26.2 Road Runners Club is 30 this year! The 26.2 Road Runners Club is holding its 30th Anniversary Dinner-Dance on Saturday, 7th May, 2011, at the Holiday Inn, Portsmouth Road, Surbiton, 6.45pm for 7.30pm. Carriages will be at midnight.
Thank you to everyone who contributed to the recent discussions.
The month of May includes our 30th Annual Awards Dinner and Dance on Saturday 7th May and is being held at the Holiday Inn on Portsmouth Road. Details will be advised by the Committee shortly. Also, the Green Belt Relay is a couple of weeks later which is another fabulous and popoular event that the Club attends and competes at.
Therefore, in order to avoid too much congestion, May will be a rest month for the Grand Prix and the season will kick off in ernest with the Mile Championship at Kingsmeadow on Wednesday 1st June 2011, shortly followed by the Dorking 10 on Sunday 5th June 2011.
Click “Read More” for the rest of the schedule and the other Championship events highlighted in red.
No sooner do I include, in my preview, the Men and Ladies top10 Handicap Times when along comes Jack Holland to better his PB by just under a minute and become the sixth fastest of all time.
Jack was one of nine runners who ran PBs in a rather disappointing field of 27 starters that included 5 first timers. There were satisfying SBs for Peter Grecian and Neil Sunderland by 56 and 55 secs. respectively.
Race winner Lizzie Ruth Wilson was also previewed as getting back to her pre-Christmas form and so it proved. Her time of 30:00 was only 1 sec. off her SB set in August 2010. First timer Jane Calderbank was fastest lady in 21:40
Read on for full result.
Still another month to go before we get a daylight run but, with the weather set fair for this evening, albeit a little chilly, early registrees should be able to spot a flypast of the International Space Station, starting at 18.47 and lasting about 3 mins.
Has the handicapper caught up with points leader Andrea Bennett? She will need another good run to prevent Kevin Stone from narrowing the gap, and you never know quite what sort of a run you will get from third placed Howard Brinkworth.
Lizzie Wilson in fourth is getting back to her pre-Christmas form but, with Jon away and Dave ‘hors de combat’ at present, she doesn’t have the same family rivalry as the Tozers, Pete and Alice, who are tied sixth, or the Esslemonts, Sue and Don, who are separated by 6 points in 11th and 12th=, respectively.
Here is a list of the fastest times, to date, for the top 10 Men & Ladies. See you all this evening.
Our ladies Cross Country Team has done us proud this year – not only promotion to division 1 but Maggie Stacey was 1st Vet 35 overall in Division 2,and I will collect her Gold medal at the AGM. Zoe Ashcroft was only 1 point away from tying for 3rd position as well – congratulations to you both!
Update on 26.2’s use of the Surbiton Racket & Fitness Club
At an informal meeting on Monday 21st February Roy Staniland (Club Director) made it clear to Ann Bath and Charlie Foster that he would like 26.2 to continue to use the Racket Club as its base. Roy made his positive position very plain.
If you have a stop watch please bring it along to track on Wednesday.
A quick overview of Wednesday’s session:
– warm up
– 40m strides
– 4/5 x 800m reps with 4-5 minute stationary rest
– 200m continuous relay team event
– cool down
+ as always there will be running specific drills to encourage dynamic movement and active recovery
As always all levels of runners are welcome. Participants should run within their capacity and are welcome to drop in and out of any part of the session.
See you there
See you there
Now that the dust is settling after our successful Valentine 10K it’s tme to catch up with the results etc. of the February Club Handicap. Of the 37 who participated, 5 were ‘First Timers’ and 1 a possible ‘Last Timer’!
Katherine Wilson, not one of our regular handicappers, came along to give it one last shot before she moves out of the area, and was rewarded with a PB of 19 mins exactly. She was also fastest lady and Jack Holland was fastest man in 17:56.
A number of regulars were missing, possibly due to marathon training, but well done Mark Weight, who had already run earlier in the day, for recording a creditable time of 18:50, and then going on to do another 5 miles.
First home was Megan Toerian who, in her third run, improved her PB by 2mins.16secs. Second was Matthew Pritchard with a PB improvement of 50secs, just 5 secs. ahead of Peter Grecian with his season’s best time.
In all there were 7PBs and 4SBs. Results etc. follow.
There were perfect running conditions for the Cross Country which was the 9th Grand Prix event of the running year and the tables are getting close at the top. Congratulations to both Steve Watkins and Jaqueline Chang who have shown great consistency with their running this year by completing all nine of the events so far. It was good to see Aimee Billington back in great form and recent joiner Rob Hinton making a great debut to the Grand Prix scoring a very impressive 72.83% age grading on an off road course. Summary tables are below and the full tables available in the downloads section or click here.
The next Grand Prix event is the Finchley 20 on March 13th followed by the re-scheduled Horton 10k on March 27th 2011.
After the final race of the 2010/11 Surrey League Cross Country League, the mens team have come 9th in Division 2.