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!

North Downs Way 50

Congratulations to members Kevin Stone, Greg Whiteman and Richard Goulder who completed the North Downs Way 50 on Saturday. The grueling course takes in some extremely tough hills yet all three members completed with a smile on their face.

Tough hills but great views.

Richard Goulder finished the 50 miles in the top 100 finishers in 10:17:36. He was followed by Greg who put on a strong finish to get 11:12:54 and club captain Kevin Stone was well under his 12 hour goal in 11:43:27.

Members of all ages were out to show support.

In other running news this weekend, members Ann Bath and Beverley Gow completed a 6-hour double with events on Friday and Sunday. They were flying high at the Top Gun run on Friday and doing anything but resting at the pajama run on Sunday. Well done ladies!

 

Upcoming Races

With the start of a new 26.2 RRC season there is lots of racing to be done. Here are a few of the upcoming events. Get them into your diary now:

  • Saturday 20th & Sunday 21st May – Green Belt Relay – If you are signed up to our teams you will be getting your stage allocation soon.
  • Sunday 21st May – Hogsmill Ladies 5 – Sign up ladies and come along men to support at this fabulous local event (Hogsmill Ladies 5 website).
  • Sunday 4th June – Dorking 10 – Sign up for the first event of the 2017/18 Grand Prix season (Dorking 10 website).
  • Sunday 9th July – Claygate 5 – Another all inclusive local favourite that will be the second event in the 2017/18 Grand Prix (Claygate Country 5 website).

Please note that the Club Mile championship will not be held on the first Monday in June as it has in the past.

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

London Marathon Results

And so it ends for another year although the celebrations are only just beginning. As far as we are aware we had 17 starters and 17 finishers and every single one of them did the club and themselves proud.

Well done everyone and top marks to what looked like an amazing support crew out and about in London today!

The final standings as per the London Marathon Results App are as follows, please do let us know if we have missed someone or have a time wrong.

 

Spring Marathon Watch

Despite our club name we are not solely a club of marathon runners, however at this time of the year we find many members taking up the 26.2 mile challenge. Below are just some of the outstanding performances seen in recent weeks. 

If your results are missing, please do let us know and they will be added.

Remember there will be a celebration of the achievements of all our runners at Surbiton Racket and Fitness club at 6pm on 23rd April.

Manchester Marathon

02 Apr 2017 – Marathon

Position Runner Gun Time Actual Time PB?*
1 Steven Ramek 03:09:12 Yes

Rome Marathon

02 Apr 2017 – Marathon

Position Runner Gun Time Actual Time PB?*
1 Jack Diamond 05:17:05 Yes

Brighton Marathon

09 Apr 2017 – Marathon

Position Runner Gun Time Actual Time PB?*
1 Chris Rawcliffe 02:58:33
2 Moustafa Fawzy 03:24:50 Yes
3 Kevin Parker 03:42:06
4 Matthew Vaughan 04:35:54 Yes
5 Iain Stevenson 05:14:54 Yes
6 Stacie Goodreid 05:56:47 Yes
7 Leah Currie 06:03:43 Yes

Boston Marathon

17 Apr 2017 – Marathon

Position Runner Gun Time Actual Time PB?*
1 Libby Marchant 03:33:52

London Marathon

23 Apr 2017 – Marathon

Position Runner Gun Time Actual Time PB?*
1 Alastair McGeoch-Williams 02:49:41
2 Joe Chang 03:09:31
3 Geoff Tookey 03:15:36 Yes
4 Christopher Howe 03:19:53 Yes
5 Rodney McCulloch 03:27:52
6 James King 03:43:10 Yes
7 Michael Street 03:47:48 Yes
8 Kirstie Mitchell 03:49:02
9 Victoria Haslam 03:54:19 Yes
10 Paula Henderson 03:54:55 Yes
11 Matthew Pritchard 04:08:12
12 Katherine Savage 04:13:20 Yes
13 Clare Le Voir 04:14:02 Yes
14 Jacqueline Chang 04:17:25 Yes
15 Laura Hooke 04:21:38 Yes
16 Malcolm Watts 04:38:20 Yes
17 Gemma Burt 04:55:25 Yes
18 Teresa Waller 05:19:33 Yes
19 Chris Gosling 05:33:21 Yes

* PBs are based on data available in the 26.2 records. If your result is incorrectly marked as a PB, please enter your correct. Log in to add your own results.

Training tops available to order

A new order window has opened for training tops. We have launched a new on-line shop to allow you to order these. You can get to the shop at: 26.2 RRC Shop.

In addition to the existing short sleeved tops, we are also now offering long sleeve options. The training tops all have a small logo on the front and large logo on the back.

Orders are being taken for training tops until 24th April 2017. Please get your order in by then.

Training tops are not official club kit. If you want to represent the club at events, please wear our official kit – an order window for official kit is now open until 18th May.

What are you waiting for? Get you top from the 26.2 RRC Shop now!

April Handicap Preview

With only 2 handicaps left for the 2016/17 season it is still tight at the top with Alan Harding 2nd place having gained 6 points on Mark Canning 1st place after the March Battle Royale which saw Mark slowing up with a minor injury. Ed Rowlands sits 6 points Alan in 3rd place meaning this months installment should be an interesting race.

March saw 4 first timers run the course with Gemma Burt, Ross Cameron and Freddie Constable crossing the finish line within a minute of each other in 1st, 2nd & 3rd position. Zero2Hero graduate Kristen Edwards was also a first timer starting with a slightly more realistic handicap time and finishing in 22nd place. There were 7 other PB’s and a total of 25 runners took part.

If anyone is able to help out this Wednesday evening please drop me an email or let me know at the club this evening so I can pop you on the list. If you are running please ensure you are wearing Hi-Vis and/or running lights. Please note we will be closing registration in the club at 7:15 to aim for a 7:30 start.

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

 

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