Next Wednesday (25 October) is our regular track session. For many of us doing ‘Hero to Superhero’, this is the last serious training session before the Oxshott 10k. We will therefore focus on 800m intervals as a good sharpener for the big day. But this is great training for improving speeds even if you are not doing Oxshott. I’m going to suggest four groups, which may then split into sub-groups to accommodate the full range of our differing speeds:
Group A (get round): 2×400; 2×800; 2×400
Group B (sub 60min 10k): 2×200; 3×800; 2×400
Group C (sub 50): 5x800m
Group D (sub 40): 6x800m
Please arrive at Kingsmeadow on the Kingston Road, New Malden around 7.15pm to complete a gentle warm up (eg two or three times jogging around the track, or perhaps run to the track) and be ready to start the more formal warm up promptly at 7.30pm. Bring warm clothing for the warm-up and warm-down, and entry fee of £3.80.
Well done to everyone who competed in the first Surrey League Cross Country yesterday, fantastic turnout in both the ladies and gents races. Full results now available:
If you notice any discrepancies in the results, please let the club captains know (Mous and Ann).
Hopefully you all enjoyed the run and if you would like another serving of cross country, on a more competitive, larger scale, then the London Cross Country Championships are fast approaching (see previous post for full details: http://www.26point2.co.uk/seaa-road-relay-and-london-cross-country-championships/) and sign-up sheet.
Deadline for registering your interest is Wednesday 25th October.
The next Surrey League Cross Country race is on Saturday 11th November (Ladies are at Nonsuch Park / Gents are at Epsom Downs)
To help with the large number of members expected to enter Oxshott 10k as part of the Heroes 2 Superheroes training programme, Kevin Stone is collecting names to do a bulk entry into the event. If you would like to be included in the bulk entry. Please complete the Oxshott 10k Google Form.
The Titsey Trail 10k hosted the fifth race in the 2017/18 Grand Prix calendar. Heavy rain over the last week made the course fun and challenging as 38 club members completed the one lap course through the glorious woodland of the ancient Titsey Estate on the Limpsfield Chart in Surrey.
Full results available here
If you enjoyed the mud today, the next Grand Prix event is the first Surrey League fixture of the cross-country season on Saturday 14th October.
Ladies are at Reigate, 1pm start
Men are at Wimbledon Common, 2pm start
26.2 RRC were out in force today at the Reigate Half Marathon. 22 members completed the course, starting and finishing in Priory Park, the closed road course led runners along quiet country lanes towards Horley before looping back. Gently undulating throughout, with a nasty hill to greet the runners at mile 12. Despite this, many of our members completed the 13.1 miles with a new PB.
The kids race was completed by Hannah Whiteman, Tommy and Daniel Street.
Congratulations to everyone who ran today.
Full results available here
GP tables updated here
A quick note to remind everyone running this Sunday in the Reigate Half, the race starts at 9:15am.
It looks set to be another great club turnout with 26 members signed up.
Being a mass-participation event, we will be using chip-timing for the Grand Prix results rather than past-the-post.
Recent new member (joined April 2017) Laurie Johnston is about to embark on a 62 day effort to run 10k a day. Covering 620km in total he is raising money for Cancer Research UK in memory of his wife Linda.
In his own words:
“Linda, my wife, died on the 22 March 2017 from breast cancer aged 62.
She fought against this dreadful disease for 4 years, and throughout this battle, she remained positive and never complained despite the effects of the chemotherapy, radiotherapy and other medication.
Linda’s outlook to life was amazing; she liked to enjoy herself, have fun and was loved by all. Even during her illness, she tried to carry on as normal. It was only in the latter part of her illness that life became difficult.
Looking back, I was lucky to have met such wonderful person. She was a truly inspirational wife and mum who was always there for Mark, my son, and myself never mind her many relatives and friends. This was reflected by the amazing number of people at Linda’s funeral.
In her memory, I will be running 10k for 62 (Linda’s age) consecutive days from Friday 8 September to Wednesday 8 November before her 63rd birthday on Thursday 9 November. Anyone who wants to keep me company by walking or running a little bit with me is more than welcome; it doesn’t matter how far – 1k will be fine.”
Best of luck to Laurie with this challenge!
You can read more about what Laurie is doing in the Surrey Comet or on his Just Giving page.
Following a fantastic start to the Grand Prix season with a record attendance at the Claygate Country 5 and Club Mile Championship, I am delighted to announce the final 3 races of the 2017/18 season.
With the days shortening and the weather turning, what better way to motivate yourself towards new goals and great achievements by participating in this year’s Grand Prix races.
- GP4 – Reigate half marathon – Sunday 17th September 2017 (Discount available – see Grand Prix page for code) – online entries close on 10th September (no on the day entries)
- GP5 – Titsey Trail 10k – Sunday 1st October 2017 – likely to sellout in the next couple of weeks, enter soon!
- GP6 – Surrey League Cross Country – Saturday 14th October 2017
- GP7 – Second Sunday 5 – Sunday 12th November 2017
- GP8 – Kingston 10k – Sunday 26th November 2017 (including 10k championship)
- GP9 – Hogs Back – Sunday 10th December 2017 (Discount available – see Grand Prix page for code)
- GP10 – Dulwich parkrun – Saturday 20th January 2018 (including 5k championship)
- GP11 – Fleet Half Marathon – Sunday 18th March 2018 (including half marathon championship)
- GP12 – Maidenhead Easter 10 – Friday 30th March 2018 (including 10 mile championship)
More details including how to enter each are on the Grand Prix pages. This page also includes details of the discounts available. The latest Grand Prix results tables have been updated are available for viewing.
Next Monday’s run will take place in Richmond Park. We will be meeting at Ham Gate (note this is different to the other summer runs) at 7:00pm for a 7:15pm start. You will need to park your cars outside the park as the gates will be locked before we return from the run.
A couple of top level events organised by SEAA are on the horizon this Autumn. Both events are highly competitive and will draw a top quality field from around the region. I suggest only the “faster” runners to consider signing up to give the club the best chance to represent ourselves at this level. The plan is to enter one or two male and female teams for both events, subject to interest.
Southern Road Relays – Sunday 24th September – Crystal Palace – website link
Women’s team = 4 x 4.5km, Men’s team = 6 x 6km
Please sign up by MONDAY 4th SEPTEMBER if interested so that we can meet entry deadline
London Cross Country Championships – Saturday 18th November – Parliament Hill Fields, Hampstead Heath – website link
Please sign up by WEDNESDAY 25th OCTOBER if interested so that we can meet entry deadline
All runners must be first claim members and registered with England Athletics.