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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
  • 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!

 

Epsom Downs XC – Volunteers Needed – Please sign up

We are hosting match 2 of the Men’s Surrey league division 3/4 competition. The event will be held on 12th November 2016 at Epsom Downs.

As well as fielding a strong team of men, we need members of the club to volunteer to ensure we organise a successful event. If you can, please do come along and assist as this is a chance to show off the team spirit that makes us such a great club.

The race starts at 3pm so we need volunteers to be present from at the latest 2pm until around 4:15pm. If you can come earlier we also require help setting out the course.

Please let us know you can help using the sign up sheet below:

>> Sign up to volunteer or run <<<

Your help is greatly appreciated!

 

GP11 – Crane parkrun this Saturday

This weekend sees the penultimate Grand Prix fixture – Crane parkrun.

There is no one specific place to park for Crane but there is some good advice on their website http://www.parkrun.org.uk/crane/course/

To minimise the impact on the local (residential) area, it would be great if members could share lifts where possible. Members should also note there are no public toilets in Crane Park.

There will also be a pacing team on the day so for any of you shooting for a PB around their pace group times, this is an ideal day for it! It’s a pretty quick course and is all on pathways or tarmac so mud certainly won’t be an issue – though if there’s a frost it could be a little slippy.

Last but not least, could all members please ensure their parkrun profile has 26.2 RRC listed as their club, as this helps enormously with the results. This can be edited here https://www.parkrun.com/profile/update/?Country=UK

 

Don’t Forget Your Barcode!!

Track tonight 7.15 for 7.30pm, Wednesday 24 February 2016

With Spring just around the corner thoughts for many turn to the lighter evenings and competing over shorter distances including: the 5k Grand Prix event on 27 Feb, the last few handicap races of the current season and, of course, the Club Mile on 1 June.  With this in mind, our track session next Wednesday will sharpen things up a little with eight 400m reps at a faster pace (a little faster than your target mile pace) with recovery between each.  This is core training for middle distance running, helps acclimatise your body to this faster pace and builds your ability to judge the right pace over the shorter events.

This is for all standards of runners, involving groups running at differing speeds.  Running short, faster intervals in a speed session is an important part of our overall physical and psychological training programme, building endurance and speed. 

For those training for a Spring Marathon, there will be a separate group running 4x1200m, if there are enough takers.

We meet at the Kingsmeadow track, Kingston Road.  Please arrive by about 7.15pm to complete a gentle warm up (eg two or three times jogging around the track) before we begin the formal warm-up promptly at 7.30pm.  Not warming up properly before the exhilaration of a speed session is a sure-fire way to give yourself an injury!  Entry is £3.40.

Do bring warm clothing for before and after and perhaps waterproofing.

David Pimm

Half Marathon Round Up

This weekend saw not one, not two but three big half marathons as the Spring marathon prep suddenly stepped up a gear.

First to the Wokingham Half Marathon, which saw five 26.2 members take part. For those who haven’t run it before, the circular route takes in a number of closed rural roads on the outskirts of Wokingham. The course, whilst not completely flat is still a very quick one and whilst the wind occasionally played its part, quick times were definitely on offer for runners.

First over the line for 26.2 was Alastair McGeoch-Williams in a time of 1:19:27, followed by Steve Ramek (1:25:38) and Lawrence Bromley (1:29:10) – both earning PBs. Unfortunately Danny Norman and Libby Marchant both had days to forget. Illness hampered both their efforts, with Libby making a 15 minute pit-stop at the St Johns Ambulance approaching the halfway stage and Danny’s man flu getting the better of him at the 8 mile mark.

The men’s race was a hotly contested affair with first place Paul Pollock recording the second fastest time ever at Wokingham with an amazing 1:03:46. Incredibly there was a dead-heat finish for third place with both John Beattie and Kojo Kyereme finishing on 1:06:13! First lady was Caryl Mair Jones from Swansea Harriers in 1:14:32.
Full results are available online.

Back closer to home it was the Hampton Court Half Marathon and again five 26.2 members were in attendance.

The wind was arguably more of a factor in this race given the proximity of much of the route to the exposed River Thames. Martin Threakall was first 26.2 member back in a storming time of 1:29:00. Kirstie Mitchell bagged a fantastic PB of 1:41:50 as first 26.2 lady over the finish line – clearly in good form in the build up to London.
John Rahim in 1:47:03, Lucy Hitchinson in 1:53:59 and Laura Hooke in 1:58:02 completed the 26.2 contingent for the day. Full results are available online.

Lastly of course there was the Tunbridge Wells Half Marathon. 26.2 member Richard Goulder completed the race in an impressive time of 1:34:35 – though as he did so representing his second claim club, it didn’t really happen 🙂

A full set of results are available online

Alastair 2016 Wokingham Half

Alastair crossing the Wokingham finish line (photo from A. Jewel)

YOUR CLUB NEEDS YOU – Final XC race this Saturday

A gentle reminder to everyone that this Saturday is the final race of the Cross Country series for both Ladies and Men.

We’ve had an absolutely smashing turnout throughout the season and would love to wrap it up on a high. We currently sit well positioned within the league tables but would love to cement our places or even push a little higher up the rankings and we need your help by joining us for the last time this season. Mud, sweat and cakes guaranteed.

 

Here’s a link to the official SurreyLeague standings in case you’d like to review how you’ve done so far: https://surreyleague.org/

Please see below details for each event:

Ladies Race is @11:30 Richmond Park, near Pembroke Lodge Car Park. Distance is approx 5 miles. more info
Mens Race is @14:00 Lloyd Park, Croydon. Distance is approx. 5.2 miles. more info

For additional details on the venue, facilities or how to get there please see the Main Events page or the FB Events posts.

If you would like to run and haven’t yet stated an interest, please do post up on the forum or Facebook and let the Captains know. Men’s Captain is Moustafa Fawzy and Ladies’ Captain is Ann Bath. 

Moustafa can be contacted on moustafafawzy [ at ] hotmail [ dot ] com or on the Facebook event or via the forum thread
Ann can be contacted on madshus [ at ] btintnernet [ dot ] com and again also via Facebook or via the forum thread

Looking forward to another great turnout.

Mous