VALLEY STRIDERS - Information Sheet

updated 6 August 1998


Valley Striders was founded in July 1982 by a group of runners looking for a Club which concentrated on distance running - road, cross-country and fell - rather than a 'normal' athletics club biased towards track and field. The name refers to the Meanwood Valley in North West Leeds, around which many of the early training routes were based. By 1985 the Club had nearly 150 members, but some of these were based at Ben Rhydding and a breakaway group subsequently formed Ilkley Harriers. Since then, membership has remained around the 100 mark. The Club started with a constitution and minuted meetings, but quickly adopted the relaxed approach that continues today!
The Club is still based near the Meanwood Valley:

The Club still has around 100 members:
There are 3 internal competitions within the Club:
We have organised several races:
We have two B.A.F. qualified coaches - Max Jones and George Black - who are available most Tuesdays to give general advice or to prepare personal training plans.

Valley Striders Achievements are listed on a separate page.
Our Club President is Olympic marathon medallist Charlie Spedding, and our Vice-President is our founder Club Secretary, Stuart St.John, who emigrated to Scotland in 1994. The 'working' Committee is:

If you have a particular area of interest, then contact the person as indicated above, otherwise contact any of the above for further details of the Club, or just turn up on one of the Club nights when you will be sure of a welcome (and with no commitment to join).

P.S. Club Membership Subscription for September 1998 to August 1999 is 6 p.a. and for new members is / will be pro-rated for part of the year e.g. 4 starting Jan 99. Membership for under-18s is 1.


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Created by Bob Jackson eMail bob.jackson@virgin.net
Updated on 6 Aug 1998