Each year at the AGM awards are presented to the best performing male and female Club members over various distances. Qualifying events have changed over the years, but these are the current events/distances:
- 5k - best time for an individual at the Nonsuch Park park run, any Saturday during the month of September (was October up to 2013).
- 10k - the Ronhill Classic at Horton Park in December, organised by David Denton.
- 10 miles - the Dorking 10, usually held in May, organised by Dorking and Mole Valley AC.
- Marathon & half-marathon - best time for any run by a member during the previous membership year, and which is recorded in our newsletter. It is up to members to ensure that their results are notified to the Newsletter Editor.
Entries for these events is up to the individual, there is no 'bulk entry' for Oddball members.
In addition to the usual awards for 1st male & female runner at each distance, there will be age-related awards for the first runner in each of categories M40, M50, M60, M70, F40, F50, F60. Age-related awards will only be given if there is more than 1 club member for that event.
The predict-a-time run is a fun event where any participant can win. It has become an established fixture in the Oddballs calendar, normally being held over the Christmas/New Year holiday period.
The format is very simple. Runners are told the approximate distance of the course before the start of the run (normally in the region of 4 to 5 miles) but will not know the route. They are then asked to submit a predicted time for completing the run ( runners are not allowed to wear watches!) and prizes are given to the runners who get round the course nearest to their estimated times. Routes are usually on country paths and tracks and recent venues have been Bocketts Farm, situated between Leatherhead and Little Bookham, and Ashtead Common. After the run we normally go for a couple of drinks in a local pub where the prize-giving can take place.
The Epsom Oddballs Yacht handicap is an annual race for club members and one of the longest running events we organize. It takes place in June over a course of approximately three miles. For the last few years we have used the 3.2 mile circuit of Horton Park. Each club member is allocated a handicap time based on previous performances in this event and other recent races. The first runner will usually set off about twenty minutes before the faster runners. The objective is for the entire field to cross the finish line at the same time and we generally manage to achieve 80% of the field finishing within two-minutes of each other.
As with most of the club member only events, the race is free to enter and according to tradition we ask all runners to wear their club vest. The winner will receive a trophy to mark their achievement.
The Epsom Oddballs Cross Country is an annual race for club members and is always very popular. Originally a Winter event, in recent years it has taken place in the Summer, to fit in with the programme of open races. The course we have now used for many years is a two-lap cross country route in Horton Park that manages to include a variety of running surfaces and a challenging hill. The total race distance is three and a half miles. As with most of the club member only events, the race is free to enter.
We award prizes both for the overall Male and Female winners and also the bext Male and Female Age-graded results. The winners will receive a trophy to mark their achievement.
This is a fun-run league of which Epsom Oddballs and about 10 other running clubs in Surrey participate. This is very much a low-key, freindly competition, and so is suitable for runners of all abilities and ages. There are usually 11 meetings through the year, and each of the clubs takes a turn at organising one of them, generally in picturesque country settings.
The MABAC league is a non-profit making organisation, and we as members are required to participate in running it. Apart from being responsible for the organisation of one fun-run per year, we are required to supply a few marshals for the Cranleigh 15/21 mile event and the Surrey Slog. Remember, you can help by volunteering for these tasks, which will be very much appreciated.
The runs comprise a 2-lap course for seniors of approximately 5 miles (in total), and a single lap for juniors, joggers and walkers. The scoring system has changed over the years, but currently on the senior course, the first 6 male runners and the first 3 female runners score points according to the number of runners in the other clubs they beat. All other runners score 5 points for the full course, or 2 points for the single lap. This equates to 1 point per mile completed! So, no matter where you finish, you will score points for the Oddballs. Entry to these runs is free.
Events usually start at 11:00am, but be aware of exceptions to this, which will be under Club news / Races on this website.
In addition to the above, MABAC organises an open 15 / 21 mile road race and a half-marathon once a year, which fund all of the other events.
Further details can be found on the MABAC website, where you can find recent results and the current league positions.