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Amendment – Virtual Training Plan Week 3/4

To avoid a bottleneck of activities next week, we are issuing a revision to the week 3 and week 4 training plan this month. 

Revised plan:

Week 3 intervals – 3 to 5 reps of 5 mins / 3 mins jog recovery. Looking to increase pace consistently throughout the efforts. 

Week 3 tempo  – 3k effort (preparation for Imber Court next week)

Week 4 intervals – Hill session – find a reasonable gradient and length hill and run as many reps as you can in 30 minutes. Hard effort uphill, slow jog recovery down. Focus on form; driving those arms forwards and lifting the knees high. 

Week 4 tempo VIRTUAL IMBER COURT RELAYS! 3k effort.

**NOTE: Imber Court Relays 3k MUST be run between Tuesday 23rd June and Thursday 25th June in order to score. NO EXCEPTIONS**


On 17 March, in line with Government and England Athletics advice, we announced the suspension of all 26.2 club training and competitive events.  This post confirms that, despite certain relaxations of Government advice, all face to face club activities currently remain suspended.  We are monitoring the changing situation and will advise on this website if the situation changes.

This has been a challenging period in so many ways, and we have missed running together.  It has, however, been great to compete in various ways through our virtual league and to meet via Zoom and Facebook for our awards ceremony and for twice-weekly club briefings.  This week we launch a new iteration of our virtual league (see below) and there is an opportunity to sign up for the virtual Parkland Relays (see link above).


Awards Night Winners 2020


Club Championship

Championship Men’s Champion Ladies Champion
One Mile Ben Chown Victoria Whelan
One Mile Age-Graded Joseph Gonzalez Andrea Bennett
5km Ben Chown Victoria Whelan
5km Age-Graded Steve Ramek Victoria Whelan
10km Ben Chown Victoria Whelan
10km Age-Graded Steve Ramek Victoria Whelan
10 Mile Ben Chown Victoria Whelan
10 Mile Age-Graded Ben Chown Victoria Whelan
Half Marathon Seniors Ben Chown Victoria Whelan
Half Marathon Vets Paul Donohoe Daisy Street
Half Marathon Super Vet Steve Ramek Steph Harvey
Marathon Seniors Dom Woodbridge Alice Tozer
Marathon Vets Paul Donohoe Carla Cotton
Marathon Super Vet Steve Ramek Maria Higgins

Grand Prix

  Men’s Ladies
  Past the Post Age-Graded Past the Post Age-Graded
1st Ben Chown Steve Ramek Victoria Whelan Victoria Whelan
2nd Paul Donohoe Ben Chown Daisy Street Daisy Street
3rd Steve Ramek Joseph Gonzalez Rike Jones Rike Jones


Award Men’s Ladies
Best Newcomer Ben Chown Claudia Burrough
Most Improved
Dom Woodbridge Steph Harvey

Discretionary Improvement

Paul Donohoe

Laurie Johnston

James Walsh

Reyadh Mallam-Hassam

Alice Pike

Rike Jones

Carla Cotton

Aimee Stopford

Merit Award Paul Keddie
Achievement Award Joseph Gonzalez
President’s Award Peter Tozer
Handicap Competition Chris Dormer

Surrey Cross Country Ever Presents

Men Ladies
Ben Chown – 1st Div 3 Aimee Stopford – 2nd U20 Div 2
Bob Dean – 2nd V65 Div 3 Daisy Street
David Pimm – 2nd V60 Div Jacqueline Chang
Harry Kim Jacqui McDermid
Joe Brewer Jenny Melbourne
Jon Kinsey Maggie Stacey
Matthew Pritchard Vicki Kirk
Max Riley-Gould  
Michael Street  
Paul Keddie(c)  
Robert Pyke  

26.2 RRC Virtual Awards Night

The club committee would like to invite you to the 2020 Virtual Awards Night on Saturday 9th May.

Taking a new format for this year, we will be hosting the awards evening online to enable our club to come together and celebrate the fantastic achievements over the last 12 months. 

Further details on timings and how to join the celebrations online will be released in the coming days. 

We hope to see as many of you as possible at what is set to be a fun night ‘out’ with your running club friends. 

Not the London Marathon day

Today is a day that may be a little upsetting for many of our members as it should have been the London Marathon. We feel for anyone who is missing out on a spring marathon after the hard work that will have been put into training but now has no outlet. Please keep in mind that there will be many chances in the future to run marathons together as long as we all stay safe today.

As an alternative to the London marathon we are instead running a “Do 26.2 of something else” challenge. Your 26.2 challenge can be running related or something entirely different. We want to see all the different things that our members are doing to pass their time at home. Be creative and we hope you have fun taking part in the challenge.

Please do share with everyone what you have been up to. We look forwards to seeing many different, weird and wonderful ways to mark the day that isn’t the London Marathon.

England Athletics Webinar with Tom Craggs

We have organised for Tom Craggs to hold a webinar for members on Wednesday 22nd April at 7pm.

This will take the form of a question and answer session with Tom and he will also be demonstrating some useful drills and strengthening exercises to do from home. 

You do not need to perform any drills or physical activity during the session so do not need to be in running kit/ in a space where you can exercise.


To register for the session please login in to the website and use the link below.

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In light of government announcements on the 16 March advising that we should avoid non-essential social contact with others, including going to sporting events, pubs, clubs, theatres and social venues, all 26.2 club training and competitive events have been suspended until further notice.  This is in line with England Athletics advice issued this morning:

Any changes to our position will be posted to this website.

I know that many will be bitterly disappointed after working hard for various events including spring marathons.  But we are committed to working together for the health of all our members and the wider community. 

England Athletics encourages where possible, athletes and runners at all levels to maintain their own personal fitness and keep active during this time, while following government guidelines about safe distance and safe exercise environments.


We have been monitoring guidance from England Athletics(EA) in relation to the potential impact of the coronavirus, COVID-19, on running events and running clubs:

Based on that and more general government advice, we at present see no reason to curtail our normal club running events or entry in races.  Members should, of course, make their own decision about whether to attend and feel no pressure to do so, especially if in high risk categories.

Race organisers will be making decisions on whether their events can continue (we have none planned for the near future).  If Grand Prix events are cancelled or delayed, they will generally be withdrawn from our Grand Prix schedule and appropriate adjustments made accordingly.

We will continue to monitor developments, including through EA.

We recommend that club members read and observe the advice contained in the statement referred to in the link above and in particular:

  • Observe government advice regarding hand-washing, sneezing etc
  • Self-isolate if recommended to do so by medical practitioners or the government guidance (eg if returning from certain parts of the world), including not attending club events
  • Stay away from club events if you develop flu-like symptoms for any reason, or have a high temperature or a new continuous cough
  • Feel no pressure to shake hands or have any physical contact with other club members
  • Be aware of government travel guidance if travelling to running fixtures.

Your support in helping us all stay fit and healthy is much appreciated.


Striders of Croydon were the host as all four divisions gathered at traditional venue Lloyd Park for the last of the four Surrey Cross Country league fixtures.
The day was dry and mild but underfoot was gloopy mud and spikes were definitely preferable.

There were 279 runners, 21 from 26.2. Over the four fixtures we had 66 different runners – the most of any club ( Fulham were second with 55) which is fantastic participation. 
We had one “new” runner doing their first XC this season, the esteemed club stalwart Dave Wilson.

Our top three runners were: Ben Chown (28:27, 2nd), Tim Bartholomew (30:50, 8th) and Paul Donohoe (32:48, 24th)

The A team scorers were (6th out of 9 teams):
Ben Chown, Tim Bartholomew, Paul Donohoe, Max Riley-Gould, Dmitry Selemir, Joe Brewer, Mark Cannings, Michael Street, Tom Sellen, Geoff Tookey

The B team scorers were (3rd out of 7 teams):
Harry Kim, Robert Pyke, David Pimm, Graeme Maisey,Jon Kinsey, Paul Keddie, Matthew Pritchard, Ed Rowland,Paul Wallis,Bob Dean

For full results and as all four divisions ran the same course it is interesting to compare your time with the other races.

Overall for the four fixtures Ben won the individual title which is  a brilliant  achievement for him and the club.
David “Chairmen” Pimm was second overall in the V60 category, another great result.

We had 11 runners who ran all four fixtures:
Ben Chown, Bob Dean, David Pimm, Harry Kim, Joe Brewer, Jon Kinsey, Matthew Pritchard, Max Riley-Gould, Michael Street, Paul Keddie, Robert Pyke

Special thanks to:
Ann Bath for providing her normal great selection of cakes and refreshments
Paul Wallis for being the XC chauffeur for much of the season

So that is it for another XC season. See you all in XC for the 2020-21 season.

Cross Country Captain: Paul Keddie


A reminder that this Saturday, 8th Feb, is the the fourth and final fixture of the Surrey Cross Country League.

Ladies: Richmond Park, 11:00   race info
Men:     Lloyd Park,           12:00   race info 

On the team front both teams are safe in their divisions.
However, there is all to play for on the individual front!
Ladies: Aimee Stopford U20 is third
Ladies: Maggie Stacey V50 is fifth
Men:    Ben Chown Overall is first
Men:    David Pimm V60 is second

To run you need to have been allocated a bib number: check
Not there and want to run? please contact your XC captain 

Official club kit please and don’t forget your allocated number bib.

Afterwards, post run drinks will be at the Tennis club from 5pm, and if there is interest we will also go for a curry later

XC Captains:
Ladies: Maria Cenalmor / Ann Bath
Men: Paul Keddie
Full Fixture detail including links to Facebooks groups