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Marathon results

This weekend saw representation from club members in two marathons, Hamburg and Brighton. There were some great performances over in Germany with all four runners achieving PBs (first sub-4 for Andrea Bennett and Ellen Lambrix) and on the South coast there were big PBs too for Kirstie Mitchell and Dan Hookey (30 mins).

We look forward to more great marathon performances next week at London.

Hamburg Results

Runner Time
Ryan Lambrix 3:10:54
Andrea Bennett 3:53:32
Ellen Lambrix 3:56:56
John Bennett 4:23:20

Brighton Results

Runner Time
Rodney McCulloch 3:21:34
Ben Downe 3:30:42
Kirstie Mitchell 3:41:13
Daniel Hookey 4:15:01
Laura Hooke 4:27:53
Javier Fuentes 4:36:10

Apologies if we have missed anyone. If you did take part and are not shown, please let us know and we will add you to the results.

Annual Dinner Update

It is now just over a month until our Annual Dinner and Awards Night on Saturday 7th May at the Holiday Inn Kingston. Come along an help us celebrate the club’s 35th year!

We have received some offers from the Holiday Inn:

  • You can get a 20% discount on drinks if you order TWO WEEKS in advance (before 23 April). Fill in and submit this form to events [ at ] hikingston.co [ dot ] uk: Annual Dinner 2016 – Drinks Pre Order.
  • If you want to stay at the Holiday Inn for the night, we have secured 10 rooms at a discounted rate. Call on 0208 786 6504 and provide the code ‘RRC’. Rooms are £99 and include breakfast.

Tickets are selling fast but still available. Full details of how to get your ticket are available at Annual Awards Dinner 2016.

Richmond Half and 10k

26.2 gathered this morning for Richmond Half and 10k.

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Heading out from Old Deer park on familiar routes along the towpath from Kew to Ham (and almost to the Hawker centre). The course is a mixture of Thames Towpath Ten, Richmond 10k, Cabbage Patch 10, Kingston Parkrun and many other local races. Scenic and flat are probably a good summary.

Two highlighted performances included a 2 minute PB Dennis Brandrick and a first time 10k for one of our Zero2Hero regulars Lee Hilton.

From a personal perspective I thought the race was torture. I was in the just under 2 hour 26.2 group that formed on the finish line (I got slower, they paced well). No idea how I ran 6 minutes faster just two weeks ago. Worth it for the medal, T-shirt and sense of well being at least. I am yet to be convinced by the cucumber and mint flavoured water or Tamari Toasted Soya beans in the organic goody bag.

As always, well done to all participants and thank you to the 26.2 supporters out on the course.

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Fleet Half Marathon Results

Results from Fleet half marathon are now available. The results for 26.2 runners are attached:

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Full results are available online at: Chip Results

There were some great 26.2 performances. It was a first half marathon attempt for Paul Wallis, Daisy Street and Sian Thomas who were all very pleased with their times. PBs were acheived by Alastair Mcgeoch-Williams, Chris Rawcliffe, Steve Ramek, Moustafa Fawzy, Ryan Lambrix, Kirstie Mitchell, Matt Prtichard (6 mins), Andrea Bennett (11 mins), Sue Garnish and Richard Kirk (3 mins). Apologies if I have missed anyone.

Full race report and final GP standings to follow.

 

 

Green Belt Relay 2016

The Green Belt Relay is a 220 mile team relay around London. It approximately follows the Green Belt Way, a continuous path of green spaces circling London.

We have entered two teams for 2016. The event will take place on Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd May. You will need to be free to run on both days.

We are starting to take names for our two teams to be entered into the Green Belt Relay. Please submit your name in the Green Belt Relay forum post if you wish to participate. We will soon send out a form requesting some information from everyone who signs up.

We welcome runners of all abilities to our teams. Stages range in length and difficulty from 6 miles upwards so you need to be comfortable running at least this distance, if not a little further. Our only real requirement is that you set out to enjoy the event and bring lots of enthusiasm!

If you want to know more about the event, either check the Green Belt Relay site or speak to a member of the committee.

Does something look different?

Hang on a minute…is something different around here? Did you change your hair? 

Please don’t adjust your computer screens! Our website has indeed changed.

We have upgraded to a new version that will hopefully be much easier for everyone to use and will definitely be easier for us to administer. For the tech-inclined we have moved from Joomla to WordPress. For the non-tech minded, look how pretty the new website is!

Over the weekend we have reset all user passwords. If you have not received your reset e-mail, please do let us know and we will sort it out for you. You can use either the public forum or contact form to get in touch.

If you have any suggestions about the new website, please do let us know. We want to know about ideas for new content, anything that isn’t working or anything that you feel is missing since we upgraded. Why not try posting your feedback in the new forum?

We hope you enjoy using the new site. Please come back regularly!

March 2016 Handicap Result – Clash of the Titans!

The battle for the Handicap Shield continued in earnest on Wednesday with points leader Richard Kirk, in finishing 12th, conceding 1 point to Javier Fuentes (11th) after both had gained maximum time points, albeit by 3 and 1 seconds respectively.

Richard remains 32 points ahead of Javier with Richard Goulder (7th) a further 33 points away in 3rd. Behind them, a titanic battle between Caroline Dawson (13th), who moves up from 7th to 4th, and Sue Garnish (3rd), 8th to 5th=, separated by just 1 point. (One can hardly tell them apart, anyway!) Howard Brinkworth (24th) is still hanging on in there as the other 5th=. Steve Luke (8th) was the most significant mover from 25th to 17th.

In a field of 25 runners, 1st to finish, and fastest man in 16:37, was Alastair McGeoch-Williams ahead of Danny Norman. Sue Garnish was fastest lady in a PB time of 22:57. Results are available on the handicap results page.

Dash for the Splash!

A handful of members headed over to Wimbledon Common this morning to take part in Dash for the Splash. The (almost) 10k route wound its way up and down the common, taking in a few familar hills from cross country events but also exploring some new parts of the common that we don’t regularly visit. With varried scenery, a bit of mud and a few tree trunk obstacles to hurdle along the way this race was already great fun even before arriving at its climax. Just before the finish you arrive at the “spash” where you descend into and ford across the Beverley Brook. This washes the mud away and gives you a cold wake up that spurs you on to the finish.

The race was well organised by Thames Hare & Hounds. As the oldest cross country club in the world they know how to organise a good XC event. The race has a really interesting history, dating back to the first steeplechase races. I would recommend reading more about this on the Dash for the Splash website.

This was a really enjoyable race that I would recommend others try next year.

Results follow. Most of us made the course to be slightly short of 10k however this didn’t take anything away from the fun. Steve Ramek lead the 26.2 field, finishing in a very impressive 42:52.

Position

Bib

Time

First

Last

Age Category

Team

1

89

00:36:10

Matt

Jones

P-50+

 

14

135

00:42:52

Steven

Ramek

M-50+

26.2 RRC

17

152

00:43:08

Joanna

Shillington

F-OPEN

Thames Hare & Hounds

37

168

00:48:27

Paul

Wallis

M-40+

26.2 RRC

100

70

00:56:51

Peter

Grecian

#NUM!

26.2

107

132

00:57:51

Matthew

Pritchard

M-40+

26.2 RRC

108

99

00:58:00

Richard

Kirk

M-OPEN

26.2 RRC

121

155

00:59:41

Kevin

Stone

M-40+

26.2 RRC

122

19

00:59:43

Jacqueline

Chang

F-OPEN

26.2 RRC

146

122

01:07:21

Johanne

Newstead

F-50+

26.2RRC

152

23

01:12:08

Rachel

Clarke

F-40+

West 4 Harriers

Full results are available online here: http://www.dashforthesplash.com/index.html?target=results

Joe, Jacob and Thomas watch on while Kev assists Jacqueline out of the Beverley Brook following the splash.

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