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[Stadium Runners] Newsletter - October 2021


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London Marathon 2021
The London Marathon took place on Sunday 3rd Oct.

Ten Stadium Runners took part:

Luc Burnip 2:31:36 PB, P114 & Club Marathon Record
Joe Baker 2:32:01 PB, P120
Simon Courtney 2:37:39, PB
Tom Jagger 2:41:22, PB
Leo Timmins 2:49:32 course PB
Ashleigh Greenwood 3:11:06, PB, British Championship Qualifying time, 320th lady
Michaela Goodall 3:14:44, PB
Mark Davies 3:35:41
John Sayles 3:37:53
Steph Sayles 4:14:44

Fantastic running by all our runners!
Juggernaut Joe & the Ring O'Fire
Sounds like the latest J.K. Rowling? Perhaps it should be...

Regular newsletter readers will be familiar with the impressive exploits of Joe Baker reported every month. This time he has excelled himself, even by his own extremely high standards.

Ring O' Fire is a coastal ultra marathon which takes runners on an extraordinary 135 mile journey around the Isle of Anglesey, North Wales. The epic foot race is staged over three consecutive days and follows the rugged and spectacular Anglesey Coastal Path.

Between the 3rd & 5th September, Joe had an absolutely fantastic 3 days and came in 1st place, 2021 Ring O’ Fire winner, and set a new course record of 20:26:42. This shaved just under two hours off the existing record!!!

Day 1 (35.7m) - 5:10:00
Day 2 (65.9m) - 10:12:27
Day 3 (33.4m) - 5:04:15
Total (135m) = 20:26:42

Brilliant work Joe!
Stadium 5 Mile Challenge
Matt Smith organised a race for us on Sun 19th September. You had to predict your finish time, and run without a watch. The closest prediction to actual time was the winner. 15 Stadium Runners took part.

First 3 Males:
1. Carl Lecomber predicted 49:10, actual 48:52, difference 0:18.
2. Dan Lock predicted 40:40, actual 40:07, difference 0:33.
3. Jamie Brannan predicted 20:20, actual 29:29, difference 0:51.

First 3 Females:
1. Amy Oatway predicted 46:35, actual 45:40, difference 0:55.
2. Michaela Goodall predicted 37:50, actual 35:33, difference 2:17.
3. Helen Clegg predicted 56:00, actual 52:52, difference 3:08.

Great work everyone. Big thanks to Matt for organising both the event and the drinks after in the Magic Rock.
Calderdale Way Relay
The Calderdale Way Relay postponed from May 2019 was finally held on Sunday 26th September. There were a few more nettles and brambles around than in May. The weather was excellent, as you can see from the team photos above.

Stadium had three teams entered - Mens (78) , Ladies (79) & Mixed (80).

The Men's Team came 4th in a total time of 7:03:20. This is our best Club position ever, eclipsing the 8th place last year (but not beating last year's Club record  time of 6:36:30):
4. STADIUM RUNNERS A Team no.  78         07:03:20  
Runners Leg Time Total Time Pos at Leg End
Tom Jagger , Leo Timmins 01:21:22 01:21:22 5
Ben Ayres , Michael Cottam 01:10:00 02:31:22 4
Andrew Doig , Ian Sutcliffe 00:45:50 03:17:12 4
Jonny Cartwright , Kieran O'Prey 01:25:55 04:43:07 5
Rob Buchannan , Mark Davies 01:10:42 05:53:49 5
Simon Courtney , Matthew Pierson 01:09:31 07:03:20 4

The Ladies Team came 7th in the Ladies competition & 59th overall:
8. STADIUM RUNNERS B LADIES Team no.  79    11:05:15  
Runners Leg Time Total Time Pos at Leg End
Jessica Earnshaw , Kimberley Yeaman 02:34:50 02:34:50 61
Anouska Higo , Stephanie Sayles 01:48:04 04:22:54 60
Amy Oatway , Helen Ahmad 01:03:48 05:26:42 58
Christina Sunderland , Sarah Hunter 02:07:35 07:34:17 59
Charlotte Pogson , Nicki Cartwright 01:36:35 09:10:52 59
Anthea Bitcon , Michaela Goodall 01:54:23 11:05:15 59

The Mixed Team came 15th in the Mixed competition and 58th overall:
15. STADIUM RUNNERS C Mixed Team no.  80    10:58:20  
Runners Leg Time Total Time Pos at Leg End
John Cottam , Matthew Smith 02:01:46 02:01:46 53
Fiona Willis , Sharron Broadley 01:48:04 03:49:50 55
Linda Spencer , Helen Clegg 01:15:00 05:04:50 55
Adam Goodall , Martin Wright 01:36:36 06:41:26 50
Rebecca Wilson , Carl Lecomber 01:32:05 08:13:31 50
Russell Dyson , Sandra Emmerson 02:44:49 10:58:20 58

Brilliant work by all our runners. Also, enormous thanks to Jonny & Nicki Cartwright for all their efforts in organising this. Without them, it wouldn't have happened.
Sat 4th Sep, Skipton Trail Half. Jonny Cartwright was 18th in 1:50:37 and 2nd M50. Andrew Doig was 24th in 1:53:19. Kieran Welsh came 54th in 2:09:17. Nicki Cartwright was 41st female in 2:41:27.

Sat 4th Sep, Huddersfield parkrun. Steve Carson came 2nd in 17:24.
Sun 5th Sep, ASDA Foundation Leeds Half.
Luc Burnip came 5th in 1:12:40.
Tom Jagger was 9th in 1:15:26.
Leo Timmins was 19th in 1:19:31.
Tom Howarth was 60th in 1:26:45.
Val Sullivan was 1940th in 2:17:04. 

Sun 5th Sep, ASDA Foundation Leeds 10k.
Stephen Foxcroft  was 430th in 49:47.
Catherine Banks was 1144th in 58:42.
Sun 5th Sep, IGUN Hornsea Trail Marathon. Ashleigh Greenwood came 2nd in 3:39:24 and was 1st female.
Sat 11th Sep, Lost Shepherd Fell Race. Kieran O'Prey came 14th in 2:26:27.
Sat 11th Sept, Keswick Mountain Festival Terrex 25k Trail Race. Michaela Goodall came 127th in 2:54:58. Adam Goodall came 128th in 2:55:00.
Photos by Andrew Swales Photography

Sat 11th Sep, Huddersfield parkrun. Stadium Runners had 4 finishers in the top 51st was Luc Burnip in 16:18. 2nd was Simon Courtney in 16:34. 3rd was Joe Baker in a PB of 16:36. 5th was Tom Jagger in 16:46.
Sun 12th Sep,. Yorkshireman Marathon. Darren Earnshaw came 18th in 2:04:21. Andy Petrie came 35th in 4:32:31. Matthew Donnelly came 61st in 5:30:54.

Sun 12th Sep,. Yorkshireman Half. Nicki Cartwright came 159th in 2:59:02 and was 53rd female.
Sun 12th Sep, Great North Run. 
Name Position Finish Time    
Gareth Eagleton 734 01:29:36   PB
Brendan Halliday 3086 01:43:03    
Amy Oatway 5097 01:49:08    
Rachael Hey 7107 01:53:57    
Dan Lock 7108 01:53:57    
Stephen Foxcroft 8145 01:56:14    
Chris Eaton 10941 02:02:18    
Jessica Earnshaw 21685 02:29:59    
Barbara Johnston-Read 26164 02:49:06    

Sun 12th Sep, Blackpool Half Marathon. Anouska Higo came 62nd in 1:52:20 and was 11th female and 3rd WV40.
Sun 12th Sep, Shepley 10k. Caroline Smith was 40th in 51:00 and 5th female and 1st F60. Kathy Armitage was 42nd in 51:10 and 7th female and 2nd F50. Fiona Willis was 83rd in 1:01:56 and 23rd female. Russell Dyson was 106th in 1:09:39 and was 3rd M70.
Sat 18th Sep, York Turpin Challenge. Three Stadium Ladies completed 13.2 miles - Becky Wilson in 2:15:11, Nicki Cartwright and Charlotte Pogson both in 2:19:36.

Sat 18th Sep, Three Shires Fell Race. Kieran O'Prey came 107th in 3:15:01.

Sat 18th Sep, Huddersfield parkrun. Stadium Runners had the top 4 finishers1st was Luc Burnip in 16:18. 2nd was Simon Courtney in 16:28. 3rd was Tom Jagger in a PB 16:36. 4th was Andrew Bowett in a PB 16:48. Lynn Birchall was 1st female in 19:51. Gareth Eagleton was 16th in a PB 19:25.
(photo courtesy Mozzie Frith)
Sun 19th Sep, Ian Roberts Memorial Fell Race. Darren Earnshaw came 17th in 1:08:01.
Sun 19th Sep, Chester Half Marathon. Joe Baker came 9th in a PB 74:13 and was 1st  MV35. This was a qualifying time for the England Masters Half Marathon Team.

Sat 25th Sep, Holme Valley Trail Half. Andy Petrie came 3rd in 1:50:55 and was 1st M45.
Brilliant work everyone! More races to come. Apologies if I missed your race. Feel free to let me know about your racing achievements.
Bronze, Silver & Gold Groups
Places on our runs are currently limited to 24 plus Run Leader(s). 

In the meantime, we wanted to refresh everyone's memory on the structure and pace of our Bronze, Silver and Gold groups, just to make sure everyone is able to run with the most suitable group for them each week. 
Bronze - The Bronze group typically covers around 5-6.5 miles at roughly a 10-12 minute mile pace. Our Bronze group currently has a Run Leader and Run Assist. This will allow us to offer a split, if required.
Silver - The Silver group usually covers between 6 and 8 miles. The pace of this group is around 8 - 10 minute miles dependant on the route, which is likely to involve more elevation. The Silvers currently have a Run Leader and Run Assist. This will allow us to offer a split, if required.
Gold - The Gold group tends to cover a minimum of 8 miles, often running up to 10 miles. The routes are slightly more challenging and will be covered at around 8 minute miles, although this is subject to the route plan and elevation. The Gold group has a Run Leader and does not have a Run Assist. 
With all of our groups, we run back, meaning no one ever gets left behind. A regroup point will be given by the Run Leader and the quicker runners will always loop back for those at a steadier pace. So, if you feel ready to change your group and up your pace, you can be assured that you will be well looked after! 

We know that there isn't one particular group that will fit each runner all the time, and encourage all runners to run in the group most appropriate to their current level of fitness and ability. If you are unsure which group is the right one for you, then please do drop us a message or chat to a Run Leader and we'll point you in the right direction! 
Thank you


West Yorkshire Winter League 2021-2022
Hope everyone has entered the WYWL!
After a set back at Storthes Hall due to tree felling and then a caravan meet at Marsden Cricket club on the actual day of our proposed WYWL fixture we are still not giving in! We have been in contact with Shepley Cricket club who are discussing within their committee a proposal for us to host the fixture from their ground.
Pending their discussion and various other land owners we could have a race – if we get the go ahead we’ll be looking for volunteers to help with marshalling and car parking – any help massively appreciated!

Editor - Please note that entry to the 8 race WYWL Cross Country Season has now sold out.
Run Leaders Required

Editor's note - We have a particular issue with Gold Leads at the moment. If any of the faster Club Runners fancy stepping up and training as a run leader, that would be really appreciated.

Stadium Runners is always very grateful to all our run leaders, new and not so new. Stadium Runners simply wouldn’t happen without the dedication and commitment of run leaders who regularly give up their time to ensure all the groups stay safe and have a fun and challenging experience. But particularly over the last few months, our run leaders have been fantastic and we owe it to them that the Club has been able to offer safe and enjoyable sessions again.

We are always looking for new run leaders and can offer training, equipment and lots of support. The chance to say “not far now” and “that’s all the hills done” and other well known motivational (but not always true) phrases.

This course is now available as a virtual course. England Athletics have announced a number of dates for a new online Leadership in Running Fitness (LiRF) course, and they plan to release more dates in the future.

If you would like to know more about how to join this amazing team, email Bridget at or ring me on 07540 434573
Bridget Hughes
Upcoming Local Events for Local Runners

Sun 3 Oct, 10am - Hopton 10k

Sat 9th Oct - SVN Yorkshire Cakeathon, Penistone

Sun 10th Oct - SVN Yorkshire Cookiethon, Penistone

Sat 16th Oct - IGUN 'Sithee at Slawit' Slog. 5k - Marathon

Sun 17th Oct - IGUN Blinkin' Heck It's Bramley 10k

Sun 17th Oct, 9:30 - Lindley 10k - book here

Sun 24th Oct - IGUN Old Mother Shipton's Shuffle. 10k - Ultra

Sat 30th - Sun 31st Oct IGUN Hubble Bubble (Leeds). 5k - Ultra

Sun 19th Dec. Tentative date for Denby Dale Travellers 6

Sun 13th Feb 2022, Liversedge Half

Sun 8th May 2022, 10am - Stainland Lions Bluebell Trail.

Wed 6th Jul 2022, Helen Windsor 10k book here.
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 October is valid until 31st October. The code will give you 10% off and free standard shipping on all orders over £30 (Brooks products are excluded from this promotion).

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 Running RunTogether Runs
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.



Written by:Mark Davies
On: 04th October 2021

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