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Wednesday 19 October: Track session is a week early!

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.

David Pimm

Vote For The Half Marathon Grand Prix

The Grand Prix organisers have been engaging in a lot of head scratching over these last few weeks, fretting over which half marathon race we should select for the club half marathon championship.

Frankly they’re stumped – or just indecisive – so have decided to ask you, the members, to make up their minds for them. They have at least narrowed it down to two options.

We’d prefer it if you only voted should you feel it possible you’d like to race one of these races so the winning race is a reflection of those planning on attending at least one of them.

You will need to be logged in to vote.

Please state your preference below:

Which half marathon should be added to the Grand Prix?

  • Surrey Half (Woking) - 12th March 2017 - £34 (72%, 18 Votes)
  • Tunbridge Wells - 19th February 2017 - £22 (28%, 7 Votes)

Total Voters: 25

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Grand Prix Fixtures Update

Upcoming Events

The Grand Prix organisers have now confirmed a further three fixtures.

The full list of confirmed fixtures is below.

GP4 Second Sunday Five – 11th September
GP5 Ealing Half Marathon – 25th September
GP6 Cross Country – 15th October
GP7 Oxshott 10k – 30th October
GP8 Epsom 10 – 20th November
GP9 Hogs Back Road Race – 4th December – we have kindly been given a 15% discount code by AAT, valid until 1st December. Please log in to see the discount code below. Please do not share the code outside the club.

The remaining three fixtures will be announced in due course. There will be one half marathon, one parkrun and possibly something a bit different.

GP9 – Hogs Back Road Race – Discount Code

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Please log in using your 26.2 username and password to see discount code.

Cross Country Fixtures

We will be co-hosting the second Men’s fixture on Saturday 12th November. As such we will need volunteers to assist with managing the finish funnel and recording results. If you can assist, please can you let Moustafa Fawzy know or post up on Facebook or the website forum!

Our two Cross Country Captains are Moustafa Fawzy and Ann Bath, who will be coordinating things leading up to each fixture.

We would encourage all runners to take part this season. Each fixture is between 4 and 6 miles and of course will be off-road. Cross Country is all about a team effort and getting as many members out for each fixture is the main thing. It does not matter how fast or slow you are, the main thing really is just to turn up, have a run with your club mates and enjoy the fabulous cakes and biscuits afterwards! A number of members will also meet back up in the evening for a well earned Surbiton-based curry.

Unlike most races, these fixtures are both FREE and on a Saturday – leaving you with more money to spend and enjoy on your Saturday evening!

Date Men’s Team Ladies Team
Saturday 15th October Wimbledon-2PM start Nonsuch Park
Saturday 12th November Epsom Downs – HOSTING NO FIXTURE
Saturday 3rd December NO FIXTURE Mitcham Common
Saturday 14th January 2017 Cranford Park Ham Lands
Saturday 11th February Lloyd Park Farthing Downs, Coulsdon

Dates For Your Diary

With July fast approaching we have some important dates for your diary as next month is extremely busy and you wouldn’t want to miss out on all the fun now would you!

  • Monday 4th July – Richmond Park club run meeting at Kingston Gate car park at the usual time of 7pm for a 7:15pm start .
  • Wednesday 6th July – Nonsuch Relays, if you are interested in taking part in this years relays starting at the mansion house in Nonsuch park at 7pm please use the link below to ad your name to the list of those wanting to take part. The course is a 1.87 mile out and back route along the tarmac paths in the park. You will run as part of a 4 person relay team however if you wish to enter an actual team please ensure you add each team members name to the bottom section of the sign up sheet which can be found -> here <-

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Club Kit Order Window

Calling all members!

Our kit supplier has opened a new ordering window for the club. The order window will close at 5pm on Thursday 26th May.

All kit ordered by this time will be delivered around the end of June, just in time for most of your summer races and of course the summer Grand Prix events.

As well as running kit, our supplier can also provide cycling and triathlon clothing, running accessories and also kit in child sizes too.

Instructions on how to order can be found here.

Notice of AGM – 18th May 2016

Notice of Annual General Meeting – Wednesday 18 May 2016

All members are invited to attend the 26.2 RRC AGM on Wednesday 18 May 2016 at 8.30pm, at Surbiton Racket & Fitness Club, Berrylands, Surbiton.

The agenda, AGM notice and nomination forms are all available to download on the AGM page here.

There are four Honorary Officers of the Club and ordinarily two of these posts fall for election each year.  This year the posts of Club Captain and Secretary are open for election.

If you wish to stand for election as an Ordinary Committee Member you will need to be nominated by two members of the club. If you also wish to be considered for either post of Club Captain or Secretary then make sure you are nominated separately for that. 

You must be a first claim member of the club to serve on the Committee.  Nominations in writing must reach me no later than 8.30pm on Wednesday 4 May 2016.  You can submit them by e-mail to secretary [ at ] 26point2.co [ dot ] uk or to any of the committee members at the club who will pass it on to me.

If you have a resolution to put to the AGM, this must be submitted in writing to me no later than 8.30pm on Wednesday 4 May 2016.

If you wish to make a nomination for a Life Membership, this must also be submitted in writing to me no later than 8.30pm on Wednesday 4 May 2016.
Note, these will only be presented at the meeting subject to Committee approval.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me at secretary [ at ] 26point2.co [ dot ] uk or using the details provided in the mail sent to members or via the website contact form which will then be passed on via the web team.

Kind regards

Libby Marchant

Secretary, 26.2 RRC

Annual Dinner Update

It is now just over a month until our Annual Dinner and Awards Night on Saturday 7th May at the Holiday Inn Kingston. Come along an help us celebrate the club’s 35th year!

We have received some offers from the Holiday Inn:

  • You can get a 20% discount on drinks if you order TWO WEEKS in advance (before 23 April). Fill in and submit this form to events [ at ] hikingston.co [ dot ] uk: Annual Dinner 2016 – Drinks Pre Order.
  • If you want to stay at the Holiday Inn for the night, we have secured 10 rooms at a discounted rate. Call on 0208 786 6504 and provide the code ‘RRC’. Rooms are £99 and include breakfast.

Tickets are selling fast but still available. Full details of how to get your ticket are available at Annual Awards Dinner 2016.