Club news for everyone
Reigate and Banstead Twinning - can you host a runner from France for Run Reigate 2019 (still no responses as yet, so last plea)?
Without getting embroiled in a Brexit debate (!), the Reigate and Banstead Twinning Association is hosting visitors from our twin town of Brunoy, France (pronounced "Brunoir") on Friday 13th to Sunday 15th September, and we have four runners coming over to take part in the half marathon over that Run Reigate weekend. Would you consider hosting someone from Brunoy? Let's show our entente cordiale!
If it is possible for you to host, can you please contact Sarah Walters by sending her an email to
Southern Athletics League event @ Tooting Saturday 17th August
A date for your diaries on the horizon for juniors U17 upwards and seniors.
See the email from Ginevra Stoneley and Jo Davey sent on 5th August, and reply to confirm attendance.
If you did not receive this email please contact
Final Lily B event @ Kingston Saturday 31st August from Mike Gent
The track and field season for the Juniors is drawing to a close. However, there is one final Lily B event for the girls on Saturday 31 August at Kingston. Please mark the date in your diaries.
There's still plenty of PB opportunities this season! From Ashley Burridge
Obstacle Course/Social event @ Bletchingley Saturday 21st September 3-5 PM from Sam Burnett
We have organised a fun session which is open to *all* members of the Junior Academy and Junior section.
The Junior section has over 150 members and we thought some of you may like the opportunity to meet up after the long summer holidays and have a fun session at the beginning of term.
We will have exclusive use of an obstacle course in the beautiful countryside just minutes from Reigate/Reigate in Bletchingley.
You should have received an email about this event on Tuesday 30th July with booking instructions. Please send a message to if you have not received this email.
Make sure that you book your place now as there are a limited number of places for this event.
Ian Edmonds and RPAC crew hosted the Run Reigate Run Club @ Priory Park Thursday 1st August
Ian was helped by Moray Carey, Jim Vince, Usha Stevens and myself with other Reigate Priory AC runners in support at the event.
As you can see, there was an excellent turn-out for this event. Ian got the cohort running around a large square in the park for an endurance session involving a climb and descent, followed by a 1Km run. The coaches from Reigate Ladies Joggers were on hand for the warm-up and cool-down.
There was interest in the Reigate Priory AC sessions shown by some participants.
MABAC event @ Wimbledon Common Tuesday 6th August
This event is hosted by Wimbledon Windmilers and details can be found here.
It takes place on Tuesday 6th August at 19:30, starting and finishing at Wimbledon Rugby Club SW20 0ET (Barham Road, just off the A3).
It is a 5 mile cross country event, with also joggers and junior events of about 2.5 miles. You should have received an email regarding this event from Andrew Bamford on Monday 29th July.
Meet in Bell St Car Park at 18:00 for a 18:15 departure if you want to car share, or make your own way there if you don't.
Please email to let the MABAC team know of your interest or if you have any queries about this event.
Wimbledon 5K Dash @ Wimbledon Sunday 11th August
This is the last Surrey Road League fixture, and there are still places for this event available.
Looking at this Reigate Priory AC have dropped from 1st to 3rd place in the Surrey Road League Men's League after the Elmbridge 10K.
Let's get a good turn-out for the last fixture at Wimbledon on 11th August - see this to enter the event.
Session @ Battlebridge Tuesday 6th August 7:00PM CANCELLED DUE TO MABAC RACE
The plan for Tuesday is for all to run the MABAC fixture, details as above.
Session from YMCA Sovereign Centre Wednesday 7th August 7:00PM
Ian Edmonds will be leading the run from the Sovereign on Wednesday.
Session @ Priory Park Thursday 8th August 6:00PM by Gavin Lawrence
This week the group will be doing loops in the lower park of about 550 to 600 metres length.
This will be a pyramid session going from 4 to 3 to 2 to 1 loop with a jogged 100 metre recovery in between sets.
As usual meet opposite the pavilion at 6:00PM for warm up, main session 6:15PM start.
Good for Age entry open and closure date - a reminder from Mike Pocock
Applications for Good for Age entry into the 2020 Virgin Money London Marathon will open on Wednesday 7 August 2019 and close on Friday 16 August 2019.
Parkrun tourism @ New Ross, County Wexford, Ireland Saturday 3rd August
Sarah and I were passing through New Ross on our way to our holiday destination in County Kerry.
Here we are "flying the flag" so to speak, although Sarah hadn't got her RPAC top. This event starts at 9:30AM - good job I checked. A lap and a half of the J.F. Kennedy Arboretum, which starts somewhat higher than it finishes. A quick down-hill at the start, and a long slow climb back up again.
They gave out 2 random prizes for a tea/coffee in the café, and I managed to get one! A fantastic well organised event with lovely people, and a good start to the holiday.
Where was your parkrun tourism this hoiday? How did it go? Do tell.
Dates for the diary
Tuesday 6th August 7:30PM MABAC League fixture @ Wimbledon Common - see this
Sunday 11th August Wimbledon 5K Dash @ Wimbledon - Surrey Road League final fixture - see this
Saturday 17th August Southern Athletics League @ Tooting
Saturday 24th August RPAC Parkrun Tourism @ Tilgate - see this
Get in touch
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