Category Archives: Races

Welsh Castles Relay – 6th & 7th June 2020

For the first time in 26.2’s history we have requested an entry in the Welsh Castles Relay of 2020. This relay is the weekend of June 6th and 7th and it requires 20 runners. Each runner only needs to run once over the whole weekend but the team also needs to do some marshaling and each team is in charge of its own transportation.

The relay legs are, I am told, tough. They vary in length from 8.5 – 13.1 miles but there is a very strict cut off time for each leg. Realistically all runners need to be able to run comfortably at 9 minute miles.

>>> Welsh Castles Relay 2019 Details <<<

We won’t have our place in this event confirmed until mid-March, but if you are interested in being a part of the team, then please fill in your details below.

>>> Register your interest <<<

Thank you,
Jacqueline Chang.

MEN’S XC MATCH 3 REPORT

The third Surrey Cross Country league fixture of the season was hosted by Elmbridge RRC on a  dry but  windy Oxshott Downs. It was pretty chaotic at the narrow start and, although not that muddy, quite tricky underfoot with the tree roots, as Chris unfortunately found out.

There were 353 runners (the most so far) and once again 26.2 were the largest represented club with 40 runners and now 65 have represented the club this XC season so far! 

Seven were running their first XC of the the season: Ed Rowland, Jay Larkin, Jonathon Lush, Mark Ryder, Matthew Hoare, Ricky Harland and Simon De La Fosse.Our top three runners were:  Ben Chown (30:11, 5th), Tim Bartholomew(32:20, 24th) and  Paul Donohoe (33:59,  59th)

The A team scorers were (6th out of 9 teams):
Ben Chown, Tim Bartholomew, Paul Donohoe, Dom Woodbridge, Jonathon Lush, Max Riley-Gould, Joe Brewer, Craig Partridge, Joe Chang, Mark Cannings

The B team scorers were (3rd out of 9 teams):
David Maher, Geoff Tookey, Tom Sellen, Chris Chapman, Michael Street, Robert Hinton, Jay Larkin, Peter Grecian, Robert Pyke, David Pimm

These are two very strong teams which shows you how competitive the league is this year. We are safe in mid table and so will be running again in Division 3 next year.

For full results

(Mrs) Keddie Cakes  went down well but hopefully full  culinary services from Ann Bath will be resumed at the next match.

Final Match: 12 Feb,  12pm,  Lloyd Park– note the earlier start time as all 4 divisions are racing there.

It would be great if we get a  clean sweep and have the  largest contingent again at the final fixture so hopefully see you all there!

Cross Country Captain: Paul Keddie

January Handicap Preview

The December handicap saw 38 members complete the two lap course of Berrylands. On his fifth handicap appearance, David Coleman set a new PB to be first over the line with an elapsed time of 38:07 (actual: 22:57). Fastest time on the evening went to Ben Chown (16:19), narrowly missing the course record by three seconds. Daisy Street was the quickest female on the night in 21:54.

After six races, Chris Dormer has a comfortable lead at the top of the table, despite missing the August race (143pts), with Graeme Maisey (125pts) and Steve Back (123pts) heading up the chasing pack.

For full details of last months’ times, positions and this months start times, see the full handicap database for this season –> here <-

For those of you attending we kindly ask you to note the following:

  • If you are able to volunteer please let Bev know in advance. We are always grateful for an extra pair of hands.
  • Please arrive in good time to register as we will be leaving the club at 7:15pm prompt in order to start at 7:30pm.
  • Be mindful of the residents on The Byeways and keep noise to a minimum.
  • With the nights now closing in, for your own safety please wear a BRIGHT REFLECTIVE TOP to ensure you are visible to other pavement/road users.
  • Last but not least, have fun and enjoy the evening 🙂 

SURREY XC LEAGUE – MATCH 3

A reminder that this Saturday, 11th Jan, is the third of four fixtures of the Surrey Cross Country League.

Ladies:  Wimbledon Common, 1pm          race info  
Men:      Oxshott Downs,              2:30pm   race info

To run you need to have been allocated a bib number: check
Not there and want to run? please contact your XC captain before Saturday.

Please run, if possible, in official club kit and don’t forget to bring your allocated number bib.

Afterwards there will be post run drinks which all are welcome to:
Venue: Prince of Wales pub, Ewell Road, 6:30pm

XC Captains:
Ladies: Maria Cenalmor / Ann Bath
Men:     Paul Keddie
Full Fixture detail including links to Facebooks groups

GRANDS PRIX 10 & 11

Here are the much-anticipated details for the final GP races of the 2019/20 season, enjoy…
 
GP10 Dash for the Splash – Sunday 2nd February
A 26.2 RRC favourite, the Dash for the Splash is a local 10k all-terrain race at Wimbledon Common, organised by our friends at Thames Hare and Hounds running club.
 
Mud + hills + splash = sticky toffee pudding. 😊
 
GP11 Croydon Half Marathon – Sunday 15th March
We choose to support races organised by fellow running clubs wherever possible. This event is brought to you by Striders of Croydon; an undulating half marathon, slightly more low-key the Reading Half (GP12) in April.
 
All club members are welcome and encouraged to take part in grand prix events. To score points, club colours (blue top with red and white stripe) must be worn, or at least on order. Full details of the events including how to enter, discount codes (you must be logged in to view these) and the updated GP tables can be found on the GP pages.

Mob Match Results

Thank you to everyone that came out today to participate in the annual 26.2 RRC vs The Stragglers mob match. We were very pleased to welcome everyone from The Stragglers to our home fixture hosted at the British Legion in Surbiton. Due to some roadworks and lack of availability of the recreation ground we completed a slightly shorter course than normal, finishing in Fishponds park after around 5.3km.

There were 219 finishers and 25 volunteers that took part today. 26.2 RRC took a clear lead the mob prize (162 participants against 82) so were pleased to once hand over the stuffing! For those wanting to know the number of legs this was 352 for 26.2 RRC vs 168 for The Stragglers.

In terms of the match prize, this was originally called for 26.2 RRC however this was done on an all comers basis taking the first 78 finishers from each club regardless of how they completed the course. If this is restricted to taking just the runners (excluding dogs/walkers/non-wheelchair wheels), with 67 to score from each club then The Stragglers take the runners match prize.

Individual prizes all go to 26.2 RRC members. First, the Buster trophy is taken for another year by Bobby the dog, finishing in a time of 24:05. Well done also to Ben Chown (17:06) and Victoria Whelan (20:39) who lead the human field.

Complete results are available online at:

>> Complete Mob Match Results <<<

Apologies in advance for incorrect spellings of names. We already know there are many of these!

Thank you to the 25 volunteers that made the event happen today, and particular thanks to Bev Gow who acted as race director. We look forwards to next year’s mob match!

Mob Match vs The Stragglers – 1st December 2019

This Sunday is a very important date in the club calendar, our annual mob match against the Stragglers will be taking place. In recent years we have been victorious which we aim to repeat this year. Our record membership levels will hopefully allow us to remind everyone that 26.2 RRC are the best running club around!
 
For those un-familiar with a mob match, the event is open to all and encourages as many people to take part as possible. We welcome runners, walkers, kids (on bikes, scooters or in buggies) and dogs. Participants do not need to be club members, so bring along your friends, family, neighbours, pets or anyone else you can convince to come along. The aim is to be the club with the most participants around the course (yes, the dogs count too!). The club with the biggest representation take the mob match prize and the losers get the stuffing!
 

The race follows a route somewhere between 3 and 4 miles from Alexandra Recreation Ground (same venue as Surbiton junior parkrun). This is a road route through Berrylands, along Lower Marsh Lane, up Villiers and then back to finish in Fishponds park. A route map will be available to view before the race.
 
As well as the main prize for the most runners, there is also a match prize for the club who puts out the fastest field of runners. This is scored using some complex maths but to win it we need a everyone to run  as fast as possible. On and individual basis, if you do happen to win, you may get also some acknowledgement, at least a pat on the back. More importantly, the first dog is the most sought after individual prize on offer.
 
Race details:

Date:   Sunday 1st December 2019
Venue:   Royal British Legion, Surbiton (same venue as awards night)
Registration:  

9:30am.
You will need to register and get a race number.

Start time:   10:00am for walkers / kids, 10:30am for runners
Start location:   Alexandra Recreation Ground (same as Surbiton Junior parkrun)

 
Following the race there will be a social event in the Royal British Legion with some snack food provided. There will be a presentation and charity cake sale. Please do stay afterwards for a chance to socialise with the other runners of Surbiton and Kingston.

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 <<<