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
After a successful 2017/18 season, I would like to highlight the following events for your diaries:
Saturday 17th November – London XC Championships, Parliament Hill
Saturday 5th January – Surrey XC Championships, Lloyd Park
Saturday 26th January – South of England XC Championships, Parliament Hill
I will post up a sign-up sheet closer to the time of each event.
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!
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 🙂
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!
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.
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.