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.
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
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:
Just a reminder to all that this Sunday (21st) is the Captains BBQ at the Berrylands Scout hut on Sterling Walk. As usual the club will be supplying the meat, veggie and vegan mains, bread rolls and condiments, if you want salads, desserts and drink you will need to supply your own. To protect our amazing planet and to reduce waste, we’d like to ask people to bring their own reusable plates, cutlery and cups where possible (although we will have a limited range of extras on standby).
Grant will be lighting the BBQ around noon and all are welcome from noon onwards with food being served from around 1pm. Once everyone has had their fill we will commence with the usual fun and games of the Tug-O-War, Welly Wanging and maybe a 3 legged race or two. The afternoon usually starts to wind up around 5pm
Please bring the family for a fun afternoon (No running involved) and if you’re unsure of where the scout hut is situated see -> here <-for a map.
I would also like to thank both Bev and Grant in advance for offering their culinary skills once again and I look forward to a fun afternoon with the best running club in Surbiton.
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.
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 <-
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.
Thank you to everyone who attended yesterday’s mob match between 26.2 Road Runners and The Stragglers.
Including all walkers, runners and volunteers the final counts were 123 for The Stragglers vs 164 for 26.2 Road Runners. This means that 26.2 take the all important mob prize!
Special mention to Bobby for winning the Buster trophy
Result are available online.
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.
||Sunday 9th December 2018
||The Hawker Centre, Kingston (same venue as parkrun)
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).
||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!
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