For those that remember former member Kevin Archer, he recently sent Nat the following update on his athletics:
One of the reasons you’re so hard to forget is that last December time you were appearing regularly in the Athletics Weekly results, ‘stalking’ and even beating some of my former rivals, good athletes as well. I didn’t write to say well done then, because I was a bit injured, and didn’t want to make you big-headed. Now, I see your ladies team got the bronze at the Surrey Road Relays, so well done for that too. Of course, my Indoor and Outdoor track seasons did pick up, so I thought I’d do a bit of bragging too! I’ve probably missed loads of other good performances you’ve done, so hit me with them to get your own back, if you want.
I’ve had a stellar year.
Indoors - South of England 800m title (just did the one race); Inter Area 800m/1500m titles; silver in the British Champs (feeling rough, and defeat since avenged).
Outdoors – I won the Westminster Road Mile for the second year in succession, at the end of my age-group, beating Lord Sebastian Coe again (he's 3 years younger, but perhaps he wasn’t trying quite as hard as me?!
On the track, I did the South West and South of England 800m/1500m doubles; Inter Area 800m (just the one race); British Champs double. British lead 800m time by 8.74 secs, with 2:21.66, which is 2nd fastest all-time; 1500m by 8.9 secs, with 4:50.98 which is 3rd fastest all-time British run. British track Mile record 5:241 (still a soft record). World Champs 800m 4th, and 1500m, silver recently in Malaga. Now I’m full of the ‘flu and possibly a urinary infection, or heaven forbid something worse!! The ups and downs of stardom, eh! One of my long-time German rivals took a picture of us and sent it to the German press, so I am internationally famous now.
From June, my rise to fame was mainly because I moved into a new age-group (so I thought, you’re running against old men here, make it count!) Did you move up age-group?
Do you have a club house there? If so, be a sport and organise a plaque in my honour would you?!!! Well, perhaps not, but say hello to anyone who remembers me. I remember you once said, leaning over the balcony, just like Juliet, that you would be looking after me in a few years. Where are you now, when I’m just recovering from death’s door?!
I will still have to come and do the parkrun one day.
Best Wishes and happy running,
Photo shows me finishing 2nd in the World 1500m final, 7 secs clear of bronze.
Reigate Priory AC runners were out in force over the weekend. On Saturday the ladies fielded two team in the annual Surrey Road Relays in Wimbledon. The V35 team was lead off by Jo Davey who ran a strong 3 mile leg, passing over to Nat Wilson. Taking over from Wilson was Sarah Campbell before Ginevra Stoneley ran the anchor leg. Ginevra's impressive run was the fastest lap of the team, securing the team a Surrey Bronze medal and only missing out on Silver by 15 seconds. The V45 team was led out by Alice Smith with Sonia Galloway taking over and Annette Morris running the last leg finishing the team in 6th place.
Reigate Priory had a large number of runners taking part in the 5th Reigate half marathon on Sunday, which is club's half marathon championship. Battling it out for the club champion title were Fran Dunham and Matt Ryde. Matt, running his debut race for the club, started to suffer with about 2k to go enabling Fran to pull away. Fran managed to maintain his advantage, finishing 7th overall and taking the title of club champion in a time of 1.14.57. Matt not far behind was the first V40 over the line and became the V40 club champion, finishing with an impressive personal best time of 1.15.14. Other club titles went to Graham Bull (V50 champion) and Paul Chandler (V60 champion) In the ladies race, Ginevra Stoneley retained the ladies club champion finishing 4th overall. The other ladies champions were Ruth Willis (V35 champion), Claire Pryor (V45 champion) and Sarah Walters (V55 champion). In the new 5k race this year, Reigate Priory's Gavin Lawrence was the first first across the line, whilst there was good RPAC representation in the 10k as well.
In Woking, three Reigate athletes took part in the MABAC league at Lightwater Country Park. Malcolm Woodman was first home for the club over the hilly 5 mile course. Malcolm was followed by Anthony Collins and Adriana Collins.
In the Berlin marathon on Sunday, Reigate Priory's Matt Aylott was attempting sub 3 hours . Matt, who has been training hard to run to achieve his goal, had an impressive run, smashing the 3 hour mark finishing in a personal best time of 2.54.48.
Congratulations to all our runners this weekend, an impressive set of results!
(Adapted from Nat Wilson's report for the Surrey Mirror.)
A small group of 6 RPAC senior men competed in the annual South of the Thames 5 mile Team Race on Saturday, hosted by Kent AC at Beckenham Place Park.
Charl Jordaan (55th overall), Steve Bass (60th), Matt Aylott (88th) and Andy Walker (a welcome return from injury in 127th) formed the scoring team, finishing in 16th place out of the 40 teams. The teams who beat us included 5 (!) from Kent AC, and we beat many local rivals including SLH, so not a bad result. Paddy Patrick and Malcolm Woodman completed the RPAC runners in 213th and 218th respectively.
We all suffered the bad traffic to get to Beckenham Place Park. Steve was driving Charl and Matt - and they got there less than ten minutes before the start, and only got numbers thanks to Andy bringing them to start line. Charl pinned his upside-down and Steve ended up running to the start line with one shoe in his hand - they showed no pity and they started a few seconds after, meaning he had to stop for 30 seconds or so in the first mile to do up his flapping shoe-laces... Still, it was good to get out and run among a quality field, on a cold but sunny day.
Congratulations to club member Moray Laing, who won 4 medals (1 Gold and 3 Silver) in the M50 category at the recent British Transplant Games in Birmingham.
Moray's full results were:
- Gold, Javelin. 36.40m (nearly 9m further than the athlete in 2nd!)
- Silver, Discus. 26.60m
- Silver, Shot Put. 9.09m
- Silver, Ball Throw (an event specific to the transplant games). 48.25m (just 15 cm behind the winner)
Moray will be back in Birmingham over the bank holiday weekend, where he is competing in the Javelin at the British Masters Championship. Good luck!
9 of us ran at Farley Heath last Sunday in the final MABAC race for 2017. The course was just under 5 miles, with mud, sand, hills and a short road section. Charl Jordaan was first home for the men and Bethany Higgins was first lady. We all enjoyed the run, although Paul Sapsard had a nasty fall on the first lap.
It has a been a good first season in the MABAC league, with RPAC finishing 6th out of the 10 teams, despite often having many fewer runners compared to the other clubs. The league resumes for 2018 at Windsor Great Park on Sunday 14th January, an 8 mile road run in a unique location. Hopefully we can get more RPAC runners to turn out for this one, even if it is only for a training run the day after the Surrey League Cross-Country.