Stadium Newsletter

[Stadium Runners] Newsletter - August 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.
Wed 5th Jul, Helen Windsor 10k
An old mid week favourite which consists of a small loop & a big loop around the roads of Greetland. A cooler night than it has been on some previous occasions.
Rank Name AG M/F AG Rank Race time
4 Simon Courtney M40 4 1 00:34:00
11 Joe Baker M40 11 2 00:36:07
23 Michael Cottam M 23 11 00:38:29
35 Helen Ansell F35 2 1 00:41:01
55 Mark Davies M60 51 2 00:43:29
67 Robert Hoult M50 60 7 00:44:19
74 Andy Petrie M45 66 16 00:45:09
123 John Cottam M65 97 3 00:51:07
129 Sandra Emmerson F55 29 4 00:52:14
173 Amanda Matthews F50 58 6 01:04:09
185 Russell Dyson M75 119 2 01:09:48
Superb running all. Big congrats to Helen on coming 2nd female and Simon coming 4th, and all the other category winners & placings.
Wed 29th Jul, Hepworth Trail - Stadium Calendar Race 5
Stadium were back for the 2nd year running for this mid week race round some lovely scenery. Oh, there's also a big hill. Here is how the runners got on:
Pos Name Cat MF Pos Cat Pos Gun Time Chip Time
1 Simon Courtney M40 1 1 00:34:05 00:34:05
2 Tom Jagger M45 2 1 00:34:44 00:34:45
7 Michael Cottam M 7 4 00:37:27 00:37:28
12 Ian Du Feu M50 12 1 00:39:12 00:39:15
15 Damian Haigh M45 14 2 00:40:37 00:40:38
18 Ashleigh Greenwood F35 2 1 00:41:11 00:41:12
24 Jack Laffey M 22 7 00:42:12 00:42:16
26 Steven Taylor M40 24 7 00:42:44 00:42:45
27 Mark Davies M60 25 1 00:42:48 00:42:49
29 Ian Whalley M35 27 4 00:43:53 00:43:54
30 Gary Jackson M50 28 5 00:44:05 00:44:06
44 Matt Smith M40 41 10 00:46:24 00:46:25
47 Lynn Birchall F50 4 2 00:46:44 00:46:47
50 Rachael Hey F 5 1 00:47:07 00:47:09
52 Dan Lock M35 47 6 00:47:13 00:47:17
58 Andrew Smithson M55 51 6 00:48:16 00:48:18
70 John Cottam M65 60 1 00:50:57 00:51:04
74 Andrew Pigg M60 62 8 00:52:18 00:52:24
81 Amy Oatway F35 14 2 00:52:32 00:52:37
90 Fiona Willis F60 19 4 00:55:14 00:55:19
108 Jo Coop F50 30 8 01:00:07 01:00:10
127 Russell Dyson M75 87 2 01:09:55 01:09:59
Brilliant results all round!
Tue 1st Aug, Tony Audsley Flat Cap 5 - Stadium Calendar Race 6

The full results are not yet available, but Simon Courtney came 1st and Ashleigh Greenwood came 1st female - brilliant. More next issue.

Other Racing!
Sat 1st Jul, Heptonstall Festival Fell Race. Michael Cottam came 16th in 56:21.
(photos The HolmfirthPhotographer)

Fri 7th Jul, Holme Valley 5 Miler. Ian Du Feu came 12th in 35:02, Jack Laffey came 24th in 37:54.
Sat 8th & Sun 9th Jul, Race to the Stones. Chrissy & Neil Sunderland did the 2 day event - running 50k each day. Chrissy came 91st in 15:39:32 total time and was 40th female.

Sun 9th Jul, Stocks Lane Stinger. Michael Cottam came 2nd in 45:30 and was 1st MSen.
Sun 9th Jul, Wilmslow Summer 10k. Peter Martin came 26th in a PB 33:08, Helen Ansell came 290th in a PB 39:39 and was 30th female, Lynn Birchall came 391st in 41:39 and was 44th female and 1st FV50, Amanda Matthews came 2046th in 1:04:47 and was 726th female.

Wed 13th Jul, Widdop Fell Race. Michael Cottam came 19th in 1:05:41, Ian Sutcliffe came 36th in 1:11:40, Andy Pigg came 83rd in 1:34:10.

Sat 15th Jul, Ripon Triathlon Festival. Peter Martin came 6th in a total time of 2:17:58, Leo Timmins came 7th in a total time of 2:18:07.
Sat 15th Jul, Ultra North 55k. Steve Carson came 2nd in 4:41:36.

Sun 23rd Jul, Holme Valley Fell Race. Michael Cottam was 13th in 3:06:21, Ian Du Feu was 25th 3:18:21.

Wed 26th Jul, Leeds 5k Series. Matthew Donnelly came 40th in a PB 18:48.

Sat 29th Jul, Turnslack Fell Race, Michael Cottam finished 12th in 1:19, Andrew Doig finished 17th in 1:26.
Super running!
parkrun Highlights

Sat 1st Jul
Huddersfield. Jamie Brannan came 2nd in 17:32, Steve Carson came 5th in 18:08, Michael Cottam came 7th in 18:11.
York. Simon Courtney came 2nd in 16:13.
Bradford. Joe Baker came 3rd in 18:13.
Heslington. Lynn Birchall came 15th in 20:39 and was 1st female.
Blackpool. Anthea Bitcon came 28th in 22:53 and was 1st female.
Mount Stuart. Mark Davies came 8th in 22:35.

Sat 8th Jul
Huddersfield was cancelled.
Wakefield Thornes. Thomas Schoolar came 3rd in a PB 18:39.
Brighouse. Joe Baker came 3rd in 17:59, Jamie Brannan came 4th in 18:00.
Sheffield Castle. Ashleigh Greenwood came 15th in 21:52 and was 3rd female.
Glossop. Michael Cottam came 1st in 19:10.
Bowling Park. Simon Courtney came 1st in 16:56, Rachael Hey came 13th in 23:26 and was 2nd female.

Sat 15th Jul
Huddersfield. Joe Baker was 2nd in 17:18, Michael Cottam was 5th in 18:26.
Fountains Abbey. Simon Courtney came 1st in a PB 16:15.
Milford Waterfront. Andrew Doig came 2nd in 20:57.

Sat 22nd Jul
Huddersfield. Leo Timmins was 2nd in 17:20, Joe Baker was 4th in 17:29, Michael Cottam was 8th in 18:11.
York. Simon Courtney was 1st in a PB 16:03.
St Helens. Ian Whalley was 8th in 21:27.
Brighouse. Lynn Birchall was 20th in 22:34 and was 2nd female.

Sat 29th Jul.
Huddersfield. Simon Courtney was 3rd in 16:17, Henry Carter was 7th in 17:42, Michael Cottam was 9th in 18:26.

If you don't have your Club set to Stadium Runners, and why would you, then your chances of your results appearing in this section are much reduced. You can amend this by editing the Groups option in your parkrun profile.
Run Leader Rota

The latest Rota for Jul - Sep is available here.

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).
Hare and Tortoise - Thursday 3rd August 
The Hare and Tortoise run sees runners paired up based on 1 quicker and 1 steadier runner. A simple route awaits you, with the quicker runner (the hare) being allocated a more challenging section to run. The runners will meet somewhere along the route, pass over the baton, and race to the finish back at the Stadium. How far you run depends on where you meet your partner! 
Prizes are up for grabs for the first 3 teams to finish! (Teams must finish together!) 
Please book on via the link below. We really do need to know in advance who is coming so we can pair runners up as best we can. If you don't book on, you may not be eligible for a prize as we may have to make some last-minute pairings on the night! 
We could also do with 2 or 3 marshals to help out on the route at key points please. If you are free but are not planning on running, please let Ashleigh know asap. Your help would be very much appreciated!
Give Running A Go

Mon 31st July was the last Give Running A Go Session, with Dixon's Ice Cream at the end as a reward.

All the participants are joining Stadium Runners, so please make them welcome if you see them at a training night.

Thank you to everyone who has now renewed their membership by the end of June to ensure their continued affiliation with the club and UKA. Also welcome to the new members, those who have re-joined again and the ones who have joined as second claim members to take part in the running sessions on offer from the club. We hope you all enjoy Stadium Runners experience.
Below is a helpful link, for all registered athletes who may want to check their registration status and can refer to it, if the run they are entering requests confirmation of UKA affiliation.
All the best and any queries, please contact me.

Membership Secretary.
Stadium Runners.
West Yorkshire Winter League
Entries are now open for the £20 season pass for the West Yorkshire Winter League. That gives you access to 8 superb off road races between Nov 2022 and March 2023 and the chance to score points for the Club. Mud! Bargain!
Club Championships 2023/24

The new race calendar is on the website.
No Race Type Date/Time Entry
 1 Cake Race  Trail/Hilly Sat 29th Apr 2023, 10:00 am   
 2 Bluebell  Mixed/Hilly Sun 7th May 2023, 10:00 am   
 3 Joe Percy  Road/Undulating Wed 14th Jun 2023, 7:15 pm   
 4 Lindley 10K  Road/Undulating Sun 25th Jun 2023, 9:30 am   
 5 Hepworth Trail  Trail/Hilly Wed 19th Jul 2023, 7:30 pm   
 6 Tony Audsley Flat Cap 5  Trail/Flat Tue 1st Aug 2023, 6:30 pm   
 7 Colne Valley 10K  Mixed/Hilly Sun 20th Aug 2023, 11:00 am  link
 8 Ladybower Reservoir Trail Half Trail/Hilly Sat 14th Oct 2023, 11:00 am  link
 9 Baildon Cross-Country  Off Road/Hilly Sun 19th Nov 2023, 10:00 am   
 10 Travellers 6 Denby Dale  Road/Hilly Dec 2023  
 11 Oakwell Hall Park Run  Trail/Undulating Sat 6th Jan 2024, 9:00 am  link
 12 Hoppits Hill Fell Race  Off Road/Hilly Sun 4th Feb 2024, 10:00 am  link
 13 Ian Roberts Memorial  Off Road/Hilly Sun 3rd Mar 2024, 10:00 am  link
 14 Dentdale Half  Road/Hilly Sun 17th Mar 2024, 10:00 am  link
Full results & standings on the website here.

Still 8 races left - get those races booked.
Yorkshire Veterans Grand Prix

Just a quick note to advertise the Yorkshire Veterans Grand Prix series. Details below, but in brief it is £5 per race. Races are similar courses to Cross Country but usually less muddier and a bit warmer. First race is at Honley on the 23rd April. It would be nice if we could get a few more runners taking part this year.
Event Host Club Venue Date
Race 1 Holmfirth Harriers Honley 23.04.23
Race 2 Kirkstall Harriers Kirkstall Abbey 23.05.23
Race 3 South Leeds Lakers    Middleton Clearings 21.06.23
Race 4 Northowram Pumas TBC 13.07.23
Race 5 Queensbury RC Littlemoor Park 01.08.23
Race 6 Pudsey Pacers Post Hill 08.08.23
Race 7 Ackworth RR Fitzwilliam Country Park    01.10.23
Race 8 TBC    
Race 9 TBC    
Race 10   TBC  
Full details here.
Stadium Runners Milestones

Milestones reached in July.

Sue Green 500

Mark Davies 400

Well done all.

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 -

August 14th
September 11th, 25th

Free for members - book via Runtogether Stadium Runners Development Sessions (free)

Simon's Strength & Conditioning for Runners

So after a short sabbatical the S & C for Runners Club is back!

The new venue is Studio 1 at the Stadium Health and Fitness Club, this is the room just to the left of reception on the ground floor, where the Stadium Runners do their pre run briefing .

The sessions begin this coming Monday 12th of June, at a new time of 6.45pm - straight after the briefing for the Stadium Runners club run.

The future date's so far agreed with the Health Club are;
August 7th & 21st
September 4th & 18th

(These dates are on the alternate weeks to the track sessions at Leeds Rd for the Runners Development Sessions).

The sessions are available and suitable to anyone and everyone. We won't have access to quite the full array of equipment that we ended up using at HD1 Fitness, but we will continue to challenge you to be a more durable, robust and resilient athlete ready to handle your running volume and intensity as well as recover better.

The sessions will continue to be £5, with preferred payment via the details below or cash on the night. Please let me know if you intend to come from week to week, as before I will send a reminder message out a day or so before for confirmation of attendees.

£5 per session

Looking forward to seeing you back and working on your S & C!

Simon Courtney
Rockhopper Running

If you are fancying some off road running this summer then the Rockhoppers have two sessions per week, plus a beginner session, first one on Tuesday evening starting at 6.30 meeting at various pubs, with a 5 mile run then refreshments afterwards at the pub, starting 9th May onwards. On the fourth Tuesday every month we will be doing one hills & speed session.

Then we have the Saturday morning session starting at 9.00 meeting at various coffee shops with a 6 mile run, then refreshments afterwards at the cafe. The pace is a steady silver pace.

Then we have a beginner session or if you are coming back from injury, Let’s start running, this session is on Saturday morning 11.30 for one hour, meeting at the war memorial in green head park every week.

So please book on if you fancy some brilliant off road running, or the beginner session. ????
Please click on the links for booking & details.

The Saturday morning session

The Tuesday evening session

The Let’s start running session.
Martin Wright
Upcoming Local Events for Local Runners

Wed 2nd Aug, IGUN Summer Evening Series Marsden

Tue 1st Aug, YVAA 5, Queensbury RC

Tue 8th Aug, YVAA 6, Pudsey Pacers

Wed 9th Aug, IGUN Summer Evening Series Cromwell Bottom

Wed 16th Aug, IGUN Summer Evening Series Bingley

Sun 20th Aug, Colne Valley 10k

Wed 23rd Aug, IGUN Summer Evening Series Slaithwaite

Wed 30th Aug, IGUN Summer Evening Series Bingley

Sat 2nd Sep, Heights 50m, 50k, 10k

Sun 17th Sep, IGUN Marsden Madness 5k - Ultra

Sun 24th Sep, 11:00, Shepley 10k

Sat 30th Sep, SWT Stairway to Heaven & Holme Valley Trail Half

Sat 30th Sep,  IGUN Sir Titus Trot Autumnal 5k - Ultra

Sun 1st Oct, YVAA 7, Ackworth RR

Sat Oct 14th, Ladybower Reservoir Trail Half

Sun 15th Oct, Yorkshire 10 Mile & Marathon

Sun 19th Nov, WYWL 1 Baildon

Sun 3rd Dec, WYWL 2 Queensbury

Sun 17th Dec, WYWL 3 Bramley

Sun 7th Jan, WYWL 4 Stadium

Sun 21st Jan, WYWL 5 Lakers

Sun 11th Feb, WYWL 6 Pudsey

Sun 25th Feb, WYWL 7 Stainland

Sun 3rd Mar 2023, Liversedge Half

Sun 10th Mar, WYWL 8 Crossgates

Sun 14th Apr 2024, Manchester Marathon

Sun 21st Apr 2024, London Marathon
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 August is valid until 3rd of September 2023 . The code will give you 10% off and free standard shipping (worth £4.99) 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 August 2023

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