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[Stadium Runners] Newsletter - February 2019



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West Yorkshire Winter League Cross Country


WYWL Race 3 - Pudsey Pacers @ Tong

WYWL just gets better. Pudsey Pacers came up with a new course based around a 4x4 circuit at Tong. Killer hills, wooded sections, streams, mud... The attendance record was smashed again with 511 finishers, including some great debuts from Stadium Runners.

The top Stadium Runners were:

1. Simon Courtney 15th
2. Tom Jagger 16th (ooh, tense on the finish line)
3. Leo Timmins 21st

1. Ashleigh Greenwood 6th female
2. Michaela Goodall 12th female
3. Caroline Smith 23rd female

On the day, Stadium came Overall 5th, Males 6th , Females 4th, Vets 2nd & Super Vets 6th.

Full results available on the WYWL blog site.

Very well done to our top 6 and to all the other Stadium Runners who took part.


WYWL Race 4 - Leeds Lakers @ South Leeds

Jamie just can't wait to get started....

Another crisp morning, but the lack of wind meant that it was deceptive (well, I was overdressed - not sure about anyone else). It was the same venue as last year, but the course had got wider and reduced from 2 laps to 1 and a half, but somehow ended up a similar length at just over 5 miles. Some lovely stretches through the woods, with overtaking opportunities and a speedy downhill finish made for a great course.

The top Stadium Runners were

1. Michaela Goodall 19th female
2. Caroline Smith 22nd female
3. Rachael Hey 37th female

1. Jamie Brannan 4th
2. Leo Timmins 5th
3. Michael Cottam 19th

On the day, Stadium came Overall 8th, Males 6th , Females 10th, Vets 8th & Super Vets 7th.

Full results available on the WYWL blog site.

A super effort by all our runners. Particular kudos to Leo who had a blow out on the M62 on the way there, abandoned his car at Hartshead Moor, blagged a lift to South Leeds in time for the start, and then came 5th!


WYWL Standings after 4 races

Stadium are Overall 8th, Men 7th, Women 8th, Vets 2nd, Super Vets 5th


WYWL Race 5 - Crossgates, Sun 10th Feb 2019


A message from Crossgates Harriers who are hosting the next round in the WYWL on Sunday 10th February 2019, race start 10am:

It’s a first for us at Crossgates to host an event in the Winter League, we don't profess to compete with previous events like the Beast for elevation but we have an old skool course of local cross country trail like the ones you did back in the day, fast, flat and muddy all 5.4miles of it. Trail shoes recommended.

Our HQ for the event is the Barnbow Social Club, Manston Lane, Leeds LS15 8ST. There is no parking at the club (paying patrons only we’re afraid) but road parking near and around the streets is available. Please please please car share where possible as the spaces aren’t endless and there is an industrial site close by.

The race start is a 10 min walk or a 5 min jog away so give yourself plenty of time.

The HQ will be open from 9am, where you’ll be able to come store your clubs gear in the function room and use the toilets. Out of courtesy to the Barnbow all we ask is no muddy trainers inside the venue.

Our friends at Big Bobble Hats will be at the HQ for you to pick up that hat you envied on your fellow runner at the Pudsey event!

We have a motto at our club ‘no run no bun’ so please come celebrate the debut event with a tea or coffee and a cake, many of them baked by our own fair hands. Go green and bring your own mug for your cuppa. Hot drinks will be available before the race for those spectators who need to warm up.

We also have a raffle that you can try your luck too. (Further donations greatly appreciated!)

We’re excited to host an event this season, hope you enjoy it as much as we have enjoyed planning and organising it!

Calderdale Way Relay


Sunday 19th May is the date for the 2019 Calderdale Way Relay. This is a 50 mile loop around the Calder Valley which is split into 6 legs ranging from 4.8 miles to 10.5 miles, run almost entirely off road with the accumulative times giving the end result. Each leg is run in pairs which means we will need 12 runners for each team along with some reserves.

A major change this year is that the event will be chip timed, to allow live "progress in running" results from each checkpoint and there is a change to the finish location, which means the last mile or so will no longer be along a main road.

If you would like to take part or find out more about the event, there will be a list on the noticeboard for you to put your name down. If you are unable to make it to a club night, you can let us know by emailing us at

Once we know how many people are interested we can assemble the teams from the names on the list. We hope to be able to have a male, female and a 3rd team and the Club has agreed to pay the entry fee for this.

If you would like to know more information about the event feel free to speak to either of us or visit Halifax Harriers website.

Thanks Ian & Helen

Other Races

Meltham "Tough" 10K

18 Stadium runners turned out in Meltham early on a January morning that might have been pleasant were it not for the fierce winds, which definitely got worse up on the tops. It is a long established race that was last on the Club Calendar in 2017. It features a tough climb at mile 1, and then it undulates upwards to just before mile 5 before a crazy 1.1 mile descent back to Meltham and a short run to the finish. Tough indeed.

The top Stadium Runners were:

1. Leo Timmins 8th
2. Michael Cottam 18th
3. Matt Carter 32nd

1. Caroline Smith 23rd female
2. Fiona Willis 66th female

Leo also won the M35 prize, and yours truly picked up the M60 prize. Also, Steve Taylor has now run the race 12 years in a row!

Full results are here.

Awesome work by everyone.
Committee Roles - Vacancies!
Are you interested in supporting your running club? Giving a bit of time back? We need you!
There are lots of things that go on behind the scenes to ensure that the club runs smoothly and continues to offer a good experience to our members. There are likely to be a few roles at the next AGM that we will hope to fill, have a look below and see if anything would be of interest to you.
Each role will involve a small amount of work in your own time, but you can tailor that to suit you. There is the freedom to do something new or different to how it has been done in the past, in fact that is always encouraged! Attendance at committee meetings would be preferred, they are usually every 4-6 weeks. Training and endless support is available to anyone taking up any of the roles.
Events Coordinator – NEW!
This role involves organising, promoting and ensuring the delivery of our well-established running event programme. Throughout the year, but usually over the summer, Saul has organised several events to keep us all interested on training nights. Now that Saul is leaving us, we need someone to step in and take over.
Social Media Officer – NEW!
This is basically ensuring that our Facebook page and other social media accounts are kept up-to-date, to keep our members and followers informed about what is going on in the club.
Social Secretary
This role involves organising the Annual Awards Night and other social events throughout the year. Amy has done a fantastic job for a few years now but intends to step down after this year.
If you are interested in any of the above roles and want to have a chat or ask questions about anything, please get in touch and I’ll be happy to discuss.
Rob Buchanan (Chair)
On behalf of your Committee or 07824 902749
Upcoming Local Events for Local Runners

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

Sun 29th Feb , 9:30am, Huddersfield 10K - bound to fill up soon - book here

Sun 10th Mar, 10am, Spen 20 - brutal, but essential if you are marathon training - book here

Sat 13th Apr, 10am, Old Colliery Canter (10m or 15m), 1st event on the 2019 Club Calendar - book here

Sun 5th May. 10am, Bluebell Trail, 2nd event on 2019 Club Calendar - FULL

Sun 9th Jun, 10am, Marsden 10 Mile - in conjunction with Colne Valley Lions Club, Stadium Runners are pleased to announce that we will be hosting the Marsden 10 Mile Run. Please bear in mind that we will need help from Stadium Runners as marshals, timekeeping etc - book here

Sun 19th May, Calderdale Way Relay - Stadium are hoping to enter 3 teams - Halifax Harriers race page

Sun Jun 23rd, 10am, Colne Valley 10K, 3rd event on the 2019 Club Calendar - book here

Sun 30th Jun, 9:30am, Lindley 10K, well organised hilly loop round my local patch - book here
Awards Night
Awards Night 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. See you all there!
Club Discounts - use the February code to get 10% discount and free delivery; this can also be used on all sale items in their January Sale
Up & Running - show your club membership card to get a 10% discount

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.




Written by:Mark Davies
On: 02nd February 2019

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