Strength and conditioning training – 30th Nov

All middle distance and endurance athletes who attend training on Thursday nights are encouraged to attend the strength and conditioning session with AJ on Thursday 30th November. This session is of course open to all other athletes as well as the middle distance and endurance athletes.

The following strength and conditioning session is likely to be Thursday 21st December depending on the dates of closure of the University.


Our men turned out competitive teams for all five of our divisional matches which were held at Walton (twice), Ewell, Kingsmeadow and home at St Mary’s. Averaging 43 points per match, we came second overall to Kingston Polytechnic and earned a place in the final held at Tooting Bec against the Eastern Division. Unfortunately, whereas the other clubs turned out at full strength for the final, we could only muster a B team and we came last with a spirited but meagre 17 points. Two notable features of the season were the significant contributions to the team made by firstly our U17 and U20 club members, and secondly our second claim members from Ranelagh Harriers. The men’s Victor Ludorum went to Paul Derrien with 28 match points from 8 field events, closely followed by James Whistler with 25 points from 7 track events.

Our women turned out a full team for the home fixture which they won easily by scoring 42 points. Unfortunately, only a few club members travelled to the away fixtures and as a result we ended the season at the bottom of the Division. Nevertheless, there were some impressive performances. The women’s Victor Ludorum went to Caroline Parmenter who scored 28 match points from 6 events.

All in all, it was a very enjoyable season.

Peter Crews, Team Manager

Rosenheim League – Match 1 Report

The men’s team (Paul Derrien, Neil Jennings, Dylan Rubini, JamesWhistler, Marc Snaith and Alfie Crews) filled all the events and put in spirited performances to come second – only 5 points behind Kingston Polytechnic.

The women’s team could only cover five events. Nevertheless, Katy Barber won the 100 and 200, Caroline Parmenter came second in the 100H and Harriet Connor came third in the shot. The team came second in the 4×200 relay thanks to legs by Kim Weir and Kya Mole.

The award for true Corinhian spirit must go to James and Marc who both ran legs of the men’s 4×200 relay straight after completing a punishing 3000!

The next match is at Walton again, on 1 June 201.

Southern Athletics League – Bracknell women’s report

What a day we had a Bracknell. We had quite a few gaps on the ladies side as Kate, Liz and Lara are all nursing niggles and injuries…whilst these ladies were missed we welcomed some new faces, Katy Barber, Anais Hemetseberger, Marzena Plechta and Ana Uren. Great to see the usual faces as well.

The team atmosphere was brilliant, everyone supporting everyone really well – whilst I was cursing the shouts of “time to drive on now” from the HJ and throws area, it helped me stay strong in my 400m run and bag a PB, I almost came first but the youngster from Lewes had just a bit more than I did in the last 10m.

Everyone performed really well, Katy flew to the front in her 100m run, matched her 200m PB to come second and fought hard to close the gap in the 4x100m where we came a strong 2nd. Millie also ran out in front in the 100m, bagged herself a new PB in the TJ with 9m30, jumped a good long jump and was another strong part of the 4x100m.

Anais Hemetsberger came out to her first SAL and ran strong in the non scoring 100 & 200m, bagged us some points in HJ despite not having done it for 4 years – (thank you Anais), then ran a strong second leg in the 4x100m.

Kavitha nibbled a bit more off her 100m and 200m, getting back nearer to her PBs.

Ana Uren coming back from an injury ran brilliantly in the 800m and then also ran a superb leg in the 4x400m.

It was great to see Clare King who was nearly floored by an evil bug, Clare ran 1500m, 800m, TJ.

Imogen ran all in the 1500m, 3k and 4x400m.

The throws were superbly covered by Caroline Hawley, Rebecca Townsend, Harriett Connor and Marzena Plechta with wins in the shotput, discus and B string Hammer and seconds in the Javelin. Harriett threw a PB in the discus.

Clare Graham ran into first place on Steeplechase & threw herself over HJ for a point.

Rebecca Townsend showed true team spirit by doing a 400m rather than 800m, then breaking her ‘no obstacles’ rule by deciding that switching her 4x400m leg to a 2k obstacle race with water (Steeplechase) would help us close the small points gap we had to Bracknell. A superb run with max points and SMRAC won the match by 5 points….just saying.

Thank you to all of the competitors and officials


Hercules Wimbledon Open results

Congratulations for Matthew Collingridge, Chris Hursey and Harriet Connor who all competed with distinction at the Hercules Wimbledon Young Athletes Open. Performances as follows:

Matthew Collingridge – SP 8.19m (2nd), DT 24.68m (2nd) PB

Chris Hursey – SP 11.67m (3rd), DT 39.86m (3rd) PB

Harriet Connor – SP  10.04m (1st), DT   31.23m (1st)

Awards and quiz evening

You are warmly invited to the SMRAC Awards and quiz evening on Friday 5th December at the Pavillion on Twickenham Green. The Pavillion will open at 6:45pm for a 7pm start of the Awards presentation. The Awards will recognise achievements during 2014 across all age groups from U13 to Vets in both track and field and cross country.

We expect the awards ceremony to be complete by 8:15pm and after a short break we’ll kick off with the Christmas Quiz around 8:30pm – all ages and abilities welcome.

Some light refreshments will be provided and a cash bar available.  Please RSVP to Neil Jennings so we can gauge numbers.