Sent: 23 November 2010 00:26
Subject: V S Updated Update - Grand Prix (Abbey Dash and one race to go)

 

Update and corrections

 

6 Striders added to the Abbey Dash results list means that a total of 55 first claim Striders ran.  (Amongst those I missed were a Smith and a Jones!)

 

Also a couple of corrections to individual times, the midnight hour had bewitched my fingers.

 

Ive now added gun position and gun time.

  • If your chip position is a smaller number than your gun position (e.g. Roy), it suggests you started a little (or a lot) too far back in the pens (and are likely to have been blocked or weaving at the start because of slower runners around you)
  • If your gun position is a smaller number than your chip position (e.g. Chloe), it suggests you started a little (or a lot) too far forward in the pens (and may have had to set off too fast because of the speed of runners around you)
  • My experience is that youll achieve your optimum time by being a little (but not a lot) far forward in the pens, Id be interested in your comments.  NB if youre chasing an age category prize, always start a little too forward as these are awarded on gun time not chip time.

 

Also I got an email from George Black querying the M70 that beat him.  Weve found him on the power of 10 website http://www.thepowerof10.info/ with a date of birth 1957 and Ive now written to the race organisers suspecting that his date of birth has been transcribed incorrectly (a 3 for a 5).  So we may well have a M70 winner in our numbers.

 

Subs

 

Paul White has emailed there are now less that 100 members owing for 2010/11.  You can check whether youve paid as www.valleystriders.org.uk/vsmemreg.htm

 

GRAND PRIX

 

West Yorks XC

 

Clearly many Striders were saving themselves for the Abbey Dash, and it was the same for other clubs too, for example in the mens race there were only 139 finishers vs 170 in the previous race.

 

                                   GP Pts

Women

   22 Katie Parry        21:34       97  

   57 Laura Clark        23:39       93  

   73 Carole Schofield   26:15       80  

 

Men

   55 Jerry Watson       37:33      100  

  114 Bob Jackson        45:22       90  

  117 Malcolm Coles      45:42       87  

  123 Tony Haygarth      46:57       83  

 

Abbey Dash 10k

 

Unhelpfully the results did not show club but Ive trawled through the first 2000 finishers and found 49 first-claim Striders and a few friends too.  If Ive missed you, please let me know.

 

I was also helped by Ken Kaiser who has uploaded 39 photos http://www.valleystriders.org.uk/vsalbum/10abbdash/index.html

There are several people I dont know, but if they had a Striders vest on they got snapped. Apologies to those I missed (Leroy-too busy talking-Not me-Leroy). George Black is in there and so is Mike Midgley.

 

Some great results for the Striders, Rob running the fastest time by a Strider in the last 4 years.  Simon and Kevin have both recently had long-term injuries but look back in form now. 

 

What a great debut 10k by Eddy!  Next year he will be 17 and will be able to participate in the 6 stage relays as a key member of the Striders squad!

 

4 more Striders ran sub-6s and 32 Striders in total ran sub-7s, and Im sure plenty of PBs all the way. 

 

George Blacks time wasnt a PB nor was sub-7s, but he was our only Strider in the prizes, finishing second M70.  He says this is his last race, but maybe hell change his mind.

 

A special mention for Paul Holloway who travelled up from Birmingham for the race and knocked 10 minutes off his PB and also nearly broke his 5k PB twice!  He will be at Thirsk next week for his 8th GP race.

 

 Chip                      Chip    G.P     Gun     Gun

  Pos                      Time    Pts     Pos    Time

   86 Rob De'giovanni    0:33:56   100      85   0:34:00

   90 Tim Crossland      0:34:02    99      89   0:34:05   Natalie's husband

  108 Paul O'callaghan   0:34:41    99     106   0:34:45   Steve's son

  134 Simon Midwood      0:35:24    99     134   0:35:32

  158 Kevin Mcmullan     0:36:09    98     158   0:36:17

  162 Eddy Robinson      0:36:11    97     212   0:37:28

  186 Ian Rosser         0:36:52    96     186   0:37:02

  193 Joel Giddings      0:36:53    95     188   0:37:04

  203 Paul Kaiser        0:37:04    94     198   0:37:14

  204 Gwil Thomas        0:37:05    93     197   0:37:12

  227 Ian Sanderson      0:37:28    92     217   0:37:41

  253 Rich Smith         0:37:50    91     249   0:38:11

  256 Clive Bandy        0:37:51    90     275   0:38:28

  258 Jeremy Ladyman     0:37:52    89     234   0:38:01

  259 Dan Murray         0:37:55    88     237   0:38:03

  267 Roy Huggins        0:38:02    87     516   0:41:38

  295 Matt Allen         0:38:28    86     290   0:38:47

  312 James Tarran       0:38:41    85     304   0:38:57

  331 Lewis Balfour      0:38:56    84     323   0:39:23

  333 Tom Button         0:38:58    83     312   0:39:08

  362 Nick Barnes        0:39:17    82     332   0:39:28

  383 John Batchelor     0:39:30    81     348   0:39:39

  393 Dave Gillian       0:39:37    80     382   0:40:09   2nd claim

  456 Graham Jones       0:40:12    80     428   0:40:44

  469 Greg Skerrett      0:40:19    79     548   0:41:58

  480 Alistair Smyth     0:40:26    78     416   0:40:37

  483 Eric Green         0:40:28    77     418   0:40:38

  499 Andy Thorpe        0:40:34    76     478   0:41:11

  507 Tim Towler         0:40:38    75     439   0:40:50

  523 Liz Wood           0:40:42    74     444   0:40:52

  571 Myra Jones         0:41:06    73     585   0:42:20

  631 Paul Sanderson     0:41:35    72     852   0:44:51

  666 Patrick Barrett    0:41:53    71     552   0:42:01

  672 Michael Grant      0:41:54    70     608   0:42:36

  732 Simon Redshaw      0:42:25    69     781   0:44:12

  834 Keith Brewster     0:43:02    68     707   0:43:30

 1034 George Black       0:44:06    67     890   0:45:14

 1322 Mick Tinker        0:45:29    66    1138   0:47:02

 1372 Sharon Tansley     0:45:43    65    1041   0:46:19

 1389 Pam Lomoro         0:45:47    64    1235   0:47:56

 1403 Rich Clough        0:45:50    63    1018   0:46:10

 1417 Chloe Hudson       0:45:53    62     994   0:46:02

 1418 Andy Smith         0:45:54    61    1214   0:47:42

 1443 Steve Dixon        0:46:02    60    1220   0:47:47

 1467 Mike Midgley       0:46:09    59    1449   0:49:27

 1485 Bill Mccaffrey     0:46:13    58    1451   0:49:28

 1586 John Shanks        0:46:41    57    2892   0:57:47

 1721 Paul Holloway      0:47:15    56    1575   0:50:23

 1729 Leroy Sutton       0:47:18    55    2198   0:54:00

 1814 Anna Costello      0:47:40    54    1703   0:51:14

 1862 Sonia Cleary       0:47:54    53    1822   0:51:52

 1946 Sarah Smith        0:48:14    52    1692   0:51:11

 2127 Carole Towler      0:48:57    51    1683   0:51:07

 2192 Maddy Illingworth  0:49:13    50    1707   0:51:16

 2225 Sarah Oldroyd      0:49:19    49    1535   0:50:02

 2417 Adela Reperecki    0:50:04    48    1660   0:50:59   2nd claim

 2927 Sara Goward        0:51:50    48    3308   1:00:09

 3651 Jane Haworth       0:54:48    47    3080   0:58:48

 4543 Jake Towler        0:58:35    46    3424   1:00:46

 5937 Chris Leggatt      1:11:35    45    5895   1:21:18  

 

NB these will be updated on the website late Tuesday night.

 

We now go to Thirsk next Sunday for the final race of the 2010 Grand Prix.  24 Striders have entered so far.  Entries are still available on-line at 14 (no extra cost), or on the day (up to 10:30).  Nb last year they ran out of chips so very late comers could not run.

 

Grand Prix Status

 

153 Striders have competed in at least one race!

 

Some of the prizes are still up for grabs

 

Men Gwil Thomas has 800 and Dan Fisher 799.  Dan has declared himself unfit with a virus could this be a bluff?

Women Liz Wood is a clear winner

Men vets Steve Webb is a clear winner

Men vets (over 50) Eric Green has a one point lead from Alistair Smyth

Women vets Liz Wood leads, Sue Sunderland or Sara Dyer will be runner-up

Group B Dan Murray is a clear winner

Group C Alistair Smyth is a clear winner

Group D Chloe Hudson leads but will be overtaken by Malcolm Coles if he runs at Thirsk (NB hes not run any road races this year)

Group E Sara Dyer is a clear winner

 

Im sure youll let me know if any of the above assessments are incorrect!

 

GP T-shirts for 8 races 28 have qualified but a further 10 Striders have run 7 races so can qualify if they run Thirsk.  Paul White will be contacting you for your chest size.

 

Chloe has been following the Mens Championship on the Forum and her latest post reads

 

Dear Readers, Competitors and other members of Valley Striders,

Sensing defeat Dan Fisher didn't even make it to the starting line at the Abbey Dash. One has to wonder if there is foul play involved - Gwil is SO keen to win the coveted prize! One wonders why - yellow isn't even a good colour for red heads and I should know!!

Given that Gwil is now going to romp home can I move matters on to more important ponderables. I would like to enquire as to the identity of two new Valley Striders members. One is called Mr. Brass and the other Mr. Xmas. (I expect he is actually more commonly known as Santa). Bob has invited us all to email them and so I duly did. I enquired of Mr. Brass whether he liked a good rub and buff. From Mr. Xmas I wanted to know if he was going to be at the Christmas party and allow members to sit on his knee in return for a gift.

I am yet to receive a reply to either enquiry.

So puzzle solvers of Valley Striders! Who are these two? And whilst you all have your thinking caps on who is Shetland Pony who has now added him/herself to this forum?

Think on!!!

P.S. I am putting my mind to a competition/sweep stake for next year's Grand Prix. Perhaps Panos will re-enter the race as a dark stallion? Or, in an analogy of the fable concerning the tortoise and the hare Shetland Pony will grab the prize. Or.....will Gwil win for another year. (Yawn.)