V S Update - 13 April 2017

- Guiseley Gallop (VSGP)
- Training Tuesday 18 April
- England Athletics affiliation
- VS Grand Prix events
- Sportshoes code
- Bradford Millennium Way
- Reports from Wigan, Edale and Yorks Dales *2

Guiseley Gallop - Sunday 16 April

The next event in the V S Grand Prix is the Guiseley Gallop this Sunday. For details see www.ukresults.net/2017cal.html . Note that online entries close tonight (Thursday), but entries on the day is always available.

This is the new-ish two lap route through the woods, not the old route along the canal and on the road past the Woolpack.

This race is also in the Leeds Race Series see www.leedsathletics.net

Training Tuesday 18 April

Juniors and Beginners & Improvers from Far Moss at 6pm

Intermediates and Advanced Runners from Far Moss at 7pm - for details of the sessions see the link on the website home page to "Summer training information".

NB Tuesday 25 April 6pm session may be at GSAL, check website nearer the date

England Athletics affiliation

We have just sent 3,432 to England Athletics being the club affiliation fee of 100 and affiliation fee for 238 members (14 each). If you have paid your membership fee to V S in the last 6 months, either at the standard rate of 29 or, if you've joined more recently, at 14 + 1.25 per month, then in 4 to 6 weeks' time you will be receiving your E A membership card for 2017-2018. In the meantime you can enter races and claim your 2 discount.

If you've not paid any money or your fee didn't include the 14 EA component, then you are no longer entitled to enter races as a Valley Strider, nor claim the 2 discount.

To check your membership status, go to www.valleystriders.org.uk/vsmemreg.htm (up to date at 9 March, will be updated again this weekend). This page also shows your England Athletics registration number.

NB We will also be removing lapsed members from the email distribution list, the VSAC Facebook group and the VSAC Juniors (i.e. parents) Facebook group.

Grand Prix (from Alan Hutchinson)

Spring is upon us and there are a number of exciting Grand Prix events over the next three months. Please check web sites for details and avoid disappointment by getting your entries in in good time.

Sunday 16 April Guisley Gallop 10k multi terrain (entries open)
Sunday 23 April London Marathon (good luck to all running) - entries closed
Saturday 29 April Three Peaks (entries closed)
Wednesdays 10, 17 and 24 May John Carr 5k series 19.30 from Esholt Hall (entries open) your best time from series counts
Sunday 14 May Leeds Half Marathon (entries open)
Monday 29 May Ilkley trail race (from the Lido Ilkley) (entries open; on the day +2)
Thursday 1 June Apperley Bridge Canter 10k 19.30 from Woodhouse Grove School (entries open)
Saturday 3 June Wharfedale Half Marathon (entries open until 31 May but likely to fill earlier)
Wednesday 7 June Otley 10 mile (entries open)
Sunday 18 June Pudsey 10k (entries open; likely to fill before race day)
Wednesday 28 June Hyde Park Mile (entries open; likely to fill before race day) - best time to be taken from Hyde Park and Golden Mile 16 September)
Sunday 2 July Eccup 10 miles (entries open; likely to fill before race day)
Tuesday 4 July Danefield Relay start at 19.15 limited parking car share please - teams of 3 individual times count for GP

Discount code for www.sportsshoes.com (message from Steph Gledhill)

Members of Valley Striders can have a 10% discount and free delivery on purchases.

This is available to all members of Valley Striders including juniors, cyclists and triathletes.

Please don't share this code with people who are not a member of VS and please do not copy to any social media site open to the public.

The code for this month is: (see Facebook groups)

Bradford Millennium Way 25 June (message from Myra Jones)

We have enough for 2 teams now but we could do with a few more names, particularly if you are happy to be a reserve. Please can you also let us know if you aren't available on the day but are familiar with the route and would be happy to help with a recce. Please email teams@valleystriders.org.uk

RACE REPORTS

Wigan Half Marathon (18 March) from Chris Sawyer

I ran the inaugural Wigan Half Marathon on Sunday 18 March along with 1,816 others.

My gun time was 1:50:36 with a chip time of 1:48:13. Overall position based on gun was 511th. No positions based on chip.

The course was a mixture of road, canal towpath and country park. The race started in the centre of Wigan. The first six miles were on the roads of Wigan and included a lap of the perimeter of the rugby league/football ground, running past Wigan Pier and you were very close to the start at about five miles which was good for spectators. Miles 6 to 8 were along the side of a canal followed by a mile and half climb through a country park - the only significant climb of the race and then the same path back down the hill after a short loop round the top. The final two miles were then principally downhill to finish back in the centre of town.

As well as medal and t-shirt, finishers could gain free admittance to that afternoon's rugby league game between Wigan and Huddersfield by showing their medal at the ticket office. The race was well marshalled and I would recommend it to those who want to venture over the Pennines for a Spring half marathon. According to the results I was the only Valley Strider present.

Edale Skyline (25 March) from Anthony Fryer

Just a quick update

I ran the Edale Skyline last Sunday and was lucky enough to get glorious sunshine for it. This was a stark contrast to my recce which brought blizzards and snowstorms.

This year was a new route to add more climb with an extra descent and ascent near Winn hill and a checkpoint taken out near the end to keep the distance similar.

Came home 83rd in 3 hours 54 mins. Happy I got under 4 hours but my eating was a bit rubbish and was running in fairly new shoes which ended up blistering me before the half way mark, making the last half a bit slower than I would have liked.

So like my school reports, good enough but could do better.

Maverick Buff X Yorkshire Dales trail race (25 March) from Amanda Seims

Last weekend (25th) I did the Maverick Buff X Yorkshire Dales trail race medium course in Malham which was 14 miles and took in the climb up and over Malham Cove - I came 2nd lady (no prize as that was only for 1st m and f).

1st lady - Elyse Paulson (2:08:58) 2nd overall
2nd - Amanda Seims (2:21:44) 5th overall
3rd lady - Hope Bicknell (2:26:08)
Last lady in at 4:51:59
26 ladies ran

1st male - Jonathan White (2:08:28)
Last man in at 4:14:51
38 men ran

Dales Trail (2 April) from Kim Spence

More results from the weekend at the Dales Trail Series (20km) - 1st trail race in a series with the 30km in July and 40km in September.

43rd Graham Jones 1.52.20
51st Kim Spence 1.53.28
67th Amanda Seims 1.58.44
100th Sam Harris 2.09.46
139th John Hussey 2.18.55 and 1st in the MV60 category!!

Ben Livesey was the first male to cross the finish line with a new course record of 1.20.37 and 1st female was Elaine Bisson in a time of 1.47.50 although thankfully she didn't break my course record from 2015 (1.44.10).

Great day with mixed weather where it was glorious hot sunshine for the first half followed by rain with some thunder and lightning!

Reminders

Please send your reports to vsupdate@valleystriders.org.uk

Please send your results to raceresults@valleystriders.org.uk (in particular any marathons, half marathons and ultra races - all of these are eligible for GP points)