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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.

19th August 2017 - Running commentary

Newark Half Marathon

There has once again been some great running from Team IRC, so if you're heading out to parkrun this morning, here's some inspiration.

The 15-mile Dovedale Dipper event took place on August 6, with Cathy Ayton and Carrie Chan representing IRC. Great effort from both, with Cathy finishing as third lady.

Brendan Moore took part in the Eccles Pike Fell Race on August 9, clocking in in 16th place. On the same date, Dave Millington took part in the Piggs Trophy 10k.

The Trail Des Hauts Forts (Morzine) took place on August 12, with Natalie Braisby taking part alongside more than 400 runners. This event involved more than 6,610ft of climbing - that’s some effort.

Also on the 12th, David Vincent took on the Half Tour of Bradwell Fell Race, a 16-mile run. 

The Newark Half Marathon saw a great IRC turnout (see the picture with this post). Runners included Michael Earley, Paul Whittleton, Sam Owen, Andrew Bird, Richard Hobson, Jessica Denman, John Reynolds, Craig Hardy, Dave Millington, Liz Bamford, Richard Bower, Tom Bamford, Laura Hickey, Carrie Chan and Jo Saunders. 

Michael was the first of the IRC team home, in 12th place, closely followed by Paul in 14th. Paul was 3rd place V40. Jessica snagged a PB, and Craig smashed his PB by more than 19 minutes.

The weekend saw IRC runners out at parkrun events at Shipley, Markeaton and Long Eaton.

That's it for now - have a great weekend.

1st August 2017 - Results, 17th - 23rd July

Parkrun - 22nd July 2017


Bamford Fell Race
19th July, 197 Runners

19th Brendan Moore 34:37

Hercules Challenge - Ultra
22nd July - 78 Miles

Ian Cooper 41 Miles
Richard Bower
Dawn Bower
Andrew Bird 36 Miles
Darren Hayes
Liz Bamford 36 Miles
Richard Iliffe 32 Miles
Dave Feely 36 Miles

Holme Moss Fell Race
22nd July, 141 Runners

110th Cathy Ayton 4:32:19

24th July 2017 - Results - 10th - 16th July

Parkrun 15th July


Black Rocks Fell Race

12th July - 205 Runners


14th Brendan Moore 42:12

18th Dan Sleath 42:31

157th Hayley Moore 57:29


Sunrise 5k Derby

14th July


Darren Hayes 24:53


Tara Kinder Memorial 10k

14th July - 478 Runners


3rd Michael Earley 34:55

4th Paul Whittleton 35:07 1st V40

227th Jo Saunders 52:54

384th Steph Bloor 1:03:54


Snowden Mountain Race - 9.7miles

15th July - 566 Runners


370th Cathy Ayton 1:52:37


Brooksie's Bash - 10 Miles

16th July - 233 Runners


34th John Reynolds 1:19:59

48th Richard Iliffe 1:26:10

49th Liz Bamford 1:26:22

57th Yulia Ravenhill 1:28:14 3rd F40

77th Simone Ward 1:31:25

87th Laura Hickey 1:34:20

138th Rebecca Townsend 1:41:49

139th Rachael Bradley 1:41:56

145th Julian Bloor 1:42:22

179th Peter Holden 1:49:27


16th July 2017 - Results - Week Ending 9th July


Parkrun - 8th July


Parwich Hill Race - 3 miles


4th July, 55 Runners


Brendan Moore





Holme Pierrepoint Grand Prix Race 3 - 5k, Victoria Embankment

4th July, 481 Runners


Michael Earley




Paul Whittleton


3rd V40


Sam Owen





Richard Hobson




Aimee Hobson





Holme Pierrepoint Grand Prix Race 4 - 5 miles, Colwick

6th July, 409 Runners


Michael Earley




Paul Whittleton


1st V40


Ian Hunter



2nd V40


Sam Owen





James Read




Richard Hobson




Laura Hickey




James Turton




Aimee Hobson





Bramcote Bandana Run - 5k


7th July, 69 Runners


Natalie Braisby


1st Lady


Tara Oxley



2nd Lady



Bramcote Bandana Run - 10k


7th July, 82 Runners


John Reynolds




Laura Hickey




Jake Barnes




Alison Parsons





Newark Notfast 10k


9th July, 248 Runners


Brendan Moore





Chatsworth 10k


9th July, 970 Runners


Kyle Jones







5th July 2017 - Results - week ending 2nd July 2017

Parkrun - 1st July


Holme Pierrpoint Grand Prix Race 1 - 4 Miles, Rushcliffe Park

27th June 2017, 431 Runners


Michael Earley 5th 22:29

Paul Whittleton 8th 22:42 1st V40

Sam Owen 10th 22:52

Ian Hunter 11th 22:54 2nd V40

Richard Hobson 79th 27:08

Sarah Taylor 144th 29:02

Laura Hickey 171st 29:55

Aimee Hobson 428th 48:27


Winster Fell Race, 3.8 Miles

27th June 2017, 126 Runners


Brendan Moore 13th 28:02

Cathy Ayton 46th 32:30


Dublin Half Marathon

1st July 2017, 1533 Runners


Julian Bloor 298th 1:44:08

Anika Power 1424th 2:30:21




Holme Pierrpoint Grand Prix Race 2 - 10k, National Watersports Centre

29th June, 449 Runners


Michael Earley 14th 35:19 

Paul Whittleton 15th 35:45 3rd V40

Ian Hunter 16th 35:55

Sam Owen 19th 36:34

James Read 41st 39:13

Richard Hobson 96th 42:35

Sarah Taylor 166th 45:48

Laura Hickey 233rd 49:04

Aimee Hobson 444th 1:16:56


Great Hucklow Fell Race, 10k

2nd July


Brendan Moore 23rd 50:55






28th June 2017 - Results - Week Ending 25th June 2017

Parkrun - 24th June        


Darren's Dash - 17th June, 5.5 miles, 72 Runners        

Robert Sharratt 37th    

Richard Iliffe 45th    

Andrew Bird 47th           


Hayleys Cancer Fight 10k      23rd June     

John Reynolds 7th    

Nicola Roper 9th (2nd Lady)  

Julian Bloor 11th                  


Darren Holloway Memorial Race - 24th June, 14 miles, 21 runners       

Cathy Ayton 14th 04:04:40  

Richard Iliffe 15th 04:04:46   

Jon Rice 16th 04:05:07   

Andrew Bird 17th 04:06:34          


Nomad 50k Ultra - 24th June, 25 runners         

Ian Cooper 9th 05:49:00          


Nomad 50 Mile Ultra - 24th June, 21 runners         

Nicole Atkinson 9th 1st Lady 10:05:00         


Little Eaton Leg It 25th June, 4.7 miles, 109 runners        

Paul Whittleton 1st 0:30:45          


Grimsthorpe 10 - 25th June           

10k, 177 runners           

Wayne Swiffin 75th 01:03:11          

Half Marathon, 91 runners           

Carrie Chan 52nd 02:09:09   

Darren Hayes 55th 02:10:38   


4th January 2017 - It's January - Why not join a running club.
Ilkeston Running Club It

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.


To join the club, visit



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!