Sunday the 5th of May saw round 1 of the 2019 Surrey Road League kick off with the Ranelagh Richmond Half Marathon. With the race starting at 08:30, it’s a pretty punchy start for a Sunday, but it was a beautiful morning and about 20 degrees cooler than last year’s race, game on!The race was started by our own Ben Evans, he was warmly welcomed by the waiting runners
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After scorching hot temperatures last year, the weather was considerably better for runners this year and offered up cool breezy conditions for the 2019 London Marathon. There were 16 GGAC athletes running this year, a great turn-out with some brilliant performances.
This past weekend saw a number of Gees head down to the sunny south coast to take on the Brighton 10k. The event organisers had lined up an incredibly fast field and the runners did not disappoint once the gun sounded.
In good running conditions, but for a little wind, 6 runners broke 29 minutes with Nick Goolab setting a new course record, breaking the tape in 28:22
Guildford’s John Sanderson backed up last weekends performance at the National Road Relays, coming home in 16th place in a new PB of 29:46
This past weekend saw the Senior Men make their first trip to the iconic Sutton Park for the National 12-stage Road Relays.
Following a successful showing at the Southern 12-stage Road Relays in Milton Keynes last month, the Gees qualified for this historic event that features some of the best clubs in the country.
Almost perfect conditions greeted the team on arrival with only a mild wind to contend with as well as the ‘undulating’ lap around Sutton Park and a number of ferociously competitive teams.
This season the GGAC U13G, U15G and U17W teams are performing brilliantly and the season isn’t over yet.
Our U13G are the South of England (SEAA) Relay, Surrey Relay and Surrey Cross Country Champions. The U13G team also came 2nd in the SEAA Cross Country Championships.
Our U15G team was placed 4th in the SEAA Relays. 2nd in the Surrey Relays, 2nd in Surrey Cross Country Championships and 5th in the SEAA Cross Country Championships.
The U17W team was 1st in the Surrey Relays, 1st in the Surrey Championships and 3rd in the SEAA Cross Country Championships.
Further to the recent emails that went to club members about the Spectrum Track athletes should hear from their coaches early next week when and where training sessions will be held.
The middle distance group trained by Keith, Tina, Claire and Jon will train in Stoke Park on Tuesdays and Thursdays from September 18th. The group will meet in the coach lay by at the top of the track at 5pm.
The Spectrum track is not going to be ready owing to the relaying turning out to be a much bigger job than first anticipated by the contractors and the provisional date we have been given for the completion of the work is now Saturday, November 3rd.
For the next few weeks training arrangements are as follows:
Under 13 and 15 Boys and Girls – No training except for middle distance groups – see below
The Spectrum track is to be relaid between July 16th and August 26th and for this time the following arrangements have been made for Club training
July 17th and July 19th
Under 13 and Under 15 athletes - no training.
In the recent Surrey Athletic Championships held at Kingston, the Club won gold medals in all age group from Under 13 to senior with wins both on the track and the field in both the men's and the women's events.