Will be at Leos, starting promptly at 8:30pm. Come along, hear about what has gone on in the last year, discuss what should be happening in the next year, pay your subscriptions, maybe stand for election onto the committee, enjoy the pie and peas. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 0113 289 2830 by Sunday 29th, stating whether meat or veg pie and whether mushy peas or baked beans.
The Valley Striders’ new year started on 1st September, so unless you have recently joined the club (in which case you will have paid until August 2007), your subs are now due. You can wait till the AGM, but if you want to be ahead of the game, send a cheque for £10, payable to “Valley Striders”, to Danny Burnham at 3 Wyncroft Grove, Bramhope, LS16 9DG.
Most of you will receive a North of England AA membership card with this Newsletter. We have registered everyone who paid their Striders membership for year Sep2005 – Aug2006, so if there isn’t a membership card in your envelope, you probably need to pay your arrears for 2005/6 (£12) and your subs for 2006/7. NB Second claim members do not get membership cards from us, they only get one from their first claim club.
It’s only a couple of years since Valley Striders News was issued 4 times a year with an average 32 pages. In the meantime, Striders with email and/or internet have been receiving Updates every 1-2 weeks (see back page for details). We can discuss at the AGM whether/how Valley Striders News should be resuscitated.
In This Issue
Last year’s AGM – from Paul Briscoe...................................................... 3
Special General and Committee Meetings............................................. 4
Special General Meeting on 18/10/2005.................................................... 4
Committee Meeting (all welcome) on 14/02/2006..................................... 4
Committee Meeting (all welcome) on 07/03/2006..................................... 5
Ladies Vests................................................................................................ 6
Club Meeting - November 2005................................................................. 6
Update – August 2006............................................................................... 6
Races Organised........................................................................................ 8
The Year Planner....................................................................................... 9
Roll of Honour.......................................................................................... 10
Grand Prix................................................................................................. 11
Relay Races.............................................................................................. 12
Cross Country........................................................................................... 14
Christmas Do and Annual Awards 2005................................................. 15
Vadim Kuznetsov Trophy 2006............................................................... 15
Club Handicaps........................................................................................ 15
New members (since 1 Sep 2005).......................................................... 16
Birthdays, births, marriages, deaths...................................................... 16
Race Reports............................................................................................ 17
Fell Race Championship (from G.W.)..................................................... 18
Striders & Spiders Contacts................................................................... 20
2006 AGM – Agenda
· Reports from Committee
· Election of Committee
· Valley Striders Vests
· Showers Fund
· Sport Direct Cross Country League
· Valley Striders Newsletters
· Any Other Business
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Secretary (Paul B.)
Nothing to report
Road Running (Brian Hanley)
Brian has 2004/2005 road race rankings.
XC (Sam Harris)
Martin Horbury returned to K&C
Fell (Steve Webb)
- 23 people have scored points. Leaders are Andrew Cutts, Rob Bumstead and Geoff W.
- Women’s leaders are Sylvia, Sara and Madelaine.
- Sara was 32nd in Womens’ o45 at World Vet’s Championships.
- Looking for names for
- FRA relay also in Calderdale next year, so we should consider entering a team.
Treasurer/Membership (Danny B.)
- Still solvent. 2 cheques for NoEAA fell in the one year.
- About 150 members.
- Harrogate Ringway this year clashes with club Xmas handicap - considering options.
- BMW - mixed team retained their trophy.
- LCW - had 4 teams. Women were 2nd.
Club Coach (Max)
Nothing to report
- Going from strength to strength - 46 in last one!
- Thanks to the Crosfills and John Umpleby (again!)
- Lisa - Yorkshire Women’s 20 mile champion.
- Vicky - selected to run for GB in half marathon.
To remain at £10!
Re-elected en masse except:
- Sam and Jules for women’s road.
- Mivvy to replace Sam for women’s XC.
- Vets. Remains vacant. (subsequently filled by Geoff and Sylvia)
Races to Support
Form handed out asking which races the Striders should support next year:
- Meanwood Trail / Pulse Race / Harewood Cancer
Meanwood Trail Race raised around £1,000 for Lineham Farm.
Harewood 10 raised around £4,000 - also went to Lineham Farm.
Should we consider another charity to benefit from Meanwood Trail next year?
- Wheatfields, Local Air Ambulance and Candlelighters were suggested.
Need to decide whether to register them with NoEAA if it is free.
Long discussion here considering other suppliers to replace the Complete Runner (poor quality/fit).
Investigations to continue!
Attended by 20 Striders there was an almost unanimous verdict that we should vote "no" to all four questions in the “independent poll of athletics clubs”, i.e. giving a "no confidence" vote in the current reorganisation proposals of England Athletics for geographical organisation, accountability, finance and membership data. Thanks to Paul Briscoe, Max Jones and Sam Harris for their research and to the other Striders present for a lively debate.
18 Striders attended. The theme of the meeting was improving communication.
Meanwood Trail - Alan Hutchinson volunteered to be chief marshal. Most our regular section leaders were at the meeting and volunteered to take their places again this year. (Thank you!).
60 Striders are required to be marshals, most starting between 9:30 and 10:15, but a few to start 08:00 to 08:30 to help lay out the route - these will be given expert instruction and then will be qualified to lead a section next year.
Team Race Diary - A calendar of events (team races and relays) that we regularly enter was discussed and a few events added. Team managers were appointed for those events in the near future. This calendar is now on the website http://www.valleystriders.org.uk/yearplan.htm . If there is an event you are interested in running, contact the team manager for details.
Team Manager's Checklist - A checklist for Team Managers was discussed. This was to help newcomers to the position know what was required when. It was agreed that we should ask team members for race entry fees at around the time the entries are submitted, and only as a last resort collect the money on the race day or afterwards.
Vadim Kuznetsov Trophy - we discussed what this should be awarded for. It was agreed to award it for the best Striders performance at the Leeds Half Marathon – for 2006 this would be measured by the age-graded tables.
Email Message Board - Paul Briscoe suggested this as a way of intercommunication between Striders. We will set up a trial for those that attended the meeting and see how this goes for two weeks with feedback at the next meeting.
As promised, just a small amount of business was done. Most Striders were concentrating on the pie and peas supper, rice pudding, cakes and the surprise chocolate cake with candles (thanks, Sam!)
ABAC - Paul
Briscoe has received a letter from John Waterhouse, interim chair of
the new Yorkshire and Humberside Region - this is one of the new nine regions
of England Athletics which will replace North,
Paul has written a personal reply which has also been reproduced on the ABAC website http://www.valleystriders.org.uk/LettertoJohnWaterhouse.doc
John Waterhouse has offered to come to Striders to explain the new organisation. (there were hardly any replies on this subject, so this meeting / presentation did not take place).
Meanwood Valley Trail – (much discussion of marshalling requirements and announcement of a recce run on Tuesday 28 March)
Message Board - The trial has been a success with 7 Striders successfully posting messages and several more Striders being able to read them.
Some Striders who use the Internet from work are unable to post messages because their work internet firewall prevents this, but this does not stop them reading messages.
The message-board is now open to everyone. For details click on http://groups.yahoo.com/group/valleystriders. You can choose whether you just read messages or also want to post them. You can also choose whether or not you are notified when new messages are posted. If you require more information, email Paul Briscoe email@example.com
Thanks to Sara Dyer who presented the results of her research:
“The Complete Runner” (Terry Lonergan) has stocks of Fastrax Valley Striders kit as before. There is a panelled mesh style and also a non-mesh fabric option for about £12. However there have been some concerns expressed about the styling and quality of these vests and in addition the lettering is illegal (“Striders” too big according to AAA/UKA rules) and the shop showed no interest in changing the artwork.
In response to this we now have an alternative supplier in Ilkley. “Dobson and Robinson” can supply Viga vests in male and female styles for £10 including the lettering and there is a crop top option, so a greater variety of styles. The vests are similar to Ilkley Harriers, but panel-free as our vest is single (white) colour. The lettering is computer generated and printed individually so is more flexible.
Robinson, 46 The Grove,
Male sizes: 32” 34” 36” 39” 42” 45” £10
Female sizes: 32” 35” 38” 40” £10
Crop tops: 10 12 14 16 £12
Prices include lettering.
We agreed that we would go ahead with Dobson and Robinson as an alternative supplier, recommended for women’s vests.
Sara said she would wear one of these to the 4th WYXC – the “Striders” is legal and the same size as the “Valley”. As the printing is done individually you will need to give a couple of days notice to D&R, but Sara said she would be happy to pick up any prepared vests for people as she passes through Ilkley 2 or 3 times a week.
Contact Sara (01943 871606) if you need advice or any more information.
· Following discussions with John Temperton (former North of England AA Administrator), we are now sure that the “old” style vests comply with the UK Athletics regulations – the size limit is on advertising, not on the Striders logo.
· Terry Lonergan has provided Tracey with a crop top which appears very suitable (although Tracey is looking for a smaller size)
· As a result of these, we are able to suggest that Striders have free choice of which shop to use to purchase club kit.
We’ll discuss this at the AGM
The good news is that the men's bathroom at Leo's has been completely renovated with the bath being replaced by a wet room with 15 shower heads. In addition, the hot water is now powered by gas from new underground Calor gas storage which will be a lot cheaper to run.
Shower refurbishment has been under discussion ever since I joined the club 20+ years ago but previously has been limited to Eric Cusack or Steve O'Callaghan turning up with a wrench (no not a Mick Wrench) to "adjust" the hot/cold mix settings!
Within days of us being notified in July there was a hole outside Leo’s 30 feet long, 6 feet wide and 4 feet deep ready for the gas tank(s) to be installed. There was then a short lull and then all the internal works were carried out during August. For these 4 weeks, on Tuesdays, the gentlemen Striders had to queue in the corridor outside the door of the referees’ room waiting for the ladies to finish showering.
The bad news is that the work has cost £20,000. The rugby club has paid £5,000 and they have received a grant of £5,000 from the Rugby Football Union. The other "tenants" have been asked to make up the rest and Valley Striders has been asked to contribute £1,000 towards this.
In email correspondence in July there was much discussion of methods of raising this money. Increasing the club subscription for 2006/7 by £5 would bring in £500-£600. Our bank balance could safely cover £500. We could ask for donations – £10 or £20 from a third of the members would bring in £750. We could make a charge for Tuesday training.
Then a donation of £500 arrived, halving our problems. It came with a recommendation not to put up the subscriptions. So we asked for donations and so far have received a further £1,175. We have paid over “our” £1,000 to Leos.
What shall we do with the £675? The ladies showers a.k.a. the referees room are in serious need of renovation. But no-one uses them, you say. Not surprising if you’ve seen them. Striders paid about £1,500 to Leos about 5-6 years ago to have these showers installed, but that included plumbing and electrics along the corridor, so £1,000 would pay for more than just freshening up.
Could you please continue your donations to the Shower Fund and we’ll discuss how to proceed at the AGM, given an idea of how much money is available.
82 thank yous! Thank you to 55 Striders, 15 family and friends and 12 Lineham Farm volunteers who helped on or before the Harewood Trail Race.
There were 538 finishers in the 10 mile race (down 71 from 2004) and 242 finishers in the 2 mile race (up 64 from 2004), so not quite a record, but the second best in 7 years. After last year's 4 injuries we were slightly concerned about the numbers that the 10 mile course could take and so put the entry fees up to "ensure" that numbers did not increase, and this worked to plan! We received many compliments at the end about the route and the marshalling, including one on behalf of the 30 Stainland Lions for whom it was a Grand Prix event!
The event raised £3,749 for Lineham Farm. Lisa from Lineham emailed "It's tremendous! Thank you so much. We are very excited about it!"
Thank you to 61 Striders and 9 friends/family of Striders who assisted with the race. Hopefully you all thawed out. Please put your hands together and congratulate yourselves on an incident-free race with record numbers of competitors and record profits for Lineham Farm.
Junior race - 38 finishers in 1 mile, 21 finishers in 2 miles. Senior race - 338 finishers
Success for Striders came in the junior races with Josephine Mather-Hunter 1st girl 7-8, Oliver Watson 2nd boy 9-10 and Gavin Taylor 2nd boy 7-8. In the senior race, Andrew Cutts finished 47th (he has now run 9 of the 11 races) (NB 3 of the Cutts family were marshals).
Race profit estimate £700. Plus we received £500 in donations with the entries, most of which will be subject to Gift Aid (adding 28%) so we have cleared £1,300 for Lineham Farm. Also in our "costs" is a £100 donation to St John Ambulance which is itself a charity.
A final thank you goes to the weather, I think we got the only half-decent 3 hours of the weekend.
Mick Tinker and myself would like to thank the 10 Striders who helped with the finishing line administration and some marshalling at the Pulse Race. I believe around £3,000 was raised for the British Heart Foundation.
These races were organised
by Cancer Research and jointly marshalled by Abbey Runners and Valley Striders. Thank you to the 10 Striders who helped at
this event last year and 9 this year.
Both years we have had free bacon sandwiches and this year we were also
given free tickets for the Grounds and
The number of finishers was 532 in the 10 mile and 249 (if you count the 2 year old who was carried) in the 2 mile. The 10 mile was 6 down from last year and the 2 mile 7 up so only 6 short of the all-time record number of finishers.
We managed to get all
our runners round except for one drop-out in each race, and there was little
68 Striders and 11 Lineham Farmers contributed to a very successful day which I forecast to raise about £3,500 profit for Lineham Farm. Thank you and well done everyone!
There are several open days at Lineham Farm during the year and I recommend you to visit at least once to see where our money goes!
Please book this date in your diaries
Have a look on the website www.valleystriders.org.uk/yearplan.htm , it tells you all the major events and who is organising them, so if you want to help in an event, run in a relay team, run in a championship event etc, that’s where to look. And if there’s an event that has no Striders contact name against it, you could volunteer to be that contact!
· represented GB (the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland) at the European Championships in Gothenburg and finished 16th in a time of 2:37. All the other leading British women voted to chase money at other world marathons so Tracey was the only GB rep (the British men’s team finished 5th)
Dewsbury – Tracey, Sam and Vicky -
· 10 mile at Eccup – Tracey W35, Lou Gilchrist W70, Max Jones M75
· 10k at Rothwell – Peter Lambert M70
· Fell championships – Sylvia Watson W55, Bob Wilkes M65
Hanley – Major Stone half marathon near
· Sam Harris – Wheldrake 10k
Morris – Barnsley 10k,
· Vicky Whitehead – Armthorpe 10k, Esholt 5k, Askern 10k
· Mick Wrench – Lyke Wake run
Bogie – Wharfedale marathon, Lyke Wake run (in green
· And lots of age-group wins, see the website for more details
· Tracey Morris, Sam Harris, Mary Harris at Brass Monkey
· Brian Hanley, John Uttley, Adam Parton at Spen 20
· Tracey Morris, Jules Barltrop, Carole Schofield at Eccup 10
Overall winners – Brian Hanley and Sam Harris
Vets winners – Drew Taylor (M40), Bob Jackson (M50), Mary Harris (W35)
Group winners – Simon Vallance, Eric Green, Bob Wilkes, Peter Stevenson
Ran 8 races – Rob Bumstead, Andrew Cutts, Mick Loftus, Mick Wrench, Paul Hunter, Richard King, Julian Bhowmick, Roy Flesher, Jules Barltrop, Mick Tinker, Michael Grant, Steve Dixon, Paul White, Mivvy Tekchandani, Geoff Webster, Paul Sanderson, Sheila Grant, John Bucktrout, Jerry Watson, Howard Jeffrey, Jonny Harrison
The number of events has been increased from 28 to 31 with an extra race in the “short road”, “medium road” and “fell/trail” categories. Also the Esholt 5k series and Hyde Park 5k series each count as one race with best time from each to count. The number of races to calculate prize placings and also to qualify for a V.S. Grand Prix 2006 T-shirt remains at eight.
With 8 races to go, 102 Striders had run at least one Grand Prix race. Of these 14 had already run 8 races, ensuring qualification for a GP T-shirt, and a further 22 had run between 5 and 7 races giving them an excellent chance of completing 8.
Because the tables will have changed between my writing and your reading this V S Review, I suggest you go to www.valleystriders.org.uk/vsgp06t.htm and watch how the positions change as the final race results come in. Some categories are likely to go all the way to the Abbey Dash and final West Yorks XC.
We expect a similar format for 2007, maybe a few changes to remove a few less well attended ones, so take the opportunity to suggest, to Alan Hutchinson or Paul White, your favourite race for inclusion.
Three races in GP2007 that you will need to enter early (i.e. in 2006) are
· Chevin Chase (Boxing Day) tends to close late November.
We are also likely to include the Yorkshire
Cross Country Championships in January, providing it doesn’t clash with another
Congratulations to the women's team - Jules, Sam G, Dawn, Kay, Laura, Erica, Carmel, Hayley, Carole, Mary E, Liz and Sara, who took the runner-up women's team trophy and finished 26th overall of 36 teams who finished (38 started).
Congratulations to the men's team - Mick L, Mick W, Drew, Rob B, Peter J, Roy, Alan, Andrew, John H, Ross, Jerry and Simon V who finished 5th overall (5 places up from last year).
Congratulations to the vet's team - Martin, Paul Hunter, David B, Ian P, Mike B, Steve O, Bob J, Mick T, Eric G, Paul W, Alistair and Mark who finished 3rd vets team and 13th overall.
Congratulations to the "D" team - Rob L, Peter L, Bobby, Tony W, Paul M, Tim T, Ian S, Richard K, Simon R, Tracy S, Dave Morley and Madeleine, who finished 25th overall (i.e. beat 11 other teams); we were the only club with 4 teams.
I still have a few bowls from 2005(!), these will be recycled after the 2006 AGM so claim one if you have not already done so.
Valley Striders Mixed finished 37th overall and 3rd mixed team, but were only 9 minutes behind the winning mixed team. V.S. “A” finished 41st overall, 4 minutes behind our mixed team. Thanks to G.W. for organising this and to Rob B who collected the money and distributed the slate coasters.
This clashed with our winter handicap so we did not enter any teams, but G.W. made an appearance in the green of Chapel Allerton (I have a photo to prove it!)
Having won the mixed team for all four previous races, this year we failed to recruit enough women but took advantage of the male vets category starting at age 35 and entered a vets team which finished 4th overall and 1st vets team.
Our winning team was Drew and Steve W, Bob J and Ian S, Jerry and Mick W, Andrew and Alan, Rob B and Tim T.
We were represented in 5 teams in this sociable event on a Wednesday evening in July. Best placed were Paul, Andrew and Alan (12th, 2nd vets), mention must also be made of the Towler Striders (Dan, Carole and Tim).
We entered teams for the first time for several years - our M40 team (Drew, Eric, Gary, Simon) finished 9th/14 and our M50 team (Alan H, Bob J, Paul W) 10th/18.
Congratulations to the men’s A team who were all veterans. They finished 6th overall and 1st vets team, this was our first winners trophy in the LCW for several years. The team were Julian, Paul Hunter, Gary Shipley, Drew, Eric G, John Uttley, Simon V, Steve W, Andrew, Alan, Gary Sutherland and Tim T.
Congratulations to the women’s team who retained their runners-up trophy – Jules, Sam H, Elika, Mivvy, Kay, Mary E, Laura, Hayley, Carmel, Carole, Sam Davies (Guy) and Erica. Special congrats to Sam and Erica for fastest time on their leg.
No trophy but the fastest B team and 10th overall were Mick L, Mick W, Rob B, Bob J, Bill M, Mick T, Richard K, Ian S, Andy T, Paul W, John H and Dave Middlemas.
And not disgracing the club, in 26th place out of 33 teams were our C team, Patrick, Paul S, Paul F, Simon R, John L, John Wallace, Rob L, Geoff, Tony H, Tracy S, Penny and Sylvia. Again we were the only club with 4 teams.
6 legs in pairs, total approx. 60 miles, Sunday 10 December, 08:00 start. Contact GW 266-6288 for details. We have entered two teams. Now we need 24 Striders. NB essential to recce and full body cover to be carried.
Harrogate Ringway Relay, 5 legs solo, total approx 22 miles, Sunday 7 January, 10:30? start. Contact Bob for details. This is also essential to recce, but because each leg is at most 5 miles, you can do these as a there-and-back training run. It is much less serious and much less demanding event than the Calderdale. The biggest challenge is the (optional) giant sausage meal in the Yorkshire Lass pub at Knaresborough at the end of the race.
In the series, our women’s team finished 4th overall in the series, the men 11th. In the John Smith Challenge for teams out of the medal places for the last 3 years we finished 2nd and are so eligible again for this in 2006! Sam Harris was 1st overall in the 21-34 age category.
In the wimmin’s race, Sam was 15th, Mary 33rd and Sara 91st of 95 runners The team were 10th/14. In the men’s race, Steve was 83rd, Bob 170th, Geoff 214 of 221 runners. We had half a team.
8 Striders ran, in 7 different age groups. Congratulations to Sylvia who won her W55 category. Julian, in the new M35 category, was the youngest and found it very competitive as there were several leading club runners not shy about their age. The other Striders were Madeleine, GW, Bob W, Jerry, John H and Paul H.
We have 48 runners so far entered for this series
· Saturday 14 October organised by Longwood H / Holmfirth H
· Sunday 29 October organised by Leeds C / Leeds U
· Sunday 19 November organised by Wakefield H
· Sunday 3 December organised by Skyrac
Closing date is 10 days before each race so it is not too late to enter the last two races.
This is a league of
about 12 clubs from the
Thanks to Steve O’Callaghan for organising this. There were 60 Striders and friends enjoying the food and festivities. These were briefly interrupted for the presentations
· Grand Prix T-shirts (see page 14 for winners),
Kitchen’s Horsforth Trophy for “Marathon Performance of the Year” to Jules
Barltrop for 2:59 at
· Stuart StJohn’s “Valley Striders Also-Ran Trophy” to Bob Jackson for running 28 grand prix races and 4 relays and winning absolutely nothing.
The 2006 Christmas Do and Annual Awards will be on Friday 15 December.
Vadim’s wife Olga and
son Simon wanted to present a trophy in memory of Vadim, and because the Leeds
Half Marathon was Vadim’s favourite race, we decided that we would present it
for the best age-graded performance at
The leading positions were: Roy Flesher 83.3%, Bob Jackson 79.5%, John Uttley 78.1%, Paul White 77.8%, Alan Hutchinson 77.1% (the rest of the percentages are on the website http://www.valleystriders.org.uk/vsgp06r.htm )
So it was Roy Flesher
who received the engraved Russian tea-urn, flown in from
· Autumn 2005 – 46 ran, winner Simon Redshaw, fastest Brian Hanley.
· Winter 2005/6 – 27 ran, winner Julian Bhowmick , fastest Steve Webb.
· Spring 2006 – 36 ran, winner Anthony Gledhill, fastest Steve Webb.
· Summer 2006 – 36 ran, winner Jonny Harrison, fastest Brian Hanley.
· Autumn 2006 – 35 ran, winner Mick Tinker, fastest Steve Webb.
Thanks to Mike and Eileen Crosfill for timekeeping, recording and calculating, and to other Striders including Peter and Joyce Lambert, Pat and John Umpleby, Kathy and Ken Kaiser and Max Jones for marshalling, and to John Umpleby for arranging the engraving of the trophy.
Welcome to …
224 Tracy Stewart
225 Emma Richardson
226 Ian Sanderson
227 Emma Bartholomew
228 Matt Watkins
229 Adam Parton
230 John Uttley
231 Rachel Casey
232 Holly De Gay
233 Anne Worrall
234 Liz Day
235 Stuart Rawnsley
237 Tal Spiegel
238 Dave Middlemas
239 Melanie Watson
240 Mark Priest
241 Lisa Hodgson
242 Rachael Wilson
243 Anthony Firth
245 Jane Seed
246 Amanda Pearce
247 Patrick Barrett
248 John Laird
249 Anna Costello
250 Anthony Gledhill
251 Chris Gorney
252 Joel Giddings
253 John Wallace
254 Callum Clifford
255 Andy Thorpe
256 Karen Natoli
257 Louise Cleghorn
259 Tony Awimbo
260 Catherine Farrow
261 Steve Morley
262 Karen Wright
263 Dan Murray
264 Steve Trout
35 – Ian Sanderson, Tal Spiegel, Simon Redshaw, Tina Burnham, Rob Liddle
40 – Simon Vallance, Gillian Goodwin, Julian Bhowmick
45 – Gary Sutherland, Carole Schofield, Alistair Fale, Drew Taylor, Paul Hunter, John Uttley, Andrew Cutts, Anne McCaffrey
50 – Maddy Illingworth, John Bucktrout, Alan Hutchinson,
55 – Dick Dale, Mike Crosfill, Bob Jackson, Kathy Kaiser
70 – Peter Lambert
Congratulations to Rob and Gardie Liddle, a son Pieter.
Congratulations to Sam Guy who married Dalton
Davies on the 30th of June at St Everildas Church in Poppleton,
Congratulations to Hayley Palmer who got engaged to Alex this summer.
I am sorry to have to report the sudden deaths of two former Valley Striders during 2006, Vadim Kuznetsov who was a member from 2001 to 2004 and Hilary McEwan who was a member from 1984 to 1997.
On the website, in the
section “Runner Profiles” are more details of their running careers, with
tributes from Peter Cox about Vadim and from several Striders about Hilary. And Harry Bates wrote some entertaining
reminiscences for the website “Climbing with Hilary” which refers not to
Hilary’s Scottish mountains but to
I’m sorry that you won’t find any race reports in this VS News, if we printed all we’d received in the last year, your membership fees would have to go up to pay for the photocopying and postage.
But on the website, in the “Race Reports” section you’ll find
· Lyke Wake Race 2006 from Mick Wrench and Alan Hutchinson
· Sherborne Ironman 2006 from Bill Murphy
Marathons make a Fool” (
· Wuthering Hike 2006 from Mick Loftus
Please continue to send in your race reports and they will be included on the website.
We also have a boxing report on the
website. Former Strider Carl Johanesson
won the British super featherweight title in July. Carl was trained by Strider Tony Foster and was
a Striders club member from 1995 to 1997.
Fell Race Championship (from G.W.)
In recent years the Championship has alternated between Steve W and Andrew C. Andrew won last year but doesn’t seem to have been as active this year (unless he’s keeping his results secret)
In order to try to break the Webb-Cutts monopoly a new scoring system was set up for 2006. This is based upon 9 best results rather than all races to count as in previous years.
This year 25 Striders have taken part in at least 1 trail or fell race to score points. With 9 races left in 2006 the current leader is Simon Vallance with 291 points. GW is next (despite having a stress fracture for 4 months) with 265. Steve W is in third with 205 closely followed by Dave Middlemas with 203.
Dave has only run in 3 races but two were “A” races which give most points. One of these was the Burnsall Classic 1½ miles which used to be a regular appointment during the early years of Valley Striders. Dave is probably the first V.S. member to attend for around 5 years – all fell runners should do this race at least once.
Another notable achievement is this win of Mick Wrench in the Lyke Wake Race. This race used to run from the coast inland to Osmotherley but now the route has been reversed to finish at Ravenscar. The incentive of sea-side fish & chips & ice-cream no doubt encouraged Mick to get a move on.
Simon V was leading the Championship table and with the Yorkshireman Off Road Marathon consolidated this position.
The trail was dry and the day was hot
Mick L ran well to get 9th spot
Simon V and Ross A
Ran very well on a very hot day
Paul H and AC ran as a pair in the very hot weather
But somehow managed not to finish together
And G W would undoubtedly have won
If his brain had not shrunk in the very hot sun
Only four women have got mud on their shoes in this year’s Fell Championship, 3 of whom are the usual suspects of Sara, Sylvia and Madeleine, the other being Laura Clark who ran in the Baildon Boundary Way.
However a wimin’s team
recently ran well in the
Because of the
exceptionally warm weather the course for the Round Hill 9 miles near
Third V.S. finisher was John Hallas who is making a return to fell running afer a long absence. Bob Wilkes and Peter Stevenson both enjoyed a good run finishing V.S. 4th and 5th. Some way back GW and Sylvia managed to jog home (excuses available on request).
The course is not too difficult with the main climb being very gradual to the summit of Round Hill followed by a good descent (not steep) into the moorland valley. It is then undulating back to the last mile on a farm track back to the finish. In good conditions it is far more pleasurable than any of the winter cross country events. So it’s surprising that more V.S. don’t take part.
With this in mind I shall take the opportunity to publicise the forthcoming 20 mile trail run, the Burley Bridge Hike, which is not unduly difficult and usually attracts a good V.S. turnout as it is also in the Club Grand Prix. It would be good to see some new faces at the event as well as the regular entrants from the club.
The Burley Bridge Hike takes place in early November so there’s plenty of time to get in some training for the distance but the good news is that you can take up to 10 hours to finish, you can take your time and look at the scenery and eat plenty of buns and drink tea at the checkpoints.
Simon V 377 GW 338 Ross 273 Steve W 270 AC 244 Sara 234
Dave M 203 Mick L 180 Mick W 145 John H 144 Sylvia 132
Bob W 131 Alan Hutch 124 Bob J 115 Laura 100 Peter Lambo 91
Eric G 71 Madeleine 62 Richard K 59 Jerry 51 Peter S 48
Mick T 47 Alistair 45 Simon R 42 Rob L 41
Team categories were Mens Open, Ladies Open and Mens Vet 40. We entered a mixed team which finished 84th overall out of 118 starters and 111 finishers.
· Leg 1 (AS, solo): 5.9mls - 1500' Andrew Cutts 59:58
· Leg 2 (AM, pairs): 9mls - 2300' Steve Webb & Mick Wrench 1:28:38
· Leg 3 (pairs/navigation): Madeleine Watson & Sylvia Watson 1:49:45
· Leg 4 (AS, solo): Geoff Webster 1:07:02
Refer to the website for the latest list of names and phone numbers.
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