V S Update 6th May 2019

V S Update – 6 May 2019

– Club handicap
– Meanwood Trail Junior Races – entries open and help required
– Training sessions
– Grand Prix 2019
– Bradford Millennium Way
– Lineham Farm beer festival
– Leosfest
– Peco trophies and mementos
– Results from London Marathon, Three Peaks
– Recently added to the website – Blackpool and Fell Championship update

Club Handicap on Tuesday 7 May

The Spring Handicap will be held on Tuesday 7th May.  Be at the bottom of Goodrick Lane, Eccup Reservoir for 6:30pm to collect your handicap times so that the clock can start at 6:45pm.  We will be doing the ‘summer’ off road route, weather and volunteers permitting.  We need about 10 people to volunteer to marshal and time-keep so if you can help, please email Sue Sunderland at [email protected]

Note that the minimum age for taking part is 15.

Meanwood Trail Junior Races – Tuesday 21 May (organised by V S)

These races are now open and we have already had 45 entries.

– For competitors

If you’re interested in running, please go to https://www.valleystriders.org.uk/meanwood-junior-races-2019/

Note that fully paid up Valley Striders Junior Members should use discount code “VSJ” to get the race for free.

This event is open to juniors on the waiting list, please enter and pay the £3 entry fee.  Richard and Bob will be available during the evening to talk to prospective junior members and their parents.

– Publicity

This event is open to everyone, please let brothers / sisters / sons / daughters / grandchildren / work colleagues / members of school sports clubs etc know about the races

– Helpers on the night needed

If you’re available to help on the evening (PLEASE!), then use the same link to get information about the race, and just under the map is a link for marshals and a list including all the duties that are available.  We need car parkers from 5:15pm, entry number pick up and entries on the day from 5:30pm, most marshals at 6pm, but we do have a few vacancies for marshals arriving at 6:30pm

I’m hoping some adult club members will help on the night.  Also parents, we can pair you up, e.g. if one of you has a child running in the years 2-4 race and another of you has a child running in the year 7-8 race we can allocate one marshalling space for you to jobshare.

Please email [email protected] if you can help

Training Sessions

Some changes are planned for May, here is what is currently planned, but please check the website each Monday or Tuesday

– Tue 7 May – 6pm groups at Leos, 7pm groups cancelled, replaced by Club Handicap
– Tue 14 May – 6pm groups at GSAL, 7pm group at Leos (Beckett Park cancelled till July)
– Tue 21 May – 6pm 0-5k group at Roundhay Park, other 6pm groups cancelled, replaced by Meanwood Trail junior races.  7pm groups from Leos
– Tue 28 May – 6pm groups at Leos (previously planned for GSAL), 7pm group at Leos

Grand Prix 2019

Here’s a list of the next GP races
– Tue 7 May – Club Handicap
– Sun 12 May – Leeds Half Marathon
– Sat 18 May – Roundhay parkrun
– Wed 22 May – Leeds 5k series race 4 at Brownlee Centre
– Mon 27 May – Ilkley Trail Race (before I forget, just to mention that this event also has 2 good junior races)
– Thu 30 May – Apperley Bridge Canter
– Sat 1 June – Wharfedale half marathon

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

Bradford Millennium Way Relay (from Myra Jones)

This year’s Bradford Millennium Way Relay is taking place on Sunday 23rd June.  We would like to enter a couple of teams and the club will pay the entry fee.

For anyone who hasn’t done it before, it’s 5 undulating legs of between 8 and 11 miles and each leg is run as a pair. It’s a lovely, scenic route that doesn’t go anywhere near Bradford but instead visits Haworth, Silsden and Ilkley Moor.

If you have any questions or would like to run, please email [email protected]

We would like to sort teams out fairly soon in order to allow plenty of time for recces, so please can you let us know by 3rd May.

There are detailed route descriptions available on the website:


Lineham Farm Beer Festival

We’ve received letters from Yorkshire Air Ambulance and Lineham Farm acknowledging receipt of our donations to them of £111.50 each, which were the profits from the Christmas party raffle.

As an aside, in the letter from Lineham Farm, we’ve been offered 5 free entry tickets to their Beer festival on Saturday 18th May. Contact Mick Tinker [email protected] if you’d like a ticket – first come first served!


This will be taking place Friday evening 17 May and Saturday all day 18 May, see

Peco Mementos

Richard Irvine has emailed – “I have left all prizes that I have not been able to distribute in the cupboard at Leos”.

Seniors: Malcolm Coles (+ 1st V70 trophy), Matt Hallam, Paul Mackreth, Gary Mann, Sarah Mann, Jon Pownall, Ian Sanderson, Chris Sawyer

Juniors: Aiden Thornton, Alannah Thornton, Julian Warr, Reuben Hill


London Marathon (showing GP points)

245 David Herdsman 2:36:36 100
467 Simon Midwood 2:40:43 98
845 Andrew Bennett 2:47:09 96
995 Jeremy Ladyman 2:49:05 93
10045 Liz Adams 3:44:13 91
14947 Sarah Smith 4:00:25 89
27313 Rachel Waters 4:48:02 87
29358 Becky Murray 4:56:07 84
33561 Brian Tyrrell 5:18:01 82
34343 Neil Hall 5:22:46 80

Three Peaks (showing GP points)

51= Ross Bibby 3:36:07 100
51= Jon Pownall 3:36:07 100
207 Simon Vallance 4:08:39 93
211 Mick Loftus 4:09:01 90
263 Ronan Loftus 4:17:41 87
342 Kim Spence 4:30:38 83
619 Eirik Stangnes 5:15:16 80

NB there’s a news post on the New Website with a link to the V S Fell Championship table.

Recently added to the “News” section of the website

Report from Blackpool marathon and half (points will be added to GP table which will be updated on the website soon).

Fell Championship update and table

This email

Can be found at www.valleystriders.org.uk/new/v-s-update-6th-may-2019/