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4th January 2017 - It's January - Why not join a running club.
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We're biased of course, but we think Ilkeston Running Club is one of the best around.

But, you may have some concerns about whether joining a running club is right for you.

You're not alone, a lot of people do think this way.

Here, Richard Iliffe, who recently became chairman of Ilkeston Running Club, writes about why he thinks you should join.


Running into new horizons

I am still relatively new to running, having only taken it up in November 2012.

From running a mile a day (sometimes not even that far) in November 2012, to running my first “race” in 2013 (the Derby 10K, with the help of Ilkeston Running Club), I am now running up to marathon distance events, regularly tackling the fells and will soon tackle my first Ultra (a gentle 65km).

Whilst I had the personal motivational reason to take up and enjoy running, joining a running club has helped me massively.

Admittedly, the thought of tagging along with “proper runners” was very daunting,

Would I be fast enough?

Did I have the right clothing or footwear?

Would I need all the hi-tech gadgets?

But, do you know, none of this mattered. I was made to feel at ease on the first night, and everyone ran at my pace.

I very quickly turned into a runner, rather than someone who runs. Although I have lived in Ilkeston all my life, I discovered new paths and trails I never knew existed; again another benefit of running with the club is varying my running.

Previously, I would only stick to the roads but we have a massive amount of paths and trails on our doorstep, so you don’t have to be a lone runner and just pound the streets.

By joining a club, you will have the support and guidance of enthusiastic and experienced runners. You can read as many books as you like, but these benefits should never be underestimated.

For me, the best thing about becoming a club runner is the friendships. The pressures of everyday life are with us all, Running, and being part of a club, is an escape from this. Compared to other sports, running is available to everyone, it is relatively cheap, and, within minutes, you can be out of your front door and running.

I would advocate that everyone should join a club like Ilkeston Running Club. You won’t look back.


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9th December 2016 - Weeks review

Last weeks review

Parkruns, committees, charity cheques and great BDL results!

What a busy week.
Firstly, we had a fantastic Tuesday night training session led by Dave Feely; a Shipley Park head torch run.

Wednesday night was the AGM, always an informative night.

All reports and accounts are shipshape. We appointed the new committee members more about all of them to follow.

We said thanks to outgoing chairman James Turton, and congratulated Richard Iliffe into the role. The two lucky marathon place winners were drawn from 15 eligible members. So it is congratulations to Kevin Johnson and Richard Hobson.

Deb Lee from the Ryan Lee Trust charity came to collect the cheque from the money raised at the Double or Quit Race. A whopping £2448.41. Thanks to everyone who helped organise the race, the marshals and, of course, everyone who took part.

Thursday we had a speedy track session led by Steve Capewell. Top effort everyone.

Saturday saw lots of members taking part in parkruns; Lucy Morris took part in Rosliston parkrun. At Long Easton we had Corrina Loosemore, Natalie Braisby, Richard Hobson, Paula Pigot, Annette Cluley and Sue Bates. Gabby Haverson took part in Kilkenny. Wayne Swiffin was a tail runner at Clumber Park parkrun.

We had a good performance at the North Midlands Cross country race at Shipley Park. In the Ladies team, we had Cathy Ayton, Melissa Denman, Jessica Denman, Natalie Braisby and Rachel Davis. The men's team consisted of Simon Kirk, Simon Davis and Ian Cooper. Also out supporting was Richard Hobson, Tony Donaldson, Dave Millington, Dave Rouse and a big thanks to our chief tent man David Feely and head cheerleader Clara.

On Sunday we had the 3rd BDL XC race at chilly Bakewell Showground. This year, we ran in reverse. The exciting course had its ups and downs, long grass, mud, hay and the famous water crossing which didn't leave its usual aroma this year! We had a 42 runners take part and great results; the men's team came 3rd, ladies 4th and a combined results of 4th.

Well done everyone that took part and thanks Dave Rouse, Paul Ewart, Julian Bloor for their support.

What an amazing week and what fantastic team spirit as always.

24th November 2016 - Weekend Review

Parkruns, the Maravan Relay, Heanor Pudding run and the Clowne 1/2 Marathon...

On Saturday morning we had 8 runners out at 3 Parkruns. Corrina Loosemore ran at Beeston, Colin Foster ran at Rother Valley while John Rice, Ian Cooper, Sonia Hutchby, Joanne Saunders, Annette Cluley & Sue Bates all ran a Long Eaton.
Well done Corrina who finished 1st in category, Ian came 2nd in category & Sonia was 3rd in category!

Also on Saturday we had 4 IRC runners, Paul Whittleton, Cathy Ayton, Simon Kirk & Dave Feely all competing as a relay team in the Maravan 4 birth relay race in Cleethorpes. Each took it in turns to run a total of 7 laps between them to complete the marathon in a great time of 2:53:09 which put them in 1st position in the mixed teams category and 2nd overall.
Very well done guys!!

There were 2 races on Sunday morning, the Pudding run 10K where we fielded 14 runners and the Clowne 1/2 Marathon where we had a team of 6. From the blue skies and sunshine on Saturday the weather took a huge turn for the worse as storm Angus did its very best to disrupt proceedings delivering rain, gales and very cold temperatures. But that didn't seem to deter anyone! There were some great performances despite the conditions!

Brenda Moore, Andrew Bird, Dave Millington, Malc Atherton, Ian Cooper & Andy Murray each braved the conditions to run in the Clowne 1/2 marathon, a tough undulating course at the best of times while Keith Hudson, Sam Bacon, John Queenan, Richard Hobson, Yulia Ravenhill, Rowan Chamberlain, Steve Sharpe, James Turton, Linda Castle, Alicja Langley, Lucy Morris, Carrie Chan, Paul Ewart & Aimee Hobson all ran in the Heanor Pud Run.

Earlier in the week on Wednesday we had a great turn out to the Midweek races in Derby,
14 runners in all competing in the 1 mile & 5K races. Well done to Brendan Moore, Simon Kirk, Richard Hobson, Dave Millington & Rowan Chamberlain each achieving new PB's in the 5k event!

Well done everyone, great running and an amazing team spirit from everyone as always!

17th November 2016 - Weekend Review

Parkruns, the Seagrave Wolds Challenge and the XC BDL

We had 9 runners braving the rain at 5 different Parkruns on Saturday Morning. Well done Paul Whittleton finishing 2nd overall at Woodhouse Moor, Dave Millington & Lucy Morris were running at Markeaton Park while Simon Kirk, Annette Cluley & Sue bates ran at Long Eaton. Well done Simon & Sue both coming 3rd in category with a PB for Simon!
Andy Murray & Richard Hobson ran at Forest Rec with Phil Michou running on his own at Sherwood Pines and finishing 1st in category, well done!
Carrie Chan ran in the Seagrave Wolds Challenge. A 16 mile route of mixed surfaces, taking in the Soar Valley, Mountsorrel and the Swithland Reservoir finishing in position 303 in 3:18:19.
Well done Carrie!

On Sunday we had the 2nd XC race in the BDL at Chaddesden Park where we had another fantastic turnout, 55 runners in all. The Ladies did a great job coming 2nd on the day and remain in 3rd position overall, the men's team came 4th on the day and are 4th overall and combined we currently lie in 3rd! Very well done everyone!

After the race on there were the presentations for last seasons Summer league. The ladies team picked up the trophy for 2nd place, their first ever league trophy for the club. Huge congratulations ladies!! 🏆
There were also some individual trophies...
Colin Ward picked up the trophy for 1st place in the VM40 category & Corrina Loosemore picked up the trophy for 2nd place in the VL40 category excellent work both of you!

Next up on the BDL calendar is the Bakewell meet on the 4th December at 11 am. Looking forward to another big turnout...can we beat 55?

9th November 2016 - Weekend news

Parkruns, 2 10K races, 2 10 milers and the Dovedale Dash!

On Saturday morning we had 7 runners taking part in 5 different Parkruns. Lucy Morris ran at Rosliston, Dave Millington & Richard Hobson ran at Markeaton, Colin Foster ran at Brierley Forest, Andy Murray ran at Forest Rec while Carrie Chan & Annette Cluley ran at Beeston.
Well done everyone.

On Sunday we were represented in several events...

Keith Hudson & Richard Hobson took a trip down to Birmingham to run in the 'Lets move it' 10k in Cannon Hill Park. Both managed to smash their PB's with Keith finishing in 13th position overall in 39:25 & Richard finishing in 34th in 43:01.
Well done both!

Ian Hunter ran in the Leeds Abbey Dash 10k finishing in 395th position in 37:50

Richard Iliffe ran in the Rockingham 10, a 10 mile race around Rockingham Motor Speedway. Richard also managed a PB finishing in 51st position in 1:11:44
Well done Richard!

The Derby 10 mile race was also on Sunday where we had several of runners taking part.
Well done Simon Ward, Neil Cort, Dave Millington, Yulia Ravenhill, Phil Michou, James Close, Rowan Chamberlain, Carrie Chan & Sue Bates.

And finally, the infamous Dovedale Dash returned once again over the weekend, a challenging 4.5 mile XC race. The race begins with a steep downhill sprint down past Thorpe cloud before crossing the icy river Dove, then on to several undulating boggy fields in the Dove & Manifold valleys before a LONG STEEP run back up to the finish!
Well done Cathy Ayton, Melissa Denman, Jonathan Rice, Colin Foster, Annette Cluley, Jean Davies & Sandra Oats for taking on this course!

Well done everyone!

See you all at the BDL on Sunday at Chaddesden Park!

25th October 2016 - Weekend news

Local Parkrun action, an 8m fell race, a 10 miler, the Thoresby 10k and the Derby Midweek Races.

We had 10 runners out covering 6 of the local and nearby Parkruns on Saturday morning...
Lucy Morris ran at Markeaton park, Paul Whittleton, Alan Bower, Annette Cluley, & Sue Bates all went over to Long Eaton.
Laura Hickey ran around Beeston, Michael Andrew was at Rushcliffe with Andy Murray at Forest Rec while Richard Hobson & Colin Foster both ran at Sherwood Pines...
Very well done to Richard who came 1st in category and Paul & Laura both coming 2nd in category!

On Sunday Cathy Ayton ran in the Wirksworth Undulator, an 8.4 mile fell race with 1260ft of ascent and a mix of off-road, trail and lanes. She finished up in 65th position in 1:20:32

Dave Millington ran in the Draycote Water 10 Mile race in Warwickshire while Keith Hudson & Lucy Morris both ran in Thoresby 10, a 10k trail run in the grounds of Thoresby Hall running along old military roads, cleared tracks through ancient woodland and grassed paths around the country estate.
Keith finished in 2nd position overall and was 1st in category in a time of 42:15 with Lucy finishing 135th in 1:09:17.
Well done both!

Earlier in the week...
On Wednesday evening we had October's instalment of the Midweek Races along the Raynesway in Derby. Well done to all that ran (see results in accompanying images) and to Paul, Brendan & Richard each achieving new PB's in the 5k event

Well done everyone!

19th October 2016 - Weekend news

A Parkrun, the North Mids XC League, a 13 mile fell race, the Gruesome Twosome 1/2 Marathon and the Stilton Stumble 10K

It was very quiet on the Parkrun front this Saturday morning with just 4 runners, Liz Bamford, Dave Millington, Michael Andrew & Sue Bates heading to Long Eaton. Well done Liz on setting a new PB and finishing 1st in your category!

The North Mids XC league is now underway, the first race in the series was held on Saturday afternoon at a very sunny Markeaton Park. There were lots of running clubs present with some great runners from all over the North Midlands taking part which made for a tremendous atmosphere. We just managed to get 2 full team's together on the day and everyone ran a great race! Well done Cathy Ayton, Natalie Braisby & Amy Hobson on the women's team David Feely, Dave Millington, Richard Hobson, Andy Murray and Ian Cooper for the Men. Very well done to Cathy coming 3rd in category!
Thanks also to Kevin Roughton & Johnathan Pitts for the on course support! Very much appreciated.

Andrew Bird & Richard Iliffe were also running on Saturday pairing up to run in the Gruesome Twosome. Run in pairs this tough half marathon takes in some of Lincolnshire’s finest scenic countryside on a very undulating & multi-terrain course taking in grassland, quiet tarmac roads, public footpaths, trails and meadows.
They managed to stay together finishing the race in 2:04:00.
Well done both!

On Sunday morning Jessica Denman, Melissa Denman and Phil Michou all ran in the Stilton Stumble, a 10km road race around the Nottinghamshire countryside. Starting and finishing in the village of Cropwell Bishop the course includes the scenic Stilton cheese-making villages of Colston Bassett, and Long Clawson.
Well done Jess for not only setting a new PB but also finishing 2nd in category!

Also on Sunday, with the North Mids XC race still in her legs from the day before...Cathy Ayton ran in the Windgather Fell Race, a 13.5 mile scenic run near Buxton with 2500ft of ascents. Even after stopping to give some much needed help to a badly injured fellow runner she managed to finish 109th overall and 6th in category in a time of 2:38:10.
Well done Cathy!

Great running everyone, apologies if I've missed anyone out!

13th October 2016 - Weekend news

Weekly Parkruns, the Goose Fair Gallop and Two half in Derby city centre and the other in the Derbyshire Dales...

We had 8 runners out at 5 different Parkrun locations on Saturday morning. Andy Murray ran at Colwick, Dave Millington & Lucy Morris both went to Markeaton Park. Sue Bates & Simon Davis ran at Long Eaton, Colin Foster went up to Bolton House while Keith Hudson & Richard Hobson both ran at Poolsbrook.
Well done to Keith and Richard both setting new PB's and coming 1st & 2nd in category and Dave coming 3rd.

The Tissington Trail Half Marathon was back this weekend which is held on both the Saturday and the Sunday. It's a net down hill course along the old train line between Parsley Hay and Ashbourne with some great scenery passing through some beautiful countryside in the Derbyshire Dales. We had runners entered on both days, 10 in all...
Well done to Matthew Nightingale, Natalie Braisby (3rd lady!), Suzanne Ashley, Cathy Ayton (PB!), Dave Millington, Kerry Queenan, Ian Cooper, Rebecca Townsend, Simone Ward & Paula Pigott.

Derby City also hosted a half marathon on Sunday, its 2nd of the year in which we had 3 runners entered. This course started and finished at Derby University and headed through the city centre. A mostly flat course with a 'good' up hill finish!
Well done Steve Chamberlain, Neil Cort, & Ryan Meads..

Also on Sunday, The Goose Fair Gallop was back celebrating its 30th anniversary. The course is a 10k loop with beautiful views; stunning landscape and challenging undulating course. Well done to Darren Hayes for taking on this course coming home in 76th position in 53:14. Great stuff!

Well done everyone!

6th October 2016 - Weekend news

This weekend there were the weekly Parkruns to report on and now that the weather has started to turn a tad chilly it can mean only one thing...XC season is back!

We had 11 runners out at Parkruns on Saturday morning. Laura Hickey ran at Sherwood Pines coming 1st in category, Well done! With Lucy Morris running at Rosliston & Richard Hobson running at Rushcliffe.
Matthew Nightingale, Liz Bamford, Corrina Loosemore, Richard Tillson, Michael Andrew, Annette Cluley, Suzanne Ashley & Sue Bates all ran at Long Eaton. Well done to Liz setting a new PB to come 1st in category & Corrina coming 3rd in category.

Sunday saw the return of the BDL XC League with the first race being held in Shipley Park. A fantastic sunny morning brought out a huge number of IRC runners, 48 in all to really kick the season off. A tremendous effort from everyone saw the men's team finish in 3rd position with the ladies in 4th & the joint team in 3rd. A brilliant result which has set us up nicely going in to the 2nd race at Chaddesden park next month. Great job everyone!
Thanks also to everyone who turned out to support the runners on the course, it's always very much appreciated by everyone and can make all the difference when the legs are starting to tire! And big thanks to Andrew for capturing some great images of the race!
Great team spirit as ALWAYS!!
Well done everyone!

27th September 2016 - Weekend news

Lots of runners out this weekend taking part in several races some local some not so! There were Marathons, half marathons, a 10k and of course the weekly Parkruns!

We had 14 runners up and out early Saturday morning for their weekly fix of Parkrun action...
Lucy Morris ran at Rolliston Parkrun coming 1st in category and setting a new PB...Well done! Richard Hobson went to Forest Rec also coming 1st in category with Mellissa & Jessica Denman both running at Beeston and coming 1st & 2nd in their category!
Paul Whittleton, Michael Early, Jon Rice, Dave Millington, Ed Buda, Alan Bower, Ian Cooper, James Turton, Annette Cluely & Sue Bates all ran at Long Eaton, Well done Paul and Michael both coming 1st in category and setting a new PB's! and Well done to Alan coming 2nd in category!

Sunday saw the return of the very popular Robin Hood Full & Half Marathons where we had lots of representation as you would probably expect, both from runners (19 in all) in both events and supporters too who made their way to the course to give some much needed encouragement! Thanks for your efforts!
A huge well done to Carrie Chan for taking on the full Marathon and to all the half marathoners: David Feely, Andrew Bird, Elizabeth Bamford (PB), Ryan Meads, James Close, Julian Bloor, Darren Hayes (PB), Malcolm Atherton, Tom Bamford, Laura Hickey, Ed Buda, Deborah Woodhouse, Linda Castle, Craig Hardy, Jayne Threlfall, Paula Pigott, Laura Morle & Sue Bates....See the attached a list of all Robin Hood runners with positions and finishing times!!

While the sensible ones amongst us found a nice local race, Dave Millington (me) had been driving all night heading up to the Highlands of Scotland to run in the Loch Ness Marathon. An absolutely fantastic race as it turns out in one of the most beautiful settings you can imagine! A better than expected performance helped me to a finish time of 3:55:01 which was good enough for a PB...just. I can thoroughly recommend this one but please take my advise and make a weekend of it. DO NOT drive up, run the race and drive home all in one go...however most people would already know this was a bad idea!

Keith Hudson was also running on Sunday, taking part in the Global Energy 10k in Sheffield. Another great run from Keith saw him home in 13th position in a great time of 40:13 just a few seconds short of his PB. Great run Keith! Well done!

Well done everyone, see you all next Sunday for the first race in the XC league!

13th September 2016 - Weekend news

We've had another busy weekend with bit of everything thrown in. Parkruns, a 5 miler, a 20 mile fell race, a 40 mile ultra and of course the Great North Run!

A very wet Saturday morning saw only the hardiest of runners braving the conditions at the local parkruns...
Dave Millington was joined by Paul Whittleton, Ian Hunter and Simon Kirk to celebrate his 50th parkrun at Colwick park. Dave & Paul were both 2nd in their category's with Ian coming in 3rd. Well done guys!
Lucy Morris ran at Markeaton, Simon Davis ran at Beeston with David Feely & Sue Bates both running at Long Eaton. Well done to Simon coming 1st in category and to Sue coming 3rd.
Emma Bennett and Jon Rice both took part in the very scenic Nine Edges fell race, completing the 20 mile run side by side finishing in a great time of 4:19:29. Well done to you both!
Ian Cooper was back to his ultra antics running in a 40 mile ultra marathon and smashing his previous PB by an hour and a half, well done Ian super effort!

On Sunday morning Richard Hobson, Dave Litchfield and Lora Morle joined Mo to take on the Great North Run. Well done Richard on another PB!
We also had 4 runners taking part in the Long Eaton 5 mile race. Well done Neil Cort coming 1st in category, Keith Hudson, Phil Michou & Paula Pigot. Great running! Brendon Moore & Cathy Ayton were also running on Sunday in the 4.5 mile BlueBell fell race in Belper. Brendon finished in 11th position in 27:49 with Cathy coming in 21st place (2nd lady) in 31:35. Well done guys!

Great work everyone!

7th September 2016 - Weekend Review

There were plenty of IRC runners out in action again at various Parkruns on Saturday.
Paul Whittleton ran at Cleethorpes Parkrun. A great effort saw him come home in first place while also setting a new sub 18 PB!
Well Done Paul great stuff!
Dave Millington and Andy Murray kept it local running in the Markeaton & Forest Rec Parkruns while Joshua Hazeldine went on tour at Fell Foot Parkrun up in the lakes.
It was a busy one again at the Long Eaton Parkrun with Jon Rice, Alan Bower, Ian Cooper, Ed Buda, Richard Hobson, Annette Cluley, Emma Bennet, Julie Buda & Sue Bates all running.
Well done Alan coming 2nd in category!

The Wilne 10k was back with us on Sunday morning where we had 10 runners taking part. Conditions were perfect which made for some great running on this flat fast course. Well done Keith Hudson, Natalie Braisby, Richard Hobson, Phil Michou & Emma Bennett for smashing your PB's!

Also on Sunday Neil Cort made the long trip down to run in the Chippenham Half Marathon. Another great run saw him come home in 120th position in a time of 1:32:46. Great running Neil well done!
John and Kerry Queenan were also in action on Sunday both running in the John Fraser 10 mile race in Leicestershire. John finished in 106th position in 68:59 with Kerry finishing up in 341st in 81:39. Well done both of you!

Great running everyone keep up the good work!

24th August 2016 - Weekend Review

A bit quieter on races last week, just a few to report on, a 5 miler on road, an undulating 10k, a few parkruns and a 30k trail run.

There were 6 runners out at parkruns this weekend. Phil Michou, Emma Bennett & Sue Bates ran at Long Eaton, Lucy Morris ran at Rushcliffe and Corrina Loosemore & Alan Bower ran at Beeston. Well done Phil for a new PB!

Richard Hobson ran in the Bassingham Bash, a 5 mile road race finishing 64th in 35:42 which was a new PB! Well done Richard great effort!

On Sunday 6 IRC runners ran in the Rugby Rover 30k. A challenging 30km Multi-Terrain Run starting in the Heart of Belper in the Derwent Valley and taking in some breathtaking climbs, stunning views, Ancient Woodlands and challenging descents. Well done Paul Whittleton, Cathy Ayton, Emma Bennett, Ian Cooper, Caz Roach & Yulia Ravenhill. Congratulations to the ladies team who came ran a terrific race and came home in 1st place...Brilliant, well done!

Keith Hudson was also in action on Sunday running in the Mansfield 10k finishing in 30th position in 42:39. Certainly not a flat course this one so that was a great time well done!

Great running team IRC!

This weekend we have our very own Double or Quit race to look forward to at Shipley Park. We have managed to completely sell out the race which is absolutely fantastic!
Thanks to everyone marshalling and helping out with the event...It's going to be a great day!
See you all there!

8th August 2016 - Weekend news

Quite a lot of races last week to report on...I hope I found them all! Several fell races, a couple of 10K's, parkruns, our own handicap run, a few PB's and an Ultra marathon....

Tuesday evening was the clubs monthly Summer Handicap run with 21 runners and an amazing 10 volunteers out to helping the run go smoothly! Well done to first timers James Close and Tom Bamford we hope you enjoyed it! Congratulations to Debbie Woodhouse for being the first back and to Darren Hayes for being first male back.
Very well done to the eight members that got PBs and & a big thank you to all of the volunteers - another great job by all and very much appreciated!
Also on Tuesday 7 IRC runners ran in the Parwich Panoramic Five, a very scenic 5 mile fell race following the skyline around Parwich and Alsop-en-la-dale. Well done Colin, Brendan, Simon Ward, Simon Kirk, Richard Iliffe, Ed Buda & Julie Buda.

On Wednesday Colin Ward & Chris O'Donnel ran in the Cracken edge fell race. A tough 7 miler with 1450ft of ascent. Colin finished 22nd in 50:32 with Chris coming in 136th place in 1:07:57

On Friday evening 4 runners made the trip to the Castle Rock 10k at Nottingham University. Well done Keith Hudson, Natalie Braisby, Richard Hobson & Phil Michou, great running on a tough course! Some great PB's too! Also on Friday Brendan Moore, Simon White, Cathy Ayton & Jessica Denman headed in to the hills to run in the Salt Cellar Fell Race, this was a 7 mile race with 486m of ascent. Starting from Derwent reservoir the route ascends up on to Derwent Edge before descending back down from Salt Cellar Boulder. Well done everyone.

On Saturday Simon white decided the 7 mile fell race the day before was just a mere warm up run. Just a few hours later he was back running again, this time in the Long Tour of Bradwell Ultra Marathon! 34 miles and 6870ft of everything the Peak District has to offer; limestone dry valleys, exposed Kinder Moorland, Hope Valley ridge running, gritstone edges and undulating woodland. He ran a terrific race finishing in 40th position in 8:21:04. Great running Simon!
We had 11 runners at the local parkruns this weekend. David Feely & Lucy Morris ran at markeaton, Andy Murray ran at Forest Rec, Joshua Hazeldine, Corrina Loosemore, David Millington, Ian Cooper, Emma Bennett, Linda Castle, Annette Cluley & Richard Hobson all ran at Long Eaton. Well done to Corrina who finished 1st lady, Joshua 1st in category and Emma also 1st in category with a new PB!

Ian Hunter went international in the Huckleberry 10k in Oregan USA. Despite being on holiday he ran a hard race to finish in 1st place in 41:12 earning another race victory! Brilliant Ian well done!

On Sunday Dave Crilley & Cathy Ayton ran in the Dovedale dipper, a 26 or 15 mile circular run through the Derbyshire Peak District National Park. Dave ran in the 26 mile option finishing in 25th position in a great time of 5:24:00 with Cathy running in the 15 miler coming home in 28th position in 3:45:00
Great running both of you! Also on Sunday Chris O'Donnel was back in the Peak District running in the James Thorn Fell Race, a 5 mile race with 1611ft of ascent.

Well done everyone another busy week of racing!

1st August 2016 - Weekend news

Parkruns, a 10 mile road race, a 10k and a midweek 4 miler in Breaston...and several PB's!

13 runners were out in Parkrun action again this Saturday morning...
Sam Bacon ran at Markeaton Parkrun.
Joshua Hazeldine, Simon Kirk, Natalie Braisby, Richard Hobson, Andrew Hutchinson, Alan Bower, Emma Bennett, Ian Cooper, Tara Oxley, Annette Cluley & Mark Lambert all ran at Long Eaton and Lucy Morris went on Parkrun tour at Fell Foot Parkrun in Newby Bridge.
Well done to Simon Kirk, Natalie & Richard who all ran new PB's, with Natalie also finishing 1st in category!
Also on Saturday, Neil Cort ran the Heckington Show 10 Mile road race finishing in 47th position in a great time of 69:57. Great running Neil well done.

On Sunday we had Paul Whittleton running in the Great Grimsby 10k. A strong run saw him come home in 35th place in 37:34 which was good enough for another PB!
Awesome running Paul well done!

Earlier in the week on Wednesday evening, 12 members of team IRC made it along to Breaston for this years 'The Run', a great little four mile event run mostly on road, with a very handily positioned finish line right outside the Navigation Inn pub...
There were strong runs and great individual performances on the night and a great team spirit at the end as always, great running everyone!

Well done team IRC

28th July 2016 - Weekly review

Race review:
A much quieter week of racing for us last week, a midweek 10k, parkruns, and a brutal 18 mile fell race!

On Thursday evening we had 3 runners in action at the Hardwick Hall 10k. A tough but scenic undulating out and back course with a really good climb and descent! Keith Hudson finished in 21st position in 42:00, Chirs O'Donnell 54th in 47:25 & Natalie Braisby 66th in 48:15
Well done everyone, a tough run for a Thursday evening!

On Saturday 8 IRC runners took part in our local Parkruns. Natalie Braisby, Richard Hobson, Emma Bennett & Lucy Morris ran at Markeaton. A great run by Natalie saw her finish 3rd lady overall & 2nd in category with Emma Bennet also coming home 2nd in category. Corrina Loosemore, Deborah Woodhouse & Annette Cluley ran at Long Eaton. Well done Corrina coming 2nd lady & 1st in category while Ian hunter was back at Forest Rec coming 2nd in category...Great parkrunning everyone!
Also on Saturday Paul Whittleton ran in the Alfreton park 5k race, he ran a great time of 19:31 which was good enough to win the race! Great running Paul well done!

On Sunday Simon White & Cathy Ayton ran in the Holme Moss Fell Race. This is an extremely tough race run over 18 miles taking in parts of the pennine way. With more than 3700ft of elevation, steep climbs and descents this race is extremely challenging!! Simon finished in 41st position in 3:22:42 and Cathy finished in 130th in 4:24:20.
Fantastic running both of you!

19th July 2016 - Weekend news

A much busier week in the race calendar last week which included the Tara Kinder 10k, the famous Crich Monument Race, parkruns, a 10 miler through the Derbyshire countryside, our own summer handicap run and 2 ultra marathons...there'll be some tired legs after all that!

On Tuesday evening we had our latest instalment of the summer handicap along the Nutbrook with another great turnout. 36 runners came along to take on the course!
Welcome to first timers Jo Saunders, Emma Stevenson and Julian Bloom. Congratulations to Jo for being the first back on the night and to Darren Hayes for being first male. Very well done to the 14 runners who managed new PB's, we also had 3 runners with SB's and 1 with an RB, great stuff! Thank you to all of the volunteers - another great job by all and much appreciated by everyone!

Wednesday evening was the return of the Black Rocks fell race, a terrific race with a long hard slog up to Black Rocks from the canal and a fast downhill return over some technical terrain. We had a 9 strong team out on the night. Well done to Cathy Ayton, Richard Iliffe, Jessica Denman, Chris O'Donnell, Brendon Moore, simon white, Simon Kirk, Sonia & Ed Buda. Many thanks also to Mellissa, Duncan & Jonathan Pitts for the support!

The Tara Kinder 10K was held on Friday night, 3 laps around the grounds of Elvaston Castle. Always a warm one which makes for a tough run on a fast course. We had 7 runners out at that one, Simon Ward, John Queenan, Corrina Loosemore,Natalie Braisby, Kerry Queenan, Malcolm Atherton & Rowan Chamberlain. Well done Simon and John who smashed in a new PB's and Corrina who finished 2nd in category!

Saturday was a busy one! In the morning We had 4 runners out at local Parkruns, Corrina Loosemore and Ed Buda ran at Long Eaton, Ian Hunter ran at Forrest Rec coming 1st in category & 2nd overall while Paul Whittleton ran at Beeston also coming 1st in category 3rd overall.
In the afternoon there was the Crich Monument race, a great event with plenty of ups and downs...the run up to the monument is a real grueller and is a good test for anyone! We fielded an impressive team of 15 runners this year...Well done everyone, great effort & well done to Cathy who managed to come 1st in category...Brilliant!
Also on Saturday there were 2 ultra marathons to report on. 2 of our runners, Andrew Bird and Dan Follon took on the 12 Labours of Hercules Ultra Marathon. In this event runners are given 24 hours to complete '12 labours' over a 78 mile course! Wow...
...and 3 runners, Nicole Atkinson, Ian Cooper & Caz Roach took part in the Race to the Stone Ultra Marathon. A 100k run along the oldest footpath in Britain from Oxfordshire to Salisbury Plain finishing at Europe's largest Neolithic stone circle in Avebury! Wow again!

On Sunday, still with the run up to Crich Monument the day before in their legs Richard Iliffe and Cathy Ayton ran in the 'Brooksies Bash', a 10 mile trail race through the South Derbyshire Countryside. They started and fished together crossing the line 40th & 41st respectively in 1:27:04 great effort both of you!

Great running everyone, sorry if I missed was a busy week!

12th July 2016 - Weekend Review

Saturday turned out to be a rather soggy day especially in the morning which saw only the very hardiest of runners making it out to the local parkruns...
Emma Bennett & Ian Cooper ran at Markeaton, Corrina Loosemore ran at long eaton and finished 1st lady! Andy Murray made it out to Forrest Rec while Anika Power was on Parkrun tour in St Anne's.
Well done everyone, great effort to make it out while the weather was that bad!

Saturday was also the day of the annual River Relays in Belper, fortunately the weather had cleared by the time the race started and was able to go ahead, albeit on very soggy ground! We had 7 teams of 4 out at this event, each taking their turn to run a 3 mile leg...some of them twice!
Well done to everyone who ran, especially those running extra legs! And big thanx to Cathy for taking some fantastic photographs!!

Earlier in the week we had the penultimate BDL race at Carsington Water. We had a brilliant turnout of 50 runners taking on this tough 5 mile (ish) undulating course.
Some fantastic performances saw the women finishing 2nd on the night who continue to hold 2nd position overall with just one race to go. The Men's team finished 4th on the night and move in to 5th position overall while the combined team were also 4th on the night and 5th overall...Great running everyone!!

5th July 2016 - Weekend news

After a hectic couple of weeks in the race calendar it seems we were all in need of a rest last week. A couple of races to report on though.

The latest race in the Run Derby Series, the Colin Potter 10K was held on Friday Evening at Darley Park. We had 2 runners taking part. Natalie Braisby finished 144th in 48:10 & Lucy Morris finished 302nd in 57:39
Well done both.

On Saturday morning we had 6 IRC runners venturing out at two of our local parkruns. Corrina Loosemore, Richard Hobson, Emma Bennett, James Turton, and Annette Cluely ran at Long Eaton and Ian Hunter was back in action at Forest Rec.
Congratulations to both Ian and Emma both 1st in Category and to Corrina coming 3rd in category!

No race action on Sunday last week, instead a group of us arranged to get together to recce the course for the Crich Monument race which is held later this month. Everyone is now fully prepared for that last climb!

Earlier in the week on Thursday night, Paul
Whittleton ran another of his off road sessions around Stanley Village. It went down really well (didn't get lost this time) with plenty on offer inc fields, stiles, cow pats, MUD, Piggy backs and finished off in the best way with a cold pint!

Next up is the BDL at Carsington Water on Tuesday Evening, let's hope for another massive turnout...good luck everyone!

29th June 2016 - Weekend Review

On Saturday a team of 6 IRC runners made the long journey up in to the Lake District to take part in the Brutal Daz Holloway Fell race. A 14 or 23 mile run up in the clouds scaling some 2515m of ascent up, down and along the Buttermere horseshoe taking in some of England's finest mountainous terrain. Richard Iliffe, Cathy Ayton, Chris O'Donnell & Jon Rice all ran in the 14 mile event while Simon White and Colin Ward ran in the 23 miler. Fantastic effort by everyone!

7 runners made it out to run at 4 of the local Parkruns on Saturday Morning. Richard Hobson and Lucy Morris ran at Markeaton, Corrina Loosemore and Ed Buda went to Long Eaton, Ian Hunter and Andy Murray opted for Forrest Rec while Tony Donaldson ran at Beeston. Well done Corrina & Ian both coming 1st in category.

We also had 11 IRC runners out in action at the Nomad 50. A team of 6 in the 50 mile relay event Emma Bennet, Nicola Roper, Neil Cort, Simon Davis, Lora Morle & Natalie Braisby and 5 members taking on the 50k solo race. Paul Whittleton, Ben Smyth, Ian Cooper, Caz Roach & Dan Follon
Well done everyone, you all did a fantastic job! In the Solo race Paul Came in 2nd overall and Caz was 2nd Lady!
With the relay team picking up 5th position.

On Sunday Lora Morle was back in action along with Paula Piggott both taking part in the Round Sheffield Run, a tough multi stage run (11 in all) making up a 24k total route through trails and parkland within the city of Shefield. Sounds like a great event!

Great running again everyone

22nd June 2016 - Weekend news

Despite the recent weather the team has been very busy again so there are several races to report on from last week...

First up was the summer handicap on Tuesday night which turned out to be a rather wet and muddy affair...Thank you to everyone who turned out to brave the conditions and a massive thank you to the volunteers who came and helped out.
There were 33 runners in all with 11 PBs, 2 Recent Bests & 1 Season's Best
Well done to Debbie Woodhouse and Phil Michou for being first female and male back on the night.

On Wednesday evening we had 5 runners entered in the Tunnels & Trails 10k. Simon Ward was 5th overall setting a new PB with 39:40, Cathy Ayton was 28th in 45:04, Duncan Clarke was 41st in 47:42, Ed Buda was 57th in 51:14 & Julie Buda was 83rd with a PB time of 61:11. Great running everyone!

Friday saw the return of the annual Hairy Helmet Relays in Darley Park. We managed to put out an impressive 10 teams on the night. Well done to everyone who ran and came out to support! Provisional results can be found here:…/Provisional-Results-201…
Whilst everyone else was at the relays, Neil Cort & Richard Hobson ran in the Notts 10 mile road race. Neil was 99th in 1:08:08 and Richard came 174th 1:18:21.
Well done guys

We had 10 runners out at local parkruns on Saturday morning. Phil Michou, Mark Lambert, Simone Ward, Ian Cooper, Richard Hobson, Lucy Morris, Sam Bacon, Sue Bates & Emma Bennet all ran at Markeaton park while Ian Hunter was all alone at Forest Rec where he managed to come 1st winning the race!
Well done on another Parkrun victory Ian! Well done also to Sue 2nd in category and Simone 3rd.

On Sunday we had 4 IRC runners in the Ripley 10k Joshua Hazeldine was 13th in 40:57, Phil Michou was 34th in 46:24, Chris O'Donnell was 36th in 46:38 & Cathy Ayton was 38th in 46:56

And finally to round things off...
A few of the team got together on Sunday afternoon for the annual social beer run outing. 7 miles of running off road over fields and taking in a few pubs along the way.
Looks like everyone had 'A LOT'....of fun!

Another great week of running by team IRC!