February 2019 – Chairmans Comments

One of my favourite nights of the year is the annual Awards Evening this was again a wonderful night and we celebrated the many achievements of our runners. We also showed that Stopsley Striders all have a good sense of humour. Well done to all our award winners and thank you to Cheryl and Richard for the lovely food. Thank you also to all of you who came to support and celebrate the achievements of the club, it was great to see so many of you there in your best outfits.

It was also great to see so many more runners get a performance award too. These awards are a good incentive to work towards over the year. I checked all of the times and so many of you missed out on the award above by only a few seconds – it is worth looking now at those times to beat.

That same weekend we had our inaugural Stopsley Challenge. Thank you to Tom and Amanda and the Rankin crew for a wonderful event, despite the terrible weather it was a fantastic event and very popular. I think we could have sold the same number of entries again easily. It was miserable weather but the beautiful scenery, fantastic marshalls and plenty of goodies at the food station made it a pleasure to run. This is definitely in the calendar for next year. Thank you to all the marshals who had the most difficult job of the day. A special well done to Annalease, Miriam, Evelyn and Kieran who all ran over 30 miles!

The evenings are starting to get lighter and spring is definitely on its way which makes running even more enjoyable than normal. Remember to stay safe and good luck with all your training.


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