1998 Issue 4
Annual General Meeting - 34 Striders and 33 Spiders attended. Highlights are on this page and there will be more details in the next issue.
Committee - Survived unimpeached - new junior ministerial appointments were Tim and Gary to support Jon with the Grand Prix events and Tim to support Bob with the Newsletter.
Subscriptions for Sept 98 to Aug 99 - Renewals are £6 to Danny.
Training • Tuesday has now reverted to the Winter Schedule - 1st Tuesday in month is 400m session on Otley Road, 2nd is fartlek, 3rd is mile reps on High Ashes and 4th is hills on Church Lane. All at 18:45 from Leo's.
W.Yorks XC - See back page for dates - £3 to Paul or Sylvia covers all 4 races.
Calderdale Way Relay - is on Sunday Dec 13 - contact Paul F or Geoff.
Christmas Meal - Friday December 18 at Leo's - a hot and cold buffet - £8 per person. Contact Steve O to book your place(s) - by 30th November if possible.
Leeds Country Way - The Vets' and Wimmin's Teams both retained their runners-up shields/cups. The vets team were 9th overall, and the "A" team 10th - the difference being just 20 seconds! Thanks in particular to (a) the three team captains and (b) the last minute substitutes. Full report in the next issue.
Grand Prix(from Bob)
Results & Race Reports
Harewood Chase 10k - In the Ladies' race, Sylvia finished 6th overall and 1st O/50 (41:17), and Carole Schofield 9th overall (41:37). We had no third counter, as Carole Towler was still "U/A" (50:14). In the Mens' race, Steve Webb had a good result 11th (34:34), Tim Towler ran 38:28, Bob J 40:59, G.W. 42:20, and George Little also running U/A (45:36).
Harrogate 10k - Roy Flesher took the 100pts with 37:18, Tim Towler not far behind (37:33), a big gap to BobJ (40:49), Carole 2nd LV35 (41:09), Dick (41:28), BobW (42:43), and Max 1st MV70 (44:44), George Little (46:22).
Hyde Park 5k - Steve Webb running a road race? - not really, because this race was entirely on tarmacced footpaths inside Hyde Park. Steve was 19th (17:19), Tim (18:38), KathyK 3rd wumin 1st vet (19:19), BobJ (19:27), BobW 1st MV55 (21:18), Lyn (21:44)
Mileta 10 - Tim 30th 63:39, KathyK 3rd F 1st F45 67:41, BobW 73:07
Autumn Handicap - was won by John Hallas. Fastest times were Gary Shipley 34:16, Steve Webb 36:30 and Harry Bates 37:15. 20 ran.
Current Placings (as at 16th Sept, i.e. including Autumn Handicap)
As reported in the previous VS News, Penny won the O-45 category at the Eccup 3-day event. This was her first ever age-group win, and she was reported to be "dead chuffed".
Kathy Kaiser was 2nd at the Burnsall 10.
The Wimmin's Team finished 7th at the West Yorks Road Relays at Wakefield. Kathy K got them off to an excellent start, finishing 4th, only one place behind Laura Woffenden. Liz, Sylvia and Carole completed the team.
Other Wimmin's news is "scattered" through the Newsletter.
Coach's Column - Maximum Pulse Rate(from Bob(!))
Max is on holiday (attempting another 24-hour race in Portland USA), but left me with a table of pulse rate calculations.
Most publications state that the way to calculate your theoretical maximum pulse rate is 220 minus your age in years. This is a reasonable rule of thumb but many of you will have proved this wrong e.g. I often reach 180 in training and I'm a few years older than 40. Max has found a little table which, by taking race performances at certain distances, (a) enables a much better estimate of your maximum and (b) enables you to estimate your pulse rate for any other distance
So if you run (at full effort) a 5k with a sustained peak pulse rate of 175, your theoretical max pulse is 175*100/92 = 190, and your target sustained peak for a marathon would be 190*82/100 = 156. If you would like more information, ask Max to include this in his next Coach's Column.
Vets News - 1999 WAVA Update
As reported in the previous VS News, the 1999 World Veterans' Championships will be at Gateshead from July 29 to August 8. We now have a full schedule of events, one which came over the Internet, and the other in traditional paper form.
The two events that will be of most interest to Striders are the 10km cross-country on July 29 and the marathon on August 8. The dates are the same for men and women - it is not stated whether the marathon will be a mixed race or two separate races - we do know it is a 2-lap course based from Gateshead Stadium and taking in a couple of miles (twice) of the Great North Run route. The cross-country is based from Maiden Castle at Chester-le-Street, which is where the "Safeway" races will be held this November.
To be eligible to enter, you need to be a member of the Northern Vets, whose membership secretary is J.H.Linley at Riversdale Cottage, Fforde-y-Felin, Treuddyn, Mold, CH7 4BD. More details in next VS News.
Showers- There is still no progress on Leos' lottery application for the major extension to the Clubhouse.
At the AGM we voted that we should pursue the option to install a shower in the Referees' Changing Rooms for use by the Wimmin, and that we were prepared to provide a large share of the finance (£500-£750?) from our bank balance.
A New Future for Athletics in the UK ...
... is the title of a leaflet outlining the recommendations of a review which has taken place over the last six months following the declaration of insolvency of the British Athletics Federation. The review has focussed not only on the creation of a new UK body "Athletics UK", but also on the structure needed throughout the sport to support all athletes.
Several Striders went to a presentation in Leeds a few months ago, and the main structure is unchanged. There will be a UK Coordination Board which will have three Policy and Support Teams:
From the presentation we were led to believe that each PST would be financially independent; "Performance" funded from sponsorship and lottery money, "Development" funded from Government grants particularly for training and coaching facilities for young athletes, and "Competition" we're not sure.
Clubs and individual athletes will be members of "Athletics UK", and will be able to take advantage of the facilities of the three PSTs as appropriate. It is still unclear where road-running clubs and road races fit in within the scheme of things. There would appear to be little change i.e we are left to get on with it!
But at least there is an organisation and framework in place, without which there would be less likelihood of sponsorship/funding for athletics in general, and the chance that the regional organisations which give race permits, arrange insurance etc, would fold.
Each Club has been asked to send in a postal vote before the end of September, which is effectively a vote of confidence in Dave Moorcroft and his team.
At the AGM the "Striders and Spiders Committees" both recommended a vote "For". This was carried by a large majority.
Correction to August VS News(from Bob)
Max's comment that George was the fastest veteran Strider over a marathon was corrected for us by Steve O, who, when 40, recorded two sub 2:30 performances. The first was at Majorca, where he was 1st vet overall at the Spanish Vets' Championship, the second at Malta where he, Paul Briscoe and Steve Thirkell all finished within seconds of each other, and all recorded 2:29.
Television News(from Bob)
Striders' Coach's Confession on Channel 4 News :-
"I take Performance Enhancing Drugs Daily" says Max
If you read the Coach's Column in the August edition of Striders' News, then the content of the Channel 4 News Item on Thursday August 20th will not come as a surprise. Let me set the scene:
Return from commercial break - close-up of news presenter Krishnan Gurumurthy. "So at last the International Olympic Committee has promised action on drugs, calling for a new anti-doping agency to carry out random tests. It follows a summer of scandals in sport, which has blighted events like the Tour de France and cast a shadow over leading names like the swimmer Michelle de Bruin. Sue Turton now examines whether it is all too late or if the new proposals will prove the right answer to the problem"
Cut to film titled 'Bad Sports' with pictures of weightlifting, sprinting, ice-hockey, boxing, etc ... "every one of these sports has been tainted by drugs putting records and results under suspicion. The latest accusations came out of Budapest this week when British 10000m runner Jon Brown accused Portuguese Antonio Pinto of taking the performance-enhancing drug EPO, Pinto had accused Spain's Abel Anton of the same thing earlier this year, Pinto has denied taking any substance himself. In Berlin, two East German coaches have confessed to systematically giving performance-enhancing drugs to female swimmers, some as young as 12. In Lausanne today, the IOC finally decided to address the problem, proposing an anti-doping agency and setting up four task forces. The Committee is under pressure to take a tough stance ever since last month its president Juan Antonio Samaranch said 'Doping at the moment is every product that first can damage the health of a sportsman and secondly artificially improve performance - if it only produces the latter, then that, for me, is not doping'. The message today was not so liberal".
Cut to film of IOC Director General, Francois Gerrard, making statement: "The Committee will declare unanimously that it is totally committed to the fight against doping".
Cut to interview with Michele Verroken of the UK Sports Council who says: "The world of sport is slightly frustrated by the fact that talk so far has got us nowhere - this is a great shame because the IOC are the body to show leadership".
Cut to film of lots of pills. Sue Turton's commentary: "If Samaranch is confused about what substances should be banned, where does that leave the athletes? Amongst the drugs testers have detected are amphetamines, steroids, diuretics and beta-blockers. But then there are the undetectables : human growth hormone - a potent stimulant which improves the body's ability to cope with fatigue; EPO (erythropoetin) - a hormone which stimulates bone marrow to produce red blood cells and thus increase performance; testosterone - a muscle-building and performance-enhancing hormonally derived drug."
Cut to interview with Greg Moon, drug tester "... tests are becoming more sensitive and one hopes that we are not letting athletes get too far ahead of us ..."
Cut back to film. Sue Turton concludes: "All eyes are now on the IOC to see if they can enforce a crackdown".
Back to news presenter: "Well in Leeds now is Max Jones, a veteran athlete and a club coach who believes some drugs are acceptable within sports training programmes; and in Oslo is Rune Anderson, who is head of the ethics department at the Norwegian Olympic Committee. Max Jones, first of all, what drugs are acceptable in sport?"
Cut to TV Monitor of someone looking similar to our Max Jones, but wearing a shirt and tie: "The basic problem that the IOC has got itself into is that although as competitive athletes, we are all against sin, the devil is in the detail. Since the thalidomide tragedies of 40 years ago, the costs of research and development and testing of new drugs runs into hundreds of millions of dollars, so no drugs which will simply enhance the performance of a few thousand athletes will ever ever reach the market, the research won't even be done. So there is no such thing as a performance enhancing drug - the only drugs that are on the market are those which have been developed to cure the illnesses of ordinary people."
Guru: "But some drugs make people run faster ..."
Max: "So it is alleged! But the tests that are carried out when an athlete has run faster, or not as the case may be, the test doesn't distinguish the actual performance of the athlete. All the test does is to establish the amount of the banned substance relative to a standard set by the IOC which bears no relation to performance at all."
Guru: "Now over to Rune Anderson in Oslo. Do you agree with Mr Samaranch when he says if it's performance-enhancing it's OK, if it affects health it's not?"
Rune: "No I don't agree and I don't think the rest of the sporting world agrees either. This is a question which has been discussed for 20 years and the IOC has been at the forefront of setting up the list. I think it a totally wrong signal to give to the world that this list should be reduced - we should go the other way and stick to the list and increase it ..."
Guru: "It is clear that the war against drugs is being lost because there are drugs all over the place and half of them aren't detectable. Isn't it time to perhaps say we'll make it, for want of a better expression, a level playing field, let them take what they want and whoever is fastest at the end of the day wins?"
Rune: "That is the wrong way to go. Then we will have lost and sport will die. Who wants to send their children to sports if they know that they have to use drugs when they get into sports. It is not acceptable. We will have to send our children to a clean sport."
Guru: "Max Jones, is it really sport when you let false chemical effects take part in it?
Max talks again about the arbitrary setting of levels and then starts: "When Diane Modahl was sent down for four years ... ". Guru interrupts. (Max tells me that had been going to say that she had tested a false positive after running 2:02 for 800, and the following week she had tested negative after running 2:00)
Guru: "Should it not be that if you test positive for anything then you will be banned?"
Max: "I train four or five times a week, I hold a dozen world records in age groups, and I take five performance enhancing drugs every day. I take aspirin, ferrous sulphate, vitamin B6, vitamin B12 and folic acid. I wouldn't take them if I was not competitive."
Guru: "Rune Anderson in Oslo - given that you disagree with Mr Samaranch, do you think he should resign?"
Rune: "I have no opinion on this, but I want to stress the importance of fighting on, because we have the methods and tools to do this. We know what drugs cannot be detected today and it is important to do the research, particularly on EPO and growth hormone."
Guru: "Rune Anderson and Max Jones, thank you very much for joining us".
I said in the previous edition "Note that articles in Striders News reflect the opinions of the individual contributors and are not necessarily shared by others in the Club". If this issue was straightforward, there wouldn't be so much time spent discussing it. Max is right to say that drugs are developed to cure normal people's illnesses. But all drugs have side-effects of some degree or another - the labels on the pills say "only take these if they have been prescribed for you" and "refer back to the doctor if you have any side-effects".
For example, aspirin is a blood anti-coagulant - it helps prevent blood clots from forming - but for a haemophiliac this is positively dangerous. A common side-effect of aspirin is that it may cause the stomach lining to bleed - this may cause nausea or vomiting. The label on aspirin says it should not be taken for longer than 2 days except on doctor's advice. This may be a bit extreme, but serves as a caution! I suppose it's a bit like the health warnings on cigarette packets - at the end of the day it's your personal decision whether you obey or ignore them. Or is it? 2 paracetamols will cure a headache, 20 may cause irreparable kidney and liver damage which will kill you.
I believe that Samarach's statement, neatly summarised by the interviewer, "If it's performance-enhancing it's OK, if it affects health it's not" is not clear cut. A drug that may be performance-enhancing for one athlete may affect the health of another. We have to have a sensible compromise. Athletes should be allowed to take drugs that are prescribed for their own specific medical conditions (unless they have significant performance-enhancing side-effects), and should not be allowed to take performance-enhancing drugs that have significant medical risk.
We are back to "What drugs should be allowed, and if allowed, in what quantity". So we do need a regulatory committee, but perhaps one which should have more medical expertise and less sporting and "political" influence.
NB Your editor takes multivitamins and cod-liver oil, is addicted to bananas and Soreen malt-loaf, and drinks far too much coffee.
The Comrades Marathon in South Africa
Last edition Max reached the start line. We know he finished (in 10hrs 39mins) - let's hear how he got there!
"This is Comrades, Max"(Comrades 1998 - part 2 - from Max)
Comrades 1998 - getting to the finish - by Max Jones
Club Ronhill- Ian Place is a member of Club Ronhill. For £15 membership per year, you get a free pair of tracksters or other choice of running kit, quarterly magazine, half price entry to Ronhill/Isostar/NewBalance race series, etc. Seems good value! For more details, see Ian, or phone Club Ronhill on 01226 741741.
Running in Foreign Parts(from Geoff)
After a hard training week in Wales, Sylvia and G.W. entered the Plas-y-Dwr (or something close to that) 5k road race. This is a village gala event and until recently had been a 6 mile fell race. This 'easy' road race was intended to attract more competitors - there were around 160 taking part.
The course started outside the gala field and climbed steadily for more that 11/2 miles. Both of the V.S. representatives went off at a fast pace and found the previous week of training in the mid-Wales hills had taken some of the spring out of their step. Nevertheless the dynamic duo finished well-placed with G.W. 4th man !! and Sylvia 1st wumin and 7th overall!! Sylvia won £10.
The next day this intrepid pair turned out for the Highwayman Hike 25 which started from Orrell RUFC and toured the hills and dales of Central Lancs. This was all off road and required navigation on what turned out to be a maze of footpaths. This caused the V.S. pair to be out nearly an hour longer than expected - but, no matter, this was intended mainly as a training run. And Sylvia was 1st wumin.
Two weeks later, the Spiders pair were in Scotland at Dunfermline Park for the start of the Two Bridges Race. The route ran 10 miles to Kincardine Bridge over the narrow part of the Firth of Forth and then headed eastwards for 21 miles to the Forth Bridge. After about 2 miles on the Forth Bridge, the finish came in a further 21/2 miles at Rosyth Civil Service Sports Club - a total of 351/4 miles.
The weather was cloudy when the race started. G.W. and Sylvia both went off at 7 min mile pace with G.W. crossing the first bridge about 11/2 mins before Sylvia. The favourite for the race, Simon Pride, went off at 6 min mile pace and was already long gone. Sylvia was renewing rivalry with Kendra White who set a brisk pace and was first wumin over the bridge.
By now there was some hot sunshine. After crossing the bridge, G.W. decided on a more conservative pace and slowed down to a jog with the intention of finishing at a sprint and catching S.Pride on the line. He was soon passed by Sylvia who was about 2 minutes adrift of Ms.White. That was the last G.W. saw of Sylvia until the finish for, as the 15 mile mark approached, our hero found his legs were feeling a little cramped; the pace slowed to a struggle. 20 miles and leg problems continued while the day got hotter. 2hrs 40mins to 20 miles - could things get worse? Yes they could. The marathon in 3hrs 56mins and 91/2 miles still to go!
Swallowing sachets of gooey stuff every 5 miles seemed to revive cramping legs and so after the 31 mile aid station, G.W. picked up the pace for the last 4 miles to finish in the outstandingly average time of 5hrs 44mins. Sylvia had arrived nearly an hour earlier in 4hrs 48mins and was 1st wumin after overhauling Kendra White just before the marathon (she finished in 5hrs 5mins). G.W. failed to catch Simon Pride who had finished in a little over 31/2 hours.
This race has a good international element, with runners from Australia, America and South Africa participating. The hot weather ensured that around 30 of the 114 starters did not finish. But finish or not, everyone enjoyed the meal at the Sports Club in the evening.
This race is very well organised with plenty of time for the runners to relax and socialise both before and after the event. However, a long section of the route is along the 'A' road, so you have to put up with plenty of traffic heading to the Forth Bridge.
From the Editor: You may be wondering why this is in the "International Section" of VS News? The explanation: Previous to these exploits, Sylvia had run the Grantham Canal 33 mile trail race, and finished 2nd wumin in 4:22 only 7 minutes behind world ultramarathon age-group record holder Eleanor Robinson. On the basis of her performances at these two ultra races, Sylvia has again been selected for the Great Britain Team for the World 100km Championships in October this year. It's in Japan - she's been before - but on a different course - in fact on a different island - so there will be different scenery to view for the 8-9 hours that she will be on the road!
Good luck, Sylvia!
Race ReportWeeton Fell Race 4 (really 51/2) (from Geoff)
Advertised as the Almscliff Crags Race, this was a disappointment to all true fell runners because the turn-round was at the foot of the crags.
Liz had her usual good run and was 1st wumin with Kendra White of Mandale 2nd and Sylvia 3rd. Both G.W. and Sylvia made route errors on the tricky - not well marked - course. Tony F and Bob W both spidered well and enjoyed the run.
All competitors returned safely to the Gala Field despite the best efforts of the motorists on the 'A' road. The marshal at this point was working overtime practising his hand-signals - or rather giving a demonstration of a windmill in a force 9 gale. Liz won £10.
Wharfedale Triple T - 10-12 July 1998(from Steve Webb)
I am always on the look out for interesting races so the entry form for this event, which held out the prospect of a multi terrain 'festival of running' in glorious Wharfedale, caught my eye. The event was being staged for the third time by Bingley Harriers and was based in a field in Kettlewell. The menu consisted of three races of varying distance in three days, all counting towards an overall Grand Prix. The 'Triple T' in the title was allegedly the mixture of tarmac, trails and tussocks which the runners would experience - or would it prove to be tendinitis, tumbles and trauma?
Day 1. "The Only Way Is Up"
Activities began on Friday evening with an "uphill only" road race of 4 km. It started in the village centre and followed the road signposted to Coverdale (with a 25% gradient warning!), finishing 950 feet above the village where the road hit the open fell. In fact it wasn't all uphill; after an initial steep pull up out of Kettlewell we lost a bit of height before hitting an alpine style hairpin bend which heralded an unrelenting climb to the finish. It was difficult to judge the right pace for this course. I probably started slightly too fast and after 1/2 mile found my arms and shoulders had almost locked solid - was I having a heart attack?
I relaxed slightly on the flatter section, got overtaken by a few people and after re-taking one of the many runners in Bingley vests I had to settle for 5th place in 18:59. The winner was Gary Devine of Pudsey and Bramley in 17:04. He was about a minute clear of the field but this was to be his only appearance over the weekend. Our ex-club colleague Eugene Doherty had also been tempted into running just the one day and I appeared to be the only Strider in action. Having finished the race up on the moor it seemed quite a long jog back down to the village, but at least on the return journey there was ample opportunity to admire the fine views of Great Whernside and towards Kilnsey.
Day 2. "Up And
This was billed as a 20 km "A Medium" fell race requiring navigational skills. A map and compass were included in the list of compulsory equipment, but in practice the 8 checkpoints were located on clear features and there were no major route choice decisions needed between checkpoints. The route took us uphill on a track towards Buckden Pike before contouring across to the finish of the Day 1 race. Over the last few months I have become more confident in my running and have concluded that in this sort of race my best chance of success requires me to 'get stuck in' and, within reason, to try to mix it with the leaders. I know that I'm always going to lose ground to the real fellrunners on steep descents.
So it was that I found myself chasing after the early leader and just before checkpoint 2 I actually hit the front. At this point the route traversed some marshy ground and then headed up and over the shoulder of Great Whernside. This was quite a tough climb and others coped rather better so that as we crested the ridge I was back in 3rd place. On the steep tussock-infested descent to checkpoint 4 and the even steeper climb back up to the summit of Great Whernside positions continued to be swapped, with me hanging on grimly in the lead group of five. Descending to Caseker Crag the first three began to get away. I also made a big effort here, and with the benefit of an inspired route choice into checkpoint 8 was secure in 4th place in 86:30.
Day 3. "Slip Slidin' Away"
It chucked it down all morning. Throughout the weekend the event field was available for camping and a marquee housed registration, results, 'Running Bear' sales and Keith's Café. All competitors gravitated to the marquee and sheltered within it as the start time for race 3 approached. This race was a short dash up the limestone scars to the north of Kettlewell, around a couple of cairns, and back to the event field. The distance was about 3 km and the race was presumably an "A very short". I was 4th in the overall standings, one point behind Andy Hauser of P+B, and my only realistic chance of moving up the rankings was to finish ahead of him in this race.
Initially it seemed that this task was going to be achievable. I got into a very good position on the sprint out through the fields and as we ascended some scree and rock steps it became impossible to run or overtake and the race got strung out in single file. Unfortunately when I got onto the flat plateau my legs appeared to be shot away and it suddenly became a real struggle to pick up the pace. My main rival overtook me at this point so it all hinged on the descent. In the conditions of the day this was akin to running down a flight of stairs whilst being hosed down with a warm power shower. I began to close the gap but slipped on one of the rock steps and lost my balance and my momentum; there was no time to recover and the chance was gone. My running time for race 3 was 14:18.
So in summary this was a most enjoyable and friendly series of races. There were prizes for the first ten in the Grand Prix so I got some reward for my 4th place. I thought the team prize was a good idea, it seemed to be based on teams comprising one senior, one vet and one lady. Next year I might actually make use of the campsite rather than commuting to Kettlewell each day, and is there a chance of some more Striders coming along to join in the fun?
Size 12 Feet?- Steve has a pair of Brooks "National" cross-country spikes, hardly used, free to a good home. Steve is on 01943-871606.
Fell Championship(Geoff Webster 266-6288)
Three-quarters through the season, the six leading contenders have all been scoring points recently and the only change is that Tony H has overtaken G.W. Liz is well-placed and with a final ascent could be the first wumin to win.
T.Foster 682 S.Webb 592 Liz 514 T.Haygarth 446 G.W. 411 Sylvia 344
A.Tones 191 Ken.K 179 PaulWebo 177 M.Wrench 157 P.Briscoe 127
Lyn 116 Kath.K 111 BobW. 110
Sat Oct 10 1100 Brown Knoll 6 - Dusty Miller Pub nr Mytholmroyd
Sat Oct 24 1130 Withins Skyline 7 - Penistone Hill Car Park, Haworth
Sun Oct 25 Gale Inn Race 41/2 - Littleborough
Sun Nov 1 Black Lane Ends 5 -Hare & Hounds Pub, Skipton-Colne road
Sat Nov 7 Shepherds Skyline 6 -Shepherds Rest, Lumbutts, Todmorden
Sun Nov 8 1100 Kelbrook Fell 31/2 - nr Earby & Barnoldswick
Sat Nov 14 1030 Tour of Pendle 17 - pre-enter - details see G.W.
Sat Nov 14 Burley Bridge Hike 21 - nr Ilkley - pre-enter - G.W.
Sun Nov 15 1030 Lords Stones 11 - Black Swan, Kirkby nr Stokesley
Sat Nov 21 0900 Settle 23 - Settle Primary School - pre-enter - see G.W.
Sun Nov 29 1100 Rivock Edge 10 - Silsden nr Keighley
1998 Remaining Events(Jon Willingham 01756-700820)
Sun Sep 27 1100 Horsforth 10k
Sun Oct 11 1100 York 10 from Askham Bryan (note corrected date)
Sun Oct 11 Manchester Marathon
Sat Oct 17 1330/1400 1st West Yorks X-Country at Northcliffe Park, Shipley
Sun Nov 1 1030 Guy Fawkes 10 Ripley (confirmed as GP event)
Sat Nov 14 1330/1400 2nd West Yorks X-Country at Nell Bank, Ilkley
Sun Nov 15 1100 Roundhay 5 (additional GP event)
Sun Dec 6 Abbey Dash
1999 Grand Prix(Jon or Tim Towler or Gary Shipley)
Sun Dec 20 1030 Xmas Handicap 5 from Eccup Res (Alwoodley Lane)
Sun Jan 17 1330/1400 3rd West Yorks X-Country at Nunroyd Park, Guiseley
Sat Feb 13 1330/1400 4th West Yorks X-Country at Woodside, Bradford
Other events for January & February in next newsletter