Senior Section News
Ladies' Day at MABAC Farnham Park
Sunday 19th May saw the latest MABAC fixture, hosted by Blackwater Valley Runners in Farnham Park. With a busy weekend of alternative races, we expected the turnout from RPAC to be small and we weren't disappointed!
After a few tense moments about transport arrangements a team of six set off from Bell Street Car Park, to be joined in Farnham by Nat who had made her own way there. For once we weren't the only team with a small turnout as numbers were down across all teams. There were only 105 runners compared with more than 300 at the event held in Windsor Great Park in January.
Farnham Park is beautiful, with views across to the Hog's Back, and well worth a visit. The course is all run on grass and is best described as "undulating". It's a two lap course of a little under 5 miles. There are a couple of short, sharp hills thrown in just to test one's resolve and stamina.
The ladies won the day for RPAC with Nat and Jamilla, making her first MABAC appearance, finishing ahead of the RPAC men. Jamilla managed to hold off a challenge from Paddy ("I'm nursing a hangover") Patrick. Andrew ("maybe my legs haven't recovered from the marathon") Bamford, Ian Edmonds, Gillian O'Regan and Moray Carey completed the RPAC lineup.
The next MABAC fixture is on Holmwood Common on 9th June.
Vets Track & Field League, Monday 29th April
What a way to start the week! Monday 29th April saw RPAC making an appearance at the first Vets (male and female) Track and Field event of the season. The weather was good to us, which helped us on to the way to some nicely earned points for the league.
We had a strong and proud RPAC representation with a team of 10 athletes showing us how it is done, with some fantastic stand out performances on the night, both on the track and in the field events with Moray Laing taking on the discus, setting 2 new PBs on the way and scoring 5 points, and Gavin Lawrence in the high jump.
On the track, the men were up first for the evening to start the 100m event. We had 3 entrants for this event and we had high hopes. Unfortunately no winners in this category but they faced tough competition and put in their best efforts. Thanks to Stephen Smith, Frank O’Regan and Malcolm Woodman for all taking part. Dave Rayner took off shortly after in the 1500m race. Dave put in a solid performance and was continually making ground on the leaders and keeping great pace to finish in exceptional strong form.
A special mention has to go to Gavin who racked up 20 points for the club after entering four stellar events and quickly recovering and darting between each one to make all events possible. He managed a 1500m, 400m, high jump and 5000m which is truly remarkable. And he still made it for Tuesday track training the following evening! Hats off to you Gavin.
The ladies athlete team was made up of Jo Davey and Annette Morris (Nat Wilson unfortunately couldn’t attend at late notice, but will back for the next round). Both Jo and Annette ran very well on the evening. Jo set the standard for the Ladies and the crowd saw her set off to a remarkable start setting a pace that no one could come close to contend with. Her focus and determination saw her lap the majority of the field finishing with a clear 200m lead from the rest of the pack. A true stand out performance of the night. Annette put in 2 great runs for both the 400m and the 1500m, which saw her compete with ladies from all age categories making her competition tough, however she stuck with the whole way and I’m sure her finish times will be an outstanding age grade as always.
Congratulations to Frank O’Regan for making his debut for the club. The high light for him was coming 2nd in his heat of the 400m, despite his legs nearly collapsing from underneath him just before the finish line! A great contribution of 9 points overall.
The night finished on a high with a great turnout for the 5000m race seeing Matt Aylott, Gavin and Paul Walters all putting in very strong performances for the club. The pace was set fast from the offset and Matt stuck with the leading pack nearly all the way, which saw him sprint to the finish knocking another 2 seconds off his PB and securing a nicely earned 4 points. Well done Matt superb work!
Full results points and league table to follow, apologies they are not all available at this time.
Thank you to everyone who came along to take part and support.
Annette Morris, Dave Rayner, Frank O’Regan, Gavin Lawrence, Jo Davey, Malcolm Woodman, Matt Aylott, Moray Laing, Paul Walters, Stephen Smith, with Gillian O’Regan sorting out the numbers and yelling at all the RPAC athletes.
More of the same to come in May (Monday 20th) – we look forward to seeing you there. It really is a great team evening out.
April Marathons 2019
The month of April has seen various marathons taking place, starting with Manchester. The club had four athletes competing, taking advantage of the UK’s flattest major marathon with personal bests from most and two sub 3 hour times. First back for the club was Matt Aylott who, continuing his fine form, finished with a 6 minute PB in 2.48.28. Chris Daniels was next back in a huge 40 minute personal best time of 2.59.28. Graham Bull had a superb run finishing in a personal best of 3.11.27 and 29th V55 overall. Veteran marathon runner Kate Knight was facing 3 marathons this month, finishing the Manchester marathon in 7.15.24. Kate said the support was fantastic around the course and has already signed up for next year
The following weekend saw the Brighton Marathon with five club members taking part. Starting at Preston Park, the course snakes through the city centre, along the sea front and finishes at the iconic Madeira Drive in front of thousands of spectators. Lee Savage lead the club around the hilly and windy route with a 34 minute personal best time of 2.53.33. Steve Watkins was next in also achieving a personal best of 3.41.40. Clare Pryor was the first lady back for the club who, despite a lack of training, clocked 4.28.58. Running her first marathon was Claire Humphrey finishing in 5.00.02 and Kate Knight beating her time from the previous week, finishing in 7.10.05.
The final weekend of April saw 12 from the club take part in the 38th London Marathon. In pretty perfect conditions, excellent results were achieved with two club records broken. Fran Dunham was first back, breaking the men’s club record finishing in a tremendous time of 2.36.57. Not far behind Fran and in his debut run for the club was Charlie Butcher, finishing in an impressive time of 2.37.31. Despite his training being hampered by calf injuries, Matt Ryde managed to clock a personal best time 2.42.19. George Roux, who last month ran a personal best in the Seoul marathon, finished 4th for the club in 2.52.00. The ladies club marathon record was smashed by Ginevra Stoneley who achieved a sub 3 hour marathon in a personal best time of 2.58.59. Ginevra impressively managed a consistent pace throughout the entire race. Rick Coles suffered from 20 miles and had to dig deep to compete the course, but still achieved a Good for Age time of 3.00.31. Mike Pocock completed the 26.2 miles in a time of 3.20.01 earning him 39th V60 place overall. The rest of the RPAC athletes were Nicholas Wade (3.29.35 PB), Ruth Willis (3.36.02 PB), Leanne Sandifer (3.43.42 PB), Andrew Bamford (3.44.09 PB) and Kate Knight (7.02.26, her fastest marathon of the month). Andrew was very pleased to have beaten his previous best time by 22 minutes and as well as raising money for Parkinson’s, was especially pleased to learn that turning 60 this year meant his time qualified him for a Good for Age entry.
The Zurich marathon was also taking place the same day, with Mel Fulton-Bell being the sole competitor for the club, completing it in 4.40.04.
May time trial
This Thursday (2nd May) is the second running of the monthly time trial in Priory Park taking in 2 short, 2 long, 1 short laps of the park (~4.5 miles)
Run this challenge every month and the most improved time wins a prize
This is suitable for all abilities including Tuesday track masters and Wednesday recovery/social runners.
Update from the Chair, April 2019
Well, having thought I would be able to stand down as Chair, it appears that I have managed to get myself signed up for another 2 years!
There were no candidates for the role at the AGM on Wednesday evening, so I have agreed to stay on (invoking the special clause in the constitution) for another term, but only on the basis that I will offload some of the activities I currently do onto others and there is a potential succession plan for 2 years time.
In case there's anyone who doesn't know me, I've included my photo.
The full new committee for 2019/20 is:
There is still one place vacant, as there were insufficient candidates for the 6 "ordinary" members of the committee. If there is a willing volunteer out there, please contact me as soon as possible, as we will be able to co-opt you onto the committee.
Finally Ian Martin talked through the achievements and outstanding actions under the 2014-19 Development Plan, which has now ended. The full document with comments is available on the website (login required). Going forward we are working with England Athletics to undertake an EA 360 Review of the club, Everyone will be involved in this review, either via a survey or more direct face-to-face conversations.
Three Senior Club Championships on the Horizon
There are three Reigate Priory AC club championships on the horizon...
|Tuesday 14th May||1 Mile (if ratified at the AGM)||Battlebridge Track|
|Sunday 2nd June||10 Miles||Dorking 10|
|Sunday 16th June||10K||Richmond 10K|
I'd note these in your diaries and book your entries now for Dorking and Richmond. Participation in the club championships was down last year, so let's all make an effort to be in attendance.
To book your entry to the Dorking 10 (Not the 10K unless you do not want to take part in the club championship) click here.
To book your entry to the Richmond 10K click here.
I've looked and Richmond 10K is 8 weeks away and there appears to be quite a few 8 week 10K training schedules available on the internet. You could try considering following a suitable schedule. Note that the 10K is a fast course and it gets filled quickly, but it appears from the website that entry is still open okay.