Stadium Newsletter

[Stadium Runners] Newsletter - July 2023

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.
Sun 4th June, Yorkshire Vets Road Relays, Cartworth Moor
A new event for Stadium, the race took place on an almost traffic free straight road, and consisted of 3 legs on an out and back course.

The Stadium A M35 team came 2nd in category and the Stadium A M40 team also came 2nd in category.


Men O/35, 3 x 3 Miles - Team Finishing List

Pos  Club Name                 Time   Runner Name            Split Overall  Pos
  2  STADIUM RUNNERS 'A'      47:54   J BRANNAN              16:28   16:28    2
                                      M PIERSON              14:59   31:27    2
                                      A WAREHAM              16:27   47:54    2

Men O/35, 3 x 3 Miles - Fastest Times Overall

 Pos   Name                 Team                           Leg  Split
   2   M PIERSON            STADIUM RUNNERS 'A'            2    14:59
   7   A WAREHAM            STADIUM RUNNERS 'A'            3    16:27
   8   J BRANNAN            STADIUM RUNNERS 'A'            1    16:28

Pos  Club Name                 Time   Runner Name            Split Overall  Pos
  2  STADIUM RUNNERS 'A'      48:06   L TIMMINS              16:14   16:14    4
                                      S COURTNEY             15:33   31:47    2
                                      S CARSON               16:19   48:06    2

Men 0/40, 3 x 3 Miles - Fastest Times Overall

 Pos   Name                 Team                           Leg  Split
   1   S COURTNEY           STADIUM RUNNERS 'A'            2    15:33
   9   L TIMMINS            STADIUM RUNNERS 'A'            1    16:14
  11   S CARSON             STADIUM RUNNERS 'A'            3    16:19

Sun 11th Jun, Marsden 10
Lots of Stadium Runners were helping out with the race, but a few managed to escape and do some running. Here is how they got on:
Pos Time Name M/F M/F Pos Cat Cat Pos Prize
5 01:18:57 Andrew Doig Male 5 M50 1 M50
7 01:21:20 Darren Earnshaw  Male 7 M40 1 Generously Declined Prize
23 01:30:25 Kieran Welsh Male 20 M40 7  
53 01:44:01 Caroline Smith Female 15 F60 3  
60 01:46:20 Adam Symms Male 42 M35 5  
63 01:47:00 Andy Pigg Male 45 M60 6  
90 02:28:58 Russell Dyson Male 56 M70 2  
Brilliant running. 
Wed 14th Jun, Joe Percy 10k - Stadium Calendar Race 3
The Joe Percy 10k is an invitation only team competition between local running clubs. The course was slightly altered this year, with a different route up from Storthes Hall to the main Farnley Tyas loop. Runners do the loop twice, before retracing steps back to the start/finish line. Always keenly fought and with a special edge because of inter club rivalries. Here is how Stadium performed:
Female Team
1st. Stadium Runners 8:06:22
Ashleigh Greenwood 00:41:25
Helen Ansell 00:41:45
Anthea Bitcon 00:44:32
Lynn Birchall 00:47:06
Racheal Hey 00:48:40
Chrissy Sunderland 00:49:55
Amy Oatway 00:51:58
Anouska Higo 00:53:20
Sandra Emerson 00:53:27
Steph Sayles 00:54:14
Female Runners not placed in team
Fiona Willis 01:00:28
Jo Coop 01:01:32
Amanda Matthews 01:08:43
Male teams
1st. Stadium Runners 6:02:54
Matt Pierson 00:33:47
Simon Courtney 00:34:28
Luc Burnip 00:35:34
Peter Martin 00:35:51
Leo Timmins 00:36:13
Tom Jagger 00:36:16
Jamie Brannan 00:36:18
Steve Carson 00:36:35
Michael Cottam 00:38:02
Andrew Bowett 00:39:50
5th. Stadium Runners 7:11:35
Darren Eanrshaw 00:40:54
Ian Du Feu 00:40:57
Damian Haigh 00:41:05
Matt Donnelly 00:42:44
Andrew Doig 00:42:56
Kieran O'Prey 00:43:15
Mark Davies 00:44:37
Jack Laffey 00:44:40
Steve Taylor 00:45:03
Rob Hoult 00:45:24
10th. Stadium Runners 8:00:01
Kieran Welsh 00:46:23
David Miller 00:46:29
John Sayles 00:46:41
Matt Smith 00:46:41
Nick Greenwood 00:47:35
Ian Whalley 00:48:17
Adam Goodall 00:48:18
Ian Bitcon 00:48:27
Andrew Smithson 00:50:02
Dan Lock 00:51:08
Male Runners not placed in team
John Cottam 00:54:16
Russell Dyson 01:12:35
An absolutely brilliant effort all round with Stadium clinching 1st place in both Female & Male competitions, and the two other Male teams placing 5th & 10th.
Thu 22nd Jun, Handicap 5k
Stadium & Lindley runners gathered in Greenhead Park for the repeat of last year's Handicap 5k event. It was run on the Huddersfield parkrun route, with runners setting off at different times with handicaps based on their recent parkrun times. The slowest runners set off first, and the fastest set off last, and in an ideal world, everyone would cross the finish line together.
The winners were:

1st Elizabeth Ruffley (1st overall!)
2nd Sally Moore
3rd Jo Coop

1st Simon Courtney
2nd Tom Schoolar
3rd Gary Jackson

Super running.
Sun 25th Jun, Lindley 10k - Stadium Calendar Race 4
A firm local favourite and frequently on the Stadium Race Calendar, this is a tough race with sapping up hills and an unforgiving long downhill section. Here's what happened:
Place Name Gender Age ChipTime GunTime
1 Matthew Pierson M V35 34:08:00 34:09:00
2 Simon Courtney M   34:43:00 34:44:00
5 Luc Burnip M SEN 36:12:00 36:12:00
6 Tom Jagger M V40 37:40:00 37:41:00
39 Andrew Doig M V55 44:26:00 44:30:00
44 Mark Davies M V60 45:03:00 45:05:00
46 Damian Haigh M V45 45:20:00 45:22:00
59 David Miller M V50 47:27:00 47:28:00
60 Andy Petrie M V45 47:32:00 47:36:00
61 Rob Hoult M V50 47:40:00 47:43:00
74 Kieran Welsh M V45 49:09:00 49:11:00
81 Ian Whalley M V35 49:58:00 50:00:00
132 Kathy Armitage F V50 53:57:00 54:00:00
139 John Cottam M V65 54:30:00 54:40:00
146 Rachael Hey F SEN 55:35:00 55:38:00
165 Andrew Pigg M V60 56:44:00 56:49:00
403 Russell Dyson M V75 01:17:08 01:17:27
Brilliant running everyone!
Other Racing!
Sat 11th Jun, Endure 24, Wasing, Reading. Joe Baker came 1st covering 28 laps in 23:40 which was 140 miles and the course record for the new venue.

Sun 11th Jun, Hull Half Marathon. Stephen Foxcroft came 428th in2:03:19.

Sun 11th Jun, Deva Triathlon. Peter Martin came 10th in a total time of 2:13:58 and ran the 2nd fastest run leg of the day.
Thu 15th - Sun 18th Jun, Tour of Tameside.
Thu 15th Jun, X-Trail 10k. Darren Earnshaw came 48th in 44:13, Helen Ansell came 54th in 44:42 and was 3rd female and 1st FV35.
Fri 16th Jun, Hell on the Fell. Darren Earnshaw came 45th in 46:27, Helen Ansell came 60th in 48:21 and was 5th female and 1st FV35.
Sat 17th Jun, Hero Half Marathon. Darren Earnshaw came 41st in 1:32:02, Helen Ansell came 47th in 1:33:43 and was 1st female and 1st FV35.
Sun 18th Jun, Dr Ron Hyde 7. Helen Ansell came 64th in 48:09 and was 2nd female and 2nd FV35, Darren Earnshaw came 66th in 48:12, Joe Baker came 65th in 48:14, Amanda Matthews came 409th in 1;15:11.
Full Tour, of Tameside. Darren Earnshaw came 36th in 3:50:47, Helen Ansell came 42nd in 3:54:49 and was 1st female and 1st FV35.

Sat 17th Jun, IGUN Summer Extravaganza 10 Mile. James Hughes came 2nd in 1:18:06.

Sun 18th Jun, Leeds 10k. Stephen Foxcroft came 2037th in 1:05:35.

Sat 24th Jun, SWT School Run. Ian Du Feu came 7th in 48:36 and was 1st M50, Jack Laffey came 14th in 53:13.
Sun 25th Jun, Endure 24 Leeds.
Male Solo. Ian Bitcon came 10th by completing 20 laps in 23:37:18, Joe Baker came 85th by completing 12 laps in 23:08:09, Adam Goodall came 136th by completing 9 laps in 12:06:06.
Female Solo. Anthea Bitcon came 39th by completing 13 laps in 23:34:44, Michael Goodall came 70th by completing 10 laps in 12:06:03.
Male Pair. Alastair Wareham and Trevor Glue came 2nd by completing 24 laps in 23:19:32.
Super running!
parkrun Highlights

Sat 3rd Jun, Huddersfield. Luc Burnip came 2nd in 16:50, Leo Timmins came 7th in 17:41, Thomas Schoolar came 11th in a PB 18:13.

Sat 10th Jun, Huddersfield. Michael Cottam came 5th in 18:11, Lynn Birchall came 18th in 20:34 and was 1st female.

Sat 10th Jun, Lancaster. Luc Burnip came 1st in a PB 17:42.

Sat 17th Jun, Huddersfield. Matthew Pierson was 2nd in 16:20, Leo Timmins was 5th in 17:21, Jamie Brannan was 6th in 17:33.

Sat 17th Jun, Brighouse. Simon Courtney was 1st in a PB 16:34.

Sat 17th Jun, Dewsbury. Lynn Birchall was 10th in 22:47 and was 1st female.

Sat 24th Jun, Huddersfield. Jamie Brannan came 2nd in 17:49, Michael Cottam came 5th in 18:25.
Run Leader Rota

The latest Rota for Jul - Sep is available here.

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).

Thank you to everyone who has now renewed their membership by the end of June to ensure their continued affiliation with the club and UKA. Also welcome to the new members, those who have re-joined again and the ones who have joined as second claim members to take part in the running sessions on offer from the club. We hope you all enjoy Stadium Runners experience.
Below is a helpful link, for all registered athletes who may want to check their registration status and can refer to it, if the run they are entering requests confirmation of UKA affiliation.
All the best and any queries, please contact me.

Membership Secretary.
Stadium Runners.
Club Championships 2023/24

The new 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  link
 5 Hepworth Trail  Trail/Hilly Wed 19th Jul 2023, 7:30 pm  link
 6 Tony Audsley Flat Cap 5  Trail/Flat Tue 1st Aug 2023, 6:30 pm  link
 7 Colne Valley 10K  Mixed/Hilly Sun 20th Aug 2023, 11:00 am  link
 8 Ladybower Reservoir Trail Half Trail/Hilly Sat 14th Oct 2023, 11:00 am  link
 9 Baildon Cross-Country  Off Road/Hilly Sun 5th Nov 2023, 10:00 am   
 10 Travellers 6 Denby Dale  Road/Hilly Dec 2023  
 11 Oakwell Hall Park Run  Trail/Undulating Sat 6th Jan 2024, 9:00 am  link
 12 Hoppits Hill Fell Race  Off Road/Hilly Sun 4th Feb 2024, 10:00 am  link
 13 Ian Roberts Memorial  Off Road/Hilly Sun 3rd Mar 2024, 10:00 am  link
 14 Dentdale Half  Road/Hilly Sun 17th Mar 2024, 10:00 am  link
The Club Championships have really got going now after four races. So now would be a good time too look at the current leaders:
Pos Name Races Points
Womens Grand Pix    
1 Kathy Armitage 3 146
2 Amy Oatway 3 140
3 Helen Ansell 2 99
Womens WAVA    
1 Kathy Armitage 3 147
2 Amy Oatway 3 135
3 Caroline Smith 2 100
Mens Grand Prix    
1 Mark Davies 4 169
2 Kieran Welsh 4 155
3 Ian Whalley 4 146
Mens WAVA    
1 Mark Davies 4 189
2 Kieran Welsh 4 152
3 Ian Du Feu 3 143
Oh look, I am first in both Mens categories ????. Sorry about that.

Still 10 races left, so still time get involved if you haven't already. Your best 8 results count.

The Race Schedule can be found here.

Marsden Ten

Once again a big thankyou to everyone who helped out on the day. We run the event chiefly so Stadium Runners can host a race that other clubs and runners can participate in. However as a bonus we made a profit of nearly £700 this year which we have split 50/50 between ourselves and Colne Valley Lions. I still have a few Marsden Ten Tea Towels available so if you would like one, even if you didn't participate on the day, please let me know.

We have scheduled the 2024 Marsden Ten for Sunday 9th June. I have requested a slightly cooler day this time, at least when we do the Winter League Race at Storthes Hall we don't have to worry about the course catching fire!

John Cottam

Yorkshire Veterans Grand Prix

Just a quick note to advertise the Yorkshire Veterans Grand Prix series. Details below, but in brief it is £5 per race. Races are similar courses to Cross Country but usually less muddier and a bit warmer. First race is at Honley on the 23rd April. It would be nice if we could get a few more runners taking part this year.
Event Host Club Venue Date
Race 1 Holmfirth Harriers Honley 23.04.23
Race 2 Kirkstall Harriers Kirkstall Abbey 23.05.23
Race 3 South Leeds Lakers    Middleton Clearings 21.06.23
Race 4 Northowram Pumas TBC 13.07.23
Race 5 Queensbury RC Littlemoor Park 01.08.23
Race 6 Pudsey Pacers Post Hill 08.08.23
Race 7 Ackworth RR Fitzwilliam Country Park    01.10.23
Race 8 TBC    
Race 9 TBC    
Race 10   TBC  
Full details here.
Stadium Runners Milestones

Four this month.

Matt Smith 500
Sandra Emmerson and Alexa Schoolar 200
Kieran O'Prey 100

Well done all.

John Cottam

Attendance League

Figures for 2023 at the halfway stage are

Monday I'm in the lead with 19 with David, Rob, Russell, Sandra and Simon on 18

Thursday sees Matt on 21 just ahead of Rob and Tom on 20

Overall sees Rob and myself both on 38 with David and Matt on 37

Just to say if anyone wishes to bribe me by offers of holidays, expensive meals or sporting events to miss Monday or Thursday sessions I'm open to suggestions

John Cottam

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 -

July 3rd, 17th, 31st
August 14th
September 11th, 25th

Free for members - book via Runtogether Stadium Runners Development Sessions (free)

Simon's Strength & Conditioning for Runners

So after a short sabbatical the S & C for Runners Club is back!

The new venue is Studio 1 at the Stadium Health and Fitness Club, this is the room just to the left of reception on the ground floor, where the Stadium Runners do their pre run briefing .

The sessions begin this coming Monday 12th of June, at a new time of 6.45pm - straight after the briefing for the Stadium Runners club run.

The future date's so far agreed with the Health Club are;
July 10th & 24th
August 7th & 21st
September 4th & 18th

(These dates are on the alternate weeks to the track sessions at Leeds Rd for the Runners Development Sessions).

The sessions are available and suitable to anyone and everyone. We won't have access to quite the full array of equipment that we ended up using at HD1 Fitness, but we will continue to challenge you to be a more durable, robust and resilient athlete ready to handle your running volume and intensity as well as recover better.

The sessions will continue to be £5, with preferred payment via the details below or cash on the night. Please let me know if you intend to come from week to week, as before I will send a reminder message out a day or so before for confirmation of attendees.
£5 per session

Looking forward to seeing you back and working on your S & C!

Simon Courtney
Rockhopper Running

If you are fancying some off road running this summer then the Rockhoppers have two sessions per week, first one on Tuesday evening starting at 6.30 meeting at various pubs, with a 5 mile run then refreshments afterwards at the pub, starting 9th May onwards. On the fourth Tuesday every month we will be doing one hills & speed session.

Then we have the Saturday morning session starting at 9.00 meeting at various coffee shops with a 6 mile run, then refreshments afterwards at the cafe. The pace is a steady silver pace. So please book on if you fancy some brilliant off road running.
For all Rockhoppers sessions please click on the links for booking & details.

Rockhopper Saturday Off Road Running
Rockhopper Tuesday Running

Martin Wright
Upcoming Local Events for Local Runners

Wed 5th Jul, 19:15, Helen Windsor 10k

Fri 7th Jul, 19:30, SWT Home Valley 5 Miler

Sun 9th Jul, 9:30, Hollybank Eccup 10 mile

Sun 10th Jul, 11:00, Toss O'Coin

Thu 13th Jul, YVAA 4, Northowram Pumas

Wed 19th Jul 7:30pm, SWT Hepworth Trail

Tue 1st Aug, 6:30, Tony Audsley Flat Cap 5

Tue 1st Aug, YVAA 5, Queensbury RC

Tue 8th Aug, YVAA 6, Pudsey Pacers

Sun 20th Aug, Colne Valley 10k

Sat 2nd Sep, Heights 50m, 50k, 10k

Sun 24th Sep, 11:00, Shepley 10k

Sat 30th Sep, SWT Stairway to Heaven & Holme Valley Trail Half

Sun 1st Oct, YVAA 7, Ackworth RR

Sun Oct 15th, Ladybower Reservoir Trail Half

Sun 15th Oct, Yorkshire 10 Mile & Marathon

Sun 26th Feb 2023, Hoppits Hill Fell Race
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 July is valid until 3rd of August 2023. 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.

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 Saturday Off Road Running
Rockhopper Tuesday 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: 05th July 2023

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