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Surrey Schools XC Championships, Reigate 19th Jan 2019

Surrey Schools XC Championships, Reigate 19th Jan 2019

Eighteen young athletes from RPAC took part in the Surrey Schools XC Championships on Saturday.  All those taking part had qualified for these Championships by competing to a high standard in the district races held around Surrey before Christmas. 

With the top six finishers in each age group guaranteed selection for the Surrey Schools team competing at the English Schools XC Championships in Leeds on 16th March, the competition was fierce. Huge congratulations to Lucy Broderick, 4th in the Inter-Girls race, and Lucy Dénecé, 4th in the Junior Girls race, who have both been confirmed in the Surrey team.

In addition to the English Schools National Championships there are two South East Schools Inter-counties matches coming up. Lucy Broderick will be joined by Emelye Kenyon-Brown and Katie Driver in the Surrey Senior Girls and Inter-Girls teams competing in Hampshire on 2nd February.  The Surrey Year 7 and Year 8 teams are competing  in Sussex on 23rd March and RPAC have a strong presence with Lucy Dénecé  joined by Gusie Lewis,  Shakila Keable,  Samuel Stapley,  Sam Rolaston and Will John-Cox. 

In addition to those mentioned above, there were plenty of other strong runs from the club's juniors. In the Senior Girls, Poppy Wardley and Pippa Wonders. In the Junior girls Eva Marsh and Zara Watkinson.  In the U13 girls Alessia Turner,  Lilah Unwin,  Lily Woodhams and Holly Elliott. Freddie Fowler ran well in the Junior boys race.

The big races keep coming at this time of year with several off to Parliament Hill this Saturday to compete in the South of England XC Championships. 

 

Pictures from the Surrey Schools:

 

Surrey XC Championships, Lloyd Park, Croydon 5th Jan 2019

Surrey XC Championships, Lloyd Park, Croydon 5th Jan 2019

The annual Surrey XC Championships took place last Saturday at Lloyd Park in Croydon. 

In the U13 girls race, a determined run by Lucy Dénecé saw her come home in 2nd place to pick up the Silver medal.  A top six finish also guaranteed Lucy an automatic place in the Surrey team for the CAU UK Inter-Counties XC Championships in Loughborough on 9th March.

In the team event at Croydon, Lucy was joined by Genevieve Alcock, Shakila Keable, Alessia Turner, Lilah Unwin, Lily Woodhams and Yasmine Badawi in seeing the RPAC U13 girls finish 5th. Our U13 boys team of Samuel Stapley,  Gus Lewis, Will John-Cox,  Sam Rolaston,  Chris Hodgetts, Ben Wright, Kai Adams and Ollie Burnett finished in 8th place. Only Gus moves up to U15 next year so the boys have gained valuable experience this time round.

Amongst the older runners there were several impressive performances including from Noah Young, Oscar Curry and Joe Walker in the U15 boys race, Imogen Gregory,  (U15G), Emelye Kenyon-Brown (U17W) and Eloise Bull in the U20 women's race.

Pics from Croydon:

 

Update from the Chair, December 2018

Update from the Chair, December 2018

I'm writing this listening to the wind and rain lashing against the window, a far cry from our long hot summer which is now just a distant memory. I hope everyone is managing to keep keep training & competing despite the weather, it's good for your athletic performances in the long run (honest!).

On the subject of winter running, please remember that it's a good idea to wear high visibility clothing and carry a torch if you are running on the road after dark. High visibility and bright clothing is mandatory on any autumn/winter road runs organised by the club - the coach in charge of the session will not let you participate if you are not suitably equipped. This is covered in the "Code of Conduct for Road Running", available on the website (login required). The monthly Jimmy James handicap also requires participants to carry a suitable torch.

This Code of Conduct has recently been updated to allow our older juniors (16 and over) to participate in road sessions with the seniors, allowing for the necessary safeguards. A number of our juniors have already taken advantage of this, joining in with Jas Dhanda's Thursday evening sessions.

Volunteering

A massive thank you to everyone who helped at any of our recent races, the Priory Relays and the Surrey Men's X-C League fixture at the start of November and the Border League X-C last weekend. We have had nothing but compliments about all 3 races, so well done everyone!

Our next race is the Holly Run on Sunday 16th December, where we are expecting to have over 400 runners across the 8 races. The benefits to the club include raising our profile in the local community, helping us to identify prospective new members, providing competitive opportunity for local runners and raising funds for the club. This is only possible with a large number of marshals and other roles. I know there are positions (10 or more in both morning and afternoon sessions) that have not yet been filled, so if you have not already volunteered, please contact Nat Wilson (see e-mail version of this update for the e-mail address) as soon as possible to offer your help.

Still on the subject of volunteering, Donna (Barrington-Smith) has recently written about her experiences since she first volunteered as an official over 10 years ago. The full write-up is on the website (no login required this time), but to give you a short flavour:

"When you’re watching your child regularly enjoy the variety and competitiveness of athletics, and you’re travelling many weekends from a track one week, to a cross country course another, then you’re asked if you’d help the athletics club to be in a position to join an athletic league as they have to provide ‘officials’ – what do you say?

Of course you say yes! And so RPAC joined the Lily B league for the first time... And I, somehow, became an UKA Technical Timekeeper. ...."

The same page also includes a short article from Liz Clark about volunteering at the Vitality London 10k. It is our intent to add further write-ups about other roles within the club - if you want to contribute please let me know!

Social

I'm pleased to be able to announce that Clare Pryor has agreed to resume her role organising the club social events, even though she is not on the committee. If you have any suggestions for social events (for juniors or seniors) or are willing to help organise an event, please contact Clare (see e-mail version of this update for her e-mail address). Thank you Clare!

Clare is already hard at work sorting out the details of the annual Awards Evening, which is provisionally booked for Saturday 19th January 2019. Watch this space for further details as soon as they become available.

For the seniors, Ian Edmonds is organising the annual "Turkey Trot" in conjunction with the Polesdon Lacey 10k on Sunday 23rd December. Full details are on the website calendar and will be published on the Facebook Group.

Kevin Archer

Former member and super-vet Kevin Archer recently e-mailed Nat to give an update on his results this year, including a silver medal in the M65 1500m at the World Masters Championship in Malaga, in a time of 4:50.98. See here for the full text. A great shame that Kevin moved away from the area, so had to leave the club, he would be giving Mike Pocock & Paul Chandler a run for their money in our age group championships!

Summary Minutes

The summary minutes for both the September and October committee meetings are now available (website login required).

It simply remains for me to wish everyone a Merry Christmas / Season's Greetings, and to hope that everyone has a successful and injury-free 2019! I l hope to see many of you at the Holly Run on 16th December.

Malcolm Woodman

Camberley Open Meeting 18th November

Camberley Open Meeting 18th November

RPAC had a successful day at the Camberley Open on Sunday 18 November,  winning nine medals in total, three individual ones and six team ones. On an attractive course through the woods and finishing on a very steep hill RPAC fielded sixteen runners across the various age groups.

Ada Heims took individual bronze in the U9 girls, finishing strongly to hold off a fast closing rival. In the U9 boys the team packed well with Callum Hart, George Turner and Oscar Birch, 6, 7 and 9 respectively. Robert Duncton also ran well to finish 11th.

In the U11 girls Jessica Randell ran with great determination to finish third despite being pushed hard all the way up the hill and to the finish. The highlight of the day though was the U11 boys where in a competitive field Max Orchard put in an impressive sprint to snatch second place in the last ten metres. Ollie Burnett and Harry Peters also had good races finishing 7th and 11th respectively to ensure RPAC won the team silver. This race saw our strongest turn out of the day with Will Shortall, Ethan Else, Isaac Beckett and Bertie Morgan all placed well. 

In the U13 boys race Joel Lawrence was our sole competitor and had to navigate the hill twice, running strongly to finish 9th. In the U13 girls Alessia Turner ran well to finish 8th and Phoebe Taylor had a good race also.

 

 

Surrey XC Relay Championships, Guildford Saturday 27th October

Surrey XC Relay Championships, Guildford Saturday 27th October

The annual Surrey (Bruce Judd) XC Relay Championships took place at Stoke Park in Guildford on Saturday.

Six teams from RPAC competed with each team member running the same lap of c.2.5K around Stoke Park. Our U17W's team finished in 4th place. Lucy Broderick  ran our quickest lap and finished with the 7th fastest individual lap time in the U17W's race.

There was a 4th place finish for our U13G'S A team too. With 15 complete teams (plus some incomplete teams with less than 3 runners) taking part, this was a great result.Two of our U13G'S finished amongst the top 10 individuals with the fastest laps. Lucy Dénecé was the 4th quickest and Shakila Keable the 7th quickest. In the U13B's race our A team were placed 7th with Samuel Stapley running the 14th quickest individual lap (66 boys took part). Our U15B's team finished 13th with all three runners completing their individual laps in almost identical times, all being within 4 seconds of each other.

Several of the RPAC athletes have been selected to represent Surrey Schools in the annual West Midlands Inter-Counties XC match being held this year in Cheshire on Saturday 8th December. However, following Saturday's performances, a number are now likely to be switched to the Surrey County XC teams competing in the South of England Inter-Counties XC Championship in Oxford. Unfortunately,  this year the dates clash. 

 

Some of the RPAC runners at Guildford:

Surrey XC League Match 1 Richmond Park and Wimbledon Common 13th Oct

Surrey XC League Match 1 Richmond Park and Wimbledon Common 13th Oct

The first Surrey League xc matches took place on Saturday 13th October with the Boys racing in Richmond Park and the Girls on Wimbledon Common. 

The highlight for the Boys teams was 7th place in the U13's with 15 clubs competing.  As we had no Y8's in the team, they can all still compete in the U13's next year too. Samuel Stapley 14th, and Sammy Rolaston 16th, were our two highest placed runners.

In the Girls match the U13 team finished in 4th place, again with 15 clubs taking part. Lucy Dénecé and Shakila Keable had exceptional races coming home in 4th and 5th place respectively. 

The 2nd round of matches takes place on Saturday 10th November. The boys are on Wimbledon Common at 2.30 and the Girls in Nonsuch Park, Cheam with the U17/U15 race at 12.00 and the U13's at 12.30.

The U13B's at Richmond Park:

Some of our U13G's running at Wimbledon Common:

During the summer the club enters Junior teams in the following leagues:

  • National Youth Development League (Boys and Girls, U15/U13). Team manager Anita Evered.
  • National Youth Development League (U20/U17 Boys and Girls). Team manager Tessa Wardley.
  • Ebbisham Boys League ( Boys only, U15, U13 some U17 entry allowed). Joint team with Dorking. RPAC team manager Sam Jenner.
  • Lily B Girls League (Girls only, U17, U15, U13) Team manager Kirsten Mackison.
  • Southern Athletics League (Seniors but U17's can compete in the team). Joint team with Holland Sports and Dorking.

In addition our athletes compete at numerous Open Meetings and the Surrey County Championships. Details of all league fixtures and other meetings appear on the club calander.

 

Cross Country

Through the autumn and winter we enter a Cross Country League with separate matches for boys and girls. There are numerous other XC events we participate in including The Surrey XC Championships, The South of England XC Championships, The National XC Championships and various XC Relay Championships (Surrey, South of England and National). Pictured are some of our RPAC Juniors who have been selected for Surrey recently.