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[Stadium Runners] Newsletter - May 2020


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.

Important Notice regarding Covid-19:

Based on government advice, and guidance from England Athletics, all Stadium Runners activities continue to be suspended until the end of May. At this point we will re-evaluate taking into account the latest advice and guidance available.

To be clear, suspended activities include:

- Monday and Thursday training nights
- ‘Give Running a Go’ beginners course
- Awards Night
- Committee Meetings
- Annual General Meeting

Take care and we’ll look forward to running together hopefully in the not too distant future.

Stadium Runners

England Athletics statement here.

Cyber Courtney's Corona Coaching Computer Connected Classes

Simon Courtney is running online coaching sessions to keep you on your toes during the enforced break from training. Sessions will be delivered using Zoom, which is a free, multi user, conferencing service.

Join him live at 6:30pm on Mondays for a coaching session.

The link for the session may change on a weekly basis, so it will be emailed out to the mailing list & put on the Stadium Runners Members Facebook Group. A link to a recording of the session will usually be mailed out afterwards.

There is also a new video from Simon, a 3 minute focus on your middle - link.

Catch up on all the previous content and more on Simon's YouTube Channel

2019/20 Championship
The Committtee have made the decision to finish the race championship as it is. Not a perfect scenario, but they couldn’t see any other way around it. So the final positions are:
Grand Prix Men
Grand Prix Women
WAVA Women

Full results are available on the Stadium Runners website - link.

Well done everyone! Commiserations to those counting on the Windmill 6 to get them into contention.
Covid-19 2020 5k Cup Draw

Steve Taylor has had the brilliant idea of organising a virtual 5k knockout handicap competition running through to the 31st May. The full rules were explained in an earlier mailshot. This is a reminder of the first round draw:
Covid cup - Round 1 (28/04 to 03/05)              
      Parkrun PB         Parkrun PB  
      1.1.2019 -         1.1.2019 -  
      31.03.2020         31.03.2020  
1 Luc Burnip   15:43   12 Caroline Jones   26:47  
Matthew Pattison   19:54   Jonny Cartwright   18:51  
2 Matthew Smith   21:50   13 Becky McGuiness   24:05  
Sam Davies    26:34   Glenn Davies   25:21  
3 Steven Taylor   19:32   14 Simon Gudgeon   26:03  
Andrew Bowett   18:00   Steve Carson   17:00  
4 Martin Wright   21:11   15 Simon Courtney   16:50  
Brendan Halliday   21:41   Mark Davies   20:16  
5 Dan Lock   21:03   16 Gary Jackson   20:20  
Martin Folan   20:12   Tom Jagger   16:57  
6 John Eastwood   20:35   17 Andy Pigg   23:29  
Scott Bradbury   20:11   Nick Greenwood   19:45  
7 Daniel Hickling   26:08   18 Bridget Hughes   23:14  
Michaela Goodall   22:11   Leo Timmins   17:13  
8 Ashleigh Greenwood   20:04   19 Robert Buchanan   19:38  
Gareth Eagleton   19:54   Nikki Cartwright   30:56  
9 Lucy Taylor   30:56   20 Adam Goodall   21:58  
Chris Howarth   21:28   Cheryl Devine   25:25  
10 Jess Earnshaw   25:58   21 Helen Ahmad   24:34  
Amy Oatway   24:41   Andrew Doig   19:15  
11 Charlotte Pogson   22:20            
Mick Lunn   21:28

Lots of Stadium Runners have already been out and posted excellent 5k times on Strava during week 1 of the competition.Looking forward to lots more during the rest of May.
Ashleigh's Facebook Challenges

Those of you who follow the Stadium Runners Facebook Group will have seen that Ashleigh has stepped up to the plate and set a number of challenges to keep us on our toes.

There have been a number of Treasure Hunt challenges, asking Stadium Runners to go on a run and take pictures of various objects or places during the run. There was also a challenge to send in a pic of your favourite (socially distanced) place to run.

On the non running front, she has an on going competition to name the Stadium Runner from a selection of old photos that she has been sent. Tricky (unless they are all Steve Pickup).

If you are on Facebook, but don't belong to the Group, then I heartily recommend that you join. If you are not a Facebook user, then perhaps these interesting times are a good reason to give Facebook a go?

Big thanks to Ashleigh for keeping us entertained!

Many Stadium Runners use Strava to record their running (and other) activities. In these socially distant times, Strava can be a way to help you motivate yourself and keep connected with other runners.

On Strava, you can see all your personal runs going back over time, and stats showing what you are doing (distance, climbing, time) over weeks, months & years. You can compare what you are doing now, with what you, or other runners, were doing previously and use that for motivation.

And if that isn't enough, you can dip your toes into the world of Strava Segments. These are portions of road or trail created by members where athletes can compare times.You can try and beat your PR on a particular segment, or work your way up the leaderboard and see if you can knock Luc, Simon or Jamie (it's usually one of them) off the top.

If you have a Garmin, then these can be set up to automatically upload your activities to Strava - usually via a smartphone app on modern devices. I'm sure the same applies to Suunto's etc. If you don't have a running watch, but have a smartphone, then the Strava app is available on Android & Apple, and will do the same job of recording & uploading your activities..

If you aren't a Strava user, then maybe think about giving it a go and keep a connection with other runners? Free to join as a standard user, there is a pay extra Premium option.
2020/21 Race Calendar

Hi Team,
I hope you are all well!
I’m sure you are all aware of what impact Covid19 has had on races, our race calendar is no exception. The committee and I have had a discussion and feel it is pointless unveiling anymore races for next year until we know more as to how long this situation will last. It is an idea that we propose a ‘mini’ race calendar for 2020/21 concluding in March 2021 ensuring we get back to normality as soon as possible though that is purely in the planning stages until as a club we know more.
Discussions are underway regarding finalising this years calendar and I hope to update you all shortly.
Club Subs 2020/21

Club Memberships were due for renewal in April. However, due to the current situation both the club & UKA will be deferring membership for the time being.

More info when Alison has it.

Thank you.
Marsden 10 Mile Challenge, Sun 14th Jun
Marsden 10 is cancelled for 2020.
Upcoming Local Events for Local Runners

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

Wed 8th Jul, Helen Windsor 10K - cancelled. Entries will be carried forward to the 2021 race which will be on Wednesday 7th July 2021. If anyone would like a refund please email

Saturday 11th July, 11am. Heights 10K. This was to be on the Stadium 2020/21 Race Calendar, but things are obviously uncertain.

Sun 20th Sep, 10am. Bluebell Trail 10m. Hopefully this will still be on the Stadium 2020/21 Race Calendar.

Sun 4th Oct, London Marathon.

Sun 11th Oct, Manchester Marathon.

Sun 18th Oct, 9:30am, Lindley 10K.

Sun 25th Oct 2020, 10am, Stadium Woodland Challenge. Help needed marshals etc. Hopefully.
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 May code – valid until 3rd June 2020 - for a 10% discount & free shipping
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
Simon Courtney's YouTube Channel


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.



Written by:Mark Davies
On: 02nd May 2020

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