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Stopsley Striders Charity for 2017 - 2018
Raised so far £1655

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
Members & Friends page
The Striders Open Group will take over from the Members & Friends Group which will close down

UPDATED 16/02/18
If you would like to make a contribution to this notice boardplease email me.
The next committee meetings will be held on 25th April 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.

Chairpersons Comments NEW
February was a relatively quiet month for the club with many members knuckling down to get some long distance training in, despite the extremes in weather.
Well done again for all the winners at our awards evening, it is always great to celebrate the successes and achievements of our members. Thank you again to Cheryl and Richard for the food, Amanda and Liz for the raffle and organising the guest speaker and all those who came to help set up the event beforehand. It was a great success and a highlight on our annual calendar.
The evenings are finally starting to get a bit lighter and the temperature is getting warmer thank goodness. Happy running.
Zena Ellis

Annual subscription, due by the 1st of April 2018 NEW
We will start collecting fees in March.
Please make cheques payable to Stopsley Striders and remember to bring your membership card.

                                Affiliated to EA            Not affiliated to EA
Existing Member          £31                                   £16
New Member             £41  includes club vest    £26  includes club vest
Please note if you are not affiliated to EA you are not eligible for the clubs London Marathon places and also some regional cross country races.

Dates For Your Diary
22nd March - Social Night
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.
9th April - Wecome Evening. An open evening at our Monday Club Night.
This is an opportunity for anyone to come along to the club to meet our members, find out what we are about and also run with the club.
There will be running coaches available on the night who will very kindly be guiding small running groups around the local area at a variety of paces.
Please bring your friends and family!
26th April - Beginners Course Start.
Stopsley Striders Hosting a 12 Week Running course suitable for all levels including those who have never ran before.
With the guidance and support from our own coaches, you can be running a 5k within 12 weeks. Please tell your friends, family and work.
14th July - Beginners Course Graduation. Luton parkrun.
2nd Aug - Alf Brown Handicap Race.
Our annual handicapped trail race for Stopsley Striders members. The route will be advertised nearer the date of the event. All previous results and photos can be found on here. Nearer the time of the event, an entry sheet will be up at club nights for entry alongside your name, a race time will need to be given.
12th Aug - Stopsley 5 & 10 Mile Trail Race
6th Sept - Alan Taylor Memorial Social Run

February Race Report By Christine Lathwell NEW
The training miles are being clocked up for the spring marathons. The longer races are beginning. I enjoy your many photo's of your race achievements every month its nice to see you show your Blink, t-shirts and achievements every month.
February 3rd and 4th
A number of Striders went to the London Winter 10km, Geraldine O'Reilly Pb 1:00:01, Julie Tysoe 59:96, Karen Gallagher 1:01:35, Valerie Dawson 1:01:48, Estelle Parkins 1:05:49, Gary Barlett 1:14:02 and Jennifer Avis 1:20:37.
It was also the Watford Half Marathon a very challenging hilly course I was 2nd V35 Pb 1:28:22 and Club Record V40, Martyn Porthouse Pb 1:39:00, John Ryan 1:47:06, Richard Hardy 1:48:17, Andy Durrant 1:50:43, Martin Smith 2:09:00, Evelyn Lutterodt 2:07:42 and Lucinda Philpott Pb 2:35:42 her first half.
February 10/11
At the Wardown Parkrun Martyn Porthouse Pb 20:50, Amrik Singh Pb 27:08. At Houghton Parkrun Robert Barnes Broke the Course record 17:16.
February 17/18
At St Albans Parkrun Teresa Abbott Pb 28:14.
The Milton Keynes Winter Half Marathon was rescheduled and three striders went, Thom Darby getting back to fitness in 1:49:10, Bader Loy Pb 2:07:03 his first Half and Valerie Dawson 2:16:37.
One Strider went to the Hampton Half Marathon Rick Hares Pb 1:43:22 his first Half.
February 24/25
At Wardown Parkrun Amrik Singh Pb 26:31 the second time this month.
One Strider travelled overseas to the Malta Half Marathon Kieran Fitzpatrick 1:51:49.
Two Striders travelled to the Hillingdon Half Marathon Philip Abbitt 2:16:10 and Pam Abbitt 2:45:58.
It was the England National Cross Country Championships at Parliament Hill. It was a nice weather but parts of the course were still very muddy. I came 69th in the Senior Women Race. We unfortunately didn't have a Men's Team but the Men ran very well on a course that was well churned up being the last race of the day and over 12km course. Gez Fallon 1304, Martin Fallon 1688, Pat Blessing 1798, Paul Keech 2001 and Richard Hardy 2014.
It was the St Peters Way Ultra 41miles, Robert Barnes ran another excellent race on slightly more challenging ground than last year to finish 1st Pb 5:37:42 and 2nd fastest time for that course.
Well Run anyone who competed this month but is not mentioned. Good Luck to all Striders running the many 20 miler races next month many of you getting ready for the fast approaching marathons. Good Luck to all Striders competing in any other races as well including Park run keep the Pb's coming.

Ken Abbott Cup - Striders XC Handicap Championship NEW
Final scores and handicap for next season.

Final Score 2017-2018 Handicap
1011 1101 Robert Barnes
1017 803 Martin Fallon
1025 856 Adrian  Copp 
1030 919 Christine Lathwell
1034 663 Andy  Reid
1072 916 Gez Fallon
1076 803 Pat Blessing
1094 649 Daniel Mann
1109 281 Karen Ashby
1130 464 Andy  Durrant
1140 45 Philip Abbitt
1176 0 Zena Ellis
1237 631 Danny Kelly
893 Ahmed Berrah
321 Bader Loy
468 Ian Curry
703 Martyn Porthouse
1032 Matthew Lewis
794 Philip Davies
259 Stewart  Read
429 Thom Darby
132 Evelyn Lutterodt
65 Judy Reid
334 Liz  Davies
462 Miriam Linforth
7 Valerie Dawson

2018 Club Championships
10K - Flitwick - 29th April - Entry
5K - Marston - 8th June - Entry
5M - John O'Callaghan, Luton - 24th June
10M - Leighton - 23rd Sept
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 - Entry
10 Miles - Sandy - 8th April - Entry
5 Mile - John O'Callaghan, Luton - 24th June
10K - Bedford AAA Road Race - 20th July
5K - Doug Anderson, Bedford - 25th July
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
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 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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