Stragglers Awards Evening Sat 8th November
After the splendid start to the new XC season, it's now time to be thinking about last season and rewarding our top performers.
The Awards Evening for the Stragglers XC Championships 2013/14 and Road Championships 2014 will be held at a new venue:
The Canbury Arms, Kingston on Saturday 8th November.
The evening starts from 6pm, with awards at 7pm and hot buffet selection at 8pm.
This is a great opportunity to enjoy a get together with fellow Stragglers who you may not have seen in a while, and congratulate your fellow club members in the competition.
We will need to know how many buffet meals to provide, so please reserve in advance.
Please reply here with the number of buffet meals you would like (state whether vegetarian). Pay on the night.
The buffet includes main course plus dessert, for the great value price of £14.50.
We do hope you can make it and, like the recent Bushy Parkrun, that we have a bumper turnout.
Steve & Sarah
Men's & Ladies' Captains
New Half Marathon Training Group Starts Thurs 13th Nov
- Click here for details
If you are not running in these races, can you please help out with marshalling? It would be very much appreciated
Quality not quantity was the order of the day.
Only 5 Stragglers took part in the Surrey Masters XC at Richmond Park on Sat 18th Oct, but 4 of them were medallists!
1st W50 Dee Smale
2nd W60 Lynda Chase
2nd M60 Phil Manly
3rd M55 Malcolm Fletcher
After the medals ceremony Phil went straight to Kingston Hospital to have a tic removed. With the mild weather that we're having they're still biting, so take caution when running in the long grass!
Full results here
The Ladies Team at Richmond Park
The ladies had a great start to the season in the first of the Surrey League XC series in Richmond Park. With a field of 380 div 1 & 2 runners, our two teams finished in 6th and 22nd in place. Well done ladies!
Some of the Stragglers team at Newlands Corner
A good start to the XC season for the Stragglers men at the first Surrey League race at Newlands Corner, Guildford. We finished 5th out of 9 teams with the first 10 of our 16 runners scoring.
Clean up your spikes and studs, the Cross Country season is almost upon us!
We’re in for another great season of cross country with all the thrills and hills of the English Winter. The first race is the Surrey League on Saturday 11th October with the ladies at Richmond Park and the men at Newlands Corner, Guildford. There will be 3 further races, making 4 in all, for the Surrey League XC championships. (NB for the League races there is no requirement for individuals to be Surrey qualified.)
Last year the ladies finished 9th overall in Division 1 and the men finished 5th in Division 2, after their magnificent win in the final fixture at Lloyd Park. Let’s see if we can do even better this year! Here are the 2014/15 fixtures:
The Stragglers V50 Team:
L to R Claus Wagner, Malcolm Fletcher, Kevin Price, Steve Smith.
Our V50 Team represented the club at the Surrey County Relays in Wimbledon Park on Sunday 7th Sept.
A very strong performance from the team, finishing 4th out of 11 V50 teams. With a cumulative finishing time of 1hr 13mins 19secs for the 3 mile course, and only 8 seconds behind Woking AC who took 3rd place. Well done guys!
After 8 races, the 2014 Club Road Championships are now concluded. You can see the award winners in the left hand column of this page.
The races included in this year's competition were: The Richmond Half Marathon, Sutton 10K, Dorking 10mls, Club 10K, Richmond 10K, Elmbridge 10K, Wedding Day 7K and Wimbledon 5K
152 Stragglers completed 1 or more races in the competition - 57 ladies and 95 men.
The winners presentation ceremony will be at the Stragglers Cross Country and Road Race Awards Evening on Saturday 8th November 2014. It will be held at the Wych Elm Pub, Elm Road, Kingston KT2 6HT, starting at 6pm, with presentations at 7pm. All Stragglers are welcome and further details will be announced nearer the date, but make a note in your diary now.
Here are the statistics:
Welsh Castles Relay 7 & 8 June 2014
By Steve Sandham
The Stragglers had a brilliant weekend in Wales! We had a men's team and a ladies' team with 20 runners in each, competing against 65 teams from all over the country and from Spain. Well done to everyone who took part and/or supported us. The good weather was delivered as ordered, but not always at the right time!! Well that's Wales for you!
Thank you to the club members who helped on the day by marshalling; timing; finish water etc. without you this event could not happen.
Also congratulation to everyone who ran, we hope you enjoyed the race.
If by any chance you were wondering how we select who should win a spot prize, then this is how. We ask a spectator (someone not involved with the organising) for a number from 0 to 9 – e.g. 7. Then any runner with a number 7 as the last one of their chest number e.g. 567 will get a spot price – EASY AS THAT!
Simon & Pat
Stragglers men's teams were 23rd (Juniors), 24th and 41st out of 52 teams.
Stragglers ladies were 5th (Juniors) and 26th out of 42 teams
Well done to all Stragglers, and special congratulations to Freya Thomson who was 2nd lady and Matthew Kossatz 43rd man.
The GBR took place on 17/18 May.
33 teams competed over the 220-mile course, in glorious sunny conditions.
Serpentine took the overall win, with Dulwich winning the ladies competition (and the Queens of the Mountains). Sandhurst won the vets "walking stick", Frontrunners the mixed team, British Airways the corporate prize. Serpentine also won the second-place prize, and the Kings of the Mountains. The "toilet seat" was won by Havering 90.
All Stragglers are invited to take part in the Stragglers Summer Road Championships. If you didn’t manage to get an entry for the Richmond Half Marathon, don’t worry there are still plenty of other races in this competition. So get your entries in now to avoid disappointment.
This year we have made it easier for all members to compete by reducing the number of qualifying races. Your best Stragglers’ position in 4 of the 8 races qualify for your overall result. So everyone should be able to manage at least four.
There is a ladies competition and a men’s competition. The first Straggler gains 35 points, the second 34 points and so on, down to 10 points. Everyone who takes part will be awarded at least the minimum 10 points. You can keep track of your progress in the races section.
There are prizes for the highest points scorers in both the men’s and ladies competitions.
Ladies: Overall winner, first V35, V45, V55 and Hero (Highest scorer who completes all races).
Men: Overall winner, first V40, V50, V60 and Hero (as above)
Prizes will be presented at the Stragglers Awards Ceremony later in the year, along with prizes for the 2013/14 Cross Country season.
Richmond Half Marathon (race full)
Sunday 4th May
Sunday 11th May
Dorking 10 miles
Sunday 1st June
Stragglers Club 10K
Thursday 19th June
Sunday 22nd June
Sunday 20th July
Wedding Day 7K
Friday 25th July
Sunday 17th August
Steve Sandham & Carys Mills