EA Coaching Wednesday 7.00pm 11 December

Following a great coaching session with Tom Craggs, England coach last week, we have the second of three sessions  on Wednesday week (11 December). Now that we have seen the sessions in action, we have changed the location of next week’s session which will now take place at the Poole Road athletics track in Ewell, just as the last one.  This will be so much more effective for Tom to manage the session and to be able to interact with everyone as they run.  Please note that this is different from the original plan and post to the website.

The Poole Road athletics track in Ewell, otherwise known as the Harrier Centre or King George V recreation ground, 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 at 7.00 pm ready to start. Tom will lead the warm up so there is no need to warm up in advance of the session. Bring clothing for the warm-up and warm-down and for during the Q & A session at the end of training session. The entry fee is £2.80.

Please be considerate of other track users; other local running clubs will also be training there that evening (for their Christmas special!).

The focus is on practical sessions and advice with 3 organised sessions spread over a 12 week period focused towards developing Half/Marathon fitness and each sees us completing running specific warm up, main session and cool down. The sessions are opportunities to experience different types of training sessions, warm up and cool downs but also give an informal opportunity for Q&As and sharing of training advice and ideas.

London Marathon Club Ballot – Registration

As 2019 draws to a close, it’s time for another Christmas party and more importantly, another London marathon ballot!

For 4 members, there is still chance to reach the minimum of 8 qualifying events since 1st January 2019, with the Hogs Back Road Race this coming Sunday (8th Dec). The current tables can be found -> here <-

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 ] 26point2.co [ dot ] uk. Entries close at 9pm on Wednesday 18th December with the 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 2020 London marathon therefore you have far higher odds at being successful than with the public ballot.

 

Mob Match Results

Thank you to everyone that came out today to participate in the annual 26.2 RRC vs The Stragglers mob match. We were very pleased to welcome everyone from The Stragglers to our home fixture hosted at the British Legion in Surbiton. Due to some roadworks and lack of availability of the recreation ground we completed a slightly shorter course than normal, finishing in Fishponds park after around 5.3km.

There were 219 finishers and 25 volunteers that took part today. 26.2 RRC took a clear lead the mob prize (162 participants against 82) so were pleased to once hand over the stuffing! For those wanting to know the number of legs this was 352 for 26.2 RRC vs 168 for The Stragglers.

In terms of the match prize, this was originally called for 26.2 RRC however this was done on an all comers basis taking the first 78 finishers from each club regardless of how they completed the course. If this is restricted to taking just the runners (excluding dogs/walkers/non-wheelchair wheels), with 67 to score from each club then The Stragglers take the runners match prize.

Individual prizes all go to 26.2 RRC members. First, the Buster trophy is taken for another year by Bobby the dog, finishing in a time of 24:05. Well done also to Ben Chown (17:06) and Victoria Whelan (20:39) who lead the human field.

Complete results are available online at:

>> Complete Mob Match Results <<<

Apologies in advance for incorrect spellings of names. We already know there are many of these!

Thank you to the 25 volunteers that made the event happen today, and particular thanks to Bev Gow who acted as race director. We look forwards to next year’s mob match!

Mob Match vs The Stragglers – 1st December 2019

This Sunday is a very important date in the club calendar, our annual mob match against the Stragglers will be taking place. In recent years we have been victorious which we aim to repeat this year. Our record membership levels will hopefully allow us to remind everyone that 26.2 RRC are the best running club around!
 
For those un-familiar with a mob match, the event is open to all and encourages as many people to take part as possible. We welcome runners, walkers, kids (on bikes, scooters or in buggies) and dogs. Participants do not need to be club members, so bring along your friends, family, neighbours, pets or anyone else you can convince to come along. The aim is to be the club with the most participants around the course (yes, the dogs count too!). The club with the biggest representation take the mob match prize and the losers get the stuffing!
 

The race follows a route somewhere between 3 and 4 miles from Alexandra Recreation Ground (same venue as Surbiton junior parkrun). This is a road route through Berrylands, along Lower Marsh Lane, up Villiers and then back to finish in Fishponds park. A route map will be available to view before the race.
 
As well as the main prize for the most runners, there is also a match prize for the club who puts out the fastest field of runners. This is scored using some complex maths but to win it we need a everyone to run  as fast as possible. On and individual basis, if you do happen to win, you may get also some acknowledgement, at least a pat on the back. More importantly, the first dog is the most sought after individual prize on offer.
 
Race details:

Date:   Sunday 1st December 2019
Venue:   Royal British Legion, Surbiton (same venue as awards night)
Registration:  

9:30am.
You will need to register and get a race number.

Start time:   10:00am for walkers / kids, 10:30am for runners
Start location:   Alexandra Recreation Ground (same as Surbiton Junior parkrun)

 
Following the race there will be a social event in the Royal British Legion with some snack food provided. There will be a presentation and charity cake sale. Please do stay afterwards for a chance to socialise with the other runners of Surbiton and Kingston.

Track Session with Tom Craggs from England Athletics

This Wednesday’s track session will form the first of three England Athletics coach-led sessions with Tom Craggs.  Tom has sent over some information ahead of the session:

>>> 26-2 RRC Club Run Training Session Details <<<

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 at 7.00 pm ready to start. Tom will lead the warm up so there is no need to warm up in advance of the session. Bring clothing for the warm-up and warm-down and for during the Q & A session at the end of training session. The entry fee is £2.80.

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

The focus is on practical sessions and advice with 3 organised sessions spread over a 12 week period focused towards developing Half/Marathon fitness and each will see us completing running specific warm up, main session and cool down. The sessions are opportunities to experience different types of training sessions, warm up and cool downs but also give an informal opportunity for Q&As and sharing of training advice and ideas.

More details of the training session can be found in this document:

>>> 26-2 RRC Club Run Training Session Details <<<

If you haven’t signed up yet and want to join the session please visit the sign up sheet to register your interest.

Surrey XC Championships & Southern XC Championships 2020

The cross country championships season continues with a further two events coming up in January: Surrey County Cross Country Championships and the Southern Cross Country Main Championships.

Surrey XC Championships to held at Denbies Vineyard, Dorking, Surrey, RH5 6AA

Date: Sunday 5th January 2020
Please note this is on the same day as the GP event Tadworth 10. I personally won’t run in these Surrey XC Championships  but I’m happy to help facilitate those of you that would prefer to.

Senior Women
Start time: 12.00
Distance: 8.4Km
Teams of 4 to score.
Cut off time: 60 mins

Senior Men
Start time: 14.00
Distance: 12.2 Km
Teams of 6 to score.
Cut off time: 90 mins

Southern Cross Country Main Championships to be held at Parliament Hill Fields, London NW5 1QR

Date: Saturday 25th January 2020

Senior Women
Start time: 14.05
Distance: 8.0Km
Teams of 4 to score.
Cut off time: N/A

Senior Men
Start time: 14.50
Distance: 15.0 Km
Teams of 6 to score.
Cut off time: 60 mins by the start of the 3rd lap (approx 10k point), or 90 mins overall.

To sign up to either or both events please fill in the form at the following link:

>>> Sign up for either or both events here <<<

 

 

SEAA London XC Championships 2019

There’s loads of history and legend associated with Parliament Hill. Is the mound to the north of the hill really Boedicea’s Grave? Did Highwayman Dick Turpin hang out in the area? Is the Hill named after the Parliamentary anti-Royalist forces who occupied it during the English Civil War?

Possibly for all the above. What we do know for sure though is that it has been the venue for local, regional and national cross country championships since 1950 and this year its number 1 runner showed up – that’s our very own Joe Chang. He literally wore the number 1 bib number! No pressure Joe!!

With the almost constant rain over the last couple of months, the big hills were the muddiest we’ve seen them for a long while. We all had great fun just trying to stay upright. Thankfully the weather was pretty reasonable on the day itself.

It wouldn’t be  a cross country course without some slapdash “that’ll do” course measurement. The ladies course length was close enough at 5.9k (official length 6k) whereas the men got stung with 10.7k for an allegedly official 10k.

There were great runs all round. For the men, Chris Hutchinson was our front runner, with Ed Francis not that far behind until a hamstring injury forced him to abort at 7k.

The ladies went gangbusters despite some initial trepidation on the choice of trail shoes for some. Daisy led the team, with Diana and Viola also putting in strong performances to finish with big smiles all round.

The teams were as follows:

Men: – Chris Hutchinson; Ed Francis; Joe Chang; Michael Street;  Joseph Gonzalez

Women: – Daisy Street ; Viola Nicastro; Diana Kimura

Full results can be found at the following link:

>> For results tap here <<<

London Marathon Club Ballot – November update

With little over a month to go until the club ballot for the 2020 London marathon, now is the time to update you on who has completed or close to completing enough qualifying events, click -> here <- for the updated tables.

42 members have qualified so far, with a further 5 members falling one race short of reaching the minimum 8 races required to meet the qualification criteria. Ballot rules found -> here <-

The next Grand Prix event being the Hogs Back Road Race (11.4k) on 8th December is the final opportunity to boost your tally between now and the ballot being held at the Christmas Party on Wednesday 18th December.

If you spot any discrepancies with the tables, please drop me an email captain [ at ] 26point2.co [ dot ] uk

Ladies’ Cross Country Surrey League match 2 report

Thank you Daisy Street for this race report.

9 November, 2019 – 11am Mitcham Common

The second Ladies Cross Country Surrey League fixture of the season was hosted by Clapham Chasers on a cold bright morning in Mitcham Common. We got the best of the day’s weather before it clouded over and rain started falling on the men on Epsom Downs for their race later in the day.

We had 14 runners turn out for 26.2 RRC.

Our fastest runner was Victoria Haslam who finished 10th in 22:52.

The A team scorers were (9th out of 25 teams):
Victoria Whelan, Daisy Street, Maggie Stacey, Carla Cotton, Jacqueline Chang

The B team scorers were (7th out of 17):
Vicki Kirk, Amy Burton, Jenny Melbourne, Jacqui Woodroffe, Sian Thomas

The team was completed by Maria Cenalmor, Sarah Lothian, Aimee Stopford and Annabel Jones.

For full results see https://surreyleague.org/sll/race/253

We had lots of supporters out on the course cheering us on – many thanks for all your encouragement.

Ann Bath didn’t run on the day (saving herself for the ski season!) but thank you for providing the hot drinks and cakes.

If you would like to register to run in any future cross country races please contact Maria C.

Next Matches:  
Match 3 – 11 Jan, Wimbledon Common (at 1:00pm)
Match 4 – 8 Feb, Richmond Park (at 11:00am)

 

MEN’S XC MATCH 2 REPORT

9TH NOVEMBER,  3PM EPSOM DOWNS

The second XC league fixture of the season was hosted by Holland Sports AC and Vet  AC  on a very wet and muddy Epsom Downs.

There were 337 runners compared with 334 for Match 1.
Once again 26.2 were the largest club with 37 runners and now 58 have represented the club this XC season so far!

Of the 37,  14 were running their first XC of the season:
Martin Banks, Tim Bartholomew, Joe Chang, Matthew Cook, Chris Hutchinson, Howell Jones, Ryan Lambrix, Reyadh Mallam-Hassan,
Graham Partner, Matthew Shortland, Steve Stopford, Geoff Tookey, Paul Wallis, James Walsh.

Our fastest runner was again Ben “who needs spikes” Chown who was  a superb sixth in a time of 28:18.

The A team scorers were (6th out of 9 teams):
Ben Chown
Tim Bartholomew
Chris Hutchinson
Max Riley-Gould 
Dmitry Selemir
Joe Brewer
Craig Partridge
David Maher
Michael Street
Joe Chang

The B team scorers were (5th out of 9):
Loic Lize-Thir
Peter Grecian
Geoff Tookey
David Pimm
Robert Pyke
Paul Keddie
Martin Banks
Paul Wallis
Jon Kinsey
Matthew Pritchard

For full results see https://surreyleague.org/slm/race/249/

Heroes of the day were:
Ann Bath for once again providing the hot drinks and cakes
Bob Dean and David Maher for bringing the much needed gazebo
Daisy Street and Graeme Maisey for their support and great photos

Remember not to throw away your number bib.

If you haven’t been allocated a number (to check https://surreyleague.org/slm/2019-20/clubs/262/)
but would like to run in future matches please contact me.

Next Match: 11 Jan, 3pm, Oxshott Woods

Cross Country Captain: Paul Keddie

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