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.
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.
The new club handicap season starts this evening (Wednesday 1st August). Who can challenge last season’s champion Lizzie Wilson?
For those of you new to this event, the monthly race starts towards the bottom end of the Byeways and sets out towards the Roystons before taking a left-hand turn. Each runner will complete 2 laps of the Berrylands loop before turning back up the Byeways and finishing around 30 meters short of the Crest at the top of the road.
Please ensure you arrive at the club promptly at 7pm to allow everyone time to register by 7:20 latest and the first runners are ready at the Byeways for a 7:30 start. Please note that turning up late to register on the start line does cause problems so if you are running late and want to take part please do message us to let us know.
We look forward to seeing a good turnout for this season first handicap and ask that anyone not able to run to come along to help out as the event cannot take place without volunteers. If you are coming along tonight to run your first ever club handicap, all you need to know is your current 5K time so we can give you a first start time. For those wanting to know more about how the handicap works please see the handicap page -> here <-
Mercifully, despite the current heat wave, the temperature dropped slightly on Sunday 22ndJuly for the Elmbridge 10k!
A change of start and finish line for this year’s event as runners started their race and charged their way to the finish on the track at the new athletics stadium at the Xcel Sports Hub in Walton on Thames.
The race is fast-flat-scenic out and back route along the towpath of the Thames towards Hampton Court. The route was exceptionally well marshaled despite a busy stretch of the river on the return leg due to the Molesey Regatta.
Our runners were out in force as we had 53 runners compete for points in the Grand Prix. The top three men were Alastair McGeoch-Williams (36:04), Joseph Gonzalez (37:07), and Tim Bartholomew (37:48). The top three women were Victoria Haslam (43:44), Kirstie Mitchell (47:23), and Laura Hooke (49:22). A special congratulations to Laura who managed her first sub 50 10k!
Well done to all those who took part; you definitely deserved your burgers and sausages at the Captain’s BBQ in the afternoon.
Full results can be found here.
The club regularly hires out the clock and gantry to support local races. This acts as a welcome revenue generated but relies on trustworthy volunteers to transport and assemble before the event and stick around to disassemble after the final finisher has completed their run. On Sunday 7th October, the club have once again agreed to hiring the clock and gantry for the Titsey Trail 10k race near Oxted, but our regular team of volunteers are unavailable. This is a fantastic, locally organised event, held on the Limpsfield Chart, a true cross-country course. In return, we are granted 2 free race entries and cover your fuel. If you are able to offer your help, please contact: captain [ at ] 26point2.co [ dot ] uk
Just a reminder to all that this Sunday (22nd) is the Captains BBQ at the Berrylands Scout hut on Sterling Walk. As usual the club will be supplying the meat, bread rolls and condiments, if you want salads, desserts and drink you will need to supply your own. Bev will once again be supplying the Veggie / Vegan options so if this is your option please do let her know ASAP so she can plan accordingly.
Grant will be lighting the BBQ around noon and all are welcome from noon onwards with food being served from around 1pm. Once everyone has had their fill we will commence with the usual fun and games of the Tug-O-War, Welly Wanging and maybe a 3 legged race or two. The afternoon usually starts to wind up around 5pm
Please bring the family for a fun afternoon (No running involved) and if you’re unsure of where the scout hut is situated see -> here <- for a map.
I would also like to thanks both Bev and Grant in advance for offering their culinary skills once again and I look forward to seeing you all on Sunday
Next Wednesday’s track session will focus on training for the shorter distances. If you have never done track before, do not be put off; we will run separate groups for differing speeds.
Track sessions provide focussed speed work that does wonders for improving speeds over all distances, and offer the exhilaration of running faster than we do at any other time.
This month, targeting improvements to handicap and 5k times, we will be doing 8x400m (or 7x400m for the less experienced) with 200m recovery between each rep.
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 an extra layer for the warm-up and warm-down and some water if it is hot. The entry fee 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.
Following our success last year, the club are again looking to send a group to this years’ road relays. A highly competitive event and therefore only suggest the “faster” end of the club consider entering.
Held on Sunday 23rd September at the Crystal Palace National Sports Centre. Full details on the SEAA website here
- Senior & Vet Women 4 x 4.5km
- Vet Men 4 x 6km
- Senior Men 6 x 6km
All runners must be first claim members and registered with England Athletics.
Following on from tonight’s announcement, I would like to confirm the Wednesday night sessions for the upcoming weeks:
Wednesday 11th July – Green Lane circuits (led by Danny Norman)
Wednesday 18th July – Hills (Roystons)
Wednesday 25th July – Track
Wednesday 1st August – Club Handicap
There will be no July club handicap.
We had another fantastic evening of running at the Imber Court relays on the 26th June. We had 44 teams participating in what was a really exciting event. Runners lined up at the finish area to cheer in their team mates which heightened the atmosphere and made for some truly memorable finishes.
Alex Dunbar from the Up and Running Social Running Group, ran all four legs himself. Ollie Garrod from Epsom and Ewell was the quickest runner on the night completing his leg in 8:04.
Full results can be found here
A big thank you to all the volunteers and Race Director John Bennett who made sure the evening ran smoothly. We hope all the runners had a great evening and we are looking forward to seeing you all next year.