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Valentine’s 10k 2020 – Volunteer Sign-up

Our annual Valentine’s 10k race will be held on Sunday 16th February 2020. In order for this event to be a success, we need as many members to come along and help out as possible. We need people to fill roles including marshal duties, registration, start and finish line helpers and water stations. Please use the sign up sheet below to let us know if you are available to help.

>> Sign up to volunteer at Valentine’s 10k <<<

We hope that once all volunteer slots are filled, some members will also be able to run the race. If you are interested in running, please enter the volunteer or run section. Please do not enter the race yet if you want to run. We need to ensure all volunteer roles are filled before we invite any members to enter.

Mob Match Results

Thank you to everyone that came out today to participate in the annual 26.2 RRC vs The Stragglers mob match. We were very pleased to welcome everyone from The Stragglers to our home fixture hosted at the British Legion in Surbiton. Due to some roadworks and lack of availability of the recreation ground we completed a slightly shorter course than normal, finishing in Fishponds park after around 5.3km.

There were 219 finishers and 25 volunteers that took part today. 26.2 RRC took a clear lead the mob prize (162 participants against 82) so were pleased to once hand over the stuffing! For those wanting to know the number of legs this was 352 for 26.2 RRC vs 168 for The Stragglers.

In terms of the match prize, this was originally called for 26.2 RRC however this was done on an all comers basis taking the first 78 finishers from each club regardless of how they completed the course. If this is restricted to taking just the runners (excluding dogs/walkers/non-wheelchair wheels), with 67 to score from each club then The Stragglers take the runners match prize.

Individual prizes all go to 26.2 RRC members. First, the Buster trophy is taken for another year by Bobby the dog, finishing in a time of 24:05. Well done also to Ben Chown (17:06) and Victoria Whelan (20:39) who lead the human field.

Complete results are available online at:

>> Complete Mob Match Results <<<

Apologies in advance for incorrect spellings of names. We already know there are many of these!

Thank you to the 25 volunteers that made the event happen today, and particular thanks to Bev Gow who acted as race director. We look forwards to next year’s mob match!

Mob Match vs The Stragglers – 1st December 2019

This Sunday is a very important date in the club calendar, our annual mob match against the Stragglers will be taking place. In recent years we have been victorious which we aim to repeat this year. Our record membership levels will hopefully allow us to remind everyone that 26.2 RRC are the best running club around!
For those un-familiar with a mob match, the event is open to all and encourages as many people to take part as possible. We welcome runners, walkers, kids (on bikes, scooters or in buggies) and dogs. Participants do not need to be club members, so bring along your friends, family, neighbours, pets or anyone else you can convince to come along. The aim is to be the club with the most participants around the course (yes, the dogs count too!). The club with the biggest representation take the mob match prize and the losers get the stuffing!

The race follows a route somewhere between 3 and 4 miles from Alexandra Recreation Ground (same venue as Surbiton junior parkrun). This is a road route through Berrylands, along Lower Marsh Lane, up Villiers and then back to finish in Fishponds park. A route map will be available to view before the race.
As well as the main prize for the most runners, there is also a match prize for the club who puts out the fastest field of runners. This is scored using some complex maths but to win it we need a everyone to run  as fast as possible. On and individual basis, if you do happen to win, you may get also some acknowledgement, at least a pat on the back. More importantly, the first dog is the most sought after individual prize on offer.
Race details:

Date:   Sunday 1st December 2019
Venue:   Royal British Legion, Surbiton (same venue as awards night)

You will need to register and get a race number.

Start time:   10:00am for walkers / kids, 10:30am for runners
Start location:   Alexandra Recreation Ground (same as Surbiton Junior parkrun)

Following the race there will be a social event in the Royal British Legion with some snack food provided. There will be a presentation and charity cake sale. Please do stay afterwards for a chance to socialise with the other runners of Surbiton and Kingston.

England Athletics Coached Sessions

The club has been lucky enough to secure three coached sessions with a leading England Athletics Coach. Tom Craggs is an England National Team coach and coaches a number of Great Britain elite athletes including Tracy Barlow – winner of the recent Richmond Half marathon.

Tom will be leading three sessions with the club over the coming months. These sessions will be designed to assist those looking to increase their speed at or build up to the longer distances and will be particularly useful for those targeting a spring marathon or half marathon – although all are welcome. The sessions will take place on the following dates (at 7pm)

  • 27th November (at the Harrier Centre/ Pool Road Track)
  • 11th December (at the club)
  • 29th January (at the track)

The sessions are free of charge and an excellent perk of our EA membership. You’ll just need to pay your track entry fee as usual for the November and January sessions.

A sign-up is available here:

>>> EA Coached Sessions Sign-up <<<

Please do register your interest so we know how many people to expect. Tom will be circulating an information sheet in advance of the sessions but if you have any questions in the mean time please contact Laura Hooke

Harry Hawkes 10 – 23rd June – Discount available!

Harry Hawkes 10 is part of the Harry Hawkes Summer Race Day and very conveniently located for our runners. Below are details sent by the organisers:

The Harry Hawkes 10 returns this year on Sunday 23rd Juneat Giggs Hill Green in Thames Ditton. This is the sixth year at the 10 mile distance, especially popular with club runners.
The Harry Hawkes follows a fast flat course offering real PB potential. Added to this the Start and Finish on the green alongside the cricket pitch always has a great atmosphere and many stay on for a burger and a drink from the Thames Ditton Cricket Club BBQ.
We run a team prize for both mens and ladies teams, so this is an ideal opportunity for you to get your top runners out to compete. The current trophy holders are Victoria Park Harriers and Tower Hamlets AC (Ladies) and West 4 Harriers (Men), so I am sure there are clubs out there looking to challenge them!

Race Details

The Harry Hawkes 10 is a ten mile race on road, river path and woodland trail starting at 09.30 on Sunday 23rd June. The Start and Finish are from Giggs Hill Green in Thames Ditton, KT7 0BT. The race is run under UKA licence and the course has a current measurement certificate from the Association of UK Course measurers. All runners are chip timed.

As an additional incentive to enter, we have been offered a discount code. Log in to see this code below…

Continue reading Harry Hawkes 10 – 23rd June – Discount available!

Green Belt Relay – Stages

If you want to follow the Green Belt Relay this year, the stages that our teams will be running are available below.

For those not familiar with GBR, it is a 220 mile relay around the green belt outside London. The distance is completed over 2 days by teams of 11 runners with everyone running one stage on Saturday and one on Sunday.

The relay starts at Hampton Court at 8:30am on Saturday and finishes at the Hawker Centre at around 5:30pm on Sunday. You are welcome to support anywhere along the route or at the BBQ at the finish.

More details on the race are available here:  Green Belt Relay.

You can see the 26.2 runners here: 26.2 Green Belt Runners by Stage


Imber Court Relays – 25th June 2019 – Sign Up

26.2 RRC will be hosting our annual relay event at Imber Court, Molesey on 25th June 2019.

>>> Sign-up here <<<

For this event to be a success we need club members to volunteer to marshal the race. The race starts at 7.30pm and Marshals will ideally need to be available from 6.45pm for a briefing and deployment, with any that can get their earlier being more than welcome to assist with parking and set up.

We also welcome runners in teams of four in the following categories:

  • Men
  • Ladies
  • Vet Men (40+)
  • Vet Ladies (35+)
  • Mixed (2 ladies, 2 men)

Please use the following form to sign up:

>>> Sign-up here <<<