The below race report was written by Josie Bate. If you would like to contribute race reports to the site, please do send us your contributions to be published.
So this weekend, as Richard writes, saw an array of fantastic running feats by members of 26.2. For some of us, it was even more special, as a number of Kevin’s first Z2H graduates took their places on the start line of two great events – the Fleet 10k or the Great South Run, the latter being billed as the “world’s leading 10 mile running event”.
It’s perhaps fitting that just ten months on from being lead in our first warm-up by Mr Stone on a cold and dark winter’s night in January, we would be whatsapping each other as we drove south to Hampshire or further south to Portsmouth, to partake in running events featuring the number ten.
With the dark evenings well and truly here we are pleased to announce that we have arranged a brand evening through Up & Running, your local running store in Kingston market place found within the Ultimate Outdoors store.
Up & Running are keen to work with the club and we are pleased to invite them along to the club on Wednesday 2nd November which is handicap evening where they will attend with Silva Head Torches giving club members the opportunity to be fitted by a Silva Rep and run with one of their range of head torches. This is an ideal evening to try one out as running round Berrylands when it is dark can be tricky at best and whilst we strongly recommend members wearing Hi Vis apparel the use of a head torch is also a great way to help you stay safe during the winter months. Continue reading Brand Night – Silva Head Torches→
We have had a number of fabulous results this weekend from club members. If you have results not shown below that you would like included on the site, please let us know using the contact form.
Things started well on Saturday morning with another flurry of PBs at Kingston parkrun. The honourable mention goes to Sue Hawker (Grecian) who took two and a half minutes off her previous PB. Joe Chang also slayed a long standing daemon, finally getting a parkrun PB, 5 years (and 2 children) since his last one. For more on how things went in Kingston, member Josie Bate wrote this week’s run report which is available on the Kingston parkrun site.
On Sunday, we had a number of Zero2Hero graduates moving on from 5 to 10, in some cases Feet 10k and other 10 miles at the Great South Run. More details on how they got on will be sent out later in the week.
While not racing, a group of members performed an important job at Epsom Downs on Sunday. They did a scouting mission to check the course for our upcoming cross country event. We will be hosting the cross country fixture on 12th November at 3pm on Epsom Downs. Please add the date to your diaries. We need a strong men’s team to run and lots of help volunteering to ensure the event goes smoothly (and nobody ends up running a mile too far!).
Finally, there was one result that was missed last weekend that deserves a special mention. Richard Goulder ran the Centurion Autumn 100 in a fabulous time of 20 hours 14 minutes 45 seconds. Hats off to Richard on this amazing achievement.
Major repairs to the Kingsmeadow running track mean that the track will be closed for a number of weeks from late October.
Our track session this month will therefore be a week earlier than scheduled and will take place 7.15 for 7.30pm next Wednesday, 19 October.
At this time of year we are mostly running longer distances – some people considerably longer! Speed work is still an important part of a training schedule, but we will run longer reps: either 5x800m or 6x800m.
We meet at the Kingsmeadow track, Kingston Road. Please arrive by about 7.15pm to complete a gentle warm up (eg two or three times jogging around the track, or perhaps run to the track). The formal warm-up begins promptly at 7.30pm. 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 contributing to faster times at those longer distances as well.
We have received the following notice about parking at Nonsuch park this weekend:
Due to a wedding fair event taking place at Nonsuch this weekend, we have been instructed by the council NOT to use any of the 3 public cars at Cheam Gate, Nonsuch Park (A232).
However, we have secured exclusive access to the field for parking on the right hand side as you approach the Mansion House. When entering Cheam Gate, please pass the public car parks immediately to the right and the left, follow the road straight ahead to a right hand bend, the entrance to the field is 100m further on to the right. There will be sign posts. Please park with care, other park users will be walking through the field.
Please , please ask all your runners to support this, it’s a 100m walk to the race start from the field. Lots of other parking available off London road, again a very short walk to the start and free parking in many roads as per race instructions.
The 100th running of the Club Handicap, in its present format, brought Andrew Pengelly over from Australia. Well, not especially but, after a mad afternoon dash from Norwich, he arrived just in time do his first Handicap since May 2012, having run in the first ever in October 2006. Jo Newstead was the only other runner to compete in both the 1st and 100th.
Alan Harding was first across the line, just 6 secs ahead of John Reardon, both recording PBs. I’m not sure how close Kevin Stone(3rd) was to the finish when he realised that it wasn’t, after all, going to be his day, being caught by these two and finishing 4 secs adrift, but still holding off Richard Hall (4th) by another 4 secs. There were welcome returns for Tom Parmiter (since July 2015), Kirstie Mitchell (May 2013) in 5th and 6th , both recording PBs, and Joe Brewer (April 2011) who hopes to compete more regularly in future. Four others achieved PBs along with six others who ran SBs.
Tom Parmiter (18:08) was fastest man and Daisy Street (21:47) fastest lady. There were 31 entrants, including 5 first timers, 2 of whom, unfortunately, got lost!. Sarah and Chris, I hope you will try again next month.
No problem with helpers this month and thanks to Ann Bath, Neil Sunderland, Paul Keddie, Steve Ramek, Pete Tozer and Don Esslemont.
Last weekend a group from 26.2 RRC headed to Bournemouth for the annual marathon festival. This weekend has become a firm favourite for members of the club and once again it did not disappoint. Although the weather for parkrun (done at a mix of Bournemouth, Weymouth and Poole) kicked things off in a rather soggy fashion, the weather soon cleared and we were treated to a lovely weekend by the seaside.
On Saturday we had particpants in the 1.5km children’s race, 10k Supersonic run and 5k Supernova (run at night with glow sticks). Charlotte and Zoe Pritchard were our first medal winners of the weekend. In the 10k the honourable mentions go to Lee Hilton who stormed round to a new PB (with more that a little encouragement from Steve Ramek) and Vicki Kirk who returned to racing 3 months after giving birth to Alex. The evening run was a treat for families Grecian (full complement) and Whiteman (minus Greg). Superb efforts from both families, particularly Sarah Whiteman on her first ever 5k, she was our Supernova Superstar!
On Sunday the distances were increased with 6 club members tackling the early start for the half marathon and 3 opting for a longer lie in, but also longer run with the full marathon. The weather was ideal for the half but getting a bit hot for the marathon. Fabulous efforts from Alastair McGeoch-Williams, Laura Hooke and Richard Hall for completing the marathon. Others completed a different kind of marathon by remaining in the pub supporting until all runners had passed.
These 26.2 on tour weekends are generally informally organised so if you are interested in attending a future weekend away, please do ask around to see what events are going on. For club organised weekends away, why not look into Green Belt Relay or Cotswolds 24 hour.
Club Handicap on Wednesday and will we be able to repeat the total of 40 runners that we had for our September Race? If we get anywhere near that total I would hope for more helpers, initially three, than we had then. I know that a few ‘regular’ helpers were not available on the night but we always welcome those who do not intend to run to come along and assist. We will be running in the dark from now on so please wear your hi-viz training vests.
Points leader after three races is Brian Merritt with 90 points. John Reardon is on 80, Mark Cannings is on 77, and Howard Brinkworth is in the mix again with 73. Vicky Gardner is leading lady on 71 with the ever improving Debbie Gilmore on 70.
The weather forecast looks good but perhaps slightly more chilly than of late. Look forward to seeing you all. September race analysis attached.