Countdown Begins For Mickleover ‘Great Northern’ Running Event

Entries for this year’s ‘Great Northern’ running event in Mickleover on Sunday 6th March are gathering pace. The 10k and half marathon courses will take place on the country lanes between Mickleover and Hilton and then back to Mickleover Sports Club on Station Road via the disused Great Northern railway line.  Meanwhile the 2k Family Fun Run will focus on the footpath.

The ‘Great Northern’ is being organised for the first time this year by Derby-based HUUB Events in partnership with Mickleover Cricket Club. Funds raised will support the club’s junior section with equipment and training costs as well as for Mesothelioma UK which supports people with asbestos cancer. HUUB Events Race Director Claire Duffin explained: “The event has been organised to suit both experienced and novice runners as well as family members of all ages. Both the 10K and half marathon courses are UKA measured and have an England Athletic licence so all runners will be chip timed. The 10k and Half Marathon course is relatively flat and the perfect training for the marathon season and the Fun Run is on a very flat and safe footpath which is ideal for young and novice runners.”

Among those already signed up is Don Amott, chair of Mickleover Sports Football Club which shares the facilities on Station Road with the cricket club. He said “I would not regard myself as a runner so not sure how I will get on but I was keen to show my support for this and to give it a go! This is a great event for everyone and I really hope that the local community – both in Mickleover and further afield – will take this opportunity to enter or come along on the day and cheer on the runners. Local sports clubs rely on fund raising and volunteers to keep going so we really need people to get behind the ‘Great Northern’ event.”

Mickleover Cricket Club committee member Stuart Walker continued. “This will be the third ‘Great Northern’ and we are delighted to be working with HUUB Events this year to hopefully make it the biggest event so far. We have a thriving cricket club with around 100 players of all ages competing in our senior and junior teams. The people of Mickleover have always been very supportive of the event and we also look forward to welcoming experienced runners who are keen to log their times at the start of another busy race and marathon calendar.”

All finishers of the 10k and half marathon will receive a t-shirt with refreshments available at Mickleover Cricket Club.  Prizes will be awarded to the top three men and ladies in both races.  All finishers of the fun run will receive a medal to commemorate their achievements.

Race HQ is based at Mickleover Sports Club, the home of Mickleover Cricket Club where there will be free car parking, toilets and changing facilities, refreshments and entertainment for families and friends who are supporting the runners.

Entries for the 10k cost £15 for affiliated runners and £17 for unaffiliated runners and for the half marathon affiliated runners entry costs £18 and unaffiliated £20.  Entry for the Family Fun Run is £5. To enter the event please visit

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