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26th June 2022
Striders epic nine Leicestershire parkruns in a day.
Members Matt Taylor, Andy Nicholls and Ian Bickle along with John Kerr took on the challenge to run all Leicestershire’s parkruns in a day – as well as raising charity funds.
Read about their epic day here as well as finding out how you can add to their fundraising . Leic parkruns for Striders
10th April 2022
Annual General Meeting
Can I remind everyone that our AGM will be held at 8:30pm on Wednesday 27th April in the Rugby Club bar/Dance Studio immediately after the evening session. Please please attend as we need to be quorate to vote on our new proposed fee structure for 2022/2023. Agenda will be sent out within the next week – if you want to add anything to the agenda please contact me.
Summer Outruns
Summer Outruns start the following week, 4th May, from the Grange Garden Centre, details to follow nearer the date. Thank you to the few volunteers coming forward to lead additional Outruns – however, we require a few more volunteers to lead a few more. Please contact me if you are prepared to help us out. A schedule will shared soon.

26th March 2022
Learn a life saving skill and raise money for Ukraine War Disaster all in one evening, as well as having a beverage or two!
Katie Hateley from FoxMedics First Aid Training will be delivering a CPR and Defibrillator training session, as well as offering other handy tips on contacting 999 in a remote location. The Grange will be kindly hosting the event and will also be generously donating the bar proceeds to the Ukraine War disaster. It will be held on Tuesday April 12th at 7pm and only costs £10, all money raised going to the charity. If you would like to reserve a place then please email Katie@foxmedics.co.uk. Thank you

23 March 2022
As restrictions have been lifted we are moving back to our usual Annual General Meeting (AGM) timescale.  If you recall restrictions meant that in October 2020 we held a virtual AGM and last years AGM was only just back in October. Our year ending 31st March audited accounts will not be available until early April and with the two week Easter school holidays mid month we are going to hold our AGM on Wednesday 27th April starting at 8:30pm in the Dance Studio/Rugby Club Bar Melton Sports Village. Please put this date in your diaries.
Agenda etc will be sent out at least two weeks prior but in the meantime please let me know if you want anything adding to the agenda for members to discuss during the meeting.
As usual there is a plea from me to attend because under our Constitution we require a minimum of 30 members or 20% membership numbers to attend to make the meeting quorate. This is important because collectively we need to agree the committee’s proposals for our fee structure for 2022/2023 (amongst other items). Your participation and voting do matter for the running of our club.
Moving on from the AGM we are going to commence our Summer Outruns on Wednesday 4th May from J&L Garden Centre (The Grange). John and Katie will host us again and we can expect the usual extra garlic bread, fries and the bar being open following a beautiful, scenic, flatfish jaunt along the Wreake Valley. Watch this space for further information.
For new members these Outruns are generally off road from a village hostelry, where we run together across bridleways and footpaths, taking in countryside you may have only seen in the distance from your car or bike before. Its amazing what countryside we explore before we finish for a chat, drink and quite often a post run snack – chips in the basket being a particular favourite. These runs are suitable for all abilities and for many are the highlight of running with Striders on a Wednesday evening.
However, to host these Outrun we rely on members to make themselves available to lead and/or guide us out and back. We are therefore looking for volunteers to step forward to ‘host’ an Outrun.
What we require from volunteers for an Outrun is to nominate a date and venue of their choice. Identify two routes, one being say 6-7 miles, the other being shorter and can form part of the longer route, along footpaths, bridleways, canal paths etc. Ideally we need two volunteers for each Outrun (one for each route) and prior to the date having checked the route for any potential issues, such as cattle in fields, diversions etc.
If you’d like to volunteer but are uncertain on a route you can find a lot of our past Outrun routes on our website that you can use. Also if you just want lead the shorter route I’ll pair you up with someone who’ll lead the longer route. If you have any questions or concerns please contact me.
In the first instance please respond to me at stiltonstriders@yahoo.co.uk as I’ll be developing a calendar of Outruns across the summer, subject to members volunteering in hosting them.
Stay safe all.
Chris Genes
(SSRC Chair)
14 March 2022

On Saturday Andy Nicholls ( Stilton Striders Running Club) Treasure presented at the Watermead parkrun’s Visually Impaired (VI) event a cheque for £247 – being 50% of the residual amount from the LRRL Stilton 7 race to a representative of Vista – a Leicestershire and Rutland based charity that supports people and their families who are either blind or visually impaired.
You may recognise Leigh Pick ( left on photo) who is an active runner with SSRC and has recently completed all five of the 2021/2022 The Derby Runner Cross Country League races with her guide Nick Pryke – no mean feat even running with 20/20 Vision.
Jane Macnaughton accepted our cheque on behalf of Vista.

https://www.vistablind.org.uk/about-vista/family-support-services/


28th February 2022
In the most perfect weather conditions over 500 of Leicestershire top road running athletes lined up outside ‘The Stute’ on Asfordby Hill to compete in the first race in the Leicestershire Road Running League (LRRL) series for 2022. The race involved two 3.5mile loops taking in both the hills up past Welby Church and also Asfordby Hill (twice) which involved 152 metres (498 feet) climbing, the same as three Nelson Columns meaning the route is one of the most challenging in the country. This did not deter the runners, who were well supported at various vantage points around the route.  First finisher was Matt Scarsbrook who runs for Badgers Running Club from Atherstone is a very impressive time of 36:46. First Lady back was Rebecca Randal representing Shepshed Running Club in 43:15.  First Stilton Strider home was Jason Barton in 6th position overall in 39;22 with Rachel Wade smashing her previous 7 mile personal best time to record 52:27 to finish 18th female. Other Striders who completed the race was Duncan Greene (47:48), John Robinson (48:36), Robert Craig (50:52), Mark Tyler (51:32), Jamie Dean (52:03), 
Ian Drage (52:11), Craig Marsh (54:14), Wayne Hackett (54:48), Simon Berg (55:11), Michael Cooke (55:29), Vicki Lowe (55:36), Rebecca Forester (55:38), Mike Williams (55:47), Robert Mee (56:03), Chris Page (57:17), Emily Howett (59:31), Julie Ashby (59:47), Michelle Fallow (60:13), John Martin (62:06), Jane Martin (62:50), Martin Hansen (63:32), Sarah Lawrence (64:06), Jemma Marie Wilson (66:50), and Gina Bailey (71;41). Apart from the 26 members who raced a further 35 members assisted either before, during or after the event and without their valued support the race could not be held.
30th January 2022
Today team Striders ventured over to Mallory Park to participate in the fourth race in the Derby Runner XC league. Run in glorious winter sun the conditions were perfect for all competitors. The 5.40 mile course took in two circuits over varied terrain , running through woodland, along tracks that were on the outside of the race circuit and across grass. Fortunately with the recent dry weather  there was very little mud to contend with this time. Although there was quite a lot of grassland the route took participants repeatedly up and down the short but very steep sections of the 4 wheel drive testing track, which was both testing on the legs and stamina.
First home for team Striders was Andy Hart in a very impressive 36th overall position in a mens field over over 200. Next in was David Brook (55th), followed by Ian Bickle (63rd), Andy Nicholls (76th), who had spend the previous day chasing around Chatsworth Park competing in an Orienteering Event. Only three place behind was Duncan Greene (79th), then Anthony Ison (98th), John Martin (159th) and Chris Genes (174th) who at the last moment made up the team numbers due to Ian Drage unfortunately having to pull out when he injured himself during his warmup.
The ladies also fielded a full team, with again Zoe Wyrko leading their team home in a strong ladies field in 61st place. Battling it out to take the next two places home was the ever youthful Jane Martin and hot on her heels Anne Craddock coming in 74th and 76th positions respectively.  Completing the team score was Leigh Pick, guided  by Nick Pryke in 92nd place.
There is a break now until the final event on March 6th we move onto the Bosworth Battlefield course to encounter the appropriately “Bosworth Bog”.
Missing from the photo is Andy Hart.
17th January 2022
On Sunday a group of Stilton Strides entered and ran in the third race in a series of five Derby Runner cross country events organised by West End Runners. The 5.55 mile (8.85km) course was both a physically challenging race due to the very heavy going with lots of mud to contend with and also it was a very technically difficult course as it meandered through Martinshaw Woods with the bright sun making it difficult underfoot navigating the tree routes and open ditches. In the mens race Josh Dadd was first Strider home in a very creditable 32nd place out of a field of nearly 300. Next home was David Brook (58th), Ian Bickle (78th), Andy Nicholls (99th), Anthony Ison (118th), Ian Drage (127th), Duncan Greene (137th) and Robert Craig (142nd). Robert was hampered by losing the sole off one of his shoes half way round. Also running was Michael Cooke (166th), John Martin (226th) and Chris Genes (244th). In the women’s section, which started 5 minutes after the mens race, debutante Zoe Wyrko finished strongly in 78th position, followed by Jane Martin (97th), Anne Craddock (111th) and Leigh Pick (119th) who as a partially sighted runner was guided around by Nick Pryke, which was a credit to them both considering the difficult and sometimes congested course.
Earlier in the day Ayesha Bickle completed in an equally challenging Primary School age race and finished in a well deserved 6th position
9th January

Katie (Race Director), Andy and I have been working behind the scenes to ensure that we can host again this year our Stilton 7 road race, which will be the first Leicestershire Road Runners League (LRRL) race for the 2022 season.

The race will take place on Sunday 27th February starting and finishing outside ‘The Stute’ on Asfordby Hill.
Once we have finalised the entry format we shall publicise to members and LRRL affiliated clubs when entries open. Watch this space.
However, to make sure the event is a success we do require help and  support from members and any other willing helpers, be it family and friends of members. Not only do we need help during the race (Marshalling for example) we require help before and afterwards as well.
Joss Dadd will be co-ordinating marshalling and other support roles for the event. To assist Joss in allocating roles please can you respond to this email indicting if and when you may be available to help. I have broken it down the times to make it easier to allocate.
Please also indicate if you would also like to run in the event as well as we can then allocate appropriately so you can do both (eg car parking, set up etc.)
Options:
1. During the two weeks before the date to put up road signs, information posters and also delivering notices to residents in thy area informing them of the event.
2. Saturday 26th February afternoon to prepare race HQ (The Stute) eg. Setting up the room, placing cardboard on floor, positioning mile markers around the route , checking the course, etc.
3. Early help on race day. Car parking Marshalls, setting up water stations, checking route, helping set up any required cones/taping , managing registration etc. 
4. Before the start attend a briefing for race marshalling duties and getting to marshalling positions.
5. After race has finished to collect road signs and help clear up the venue.
I realise that a few members will not be able to assist on the Saturday because you may be entered in the Belvior Challenge, but hopefully you can still help out on race day.
Your assistance will be gratefully appreciated so that the event can again be a success for the club and our reputation.
If you have any queries please contact me direct, in the meantime I look forward to your response.
Stay safe
Chris (SSRC Chair)
8th January 2022
A few members braved the weather and muddy conditions to compete in the Leicestershire and Rutland XC Championships held at Burbage Common Hinckley.
16th December
Following the well supported club run members retired to Rugby Club bar to participate in our pre Christmas Fuddle.
During the evening Club Standards were awarded to the following members:
Vicki Galbraith, David Brook and Mark Tyler : Silver Standard
Martin Hanson and Kathy Walsh: Bronze Standard
Anthony `Ison: Copper Standard.
Vicki, Martin and Kathy were unable to attend and their awards will given to them separately.
Christmas Fuddle Wednesday 15th December.
Over recent Wednesday’s the `Rugby Club bar has not been opening after our club runs. We have met with them and they are prepared to open it for us especially for our Fuddle on the 15th December after our club run that night, so long as there are sufficient numbers to warrant opening.
As usual for our Fuddle all we ask you to do is bring along some food for us to share. Sausage rolls, mince-pies, cheese, pork pie, crisps, cakes etc. If you are worried about sharing food then please bring your own ‘pack-up’.
Club standards will also be awarded during the Fuddle.
However, before we confirm and they agree to open up especially for us we need to gauge numbers – so please will you respond to this email if you are definitely planning on attending the Fuddle. stiltonstriders@yahoo.co.uk.
We will confirm next Sunday (12th) in the usual e-mail if the Fuddle is going ahead or not this year.
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1st December 2021
A big thank you to everyone who has loaned their medals (90 in total) for us to decorate our tree (kindly donated by J&L Garden Centre – “The Grange”). A big thank you to Anthony Ison, Jane and John Martin and Zoe Wyrko who have decorated the tree – it looks fabulous . Here is a small taster of what it looks like – all you need to do is go down to St Marys Church to firstly find it and then spot your medal.
Rachel Wade has won our raffle to reuse the tree when we take it down on 9th December.
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27th November 2021 Your committee met last week and here are the key points discussed and agreed.

Reviewing our Health and Safety guidance we are advising where members are also parkrun runners, they run with their ‘In Case of Emergency’ (ICE ) wristband identification. Where members are not parkrun runners, we can provide a link to a company that can produce a similar product, at a small cost. Please ask if you would like this link.

Katie Hateley (Race Director) and a small working group are progressing necessary and appropriate actions for us to host the clubs Stilton 7 on Sunday 27h February 2022. Please keep this date available in your race diary. Details on how to enter will be shared nearer the date.

Joshua Dadd will be asking for volunteers nearer the date to help on the day. Please please support your club and help out if you are not running or recovering from the Belvoir Challenge. Without your help we cannot put on the Stilton 7.

We realise that members are attending separate fitness, yoga and stretching classes – however, to supplement these we have made arrangements with Jane Martins daughter, who is a qualified instructor, to offer online yoga sessions, which also cater for runners (hamstring stretches etc) a free seven day trial taster session. Normal price on a rolling monthly program is £25, but if you quote ‘Stilton Striders’ she is offering a special discounted rate of £20 per month. The advantage of these sessions is that they can be done at any time of the day. The link is katasana.com

We have decided to hold off from hosting either a C25k, or 5k to 10k course until we have a qualified Coach and sufficient Run Leaders in place.

We will be holding a poll shortly to see if there is any interest to host a mid-day Friday run, as raised as our AGM.

In the spring we will be in contact with Melton parkrun to see if we can participate in a ‘parkrun takeover’. Further information will come out at the appropriate time.

Our Christmas Fuddle will take place in the Rugby Club bar following our club run on Wednesday 15th December ,where Club Standards will be awarded to members who have qualified during 2021.

The outcome of the Christmas Night poll was to go for a drink and see how it goes! We shall be meeting on Saturday 18th December from 7.00pm in the ‘Round Corner Tap Room’, Scalford Road for beer and also the adjacent ‘Fur and Feathers’ for those who would prefer gin and cocktails. Reminders for both will be shared nearer the dates.

The website is continually being updated and improved. Please have a look at the members profiles page – if you want to include yours please don’t be shy! In addition if  you want anything to be added please let us know and also  your feedback would be appreciated.

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14th November 2021 15 members took part in the first Derby Runner XC for the 2021/2022 held at Holly Hayes Whitwick. The course this year was run in an anti-clockwise direction and consisted of one smaller (2 mile loop) followed by a larger (3 miles) loop. The organisers (Hermitage Harriers) changed the route to avoid one of the stream crossing, which last time caused a nasty accident to one of the runners. To compensate for the loss of the stream crossing the new route was extremely twisty and technically challenging with narrow sections amongst the trees with many rocks and roots providing hazards with a few resulting trips and falls occurring. Final results will be posted as soon as they are made available by Derby Runner.
Missing from the team photo are Vicki Lowe (who collected after the race her well earned trophy held over from th 2019/2020 season for finishing overall V50 female) and Ian Drage (who was looking after his children running in the junior event).
Provision Results  XC1 2021
3 November 2021 One of the biggest impacts Covid 19 and its many stages of lockdowns and restrictions is that a lot of our members have lost their desire, confidence and/or enthusiasm to run. We’ll refer to it now as ‘lack of running mojo’.
We all know that when you exercise and run, endorphins and serotonin are released in your body; chemicals in your brain that improve your mood. Running regularly at a moderate or vigorous level can also improve your mental health.
At our recent AGM we discussed an initiative, proposed by Nikola Dolphin-Rowland (SSRC Welfare Officer) and Jane Martin, to help any members that would like support to regain that running mojo.
The idea initially is to provide a platform where you can talk, either confidentially, or with others in a similar position, about the demons you have encountered and would like to overcome. These could be such things as; I’m worried I am not fit enough; I’m too fat: I pee myself when I run; I’m worried about what others think; People will judge me against others; I cannot get the right bra to run in; I’m body conscious in running gear; I’m too slow, I cannot run alone etc. etc.
The reasons for this lack of running mojo has been and is still different for many members and is not be the same for all. 
There is no medicine that can help you regain that mojo, or overcome that anxiety, but by talking with and to others you will find that you are not alone.
If you would like support, please in the first instance contact Nikola confidentially (07722 552783, Messenger, WhatsApp or Face to Face) to discuss how she and Jane can help. It could be a meet up over a coffee for a chat, or maybe having a run together, either individually or in a group with other like minded members.
If all goes well and the interest is there Nikola is planning to introduce some motivational speakers into the forum to provide additional support and encouragement.
The first step to regaining your mojo is no doubt the hardest, but we are here to help. Although we keep talking about members this support is also available to any past members, your friends, or family members who may benefit from this.
Nikola is available to receive your first contact.
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31st October 2021 Congratulations to everyone who took part in the Harby Clock-back and Leicester Half Marathon today, especially to those collecting their LRRL trophies.  I hope you’ve dried out by now.
This week it’s route 4 on Wednesday 3rd November.- routes can be found on this website.
Please meet in the car park at Melton Sports Village for a 7pm start. If its bad weather we will met up inside the sports hall first.
Last Friday Anthony lead a lovely head-torch route for a few of us which we all enjoyed but I think we’ll have a week off due to lack of interest.
Andy
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29 October 2021 A big thank you to everyone who attended our AGM – it was appreciated. Detailed minutes will be issued shortly. In the meantime here is a brief summary from the meeting.
  • 22 apologies tabled in advance, 30 members attended and participated. Therefore AGM was Quorate.
  • 2020/2021 membership was 168 (seniors). Current membership 132 (including 17 new members)
  • Minutes of virtual AGM October 2020 approved as true record.
  • Matters arising completed: Club VLM place; 2019/2020 year end accounts and membership fees (see below).
  • Chairs report will be added to minutes.
  • Treasurers report will be added to minutes. 2020/2021 year end accounts approved.
  • Juniors report will be added to minutes.
  • Committee re-elected en-block. Chris (Chair), Andy (Treasurer), Jane Martin (Secretary), Paul Jacobs (Run Leader Co-ordinator), Nikola Dolphin-Rowland (Welfare Officer0, Ian Bickle and Joshua Dadd. After the meeting Zoe Wyko asked and was added to the committee.
  • Membership fees: 2020/2021 retrospectively approved. 2021/2022 approved.
  • Leicestershire Road Running League: Their AGM is 15 November, when 2022 season of races will be agreed. Stilton 7 proposed for 27th February 2022.
  • Derby Runner Cross County League: First two race 14 November and 12 December. Club are purchasing a second tent for ladies.
  • Run Leaders: Paul and John Martin currently only two RL’s providing sessions (Liz Goodburn resuming Dec/Jan). Appeal for additional RL’s. Club will fund England Athletics course fees.
  • What do members want from the club – discussion: everyone happy with what is currently provided. Committee asked to consider the following: Booking a six week ‘core strength/stretching’ course to supplement Thursday RL sessions; possibility of a mid-day run group; Couch to 5k group (subject to availability of coaches and run leaders) and parkrun ‘takeover’. All will be looked at by committee.
  • Running mojo. Proposal well received and a separate email to current and past members will sent out soon to expand on how this can be developed.
  • There will not be a presentation event this year.
  • Christmas do. In response to the poll the outcome is that members will be invited to met up at a pub (TBC) on Saturday 18th December for a pre-Christmas social gathering. In addition on Wednesday 15th there will be a club ‘Fuddle’ in the Rugby Club bar, at which those who have applied for and achieved club Standards will be presented with a certificate.
  • The club are going to participate in the Festival of Christmas Trees as St.Mary Church (1-8 December) and the decorations will be race medals.
  • Webpage: The contents are slowly being updated – please bear with us. The club will concentrate of providing race reports for only Club Events (LLRL, Derby Runners XC, Livingstone relays, County Champs etc.) However, if members want to provide other race result details, or any other news, please email stiltonstriders@yahoo.co.uk  and they will be added to the website.
Please contact myself or any other the other committee members if you require any further information and look out for additional emails and facebook posts providing further details from the above.
Thank you again for attending it was so nice to see so many older, current and new members,
Stay safe all.
Chris Genes
(SSRC Chair)

 

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October 2021 As a show of appreciation to Saint-Gobain Pam Ltd for providing car parking (Holwell Works) each year, SSRC member John Houghton presented Andrew Harris (Plant Director and Operations and Supply Director) a framed photograph from the 2020 event. Without their support the club would not be able to host our Stilton 7 road race and we are pleased that they will continue to support us again for future races from this venue. Note that due to Covid 19 restrictions the presentation was delayed into October 2021

John Houghton presenting  framed photo to Andrew Harris.