Category Archives: Races

GP11 – Crane parkrun this Saturday

This weekend sees the penultimate Grand Prix fixture – Crane parkrun.

There is no one specific place to park for Crane but there is some good advice on their website

To minimise the impact on the local (residential) area, it would be great if members could share lifts where possible. Members should also note there are no public toilets in Crane Park.

There will also be a pacing team on the day so for any of you shooting for a PB around their pace group times, this is an ideal day for it! It’s a pretty quick course and is all on pathways or tarmac so mud certainly won’t be an issue – though if there’s a frost it could be a little slippy.

Last but not least, could all members please ensure their parkrun profile has 26.2 RRC listed as their club, as this helps enormously with the results. This can be edited here


Don’t Forget Your Barcode!!

Half Marathon Round Up

This weekend saw not one, not two but three big half marathons as the Spring marathon prep suddenly stepped up a gear.

First to the Wokingham Half Marathon, which saw five 26.2 members take part. For those who haven’t run it before, the circular route takes in a number of closed rural roads on the outskirts of Wokingham. The course, whilst not completely flat is still a very quick one and whilst the wind occasionally played its part, quick times were definitely on offer for runners.

First over the line for 26.2 was Alastair McGeoch-Williams in a time of 1:19:27, followed by Steve Ramek (1:25:38) and Lawrence Bromley (1:29:10) – both earning PBs. Unfortunately Danny Norman and Libby Marchant both had days to forget. Illness hampered both their efforts, with Libby making a 15 minute pit-stop at the St Johns Ambulance approaching the halfway stage and Danny’s man flu getting the better of him at the 8 mile mark.

The men’s race was a hotly contested affair with first place Paul Pollock recording the second fastest time ever at Wokingham with an amazing 1:03:46. Incredibly there was a dead-heat finish for third place with both John Beattie and Kojo Kyereme finishing on 1:06:13! First lady was Caryl Mair Jones from Swansea Harriers in 1:14:32.
Full results are available online.

Back closer to home it was the Hampton Court Half Marathon and again five 26.2 members were in attendance.

The wind was arguably more of a factor in this race given the proximity of much of the route to the exposed River Thames. Martin Threakall was first 26.2 member back in a storming time of 1:29:00. Kirstie Mitchell bagged a fantastic PB of 1:41:50 as first 26.2 lady over the finish line – clearly in good form in the build up to London.
John Rahim in 1:47:03, Lucy Hitchinson in 1:53:59 and Laura Hooke in 1:58:02 completed the 26.2 contingent for the day. Full results are available online.

Lastly of course there was the Tunbridge Wells Half Marathon. 26.2 member Richard Goulder completed the race in an impressive time of 1:34:35 – though as he did so representing his second claim club, it didn’t really happen 🙂

A full set of results are available online

Alastair 2016 Wokingham Half

Alastair crossing the Wokingham finish line (photo from A. Jewel)

GP10 – The Bookham 10k Race Report

Blinded by the sun...
Blinded by the sun…

Yesterday saw the 10th installment of the club Grand Prix series – The Bookham 10k, organised by Events To Live.


Mercifully, Storm Imogen had yet to darken our skies and as such we were treated to bright blue and sunny morning. That being said, given the chill, most runners enjoyed the warmth of the race HQ – a lovely little primary school tucked away down a residential road out the back of Bookham. Tea and cakes were on offer and no doubt this was welcome for marshals and runners alike.

The course start line is just on the road outside of the school. Prior to the race starting, as per the tradition of this race, all the runners were invited to sing ‘God Save The Queen’ (the national anthem, not the punk-era defining Sex Pistols’ track of the same name – which would have been even more of a novelty).

This race is famed for its tough course and it starts off with a 1.5 mile climb up a mud and gravel track before a sharp and somewhat death-defying half mile drop back down again. Whilst this brief downhill was of course welcome, what followed was somewhat more challenging with a steep 350ft ascent over the next mile or so – made all the more tricky by the thick and heavy mud underfoot.

The second half of the race is much easier, even if there is a third and final nasty little climb thrown in before the 8km mark. The final mile is all downhill and shortly before exiting the Downs, runners must first pass through the infamous ‘Footwash’ – a rather deep, muddy and 20ft-long puddle. The photos of this section on the Sussex Sport photos website are well worth a look 🙂

Twelve members took part in the race (as well as Kate and Vicki helping out) but special mention should go to Alastair McGeoch-Williams for his first place finish in a time of 42:02 (which should indicate to most of you how tricky the course was) and Steve Ramek who  took the Men’s V50 prize. Full results are available online.

The GP competition itself now has just two further fixtures to go – GP11 is Crane parkrun on Saturday 27th February and last but by no means least is GP12, the Fleet Half Marathon on Sunday 20th March – which has now sold out but not before 33 of you signed up!


With two fixtures remaining, Steve Ramek sits top of both Male competitions with Alastair and David George in hot pursuit. Andrea Bennett is sitting pretty atop both Ladies competitions with Sarah Petterfer, Sue Garnish and Ann Bath following behind.

YOUR CLUB NEEDS YOU – Final XC race this Saturday

A gentle reminder to everyone that this Saturday is the final race of the Cross Country series for both Ladies and Men.

We’ve had an absolutely smashing turnout throughout the season and would love to wrap it up on a high. We currently sit well positioned within the league tables but would love to cement our places or even push a little higher up the rankings and we need your help by joining us for the last time this season. Mud, sweat and cakes guaranteed.


Here’s a link to the official SurreyLeague standings in case you’d like to review how you’ve done so far:

Please see below details for each event:

Ladies Race is @11:30 Richmond Park, near Pembroke Lodge Car Park. Distance is approx 5 miles. more info
Mens Race is @14:00 Lloyd Park, Croydon. Distance is approx. 5.2 miles. more info

For additional details on the venue, facilities or how to get there please see the Main Events page or the FB Events posts.

If you would like to run and haven’t yet stated an interest, please do post up on the forum or Facebook and let the Captains know. Men’s Captain is Moustafa Fawzy and Ladies’ Captain is Ann Bath. 

Moustafa can be contacted on moustafafawzy [ at ] hotmail [ dot ] com or on the Facebook event or via the forum thread
Ann can be contacted on madshus [ at ] btintnernet [ dot ] com and again also via Facebook or via the forum thread

Looking forward to another great turnout.


February 2016 – Handicap Result

23 Contestants last evening with no ‘first timers’ in a run which produced 3 PBs and 6 SBs.  Kevin Stone, still getting some advantage from his comeback from injury, was first finisher, 47 secs ahead of Neil Sunderland, with both achieving SBs. Matthew Pritchard, in his firat run of the season, was 3 secs behind in 3rd, ahead of Michael Street (SB).  Javier Fuentes (5th) in an SB, gained 1 point on League leader Richard Kirk (6th) who ran a PB of 23:22. There were also PBs for Andy Day (9th) and Paul Keddie (11th) in his 2nd ever run.

Steve Ramek (12th) was fastest man with a time of 18:43, and Caroline Dawson (10th) fastest lady in an SB, by 1 sec, of 23:46.

Position NAME Start Time Recorded Time Race Time SB SB date PB PB date
1 Stone,Kevin 10:20 3307 22:47 22:55 Jan-16 21:19 Jan-13
2 Sunderland,Neil 05:00 3347 28:47 29:50 Dec-15 19:58 Dec-96
3 Pritchard, Matthew 11:40 3350 22:10     20:40 Mar-12
4 Street,Michael 13:50 3402 20:12 20:32 Jan-16 19:31 Feb-15
5 Fuentes,Javier 12:20 3414 21:54 22:27 Jan-16 21:46 Oct-12
6 Kirk,Richard 11:00 3422 23:22 23:45 Dec-15 23:45 Dec-15
7 Garnish,Sue 10:30 3426 23:56 23:48 Jan-16 23:21 May-11
8 Luke,Steve 10:30 3427 23:57 24:07 Nov-15 22:21 Mar-12
9 Day,Andy 15:00 3428 19:28 19:36 Jan-16 19:36 Jan-16
10 Dawson,Caroline 10:50 3436 23:46 23:47 Dec-15 23:00 May-13
11 Keddie,Paul 14:30 3450 20:20 20:27 Jan-16 20:27 Jan-16
12 Ramek,Steve 16:10 3453 18:43 18:20 Aug-15 18:02 Dec-14
13 Goulder,Richard 14:50 3502 20:12 19:15 Dec-15 18:20 May-12
14 Newstead,Jo 07:10 3517 28:07 27:39 Dec-15 20:42 Dec-04
15 Pimm,David 14:30 3519 20:49 20:09 Sep-15 18:39 May-10
16 Ashby,Graham 13:50 3530 21:40 20:35 Dec-15 21:16 Mar-02
17 Woods,Ben 14:50 3535 20:45 18:39 Sep-15 17:22 Nov-14
18 Brinkworth,Howard 03:40 3634 32:54 30:37 Aug-15 19:50 Oct-14
19 Esslemont,Sue 05:00 3655 31:55 29:03 Dec-15 25:02 May-11
20 Chang,Joe 16:40 3759 21:19 17:29 Dec-15 16:05 Apr-09
21 McG-Williams,Alastair 16:30 3800 21:30 16:35 Aug-15 16:08 Mar-15
22 Gray,Mike 09:10 3805 28:55 25:23 Oct-15 22:33 May-09
23 Bennett,John 12:50 3826 25:36 21:47 Aug-15 21:47 Aug-15


Position NAME Race Time Pace SB? PB?
1 Ramek,Steve 18:43 6:14    
2 Day,Andy 19:28 6:29   PB
3 Street,Michael 20:12 6:44 SB  
4 Goulder,Richard 20:12 6:44    
5 Keddie,Paul 20:20 6:47   PB
6 Woods,Ben 20:45 6:55    
7 Pimm,David 20:49 6:56    
8 Chang,Joe 21:19 7:06    
9 McG-Williams,Alastair 21:30 7:10    
10 Ashby,Graham 21:40 7:13    
11 Fuentes,Javier 21:54 7:18 SB  
12 Pritchard, Matthew 22:10 7:23    
13 Stone,Kevin 22:47 7:36 SB  
14 Kirk,Richard 23:22 7:47   PB
15 Dawson,Caroline 23:46 7:55 SB  
16 Garnish,Sue 23:56 7:59    
17 Luke,Steve 23:57 7:59 SB  
18 Bennett,John 25:36 8:32    
19 Newstead,Jo 28:07 9:22    
20 Sunderland,Neil 28:47 9:36 SB  
21 Gray,Mike 28:55 9:38    
22 Esslemont,Sue 31:55 10:38    
23 Brinkworth,Howard 32:54 10:58