Senior Section News
Southern Athletics League, Lewes, 9th July
Holidays and other commitments meant that only two RPAC athletes competed at the Southern Athletics League match at Lewes last Sunday, joining with colleagues from Holland Sports and Dorking & Mole Valley. However, Jo Davey and Rachel Woodman each competed in 4 individual events, contributing 29 points between them to the team total of 191.
Jo dropped down in distance from her usual 1500m, finishing first in all of the 400m (66.9), 800m (2:27.2) and 400m hurdles (77.7). She also competed in the hammer, scoring more valuable points for the team. Rachel, in her first competition in 6 years, was 1st B string in the long jump (4.80m, just 3 cm off her PB), triple jump (9.17) and 100m hurdles, plus competed in the high jump. Rachel also ran a leg in each of the two relays.
Overall the team were 2nd, just 29 points behind the joint team from Lewes & Haywards Heath. After the first 4 matches the team is lying in 9th place out of the 16 in the division.
The 5th and final match for 2017 is on Saturday 19th August at Hastings.
Update from the Chair, June 2017
I’m going to start this month’s update with Communication and Marketing, where we have made a number of improvements over the last few weeks.
The eagle-eyed amongst you will have noticed that all news items on the website are now automatically posted onto the RPAC Facebook Page. This has already significantly increased the reach of the news items, and hopefully will encourage more people to consider joining the club. The next step will be to activate the club’s Twitter account, and post links to all news items on there as well.
We also have a new flyer for the Summer Evening 10k, using a template developed by Ronnie Murray. We will use this same template for all the races we organise. Ronnie has also nearly finished another flyer for the club itself, which we can use to encourage people to join the club.
Finally, don’t forget that if you want to send an e-mail to either the entire club or to a section of the club, please send the details to “rpac @ rpac.co.uk” (removing the spaces!). Also, if you think you’ve missed a club e-mail (e.g. because it has been blocked by a spam filter) the last 50 e-mails are available on the website, you will need to login to see them though.
It is now just 1 week to go to our annual Summer Evening 10k, at 7.30 pm on Wednesday July 5th in Priory Park. As I write this we already have 374 entries (with an entry limit of 550), so it looks like we are going to have a really good turnout, especially as the weather forecast for next week is looking good at the moment (although that could of course yet change!).
Critical issue at the moment is ensuring we have sufficient marshals on the night. If you are available and haven’t already responded to Wayne Chappell’s e-mail of last week, please do so as soon as possible, which will greatly reduce his stress levels. I am sure there will be another e-mail direct from Wayne in the next few days to remind you again.
The following week will be our annual Summer BBQ, on Tuesday 11th July. This will be at Battlebridge track immediately following each of the junior and senior training sessions. Please put this in your diaries now, Gavin Lawrence will send out full details closer to the date.
It has been a very busy period since my last update. The juniors have competed in all 4 athletics leagues (Lily B, Ebbisham Boys and both lower and upper age groups of the Youth Development League) as well as a number of open meetings; the junior academy members took part in the Quad Kids competition; there has been a joint junior / senior team in the Southern Athletics League; and the seniors have had 2 races in the Surrey Road League and a MABAC fixture.
I’m not going to give details here, as there are news items on the website about all of these, but it is really good to see so many members of the club taking part in these competitions at all levels and age groups. I would strongly encourage those who have not been able to participate in these events to consider signing up for one or more competitions over the remainder of the summer; our aim as a club is to get all our members competing regularly, we now participate in events at all levels, so there is a competition out there that is suitable for everyone. Please talk to a coach or a member of the committee if you are not sure what event(s) you should aim for.
We now have a large selection of club kit available for members. As a reminder:
- Club vests are given to new members on joining. Nat Wilson and Mike Gent have the stock for seniors and juniors respectively, so if you want to purchase a replacement or another vest please contact them
- We have a large stock of club T-shirts in all 3 colours (red, dark blue, light blue) available for purchase. Again contact Nat or Mike.
- Over-the-head personalised hoodies are ordered on a regular basis, an e-mail will be sent out when we are ready to place the next order
- Branded items are available from the iProSports club zone, Ian Martin was proudly wearing his new RPAC baseball cap at the senior training session last night!
- Please note that the zip-up fleeces, beanies and caps are embroidered, so take 7 – 10 days extra over other items. If you order these at the same time as other items, there will therefore be a delay until you receive the entire order
In the absence of any other nominations, Liz Clark is duly elected as a committee member, to serve a 1 year term until the AGM in 2018.
Summary minutes of the May Committee meeting are available here.
Southern Athletics League, Tooting Bec
This Saturday saw the third of the Southern Athletics League Matches at Tooting Bec.
On a very hot day we had a small but dedicated Reigate contingent with some great performances (and some bold attempts at new events).
Star performances of the day went to Paul Prothero with a win in the 800m and Anousha Wardley winning the Pole Vault with a new PB and English School entry standard.
On such a hot day there were other great performances by Jo Davey (1500m), Joe Jenner (200m, 400m, triple jump and 4x400m relay), Abbie Owens (800m), Paul Prothero (1500m) and Anousha Wardley (HJ). Duncan Wardley cleared 2.80m in his first ever PV competition and then took on the HJ and hammer and I may have achieved a first, competing in the hammer in my Birkenstocks - the result was not impressive but at least I got some points!
There are two more opportunities to represent the club in the Southern Athletics League this summer. If you fancy taking part next time it is a very friendly league with a huge range of abilities and ages taking part in all events - the standard ranges from top county performers to individuals giving it a go for team points, the age ranges is from u17 to vets 75+...and its a lot of fun.
The last two matches are:
9th July in Lewes
19th August in Hastings
Get the dates in your diary and let me know if you wish to take part - look out for an email asking for entries nearer the time...
Ranelagh Richmond 10K
In scorching conditions yesterday (Sunday 18th June), 17 dedicated / mad / idiotic* (*delete as appropriate) seniors competed in the Richmond 10k at Ham. With the temperature already up to 24C by the time of the 9 am start, it was good to see that everybody completed the race, although Dave Rayner did need medical attention at the finish. Hope you're feeling better today Dave!
For the men, we were led home by Marc Graham in 7th (33:59 chip), closely followed by Fran Dunham in 11th (34:34) and Ronnie Murray in 12th (34:41). First RPAC lady was Ginevra Stoneley in 228th overall with a time of 44:51.
This race was the next fixture in the Surrey Road League, where the men are the defending team champions and currently the leading team in this year's competition. It looks like we were pipped to first place in this race, with Ranelagh Harriers finishing just 1 point ahead (29 vs 30 points for the first 3 finishers). It should be noted though that Ranelagh had 73 finishers in the race, demonstrating the size of their club compared to RPAC, so this was another excellent result for us and (if confirmed) will maintain our overall lead in the men's team competition. The remaining fixtures in the SRL are the Elmore 7 (15th July), Elmbridge 10k (23rd July) and Wimbledon Dash 5k (13th August).
The race was also the RPAC Club Championship 10k and the 4th / 5th race in the RPAC Grand Prix 2017. Full individual results including the championship positions are available here, whilst the Grand Prix table has been updated here. Congratulations to all the Championship winners. The Grand Prix competition is hotting up, with very few points separating the leaders in each group. Things will start to get especially interesting now, as some people have already competed in 5 fixtures, with only their best 5 results from 8 counting towards their points total.
The remaining Grand Prix fixtures are the Elmore 7 (15th July), Elmbridge 10k (Group 1 only, 23rd July), a Priory Park Parkrun (each persons fastest time from 2nd or 9th September) and the Reigate Half Marathon (17th September). The Reigate Half is also the Club Championship half marathon.
Sadly no photos, the seniors are not as organised as the juniors!
Man vs Horse / MABAC Holmwood
Man vs Horse Marathon
7 RPAC members travelled down to Llanwyrtd Wells this weekend for the Man vs Horse Marathon. To quote Sonia Galloway, the conditions were:
"Brutal!!! I have never run anything so challenging and the conditions were terrible...glad I finished but not sure I'd want to repeat the experience! Perhaps a less hilly marathon might be in order! Everyone okay though and we all managed to have a lovely meal and drinks together last night."
Although none of our finishers managed to beat the fastest horse (the fastest runner was over 30 minutes behind this year), all acquitted themselves well considering the heavy rain and high winds they experienced. See here for the RPAC results. Ian Edmonds decided that discretion was the better part of valour and pulled out after stage 2.
Well done guys!
MABAC Holmwood Common
In very contrasting warm and sunny conditions, 16 RPAC members ran in the June MABAC race at Holmwood Common on Sunday. The team was composed off an excellent mix of old RPAC hands and newer members of all standards:
Despite the absence of many of the MABAC regulars, both at Man vs Horse and other events, the team finished 4th out of the 7 teams present on the day and overall pulled up one place in the league to 6th (out of 9) and we are now not far behind the 2 teams above us.
Most importantly though, everyone enjoyed their run and there was a great team spirit.
Individually, Marc Graham was (for the 2nd time in a week) unable to catch Ollie Garrod, finishing in 2nd. The most impressive RPAC performance however was by Naomi Wyatt, who finished in 6th overall and 1st woman (by a long way) (photo below).
Full RPAC results are available here.
The next MABAC league race is on Tuesday 1st August, at Wimbledon Common (7.30 pm start). Further details will be sent out closer to the date, but we hope that many of the regular Tuesday evening training group will be able to attend. We will arrange to have transport available back to Reigate for anyone who works in London, so that you can travel straight to Wimbledon rather than trying to get home beforehand.
Dorking 10 & Surrey Masters T&F Championships
Dorking 10 (Club Championship & Grand Prix)
Congratulations to the 34 members who ran the Dorking 10 yesterday. The results, including the Club Championship positions and Grand Prix results, have been uploaded to the website and the Grand Prix tables have been updated.
Marc Graham was 1st Male 30-39 (as well as Club Champion for 2017) and Paul Prothero 3rd Male 30-39. The Men's team of Marc Graham, Paul Prothero, Fran Dunham and Ronnie Murray also won the Dorking 10 team prize (only medals this time, not the cases of Stella Artois they won at the Sutton 10k!). They were also awarded the Surrey Men's team championship at the medals ceremony, but there is some doubt over whether this was scored correctly, so the result is not yet confirmed.
3 members also participated in the new "Not quite 10" (over just less than 10k) held in conjunction with the traditional 10 mile race.
Don't forget it's the Richmond 10k on Sunday 18th June, which is also the Club Championship and next Grand Prix race.
Surrey Masters T&F Championships
At the other end of the distance spectrum, Jerry Carnell ran in the Surrey Masters Track & Field Championships at Ewell. He finished first in both the Male Vet 60 800m and 1500m in times of 2:45.36 and 5:26.96 respectively. So we have yet another Surrey Champion!