V S Update - 21 March 2018

- Membership renewals - very final reminder
- Training & food
- Yorkshire Road Relays 7 April
- Peco relays 6 May
- VSFC and VSGP race calendar and next events
- Meanwood Trail Junior Races organised by Valley Striders on Tuesday 15 May
- Request for photos
- Message from Leos
- Sportshoes discount code
- Results from Yorkshire Vets XC, Harewood Half, Spen 20, Trimpell 20, Leeds Schools XC, West Yorks Schools XC, Leeds Schools League XC

Membership Renewals - Very Final Reminder

We are now over half way through the Valley Striders year. Thank you to the 377 who have paid, but we still are waiting for payment (or resignation) from 33.

If you wish to continue your membership with Valley Striders and are not sure whether you have paid, please check www.valleystriders.org.uk/vsmemreg.htm and if it says "DUE" by your name please pay within the next 7 days. This page also shows the various membership categories and rates; please email membership@valleystriders.org.uk if you wish to discuss your options.

Please note that those not renewing will not have their England Athletics affiliation renewed on 1 April and so will not be able to claim the 2 reduction in race fees. Also those not renewing will be removed from Facebook Groups and the V S Update distribution list.

Training and Food

Please see Facebook (or the website if you're not on Facebook) for details of training sessions.

We usually have food on the first Tuesday of the month; on the menu for 3 April will be pie and peas. To order, please email
- earlyfood@valleystriders.org.uk (for food at 7:15pm after the 6pm session)
- food@valleystriders.org.uk (for food at 8:30pm after the 7pm session)
before 10pm on Sunday 1st, saying whether you want a full portion (4) or a half portion (2), whether you want meat pie or veggie bake, and whether you want baked beans or mushy peas.

Yorkshire Road Relays Saturday 7 April at Bodington/Brownlee Centre

Senior Relays

Ladies 4 x 3.2km, we already have 2 teams but would like some reserves

Men 4 x 4.8km, please email teams@valleystriders.org.uk before 26 March if interested.

U13 and U15 Races (3.2km)

We already have 3 under-13 boys and 3 under-15 boys entered; we can accept more boys and we'd like a couple of teams of girls - email juniors@valleystriders.org.uk before 26 March.

Peco Relays Sunday 6 May

The Peco Relays have been postponed to 6 May, so more time to organise teams.

The Peco Relays are for teams of three and there are various age categories for juniors and seniors.

Junior Relays : email juniors@valleystriders.org.uk if interested

Younger Juniors: There will be prizes for the first boys, girls and mixed teams comprised of 3 runners all of whom must be Year 6 or less (i.e. all at primary school)

Older Juniors: There will be prizes for the first boys, girls and mixed teams comprised of 3 runners at least one of whom must be Year 7 or less and another of whom must be Year 9 or less. Note that one or two primary school children may take part in such a team.

Ad-hoc Junior Teams: Teams not conforming to these rules (e.g. a team with two Year 10 or a team with three Year 8) are very welcome to take part.

Senior Relays: email teams@valleystriders.org.uk if interested

Club Representative Team: Each club is encouraged to enter a single representative team comprising at least one female and at least one Vet 40+ (and no more than one male under the age of 40).

Other Senior Teams: The following categories are very welcome to take part: M & F Open, M & F Vet 40+, M & F Vet 50+.

Ad Hoc teams (i.e. mixed M/F and/or mixed clubs) are also welcome.

The event is likely to be in Leeds. Look for details at www.pecoxc.co.uk

V S Grand Prix and V S Fell Championships - race calendar

All the events in both competitions are now listed on the website. www.valleystriders.org.uk/vsdates.htm .

Next events



Evensplits 5k Race 2 at Brownlee Centre



Rivington Pike



Guiseley Gallop Leeds Race Series



Coledale Horseshoe



Baildon Boundary Way FULL



Vale of York 10 (rb)



London Marathon closed



Evensplits 5k Race 3 at Brownlee Centre



Three Peaks Pre-entry from 1 Feb.



CANCELLED Esholt 5k series (best time to count)



Jack Bloor A mid-week dash as summer gets going



CANCELLED Esholt 5k series (best time to count)



Leeds Half Marathon



TBA parkrun



Spring Handicap



Spring Junior 1 mile

Eccup 10 - this is on 1 July, half of the places have been sold, entry via www.racebest.com

Eccup junior races - also on 1 July, note that race entry is included in VS junior membership fees. Parents will have to enter their children via www.racebest.com and pay the 3 entry fee, this will be refunded to you in cash on race day!

Yorkshire Vets Races (for over-35's)

Our calendar at www.valleystriders.org.uk/vsdates.htm shows all the events and is up to date (there have been some changes), or go to www.yvaa.org for full details,

Meanwood Trail Junior Races organised by Valley Striders on Tuesday 15 May

We are hoping to put on junior races from Leos around the fields and woods.

In the past we have put on 1 mile and 2 mile races for juniors, but, to recognise the return to Leos, we are going metric for this "new" event.

School years 3 and 4 (year 2 may run), approximately 1km
School years 5 and 6, approximately 2km
School years 7 and above, approximately 3km

Those VS juniors who paid 20 or more for membership have free entry for these races.

That's the plan, but there is some preparation to do before we can confirm the event will take place

First Aid: we need a team of first aiders on the night and if we have sufficient numbers they will be able to work in a rota so they aren't on call while their child is running. Please email juniors@valleystriders.org.uk if you are willing to be part of this team. We also need 2 joint team leaders to organise the rota and co-ordinate the team on the night (and call emergency services if needed), please let us know if you can do this.

Promotion: we will be getting some promotional cards printed and we need a number of people to distribute these (a) in the local schools (b) at the 5 junior parkruns in Leeds. Please email juniors@valleystriders.org.uk if are willing to be part of this team and say which school or parkrun you can cover. We also need one person to co-ordinate this (any volunteers?). The cards will be printed in the Easter holidays and should be distributed in the first two weeks after return to school, this will give a little bit of time for people to put it in their diaries. The cards will be A6 single sided, does anyone have contacts for printing?

Marshals: we will need a lot of marshals and other "officials" on the evening, please email juniors@valleystriders.org.uk and say whether you are probably or possibly available to help

Request for photos

As you may know, we are working to modernise our website, and you may have seen the requests for photographs on Facebook. Thanks to those who have already sent theirs in, but we could still do with some more. We are looking for recent group photos, preferably in VS kit, maybe even looking happy! We do need original image files though, so if you have any that you have taken then please upload them to the following Dropbox link:


Message from Leos

Dear Friend of Leos

Friday 11th and Saturday 12th of May should be firmly in your diaries for Yorkshire's pinnacle event - Leosfest 18 at Leos Rugby Club, Alwoodley. This marks the 6th annual event and should prove to be bigger and better than ever. The club has plans for expansion and improvement works including WC's (cash already raised), repair Crag Lane, bar and function room refurbishments and pitch improvement, specifically drainage. All this is aimed towards providing a facility for rugby, cricket, athletics and other sports that is open to the community and accessible.

To do this we rely on fund raising but we hope we put on some events to make that support worthwhile. As well as encouraging you to attend the weekend and complete the challenge of trying every drink on offer, we need your sponsorship. There are three options as below.

1) Corporate Afternoon. Friday 11th May 1pm - 5.30pm. The grand opening to the weekend is the Corporate Afternoon with first chance to try the beer and a superb an opportunity to entertain staff, clients or friends in the idyllic setting in Alwoodley Woods. Sunshine guaranteed. The cost is 250 and for this you and your 6 guests (additional guests available at 35 each) can enjoy unlimited ale, some wholesome hearty food and exclusive banter! Your company or name will be listed in the event programme.

2) Barrel Sponsor. Ever had a beer named after you? A fantastic opportunity to sponsor one of the beers at 80 for an individual (100 for company sponsor). Name listed in the programme.

3) Programme Adverts 150 half page 250 full page

Please come back to me to confirm sponsorship and we look forward to seeing you on the 11th May.

Many thanks

Dave Robinson - bigdaverobinson@sky.com

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: ENJ7



Yorkshire Vets Cross Country





Cat Pos

Team Cat


Amanda Spencer






Ruth Warren






Lisa Jones






Sarah Dyer





The F45-54 team finished 5th. NB Ruth and Sara were entered in the W45-54 team as there were not enough for a F55+ team.





Cat Pos

Team Cat


James Tarran






Simon Vallance






Steve Webb






Richard Balshaw






Vernon Long






Graham Jones






Roy Huggins






Ken Fox






Leroy Sutton





The M50-59 team finished 1st and also won the M50-59 "all-to-count" team award. NB Leroy was entered in the M50-59 team as there were not enough for a M60-69 team.

Harewood Half Marathon

346 Ruth Warren 2:02:38 - 1st W60
615 Lisa Jones 2:22:03
818 finished

These results have been added to the "Any Other Half" category for the VS Grand Prix.

If you run a half marathon, marathon or ultra event (>26 miles), please send in your results to vsupdate@valleystriders.org.uk

VSGP Any 20 mile race in March

Spen 20


Andrew Bennett



Terry Midgley



Hayley Nancolas



Anne Worrall


Trimpell 20


Myra Jones



Sean Cook


The East Hull 20 on 18 March was cancelled due to the weather but has been rearranged to 25th so we can't calculate the VSGP points yet

Leeds Primary Schools XC Championships

Valley Striders in leading places were

Year 4 girls - 1 Jess Baxter, 3 Alannah Thornton, 5 Abigail Kingston
Year 4 boys - 5 Luke Mackreth
Year 5 girls - 2 Evie Rose
Year 5 boys - 6 Sam Preston
Year 6 girls - 4 Flo Pell
Year 6 boys - 2 Leon Jones, 4 Theo Rosenberg

West Yorkshire Primary Schools XC Championships

Some great results from the West Yorkshire Primary Schools XC last week at Templenewsam.

- Year 6 boys - 5th Theo Rosenberg, 7th Leon Jones, 17th Jamie Youngs, 39th Darragh Moriarty. Theo and Leon both qualified for English Championships final at Loughborough on 24 March.

- Year 6 girls - 13th Flo Pell, 12 to qualify but one girl ahead of Flo is going skiing so Flo will be running at Loughborough.

- Year 5 boys - 13th Sam Preston, one of the top 12 has just dropped out and Sam will also be running at Loughborough.

- Year 5 girls - 6th Evie Rose, 40th Emily Thomson. Evie has qualified for Loughborough.

- Year 4 boys - 16th Luke Mackreth, 18th Dexter Rosenberg

- Year 4 girls - 2nd Jess Baxter, 3rd Alannah Thornton, 7th Abigail Kingston. Unfortunately there are no English Championships races for year 4.

There were approximately 160 runners in each race.

Leeds Schools Association XC League

Later the same afternoon, there was another junior XC at Middleton Park. There were several Striders junior members running including two who'd run earlier at Templenewsam.

- Under 9 girls - 35 Darcey Mollitt
- Under 11 girls - 3 Evie Rose, 20 Christa Shackleton
- Under 11 boys - 4 Sam Preston, 8 Ethan Taylor, 11 Zach Taylor, 29 Billy Broadhurst
- Under 13 Girls - 6 Hannah Taylor, 9 Imogen Idle
- Under 13 Boys - 5 Jamie Walker
- Under 15 Boys - 11 James Preston, 13 Feargus Hagerty