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CORONAVIRUS update

In light of government announcements on the 16 March advising that we should avoid non-essential social contact with others, including going to sporting events, pubs, clubs, theatres and social venues, all 26.2 club training and competitive events have been suspended until further notice.  This is in line with England Athletics advice issued this morning: https://www.englandathletics.org/athletics-and-running/news/coronavirus-statement/.

Any changes to our position will be posted to this website.

I know that many will be bitterly disappointed after working hard for various events including spring marathons.  But we are committed to working together for the health of all our members and the wider community. 

England Athletics encourages where possible, athletes and runners at all levels to maintain their own personal fitness and keep active during this time, while following government guidelines about safe distance and safe exercise environments.

Coronavirus

We have been monitoring guidance from England Athletics(EA) in relation to the potential impact of the coronavirus, COVID-19, on running events and running clubs: https://d192th1lqal2xm.cloudfront.net/2020/03/Coronavirus-Statement-to-be-read-at-events.pdf?utm_source=emailmarketing&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=coronavirus_statement_to_club_secs&utm_content=2020-03-12

Based on that and more general government advice, we at present see no reason to curtail our normal club running events or entry in races.  Members should, of course, make their own decision about whether to attend and feel no pressure to do so, especially if in high risk categories.

Race organisers will be making decisions on whether their events can continue (we have none planned for the near future).  If Grand Prix events are cancelled or delayed, they will generally be withdrawn from our Grand Prix schedule and appropriate adjustments made accordingly.

We will continue to monitor developments, including through EA.

We recommend that club members read and observe the advice contained in the statement referred to in the link above and in particular:

  • Observe government advice regarding hand-washing, sneezing etc
  • Self-isolate if recommended to do so by medical practitioners or the government guidance (eg if returning from certain parts of the world), including not attending club events
  • Stay away from club events if you develop flu-like symptoms for any reason, or have a high temperature or a new continuous cough
  • Feel no pressure to shake hands or have any physical contact with other club members
  • Be aware of government travel guidance if travelling to running fixtures.

Your support in helping us all stay fit and healthy is much appreciated.

Breaking news re track session

Tom Craggs is sick and will not be able to lead our track session this evening.  David Pimm will lead  a reps session much as our previous session with Tom, but without the same degree of expertise!  Meet 7.00pm at Harrier centre as planned.  I will not run, so that I can give you encouragement from trackside.

EA Coaching next Wednesday 7.00pm 29 January

The third of our four coaching sessions with England National coach Tom Craggs is 7.00pm next Wednesday 29 January.

As previously, the location is at the Poole Road athletics track in Ewell.  If you have not been to the last two, please still feel free to come along.

The focus of this training is on practical sessions and advice with 3 (now 4!) organised sessions focused towards developing Half/Marathon fitness and each sees us completing a 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.

The final session with Tom will be 18 March at the Poole Road track.

The Poole Road athletics track in Ewell is otherwise known as the Harrier Centre or King George V recreation ground, it can be found by turning right into Ruxley Lane off the A240 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.

Strength conditioning for injury prevention and running performance

Nathan Bell of ‘Higher Level Performance’ who operates at the Surbiton Rackets & Fitness Club has kindly offered to provide a 20 minute presentation for 26.2 runners on strength and conditioning training to reduce the incidence of injuries and improve running performance.

This will take place in the far end of the bar at the SR&FC at 8.15pm on Monday 27 January and is open to all 26.2 members.

He is also running free taster session Monday 20 January and Friday 24 January 12.30-1.30pm at SR&FC.  To sign up contact nathanbell [ at ] higherlevelperformace.co [ dot ] uk.

EA Coaching next Wednesday 7.00pm 15 January

We had a great coaching session with Tom Craggs, England coach on November 27.  We have two more sessions scheduled, but Tom has kindly agreed to give us an extra coaching session next Wednesday 15 January.

As previously, the location is at the Poole Road athletics track in Ewell.  This is so much more effective for Tom to manage the session and to be able to interact with everyone as we run. 

The focus of this training is on practical sessions and advice with 3 (now 4!) organised sessions focused towards developing Half/Marathon fitness and each sees us completing a 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.

The remaining sessions with Tom will be 29 January and 18 March both at the Poole Road track.

The Poole Road athletics track in Ewell is otherwise known as the Harrier Centre or King George V recreation ground, it can be found by turning right into Ruxley Lane off the A240 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.

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.

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.

Track Session 7.15 for 7.30pm Wednesday 30 October

Next Wednesday is our regular track session, with the exhilaration of running faster than we do in any other training session.

Track sessions provide a focussed speed session that works wonders for improving speeds over all distances.  If you have never done track before, do not be put off; bring some friends of a similar speed  to challenge one another.

We will be doing the popular ‘pyramid’ session building from short (200m) up to mid distance (800m) and back down.  There will be groups running at different speeds designed so that this works for all our runners.

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 around 7.15pm to complete a gentle warm up (eg two or three times jogging around the track) and be ready to start the more formal warm up promptly at 7.30pm.  Bring clothing for the warm-up and warm-down.  The entry fee is £2.80.

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