Jackie Duers, Jo Harcombe, Penny Durance, Paul
Chris Cregg, Paul Cregg, Chrissie
Reynolds, Roy Crashley, Helen Jones, Pete Lambarth, Phil Sturgeon,
Vance Owen, George Pass,
Tracy Polak, Bruce Danby,
Loraine Fozzard, Barbara Garrett,
Mark Edmondson-Jones, Angela Edmonson-Jones, Chris Wales, Patrick Lynn,
Wilmot, Katy Simpson, Heidi Harris, Caroline Loom, Liz Butcher, Paul
Paul Grogan, Peter Gault,, Pete Moody, Ant Rosevear, Richard Durance
Apologies for absence
Brendan Parkinson, Bev Owen, Richard Peacock and Stephen
Minutes of last meeting and matters
Minutes approved as a true
representation of the last AGM.
All matters arising from
year’s meeting have been dealt with during the past committee meetings. These included:-
New summer event: The Southwell Swine
New training structure for Tuesdays,
Thursdays and Saturdays
(see Chair’s report below)
my previous two chairman’s reports I have mentioned how the club has
more diverse in the type, and distance of events that club members now
for, and take part in. Over the past year our club members have taken
events that range in length from 1 mile to 300 mile multi-day, stage
Types of terrain vary and include running track, road, cross country,
fell, and mountains. Some of these members take part to race and be
competitive, some just want to improve and compete against the clock or
themselves, some like the challenge of being part of a team, others
purely for the enjoyment and the social ambience that such events
also have members who run purely to get fit, or to provide a level of
for other pursuits such as duathlon, triathlon and pentathlon and then
are those who choose to run with the club purely for social means. All
members run for equally valid reasons and seek to get something out of
provide a comprehensive training structure that suits all these aims is
impossible. We can however provide activities that will fit somewhere
training programme of most runners who join the club. I believe the
best suits all our needs is to provide a speed-work session on Tuesday
evenings, a medium paced, tempo run on Thursdays and longer, steady
run on a Saturday morning. I feel that while not offering a
training schedule for anyone, it does provide something for all
runners. I also
believe that these sessions work best when the club is kept together as
group rather than numerous splinter groups setting off at different
on different routes. Finding leaders for a single group session on a
a difficult task but trying to find leaders for three different paced
a different venue each week is practically impossible, and the Saturday
sessions have suffered from this.
committee does receive feedback regarding training sessions but it is
and generally negative. We have had some constructive suggestions this
which the committee has tried to act upon with mixed amounts of
these are few and far between. The club is evolving continually and I
there is a feeling amongst many people and myself included that this
is towards competition and focussed training for specific events. This
evolution is not happening because the committee have decided that this
way the club should be, it is happening because club members are making
happen, by making constructive suggestions and taking time and effort
themselves to get these ideas off the ground. The committee approve and
facilitate these ideas, and when we get so few constructive suggestions
difficult not to act on the ones we receive. What I would welcome is
members who feel that Saturday mornings aren’t working or going the way
like to take on the challenge.
my time at the club the most successful and radical change to training
was the Thursday night format that Peter Cowley developed a number of
ago. Pete successfully identified what was wrong and with a bit of
and effort he produced a basic circuit with 4 variations, went out,
and mapped them himself, put the suggestion before the committee and
is history. This is the kind of constructive suggestion we welcome. The
successful inventions, innovative ideas, scientific breakthroughs are
rarely ever realised through “design by committee” more often than not
the product of one person’s “eureka” moment and single minded
have a great club packed full of great people with years of experience
running world and I am sure there are many more Pete Cowleys within our
with great ideas for training sessions.
area where the club has been weak, is in dealing with beginners to
do not have the ability or confidence to run with the main body of the
This has been a problem this year with at least two prospective members
put off by the sheer pace of the club as a whole. In answer to this Jo
Semmelroth has set up a beginners running club which will meet on
evenings before the main club session. They will finish as the main
starts so that they can integrate with the club, with the aim of
main body of runners when they are capable. They will all pay the
normal club membership
subscription and hence will be club members. Jo will lead the sessions
as many of them are her own personal clients. The sole aim is to
capability and confidence for each of them to run with the main group.
entirely Jo’s idea and again is another example of a club member
inspirational solution to a long standing problem.
Summer league kicked off this year with a brand new race hosted by
and held at Hexgreave
We owe a big vote
of thanks to Tony Strawson the owner of the estate who put in a great
hard work to make the event the success that it was. A huge amount of
should go to our own club members; a very large proportion of which
involved either competing on the night, marshalling or helping to set
race. It really is another event that SRC can be proud of.
had a much larger turn-out at all the summer league races than last
is encouraging, with 9 members completing the entire series and our
finished 2nd, veteran women 5th and senior men 8th,
and this is our best senior men’s result in this league for long time.
Campbell won the U20’s gold medal with Paul Grogan and Nigel Watkin
silver and bronze in the men’s v50 category respectively.
have supported both the Gordon Whelbourn series and the Holme
Prix series with more than double the number participants that took
year. Both were highly successful competitions for us with Jackie Duers
the women’s series and Nigel Watkin claiming 3rd overall in
Gordon Whelbourn, and in the Holme Pierrepont Grand Prix series Paul
Nigel Watkin claimed 1st and 2nd prizes
the male V50 category while Penny Durance claimed 1st in the
V60 and Angela Edmondson-Jones was 3rd female V50.
year we entered a men’s team for the national masters road relays
and our Southwell men finished 35th overall which was a
marathons continue to be the most popular type of event for Southwell
but interest in 10Ks appears to be growing rapidly. Marathons also
grow in popularity and this year SRC have been represented at London,
York, Milton Keynes, Giant’s
head (in Dorset), The Yorkshireman,
and Robin Hood amongst others.
running is usually the most popular genre at SRC but this year it seems
increased further in popularity with greater numbers taking part in
than last year.
XC leagues have been well supported this year and interest in cross
continues to grow steadily. In the North Midlands
league our veteran men finished 6th which is a good result
is a very high quality league.
the East Midlands league our veteran
finished 2nd , veteran ladies 3rd and our senior
members took part in the County
Park in Heanor and
10 members took
part in the national XC championships at Wollaton Park
which was a huge success.
year the club has a men’s and ladies team entered in the national XC
competition to be held on 1st November at Berry
running continues to grow in popularity with more club members taking
fell races than ever before. SRC has been represented in numerous races
across the UK
with distances ranging from less than 5K to marathon.
provided two men’s teams and a ladies team at the 4th Notts County
fell running championships, held at the Wolf’s Pit race in Derbyshire.
men’s teams finished 1st and 4th and our ladies
2nd. Paul Butcher won the men’s individual gold medal and
Granger won the ladies V40 gold. For the fourth consecutive year SRC
Butcher, Alex Hughes and Gina Granger were selected to compete for
Nottinghamshire at the inter-counties fell championships held at Witton Park
near Blackburn. SRC also entered a
the High Peak Marathon and this year we have two teams entered for the
& Hill relay championships to be held next Sunday at Middleton Fell
distance events continue to grow in popularity and this year SRC has
represented at the Dukeries Ultra, Tour De Helvellyn, High Peak
fellsman, London to Brighton 100K, High Peak 40, Grand tour of Skiddaw,
Ultra to name but a few. The scale of these events continues to grow
and I am
in awe of the ability, fitness and sheer tenacity of our members who
events that involve huge distances and multiple days of running. Three
would like to mention from this year are Dick Durance returning to the
run with Helen, Wayne Wilmot’s attempt at the CCC in the Mont Blanc
Phil Sturgeon’s attempt at the Spine race in January. All didn’t
event for various reasons but never the less just having the ability
bravery to enter and have a go is something that I personally hold in
regard and shows the scale of the ambition of our membership.
Paul Orton staged a second very successful Grand
Southwell which was enjoyed by a number of club members, and I hope
will become a regular feature on the calendar.
has been a good year for internal events. In the Grand Prix series
all races are slightly up on last year with the exception of the 3 mile
where 28 runners took part and this is the same amount as last time. We
slightly changed the format this year by introducing the Bramley
Challenge as a
substitute race, effectively replacing re-runs after each individual
have also successfully introduced a new 4 race Cross country Grand Prix
which was very well attended by club members and the winner will be
at the first race of the new series, later this year.
A big vote of thanks is due to Jim Semmelroth for organising this.
new internal event for this year was the club age related track race at
leisure centre. The turn-out for this was small but the event was well
organised and I hope that it will grow in popularity in the future as
offers something very different to the other internal events, it really
fun and much more sociable than any of the other internal races. You
actually watch and learn or even heckle while other club members run.
have also successfully re-introduced the River Relays this year, after
year absence and just for once it didn’t rain!
we hosted the annual Bramley Challenge also at Caythorpe, and this year
Striders joined us along with NOTFAST and Holme Pierrepont. Another new
to this was that we have introduced timing, a results board, and have
incorporated the race into the Grand Prix series. We received very
feedback from Newark Striders who wish to be included again next year.
Sturgeon gave a talk on the epic Spine race held on the Pennine way in
and Jo Semmelroth put on a barefoot running event at Upton cricket
club which was very
informative. Julie Gleeson hosted the Christmas run which takes the
form of a
treasure hunt around Southwell which is always good fun and the
was held at Ferry Farm Park again last year. Apart from meeting after
race events for refreshments that just about sums up social events for
year, which I think is a shame as the social atmosphere at SRC is what
such a great club to be part of.
year the Southwell Swine was held at the slightly later date of the 24th
August and we received only slightly fewer entries than the previous
routes were entirely off-road this year and held within the
estate. We are very grateful to Vic Hird at Brackenhurst who put a
of effort into assisting the sub-committee with organising the event.
chosen charity this year was REACH, based in Southwell, and they were
involved on the day with marshalling etc. We have received lots of
feedback and the race went well on the day with a very positive
big vote of thanks goes to the sub-committee for putting in a great
hard work before and during the race and also to Gascoines for
event to the tune of £1,000 without which it could not have gone ahead.
main thing that has always stood out to me through my time at Southwell Running Club is the superb,
social atmosphere that some other clubs lack. I believe this is partly
the club training together as a whole rather than in separate groups,
sheer number of internal events either races or social, that are open
club members. The largest and most active, dedicated running clubs in
region put on approximately 3 internal race events per year with club
championships based upon a points system for competing in various open
public races. We currently hold 11 internal race events and two
internal Grand Prix series. We are unique in this, and also that our
source of income is from our membership subscriptions. Most clubs put
least one “open to the public” event of some kind to generate income.
proceeds from our only race event are donated to charity.
the last few years the running costs of the club have risen
just internal events but all affiliation fees have increased, with the
sustaining huge losses this year. To compound this membership currently
at 95 which is down on last year and England Athletics have increased
individual affiliation fees by £2.00 per member this year.
All of this places a financial burden on the
membership and unfortunately we are now at the point where an increase
membership subscriptions is inevitable if we are to keep our unique and
summary I think there are more positives than negatives to take from
There are some issues to be resolved surrounding finance and training
structures and these will form the main challenge for this coming year.
successfully introduced a new summer league race, held our 2nd
Southwell Swine race, re-introduced the River Relays after a two year
improved the Bramley challenge and the proportion of our membership
participating in club events and race leagues has grown considerably
to last year. Every member in this room tonight has played an active
part in that
and on the whole I think we have a club that we can all be very proud
Lorraine presented the
accounts summary for the financial year to 31 August 2014.
A summary is attached. Thanks
again to Brenda Peacock for
auditing the accounts.
following members were elected to serve on the committee for 2014/15:-
Roy Crashley, Jim
Semmelroth, Lisa Preece and Julie Gleeson all
stood down. They were thanked for their great service to the club.
Motions for discussion
To take on Southwell Rugby
Club premises as a base.
There was debate about the advantages and
was felt that there should be an analysis of costs and savings. Those
said (by a majority of 20 to 12 of those
voting) that they would be willing to pay a £40 pa membership
this was necessary to make it viable. IH as Chair will open
the Rugby Club.
To change the
Club’s financial year to run from 1st April to 31st
This is to align it with the UKA
year. Carried by a good majority.
To change the
club subscription fees to £10 to 31st March 2015 and then to
£35 from 1st April depending on outcome of motions (i) and
Motion carried in respect of £10 to 31st
2015. Decision on level of subscription from 1st April 2015
until a decision has been made on having the Rugby Club as a base.
bring the subscription fees for the over
60s in line with standard subscription fees.
Re the Club London Marathon entry, LP
confirmed that the
portal for registration does not open until the end of
A query was raised about the cost of the
hire of the Full
Moon which had increased to £300 from £80.
A request was made for the venues for
Saturday runs to be
extended. More members should be prepared to take responsibility for
the Saturday routes. Dick volunteered to put some routes together, so
could be referred to by those leading if necessary. Requests made for
whipper-ins to be on a rota as well.
The meeting closed at 9.10pm