Annual General Meeting 2016

The AGM of Tideswell Running Club was held on Wednesday 30th November at 7pm at The Anchor.  Below are the minutes of the meeting as kindly compiled by Tony.

Minutes from Tideswell Running Club’s AGM, 2016


Committee: Ben Brindley, Kathryn Brindley, Phil Gregory, Andy Watkins, Tony Dent

General members: Pete Hawkins, Sue Hawkins, Naomi Coverley, Roger Topham, Nadeen Plumtree, Will Brindley, Paul Thorn, Jill Copeland ,Heather Marsden, Ruth Gowers, Colette Holden, James Pace, Leonie Redfern, Leon Zablocki.

Opening of the meeting

Ben as chairman opened the meeting and welcomed all attendees.

Virgin London Marathon

TRC receives one place in the 2017 VLM. As the club has two qualifying entries, Ben Brindley and Andy Watkins, a ballot was held to determine who would get the club place.  Congratulations to Ben, whose name was chosen as the TRC runner in the 2017 VLM.

Chairman’s report

Ben opened his report by thanking the committee for all their hard work over the last year and all the support given by the club members. He especially thanks the committee members stepping down from the committee at this meeting, Kathryn Brindley and Phil Gregory. He noted that while the club was still flourishing, there had been a drop off in in the number of the “more steady” runners participating during the course of the year.  He is keen to reverse that trend and indicated he was planning to make firm proposals later during the meeting.

Treasurer’s report

Balance at 3oth September 2015                   £ 2092.69

Balance at 30th September 2016                    £ 1704.79

Credits into the account in the year               £2004.03

Debits from the account                                 £2513.21

Loss for the year                                             £113.18

Club Fees

The main outlay of club fees is in retaining EAA affiliation.  For 2017, the cost for the club is £100.00 and £14.00 for each club member. With current membership fees for each club member of £20, there is little remaining to cover other ongoing expenses. Therefore it was proposed by Ben to increase TRC fees by 10% to £22.00. After a discussion a counter proposal was agreed by the meeting to increase club fees to £25.00 for 2017.

Election of committee

Following the election of committee members for 2017, the committee is:

1Andrew ThakeHallamshire HarriersA25.40
2Stuart BondTommy’s Fell starsA26.50
3Andy LamontMacclesfield HarriersA27.47
4Andrew StuartDark Peak Fell RunnersA29.58
5Mick StentonDark Peak Fell RunnersC30.08
6Paul LightStaffs MoorlandsC30.13
7Jonny WilsonUAA30.24
8Richard WilkinsonLong Eaton RCC30.29
9Dave SolesPennineC30.33
10Alan SeamerLong Eaton RCC30.48
11Jackie LeeEryri HarriersB30.54
12Paul TuttUAA31.09
13Shaun Lee CooperShelton StridersA31.12
14Neel WalkerAltringhamA31.14
15Andy BeanlandDark Peak Fell RunnersA31.17
16Joe ChambersStockport HarriersA31.20
17Alan WardDark Peak Fell RunnersC31.22
18Nicholas StoneCity of Stoke ACC31.33
19Lee BarrattStockport HarriersA31.43
22Andy BarnettDark Peak Fell RunnersC31.51
21Jeremy PattersonHolmfirth HarriersC31.51
20Richard HallUAC31.51
23Andy ButlerGoyt Valley StridersE32.05
24Mike WalkerBarnetA32.52
25Phil AbbottLong Eaton RCA32.56
26Simon BristerMatlock ACE33.01
27Richard HuntUAA33.23
28Jodie FielderUAB33.29
29David WatsonNorth DerbyshireC33.33
30Phil WaltersDark Peak Fell RunnersC33.48
31Jeff MarshallDark Peak Fell RunnersA34.00
32DaveTaitDark Peak Fell RunnersE34.06
33Graham WhittLong Eaton RCA34.07
34Paul Moore-BridgerUAA34.22
35Tim HallUAC34.53
36Adrian KeenLong Eaton RCE35.00
37Estelle McGuireStockport HarriersB35.05
38William HeliwellFAE35.32
39Kirsty Bryan-JonesDark Peak Fell RunnersB35.53
40Scott IsnattErewash Valley RCA35.58
41Russ MartinSutton-in-Ashfield HarriersC36.01
42Chris HorsfallHandsworth RoadhogsE36.07
43Mark EvansDark Peak Fell RunnersA36.10
44Alan BlairNorth Derbyshire RCC36.15
45J WakefieldUAC36.16
46Stuart WhittakerErewash Valley RCE36.17
47Peter StanleyPenistone FPC36.20
48Jenny FeatherstoneTotley ACB36.29
49Edward MathiesonLong Eaton RCA36.30
50Keith WebsterUAE36.32
51Gerrard MossStockport HarriersE36.46
52Max HowardUAC36.52
53Anthony WardStockport HarriersC36.59
54Pat GoodallTotley ACF36.59
55Gasan ChettyDark Peak Fell RunnersC37.15
56Colin BostockLong Eaton RCE37.24
57James RobinsonErewash Valley RCE37.26
58Chris HopkinsonShelton StridersE37.40
59Steve LeeBuxton ACE37.50
60Bill AyersUAC38.06
61Karen HoultUAD38.31
62Annemarie ClayeBuxton ACB38.37
63Chris LoweMansfield He ACE38.55
64Dave HayDark PeakC39.44
65Bernice NixonPenistone FPF39.52
66Sandra ButcherShelton StridersF40.05
67Neale VanstoneUAA40.13
68Pete TappingDark Peak Fell RunnersE40.26
69John PotterUAC40.47
70Phil HelerUAC40.51
71Mike ArundaleDark Peak Fell RunnersE40.54
72Kevin TownsendUAC41.01
73Dominic TaylorUAA41.45
74Pete SturgessLong Eaton RCC41.59
75Sean GautonLong Eaton RCA42.22
76Steve PortnoiTideswellE42.41
77Steve BrandrethUAA42.44
78Penny CollierUAD43.06
79Tim AtkinDark Peak Fell RunnersC43.18
80Carol ParsonsTotley ACD43.52
81Gayle GambleShelton StridersB44.02
82Davina HarrisonShelton StridersD44.12
83Helen ElkinsUAD44.31
84Caroline PageDenbigh HarriersD45.18
85Kath WardStockport HarriersD46.26
86Jenny KinnairdStockport HarriersB46.26
87Kevin HollandLong Eaton RCC47.29
88Jessica BondTommy’s Fell starsB52.29
89Karen PrestonLong Eaton RCD54.36
90Carolyn LeeShelton StridersD38.33p
91Chris ThompsonHigh Peak TriathlonAretired

Run Planning and Initiatives.

Two initiatives were proposed by Ben

  1. A return to running initiative design to capture previous members and other runners who have drifted away from running over the last year. The proposals to is mount a promotional campaign to encourage runners to join our runs in January and February. Previous runners may feel wary about recommencing running with regular club runners for fear of being left behind. The “Back on Track” running sessions will be targeted at a level to match the ability of these returning runners. Normal club fees will be waved until the end of February as an added incentive.
  2. A new C25K program to encourage people to take up running. It is proposed to commence the program at the end of March on order to avoid the worst of the winter weather, the necessary of running in the dark and merge the actual 5K run in with the Tideswell Inter Inns race in June. The fee would be £25.00 including enter to the Inter Inns.

Both proposals were fully supported by the meeting. Ben offered to lead the coaching for both initiatives but asked that regular members support him in these ventures to which the meeting agreed. Various proposals were put forward to promote both these initiatives and it was agreed that we need a promotional coordinator to lead these advertising activities. Nadeen and Kathryn kindly offered to take on this role – thanks.

Club Coach.

Ideally we should have a qualified club coach for training purposes, which is difficult for such a small club such as ours. A suggestion was made that maybe we can hire a suitably qualified coach for some training sessions. The meeting agreed this was a good suggestion and worth pursuing. Ben agreed to explore options.

Star Cup

This is an award decided by club members to the individual who in the year has made the biggest contribution to the club. This year’s winner is Ben Brindley. Very well done and well deserved.

Derbyshire dales, unsung hero to sport award

Earlier this year, Pete Hawkins entered Ben Brindley for the Derbyshire Dales Unsung hero award, which Ben duly won. The award citation read.

Tideswell Running Club chairman Ben Brindley took the Unsung Hero – Service to Sport Award. In addition to his work with the friendly all-inclusive club of road, trail and fell runners, Ben ran seven marathons in seven days in July this year to raise more than £1,500 for Buxton Mountain Rescue Team.”

As Ben was away on holiday, Pete Hawkins collected the award on behalf of Ben and presented it to Ben as this time in the AGM. Brilliant Ben, well done!


The meeting decided that this year’s Christmas party should be a post-Christmas bash and take the form of a Christmas themed fancy dress run, walk or stagger around the Inter Inns course. The date was confirmed as Friday 3rd February.

Tideswell carnival

It was agreed that the club should join the carnival parade next June. A project team to be put together closer to the date.