It is now less that a month until the start of the new cross country season so dust off your trail shoes and sharpen your spikes.
The cross country events are a highlight of the club’s running calendar as they are a great opportunity to get out and run with other club members as a team. All members are encouraged to take part in the Surrey XC league. We welcome runners of all standards to these events. All Surrey XC league events are free for members.
Make sure you get the dates below added into your diary…
14th October 2017 (Grand Prix)
Priory Park, Reigate
11th November 2017
Epsom Downs (tbc)
2nd December 2017
13th January 2018
Richmond Park (tbc)
10th February 2018
Wimbledon Common (tbc)
If you want to take part in cross country this year, we have a facebook messenger group for each team. A link to join these groups and other details on cross country are available on the Cross Country page.
A couple of top level events organised by SEAA are on the horizon this Autumn. Both events are highly competitive and will draw a top quality field from around the region. I suggest only the “faster” runners to consider signing up to give the club the best chance to represent ourselves at this level. The plan is to enter one or two male and female teams for both events, subject to interest.
Southern Road Relays – Sunday 24th September – Crystal Palace – website link
Women’s team = 4 x 4.5km, Men’s team = 6 x 6km
Please sign up by MONDAY 4th SEPTEMBER if interested so that we can meet entry deadline
London Cross Country Championships – Saturday 18th November – Parliament Hill Fields, Hampstead Heath – website link
Please sign up by WEDNESDAY 25th OCTOBER if interested so that we can meet entry deadline
All runners must be first claim members and registered with England Athletics.
Tram is suspended between Wimbledon and Mitcham Junction.
Nicked from The Strags ….
The main thing to be aware of is the tram line between Wimbledon and Mitcham Junction is closed for engineering works on Saturday, so for those of you travelling by public transport, the route is now train to Clapham Junction, where you change for a train to East Croydon and can then pick up the tram to Lloyd Park. So, for example, the 12:18 train from Kingston will enable you to pick up the 12:53 fast train to East Croydon, and from there it is a 7 minute tram journey to Lloyd Park, getting you to the start at 13:16, in plenty of time to warm up etc.”
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!
After strong showings in the Surrey Cross Country League this year, the club intends to send teams to the Southern Cross Country Championships. This is a step up from our usual participation and we hope to field a strong field from the club to show off the strength and depth of runners in our club.
Please sign up below if you are interested in participating and someone from the committee will be in touch. Entries close on 16th December so please sign up as soon as possible. Entry fees are paid by the club so like other cross country events there is no cost to members.
Ladies XC Match 2 has come around quickly and will take place on Saturday 3rd December at 12pm on Mitcham Common. Please see the attached Surrey Ladies XC match 2 briefing PDF for full details on the event including the location, course and how to get to the event.
After a very successful match 1, we hope you are excited about participating in match 2. Can you please let Maria Cenalmor know if you are planning on joining us. The club needs you, and runners of all abilities are encouraged to come along and take part. As usual, there will be cake afterwards!
If you have any questions or need more information please contact Maria.
Also, good news as we now have a date and location for match 3 – Lloyd Park on 14 January 2017, please add this date on your diaries!
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!
We are hosting match 2 of the Men’s Surrey league division 3/4 competition. The event will be held on 12th November 2016 at Epsom Downs.
As well as fielding a strong team of men, we need members of the club to volunteer to ensure we organise a successful event. If you can, please do come along and assist as this is a chance to show off the team spirit that makes us such a great club.
The race starts at 3pm so we need volunteers to be present from at the latest 2pm until around 4:15pm. If you can come earlier we also require help setting out the course.
Please let us know you can help using the sign up sheet below:
We will be co-hosting the second Men’s fixture on Saturday 12th November. As such we will need volunteers to assist with managing the finish funnel and recording results. If you can assist, please can you let Moustafa Fawzy know or post up on Facebook or the website forum!
Our two Cross Country Captains are Moustafa Fawzy and Ann Bath, who will be coordinating things leading up to each fixture.
We would encourage all runners to take part this season. Each fixture is between 4 and 6 miles and of course will be off-road. Cross Country is all about a team effort and getting as many members out for each fixture is the main thing. It does not matter how fast or slow you are, the main thing really is just to turn up, have a run with your club mates and enjoy the fabulous cakes and biscuits afterwards! A number of members will also meet back up in the evening for a well earned Surbiton-based curry.
Unlike most races, these fixtures are both FREE and on a Saturday – leaving you with more money to spend and enjoy on your Saturday evening!
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: https://surreyleague.org/
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 theFB 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.