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!
After strong showings in the Surrey Cross Country League this year, the club intends to send teams to the Southern Cross Country Championships. This is a step up from our usual participation and we hope to field a strong field from the club to show off the strength and depth of runners in our club.
Please sign up below if you are interested in participating and someone from the committee will be in touch. Entries close on 16th December so please sign up as soon as possible. Entry fees are paid by the club so like other cross country events there is no cost to members.
Ladies XC Match 2 has come around quickly and will take place on Saturday 3rd December at 12pm on Mitcham Common. Please see the attached Surrey Ladies XC match 2 briefing PDF for full details on the event including the location, course and how to get to the event.
After a very successful match 1, we hope you are excited about participating in match 2. Can you please let Maria Cenalmor know if you are planning on joining us. The club needs you, and runners of all abilities are encouraged to come along and take part. As usual, there will be cake afterwards!
If you have any questions or need more information please contact Maria.
Also, good news as we now have a date and location for match 3 – Lloyd Park on 14 January 2017, please add this date on your diaries!
As the Kingsmeadow track is currently closed for relaying, we will NOT have our usual track session next Wednesday 30 November.
But do not despair! Instead, I will be organising an intervals session in Berrylands. 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.
We will meet as for a usual Wednesday at the clubhouse at 7.00pm and jog down to Raeburn Avenue to warm up. We will run round a loop of Raeburn, Greenfield, Grand and Elmbridge Avenues in four or five groups of differing speeds to accommodate differing pace runners and so as, hopefully, to avoid over-crowding the pavement.
There will be no road crossings in the reps, and no entry fees to pay!
The ballot table has been updated to include the Mens XC and Epsom 10 from last weekend. Only 2 races left for the ladies and 1 for the men for those wanting to qualify for the ballot. If you are green on the table that means you have done enough races, if you are buff then you can still scrape in however don’t forget that other criteria may mean you are not able to qualify so please read through the ballot rules if you are unsure.
Did you manage to complete the Epsom double this weekend? With a men’s XC fixture on Saturday (hosted by us) and a Grand Prix event and 10 mile club championship on Sunday at Epsom 10 our members spent a lot of time on the downs this weekend. Well done to anyone who managed to run/volunteer on Saturday and then run on Sunday to complete the double. By my reckoning we had 16 members who completed the double.
Our hosting of the cross country fixture went extremely well and we have received excellent feedback on the clearly marked course, friendly marshals and prompt/accurate results. Thank you to all for helping make this a success and especially to Moustafa Fawzy and Maria Cenalmor for their organisational efforts.
In running terms, our team finished a strong 5th in division 3 with Chris Rawcliffe first home for the club. Full race results are available online at: Surrey League and club results are listed below.
On Sunday, 22 members took part in Epsom 10. This was the 10 mile club championship which was won by Ryan Lambrix for the men and Kirstie Mitchell for the ladies. Full results attached and club results are below.
Away from Epsom, Ann Bath was in Glasgow competing in the Masters Cross Country. Despite running in a different country to the rest of us, she still managed to provide ample supplies of cake to the cross country in Epsom. As ever, we are in awe!
Even further afield, Geoff Tookey, took part in Athens marathon. Finishing in a very impressive 3:28:32 we hope he had better weather in Greece than we did in Epsom.
Once again, well done to all members wherever you were running this weekend!
As you can see from the banner above, we have opened entries for Valentine’s 10k 2017. As a reminder, we need club members to volunteer to organise the race. We will need a range of marshals and helpers in race HQ.
A plea and sign up for volunteers will be sent out nearer the time. For now, please keep 12th February 2017 free and importantly, members are asked to volunteer instead of entering the race.
Just a reminder that on Sunday 11th December the annual mob match against the Stragglers is scheduled to take place and it is the Stragglers turn to host this year and the event will start and finish at Kingston Hawker Centre. For those who have never taken part in the Mob Match this is not just about running fast but as the name suggests it is about getting as many people round the course and over the finish as possible. The team with most participants wins so this is an event everyone can take part in even if they are not a member of the club. Bring your family, neighbours, the dog, a stranger off the street, the more the merrier. The course is just under 4 miles and you don’t have to run, so even if you’re carrying an injury and can walk then you can take part.
Lights were bright on Wednesday evening, at the Club Handicap, as a number of runners ran with head torches, taking advantage of an initiative promoted by the Up and Running outlet in Kingston Market. 33 runners blazed their way round the course with Peter Grecian being first to finish in a new SB of 20:57. Debbie Gilmore was second in a PB time of 29:43, and Kevin Furlong 3rd in an SB of 22:12.
There were 7 ‘first timers’ one of whom, Nathan Sayers, was fastest man of the day with a time of 18:01. Sarah Burdett, not quite a first timer having got lost on her first attempt, clocked 20:17 on her first completed run, and was fastest lady. There were 10 PBs on the night and 7 SBs.
John Reardon (143pts), Alan Harding (128) and Mark Cannings ( 125) head the Leader Board, with Debbie Gilmore (5th=, 104pts), Vicky Gardner (7th, 96) and Stacy Banwell (10th, 81) leading ladies.
We were well supported for help last night with Pete Tozer, Simon Norman and Don Esslemont on the ‘pavement’ finish, and Neil Sunderland and Sue Esslemont, with me, on the ‘road’ finish. Good to see the Club Clock back in action, too!
Halloween on Monday evening, Handicap tonight. Trick or treat? Well, I’ve never cared much for Halloween, but the Handicap is a different matter altogether. No tricks and treated by many as a favoured event.
No illuminated pumpkins, either! Instead, head torches will be a feature. Expect a clear but very much cooler evening than of late so, anyone coming along to help, make sure that you wrap up warm.
A reminder to all runners to wear hi viz or reflective tops as we look forward to (being able to) seeing you at the finish. October Race Analysis attached.