MEN’S XC MATCH 4 REPORT

Striders of Croydon were the host as all four divisions gathered at traditional venue Lloyd Park for the last of the four Surrey Cross Country league fixtures.
The day was dry and mild but underfoot was gloopy mud and spikes were definitely preferable.

There were 279 runners, 21 from 26.2. Over the four fixtures we had 66 different runners – the most of any club ( Fulham were second with 55) which is fantastic participation. 
We had one “new” runner doing their first XC this season, the esteemed club stalwart Dave Wilson.

Our top three runners were: Ben Chown (28:27, 2nd), Tim Bartholomew (30:50, 8th) and Paul Donohoe (32:48, 24th)

The A team scorers were (6th out of 9 teams):
Ben Chown, Tim Bartholomew, Paul Donohoe, Max Riley-Gould, Dmitry Selemir, Joe Brewer, Mark Cannings, Michael Street, Tom Sellen, Geoff Tookey

The B team scorers were (3rd out of 7 teams):
Harry Kim, Robert Pyke, David Pimm, Graeme Maisey,Jon Kinsey, Paul Keddie, Matthew Pritchard, Ed Rowland,Paul Wallis,Bob Dean

For full results and as all four divisions ran the same course it is interesting to compare your time with the other races.

Overall for the four fixtures Ben won the individual title which is  a brilliant  achievement for him and the club.
David “Chairmen” Pimm was second overall in the V60 category, another great result.

We had 11 runners who ran all four fixtures:
Ben Chown, Bob Dean, David Pimm, Harry Kim, Joe Brewer, Jon Kinsey, Matthew Pritchard, Max Riley-Gould, Michael Street, Paul Keddie, Robert Pyke

Special thanks to:
Ann Bath for providing her normal great selection of cakes and refreshments
Paul Wallis for being the XC chauffeur for much of the season

So that is it for another XC season. See you all in XC for the 2020-21 season.

Cross Country Captain: Paul Keddie

SURREY XC LEAGUE – MATCH 4

A reminder that this Saturday, 8th Feb, is the the fourth and final fixture of the Surrey Cross Country League.

Ladies: Richmond Park, 11:00   race info
Men:     Lloyd Park,           12:00   race info 

On the team front both teams are safe in their divisions.
However, there is all to play for on the individual front!
Ladies: Aimee Stopford U20 is third
Ladies: Maggie Stacey V50 is fifth
Men:    Ben Chown Overall is first
Men:    David Pimm V60 is second

To run you need to have been allocated a bib number: check
Not there and want to run? please contact your XC captain 

Official club kit please and don’t forget your allocated number bib.

Afterwards, post run drinks will be at the Tennis club from 5pm, and if there is interest we will also go for a curry later

XC Captains:
Ladies: Maria Cenalmor / Ann Bath
Men: Paul Keddie
Full Fixture detail including links to Facebooks groups

 

February Handicap Preview

The January handicap saw 46 members complete the two lap course of Berrylands, including 9 first timers. On his debut appearance, Ryan Murphy flew around the course to be first over the line by almost 8 minutes, with an elapsed time of 28:42 (actual: 22:42). The quickest time on the evening went to Joseph Gonzalez (17:23). Alice Tozer was the quickest female on the night in 19:12.

After 7 races, Chris Dormer holds onto his comfortable lead (172pts), with Graeme Maisey (153pts) and Steve Back (151pts) heading up the chasing pack. Rike Jones (13th) is the leading female (107pts). 

For full details of last months’ times, positions and this months start times, see the full handicap database for this season –> here <-

For those of you attending we kindly ask you to note the following:

  • If you are able to volunteer please let Bev know in advance. We are always grateful for an extra pair of hands.
  • Please arrive in good time to register as we will be leaving the club at 7:15pm prompt in order to start at 7:30pm.
  • Be mindful of the residents on The Byeways and keep noise to a minimum.
  • For your own safety please wear a BRIGHT REFLECTIVE TOP to ensure you are visible to other pavement/road users.
  • Last but not least, have fun and enjoy the evening  

Breaking news re track session

Tom Craggs is sick and will not be able to lead our track session this evening.  David Pimm will lead  a reps session much as our previous session with Tom, but without the same degree of expertise!  Meet 7.00pm at Harrier centre as planned.  I will not run, so that I can give you encouragement from trackside.

Southern Cross Country Championships – Race Review

One of the wettest autumns and early winters on record promised to make the Southern Cross Country Championships a challenging affair – and so it proved. But even before getting to Parliament Hill the journey turned out to be almost as arduous as the race itself!

I had decided to drive so I could take the club flag and gazebo, and agreed to give Peter and Dmitry a lift. What a fateful decision that was. The train line going through Surbiton all the way to Clapham Junction was closed for engineering works, and an accident on the A3 meant gridlock around Berrylands and the whole Surbiton area.  Along with further road works en route (they’re springing up everywhere!) a nightmare car journey followed. Some others in the team had their own travel problems and delays: Ben and Dom’s struggle to get to Wimbledon, Geoff having to run to Kingston – both also traffic induced. Not ideal pre race preparation!

Over two and a half hours later, I dropped off Peter and Dmitry as soon as we arrived and they just about managed to scramble to the start line on time, as fortunately did the rest of the team. I had to find a parking space which meant I started 5 minutes late. I could see the mass of runners sprinting up the iconic hill from the bandstand where I was frantically trying to get my spikes on and pin my bib number to my chest. The gazebo stayed in the car due to lack of time – so much for that idea!

To the race itself. The course was yet again short, as almost always seems to be the case with SEAA events these days: A mere 13.7km versus the official 15km. What it lost in terms of distance it more than made up for in terms of difficulty. The wet weather, the earlier 10 or so races and the 1,172 senior male finishers (over 1,800 had entered!) combined to create the mother of all quagmires. A veritable kaleidoscope of mud textures and thicknesses (ankle deep in many places), pools of water, and array of squelching sounds (I swear I played the tune of “mud mud glorious mud”) meant that anyone wearing trail shoes or anything less than 12mm spikes could forget running and just take up rehearsing for the next series of Skating on Ice. The mud was so bad it took my shoe off three times, adding to the 5 minutes I lost at the start. The surface condition coupled with the 350 metres of elevation gain created one of the stiffest running tests going.

Ben wisely bought a pair of spikes for the occasion, which seemed like a good idea until they proceeded to tear up his feet in huge blisters and forcing him to drop out after the first lap (5k). Ed continued his unlucky run (pardon the pun) on Parliament Hill with another injury. Happily most others held together to finish the race enabling us to complete a scoring team.

We finished in 71st position (same as last year) out of 81 scoring teams, and scored a mere 63 points less than the  Stragglers who finished 69th. We had a stronger team this year than last but just loads of bad luck!

A total of 158 teams took part – 77 of which didn’t have enough finishers to score.

Paul put in a sterling performance turning in a decent time and finishing a very creditable 408th.

The team finishing order was as follows:

408th: Paul Donohoe (1:01:15)
589th: Dominic Woodbridge (1:04:51)
703rd: Dmitry Selemir (1:07:13)
778th: Joseph Gonzalez (1:09:13)
896th: Geoff Tookey (1:12:55)
945th: Joe Chang (1:14:39)

DNF: Ben Chown, Ed Francis and Peter Grecian.

Well done to the entire team for braving a very tough course indeed. We can’t wait for next year’s event, and hope we’ll be able to tempt some of you to join us and take on the challenge.

 

EA Coaching next Wednesday 7.00pm 29 January

The third of our four coaching sessions with England National coach Tom Craggs is 7.00pm next Wednesday 29 January.

As previously, the location is at the Poole Road athletics track in Ewell.  If you have not been to the last two, please still feel free to come along.

The focus of this training is on practical sessions and advice with 3 (now 4!) organised sessions focused towards developing Half/Marathon fitness and each sees us completing a running specific warm up, main session and cool down. The sessions are opportunities to experience different types of training sessions, warm up and cool downs but also give an informal opportunity for Q&As and sharing of training advice and ideas.

The final session with Tom will be 18 March at the Poole Road track.

The Poole Road athletics track in Ewell is otherwise known as the Harrier Centre or King George V recreation ground, it can be found by turning right into Ruxley Lane off the A240 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 at 7.00 pm ready to start. Tom will lead the warm up so there is no need to warm up in advance of the session. Bring clothing for the warm-up and warm-down and for during the Q & A session at the end of training session. The entry fee is £2.80.

Please be considerate of other track users; other local running clubs will also be training there that evening.

Welsh Castles Relay – 6th & 7th June 2020 – Cancelled

For the first time in 26.2’s history we have requested an entry in the Welsh Castles Relay of 2020. This relay is the weekend of June 6th and 7th and it requires 20 runners. Each runner only needs to run once over the whole weekend but the team also needs to do some marshaling and each team is in charge of its own transportation.

The relay legs are, I am told, tough. They vary in length from 8.5 – 13.1 miles but there is a very strict cut off time for each leg. Realistically all runners need to be able to run comfortably at 9 minute miles.

>>> Welsh Castles Relay 2019 Details <<<

We won’t have our place in this event confirmed until mid-March, but if you are interested in being a part of the team, then please fill in your details below.

>>> Register your interest <<<

Thank you,
Jacqueline Chang.

Strength conditioning for injury prevention and running performance

Nathan Bell of ‘Higher Level Performance’ who operates at the Surbiton Rackets & Fitness Club has kindly offered to provide a 20 minute presentation for 26.2 runners on strength and conditioning training to reduce the incidence of injuries and improve running performance.

This will take place in the far end of the bar at the SR&FC at 8.15pm on Monday 27 January and is open to all 26.2 members.

He is also running free taster session Monday 20 January and Friday 24 January 12.30-1.30pm at SR&FC.  To sign up contact nathanbell [ at ] higherlevelperformace.co [ dot ] uk.

MEN’S XC MATCH 3 REPORT

The third Surrey Cross Country league fixture of the season was hosted by Elmbridge RRC on a  dry but  windy Oxshott Downs. It was pretty chaotic at the narrow start and, although not that muddy, quite tricky underfoot with the tree roots, as Chris unfortunately found out.

There were 353 runners (the most so far) and once again 26.2 were the largest represented club with 40 runners and now 65 have represented the club this XC season so far! 

Seven were running their first XC of the the season: Ed Rowland, Jay Larkin, Jonathon Lush, Mark Ryder, Matthew Hoare, Ricky Harland and Simon De La Fosse.Our top three runners were:  Ben Chown (30:11, 5th), Tim Bartholomew(32:20, 24th) and  Paul Donohoe (33:59,  59th)

The A team scorers were (6th out of 9 teams):
Ben Chown, Tim Bartholomew, Paul Donohoe, Dom Woodbridge, Jonathon Lush, Max Riley-Gould, Joe Brewer, Craig Partridge, Joe Chang, Mark Cannings

The B team scorers were (3rd out of 9 teams):
David Maher, Geoff Tookey, Tom Sellen, Chris Chapman, Michael Street, Robert Hinton, Jay Larkin, Peter Grecian, Robert Pyke, David Pimm

These are two very strong teams which shows you how competitive the league is this year. We are safe in mid table and so will be running again in Division 3 next year.

For full results

(Mrs) Keddie Cakes  went down well but hopefully full  culinary services from Ann Bath will be resumed at the next match.

Final Match: 12 Feb,  12pm,  Lloyd Park– note the earlier start time as all 4 divisions are racing there.

It would be great if we get a  clean sweep and have the  largest contingent again at the final fixture so hopefully see you all there!

Cross Country Captain: Paul Keddie

EA Coaching next Wednesday 7.00pm 15 January

We had a great coaching session with Tom Craggs, England coach on November 27.  We have two more sessions scheduled, but Tom has kindly agreed to give us an extra coaching session next Wednesday 15 January.

As previously, the location is at the Poole Road athletics track in Ewell.  This is so much more effective for Tom to manage the session and to be able to interact with everyone as we run. 

The focus of this training is on practical sessions and advice with 3 (now 4!) organised sessions focused towards developing Half/Marathon fitness and each sees us completing a running specific warm up, main session and cool down. The sessions are opportunities to experience different types of training sessions, warm up and cool downs but also give an informal opportunity for Q&As and sharing of training advice and ideas.

The remaining sessions with Tom will be 29 January and 18 March both at the Poole Road track.

The Poole Road athletics track in Ewell is otherwise known as the Harrier Centre or King George V recreation ground, it can be found by turning right into Ruxley Lane off the A240 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 at 7.00 pm ready to start. Tom will lead the warm up so there is no need to warm up in advance of the session. Bring clothing for the warm-up and warm-down and for during the Q & A session at the end of training session. The entry fee is £2.80.

Please be considerate of other track users; other local running clubs will also be training there that evening.

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