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[Stadium Runners] Newsletter - December 2018


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.
Sun 4th Nov,Leeds Abbey Dash 10K or Shoot Out at the OK Corral

Over 30 Stadium Runners turned out in Leeds on a lovely morning for the final race in the Championship. It's a fast flat course out & back to Kirkstall Abbey, with a weird little loop through a retail park. The top Stadium finishers were:

1. Simon Courtney 34:05
2. Jamie Brannan 34:25
3. Leo Timmins 35:50

1. Lynn Birchall 41:10
2. Michaela Goodall 43:53
3. Rachael Hey 45:59

Simon just edged out Jamie on the day, and so picked up that last vital 50 points to take the top spot in the Men's Grand Prix.

Super performances by all our runners.
Grand Prix & WAVA

So it's all settled  now. The top of the tables look like this:
Women's Grand Prix  
1 Ashleigh Greenwood 400 pts
2 Michaela Goodall 394 pts
3 Anthea Bitcon 389 pts
Women's WAVA  
1 Ashleigh Greenwood 398 pts
2 Michaela Goodall 391 pts
3 Anthea Bitcon 389 pts
Men's Grand Prix  
1 Simon Courtney 400 pts
2 Jamie Brannan 399 pts
3 Steve Carson 385 pts
Men's WAVA  
1 Simon Courtney 400 pts
2 Mark Davies 394 pts
3 Jamie Brannan 392 pts

Kudos to Ashleigh & Simon for cleaning up on the silverware! Well done to everyone else who took part. If you didn't, then why not think about it next year? The new race schedule starts in April.
West Yorkshire Winter League Cross Country
WYWL Race 1 - Baildon

Another beautiful morning (do Stadium Runners only race in good weather?) on Baildon Moor was the setting for the first race of the new WYWL season. A new record of 479 finishers was set! The top Stadium Runners were:

1. Leo Timmins 6th.
2. Tom Jagger 11th
3. Andrew Doig 79th

1. Emily Ledder 160th
2. Caroline Smith 238th
3. Rachael Hey 261st

Very well done to Leo & Emily, and to all the other runners who took part.

More WYWL News

Those who haven't collected their cross country race numbers need to come and see Ashleigh please to collect them. Everyone needs to keep the number they have been given for the duration of the season and wear that same one for every race! 

The next race is at Queensbury on 2nd December at 10am.
Please note that it is a different course in a different location from the Queensbury race in the last couple of years!
It is a 5 mile route at Ogden Reservoir. There is plenty of parking at the Causeway foot pub. Please park in the field through the car park not the pub car park or the reservoir car park. This is also the meeting point after the race that is selling chip butties, hot drinks and booze. The postcode is HX2 8XX.
Its nearly 1000ft of climbing throughout, and we are promised a muddy course. Sounds splendid!
Yorkshire Vets League 2018 - end of season report

Sunday 11th November brought to a conclusion Stadium Runners first season in the Yorkshire Vets League.  For those wondering you become a vet at the tender age of 35!  If you are expecting this to be a series of races run at a sedate leisurely pace then you’d be wrong, think West Yorkshire Winter League (WYWL) for slightly older runners.  The beauty of this league is that it’s run during the summer months and on the whole the conditions are dry and warm.  Each race is run from premises (usually a sports facility) with food and drink at the end along with a prize giving.

You run with a series race number with the addition of your age category on your back which mean that race tactics can kick in as you know who to chase.

The league is split into a Grand Prix and a Championship.  The Championship races are part of other established races, whereas the Grand Prix races are only for members of the league and are off road. Each GP race cost £5.00 to enter.

During this season 11 Stadium Runners took part, 4 ladies and 7 men.
Anouska Higo, Helen Clegg, Claire Smith & Sandra Emerson.
Ian Sutcliffe (4th Vet 45), Russell Dyson (4th Vet 70), Mick Lunn, Ian Rogers, Mark Davies, John Cottam & John Taylor.

Stadium Runners have had a  good first season in the league, so if you fancy a bit of summer time off road running then this is the league for you. 

Below is a roundup of the season’s races:

The first GP race was held in Honley in April.  This race started in near perfect conditions with plenty of hills, woods and fields with a long downhill finish, unfortunately this race ended in heavy rain, but there was plenty of cake at the finish.
Race 2 – Roundhay Park saw the highest entry in the series history and after a short delay set off on a fast downhill start followed by excellent running, through the park on grass, tracks, woods and paths.
Race 3 – Kirkstall Abbey was pretty much flat, starting with a mad dash around the abbey which spread the field before heading off on narrower tracks.  Again this was a very fast course with long flat sections, one of these being alongside a river where at one point we were racing a 6 man rowing boat!
Race 4 – Lythe Nr Whitby, held in the grounds of Mulgrave Castle. The route was on undulating forest tracks and ended with a killer uphill finish, causing many runners to walk over the finish line!
Race 5 – South Leeds, this route was very similar to the WYWL course round Middleton Woods.
Race 6 – Bingley, a short walk to the start saw the field set off on a dash down the canal before heading off on a hilly course through parks and woodlands and after a considerable climb up onto the moors, finished back down on the canal.
Race 7 – Halifax, based at Spring Hall, it was a fast flat course using the canal towpaths & river paths.
Race 8 – West Vale, this was run on the old WYWL cross country course, which included the terrible rocky descent, which luckily was dry.
Race 9 – Spenborough, following a 2 minutes silence for remembrance day, the race set off in the pouring rain round the running track; taking in fields, tracks and the greenway before finishing back on the track.

More details here.

Written by Helen & Ian.
Other Races

Steve Taylor accomplished the amaizing feat of running 3 marathons in 6 days.
4/11, Northern Jumble in 3:55
8/11 Grim4x4 Day 1 in 3:56
9/11 Grim4x4 Day 2 in 3:52

Joe Baker & Ashleigh Greenwood also both did the Northern Jumble. Joe did the Ultra option (33m) and was the fastest runner in 4:38, but sadly relegated to 5th place due to an admin mix-up. Ashleigh did the marathon and was 1st Lady in 3:37!

Awesome work by everyone.
Upcoming Local Events for Local Runners

Sun 27th Jan, 9:30am, Meltham Tough 10K - book here

Sun 17th Feb, 11am, Liversedge Half Marathon - ideal post Awards night pick me up - book here

Sun 29th Feb , 9:30am, Huddersfield 10K - book here

The UK Athletics clubrun programme supports coaches, leaders & runners through a series of practical sessions.The sessions consist of 3 visits over 3 months, each lasting 90 mins to 2 hours, and will be delivered by Stuart Hale, an experienced coach. The sessions will focus on technique, race preparation and injury prevention. They will include an endurance specific warm up & cool down, and an informal discussion.

The last of our 3 sessions is at the Leeds Road Track on Mon 3rd Dec.

A booking sheet for the December session is on the notice board at the club now, sign up on there, or email us to book a place.
Monday Night Training
Date  Session Type  Meeting Location
3 Dec  UKA Coaching Session  Leeds Rd
10 Dec  NPNG Track  Stadium
17 Dec  NPNG Hill Reps  Stadium
Awards Night

Awards Night tickets are now on sale! This year it will be at held in the Waterloo Suite at Lockwood Park on Saturday 16th February, 7pm until late. The evening will include the awards ceremony, DJ, food and launch of the 2019/20 Race Calendar (we’ll release races likely to fill up at our Christmas training run on 20th Dec). £15 per person and plus 1s are welcome. Tickets on sale until the end of January. It would be great to see you all there!
Club Discounts - use the December code to get 10% discount and free delivery
Up & Running - show your club membership card to get a 10% discount

That's all for now. Thanks to Helen & Ian for their contribution. 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.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.



Written by:Mark Davies
On: 06th December 2018

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