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[Stadium Runners] Newsletter - December 2021

Hi Mark

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WYWL 1 - Baildon Runners

For the first cross country race in ages, the weather gods decided that there would be no rain, but sent us a howling gale just to make things interesting up on the moors at Baildon. Super fun was had by all, perhaps even Luc Burnip & Tom Howarth who arrived late and started from the back.
Position First Name Surname Category Gender M Pos F Pos Points
4 Joe Baker M35 M 4   497
10 Tom Jagger M40 M 10   491
13 Simon Courtney M35 M 13   488
16 Andrew Bowett M40 M 16   485
17 Leo Timmins M40 M 17   484
25 Michael Cottam M Open M 25   476
58 Kieran O'Prey M35 M 55   446
89 Adam Goodall M40 M 82   419
90 Ashleigh Greenwood F Open F  Female 8 493
92 Robert Buchanan M45 M 84   417
93 Luc Burnip M Open M 85   416
103 Matt Pattison M40 M 95   406
129 Ian Whalley M35 M 118   383
131 Mark Davies M60 M 120   381
134 Michaela Goodall F40 F  Female 12 489
147 Matt Smith M40 M 133   368
181 Gary Jackson  M50 M 162   339
197 Andrew Smithson M50 M 173   328
221 Jason Rayne M50 M 191   310
222 Kathy Armitage F50 F  Female 31 470
242 Anouska Higo F40 F  Female 39 462
246 Thomas Howarth  M45 M 207   294
249 Chris Howarth M45 M 209   292
274 Brendan Halliday M40 M 226   275
275 Ben Jackson  M Open M 227   274
278 Amy Oatway F Open F  Female 51 450
294 Sharron Broadley F55 F  Female 61 440
325 Carl Lecomber M60 M 249   252
336 John Cottam M65 M 255   246
345 Fiona Willis F55 F  Female 85 416
358 James  Gudgeon  M Open M 266   235
373 Niall Chambers M60 M 268   233
376 Simon  Gudgeon  M50 M 269   232
420 Russell Dyson M70 M 280   221

Stadium came 2nd team overall (Male + Female scores), 1st Male team, 5th Female team, 1st Vets team and 10th SuperVets team.

Super running everyone!
WYWL 2 - Northowram Road Runners @ Shelf

The second race was a cold, crisp, clear morning held on the paths & tracks around Shelf. Everyone managed to arrive on time this time!
Position First Name Surname Category Gender    Points   M Pos F Pos Points
2 Matthew Pierson M35 M 499   2   499
3 Luc Burnip M Open M 498   3   498
4 Joe Baker M35 M 497   4   497
11 Simon Courtney M35 M 490   11   490
13 Andrew Bowett M40 M 488   13   488
15 Jamie Brannan M35 M 486   15   486
20 Michael Cottam M Open M 481   20   481
56 Kieran O'Prey M35 M 445   54   447
64 Ashleigh Greenwood F Open F 437    Female 4 497
69 Adam Goodall M40 M 432   64   437
72 Robert Buchanan M45 M 429   67   434
81 Thomas Howarth  M45 M 420   75   426
82 Darren Earnshaw M40 M 419   76   425
120 Michaela Goodall F40 F 381    Female 12 489
124 Mark Davies M60 M 377   110   391
125 Ian Whalley M35 M 376   111   390
156 Matt Smith M40 M 345   136   365
162 Gary Jackson  M50 M 339   142   359
172 Jason Rayne M50 M 329   149   352
173 Andrew Smithson M50 M 328   150   351
223 Kathy Armitage F50 F 278    Female 42 459
227 Chris Howarth M45 M 274   184   317
246 Anouska Higo F40 F 255    Female 49 452
283 Ben Jackson  M Open M 218   217   284
303 Sharron Broadley F55 F 198    Female 76 425
304 Charlotte Pogson F Open F 197    Female 77 424
315 Andrew Pigg M55 M 186   232   269
317 Carl Lecomber M60 M 184   233   268
331 John Cottam M65 M 170   243   258
347 Fiona Willis F55 F 154    Female 96 405
364 Amy Oatway F Open F 137    Female 109 392
388 Simon  Gudgeon  M50 M 113   265   236
410 James  Gudgeon  M Open M 91   271   230
438 Russell Dyson M70 M 63   281   220

Stadium had brilliant results on the day. The Male team came 1st with 3439 points - not surprising with runners finishing 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 11th, 13th, 15th & 20th! The Female team came 7th with 2322 points. Overall Stadium came 1st with 5761 points. Excellent!

Next race is the beast that is Dewsbury Road Runners @ Mirfield. Lots & lots of lovely climbing. Sun 5th Dec at 10am.
Other Racing!
Here's one race from October that unfortunately I missed.

Sun 3rd Oct, Hopton 10k.
    Pos   Name         Time    
4   Thomas Schoolar 00:45:12   1st Junior
24   Martin Wright 00:51:22    
26   Matthew Donnelly 00:51:28    
58   John Cottam 00:57:55   1st M65
60   Kathy Armitage 00:58:05    
64   Stephen Schoolar 00:58:35    
70   Alexa Schoolar 00:59:42    
81   Niall Chambers 01:02:35    
148   Val Sullivan 01:13:22    

Also, it was Thomas's first 10k race and his first race as a Stadium Runner.
Sat 6th Nov, White Rose Ultra 30k. Martin Wright finished 11th in 6:20:24.
Sun 7th Nov, Guy Fawkes 10m. Darren Earnshaw came 45th in a PB 1:07:16. John Sayles came 193rd in 1:20:37. Andy Pigg came 306th in 1:26:56. Steph Sayles came 335th and 93rd female in 1:28:44.

Sun 7th Nov,
Cop Hill Fell Race.
Andy Petrie came 38th in 50:32.
Sun 14th Nov, Alton Towers Theme Park Half. Joe Baker finished 2nd in 1:14:19 and was 1st MV35. Michaela Goodall finished 106th in 1:35:15 and was 10th female and 2nd FV40. Adam Goodall finished 177th in 1:39:39. Kieran Welsh finished 179th in 1:39:33. Val Sullivan finished 1317th in 2:21:15 and was 421st female.

Sat 20th Nov, Tour of Pendle. Darren Earnshaw came 124th in a PB of in 3:18.

Wed 24th Nov, Leeds 5k. Joe Baker came 3rd in a PB of 16:22 and was 1st MV35. Gareth Eagleton was 28th in a PB of 18:53.
Brilliant work everyone! More races to come. Apologies if I missed your race. Feel free to let me know about your racing achievements.
parkrun Highlights

Sat 6th Nov.
Huddersfield parkrun. Michael Cottam came 8th in 18:25. Thomas Schoolar came 13th in a PB 19:30. Javid Hussain came 74th in a PB 22:43. Saima Hussain came 220th in a PB 27:34.

Sat 13th Nov.
Huddersfield parkrun. Andrew Bowett came 4th in 17:07. Tom Jagger came 6th in 17:14. Pete Martin came 7th in a PB 17:30. Michael Cottam came 10th in 18:08. Thomas Schoolar came 14th in a PB 18:51. Javid Hussain came 72nd in a PB 22:26. Saima Hussain came 256th in a PB 27:32.
Carlisle parkrun (Morpeth). Steve Carson came 2nd in 18:20.

Sat 20th Nov.
Huddersfield parkrun. Leo Timmins came 1st in 17:14. Gareth Eagleton came 14th in a PB 19:19. Javid Hussain came 53rd in a PB 22:12. Caroline Smith came 63rd in a PB 22:33. Saima Hussain came 219th in a PB 27:19.
Fountains Abbey parkrun. Simon Courtney came 1st in 16:31.
Run Leader Rota

The Rota for Oct - Dec is available here.
Stadium Racing

What could possibly make your Mondays better than a list of races for us to participate in between now and March 2022. From April 2022 we hope to resurrect a full Race championship with the usual amount of races.

In the meantime to get us in the zone please find below a chosen list of races where hopefully we can get a decent turnout in-between the West Yorkshire Winter League Fixtures.

Penistone Footpath Runners Ambles Revenge 29th 8 Miles December £12.00

Penistone Footpath Runners Penistone Hill Race 7 Mile  - rearranged date 16th January 2022 £10.00 Entry

GRIM Grim Leodis Half Marathon Saturday 5th February 2022 £25

Rother Valley10k Sunday 6th March 2022 £20.00

Sheffield Half Marathon Sunday 27th March 2022 £31.30

Get entering!

Matt Smith
Club Support Fund Application

The club is going to apply for UKA funding with the aim of encouraging the return of existing members to training nights as well as attracting new members.

We are looking to relaunch the successful ‘Give running a go’ sessions but our plan is to have them led by UKA qualified coaches as opposed to relying entirely on our run leaders.

If there are any of our members who have this coaching qualification, or if any of you know of anyone who has and would be interested, could you please contact me.

Fiona Willis
Bronze, Silver & Gold Groups
Places on our runs are currently limited to 24 plus Run Leader(s). 

In the meantime, we wanted to refresh everyone's memory on the structure and pace of our Bronze, Silver and Gold groups, just to make sure everyone is able to run with the most suitable group for them each week. 
Bronze - The Bronze group typically covers around 5-6.5 miles at roughly a 10-12 minute mile pace. Our Bronze group currently has a Run Leader and Run Assist. This will allow us to offer a split, if required.
Silver - The Silver group usually covers between 6 and 8 miles. The pace of this group is around 8 - 10 minute miles dependant on the route, which is likely to involve more elevation. The Silvers currently have a Run Leader and Run Assist. This will allow us to offer a split, if required.
Gold - The Gold group tends to cover a minimum of 8 miles, often running up to 10 miles. The routes are slightly more challenging and will be covered at around 8 minute miles, although this is subject to the route plan and elevation. The Gold group has a Run Leader and does not have a Run Assist. 
With all of our groups, we run back, meaning no one ever gets left behind. A regroup point will be given by the Run Leader and the quicker runners will always loop back for those at a steadier pace. So, if you feel ready to change your group and up your pace, you can be assured that you will be well looked after! 

We know that there isn't one particular group that will fit each runner all the time, and encourage all runners to run in the group most appropriate to their current level of fitness and ability. If you are unsure which group is the right one for you, then please do drop us a message or chat to a Run Leader and we'll point you in the right direction! 
Thank you

How to cancel a Booked Run on RunTogether

West Yorkshire Winter League 2021-2022
Stadium @ Storthes Hall

We’ve had our race license to host our cross country race at Storthes Hall approved, so we are now asking for help marshalling the event. Unfortunately The Venue at Storthes Hall will not be open for our event due to changes in opening times - all car parking will be within the old Storthes Hall site (I think this makes things easier). We will be providing portaloo’s and possibly a burger van.
Tree felling is due to commence again at the top part of the woods but a rough map of the route is below:
In total we require around 40 marshals which includes car parking and the route itself. We would like to see as many Stadium Runners running as possible so please feel free to contact friends and family to help out.
To volunteer please send a reply to In a few weeks we will have marshal points finalized.
Finally, Stadium bakers will be out in force to say a big thank you to any volunteers!
Stadium Milestones

A few milestones for Stadium Runners:

Liz Mather 500

Amy Oatway 400

Darren Earnshaw 300

John Vigurs 100

Charitable Donation

Stadium Runners has made a donation of £100 to Holme Valley Mountain Rescue following Matt's 5 Mile Challenge back in September. The Club topped up the entry fees received from the event.

Rockhopper Running

We are launching Rockhopper Tuesday, Hills & Speed sessions. This will start on the first Tuesday in January (4th) for 13 weeks.

This session will be one hour from 6.30 until 7.30 pm, the session will be focused on hills and speed techniques. This will be hard work but very rewarding for strength & fitness, the sessions will go hand in hand with the Winter X country series. This will add a great boost to the training plan, building the fitness level up through the winter, so in spring you will be great shape.

If you are interested please contact 07563 944162 


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 Alison their name & email address to and we will send them the details.
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.

This course is now available as a virtual course. England Athletics have announced a number of dates for a new online Leadership in Running Fitness (LiRF) course, and they plan to release more dates in the future.

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
Upcoming Local Events for Local Runners

Sat 4th - Sun 5th Dec, IGUN Christmas Cracker 5k - Ultra

Sun 5th Dec, 10:00 - WYWL 3 Dewsbury

Sun 12th Dec, IGUN Bingley Baubles, 5k - Marathon

Sat 18th - Sun 19th Dec, IGUN Christmas Colliery Canter 5k - Marathon

Sun 19th Dec, 10:00 - WYWL 4 Queensbury (fancy dress)

Sun 19th Dec, Denby Dale Travellers 6

Wed 29th Dec, 10:30, Penistone Footpath Runners Ambles Revenge 8m

Sun 9th Jan 2022, 10:00 - WYWL 5 Pudsey

Sun 9th Jan, IGUN Sir Titus Trot 5k - Ultra

Sun 16th Jan, 10:30, Penistone Footpath Runners Penistone Hill Race 7m

Sun 16th Jan, IGUN Skipton Skidaddle 5k - Ultra

Sun 23rd Jan, IGUN Feckin Frickley Frollock 5m - Ultra

Sun 23rd Jan, 20:00 - WYWL 6 Leeds Lakers

Sun 30th Jan, 9:30 - Meltham Tough 10k

Sat 5th, IGUN Leodis Half & Marathon

Sun 6th Feb, 9:00, provisional date for Dewsbury 10k

Sun 13th Feb, 10:00 - WYWL 7 Stadium

Sun 13th Feb, Liversedge Half

Sat 26th Feb, IGUN Bingley Bo**ocks 5k - Ultra

Sun 27th Feb, 10:00 - WYWL 8 Stainland

Sun 6th Mar, 10am, Rother Valley 10k

Sun 20th Mar, 11:00, Huddersfield Road Series Windmill 6

Sun 27th Mar, 9:30am, Sheffield Half Marathon

Sun 3rd Apr, Manchester Marathon

Sun 8th May, 10:00 - Stainland Lions Bluebell Trail

Sat 18th Jun, Summer Wine Trails School Run

Fri 24th Jun, Summer Wine Trails Holme Valley 5 Miler

Sun 26th Jun, 909:30, Lindley 10k

Wed 6th Jul, Helen Windsor 10k book here

Sun 17th Jul, 11:00, Huddersfield Road Series Toss O'Coin 

Wed 20th Jul, Summer Wine Trails Hepworth Trail

Sun 21st Aug, 10:00, Huddersfield Road Series Colne Valley 10k Challenge

Sun 11th Sep, 11:00, Huddersfield Road Series Shepley 10k

Sat 1st Oct, Summer Wine Trails Stairway To Heaven / Holme Valley Trail Half
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 - the new club code for December is valid for Black Friday deals. 10% off and Free Delivery (on any order over £50). Redeemable until Jan 5th. 

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 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: 01st December 2021

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