Tracey Griffiths
Club Chair

Are you our next Run Leader?

MRC has only been going 20 months, we’ve grown rapidly and achieved so much.

We have a great set of friendly and supportive members, an enthusiastic and committed Committee and wider team who keep the club moving forward.

As a social, non profit voluntary club we rely on the support and time commitment of others.

As part of the clubs ongoing development and commitment to our members we are therefore are in need of more Run Leaders.

What does a Run Leader do?

Alongside the other Run Leaders and the Run Leader Coordinator (Ross), you will help lead the club runs, deliver runs, help plan runs and routes, ensure the run supporters know what/where the route is - but ultimately ensure that the club runs are safe, fun, well-organised and inclusive.

What training will I receive?

England Athletics provide a course framework, which takes attendees through different coaching levels.

Initially we are looking to subsidise attendance to the Leadership in Running Fitness Course LiRF (a 1 day course – no homework or exams!).

As a ‘young’ club we are still formulating our long-term vision (coaching and so forth) against the clubs capacity, member’s aspirations and what people are able/willing to commit.

Details of the course can be found below:


What is expected of me?

We need people who are committed to the club. So this means:

  • You will need to have full EA membership and be willing to commit for at least two years (paying for your 2019 membership prior to the club booking your place on the course above);
  • are able to attend at least four or five sessions per month (we know holidays/work/life gets in the way so there is flexibility here!)
  • and actively support the Run Lead Coordinator, periodically meeting (maybe once a quarter) to review the short and medium terms club run plans.

We have a great team of run supporters (many currently leading runs too) and we want to cascade the lessons learnt from the workshop to the wider team.

As such the qualified Run Leaders are expected to create and deliver a short session for the wider team.

Don’t worry – if you don’t want to stand up and present we don’t mind! There’s always someone happy to do that bit!

I’m interested but worried I can’t commit the time…

Please do come and chat to me or drop me an email. We all have other commitments and appreciate that before committing to a club role you might want to know more.

Or maybe you can’t commit right now but are interested in becoming a run supporter in the meantime to see what that’s like first!

Once we know who is interested we will have an informal discussion with everyone – nothing scary or formal – we have limited funds and need to be confident that we (and that includes you!) are happy to make the next step and book the course.

If we have more interest than we can currently afford to subsidise we will look to put people on standby when the funding does become available or the need demands it.

We’re keen to move forward quickly on this (there is a LiRF course in June) so please get in touch by 17th May 2018

Email me at , send me a message on Facebook or grab me at a club run and we can have a chat.

Alan & Vicki
(XC Capts.)

Upcoming Running Events

The Derby Summer 5K Series
15th May 2018
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Gothenburg Half
19th May 2018
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Liverpool Half
20th May 2018
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Burton 10
20th May 2018
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(mean Derby Half :D)
3rd June 2018
Race 3 in both the Derby Run Series and Club Championships.
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5K summer series
8th June 2018

Heanor 10
8th June 2018

Annual charity

Due to the great amount of members we have, the Committee has decided that rather than trying to support those fundraising for their VLM charity, MRC will support the charity chosen by the winner of the VLM Club ballot place for one year from the point in which the club ballot is drawn to the next.

The decision was taken due to the number of people likely to be running VLM and thus the ‘shared’ pot of any club fundraising activities becoming increasingly small.

Member’s charities/just giving pages can still be shared on the clubs Facebook page and in the newsletter.

We have very generous members who have been happy to donate directly to those raising money however as a club we have decided that any formally organized club social nights where there is an opportunity to raise some money will go towards the nominated charity of the clubs VLM ballot place.

As such any fundraising until December this year will be donated to James Stevens chosen charity, Guide Dogs, as James was the winner of the ballot place last December.

Tuesday 22nd May: Pub Quiz and Food

Cost: £7.00 (proceeds will go to the Guide Dog charity)

Confirm attendance by 15th May to Clive by email:

MRC at the Markeaton Parkrun // Saturday 26th May

If it’s your first or 50th…let’s get the most MRC runners there we can. If the weather is good we’ll have a few a cakes and drinks on the lawn afterwards.

Warslow Beer Festival: 7th July

We've been looking at the Social diary and, thanks to James U highlighting some fell runs recently, we've decided to have an MRC social at the Warslow Beer Festival (and Fell run).

It looks like a fabulous family day out....(we won't be organising travel - we'll leave it down to you!)!

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


Thursday 22nd September (details to follow)

save the date!!!
Christmas Party and Awards Night

Saturday 15th December(details to follow)

save the date!!!

James U, in preparation for the Warslow Fell run is going to run

  • 6 mile off road on the 15th May,
  • 6 mile off road on 24th May
  • 9 mile off road on 5th June start at 6.30pm (this is fairly hard going so will be great prep)
  • same 9 miler on 19th June.

He will check the runs for cows before :-)

Starting at the Honeycomb - everyone welcome (whether you are planning on doing the Fell event or not).

Standard club runs will also be on offer.


Don’t forget to book your pitch at the camping and trail weekend. You can also just turn up and run on the day too.

More info
MRC Book Club

After seeing Sean speak at the National Running Awards I purchased his book, Running Britain.

It details his final leg of his triathlon of Great Britain (having already cycled and swam the length of it) he then ran it.

I really like his relaxed conversational style and have found myself more than a few times laughing out loud on the train to work whilst reading about his exploits.

Amazon link

If you have a running related book that you love please let us know and we share it with the club.


Races, Results and Events Update

Results: Elaine Steele ventured to Chester for the highly popular Chester Half and even though, with less training and miles in her legs than she would have preferred, ran an impressive 2.08 – a time to be very pleased about.

Elaine seems to be aiming for a Half a week, following on from Chester she was in another cathedral city, Lichfield this time and managed to get herself round in 2.15.

Her solo trip on the NW Halves continues later this month with a trip to the Home of the 2018 Champions League Winners Liverpool, just saying!


Livingston Relays

The club also took part in the Livingston Relays in Leicester recently, with four teams in total taking part.

This is a popular event with teams all over the East Midlands, but that did not stop the 14 athletes turning up: Brad, Dan, Aaron, Steve, Andy, John, Wilf and myself making up the 2 men’s teams, while it was Beckie, Emma, Lucinda, Vicky, Kellie and Jacqui forming the two ladies teams.

It was a fast and flat course and all the members ran their hearts out.

The support for each other was immense and further proof, along with the XC, that being part of a club (regardless of size and ability) is fantastic.

The Mens teams were 23rd and 33rd – but there were some high quality runners there (some going under 16mins for the 3miles), so we held our own very well it has to be said.

The ladies teams were 15th and 26th, again more than holding their own against some very good runners.

Vicky & I have nominated a ‘runner of the day’ at the various XC runs over the winter, and after a brief discussion, I thought it would be good to have one after this team event.

We couldn’t really narrow it down to anyone runner, how could we – so, we gave it to all 14 runners as the real triumph was the support from the group who cheered everyone on.

As an event, it is something that next year, we should look into doing again.


Carsington 7+

A very warm Sunday morning with clear blue skies presented a near perfect picturesque location for the Carsington 7+.

A few of our members battled the heat and the off-road race to produce some outstanding performances.

James Kelly, just 2 weeks after the heat of VLM, was first of the MRC home in 1.05.27 some 45 secs ahead of the ever-improving Emma Cull in 1.06.13, while Giovanni showing that age is no barrier was the 3rd club member home in 1.07.14.

William Gagie was the 4th member to cross the finish line in 1.11.20 while Lucy continued the good form from the Derby 10k to finish in 1.12.35.

Finally, and no means least, our London Branch member Beckie Archer finished in 1.20.37. Emma’s run resulted in her finishing 9th in her category (Snr Ladies), Giovanni came 3rd in V50 Men, and Lucy 7th in V40 Ladies.

A real fantastic set of results, especially considering the conditions!


Great Northern Half & 10K

Another very warm day for running was presented to the 18 or so members who took part in this re-arranged event.

Quite a change in weather from the snow and ice of March to the baking sun of early May!

First off was the Half with the 10K starting some 30mins later.

This meant that the first MRC over the line was Jamie Astley in the 10K event finishing in 11th overall and just behind him was Aaron (41.46), Steve was 3rd in 43.11 with Wilf finishing as the 4th MRC in 43.33.

Paul D, lead member of ‘Team Dolman’ finished in 46.21 and Rob Pritchard finishing in 48.40, finishing 3rd in his category (V50M) – well done Rob.

Beckie finished in 49.02 and not only came 4th overall lady, but 1st in her category (V35L).

The remaining members of Team Dolman were next over the line with Nic and Paul T crossing in similar times of 55.22 – although official results seem to indicate daughter beat dad!

Finishing under the hour was Kelly in 58.11 with Rob H and Kathryn finishing in 1.02.40 – considering both are in post injury recovery – it was a good job in getting round.

As for the half marathon runners, I had the pleasure of being the first MRC member to cross the finishing line in 1.47.41 and 4th in category (V50M), while Jake R finished in under 2hrs in 1.58.19 and a new PB – he was massively pleased with the run and grinning from ear to ear.

Amy thought part way round to dive into the roadworks for some reason but popped out and ran round in 2.18.34. Next to finish was Doug who just amazes me with his attitude, who finished in 2.27.17 and 2nd in category (V60M). Jo (just recovering from her illness) and Tracey (I don’t run in the heat) brought the team home in 2.28.16.

It was very tough out there, and even though I took it easier on the 2nd lap, trying to kick on along the Northern Line was hard – the heat was sapping energy and as well we all know there is a slight incline all the way along.

Sinfin: today (13th May) was the 3rd race in the DRS and the 2nd in our own Club Champs. This small popular event had over 450 runners dashing about Elvaston Castle. I’ll post report/results in the next newsletter.


The Hairy Helmet Relay

The club has got six teams in total at this years HH Relay and the teams are:


















Steve R













The event is located at 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 onsite, with entertainment.

And if I read correctly, Paul Dolman and his band (Korma Police) 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 – there’s a kids fun run at 6pm and the relay race starts at 7.15 – but let’s get together earlier to support our teams and enjoy, hopefully, a good summers evening. Oh – it might be worth bringing your 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.


On the run

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…

Nic Dolman

Started running about 12 years ago, after I’d had my children. I’d never been in a running club until I joined MRC in November last year.


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

I had tried running before but only really properly started running in 2012.

That was when I signed myself up for my first 10k and got myself a watch so I could actually keep track of my improvements.

I joined Mickleover Running Club in July 2017, after a long period off any proper running.

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

Running with like-minded people – much prefer this to running alone!

It motivates me to run, makes me run further and keep up even if it’s sometimes a bit faster than my normal pace.

When and who do you run with the club?

I run most Tuesdays, usually in the 6 mile slower pace group.


Tell us your history of running?

I started running after I’d had my children – I wanted to get fitter and back in shape and I love the flexibility of running.

I did my first 10K (Tara Kinder) probably about 10 years ago – I think my time was 1 hour 6 minutes.

Since then I’ve run lots of 10K’s (got a PB in the Derby 10K of 54 minutes, 12 seconds) and a few half marathons.

What has been your best running achievement?

Running my first half marathon in 2010 – and I beat my boss!

Have never let him forget it!

What is your running ambition?

I really want to beat my dad’s park run PB!

My dad’s also a member of the running club (Paul Tomlinson) and his pb is 25:58.

I am currently 9 seconds off this! I have also started thinking recently about trying a marathon – something I’ve always thought was a crazy idea before.

I think you running club members are to blame for this!

Why do you run?

Mainly so that I can eat chocolate and drink wine!!

Also to keep fit – physically and mentally.

I really believe that running is great for the mind.

And I love the feeling you get when you’ve achieved something you didn’t think you could!

Favourite place to run?

I run around Mickleover mostly, I like running down the cycle track towards Etwall.

Also like Elvaston Castle as it’s nice and flat!

Tell us about your worst run?

Great North Run in 2012. It started out great – I high fived Mo Farah at the start, then around mile 8 I hit the wall (for the first time ever) and don’t know how I got through that last 5 miles.

Every time I looked up there was an endless hill in front of me!

Thanks to Paul my husband for forcing me on!

Best running phrase?

“No pain no champagne”…or “can we take a shortcut”…..or “where is the nearest toilet”!

Favourite running photo?

All of the photos of me running are hideous – but this one at the start of the Robin Hood half last year of me and my best running pal Beckie is a favourite!

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

After the Great North Run in 2012 I struggled for a while, never thought I would run a half marathon again and didn’t for a good few years!

When my jeans started to get too tight I thought I’d better get my running shoes back on!

Best route around Mickleover/Derby?

My 5k lunchtime run at work (around the Sinfin Rolls-Royce site) – a few of us run together and it’s much better than sitting working through my lunch break!

Who would be on your wish list to run with?

Hugh Jackman – I would sing Greatest Showman songs all the way around with him!

Worst/Best advice you’ve ever been given?

Best - Run at your own pace.

I can’t think of any bad advice!

What do you think about when you run?

All sorts! It’s often food related or where is the nearest toilet! I also count a lot – don’t know why but it helps me!

Run to time or distance?

Usually distance – I don’t focus on time too much (apart from at race events and park runs!).


What was your favourite race and why?

Derby 10 mile race in November 2017 – it was just one of those days when running feels easy! It was nice and flat and I got a good time.

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

A cup of tea, a banana and Weetabix/porridge. Also make sure I go to the loo (again and again…).

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

The coast of Italy….not in the hot summer heat though.

What’s your one race essential?

Strava – social media for runners!

Would you run a marathon without getting a medal?

Definitely – it’s about the sense of achievement, not the medal!