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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Valentines 10K Volunteers 13th Feb 2011

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!

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Quiz Night – Results

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

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