Club Chair

Happy Running

I’m not sure if I’m on my own here, but I’ve realised that I’ve been so focussed recently on the ‘future race calendar’ and plans that I haven’t actually sat down and reflected on my ‘running year’.

Apart from developing a lump on my achillies (which largely has now gone thankfully) I’ve been injury free.

Far more luckier than some of the fellow members who have seen their running plans halted.

I did achieve my first sub 2 hour half marathon (way back in February) and then proceeded to run my slowest half marathons – plural.

Supporting friends and fellow members around as they ran events during and post injury/illness meant steadier runs, and also the heat of Summer (which lasted forever) forced me to run slow – I am someone who can’t seem to cope with anything over 18 degrees!

However at no point was I frustrated during those events, I enjoyed them for what they were, enjoyed spending time with my fellow running friends and gaining a faint tan…finally.

I joined a team of fellow crazies and experienced the Thunderrun relay for the first time and am very much looking forward to returning to it in 2019.

So, all in all from 2018 I’ll take a 10k and Half Marathon PB, lots of great memories from mad cap events, memories of very hot trail runs, losing the Humber Bridge, experiencing the Swedish running culture, running through muddy fields in the XC events, trying out new routes and taking in the environment; running the Great North run and the Great Northern Half for the last time (not a fan of either event!!) and seeing the Club grow and friendships, shared experiences and support networks develop.

So, here’s to 2019, making new memories, running new routes, finding new experiences and not getting injured!!

Tracey Griffiths
Club Chair.

Merry Christmas MRC

Exciting new events

Running all year round

Royal British Legion – our new home

Young and not so young members, running together, drinking together, supporting each other

Club Championship

Happy to wear the Club Kit

Run Leaders ensuring Club Runs happen!

Individuals achieving amazing results

Social media frenzy after every event!

Thunderrun 2019….eeek!!!

Marathon training: nearly a quarter of the club will be running Spring Marathons!

Activity tracking on Strava – if it’s not logged…it didn’t happen

Summer trail runs and Winter road running

Tracey Griffiths

Annual General Meeting

Date: Tuesday 22nd January

Time: 7.30pm

Venue: The Royal British Legion

Alan Percival
XC Captain

club shop

Support Mickleover Runnning Club wherever you are with the MRC Adjustable Cap.

Featuring an adjustable tear-and-release strap at back for a comfortable fit and Inner sweatband.

Finished with MRC logo on the front and text on the back for a classic look and yours for only 6 english pounds!

club shop

Alan Percival
XC Captain

Derby 10 Mile

This is the last major event in the club’s calendar, and once again a very good turnout from the members ensured the club had over 30 members out in force at the event.

First home was Steve R, running back into good form after a summer of injury that disrupted his races.

Ross, 2nd member home – just 6 weeks post marathon proving the year has gone very well for him.

Not too far behind was Wilf, running well in just over 1hr 11 – although we did wonder if he pre—ran the course the day before – just to check it out?

Dan F, James S, Paul D & Lewis were next to cross the line – all under the 1hr 15 mark.

I was next, followed by Michael, Marc, Nick and the ever-green John (john – it wasn’t a night run - -what were you doing?) Paul D was next home, with Paul W, Jake R, Ian, and James K with Doug the last, and certainly not the least, man home!

As for the Ladies, Emma was 1st home proving that this year has been the year of the Emma, some 3 minutes ahead of Vicky.

Raj was the 3rd lady home followed by Lucy, Alex T and Beckie (just coming back from injury).

Nic ‘VLM’ Dolman was the next lady home, followed by Tina, Tracey and Sophie – clearly taking it easy – just ahead of Sarah.

I know more members ran: Chloe, Amy, Shelly, Bev, Paul, Kelly – that I know of – but it is hard to track the social members in the results as they are not listed under MRC, so please accept my apologies if I have missed any one.

A fab morning running by all, and few PBs to boot – so please let Emma know your PBS, so we can update the Clubs webpage 😊.

Club Championships

In the 8 races that form the Club Champs for this year, we had over 60 members run in a least 1 of the events, and nearly 20 compete in the minimum of 5 that counts.

So here is the top 3 in each category:


1st Jamie Astley

2nd Steve Richardson

3rd Ross Bennett


1st Emma Cull

2nd Vicky Sheil

3rd Beckie Yates

Full tables will go up on the website soon.

As for 2019, the Championships will follow the same basic races, but it looks like we will drop the Tara Kinder.

The main reason for this is that it coincides on the same weekend as Thunder Run where we have 30+ members all ready running!

In addition to the Mens & Ladies Categories, I hope to introduce a 3rd – with the aim of showing the most improved member over the series.

Christmas Club Runs

Tuesday 25th December
Club Run cancelled

Thurs 27th Dec
Social Run (same time/same place)

Tuesday 1st Jan
Club Run cancelled

Thursday 3rd Jan
Social Run (same time/same place)

Derby Run Series

I cannot, at the moment, add anything to this at the moment - -as the final tables have not been released.

For those members who are Social, I would suggest in rethinking the membership level when it comes to renewal to go for the full membership that covers EA.

It offers you some cover in races (and the discount that goes with it), a chance to enter the clubs VLM Ballot and all your race results will count towards both the Club Champs and Derby Run Series – thus helping to promote the Club.

It is your choice of course 😊.

DRXC – Race 3

This is due on the 20th Jan at Allestree Park, start time is 10.30.

I will post more details on Facebook with more details, but the initial cost does seem to be £4 per person.

Of course, some members will be starting marathon training, so please do consider if the XC will fit into plans.

With the host venue being Allestree and our local event – if you cannot run – please come along and cheer/support or even better offer to help marshal.

Starlight Relay – Race 2

The second race on this short series was held at Allestree Park (on the course very similar to the XC I think – off the top of my head) – and our 2 teams of the Rebel Alliance (Tracey, Sarah, Ian & myself) battled the Galactic Empire (John, Vicky, Emma & Rowan) again.

The course was a little more undulating and muddy than race 1, but that did not stop the fun and support that we all showed!

The Empire were the first to finish, but I do declare the winners to be the Alliance – as we had more likes on the photo front – especially Ian’s where he is grinning from ear to ear!

Robert Humber