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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…

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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 <<<

Street Orienteering – Wednesday 6th June

With the annual competition restricting our access to the tennis club next week we are going to be doing a different activity from a different venue. We will be doing a StreetO (Street Orienteering) evening from the Victoria pub in Surbiton.

This event is open to the whole club. You will have up to 60 minutes to run as far as you like visiting as many markers on a map as possible. The navigation uses a line map of Surbiton so is simple. If you are worried about distance or navigation you can run with others and can keep to a short and simple route.

Race HQ

The race will be based at The Victoria, 28 Victoria Road, Surbiton KT6 4JT. We will have an area in the beer garden where we will co-ordinate the race from. Results will be announced shortly after all competitors return.

ADDRESS The Victoria, 28 Victoria Road, KT6 4JT
LATITUDE/LONGITUDE 51.3921, -0.3069
MAPS Google MapsOpenStreetMap

Race Details

REGISTRATION Between 1900 and 1915
START TIMES Between 1915 and 1930

The Street-O format has clues located at various points on a map. You have 60 minutes to visit as many of these as possible, in any order, and return to the finish. You may return early if you wish.

You can take part as a single runner or in groups of up to three people. Everyone in the group must stay together at all times.

This guide provides general information about street orienteering (details from South London Orienteers).

Don’t forget to bring a pen to write down your answers to the clues as you go around and a watch so that you aren’t late back!

Green Belt Relay 2018

This weekend we are sending out 2 teams of 11 runners to complete a 220 mile lap of London as part of the Green Belt Relay.

Spectators are welcome at any point on the relay so if you fancy a day out, why not come and support. We will all be gathering at the end of the relay for a celebratory BBQ at the Hawker Centre from 5.30pm on Sunday. Everyone is welcome to come along and join whether you ran, supported or stayed home.

Our runners are shown below. You can see the full content in a Google sheet.

Photo Competition Winners

We are very pleased to announce the winners of the 26.2 Photo Competition. The winning photographs are below.

You can see all of the entries at:

Thank you to everyone that submitted entries, we hoped you enjoyed this alternative competition to the usual running events.

Valentine’s 10k taken by Sian Thomas

26.2 in training taken by Beverly Gow


26.2 at the races taken by Michael Street

Creative running taken by Becky Stopford


Imber Court Relays

Imber Court Relays are an invitational event. Please get in touch if you would like your running club to be considered for invitation.

26.2 members should sign up to volunteer or run here: Imber Court Relays – 26.2 Sign Up

26.2 Road Running Club are pleased to confirm that we will be hosting the Imber Court Relays again in 2018. The relays will be held on Tuesday 26th June and will start at 7.30pm with registration available from 6pm.