Club mail No. 45 - AUGUST 2007



Maybe due to the "damp" weather and "that" hill at the finish, the number of teams were down this year. However, the quality of runners seemed better than previous years with what looked like a high turnout of “proper” fellrunners. The turn out of midges though was definitely higher!

Despite all that Kirkstall still managed to get 3 teams of 3 runners round. Our first team of Stuart Connolly, Martin and Mario did the club well finishing 10th overall out of 25. Richard Thomas got the 2nd team off to a decent start, but the “not so” fellrunners duo of Peter Hey and Andrew Brown did well not to come last. As did the ladies team of Collette Spencer, Sarah Brewer and Jill Barron, thanks mainly due to Jills battle with what appeared to be a decent fell runner, but she pipped him to the post, and nearly overtook Andrew on that dreaded steep finish.

Well done all, on what is surely the hardest 2.5mile course on the calendar.

So all members are aware, please find below comments received from West Yorkshire Police regarding our annual road race. Sadly, it looks like this could be our last 10k road race.

Any ideas for an off road option will be considered - there is one in mind which is similar to the Members Meander, but starting and finishing in the Abbey grounds and going in the opposite direction. A realistic option is needed sooner rather then later so all interested parties concerning the route can be found, consulted and give their approval hopefully.

Just to confirm our telephone conversation of today in relation to this years race.
For some time now we have been addressing safety issues in relation to similar events carried out on the public highway when they are open to the public. Such events as the Leeds half Marathon, Carnegie student run and the recent Jane Tomlinson fun run have implemented more and more road closures or holding the race off road.

Whilst it is fully appreciated that organisers do all in their power to make sure the event takes place as safely as possible there will always be an element of danger when vehicles and pedestrians/runners are using the same stretch of road and such alternatives as road
closures or off road routes will always be a safer option.

As agreed with yourself, in view of the impending date of the event we will "Police" the event this year but if you were considering holding a similar event in the future I am afraid the Police would be unable to support it in its present format.

Should you wish to discuss any issues in relation to this years or any future event please feel free to get in touch

Mick Duggan
Operations Support

The committee is somewhat divided on opinion as to how to react to this. Some feel that an effort should be made to keep the road race going in it’s present format based on concerns that smaller club events such as ours are being squeezed out by the larger, higher profile and more expensive to compete in events. A few of the committee on the other hand feel that this withdrawal of police support was inevitable, especially considering the interface of runners / cars / pedestrians on several sections of the course. It has been agreed that any challenge to the police should have the majority backing of the club so your thoughts are welcomed on this. It has however been agreed, that any such challenge will not take place until AFTER this years race on 23rd September, so that we don’t jeopardise relationships with the police and risk losing this year’s event.

Cassie has confirmed that she and her husband are leaving us in August sometime, for a couple of years of sunshine in Dubai. Anything to get out of the LCW and Cross Countries. I am sure we all wish them both the very best, but I would imagine running in a Burka could be a bit tricky, especially for any photo finishes.

Cassie’s last club night will be Monday August 20th, and she’s invited members to pop over the road to the LPSA after training for a couple of farewell drinks. A good chance for people to say au-revoir.

Also disappearing for a 5 week holiday!!! is Collette who is off touring Australia, taking in some bungee jumping, white water rafting, walking Sydney Harbour Bridge and maybe Alligator wrestling - again we hope she has a good time and will be looking forward to a rest on her return with some marathon training possibly.

Below are the proposed teams for the LCW. Past experience has shown that these are likely to change between now and the race date - 2nd September 2007.

To follow by separate mail

We have organised some recci runs - see training schedule and race calendar, which are open to anyone who wishes to join us. Other recci runs are expected to be organised by the pairs from both teams - which again are open to other people joining - keep your eyes and ears open. We may also have a third team, mainly from club members missing out on the 1st two teams, but we may have to make it up with outsiders who will have to pay the entry fee - which we think is about £6.00 each. If you know of anyone please let Patrick or the committee know.

We had 5 male vets out at Oakwell Hall Park, notching up another 700 points and hopefully keeping us in the top 13 of 31 clubs. The next two events for August are Wed 1st at Knavesmire, the York racecourse - very flat !!! starting at 7.30 - transport will be shared for those wanting a lift. Then on Thursday 23rd at Starbeck Harrrogate, again 7.30 at transport can be shared if necessary.

32 members tackled the member’s meander route on weds 18th July.

Ian Brown finished first followed by John and Richard Thomas.

A big thanks to Jill Stocks for doing the handicaps and the results. Results are attached, and looking at which Jill had a harder task than the runners.

The results can be viewed in Excel formating by clicking the following link: Members Meander results

Entry forms are being sent out to people who have entered in the past. Anyone who needs one should be able to pick one up at Up and Running in Headingley or Triangle in Horsforth. Plenty of time yet though as entries don’t have to be in until October.

Please remember that if you want to considered for one of the club’s places, you will need to have entered as an individual and been rejected in the public ballot.


Please remember if you’re off to a race, please take some of our race’s entry forms with you.

Saturday 4th Aug – Hellifield Gala 3.5 Fell Race
Sunday 5th Aug – Yorkshire Heartbeat 10 (Wakefield)
Sunday 12th Aug – Elloughton 10k
Sunday 12th Aug – Askern 10
Wednesday 15th Aug – Cinnamon Lodge 6 (Huddersfield)
Monday 27th Aug – Spofforth Gala Trail 10k (Harrogate)

Please check for entry details