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26.2 Photo Competition

As a change to our normal competitive running, your next chance to compete against other club members is going to call on your creative side. Get out your cameras…we are launching a photo competition!

We are looking for entries in the following categories:

  • 26.2 in training – images showcasing the different types of training that we do. Use your photos to show how hard our members work throughout the year.
  • 26.2 at the races – members competing in club tops, preparing for races or celebrating afterwards. Extra credit for visibility of our official club kit!
  • Valentine’s 10k – a special category for the best picture taken on the day of our annual Valentine’s 10k race.
  • Creative running – be as imaginative as you can around the theme of running. No faces allowed in photos in this category.

You can enter up to 10 images in each category. Entries will be accepted until Saturday 28th April. Finalists will be selected in each category and the winning photos chosen through a vote by club members. Winning photographers will be presented with prizes for their efforts at the annual awards night on Saturday 12th May.

To submit your entries to the photo competition, please e-mail them to photos [ at ] [ dot ] uk. If you want to share your photos while you are entering, add them to facebook or instagram with the hashtag #262RRCphoto. We will also be sharing some of our favourite entries as they come in.

When you submit photos to the photo competition you are consenting to 26.2 Road Runners Club to use the photos on our website, emails and other marketing materials. If any photos contain images of under 18-year olds, we will need permission from their parents or guardians for the image to be entered in the competition.

London Marathon Bus

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.

You can sign up -> here <-

Track 7.15 for 7.30pm next Wednesday 31 January

Next Wednesday (31 January) is our regular track session.  We have agreed to try out running these at the Poole Road athletics track in Ewell until further notice; some will remember that we ran one track session there last year.  Otherwise known as the Harrier Centre or King George V recreation ground, it can be found by turning right into Ruxley Lane off the A 240 and then left into Scotts Farm Road which becomes Poole Road.  The recreation ground and athletics track are on your left about half a mile after leaving Ruxley Lane.

Track sessions provide a focussed speed session that works wonders for improving times over all distances.  As many of us are at present training for longer distances, this month will be an 800m reps session with four, five or six reps, depending on your fitness level.  Recovery will be a 400m jog between reps.  There will be groups running at different speeds designed so that this works for all our runners.

Please arrive at the track around 7.15pm to complete a gentle warm up (eg two or three times jogging around the track) and be ready to start the more formal warm up promptly at 7.30pm.  Bring warm clothing for the warm-up and warm-down, and entry fee.  I think the entry is £2.60, but you might want to bring a little more just in case.

Please be considerate of other track users; I am not quite sure which other clubs will be training there that evening.

David Pimm

Membership Renewal Reminder

This is a reminder that membership renewal fees are due by 31st January. We would be very grateful if all members can pay their 2018 membership as soon as possible. This will avoid us hassling you over the next few weeks with reminder emails!

Membership fees for full members remain at £15 for the year which runs from 1st January to 31st December 2018.

For those who wish to renew their England Athletics membership the fee is now £15 a year so a payment of £30 will be required to renew both club and EA membership. EA membership is required as an entry requirement in certain races and grants a discount on most events.

Please pay by BACS using the following:

Bank Barclays
Sort Code 20-84-17
Account Number 00897302


Membership Renewals

It is that time of year when renewals are due for membership of 26.2 RRC.

Membership fees for full members remain at £15 for the year which runs from 1st January to 31st December 2018.

For those who wish to renew their England Athletics membership the fee is now £15 a year so a payment of £30 will be required to renew both club and EA membership. EA membership is required as an entry requirement in certain races and grants a discount on most events and we gain London marathon places for each 100 EA affiliated members.

Full time students do not have to pay the membership fee but please let me know that you wish to renew your membership so I can update the records,

If you joined the club after 1st October 2017 you will not need to renew your club membership until 1st January 2019 but you will need to renew your membership with England Athletics by paying £15 to the club. Please make it clear on the bank transfer that it this is for EA renewal.

Please pay by BACS using the following:

Bank Barclays
Sort Code 20-84-17
Account Number 00897302

Many thanks

John Bennett
Membership Secretary

London Marathon Ballot

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

Sign Up Here!

26.2 RRC Vs Stragglers Mob Match

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
  • Remember friends and family are welcome
  • Please had over to the Facebook page event if you haven’t already done so and mark yourself as attending at the following link
  • If you are injured or just fancy a more leisurely please let us know if you can help out as a marhsall or member of the finish team

We look forward to seeing another great turnout again this year and hopefully retain the trophy for another year but those pesky Stragglers won’t be giving up without a fight! 

For those unsure of where the legion is it is on Hollyfield Road 2 minutes walk from Alexander recreation ground


Rowing for runners – Franckeiss cup

We have once again been invited to participate in the Franckeiss cup. This is a set of rowing races for runners organised by the Skiff Club, Teddington.  Our ladies team have won this event for the last 2 years and we hope to be victorious again this year. The next event will be held on Sunday 14th January 2018.
Any members can take part in this event. It is open to teams of 2 (men’s, ladies or mixed). Training sessions are offered before the event on Saturday mornings.
If you are interested in taking part or would like more details, please contact Maria Cenalmor (secretary [ at ] [ dot ] uk).

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.