3rd September 2023
It all started earlier in the year with SSRC hosting the Stilton 7, the first race in the LRRL series of nine races for 2023. Today it concluded with the final race, being the Rotherby 8. In between we competed in the Kibworth 6, Bosworth Half, West End 8, Swithland 6, Prestwold 10k, Steve Morris 5 and Joy Cann 5. Each race was well represented by many club members, with a few racing all nine (individual tables will be posted in due course).
This year the club saw an influx of new members keen and able to record tremendous times, many achieving LLRL standard times ranging from platinum through to copper and pewter – again individual achievements will be posted once the league have compiled the final standings as will the final league tables.
In the meantime it has been confirmed that the Vet Ladies (VF35) team has pulled off the remarkable achievement of becoming champions of the Vet Ladies Division One for the first time in the clubs history. In addition the senior ladies finished top of their respective Division Two and next year they will be competing in Division One Senior Ladies.
When the league confirm the presentation night we’d like as many members to attend to add our support for their incredible achievements.
Bosworth Half Marathon 7th May
Today at the Bosworth Half Marathon we had a fantastic 24 runners slowly baking in the unseasonably hot sunshine. Tan lines are interesting. Rich P lead home the men with Rhiannon B first lady but fantastic performances across the field and a great team atmosphere.
Summary of times below together with a small group before and after photos. Sorry a few missing as they were either warming up or cooling down.
Stilton 7 LRRL race one of nine.
With perfect weather condition 476 ( out of 550 pre entries) lined up outside The Stute to race the first LRRL race of the 2023 season. As usual the anticlockwise route provided a tough and challenging test of the runner’s stamina with both Welby Lane up past the church and Asfordby Hill tackled twice before finishing back outside The Stute. Mohammed Hussein (Roadhoggs) came in first in a brilliant time of 35:31. First female home was Amber Lester (Barrow Runners) posting 42:37
Twenty eight Striders ran and competed against the best runners in the county. Josh Dadd ( 44:37) lead the men’s team home in 51st position overall with Rhiannon Baxter ( 46:50) leading the ladies home in 81st place overall.
Summary of Striders results below
A big thank you to Katie Hateley-Houghton ( Race Director) with Andy Nicholls and John Martin forming the sup group who between then set up the race. A big mention and thanks are made to the happy and cheerful teams of volunteers and marshals who made the day happen. There have been many thank you and compliments made by many runners who have said that your encouragement has made this race one of their favourites.
Mention should be made thanking The Stute for hosting us again and Saint-Gobain PAM UK for providing the carparking.
Races for 2023 and spring/summer league structure
The following races are expected to go ahead:
Stilton 7 – 26th February 10:30am
Kibworth 6 – 19th March 10:30am
Desford 5 – 26th March 10:30am (subject to change)
Bosworth Half – 7th May 10:30am
West End 8 – 21st May 10:30am
Swithland 6 – 4th June 10am
Prestwold 10k – 25th June 10am
Joy Cann 5 – 2nd August 7:30pm
Rotherby 8 – 3rd September 10am
As there are only 9 races it will be a single league (no spring/summer leagues).
Positions based on ‘Gun Times’ for all races.
Individuals will need to run 6 of the 9 races to score for a prize.
Clubs scores will be based on their best 8 of the 9 races.
Mens teams will need 6 to count
Womens teams will need 4 to count
Vet men will need 4 to count
Vet women will need 3 to count
Mixed teams will need 8 to count (4 men, 4 women)
LRRL 2022 Season as agreed at AGM 15th November 2021
Stilton 7 (Stilton Striders) – 27th FebruaryWest End 8 (West End) – 29th MaySwithland 6 (Birstall) – 12th June (moved due to Bank Holiday on 1st June)Prestwold 10k (Barrow) – 26th JuneJoy Cann 5 (Huncote) – 3rd AugustBosworth Half (Desford Striders) – TBC later than usual May slotRotherby 8 (Team Anstey and Wreake Runners) – 4th September
Due to Covid 19 and the restrictions the 2021 season only consisted of five races and was called the LRRL Reunion League.
Stilton Strider members were well represented in all five races and after the Leicester Half Marathon the LRRL presented trophies to both team and age category winners.
Jason Barton was awarded two trophies for finishing 2nd in the Leicestershire & Rutland County Championship Half Marathon and also 4th place in the Senior Mens category in the LRRL Reunion Leauge.
Also collecting her trophy for finishing first in the LRRL Reunion League FV50 category was Vicki Lowe. Vicki also collected Liz Taylors second place trophy won in the same category (but was unable to attend.
Well done to everyone who participated – looking forward to the 2022 season.
We are members of Leicestershire Road Running League (“LRRL”), which is a series of around 12 races each year – usually around 5 in the winter league and 7 in the summer league. However, the 2020 and 2021 seasons were interrupted by Covid-19 restrictions.
The LRRL AGM (TBC October 2021) will agree the race dates, host clubs and distances for the 2022 season.
All date will be published snd shared with members when known.
Runners score points based on their finishing position both for their individual score, and towards their club’s team result. All runners must wear club kit in these races.
For the winter league races many Striders meet at the Wilton Road car park in Melton just before 9am to share lifts to the race. For 2016, 2017 and 2018, our own Stilton 7 was one of the races, as it will be again in 2019.
For details of changes from 2019, see below (now confirmed by LRRL).
In 2019 the league shall revert to a “split” system of being in two parts for individual competition, and one part for team competition.
The 12 league races shall be split into two groups of six – part 1 being the “Spring” league and part 2 being the “Summer” league.
For each mini-league, for individuals, an athlete’s best 4 of 6 races will count for their final score. This allows a participant to miss 2 races and still remain in contention for a prize.
For teams, to compensate clubs who cannot get full teams out for every race, they shall be allowed 2 dropped race scores across the 12 race series. A team’s final score will therefore be based on a best 10 of 12 races.
In addition, the age category prizes shall be extended above the age of 60 for 2019, for both genders, in increments of 5 years (65, 70, 75, etc).
For ALL age categories the following rules apply from 2019:-
A winners trophy will be awarded for each age category where a competitor has run the required 4 of 6 races in each series (3 for U20 to allow for age restrictions that apply on race licences) for both genders.
Further prizes up to 3rd (6th for Seniors) will be awarded on a minimum 3:1 runner to prize ratio for all age categories.
These changes were proposed to member clubs following the AGM/Open Meeting in November and were met with approval so have been in place since 2019.