Stadium Newsletter

[Stadium Runners] Newsletter - November 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 1st Oct, Hopton 10k
A local race run to raise funds for Hopton Primary School. It starts and finishes on a flat road section, but in between it winds its way up & down off road, sharing parts of the route with the WYWL Dewsbury course.
Pos Name Cat Cat Pos Net Time Gun Time
1 Simon Courtney MV40 1/9 38:46 38:46
6 Adam Crosland MV40 4/9 42:45 42:45
7 Thomas Schoolar MSEN 3/24 43:25 43:25
30 Mark Davies MV60 1/11 51:23 51:25
96 John Cottam MV65 2/7 1:03:09 1:03:19
Super running by all, and well done to Simon on 1st place on his home patch.
Sun 8th Oct, Chester Marathon
Renowned as a fast & flat course.
Pos Gun Time First name Last name Chip time Chip pos M/F M/F pos Chip M/F pos Cat Cat pos Chip Cat pos
21 02:37:15 Joe Baker 02:37:15 21 Male 21 21 MV40 7 7
261 03:05:27 Ashleigh Greenwood 03:05:27 263 Female 19 19 FV35 5 5
314 03:10:47 Helen Ansell 03:10:20 313 Female 25 25 FV35 6 6
372 03:13:47 Darren Earnshaw 03:13:20 373 Male 339 340 MV45 57 57
2431 04:44:18 Helen Ahmad 04:39:57 2407 Female 536 534 FV45 87 86
Well done everyone, and special kudos to Darren on his PB and the two Helens on their first marathons.
Sat 14th Oct, Ladybower Trail Half

The 8th race on the Stadium calendar, it filled up early which caught several runners out (including me). Billed as a Half, but actually coming in at about 15 miles, this was a tough, hilly course. Here is how the lucky few got on:
Pos Net Pos Name Gun Time Chip Time Cat Cat Pos Gender Gen Pos
251 282 KATHY ARMITAGE 02:43:39 02:43:31 V50 7 Female 51
328 332 JOHN COTTAM 02:52:31 02:49:32 V65 1 Male 246
361 386 FIONA WILLIS 02:56:31 02:55:45 V60 1 Female 90
370 362 ELIZABETH RUFFLEY 02:57:42 02:53:07 Senior Female 42 Female 95
Very well done all, and special plaudits to Kathy & John for bagging 50 points each.
Sun 15th Oct, Manchester Half
Fast, flat course that brought the Stadium Big Guns out for the day.
56 Simon Courtney M MV40 01:12:35 01:12:22 PB
76 Tom Jagger M MV45 01:13:55 01:13:39 PB
88 Leo Timmins M MV40 01:14:31 01:14:15 PB
131 Peter Martin M MSEN 01:16:44 01:16:29  
394 Andrew Bowett M MV45 01:25:49 01:16:45  
1350 Anthea Bitcon F FV45 01:46:29 01:36:44  
1817 Ian Bitcon M MV55 01:52:38 01:42:53  
3874 Elizabeth Courtney F FV50 02:14:00 01:55:21  
Fantastic running everyone.
Other Racing!
Sun 8th Oct, Rochdale Half. John Vigurs came 89th in 1:47:05.

Sun 15th Oct, Castle Carr Fell Race. Ian Du Feu came 11th in 2:55:55.

Sun 15th Oct, Castle Carr Half Fell Race. Andrew Smithson came 30th in 1:37:24.

Sun 15th Oct, Holmfirth 10k. Adam Crosland came 4th in 37:16 and was 2nd M40, Matt Pattison came 21st in 41:46 and was 3rd M40, Andy Petrie came 42nd in 45:31, John Cottam came 127th in 58:01.

Sun 15th Oct, Yorkshire Marathon. Michael Fleary came 603rd in 3:19:29, Michael Cottam came 853rd in 3:27:33.

Sun 15th Oct, Yorkshire 10 Mile. Helen Ansell came 120th in 1:07:44, Darren Earnshaw came 124th in 1:08:51, Amanda Matthews came 2132nd in 1:47:17.

Sat 21st Oct, Langdale Half. Luc Burnip came 2nd in 1:19:21.

Sun 22nd Oct, Leeds Abbey Dash 10k. Simon Courtney came 96th in 32:52, Peter Martin came 215th in 35:36, Jamie Brannan came 192nd in 35:04, Joe Baker came 142nd in 33:59, Robert Thewlis came 2557th in 54:36.

Sat 28th Oct, Race You to the Summit Fell Race,. Henry Carter came 15th in 35:45.

Sat 28th Oct, North York Moors Ultra. Michaela Goodall came 24th in 6:53:06 and was 5th female, Adam Goodall came 25th in 6:53:07.

Sun 29th Oct, Bronte Trail Race. Kieran Welsh finished in 1:24:27.
Super running!
parkrun Highlights

Sat 7th Oct

Huddersfield. Simon Courtney came 1st in 16:16, Luc Burnip came 2nd in 16:39, Adam Crosland came 4th in a PB 17:19, Michael Cottam came 9th in 18:42.

Lister Park. Matt Pattison came 10th in a PB 19:46.

Wanstead Flats. Fiona Willis came 167th in a PB 29:02.

Skipton. Julie Wootton came 122nd in a PB 29:33.

Sat 14th Oct

Huddersfield. Michael Cottam came 5th in 18:25, Matt Pattison came 9th in 19:08.

Lister Park. Becky Griggs came 105th in a PB 27:23.

Sat 21st Oct

Huddersfield. Adam Crosland came 1st in 18:09, Henry Carter came 2nd in 18:18, Michael Cottam came 6th in 19:16, Caroline Smith came 69th in 24:36 and was 6th female.

Ormeau. Rachel Hey came 49th in 22:47 and was 3rd female.

Sat 29th Oct

Huddersfield. Luc Burnip came 1st in 16:40, Leo Timmins came 4th in 17:07, Rachael Hey came 73rd in 23:06 as was 8th female.

Brighouse. Michael Cottam came 4th in 18:59.

Myrtle. Becky Griggs came 50th in a PB 28:41.

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:
  • Halloween Run on Thu 2nd November
  • Lunar Relay on Thu 23rd November
  • Christmas Run Thu 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).
West Yorkshire Winter League
First race of the season is at Baildon at 10:30am on Sun 19th November - a jolly run around on top of the moors. OK, big climb to get up there, and big descent at the end :)
Club Championships 2023/24

The 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, 10:30 am   
 10 Travellers 6 Denby Dale  Road/Hilly Sun 17th Dec 2023 11:00am  
 11 Oakwell Hall parkrun Trail/Undulating Sat 6th Jan 2024, 9:00 am   
 12 Hoppits Hill Fell Race  Off Road/Hilly Sun 25th Feb 2024  link
 13 Ian Roberts Memorial  Off Road/Hilly Sun ? Mar 2024, 10:00 am  link
 14 Dentdale Half  Road/Hilly Sun 9th Mar 2024, 1pm  link
Full results & standings on the website here.

8 races gone, still 6 races left - get those races booked.

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

Oakwell Hall parkrun is now back on with a modified course, so all set for Sat 6th Jan.
My Story by Simon Gudgeon aged 55 ¾
I joined Stadium Runners in 2017 and very quickly came to love the club, its brilliant people and the wide range of club runs and events. I particularly liked the fact that and you were always running in different areas and with different run leaders meaning no two runs were the same. Fast forward 3 years and while unofficially “helping out” at the back of a run, one of the run leaders said to me “you should go for run leader, you’d be good at it”.
That got me thinking and after much (actually, a lot of) procrastination, I booked on a course which by then had switched from in-person to online. The course was much easier than I expected and so interesting; I learned so much. After completing the online training, I was assessed while leading a mock session and finally did an online group session.  The course was then passed and the wait for the official license to arrive seemed to take forever as I was eager to get started.
In my experience leading a group is one of the most rewarding things you can do. To plan a route then lead your runners round it is awesome and people are so appreciative of your efforts. I’ve been able to learn so much from more experienced run leaders and very lucky to have led some of our annual events such as the Ice Cream run and the Christmas run where I had a chance to give the run my own little twist.
If you’re thinking by now that this article looks like a poorly disguised run leader recruitment drive then of course you’d be right! We always need new run leaders to replace those leaving the club or just stepping down for a while. Anouska and I are the clubs run leader coordinators and one of our roles is to guide people through the stages of training and to support them afterwards. Becoming a run leader isn’t difficult and there is no pressure on run leaders. You don’t have to be a fast runner either. Hopefully by now at least one or two if you might be curious so here are a few answers to some questions you may have:
How long does it take to become a run leader?
The online course is in modules, each one taking 1-2 hours and can be done at your own pace.
How much does it cost?
Nothing, the club will reimburse you for the cost.
Do you have to do the pre-run brief?
No, unless you want to.
Do you have to lead the warm-up?
No, unless you want to.
What if I’m not confident enough to plan a route?
Leading a run isn’t compulsory, indeed some of our current run leaders prefer to assist only, which usually means running with the tail runner and supporting them.
Do I have to lead a certain number of runs?
No, each quarter you will be sent a survey to indicate your availability and how many runs you are prepared to lead and assist.
Do I have to buy any kit?
No, the club will equip you.
Please consider getting involved as a run leader. If you want to know more then speak to myself or Anouska.  You certainly won’t regret it.
Simon Gudgeon
Stadium Runners Milestones & Attendance League

These are the milestones achieved in October:

Martin Wright 500 runs

Dan Lock 400 runs

Lynn Birchall 200 runs

Ruth Thompson 100 runs

Well done all

John Cottam

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 -

Nov 13th and 27th
Dec 4th (Martin Wright to lead) and 18th
Jan 15th and 29th

Free for members - book via Runtogether 

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;

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.
Same bank details;
Account details: 54071999
Sort 402510
£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

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 5th Nov 10:30, Cop Hill Fell Race

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 10:30, WYWL 1 Baildon

Sun 19th Nov 10:00, Tadcaster 10k

Sun 3rd Dec 10:00, WYWL 2 Queensbury

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

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

Sun 10th Dec, South Leeds Bah Humbug 10k

Sun 17th Dec 10:00, WYWL 3 Bramley (fancy dress)

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

Sun 7th Jan 10:00, WYWL 4 Stadium

Sun 21st Jan 10:00, WYWL 5 Lakers

Sun 28th Jan 9:30, Meltham Tough 10k

Sun 11th Feb 10:00, WYWL 6 Pudsey

Sun 25th Feb 10:00, WYWL 7 Stainland

Sun 3rd Mar 2023, Liversedge Half

Sat 9th Mar, Dentdale Run 14.2 m (& 7.9m)

Sun 10th Mar 10:00, WYWL 8 Crossgates

Mon 17th Mar 10am, Spen 20

Sun 14th Apr 2024, Manchester Marathon

Sun 21st Apr 2024, London Marathon

Sun 19th May 2024, Pontefract 10k

Sun 9th Jun 2024, Marsden 10

Sun 14th Jul, 10:30, Ilkley Half
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 November is valid until 3rd of December 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 November 2023

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