FRC round up #24: Silver Starling 5k, SOAR Mile, Conti TR24, Elmbridge 10k, Richmond Half and Down Tow Up Flow

Doing the double in Battersea and the girls are on fire in the Summer league

Celebrations at Battersea track after the SOAR mile (photo: Andy Han)

Sri Chinmoy Silver Starling

On a warm and fairly humid evening 182 intrepid runners crossed the finish line in the latest Sri Chinmoy race, the Silver Starling 5K. I think Judith sums it up beautifully when she says:

Love a cheeky Monday night Sri Chinmoy! Laure your weekly improvements are astounding. Great running Katherine on a hot evening & thank you Ann-Kristin L. Mathiesen for supporting us. Your cheers gave me a real boost!!!
Stuart eyes up the competition, Laure gives it her all and Katherine and Judith put the worlds to rights (photos: Sri Chinmoy)

As hinted at by Judith, despite the heat it was yet another PB for Laure who is aiming for sub-30 and surely will soon be there at this rate! The 5k series continues with the Flying Falcon the next event on 31st July.


  • Stewart McAndie — 00:17:11
  • Greg Bacci — 00:19:57
  • Katherine Elmore-Jones — 00:23:52
  • Judith Clarkson — 00:27:02
  • Laure Selle — 00:30:26 — PB!


There was not only one Battersea Park event last week but two, and Friday night saw an excellent turn out at the Battersea athletics track for this fabulous event. Organised by SOAR Performance wear, The SOAR Mile is promoted as more than just an opportunity to race — it’s a chance to celebrate the classic distance, spectate and cheer athletes on from lane 3 whilst enjoying booze and tunes on the SOAR Straight.

And it definitely lived up to the hype with a great turn out, fantastic party atmosphere and the opportunity to watch some incredible athletes aiming to go sub 4 minutes in the elite races.

Steve, Bob and Phil getting their groove on to the ‘tunes’

It was also an opportunity to watch our very own elites take on the distance and Fulham were by far the biggest team cheering on from the sidelines (and drinking the free beer…!). So a big shout out to you bandits that came along to race, but also especially to those of you who came to support. You were fantastically noisy and spurred many of us on to better times!

Andy’s pain face says it all as the crowds cheer on, the ladies were pleased to race early so they could get cheering, and there were no ‘soar’ losers at all. (photos: Andy Han)

I know for sure that there were PBs from Bob, Sydnee, Phil and Ben and there may well have been others — so I’m sorry to anyone I missed! But regardless, there were some cracking times over this distance that we aren’t often used to racing. Except our track expert, John Devoy that is!


  • Nick Thomas — 04:49.66
  • Andrew Thomas — 04:55.71
  • John Devoy — 05:03.14
  • Thomas Daley — 05:10.08
  • Phil Reynolds — 05:13.08 — PB!
  • James Hampshire — 05:20.11
  • Andrew Han — 05:29.39
  • Ben Thornton — 05:30.47 — PB!
  • Paul Barnes — 05:33.09
  • Christopher Cooper — 05:37.4
  • Steven Lucas — 05:40.93
  • Amy Capper — 05:55.26
  • Bob Empson — 06:01.22 — PB!
  • Sydnee Watlow — 06:04.86 — PB!
  • Emily Clarke — 06:10.54
  • Ashlee Lucas — 06:22.23

24h Conti Thunder Run 2017

The Conti Thunder Run is an off-road relay race against the clock held in Catton Park in Derbyshire.

Ilsuk couldn’t resist another race opportunity and was a last minute entry to ‘Team Bacon’ — taking on four 6 mile laps over the 24 hour period. No results available on the website yet for this one but sounds like a fairly gruelling effort to run four 10k’s in the space of 24 hours!

Elmbridge 10k

A very international ladies’ team from FRC went and smashed the latest race in the Surrey Road League this weekend. Laure reports that it was a nice, flat course along the Thames, well organised and well marshalled. Our ladies did themselves proud, battling through puddles, wind and over-chatty runners and from what I heard Tomoko, Liberty and Laure all managed PBs — Laure’s by some 9 minutes! Congrats also to Liberty for breaking 40 minutes and to Tomoko for breaking 50.


An update from Paul on how that leaves FRC in the league:

It’s official, our women WON the Elmore 7 miler, the first win for the club in the competition, awesome work! This was followed up by (from my unofficial calculations) 6th place in the Elmbridge 10k on Saturday morning.
Overall in the league this result leaves the women with a guarantee of finishing between 2nd-4th out of 35 teams, if we can win the final race!
I also just want to give a special mention to the incredible Alice Rw who has won her age category in all four of the races she has entered, and will be going for the clean sweep in Wimbledon — thats a lot of vouchers and wine.
After finishing in 8th place in Elmore, our mens team was decimated by injuries and withdrawals for Elmbridge (which actually allowed us to flood the womens team!), leaving Stuart Macdougall to take on the whole of Surrey singlehandedly. Result tbc!
We now have 10 runners signed up for the Wimbledon 5k on 13th August.…/e…/TheWimbledonDash5km20172
Only £8/10 to enter, and with a social to follow, come and join us for the finale of the season!

Richmond Half Marathon

This was Amy’s fourth half marathon in her ‘six for six’ challenge that she set herself this year (running six half marathons — one for each of her Mum’s six bouts of chemo) to raise money for the Women’s Cancer Detection Society. If you would like to support her cause then you can at her JustGiving page.

Amy says it was without a doubt the toughest course she’s taken on with lots of hills, but she surprised herself and finished in 1:55:10.

Kim and Amy celebrating (Photo: Amy Tayler)

Also congrats to Kim and Ray for their efforts!

Down Tow, Up flow

This race is ‘A gloriously scenic, flat, multi-terrain, point-to-point half marathon along the Thames towpath (therefore mainly traffic-free). Run in reverse directions each year; in 2017 it was “Down Tow’ therefore starting in Marlow and finishing in Windsor, taking in Bourne End, Cookham & Maidenhead along the way.’

Chris was running this year with his Dad, and while he managed a solid 01:37 his Dad unfortunately struggled with a bit of an achilles trouble on the day.

But the sun did at least come out for them after the monsoons of the rest of the weekend!


  • Chris Cooper — 01:37:58
  • Tim Cooper — 01:54:18


Fulham Palace parkrun

A total of 354 runners took part. Congrats to Luke for a new PB, Phil for matching his previous PB and Diane for going sub 3o for the first time since she’s been back to running — not far from a new PB now Diane!

Thanks as always to the volunteers who made this event happen: Christopher COOPER, Leo GEBBIE (running sub-18 to scan afterwards!), Bob LYNAM, Laure SELLE, and to Emily, Matthew and David SLADE.

Cheltenham parkrun

Hereford parkrun

Homewood parkrun

Pomphrey Hill parkrun

Poole parkrun

Richmond parkrun

Wimbledon Common parkrun

Wormwood Scrubs parkun

Worsley Woods parkrun

Well done to everyone who raced this week, and to those of you who read to the end looking for the Battersea Park relays review — never fear! It will be included next week :)

Here’s what you’ve got to look forward to this week from our Captain!

  • 28/7 — Wedding Day 7k. Friday night racing plus picnic, plus forecast is looking good for Friday!
  • 03/8 — Save the date for our FRC club run monthly social!
  • 05/8 — Rose’s farewell parkrun :(
  • 10/8 — FRC at Great British Beer Festival.
  • 13/8 — Final round of Surrey Road League — Wimbledon 5k. Enter now to avoid missing out!

If you enjoyed this week’s relay at Battersea, take a look at the various 5–10k race on

#FRC #run.race.cheer #runlikeyoustoleit

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