Following the run members returned to Charlie’s Bar where Emily Howetts name was draw out of the hat by last years winner – Emily will now be representing the club at this years London Marathon.
Stilton Striders Running Club (founded in 1982) are a nomadic road running club (having no formal physical base) who meet on the carpark of Melton Sports Village to undertake their running and training, no matter the weather, around the streets of Melton. As a club they have competed in the Leicestershire Road Running League (LRRL) since their formation over 30 years ago.
The league puts on road races across the country attracting in excess of 500 competitors over distance ranging from 5 miles (8k) to half marathons (13.2 miles/21k). As a club SSRC had great success in the early days, especially with the men’s team dominating the top divisions. But for the majority of the existence of the league SSRC have just managed to hold their own across the different sections. However, since the lifting of Covid restrictions there has been a resurgence in membership, especially in the veteran categories (Male over 40 years and Ladies over 35 years). This year has been exceptional especially for the Stilton Striders Veteran Ladies Team.
Over recent years they have competed in and held their own in Division One. However, during the 2023 season they come into their purple patch and competing against 38 different Leicestershire Clubs, who members are in some cases current and past UK representative runners finally ended the season top of the league. The first race was our very own Stilton 7 back in February. These road races are not like running around a running track which is flat, but across some very tough and undulating road courses. The team also experienced exceptionally hot weather and torrential rain during the different races.
The makeup of the Veteran Ladies team consists of member aged 35 years and older and there are even a couple of the members who are just either side of 65 years old – a remarkable achievement not only to just run these races but also more impressively to finish in front many other runners a third of their ages. Collectively they have competed as a team supporting and encouraging each other and as a result of their combined efforts ended a 30 year wait to finally sit top of Division One, looking down on a number of much bigger Leicestershire Clubs who have the benefit of having bases, running tracks and stadiums which provides many additional supporting facilities as opposed to Stilton Striders nomadic existence meeting and training from a carpark.
This is a group of our ladies (Vets and Seniors) from the LRRL Rotherby 8 held in September.
What also makes their achievements more impressive is that running parallel to the Veteran Ladies Team is the clubs Senior Ladies Team (runners aged between 18 and 34 years) and under the league scoring structure some of the Veteran Ladies finished races high enough in the scoring to add to the Senior Ladies overall score and helped they come top of their respective division and gain promotion to Division One for next season. Impressive running by all our Veteran Ladies.
Thirty members turned up outside the Nags Head in Saltby to participate in the clubs annual handicap race. Chris Genes (SSRC Chair) had calculated an anticipated time for each member to run the circular 4.75m undulating route, that was marshalled by a small but important team of volunteers. Philip Warrington set off first, with the other participants following behind at predetermined intervals (based on ) with Dan Kelly being the last runners to set off, some 36 minutes and 20 seconds after Philip. With the staggered / handicapped start it was planned – if Chris got his calculations correct – with a mass finish and dash to the line to determine the winner.
Philip being in effect the hare for everyone ran the race of his life and through grip and determination wanted to hold onto his pole position and managed to smash an incredible 8 minutes and 40 seconds off his handicap time to pass the finish line in first place. Following on behind in 2nd place was Luke Knowles with Wayne Hackett next after cycling 26 miles before hand and using the race as his ‘brick run’ as part of his triathlon training.
Full results can be found here 2023 Handicap Full Results
Once everyone had finish everyone moved to the beer garden to participate in well earned beverages where presentations were made to Philip, Luke and Wayne. A big thank you to Michael from Melton Sports who again donated vouchers (£25, £15 and £10)
14th July 2023
“Thought I’d give you quick update of the Snowdonia trail marathon / really ultra as it was 27.5 miles via Garmin watch
28th June 2023
The race started and finished outside the new Grange caravan site’s cafe and consisted of a multi terrain loop of a route heading towards the edge of Melton Mowbray then out along footpaths, crossing fields to Kirby Bellars before returning back to The Grange where they encountered the final hilly section home.
Scoring is calculated on the total position points based on the number of runners finishing for the smallest team. The route was marshalled by a band of Striders and their contributions were appreciated by all.
This year we had to make an adjustment to the scores, which was agreed between the three clubs post race, to compensate for the first three runners taking a wrong turn adding distance to their run before they ‘caught up’ and finished in 11th, 12th and 13th positions. The adjustments did not make any changes to the overall result.
After the race the majority of participants stayed behind for well deserved beverages and the social aspect of the evening.
Once everyone was seated and settled Chris Genes ( SSRC Chair) announced the final team scores based on the first 24 runners for each club.
Wreake Runners 1136 points
Barrow Runners 825 points
Katie Hateley-Houghton (Run Director) receiving 3CC trophy from Chris Genes (SSRC Chair)
17th June 2023
Last night a small group of Stiders took on the challenging Rise of the Phoenix 5 mile race up (twice) and around Beacon Hill in very warm evening conditions.
Running before the main race Max and Harlan ran in the junior race. Here they are showing off their well earned medals.
29th May 2023
Elsewhere, Julie A ran a PB at the Mull of Kintyre half marathon and Emma G rode the Ride London 100 miler (does she ever rest?!).
24th May 2023
Stilton Striders Running Club (SSRC) hosted the Stilton 7, the first road race of the 2023 season for the Leicestershire Road Running League (LRRL) back in February. SSRC have always tried to keep entry fee’s down to a minimum, especially during this time of financial pressures on households’ disposable income. The event was a great success, attracting 550 of the best road running athletes from across the county.
As is the tradition SSRC always donate 50% of the nett race surplus to charities that have a local and or tangible connection with the members of the club. This year the two recipient charities were Re-Engage and Rainbows Hospice.
On Wednesday evening, prior to the clubs Outrun from Thorpe Satchville representatives of both organisations attended to each receive a cheque for £265.00.
Rachel Wade explained briefly about her charity “Re-Engage is a national charity within towns and villages setting up their own groups. Here in Melton Mowbray we really run on a volunteer basis looking after 30 guests. These guests have to be over 75 and live on their own. Once a month, usually the last Sunday of the month one of the local villages puts on an afternoon tea and we take them there where they sit and chat, make connections and sometimes the villagers put on a quiz or a sing song. Before I (Rachel) took over 4 years ago the group did not have a party in August so I decided to put something on that was different but at a cost, so I always try to raise money for the charity through my Facebook page. This August I am taking the guests on the Rutland Belle for a special outing on Rutland Water so your kind and appreciated donation will go towards that.”
Kym Posey kindly accepted the cheque on behalf of Rainbows Children’s Hospice, Loughborough. Early last year Kym’s 10-year-old son, Lucas, was sadly diagnosed with an inoperable brain cancer. Lucas stayed at Rainbows Hospice towards the end of last year where all the staff got to meet this special boy. The Hospice provide invaluable care and support for not only the children but for all of the loved ones involved, it truly is a special place.
Pictured below are Kym Posey (holding the dog) representing Rainbows receiving her cheque from Katie Hateley-Houghton (Stilton 7 Race Director) and Rachel Wade (Re-Engage) receiving her cheque from Andy Nicholls (SSRC Treasure and part of Stilton 7 organising group).
11th May 2023
Have you ever considered running a marathon? Have you have ever wondered what is involved in getting a London Marathon place, how do you prepare for it, or what it is like to experience the event.
Greeba Herd (an experienced marathon runner) together with Mark Preston and Vicki Galbraith (who both ran London for the first time) have been kind enough to response to a post-race questionnaire that may help address you queries.
Was this your first London Marathon (LM) – if not how many previous ones have you run. Greeba: I have previously run 4 London marathons (one virtual and 3 in person). Mark; Yes. Vicki: Yes, my first LM. Indeed, my first ever marathon.
Why did you want to the LM? Greeba: It is such an iconic race. I lived and worked in London for many years and always went to watch when it was on. This made me keen to experience the atmosphere as a participant rather than a spectator. Mark: Achievement after a tough year. Vicki: Because it’s such an iconic race.
How did you get your entry? Ballot, Charity Place or. Club place. Greeba: I have been fortunate to gain a Good For Age entry for all the LMs I have completed. Mark: Club ballot place. Vicki: I was lucky to get a ballot place.
If it was a ballot entry how many times had you entered before being successful. Greeba: Before I achieved GFA I had one unsuccessful ballot entry. Mark: First time in club ballot. Vicki: 5 times.
If you were running for a charity how easy was it to raise your funding? Greeba: Although I didn’t have a charity place, I have still run for charity a couple of times now. People’s generosity always amazes me. Mark: N/A. Vicki: N/A.
Did you plan to “run” the event or set yourself a target time? Greeba: I don’t ever set myself a target time – I prefer to run to feel on the day and see how it goes. Mark: Sub four hours target. Vicki: I had a broad idea of the pace ~I wanted to run, but didn’t set a target.
When did you start your specific LM training? Greeba: January. Mark 2nd January. Vicki: Early January.
How would you describe your base fitness when you started your LM training. Greeba: I ran the London marathon in October 22 so in between that one and the April one I kept things ticking over with gentle running so already had a pretty good level of fitness prior to this year’s event. Mark: Decent. Vicki: Reasonably good – I was running regularly, approx. 20-25 miles per week with some long runs.
Did you set yourself a training plan. Greeba: No set plan although I do try and train to heart rate. Mark; Yes. Vicki: Yes, 16 week plan downloaded from Runners World.
Did you change your diet as part of the training plan – if so how. Greeba: No changes other than slightly higher carb intake once I was up to longer training runs. Mark: Not really, regretfully. Vicki: Not radically, I just tried to eat healthily and upped the protein intake.
What was your training plan time and how many weeks was the plan. Greeba: 16 weeks. Typically, I run 4 times a week – 3 shorter runs (around 7 miles) and one longer run at the weekend. Mark: 16 weeks. Vicki: 16 weeks running, 5 days a week.
Did you stick to your plan? Greeba: Although I didn’t follow a set plan, I maintained frequency of runs throughout training weeks. Mark: Pretty much, but assessed and adapted accordingly. Vicki: Yes – just with slight variations due to illness and occasionally had to run on different days due to work commitments.
Did you have any injuries and/or setbacks during your training plan. Greeba; I have been very fortunate and had no real injuries other than a tight hamstring. Mark: Not really. Vicki: I had a virus that lasted around four weeks.
If so, how did you compensate for your plan. Greeba: Increased stretching and a little bit of acupuncture. Mark: N/A. Vicki: I had to take 3 days off one week, but generally I could still run even though I felt a bit off. I just slowed the runs down a little bit for a couple of weeks but still kept to the milage.
Did you run on your own during your plan or did you run with others. Greeba; Lower mileage runs usually on my own but the longer weekend run was normally with a friend(s). Mark: Both. Long runs alone which I preferred. Vicki: Mix of the two. Shorter runs usually on my own, intervals always on my own. Long runs with fellow Striders.
How did you feel either running on your own or running with others. Greeba: Sometimes I like the solitude of running alone with just my music and thoughts for company as it helps me process the day, but I absolutely love the social aspect of running with friends. Mark: Both benefited. Vicki: I don’t mind – longer runs are always good to do with others.
Did you receive any ‘training advice’ and how helpful was this. Greeba: Run long, run slow is a game changer! Mark: Yes. Chris, Andy, John and Wayne were most helpful. Paula Ratcliffe running book as good. Vicki: Lots of advice from fellow runners, but no coach involvement or paid for advice. Advice from people who have run marathons before is always helpful.
How did you approach the training plan taper period. Greeba: Mid weeks run distance remained the same but longer weekend run mileage gradually reduced over 2 weeks. Week of the marathon I did just 2 short runs – one 5 mile and one 3 mile. Mark: As previous tapers. Text book. Bring it all in. Intensity and volume. Vicki: I did what the plan said and stuck to it.
Did you feel confident at the end of your plan that you had prepared as well as you could have. Greeba: Not this time as heading into this year’s Marathon I definitely didn’t feel as fit as I would do usually. However, this could have been due in part to having had my kidney removed last year. Mark: Run wise, yet not weight wise. Put on extra eight pounds during process. Vicki: Yes, the plan gave me confidence.
Did you go to the LM experience to collect your race number? Greeba: Yes. Mark: No birthday and LCFC dictated. Collected by fellow Strider entrant. Vicki: Yes, I travelled on the Wednesday as I was able to combine it with a work meeting. Glad `I did as it was quiet and no queues involved. Went with fellow Striders too.
Did you stay overnight before the event. Greeba: Yes. Mark: Yes. Vicki: Yes.
On the day of the event how did you feel. Greeba: Nervous but excited. Mark: More nervous than ever before. Vicki: I was nervous but I felt ready to do it.
What did your breakfast consist of? Greeba: Porridge and Greek yoghurt . Mark: Standard Sunday breakfast. Vicki: Two banana’s, 1 oat bar, pain au chocolat, cup of tea,
Was the pre start experience what you expected. Greeba: Yes, as have been lucky enough to experience it before so I knew what to expect. Mark: I had no expectations. Vicki: I wasn’t sure what to expect real.ly, but knew in advance how the lorry/baggage system worked, etc. Which was helpful.
During the event did you follow a LM pacer? Greeba: No. Mark: I didn’t see one. Vicki: No – was tempted though.
How were the first few miles – Greeba: congested or easy to get into your running zone. Fairly congested but it soon thins out a little so you can get into your stride. Mark: Wasn’t too bad at all. Vicki: First few miles were OK – got congested later on.
Did you start off too quickly because of the experience or did you start to your race pace? Greeba: I always start off too quick!! Despite this I never seem to learn the lesson. Mark: Little bit too quick but comfortable. Vicki: I managed to keep to the pace I wanted to, was determined not to go too fast.
How did you find taking on fluids during the event. Greeba: Fine – used the water bottles they provided en route. Mark: Fine. Four SIS gels worked. Water (sips) when I felt I need them at water stations. Vicki: I used the water stations, didn’t carry water. Was easy enough to keep hydrated.
Did you use any energy supplements. Greeba: Yes – caffeine gels. Mark: Four SIS gels. Vicki: Yes – five energy gels.
What was the most memorable part of the route. Greeba: urning the corner toward Tower Bridge and hearing the ‘wall of noise’! It always makes me really proud and super emotional. Mark: Tower Bridge for me. The noise was incredible. I was more with it then at 13m to take it in. Vicki: Tower Bridge, Westminster and the final
Did anything motivate you during the event. Greeba: All the cheers and support from the crowds. Having my name on my t shirt made a difference as it always gives an extra boost when someone shouts your name. Also, all the children with some of the funniest signs I have ever seen. Mark: The crowd. Vicki: The crowds cheering, music being played along the route, thinking about motivational things had said beforehand.
Did you have any supported who went down to watch you. Greeba: Husband and children. Mark: Fellow Striders on the course (thank you). Vicki: Yes, Striders running friends, my husband asnd children, my sister and niece.
Did you see them. Greeba: Yes. Mark: Yes. Vicki: Some of them. Hasrd to spot in crowded areas.
Did they add any motivation / help for your run. Greeba: I am very lucky as I have an incredibly supportive husband who even though he doesn’t run is an amazing motivator and cheerleader. Also, my 3 boys are always super supportive. Mark: Yes. Vicki: Yes, always good to get support along the way from people who care about you.
Did you keep to your ran plan/pace OK. Greeba: I ran to feel so was pleased with how the race went. Mark:23m-25m struggled due to IT band ceasing up at pace I ran – after that fine. Vicki: Yes – pretty much what I wanted. I wanted to run a bit faster at the end, but had no energy for upping the pace.
Did you hit ‘the wall’ at any point. If so where/when? Greeba: No. Mark: 22.5m. Vicki: No – I felt like I was on the edge of it at mile 23, but maintained a pace I thought I could handle and didn’t push it. Focused on keeping heartrate at a manageable level.
How did ‘the wall’ affect you? Greeba: N/A. Mark: Decided to walk/run for a bit to reduce damage to race pace overall – worked JUST! Vicki: N/A.
How did you finish the event. Greeba: Happy and smiley for the cameras! Mark: Sprint finish. 5:16 mile pace – saved my sub 4:00 hours aim. Vicki; In a state ofc relief. Feeling tired but generally OK.
Has your finish time against what you had planned for. Greeba: I hadn’t set myself a target time so am really pleased with the time. Mark: Just!! Vicki: It was in the zone I hoped for.
Were you pleased or disappointed with your finish time. Greeba: Pleased. Mark: Elated. Vicki: Pleased.
What did you do/experience immediately after the event. Greeba: Called my husband and twin sister. Mark: Exhaustion. Emotion and Satisfaction. Vicki: I was relieved and very happy to be over the line. I walked a short way and then my legs felt so incredibly tired I had to sit down for a while, along side others doing the same! I was very thirsty so made sure I had a big drink.
How did you recover immediately after the event, such as stretch of anything else. Greeba: Quick stretch, hot bath and compression socks and a little alcohol and pick and mix sweets. Mark: Tried to stretch but too painful. Free burger and beer at Bills Covent Garden. Vicki: I was very stiff/crampy when I sat down. I tried to stretch but it was difficult. I sat for 15 minutes or so and rested and then felt a bit better and able to move around again.
How did you feel later during the day. Greeba: Buzzing. Mark: Very happy with it all. Sore. Vicki: Tired, but was able to walk around a mile orc so back to the tube and then to the hotel with no problem (although obviously slowly!)
How did you feel the next morning. Greeba: A little hungover but also proud. Mark: Tight. Exhausted. Nothing like I had felt before. Vicki: Generally tired, but surprisingly I was able to navigate the stairs and walk around OK.
How did you feel over the next few days. Greeba: Generally good but very hungry. Mark: Recovered quite quickly. Vicki: I still felt tired and my legs ached, but nothing too painful. Was still able to work (desk-based job). Main issue was sore toes and black toenails.
How long did you take off recovering before you ran again. Greeba: I plan to take a couple of days off and then try a very steady recovery run (single digit only). Mark: Three days. Striders short route on the Wednesday. Vicki: Intending to take at least a full week off – possibly two.
Upon reflection was you pleased with your run. Greeba: Yes very. Now time to focus on training for Chicago! Mark: The run, yes. Weight management would have helped it to be more enjoyable though. Vicki: I was pleased with my run, I managed to keep the pace down so I didn’t get too much discomfort and could run all the way without walking. Heart-rate was at a steady pace and I didn’t push it too high. I felt in control of the run and finished in a time `I was happy with, but which leaves with something to aim for next time!
Upon reflection would you or should you have done anything differently. Greeba: Not particularly as all in all the day went well. Mark: Eat better in the weeks before. Vicki: I’m glad `I followed a proper raining plan and stuck to it pretty much. I would use the same approach next time but perhaps push myself a bit more on the interval sessions
1st May 2023
Thirty eight members attend the clubs AGM held in the Pitch-side Lounge at the home of Melton Town Football Club. The meeting was chaired by Club Chair Chris `Genes supported by Treasurer Andy Nicholls.
All members contributed though out the and their attendance and contributions were appreciated.
Headline points to note are as follows:
- All committee members were re-elected for 2023/2024
- Emily Howett was elected as a new committee member.
- The clubs Constitution was updated and adopted.
- It was agreed that membership fees for 2023/2024 again remain unchanged for another tear.
- The clubs accounts for 2022/2023 were approved.
Please refer to attached link to review the full minutes of the AGM 2023 AGM Minutes
9th April 2023
An email has been sent out to all members inviting all to the clubs AGM 8:30pm Wednesday 26th April to be held on Melton Town FC’s Club House.
6th March 2023
24th January 2023
Tonight after more than 25 years Di Underwood and Richard Cox said a sad farewell to coaching the juniors. Grateful parents presented Di with flowers and Richard chocolates as a sign of gratitude. Andy Nicholls, on behalf of the clubs committee presented them both with a certificate of recognition and appreciation of their dedication and commitment to coach and support our junior members – many of these have developed and become excellent senior athletes , thanks their coaching skills . In addition they were also presented with a gift voucher from M&S and The Grange Garden Centre respectively as a token of thanks for turning out in all weathers. They will both be missed.
The good news is that John Robinson and Ian Johnson will continue to build on the good work started by Di and Richard and will look after our juniors going forward.
14th January 2023 Stilton Striders RC Awards
Over 60 members and guests attended the annual awards evening at The Grange Garden Restaurant. Note that due to the Covid19 pandemic there were no awards presented for 2020 & 2021.
During the evening guests participated in a very competitive and fun quiz hosted by Club Chair Chris `Genes and before the presentations commence a buffet was enjoyed by all.
All of the clubs committee participated by presenting the following awards to:
Certificates for first Ultra’s completed in 2022.
Dukeries 30k Leigh Pick.
Equinox 100k Rob Mee, Julie Bass, Josh Dadd and Rhiannon Baxter.
Anthony Ison Dukeries 40k, Longhorn 60k, Equinox 100k and The Wall 70 miles.
Certificate for 100% Derby XC. 5 races 2021/22 Season . Ian Bickle, Andy Nicholls, John Martin, Jane Martin and Leigh Pick.
Certificates for 100% LRRL 2022 Season 6 races : Rob Mee ,Mike Williams and Vicki Lowe
LRRL individual winners:
Rhiannon Baxter 6th Senior ladies,
Vicki Lowe 2nd FV50,
Vanessa Walker 1st FV60
Mens Div 3 promotion: Rob Mee, Mike Williams, Josh Dadd, Dan Kelly, Anthony Ison, Duncan Green, Jason Barton, Mark Tyler, and Jamie Dean (min 4/6).
Copper: Emily Howett
Bronze; John Martin; Kurt Wilson
Silver Mike Williams; Jane Martin; Mark Tyler; Vanessa Walker; Michael Marston; Daniel Kelly
Gold: Rhiannon Baxter
Copper: Anthony Ison; Elimy Howett
Bronze: Mike Williams; Robert Mee
Silver; Vanessa Walker; Mark Tyler; Daniel Kelly
Gold: Rhiannon Baxter; Josh Dadd
Handicap Race: Louise Bridgeman
Individual Club Awards
Most Improved runner:
Female: Rachel Wade
Men: Robert Mee
Female: Vicki Lowe
Male: Josh Dadd
Senior Female: Rhiannon Baxter
Senior Male (Ray Walker Cup) Jason Barton
Club Person Award 2022: Andy Nicholls
12th January 2023
9th December 2022
Following the annual Christmas light run from Melton Sports (thank you Michael for hosting) we retired to Charlies Bas for a festive pre Christmas drink – or two.
During the evening we held our draw for the club 2023 London Marathon club entry. This year due to the effects and restrictions from Covid 19 we relaxed the criteria for inclusion in the draw to 1.) two years full membership and 2.) proof of rejection for individuals London marathon application. Note that next year the third criteria will applied – to have run at least two races for the club in either/or a LRRL or Derby Runner XC race.
Mark Preston was drawn first out of the hat and he is now the clubs representative on 23rd April 2023 – good luck Mark, do yourself and the club proud,
2nd December 2022
26th March 2022
Katie Hateley from FoxMedics First Aid Training will be delivering a CPR and Defibrillator training session, as well as offering other handy tips on contacting 999 in a remote location. The Grange will be kindly hosting the event and will also be generously donating the bar proceeds to the Ukraine War disaster. It will be held on Tuesday April 12th at 7pm and only costs £10, all money raised going to the charity. If you would like to reserve a place then please email Katie@foxmedics.co.uk. Thank you
23 March 2022
On Saturday Andy Nicholls ( Stilton Striders Running Club) Treasure presented at the Watermead parkrun’s Visually Impaired (VI) event a cheque for £247 – being 50% of the residual amount from the LRRL Stilton 7 race to a representative of Vista – a Leicestershire and Rutland based charity that supports people and their families who are either blind or visually impaired.
You may recognise Leigh Pick ( left on photo) who is an active runner with SSRC and has recently completed all five of the 2021/2022 The Derby Runner Cross Country League races with her guide Nick Pryke – no mean feat even running with 20/20 Vision.
Jane Macnaughton accepted our cheque on behalf of Vista.
28th February 2022
Katie (Race Director), Andy and I have been working behind the scenes to ensure that we can host again this year our Stilton 7 road race, which will be the first Leicestershire Road Runners League (LRRL) race for the 2022 season.
Reviewing our Health and Safety guidance we are advising where members are also parkrun runners, they run with their ‘In Case of Emergency’ (ICE ) wristband identification. Where members are not parkrun runners, we can provide a link to a company that can produce a similar product, at a small cost. Please ask if you would like this link.
Katie Hateley (Race Director) and a small working group are progressing necessary and appropriate actions for us to host the clubs Stilton 7 on Sunday 27h February 2022. Please keep this date available in your race diary. Details on how to enter will be shared nearer the date.
Joshua Dadd will be asking for volunteers nearer the date to help on the day. Please please support your club and help out if you are not running or recovering from the Belvoir Challenge. Without your help we cannot put on the Stilton 7.
We realise that members are attending separate fitness, yoga and stretching classes – however, to supplement these we have made arrangements with Jane Martins daughter, who is a qualified instructor, to offer online yoga sessions, which also cater for runners (hamstring stretches etc) a free seven day trial taster session. Normal price on a rolling monthly program is £25, but if you quote ‘Stilton Striders’ she is offering a special discounted rate of £20 per month. The advantage of these sessions is that they can be done at any time of the day. The link is katasana.com
We have decided to hold off from hosting either a C25k, or 5k to 10k course until we have a qualified Coach and sufficient Run Leaders in place.
We will be holding a poll shortly to see if there is any interest to host a mid-day Friday run, as raised as our AGM.
In the spring we will be in contact with Melton parkrun to see if we can participate in a ‘parkrun takeover’. Further information will come out at the appropriate time.
Our Christmas Fuddle will take place in the Rugby Club bar following our club run on Wednesday 15th December ,where Club Standards will be awarded to members who have qualified during 2021.
The outcome of the Christmas Night poll was to go for a drink and see how it goes! We shall be meeting on Saturday 18th December from 7.00pm in the ‘Round Corner Tap Room’, Scalford Road for beer and also the adjacent ‘Fur and Feathers’ for those who would prefer gin and cocktails. Reminders for both will be shared nearer the dates.
The website is continually being updated and improved. Please have a look at the members profiles page – if you want to include yours please don’t be shy! In addition if you want anything to be added please let us know and also your feedback would be appreciated.
- 22 apologies tabled in advance, 30 members attended and participated. Therefore AGM was Quorate.
- 2020/2021 membership was 168 (seniors). Current membership 132 (including 17 new members)
- Minutes of virtual AGM October 2020 approved as true record.
- Matters arising completed: Club VLM place; 2019/2020 year end accounts and membership fees (see below).
- Chairs report will be added to minutes.
- Treasurers report will be added to minutes. 2020/2021 year end accounts approved.
- Juniors report will be added to minutes.
- Committee re-elected en-block. Chris (Chair), Andy (Treasurer), Jane Martin (Secretary), Paul Jacobs (Run Leader Co-ordinator), Nikola Dolphin-Rowland (Welfare Officer0, Ian Bickle and Joshua Dadd. After the meeting Zoe Wyko asked and was added to the committee.
- Membership fees: 2020/2021 retrospectively approved. 2021/2022 approved.
- Leicestershire Road Running League: Their AGM is 15 November, when 2022 season of races will be agreed. Stilton 7 proposed for 27th February 2022.
- Derby Runner Cross County League: First two race 14 November and 12 December. Club are purchasing a second tent for ladies.
- Run Leaders: Paul and John Martin currently only two RL’s providing sessions (Liz Goodburn resuming Dec/Jan). Appeal for additional RL’s. Club will fund England Athletics course fees.
- What do members want from the club – discussion: everyone happy with what is currently provided. Committee asked to consider the following: Booking a six week ‘core strength/stretching’ course to supplement Thursday RL sessions; possibility of a mid-day run group; Couch to 5k group (subject to availability of coaches and run leaders) and parkrun ‘takeover’. All will be looked at by committee.
- Running mojo. Proposal well received and a separate email to current and past members will sent out soon to expand on how this can be developed.
- There will not be a presentation event this year.
- Christmas do. In response to the poll the outcome is that members will be invited to met up at a pub (TBC) on Saturday 18th December for a pre-Christmas social gathering. In addition on Wednesday 15th there will be a club ‘Fuddle’ in the Rugby Club bar, at which those who have applied for and achieved club Standards will be presented with a certificate.
- The club are going to participate in the Festival of Christmas Trees as St.Mary Church (1-8 December) and the decorations will be race medals.
- Webpage: The contents are slowly being updated – please bear with us. The club will concentrate of providing race reports for only Club Events (LLRL, Derby Runners XC, Livingstone relays, County Champs etc.) However, if members want to provide other race result details, or any other news, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and they will be added to the website.
October 2021 As a show of appreciation to Saint-Gobain Pam Ltd for providing car parking (Holwell Works) each year, SSRC member John Houghton presented Andrew Harris (Plant Director and Operations and Supply Director) a framed photograph from the 2020 event. Without their support the club would not be able to host our Stilton 7 road race and we are pleased that they will continue to support us again for future races from this venue. Note that due to Covid 19 restrictions the presentation was delayed into October 2021