County championships for Cross Country, 2017

  • Posted on: 9 January 2017
  • By: Didcot Runners

A special mention to Sian Loveless who came 10th overall in the County Cross Country Championships on Saturday 7th January at Stowe. It was a tough field and well attended.Well done Sian.

Committee Vacancies

  • Posted on: 6 January 2017
  • By: Didcot Runners

Dear All Members. The AGM is fast approaching and it is my responsibility to advertise the committee vacancies for 2017. So listed below are the positions that we require nominees for: 

  • Vice Chair
  • Membership Secretary
  • Social Secretary
  • Wellbeing Officer
  • Championship Coordinator
  • Cross Country Coordinator

However, please note that all positions are considered vacant on the evening; including Chair, Secretary and Treasurer.

A draft copy of the Roles & Responsibilities of Committee Officers is attached to your email. Please note that this document shall be discussed and voted on during the AGM before it is formally accepted. We would like you all to have a read through and if you feel you are the right person for a role, please nominate yourself via email to Theresa ( by 17th January. Note that all nominations must be seconded by another member. 

If more than one person stands for the same role, there will be a ballot at the AGM to decide who takes ownership of the role. Please note only First Claim members can vote (if required) on any motion raised during the AGM. 


Upcoming Ordinary Meeting

  • Posted on: 5 January 2017
  • By: Didcot Runners

There will be an ordinary meeting next Tuesday (10th January) to present the results of the tail runner survey and to discuss what the club would like us to do with the findings going forward. If anyone has any other buisness they would like to discuss please let myself or Theresa know. The meeting will be at the Football club following the club run; I will aim to start at around 8.15 pm. I hope that as many people as possible can attend as this is an important topic for the club. 



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