Early Group – Saturday 28th May – Greensands Ridge Relay Leg 3

This week we will be running leg 3, this is the longest leg of the six at 9.1 miles. It runs from Woburn to Millbrook and includes wonderful views of Woburn Abbey and the deer park.

For those hardy souls who might be training for longer events there is the option of running the leg out & back, a total of over 18 miles.

Although the run begins in Woburn, we will meet at the small car park near the Millbrook test track at 08:00am whence we will leave some vehicles and ferry runners to the start in Woburn. The car park in Park Street, Woburn opposite the church is the start point for the purposes of our run this Saturday. We hope to get under way from there before 08:30am.

To ensure that we have enough transport please either post your intention to attend on the Facebook members only page or message / contact Julian Holden 07773 777392 or Richard Tearle 07747 630028.

Please note that this is the only official early group run this Saturday and we would welcome all members to participate.

Details of the route can be seen below:

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AGM Constitution changes – 2 weeks notice

Hi All – apologies for the length of the post but we (the committee) are proposing some changes to the club constitution and you all (club members) have the right to read, review and decide on whether you approve at the AGM.

The following amendments to the constitution are proposed so that it aligns to the new processes which we have put in place and also to the new EA regulations.

(1) The constitution states that;

Members shall pay their annual subscriptions (for the year 1st April to 31st March) by cash or cheque to the Treasurer or Membership Secretary or by bank transfer to the Club account by 30th April.

We propose that this be changed to

Members shall pay their annual subscriptions (for the year 1st April to 31st March) by bank transfer or by depositing cash or a cheque in to the Club account by 31st March.

(2) The constitution states that;

Members having arrears of subscriptions greater than 6 weeks will have their membership automatically terminated and will not be eligible to participate in the affairs or activities of the Club, including voting at a General Meeting. Payment of the full subscription at a later date will enable the individual’s full membership to be reinstated.

We propose that his be changed to

Members having arrears of subscriptions greater than 4 weeks will have their membership automatically terminated and will not be eligible to participate in the affairs or activities of the Club, including voting at a General Meeting, and access to the club website and social media members only pages. Payment of the full subscription at a later date will enable the individual’s full membership to be reinstated though the club will not register them with England Athletics.

Early Group Saturday Runs – May & June

On Saturday 18th June the club has two teams of six entered in the Greensands Ridge Relay race. This is a fun event which we have entered for the last five or six years, you can read about it here: http://www.smoc.info/GSRR/

This is a self navigated event which follows the Greensands Ridge path from Leighton Buzzard to Northill, a distance of around 35 miles. There are different length relay legs from around 4 miles up to the longest at about 8. It is a handicap event allowing different times for age etc.

To prepare for this over the next 6 weeks the early group runs will cover each relay leg in turn, starting this Saturday with leg 1 from Leighton Buzzard to Stockgrove.

It doesn’t matter whether you intend to run in the race or just fancy a run in lovely countryside with your clubmates. These runs are good fun and a chance to get away from pounding the Redways.

The first run is being led by Julian Holden and Kevin Kemp and they will post details of meet times and locations on Facebook in the near future.

Enjoy, these runs are great fun….

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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

Chairman’s post – Metro Bank, Club Kit, Membership renewals 206/17

Hi All, I have some very important updates for you about SUBS and KIT, so please do take the time to read this post and apologies that it is so long.
The club has grown from strength to strength over the past few years and I am sure you will all agree with me that all past and present committee members have done a great job over this time.
As a result of our increased numbers, lots of the tasks that were easy to manage when we were a small group where the committee personally knew every member are becoming more difficult now and take up a lot of time.
We have therefore decided to put the following procedures in place:

1. We have moved to Metro bank who allow us to do online banking.

2. With immediate effect, all payments of subs, Christmas meals etc must be paid online, or if you do not have online banking, you can go to Metro Bank (there is one by Waitrose in Oakgrove) to pay money in to the account. We will no longer accept cash or cheques.

I appreciate this may be an inconvenience to individuals but the workload on the treasurer in monitoring who the cash was from and the frequent trips to the bank to pay it in is too high especially considering this time is given freely to the club.

3. When paying in to the bank account we request that you clearly state on the reference your name and what is being paid e.g Dionne Whelan – subs, Julie Kennedy – Christmas.

If the name you use at the club is different to the one on your bank account please use the name we know you by. When we were smaller it was easier to identify people who used both a married name and a maiden name, with over 200 members this is no longer a 1 minute task, we can sometimes spend hours figuring out who has paid and what they have paid for, so your upfront help with this is much appreciated. For those that are unable to change the reference on their payments would you please set up a new payment and reference accurately describing the payment you are making, if you are paying for two separate items eg Christmas and BBQ, please split the payments. Please don’t use the same reference for everything as this adds an extra workload to the treasurer trying to work out what payments are actually for.

4. Kit can now be ordered directly from the supplier and a weblink has been posted on the MKLR site. The only kit ordered by the club will be vests for new members. We have negotiated slightly better deals and there are now two suppliers who you can use:
a. Dare 2 Wear provide our training kit, hoodies etc that we have always used – this link is already uploaded on to the website in the kit tab
b. Fusion now provide a range of higher quality race kit – this is at a higher price but may be of interest to those doing longer races who have found the seams on the training kit to be uncomfortable – the link to Fusion is not yet available.

5. When renewing your membership, if you have a change of address, or emergency contact details etc please remember to inform us by sending an e-mail to contact@mklr.org.uk or using the contact tab on the website.
Subs of £30 per person are now due for the year from 1st April 2016 to 31st March 2017

We will be applying to UK Athletics to register individual members immediately after 30th April. If you have not paid your subs by 30th April we will not register you and so you cannot apply for reduced race entry fees. In the past we have chased people who we thought should have paid, once again the sheer size of the club now prohibits this, we will post weekly reminders on Facebook, however it is your responsibility to pay your subs on time if you want to be registered with EA and considered eligible for the Virgin Money London Marathon club ballot.

The bank details are on the FAQ Page of the members part of the website AND posted on the Members Only Facebook page.

I hope you will all understand the need for these changes and embrace them. Happy Running.