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Stopsley Striders Charity for 2017 - 2018
Raised so far £1855

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 09/04/18
If you would like to make a contribution to this notice boardplease email me.
The next committee meetings will be held on 14th May 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
I’m writing this on a beautiful spring day, and it is hard to imagine that just a couple of weeks ago the Oakley 20 and many other races were cancelled because of snow in late March. This month's weather has been mad, I hope it hasn’t disrupted your training plans too much. On the plus the nights are starting to get lighter and it won’t be long before we can run around the fields in the evening again.
Many races are hosted in March and it is great to see so many striders taking part from the MK Festival of Running, Harpenden Half, runs around Ashridge, Gade Valley training runs and the new Big Half in London, well done all who took part. Please make sure you add your times to the race sheet regardless of whether you achieved a PB or not we like to have a record of all your races and it makes our job easier choosing the winners for our annual awards. We have a separate sheet for parkruns too.
We have lots to look forward to in April - our welcome evening next Monday, cheering on so many members who choose to take on the marathon distance and our beginners course starts at the end of the month. Busy and exciting times ahead.
Zena Ellis

Annual subscription, due by the 1st of April 2018
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
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.
26nd April - 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.
24th May - Social Night
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
21st Dec - Christmas Meal, Fancott Arms

March 2018 running report by Phil Nitchen UPDATED
With the spring marathons just around the corner, the race sheets start filling up quicker. There have been many Pb’s this month and some overall excellent running. There have however been some race cancellations due to this rubbish weather we have been experiencing, but it’s not stopped a lot of hardy striders getting out and completing their planned runs.
4th March
On the 4th Mike Tucker ran the Cambridge half in a brilliant Pb of 1.30.21. Gez Fallon ran the big half and recorded a Pb of 1.26.27
On the 10th there was one Parkrun Pb, Charlie Jolly ran Wardown in 22.28.
On the 11th the inaugural Harpenden Half marathon was run. By the end the participants looked more like they had spent the weekend at Glastonbury rather than run a race. Despite the music festival esque terrain, the following striders achieved PB’s. Ian Curry 1.53.56, Helen Douglas 1.55.45 and Calista Strange in 2.14.10, Kat Tuloo ran her first half in a time of 2.11.29. Milton Keynes hosted a running festival. In the 5k Teresa Abbott ran a Pb of 28.07. In the 10k Kirsty Yates ran her first 10k in a time of 1.08.00, Christian Bredenkamp Pb’d in 45.10 and Peter Brown ran a cracking Pb of 43.02. The 20 mile race was very successful with runners smashing Pb’s, Andy Durrant, Vicki Crowston, Alison Davidson and Maria Petts ran their 1st 20 milers in 3.17.50, 3.20.42, 3.20.53 and 3.53.47 respectively, Christine Lathwell ran a Pb of 2.19.58, breaking her own V40 club record in the process and Dan Lewis sneaked under the 3hr mark and ran a Pb of 2.59.25. Simon Norris travelled to Portugal and ran the Lisbon half in 1.54.56.
On the 17th, miss endurance was at it again as Annalies Gerber ran the Sussex ultra in 7.28.24 in extremely wet and windy conditions. Kat Tuloo ran a Pb at Wardown Park in a time of 27.09.
24th and 25th March
On the 24th, at Wardown Parkrun Martyn Porthouse ran a fantastic Pb of 20.04
On the 25th the first running of the Bedford 20 was a successful race for a few striders, None more so than Phil and Pam Abbitt, both of whom set new club records in their respective V65 age categories. Phil ran 4.32.39 and Pam in 4.29.08. Evelyn Lutterodt ran a Pb of 3.14.44. John Chapman ran the Eton Dorney 20 miler in 2.25.48 and finished 1st V60 in the race and is now ranked 5th V60 in the country, amazing work John. Karen Bull ran her 1st half marathon in a time of 2.39.20 at the London landmarks half.
Next month is my Favourite running month (not Christine’s as she has to write the running report), as the spring marathons come thick and fast. I know how hard those who are running one (or 2 in some cases) have trained. I wish you all the very best, and hope you achieve what you wanted to. We also have our 10k club championship race at Flitwick on the 29th and hope we can get a decent turn out for it. Happy running everyone.

2018 Club Championships UPDATED
10K - Flitwick - 29th April - Entry
5K - Marston - 8th June - Entry
5M - John O'Callaghan, Luton - 24th June - Entry
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 UPDATED
20 Miles - Oakley - 18th March - Entry
10 Miles - Sandy - 8th April - Entry
5 Mile - John O'Callaghan, Luton - 24th June - Entry
10K - Bedford AAA Road Race - 20th July - Entry
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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