Category Archives: Grand Prix

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.

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.

GP6 info for runners and volunteers

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).

GP5 – Maidenhead Half Marathon

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! 

Grand prix update

Well done to everyone who took part in the recent Wimbledon 5k Dash, some great performances and an excellent turnout.

For next week’s Maidenhead half (GP5) please note that we’ll be using chip timing rather than gun and that it also doubles as a club championship event. Entries are still open for those not yet signed up – better get in there quickly!

We are pleased to announce the details for GP events 7 and 8.

GP7 will be the Jigsaw Run. A fast, flat 10km in November at Dunsfold Park (home of Top Gear). This race raises money for the Jigsaw Trust in support of children and adults with autism.

GP8 in December will see us staying local with a visit to Kingston parkrun. This doubles as the Club 5k Championship so please don’t forget your barcode!

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.

GP3 – Elmbridge 10k – earning those burgers!

Mercifully, despite the current heat wave, the temperature dropped slightly on Sunday 22ndJuly for the Elmbridge 10k!

A change of start and finish line for this year’s event as runners started their race and charged their way to the finish on the track at the new athletics stadium at the Xcel Sports Hub in Walton on Thames.  

The race is fast-flat-scenic out and back route along the towpath of the Thames towards Hampton Court. The route was exceptionally well marshaled despite a busy stretch of the river on the return leg due to the Molesey Regatta.

Our runners were out in force as we had 53 runners compete for points in the Grand Prix. The top three men were Alastair McGeoch-Williams (36:04), Joseph Gonzalez (37:07), and Tim Bartholomew (37:48). The top three women were Victoria Haslam (43:44), Kirstie Mitchell (47:23), and Laura Hooke (49:22). A special congratulations to Laura who managed her first sub 50 10k!

Well done to all those who took part; you definitely deserved your burgers and sausages at the Captain’s BBQ in the afternoon.

Full results can be found here. 

 

GP2 – Harry Hawkes 10 Mile – A heck of a hot race!

Club members were out in force on Sunday 24th June 2018 as they stormed their way around the Harry Hawkes 10 mile race. The Harry Hawkes is a classic  run over a fast, flat, and scenic course that offers great PB opportunities.  The route winds its way round the Kingston upon Thames Marketplace,  the pretty village of Thames Ditton and from Kingston bridge to Hampton Court along the Thames.

52 of our runners completed the course and earned themselves well deserved points on the GP league table. 1st over the line for the men was Alastair McGeoch-Williams in 1:00:53 with Tim Bartholomew (1:01:28) in 2nd, and Joseph Gonzalez (1:01:44) in 3rd. 1st over the line for the women was Victoria Haslam in 1:13:10 with Daisy Street (1:20:40) in 2nd, and Kirstie Mitchell (1:20:48) in 3rd. 

There were many other notable performances and PBs all round. It was particularly fantastic to see many of the club’s ladies out in force – a huge increase in numbers compared to last year’s 10 mile GP race. 

Congratulations to everyone who endured the heat! The ice cream van and Ann’s legendary cakes were certainly a welcome sight at the finish line!

Click here for updated GP table

Grand Prix 2018/19 – events 5 and 6

Events 5 and 6 have been added to the Grand Prix calendar:

  • GP5 – Maidenhead Half Marathon – Sunday 2nd September 2018 (club half marathon championship)
  • GP6 – Club 3,000m (Harrier Centre)  – Wednesday 10th October

More details including how to enter each event are on the Grand Prix page. You will also find details of any discounts available.

Details of the remaining GP events to follow shortly.

GP1 – Club Mile Championship – 2018 Results!

On Wednesday 13th June, the first of our club championships and GP 2018 – 2019 races got off to a flying start – the club mile! 79 finishers stormed round the track four times at the Harrier Centre in Ewell.

Anthony Whelan  was the first male across the line in 4min59sec with Victoria Haslam the first female in 6min01sec. 

Congratulations to all members who achieved PBs and those who were running the mile race for the first time. 

8 Juniors also completed the race this year. Huge congratulations to Tom Hook, Daniel Street, Charlie Brewer, Zak Grecian, Noah Gallant, Tom Street, Oscar Brewer, and Megan Jones.

A big thank you to all the volunteers who helped out on the night; you were pivotal in electrifying the atmosphere track side! We also can’t forget to thank the fabulous Ann Bath who provided much welcomed post race treats. 

CLUB MILE CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS – 2018 – 13th JUNE

Position Name M/F Junior/Senior Time
1 Anthony Whelan M Senior 04:59
2 Alastair McGeoch-Williams M Senior 05:02
3 Chris Rawcliffe M Senior 05:10
4 Joe Chang M Senior 05:14
5 Joseph Gonzalez M Senior 05:15
6 Tim Bartholomew M Senior 05:20
7 Mark Cannings M Senior 05:24
8 Nathan Sayers M Senior 05:25
9 Steve Ramek M Senior 05:35
10 Dom Woodbridge M Senior 05:38
11 Dmitry Selemir M Senior 05:41
12 Michael Street M Senior 05:42
13 Richard Hook M Senior 05:43
14 Joe Brewer M Senior 05:43
15 Lorenzo Valfre M Senior 05:47
16 Ed Rowland M Senior 05:47
17 Geoff Tookey M Senior 05:53
18 Richard Tomes M Senior 05:53
19 Rob Hinton M Senior 05:53
20 Brian Merritt M Senior 05:54
21 Jon Kinsey M Senior 05:55
22 Richard Goulder M Senior 05:56
23 Ricky Harland M Senior 05:57
24 Daniel Clark M Senior 05:58
25 Peter Grecian M Senior 05:59
26 Victoria Haslam F Senior 06:01
27 Matthew Pritchard M Senior 06:04
28 Martin Banks M Senior 06:15
29 Daisy Street F Senior 06:16
30 Tom Hook M Junior 06:21
31 Harry Kim M Senior 06:21
32 Craig Bowdery M Senior 06:21
33 Kirstie Mitchell F Senior 06:24
34 Carla Cotton F Senior 06:25
35 David Iveson M Senior 06:36
36 Diana Kimura F Senior 06:37
37 Robert Pyke M Senior 06:39
38 David George M Senior 06:41
39 Greg Whiteman M Senior 06:47
40 Iain Stevenson M Senior 06:48
41 Katherine Burston F Senior 06:48
42 Laura Hooke F Senior 06:50
43 James Eaton M Senior 06:50
46 Graham Ashby M Senior 06:51
44 Daniel Street M Junior 06:53
45 Rike Jones F Senior 06:55
47 Josie Shepherd F Senior 06:59
48 Kevin Stone M Senior 07:01
49 Steph Harvey F Senior 07:04
50 Howell Jones M Senior 07:05
51 Malcom Watts M Senior 07:12
52 Charlie Brewer M Junior 07:16
53 Sylwia Milkowska F Senior 07:21
54 Matthew Cook M Senior 07:22
55 Zak Grecian M Junior 07:30
56 Viola Nicastro F Senior 07:30
57 Gemma Burt F Senior 07:34
58 Eleanor Taguba F Senior 07:37
59 Steve Back M Senior 07:44
60 Laurie Johnston M Senior 07:58
61 Reyadh Mallam-Hassam M Senior 08:01
62 Noah Gallant M Junior 08:08
63 Tom Street M Junior 08:12
64 Cass Brewer F Senior 08:12
65 Owen Jones M Senior 08:16
66 Peter Tozer M Senior 08:18
67 Lizze Wilson F Senior 08:25
68 Jo Newstead F Senior 08:29
69 Natalie Hodges F Senior 08:42
70 Maria Cenalmor F Senior 08:44
71 Jakki Poyntz F Senior 08:45
72 Annabel Jones F Senior 08:54
73 Ann Bath F Senior 08:59
74 Oscar Brewer M Junior 09:01
75 Krysta Cluer F Senior 09:26
76 Carol Ferrari F Senior 09:52
77 Josie Bate F Senior 09:54
78 Megan Jones F Junior 09:55
79 Bev Gow F Senior 09:57

 

GP1 2018 Club Mile Championship – Pre Register

On Wednesday 13th June  we will be hosting the annual club mile championship at the Harrier Centre, Poole Road, Ewell, KT19 9RY. Please aim to arrive by 7:10pm for a warm-up and be ready to start the mile at 7:20pm.

The race will mostly likely be run in three waves this year, subject to numbers – slower (10:00+), intermediate (7:00-9:59), faster (sub-7:00). You can run in any wave.  To get an idea of how many people will be in each wave, and where the cut-off time will be, please pre-register by filling in our registration form.

I believe the track entry fee is £2.70 (bring £3 to be sure) which is payable in cash at the main reception on the night.

If you are unable to run, we would welcome volunteers to help with timing and results. You can use the registration form to specify that you would like to volunteer.

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)