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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

GP1 – Club Mile Championship – 2018 Results!

On Wednesday 13th June, the first of our club championships and GP 2018 – 2019 races got off to a flying start – the club mile! 79 finishers stormed round the track four times at the Harrier Centre in Ewell.

Anthony Whelan  was the first male across the line in 4min59sec with Victoria Haslam the first female in 6min01sec. 

Congratulations to all members who achieved PBs and those who were running the mile race for the first time. 

8 Juniors also completed the race this year. Huge congratulations to Tom Hook, Daniel Street, Charlie Brewer, Zak Grecian, Noah Gallant, Tom Street, Oscar Brewer, and Megan Jones.

A big thank you to all the volunteers who helped out on the night; you were pivotal in electrifying the atmosphere track side! We also can’t forget to thank the fabulous Ann Bath who provided much welcomed post race treats. 

CLUB MILE CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS – 2018 – 13th JUNE

Position Name M/F Junior/Senior Time
1 Anthony Whelan M Senior 04:59
2 Alastair McGeoch-Williams M Senior 05:02
3 Chris Rawcliffe M Senior 05:10
4 Joe Chang M Senior 05:14
5 Joseph Gonzalez M Senior 05:15
6 Tim Bartholomew M Senior 05:20
7 Mark Cannings M Senior 05:24
8 Nathan Sayers M Senior 05:25
9 Steve Ramek M Senior 05:35
10 Dom Woodbridge M Senior 05:38
11 Dmitry Selemir M Senior 05:41
12 Michael Street M Senior 05:42
13 Richard Hook M Senior 05:43
14 Joe Brewer M Senior 05:43
15 Lorenzo Valfre M Senior 05:47
16 Ed Rowland M Senior 05:47
17 Geoff Tookey M Senior 05:53
18 Richard Tomes M Senior 05:53
19 Rob Hinton M Senior 05:53
20 Brian Merritt M Senior 05:54
21 Jon Kinsey M Senior 05:55
22 Richard Goulder M Senior 05:56
23 Ricky Harland M Senior 05:57
24 Daniel Clark M Senior 05:58
25 Peter Grecian M Senior 05:59
26 Victoria Haslam F Senior 06:01
27 Matthew Pritchard M Senior 06:04
28 Martin Banks M Senior 06:15
29 Daisy Street F Senior 06:16
30 Tom Hook M Junior 06:21
31 Harry Kim M Senior 06:21
32 Craig Bowdery M Senior 06:21
33 Kirstie Mitchell F Senior 06:24
34 Carla Cotton F Senior 06:25
35 David Iveson M Senior 06:36
36 Diana Kimura F Senior 06:37
37 Robert Pyke M Senior 06:39
38 David George M Senior 06:41
39 Greg Whiteman M Senior 06:47
40 Iain Stevenson M Senior 06:48
41 Katherine Burston F Senior 06:48
42 Laura Hooke F Senior 06:50
43 James Eaton M Senior 06:50
46 Graham Ashby M Senior 06:51
44 Daniel Street M Junior 06:53
45 Rike Jones F Senior 06:55
47 Josie Shepherd F Senior 06:59
48 Kevin Stone M Senior 07:01
49 Steph Harvey F Senior 07:04
50 Howell Jones M Senior 07:05
51 Malcom Watts M Senior 07:12
52 Charlie Brewer M Junior 07:16
53 Sylwia Milkowska F Senior 07:21
54 Matthew Cook M Senior 07:22
55 Zak Grecian M Junior 07:30
56 Viola Nicastro F Senior 07:30
57 Gemma Burt F Senior 07:34
58 Eleanor Taguba F Senior 07:37
59 Steve Back M Senior 07:44
60 Laurie Johnston M Senior 07:58
61 Reyadh Mallam-Hassam M Senior 08:01
62 Noah Gallant M Junior 08:08
63 Tom Street M Junior 08:12
64 Cass Brewer F Senior 08:12
65 Owen Jones M Senior 08:16
66 Peter Tozer M Senior 08:18
67 Lizze Wilson F Senior 08:25
68 Jo Newstead F Senior 08:29
69 Natalie Hodges F Senior 08:42
70 Maria Cenalmor F Senior 08:44
71 Jakki Poyntz F Senior 08:45
72 Annabel Jones F Senior 08:54
73 Ann Bath F Senior 08:59
74 Oscar Brewer M Junior 09:01
75 Krysta Cluer F Senior 09:26
76 Carol Ferrari F Senior 09:52
77 Josie Bate F Senior 09:54
78 Megan Jones F Junior 09:55
79 Bev Gow F Senior 09:57