Stopsley Striders Newsletter – September 2022
The newsletter will be made up of recent/key content we post on Facebook and any other messages we need to share.
CAN WE REMIND ALL MEMBERS THAT THEY WEAR THEIR CLUB VEST WITH PRIDE AT RACES UNLESS YOU ARE REPRESENTING A CHARITY OR DOING A RACE THAT REQUIRES YOU TO WEAR THEIR RACE T-SHIRT
IF YOU NEED TO WEAR ALTERNATIVE KIT THEN THIS NEEDS THE COMMITTEE’S PERMISSION!
Thank you to all Striders who attended the recent events. It was great to have held our annual Alf Brown Handicap race with over 40 entrants. Well done to Lance Richardson on your victory. It is so good to have you back running with the club. Thank you to all Striders that attended the recent Alan Taylor Memorial Run. It was a lovely way to end our summer of running across the fields. Thank you to all the Striders who helped organise these events and ensured that they ran smoothly.
Striders Trail Race 2022
Well done to all Striders who took part in the recent trail race. Well done to those who achieved their personal bests, race aims and to those who took on Cinder once (or even twice). We thank Nadia Hall for her superb race directorship and the support of the many Striders and local Scout group who offered support. We have received positive feedback regarding the event, but have also listened to feedback regarding the course. This feedback has been discussed at the recent committee meeting and will only help the event grow from strength to strength.
We will also start working soon on the return for Stopsley Challenge for 2023 and we will be looking to hold this in late February. More news of this to come soon.
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) 10K – Flitwick – 10th April (£2 discount entry for all EA affiliated members) or Love Luton 30th October (ATW Race 10% Striders Discount) 10 mile – Sandy – 11th September (DATE CHANGE AGAIN!) Half Marathon – St Albans – 12th June (ATW Race 10% Striders Discount) or Love Luton 30th October (ATW Race 10% Striders Discount)
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 – 8th July – (£2 discount entry for all EA affiliated members) (DATE CHANGE!)
5 mile – There will be no 5 mile County Champs this year
10 mile – Sandy – 11th September (PLEASE NOTE DATE CHANGE)
Half Marathon – NB Beds AAA have conferment that there will be no Half Marathon County Champs this year.
20 mile – Oakley 4th September (£2 discount entry for ALL members at it is an ARC race)
Cross Country 2022/23
The good news is that CROSS COUNTRY WILL BE BACK IN THE AUTUMN!
THE DATES ARE ALSO CONFIRMED
Wellingborough 23rd October
Wootton (Northants) 27th November
Letchworth 18th December
Stopsley 15th January
Bedford 5th February
Please save the date for all races as we will need runners for this fantastic team event!
We are aware of the clash with the Wootton event and the 5 mile Club Champs in Hatfield.
Due to the small number of 5 mile events we are unable to offer an alternative.
For our race we will need marshalls, car park attendants, sandwich makers and all sorts of other help during, before and after the race! Charles Nelis is busy organisng this so look out for more information soon.
These events are also available to affiliated member only
Southern Cross Country Relay Champs – Linford Christie Stadium, London 22nd Oct
Southern Cross Country Masters Champs (40 Plus) – Oxford, 10th Dec
Southern Cross Country Champs – Beckenham, 28th Jan Please see crosscountryprospectus.pdf (seaa.org.uk) for more details of these events
Beds Cross Country will be on this year in Bedfordshire – Race Date TBC
National Cross Country Champs – Northrn Area (Venue TBC), 25th Feb
Race Suggestions – Races suggested by members
- 1-2/10/2022 – Milton Keynes Autumn Run Weekend
- 9/10/2022 – Willow 5k or 10k or Family Fun Run
- 9/10/2022 – Ridgeway Run
- 16/10/2022 – North Chilterns 50K
- 16/10/2022 – Oxford Half
- 6/11/2022 – Stevenage Half Marathon
- 27/11/2022 – London Half Marathon & 10K
- 30/12/2022 – Buntingford 10 mile
- 5/3/2023 – London Winter 10K
- 5/3/2023 – Cambridge Half Marathon
- 25/3/2023 – Ashridge Boundary Run
- 13-14/05/23 – Vlatava Run
PLEASE SEE THE CLUB CHAMPS AND AAA RACES ABOVE!!
Don’t forget to record your race results: https://www.stopsleystriders.org.uk/record-your-race/
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 (runningclubs.org.uk)
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
We have successfully ordered two batches of club kit with many Striders now wearing the popular T-Shirt in race colours. We also have a snood (or some might call it a buff!), hoody, jacket and hat. We have been taking orders via an MS Form and Spond but we are hoping to move across to the Prestige Website and members will then be available to purchase directly from Prestige.
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 of (Discount code available) when entering their races. Please visit Active Training World Events – Active Training World for a list of their upcoming events.
N.B Only Events with ATW as a Prefix to the race name carry the discount
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:
The next Committee Meeting is on Oct 10th at 8:30pm.
The AGM has a date of 10th November (TBC). All positions are up for grabs! Details to follow.
WE WILL NEED A NEW CHAIR, MEMBERSHIP SECRETARY AND SECRETARY – PLEASE SUPPORT YOUR CLUB BY STANDING!
That’s all folks…
We look forward to seeing you at a club event in the near future.
PLEASE SEE OUR LADIES CAPTAIN RUN REPORT FOR AUGUST BELOW – THANKS RUTH AND CHARLES FOR A GREAT REPORT
We began August with Gary Fowler from Prague presenting Martin Ball with a running t-shirt from Gary’s Old Town Running Club in Prague. Martin had run with the club on a couple of occasions when he was visiting to complete in the Prague Marathon. Such a lovely gesture making links with our club.
On Sunday 7th August we held our club 5 and 10 mile race. It was a very hot day for running and everyone did so well in the heat. A big thank you goes to everyone who organised, marshalled or helped out in any way. The race would not have happened if it hadn’t have been for you guys giving your time so freely. The 10 mile race was won by our own Rob Barnes in 1.03.13. We had 6 Striders in the top 11 which is amazing. Lucy Treleaven was the 1st woman in the 10 mile with a brilliant time of 1.19.02 and Charley Snowden was 2nd with a time of 1.24.12.
5 Striders took part in the St.Albans 10k on 14th. Well done to Claire B, Dawn K, Leigh B, Nick B and Valerie D. It was a hot one! Well done to Claire for carrying on after she fell at 5k.
Tom Rankin raced the train in Wales on 20th Aug. He raised £127 for our charity Hospice at Home. Katicia was able to ride on the train which Tom tried to beat. Unfortunately he was narrowly beaten by the train on this occasion but what a great run over some tricky terrain. Well done Tom and thank you to all you lovely people who sponsored him. Theresa Gunnell guessed the closest time.
On the same day, Amanda Rankin completed in the Ciderthon Half Marathon which included 12 cider stations, food and music. Sounds like a good day out!
On 21st Peta Henry ran a half marathon in Iceland. I wonder if Peta was the first Strider home. Great running.
On 25th August we held our annual Alf Brown Handicap race. It was a fun night and was won this year by Lance Richardson who is doing really well getting back into running. Well done to Lance and everyone who took part. It was great to have support too and thanks to the people who gave their time to marshal and time keep. Tom Rankin completed the lap in the fastest time narrowly beating Kallum Wright by 1 second. The evening finished with a few jars in the Barrels.
Shaun Mutter completed in the Ridgeway Challenge on 27th August. He raced 86 miles from Tring to Swindon in 23 hours 42 minutes. This is just crazy but what amazing effort and determination. Really well done Shaun.
Kate Neale was the first Strider home in the Antrim Coast half Marathon on 28th. Great running Kate.
Slightly nearer to home Maria P, Claire B and Theresa G ran in the Kimbolton Castle half marathon on the same day. Well done ladies.
Please could everyone record their race on our website.
Well done to everyone who has ran during August as the weather has been very warm which has made running even harder than usual.
Ruth and Charles