Countdown is on to running club’s first Midsummer Festival

Enthusiastic members flying the flag for Heanor Running Club at the London Marathon.
Enthusiastic members flying the flag for Heanor Running Club at the London Marathon.

As the countdown hots up to the first-ever Heanor Running Club Midsummer Festival, the entries are coming in thick and fast.

The unique event, which takes place at Shipley Park on the evening of Friday, June 9, has the option of two race distances for runners of all levels and abilities.

The first event, the Community 5K, starts at 6.30 pm and will offer runners the chance to post personal-best times on a traffic-free course that starts near Shipley Hall Cricket Club.

And immediately after that, at 7.30 pm, comes the Midsummer 10K over what race organiser Rob Rainsford describes as “probably the flattest route possible on Shipley Park”.

Rob, who hopes the fast courses and friendly atmosphere will help runners clock terrific times, said: “We are really excited to be putting on our first Midsummer Festival.

“Preparations are gathering pace to make it one to remember, and we hope the festival atmosphere will encourage runners along to that personal best.”

Alongside the athletics, there will be lots happening to attract families. The attractions include stalls from the likes of Decathlon, The Derby Runner and baking firm Warburtons, plus music, entertainment and a licensed bar.

“We are really grateful for the support that we have received from Decathlon,” said Rob. “They will be handing out goody-bags to all the finishers, while Denby Pottery will be providing special-edition mugs for the top-three finishers in each race.

“Now all we need is for the great British weather to deliver the goods and we’ll be on to a winner!”

There is still time to enter either of the races at the Midsummer Festival. You can do it by post or online. For full details, including entry fees and raceday information, go to midsummerfestival

If you are intereted in joining Heanor Running Club, you should visit the same website. The club, founded in 1982, is thriving at present and organises events throughout the year for runners of all ages and abilities.