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Striders Charity of the Year
2018 - 2019

Striders Closed Groupe
Striders Open Group

UPDATED 18/07/19
If you would like to make a contribution to this notice board please email me.
The next committee meeting will be - 22/07/19

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Karen Bull or to any other committee member.

Chairman’s Comments
June comments 2019

Another great month for the club, June brought us runs before the sun came up and as the sun set, 2 club championship races - Marston 5K and the John O’ Callaghan 5 mile, a not so hot St Albans half, the start of the Luton AC series and our first club invitational run. 

For your info the club championship races are decided by the committee at the start of each year, they are popular races for striders of all distances from 5K to a full marathon. We look at the results of these races and give certificates for the top three runners in each category.

This year they are -

  • Marston 5K
  • John O’Callaghan 5mile
  • Luton AC 10K
  • Leighton 10mile
  • Love Luton Half Marathon
  • The 20 mile and marathon we count any race of that distance.

The beginners course is still going strong and we are averaging 70 runners on a Thursday evening, thank you again to our leaders in running fitness and coaches for leading the groups and also to our members for helping with the groups and encouraging new runners, I know it is very much appreciated by beginners and our coaches.

Next month we have some more races in the summer series, our track time trial, the Alan Taylor run, Fairlands Valley Relays and beginners graduation on the 20th July at Luton Wardown parkrun. 

Hope you enjoy the warm summer evenings and this glorious sunshine, although it's maybe not the best for running in. 

Relive: Awards Evening
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2019 Club Championships
Friday 7th June 2019 Marston 5km - Results
Sunday 30th June 2019 John O'Callaghan 5m - Results
Sunday 21st July 2019 Luton 10km - Entry
Sunday 22nd September 2019 Leighton 10m - Entry
Sunday 27th October 2019 Luton Half Marathon - Entry
Any 20 Mile Jan - Dec 2019
Any Marathon Jan - Dec 2019

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

Dates For Your Diary
Delayed - Striders exhibition at Luton Wardown Museum
2nd May - Beginners Course Started
Sat 20th July - Beginners Graduation
Thur 25th July - Fairlands Valley Relay
Sun 11th August - Stopsley 5 & 10 mile trail race
Thur 22nd August - Alf Brown handicap run

May 2019 Running Report by Martin Smith
May brings an end to the spring marathons with the Striders-on-tour group heading to Belfast to run a rather controversial marathon distance & the Milton Keynes May bank holiday marathon, attended by 4 of our very own Striders. To you and everyone that have run marathons in 2019, you all deserve a well-earned pat on the back and a big rest.

The sun finally seems to have its hat on and the distances are turning to 10k’s & 5k’s with plenty of PB’s being set – just remember the mosquito spray, they seem to be monsters this year!
Our Beginners course kicked off with an impressive 106 beginners signing up and a further 30 signing up the very next week. With just over 6 weeks left to go, we are all looking forward to you all joining us in some of the many races left in 2019.

May also saw Dave Adams leaving the Striders to go and set up a new life by the Seaside – we all wish you all the very best, and we all look forward to when you come to visit.

5th May – Belfast Marathon, The official Striders Marathon 2019 A Brilliant turnout, but with the course coming in over half a mile longer than it should have been many had to get readjusted times. Well done to all that ran it.

Barbora Uhrakova, Joe Cashman, Emma Butcher & Rebecca Marlow running the Team Relay in 4:13.42 in a team PB – well done !
Donna Wiggett, Vikki Cowston, Paul Wiggett & Alan Rogers also running in the Team Relay in 5:09.00
Ian Pitkin 3:39.14 - PB
Dan Lewis 3:57.22 - PB
Zena Ellis - 4:42:40 & a PB
Simon Router – 5:06 & a PB
Valerie Dawson 5:04.01
Andy Durrant 3:58.32 PB by 26 mins – Well done
San Jay Roy – 3:49.35 & a PB
Maria Petts - 6:14:47 – And celebrating her 40th birthday :)
Fin Willis – 5:22.34
Carly Eaves – 4:54.11
Kate Neale – 4:53.30 PB, and very well done for achieving your goal of under 5 hours.
Evelyn Lutterodt – 4:54:11

5th May - Milton Keynes Rocket 5k
Dean Haywood21:50 Karen Bull30:30:00
Nicola Abubacker24:37:00 PB Amanda Rankin31:32:00
Kerry Dear24:48:00 PB Sara House33:12:00
Michelle Nelson26:07:00 Marie Haywood33:25:00
Julie Tysoe27:27:00 Sharon Chesham33:47:00
Kirsty Yates28:02:00 Jennifer Avis34:44:00
Rickey Avis29:59:00 Mark Layzell36:35:00

5th May – Newport marathon
Shaun Mutter = 3:48.33

6th May Watford 10k
Peter Brown – 42.11
Peta Henry – 42.11 pb

6th May Milton Keynes marathon – With Julie Tysoe marshalling & Pat Blessing for still running with possibly the worst case of man flu seen this year :(
Ian Curry – 4:02.20
Pat Blessing – 4:12.08
Shane Franklin – 4:21.03
Dawn Boon – 4:49.50 first marathon

6th May Milton Keynes half marathon
Eammon Devane – 1:43.22 setting a PB for his first ever half marathon – Great time Eammon
Michael Tucker – 1:27.51 PB
Dean Haywood – 1:44.39
Tom Darby – 1.48.48

12th May Wheathampstead 10k
Dean Haywood – 50:19
Sally Hunt – 1:03.44
Marie Haywood – Time not recorded
Teresa Abbott – 1:08.20

12th May Stevington 12k
Carlista Strange – 1:04.52

12th May Draycote Water 10k – a last minute change from the half marathon option, well done ladies.2
Amanda Rankin 1:17.382
Lizz Evans 1:17.372

19th May – Hitchin 10K – Well turned out event with 21 Striders! Also some very impressive times and special congratulations to Christine, Lorraine & Elizabeth.            
Christine LATHWELL00:40:07and came 1st Senior LadyEstelle PARKINS01:04:34
Colin BUNNER00:42:10Karen BULL01:04:45 PB
Eammon DEVANE00:42:42 PBJill BYWATERS01:07:27 PB
Shaun MUTTER00:46:13Sylvia THOMAS01:09:30 PB
Lorraine NOAKES00:47:25Winning V55Claire BRACEY01:13:56 PB
Calista STRANGE00.50:57 PBAndrea WATTS01:13:56
Nicola ABUBACKER00:52:47 PBSharon CHESHAM01:20:38
Jo SPICER00:55:38Hilary WILDMAN01:21:03
Finbar WILLIS00:57:52Kate MUTTER01:21:04
Antonia MUNN00:59:51Elizabeth McGinley– Winning V70
Teresa ABBOTT01:01:13

20th – 24th May – Berghaus Dragon Race Ultra, 315km over one of the world’s toughest courses covering the highest peaks in Wales over a 5 day period.
Rob Barnes completed the course in 3rd place. Another amazing feat, well done Rob :)

25th May – Blackpool 10 mile
Ian Curry – 1:12.25 PB

26th May – MB world half marathon
Ray Carlton -1:55.25

27th May – Vitality 10k
Alan Barry00:42:57 Julie Tysoe01:02:20
Charles Nelis00:45:43 Cheryl Cahill01:04:25
Nicholas Cox00:50:53 Nadia Hall01:06:53
Calista Strange00:50:57 Rickey Avis01:08:39
Barbora Uhrakova00:56:41 Claire Farrow01:16:50
Kulwinder Assra00:57:11 Sara House01:17:07
David Adam00:57:43 Liz Evans01:17:16
Evelyn Lutterodt00:58:59 Amanda Rankin01:17:16
Ruth Doyle01:01:12 Mary Brennan01:20:28
Maria Petts01:22:04

Stopsley Steppers Walking Group
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Our jogging club is so friendly and supportive to runners of all standards, from beginners, joggers, sprinters to inspirational athletes and celebrates achievements big and small. The social side of running is just as important to many of us as the fitness and progression, which can be seen and heard at our club nights, running & fund raising events and ever popular monthly socials.  
But when we’re injured or just not feeling like running we can lose that regular contact with the club and members. Amanda & I have both had injuries and circumstances that have stopped us running in the past and at times have felt isolated and low, and even lost confidence in our ability to return to club. It was on one of these occasions that we were walking one evening, when the idea came to us of organising a walking group on a Social Night.
So after consultation with the committee, Stopsley Steppers was born. An inclusive walking group, for anyone who would like a steady 2-2.5 mile walk, knowing there’s a tail walker so no one will be left behind. Adding the option of finishing at Inspire or Stopsley Working Men’s Club, for some good food, good company and even a drink or two – who could resist!
We have had 3 monthly walks to date, with attendance growing each time. The most recent, on 24th January was themed, ‘Three Birds Squared’, along or passing streets with bird names, 9 in total.

A few walkers were returning from injury, two have been receiving hospital treatment, and others just fancied a walk.
Many thanks to all who have joined us and for the positive responses.
“I really enjoyed it, a great way to reconnect with the club, I’m so glad I came, it’s a great idea. Don’t know why I didn’t come before.”
“I haven’t been to a social for a while ‘cos I haven’t been running. I’m so pleased to be able to join everyone.”
“We’ve had a good catch up, really enjoyed it.”
“I didn’t know if I would make it, but I did!”
“Great for the club as it keeps members in touch who may otherwise drift away due to injury or other circumstances.”
“Thank you, I really enjoyed the walk.”
“It’s a great idea. I couldn’t run the last two weeks and just sit at home knowing you guys are running it’s not ideal. I think everyone who is injured or coming back from injury would appreciate sessions like this.”
We’re delighted to hear your comments and that it has taken off so well. The icing on the cake for us is that other members are now organising walks on club nights too.
Our next Social Night is Thursday 21st February and the Steppers walk is ‘From Pillar to Post.’ Details and a reminder will be on Striders Facebook page during the week before. Please join us, everyone is welcome.
Lizzy Evans & Amanda Rankin, Feb 2019.

Three Counties Cross Country
2019-20 dates:
Sunday 3rd November 2019 Wellingbough
Sunday 24th November 2019 Wing
Sunday 8th December 2019 Wooten
Sunday 15th December 2019 Standalone
Sunday 12th January 2020 Dunstable

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

Striders Race Speadsheet LAST UPDATED 14/06/19

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 - Kerry Dear
Occupation - Funeral Arranger

Did you do sport at school?
Hardly any I would do anything to avoid p.e at school.

When did you start running & why?
I decided to start running in July 2016. I have Crohns Disease so running and core work always made my stomach hurt. With the help of Martin physically having to push me down the road I started my running journey (kicking and screaming). We started with short local runs where if needed I could turn back home should I feel unwell. We heard about Parkrun and have been regular visitors to Wardown Park I'm on run 69.

What made you come to Stopsley Striders?
It's all to easy after work to go home and settle into a couch and tv routine and tell yourself that you'll go out tomorrow. When you join a club you have accountability and look forward to meeting your group.

What is your favourite run/course?
Oakley 20. Not only does it have a great hoodie the course is beautiful and the marshals are so supportive. I felt really strong on this run.

What was your worst run?
Harpenden Half Marathon was horrendous. The weather was awful and there was cross country early on. The t-shirt was tiny and I got a coaster instead of a medal. I definitely won't do this one again.

What was your most memorable run?
Brighton Marathon. We spent the weekend in Brighton with other striders preparing for the marathon and sharing our experiences and comparing aches and pains. It was a really emotional run and was lovely to have others to share this with.

Do you like cross-country?
NO I have really weak ankles and running on the grass really hurts them.

Assuming you have spare time, what are your other hobbies/interests?
I like getting out with my dog Doris it helps to destress from work. I love to box and let off steam and also eating out (this is the real reason I run).

How many times a week do you run?
I run around 3 to 4 times a week.

What is your average weekly mileage?
I don't have a weekly mileage but I have a target of 100+ a month.

Do you do speed work or specialist training?
I have attended a couple of speed sessions. I am considering attending track as I've been told it can help in achieving PBs

Do you follow a diet regime before competing?
I have to be careful with the food I eat on a daily basis and tend to eat quite healthily. I used to train starved but after talking to fellow striders now use a two hour window before a race to have a small bowl of porridge. I will miss carbs with carbs with carbs on the side now marathon training is over.

What piece of your kit do you think is the most important?
My Garmin. If you don't track your run does it even count ?

Who is your hero?
Anyone who overcomes difficult circumstances and those who refuse to be a victim of their surroundings. Unfortunately in my profession I see a lot of heartbreak and sadness but when I get updates from families I've helped during their grief and see that they have taken on new challenges and have turned their grief into something possitive it's fantastic.

What do you like about the club?
I really enjoy the social aspect of striders whether it be chatting on a club night or social to going for a well earned breakfast after a longer run.

What would be your advice to a new club member?
Start in a slower group untill your confident with your running style and speed. There's nothing more demoralizing then being the one trailing behind in a faster group.

What is your running song to get you over that line?
I've stopped listening to music on runs as I found it isolated me from other striders and my surroundings. There are some great conversations to be had on a run.

Thom Darby - Chris Green - Zena Ellis - Andy Ward - Miriam Linforth - Dave Debnam
Phil Nitchin - Martin Smith - Liz Rollinson - Mark Lazell - Ian Pitkin - Karen Bull

Power of 10
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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
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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
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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,
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