Track 7.15 for 7.30pm Wednesday 28 February

Wednesday (28 February) is our next regular track session.  Following last month’s successful experiment, this will be at the Poole Road athletics track in Ewell.  Otherwise known as the Harrier Centre or King George V recreation ground, it can be found by turning right into Ruxley Lane off the A 240 and then left into Scotts Farm Road which becomes Poole Road.  The recreation grond and athletics track are on your left about half a mile after leaving Ruxley Lane.

Track sessions provide a focussed speed session that works wonders for improving times over all distances.  As many of us are at present training for longer distances, this month will again be longer reps, this time 600m with six, seven or eight reps, depending on your fitness level.  Recovery will be a 200m jog between reps.  There will be groups running at different speeds designed so that this works for all our runners.

Please arrive at the track around 7.15pm to complete a gentle warm up (eg two or three times jogging around the track) and be ready to start the more formal warm up promptly at 7.30pm.  Bring warm clothing for the warm-up and warm-down, and entry fee of £2.60.

Please be considerate of other track users; I am not quite sure which other clubs will be training there that evening.

David Pimm

A day of two halves

Ahead of marathon season, we go through half marathon season. Today, our members were in action in two places Wokingham Half and the more local Hampton Court Half.

Our faster members favoured Wokingham with 5 runners completing the course there in under 1.5 hours. Front of the back was Christopher Hutchinson with a very impressive 1:19:13.

Many members will remember the Hampton Court not-quite-a-half marathon from 2014. You will be pleased to know the distance was correct this year and all PBs count. Howell Jones and Laurie Johnston will be particularly pleased with this as they put in storming times. Front of the pack here were Martin Threakall and Katherine  Wilson both finishing in 1:42:30. Martin was one of the many 26.2 runners who completed the run as part of a long run (20 miles for him) and we are happy to see Katherine back to racing after the birth of her twins last year.

Full 26.2 results and a short write up from me of Hampton Court follow…

Laurie Johnston waits anxiously for his first half marathon.
Steve Stopford proves we did go past Hampton Court (thanks to James Walsh for the photo)

Continue reading A day of two halves

Southern Cross Country Championships 2018

Seven members competed in the Southern Cross Country Championships held this year at Stanmer Park in Brighton. The recent heavy rain coupled with light drizzle and a keen wind made for testing conditions over a course already churned up by 8 junior races prior to the senior events.

Senior Women 8km 272nd Tess Lambert 0:45:16
  340th Ann Bath 0:54:29
       
Senior Men 15km 226th Alastair McGeoch-Williams 1:02:21
  331st Nathan Sayers 1:05:52
  332nd Ed Francis 1:05:53
  566th David Pimm 1:15:26
  638th Geoff Tookey 1:19:17
       
Mens Team 57th / 75    

Full senior womens results available here

Full senior mens results available here

World-record holder Ann Bath tackling the first of many hills

Club Chairman David Pimm crossing the line

**photo credits to Tess Lambert and Nathan Sayers**

Track 7.15 for 7.30pm next Wednesday 31 January

Next Wednesday (31 January) is our regular track session.  We have agreed to try out running these at the Poole Road athletics track in Ewell until further notice; some will remember that we ran one track session there last year.  Otherwise known as the Harrier Centre or King George V recreation ground, it can be found by turning right into Ruxley Lane off the A 240 and then left into Scotts Farm Road which becomes Poole Road.  The recreation ground and athletics track are on your left about half a mile after leaving Ruxley Lane.

Track sessions provide a focussed speed session that works wonders for improving times over all distances.  As many of us are at present training for longer distances, this month will be an 800m reps session with four, five or six reps, depending on your fitness level.  Recovery will be a 400m jog between reps.  There will be groups running at different speeds designed so that this works for all our runners.

Please arrive at the track around 7.15pm to complete a gentle warm up (eg two or three times jogging around the track) and be ready to start the more formal warm up promptly at 7.30pm.  Bring warm clothing for the warm-up and warm-down, and entry fee.  I think the entry is £2.60, but you might want to bring a little more just in case.

Please be considerate of other track users; I am not quite sure which other clubs will be training there that evening.

David Pimm

Membership Renewal Reminder

This is a reminder that membership renewal fees are due by 31st January. We would be very grateful if all members can pay their 2018 membership as soon as possible. This will avoid us hassling you over the next few weeks with reminder emails!

Membership fees for full members remain at £15 for the year which runs from 1st January to 31st December 2018.

For those who wish to renew their England Athletics membership the fee is now £15 a year so a payment of £30 will be required to renew both club and EA membership. EA membership is required as an entry requirement in certain races and grants a discount on most events.

Please pay by BACS using the following:

Bank Barclays
Sort Code 20-84-17
Account Number 00897302

 

Surrey Cross Country Championships – Results

On a sunny, chilly and windy afternoon at Denbies Vineyard, 10 club members competed in the Surrey Cross Country Championships.

Senior Women 8km 112th Ann Bath 0:55:25
       
Senior Men 12km 54th Alastair McGeoch-Williams 0:45:23
  73rd Christopher Hutchinson 0:46:28
  89th Ed Francis 0:48:17
  128th Joseph Gonzalez 0:50:45
  155th Joe Chang 0:52:33
  185th Rob Hinton 0:55:15
  190th David Pimm 0:56:07
  202nd Geoff Tookey 0:58:05
  213th Richard Tomes 1:01:49

Congratulations to everyone and thanks once again to Ann Bath for the wonderful post-race refreshments.

Full results available here

Henley 24 Hour Race – Register Your Interest

So a number of people have been asking if we are planning to attend Cotswold 24 again this year which isn’t looking likely, however a new event, closer to home and organised by the same events company is starting this year in Henley on Thames. So with that in mind we thought we would gauge interest in those wishing to take part this year before to commit to entering teams. You can find full details of the event on their website -> here <- so please take a look.

However in brief the details are as follows:

  • To be held on Saturday 16th & Sunday 17th June
  • Campsite opens at 5pm on Friday 15th June
  • Entry for a team of 8 runners is £400 – £50 per head assuming we fill the teams £67 per head Maximum based on 6 runners
  • Camping for Non Runners is £20 per person and kids camp for free

However to reduce costs the organisers are offering a free team entry for any organisation or club that can man a marshal point for the entire 24 hour period. That would mean if we entered 3 teams each runner would need to spend an hour of the weekend on point throughout the race. If we did this it would reduce the cost of entering by  third to around £33 per head based on having 3 teams of 8 and filling all team spaces, further reducing costs if we entered a fourth team and so on.

So for now to gauge interest before decide if we are going to enter teams please can you register your interest using the sign-up form at the link below and please ensure you let us know if you would be willing to help man the marshal point if we took that option.

Click to Sign Up Here!

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