News from Beeston AC plus Road League Fixtures


Hello everyone – details of news and runs below.


Sad news: The Club has been informed that our longest serving member, Tony Rushton, has passed away this week. A lot of you will remember Tony as a stalwart at Beeston parkrun and between April 2014 and October 2019 he volunteered an amazing 173 times! Tony volunteered in a variety of roles, but mainly marshalled at the cobblestone bridge and a special sign was made for him as he stood at “Tony’s Bridge” week in, week out, regardless of the weather. Tony was a fine runner in his day and also acted as timekeeper many times for the Club’s handicap races. If you would like to remember Tony on Saturday at Beeston parkrun, please wear your club vest.


Details about the funeral to follow. We will raise a glass to Tony on Wednesday 1st February (Burns Night next week so the pub will be very full) in the Victoria Hotel, Dovecote Lane, NG9 1JG. Everyone is welcome.


Welcome to new members Ian Stevens and Martin Way: happy running with Beeston AC!


East Midlands XC: It’s back! No Sunday runs for the next 4 weeks so that everyone can participate in our favourite local cross country league. Holme Pierrepont this week, Bramcote the week after.


Notts County Champs Fell Race: Dicky Wilkinson has been in touch to advise that the Notts fell championships race for the 11th year will be Wolf’s Pit fell race on Sunday, 19th March. Details of rules and race day information will be available on the website and will be similar to last year. This race will act as the selection race for Notts in the fell intercounties in May, which will be held at Sedbergh in Cumbria on Sunday, 7th May.


Road League 2023 – Here is the list of races (best 8 races out of 15) (downloadable as Word document attached):


Notts 10 – 11/03/2023

SL1 – Hexgreave – 26/04/2023

SL2 – Chilwell – 10/05/2023

Carsington 7 – 14/05/2023

Smalley 5 Bells – 01/07/2023

HP GP #3 Embankment 5k – 04/07/2023

SL4 – Worksop – 12/07/2023

EVRC – The Run – 26/07/2023

Newstead Abbey Dash – 28/07/2023

SL5 – HPP – 02/08/2023

Newark Half Marathon – 13/08/2023

Castle Rock 10k – 18/08/2023

Wilne 10k – 03/09/2023

Robin Hood Half Marathon – 24/09/2023

Goose Fair Gallop 08/10/2023


Memberships: you should have received an email from Dan Rawson our Treasurer this week stating that it's time for Beeston AC membership renewals and we are pleased that fees will remain fixed for another year. This remains at £20 for first claim and £5 for second claim membership. The preferred method is to pay by bank transfer, Account name: Beeston AC, Sort Code: 40 10 06, Account Number: 62266253. Please note that due to increased bank fees we are no longer accepting payment by cheque. If you are unable to pay by bank transfer please let Dan know and we can arrange payment in cash.


If you can drop Dan an email at when paid it would be appreciated. If you no longer wish to be a member please let him and me know and we can remove you from future circulations. Many thanks to everyone who has already renewed.


Entries are open for the Midland Counties Cross Country Championships on 28 January in Leamington Spa – Charlie is happy to do a team entry and save everyone the admin fee (and the necessity to create a SportSoft account) – link at – entry link . Cost £10. Closing date Sunday 22 January 2023. Charlie is planning to submit names tomorrow, 20 January, so please let him know asap if you would like to be included.

If you would like to enter the National XC Championships at Bolesworth Castle, Cheshire, please contact Charlie. It’s £10 to enter (£11 if you enter individually) and the closing date is 27th January.


Roadwork News: There are gasworks taking place on the A52 from Monday, 9 January to Friday, 31 March and the westbound carriageway of Derby Road is closed from the QMC roundabout junction. Temporary barriers are in place on University Park during this period so that it will not be possible to drive all the way through campus.



Club runs


Thursday, 19 January: Gaby Neher leads trail runs on Thursdays, 6.20 for 6.30 pm, and the current meeting point is at the White Lion, Town Street, Bramcote. Please take a head or chest torch, wear hi-viz and trail shoes.


Friday, 20 January: 6.25 for 6.30 pm depart, Chilwell Olympia. Toilets and changing rooms are open. Please wear light clothing and bring a chest or head torch. Neil will be using the Toton route this week.


Saturday, 21 January: Beeston parkrun will be on at 9.00 am at the Weirfields, Beeston Rylands NG9 1LZ Details of other local parkruns including Wollaton Hall are also available on the web link.


Sunday, 22 January: No Sunday run this week as it’s the start of the East Midlands Cross Country races. These are free to enter for all registered Club members: just turn up in your vest! The race starts at 11.00 am at Holme Pierrepont, NG12 2LU. There is a fee for parking so car sharing is advised.


Shirley Starr has been in touch to advise about the road works on Derby Road and the impact this will have on getting to the race venues. This is her message:


Just wanted to make people aware of the current roadworks on the A52 Nottingham. The A52 from Priory Island towards the Queens Medical Centre/ Ring Road is OPEN. The A52 in the opposite direction, Queens Medical Centre/Ring Road to Priory Island, is CLOSED and will potentially be so for the next 12 weeks. There are diversions in place which are:


On the Ring Road, just after the Showcase Cinema, take the slip road sign posted A6005 Beeston/Long Eaton, onto University Boulevard, at the end of the Boulevard, turn right at the traffic lights onto Woodside Road (beware of the 30mph speed camera). Follow this road to the end, then take a left back onto the A52 at Priory Island.


Please allow extra time if coming from this side of Nottingham as ALL traffic, including buses, will be using this diversion route.


Looking forward to seeing everyone at Holme Pierrepont next Sunday. There is a £5 charge for parking here and they have ANPR in operation.


Tuesday, 24 January, 6.30 pm, speed session: Susan is running a parlauf session from Trent Vale Road. Meet by the new football clubhouse.


Wednesday, 25 January: Please arrive at 6.25 for 6.30 pm depart, Chilwell Olympia. Neil will post the routes on Facebook as usual.



Advertised Dates for Races – full list on Facebook (pinned list)


Here are the cross country race dates for your diaries:


Sat 28 Jan: Midlands Championships, Leamington Spa

Sat 25 Feb: English National Championships, Bolesworth Castle, Cheshire


East Midlands League dates are as follows (all 11.00 am starts):


Race 1 – Sunday, 22 January 2023, Holme Pierrepont NG12 2LU

Race 2 – Sunday, 29 January, Bramcote Park, NG9 3GD

Race 3 – Sunday, 5 February, Colwick Woods NG3 7EB

Race 4 – Sunday, 12 February, West Park, Long Eaton NG10 4AA.


Registered members can turn up for the North Midlands and East Midlands League races for free (you just need your club vest and shoes); Charlie Pearce will post on Facebook inviting members to express interest for other races for which a small fee is payable (eg the National Championships).


The Road League list is available at:


The Fell League list is available at:


County Championships for 2023 (see


Notts 10 – 11 March – entries open

Newstead Abbey Dash 5K – Friday 28 July provisional date

Newark Half Marathon – Sunday 13th August (provisional)

Holme Pierrepont 10K – TBC

Fell – Wolf’s Pit – Sunday, 19th March



Link for checking personal information on the myATHLETICS Portal:


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