This year our awards night will be held at the Royal British Legion on Hollyfield Road in Surbiton, KT5 9AL. The event will run from 7pm to midnight on Saturday 6th May.
The evening will include a buffet with vegetarian and vegan options. Awards will be presented throughout the night and will be followed by dancing until late.
All members are welcome and are invited to bring their partners (partners do not need to be club members). Tickets cost £15 per person payable via bank transfer to the club account. Each ticket includes one free drink at the bar, which is very reasonably priced for your other drinks.
This year, 26.2 RRC sent 3 teams to take part in the Franckeiss Cup. Sonia Pritchard and Maria Cenalmor were victorious in the ladies competition, narrowly edging out clubmates Caroline Dawson and Sue Garnish. Mark Canning and Brian Merritt faced tough competition in the men’s race and put up a brave fight in their first rowing outing.
Well done to all that participated and represented the club.
This event was reported in the Richmond and Twickenham times.
It is that time of year when renewals are due for membership of 26.2 RRC. Fees are due by the end of January please with the price remaining at £15 for the year.
For those who wish to take up England Athletics membership or renew it for 2017 the cost of affiliation has increased by £1 with EA now costing £14 a year, so a payment of £29 will be required to renew both club and EA memberships.
New members, full time students, life members and those that that joined after 1st October 2016 do not need to pay club fees for this year but those that are affiliated to England Athletics will need to renew their EA fee of £14 payable to the club please.
Please pay by bank transfer using the following details by 31st January 2017:
If you are unable to pay by bank transfer please see a member of the committee for alternative payment methods but bank transfer is the preferred method.
Thank you to the 194 members, friends, family, kids and dogs who turned out to help us win this year’s 26.2 RRC vs The Stragglers mob match. With 194 representing 26.2 against 101 for The Stragglers, we gave them the stuffing they deserve!
We have only won the trophy twice before in our history, in 1987 and 1989, so this really shows the strengths that our club has risen to this year. Thanks to all members for making this a great club and especially to captain Kevin Stone for inspiring us all to turn out.
The mob prize was not the only one for 26.2 RRC. Chris Rawcliffe finished in first place, Stanley lead David George round to win first dog and Sue Grecian made it round with help from crutches and a wheel chair to take the golden boot.
Well done to all who took part. We look forward to giving them an even bigger thrashing when they come to us for the same event next year.
After the Epsom double for the men last month, this month gave the chance to the ladies to complete a cross country and grand prix double over the weekend.
On Saturday 3rd December, the ladies were in action at Surrey League Cross Country on Mitcham Common. 11 ladies took part over a hilly course. The route, which although appearing from the start to be fairly flat, had a number of tough hills hidden away. At only 6km it was at least short and wasn’t muddy. Does it count as XC if you don’t come back muddy?
Credit to those that made it despite traffic and train woes. After a long struggle to find parking, Vicky Gardner only just made it to the start in time, explaining her absence from the pre-event photo. A special mention to Jo Newstead who cycled to the event but sadly missed the race. At least she was in time for cake!
On Sunday 4th December, both men and ladies were in action at Hogs Back Road Race. 29 members took part with Alastair McGeoch-Williams returning to grand prix winning form for this event and Kirstie Mitchell first lady home for the club. Grand prix tables have now been published and can be downloaded here.
Some members have tackled this event in recent years however it was a welcome addition to our Grand Prix schedule. Although a cold start, the clear day presented some amazing views of the hills around Guildford. I am sure many members will be back to tackle this hilly but scenic course again in the future.
Our superstar ladies who completed both events were Caroline Dawson, Sue Garnish, Vicky Gardener, Sarah Lothian, Ellen Lambrix and Jacqueline Chang (who even managed to sweet talk herself a beer as spot prize at the end of Hogs Back). Well done all!
There is just over a week to go before the long awaited mob match against the Stragglers. With club membership at an all time high we are hoping to get a big turn out and show them once and for all that we are the best club around.
For those un-familiar with a mob match, the event is open to all and encourages as many people to take part as possible. We welcome runners, walkers, kids (on bikes, scooters or in buggies) and dogs. Participants do not need to be club members, so bring along your friends, family, neighbours, pets or anyone else you can convince to come along. The aim is to be the club with the most participants around the course (yes, the dogs count too!). The club with the biggest representation take the mob match prize and the losers get the stuffing!
The race follows a 4 mile route from the Hawker Centre in Kingston. Starting on the towpath, we turn off the river following paths and pavements from Teddington lock to Ham. The race is all on good surfaces so trail shoes are not required. There may be last minute changes to the route as it has not been confirmed by the Stragglers.
While not the most competitive event (it really is the taking part that counts this time), there will be some keen runners at the front aiming to be first home. If you do happen to win, you may get some acknowledgement, at least a pat on the back. More importantly, the first dog is the most sought after prize on offer.
Sunday 11th December 2016
The Hawker Centre, Kingston (same venue as parkrun)
You will need to register and get a race number.
There is a £1 entry fee payable on the day (no need to register before the day).
10:30am for walkers / kids, 11:00am for runners
Following the race there will be a social event with some snack food provided. There will be a presentation and the raffle. Please do stay afterwards for a chance to socialise with the other runners of Surbiton and Kingston.
Please bring along an item for the raffle afterwards (wrapped or unwrapped as you choose). Typically people bring a bottle of something, chocolates or a small gift. We want as many raffle prizes as possible. The idea is that everyone will get to go home with a prize (possibly even the one you brought if you like it!).
After strong showings in the Surrey Cross Country League this year, the club intends to send teams to the Southern Cross Country Championships. This is a step up from our usual participation and we hope to field a strong field from the club to show off the strength and depth of runners in our club.
Please sign up below if you are interested in participating and someone from the committee will be in touch. Entries close on 16th December so please sign up as soon as possible. Entry fees are paid by the club so like other cross country events there is no cost to members.
Ladies XC Match 2 has come around quickly and will take place on Saturday 3rd December at 12pm on Mitcham Common. Please see the attached Surrey Ladies XC match 2 briefing PDF for full details on the event including the location, course and how to get to the event.
After a very successful match 1, we hope you are excited about participating in match 2. Can you please let Maria Cenalmor know if you are planning on joining us. The club needs you, and runners of all abilities are encouraged to come along and take part. As usual, there will be cake afterwards!
If you have any questions or need more information please contact Maria.
Also, good news as we now have a date and location for match 3 – Lloyd Park on 14 January 2017, please add this date on your diaries!
Did you manage to complete the Epsom double this weekend? With a men’s XC fixture on Saturday (hosted by us) and a Grand Prix event and 10 mile club championship on Sunday at Epsom 10 our members spent a lot of time on the downs this weekend. Well done to anyone who managed to run/volunteer on Saturday and then run on Sunday to complete the double. By my reckoning we had 16 members who completed the double.
Our hosting of the cross country fixture went extremely well and we have received excellent feedback on the clearly marked course, friendly marshals and prompt/accurate results. Thank you to all for helping make this a success and especially to Moustafa Fawzy and Maria Cenalmor for their organisational efforts.
In running terms, our team finished a strong 5th in division 3 with Chris Rawcliffe first home for the club. Full race results are available online at: Surrey League and club results are listed below.
On Sunday, 22 members took part in Epsom 10. This was the 10 mile club championship which was won by Ryan Lambrix for the men and Kirstie Mitchell for the ladies. Full results attached and club results are below.
Away from Epsom, Ann Bath was in Glasgow competing in the Masters Cross Country. Despite running in a different country to the rest of us, she still managed to provide ample supplies of cake to the cross country in Epsom. As ever, we are in awe!
Even further afield, Geoff Tookey, took part in Athens marathon. Finishing in a very impressive 3:28:32 we hope he had better weather in Greece than we did in Epsom.
Once again, well done to all members wherever you were running this weekend!