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AGM notification – please save the date (Wednesday 15 May 2019)

The 2019 AGM will be at the club on Wednesday 15 May 2019 at 8.30pm.

Please save the date in your diary. The AGM is an important date for the club’s calendar as we get to elect our new club committee. This year also there will be elections for Chairman and Treasurer. 

If you have any questions regarding the AGM, please contact Maria at secretary [ at ] 26point2.co [ dot ] uk.

Watch out for more details coming up soon. 

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 <-

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!

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

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.

LOCATION Surbiton
ADDRESS The Victoria, 28 Victoria Road, KT6 4JT
LATITUDE/LONGITUDE 51.3921, -0.3069
OS GRID REFERENCE TQ179673
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!

26.2 RRC Annual Awards Evening

Well it’s that time of year again to dust off your dancing shoes and book your place at the clubs annual awards evening. We will once again be hosting the event at Surbiton British Legion on Hollyfield Road on Saturday 12th May.

Tickets are £15 per head which will get you a drink at the bar, buffet and a disco.  Tickets should be purchased in advance by bank transfer to the club account, details as follows:

  • Account Name – 26.2 RRC
  • Account Number  – 00897302
  • Sort Code – 20-84-17

Please ensure you make reference to Club Awards Night with your transfer so we know what the payment is for. Once payment is received you will  be emailed a ticket by the organising committee for you to print off and bring with you to gain entry. The dress code is smart casual and doors open from 19:30 to Midnight, all are welcome!

We look forward to seeing another good turnout and having a great evening celebrating the successes of many of your fellow members.