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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

England Athletics

We have just completed the England Athletics affiliation renewal process for the club and those members who have paid the EA affiliation  fee.

Those of you who are registered with EA should have received an email from EA confirming your membership renewal (please check your junk mail!)

NB. The email has a web link to the EA site, please can you follow this to the EA site and complete the data protection section on their page and update your personal details if necessary.

Joining England Athletics

If any current members want to become affiliated to England Athletics please let the membership secretary John Bennett know and he will process the application for you. The EA fee is £15 and as an affiliated runner you will receive a discount on UKA races as well as other benefits, check their web page for full details

John can be contacted via membership [ at ] 26point2.co [ dot ] uk

Membership Renewal Reminder

This is a reminder that membership renewal fees are due by 31st January. We would be very grateful if all members can pay their 2018 membership as soon as possible. This will avoid us hassling you over the next few weeks with reminder emails!

Membership fees for full members remain at £15 for the year which runs from 1st January to 31st December 2018.

For those who wish to renew their England Athletics membership the fee is now £15 a year so a payment of £30 will be required to renew both club and EA membership. EA membership is required as an entry requirement in certain races and grants a discount on most events.

Please pay by BACS using the following:

Bank Barclays
Sort Code 20-84-17
Account Number 00897302

 

Membership Renewals

It is that time of year when renewals are due for membership of 26.2 RRC.

Membership fees for full members remain at £15 for the year which runs from 1st January to 31st December 2018.

For those who wish to renew their England Athletics membership the fee is now £15 a year so a payment of £30 will be required to renew both club and EA membership. EA membership is required as an entry requirement in certain races and grants a discount on most events and we gain London marathon places for each 100 EA affiliated members.

Full time students do not have to pay the membership fee but please let me know that you wish to renew your membership so I can update the records,

If you joined the club after 1st October 2017 you will not need to renew your club membership until 1st January 2019 but you will need to renew your membership with England Athletics by paying £15 to the club. Please make it clear on the bank transfer that it this is for EA renewal.

Please pay by BACS using the following:

Bank Barclays
Sort Code 20-84-17
Account Number 00897302

Many thanks

John Bennett
Membership Secretary

London Marathon Ballot

So it’s that time of year again, Christmas is just around the corner and it is marathon ballot time. The ballot tables have now been updated and can be seen -> here <-

If you are hoping to enter the ballot please check the list to see if you have qualified by participating in the minimum 8 events. If you are not showing as qualified but believe you should have done please drop me a line with a list of the events you believe you did so I can check, you will need to do this by the evening of Monday 18th December at the latest please. 

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 this years ballot please head on over to an online entry form I have set up and complete all details requested. The draw will take place at approximately 9:30pm on Wednesday 20th December during the club Xmas party.

Good luck to all who are putting their name in the hat and remember that although we only have 2 places available the odds will still be better than the public ballot

Sign Up Here!

10k a day for 62 days!

Recent new member (joined April 2017) Laurie Johnston is about to embark on a 62 day effort to run 10k a day. Covering 620km in total he is raising money for Cancer Research UK in memory of his wife Linda.

In his own words:

“Linda, my wife, died on the 22 March 2017 from breast cancer aged 62. 

She fought against this dreadful disease for 4 years, and throughout this battle, she remained positive and never complained despite the effects of the chemotherapy, radiotherapy and other medication. 

Linda’s outlook to life was amazing; she liked to enjoy herself, have fun and was loved by all. Even during her illness, she tried to carry on as normal. It was only in the latter part of her illness that life became difficult.

Looking back, I was lucky to have met such wonderful person. She was a truly inspirational wife and mum who  was always there for Mark, my son, and myself never mind her many relatives and friends. This was reflected by the amazing number of people at Linda’s funeral.

In her memory, I will be running 10k for 62 (Linda’s age) consecutive days from Friday 8 September to Wednesday 8 November before her 63rd birthday on Thursday 9 November. Anyone who wants to keep me company by walking or running  a little bit with me  is more than welcome; it doesn’t matter how far – 1k will be fine.”

Best of luck to Laurie with this challenge!

You can read more about what Laurie is doing in the Surrey Comet or on his Just Giving page.

North Downs Way 50

Congratulations to members Kevin Stone, Greg Whiteman and Richard Goulder who completed the North Downs Way 50 on Saturday. The grueling course takes in some extremely tough hills yet all three members completed with a smile on their face.

Tough hills but great views.

Richard Goulder finished the 50 miles in the top 100 finishers in 10:17:36. He was followed by Greg who put on a strong finish to get 11:12:54 and club captain Kevin Stone was well under his 12 hour goal in 11:43:27.

Members of all ages were out to show support.

In other running news this weekend, members Ann Bath and Beverley Gow completed a 6-hour double with events on Friday and Sunday. They were flying high at the Top Gun run on Friday and doing anything but resting at the pajama run on Sunday. Well done ladies!

 

London Marathon Bus

It’s that time of year again when the club helps to take the worry out of getting to the start line of the London marathon and we have booked the usual bus to get everyone to the start, or at least as close the roads will allow that is.

So if you are a runner looking to get to the start or a spectator looking to head up early to support the runners then get your name down for the bus now. The cost of the one way trip will be the usual £5 per head but remember the bus will not be bringing you back.

To grab your seat head on over to the sign up sheet -> here <- and leave your details

Ultra Impressive

Despite our club name, to become a member you do not need to be able to run the 26.2 miles of a marathon. Our members race across many different distances up to and including marathons. Some like to take it one step further and go for ultras. Running distances over a marathon these runners always inspire us. Two recent ultra achievements were made by members Ann Bath and Dennis Brandrick.

First off, Ann competed in the Open race at European 24 hour Championship at Albi, France over the weekend of 22nd/23rd October.  This event consists of multiple laps of a 1.1km circuit. Ann ran a huge 112.3 miles (180.8km) in 24 hours. This came only 5 weeks after her record breaking performance at Tooting’s 24 hour track event and she only ran 3.7 miles less than her record. A highlight for Ann was being able to share the course with the silver medal winning GB men’s team and to witness Dan Lawson win with 162.7 miles. 

Dennis competed in Jedburgh Three Peaks Ultra on 29th October. He completed the 38 mile trail race in 9:07:48. He describes it as by far the toughest but most enjoyable race he has ever done. There is a good reason for this as the race included over 3100ft of climbing. Someone should really let Dennis know there are races nearer to home than Scotland. As an ever present at Edinburgh marathon and having also competed in Glasgow marathon this year, Dennis can’t resist a trip north of the border.

Well done to both members for achieving these ultra impressive feats.

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