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Update from the Chair, December 2017

Update from the Chair, December 2017

Welcome to my final update for 2017, Merry Christmas / Season's Greetings (delete as appropriate!) and a Happy New Year to all members, parents & friends of Reigate Priory Athletic Club.

The Holly Run

It's been a busy year, but it's not quite over yet. It is now less than 2 weeks to the annual Holly Run cross-country races in Priory Park, on Sunday 17th December. With races for all runners from 8 to 80, we are expecting a total of approximately 500 competitors.

Please can I therefore ask all seniors and parents to offer their help if at all possible, simply reply to the recent e-mail from Nat Wilson with when you are free and your preferred role(s). The more people we have the better, but we are definitely short in the afternoon. Many seniors will be marshaling the junior races in the morning, but racing later on, so if there are any parents who can assist then please let Nat know.

It would also be great to see most of our juniors competing on the day, either for their school or for RPAC. Full details of the races and how to enter are available on the website, www.hollyrun.com.

Holly Run banner

Awards Evening, Saturday 20th January

To celebrate the successes of 2017, we will be holding the annual Awards Evening at Reigate & Redhill Golf Club from 7.30 pm on Saturday 20th January 2018. Gavin Lawrence will be sending out more details soon, but expect a buffet supper, the awards themselves and a disco. Please put the date in your diaries now, the evening is open to all seniors, older juniors, coaches and parents.

Among the other trophies & prizes, we will be presenting the Ted Baker Award for service to the club in 2017. Please send nominations (including a brief explanation of why your nominee should receive the award) to Ginevra Stoneley or me by no later than Monday 8th January, so the committee can make a final decision on the recipient at our first committee meeting in 2018. A full list of previous recipients is available on the website (http://www.rpac.org.uk/index.php/award-winners), current members of the club committee are NOT eligible for this award.

Battlebridge

Yet more change to report at Battlebridge. Bam Nuttall have just recently completed a new concrete area in front of the Cabin and container. This was done as a community project, at the request of the Council, whilst Bam Nuttall are working in Redhill. This was therefore done at no cost to us or the Council, so a massive thank you to them.

Bam Nuttall at Battlebridge

Reports in Surrey Mirror

Dave Mills has been submitting junior reports to the Surrey Mirror for some time now, but regular readers will have noticed that senior reports have also started to appear recently, thanks to Nat Wilson. To ensure we get a regular flow of publicity for the club, please can everyone send junior reports to Dave and senior reports to Nat, no later than Monday in the week of publication. It is always good to have a photo that can be published.

Summary Minutes

Summary minutes from the October 2017 meeting are now available here (website login required).

Malcolm Woodman

South of the Thames Team Race, Sat 25th Nov 2017

South of the Thames Team Race, Sat 25th Nov 2017

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.

SoTT 5 mile 25th Nov 17

The Holly Run, 17th December 2017

The Holly Run, 17th December 2017

Holly Run banner

Christmas is coming and it’s time once again to join us for the 2017 Holly Run.

Reigate Priory Athletics Club have hosted this event for the last 34 years. There are races for all ages starting from 8 years and this is your chance to join previous race winners/participants such as Mo Farrah and Scott Overall.

Last year we had glorious sunshine, once the early morning mist had cleared (photo below is start of the U11 race), but you should also be prepared for mud and occasionally snow, it’s a true cross country experience!

Before and after the race you, your family and friends can relax in the warm with hot drinks and home made cakes, whilst watching the post race presentations.

We hope you can join us, entries are now open via the Holly Run website: www.hollyrun.com

Holly Run 2016 U11 Girls start v2

MABAC, Farley Heath, 19th Nov 2017

MABAC, Farley Heath, 19th Nov 2017

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.

MABAC Farley Heath 19th Nov 2017

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.

Liz Clark

Update from the Chair, October 2017

Update from the Chair, October 2017

As promised, back to my normal boring title for this update.

Reigate & Banstead Sport Awards

First of all, congratulations to Mike Pocock. At the Reigate & Banstead Sports Awards earlier this month, Mike received the "Senior Citizen Sport Award" in recognition of his outstanding achievements in the Male Vet 60 category. I understand he still hasn't forgiven committee member Christian Froggatt, who organised the nomination!

Senior Citizen Sport Award

Surrey League Cross-Country

Last weekend, the club organised the first fixture in this year's Start Fitness Surrey League Cross-Country, a total of 6 races across all age groups for both women & men. My thanks to everyone who volunteered on the day to ensure that the races went off successfully, but especially to Ian Thomas (Race Director), Naomi Jones (Race Referee), Jas Dhanda (Chief Marshall) and Andy Walker (Results). We have set a standard for the other organisers to aspire to.

In the races, we had 20 juniors running across the various age groups, led home individually by Matthew Pickering (2nd, U13 Boys), Felix Vaughan (3rd, U15 Boys), Lucy Denece (8th U13 Girls) and Poppy Wardley (9th, U17 Girls). In the team competitions, the U13 Girls were 4th and the U13 Boys 5th.

The senior ladies had a much better start to their season this year, finishing in 8th place (out of 15 teams) in Division 1 (just 1 point behind Belgrave), led home by Fiona Clark in a fine 7th place individually.

Ladies Surrey League 14th Oct 2017 v2

The men however found Division 1 a massive step up from Division 2, compounded by 3 of our top runners being injured at the moment. The standard of the field was amply demonstrated by the fact that our first finisher, Paul Prothero, was back in 29th place despite having a good run.

RPAC organised races

On Saturday 4th November, we are organising the historic Priory Relays in Priory Park. This is a cross-country relay open to all seniors, veterans and juniors over the age of 17, each leg is 2.5 miles long. See www.prioryrelays.com for full details.

Please see the recent e-mail from Race Director, Ian Martin, for the request for volunteers to help stage this race, all offers of help will be gratefully received.

We will also be entering a large number of teams, if anyone wants to run and hasn't already put their name down, please contact the relevant captains; for ladies, please respond to the ladiescaptain e-mail address, men should reply to the Teamer invite (if you haven't received this, use the menscaptain e-mail address). Juniors (over 17) however should note that it is the English X-C Relays on the same day, which take precedence.

The Holly Run this year is on Sunday 17th December. There are a total  of 8 cross-country races across the day, catering for all age groups from 8 upwards. Full details are available at www.hollyrun.com, online entries are now open via Sport Systems. Bulk entry forms for schools will follow shortly. Race Director Mike Scott will be in touch closer to the date to request help with organisation and marshaling.

Social Media

In addition to to website and Facebook page, we now have an active Twitter account "reigatePrioryAC". For those who use Twitter, as a minimum a tweet will be published giving the link to each news item on the website. I hope I've used the correct terminology here, as you may have already gathered I am not a user of Twitter myself.

Summary Minutes

The summary minutes for the September committee meeting are available here.

Malcolm Woodman

Half Marathon Championship / Grand Prix

Half Marathon Championship / Grand Prix

The Run Reigate Half Marathon (and 10k) results are now on the website. This includes the Championship winners and runners-up (subject to confirmation that they are all fully paid-up club members).

The Grand Prix results have also been updated to include this last race, congratulations to all the Group winners. 

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.