This weekend saw representation from club members in two marathons, Hamburg and Brighton. There were some great performances over in Germany with all four runners achieving PBs (first sub-4 for Andrea Bennett and Ellen Lambrix) and on the South coast there were big PBs too for Kirstie Mitchell and Dan Hookey (30 mins).
We look forward to more great marathon performances next week at London.
Apologies if we have missed anyone. If you did take part and are not shown, please let us know and we will add you to the results.
26.2 gathered this morning for Richmond Half and 10k.
Heading out from Old Deer park on familiar routes along the towpath from Kew to Ham (and almost to the Hawker centre). The course is a mixture of Thames Towpath Ten, Richmond 10k, Cabbage Patch 10, Kingston Parkrun and many other local races. Scenic and flat are probably a good summary.
Two highlighted performances included a 2 minute PB Dennis Brandrick and a first time 10k for one of our Zero2Hero regulars Lee Hilton.
From a personal perspective I thought the race was torture. I was in the just under 2 hour 26.2 group that formed on the finish line (I got slower, they paced well). No idea how I ran 6 minutes faster just two weeks ago. Worth it for the medal, T-shirt and sense of well being at least. I am yet to be convinced by the cucumber and mint flavoured water or Tamari Toasted Soya beans in the organic goody bag.
As always, well done to all participants and thank you to the 26.2 supporters out on the course.
There were some great 26.2 performances. It was a first half marathon attempt for Paul Wallis, Daisy Street and Sian Thomas who were all very pleased with their times. PBs were acheived by Alastair Mcgeoch-Williams, Chris Rawcliffe, Steve Ramek, Moustafa Fawzy, Ryan Lambrix, Kirstie Mitchell, Matt Prtichard (6 mins), Andrea Bennett (11 mins), Sue Garnish and Richard Kirk (3 mins). Apologies if I have missed anyone.
Full race report and final GP standings to follow.
The Green Belt Relay is a 220 mile team relay around London. It approximately follows the Green Belt Way, a continuous path of green spaces circling London.
We have entered two teams for 2016. The event will take place on Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd May. You will need to be free to run on both days.
We are starting to take names for our two teams to be entered into the Green Belt Relay. Please submit your name in the Green Belt Relay forum post if you wish to participate. We will soon send out a form requesting some information from everyone who signs up.
We welcome runners of all abilities to our teams. Stages range in length and difficulty from 6 miles upwards so you need to be comfortable running at least this distance, if not a little further. Our only real requirement is that you set out to enjoy the event and bring lots of enthusiasm!
If you want to know more about the event, either check the Green Belt Relay site or speak to a member of the committee.
Whilst we still have the final GP fixture of the current season to come, the Grand Prix organisers are now in a position to announce the first batch of fixtures for the coming season. In an effort to help you all plan your race diaries, we’ve got this announcement out as early as possible.
As ever, we’ve tried to keep things varied, with a selection of road and off-road races, with a preference towards smaller, local run events. However, we have thrown in a bigger race – the Ealing Half Marathon – an altogether slightly bigger affair. We have secured three free entries to this race. Once the race has sold out (which it tends to do in August), three entrants will be chosen at random and they will each receive a full refund of their entry fee from the race organisers.
The battle for the Handicap Shield continued in earnest on Wednesday with points leader Richard Kirk, in finishing 12th, conceding 1 point to Javier Fuentes (11th) after both had gained maximum time points, albeit by 3 and 1 seconds respectively.
Richard remains 32 points ahead of Javier with Richard Goulder (7th) a further 33 points away in 3rd. Behind them, a titanic battle between Caroline Dawson (13th), who moves up from 7th to 4th, and Sue Garnish (3rd), 8th to 5th=, separated by just 1 point. (One can hardly tell them apart, anyway!) Howard Brinkworth (24th) is still hanging on in there as the other 5th=. Steve Luke (8th) was the most significant mover from 25th to 17th.
In a field of 25 runners, 1st to finish, and fastest man in 16:37, was Alastair McGeoch-Williams ahead of Danny Norman. Sue Garnish was fastest lady in a PB time of 22:57. Results are available on the handicap results page.
A handful of members headed over to Wimbledon Common this morning to take part in Dash for the Splash. The (almost) 10k route wound its way up and down the common, taking in a few familar hills from cross country events but also exploring some new parts of the common that we don’t regularly visit. With varried scenery, a bit of mud and a few tree trunk obstacles to hurdle along the way this race was already great fun even before arriving at its climax. Just before the finish you arrive at the “spash” where you descend into and ford across the Beverley Brook. This washes the mud away and gives you a cold wake up that spurs you on to the finish.
The race was well organised by Thames Hare & Hounds. As the oldest cross country club in the world they know how to organise a good XC event. The race has a really interesting history, dating back to the first steeplechase races. I would recommend reading more about this on the Dash for the Splash website.
This was a really enjoyable race that I would recommend others try next year.
Results follow. Most of us made the course to be slightly short of 10k however this didn’t take anything away from the fun. Steve Ramek lead the 26.2 field, finishing in a very impressive 42:52.
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.
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 🙂
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.
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