Stopsley Striders Newsletter – November 2022

The new committee would like to express its thanks to last year’s committee members who all did a fantastic job in taking the club through a successful year, we will do our best to carry on with the good work. We have already started to plan the year ahead so would like to share with you some key dates.

Dates for your diaries

Christmas Party

Friday 2 December
South Beds Golf Club

There will be food, there will be drink and a little bit of fundraising so bring some pennies!                 

It should be a great night and we still have a few tickets left, so don’t miss out.

Monthly Socials

Monday 5 December – The Barrels
Monday 9 January– The Barrels

Run & Talk

Sunday 8 January
Kate will be hosting the first Run/Talk of the year, again the details will be posted on Spond.

Boxing Day Run

Traditionally a ’30 minutes out, 30 minutes back’ run or walk down the cycle path so we all start and finish together, followed by coffee at Starbucks.

Look out for details on Spond.
Let’s turn the cycle path Striders Red.

Cross Country

Wootton – 27 November 2022
Standalone – 18 December 20222
Stopsley – 15 January 2023
Bedford – 5 February 2023
Sign up on Spond.  More details at

We will be hosting the league meeting on the 15 January 2023 and Charles is busy organising the final details. We will need lots of help on the day to welcome the 350 runners to the event in terms of parking attendants, marshals, catering etc. We need as many of you as possible, so please keep the day free and we can put on an event we can be proud of!

Club Championships 2023

These races have age category 1st, 2nd and 3rd Certificates for all age categories.

5K – Marston 9 June 2023 or Hitchin 24 September 2023
5 mile – Hatfield November 2023 (Date TBC)
10K – Flitwick 16 April 2023 or Love Luton 29 October 2023
10 mile – Sandy 2 April 2023 or Leighton 24 September 2023
Half Marathon – St Albans – 11 June 2023 or Love Luton 29 October
20 Mile – Any race 2023 (not virtual)
Marathon – Any race 2023 (not virtual)
Cross Country – Ampthill Trophy 15 October 2023

We have added a couple of extras this year to give more opportunities to do as many as possible.

– ATW Race 10% Striders Discount. Contact a strider or committee member for the code
– £2 discount entry for all EA affiliated members)

Stopsley Challenge 2023

Subject to venue confirmation we aim to bring back this hugely popular multi distance training run this year. We are looking at 26 February or 5 March 2023, fitting in nicely with other races and will keep you posted when we have more news.

Other Race Suggestions: January-March 2023

Fred Hughes 10 mile – 22 January 2023
Gade Valley 12/17 – 19 February 2023
MK Festival of Running – 12 March 2023
Gade Valley 17/20 – 19 March 2023
Ashridge Boundary Run – 25 March 2023
Oakley20 – 26 March 2023

Our members are the most important part of our club and we welcome any comments or suggestions you may have.

Don’t forget to record your race results:

For races with the ATW discount please see Active Training World Events – Active Training World Only Events with ATW as a Prefix to the race name carry the discount

For races that have ARC £2 discount for ALL members web46-arcdb — query_1 (

For races that have the EA £2 discount for England Athletics Affiliated Members Only please look out for races that are licensed by England Athletics