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 ] [ 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 ] [ 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.

Track session 7.15 for 7.30pm, Wednesday 28 November 2018

Next Wednesday is our monthly track session.  Running short, faster intervals in a speed session is an important part of our overall training programme, building endurance and speed.  There is a tradition in the running world of running  ‘paarlauf’ (pair run) in the build up to Christmas.  So do bring along your Santa hats or other (early) festive attire!  There will be pairs to match all abilities and we will each run 7 or 8 intervals of 600m, interspersed with a 200m recovery timed to match your partner’s 600m.

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.

Do bring warm clothing for before and after and perhaps waterproofing – and encourage others of  similar speed to come along so that we all have suitable partners.

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.  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 – Updated

With only 1 month to go until the London marathon ballot, now is the time to update you on who has completed or close to completing enough qualifying events, click -> here <- for the updated tables.

19 members are either 1 or 2 races short of reaching the minimum 8 races required to meet the qualification criteria. Ballot rules found -> here <-

The Jigsaw 10k (25th Nov) and Club 5k Championships (parkrun TBC on 15th Dec) are the only two qualifying races between now and the ballot being held at the Christmas Party on Wednesday 19th December.

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

A Record Turnout at Men’s XC

Well done to everyone taking part at the men’s cross country yesterday both runners and support crew. So many great pictures and as always great cakes (thanks Ann).

At the start I knew we had a good turnout as I was surrounded by a sea of blurple. 34 men ran! (I believe) that is a new club record! It was also great that we had 6 men new to the XC team (although technically, one is someone returning from a long absence). Welcome Howell Jones, Matthew Cook, Harry Kim, Craig Bowdery, David Maher (welcome back) and Samuel Vassall (don’t forget to keep your number safe for the next XC match).

Our A Team was 5th and B Team was 2nd (amongst B Teams). A full set of results can be found here

Look forward to seeing you all, and some more new people!, at the next XC match – 3pm, 12th Jan Oxshott.

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