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[Stadium Runners] Newsletter - September 2020


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.
Training Nights

Our Bronze, Silver and Gold Groups continue on a Monday and Thursday night at 6:30pm. The sessions will be open to affiliated Stadium Runners only (those that have renewed their membership with our Membership Secretary Alison Cottam).
Each group will have a maximum of 12 participants (1 Run Leader and 11 members). We are following guidance from our National Governing Body UK Athletics who state that groups of up to 12 people can run together in a ‘Covid secure’ environment. We have completed a risk assessment and assigned a Lead (Rob Buchanan) who is happy to answer any Covid-related queries. Note: there will be no Run Assist for now, but this will be kept under review. 
For the period up to the end of September Stadium Runners will operate independently from KAL for ease of Covid risk management for both parties. We will meet in the top car park at the Stadium. Please be aware that you will not have access to KAL facilities (toilets/changing rooms), so make sure you arrive at training ready to run.
We ask that you conform to current social distance and hygiene guidance during training and please do not attend if you or anyone in your household is displaying Covid symptoms. 
How to Book:
For the months of July - September the Bronze, Silver and Gold Groups will be free of charge to affiliated Stadium Runners. It will not matter whether you are a KAL member or not.
We will be using the ‘RunTogether’ booking platform. This is a system hosted by UKA. You will need to register an account with them in order to book onto sessions. You can do this by clicking on the following link:
We have made our sessions ‘private’ so that only Stadium Runners can book onto them. If you search the website you will not be able to find the Club and/or sessions. You will need to book on using the following links (we recommend that you bookmark them to your computer/phone browser). We ask that the links are not shared with non-members:
Stadium RunTogether Bronze Runs
Stadium RunTogether Silver Runs
Stadium RunTogether Gold Runs

We appreciate that there is only limited availability and ask that you be considerate to other members. Please only book onto one training night per week during these early stages. Some of you may miss out and we are sorry. However, if there are still spaces available on the day of your non booked session, you can book on and attend.

The Bronze session will have an "Assist" run leader, so that a split can be done if required.
Please attend if you are booked on or cancel with plenty of notice (you can do this via ‘my booked runs’ on the RunTogether website). 
We will regularly review the number of groups and participants, taking into account Run Leader availability and the guidance provided by UKA and the Government. 
It is great to see that various friendship bubble runs have been organised throughout lockdown and we hope this continues whilst training night spaces are limited. Please note that any friendship bubble runs are not official Stadium Runners runs and participants run at their own risk. We do encourage these runs to follow the guidance provided by UKA:
We hope the above is clear, but do do let us know if you have any questions. 

Stadium Runners Development Sessions

We've had a bit of a rebrand and refresh of the session plans. The sessions will now be known as the 'Stadium Runners Development Sessions' (replacing the previous No Pain, No Gain). The sessions will take place on alternate Mondays, and we're currently taking bookings for 10.08, 24.08, 07.09 and 21.09. The sessions will be £3 each to be paid on booking. This money will go directly into the club. 
Simon has put together a bit of info about the sessions. They won't just be track or hills. They'll include a whole range of things to help our club members become stronger runners.
Aiming to improve your running ability no matter what your current level is, the Stadium Runners Development Sessions will help you to run more efficiently therefore making running easier, make you more resilient to niggles and injuries by improving the way you move, and challenge you occasionally to be comfortable with being uncomfortable which we know is important in order to see improvements in race performances or during other challenging runs. The content of the sessions will include running form work and technique drills, mini circuits developing strength, mobility and co-ordination, with some hard work included in the form of our usual track or loops out on the roads. 
As with all other sessions, they're currently only available through a direct link on Run Together. The link is as follows

Stadium RunTogether Development Sessions

Some Actual Racing!

It has been a while, but some Stadium Runners have actually been racing!

First out of the blocks was Gareth Eagleton with the Tatton 10K on the Sun 9th Aug, with it claiming to be the first ever socially distanced 10k in the UK. He clocked a time of 40:40, his 2nd fastest 10K time. Then on the 15th Aug, he ran the Brighouse 5K in 20:09.

On Sun 16th Aug, Leo Timmins took part in the EVOLVE Triathlon. He clocked 0:40 for the 2k swim, 2:53 for the 94k bike ride & 1:26 for the 20k run.

On Sat 22nd Aug, Joe Baker did the IGUN Canal Canter Comeback Marathon, He came 3rd in 3:07:19.

On Sat 29th Aug, Ashleigh Greenwood & Joe Baker both ran the IGUN Temple Newsam Trail Marathon in a time of 3:58. It was Joe's 40th marathon and Ashleigh was 1st lady!

Brilliant work everyone! More races to come, hopefully. Apologies if I missed your race.

Club Membership

Thank you to the members that have renewed their membership with the club. 

If you have not yet renewed your membership, please contact Alison Cottam on the email address below to renew, or if you need any help or information.

Stadium Pandemic Half Marathon Handicap

Full Results:

Stadium Runners Pandemic Half Marathon Handicap  
Name M/F Handicap Time Race Time Handicap Result
Andy Petrie =1 M 01:38:22 01:39:07 +00:45
Andrew Bowett =1 M 01:23:49 01:25:37 +01:48
Mick Lunn M 01:50:13 01:52:53 +02:40
Joe Baker M 01:19:19 01:25:05 +05:46
Matt Smith M 01:39:24 01:46:31 +07:07
Steve Taylor M 01:31:34 01:42:58 +11:24
Nick Greenwood M 01:32:43 01:45:25 +12:42
Mark Davies M 01:34:49 01:47:54 +13:05
Simon Courtney M 01:14:23 01:31:33 +17:10

Prizes for all (see, you should have entered). Caution, one of these images may be photoshopped.

THE VIRTUAL RUNNING CHAMPIONSHIPS 2020, sponsored by SportsShoes

SportsShoes are organising a series of Virtual Races. There are prizes to be won provided by SportsShoes, Mountain Fuel Sports Nutrition & inov-8.

All profits go to the NHS charity and each race is only £5

Road Running Champs Website
Road Running Champs Facebook

Short Road Champs
(10k) race anytime between 18/7/20 & 02/8/20
(5k) race anytime between 15/8/20 & 23/08/20
(10 miles) race anytime between 12/9/20 & 26/9/20
Long Road Champs
(Half Marathon) race anytime between 25/7/20 & 09/8/20
(Marathon) race anytime between 15/8/20 & 22/9/20
(Ultra) race anytime between 15/8/20 & 30/9/20

Trail Running Champs Website
Trail Running Champs Facebook

(10k) race anytime between 18/7/20 & 26/7/20
(Half Marathon) race anytime between 25/7/20 & 02/8/20
Marathon) race anytime between 15/8/20 & 22/9/20
(Ultra) race anytime between 15/8/20 & 22/9/20

Upcoming Local Events for Local Runners

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, races may be cancelled or postponed

Sat 12th & Sun 13th Sep - IGUN Autumn Sir Titus Trot Days

Sun 20th Sep,10am. Bluebell Trail 10m - cancelled. Next year's event will be on Sun 9th May 2021.

Sun 27th Sep - IGUN Roche Abbey Autumn Trail

Sun 4th Oct - IGUN Nearly London With a Grim Twist

Sun 4th Oct, London Marathon. Optional Virtual Race using an app. Next year's event will be on Sun 3rd Oct 2021.

Sun 11th Oct - IGUN Old Colliery Canter

Sun 11th Oct, Manchester Marathon - cancelled. Next year's event will be on Sun 11th Apr 2021.

Sun 18th Oct - IGUN 'Binkin Heck It's Bramley' Road Race

Sun 18th Oct, 9:30am, Lindley 10K - cancelled. Next year's event will be on Sun 27th Jun 2021.

Sun 18th Oct, Yorkshire Marathon - cancelled. Next year's event will be on Sun 17th Oct 2021..

Sun 25th Oct 2020, 10am, Stadium Woodland Challenge - cancelled.
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 - use the September code - valid until 2nd October 2020 - for a 10% discount & free standard delivery on all orders over £30
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
Useful Stadium Links

Stadium Runners Facebook Group
Stadium Runners Members Facebook Group
Stadium Runners Website
Stadium Runners Twitter
Stadium Runners Strava Club
Simon Courtney's YouTube Channel

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: 02nd September 2020

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