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Ladies’ Cross Country Surrey League match 2 report

Thank you Daisy Street for this race report.

9 November, 2019 – 11am Mitcham Common

The second Ladies Cross Country Surrey League fixture of the season was hosted by Clapham Chasers on a cold bright morning in Mitcham Common. We got the best of the day’s weather before it clouded over and rain started falling on the men on Epsom Downs for their race later in the day.

We had 14 runners turn out for 26.2 RRC.

Our fastest runner was Victoria Haslam who finished 10th in 22:52.

The A team scorers were (9th out of 25 teams):
Victoria Whelan, Daisy Street, Maggie Stacey, Carla Cotton, Jacqueline Chang

The B team scorers were (7th out of 17):
Vicki Kirk, Amy Burton, Jenny Melbourne, Jacqui Woodroffe, Sian Thomas

The team was completed by Maria Cenalmor, Sarah Lothian, Aimee Stopford and Annabel Jones.

For full results see https://surreyleague.org/sll/race/253

We had lots of supporters out on the course cheering us on – many thanks for all your encouragement.

Ann Bath didn’t run on the day (saving herself for the ski season!) but thank you for providing the hot drinks and cakes.

If you would like to register to run in any future cross country races please contact Maria C.

Next Matches:  
Match 3 – 11 Jan, Wimbledon Common (at 1:00pm)
Match 4 – 8 Feb, Richmond Park (at 11:00am)

 

MEN’S XC MATCH 1 REPORT

12TH OCTOBER,  3PM RICHMOND PARK

The first XC league fixture of the season was hosted by Kingston and Poly (K&P) on a wet and muddy day in Richmond Park.

There were 324 runners, 44 or which were from 26.2 – the largest represented club!

Of the 44, 15 were new to XC for 26.2.  Gentlemen take a bow:
Ben Chown, Paul Donohoe, Max Riley-Gould, Craig Partridge, Dom Woodbridge, Tom Sellen, Richard Hook, Chris Chapman, Loic Lize-Thir, Jon Kinsey, Ben Woods, Robert Pyke, Bob Dean, Yaswin Ladwa, Owen Jones

Our fastest runner on the day was Ben Chown who was a brilliant second overall. Our A team was 6th out of 9 and B team 3rd out of 8. Big shout out to Dom Woodbridge who stopped to help out another runner.

For full results see https://surreyleague.org/slm/race/248/ 

Once again thank you Ann Bath for providing the much needed hot drinks and cakes, to James and Nick for bringing a Gazebo and Joe Gonzalez who answered the call by  K&P for course marshals.

Remember not to throw away your number bib.

If you haven’t been allocated a number (check https://surreyleague.org/slm/2019-20/clubs/262/)
but would like to run in future matches please contact me.

Finally, a new tradition was born with the XC Club Captain being walked back to the car park under the Gazebo!

Next Match: 9 Nov, 3pm,  Epsom Downs

Cross Country Captain: Paul Keddie

A run along the river – River Relay results 2018

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! 

A day of two halves

Ahead of marathon season, we go through half marathon season. Today, our members were in action in two places Wokingham Half and the more local Hampton Court Half.

Our faster members favoured Wokingham with 5 runners completing the course there in under 1.5 hours. Front of the back was Christopher Hutchinson with a very impressive 1:19:13.

Many members will remember the Hampton Court not-quite-a-half marathon from 2014. You will be pleased to know the distance was correct this year and all PBs count. Howell Jones and Laurie Johnston will be particularly pleased with this as they put in storming times. Front of the pack here were Martin Threakall and Katherine  Wilson both finishing in 1:42:30. Martin was one of the many 26.2 runners who completed the run as part of a long run (20 miles for him) and we are happy to see Katherine back to racing after the birth of her twins last year.

Full 26.2 results and a short write up from me of Hampton Court follow…

Laurie Johnston waits anxiously for his first half marathon.
Steve Stopford proves we did go past Hampton Court (thanks to James Walsh for the photo)

Continue reading A day of two halves

Hero2SuperHero – Oxshott 10K

Short story long, in 2015 whilst nursing a stress fracture of the second metatarsal I attended a coaching course paid for by the club which prompted me to start up Zero2Hero. I thought to myself that seeing as I would be easing myself back to fitness and because the club had paid for the course I should really put it to good use. I had also seen a News item one evening that was basically saying that the average person was overweight because they had no interest in undertaking any form of exercise and we were a lazy nation. I immediately thought this was a load of rubbish and that your average person would love to exercise so I thought I would challenge this because my belief is that people don’t exercise not because they don’t want to but because they either can’t afford the ridiculous prices gyms or personal trainers charge or that they simply have no idea how to go about getting started and that it can be quite intimidating.

Continue reading Hero2SuperHero – Oxshott 10K

Green Belt Relay 2017

This weekend saw another successful loop around London for our two Green Belt Relay teams. Everyone made it to their stages more or less on time (Steve!), did a fine job of keeping everyone in check at the marshal points and ran like they didn’t have to run again the next day (sadly they did).

If you want to see the results they are available on-line: Green Belt Relay stage results. In terms of teams our Blue team beat the Red team. As the teams were picked according to what fit with stage allocations rather than according to any kind of preference or ability (and most people didn’t know what team they were in anyway) this doesn’t mean much … I would say that though as I was a losing Red!

I would highly recommend checking out some of the Strava fly-bys of the event. Particularly you might want to watch stage 18 where John Reardon was having so much fun on the course he didn’t want to come back (sorry John…it is very funny).

Thanks to all the runners (Ami Cullum, Daisy Street, Dennis Brandrick, Frani Heyns, Greg Whiteman, Jacqueline Chang, Javier Fuentes, Joe Brewer, John Matthews, John Reardon, Kevin Furlong, Libby Marchant, Maria Cenalmor, Matthew Pritchard, Michael Street, Nathan Sayers, Peter Grecian, Richard Kirk, Ryan Lambrix, Steven Ramek, Sue Garnish, Vicki Kirk) and volunteers (Lizzie Wilson, Dave Wilson, Sam Ward, Kev Stone, Cass Brewer, Julie, Reyadh and especially Ellen Lambrix who while not running much at the moment wants to be sure everyone knows she still exists).

I hope everyone enjoyed the weekend just as much as I did. Green Belt is a real highlight of the year for me. Although the organising can sometime seem a lot of trouble by the Thursday before it is always worth it to see everyone enjoying themselves on Sunday back at the Hawker centre. I haven’t yet decided which is harder, organising 22 runners, running the level 10 stage 4 or keeping Alex happy for the 220 miles around the relay.

Look out for a sign up sheet coming out for next year some time at the end of this year (probably after River Relays). We will let you know in a newsletter when signup is available.

Thanks to everyone for making the event possible for 26.2!

Zero2Hero graduates at Fleet 10k and Great South Run

The below race report was written by Josie Bate. If you would like to contribute race reports to the site, please do send us your contributions to be published.

So this weekend, as Richard writes, saw an array of fantastic running feats by members of 26.2. For some of us, it was even more special, as a number of Kevin’s first Z2H graduates took their places on the start line of two great events – the Fleet 10k or the Great South Run, the latter being billed as the “world’s leading 10 mile running event”.

It’s perhaps fitting that just ten months on from being lead in our first warm-up by Mr Stone on a cold and dark winter’s night in January, we would be whatsapping each other as we drove south to Hampshire or further south to Portsmouth, to partake in running events featuring the number ten.

Continue reading Zero2Hero graduates at Fleet 10k and Great South Run

Bournemouth Marathon Festival 2016

Last weekend a group from 26.2 RRC headed to Bournemouth for the annual marathon festival. This weekend has become a firm favourite for members of the club and once again it did not disappoint. Although the weather for parkrun (done at a mix of Bournemouth, Weymouth and Poole) kicked things off in a rather soggy fashion, the weather soon cleared and we were treated to a lovely weekend by the seaside.

Rainbows after a brief shower (photo by Aviva Jewel)
Rainbows after a brief shower (photo by Aviva Jewel)

On Saturday we had particpants in the 1.5km children’s race, 10k Supersonic run and 5k Supernova (run at night with glow sticks). Charlotte and Zoe Pritchard were our first medal winners of the weekend. In the 10k the honourable mentions go to Lee Hilton who stormed round to a new PB (with more that a little encouragement from Steve Ramek) and Vicki Kirk who returned to racing 3 months after giving birth to Alex. The evening run was a treat for families Grecian (full complement) and Whiteman (minus Greg). Superb efforts from both families, particularly Sarah Whiteman on her first ever 5k, she was our Supernova Superstar!

On Sunday the distances were increased with 6 club members tackling the early start for the half marathon and 3 opting for a longer lie in, but also longer run with the full marathon. The weather was ideal for the half but getting a bit hot for the marathon. Fabulous efforts from Alastair McGeoch-Williams, Laura Hooke and Richard Hall for completing the marathon. Others completed a different kind of marathon by remaining in the pub supporting until all runners had passed.

Early start for the half marathon.
Early start for the half marathon.

These 26.2 on tour weekends are generally informally organised so if you are interested in attending a future weekend away, please do ask around to see what events are going on. For club organised weekends away, why not look into Green Belt Relay or Cotswolds 24 hour.

Results for club members are included below.

Continue reading Bournemouth Marathon Festival 2016

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.

Nonsuch Relays – Results

What a great turn out for the 2016 Nonsuch Relays, not only did we turn out a very impressive 11 teams in a record field of 99 teams but our top team on the night consiting of Alastair, Joe C, Anthony and Danny finished 7th overall in a time of 41:09. Our first ladies team finished as 3rd ladies team overall (5th if you include the 2 junior ladies teams) in a very respectbale time of 49:36

The other impressive thing about last night was the fact that with the exception of one person who had an unexpected motoring emergency and another with a child sickness due to his mothers driving in her rush to get there on time (or so I am led to believe) everyone arrived on time and we were able to get every team sorted before the race started which was great. Continue reading Nonsuch Relays – Results