The year has flown by and it was time to take the annual trip over to the Roaches near Leek, for the Christmas Cracker race. The weather this year seemed to be milder compared to last year’s snow and ice spectacular. Although shortly after arriving we were given the news that for the second year running the race had to be run around Tittesworth Reservoir due to icy conditions on top. However this did not dampen or chill our enthusiasm as we headed out onto the undulating track. The race is famed for its fancy dress and this year did not disappoint with some great team costumes covering everything from the Three Wise Ladies, numerous elves and Santa’s, but I think the 15 Mexican’s were highlight of the day especially as they all waited and finished together to a large round of applause. It’s a deceiving route with very few flat sections, some steep stepped sections and many uphill winding climbs that caught many a runner out. Our happy group stayed well bunched for the first third, chatting away as we went although Jenny and Nathan had started to pull away. It was great to cross back over the reservoir to a Mexican wave, from the high spirited poncho wearing Mexican group! Then soon we were into the final section winding up and down through the woods passing a few on our way, until we were on the path heading to the finish. The final race order was Nathan Fagan (44) and Jenny Laing (45) both with a time of 0:37:03, Ade Middleton (64) came in next 0:40:15, closely followed by Katie Dennis (70) 0:40:47 and Rom Chambard (71) 0:40:48. Then in came the heavy weights pushing each other for a final dash to the line with Kev Clarke nipping in (73) 0:41:08, Paul Hudson (74) 0:41:09 and Gary Price (75) also in a time of 0:41:09. Emma Sharp finished like a trooper in (175) 0:52:20. Maybe next year we will make it over the Roaches and Kev can co-ordinate a team fancy dress theme to compete with the other clubs, we will wait and see!
Present: Andy Hawtin, Becky Moult, Andy Orme, and Adrian Middleton
Applogies: Nikki Reeves
Minutes of previous Meeting: Approved
Run in the Forest 2019:
10 online entries so far through Run Britain
Volunteers are 40 so far
FunRun job profile has been created by Ade and a request for an organiser will be posted on Facebook
Ideas: Andy H – men shirt/tie/jacket, women
Settled on idea – smart / black tie
Photo slideshow – Ian and Chris
Photographer – Ian Archer
Compare: Andy – chairman
Ade – to supply standard times slides results, Andy/Ade to present
Raffle – Becky to do, Andy to get prizes
Engraving – Roger
Trophy collection in for December
Most improved male/female – committee to decide by mid December
15 races agreed on
Ongoing proposals/improvements have been discussed within the committee and with club web designer. Phased roll out has started and will continue until complete.
Alternate supplier for all kit except vests. These can be purchased on line and means the club does not have to hold stock. All agreed on the idea, brochure to be circulated so guidelines on standard kit can be drawn up.
Ade to contact Malcolm to find out how to book the Town Hall.
Discussion on club/age records, all agreed that pre 2013 records can be submitted as long as the current criteria and met.
1, You must be running for South Derbyshire in the race
2, The results list must be accompanied with the submission
3, For age records you must be within the age category on the day of the race
The regular club committee meeting will be held this Wednesday 21st November, starting at 8:30pm in the Sir Nigel Gresley. If anyone has any new ideas, suggestions, concerns or questions to raise then here is your chance to raise them. Questions will be discussed at the beginning of the meeting to allow time for the agenda topics to follow on. This is a regular monthly meeting that is open for any member to attend if they wish.
If you haven’t yet set your account up…
Go to https://app.myrunningclub.net/account/register
Enter the basic info requested including the club code: 5b573abe
You’ll then receive a weekly email with upcoming training, ParkRun results links, recent races and upcoming races as well as the members who are doing them!
If you have a smart phone then after this download the app under the same name and take advantage of additional features like recording race results and pbs.
The app is not essential but setting up the initial web login means I can send out club info directly to you as a member, so makes club admin much more efficient.
It’s a really warm welcome to Nigel Spencer-Maggs who has recently joined the Club and also a welcome return to Gareth Watkins, both have joined as competing members. Tom Bradley has rejoined the club as second claim to partake in the cross country season. We sincerely hope you all enjoy your time with the Club!
Saturday 12th January.
Please arrive after 7pm but before 7.30 as the presentations will begin at 7.30pm prompt. “Tickets” are £14 per person, a heavily club subsidised rate! Partners are welcome to come along to. There are no physical tickets but please inform a commitee member that you wish to go. Your name(s) will be put onto the list going. You can pay by bacs into the normal club account (prefered) or cash if you have not got internet banking. We need to give the venue numbers the week before so don’t leave it too late to let us know
It’s a really warm welcome to Sam and Andrew Allsop, who have recently joined the Club as competing members. We can also welcome Paul Sneath as a non-competing member. We sincerely hope you all enjoy your time with the Club!
The first XC race of the season is this Sunday 21st October held at Anslow. These are closed club races for UKA competitive members and are part of the Staffs/Derby League. There is information on the Facebook page, if any new members are interested in taking part then please contact a member of the committee or speak to one of the run leaders. Bring on the mud!!
The dark nights are upon us which brings additional dangers for evening running. There are a few things that can be done to help reduce risks:
1, Wear a reflective vest – these are very cheap and can be purchased from sports shops or off the net for a few pounds. Be aware that wearing a bright coloured top does not mean that motorists will see you, its reflective tops that can be seen.
2, Body vests – these are becoming more popular as they have a light on the front and back so you can be seen in either direction.
3, Head torches – give visibility not only for you to see the way ahead clearly but also allow you to be seen.
4, Stay on the pavement
5, Stand back at junctions, do not stand in the road, this allows run leaders to ensure it is safe to cross and motorists can see around the corner if making a turn.
Stay safe and happy running!
The regular club committee meeting will be held this Wednesday 10th October, starting at 8:30pm in the Sir Nigel Gresley. If anyone has any new ideas, suggestions, concerns or questions to raise then here is your chance to raise them. Questions will be discussed at the beginning of the meeting to allow time for the agenda topics to follow on. This is a regular monthly meeting that is open for any member to attend if they wish.