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.

NEXT BEGINNERS COURSE – 18th APRIL

Want to get fit for summer or try a new challenge?

Then join our next Beginners Course on 18th April. The course lasts 10week and at the end of it all participants will be able to run 5K.

Whether you are completely new to running or have decided to start again after a long break, this course is for you. It is designed to enable all ages and abilities to achieve the 5K run with experienced, qualified leaders in a friendly and supportive club

If you are interested, please let us know via the contact tab on the website and we look forward to meeting you in April.

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 contact@mklr.org.uk
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.

Dionne

Social Event – Friday 3rd February 2017

The first social event of 2017 will be a get together at the Furzton Lake Pub on Friday 3rd of February.

This event is open to all club members and their partners and the invitation is extended to all members of the new beginners’ group too.  Come along and see what a friendly club we are!

Meet from around 19.30 and it’ll be great to see lots of you there.

Thanks :)

Coaching Team Changes – 2017

Sorry for the lateness of this announcement, work & holidays sometimes get in the way!

I would firstly like to thank the following run leaders who have recently decided to call it a day and withdraw from the Coaching Team, without their dedication, time and commitment there would be no club:

Andy Gower, Paula Morisco-Tarr, Jane Fenwick, Jeanette Tearle, Elizabeth Newton, David Cooper.

Thank you one and all, it was a pleasure working with you.

We do, however, have a fine bunch of newly recruited and qualified Leaders in Running Fitness  and I would like to welcome them all to the team:

Caroline Ford, Terry Siggins, Simon Stimpson and Rak Patel

I am sure you will give these guys your support in the coming weeks as they find their feet as run leaders.

You may well already have seen that our Chairman Dionne Whelan has recently qualified as a Coach in Running Fitness, I would like to congratulate Dionne on this achievement. Your club now has three qualified Coaches and a dedicated and enthusiastic group of Leaders, putting us in a good place to help you all develop and reach your running goals in 2017.

 

Next Beginners Course Starts January 2017

This group completed the latest Beginners Course on 24th November, achieving their aim of running 5K.

Why not view the start of 2017 as “New Year, New Me” and join our next  Beginners Course on 10th January. The course lasts 10week and at the end of it all participants will be able to run 5K.

Whether you are completely new to running or have decided to start again after a long break, this course is for you. It is designed to enable all ages and abilities  to achieve the 5K run with experienced leaders in a friendly and supportive club

If you are interested please let us know via the contact tab on the website and we look forward to meeting you in January

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:

Runbacks

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