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:
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.
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.
As some of you will be aware there have been some odd handicap start times given out over the past few months that have affected peoples overall position in the points table which then continues to affect those runners for the next few runs.
Due to a few people questioning their start times and the affect they believed it had on their handicap positional points and subsequent start times we have taken a look back over the past 5 months and did indeed find some times that were obviously very wrong and have taken steps to amend the affected times and also to ensure that going forward these errors will not happen again.
Therefore once Richard gets some time he will update the main tables on the club website accordingly based on the investigations of the times since July. Whilst this does make some minor changes to the overall standings you will find that it doesn’t change anything at the top too much and still leaves the remaining months with everything to play for between those battling it out at the top of the table.
Therefore leading into the January handicap next week the amended top of the table looks something like:
As is usually the case there is no track session this Wednesday partly due to it being the Christmas break but also because the track is still being relaid. So we will meet at the club for the usual time this Wednesday and there will be a choice of sessions.
There will be some people just heading out for a normal run, pace groups as yet not confirmed but there will also be a repeat of last months interval session in lower Berrylands for those who fancy burning off a few extra Christmas calories. As with last month we will run four, five or six half mile reps on the flat. That is the equivalent of four, five or six by 800m plus a recovery jog in between.
However regardless of what session you choose to do what I hope many of you will choose is to stop back in the club afterwards for a few beers
Want to be a volunteer run leader on our next Zero2Hero Couch to 5K course, then head on over to our sign up page and subscribe to the volunteer roster now!
With almost 80 people signed up we really need all the help we can muster so if you are able to help out head on over to the roster sign up page and enter your details to subscribe to the new volunteer roster emails. Once you submit you will be sent a confirmation email asking you to click a link to confirm your email address, you will then be registered as a subscriber and will receive the regular emails enlisting run leaders each week.
With the Christmas party only a few days away I thought I’d better get my backside in gear and complete the ballot sheet to see who has qualified to enter this years ballot. With only 2 places up for grabs I can confirm that we have:
28 Members having run enough events to take them to the magical 8 events or above needed to qualify
Of those 28 members 1 who was drawn out last year and therefore no eligible for this years ballot
1 Who is not EA Affiliated and also not eligible
Of the 156 fully paid up members in February 86 of those raced in at least one event – 56% with a total of 470 race enteries
Andrea Bennett did the highest number of events with 18
To enter the ballot which will take place at 21:30 hrs simply do one of the following:
The annual rowing race for runners will be taking place on January 15th in Teddington. It is hosted by the Teddington Skiff club who will also assist with offering a couple of training sessions in the skiff’s, as well as provide the cox on the day. There are three categories mens, ladies and mixed with 2 rowers and 1 cox per boat. The race takes place on the river, no it’s not held in a warm gym on rowing machines, and is what I would consider a sprint as it’s over in approximately 3 minutes.
Last year we entered 2 ladies teams and managed to achieve 1st and 2nd, and everybody who took part as well as those who came to spectate had a great time. If anybody is interested please let me (Kate Hancock) know, I believe we have 1 or 2 ladies teams but it would be great if we could also enter one or both of the mens or mixed categories.
Thank you to the 194 members, friends, family, kids and dogs who turned out to help us win this year’s 26.2 RRC vs The Stragglers mob match. With 194 representing 26.2 against 101 for The Stragglers, we gave them the stuffing they deserve!
We have only won the trophy twice before in our history, in 1987 and 1989, so this really shows the strengths that our club has risen to this year. Thanks to all members for making this a great club and especially to captain Kevin Stone for inspiring us all to turn out.
The mob prize was not the only one for 26.2 RRC. Chris Rawcliffe finished in first place, Stanley lead David George round to win first dog and Sue Grecian made it round with help from crutches and a wheel chair to take the golden boot.
Well done to all who took part. We look forward to giving them an even bigger thrashing when they come to us for the same event next year.
After the Epsom double for the men last month, this month gave the chance to the ladies to complete a cross country and grand prix double over the weekend.
On Saturday 3rd December, the ladies were in action at Surrey League Cross Country on Mitcham Common. 11 ladies took part over a hilly course. The route, which although appearing from the start to be fairly flat, had a number of tough hills hidden away. At only 6km it was at least short and wasn’t muddy. Does it count as XC if you don’t come back muddy?
Credit to those that made it despite traffic and train woes. After a long struggle to find parking, Vicky Gardner only just made it to the start in time, explaining her absence from the pre-event photo. A special mention to Jo Newstead who cycled to the event but sadly missed the race. At least she was in time for cake!
On Sunday 4th December, both men and ladies were in action at Hogs Back Road Race. 29 members took part with Alastair McGeoch-Williams returning to grand prix winning form for this event and Kirstie Mitchell first lady home for the club. Grand prix tables have now been published and can be downloaded here.
Some members have tackled this event in recent years however it was a welcome addition to our Grand Prix schedule. Although a cold start, the clear day presented some amazing views of the hills around Guildford. I am sure many members will be back to tackle this hilly but scenic course again in the future.
Our superstar ladies who completed both events were Caroline Dawson, Sue Garnish, Vicky Gardener, Sarah Lothian, Ellen Lambrix and Jacqueline Chang (who even managed to sweet talk herself a beer as spot prize at the end of Hogs Back). Well done all!
There is just over a week to go before the long awaited mob match against the Stragglers. With club membership at an all time high we are hoping to get a big turn out and show them once and for all that we are the best club around.
For those un-familiar with a mob match, the event is open to all and encourages as many people to take part as possible. We welcome runners, walkers, kids (on bikes, scooters or in buggies) and dogs. Participants do not need to be club members, so bring along your friends, family, neighbours, pets or anyone else you can convince to come along. The aim is to be the club with the most participants around the course (yes, the dogs count too!). The club with the biggest representation take the mob match prize and the losers get the stuffing!
The race follows a 4 mile route from the Hawker Centre in Kingston. Starting on the towpath, we turn off the river following paths and pavements from Teddington lock to Ham. The race is all on good surfaces so trail shoes are not required. There may be last minute changes to the route as it has not been confirmed by the Stragglers.
While not the most competitive event (it really is the taking part that counts this time), there will be some keen runners at the front aiming to be first home. If you do happen to win, you may get some acknowledgement, at least a pat on the back. More importantly, the first dog is the most sought after prize on offer.
Sunday 11th December 2016
The Hawker Centre, Kingston (same venue as parkrun)
You will need to register and get a race number.
There is a £1 entry fee payable on the day (no need to register before the day).
10:30am for walkers / kids, 11:00am for runners
Following the race there will be a social event with some snack food provided. There will be a presentation and the raffle. Please do stay afterwards for a chance to socialise with the other runners of Surbiton and Kingston.
Please bring along an item for the raffle afterwards (wrapped or unwrapped as you choose). Typically people bring a bottle of something, chocolates or a small gift. We want as many raffle prizes as possible. The idea is that everyone will get to go home with a prize (possibly even the one you brought if you like it!).
See you all next Sunday!
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