d Mickleover Running Club : Newsletter

Tracey Griffiths
Club Chair

Rest and Recovery!

With so many races in the schedule, and so many members taking part in them there’s been quite a bit of discussion between people about training, distances, number of runs, miles completed, pacing, nutrition and so on.

What most of us perhaps fail to also include in this is the rest and recovery phase.

There’s a good article here which provides further information:


A – Z of Running

F is for ... Fartlek
Swedish word meaning “speed play”; an informal speed workout; example: run hard to next telephone pole, slow pace, run hard to next…

and ... Foot strike
how and where your foot hits the ground as you run: heel strikers- heel hits the ground first, midfoot striker- mid to ball of foot hit the ground first, forefoot striker- ball of foot to toes hit the ground first

F is for ... Foam roller/rolling
a form of self torture!!

MRC Committee meeting

The MRC Committee next meet on Sunday 24th June.

If you have anything you would like to raise / suggest to the Committee for discussion (improvements / suggestions / ideas) we’d love to hear them.

Send them to: chair@mickleoverunningclub.co.uk


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!

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

MRC Time Trial

Next month with be the first Summer Time Trial event.

Make sure you are at Club Run on Tuesday 17th July for this fun 5k speed event!

Nearer the time we will ask for ‘race marshalls’. If you haven’t completed a time trial the details are:



The time is almost here for the inaugural MRC camping trip and there is still time to book a pitch by calling the campsite on 01335 371998 (say you're from Mickleover RC).

Anyone who would just like to turn up for the Saturday run is also very welcome.

The plan is to go for a 8 mile xc run or a 2 mile jog/walk from the campsite at 11am on Saturday to meet at the black horse pub in Hulland Ward for a beer and food before heading back to the campsite for about 5pm for a BBQ and a few games.

Steve C, Nic A and John S will pick up a load of burgers, sausages, bread and salad on the Friday.

If you'd like to come to the BBQ , please let Steve know (contact through the MRC facebook page or email info@mickleoverrunningclub.co.uk Cost is £5 per person inc food, charcoal, paper plates etc.

Please bring your own drinks, any cool boxes and any fold up tables you may have.

Family welcome!

See you there

More info

Alan & Vicki
(XC Capts.)

Races, Results and Events Update

The last 2 weeks has been, again, an excellent 2 weeks for the club and its members, so here we go...

Edinburgh Marathon

The last of the Spring Marathons is Edinburgh and the idea of a 300mile journey North did not stop Ewan and Lucinda from taking the high road to the Scottish Capital.

The on-going exceptional weather for the late spring continued as the sun was out again, warming up the crowds but presenting tryng conditions for the runners.

Ewan finished in an excellent time of 3.21.28, proudly boasting his name and club on his vest while Lucinda finished her first marathon just under the 4hr mark in 3.57.43.

She has been on record as saying ‘That’s the hardest thing I’ve ever done’. Now time to book another Lucinda!! Congrats to the two of you for completing the race.

Derby Half

The Derby Half/Ramathon – so the sun had to be out, now in its 4th year and each one has been met with blazing sun.

This was the 4th event in the Derby Run series and the 3rd in our own club champs, and over 25 members met near the start area for this local event.

We had the usual group photo (a must at these events), and as 9.15 approached we all went off to the various start pens.

The route was very similar to the last couple of years as it took us through the City before heading out along London Road – where a cheering Ray stood, doing a sterling job marshalling and then on to Elvaston Castle.

Once round the grounds it was long the dreaded path of the river before turning back to the Stadium. It was warm and muggy, and everybody felt it.

Steve R was first in for the club, with Ross about 4mins behind him, James K was next heading up a number of us including Andy, Paul, Doug and myself.

As for the Ladies, Vicky was first home finishing very strong (can confirm that as she stormed past me in the last 1/2mile), not too far ahead of Emma, with Beckie the 3rd lady home.

It was tough out there on race day. The course should be near ideal for PBs – but for some strange reason it is energy sapping.

Maybe it’s 4mile drag along London Road, the twisting paths of Elvaston, the long 2mile section along the river which is slightly uphill or the fact that it was very warm!

All of the members said it was tough, very tough, but some did run well. Vicky with her storming finish, Emma (again) on the back of a good spring, and Beckie setting a PB.

Dougal ran very well, especially coming so soon after his previous half.

A year ago, I went to the Ramathon and saw about 8 members from MRC (I was not officially a member then), this year 25+ took part.

It shows the progress of the club, the numbers we now have and we are now very much a running club.

As for the event itself, not sure if it was me, but it did seem to have lost a little of its soul and felt like just any other big city event?

Alan & Vicki
(XC Capts.)

Derby Run Series

The club standing in the DRS is very impressive at the moment, as we stand 5th in table.

Above us are the might of Derwent, Team Derby Runner, Long Eaton – but ahead of Derby AC, Heanor, Sinfin, Cheaspeake, Rolls Royce & Dynamos.

For this, it is important members, who are eligible, to enter under the MRC banner – due to the scoring system, all members who finish a race gain points.

Alan & Vicki
(XC Capts.)

Club Championship

The Derby Half was the 3rd race in our club champs, and now nearing the half way mark it is slowly beginning to take shape.

With the Men’s, Jamie decided to have a rest leaving it wide open for Steve to take the lead, but Ross is not too far behind.

James K has now creeped a few points ahead of Paul D, with Jake and Rob H making up the group who have competed in all 3 events so far.

For the Ladies Beckie is still leading and maintaining her good running, with Nic & Tracey the other runners who have completed the 3 events.

However, both Vicky & Emma are not too far behind and one cannot ignore Sophie. The 4th race is the Tara Kinder and as far I am aware – there are still places available.

click here for Full table

Alan & Vicki
(XC Capts.)

Upcoming Running Events

Club Camping Weekend
23-24th June 2018
For more info. please Click Here.

24th June 2018
To enter Click Here.

JCP Swansea Half Marathon
24th June 2018
To enter Click Here.

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.

Alan & Vicki
(XC Capts.)

Hairy Helmet Relays 15th June

This is all located in Darley Abbey Park, a 2.2(ish) mile blast round the park.

Ross will be bringing along his big tent, there are drinks and food on offer, with entertainment.

And if I read correctly, Paul Dolman and his band are one of the acts.

With all this, why not make it a club social get together – and join in the fun at Darley Abbey – race starts at 7.15 – but lets get together earlier to support our teams and enjoy, hopefully, a good summers evening.

Oh – it might be worth bring kit – just in case some people can’t make it (after all, real life does get in the way: kids, work, family), you never know.

More info & TEAMS

Club Secretary


Mickleover Runing Club are going on tour.

With the success of the recent Parkrun & Picnic in May, MRC have announced a string of Parkrun tour dates including a headline run at Shipley Country Park on the 27 October 2018.

click here for more info.



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MRC PHOTO OF THE fortnight

This lovely photo taken at the Derby Half of Lewis and Sophie takes "Photo of the fortnight".

Well done both of you, you win a mention on the newsletter :).

Send in your photos to socialmedia@mickleoverrunningclub.co.uk.


MRC throwback fortnight

A quick look back into the MRC Archives.

This photo above was posted by Rowan on the 6th Sept. 2016 taken outside the original home for the Club, the Masons.

Rowan Posted:
"Good evening. Reccie run no 2 was a great success. Gone from 1 to 4 intrepid runners. Let's see if we can double that for next week!!"


..and finally a big congrats to Claire & kel

Claire and Kel completed their first half marathon last Sunday at the Derby Half Marathon.

A huge well done from all at the club. It was a tough first half with the heat so great achievement.