by Tracey Griffiths
Club Chair

Be Bright. Be Seen

I know you lovely lot know this – you’re all grown ups – most of you run when it’s dark and have been doing so for years….. but, well, I feel like I’m doing my Chair duties by stating this – the evenings are darker, which means we all need to ‘Be Bright….Be Seen’!

There…I’ve said it – and here’s a few hints and tips for running at night…I look forward to seeing you all rocking up for a club run in bright neon flashy lights (if you don’t have any ask Jacqui 😊).

1. Wear Bright and Reflective Clothing

It's difficult for drivers to see runners in the dark, so don't make it harder on them by wearing dark, non-reflective clothing.

Make sure to wear bright colors, preferably with reflective material or tape so that you stand out as you run.

2. Wear or Carry Lights

Not only is it hard for drivers to see you in the dark, but it is also hard for you to see the road, trail or pavement as you run.

There are many small lights that are easy to wear or hold that will illuminate your path while running.

Plus, drivers will be able to see you.

3. Don't Listen to Music

Some tunes on your run are great to keep you going, but not in the dark.

When running in the dark, you need to rely on all your senses, not just your sight.

Leave the music at home so you can hear any potential dangers.

(Alternatively take out one earbud or use bone conductors)

4. Run in Well Lit or Populated Areas

Rethink your run route if you're used to running on trails.

Although it's nice and peaceful while running on trails, you set yourself up as an easy target for someone to attack or accost you.

Stick to busier roads and well lit areas. It may be a bit boring, but at least you're safer.

5. Run With a Friend

Running with someone else drastically reduces the chance of someone accosting you.

You'll have a buddy to keep you motivated and an extra set of eyes, and ears, to stay on the lookout for anything strange.

6. Pay Attention to Your Surroundings

No matter how many precautions you take to keep yourself safe, always pay attention to what's around you.

If something does not seem right, trust your instincts and move away from the possible danger quickly.

It's better to be a little over cautious than seriously injured or dead.

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Club Shop Update


New lightweight rain jacket available now.

James has done it again with this great new jacket, only £20.00. Visit the club shop for more info.

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Club Secretary

Virgin London Marathon 2019

London Ballot Places will be issued w/c 8th October.

I’m sure the Facebook page will be awash with lots of ‘No’s and some lucky (?) few will Please familiarize yourself with the Club rules for submitting your name into the London Club ballot place hat:

MRC VLM club ballot place annoucement

Update: Please send your 'fail' notices to me (Kathryn) ...

Update on New ‘Base’ for MRC

We hope you have all had an opportunity to join one of the club runs from the Royal British Legion (RBL).

So far the feedback has been positive and we will be reviewing the position with the RBL Chair to see how they think things are going too.

It’s early days and the Committee will be meeting on Tuesday to chat things through – but for now we will continue to run from the RBL and keep you all posted as to what happens next!
2 year anniversary celebrations

30 club members had a great night at the Cinnamon Tree to celebrate the clubs second year anniversary.

Thanks to Clive for organising!

Tracey Griffiths


Don’t forget to book your tickets for this years Christmas Party and Awards night.

The Committee will soon be deliberating over some of the awards!


Tracey Griffiths

24Hr Conti Thunder Run 2019

Team MRC at the 24Hr Conti Thunder Run 2019

Anyone remotely interested in running TR24 2019 should come to the meeting at 8pm at the RBL Bar on Tuesday 9th October.

No commitment to join in, but if you’d like to hear more or have a chat about the solo / team options available we can then make a plan and get ourselves ready for when the online booking system opens later in October.

Official 24Hr Conti Thunder Run Website


The famous blue and orange has been globe trotting again ...

Ray running in Zakynthos
MRC Book club
Eat and Run: My Unlikely Journey to Ultramarathon Greatness

'Run until you can't run anymore. Then run some more. Find a new source of energy and will. Then run even faster.'

The words of Scott Jurek, a dominant force - and darling - in the gruelling and growing sport of ultrarunning for more than a decade.

In 1999, as a complete unknown, he took the lead in the Western States Endurance Run, a 100-mile jaunt over the Gold Rush trails of America's Sierra Nevada.

He went on to win that race seven years in a row.

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Upcoming Running Events

Shelton 10K
(DRS and Club Champs)
7th Oct. 2018

Chester Marathon
7th Oct. 2018

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Leicester Half & Full Marathon
14th Oct. 2018

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Yorkshire Marathon
14th Oct. 2018

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Manchester Half Marathon
14th Oct. 2018

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Clubs Autumn 5K TT
16th Oct. 2018

For more info Click Here.

DRXC Race 1 (Anslow)
21st Oct. 2018

Shipley Country Park Parkrun
27th Oct. 2018

For more info Click Here.

DRXC Race 2 (Foremark)
11th Nov. 2018

Derby 10 Mile – NEW DATE!!!
(DRS and Club Champs)
25th Nov. 2018

To enter Click Here.

Robert Humber

Alan & Vicki
(XC Capts.)

Event Update

As we enter the Autumn months with the night’s drawing in, the road running season is entering the big race phase with plenty of events taking place.

We have runners in forthcoming marathon events at Chester, York & Leicester (and no doubt many more I am not aware of).

Best of luck to all who are running in these events, regardless if its ones first or 50th!

Speaking of runners, Phil has been at it again – this time running 26+ miles off road round Warwickshire while Marion took up the Equinox Challenge running 13 laps (130km) in 24hrs, finishing 8th lady and 35th soloist overall….absolutely amazing effort!!

You should be very proud of yourself Marion!!!

Off road running, particularly during the Autumn months across undulating terrain (and in the dark) is no mean feat!!

Well done!

7th April

14th April
Paris, Brighton, Boston (Uk)

28th April
Shakespeare (Stratford), Blackpool

6th May
Milton Keynes

19th May
Windermere, Exeter

26th May
Liverpool, Edinburgh

If you have any question about marathon running, please do ask – and we will offer the best advice or point you in the appropriate direction of someone who can.

Alan & Vicki
(XC Capts.)

Derby Runner
Cross Country (DRXC)

The first race of the Derby Runner Cross Country League is on Sunday 21st October at Anslow and is approximately 5 miles long.

We will be sending out an email next week to confirm the entry cost, location, and ideas for car sharing – so please keep your eyes open for that information, but the venue is:

Poplars Farm Cross Country
Wild Wood Lodge
Bushton Lane
DE13 9QL

If you have any questions, please do ask Vicky (Ladies Capt) or myself!

Alan & Vicki
(XC Capts.)

Derby Run Series

Wilne was race 5 in this series and the tables have now been updated.

Overall, the club is 5th – just behind Shelton – but considering they are more than twice our size – it is a very fine effort by everyone who has ran in the DRS under the MRC banner!

In the Men’s overall, Steve R is 16th, Jamie 26th, James K 46th and Ross 56th.

However, it is the Ladies again who are leading the way with our own Emma 3rd overall at present, Vicky is 10th, Beckie 17th and Lucy 36th! Fantastic effort ladies – showing the guys up….again!

The Shelton 10k (7th Oct) is the next race in both the Club Champs and the DRS, but a few of us will be missing due to marathons!

Discounts for Club members

The Club has negotiated a host of discounts for members from a range of dealers & retailers

Visit the new page today to see what you could save...

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MRC Film club

Kenya's Eliud Kipchoge smashed the marathon world record by clocking a time of two hours one minute 39 seconds in Berlin... but its not the quickest he's ever run a mara...

After six months of scientifically advanced training, three of the world’s most elite distance runners set out to break the two-hour marathon barrier.

Watch the whole film here...

Emma Cull
Club Runner

MRC Club records

Emma has been working hard collecting lots of results, if you havent let please do so following the info. below...

If you have any amendments to the records please email the club using the email address stating the following information.

  • Your full Name
  • Name of event
  • Distance (must be one of: 10k, 10 mile, Half Marathon, Marathon)
  • The date of the event (since Sept 2016 only)
  • The chip time
  • The age category at the time of running

click here to view tables