Key Race Fixtures

Click on date for more information about each event.

XC shows qualifying events in the Club XC Championship

R shows qualifying events in the Club Road Race Championship






Lead and Notes

SEPT 2 Surrey County Road Relays Wimbledon   Helen/Malcolm
  3 River Relay Boveney to Kingston   Simon/Katherine/Jon
  24 Southern Road Relays Crystal Palace   Helen/Malcolm
OCT 8 Club XC Champs Ham Lands XC Helen/Malcolm/Simon
  14 Surrey XC League (men & ladies race 1) Men - Wimbledon
Ladies - Reigate
XC Helen/Malcolm
  21 Surrey Masters XC Championships Richmond Park   Helen/Malcolm
NOV 4 Priory Relays Reigate   Jon/Pam/Kev B
  11 Surrey XC League (men & ladies race 2)

Men - Epsom
Ladies - Nonsuch Park

XC Helen/Malcolm
  25 South of the Thames XC 5 mile Beckenham XC Jon/Pam/Kev B
DEC 2 Surrey XC League (men race 3) Roundshaw XC Malcolm
  9 Southern Masters XC Championships Oxford   Helen/Malcolm
  16 South of the Thames XC Championships Aldershot XC Jon/Pam/Kev
  ? Mobmatch v 26.2 Surbiton   Phil Davies






Lead and Notes

JAN 6 Middlesex County XC Champs tbc   Simon/Katherine
  7 Surrey County XC Champs Denbies   Helen/Malcolm
  13 Surrey XC League (ladies race 3) tbc XC Helen
  27 Southern XC Champs tbc   Helen/Malcolm
FEB 10 Surrey XC League (men & ladies race 4) tbc XC Helen/Malcolm
Men's event hosted by Stragglers and Croydon Club
  18? Middx XC masters tbc   Simon/Pam/Kev B
  24 National XC Championships Parliament Hill XC Helen/Malcolm
MARCH 3? Ellis / Dysart Cup Richmond Park XC Helen/Malcolm
  25 Southern 6/12 Stage Road Relays Kent   Vice-captains
APRIL 29? Richmond Half (Surrey League).  Stragglers championships Richmond R Helen/Malcolm
MAY 6? Sutton 10k (Surrey League) Nonsuch Park R Helen/Malcolm
  19/20 (tbc) Green Belt Relay London Green Belt!   Helen/Malcolm
JUNE 3 Dorking 10 miles Brookham R Helen/Malcolm
    (Surrey League)      


Welsh Castles Relay Wales!   Tiago, Dave Griffiths, Alan M, Karen Levene
  tba Parkland Relays Richmond Park   Vice-captains
  17? Richmond 10K (Surrey League) Ham R Helen/Malcolm
  tba Imber Court Relays East Molesey   Vice-captains
  tba Club 10k Hawker R Phil Davies
  tba Mob-match v Ranelagh (5k Champs)   Crane Park? R Phil Davies
JULY 14? Elmore 7 mile (Surrey League) Chipstead R Helen/Malcolm
  ? Rothwell Relays Hawker   Phil Davies
  22? Elmbridge 10K (Surrey League) Walton-on-Thames R Helen/Malcolm
  27? Wedding Day Bushy Park R Helen/Malcolm
AUG 12? Wimbledon 5k Dash (Surrey League) Wimbledon Park R Helen/Malcolm


Information given here is accurate to the best of our knowledge, but you are strongly advised to check details with race organisers before travelling or making other arrangements. Where they are known we have included web site links, these are often the best place to find the latest information.

Note! If you enter a race as a Straggler, it is important that:

  • You are a paid-up member of the club
  • You enter the club name on the entry form as "The Stragglers"
  • You wear club kit


Cross-Country Training

Start Date: 30 Sep 2017 10:00

End Date: 30 Sep 2017 12:00

Venue: Richmond Park

Following last year's increased interest in cross-country, we are looking to build on this further this coming autumn.  In support of this, Kevin Best who has a wealth of experience running cross-country, is organising four Saturday morning training sessions in September:

  • Saturday 9th September
  • Saturday 16th September
  • Saturday  23rd September
  • Saturday 30th September

 These are aimed at everyone, including those completely new to cross-country and those who have run many cross-country races before, and open to all abilities.

The sessions will include:

  • A warm up and post run stretch
  • Discussions on clothing
  • Advice on footwear (trail shoes, studs, spikes etc)
  • Tips on how to deal with running up and down hills
  • How to deal with different conditions under foot
  • Hill work
  • Relays 

We will meet in Richmond Park at Pembroke Lodge carpark at 10am. 

The sessions will be up to 2 hours, and there will be an opportunity for the all-important coffee and cake afterwards !  Kev has asked you to bring warm and wet weather gear to these sessions. There will be a short break mid-session so feel free to bring any refreshments to keep your energy levels up. 

Any questions about the sessions, do get in touch with Kevin (  If you would like advice now on footwear for cross-country, do drop Kevin an email or chat to him at Thursday (Hawker Centre) or Sunday (Bushy Park) training.


Annual Awards Evening

Start Date: 6 Oct 2017 19:30

End Date: 6 Oct 2017 23:00

Venue: Canbury Arms, Kingston

An opportunity to catch up with your fellow Stragglers, and to celebrate the last year and our award winners.

Prizes will be presented to:

  • last season’s cross-country champions
  • the winners of this summer’s hotly contested road championships
  • the winners of the 2017 10K rankings
  • the overall winners of the annual 5K handicap competition
  • and the male and female winners of the Kev Best’s best improvers award (a closely guarded secret, even the men’s and ladies captains don’t know who the winners are !)

For those of you who came along last year, it is in the Garden Room again, but we have booked the whole space this time in anticipation of another great turn out.  For those new to The Canbury Arms, it is close to the centre of Kingston, here is a link to the website.

It’s £15 per person, this covers the hire of the room and a buffet meal.   To book your place, email Helen or Malcolm (and let us know about any allergies or dietary requirements).

Stragglers Cross-Country Championships

Start Date: 8 Oct 2017 09:45

End Date: 8 Oct 2017 12:30

Venue: The Hawker Centre

Back due to popular demand, Sunday 8th October kicks off the cross-country season for The Stragglers with the now annual club Cross-Country Championship race.   

The course on Ham Lands is flat and mainly on grassy tracks following an attractive route towards Ham House.  It is suitable for everyone, even those of you who may never have run cross-country before, or not for a long time.  

This year, the men and ladies will run the same course, and is 5.6 miles.   So really this is like the summer club 10K, but a bit shorter, and just happens to be on grass!  

There are now race shields for the first man and lady over the line, and there are awards for the first senior man, M40, M45, M50, M55, M60, M65, M70 and senior lady, F35, F40, F45, F50, F55, F60, F65.

Registration will be on the day at the Hawker Centre from 9:45am onwards.  We will all walk down to the start a few minutes before kick-off at 10:30am.  After the race, we will reconvene in the Hawker Centre for an opportunity for post run refreshments, presentations and socialising

Surrey Cross-Country League

Start Date: 14 Oct 2017 11:00

End Date: 14 Oct 2017 15:00

Venue: Men: Wimbledon, Ladies:Reigate

Ladies race starts 11am, men race start tbd

Contact Helen Davies or Malcolm Davies


Surrey County Masters Cross-Country Championships

Start Date: 21 Oct 2017 15:30

End Date: 21 Oct 2017 17:00

Venue: Richmond Park

For those living in Surrey for at least the last 9 months, born in Surrey or represented Surrey in the past.

Ladies and M60s at 3:30

Men 4:15pm

Contact Helen Davies or Malcolm Davies

Priory Relays

Start Date: 4 Nov 2017 13:30

End Date: 4 Nov 2017 15:00

Venue: Reigate

Contact Jon Parry or Pam Whitter

Surrey Cross-Country League

Start Date: 11 Nov 2017 11:00

End Date: 11 Nov 2017 15:00

Venue: Ladies: Nonsuch Park, Men:Epsom

Race starts time to be decided.

Contact Helen Davies or Malcolm Davies


South of the Thames XC 5 mile

Start Date: 25 Nov 2017 14:00

End Date: 25 Nov 2017 16:00

Venue: Beckenham

Contact Jon Parry or Pam Whitter

Men's Surrey XC League Race 3

Start Date: 2 Dec 2017 14:00

End Date: 2 Dec 2017 16:00

Venue: Roundshaw

Club 5K Handicap

Start Date: 7 Dec 2017 19:00

End Date: 7 Dec 2017 21:00

Venue: The Hawker Centre

Put the date in your diary for the Club 5k Handicap on Thursday 7th September. It's a great opportunity to take part in a different kind of event, a chance to run alongside club colleagues with whom you may not usually share a run, and to improve your 5k time. What's not to like?!

N.B. We're automating the time-keeping and will use your parkrun barcode. It's important that you register your barcode in advance, preferably by 1st September. Read how to do it here.

How are the handicaps decided?

As the course is over a measured 5 km, a runner's most recent parkrun time can be used to establish their handicap, using 40 minutes as a baseline, divided into 15-second increments.

For example, if the slowest runner on the day had a parkrun time of 36 mins 10 secs, they would start when the clock showed 3 mins 45 secs, and if the fastest runner had a parkrun time of 17 mins 25 secs, they would start when the clock showed 22 mins 30 secs.

If any participant has never taken part in a parkrun, an estimated time will be given, and the runner's time on the night will be used to establish their handicap for subsequent runs.

If you want to see what happened at the previous handicap, see the results here.

How do runners enter?

If you've registered your parkrun barcode in advance (see here) all you need to do is turn up and run. If you have encountered any problems with registering or have any questions, there will be a table in the Hawker Centre which will be manned from 19:00.

The clock will start at zero and the first runner to start will be the entrant with the slowest current 5k time (anyone over 40 minutes will start at "zero"). Each runner's name will be called out as their start time approaches - it is the responsibility of each runner to be on the start line ready to go at the time they were given at registration.

Runners will not wear race numbers.

What happens at the finish?

At the finish line, runners well be handed a token - just like at parkrun - and they will be directed to the "finisher" who will scan their parkrun barcode and finishing position.


There will be NO marshals or signposts on the course during the Handicap - it is each runner's responsibility to know the course. For most people there will be somebody to follow! For the others, follow this link for a map of the course Stragglers 5k Handicap Route. Please remember to turn left off Duke's Avenue onto Dysart Avenue and go clockwise around the loop!

And finally...

...the handicap needs at least 3 people to staff it so, if you are available but not planning to run, solid offers of assistance, in advance, would be much appreciated!

Southern Masters XC Championship

Start Date: 9 Dec 2017 12:00

End Date: 9 Dec 2017 16:00

Venue: Oxford

Southern Masters XC Championships at Oxford

Contact Helen and Malcolm

South of the Thames XC Championships

Start Date: 16 Dec 2017 14:00

End Date: 16 Dec 2017 16:00

Venue: Aldershot

Contact Jon Parry or Pam Whitter

Date Time Event Location Details
30 Sep 2017 10:00 Cross-Country Training Richmond Park More info
6 Oct 2017 19:30 Annual Awards Evening Canbury Arms, Kingston More info
8 Oct 2017 09:45 Stragglers Cross-Country Championships The Hawker Centre More info
14 Oct 2017 11:00 Surrey Cross-Country League Men: Wimbledon, Ladies:Reigate More info
21 Oct 2017 15:30 Surrey County Masters Cross-Country Championships Richmond Park More info
4 Nov 2017 13:30 Priory Relays Reigate More info
11 Nov 2017 11:00 Surrey Cross-Country League Ladies: Nonsuch Park, Men:Epsom More info
25 Nov 2017 14:00 South of the Thames XC 5 mile Beckenham More info
2 Dec 2017 14:00 Men's Surrey XC League Race 3 Roundshaw More info
7 Dec 2017 19:00 Club 5K Handicap The Hawker Centre More info
9 Dec 2017 12:00 Southern Masters XC Championship Oxford More info
16 Dec 2017 14:00 South of the Thames XC Championships Aldershot More info

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