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26.2 Alternative London Marathon Challenges

We have had some great submissions for our alternative 26.2 challenge. A selection are below. We will add as many as we can here. For many, you can see a lot of the originals on the 26.2 RRC – We Is Runners facebook group.

Dmitry Selemir (& Family)

26.2 spelled out in the garden…

Laura Griffin

“Plogging” for my 26.2 challenge! The aim was 26.2 bits of rubbish collected but I’d managed that in 10minutes so carried on. Happy marathon day all!


Kate Hancock

26.2 jelly babies that were ready to support the marathon runners today!

Tony Ruff

11k – 26.2 laps

Erica Golland

Re-styling the Waitrose fish counter

Brewer Family

26.2 RRC marathon challenge – 26.2 laps with a ‘water station’ every lap😆🇲🇭


Jacqueline Chang

26.2 malteasers all-in-one…

Daisy Street

“Instead of running the London Marathon today as I had planned to, I ran a gentle 26.2km on my own. Such a hot day today that anyone who had to listen to me complaining after running in the heat in 2018 can consider themselves lucky that today wasn’t race day! 26.2km is also a far more manageable distance. 😂”

Lizzie Wilson

26 pub 2 – a tour of 26.2 pubs of Surbiton

(not all pubs shown…check her facebook for more, plus commentary!)

26.2 RRC Virtual Club Night – 25th March

We are holding our first virtual club night tonight at 8:30 pm. Please do join us using the details below. If you have not used Zoom before, we recommend downloading the app to your device before the session.

26.2 RRC is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: 26.2 RRC Virtual Club Night
Time: Mar 25, 2020 08:30 PM London
Every week on Wed
Mar 25, 2020 08:30 PM

Join Zoom Meeting:

Meeting ID: 849 379 880



A reminder that this Saturday, 8th Feb, is the the fourth and final fixture of the Surrey Cross Country League.

Ladies: Richmond Park, 11:00   race info
Men:     Lloyd Park,           12:00   race info 

On the team front both teams are safe in their divisions.
However, there is all to play for on the individual front!
Ladies: Aimee Stopford U20 is third
Ladies: Maggie Stacey V50 is fifth
Men:    Ben Chown Overall is first
Men:    David Pimm V60 is second

To run you need to have been allocated a bib number: check
Not there and want to run? please contact your XC captain 

Official club kit please and don’t forget your allocated number bib.

Afterwards, post run drinks will be at the Tennis club from 5pm, and if there is interest we will also go for a curry later

XC Captains:
Ladies: Maria Cenalmor / Ann Bath
Men: Paul Keddie
Full Fixture detail including links to Facebooks groups


Southern Cross Country Championships – Race Review

One of the wettest autumns and early winters on record promised to make the Southern Cross Country Championships a challenging affair – and so it proved. But even before getting to Parliament Hill the journey turned out to be almost as arduous as the race itself!

I had decided to drive so I could take the club flag and gazebo, and agreed to give Peter and Dmitry a lift. What a fateful decision that was. The train line going through Surbiton all the way to Clapham Junction was closed for engineering works, and an accident on the A3 meant gridlock around Berrylands and the whole Surbiton area.  Along with further road works en route (they’re springing up everywhere!) a nightmare car journey followed. Some others in the team had their own travel problems and delays: Ben and Dom’s struggle to get to Wimbledon, Geoff having to run to Kingston – both also traffic induced. Not ideal pre race preparation!

Over two and a half hours later, I dropped off Peter and Dmitry as soon as we arrived and they just about managed to scramble to the start line on time, as fortunately did the rest of the team. I had to find a parking space which meant I started 5 minutes late. I could see the mass of runners sprinting up the iconic hill from the bandstand where I was frantically trying to get my spikes on and pin my bib number to my chest. The gazebo stayed in the car due to lack of time – so much for that idea!

To the race itself. The course was yet again short, as almost always seems to be the case with SEAA events these days: A mere 13.7km versus the official 15km. What it lost in terms of distance it more than made up for in terms of difficulty. The wet weather, the earlier 10 or so races and the 1,172 senior male finishers (over 1,800 had entered!) combined to create the mother of all quagmires. A veritable kaleidoscope of mud textures and thicknesses (ankle deep in many places), pools of water, and array of squelching sounds (I swear I played the tune of “mud mud glorious mud”) meant that anyone wearing trail shoes or anything less than 12mm spikes could forget running and just take up rehearsing for the next series of Skating on Ice. The mud was so bad it took my shoe off three times, adding to the 5 minutes I lost at the start. The surface condition coupled with the 350 metres of elevation gain created one of the stiffest running tests going.

Ben wisely bought a pair of spikes for the occasion, which seemed like a good idea until they proceeded to tear up his feet in huge blisters and forcing him to drop out after the first lap (5k). Ed continued his unlucky run (pardon the pun) on Parliament Hill with another injury. Happily most others held together to finish the race enabling us to complete a scoring team.

We finished in 71st position (same as last year) out of 81 scoring teams, and scored a mere 63 points less than the  Stragglers who finished 69th. We had a stronger team this year than last but just loads of bad luck!

A total of 158 teams took part – 77 of which didn’t have enough finishers to score.

Paul put in a sterling performance turning in a decent time and finishing a very creditable 408th.

The team finishing order was as follows:

408th: Paul Donohoe (1:01:15)
589th: Dominic Woodbridge (1:04:51)
703rd: Dmitry Selemir (1:07:13)
778th: Joseph Gonzalez (1:09:13)
896th: Geoff Tookey (1:12:55)
945th: Joe Chang (1:14:39)

DNF: Ben Chown, Ed Francis and Peter Grecian.

Well done to the entire team for braving a very tough course indeed. We can’t wait for next year’s event, and hope we’ll be able to tempt some of you to join us and take on the challenge.



A reminder that this Saturday, 9th Nov, is the second of four fixtures of the Surrey Cross Country League.

Ladies:  Mitcham Common, 11am  race info  
Men:      Epsom Downs,              3pm race info

To run you need to have been allocated a bib number: check
Not there and want to run? please contact your XC captain before Saturday.

Also please run in official club kit if possible.

Afterwards there will be post run drinks which all are welcome to:
Venue: Prince of Wales pub, Ewell Road, 6:30pm

XC Captains:
Ladies: Maria Cenalmor / Ann Bath
Men:     Paul Keddie
Full Fixture detail including links to FB groups

SEAA London Cross Country Championships

With the cross country season getting underway, the South of England London Cross Country Championships will be held on the 16th November at Parliament Hill Fields on Hampstead Heath. 

Cross Country running is hugely beneficial as you begin preparing for a spring marathon training cycle,  helping to build strength and endurance.

As with all these championship events, there will be present a field of top runners from the leading clubs across Greater London . While I hope our own strongest runners can take part, it would be great to have a big team show up from male and female senior and vet categories.

If you’re interested in taking part, please sign up at the following link.

>>> Entry Form Here <<<

You will need to do so by Wednesday 30th October so that the entry deadline can be met.

SEAA Southern Road Relays 2019 – Results

The weather forecasts had for days been predicting thunderstorms and heavy rain on the day of the SEAA Road Running Relays, but in the end it turned out to be a fine day for three 26.2 RRC teams taking part in this high quality event featuring many of the best runners in the South of England.  A little drizzle but nothing that dampened the spirits, or performances.

A fourteen strong contingent descended on the Crystal Palace National Sports Centre to do the burple shirts proud. The three teams that took part were:

Senior Women: 1. Victoria Whelan; 2. Jacqueline Chang; 3. Megan Lewis; 4. Laura Hooke

Senior Men: 1. Ben Chown; 2. Anthony Whelan;  3. James Scanlon; 4. Dmitry Selemir; 5. Tim Bartholomew; 6. Chris Hutchinson

Vet Men: 1. Steve Nicholls; 2.Joe Chang; 3. David Maher; 4. Harry Kim

The cherry on the cake was finishing on top of our local rivals and mob match adversaries The Stragglers in both the Senior Women and Vet Men categories.  They didn’t field a Senior Men’s team alas.

Full results available from the SEAA website at the following link:





AGM Notification – Save the date

The 2019 AGM will be at the club on Wednesday 15 May 2019 at 8.30pm.

Please save the date in your diary. The AGM is an important date for the club’s calendar as we get to elect our new club committee. This year also there will be elections for Chairman and Treasurer. 

If you have any questions regarding the AGM, please contact Maria at secretary [ at ] [ dot ] uk.

Please see your email for further details or all documents related to the meeting can be downloaded here AGM 2019

26.2 RRC Awards Night

11th May 2019      7pm to midnight

Royal British Legion, Holyfield Road, Surbiton KT5 9AL

The 26.2 RRC Committee would like to invite all members to our annual awards night. The evening will see the presentation of awards to members in various categories.

The price has been reduced this year to £14 a head. Please feel free to bring partners and friends. Your ticket price includes a hot buffet and a free drink. Following the presentation of the awards there will be a disco and dancing.

Tickets must be purchased in advance by payment to the club bank account – Barclays sort code 20-84-17 account number 00897302.  

Once payment has been received John Bennett will forward you your tickets by email. Please print your tickets and bring along to the event as they will entitle you to one free drink at the bar.

Requests for your choice of music should be forwarded to john_bennett99 [ at ] hotmail [ dot ] com. Andrea Bennett will be organising much of the evening and will endeavour to ensure a good range of music is played by the DJ.

Please book early so we can arrange sufficient food for all those wishing to attend. Please let John know of any specific dietary needs and these will be passed to the venues catering team.

NB All tickets need to be paid for no later than Wednesday 8th May so that we can finalise the food order with the caterer please.

26.2 RRc Social Event

Fancy solving a murder mystery?

Then why not join your club mates at Langleys in Surbiton on the 16th May! Further details are yet to be confirmed but the evening should start at 7:30pm and comprise of a set three course meal (menu to follow) with the chance to try and solve a murder!

At the moment we are looking for numbers of those interested. To register your interest, please complete the google form by following the link below. See Becky Stopford for more details.