Golden Gates Gallop 09/10/2016

Golden Gates Gallop 09/10/2016

The Golden Gates Gallop is an annual event on our list of races. However, this year it was run in October rather than September so it clashed with the Derby City Half Marathon race. Additionally the lack of information / late published information about the race didn’t help it’s cause to attract the number of runners that this normally would of done.

It is a 5 mile race of basically two laps of a course in Elvaston castle – it takes a reverse route of some of the familiar races around Elvaston Castle (our race route and the Tara Kinder route) with a little run down to the A6 from the Golden Gates on the first of the laps. This does help you see how you are doing and who is chasing you down!!

The day was cold in the shade but warm in otherwise and fairly hot whilst racing :)


Name Position Time
Spray 4th 30.36
Jason 5th 30.40
Brian 12th 34.45
Clare 1st Lady 35.51

Great results for our club at this one. Shelton took the top 3 spots but we then took 4th and 5th with Clare taking the 1st lady prize (get in!!!).


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Air Ambulance Cheque Presentation 05/10/2016

Charity Cheque Presentation

On Wednesday the 5th of October 2016 we presented a cheque for £300 to Louise and Alan Grimadell who where there to collect this on behalf of the Air Ambulance Service. This was our contribution to charity from funds raised at our 2016 Sinfin Classic 10K Race.

Louise gave a talk to our members and explained about the invaluable work that the Air Ambulance service provide. They do not received any government funding and rely on donations to fund their activities.



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The Shelton Striders 10K – Sunday 2nd of October 2016.

Shelton Striders 10K

Sunday 2nd of October 2016.

The annual Shelton Striders race kicked off at 9.45 on the Sunday morning of the 2nd of October.

After a night of rain the weather turned quite gloriously sunny and made perfect running conditions.

Route – The race takes you down the canal path and then you are directed to turn right trough the estate and onto Sinfin Avenue. Before you come to the end of Sinfin Avenue you turn left through the estate to end up on Merril Way which you follow round into Wilmore Road. You follow Wilmore Road until you turn up and past Derby Golf Club but then head out down Shakespeare Street to Sinfin lane which you then follow. Continue over the roundabout and follow the track past the other side of Sinfin Park and keep going until you eventually turn left back onto the canal path and follow this to the finish.

The race was, as always, well organised and marshalled and despite the new road cutting though the course at two points there was no disruption and everything ran smoothly.


Spray – 38.59
Jason – 39.04
Brendan – 42.57
Brian – 44.03
Clare – 45.00
Fordy – 45.05
Richard R – 46.33
Jim – 54.21
Helen – 54.21
Jemma – 55.22
Neil – 57.59

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Long Eaton 5 – Sunday 11th of September 2016.

Long Eaton 5

Sunday 11th of September 2016.

This race starts at West Park Leisure centre and if you are used to the Long Eaton Park Run it runs around part of the course. There is ample parking plus even an overflow field to park in. Ideally you get there early to park as near as you can tho. :)

The race does start on the grass but is a fast and flat course taking a detour out of the park around a few roads and then finally back into the park to the finish on the grass.


The conditions were good but maybe just a tad too hot for what is basically a 5 mile sprint!!


Chris W – 31.26
Brian – 33.42 PB
Brendan – 35.01
Clare – 36.08
Michael C – 37.28 PB
Sharon – 38.55 PB – 1st FV45
Barry – 45.24
Neil – 46.47

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Wilne 10K – Sunday 4th of September 2016.

Wilne 10K

Sunday 4th of September 2016.

This race is a nice flat course but two laps! The only other downside is the races popularity, places are limited to 1000’s runners and it fills up fast and if you start in the wrong place you will not get away fast (if you are going for a fast time of course 😛 )





Before the race it did threaten to rain but it held off for this one so this year it made the conditions just about right when normally it is quite a hot one!

For me this was a race after a night out in Notts – I didn’t get in till 1.00 am and then slept badly from 4.00am due to a headache. I did fell it a little when the race started but soon forgot about it and had quite a good second lap. Did feel a groin strain at 8 miles but kept it going. It was a little painful in the evening but other than that it went quite well. (i’m always looking for excuses :P)


Ken – 37.39
Spray – 38.33
Jason – 38.53
Brian – 42.23
Brendan – 44.18
Potter – 44.51
Richard R – 45.53
Chris – 46.15
Fordy – 46.34
Michael C – 46.54
Robert Humber – 52.54
Mat D – 56.07
Neil – 56.43
Barry – 57.06

No Sinfin Ladies whatsoever !!! – Someones missed a trick here s if only one had turned up they would of got full Championship points :)







Report by Brian Warner

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2016 Double or Quits Race

Double or Quits Race

Saturday 28th of August 2016.

The course is around Shipley Park so for anyone that knows Shipley Park they know that means it is an undulating course.


The race is either 1 x 5 mile lap or 2 laps depending on a few options
1 – your training plan
2 – how you feel on the day
3 – if you simply wish to put yourself through the pain of 2 laps!!

The course has varying different types of terrain including some tarmac sections with speed bumps. To cap it all it had been raining earlier in the day plus more was expected so the choice was normal running trainers or something else – maybe cross country trainers which is what I plumped for.

I did two laps last year and went for it again this year but it so took it out of me this year! I don’t know, maybe it was the rain, it did rain but we got away with it lightly or maybe it was the trainers! Luckily the rain wasn’t too bad for the under 1 hour and 45 finished but those left running would have hated it even more especially when it chucked it down!

Anyway – less of my bleating —–


5 Mile

Barry – 48.41 – 1st MV65 (no prize for this but recognition in the results :) )

10 Mile

Brian – 1.13.08
Brendan – 1.13.21
Clare – 1.15.43 – 1st Vet Lady
Sharon – 1.23.38 – 2nd LV45
Michael – 1.25.41
Richard Fildes – 1.30.21
Simon – 1.31.22

Special mentions go to —

Clare retained her 10 mile 1st Vet lady award for the 3rd time in succession.



















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Report for Monday 29/02/2016 to Sunday 06/03/2016

Saturday 05/03/2016


Long Eaton Park Run – 5K


Marvin – 18.58 – Long Eaton Park Run PB

Neil – 29.07


Darley Park Run (at Markeaton) – 5K


Ateyeb – 17.35 – Darley Park Run (at Markeaton) PB – 1st Place

Chris – 20.20 – Darley Park Run (at Markeaton) PB

Brian – 21.17

Brendan – 22.31

George – 23.52

Michael C – 23.54 – Darley Park Run (at Markeaton) PB

Mary Winter – 25.09 – Darley Park Run (at Markeaton) PB

John Bush – 25.39

Sharon – 25.44 – Darley Park Run (at Markeaton) PB

Julie M – 27.31

Julie C – 27.27

Fiona – 27.38

Graham – 27.32

Zakria – 28.00 – Darley Park Run (at Markeaton) PB


Sunday 06/03/2016


Ruchcliffe 10K


Rob Lane – 43.25


Great Northern Half

This is a relatively new event and the first time that a half option has been available. There were a few teething issues such as the muddy car park and no official times for those who entered on the day which was a little disappointing as it was a chip timed event. In addition to this is was a very cold day :(


Mick McGinty – 1.16.30 – 3rd

Marv – 1.31.08

Spray – 1.31.08

Brian – 1.34.37

Richard W – 1.39.00

Neil – 2.14.44


Newport to Burton Ultra  – 41 miles

Don’t know much about this one apart from it’s a bloomin long way!


Jason – 6.35.15


Bluebell Fell Race – 7.4K

A Dave Denton race which has some very fast and narrow down hill sections plus some long climbs! – if it’s the one I’m thinking of!



Trev – 51.32

Paul S – 52.04

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Report for Monday 22/02/2016 to Sunday 28/02/2016

Saturday 27/02/2016

Long Eaton Park Run – 5K


Paul S – 25.58

Graham – 26.22 – Long Eaton Park Run PB

Neil Barnes – 28.40


National Cross Country Championships – Castle Donnington

This is one event that you need to take part in during the Cross Country Season. This is the chance to run against the best field that you are every likely to face.


Ladies – 8K

Clare – 42.36

Helen – 47.40

Karen – 56.57

Men – 12K

Marv – 1.00.07

Chris – 1.00.55

Brian – 1.01.00

Paul W – 1.04.16

Richard Boyer – 1.04.41

Brendan – 1.05.21

Paul S – 1.17.18

Bushy – 1.22.03

Tim – 1.36.19

A great day and great turnout – some parts were muddy indeed very muddy on the gents third and final lap whilst other parts were firm and rutted. A good all-round test of ones ankles over a never ending course!


Belvoir Challenge 15M

This challenge of approximately 26 and 15 miles, depending on how far you want to go of course follows footpaths, byways, tracks, and minor roads, and with the kind permission of the Duke of Rutland, goes through the Belvoir Estate. Both routes start and finish at Harby Village Hall and are clearly way-marked with coloured tape. There are checkpoints roughly every 5 miles providing free drinks and snacks.


Julie M – 3.19.00


Sunday 28/02/2016


Coventry Half Marathon


Rob Lane – 1.39.44

Michael C – 1.42.44

Richard S – 1.47.20

Fiona – 1.51.35


Hope Winter Fell Race – 10.5K

The route is a reverse of the Summer race and is mainly off road, crossing meadows, a little bit of tarmac, rough hill paths, forest and open moorland.  It summits Win Hill, with a total ascent of 540 meters – if it’s clear weather there will be spectacular views across the Hope Valley.


Caroline – 1.12.31

Paul S – 1.17.52

*** Well done to Paul S – 3 races in 2 days – good going :)

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Report for Monday 01/02/2016 to Sunday 21/02/2016

Apologies – i’ve been a bit slack and missed some weekly reports so this is a bit of a catch up!!)

Saturday 06/02/2016

Long Eaton Park Run – 5K


Ateyab – 17.46 – 1st

Spray – 19.03

Chris – 20.05

Brian – 20.32

Brendan – 25.02

Paul W – 25.02 – Long Eaton Park Run PB

Paul S – 25.24

Bushy – 26.10

Simon – 26.54

Graham – 26.57

South Devon Costal Marathon / Half Marathon

This is one for the brave really – it’s a trail race along a costal route so quite tough to say the least – inspiringly it was Marv that was up for this and he even managed to drag Lucy along to take part in the half (well ‘halfish’!). Don’t think Lucy will want to do this again 😛


Marv – 5.26.10 – 28.5M

Lucy – 3.44.45 – 14.3M

Sunday 07/02/2016

Charnwood Hills

This is an annually held 14 miles, 1200ft of assent Trail race,


Jason Ball – 2.12.45

Paul S – 2.33.40

Saturday 13/02/2016

Long Eaton Park Run


Ateyab – 17.12 – Long Eaton Park Run PB – 4th

Chris – 19.45 – Long Eaton Park Run PB

Brian – 20.18

George – 24.15 – Long Eaton Park Run PB

Bushy – 25.05 – Long Eaton Park Run PB

Graham – 27.00

Sherwood Pines Park Run

Simon – 31.14 – Sherwood Pines Park Run PB

Dukeries 10M


Rob Lane – 1.28.39

Sunday 14/02/2016

Barcelona Half Marathon


Marv – 1.28.58

Lucy – 1.58.00

East Midlands Cross Country – Colwick Woods

The conditions were dryer than expected but still relatively muddy and slippery in places. They even managed to throw in another hill for good measure! 1 lap for the ladies (approx 2.6M) and 2 laps for the gents (approx 5.05M)



Caroline – 24.17

Mary – 25.17

Helen – 27.13

Andrea – 29.17


Brian – 39.02

Simon – 48.01

Bushy – 55.08

Wednesday 17/02/2016

Dave Denton’s Midweek races


1 Mile

Rob Lane – 6.04

Brian Warner – 6.10

Bushy – 7.23

Paul S – 7.37


Brian – 20.11

Rob Lane – 21.46

Paul S – 24.55

Bushy – 25.28

Saturday 20/02/2016

Long Eaton Park Run


Brian – 20.36

Brendan – 23.04

Sharon – 24.06 – Long Eaton Park Run PB

Bushy – 25.00 – Long Eaton Park Run PB

Graham – 26.41

Simon – 28.25 – 50th Park Run

Neil – 31.34

Sunday 21/02/2016

Sleaford Half Marathon

Quite a windy day!


Rob Lane – 1.53.27

Wokingham Half


Marv – 1.28.35

Lucy – 1.59.01

East Midlands Cross Country – Trent Meadows

Yes – this was a wet one! – Through the quite deep continuous wet patches!! A small lap then a large lap for the ladies (approx 2.75M) and a small lap and 2 large laps for the gents (approx 5.05M)



Caroline – 26.36

Mary – 28.16

Helen – 29.11

Andrea – 31.55


Brian – 39.55

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Weekly Report Monday 04/01/2016 to Sunday 10/01/2016

Weekly Report Monday 04/01/2016 to Sunday 10/01/2016

Saturday 09/01/2016

Long Eaton Park Run – 5K


Neil – 29.55 – Long Eaton Park Run PB

Derbyshire Cross Country Championships – Shipley Park


Ladies – 8K
Clare Harrison – 39.47
*Caroline – 40.49
Mary – 42.37
*Sharon – 43.49
*Helen – 45.15
*Angela – 50.40

* Vets Ladies Team picked up a Silver medal

Men – 10K
Brian – 45.32
Spray – 46.26
Chris – 47.33
Brendan – 49.14
Paul W – 52.00
Richard R – 52.51
Richard W – 54.02
Simon – 55.22
Paul S – 58.14

A very muddy but very enjoyable race :)

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Sunday 10/01/2016

Derby Runners League Cross Country – Allestree – 6M


Rob Lane – 56.11

Rob of course did this in his first claim capacity to Team Derby Runner. He did comment that is was quite tough due to very muddy conditions

Cannock Chase Trig Point Race

This race involves 500M (1500ft) of climb over 27K (around 16 miles) – it’s a course where you self navigate for the best route and a long distance so not for the faint hearted. Also as self navigating be prepared to do more than 16 miles!!


Paul Stevenson 3.30.08

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