This week’s track session (7.15 for 7.30pm on Wednesday 16th August) cannot now take place at Kingsmeadow as previously advertised. This is because of a race meeting of which we were not aware of and which was not listed on the Kingsmeadow website. Apologies for the change.
Instead we will meet at the Epsom & Ewell track (the ‘Harrier Centre’) King George V Recreation Ground, Poole Road, Ewell, KT19 9RY. Timings and the proposed session are unchanged (8x400m, with formal warm up promptly at 7.30pm). The track is expected to be open to the public and we understand that the charge is £2.60. It may be as well to bring along a little more, but exact money will no doubt be appreciated if you have it.
The track is not far, but is slightly hidden away. Following the A240 towards Epsom, you turn right into Ruxley Lane and either, proceed to the far end and then turn left into Chessington Road towards Ewell. Immediately after the first roundabout, turn left down a side street (still Chessington Road), wiggle right, then left into Lansdowne Road. The recreation ground is at the bottom of Lansdowne Road.
Or from Ruxley lane turn left into Scotts Farm Road and continue along onto Poole Road and the harrier Centre is opposite Lansdowne Road.
Next Wednesday 16 August is our monthly track session. With the Club Mile the following Wednesday, this is a great chance to get some experience of running on the track.
With the mile in mind, we will be doing an 8x400m session with 200m jog to recover between each. This is for all standards as there will be groups running at different speeds.
This kind of interval training helps your speed for longer distances (such as the 5k), builds recovery and will help you get a sense of pace for running the Club Mile.
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. Do bring water, especially if it is a hot evening, and entry fee of £3.80.
July’s Handicap saw 42 of us starting and finishing in the Byeways as we ran the new course for the first time. In essence only the start and finish has changed although this means the incline along Berrylands if dealt with much earlier and the finish is slightly more downhill. In addition to the course change we are happy to report that the 3 mile handicap course is now 3 miles and not the 2.97 miles most people seemed to measure over the past years.
Among the 42 runners we had:
8 First timers
4 personal bests for those having run before
4 runners sub 20
No single runner taking longer to complete the course then the new base time of 40 minutes
First timers Daniel Clarke and Jackie Morris lead the field home with Lizzie Wilson hot on their tails as she bids to repeat her amazing form of 2010/11 season when she took glory and won the season by a clear margin.
For full details on last months times, positions and this months start times see the full handicap database for this season –> here <-
For those of you attending tomorrow evening we would ask that:
Please arrive in good time to register as we will be leaving the club at 7:15pm prompt in order to start at 7:30pm.
If you are running late message either Kevin Stone or Steve Ramek in advance to register yourself, please do not arrive at the Byeways to register if you can help it.
Be mindful of the residents whose road we are now using to start and finish on, it must have been a bit of a shock to us all there last month.
Please keep noise to a minimum and move towards the end of the road when you finish to register your position away from the finish line.
If you are unable to run but can help out please make yourself known and we will ensure you are given a Hi-Vis and a assigned a role.
And finally for those of you who are unsure if you would be able to compete in the handicap we have changed the base start time to 40 minutes from 35 to make sure everyone can get round in the allotted time so please do come along and give it a try, you won’t regret it.
The second Grand Prix of the 2017/18 season held on Sunday 9th July 2017 saw a record club turnout at the Claygate Country 5 with 58 club members completing the undulating 5 mile course around Arbrook Common. In hot and humid conditions, 26.2 RRC represented over 15% of the total field, with special mention to Victoria Haslam (2nd Female Senior), Daisy Street (3rd Female Vet), and Steve Ramek (2nd Male Vet). Rob Hinton and son James finished first Father and Son.
Just a reminder to all that this Sunday (16th) is the Captains BBQ at the Berrylands Scout hut on Sterling Walk. As usual the club will be supplying the Burgers, Sausages, Chicken, Bread Roll and Condiments, if you want salads, desserts and drink you will need to supply this yourself. Beverly will once again be supplying the Veggie / Vegan options so if this is your option please do let her know ASAP so she can plan accordingly.
Grant will be lighting the BBQ around noon and all are welcome from noon onwards with food being served from around 1pm. Once everyone has had their fill we will commence with the usual fun and games of the Tug-O-War, Welly Wanging and maybe a 3 legged race or two. The afternoon usually starts to wind up around 5pm
Please bring the family for a fun afternoon (No running involved) and if you’re unsure of where the scout hut is situated see -> here <- for a map.
I would also like to thanks both Beverly and Grant in advance for offering their BBQ Culinary skills once again and I look forward to seeing you all on Sunday
The new club handicap season starts this coming Wednesday 13th July and there are some changes afoot that will not only make the finish area safer but also make the competition more inclusive to everyone within the club. You may have read in the latest new letter about how the course will now start and finish in Pine walk, this is not actually the case, the course will now start and finish in thew Byeways. This will help ensure that the finish straight is a little less busy with traffic meaning an all together safer finish area. The monthly race will now start towards the bottom end of the Byeways and set of towards the Roystons and turn left onto the original course. Each runner will complete 2 laps of the usual Berrylands loop before turning back up the Byeways and finishing around 30 meters short of the Crest at the top of the road.
The club mile takes place on 23 August at Kingsmeadow track. Now is the chance to get in training. Whether you are an experienced track athlete, or have never run on a track before join us next Wednesday 28 June for a speed session at Kingsmeadow on the Kingston Road, New Malden.
We will be doing the popular ‘pyramid’ session building from short (200m) up to mid distance (800m) and back down, finishing with an exhilarating 100m sprint. There will be groups running at different speeds.
This kind of interval training helps your speed for longer distances (such as the 5k), builds recovery and will help you get a sense of pace for those planning to run the mile in August.
Please arrive 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. Do bring water, especially if it is a hot evening and entry fee of £3.80.