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How to nearly run 100 Miles

Try and run 100 miles they said, it will be fun they said, and you know what, they were right.

My first attempt at a 100 miler, DNF, timed out at 85 miles at Clifton Hampden aid station, very emotional having trained for so long and so hard but almost a week on perspectives change and it’s amazing what a good night’s sleep or two can make.

The weekend of 4th and 5th May were without a shadow of a doubt the biggest running challenge I have ever undertaken and other than actually crossing the finish line nothing could have made it better. Runners are strange breed, the thought of running such a distance is something my long suffering better half Sam will never understand but for some reason it’s something she seems to accept and despite moaning about what I might do to myself it’s something she seems willing to follow me into to pick up the pieces at the end.

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26.2 RRC Annual Awards Evening

Well it’s that time of year again to dust off your dancing shoes and book your place at the clubs annual awards evening. We will once again be hosting the event at Surbiton British Legion on Hollyfield Road on Saturday 12th May.

Tickets are £15 per head which will get you a drink at the bar, buffet and a disco.  Tickets should be purchased in advance by bank transfer to the club account, details as follows:

  • Account Name – 26.2 RRC
  • Account Number  – 00897302
  • Sort Code – 20-84-17

Please ensure you make reference to Club Awards Night with your transfer so we know what the payment is for. Once payment is received you will  be emailed a ticket by the organising committee for you to print off and bring with you to gain entry. The dress code is smart casual and doors open from 19:30 to Midnight, all are welcome!

We look forward to seeing another good turnout and having a great evening celebrating the successes of many of your fellow members.

SEAA 12 Stage Road Relay

The SEAA 12 Stage Road Relay is due to take place on Sunday 18th March and Joe Chang is looking to enter a team(s) if possible. we appreciate it clashes with Fleet half but if you are interested in taking part the details are as follows:

Starting from the Milton Keynes Track at 12pm, this relays consists of six stages of 4.8km and six stages of 7.2km on traffic-free roadways.

A few men’s places filled already so let us know if you are available by 5th March to complete the team by either contacting myself or Joe. You can contact me on stone.kev(at)gmail.com

Full details can be found -> here <-

London Marathon Bus

For those of you wishing to travel up to Black Heath on marathon day (Sunday 22nd April) the sign up sheet is now available. Seats are offered on a first come, first served basis  and the coach is already 50% full so best sign up quick.

You can sign up -> here <-

Henley 24 Hour Race – Register Your Interest

So a number of people have been asking if we are planning to attend Cotswold 24 again this year which isn’t looking likely, however a new event, closer to home and organised by the same events company is starting this year in Henley on Thames. So with that in mind we thought we would gauge interest in those wishing to take part this year before to commit to entering teams. You can find full details of the event on their website -> here <- so please take a look.

However in brief the details are as follows:

  • To be held on Saturday 16th & Sunday 17th June
  • Campsite opens at 5pm on Friday 15th June
  • Entry for a team of 8 runners is £400 – £50 per head assuming we fill the teams £67 per head Maximum based on 6 runners
  • Camping for Non Runners is £20 per person and kids camp for free

However to reduce costs the organisers are offering a free team entry for any organisation or club that can man a marshal point for the entire 24 hour period. That would mean if we entered 3 teams each runner would need to spend an hour of the weekend on point throughout the race. If we did this it would reduce the cost of entering by  third to around £33 per head based on having 3 teams of 8 and filling all team spaces, further reducing costs if we entered a fourth team and so on.

So for now to gauge interest before decide if we are going to enter teams please can you register your interest using the sign-up form at the link below and please ensure you let us know if you would be willing to help man the marshal point if we took that option.

Click to Sign Up Here!

London Marathon Ballot

So it’s that time of year again, Christmas is just around the corner and it is marathon ballot time. The ballot tables have now been updated and can be seen -> here <-

If you are hoping to enter the ballot please check the list to see if you have qualified by participating in the minimum 8 events. If you are not showing as qualified but believe you should have done please drop me a line with a list of the events you believe you did so I can check, you will need to do this by the evening of Monday 18th December at the latest please. 

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 this years ballot please head on over to an online entry form I have set up and complete all details requested. The draw will take place at approximately 9:30pm on Wednesday 20th December during the club Xmas party.

Good luck to all who are putting their name in the hat and remember that although we only have 2 places available the odds will still be better than the public ballot

Sign Up Here!

26.2 RRC Vs Stragglers Mob Match

Just a reminder that Sunday 3rd December is our annual mob match against the Stragglers and to confirm that the venue this year will be Surbiton British legion. With the numbers expected it was essential to find a slightly larger venue not only  for the social afterwards but also for safety purposes as starting the run from the club would prove troublesome.

We are just finalising the start/finish of the route and will post further details shortly but for now the main details are:

  • Registration opens at 9:30am
  • Entry fee is the usual £1 per head
  • Walkers will be going off at 10:30
  • Runners starting at 11:00
  • Please bring a raffle prize for afterwards, if everyone brings something then everyone should in theory leave with something
  • Remember friends and family are welcome
  • Please had over to the Facebook page event if you haven’t already done so and mark yourself as attending at the following link https://www.facebook.com/events/145270546090118/
  • If you are injured or just fancy a more leisurely please let us know if you can help out as a marhsall or member of the finish team

We look forward to seeing another great turnout again this year and hopefully retain the trophy for another year but those pesky Stragglers won’t be giving up without a fight! 

For those unsure of where the legion is it is on Hollyfield Road 2 minutes walk from Alexander recreation ground

 

Hero2SuperHero – Oxshott 10K

Short story long, in 2015 whilst nursing a stress fracture of the second metatarsal I attended a coaching course paid for by the club which prompted me to start up Zero2Hero. I thought to myself that seeing as I would be easing myself back to fitness and because the club had paid for the course I should really put it to good use. I had also seen a News item one evening that was basically saying that the average person was overweight because they had no interest in undertaking any form of exercise and we were a lazy nation. I immediately thought this was a load of rubbish and that your average person would love to exercise so I thought I would challenge this because my belief is that people don’t exercise not because they don’t want to but because they either can’t afford the ridiculous prices gyms or personal trainers charge or that they simply have no idea how to go about getting started and that it can be quite intimidating.

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