Category Archives: Cross Country

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!


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.

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)

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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Your Cross Country team needs you!

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 ] [ 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

Southern Cross Country Championships 2018

Seven members competed in the Southern Cross Country Championships held this year at Stanmer Park in Brighton. The recent heavy rain coupled with light drizzle and a keen wind made for testing conditions over a course already churned up by 8 junior races prior to the senior events.

Senior Women 8km 272nd Tess Lambert 0:45:16
  340th Ann Bath 0:54:29
Senior Men 15km 226th Alastair McGeoch-Williams 1:02:21
  331st Nathan Sayers 1:05:52
  332nd Ed Francis 1:05:53
  566th David Pimm 1:15:26
  638th Geoff Tookey 1:19:17
Mens Team 57th / 75    

Full senior womens results available here

Full senior mens results available here

World-record holder Ann Bath tackling the first of many hills

Club Chairman David Pimm crossing the line

**photo credits to Tess Lambert and Nathan Sayers**

Surrey Cross Country Championships – Results

On a sunny, chilly and windy afternoon at Denbies Vineyard, 10 club members competed in the Surrey Cross Country Championships.

Senior Women 8km 112th Ann Bath 0:55:25
Senior Men 12km 54th Alastair McGeoch-Williams 0:45:23
  73rd Christopher Hutchinson 0:46:28
  89th Ed Francis 0:48:17
  128th Joseph Gonzalez 0:50:45
  155th Joe Chang 0:52:33
  185th Rob Hinton 0:55:15
  190th David Pimm 0:56:07
  202nd Geoff Tookey 0:58:05
  213th Richard Tomes 1:01:49

Congratulations to everyone and thanks once again to Ann Bath for the wonderful post-race refreshments.

Full results available here