Short and sharp track session 7.15 for 7.30pm, Wednesday 27 July 2016

Many members will be running in the Wedding Day 7k next Friday evening, so next Wednesday’s track session (27 July) will be short and sharp to hone your speed. 

We will do a pyramid session, concentrating on shorter distances: 2x200m, 2x400m, 2x600m, 2x400m, 2x200m – a chance to enjoy the speed, and focus on a good, relaxed and flowing posture, without wearing yourself out for Friday evening.

We meet at the Kingsmeadow track, Kingston Road.  Please arrive by about 7.15pm to complete a gentle warm up (eg at two or three times jogging around the track, or perhaps run to the track).  The formal warm-up begins promptly at 7.30pm.  Not warming up properly before the exhilaration of a speed session is a sure way to give yourself an injury!  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 speed. 

David Pimm

Mob Match vs Elmbridge @ Kingston parkrun – 16th July 2016

Our fellow runners at Embridge Road Runners have challenged us to a Mob Match at Kingston parkrun on Saturday 16th July! Finishing times are irrelevant here – it’s all about the numbers! We need as many members as possible to be towing the start line at Kingston in order for us to secure another victory!

Please make sure you are resplendent in your club kit. If you need a loaner top, do please email to the Club Kit account (kit [ at ] [ dot ] uk).

To assist in processing of results, please make sure that your club is set to “26.2 RRC” in your parkrun profile. This can be done in the profile settings accessed from the link sent to you in your weekly parkrun newsletter.

Club Handicap – 2016/17 Season

The first race of the new handicap season is today, Monday, 11th July.

 At the end of every season, I review the results of the Handicap and look to see if any change might improve it. This season is no exception, and having received a copy of Member’s e-mail to the Committee, prior to the AGM, I have addressed the points raised and have replied, personally.

The issue of a ‘Slow Start’ to the season, to supposedly gain an advantage throughout the season, has long been mooted, but nobody has ever come up with evidence of anybody who has actually achieved this. Now we have a comprehensive record of the whole event since 2006, perhaps somebody, who has enough time on their hands, will be motivated enough to search through and see if such evidence, exists.

With this in mind, I am introducing a new condition for the coming season which I believe will satisfy you ALL on both the points that were raised.

The Handicap was originally introduced as a monthly Time Trial to test your current fitness. This still remains its primary purpose.

Therefore,Season’s Best’ will remain, as is, and your ‘Handicap Start Time’ will still be calculated using your last ‘Three Recorded Times’. However, no runner will have a time that is more than 10% slower than this, included in their start time calculation.

I had thought of introducing this in seasons past but felt that it might prejudice those runners coming back from injury. However, the integrity of the Handicap depends on genuine times and some times, recorded in the May run, cannot be considered ‘legit’, if used, and these times, although recorded in the Race Results, will be the first to be subjected to this rule. There are 6 times in all, 3 of which only change times by a matter of seconds. Of the other 3, times will be reduced by 0:41, 1:25 and the worst case, 3:56!

 The introduction of this measure will, hopefully, alleviate the notion that somebody is able to ‘Work the System’.  The Handicap is fair to all abilities and has proved to be so in the past 10 years of its present format. Let’s get out there and enjoy it.

The race analysis from May is available at: Google Docs – May 2016 Handicap Race Analysis

As usual past results are available in the handicap results system: Handicap Results. Start times in the handicap results system do not yet reflect the new 10% rule.


Nonsuch Relays – Results

What a great turn out for the 2016 Nonsuch Relays, not only did we turn out a very impressive 11 teams in a record field of 99 teams but our top team on the night consiting of Alastair, Joe C, Anthony and Danny finished 7th overall in a time of 41:09. Our first ladies team finished as 3rd ladies team overall (5th if you include the 2 junior ladies teams) in a very respectbale time of 49:36

The other impressive thing about last night was the fact that with the exception of one person who had an unexpected motoring emergency and another with a child sickness due to his mothers driving in her rush to get there on time (or so I am led to believe) everyone arrived on time and we were able to get every team sorted before the race started which was great. Continue reading Nonsuch Relays – Results

Captains BBQ – Sunday 17th July

It’s that time again when Kevin is forced to cook food for all 198 members!
There’s a change of venue this year so we will be all getting together on Sunday 17th July at the Berrylands Scout Group on Sterling Walk in Berrylands.

We have lots of outdoor space and there’ll be plenty of food available! All we ask is that you bring your own salads and drinks. The club will provide bread and meat. 

In addition the food, there will be plenty of fun and games for all the family such as tug-o-war and of course the Welly Wanging!

We hope to see as many of you there as possible!

Track Session – Wednesday 29th June 2016

What will we be doing? Running round a 400m oval repetitiously in various increments, to be revealed on the night.

7:15pm meet for approximately 7.30pm start. Kingsmeadow, Kingston Road, Kingston, KT1 3PB. Entry is £3.65. Bring £4 in case.

Open for all standards of runners, involving groups running at differing speeds.

Hope to see a few of you there. I’ll not be running but shouting encouragement from the sidelines.

Danny Norman.

Nonsuch Relays – 6th July

If you are interested in taking part in the Nonsuch Park Relays , please use the link below to add your name to the list of those wanting to take part.

The event starts at the mansion house in Nonsuch park at 7pm on Wednesday 6th July . The course is a 1.87 mile out and back route along the tarmac paths in the park. You will run as part of a 4 person relay team, however if you wish to enter an actual team please ensure you add each team members name to the bottom section of the sign up sheet which can be found -> here <-

Club Training Tops – Order By 21st June

We are currently taking orders for training tops. We expect these to be delivered in June/July. The tops are available for £10 each. Please visit Club Training Tops to order yours. Fill in the form with details about size and colour and our kit organisers will get back to you.

These tops are not official club tops so should not be worn in races when representing the club however are great for staying visible when out training.


Dates For Your Diary

With July fast approaching we have some important dates for your diary as next month is extremely busy and you wouldn’t want to miss out on all the fun now would you!

  • Monday 4th July – Richmond Park club run meeting at Kingston Gate car park at the usual time of 7pm for a 7:15pm start .
  • Wednesday 6th July – Nonsuch Relays, if you are interested in taking part in this years relays starting at the mansion house in Nonsuch park at 7pm please use the link below to ad your name to the list of those wanting to take part. The course is a 1.87 mile out and back route along the tarmac paths in the park. You will run as part of a 4 person relay team however if you wish to enter an actual team please ensure you add each team members name to the bottom section of the sign up sheet which can be found -> here <-

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Club Sessions – 6th & 8th June

Due to Surbiton Racket & Fitness Club hosting the Aegon Trophy again this year we are unable to hold our usual club runs at the club this coming week. Therefore this weeks sessions will be as follows:

Monday 6th, being the first Monday of June means we are back running in Richmond Park. We shall meet at Kingston gate car park at the usual time of 7pm for a 7:15pm start so please do not go to the club as you will not be able to get in and we won’t be there!

Wednesday 8th is scheduled to be long run however we shall be meeting at the bottom of Berrylands on the green on the corner of Surbiton Hill Park and Elmbridge Avenue. Those who wish to long run can set off from and finish there, however for those who fancy it we are planning to do some shuttle runs and speed drills to do something a little different for a change. All are welcome regardless of ability as we shall aim to ensure each of the drills are suitable for everyone.

Alternatively for those of you who fancy a challenge you could head on over to Epsom and take part in the Tour of Epsom & Ewell, a 5 race series held from Monday to Friday, for more information you can head on over to the Running with David Website


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