Striders newsletter – July/Aug 2019

In this edition we profile a current club member (Greeba Heard), her incredible progress and motivation, then highlight members’ charitable fundraising efforts and revamp the London Marathon eligibility criteria for the club’s place(s) plus introduce our new race “the Bison Bash” as well as a round up of the many events over the last month or so.


From the newsletter team
Chris, Emma, Katie, Michael and Andy

2019 Stilton 7 race briefing

One point of feedback from last year’s event, in common with many others, was that participants struggled to hear the race briefing at the start. A loudhailer will again be used this year, but to give everyone the best chance of receiving key messages, below is a link to the briefing:

For all other Stilton 7 information, please see the race page

Stilton 7 entries

The 2019 Stilton 7 road race is scheduled for Sunday 24th February 2019.

Entries will open at 8.30pm on Tuesday 29th January (and close as soon as the race is full) – via the following link:

It’s an undulating 7 mile road race that forms part of the Leicestershire Road Running League. Please be aware, that this race is for LRRL affiliated members only.

LRRL 2019 details


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.

The league shall be split as follows for 2019:-

Part 1 (“Spring”):-
Race 1 – Stilton 7 – Sunday 24 February 2019
Race 2 – Kibworth 6 – Sunday 17 March 2019
Race 3 – Desford 5 – Sunday 31 March 2019
Race 4 – Bosworth Half Marathon – Sunday 12 May 2019
Race 5 – West End 8 – Sunday 19 May 2019
Race 6 – Swithland 6 – Sunday 2 June 2019

Part 2 (“Summer”):-
Race 1 (7) – Gaddesby 7 – Sunday 9 June 2019
Race 2 (8) – Prestwold 10km – Sunday 23 June 2019
Race 3 (9) – Joy Cann 5 – Wednesday 31 July 2019
Race 4 (10) – Carl Rutt 10km – Sunday 11 August 2019
Race 5 (11) – Wreake & Soar Valley 6/10km – Sunday 25 August 2019
Race 6 (12) – John Fraser 10 – Sunday 8 September 2019

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 for 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 will be in place for 2019.

For further background on the LRRL, please click here.