All posts by Alastair McGeoch-Williams

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 <-

August Handicap Preview

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.”

Captains BBQ

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.

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!