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[Stadium Runners] Newsletter - July 2021


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.


Actual Racing!


Sun 6th June. Leeds Triathlon. Leo Timmins finished 146th in 2:18:39. Neil Sutcliffe finished 1145th in 3:53:42 and was 2nd M75.

Sun 6th June. School Run. David Wilkinson came 52nd in 1:08:13. Helen Ahmad was 10th female in 1:10:10.



Sat 12th Jun. Hardmoors White Horse Half. Andrew Doig finished 11th in 2:12:27 and was 2nd MV50. Jonny Cartwight finished 12th in 2:13:01 and was 3rd MV50.



Sat 12th Jun. IGUN Summer Extravaganza 10k. Val Sullivan finished 5th female in 58:57.



Sun 12 Jun. IGUN Summer Extravaganza Marathon. Joe Baker finished 1st in 2:55:44. Ashleigh Greenwood paced her friend Laura round and finished in 4:55:52.



Thu 24th Jun. Media City 10k. Gareth Eagleton finished 21st in a PB 40:18.



Thu 24th Jun. Two Lads Fell Race. Jonny Cartwright finished 29th in 39:41. Nicki Cartwright finished 136th in 55:49.

Thu 24th Jun. . Midsummer Night track 10km - D race. Simon Courtney finished in 34:8.



Fri 25th Jul. Holme Valley 5 Miler. Andy Petrie was 13th in 35:36. Mark Davies came 25th in 37:29, and was 1st M60. Matt Smith came 34th in 38:29. Amy Oatway came 59th in 41:34. David Wilkinson came 81st in 44:00. Joh Cottam came 105th in 47:09 and was 2nd M65. Jess Earnshaw came 122nd in 51:21. Lucy Taylor came 157th in 1:07:30. Also, the 5 men placed 3rd in the team competition.


Sat 26th Jun. Southport Half. Steve Carson finished 9th in a PB 1:17:32.


Sun 27th Jun. Milton Keynes Marathon. Joe Baker was 2nd in 2:35:28 and Joe should qualify for the England Age Group Masters event for 2022.


Sun 27th Jun. IGUN Goes Green Half. David Senior came 4th in 1:36:41 and was 3rd male.

Sun 27th Jun. IGUN Goes Green 5k. Rebecca Swales finished in 33:41.



Wed 30th Jun. Cragg Vale Fell Race. Jonny Cartwright  came 29th in 33:59.


Brilliant work everyone! More races to come. Apologies if I missed your race.


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


Dietary Dilemmas!



Should I carb load before a run?  What about a protein shake?   Are carbs fattening? Confused about sugar?  How many eggs should I have a day?  Should I ditch dairy?
If any of these questions float around your mind, or you would simply like more information on a dietary topic, then please e-mail and I will provide some food for thought in future Stadium newsletters.
Kathy Armitage
Registered Dietitian


Calderdale Way Relay



Hi Guys

It’s 13 weeks until the biggest off road relay in the UK.

98 teams have entered and we have 3 teams in again this time. For those taking part, you will know your partner and leg you are racing. We would recommend you recce your leg beforehand. Check out Halifax Harriers website for leg start times and kit requirements.

Finally, can I say a massive thank you to Val Sullivan and Janine Holloway who have kindly agreed to switch legs from 3 to leg 1. Much appreciated ladies.

This is truly one epic club event, thank you all for supporting your club ??


West Yorkshire Winter League 2021-2022



Stadium Runners will be hosting the West Yorkshire Winter League at Storthes Hall on Sunday 13th of February, the race will start at 10am.
We will be looking for volunteers to help with car parking and marshalling duties nearer the time, the more the merrier.



Simon's Strength and Conditioning Sessions

On Monday 7th and 21st June, I will be putting on a couple of group indoor runner specific Strength and Conditioning sessions at HD1 Fitness Clinic on Old Leeds Rd, opposite the old Huddersfield Sports Centre site at 6.30pm.
I know you love running and would like to improve and make it feel easier. I hope you have goals, big or small, a thing that gets you out the door as a runner, and that you want to give yourself the best chance of succeeding, and any additional resources or inspiration to help you achieve them would be welcome.
My goal with S & C for Runners, as well as the Runners Development Sessions we currently provide, is to help you elevate your performances and show you strategic ways to work smarter and more productively so that you can take your running to the next level. That next level may be a race performance, an improved time or a new distance achieved, or just to be able to be more consistent and pain free leading to more enjoyable runs with the club.
An increased training knowledge, and a better understanding of the decisions around your training is a competitive advantage. You become more informed to make better decisions, leading to more effective running, fewer injuries, and faster times.
I want to train you to be the best athlete possible; an athlete that specialises in running. Training simply as a runner, means you miss out on the strength, speed, skill, and efficiency developments that a more varied approach can bring back in gains with your running.
An athlete has more knowledge of how to improve. They have more tools in their bag to call upon, less likely to experience repetitive training injuries, and if or when injury occurs, they then have a better skill set and understanding of what is required to recover quicker. They are already familiar with S & C and so don’t have to ‘waste’ recovery time learning firstly how to move and rehab properly as they are already more familiar with many aspects of movement.
As the saying goes: The time to repair the roof is when the sun is shining.
The cost will be £5 per session and will last 60 minutes. For more information, or to express an interest in attending any of these sessions, please get in touch. These sessions are suitable for all, and coaching is not simply for ‘the better runners’!


Rockhopper Running

Martin Wright has a regular Rockhopper Running off-road group running on a Saturday morning starting from varied locations.

Martin is now launching Rockhopper Tuesday, this will run through the summer, the same format at the Saturday coached session but on an evening, start at 6.30pm. They will be starting and finishing at a pub at various locations around Huddersfield.

Please book on these popular runs early so you don’t miss out.

Rockhopper Running RunTogether Runs


Return of parkrun



Following the publication of the Government’s roadmap for exiting lockdown, parkrun are excited to share their plans to restart both junior and 5k parkrun events across England.

Junior parkrun events across England were able to return from Sunday 11 April 2021 for children aged 4-10 only. Huddersfield, Tolson & Beaumont Park Junior parkruns all resumed on Sun 25th Apr.

5k parkrun events across England will hopefully return on the revised date of Saturday 24th July 2021. Huddersfield & Brighouse parkruns have got the go ahead, but the Storthes Hall multiple landowners have not yet given permission. Check out the full list of parkruns that have got approval here.

Find out more


Membership Renewal
Hello members.

Our membership total is now Seventy Seven!! Thank you to all of you have renewed your membership, re-joined or become new members and hope you are enjoying the benefits of running with the club.

You will all be aware that UKA have extended renewal membership for this athletic year until 31 August 2021, due to the Covid situation. Whilst this is still about eight weeks away, I am mindful we are entering the summer holiday season and peoples thinking maybe pre occupied.

Please could I ask, that if you are intending to renew your membership, you do so earlier than than the deadline date, and at least two to three weeks before that date, if possible. It can take this length of time for it to be processed, and renewing in this way will ensure your membership benefits continue.

If you have any enquries about your membership, please contact me at

Thank you

Membership Secretary


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

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, races may be cancelled or postponed


Wed 7th Jul 19:15 - Halifax Harriers Helen Windsor 10k - Cancelled.  All existing entries will automatically be rolled over to next year Wed 6th July 2022.

Sat 10th Jul - Heights Ultra Trail, 8am 50m Ultra, 9am 50k Ultra, 11am 10k, 11:15 1m Children's Fun Run.

Sun 11th Jul - Trail and Road Series Toss O' Coin 6 mile

Sat 17th / Sun 18th Jul - IGUN Sir Titus Summer Trot 5k/10k/10m/Half/20m/Marathon/Ultra

Sun 1st Aug - IGUN Celebrate Yorkshire Day At Bloody Bingley 5k/10k/Half/Marathon

Sat 7th Aug - IGUN GRIM Leodis Half/Marathon

Sun 8th Aug - Firefighters 5

Sun 12th Sep - Trail and Road Series Shepley10k

Sat 25th Sep - Trail and Road Series Stairway to Heaven 13k & Holme Valley Trail Half

Sun 26th Sep - Calderdale Way Relay

Sun 3 Oct, 10am - Hopton 10k

Sat 9th Oct - SVN Yorkshire Cakeathon, Penistone

Sun 10th Oct - SVN Yorkshire Cookiethon, Penistone

Sun 17th Oct, 9:30 - Lindley 10k - book here

Sun 13th Feb 2022, Liversedge Half

Sun 8th May 2022, 10am - Stainland Lions Bluebell Trail.


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 July code – valid until 3rd August 2021. The code will give you 10% off and free standard shipping on all orders over £30 (Brooks products are excluded from this promotion).

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.




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Written by:Mark Davies
On: 02nd July 2021

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