Men’s XC Match 3: Oxshott Woods 12th Jan

Less than a week to the next Surrey League Men’s Cross-Country match, Saturday 12th Jan, 2:30pm Oxshott Woods (Start is 1 minute walk from Oxshott National rail station Car Park KT22 0TA, £4 for parking – free parking is available elsewhere).

Surrey League XC is open to all (men will need to be able to run 5 miles), you just need to wear a club top and have a number. Those who have run already this season, don’t forget to bring your number. Those who haven’t, please let me (Mark Cannings) know, at club, via facebook and now also via email:
crosscountry[at]26point2.co[dot]uk

Last match saw a record turnout and a sea of blurple can we repeat that?

* Please note Ladies XC match 3 has been postponed until March.

Green Belt Relay 2019 – Sign up

Green Belt Relay – 18th / 19th May 2019

We are now taking names for entrants into this year’s Green Belt Relay. If you are interested in joining one of our teams, please sign up using the google form below:

>>> Sign-up here! <<<

The Green Belt Relay is a team running relay around London. The course is a 220 mile loop around the green spaces surrounding London. The course roughly follows the M25. You can find out more about the event in their website: http://www.greenbeltrelay.org.uk/

Our runners must run on both Saturday and Sunday. All members are welcome to enter the event however please keep in mind that you will be expected to run an average of 20 miles across the two days (some do less, some do more). There are cut-offs on each stage however our runners have missed these in the past. You will need to be happy to navigate the course yourself using a paper map that all competitors must carry.

We are looking for 22 runners however there are often drop-outs near the day so please add yourselves to the reserve list if we already have 22 runners signed up.

To allow us to start early on the Sunday (first leg at 8am) we encourage members to stay in a Premier Inn in Essex. There is a fixed cost for members staying out (to be announced but it is usually around £30).

If you want to know more about the event. Please ask around the club from people who have run before. The best way to learn about this is from previous runner experience.

>>> Sign-up here! <<<

January Handicap Preview

The December club handicap saw 48 runners completing the 2 lap circuit of Berrylands, including 2 debutants. Welcome to first timers Kate Hancock and Jonathan Lush. The fastest time of the evening was clocked by Dmitry Selemir in 18:43. Carla Cotton was the fastest female on the night finishing in 22:01. 

At the half-way point in the season, John Reardon (139pts) remains at the top of the table, with Mark Cannings (134pts) hot on his heels. Yaz Ladwa (120pts) has stormed up the table and now sits in the bronze medal position.

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 we kindly ask you to note the following:

  • If you are able to volunteer please let Steve Ramek, Bev  or myself know in advance. We are always grateful for an extra pair of hands.
  • 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, send a message to 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
  • For your own safety please wear a BRIGHT REFLECTIVE TOP and suggest bring a head-torch to ensure you are visible to other pavement/road users.
  • Last but not least, have fun and enjoy the evening 🙂

London Marathon Ballot

As 2018 draws to a close, it’s time for another Christmas party and more importantly, another London marathon ballot! The tables have now been updated and can be seen -> here <-

To qualify for the ballot you must have run at least 8 of the qualifying events since 1st January 2018. If you believe you have run the minimum 8 races but are not showing as having done so, please drop me an email at captain [ at ] 26point2.co [ dot ] uk by Monday evening (17th).

This year I would ideally like to know ahead of time those who wish to enter as I need to double check eligibility in terms of all aspects of the ballot rules which you can find -> here <- 

To enter the ballot please drop me an email captain [ at ] 26point2.co [ dot ] uk. Entries close at 9pm on Wednesday 19th December with draw to take place at around 9:30pm during the Christmas Party in the club bar.

Good luck to everyone entering, we have 2 club places for the 2019 London marathon therefore you have far higher odds at being successful than with the public ballot.

Surrey and Southern XC Championships – last call

This Sunday, 16 December is the last chance to sign up for the Surrey or Southern Cross-Country championships.  See details and link to sign up in 6 December post below.

So far we have 5 men at each (6 to score) and no women (4 to score)!  It would be great to have 2 more men, because if I have to score, we are in trouble!

It would be better still to have a women’s team as well – come along ladies.

Surrey & Southern XC Championships – Sign up!

As previously posted, we hope to enter men’s and women’s teams in the following major cross-country championships:

Saturday 5th January – Surrey XC Championships, Lloyd Park, Croydon

  • 11.45  Senior women 8km – 4 to score
  • 13.45  Senior men 12km – 6 to score

Saturday 26th January – South of England XC Championships, Parliament Hill

  • 14.05  Senior women 8km – 4 to score
  • 14:50  Senior men 15km – 6 to score

Distances are approximate.

These are probably events for our faster members as they attract the very best cross-country runners from Surrey and the South of England respectively and time cut-offs apply.

Competitors must have been born, or live, in Surrey or the South of England respectively, be paid up members of England Athletics and be first claim 26.2.  Club vests must be worn.

If you would like to run in either or both, please sign up below by 16 December.  You will need your EA number.

>>> XC Championships Sign Up! <<<

Hoping for a strong team to beat last year’s performances!

 

December handicap preview

The November club handicap saw 48 runners completing the 2 lap circuit of Berrylands. Welcome to first timers Nina Kale, Laura Willoughby, Simon Delafosse, Harry Kim, and Laura McSharry. The fastest time of the evening was clocked by Joseph Gonzalez in a rapid 17:27. Victoria Haslam was the fastest female, recording a seasons best with 20:03.

After 4 races, John Reardon has leap-frogged Daniel Clark into 1st (112pts), with the chasing pack led by Mark Cannings (109pts), Daniel Clark (105pts), and Richard Hall (103pts).

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 we kindly ask you to note the following:

  • If you are able to volunteer please let Steve Ramek, Bev  or myself know in advance. We are always grateful for an extra pair of hands.
  • 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, send a message to 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
  • For your own safety please wear a BRIGHT REFLECTIVE TOP and suggest bring a head-torch to ensure you are visible to other pavement/road users.
  • Last but not least, have fun and enjoy the evening 🙂

26.2 RRC vs The Stragglers Mob Match – Sunday 9th December

With less than a week to go until the biggest event in our calendar, I wanted to share the details ahead of the day as we look to once again show our local rivals who is the best club in the area. Having won the mob in 2016 and 2017, we are heading for a hatrick!
 
The mob match format is different to regular events. The main prize is for the “mob”; bring along family, friends,  colleagues, neighbours, dogs (yes there is even a prize for the fastest dog!). The club with the biggest representation take the mob match prize and the losers get the stuffing!
 

There is also a prize for winning the “match”, which is the club with the fastest participants (Stragglers have previously won this), along with individual prizes for the first running  seniors and juniors.
 

The 4 mile route followings the parkrun course along the towpath to Teddington Lock, before heading right to Riverside Drive, take a left and follow the road to  Ham House, before heading back to the Hawker Centre.

Race details:

Date: Sunday 9th December 2018
Venue: The Hawker Centre, Kingston (same venue as parkrun)
Registration: 09:30am.
You will need to register and get a race number.
There is a £1 entry fee payable on the day (no need to register before the day).
Start time: 10:00am for walkers / kids, 10:30am for runners

Following the race there will be a buffet and presentation.  We are doing away with the raffle this year and instead will be nominating a charity to donate the entry fees into (don’t forget to bring a £1 per entrant).

Don’t forget to wear your club tops to show the Stragglers who they are up against. See you all on Sunday!

GP8 – change of venue, volunteers required

Given the ongoing discussions regarding the future of Kingston parkrun we have taken the considered decision to relocate GP8 (December 15th) to Osterley parkrun.

Osterley has a scenic, firm, flat winter course, free parking (for those showing a parkrun barcode) and a lovely, large café.

It would be great if we were able to muster a number of volunteers for the event. If you aren’t planning to run but can spare the time please offer your services to the Osterley office via osterleyhelpers [ at ] parkrun [ dot ] com (specifying Saturday December 15th of course!).

GP8 at Osterley would be a great introduction for any members yet to experience a grand prix event. Grand prix events are open to absolutely all members, head over to the GP website for further details.

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