The first fixture in the 2019/20 season saw 52 runners completing the 2 lap circuit of Berrylands. In his second handicap outing, James Scanlon was first over the line with an elapsed time of 37:28 (actual: 18:08). The fastest time on the evening was set by Joseph Gonzalez in a time of 16:26. Victoria Whelan was the fastest female on the night finishing in 19:29.
After one race, James Scanlon heads the table (35pts), closely followed by Sue Garnish (34pts) and Kirsten Edwards (33pts).
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.
- Be mindful of the residents and keep noise to a minimum
- Despite the lighter evenings, 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 🙂
Finally, a reminder of two slight tweaks to the rules effective this season:
“To ascertain a member’s start time, your last four finishing times will be considered, the slowest of these being discounted and an average taken of the three remaining times;
“To avoid a tie when the competition reaches its grand conclusion in May, the winner, if points are equal, will be the runner who crosses the line first in this final race.”
Just a reminder to all that this Sunday (21st) is the Captains BBQ at the Berrylands Scout hut on Sterling Walk. As usual the club will be supplying the meat, veggie and vegan mains, bread rolls and condiments, if you want salads, desserts and drink you will need to supply your own. To protect our amazing planet and to reduce waste, we’d like to ask people to bring their own reusable plates, cutlery and cups where possible (although we will have a limited range of extras on standby).
Grant will be lighting the BBQ around noon and all are welcome from noon onwards with food being served from around 1pm. Once everyone has had their fill we will commence with the usual fun and games of the Tug-O-War, Welly Wanging and maybe a 3 legged race or two. The afternoon usually starts to wind up around 5pm
Please bring the family for a fun afternoon (No running involved) and if you’re unsure of where the scout hut is situated see -> here <-for a map.
I would also like to thank both Bev and Grant in advance for offering their culinary skills once again and I look forward to a fun afternoon with the best running club in Surbiton.
For those of you dreaming of a place in the 2020 London Marathon and are unfortunate enough to be rejected in the public ballot, 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.
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 <-
With the new GP season about to begin and the Surrey Road League in full swing, now is the prime time to plan your race entries over the coming months.
click -> here <- for the updated tables.
Our club has received an invitation to this exciting relay event being held in Richmond Park on the evening of Wednesday 12th June starting at 7pm.
Details and this history of the event can be found here
Ladies compete 3×2.8miles
Men compete 4×2.8miles
Due to the popularity of this event with a maximum intake of 100 teams the deadline for registering your interest is Friday 24th May
Over Summer months we take the opportunity to run in Richmond Park on the first Monday of the month. The runs start from Ham Gate in May and September (remember to park outside the park gates in these months) and Kingston gate car park in June, July and August. Meet at 7pm for a 7:15pm start to the run. Runs of various distances and paces will be offered as normal on a Monday night.
Note: I’ve heard from several sources that Kingston Gate will closed to vehicles for the next week, therefore ensure you allow enough time to plan an alternative route to Ham Gate should you wish to drive.
For those of you looking for a local, reasonably priced race over the summer months, look no further than the Surrey Road League. These are organised by local clubs and have a friendly, competitive atmosphere:
Ranelagh Richmond Half Marathon, Sunday 5th May
Sutton 10, Sunday 19th May
Dorking 10 miles, Sunday 2nd June
Richmond 10k, Sunday 16th June
Elmbridge 10k, Sunday 21st July
Wimbledon 5k, Sunday 11th August
There are individual and team prizes up for grabs, for further details, click here
In line with club tradition, we will be holding a gathering in the club bar from 6pm on the evening of the Sunday 28th April.
It’s a great chance to show off your marathon medal if you have one from this season and share your stories. The club will be providing pizza to help replace those lost calories from all of you who ran and all who spectated (because we all know supporting can be just as exhausting!).
See you there!
A key date for your diaries during the busy summer months. Sunday 7th July will see the summer edition of the mob match with our local rivals at the Stragglers.
This scenic 5 mile route starting and finishing at Claygate Recreation ground, sees runners enjoying the nearby Arbrook Common over a mixture of road and trail and is always a popular fixture with our members.
Entry (£12 adults, £5 juniors) has now opened here