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Nonsuch Relays – 5th July 2017 – Sign up!

Relay season continues at a pace and with the successful completion of our own event we now look forwards to the Nonsuch Relays on 5th July.

All members are invited to sign up. We will be entering a range of teams in all pace groups so welcome all abilities.

You can sign up at:

>>> Nonsuch Relay Sign-up <<<

You can either sign up to be part of a team or to be allocated to any team. 

More details of the event are available at: Running with David

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.

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.

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

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