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.”
This week’s track session (7.15 for 7.30pm on Wednesday 16th August) cannot now take place at Kingsmeadow as previously advertised. This is because of a race meeting of which we were not aware of and which was not listed on the Kingsmeadow website. Apologies for the change.
Instead we will meet at the Epsom & Ewell track (the ‘Harrier Centre’) King George V Recreation Ground, Poole Road, Ewell, KT19 9RY. Timings and the proposed session are unchanged (8x400m, with formal warm up promptly at 7.30pm). The track is expected to be open to the public and we understand that the charge is £2.60. It may be as well to bring along a little more, but exact money will no doubt be appreciated if you have it.
The track is not far, but is slightly hidden away. Following the A240 towards Epsom, you turn right into Ruxley Lane and either, proceed to the far end and then turn left into Chessington Road towards Ewell. Immediately after the first roundabout, turn left down a side street (still Chessington Road), wiggle right, then left into Lansdowne Road. The recreation ground is at the bottom of Lansdowne Road.
Or from Ruxley lane turn left into Scotts Farm Road and continue along onto Poole Road and the harrier Centre is opposite Lansdowne Road.
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.
The 2017/18 Grand Prix season kicked off with the Dorking 10 mile race on Sunday 4th June 2017. Part of the Surrey Road League Series, the course takes on a shorter lap, followed by a longer lap, over the undulating country lanes to the south of Box Hill. Despite a cool start to the day, the heat soon began to build, creating testing conditions for the runners with the course largely exposed to the elements.
Congratulations to all who took part, in a highly competitive field.
Congratulations to members Kevin Stone, Greg Whiteman and Richard Goulder who completed the North Downs Way 50 on Saturday. The grueling course takes in some extremely tough hills yet all three members completed with a smile on their face.
Richard Goulder finished the 50 miles in the top 100 finishers in 10:17:36. He was followed by Greg who put on a strong finish to get 11:12:54 and club captain Kevin Stone was well under his 12 hour goal in 11:43:27.
In other running news this weekend, members Ann Bath and Beverley Gow completed a 6-hour double with events on Friday and Sunday. They were flying high at the Top Gun run on Friday and doing anything but resting at the pajama run on Sunday. Well done ladies!
Well done to the latest class of Zero2Hero graduates. Following the 14 week training programme they have gone from couch to 5k by completing Kingston parkrun on Saturday 22nd April. We look forwards to welcoming many of you to the club.
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.
It’s that time of year again when the club helps to take the worry out of getting to the start line of the London marathon and we have booked the usual bus to get everyone to the start, or at least as close the roads will allow that is.
So if you are a runner looking to get to the start or a spectator looking to head up early to support the runners then get your name down for the bus now. The cost of the one way trip will be the usual £5 per head but remember the bus will not be bringing you back.
To grab your seat head on over to the sign up sheet -> here <- and leave your details
This Wednesday evening is Handicap time once again and the competition is certainly heating up but while it might appear to be a 2 horse race at the moment nothing is certain as we head into the home straight with only 3 Handicaps left to go.
So as things stand Mark Canning is leading the charge with Alan Harding hot on his heals with only 9 points separating them. Ed Rowlands is sitting in third place on 178 points and John Reardon having missed last month due to illness is 4th on 171.
We had 28 runners last month with 5 of those being first timers. Of those who have run before we had 12 seasons bests of which 7 were personal bests.
If anyone is able to help out this Wednesday evening please drop me an email or let me know at the club this evening so I can pop you on the list. If you are running please ensure you are wearing Hi-Vis and/or running lights. Please note we will be closing registration in the club at 7:15 to aim for a 7:30 start.
For full details on last months times, positions and this months start times see the full handicap database for this season -> here <-