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[Stadium Runners] Newsletter - December 2020


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.
Post Lockdown Training Night News

Training will recommence on Thursday 3rd December and will continue to be open to UKA affiliated Stadium Runners only until the end of March. Members can keep up-to-date with the latest Club news via the monthly newsletters and members Facebook group.

Your Run Leaders for Thu 3rd December are:
Bronze - Mark Davies & Saima Hussain
Silver - Adam Goodall
Gold - Rob Buchanan

At the time of writing, Silver is full, but there are spaces on Bronze & Gold.

Here is the latest England Athletics chart about what is/is not allowed under the three tiers. West Yorkshire is in Tier 3:
Full England Athletics Guidance available here.

Let's hope this doesn't all change before tomorrow, like it did last time.
Training Nights
Our Bronze, Silver and Gold Groups have resumed on a Monday and Thursday night at 6:30pm. The sessions are currently open to affiliated Stadium Runners only (those that have renewed their membership with our Membership Secretary Alison Cottam).
Each group will have a maximum of 12 participants (1 Run Leader and 11 members). We are following guidance from our National Governing Body UK Athletics who state that in England, groups of up to 12 people can run together in a ‘Covid secure’ environment. We have completed a risk assessment and assigned a Lead (Rob Buchanan) who is happy to answer any Covid-related queries.

For the period up to the end of March Stadium Runners will operate independently from KAL for Covid risk management purposes. We are now meeting in front of the ticket office at the main entrance to the football stadium. This will provide us with a little bit of shelter from the elements during the winter months ahead. Please be aware that you will not have access to KAL facilities (toilets/changing rooms), so make sure you arrive at training ready to run.
We ask that you conform to current social distance and hygiene guidance during training and please do not attend if you or anyone in your household is displaying Covid symptoms.
How to Book:
For the months of October - December the Bronze, Silver and Gold Groups will be free of charge to affiliated Stadium Runners. It will not matter whether you are a KAL member or not.
We are using the ‘RunTogether’ booking platform. You will need to register an account with them in order to book onto sessions. You can do this by clicking on the following link:
We have made our sessions ‘private’ so that only Stadium Runners can book onto them. If you search the website you will not be able to find the Club and/or sessions. You will need to book on using the following links (we recommend that you bookmark them to your computer/phone browser).

Stadium RunTogether Bronze Runs
Stadium RunTogether Silver Runs
Stadium RunTogether Gold Runs

Whilst training numbers are restricted, we ask that you only book onto one training night per week. If there are still spaces available on the day of your non booked session, you can book on and attend.
Please attend if you are booked on or cancel with plenty of notice (you can do this via ‘my booked runs’ on the RunTogether website).
Stadium Runners Development Sessions:
Stadium Runners Development Sessions take place on alternate Mondays. The sessions are £3 each to be paid on booking. This money goes directly into the Club.
Simon Courtney explains:
‘Aiming to improve your running ability no matter what your current level is, the Stadium Runners Development Sessions will help you to run more efficiently therefore making running easier, make you more resilient to niggles and injuries by improving the way you move, and challenge you occasionally to be comfortable with being uncomfortable which we know is important in order to see improvements in race performances or during other challenging runs. The content of the sessions will include running form work and technique drills, mini circuits developing strength, mobility and co-ordination, with some hard work included in the form of our usual track or loops out on the roads.’
As with all other sessions, they are only available through a direct link on RunTogether:

Stadium RunTogether Development Sessions

It is great to see that various friendship bubble runs have been organised throughout lockdown and we hope this continues whilst training night spaces are limited. Please note that any friendship bubble runs are not official Stadium Runners runs and participants run at their own risk. We do encourage these runs to follow the guidance provided by UKA:
UKA Guidance
We hope the above is clear, but do do let us know if you have any questions.

Amy, on behalf of Stadium Runners.

First & Last Pictures

Darren set a Facebook challenge for runners during the November lockdown:

‘How it started’ and ‘How’s it going’ gives us the opportunity to share some of our favourite race photos and experiences. Following my example below, please comment with an early photograph from your running catalogue and a more recent photograph. They don’t have to be amazing photos (are there good race photos and have you seen mine??!!), nor do they have to represent Personal Bests, or winning races. It could be a favourite race, a training run with friends, your first race at a new distance, but make it a positive one!

The result was a flurry of pictures posted to Facebook. Here they are again for your entertainment.

Rockhopper Running

A brand new Saturday morning running group has started up - Rockhopper Running. This is being organised by Martin Wright, but it is separate from Stadium.

Runs will be a on Saturday morning between 10.00 & 11.00. The runs will go from different locations around Huddersfield, taking in the best of God’s country. The runs will be mainly off road, distance will be 5-6 miles.

This will be a coached run and will start & finish at a coffee shop or refreshments location if possible. It will be on a first come first served basis, with a maximum of 11 people. There is a small fee of £2.50 per run.

Rockhopper is now all set up on RunTogether, with runs planned up to the end of Feb 2021. You can book & pay for runs here - Rockhopper Running RunTogether Runs.

This is what Martin has planned for the next few weeks:

09:50 Saturday 05 December Meet at The Old Bridge, Holmfirth HD97DA £2.50 Full
09:50 Saturday 12 December Meet at Moor Estate Car Park Marsden HD76DH £2.50 Full
09:50 Saturday 19 December Meet at Thorncliffe Farm Shop Emley HD8 9SZ £2.50 Full
09:50 Saturday 02 January Meet at Coffee Boy Car Park Aspley HD59BD £2.50  
09:50 Saturday 09 January Meet in the KAL sport centre car park Slaithwaite. £2.50  

Martin Wright
Rockhopper Running
07563 944162
Rockhopper Running RunTogether Runs
Rockhopper Facebook Page

YMCA Runners HD3

Simon Courtney has a long established running group based at HD3 Fitness at the YMCA at Salendine Nook. Runs start at 6:30 on Wednesdays and cost £2 for HD3 Fitness members and £3 for non-members.

There are two groups T1 & T2. 

Team 2 run between 5.5 and 7 miles, levels range from 10k runners capable of 48 to 60 mins.
Team 1 run between 7 & 10 miles, levels range from 10k runners capable of 35 to 49 mins.

They stick to well-lit areas in the winter (but I'd take a head torch if I were you) and head for more trails and tracks in the summer months.

If you plan to run with the group, then please message Simon beforehand to book a place. Runs recommence on Wed 2nd Dec.

Simon Courtney
07882 836798

Run Leaders Required

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. But particularly over the last few months, our run leaders have been fantastic and we owe it to them that the Club has been able to offer safe and enjoyable sessions again.

We are always looking for new run leaders and can offer training, equipment and lots of support. The chance to say “not far now” and “that’s all the hills done” and other well known motivational (but not always true) phrases.

If you would like to know more about how to join this amazing team, email Bridget at or ring me on 07540 434573
Bridget Hughes

Club Membership

Thank you to the members that have renewed their membership with the club. 

If you have not yet renewed your membership, please contact Alison Cottam on the email address below to renew, or if you need any help or information.

Upcoming Local Events for Local Runners

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, races may be cancelled or postponed

Sat 5th - Sun 6th Dec - IGUN Christmas Cracker Leeds

Sat 19th - Sun 20th Dec - IGUN Elsecar Trail Running Festival

Sat 6th Feb - RunTatton 10K

Sun 7th Feb - RunTatton Hlf

Sat 20th Mar - SVN Yorkshire Cakeathon, Penistone

Sun 21st Mar - SVN Yorkshire Cookiethon, Penistone
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 on 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 - use the December code - valid 1st December 2020 until 4th January 2021. The code will give you 10% off and free standard shipping on all order over £30.

Up & Running Huddersfield - show your club membership card to get a 10% discount

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

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

Simon Courtney's YouTube Channel
Rockhopper Running RunTogether Runs
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.



Written by:Mark Davies
On: 02nd December 2020

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