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14th January 2019 - Report 55

This week has been a busy one. So much so that the weekly run report was put back to today (Monday). So cast your mind back to last weekend. Following a Parkrun for many of our runners, (results will be published to the Club Members Facebook page) there was plenty

On Tuesday night, Ian Hunter organised a session with England Athletics coach Chris Hollingsworth. The turnout was fantastic, and everyone had the chance to tailor their session to one of three options that the coach presented. The third session from Chris will be on Valentine’s Day.

On Wednesday, members of club were on hand to support a record number of Ilkeston Joggers.

Thursday night was a track session led my Caroline Lawson. The session was originally published with Ian Hunter taking the session, but Catherine stepped in at the eleventh hour. Proves what a great club we have, helping each other out.

On Friday, it was the conclusion of the Starlight Relays with the third and final race taking part at Calke Park. Results for the event have been published and can be found on the Club members page but in short our teams were well ranked across the three events with some fantastic running in some challenging conditions.

Saturday was the Shipley Country park run takeover. The event was a huge success and a dedicated report of the event will be published shortly.

In the afternoon, there was the Midland Cross Country Wollaton Park. Derbyshire XC County Champs.

Up this week, the club handicap race will take place on Tuesday 15th. On Thursday 17th there will be a Speed/Interval session with Cathy.
And Sunday 20th is the BDL Race which takes place at Bramcote Hills, commencing at 11am. Further details in the week.

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30th December 2018 - Week 53

Weekly Run Report | Issue 53
So, here it is. The last run report of the year. And what a year it as been . We aren't one to look back, so if you want to relive the last 12 months, feel free to check earlier posts and look back on the previous issues of the run report, the parkrun reports, the xtra mile and Sunday Supplements. We as a club have achieved great things collectively and as individuals, and we hope 2019 brings much the same.

On Thursday 27th December, Sam Owen, Ian Hunter and Dougie Spalding took on the Queens Head 5k in Belper. Sam Owen claimed 3rd place and a sub 17 performance - great running. Coach Ian Hunter (19.57) and this weeks cover star Dougie (39.53) also claimed.

On Thursday night, Darren Hayes and Carrie Bagsy Chan led a training session starting at Bramcote Hills. The social run was a steady 5.5 and a bit mile off road trail loop out towards Trowell and back.

Saturday was parkrun for many of our members, and we will report on that in our dedicated report for our members only group.

On Sunday, Rachel Newton organised a Bacon Butty Run. Starting from club, the social run took in the Nutbrook Trail and finished up at the Nutbrook Cafe for the refreshments. Rachel said of the event: "We met at club and ran up to Mapperley past the reservoir then past Derby lodge and down cardiac hill and to the Nutbrook. We met Julian and Rachael and Becs with their dogs when we got there. Coffee, tea and hot choc purchased and the obligatory bacon butty! We then had a steady power walk back."

A date for your diary now. Saturday 12th January 2019. Ilkeston Running Club will be taking over the Shipley Country parkrun event, and we hope you can join us. Our volunteer roster is filling up as we speak, and we hope to provide pacers at the event. As soon as this is confirmed, we will put a post out to encourage as many members of the local running community to come out and support the parkrun event at Shipley Country Park.

So that wraps up 2018. Our next report will be published on 4th January 2019. Until then, have a Happy New Year and we look forward to more of the same for 2019.
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23rd December 2018 - News week 52

Weekly Run Report Issue 52
A quiet week as far as race participation is concerned as the festive season approaches - but what a year we have had as the run report reaches issue 52. Despite the lack of races, plenty for our runners to get their teeth into.

Cathy Ayton and Phil Sale (pictured) took part in the Christmas Cracker on the 16th December. Phil came 2nd and Cathy came 53rd both achieving a PB from last year. Sadly the 8 mile race over the roaches was changed because of ice so it was a 4.5 mile undulating course around Titesworth Reservoir. Great work you two, and a great photo capturing the festive spirit.

Tuesday night was a miserable and wet evening. Only Jo Saunders could bring sunshine to the evening with a Shipley View loop for the hardy runners who turned up. 10 runners got in pairs to run a 1k route, one person in the pair going in the opposite direction to meet in the middle before running back to the start point. Teams controlled the pace and how many times they wished to go round. The rain poured throughout session but it didn’t stop our club runners completing many loops. Thank you Jo for leading.

Keith Hudson ran the Derby midweek races on Wednesday. Covering the 5k distance in 19.06, and finishing 27th out of 83, no signs of the festivities slowing Keith down. Excellent work Mr Treasurer.

Thursday was the festive run organised by Ian Stevenson and Rachel Newton. The night started from the Town Hall where clues were given to reveal the location of the hidden festive jigsaw puzzle pieces which each team had to collect. On the back of each piece was a question which each team had to answer and disclose answers to back at the Warren pub in Ilkeston.

Prizes were awarded for the winners, and following the run, many runners stayed for a festive drink. Huge thanks to Ian and Rachel for putting on such an enjoyable event.

Heading into the weekend, there will be opportunities for club runners to get those last miles in before the Christmas dinner is served. Keep an eye out for the parkrun report over on our club members page.

There will be a condensed version of the run report next week as our next training session isn’t until Thursday.
Until then, we would like to take the opportunity to wish all of our club runners a very Merry Christmas. The New Year can wait just a little longer. Have a great week!

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14th December 2018 - News week 51

Weekly Run Report Issue 51
On Saturday 8th December, Kate Mackenzie claimed a top 3 finish at Wheatley 10 trial. The 10 mile route was completed in 1:22.31, a PB for Kate and a 2nd in category. Well done Kate. She was joined by 3 other club runners on the day. Great effort.

Tis the season to be jolly, or in the case of our club runners, the season to keep on running. Turkey was on the menu for 11 club runners. The Turkey Trot in Kegworth the destination. Completing the Half Marathon distance were Clover Attewell (2:04:08), Tara Brown (2:03:31), Nicola Roper (1:36:22), Laura Hickey (1:54:20), Suzy Ashley (1:58:30), Natalie Braisby (1:40:42) and Matthew Nightingale (2.03.23)

The same day was Telford 10k with Paul Whittleton 35:30 in position 258 and Keith Hudson 39:36 in position 423. Dave Feely (41:13), Joshua Hazledine (38:28) and Michael Earley (35:45) were the 3 other club runners.

Concluding a busy Sunday was Lee Francis who ran 10k over at Bolsover and finished in a time of 47:30 and position 253.

Tuesday night was an off road session led by Clover Attewell and John Hill. The decent turnout on a chilly night allowed for 3 different paced groups with all runners completing the 6 mile route.

Thursday night was track session with Ian Hunter organising the first of three sessions in association with England Athletics. The event was well received by those who attended. The second event will take place in the new year with a link below to the Private Facebook Event: 

As always, our training nights are planned in advance and are available on our website. Please utilise the website as much as you can. You can check the latest club news, claim points, check the latest Championship standings and either browse the club shop for some new running gear.

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7th December 2018 - News week 50

Weekly Run Report Issue 50
Andy Booth claimed a PB at Holme Pierrepont Nottingham last Saturday in the Christmas Marathon. Andy finished in 4:15, 104th overall. Excellent work Andy!

Bakewell was the destination for club runners on Sunday 2nd December as Matlock Athletics hosted the latest BDL race, a challenging 3 lap course. 35 runners from club took part, and support in abundance as the red and white of Ilkeston did each other proud with some excellent performances. The results are on our group page and can also be found on the tracker website.

In short, the weekend results saw the Ladies in 2nd - Men 2nd - Combined 2nd. An overall, the Ladies sit 2nd with the Men 3rd - Combined 2nd.

Tuesday night was the club handicap race around Awsworth and what a night it was. A new mens course record and half of all runners getting PB's. Well done Lucas Manning with a fantastic time of 16:54!!! Incredible achievement!

Well done race winner Rachel Davis, and to Julian Bloor and Ian Stevenson who came 2nd and 3rd respectively and were the winners of a bottle of Prosecco each! Thanks to the volunteers who did a fantastic job and gave Dave Feely, our race director the opportunity to run, much appreciated. All results have been published to our group page.

Thursday evening was club session organised by Catherine Hughes. The popular Postbox Challenge was delivered to a good turnout of our members, including Ian Stevenson who had this to say of the night.

"I love the Postbox challenge. For those who don’t know, each postbox has a unique number to identify it. The aim of the challenge is to plot your own route around as many of the postboxes, marked on a map provided, as you can within an hour. You get points for each postbox correctly identified but lose 5 points per minute over the hour. You can run on your own but it’s much more fun in a team!! And of course, being around Ilkeston, there are hills everywhere, so it’s a great training session too!!"

Some of our runners were taking part in the second race of the Starlight Relays in Allestree Park. A tough course with only a head torch to light the way as teams of 4 covered over 2.5 miles per leg. Results will be available soon and a gallery of images will be made available free of charge to those who ran.

Lee Francis is collating a final club kit order before Christmas. Please note that Christmas delivery is not guaranteed but it will certainly have you wearing club colours going into the new year. Leave Lee a message if you wish to purchase something from the online store. The link to the store is here:

We wrap up by announcing the winner of the Member of the Month Award for November, the winner, John Hill. John has made incredible progress during his relatively short time with the club and went close to winning this in previous months but his Club Handicap and Parkrun PBs in November sealed the deal. Very well done John on this and your subsequent sub 20 minutes 5k and let's have more of the same please!

MotM decision is made by Neil Cort as Championship Manager and the Club Captains Cathy, Laura, Rich B and Ian C and is based on activities done/achieved during the month.

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30th November 2018 - News week 49

Weekly Run Report Issue 49
Our parkrun report will soon be out, and published to our members but we start our weekly report with a shout out to John Hill who smashed is PB with a 20:11 finish at Long Eaton parkrun last weekend. Great stuff John!

The Derby10 took place on Sunday 25th November from Pride Park Stadium. The 10 mile race attracted 1242 runners with 5 from club including Kevin Botto (1:23:13, 419), Dan Follon (1:16:10, PB 236), John Reynolds (1:09.42, PB 115), Laura Hickey (1:23:12 PB 422) and Lee Francis (01:17:47, PB 343). Well done guys! Some great running.

Richard Iliffe was at the Clowne Half Marathon on the same day covering the 13.1 miles in 1:40:38, finishing position 136. Well done Rich!

Kate Mackenzie was back for her second Fartlek session on Tuesday night. Building on her earlier set. The session catered for for all abilities and included a warm up and cool down stretch.

Before training started, the club drew the ballot for this years’ London Marathon club place. The winner was Keith Hudson. Well done Mr Treasurer.

Thursday training was led by Laura Hickey. ‘Back to the hills.’ The route was loops of the cemetery in Ilkeston and covered around 6 miles. Well done to all who attended.

Our December (and January) training sessions have been posted in advance on our website:
So get them in your diary and lets continue to see the numbers grows at club night.

This weekend is BDL XC at Bakewell. Details of the race have been circulated on our members page. So head over to our private group for all the information you need in the lead up to Sunday and let's turn up in good numbers again.

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23rd November 2018 - Week 48

Saturday was also host to the Maravan Relay, a marathon distance which took part in Cleethorpes and had 2 teams from IRC competing. The mixed team was made up of Paul Whittleton, Adelle Whittleton, Cathy Ayton and Simon Kirk. The mixed team finished in 3:05:12 - a 3rd placed finish but 1st in category! The Mens Team was Dave Feely, Keith Hudson, Richard Hobson and Sam Owen. The guys finished in 2:45:20 a Course Record and secured a first place finish! Fantastic running everybody!

Paul Whittleton said of the event:

“Absolutely brilliant day in perfect running conditions with a great bunch of folks followed by a few cheeky afternoon beers, fish and chips and a night on the lash.

Doesn’t get much better. Oh yeah we won both categories too.”

16th November 2018 - Week 47

Weekly Run Report Issue 47
We start with our parkrun roundup. We know that not all members claim for their parkrun as this is done automatically so we have decided to omit the park run round up from the weekly, but continue to publish the link for the weeks’ results. Those results for 16 of our club runners can be viewed here:

All eyes, and some excellent photography was on the Chaddesden XC BDL race on Sunday and IRC were out in force. Well done to all. Ladies 2nd, Men 4th, combined 2nd.
Ilkeston results for event:…
All results for event:
Ilkeston team and members league standings:…
All teams and members league standings:

There are some fantastic photos across social media from the event and special mention must go to Kate Mackenzies’ partner Matt Parker who took some amazing photos, of which can be viewed on out Members page.

Tuesday night training was a Fartlek session led by Kate Mackenzie. This kind of session is done on how you are feeling on the night so many club runners took to the Victoria Park loop and gave it what they could. A well received session and one we look forward to taking again in the future. Kate said of the event:

“The ladies did really well but I noticed a few individuals really pushed themselves out of their comfort zone. Special mention for Gemma, Lisa, Tina, Nicola H and Paula for smashing the hill on multiple loops.”

Emma Bennett took part in the Midweek Races on Wednesday and recorded a 5k time in 24:04, a PB!, finishing in position 80th. Well done Emma.

On Thursday, Clover Attewell and John Hill led a training run through Mapperley and back up the Nutbrook. There were paced groups on the night to cater for our runners. This kind of session really does have mass appeal as we try and encourage as many of our members to session, from the fastest to the second most! There are no slow runners in our ranks!

Our training sessions are posted in advance on our website: so get them in your diary and lets continue to see the club grow.

Committee member Lee Francis will be taking a final order for club kit for any members wishing to take advantage of cheaper purchasing through bulk ordering towards the end of the month. And there have been some new product launches in the run up to Christmas with Red Bobble Hats and Compression Socks branded for our club.

Link to website:

To order, simply drop Lee Francis a private message with product, size, colour (where applicable) and personalisation if required.

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11th November 2018 - News. Week 46

Weekly Run Report Issue 46
We start with our parkrun roundup.
John Hill claimed a top 3 in category at Shipley Country with a 22:15 time and 12th place finish overall. Great stuff John. Kelly Harriman ran in 28.20, and position 70, top 3 in category. Well done Kelly. And Rachel Davis also ran Shipley Country in 35:10, finishing 162 out of 217 runners. Well done Rach.

The full results for all 16 club runners can be viewed here:

Sunday was the Dovedale Dash and there were runners aplenty with IRC presented. Amongst our members was Kyle Jones who covered the 4.75m distance in 47.43, finishing in position 740. Well done Kyle.

Tuesday night was the Club Handicap race which saw 36 runners take to the course, with 14 runners achieving PB's. Well done to Gemma Chapman who won the race and to Lee Francis who was first male back! Thank you to all the volunteers, we couldn't do it without you!

Thursday night was track session led by Ian Hunter. The night was well attended and perfect preparation for the XC this weekend. More on that later.

There was also club representation at the Starlight Relay Series which took place at Markeaton Park. Club Captain Laura assembled 3 teams for the 2 mile leg relays. Results to follow.

Our training sessions are posted in advance on our website: so get them in your diary and lets continue to see the club grow.

Simone Ward claimed Member of the Month for October, which saw Simone organise a band of IRC runners along with hospital cardiac staff and patients to run the Thoresby 10 and raise money for Nottingham Hospitals Charity. Somehow she found enough energy to follow that a week later with a PB at the Worksop Half. Terrific work and effort Simone. The photo attached captured the moment Simone received her award from Neil Cort.

This Sunday will be the 2nd BDL at Chaddesdon Park Derby, starting at 11.05. (There will be a rememberance silence before the race commences). We are hoping for a great turnout for club. Let’s do this!�
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2nd November 2018 - National XC

2 National XC events in 2 weeks for our club. Huge thanks to Ian Hunter for organising teams for both events. Here’s the round up. We start with the British Masters Cross Country Relays at Long Eaton, Derbyshire on Saturday 27th October 2018.

Nicola Roper, Yulia Ravenhill and Corrina Loosemore were representing Ilkeston at a record breaking event in which the women competed over an extended 3km lap of West park in Long Eaton. The conditions were cold, but the course was it's fastest and driest yet.

Nicola Roper recorded a fine first leg in 12:26, finishing 8th and Yulia Ravenhill finished in 13:07 on leg 2.

Unfortunately, the third leg was a DNF but the women’s team should be really proud of some exceptional running. Thanks to Kate Mackenzie also for her support on the day. For us, DNF means DO NOT FEAR, for our runners are made of stern stuff and there will always be the next race!

Yesterday was the English National Cross Country Relay Championships at Berry Hill in Mansfield. 3 teams were assembled for what was expected to be XC but was more of a trail run in dry conditions.
Ladies A Team finished in 54th and the B team finished in 78th out of 139 teams. The men finished 133rd out of 179. Individual split times were:
Ladies A team. Yulia Ravenhill 12.34 - Jo Saunders 12.34 - Jessica Denman 12.28. Ladies B Team Natalie Wilson 13.13 - Catherine Hughes 14.47 - Natalie Braisby 13.18.
Men’s team Richard Iliffe 21.10 - Lee Francis 23.40 - Richard Bower 22.37 - Ian Hunter20.57.

The next event on the horizon is the Midland 7 mile (men) and 5 mile (ladies) Championships held in Bulwell on Saturday 17th November. Ladies start 13.00 Men at 14.00. This is a bit more low key than the proper midlands championships, a nice course to run and a golf club house to get chips! Last year ladies times ranged from 28 to 60 minutes and men from 34 to 1.05. To express your interest, contact Ian Hunter before Wednesday next week.

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2nd November 2018 - Week 45

Weekly Run Report Issue 45
We start with our parkrun roundup. Annette Cluley ran Markeaton parkrun in 31:12. Well done Annette. Lee Francis ran Shipley Country in 24:59. And Cranleigh parkrun may be unfamiliar to some, including James Read, but it didn’t hamper his first place finish at the course near Guilford in a time of 18:35. Also a mention to Kevin Botto who recorded a 23.52 finish at the Lincoln parkrun and first in catergory. Great stuff guys! The full results for all 10 club runners can be viewed here:

Sunday was the Worksop Half Marathon and a good number of club runners took part. Clover Attewell 2:02:33, (1374, PB), Laura Hickey 2:04:29, (1423), Julian Bloor 1.41.33, (PB) John Reynolds 1:33:46, (218 PB), Ian Stevenson 1:56:01 (1083, PB) John Hill 1:44:07 (555, PB) Wayne Swiffin 2.15.14 (1822, PB) Lucy Morris 2:11:00, Rachel Newton 1.57.35 (1149), Richard Bower 1:41:01, (408), Suzy Ashley 02:00:51 (1327), Matthew Nightingale 2:00:50 (1326), Jo Foster 1:57:55 (1158), Richard Iliffe 1:39:01 (365), Simone Ward 1:45:31 and Ian Cooper 1:59:00 all claiming fantastic times! Well done to you all!

Also on Sunday was the Leicestershire 10K with Emma Bennett claiming a 50:10 PB, finishing in position 194. Jo Saunders also claimed a PB at the event with a time of 43:21 finishing in position 65. Well done ladies.
Capping off a busy weekend was Natalie Wilson who finished the Chesterfield Half Marathon in 1:52:40 another PB to report. Well done Natalie.

Rachel Newton and Ian Stevenson led the Tuesday night training session and in the spirit of Halloween, it was a spooky trail run through Shipley Park with fancy dress in abundance and picture cards to find on a dark and spooky 5 mile route. Well done to the prize winners and the great costumes on show. We look forward to the next themed clubnight!

Thursday was just as spooky as head torches lit the way with 3 groups of club runners taking to the Canal. This particular session was well received since it catered for 3 different speeds. The night also welcomed some Ilkeston Joggers who didn’t look out of place at all! Huge thanks for those individuals who lead and tailed across the 3 groups.

Our training sessions are posted in advance on our website:

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27th October 2018 - Week 44

Weekly Run Report Issue 44
A busy week for our runners. 15 club runners embarked on parkrun events last weekend. Wayne Swiffin ran in 59.59, at least according to the timekeeper who unfortunately dropped the stopwatch and so all runners were awarded the default time. Wayne in fact ran in 26.49.
John Hill claiming a time of 21:35, finishing 11th overall and Top 3 in category.
Jo Saunders was ringing the PB bell at Long eaton parkrun with a time of 20.53. Great stuff Jo! And second lady at that!
Lee Francis took to Bestwood Village and highly recommends the course if you like hills! A course to certainly challenge Shipley Country. Well done to everyone.
The full results can be viewed here:

Sunday was Thoresby with a series of events from 5k to 10 Mile. At least 15 club members took on the 10 miles.
Jo Foster was at Thoresby 10 mile with a 1:27:39 finishing in position 95 A PB!
Julian Bloor claimed a PB too with a time of 1.19.35, finishing in position 42.
Ian Stevenson, another PB!, with a time of 1.27.39, finishing in position 96.
Rachel Bradley (1:32:56) 146 and Rebecca Townsend (1:36:26) 183 were also representing club.

Last but by no means least was Simone Ward who finished in 1.22.52, finishing Position: 59, 11th female & 5th in age. Simone organised a team of club runners called Team Cardiac to run in aid of a charity. To explain more Simone said this of the event:

“It was a cracking day and so good for my work colleagues IRC family and ex patients all meeting up at the lovely Thoresby. Lovely venue for a trail run, it was a first trail run for many from club too!
The Cardiac Athletes are a group of cardiac patients, those undergoing heart surgery, angioplasty, heart attacks patients and those having pacemakers or internal defibs fitted and those who had cardiac arrests who survived.

This group is nationwide and meet annually at Thoresby for the race. Friends and family come from miles around to meet and then the athletes take part! Team Cardiac won the 10 mile race team and came 5th and Cardiac athletes came 10th (prizes were only for 1st 5th and 10th) Cardiac athletes came 1st in the 10k. They now have a petition going for Cardiac patients to have their own race like the Paraolympics.”

The charity was Nottingham University hospitals charity which is where Simone works, and locally they did a cake sale to raise money for this and the Acute Cardiac unit specifically (as Simone works there looking after these patients!)

“Was super proud of IRC stepping up to help make the team up, they all absolutely loved it, each one embracing the trail run. Love them all.”

Two of our runners embarked on the Amsterdam Half Marathon, and the PB train continued to roll!
Richard Hobson (1:34:49) finishing position 968 and Keith Hudson (1.28:27, 358/15331)

Bruge was another international destination for club runners Richard Iliffe and Andrew Bird.
Richard and Andrew finished the 26.2 miles together in 3hours 58 minutes. Well done you pair.

Cathy Ayton and Philip Sale were at the Worksworth Undulator, a distance of
8.4 miles. Phil finished in 1:03:57 11th and Cathy 1:23:47 in 110th (13th lady). Awesome stuff guys.

Tuesday night training was led by Emma Bennett. There were more hills in store for club runners who took to Cardiac hill for as many reps as they could muster. The evening was well attended by runners and volunteers. A well received session.

Thursday was a speed session led by Coach Ian Hunter. Another session thoroughly enjoyed by our members, even if it doesn’t feel like it at the time! 🙂

Our training sessions are posted in advance on our website:

Rachel Newton and Ian Stevenson will lead our next session on Tuesday 30th October. It is a Halloween special trail run to Shipley Park with fancy dress optional, head torch essential. More details will follow on the night.

This weekend is the Worksop half Marathon and a good number of club runners are anticipated to take part. We wish you all luck!

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25th October 2018 - Week 43

Weekly Run Report Issue 43
10 club runners embarked on parkrun events last weekend. Amongst those at Shipley Country were Carrie Chan (30:58), Mark Brown (28.11) and Annette Cluley (32:14). At Sherwood Pines, Wayne Swiffin ran in 32.01. Well done everyone. The full results can be viewed here:

Sunday was the first Winter XC of the season with a good turnout of club runners at Shipley Park, despite the heavy and constant rain. Huge applause to those who ran, but also to those who showed support and spectated. Some great photos have been published to our Facebook Members page.

Also on Sunday, Andy Booth claimed a PB at the Leicester Half Marathon with a superb 1:46:10 and finishing position of 452.
Julian Bloor was also competing at Half Marathon distance and finished the Birmingham Half in 1:52:53. Jo Foster a shade ahead in 01:52:52. Sorry Jules. Jo said: “It was the most horrendous race due to the freezing wind and rain and I stopped about 400m from the finish and Ju had to cajole and coax me over the finish line! So how I came in first, I do not know!“
Carrie Chan also completed Leicester half in 2:08:00, finishing 1293 overall. Great stuff guys!

Tuesday night training was led by Richard Bower. Our club captain arranged a 5 mile mixed terrain loop from the Black Horse Pub in Mapperley. There was the option on an extra half mile for those who had the energy. A good night.

We can’t talk about Ilkeston at this time of year without mentioning the fair, which rolled into town on Wednesday. With the rides in full swing, Thursday night training took place from Ilkeston Hospital and was led by Cathy Ayton. Cathy led a group on a tempo run, followed by some hill training. A tough session which was well received (after the event of course!) The session ended with some stretching.

Our training sessions are posted in advance on our website:

Short and sweet report this week folks. Enjoy the weekend and if you visit the fair, take care! (and have some candy floss!) :)

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14th October 2018 - News week 42

Weekly Run Report Issue 42
James Read smashed Long Eaton parkrun in just 18:09, finishing 16 overall and Top 3 in category. Well done James. Annette Cluley conquered the Shipley Country parkrun hills (and pouring rain) with a 31:46 time. Well done Annette. And Julian Bloor claimed a course PB with a time of 23:48. Well done Jules!
A magnificent 7 club runners took to parkrun events last weekend. The full results can be viewed here: Club members don’t just run, they volunteer too and one member of #teamIRC was Lee Francis, who made headlines in the Shipley Country run report with his babysitting duties (and barcode scanning). Read more here:

Club Championship winner Mark Brown was back to what he does best, running the Bournemouth Marathon festival. His weekend started with a 10k time of 43:02, finishing 133th overall, v55 3rd. Not to be beaten, Mark also claimed a first in category (v55) with a 21:06 time over the 5k distance, 35th overall. That was just for starters as on Sunday, Mark completed the 42.2k marathon distance in 03:50:27, finishing 553th overall, 29th in age category. Great stuff Mark.

Sunday was a busy affair for some of our runners. Alison Parsons took to Dawn or Dusk 10k (Canicross) and finished the 10k distance in 45:01. Well done Alison.
Brendan Moore recorded an impressive 42:10 at the Goose Fair Gallop Race. Lee Francis was also amongst the runners at America Farm, on a course previously recced at one of our training nights. Lee recorded a 50:50 time, finishing 67th out of a field of 248. Darren Hayes was close behind with a time of 56:06 over the 10k distance.

Tuesday was the popular Kings and Queens session. Led by club chairman Richard Iliffe and Debbie Woodhouse.
Thursday was track session led by Ian Hunter. Our training sessions are posted in advance on our website:

The first XC event will be held at Shipley Park this Sunday, October 14th. A facebook event is now live for you to RSVP to in a bid to encourage a large turnout of club runners. The race will start at 11.00am.

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6th October 2018 - News Report 41

Weekly Run Report Issue 41
There were 12 club runners at parkrun events last weekend. Claiming a PB were Jo Saunders at Markeaton and Wayne Swiffin at Mansfield. Well done to you both. The full results can be viewed here:…

Sunday was the Robin Hood Half Marathon in Nottingham. Despite the lack of claims, we are pleased to report there were 15 IRC club runners in the field. Jo Foster was amongst #teamIRC and finished in 01:54:33, position: 2150. Jo continues her quest to compete in at least one Half Marathon a month and there is no stopping our Jo at the moment. Only the week before, Jo joined Alison Parsons at the Disneyland Paris Half Marathon! Well done Jo.

Staying with the Robin Hood Half Club Captain Laura Hickey claimed position 3361 with a time of 2:05:57. Top stuff Laura. And Carrie Chan came in at 2:09:55 finishing 3746. Yes Ken! Mariah Tompkins also showed there was no stopping the ladies with a time of 2:06:23. Well done to everyone that took part - and not least the club members who were out on the course cheering on our runners!

Mariah Tompkins also scooped our latest Member of the Month award. Mariah has made terrific progress since she joined the club and this culminated in a PB in the September Summer Handicap and a fantastic debut half-marathon time mentioned above.

Tuesday night was the Winter Handicap and our members smashed it! Congratulations to Clover Attewell who was first runner back and John Hill for 1st male. There were 12 PB’s on the night and plenty of volunteers on hand to help out at the club night. A big thumbs up to everyone involved.

There was a surprise in store for club runners who turned out for Caroline Lawson’s Thursday night session. Without ruining the surprise for next time, there were some, shall we say useful routines between tempo runs within the headtorch lit Shipley Woods. A well run and attended session.

A reminder that the first XC event will be held at Shipley Park on Sunday October 14th. A facebook event will be created soon and timings confirmed so prepare to RSVP to the event and let’s get a large turnout of club runners. There are also some social events being pencilled in before the year is out and details can be found from Rachel Newton’s postings in the Club Members Facebook page so have a look.

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28th September 2018 - Report No.40

Weekly Run Report Issue 40
Our weekly report soon comes around, but it’s not as quick as some of our runners who were out and about at various events this week.
Starting at parkrun, John Hill continued his fine form at Shipley Country with a top 5 finish and a time of 21:33. That’s not all, Jo Saunders smashed a PB and finished first lady on the same course with a time of 22:36 and there were 2 more club runners in the top 20 finishers including Julian Bloor who smashed his PB with a 24:21 finish, a fine week all round. There were 13 club runners in all, and their results can be viewed here:

Also on Saturday was the Midland Counties Road Relays. Ian Hunter organised 3 teams for the event held in Sutton Coldfield. 2 Men’s teams made up of 6 runners in each team were assigned for a 3.5 mile course around Sutton Park. A 4 strong ladies team took on a shortened course. Yulia Ravenhill (18:37), Jessica Denman (18:43), Adelle Whittleton (21:09) and Kate Mackenzie (19:24) made up the ladies team.

Paul Whittleton (21:10), John Reynolds (23.44), Bret Wilks (20:58), Tom Hollins (22:19), Simon Ward (22:26) and Lucas Manning (20:15) made one team. Simon Kirk (25:05), Richard Iliffe (24:07), Sam Owen (21:02), Joshua Hazeldine (22:07), David Feely (24:13) and Lee Francis (27:02) made up the second team.

On Sunday 23rd September, Ian Cooper took on the Lady Bower 50. We know Ian is no stranger to the Ultra and his latest feat was an 11:00 finish. Known to be the friendliest and most beautiful Ultra marathon in the North of England and celebrating it’s 4th year, this ultra has apparently become one of the most talked about ultras of the year. We’ve asked Ian for his thoughts on the race. Watch this space.

Tuesday night’s training was a course recce of the Winter handicap race. 24 club runners attended the night led by Dave Feely. The first Winter handicap race will take place next Tuesday, October 2.

Ian Hunter led a track session on Thursday night. Another good turnout with a good number of club runners attending. Ian recently launched his coaching business and is currently looking to get some more runners on board, especially the training plan area. The plans include, support, pre-hab exercises, some stretches, regular reviews and race day tactics and advice.
This could be great for those of you who want to do well in the Cross Country and for those who are thinking of running a spring marathon. If you are interested please message Ian via e-mail Also give his page a like and share.

Some dates for your diary now, and with the XC fast approaching, the first event will be held at Shipley Park on October 14th. A facebook event will be created soon so RSVP to the event and let’s get a large turnout of club runners. There are also some social events being pencilled in before the year is out and details can be found from Rachel Newton’s postings in the Club Members Facebook page so have a look.

We end this weeks run report with a good luck message to all our club members taking on the Robin Hood Half this weekend. Smash it, teamIRC. We look forward to featuring your results in next week’s run report.

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22nd September 2018 - Week 39

Weekly Run Report Issue 39
Last Friday’s IRC Awards night may have took it’s toll on parkrun participants with 13 club runners taking to events across the East Midlands. The full set of results can be found here: but shout outs go to Rachel Davis who recorded a 34:35 time at Shipley Country and Wayne Swiffin who claimed a course PB at Brierley Forest with a time of 27:59. Well done to you both.

On Sunday, Suzanne Ashley ran the Mansfield 10k and achieved a 53:01 (PB) in position 233. Well done Suzy!
Right behind her was Matthew Nightingale in position 235.

Tuesday night was a Beat the Bus run led by Alan Bower and Richard Iliffe. Starting at Tesco Ilkeston, a group of club runners had to beat Trent Barton Bus No.27 to Kimberley.

Thursday evening was led by Laura Hickey, who devised a bootcamp session with strength and conditioning exercises and short running periods with a number of reps in the pouring rain. Well done to the brave souls who took part.

This weeks run report may have been short and sweet but we anticipate a bumper edition next week with club runners taking part in events across the Country and beyond. Remember to claim points as the new Championship season commences and get a mention in next week’s 40th edition of the Weekly.

Have a great week! 😁

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16th September 2018 - Weekly Report No 38

Weekly Run Report Issue 38
13 might be unlucky for some, but that was the number of IRC park runners out in force last weekend. The full set of results can be found here:… but shoutouts go to Matthew Nightingale who claimed PB with a 19.33 finish at Long Eaton parkrun, finishing 13th overall.

Sarah Taylor ran the Great North Run Half Marathon last Sunday with a time of 01:52 finishing 5359. Alison Parsons completed in 03:11. Alison decided at the last minute to drop back and be with her sister. Alison is doing 15 half marathons this year but her sister is only doing 1, so she took the opportunity to experience it with her and soak up the atmosphere.

Wayne Swiffin was also running. It was Wayne’s first time at GNR and he raised £1,300 for Pancreatic Cancer UK in memory of his mum who died from it seven years ago. Great atmosphere and organisation, but no PB for Wayne, who says he finally managed to finish a race without injury.

Claire Winfield also ran for a worthy cause, the Dogs Trust. Claire completed the course in 02:16. Claire said of the event: “Amazing! This time last year I watched it on TV. I never thought I’d run it... it wasn’t easy. A tough course, but was f*****g amazing. Loved every minute”. 5 stars from Claire there.

Well done everyone!

There were more IRC runners out and about across races all over the Country but of course, we need you to claim those points to get a mention.

Club captain Richard Bower led an out and back session up Heanor Road. The popular club night is a 20 minute assault from the bottom of Heanor Road to as far as you can get, in a controlled pace until 20 minutes are up, turning around and descending back to the start.

Thursday was a return to track for our members. The group was led by Ian Hunter who has recently launched his own Coaching business. In the run up to official launch, Ian has been helping members of the club with all things running. The link to his page can be found here, and we encourage you to hit the thumbs up:

On to Friday and the destination was Ilkeston’s Gladstone Lodge, a private function for our members, their friends and family to celebrate the years’ achievements. Neil Cort and David Feely hosted the event, and there was a guest speaker in Rory Coleman.

Scooping the awards on the night were:
Mark Brown - Men’s Club Championship.
Cathy Ayton - Women’s Club Championship.
John Bush - Men’s BDL Performance Championship
Corrina Loosemore - Women’s BDL Performance Championship
Jo Saunders and Lucas Manning Scooped the award for Most Improved Runner through the Winter handicaps and Clover Attewell and Ian Stevenson won the Summer Handicap prizes.

Dave Feely won the Daz Holloway award. Previous winners of this award are Sandra Oakes, James Turton, Richard Iliffe and most recently Simon Davis in 2016 and 2017

There was also an award for Julian Bloor who claimed the first Simon Davis "Best Supporter" Award as voted for by his peers. Well done to all our winners.

There were some additional presentations on the night, and following the awards, the lights went down and the disco begin.

With Rachel's dancing feet and Cathy's head banging... goodness, would you look at the time. That's all we have time for. See you next week…

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7th November 2017 - New start and finish line for TONIGHT's Winter Handicap

Ilkeston Running Club's second winter handicap race is TONIGHT.
We are trialling a new, quieter and safer Start and Finish Line - on Newton's Lane.
We are, however, using the same two-lap course and route.
Please meet up at Tesco at 7pm as per usual and make your way along the Awsworth bypass and up Newton's Lane. The club flag, a red car and David Feely will be at the new start line (just before the houses).
Please see David to check in.
We will be at the Rutland Cottage after the race from around 9pm for the 9:30pm pub quiz for a well-earned pint or soft drink so come and join us if you can.
While this is an event for IRC members to see how they are improving, if you've been thinking about joining, then it's a good night to attend to see what we are about. You get to run with members, and have a pint afterwards with them too if you have time. Just check in with David when you get there please.
29th September 2017 - A bumper round up

A bumper round up
Here's the latest news from Ilkeston Running Club
The 11.6 mile Three Shires Fell Race took place on September 16, with IRC's very own Cathy Ayton taking part. The following day, the Stanage Struggle saw Catherine Hughes in action.
Gordon Birkin and Diane Sisson took part in IRC’s own Double or Quit event - what a great success the event was and we had some very positive comments (even from those who were “encouraged” to complete the 10-mile route).
Michael Earley, Sam Owen, Nathaniel Manning, Ian Hunter, Bret Wilks and Paul Whittleton made up the IRC Men’s A Team at the Midland Counties Relays. The B Team consisted of Joshua Hazeldine, Richard Hobson, Andrew Bird, Mark Brown, Dave Millington and Richard Iliffe.
At the same event, the Ladies Team consisted of Jessica Denman, Melissa Denman, Cathy Ayton and Laura Hickey.
Always a great local run, the Robin Hood Half Marathon saw a great IRC turnout, with Ian Hunter, Simon Severn, Ryan Meads, Simon Kirk, Joanne Foster, Alicja Langley, Lisa Lee, Jayne Threlfall, Mark Brown (first time over the distance), Paula Pigot, Anika Power, Stephanie Bloor and Julian Bloor all representing IRC.
Ian was the first IRC runner home, coming in in 39th place. Great support at that event too.
Bestwood Village, Shipley Country Park, Long Eaton and Sherwood Pines parkruns all had IRC representation.
It’s not all about running though. As members will know, we recently held our annual awards night. There was some drinking, and there was some eating, some “dancing” and some chatting. There were also awards of course.
In the club championship, third was Liz Bamford, second Laura Hickey and in first place was Cathy Ayton. Cathy ran an incredible 49 races in the season, represented Derbyshire English Counties XC Championships and can be seen cheering on teammates and flying the flag wherever she can.
In the Mens Awards, Dave Millington was third, Richard Hobson second and Ian Cooper first. Ian missed only one Winter/ Summer League race and that was to marshall our own race at the Stute. That makes him the only IRC Man/ Lady to effectively not miss a race.
In the Performance Championship, based on performance in BDL races and top three outright or age group finishes in any other race), for the Ladies Cathy Ayton was third, Jess Denman second and Julia Ravenhill first.
For the men, Paul Whittleton was third, Michael Earley in second and Ian Hunter first.
The Most Improved Runner Awards saw Anika Power and Phil Michou win for the Winter Handicap, and in the Summer Handicap, Jo Saunders and Craig Hardy were trophy winners.
The Daz Holloway Award was a particularly special award, as it this year went to Simon Davis. The award was presented to Sam and Rachel, whose strength in such circumstances is a lesson for us all.
The special guest, Luke Wigman, gave us an insightful talk about his life up to and after being blown up by an IED in Afghanistan. He talked about his journey back to fitness and his love of running, which has seen him complete some amazing feats.
If you wanted to see an example of how some people know that life is often about how you react to adversity, then Luke is someone to talk to.
He is now a respected international competitor, coming runner-up in two of the world's most mentally and physically demanding marathons, and becoming the Volcano Marathon Champion in November 2016.
He also represented his country in the London Invictus Games 2014, winning the 1500m gold medal, and most recently the Orlando Invictus Games 2016, where he retained his 1500m title, as well as bringing home bronze in the 400m.
In January 2017 this year, he successfully completed seven Marathons on seven continents in seven days, known as the World Marathon Challenge.
An inspiration to us all (anyone about to start running up Volcanoes?).
23rd August 2017 - The right ingredients - cakes and running

The Erewash Half Marathon took place on August 19, and Laura Hickey (pictured) smashed it, grabbing for herself a new PB.

Laura’s been working hard recently, so we managed to catch up with her, and asked her a few questions about her running.

Why do you run?
There are a few reasons why I run and the first is to de-stress. Sometimes I can get so wrapped up in problems at work and can be stuck on something for hours, then as soon as I go for a run things just all suddenly click together in my mind. The second reason is that it fits very well with two of my other loves, cooking and baking. I love food and running allows me to enjoy it in a healthy way. Finally, it's a great way to meet new friends. I've met so many lovely people through the running community, both through IRC and things such as parkrun.

What do you get from running?
Energy and runners high. Determination and ambition. General health and well being. The ability to eat lots of cakes!

Why did you join IRC?
I was looking for a club that did track sessions as I was stuck in a bit of a runners rut and I knew it was going to be a good way to get quicker. It could feel intimidating joining a club but from my first session at IRC everyone was so friendly and welcoming. There is such a mix of abilities across the club that nobody could ever feel left out and there's absolutely no judging. Everyone runs for their own reason and I feel the club respects that, offering a mixture of social runs and more structured training.

Any advice for new/parkrun runners who want to step up a bit and get PBs etc?
Speed sessions and hill running have definitely helped me improve. I'm used to running around Beeston which is flat as a pancake so running around Ilkeston has definitely been a challenge with the hills. Track sessions can be tough but I've really noticed improvements to both my 5k times and longer distances from interval training. The good thing about them is you just do as many reps as you can... you can never get left behind at a track! Cross country has been amazing too; it's a completely different type of running but it's so much fun wading through the mud and makes road running seem a breeze in comparison. Personally, running with a group has been my main help though. It helps you get out in the first place, especially when it's cold and dark, and keeps you going when your mind might be telling you to stop. Plus the loud cheers at races from my IRC teammates definitely boost me along!

Some very useful advice there from Laura. If you want to know more about joining IRC, visit


There were some excellent parkrun performances recently too, with Nicola Roper, Joanne Foster, Ian Stevenson, Michael Andrew, Matthew Nightingale and Suzanne Ashley all running at Long Eaton. 

IRC also had a good turnout at Shipley, with John Queenan, Laura Robinson, Richard Hobson, Joanne Saunders, Gordon Birkin, Andy Murray, Emma Stevenson, Diane Sisson and Sue Bates all taking part.

Wayne Swiffin ran at Brierley Forest but DIDN’T TAKE A BARCODE, so did he even run?

On August 13, the Burton 10k took place, with Brendan Moore coming home in 32nd place out of a field of 269 runners.