Stadium Newsletter

[Stadium Runners] Newsletter - January 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 17th Dec, 10th Club Championship Race  - Denby Dale Travellers 6

First time on the Club calendar for this race (I think), but as it clashed with the last WYWL race before Christmas at Bramley, perhaps not surprising. A hilly road race with not much flat, it features an uphill start and a downhill finish. Nine Stadium runners left the x-talons at home and opted for this race (and the super post race buffet) instead:
Pos Name Cat Time Cat Pos
8 Henry Carter M 38.11  
36 Mark Davies MV60 44.04 3rd MV60
54 Lynn Birchall FV50 47.16 2nd FV50
55 Ian Whalley MV35 47.21  
124 Michelle Haigh FV40 56.37  
139 Kathy Armitage FV50 58.55  
141 Robert Haigh MV50 59.02  
158 Fiona Willis FV60 61.36 2nd FV60
162 John Cottam MV65 62.48  
Brilliant running everyone.
Sun 17th Nov, WYWL 3 - Bramley
Unfortunately, there was a bit of an issue with the marshaling and the taping out on the course, resulting in many runners missing out part of the course, or repeating it more than once. Also, the system for scanning the wristbands at the finish failed, so there were no finishing positions available.

The organisers put a lot of effort into reviewing finish videos and Strava to try and resolve the problems, but in the end, the decision was taken to void the result.

It will not count towards the seasons results, and scores will now be the best 5 out of 7 races.

This race will still count towards a qualification for a buff.

Well done to the Stadium Runners who took part.
Other Racing!
Sat 2nd Dec, Lanzarote Marathon. Simon Courtney came 7th in 2:45:21 and was 3rd Hombre VTBM (!?).

Sat 2nd Dec, Lanzarote Half Marathon. Val Sullivan was 363rd in 2:32:48.
Sun 3rd Dec, California International Marathon. Steve Carson came 1345th in 2:58:39.

Thu 28th Dec, Ambles Revenge. Michael Cottam came 7th in 58:31, Damian Haigh came 72nd in 1:14:58, Kathy Armitage came 171st in 1:30:17, Fiona Willis came 209th in 1:38:56.
Thu 28th Dec, The Drop Huddersfield. Alastair Wareham was part of Team Yorkshire Ploddings who came 1st.
Super running!
parkrun Highlights

Sat 2nd Dec

Huddersfield. Cancelled.
Brighouse. Becky Griggs came 158th in a PB 28:01.
Swansea Bay. Michael Cottam came 4th in 17:20.

Sat 9th Dec

Huddersfield. Michael Cottam came 3rd in 17:55, Henry Carter came 4th in 17:56, Rachael Hey came 57th in 23:51 and was 3rd female, Caroline Smith came 63rd in 24:19 and was 5th female. Alexa Schoolar came 66th in 24:21 and was 6th female.
York. Matthew Donnelly came 14th in a PB 19:06.
Dewsbury. Helen Ahmed came 41st in 26:34 and was 7th female.

Sat 16th Dec

Huddersfield. Michael Cottam came 1st in 17:32, Leo Timmins came 2nd in 17:47, Rob Hoult came 30th in a PB 21:41, Caroline Smith came 47th in 22:41 and was 2nd female, Rachael Hey came 55th in 23:08 and was 3rd female, Lynn Birchall came 90th in 24:20 and was 9th female.
Halifax. Becky Griggs came 41st in 27:49 and was 5th female.
Brighouse. Joe Baker came 1st in 17:35, Andrew Doig came 4th in 19:50.

Sat 23rd Dec

Huddersfield. Luc Burnip came 3rd in 16:39, Peter Martin came 4th in 17:01, Matthew Pierson came 6th in 17:12, Leo Timmins came 10th in 17:39.
Woodhouse Moor. Henry Carter came 4th in 18:12.
Horton Park. Becky Griggs came 16th in 28:23 and was 1st female.
Chadderton Hall. Ashleigh Greenwood came 6th in 22:00 and was 1st female.

Mon 25th Dec Christmas Day

Huddersfield. Luc Burnip came 2nd in 16:54, Michael Cottam came 4th in 17:30, Henry Carter came 7th in 17:37, Caroline Smith came 103rd in 23:05 and was 9th female.
Stamford Park. Peter Martin came 1st in 18:30.

Sat 30th Dec

Huddersfield. Luc Burnip came 2nd in 16:39, Peter Martin came 4th in 17:05, Andrew Bowett came 6th in 17:15, Michael Cottam came 7th in 17:27.
Wakefield Thornes. Ashleigh Greenwood came 12th in 22:13 and was 2nd female.
Brighouse. Andrew Doig came 8th in 20:32, Matthew Donnelly came 13th in a PB 21:00.
Temple Newsam. Simon Courtney came 1st in 17:39.
Bowling Park. Helen Ahmad came 27th in 26:19 and was 5th female.

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.

On Thursday 25th & Monday 25th Jan GoodGym will be collecting old trainers for JogOn - please see the full article later on.

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
Sunday 7th Jan is the date for the Stadium WYWL race at Storthes Hall. Hopefully everybody has signed up for volunteering and/or is racing.

Sunday 21st Jan is the WYWL race at Leeds Lakers. Details to follow.

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  link
13 Liversedge Half Road/Undulating Sun 3rd Mar 2024, 10:00 am  link
14 Ian Roberts Memorial  Off Road/Hilly Sun 3rd Mar 2024, 11:00 am  link
15 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 Liversedge Half on Sun 3rd March has been added to the calendar - though this does clash with the Ian Roberts Memorial Fell race that is already on the calendar.

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

10 races gone, still 5 races left - get those races booked.

Oakwell Hall parkrun is now back on with a modified course, so all set for Sat 13th Jan.

Hoppits Hill Fell Race will be on Sun 25th Feb, but it does clash with WYWL at Stainland.
JogOn is a small charity with a big mission….to prevent millions of old running shoes ending up in landfill.
Over 18 billion pairs of running shoes are sold worldwide every year, the vast majority of these eventually end up in landfill. As all runners know shoes that have been retired from running often have a lot of life left in them. 
Working with collection, logistics and distribution partners JogOn aims to get one million pairs of these perfectly good running shoes on to the feet of people around the world who have no shoes and suffer from foot disease. 
GoodGym Huddersfield is working with JogOn to collect old shoes from runners on Thursday 25th and Monday 29th of January. Members of GoodGym Huddersfield will be coming along to the Stadium Runners sessions to collect your shoes.
All you need to do is bring your old shoes along, paired up by tying the laces together. GoodGym will collect them, package them all up and send them off to JogOn for a new life on a pair of feet which really need them.
Most runners have at least one pair of unused old shoes at home so please look them out and bring them along. Probably not the pair you use for painting or gardening, or your ancient trail running shoes with holes in them, but any pairs that are still usable will be gratefully received and repurposed by JogOn. 
We’ll look forward to seeing you and your shoes on 25th and 29th of January. In the meantime if you have any questions please email

Saul Muldoon
Stadium Runners Milestones & Attendance League

Attendance League 2023 Results

On Monday Nights Russell Dyson and Sandra Emmerson tied with 39 runs.
On Thursday Nights David Miller had the most runs with 39.
Overall David Miller had the most runs with 76.
Amy Oatway reached 500 runs in December and Michaela Goodall reached 200.
Well done all.
Overall Runs
The ten current members with the most runs are
    First Run TOTAL
David Miller 2005 1368
Alison Cottam 2007 966
Rob Buchanan 2011 872
Carl Lecomber 2008 762
Fiona Willis 2006 684
Julie Wootton 2009 670
John Cottam 2007 660
Russell Dyson 2013 596
Bridget Hughes 2012 581
Liz Mather 2012 566
If you want to know how many runs you have done with the club contact John Cottam at

John Cottam

Running Joke
Birthday card that I received from my daughter:

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 -

Jan 8th and 22nd
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 7th Jan 10:00, WYWL 4 Stadium

Sun 7th Jan, IGUN Sir Titus Pie 'n' Pickle Plod 5k - ultra

Sun 21st Jan 10:00, WYWL 5 Lakers

Sun 21st Jan, IGUN Recession Run 6 hour challenge

Sun 28th Jan 9:30, Meltham Tough 10k

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 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 21st Apr 2024, London Marathon

Sun 19th May 2024, Pontefract 10k

Sun 9th Jun 2024, 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

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 January is valid until 3rd of February 2024. The code will give you 10% off and free standard shipping (worth £4.99) on all orders. 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 January 2024

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