One Club with One Voice.

It seems as though not a week goes by without club member and Cardiff University student Cadie Hibberd achieving a PB.
On Wednesday, competing in the Welsh Endurance Meeting at Carmarthen, she knocked 25 seconds off her previous best time in the 5000m, by recording a time of 19:00.10.
What have you got planned this week Cadie ?
For Cadie Hibberd and Ben Kruze it’s been a case of another week, another PB and in Ben’s case a new club record for the half marathon.

This week also saw the culmination of what must have been the strangest ever Tempo Winter Series, a series that resulted in Matt Burdus-Cook recording his second consecutive series win. Well done Matt. I’m indebted to Sarah Bland for her report.

Mike Sheppard brings us up to date with the T&F club records that have been broken in May so far and there is a lovely group photo of some of our senior endurance runners enjoying their Wednesday night club run again.

We also have a really interesting initiative from Louise Stewart and Amy Rowe, the aim of which seems to emphasise the fact that, as they say:

“We are a club for everyone – of any ability, ambition or age”

They go on to say:

“We’d like to give you a chance to get to know each other if your paths haven’t crossed yet”

The single greatest reason I produce this newsletter is so that members of the junior section know and are hopefully inspired by what the senior members are doing and senior members know and are equally inspired what our hard working, committed and talented juniors are up to.

As far as I am concerned we are not a Junior Club, a Senior Club and a Triathlon Club. We are a single entity. As Paul Bearman says, we should aim to be

One Club with One Voice.

Thank you Louise and Amy.

Good luck to those of you who are competing in the Youth Development League in Nuneaton on Monday and also to those competing at the Restart Open in Cheltenham on Saturday. This meeting gives athletes wishing to attain English Schools standards the chance to compete and also a chance for them to enjoy an early season competition with spectators.

Indeed good luck to any of you competing anywhere in the next 7 days.

Finally congratulations are due to club stalwart Danny Tolhurst on his appointment working for England Athletics as Participation Officer, looking after their national Run Together (adults) and Funetics (ages 4-11) projects. Much deserved Danny.

Best wishes

David Jones

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Another club member who just seems to go from strength to strength is Ben Kruze.
On 16th May he was just 4 seconds off the club’s half marathon record when he ran a time of 1:12.54.
Last weekend he won the Dorney Lake Half Marathon in a club record time of 1:11.06, knocking 94 seconds of the previous record.
His time places him at 13th in the current UK rankings in the M35 age category.
Great running Ben.
Matt Burdus Cook being dragged over the finishing line by his son Noah. Matt won the overall series prize for the second consecutive year. I’m told Noah is 7. You can join the juniors at 8 Noah. Just saying.
The Tempo Events Winter Series.

Report – Sarah Bland
The final race in a very extended “winter” series took place on the 23rd May. The first October race was squeezed in to the ever diminishing gap between the summer restriction lift and the start of the tiered system, and then one by one each race was pushed forward. Finally, come the 12th April we were allowed to exercise in groups of 6, and UKA issued the race licence. The format of the races radically adapted into strung out time trials, fastest off first and no one quite certain who had won until they got home.

But a race is a race and the enthusiasm of all the athletes was overwhelming. The remaining four races took place fast and frequent – one each fortnight, with sunshine rather than snow and wind – who is complaining?!

Stratford athletes are a dominant force in the series with 27 different runners taking part, and there were some great performances across all the races.

Notably, the overall male winner of the series for the second year running was Matt Burdus-Cook whose consistency paid off, winning three out of the five races, plus a second and a third place and several pb’s.

Adrian Mason won the M45 series category with an improving fitness from October, and Andy Cox took the M45 category winning 3 out of the 4 categories he raced in.

John Butler won all the M75 races and justifiably took the series title too.

For the ladies, Lara Bakewell came through the series getting stronger all the time and took the F35 series category with 3 race category wins in the final 3 races.

Lots of Stratford members completed all five races and can now be seen in the coveted blue series hoody which stands as a big incentive to head up the dreaded Larkstoke hill and as always Tempo Events are proud and delighted to be supported by such a great club

The Amy and Louise Initiative
Amy Rowe and Louise Stewart

What gets you out of bed in the morning?
Louise Stewart and Amy Rowe.


What gets you out of bed in the morning? Or, more specifically, into your trainers or spikes ? We are a whopping club with over 450 members, yet not all of us have had the chance to train with each other, even less so in the last year.

We also welcome new members all the time and we want to show them that we are a club for everyone – of any ability, ambition or age.

So we’d like to give you a chance to get to know each other if your paths haven’t crossed yet.

We want to hear more about what makes you get out there, rain or shine. Whether you’re completing a track session, practicing your jumps or throws, running 5K in 15 mins or just having a meander through the Warwickshire countryside – we’d love to hear about it!

Please spend 5 minutes answering the below questions and we’ll look to publish them in the newsletter.

We’d love it even more if you attached a pic of your efforts too (but not obligatory).

Just reply to this newsletter if you’d like to be included!

Many thanks.

  1. Describe your running, sprinting, throwing or jumping style in three words
  2. What was your most memorable race or event?
  3. What advice would you give to a new athlete or someone starting back after a hiatus?
  4. What kit couldn’t you do without?
  5. Complete this sentence: I love athletics because…
New T&F club records that have been broken this month. Courtesy of Mike Sheppard.
And Finally

Isn’t it just great to go out again with your run buddies ?
A group of our senior members enjoying a Wednesday night run, just like they used to.
L to R: Max Ross, Tara Lambert, Phil Marshall, Gavin Lambert, Susie Ross, Becks Pridham and Sarah Odell.
Photo courtesy of Kate Sergent.