For those of you wishing to travel up to Black Heath on marathon day (Sunday 22nd April) the sign up sheet is now available. Seats are offered on a first come, first served basis and the coach is already 50% full so best sign up quick.
So a number of people have been asking if we are planning to attend Cotswold 24 again this year which isn’t looking likely, however a new event, closer to home and organised by the same events company is starting this year in Henley on Thames. So with that in mind we thought we would gauge interest in those wishing to take part this year before to commit to entering teams. You can find full details of the event on their website -> here <- so please take a look.
However in brief the details are as follows:
To be held on Saturday 16th & Sunday 17th June
Campsite opens at 5pm on Friday 15th June
Entry for a team of 8 runners is £400 – £50 per head assuming we fill the teams £67 per head Maximum based on 6 runners
Camping for Non Runners is £20 per person and kids camp for free
However to reduce costs the organisers are offering a free team entry for any organisation or club that can man a marshal point for the entire 24 hour period. That would mean if we entered 3 teams each runner would need to spend an hour of the weekend on point throughout the race. If we did this it would reduce the cost of entering by third to around £33 per head based on having 3 teams of 8 and filling all team spaces, further reducing costs if we entered a fourth team and so on.
So for now to gauge interest before decide if we are going to enter teams please can you register your interest using the sign-up form at the link below and please ensure you let us know if you would be willing to help man the marshal point if we took that option.
So it’s that time of year again, Christmas is just around the corner and it is marathon ballot time. The ballot tables have now been updated and can be seen -> here <-
If you are hoping to enter the ballot please check the list to see if you have qualified by participating in the minimum 8 events. If you are not showing as qualified but believe you should have done please drop me a line with a list of the events you believe you did so I can check, you will need to do this by the evening of Monday 18th December at the latest please.
This year I would ideally like to know ahead of time those who wish to enter as I need to double check eligibility in terms of all aspects of the ballot rules which you can find -> here <-
To enter this years ballot please head on over to an online entry form I have set up and complete all details requested. The draw will take place at approximately 9:30pm on Wednesday 20th December during the club Xmas party.
Good luck to all who are putting their name in the hat and remember that although we only have 2 places available the odds will still be better than the public ballot
Just a reminder that Sunday 3rd December is our annual mob match against the Stragglers and to confirm that the venue this year will be Surbiton British legion. With the numbers expected it was essential to find a slightly larger venue not only for the social afterwards but also for safety purposes as starting the run from the club would prove troublesome.
We are just finalising the start/finish of the route and will post further details shortly but for now the main details are:
Registration opens at 9:30am
Entry fee is the usual £1 per head
Walkers will be going off at 10:30
Runners starting at 11:00
Please bring a raffle prize for afterwards, if everyone brings something then everyone should in theory leave with something
Short story long, in 2015 whilst nursing a stress fracture of the second metatarsal I attended a coaching course paid for by the club which prompted me to start up Zero2Hero. I thought to myself that seeing as I would be easing myself back to fitness and because the club had paid for the course I should really put it to good use. I had also seen a News item one evening that was basically saying that the average person was overweight because they had no interest in undertaking any form of exercise and we were a lazy nation. I immediately thought this was a load of rubbish and that your average person would love to exercise so I thought I would challenge this because my belief is that people don’t exercise not because they don’t want to but because they either can’t afford the ridiculous prices gyms or personal trainers charge or that they simply have no idea how to go about getting started and that it can be quite intimidating.
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.
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!
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.
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