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.
It’s track time in a less than a couple of hours (if you’re reading this before it happened), the last Wednesday of the month.
The usual drill for most, but for anyone new, we’ll see you at Kingsmeadow Athletic Centre in Kingston (KT1 3PB) at 7:15pm (warm up) for a 7:30(ish) start. Entry is £3.65 at reception.
On Sunday 25th September we saw round 5 of the 2016/17 Grand Prix held at Ealing Half Marathon. 17 club members attended. Results are included below. Grand Prix tables will be updated in the next few days.
Well done to Chris Rawcliffe and Libby Marchant who take first past the post honours. Age gradings will be calculated when full results are published.
A special mention for Beverley Gow who overcame injury to set a 6 minute PB with assistance from pacer Steve Ramek. Well done Bev!
We are taking names for entry into the Cotswolds 24 hour relay. The event will be held on 22nd/23rd July 2017. Entries open next week and we want to secure places for the club teams as soon as possible. Please add you name to the sign up sheet if you want to take part.
If you sign up to a team you are agreeing to the £44 entry fee which will be payable by all participants. We will aim to enter one fast team and a number of mixed teams. If you have a number of people to form the basis of a team, please let us know.
If you let us know of any additional camping tickets for family/friends, we can arrange these for you if needed. Costs for camping only are £20 for adults, £5 for children.