Stopsley Striders Newsletter – February 2022
The newsletter will be made up of recent/key content we post on Facebook and any other messages we need to share.
Club Awards 2022
A reminder that the annual club awards return on March 5th at Stopsley Working Men’s Club. Evening starts at 7pm, awards at 7:30. There will be a buffet supplied to members by Cheryl McLaren and her parther Richard, charity fundraising by Hilary and her team plus a great opportunity to celebrate the achievements of our members from the 2021 season.
70 Tickets are available for £5 from Spond and we have a small number of offline tickets left. Please email Thom to reserve an offline ticket (subject to availability).
All ticket holders will have the opportunity of winning a Year’s race pass for any ATW event. You have to be in it to win it!
Also part of this evening will be the Rosa Trophy. Please click this link for details and to vote for this award. This voting slip will go to Zena Ellis only, so it is a very secret ballot for a very special award!
Club Membership Fees 2022/23
A reminder of club fees for 2022/3. Fees will be collected in April.
For the 2022/2023 year renewal fees are:
– England Athletics Affiliated Members – £46
– Non-England Athletic Affiliated Members – £30
– England Athletics Affiliated Members Students/65 & Over – £36
– Non-England Athletics Affiliated Members Students/65 & over – £20
For the 2022/2023 year new member fees (includes club vest) are:
New Membership Until AGM
– England Athletics Affiliated – £61
– Non-England Athletics Affiliated – £45
– England Athletics Affiliated Students/65 & Over £51
– Non-England Athletics Affiliated Students/65 & Over £35
Post AGM Membership will be reduced up to 50%
(England Athletics Affiliated Fee of £16 TBC)
Track will be an additional £3 per session (subject to potential price reduction in March 2022)
We are working hard to ensure that being a member of Stopsley Striders has physical and mental benefits to our members wellbeing as well as other benefits.
Benefits of Club Membership
- Insured Running at Club Running Events
- Free Club Nights at Inspire in a private room with Coached Sessions and Social Running
- Regular Club Social Nights Per Month
- Other running events organised on Spond
- Entry to 3 Counties Cross Country League
- £2 discounted Affiliated Entry to all ARC organised events
- 10% Discount to all ATW organised events
- 15% Discount from RunThrough Events (NEW DISCOUNT)
- 10% from SportsShoes
- 15% from Proviz
- 5% Discount from Beds Osteopathy
- 6% Discount from PhysioFit
- 5%-10% N D Sports Therapy
- Other discounts to be announced
Benefits of England Athletics Affiliation
All of the above plus
- £2 discounted affiliated entry to all England Athletics organised events
- Paid entry to County, Southerns and National Cross Country Events
- Entry to Club ballot for London Marathon Places (Subject to additional rules)
- Further insurance from England Athletics
- Ongoing Running discounts included in monthly newsletter – these have included New Balance, Runderwear, Kukri plus many more
- Ability to be a club coach at Stopsley Striders (subject to training)
Club Championships 2022
These races have age category 1st, 2nd and 3rd Certificates for all age categories.
5K – Marston 10th June – Entry now open (£2 discount entry for all EA affiliated members)
5 mile – Hatfield 5 November (Date TBC) (ATW Race 10% Striders Discount)
10 mile – Sandy – 18th September (PLEASE NOTE DATE CHANGE)
20 Mile – Any race (not virtual)
Marathon – Any race (not virtual)
Beds AAA County Championships
These races have age category prizes and team prizes for runners living in and born in Beds!
Lets get Striders ruling the County!
5k – Doug Anderson (Bedford Park) – 20th July (£2 discount entry for ALL members at it is an ARC race)
10k – Beds AAA – 15th July – (£2 discount entry for all EA affiliated members)
5 mile – John O’Callaghan (Luton) – June (Date TBC) (£2 discount entry for all EA affiliated members -TBC)
10 mile – Sandy – 18th September (PLEASE NOTE DATE CHANGE)
Half Marathon – Love Luton 30th October (TBC as County Champs – Maria suggested it to them!!) (ATW Race 10% Striders Discount)
20 mile – Oakley 4th September (£2 discount entry for ALL members at it is an ARC race)
Cross Country 2022/23
Thank you to Charles for attending the 3 Counties Cross Country League meeting on 17th January.
The good news is that CROSS COUNTRY WILL BE BACK IN THE AUTUMN!
Wellingborough, Wootton (Northants), Letchworth and Stopsley will be the venues with it looking like Ampthill being the 5th venue.
Our race’s tentative date is Dec 11th 2022! Save the date please as we will need runners, marshalls, car park attendants, sandwich makers and all sorts of other help during, before and after the race!
Beds Cross Country will be on this year in Bedfordshire – Race Date TBC
Good luck to Christine Lathwell who will be representing Striders at the Southern Cross Country at Parliament Hill on 26th February!!
Race Suggestions – Races suggested by members
- 20/02/2022 – Cattle Creep – A Little Further
- 27/02/2022 – Welwyn Half Marathon
- 13/03/2022 – Wendover Woods Wild Run
- 20/03/2022 – Twin Lakes 20
- 27/03/2022 – Leighton 10K
- 15/04/2022 – St Albans Easter 10K
- 01/05/2022 – Hitchin 10K
- 20-22/05/2022 – RunFest
- 22/05/2022 – Great Baddow 10
- 12/06/2022 – Aldbury 5
- 19/06/2022 – Race for Life Luton
- 26/06/2022 – Hitchin Hard Half
- 02-04/09/2022 – Bedford Running Festival
- 04/09/2022 – Dunstable Downs Challenge Races
PLEASE SEE THE CLUB CHAMPS AND AAA RACES ABOVE!!
STOP PRESS – Get this date in your diary –
7TH AUGUST 2022 – STOPSLEY 5 AND STOPLSEY 10 IS BACK – ENTRY DETAILS TO FOLLOW
Don’t forget to record your race results: https://www.stopsleystriders.org.uk/record-your-race/
2022 BEGINNERS course
Our annual beginners course will begin on Thursday 28th April 2022. This course will be a pre-bookable course only for 50 runners. The link for entry will be open to members only for a short period of time before going on general release so it gives our members an opportunity to get friends and family involved before being open to the wider Luton community!
Martin Ball has been working tirelessly with Prestige of Barton to help the club relaunch our kit. We are hoping to have a sample of this new kit available at the Awards Night and we are also hoping to include a 40th anniversary Striders logo designed by our very own Zena Ellis!
ATW Events Club Discount
The Club have negotiated the benefit for all club members to receive a 10% discount to all ATW events.
Please use the discount code sent emailed Newsletter and on Striders Facebook page when entering their races.
Please visit Active Training World Events – Active Training World for a list of their upcoming events.
Charity & Social – March (Please see Spond for February Events!!!)
- 20th March Sunday Long Runday
- Following the success of the Boxing Day run we encourage Striders to run down the cycle path for their long run.
- Organise your run on Spond
- Aim that everyone finishes their run at 11am and meets at Starbucks (Luton Retail Park, Gipsy Lane) for a coffee and cake
- 14th March – Post run drinks at The Barrells after our 8km and 5km led runs! Also Stopsley Steppers will be having an outing on this evening!
- Meeting from 20:00. There will be a Spond event for numbers, or message one of the committee the week before.
- For the earlier club run on this evening we will be offering a 5K and 8K run in a similar format to the Christmas Lights Run with a run leader and tail runner
- 24th March (TBC) – Club run from Crawley Green Social Club (Not Inspire) at later time of 7:30.
- Coached Session and Walking Group
- An opportunity to try out some different routes
- Social and Pot Luck Buffet (Supplied by members) from 8:30
- Charity Fundraising
This year’s charity is Hospice at Home Home | Hospice at Home Volunteers and the Club Rep for the charity is Hilary Blessing.
So far the events held for the charity have been a 12 days of Christmas Challenge and the December Club Social which saw an auction for Gill McLaren’s Christmas Cake, a Gin Sling plus some other fundraising. £302 raised so far so thank you to all that have contributed to the charity.
The committee are currently hard at work in organising a Club 40th Anniversary Bash for June 2022. Look out for more information regarding this event VERY soon. We are looking to have the event on one of the weekends around the 28th June (The club’s actual birthday!) so please keep the weekend’s free around this date.
If you would like to make a suggestion to the club committee please email or speak to a committee or complete the form below by clicking the link
That’s all folks…
We would like to wish you all a happy new year and look forward to seeing you at a club event in the near future.
If you have any questions or comments please contact a member of the committee.
Or submit your suggestions to
PLEASE SEE OUR LADIES CAPTAIN RUN REPORT FOR DEC AND JAN BELOW – THANKS RUTH FOR A GREAT REPORT
A group of 3 Striders represented our club at the Chiltern cross country event held at Stopsley
Common on 4th December. Well done to Ian Pitkin, Rob Barnes and Charles Nelis.
On Dec 6th we had our monthly meet up at the Barrels after the Monday night social run. Everyone
who had ran a marathon in 2021 was invited to bring their medal and wear their t-shirt for a group
celebration and of course a photo. The 12 ladies dominated this event next to the 2 men who took
their position for the photo by laying on the floor and posing.
There was a handful of Striders on December 12th who decided to dress up as Santa and support
Keech Hospice running 5k in Bedford along the embankment, completing 2 loops. It was a sight to
behold and an enjoyable time for everyone raising much needed funds for our local hospice.
Also on the same date Martin Pretoria ran in the Milton Keynes half marathon getting a PB in
2:20:20. Well done Martin.
We had a great turn out from Striders for our last track session of 2021 on 14th December. It was
great to see so many people on a cold winters evening putting in much effort to improve their
running pace and times. Please come along on any Tuesday evening. Sign up on Spond, it is only £3
and run as hard or easy as you wish to.
On the 16th we had a social run from the Crawley Green Sports and Social club followed by our club
social including food and drink. The club Champs certificates were given out for the year. Well done
to everyone and thank you for adding your times so we could work out the first, second and third
places in all the age categories. Please add all your race times for the coming year not just PB’s using
On the 19th Dec we had a friendly cross country event with Dunstable Road runners visiting us to run
our 5 mile route. This was expertly organized by Kate Neale and her team of wonderful Striders who
kindly gave up their time to come and freeze so we would all know the route. It was a cold, foggy
morning with no views over the hills to be seen. It was great to have a good crowd of Striders and
Dunstable Road runners together.
Also on that day 2 Striders ran in the 10 mile race at Graffam Water. Claire Bracey 1:47:22 and Leigh
Betts 2:07:36. Well done ladies.
On Dec 20th we had our annual Christmas lights run. We had 2 groups going out, one running 5k and
the other running 8k. The plan was to meet up at the Disney decorated house in Old Bedford road at
the same time. The 8k group turned up first to mulled wine and cakes which had kindly been put on
by the home owners John and Judi with their daughter Carol helping out too. What lovely
people to do that for us all. The 5k group then arrived after a slight detour and we were able to have
a large group photo with the hosts. The 8k group then carried on to the house off of Austin Road
covered in lights for a photo with Father Christmas himself.
On Christmas Day we were able to go to the Wardown Parkrun for the first time. 235 people finished
the course including plenty of Striders. It was lovely to be able to start the day off with this before
going home to eat and drink too much!
On Boxing Day we had our annual run from Starbucks at Gypsy Lane. Run for half an hour along the
Harpenden cycleway, turn around and run back for a cuppa. We had approximately 20 Striders
attend and enjoyed running off the Christmas dinner ready for the Boxing Day shenanigans.
We were able to attend a New Years Day Parkrun at Wardown Park after a night of excess for some
starting the year as we mean to go on. Big thanks to all their lovely volunteers for enabling these
runs to go ahead. Please volunteer if you are able to.
Well done to Donna Wiggett in Ireland completing the Greencastle 5 mile road race wearing her
Striders T-shirt and to Amanda and Tom Rankin completing in the Pirton Boxing Day run.
Well done to Vicki Crowson and Maria Petts for completing in the Lee Valley Velo Park on 28th Dec.
Vicki did 10 mile race and Maria the 10k.
On Jan 8th it was the Beds AAA cross country championships. It was a tough course held at Campbell
Park in Milton Keynes with plenty of rain and mud. Paul Keech was 2nd V60, Richard Hardy, Paul
Keech and Andy Reid came 1st in the Super Vet team. Rob Barnes came 7th , Tom Rankin 28th and
Charles Nelis 48th . Christine Lathwell finished 4th overall and 1st vet lady. What an amazing set of
results from a small group of Striders who represented our club with fantastic outcomes.
On 16th Jan we held our January cross county meet. Cross country can be done any time during the
month if you are unable to make the date. There were 12 of us who ran a very muddy, hilly long
course with a couple of striders going out slightly earlier. Three of us took a tumble with some
coming off worse than others. From the photos taken I think Gez and Thom got the muddiest! Well
done to everyone for taking part.
On Jan 23rd , 13 striders ran in the Fred Hughes 10 mile race over in St Albans with a couple of PB’s
thrown in: Rob Barnes 58.38, Danny Kelly 1:12:45, Peter Brown 1:15:06, Ian Curry and Andy Durrant
1:18:23, Charles Nelis 1:22:05, Ruth Doyle 1:25:37(PB), Dawn Boon 1:27:02(PB), Peta Henry 1:39:20,
Valerie Dawson 1:44:42, Martin Ball 1:45:41, Claire Bracey 1:51:54 and Kate Neale 2:01:55.
On 25th January it was great to see Hicham Hasnaoui back at track for the first time since his knee
injury in May 2021 which resulted in surgery. Track is a great place to start after an injury as you are
able to run your own pace but without being out on your own. Please come along and welcome back
Hicham. Please make sure you buy your tickets for the awards night on March 5th . They are £5 and are
available to buy on Spond. It will be held at Stopsley Working Mens Club from 7pm and will include
Congratulations to all Striders not mentioned but completed in December and January. Please fill in
the race record with your achievements during 2022 and please remember to keep an eye on the
age grading as they are a great award to receive for your hard work and dedication.
Stay safe and keep running.
Ruthie and Charles.