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 ] 26point2.co [ 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.

November Handicap Preview

October’s club handicap saw 56 runners completing the 2 lap circuit of Berrylands. Welcome to first timers Amber Marriot, Max Riley, Katie Bebbington, Maria Higgins, and Tony Ruff. Joseph Gonzalez once again clocked the fastest time of the evening, shaving a few more seconds off his PB with a blistering 17:14. Victoria Haslam was the fastest female, recording her fastest time on the course for over 2 years with 20:30.

As the competition moves into the fourth fixture of season, Daniel Clark (94pts) leads Richard Hall (90pts) by 4 points, with Ed Rowland (81pts) holding off the chasing pack 9 points adrift in 3rd.

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 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 message Steve Ramek 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 🙂

Men’s XC Match 2 – 10th Nov. 3pm Epsom Downs

In the first Surrey League cross country match we had 26 runners. Not quite 26.2 but the largest turnout of any club in division three. 5 runners (Tim B, Lorenzo, Dmitry, Graeme and James W) took part from the club who had never run in the league before. Our A Team got a credible 5th place (at the end of last year we were 6th) AND our newly discovered B Team got an impressive 2nd place (out of all other B Teams).

The next XC match is a week on Saturday (more detail here), is it possible for us to improve on any of the above? If you are interested in taking part please let me (Mark Cannings) know. I will be around at track and club or can be contacted via Facebook. Cross country is open to everyone in the club (it is only around 5 miles for men, albeit a more challenging 5 miles than on the road).

Finally, can I encourage men running in the cross country to also volunteer (part of event) at the Ladies XC. The club is hosting the Ladies XC match at Nonsuch on the same day. It is possible to help out there and run in the men’s match. I feel that it is important for us to support the league (sign up here)

Track Session 7.15 for 7.30pm Wednesday 31 October

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.  The entry is £2.70.

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

Remaining GP 2018/19 fixtures announced

After another fantastic turnout for last week’s GP event at the Harrier Centre we are pleased to announce the remaining fixtures for the 2018/19 GP season.

GP9 Tadworth 10, a challenging 10 mile course at Epsom Downs. There is an early bird discount which runs until 31st October.

GP10 Dash for the Splash, an awesome cross country race through Wimbledon Common. Bring your trail shoes/wellies.

GP11 Surrey Half marathon, a fast, fully-closed course around Woking and Guildford, a 20% discount code is available via the GP page.

GP12 Thames Towpath 10, a 10 mile multi-terrain race along the Thames towpath around Kew.

Full details of the GP events including how to enter, discount codes (you must be logged in to view these) and the updated GP tables can be found on the GP pages.

XC sign ups – Volunteer to host ladies event and run London championships

We have two cross country events that we are looking for members to take part in. The first is a very important call for volunteers to help host the next ladies XC event on 10th November in Nonsuch park. We then have the London XC championships on 17th November at Parliament hill. 

>>> Volunteer for ladies XC here <<<

>> Sign-up for London XC championships here <<<

More details follow…

Continue reading XC sign ups – Volunteer to host ladies event and run London championships

GP6 info for runners and volunteers

GP6, 3,000 metres at the Harrier Centre takes place this coming Wednesday 10th October. Entry to the track is free, but please make yourself known to reception staff on arrival so that they can keep tabs on numbers. Please aim to arrive by 7:10pm for a warm-up and be ready to start the race at 7:20pm.

The 7.5 lap race will most likely be run in 2 waves and you can choose to run in either. To get an idea of how many people will be in each wave, where the cut-off time will be and who is able to help out with volunteering please complete this registration form.

Reminder of the GP rules:

In order for their performance to score in a Grand Prix event, members must visibly wear the official club top (vest or t-shirt). If a member is new to the club they must have a current kit order in place for a club top to be delivered in the next order window to be eligible to score GP points. (This decision will be at the discretion of club GP Organisers).

October Handicap Preview

September’s club handicap saw another record turnout with 68 runners completing the 3 mile, 2 lap circuit of Berrylands. Welcome to first timer Alessandra Maina who under-estimated her speed and was first past the post on the night finishing in 29:10. Joseph Gonzalez improved on his previous best to record the fastest time of the evening with 17:22.

As the competition moves into the third fixture of season, Daniel Clark and Richard Hall are tied at the top of the table with 64 points each, closely followed by Lorenzo Valfre  4 points adrift.

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 Steve Ramek 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
  • 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 🙂

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