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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).

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

Rowing victory for 26.2 ladies

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.

2017 Membership Renewals

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:

Bank name Barclays
Sort code 20-84-17
Account number  00897302

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.

Many thanks,



John Bennett

Membership Secretary

26.2 RRC win the Mob Match!

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.