V S Update - 2 April 2017

- Training Tuesday 4 April
- Ladies social meal
- Bradford Millennium Way
- Autumn Tour to Toulouse
- Reports from Yorks Vets XC, Peco Relays, Heptonstall and Hardmoors 55
- Yorkshire 20 mile championship gold for John Hobbs and bronze for Rav Panesar
- Results from a further 14 events
- V S Triathlon Grand Prix points

Training Tuesday 4 April

Juniors and Beginners & Improvers from Far Moss at 6pm

Intermediates from Far Moss at 7pm (pyramid session)

Advanced Summer Training Starts Tuesday!! (message from Steph Gledhill)

The summer training for the advanced group starts on Tuesday. This will be at Eccup reservoir.

This week is the 3x10 session.

The group will leave Far Moss at 7pm prompt and the session will start at 7:10. This is real time not Valley Striders time. Otherwise we will be running in the dark.

If you are running straight there please get there for 7:10 at the latest. If you turn up later then run along the reservoir until you see the group heading back and turn (same route as Handicap and Eccup 10).

Email steph@valleystriders.org.uk if you need more info on the starting point.

Valley Ladies social meal out (message from Amanda Seims)

Just out of pure selfishness and because I don't get to spend much time with the ladies of the club (due to my dislike of road training) I thought it would be nice to have a low key social event, just with the ladies (sorry boys.....).

We also have some lovely ladies spread out across the various training groups and this would be a good way to get us together.

The plan is to go out on Sun 9th April at 6pm at the Olive Branch Alwoodley. All VS ladies welcome.

There is apparently a special 15 for two courses deal on a Sunday.

Please sign up via the Facebook event or email amandaseims@hotmail.co.uk before midnight 2nd April.

Bradford Millennium Way (message from Myra Jones)

Thanks to all those who have already signed up.  We have 16 names so far and 11 of those are ladies, so it's looking very promising for us entering a strong Ladies team this year. Please check your diaries and sign up if you are available.  It is a great event and we are very close to getting enough for 2 teams

Just to remind you, the date is 25th June. The relay is made up of 5 legs of between 8 and 11 miles and each leg is run as a pair.  It's a lovely trail route that doesn't actually go near Bradford, instead you'll take in the delights of Bingley, Haworth, Laycock (near Keighley), Silsden and Ilkley. If you would like to run and/or if you have any questions please email teams@valleystriders.org.uk.

Valley Striders on Tour

Hi it's Kathy Robbins, Ian Sanderson's partner, with exciting news about the VS Autumn Tour 2017.

The 2016 Palma tour group have decided on the Toulouse Marathon, HM, 10K and relay on Sunday 22 October 2017.

It's the start of half term so you might want to make a holiday of it. There are new tour members every year and supporters are very welcome!

The obvious flights are from Manchester with Flybe. I'd expect many of us would travel together, probably Sat am til Tuesday am, but that's up for discussion. There will be a main hotel and the opportunity to share rooms.

If you have not already expressed an interest, please comment on the post on the VS AC Facebook page or e-mail katharine.robbins@btinternet.com (note a in middle of katharine) and you can then be added to the tour facebook group and e-mail list. What have you got Toulouse?

RESULTS and RACE REPORTS

Congratulations to John Hobbs, Yorkshire Champion and Rav Panesar, Yorkshire bronze medallist, in the 20 mile championships run in conjunction with the Spen 20. David Herdsman was 7th and together they won the team prize. Full results in Graham Jones's results, see below.

Yorkshire Vets Cross Country Championships (report from Steve Webb)

The VS M50 team collected team silver medals at the last two Yorkshire Vets XC champs, beaten by Sheffield on both occasions. This time we travelled to the venue at Doncaster Racing College with a strong team comprising hard man of the fells Simon Vallance, injury-ravaged Steve Webb, the seriously in-form Tim Straughan, the Professor Emeritus of cross- country Jerry Watson, and first year M50 spring chicken James Tarran.

The weather was spring-like and the course was 10k over 3 laps with the going generally firm to good. Fortunately we were not required to tackle the sandy training gallop or the brushwood steeplechase fences.

A great team performance with Tim leading the way at 4th overall, good enough for individual Bronze in the M50s. James was close behind in 6th and Steve closed the team in 18th just seconds ahead of Jerry and Simon.

And so it is that VS are Yorkshire gold medallists this year!

Given our display of formation running with 5 in the top 21 we expected to also win the "All to score" competition as well. Unfortunately Knavesmire and Pudsey Pacers had 7 finishers which trumped our 5 even though we had a much better average score. Action point: take more runners next time! It's a really nice event, open to all M/W35+. Sara was our only female representative, running the 5k ladies race.

Men 50 - 69
1.
Simon Wright Doncaster AC 33.52
4. Tim Straughan 36.15 (3rd M50)
6. James Tarran 36.28
18.
Steve Webb 38.24
19. Jerry Watson 38.36
21. Simon Vallance 38.42
82 ran
Team Result
1. Valley Striders 28
2. Doncaster AC 32
3. Sheffield Runners 50

Ladies 35+
1.
Helen Berry Holmfirth 20.40
100 Sara Dyer 35.10

Harewood House Half Marathon and 10k

Half Marathon - Kat Martin 2.08.40

10k - Amanda Spencer 48.16 (11th female?)

Peco Junior Relays

Pos

Team Name

Cat

Runners

Time

Total Time

1

Wharfedale Warriors

Mixed

 

 

15:40

3

Valley S Boys 'A'

Boys

Jamie Walker

5:21

16:12

Alfie Jones

5:25

Alvie O'Brien

5:26

4

Valley S Mixed 'A'

Mixed

Sophie Turner

5:15

16:14

Leon Jones

5:38

Tally Diamond

5:21

8

Valley S Mixed 'B'

Mixed

Jack Woodeson

5:44

18:12

Jessica Baxter

6:23

Felix Linley

6:05

15

Valley S Boys 'B'

Boys

Toby Walker

6:08

19:32

Gus Cawcutt

6:30

Laurie O'Brien

6:54

17

Valley S Mixed 'C'

Mixed

Joe Irvine

5:53

21:43

Ella Lim

8:09

Annabel Lim

7:41

Peco / West Yorkshire Winter League Relays

No Valley Striders teams, but Ali Burns was a member of the Peco Men's Senior Team which was first overall and Carmel Barker was two members of the Peco Ladies V50 Team which beat the West Yorkshire Winter League Ladies V50 team. (Carmel ran legs 1 and 3)

Various Race Results (from Graham Jones)

05-Mar-17

Trafford 10k

103

John Hobbs

00:32:16

192

Rav Panesar

00:34:38

11-Mar-17

Dentdale Run 7 (7.9M)

58

John Wallace

01:05:40

11-Mar-17

Dentdale Run 14 (14.2M)

275

Kate McIntyre

02:08:12

11-Mar-17

Leeds Liverpool Canal Canter 10k

17

Sarah Graham

00:40:55

26

Adam Parton

00:44:18

38

Dawn Parton

00:49:29

11-Mar-17

Leeds Liverpool Canal Canter Half

7

Camilla West

01:25:58

12-Mar-17

Spen 20

1

John Hobbs

01:58:17

3

Rav Panesar

02:03:27

7

David Herdsman

02:08:21

10

Andrew Bennett

02:09:52

19

Tim Straughan

02:13:47

48

Myra Jones

02:26:57

56

Joel Giddings

02:30:57

93

Robert Hamilton

02:43:34

105

Ian Sanderson

02:49:18

12-Mar-17

Retford Half Marathon

691

Louise Jennings

02:07:30

12-Mar-17

Bath Half Marathon

144

James Tarran

01:20:00

1341

Louise Cazan

01:38:40

1696

Liz Wood

01:41:35

19-Mar-17

Wilmslow Half Marathon

37

Jonathan Ball

01:16:16

19-Mar-17

Wigan Half Marathon

511

Chris Sawyer

01:48:13

19-Mar-17

Bradford 10k

11

Paul Fotherby

00:36:18

37

Graham Jones

00:39:28

88

Joe Hanney

00:41:55

132

Samantha Harris

00:43:29

216

Carmel Barker

00:45:51

399

Chloe Hudson

00:49:25

437

Rachel Nevins

00:49:56

506

Mick Tinker

00:51:07

624

Anne Worrall

00:53:23

847

Vicki Johnstone

00:56:32

866

Caroline Tolan

00:57:05

1069

Helen Gill

01:00:20

1416

Meryl Cripps

01:08:07

19-Mar-17

Thirsk 10

8

John Hobbs

00:54:21

18

Daryl Hibberd

00:57:30

19

Rav Panesar

00:57:44

164

Paul Smith

01:09:15

197

Sean Cook

01:10:23

235

Iain Currie

01:12:09

542

Kate McIntyre

01:26:23

19-Mar-17

East Hul 20

164

Andy Pagdin

02:37:48

467

Abi Frankland

03:24:38

479

Stuart Harris

03:29:24

19-Mar-17

Trimpell 20

21

Tim Straughan

02:10:30

22

James Tarran

02:10:47

56

Myra Jones

02:21:26

Heptonstall Race (report from Simon Vallance)

On a day of atrocious weather incliuding high winds and heavy rain, it was a surprise that the field for the Heptonstall felk race was the kargest it had ever been. Huddling in the rain, we listened to the vicar give his customary blessing before heading up the hill.

As ever, it was a speedy start as people jostled to avoid being held up once the path narrowed through the woods. Once up onto the moorland section, to no-ones surprise, the path was boggy and slow going. Not a day for course records. Most runners opted to weat a waterproof throughout, so it was hard to know who was ahead and behind you, although I was aware of Mick Loftus breathing down my neck from the off. When the wind was at your back, it was great and for some of the hills, it provided a welcome boost. However, running into the gales soon had us slowing down and tucking in behind each other like some kind of dishevelled peloton.

I was going well, and had managed to drop Mick on a long descent, when, making the mistake of appreciating my surroundings, I pitched headlong and fell heavily onto my knees, wrist and then chest. Somewhat dazed, I walked the next 10 minutes or so, thinking I would need to pull out. As I did so, Mick checked on my welfare, before heading off. Somewhere in the pack of following runners, Ronan Loftus must have concealed himself, as in the following five miles or so he managed to overhaul his dad, beating him for the first time. I hobbled in 6 minutes later, disappointed not to have done better, but pleased that my injuries had not been as serious as I first feared. Rob Bumstead was the next strider home, although by this time we had all disappeared. Definitely not a day for hanging round and making small talk.

Ronan 2:28.11
Mick 2:28.49
Simon 2:34.16
Rob 2:54.17

Hardmoors 55 (report from Steve Dixon)

Helmsley to Guisborough - Saturday 18 March

This was my third running of this race but my first in the northerly direction along the Cleveland Way. It's fairly unique in that from year to year the start and finish alternate. The start this year was from Helmsley a quintessential market town on the southern edge of the North Yorkshire Moors. It's a pleasant start, running through woodland and farmland westwards towards Sutton Bank and a loop south and down to the White Horse Car Park CP. This allows us slower runners to see the faster runners regaining the escarpment and heading back north to Osmotherly. Donnie Campbell was spotted, as I started this loop, sprinting at the front of the field on his way to breaking the course record.

From Sutton Bank the route clings to the escarpment edge of the Hambleton Hills before it plunges down to Osmotherly and the first major food stop and checkpoint. I'd surprised myself as to how well I was running at this point and was just outside the top hundred! 22 miles or so ticked off in 3hrs 50mins and I was hopefully on target to finish close to my previous 11hrs 30 or so. I was still eating too and not a thought of a gel. Maybe eating too well as I pigged out on egg sarnies, sausage rolls and quiche, washed down by milky tea. I virtually waddled out of Osmotherly and very soon bumped into Amanda Seims, Ian Sanderson (both enjoying a run through the field to support a few of us runners) and Amanda's lemon drizzle cake. It was lovely to stop and chat but I rudely had to dash off (grabbing first some cake of course) when one of my competitors for the Vet 60 cup sneaked past. I was in 'hot pursuit'!

It was nip and tuck up then between us over Carlton Bank and across the Three Sisters 'Switchback' and I was absolutely destroyed by the time I reached the checkpoint at the bottom of Clay Bank with the prospect of another huge climb and the long traverse out to Blowarth Crossing, and the even longer traverse back to the Kildale Checkpoint. It was here that I accepted I was not going to win my 5th Vet60 cup out of 5 Hardmoors events I've ran. I gave up on the chase and took solace in the lonely tramp across the moors tucking into Amanda's Scrumptious Cake! I was 90 mins outside my schedule when I reached Kildale and it was time to switch on the head torch as night fell. It would have to wait though as there was pizza, more quiche, pies, hot chocolate and rice pudding to be consumed. It was a shock to leave the comfort of the village hall at Kildale into the darkness as it had started to rain and it was an eerie climb up in the mist to Captain Cook's Monument. I was feeling sorry for myself but soon felt a tad guilty for that indulgence when I reached the two marshals taking down numbers, sitting huddled on picnic chairs, exposed to the worst of the pouring rain by the side of the monument! It then became surreal when minutes later I was dropping down into 'Disco Partyland' Checkpoint at the remote parking area Gribdale Terrace hosted by honorary Striders Izabela and Jason Underwood. Sensibly, but regretfully, I said no to the offer of beer and strode off into the darkness away from the fast fading dance music towards the last significant climb - Roseberry Topping!!! It was a magnificent sight to see dozens of head torches illuminating the path up and down this iconic volcanic looking peak. At this point the capacity to run had deserted me completely and I just immersed myself into the magic stillness of the night broken only by the hoot of distant owls. I nervously navigated myself through the confusing maze of forest tracks and paths to the eastern end of Guisborough Woods and left the Cleveland Way to drop down to the disused railway line that lead me to the finish in Guisborough. Wow!!! Swallowed up by a third of the field in the last half of the race but no regrets (apart from being well over 2 hours late for my waiting wife Jenny) and loved it to bits!

Highly recommend this series of Hardmoors trail marathons (half, full and 10k's) and ultras. I can't comment though on the new event for 2017 the '200' combining both the Wolds Way and the Cleveland Way!!!

1st Donnie Campbell 7hrs 31mins 19 secs
12th (1st Female) Kimberley Cavill 9hrs 00mins 38secs
224th Steve Dixon 13hrs 40mins 59secs
329 finished out of 369 starters (5 timed out and 35 retired) 55 (Helmsley to Guisborough)

My apologies if I have failed to mention other Striders that may have been running.

Valley Striders Triathlon Grand Prix (from Mike Furby)

First GP table following Clumber duathlon. Some strong results for Liz Ball and Anna Hobbs yielding high scores despite the high class field in this event. For the chaps Joel Stead, Martin Hepworth and myself...... well, tough for any of us to score well in this event, but we do now have points on the board for the rest to chase

Anna Hobbs 112.3pts
Liz Ball 111.4pts
Mike Furby 99.9pts
Martin Hepworth 88.3pts
Joel Stead 88.3pts

See post in V S Triathlon Facebook group for more detail

More reports

From Kim Spence, Anthony Fryer and Chris Sawyer held over to the next edition

Apologies

For the typo in the previous update referring to Leos, just a habit that is hard to break. If you see "Leos" in any future edition, please assume Far Moss!

If there are problems with the formatting of this email, there is a copy on the website www.valleystriders.org.uk/up170402.htm