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Surrey & Southern XC Championships – Sign up!

As previously posted, we hope to enter men’s and women’s teams in the following major cross-country championships:

Saturday 5th January – Surrey XC Championships, Lloyd Park, Croydon

  • 11.45  Senior women 8km – 4 to score
  • 13.45  Senior men 12km – 6 to score

Saturday 26th January – South of England XC Championships, Parliament Hill

  • 14.05  Senior women 8km – 4 to score
  • 14:50  Senior men 15km – 6 to score

Distances are approximate.

These are probably events for our faster members as they attract the very best cross-country runners from Surrey and the South of England respectively and time cut-offs apply.

Competitors must have been born, or live, in Surrey or the South of England respectively, be paid up members of England Athletics and be first claim 26.2.  Club vests must be worn.

If you would like to run in either or both, please sign up below by 16 December.  You will need your EA number.

>>> XC Championships Sign Up! <<<

Hoping for a strong team to beat last year’s performances!

 

December handicap preview

The November club handicap saw 48 runners completing the 2 lap circuit of Berrylands. Welcome to first timers Nina Kale, Laura Willoughby, Simon Delafosse, Harry Kim, and Laura McSharry. The fastest time of the evening was clocked by Joseph Gonzalez in a rapid 17:27. Victoria Haslam was the fastest female, recording a seasons best with 20:03.

After 4 races, John Reardon has leap-frogged Daniel Clark into 1st (112pts), with the chasing pack led by Mark Cannings (109pts), Daniel Clark (105pts), and Richard Hall (103pts).

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 Steve Ramek, Bev  or myself 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.
  • If you are running late, send a message to 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
  • For your own safety please wear a BRIGHT REFLECTIVE TOP and suggest bring a head-torch to ensure you are visible to other pavement/road users.
  • Last but not least, have fun and enjoy the evening 🙂

GP8 – change of venue, volunteers required

Given the ongoing discussions regarding the future of Kingston parkrun we have taken the considered decision to relocate GP8 (December 15th) to Osterley parkrun.

Osterley has a scenic, firm, flat winter course, free parking (for those showing a parkrun barcode) and a lovely, large café.

It would be great if we were able to muster a number of volunteers for the event. If you aren’t planning to run but can spare the time please offer your services to the Osterley office via osterleyhelpers [ at ] parkrun [ dot ] com (specifying Saturday December 15th of course!).

GP8 at Osterley would be a great introduction for any members yet to experience a grand prix event. Grand prix events are open to absolutely all members, head over to the GP website for further details.

A Record Turnout at Men’s XC

Well done to everyone taking part at the men’s cross country yesterday both runners and support crew. So many great pictures and as always great cakes (thanks Ann).

At the start I knew we had a good turnout as I was surrounded by a sea of blurple. 34 men ran! (I believe) that is a new club record! It was also great that we had 6 men new to the XC team (although technically, one is someone returning from a long absence). Welcome Howell Jones, Matthew Cook, Harry Kim, Craig Bowdery, David Maher (welcome back) and Samuel Vassall (don’t forget to keep your number safe for the next XC match).

Our A Team was 5th and B Team was 2nd (amongst B Teams). A full set of results can be found here

Look forward to seeing you all, and some more new people!, at the next XC match – 3pm, 12th Jan Oxshott.

November Handicap Preview

October’s club handicap saw 56 runners completing the 2 lap circuit of Berrylands. Welcome to first timers Amber Marriot, Max Riley, Katie Bebbington, Maria Higgins, and Tony Ruff. Joseph Gonzalez once again clocked the fastest time of the evening, shaving a few more seconds off his PB with a blistering 17:14. Victoria Haslam was the fastest female, recording her fastest time on the course for over 2 years with 20:30.

As the competition moves into the fourth fixture of season, Daniel Clark (94pts) leads Richard Hall (90pts) by 4 points, with Ed Rowland (81pts) holding off the chasing pack 9 points adrift in 3rd.

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 kindly ask you to note the following:

  • If you are able to volunteer please let Steve Ramek, Bev  or myself 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.
  • If you are running late message Steve Ramek 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
  • For your own safety please wear a BRIGHT REFLECTIVE TOP and suggest bring a head-torch to ensure you are visible to other pavement/road users.
  • Last but not least, have fun and enjoy the evening 🙂

Men’s XC Match 2 – 10th Nov. 3pm Epsom Downs

In the first Surrey League cross country match we had 26 runners. Not quite 26.2 but the largest turnout of any club in division three. 5 runners (Tim B, Lorenzo, Dmitry, Graeme and James W) took part from the club who had never run in the league before. Our A Team got a credible 5th place (at the end of last year we were 6th) AND our newly discovered B Team got an impressive 2nd place (out of all other B Teams).

The next XC match is a week on Saturday (more detail here), is it possible for us to improve on any of the above? If you are interested in taking part please let me (Mark Cannings) know. I will be around at track and club or can be contacted via Facebook. Cross country is open to everyone in the club (it is only around 5 miles for men, albeit a more challenging 5 miles than on the road).

Finally, can I encourage men running in the cross country to also volunteer (part of event) at the Ladies XC. The club is hosting the Ladies XC match at Nonsuch on the same day. It is possible to help out there and run in the men’s match. I feel that it is important for us to support the league (sign up here)

Remaining GP 2018/19 fixtures announced

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.

XC sign ups – Volunteer to host ladies event and run London championships

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…

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Valentine’s 10k 2019 – Call for volunteers

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! <<<