Cross Country Travel Update

For the Men’s XC Team…


Tram is suspended between Wimbledon and Mitcham Junction. 
Nicked from The Strags ….

The main thing to be aware of is the tram line between Wimbledon and Mitcham Junction is closed for engineering works on Saturday, so for those of you travelling by public transport, the route is now train to Clapham Junction, where you change for a train to East Croydon and can then pick up the tram to Lloyd Park. So, for example, the 12:18 train from Kingston will enable you to pick up the 12:53 fast train to East Croydon, and from there it is a 7 minute tram journey to Lloyd Park, getting you to the start at 13:16, in plenty of time to warm up etc.”

So please factor this in when travelling! 

Valentines 10K – Volunteer Tasks

With Valentines 10K only 1 week away we are putting the final touches to the race plan which we will share during the week. Grant will be emailing everyone around Wednesday / Thursday with details of what we require you to do on race day. Some will be asked to work in the race HQ others as marshals along the route. For those of you who are not familiar with what happens race day please read on for some guidelines for the day:

The course is a 10K route starting outside the Barwell Business park along Leatherhead Road, it heads along the Leatherhead Road and turns left towards Epsom, passes Horton Country park to Chessington, along Moor Lane and bridge Road, left back onto the Leatherhead Road and finishes at the Chessington Community College on Garrison lane. A course map can be found using the following link

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Club Handicap – It’s Tight at the Top

This weeks handicap is looking to be an interesting evening with only 11 points separating the top 3 there is everything to play for as the season is starting to draw to a close. 

Mark Canning is currently in pole position with Alan Harding and John Reardon close behind. With only 30 seconds separating them on this weeks starting times expect there to be a good battle for placings as seasons best times are no doubt going to be harder to obtain as the season progresses.

If anyone is able to help out this Wednesday evening please drop me an email or let me know at the club this evening so I can pop you on the list. Also some concerns have been voiced about the way runners loiter in the road area after the run so can we please ask everyone to be extra careful crossing the road and make sure you remain n the pavement whilst you recover as we would hate to see someone involved in an incident with a passing car. Trying to finish on the pavement is also helpful but please do clear the finish as soon as you can. Please note we will be closing registration in the club at 7:15 to aim for a 7:30 start.

For full details on last months times, positions and this months start times see the full handicap database for this season -> here <- 

Position Name Runs Jul 2016 Aug 2016 Sep 2016 Oct 2016 Nov 2016 Dec 2016 Jan 2017 Feb 2017 Total
1 Cannings, Mark 8 15 31 30 24 24 29 29 27 209
2 Harding, Alan 8 15 22 29 34 27 24 25 24 200
3 Rowland, Ed 6 15 28 31 34 35 35 178
4 Reardon, John 7 15 33 31 33 29 12 18 171
5 McGeoch-Williams, Alastair 6 35 32 5 27 30 33 162
6 Grecian, Peter 6 15 35 35 30 33 8 156
7 Merritt, Brian 6 34 30 24 17 25 22 152
8 Banwell, Stacy 5 32 20 28 28 28 136
9 Gardner, Vicky 5 25 26 19 25 33 128
10 Hall, Richard 8 15 10 15 31 32 5 6 10 124


Southern Cross Country Championships – Results

On Saturday 28th January, for the first time in the club’s history, a full team of women and men participated in the Southern England Cross Country Championships at Parliament Hill, Hampstead Heath. This was to be an eye-opening experience for much of the team, mixing with top clubs and giving the club a chance to show off our strength and depth.

With a full schedule of races taking place throughout the day, it wasn’t until mid-afternoon and race 9 of the day that the team were able to truly test themselves on an already churned up, seriously muddy course, not to mention the undulating race profile.

First up, the Senior ladies took on a two lap course over 8km; one longer loop followed by another shorter one. Libby Marchant picked herself up after a tumble to lead the team home. Ann Bath, who has in recent years taken part in this race as a solo runner, was the next club lady home, closely followed by Laura Hooke and Sarah Lothian. The team finished 62nd.


The final race of the day was the mens’ race, which consisted of three longer laps totalling 15km. Alastair McGeoch-Williams was first home for the club. Several minutes later came Chris Rawcliffe, closely followed by John Matthews, Joe Brewer, and Nathan Sayers. Moustafa Fawzy completed the 6 man squad, with the team finishing in 41st place overall, compounding further misery on our local rivals The Stragglers. The extended team consisted of Anthony Whelan and Rodney McCulloch making their Cross Country debuts, as well as Joe Chang, Martin Threakall, Geoff Tookey, and Peter Grecian, with Ed Francis unfortunately dropping out due to injury.

All put in a valiant effort, and it was a brilliant day out for all involved. Hopefully next year we can cement our position even further. 

Full results:

Senior Women – 8km

133 Libby Marchant – 35:58

527 Ann Bath – 50:30

546 Laura Hooke – 52:21

560 Sarah Lothian – 55:15

Team – 62nd

Senior Men – 15km

187 Alastair McGeoch-Williams – 57:22

416 Chris Rawcliffe – 61:46

449 John Matthews – 62:29

452 Joe Brewer – 62:31

478 Nathan Sayers – 62:56

556 Moustafa Fawzy – 65:01

585 Anthony Whelan – 65:33

589 Joe Chang – 65:36

630 Martin Threakall – 66:55

845 Geoff Tookey – 72:36

901 Peter Grecian – 74:26

941 Rodney McCulloch – 75:35

DNF Ed Francis

Team – 41st

Rowing victory for 26.2 ladies

This year, 26.2 RRC sent 3 teams to take part in the Franckeiss Cup. Sonia Pritchard and Maria Cenalmor were victorious in the ladies competition, narrowly edging out clubmates Caroline Dawson and Sue Garnish. Mark Canning and Brian Merritt faced tough competition in the men’s race and put up a brave fight in their first rowing outing.

Well done to all that participated and represented the club.

This event was reported in the Richmond and Twickenham times.

2017 Membership Renewals

It is that time of year when renewals are due for membership of 26.2 RRC. Fees are due by the end of January please with the price remaining at £15 for the year.

For those who wish to take up England Athletics membership or renew it for 2017 the cost of affiliation has increased by £1 with EA now costing £14 a year, so a payment of £29 will be required to renew both club and EA memberships.

New members, full time students, life members and those that that joined after 1st October 2016 do not need to pay club fees for this year but those that are affiliated to England Athletics will need to renew their EA fee of £14 payable to the club please.

Please pay by bank transfer using the following details by 31st January 2017:

Bank name Barclays
Sort code 20-84-17
Account number  00897302

If you are unable to pay by bank transfer please see a member of the committee for alternative payment methods but bank transfer is the preferred method.

Many thanks,

John Bennett

Membership Secretary

Run for Orla

Want to do something different with your Sunday morning run (or walk)? Why not join a few friends for a social run around Bushy Park and raise some money for a good cause at the same time?

On 29th January at 10am, a group of us will be running a couple of laps (10km) of Bushy Park in aid of “Run for Orla”. We will be raising money to support two charities, Shooting Star Chase and SANDS. For those who don’t fancy 10km, there is also a 5km option.

Orla was born on 26th July 2016 with Jeunes Syndrome, causing reduced lung volume and consequently, a life expectancy of only a few hours. Orla defied all expectations, living for three days, which she was able to spend entirely surrounded by family thanks to the wonderful facilities provided by Shooting Star Chase Hospice.

For more information about Orla, and the work of Shooting Star Chase, please see: Orla’s Story

Run for Orla is a virtual run, meaning that it can be done anywhere, at any time. Entry costs £10 (£5 for children). Once the run has been completed, proof is submitted via email, using a screenshot of a running watch, mapmyrun, strava upload etc. Further details are available here: Run for Orla

The plan is to meet at the main carpark in Bushy Park at 10am, and run 2 laps of the ‘old’ parkrun course – one clockwise then a second anticlockwise. The 5km option would therefore be a single lap of the old parkrun course.

If you’d like to to join us, please sign up using the Run for Orla Virgin Money page:  Run for Orla Sign Up.

Please also let us know you are coming by joining our facebook event: 26.2 RRC Run for Orla Facebook Event

Valentine’s 10k – Volunteers Needed!

Our annual Valentine’s 10k race is now just over a month away. We are hard at work with organisation and would now like to start taking names for volunteers for the event.

Without the help of club members we can’t host the event so ask all club members to come along and spare a few hours of their time. We rely on the continued success of the event to provide funds for the club.

There are many different volunteering positions available ranging from marshal duties,  registration of runners, handing out water or handing out t-shirts. Once we have names of volunteers, we will get in touch with everyone about roles.

>>> Please sign up here! <<<

Thanks in advance for your help!


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