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Hero2SuperHero – Oxshott 10K

Short story long, in 2015 whilst nursing a stress fracture of the second metatarsal I attended a coaching course paid for by the club which prompted me to start up Zero2Hero. I thought to myself that seeing as I would be easing myself back to fitness and because the club had paid for the course I should really put it to good use. I had also seen a News item one evening that was basically saying that the average person was overweight because they had no interest in undertaking any form of exercise and we were a lazy nation. I immediately thought this was a load of rubbish and that your average person would love to exercise so I thought I would challenge this because my belief is that people don’t exercise not because they don’t want to but because they either can’t afford the ridiculous prices gyms or personal trainers charge or that they simply have no idea how to go about getting started and that it can be quite intimidating.

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Green Belt Relay 2017

This weekend saw another successful loop around London for our two Green Belt Relay teams. Everyone made it to their stages more or less on time (Steve!), did a fine job of keeping everyone in check at the marshal points and ran like they didn’t have to run again the next day (sadly they did).

If you want to see the results they are available on-line: Green Belt Relay stage results. In terms of teams our Blue team beat the Red team. As the teams were picked according to what fit with stage allocations rather than according to any kind of preference or ability (and most people didn’t know what team they were in anyway) this doesn’t mean much … I would say that though as I was a losing Red!

I would highly recommend checking out some of the Strava fly-bys of the event. Particularly you might want to watch stage 18 where John Reardon was having so much fun on the course he didn’t want to come back (sorry John…it is very funny).

Thanks to all the runners (Ami Cullum, Daisy Street, Dennis Brandrick, Frani Heyns, Greg Whiteman, Jacqueline Chang, Javier Fuentes, Joe Brewer, John Matthews, John Reardon, Kevin Furlong, Libby Marchant, Maria Cenalmor, Matthew Pritchard, Michael Street, Nathan Sayers, Peter Grecian, Richard Kirk, Ryan Lambrix, Steven Ramek, Sue Garnish, Vicki Kirk) and volunteers (Lizzie Wilson, Dave Wilson, Sam Ward, Kev Stone, Cass Brewer, Julie, Reyadh and especially Ellen Lambrix who while not running much at the moment wants to be sure everyone knows she still exists).

I hope everyone enjoyed the weekend just as much as I did. Green Belt is a real highlight of the year for me. Although the organising can sometime seem a lot of trouble by the Thursday before it is always worth it to see everyone enjoying themselves on Sunday back at the Hawker centre. I haven’t yet decided which is harder, organising 22 runners, running the level 10 stage 4 or keeping Alex happy for the 220 miles around the relay.

Look out for a sign up sheet coming out for next year some time at the end of this year (probably after River Relays). We will let you know in a newsletter when signup is available.

Thanks to everyone for making the event possible for 26.2!

Zero2Hero graduates at Fleet 10k and Great South Run

The below race report was written by Josie Bate. If you would like to contribute race reports to the site, please do send us your contributions to be published.

So this weekend, as Richard writes, saw an array of fantastic running feats by members of 26.2. For some of us, it was even more special, as a number of Kevin’s first Z2H graduates took their places on the start line of two great events – the Fleet 10k or the Great South Run, the latter being billed as the “world’s leading 10 mile running event”.

It’s perhaps fitting that just ten months on from being lead in our first warm-up by Mr Stone on a cold and dark winter’s night in January, we would be whatsapping each other as we drove south to Hampshire or further south to Portsmouth, to partake in running events featuring the number ten.

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Bournemouth Marathon Festival 2016

Last weekend a group from 26.2 RRC headed to Bournemouth for the annual marathon festival. This weekend has become a firm favourite for members of the club and once again it did not disappoint. Although the weather for parkrun (done at a mix of Bournemouth, Weymouth and Poole) kicked things off in a rather soggy fashion, the weather soon cleared and we were treated to a lovely weekend by the seaside.

Rainbows after a brief shower (photo by Aviva Jewel)
Rainbows after a brief shower (photo by Aviva Jewel)

On Saturday we had particpants in the 1.5km children’s race, 10k Supersonic run and 5k Supernova (run at night with glow sticks). Charlotte and Zoe Pritchard were our first medal winners of the weekend. In the 10k the honourable mentions go to Lee Hilton who stormed round to a new PB (with more that a little encouragement from Steve Ramek) and Vicki Kirk who returned to racing 3 months after giving birth to Alex. The evening run was a treat for families Grecian (full complement) and Whiteman (minus Greg). Superb efforts from both families, particularly Sarah Whiteman on her first ever 5k, she was our Supernova Superstar!

On Sunday the distances were increased with 6 club members tackling the early start for the half marathon and 3 opting for a longer lie in, but also longer run with the full marathon. The weather was ideal for the half but getting a bit hot for the marathon. Fabulous efforts from Alastair McGeoch-Williams, Laura Hooke and Richard Hall for completing the marathon. Others completed a different kind of marathon by remaining in the pub supporting until all runners had passed.

Early start for the half marathon.
Early start for the half marathon.

These 26.2 on tour weekends are generally informally organised so if you are interested in attending a future weekend away, please do ask around to see what events are going on. For club organised weekends away, why not look into Green Belt Relay or Cotswolds 24 hour.

Results for club members are included below.

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River Relays – Results

Congratulations to all runners who completed the River Relays on Sunday 4th September 2016.

26.2 entered 6 teams. Of these, 2 teams finished in the top 10. 26.2 A (Katherine Wilson, Emma Stringer, Joe Chang, Ed Brunskill, Nathan Sayers) came in 6th place and 26.2 B (Anthony Whelan, Victoria Haslam, Alastair McGeoch-Williams, Chris Rawcliffe, David George) in a very impressive 3rd place.

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26.2 B collect 3rd place prizes.

Further results will be added when they become available.

Thanks to all who represented the club, provided transportation or just gave support. A special thank you to Alastair McGeoch-Williams for organising all the teams.

For those that enjoyed the relay or looked on enviously, block out your calendar for the weekend of 20th / 21st May 2017 when we will once again be taking part in the Green Belt Relay.

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26.2 ladies ready for stage 2.

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Stage 1 runners having completed their runs.

Nonsuch Relays – Results

What a great turn out for the 2016 Nonsuch Relays, not only did we turn out a very impressive 11 teams in a record field of 99 teams but our top team on the night consiting of Alastair, Joe C, Anthony and Danny finished 7th overall in a time of 41:09. Our first ladies team finished as 3rd ladies team overall (5th if you include the 2 junior ladies teams) in a very respectbale time of 49:36

The other impressive thing about last night was the fact that with the exception of one person who had an unexpected motoring emergency and another with a child sickness due to his mothers driving in her rush to get there on time (or so I am led to believe) everyone arrived on time and we were able to get every team sorted before the race started which was great. Continue reading Nonsuch Relays – Results

2016 Club Mile Championship – Results

Despite threatening rain the weather held off to give dry but slightly blustery conditions for this year’s club mile championship. A strong field of 50 runners attended, running in our two waves.

The first wave was lead home by Brian Merritt for the men and Andrea Bennett for the ladies. With a split between the two races set at a 7 minute mile we had 4 runners beat the dividing time.

In the second wave we saw our first past the post mile champions crowned as Anthony Whelan and Libby Marchant. Age graded results will follow soon.

To finish the evening we had a kids race with Charlotte and Zoe Pritchard and Otter Ley all completing a lap of the track. After their support to us on our runs we were all happy to cheer them round to fine performances.

Full results are available in a google document:

-> 2016 Club Mile Championship Results <-

Thanks to 10 volunteers that came out to organise the event.

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Busy Weekend

Well it was a busy weekend for the club this weekend what with Green Belt Relay and the Hogsmill Ladies 5.  Well done to everyone who took part either racing, driving or supporting you all did the club proud this weekend.

Results are up for both events:

The Hogsmill Ladies 5 results can be found -> here <- well done to all that ran.

The Green Belt relay results can be found -> here <- and well done to all those who didn’t get lost.

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Dash for the Splash!

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.

Position

Bib

Time

First

Last

Age Category

Team

1

89

00:36:10

Matt

Jones

P-50+

 

14

135

00:42:52

Steven

Ramek

M-50+

26.2 RRC

17

152

00:43:08

Joanna

Shillington

F-OPEN

Thames Hare & Hounds

37

168

00:48:27

Paul

Wallis

M-40+

26.2 RRC

100

70

00:56:51

Peter

Grecian

#NUM!

26.2

107

132

00:57:51

Matthew

Pritchard

M-40+

26.2 RRC

108

99

00:58:00

Richard

Kirk

M-OPEN

26.2 RRC

121

155

00:59:41

Kevin

Stone

M-40+

26.2 RRC

122

19

00:59:43

Jacqueline

Chang

F-OPEN

26.2 RRC

146

122

01:07:21

Johanne

Newstead

F-50+

26.2RRC

152

23

01:12:08

Rachel

Clarke

F-40+

West 4 Harriers

Full results are available online here: http://www.dashforthesplash.com/index.html?target=results

Joe, Jacob and Thomas watch on while Kev assists Jacqueline out of the Beverley Brook following the splash.

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)