Xmas Do 2016 – Update

Following the success of the weekends BBQ and while we’re all in pretty good spirits I though i’d take this opportunity to remind you of the current situation regarding the MKLR Christmas Party.

Last week we paid deposits for 49 people. As we didn’t fill enough places straight away to get the venue exclusively ours they will now allow any other interested parties to apply for the remaining places. There are plenty of places currently still up for grabs so as you decide you wish to attend then we can keep paying for places until such time we are told that the venue is full.

    The club Early Bird discount has finished

But until the end of the month the venue have their own 10% discount making the cost of a ticket £35.55 per person. After this discount ends the price then goes up to the full amount of £39.50 per person.
Get in early to avoid any disappointment. We will be posting regularly throughout the month with updates.

All details can be found on the Members only page LINK

Christmas Do – 2016 – Earlybird special….

Sorry for mentioning it SO early but the Xmas do is being planned at the moment by Simon and we have an early bookers discount. Message below from Simon – Social Committee member

This year’s MKLR Christmas Party will again be held at The Jury’s Inn, Central Milton Keynes on Saturday 17th December from 1900 hrs to 0100 hrs.

Last year’s party was a fabulous evening and hopefully this one will be just as good.

I have again secured the restaurant section and we can have up to 100 places and if we fill them the venue will be exclusive to us………we had 83 attend last year!!
The usual price of the evening is £39.50 but for any bookings done before the end of August there is a 10% discount that the hotel give (making the cost £35.55). Last year the Committee offered an “Early Bird” price and it has been agreed to do the same again this year.


We have to give the venue an idea of numbers and pay the deposit at the start of August so this “Early Bird” offer is open until the end of Sunday 31st of July where the cost will then revert to the normal price of £39.50 per person.
For your money you get a 3 course meal, pay bar and disco. The menu is available to view (see below) but choices are not needed until later in the year so i will deal with that one as and when!
The 2016 Christmas Brochure should be available on the Jury’s Inn website for you to have a look at. This also includes details of how to book accomodation at the hotel, if required. A single room with bed and Breakfast is £65 and a double is £75.
Please pay directly into the club account Sort Code 23-05-80 Account Number 19230015 putting your NAME and XMAS PARTY as the reference please.

You can also visit any Metro Bank and pay cash or cheque into the club account that way. Money will not be accepted by any of the Committee – sorry!
Any questions then please feel free to ask.
Thanking you in advance for your support :)

AGM 2015/2016 – Official announcement

The Annual General Meeting will be held at 8pm on Monday 23rd May. All members are welcome and indeed encouraged to attend.
It will be held at

The South Furzton Meeting Place, 1 Blackmoor Gate, Furzton, Milton Keynes, MK4 1DS

The Agenda is as follows:

1. Approval of Minutes of 2015 AGM
2. Report of the Club Secretary
3. Report of the Treasurer
4. Election of Committee
5. Amendments to the Constitution
6. Additional Matters Raised By Members
7. Provisional Date for 2017 AGM
8. Chairperson’s Comments

Any member is welcome to apply for a position on the Committee. Current Committee members are not guaranteed to continue in their role, though they can stand again if they wish.
The 9 roles on the Committee and current members in each role are:
Chair – Dionne Whelan
Vice Chair – Gerry Brookman
Secretary – Laurie Mills
Treasurer – Kevin Kemp
Membership Secretary – Keith Bedford
Head Coach – Richard Tearle
Social Events – Simon Stimpson
Event Co-ordinator – David Lewis
Committee Member – Andy Gower

Gerry Brookman and Andy Gower have indicated that they are not prepared to stand again. If you would like to be considered for a role, please feel free to contact anyone currently on the committee to find out what this will entail. Everyone wishing to be considered for a role, including those who are re-applying for a position must be nominated and seconded by two club members who must send an e-mail for the attention of the Club Secretary to contact@mklr.org.uk by May 9th confirming their support.

Any uncontested roles will be automatically assigned, and a vote will be held at the AGM where more than one party has been nominated.

If anyone has any items they would like to be added to the Agenda, then please send details for the attention of the Club Secretary to contact@mklr.org.uk by May 9th

We look forward to seeing you on the 23rd.

Wearing Headphones in Road Races

This is the latest from UK Athletics:

From 1 April 2016 a new rule regarding the wearing of head phones in road races was introduced into the 2016-2018 edition of the UKA Rules of Competition.

“The wearing of headphones, or similar devices, (other than those medically prescribed), is not permitted in races on any single carriageway road that is not wholly closed to traffic.

This restriction does not apply to races held on dual carriageways provided that there are clear, structured separations between the separate carriageways. Competition Providers of races held entirely on roads closed to traffic may apply this condition where appropriate to local circumstances.”

Race Directors may apply the condition to any race where they consider the wearing of headphones to be a hazard – including, for example, where runners must be able to hear marshals’ instructions or on a lap course, and UKA will support the race director where that local condition is applied.

Enforcement of this rule is a matter for the race director and referee and disqualification of runners who choose to ignore it is an option.


Club Running Etiquette

For variety, the early group schedule includes 5k and 10k runs and on alternate weeks 20:20 and 30:30 runs. During these runs it is important that you follow the run leaders instructions, particularly the 5k and 10k events when we need to ensure a safe and enjoyable environment for everyone.

Please take careful note of the following notice:


During our club runs we like to make sure all of our runners are safe and when we get back to the start of the run we haven’t lost any (it’s bad for the membership numbers).  To make sure we don’t leave anyone behind we do something called Runbacks.

Running Backs?  

No not an American Football position, Runbacks.

At set points on a route, the lead runners turn round, and run back towards the last runner. As the lead runners pass the other runners, the other runners turn and follow the lead runners back.

That means extra running, why would we want to do that?

Runbacks re-group everyone, and helps maintain Club cohesion. It lets you swap who you’re running with, and allows those escorting slow or new runners to swap duties with others. It helps runners feel more confident so that they are not running alone. It lets runners socialise a little with runners they wouldn’t normally run with.  Come on admit it, we are a friendly club, it’s good to speak to someone new or catch up with someone who you do not normally run with?

OK, I can see it might make sense, when do we do that? 

We Runback mainly on a Tuesday night run or when your Running Leader/Coach says that we will do Runbacks.  They will either be at a certain time e.g. every five minutes or at certain points along the route such as obvious turnings or changes in direction.

How far do we Runback?

You should Runback to the last runner in the Group.  Sometimes the Group may split into two to accommodate the difference in pace but your Running Leader/Coach will tell you if this is happening by re-grouping all runners and then they will tell you who you should be running back to.

That sounds like extra mileage, how many extra miles will I end up doing?

This depends on your pace.  Faster runners will end up running slightly further than the 5k or 10k route.  Think of it as a speed session in the middle of a run, perfect for building speed and stamina.  You really have no excuse to not want to do it.  You can also vary your pace so that you run out fast and Runback to the last runner more slowly or vice versa.  Also if you are new to running a longer distance keeping a slow steady pace towards the back will ensure you do not go off too quickly at the start of the run and you can learn to pace yourself properly.

Well I just don’t want to do it, it messes up my run!

Well if you don’t want to, no one can force you.  HOWEVER, it is really good for both your running and for making those runners not as fast as you feel like they are part of a club rather than slogging the streets on their own.  Slower runners won’t run much extra at all and faster paced runners can add a couple of extra miles onto the route but hey, why join a running club to run on your own or be antisocial.  Plus it is all extra miles on your feet so that can never be a bad thing.

The Club prides itself on being a friendly and supportive Running Club.  Runbacks ensure we run as one Club, we lookout for each other, we encourage one another; we make sure we are all safe and most of all we get fit and have FUN together!

Don’t forget to RUNBACK!

Thank you


MKLR Coaching Team


Track Sessions 2016

All – Future sessions at track are now sorted for the remainder of 2016. We have a gap in July/August and December for Summer and Christmas holidays.

Please see Facebook for session details.

Dates; 11th May, 22nd June, 14th September, 12th October, 16th November