V S Update - 4 June 2017

- Training Tuesday 6 and 13 June
- Note to parents
- Danefield Relay
- EA membership packs
- Sportshoes discount code
- V S Grand Prix and Fell Championship
- Country Trail Race
- London 2018 GFA
- Report from West Highland Way
- Results from John Carr 5k series, Junior 1 mile races, Club Handicap, Ilkley Trail, YV Kirkstall

Training Tuesday 6 June

- Juniors and Beginners/Improvers 6pm at GSAL
- Intermediates and Advanced 7pm at Far Moss
- Fell Runners recce run for Danefield Relay see VS Fell/Trail Runners Facebook group

Training Tuesday 13 June

- Juniors and Beginners/Improvers 6pm to be advised (see website)
- Intermediates and Advanced 7pm at Leeds Beckett Uni track Headingley

Note to parents of juniors

Please note that while juniors are training, a parent needs to remain on site.  If a parent does leave, they must nominate one of the other parents as responsible for their child/children (and the child must be aware who that is).  Please read more information at www.valleystriders.org.uk/vsjunior.htm

Danefield Relay (message from Amanda Seims)

Teams of 3 needed for Danefields relay race on 4th July, 7:15pm. Each member running one leg of approx. 5km. Only gets really hilly at the end :-)

Details here: http://fellrunner.org.uk/races.php?id=5029 and http://www.fellandale.com/danefieldrelay/

Please sign up to this event on facebook see link below or email me amandaseims@hotmail.co.uk  or so we can create a few teams, stating a team preference where possible.

https://www.facebook.com/events/422270044816384/?acontext=%7B%22ref%22%3A%224%22%2C%22feed_story_type%22%3A%22370%22%2C%22action_history%22%3A%22null%22%7D

(Bob says that if this link doesn't work for you, go to VSAC FB group https://www.facebook.com/groups/291402584033/ and look at events.  If the Danefield Relay doesn't appear in your event list, look in the calendar for 4 July)

P.S. You also get VSGP and VSFC points for this!

England Athletics membership packs

All first claim members should now have received their membership packs.  Please email tom@valleystriders.org.uk if you haven't received yours. 

Discount code for www.sportsshoes.com

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 VSAC FB Group or or VSJuniors FB group)

V S Grand Prix and V S Fell Championship

See calendar on website www.valleystriders.org.uk/vsdates.htm

Country Trail Race

The next race is the Bardsey Bound from the Bingley Arms in Bardsey on 7 June, https://www.facebook.com/countrytrailraces/ 

London Marathon 2018 Good-for-age

Steve Dixon has sent this link

https://www.virginmoneylondonmarathon.com/en-gb/how-to-enter/good-age-entry/

RACE REPORTS

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

West Highland Way Challenge Race (from Steve Dixon)

Saturday 27 May 2017 - 95 Miles and 14,760ft of ascent

I signed up for this race early in the year mainly because I saw it as a cheap 'convenient' way to get 6 qualifying points for the Ultra Tour of Mont Blanc ballot without the bother of going abroad. I didn't really think I would enjoy it that much. Long stretches of Land Rover tracks running parallel to the busy A82 heading north towards the 'proper' highlands beyond Fort William. The interminable running for hours on end along the shores of Loch Lomond. It was all of that but I was wrong, I did enjoy it. The trails along the shoreline of Loch Lomond at dawn were sublime and my attention was drawn upwards to the mountain tops rather than the trunk road below. What made it especially enjoyable though was the small scale, friendly nature of the event that, even so, managed to provide excellent support from the start to the finish and back via coach to the start. This relatively new event was set up as an alternative to the well-established West Highland Way Race held later in the year with a much bigger field. The new race suited me perfectly as there was no requirement to provide a motorised support team of two people to meet me at each checkpoint as is the case with the latter. A big plus in not having a large field of up to 250 runners each with their own support team is how little impact we had on the peace and tranquillity of the highlands. I was not running that well but I thoroughly enjoyed immersing myself into the landscape through dawn to dusk and through to dawn again. Most of the time it was idyllic and non-threatening but a low did come in the early morning hours of my second night out. I'd climbed the Devil's Staircase out of Glencoe having started hallucinating (quite common in longer ultras due to sleep deprivation) and now facing the most technically difficult section of the West Highland Way, the descent into Kinlochleven. The clouds then dropped enveloping the hillside and the rain was at its heaviest. This made the head torch almost useless in identifying the path, never mind following the path! It was a slow laborious process constantly checking my GPS position to make sure I wasn't going round in circles. At times I was actually forgetting where I was and where I was trying to get to! It was quite a weird feeling falling asleep on my feet and waking with a 'start' as I started to fall to the ground. I'd left the Kingshouse Hotel in Glencoe shortly before 10.30pm and it was 3.40am when I finally reached the checkpoint at Kinlochleven just 9 miles further. It was somehow quite soothing and reassuring to find the race director, Jim Drummond, gently slumbering in his sleeping bag at the back of the Checkpoint. He'd been working tirelessly it seems throughout the event seeing him pop up at many of the previous checkpoints. It was nice to think that the next time I'll see him will be on the Claggan Football Ground in Fort William, just 14 miles away, presenting me with my crystal goblet that all finishers are awarded.

I was not particularly happy with my time of 34hrs 28mins and my position at the back of the field. This had a lot to do with my inexperience allowing an over enthusiastic start in the first quarter that saw me running in the front of the field with runners who ultimately finished with sub 24hr times. I think it may have been a combination of tiredness from that early effort and the absence of sleep but as I struggled to keep in touch with that small pack of runners I tripped over tree roots, face planting and smashing my left knee against rocks. Thankfully it was not a race ending injury but it certainly blew the wind out of my sails and I was ultimately relieved not to have been timed out.

I'm sure plenty of other Striders have finished this event in the past but I am aware that at least one has - our own fell running legend, Sylvia Watson, ran back in 1988 in a spectacular time of 21hrs 40mins 45secs. Support crews and food and drink laden tables at various checkpoints would have been unheard of, as would well signposted tracks. I'm informed by Sarah Smith that Sylvia cycled the route prior to the race to stash tins of rice pudding to sustain her in the race. Since hearing this story I've tried this nutritional strategy with a modern twist - plastic pots rather than the tins and having them transported in drop bags by the race organisers wherever possible. It's quite often the only solid food I'm able to swallow in the latter parts of races.

Maybe it was a rusty tin of rice pudding I tripped over?

Race winner: Malcolm McDonald: 19:59:22
First Lady (joint 3rd): Anna Troup 21:49:42
50th: Steve Dixon 34:28:00
77 started, 53 finished

RACE RESULTS

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)

John Carr 5k Series at Esholt

Results from Rob Hamilton and Graham Jones, calculations by Bob Jackson and Stuart Harris

Date

Pos

Name

Time

GP

2nd May

38

James Tarran

0:18:10

98

2nd May

62

Jack Crawford

0:18:51

2nd May

81

Sean Cook

0:19:24

95

2nd May

93

Paul Smith

0:19:37

2nd May

116

Russell Cliffe

0:20:04

90

2nd May

118

Kevin Mcmullan

0:20:09

2nd May

171

Louise Cazan

0:21:31

88

2nd May

189

Leroy Sutton

0:21:36

2nd May

190

Sue Sunderland

0:21:57

87

2nd May

209

Rob Hamilton

0:22:07

86

2nd May

206

Paul White

0:22:32

2nd May

259

Stuart Harris

0:23:57

2nd May

284

Abi Frankland

0:24:48

80

2nd May

364

Meryll Cripps

0:29:19

77

9th May

2

John Hobbs

0:16:00

100

9th May

13

David Herdsman

0:16:46

99

9th May

58

Jack Crawford

0:18:42

9th May

81

Graham Jones

0:19:22

96

9th May

82

Roy Huggins

0:19:24

95

9th May

91

Sean Fitzgerald

0:19:30

92

9th May

109

Paul Smith

0:19:49

9th May

111

Kevin Mcmullan

0:19:52

91

9th May

156

Leroy Sutton

0:21:00

89

9th May

208

Paul White

0:22:20

85

9th May

211

Sue Sunderland

0:22:22

9th May

212

Steve Dixon

0:22:23

84

9th May

235

Liz Reddington

0:23:11

9th May

262

Stuart Harris

0:23:46

9th May

285

Sarah Smith

0:24:47

9th May

314

Abi Frankland

0:26:07

9th May

362

Maureen Coffey

0:28:33

79

9th May

388

Meryll Cripps

0:30:37

16th May

46

James Tarran

0:18:11

16th May

56

Jack Crawford

0:18:36

97

16th May

90

Paul Smith

0:19:26

93

16th May

124

Roy Huggins

0:20:07

16th May

162

Leroy Sutton

0:21:29

16th May

191

Sue Sunderland

0:22:18

16th May

199

Paul White

0:22:41

16th May

204

Liz Reddington

0:22:47

83

16th May

223

Stuart Harris

0:23:29

82

16th May

243

Sarah Smith

0:24:07

81

16th May

328

Helen Gill

0:28:59

78

16th May

335

Maureen Coffey

0:29:23

16th May

341

Meryll Cripps

0:30:04

 

Junior 1 mile school years 1 to 5

Many thanks to all the parents who volunteered to marshal or officiate!

1

Leon Jones

6.08

M

5

2

Sam Preston

6.37

M

4

3

Felix Linley

6.40

M

4

4

Luke Mackreth

6.46

M

3

5

Toby Walker

6.48

M

4

6

Ben Shenderey

6.50

M

3

7

Flo Pell

6.51

F

5

8

Jessica Baxter

6.57

F

3

9

Max Worrall

7.22

M

3

10

Alannah Thornton

7.29

F

3

11

Dexter Rosenberg

7.41

M

3

12

Oliver Lubiecki

7.47

M

3

13

Joseph Whitehouse

7.48

M

3

14

Noah Koi

8.04

M

5

15

Henry Pell

8.30

M

2

16

Darragh Moriarty

8.37

M

5

17

Conor Moriarty

8.42

M

?

18

Katy Irvine

8.43

F

4

19

Darcey Mollitt

8.48

F

2

20

Marco Teoli

8.52

M

4

21

Ella Lim

8.58

F

4

22

Lily Sadler

9.05

F

2

23

Sam Hilton

9.44

M

3

 

Junior 1 mile school years 6 to 11

1

Alfie Jones

5.54

M

6

2

Jamie Walker

6.02

M

6

3

Elijah Gatewood

6.30

M

7

4

Tom Mackreth

6.35

M

7

5

Joe Irvine

6.38

M

10

6

Isaac Koi

6.39

M

6

7

Sophia Lubiecki

6.41

F

9

8

Hannah Taylor

6.50

F

6

9

Sam Mackreth

7.14

M

6

10

James Worrall

7.18

M

8

11

Emily Hilton

7.20

F

6

12

Peggy Seal

7.22

F

6

13

Alec Twigg

7.57

M

6

14

Ben Williams-Dustan

8.14

M

6

15

Annabel Lim

8.20

F

6

 

Club Handicap

Pos

 

Gun time

Handicap

Net time

GP

1

Helen Gill

00:56:08

00:06:30

00:49:38

67

2

Sarah Wood

00:56:12

00:19:45

00:36:27

84

3

Anthony Fryer

00:56:17

00:23:30

00:32:47

93

4

Andrew Bennett

00:56:19

00:25:15

00:31:04

96

5

Louise Cazan

00:56:29

00:19:30

00:36:59

81

6

Daryl Hibberd

00:56:31

00:27:00

00:29:31

98

7

David Herdsman

00:56:49

00:27:45

00:29:04

99

8

Simon Vallance

00:56:53

00:23:15

00:33:38

91

9

Amanda Spencer

00:56:54

00:16:45

00:40:09

77

10

Ian Rosser

00:56:55

00:20:15

00:36:40

83

11

Martin Sutcliffe

00:56:56

00:12:30

00:44:26

73

12

Andrew Parker

00:57:02

00:23:00

00:34:02

90

13

Leroy Sutton

00:57:04

00:20:15

00:36:49

82

14

Ross Bibby

00:57:07

00:24:00

00:33:07

92

15

Richard Adcock

00:57:10

00:18:15

00:38:55

80

16

Rachel Waters

00:57:14

00:07:45

00:49:29

68

17

Rav Panesar

00:57:15

00:27:15

00:30:00

97

18

Myra Jones

00:57:27

00:23:15

00:34:12

89

19

John Hobbs

00:57:43

00:29:00

00:28:43

100

20

Roy Huggins

00:57:52

00:23:15

00:34:37

88

21

Paul Fotherby

00:57:54

00:26:45

00:31:09

95

22

Claire Capper

00:58:07

00:17:15

00:40:52

76

23

Stuart Harris

00:58:14

00:15:45

00:42:29

74

24

Paul Smith

00:58:17

00:22:30

00:35:47

86

25

Pascale Fotherby

00:58:31

00:13:15

00:45:16

70

26

Joel Giddings

00:58:34

00:23:45

00:34:49

87

27

Brian Tyrrell

00:58:41

00:13:30

00:45:11

71

28

Alan Hutchinson

00:59:01

00:18:00

00:41:01

75

29

Jonathan Ball

00:59:04

00:27:30

00:31:34

94

30

Paul Sanderson

00:59:26

00:19:30

00:39:56

78

31

Maureen Coffey

00:59:45

00:08:15

00:51:30

64

32

Anne Worrall

00:59:50

00:12:00

00:47:50

69

33

Sean Cook

01:00:45

00:24:30

00:36:15

85

34

Bob Jackson

01:01:20

00:16:15

00:45:05

72

35

Rob Hamilton

01:01:21

00:22:15

00:39:06

79

36

Eamon O'Brien

01:05:27

00:14:00

00:51:27

66

37

Laurie O'Brien

01:05:27

00:14:00

00:51:27

66

 

Ilkley Trail Race (from Stuart Harris)

Pos

 

Time

GP

5

Daryl Hibberd

0:42:38

100

17

Paul Fotherby

0:47:27

99

19

Paul Kaiser

0:47:46

98

27

Gary Mann

0:48:29

96

42

Paul Smith

0:50:54

95

46

Myra Jones

0:51:27

94

72

Sean Cook

0:53:17

93

73

Graham Pawley

0:53:20

91

89

Amanda Seims

0:55:07

90

113

Rachel Mackie

0:56:50

89

130

Mike Robins

0:58:04

88

154

Alistair Smyth

1:01:04

86

177

Stuart Harris

1:03:04

85

181

Steph Gledhill

1:03:41

84

209

Pascale Fotherby

1:07:26

83

223

Sarah Mann

1:10:32

81

243

Bob Jackson

1:15:28

80

 

Yorkshire Vets League Race 2 at Kirkstall  (from Amanda Spencer)

35

Amanda Spencer

F45

0:48:16

119

Maureen Coffey

F65

1:02:29

140 finished

42

Roy Huggins

M50

0:40:40

46

Paul Smith

M45

0:40:59

71

Tahir Akhtar

M55

0:43:03

83

Andy Pagdin

M55

0:43:55

86

Leroy Sutton

M55

0:44:10

 

193 finished

See www.yvaa.com for more information about these races, NB you must be aged 33 or more to run.

Other results

- Liverpool Marathon - James Tarran 3:49:54 Liz Wood 3:49:55
- LDWA 100 mile challenge - Ian Sanderson 47th in 31 hours 41 minutes
- Northallerton 10k - 2nd David Herdsman 34:58, 102nd Louise Wardman 47:29. 657 finished.

RACE REPORTS - Stop Press

From Steve Dixon re West Highland Way

I hate the truth to get in the way of a good story but I'm now reliably informed Sylvia did no such stashing of tins of rice pudding but cleverly checked out the shops along the West Highland Way prior to the race for their stocks of tins of ambrosia and their willingness to open them for her during her race.