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.
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|
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.
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
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
With the Christmas party only a few days away I thought I’d better get my backside in gear and complete the ballot sheet to see who has qualified to enter this years ballot. With only 2 places up for grabs I can confirm that we have:
- 28 Members having run enough events to take them to the magical 8 events or above needed to qualify
- Of those 28 members 1 who was drawn out last year and therefore no eligible for this years ballot
- 1 Who is not EA Affiliated and also not eligible
- Of the 156 fully paid up members in February 86 of those raced in at least one event – 56% with a total of 470 race enteries
- Andrea Bennett did the highest number of events with 18
To enter the ballot which will take place at 21:30 hrs simply do one of the following:
The ballot table has been updated to include the Mens XC and Epsom 10 from last weekend. Only 2 races left for the ladies and 1 for the men for those wanting to qualify for the ballot. If you are green on the table that means you have done enough races, if you are buff then you can still scrape in however don’t forget that other criteria may mean you are not able to qualify so please read through the ballot rules if you are unsure.
View the latest update at http://wp.me/p6BSr8-Ml and please shout out if you have any questions.
We have received the following notice about parking at Nonsuch park this weekend:
Due to a wedding fair event taking place at Nonsuch this weekend, we have been instructed by the council NOT to use any of the 3 public cars at Cheam Gate, Nonsuch Park (A232).
However, we have secured exclusive access to the field for parking on the right hand side as you approach the Mansion House. When entering Cheam Gate, please pass the public car parks immediately to the right and the left, follow the road straight ahead to a right hand bend, the entrance to the field is 100m further on to the right. There will be sign posts. Please park with care, other park users will be walking through the field.
Please , please ask all your runners to support this, it’s a 100m walk to the race start from the field. Lots of other parking available off London road, again a very short walk to the start and free parking in many roads as per race instructions.
On Tuesday 6th September a StreetO event is being held in Claygate. The event is being hosted by Mole Valley Orienteering Club as the first event in their winter series.
Details can be found in the event flyer: Claygate StreetO
Street Orienteering allows you one hour to visit as many locations marked on a line drawn street map as you can. Each location is identified with a clue and has a different number of points associated. By visiting more points with higher valued points you get a better overall score.
We have held similar events for the club before. This local event is a chance to try the format in a more competitive environment. If you want more details about how StreetO works, please ask Richard Kirk.
Well done to all those that attended the Rothwell Relay’s last week. The event was well attended with 21 teams taking part. Results are available on the Stragglers website.
Well done to David Pearce who got to run the glory leg for the winning team.
The following comments were made by Nigel following the event:
“I’d like to say several sincere thank yous for making last night’s Rothwell Relays evening a special one for me. Firstly to Carys for getting me down there and back safely and all those that looked after me and made sure I was ok during the evening. To Roy, Kevin Price, Phil and all the others that stepped in to organise the race on my behalf. All those that contributed to raising £310 for Pancreatic Cancer UK on the evening. The Stragglers committee for deciding to award me the club contribution award, much appreciated, love the bespoke painted mug, and finally and most importantly to the 84 runners from Stragglers, 26.2RR and others that made the evening such a success with 21 teams nearly double the previous years record of 11 teams!”
Many members will be running in the Wedding Day 7k next Friday evening, so next Wednesday’s track session (27 July) will be short and sharp to hone your speed.
We will do a pyramid session, concentrating on shorter distances: 2x200m, 2x400m, 2x600m, 2x400m, 2x200m – a chance to enjoy the speed, and focus on a good, relaxed and flowing posture, without wearing yourself out for Friday evening.
We meet at the Kingsmeadow track, Kingston Road. Please arrive by about 7.15pm to complete a gentle warm up (eg at two or three times jogging around the track, or perhaps run to the track). The formal warm-up begins promptly at 7.30pm. Not warming up properly before the exhilaration of a speed session is a sure way to give yourself an injury! Entry is £3.65.
This speed session is for all standards of runners, involving groups running at differing speeds. Running short, faster intervals in a speed session is an important part of our overall physical and psychological training programme, building endurance and speed.