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River Relays – Results

Congratulations to all runners who completed the River Relays on Sunday 4th September 2016.

26.2 entered 6 teams. Of these, 2 teams finished in the top 10. 26.2 A (Katherine Wilson, Emma Stringer, Joe Chang, Ed Brunskill, Nathan Sayers) came in 6th place and 26.2 B (Anthony Whelan, Victoria Haslam, Alastair McGeoch-Williams, Chris Rawcliffe, David George) in a very impressive 3rd place.

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26.2 B collect 3rd place prizes.

Further results will be added when they become available.

Thanks to all who represented the club, provided transportation or just gave support. A special thank you to Alastair McGeoch-Williams for organising all the teams.

For those that enjoyed the relay or looked on enviously, block out your calendar for the weekend of 20th / 21st May 2017 when we will once again be taking part in the Green Belt Relay.

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26.2 ladies ready for stage 2.

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Stage 1 runners having completed their runs.

River Relays – Final Details

River Relays are taking place this weekend. All runners taking part should have received details about which team they are in and which stage they are running.

  • Race numbers are being distributed before the event. If you have not received yours please check your emails which have details about how we can arrange collection.
  • If you still do not have transport organised, please let us know as soon as possible and we can help arrange for you.
  • Ensure you are in your club vest and bring your own safety pins.
  • Familiarise yourself with your leg and print out a copy of the route map.
  • Leg 1 starts at 9am on Sunday. We advise arriving at the start by 8:30am. For legs 2-5, we will leave it up to you to talk to your fellow teammates and work out what time you need to be at the start of your leg. 
  • If you can make it to the finish at the Hawker Centre to cheer in the final leg runners, there is a post-race cash BBQ or you can bring a picnic and enjoy the atmosphere and presentation ceremony.
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River Relays 2016

River relays will be taking part on 4th September. We have now assigned teams. This are available to logged in users below. If you are taking part and do not know what team you are in, please get in touch with Alastair McGeoch-Williams, Richard Kirk or another committee member.

Transport details are still being arranged.

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More details on the relays can be found on the Stragglers website.

Details of each stage is shown below and as always if you have any questions post up in the forum link which can be found -> here <- 

Stage

Start

End

Dist-ance

Notes

1

Boveney Church, Windsor

Ham Lane, Old Windsor

5.5

Start is close to Boveney Church on Lock Path. There is a car park and the area is just beside the Dorney Lake Rowing complex.

2

Ham Lane, Old Windsor

Staines Bridge

4.6

Start is on the River Path just East of the crossing with Ham Lane.

3

Staines Bridge

Manor Park, Shepperton

6.5

Start is by the river near Market Square, downstream from Staines Bridge. The course mainly follows the river path heading East,  then runs through Shepperton on some minor roads, finishing at Manor Park on Church Road.

4

Manor Park, Shepperton

Hurst Park

4.9

Start is by the Manor Road car park near Shepperton square (free parking for an hour), then heads over Walton Bridge to re-join the Thames Path 

5

Hurst Park

Hawker Centre

5.2

Start is on the towpath by a car park. This course follows the river the whole way, although crosses the river at Hampton Court – take care and use the crossings – and then back over at Kingston Bridge.

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Hawker Centre

 

26.7

Finish is at Stragglers HQ, the Hawker Centre. Plentiful parking and refreshments.

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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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

2016 River Relays

Following on from the great turn out we had at Nonsuch Relays the other week it’s now time for everyone to start thinking about signing up for the River Relays on Sunday 4th September.

Starting in Windsor at the Boveney Church the relays take a scenic route from Windsor back to Kingston Hawker centre over 5 stages. Each stage is an average of 5.3 miles and the total distance covered by each team of 5 is 26.7 miles. The event is a self navigation event very similar to Green Belt Relay so you need to run with a map and instructions but the route is fairly straightforward and people rarely get lost. Continue reading 2016 River Relays

Mob Match vs Elmbridge @ Kingston parkrun – 16th July 2016

Our fellow runners at Embridge Road Runners have challenged us to a Mob Match at Kingston parkrun on Saturday 16th July! Finishing times are irrelevant here – it’s all about the numbers! We need as many members as possible to be towing the start line at Kingston in order for us to secure another victory!

Please make sure you are resplendent in your club kit. If you need a loaner top, do please email to the Club Kit account (kit [ at ] 26point2.co [ dot ] uk).

To assist in processing of results, please make sure that your club is set to “26.2 RRC” in your parkrun profile. This can be done in the profile settings accessed from the link sent to you in your weekly parkrun newsletter.

Club Handicap – 2016/17 Season

The first race of the new handicap season is today, Monday, 11th July.

 At the end of every season, I review the results of the Handicap and look to see if any change might improve it. This season is no exception, and having received a copy of Member’s e-mail to the Committee, prior to the AGM, I have addressed the points raised and have replied, personally.

The issue of a ‘Slow Start’ to the season, to supposedly gain an advantage throughout the season, has long been mooted, but nobody has ever come up with evidence of anybody who has actually achieved this. Now we have a comprehensive record of the whole event since 2006, perhaps somebody, who has enough time on their hands, will be motivated enough to search through and see if such evidence, exists.

With this in mind, I am introducing a new condition for the coming season which I believe will satisfy you ALL on both the points that were raised.

The Handicap was originally introduced as a monthly Time Trial to test your current fitness. This still remains its primary purpose.

Therefore,Season’s Best’ will remain, as is, and your ‘Handicap Start Time’ will still be calculated using your last ‘Three Recorded Times’. However, no runner will have a time that is more than 10% slower than this, included in their start time calculation.

I had thought of introducing this in seasons past but felt that it might prejudice those runners coming back from injury. However, the integrity of the Handicap depends on genuine times and some times, recorded in the May run, cannot be considered ‘legit’, if used, and these times, although recorded in the Race Results, will be the first to be subjected to this rule. There are 6 times in all, 3 of which only change times by a matter of seconds. Of the other 3, times will be reduced by 0:41, 1:25 and the worst case, 3:56!

 The introduction of this measure will, hopefully, alleviate the notion that somebody is able to ‘Work the System’.  The Handicap is fair to all abilities and has proved to be so in the past 10 years of its present format. Let’s get out there and enjoy it.

The race analysis from May is available at: Google Docs – May 2016 Handicap Race Analysis

As usual past results are available in the handicap results system: Handicap Results. Start times in the handicap results system do not yet reflect the new 10% rule.