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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 Total
1 Cannings, Mark 9 15 31 30 24 24 29 29 27 9 218
2 Harding, Alan 9 15 22 29 34 27 24 25 24 15 215
3 Rowland, Ed 7 15 28 31 34 35 35 31 209
4 Grecian, Peter 7 15 35 35 30 33 8 30 186
5 Reardon, John 7 15 33 31 33 29 12 18 171
6 McGeoch-Williams, Alastair 7 35 32 5 27 30 33 5 167
7= Hall, Richard 9 15 10 15 31 32 5 6 10 28 152
7= Merritt, Brian 6 34 30 24 17 25 22 152
9 Banwell, Stacy 5 32 20 28 28 28 136
10 Gardner, Vicky 5 25 26 19 25 33 128

Valentines 10K – Volunteer Tasks

With Valentines 10K only 1 week away we are putting the final touches to the race plan which we will share during the week. Grant will be emailing everyone around Wednesday / Thursday with details of what we require you to do on race day. Some will be asked to work in the race HQ others as marshals along the route. For those of you who are not familiar with what happens race day please read on for some guidelines for the day:

The course is a 10K route starting outside the Barwell Business park along Leatherhead Road, it heads along the Leatherhead Road and turns left towards Epsom, passes Horton Country park to Chessington, along Moor Lane and bridge Road, left back onto the Leatherhead Road and finishes at the Chessington Community College on Garrison lane. A course map can be found using the following link

http://gb.mapometer.com/running/route_4476343.html

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Club Handicap – It’s Tight at the Top

This weeks handicap is looking to be an interesting evening with only 11 points separating the top 3 there is everything to play for as the season is starting to draw to a close. 

Mark Canning is currently in pole position with Alan Harding and John Reardon close behind. With only 30 seconds separating them on this weeks starting times expect there to be a good battle for placings as seasons best times are no doubt going to be harder to obtain as the season progresses.

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. Also some concerns have been voiced about the way runners loiter in the road area after the run so can we please ask everyone to be extra careful crossing the road and make sure you remain n the pavement whilst you recover as we would hate to see someone involved in an incident with a passing car. Trying to finish on the pavement is also helpful but please do clear the finish as soon as you can. 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 Total
1 Cannings, Mark 9 15 31 30 24 24 29 29 27 9 218
2 Harding, Alan 9 15 22 29 34 27 24 25 24 15 215
3 Rowland, Ed 7 15 28 31 34 35 35 31 209
4 Grecian, Peter 7 15 35 35 30 33 8 30 186
5 Reardon, John 7 15 33 31 33 29 12 18 171
6 McGeoch-Williams, Alastair 7 35 32 5 27 30 33 5 167
7= Hall, Richard 9 15 10 15 31 32 5 6 10 28 152
7= Merritt, Brian 6 34 30 24 17 25 22 152
9 Banwell, Stacy 5 32 20 28 28 28 136
10 Gardner, Vicky 5 25 26 19 25 33 128

 

Handicap Amendments

As some of you will be aware there have been some odd handicap start times given out over the past few months that have affected peoples overall position in the points table which then continues to affect those runners for the next few runs. 

Due to a few people questioning their start times and the affect they believed it had on their handicap  positional points and subsequent start times we have taken a look back over the past 5 months and did indeed find some times that were obviously very wrong and have taken steps to amend the affected times and also to ensure that going forward these errors will not happen again.

Therefore once Richard gets some time he will update the main tables on the club website accordingly based on the investigations of the times since July. Whilst this does make some minor changes to the overall standings you will find that it doesn’t change anything at the top too much and still leaves the remaining months with everything to play for between those battling it out at the top of the table.

Therefore leading into the January handicap next week the amended top of the table looks something like:

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No Track Wednesday

As is usually the case there is no track session this Wednesday partly due to it being the Christmas break but also because the track is still being relaid. So we will meet at the club for the usual time this Wednesday and there will be a choice of sessions.

There will be some people just heading out for a normal run, pace groups as yet not confirmed but there will also be a repeat of last months interval session in lower Berrylands for those who fancy burning off a few extra Christmas calories. As with last month we will run four, five or six half mile reps on the flat.  That is the equivalent of four, five or six by 800m plus a recovery jog in between.

However regardless of what session you choose to do what I hope many of you will choose is to stop back in the club afterwards for a few beers 

Zero2Hero – Volunteer Roster

Want to be a volunteer run leader on our next Zero2Hero Couch to 5K course, then head on over to our sign up page and subscribe to the volunteer roster now!

With almost 80 people signed up we really need all the help we can muster so if you are able to help out head on over to the roster sign up page and enter your details to subscribe to the new volunteer roster emails. Once you submit you will be sent a confirmation email asking you to click a link to confirm your email address, you will then be registered as a subscriber and will receive the regular emails enlisting run leaders each week.

You can subscribe now at http://zero2hero.org.uk/roster

Marathon Ballot – The Final Tally

With the Christmas party only a few days away I thought I’d better get my backside in gear and complete the ballot sheet to see who has qualified to enter this years ballot. With only 2 places up for grabs I can confirm that we have:

  • 28 Members having run enough events to take them to the magical 8 events or above needed to qualify
  • Of those 28 members 1 who was drawn out last year and therefore no eligible for this years ballot
  • 1 Who is not EA Affiliated and also not eligible
  • Of the 156 fully paid up members in February 86 of those raced in at least one event – 56% with a total of 470 race enteries
  • Andrea Bennett did the highest number of events with 18

To enter the ballot which will take place at 21:30 hrs simply do one of the following:

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London Ballot Update

The ballot table has been updated to include the Mens XC and Epsom 10 from last weekend. Only 2 races left for the ladies and 1 for the men for those wanting to qualify for the ballot. If you are green on the table that means you have done enough races, if you are buff then you can still scrape in however don’t forget that other criteria may mean you are not able to qualify so please read through the ballot rules if you are unsure.

View the latest update at http://wp.me/p6BSr8-Ml and please shout out if you have any questions.

Stragglers Mob Match – Your Club Needs You!

Just a your-club-needs-youreminder that on Sunday 11th December the annual mob match against the Stragglers is scheduled to take place and it is the Stragglers turn to host this year and the event will start and finish at Kingston Hawker Centre. For those who have never taken part in the Mob Match this is not just about running fast but as the name suggests it is about getting as many people round the course and over the finish as possible. The team with most participants wins so this is an event everyone can take part in even if they are not a member of the club. Bring your family, neighbours, the dog, a stranger off the street, the more the merrier. The course is just under 4 miles and you don’t have to run, so even if you’re carrying an injury and can walk then you can take part.

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