Sent: 04 February 2011 00:24
Subject: V S Update - Dewsbury & lunch, various events, Peco results, Stanbury report, 2011 Fell Champs events and more
Sunday 6 February -
Dewsbury 10k post-race refreshments (message from
Sunday 6th February may to some of you mean the date of your next 10k, Dewsbury 10k, but to me it’s also the 1st time I've had a drink since the start of 2011! Trust me it's a big deal.
So to celebrate such occasion and of course a hopefully decent 10k time (it is a running club after all), I hope you can make it for the planned drinks following the race.
The plan is to head to Mustard Pot, Chapel Allerton for 1 o'clock for Sunday Roast and a few warm up drinks. A great chance to share fellow Valley Striders results from the morning and of course some great grub! The Mustard Pot is a really family friendly venue, so feel free to bring the kids.
Then a bit later, we'll head on down to the newly opened 'East of Arcadia' in Meanwood (the former Becketts Arms), to continue on sampling the local ale.
All are welcome, so hope to you see you there.
Give me a shout if you need anything! firstname.lastname@example.org
Note from Bob – Dewsbury 10k has now closed, there are over 1000 entries so get there early as there are likely to be queues for the loos, and also get a good place at the start, however, Grand Prix points will be based on chip times so no need to be on the front row!
Another note from Bob – I’m sure Striders who don’t run at Dewsbury will still be welcome at Elika’s do.
A final note from Bob – if you’re considering using someone else’s number in this race, remember the 17 rules www.valleystriders.org.uk/17rules.htm and if you’re a fast M30, don’t use the number for a W45!
Wednesday 9 February “Celebrating the Games”
There is a
series of 9 lectures at
not be hundreds queuing to see the Director of Ceremonies lecture “All
about Wednesday 9 February 6:15 – 7:30pm to see Alistair Brownlee (2009
World Triathlon Champion), Jonny Brownlee (2010 World u23 Triathlon Champion),
Malcolm Brown and Jack Maitland (Coaching team – Leeds Carnegie High
Performance Triathlon) talk about “Leeds Triathlon and Golden Ambitions
for London 2012” at the Rupert Beckett Lecture Theatre,
Full details at http://sport.leeds.ac.uk/core/core_picker/download.asp?id=434 . All lectures are free & open to the public. Please email email@example.com to reserve a place at any of the lectures. For further information, please see www.leeds.ac.uk/olympics or call 0113 3434881.
Saturday 5 March – Visually Impaired Event
Sunday 6 March - Peco XC race 5
The final race in the Peco series is being held on Otley Chevin and ORGANISED BY VALLEY STRIDERS. We need about 8 people to set up the course and registration area and 10 to marshal. If you can help, please email me
So far, thanks to Laura Clark, Mick Tinker and Paul Hunter for volunteering for course set-up and to Peter Lambert for offering to marshal.
Saturday 26 March –
Details at: http://www.yvaa.org/
Closing date 18/03/2011. Contact Drew Taylor at firstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesday 29 March
(provisional date) - Tom Williams
The second of Tom’s talks will specifically focus on tapering down for the marathon and preparation for race day.
suggested to Tom that he might do another talk in April for runners in the
Tom and Martin Yelling’s marathon talk website can be found at http://www.marathontalk.com/
Sunday 3 April -
proposed this race as the date of the
be the sixth time the
Note that all runners count in the scoring but faster runners score more than slower. So it is important to have fast runners but also important to have as many runners as possible.
please put 3 April in your diaries for
scoring in the
NB you can enter online at no extra cost at http://www.ukresults.net/11apl.html#wakefield
Races to consider include
6 March – Trimpell 20 at Moreecambe (but we’d prefer you run the final XC)
13 March – Spen 20 at Cleckheaton
20 March – East Hull 20
27 March – Wilmslow half
All races on www.ukresults.net
Peco XC results – men 2nd, women 1st
men’s team were narrowly beaten by Abbey Runners, just 4 points
difference. To win the league, we have to win the final race and Abbey
finish 3rd; our only chance seems to be to spike the beer at Adel
Memorial Club. We will still need a good team on 6th March to
guarantee the runners-up trophy. Overall Malcolm Coles leads the M70
category. In the meantime, on the back of two great results the men will
go with confidence to the English National at
7 Rob De’Giovanni
10 Gwil Thomas
15 Dan Fisher
20 Matt Allen
30 Dan Murray
team total 140 points
48 Eirik Stangnes
76 Paul Hunter
89 Andy Settle
104 John Wallace
115 Bob Jackson
126 Malcolm Coles
127 John Shanks
130 Tony Haygarth
139 Leroy Sutton
women’s team finished first in the first division (i.e. the second
division) and have a clear lead in the series going into the final race, where
a win or 2nd place will secure winning the league and some more
silverware for the trophy cabinet. Our points total was third best
women’s team on the day so on this form we will be challenging for
silverware in the premier division next year. Liz Wood ran her first ever
XC and was one of the scorers. Overall
15 Laura Clark
22 Liz Wood
23 Amanda Seims
team total 74 points
43 Sarah Smith
120 approx ran
Brass Monkey photos
See http://www.valleystriders.org.uk/vsalbum/11brass/index.html for about 40 photos taken by
Stanbury Splash report from Amanda Seims
I'd been talked into
this by curly Matt who filled my head with promises of lots of chocolate at the
finish. What he'd forgotten to tell me was that it is quite a tough
course, especially in the wet and it was only at the start that he remembered
to tell me that there were some stream crossings! Silly me
really for forgetting to ask why it is called The Stanbury Splash!
The 7 mile course starts in the quarry at Penistone Country park and heads out through the car park, across the fell and back again. This was my first proper fell race and although I did OK on some of the downs and ups, the really steep descents proved quite tricky and very nerve-wracking! The stream crossings were actually not so bad as I had a decent pair of wool socks on and they were usually followed by a sharp uphill section which was definitely enough to get a sweat on!
There were some nice fast(ish) sections on good hard track to give you some recovery but the rest was very slippery-slidey and my legs were like jelly on the return leg back. There were quite a few cameramen around to get those awful pictures of everyone with their twisted faces of pain and the videos capturing this were shown on a huge screen back in the pub at the end of the race for everyone's amusement. Watching the playback from the junior races made me wish that I'd been as fit as they seemed when I was their age, although if someone had bribed me into a fell race with the promise of sweets when I was young, I'm sure I would have taken up running back then!
After the soup and a roll came the prize giving and my word it was never ending! The elite runners were laden with arm fulls of tubs of chocolate, tubs of baked beans, soreen loaf, fruit cakes, beer and lots more. After that, they seemed to go through the list of finishers so that at least the first hundred or so walked away with a few tubs of cholate or bottles of beer. Then came the frenzied throw-out......first it was packets of crisps (during which one flew straight at my head!), then carrier bags full of maltesers, then handfuls of sweets, then the soreen loafs, then t-shirts followed by goody bags of sweets and so on until it had all gone. I can tell you that it wasn't just the juniors that were going crazy during this either - grown adults were grabbing what they could from the air and on the floor! Unfortunatley we were too far back to catch much, however Matt spotted on the results list that I hadn't been counted as a female finisher and therefore didn't get called out in the endless prize giving. Amazingly the organisers insisted I should have something and suddenly produced two big selection boxes of chocolate biscuits!
When I got home I was amazed to see that the results and photos were already up which was very quick!
So to summarise, a well-organised 7 mile tough race in the mud, where participation is encouraged by making everyone worthy of a prize!
info from John Marsham
1 Chris Steele 43:30
3 Ian Holmes 42:51
81 John Marsham
84 Eirik Stangnes 54.31
86 Matthew Allen 54.37
261 Amanda Seims 68.06
Full results and pictures at http://woodentops.org.uk/index.php?topic=stanbury
Trial Trail Shoes? – message from Hi-Tec
I work with Hi-Tec, who I’m sure you know are a leading outdoor brand. To celebrate the launch of our brand new V-Lite Infinity trail running shoes we're looking to start partnering with a select few trail running clubs across the country.
We want to find out what real runners think of our kit and we really value the opinions of the people who use outdoor products on a regular basis (you guys are the experts after all!).
The idea is that we'd send you two pairs of shoes, which you could use when out on the trail and then review for us. Your review would feature on the Hi-Tec Infinity website, alongside advice from adventure racing pro Martin Dreyer, and help to inform anyone who is considering buying the shoes.
I really hope this sounds like something you might be interested in- if this is the case I'd need you to get back to me as soon as possible so that we could get the shoes out to you in good time.
Please do get in touch if anything needs clearing up or if you'd like any further information.
I look forward to hearing from you.
Sophie Coley Sophie@propellernet.co.uk
2011 Fell Championship
Same rules as last year. Best 5 scores to count to include at least one short, one medium and one long. 1.1 factor for A category, 0.9 factor for C category. Eirik's argument for 1.05/0.95 factors dismissed for lack of supporting statistical evidence. Only AL races to count for the one additional "wildcard" score: if anybody runs alternative races this year which they think should have counted, then let us know so the issue can be considered again next year.