The second Grand Prix of the 2017/18 season held on Sunday 9th July 2017 saw a record club turnout at the Claygate Country 5 with 58 club members completing the undulating 5 mile course around Arbrook Common. In hot and humid conditions, 26.2 RRC represented over 15% of the total field, with special mention to Victoria Haslam (2nd Female Senior), Daisy Street (3rd Female Vet), and Steve Ramek (2nd Male Vet). Rob Hinton and son James finished first Father and Son.
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.
After the Epsom double for the men last month, this month gave the chance to the ladies to complete a cross country and grand prix double over the weekend.
On Saturday 3rd December, the ladies were in action at Surrey League Cross Country on Mitcham Common. 11 ladies took part over a hilly course. The route, which although appearing from the start to be fairly flat, had a number of tough hills hidden away. At only 6km it was at least short and wasn’t muddy. Does it count as XC if you don’t come back muddy?
Credit to those that made it despite traffic and train woes. After a long struggle to find parking, Vicky Gardner only just made it to the start in time, explaining her absence from the pre-event photo. A special mention to Jo Newstead who cycled to the event but sadly missed the race. At least she was in time for cake!
On Sunday 4th December, both men and ladies were in action at Hogs Back Road Race. 29 members took part with Alastair McGeoch-Williams returning to grand prix winning form for this event and Kirstie Mitchell first lady home for the club. Grand prix tables have now been published and can be downloaded here.
Some members have tackled this event in recent years however it was a welcome addition to our Grand Prix schedule. Although a cold start, the clear day presented some amazing views of the hills around Guildford. I am sure many members will be back to tackle this hilly but scenic course again in the future.
Our superstar ladies who completed both events were Caroline Dawson, Sue Garnish, Vicky Gardener, Sarah Lothian, Ellen Lambrix and Jacqueline Chang (who even managed to sweet talk herself a beer as spot prize at the end of Hogs Back). Well done all!
Did you manage to complete the Epsom double this weekend? With a men’s XC fixture on Saturday (hosted by us) and a Grand Prix event and 10 mile club championship on Sunday at Epsom 10 our members spent a lot of time on the downs this weekend. Well done to anyone who managed to run/volunteer on Saturday and then run on Sunday to complete the double. By my reckoning we had 16 members who completed the double.
Our hosting of the cross country fixture went extremely well and we have received excellent feedback on the clearly marked course, friendly marshals and prompt/accurate results. Thank you to all for helping make this a success and especially to Moustafa Fawzy and Maria Cenalmor for their organisational efforts.
In running terms, our team finished a strong 5th in division 3 with Chris Rawcliffe first home for the club. Full race results are available online at: Surrey League and club results are listed below.
On Sunday, 22 members took part in Epsom 10. This was the 10 mile club championship which was won by Ryan Lambrix for the men and Kirstie Mitchell for the ladies. Full results attached and club results are below.
Away from Epsom, Ann Bath was in Glasgow competing in the Masters Cross Country. Despite running in a different country to the rest of us, she still managed to provide ample supplies of cake to the cross country in Epsom. As ever, we are in awe!
Even further afield, Geoff Tookey, took part in Athens marathon. Finishing in a very impressive 3:28:32 we hope he had better weather in Greece than we did in Epsom.
Once again, well done to all members wherever you were running this weekend!
Well done to the 32 club members who took part in Oxshott 10k today. We had some excellent performances, taking 2nd (Alistair McGeogh-Williams), 3rd (Antony Wheelan) and 4th (Chris Rawcliffe) places overall and 2nd lady (Victoria Haslam).
Although not a Grand Prix event, we look forward to seeing another strong turnout for the second event in the series, Nonsuch 10k, next Sunday. Unfortunately next week does not offer the same excellent post race bacon sandwiches but it is still worth attending.
The GP organisers are pleased to be able to confirm the final three fixtures of the season.
GP10 will feature the return of a race that hasn’t featured in the GP series for some time – the 3000m track race!! This fixture will replace the usual track session on Wednesday 25th January 2017 on the newly re-laid Kingsmeadow Athletics track.
GP11 will be the 5km Club Championship and will be held at Tooting parkrun on a Saturday in February – to be confirmed in due course.
GP12 will be the Club Half Marathon Championship and as chosen by the overwhelming majority of members who voted, will be The Surrey Half Marathon on Sunday 12th March 2017. Please note – this race is guaranteed to sell out, far in advance of the race day itself. We would urge all members who wish to participate in this race to sign up ASAP.
On Sunday 25th September we saw round 5 of the 2016/17 Grand Prix held at Ealing Half Marathon. 17 club members attended. Results are included below. Grand Prix tables will be updated in the next few days.
Well done to Chris Rawcliffe and Libby Marchant who take first past the post honours. Age gradings will be calculated when full results are published.
A special mention for Beverley Gow who overcame injury to set a 6 minute PB with assistance from pacer Steve Ramek. Well done Bev!
The fourth race in the Grand Prix calendar takes place on Sunday 11th September. The Second Sunday 5 [miles] is a cross country run around Wimbledon Common consisting of two laps. Run by Thames Hare and Hounds this is a great small club organised event. The event was included in last year’s Grand Prix and is back by popular demand. Hopefully running at a different time of year will provide different challenges.
Entry costs £3 in advance and includes tea/coffee/cake afterwards. You can register online and get more details at: Second Sunday 5.
Entries are also available on the day.
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