After another fantastic turnout for last week’s GP event at the Harrier Centre we are pleased to announce the remaining fixtures for the 2018/19 GP season.
GP9 Tadworth 10, a challenging 10 mile course at Epsom Downs. There is an early bird discount which runs until 31st October.
GP10 Dash for the Splash, an awesome cross country race through Wimbledon Common. Bring your trail shoes/wellies.
GP11 Surrey Half marathon, a fast, fully-closed course around Woking and Guildford, a 20% discount code is available via the GP page.
GP12 Thames Towpath 10, a 10 mile multi-terrain race along the Thames towpath around Kew.
Full details of the GP 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.
We have two cross country events that we are looking for members to take part in. The first is a very important call for volunteers to help host the next ladies XC event on 10th November in Nonsuch park. We then have the London XC championships on 17th November at Parliament hill.
>>> Volunteer for ladies XC here <<<
>> Sign-up for London XC championships here <<<
More details follow…
Continue reading XC sign ups – Volunteer to host ladies event and run London championships
Our annual race, the Valentine’s 10k, will be held on 17th February 2019. As always we rely on volunteers from the club to make the event a success. Please sign up to volunteer using the link below.
We kindly ask that club members do not enter the race until we have enough volunteers. Provided we have enough volunteers some members can then be invited to race. The £15 entry fee will still apply. The sign up sheet has a section to “Volunteer” or “Volunteer (but run if possible)”.
>>> Sign up to volunteer! <<<
GP6, 3,000 metres at the Harrier Centre takes place this coming Wednesday 10th October. Entry to the track is free, but please make yourself known to reception staff on arrival so that they can keep tabs on numbers. Please aim to arrive by 7:10pm for a warm-up and be ready to start the race at 7:20pm.
The 7.5 lap race will most likely be run in 2 waves and you can choose to run in either. To get an idea of how many people will be in each wave, where the cut-off time will be and who is able to help out with volunteering please complete this registration form.
Reminder of the GP rules:
In order for their performance to score in a Grand Prix event, members must visibly wear the official club top (vest or t-shirt). If a member is new to the club they must have a current kit order in place for a club top to be delivered in the next order window to be eligible to score GP points. (This decision will be at the discretion of club GP Organisers).
The cross country season is about to start! Please make sure you have the dates below in your diary! Cross country is open to everyone, so give it a try!
The club competes in the Cross Country Surrey League. Ladies are in division two and men are in division four, and they run in different locations. The ladies times vary depending on the event.
If you are interested or need more information, please ask Maria Cenalmor at secretary [ at ] 26point2.co [ dot ] uk
or Mark Cannings. Both are normally at the club on Mondays. If you have access to Facebook, both Mark and Maria will also be glad to add you to the Cross Country Facebook messenger group.
Finally, 26.2 RRC is hosting the ladies cross country match on 10 November. If you are not planning to run, please volunteer to help.
The dates for Cross Country Surrey League are:
Saturday, October 13th:
Men: Roundshaw (Croydon Airport), 3pm, hosts Collingwood and Tamworth.
Ladies: Putney Vale, 1pm, hosts Thames Hare & Hounds.
Saturday, November 10th:
Men: Epsom Downs 3pm, hosts West 4 Harriers, Epsom Oddballs, Holland Sports and Vets AC.
Ladies: Nonsuch Park, Cheam, 11am, hosts 26.2 RRC.
Saturday, January 12th:
Men: Oxshott Woods, 2.30pm, hosts Elmbridge.
Ladies: Happy Valley, Coulson, 1pm, hosts South London Harriers.
Saturday, February 9th:
Men: Lloyd Park, Croydon 12.30pm, hosts Vets AC and Holland Sports.
Ladies: Richmond Park, Kingston end, 11am, hosts Kingston Poly and Fulham RC.
Ladies from the 26.2 RRC Cross Country team during a previous season
After a successful 2017/18 season, I would like to highlight the following events for your diaries:
Saturday 17th November – London XC Championships, Parliament Hill
Saturday 5th January – Surrey XC Championships, Lloyd Park
Saturday 26th January – South of England XC Championships, Parliament Hill
I will post up a sign-up sheet closer to the time of each event.
Congratulations to all runners who completed the River Relays on Sunday 9th September 2018.
This year, 26.2 entered 6 teams. All teams performed exceptionally well and our A team (Joseph Gonzalez, Daisy Street, Chris Rawcliffe, Tim Bartholomew and our club Captain Alastair McGeoch-Williams) came in 2nd place with a time of 02:47:38! An absolutely fantastic result.
Leg 1 and 2 runners at the ready!
Full results can be found here.
Many thanks to all who represented the club and provided transportation. It was great to see so many club members out supporting as well as at the barbecue at the Hawker centre in the afternoon.
Leg three and four runners ready for the off!
Leg five runners ready to bring home the baton!
August’s club handicap saw a record turnout of 63 runners completing the 3 mile, 2 lap circuit of Berrylands. Daniel Clark was first past the post, closely followed by David Coleman, on only his 3rd appearance. Joseph Gonzalez recorded the fastest time of the evening with a very respectable 17:32.
As the competition moves into the second fixture, of season, will Daniel maintain his winning start or will somebody else challenge him for the lead?
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 tomorrow evening we would ask that:
- 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.
- If you are running late message either Steve Ramek or myself in advance to register – this helps alleviate last minute panic trying to sign-in runners at the start line.
- Be mindful of the residents and keep noise to a minimum.
- If you are unable to run but can help out please make yourself known to the handicap organisers
- As the evenings draw in, please wear a BRIGHT REFLECTIVE TOP and perhaps bring a headtorch as the light will be fading towards the end of the run.
- Last but not least, have fun and enjoy the evening 🙂
The first half marathon of the 2018/2019 Grand Prix season and strong and upbeat 26.2 team was present. Just when we thought the summer was over, the sun came out to say hello and warmed all the runners as we stood at the start ready for the off.
A well organised, fast, flat race with good marshals allowed some of our runners to give stellar performances. Of particular note should be Richard Hook who smashed his PB by over 5 minutes and Joseph Gonzalez (1:21:41) by over 3 minutes. The husband and wife team Lorenzo and Valfre di Bonzo (1:29:05) and Viola Nicastro (1:59:12) also bagged amazing PBs. Also Diana Kimura (1:48:53) also achieved an excellent PB with superb pacing. Admirable performances also came from Tim Bartholomew and Nick Murray who completed parkrun followed by an extremely muddy 8.5 mile ‘NUTS challenge’ obstacle course only yesterday!
Well done to the runners who made it and thank you to Ann for the cakes!