All posts by James Walsh

Zero to Half Marathon Hero!

Want to run your first half marathon? 

Want to improve your half marathon time?

If the answer is yes then our “Zero to Half Marathon Hero” training group could be for you. Club member James Walsh is launching the training group. If you are interested you will be able to:

  • Meet once a week for a group run on a Wednesday 
  • Able to run at least three times a week as part of a structured training plan created by James

Our target race is the Farnborough half on the 26th January. 

The Wednesday sessions will comprise of a group run focussed on a specific training session which will include ‘the easy run’, ‘threshold running’, and intervals. Following the group run, we will go over some running ‘theory’ (in a nearby pub!). At the moment the group meet at The Swan pub in Hampton Wick just over the Kingston Bridge.  During general Wednesday club runs that are focussed on intervals, track sessions, and hills we would encourage “Zero to Half Marathon Hero” runners to participate and James will incorporate those into your plans for that week. 

If you are interested in the training group please contact James Walsh please click here to send him an email or alternatively contact him via the Facebook group ‘We is Runners’. 

AGM Notification – Save the date

The 2019 AGM will be at the club on Wednesday 15 May 2019 at 8.30pm.

Please save the date in your diary. The AGM is an important date for the club’s calendar as we get to elect our new club committee. This year also there will be elections for Chairman and Treasurer. 

If you have any questions regarding the AGM, please contact Maria at secretary [ at ] 26point2.co [ dot ] uk.

Please see your email for further details or all documents related to the meeting can be downloaded here AGM 2019

26.2 RRc Social Event

Fancy solving a murder mystery?

Then why not join your club mates at Langleys in Surbiton on the 16th May! Further details are yet to be confirmed but the evening should start at 7:30pm and comprise of a set three course meal (menu to follow) with the chance to try and solve a murder!

At the moment we are looking for numbers of those interested. To register your interest, please complete the google form by following the link below. See Becky Stopford for more details.

CLICK HERE FOR FORM

Your Cross Country team needs you!

The cross country season is about to start! Please make sure you have the dates below in your diary! Cross country is open to everyone, so give it a try! 
 
The club competes in the Cross Country Surrey League. Ladies are in division two and men are in division four, and they run in different locations. The ladies times vary depending on the event. 
 
If you are interested or need more information, please ask Maria Cenalmor at secretary [ at ] 26point2.co [ dot ] uk or Mark Cannings. Both are normally at the club on Mondays. If you have access to Facebook, both Mark and Maria will also be glad to add you to the Cross Country Facebook messenger group. 
 
Finally, 26.2 RRC is hosting the ladies cross country match on 10 November. If you are not planning to run, please volunteer to help. 
 
The dates for Cross Country Surrey League are:
 
Saturday, October 13th:

Men: Roundshaw (Croydon Airport),  3pm, hosts Collingwood and Tamworth.
Ladies: Putney Vale, 1pm, hosts Thames Hare & Hounds.

Saturday, November 10th:

Men: Epsom Downs 3pm,  hosts West 4 Harriers, Epsom Oddballs, Holland Sports and Vets AC.
Ladies: Nonsuch Park, Cheam, 11am, hosts 26.2 RRC.
 
Saturday,  January 12th:

Men: Oxshott Woods, 2.30pm, hosts Elmbridge.
Ladies: Happy Valley, Coulson, 1pm, hosts South London Harriers.

Saturday, February 9th:

Men: Lloyd Park, Croydon 12.30pm, hosts Vets AC and Holland Sports.
Ladies: Richmond Park, Kingston end, 11am, hosts Kingston Poly and Fulham RC.
Ladies from the 26.2 RRC Cross Country team during a previous season

A run along the river – River Relay results 2018

Congratulations to all runners who completed the River Relays on Sunday 9th September 2018.

This year, 26.2 entered 6 teams. All teams performed exceptionally well and our A team  (Joseph Gonzalez, Daisy Street, Chris Rawcliffe, Tim Bartholomew and our club Captain Alastair McGeoch-Williams)  came in 2nd place with a time of 02:47:38! An absolutely fantastic result.  

Leg 1 and 2 runners at the ready!

Full results can be found here.

Many thanks to all who represented the club and provided transportation. It was great to see so many club members out supporting as well as at the barbecue at the Hawker centre in the afternoon.

Leg three and four runners ready for the off!

Leg five runners ready to bring home the baton! 

GP5 – Maidenhead Half Marathon

The first half marathon of the 2018/2019 Grand Prix season and strong and upbeat 26.2 team was present. Just when we thought the summer was over, the sun came out to say hello and warmed all the runners as we stood at the start ready for the off. 

A well organised, fast, flat race with good marshals allowed some of our runners to give stellar performances. Of particular note should be Richard Hook who smashed his PB by over 5 minutes and Joseph Gonzalez (1:21:41) by over 3 minutes. The husband and wife team Lorenzo and Valfre di Bonzo (1:29:05) and Viola Nicastro (1:59:12)  also bagged amazing PBs. Also Diana Kimura (1:48:53) also achieved an excellent PB with superb pacing.  Admirable performances also came from Tim Bartholomew and Nick Murray who completed parkrun followed by an extremely muddy 8.5 mile ‘NUTS challenge’ obstacle course only yesterday! 

Well done to the runners who made it and thank you to Ann for the cakes! 

GP3 – Elmbridge 10k – earning those burgers!

Mercifully, despite the current heat wave, the temperature dropped slightly on Sunday 22ndJuly for the Elmbridge 10k!

A change of start and finish line for this year’s event as runners started their race and charged their way to the finish on the track at the new athletics stadium at the Xcel Sports Hub in Walton on Thames.  

The race is fast-flat-scenic out and back route along the towpath of the Thames towards Hampton Court. The route was exceptionally well marshaled despite a busy stretch of the river on the return leg due to the Molesey Regatta.

Our runners were out in force as we had 53 runners compete for points in the Grand Prix. The top three men were Alastair McGeoch-Williams (36:04), Joseph Gonzalez (37:07), and Tim Bartholomew (37:48). The top three women were Victoria Haslam (43:44), Kirstie Mitchell (47:23), and Laura Hooke (49:22). A special congratulations to Laura who managed her first sub 50 10k!

Well done to all those who took part; you definitely deserved your burgers and sausages at the Captain’s BBQ in the afternoon.

Full results can be found here. 

 

Plea for help with clock and gantry

The club regularly hires out the clock and gantry to support local races. This acts as a welcome revenue generated but relies on trustworthy volunteers to transport and assemble before the event and stick around to disassemble after the final finisher has completed their run. On Sunday 7th October, the club have once again agreed to hiring the clock and gantry for the Titsey Trail 10k race near Oxted, but our regular team of volunteers are unavailable. This is a fantastic, locally organised event, held on the Limpsfield Chart, a true cross-country course. In return, we are granted 2 free race entries and cover your fuel. If you are able to offer your help, please contact: captain [ at ] 26point2.co [ dot ] uk

Imber Court Relays – results

We had another fantastic evening of running at the Imber Court relays on the 26th June. We had 44 teams participating in what was a really exciting event. Runners lined up at the finish area to cheer in their team mates which heightened the atmosphere and made for some truly memorable finishes. 

Alex Dunbar from the Up and Running Social Running Group, ran all four legs himself. Ollie Garrod from Epsom and Ewell  was the quickest runner on the night completing his leg in 8:04. 

Full results can be found here

A big thank you to all the volunteers and Race Director John Bennett who made sure the evening ran smoothly.  We hope all the runners had a great evening and we are looking forward to seeing you all next year. 

 

GP2 – Harry Hawkes 10 Mile – A heck of a hot race!

Club members were out in force on Sunday 24th June 2018 as they stormed their way around the Harry Hawkes 10 mile race. The Harry Hawkes is a classic  run over a fast, flat, and scenic course that offers great PB opportunities.  The route winds its way round the Kingston upon Thames Marketplace,  the pretty village of Thames Ditton and from Kingston bridge to Hampton Court along the Thames.

52 of our runners completed the course and earned themselves well deserved points on the GP league table. 1st over the line for the men was Alastair McGeoch-Williams in 1:00:53 with Tim Bartholomew (1:01:28) in 2nd, and Joseph Gonzalez (1:01:44) in 3rd. 1st over the line for the women was Victoria Haslam in 1:13:10 with Daisy Street (1:20:40) in 2nd, and Kirstie Mitchell (1:20:48) in 3rd. 

There were many other notable performances and PBs all round. It was particularly fantastic to see many of the club’s ladies out in force – a huge increase in numbers compared to last year’s 10 mile GP race. 

Congratulations to everyone who endured the heat! The ice cream van and Ann’s legendary cakes were certainly a welcome sight at the finish line!

Click here for updated GP table