Details for Derby Runner XC Race 5 – Bagworth Heath

Here are the details for the Bagworth cross country race on Sunday Jan 29th. It’s open to all club members. No need to enter in advance, just turn up on the day. You just need a club vest. Hope you can make it!

Main race costs £3 and I believe the juniors race is £1.

Car share from Hinckley

If you would like to join in the car share, please meet at the old leisure centre car park (Trinity Vicarage Road, LE10 0BU) in Hinckley – meet at 9:20 to leave for 9:30.

Location: Bagworth Heath Woods, Heath Road, Bagworth, LE67 1DL

Directions: From Thornton or Merry Lees, take signs to Bagworth, then Bagworth Heath Woods.


Course: On Thornton side of the Heath.
Junior race approx. 10.30am, one or two laps of field depending on age – 1 & 2 Miles

Main race: start 11am (note-all runners will start together-no split start for this race);
Approx 6.5 miles; comprising of two long laps; testing hill on both laps; woodland and grassland tracks; approx 150m of compacted gravel over tarmac bridle path on both laps. Note the route has some very slippy sections.

Footwear: Spikes, or ‘off-road’ shoes would be suitable. Note – there are some sections of gravel track.

Toilets, showers and changing: SiD, Peckleton Lane, Desford LE9 9JU. Approx. 2miles from race, see map.

Results: SiD, Peckleton Lane, Desford LE9 9JU. Approx. 2miles from race


Details for Derby Runner XC Race No. 4 – Sinai Park

Here are the details for the next cross country race, this coming Sunday. Hope to see you there! -Nick

Car share from Hinckley

If you would like to join in the car share, please meet at the old leisure centre car park (Trinity Vicarage Road, LE10 0BU) in Hinckley – meet at 8:50 to leave for 9:00.

Cost: £3

Date: Sunday January 15th 2017
Venue: Sinai Park, Burton on Trent
Start time: Children’s race 10.15am, Senior race 11.00am
Parking: Shobnall Leisure Complex, Burton on Trent, DE14 2BB
Toilets & Changing: Available at the Shobnall Leisure Complex but showers are at a small cost, please be aware these facilities are used by others.

Parking is available at no cost but could be limited so car sharing would be helpful. Please arrive early and follow marshals instructions. Car sharing essential.

Map enclosed, upon reaching Burton town centre, follow the signs for Shobnall Leisure Complex .

Childrens Course details:
Out and back route (turn around point at 1/2mile) for under 12’s and out and back route (turn around at 1mile) for over 12’s using part of the same course – suitable for studs or spikes.

Senior Course details:
Approximately 5 mile challenging course with a good flat and downhill finish suitable for studs or spikes.

Post Race Results:
Shortly after the race has finished at Marstons Sports & Social Club just a short walk from race finish. There is to be no parking at the club. Would all runners please remove dirty footwear before entering club .

Organised by Hatton Darts
Further information:
Karen Jackson……07824 703207
Stan Knopik….07720 048626

Membership Renewals 2017

It is that time of the year where membership becomes due for renewal on 1st January 2017.

If you submitted an application form at last years renewal and all your details remain the same, there is no requirement for a completed application form this year unless you wish to do so.

Payment can either be by BACS, cheque or cash. Bank account details for BACS payments can be found on the application form.

Online form

A confirmation email will be automatically sent when you submit your application, however membership will only become valid when it is confirmed that the relevant fee has been paid.

If you wish you can instead download a paper application form.

The last day for submitting membership renewal to enable you to participate in the winter league road races and the remaining cross country races is 31st January 2017.

Derby Runner Cross Country League – Race 4 – Bradgate Park

The 4th race of the XC season took place last Sunday (11th December) within the picturesque grounds of Bradgate Park. The event was brilliantly hosted by Roadhoggs Leicester AC, which included a 5.25-mile course for the adults, a junior event consisting of a 1-mile route for pre-school to Year 6 and a 2-mile route (2 laps) for Year 7 pupils to 17 years of age.

The Men’s team had 11 representatives: Mark Cox, Richard Guest, Ben Harding, Matthew Knight, Harry Langham, Joe Langham, Nick Moore, John Padbury, Will Pither, Jonathan Richardson and Jonathan Strong.

The Ladies’ team had 10 representatives: Megan Cox, Michelle Fowler, Céline Guéry, Sally Henderson, Amanda Knight, Bethan Padbury, Kate Perkins, Emma Thompson, Jane Wheeler and Helen Wilebore.

The Pre-School – Year 6 Juniors were represented by: Isabella Wrightam, Matthew Cooper, Josh Cooling, Sophia Wrightam and Matthew Cooling.

The Year 7 – 17 years of age Juniors were represented by: Fabien Faria, James Le-Grice, Elise Cook-Sutton, Alex Wilebore, Chloe Burgess, Isobelle Wilebore and Luke Burgess.


The men’s race got underway at 10:55 with the ladies setting off at 11:05, to save a hectic start. The course was very challenging, with plenty of mud, tough downhill descents, lung-busting uphill ascents with rocks and tree roots thrown into the mix too. The first mile was a quick, flat and downhill charge, followed by a mile back up a long drag of a hill towards the start area. The next 2 miles were relatively flat and down, with a tricky section of mud which had to be negotiated. Mile 4-5 was brutal to say the least; an uphill section, with the last bit going up the rocks towards the war memorial. By this point the hamstrings, quads and lungs were in need of the finish line and from the top of the hill, it appeared. A fast downhill home was all that separated participant and finisher.

The Men’s Draft Results – Ben Harding – 31.47, Joe Langham – 37.17, Matthew Knight – 37.47, Nick Moore – 38.03, Harry Langham – 38.58, John Padbury – 40.49, Jonathan Strong – 41.58, Mark Cox – 43.25, Will Pither – 47.26, Richard Guest – 47.53 and Jonathan Richardson – 56.11

The Ladies’ Draft Results – Bethan Padbury – 40.14, Kate Perkins – 41.06, Michelle Fowler – 45.58, Céline Guéry – 46.28, Jane Wheeler – 48.14, Helen Wilebore – 48.16, Sally Henderson – 49.47, Emma Thompson – 59.19 and Amanda Knight – 61.13

The juniors set off at 10:30, negotiating a tough, hilly 1-mile loop. The Year 7 – 17 year olds ran the loop twice, totalling 2 miles, with the younger age category running a single loop. The course started off relatively flat, going downhill, then finishing with a challenging hill back up to the start area, where they were cheered in by the awaiting adults.

Juniors results (Pre-School – Year 6) – Isobella Wrightam – 6.25, Matthew Cooper – 6.57, Josh Cooling – 7.16, Sophia Wrigham – 8.49 and Matthew Cooling – 10.30

Juniors results (Year 7 to 17 years of age) – Fabien Faria – 13.17, James Le-Grice – 13.36, Elise Cook-Sutton – 14.13, Alex Wilebore – 14.56, Chloe Burgess – 17.15, Isobelle Wilebore – 17.25 and Luke Burgess – 18.01

Pictures courtesy of Stephen Lee.

There is now a 5 week break from XC action, with the next event on January 15th – Sinai Park. It would be great to see as many of you there as possible.


Update: Additional race added to calendar on 29th January at Bagworth Heath. This replaces the 27th Nov date which was cancelled.








Standard Times 2016

It’s time to apply for this year’s Standard Times awards.

The awards recognise individual achievement over a range of racing distances over the course of the year. All Hinckley Running Club members are invited to apply for a 2016 award. The award certificates will be presented at the club presentation night on 28th Jan, 2017.

To qualify for an award, you need to have achieved the required times in at least 5 different race distances during 2016. You can see the full requirements and times here: Ladies Standard TimesMens Standard Times

To apply, please download and fill in this form (.xlsx spreadsheet). When you have filled in the form, email it to

Please include in the form a few words about your running year — highlights, lowlights or stories — and also attach to the email your favourite running related photo of yourself from this year. This is for the presentation night and also for a “HRC year book”.

DEADLINE: Midnight on Monday, 2nd January 2016.
No exceptions. (Early entries encouraged!)

If you don’t get a reply to your email within 5 days, please contact Nick Moore or Céline Guery in case it was not received.

If you have any questions you can send an email to the above address.

Notes on rules:

  • Your time must be as shown in the official published race results and must be under your own name.
  • Your time must have been run between 1st January and 31st December, 2016.
  • Where races have chip timing, the chip time counts.
  • All road races with an UKA accredited certificate of course accuracy are accepted.
  • All the 2016 LRRL races are officially measured and do count. To help you out, here is a handy list of all this year’s LRRL races and results: LRRL Results 2016
  • The following parkruns are also accepted: Braunstone, Kingsbury Water Park, Conkers.
  • HRC time trials count for the 5K distance.
  • Cross country races, Thunder Run, Equinox etc. do not count.
  • For other races you can check if a race has an official certificate by searching Association of UK Course Measurers website.

Markfield Cross Country – Sunday, November 13th 2016

The second race of the 2016/17 Derby Runner Cross Country League was on Sunday, 13 November. The venue was South Charnwood High School, Markfield, organised by West End Runners. Hinckley’s adults were well represented, with 9 ladies and 16 men turning out in their blue and white vests.

Hinckley’s team of the day - missing one or two off on their warmup.
Hinckley’s team of the day – missing one or two off on their warmup.

We were spoiled with glorious sunny weather and the ground was quite soft from recent rains. To ease congestion there was a split start, meaning the men set of at 11:02 am (after a two minutes’ silence for Remembrance Sunday) and the ladies followed at 11:10.

The race started in the school field before heading out into woods and fields (with cows as an additional obstacle!) and finishing back at the school. A single lap of about 5.5 miles.

The Derby Runner league also features shorter races for juniors before the adults’ race.
The Derby Runner league also features shorter races for juniors before the adults’ race.

Leading the field for the Hinckley men was cross country specialist Ben Harding in 5th place, following from his 2nd place a fortnight ago. Ben Masser put in a strong effort to finish 48th, spurred on perhaps by the knowledge he was ahead of his dad Dave Masser. Joe Langham looks to have learned from experience not to start too far back in the pack, and advanced to 68th place (compared to 144th last time).

5th and 6th home were the two Marks —- Cox and Frost -— both running in their first cross country race since joining the club. Completing the scoring team of 8 were Tom Wormleighton and Simon Earley, just pipping Harry Langham who vowed to catch Simon next time. Jon Strong followed — having run the 15 miles from Hinckley to reach the race, together with Sally Henderson — and then Rolf Hoelmer, back in action for the club after an injury layoff. Greg Pollard, Matthew Lunn (also in his first XC race) and Will Pither all finished close together, followed by new men’s captain Richard Guest, and Ian Sylvester our top V60.

Hinckley’s ladies were led by Rebecca Gould, who worked her way through the field to 10th place, catching Bethan Padbury who came 11th. Kate Perkins followed in 23rd place and also brought the post-race cookies. Jenny Green was on a flyer in 60th place, ahead of fellow ladies’ captain Céline Guery in 71st and first vet Michelle Fowler in 74th. They were followed by Sally Henderson, Emma Thompson (who only joined the club in the last few weeks), Charlotte Sinclair and Andrea Earley. Special mention also to Megan Cox who ran in Barrow Runners colours, pending official transfer of first-claim membership.

Of the 26 clubs taking part, Hinckley’s ladies team came 3rd, the men were 8th, and the combined team was 7th.

Our thanks to West End Runners for organising this fantastic race.

The next cross country league race is on Sunday, 27 November 11am at Bagworth Heath. All Hinckley Running Club members are invited to take part. Entry is only £3 per person and no pre-registration is required – just turn up and run! Further details will be published on the website and on the Facebook group.

Report by Nick Moore

Cross country dates for your diary

Sunday 27 November – Bagworth Heath (organised by Desford Striders)

Sunday 11 December – Bradgate Park (organised by Roadhoggs)

Sunday 15 January – Sinai Park (organised by Hatton Darts)

Sunday 19 February – Allestree Park (organised by Derwent Runners)

Sunday 5 March – Bosworth Battlefield (organised by Hinckley Running Club – please try to save this date as we will need lots people to run and to help with the race!)

Thanks to Ed Nixon for these photos, I have selected just a few here but Hinckley Running Club members can see all of the photos inside the club’s Facebook group.

The start of the race went around the school field. Rolf Hoelmer in the foreground.
The start of the race went around the school field. Rolf Hoelmer in the foreground.
Sally adopting the correct protection from the unusually sunny November day.
Sally adopting the correct protection from the unusually sunny November day.
Ben Harding working hard up the final hill.
Ben Harding working hard up the final hill.
Kate Perkins making it look easy.
Kate Perkins making it look easy.
Mark Frost, with Tom in pursuit.
Mark Frost, with Tom in pursuit.
The Markfield venue was beautiful in the sunshine, though I’m not sure if the runners having to scale that hill fully appreciated it!

Markfield XC – Sunday 13th November 2016

Venue :
Organised by West End Runners

Children £1
Adults £3

Start times                                           
Junior race: 10.20am                  
Men’s race: 11.02am   (2 minute silence at 11.00am)
Ladies’ race: 11.10am 

If you are only coming for the junior race, please park in the staff car park to allow easier exit at the end of your race.
There are no changing facilities, but toilets are available in the school grounds.
The senior race is approximately 5.5 miles

Post race venue: The Bricklayers Arms, Main Street, Thornton, LE67 1AH

For further details please contact:Elaine O’Connor, West End Runners
 Mobile: 07834777412, email:
 We hope to see you there and that you can take part in the cross country fun!

Don’t miss out on your opportunity to shape our 2017 coaching plan!

For the first time, HRC are giving members the opportunity to take part in a survey as part of our commitment to the continuous improvement of our training sessions.

Your feedback and suggestions matter to us so don’t miss out on the opportunity to contribute towards our 2017 coaching plan.

The survey responses are anonymous to allow you to be as honest as possible. The survey contains 8 questions and closes on Wednesday 30th November 2016.

Click through to the survey here:

Holly Hayes XC Sunday 30th October 2016

Please find below the details of the first cross country of the season for the Derby Runner XC league. It would be brilliant to have a strong turn out for the first of the season.

Last season was a lot of fun and everyone did really well. The Ladies came 2nd in Division 2, Men 7th in Division 1, Team 5th in Division 1.

It is only £3, less than a pint in most places!

A club vest and a pair of shoes is really all you need, but studs, spikes or other off road shoes would help.

A men’s team would be brilliant, that is 8 men including at least 2 over 40. Even if you are last, you are still helping as without a full team, we get last place +1. And don’t just stop at 8, the more the merrier and you will help to push down the places of runners from other teams.

The ladies need 4, including 1 over 40.

It is a fun morning, great training, nice bit of strength work and a break from pounding the pavements.

CAR SHARE- Let’s meet at the Old Leisure centre car park from 9:15am, ready to go at 9:30 am.


For those on Facebook an event will be or has been created. More info at

Same Venue as 2015 – Staged with the kind permission of Friends of Holly Hayes Wood
MAIN/OFFICIAL MARSHALLED CAR PARKING is at King Edward VII College/Castle Rock High
School reached off both Meadow Lane and Warren Hills Road. Use LE67 4BR on Sat Navs.
In light of increasing numbers, 3 people minimum in a car please.
Additional parking for a few cars at Midland Quarry Products, Leicester Rd. near the northernmost
extremity of the course (you pass this in the Hermitage 10K) and Forest Rock Offices, top of Meadow Lane.
Additional street parking along Meadow Lane.
Please allow 10 minutes walk to the start/finish area from MAIN car parking.
Thereafter several roads also border the woods/course with direct footpaths leading from Abbots Oak Dr,
Rosslyn Rd, Holly Hayes Rd, St. Bernard’s Rd, Leicester Rd. Not an official endorsement ….just telling you
what these roads are called. IF you park on these or Rosemary Cres, Peterfield Rd & Tressell Rd then please
do NOT block drives or cause inconvenience to residents. DO NOT PARK on Hayes Close
Grid ref for X/C course (not the car parking) is SK443 154
New Tent Area on Hilary Crescent near to start/finish, and just a 2 minute walk from
the Pub/Results. Please only drop tents off here and DO NOT PARK – the
Paramedics will park up here.
No Toilets available.
Start Times: Juniors 10:30 am Adults 11:00 am
Course details/footwear: 80 metres of tarmac per lap (Adults), some slightly gravelled paths – otherwise
grass, and woodland (tree roots, rocks, mud and trail paths) with 1 stile crossing per lap and 5 brook
crossing in total for adults.
Junior (2015 course but start/finish nearer to new tent area) Under 10’s 1 lap woodland trail (approx. 1
mile), Under 16’s 2 laps. Loop prior to moving start/finish shown here:
Adults (approx. 6 miles) –2 large woodland/trail/grass laps described/shown. Slightly more rolling than
previous years.