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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 <<<

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

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

 

 

 

 

Captains BBQ

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.

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 <-