Notice Board


Striders Charity of the Year
2018 - 2019

Striders Closed Groupe
Striders Open Group

UPDATED 21/05/19
If you would like to make a contribution to this notice boardplease email me.
The next committee meeting will be - TBC

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
March is for many of us about plodding on and getting some serious miles in. So many striders took part in several races over the month from the MK Festival of Running, cross country Harpenden and Welwyn Half, runs around Ashridge, Gade Valley training runs, Oakley 20 and two half marathons around London to name but a few, well done all who took part. Please make sure you add your times to the race sheet regardless of whether you achieved a PB or not we like to have a record of all your races and it makes our job easier choosing the winners for our annual awards. We have a separate sheet for parkruns too.

We have our biggest event of the year coming up in May - the annual beginners course. Last year was incredibly successful with over 100 people taking part. If you were a beginner last year please come along and help us with the course - it would be great for the 2019 cohort to hear some of your stories and how far you have come in your running.

Enjoy the lighter evenings and running across the fields - please remember to stay seen and where possible always run in a group. Zena

Relive: Awards Evening
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2019 Club Championships
Friday 7th June 2019 Marston 5km - Entry
Sunday 30th June 2019 John O'Callaghan 5m - Entry
Sunday 21st June 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 - Entry
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
Mon 24th June - Invitational run for other clubs
Tues 9th July - Track time trial
Mon 15th July - Alan Taylor run
Sat 20th July - Beginners Graduation
Sun 11th August - Stopsley 5 & 10 mile trail race
Thur 22nd August - Alf Brown handicap run

April 2019 Running Report by Christine Lathwell
The spring Marathons are finally here, the training for months is done, the carbo loading and tapering. I would like to congratulate all striders for completing their marathons, whether it was their first, or not, every time you do one it’s the same challenge. Will you beat the 26.2 miles or will it beat you? A few of us really had to work hard through the pain and exhausted bodies. I would also like to thank the supporters that went to the various marathons. It’s always a great help through the good and bad parts of your race. It was also the first of Our Club Championship Races.

April 6th and 7th
At Wardown Parkrun Rick Hares 22:26 Pb, Kirsty Yates 29:07 Pb, Helen Metcalfe 29:42 Pb.
It was the Sandy 10 a very enjoyable course. 16 Striders turned out, Ellie Davies 1:08:23 Pb, Martin Fallon 1:10:11, Colin Bunner 1:10:53, Peter Brown 1:11:04 Pb, Ian Curry 1:13:16 Pb, Andrew Durrant 1:17:44 Pb Sanjay Roy 1:23:28 Pb, Dawn Boon 1:29:30 Pb, Kerry Dear 1:29:32 Pb, Liz Davies 1:32:06, Natasha Hall 1:33:36 Pb, Dave Thompson-Trace 1:33:37, Kulwinder Assra 1:38:08 Pb, Amanda Scott 1:40:05 Pb by over 8 minutes, Karen Bull 1:53:12 Pb and Maria Petts 2:01:46.

April 12th
One Strider while away competed in the Dubai Desert 10km Christian Berdenkamp 43:24.

April 13th and 14th
It was the first weekend of our club marathons one Strider flew over to Paris Evelyn Lutterodt. Her happy go lucky personality got her through unfortunately due to a mix up she ran a massive Pb :D unfortunately it wasn’t hers but a man named Arthur he also got all her lovely photos of her race. Being happy Evelyn though took it all in her stride and just smiled and enjoyed her run in Paris in 4:52:18 with some lovely pictures of Arthur.

The Brighton 10km had one Strider Amirk Singh 1:00:16, he enjoyed racing after being unable to for some time with his bad knee. The Brighton Marathon 12 Striders completed in nearly ideal conditions except for the head wind on the way out and the last miles along the sea front. I completed it 3:17:59 not a Pb but 5th V40 England finisher, so got selected to run for England Masters in Yorkshire October Marathon. Rick Hares ran a fantastic race in 3:38:58 Pb by 17minutes, Ian Pitkin 3:47:51 Pb, Danny Kelly 3:52:07 broke the golden rule ran in brand new trainers, John Ryan 4:02:04, Martin Read 4:26:57 Pb first Marathon, Kerry Dear 4:26:58 Pb first Marathon, Phil Nitchen 4:44:29 looking good after his Ironman, Valerie Dawson 4:48:34, Julie Tysoe 4:55:52 Pb by 52 minutes and very happy to beat 5 hours! Martin Smith 5:08:16 and Kulwinder Assra 5:08:22 Pb first Marathon.

It was the First of Our Club Championship races the Flitwick 10km. We only had 26 striders who ran as many striders were off doing marathons or supporting them. Robert Barnes 33:53 Pb came 4th, Gez Fallon 40:41, Peter Brown 41:22 Pb, Philip Davies 41:32 Pb, John Chapman 42:55, Shaun Mutter 43:42 Pb, Ian Curry 43:42 Pb, Andy Reid 44:43, Dean Haywood 46:28, Thom Darby 48:57, Sanjay Roy 50:29, Calista Strange 42:17 Pb, Stewart Read 52:41, Dave Thompson-Trace 53:08, Nicola Abubacker 54:11, Natasha Hall 54:34 Pb, Liz Davies 54 52, Dave Adams 56:08 Pb, Sally Hunt 58:24, Antonia Munn 60:57 Pb, Finbar Willis 61:04, Philip Abbitt 61:49, Kirsty Yates 62:14 Pb, Helen Metcalfe 62:29 Pb Geraldine O’Reilly 62:29, Grahame White 64:48 and Karen Bull 65:56.

April 15th
One Strider Flew to Ireland then America for the Boston Marathon. Alan Barry ran a storming first 13.1miles but unfortunately between 14/15 miles he ended up in the first aid tent having his hip clicked back in, he finished in a very respectable 3:11:59 after quite a long stop.

April 19th
On Good Friday 9 Striders competed in St Albans 10km. Nicola Abubacker 56:00, Nadia Hall 58:15 Pb, Phillipe Sleet 59:05 Pb, Antonia Munn 1:01:17 Pb, Phil Abbitt 61:09, John Morrow 62:23, Tricia Forde 66:47, Liz Barker 70:52 and Frances Moss 73:16.

April 20th and 21st
At Wardown Parkrun Ian Curry 21:01 Pb, Mark Smith 27:11 Pb, Kirsty Yates 29:07 Pb and Elizabeth Mc Ginley 34:14 Pb. At Houghton Parkrun Andrea Watts 34:54 Pb and Claire Bracey 37:07 Pb. At Gorleston Parkrun Karen Bull 30:38 Pb and Jill Bywaters 32:41 Pb We had our usual Strider and a friend finding a fun way to spend Easter. The Chocathon race at Northampton, as many laps as you like and you win bars of lovely chocolate. Christine Hunter 3:46:11 Pb and Amanda Rankin 3:46:12 Pb.

April 27th and 28th
At Wardown Parkrun Dave Adams 26:02, Antonia Munn 29:18 Pb, Frances Moss 33:32 Pb, Sylvia Thomas 34:32 Pb, Andrea Watts 34:43 Pb.

The Marathon that everyone wants to run, is indeed The London Marathon. It is once again a record number to start and finish. The weather may have been cold early on, while travelling and waiting to start, but perfect conditions once on their way. Alan Barry 2nd Marathon in 13 days apparently was going to take it easy 2:59:28, Gez Fallon 3:09:02, Linda Scanlon ran a fantastic race very evenly paced 3:13:56 Pb by 11 minutes also getting the Championship start time and now the fastest V40 this year, Sanjay Roy 3:52:38 Pb first marathon. While at the start line Phillipe Sleet took a lovely photo at the start line, and amazingly overtook over half the runners. Vicki Crowston 4:52:33 an excellent run after having her appendix out only 11 weeks before. She took her opportunity to enjoy herself stopping to see friends and family on route and enjoying the race that's hard to get a place in. Nadia Hall 5:09:24 Pb first marathon, Helen Douglas 5:17:55 Pb first marathon, although feeling rather sick and finding it hard to stand up, with her Husbands encouragement she made the finishing line in a very nice blanket and got her well-deserved medal and Phillipe Sleet 5:22:30 Pb first marathon.

Sorry to anyone I have missed off the running report. I did it from tracking you, facebook messages and finding the race results on line mostly as I haven’t been to Club as much lately. Congratulations to all of you for your achievements this month there was loads..

Don’t forget always put your races on the race sheet or send me a message to add it. The photos are always enjoyable to see and videos of you racing or the team photo’s before and after races, quite often you may be the only one but still nice to see the strider shirt all over the country/world. Good Luck for Mays races, let the Pbs, and achievements, continue!

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 04/04/19

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
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,
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