The 2019 Summer Series is a set of seven 10k races, culminating in the Club Championships in September. The 10k distance works well for new runners trying out racing for the first time and for experienced racers who have already got the racing bug.
Prizes are awarded at each race to the fastest woman, fastest man, fasted woman (age graded), and fastest man (age graded).
At the end of the season, slightly bigger “Summer Series” prizes will be awarded in the same categories, with the best three races run by each runner to count
Read the Summer Series reports and results here as they become available.
Clicking on the race dates below takes you to the race entry page.
Local season opener, run in the grounds of Woldingham school on tarmac paths. This is a two lap race with a one lap 5 km run starting at the same time.
2019 Woldingham 10k Race Report
“Are you on for Sunday, then?” I asked after the Tuesday run.”Nah,mate. I’ve got a 20 mile marathon training run on Friday. I fancy an easy weekend”, he said – and I knew he would race. “Still not doing Woldingham, then?” I asked at the Thursday run. “No. We’re going out on Saturday night for a drink and a spot of dinner after my 20”, he said – and I knew it was just a question of waiting for the text. Sunday 08:25 whatsapp message: “Morning Simon. I know it’s a bit late, but would it be possible to grab a lift to the race this morning…Sean”…
It is a windy morning, and we have to slalom around the branches blown down onto the road as we make our way to the race. When we get there, for the first race of this year’s Summer Series, it is, frankly, not all that summery; in fact it is a bit chilly. But there are plenty of Oxted Runners and Friends of the Oxted Runners there, and everything is going to be great. And it is. By the end of the races the sun has even come out…
The Woldingham 10 km takes place in the grounds of Woldingham School on traffic free paths and drives. 90 percent of the route is on good quality tarmac, and the other 10 percent is on poor quality tarmac and concrete. You do two 5 km laps. The good quality surface means a fast time, though some have suggested that the track could be a touch less than the full 10km. Whatever: it is the same as last year, same undulating mini-lap at the start, same 1 km drag up a not very difficult hill, same fast descent of that hill. But this year with added wind in your face as you go up the hill. Mysteriously, wind always seems to drop as you descend…
The start is …interesting. The 5 km race and the 10 km race start at the same time and from the same place. There are lots of waist-high juniors at the front as the starting hooter goes. They can run quickly in short bursts, but are prone to sudden halts and changes of direction. It would definitely be a Bad Thing to knock one over…
Thirty seven minutes and five seconds after the start, Sean is back over the finish line in first place. The rest of us get better value for our entry fees by spending quite a lot longer out on this mostly very pleasant course. (Nobody thought the second ascent of the hill directly into the gale was pleasant at all, and I for one, spent quite a lot of time on this leg!) George Donnelly didn’t get much better value than Sean; he was back in 39:17, and in fourth place overall. Maggie Statham-Berry was the first woman Oxted Runner back, despite being misdirected by the marshals at one point and probably running further than anyone else. Maggie also won the event prize for female vets. The best age graded performances by Oxted Runners were by Sean and Maggie- vg in both cases. But the ‘one person, one prize’ rule is operation so our age graded awards go to Jonathan Buxton and Kim Sullivan. Tiny prizes will be awarded soon!
So that’s it. The Summer Season is up and running. A great time was had by all at our now traditional season opener. The second race in the series is the Mel’s Milers 10km at Christ’s Hospital at the end of the month – a flat, fast, traffic- free, mixed terrain course – some tarmac, mostly tracks and paths, won’t get too muddy…Enter at www.melmilers.co.uk/mels-milers-10k .
Simon Brooks – Oxted Runners Chairman
Starts and finishes in Christ’s Hospital School (easy parking). Flat, multi-terrain course mainly on good quality off-road tracks. Recommended.
Two lap race on tarmac in and around Nonsuch Park in Cheam. Usually has a large and high quality field.
Good course on very quiet country lanes. It is not as far away as you think! – See box in the 2018 report…
Not in Caterham, fortunately, but a lap around Redhill Aerodrome on country lanes. Don’t forget to turn left or you will wind up doing a ½ marathon. A very successful race for the Oxted Runners.
Mostly on country lanes. Bit of a hill at the end. An established Oxted Runners favourite.
Sunday 29 September: East Grinstead 10k
Date to be confirmed. Mainly on good quality tracks on the Worth Way. This race is also the Oxted Runners Club Championship race.
Age Grading Scoring
Age grading is a way of putting all race participants on a level playing field, regardless of age or gender. Age graded scores assists you to compare your race times to those of different runners, as well as to the standard for your age and gender. The age-grading tables were developed by the World Association of Veteran Athletes, the world governing body for track and field, long distance running and race walking for veteran athletes. The tables were first published in 1989.
The tables work by recording the world record performance for each age at each distance, for males and females. Where necessary, the world record performances are estimated. For example, the world record for a 53 year old female running a 10km is 35:01. So if a 53 year old female finishes a 10k in 45:18, she has an age graded performance of 77.3% (35:01 divided by 45:18).
The wide availability of age-grading tables has enabled older runners to complete on even terms with younger generations.