This post will be left in place on the website and updated as the season progresses.
Most recent update 17/01/23
NB If you’re looking for events after 7 March 2023, see
NB If you’re looking for events before 30 September 2022, see
NB If you’re looking for results from Autumn/Winter 2021/22
For an explanation of England Athletics Registration and Affiliation, see the bottom of this page
Note regarding races marked “TBA”, we don’t know whether or not they will take place in 2022/23. They are shown in the calendar in the same month as they took place in 2020 or 2019
Sat 10 September York Open meeting T&F
Sun 11 September West Yorkshire T&F 7 Cleckheaton
Sat 17 September Wakefield Open meeting T&F
U11 Girls 80 Metres Ezzie Yansaneh 14.29, Abigail Bottomley 14.47
U11 Girls 600 Metres 7 Abigail Bottomley 02:17.3, 12 Ezzie Yansaneh 02:38.8
U11 Girls Long Jump 7 Abigail Bottomley 2.84
U11 Girls Shot 8 Ezzie Yansaneh 2.95
Sat 24 September – “Golden Mile”– one mile track races at Beckett Park for ages 6 to 99. Separate heats for ages 6-11 and for ages 12-16. To enter https://racebest.com/races/922f8
Results: 53 Elijah Tedd 0:06:22, 56 Samuel Keene 0:06:31, 60 Seth Steere 0:06:55, 64 Abigail Bottomley 0:07:17, 65 Caleb Keene 0:07:27, 69 Harriet Hirst-Sewell 0:08:03, 70 Alice Hirst-Sewell 0:08:11, 71 Ella Shanks 0:08:11, 77 Jonah Steere 0:09:00. Note that the vast majority of the competitors were adults!
Sat 01 October – Leeds Schools Athletics Association cross-country races meeting 1 at Middleton Park (see section below)
Sat 08 October – West Yorkshire Cross Country League meeting 1 at Nunroyd Park, Guiseley. Club members only, minimum age 9 on race day, closing date 18 September (see section below) (other dates are Sun 30 Oct, Sun 13 Nov, Sun 11 Dec). Runners were Isla Butterworth, James Gostling, James Whittle, Keira Sykes, Conor Butterworth, Joseph Urquhart, Jamie Walker
Sun 09 October – Yorkshire Open Indoor Athletics at EIS Sheffield – ages as at 01/09/2023 e.g. U13 is “new” school years 6 and 7.
U13 – 60m, 200m, 800m, long jump, shot
U15 – 60m, 200m, 1500m, long jump, shot
U17 – 60m, 200m, 400m, 1500m, high jump, shot
Entries https://www.race-results.co.uk/onlineentries/user/login.php?raceid=4602 \
Closing date 3 October
Fri 14 October – Leeds Primary Schools / School Games cross country Western area at Stanningley RLFC (see section below)
Sat 15 October – Leeds Schools Athletics Association cross-country races meeting 2 at Prince Henry GS Otley (see section below)
Tue 18 October – Leeds Primary Schools / School Games cross country Southern area at Middleton Park (see section below)
Sat 22 October – Northern XC Relays at Graves Park Sheffield. Teams of 3 U13/U15/U17. U13B runners were James Gostling and Simeon Tedd. U15B runners were Joel Caleb 7:48,Conor Butterworth 8:15, Sam Redmond 7:41 (team 15th); Zak Reisman 8:37, William Caleb 8:37, Oliver Lubiecki 8:38 (team 20th) (22 complete teams).
Sun 23 October – Abbey Dash Junior Race – Joseph Urquhart, Søren Pailor and Abigail Bottomley ran
Sun 30 October – West Yorkshire Cross Country League meeting 2 at Thornes Park Wakefield (see section below). Runners were Isla Butterworth, Conor Butterworth, Jamie Walker, Alfie Jones.
Sat 5 November – National XC Relays at Mansfield. Teams of 3 U13/U15/U17. U15B runners were Sam Redmond 7:08, Conor Butterworth 7:43, Joel Caleb 7:23 (team 43rd), Oliver Lubiecki 7:35, Zak Reisman 7:46, William Caleb 7:59 (team 64th) (75 complete teams).
Sun 13 November – West Yorkshire Cross Country League meeting 3 at Cleckheaton (see section below). Runners were Isla Butterworth, Keira Sykes, Joseph Urquhart, Jamie Walker.
Sat 19 November – Leeds Schools Athletics Association cross-country races meeting 3 cancelled (see section below)
Sat 19 November – South Yorkshire Indoor Open Series meeting 1 at EIS Sheffield (new school years 4 to 9 inclusive) (see section below) (other dates are Sun 4 Dec, Sun 22 Jan, Sun 19 Mar).
Fri 25 November – Leeds Primary Schools / School Games cross country North/Eastern area at Roundhay High School (see section below)
Sun 27 November – Peco Cross Country League meeting 1 at Middleton Park.
Suitable for all abilities, minimum school year 2, available to waiting list, (see section below, incudes a link to enter). If you enter before 13 October you will get a personalised race number. THIS MEETING IS BEING MARSHALLED BY ABBEY RUNNERS AND VALLEY STRIDERS, WE WILL HOPE FROM SOME HELP FROM SOME PARENTS. 39 VS juniors ran in the 1 mile race, 11 VS juniors ran in the 2 mile race
Sun 4 December – South Yorkshire Indoor Open Series meeting 2 at EIS Sheffield (new school years 4 to 9 inclusive ) (see section below)
Sat 10 December – Leeds Schools Athletics Association cross-country races meeting 4 at Cardinal Heenan (see section below), normal races for primary schools, but special races for secondary schools trials for Leeds team for West Yorks schools championships
Sun 11 December – West Yorkshire Cross Country League meeting 4 at Rothwell. Runners were Keira Sykes, Jamie Walker, Alfie Jones.
Sun 18 December – Peco Cross Country League meeting 2 at Templenewsam. 35 VS juniors ran in the 1 mile race, 8 VS juniors ran in the 2 mile race
Sun ?? December – North Yorkshire Indoor Open meeting at EIS Sheffield provisional date, no other details available.
Sat 07 January 2023 TBC – Yorkshire Cross Country Championships at Lightwater Valley – school year 7 and above (more information to follow). Results U13B 9 James Gostling, 17 Simeon Tedd; U15G 39 Keira Sykes; U15B 31 Joel Caleb, 45 William Caleb, 47 Gus Cawcutt (team 10th); U17M 9 Jamie Walker, 11 Alfie Jones
Sun 22 January 2023 – Peco Cross Country League meeting 3 at West Park / Becketts Park. 41 VS juniors ran in the 1 mile race, 16 VS juniors ran in the 2 mile race
Sun 22 January 2023 – South Yorkshire Indoor Open Series meeting 3 at EIS Sheffield (new school years 4 to 9 inclusive) (see section below)
Sat 28 January 2023 – Northern Cross Country Championships at Blackburn – school year 7 and above (more information to follow) CLOSING DATE TUESDAY ?? JANUARY
Thu 2 February 2023 – Leeds Primary Schools / School Games cross country Leeds Final at Templenewsam (see section below) – selection for Leeds teams for West Yorkshire Final in March
Sat 04 February 2023 – West Yorkshire Secondary Schools cross country championships at GSAL
Sun 19 February 2023 – Peco Cross Country League meeting 4 at Middleton Park. 32 VS juniors ran in the 1 mile race, 7 VS juniors ran in the 2 mile race
Sat 25 February 2023 – English National Cross Country Championships at Bolesworth Castle Chester – school year 7 and above (more information to follow) CLOSING DATE TUESDAY ?? JANUARY
Sun 5 March 2023 – Peco Cross Country League meeting 5 at Roundhay Park. 30 VS juniors ran in the 1 mile race, 8 VS juniors ran in the 2 mile race
Thu 9 March 2023 – West Yorkshire Primary Schools / School Games cross country Leeds Final at Templenewsam
Sat 11 March 2023 – Leeds Schools Athletics Association cross-country races meeting 5 at Woodhouse Grove (see section below)
Sun 19 March 2023 – South Yorkshire Indoor Open Series meeting 4 at EIS Sheffield (new school years 4 to 9 inclusive) (see section below)
Sun 26 March 2023 – Peco Cross Country Relays and Juniors Relays at Bramley Falls Woods
** Recommended for all junior members school years 2 and above
** V S will manage the teams and pay for all the entries for 2023
12 teams each of 3 Valley Striders juniors took part
Through the 2022/23 season, 75 junior Striders ran at least one Peco event and 12 ran all of them (Eve Barton, Emmy Deverill, Alice Hirst-Sewell, Harriet Hirst-Sewell, Emily Parbutt, Ewan Reid, Henry Rollings, Ella Shanks, Seth Steere, Solomon Steere, Mary Venning, Sammy Whitehouse).
Sun 26 March 2023 – Spenborough AC “Winter Warmup” track & field meeting
To see events from April onwards
Detailed event information
Junior parkrun (ages 4 to 14)
Every Sunday at 09:00. Click on the links for each location
If you’ve not registered before, the pages above explain how to register. Note that you only have to register once, this covers all parkruns at all locations.
Leeds Primary Schools / School Games cross country
There are 5 initial races (sometimes called “semi-finals”) late October or early November, one for each of the Leeds Schools Sports Partnerships Areas, at each of which there are 8 races – for girls and boys, for each school year from 3 to 6. The best schools and best individuals from each semi-final qualify for the Leeds final, and the best schools and best individuals from the Leeds final qualify to represent Leeds at the West Yorkshire final against Bradford, Calderdale, Kirklees and Wakefield.
Schools must be members of their local School Sports Partnership to take part.
Leeds Schools Athletics Association cross-country races
5 meetings between October and March – races for boys and girls in age groups U9/U11/U13/U15 as at 01/09/2021 i.e. school years 3-4, 5-6, 7-8, 9-10.
Schools need to be affiliated to the Leeds Schools Sports Association. The following paragraph is taken from the “League Details” link on the cross-country page on the LSAA website http://www.lsaa.org.uk/CC.htm
Leeds School Sports Association provide the finance for all LSAA events all schools must be affiliated to LSSA to take part in LSAA events. This can be done by direct affiliation to the LSSA separate letter will come direct to schools from LSSA. For some primary schools the LSSA affiliation fee is included as part of Leeds Well School Partnership SLA.
Use the same link to find dates, venues and results .
Peco Cross Country League 2022/23
A series of 5 meetings between November 2022 and February 2023.
The dates and venues will be decided at the Peco XC AGM on 12 September and will be published here soon after.
Open to club members school years 2 and older. Also open anyone on the waiting list (you should contact us and then register as a Valley Strider)
Suitable for all abilities. We strongly encourage all junior members to take part and will be slightly disappointed with those who don’t take part in at least one race.
This is a “free” event for V S Junior Full Members and Limited Training Members (i.e. everyone except Social Members) in that those who enter and race will get 20% of the race series fee refunded for every race that they do.
Distances and start times are one mile at 10:00am for school years 2 to 6; two miles at 10:20am for school years 7 to 11. NB parents of school years 2 and 3 must be confident that their child can complete the distance e.g. they have done junior parkrun.
Cost is £7 for the whole series (whether you run 1 race or 5).
Entries are online via Racebest https://racebest.com/races/w2vse
If you enter before 13 November you will get a personalised race number. If you’re not sure whether or not you’ve entered, there is a box “Latest entries” which contains a button “See all”.
Peco Relays 2023
These are usually held in March and are for teams of 3, approximately 1.2 miles per runner. Keep your number from the Peco series.
This is a “free” event for V S Junior Full Members and Limited Training Members (i.e. everyone except Social Members) in that all race entries will be made by and race fees paid by the club. Excepting that those who do not have a number will have to make a small payment for the number.
More details will be available in February 2023.
South Yorkshire Junior Indoor Series 2022/23
These 4 meetings take place at the indoor athletics facility at the English Institute for Sport (EIS) Sheffield. It has a 200m oval track, a 60m sprint straight (6 lanes) and facilities for long jump, high jump, shot put and turbo javelin.
The series is on one Saturday and three Sundays between November 2022 and March 2023. If you are interested in this, please discuss by email at [email protected] or at one of our training sessions.
Age groups are as at 01/09/2023, so U11 is school years 4-5, U13 is years 6-7, U15 is years 8-9. There are no older categories.
U11 – 60m, 150m, 600m, long jump, standing high jump, shot, foam javelin
U13 – 60m, 200m, 800m, 1200m, long jump, high jump, shot
U15 – 60m, 200m, 300m, 400m, 800m, 1200m, long jump, high jump, shot
Not all events are available at each meeting. Maximum 3 events per person per meeting
Those competing at U13 or U15 age groups must be affiliated to England Athletics. the section above regarding Peco explains how to pay.
Entry forms will appear soon at https://www.sycaa.org.uk/ . At the time of writing this post, the website was showing the entry form for 2021/22.
West Yorkshire Cross Country League
A series of 4 meetings between October and December 2022. For dates and venues, see above
Only open to club members. This series features some of the better clubs in West Yorkshire and we suggest that, for each age group, only the top half of Valley Striders members would “enjoy” the event.
Minimum age for the series is 9 on date of 1st meeting (8 Oct 2022) currently school year 5 and above also a few in year 4.
Age groups are U11/U13/U15/U17 on 01/09/2022 i.e. school years 5/6, 7/8, 9/10 and 11/12. Those in school year 4 whose 9th birthday is before 08/10/22 can compete as U11
Juniors aged 11 or above before on on the date of the last meeting (12 Dec 2021) (i.e. currently school year 7 and above and 30% of year 6) must be affiliated to England Athletics. Cost is £18p.a.
Approximate distances and approximate start times – Under 11 1500m at 11:45am; Under 13 3000m at 12noon; Under 15 4000m at 12:30pm.
The official league information can be found at http://www.westyorkshireathletics.org.uk/XCMain.htm
I have entry forms, there is no online entry. CLOSING DATE IS SATURDAY 18 SEPTEMBER (the website says 25 September but the extra 7 days are for me to check the bank account, fill in the entry forms, stick a stamp on and for Royal Mail to deliver)
Cost for U13/U15/U17 is £20 which covers all 4 meetings . Cost for U11 is £15. Please pay to the “Payments” account
Account Name: VSAC Payments
Sort Code: 53-70-00
Account Number: 72143851
If you need England Athletics affiliation, please pay £18 to the “Membership” account
Account Name: VSAC Membership
Sort Code: 53-70-00
Account Number: 72143878
Please email [email protected] with any queries.
Leeds Junior Run Series 2019/20
The Leeds Junior Run Series 2019/20 comprised
– all the junior races organised by running clubs in Leeds
– the Peco cross country series
– the five junior parkruns in Leeds
It was due to run between 1 September 2019 and 31 August 2020 but was abandoned in March 2020.
It is free to enter and club membership is not needed.
We are waiting to see what happens for 2019/20 and 2020/21
England Athletics Registration and Affiliation
All of our junior members have been added to the England Athletics database and they have been allocated a 7 digit unique reference number (URN). (the personal information added is name, date of birth, postal address and parent’s email address)
- A minority of our junior members have been set up as “Competitive Athletes”
- There is an annual fee for this. For the current EA year that ends 31/03/2023 this is £16, and, in addition, for every Competitive Athlete we pay Northern Athletics £2; this is why we ask for £18 extra for Competitive Athletes
- Competitive Athlete status is needed to take part in West Yorkshire Track & Field League (unless under-11) and West Yorkshire Cross Country League (unless under-11)
- Competitive Athlete status is needed to take part in Yorkshire County competitions, North of England Area competitions and England National competitions (the minimum age for these is 11).
- Competitive Athlete status is needed to take part in open adult races – juniors 11 or over can run in 5k races such as the Leeds 5k at the Brownlee Centre; juniors 15 or over can run in 10k races such as the Abbey Dash and Run For All Leeds 10k; juniors 16 or over can run in 10 miles races such as the Eccup 10mile and also in half marathons such as the Leeds half.
- The majority of our junior members have been set up as “Non-Competitive Athletes”
- They can get emails and offers from England Athletics (or can opt-out of these).
- Competitive Athlete status is not needed for under 11’s
- Competitive Athlete status is not needed for races categorised as fun runs linked to adult races e.g. the Eccup Junior Races (run alongside the Eccup 10); the Wetherby fun run and mini-marathon (run alongside the Wetherby 10k); the Peco Junior Races (run alongside the Peco Cross Country Series)
- Competitive Athlete status is not needed for parkruns or junior parkruns. Note that VS strongly support the parkrun policy that under-11’s who run 5k parkrun must run with an adult, in fact we recommend that under-11’s shouldn’t do 5k parkun at all.
Note that the above only applies to juniors training in the junior section. Older juniors (young adults) who train with the adult section pay the adult membership fee which includes the England Athletics and Northern Athletics affiliation fees.