Vote For The Half Marathon Grand Prix

The Grand Prix organisers have been engaging in a lot of head scratching over these last few weeks, fretting over which half marathon race we should select for the club half marathon championship.

Frankly they’re stumped – or just indecisive – so have decided to ask you, the members, to make up their minds for them. They have at least narrowed it down to two options.

We’d prefer it if you only voted should you feel it possible you’d like to race one of these races so the winning race is a reflection of those planning on attending at least one of them.

You will need to be logged in to vote.

Please state your preference below:

Which half marathon should be added to the Grand Prix?

  • Surrey Half (Woking) - 12th March 2017 - £34 (73%, 16 Votes)
  • Tunbridge Wells - 19th February 2017 - £22 (27%, 6 Votes)

Total Voters: 22

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Grand Prix Fixtures Update

Upcoming Events

The Grand Prix organisers have now confirmed a further three fixtures.

The full list of confirmed fixtures is below.

GP4 Second Sunday Five – 11th September
GP5 Ealing Half Marathon – 25th September
GP6 Cross Country – 15th October
GP7 Oxshott 10k – 30th October
GP8 Epsom 10 – 20th November
GP9 Hogs Back Road Race – 4th December – we have kindly been given a 15% discount code by AAT, valid until 1st December. Please log in to see the discount code below. Please do not share the code outside the club.

The remaining three fixtures will be announced in due course. There will be one half marathon, one parkrun and possibly something a bit different.

GP9 – Hogs Back Road Race – Discount Code

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Rothwell Relays – Results

Well done to all those that attended the Rothwell Relay’s last week. The event was well attended with 21 teams taking part. Results are available on the Stragglers website.

Well done to David Pearce who got to run the glory leg for the winning team.

The following comments were made by Nigel following the event:

“I’d like to say several sincere thank yous for making last night’s Rothwell Relays evening a special one for me. Firstly to Carys for getting me down there and back safely and all those that looked after me and made sure I was ok during the evening. To Roy, Kevin Price, Phil and all the others that stepped in to organise the race on my behalf. All those that contributed to raising £310 for Pancreatic Cancer UK on the evening. The Stragglers committee for deciding to award me the club contribution award, much appreciated, love the bespoke painted mug, and finally and most importantly to the 84 runners from Stragglers, 26.2RR and others that made the evening such a success with 21 teams nearly double the previous years record of 11 teams!”

Short and sharp track session 7.15 for 7.30pm, Wednesday 27 July 2016

Many members will be running in the Wedding Day 7k next Friday evening, so next Wednesday’s track session (27 July) will be short and sharp to hone your speed. 

We will do a pyramid session, concentrating on shorter distances: 2x200m, 2x400m, 2x600m, 2x400m, 2x200m – a chance to enjoy the speed, and focus on a good, relaxed and flowing posture, without wearing yourself out for Friday evening.

We meet at the Kingsmeadow track, Kingston Road.  Please arrive by about 7.15pm to complete a gentle warm up (eg at two or three times jogging around the track, or perhaps run to the track).  The formal warm-up begins promptly at 7.30pm.  Not warming up properly before the exhilaration of a speed session is a sure way to give yourself an injury!  Entry is £3.65.

This speed session is for all standards of runners, involving groups running at differing speeds.  Running short, faster intervals in a speed session is an important part of our overall physical and psychological training programme, building endurance and speed. 

David Pimm

2016 River Relays

Following on from the great turn out we had at Nonsuch Relays the other week it’s now time for everyone to start thinking about signing up for the River Relays on Sunday 4th September.

Starting in Windsor at the Boveney Church the relays take a scenic route from Windsor back to Kingston Hawker centre over 5 stages. Each stage is an average of 5.3 miles and the total distance covered by each team of 5 is 26.7 miles. The event is a self navigation event very similar to Green Belt Relay so you need to run with a map and instructions but the route is fairly straightforward and people rarely get lost. Continue reading 2016 River Relays

Mob Match vs Elmbridge @ Kingston parkrun – 16th July 2016

Our fellow runners at Embridge Road Runners have challenged us to a Mob Match at Kingston parkrun on Saturday 16th July! Finishing times are irrelevant here – it’s all about the numbers! We need as many members as possible to be towing the start line at Kingston in order for us to secure another victory!

Please make sure you are resplendent in your club kit. If you need a loaner top, do please email to the Club Kit account (kit [ at ] [ dot ] uk).

To assist in processing of results, please make sure that your club is set to “26.2 RRC” in your parkrun profile. This can be done in the profile settings accessed from the link sent to you in your weekly parkrun newsletter.

Club Handicap – 2016/17 Season

The first race of the new handicap season is today, Monday, 11th July.

 At the end of every season, I review the results of the Handicap and look to see if any change might improve it. This season is no exception, and having received a copy of Member’s e-mail to the Committee, prior to the AGM, I have addressed the points raised and have replied, personally.

The issue of a ‘Slow Start’ to the season, to supposedly gain an advantage throughout the season, has long been mooted, but nobody has ever come up with evidence of anybody who has actually achieved this. Now we have a comprehensive record of the whole event since 2006, perhaps somebody, who has enough time on their hands, will be motivated enough to search through and see if such evidence, exists.

With this in mind, I am introducing a new condition for the coming season which I believe will satisfy you ALL on both the points that were raised.

The Handicap was originally introduced as a monthly Time Trial to test your current fitness. This still remains its primary purpose.

Therefore,Season’s Best’ will remain, as is, and your ‘Handicap Start Time’ will still be calculated using your last ‘Three Recorded Times’. However, no runner will have a time that is more than 10% slower than this, included in their start time calculation.

I had thought of introducing this in seasons past but felt that it might prejudice those runners coming back from injury. However, the integrity of the Handicap depends on genuine times and some times, recorded in the May run, cannot be considered ‘legit’, if used, and these times, although recorded in the Race Results, will be the first to be subjected to this rule. There are 6 times in all, 3 of which only change times by a matter of seconds. Of the other 3, times will be reduced by 0:41, 1:25 and the worst case, 3:56!

 The introduction of this measure will, hopefully, alleviate the notion that somebody is able to ‘Work the System’.  The Handicap is fair to all abilities and has proved to be so in the past 10 years of its present format. Let’s get out there and enjoy it.

The race analysis from May is available at: Google Docs – May 2016 Handicap Race Analysis

As usual past results are available in the handicap results system: Handicap Results. Start times in the handicap results system do not yet reflect the new 10% rule.


Nonsuch Relays – Results

What a great turn out for the 2016 Nonsuch Relays, not only did we turn out a very impressive 11 teams in a record field of 99 teams but our top team on the night consiting of Alastair, Joe C, Anthony and Danny finished 7th overall in a time of 41:09. Our first ladies team finished as 3rd ladies team overall (5th if you include the 2 junior ladies teams) in a very respectbale time of 49:36

The other impressive thing about last night was the fact that with the exception of one person who had an unexpected motoring emergency and another with a child sickness due to his mothers driving in her rush to get there on time (or so I am led to believe) everyone arrived on time and we were able to get every team sorted before the race started which was great. Continue reading Nonsuch Relays – Results

Captains BBQ – Sunday 17th July

It’s that time again when Kevin is forced to cook food for all 198 members!
There’s a change of venue this year so we will be all getting together on Sunday 17th July at the Berrylands Scout Group on Sterling Walk in Berrylands.

We have lots of outdoor space and there’ll be plenty of food available! All we ask is that you bring your own salads and drinks. The club will provide bread and meat. 

In addition the food, there will be plenty of fun and games for all the family such as tug-o-war and of course the Welly Wanging!

We hope to see as many of you there as possible!

Surbiton's friendly running club. Open to runners of all standards, fast or slow. We participate in local races of all distances.