V S Update - 27 April 2018

- Junior Races at Leos Tuesday 15 May help required (and entries open)
- Key dates
- Training and food
- London Marathon 2019
- Peco relays 6 May - last chance
- Club Junior Mile and Club Handicap 5 miles
- VS Fell Runners weekend in the Lakes
- Bradford Millennium Way
- Grand Prix and Fell Championship
- Report and results from London

Meanwood Trail Junior Races - Tuesday 15 May - Help Required!

Help required please from adult club members as well as parents of juniors! We need 5 on car parking, 5 on registration and results, 6 first aiders, 16 marshals, and 8 on the finish line.

If you can help, please email mvjr@valleystriders.org.uk

For more information, a course map and how to enter the races, click on www.valleystriders.org.uk/mvjr.htm

Key dates

Sunday 6th May - Peco XC Relays - let us know by 30 April (see below)
Tuesday 15th May - Meanwood Trail Junior Races organised by VS - help needed
Tuesday 22nd May - Club handicap and junior 1 mile races - help needed
Weekend 1st-3rd June - weekend in the Lakes
Sunday 24th June - Bradford Millennium Way Relay - let us know by 3 May
Sunday 24th June - Pontefract Open at Wakefield (see www.valleystriders.org.uk/up180420.htm)
Sunday 2nd September - Leeds Country Way Relay
Saturday 15th September - Meanwood Valley Trail Races

Training and food

Tuesday 1 May - all groups from Leos, followed by chilli. 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 29 April, saying whether you want a full portion (4) or a half portion (2), whether you want beef or veggie

Note that the 6pm groups will start by running the Junior Race routes but please do not warm up on the rugby pitches.

Tuesday 8 May - 6pm groups at GSAL, 7pm at Beckett Park

London Marathon 2019 - why you should enter the ballot next week

If you've been inspired by watching the London Marathon and you want to run next year, then unless you've run under 2:45 for men or 3:15 for women you must enter via the ballot which opens next Monday (30 April) and closes 5pm on Friday 4 May.

Website is http://www.virginmoneylondonmarathon.com

Note that the rules for Good-For-Age qualification have changed, the website recommends that you apply for the ballot in case your Good-For-Age qualification is rejected.

Note that Valley Striders will get 2 or 3 club places in the 2019 Marathon - we will only consider people for these places if they have applied via the ballot and been rejected.

Entry fees are 35 for club members affiliated to England Athletics and 39 if not. To check your affiliation status, please see www.valleystriders.org.uk/vsmemreg.htm . Note that we will not consider non-affiliated (i.e. social) members for the club places because it is the count of affiliated members that determines how many club places we get.

Peco Relays - Sunday 6 May - last chance to be in an organised team

Event website http://www.pecoxc.co.uk/pages/relay.html , includes course maps.

The event is based on Beckett Park and the surrounding woods (see postcode LS6 3PW for approximate location).

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

Junior Relays at 10:00 - teams of Younger Juniors, Older Juniors and Ad-hoc Junior Teams

Valley Striders Junior Teams,

Note that entry fees for junior teams are paid by Valley Striders club.

Please email juniors@valleystriders.org.uk if interested; and if you have a team of 3 in mind, then please let us know.

Please email before Monday 30 April as we will sit down on Tuesday 1 May to put all the teams together.

See www.valleystriders.org.uk/vsteams.htm for lists of teams and names so far (if you have emailed already, please check you are on the list!)

Senior (i.e. over-18) Relays at 11:00 - Club Representative Teams, other team awards for M & F Open, M & F Vet 40+, M & F Vet 50+, also Ad Hoc teams

Valley StridersSenior Teams

Please email teams@valleystriders.org.uk if interested; and if you have a team of 3 in mind, then please let us know.

Or, better still, join the event that Myra has set up in the VSAC Members Facebook group and arrange teams amongst yourselves this way.


Please email or post in FB before Monday 30 April as we will sit down on Tuesday 1 May to put all the teams together.

See www.valleystriders.org.uk/vsteams.htm for lists of teams and names so far (if you have emailed already, please check you are on the list!)

Club Junior Mile and Club Handicap 5 miles - Tuesday 22 May

Help required, we need about 10 to marshal and on finish line, please email Sue Sunderland rickandsue1@sky.com if you can help.

Race details to follow, NB juniors on waiting list are welcome to take part.

Valley Striders Fell Runners weekend in the Lakes (from Simon Vallance)

Valley Striders AC have booked the Leeds Uni outdoor centre for the Duddon Valley fell race weekend for two nights (Friday 1st June and Saturday 2nd June)

On the Saturday, there is a long race of 18 miles or a short one of 10.

It sleeps 36 maximum in 3 dorms. Self-catering but near to one of the best pubs in the Lakes.

See https://sport.leeds.ac.uk/facilities/outdoors/#tab-id-9 for full details.

Invite open to all VS members - you may want to run the race, just run, spectate or do something else like climb or cycle - the more the merrier. It's a lovely spot, one of the quieter parts of the Lakes, and if it's raining you have a roof over your head.

Cost is approximately 15 per night. We have dedicated one dorm to people with young children.

If you are interested, email me simon.vallance@ntlworld.com or join the event in the VS fell page.

Bradford Millennium Way Relay - Sunday 24 June (from Myra Jones)

This year's Bradford Millennium Way Relay is taking place on Sunday 24th June. We would like to enter a couple of teams.

For anyone who hasn't done it before, it's 5 undulating legs of between 8 and 11 miles and each leg is run as a pair. It's a lovely, scenic route that doesn't go anywhere near Bradford and instead visits Haworth, Silsden and Ilkley Moor.

If you have any questions or would like to run, please email teams@valleystriders.org.uk

We would like to sort teams out fairly soon in order to allow plenty of time for recces so please can you let us know by 3rd May.

There are detailed route descriptions available on the website


Grand Prix and Fell Championship

See www.valleystriders.org.uk/vsdates.htm for all dates


London Marathon - Report from Steph Gledhill

A Guinness world record, Mermaid, lost number, hottest event ever, running, walking and lots of water

The London Marathon was rather eventful this year. With it being tipped to being the hottest on record there were plenty of warnings not to run fast, drink but not too much and enjoy the run.

The start of the weekend occurred when one of our runners left his number on the train. Thankfully after a social media plea he was reunited with it Saturday morning.

We all lined up from different starts on the Sunday morning, some having just warmed up whilst watching Mo Farah. The Queen pressed a button and with determination in our hearts 21 of us set off.

Sue Sunderland had been injured so, on two weeks training, planned to run 11 miles which she ran superbly.

One Strider race walked the last few miles whilst a few of us (including myself) ran/walked due to the overbearing heat. At least one of us achieved a personal best, well done Huw.

The support was amazing, noise all the way round with offerings of oranges, bananas, blueberries, sweets and ice pops which definitely helped me get round.

There was also a little YMCA dance half way round.

We had lots of supporters from our own club who gave plenty of encouragement and joined us after for a post marathon drink or two at a pub where our chief supporter and tour organiser reserved tables to save our legs.

Money was raised for charities including Alzheimer's UK and Mini Mermaids and one of our runners broke the world record for running as a rugby player, well done Terry.

All in all it was a very successful weekend and a good taster of the Marathon tour in October.


David Herdsman




Simon Midwood




Jonathan Ball




Daryl Hibberd




James Tarran




Terry Midgley




Kevin Mcmullan




Richard Irvine




Ian Sanderson




Myra Jones




Joe Hanney




Alan Hutchinson




Sean Cook




Holly Button




Kate Mcintyre




Steph Gledhill




Sarah Smith




Suzie Shenderey




Rachel Waters




Jonathan Macnay