Stadium Newsletter

[Stadium Runners] Newsletter - May 2023

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 16th Apr, Manchester Marathon
The second biggest marathon in the country with over 18,000 finishers, just a short hop over the Pennines  and a very flat course to boot. Here's how the five Stadium Runners got on:
Pos Name Bib Chip time PB
1724 Ashleigh Greenwood 11680 03:08:36  
4004 Mark Davies 15968 03:29:47  
4323 John Sayles 13600 03:32:04  
6166 Christina Sunderland 21376 03:45:20 PB
8180 Ian Bitcon 24314 03:57:07  
Super running all!
Mon 17th Apr, Boston Marathon
Only one Stadium Runner made the trip over the pond to the Boston Marathon:

Steve Carson finished in 2012nd place and in 2:51:56.

Sun 23rd Apr, London Marathon
Well you all know what an epic event the London Marathon is. Here's how the Stadium entrants got on:
Place (Overall) Place (Gender) Place (Category) Last Name First Name Cat Finish PB
204 203 28 Courtney  Simon 40-44 02:32:45 PB
250 248 35 Baker  Joseph 40-44 02:34:02  
285 282 226 Burnip  Luc 18-39 02:34:58  
515 507 94 Jagger  Tom 40-44 02:38:41  
562 554 102 Timmins  Leo 40-44 02:39:22  
939 919 78 Bowett  Andrew 45-49 02:44:45  
1646 1584 1005 Wareham  Alastair 18-39 02:51:44 PB
3921 3574 536 Howarth  Thomas 45-49 03:06:59  
4571 479 326 Greenwood  Ashleigh 18-39 03:10:58  
7586 1251 149 Bitcon  Anthea 45-49 03:26:37 PB
15565 3959 607 Higo  Anouska 45-49 03:53:28 PB
Epic performances all round. Particular kudos to all those with PBs, and extra kudos to Anouska for also making a splendid job of filling the Club place. And let's not forget that Ashleigh did 3:08 at Manchester only seven days previously.
Sat 29th Apr, Cake Race
The first race in the Club's new 2023-2024 race calendar. Ten miles of off road loveliness, including two very big climbs, this tough race has been on the calendar a couple of times before. It has sold out in previous years, but there was a smaller field this year. This is how the 14 Stadium Runners performed:
Pos Name Time Cat Cat Pos Gender Gen Pos
6 Ian Du Feu 01:17:52 MV50 1 Male 6
32 Robert Buchanan 01:30:04 MV45 7 Male 29
38 Mark Davies 01:31:52 MV60 2 Male 33
39 Kieran O'Prey 01:32:59 M Senior 11 Male 34
44 Gary Jackson 01:33:08 MV50 7 Male 37
59 Kieran Welsh 01:35:49 MV45 8 Male 51
70 Matt Smith 01:36:58 MV40 6 Male 60
76 Ian Whalley 01:38:21 M Senior 20 Male 66
106 Andrew Smithson 01:44:00 MV55 7 Male 89
116 Amy Oatway 01:46:18 F Senior 11 Female 20
135 Kathy Armitage 01:54:35 FV50 5 Female 28
157 Helen Ahmad 02:07:08 FV45 5 Female 37
165 Ben Jackson 02:18:34 MU23 2 Male 123
171 Russell Dyson 02:45:29 MV75 1 Male 125
Well done to Ian & Russell on their category wins.

Awesome running everyone!
Other Racing!
Fri 7th Apr, Salford 10k. Joe Baker came 41st in 34:19.
Sat 15th Apr, Wensleydale Wander. Darren Earnshaw came 8th in the long course option in 3:25.

Sat 15th Apr, Tatton 10k. Helen Ansell came 23rd in 39:49 and was 1st female and 1st V35.

Sat 22nd Apr, Teenager With Altitude Fell Race. Kieran O'Prey came 111th in 4:57:02.

Sat 22nd Apr, Newlands Memorial Fell Race. Darren Earnshaw came equal 119th in 2:29:39.

Sun 23rd Apr, YVAA Grand Prix 1 at Honley. Matt Smith came 79th in 59:01, Andrew Smithson came 102nd in 57:52, John Cottam came 130th in 64:10 and Amy Oatway was a non scorer (too young) in 61:05.

Sun 23rd Apr, Run For Wildlife 10k. Stephen Foxcroft came 271st in 56:02.

Sun 30th Apr, Willow Valley Flyer. Joe Baker came 1st in 44:43.
Super running!
parkrun Highlights

Sat 1st Apr, Huddersfield. Peter Martin came 1st in 16:40, Michael Cottam came 5th in 17:51.

Sat 1st Apr, Penistone. Ashleigh Greenwood came 27th in a PB 24:02.

Sat 1st Apr, Halifax. Joe Baker came 2nd in 18:30.

Sat 8th Apr, Huddersfield. Matthew Pierson was 1st in 16:01, Ashleigh Greenwood was 18th in a PB & Club Record 18:58 and was 2nd female (the club records web page has been updated).

Sat 8th Apr, Centre Vale, Todmorden. Thomas Schooler came 1st in 18:58, Ian Du Feu came 7th in 20:51.

Sat 15th Apr, Huddersfield. Matthew Pierson came 2nd in 15:50, Simon Courtney came 3rd in a PB 16:13, Joe Baker came 4th in a PB 16:20, Luc Burnip came 5th in 16:22, Leo Timmins came 6th in a PB 16:54, Michael Cottam came 9th in 17:38. Wow!

Sat 15th Apr, Penistone. Nick Greenwood came 20th in a PB 23:14.

Sat 22nd Apr, Huddersfield. Matthew Pierson came 1st in 16:12.

Sat 29th Apr, Halifax. Joe Baker came 2nd in a PB 17:13.
Run Leader Rota

The Rota for Apr - Jun is available here.

PLEASE NOTE that the runs on Thu 4th May are from Leeds Road.

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).
Fri 17th Mar, WYWL Awards Night
The WYWL Awards night took place on Fri 17th Mar in Leeds and Simon Courtney & Russell Dyson were there to scoop up the awards & prizes for themselves and others:

1st M35 Alastair Wareham
2nd M40 Simon Courtney
3rd M40 Leo Timmins
2nd M50 Ian Du Feu
2nd M75 Russell Dyson
Male Team Winners Stadium Runners


Apologies, this should have been in the April newsletter.
Club Championships 2023/24

The full new race calendar was launched at the Awards Night and are now 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, 11:00 am  link
 3 Joe Percy  Road/Undulating Wed 14th Jun 2023, 7:30 pm  link
 4 Lindley 10K  Road/Undulating Sun 25th Jun 2023, 10:30 am  link
 5 Hepworth Trial  Trail/Hilly Wed 19th Jul 2023, 11:00 am  link
 6 Dewsbury Flat Cap  Trail/Flat Wed 16th Aug 2023, 7:00 pm  link
 7 Colne Valley 10K  Mixed/Hilly Sat 2nd Sep 2023, 11:00 am  link
 8 Ladybower Reservoir Trail Half Marathon  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 Tue 26th Dec 2023, 10:00 am   
 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

Calderdale Way Relay, Sunday 21st May

Thank you to everyone who has shown an interest in supporting and representing the club at this years CWR. Our participation in this event would be impossible without you guys getting involved, being part of the team, helping each other, showing patience, commitment and fitness to ensure the club has a great day out.

Below is a list of our starting 12's for each of our 3 teams.

Stadium Ladies
Leg 1: Kathy Armitage and Steph Sayles
Leg 2: Jo Coop and Sandra Emmerson
Leg 3: Chrissy Sunderland Amy Oatway
Leg 4: Ashleigh Greenwood and Anouska Higo
Leg 5: Cheryl Devine and Fiona Willis
Leg 6: Anthea Bitcon and Caroline Smith

Stadium Mens A
Leg 1: Joe Baker and Luc Burnip
Leg 2: Michael Cottam and Alastair Wareham
Leg 3: Ian De Feu and Tom Schoolar
Leg 4: Jamie Brannan and Tom Jagger
Leg 5: Steve Carson and Andrew Bowett
Leg 6: Simon Courtney and Matthew Pierson

Stadium Mens B
Leg 1: Kieran O'Prey and Andy Doig
Leg 2: Robert Buchanan and Damian Haigh
Leg 3: Ian Bitcon and Matt Smith
Leg 4: Mark Davies and Ian whalley
Leg 5: Rob Hoult and Martin Wright
Leg 6: Jack Laffey and Matt Pattison

Current reserve list for the Mens A and B teams, in no particular order;
Matt Donnelly
Andy Smithson
John Sayles
Kieran Welsh
John Cottam

If any Ladies are still interested in being involved by providing cover for the team then feel free to get in touch with Ashleigh, Anouska or myself.

Thanks again for putting your hands up, good luck with your training, have fun with the recce runs and please get in touch with any questions or queries regarding the teams, reserves, routes or kit requirements.

Simon Courtney and the selection committee.
Joe Percy Invitational 10k Wednesday 14th June 2023 at 7.15pm

We have a very few places remaining for the Joe Percy 10k in June! The classic, fast route around Farnley Tyas is back and on our club race calendar for 2023/24 – Please note there is a new route for this year, further details are to follow!

Entries are £10 and on a strict first come, first serve basis. Your place will be confirmed only when you pay £10 to Ash at the following account:

Mrs A Greenwood 11-10-08 16552468

The list for entries will be at training nights. Please can you use your surname as a reference when paying so we can keep track of entrants.

Matt Smith

Marsden Ten

This is a great opportunity to showcase Stadium Runners and build on the two previous successful races

The race date of Sunday 11th June is approaching fast and there are a number of things that we would appreciate some help with.

We have a number of jobs still available, particularly Marshalls, where assistance would be appreciated. John Cottam will have details on club nights or E Mail him at if you can help

We currently have 40 entries for the race and are hoping to increase this significantly in the next few weeks. Entry on the day will also be available. We think it is a great event and we will have a unique memento for all our finishers. If you can mention it to friends or take some of the flyers that John will have available on club nights to distribute that would be appreciated.

Yorkshire Veterans Relay

This event is being held at Cartworth Moor Cricket Club at 2pm on Sunday 4th June. Each member of a team of three runs a one mile leg. We have entered 3 male teams, organised by Matthew Pierson they would appreciate your support on the day.

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 Park (TBC) 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.
Membership renewal 2023/24

Dear Members.

From April 1st, 2023, it is the start of the new athletic year and this means that memberships need to be renewed for the next year of running with the club.

The membership fee remains at £35 for another year. £17 pays for the athletes individual UKA affiliation fee, while the remaining £18 goes towards the running of the club.

This year the club has added another benefit, to the club running experience, for paid up Stadium Runners members. From the start of this athletic year, members can now run for free, at the very well attended Runners Development Sessions that are held fortnightly, at the Leeds Road Running track.
I will shortly be sending out, an email to each member via the club membership email with all the information and forms necessary to renew and pay your membership.

For those members who would like to pay their membership by cash/cheque or have any particular queries, I will be attending two club sessions on Mon 17th April and Thursday 20th April from to 6.30pm, before the club briefing.

Prompt payment would be greatly appreciated and paid for by the latest date of 30th April 2023, to ensure that you membership continues, and you are able to compete in any future runs as a UKA affiliated Stadium Runner, which you may have entered and paid for.

If you know anyone that would be interested in becoming a paid-up member, please pass on the membership email below, so they can contact to find out more information.

Thank you.

Alison Cottam
Membership Secretary.
Stadium Runners.
AGM Thursday 27th April 2023
Thank you so much to everyone who attended the  AGM!

We had a great meeting, and your 23/24 committee was elected in -

Chair - Ashleigh Greenwood
Club Secretary - Fiona Willis
Treasurer - John Cottam
Membership Secretary - Alison Cottam
Website Secretary - Tom Jagger
Race Secretary - Andrew Doig
Kit Secretary - Sue Green
Social Secretary - Matthew Smith
Run Leader Support - Anouska Higo and Simon Gudgeon
Social Media Secretary - Rob Buchanan
Committee members without title - Ian Sutcliffe, Helen Clegg, Mark Davies, Amy Oatway, Andrew Smithson

Our committee will next meet on Thursday 25th May following the training run. All members are welcome.

Ashleigh Greenwood
Free Stadium Runners Development Sessions

The committee has agreed that Simon's track sessions will be free for our members as of April. A big selling point for those renewing!

I have created a new second booking link, so members can access for free:

The old link is still active and will still charge, so that non members can book on for a £3 charge. 

Ashleigh Greenwood

Stadium Runners Awards Night
A fantastic night was had at the Head of Steam - big thanks to Matt Smith for organising the event  - and here is a list of the trophy winners:
Club Servant Award
Mark Davies
Most Improved Runner
Amanda Matthews
Best New Member
Andrew Smithson
Courageous Run Award
Russell Dyson
Endurance Award
Team Goodall
Team Award
Mens A Team Cross Country
Supporters Award
Simon Courtney
Male XC Champion
Simon Courtney
Female XC Champion
Amy Oatway
Runner’s Runner of the Year
Mark Davies
Attendance Award
Rob Buchanan
Most Committed Racer
Ian Whalley
Women's WAVA Championship
Fiona Willis
Champion 2023
Women's WAVA Championship
Amy Oatway
Runner-up 2023
Women's WAVA Championship
Kathy Armitage
Third place 2023
Men's WAVA Championship
Andrew Doig
Champion 2023
Men's WAVA Championship
Michael Cottam
Runner-up 2023
Men's WAVA Championship
Rob Buchanan
Third place 2023
Women's Grand Prix
Fiona Willis
Champion 2023
Women's Grand Prix
Amy Oatway
Runner-up 2023
Women's Grand Prix
Kathy Armitage
Third place 2023
Men's Grand Prix
Michael Cottam
Champion 2023
Men's Grand Prix
Andrew Doig
Runner-up 2023
Men's Grand Prix
Ian Whalley
Third place 2023
Congratulations to all.
Stadium Runners Milestones

No milestones this month but in the 2023 Attendance League Rob Buchanan is currently repeating his 2022 triumph with a total of 29 to the end of April, followed by Simon Gudgeon and Matt Smith with 25 each.


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 -

15th and 22nd May.
5th and 19th June.
Free for members - book via Runtogether

Simon's Strength & Conditioning for Runners

The S&C sessions have been paused while I find a new venue.

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
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

Sun 7th May, 10:00, Stainland Lions Bluebell Trail

Sun 7th May, Pontefract 10k

Mon 8th May, IGUN Coronation Canter

Sun 14th May, 09:00, Rob Burrow Leeds Marathon

Sat 20th May, IGUN Beautiful Bluebell Bash 2023

Sun 21st May, Calderdale Way Relay

Sun 11th Jun, Marsden 10

Wed 14th Jun, Joe Percy 10k

Thu 15th  - Sun 18th Jun, Tour of Tameside 2023

Sat 17th Jun, IGUN Summer Extravaganza 2023

Sun 25th Jun, 09:30, Lindley 10k

Wed 5th Jul, 19:15, Helen Windsor 10k

Sat 2nd Sep, Heights 50m, 50k, 10k
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 May is valid until 3rd of June 2023. 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 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

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On: 02nd May 2023

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