Thank you to the 194 members, friends, family, kids and dogs who turned out to help us win this year’s 26.2 RRC vs The Stragglers mob match. With 194 representing 26.2 against 101 for The Stragglers, we gave them the stuffing they deserve!
We have only won the trophy twice before in our history, in 1987 and 1989, so this really shows the strengths that our club has risen to this year. Thanks to all members for making this a great club and especially to captain Kevin Stone for inspiring us all to turn out.
The mob prize was not the only one for 26.2 RRC. Chris Rawcliffe finished in first place, Stanley lead David George round to win first dog and Sue Grecian made it round with help from crutches and a wheel chair to take the golden boot.
Well done to all who took part. We look forward to giving them an even bigger thrashing when they come to us for the same event next year.
As the Kingsmeadow track is currently closed for relaying, we will NOT have our usual track session next Wednesday 30 November.
But do not despair! Instead, I will be organising an intervals session in Berrylands. We will run four, five or six half mile reps on the flat. That is the equivalent of four, five or six by 800m plus a recovery jog in between.
We will meet as for a usual Wednesday at the clubhouse at 7.00pm and jog down to Raeburn Avenue to warm up. We will run round a loop of Raeburn, Greenfield, Grand and Elmbridge Avenues in four or five groups of differing speeds to accommodate differing pace runners and so as, hopefully, to avoid over-crowding the pavement.
There will be no road crossings in the reps, and no entry fees to pay!
As you can see from the banner above, we have opened entries for Valentine’s 10k 2017. As a reminder, we need club members to volunteer to organise the race. We will need a range of marshals and helpers in race HQ.
A plea and sign up for volunteers will be sent out nearer the time. For now, please keep 12th February 2017 free and importantly, members are asked to volunteer instead of entering the race.
For more details on the race, please visit: Valentine’s 10k race details.
Just a reminder that on Sunday 11th December the annual mob match against the Stragglers is scheduled to take place and it is the Stragglers turn to host this year and the event will start and finish at Kingston Hawker Centre. For those who have never taken part in the Mob Match this is not just about running fast but as the name suggests it is about getting as many people round the course and over the finish as possible. The team with most participants wins so this is an event everyone can take part in even if they are not a member of the club. Bring your family, neighbours, the dog, a stranger off the street, the more the merrier. The course is just under 4 miles and you don’t have to run, so even if you’re carrying an injury and can walk then you can take part.
Continue reading Stragglers Mob Match – Your Club Needs You!
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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With the dark evenings well and truly here we are pleased to announce that we have arranged a brand evening through Up & Running, your local running store in Kingston market place found within the Ultimate Outdoors store.
Up & Running are keen to work with the club and we are pleased to invite them along to the club on Wednesday 2nd November which is handicap evening where they will attend with Silva Head Torches giving club members the opportunity to be fitted by a Silva Rep and run with one of their range of head torches. This is an ideal evening to try one out as running round Berrylands when it is dark can be tricky at best and whilst we strongly recommend members wearing Hi Vis apparel the use of a head torch is also a great way to help you stay safe during the winter months. Continue reading Brand Night – Silva Head Torches
The GP organisers are pleased to be able to confirm the final three fixtures of the season.
GP10 will feature the return of a race that hasn’t featured in the GP series for some time – the 3000m track race!! This fixture will replace the usual track session on Wednesday 25th January 2017 on the newly re-laid Kingsmeadow Athletics track.
GP11 will be the 5km Club Championship and will be held at Tooting parkrun on a Saturday in February – to be confirmed in due course.
GP12 will be the Club Half Marathon Championship and as chosen by the overwhelming majority of members who voted, will be The Surrey Half Marathon on Sunday 12th March 2017. Please note – this race is guaranteed to sell out, far in advance of the race day itself. We would urge all members who wish to participate in this race to sign up ASAP.
We have had a number of fabulous results this weekend from club members. If you have results not shown below that you would like included on the site, please let us know using the contact form.
Things started well on Saturday morning with another flurry of PBs at Kingston parkrun. The honourable mention goes to Sue Hawker (Grecian) who took two and a half minutes off her previous PB. Joe Chang also slayed a long standing daemon, finally getting a parkrun PB, 5 years (and 2 children) since his last one. For more on how things went in Kingston, member Josie Bate wrote this week’s run report which is available on the Kingston parkrun site.
On Sunday, we had a number of Zero2Hero graduates moving on from 5 to 10, in some cases Feet 10k and other 10 miles at the Great South Run. More details on how they got on will be sent out later in the week.
While not racing, a group of members performed an important job at Epsom Downs on Sunday. They did a scouting mission to check the course for our upcoming cross country event. We will be hosting the cross country fixture on 12th November at 3pm on Epsom Downs. Please add the date to your diaries. We need a strong men’s team to run and lots of help volunteering to ensure the event goes smoothly (and nobody ends up running a mile too far!).
Finally, there was one result that was missed last weekend that deserves a special mention. Richard Goulder ran the Centurion Autumn 100 in a fabulous time of 20 hours 14 minutes 45 seconds. Hats off to Richard on this amazing achievement.
Great South Run
23 Oct 2016 – 10 miles
23 Oct 2016 – 10k
22 Oct 2016 – 5k
Centurion Running – Autumn 100
15 Oct 2016 – 100 miles
* PBs are based on data available in the 26.2 records. If your result is incorrectly marked as a PB, please enter your correct. Log in to add your own results.
Major repairs to the Kingsmeadow running track mean that the track will be closed for a number of weeks from late October.
Our track session this month will therefore be a week earlier than scheduled and will take place 7.15 for 7.30pm next Wednesday, 19 October.
At this time of year we are mostly running longer distances – some people considerably longer! Speed work is still an important part of a training schedule, but we will run longer reps: either 5x800m or 6x800m.
We meet at the Kingsmeadow track, Kingston Road. Please arrive by about 7.15pm to complete a gentle warm up (eg two or three times jogging around the track, or perhaps run to the track). The formal warm-up begins promptly at 7.30pm. Entry is £3.65.
This speed session is for all standards of runners, involving groups running at differing speeds. Running short, faster intervals in a speed session is an important part of our overall physical and psychological training programme, building endurance and contributing to faster times at those longer distances as well.
Following our latest GP – The Epsom 10 which saw 22 club members turn out to race the tables have again been updated with the latest stats. The final 2 qualifying races are Ladies Cross Country on Saturday 3rd December followed by The Hogs Back Road Race Sunday 4th December.
Continue reading London Marathon Ballot – Updated 19th November