DH RUNNERS AGM MINUTES
Nov 21st 2015
1) Welcome from Chair and Report
Report is attached
2) Treasurer’s Report
3) Election Of Officers
The committee is to remain in place for another year. The only change being Michelle Mackay becoming Membership Secretary
Chair Kev Mulvey
Vice Chair Andrew Graham
Secretary Sarah Hamilton
Treasurer Kev Mulvey
Membership Secretary Michelle Mackay
Welfare Officer Lindsay Graham
Volunteer Coordinator Steve Claringbold
Male Rep Andy Baker
Female Rep Michelle Mackay
DBS Verifier Lindsay Graham
Coaching Coordinator Steve Claringbold
Proposed: Kev Mulvey
Seconded: Paul Graves
No objections from the members
4) Tuesday Group Report – see attached
5) Thursday Group Report – see attached
6) London Marathon Ballot Place
Matt Begg won the draw. Club Sec to register his name with VMLM.
7) Any Other Business
a) Affiliation for 2016/17 will be £13. Club membership prices to be confirmed in the new year
b) Submissions for our Charity of the Year shortlist to be made to Steve Claringbold. The membership can then vote.
c) Membership informed that the cost of the Christmas Party is being subsidised by the club
d) Andrew Graham announced our intention to hold a 10k race in 2016
e) Tony Mills passed his thanks and appreciation to the committee for all their work over the past year
There being no other business the meeting was adjourned at 1140.
A MONTH BY MONTH GUIDE
DH Runners becomes an England Athletics affiliated club.
The Thursday beginners session began
At Langdale our Team Captains (Andy Baker & Michelle Mackay) and Runner of the Year (Matt Begg) were announced.
Christmas night out
Boxing Day handicap run
Started accepting full memberships for previously unregistered runners
£750 from DRS to fund Level 1 coaching course for Kev Mulvey, Andrew Graham and Steve Claringbold
Memberships open to all.
Club championship began
Paul Graves represents the club on the Championship start line at the VMLM.
Received the judges special award at the Community Heroes Awards.
6 week You Can Run course starts
Runners-up in the Club of the Year category at the England Athletics North West Awards
Four more people completed the Leader In Running Fitness course
Judges special award at the Carlisle Sports Awards
First AGM on the anniversary of becoming affiliated.
We currently have 133 members.
DH Runners have been represented up and down the country, and this year, many runners have also been abroad:
Valencia 2014, Seville and Comrades – Stephen Weston
Budapest ½ - Simone Rouse and Matt Begg
New York – Emma Richardson
Dublin – Paul Graves and Steve Claringbold
Lake Maggiore, Italy – Deryck Hutchinson (His 60th marathon – well done!)
Valencia 2015 – Andrew Graham, Stephen Weston, Ian Mair, Mark Story, Olly Ewbank and Lindsay Mechie
Tuesday Group Report
As most people will be aware, Tues night’s group was our original beginners group. Over the course of the first year we averaged about 12 runners per week.
As our original beginners progressed through the second year to distances of 10k and beyond, Tuesday was needed to become abit more tasking, and from this we started to grow.
By February 2015 (our 2nd anniversary) we had attracted over 150 different runners with around 100 of those returning to run at least 3 times. We have now had well over 200 different runners use our Tuesday night run.
I had never imagined it becoming the size it is now. Our main aim was a friendly, welcoming atmosphere that people could use as a way to access running. The success of Carlisle parkrun has obviously contributed massively to the success of our club and shows that the parkrun feeling can be replicated through the week.
We do plan some tough sessions on a Tuesday and only a very small number ever grumble! The grumbles are never about the graft though. It’s normally about how far away from the next toilet we are…………….!
With the club now sitting at over 130 members it’s fair to say that whatever we have been doing over the past 2 ½ years has been going down well with most people.
It has been a real privilege to see people join the club - for motivation, help with training or simply because their friends have – and go on to achieve some really special milestones in their running. Last year’s Club Runner of the Year Matt Begg is a glowing example of how abit of encouragement and structure can go a long way.
We like to think that you are all on board with our ethos that inclusivity and friendliness are our priorities. Yes it’s amazing when we win team prizes or have finishers very high up the standings at races but it is far more important that our club members feel welcome in those races in the first place.
I don’t want to talk too much about individuals as that will give away clues to our annual awards winners, but………..special mentions go to Emma Richardson who this year has run 5k, 10k and ½ marathon PB’s and run her first marathon. Colin Nichol – the secret runner. Colin joined DH Runners after running most weeks at parkrun then taking the plunge on a Tuesday night. On his first run, 4 miles into an 8miler he told me this was his furthest ever run. I asked if he would be ok to get back to Morley Street………………thankfully he was!
THURSDAY GROUP REPORT
The Thurs group began in November 2015. WE weren’t sure how many people to expect so were a little overwhelmed when 47 turned up! Since then we’ve had more than 280 different runners come at least once and we average about 50 runners a week.
The You Can Run 6 week course started in September. It was initially agreed that this would be limited to 15 runners but due to the overwhelming interest we ended up with 35! The course was a great success. A massive thanks to all our runners from Tuesday who came along to help out.
As the group has grown and people have progressed, it became apparent that we needed to scale back a little so as not to intimidate brand new runners. Therefore the mileage now sits at around 5k with a maximum pace of 10min/mile. Of course, people can run/walk as much as they need.
A huge thanks to Andy and Nina for running the group with me, and also to the 21 different volunteers we’ve had over the year.