All posts by Alastair McGeoch-Williams

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

>> Sign up! <<

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.

>> Sign up! <<<

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

Cross Country – Surrey League & London Championships

Well done to everyone who competed in the first Surrey League Cross Country yesterday, fantastic turnout in both the ladies and gents races. Full results now available:



If you notice any discrepancies in the results, please let the club captains know (Mous and Ann).

Hopefully you all enjoyed the run and if you would like another serving of cross country, on a more competitive, larger scale, then the London Cross Country Championships are fast approaching (see previous post for full details: and sign-up sheet.

Deadline for registering your interest is Wednesday 25th October.

The next Surrey League Cross Country race is on Saturday 11th November (Ladies are at Nonsuch Park / Gents are at Epsom Downs)

Titsey Trail 10k

The Titsey Trail 10k hosted the fifth race in the 2017/18 Grand Prix calendar. Heavy rain over the last week made the course fun and challenging as 38 club members completed the one lap course through the glorious woodland of the ancient Titsey Estate on the Limpsfield Chart in Surrey.

Full results available here

If you enjoyed the mud today, the next Grand Prix event is the first Surrey League fixture of the cross-country season on Saturday 14th October. 

Ladies are at Reigate, 1pm start

Men are at Wimbledon Common, 2pm start

Reigate Half Marathon

26.2 RRC were out in force today at the Reigate Half Marathon. 22 members completed the course, starting and finishing in Priory Park, the closed road course led runners along quiet country lanes towards Horley before looping back. Gently undulating throughout, with a nasty hill to greet the runners at mile 12. Despite this, many of our members completed the 13.1 miles with a new PB.

The kids race was completed by Hannah Whiteman, Tommy and Daniel Street.

Congratulations to everyone who ran today.

Full results available here

GP tables updated here