Sent: 30 July 2007 23:39
Subject: FW: V S Update - Anniversary part 2 info, Other Events, Anniversary part 1 report including Handicap results, Other Results, Any other business
Here’s a bumper edition of V S Update – are you sitting comfortably?, then I’ll begin!
Anniversary Part 1 Tuesday 24 July
A record 59 Striders appeared in the Club photos and a record 50 Striders ran the Club Handicap and a record 50 Striders (not all the same ones) partook of pie and peas. For more details see below.
ANNIVERSARY PART 2
Anniversary Run Sunday 12 August
The run will be from Leos, down the Meanwood Trail to Woodhouse Moor, and then back (either up the trail or on road) to Leos, a total of 9 miles. Those wanting to run a shorter distance can just join at Woodhouse Moor, but of course they will either have to be dropped off there or make more complex travel arrangements. Those wanting to stay on road are recommended to start at Woodhouse Moor
Photos at 09:55 then set off at 10:00 to run down the Meanwood Trail to Woodhouse Moor
The distance is about four and a quarter miles, you can view the route at http://www.realbuzz.com/flmroutes/ then click on Search for other people’s routes, key in the postcode LS17 5PR, and select “Leos to Woodhouse Moor”
Arrive Woodhouse Moor approx 10:45 meeting those
already there, at the H M Marsden statue. This is the official start point
of the Meanwood Valley Trail. This is not actually on the main piece of
Woodhouse Moor, it is on the piece on the right hand side coming out of
Photos at 10:55 then set off at 11:00. Either retrace steps or take road route which follows part of Leeds Half Marathan route
For the road route back, you can view the route at http://www.realbuzz.com/flmroutes/ then click on Search for other people’s routes, key in the postcode LS17 5PR, and select “Woodhouse Moor to Leos (road)”
Arrive back at Leos about 11:50. More photos?
Women get first turn at the showers, men run an extra mile round the top woods or elsewhere!
Anniversary Barbecue Sunday 12 August
Food served from 12:30 pm. We have 29 booked in so far. Price is £6.50 per person. We need to place the orders by TUESDAY 7 AUGUST. But please email sooner if possible. If you want the vegetarian options let me know, otherwise we will assume carnivore.
Menu for carnivores – piece of steak, piece of chicken, two sausages, beefburger, potatoes, salad, coleslaw
Menu for veggies – veggie burger, veggie sausages, vegetarian bake (similar to Tuesday pie), 4th item TBA, potatoes, salad, coleslaw
T shirt orders
We have 39 ordered so far, we need another 11 to obtain the discount price of £4 for short-sleeve, £5 for long-sleeve. Please order by email to me before SUNDAY 12 AUGUST.
OTHER FORTHCOMING EVENTS
7:30pm start, Grand Prix points at stake
Pie and Peas Tuesday 7 August
We have a first Tuesday in the month coming up soon, so put in your orders – meat or veg pie and peas or beans – email to me by 10pm SUNDAY 5 AUGUST or text by 2pm Monday 6 August.
Norland Moor Trail Race Sunday 26 August
Next opportunity for Grand Prix points
We have 42 runners so far but there are doubts about the fitness of at least 3 so that means we need at least 9 more.
We need to put in the entries soon, if we don’t get more by this week we can only put in three teams. We also need to create teams and pairings so that the legs can be recced. Some people are on holiday at the end of August so need to know what leg they are running now.
If you are a faster runner (man or woman or vet) and we have already picked the teams, you’ll be in the D team unless a vacancy appears.
If you want to run (or are a probable), let me know URGENTLY.
If we don’t get the extra runners, then 6 or so are going to be disappointed.
Harewood Cancer Research Run Sunday 16 September
Ourselves and Abbey Runners provide 10 marshals each for this 10km round the Harewood Estate.
Last year they raised nearly £50,000 from this race alone. There’s lots of organisation surrounding the event but all we have to do is stand in place for just over an hour.
Not only are we an essential part of this fundraising event but we also get a free bacon sandwich or burger and a drink.
Just ten names required please! Please email me if you are available.
Harewood Trail Race Sunday 7 October
This is Valley Striders own biggest event of the year (700 plus runners) and biggest fundraising event of the year (£3,500 plus to Lineham Farm Children’s Centre).
Please make yourselves available for this date.
All I can offer to our marshals is a bottle of “Harewood” Trail beer but this race operates such that the majority of race entry monies ends up at Lineham Farm.
We have 20 marshals so far but need about 50 more to ensure the event runs smoothly. Please email me if you are available.
ANNIVERSARY PART 1 REPORT
50 Striders runners, half a dozen Striders officials and a few spectators turned up last Tuesday and firstly had their photos taken in front of the lodge.
There was the usual whinging about handicaps from one or two, but on the dot of … 7:16 (!) the first runner, Tracy Stewart, was off.
A further 49 Striders set off at intervals as individuals and in small groups, and received directions from Paul Hunter and Eric Green as they went through Eccup.
Runners were much closer together when they reached the dam. And at the finish, half of the runners, separated by 18 minutes at the start, finished in a 2 minute window to keep Mike Crosfill, Eileen Crosfill and John Umpleby busy.
The clear winner was Liz Wood (previously
Last but not least was
Back at the Club, Liz was presented with the John Umpleby Cup by John Umpleby. This cup was first presented in 1988, and if the handicapper has his way it will be 2027 before Liz wins it next!
I forgot to announce the fastest times. On the podium (if we’d had one) would have been 3 of our newer members, Dave Middlemas, Gareth Moules and Dan Harman, who won no prizes but did win 100, 99 and 98 Grand Prix points respectively.
Pos Watch Hcap Actual G.P.
Time Time Pts
1 Liz Wood 45.51 10.15 35.36 81
3 Alan Hutchinson 46.38 12.45 33.53 89
5 Tracy Stewart 47.01 0.00 47.01 53
6 Mike Brown 47.10 6.30 40.40 64
7 Simon Vallance 47.16 15.45 31.31 97
9 Bob Wilkes 47.28 7.00 40.28 66
10 Xanthe Hannah 47.30 5.30 42.00 60
11 Erica Hiorns 47.34 9.45 37.49 75
12 Jon Willingham 47.36 15.45 31.51 95
13 Dave Middlemas 47.54 18.00 29.54 100
14 Eirik Stangnes 47.58 14.45 33.13 92
16 Ian Sanderson 48.05 15.45 32.20 93
17 Gareth Moules 48.06 18.00 30.06 99
19 Tom Ridgway 48.22 8.45 39.37 68
20 Mick Loftus 48.27 16.45 31.42 96
21 Simon Redshaw 48.29 11.00 37.29 77
22 John Bucktrout 48.31 7.30 41.01 63
24 Joel Giddings 48.37 14.45 33.52 90
25 Dan Harman 48.38 18.00 30.38 98
26 Martyn Hopson 48.44 10.00 38.44 72
27 Bob Jackson 48.51 13.45 35.06 84
30 Kay Duggleby 49.11 5.30 43.41 56
32 Natalie Crossland 49.52 10.30 39.22 70
35 Lisa Hodgson 50.04 6.00 44.04 54
36 Paul Sanderson 50.30 11.30 39.00 71
37 Drew Taylor 50.50 16.45 34.05 87
38 Jonjo Leggatt 51.04 12.30 38.34 73
39 Steve O'callaghan 51.05 8.45 42.20 59
40 Rob Bumstead 51.13 17.30 33.43 91
41 Geoff Webster 51.30 7.45 43.45 55
43 Chris Clayton 51.39 8.45 42.54 57
44 John Whalley 52.21 3.00 49.21 52
45 Andy Thorpe 52.26 14.45 37.41 76
47 Eric Cusack 52.58 11.30 41.28 62
48 Chris Leggatt 52.59 12.30 40.29 65
49 Johnny Cocker 53.00 11.30 41.30 61
The website has been updated with the latest Grand Prix positions http://valleystriders.org.uk/striders.htm#GrandPrix
Back at the club, there was a queue for the showers as the women were allowed to use them first.
One or two rugby players also had to wait. Hopefully word will get back and this will be an incentive for the work on the women’s showers to be completed.
Just to let you know progress on these showers, we have had a door put in from the end changing room on the right into the referees’ room (a.k.a. women’s showers). Therefore on a Tuesday the women will have full use of this changing room which will give more than sufficient space. The plan is then to fit new showers and give the room a full clean and paint. Unfortunately work has stalled at this point.
Many of the above 50, plus a few more tucked in to pie and peas back at the Club. As a coincidence, there were 50 pie and peas served!
Guests of honour were Stuart St John, one of the three who dreamt up the club and Secretary for 11 years, Martyn Hopson, original club member, and Chris Leggatt, member from 1983.
The first presentation was to Stuart St John. This was a framed certificate containing two quotes
“Late in 1981, I bumped into an old school mate (Micky) who had packed in cycling and taken up running … We talked about trying to get a group together to promote the sport with a bias towards distance running, which no local club seemed to concentrate on. Early in 1982 we slowly created (in theory) a running club complete with constitution, club colours (white - for long runs in hot weather), subscriptions, club rules and a dozen other items. All we needed now were members …” (from “And There Was Life”, written by Stuart St John in 1992)
“Resolution” At a meeting on 23rd July
During the last 25 years the Club has had over 500 members. Of the 180 current members, the undersigned attended this 25th Anniversary celebration.
.. and had been signed by everyone present (in very small writing)
The next presentations were by Alan Hutchinson and Paul Hunter for “V S Performance Awards” obtained by Striders in 2007 so far.
Eight Striders have achieved five performances (or
more) at a V S Grade so far. Framed certificates were presented to
The third presentation was to Martyn Hopson. Martyn was at the original meeting on 23 July 1982 and is one of only three club members first registered on 10 December 1982 who are still with the club.
Martyn’s race performances included winning the
Horsforth Marathon, Derby Marathon 2:23:06 and Leeds Marathon 2:23:52.
Martyn was awarded Honorary Life membership of Valley Striders.
Steve was about to tell some Martyn stories but was
Steve, aided and abetted by Chris Leggatt and Keith
Cluderay then told a few Martyn stories, many of which seemed to involve Martyn
taking pit stops and then winning races. I remember Charlie Spedding
telling a similar story about Steve Jones in the
Various photos of the Handicap and of the Presentations will be making their way to the website over the next week or two. http://valleystriders.org.uk/vsalbum/strider2.htm
The images on the website will be of a lower resolution – if you would like an “original” of any image, let me know.
Thanks to Chris Leggatt for most of the photos.
Chris and son Jonjo will be running the
Let me know if you’d like to sponsor them, I have some forms.
Lost and Found
Lost – three photos of Stuart St John and Chris Leggatt making a presentation to Olympic bronze medallist Charlie Spedding on the occasion of him being elected Valley Striders Club President in 1985. Great historical value. Please return.
Lost – one black and white news clipping / photo of
Lost – £2.50 from two people who did not pay for their
food, please pay
Found – one running water bottle, the type with two cylinders that you grip.
82 Jim Towers 52:18 (Nidd V)
Idle Trail Race
111 Peter Stevenson 54:09
42 Tim Towler 19:37
68 Dan Towler 21:34
20 Dave Middlemas 41:34
93 Erica Hiorns 48:57 F40(2)
Striders were represented in 5 teams as follows
7 Bay Horse Striders 53:34
A. Ian Livesey 17:21
C. Mike Cheseldine 18:48
19 Speed Dumpers 57:30
A. Tom Ridgway 20:09
21 Abbey Valley Mixed 58:07
A. Carmel Barker 20:27
B. Mark Hetherington 18:55
C. Bob Jackson 18:45
22 Mixed Valley Cocktail 59:06
34 Towler Striders 68:21
A. Dan Towler 20:02
B. Jake Towler 29:11
C. Tim Towler 19:08
40 teams finished
James Herriot Trail (Castle
174 Peter Lambert 81:37
Great Wales Run (
Tracey ran her fastest 10k for 2 years and was only 22 seconds off her PB. She was also only 5 seconds behind her great rival Liz Yelling.
45 Tracey Morris 33:44
It is now just 5 weeks before she runs in
Our two newest members, Jo and Lorna, made their first appearances as Striders.
Max had some competition, there was a 79-year old just 2 minutes behind him
Keith Cluderay made his first racing appearance for 2 years, recording a PW, but leading a work colleague round his first 10k race.
65 Tim Towler 40:58
198 Keith Cluderay 46:42
423 Jo Lock 54:13
433 Lorna Hodgkiss 54:53
Round Hill Fell Race (Valley Striders Grand Prix)
Ian Sanderson scored his third maximum of the season (his first fell race?). Nick Barnes made his first appearance as a Strider. For the rest of the story, read Hutch’s report below.
22 Ian Sanderson 1:07:36
32 Alan Hutchinson 1:10:21
61 Geoff Webster 1:20:36
72 Madeleine Watson 1:23:57
77 Bob Wilkes 1:25:24
81 Nick Barnes 1:26:42
The website has been updated with the latest Grand Prix positions http://valleystriders.org.uk/striders.htm#GrandPrix
Alan Hutchinson reports
I lined up
for my first official Cat C fell race at Timble yesterday along side fell
running greats including
Not too despondent I reached the top of the hill and ran the long trail down the other side until my second incident - I fell over on a very muddy part of peat bog doing a fantastic somersault to end up on my back, arms and legs in the air and completely covered in black mud. Andrew said after the race that he fell back 100m at that point from doubling up laughing. Which was nice.
The rest of the race I was accompanied by a swarm of flies that had taken a shine to me and my face was covered in a muddy war paint. A few choice comments later from check point staff about Blubberhouses mud face packs and the finish track was in sight. What I hadn't bargained for was the ferociously competitive spirit of these fell runners. We had a 3 man 100m sprint to the finish and they both beat me. But that really didn't matter because I beat Andrew and got 99 Grand Prix points. So now who's the fell runner?!
A great day
but maybe I should have done the
ANY OTHER BUSINESS
Registration of Officials
Back in November/December last year, we submitted about 70 names applying for registration as UK Athletics officials. All of these were approved, so we now need to send off a new form, signed and with a passport size photo BEFORE 31 AUGUST to get you your officials licence. The list of members is at http://valleystriders.org.uk/vsukaofficials.htm
It is going to be easiest if you can get to the club one Tuesday, bring a photo and sign the form. In fact I have a better idea, I’ll have my camera at the club for the next 2 weeks. Striders will pay for the postage of the forms to UK Athletics.
So far I have 2 photos and no signatures so still 68 / 70 required.
Joshua Davies – newest Strider
Hope you are well and all the anniversary celebrations are going well.
Just wanted to let you know that I gave birth to Joshua on the 22nd of July. The birth was a little traumatic - weighing in at a wopping 9 pounds 4 and a half!! We are all well.
Best Wishes - Sam,
Bill competed in Ironman
For a report of his exploits in
That’s all, folks
And, not surprisingly, that was the biggest ever Valley Striders update, so hope you accept my apologies for the delay.