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Update from the Chair, January 2018

Update from the Chair, January 2018

At the recent Awards Evening, it was my great pleasure to present the Ted Baker Award and an honorary membership. The Ted Baker Award is given annually for contribution to the club, especially over the last year, whilst Honorary Membership is awarded for outstanding contribution to the club over many years.

The recipient of the TED Baker Award for 2017 was Jas Dhanda, in recognition of his volunteering at all our races, including taking on the role of Chief Marshal, as well as his coaching of the seniors. This continues his many years of work for the club.

An Honorary Membership was presented to Sue Carnell.  Sue was the ladies cross-country captain for many years and served on the committee in most roles including the first club welfare officer. Sue was the prime moving force behind the revival and development of the junior section. As a qualified UKA coach, Sue has coached both junior and senior sections. Over the years she has also managed the girls cross-country team; organised social events; acted as a welcoming presence for new members and led social runs. As an athlete, Sue was the 1993 Box Hill fell race ladies winner, whilst her time from 1992 still ranks as the 10th fastest ladies time ever. Sue was a bronze medalist in the London Marathon team race and has a best time at London of 3:06. She has been the club road race champion on many occasions over all distances and topped the national 10k race walk rankings when she turned her attention to competitive walking rather than running!

My thanks and congratulations to both Sue and Jas.

Sue Carnell at Awards Evening Jan 18

Competition

January has been a month of cross-country, including Surrey Country championships, Surrey Schools championships, Surrey cross-country league and South of England championships.

For the juniors, a highlight was the 3 podium finishes by RPAC athletes at the Surrey Schools championships, with Lucy Denece winning her race, Lucy Broderick and Matthew Pickering both finishing 3rd. They will be joined by Poppy Wardley, Emelye Kenyon-Brown and Katie Driver in the Surrey Schools cross-country team. At the South of England Championship last Saturday, Matthew Pickering (our only junior representative) finished a fine 25th in the U13 Boys race.

For the seniors, the ladies team continued their run of good results in the Surrey cross-country league, finishing 8th on the day and maintaining 9th overall (out of 15 teams). In the Box Hill fell race, Ryan Harris finished in 7th overall and 1st veteran man over 40!

Matthew Pickering at Soutehrns Jan 18     Ryan Harris Box Hill fell race Jan 18

Volunteering Opportunities

We have two opportunities coming up for volunteering.

On Sunday 4th March, we are organising our first race in the MABAC league, at which we will need upwards of 20 people to marshal, assist at the finish funnel and set up / dismantle the signage on the course in Priory Park. Claire Humphrey will be sending out a request for assistance in the next week or so, but if you already know you are available, please contact Claire by e-mail (see e-mail copy of this update for Claire's address).

Then on Sunday 22nd April, we are once again providing a team to help at the start of the Virgin London Marathon. The 35 members of the team will be providing "meet and greet" information for both athletes and spectators at the start, which is a great experience (and you get a free VLM jacket!). Donna Barrington-Smith will also be sending out more details shortly, the deadline for replies is 8th March.

Summary Minutes

The summary minutes for the December 2017 committee meeting are now available here.

Malcolm Woodman

Congratulations to everyone who ran the Holly Run 2017

Congratulations to everyone who ran the Holly Run 2017

Congratulations to everyone who ran in the Holly Run 2017 on Sunday. We hope everyone enjoyed themselves, even if it is only in retrospect! Full individual and team results are now available on the website site (hollyrun.com).

We had over 80 more finishers than last year across the 8 races, which made the effort put in by all our volunteers even more worthwhile. Thank you to all the volunteers and to our sponsors, Simply Sports.

A couple of photos showing the U11 Girls preparing to start:

Holly Run 2017 U11G start v2

and now they are off:

Holly Run 2017 U11G start v1

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

I hope everybody is now enjoying the holidays, whether because you're no longer having to go to school, you're off on holiday somewhere, or simply because you are making the most of the reduction in traffic on your daily commute!

Highlights in July for the Club were our annual Summer Evening 10k on Wednesday 5th and the BBQ on Tuesday 18th.

For the 25th running of the Summer Evening 10k, we had record entries, a record number of finishers and new course records for both the ladies (Georgie Bruinvels in 36:57) and the men (Phil Wicks in 31:32). The weather also smiled on us, although we did have a few comments about it being too hot!

We also welcomed the Milan family to the race, which was our memorial for former member and Race Director, Chris Milan. Jane Milan presented all the prizes, including the special memorial trophies for 1st lady and 1st man.

My thanks to all members and friends who volunteered either before the race or on the night to allow the event to run smoothly, but especially to Wayne Chappell (Race Director) and Moray Carey (Race Consultant).

The Barbecue had to be delayed by 1 week because of excavations in front of the container and the torrential rain (what a difference to the previous week!). Although I wasn't able to be there for the rearranged evening, I gather it was a great success (and this time the weather was also good). Thanks to our chefs, Aoife Kehoe, Lynn Box & Ian Edmonds.

Upcoming races

August is a very quiet month for the juniors, because of the school holidays, but the seniors have a number of events coming up in both August and September. Juniors who may be considering running the Run Reigate Kids Race on 17th September should however see the discount offer described below.

  • There will be no senior training at Battlebridge on Tuesday 1st August. Instead everybody is invited to run in the MABAC 5 mile cross-country race at Wimbledon Common, start is at 7.30 pm. See the e-mail from our MABAC coordinators (Claire, Liz, Ian & Michael) for full details, please reply to them (see e-mail version of this update for their e-mail address) if you want to car share or need a lift back from Wimbledon after the race. 
  • The final race in the Surrey Road League is the Wimbledon Dash 5k on Sunday 13th August. After 6 of the 7 races, the men are tied with Ranelagh Harriers for the overall team competition, so the final result depends totally on how well we perform in the 5k. We therefore need all our fastest men to run if at all possible, but there are under 50 places left - details and entries are here.
  • The Surrey Road Relays are on Saturday 2nd September, starting at 12 noon. This is also the Surrey County Championships. We can enter as many teams as we need and everybody is welcome to run - times for the 2.9 mile course range from under 14 minutes to over 34, so it is fully inclusive! The ladies have already received an e-mail from Nat about this race, the men will receive an e-mail from Steve shortly (or see the Teamer invite).
  • Please note that, because of the clash with the Surrey Road Relays, the early September Grand Prix race has been switched from the Priory Parkrun to the Surrey Road Relays (see above).
  • Finally, the Run Reigate Half Marathon on Sunday 17th September is our Club Championship and the final race in the 2017 Grand Prix. Run Reigate are offering all RPAC members a 10% discount on entry, see the e-mail version of this update for details of how to receive this discount. Run Reigate would appreciate entries to be made by the 9th August if possible though.

Volunteering Opportunities

The next RPAC organised race is the Surrey League Cross-Country fixture on Saturday 14th October in Priory Park. This is a joint ladies and mens fixture, so all our cross-country runners (juniors and seniors) will be running. We will obviously need a large number of volunteers to help organise this event, look out for an e-mail from Race Director Ian Thomas closer to the date.

Before then however, Run Reigate are looking for more volunteers to help them stage their Half Marathon, 10k and Kids Race on Sunday 17th September. If you are interested in helping, please see their volunteer flyer and contact them direct. Please note that Run Reigate help us with publicity and assistance on the night for our Summer Evening 10k, so any reciprocal assistance we can give them would be welcome.

Events for Club Members

On the evening of Wednesday 2nd August, there is a "Brooks try a pair of trainers 5k Run" in Priory Park. Full details are available on the club noticeboard.

Committee Matters

Summary minutes from the June Committee meeting are available here (you need to be logged into the website to open this).

Malcolm Woodman