Week 2 Challenges

First of all, thanks to everyone who took part in week 1. If you are yet to submit results from your week 1 challenges, please do so here.

Week 2 Challenges – Tuesday 31st March to Monday 6th April

This week’s training challenge is to complete a 4 x 800m (or longer) interval session. More details on this session are below.

There will also be points awarded for keeping up your training as recorded by:

    • Number of days that you go out and run.
    • Total distance covered in the week.

Interval session details

We want you to achieve consistent pacing across each split. At the end of the week, we will request that you send us:

    • Length of your interval course (please use a 800m / half mile course minimum).
    • Your first four 800m splits. If you want to do more, please just send us the first 4 splits.

You will earn points ranked against others in your division for:

    • Consistent pacing of each split.
    • Pace at which you complete the intervals.

The points will be more heavily weighted to consistency however we will also be rewarding pace to ensure that people are encouraged to push themselves rather than going easy to try and get a more consistent set of results.

We hope you enjoy this week’s training session!

You can get the all the details of the Virtual Race League here. This includes links to results and league tables.

Virtual Race League – Launch Results & Week 1 Challenges

Launch 5k results

We had 90 runners complete our virtual 5k. The overall winner was Joseph Gonzalez in a fabulous time of 16:45! First lady was Victoria Whelan after posting 19:52 (only just ahead of Verity Nott in 20:03).

Other key results were:

  • David Pimm put in a strong run to register the biggest improvement on his recent form.
  • Jack Hollingsworth showed the biggest improvement on the PB submitted.
  • Tommy Street gave the best relative junior performance, beating his old 5k PB by 13 seconds with a time of 23:23.

Unofficial PBs were achieved by:

  • Joseph Gonzalez (16:45 from 16:50)
  • Craig Partridge (19:44 from 20:15)
  • Matthew Hoare (20:22 from 20:35)
  • Harry Kim (20:44 from 21:40)
  • Tommy Street (23:23 from 23:36)
  • Aron Sibley (23:40 from 24:14)
  • Jack Hollingsworth (28:32 from 20:40)
  • Lauren Smith (32:09 from 32:53)
  • Brenda Robertson (37:19 from 37:30)

We will be running the virtual 5k again this week, however this time, the results count towards a Mob Match against The Stragglers! Make sure you all get out there again and post your best 5k efforts.

League details

A league has been created and runners put into 5 divisions. You can see the new league tables here: Virtual League Tables – Week 1.

League positions will be adjusted using points earned in challenges. At the end of each week we will see 4 people promoted and demoted in each of the divisions.

Week 1 challenges

This weeks challenges are:

  1. Run on as many days as possible.
  2. Complete another virtual 5k and try to improve on last week’s time.
  3. Within each division you will be ranked on:
    1. Longest run
    2. Virtual 5k finish time

The scores assigned to each are available at the side of the league table: Virtual League Tables – Week 1.

The challenges include all runs completed between Tuesday 24th March and Monday 30th March.

You can submit your results here: Week 1 Results Entry

Club Night

Thanks to everyone that came along to club night. If anyone wants to watch back you can get the recording here: Virtual Club Night – Week 1. In future weeks I hope to be able to give you a link to a video of just the announcement of results and challenges to make these more easily viewable.

We will be holding club night again next week on Wednesday at 8:30pm.

26.2 RRC Virtual Club Night – 25th March

We are holding our first virtual club night tonight at 8:30 pm. Please do join us using the details below. If you have not used Zoom before, we recommend downloading the app to your device before the session.

26.2 RRC is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: 26.2 RRC Virtual Club Night
Time: Mar 25, 2020 08:30 PM London
Every week on Wed
Mar 25, 2020 08:30 PM

Join Zoom Meeting: https://us04web.zoom.us/j/849379880

Meeting ID: 849 379 880


26.2 RRC Virtual Race League

While we are currently not able to meet in person, we need to look for alternative ways to come together as a club. With the race calendar suddenly empty many of us are also looking for new goals to keep up our motivation to go out and run. We are at a time in the year where many people will be in peak fitness due to training schedules that have been interrupted and we would like to give you something to make the most of that.

Virtual Race League

We plan to put together a ladder league where we can have some friendly competition as we are forced to train on our own. Participating runners will be grouped into a ladder which will then be split into smaller divisions. Runners will be seeded on the ladder based on their parkrun PB, those with faster times will start further down the ladder. By completing weekly challenges, you will get points that will let you move up and down the ladder.

The virtual races will come in the form of weekly training challenges. Everyone will have the chance to complete some or all of these challenges to earn points. At the end of the week, the people with the most points will be moved up the ladder and others will drop down in a series of promotions and relegations. The challenges will cover a range of training aspects, not just focusing on speed. Each week there will be something different perhaps covering steady pacing, distance or speed.

The challenges will all be designed to be completed alone so that everyone can maintain the required social distancing. They should all be completed with respect for the latest guidance from the government. Depending on the restrictions placed on us, the training challenges may need to be suspended or adapted. The virtual race league is just for fun, your health and safety always takes priority. If you are uncomfortable with the format of any of the challenges, please let us know.

Starting the league

If you are interested in taking part, please sign up here! 

We are going to start off with a weekend challenge. All you need to do is go out and run or walk 5k on either Saturday or Sunday (21st/22nd March). Although parkrun has been cancelled, this will still encourage everyone to get out for a bit of fresh air and much needed time to clear your heads. We will publish the results with rankings for overall pace as well as comparing your result to your 5k PB. Please do not run on parkrun courses at 9am on Saturday. We have been asked not to use these areas. If you do your 5k there at this time, you will be disqualified from the virtual league.

Please record your results on your favourite run tracking app. If using Strava, we will look to collect your details directly. If using any other platform, please submit results to website [ at ] 26point2.co [ dot ] uk.

We will be looking to establish a group where we can discuss the training challenges via WhatsApp or Facebook. We will have weekly broadcast sessions where the next week of training challenges will be issued and we can have a bit of interaction.

Wishing you all the best at this difficult time.


In light of government announcements on the 16 March advising that we should avoid non-essential social contact with others, including going to sporting events, pubs, clubs, theatres and social venues, all 26.2 club training and competitive events have been suspended until further notice.  This is in line with England Athletics advice issued this morning: https://www.englandathletics.org/athletics-and-running/news/coronavirus-statement/.

Any changes to our position will be posted to this website.

I know that many will be bitterly disappointed after working hard for various events including spring marathons.  But we are committed to working together for the health of all our members and the wider community. 

England Athletics encourages where possible, athletes and runners at all levels to maintain their own personal fitness and keep active during this time, while following government guidelines about safe distance and safe exercise environments.


We have been monitoring guidance from England Athletics(EA) in relation to the potential impact of the coronavirus, COVID-19, on running events and running clubs: https://d192th1lqal2xm.cloudfront.net/2020/03/Coronavirus-Statement-to-be-read-at-events.pdf?utm_source=emailmarketing&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=coronavirus_statement_to_club_secs&utm_content=2020-03-12

Based on that and more general government advice, we at present see no reason to curtail our normal club running events or entry in races.  Members should, of course, make their own decision about whether to attend and feel no pressure to do so, especially if in high risk categories.

Race organisers will be making decisions on whether their events can continue (we have none planned for the near future).  If Grand Prix events are cancelled or delayed, they will generally be withdrawn from our Grand Prix schedule and appropriate adjustments made accordingly.

We will continue to monitor developments, including through EA.

We recommend that club members read and observe the advice contained in the statement referred to in the link above and in particular:

  • Observe government advice regarding hand-washing, sneezing etc
  • Self-isolate if recommended to do so by medical practitioners or the government guidance (eg if returning from certain parts of the world), including not attending club events
  • Stay away from club events if you develop flu-like symptoms for any reason, or have a high temperature or a new continuous cough
  • Feel no pressure to shake hands or have any physical contact with other club members
  • Be aware of government travel guidance if travelling to running fixtures.

Your support in helping us all stay fit and healthy is much appreciated.

March Handicap Preview

The February handicap saw 33 members complete the two lap course of Berrylands. Laura Humphrey was first across the line (actual 29:25 / recorded 37:55), followed by Ross Lane and Kirsty Lombard. Former Chairman Joe Chang recorded the fastest time on the night (18:15), closely followed by our leading lady, Erica Golland, once again improving on her previous best to finish in a very speedy 18:37.

As the season enters its final stages, Chris Dormer still holds onto his lead (198pts). Graeme Maisey reduced the deficit to 15pts, sitting on (183pts), and Aron Sibley completes the podium positions with another strong run (175pts). Rike Jones (9th) is the leading female (132pts). 

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 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 the handicap at 7:30pm.
  • Be mindful of the residents on The Byeways and keep noise to a minimum.
  • For your own safety please wear a BRIGHT REFLECTIVE TOP to ensure you are visible to other road/pavement users.
  • Last but not least, have fun and enjoy the evening.

Track session

Track Session 7.15 for 7.30pm – 26th February 2020

Next Wednesday is our regular track session, with the exhilaration of running faster than we do in any other training session.

Track sessions provide a focussed speed session that works wonders for improving speeds over all distances.  If you have never done track before, do not be put off; bring some friends of a similar speed to challenge one another.

The track session on Wednesday will be led by James Walsh. It will be differentiated for those running spring half or full marathons and those working towards improving 5k and 10k times. 

For those working towards marathons, its ideal to cover intervals which are longer in length or distance to build speed endurance. Perfect for mid way through your training block! Therefore, we will be covering 800s at 10k effort. 

For those working towards improving their 5k or 10k times we will be covering shorter distance intervals of 200 and 400 with progressive efforts to build speed and increase V02 max. 

The track session will be 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.

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 clothing for the warm-up and warm-down.  The entry fee is £2.80.

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

Surbiton's friendly running club. Open to runners of all standards, fast or slow. We participate in local races of all distances.