Stadium Newsletter

[Stadium Runners] Newsletter - September 2023

Hi Mark

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Tue 1st Aug, Tony Audsley Flat Cap 5 - Stadium Calendar Race 6



An old favourite, now renamed in honour of the founder of the race who died in the last 12 months. A fairly flat, forgiving course, with some slightly tricky off road sections and a long canal towpath finish. Here is how Stadium went on:






Simon Courtney



1 of 286

Matthew Donnelly



10 of 286

Darren Earnshaw



21 of 286

Ashleigh Greenwood



30 of 286

Jack Laffey



32 of 286

Mark Davies



39 of 286

Martin Wright



43 of 286

Ian Whalley



44 of 286

Anthea Bitcon



45 of 286

Ian Bitcon



49 of 286

Adam Goodall



58 of 286

Caroline Smith



99 of 286

Sandra Emmerson



108 of 286

Chris Howarth



131 of 286

Simon Gudgeon



214 of 286

Russell Dyson



255 of 286


Simon Courtney was 1st and Ashleigh Greenwood was 1st female. Well done everyone.



(Photos The Holmfirth Photographer)



Thu 3rd Aug, Stadium Hare and Tortoise Run





This event saw the runners paired up with a faster runner teamed up with a not as fast runner. They both set off around a circular course in opposite directions, handed over a banana baton when they met, and then retraced their steps to meet up for the finish. Here is what happened:

1st Thomas Schoolar and Helen Hirst 
2nd Kieran O'Prey and Howard Waghorn 
3rd Rachael Hey and Amy Oatway 
4th David C. Miller and Linda Spencer
5th Mark Davies and James Gudgeon
6th Robert Buchanan and Lee Talbot
7th Matthew Smith and Carl Lecomber
8th Dan Lock and Alexa Schoolar
9th Kathy Armitage and Jo Coop
10th Caroline Smith and Steve Schoolar



Well done to everyone who took part in the Hare and Tortoise run! Thanks to Ashleigh for organising the event.


Sun 20th Aug, Colne Valley 10k Challenge



Stadium return to this Matt Pattison event for the second time. A tough course with two big climbs and a steep downhill finish. Mostly road and good natured track, there was only one short technical downhill. Numbers were down, probably because of the clash with the Women's World Cup Final. Here is how the eleven Stadium Runners took who part got on:





MF rank

Cat rank



Thomas Schoolar






Andrew Doig






Ashleigh Greenwood






Mark Davies






Martin Wright






Ian Whalley






Gary Jackson






Rachael Hey






John Cottam






Ben Jackson






Russell Dyson






Superb effort to get the Stadium 1-2-3, and special kudos to Thomas on his 1st place. Well done everyone.


Other Racing!


Sun 20th Aug, Crowden Horseshoe Fell Race. Michael Cottam came 9th in 1:16:34, Ian Du Feu came 16th in 1:19:46.


Sun 20th Aug, York Triathlon Sprint. Leo Timmins came 3rd in a total time of 58:57.



Sat 26th Aug, Huub National Triathlon Team Relay. Peter Martin was part of the Huddersfield Tom Gun Tomcats team which came 9th in an total time of 3:28:37.



Mon 28th Aug, Keswick Show Barrow Fell Race. Gary Jackson came 82nd in 52:56. Before & after race photos.


Super running!


parkrun Highlights

Sat 5th Aug
Huddersfield. Cancelled.
Woodhouse Moor. Henry Carter was 1st in 17:49.
Lyme Park. Ian Whalley came 7th in 24:38.
Nostell. Simon Courtney came 1st in 16:39, Mark Davies came 9th in 21:36.
Fell Foot. Lynn Birchall came 40th in 22:38 and was 5th female.
Mount Edgecumbe. Michael Cottam came 1st in 20:59.
Hafan Pwllheli. Neil Jones came 6th in 21:19.
Penistone. Ashleigh Greenwood came 15th in a PB 21:54 and was 1st female.

Sat 12th Aug
Huddersfield. Simon Courtney came 2nd in 16:56, Joe Baker came 3rd in 17:14, Michael Cottam came 5th in 17:59, Thomas Schoolar came 7th in 18:22.
St Helens. Ian Whalley came 8th in 21:38.
Delamere. Ashleigh Greenwood came 30th in 23:42 and was 4th female.
Bowling Park. Nick Greenwood came 10th in a PB 23:42.
Rothay Park. Luc Burnip came 1st in 17:16.

Sat 19th Aug
Huddersfield. Leo Timmins came 8th in 17:54, Michael Cottam cam 10th in 18:10.
Watermeadows. Luc Burnip came 1st in 17:15.
Conyngham Hall. Ashleigh Greenwood came 15th in 22:21 and was 1st female.
Mensola. Henry Carter was 2nd in 19:15.
Inis Meáin. Nick Greenwood was 1st in 22:53.

Sat 26th Aug
Huddersfield. Simon Courtney came 2nd in 16:16, Luc Burnip came 3rd in 16:26, Joe Baker came 4th in 16:56, Michael Cottam came 5th in 17:44, Lynn Birchall came 43rd in 21:32 and was 4th female.
Woodhouse Moor, Henry Carter was 9th in 17:57.
Teifi Marshes Nature Reserve. Andy Pigg did his 250th parkrun.

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 Jul - Sep is available here.

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.








Cake Race 


Sat 29th Apr 2023, 10:00 am 





Sun 7th May 2023, 10:00 am 



Joe Percy 


Wed 14th Jun 2023, 7:15 pm 



Lindley 10K 


Sun 25th Jun 2023, 9:30 am 



Hepworth Trail 


Wed 19th Jul 2023, 7:30 pm 



Tony Audsley Flat Cap 5 


Tue 1st Aug 2023, 6:30 pm 



Colne Valley 10K 


Sun 20th Aug 2023, 11:00 am 



Ladybower Reservoir Trail Half


Sat 14th Oct 2023, 11:00 am 



Baildon Cross-Country 

Off Road/Hilly

Sun 19th Nov 2023, 10:00 am 



Travellers 6 Denby Dale 


Sun ? Dec 2023



 ?O?a?k?w?e?l?l? ?H?a?l?l? ?P?a?r?k? ?R?u?n?


Sat 6th Jan 2024, 9:00 am 



Hoppits Hill Fell Race 

Off Road/Hilly

Sun ? Feb 2024, 10:00 am 



Ian Roberts Memorial 

Off Road/Hilly

Sun ? Mar 2024, 10:00 am 



Dentdale Half 


Sun ? Mar 2024, 10:00 am 



Full results & standings on the website here.

7 races gone, still 7 races left - get those races booked.


Stadium Runners Milestones

Milestones achieved in August were:

Steph Sayles 500 runs

Kathy Armitage 300 runs

Well done both.

John Cottam


Stadium Social Walk - Sat 16th Sep

Amy Oatway has organised another social walk.

This time it starts at 9am from Huddersfield Town Centre and the destination is Holmfirth Food & Drink Festival.

More details on Facebook.


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 -

September 11th, 25th
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;
September 4th & 18th
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

If you are fancying some off road running this summer then the Rockhoppers have two sessions per week, plus a beginner session, first one on Tuesday evening starting at 6.30 meeting at various pubs, with a 5 mile run then refreshments afterwards at the pub, starting 9th May onwards. On the fourth Tuesday every month we will be doing one hills & speed session.

Then we have the Saturday morning session starting at 9.00 meeting at various coffee shops with a 6 mile run, then refreshments afterwards at the cafe. The pace is a steady silver pace.

Then we have a beginner session or if you are coming back from injury, Let’s start running, this session is on Saturday morning 11.30 for one hour, meeting at the war memorial in green head park every week.

So please book on if you fancy some brilliant off road running, or the beginner 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

Sat 2nd Sep, Heights 50m, 50k, 10k

Sun 17th Sep, IGUN Marsden Madness 5k - Ultra

Sun 17th Sep, 10:00, Stainland Trail 10k

Sun 24th Sep, 11:00, Shepley 10k

Sat 30th Sep, SWT Stairway to Heaven & Holme Valley Trail Half

Sat 30th Sep,  IGUN Sir Titus Trot Autumnal 5k - Ultra

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

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 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

Sun 14th Apr 2024, Manchester Marathon

Sun 21st Apr 2024, London Marathon


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 September is - EQYSF1 - valid until 3rd of October 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 Saturday Off Road Running
Rockhopper Tuesday 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 September 2023

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