – August 2005) there will be a reminder with this V S News. If you want to renew your membership, please send a cheque for £9 to Danny Burnham at his NEW address 3 Wyncroft Grove, Bramhope, LS16 9DG, before 28 February. After 28 February, the full rate of £12 will apply.
All Striders who have paid for Sep2003 - Aug2004 and / or Sep2004 - Aug2005 have been registered with the North of England A.A. for 2004/5. The list of Striders currently registered with NoEAA is on our website - you can look there if you need your VLS number. There are membership cards for all but the most recent recruits and if you’ve not already picked yours up, it will be enclosed with this V S News.
NB If you’ve not got your card and it’s not in here, then most likely you are also in arrears for last year i.e. September 2003 to August 2004, in which case you will also find a final reminder letter enclosed with this V S News!!
The meeting started at 8:30p.m. 35 Striders were in attendance and 30 pies and peas were eaten. With the extra sustenance most stayed to the finish at 9:40pm. The time of 1 hour 10 minutes was probably a P.B. for a Striders AGM!
Those at the AGM received their membership cards. See page 3 for more information.
Reports were received from Paul Briscoe, Danny Burnham, Geoff Webster, Paul White, Sylvia Watson, Steve Webb, Paul Furness and Bob Jackson. As usual, the fell section reports proved most entertaining. Paul White had some statistics on this year’s Grand Prix and suggested there should be a review ahead of next year. Danny’s treasurer’s report showed, when taking into account outstanding due payments e.g. subs to Leo’s, a similar balance at year end to the previous year.
* indicates new appointment
President Charlie Spedding
Vice President Stuart StJohn
Club Captain Steve O’Callaghan
Secretary Paul Briscoe
Treasurer Danny Burnham
Membership Sec Danny Burnham
Competition Sec Alan Hutchinson & Paul White
Fell Competition Sec Geoff Webster
Newsletter Editor Bob
Curry Secretary Bill Murphy
Coaches George Black & Max Jones
Road Captains Brian Hanley* & Jules Barltrop*
Cross Country Captains Martin Horbury* & Sam Harris*
Fell Captains Steve Webb & Sylvia Watson
Vets captains Eric Cusack & Kathy Kaiser
Relays captains were appointed for each relay, as follows
very pleased to have volunteers (without too much persuasion) for the two road
captains and the two cross country captains – all new faces on the
committee. We also spread the relays organisation
much wider although I suspect that we may still need Paul Furness’ experience
and advice nearer each race day!
Subscriptions for 2004/5
Will be £12 (£9 before 28th February, £2 discount for social members).
The “reduced” rate has been increased from £8 to £9 because the NoEAA registration fee has been increased by £1 per member – otherwise there would have been no need to change.
Subs in future years may change due to external circumstances – we may be asked to contribute towards refurbishment of the showers and changing rooms at Leo’s and the reorganisation of UK Athletics may change the registration fees for clubs and athletes.
· 134 paid in Sep 03-Aug 04 (prev years 144,117,118,111)
· 11 hon members included in above (10,7)
· 9 new paid since Sep 04 (3), 2 resigned, net 141
· 127 registered first claim May 04-Apr 05 (133,115,103)
· 9 registered second claim (9,7,6)
· 5 social members not registered (10,13,16)
2004 - 304 finishers (prev ave 208 max 325); 30 juniors (new)
(£1,000 to Lineham Farm - total for 5 years £3,300)
2005 - Sat 9 April
2003 - 453 finishers in 10 mile and 147 in 2 mile
Over 80 Striders / family / St.Leonard's involved in race, total for 5 years > £10,000
2004 - Sun 10 October - marshals required
In last 9 years, 5,423 have run in VS organised events
(6,211 including Harewood ’04)
It was proposed (and carried unanimously) that Mike and
Eileen Crosfill both be elected Honorary Members of Valley Striders. They have recorded finishing times at all
except two Club Handicaps since 1987 (and some before), and all the Striders
Races (including our two events in
It was suggested that we should consider entering teams in the Ian Hodgson Relay and the 2005 FRA Relay Championships
(but now only of historical interest) were Lineham Farm Christmas cards, the Christmas Meal, London Marathon club entries and the Grand Prix format
ROLL OF HONOUR 2004
Olympic Representative - Tracey - marathon(29th)
Vicky Whitehead - half marathon
Sam 4th W20-35, Sylvia 5th W45+, Steve 5th M40-49
Liz 3rd W45+
National X Country - men 87th/116, wimmin 39th/54
Tim Crossland - 1st at Liversedge ½mar, John Carr 5k
- W70 10 mile world best 1:17:58 at
- 1st at Mileta 10, 2nd
Sam Harris - 1st W at Wheldrake 10k, Armthorpe 10k,
Tracey Morris - 1st W at Brass Monkey, Snake Lane 10,
East Hull 20,
Jane Sutton - won three fell races
- 1st W at
Steve Webb - 1st at Blubberhouses Moor 25
Men won Spen 20
Brass Monkey, Leeds half and
The Roundhay Pulse overall team prize was won by a mixed team of Striders
Handicap 2004 Winners
Xmas 2003 5 mile - Sam Harris (23 ran) (Last Year 18)
Spring 10k - Gary Sutherland (20) (LY27)
Summer Trail 5 mile - Mivvi Tekchandani (23) (LY35)
Autumn 10k - Eric Green (32) (LY34)
First, thanks to all the Striders who have contributed to this V S News. We have the regulars (including the return of Max’s Coach’s Column), some occasionals, and some first-timers (thank you Rob Bumstead, Natalie Crossland, Martin Horbury, Mick Tinker and Simon Vallance). Contributions of any length are always welcome.
My regular proof-readers were temporarily unavailable, so thanks to Eric Green and Paul White for proof-reading this edition. I amended a few pages after they’d done their job so don’t blame them if you spot a comma or apostrophe in the wrong place.
There has been a lot of discussion over the last 12 months about the design of the Striders vests for women. I have not examined these personally but I believe the issues are where the lettering goes and that there should be a crop top available. We were supposed to appoint someone to investigate this at the AGM but we may have forgotten.
I have recently received an email from Complete Runner - “Terry has asked me to let you know that, after a gap in supply, we now have in stock the normal 'Avanti' style Valley Striders Vests.”
We’re on winter training until the end of March, then after the clocks go back we may well get onto the summer routes straight away.
The regular monthly cycle of 3*10mins, 16*400m, 5*1mile,
hills has continued with only one hiccup.
One evening in late summer, we only had 3 takers for the 400m session
and they too were persuaded to go on Steve O's tour round Bodington Hall,
The only other change is on the 3 by 10 minutes session. There was a suggestion that the time should be increased say to 12 mins, but this would not work as we would not be able to see each other as we started round the curved section of the High Ashes. So there is now an optional 4th out-and-back. Just decide before you start how many you want to do!
John Hallas emailed:
The following link is a very good race time calculator with lots of
other pacing information. I am sure some members have seen it but it is quite good.
35 Sam Harris 37.26
36 Brian Hanley 37.27
52 Nick Brown 38.32
66 Martin Horbury 39.11
81 Ross Anderson 39.54
97 Richard King 40.24
123 Bob Jackson 41.26
128 Paul Hunter 41.37
147 John Hallas 42.17
174 Paul White 43.09
194 Eric Green 43.47
206 Tony Haygarth 44.16
227 Julia Barltrop 44.49
252 Mivvy Tekchandani 45.39
275 Peter Lambert 46.26
279 Bob Wilkes 46.34
Yvonne White 60.09
Yvonne White is Paul’s daughter and Natalie’s sister. She lives in
8 Martin Horbury 69.43
9 Paul Hunter 69.55
13 Andrew Cutts 72.24
22 Geoff Webster 77.32
24 Steve Purnell 78.36
30 Alistair Fale 83.22
32 Sylvia Watson 83.50
33 Tony Haygarth 84.14
38 Simon Redshaw 90.36
Martin’s report in Spiders news
3 Steve Webb 22.49
6 Martin Horbury 23.47
12 Jerry Watson 24.38
16 Paul Hunter 25.07
2 Sam Harris 21.22 99
9 Lisa Wilyman 22.33 94
28 Julia Barltrop 23.52 88
35 Maddie Geddes-Bar 24.27 86
36 Mivvy Tekchandani 24.31 85
41 Mary Harris 25.03 83
45 Liz Ball 25.26 82
48 Carole Schofield 25.38 81
50 Hayley Palmer 25.44 80
51 Jill Watson 25.45 79
64 Caroline Lynch 27.01 77
67 Sylvia Watson 27.23 76
76 Julia Geddes 28.11 75
82 Sara Dyer 29.06 73
11 Brian Hanley 33.54 100
70 Steve Webb 38.21 98
84 Simon Vallance 39.00 97
85 Rob Bumstead 39.04 96
101 Jerry Watson 40.01 95
103 Ross Anderson 40.07 93
118 Martin Horbury 40.35 92
119 Alan Hutchinson 40.36 91
129 Paul Hunter 41.10 90
134 Bob Jackson 41.36 89
142 John Hallas 42.41 87
160 Geoff Webster 44.05 84
173 David Barton 46.34 78
187 Bob Wilkes 51.02 74
72 Chris Booker 38.28
79 Jon Willingham 38.51
94 Howard Jeffrey 39.40
164 Jim Towers 44.40
Well done Martin and Sam for getting a record number of Striders on a cross-country start line. Well, all but one. “Doing a Whalley” is a well known Striders term for turning up an hour late for a race. Now we have “doing a Wily” – this is turning up in plenty of time but warming up a long way from the start and missing the warning calls and so setting off 20 seconds after the race starts.
Sam was beaten by English junior international Aine Hoban. Then we found out that Brian’s mum is also called Aine, so we were able to learn the proper pronunciation which is, I believe, “Onya” as in “Onya Bike”.
49 Andrew Cutts 53.42
52 Simon Vallance 53.51
94 Paul Hunter 57.26
125 Bob Jackson 60.29
9 Maddie Geddes-Bar 22.05 92
7 Lisa Wilyman 27.09 98
44 Mivvy Tekchandani 30.11 91
47 Carole Schofield 30.42 90
53 Hayley Palmer 31.13 89
58 Liz Ball 31.39 87
68 Caroline Lynch 32.30 85
70 Laura Clark 32.41 84
79 Sylvia Watson 33.44 83
12 Brian Hanley 35.06 100
74 Jerry Watson 39.25 99
116 Neil Dutton 41.38 97
120 Ross Anderson 41.50 96
126 Martin Horbury 42.11 95
149 John Hallas 43.28 94
156 Bob Jackson 43.47 93
187 Alistair Fale 47.15 88
190 Geoff Webster 47.29 87
208 Bob Wilkes 51.35 82
129 Howard Jeffrey 42.16
172 Jim Towers 45.35
Thanks to Tracey Morris, I was 156th instead of 157th.
She had taken Mark
Hetherington (Abbey Runners) training on Friday night, and Mark did not
quite last the pace on Saturday afternoon (he was 163rd)
Maya Tekchandani has been awarded a certificate for being the best Valley Striders supporter at this race. She was very shy to start off with, then was calling “Come on Mummy” in the women’s race, then “Come on Striders” in the men’s race. Joyce the Voice, your position as chief supporter is in danger!
4 Alan Hutchinson 3:06
8 Rob Bumstead 3:14
9 Bob Jackson 3:15
10 Geoff Webster 3:18
19 Eric Green 3:40
20 Peter Lambert 3:40
See GW’s report in second section
21 Drew Taylor 94.28
63 Paul Hunter 103.32
94 Mick Tinker 108.32
1 Sam Harris 20.51 99
28 Jules Barltrop 23.45 93
34 Mary Harris 24.54 90
39 Hayley Palmer 25.16 89
44 Liz Ball 25.24 88
45 Carole Schofield 25.32 87
51 Laura Clark 25.52 86
62 Caroline Lynch 26.49 84
65 Sylvia Watson 27.14 82
71 Dawn Morley 27.53 81
76 Sara Dyer 28.36 80
10 Brian Hanley 32.49 100
76 Jerry Watson 36.39 98
108 Rob Bumstead 38.16 97
111 Mick Wrench 38.32 96
124 Neil Dutton 39.18 95
131 Alan Hutchinson 39.41 94
154 John Hallas 41.30 92
160 Bob Jackson 41.58 91
190 Geoff Webster 46.08 85
193 Eric Green 47.20 83
196 Bob Wilkes 50.55 79
20 Drew Taylor 28.42
29 Nick Brown 29.42
67 Andrew Cutts 31.44
81 Jules Barltrop 32.23
121 Mick Tinker 33.58
130 Eric Green 34.26
158 Julian Bhowmick 35.28
190 Peter Lambert 36.53
Yvonne White 47.47
When Bob asked for a few words for the Newsletter on the Roundhay 5mile race, I thought which one. I’d done three in 2005, all of which were 5 miles and all around the park. Good job it was the one on the 21st Nov and was a PB one so a little more memorable than the Pulse in the Summer (lots of Bananas at that one). Or the St Gemma’s run also in November where no timings were taken of any of the finishers.
I always find runs in
Anyway what do I remember about the 21st Nov, it was cold. It was very very cold. I got there early and sat in my car thinking I could always turn round and go back to bed. But no I decided to brave the weather, especially as it was my 51st race of the year and the 18th Grand Prix event I’d done.
With only a short time to the start I jogged across to the
start. Passing a few Striders on the way I was trying to judge how many points
for the Grand Prix I might get, but as I saw more and more Striders my points
haul was starting to look lower and lower.
Anyway 5 miles means a short race but as with all Park races they are reasonably undulating and all 2 laps, Joyce and Bob were marshalling part of the course this meant plenty of support for Striders. I finished with a time of 34m 23s coming in 130 out of 512. So thinking sod the points I was happy with a new PB.
Roll on next year and the three 5 mile Park races that I’ll be certain to run.
Congratulations to Sam who finished 9th, commiserations to Mary who was 2nd fastest in her age-group but did not stand near enough the front at the start so was out of the top 3 awarded on gun position. Well done to the other 28 Striders, it looks like there were some good times going (wish I'd got my entry form in on time now!)
Chip Chip Gun Gun
Posn Time Pos Time
41 Brian Hanley 32.23 41 32.26
102 Sam Harris 35.29 101 35.35
108 Drew Taylor 35.48 108 35.54
221 Nick Brown 38.09 397 41.22
232 Andrew Cutts 38.25 226 38.37
267 Ross Anderson 38.53 324 40.03
271 Tim Towler 38.55 262 39.05
274 Alan Hutchinson 38.58 289 39.37
281 Paul Hunter 39.07 293 39.39
300 Richard King 39.22 335 40.16
319 James Tarran 39.31 326 40.06
336 George Little 39.43 344 40.26
350 Rob Liddle 39.56 333 40.15
384 Jules Barltrop 40.25 394 41.20
481 Mick Tinker 41.34 430 41.53
491 John Hallas 41.39 428 41.52
Chip Chip Gun Gun
Posn Time Pos Time
554 Mivvy Tekchanda 42.19 474 42.32
563 Eric Green 42.23 599 43.55
611 Mary Harris 42.57 686 44.53
704 Natalie Crossla 43.55 624 44.11
705 Hayley Palmer 43.55 758 45.51
761 Caroline Lynch 44.20 802 46.17
769 Paul Bunton 44.23 759 45.52
809 Paul Leary 44.46 707 45.03
838 Paul Morris 44.58 820 46.05
999 Erica Hiorns 46.22 1273 50.39
1397 Alison Marringt 49.21 1184 49.47
1668 Hannah Scott 51.21 1626 53.33
1765 Jayne South 52.11 1634 53.34
233 Peter Johnson 38.26 264 39.11
I think I spotted all the new members who would have been
unattached when they filled in their entry forms. I also spotted the two
"Leeds Valley Striders" and the one "
24 Jules Barltrop 24.47 92
32 Liz Ball 25.53 90
35 Carole Schofield 26.11 89
46 Sylvia Watson 28.11 87
57 Sara Dyer 30.36 86
10 Brian Hanley 32.45 100
46 Jerry Watson 35.37 99
82 Drew Taylor 37.30 98
91 Ross Anderson 38.24 97
92 Martin Horbury 38.26 96
98 Neil Dutton 38.52 95
111 Alan Hutchinson 39.38 94
114 Paul Hunter 39.57 93
126 John Hallas 41.15 91
142 Geoff Webster 43.35 88
131 Jim Towers 41.59
Paul Hunter's 8th place gave him the 1 extra G P point he needed to win Group C!
See Martin Horbury’s end of season report in the second section of V S News.
Grand Prix 2004 Final Positions
Brian Hanley 800 (M Champ)
Sam Harris 788 (W Champ)
Martin Horbury 784 (M40 Ch)
Steve Webb 782 (2nd M40)
Drew Taylor 779 (3rd M40)
Bob Jackson 771 (M50 Ch)
Andrew Cutts 770
Jerry Watson 769
Alan Hutchinson 766
Paul Hunter 766 (Group C)
Mick Tinker 765 (2nd M50)
Roy Flesher 761 (3rd M50)
Eric Green 760
Rob Liddle 746
Simon Redshaw 725 (Group D)
Geoff Webster 723
Jules Barltrop 714 (2nd W)
Tony Haygarth 711
John Hallas 710
Paul White 704
Hayley Palmer 690
Bob Wilkes 680
Sara Dyer 639 (W Vet Ch)
Group B was won by Sam Harris, with Martin Horbury runner-up. Mick Tinker was runner-up in Group C.
3 Striders with 7 races just missed out on their GP T-shirts – Ross Anderson 648, Mivvy Tekchandani 580 and Sylvia Watson 576.
There were 4 on 6 races – Simon Vallance 577, Mick Loftus 572, Carole Schofield 495, Paul Morris 492.
Tracey Morris only dropped one point in 5 races (net score 479) but was otherwise engaged for much of the year. Others with 5 were Mick Wrench 460, Nick Brown 456, Peter Lambert 426, Natalie Crossland 401.
More scores: Lisa 359, Rob B 358, Richard 346, Mary H 327, Debbi 324, Gary 320, Steve P 314, Liz 307, Caroline 294, Alistair 255, George 255, Neil 247, Paul Hilton 232, Kay 229, Steve O 204, Tim C 170, David c 143, Mark 143, Ian 140, Maddie 138, Dawn 137, Cath 135, Lily 135, Laura C 130, Madeleine 128, Elika 126, Mary E 126, Kathy K 123, David B 118, Julia 114. There were a further 32 Striders who ran just 1 race.
The Grand Prix races have been very popular again this year with 95 members taking part.
We are making some changes to the format next year to try and encourage more people to do at least 8 races. This year 23 runners completed at least 8 races, and we start with 5 presentations to some of those runners:
The first is a “golden oldie” but somebody who always
takes part in a variety of races and is still running very well Bob Wilkes.
The next is a young lady who is steadily improving and hopefully
will have a lot more PB’s to come Hayley
Palmer. The third one goes to a newcomer this year and somebody who had an
outstanding marathon time of 3:08 in
The winner of Group D joined the Club last year and has been an enthusiastic member taking part in a variety of races Simon Redshaw.
Group C was very closely contested, Mick Tinker was in the lead with two races to go but Paul Hunter drew level at the Abbey Dash and finished one point in front with his effort at the Wakefield Cross Country event.
The Ladies Vets champion and last year’s Group E winner is Sara Dyer.
The Vets Over 50 champion has taken part in 17 Grand Prix races, he sets the handicap times, collates the race results as well as doing the newsletter, emails and updating the website – he puts a lot of time and effort into the club and does an excellent job, Bob Jackson.
The Vets Over 40 champion was somebody who has done a tremendous job in getting so many members to take part in the Cross Country events, including the Calderdale Way Relay last week, Martin Horbury.
Over the last two or three years we have had a very strong Ladies section with Tracey, Vicky and Lisa all winning races and setting some course records. This year has seen the emergence of another star, a young lady whose races this year include:
· 1st in the Horsforth 10K
1st in the
· 1st in the Helen Winsdor 10K
· 1st in the Wheldrake 10K
· 1st and 2nd places in the West Yorkshire Cross Country races
· 2nd in the Askern 10
· 2nd in the Eccup 10
· 2nd in the Harewood Trail race
· 2nd in the Thirsk 10
3rd in the
She had a tremendous time of 35:35 in the Abbey Dash and has her photograph in the latest edition of “Runner’s World” the Ladies Champion is Sam Harris.
The final award tonight is for the Men’s and Overall Club Champion, it is to somebody who has had made great progress during the year. His results include:
· 1st in the Mileta 10
2nd in the
· 3rd in the Eccup 10
· 4th in the Helen Windsor 10K
· 4th in the Spen 20
9th in the
He had a superb time of 32:26 in the Abbey Dash, it is the other half of the dynamic duo Brian Hanley.
Note that there are 6 categories this year. Three categories from last year - fell, trail and long road – have been reconstituted as two new ones - long (road & off-road) and trail/fell combined. There are now 5 races in each of the categories short road, medium road, long and trail/fell, and 4 races in handicap and cross-country. New races in the calendar are highlighted in bold – we hope you approve of our choices!
Cat Day Date Time Event
Tr/Fl Sun Dec 26 11:00 Chevin Chase
Hcap Sun Jan 9 11:00 Striders handicap 5
Med Sun Jan 23 10:00 Brass Monkey ½ marathon (entries closed)
Long Sat Feb 5 09:00 Rombalds Stride 23
Short Sun Feb 6 09:30 Dewsbury 10k
Long Sun Mar
13 10:00 Spen 20 and
Med Sun Mar 20 10:30 Ackworth ½ marathon
Tr/Fl Sun Apr 3 10:00 Baildon Boundary Way ½ marathon
Long Sun Apr
Short Sun Apr 24 11:00 Rothwell 10k
Hcap Tue Apr ?? 18:45 Spring handicap 10k
Tr/Fl Tue May 10 19:15 Jack Bloor Fell Race, near Ilkley, 5.2miles/1150ft
Med Sun May
Med Sun Jun 5 14:00 Thirsk 10 mile
Short Wed Jul
Hcap Tue Jul ?? 19:00 Summer handicap 5¼ off-road
Tr/Fl Sun Jul 31 11:00 Round Hill Fell Race, near Otley 9miles/1100ft
Short Sun Aug
Tr/Fl Sun Aug 28 11:30 Norland Moor fell race 7.1miles/1100ft
Hcap Tue Sep ?? 18:45 Autumn handicap 10k
Med Sun Oct 2?? Selby ½ marathon
X-C Sat Oct
Long Sat Nov
X-C Sun Nov
X-C Sat Nov
Short Sun Dec ?? a.m. Abbey Dash 10k
XC Sat Dec
Long any any any Any other marathon, score according to time
You can now travel the world for Grand Prix points in this final category – Las Vegas, Paris, Berlin, New York, Chicago, Melbourne, you name a marathon, it’s in! Nearer home, your opportunities in the UK up to June include Duchy (Cornwall), Shakespeare (Stratford), Lochaber (Fort William), Three Forts (Sussex), Halstead (Essex) and Blackpool.
Hull 24 Hour (from Ingo Zoller)
As rumoured already - former French Valley Strider Lisa
Michez decided to surprise everyone by competing in a 24h track race. Since she
was never known for her speed she thought it might be an event where she does
not need to run fast. The venue she chose was the
She thought it would be her one and only race over that kind of distance, but she might have to change her mind about it...
Now the official results were found in the depth of the web, on the pages of the International Association of Ultra Runners:
The results km miles
1 Jim Rogers M 226.69 140.86
2 Stuart Buchan M 209.05 129.90
3 Garth Peterson M 208.03 129.27
4 Lisa Michez F 193.60 120.30
5 Graham Wilkinson M 170.94 106.21
13 Hillary Wharam F 153.91 95.64
Snowdonia Marathon (from Steve Webb)
At the Snowdonia Marathon (toughest road marathon in the
Rob was working in
Hartley Charnwood 31:23
29th Robert Bumstead 37:38
Hayden Notts AC 15:23
21st Robert Bumstead 18:25
Paul Furness came runner-up in this award. Despite doing very little serious running (and spending most Tuesdays and Thursdays looking for groups of women slower than him to run with), his efforts were outstanding in organising the LCW teams and recceing nearly all the legs. And the teams won nothing!
But the winner this year was not just an also-ran. He was an also ran and ran and ran. He ran 50 races in 2004.
Like Debbi Wagman last year, he did actually have one success (or in our terms, failure). He managed to win first team prize at the Roundhay Pulse Race. However since there were only two teams competing, I think we’ll forgive him this.
So where have his 49 other races been? In
So for wearing the Valley Striders vest nearly every week of 2004, the SSJ Also Ran Trophy was awarded to Eric Green.
This was, of course, won by Tracey, but to be precise it was
shared by Tracey (at
Mention was made of a few other notable performances all of which would have been good candidates in a normal year
· Steve Webb for winning the Blubberhouses 25
· Brian Hanley, Drew Taylor, Alan Hutchinson winning the team prize at Spen 20
Jules Barltrop for 3:08 at
Brian Hanley 9th at
And we look forward to seeing Tracey, Lisa and Jules on the Womens UKA Championship start line on April 17.
The first three names, drawn by independent adjudicator Max
Jones, out of Bob’s flat cap were Natalie Crossland, Mary Egan and Kay
Mason. We wish all 3 of them the best of
training, and success on April 17.
Reserves for these places will be Anne McCaffrey, George Little, Eric
Green, Mivvy Tekchandani and Hayley Palmer.
Bob Jackson’s claim for the Marathon Cup
There was a claim by Bob Jackson that his run at Potteries
marathon was a better performance than Tracey’s at
Had time off work to train
Worked full time up to weekend of race
Full support team of physios etc
Read the “Injured Runners Handbook”
Three weeks of acclimatisation in
10 minutes in the service station on the M6
Bussed to the start
Drove himself, then 10 minutes walk
Ice bath before the start
Rubbed ibuprofen gel on various places
Own drinks laid out on route
Tepid water had been put out hours ago
Scenic route through ancient villages and past historic temples
Route passed old coal mines, slag heaps and disused pot banks
Plenty of local support all the way
Plenty of local support all the way
Beautiful sunny day – able to get sun tan
Cold wind and rain (in June) – almost got frostbite
Finished on track in historic stadium
Finished uphill on grassy field
Full medical facilities for recovery
Got changed in tent and ate ice-cream
2:41 – 29th/66 – top half
3:18 – 46th/540 – top 10%
With a record 50 at the Christmas meal (28 Striders and 22 partners), Steve’s plan to mention everyone by name was ambitious. But successful. All bar one who only booked the day before and was missed from Steve’s checklist. But Steve knows who you are and you are marked for special attention next year.
Well there were a few true stories and a few slightly true and the rest seemed to have come from the spam in Steve’s email inbox. I looked round and there were a few worried faces (mainly from those whose first time it was), when would it be their turn, what would he say, then a sigh of relief that it was another v*ag*a story from the internet joke book. (Had to put asterisks in otherwise this page wouldn’t get out of my firewall)
And this was followed by the raffle. £1 a ticket, about half the people won a prize, there was £25 profit which will be donated to Lineham Farm, don’t return your prize to Steve if it fails to work after 28 days!
Steve - thanks for organising the event, for your speech, for the raffle and also for saving us from 50 minutes of disco music!
Nineteen new members in the last six months, a few have read about us on the website, but most have joined by word-of-mouth recommendations from other Striders – more infectious than pyramid selling
193. Ross Anderson – found us via the website, but when he’d joined found that Liz Ball had been his tutor and that he knew Jules, young and fast!
194. Steve Dixon – joined in 1995 for 2 years, was a training partner of Neil Stoddard, said he would rejoin us when he got fit, hoping to run Three Peaks this year
195. Mal Smith – been trying to recruit him since he ran Meanwood a couple of years ago, Vicky Whitehead has moved in next door and they’re now training partners!
Johnny Cocker – Eric Cusack’s son-in-law, was going to
Elika Tasker – found us on the website, moved to Leeds
198. Caroline Lynch – never run further than 10k road or 3 miles off-road, press-ganged to run with Mivvy leg 2 (11 miles) Leeds Country Way – she forgave us!
199. David Barton – fastest Geddes-Barton at Pulse Race but no prize, recruited and ran LCW at 1 week’s notice
200. Julia Geddes – 2nd W45 at Pulse Race, recruited and ran LCW at 1 day’s notice
201. Maddie Geddes-Barton – 2nd W overall at Pulse Race behind Liz Ball, has had two good cross-country runs with us, currently our youngest Strider
202. Julian Bhowmick – ex squash player, had to retire because of problem with elbow, knees OK, speedy runner
203. Eileen Crosfill – elected as life member for distinguished services to race timekeeping and recording (nearly 100 events with the Striders over 20 years)
204. Nigel Birch – friend of Julian, works with Bob, ran Meanwood a few years ago
Jayne South – training partner of Sarah Brown, works
with Julian, knows Mivvy, has run several of our races, has a
206. Nga Huynh – works with Ross, paid her subs on her first training session. How do you pronounce her name? It’s a silent ‘g’ and the surname is “Win”
207. Paul Leary – trains with Eric Green at Morley Sports Centre
James Tarran – recently moved from Rochdale (was a
R.Harrier a few years ago), hoping to run 3 hrs at
Anne McCaffrey – knows Bill Murphy and Gary Shipley,
Thursday runner, also runs Tuesdays, has a
210. John Bucktrout – works with George Little – has already graduated from slow squad to medium squad on Tuesdays
211. Bobby Ndawula – trains at Scott Hall gym, asked which club the runners on a Thursday evening belonged to.
· Apologies for any errors above, will be put right in the next issue!
· Anything that is correct above will be put wrong in Steve O’s next Xmas speech!
Birthdays at the end of 2004 included Maddie Geddes-Barton (17, changed from U17G to JW), Cath Benson and Mitch Scott-Baxendale (35, now vets), Mark Hoon and Nigel Birch (40, now vets), Jayne South (also 40), Mike Evans and Dave Milner (all 50), Danny Burnham and John Umpleby (60) and George Black (65).
Birthdays at the start of 2005 will include Jules Barltrop (she’ll have done 3 marathons before she’s 30), Ingo Zoller (35, a new age-group in Germany), Paul Bunton and Mal Smith (40, will become vets), Alison Marrington (also 40), Mike O’Callaghan, George Little, Carmel Barker, Jerry Watson (all will be 45), Julia Geddes (50), Jim Towers and Ken Kaiser (55), Lyn Eden & Tony Lupton (60).
Of the senior members, Danny is back on the road again, up to 20 minutes per run. John Umpleby is doing a lot of cycling, up to 40 miles but since he has started taking collagen, he has been doing some running too and is threatening to come to the Spring Handicap to see if he can win the cup he presented to the Striders back in 1988
Congratulations to Simon and Christine Redshaw on the birth of a son, Ben.
A few long-time members who have put in good service for the Club have recently resigned - we are sad to see them go:
Ray Price – one of the originals (VLS00004), no longer running
George Dawson – multi-marathoner, now moved to Knaresborough
Alan Whittle – always a volunteer at our races, now moved to Northallerton
Wilf Little – another volunteer and also LS8 Striders News postman, no longer running
Congratulations to Lisa Wilyman who finished 2nd but took 1st prize (Alison Raw had entered on the day)
Congratulations to Howard Jeffrey (Otley AC, 2nd claim Strider) who won the Yorks Vets M50 half marathon at Bridlington and to Sara Dyer who was 3rd`W45.
Two More Years of Learning how Coaches Help … or not.
I last wrote a Coach’s Column for VS News in November 2002, so this one is by way of a review of what I’ve been up to in the last two years.
Years of Experience. I
was appointed the Deputy Factory Manager of the copper alloy tube works of
Yorkshire Imperial Metals in Stourton shortly after I came to
I did learn a lot of things from George, including how to drink the strongest tea in the factory without flinching! But the one fact which emerged from our discussions over the next three years which I remember to this day is that, because of the very slow rate of change in the market demand for the product, George’s experience of No 2 Mill was little more than one year’s worth repeated 29 times.
I thought of George when I was
reading Paula Radcliffe’s book “Paula, My Story So Far”. Clearly the first 284
of its 324 pages had been written months before
On the Friday before the race I had written to a journalist pal of mine – the same one I had e-mailed ten days before London to give him the embargoed advice that Tracey had “a better than even chance of being the first Brit home and in 2:32/2:33” – that I couldn’t see how Radcliffe could win on such a horrendously hilly course and in the anticipated 33 degree temperature “because she’s so much heavier than the little Japanese. Unless, perhaps, she drinks up all her bottles and the Japanese don’t!”
It was clear from what she said in the days after the race that she had been severely hypoglycaemic before the Start, in effect hitting the Wall when only 10 miles into it. In the book I learnt she had been on “a heavier course of anti-inflammatories” from the previous Sunday because a long-standing muscle strain had recurred. One of the well-known side effects of high doses of NSAIDs is diarrhoea – the worst thing to hit marathon runners is for their carboloading to be deposited in the local sewers before the race has even begun – but in her book we are told that Radcliffe’s had persisted right up to 20 minutes before the start.
Before reading it I had presumed
that her downfall in
The only way fit and healthy
runners can become hypoglycaemic after only 8km is when they are so before the
start. I know, ’cos I’ve been there and done that. I had had diarrhoea on the
Friday and the Saturday before London 2000; I also hit the Wall early, but at 5
miles; to preserve my ‘EverPresent’ status I walked the last 14 miles; and it
took me longer to cover the second half than my previous worst full marathon
time, the first
Radcliffe should not only have
been alarmed by her collapsing but, more particularly, those around should have
questioned why she did also after two other races and even once after a
training session in the
Athletes at the top level in any sport do 95% of the work, but their coaches are there to contribute the 5% which means the difference between a place on the podium and struggling amongst the other also rans. Perhaps it is facile with hindsight to say that Radcliffe’s advisors should have known that high doses of anti-inflammatories can cause diarrhoea and hence hypoglycaemia. But that’s what advisors are for, to analyse the mistakes of the past and then to prepare their athletes to avoid them or to overcome them next time.
It was a minor miracle that she
got as far as she did, but having said that, I believe she would still have
been right to have started the race, even if she had realized her chance of
winning it had gone. As the good Baron de Coubertin, the founder of the Modern
Olympics, said at the banquet in
First Principles. I believe that there are three cardinal principles which underlie athletic success: the athlete must have a medium term objective; there must be a basic understanding, shared between athlete and coach, of the processes whereby the athlete is to generate the physical energy required to attain that objective; and how that energy can be used to the maximum possible effect and with the minimum of waste.
Bearing those in mind, this is my report on how I was able to help three athletes, two of them Valley Striders, to achieve what they did in the past two years.
Lou Gilchrist. We
don’t see Lou at the Club often because (a) she lives in Wardle, near
There she won gold in the W65
X-Country; the silver in the 5000m in her first Track race ever in a time which
was 88% Age-Graded; and the bronze in the 1500m and only a second outside the
UK W65 record! In 2003, she swept up all the
And Lou’s ‘secret’? She races almost every week; virtually all have vicious hills in them; and she does stretching exercises twice a day. Racing every week keeps her heart and hence aerobic capacity in good nick; attacking the hills builds up her quads to maintain a good stride length; and the elasticity of her tendons and ligaments, induced by the stretches – with her knees locked she can put the palms of her hands on the floor in front of her – means she has a good stride rate. Stride rate times stride length equals speed over the ground: get them both up and the run’s a good ’un.
And Lou’s training régime? Always run hard; never over 5 miles at any one time; never run on consecutive days, so as not to get injured; average mileage per week, excluding races, not more than 15.
And my job? Just to listen, to explain, to encourage, and to be there when she runs.
Tracey. From the times she was running beforehand clearly brimful of talent, her route by plane and bus to Marathon and thence on foot to Athens, via the medium term objective of being first Brit in London, was founded on the realisation that she had been already running throughout 2003 the equivalents of sub-3 marathons. Engaging in two fast training sessions every week instead of only one, racing every two weeks and getting a pair of lightweight shoes for running them were just the essential added ingredients which were to help her to turn the dream into reality.
Without any one of them in the mix, Tracey could so easily have been a nearly-was. Instead she beat the second Brit, the originally Ethiopian, Birhane Dagne, by less than half of one per cent of the 2:33:52 she ran.
Ed Whitlock. No,
not a Valley Strider because London-born, as was John
Keston, now Canadian Ed Whitlock is still a Ranelagh member. He took John’s W70
marathon WR in 2001 and then he became the first 70-year-old, with a 2:59:10 in
Based on the flimsy evidence I had had at the start, I had surmised that in 2003 his carbohydrate reserves had run out, not at 18.0km as Paula Radcliffe’s had, but at 42.0km. That did indeed turn out in the end to have been the probable explanation, but I was anxious not to presume that to the exclusion of everything else.
Hence the daily e-mails, during the course of which he told me that he had stepped up his long runs from two 3-hour efforts in 2003 to three of them each week. But they were not done at jogging pace, being typically 20 to 22 miles each – between 8:10- and 9-minute miles – but, and this is the sting in the tail, in trainers weighing 383 grams each. Compared with his racers, which weighed only 167g, that 216g, dead-weight ‘handicap’ on each foot would have been the equivalent of 20 to 25 seconds a mile, meaning he was running over 60 miles a week at an average pace which was equivalent to close on 8 minute miles. At SEVENTY THREE!!!
Added to which I have no doubt at all that lifting his shoes up a foot or so with every stride of c. 1000 every mile would have kept his quads in good shape as well, and the gentle stretching of his tendons and ligaments for nine hours a week would have been beneficial, too.
We decided not to change anything from the previous year except for him to wear his socks inside out to stave off blistering his feet and to drink as much Gatorade from the aid stations as he could manage without stopping. In the event, he took “not as much Gatorade as you suggested, Max, but much more than last time” and he ran it in 2:54:44; without hitting any Wall, but with a negative split of 1:27:31 to 1:27:13; to become the first man over 40 ever to run a 100% age-graded time in the marathon.
Summary. I believe these four tales, three of when things have gone well and one when they went unbelievably, agonisingly wrong, illustrate the crucial importance of the personal athlete-coach relationship. I do strongly recommend to all those of you who aspire to follow in Lou’s, Tracey’s and Ed’s racing footsteps, either at their exalted level on the world stage or closer to home – e.g. to run a marathon in under 4 hours or the Abbey Dash in under 44 minutes – that you decide now what dreams you want to turn into reality in the coming year.
I am not advocating any particular training programme for achieving it, for there is no one-size-fits-all, gender-neutral régime in Running, but rather that athletes, of whatever standard, get to together with coaches, of whatever qualifications, to create for every one individually what is needed to climb the peak.
And, to avoid making the mistake which Paula Radcliffe and her advisors did, always go over together what has happened in the last week or two to determine what more – or less – needs to be done.
For those who fancy the chance of
reaching the top, fix your gaze on competing in next year’s Commonwealth Games,
which are in
Tracey has helpfully opted to run
for her beloved
That would be fun if four of you went together, wouldn’t it!!??
Hope you are all well and the running is going well, Tim's
Mum sent the Harrogate 10k report from the
Tim and I both did a 5mile road race in Cookstown on Saturday, it was strange not to see any familiar faces! All the races over here are on a Saturday, which leaves time for a few wines and a meal on the Saturday night! I did 35.43 mins and came 3rd lady, £10 cash. Tim was 9th, 25mins something.
Tim has joined Willowfield Harriers to run with whilst we
are over here, they won the mens team prize, the other 2 guys ran 24mins. There was an article in the local newspaper
Saturday morning, which announced Willowfield had a new secret weapon to unveil
but wouldn't name him! The Athletics scene is very close over here. Willowfield
has a similar atmosphere to Valley, everyone is very friendly and they have
gone out of their way to help us settle in. I am hopefully going to join
We enjoyed - not sure that's the word - watching the
Looking forward to watching all the Athletics over the next
week. Tim has done me a training plan - very tiring, and I am doing a 5km race
next Friday. We are going on holiday in 3wks for 3wks travelling around
Hope you are all well, look forward to seeing you for the Abbey Dash.
Tim and I ran a 10k yesterday, Mallusk, the hilliest course I have ever done and very hot as well. Tim came 3rd and 1st team, I was 5th woman. Wearing my Valley Striders vest gained me some attention from the winning woman. Oh you run for the famous club....Valley Striders, they were asking all about Tracey, and in their club quiz on Friday evening had a picture of Tracey - to guess the athlete! (anyone at VS want to volunteer to organise a quiz? – ed)
I wanted to mention that I am keen to do the
(Nat was lucky to be 1st out of the hat and will be on the start line with Tim on April 17)
OK, so Alderney, being in the Channel Islands, is not strictly International, but it does have its own coins/notes; its own vehicle registration numbers (AYnnnnn); you don’t have to wear seat belts AND it’s a lot nearer to France than Britain. So for someone who hasn’t competed outside of the North of England then to me it’s International.
Whilst Alderney is the third largest C.I. it is nowhere near the size of Jersey and Guernsey, being oval in shape and measuring only 5km east-west and 3km north-south. Furthermore it is wedge shaped, with cliffs to the South and West, peaking at 300m, and 6 fabulous sandy bays to the North and East. It has 1 town (St. Anne), 1 lighthouse, 1 airport, 1 harbour, with a 1km break-water, 1 Ian Botham, 14 forts and a 2km railway line (originally built to move stone from the quarry to the breakwater and forts, and now providing pleasure trips on in-season Saturdays) – ALL of which, bar one fort, can be seen on the HM route – twice! Thankfully there are also ample pubs, restaurants, shops and hotels/guest houses.
The forts were built in Victorian times as defence
against the French but were never used in anger. The Germans invaded in 1941
but unlike Jersey and
On to the race. I knew of it from two previous visits to the island – we rent the holiday home of some friends – and was pleased to see that this year’s had been moved from its usual October date to mid-September, which meant that we could have a cheap late-summer week’s holiday, just after the school holidays, and I could partake in the race, around what must be one of the most interesting courses there are.
So, how do you fit a half-marathon into such a small
island. Easy – as indicated above – you run around the perimeter (avoiding the
airport runway) and then you do it again! The day was Saturday and the
start-time was midday, I guess to allow “foreigners”, to fly/sail in. It was
really tricky to sort out the eat/drink/toilet schedule for a midday kick-off,
but the time eventually came to assemble at the Start – positioned at the end
of a long flat road next to a beach by the harbour. The pre-race briefing
warned us that the railway was to start running at 14:00 and whilst it was to
run slower than usual today, that where the route twice crossed the lines at
unmanned, ungated crossings, we must give way to the train. Oh yea, when do
runners ever give way? The local policeman (whose LandRover has reg. AY999)
closed the road for us and by the time we set off heading West a queue of 3
vehicles had built up. The usual 30-40 field had been swelled this year to
60-70 by a club from the
After 1km we passed the 15 or so who were about to set
off behind us for a one-lap 10K race (yes they run both races – why I do not
know) and then 0.5km further on we hit Tourgis Hill, or has it had been badged
“Torture Hill”. I’d recce’d the route on the previous Tuesday and wasn’t phased
by the 260m climb in 2km – well you don’t train/race in Yorkshire and worry
about hills do you? (although I’m sure
that Tracey wasn’t quite so complacent about that long drag out of
At 8km I could still see all those ahead of me (so I wasn’t leading!) which seemed to number about 10 and I sailed through the half-way point without problem. The hill was again OK (passing a flagger on the way up) except that I somehow managed to catch my right toe in a hoop of my left shoelace (cross-wind?) and went flying. If that had been on a downhill it would have been disaster. Again, Lynda met me at 15km with a small bottle of High-5 (cheers Bob) and I charged off downhill again. Another flagger was passed at 20km and I struggled the last 1km to the finish line against a strengthening head-wind, with no in sight behind apart from the last flagger. Lynda was there having taken the short cut down from the town – but without the camera !
So how did this middle-aged, middle-of-the-road, middle-distance runner do? I’d come 9th in 1:42:40, which was a great position for me but a slower time than expected. Must have been the wind! So what about an age prize? No – in my first year as an M50 I’d been beaten by TWO other M50s!
A quick dip in the lovely cold sea to burn off the lactic acid and then into the harbour bar for a wonderful free dish of pasta and veg. soup, washed down with several pints of Guinness (not free!). All in all a great end to a great holiday, but there is a twist to the tale.
During that evening’s meal out in a local hotel I discovered that several runners wearing wrist GPS devices had measured the course at 14.3 miles! Given that the winner’s time was 1:31 this seemed plausible, and would give me a respectable 1:35, but how could they get it so wrong? The course was marked out in 1kms and whilst I didn’t record any split times, I mentally checked most of them and never suspected that they were of different lengths. Therefore, if the GPS’ers are right somebody can’t measure a kilometre!
I’ll be following this story with interest in case of a Steward’s Enquiry.
Finally, if this race were to be included in next year’s GP, apart from having a great time in a fantastic setting, I have no doubt that VS could make a clean sweep of all the prizes. So how’s about it Bob/Alan/Paul?
Just returned to serious competition, and bagged in a few
age group 2nd and one 1st. Starting with two half
marathons, which I used as a first test out of normal training, and where I
came 2nd (I finished 2nd M30 twice before in the first one, so I had to take it
easy to ensure the 3rd consecutive 2nd M30. Unfortunately it will be
the last time there as well, since I'll have to start in the M35 age group next
year :-). The places of these half marathons are probably completely unknown in
At Kahl I raced in a 10k race a few weeks later again, finishing 7th overall (again 2nd M30), and just a week later topped this performance at Mainaschaff, when I finished unlucky 4th in an undulating 10k race. At least I won my age group there by half a mile or so. Now that the endurance base seems to be solid I should be well prepared for my trip to the Swiss alps for two big races: Thyon-Dixence and Sierre-Zinal. And there I should face good, proper opposition again - a few English fell runners will be there!
Until now my running year has been OK. At winter time I won a series of 6 cross country races, in spring I won a big half marathon (800 competitors) and in June I took gold medal in the East Danish Championship 10.000 meter on track. This autumn I hope to ran faster than 3 h 30 min. in marathon and to regain my veteran champion titles in short and long cross.
Britt was successful – she ran the
Actually this is Athletics Weekly’s Review of the Year Quiz:
· Q10. Which club does marathon star Tracey Morris run for?
I wonder whether the other 19 questions were as easy?
Will Tracey be appearing on Question of Sport? If she was invited she says she would choose “Home”. I know there were some spelling questions a few weeks ago. Here’s one for you to remember, Tracey. P-a-n-a-t-h-i-n-a-i-k-o.
Well this was our fourth holiday in
I had decided before the trip I might run in the San Diego Half Marathon, (Well I have managed to put off running one since 1982) but two weeks before the holiday I hurt my back and could hardly walk, so I wasn’t sure if I would be able to run at all. Once we arrived in San Diego I tested my back out by running a couple of miles along the beach, apart from being very warm everything was fine, but decided that to run the half with a dodgy back might not be such a good idea, so I opted for the 5K. So after persuading Kevin my 16 year old son to run with me, we headed for the registration which was on Friday and Saturday, the race being Sunday 15th August.
The registration was at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel, close to the airport and harbour. I was expecting a table just to pick up our numbers, but it was situated in a huge exhibition hall filled with running and fitness gear, promotions for future races, all kinds of drinks, gels, potions, cereal bars, and anything else you could think of to do with running. We even had our legs massaged by this supposedly revolutionary plastic stick which was supposed to relieve your muscles of aches and pains after running, and warm muscles up before a race. Unfortunately they were about 170 dollars! We didn’t see anyone buying one. I think you could probably get the same effect from a rolling pin! The registration was very organised you filled in your details on a computerised form took it to the desk, paid your dollars, received your number, chip, goody bag and t shirt, and just to check you had done everything right you could then scan the chip and your name and number appeared on the computer screen. That’s it we were in. By this time my 12 year old daughter Claire had decided she might like to run, so Ian agreed to run round with her, and so it turned out to be a family outing! Just needed to get up 5.30 am! to get to the start for 7.00 am!!!
As you all know early mornings just don’t agree with me (especially to run!) and unfortunately I didn’t sleep either worrying about waking up on time. So 5.30 am we were all up and raring to go!!! We couldn’t get breakfast anywhere as most places didn’t open until 6.00 am so we all had a couple of Krispie bars and a drink and we were off.
The race was in
Both races started at 7.00 am. Kevin and I had managed to weave our way quite near to the front of the start line. Claire and Ian were happy to start at the back but with our chips attached, we were assured that it didn’t really matter where you started.
7.00 am!! the gun went and we were off, unfortunately the woman in front of me started to walk so I had to dodge round her and then another lady who I’d seen on the front line started to jog very slowly in front of me. Kevin on the other hand got a great start, he took one look back to see where I was, and that was it he was off like a rocket. He wasn’t going to wait for his old Mum!
The first mile was fine, the second had the hill in it and by the third I was glad to get back. In the meantime Kevin had increased his lead on me and disappeared into the distance. (He didn’t want to run at first because he thought I would beat him!!!)
Kevin had a brilliant race finishing 27th out of 783 runners, in a brilliant time for his first 5k of 20.09 he was the fourth 16 year old and the first overseas runner, but didn’t get a prize. Unfortunately the age group was from 0 - 17 and there were some fast runners before him. The winner of the race was 19 and ran 16.35.
I came 50th in my slowest ever 5k 21.25. I knew from doing the mile reps that 7 minute miles was about my fastest pace so I expected about 21 minutes so wasn’t too far out. I was also lucky enough to come second lady in my age group and received a huge medal. The first woman was 18th in 19.15, and was I admit slightly older than me, but that meant she was in a different age group!
After handing in our chips, we found a spot near the finish to watch the others come in. Claire came sprinting in 281st place and could have gone much faster had she started further up the field, and not had her Dad to slow her down! She ran 29.26, and was the third 12 year old, but was in the same age group as Kevin.
Ian came in 3 minutes later, he gave us all a royal wave
as we cheered him on and he saved his sprint for the last 10 yards to pass a
few people. He said afterwards he thought he was going to die in
The winner of the half marathon was Joseah Matui of
The post race party was also well organised with bananas, oranges, plenty of drinks, and a rock band. The results were out very quickly, and were very detailed even printing what pace you had been running at. The presentations also bang on time, at 8.30 am. There were prizes for the first three in all age groups, the oldest male person was 82 and ran 31.08! In the women it was 81 and she ran 43.08.
We had had a good morning, and it was only 9.30 am! time to get back to the hotel for a proper breakfast! It seemed a very long day, it’s amazing what you can fit in when you get up early!!! Maybe next year we’ll do the half marathon, although reports say it is very hilly!! another one of my favourite things.
For anyone interested the
Check out our photos from the race on www.marathonfoto.com - 7406,7407,7396,7397
What a great schedule of events you have lined up for the rest of this year and on into the Spring of 2005. Wish I could join you !
My running has really been very slow with few races. Have
been helping at some, even going back to
I will be going down again the 2nd Sat. of Oct to help at an aid station in the 50 miler my Calif Club, the Bay Area Ultrarunners, puts on in the Oakland Hills. Surely one way to see every body, at least once, as it is an out and back course.
Some of you Older Valley Striders would have remembered the David Coleman phrase “marathon tourist” as used in the 1988 Seoul Marathon, you remember the one where Charlie Spedding kept disappearing off the back of the leading pack until in the final stages he faded and the Italian Bordin won.
Well in Boise Rob Sargent (my mate from Dagenham) and I were the marathon tourists except in our case only one Master got away from us and he came 9th overall so we beat everyone in our age group barring him.
Conditions were poor - thick fog, humidity 96 percent, route very complex with the only hill at 20miles, not much support but plenty of cars and traffic in the latter stages. I started at even pace and ended up struggling at 21miles and the hill came as a relief, not only that the fog cleared and we were blessed with some sunshine - which did not last long. So there you have it, beautiful location spoilt by bad weather but you can’t have everything.
We did our
tourist bit first in
PS If anyone wants to see the 1988 Olympic Marathon I still have on tape Start to Finish and it’s one of the best marathons to watch.
1 M Carlson 2:41:24
9 D Hill 3:06:26 (1st M55-59)
13 Rob Sargent 3:12:13 (1st M50-54)
Liz Day went to
Jules Barltrop ran the Chicago Marathon and finished 1128th overall (84th W) in 3:08:16, reducing her PB by 10 minutes, and qualifying for the UKA Championship start at London. Congratulations!
It was an enormous pain to get here with all my things,
especially the bike, but after 3 hours of booking in, the flight was fine and
I am getting into things fairly fast. I will start with work
things by Wednesday, so not a lot of lazing around. I will be moving into a
If you are planning a trip down here, let me know!!
Sorry, can’t make the pies and peas!
I am now a Celtic Harrier, they organise the Cape Town Marathon in August and The 2 Oceans Marathon, in April/ March!
Come and visit me if you want to take part, winter in the
Cape is warmer than summer in the
Thanks for letting me know about Tracey's race. I do not think SA has any potential gold medallists, so the Olympics is still being kept quiet here!
I also swim with a group at 6am, a heated pool, but
OUTSIDE!!! Getting in is freezing, but you are still half asleep, and as it gets
Love to everyone, please give my best of luck wishes to Tracey - I will watch the race!
Sat 5 Feb 0900 Rombalds Stride (VSGP 4)
Sun 6 Feb 0930 Dewsbury 10k (VSGP 5)
Sun 13 Feb 1200 Liversedge half marathon - nb half a mile of off-road
19 Feb National cross-country at
Sun 20 Feb 1100 Snake Lane 10 mile at Pocklington - race full (UKR)
Sun 20 Feb 1100 Buttermere Round 22 from Keswick
Sun 27 Feb 0900 Pace Run at Harewood House supported by Valley Striders. 2 laps of 8 miles (extra half lap optional). Come and pace or come and run or come and run just one lap. (see page 2)
6 Mar 1100 Norton
Sun 13 Mar 1000 Spen 20 and East Hull 20 (both VSGP 6)
Sat 19 Mar 1100 Coniston 14
Sun 20 Mar 1030 Ackworth half marathon (VSGP 7)
Sun 27 Mar 1030 Guiseley Gallop (UKR)
Sun 3 Apr 1000 Baildon Boundary Way (VSGP 8) - race nearly full
Sat 9 Apr 1030 Meanwood Trail Race (also junior races at 1000) organised by Valley Striders. Please keep this date free in your diaries, we will need as many Striders as possible to help. Last year this race raised over £1000 for Lineham Farm Children's Centre at Eccup.
Sun 10 Apr
Sun 24 Apr 1100 Rothwell 10k (VSGP 10) Also Yorks vets 10k champs. (UKR)
Sun 24 Apr Shakespeare marathon (
Wed 4/11/18 May St Bedes 5k series at Esholt
Sat 21 May 1100 White Peak Marathon from Cromford near Matlock (VSGP28)
This is on
cinder paths along a disused railway line and on a canal towpath – an off-road
marathon but road shoes are recommended.
Limit 200 and since
Sun 22 May Sandal Castle 10k (UKR)
Thu 23 Jun Ackworth Midsummer 10k (UKR)
“UKR” are UK Results Yorkshire challenge, run 3 of 5 to be eligible for series prizes
NB for full Grand Prix list see page 14, for Fell and Trail list see pages 58-59.