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Stopsley Striders Charity for 2017 - 2018
Raised so far £4955

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 04/10/18
If you would like to make a contribution to this notice boardplease email me.
The next committee meetings will be held 5th Nov 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
September sees in a new year for many of us and some new resolutions.
The month started with the Alan Taylor Memorial run, it was a really special night remembering a treasured strider and in true spirit of cross country it rained as we were on our way to the start and then turned out to be a beautiful evening with us finishing as the sun went down. Thank you to Phil for organising.
Our pilates class with Tahira has started on a Monday night, this is a members only session taylored for runners and aimed at strengthening those core muscles we hear so much about. It is every week in our room from 8:30 - 9:15, £4.
Our annual AGM is just over a month away and we are starting to look ahead towards next year with a new committee and new adventures ahead. If you would like to be part of the Stopsley Striders committee there are various roles available and we are always looking for new ideas. If you would like to find out more about what is involved then please feel free to speak to any of us.
We have loads of events coming up in the next few months to look forward to, dates will be on the table at club and on a pinned post on the facebook page. We also have a club calendar that will be at club socials if you want to suggest something to add to the mix.
The evenings are starting to get darker now and evening runs across the fields already seem like a long time ago. Please ensure to wear bright clothing, stay seen and stay together when out running in the dark evenings.

Annual General Meeting 2018 NEW
The AGM will be held on Tuesday 6th November 2018 commencing 7.30pm. Venue TBC. 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 22nd Oct 2018. Agenda items must be handed to the Club Secretary, Andy Reid, by no later Monday 22nd Oct 2018 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 22nd Oct 2018. Please note that the nominee of the chosen charity will be responsible for fund raising for the year ahead.

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

Dates For Your Diary UPDATED
25th Oct - Social Night
6th Nov - AGM
22nd Nov - Social Night
20th Dec - Social Night
21st Dec - Christmas Meal, Fancott Arms
8th Feb - Awards Evening

Running Report for Sept 2018 by Phil Nitchen NEW
What an absolutely amazing month of running it has been for our members. The Pb’s just keep coming and coming, it’s fantastic to see the graduates from the beginners course filling up the race sheets and to see their times dropping on a weekly basis. We celebrated the memory of a club legend, and also had our 10 mile championship race at Leighton Buzzard.
1st and 2nd
On the 1st At Wardown there were Pb’s for Sylvia Thomas 34.53, Jill Bywaters 35.48, Lucy Jospeh 26.37, Anna O’Neil 41.23, Sharon Chesham 35.58, . At the Bedford 10k there were PB’s for Katicia Blanchard 1.04.23, Claire Bracey 1.23.00, Andrea Watts 1.18 and Claire Farrow 1.14.03. On the 2nd at the Bedford half marathon there was a Pb’s for Amanda Scott 2.20.24 and Kirsty Yates in 2.43.00. At the Great North run Helen Douglas ran a Pb of 1.53.14 and Charles Nelis ran a Pb of 1.44.26. Mike Tucker ran the Dunstable 20 mile race in a time of 2.40.45 and finished in 3rd place.
On the 6th of September we had the inaugural running of the Alan Taylor memorial run. We had a load of runners taking part in memory of the club legend. Watching all the headlamps bobbing down the hill in the fading light was a glorious sight. It was a great success with only 2 runners going the wrong way. Not mentioning any names, but Zena got a bit possessive over the direction signs and took them before the said runners got there (sorry Zena). We chose the old Cross Country route, as cross country was Alan’s favourite type of racing, and I’m sure he would be delighted to see that the interest in cross country has massively increased since his memorial run. Many Thanks to Karen Ashby for her words about Alan before the run.
On the 8th at Wardown there were Pb’s for Jenn Davey in 30.45, Kulwinder Assra in 27.31, Claire Farrow in 32.48 and Barbora Uhrakova in 26.24. At Houghton Parkrun Claire Bracey ran a Pb of 36.12.
15th and 16th
On the 15th At Wardown Joe Cashman ran a Pb of 21.56. At Houghton parkrun Kulwinder Assra ran a Pb of 27.28 and at Aylesbury Parkrun Ruth Doyle ran a Pb of 31.30. Also on the 15th Rob Barnes ran the Hardmoors 60 mile ultra and finished in 3rd place in a time of 9.50.51. On the 16th Karen Ashby ran the Great Eastern half and finished 4th in her age group in a time of 1.57.12.
22nd and 23rd
On the 22nd at Wardown there was a Pb for Kulwinder Assra in 27.20. At Houghton there were Pb’s for Jill Bywaters in 35.03, Andrea Watts in 35.39 and Clare Bracey in 35.58. On the 23rd we had our 10 mile club championship race at the hilly Leighton 10. There were Pb’s for Martin Fallon in 1.13.37, Ian Pitkin in 1.20.02 and Nicola Abubacker in 1.41.00.
Due to rarity of the committee meeting being on the 1st of the month. The last weekend of the month will be written and added a bit later.
Like I said at the start what a cracking month of running. This month we have the ever popular Standalone 10k and the Love Luton half marathon and 10k with the half being our club championship race. I’ll be up to neck in reflux and dirty nappies again. As a result of my attempt to create a football team and the time it takes up, I have decided to stand down as men’s captain. It’s been very rewarding and I’m grateful for the opportunity. If anyone is interested in replacing me (not a hard act to follow) then I would encourage you to do so and you can count on my help.

Silent Runner
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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 - Entry
20M - Any between Jan & Dec 2018
Marathon - Any between Jan & Dec 2018

2018 Beds County Championships
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 - Entry

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
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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