Tracey Griffiths

Back into the Groove

After a rather ‘wet’ December I am not drinking this month and planning on cutting back on the vino and gin massively this year in an attempt to help me finally hit a sub 2 hr half and run a good strong marathon in the Autumn.

It may only be day 14 😉 but so far so good…my running is going well (getting back into it after a rubbish December) and I feel a tiny bit trimmer.

Going out on the Club runs the last two weeks has been great – some new faces – some old faces – but all with the same aim – to get out, get running, get fitter, run better, smarter, stronger, with new friends and old.

Some people are well into their half marathon and Spring Marathon training programs and the online chatter has been dominated (unsurprisingly) by this.

The information/knowledge sharing has been great and can be applied to any training/running you are doing.

Finally, welcome to any recent new members! We hope that you enjoy the Club, make new friends along the way and that your running goals are achieved with us!

Annual General Meeting

The Clubs (first) AGM will be held on Sunday 21st January at 7pm.

All members are invited, so do come down and maybe have a social drink or two after.

Review of Year (inc survey feedback).
Exec Committee Roles will be elected.

This is expected to take about 30mins after which the Committee will meet and everyone is welcome to stay and socialize!

AGM - 7pm Sunday 21st January
Venue: Honeycomb Pub
The following 'Exec Committee' positions need voting in for the next 12 months.
  • Chair
  • Vice Chair (new role, not on website)
  • Membership Secretary
  • Club Secretary
  • Treasurer

You can either:

Nominate someone (email me at with your nomination and ideally the name of someone who will 'second' the nomination (if not don't worry, we can do that at the meeting).

Put yourself forward but have someone willing to 'nominate' you and then someone to second you (once again the latter can be arranged on the night).

You can view the role profiles on the clubs website Click Here.

As it stands we do have some nominations in albeit the Club Secretary role does not have any nominations as yet.

Sub-Committee Roles
There are also a number of other incredibly important roles / functions that people take on and whilst these are not voted on we do have some vacancies, the role profiles for which are attached to this email.

These roles only meet at a Sub Committee level (ie Club Run Sub Committee; Social Committee which is as and when required when an event needs planning etc).

Social Secretary
Ross, who has done a great job this last year would like to focus on the club run development as such a new Social Secretary is needed! and the – and they are only in the first four months.

Welfare Secretary


The people below have indicated that they are happy to continue to their roles however if you would like to get involved please do let me know as it’s important that everyone has an opportunity to get involved!

Race Co-ordinator

XC Captains
Alan and Vicky


Kit Master
James S

Run Leaders
We have a number of Run Leaders but would love to have more!!

Club Run Co-ordinator

Committee Member

Once again, if you are interested in one of the Sub-Committee Roles please email me: before the 20th January

Club News
Club Survey

Thank you to everyone who took the time to complete the Club Survey - your feedback will help shape the Club.

The Committee will be reviewing all of the feedback and providing further commentary at a future date (post AGM).

Generally you seem to think we’re doing okay so far…which is encouraging especially as it’s our first year!

Q1. Why did you join MRC?
39% - Improve fitness/running ability
32% - To be motivated to go running
13% - So as not to run on my own

Q4. What would you like to see more of at MRC

The majority of you would like to see the sessions above at least once a month.

Q6: What are your running aims this year?

Overall you like the kit…
…and the newsletter

" interesting & informative. Good for event ideas. Like the meet the members section. interesting & informative. Good for event ideas. Like the meet the members section”

…and when asked if you would go on an MRC ‘trip’ to a race weekend (Bournemouth etc) you said YES! Hmmm…2019….? 😊

Alan & Vicki
(XC Capts.)

Race Day Report

There’s Cross country………
……..and there’s cross country!

Yes the 3rd Derby Runner Cross Country Race was held today (14th Jan) at the Populars Farm home to an Equestrian Cross Country Centre which presented a new and very different challenge to that presented to the course at Foremark.

The weather was chilly, but it did not have the wild wind, the snow/ice or even a drop of rain, it was near perfect for XC.

With the late changes in the venue, illness, injury, and marathon training the numbers were a little less than in our previous races.

11 hardy members met up and chatted for a few mins before thinking, ‘oh we need to go and run a race!’ Off we went with a downhill start and straight up again round a field and then the hill, and what a hill – it was tough and this was only the first lap!

The route was following the equestrian XC course, without the fences – or so we thought, and the under foot conditions were heavy.

Areas of puddles, areas of mud and it was cut up a lot in places so consistent running was not easy. Part of the effort was trying to find good under foot conditions.

Once past the 2nd hill (nowhere near as bad as the first) the route settled to allow some good steady running.

Then we had to face a tree trunk – yes one of the fences that is part if the equine course we had to jump over and onto a small water hazard – in and out (it was bliddy cold!) before setting out on lap 2.

We had 5 men turn up, so not quite enough to make up the team, but credit to the other 4 who ran.

First home was Steve R closely followed by Steve C and Ross then Wilf being the fourth home.

I was 5th over the line, but more importantly I didn’t fall (even in the water) or get lost this time – so well done me! As for the Ladies, they maintained their excellent performances from the first 2 races.

First finisher was Emma C pipping Vicky to the line, not soon after were Jacqui and Tracey, thus making up the 4 for the ladies team.

However, they were not finished as Lucy and Elaine were not too far behind, completing a fantastic performance by the Ladies all round.

The course was tough, under foot was not easy, but it was very enjoyable and again the feedback from all who ran was it was good fun.

Cross Country does present a rare occasion where it is a team performance and the feeling of belonging to a club.

Once the final results have confirmed, I’ll post the changes, but hopefully the Ladies will have maintained their position in the overall standings.

Finally, Runner of the Day Award which Vicky and I have the delight in talking about. Even thou I achieved great success (ie: not falling over or getting lost), the real runner and performance of the day goes to Emma Cull. Emma ran well all the way round, taking Vicky over on one of the hills, and maintained the lead over Vicky and thus being the 1st Lady finisher. So massive welldone Emma.

We have one more XC race at Sinai Park, Burton on the 25th Feb – so why not please join us. Men, we need a get a team out, and Ladies to keep up the good work they have started.

Alan and Vicki – Cross Country Captains

Future Races and Events

Brass Monkey 10K

Leicester 5k Winter
Monthly Event

Pavilion 5k
Monthly Event

Leicestershire Half
Stamford Striders 30K

24 & 25/2/18
Carsington Half & 10K

Sherwood Pine 7K
Night Run

4/3/18 East Mids 10K

Hairy Helmet 2018

The club have entered a number of teams as this event sells out fast.

At this stage we are only after people who are interested in running in this event and representing Mickleover Running Club.

Its 5 months away and lot can happen in that time (injuries, holidays to name a couple) so there is no commitment.

Click Here to register an interest in running the Hairy Helmet

Only the run with...

Amy Archard

Please note "on the run with" is attached to the Members newsletter with is emailed out.