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London marathon bus

For those of you looking for a cheap and convenient ride to the London marathon on Sunday 28th April, we are once again arranging for a one-way coach from the club to Blackheath. Places are allocated on a first come, first served basis so recommend acting fast if you are interested.

Priority given to members and their families.

If we still have space available on 1st April, I will look at extending invite to others. 

£5 for members, £10 for non-members, to be paid in cash on the day

-> sign up here <-

February Handicap Preview

The January club handicap saw 47 runners completing the 2 lap circuit of Berrylands, including 2 debutants. Welcome to first timers James Mackay and Simone Speggiorin. The fastest time of the evening was clocked by Joseph Gonzalez in 16:55, a new course record. Victoria Haslam was the fastest female on the night finishing in 20:11.

After 6 races, John Reardon (160pts) remains at the top of the table, with Mark Cannings (149pts) and Richard Hall (137pts) making up the podium positions.

For full details of last months’ times, positions and this months start times, see the full handicap database for this season –> here <-

For those of you attending we kindly ask you to note the following:

  • If you are able to volunteer please let Steve Ramek, Bev  or myself know in advance. We are always grateful for an extra pair of hands.
  • Please arrive in good time to register as we will be leaving the club at 7:15pm prompt in order to start at 7:30pm.
  • If you are running late, send a message to Steve Ramek or myself in advance to register – this helps alleviate last minute panic trying to sign-in runners at the start line.
  • Be mindful of the residents and keep noise to a minimum
  • For your own safety please wear a BRIGHT REFLECTIVE TOP and suggest bring a head-torch to ensure you are visible to other pavement/road users.
  • Last but not least, have fun and enjoy the evening 🙂

London Marathon Ballot

As 2018 draws to a close, it’s time for another Christmas party and more importantly, another London marathon ballot! The tables have now been updated and can be seen -> here <-

To qualify for the ballot you must have run at least 8 of the qualifying events since 1st January 2018. If you believe you have run the minimum 8 races but are not showing as having done so, please drop me an email at captain [ at ] 26point2.co [ dot ] uk by Monday evening (17th).

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 the ballot please drop me an email captain [ at ] 26point2.co [ dot ] uk. Entries close at 9pm on Wednesday 19th December with draw to take place at around 9:30pm during the Christmas Party in the club bar.

Good luck to everyone entering, we have 2 club places for the 2019 London marathon therefore you have far higher odds at being successful than with the public ballot.

26.2 RRC vs The Stragglers Mob Match – Sunday 9th December

With less than a week to go until the biggest event in our calendar, I wanted to share the details ahead of the day as we look to once again show our local rivals who is the best club in the area. Having won the mob in 2016 and 2017, we are heading for a hatrick!
 
The mob match format is different to regular events. The main prize is for the “mob”; bring along family, friends,  colleagues, neighbours, dogs (yes there is even a prize for the fastest dog!). The club with the biggest representation take the mob match prize and the losers get the stuffing!
 

There is also a prize for winning the “match”, which is the club with the fastest participants (Stragglers have previously won this), along with individual prizes for the first running  seniors and juniors.
 

The 4 mile route followings the parkrun course along the towpath to Teddington Lock, before heading right to Riverside Drive, take a left and follow the road to  Ham House, before heading back to the Hawker Centre.

Race details:

Date: Sunday 9th December 2018
Venue: The Hawker Centre, Kingston (same venue as parkrun)
Registration: 09:30am.
You will need to register and get a race number.
There is a £1 entry fee payable on the day (no need to register before the day).
Start time: 10:00am for walkers / kids, 10:30am for runners

Following the race there will be a buffet and presentation.  We are doing away with the raffle this year and instead will be nominating a charity to donate the entry fees into (don’t forget to bring a £1 per entrant).

Don’t forget to wear your club tops to show the Stragglers who they are up against. See you all on Sunday!

London Marathon Ballot – Updated

With only 1 month to go until the London marathon ballot, now is the time to update you on who has completed or close to completing enough qualifying events, click -> here <- for the updated tables.

19 members are either 1 or 2 races short of reaching the minimum 8 races required to meet the qualification criteria. Ballot rules found -> here <-

The Jigsaw 10k (25th Nov) and Club 5k Championships (parkrun TBC on 15th Dec) are the only two qualifying races between now and the ballot being held at the Christmas Party on Wednesday 19th December.

If you spot any discrepancies with the tables, please drop me an email captain [ at ] 26point2.co [ dot ] uk

London Marathon Ballot

With only 3 months to go until the London marathon ballot, I thought I would be a good time to update you on who has completed or close to completing enough qualifying events, click -> here <- for the updated tables.

For those hoping to enter the ballot, please check the list to see if you have qualified by participating in the minimum 8 events. For a  reminder of the ballot rules, please read the following link -> here <- 

With only a handful of qualifying races remaining between now and the ballot being held at the Christmas Party (date TBC), there is no better time to start planning your races.

If you spot any discrepancies with the tables, please drop me an email captain [ at ] 26point2.co [ dot ] uk

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! 

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

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