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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 07/09/18
If you would like to make a contribution to this notice boardplease email me.
The next committee meetings will be held 1st Oct 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
Our months just seem to be getting busier, this is brilliant and August was no exception.
The month started with one of our most popular club events, the Alf Brown handicap race. Well done everyone who took part and for all those organising. Working out the times is no easy feat. A special well done to Paul Wiggett, a graduate from our beginners programme who pushed himself and won this year's event.
Thank you to our coaches who have been organising and leading the introduction to speedwork sessions at track and on a Thursday night, these have been very well attended and lots of fun seems to be had.
The Stopsley 5 and 10 mile trail race was the main event of the summer for us. Well done all who ran the race, there was some great running because I read out many pbs from that event which is brilliant on such a difficult course. Thank you to all of the marshals who came out and helped, it is good marshals and a good medal that make people come back and I think we got both of those spot on this year! Special thanks and well done to Miriam who was a fantastic race director, I don't think those trails have ever had so much attention as they did when measuring out that course.
Well done to all those who participated in Amanda’s 2018 virtual challenge, there were some ambitious and inventive challenges. Great work everyone.

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
20th Sept - Social Night
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 August 2018 by Christine Lathwell NEW
We have had a very successful month for Pb’s and achivements. The Beginners are improving week after week at parkrun.
August 2nd It was a warm evening for the Club Alf Brown Handicap Race. We had 69 members quite a few were from are beginners course. It was won by Paul Wiggert 21:34.2 one of the beginners wearing number 6 diffently a lucky number as Dawn Keveren winner of last year also had number 6. We then had a presentation at the Barrels and a few drinks to celebrate his win.
August 4th A number of Striders went to Houghton Hall as Luton Parkrun wasn’t on. Lorraine Paine 32:56 Pb, Claire Braceby 38:00 Pb.
August 11th & 12th One Strider ran Wardown Parkrun Jen Douglas 23:48 Pb. It was a lovely morning for Our 5 and 10 mile trail race. We had great support 37 Striders completed 5 miles and 25 Striders completed 10 miles. Robert Barnes had an excellant race and won the 10 mile race in 59:03 Pb and course record. Micheal Tucker 1:08:35 Pb, Gez Fallon 1:07:52 3rd V40, Danny Kelly 1:11:47 3rd V50, Chris Lamont 1:12:23 1st V60, I ran 1:13:07 1st Female, Martin Read 1:17:22 PB, Alan Weir 1:29:55 1st V70, Helen Douglas 1:30:10 2nd V45, Kerry Dear 1:42:04 Pb, Dawn Boon 1:48:22 Pb, Amanda Scott 1:48:24 Pb, In the 5 mile race John Chapman 34:28 2nd male, Linda Scanlon 34:57 1st Female, Martin Fallon 35:43 1st V50, Daniel Mann 36:07 1st V40, Liz Rollinson 37:01 3rd Female, Paul Keech 38:06 2nd V50, Graham Busch 40:12 1st V60, Tony Riley 44:37 1st V70, Vicki Crowston 44:56 Pb 1st V35, Natalie Pasani 45:57 2nd V35, Evelyn Lutterodt 45:55 Pb 2nd V45, Katicia Blanchard 48:29 Pb, Teresa Abbott 49:15 2nd V55, Elizabeth McGinley 51:01 Pb 1st V65, Estelle Parkins 57:27 Pb and Lucinda Philpott 59:33.
August 18th & 19th A few Striders went to Houghton Hall Jenn Davey 30:11 Pb, Sylvia Thomas 36:03 Pb, Claire Bracey 36:56 Pb two minutes off the previous week, At Wardown Parkrun Lucy Joseph 27:02 Pb, John Morrow 28:54 Pb, Elizabeth McGinley 29:51 Pb and Gary Barlett 29:58 Pb. I ran Kimbolton Marathon 1:32:35 came 1st V40 Eastern Vets Championships. Two Striders travelled to Dorset and competed In the Dorset Duddle its 32 miles Paul Keech and Graham Busch both finished in 9hrs & 48mins. August 25th & 26th One Strider went to Netley Abbey Vicki Crowston 26:04 Pb, A couple of Striders went to Houghton Hall Jill Bywaters 36:40 PB, Claire Bracey 36:50 Pb third Pb in a row, At Wardown Parkrun Robert Barnes continues to impress with 16:51 Pb, Joe Cashman 22:34 Pb, Natalie Pisani 25:31 Pb, Barbara Vhrakova 26:28 Pb, Lucy Joesph 26:40 Pb, Gary Bartlett 29:53 Pb, Sylvia Thomas 35:31 Pb second Pb in a row. Well Run every Strider not mentioned in this month report but has competed this month.
Our next Club Championship is the Leighton 10 on 23rd September. The Cross Country session is fast approaching if you wish to run in the three counties league please add you name to the list or message me. If you have already run Marston 5km and Flitwick 10km don’t forget run Ampthill Trophry Cross Country 21st October and receive a special medal. Any Pbs or achievements not mentioned let me or phil know and can be added next month.

Silent Runner
Mark Layzell's running blog for eveyone. Click here

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
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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Where you can find links to races in our area. More…

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