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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.

Spring Marathon Watch

Despite our club name we are not solely a club of marathon runners, however at this time of the year we find many members taking up the 26.2 mile challenge. Below are just some of the outstanding performances seen in recent weeks. 

If your results are missing, please do let us know and they will be added.

Remember there will be a celebration of the achievements of all our runners at Surbiton Racket and Fitness club at 6pm on 23rd April.

Manchester Marathon

02 Apr 2017 – Marathon

Position Runner Gun Time Actual Time PB?*
1 Steven Ramek 03:09:12 Yes

Rome Marathon

02 Apr 2017 – Marathon

Position Runner Gun Time Actual Time PB?*
1 Jack Diamond 05:17:05 Yes

Brighton Marathon

09 Apr 2017 – Marathon

Position Runner Gun Time Actual Time PB?*
1 Chris Rawcliffe 02:58:33
2 Moustafa Fawzy 03:24:50 Yes
3 Kevin Parker 03:42:06
4 Matthew Vaughan 04:35:54 Yes
5 Iain Stevenson 05:14:54 Yes
6 Stacie Goodreid 05:56:47 Yes
7 Leah Currie 06:03:43 Yes

Boston Marathon

17 Apr 2017 – Marathon

Position Runner Gun Time Actual Time PB?*
1 Libby Marchant 03:33:52

London Marathon

23 Apr 2017 – Marathon

Position Runner Gun Time Actual Time PB?*
1 Alastair McGeoch-Williams 02:49:41
2 Joe Chang 03:09:31
3 Geoff Tookey 03:15:36 Yes
4 Christopher Howe 03:19:53 Yes
5 Rodney McCulloch 03:27:52
6 James King 03:43:10 Yes
7 Michael Street 03:47:48 Yes
8 Kirstie Mitchell 03:49:02
9 Victoria Haslam 03:54:19 Yes
10 Paula Henderson 03:54:55 Yes
11 Matthew Pritchard 04:08:12
12 Katherine Savage 04:13:20 Yes
13 Clare Le Voir 04:14:02 Yes
14 Jacqueline Chang 04:17:25 Yes
15 Laura Hooke 04:21:38 Yes
16 Malcolm Watts 04:38:20 Yes
17 Gemma Burt 04:55:25 Yes
18 Teresa Waller 05:19:33 Yes
19 Chris Gosling 05:33:21 Yes

* PBs are based on data available in the 26.2 records. If your result is incorrectly marked as a PB, please enter your correct. Log in to add your own results.

Training tops available to order

A new order window has opened for training tops. We have launched a new on-line shop to allow you to order these. You can get to the shop at: 26.2 RRC Shop.

In addition to the existing short sleeved tops, we are also now offering long sleeve options. The training tops all have a small logo on the front and large logo on the back.

Orders are being taken for training tops until 24th April 2017. Please get your order in by then.

Training tops are not official club kit. If you want to represent the club at events, please wear our official kit – an order window for official kit is now open until 18th May.

What are you waiting for? Get you top from the 26.2 RRC Shop now!

Cotswolds 24 Hour Relay – Possible Extra Team

We currently have 4 teams entered into the Cotswolds 24 hour relay. Due to the popularity of the event, we are considering entering another team. This would bring our numbers to 40 runners plus family members. If you would like to be a part of a team. Please get in touch with Richard Kirk. You can do this through facebook or our contact page.

The event is a relay in teams of 8. Each runner must complete at least one 9km lap. The event is run over 24 hours so there is chance to run day time and night time laps.

The event is held over the weekend of 22nd and 23rd July in Cirencester Park. The park is on the edge of the Cirencester town centre however the campsite that we use is on the far side of the park from the town. Camping is available on Friday and Saturday nights.

If you wish to take part in a club team, it will cost £44 per runner. Family can join you on the campsite at a cost of £20 for adults and £5 for children.

This is a great social event with opportunity for as much running as you want plus time to socialise with other club members. If you want to know more about the event, please let us know and we will get a member who has run before to tell you all about it.

Event website: Cotswolds 24 Hour

Dates for your diary

As a reminder of what was included in your last newsletter, these are the upcoming club events:

  • Saturday 4th March – GP11 Homewood parkun
  • Sunday 12th March – GP12 Surrey Half Marathon
  • Wednesday 26th April – GP10 3000m race – venue TBC
  • Wednesday 17th May – Club AGM @ 8.30pm
  • 20th-21st May – Green Belt Relay
  • 22nd-23rd July – Cotswold 24 Hour Relay Race
  • Saturday 6th May – Annual Awards Dinner

If you didn’t receive your copy of the newsletter by email, please let us know.

Southern Cross Country Championships – Results

On Saturday 28th January, for the first time in the club’s history, a full team of women and men participated in the Southern England Cross Country Championships at Parliament Hill, Hampstead Heath. This was to be an eye-opening experience for much of the team, mixing with top clubs and giving the club a chance to show off our strength and depth.

With a full schedule of races taking place throughout the day, it wasn’t until mid-afternoon and race 9 of the day that the team were able to truly test themselves on an already churned up, seriously muddy course, not to mention the undulating race profile.

First up, the Senior ladies took on a two lap course over 8km; one longer loop followed by another shorter one. Libby Marchant picked herself up after a tumble to lead the team home. Ann Bath, who has in recent years taken part in this race as a solo runner, was the next club lady home, closely followed by Laura Hooke and Sarah Lothian. The team finished 62nd.

  

The final race of the day was the mens’ race, which consisted of three longer laps totalling 15km. Alastair McGeoch-Williams was first home for the club. Several minutes later came Chris Rawcliffe, closely followed by John Matthews, Joe Brewer, and Nathan Sayers. Moustafa Fawzy completed the 6 man squad, with the team finishing in 41st place overall, compounding further misery on our local rivals The Stragglers. The extended team consisted of Anthony Whelan and Rodney McCulloch making their Cross Country debuts, as well as Joe Chang, Martin Threakall, Geoff Tookey, and Peter Grecian, with Ed Francis unfortunately dropping out due to injury.

All put in a valiant effort, and it was a brilliant day out for all involved. Hopefully next year we can cement our position even further. 

Full results:

http://seaa.org.uk/images/2017/Endurance/XC_Main_Results/Senior_Women.pdf

http://seaa.org.uk/images/2017/Endurance/XC_Main_Results/Senior_Men.pdf

Senior Women – 8km

133 Libby Marchant – 35:58

527 Ann Bath – 50:30

546 Laura Hooke – 52:21

560 Sarah Lothian – 55:15

Team – 62nd

Senior Men – 15km

187 Alastair McGeoch-Williams – 57:22

416 Chris Rawcliffe – 61:46

449 John Matthews – 62:29

452 Joe Brewer – 62:31

478 Nathan Sayers – 62:56

556 Moustafa Fawzy – 65:01

585 Anthony Whelan – 65:33

589 Joe Chang – 65:36

630 Martin Threakall – 66:55

845 Geoff Tookey – 72:36

901 Peter Grecian – 74:26

941 Rodney McCulloch – 75:35

DNF Ed Francis

Team – 41st

Valentine’s 10k – Volunteers Needed!

Our annual Valentine’s 10k race is now just over a month away. We are hard at work with organisation and would now like to start taking names for volunteers for the event.

Without the help of club members we can’t host the event so ask all club members to come along and spare a few hours of their time. We rely on the continued success of the event to provide funds for the club.

There are many different volunteering positions available ranging from marshal duties,  registration of runners, handing out water or handing out t-shirts. Once we have names of volunteers, we will get in touch with everyone about roles.

>>> Please sign up here! <<<

Thanks in advance for your help!