MEN’S XC MATCH 2 REPORT

9TH NOVEMBER,  3PM EPSOM DOWNS

The second XC league fixture of the season was hosted by Holland Sports AC and Vet  AC  on a very wet and muddy Epsom Downs.

There were 337 runners compared with 334 for Match 1.
Once again 26.2 were the largest club with 37 runners and now 58 have represented the club this XC season so far!

Of the 37,  14 were running their first XC of the season:
Martin Banks, Tim Bartholomew, Joe Chang, Matthew Cook, Chris Hutchinson, Howell Jones, Ryan Lambrix, Reyadh Mallam-Hassan,
Graham Partner, Matthew Shortland, Steve Stopford, Geoff Tookey, Paul Wallis, James Walsh.

Our fastest runner was again Ben “who needs spikes” Chown who was  a superb sixth in a time of 28:18.

The A team scorers were (6th out of 9 teams):
Ben Chown
Tim Bartholomew
Chris Hutchinson
Max Riley-Gould 
Dmitry Selemir
Joe Brewer
Craig Partridge
David Maher
Michael Street
Joe Chang

The B team scorers were (5th out of 9):
Loic Lize-Thir
Peter Grecian
Geoff Tookey
David Pimm
Robert Pyke
Paul Keddie
Martin Banks
Paul Wallis
Jon Kinsey
Matthew Pritchard

For full results see https://surreyleague.org/slm/race/249/

Heroes of the day were:
Ann Bath for once again providing the hot drinks and cakes
Bob Dean and David Maher for bringing the much needed gazebo
Daisy Street and Graeme Maisey for their support and great photos

Remember not to throw away your number bib.

If you haven’t been allocated a number (to check https://surreyleague.org/slm/2019-20/clubs/262/)
but would like to run in future matches please contact me.

Next Match: 11 Jan, 3pm, Oxshott Woods

Cross Country Captain: Paul Keddie

SURREY XC LEAGUE – MATCH 2

A reminder that this Saturday, 9th Nov, is the second of four fixtures of the Surrey Cross Country League.

Ladies:  Mitcham Common, 11am  race info  
Men:      Epsom Downs,              3pm race info

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

Also please run in official club kit if possible.

Afterwards there will be post run drinks which all are welcome to:
Venue: Prince of Wales pub, Ewell Road, 6:30pm

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

GRAND PRIX 2020

A couple of new GP dates for your diaries…

GP9 Tadworth 10 miles – Sunday 5th January
A local and scenic 10 miler across Epsom Downs. This event doubles as a club championship event.

GP10 & GP11
To be confirmed shortly.

GP12 Reading Half Marathon – Sunday 5th April
A new event for most at the club, the course looks fast and finishes inside Reading FC’s Madejski stadium. GP results for this race will be calculated using chip time. There is a price hike due in the new year and the race is likely to sell out in advance, so please consider entering sooner rather than later. Thanks to Steve and Bev for negotiating a whopping 20% discount for our affiliated runners.

All club members are welcome and encouraged to take part in grand prix events. To score points, club colours (blue top with red and white stripe) must be worn, or at least on order. Full details of the events including how to enter, discount codes (you must be logged in to view these) and the updated GP tables can be found on the GP pages.

Track Session 7.15 for 7.30pm Wednesday 30 October

Next Wednesday is our regular track session, with the exhilaration of running faster than we do in any other training session.

Track sessions provide a focussed speed session that works wonders for improving speeds over all distances.  If you have never done track before, do not be put off; bring some friends of a similar speed  to challenge one another.

We will be doing the popular ‘pyramid’ session building from short (200m) up to mid distance (800m) and back down.  There will be groups running at different speeds designed so that this works for all our runners.

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 clothing for the warm-up and warm-down.  The entry fee is £2.80.

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

MEN’S XC MATCH 1 REPORT

12TH OCTOBER,  3PM RICHMOND PARK

The first XC league fixture of the season was hosted by Kingston and Poly (K&P) on a wet and muddy day in Richmond Park.

There were 324 runners, 44 or which were from 26.2 – the largest represented club!

Of the 44, 15 were new to XC for 26.2.  Gentlemen take a bow:
Ben Chown, Paul Donohoe, Max Riley-Gould, Craig Partridge, Dom Woodbridge, Tom Sellen, Richard Hook, Chris Chapman, Loic Lize-Thir, Jon Kinsey, Ben Woods, Robert Pyke, Bob Dean, Yaswin Ladwa, Owen Jones

Our fastest runner on the day was Ben Chown who was a brilliant second overall. Our A team was 6th out of 9 and B team 3rd out of 8. Big shout out to Dom Woodbridge who stopped to help out another runner.

For full results see https://surreyleague.org/slm/race/248/ 

Once again thank you Ann Bath for providing the much needed hot drinks and cakes, to James and Nick for bringing a Gazebo and Joe Gonzalez who answered the call by  K&P for course marshals.

Remember not to throw away your number bib.

If you haven’t been allocated a number (check https://surreyleague.org/slm/2019-20/clubs/262/)
but would like to run in future matches please contact me.

Finally, a new tradition was born with the XC Club Captain being walked back to the car park under the Gazebo!

Next Match: 9 Nov, 3pm,  Epsom Downs

Cross Country Captain: Paul Keddie

SEAA London Cross Country Championships

With the cross country season getting underway, the South of England London Cross Country Championships will be held on the 16th November at Parliament Hill Fields on Hampstead Heath. 

Cross Country running is hugely beneficial as you begin preparing for a spring marathon training cycle,  helping to build strength and endurance.

As with all these championship events, there will be present a field of top runners from the leading clubs across Greater London . While I hope our own strongest runners can take part, it would be great to have a big team show up from male and female senior and vet categories.

If you’re interested in taking part, please sign up at the following link.

>>> Entry Form Here <<<

You will need to do so by Wednesday 30th October so that the entry deadline can be met.

Surrey Cross Country League – Match 1 – Details

Reminder that next Saturday (12th Oct) is the first fixture of the Surrey XC League. It is also Grand Prix Event 5.

Ladies 1pm, Reigate,  Priory Park                                            course details
Men    3pm,  Richmond Park, near Isabella Plantation course details

All those who have expressed an interest in running have now been allocated a number which you will keep for the season.  You can check you are one by viewing the bib column in Number Allocation

What do you need to bring on the day?

  • be early so that you can be given your bib number
  • club vest + safety pins
  • trail or road shoes should be fine
  • clean pair of socks/shoes for afterwards is advisable
  • after the race remember not to throw away your bib!  you will need it for the other fixtures

Women: Ann Bath / Maria Cenalmor
Men: Paul Keddie
Full Fixture detail including links to FB groups

England Athletics Coached Sessions

The club has been lucky enough to secure three coached sessions with a leading England Athletics Coach. Tom Craggs is an England National Team coach and coaches a number of Great Britain elite athletes including Tracy Barlow – winner of the recent Richmond Half marathon.

Tom will be leading three sessions with the club over the coming months. These sessions will be designed to assist those looking to increase their speed at or build up to the longer distances and will be particularly useful for those targeting a spring marathon or half marathon – although all are welcome. The sessions will take place on the following dates (at 7pm)

  • 27th November (at the Harrier Centre/ Pool Road Track)
  • 11th December (at the club)
  • 29th January (at the track)

The sessions are free of charge and an excellent perk of our EA membership. You’ll just need to pay your track entry fee as usual for the November and January sessions.

A sign-up is available here:

>>> EA Coached Sessions Sign-up <<<

Please do register your interest so we know how many people to expect. Tom will be circulating an information sheet in advance of the sessions but if you have any questions in the mean time please contact Laura Hooke

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