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London Marathon Club Ballot – Registration

As 2019 draws to a close, it’s time for another Christmas party and more importantly, another London marathon ballot!

For 4 members, there is still chance to reach the minimum of 8 qualifying events since 1st January 2019, with the Hogs Back Road Race this coming Sunday (8th Dec). The current tables can be found -> here <-

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 18th December with the 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 2020 London marathon therefore you have far higher odds at being successful than with the public ballot.

 

Surrey XC Championships & Southern XC Championships 2020

The cross country championships season continues with a further two events coming up in January: Surrey County Cross Country Championships and the Southern Cross Country Main Championships.

Surrey XC Championships to held at Denbies Vineyard, Dorking, Surrey, RH5 6AA

Date: Sunday 5th January 2020
Please note this is on the same day as the GP event Tadworth 10. I personally won’t run in these Surrey XC Championships  but I’m happy to help facilitate those of you that would prefer to.

Senior Women
Start time: 12.00
Distance: 8.4Km
Teams of 4 to score.
Cut off time: 60 mins

Senior Men
Start time: 14.00
Distance: 12.2 Km
Teams of 6 to score.
Cut off time: 90 mins

Southern Cross Country Main Championships to be held at Parliament Hill Fields, London NW5 1QR

Date: Saturday 25th January 2020

Senior Women
Start time: 14.05
Distance: 8.0Km
Teams of 4 to score.
Cut off time: N/A

Senior Men
Start time: 14.50
Distance: 15.0 Km
Teams of 6 to score.
Cut off time: 60 mins by the start of the 3rd lap (approx 10k point), or 90 mins overall.

To sign up to either or both events please fill in the form at the following link:

>>> Sign up for either or both events here <<<

 

 

SEAA London XC Championships 2019

There’s loads of history and legend associated with Parliament Hill. Is the mound to the north of the hill really Boedicea’s Grave? Did Highwayman Dick Turpin hang out in the area? Is the Hill named after the Parliamentary anti-Royalist forces who occupied it during the English Civil War?

Possibly for all the above. What we do know for sure though is that it has been the venue for local, regional and national cross country championships since 1950 and this year its number 1 runner showed up – that’s our very own Joe Chang. He literally wore the number 1 bib number! No pressure Joe!!

With the almost constant rain over the last couple of months, the big hills were the muddiest we’ve seen them for a long while. We all had great fun just trying to stay upright. Thankfully the weather was pretty reasonable on the day itself.

It wouldn’t be  a cross country course without some slapdash “that’ll do” course measurement. The ladies course length was close enough at 5.9k (official length 6k) whereas the men got stung with 10.7k for an allegedly official 10k.

There were great runs all round. For the men, Chris Hutchinson was our front runner, with Ed Francis not that far behind until a hamstring injury forced him to abort at 7k.

The ladies went gangbusters despite some initial trepidation on the choice of trail shoes for some. Daisy led the team, with Diana and Viola also putting in strong performances to finish with big smiles all round.

The teams were as follows:

Men: – Chris Hutchinson; Ed Francis; Joe Chang; Michael Street;  Joseph Gonzalez

Women: – Daisy Street ; Viola Nicastro; Diana Kimura

Full results can be found at the following link:

>> For results tap here <<<

London Marathon Club Ballot – November update

With little over a month to go until the club ballot for the 2020 London marathon, now is the time to update you on who has completed or close to completing enough qualifying events, click -> here <- for the updated tables.

42 members have qualified so far, with a further 5 members falling one race short of reaching the minimum 8 races required to meet the qualification criteria. Ballot rules found -> here <-

The next Grand Prix event being the Hogs Back Road Race (11.4k) on 8th December is the final opportunity to boost your tally between now and the ballot being held at the Christmas Party on Wednesday 18th December.

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

Ladies’ Cross Country Surrey League match 2 report

Thank you Daisy Street for this race report.

9 November, 2019 – 11am Mitcham Common

The second Ladies Cross Country Surrey League fixture of the season was hosted by Clapham Chasers on a cold bright morning in Mitcham Common. We got the best of the day’s weather before it clouded over and rain started falling on the men on Epsom Downs for their race later in the day.

We had 14 runners turn out for 26.2 RRC.

Our fastest runner was Victoria Haslam who finished 10th in 22:52.

The A team scorers were (9th out of 25 teams):
Victoria Whelan, Daisy Street, Maggie Stacey, Carla Cotton, Jacqueline Chang

The B team scorers were (7th out of 17):
Vicki Kirk, Amy Burton, Jenny Melbourne, Jacqui Woodroffe, Sian Thomas

The team was completed by Maria Cenalmor, Sarah Lothian, Aimee Stopford and Annabel Jones.

For full results see https://surreyleague.org/sll/race/253

We had lots of supporters out on the course cheering us on – many thanks for all your encouragement.

Ann Bath didn’t run on the day (saving herself for the ski season!) but thank you for providing the hot drinks and cakes.

If you would like to register to run in any future cross country races please contact Maria C.

Next Matches:  
Match 3 – 11 Jan, Wimbledon Common (at 1:00pm)
Match 4 – 8 Feb, Richmond Park (at 11:00am)

 

MEN’S XC MATCH 2 REPORT

9TH NOVEMBER,  3PM EPSOM DOWNS

The second XC league fixture of the season was hosted by Holland Sports AC and Vet  AC  on a very wet and muddy Epsom Downs.

There were 337 runners compared with 334 for Match 1.
Once again 26.2 were the largest club with 37 runners and now 58 have represented the club this XC season so far!

Of the 37,  14 were running their first XC of the season:
Martin Banks, Tim Bartholomew, Joe Chang, Matthew Cook, Chris Hutchinson, Howell Jones, Ryan Lambrix, Reyadh Mallam-Hassan,
Graham Partner, Matthew Shortland, Steve Stopford, Geoff Tookey, Paul Wallis, James Walsh.

Our fastest runner was again Ben “who needs spikes” Chown who was  a superb sixth in a time of 28:18.

The A team scorers were (6th out of 9 teams):
Ben Chown
Tim Bartholomew
Chris Hutchinson
Max Riley-Gould 
Dmitry Selemir
Joe Brewer
Craig Partridge
David Maher
Michael Street
Joe Chang

The B team scorers were (5th out of 9):
Loic Lize-Thir
Peter Grecian
Geoff Tookey
David Pimm
Robert Pyke
Paul Keddie
Martin Banks
Paul Wallis
Jon Kinsey
Matthew Pritchard

For full results see https://surreyleague.org/slm/race/249/

Heroes of the day were:
Ann Bath for once again providing the hot drinks and cakes
Bob Dean and David Maher for bringing the much needed gazebo
Daisy Street and Graeme Maisey for their support and great photos

Remember not to throw away your number bib.

If you haven’t been allocated a number (to check https://surreyleague.org/slm/2019-20/clubs/262/)
but would like to run in future matches please contact me.

Next Match: 11 Jan, 3pm, Oxshott Woods

Cross Country Captain: Paul Keddie

MEN’S XC MATCH 1 REPORT

12TH OCTOBER,  3PM RICHMOND PARK

The first XC league fixture of the season was hosted by Kingston and Poly (K&P) on a wet and muddy day in Richmond Park.

There were 324 runners, 44 or which were from 26.2 – the largest represented club!

Of the 44, 15 were new to XC for 26.2.  Gentlemen take a bow:
Ben Chown, Paul Donohoe, Max Riley-Gould, Craig Partridge, Dom Woodbridge, Tom Sellen, Richard Hook, Chris Chapman, Loic Lize-Thir, Jon Kinsey, Ben Woods, Robert Pyke, Bob Dean, Yaswin Ladwa, Owen Jones

Our fastest runner on the day was Ben Chown who was a brilliant second overall. Our A team was 6th out of 9 and B team 3rd out of 8. Big shout out to Dom Woodbridge who stopped to help out another runner.

For full results see https://surreyleague.org/slm/race/248/ 

Once again thank you Ann Bath for providing the much needed hot drinks and cakes, to James and Nick for bringing a Gazebo and Joe Gonzalez who answered the call by  K&P for course marshals.

Remember not to throw away your number bib.

If you haven’t been allocated a number (check https://surreyleague.org/slm/2019-20/clubs/262/)
but would like to run in future matches please contact me.

Finally, a new tradition was born with the XC Club Captain being walked back to the car park under the Gazebo!

Next Match: 9 Nov, 3pm,  Epsom Downs

Cross Country Captain: Paul Keddie

SEAA London Cross Country Championships

With the cross country season getting underway, the South of England London Cross Country Championships will be held on the 16th November at Parliament Hill Fields on Hampstead Heath. 

Cross Country running is hugely beneficial as you begin preparing for a spring marathon training cycle,  helping to build strength and endurance.

As with all these championship events, there will be present a field of top runners from the leading clubs across Greater London . While I hope our own strongest runners can take part, it would be great to have a big team show up from male and female senior and vet categories.

If you’re interested in taking part, please sign up at the following link.

>>> Entry Form Here <<<

You will need to do so by Wednesday 30th October so that the entry deadline can be met.

Surrey Cross Country League – Match 1 – Details

Reminder that next Saturday (12th Oct) is the first fixture of the Surrey XC League. It is also Grand Prix Event 5.

Ladies 1pm, Reigate,  Priory Park                                            course details
Men    3pm,  Richmond Park, near Isabella Plantation course details

All those who have expressed an interest in running have now been allocated a number which you will keep for the season.  You can check you are one by viewing the bib column in Number Allocation

What do you need to bring on the day?

  • be early so that you can be given your bib number
  • club vest + safety pins
  • trail or road shoes should be fine
  • clean pair of socks/shoes for afterwards is advisable
  • after the race remember not to throw away your bib!  you will need it for the other fixtures

Women: Ann Bath / Maria Cenalmor
Men: Paul Keddie
Full Fixture detail including links to FB groups

SEAA Southern Road Relays 2019 – Results

The weather forecasts had for days been predicting thunderstorms and heavy rain on the day of the SEAA Road Running Relays, but in the end it turned out to be a fine day for three 26.2 RRC teams taking part in this high quality event featuring many of the best runners in the South of England.  A little drizzle but nothing that dampened the spirits, or performances.

A fourteen strong contingent descended on the Crystal Palace National Sports Centre to do the burple shirts proud. The three teams that took part were:

Senior Women: 1. Victoria Whelan; 2. Jacqueline Chang; 3. Megan Lewis; 4. Laura Hooke

Senior Men: 1. Ben Chown; 2. Anthony Whelan;  3. James Scanlon; 4. Dmitry Selemir; 5. Tim Bartholomew; 6. Chris Hutchinson

Vet Men: 1. Steve Nicholls; 2.Joe Chang; 3. David Maher; 4. Harry Kim

The cherry on the cake was finishing on top of our local rivals and mob match adversaries The Stragglers in both the Senior Women and Vet Men categories.  They didn’t field a Senior Men’s team alas.

Full results available from the SEAA website at the following link:

http://www.seaa.org.uk/index.php/events/road-running