Stadium Newsletter

[Stadium Runners] Newsletter - October 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.
Sat 2nd Sep Heights Ultra Trail
50 Mile
Ian Du Feu came 1st in 9:39:19.
Simon Courtney came 2nd in 4:34:32 and was 1st M40, Michael Cottam came 5th in 5:06:59 and was 2nd MSEN, Damien Haigh came 11th in 5:40:10, Michaela Goodall came 32nd in 6:37:11 and was 3rd female and 2nd F40, Adam Goodall came 33rd in 6:37:47.
(Linda Spencer dodged the cameras)
Sharron Broadley came 67th in 1:06:20 and was 26th female and 1st F60, Linda Spencer came 73rd in 1:11:21 and was 30th female, Carl Lecomber came 82nd in 1:15:13.
Thu 7th Sep, Stadium Blind Trial
For the Blind Time Trial run you must leave your watch behind! Your route is 5 miles on the canal. You can run this as quickly or as steadily as you wish. Before the run starts, you will submit your prediction on how long it will take you to complete the route. The runner isn't the quickest person to complete the course, but the person who completes it in the time closest to their prediction, with no watch to rely on! And don't worry, you can do a manual upload to Strava!

Well done everybody!
Other Racing!
Sat 2nd Sep, Dartmoor Volcano Race. Andrew Doig came 7th in 1:38:54.

Sun 3rd Sep, South Cheshire 20. Joe Baker came 4th in 2:02:01, Jamie Brannan came 30th in 2:25:11, Darren Earnshaw came 31st in 2:25:12, Helen Ansell finished in 2:37.

Sun 10th Sep, Great North Run. Andrew Bowett came 271st in 1:22:40, Matthew Donnelly came 756th in 1:29:29, Ashleigh Greenwood came 1,027th in 1:32:15, Stephen Foxcroft came 15,155th in 2:09:35, Bridget Hughes came 15,819th in 2:10:43, Chris Eaton came 22,277  in 2:21:31, Liz Mather came 30,190 in 2:36:17.

Sun 10th Sep, Yorkshireman Off Road Marathon. Michael Cottam came 19th in 4:20:52, Andrew Smithson came 105th in 5:51:01.
Sun 10th Sep, Yorkshireman Off Road Half. Darren Earnshaw came 15th in 2:08:22.
Sun 10th Sep, Teifi Valley Half. Andy Pigg finished in 2:18.

Sun 10th, Lost Shepherd Fell Race. Kieran O'Prey came 37th in 2:44:54.

Sun 10th Sep, Vitruvian Triathlon. Peter Martin came 34th in total time of 4:42:08.

Sun 10th Sep, Cheshire Half. Joe Baker came 15th in 1:17:14.

Sun 17th Sep, Copenhagen Half. Helen Ansell came 1713th in a PB 1:28:05, Darren Earnshaw came 1714th in 1:28:05, Amanda Matthews came 23,052th in 2:37:49.

Sun 17th Sep, Stainland Trail 10k. Michael Cottam came 1st in 45:30, Andy Petrie came 15th in 54:18, John Cottam came 40th in 1:09:19.

Sun 17th Sep, Marsden Madness Ultra (33.5m). Alastair Wareham came 1st in 5:10:24.

Sun 24th Sep, Shepley 10k. 

Sun 24th Sep, Warrington Half. Jamie Brannan came 22nd in 1:20:38, Steve Carson came 27th in 1:21:54, Mark Barraclough came 257th in 1:36:37.

Sun 24th Sep, Windsor Half. Becky Griggs came 2,200th in 2:15:15.

Sun 24th Sep, Berlin Marathon. Joe Baker came 708th in 2:40:34.

Sat 30th Sep, Holme Valley Half. Ian Du Feu came 3rd in 1:39:49, Kathy Armitage came 29th in 2:31:59 and was 1st F50.
Super running!
parkrun Highlights

Sat 2nd Sep
Huddersfield. Luc Burnip came 1st in 16:28, Henry Carter came 4th in 17:36, Rachael Hey came 61st in 22:20 and was 7th female.
St Helens. Ian Whalley came 7th in 21:13.
Barnsley. Lynn Birchall came 27th in 22:10 and was 4th female.
Berkley Green. Helen Ahmad came 35th in 25:30 and was 5th female.
Teifi Marshes Nature Reserve. Andy Pigg came 25th in a PB 24:40.

Sat 9th Sep
Huddersfield. Matthew Pierson came 1st in 16:47, Thomas Schoolar came 6th in 18:14.
Pontefract. Henry Carter came 2nd in 18:22.
Clapham Common. Luc Burnip came 2nd in 16:43.

Sat 16th Sep
Huddersfield. Simon Courtney came 1st in 16:25, Luc Burnip came 2nd in 16:35, Jamie Barnnan came 3rd in 17:12, Henry Carter came 4th in 17:48, Michael Cottam came 6th in 17:54, Thomas Schoolar came 10th in 18:29, Rachael Hey came 64th in 22:17 and was 6th female.
Rother Valley. Joe Baker came 1st in a PB 16:30.
Nostell. Stuart Nimmo came 72nd in a PB 28:35.

Sat 23rd Sep
Huddersfield. Simon Courtney came 1st in 16:21, Luc Burnip came 2nd in 16:56.
Rothwell. Matthew Donnelly came 4th in 19:20, Caroline Smith came 75th in 22:50 and was 7th female, Rachael Hey came 82nd in 23:14 and was 8th female.
Horton. Henry Carter came 1st in 17:45.
Teifi Marshes Nature Reserve. Andy Pigg came 23rd in a PB 23:48.

Sat 30th Sep
Huddersfield. Luc Burnip came 2nd in 16:24, Helen Ansell came 20th in a PB & Stadium Course Record of 18:38 and was 2nd female, Darren Earnshaw came 22nd in a PB 18:39, Ashleigh Greenwood came 32nd in 19:19 and was 3rd female. Rachael Hey came 78th in 22:00 and was 7th female, Caroline Smith was 100th in 22:58 and was 8th female.

St Helens. Ian Whalley came 10th in 21:11.

Cross Flatts. Henry Carter came 3rd in 18:08.

In parkrun, if you don't have your Club set to Stadium Runners - and why wouldn't you? - then your chances of your results appearing in this section are much reduced. You can amend this by editing the Groups option in your parkrun profile.
Run Leader Rota

The latest Rota for Oct - Dec is available here.

The following events have been arranged for your delight this quarter:
  • Saul’s Orienteering Event on 26th October
  • Halloween Run on 30th October
  • Lunar Relay on 23rd November
  • Christmas Run 21st December 
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).
Orienteering Event with Saul Muldoon - Thursday 26th October
Many of you will know Saul! Saul set up Stadium Runners, managing the club for many years. He ran some great events for the club, and he has kindly offered to come and host an orienteering style event for us on Thursday 26th October. 
Saul is keeping the details under wraps so it will be a surprise for us all! What we do know is - 
  • The event will take place at our normal training time of 6:30pm at the Stadium 
  • You will be paired up for the event. We will pair you up in advance of the event, so we do ask that you book on before the day. 
  • Please book via the following link - 
  • Saul will need a contact telephone number to include you in a Whats App group to communicate important information on the night. We can obtain this from the Run Together booking (please contact Ashleigh to discuss any issues). The Whats App group will be deleted after the event. 
  • There will be an opportunity to share the results after the run in the Studio 
So please get yourselves booked on to this mystery orienteering event....
West Yorkshire Winter League
Entries are still open for the £20 season pass for the West Yorkshire Winter League. That gives you access to 8 superb off road races between Nov 2022 and March 2023 and the chance to score points for the Club. Mud! Bargain!
Club Championships 2023/24

The new race calendar is 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, 10:00 am   
 3 Joe Percy  Road/Undulating Wed 14th Jun 2023, 7:15 pm   
 4 Lindley 10K  Road/Undulating Sun 25th Jun 2023, 9:30 am   
 5 Hepworth Trail  Trail/Hilly Wed 19th Jul 2023, 7:30 pm   
 6 Tony Audsley Flat Cap 5  Trail/Flat Tue 1st Aug 2023, 6:30 pm   
 7 Colne Valley 10K  Mixed/Hilly Sun 20th Aug 2023, 11:00 am   
 8 Ladybower Reservoir Trail Half Trail/Hilly Sat 14th Oct 2023, 11:00 am  FULL
 9 Baildon Cross-Country  Off Road/Hilly Sun 19th Nov 2023, 10:00 am   
 10 Travellers 6 Denby Dale  Road/Hilly Sun 17th Dec 2023 11:00am  
 11  ?O?a?k?w?e?l?l? ?H?a?l?l? ?P?a?r?k? ?R?u?n? Trail/Undulating Sat 6th Jan 2024, 9:00 am   
 12 Hoppits Hill Fell Race  Off Road/Hilly Sun ? Feb 2024  link
 13 Ian Roberts Memorial  Off Road/Hilly Sun ? Mar 2024, 10:00 am  link
 14 Dentdale Half  Road/Hilly Sun ? Mar 2024, 10:00 am  link
Full results & standings on the website here.

7 races gone, still 7 races left - get those races booked - but not the Ladybower Trail Half - it's full.

The Denby Dale Travellers 6 on Sun 17th Dec at 11am is now open for booking, but it does clash with WYWL at Bramley.
Stadium Runners Milestones & Attendance League

No milestones reached this month.

The attendance leagues for 2023 is now three quarters of the way through. The current leaders are


John Cottam and Russell Dyson lead with 29 followed by Rob Buchanan Sandra Emmerson and David Miller with 28


Rob Buchanan leads with 32 followed by Thomas Schoolar on 31, David Miller and Alexa Schoolar both have 30.


Rob Buchanan leads with 60 followed by David Miller on 58 and John Cottam on 57

John Cottam

Stadium Social Walk - Sat 28th Oct

Amy Oatway has organised another social walk.

This will be to Mirfield. Details tbc.

More details on Facebook.
Running Joke

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 -

Oct 9th, 16th (Martin Wright to lead) and 30th
Nov 13th and 27th
Dec 4th (Martin Wright to lead) and 18th
Jan 15th and 29th

Free for members - book via Runtogether Stadium Runners Development Sessions (free)

Simon's Strength & Conditioning for Runners

The venue is Studio 1 at the Stadium Health and Fitness Club, this is the room just to the left of reception on the ground floor, where the Stadium Runners do their pre run briefing .

The sessions are on Mondays, at 6.45pm - straight after the briefing for the Stadium Runners club run.

The future date's so far agreed with the Health Club are;

Oct 2nd and 23rd
Nov 6th and 30th
Dec 11th
Jan 8th and 22nd

(These dates are on the alternate weeks to the track sessions at Leeds Rd for the Runners Development Sessions).

The sessions are available and suitable for anyone and everyone. We won't have access to quite the full array of equipment that we ended up using at HD1 Fitness, but we will continue to challenge you to be a more durable, robust and resilient athlete ready to handle your running volume and intensity as well as recover better.

The sessions will continue to be £5, with preferred payment via the details below or cash on the night. Please let me know if you intend to come from week to week, as before I will send a reminder message out a day or so before for confirmation of attendees.

£5 per session

Both sessions are still nice and busy – track is usually high 20s and S & C is low 20s with the majority of them being our runners and some from ‘other’ clubs.

Simon Courtney
Rockhopper Running

Rockhopper Running
The Rockhoppers have three sessions per week. ????      
We have the Saturday morning session starting at 9.00 meeting at various coffee shops with a 6 mile off road run, then refreshments afterwards at the cafe. The pace is a steady silver pace. This session is every fortnight.

Then we have the new Hills & Speed session, starting this Tues 3rd Oct and this will go through to next Easter???? meeting at 18.30 until 19.30

See booking link for meeting point.

We also have a beginner session or if you are coming back from injury - Let’s Start Running. This session is on Saturday mornings at 11.30 for one hour, meeting at the War Memorial in Greenhead Park every week.

So please book on if you fancy some brilliant off road running, Hills & Speed work or the beginners session. ????

Please click on the links for booking & details.

The Saturday morning session

The Tuesday evening session

The Let’s start running session.
Martin Wright
Upcoming Local Events for Local Runners

Sun 1st Oct, YVAA 7, Ackworth RR

Sun 1st Oct 10:00, Hopton 10k

Sun 8thOct, MBNA Chester 10k/Half/Metric Marathon/Marathon

Sat 14th Oct, Ladybower Reservoir Trail Half

Sun 15th Oct, Yorkshire 10 Mile & Marathon

Sun 22nd Oct, Yorkshire 10 Mile & Marathon

Sat 28th Oct, IGUN Hubble Bubble 5k - ultra

Sun 5th Nov, IGUN  Old Mother Shipton's Shuffle 10k - ultra

Sat 18th Nov, IGUN Kirkstall Abbey Trail Running Fest 8.8 miles - ultra

Sun 19th Nov, WYWL 1 Baildon

Sun 3rd Dec, WYWL 2 Queensbury

Sun 3rd Dec, 
IGUN Bingley Baubles 5k - marathon

Sat 9th -Sun 10th Dec, IGUN Christmas Cracker 5k - marathon

Sun 17th Dec, WYWL 3 Bramley

Sun 17th Dec, 11am, Denby Dale Travellers 6

Sun 7th Jan, WYWL 4 Stadium

Sun 21st Jan, WYWL 5 Lakers

Sun 11th Feb, WYWL 6 Pudsey

Sun 25th Feb, WYWL 7 Stainland

Sun 3rd Mar 2023, Liversedge Half

Sun 10th Mar, WYWL 8 Crossgates

Mon 17th Mar 10am, Spen 20 (provisional)

Sun 14th Apr 2024, Manchester Marathon

Sun 21st Apr 2024, London Marathon

Sun 19th May 2024, Pontefract 10k

Sun 9th Jun 2024, Marsden 10
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 October is valid until 3rd of November 2023. The code will give you 10% off and free standard shipping (worth £4.99) 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 website
Rockhopper Saturday Off Road Running
Rockhopper Tuesday Running
Rockhopper Let's Start 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 October 2023

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