Notice Board



Striders Charity of the Year
2018 - 2019

Striders Closed Groupe
Striders Open Group

UPDATED 21/01/19
If you would like to make a contribution to this notice boardplease email me.
The next committee meetings will be held 4th Feb 2019

Anyone wishing to submit an item for discussion should hand his or her written submission to
Karen Bull or to any other committee member.

Chairman’s Comments
November is a busy month in the world of our club. We began the month celebrating the end of a year of the L&D cardiac unit being our annual charity with a fantastic disco night which topped up the charity total well. On the same weekend was our first cross country event in Dunstable, having grown up around there I know it is never going to be an easy course but it was a beautiful morning and it was so good to run around my old home turf as a Strider. Well done to all those who took part, especially our brave 2018 graduates who ran their first cross country event - I hope the hills didn’t put you off.
I don’t think it did because we had another great turn out for the second cross country event in Wellingborough, a bit further afield this time and this one is the one with the stream. Well done those who ran, I thoroughly enjoyed looking through the photographs of you all, I hope it didn’t take too long warming up those who fell in the water.
Our AGM was of course in November, thank you again to the committee for your hardwork and commitment that is coming this year. Good luck and great work already from Katicia for your fundraising efforts for the new club charity - the Alzheimer's
Research UK.
It is starting to get cold outside now, make sure you dress appropriately for the temperature outside and in bright colours when out at night. Stay safe when running.

Running Report for December 2018 by Christine Lathwell NEW
The Last month of the year a quieter month but still plenty of achievements. Our third Three Counties X Country race. The longer races started too. Parkrun being a popular way to start the Christmas celebrations.
December 1st & 2nd
On Saturday a few Strider took the invitation to run in the Chiltern League at Stopsley Common. Rob Barnes 25th, Tom Rankin 185th and Ian Pitkin 324th and In the Senior Womens Elizabeth Mcginley 225th.
On the Sunday 11 Striders competed in the Wooten Half Marathon also the Beds Country Championships. Rob Barnes who took a transfer place at the last minute and running hard the day before ran an excellent race to finish 1st. Gez Fallon 1:30:06, Micheal Tucker 1:30:16 Pb, Pat Blessing 1:32:48, John Chapman 1:35:30 1st V60, Andrew Durrant 1:47:47, Alan Weir 1:59:43, Evelyn Lutterodt 2:06:45, Kulwinder Assra 2:16:42, Martin Smith 2:21:38 and Kate Neale 2:21:29.
December 8th
One Striders competed in the Victoria Park Half Marathon Dave Adams 2:22:00 Pb.
December 16th
On Sunday it was Our third Three Counties Cross Country at Standalone 24 Striders compete a smaller team but still competed well and enjoyed the Christmas theme. Rob Barnes finishing 3rd. A very pleased Evelyn Lutterodt 101th, Kulwinder Assra 124th and Judy Reid 127th completed the Womens team. Men 8th, Ladies 10th and together 10th.
One Strider competed at Grafton Water 10km Tony Riley 55:25 Pb Club Record V75.
It was also the Keech Hospice Santa Run 5km at Wardown Park. A number of Striders dressed up as Father Christmas and enjoyed a run round the Park.
One Strider competed in the Pirton Boxing Day 5km Amanda Rankin 35:41. This Strider always finds the boozy runs a nice run to continue celebrating at Christmas.
December 29t & 30th
A number of Strider competed at Lee Valley over various distances. In the 10km Ricky Avis 1:03:27, Julie Tysoe 1:05:10 and Jennifer Avis 1:20:11. In the 10 mile Zena Ellis 1:47:44 and Maria Petts 1:50:00. In the Half Marathon Vicki Crowston 2-03-26 and Simon Router 2-26-14.
Two Striders competed in the Buntingford 10 mile Thom Darby 1:28:36 and Kieron Fitzpatrick 1:32:08.
At Wardown Parkrun Phil Sleet 30:34 Pb.
Well Run to all Striders that have competed this month that have not been mentioned. Try to remember to put your races on the sheets or message me and you can be added. Well Run everyone that has competed this year its been a very successful year for Striders. Good Luck with achieving your goals for
the coming year and remember to enjoy your training and races its just as important. Happy New Year 2019.

Annual Awards Evening
The Annual Awards Evening takes place at 7:30 on Friday 8th February in the Crawley Green Sports & Social Club (Next to Ashcroft School) Crawley Green Road, LU2 9AG. For those Striders who haven’t attended before, it is an excellent evening, an opportunity to congratulate those runners who have performed well over the year. Not all the awards are based on performance we also have awards for improvement and for people who bring something special to the club. You as members also have the chance to vote for the recipient of the Rosa Trophy, this award is voted for by everyone at the club, not just committee members and coaches. This award goes to the person who you feel has made a real contribution to the club over the last year; it is truly an honour to receive this award. Tickets £5 includes hog roast dinner on sale now.

2019 Beds County Championships
20 Mile - Oakley – will be held 24th March - Entry
5 Mile - John O'Callaghan - Luton – will be held on 30th June
10km -  Bedfordshire AAA road race – will be held at Bedford on 19th  July.
5km - Doug Anderson - Bedford – will be held on 31st July.
10 Mile – Leighton Buzzard  - will be held on 22nd September TBC.
Half Marathon - Wootton – will be held on 1st December TBC
Marathon - No Championships in 2019

Ken Abbott Cup - Striders XC Handicap Championship
Scores so far
after four races but it might all change with one races to go.
1st 1068 Christine Lathwell
2nd 1205 Miriam Linforth
3rd 1208 Judy Reid
1st 954 Danny Kelly
2nd 1083 Pat Blessing
3rd 1111 Rob Barnes
4th 1115 Andy Durrant
5th 1117 Gez Fallon
6th 1136 Martin Fallon
7th 1154 Andy Reid

8th 1174 Phil Davies
9th 1228 Stewart Read

Three Counties Cross Country
To enter a list for names will be on club desk.
2018-19 dates:
4th Nov 2018 - Dunstable Road Runners - Results
25th Nov 2018 - Wellingborough & District AC - Results
16th Dec 2018 - North Herts - Results
13 Jan 2019 - Ampthill & Flitwick Flyers - Results
27th Jan 2019 - Wootton Road Runners - Instructions
Web Site & Results
Other Cross Country Races
05/01/19 Beds County Champs Hughenden Park, High Wycombe - Results
26/01/19 Southern Counties Parliament Hill, London
23/02/19 English National XC Harewood House, Leeds

Dates For Your Diary
24th Jan - Striders Social Evening
8th Feb - Awards Evening
10th Feb - Stopsley Challenge Event
2nd May - Beginners Course Start

Silent Runner
Mark Layzell's running blog for eveyone. Click here

2018 Club Championships
10K - Flitwick - 29th April - Results
5K - Marston - 8th June - Results
5M - John O'Callaghan, Luton - 24th June - Results
10M - Leighton - 23rd Sept - Results
Half Marathon - Luton - 28th Oct - Results
20M - Any between Jan & Dec 2018
Marathon - Any between Jan & Dec 2018

Striders Race Speadsheet UPDATED 19/01/19

This spreadsheet has times collected from the race sheets for everyone that has put something down this year. Every one has their own tab, which are at the bottom.
The line with your name in that has times in bold are your lifetime PB for each distance. The line with your age category is your age group PB for each distance.
Any times that are highlighted on the chart in yellow, are lifetime PB's achieved. Any times highlighted in green are the age category PB's achieved.

Stopsley Strider Club Member Profile – Karen Bull  
Occupation: Intervention teaching assistant, breakfast club and after school club assistant.
Did you do sport at school?
I enjoyed playing netball when I was at High school – hated cross country – I loved playing rounders and generally came first or second in the 100 metre sprint when we had athletics.
When did you start running & why?
I’d read about Stopsley Striders running club on the internet and it piqued my interest – however I never took it any further and put it to the back of my mind thinking maybe one day…
In May 2016 I saw that Stopsley Striders were advertising a beginner’s course to run every Thursday for twelve weeks for one pound per session. There was my opportunity to give running a go. I attended every session – graduated from the beginners group in the July and here I am seventeen months later.
What made you come to Stopsley Striders?
The recommendation and encouragement from my friend and fellow strider Penny Kilbey.
What is your favourite run/course?
Of the races I have completed so far, I absolutely loved the Love Luton 10k. A very well organised race – excellent support from all the marshals and the atmosphere was phenomenal. Makes me proud to live in Luton.
What is your best run?
I made a resolution last year to be able to run sub 30 for a 5k by the end of this year. I managed this on the 21st October with a time of 29:30. I was absolutely over the moon and felt very proud of myself. My PB is currently 29:12 – I may not be the fastest runner but I have definitely improved.
What was your worst run?
Definitely the Luton 10k that I ran as part of the Luton AC summer series. I felt unwell on the day but was determined to run this race to go alongside the other two that made up the summer series. With the support of my husband, I managed to run non-stop until I got to 8k and then it went downhill from there. Every time I put one foot in front of the other I felt like I was going to be sick. This made me very emotional and cross with myself. My husband turned around and at this point I had started to walk. He could see how upset I was and with his ongoing support and encouragement, I managed to finish the course with a mixture of running and walking. To see the finish line was such a relief – I sprinted the last part and sat on the grass for a while drinking as much water as I could get down me, muttering to myself that I was never going to run this race again.
We shall see until next time…
What was your most memorable run?
Running in my first Stopsley 5 with my fellow striders. This was when I first felt like an actual runner and realised how far I had come. The weather was awful and this made this run particularly memorable for the wrong reasons. It was windy and raining and I was covered in mud and soaking wet by the time I finished but I loved it!
Do you like cross-country?
So far, I’ve ran in two cross-country races and I loved them both (I may not have felt the love for cross-country during the run but I certainly did at the end).
The club spirit is fantastic and it doesn’t matter if you are the fastest or slowest everyone is very encouraging and supportive of one another.
I’m definitely going to be signing up for the next two.
Assuming you have spare time, what are your other hobbies/interests?
I am very lucky to be blessed with The Best Boy in The World – my twenty one month old grandson. He keeps me on my toes and when I’m not giving him my undivided attention I like to spend quality time with my husband and four sons.
I’m a great advocate of parkrun and all that is stands for – when I’m not running at Luton Wardown I like to volunteer. I’ve recently started volunteering at junior parkrun too which is awesome!
If I do manage to get some time to myself I enjoying reading, watching dramas and eating chocolate.
How many times a week do you run?
I always try to make club nights on Monday. I did use to run on Thursdays and take part in hill and speed work – I’m hoping to fit Thursdays back in after Christmas. If I fancy a run in the week my husband joins me when he gets home from work. And of course Saturday is parkrun time!
What is your average weekly mileage?
At the moment it’s at least 10 – I’m going to be training in January for my first half marathon which takes place in March 2018 so this will certainly increase.
Do you do speed work or specialist training?
I have done in the past (speed work and hills).
Do you follow a diet regime before competing?
The longest I’ve ran so far is 10k so as long as I’ve had my morning cuppa,  I don’t generally have anything to eat until I’ve finished the race.
What piece of your kit do you think is the most important?
Decent running leggings that don’t full down when I run.
Who is your hero?
My dad.
What do you like about the club?
I have made a completely new circle of friends. Stopsley Striders is a friendly club and has been welcoming from the start – it’s good to feel part of something and this has helped me to continue to embrace my love of running.
What would be your advice to a new club member?
Join the Facebook page so you can get to know people and put names to faces. Be brave, come in with a smile on your face and remember that you are there for a reason. Be willing to seek out people who will support you and run alongside you and also offer your support and knowledge too. We all have something to offer at club and remember we were all a beginner at one point too.
Come to the social as well to get to know more striders - a well laid-out buffet is always on offer.
What is your running song to get you over that line?
I never listen to music when I am running. If I ever need a song to get me over the line, it would be Paradise by Coldplay.
Thom Darby - Chris Green - Zena Ellis - Andy Ward - Miriam Linforth - Dave Debnam
Phil Nitchin - Martin Smith - Liz Rollinson - Mark Lazell - Ian Pitkin

Power of 10
Want to know how you are ranked in the UK click here.

Luton Athletics History
I run for Kent AC in London, but grew up in Luton and recently took part in Wardown parkrun.
I have written a bit about the history of running in the town, which might be of interest to you:
Through searching in British Newspaper Archive I have taken the history back to the 1870s. Let me know if you spot any howlers...
Best wishes
Neil Gordon-Orr

Luton Marathon 1990
Over 30 Striders took part in the race with others helping marshal.
Bill Barrett was first Strider home in 2:44:12
More information, results etc.can be found on

My Year as a Parkrun Tourist by Amanda Rankin
12 different parkruns over 12 months
Click here

Striding January 1991
Newsletter from over 25 years ago
About our former Club President becoming a Strider in 1983
A RUNNING MUM by Karen Ashby
Running while pregnant
Training for London

Club Nights
We know it’s difficult for some people but members are arriving after 7:30 on club nights. It would be helpful if as many members as possible could arrive between 7:00 and 7:30. This would help to reduce the queue when paying and be ready to run after the announcements.

Runners World Calculators
Calculate your training paces, predict your race times and estimate your calorie expenditure with these interactive tools. Click here

Age Graded Calculator
Age grading is a way of putting all race participants on a level playing field, regardless of age or gender. Age-graded scores let you compare your race times to those of different runners, as well as to the standard for your age and gender.
To calculate your performance,
click here

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