MKLR VMLM Ballot – 2 places available


As you’ll know very soon the emails/magazines will be flying out with the In/Out results of the VMLM ballot. If you were unsuccessful then you can enter the club ballot. If you fit the following criteria;

(1) Full member for 2017/18 – since April
(2) Did not win club place in VMLM Ballot last year
(3) Provide proof of failure in VMLM ballot by End of October

Proof is either (1) forward Ezine email to or (2) Show ENTIRE magazine package to c’ttee member

Ballot will be carried out at November Track Session by Dionne Whelan.


After issues in previous years with late entries, and lack of proof there will be NO exceptions to the criteria.

BBQ and Awards 2017

Apologies for the delayed post but we had a great summer BBQ at MKRUFC thanks to Simon Stimpson for arranging it all, and for everyone supporting by coming along, especially those who rushed back from Race the Train.

The awards were presented to rapturous applause and the winners were as follows;

Chairman’s Award – David Lewis
Best Improved Early Group – Richard Litwinczuk
Best Improved Late Group – Nigel Brock
Best Dressed – Brigitte Kennedy and Julie Kennedy – for fancy dress at Hampton Court Half
Knight In Shining Armour – Norman Baker – for his actions during MK marathon supporting a poorly runner
Member’s award – Julian Holden – Voted for by all members
Performance of the Year – Debbie Coolman – for Ten in Ten at the Great Barrow Challenge

There was a very ‘dodgy’ raffle as well with Helen winning a free Xmas dinner place (FIX) and a nasty set-up giving Caroline a place at next years Thunder Run. All we need to now is get some teams in it…

Same time next year!

Social Events Update

The latest Social Events as follows…….

Saturday 23rd of September – Post ‘Mark Atkinson’s 100th Marathon’ Buffet Evening

Saturday 11th of November – Pub Crawl

Saturday 16th of December – MKLR Christmas Party

Log in and go to the ‘Social Events’ section for full details.

Members Member vote – Round 2 for 2016/17

Members Member of the Year – Round 1 results are done and dusted.

Now it’s Top 3 time, and time to vote again. You have to next Monday (31st) to let me know by PM or email who is your vote from the following 3.

Nominations for round 1 covered 15 different members, and the reasons were varied and numerous. From behind the scenes work, leading by example, being inspirational, being so competitive it’s funny, staggering performances, wearing a single calf-guard, being a muppet, the reasons covered all aspects of the club! (most were serious – I promise)

In no particular order the top three were;

Debbie Coolman, Mark Atkinson (Late Group), and Julian Holden

Well done to all 3, and to be fair all 3 are a triple threat, with commitment to the club, leading by example, and amazing performances.
Please let me know your vote ASAP (privately). Announcement to be made at the BBQ.

Thanks to all for voting, it has been great to see all the votes come in, and highlight all the best bits about our club.


Our next Beginners Course starts on Tuesday September 12th 2017. This is a 10 week course designed for new runners and those returning to running after a  break. Each week the session comprises a  warm up  followed by a series of run /walk intervals , progressively building up the time running until in the final graduation week you will be able to run 5K. Each session is led by qualified Run Leaders.

We meet next to the Lakeside Pub at Willen Lake on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6:15pm . To register your interest or for further information, drop us a line to


Club Member of the Year Award – Nominations

As we steadily approach the Summer BBQ and we turn our minds to the year gone by and it’s award season again!

I’m looking for ALL MEMBERS to vote on their Member of the Year Award.


(1) Email with your nomination, AND your reason OR Message me on FB
(2) Deadline for email / message 24th July
(3) Top 3 will go to Round 2 from 25th to 31st July for votes for the eventual winner

There is NO CRITERIA for your vote. It is personal, and can be for any reason.

e.g David Lewis – “Because he’s handsome” would be perfectly fine. There were a lot of those last year.

Social Event Updates

Latest Social Events as follows…….

Friday 2nd June is a get together at The Cross Keys pub in Woolstone

Saturday 15th July is another evening at Towcester Dogs

Sunday 20th August is the date for the MKLR Summer BBQ and Awards presentations

Also a date for your diary (and yes i know it’s only May!) is the MKLR Christmas Party on Saturday 16th December. Full details to follow.

Log in and go to the ‘Social Events’ section for full details of all events or see the posts on the club members’ Facebook page.

AGM – Confirmation

To confirm, all members are invited to our AGM for 2017 which will take place at 7.30pm on Friday 19th May at Milton Keynes Village Hall.
The address is Willen Rd, Milton Keynes, MK10 9AF.

As members of the club, everyone is welcome to come. The current committee will update you on what’s been happening at the club over the last year, how your club funds have been spent and take suggestions as to how members would like funds to be used going forward.

If you have anything you would like to add to the agenda, complaints, praise, ideas or anything else please email them to by 4th May 2017.
If anyone would like to stand for ANY of the committee roles then also please email – all roles are voted for each year – and any member can stand should they wish to do so.

Anyone who wishes to stand for a committee position must be nominated and seconded, this can be done by sending an e-mail to We would like all nominations in by 4th May 2017 please.

The Agenda is as follows:
1. Approval of Minutes of 2016 AGM
2. Report of the Club Secretary
3. Report of the Treasurer
4. Election of Committee
6. Additional Matters Raised By Members
7. Provisional Date for 2018 AGM
8. Chairperson’s Comments

~Adding an additional comment from me (Dave Lewis) there will be tea and biscuits as well~

AGM Announcement – May 19th

From Dionne – Club Chair

Our AGM will be held in Milton Keynes Village Hall on Friday 19th May at 7.30pm

As members of the club, you are all welcome to come. The current committee will update you on what’s been happening at the club over the last year, how your club funds have been spent and take suggestions as to how members would like funds to be used going forward.

Additionally, the meeting is used to elect club members to key positions on the committee. This is your club, if you would like to be involved in running it, then please do consider putting yourself forward for a position on the committee. Two of our committee members have already said that they will definitely be standing down in May but also please note that positions on the committee are not the automatic right of those currently in that position, so please do not assume this is a ‘closed shop’

If you are interested in joining the committee, then feel free to speak to a current or past committee member to find out what is involved. If you decide it is something you would like to try then you need to get a club member to propose you and another to second that. We would like all nominations in by 4th May 2017.

Details of where to submit nominations and any items you would like to be added to the agenda will be given closer to the time.

Membership Fees – 2016/2017 – Due by March 31st

Dear members please be advised that your subscription renewal is due shortly.

The payment deadline if you wish to be registered by the club with England Athletics is Friday 31st March 2017. England Athletics have raised the Individual Registration Fee once more and it is now £14 per person. It has been agreed that our club membership fee can still be held at £30 for full year membership.
You may recall that last year we brought forward the deadline for subscriptions to 30th April and did say this was in preparation for a 31st March deadline this year.
Your co-operation in getting funds cleared into the account on a timely basis ensured the whole registration process was very smooth and is much appreciated, I hope you can do the same again this year as it makes the job of the Club Secretary much less onerous.

There are a few things we require you to do please:

1. Make your payment into the account with the reference Subs then your name, if you are a married couple, it is much easier for us if you can take the time to make two separate payments please. (e.g. Subs Dionne Whelan then a second entry Subs Conor Whelan)
2. If the name you go by at the club is different to your married name, then please use that in your reference so that it is obvious who you are. (e.g Subs Julie Kennedy then a second entry Subs JJ De Gorter)
3. If you have changed any details since your original membership form was submitted please ensure these are updated, e.g. change of address, change of surname, change of emergency contact. Just let us know by sending an e-mail to
4. Your payment can either be done electronically or by visiting the bank, details are:

Metro Bank
MK Lakeside Runners
Sort code 23-05-80
Account 19230015

Thanks in advance to everyone for your help in ensuring a smooth start to the new membership year and I look forward to seeing you achieve your running goals whatever they may be.


MK Lakeside Runners