V S Update - 2 December

- Junior Xmas party 6 Dec (deadline 2 Dec)
- Training and food on 6 Dec
- Peco race 2 deadline 4 Dec
- Yorks XC deadline 11 Dec
- Adult Xmas party 16 Dec (deadline 10 Dec)
- Results from Peco XC (61 Striders!), Conwy, Bridlington, Pendle and Meanwood

VS Juniors Xmas party on Tuesday 6 December (deadline 2 December)

We're unsure how much of the pitch we have to train on, on 6th Dec, so we've decided to scrap a training session and go straight for the party!!

The party will start at 6.30pm and will finish around 8.

Tony has kindly offered to put on his infamous pie and peas for any parents who'd like to eat. 

To confirm food orders for the party, please email earlyfood@valleystriders.org.uk - for kids just confirm name of child for party food. Cost is 7.50 per child for party (includes party food, dessert and small contribution to games and prizes).

Adults, if you'd like pie and peas please confirm meat or veg pie and if you'd like mushy peas or beans. Cost is 3.50

Please confirm by Friday night (2nd) as we're shopping at the weekend! We've got some great games lined up so hopefully the kids will have a great time.

Thanks
Junior Social Committee

For all the details see the Event https://www.facebook.com/events/206837926436122/ in the VS Juniors FB group

Training and food Tuesday 6 December

All groups running from Leos.

If you've been on the website recently, you'll have seen, in the Training block on the front page, a link to a new document that lists all the adult training sessions, with day, time and session details (thanks to Steph). If you've not seen it, take a look http://valleystriders.org.uk/Valley%20Striders%20AC%20Winter%20Training.htm

Followed by pie and peas at 8:30pm - see the green box on the front page of website www.valleystriders.org.uk for how to book.

Cross Country Entries (NB impending deadlines)

- Race 2 of the Peco XC series is at Middleton Park on Sunday 18 December. If you didn't register prior to race 1, cut off for race 2 is 10pm Sunday 4 December (there were 61 Striders at race 1, see results section)
- The Yorkshire XC Championships are at Lightwater Valley on Saturday 7 January - the deadline for entry is 10pm Sunday 11 December
- The Northern XC Championships are at Knowsley Park on Saturday 28 January
- The English National XC Championships are at Wollaton Park near Nottingham on Saturday 25 February
- Further details in the blue box on the front page of the website www.valleystriders.org.uk.
- All "requests" via the teams@valleystriders.org.uk email address. All payments to the AC Payments account. Lists of teams at www.valleystriders.org.uk/vsteams.htm

VS Club Xmas party on Friday 16 December

Message from Joe and Becky

The time has come to make your booking for the Valley Striders Christmas Party on 16th December. The cost is 15 per head to include food and a live band, as well as the chance to celebrate the year's achievements with a great bunch of people. Further details with timings will be sent out closer to the event.

To secure your place, please make your payment of 15 per head to the VS Payments account - Sort code: 53-70-00, a/c number: 72143851. Please reference with your full name and 'Xmas'. Bookings are only confirmed once we have received your payment. Please let us know on this post or at the email address below if you require vegetarian food.

If you have any queries, please email xmas@valleystriders.org.uk and someone will respond to you as soon as possible. Looking forward to seeing you there!

For all the details and any updates, see the Event https://www.facebook.com/events/242216809508438 in the VSAC FB group

RESULTS AND REPORTS

Peco Race 1 at Templenewsam

Junior School years 4 to 6

Pos

 

 

 

Sch Yr

Cat

Time

Cat Pos

4

Jamie

Walker

M

6

B4-6

06:24

4

6

Josephine

Pawley

F

6

G4-6

06:29

2

22

Stefan

Robottom

M

5

B4-6

06:59

14

31

Gus

Cawcutt

M

4

B4-6

07:10

23

39

Jessica

Baxter

F

3

G4-6

07:18

12

42

Toby

Walker

M

4

B4-6

07:24

29

53

Nathanael

Corley

M

6

B4-6

07:44

37

57

Ben

Shenderey

M

3

B4-6

07:51

40

61

Alec

Twigg

M

6

B4-6

07:59

42

81

Emily

Hilton

F

6

G4-6

08:58

32

89

Ben

Williams-Dustan

M

6

B4-6

09:29

51

89

finished

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Junior School years 7 to 12

11

Sophie

Turner

F

10

G10-12

11:35

1

14

Alvie

O'Brien

M

7

B7-9

11:42

9

18

Tally

Diamond

F

7

G7-9

11:49

3

23

Jason

Twigg

M

11

B10-12

12:21

4

27

Jack

Woodeson

M

7

B7-9

12:31

15

36

Sofia

Robottom

F

8

G7-9

12:53

10

46

James

Williams-Dustan

M

8

B7-9

13:24

26

70

finished

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Senior

Men

Time

GP Pts

Cat

Cat Pos

4

John Hobbs

0:26:36

100

MSEN

4

5

Alisdair Burns

0:26:37

99

MSEN

5

19

Matthew Hallam

0:27:47

98

MSEN

17

26

Jon Pownall

0:28:21

98

MSEN

22

39

Ross Bibby

0:28:53

97

MSEN

30

57

Benjamin Hall

0:29:41

96

MSEN

41

63

Dan Murray

0:29:55

95

M40

11

67

Gwil Thomas

0:30:06

95

M40

13

69

Gary Mann

0:30:10

94

MSEN

45

82

Dan Robins

0:30:32

93

MSEN

57

89

Tim Straughan

0:30:40

92

M50

8

92

Andrew Bell

0:30:47

92

M40

15

96

Simon Vallance

0:30:51

91

M50

9

127

Paul Smith

0:31:46

89

M45

12

139

Avner Bordoley

0:32:08

88

MSEN

83

141

John Batchelor

0:32:15

88

M45

15

142

Roy Huggins

0:32:16

87

M50

13

143

Andrew Linley

0:32:18

86

M45

16

156

Dave Simms

0:32:43

85

MSEN

93

157

Graham Jones

0:32:44

85

M50

14

161

Richard Irvine

0:32:49

83

M40

27

173

Michael Hall

0:33:08

82

MSEN

99

175

Vernon Long

0:33:11

82

M45

19

195

Joe Hanney

0:33:34

81

M40

38

211

Sean Fitzgerald

0:34:08

80

MSEN

112

259

Andy Pagdin

0:35:21

77

M55

16

273

Graham Pawley

0:35:49

76

M45

39

283

Steve Dixon

0:36:20

75

M60

5

298

Ken Fox

0:36:56

74

M55

22

306

John Hussey

0:37:03

72

M65

3

310

Alan Hutchinson

0:37:20

72

M60

7

318

Mike Powell

0:37:29

71

MSEN

146

346

Alistair Smyth

0:38:22

69

M55

30

349

Sean Cook

0:38:26

68

MSEN

156

352

Chris Sawyer

0:38:30

68

M55

32

366

John Wallace

0:38:59

67

M50

39

408

Stuart Harris

0:40:18

65

MSEN

173

421

Malcolm Coles

0:40:47

64

M75

1

447

Neil Hall

0:42:40

62

MSEN

185

490

Rich Clough

0:50:42

53

M45

72

Ladies

5

Camilla West

0:31:32

90

FSEN

5

12

Myra Jones

0:32:47

84

FSEN

11

26

Amanda Seims

0:34:16

79

F35

4

31

Rachel Mackie

0:34:48

78

F40

4

36

Fiona Robins

0:35:15

78

F40

6

55

Claire Capper

0:36:35

75

FSEN

29

62

Carmel Barker

0:37:00

73

F55

1

75

Chloe Hudson

0:37:55

70

F35

15

103

Liz Reddington

0:39:21

66

F55

4

113

Alison Eaves

0:39:50

65

F35

25

159

Sarah Smith

0:41:39

63

F50

15

168

Nicola Hartley

0:41:59

62

FSEN

67

181

Sarah Pagdin

0:42:44

61

F50

21

204

Liz Ball

0:43:53

60

F60

4

231

Bethany Lovell

0:45:24

59

F35

47

278

Becky Murray

0:47:48

57

F40

43

307

Maureen Coffey

0:48:58

55

F65

2

320

Rebecca Bibby

0:49:53

54

FSEN

99

367

Judith Rodgers

0:55:07

52

F50

48

368

Anne Jones

0:55:08

51

F50

49

369

Jean Hussey

0:55:11

50

F60

13

 

Team positions - Men 1st, Ladies 2nd, Mens vets 3rd, Ladies vets 2nd

The Grand Prix points have beed added to the tables, which are now published see www.valleystriders.org.uk/vsclubch.htm

There were few notifications of Any Other Marathon and Any Other Half, including this report from Conwy:

Conwy Half Marathon from Chris Sawyer

Hi Bob - as discussed at the PECO Sunday I ran the Conwy Half marathon on Sunday 13 November. 

My times were gun 1:48:41 chip 1:46:52 - chip position 620. I expected to be the only Strider present but looking through the results I noticed Tracey Morris had also run although I did not see her even though from the times she must have passed me. Her times were gun 1:35:11 - chip 1:32:19 position 137.

It is a scenic route which starts and finishes at Conwy Castle and takes you to Llandudno with a return journey up round and down the Great Orme - a 2 mile climb from mile 5 to 7 but then 2 miles back down again. Weather conditions were cold and sunny - probably better than anywhere else in England and Wales on that particular day.

Chris's was not his fastest half of the year, but I added Tracey's time to the AOH table, and this placed her as the 3rd fastest Strider lady half marathoner in 2016, just behind Myra's 1:30 at Vale of York and Sam's 1:31 at Brass Monkey.

Bridlington Half Marathon from Chris Sawyer

(Apologies from Bob, just found in inbox)

Palma was not the only sun blessed holiday destination visited by Valley Striders on Sunday 16 October. Two Striders travelled across the Yorkshire Wolds for the Bridlington Half. They did not find Bridlington at its finest. Having travelled over in mist and fog there was a brief glimpse of blue sky at 9.15 am but the clouds had rolled in well before the 10 am start accompanied by a cold wind blowing in off the North Sea. The race headquarters was in the new leisure centre so there was somewhere to shelter pre and post-race. Thankfully the rain held off until just after the start but once it started it was set in for the rest of the morning. The race starts and finishes on the sea front and takes you on an undulating route to the north of Bridlington. The race was well marshalled but roads were not closed to traffic so some of the run was spent on the pavement. Crowd support was inevitably impacted by the weather.  The final mile saw you run along the coast back to Bridlington from Sewerby Hall. On a better day I think this would have been very pleasant - as it was it was head down weather as you battled against the wind and the rain. All in all an enjoyable run - and cheaper than most - only 15.50.

Results - 164 Mike Robins 1:44:19, 168 Chris Sawyer 1:45:23, 523 finishers

Tour of Pendle, 19 November 2016 - from Sarah Smith

Distance: 27km / 16.8m; Climb: 1473m / 4833ft; Venue: Barley Village Hall

This was my sixth Tour of Pendle and even though I should know the way by now, I am worried.  It is easy to take a wrong turn and end up in the wrong place, as Geoff Webster can confirm; he has an amusing tale to tell about the time he ended up in a group of racers who found themselves racing towards the front runners a few hours into the race. 

The race route criss crosses, ascends, descends and winds its way around Pendle Hill and it is for you to decide if the route is contrived or inspired, so the Harvey Map says. 

Pendle Hill was six inches higher than usual, due to snow, which made the hard climbs harder and the descents interesting.  A mix of trusting in the studs to keep you close to the hill as you ran down the snow clad slopes, whilst in places it was easier to sit down and slide, keeping an eye out for pesky rocks sticking out of the snow.  

The first climb of Pendle Hill involved speed walking through snow, to be greeted at the top by clag, sleet and wind which were whipping up as you would expect.  Over the stile and the boggy track path led to Check Point 1, from there I followed the right path across to Check Point 2 near  the Nick of Pendle.  Visibility was good when lower, and the surrounding moors were bathed in sunlight, a beautiful day.  Across by Churn Clough reservoir, past Check Point 3 and a climb up Bank Hill to the top of Spence Moor followed by a steep descent of the hill known locally as "Geronimo"  which is usually dizzying and today more so.  Descending was made difficult by shifting snow, and a few people slid faster than others picked their way.  As usual my friend Ian greets me as I labour up to Spence Moor and this year he handed me a potato I had baked the evening before for some mid race nutrition.   

Through Check Point 4 [always pleased I am not timed out], and along Ogden Clough, up Apronfull Hill and down to Check Point 5, again low, good visibility and fair.   There is a climb from here which takes you to Check Point 6, who is a man standing alone in the mist, then you head down to Check Point 7.  From where there is another climb up to Check Point 8 and by now there is a total white out and the track has disappeared.  I run in the direction which I think is right.  I approach the edge of the hill, and look down to see about 20 runners picking their way down beneath me, in fairly bright and clear conditions. 

I sped down the hill trusting in my new best friends my Innov8 X-talons and thanked the super marshall at Check Point 9 who always has a spread of Jaffa cakes and digestive biscuits; from there it's the long haul up Big End to the top, which can be traumatic at this stage in the race but today was done without any risk of breakdown.   

Approaching the top the calm is replaced by snow, flung into your face by the wind, Ian popped up again and said hello, and disappeared.  I threw myself up to the Check Point and over the top and from there its a steady run across the top, a great descent down bouncy moors, to Check Point 11 which is just a few feet away from Check Point 4.  The marshalls here say "the important thing now is to get yourself back" as I thank them.  The marshalls are the heroes of the day, who stood in the cold, some in blizzards, for hours so a few hundred of us can race around Pendle Hill. 

From this final check point it is a simple single track which leads to a road, which takes you down to the Village Hall, the snow flakes are thicker, there is no one to be seen, I could be anywhere but I am pleased to be here, to have made it this far.  What a magical ending to a special day.  

Ross was on fine form and came twelfth, and Dave, Simon and Steve were not far behind him.  Steve was the 3rd M60 and whilst I brought up the rear of the Valley Striders, I found out later in the week I was the 2nd F50 when I received a voucher in the post.  Two prizes in two months [3rd F50 in the Poznan marathon] crowned by the Tour of Pendle t-shirt to be worn with pride. 

1st male Jack Wood, Ilkley Harriers, 2h 39m 30s
12th Ross Bibby Valley Striders, 2h 58m 16s
1st female Lorraine Slater, Barlick FR, 3h 15m 07s
89th Dave McGuire, Wharfedale Harriers, 3h 22m 44s 
110th Simon Vallance, Valley Striders, 3h 26m 29s
223rd  Stephen Dixon, Valley Striders, 3h 54m 58s
306th Sarah Smith, Valley Striders, 4h 38m 46s      
351 started the race 
330 finished  

Holly Hustle, Meanwood, Sunday 13th November (from Ross Bibby)

11k Trail Race
1.
James Thompson, Kingstone Runners Barnsley, 44.37
2.
Ross Bibby, Valley Striders, 44.51
18.
Graham Pawley, Valley Striders, 57.07
26.
Steph Gledhill, Valley Striders, 58.28
58.
Tim Towler, Valley Striders, 1.05.51
81. Rebecca Bibby, Valley Striders, 1.14.28
(112 finishers)
22k Trail Race
1. Gareth Cooke, U/A, 1.36.31
9.
Tim Straughan, Valley Striders, 1.44.36
15. Mark Metcalfe, Valley Striders, 1.49.56
42. Mark Woodhead, Valley Striders, 2.05.52
(70 finishers)