Stadium Newsletter

Verbose, Very Verbose

Good evening,

Right then I need to write this newsletter quicker than a gold group runner being chased by a pack of feral kangaroos on mopeds. If you don’t get that reference then it means that you don’t follow the Stadium Twitter account so get to your smart phone and follow @stadiumrunners right now.

A couple of things that need mentioning first.


Membership secretary Alison Cottam has sent out renewal details to all members who have not renewed their membership and she would be ever so happy if you could sign the form and send her a cheque for £15. If this isn’t done by the end of May then she will retire you as a Stadium Runner. This will mean that you will not qualify for points in either the GP or the WAVA, you won’t be entitled to wear the club vest at events and you won’t be up for any of the annual awards, even worse you won’t be a proper Stadium Runner. So find the form, sign it, send the dosh and run like the wind for the rest of the year.


Get your social shoes on for a Stadium Runners get together on Saturday June 1st. Laurel has organised a little evening of social chit chat, celebration of this years amazing achievements so far and possibly, quite possibly, the odd drink or two. Meet at the excellent Vox on Wood Street at 8pm and bring your pocket money and get together with your fellow runners without the need to wear high viz.


The Northumberland Coastal run is not to far away and Martin Huddleston has just passed me info of the camp site for anyone wishing to stop over and make a proper weekend of things. These camping weekends have always been very popular so book your pitch pronto.

Bluebell Trail

Well the weather was perfect the organisation was it’s usual level of perfect and the course was undulating. The Bluebell is not meant to be an easy course but it is interesting, varied and very beautiful. Add to this, marshals with a level of friendliness and enthusiasm which reached near Stadium Runners levels, and it was a great day. Plenty of Stadium Runners took to the hills around Halifax and we had some truly terrific performances. You can access full times and see plenty of pictures here. First Stadium male home was a new name to the 25 point level and that was Matthew Cooke (Brian’s Postie to many) in what might have been his first race in Stadium Colours. Second home was Jamie Westwood with Michael Hyde hot on his heels. Liz Taylor kept up her superb form this year to be first Stadium lady home with Bridget Hughes taking second to keep their tussle for top honours very close. Angie Sura was third to complete the trio of speedy ladies. Full WAVA and GP results are available on the website. A few honourable mentions, firstly to David Miller who did what my children refer to as a faceplant and then got up and carried on running to the finish line. When I saw him he was bleeding, grazed and dazed and a quick trip to casualty proved that there was nothing wrong with him other than an overload of determination. Dawn Byram only managed to get to the first stile before an injury stopped her going any further so a speedy recovery is wished by all. Craig Shaw, cycled to the race, ran it, didn’t particularly enjoy it and then cycled 13 miles to get home all this and he had to listen to me being gobby for the last half a mile.

Coming soon.

June looks like a busy little month for running with three races and a couple of great events.

9th June Marsden 10 mile Challenge 10am
It says ‘challenge’ and it’s around Marsden so don’t expect it to be too easy but it will be pretty. Free sandwiches and cake afterwards at the Marsden Conservative Club

17th June Joe Percy 10k
This is an absolute must as the club takes on local clubs in an invitational challenge. Good course and great camaraderie make this a really great evening. Also can we finally get 1st place after last year’s second spot?

24th June The Ice Cream Run
Does pretty much what it says on the tin, have a run get an ice cream, eat it and then run back. Hopefully it doesn’t rain as heavy as last year and bring your own brass.

30th June Penistone 10k 11am
A new event for the calendar which will be on all tarmac. Tech t-shirt for all finishers and they have a bar!!

Do you know where you’re going to?

The other event in June is a brand new and seriously interesting one and it is:

June 13th Score Challenge

When we run on a Monday and Thursday we have the wonderful opportunity to be able to concentrate on running and not having to worry too much about where. Your kindly and in some cases amazing run leaders make sure that they guide their flock carefully around the streets of Huddersfield, although in the case of Saul it sometimes feels as though we’re not in Kansas anymore. Well Saul wants to give you the opportunity to test your navigational skills and so there is a new event on the calendar.

This is a self navigational event for teams of two starting from The Jack O’Mitre at Scammonden. Teams can start any time between 6pm and 6.30pm and they will try to visit as many checkpoints as possible within a 2 hour period. The race is being professionally organised so it will involve technology and the chance to cheat goes out of the window. Each checkpoint will have a certain point value and the team with the highest points will win. Points will be deducted for teams who return over the 2 hour limit. Saul will provide you with more details of how to register your interest/team but pop the date in your diaries now.

Because we know that orienteering is a little more challenging your Social Secretary Laurel Gilbert will be making sure that there will be sustenance at the Jack O’Mitre once the running is done. So it’s a great challenge and a social too, and as if that wasn’t enough the club is paying for it so it’s a real win win.

Now last time out I requested that you lovely lot should provide me with some waffle so that I could be a little lazier and wow! I actually got a response.

Not exactly running.

As mentioned more than the odd time before we have plenty of runners who also like to take to two wheels every now and then and Lisa Mitchell is one of those that takes to her road bike (also known as a ‘proper bike’) quite frequently and for a little further than many. At the beginning of May Lisa took part in the Somerset Hills Gran Fondo, 85 miles through the Somerset hills and completed it in a superb 5h 29m to take 4th lady overall. Not only was this Lisa’s first sportive but she was also wearing a very fetching Stadium Runners cycle top, these tops will make you go faster and are available from your kit secretary Dominic Owen.

Lisa has also forwarded details of a bit of running a little further afield. This October is the 20th anniversary of the Lausanne Marathon along the sides of Lake Geneva. There will be a marathon, half marathon, 10k and 10k Nordic walk. Lisa did this last year and is planning to do it again so click here for more details and then have a chat with Lisa.

Now it doesn’t rain but it pours as I was also provided with a recipe and at long last a vegetarian recipe but it has Marmite with it so it can’t be bad.

Lentil Soup with Marmite Drizzle

Serves 4


100g red lentils
1 onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, sliced
3 carrots, sliced
1 tin (400g) chopped tomatoes
2 tablespoons tomato puree
700ml vegetable stock
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 heaped teaspoons dried oregano
1 dessertspoon Marmite per person

1 Saute the onions, garlic and carrots in the olive oil for 10 minutes.
2 Add the lentils, tomato puree, oregano and 500ml of the vegetable stock.
3 Bring to the boil then reduce to a simmer. Check frequently and add more stock if necessary.
4 Simmer for 20 minutes or so until the lentils are soft.
5 Buzz in a food processor or with a stick blender but leave some texture.
6 To make the drizzle, place the Marmite in a jug then simply add an equal amount of boiling water. Stir well and drizzle on your soup to your heart’s content.
This tastes utterly delicious and given the recent weather is perfectly heart warming. A huge thanks to Bridget Hughes for this recipe.

Good luck for Edinburgh.

This weekend is the Edinburgh marathon and half marathon and as usual we will have plenty of runners taking part so a huge good luck to all of them.

Windermere Marathon

Andrew Pigg
blazed around the marathon route in 3h 38m and was helped towards the end by plenty of encouragement from Simon Courtney who had been taking part in the Keswick short triathlon where he was 71st in the swim, 17th on the bike and 1st in the run which means that he needs to stop wearing armbands.

Calderdale Way Relay

As the name suggests this is a relay race involving pairs of runners negotiating 7 very difficult legs to cover a total of 50 miles between them. There is 12008ft of ascent in amongst it and each pair of runners generally spends a weekend or two recce-ing their leg in advance to make life around 2% easier. We entered a full on Stadium Runners team and they did a superb job and finished in a very impressive 12th place out of 83 teams. So hats off to James Chapman, Stuart McCormick, Saul Muldoon, Michael Hyde, Steven Croft, David Miller, Andrew Ferguson, Jonny Cartwright, Dan Shaw, Ian Sutcliffe, Anthony Phillips and Jamie Westwood. Also a big thanks to all those who went along and cheered them on. They all richly deserved their pint or two at the end.

If you were wondering why fell running veterans Martin Huddleston and Kevin Hoult weren’t taking part it’s because they were pratting about in the mist and rain in the Lake District for the Old County Tops. This is their second running of this 37mile route and they too placed 12th with an improvement of 20 minutes on their previous attempt. This was despite Kevin falling and dislocating his right ring finger on the top of Scafell Pike which I think Martin found more painful when he had to pop the bones back in to place. Martin then suffered some particularly horrible chafing to his waist which I’m surprised he even managed to run at all but he did. The moral of this story is that fell running hurts so don’t do it.

The Stadium Steps

Well the Stadium Steps was another great success and due to my fear of steps I didn’t take part and I don’t know the results but you can visit the clubs flickr page to view some great photos of the event. Whilst your there you will find photos from the superbly successful away run with Stainland Lions around the new Woodland Challenge course and around 2400 other pictures. It’s quite fun to look back at photo’s from races a few years ago and see how people have changed, nostalgia eh? It’s not what it used to be.

Right that’s it for now if I’ve missed you out then apologies and let me know I’ll include you at a later date and please keep sending me things to write about.

Keep running back.


Written by: Rob Hoult
On: 24th May 2013

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