d Mickleover Running Club : Newsletter

Tracey Griffiths
Club Chair

Half way point….
We’re half way through the year – already! And what a six months it has been!

In February the newly elected Committee (with some members from last year and some new members this year) took up their posts and we had a list of things we needed to start doing, which rather boringly meant reviewing the policies and processes that England Athletics required affiliated clubs to have in place – some we had – some we needed.

After that it was gearing ourselves up for the renewal process – our first given the previous year was the Clubs first year.

We then set about ensuring we were GDPR compliant and you will have all seen the amended consent checks on the membership forms as a result – one of the many changes – some visible some less so.

So, as you can see, a lot of the first six months has been spent on necessary ‘club administration’ type of activities. We have managed to keep pushing along with other things too including:

Run Leaders
Increasing the number of trained Run Leaders and investing Club funds to ensure that the members reap all of the benefits of your membership fees!
Organizing more club sessions
The Club sessions require the greatest amount of time and effort to organize, both from the route planning to the personnel (run leaders and run supporters).

Managing these alongside run leaders injuries / work / requires a certain amount of resilience and patience – and sometimes living by the seat of your pants moments – so I’d like to say ‘thanks’ to Ross for his continued time, effort and passion!

Suffice to say that we are keen to try and improve the Club runs from both the organization side (less work for Ross!) but also ensuring we do not lose sight of what members want and need (always bearing in mind what we can offer and provide).

We are hoping to announce some exciting plans to reintroduce some of the structured sessions again (intervals / hills etc) across all speed / distance groups.

Cross Country
As a club we’ve taken part in the cross country league and relay events – great events that everyone has enjoyed – without Alan a lot of this would not have happened.
MRC Website
The website continues to grow and Rob Humber is doing a fantastic job maintaining the content with support from others.

We are looking to add Club PB’s and capture the history better which will hopefully provide future members with targets to aim for but also allow us to celebrate our own individual and fellow members successes – no matter how big or small.

MRC Camping Trip
There are a number of new social events taking place, including the camping and trail running weekend which (at the time of writing) has been held this weekend.

Some of the club members have stepped in to help set up this event and make it happen – so thank you guys!!

We will listen to feedback and see if this is something people would like to have annually, alongside other possible events further afield in 2019.

The Committee
The Committee are meeting on the 24 June and we will continue to provide updates to you.

Where consultation is appropriate we will look to you guys for comments – and if we try something and it doesn’t quite work out – that’s fine – it’s all a learning curve.

Just be gentle with us!

and finally...
Suffice to say, that we are where we are now thanks to the volunteers and club members who continue to give their time to help keep the club moving forward and to ensure that we have the appearance of knowing what we’re doing.

Thank you!

It’s really important that new members step up and help out too – if we want to continue with additional events and activities then we really need your help….all positive contribution and constructive support is very much appreciated.

And we can pay you – oh…no…we can’t!


We want to know your PBs!

As you all know we like celebrating success, so we have created a Hall of Fame for our members on the club website which will list each PB for each distance.

This will not only allow us to celebrate your running achievements but will also provide us with the clubs members records for age groups too.

We can then build up a club history to reflect back on in years to come.

Now we know not everyone wants to do a marathon or would prefer to stick to 10Ks which is completely fine.

We also know that not all of you enter races and you will all you’re your own watch/app registered PB’s.

Unfortunately, we have to take PBs from official UK registered events as these guarantee the measurement of the distance.

There will however be a section for Park Runs PBs too - this will be for Markeaton Parkrun only (as each course is slightly different and whilst measured it's not a UK registered event).

What we need from you:
  • Your name
  • Name of event (must be an official UK registered event for formally measured distances)
  • Each distance (must be since you became a MRC member)
  • Must be official chip time (not your watch time!)
  • Your age category at the time

Please can you email your information to results@mickleoverrunningclub.co.uk and if you keep smashing your PBs then make sure you keep us updated!


Alan Percival has qualified as a Leader in Run Fitness

The Club is continuing to invest in Run Leaders with three more members due to complete the course this Summer.

Warslow Beer Festival
7th July

Looks like a few of you have already booked in to the fell race!

You don’t have to run – there’s plenty of things for the family…

Details of the festival are here: Warslow Beer Festival If you want to enter the Fell run, you can do so from here: Click Here

Club Secretary


Mickleover Runing Club are going on tour.

Next Saturday we go on our first ‘tour’ of the local Parkruns….Long Eaton!

An opportunity for a fast 5k! We look forward to seeing as many of you there as possible.

Car share encouraged. 

click here for more info.

Alan & Vicki
(XC Capts.)

Races, Results and Events Update

It has been quiet over the last couple of weeks with little activity on the running event front, just the one small event to mention…….

The Hairy Helmet Relays!

Friday 15 June, a warm evening was presented to the 6 formal RC teams, 1 ‘unofficial’ team, several other members of the club running, supporters (with gin), and families to boot for this very popular social event.

Friday 15 June, a warm evening was presented to the 6 formal RC teams, 1 ‘unofficial’ team, several other members of the club running, supporters (with gin), and families to boot for this very popular social event.

The event has food and drink stalls with entertainment brought to you by Karma Police with our very own Paul Dolman on vocal.

As a result it really did make it a fun evening out.

A few last minute hiccups (as ever with this type of event) meant a change or two and kept the Capt sweating until the last minute.

But, we got our teams together –and all were keen and ready.

It’s about a 2mile course with a nasty hill, some on grass some on paths – but all the fun of the fair, as they say.

Many teams had fancy dress (look at that for next year?), but as ever our teams did us proud.

On the night, we heard ‘MRC’ mentioned on the tanoy, now most of us knew our teams wouldn’t be in the top 3 teams for the categories and wondered why?

The next morning it was clear – apparently, our Ladies Open Team had come second, but on closer inspection of the results I think I/They got the Mens Vet team and the Ladies Team mixed up.

So I have emailed them to say sorry for the error, but have had a nice reply saying thanks for the honesty and for taking part.

We are waiting confirmation but I think the Mens Vet team came about 11th (out of 30) in their category, while the Ladies were 6th (out of 15), for the 4 mixed teams: 9th, 11th, 31st and 37th (out of 46) show good performances by all.

That is nothing to the enjoyment and support showed by all the runners and families on the night.

Finally, a big thank you to all who ran but most of all to James Upton for standing in last minute (and when I say last minute – I think I asked him to run leg 1 with a 10minute warming).

There are plenty of photos on the website so please have a look and hopefully we’ll see even more of the club members there next year.

Alan & Vicki
(XC Capts.)

Derby Run Series
As I type this up, there has been no update on the website – so, I can’t really offer you anymore information on it, other than next race is the Wilne 10k.
Club Champs
As we near July, the 4th race is approaching which is the Tara Kinder and as far I am aware – there are still places available.

The second half of the series kicks off with the Piggs 10k which has now been confirmed for Wed 1st Aug – basically you enter on the night, £5, and it is around the Great Northern 10k loop – so we know the course quite well :D. For this one it would be great to get as many people running, or if not supporting at the finish area.

Upcoming Running Events

Warslow Beer & Vehicle Festival
(& 10K fell race Race)
1st July 2018
To enter Click Here.

Colin Potter 10k
6th July 2018
To enter Click Here.

Ashbourne Half
8th July 2018
To enter Click Here.

Derby Sunrise 5k
13th July 2018
To enter Click Here.

Brooksies Bash 10mile Trail
15th July 2018
To enter Click Here.

Tara Kinder (Club Champs)
20th July 2018
To enter Click Here.

Conti 24hr Thunder Run (Various teams have entered)
21st/22nd July 2018
More info. as SOLD OLD Click Here.

Pigs 10k
1st Aug. 2018
Enter on the night, for more info. Click Here.

A – Z of Running

G is For….

Gait ... describes how we run or walk and consists of two phases: stance where part of the foot touches the ground and swing during which the same foot doesn’t touch the ground.

and also ... Glycogen
the storage form of glucose (sugar) found primarily in the liver and muscles.

Robert Humber

on the run with...

We go on the run with our members and we find out a bit more about them – which we thought would be great to share, this time it is with…John Sheil.

When did you start running and when did you join Mickleover Running Club?

I started running about 13 years ago. I think my first proper run was the Derby 10k.

I joined MRC about a year ago, a few weeks after Rowan enthusiastically bounded up to me at the Dave Denton 5k and told me all about an exciting new running club in Mickleover. Thank you Rowan

What’s the best thing about being in a running club?

Chatting to different people of all running abilities who share a common interest. It also motivates me to get out and run. I also really enjoy seeing fellow MRCers at races.

When and who do you run with the club?

I generally run on Thursdays at the club and often run with whoever is trotting along at the back.


Tell us your history of running?

I remember watching the London Marathon on television in the early 1980s (yeah, I know I don’t look old enough!) and saying that one day I’d like to give it a go (not really thinking I ever would).

Years passed and I did the odd mile or two around the block but somewhere in the back of my mind, the thought of doing the London Marathon stayed with me.

About 13 years ago, I decided to train for the Derby 10k with some work mates and really enjoyed it.

From there I joined Sinfin Running Club and did quite a few runs including London Marathon 3 times; Abingdon Marathon and Edinburgh Marathon as well as lots of shorter runs.

Working away from home, kids etc took me away from running for several years until I started doing some shorter runs then joined MRC…..slowly, slowly my fitness is coming back and I was really pleased to complete the Manchester Marathon recently……and hope to do more, mixing it with more trail running and fell runs.

What has been your best running achievement?

It has to be completing my first London Marathon. The thoughts of watching it on TV all those years ago came back to me and I was really proud to achieve a long-running ambition

What is your running ambition?

To one day run the Bonnie Prince Charlie Way to Ashbourne (I’ve been thinking about doing it for months!). Anyone fancy coming along? I’d also like to do a triathlon at some point.

Why do you run?

It makes me feel good and means I can eat a lot

Favourite place to run?

I like to discover new runs, ideally in the countryside involving lots of mud. A favourite local(ish) run involves the trail from Osmaston to Shirley passing the lake (absolutely beautiful) and finishes at the amazing Saracens pub.

Tell us about your worst run?

A few runs have felt hard/challenging/uncomfortable at the time but in hindsight I can’t recall a run that I wouldn’t have done or didn’t overall enjoy…..hmmm, perhaps if I had to choose it would be running around the Silverstone track in driving rain for 2 hours with no shelter

Best running phrase?

“Once you’re in the starting block you’ve got to run to the end to get your kit so I just keep going” ; “I just think I’m 67”; “Don’t try to beat me because I’m too fast”

Quotes by John Starbrook, 87 year old runner at the London Marathon and my hero

Favourite running photo?

Vic and I finishing our first half marathon together holding hands (in the days I could keep up with her!)

Have you ever lost your running mojo and how did you get it back?

Yes – then joined MRC (cheesy?)

Best route around Mickleover/Derby?

Up to Radbourne (especially in 3 ft snow drifts)

Who would be on your wish list to run with?

John Starbrook (see above)

Worst/Best advice you’ve ever been given?

Worst – just run through the injury

Best – listen to your body and if something doesn’t feel right, give it time to recover

What do you think about when you run?

Things like how fast would I need to run to represent the worlds smallest county at international level and who would win a fight between a donkey, a kangaroo and a monkey.

Run to time or distance?

Distance – always try to round runs up to the next ½ or full mile.


What was your favourite race and why?

London Marathon (see above)

Tell us about your pre-race rituals and food and drink.

Caffeine, lots of water then about 10 trips to the loo in the hour before a race

If you could choose anywhere in the world to run, where would it be?

If someone else was paying the air fare and hotel … somewhere exotic followed by 2 weeks recovery in the hotel

What’s your one race essential?

Trainers! And maybe a running watch

Would you run a marathon without getting a medal?

Any shorter distance, probably yes. For a marathon, no chance!