Monday 19 January 2015

Surrey Schools XC and Fred Hughes 10 2015

Welcome back from the weekend !

Start of the Surrey Schools XC champs - Yr 4 and 5 at Reigate 
It's the Cross Country (XC) season in full flow over the next few months with county league races, schools competitions, Regional championships (It's the South of England XC Championships at Stanmer on Saturday) , and then the National Champs at Parliament Hill in February.
If you're not into XC then there's the Brutal Womens Only race next Saturday, or the Canterbury 10 instead...

This weekend we had the Surrey School XC champs at Reigate Park, and the Fred Hughes 10mile race over in St Albans - we had snow on the saturday, and fortunately even though the course was altered due to flooding - good weather all day Sunday.
As you can see from the photo - it was an excellent turnout at Reigate from the schools across all the age groups - with some strong school teams - with excellent numbers across all ages and both boys and girls. Sometimes at club races I worry about the filed size of the junior races - but this showed there is excellent enthusiasm for the sport - if only we could get them running regularly !

Southampton Half 2015
In other news we are very pleased to announce that we are working with the new Southampton Half Marathon - taking place on that special London Marathon Weekend April the 26th - so for all of you not going up to the city, go to this city by the sea instead !
Click here to find out more and enter

Race SSP Gallery link results link

Surrey Schools XC Champs

Fred Hughes 10 Miles

Future Races for your diary to get sorted before they sell out are (sorry for the list format) - I'll try to put a list up at least once a month

Date Master Event name Race website
Sat-24/01/2015 Brutal Women Only
Sun-25/01/2015 Canterbury 10
Sun-01/02/2015 Watford Half
Sun-01/02/2015 ETL Bookham 10k
Sun-08/02/2015 Deal Half
Sat-14/02/2015 Brutal Bagshot
Sat-21/02/2015 National XC Champs
Sun-22/02/2015 Hampton Court Half Marathon
Sun-01/03/2015 Berkhamsted Half Marathon
Sun-01/03/2015 Steyning Stinger
Sat-07/03/2015 The Nuts Challenge
Sun-08/03/2015 AAT- The Surrey Half Marathon
Sun-08/03/2015 Roding Valley
Sun-08/03/2015 The Nuts Challenge
Sat-14/03/2015 Brutal Windmill Hill
Sun-15/03/2015 River Thames Spring Half
Sat-21/03/2015 F3 Half Marathon
Sun-22/03/2015 B2TT
Sun-22/03/2015 Brentwood Half
Sun-22/03/2015 Richmond 13.1 Half
Sun-22/03/2015 Fleet Half Marathon
Sun-22/03/2015 Hastings Half Marathon
Sat-28/03/2015 AAT Bolt
Sun-29/03/2015 Paddock Wood
Sun-29/03/2015 Colchester Half
Sun-29/03/2015 Cranleigh 15-21
Sun-29/03/2015 ETL Spitfire

So - that's a small list you should be using to get your entries sorted out before they are fully sold out - most of the races we cover are sold out before the day or close entries - so don't be disappointed.

Here's some of the action from the weekend:

Surrey Schools XC champs - takes place across all ages from Yr4 (under 8) 
Tight packs running through the muddy woods

Determination and pure effort at the finish

Good work through the paths

Ollie was a bit distracted by his supporters !

The fast way down the slope

The Fun way down a slope

The painful way down a slope (yes - he was ok)

The competitive spirit lives on

Meanwhile on Sunday at the Fred Hughes 10 (on the modified course due to flooding)
"oh no you didn't get that did you" - yes! (number hidden to protect the innocent)

The Local showbiz running team skipped past

uncertain what you're doing or what we are doing ?

New Kate Bush impersonation goes well

It was a very strong performance at the front

Pete pushed hard for the place - but did he get it ?

Man haz goodies bag!

concentratey downhill face

Top Run from fleet

ta da !!
Very well done everyone on getting around the course, in what were perfect running conditions for this time of year !

So, we have the south of Englands at Stanmer Park in Brighton on Saturday - a good days spectating if you can make it for that - 11am to 2:30pm last race start to see the men flog 15k out of the hills.
Public transport, bikes or run there ! but no parking - unless you can park at the Amex stadium...

So go to the galleries and get yours now !

Surrey Schools:
Fred Hughes:

Until next time,

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