Minutes – 4th Oct 2017

Precis of BSRC Committee Meeting held Wednesday 4th October 2017

Present:  Chris Usher (Chairman), Jonathan Fox (Treasurer), Terry Penny (Secretary),  Laura Penny (Publicity),  Alex Penny (Club Coach), Steve Thomson (VC), Jane Smith (Beginners)

Lucy Price has now resigned from the committee due to family reasons. Chris to arrange card and flowers as a thank you.

 We have completed negotiations with Rainscourt over a new sponsorship deal which will see them sponsoring us at £500 per annum for a further 5 years.

Four club members helped with the River Rinse on October 1st. Whilst the number was small, our contribution was greatly appreciated and acknowledged.by the organisers.

Current membership is 141

Financial statement showing a healthy surplus. It was also agreed to keep membership fees at £14 for the foreseeable future. Members to be asked at the AGM for suggestions as to how some of the surplus could be spent.

Alex is to investigate the possibility of inviting Steve Edwards, a renowned marathon runner, to give a presentation on his exploits, possibly next spring.

Laura took us through the organisation of the Quiz Night.

 Christmas Meal booked for Friday December 15th at the Buckingham Hotel and a deposit of £500 has been paid (50 places reserved). The £200 prize money from the Silverstone Half to be used to provide everyone with a free drink. Alex will organise the ballot for a place in the club Half Marathon and Chris will do likewise for the London Marathon ballot.

We will book the dates for the running track much earlier in order to avoid clashes with Silson such as occurred this May. The possibility of hiring the track on a Sunday morning was muted. It was thought best to do this in Feb/Mar.

Much discussion centred on offering a choice of activity on nights where fitness sessions such as hill work and intervals were scheduled in the hope of attracting more members along..

Tuesday’s beginners’ and improvers’ nights are very popular and many runners are now neither beginners nor improvers which creates problems of organisation and may even deter true beginners. It was agreed that this group should meet at Tesco and only true beginners and people returning to running should meet at the leisure centre. The definition of a beginner/returner being that they run at 11 minute miles or slower. This arrangement to start at the beginning of November.

AGM to be held at the cricket club on Friday 12th January 2018.

Alex reported that the fee to join the Chiltern cross-country league had risen to £200, but as the club’s finances were in a healthy state, this cost would be absorbed by the club and participants would not be asked to make a contribution.

Steve will organise donations to the Food Bank in the next couple of months.

20 more purple shirts have been ordered. A new vest order incorporating the updated Rainscourt logo has been placed. Alex is to investigate the possible purchase of yellow long-sleeved shirts.

Four members are in the process of booking dates for the Leader in Running Fitness (LiRF) course.

Next meeting set for 7pm Wednesday 29th November to organise the AGM and Awards Evening.