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
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
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.
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!