About Us

About Us

Derwent Runners...

The friendly sociable running club in Derby

Based at Derby Rugby Club, Haslams Lane, Derby DE22 1EB.

We meet at 7:00 pm every Tuesday (Club night) and Thursday (hill training).
We also have a ‘Yoga for Runners’ session at Pride Park each Monday evening,
and join Derby Triathlon Club for track training each Wednesday night.

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Club History

The first London Marathon took place in 1981 kick starting the first running boom and within a few years every town and village had its own running event. The club was formed in 1985 by a group of running enthusiasts based mainly in the Allestree area (in time honoured tradition the idea was conceived over a pint in one of the local hostelries) and from the outset there was no shortage of competitive events. Derby had its own marathon (Ramathon) and even suburbs such as Allestree, Mickleover and Chellaston had their own half marathon events.

The original meeting point was Markeaton Park but within a short period of time the West End Community Centre was established as the club’s base. In those days runners paid 50p each week to cover the cost of renting the centre. Original club vests were green with a broad white centre band (including ventilation holes – cutting edge technology!). Shorts were black but tended towards the “snug” variety rather than the looser style more commonplace nowadays (in the early days female runners were something of a rarity).

After several years the club was advised that West End Community Centre was to be demolished to make way for a new University of Derby site and a new venue needed to be found (in fact the university found alternative premises and the Community Centre still exists). The club’s meeting venue became Derby Rowing Club but this coincided with a significant decline in club membership. Many of the original members had left the club due to work and family commitments or, more sadly, illness & injury. The 80s running boom faded as the dubious attractions of computer games and satellite television enticed a generation away from exercise. Events began to disappear from the calendar and those wishing to participate in competition found they had to travel greater distances.

Many local running clubs either merged or folded but Derwent Runners soldiered on with a hard core of active members and after a period at Chester Green moved to its current location at Derby Rugby Club. Numbers gradually picked up once more thanks to increasing awareness of the benefits of regular exercise and the introduction of more social events (summer pub runs proving especially popular). In recent years the advent of the internet has had a dramatic impact on the club’s membership which currently stands at just short of 200 members (and growing!).

Mark Gray

02/03/2016

Meet the Committee

Leigh Johnston
Leigh Johnston
Club Secretary
The Club secretary is our point of contact for UKA as well as other external club contacts. Documenting meetings & all communication between...
Matt Parker
Matt Parker
Race Director
The Race Director is responsible for all of our club races as well as the first point of contact for other race organisers. This job also includes...
Bis Whatling
Bis Whatling
Welfare Officer (Female)
WELFARE OFFICER
Keith Cousins
Keith Cousins
Website and Social Media Officer
Adele Styles
Adele Styles
Social Secretary
Our social secretary is responsible for organising our social events which include anything from our annual AGM, away events, our Christmas meal...
Michelle Kinsey
Michelle Kinsey
Hill Captain
Our Hill Captain runs the hill session on a Thursday night but can also be found regularly offering support on a Tuesday night run as well.
Barry Warwick
Barry Warwick
Team Captain
The Team captain organises our Cross Country teams as well as our hosted cross country race.
Simon Field
Simon Field
Chair
The face of the Club – The Chairman represents Derwent Runners to external organisations ad leads the committee in the best interests of the...
Carolyn Ross
Carolyn Ross
Kit Officer
Our Kit officer looks after all kit (no surprise there then) periodically providing us with brand new lovely club clothing. You can usually...
Chris Druro
Chris Druro
Route Master
This is the job at the heart of our club. Route Master not only organises where we run but who is reponsible for leading each group. They are also...
Ann Marie Casely
Ann Marie Casely
Membership Officer
The membership officer is the first point of contact for anyone joining the club. They are the primary point of contact for any change of details...
Andy Tidmarsh
Andy Tidmarsh
Welfare Officer (Male)
Welfare Officer (Male) and Social Media

Read Derwent Runners Constitution