Stadium Newsletter

[Stadium Runners] Newsletter - April 2023

Hi Mark

Welcome to the Stadium Runners Newsletter. We hope to keep you informed about what has happened and what will be happening in the wonderful world of Stadium Runners. Please contact me if it is still being marked as spam for you and I will try and help to resolve the problem.
Sun 26th Mar, Wilmslow Half
(photos Mick Hall Photos)

The Wilmslow Half Marathon is a flat, one lap course on mainly flat rural roads. Six Stadium Runners took part. This is how they got on:
First name Last name Chip time Chip pos M/F Chip M/F pos Cat Chip cat pos PB
Joseph Baker 01:13:54 55 Male 51 Vet 40 10  
Luc Burnip 01:14:01 56 Male 52 SM (21-39) 40  
Thomas Howarth 01:26:43 322 Male 288 Vet 45 37  
Lynn Birchall 01:30:49 454 Female 60 Vet 50 2  
Christina Sunderland 01:43:12 955 Female 154 Vet 40 24 PB
Anouska Higo 01:44:11 1018 Female 175 Vet 45 26 PB
Super running all!
Other Racing!
Sat 4th Mar, Saddleworth 10 Res. Michael Cottam came 17th in 4:44:09.
(photos Steve Frith Mozzie Photography)

Sun 5th Mar, Ian Roberts Memorial Fell Race. Ian Du Feu came 26th in 56:44, Ian Sutcliffe came 37th in 1:00:53, Andy Petrie came 43rd in 1:03:33.

Sun 5th Mar, North Lincs Half. Matthew Donnelly came 172nd in a PB 1:26:56.
(photos Andrew Field Photography)

Sun 5th Mar, Haweswater Half. Darren Earnshaw came 24th in 1:27:15, Helen Ansell came 35th in a PB 1:28:32 and was 3rd female..
(photos Paul Chapman)

Sun 12th Mar, Thirsk 10 Mile. Matthew Pierson came 6th in  a new Club Record 52:56 and was 3rd M35. Jamie Brannan came 21st in 57:15, Ashleigh Greenwood came 124th in a PB  and new Club Record 1:04:51 and was 3rd F35.
Sun 12th Mar, Trimpell 20. Joe Baker came 3rd in 1:58:59.

Sun 19th Mar, Wakefield Hospice10k. John Vigurs came 242nd in 46:47.

Sun 19th Mar, Bilsdale Fell Race. Michael Cottam finished 26th in 2:43:01.

Sun 19th Mar, Grim Canal Canter Ultra. Joe Baker came 1st in 3 hours 43 mins.
Sun 19th Mar, Oulton Park Duathlon. Peter Martin came 4th in 1:55:05.

Wed 22nd Mar, Leeds 5k Series. Matthew Donnelly came 34th in a PB 18:56.

Sun 26th Mar, Liverpool Half. Rob Hoult came 690th in 1:40:05.

Sun 26th Mar, Sheffield Half. Darren Earnshaw came 130th in 1:27:15.

Sun 26th Mar, Heptonstall Fell Race. Michael Cottam came 25th in 2:18:24.

Sun 26th Mar, Windmill 6. Fiona Willis came 50th in 54:41 and was 19th female and 3rd F60, Russell Dyson came 70th in 1:08:51 and was 3rd M70.
Super running (and cycling)!
parkrun Highlights

Sat 4th Mar, Huddersfield. Matthew Pierson was 1st in 16:33, Jamie Brannan was 2nd in 16:37, Leo Timmins was 7th in 18:22.

Sat 4th Mar, Brighouse. Becky Griggs was 118th in a PB 28:29.

Sat 11th. All local parkruns snowed off.

Sat 18th Mar, Huddersfield. Michael Cottam came 5th in 18:06, Matthew Pierson came 6th in 18:09, Leo Timmins came 7th in 18:13.

Sat 18th Mar, Brighouse. Joe Baker came 4th in 19:06.

Sat 25th Mar, Huddersfield. Leo Timmins came 3rd in 18:11, Matthew Pierson came 5th in 18:21, Michael Cottam came 6th in 18:34.
Club Records

Only last month, I added 10 mile records to the Club records page on the website.

Well, they have both already been broken!

On Sun 12th Mar at the Thirsk 10 Mile, Matthew Pierson came 6th in a new Club Record 52:56 and was 3rd M35. Ashleigh Greenwood came 124th in a PB  and new Club Record 1:04:51 and was 3rd F35.

I have just updated the Club records page.

Well done Matthew & Ashleigh!
Run Leader Rota

The Rota for Apr - Jun is available here.

Please welcome three new Run Leaders on board - Amy Oatway, Lynn Birchall & Caroline Jones.

We are having issues filling the Gold Leader spot on Mondays when Simon Courtney is running one of his increasingly popular Development sessions. Also many usual Gold runners prefer to attend the Development sessions, so Gold attendance is usually low. So we have taken the decision to cancel the Gold runs when this situation occurs.

We want to stress that the Development sessions are suitable for all Bronze, Silver & Gold runners, it's just that the knock on effects of its popularity are only affecting Gold runs (at the moment).
Club Championships 2022/23 Results

The Stainland Cross Country was the final race in the Club Championships.

Here are the star performers in each of the four categories:
Grand Prix Men    
Pos Name Races Total
1 Michael Cottam 8 389
2 Andrew Doig 8 384
3 Ian Whalley 12 367
Grand Prix Women    
Pos Name Races Total
1 Fiona Willis 8 372
2 Amy Oatway 7 337
3 Kathy Armitage 6 289
Wava Men    
Pos Name Races Total
1 Andrew Doig 8 389
2 Michael Cottam 8 367
3 Robert Buchanan 9 364
Wava Women    
Pos Name Races Total
1 Fiona Willis 8 384
2 Amy Oatway 7 329
3 Kathy Armitage 6 292
Huge congratulations to these and all the runners who took part in any of the 13 races (only your top eight results counted).

Full results are available on the website here.
Club Championships 2023/24

Matt Smith (outgoing Race Secretary) and Andrew Doig (incoming Race Secretary) have announced the first three races in the new calendar:

Race 1, Sat 29th Apr, 10:30, Cake Race, Diggle

Race 2, Sun 7th May, 10:00, Stainland Lions Bluebell Trail

Race 3, Wed 14th Jun, 7:15pm, Joe Percy Invitational 10k - details below.

All races still have places left, but get yourself entered now!
Joe Percy Invitational 10k Wednesday 14th June 2023 at 7.15pm

We have 50 places for the Joe Percy 10k in June! The classic, fast route around Farnley Tyas is back and on our club race calendar for 2023/24 – Please note there is a new route for this year, further details are to follow!

Entries are £10 and on a strict first come, first serve basis. Your place will be confirmed only when you pay £10 to Ash at the following account:

Mrs A Greenwood 11-10-08 16552468

The list for entries will be at training nights. Please can you use your surname as a reference when paying so we can keep track of entrants.

Matt Smith
Membership renewal 2023/24

Dear Members.

From April 1st, 2023, it is the start of the new athletic year and this means that memberships need to be renewed for the next year of running with the club.

The membership fee remains at £35 for another year. £17 pays for the athletes individual UKA affiliation fee, while the remaining £18 goes towards the running of the club.

This year the club has added another benefit, to the club running experience, for paid up Stadium Runners members. From the start of this athletic year, members can now run for free, at the very well attended Runners Development Sessions that are held fortnightly, at the Leeds Road Running track.
I will shortly be sending out, an email to each member via the club membership email with all the information and forms necessary to renew and pay your membership.

For those members who would like to pay their membership by cash/cheque or have any particular queries, I will be attending two club sessions on Mon 17th April and Thursday 20th April from to 6.30pm, before the club briefing.

Prompt payment would be greatly appreciated and paid for by the latest date of 30th April 2023, to ensure that you membership continues, and you are able to compete in any future runs as a UKA affiliated Stadium Runner, which you may have entered and paid for.

If you know anyone that would be interested in becoming a paid-up member, please pass on the membership email below, so they can contact to find out more information.

Thank you.

Alison Cottam
Membership Secretary.
Stadium Runners.
AGM Thursday 27th April 2023
Your club needs you!! 
Our AGM is coming up on Thursday 27th April, and it's a perfect time to join in the fun and become part of our wonderful club committee! 
We do have a vacancy for a specific role, but we are also looking for new committee members to join without title. This would involve attending our monthly committee meetings, usually the last Thursday of the month after our training run, and simply helping out whenever and with whatever you can! We'd love to see some fresh new faces on our committee and to hear new ideas and opinions on club operations. It's so important that we keep things fresh, fun and interesting for our runners, so if you'd like to help us do this, please do join us!
We do have a vacancy for a specific position. Our Run Leaders Representative role is becoming vacant after being held by the lovely Bridget. The role involves supporting our current run leaders, answering queries, ensuring that they are well equipped and have a contact on the committee should they have any requests or problems. The role also involves recruiting new run leaders and supporting them through their course. Our run leaders are vital in our training sessions so it's important that they are supported. Anyone taking on this role would of course have the full support of the committee, and Bridget will be able to pass on her wealth of knowledge to get you going. 
If you are interested in taking on this role, please do let me know. 
If you would like to know any further information about joining the committee, please contact me, or a fellow committee member, and we'd be happy to answer any questions you may have. The committee is made up of a lovely, knowledgeable bunch of runners and it's a really friendly group to join! And what could be more rewarding than helping your fellow runners enjoy their training and racing! 
And if none of that encourages you down, there's usually snacks at the AGM.....
Thank you!

Ashleigh Greenwood
Free Stadium Runners Development Sessions

The committee has agreed that Simon's track sessions will be free for our members as of April. A big selling point for those renewing!

I have created a new second booking link, so members can access for free:

The old link is still active and will still charge, so that non members can book on for a £3 charge. 

Ashleigh Greenwood

Run Leaders
Ever thought about becoming a run leader?
With the light nights just around the corner and the promise of off road running, a couple of Stadium Runners talk about what they love about  being a run leader.
Rob Buchanan told us: "I started running with the club around 10 years ago; from the first session I knew that there was a great bunch of people, welcoming friendly and supportive. The simple concept of running back made the runs very accessible and I quickly moved onto running with the gold group. Back then the gold group were often self led, and as a regular runner I started taking a bit of an informal lead on some of the sessions. It was an easy step to decide to do my training and wear the pink bib. 
I always enjoy leading or assisting, I usually spend 10 minutes planning a route and try to keep it fresh, for my own joy as much as anything else. The feedback that you get as a run leader makes it worthwhile, there’s always an enquiry about how long is left or how many more hills and we always have a laugh about the run leaders prerogative to tell the odd white lie! 
One myth I would try to dispel is that you have to lead from the front, in fact, it’s easier and more effective doing it from the back or the middle. Your runs can be as simple as you like, it doesn’t matter, people will still be very thankful.
I would absolutely recommend it to anyone that asked, our run leaders make me proud to be part of this fantastic club, everyone will tell you how rewarding and fun it is. I’m happy to chat if you have any questions about it. "
A newer rmember of the team, Anouska Higo says: "My main reason for volunteering as a Run Leader was to give something back to the club. I have been a member since 2017 and have always been grateful for the time people put in, to keep the club running so well, so this is my small part.
My sense of direction is shocking (as some of you will have witnessed on my run leads… especially the off road ones!????) But if I can get a group back successfully any of you can do it too - with the biggest bonus being you get to plan routes that you enjoy more.
I did my run lead course, online, in summer 2021. There’s some work to complete beforehand, but nothing too taxing, and then the actual live session is just like chatting it all through with like minded people. You then have a recording to do (of a warm up and a short session) just to show you putting your learning into practice. None of this is anything to be scared of, and I’m sure any of us that have done the course recently will be more than willing to help with any of it.”
Stadium Runners is always very grateful to all our run leaders, new and not so new. Stadium Runners simply wouldn’t happen without the dedication and commitment of run leaders who regularly give up their time to ensure all the groups stay safe and have a fun and challenging experience. Our run leaders are fantastic and we owe it to them that the Club is able to offer safe and enjoyable runs for all kinds of runners. We are always looking for new run leaders and can offer training, equipment and lots of guidance and support.  Our fantastic team of run leaders are flexible and ready to step in if theres a gap on the rota - but we always welcome new run leaders to join our team so we can share the leads out fairly and offer great runs on club nights.

If you would like to know more about how to join this amazing team, email Bridget at or ring me on 07540434573. Bridget Hughes
Stadium Runners Awards Night
Follow up running 10 Miles in The Cake Race on Saturday 29th April with a top quality evening celebrating your teammates successes and running achievements in 2022/23 at The Head of Steam!  Partners are more than welcome also!

Hosted by your compere without compare Rob Hoult, join us in celebrating a fantastic year for the club.

The price is confirmed at £15 per person and there are the following food options:
  • Moo Pie – British beef steak & craft ale
  • Heidi – Sweet Potato, spinach and goats cheese
  • Both pie options come with Mash, peas and gravy!
Please let me know if you are Vegan and I can arrange an alternative option for you.

Your place will be confirmed when you transfer £15 to the following account. Please reference your surname so I can tick you off. Please email me to place your food order.

It is sure to be a great night, lets ensure there is a fantastic turnout, get your ticket purchased (there isn’t actually a ticket) and come and enjoy a few drinks whilst celebrating your teammates successes in the 2022/23 season!

Matt Smith
Calderdale Way Relay 2023

The Calderdale Way Relay is an annual event on our club calendar. It is one of Britain's biggest off road running events, dividing the 50 miles of the Calderdale Way route into 6 Legs, to be run in pairs within a team of 12 runners.

This years event is on Sunday 21st May, beginning at Clay House in West Vale and finishing at Spring Hall Track in Halifax a few hours later! Further information on the individual Legs can be found on the official site.

For this years event Stadium Runners have entered 1 Ladies team and 2 Mens teams with the intention to field the 3 strongest teams possible.

'Stadium Runners A' will be selected from a squad of Stadium Runners that myself as Captain and members of the selection committee feel gives us the best chance of success in this year's event. These runners will be chosen based upon performances throughout the XC season, at club and non club races, parkrun results, current training status and consistency as well as past experience of the event. A long list will be formed, and if you feel you would like to be considered for the Stadium A team then you can also put yourself forward. The pairings and Leg choices will be decided by the same selection committee, with input from the eventual squad members themselves considering individual strengths, weaknesses and preferences.

'Stadium Runners B' will be selected from a squad of runners who express an interest to be considered for this years event. You may suggest a preferred Leg you would like to run as well as make a request or add suggestions for partner pairings where appropriate, at which point we will make a decision based upon the runners available and who we feel will work well together for a competitive but enjoyable day out.

For the 'Stadium Runners Ladies' team we would like as many ladies as possible to register an interest in participating in this brilliant event. We have a wealth of talented, committed and motivated runners within the club and we would love to put together a Ladies team that again will be competitive but also enjoy what is a great club day out.

We can’t guarantee that everyone who puts their name down will get a chance to run as places are obviously limited - 36 across the 3 teams - we have in the past been reliant on our reserve list of runners as we get nearer the day and so we would love to see as much interest as possible.

For now, save the date, be ready, because Your Club Needs You!!

To express an interest you can email or message me here; or 07882836798

Simon Courtney
Stadium Runners Milestones

Two milestones reached this month:

Chrissie Sunderland 300 runs

Cheryl Devine 200 runs


John Cottam

Kit Shop

Here is what I have currently available and prices:

SR Racing vests - £20
Short and long sleeved white SR t-shirts - £10
Hi-vis SR training vests - £10
Short and long sleeved hi-vis SR t-shirts - £10
SR Hoodies [unzipped & zipped] - £20
SR buffs in red or hi-vis - £3 each or £5 for 2
SR woolly hat - £3
SR nylon drawstring bags - £3

Please email me if there are any items that you want.

Sue Green

Simon's SRDS and S&C
Simon's Stadium Runners Development Sessions

Mondays, usually at Leeds Road Track -

3rd and 17th April.
15th and 22nd May.
5th and 19th June.
Free for members - book via Runtogether Stadium Runners Development Sessions (free)

Simon's Strength & Conditioning for Runners

The S&C sessions have been paused while I find a new venue.

Simon Courtney
Rockhopper Running

Rockhoppers Saturday morning are off road, start and finish at a coffee shop, the mileage is about 6 miles , start time at 9.45 pace is about 1 hour for 10k. 

Rockhoppers Tuesday we have Hills & Speed session at various locations from 6.30 until 7.30 ideal for build strength and fitness, mixed ability. 
For all Rockhoppers sessions please click on the links for booking & details.

Rockhopper Saturday Off Road Running
Rockhopper Tuesday Running

Martin Wright
Trial Stadium Running

Have you got a running friend who hasn't yet experienced the delights of Stadium Runners?

The good news is if they want to have a couple of trial training runs with the Club, then it can be arranged.

Just send their name & email address to Alison at and she will send them the details.
Upcoming Local Events for Local Runners

Sat 1st Apr, IGUN April Fools Frollick

Sat 15th Apr, IGUN 'Sithee' at the Slawit Slog

Sun 16th Apr, Manchester Marathon

Sun 23rd Apr, London Marathon

Sat 29th Apr, 10:30, Cake Race

Sun 7th May, 10:00, Stainland Lions Bluebell Trail

Sun 7th May, Pontefract 10k

Mon 8th May, IGUN Coronation Canter

Sun 14th May, 09:00, Rob Burrow Leeds Marathon

Sat 20th May, IGUN Beautiful Bluebell Bash 2023

Sun 21st May, Calderdale Way Relay

Sun 11th Jun, Marsden 10

Thu 15th  - Sun 18th Jun, Tour of Tameside 2023

Sat 17th Jun, IGUN Summer Extravaganza 2023

Sun 25th Jun, 09:30, Lindley 10k

Wed 5th Jul, 19:15, Helen Windsor 10k

Sat 2nd Sep, Heights 50m, 50k, 10k
Newsletter Articles
I'm sure you're all getting bored of me droning on in the newsletters, so if anyone feels that they would like to write an article for inclusion in a future newsletter, then please send it to me at Subject - anything you like with at least a vague running connection. It could be a race report, stuff about training or nutrition, a book review etc.
Club Discounts - the new club code for April is valid until 3rd of May 2023. The code will give you 10% off (excluding Brooks) and free standard shipping on all orders. Please make sure to select United Kingdom in your shipping address to apply the promotion code without errors.

Top 2 Toe Therapy at Bradley -10% discount on sports & remedial therapy
Useful Stadium Links

How to cancel a Booked Run on RunTogether

Stadium Runners Community Facebook Group
Stadium Runners Website
Stadium Runners Twitter
Stadium Runners Strava Club

Simon Courtney's YouTube Channel
Rockhopper Saturday Off Road Running
Rockhopper Tuesday Running
Rockhopper Facebook Page

If you have a piece that you want including in a future newsletter, or you have any questions on anything in this edition, then please contact me.

Keep on running back.


Mark Davies


Written by:Mark Davies
On: 01st April 2023

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