AGM and Awards evening - Friday 27th January 2017

  • Posted on: 23 December 2016
  • By: Didcot Runners

We would like to invite you all to Didcot Runners Annual General Meeting (AGM) / Awards Night

This is an important night for the club; it’s a chance to see how far the club has come since the last AGM, what we have achieved as a club and as individuals and most importantly where we all want to be for the future.

What will it entail? 

The purpose of the meeting will be to review the club’s progress over the past year (including the club finances and membership status) and to elect committee members for the following year. Immediately after the AGM, we will be presenting awards to our members for this year’s Championships and a few other categories.

The Club AGM and Awards Night will take place on Friday 27th January 2017. 7.15pm for 7.30pm start in the Function room of the Didcot Town Football Club.

The AGM Agenda will be sent out in January. If you would like anything adding to the Agenda, please let me know ASAP.  

We would like to ask members to bring a plate for a buffet that evening as this worked very well for the Didcot 5 presentation.

Award nominations 

In a few moments you will receive a survey via email from SurveyMonkey for the award nominations, this will enable the committee to collate all information prior to the night, or if you would prefer you can email me(a reply slip has been emailed to you if you'd like to use that method) ( ) with your nominations for the following categories:

•        Most Inspiring Marathon Debut, in memory of Vince Gallagher.:Nominations are included in the poll

•        Best home parkrun, judged by age grading.: Please email me with your name, best parkrun time, date you achieved this, and age grade for that parkrun. The parkrun time and age grade must be from your home parkrun, and must be from the period 1st January 2016 to 31st December 2016.

•        Club Contributor of the Year.:  Please can you send me your nominations – this should include Name of Nominee, together with a couple of lines explaining why you would like to nominate that person or yourself. The names will be shortlisted and voted for on the night.

•        Most Improved Runner Male and Female.: Please send me your nominations, together with a couple of lines as to why you wish to nominate them.

Please let me have your nominations for Awards by Friday 6th January.  

We look forward to welcoming everyone on the evening.





OXL Round 3 Cancelled

  • Posted on: 13 December 2016
  • By: Didcot Runners

I’ve had confirmation Cross Country Round 3 is CANCELLED.  However there is a different Cross country race event available on Sunday 8th January that you are able to enter as an individual or if you’d like to get a few together as a team, you are able to do so.  

This is not related to the Oxford Mail Cross Country League(OXL) and the points you earn at this venue will not be valid for the OXL.


If you would like me to organise a team, I will be willing to complete and submit the team. The cost to this is £5 each.  Closing Date: 28th December 2016. Email detail are on the link below: OXL notification OXL eb page for all inform on other Rounds.

note:I will not competing in this round,  but if you organise a team, I will get the club tent and flag available for you to take along. 


We are looking for either a main sponsor or a number of smaller sponsors for the Didcot 5 mile race

  • Posted on: 2 December 2016
  • By: Didcot Runners

Do you know of a company that could do with some local advertising!? 

We are looking for either a main sponsor or a number of smaller sponsors for the Didcot 5 mile race, Sunday 2ND July 2017! 

Race profits go to local charities - last year we raised £1000 for both of the charities. 

The race attracts about 200 adult entrants and more than 120 fun runners, plus supporters. The sponsor's logo is included on race advertising and info so reaches far and wide in the lead-up.

If you would like more information, know of possibilities or would like to help finding sponsors please contact myself or Katie Oliver. 

Many thanks for your support, 


Tailrunner Survey

  • Posted on: 30 November 2016
  • By: Didcot Runners

Didcot Runners would like to gather and gauge your support on our tail runner voluntary role. Could we please ask each member for five minutes of your time to complete a survey?

The purpose of the survey is to gather the opinions of members on the continuation of the voluntary position of tail runner. Following an Ordinary Meeting on October 10th 2016 it became apparent that there were many different opinions on the tail runner, and uncertainty regarding the purpose of the position. 

The position of tail runner maybe thought of as someone who provides the following:

  • Minimal first aid 
  • Directions to prevent members from getting lost 
  • Support to new members, and; 
  • A runner at the rear of the group 

While the tail runner may provide some of these functions, it does not provide these to all members running on a club run, and is not guaranteed to provide these functions at all.  Currently, the tail runner runs at the rear of the group and as such we would like you to consider what the tail runner means to you as a member, and how you would like the voluntary role to function in the future (if at all).

Instructions on how to complete and return the survey are given on the survey form. Our preferred method to receive responses is via the link below, but if you prefer a hard copy please print one from the Didcot Runners website or Facebook group, and leave the completed survey in an envelope in the tin for us to collect. Please provide your response by 7pm on Monday 2nd January in order for your response to be included. The committee will use the data gathered anonymously and feed the outcomes back to 'the members' at the AGM in January. 

The survey is available via Survey Monkey which is emailed to your email addreess, posted on the closed group on Facebook or as a PDF file

Championship Entries for London Marathon 2017

  • Posted on: 29 November 2016
  • By: Didcot Runners

If you achieve(d) a championship-qualifying performance for a marathon (or half marathon) in 2015 or 2016, you can now apply for a championship entry place in the 2017 Virgin Money London Marathon.

You needed to have completed a marathon (or half marathon) in the same time, or faster than, the times listed below – these are the official championship qualifying performance times. Your qualifying time must have been achieved after 1 January 2015:

Men: full marathon time sub 2h45, half marathon time sub 1h15

Women: full marathon time sub 3h15, half marathon time sub 1h30

Runners will need to submit their application by the closing date of Monday 9 January 2017 at 5pm. If successful they will then need to complete the online registration form by the closing date of Monday 23 January at 5pm.

Please note:If you already have a Good for Age place in the 2017 Virgin Money London Marathon you do not need to apply again. Please email after 23 January for instructions on how to upgrade your entry.

or email for more details

B&CA Gala evening

  • Posted on: 24 November 2016
  • By: Didcot Runners

For those of you who missed Tuesday nights introduction, last Friday night myself, Dave KnoppJudy Foster and Paul Griffiths (Dave, Judy and Paul are a few of our longest serving members) had the honour of representing the club at the Didcot First - Business and Community Awards. It was an "interesting evening" (quote provided by Dave Knopp) with several speeches including one from local MP Ed Vaizey, performances from local acts, quite a lot of clapping and some good company of course! 

Although the club didn't win the award we should be proud to have been shortlisted (1 of 3) for the award of Best Established Charity/Community Group by our peers within the wider Didcot community. Being shortlisted shows that the community recognises the clubs efforts to bring people together through running, raise money for local charities and provide training and support to encourage people to get involved with the sport. 

So I would like to say thank you to those who put the club forward for nomination; Carla HowesSam Eggleton and Theresa Lamble. In addition to the wonderful Vanessa Jane Armond who worked hard in her spare time to gathered information from Eileen NaughtonGeoffrey JacksonLisa Martin and the Didcot 5 team to support the committee's nomination.

Finally a huge thank you to everyone involved with the club, it is really the members who make our club friendly, welcoming and successful. 

Well done everyone!

London Marathon 2017 Winners

  • Posted on: 16 November 2016
  • By: Didcot Runners

Congratulations to Noel Francis and John Talbot for winning the two club places for London Marathon 2017. Thank you for everyone that showed up to see who was representing the club and I'm sure some of you will be involved in their training runs and will be there to cheer them on along the route next April.  Well done guys, its over to you now. 

London Marathon club draw, 15th November

  • Posted on: 14 November 2016
  • By: Didcot Runners

Please see list of names on the Didcot Runners Facebook Page that have entered into the club draw for a London Marathon Place for 2017.  The draw will take place on Tuesday 15th November after the club run in the bar at the Football Club.  Entries closed on 08/11/2016, but if I have missed you off of the list, please contact me immediately.