All posts by Alastair McGeoch-Williams

River Relay 2018

The club are looking to once again send a number of teams to the River Relay on Sunday 9th September.

This is a 5 stage baton relay along the banks of the Thames, with legs ranging from 4.4 miles to 6.5 miles, from Boveney to the Hawker Centre. Full details on this link:

>>Sign up!<<

Register your interest today so that we can start planning for this fantastic event.

 

Grand Prix 2017/18 – Final tables

The 2017/18 Grand Prix season has drawn to a close, with 124 members competing over 11 races. The competition is designed to test runners over the full spectrum of events, from the club mile to the Reigate half, from the Titsey 10k trail race to the Maidenhead Easter 10, runners are required to adapt to the changeable terrain and conditions.

This year saw the overall positions changing up until the finish line on the final race at Maidenhead. Congratulations to everyone who took part and let’s hope for another fantastic contest over the 2018/19 season.

Final positions

Past the Post  
  Women Men
1st Victoria Haslam Alastair McGeoch-Williams
2nd Daisy Street Anthony Whelan
3rd Carla Cotton Steve Ramek
     
Age Graded  
  Women Men
1st Victoria Haslam Steve Ramek
2nd Andrea Bennett Mark Cannings
3rd Daisy Street Alastair McGeoch-Williams

Full results available here

Grand Prix 2018/19 – Events 1 to 4

Start planning your diaries, the new Grand Prix season will soon be upon us. Here’s the current line-up:

  • GP1 – Club 1 mile Championship – Wednesday 13th June 2018 (note revised date)
  • GP2 – Harry Hawkes 10m – Sunday 24th June 2018 (club 10m championship)
  • GP3 – Elmbridge 10k – Sunday 22nd July 2018 (club 10k championship)
  • GP4 – Perseverance Wimbledon 5k dash – Sunday 12th August 2018

More details including how to enter each event are on the Grand Prix page. You will also find details of any discounts available.

The remaining 8 events will be announced over the coming months.

Grand Prix – Fleet Half Marathon

Following the announcement of the rescheduled date for the Fleet Half Marathon, we have decided to drop this race from the Grand Prix calendar for this year. This is on the basis that a significant proportion of entrants will be running marathons in April, and we do not wish to put our members under any undue pressure or stress. As such, the 2017/18 GP season will be based on the best 8 out of 11 races, and there will be no half marathon club championship.

Southern Cross Country Championships 2018

Seven members competed in the Southern Cross Country Championships held this year at Stanmer Park in Brighton. The recent heavy rain coupled with light drizzle and a keen wind made for testing conditions over a course already churned up by 8 junior races prior to the senior events.

Senior Women 8km 272nd Tess Lambert 0:45:16
  340th Ann Bath 0:54:29
       
Senior Men 15km 226th Alastair McGeoch-Williams 1:02:21
  331st Nathan Sayers 1:05:52
  332nd Ed Francis 1:05:53
  566th David Pimm 1:15:26
  638th Geoff Tookey 1:19:17
       
Mens Team 57th / 75    

Full senior womens results available here

Full senior mens results available here

World-record holder Ann Bath tackling the first of many hills

Club Chairman David Pimm crossing the line

**photo credits to Tess Lambert and Nathan Sayers**

Surrey Cross Country Championships – Results

On a sunny, chilly and windy afternoon at Denbies Vineyard, 10 club members competed in the Surrey Cross Country Championships.

Senior Women 8km 112th Ann Bath 0:55:25
       
Senior Men 12km 54th Alastair McGeoch-Williams 0:45:23
  73rd Christopher Hutchinson 0:46:28
  89th Ed Francis 0:48:17
  128th Joseph Gonzalez 0:50:45
  155th Joe Chang 0:52:33
  185th Rob Hinton 0:55:15
  190th David Pimm 0:56:07
  202nd Geoff Tookey 0:58:05
  213th Richard Tomes 1:01:49

Congratulations to everyone and thanks once again to Ann Bath for the wonderful post-race refreshments.

Full results available here

Surrey Cross Country Championships

Fancy starting the New Year burning off those extra calories by running around a vineyard in knee-deep mud? Then why not sign-up to the Surrey Cross Country Championships held at Denbies, near Dorking on Sunday 7th January. 

Senior Women, 12:00 start – 8km. Teams of 4 to score (NOTE: 60min cut-off time)

Senior Men, 13:45 start – 12km. Teams of 6 to score (NOTE: 90min cut-off time)

Entry fees will be covered by the club

All entrants must be EA registered and comply with county qualification criteria. See here for further details.

Entries close on 29th December so please sign up via the link below as soon as possible

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GP9 Hogs Back Road Race

On Sunday 10th December, 34 hardy club members battled the cold, wind and rain to complete a challenging course, starting and finishing at Loseley House in Guildford. The route incorporates a number of long ascents and descents, following a “pig-shaped” loop towards Guildford, before turning west along “The Mount”, past the Watts Gallery, finishing back in Loseley Park.

1st female club member = Victoria Haslam, 51:30

1st male club member = Christopher Hutchinson, 43:06

Congratulations to everyone who completed course, conditions could not have been worse!

Full race results available here

Now 75% through the 2017/18 Grand Prix season, updated points tables are available here

A reminder to all club members, in order to qualify for Grand Prix points, an official club top must be clearly visible during the race

 

Southern Cross Country Championships – 27th January 2018

Following an impressive turnout at this years’ race, the club would like to send at least a couple of teams to the 2018 Southern Cross Country Championships.  We hope to field a strong team from the club to show off the strength and depth of runners.

The event will take place on Saturday 27th January 2018 at Stanmer Park in Brighton.  Full details available here

Entries close in mid-December so please sign up no later than 11th December to allow time to process entries. Entry fees are paid by the club so like other cross country events there is no cost to members.

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**All runners must be first claim members and registered with England Athletics**