Recent new member (joined April 2017) Laurie Johnston is about to embark on a 62 day effort to run 10k a day. Covering 620km in total he is raising money for Cancer Research UK in memory of his wife Linda.
In his own words:
“Linda, my wife, died on the 22 March 2017 from breast cancer aged 62.
She fought against this dreadful disease for 4 years, and throughout this battle, she remained positive and never complained despite the effects of the chemotherapy, radiotherapy and other medication.
Linda’s outlook to life was amazing; she liked to enjoy herself, have fun and was loved by all. Even during her illness, she tried to carry on as normal. It was only in the latter part of her illness that life became difficult.
Looking back, I was lucky to have met such wonderful person. She was a truly inspirational wife and mum who was always there for Mark, my son, and myself never mind her many relatives and friends. This was reflected by the amazing number of people at Linda’s funeral.
In her memory, I will be running 10k for 62 (Linda’s age) consecutive days from Friday 8 September to Wednesday 8 November before her 63rd birthday on Thursday 9 November. Anyone who wants to keep me company by walking or running a little bit with me is more than welcome; it doesn’t matter how far – 1k will be fine.”
More details including how to enter each are on the Grand Prix pages. This page also includes details of the discounts available. The latest Grand Prix results tables have been updated are available for viewing.
Next Monday’s run will take place in Richmond Park. We will be meeting at Ham Gate (note this is different to the other summer runs) at 7:00pm for a 7:15pm start. You will need to park your cars outside the park as the gates will be locked before we return from the run.
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.
The evening of Wednesday 23rd August saw the annual club mile championships at Kingsmeadow stadium. Dry, cloudy, humid conditions greeted the runners for 4 laps and 9 metres of the recently re-laid track.
59 runners completed the event, with Chris Wilson first male across the line in a rapid 4min54secs and Daisy Street leading home the female race in 6mins12secs.
6 juniors ran in the first wave, well done to Charlie Brewer, Daniel Street, Zak Grecian, Tommy Street, Zoe and Charlotte Pritchard.
Special mention to our volunteers on the night: Jane Vassell, Fiona Watters, Sam Ward, Ellen Lambrix, Aviva Stein, Danny Norman, Kevin Stone, and Steve Ramek.
Ann Bath once again stole the show with her amazing post-run refreshments.
The results from the club mile are now available in the recent results view. To see the full results you can also read more…
On Wednesday 23rd August we will be holding the club mile championship at Kingsmeadow Athletics Track. Please be at the track and warming up ready to run at 7:30pm.
The cost of participating is £3.80 which is payable at the fitness centre main reception on the night.
The race will be run in two waves. One wave will be at a faster pace and another slower. It is expected that the split between the two waves will be at around 7 mins/mile. You can run in either wave.
To get an idea for how many people will be in each wave, and where the split will come, please pre-register by filling in our registration form.
If you are unable to run we would welcome volunteers to help with timing and results. You can also use the registration form to specify that you would like to volunteer.
Reminder of the GP rules:
In order for their performance to score in a Grand Prix event, members must visibly wear the club vest/t-shirt. If a member is new to the club they must have a current kit order in place for a club top to be delivered in the next order window to be eligible to score GP points. (This decision will be at the discretion of club GP Organisers)
This week’s track session (7.15 for 7.30pm on Wednesday 16th August) cannot now take place at Kingsmeadow as previously advertised. This is because of a race meeting of which we were not aware of and which was not listed on the Kingsmeadow website. Apologies for the change.
Instead we will meet at the Epsom & Ewell track (the ‘Harrier Centre’) King George V Recreation Ground, Poole Road, Ewell, KT19 9RY. Timings and the proposed session are unchanged (8x400m, with formal warm up promptly at 7.30pm). The track is expected to be open to the public and we understand that the charge is £2.60. It may be as well to bring along a little more, but exact money will no doubt be appreciated if you have it.
The track is not far, but is slightly hidden away. Following the A240 towards Epsom, you turn right into Ruxley Lane and either, proceed to the far end and then turn left into Chessington Road towards Ewell. Immediately after the first roundabout, turn left down a side street (still Chessington Road), wiggle right, then left into Lansdowne Road. The recreation ground is at the bottom of Lansdowne Road.
Or from Ruxley lane turn left into Scotts Farm Road and continue along onto Poole Road and the harrier Centre is opposite Lansdowne Road.
Next Wednesday 16 August is our monthly track session. With the Club Mile the following Wednesday, this is a great chance to get some experience of running on the track.
With the mile in mind, we will be doing an 8x400m session with 200m jog to recover between each. This is for all standards as there will be groups running at different speeds.
This kind of interval training helps your speed for longer distances (such as the 5k), builds recovery and will help you get a sense of pace for running the Club Mile.
Please arrive at Kingsmeadow on the Kingston Road, New Malden around 7.15pm to complete a gentle warm up (eg two or three times jogging around the track, or perhaps run to the track) and be ready to start the more formal warm up promptly at 7.30pm. Do bring water, especially if it is a hot evening, and entry fee of £3.80.
So as we have been saying for a while now, instead of running a summer Zero2Hero group we thought it would be good to do something a little different and concentrate our efforts on those of you who want to target a 10K in the autumn by facilitating a training program and coaching you through it.
The plan is to undertake an 8 week training plan starting at the end of August and target the David Denton – Oxshott 10K on Sunday 29th October where we hope everyone will achieve their goals.
We will take everyone through a structured training plan that will help them achieve a goal based on one of the following targets:
Get round and finish
Sub 60 Minutes
Sub 50 Minutes
Sub 40 Minutes
More details will follow soon but for now we need to know who is interested and what their goal is likely to be. therefore please head on over to the sign up sheet -> here <- to register your interest and we’ll be in touch soon.
Work hard and you to could be a Superhero just like Becky!
July’s Handicap saw 42 of us starting and finishing in the Byeways as we ran the new course for the first time. In essence only the start and finish has changed although this means the incline along Berrylands if dealt with much earlier and the finish is slightly more downhill. In addition to the course change we are happy to report that the 3 mile handicap course is now 3 miles and not the 2.97 miles most people seemed to measure over the past years.
Among the 42 runners we had:
8 First timers
4 personal bests for those having run before
4 runners sub 20
No single runner taking longer to complete the course then the new base time of 40 minutes
First timers Daniel Clarke and Jackie Morris lead the field home with Lizzie Wilson hot on their tails as she bids to repeat her amazing form of 2010/11 season when she took glory and won the season by a clear margin.
For full details on last months times, positions and this months start times see the full handicap database for this season –> here <-
For those of you attending tomorrow evening we would ask that:
Please arrive in good time to register as we will be leaving the club at 7:15pm prompt in order to start at 7:30pm.
If you are running late message either Kevin Stone or Steve Ramek in advance to register yourself, please do not arrive at the Byeways to register if you can help it.
Be mindful of the residents whose road we are now using to start and finish on, it must have been a bit of a shock to us all there last month.
Please keep noise to a minimum and move towards the end of the road when you finish to register your position away from the finish line.
If you are unable to run but can help out please make yourself known and we will ensure you are given a Hi-Vis and a assigned a role.
And finally for those of you who are unsure if you would be able to compete in the handicap we have changed the base start time to 40 minutes from 35 to make sure everyone can get round in the allotted time so please do come along and give it a try, you won’t regret it.
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