Robert Humber
Club Chair
Hello, I’m Rob and Chair of Mickleover Running Club. I was elected in February following the awful running year of 2020 that we would all rather forget. I’m a hugely passionate person and find huge amounts of joy supporting and motivating others to run.

I started running in 2014 when I decided I wanted to run the Prague marathon, my first race was the Derby 10k and I remember being so nervous at the start line. Fast forward 7 years and 3 marathons later and I couldn’t imagine running not being part of my life, I love everything from Marathons to Park Runs and Junior park runs with my little boy.

I joined Mickleover Running Club in June 2017, it’s a great club that I’m hugely proud to be a part of. We have a great kit, motivating run leaders, runners of all abilities, support at every local event and mostly importantly lifelong friends found through running.

Hannah Jones
Secretary
As the secretary, I support the chair in the smooth running of Mickleover Running Club. I am responsible for the administration and organisation of the minutes for the regular meetings we have.

Having been brought up in Wales, I have been spoilt with beautiful countryside to explore over the years. I have been a keen runner since primary school, competing in XC races from a young age.

I joined Mickleover in September 2018 when I moved from North Wales and my love for running has grown ever stronger. From my first night at the club, I felt incredibly welcomed. Our team ethos is apparent everyday we run together and feel proud to be a member of the club.

So whether you’re a first timer and want to give it a go, or you’ve been running for years, I know that you will be made to feel welcomed just as I was 😃

Phil Scope
Club Captain
I have been with Mickleover Running Club since before EA affiliation and was the 1st Run Leader for club.

I have run over 40 marathons / ultra marathons and love to help people understand endurance running and correct intensity training (trying to slow people down mainly on most training runs and then watch their race times improve as a result).

As the newly appointed club captain in February 2021 a key role will be to encourage people to get along to training sessions / get booked onto races as everything resumes.

I am pretty confident that as restrictions lift I will be able to claim credit for some of the busiest training sessions and locally attended races by the club on record. I am an open book / my door is always open.

Ask me for help / advice if you need any, anytime. I’ll try not to waffle and bore you but I’ll likely fail on both.

Jog on. Happy running.

James Stevens
Kit
As the Mickleover Running Club Kit Boy, it’s my responsibility to talk Lucy into parting with funds to ensure we are and remain the smartest running club out there on and off the track!

I’ve been luckily enough to have been involved with the club from its very humble beginnings (four of us at the Masons on a Tuesday evening!) and also fortunately won the very first Mickleover Running Club London ballot place!

I’ve been running for about 15 years now and I had run a few races before joining Mickleover Running Club but being part of a club definitely makes events a lot pleasurable before during and after the run!

If you’re looking for an inclusive friendly local running club them Mickleover Running Club is for you.

Lucy Astley
Treasurer
As the treasurer, I have day-to-day responsibility for keeping track of the club's cash and bank accounts and sharing information with the committee so we can decide as a group how funds will be raised and spent.

I grew up in the sport loving country of Australia but I didn't start running as my main form of exercise until my mid 30's, in fact the cross country at school meant it was a bad day (maybe something to do with the Australian heat!).

As an adult I have always been active - from the 90's step class craze to body pump to netball but after my 2nd daughter was born it seemed so easy to just run! Much cheaper and quicker than joining a gym. So I am now a runner!

I run because I really do love it! The off road, cross country runs are now my favourite. I love being out in the fresh air and that sense of achievement when you've run that extra mile. It also means you get to eat more food - which is another one of my favourite things about running.

So now, 6 years after becoming a runner, I am stronger and faster than I've ever been especially after joining Mickleover Running Club. Such a friendly and encouraging group of people who welcome everyone. If you are just starting out or are a seasoned professional - we have some great running routes, we share running tips and generally have an enjoyable evening of running.

Paul Dolman
Membership Secretary
Hello! I joined Mickleover Running Club in March 2018 having been repeatedly assured by Mrs Dolman (also a member) that I would love it.

Although I had already decided that 2018 was going to be the year that I got back to fitness and ran a few 10k races, as a very infrequent runner for the past five or six years I wasn’t sure a running club was right for me.

I was nervous about how high the standard would be and how I would be able to make the club runs work at my pace – just like many others who are considering joining a running club I guess.

Well… I needn’t have worried! The club runs are structured so that no-one gets left behind, and you will struggle to find a friendlier, more sociable bunch of folks anywhere.

Dai Cox
Club Welfare Officer
I’m the male Welfare Officer for the club and a Run Leader. I joined Mickleover Running Club in April 2017 and I have really noticed an improvement in my speed and endurance since.

Over the years I have run many 10ks and half marathons. I was fortunate to run the London Marathon in 2015. I really enjoyed the long training runs around Radbourne... it is amazing that we have such beautiful countryside from our doorstep in Mickleover. I run regularly with the club on a Tuesday and (when I can) on a Thursday - I also try to get out most weekends for an early morning long run. I have found that, since joining the club, I have really been motivated to run, it is great to hear people’s stories and tips and most of all their successes whether it be completing races, making a PB and just general achievements on speed or distance.

As one of the Welfare Officers, I am always available to be contacted whether it is to report something concerning you with the club or for someone to talk to about anything if needs be. I hope you enjoy your running with the club!

Sarah Bartley
Club Run Coordinator
As run coordinator my role is to plan the run leader rosta and then ensure there are enough run leaders for each route on the nights the club is running.

Without the fantastic run leaders there wouldn't be a run , so I really appreciate the effort everyone of them puts in.

I joined Mickleover RC in May 2018 and from the first run with them I felt incredibly welcomed and knew joining was a good decision.

Each and everyone there is friendly and motivating plus there's always plenty of free running advice, tips and a great social element too.

Kel Ross & Beckie Yates
XC Country Captain(s)
Kel Ross
I started running when I moved to Derby in 2015. I really wanted to join a club for safety in the dark winter months, but I was very nervous I wouldn’t be able to keep up. The club was so welcoming I needn’t have worried.

I was inspired by the other members to try a 10k race which I enjoyed. I’ve since tried ½ marathons and completed a few ultras now too. I’ve developed a love for off road running and make the most of the peak district trails when I can.

Beckie yates
My childhood Sunday’s were spent travelling to races to cheer on my mum who had a love of running and was really quite speedy, often finishing races in the top 3 female category. As a youngster I used to take part in a lot of the fun runs at these races.

I was quite a good runner during my time at secondary school, qualifying to represent the East Midlands at X country for a few consecutive years. My greatest achievement was winning the 1500 metres at the city sports. I gave running up during my rebellious years, something I still regret.

After having my children I found a passion for running again, although not as fast as I was I my youth, I love nothing more than putting on my trainers and getting lost in a run.

Joining MRC has been amazing, I love being part of this club the members are all fantastic, supportive and so welcoming.

I can’t wait to be running and getting muddy at X-Country with everyone again soon.

Nic Dolman
Events and Fundraising Coordinator
Nic Dolman
I began running around 15 years ago after after the birth of our youngest daughter.

Since joining MRC 4 years ago, my relationship with running has changed from casual, fair weather running to running being a big positive, part of my life.

The club is so sociable, friendly and easygoing, and my running performance has improved hugely.

As a member I have achieved goals I never thought possible or me - including running the London Marathon in 2019. I was lucky to win the club ballot place and am so grateful for that opportunity - it was a highlight of my life!