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Derwent Runners

Who are Derwent Runners?

We’re known as ‘The Hoops’ because of our eye-catching green and white striped kit. The club was formed in 1985 as a response to the running boom in the UK at that time. This explosion and the first London Marathon influenced a group of running fans who talked about setting up a club over a few drinks. The result: Derwent Runners was born.

Where is the club located?

We started life at West End Community Centre in Derby but after a temporary stay at Chester Green, we are now located at Derby Rugby Club. We are close to the River Derwent and Darley Park.

Tell us about the club training sessions?

There are four training runs each week plus a core strength and flexibility session.

*  Monday is Yoga/Pilates/Core strength work.

*  Tuesday is club night with three different groups and a nice mix of abilities – 4 mile (10 min mile average), 6 mile (9 min mile average) and a fast 6 mile (7.5 min mile average). This is an average guide as we operate a mustering policy so no one is left behind on a run.

*  Wednesday is a coached speedwork session in conjunction with Derby

Tri Club.

*  Thursday is hill night at Darley and Allestree parks and is a particular favourite!

*  Sunday is long run day at several distances that members use for their marathon training.

Why should people join?

We have a friendly, supportive atmosphere irrespective of how fast or slow someone is but above all we want people to enjoy their running. We also have a ‘Couch to 5K’ programme for anyone wanting a gentle introduction to the sport.

There are regular nights out and an inter-club event called ‘The Grand Prix’. This consists of a series of races for members who have to complete a minimum of eight with points awarded for their finishing positions.

Do you ever get to the pub?

Funny you should ask! We have once a month pub runs held in the summer which we all enjoy. The format is simple. We find a nice local country pub that is happy to take 40-60 smelly, muddy runners on a Tuesday night and will provide sandwiches and chips for around £4-£5 per head. Obviously there needs to be suitable footpaths and trails round about so that we can have 4 mile and 6 mile routes to make it look respectable!

Are you active in the community?

The club was part of a mammoth charity run from London to Edinburgh to raise funds for Emilie’s Relay which supports underprivileged children.

We also take part in the Derby Runner cross-country league and host the ‘Hairy Helmet’ Real Ale relay, part of the RunDerby series of races.