4 club runners, 3 of whom were international men of mystery running under assumed names for anonymity, finished the course at Parliament Hill.
As none of my ‘Babes’ were available to run the other Sunday I decided to take my Garmin round the Handicap Course. I’d not run it in its current format and, anyway, I said to myself, why should you lot have all the fun!
It was noticeable that, even at my slow pace, the turn into Berrylands is pretty sharp, and care is needed to avoid running into the tree that’s just around the corner. Thereafter the pavement up past the Club to Manor Drive is uneven but once into Manor Drive I found it best to stick to the left hand side of the road for the remainder of the run, apart from cutting across the corner into Kings Drive.
My Garmin told me that the course was exactly 3 miles long. (“Garmin of Truth”, Joe?) It also gave me the first mile point at the junction with The Crest and Chiltern Drive, the halfway mark at the junction of Pine Walk and Berrylands, and the second mile as you turn into Kings Drive from Manor Drive.
This information will not be news to some of you but others might find it useful for checking their pace around the course. As for my time, a pedestrian 29:26.
I hope we have a good turnout again tomorrow evening with not too many marathoners excusing themselves in a quest for mileage. Try doing the Handicap at pace and then something like Ditton Hill afterwards. I think you will find that more than enough training. See you there.
Chris Coghlan and Kevin Parker are offering Personal Training sessions at discounted rates to 26.2 members and their friends and families. Read on to see if Personal Training is for you…..
After a month off in December Track is back next Wednesday (26th January). All members are welcome and this fun and challenging session caters for all ablities.
A bumper field of 41 runners, including 2 ‘first timers’, contested the first run of the new calendar year. A number of regulars appeared to be suffering from Christmas and New Year excesses as times were generally slower, with the exception of a PB for Andrea Bennett, and 3 others who still managed SBs. Andrea’s result moves her to 2nd in the League Table, just 3 points behind Kevin Stone. There were, however, 4 PBs amongst the newer runners.
Race winner was Alice Tozer who improved her SB by 42 secs. It’s good to see her approaching her PB time set back in April 2004. Matthew Pritchard was 2nd., improving his PB by 32 secs, ahead of Megan Toerien who, in only her second run, knocked 1 min. off her PB.
Fastest men were jointly Declan Flynn and first timer Jim Desmond in 18.10, with Maggie Stacey fastest lady in 20.28, 23 secs. ahead of Zoe Ashcroft.
Full result, League Table and Race Analysis follow.
Our annual race which is our main source of the Club’s revenue could not run without volunteers. Although we are a small club compared with some, newer members may not realise that this income means that we can provide free entry to many events eg Thunder Run teams, Green Belt, Horton, Nonsuch, River and Norfolk Relays, Cross Country, free food and drink at the Captain’s BBQ, free food at the Xmas party, subsidised clothing and Marathon Coaches and more! If you haven’t already, please see Kevin Stone at a club night to volunteer, or contact him on 07921 069454 or stone.kev [ at ] gmail [ dot ] com Many thanks!
After a fantastically successful Cross Country and Perch performance by many at the Club this weekend, all eyes were on who could match good leg power with top brain power….. Despite a full weekend of Club activities over 50 of us made it to the Club’s inaugural Quiz Night which was hosted with enthusiasm by Captain Chris and Treasurer Charlie. We had 12 teams of 5ish and even the bar staff entered a team! Full Results below
If anyone would like nutrition advice to improve aspects of your training your children’s diets or your overall lifestyle then please read on……
What a day to remember !
I can not recall another time when 26.2 has recorded so many awards. Not only did Luke McDonagh convincingly win overall, Declan Flynn won the Mens M50 category and Zoe Ashcroft and Laura Roberts received awards. To cap it off the Mens team of Luke, Declan and Dominic Collier beat Tadworth to take the Mens Team prize and Zoe, Laura and Libby Marchant swept away East Grinstead Tri and Stragglers to win the Ladies team Prize. If there had been one, we would have easily taken the Mob Match award also.
Well done every one of the 36 club runners who took part in a most enjoyable Sunday morning run. Full race results and race report set out below:
Fantastic – we were 2nd team on the day and still 3rd after 3 matches, 41 points above Elmbridge! So if we get a good turn-out at the last match on 12/2/11 at Wimbledon Common (Putney Vale end) which is also a Grand Priz race, we have a very good chance of promotion to Division 1!