The first XC league fixture of the season was hosted by Kingston and Poly (K&P) on a wet and muddy day in Richmond Park.

There were 324 runners, 44 or which were from 26.2 – the largest represented club!

Of the 44, 15 were new to XC for 26.2.  Gentlemen take a bow:
Ben Chown, Paul Donohoe, Max Riley-Gould, Craig Partridge, Dom Woodbridge, Tom Sellen, Richard Hook, Chris Chapman, Loic Lize-Thir, Jon Kinsey, Ben Woods, Robert Pyke, Bob Dean, Yaswin Ladwa, Owen Jones

Our fastest runner on the day was Ben Chown who was a brilliant second overall. Our A team was 6th out of 9 and B team 3rd out of 8. Big shout out to Dom Woodbridge who stopped to help out another runner.

For full results see 

Once again thank you Ann Bath for providing the much needed hot drinks and cakes, to James and Nick for bringing a Gazebo and Joe Gonzalez who answered the call by  K&P for course marshals.

Remember not to throw away your number bib.

If you haven’t been allocated a number (check
but would like to run in future matches please contact me.

Finally, a new tradition was born with the XC Club Captain being walked back to the car park under the Gazebo!

Next Match: 9 Nov, 3pm,  Epsom Downs

Cross Country Captain: Paul Keddie

SEAA London Cross Country Championships

With the cross country season getting underway, the South of England London Cross Country Championships will be held on the 16th November at Parliament Hill Fields on Hampstead Heath. 

Cross Country running is hugely beneficial as you begin preparing for a spring marathon training cycle,  helping to build strength and endurance.

As with all these championship events, there will be present a field of top runners from the leading clubs across Greater London . While I hope our own strongest runners can take part, it would be great to have a big team show up from male and female senior and vet categories.

If you’re interested in taking part, please sign up at the following link.

>>> Entry Form Here <<<

You will need to do so by Wednesday 30th October so that the entry deadline can be met.

Surrey Cross Country League – Match 1 – Details

Reminder that next Saturday (12th Oct) is the first fixture of the Surrey XC League. It is also Grand Prix Event 5.

Ladies 1pm, Reigate,  Priory Park                                            course details
Men    3pm,  Richmond Park, near Isabella Plantation course details

All those who have expressed an interest in running have now been allocated a number which you will keep for the season.  You can check you are one by viewing the bib column in Number Allocation

What do you need to bring on the day?

  • be early so that you can be given your bib number
  • club vest + safety pins
  • trail or road shoes should be fine
  • clean pair of socks/shoes for afterwards is advisable
  • after the race remember not to throw away your bib!  you will need it for the other fixtures

Women: Ann Bath / Maria Cenalmor
Men: Paul Keddie
Full Fixture detail including links to FB groups

England Athletics Coached Sessions

The club has been lucky enough to secure three coached sessions with a leading England Athletics Coach. Tom Craggs is an England National Team coach and coaches a number of Great Britain elite athletes including Tracy Barlow – winner of the recent Richmond Half marathon.

Tom will be leading three sessions with the club over the coming months. These sessions will be designed to assist those looking to increase their speed at or build up to the longer distances and will be particularly useful for those targeting a spring marathon or half marathon – although all are welcome. The sessions will take place on the following dates (at 7pm)

  • 27th November (at the Harrier Centre/ Pool Road Track)
  • 11th December (at the club)
  • 29th January (at the track)

The sessions are free of charge and an excellent perk of our EA membership. You’ll just need to pay your track entry fee as usual for the November and January sessions.

A sign-up is available here:

>>> EA Coached Sessions Sign-up <<<

Please do register your interest so we know how many people to expect. Tom will be circulating an information sheet in advance of the sessions but if you have any questions in the mean time please contact Laura Hooke

SEAA Southern Road Relays 2019 – Results

The weather forecasts had for days been predicting thunderstorms and heavy rain on the day of the SEAA Road Running Relays, but in the end it turned out to be a fine day for three 26.2 RRC teams taking part in this high quality event featuring many of the best runners in the South of England.  A little drizzle but nothing that dampened the spirits, or performances.

A fourteen strong contingent descended on the Crystal Palace National Sports Centre to do the burple shirts proud. The three teams that took part were:

Senior Women: 1. Victoria Whelan; 2. Jacqueline Chang; 3. Megan Lewis; 4. Laura Hooke

Senior Men: 1. Ben Chown; 2. Anthony Whelan;  3. James Scanlon; 4. Dmitry Selemir; 5. Tim Bartholomew; 6. Chris Hutchinson

Vet Men: 1. Steve Nicholls; 2.Joe Chang; 3. David Maher; 4. Harry Kim

The cherry on the cake was finishing on top of our local rivals and mob match adversaries The Stragglers in both the Senior Women and Vet Men categories.  They didn’t field a Senior Men’s team alas.

Full results available from the SEAA website at the following link:





Track Session 7.15 for 7.30pm Wednesday 25 September 2019

Next Wednesday is our regular track session.  This is the final of four interval sessions focussing on improving our 5k times (see post of 22 August).  We will be running 1,2 and 3 minute intervals followed by 1,2 and 3 minutes recovery respectively, and then repeating this sequence for a total of three times (ie:1,2,3,1,2,3,1,2,3 minutes for a total of 18 minutes in the ‘red zone’).  I plan to be blowing a whistle to indicate when reps start and finish.

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 you to challenge one another.  Come and see whether you enjoy the thrill of running faster than we do at any other time in our training!

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.


GP4 – Northala Fields parkrun (Saturday 21st September)
We travel to Northala Fields parkrun this Saturday for the 4th race in the 2019/20 grand prix series. The course is a single 5km lap with free parking and café. All members are absolutely welcome to participate, a couple of important points to note:

1) Don’t forget you barcode.
2) Please ensure that you have 26.2 RRC listed as your running club under your parkrun profile. You can check this here:
3) Club colours (blue top with red and white stripe) must be worn. If you don’t have a club top you we can still include you in the results so long as you have one on order – please let Michael or Steve know.

The volunteer roster for Saturday is looking a little bleak. For those not running please do consider volunteering at the event. Visit to find out more.

GP5 – Surrey League XC (Saturday 12th October)
Start times now confirmed; ladies 1pm @ Priory Park, men’s 3pm @ Richmond Park.

GP6 – River Thames Half (Sunday 27th October)
Entries remain open, no on the day entries allowed.

New dates…

GP7 – RonHill Surrey Classic – Stage 2 (Sunday 3rd November)
Nonsuch park 10km, a lovely local run for lovely local people.

GP8 – The Hogs Back Road Race (Sunday 8th December)
11.4km road race around the Loseley Estate and over the Hogs Back in Surrey, which has been held for 58 years. A club favourite, free beer (probably).

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.


The start of a new cross country season is fast approaching with the first of four fixtures being on Saturday, 12 October.
The Ladies are at Priory Park, Reigate and the Men at Richmond Park. The first fixture is also Grand Prix Event 5.

The cross country events are a highlight of the club’s running calendar as they are a great opportunity to get out and run with other club members as a team.

All members are encouraged to take part in the Surrey XC league.
We welcome runners of all standards to these events

The events are free for 26.2 members but we do need to register  runners beforehand so please let us know if are interested.

Full fixture list:

Surrey XC League contacts: 
Men:     Paul Keddie                 Men’s facebook group
Ladies: Maria Cenalmor       Ladies’ facebook group


September Handicap Preview

The August handicap may have been lighter on numbers (41) but there were no shortages of showstoppers. In her sixth handicap appearance, Alice Pike set a huge PB to be first over the line with an elapsed time of 36:43 (actual: 23:03). Ben Chown stormed around to set a course record time (new course) of 16:16. Alice Tozer was back in town and capitalised on her recent top form to set a new female course record time on the revised route finishing in 18:26. 

After two races, James Scanlon holds a slim lead (68pts) over Kristen Edwards (67pts). Harry Kim (52pts) is currently in bronze position.

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 Danny 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.
  • Be mindful of the residents on The Byeways and keep noise to a minimum.
  • With the nights now closing in, for your own safety please wear a BRIGHT REFLECTIVE TOP to ensure you are visible to other pavement/road users.
  • Last but not least, have fun and enjoy the evening 🙂 

London Marathon Ballot – August update

For those of you dreaming of a place in the 2020 London Marathon and are unfortunate enough to be rejected in the public ballot due to be drawn in October, one of the perks of being part of a running club is that we are entitled to 2 free places each year. The club ballot is held at Christmas party.

click -> here <- for the updated tables.

To be eligible for the ballot, you must be a continuous paid up member since 1st February 2019 and complete the minimum 8 qualifying races. For a  reminder of the ballot rules, please read the following link -> here <-

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