All posts by Alastair McGeoch-Williams

London Marathon ballot

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.

Thames Hare and Hounds’ 26th Parkland Relays – 12th June

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

<<Sign-up here>>

Due to the popularity of this event with a maximum intake of 100 teams the deadline for registering your interest is Friday 24th May

Monday night run in Richmond Park

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.

May Handicap Preview

The April club handicap saw 24 runners completing the 2 lap circuit of Berrylands. Rosie Watts was first over the line with an actual time of 23:39. The fastest time on the evening was set by Ben Chown in a new course record time of 16:26. Daisy Street was the fastest female on the night, finishing in 21:19.

Now onto the final race of the season with John Reardon (215pts) holding onto the top position by a nail-biting 1 point from Steve Back (214pts). Bronze medal position is  currently held by Bri Merritt (203pts), with wife Vicky Gardner moving up to 4th (189pts), pushing Mark Cannings further down the table into 5th (184pts).

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.
  • If you are running late, send a message to 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
  • 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 🙂

Surrey Road League 2019

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

Post marathon social

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!

 

26.2 RRC VS THE STRAGGLERS MOB MATCH – SUMMER EDITION

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

 

April Handicap Preview

The March club handicap saw a smaller than usual field with 30 participants. Ed Rowland was first over the line with the clock striking 38:48. The fastest time on the evening was by Ben Chown in 17:14. Daisy Street was the fastest female on the night, finishing in 22:17.

Ahead of the penultimate race of the season John Reardon (194pts) holds onto top position, with the chasing pack led by Bri Merritt (183pts) and Steve Back (180pts), with Mark Cannings now demoted to 4th (179pts). Vicky Gardner leads the women’s charge in 5th overall (165pts).

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.
  • If you are running late, send a message to 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
  • 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 🙂

March Handicap Preview

The February club handicap saw 39 runners completing the 2 lap circuit of Berrylands,  with Bev Gow first past the post, enjoying her fifth outing of the season. The fastest time of the evening was clocked by Ben Chown in 17:48, a new pb. Laura Hooke was the fastest female on the night, finishing in 22:35.

Moving into Spring, and with 3 races remaining, John Reardon (189pts) remains in the gold medal position, with Mark Cannings (165pts) holding onto silver. Bri Merritt has leap-frogged Richard Hall into the final podium position (155pts). All to play for still with only 35pts between 3rd and 10th.

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.
  • If you are running late, send a message to 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
  • 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 🙂

London marathon bus

For those of you looking for a cheap and convenient ride to the London marathon on Sunday 28th April, we are once again arranging for a one-way coach from the club to Blackheath. Places are allocated on a first come, first served basis so recommend acting fast if you are interested.

Priority given to members and their families.

If we still have space available on 1st April, I will look at extending invite to others. 

£5 for members, £10 for non-members, to be paid in cash on the day

-> sign up here <-