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URGENT CHANGE OF VENUE FOR TRACK SESSION – 16th August

This week’s track session (7.15 for 7.30pm on Wednesday 16th August) cannot now take place at Kingsmeadow as previously advertised.  This is because of a race meeting of which we were  not aware of and which was not listed on the Kingsmeadow website.  Apologies for the change.

Instead we will meet at the Epsom & Ewell track (the ‘Harrier Centre’) King George V Recreation Ground, Poole Road, Ewell, KT19 9RY.  Timings and the proposed session are unchanged (8x400m, with formal warm up promptly at 7.30pm).  The track is expected to be open to the public and we understand that the charge is £2.60.  It may be as well to bring along a little more, but exact money will no doubt be appreciated if you have it.

The track is not far, but is slightly hidden away.  Following the A240 towards Epsom, you turn right into Ruxley Lane and either,  proceed to the far end and then turn left into Chessington Road towards Ewell.  Immediately after the first roundabout, turn left down a side street (still Chessington Road), wiggle right, then left into Lansdowne Road.  The recreation   ground is at the bottom of Lansdowne Road.

Or from Ruxley lane turn left into Scotts Farm Road and continue along onto Poole Road and the harrier Centre is opposite Lansdowne Road.

10K Training Groups

So as we have been saying for a while now, instead of running a summer Zero2Hero group we thought it would be good to do something a little different and concentrate our efforts on those of you who want to target a 10K in the autumn by facilitating a training program and coaching you through it.

The plan is to undertake an 8 week training plan starting at the end of August and target the David Denton – Oxshott 10K on Sunday 29th October where we hope everyone will achieve their goals.

We will take everyone through a structured training plan that will help them achieve a goal based on one of the following targets:

  • Get round and finish
  • Sub 60 Minutes
  • Sub 50 Minutes
  • Sub 40 Minutes

More details will follow soon but for now we need to know who is interested and what their goal is likely to be. therefore please head on over to the sign up sheet -> here <- to register your interest and we’ll be in touch soon.

Work hard and you to could be a Superhero just like Becky!

Super Becky
Super Becky

 

August Handicap Preview

July’s Handicap saw 42 of us starting and finishing in the Byeways as we ran the new course for the first time. In essence only the start and finish has changed although this means the incline along Berrylands if dealt with much earlier and the finish is slightly more downhill. In addition to the course change we are happy to report that the 3 mile handicap course is now 3 miles and not the 2.97 miles most people seemed to measure over the past years.

Among the 42 runners we had:

  • 8 First timers
  • 4 personal bests for those having run before
  • 4 runners sub 20
  • No single runner taking longer to complete the course then the new base time of 40 minutes

First timers Daniel Clarke and Jackie Morris lead the field home with Lizzie Wilson hot on their tails as she bids to repeat her amazing form of 2010/11 season when she took glory and won the season by a clear margin. 

For full details on last months times, positions and this months start times see the full handicap database for this season –> here <-

For those of you attending tomorrow evening we would ask that:

  • Please arrive in good time to register as we will be leaving the club at 7:15pm prompt in order to start at 7:30pm.
  • If you are running late message either Kevin Stone or Steve Ramek in advance to register yourself, please do not arrive at the Byeways to register if you can help it.
  • Be mindful of the residents whose road we are now using to start and finish on, it must have been a bit of a shock to us all there last month.
  • Please keep noise to a minimum and move towards the end of the road when you finish to register your position away from the finish line.
  • If you are unable to run but can help out please make yourself known and we will ensure you are given a Hi-Vis and a assigned a role.

And finally for those of you who are unsure if you would be able to compete in the handicap we have changed the base start time to 40 minutes from 35 to make sure everyone can get round in the allotted time so please do come along and give it a try, you won’t regret it.

Captains BBQ

Just a reminder to all that this Sunday (16th) is the Captains BBQ at the Berrylands Scout hut on Sterling Walk. As usual the club will be supplying the Burgers, Sausages, Chicken, Bread Roll and Condiments, if you want salads, desserts and drink you will need to supply this yourself. Beverly will once again be supplying the Veggie / Vegan options so if this is your option please do let her know ASAP so she can plan accordingly.

Grant will be lighting the BBQ around noon and all are welcome from noon onwards with food being served from around 1pm. Once everyone has had their fill we will commence with the usual fun and games of the Tug-O-War, Welly Wanging and maybe a 3 legged race or two. The afternoon usually starts to wind up around 5pm

Please bring the family for a fun afternoon (No running involved) and if you’re unsure of where the scout hut is situated see -> here <- for a map.

I would also like to thanks both Beverly and Grant in advance for offering their BBQ Culinary skills once again and I look forward to seeing you all on Sunday

Club Handicap – New Season – New Course – New Look

The new club handicap season starts this coming Wednesday 13th July and there are some changes afoot that will not only make the finish area safer but also make the competition more inclusive to everyone within the club. You may have read in the latest new letter about how the course will now start and finish in Pine walk, this is not actually the case, the course will now start and finish in thew Byeways. This will help ensure that the finish straight is a little less busy with traffic meaning an all together safer finish area. The monthly race will now start towards the bottom end of the Byeways and set of towards the Roystons and turn left onto the original course. Each runner will complete 2 laps of the usual Berrylands loop before turning back up the Byeways and finishing around 30 meters short of the Crest at the top of the road. 

Continue reading Club Handicap – New Season – New Course – New Look

Handicap – Season Finale

So tonight is the final race in our annual handicap season and top spot has still to be settled as there is still only 2 points separating 1st placed Mark Cannings and 2nd placed Alan Harding. Having missed last months handicap Ed Rowlands is now out of contention and could be overtaken for third spot by either Alastair McGeoch-Williams, Peter Grecian or Richard Hall if he fails to show up tonight as well and one of the chasing trio have a good run scoring a seasons best with a high finish position. So there is everything to play for as we approach this evening and it would be great to see a big turnout out to make life that little bit more difficult for those battling it out at the top.

For anyone who cannot run but who would like to help out with marshaling and finish line duties we welcome your help so please do pitch up and let us know when you arrive that you are here to help.

We will be aiming for the usual 7:30pm start so registration will close in the club house at 7:15pm. If you are running late and want to register please drop either Steve Ramek or myself a text to let us know you are coming as this makes life much easier then trying to register your start time on the start line.

For full details on last months times, positions and this months start times see the full handicap database for this season –> here <-

Position Name Runs Jul 2016 Aug 2016 Sep 2016 Oct 2016 Nov 2016 Dec 2016 Jan 2017 Feb 2017 Mar 2017 Apr 2017 May 2017 Total
1= Cannings, Mark 11 15 31 30 24 24 29 29 27 9 27 25 270
1= Harding, Alan 11 15 22 29 34 27 24 25 24 15 28 27 270
3 Rowland, Ed 8 15 28 31 34 35 35 31 29 238
4 Grecian, Peter 8 15 35 35 30 33 8 30 33 219
5 Hall, Richard 11 15 10 15 31 32 5 6 10 28 33 26 211
6 McGeoch-Williams, Alastair 8 35 32 5 27 30 33 5 21 188
7 Reardon, John 7 15 33 31 33 29 12 18 171
8 Street, Michael 7 22 10 35 34 5 20 35 161
9 Whiteman, Greg 7 31 5 9 32 34 25 20 156
10 Merritt, Brian 6 34 30 24 17 25 22 152

London Marathon Results

And so it ends for another year although the celebrations are only just beginning. As far as we are aware we had 17 starters and 17 finishers and every single one of them did the club and themselves proud.

Well done everyone and top marks to what looked like an amazing support crew out and about in London today!

The final standings as per the London Marathon Results App are as follows, please do let us know if we have missed someone or have a time wrong.

 

April Handicap Preview

With only 2 handicaps left for the 2016/17 season it is still tight at the top with Alan Harding 2nd place having gained 6 points on Mark Canning 1st place after the March Battle Royale which saw Mark slowing up with a minor injury. Ed Rowlands sits 6 points Alan in 3rd place meaning this months installment should be an interesting race.

March saw 4 first timers run the course with Gemma Burt, Ross Cameron and Freddie Constable crossing the finish line within a minute of each other in 1st, 2nd & 3rd position. Zero2Hero graduate Kristen Edwards was also a first timer starting with a slightly more realistic handicap time and finishing in 22nd place. There were 7 other PB’s and a total of 25 runners took part.

If anyone is able to help out this Wednesday evening please drop me an email or let me know at the club this evening so I can pop you on the list. If you are running please ensure you are wearing Hi-Vis and/or running lights. Please note we will be closing registration in the club at 7:15 to aim for a 7:30 start.

For full details on last months times, positions and this months start times see the full handicap database for this season -> here <- 

Position Name Runs Jul 2016 Aug 2016 Sep 2016 Oct 2016 Nov 2016 Dec 2016 Jan 2017 Feb 2017 Mar 2017 Apr 2017 May 2017 Total
1= Cannings, Mark 11 15 31 30 24 24 29 29 27 9 27 25 270
1= Harding, Alan 11 15 22 29 34 27 24 25 24 15 28 27 270
3 Rowland, Ed 8 15 28 31 34 35 35 31 29 238
4 Grecian, Peter 8 15 35 35 30 33 8 30 33 219
5 Hall, Richard 11 15 10 15 31 32 5 6 10 28 33 26 211
6 McGeoch-Williams, Alastair 8 35 32 5 27 30 33 5 21 188
7 Reardon, John 7 15 33 31 33 29 12 18 171
8 Street, Michael 7 22 10 35 34 5 20 35 161
9 Whiteman, Greg 7 31 5 9 32 34 25 20 156
10 Merritt, Brian 6 34 30 24 17 25 22 152

 

London Marathon Bus

It’s that time of year again when the club helps to take the worry out of getting to the start line of the London marathon and we have booked the usual bus to get everyone to the start, or at least as close the roads will allow that is.

So if you are a runner looking to get to the start or a spectator looking to head up early to support the runners then get your name down for the bus now. The cost of the one way trip will be the usual £5 per head but remember the bus will not be bringing you back.

To grab your seat head on over to the sign up sheet -> here <- and leave your details

March Handicap Preview

This Wednesday evening is Handicap time once again and the competition is certainly heating up but while it might appear to be a 2 horse race at the moment nothing is certain as we head into the home straight with only 3 Handicaps left to go.

So as things stand Mark Canning is leading the charge with Alan Harding hot on his heals with only 9 points separating them.  Ed Rowlands is sitting in third place on 178 points and John Reardon having missed last month due to illness is 4th on 171.

We had 28 runners last month with 5 of those being first timers. Of those who have run before we had 12 seasons bests of which 7 were personal bests.

If anyone is able to help out this Wednesday evening please drop me an email or let me know at the club this evening so I can pop you on the list. If you are running please ensure you are wearing Hi-Vis and/or running lights. Please note we will be closing registration in the club at 7:15 to aim for a 7:30 start.

For full details on last months times, positions and this months start times see the full handicap database for this season -> here <- 

Position Name Runs Jul 2016 Aug 2016 Sep 2016 Oct 2016 Nov 2016 Dec 2016 Jan 2017 Feb 2017 Mar 2017 Apr 2017 May 2017 Total
1= Cannings, Mark 11 15 31 30 24 24 29 29 27 9 27 25 270
1= Harding, Alan 11 15 22 29 34 27 24 25 24 15 28 27 270
3 Rowland, Ed 8 15 28 31 34 35 35 31 29 238
4 Grecian, Peter 8 15 35 35 30 33 8 30 33 219
5 Hall, Richard 11 15 10 15 31 32 5 6 10 28 33 26 211
6 McGeoch-Williams, Alastair 8 35 32 5 27 30 33 5 21 188
7 Reardon, John 7 15 33 31 33 29 12 18 171
8 Street, Michael 7 22 10 35 34 5 20 35 161
9 Whiteman, Greg 7 31 5 9 32 34 25 20 156
10 Merritt, Brian 6 34 30 24 17 25 22 152