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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 <-

February Handicap Preview

The January club handicap saw 47 runners completing the 2 lap circuit of Berrylands, including 2 debutants. Welcome to first timers James Mackay and Simone Speggiorin. The fastest time of the evening was clocked by Joseph Gonzalez in 16:55, a new course record. Victoria Haslam was the fastest female on the night finishing in 20:11.

After 6 races, John Reardon (160pts) remains at the top of the table, with Mark Cannings (149pts) and Richard Hall (137pts) making up the podium positions.

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 🙂

January Handicap Preview

The December club handicap saw 48 runners completing the 2 lap circuit of Berrylands, including 2 debutants. Welcome to first timers Kate Hancock and Jonathan Lush. The fastest time of the evening was clocked by Dmitry Selemir in 18:43. Carla Cotton was the fastest female on the night finishing in 22:01. 

At the half-way point in the season, John Reardon (139pts) remains at the top of the table, with Mark Cannings (134pts) hot on his heels. Yaz Ladwa (120pts) has stormed up the table and now sits in the bronze medal 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 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 Ballot

As 2018 draws to a close, it’s time for another Christmas party and more importantly, another London marathon ballot! The tables have now been updated and can be seen -> here <-

To qualify for the ballot you must have run at least 8 of the qualifying events since 1st January 2018. If you believe you have run the minimum 8 races but are not showing as having done so, please drop me an email at captain [ at ] 26point2.co [ dot ] uk by Monday evening (17th).

This year 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 19th December with 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 2019 London marathon therefore you have far higher odds at being successful than with the public ballot.

December handicap preview

The November club handicap saw 48 runners completing the 2 lap circuit of Berrylands. Welcome to first timers Nina Kale, Laura Willoughby, Simon Delafosse, Harry Kim, and Laura McSharry. The fastest time of the evening was clocked by Joseph Gonzalez in a rapid 17:27. Victoria Haslam was the fastest female, recording a seasons best with 20:03.

After 4 races, John Reardon has leap-frogged Daniel Clark into 1st (112pts), with the chasing pack led by Mark Cannings (109pts), Daniel Clark (105pts), and Richard Hall (103pts).

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 🙂

26.2 RRC vs The Stragglers Mob Match – Sunday 9th December

With less than a week to go until the biggest event in our calendar, I wanted to share the details ahead of the day as we look to once again show our local rivals who is the best club in the area. Having won the mob in 2016 and 2017, we are heading for a hatrick!
 
The mob match format is different to regular events. The main prize is for the “mob”; bring along family, friends,  colleagues, neighbours, dogs (yes there is even a prize for the fastest dog!). The club with the biggest representation take the mob match prize and the losers get the stuffing!
 

There is also a prize for winning the “match”, which is the club with the fastest participants (Stragglers have previously won this), along with individual prizes for the first running  seniors and juniors.
 

The 4 mile route followings the parkrun course along the towpath to Teddington Lock, before heading right to Riverside Drive, take a left and follow the road to  Ham House, before heading back to the Hawker Centre.

Race details:

Date: Sunday 9th December 2018
Venue: The Hawker Centre, Kingston (same venue as parkrun)
Registration: 09:30am.
You will need to register and get a race number.
There is a £1 entry fee payable on the day (no need to register before the day).
Start time: 10:00am for walkers / kids, 10:30am for runners

Following the race there will be a buffet and presentation.  We are doing away with the raffle this year and instead will be nominating a charity to donate the entry fees into (don’t forget to bring a £1 per entrant).

Don’t forget to wear your club tops to show the Stragglers who they are up against. See you all on Sunday!

London Marathon Ballot – Updated

With only 1 month to go until the London marathon ballot, now is the time to update you on who has completed or close to completing enough qualifying events, click -> here <- for the updated tables.

19 members are either 1 or 2 races short of reaching the minimum 8 races required to meet the qualification criteria. Ballot rules found -> here <-

The Jigsaw 10k (25th Nov) and Club 5k Championships (parkrun TBC on 15th Dec) are the only two qualifying races between now and the ballot being held at the Christmas Party on Wednesday 19th December.

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

November Handicap Preview

October’s club handicap saw 56 runners completing the 2 lap circuit of Berrylands. Welcome to first timers Amber Marriot, Max Riley, Katie Bebbington, Maria Higgins, and Tony Ruff. Joseph Gonzalez once again clocked the fastest time of the evening, shaving a few more seconds off his PB with a blistering 17:14. Victoria Haslam was the fastest female, recording her fastest time on the course for over 2 years with 20:30.

As the competition moves into the fourth fixture of season, Daniel Clark (94pts) leads Richard Hall (90pts) by 4 points, with Ed Rowland (81pts) holding off the chasing pack 9 points adrift in 3rd.

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 tomorrow evening 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 message Steve Ramek 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 🙂

October Handicap Preview

September’s club handicap saw another record turnout with 68 runners completing the 3 mile, 2 lap circuit of Berrylands. Welcome to first timer Alessandra Maina who under-estimated her speed and was first past the post on the night finishing in 29:10. Joseph Gonzalez improved on his previous best to record the fastest time of the evening with 17:22.

As the competition moves into the third fixture of season, Daniel Clark and Richard Hall are tied at the top of the table with 64 points each, closely followed by Lorenzo Valfre  4 points adrift.

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 tomorrow evening we would ask that:

  • 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 message Steve Ramek 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.
  • If you are unable to run but can help out please make yourself known to the handicap organisers
  • 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 🙂