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[Stadium Runners] Newsletter - October 2019


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Beck Busters 10K, Sun 15th Sep, 11am



A "lucky 13" Stadium Runners (Nicki missing from the photo) made the journey up to the picturesque village of Bishop Monkton, near Harrogate for the Beck Busters 10K. Leading up to the start, the skies darkened, but in the end it stayed dry for the race itself. It is a lovely course over varied terrain, but nothing too technical. We were warned about the possibility of encountering chickens en route, but they never materialised. The beck crossing at the end was an enjoyable way to clean your running shoes.

Top 3 Females

29th Lynn Birchall            43:18 (1st Female)
50th Michaela Goodall     46:38 (1st FSEN)
65th Rachael Hey            47:19 (2nd FSEN)

Top 3 Males

12th Jonny Cartwright      40:34
40th Mark Davies             44:36 (1st M60)
44th Adam Goodall          45:10

Bridget Hughes was 1st F60.

Full results here.

Super running by everyone.


Wiggle Manchester Half Marathon, Sun 13th Oct, 9am



The next event on the Club Calendar is this flat half, with great PB potential, but also an ideal first half marathon. Race numbers have already been posted out (except for late entrants, Jonny), and it looks like we will be well represented on the day. It is a big race, with over 10,000 finishers last year. Car parking looks to be a bit of an issue, as there are no plans to open an official car park. Car sharing and a bit of planning would be wise.

The start is by Old Trafford football ground, and the finish by Old Trafford cricket ground. Full route is here.


Other Races



(photo Stephen Smith)

Calke Abbey 10K, 15th Sep. Kasia Baldwin finished in 49:09.

Vale of York Half, 15th Sep. 5 Stadium Runners took part - Joe Baker (1:23:47, PB), John Eastwood (1:33:12), Ashleigh Greenwood (1:34:29), Jess Earnshaw (1:57:25, PB) and Russell Dyson (2:15:39).

Hull Marathon, 22nd Sep. Steve Taylor finished in 3:57:15. David Senior finished in 3:23:57, PB and a good qualifying time for Boston 2021!

Berlin Marathon, 29th Sep, Joe Baker 2:56:12 PB, Ashleigh Greenwood 3:18:48 PB (by 5 mins), Kim Senior 3:49:24 PB (by 8.5 mins!).

Budapest Marathon, 29th Sep, Michaela Goodall 3:28:50.

Tissington Trail Half Marathon, 29th Sep, Becky McGuinness 1:44:27 PB (by over 2 mins)

Beeston 10K, 29th Sep, Katy Dronsfield 57:07, 4th place.


Hudds, 7th Sep. 1st Luc (15:55, PB & Stadium record!), 2nd Jamie, 3rd Tom, 5th Michael (PB), 6th Steve C. And a further 4 PBs for Joe, Chris B, Jess & Katy! Stuart's 100th & Steve P's 200th parkruns!

Hudds, 14th Sep. 1st Luc (15:43, PB & Stadium record!). Claire & Melanie Tasker both ran their 150th parkruns.

Hudds, 21st Sep. 1st Jamie, 3rd Steve C. Gareth E 21:19 PB (and almost 7 mins improvement since joining Stadium Runners). Kim S 23:15 PB. Dan L ran his 200th Hudds parkrun and his 250th total parkrun!
Brighouse, 21st Sep. 1st Luc, Course Record in 15:47!, 2nd Simon.

Huds 28th Sep, 1st Tom. Rachael Hey 22:23 PB.


John Cottam completed the Forres Harriers Beer Mile.


Brilliant work everyone. Apologies if I missed anything.


Lynn Birchall runs for England!

Lynn has followed in Bridget’s footsteps and been selected for the England Masters team. In her case it’s for the 10K and she was picked by running 38:37 to finish first in her age category F45 at the City of Salford selection race. That time is also a Club record for the women's 10K.

Full Salford results here.

Awesome running Lynn.


Pumpkin Run



Our annual, eagerly awaited, Pumpkin Run returns on Thu 31st Oct. From what I recall, teams run round the district, carrying a pumpkin per team, and are charged with taking photos of said pumpkin in front of various places/objects in order to earn points. The most points wins. Fancy dress encouraged.




Stadium Runners Club Records Page

The Stadium Runners Club records page on the website was looking a bit out of date. I have updated it - and it is now clean sweeps for both Luc & Lynn (commiserations to Simon & Jamie). If I have got anything wrong, please let me know.


Sowerby Snails @ Stadium



Following on from the success of the Away Run to Sowerby Snails, we’ve invited them over to the Hudd on Weds 20 Nov! We’ll start from Lockwood Park KAL at 7pm and run our usual groups up to Castle Hill and surrounding area.

Then we’ll head to the Shoulder of Mutton at Lockwood for food afterwards at £2 per head. Meat & veggi options, probably chilli or similar.

If you want food, please add your name to the list which is on the noticeboard .

Car parking at Lockwood Park KAL site, please car share if possible.

Thanks to Jonny & Nicki for organising this.


West Yorkshire Winter League Cross Country 2019/20



You may have already seen, but we have the pleasure of hosting a WYWL race this season! Our race will be at Storthes Hall on Sunday 9th of Feb 2020 and we have an awesome route in mind! Ashleigh, Jonny and Rob will let you know more details soon and we’ll be in need of plenty of volunteers to make our event a huge success! ???? Add your name to the list on the notice board if you can help. There will be walk rounds prior to the event. Any questions, then speak to Nicki or Jonny.

Season passes went on sale on Tue 1st Oct - now £10 for 6 races, a bargain.

The link to get your pass is here. The league is exclusive and these races are only for fully paid-up members of Stadium Runners.

There was a big demand last year, so make sure that you do not miss out.


Calendar / Cross Country Clash Conundrum

(I missed my vocation writing headlines for the Sun)

Planners amongst us will have noticed that the Pudsey XC clashes with Sir Titus Trot 10K & 10M on our Race Calendar, meaning that members will not be able to complete all XC and Race Calendar events. 

Sadly there was always a chance that this could happen, and as some members have already entered Sir Titus Trot, it would not be fair to find an alternative replacement race. 

Note that the Sir Titus Trot starts at 11am 10K / 10am 10m, so it will not be possible to run a double with Pudsey. I know that Darren will be disappointed.

In future years, the Club will consider not confirming the last third of the Race Calendar until the WYWL fixtures have been released. 

Haweswater HM and the Windmill 6M dates have now been confirmed so look out for news from your Race Secretary Matt Smith over the next couple of weeks on which WYWL race and Dewsbury parkrun will be included in this year’s Race Calendar.



London Marathon Ballot



The public London Marathon ballot results will start landing in your inbox week commencing 7th October. Good luck to those who have applied! If you miss out, remember to keep evidence of your rejection for a second chance in the club’s own ballot. We’re likely to have 1 place up for grabs (tbc). The club’s ballot will be drawn on a training night before Christmas. Further news will follow via the newsletter and members’ Facebook Group.


Social Events

Jonny & Nicki have been very busy organising things for us to do when not running:

Sun 13th October — Post Manchester Half Marathon drinks in town. If you've never run a half marathon before, this is an ideal one to start with, then celebrate your success afterwards back in Huddersfield!
4pm Drinks at Sportsman
6pm Curry at Chilli lounge

Sun 20th October - Athletics Event trip. Come and support our very own Bridget 'pocket rocket' Hughes representing England at the Yorkshire Marathon - cowbells optional!

Wed 20th Nov - Meet up & run with Sowerby Snails. Meet at Lockwood Park (KAL site) at 7pm. Usual groups. Hot food in the Shoulder of Mutton afterwards - add your name to the list on the notice board if you are wanting food.

Sat 14th December — Christmas drinks in Huddersfield. Informal meet up involving fun, frolics (& fruit juice!)

Glitz & Glamour alert!
Sat 18th April 2020 — Awards Night 2020 will be held at Fixby Hall Golf Club. It is going to be a night of glitz & glamour - no lycra allowed. Dig out your best frock & dancing shoes (not you Jonny!) and prepare to wow your fellow club mates. Tickets are £30 and this includes a 3 course meal, awardss and a DJ until late. Tickets available from Nicki or Jonny Cartwright on a club night or email


Contrast Baths



This came via Jonny, and I originally published it back in the May Newsletter, but he asked nicely if I could put it in again in case anyone missed it.
Contrast baths are used to provide treatment that causes alternating periods and conditions of the blood vessel dilation and constriction at the injury site.
They should ONLY be used once the swelling and bleeding have been controlled
Contrast baths should be used from 48 -72 hours after following an injury. It promotes healing and aids in the absorption of the remaining swelling around the injury site.
The treatment should be carried out 3 times per day (in accordance with the table below) and combine it with non-weight bearing exercises, working within a “pain free” range of motion.


Day 3 – 4 after injury
First 2 days of baths

Day 5 – 6 after injury
Next 2 days of baths

Day 7-8 after injury
Final 2 days of baths

Keep foot in cold for;-

4 minutes

2 minutes

1 minute

Keep foot in hot for;-

1 minute

2 minutes

4 minutes

Keep foot in cold for;-

4 minutes

2 minutes

1 minute

Keep foot in hot for;-

1 minute

2 minutes

4 minutes

Keep foot in cold for;-

4 minutes

2 minutes

1 minute

Keep foot in hot for;-



4 minutes





** NOTE**
The foot has been used as an example. However, the contrast bathing protocol can be used on any injured body part providing there are no contra indications.

Recovery ladder for treatment and rehabilitation

























1. Functional Work





Straight line work



















1. Active Mobilising











2. Rotational Work



1. Contrast Bathing

2. Active Strengthening






Zig Zags



2. Active Movements

(relative to sport played)

Figure of 8's



    NWB gentle active 

Non weight bearing

Side stepping



    pain free movement.




    Isometric exersises

Partial weight bearing

3. Functional Skills

"On Field"


    progressing to core

Dependant on sport



    Dynamic Exercises

Full weight bearing

Position specific

First Aid







3. Passive Stretching

3. Balance

4. Full Training








    Stretching to within

4. Co-ordinaton

5. Match play



    minimal discomfort






5. Endurance Work


















0 - 48 HOURS

48 HOURS - 7/10 DAYS

7 - 10 DAYS

5 - 6 WEEKS +/-













Stadium Runners Committee Meeting

Any club members are welcome to attend Committee Meetings. The next meeting is Monday 7th Oct at 8:15pm. We try to keep meetings short, effective and humorous!


Upcoming Local Events for Local Runners

The full 2019/2020 Stadium Race Calendar has now been published.

Sun 6th Oct, 10am, Hopton 10K. A new event this year.

Thu 10th Oct, 7:15pm, YVAA Championship 5K at York.

Sun 13th Oct, 9am, Manchester Half Marathon. Flat, fast and with great PB potential. 9th event on the Club Calendar - book here.

Sun 20th Oct, 9:15, Holmfirth 10K. No 15 mile option this year :( - book here.

Sun 3rd Nov, 10am, Guy Fawkes 10m, Ripley, N Yorks. 10th event on the Club Calendar - book here  SOLD OUT

Sun 10th Nov, 11:02am, YVAA Grand Prix race at Spenborough - details here.

Sun 17th Nov, 10:30, WYWL 1, Baildon.

Sun 1st Dec, 10am, WYWL 2, Dewsbury.

Sun 5th Jan, 12 noon, Sir Titus Trot 10K & 10M. 11th event on the Club Calendar - book here

Sun 5th Jan, 10am, WYWL 3, Pudsey.

Sun 19th Jan, 10am, WYWL 4, Queensbury.

Sun 2nd Feb, 9am, Dewsbury 10K - flat, fast, great PB potential - book here

Sun 9th Feb, 10am, WYWL 5, Stadium.

Sun 16th Feb, 11am, Liversedge Half - brutal, hilly half - book here

Sun 23rd Feb, 10am, WYWL 6, Stainland.

Sun 1st Mar 2020, 11:30am, Haweswater Half Marathon, 13th event on the Club Calendar - book here.


Newsletter Articles



I'm sure your 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 October code to get 10% discount and free delivery

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


Written by:Mark Davies
On: 03rd October 2019

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