Lots of stuff !

Taylor Stubbins on his way to breaking his own club record for the U17 1500m.
Alex Adams in the process of knocking 11 seconds off the club record for the U17 3000m
It feels like the type of newsletter we used to have back in the day, pre-lockdowns 1,2 and 3.

We’ve got track, we’ve got field, we’ve got hills, we’ve got a road race, the next Shakespeare race is a proper old fashioned one and I do believe Tara Lambert is back doing what she does, this times it’s the Thames Path 100 miler. Go figure. Hopefully we’ll have a report next week. We also have details of the upcoming Hilly 100.

This week we saw another tremendous showing from some of our club members at The Pingles Stadium on Saturday, with a couple of club records and lots of PBs.

There was another Winter Series race on Sunday. They’re a bit like buses at the moment – you wait ages for one to come along and then several come along all at once.

We have the results of the latest and hopefully last virtual Shakespeare Race with the next one being a real live actual race.

Also last weekend Cadie Hibberd lowered her PB in the Mid-Cheshire 5k. Well done Cadie.

Finally there are some smashing photos from Jo Hutchinson,of groups of our junior endurance runners, taken last Sunday on the Welcombe Hills.

Good luck to our junior members who are competing in Northamptonshire at the weekend. It might be wet !

Enjoy the weekend.

Best Wishes

David Jones
Niamh Hillard knocking 7 seconds off her PB in the 1500m
Dave Wilson finishing strongly as he runs a PB in the devilishly difficult 400m.
From l to r : Ruby and Lucy Edwards, Paivi McMillan, Niamh, Nikki and Nick Hillard having a fun day at the races.

Nuneaton Spring Special Open Meeting.
The Pingles Stadium – Nuneaton.

Saturday 1st May

Report – David Jones

It was another highly successful day for the 16 members who took part in the latest track and field event at The Pingles Stadium in Nuneaton last Saturday. We had both young and not so young members competing, ably supported by many parents and club coaches.

The Pingles has become the go-to stadium for these type of events since restrictions allowed them to go ahead. These competitions, at this venue, are a godsend for local athletes. They are always both well run and welcoming events.

Once again there were several personal bests recorded and a couple of club records tumbled as well.

The ever improving Taylor Stubbins recorded a personal best in the 1500m of 4:15.06, to set a new club record, breaking his own record set just a few weeks ago. Also in the 1500m, Niamh Hillard knocked 7 seconds off her previous best time by completing the race in 5:07.86

The other club record to fall was the U17 3000m.15 year old Alex Adams knocked 11 seconds off the previous record by running a time of 9:22.56. This was a huge 30 seconds off his previous best time for this distance, which admittedly was recorded a couple of years ago.

Other PBs were recorded by Dave Wilson in the 400m with a time of 62.02. Wilson also ran the 100m in a time of 13.33, just 0.24 of a second off his PB.

Tessa Parkin recorded a PB of 13.47 in the 70m hurdles and also ran 2:51.62 in the 800m. Also in the 800m there was another fabulous run from Martha Peters. Her time of 2:34.31 knocked a couple of seconds off her previous best time, set just 2 weeks ago. The club’s final 800m runner was Annie Silvers who recorded at time of 2:42.24.

Ruby Edwards equalled her PB in the long jump with a jump of 3.82m. Ruby also completed the 75m hurdles in 14.62 seconds. Our hurdler competing on the day was multi- eventer Seb Hillard. Seb has moved up an age group this year, progressing from 75 to 80m hurdles events. He ran the race in 15.47 seconds. He also appeared as an U15 for the first time in the javelin with a throw of 24.28. Also moving up to the U15s in the javelin was Alex McMillan who threw 21.24m.

U13 Alex Wood was just a centimetre off his personal best in the long jump, with a jump of 3.56m and Elfric McKenzie was 3 cms off his best jump with 3.92 metres. It was busy day for Alex who, in his first official 100 and 200m races, ran times of 15.23 and 30.33 respectively. Ameena Asad competed in both the 100m and 70m hurdles, recording times of 16.58 and 19.13 respectively.

In the shot put the club had representatives at both ends of the age spectrum. U13 Arthur Mansbridge can be mightily pleased with himself having thrown the shot for the very first time in competition and recording a throw of 3.76m and our V45 athlete Paula Williams dusted off the cobwebs to record a throw of 11.34. Paula was ranked number 2 in the UK for her age in this event last year.

Finally Birmingham University student and club member Imy Sheppard ran 58.04 in the 400m just 0.34 of a second off her PB.

So, once again our members have proved the worth of their hard work in training, despite the recent restricted access to facilities.

Virtual Shakespeare Race
Another month, another virtual Shakespeare Race but for May it’s going to be a real live actual race. Remember those ?

Ben Kruze triumphed with a scarcely believable 3 minute 33 second margin over second placed Matt Burdus-Cook. The first female finisher was Cadie Hibberd just pipping Kate Wright by 3 seconds.

Please follow the links below. The first one is the results of last month’s 10k race and the second link shows the overall results for the year to date.



Ben Kruze – Someone get that man a club vest !
Photo by Barry Cornelius.
Winter Series Race 4

Unfortunately our roving reporter Becks Pridham was due to submit a report on this race but was laid low by her Astra Zeneca vaccine jab.

Below is a link to the results of the 4th of the Winter Series races. Ben Kruze triumphed in this race also, with a 2 minute 14 second margin over the 2nd place runner. Matt Burdus-Cook finished in 3rd place. The first Stratford lady to finish was Lara Bakewell.

Hilly 100
This year’s much anticipated Hilly 100 takes place on Sunday 6th June.

We’re aiming to field 3-4 teams which means we might need a couple of you stepping up to assist as Team Support (basically following a team and making sure they’re hydrated and also going in the right direction). Please let us know if you’re up for doing this.

Your team managers are myself and Sarah, and we will both be around on the day to assist, motivate you, hydrate you and generally make sure you get your baton (or piece of plastic piping) around your leg of the route. If not able to run but wanting to help out please do let us know as this really helps out on the day.

It’s one of the great days in our running calendar and if you haven’t yet joined in then you have missed out.

In brief, this is a race that we organise to raise money for charity. About 30 teams take part each year from a number of local clubs. The race consists of 10 individual legs of (roughly) 10 miles each, starting at the American Fountain in Stratford early in the morning, completing a 100 mile route around the Cotswolds and finishing back at the club about 6 or 7pm, where everyone gathers for a beer and prize giving.

If you want to run in a team, please let us know by replying to this email. Please don’t click REPLY ALL and clog up everyone’s email.

There is a small entry fee of £8 per person

Do let us know if you would like to run asap and what restrictions and desires you have time wise and location. (i.e if you want to run a particular leg) for that day so that you can be put on a leg that is suitable. FYI early legs might start as early as 5am!

Please also let us know an approximate time you’d complete a (hilly) 10 mile route in so we can give a rough schedule for your team. If you’re not sure which leg you’d like to do have a look at our website to view the route details – http://archive.stratfordac.co.uk/pages/hillyhundred

If you don’t want to run but would like to help support one of the teams it’s always great having a few extra people to do this too.

If you’re new to the club and this doesn’t make any sense to you but you’d like to know more about it please email us back and we’ll explain what it’s all about?

It really is a brilliant day and something and something to look forward to. There is of course a lot of planning needed to ensure it all runs smoothly on the day so we really do need you to be committed to the date and times.

This is open to every member of the club and we’d really like you to join in. Plus….. we could be in for a great chance of some silverware across all the teams.

Let us know your availability asap please.

John Raby

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Club member and Cardiff University student Cadie Hibberd on her way to a PB of 19.3 in last Saturday’s Mid-Cheshire 5k.
And Finally

The Man in Black aka The Pied Piper aka Alex Adams leads a group of junior endurance runners during their Thursday training session.
And Finally Finally

There are few places better to be on a sunny Sunday morning than the Welcombe Hills with our talented junior endurance runners.
Many thanks to Jo Hutchinson for these wonderful photos