Your Cross Country team needs you!

The cross country season is about to start! Please make sure you have the dates below in your diary! Cross country is open to everyone, so give it a try! 
 
The club competes in the Cross Country Surrey League. Ladies are in division two and men are in division four, and they run in different locations. The ladies times vary depending on the event. 
 
If you are interested or need more information, please ask Maria Cenalmor at secretary [ at ] 26point2.co [ dot ] uk or Mark Cannings. Both are normally at the club on Mondays. If you have access to Facebook, both Mark and Maria will also be glad to add you to the Cross Country Facebook messenger group. 
 
Finally, 26.2 RRC is hosting the ladies cross country match on 10 November. If you are not planning to run, please volunteer to help. 
 
The dates for Cross Country Surrey League are:
 
Saturday, October 13th:

Men: Roundshaw (Croydon Airport),  3pm, hosts Collingwood and Tamworth.
Ladies: Putney Vale, 1pm, hosts Thames Hare & Hounds.

Saturday, November 10th:

Men: Epsom Downs 3pm,  hosts West 4 Harriers, Epsom Oddballs, Holland Sports and Vets AC.
Ladies: Nonsuch Park, Cheam, 11am, hosts 26.2 RRC.
 
Saturday,  January 12th:

Men: Oxshott Woods, 2.30pm, hosts Elmbridge.
Ladies: Happy Valley, Coulson, 1pm, hosts South London Harriers.

Saturday, February 9th:

Men: Lloyd Park, Croydon 12.30pm, hosts Vets AC and Holland Sports.
Ladies: Richmond Park, Kingston end, 11am, hosts Kingston Poly and Fulham RC.
Ladies from the 26.2 RRC Cross Country team during a previous season

Track Session 7.15 for 7.30pm Wednesday 26 September

The next Grand Prix event is the Club 3,000m track race at the Harrier Centre on Wednesday 10 October.  This makes next Wednesday’s track session a must do training event.  With this in mind, the session will be 5 or 6x600m with 200m recovery. There will be groups running at different speeds designed so that this works for all our runners.  This month’s session will be led by Steve Ramek.

It will be held 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 ground 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 speeds over all distances, so this is targeted at all runners, even if you have never run on a track before. 

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 an extra layer for the warm-up and warm-down and some water if it is hot.  The entry is £2.70.

Please be considerate of other track users; other local running clubs will also be training there that evening.

David Pimm

London Marathon Ballot

With only 3 months to go until the London marathon ballot, I thought I would be a good time to update you on who has completed or close to completing enough qualifying events, click -> here <- for the updated tables.

For those hoping to enter the ballot, please check the list to see if you have qualified by participating in the minimum 8 events. For a  reminder of the ballot rules, please read the following link -> here <- 

With only a handful of qualifying races remaining between now and the ballot being held at the Christmas Party (date TBC), there is no better time to start planning your races.

If you spot any discrepancies with the tables, please drop me an email captain [ at ] 26point2.co [ dot ] uk

A run along the river – River Relay results 2018

Congratulations to all runners who completed the River Relays on Sunday 9th September 2018.

This year, 26.2 entered 6 teams. All teams performed exceptionally well and our A team  (Joseph Gonzalez, Daisy Street, Chris Rawcliffe, Tim Bartholomew and our club Captain Alastair McGeoch-Williams)  came in 2nd place with a time of 02:47:38! An absolutely fantastic result.  

Leg 1 and 2 runners at the ready!

Full results can be found here.

Many thanks to all who represented the club and provided transportation. It was great to see so many club members out supporting as well as at the barbecue at the Hawker centre in the afternoon.

Leg three and four runners ready for the off!

Leg five runners ready to bring home the baton! 

September Handicap Preview

August’s club handicap saw a record turnout of 63 runners completing the 3 mile, 2 lap circuit of Berrylands. Daniel Clark was first past the post, closely followed by David Coleman, on only his 3rd appearance. Joseph Gonzalez recorded the fastest time of the evening with a very respectable 17:32.

As the competition moves into the second fixture, of season, will Daniel maintain his winning start or will somebody else challenge him for the lead?

For full details of 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 Steve Ramek or myself in advance to register – this helps alleviate last minute panic trying to sign-in runners at the start line.
  • Be mindful of the residents and keep noise to a minimum.
  • If you are unable to run but can help out please make yourself known to the handicap organisers
  • As the evenings draw in, please wear a BRIGHT REFLECTIVE TOP and perhaps bring a headtorch as the light will be fading towards the end of the run.
  • Last but not least, have fun and enjoy the evening 🙂

GP5 – Maidenhead Half Marathon

The first half marathon of the 2018/2019 Grand Prix season and strong and upbeat 26.2 team was present. Just when we thought the summer was over, the sun came out to say hello and warmed all the runners as we stood at the start ready for the off. 

A well organised, fast, flat race with good marshals allowed some of our runners to give stellar performances. Of particular note should be Richard Hook who smashed his PB by over 5 minutes and Joseph Gonzalez (1:21:41) by over 3 minutes. The husband and wife team Lorenzo and Valfre di Bonzo (1:29:05) and Viola Nicastro (1:59:12)  also bagged amazing PBs. Also Diana Kimura (1:48:53) also achieved an excellent PB with superb pacing.  Admirable performances also came from Tim Bartholomew and Nick Murray who completed parkrun followed by an extremely muddy 8.5 mile ‘NUTS challenge’ obstacle course only yesterday! 

Well done to the runners who made it and thank you to Ann for the cakes! 

Track Session 7.15 for 7.30pm Wednesday 29 August

Next Wednesday is our regular track session, with the exhilaration of running faster than we do in any other training session.  This will be held 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 ground 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 speeds over all distances, so this is targeted at all runners, even if you have never run on a track before. 

We will be doing the popular ‘pyramid’ session building from short (200m) up to mid distance (800m) and back down.  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 an extra layer for the warm-up and warm-down and some water if it is hot.  The entry is £2.70 but best to bring £3.00 to be sure.

Please be considerate of other track users; other local running clubs will also be training there that evening.

David Pimm

Beat Box Hill 5k

We are fortunate to have been offered two free places for a new event called “Beat Box Hill 5k” (2.5k up, 2.5k down) on the zig zag as a closed road on 30th September. If you would be interested in attending can you please contact Bev by emailing kit [ at ] 26point2.co [ dot ] uk by Tuesday 14th August. 

Training runs Wednesday 8 August 2018

As an experiment, will be running an intervals session on Wednesday 8 August, rather than the long run publicised on the club calendar.

Speedwork is a critical part of our training programme if we want to improve speed, and this will be ideally suited to those running the Wimbledon 5k Dash this coming Sunday.

On this occasion we will be running 4,5 or 6 1/2  mile reps around a loop on pavements in Berrylands (Raeburn, Greenfield, Grand and Elmbridge Avenues).   We meet at the club house at the usual time and then jog a short distance to the start.

There will be groups running at different speeds, hopefully  to suit all comers.

David Pimm

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