It was a mild morning but with the promise of some drizzly rain to dampen the spirits somewhat on our return to the Finchley 20 for the longest distance run in this year’s Grand Prix. The event was used by many from the Club to prepare both the legs and the mind for the upcoming marathons being attempted next month.
Ann Bath and Peter Tozer met Roy Staniland, club director of Surbiton Rackets and Fitness Club (SRFC), on 7th March to further clarify terms on which 26.2 RRC might formalise its arrangement to meet at SRFC, in particular an “umbrella sum” which might be payable. This followed a 26.2 committee meeting of 28th February.
Our last Bleep Test was a great success and due to the positive feedback I have booked the next test in for Sunday 20th March
Please meet at 5.40pm at the Arena Health Club at Kingston College (the entrance is around the back of the ‘Rose Car Park and Arena Hair Salon’ at the College). We have the hall for 1 hour and the hire is free. Afterwards we will be heading to the Ram in Kingston to celebrate some great scores.
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by Luke in Barcelona
Luke McDonagh has recorded what must be the fastest time by a 26.2 member for some considerable time with 2hrs 50mins in the Barcelona Marathon, run under clear skies today, 6th March.
Unfortunately, Julie, our other runner, had to drop out when she fainted after getting as far as 25 miles. She was taken to hospital and, although detained overnight, was able to text Alice, who was a spectator at the event, that she was suffering nothing worse than dehydration.
26.2 Road Runners Club is 30 this year! The 26.2 Road Runners Club is holding its 30th Anniversary Dinner-Dance on Saturday, 7th May, 2011, at the Holiday Inn, Portsmouth Road, Surbiton, 6.45pm for 7.30pm. Carriages will be at midnight.
Thank you to everyone who contributed to the recent discussions.
The month of May includes our 30th Annual Awards Dinner and Dance on Saturday 7th May and is being held at the Holiday Inn on Portsmouth Road. Details will be advised by the Committee shortly. Also, the Green Belt Relay is a couple of weeks later which is another fabulous and popoular event that the Club attends and competes at.
Therefore, in order to avoid too much congestion, May will be a rest month for the Grand Prix and the season will kick off in ernest with the Mile Championship at Kingsmeadow on Wednesday 1st June 2011, shortly followed by the Dorking 10 on Sunday 5th June 2011.
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No sooner do I include, in my preview, the Men and Ladies top10 Handicap Times when along comes Jack Holland to better his PB by just under a minute and become the sixth fastest of all time.
Jack was one of nine runners who ran PBs in a rather disappointing field of 27 starters that included 5 first timers. There were satisfying SBs for Peter Grecian and Neil Sunderland by 56 and 55 secs. respectively.
Race winner Lizzie Ruth Wilson was also previewed as getting back to her pre-Christmas form and so it proved. Her time of 30:00 was only 1 sec. off her SB set in August 2010. First timer Jane Calderbank was fastest lady in 21:40
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Still another month to go before we get a daylight run but, with the weather set fair for this evening, albeit a little chilly, early registrees should be able to spot a flypast of the International Space Station, starting at 18.47 and lasting about 3 mins.
Has the handicapper caught up with points leader Andrea Bennett? She will need another good run to prevent Kevin Stone from narrowing the gap, and you never know quite what sort of a run you will get from third placed Howard Brinkworth.
Lizzie Wilson in fourth is getting back to her pre-Christmas form but, with Jon away and Dave ‘hors de combat’ at present, she doesn’t have the same family rivalry as the Tozers, Pete and Alice, who are tied sixth, or the Esslemonts, Sue and Don, who are separated by 6 points in 11th and 12th=, respectively.
Here is a list of the fastest times, to date, for the top 10 Men & Ladies. See you all this evening.
Our ladies Cross Country Team has done us proud this year – not only promotion to division 1 but Maggie Stacey was 1st Vet 35 overall in Division 2,and I will collect her Gold medal at the AGM. Zoe Ashcroft was only 1 point away from tying for 3rd position as well – congratulations to you both!
Update on 26.2’s use of the Surbiton Racket & Fitness Club
At an informal meeting on Monday 21st February Roy Staniland (Club Director) made it clear to Ann Bath and Charlie Foster that he would like 26.2 to continue to use the Racket Club as its base. Roy made his positive position very plain.