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[Stadium Runners] Newsletter - May 2022

Hi Mark

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 3rd Apr Manchester Marathon
Not an official Stadium race on the calendar, but 13 Stadium Runners made the trip over the Pennines for this fast & flat marathon. Lots of PBs, and super first time marathons from Andrew, Matthew.& Kieran. Also, Luc's PB was a new Stadium Club Record!.
Name Cat Chip Time    
Luc Burnip SM 02:28:57   PB
Simon Courtney MV35 02:35:48   PB
Tom Jagger MV40 02:43:22    
Andrew Bowett MV40 02:44:10    
Leo Timmins MV40 02:44:29   PB
Steve Carson MV40 02:48:53   PB
Ashleigh Greenwood SW 03:07:50   PB
Matthew Donnelly SM 03:17:48    
John Sayles MV50 03:19:31   PB
Mark Davies MV60 03:37:28    
Anthea Bitcon FV45 03:39:19    
Kieran O'Prey MV35 03:41:24    
Dan Lock SM 04:31:38    

Brilliant performances all round.

Sun 30th Apr The Cake Race
The first race in the new Stadium Race Calendar. A beautiful morning for a very tough race. A big hill to start, more hills in between and a tough descent back to Diggle at the end. There were a few  fallers amongst the 22 Stadium Runners on the day, and Russell got the worst of it. Hopefully everyone is OK. The huge cake selection made up for everything. This is how the Stadium Runners got on.
  Pos   Name      Time   Category Cat Pos   Gender  Gen Pos
1   Matthew Pierson 01:08:13   M Senior 1   Male 1
4   Tom Jagger 01:13:08   MV40 1   Male 3
25   Andrew Doig 01:20:33   MV55 1   Male 24
32   Kieran O'Prey 01:23:00   M Senior 14   Male 31
36   Ashleigh Greenwood 01:23:35   F Senior 2   Female 2
52   Robert Buchanan 01:29:14   MV45 7   Male 49
66   Mark Davies 01:32:06   MV60 3   Male 60
88   Gary Jackson 01:35:22   MV50 13   Male 75
90   Ian Whalley 01:35:36   M Senior 29   Male 77
95   Matt Smith 01:37:04   MV40 12   Male 82
140   Andrew Smithson 01:45:22   MV50 28   Male 110
167   Amy Oatway 01:53:31   F Senior 19   Female 44
168   Chris Howarth 01:53:32   MV45 19   Male 124
188   Sharron Broadley 01:58:57   FV55 5   Female 57
189   Ben Jackson 01:59:17   MU23 2   Male 132
193   Nick Greenwood 02:00:01   MV40 20   Male 135
196   Helen Ahmad 02:00:49   FV45 10   Female 59
197   Fiona Willis 02:00:51   FV60 4   Female 60
208   Cari Lecomber 02:04:48   MV60 7   Male 142
218   Nicki Cartwright 02:11:22   FV40 14   Female 73
219   Rebecca Wilson 02:11:23   F Senior 28   Female 74
236   Russell Dyson 02:33:27   MV75 2   Male 154

Matthew Pierson came 1st, Tom Jagger came 4th, Andrew Doig was 1st M50, Ashleigh Greenwood was 2nd female, Mark Davies was 3rd M60, Ben Jackson was 2nd MU23 and Russell Dyson was 2nd M75. Awesome.
Other Racing!
Sun 27th Mar, Sheffield Half Marathon. John Eastwood came 402nd in 1:37:01. Matt Smith came 565th in 1:40:23. Apologies for missing this last month.

Sun 3rd Apr, British 100k Championships. Joe Baker came 10th in 7:07:43.

Sun 10th Apr, Elvington Big Flat Runway Marathon. Tom Howarth came 2nd in 2:58:57 and was 1st MV45.

Sun 10th Apr, Brighton Marathon. Andrew Wareham came 97th in 2:35:48.
Mon 18th Apr, Boston (USA) Marathon. Joe Baker came 589th in 2:41:45.
Mon 18th Apr, World Coal Carrying Champioships, Gawthorpe, Wakefield. In the Men's Competition, Simon Courtney placed 29th in 7:55. You had to carry a 50kg bag of coal 1km mostly uphill!
Sat 23 Apr, Newlands Memorial Fell Race. Darren Earnshaw came 71st in 2:15:01.

Sun 24th Apr, Blackpool Marathon. Tom Howarth came 25th in 3:08:40 and was 3rd MV45.

Sun 24th Apr, Wirral 10k. Jamie Brannan came 1st in 36:39.

Sun 24th Apr, Swainby Sweep Fell Race 16m. Andrew Doig came 6th in 2:08:21 and was 1st MV50.

Sat 30th Apr, Yorkshire Three Peaks Fell Race. Michael Cottam came 59th in 3:52:09. Darren Earnshaw came 178th in 4:28:16. Andy Petrie came 266th in 4:51:00.

Sat 30th Apr, Malvern Hills Ultra 45m. Adam & Michaela Goodall came joint 17th in 10:08:00.
Brilliant work everyone! More races to come. Apologies if I missed your race. Feel free to let me know about your racing achievements.
parkrun Highlights

Sat 2nd Apr, Huddersfield parkrun. Michael Cottam came 1st in 17:22.

Sat 9th Apr, Huddersfield parkrun. Peter Martin came 1st in a PB 16:41. Michael Cottam came 3rd in 17:27.

Sat 16th Apr, Huddersfield parkrun. Matthew Pierson came 1st in 16:14. Tom Jagger came 2nd in 17:24.Joe Baker came 5th in 18:06.

Sat 16th Apr, Centre Vale parkrun, Todmorden. Peter Martin came 3rd in 18:32. Michael Cottam came 6th in 19:14. Both parkruns were after a 8 mile CWR leg 2 recce with 1500ft of climb!

Sat 23rd Apr, Huddersfield parkrun. Matthew Pierson came 1st in 16:14, Tom Jagger came 2nd in 17:24. Joe Baker came 5th in 18:06.

Sat 30th Apr, Huddersfield parkrun. Leo Timmins came 1st in 17:31. Matthew Donnelly came 15th in a PB 19:45.

Sat 30th Apr, Roberts Park parkrun, Saltaire. Joe Baker came 1st in 16:50.
Run Leader Rota

The revised Rota for Apr - Jun is available here.

Note the two ice creams runs planned for Mon 27th & Thu 30th June!
Give Running A Go

Stadium will be running Give Running A Go sessions again on Mondays in May & June at Leeds Road Playing Fields. They start on Mon 9th May and run for 8 weeks until Thu 30th June. Martin Wright will be Head Coach for the 8 sessions, with Bridget as second in command and assisted by Sue, Simon, Rob, Liz, Russell, Linda & Jonny.

Please mention GRAG to anyone who you think may be interested.

Calderdale Way Relay - Sun 15th May 2022
As you will know by now, club kit must be worn. This consists of red/white vest or the red/white training top. Hi-Viz yellow training tops are not permitted.

You MUST be a paid-up member of the club to take part in this race.
Check out Halifax Harriers website for details of what kit you need to carry. The event is classed as a Fell race and therefore FRA kit guidelines must be adhered to. Teams face disqualifications even if one runner isn't carrying the correct kit. Random kit checks are done. Don't let your team buddies down.
You MUST carry:-
  • A map of the course - available from the website
  • Whistle
  • Compass
  • Hat (not a buff !)
  • Gloves
  • Full waterproof body cover with taped seams (i.e. waterproof jacket and waterproof trousers)
  • Water/food if you wish
We also recommend you recce the route with your partner beforehand, however Halifax Harriers do organise an official recce day nearer the event.
Thanks again for supporting your club in this wonderful race.
Jonny and Kieran
Stadium Runners AGM

The AGM was held on Tuesday 26th Apr at 7pm at the Stadium.

The minutes from the last AGM were approved and reports were heard from the Committtee members.

A question and answer session took place.

The previous committee was re-elected, with the exception of Jamie Brannan who stood down.

The next committee meeting will be at 8pm on Thu 19th May at the Stadium.
Denholme Doddle

I received an email about the Denholme Doddle:

We are organising again our trail running event and challenge walk this year on July 23rd.

The Denholme Doddle takes in some stunning scenery. Distances are 27 miles, 21 miles and 17 miles.

We have six checkpoints giving out good refreshments and a friendly welcoming atmosphere with a hot meal, badge and certificate at the end.

We have received some outstanding feedback in past years. The event is a fundraiser for the Mpika charity.

We hope for a high turn out this year. Please would you notify your members of this event.

Online entry forms and info can be found on
Yorkshire Veterans' Athletics Association

After a Covid hiatus running virtual only events, the YVAA is fully back up and running in 2022.

Stadium Runners have affiliated to YVAA once again. Affiliation entitles all Club members aged 35+ to take part in all YVAA competitions, including their Grand Prix race series,  Championships, and any virtual events. 

The Registration process for the Multi-terrain Grand Prix series is about to open on the YVAA website. It is free to Register and you will only have to do this once.

Once you have registered you will also be able to enter the first event at Honley, hosted by Holmfirth Harriers, on 22nd May. Entry will cost £5 via the website using a credit card. This event has an entry limit of 250 and entry on the day will only be available if this limit is not reached by the pre-entry closing date.

Pre-entries will close one week before the event and announce how many places are still available on the website and on the Facebook group. If you decide to enter on the day then it will cost £7.

2022 Grand Prix Fixtures

There are six Grand Prix races currently in the calendar for 2022, and YVAA are in discussions with clubs to arrange up to five more..

Event Host Club Venue Date
Race Holmfirth Harriers Honley 22.05.22
Race Kirkstall Harriers Kirkstall Abbey 24.05.22
Race South Leeds Lakers Middleton Park 22.06.22
Race Saltaire Striders Bingley 26.07.22
Race Stainland West Vale 14.08.22
Race Queensbury Littlemoor Park 23.08.22

2022 Championships Road Races

Championship Venue Date
5k York TBC
5 Miles Bronte 5, Haworth 09.06.22
10k Helen Windsor 10k, Halifax 06.07.22
10 Miles Eccup 10 26.06.22
Half Marathon Major Stone HM, Lockington 04.09.22
Marathon Hull Marathon 25.09.22
Relays TBC TBC

There are also Track & Field, Trail, Cross Country, Road Relays & Fell events in the Championships.
Marsden 10 - 10am Sunday June 12th 2022

We will need around 35 people to help on the day. There are lots of jobs including Marshalling, Timing, Course Set up, Tail Walking and post race refreshments.

Please let either Alison or John Cottam know ( if you can help and they can allocate you a role.

The cost of entry is £15 for Affiliated and £17 for Non Affiliated Runners and entries are now live.

Please mention the event to anyone you think would be interested.

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 - 9th May, 23rd May, 6th Jun, 20th Jun

£3 per session - book via Runtogether Stadium RunTogether Development Sessions

Simon's Strength & Conditioning for Runners

Mondays at HD1 Fitness Clinic - 16th May, 30th May, 13th Jun, 27th Jun

£5 per session - to book please contact Simon on or 07882 836798

Simon Courtney

Rockhopper Running

The next Rockhoppers Tuesday session will be the spring & summer runs which start and finish at a pub, going from different pub locations around Huddersfield. These sessions will start at 6:30pm.

The Rockhoppers Saturdays start and finish at a coffee shop for refreshments.

If you fancy joining us Saturday morning for some off road fun. Then please book on. See link.

Rockhopper Saturday Off Road Running
Rockhopper Tuesday Running

Martin Wright
Trial Stadium Running

Have you got a running friend who hasn't yet experienced the delights of Stadium Runners?

The good news is if they want to have a couple of trial training runs with the Club, then it can be arranged.

Just send their name & email address to Alison at and she will send them the details.
Upcoming Local Events for Local Runners

Stadium Race Calendar etc races in bold

Mon 2nd May, noon registration, 1pm race, Coiners Fell Race, Mytholmroyd,  6.7m

Sun 8th May, 10:00, Stainland Lions Bluebell Trail

Sat 14th May, IGUN Beautiful Bluebell Bash 6.7m - Marathon

Sat 14th May, IGUN Old Colliery Canter 5m - Ultra

Sun 15th May, Calderdale Way Relay

Sun 22nd May, YVAA Grand Prix at Holmfirth Harriers

Tue 24th May, YVAA Grand Prix at Kirkstall Harriers

Sun 29th May, 10am, Buxton Half Marathon.

Sun 5th Jun, IGUN Wuthering Heights Wander 5m - Ultra

Thu 9th Jun, Bronte 5, Haworth (YVAA Championship)

Sat 11th Jun, IGUN Summer Extravaganza 5k - Ultra

Sun 12th Jun, 10am, Marsden 10

Sat 18th Jun, Summer Wine Trails School Run

Wed 22nd Jun, YVAA at Grand Prix South Leeds Lakers

Fri 24th Jun, Summer Wine Trails Holme Valley 5 Miler

Sat 25th Jun, IGUN Marsden Madness 5k - Ultra

Sun 26th Jun, 9:30, Lindley 10k

Sun 26th Jun, Eccup 10 (YVAA Championship)

Wed 6th Jul, Helen Windsor 10k (YVAA Championship)

Sun 17th Jul, 11:00, Huddersfield Road Series Toss O'Coin 

Wed 20th Jul, Summer Wine Trails Hepworth Trail

Sat 23rd Jul, Denholme Doddle.

Tue 26th Jul, YVAA Grand Prix at Saltaire Striders

Sun 14th Aug, YVAA  Grand Prix at Stainland Lions

Sun 21st Aug, 10:00, Huddersfield Road Series Colne Valley 10k Challenge

Tue 23rd Aug, YVAA  Grand Prix at Queensbury

Sat 3rd  Sep, Heights Ultra Trail
Heights 10km

Heights 50km
Heights 50 mile

Sun 4th Sep, Major Stone Half Marathon, Lockington  (YVAA Championship)

Sun 4th Sep, 2pm, Wetherby 10k

Sun 11th Sep, 11:00, Huddersfield Road Series Shepley 10k

Sun 25th Sep, Hull Marathon (YVAA Championship)

Sat 1st Oct, Summer Wine Trails Stairway To Heaven / Holme Valley Trail Half

Sun 2nd Oct, London Marathon

Sun 23rd Oct, Leeds Abbey Dash

Sun 6th Nov, 11am, Lancaster Half Marathon

Sun 28th Jan 2022, 11am, Kirkstall Calverley Cutter

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 - the new club code for May 2022 is valid until 2nd June 2022. The code will give you 10% off and free standard shipping 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 Facebook Group
Stadium Runners Members 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: 01st May 2022

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