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Willow 10k 1st October 2017

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UPDATED 19/06/17
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Chairpersons Comments
May is the month our annual beginners course starts and it seems to be going from strength to strength, with numbers building in the first couple of weeks and maintaining. We have been regularly getting 70 runners join us. The beginners cohort are now split into their groups with their coaches who can tailor the sessions to suit their group. I would like to say a massive thank you to all of our coaches who are working on the beginners, your encouragement and commitment is what makes these people want to come back each week and reach their goals. Please put Saturday 22nd July in your diary as our beginners graduation event at Luton Wardown parkrun and Stopsley Striders takeover - we are hoping to have all volunteering roles covered by striders and I know there are a few gaps in the rota so please put your name forward.
Thank you also goes to Gez who is leading the members speedwork each week - this is open to all so please don’t feel it is only for group 1 runners, all are welcome.
Our social run was enjoyed once again by many striders and we are hoping these will become a regular fixture, thank you Mark for organising - again we will try and not get lost next time.
Do enjoy these lovely light evenings and running across the fields, happy running.
Zena Ellis

Club Treasurer
We are on the look out for a new treasurer for our club, if this sounds like it might be up your street and sounds of interest please send me a email. Here is a overview of the role and responsibilities, although please don't be put off by this, you will be very much supported by other members of the committee.
The role of the Treasurer at Stopsley Striders is to control and manage the finances of the Club. It is one of the named positions on the Committee and ...the holder of the role is named on the mandate of the Club’s bank account.
Specific tasks include:
Collecting the evening subs, either in person or via a third party;
Collecting other monies, for example payments for kit, charitable donations, ticket prices etc;
Completing record sheets for all income received;
Handling and recording invoices and receipts for all payments either made or incurred on behalf of the Club;
Making payments on behalf of the Club, whether by cheque, in cash or by online banking processes;
Banking cash held into the Club’s bank account;
Reporting on the financial situation to the Committee at Monthly Meetings;
Maintaining records throughout the year and producing Year End Accounts (including Profit & Loss and Balance Sheet) for the purposes of the AGM.
Zena Ellis

Dates For Your Diary
22 July - Beginners Graduation Run - 9am. Luton parkrun, Wardown Park, Luton
3 Aug - Alf Brown Handicap Race - 7.30pm. Inspire Sports Village Luton
This club run we do every year in memory of our great strider Alf Brown. It is open to all club member and we would like to see all Striders running the race. The course is two miles long and handicap is based on 2 recent race times.. The slowest runners start first with the faster runners trying to catch them before the finish line. Please wear your Striders vest to race in as we like to get some action shots to publicise the club. If you are unsure of the course or would like more info please speak to a committee member or club coach.
No entries on the day as no handicap can be given. Please sign up on the relevant sheet on a club night.

Striders Monthly Social
20 July 8-11pm Stopsley Working Mens Club TBC
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 May 2017 by Phil Nitchen
This month has been a very quiet month for racing, so there will be nothing like the war and peace esque write up that Christine was tasked with last month. The euphoria of the spring marathons has almost come to an end and the shorter races start to take up the lines on the race sheets. Despite the quiet month we have seen some excellent running.
I would also like to welcome all the new beginners, it is good to see so many of you and even nicer to see that you are returning week after week despite the typical mixture of weather that Britain is renowned for.
There are a couple of Pb’s that were missed off last month’s report. David Brown set a new Pb at the Mk rocket 5k in a time of 25.31 and in the same race Martin West ran a Pb of 22.47. Well done Fellas.
1st May We had yet another Milton Keynes festival of running. In the marathon Daniel Mann crossed the line on his debut at the distance in a fantastic 3.54.40. Martin Smith ran a good time of 4.55.21 despite drinking a good few pints of Guinness the day before. In the half marathon Tom Rankin had a very impressive debut at the distance, running in a time of 1.37.31. Chris Lamont was 1st in the V60 age category in a time of 1.31.37. Dean Haywood ran a Pb of 1.43.41. Vanessa Thompson did an amazing job as the sub 2hr pacer, finishing 19 seconds under 2 hrs. Valerie Dawson returned to her home city and run the Belfast marathon in a fantastic Pb time of 4.38.09, just like Dorothy from Wizard of Oz, clearly ‘there is no place like home’ for Valerie.  
2nd May Hannah fothergill gave Lewis Hamilton a run for his money and set a new Pb at the Silverstone 10k in a time of 47.22.
6th May Christian Bredenkamp set a new Pb at Luton Parkrun in a time of 20.31
8 May Gary Fowler continued to show that the French way of life is good for your running, by improving his V55 age group Pb by running 45.55 at the Le Port 10k
12 May Christine Lathwell became the V40 Beds Champion and also the V40 Eastern Masters Champion at 5k on the track, in a Pb time of 18.32. We also had a good showing of striders pretending to be Jumbo jets at the Luton airport runway 5k and 10k runs.
13 May Lu Philpott ran a Pb at Luton Parkrun in a time of 36 minutes flat.
14 May We saw an excellent turn out of Striders at the Keech 10k. It’s great to see so many of you turning out to support such a brilliant local charity. Tom Rankin managed a PB of 42.25 on a very tough course.
27 May Tom Rankin Ran a Pb of 19.07 at Luton Park run in humid conditions, although he was gutted to just miss out on a sub 19.
28 May Valerie Dawson ran her second marathon of the month in Edinburgh, narrowly missing out on a Pb by 3 minutes, completing it in a time of 4.41.42.
As I said at the start it was a quiet month, more like Spot the Dog rather than War and Peace in terms of the quantity of content, but none the less some excellent running. In June we have our Club Championship 5k at Marston on the 16th, for which according to the race website has an army of striders participating. I am also hoping to run it, I just need to stop falling off my bike and hurting meself. We also have the beginning of the Luton Series, starting with the John O’Callaghan memorial 5 mile on the 25th.  We have our 3k time trial on the 19th, the times from this will be set up as a new distance on the PB page on the website and will give you something to beat at the Fairlands Valley 3k Relay in July. Good luck to anyone racing this month and also to the beginners on their continued progress.
Phil Nitchen

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

Club Championships 2017 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 - 26th Nov TBC
Leighton 10m - 17th Sept Entry
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 Entry
5km - Doug Anderson - Bedford will be held on  26th July Entry
10 Mile - Leighton Buzzard - will be held on 17th September Entry
Half Marathon - Wootton - will be held on 3rd December

Power of 10
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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.

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