Virtual Parkland Relays 10th-14th June 2020

Thames Hare and Hounds have invited our club to take part in the Virtual Parkland Relays. Run 5km on your own, between Wednesday 10th June and Sunday 14th June and submit your Strava/Garmin Connect activity by 19:00 on Sunday 14th June. This event is open to all, and I encourage you to sign-up and take part.

There will be the following competitions

Men’s Open: four per team

Ladies’ Open: three per team

Men’s Veterans: over 40, four per team

Ladies’ Veterans: over 35, three per team

There is no need to pre-determine teams. The organisers will arrange teams based on age-category and results.

Individuals are to register online (free entry) following the link.

Rules:

– Entry must be a single Strava/Garmin Connect activity

– Your route must start and finish at approximately the same location

Activity must taken place between 10th June (00:01) and 14th June (19:00).

Awards Night Winners 2020

 

Club Championship

Championship Men’s Champion Ladies Champion
One Mile Ben Chown Victoria Whelan
One Mile Age-Graded Joseph Gonzalez Andrea Bennett
5km Ben Chown Victoria Whelan
5km Age-Graded Steve Ramek Victoria Whelan
10km Ben Chown Victoria Whelan
10km Age-Graded Steve Ramek Victoria Whelan
10 Mile Ben Chown Victoria Whelan
10 Mile Age-Graded Ben Chown Victoria Whelan
Half Marathon Seniors Ben Chown Victoria Whelan
Half Marathon Vets Paul Donohoe Daisy Street
Half Marathon Super Vet Steve Ramek Steph Harvey
Marathon Seniors Dom Woodbridge Alice Tozer
Marathon Vets Paul Donohoe Carla Cotton
Marathon Super Vet Steve Ramek Maria Higgins

Grand Prix

  Men’s Ladies
  Past the Post Age-Graded Past the Post Age-Graded
1st Ben Chown Steve Ramek Victoria Whelan Victoria Whelan
2nd Paul Donohoe Ben Chown Daisy Street Daisy Street
3rd Steve Ramek Joseph Gonzalez Rike Jones Rike Jones

Discretionary

Award Men’s Ladies
Best Newcomer Ben Chown Claudia Burrough
Most Improved
Dom Woodbridge Steph Harvey

Discretionary Improvement

Paul Donohoe

Laurie Johnston

James Walsh

Reyadh Mallam-Hassam

Alice Pike

Rike Jones

Carla Cotton

Aimee Stopford

Merit Award Paul Keddie
Achievement Award Joseph Gonzalez
President’s Award Peter Tozer
Handicap Competition Chris Dormer

Surrey Cross Country Ever Presents

Men Ladies
Ben Chown – 1st Div 3 Aimee Stopford – 2nd U20 Div 2
Bob Dean – 2nd V65 Div 3 Daisy Street
David Pimm – 2nd V60 Div Jacqueline Chang
Harry Kim Jacqui McDermid
Joe Brewer Jenny Melbourne
Jon Kinsey Maggie Stacey
Matthew Pritchard Vicki Kirk
Max Riley-Gould  
Michael Street  
Paul Keddie(c)  
Robert Pyke  

Week 7/8 Challenges

We have reached the finish line of the marathon and everyone should have completed their team marathon times and 26.2 minute race. If you haven’t yet submitted results, please do so here.  We will be gathering together the entries for the alternative marathon for voting later in the week.

See all the league details at: Virtual Race League

Week 7/8 Challenges – Tuesday 5th to Monday 18th May

We are staying on multi-week challenges for now so there are 2 weeks to complete these challenges.

Our next theme week is MILE WEEK!

66 years ago on 6th May 1954, Roger Bannister broke the 4 minute barrier for the mile. We are going to celebrate this by doing mile themed challenges.

On Wednesday’s virtual club night we will be doing a viewing of the first sub-4 minute mile to see how it is done. Please join us on Wednesday at 8:30pm to watch with us.

Challenge 1: Sub 4min-mile attempt!

The first challenge is to try and run a mile as quickly as Roger Bannister.  You need to run 1 mile (1609m) and record it with your GPS to make the result available on-line. The catch is that this week you are allowed to cheat. You can stop your watch as many times as you like so the mile distance does not need to be covered in a single effort. Will anyone be able to get a sub-4 min mile?

How you reach a mile is up to you. You could do 4x400m (plus 9m) or 16x100m (plus 9m). Anything goes as long as you are running (no cars/bikes) and you record the run as single activity (and don’t forget the extra 9m!).

If using Strava, please submit your moving time for the mile distance. Points will be awarded for your time using GP scoring in divisions with a maximum of 20 points.

BONUS POINTS! As there are some people doing other mile races at the moment. A few bonus points will be thrown your way if you also complete an honest mile race (no pausing your garmin!). If like me you think the thought of doing two mile efforts is horrendous, don’t worry, their won’t be a lot of bonus points (shall we say 5?) but it will be interesting to see the real mile results that people post compared to their cheating mile.

Challenge 2: Progressive miles.

Our second challenge is to complete a progressive run. This is one where you start slower and gradually increase the pace until you are pushing hard at the end. We are looking for a consistent progression in pace across 3 miles. You are welcome to do this as part of a longer session, but we just want 3 miles splits for the results.

Points will be awarded for consistency in improvement between the mile splits and the difference between your first and last split using GP style scoring within the divisions.

Challenge 3: Strava Art

Not mile related but wanting to continue stretching your creativity, our third challenge is a request for some Strava art. You have the freedom to draw whatever you like with your run. The run can be long or short, fast or slow and cover any area you choose. As long as you can send us a pretty picture of it afterwards that is all that is needed (pictures can come from other GPS aps, not just Strava).

A few people have already done this recently for other challenges or just for fun. Some people try to make art with local roads, others make use of open spaces to go free form. Here is an example by Tony Ruff done for the alternative 26.2 challenge:

Although we have said draw what you like, we do have one request … please keep it clean!

Strava Art will be voted on by your peers to decide points. There will be a further 20 points using GP style scoring in positions on offer for the Strava art.

Additional points

As usual we will be collecting the number of runs completed in this period. A maximum of 8 points are available for the period, 1 point per run.

26.2 RRC Virtual Awards Night

The club committee would like to invite you to the 2020 Virtual Awards Night on Saturday 9th May.

Taking a new format for this year, we will be hosting the awards evening online to enable our club to come together and celebrate the fantastic achievements over the last 12 months. 

Further details on timings and how to join the celebrations online will be released in the coming days. 

We hope to see as many of you as possible at what is set to be a fun night ‘out’ with your running club friends. 

26.2 Alternative London Marathon Challenges

We have had some great submissions for our alternative 26.2 challenge. A selection are below. We will add as many as we can here. For many, you can see a lot of the originals on the 26.2 RRC – We Is Runners facebook group.

Dmitry Selemir (& Family)

26.2 spelled out in the garden…

Laura Griffin

“Plogging” for my 26.2 challenge! The aim was 26.2 bits of rubbish collected but I’d managed that in 10minutes so carried on. Happy marathon day all!

 

Kate Hancock

26.2 jelly babies that were ready to support the marathon runners today!

Tony Ruff

11k – 26.2 laps

Erica Golland

Re-styling the Waitrose fish counter

Brewer Family

26.2 RRC marathon challenge – 26.2 laps with a ‘water station’ every lap😆🇲🇭

 

Jacqueline Chang

26.2 malteasers all-in-one…

Daisy Street

“Instead of running the London Marathon today as I had planned to, I ran a gentle 26.2km on my own. Such a hot day today that anyone who had to listen to me complaining after running in the heat in 2018 can consider themselves lucky that today wasn’t race day! 26.2km is also a far more manageable distance. 😂”

Lizzie Wilson

26 pub 2 – a tour of 26.2 pubs of Surbiton

(not all pubs shown…check her facebook for more, plus commentary!)

Not the London Marathon day

Today is a day that may be a little upsetting for many of our members as it should have been the London Marathon. We feel for anyone who is missing out on a spring marathon after the hard work that will have been put into training but now has no outlet. Please keep in mind that there will be many chances in the future to run marathons together as long as we all stay safe today.

As an alternative to the London marathon we are instead running a “Do 26.2 of something else” challenge. Your 26.2 challenge can be running related or something entirely different. We want to see all the different things that our members are doing to pass their time at home. Be creative and we hope you have fun taking part in the challenge.

Please do share with everyone what you have been up to. We look forwards to seeing many different, weird and wonderful ways to mark the day that isn’t the London Marathon.

Week 5/6 Challenges

2k week is over. Although the 2k was short, it was by no means easy. We are sure you all met the challenge though. Don’t forget we are also running the photo competition so get your training photos in too. If you haven’t yet submitted results, please do so here. If you don’t have a google account, use this form and submit your photo via email to website [ at ] 26point2.co [ dot ] uk.

See all the league details at: Virtual Race League

Week 5/6 Challenges – Tuesday 21st to Monday 4th May

You will notice something different here…we are setting challenges for 2 weeks rather than just 1. This is to allow a bit of catch up time on some of the admin.

Anyway, this week is MARATHON WEEK!

Challenge 1: Team Marathon!

Everyone has been divided into teams of 6 or 7 runners. The teams were seeded based on your 5k results so the teams will hopefully be fairly even.

As a team, we want you to run a marathon in the fastest possible time. You need to collectively run 26.2 miles between you and then submit your total time. Each team member must run a minimum of 3 miles and a maximum of 6.5 miles. You can run your leg of the race as many times as you wish to try and improve your time.

If anyone does not submit a time, times can be taken from their Strava profile if available. If a runner is ill / injurred / isolating then they do not need to post a time and will be excluded from your team result. It is up to the rest of the team to make up the mileage for anyone who does not run.

The team allocations are in this spreadsheet. Anyone has permission to add details of:

  • Promised mileage that you expect to complete.
  • Actual mileage already completed.
  • Time taken to complete the mileage.
  • Notes for your team members (please add a note here if you are unable to run).

Anyone can edit rows in the spreadsheet but please only make edits for your own team. We will be reviewing the sheet regularly and are tracking changes. Keep any comments clean as juniors view the results.

This is your chance to encourage your fellow club members to get out for a run but please do so with consideration. Nobody should be forced to go for a run if they don’t want to. If you want to be removed from the teams, please just let us know and we will do so.

The teams will be given GP style scores from a maximum of 20 down to 1 point.

Challenge 2: 26.2 minute race

Instead of having a fixed distance to run, we are going to have a fixed time instead. You have 26 minutes and 12 seconds to run as far as you can. No stopping your watch along the way. You will be scored on how far you manage to run in the time allowed. Greatest distance covered wins.

Points will be awarded within divisions in a GP style from 10 down.

Challenge 3: Alternative London Marathon 

It was meant to be the London Marathon on Sunday 26th April and we are all disappointed that this won’t be happening until later in the year. To mark the day passing and cheer ourselves up a bit, we are challenging you to do 26.2 of something else. No need to run 26.2 miles, you chose what you want to do and let us know. Why not try:

  • Run 26.2 laps of your block
  • Do 26.2 press-ups
  • Bake 26.2 cakes
  • Finish 26.2 jigsaws
  • Visit 26.2 ponds (who had that silly idea?)

Bonus points will be awarded to those people deemed to be the most creative! Document your submissions however you like (photos / videos / text) and share them with us on social media. Ideally this should be completed on Sunday 26th April!

Additional points

As usual we will be collecting the number of runs completed in this period. A maximum of 5 points are available for the period, 1 point per run.

England Athletics Webinar with Tom Craggs

We have organised for Tom Craggs to hold a webinar for members on Wednesday 22nd April at 7pm.

This will take the form of a question and answer session with Tom and he will also be demonstrating some useful drills and strengthening exercises to do from home. 

You do not need to perform any drills or physical activity during the session so do not need to be in running kit/ in a space where you can exercise.

Registration

To register for the session please login in to the website and use the link below.

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Week 4 Challenges

Well done to everyone that complete the post box run in week 3. This fun challenge seemed to be very popular with everyone that took part. We look forwards to doing some Street-O events as a club later in the year. If you haven’t yet submitted results, please do so here.

See all the league details at: Virtual Race League

Week 4 Challenges – Tuesday 14th to Monday 20th April

There are two things to do this week, one involves running, the other one is at least running based…

2k age-graded challenge

A simple one here, just run 2k as fast as you possibly can. There will be two areas where points will be awarded within your division:

  • Age grading
  • Improvement on age grading compared to your 5k result.

Those with children who do junior parkrun are already familiar with the 2k distance. If you want to see how you compare with the kids, check out the 26.2 RRC Surbiton junior parkrun times here.

Photo competition – “Training in Lockdown”

Carrying on the fun challenges from last week’s post boxes, this week, we are running a photo competition. Photos should be submitted on the theme of “Training in Lockdown”. Feel free to share your ideas during the week but at the end of the week you will be requested to upload just one picture as a submission. The photos will be judged by your peers.

Photos must be your own, either taken by your or on your behalf for the purposes of this competition. You should seek permission from anyone that appears in the photo before submitting. The photos submitted may be used across the clubs website and social media platforms.

Additional weekly points

There will also be points awarded for keeping up your training as recorded by:

  • Number of days that you go out and run. 1 point per run with a  maximum of 5 points. This maximum has been introduced as we know some people don’t want to use all of their allocated exercising time out running.

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