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Stopsley Striders Charity for 2017 - 2018
Raised so far £870

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.

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UPDATED 22/01/18
If you would like to make a contribution to this notice boardplease email me.
The next committee meetings will be held on 5th Feb 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
December was a month of socialising as well as running it seemed and we celebrated the festive season well with a brilliant festive lights social run, our Christmas social which saw a huge amount collected for the club charity and our Christmas party at the Fancott. Thank you to all who attended and helped out with organising, notably Cheryl and Gill McLaren and Helen for the social, Liz and Amanda for organising the raffle and Hannah for making our evening at the Fancott run so smoothly, a brilliant night by all was had.
We have lots of big things planned for 2018, our welcome evening is next Monday 15th Jan where we open the club to anyone who would like to join us for the evening to see what we’re about. Our annual awards evening is on 16th February which is always a lovely evening and our 5 and 10 mile trail race is back in August.
I hope you all had wonderful Christmas’ and wishing you all a very Happy New Year full of new year's resolutions and goals for the next 12 months.
Zena Ellis

Three Counties Cross Country

Brilliant effort from everyone at our last league xc, our best turnout of the season. Striders come 8th overal.


Well done Robert Barnes,
Christine Lathwell
and Matthew Lewis
on your individual awards.



Race Raffle
Race entries for Raffle at Awards evening Local running clubs and race event businesses have generously donated the following races. Please have a look and see if any catch your eye. These will be raffled at the Striders awards evening along with other running /activity related prizes. Tickets will be available on the night. I will sell in advance at social but you will need to be at Awards evening to claim your prize as we cannot choose race entries for you! 1. Hitchin Hares - Hitchin 5k ( x2 ) Sunday 30th September 2018 2. Ampthill and Flitwick flyers - Flitwick 10k Sunday 29th April 2018 3. Ampthill and Flitwick flyers - Marston 5k 4. Ampthill and Flitwick flyers - Ampthill Park trail 10k 5. Luton Half marathon Sunday 28th October 2018 6. Love Luton 10k Sunday 28th October 2018 7. Milton Keynes Half marathon 7th May 2018 8. Dunstable Road Runners - Dunstable Downs Challenge 2nd September 2018 ( Choose own distance from half marathon, 20 mile, marathon ) 9. St Albans Striders - Summer Solstice 10k Friday 22nd June 2018 10. Stopsley Striders - 5 mile August 2018 Date TBC 11. Stopsley Striders - 10 mile August 2018 Date TBC 12. Fairland Valley Spartans - challenge event Sunday 15th July 2018 The Challenge is an off road and self navigated challenge through the picturesque Hertfordshire countryside around Stevenage. RUN or WALK our classic off-road courses 13.1 miles, 18miles, 26.2 miles or 50k 13.Redway Runner relay event - July 2018 A team entry into Furzeton Relay which will be held on a Saturday afternoon in July. Date TBC. The race comprises a team of 4 runners, each completing a lap (approx 2.5 miles) of Furzeton Lake, Milton Keynes in relay. 14.Leighton Fun Runners - Leighton 10k Sunday 8th April 2018 15.Leighton Fun Runners - Leighton 5k Sunday 30th 2018

Striders Social Night
25th Jan 8-11pm Stopsley Working Mens Club.
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.

2018 Club Championships UPDATED
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 UPDATED
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

Annual Awards Evening
The Annual Awards Evening takes place at 7:30 on Friday 16th Febuary in the Crawley Green Sports & Social Club (Next to Ashcroft School) Crawley Green Road, LU2 9AG. For those Striders who haven’t attended before, it is an excellent evening, an opportunity to congratulate those runners who have performed well over the year. Not all the awards are based on performance we also have awards for improvement and for people who bring something special to the club. You as members also have the chance to vote for the recipient of the Rosa Trophy, this award is voted for by everyone at the club, not just committee members and coaches. This award goes to the person who you feel has made a real contribution to the club over the last year; it is truly an honour to receive this award.
There will be a buffet.
Tickets on sale NOW at £5 from Zena which will go to our charity.
Click here to see last years awards

Award Scheme & PBs
Now is the time to look at your race times over the last year and apply for your award level in the Award Scheme.
Click here to find out more
Also check your times on the Club PBs page. They are in five year age groups so when you go up to the next group you can have a new entry even if it was slower then the last age group.

Running Report for December By Christine Lathwell
December was a quieter month but still achievements were made. The Marathon training and longer races have begun and are fourth XCountry race.
December 2nd & 3rd
On Saturday at Wardown Parkrun Dave Adam Pb 26:27, Gary Bartlett 30:25, Dawn Keveren 35:49.
On Sunday a number of Striders travelled to Bedford Half Marathon, Robert Barnes Pb 1:14:55 achieving the championship qualifying time for the London Marathon, Glyn Simmonds Pb 1:35:20, Philip Davies Pb 1:32:30, Evelyn Lutterodt.
December 9th & 10th
I travelled to Southern Masters XCountry Championships in Oxford came 7th Overall and 3rd V40.
December 16th & 17th
It was the fourth of are Three Counties XCountry League Races at Standalone Farm. We had a good turnout . The Men team came 8th, the Women came 8th, Overall Came 8th.
December 23rd & 24th
Charles Nelis Podsbrook Pb 22:17.
The Wardown Christmas Parkrun had a good turnout of Striders many dressed up Christmas themed.
December 30th & 31st
One Strider ran Buntingford 10 Thom Darby 1:23:32.
Well Done to all Striders that ran this month but not mentioned. We have are last three counties cross country this month at Bedford, if you entered you name for a number come along and join in the fun and help us improve on Men 8th just behind Biggleswade, Women 9th just behind Northampton and Overall 8th.
Happy New Year from Me and Phil and you all have a successful one.

Striders Race Speadsheet UPDATED 04/12/17
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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