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Stopsley Striders Charity for 2017 - 2018
Raised so far £4015

The Luton and Dunstable Hospital Charitable Fund is a
registered charity in England and Wales, no 1058704

The specific code for cardiac rehabilitation is LD9P
If anyone makes direct donations that code needs to go on any cheques etc.

Striders Closed Groupe
Striders Open Group

UPDATED 09/08/18
If you would like to make a contribution to this notice boardplease email me.
The next committee meetings will be held on 3rd Sept 2018
Anyone wishing to submit an item for discussion should hand his or her written submission to
Andy Reid or to any other committee member.

Chairman’s Comments NEW
July was a big month for the club, lots of team events, our beginners graduation and a host of new members. Possibly in hindsight not the best timing for my long holiday.
Our beginners graduation took place on 14th with several Striders taking part. We had approx 75 beginners graduate this year which is a phenomenal success, thank you again to all of the coaches and club members who helped with the beginners course. It is your help and enthusiasm that makes them come back and so far 34 have signed up and become members, and the number is still growing.
Fairlands Valley relays took place with several teams of Striders running, this is a great event and good fun to work as a team. Although only 3K it is still a tough run, well done all.

Alf Brown Handicap Race in finishing position order NEW

1. Paul Wiggett - 21.34 2. Adrian Moore - 16.19 3. Fran Sewell - 17.35 4. Tony Riley - 17.18
5. Jo Quirke - 26.03 6. Vicki Crowston - 16.34 7. Mary Brennan - 23.09 8. Natasha Hall - 17.52 9. John Morrow - 19.23 10.Nick Cox - 14.29 11.Clare Bracey - 23.58 12.Joe Cashman - 14.17 13.John Ryan - 14.38 14. Gary Bartlett - 18.58 15.Nicole Young - 19.23 16.Kate Neale - 19.13 17.Antonia Munn - 20.21 18.Hannah Duffy - 18.02 19.Kat Tuloo - 16.57 20.Helen Metcalfe - 22.12 21.Thom Darby - 14.30 22.Dave Adam - 17.40 23.Stewart Read - 15.57 24.Sylivia Thomas - 23.45 25.Ian Curry - 14.45 26.Andy Durrant - 14.43 27.Jill Bywater - 23.42 28.Martin Read - 13.38 29.Anna O'Neil - 27.24 30.Christian Bredenkamp - 13.43 31.Pat Blessing - 13.11 32.Kerry Dear - 18.10 33.Chris Treleaven - 14.24 34.Rob Barnes - 11.02 35.Natalie Pisani - 16.05 36.Ian Pitkin - 14.11 37.Martin Fallon - 13.14 38.Cheryl Cahill - 20.49 39.Rudi Bartlett - 17.31 40.Rick Hares - 13.18 41.Dean Haywood - 15.05 42.Karen Bull - 20.41 43.Paul Keech - 14.54 44.Pauline Moran - 24.02 45.Gez Fallon - 12.48 46.Kirtsy Yates - 21.24 47.Lorraine? (runner 19) - 22.55 48.Gemma Riddell - 24.11 49.Vince Rose - 15.25 50.Simon Norris - 15.42 51.Miriam Linforth - 14.53 52.Lucy Joseph - 18.22 53.Sharon Chesham - 24.08 54.Frances Moss - 24.01 55.Leslie Rodd - 21.58 56.Maria Petts - 21.04 57.Gary Fowler - 15.24 58.John Chapman - 13.25 59.Andrea Watts - 24.08 60.Grham Busch - 15.22 61.Christine Lathwell - 12.54 62.Claire Farrow - 21.52 63.Jenn Davey - 21.25 64.Estelle Parkins - 21.14 65.Liz McGinley - 20.05 66.Martin Ball - 28.20 67.Lu Philpott - 23.04 68.Paul Duffy - 19.47 69.Chris Lamont - 14.44 Photos

Running Report for July 2018 by Phil Nitchen NEW
In what has been an absolutely scorching hot month, you guys have still managed to pull off some amazing running feats. We had the last 2 races of the Luton series, our 3k time trial and the ever popular Fairlands relays. We also saw the beginners course come to an end with their graduation run at Wardown Parkrun.
1st July
We had a good turnout at the 5k race of the Luton Series. Mike Tucker ran a cracking PB of 19.49 on a tough course, Dave Debnam was 1st V70 in a time of 26.40 and Chris Lamont was 1st V60 and set a new V65 club record of 20.28, brilliant stuff fellas. Christine Lathwell was 1st senior woman in a time 20.36.
14th and 15th
On the 14th the beginners graduated at Luton Parkrun, Well done to all that Graduated and to the coaches that got you there, I hope to see you as many of you as possible up the club in the coming weeks and months. Also at Luton Parkrun Danny Kelly ran a PB of 20.28. Vicki Crowston ran a 2.5 mile Pb as part of a relay at the Furzton relays in a time of 22.06.
On the 15th we had the last race of the Luton series with the 10k. Another good turn out in hot conditions on what is a very tough course. Gez Fallon was 1st V45 in the series, Dave Debnam was 1st V70 in a time of 55.52, Christine Lathwell was 2nd senior woman in a time of 44.58 and was 1st senior woman in the series. I travelled to Bolton to participate in Ironman UK, (not that I’ve mentioned it much :). I completed it in 15:48:01, It was hilly and hot, but well worth it. My thanks to Andy Ward and Miriam for the snippets of advice they gave me throughout my training and to John Ryan for lending me his training book (I will give it back one day John).
On The 19th we had our 3k time trial. 40 striders took part and I think everyone enjoyed it, the following runners gained a PB. Christine Lathwell 11.45, Miriam Linforth 13.38, Calista Strange 15.10, Lucy Joseph 15.29, Vicki Crowston 15.32, Kerry Dear 15.49, Amanda Scott 16.11, Dawn Boon 16.14, Teresa Abbott 16.24, Siobhan Jenkins 16.27, Valerie Dawson 17.06, Karen Harkin 17.29, Kirsty Yates 18.36, Lu Philpott 20.20, Janine Blackett 20.04, Rob Barnes 9.56, Ahmed Berrah 11.08, Pat Blessing 11.48, Martin Read 12.38, Charles Nelis 12.38, Thom Darby 12.58, Andy Durrant 13.08, John Ryan 13.08, Ian Curry 13.25, Martin Emmanuel 14.42, David Brown 15.20, Nick Crane 15.21, Martin Smith 15.32, Rudy Bartlett 15.43, Dave Adam 15.44, Gary Bartlett 16.54 and Michael Joseph 19.21.
On the 20th the Beds AAA 10k took place. Elizabeth Mcginley ran a Pb of 1.01.02, Martin Fallon ran a Pb of 42.43 and Chris Lamont was 1st V65 in the race and in turn was the V65 county champion, finishing in a time of 41.40. Pat Blessing was 3rd in the V55 in a time of 42.13.
On the 21st Jenn Davey ran a Pb at Luton Parkrun with a time of 33.21.
On the 25th a few striders ran the Doug Anderson 5k, John Chapman was 2nd V60 in a time of 20.30, Karen Ashby was 3rd in the V55 category in a time of 25.58 and Chris Lamont was 1st V65 and claimed another V65 county championship in a time of 20.39.
On the 26th was my favourite event of the year, the Fairlands Valley 3k relay. 30 Striders made the short trip there and once again the camaraderie and support amongst us was exceptional. Carly had a fight with a Bee and lost, but thankfully she was well looked after by Christine and the first aiders and was ok. We had some success within the county. The team of Christine Lathwell, Miriam Linforth and Vicki Crowston were 1st vet ladies in the county. The team of Rob Barnes, Philip Davies, Tom Rankin, Thom Darby and Ahmed Berrah were 3rd senior men’s team in the county and the team of Gez Fallon, Pat Blessing, Christian Bredenkamp, Paul Keech and Martin Read were 2nd vet men’s team in the county.  The following gained Pb’s, Rob Barnes 9.55, Martin Read 12.33, Paul Keech, 13.15, Ian Pitkin 12.39, myself 13.35, Christine Lathwell 11.16, Miriam Linforth 13.18, Kat Tuloo 15.35, Katicia Blanchard 15.53, Donna Wiggett 18.38 and Siobhan Jenkins 16.26.
On the 29th Kirsty Yates and Chris Lamont ran the Lee fest 10 miler, this was Kirtsy’s 1st 10 miler and she completed it in 1.54.18, Chris finished off an amazing month and was 1st V60 in a time of 1.11.38
In August we have the Alf Brown handicap race and our club 5 and 10 mile trail race. The cross country lists will go on the desk this month, so please consider taking part, it is great fun and the team work and support is brilliant.
If I have missed any accomplishments, my apologies, please let me know and it will be added to the run report next month.

Silent Runner
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Dates For Your Diary UPDATED
12th Aug - Stopsley 5 & 10 Mile Trail Race
23rd Aug - Social Night
6th Sept - Alan Taylor Memorial Social Run
20th Sept - Social Night
25th Oct - Social Night
22nd Nov - Social Night
20th Dec - Social Night
21st Dec - Christmas Meal, Fancott Arms

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 - Entry
Half Marathon - Luton - 28th Oct - Entry
20M - Any between Jan & Dec 2018
Marathon - Any between Jan & Dec 2018

2018 Beds County Championships UPDATED
20 Miles - Oakley - 18th March -Cancelled
10 Miles - Sandy - 8th April - Results
5 Mile - John O'Callaghan, Luton - 24th June - Results
10K - Bedford AAA Road Race - 20th July - Results
5K - Doug Anderson, Bedford - 25th July - Results
Half Marathon - Wootton - 2nd Dec

Striders Race Speadsheet UPDATED 16/03/18

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. If my English teacher was any good then they should be in alphabetical order by surname. I have also split it into a male and female side, the women's names are first,  just click on yours and you will be able to see your times.
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.
All the PB's prior to the beginning of the year that are in the bold in the top 2 lines are what I found on the club PB pag.
There are definitely going to be some inaccuracies, mistakes and missing race times, please feel free to contact me and let me know so I can correct it.
My aim is to for an updated sheet to put up on a monthly basis onto the site.
Any questions, then please feel free to ask.
Phil, Mens Captain

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
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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
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.

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