Martinshaw XC

Team photo
Start of Juniors Race
Brothers in unison

Yesterday saw a Derby Runner League Cross Country race at Martinshaw Woods, organised by West End Runners. Pictures by Harry Robinson.

Remembering Geoff

A small selection of photos and words from members of the club.

Rest in peace Geoff. Such a lovely man. He welcomed and talked to me for ages at my first race for the club, I nearly missed the start! Not many people leave such a lasting impression on so many as Geoff did 

Geoff was one of the most inspirational, kind, knowledgeable and encouraging men I have ever known. 

Will always remember his simple but very true “one foot in front of the other” motto.

He’s left quite the legacy and inspired many while remaining humble. Something for us all to aspire to.

Its goodbye to the great Geoff Oliver running legend and mate, thankyou for the inspiration over the years and the miles.

It’s been a privilege to know such a gentleman and I’m sure your spirit will live on at Hinckley Running Club

Some words that were written in 2017 by Nick Marshall on the UltraList mailing list regarding the 24-hour running world record:

One man stands far above his peers.  In 2009, Englishman Geoff Oliver’s 20:23:49 when he was 76 made him the leader by more than an hour in the over-75 category. Among the exclusive over-80 group, the gap he has over everyone else is enormous. In a track run on Sept. 20, 2014 when he was 81, Oliver narrowly missed breaking the one-day barrier.  At the 24-hour mark Geoff was a mere 208 yards short of reaching 100 miles!  He finished it in 24:01:17.  So no one has ever run 100 miles in less than a full day after age 80, but Oliver fell short by only 77 seconds.  Nonetheless, he remains the oldest person in history to run a sub-24 for the distance, having done a 22:39:44 when he was 79 years and 46 days old.

I will leave the final word to Geoff in the card he sent to the club this year:

Geoffrey Oliver

Hinckley Running Club is saddened to learn of the death today of Geoff Oliver, aged 89, after a short illness. Geoff was our friend, life member, our Club President and our staunchest supporter. He will be deeply missed by all those who knew him, and who had the benefit of his generosity, his wisdom, his spirit of competition, and his inspirational example.

It’s XC season again

Hinckley runners back in cross country action last weekend in the first XC league race of the season, at Holly Hayes Wood in Whitwick. Thanks to Hermitage Harriers for organising the race. Plus HRC members turn out at the Derby 10 road race.

Standard Times Awards 2022

Applications are now open for this year’s awards.

Application Form — Microsoft Excel version (.xlsx)

Application Form — Apple Numbers version (.numbers)

To apply, download and fill in the application form spreadsheet, and email it to

Please include in the form a few words about your running year — highlights, lowlights or stories — and also attach to the email your favourite running-related photo of yourself from this year. This is for the yearbook and presentation night (see the past yearbooks on the Award Winners page).

The deadline for applications is Midnight on Monday, 2nd January 2023. Early entries are encouraged!

For full information, times, and rules see the Standard Times Awards page.

Looking forward to receiving your applications. If you don’t get a reply to your email within 7 days, please contact Nick Moore in case it was not received.

HRC Juniors receive funding award

Hinckley Running Club is delighted with their new hoodies and coaching sessions thanks to funding from children’s charity Oakland Foundation.

Shawn Wilebore who has been active in running Hinckley Running Club based at Hastings High School in Burbage since it began some ten-years ago said:

“Without this funding from the Oakland Foundation it would have been much harder to run as a club. We deal with many children who are on the Autistic/ADHD spectrum and with the amount of coaches we now have we can provide these children with a space that is theirs where they are not judged on ability or social standing.

Oakland Foundation

Find out more about HRC Juniors here.

QuadKids #2

⭐️It was hot, it was sweaty but WOW! Juniors you made us all so proud of you last night! Every single one of you reinforced why it is an absolute pleasure for us coaches – new, old and those of us who are just beginning – to spend time with you guys. YOU WERE AMAZING!!!!!⭐️


Update June 2022

The Seniors are are pretty much “back to normal” now with Tuesday and Thursday evening sessions happening every week.

And the Juniors are now settling into their new home of Hastings High School on Wednesdays evenings.

From this week, the start point for Seniors social runs on Thursday night will be alternating between Argents Mead or Hastings.

We are continuing to accept new members and non-members can join for a free trial for 3 free weeks, to try us out. Join (Seniors)Join (Juniors)

A Tuesday training session for the Seniors in June

Our new kit

The first batch of the new kit has arrived — next batch currently available to order for both Seniors and Juniors by contacting Sanjay (not in our online store yet)

Recent website updates

  • Juniors page: refreshed information, added new photos and a “meet the team” section
  • Membership: new online membership forms for Juniors
  • Routes pages: new map style, and new routes starting from Hastings
  • Home page: our instagram posts are now automatically posted to the website too
  • LRRL 2022: Race results and entry links added

I just wanted to give a shout-out for the amazing runs our juniors had at parkrun this morning! At Hastings, Oliver C and Katherine left me for dust, both running sub-22 mins, there was a new PB for Matthew, a run pretty close to a PB for Josh, a 25th parkrun milestone for Oliver R (and his mum), and a first parkrun for Safiya (which was much faster than the first parkrun I ever ran)! And over at Braunstone, Maggie ran a fabulous new PB too!And these are just the ones I know about – there may have been more of you out there too!Huge congratulations, you’re all incredible! 🎉



Well done juniors for last night, some fantastic running. A picture of our squad and helpers and a picture of our athlete of the day trophies which I picked up today, but who will win one of these? Thank you to our junior helpers / captains / chaperones last night and for the first time that I can remember we had 5 coaches at quadkids.

Coach Shawn

Some photos from Lutterworth Junior park run today. Well done Josh on your 50th and for the cake 😋 First time for us today and I was blown away with how many juniors were running, our kids took the the first 7 places too 🙌💙#teamhinckley


National Sportshall Final

Josh and Henry represented Leicestershire at the national Sportshall finals in Colchester.