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Willow 10k 1st October 2017

  Stopsley Striders
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£1590 raised so far

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UPDATED 21/09/17
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Chairpersons Comments
August was a busy month for us with our main event for the year - our club race. It was a great event with 170 runners taking part. The 10 mile distance proved the most popular, so popular in fact that we ran out of medals - thank you for your patience with the medals, I am assured they are on their way. Thank you to everyone who ran, came to support and especially our marshals who did a fantastic job of cheering everyone on and keeping them safe. We have had some lovely positive feedback after the race most notably praising our marshals. We will be doing the event again next year so if you have any suggestions on how it can be improved we would welcome them.
As the summer fades and the nights start getting shorter, do make sure to wear bright clothing and stay safe. Cross country is just around the corner and our two captains are keen to get a big team together, even if you are just thinking about it, put your name down, every runner who takes part makes a difference to the scoring.
And lastly just a reminder from today - 4th September our price for a Monday and Thursday club night has increased to £1.50. This is due to an increase in the room hire at Inspire but I think we have also done well to have kept it at £1 for the last 32 years.
Zena Ellis

Annual General Meeting 2017 NEW
The AGM will be held on Tuesday 7th November 2017 commencing 7.30pm. at Crawley Green Social Club. The committee is required to stand down at the AGM and a new committee elected. If you wish to stand for a positions or would like to nominate someone else, with their prior agreement, please complete the nomination form and leave it in the box on the Treasures desk on any club evening or hand it to Club Secretary, Andy Reid.
Please note that nominations must be declared by Monday 23rd October 2017. Agenda items must be handed to the Club Secretary, Andy Reid, by no later Monday 23rd October 2017 in order to allow publication prior to the meeting. No agenda items will be accepted on the night. If for any reason Andy Reid is not available, please hand your agenda item(s) to another committee member.
Charity nominations must be submitted by Monday 23rd October 2017. Please note that the nominee of the chosen charity will be responsible for fund raising for the year ahead.
2016 AGM minutes will be available soon.

Dates For Your Diary
Christmas Meal - Thurs 21st Dec - Fancott Arms
Awards Evening - Fri 16th Feb

Striders Social Night
28th Sept. 8-11pm Stopsley Working Mens Club.
Our monthly get together to enjoy a sausage roll or two and chat about our latest PB.
As always please contribute food to the buffet or make a contribution to the club charity.

Running Report for August 2017 by Christine Lathwell
It was a quieter month but we did have three local races. The Alf Brown 3km for Stopsley Striders only and Our 5 and 10 mile off road.
August 3rd
We had the Alf Brown 3km. It was a great get together on a training night, It was a great turn out  55 Striders finished it. Many beginners joining in. Dawn Keveren from the beginners won the Alf Brown trophey and we had a small get together to present the trophey at the Barrels. Photos
August 5th
Philip Davies ran the Heartwood Parkrun Pb 20:08, Lucinder Philpott ran St Albans Parkrun Pb 34:35.
August 13th
It was a lovely sunny morning for Our 5 and 10 mile off road races. We had a great turn out 21 striders completed the 5 mile.  John Chapman 3rd male 34:17, Vanessa Thompson 3rd Female 40:36, Hannah Fothergill 1st Senior Lady 43:08,  Liz Davies Pb 43:09, Kat Tuloo 1st V35  47:25, Vicki Crowston Pb 47:48 her first 5 mile, Phil Abbitt 50:11 1st V60, Liz Evans Pb 56:53 her first 5 miler, Lucinder Phillpott Pb 1:00:51, Thomas Murphy 1st V70 1:04:52. For the 10 mile, 23 Striders completed it. Robert Barnes won the race 1:03:09, Tom Rankin 2nd Male 1:05:01, Adrian Cropp 1st MV40 1:06:12, Daniel Mann Pb 1:10:57, Linda Scanlon 1st Female Pb 1:11:50, Philip Davies Pb 1:12:52, Ian Pitkin Pb 1:23:44,  Alan Weir 1st MV70  1:24:45, Maria Petts P 1:45:33.
August 19th
Charles Nelis Luton Parkrun PB 23:57, Elevlyn Lutherodt ran Luton Parkrun Pb 29:22 first time under 30 minutes, Dawn Keveren ran Luton Parkrun Pb 39:09 first time under 40 minutes.
August 20th
Liz Evans Hyde park 10km Pb 1:08:35.
Congratulations to all striders not mentioned but raced this month. Thank you to everyone that made Our race a success that’s the people that helped before race day, runners that did the practise run, all the helpers on the day marshalls, drink stations, people who sorted the results out, the photographers I was unable to go so enjoyed the many photos of the morning. Good Luck to anyone racing in September the longer races are starting. Our next Club Championship race Leighton 10.

Stopsley 5 & 10 Mile Trail Race Results
Full results

5 Mile Prize Winners
Name Club Time
1st Male Tim Harris Unattached 29
2nd Male Adrian James Harpenden Arrows 33
3rd Male John Chapman Stopsley Striders 34.17
senior man Michel Tucker Unattached 37.49
MV40 Martin Green Unattached 40.36
MV50 Tony Randfield Fairland's valley Spartans 36.04
MV60 Phil Abbitt Stopsley Striders 50.11
MV70 Thomas Murphy Stopsley Striders 1.04.52
1st Female Natalie Lawrence Fairland's Valley Spartans 34.37
2nd Female Katy Garham-Lee Leighton Fun Runners 37.04
3rd Female Vanessa Thompson Stopsley Striders 40.36
senior lady Hannah Fothergill Stopsley Striders 43.08
FV35 Kat Tuloo Stopsley Striders 47.25
FV45 Helen James Harpenden Arrows 40.34
V55 Denise Browning Ampthill & Flitwick Flyers 44.01
V65 Elizabeth McGinley Unattached 53.1


10 Mile Prize Winners
Name Club Time
1st Male Rob Barnes Stopsley Striders 1.03.09
2nd Male Tom Rankin Stopsley Striders 1.05.01
3rd Male Paul Allen Tring Running Club 1.05.14
senior man Steve Burke Boxfit-Tri 1.07.36
MV40 Adrian Copp Stopsley Striders 1.06.12
MV50 Richard Stanley Ampthill & Flitwick Flyers 1.13.38
MV60 Warwick Browning Ampthill & Flitwick Flyers 1.10.10
MV70 Alan Weir Stopsley Striders 1.24.45
1st Female Linda Scanlan Stopsley Striders 1.11.47
2nd Female Sarah Halford Boxfit-Tri 1.12.43
3rd Female Paula Nicol Boxfit-Tri 1.15.01
senior lady Chloe Lucas North Herts Road Runners 1.19.45
FV35 Emma Maggot Unattached 1.18.12
FV45 Clare Thomas Harpenden Arrows 1.24.11
V55 Linda Aird North Herts Road Runners 1.30.57
V65 Patricia Gofrey Ampthill & Flitwick Flyers 1.53.37

Cross Country
Xc page updated with dates

Stopsley Strider Club Member Profile - Mark Layzell
I work at the University of Bedfordshire at Park Square, Luton as a Technician/Demonstrator in The School of Media and Performance.
Did you do sport at school?
Not very good at school sports and did not try to hard neither, which looking back was a great regret!
When did you start running & why?
I started running on our clubs 2014 beginners course as I wanted to get fit enough to run that years Luton Half marathon in October.
What made you come to Stopsley Striders?
Quite simple it is the closest running club to me and I heard they were a very friendly club to join!
What is your favourite run/course?
The revised 2015 Luton half marathon course that runs around the beautiful Luton Hoo estate and finishes in the town centre!
What is your best run?
The Finchley 20 not in relation to time but I completed the 20 miles distance that was the most important achievement for me after all the training that when in beforehand.
What was your worst run?
In the Silverstone 10k race in 2016 I struggled with form and a plantar fasciitis injury. The time was so bad that after the race I felt like giving up running but glad I didn’t.
What was your most memorable run?
My last Greater London parkrun at Pymmes, Edmonton that completed my capital challenge of running all 47 London parkruns in a year for charity! It was also great to celebrate this milestone with some of my friends that come with me from our club!
Do you like cross-country?
Yes but only done one race for the club that I plan to rectify that in this year three counties cross country league.
Assuming you have spare time, what are your other hobbies/interests?
Love watching live sport from both Luton football and rugby clubs and in the summer Middlesex County Cricket club at the iconic Lords ground London.
How many times a week do you run?
Going to start running 3-4 times a week now my challenge is over.
What is your average weekly mileage?
Hope to get back into running between 15-20 miles a week.
Do you do speed work or specialist training?
Normally coach on the speed work sessions on a Thursday, but going to have to add more personal speed work sets into my own training as I am looking to improve my PB’s over multiple distances from 5K to 10 Miles!
Do you follow a diet regime before competing?
Try to cut out all the unhealthy foods but I would be lying if I didn’t say it wasn’t difficult.
What piece of your kit do you think is the most important?
Trainers for me as they need to be both comfortable and support your feet for the long periods of time while running!
Who is your hero?
Mo Farah that with all the setbacks he has had in his life shows with his hard work and determination managed to become one of the worlds best middle distance runners of all time!
What do you like about the club?
It is a very friendly club that is inclusive to all runners and not dependent on ability, plus has a great community ethos about it!
What would be your advice to a new club member?
Seeing as at the moment I am the person who looks after the new members contact email, I would say all the coaches are available to help you out and don’t be afraid to ask that running question even if you may think it could be trivial to us!
What is your running song to get you over that line?
Sorry don’t listern to music while I am running especially on the roads/footpaths, it’s a safety issue for me!
Other profiles -
Thom Darby
- Chris Green - Zena Ellis - Andy Ward - Miriam Linforth - Dave Debnam
Phil Nitchin - Martin Smith - Liz Rollinson

2017 Club Championships UPDATED
Following April's committee meeting, the club champs have been clarified. We will award the top 3 in each category going up in 5 years from V35 and obviously have a senior category. These will be awarded at the monthly social.
Oakley 20m - 2nd April Results
Flitwick 10k - 9th April Results
Marston 5k - 16th June Results
Wolverton 5m - 25th Nov Entry
Leighton 10m - 17th Sept Results
Luton Half Marathon - 29th Oct Entry
Any marathon between start of Feb and end of Oct

2017 Beds County Championship
Are as follows:
20 Mile - Oakley - will be held on 2nd April Results
10km -  Flitwick - will be held on 9th April Results
5 Mile - John O'Callaghan - Luton will be held on 25th June Results
5km - Doug Anderson - Bedford will be held on  26th July Results
10 Mile - Leighton Buzzard - will be held on 17th September
Half Marathon - Wootton - will be held on 3rd December Entry

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

Capital parkrun Adventures!
I have set myself a challenge of running in all 47 Greater London parkruns in one year for charity, which started on the 25-06-16 at the Dulwich and finished on 3-06-17 at Pymmes
If you would like to know more about this challenge here is my accompanying website
Mark Layzell

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 25 years ago
About our 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 7:20 and 7:30. This would help to reduce the queue when paying and be ready to run after the announcements.

Runners World Calculators
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To calculate your performance,
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