A Huge Congratulations to all of our award winners!!
A great night again at the Great Northern Pub for our Christmas Party and Awards night.
2019 Awards Winners Club Championship

  • 1. Matt Buller
  • 2. Ross Bennet
  • 3. Wilfried Lefranc

  • 1. Emma Cull
  • 2. Raj Todd
  • 3. Rowan Chamberlain

Most Improved: Nick Connor
Chairs Award: Mark Luckett
Captains Award: Clive Smith
Members Member: Sarah Bartley
Memorable Event/Moment: Jacqui Mann

XC Captain

Cross Country Report Race 3
Mud, mud, glorious mud! That was the theme for the 3rd race in the Derby Runner Cross Country League.

The event took place on Sunday 15th December at Smalley, another first time venue for this season. It was a cold day with a chill to the breeze, but luckily it wasn’t raining. This did not, however, help with the underfoot conditions.

Runners set off in clean kit, but returned with mud from head to toe with legs, shoes and clothes absolutely caked.

This was an undulating course, mainly across fields with a short stretch of track. There were 2 laps involving a deep water “feature” (some face planted in the chilly depths due to the steep sides) and a slippery gate to traverse.

The general feedback was of a challenging course that was a great leveller. Overwhelmingly the comments were about MUD, mud that sucked at feet and pulled at shoes, slippery mud that made you feel like you were not moving forwards, mud that got worse the more you climbed up the hills. Still, everyone seemed to enjoy themselves.

We had a really good MRC turnout again, despite it being the same weekend as our Christmas party. There were 15 men and 5 ladies, with some fantastic performances.

The runner of the day was Hannah J, with an absolutely outstanding run. Despite being unwell she was not just the first MRC runner to finish, but was the first lady overall finishing an incredible 3 minutes and 8 seconds ahead of the second placed lady!

Emma was second lady for Mickleover, with Rowan 3rd. Matt B was first male back, with Wilf second and Ross and Callum W hot on his heels.

A special mention too for Alan who stepped in to time keep at the last minute, an essential role for the race.

Let’s hope that everyone manages to get their running kit clean ready for the next race on January 19th at Allestree Park!

XC Captain

Cross Country League Provisional Results
Just a quick update on the cross country league, provisional results for race 3 are out and Mickleover are doing really well.

For race 3 MRC placed:

  • Men 4th
  • Ladies 3rd
  • Team 4th

So, after 3 events the current placings for MRC are:
  • Men 5th
  • Ladies 3rd
  • Team 5th

We have moved up the tables for both the men and team results. Fantastic work! The next race is on 19th January at Allestree Park


Derby Run Series
Club Position
2019 4th (12730 points)
2018 5th (12217 points)
2017 15th (5814 points)*

*our first full year having formed in September 2016

Club Coach

2019 Club Championship Review
So, 2019 is drawing to a close and with it we know who our Club Champions are. For the Ladies it was Emma who topped the listings for the second year running, clearly showing the progress she has made again in 2019 from last year.

In 2nd place was Raj, who had a great first part of the year. Rowan grabbed hold of 3rd place with her performances over the second part of the year – closely pushing Raj.

Below these 3 ladies were Lucy in 4th and Tina in 5th – all of these running the minimum of 5 races. On four races was Hannah and Nic, followed by Vicky and Becky. If marathons and injury had not got in the way, the top of the table fight would be much closer I feel.

As for the Men, well a new name was top with Matt B running exceedingly well over the whole year (he also manage to fit in a 3.08 at Manchester), who was ahead of Ross (2nd) and Wilf (3rd) – both again having outstanding years. Lee, new to the club this year, was 4th and only lost by 1point to Wilf, with Nick, Richard and Clive also making up the required 5 runs.

James S, Jamie, Paul D, Tom and Paul T all ran 4 races with both the Andys (S & F) running in 3. If they had ran in 5 races I am sure things would have looked very different, but injuries do get in the way and one has to be in it to win it!

The Club Championships, yes they are there to award our fast runners, but it is also a way to promote a little bit of internal friendly club rivalry, with the close competition between Raj/Rowan and Wilf/Lee. I won’t mention any names, but I did get asked a few times by more than 1 person questions like, ‘Ok, if I score x points and t’other scores y – how does this effect the table?,’ or ‘Are you sure person A can’t catch me?’ I just think its great to have that light banter and chat about it all.

I also went ahead with a new category of Most Improved Member and it was based on how a member performed this year across the Club Champ Events compared to last year. This was all new, and the person who improved the most at a race basically scored the most points. What was good about this was that it highlighted the year that Nick Connor has had – with him topping the charts as the most improved. Ross was 2nd and Wilf 3rd, just a head of Emma, Clive, Raj & Richard. So, many congrats to Nick on that.

A few changes for 2020…

As for 2020 – as much I would to like include an extra race – oh, let’s say…..the London Marathon, there will be some changes which have been discussed. Swapping an event or two about and an extra rule (or two…..).


Dates for the Diary

Sunday 19th January
XC Race 4 (Allestree Park)

Sunday 2nd February
XC Race 5 (Conkers)

Sunday 8th March
XC Race 6 (Venue tbc)

Sunday 29th March
Derby 10K

Sunday 10th May
Sinfin 10K

Sunday 7th June
Derby Half Marathon

Sunday 4th July
Ashbourne Half Marathon

Wednesday xx August

Sunday 6th September
Stephen Price Memorial 10K

Sunday xx October
Shelton 10K

Sunday xx November
Derby 10mile


Derby Runner discount
Don’t forget… benefit of being in a running club is that the wonderful local shop Derby Runner gives you a discount!

Just tell them you’re with Mickleover Running Club (most running shops offer club discount).

Club Coach

Looking back…
It has been a fantastic year and the above is only is snap shot of some of the performances over the year.

To add to this we have, and in no order:

  • Mark running 3 marathons and getting faster, sub 2.53 now!
  • Kellie, John, Vicky, James U, Al W, Marion – all joining the Ultra Club
  • Hannah -2nd in the DRS, well – our ladies in general un the DRS – 5 in the top 15 says it all.
  • Clive taking part in an event almost every weekend for his 50th
  • Ian P running the Thunder Run and getting his mojo back
  • Nic, Amy & Beckie running VLM – especially seeing Nics face as she won the ballot
  • Ali G, Matt, Dougal, Amanda, Marc, Tom, Callum W, Dan F, Paul D, Ewan, Ross, Vicky, Lucinda, Rowan, Tracey, Jo, James K, Clive, John, Sarah, Ken, Mark, Zoe – oh and myself all running a marathon this year – many first timers too!. If I have forgotten someone, please accept my apologies!
  • Kathryn running 100 park runs
  • The team/club feel at HH and TR
  • ...and Amy getting married...and Rob and Kathryns wedding too!!

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Lord and Lady Swigalot's Christmas Pub Run
Thursday Lord & Lady Swigalot's Christmas Pub Run saw 54 runners take to the pubs and streets of Mickleover.

Mr Run November, Richard Hick raised a fantastic £233.91 for Scope and The Brain Tumour Charity on the night taking the total for the year to an incredible £4499.60!.

Here are some photos kindly provided by Michael Richards.

The Robin
The Mason
Great Northern
The Nags Head
The Vine


Membership Stats for 2019

Members on 01/01/2019 117
Members who did not renew in April 25
New members in 2019 35
Total members at end 2019 127
EA affiliated members at end 2019 103
March saw the biggest influx of new members 8


Charity of the Year 2020
James, as winner of the VLM Club Ballot has chosen Cancer Research for the Clubs 2020 charity of the year.

We will a couple of fund raising events next year to support this wonderful charity, but you can donate today using the link below.



new parkrun
A new parkrun is being organised in Lichfield.

More info. to follow as the test run took place yesterday and should be up and running in January.

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Our newly crowned "Members Member" Sarah loving life at a wet Whitby parkrun.

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


Don’t forget
Next club run is Thursday 2nd January at 7pm from the RBL

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Me and Emma have been busy compiling a list of all Mickleover Runner Club runners who have podiumed at events over the years including age categories.

If you have been top 3 in a race/event while being a member of MRC including age categories please let me ( or em ( know ASAP.

MRC hall of fame


newsletter 2020
Next Newsletter 12th Jan. 2020, have a great Christmas Team and a happy New Year.

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christmas day parkrun
A number of MRC Runners are heading to parkrun on Christmas day.

The Alvaston team are pleased to be hosting an extra parkrun on Christmas day, starting at 09:00. Use the link below for more info. including parking.

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