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How to nearly run 100 Miles

Try and run 100 miles they said, it will be fun they said, and you know what, they were right.

My first attempt at a 100 miler, DNF, timed out at 85 miles at Clifton Hampden aid station, very emotional having trained for so long and so hard but almost a week on perspectives change and it’s amazing what a good night’s sleep or two can make.

The weekend of 4th and 5th May were without a shadow of a doubt the biggest running challenge I have ever undertaken and other than actually crossing the finish line nothing could have made it better. Runners are strange breed, the thought of running such a distance is something my long suffering better half Sam will never understand but for some reason it’s something she seems to accept and despite moaning about what I might do to myself it’s something she seems willing to follow me into to pick up the pieces at the end.

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Thames Towpath 100

Best of luck to our captain Kev Stone and long time member Greg Whiteman who continue their run from Richmond to Oxford taking part in the Thames Towpath 100 tonight. 

It has been a hard day in the heat today so hopefully the cool of the night will be somewhat welcomed.

You can continue to track their progress into the finish tomorrow morning at:

  • http://www.racedrone.net/event/thames-path-100
  • http://www.centurionrunning.com/live

Imber Court Relays – 26th June 2018

A date for your diary – This year we will once again be hosting a team relay at Imber Court, Molesey

The event will take place on the evening of Tuesday 26th June and will see local clubs invited to race 1.6 miles around Imber Court. Each team of 4 runners will compete in various categories. Last year the event was very well received by the other clubs and is now established as a replacement for the Horton Park event.

26.2 RRC will be entering teams but we will also need marshals and helpers for various roles before the event is held and on the evening itself.

The race begins at 7pm and follows a flat all terrain course around Imber Court and along the River Mole.

Imber Court will be putting on a BBQ for the post run social event and there is the cheap club bar available as well

More details to follow nearer the time.

SEAA 12 Stage Road Relay

The SEAA 12 Stage Road Relay is due to take place on Sunday 18th March and Joe Chang is looking to enter a team(s) if possible. we appreciate it clashes with Fleet half but if you are interested in taking part the details are as follows:

Starting from the Milton Keynes Track at 12pm, this relays consists of six stages of 4.8km and six stages of 7.2km on traffic-free roadways.

A few men’s places filled already so let us know if you are available by 5th March to complete the team by either contacting myself or Joe. You can contact me on stone.kev(at)gmail.com

Full details can be found -> here <-

Track 7.15 for 7.30pm Wednesday 28 February

Wednesday (28 February) is our next regular track session.  Following last month’s successful experiment, this will be at the Poole Road athletics track in Ewell.  Otherwise known as the Harrier Centre or King George V recreation ground, it can be found by turning right into Ruxley Lane off the A 240 and then left into Scotts Farm Road which becomes Poole Road.  The recreation grond and athletics track are on your left about half a mile after leaving Ruxley Lane.

Track sessions provide a focussed speed session that works wonders for improving times over all distances.  As many of us are at present training for longer distances, this month will again be longer reps, this time 600m with six, seven or eight reps, depending on your fitness level.  Recovery will be a 200m jog between reps.  There will be groups running at different speeds designed so that this works for all our runners.

Please arrive at the track around 7.15pm to complete a gentle warm up (eg two or three times jogging around the track) and be ready to start the more formal warm up promptly at 7.30pm.  Bring warm clothing for the warm-up and warm-down, and entry fee of £2.60.

Please be considerate of other track users; I am not quite sure which other clubs will be training there that evening.

David Pimm

Club Handicap – New Season – New Course – New Look

The new club handicap season starts this coming Wednesday 13th July and there are some changes afoot that will not only make the finish area safer but also make the competition more inclusive to everyone within the club. You may have read in the latest new letter about how the course will now start and finish in Pine walk, this is not actually the case, the course will now start and finish in thew Byeways. This will help ensure that the finish straight is a little less busy with traffic meaning an all together safer finish area. The monthly race will now start towards the bottom end of the Byeways and set of towards the Roystons and turn left onto the original course. Each runner will complete 2 laps of the usual Berrylands loop before turning back up the Byeways and finishing around 30 meters short of the Crest at the top of the road. 

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Handicap – Season Finale

So tonight is the final race in our annual handicap season and top spot has still to be settled as there is still only 2 points separating 1st placed Mark Cannings and 2nd placed Alan Harding. Having missed last months handicap Ed Rowlands is now out of contention and could be overtaken for third spot by either Alastair McGeoch-Williams, Peter Grecian or Richard Hall if he fails to show up tonight as well and one of the chasing trio have a good run scoring a seasons best with a high finish position. So there is everything to play for as we approach this evening and it would be great to see a big turnout out to make life that little bit more difficult for those battling it out at the top.

For anyone who cannot run but who would like to help out with marshaling and finish line duties we welcome your help so please do pitch up and let us know when you arrive that you are here to help.

We will be aiming for the usual 7:30pm start so registration will close in the club house at 7:15pm. If you are running late and want to register please drop either Steve Ramek or myself a text to let us know you are coming as this makes life much easier then trying to register your start time on the start line.

For full details on last months times, positions and this months start times see the full handicap database for this season –> here <-

Position Name Runs Jul 2016 Aug 2016 Sep 2016 Oct 2016 Nov 2016 Dec 2016 Jan 2017 Feb 2017 Mar 2017 Apr 2017 May 2017 Total
1= Cannings, Mark 11 15 31 30 24 24 29 29 27 9 27 25 270
1= Harding, Alan 11 15 22 29 34 27 24 25 24 15 28 27 270
3 Rowland, Ed 8 15 28 31 34 35 35 31 29 238
4 Grecian, Peter 8 15 35 35 30 33 8 30 33 219
5 Hall, Richard 11 15 10 15 31 32 5 6 10 28 33 26 211
6 McGeoch-Williams, Alastair 8 35 32 5 27 30 33 5 21 188
7 Reardon, John 7 15 33 31 33 29 12 18 171
8 Street, Michael 7 22 10 35 34 5 20 35 161
9 Whiteman, Greg 7 31 5 9 32 34 25 20 156
10 Merritt, Brian 6 34 30 24 17 25 22 152

Southern Cross Country Championships – Results

On Saturday 28th January, for the first time in the club’s history, a full team of women and men participated in the Southern England Cross Country Championships at Parliament Hill, Hampstead Heath. This was to be an eye-opening experience for much of the team, mixing with top clubs and giving the club a chance to show off our strength and depth.

With a full schedule of races taking place throughout the day, it wasn’t until mid-afternoon and race 9 of the day that the team were able to truly test themselves on an already churned up, seriously muddy course, not to mention the undulating race profile.

First up, the Senior ladies took on a two lap course over 8km; one longer loop followed by another shorter one. Libby Marchant picked herself up after a tumble to lead the team home. Ann Bath, who has in recent years taken part in this race as a solo runner, was the next club lady home, closely followed by Laura Hooke and Sarah Lothian. The team finished 62nd.

  

The final race of the day was the mens’ race, which consisted of three longer laps totalling 15km. Alastair McGeoch-Williams was first home for the club. Several minutes later came Chris Rawcliffe, closely followed by John Matthews, Joe Brewer, and Nathan Sayers. Moustafa Fawzy completed the 6 man squad, with the team finishing in 41st place overall, compounding further misery on our local rivals The Stragglers. The extended team consisted of Anthony Whelan and Rodney McCulloch making their Cross Country debuts, as well as Joe Chang, Martin Threakall, Geoff Tookey, and Peter Grecian, with Ed Francis unfortunately dropping out due to injury.

All put in a valiant effort, and it was a brilliant day out for all involved. Hopefully next year we can cement our position even further. 

Full results:

http://seaa.org.uk/images/2017/Endurance/XC_Main_Results/Senior_Women.pdf

http://seaa.org.uk/images/2017/Endurance/XC_Main_Results/Senior_Men.pdf

Senior Women – 8km

133 Libby Marchant – 35:58

527 Ann Bath – 50:30

546 Laura Hooke – 52:21

560 Sarah Lothian – 55:15

Team – 62nd

Senior Men – 15km

187 Alastair McGeoch-Williams – 57:22

416 Chris Rawcliffe – 61:46

449 John Matthews – 62:29

452 Joe Brewer – 62:31

478 Nathan Sayers – 62:56

556 Moustafa Fawzy – 65:01

585 Anthony Whelan – 65:33

589 Joe Chang – 65:36

630 Martin Threakall – 66:55

845 Geoff Tookey – 72:36

901 Peter Grecian – 74:26

941 Rodney McCulloch – 75:35

DNF Ed Francis

Team – 41st

Zero2Hero – Volunteer Roster

Want to be a volunteer run leader on our next Zero2Hero Couch to 5K course, then head on over to our sign up page and subscribe to the volunteer roster now!

With almost 80 people signed up we really need all the help we can muster so if you are able to help out head on over to the roster sign up page and enter your details to subscribe to the new volunteer roster emails. Once you submit you will be sent a confirmation email asking you to click a link to confirm your email address, you will then be registered as a subscriber and will receive the regular emails enlisting run leaders each week.

You can subscribe now at http://zero2hero.org.uk/roster