V S Update 30th June 2019

– Training on 2 July
– Next Grand Prix Races
– Golden Acre Relay
– Yorkshire Vets Road Relay
– Leeds Country Way Relay
– Northern and National Dates
– Grand Prix 2019 Report
– 5k-10k Improvers Group
– Results from Ilkley Trail, Apperley Bridge Canter, Wharfedale half, Otley 10, Pudsey 10k, Jack Bloor, Old County Tops, Otley Chevin

NB you may prefer to read this email on the website at www.valleystriders.org.uk/new/v-s-update-30th-june-2019/

Training on Tuesday 2 July – change of venue (again)

Unfortunately GSAL isn’t available on 2 July due to a school event so the 6pm Juniors and Improvers sessions will yet again be at Leos.

Next Grand Prix Races

Tue 2 July – Danefield Relay
Sat 6 July – Armley Parkrun
Tue 23 July – Club Handicap (more information below)
Wed 24 July – Evensplits 5k at Bodington Centre

For a full list of VSGP races, go to the “Events” tab of the new website and then click on “Grand Prix” and you’ll see them all in calendar format.

For an update on the 2019 Grand Prix, see further down this V S Update

Golden Acre Relay – Tuesday 16 July

Juniors, please read https://www.valleystriders.org.uk/golden-acre-junior-relays-2019/

Adults, please make up your own teams of (teams of 3, 2.75 miles, ages 15 and above)

Information at http://www.abbeyrunners.co.uk/golden-acre-relay/

Note that there won’t be a 6pm juniors training group nor a 7pm adults group that evening.

Club Handicap – Tuesday 23 July

This will be on the “Summer Route”, across fields and paths to Emmerdale and back round the reservoir.

Sue needs about 10 marshals, please email [email protected] if you can help.

Afterwards at the Lord Darcy on Harrogate Road (more details to follow).

This is also Valley Striders 37th birthday
See https://www.valleystriders.org.uk/archive/resolution.htm
and https://www.valleystriders.org.uk/archive/vslife.htm

Yorkshire Vets Road Relay – at York – Sunday 18 August

This is for teams of 3 and categories are M35-39, M40-49, M50-59, M60-69, M70+, W35-44, W45-54, W55+ (and possibly W65+)

The route uses the York Heslington parkrun course (with a minor change for lap changeover) https://www.parkrun.org.uk/heslington/course

If you’re interested in running please email [email protected]. Even better if you can arrange two other Striders in your age group to run with.

Note that older runners may run in a younger category e.g. a men’s team could have a 45 year old, a 55 year old and a 65 year old; it would compete in the M40-49 category.

Leeds Country Way Relay -Sunday 1 September

The Leeds Country Way is a 64 mile footpath route around Leeds taking in Garforth, Stanley, Morley, Calverley, Bramhope and Scarcroft.

The Leeds Country Way Relay follows this footpath and is for teams of 12 split into 6 pairs who each run a section 9 to 12 miles in length.

We have entered 4 teams.  The Mens “A”, Ladies “A”, Vets “A” are what they say.  The 4th team will be named Valley Striders “B”.

Team captains are currently selecting the three “A” teams, but the “B” team will be on a first come first served basis, assuming we can make up pairs of fairly similar speed.  If you wish to run please sign up in the post on the VSAC Members Facebook group or email [email protected]

For more information about the event, go to the Kippax Harriers website https://kippaxharriers.org.uk/leeds-country-way/ 

Northern and National dates for Autumn/Winter

– Sun 15 September – Northern 6 and 4 stage relays at Manchester
– Sun 6 October – National 6 and 4 stage relays at Sutton Park, Birmingham
– Sat 19 October – Northern XC relays at Sheffield
– Sat 2 November – National XC relays at Mansfield
– Sat 25 January 2020 – Northern XC at TBC North Yorks or North East (we had 8 juniors and 21 adults taking part at Pontefract this year)
– Sat 22 February – National XC at Nottingham (we had 15 juniors and 37 adults taking part at Harewood this year)
– Sun 22 March – Northern 12 and 6 stage relays possibly at Catterick
– Sat 4 April – National 12 and 6 stage relays at Sutton Park, Birmingham

Grand Prix 2019 (from Alan Hutchinson)

As we near the end of June and bask in the Summer sunshine (?) the Grand Prix has gone through its first 7 months with 25 runners having competed in 8 or more qualifying races and a further 17 on 6 or 7 races. Still plenty of events left to get your quota up to 8 races.

The table is currently led by Matt Hallam on 795 points adding another first place victory to his Brass Monkey success with the Guiseley Gallop. Well done Matt. He is being chased by John Hobbs on 699 points from 7 races and Gary Mann on 773. It was a very close contest in the Leeds Half Marathon with John beating Matt by 11 seconds finishing in 7 and 9th places. David Herdsman had an excellent race in the Vale of York 10 miles finishing 3rd in 56.07, 25 seconds ahead of John Hobbs 4th. David also had an excellent London Marathon race in 2 hours 36.36 ahead of Simon Midwood 2 hours 40.43 both finishing in the first 500.

Leading the other groups are
B Graham Jones
C Paul Smith
D Sam Davison
E Alan Hutchinson
F Pascale Fotherby
G Rachel Waters.

Park Runs – the Spring GP parkrun at Roundhay had 27 Striders competing. The Summer Grand Prix parkrun is to be held at Armley Park Stanningley Road LS12 3LW on Saturday 6July please make a diary note and let’s aim for an even larger club turnout. Thanks for those who made nominations (Bob Jackson for Armley which is also in the Leeds Race series, and John Shanks for Falkirk – sorry we couldn’t lay on a coach for this one!)

The table so far has been updated at our Grand Prix page https://www.valleystriders.org.uk/run/competition/grand-prix/ .

The second tab on this table shows all the race results that have been included (as at 14 June)
– Any other Marathon/Half Marathon. If you have run a Marathon or Half Marathon since 1st December 2018 that is not appearing in the results on the website please can you email [email protected]  with the event and your time and position.
– Ultra event if you have taken part in an event over marathon distance please email the same address with the name of the event, distance, your time and finishing position and the overall winner’s time
– If we’ve missed any other results, please email us

We’ll update the table again after the parkrun at Armley.



5k-10k Improvers Group (from John Hussey)

We started the 5K Complete Beginners Group in April with around 16 people and most of them achieved their aim to complete a parkrun which was fantastic. They were an awesome group running and smiling even in the pouring rain see news item https://www.valleystriders.org.uk/0-5km-complete-beginners/

We are delighted that 6 of them have now joined Valley Striders as members and are continuing training with us. The next aim is to target Wetherby 10K on 1st September and we have in place a structured training plan to help them achieve this, thank you to all at VS especially Sam Harris who have helped us put this plan in place.

Our training started last Tuesday but If anyone else would like to join us in this venture please get in contact, you would be very welcome.


NB Grand prix races show the Grand Prix points https://www.valleystriders.org.uk/run/competition/grand-prix/

NB All fell races are in the Fell Championship but those below marked VSFC are nominated races that score extra points https://www.valleystriders.org.uk/run/competition/fell-championship/

Ilkley Trail (VSGP and VSFC)

10 Dan Fisher 0:45:04 100
35 Paul Fotherby 0:49:32 98
36 Graham Jones 0:49:34 96
47 Mark Farrell 0:51:51 93
51 Paul Smith 0:52:14 91
67 Sean Cook 0:55:01 89
90 Alan Hutchinson 0:57:28 87
97 Amanda Seims 0:57:52 84
122 Samantha Harris 1:01:08 82
180 Pascale Fotherby 1:12:46 80

Apperley Bridge Canter (VSGP)

1 John Hobbs 0:35:03 100
8 Daryl Hibberd 0:37:44 99
17 Gary Mann 0:38:50 97
27 Tom Thomas 0:39:30 96
43 Clive Bandy 0:41:17 95
47 Joel Giddings 0:41:56 93
51 Paul Smith 0:42:19 92
94 Amanda Spencer 0:45:44 91
111 Sue Sunderland 0:46:31 89
131 Ken Fox 0:47:38 88
178 Josie Rothera 0:49:53 87
214 John Hussey 0:51:24 85
232 Anna Milburn 0:52:31 84
242 Bob Jackson 0:53:20 83
261 Dinesh Kaulgud 0:54:28 81
312 Pascale Fotherby 0:58:24 80

Wharfedale Half Marathon (VSGP)

3 Matthew Hallam 1:28:25 100
42 Graham Jones 1:46:57 97
52 Tony Mills 1:48:28 93
103 Kat O’Mahony 1:59:55 90
147 Joe Hanney 2:06:42 87
155 Samantha Harris 2:07:46 83
252 John Hussey 2:24:02 80

Otley 10 (VSGP)

6 John Hobbs 0:57:40 100
7 Matthew Hallam 0:58:03 99
14 Dan Fisher 1:02:47 97
24 Daryl Hibberd 1:04:49 96
47 Ian Sanderson 1:08:49 94
53 Adam Parton 1:09:35 93
66 Paul Smith 1:11:08 91
102 Roy Huggins 1:15:46 90
106 Vernon Long 1:16:25 89
110 Amanda Spencer 1:17:01 87
117 Ken Fox 1:17:54 86
120 Sarah Mann 1:17:58 84
134 Sue Sunderland 1:19:06 83
155 Leroy Sutton 1:21:36 81
229 Dinesh Kaulgud 1:30:10 80

Pudsey 10k (VSGP)

34 Paul Smith 0:44:04 100
35 Adam Parton 0:44:10 98
69 Hayley Nancolas 0:47:09 96
78 Oliver Thornton 0:47:40 93
87 Amanda Spencer 0:48:20 91
126 Sam Davison 0:50:49 89
127 Ken Fox 0:50:51 87
322 Andy Mace 1:00:01 84
332 Leila Kara 1:00:23 82
448 Neil Sedgley 1:06:47 80

Jack Bloor Fell race, 14/5/19, 8.4k/350m ascent (from Ross Bibby) (VSFC)

1 Jack Wood Ilkley Harriers 38.52
7 Jon Pownall 41.58
13 Ross Bibby 44.33
17 Jemima Elgood Leeds University 45.19 (1st female)
39 Simon Vallance 47.40
42 Mick Loftus 48.16
59 Anthony Fryer 51.32
70 Clive Bandy 52.15
85 John Batchelor 53.17
103 Mark Farrell 55.24
137 Jenny Hall 58.14
176 Josie Rothera 63.31
186 Keith Brewster 64.18
212 Alun Davies 71.29
222 Malcolm Coles 74.05

Old County Tops fell race, 18/5/19, 37 miles/10,000ft ascent- pairs race (from Ross Bibby) (VSGP Ultra category)

1 Paul Tierney/George Foster Ambleside AC 6.58.08
22 Ross Bibby/Jon Pownall 8.29.44
(123 pair finishers, 15 pairs DNF)

Otley Chevin Fell Race (from Ross Bibby)  (VSFC and Leeds Race Series)

1 Jack Wood Ilkley Harriers 17.26
10 Jonathan Young 20.01
11 Daz Hibberd 20.03
12 Ross Bibby 20.08
15 Helen Thornhill Ribble Valley 20.25 (1st female)
42 Graham Jones 22.19
53 Mark Farrell 23.03
67 Vernon Long 23.46
97 Amanda Spencer 26.13
136 Dinesh Kaulgud 30.08
139 Malcolm Coles 30.28
(160 finishers)

Race reports recently added to the “News” section of the website

1 June – Apperley Bridge Canter race report
5 June – Welsh 1000 Metre Peaks race report
9 June – Everyone Active 10k race report

It is easy to get race results and race reports published on the new website, simply go to “Members Area”, click on “News Submissions”, fill in your name and email address and type in your report (or you can key in your report to MS Word or similar and then copy and paste it into the form).  Here’s the direct link to the form https://www.valleystriders.org.uk/members-area/news-submissions/

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