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[Stadium Runners] Newsletter - February 2020


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West Yorkshire Winter League Cross Country 2019/20



Race 3 Pudsey, Sun 5th Jan,10am

Race 3 was hosted by Pudsey Pacers RC at Parkwood Outdoors Tong Bradford. A two lap off road 5.5 mile course, with plenty of hills & mud. Our top 3 runners were:

1. Simon Courtney 10th
2. Tom Jagger 14th
3. Michael Cottam 16th

1. Ashleigh Greenwood 149th
2. Michaela Goodall 218th
3. Caroline Smith 289th

Super running by everyone.

Race 4 Queensbury, Sun 19th Feb, 10am



(photo Laura Jackson)

The 4th event in the WYWL was also the 12th event in the Stadium Club Championship. The Queensbury event has moved back to Foster Park, after a year's sabbatical over at Ogden. 21 Stadium Runners turned up on a beautiful, crisp, winter's morning with blue skies. That meant that it was crunchy underfoot in places, but there was still plenty of mud around on the course (particularly after the 524 runners had ploughed it up).

Our top finishers were:

1. Simon Courtney 7th
2. Tom Jagger 9th
3, Michael Cottam 18th

1. Ashleigh Greenwood 140th
2. Caroline Smith 310th
3. Kathy Armitage 318th

Super effort by all our runners.

Race 5 Stadium @ Storthes Hall, 9th Feb

Everything is now in place for the next WYWL event, which we are hosting. A lovely two lap course at Storthes Hall.



If anyone hasn't volunteered yet, then there is still chance. Speak to Nicki or Jonny.

Top work by all the organising team in putting together a great course.

Stadium Race 5 Raffle

Please save any unwanted Christmas presents for the Raffle (eg. bottles, chocs, toiletries etc). This will bring in funds for the Club on the day. There will be a box on Club Nights leading up to the Cross Country for you to deposit things in, alternatively please pass these to Nicki or Jonny.

Race 6 Stainland, Sun 23rd Feb, 10am

I've not seen any details as yet, but I assume it's the usual "log flume" course, with the start/finish at West Vale. They even added a river crossing last year. I'm jealous of you lucky runners.

WYWL Facebook group

If you are participating in WYWL, and on Facebook, then you should consider joining the WYWL Facebook group to keep up with the latest information:


Sir Titus Trot 10K & 10m



A small but perfectly formed group of 17 members turned out for the Sir Titus Trot 10K & 10M races this morning in Saltaire.

Fantastic performances all round and we had some great overall results.

Top 3s:


1. Rachael Hey 1:18:02 2nd lady
2. Anthea Bitcon 1:21:51 
3. Bridget Hughes 1:27:56

1. Jonny Cartwright 1:06:38 1st
2. Matt Smith 1:16:01 10th
3. Nick Greenwood  1:16:26 11th


1. Lynn Birchall 44:03 1st lady
2. Becky McGuiness 53:41
3. Alison Haigh 59:19

1. Gareth Eagleton 44:03 3rd
2. Martin Wright 48:05
3. Simon Gudgeon 57:42

10m wasn't enough for Sam Eastwood, who ran the 20m race in 2:02:34! Who cares about points.

Super running everyone. It needed mud & hills, though....


Dewsbury parkrun, every Saturday in Feb



(photo Betty Longbottom)

This is the 15th event on the Club Calendar.

Dewsbury parkrun is a four lap course - one short lap, and then three longer laps. It contains one big hill, which you run up four times, and a loop by the lake which you do three times. It is also quieter than Huddersfield parkrun.

Run at Dewsbury on one or all of these dates and submit your time to Race Secretary Matt


Haweswater Half Sun 1st Mar & Windmill 10K Sun 29th Mar



The 13th race on the Club Calendar is an extremely scenic run around up in the Lakes.

The Haweswater Half follows an out and back course from Bampton Village (9 miles S of Penrith, 4 miles W of Shap) and passes along the shores of Haweswater in a remote and dramatic mountain valley. The hilly course offers an exhilarating run in unique surroundings.

On the day, you’ll also get a unique souvenir mug filled with piping hot tea and a piece of delicious flapjack.

I understand that the Club will be putting on a coach, though no details as yet.

There are still entries available at the time of going to press - book here

The 14th race on the Club Calendar is the Windmill 6. It is an undulating road race around the Windmills on the top of Spicer Hill. The route is an anti-clockwise loop around the windmills and taking in the breathtaking views across Huddersfield Wakefield, Penistone and surrounding areas. Bespoke Interlocking Medal to all finishers of each race.

There are still entries at the time of going to press - book here


Calderdale Way Relay, Sun 20th May



(photo Stephen Smith)

On Sunday 17th May 2020 the Calderdale Way Relay is taking place. 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. It is 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.

The event will be chip timed, to allow live "progress in running" results from each checkpoint. The start is at West Vale and the finish is at Spring Hall.

If you would like to take part in this years event, or find out more about the event, then there will be a list on the club notice board 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.

If you would like to know more information about the event feel free to speak to either Sam Eastwood or Jamie Brannan or visit the Halifax Harriers website.

Thanks Sam & Jamie


2020/21 Race Calendar

Our Race Secretary Matt Smith has released a sneak preview of two events that will be on the 2020/21 Race Calendar. This is because they may or will sell out, so you will need to book early.

Sun 10th May, 10am. Bluebell Trail 10m. Entries open on Sat 4th Jan. Entries sold out in 24 hours, but there is a waiting list link

Wed 8th Jul, Helen Windsor 10K. Use code for 10% discount. Entries open - book here


Marsden 10 Mile Challenge, Sun 14th Jun



In conjunction with Colne Valley Lions Club, Stadium Runners are pleased to announce that we will be hosting the Marsden 10 Mile Run on Sunday 14th June 2020.

As last year, lots of help will be needed from Stadium Runners marshaling, car parking, tail running, timekeeping etc etc.

Keep the date free, more info soon.


Other Race Results


Tue 31st Dec, Liverbird Marathon, Joe Baker 3rd PB 2:54:23.

Sun 5th Jan, Brighouse 10K, Joe Baker 1st PB 36:01.

Sun 12th Jan, Brass Monkey Half, York, Steve Carson 1:20:00 course PB, Tom Howarth 1:33:07, Mick Lunn 1:50:13, Katy Dronsfield 2:25:17.
Sun 12th Jan, Zúzmara Fel maraton - Half, Kim & David Senior 1:52.
Sun 12th Jan, IGUN Langsett Loop 10 Mile, David Wilkinson 1:47:53.

Sat 18th Jan, Hebden 15, Darren 2:39, Ashleigh 2nd lady 2:59, Martin 3:09.

Sun 19th Jan, Inskip Half Marathon, Preston, Joe Baker 18th PB 1:19:19.
Sun 19th Jan, Carlsbad Half Marathon, California, Steve Carson 32nd 1:19:43.
(Joe clearly went for the sunny, scenic option)

Sat 25th Jan, IGUN "It's Parky Up North" 10K, Leeds, 10th & 3rd Lady Val Sullivan PB 50:50.

Sun 26th Jan, Meltham Tough 10K, 7th Top 3  Males, Leo Timmins 37:11, 10th Michael Cottam PB 38:06, 15th Andrew Bowett 39:57. Top 2 Females 253rd Caroline Smith 56:34, 298th Sam Davies 59:54. Mark Davies 1st M60.
Sun 26th Jan, Wilmot Wander Ultra (32m), 1st Joe Baker 4:42.


Sat 4th Jan, Hudds, 1st Luc, 2nd Jamie, 4th Steve C, 5th Michael, 7th Andrew Bowett, 11th Tom. Caly Mein PB 28:30.
Sat 4th Jan, Concord, Sheffield, 1st Joe.

Sat 11th Jan, Hudds, Luc 2nd, Simon 3rd, Tom 4th. Rachael Hey PB 21:55.

Sat 18th Jan, Brighouse, James Hughes 7th PB 19:52.
Sat 18th Jan, Storthes Hall, Steve Schoolar PB 26:47.

Sat 25th Jan, Hudds, 1st Luc, 4th Michael PB 17:20, Caly Mein PB 28:13.
Sat 25th Jan, Storthes Hall, Kieran Welsh 7th, Dan Lock 8th.
Sat 25th Jan, Graves, Joe Baker 1st.

Brilliant work everyone. Apologies if I missed anything.


Committee Announcement
I wanted to let club members know that I have decided not to stand as chair at the next AGM. I've done it for a couple of years now and I'd like to give someone else a go. I'm certain that we will find a replacement but in the interests of openness and transparency, I wanted everyone to know what was happening. 
As a member of the club, you are all very welcome to get involved on the committee and the work that surrounds it, ensuring that the club operates smoothly. The new chair could be someone that is already involved but it doesn't have to be, it isn't a complicated role, you really just need to have some passion for the club and be prepared to give up a little bit of your time. If you think you might be interested then feel free to contact me if you have any questions or speak to one of the other committee members, I'm sure any one of them would be happy to help. 


Social Events

Jonny & Nicki have been very busy organising things for us to do when not running.



Glitz & Glamour alert!
Sat 18th April 2020 — Awards Night 2020 will be held at Fixby Hall Golf Club. It is going to be a night of glitz & glamour - no lycra allowed. Dig out your best frock & dancing shoes (not you Jonny!) and prepare to wow your fellow club mates. Tickets are £30 and this includes a 3 course meal, awards and a DJ until late.

The Championship is hotting up - get your tickets soon to secure your place...maybe you'll have won a trophy!

Tickets available from Nicki or Jonny Cartwright on a club night or email


Stadium Runners Committee Meeting

Any club members are welcome to attend Committee Meetings. The next meeting is 10th Feb at 8:15pm. We try to keep meetings short, effective and humorous!


Upcoming Local Events for Local Runners

The full 2019/2020 Stadium Race Calendar has now been published.

Sat 1st/8th/15th/22nd/29th Feb, Dewsbury parkrun. Run at Dewsbury on one or all of these dates and submit your time to Race Secretary Matt for the 15th event on the Club Calendar

Sun 2nd Feb, 9am, Dewsbury 10K - flat, fast, great PB potential - book here SOLD OUT

Sun 9th Feb, 10am, WYWL 5, Stadium

Sun 16th Feb, 11am, Liversedge Half - brutal, essential, hilly half - book here SOLD OUT

Sun 23rd Feb, 10am, WYWL 6, Stainland

Sun 1st Mar, 11:30am, Haweswater Half Marathon, 13th event on the Club Calendar - book here

Sun 15th Mar, 10am, Spen 20, the Liversedge Half on steroids - book here

Sun 29th Mar, 11am, Windmill 6, 14th event on the Club Calendar - book here

Sun 10th May, 10am. Bluebell Trail 10m. This will be on the Stadium 2020/21 Race Calendar. Entries open on Sat 4th Jan. Entries sold out in 24 hours, but there is a waiting list link

Sun 14th Jun, 10am, Marsden 10 Mile Challenge. Joint event by Stadium & Colne Valley Lions. Help needed marshals etc.

Wed 8th Jul, Helen Windsor 10K. Use code for 10% discount. This will be on the Stadium 2020/21 Race Calendar. Entries open - book here


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 February code - valid until 3rd March 2020

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



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.




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Written by:Mark Davies
On: 01st February 2020

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