It is now less that a month until the start of the new cross country season so dust off your trail shoes and sharpen your spikes.
The cross country events are a highlight of the club’s running calendar as they are a great opportunity to get out and run with other club members as a team. All members are encouraged to take part in the Surrey XC league. We welcome runners of all standards to these events. All Surrey XC league events are free for members.
Make sure you get the dates below added into your diary…
|14th October 2017 (Grand Prix)
||Priory Park, Reigate
|11th November 2017
||Epsom Downs (tbc)
|2nd December 2017
|13th January 2018
||Richmond Park (tbc)
|10th February 2018
||Wimbledon Common (tbc)
If you want to take part in cross country this year, we have a facebook messenger group for each team. A link to join these groups and other details on cross country are available on the Cross Country page.
26.2 RRC were out in force today at the Reigate Half Marathon. 22 members completed the course, starting and finishing in Priory Park, the closed road course led runners along quiet country lanes towards Horley before looping back. Gently undulating throughout, with a nasty hill to greet the runners at mile 12. Despite this, many of our members completed the 13.1 miles with a new PB.
The kids race was completed by Hannah Whiteman, Tommy and Daniel Street.
Congratulations to everyone who ran today.
Full results available here
GP tables updated here
A quick note to remind everyone running this Sunday in the Reigate Half, the race starts at 9:15am.
It looks set to be another great club turnout with 26 members signed up.
Being a mass-participation event, we will be using chip-timing for the Grand Prix results rather than past-the-post.
Recent new member (joined April 2017) Laurie Johnston is about to embark on a 62 day effort to run 10k a day. Covering 620km in total he is raising money for Cancer Research UK in memory of his wife Linda.
In his own words:
“Linda, my wife, died on the 22 March 2017 from breast cancer aged 62.
She fought against this dreadful disease for 4 years, and throughout this battle, she remained positive and never complained despite the effects of the chemotherapy, radiotherapy and other medication.
Linda’s outlook to life was amazing; she liked to enjoy herself, have fun and was loved by all. Even during her illness, she tried to carry on as normal. It was only in the latter part of her illness that life became difficult.
Looking back, I was lucky to have met such wonderful person. She was a truly inspirational wife and mum who was always there for Mark, my son, and myself never mind her many relatives and friends. This was reflected by the amazing number of people at Linda’s funeral.
In her memory, I will be running 10k for 62 (Linda’s age) consecutive days from Friday 8 September to Wednesday 8 November before her 63rd birthday on Thursday 9 November. Anyone who wants to keep me company by walking or running a little bit with me is more than welcome; it doesn’t matter how far – 1k will be fine.”
Best of luck to Laurie with this challenge!
You can read more about what Laurie is doing in the Surrey Comet or on his Just Giving page.
Following a fantastic start to the Grand Prix season with a record attendance at the Claygate Country 5 and Club Mile Championship, I am delighted to announce the final 3 races of the 2017/18 season.
With the days shortening and the weather turning, what better way to motivate yourself towards new goals and great achievements by participating in this year’s Grand Prix races.
- GP4 – Reigate half marathon – Sunday 17th September 2017 (Discount available – see Grand Prix page for code) – online entries close on 10th September (no on the day entries)
- GP5 – Titsey Trail 10k – Sunday 1st October 2017 – likely to sellout in the next couple of weeks, enter soon!
- GP6 – Surrey League Cross Country – Saturday 14th October 2017
- GP7 – Second Sunday 5 – Sunday 12th November 2017
- GP8 – Kingston 10k – Sunday 26th November 2017 (including 10k championship)
- GP9 – Hogs Back – Sunday 10th December 2017 (Discount available – see Grand Prix page for code)
- GP10 – Dulwich parkrun – Saturday 20th January 2018 (including 5k championship)
- GP11 – Fleet Half Marathon – Sunday 18th March 2018 (including half marathon championship)
- GP12 – Maidenhead Easter 10 – Friday 30th March 2018 (including 10 mile championship)
More details including how to enter each are on the Grand Prix pages. This page also includes details of the discounts available. The latest Grand Prix results tables have been updated are available for viewing.
Next Monday’s run will take place in Richmond Park. We will be meeting at Ham Gate (note this is different to the other summer runs) at 7:00pm for a 7:15pm start. You will need to park your cars outside the park as the gates will be locked before we return from the run.
A couple of top level events organised by SEAA are on the horizon this Autumn. Both events are highly competitive and will draw a top quality field from around the region. I suggest only the “faster” runners to consider signing up to give the club the best chance to represent ourselves at this level. The plan is to enter one or two male and female teams for both events, subject to interest.
Southern Road Relays – Sunday 24th September – Crystal Palace – website link
Women’s team = 4 x 4.5km, Men’s team = 6 x 6km
Please sign up by MONDAY 4th SEPTEMBER if interested so that we can meet entry deadline
London Cross Country Championships – Saturday 18th November – Parliament Hill Fields, Hampstead Heath – website link
Please sign up by WEDNESDAY 25th OCTOBER if interested so that we can meet entry deadline
All runners must be first claim members and registered with England Athletics.
The evening of Wednesday 23rd August saw the annual club mile championships at Kingsmeadow stadium. Dry, cloudy, humid conditions greeted the runners for 4 laps and 9 metres of the recently re-laid track.
59 runners completed the event, with Chris Wilson first male across the line in a rapid 4min54secs and Daisy Street leading home the female race in 6mins12secs.
6 juniors ran in the first wave, well done to Charlie Brewer, Daniel Street, Zak Grecian, Tommy Street, Zoe and Charlotte Pritchard.
Special mention to our volunteers on the night: Jane Vassell, Fiona Watters, Sam Ward, Ellen Lambrix, Aviva Stein, Danny Norman, Kevin Stone, and Steve Ramek.
Ann Bath once again stole the show with her amazing post-run refreshments.
The results from the club mile are now available in the recent results view. To see the full results you can also read more…
Continue reading Club Mile Championship 2017 Results
On Wednesday 23rd August we will be holding the club mile championship at Kingsmeadow Athletics Track. Please be at the track and warming up ready to run at 7:30pm.
The cost of participating is £3.80 which is payable at the fitness centre main reception on the night.
The race will be run in two waves. One wave will be at a faster pace and another slower. It is expected that the split between the two waves will be at around 7 mins/mile. You can run in either wave.
To get an idea for how many people will be in each wave, and where the split will come, please pre-register by filling in our registration form.
If you are unable to run we would welcome volunteers to help with timing and results. You can also use the registration form to specify that you would like to volunteer.
Reminder of the GP rules:
In order for their performance to score in a Grand Prix event, members must visibly wear the club vest/t-shirt. If a member is new to the club they must have a current kit order in place for a club top to be delivered in the next order window to be eligible to score GP points. (This decision will be at the discretion of club GP Organisers)
This week’s track session (7.15 for 7.30pm on Wednesday 16th August) cannot now take place at Kingsmeadow as previously advertised. This is because of a race meeting of which we were not aware of and which was not listed on the Kingsmeadow website. Apologies for the change.
Instead we will meet at the Epsom & Ewell track (the ‘Harrier Centre’) King George V Recreation Ground, Poole Road, Ewell, KT19 9RY. Timings and the proposed session are unchanged (8x400m, with formal warm up promptly at 7.30pm). The track is expected to be open to the public and we understand that the charge is £2.60. It may be as well to bring along a little more, but exact money will no doubt be appreciated if you have it.
The track is not far, but is slightly hidden away. Following the A240 towards Epsom, you turn right into Ruxley Lane and either, proceed to the far end and then turn left into Chessington Road towards Ewell. Immediately after the first roundabout, turn left down a side street (still Chessington Road), wiggle right, then left into Lansdowne Road. The recreation ground is at the bottom of Lansdowne Road.
Or from Ruxley lane turn left into Scotts Farm Road and continue along onto Poole Road and the harrier Centre is opposite Lansdowne Road.