Valentines 10K

With the clubs Valentines 10K race only a week away Joe and I have now completed Marshalling point allocations and various other tasks that are required to help things run smoothly. I would like to thank everyone who has offered their time and volunteered their services both before and on the day. The club couldn’t put this race together without the help of its members and once again you have all shown it is important to give something back to the club when we all get so much from it.

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Ladies Cross Country Sat Feb12th & GRAND PRIZ 10

12.00 Noon Seniors 8K, 1.00pm under 17’s /15’s 4.5K


This is the last match and we hope to maintain our current 3rd position in Division 2, which puts us in promotion position to Division 1! So as it is a Grand Priz race too, hope lots will turn out and enjoy the race and social afterwards!

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Bleep Test – Sunday 20th March

Just a quick heads up – the next ‘bleep test’ will take place on Sunday 20th March at Kingston College with a start time of 6pm.

I understand that this clashes with the Reading half but unfortunately space is at a premium. The bleep test is free for all members and I will post more information at the beginning of March.


Calling the Youngsters: London Mini-Marathon trials

Kingston are holding the trials to select the Borough’s representatives in the London Mini Marathon on Saturday 26 February 2011 10am-12 noon – Bushy Park, near the Diana Fountain. Any athlete aged between 9 and 17 years is welcome to run, although only those aged 11 and over take part on the Big day. The trial is over a 4k course.

To find more details and the paper registration click here and the online application click here

Closing date for entries is 18th February 2011.

A few years ago 26.2 Club member Sharon Andrews daughter, Ella, ran at the London Mini Marathon and had a wonderful day.

February Club Handicap Preview

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.

Club Handicap Result – January 2011

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.

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