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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).


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.


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



The third Surrey Cross Country league fixture of the season was hosted by Elmbridge RRC on a  dry but  windy Oxshott Downs. It was pretty chaotic at the narrow start and, although not that muddy, quite tricky underfoot with the tree roots, as Chris unfortunately found out.

There were 353 runners (the most so far) and once again 26.2 were the largest represented club with 40 runners and now 65 have represented the club this XC season so far! 

Seven were running their first XC of the the season: Ed Rowland, Jay Larkin, Jonathon Lush, Mark Ryder, Matthew Hoare, Ricky Harland and Simon De La Fosse.Our top three runners were:  Ben Chown (30:11, 5th), Tim Bartholomew(32:20, 24th) and  Paul Donohoe (33:59,  59th)

The A team scorers were (6th out of 9 teams):
Ben Chown, Tim Bartholomew, Paul Donohoe, Dom Woodbridge, Jonathon Lush, Max Riley-Gould, Joe Brewer, Craig Partridge, Joe Chang, Mark Cannings

The B team scorers were (3rd out of 9 teams):
David Maher, Geoff Tookey, Tom Sellen, Chris Chapman, Michael Street, Robert Hinton, Jay Larkin, Peter Grecian, Robert Pyke, David Pimm

These are two very strong teams which shows you how competitive the league is this year. We are safe in mid table and so will be running again in Division 3 next year.

For full results

(Mrs) Keddie Cakes  went down well but hopefully full  culinary services from Ann Bath will be resumed at the next match.

Final Match: 12 Feb,  12pm,  Lloyd Park– note the earlier start time as all 4 divisions are racing there.

It would be great if we get a  clean sweep and have the  largest contingent again at the final fixture so hopefully see you all there!

Cross Country Captain: Paul Keddie


A reminder that this Saturday, 11th Jan, is the third of four fixtures of the Surrey Cross Country League.

Ladies:  Wimbledon Common, 1pm          race info  
Men:      Oxshott Downs,              2:30pm   race info

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

Please run, if possible, in official club kit and don’t forget to bring your allocated number bib.

Afterwards there will be post run drinks which all are welcome to:
Venue: Prince of Wales pub, Ewell Road, 6:30pm

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

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 <<<