Mercifully, despite the current heat wave, the temperature dropped slightly on Sunday 22ndJuly for the Elmbridge 10k!
A change of start and finish line for this year’s event as runners started their race and charged their way to the finish on the track at the new athletics stadium at the Xcel Sports Hub in Walton on Thames.
The race is fast-flat-scenic out and back route along the towpath of the Thames towards Hampton Court. The route was exceptionally well marshaled despite a busy stretch of the river on the return leg due to the Molesey Regatta.
Our runners were out in force as we had 53 runners compete for points in the Grand Prix. The top three men were Alastair McGeoch-Williams (36:04), Joseph Gonzalez (37:07), and Tim Bartholomew (37:48). The top three women were Victoria Haslam (43:44), Kirstie Mitchell (47:23), and Laura Hooke (49:22). A special congratulations to Laura who managed her first sub 50 10k!
Well done to all those who took part; you definitely deserved your burgers and sausages at the Captain’s BBQ in the afternoon.
Full results can be found here.
The club regularly hires out the clock and gantry to support local races. This acts as a welcome revenue generated but relies on trustworthy volunteers to transport and assemble before the event and stick around to disassemble after the final finisher has completed their run. On Sunday 7th October, the club have once again agreed to hiring the clock and gantry for the Titsey Trail 10k race near Oxted, but our regular team of volunteers are unavailable. This is a fantastic, locally organised event, held on the Limpsfield Chart, a true cross-country course. In return, we are granted 2 free race entries and cover your fuel. If you are able to offer your help, please contact: captain [ at ] 26point2.co [ dot ] uk
Just a reminder to all that this Sunday (22nd) is the Captains BBQ at the Berrylands Scout hut on Sterling Walk. As usual the club will be supplying the meat, bread rolls and condiments, if you want salads, desserts and drink you will need to supply your own. Bev will once again be supplying the Veggie / Vegan options so if this is your option please do let her know ASAP so she can plan accordingly.
Grant will be lighting the BBQ around noon and all are welcome from noon onwards with food being served from around 1pm. Once everyone has had their fill we will commence with the usual fun and games of the Tug-O-War, Welly Wanging and maybe a 3 legged race or two. The afternoon usually starts to wind up around 5pm
Please bring the family for a fun afternoon (No running involved) and if you’re unsure of where the scout hut is situated see -> here <- for a map.
I would also like to thanks both Bev and Grant in advance for offering their culinary skills once again and I look forward to seeing you all on Sunday
Next Wednesday’s track session will focus on training for the shorter distances. If you have never done track before, do not be put off; we will run separate groups for differing speeds.
Track sessions provide focussed speed work that does wonders for improving speeds over all distances, and offer the exhilaration of running faster than we do at any other time.
This month, targeting improvements to handicap and 5k times, we will be doing 8x400m (or 7x400m for the less experienced) with 200m recovery between each rep.
The track session will be at the Poole Road athletics track in Ewell. Otherwise known as the Harrier Centre or King George V recreation ground, it can be found by turning right into Ruxley Lane off the A 240 and then left into Scotts Farm Road which becomes Poole Road. The recreation ground and athletics track are on your left about half a mile after leaving Ruxley Lane.
Please arrive at the track around 7.15pm to complete a gentle warm up (eg two or three times jogging around the track) and be ready to start the more formal warm up promptly at 7.30pm. Bring an extra layer for the warm-up and warm-down and some water if it is hot. The entry fee is £2.70 but best to bring £3.00 to be sure.
Please be considerate of other track users; other local running clubs will also be training there that evening.
Following our success last year, the club are again looking to send a group to this years’ road relays. A highly competitive event and therefore only suggest the “faster” end of the club consider entering.
Held on Sunday 23rd September at the Crystal Palace National Sports Centre. Full details on the SEAA website here
- Senior & Vet Women 4 x 4.5km
- Vet Men 4 x 6km
- Senior Men 6 x 6km
>Sign up here<<
All runners must be first claim members and registered with England Athletics.
Following on from tonight’s announcement, I would like to confirm the Wednesday night sessions for the upcoming weeks:
Wednesday 11th July – Green Lane circuits (led by Danny Norman)
Wednesday 18th July – Hills (Roystons)
Wednesday 25th July – Track
Wednesday 1st August – Club Handicap
There will be no July club handicap.
We had another fantastic evening of running at the Imber Court relays on the 26th June. We had 44 teams participating in what was a really exciting event. Runners lined up at the finish area to cheer in their team mates which heightened the atmosphere and made for some truly memorable finishes.
Alex Dunbar from the Up and Running Social Running Group, ran all four legs himself. Ollie Garrod from Epsom and Ewell was the quickest runner on the night completing his leg in 8:04.
Full results can be found here
A big thank you to all the volunteers and Race Director John Bennett who made sure the evening ran smoothly. We hope all the runners had a great evening and we are looking forward to seeing you all next year.
A reminder ahead of the track session on Wednesday 27th June. Please arrive by 7:15 to warmup ahead of the session starting at 7:30 sharp.
Session details will be revealed on the night.
Bring £2.70 entry fee and a drink in consideration of the hot conditions.
Club members were out in force on Sunday 24th June 2018 as they stormed their way around the Harry Hawkes 10 mile race. The Harry Hawkes is a classic run over a fast, flat, and scenic course that offers great PB opportunities. The route winds its way round the Kingston upon Thames Marketplace, the pretty village of Thames Ditton and from Kingston bridge to Hampton Court along the Thames.
52 of our runners completed the course and earned themselves well deserved points on the GP league table. 1st over the line for the men was Alastair McGeoch-Williams in 1:00:53 with Tim Bartholomew (1:01:28) in 2nd, and Joseph Gonzalez (1:01:44) in 3rd. 1st over the line for the women was Victoria Haslam in 1:13:10 with Daisy Street (1:20:40) in 2nd, and Kirstie Mitchell (1:20:48) in 3rd.
There were many other notable performances and PBs all round. It was particularly fantastic to see many of the club’s ladies out in force – a huge increase in numbers compared to last year’s 10 mile GP race.
Congratulations to everyone who endured the heat! The ice cream van and Ann’s legendary cakes were certainly a welcome sight at the finish line!
Click here for updated GP table
Events 5 and 6 have been added to the Grand Prix calendar:
- GP5 – Maidenhead Half Marathon – Sunday 2nd September 2018 (club half marathon championship)
- GP6 – Club 3,000m (Harrier Centre) – Wednesday 10th October
More details including how to enter each event are on the Grand Prix page. You will also find details of any discounts available.
Details of the remaining GP events to follow shortly.