All posts by Richard Kirk

10k a day for 62 days!

Recent new member (joined April 2017) Laurie Johnston is about to embark on a 62 day effort to run 10k a day. Covering 620km in total he is raising money for Cancer Research UK in memory of his wife Linda.

In his own words:

“Linda, my wife, died on the 22 March 2017 from breast cancer aged 62. 

She fought against this dreadful disease for 4 years, and throughout this battle, she remained positive and never complained despite the effects of the chemotherapy, radiotherapy and other medication. 

Linda’s outlook to life was amazing; she liked to enjoy herself, have fun and was loved by all. Even during her illness, she tried to carry on as normal. It was only in the latter part of her illness that life became difficult.

Looking back, I was lucky to have met such wonderful person. She was a truly inspirational wife and mum who  was always there for Mark, my son, and myself never mind her many relatives and friends. This was reflected by the amazing number of people at Linda’s funeral.

In her memory, I will be running 10k for 62 (Linda’s age) consecutive days from Friday 8 September to Wednesday 8 November before her 63rd birthday on Thursday 9 November. Anyone who wants to keep me company by walking or running  a little bit with me  is more than welcome; it doesn’t matter how far – 1k will be fine.”

Best of luck to Laurie with this challenge!

You can read more about what Laurie is doing in the Surrey Comet or on his Just Giving page.

Club Mile Championship 2017 Results

The evening of Wednesday 23rd August saw the annual club mile championships at Kingsmeadow stadium. Dry, cloudy, humid conditions greeted the runners for 4 laps and 9 metres of the recently re-laid track.

59 runners completed the event, with Chris Wilson first male across the line in a rapid 4min54secs and Daisy Street leading home the female race in 6mins12secs.

6 juniors ran in the first wave, well done to Charlie Brewer, Daniel Street, Zak Grecian, Tommy Street, Zoe and Charlotte Pritchard.

Special mention to our volunteers on the night: Jane Vassell, Fiona Watters, Sam Ward, Ellen Lambrix, Aviva Stein, Danny Norman, Kevin Stone, and Steve Ramek.

Ann Bath once again stole the show with her amazing post-run refreshments.

The results from the club mile are now available in the recent results view. To see the full results you can also read more…

Continue reading Club Mile Championship 2017 Results

Harry Hawkes 10 – Discount Code

We have been offered an additional discount code the the Harry Hawkes 10 in addition to the normal affiliated runner discount.

The race will be held on Sunday July 16th and will serve as a great warm up for the Captain’s BBQ to be held later that day.

The following information was provided by the organisers:

The Harry Hawkes is a 10 mile race located at Giggs Hill Green in Thames Ditton, with a start time of 09.30. This is the 34th staging of the run which is always popular with club runners. It’s a fast, flat course and a very scenic route with sections along the river and through woodland, although most of the course is on surfaced road.

We have team challenge trophies for both men and women’s teams and we are always keen to attract more clubs to take part. With this in mind we are offering a £3 discount to your club runners entering the race. The affiliated runner entry fee is £23 (plus £2 online booking fee). With the discount this drops to £20.

Details of the race can be found on our website: www.harryhawkes10.com

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Imber Court Relays – 20th June 2017

26.2 Road Runners are proud to host the first running of the 26.2 Road Runners Imber Court Relays. The event replaces relays that we have previously held at Horton Country Park.

Location

Metropolitan Police Sports and Social Club
Imber Court, Ember Lane, East Molesey, KT8 0BT
http://www.imbercourt.com/

Date and Time 7:30pm – Tuesday 20th June 2017

New Relay Location

The new relay course will be run over a 1.6 mile route around the grounds of Imber Court and along the river Ember. The course is flat but with mixed terrain including grass, gravel paths and some tarmac. It is uneven in places but not difficult.

Located in Surrey, very near to Hampton Court, the Imber Court has some of the finest sports grounds in the United Kingdom. There is ample parking available and the clubhouse has excellent facilities and a bar for a post run drink and chat.

Entries

Teams will consist of 4 runners. There will be prizes for mens, ladies and mixed teams. Entry will cost £12 per team.

The event is open to local running clubs by invitation. If you would like more information for your running club, please get in touch at enquiries [ at ] 26point2.co [ dot ] uk.

26.2 RRC Members

Club members are invited to either run or volunteer for the event. Please use the sign up sheet to register to run or volunteer.

>>> 26.2 RRC Member Sign-up <<<

River Relay – 3rd September 2017 – Sign up!

Excited about relays after Green Belt? Did you get to run and want more? Did you miss out and now want a go yourself? Worry not, we are now taking sign ups for the River Relay 2017!

The River Relay will be held this year on 3rd September. The event is organised by the Stragglers. Full details are available at River Relays.

The River relay is a 26.2 mile relay from Virginia Water to the Hawker Centre. Teams consist of 5 runners each taking between 4.9 and 6.5 miles. Worry not, this is a flat course following the river so you won’t get the hills seen at Green Belt!

Teams are made up of at most 3 senior men and must contain at least 1 lady. Teams should be able to complete the course in under 4.5 hours.

The event is open to all club members. If you are worried that you are a slower runner, worry not, we will team you up with someone faster to get you home in time for the party!

Full details of the event are available online at: River Relays.

Sign up is available at: >>> River Relay Sign-up <<<. You can either enter a full team of five or request to be added into a team.

 

Green Belt Relay 2017

This weekend saw another successful loop around London for our two Green Belt Relay teams. Everyone made it to their stages more or less on time (Steve!), did a fine job of keeping everyone in check at the marshal points and ran like they didn’t have to run again the next day (sadly they did).

If you want to see the results they are available on-line: Green Belt Relay stage results. In terms of teams our Blue team beat the Red team. As the teams were picked according to what fit with stage allocations rather than according to any kind of preference or ability (and most people didn’t know what team they were in anyway) this doesn’t mean much … I would say that though as I was a losing Red!

I would highly recommend checking out some of the Strava fly-bys of the event. Particularly you might want to watch stage 18 where John Reardon was having so much fun on the course he didn’t want to come back (sorry John…it is very funny).

Thanks to all the runners (Ami Cullum, Daisy Street, Dennis Brandrick, Frani Heyns, Greg Whiteman, Jacqueline Chang, Javier Fuentes, Joe Brewer, John Matthews, John Reardon, Kevin Furlong, Libby Marchant, Maria Cenalmor, Matthew Pritchard, Michael Street, Nathan Sayers, Peter Grecian, Richard Kirk, Ryan Lambrix, Steven Ramek, Sue Garnish, Vicki Kirk) and volunteers (Lizzie Wilson, Dave Wilson, Sam Ward, Kev Stone, Cass Brewer, Julie, Reyadh and especially Ellen Lambrix who while not running much at the moment wants to be sure everyone knows she still exists).

I hope everyone enjoyed the weekend just as much as I did. Green Belt is a real highlight of the year for me. Although the organising can sometime seem a lot of trouble by the Thursday before it is always worth it to see everyone enjoying themselves on Sunday back at the Hawker centre. I haven’t yet decided which is harder, organising 22 runners, running the level 10 stage 4 or keeping Alex happy for the 220 miles around the relay.

Look out for a sign up sheet coming out for next year some time at the end of this year (probably after River Relays). We will let you know in a newsletter when signup is available.

Thanks to everyone for making the event possible for 26.2!

Annual Awards Night 2017

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. 

Details for payment are: 

Bank name Barclays
Sort code 20-84-17
Account number 00897302
Payment reference  AD followed by your name