Downs Cross Country League Sunday 4th March

Just a reminder that there is cross-country this Sunday on Epsom Downs.

The weather is supposed to improve as the weekend progresses, so we hope that you will all come out to support our final fixture of 2017/18.

The first race off is at 10:45.

If anything changes weather wise – we will let you know as soon as we do – otherwise, we’ll see you there!

Downs Cross-Country League Results

Well done to all those who took part in the third of the Junior Downs Cross-Country League fixture last Sunday 18th February. It was certainly a cold and blustery day.

Here’s the results:
Under 13 Boys
18th Hamish CHAPPLE 13:58
22nd Oscar BUTTLE 14:41

The Under 13 Boys finished 9th out of 12 teams.

Under 11 Girls

18th Jaiya SAKHARET 14:30
19th Emily BRINDLE HOUGH 14:46
23rd Siri SAKHARET 16:22

The Under 11 Girls finished 6th out of 10 teams.

Under 11 Boys

29th Verdaant SAGGI 13:06
36th Sebastian MANO 14:12
37th Ferris CHAPPLE 14:32

The Under 11 Boys finished 8th out of 9 teams.

The next fixture is this coming Sunday 4th March. Details will appear here on this fixture later in the week. Needless to say, as it is the last of the four 2017/18 fixtures, it would be excellent to have a big turn out!

Downs Cross Country League Sunday 18th February

 The third race in the four race Downs Cross Country League series takes place on Sunday 18th February. All the races will take part on Epsom Downs with the start/finish off the car park at Tattenham Corner Road and Old London Road.

The categories and start times are:

Under 11s (Years 5 & 6) – 2.2k 10:45
Under 13s (Years 7&8) – 2.5k 11:15 est.
Under 15s (Years 9&10) – 2.5k 11:30 est

You will need to wear a club top, which can be purchased on the day (£20), otherwise, we hope to have a few spare tops that you can use but must be handed back.

Our coaches, Lis, Steve and Bob should be in attendance at the event, so if it’s your first time, just look for us.

We have had some very encouraging Junior and Senior parkrun times recently, so it would be good to take some of those performances into the cross-county. If you haven’t run or registered with us in for the cross-country, it would save us extra administration on the day if you could let us know beforehand if you are running, by either speaking to one of us, via this website of via The Sheen Shufflers Juniors Facebook page, though you can enter on the day.

For reference, the Long and Lat of the meeting point at Epsom Downs is 51.3107415,-0.2463780. Just stick those numbers into Google Maps. It’s basically the Hut Car Park, south of the also noted Tea Hut Car Park. Just cross the race track of the race course and that’s where all meet and the start and finish of all the races is

Junior parkrun Success

Well done to the following Juniors, including Ava and Emily, who got a ladies one, two (finishing 4th and 10th overall in a field of 133 athletes) at Moormead Junior parkrun last Sunday.

4th 1st F Ava Oldfield 9:27
10th 2nd F Emily Hough 9:57
12th 4th F Jaiya Sakharet 9:59
14th 6th F Siri Sakaret 10:02

Next Sunday sees the third fixture in the Cross Country League at Epsom Downs. Details to follow later.

Night Orienteering – Barnes Common – Tuesday 23rd January

The venue is : The Spencer Arms 237 Lower Richmond Road, London SW15 1HJ. Barnes Common should be familiar territory to many of you so come and give it a go!

There are two courses, 5K and 2.5K, Children can run if accompanied by an adult or responsible guardian. If you let me know if you are coming we will arrange for an informal introduction to an orienteering ‘master-class’ before you start. If you are still unsure, let me know and we can try and arrange company around the route.

Basically, you are given a map with clues on it and you have to navigate to the clues ‘check-points’ and electronically check in. You will need a head torch, whistle and a compass. The cost is £5 entry, £3 for juniors. Registration between 18:00 and 19:25, and as it is electronic timing, you go when you are ready.

These are fun but frustrating events (when you can’t find a check-point). You can run in groups, so please don’t feel you have to run on your own.

If you need any further information/re-assurance please ask using the form below or directly to

London Mini-Marathon Sunday 22nd April

If you are aged between 11 and 17 years, live or go to school in the borough and would like to take part in the Virgin Money Giving Mini London Marathon along part of the Virgin London Marathon course then you can apply to be part of our team.

Age categories for 2018:

U13: 01/09/04 – 22/04/07
U15: 01/09/02 – 31/08/04
U17: 23/04/00 – 31/08/02

How to apply
You will need to complete a 5k parkrun event* between Saturday 6 January and Saturday 3 March 2018. We will take your fastest time between and including these two dates. We advise parents/carers to remain onsite during the race. Please note, the terms and conditions of parkrun state that children under the age of 11 years old are the responsibility of their parents or guardians and need to be accompanied at all times before, during and after the run.
Register online to complete a parkrun no later than the 6pm the Friday before you want to run.
Complete the Richmond Mini Marathon online form by Sunday 4 March 2018 – late entries will not be accepted.

*There are four parkruns in the borough at Bushy Park, Crane Park, Old Deer Park and Richmond Park. Events take place every Saturday at 9am. Please do not forget to bring your barcode with you as we cannot accept times that are not official registered with the correct barcode.

The Sports Development Team will select the six fastest male and six female athletes in each category to represent Richmond on Sunday 22 April 2018. We will contact qualifying athletes by email during the week commencing 5 March 2018.

Beginners Running Courses

Does that New Year’s Resolution that you made to get fit in 2018 already seem like a pipe dream? You thought it would be cool to go out running with your athletic offspring – but it was the drink talking? Well here’s a chance to put things right!

THREE Beginners Course’ will be held this ‘term’. The venues are Palewell Common commencing on Wednesday 10th January at 11am. The second one will be held at Sheen Common commencing Tuesday 9th January at 10am and the third one will commence on Thursday January 11th at 10am at Dukes Meadow Playing Area. W4 also 10am. The courses will be held over an eight week period, for approximately one hour each week. The course charge is £50 for the complete course. By the time that the course has finished you should be able to comfortably participate in, and finish, a parkrun. Continue reading

Street Orienteering Tuesday Evening 9th January – Richmond

If you were with us on Wednesday Morning and took part in the Street Orienteering around Mortlake and East Sheen, or you ran the event back in February, you now have another chance to do another one.

Bex has organised an event on the evening of Tuesday 9th January around Richmond, St, Margarets & Twickenham on behalf of South London Orienteers.
The event will be headquartered at The Slug and Lettuce, Water Lane, Richmond TW9 1TJ. Continue reading