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"
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
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org). 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.
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).
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
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 courseStragglers 5k Handicap Route. Please remember to turn left off Duke's Avenue onto Dysart Avenue and go clockwise around the loop!
...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!