V S Update 4th November 2019

 – training
 – fireworks
 – food
 – parkrun on 9 November and VSGP
 – hoodies
 – Peco, WY, Yorks and Northern XC
 – Xmas party

Note that this VS Update is listed in order of deadline date.

The previous VS Update was on 19 September, you’ve not missed any in between!

This update will appear on the website in the “News” section later today.

6pm sessions on 5 November postponed …

… To Wednesday 6 November at 6pm

Fireworks at Leos Tuesday 5 November

– Bar and food opens at 5pm
– Fire pit & marshmallow toasting at 6pm
– Fireworks at 6:30pm
– Just £2 per person, under-5’s free

Other firework displays are available e.g. Roundhay Park, but you won’t be so near nor will there be food just next to where you’re watching

7pm sessions on 5 November

Choice of
– Advanced & Intermedates – Long Interval Training Session 3 x 10 mins (2½). Open to all runners faster than 30 minutes for 5km.
– Fell runners – Hills Fartlek (road session) with Simon Vallance

For either of the 7pm sessions, meet outside the Olive Branch at the bottom of the Avenue (LS17) at 19:00.  Or meet at High Ash Drive 19:20 for Long Intervals


Juniors and Improvers Sessions on WEDNESDAY 6 November

We will be having training sessions on the Wednesday evening, 6pm to 7pm, usual format

Payments Account

The account for race entry fees, hoodies, Xmas party and indeed anything other than membership is
VSAC Payments
Sort Code: 53-70-00
Account Number: 72143851
Please put your name and a reason (e.g. WYXC, YXC, Hoody, Xmas) in the reference

West Yorkshire XC final two races 17 November and 8 December – deadline Friday 8 November

We can still enter people for the last 2 fixtures of the WYXC league (West Park Leeds – Sunday 17th November & Spenborough – Sunday 8th December). If you’d like to run, please pay £10 (adults) or £6 (juniors) to the Payments Account by 3pm Friday 8th November.  NB Minimum age for juniors is school year 5.

Hoodies – deadline Friday 8 November

Now is the time to order hoodies – which will be delivered before Christmas.

For full details see https://www.valleystriders.org.uk/time-to-order-hoodies/

Valley Striders Grand Prix and Final Parkrun Saturday 9 November

The final parkrun in the 2019 Grand Prix will be Saturday 9 November at Potternewton

This news post also lists the final 4 races in the 2019 Grand Prix and the current leaders in each of the groups, with a link to the full table of points and race results.

Training Tuesday 12 November

Will be back to normal
– juniors, improvers and food at Leos at 6pm
– advanced and intermediate at Beckett Park track at 7pm

Food will be served at 7:10pm, choose from
(a) Beef Lasagne with garlic bread and salad
(b) Veggie Lasagne with garlic bread & salad
(c) three veg Mac & Cheese with garlic bread & salad

Please order to [email protected]   Please place orders by Sunday 10 November 10pm and pay on the night, £3 per portion. 

If you need to cancel, do so by Monday 11 November 9am or else you are liable to pay (unless you let us know and we can re-sell your portion(s)

Peco Cross Country Sunday 24 November

Already 73 seniors and 47 juniors have eneterd.

Adults enter at https://racebest.com/races/8fefx

Juniors enter at https://racebest.com/races/utxwx but to find out about your discount code,
first read https://www.valleystriders.org.uk/junior-membership-fees-and-peco-xc/ 

If you enter before 10 November you’ll get your name printed on your race number bib.

Valley Striders AGM Tuesday 26 November

The AGM will be held on the 26th November (subject to availability at Leos).

We will be discussing a change to social membership which requires a vote. You will be able to vote via email or in person at the AGM. More info will be sent later.

The full (adult) membership fees will also be voted on. The proposed fee increases by £3 to £33 per year. This includes £16 EA (increased by £1) and £2 for Northern Athletics (this was subsidised by the club last year however we cannot continue to do this). Club membership will remain the same at £15. The membership fees vote will be held at the AGM and not via email.

We will also be asking for volunteers to join a membership review group to look at how we can make payments easier.

Please do not pay adult membership until after the AGM just in case this changes.

If you want to provide your thoughts on either of the votes please attend the AGM in person.


VSAC Committee

NB Junior membership fees are now due, please see
for how much and how to pay.

Indoor Athletics Sunday 1 December

This will be the second of 4 meetings held at the indoor track at English Institute for Sport in Shefffield.

5 VS juniors (Abigail, Evie, Jess, Rafferty and Rebecca) competed in the first meeting on 3 November.

For more details see https://www.valleystriders.org.uk/junior-training-and-food-22-oct-29-oct-5-nov-junior-membership-fees-indoor-athletics/

Yorkshire XC Championships Saturday 4 January – deadline Tuesday 3 December

The Yorkshire XC Championships are taking place at Lightwater Valley on Saturday 4th January. The race will be included in the Valley Striders 2020 grand prix. This is open to all 1st claim members who were either born in Yorkshire or have nine months continuous residence in Yorkshire, prior to the date of the race.

Women race just over 8k at 12:50pm and men just over 10k at 2:10pm. This is a really good event and it would be brilliant to see us well represented. If you’d like to run, please transfer £7 to the Payments account with your name and YXC as a reference by 3pm Tuesday 3rd December (this allows us to check your payments and then enter you before the actual race entry deadline)

There are also junior races for age groups U13 (school years 7 & 8), U15 and U17.  Same race fee, same payment details.

More information at https://www.race-results.co.uk/results/2020/infoyorksxc20.pdf  but please note all entries must be submitted via the club.

Adults Christmas Party Friday 13 December

Please save the date!  The cost will be £10.

See https://www.valleystriders.org.uk/save-the-date-valley-striders-ac-christmas-party/

Northern XC Championships Saturday 25 January

The Northern XC Championships are taking place at Camp Hill, Kirklington, near Bedale on 25th January. Please just put the date in your diary for now.  There are races for adults and juniors, minimum age is school year 7.

Race reports on the website that you may have missed

Since the last V S Update on 19 September, we’ve had

British Fell Relays (from Ross Bibby)

V S Autumn tour to Reims – marathon, half marathon and 10k
(race reports from Steph, Richard, Sean and Rachel)

Paris parkrun (from Ian Sanderson)

Roy’s 500th parkrun (from Steph Gledhill)