Stadium Newsletter

[Stadium Runners] Newsletter - February 2024

Hi Mark

Happy New Year

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.
From Monday 4th December 2023 onwards our runs will be from KAL's Huddersfield Leisure Centre on Spring Grove St. We will meet in the foyer before our runs. We can use the toilets & the changing rooms. The car parks are free after 6pm.
Sun 7th Jan, WYWL 3 - Stadium Runners @ Storthes Hall

A return to the bleak, post apocalyptic wasteland that is Storthes Hall before heading off into the woods for a pleasant ramble skipping through the the woods. Most Stadium Runners were doing a excellent job marshaling on the course, but some lucky so-and-sos managed to sneak in a quick run:
Pos First Name Surname Cat M/F M Pos F Pos Points
7 Tom Jagger M45 M 7   494
10 Alastair Wareham M35 M 10   491
11 Leo Timmins M40 M 11   490
12 Simon  Courtney M40 M 12   489
13 Andrew Bowett M45 M 13   488
14 Adam  Crosland M40 M 14   487
16 Michael Cottam Mopen M 16   485
26 Ian Du Feu M55 M 25   476
28 Thomas Schoolar Mopen M 27   474
34 Paul  Fairburn  M50 M 33   468
38 Kieran  O'Prey M35 M 37   464
57 Andrew Doig M55 M 54   447
60 Ashleigh Greenwood F35 F  Female 4 497
95 David C. Miller M50 M 88   413
110 Ian Whalley M35 M 101   400
122 Adam Goodall M45 M 112   389
125 Lucy  Fairburn  Fopen F  Female 11 490
135 Damian Haigh M45 M 123   378
138 Robert Buchanan M45 M 126   375
139 Mark Davies M60 M 127   374
152 Michaela Goodall F40 F  Female 16 485
185 Kieran Welsh M45 M 162   339
230 Rob Hoult M50 M 195   306
243 Andrew  Smithson M55 M 201   300
292 Elizabeth Ruffley Fopen F  Female 68 433
296 Ben Jackson Mopen M 227   274
358 Alexa Schoolar F45 F  Female 105 396
419 Russell Dyson M75 M 271   230
Superb job by all our marshals & runners. We had great feedback from other runners about the event, and our marshals in particular.
Sat 13th Jan, 11th Stadium Club Championship Race - Oakwell Hall parkrun

A slightly rejigged start and finish since the parkrun restarted at Oakwell, but essentially the same two lap course. I would have expected a bigger Stadium turnout, but here is how the 14 Stadium Runners got on and the results on the day:
Pos First Name Surname Gender Cat Time PB
1 Simon  COURTNEY  Male 1 /86 VM40-44 18:23  
3 Michael  COTTAM  Male 2 /86 SM30-34 19:03 PB
11 Robert  BUCHANAN  Male 9 /86 VM45-49 22:54  
14 Mark  DAVIES  Male 12 /86 VM65-69 23:16 PB
15 Matthew  DONNELLY  Male 13 /86 VM35-39 23:16  
16 Ian  WHALLEY  Male 14 /86 VM35-39 23:32  
20 Matt  SMITH  Male 18 /86 VM40-44 24:00 PB
24 Dan  LOCK  Male 21 /86 VM35-39 24:40  
25 Rachael  HEY  Female 3 /63 SW30-34 24:45 PB
33 Kathy  ARMITAGE  Female 6 /63 VW50-54 26:21  
65 Helen  AHMAD  Female 16 /63 VW45-49 29:07  
72 John  Frederick  Male 50 /86 VM65-69 29:36  
76 Andrew  LODGE  Male 51 /86 VM60-64 29:51  
99 Lee  TALBOT  Male 64 /86 VM45-49 32:32  
Brilliant running everyone.
Sun 21st Jan, WYWL 4 - Leeds Lakers @ Bramley
This course was missing off the WYWL Calendar in 2023, so a welcome return in 2024. Starting with a one mile lap of the field to spread things out, there is then a one and a half lap in the woods before a downhill finish back in the field. Here is what happened Stadium-wise:
Pos First Name Surname Cat M/F M Pos F Pos Points
7 Leo Timmins M40 M 7   494
8 Simon  Courtney M40 M 8   493
10 Alastair Wareham M35 M 10   491
12 Adam  Crosland M40 M 12   489
18 Michael Cottam Mopen M 18   483
30 Pete Martin Mopen M 29   472
31 Paul  Fairburn  M50 M 30   471
32 Thomas Schoolar Mopen M 31   470
47 Dan Jones M35 M 46   455
51 Kieran  O'Prey M35 M 50   451
60 Andrew Doig M55 M 58   443
95 Robert Buchanan M45 M 89   412
97 David C. Miller M50 M 91   410
119 Jack Laffey Mopen M 107   394
124 Mark Davies M60 M 112   389
131 Ian Whalley M35 M 119   382
132 Kieran Welsh M45 M 120   381
140 Lucy  Fairburn  Fopen F  Female 13 488
160 Damian Haigh M45 M 143   358
199 Andrew  Smithson M55 M 170   331
225 Dan Lock M35 M 187   314
226 Rachael  Hey Fopen F  Female 39 462
304 Alexa Schoolar F45 F  Female 79 422
309 Ben Jackson Mopen M 229   272
327 John Cottam M65 M 240   261
376 Carl Lecomber  M65 M 256   245
382 Lee Talbot M45 M 259   242
402 Russell Dyson M75 M 266   235
Great running by everyone on the day. Kudos to the Male & Vets teams for continuing to do extremely well.
Sun 28th Jan, Meltham 10k

A local favourite (Steve Taylor has run every one since 2008!), the weather conditions were very favourable this year - dry, warm (for January) and not so windy. The course was as brutal as ever. Here is how the Stadium Runners went on:
Pos    M    F    Name    Cat    CatPos    Pace per Km/Mile    Time   
9 9   Adam Crosland M40 (003/033) 00:03:41/00:05:55 00:36:46
11 11   Andrew Bowett M45 (001/031) 00:03:42/00:05:58 00:37:02
14 14   Michael Cottam MS (006/035) 00:03:49/00:06:08 00:38:07
54 51   Matt Pattison M40 (013/033) 00:04:21/00:07:00 00:43:28
80 71   Mark Davies M65 (003/007) 00:04:35/00:07:22 00:45:47
86 76   Steven Taylor M40 (018/033) 00:04:37/00:07:26 00:46:13
87 77   Andy Petrie M45 (010/031) 00:04:38/00:07:28 00:46:24
88 78   David C Miller M50 (008/032) 00:04:39/00:07:29 00:46:27
107 94   Kieran Welsh M45 (014/031) 00:04:49/00:07:45 00:48:08
121 104   John Vigurs M45 (017/031) 00:04:56/00:07:56 00:49:18
178   39 Michelle Haigh F40 (005/011) 00:05:28/00:08:47 00:54:35
215   49 Helen Ahmad F45 (011/023) 00:05:46/00:09:16 00:57:37
250 184   Ben Jackson MS (033/035) 00:06:04/00:09:45 01:00:35
254 187   Robert Haigh M50 (026/032) 00:06:07/00:09:50 01:01:08
301   96 Karen Oates F60 (012/014) 00:07:06/00:11:25 01:10:55
318 210   Russell Dyson M75 (005/005) 00:08:13/00:13:13 01:22:06
Also, Adam, Andrew & Michael won the male team prize! Brilliant running everyone.

Other Racing!
Sun 3rd Dec, Valencia Marathon. Helen Ansell finished in a PB of 3:02:39 which we think is the second fastest female marathon time at Stadium Runners, behind Lynn’s club record! Apologies, I missed this off last month's newsletter.

Sat 30th Dec, IGUN Bridlington New Year Bonanza 10k. Jacqueline Carter came 58th in 1:06:21.

Mon 1st Jan, Giant's Tooth Fell Race. Kieran O'Prey came 27th in 21:47.
Sat 6th Jan, Tatton 10k. Luc Burnip came 2nd in 35:16.
Sat 20th Jan, Inskip Half. Peter Martin came 5th in 1:16:10.

Sun 21st Jan, Brass Monkey Half. Andrew Bowett came.147th in 1:18:43, Jamie Brannan came 180th in 1:20:00, Michelle Haigh came 1168th in 1:51:20.
Sun 21st Jan, Essar Four Village Half. Joe Baker came 24th in 1:16:19, Helen Ansell came 181st in 1:29:02.

Sat 27th Jan, Hebden 15. Andrew Smithson finished in 3 hours 42.
Super running!
parkrun Highlights

Mon 1st Jan 2024 New Year's Day

Huddersfield. Simon Courtney came 1st in 16:59, Peter Martin came 2nd in 17:05, Leo Timmins came 3rd in 17:29, Michael Cottam came 5th in 17:53, Henry Carter came 7th in 18:08, Matthew Pierson came 9th in 18:22, Andrew Bowett came 10th in 18:36, Lynn Birchall came 75th in 22:24 and was 5th female.

A massive Stadium performance - podium 1-2-3, 7 out of the top 10 and a huge turnout of around 30 Stadium Runners. Very well done all.

Sat 6th Jan

Huddersfield cancelled.
Brighouse. Henry Carter came 1st in 18:07, Michael Cottam came 2nd in 18:37.
Amager Fælled, Denmark. Peter Martin came 2nd in 18:37.
Fountains Abbey. Leo Timmins came 2nd in 17:29.
Cliffe Castle. Becky Griggs came 58th in a PB 30:14.

Sat 13th Jan

Oakwell Hall. See above.
Huddersfield. Matthew Pierson came 2nd in 16:35, Peter Martin came 3rd in 16:52.
Concord. Ashleigh Greenwood came 6th in 21:40 and was 1st female.
Dewsbury. Matt Pattison came 10th in 21:21.
Fountains Abbey. Kieran Welsh came 58th in a PB 22:53.
Horton Park. Henry Carter came 1st in 17:58.
Plymouth. Sharron Broadley came 228th in a PB 31:24.

Sat 20th Jan

Huddersfield. Cancelled.
Brighouse. Michael Cottam came 3rd in 18:22.

Sat 27th Jan

Huddersfield. Matthew Pierson came 1st in 16:19, Luc Burnip came 2nd in 16:30, Peter Martin came 3rd in 16:43, Leo Timmins came 4th in 17:09, Michael Cottam came 6th in a PB 17:10, Henry Carter came 10th in 17:44, Ashleigh Greenwood came 39th in 20:53 and was 2nd female, Rachael Hey came 84th in 23:01 and was 7th female.
Lister Park. Becky Griggs came 111th in a PB 26:20.
Horton Park. Joe Baker came 3rd in 18:51.
Potternewton. Matt Pattison came 9th in a PB 21:03.

In parkrun, if you don't have your Club set to Stadium Runners - and why wouldn't you? - then your chances of your results appearing in this section are much reduced. You can amend this by editing the Groups option in your parkrun profile.
Run Leader Rota

The latest Rota for Jan - Mar is available here.

We have decided to christen the last Thursday of each month Step Up Thursday. The idea is that Bronze runners should think about stepping up to Silver, and Silver runners should think about stepping up to Gold. The Run Leaders will plan routes with this in mind (honest!) and will look after you, as ever.

We are having issues filling the Gold Leader spot on Mondays when Simon Courtney is running one of his increasingly popular Development sessions. Also many usual Gold runners prefer to attend the Development sessions, so Gold attendance is usually low. So we have taken the decision to cancel the Gold runs when this situation occurs.

We want to stress that the Development sessions are suitable for all Bronze, Silver & Gold runners, it's just that the knock on effects of its popularity are only affecting Gold runs (at the moment).
West Yorkshire Winter League
Three WYWL races have been crammed into February because of the rearranged Queensbury:

11/02 - 5 Queensbury
18/02 - 6 Pudsey
25/02 - 7 Stainland

Latest info on the WYWL Facebook Group.
Club Championships 2023/24

The race calendar is on the website.
No Race Type Date/Time Entry
 1 Cake Race  Trail/Hilly Sat 29th Apr 2023, 10:00 am   
 2 Bluebell  Mixed/Hilly Sun 7th May 2023, 10:00 am   
 3 Joe Percy  Road/Undulating Wed 14th Jun 2023, 7:15 pm   
 4 Lindley 10K  Road/Undulating Sun 25th Jun 2023, 9:30 am   
 5 Hepworth Trail  Trail/Hilly Wed 19th Jul 2023, 7:30 pm   
 6 Tony Audsley Flat Cap 5  Trail/Flat Tue 1st Aug 2023, 6:30 pm   
 7 Colne Valley 10K  Mixed/Hilly Sun 20th Aug 2023, 11:00 am   
 8 Ladybower Reservoir Trail Half Trail/Hilly Sat 14th Oct 2023, 11:00 am   
 9 Baildon Cross-Country  Off Road/Hilly Sun 19th Nov 2023, 10:30 am   
10 Travellers 6 Denby Dale  Road/Hilly Sun 17th Dec 2023 11:00 am  
11 Oakwell Hall parkrun Trail/Undulating Sat 13th Jan 2024, 9:00 am  link
12 Hoppits Hill Fell Race  Off Road/Hilly Sun 25th Feb 2024 11:00am link
13 WYWL Stainland  Road/Undulating Sun 25th Feb 2024, 10:00 am   
14 Ian Roberts Memorial  Off Road/Hilly Sun 3rd Mar 2024, 11:00 am  link
15/16 Dentdale 14.2m & 7.9m Road/Hilly Sat 9th Mar 2024, 1pm  link
Full results & standings are on the website here. Mark Davies and Kathy Armitage are still leading both the Grand Prix & WAVA competitions, but other Stadium Runners are closing in.

The Stainland WYWL race has been added to the calendar - although it does clash with the Hoppits Hill Fell Race - both on Sun 25th Feb.

Both races at Dentdale on Sat 9th March at 1pm are now on the calendar - the longer 14.2m & the shorter 7.9m.

11 races gone, still 5 races left on 3 separate dates - get those races booked.
Club Championship 2024/25

The Club Championship for next year is still being put together, but I can confirm that these two favourites will be on the calendar, so feel free to go ahead and book a place.

Bluebell Trail 10. 10am Sunday 5th May 2024
Cake Race. Saturday 11th May, 2024. I don't think it is open for registration yet though.
Andrew Doig

Marsden Ten 2024

We are hosting our Annual Race on Sunday 9th June 2024, so please leave the date free in your diaries, if possible. Entries are now open through Book It Zone. Please tell friends and colleagues:

John Cottam

Stadium Runners Milestones


Congratulations to the members who reached a significant milestone run in January:

Russell Dyson 600 runs

Linda Spencer 500 runs

Simon Gudgeon 300 runs 

Well done all.
John Cottam
Running Joke

Kit Shop

Here is what I have currently available and prices:

SR Racing vests - £20
Short and long sleeved white SR t-shirts - £10
Hi-vis SR training vests - £10
Short and long sleeved hi-vis SR t-shirts - £10
SR Hoodies [unzipped & zipped] - £20
SR buffs in red or hi-vis - £3 each or £5 for 2
SR woolly hat - £3
SR nylon drawstring bags - £3

Please email me if there are any items that you want.

Sue Green

Simon's SRDS and S&C
Simon's Stadium Runners Development Sessions

Mondays, usually at Leeds Road Track -

Feb 5th and 19th
Mar 4th & 18th

Free for members - book via Runtogether

Simon's Strength & Conditioning for Runners

Due to the closure of the Stadium complex, I am back on the hunt for a new venue, with a view to hopefully restarting the sessions in the New Year.

Simon Courtney
Rockhopper Running

The Rockhoppers have three sessions per week. ????      
We have the Saturday morning session starting at 9.00 meeting at various coffee shops with a 6 mile off road run, then refreshments afterwards at the cafe. The pace is a steady silver pace. This session is every fortnight.

Then we have the new Hills & Speed session, starting this Tues 3rd Oct and this will go through to next Easter???? meeting at 18.30 until 19.30

See booking link for meeting point.

We also have a beginner session or if you are coming back from injury - Let’s Start Running. This session is on Saturday mornings at 11.30 for one hour, meeting at the War Memorial in Greenhead Park every week.

So please book on if you fancy some brilliant off road running, Hills & Speed work or the beginners session. ????

Please click on the links for booking & details.

The Saturday morning session

The Tuesday evening session

The Let’s start running session.
Martin Wright
Upcoming Local Events for Local Runners

Sun 4th Feb, IGUN Grim Leodis 6.7m - ultra

Sun 11th Feb 10:00, WYWL 2 Queensbury (rearranged)

Sun 18th Feb 10:00, WYWL 6 Pudsey

Sun 18th Feb, IGUN Bingley Bo**cks 5k - ultra

Sun 25th Feb 10:00, WYWL 7 Stainland

Sun 25th Feb, Hoppits Hill Fell Race

Sun 3rd Mar 11:00, Ian Roberts Memorial Fell Race

Sun 3rd Mar 2023, Liversedge Half

Sat 9th Mar, Dentdale Run 14.2m & 7.9m

Sun 10th Mar 10:00, WYWL 8 Crossgates

Sat 16th - Sun 17th Mar, IGUN Spring Canal Canter 5k - ultra

Sun 24th Mar 10:00, Spen 20 (changed date)

Sun 24th Mar 9:00, Wakefield Hospice 10k

Sun 14th Apr 2024, Manchester Marathon

Sun 14th Apr, IGUN I'll 'Sithee' at the Slawit Sweetathon Slog 5k - ultra

Sun 21st Apr, London Marathon

Sun 5th May, IGUN Dandelions at Dawn - Temple Newsam 6.7m - ultra

Sun 19th May, Pontefract 10k

Sun 26th May, IGUN Wuthering Heights Wander Haworth 5m - ultra

Sun 9th Jun, Marsden 10

Sun 14th Jul, 10:30, Ilkley Half

Sat 22nd Jun, 11:00, SWT School Run

Wed 17th Jul, 19:30, SWT Hepworth Trail

Fri 5th Jul, 19:30, SWT Holme Valley Five Miler

Sun 15th Sep, 10:00, Slaithwaite Striders Darkwood Demon 6m

Sat 28th Sep, 10:00 SWT Holme Valley Trail Half & 11:00, SWT Stairway To Heaven
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 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 February is valid until 3rd March 2024. This code will give you 10% off and free standard shipping, worth £4.99, on orders over £50. Please make sure to select United Kingdom in your shipping address to apply the promotion code without errors. Please ensure that codes are kept offline and to club members. 

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

Simon Courtney's YouTube Channel
Rockhopper website
Rockhopper Saturday Off Road Running
Rockhopper Tuesday Running
Rockhopper Let's Start Running
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.


Mark Davies

Written by:Mark Davies
On: 01st February 2024

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