Imber Court Relays 2017 – Results

Thank you to the 36 teams that joined in with the inaugural Imber Court Relays on Tuesday 20th June 2017. The weather and course provided great conditions for an exciting race.

Results are now online and can be downloaded here:

>>> Imber Court Relays 2017 Results <<<

Congratulations to our victorious teams:

Category Team Time
Senior Men Epsom & Ewell Harriers A 34:22
Vets Men Epson & Ewell Harriers D 38:53
Senior Ladies Epsom & Ewell Ladies A 41:05
Vets Ladies Stragglers Hawker Ladies 1 42:45
Mixed Epsom Oddballs RC B 47:35

And individuals:

category Runner TEAM Time
Senior Men

Phil Mackie

Ryan Griffith

Epsom & Ewell Harriers A 08:25
Senior Ladies Alice Germana Epson & Ewell Harries Ladies A 09:33
Vets Men Gary Neville Guitar Experience 08:59
Vets Ladies Sarah Winter Stragglers Hawker Ladies 1 09:41
Junior Men Alex Guerteen Epson & Ewell Harriers B 09:04
Junior Ladies Vicki Broan Epsom Oddballs RC A 12:14

We look forwards to welcoming all teams back next year and hope the event will grow to welcome more clubs now that we have shown that our new location can support a successful relay event.

Finally a big thanks to our volunteers who made the event possible and especially Race Director Kevin Stone for organising and Chief Marshall John Bennett for finding the new location.

Harry Hawkes 10 – Discount Code

We have been offered an additional discount code the the Harry Hawkes 10 in addition to the normal affiliated runner discount.

The race will be held on Sunday July 16th and will serve as a great warm up for the Captain’s BBQ to be held later that day.

The following information was provided by the organisers:

The Harry Hawkes is a 10 mile race located at Giggs Hill Green in Thames Ditton, with a start time of 09.30. This is the 34th staging of the run which is always popular with club runners. It’s a fast, flat course and a very scenic route with sections along the river and through woodland, although most of the course is on surfaced road.

We have team challenge trophies for both men and women’s teams and we are always keen to attract more clubs to take part. With this in mind we are offering a £3 discount to your club runners entering the race. The affiliated runner entry fee is £23 (plus £2 online booking fee). With the discount this drops to £20.

Details of the race can be found on our website: www.harryhawkes10.com

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Dorking 10

The 2017/18 Grand Prix season kicked off with the Dorking 10 mile race on Sunday 4th June 2017. Part of the Surrey Road League Series, the course takes on a shorter lap, followed by a longer lap, over the undulating country lanes to the south of Box Hill. Despite a cool start to the day, the heat soon began to build, creating testing conditions for the runners with the course largely exposed to the elements.

Congratulations to all who took part, in a highly competitive field.

Full results can be found Sports Systems – Dorking 10 Results

Grand Prix tables updated 

A reminder for your diaries, the next Grand Prix is Claygate Country 5, at 10:30am on Sunday 9th July.

Grand Prix 2017/18 – Events 1 to 9

Events 1 to 9 have been confirmed for this year’s Grand Prix. These will be:

  • GP1 – Dorking 10 – Sunday 4th June 2017
  • GP2 – Claygate Country 5 – Sunday 9th July 2017
  • GP3 – Club 1 mile championship – Wednesday 23rd August 2017
  • GP4 – Reigate half marathon – Sunday 17th September 2017 (Discount available – see GP page below)
  • GP5 – Titsey Trail 10k – Sunday 1st October 2017 
  • GP6 – Cross Country – Saturday 14th October 2017
  • GP7 – Second Sunday 5 – Sunday 12th November 2017
  • GP8 – Kingston 10k – Sunday 27th November 2017 (10k championship)
  • GP9 – Hogs Back – Sunday 10th December 2017

More details including how to enter each are on the Grand Prix pages. This page also includes details of the discounts available.

The remaining 3 events will be held in 2018 and will be announced later this year.

Imber Court Relays – 20th June 2017

26.2 Road Runners are proud to host the first running of the 26.2 Road Runners Imber Court Relays. The event replaces relays that we have previously held at Horton Country Park.

Location

Metropolitan Police Sports and Social Club
Imber Court, Ember Lane, East Molesey, KT8 0BT
http://www.imbercourt.com/

Date and Time 7:30pm – Tuesday 20th June 2017

New Relay Location

The new relay course will be run over a 1.6 mile route around the grounds of Imber Court and along the river Ember. The course is flat but with mixed terrain including grass, gravel paths and some tarmac. It is uneven in places but not difficult.

Located in Surrey, very near to Hampton Court, the Imber Court has some of the finest sports grounds in the United Kingdom. There is ample parking available and the clubhouse has excellent facilities and a bar for a post run drink and chat.

Entries

Teams will consist of 4 runners. There will be prizes for mens, ladies and mixed teams. Entry will cost £12 per team.

The event is open to local running clubs by invitation. If you would like more information for your running club, please get in touch at enquiries [ at ] 26point2.co [ dot ] uk.

26.2 RRC Members

Club members are invited to either run or volunteer for the event. Please use the sign up sheet to register to run or volunteer.

>>> 26.2 RRC Member Sign-up <<<

Green Belt Relay 2017

This weekend saw another successful loop around London for our two Green Belt Relay teams. Everyone made it to their stages more or less on time (Steve!), did a fine job of keeping everyone in check at the marshal points and ran like they didn’t have to run again the next day (sadly they did).

If you want to see the results they are available on-line: Green Belt Relay stage results. In terms of teams our Blue team beat the Red team. As the teams were picked according to what fit with stage allocations rather than according to any kind of preference or ability (and most people didn’t know what team they were in anyway) this doesn’t mean much … I would say that though as I was a losing Red!

I would highly recommend checking out some of the Strava fly-bys of the event. Particularly you might want to watch stage 18 where John Reardon was having so much fun on the course he didn’t want to come back (sorry John…it is very funny).

Thanks to all the runners (Ami Cullum, Daisy Street, Dennis Brandrick, Frani Heyns, Greg Whiteman, Jacqueline Chang, Javier Fuentes, Joe Brewer, John Matthews, John Reardon, Kevin Furlong, Libby Marchant, Maria Cenalmor, Matthew Pritchard, Michael Street, Nathan Sayers, Peter Grecian, Richard Kirk, Ryan Lambrix, Steven Ramek, Sue Garnish, Vicki Kirk) and volunteers (Lizzie Wilson, Dave Wilson, Sam Ward, Kev Stone, Cass Brewer, Julie, Reyadh and especially Ellen Lambrix who while not running much at the moment wants to be sure everyone knows she still exists).

I hope everyone enjoyed the weekend just as much as I did. Green Belt is a real highlight of the year for me. Although the organising can sometime seem a lot of trouble by the Thursday before it is always worth it to see everyone enjoying themselves on Sunday back at the Hawker centre. I haven’t yet decided which is harder, organising 22 runners, running the level 10 stage 4 or keeping Alex happy for the 220 miles around the relay.

Look out for a sign up sheet coming out for next year some time at the end of this year (probably after River Relays). We will let you know in a newsletter when signup is available.

Thanks to everyone for making the event possible for 26.2!

North Downs Way 50

Congratulations to members Kevin Stone, Greg Whiteman and Richard Goulder who completed the North Downs Way 50 on Saturday. The grueling course takes in some extremely tough hills yet all three members completed with a smile on their face.

Tough hills but great views.

Richard Goulder finished the 50 miles in the top 100 finishers in 10:17:36. He was followed by Greg who put on a strong finish to get 11:12:54 and club captain Kevin Stone was well under his 12 hour goal in 11:43:27.

Members of all ages were out to show support.

In other running news this weekend, members Ann Bath and Beverley Gow completed a 6-hour double with events on Friday and Sunday. They were flying high at the Top Gun run on Friday and doing anything but resting at the pajama run on Sunday. Well done ladies!

 

Upcoming Races

With the start of a new 26.2 RRC season there is lots of racing to be done. Here are a few of the upcoming events. Get them into your diary now:

  • Saturday 20th & Sunday 21st May – Green Belt Relay – If you are signed up to our teams you will be getting your stage allocation soon.
  • Sunday 21st May – Hogsmill Ladies 5 – Sign up ladies and come along men to support at this fabulous local event (Hogsmill Ladies 5 website).
  • Sunday 4th June – Dorking 10 – Sign up for the first event of the 2017/18 Grand Prix season (Dorking 10 website).
  • Sunday 9th July – Claygate 5 – Another all inclusive local favourite that will be the second event in the 2017/18 Grand Prix (Claygate Country 5 website).

Please note that the Club Mile championship will not be held on the first Monday in June as it has in the past.

Handicap – Season Finale

So tonight is the final race in our annual handicap season and top spot has still to be settled as there is still only 2 points separating 1st placed Mark Cannings and 2nd placed Alan Harding. Having missed last months handicap Ed Rowlands is now out of contention and could be overtaken for third spot by either Alastair McGeoch-Williams, Peter Grecian or Richard Hall if he fails to show up tonight as well and one of the chasing trio have a good run scoring a seasons best with a high finish position. So there is everything to play for as we approach this evening and it would be great to see a big turnout out to make life that little bit more difficult for those battling it out at the top.

For anyone who cannot run but who would like to help out with marshaling and finish line duties we welcome your help so please do pitch up and let us know when you arrive that you are here to help.

We will be aiming for the usual 7:30pm start so registration will close in the club house at 7:15pm. If you are running late and want to register please drop either Steve Ramek or myself a text to let us know you are coming as this makes life much easier then trying to register your start time on the start line.

For full details on last months times, positions and this months start times see the full handicap database for this season –> here <-

Position Name Runs Jul 2016 Aug 2016 Sep 2016 Oct 2016 Nov 2016 Dec 2016 Jan 2017 Feb 2017 Mar 2017 Apr 2017 May 2017 Total
1= Cannings, Mark 11 15 31 30 24 24 29 29 27 9 27 25 270
1= Harding, Alan 11 15 22 29 34 27 24 25 24 15 28 27 270
3 Rowland, Ed 8 15 28 31 34 35 35 31 29 238
4 Grecian, Peter 8 15 35 35 30 33 8 30 33 219
5 Hall, Richard 11 15 10 15 31 32 5 6 10 28 33 26 211
6 McGeoch-Williams, Alastair 8 35 32 5 27 30 33 5 21 188
7 Reardon, John 7 15 33 31 33 29 12 18 171
8 Street, Michael 7 22 10 35 34 5 20 35 161
9 Whiteman, Greg 7 31 5 9 32 34 25 20 156
10 Merritt, Brian 6 34 30 24 17 25 22 152

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