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Success for Pippa and Felix, April 2017

Success for Pippa and Felix, April 2017

Running for the South East in the Virgin London Mini Marathon on Sunday, Felix Vaughan won the Regionals U13 Boys race! A great result for Felix following on from his win in this year's Southern XC Championships at Parliament Hill.

In addition to a "modest" trophy, Felix was awarded a track suit and £250 of Adidas vouchers.

Running at Watford last Wednesday in a race that didn't start until 10.10pm, Pippa Roessler broke the club record for U15 Girls 3000m. Her time of 10.18.78 places her at Number 2 in the UK and is well within the entry standard for the English Schools T&F Championships, Inter-Girls. Pippa is still a Junior Girl!

Great achievements by both.

Felix at the Marathon and Pippa at Watford:

Early season T&F Opens, April 2017

Early season T&F Opens, April 2017

 

There have been several good performances across early season Opens in Crawley, Eton, Tooting and Sutton.  At Crawley, Amelia Watson broke the U17W's club record in the Shot with 9.23. James Naylor set club records in the U17B’s for 150 and 300m. Lily Grant ran 44.06 in the U15G'S 300m to move into 2nd place in the club records for the event, and Emiko Salvi set a new U15G's 600m record. Dan Statham PB’d in the high jump.

 

Racing at HHH track in Tooting, both Pippa Roessler and Frankie Evered had PB'S in their first 1500m of the season.

 

Under 11’s Max Owen (winning the 150m), and in the 600’s Lily Woodhams (4th in 2.07.6) and Ollie Burnett (also 4th in 2.04.59) were yet more notable results from the Crawley Opens as was U13 Will Graham's 4.35m in the long jump.

 

At Sutton on Sunday, hot sunshine added a touch of summer to the annual Hercules Wimbledon Young Athletes Medal Open Meeting. A string of strong performances saw several RPAC athletes winning medals. First up were the boys 1500m races and the tone was set by Freddie Fowler in the U13’s who calmly settled into the pack following the current UK number 1 from HHH, and then gained steadily over the last lap to take the gold in a long sprint finish. A new PB for Freddie.

 

Next up saw Felix Vaughan, new to U15’s, run a blistering 1500m in 4.31.43 to take the silver medal with a big PB, knocking 9 seconds off his previous best. Early season markers laid down by the boys!

Emelye Kenyon-Brown in her first track outing of the season brought home the Gold in the U17W 1500m.

The U15G'S 800m races were run as a time trial to accommodate numbers and once the results were consolidated, RPAC had claimed all three medal positions with Lucy Broderick 1st, Emiko Salvi 2nd and Pippa Roessler 3rd. Both Lily Grant and Frankie Evered ran fast races too and for Lily it was as part of a punishing series of four events over the weekend as she prepares for her Pentathlon challenges ahead.

In the U11 boys, Gusie Lewis picked up Gold for the Long-Jump with a new PB, and in the 1000m finished 4th in a fast race that saw a new Meeting Record set.

Pictures from the Hercules Wimbledon Medal Open Meeting:

Update from the Chair, early April 2017

Update from the Chair, early April 2017

Chris Milan

It is with great sadness that I have to report the untimely loss of another former club member, Chris Milan. Chris both competed for the club and was Race Director of our Summer 10k for some years. A number of club members attended his funeral, to which we sent a wreath. Plans are also being made to remember Chris at this years Summer 10k.

AGM

The club AGM is on Monday 24th April, the formal notice and agenda were sent out by e-mail last week. My thanks for their work on behalf of the club to the three committee members who are standing down at the AGM; Clare Pryor, Fran Afonso and Ralph Tuckwell.

There are therefore 3 vacancies on the committee that need to be filled at the AGM. New ideas and views are always welcome, so even if you have never previously been actively involved in the organisation of the club, please consider putting your name forward to stand by contacting Ginevra Stoneley.

Junior Competition

For the juniors, March was the final month of cross-country races, mostly for their schools or Surrey County. Congratulations to all the RPAC juniors who competed in any of these races, full reports are available in the earlier news items on the website. Special congratulations to any of you who helped the Surrey teams to one of their numerous wins.

The juniors attention now turns to Track & Field, with the Lily B League (Girls), Ebbisham League (Boys) and Youth Development Leagues (Girls & Boys) all starting very soon. As a competitive athletics club, we encourage all our juniors to compete in one or more of these leagues. Initial details of both the lower age group YDL and Ebbisham League have already been sent out by e-mail.

Senior Competition

The final heat of the Jimmy James Handicap was held last Thursday (6th April), with many of the RPAC runners setting their fastest times of the season. This included Claire Humphrey, winner on the night, who ran nearly 3 minutes faster than her previous best time. The overall winner for 2016/17 is Matthew Pont, who increased his lead at the top of the table by running 1 minute faster than previously. Well done to both of you.

A large contingent also ran the the MABAC Winterfold Forest race on Sunday 2nd April. Everyone greatly enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere and tough course, a full write up by Paddy Patrick is on the website. The next MABAC race is at Farnham Park on Sunday 21st May.

Outside of these two club races, most of the focus has been on races as part of marathon preparation. Well done to the club members who raced the Brighton Marathon yesterday (Sunday 9th), in unseasonably hot weather, and good luck to everyone who is running the London Marathon on Sunday 23rd.

The Grand Prix is also back this month, in it's new "summer only" incarnation. The first race is a track 3000m tomorrow evening (Tuesday 11th) at Battlebridge, The first (slower) race will be at 7.20 pm, but please be there by 7 pm to allow time to allocate everybody to one of the 2 races and to warm up. If anyone is available to assist with the timekeeping / recording, especially for the first race, your help would be greatly appreciated.

Finally, the club is competing in the Southern Athletics League for the first time, in a joint team with Dorking & Mole Valley and Holland Sports. This league is open to both seniors and U20 Juniors (over 17). The first fixture is on Easter Saturday (15th April), the other fixtures are listed on the website calendar. If any senior athletes are interested in competing, please contact Ian Martin, U20 juniors should contact Tessa Wardley.

Club Kit

Don't forget that we now have a stock of club vests (including racer back vests for the ladies) and t-shirts available for sale. If you want a t-shirt or would like to replace your current vest, the contacts are Nat Wilson (for the seniors) or Mike Gent (juniors).

Fran Afonso has also been working on a supply of other club-branded kit, which is very close to fruition, watch this space for further details.

Offers and events for club members

A number of new items this month, more details for all of these are on the noticeboard:

  • 30% off at More Miles / 10% at Start Fitness, through the Start Fitness sponsorship of the Surrey Cross-Country League
  • Charity race places from Jigsaw (South East)
  • Research project into career-ending injury
  • Marlow Half Marathon and 7, 5th November 2017

Roles in the wider athletics world

UK Athletics is advertising for a "representative of affiliated clubs" on the UK Members Council, whilst the Surrey Cross-Country League is looking for somebody to fill the new role of website manager. If anyone happens to be interested in applying for either role, please let me know.

Summary Minutes

The summary minutes for both the February and March committee meetings are now available.

Malcolm Woodman

South East Schools U13/U14 XC Championships, Reigate 25 March 2017

South East Schools U13/U14 XC Championships, Reigate 25 March 2017

The U13 & U14 SE England Championships on 25th March at Reigate Priory delivered its usual mix of exciting races and the toughest competition.  To compete for your County is an honour in itself, to then achieve further success (against the best in SE England) is a sign of an athlete with real talent.  Surrey closed the 2016/17 Cross Country season in style with a power performance showing depth of individual talent now the envy of SE England.”

 

Quote above taken from the Surrey Schools Athletic Association web site report of the Inter-Counties XC match that took place on Saturday. Bright sunshine and a dry, fast course added to the spectacle as eight youngsters from RPAC helped Surrey to win all four races. The U14 (Y8) boys and girls, and the U13 (Y7) boys and girls. (A ninth RPAC youngster, Eva Marsh had to miss out as she was competing in the National Biathlon Championships in Crystal Palace).

 

The first race was the Y7 girls and an amazing run by Lucy Denece (a year 6 selected on the strength of having won her year six Surrey Schools Championship race two weeks ago), saw her finish in 3rd place! Not a bad debut season for Lucy who also ran for Surrey U13’s in the West Midlands Inter-Counties XC before Christmas!

 

Following on was the Y7 boys race where the always impressive Freddie Fowler took 5th place. Matthew Pickering came home in 9th place. Matthew, like Lucy is a year six, and he was selected after finishing 2nd in the year six Championship. A top ten finish confirms the potential he has shown this year.

 

The third race saw a strong run from Pippa Roessler who finished in 4th place, battling to the line to narrowly miss out on 3rd. Amanda Stapley ran well in her debut for Surrey and unfortunately, Frankie Evered succumbed to illness this week to miss out.

 

The last race, Y8 boys,  saw Felix Vaughan take the lead from the start and hold on to win. This is Felix's third Inter-Counties victory including his win in the corresponding fixture last year when he won the Y7 race. Felix has once again been selected for the South East team to run in the Virgin Mini Marathon next month. Oli Mooney completed our contingent of RPAC runners with a good run too.

 

A strong showing from a talented group to finish the cross country season in style!

English Schools National XC Championships, Norwich 18th March 2017

English Schools National XC Championships, Norwich 18th March 2017

Four young athletes from RPAC won selection to the Surrey Schools XC Team for the prestigious English Schools National XC Championships. This year the event was held at the Norfolk County Showground near Norwich. Without doubt, when it comes to the major Championships over the season, this is the 'big one' for most of our runners. Taken out of school on Friday lunchtime, the team travel by coach for an overnight stay at a hotel near to the venue. On the morning of the race there is an inspirational team meeting and the atmosphere at the races is described by the competitors as second to none.

The strength of Surrey Cross Country running was once again in evidence. With 44 counties taking part, and over 340 finishers in each race,  Poppy Wardley (130) in the Intermediate Girls race was part of the Surrey team that took Gold. Felix Vaughan (41) in the Junior Boys race part of the Surrey team that also took Gold, and Lucy Broderick (59) and Pippa Roessler (112) were in the Surrey Junior Girls team that finished 3rd.

Next Saturday Felix and Pippa run again when it is the turn of our Y8 and Y7 runners, (plus a couple from Y6!) to represent Surrey Schools when they race against Sussex, Hampshire, Kent and Essex in our own Reigate Priory.

Pictured are the Surrey Junior Girls, Pippa 464, Lucy 459 and the Intermediate Girls team with their trophy. Poppy is number 462.

Border League XC, Haslemere 12th March 2017

Border League XC, Haslemere 12th March 2017

The fourth and last Border League XC match of the season took place in Haslemere on Sunday.

 

It was another great day for Matthew Pickering who won the U11 boy's race. This result also confirmed Matthew as the overall gold medal winner in the U11 boy's category based on the results across the whole season.

 

Newcomer Katie Ray Foss came home in 2nd place in the U9 Girl's race, and having won the race in the last match, it is a fair bet Katie too would have had an end of season award had she been able to compete in the earlier rounds.

 

Ollie Burnett had a great run in the U9 boys race finishing in 6th place.

 

There was good support for Matthew in the U11’s from Zak Lovegrove and Sam Rollaston, and for Katie in the U9’s from Hattie Tyne. In the U11 girl’s, Lily Woodhams and Lily Wonders also ran well, and all our runners were placed in the top half of finishers in their races.

For some, it was their second race of the weekend having competed for their schools in the Surrey Primary Schools XC on Saturday!

Pictured are Zak, Matthew and Sam after their race, and Matthew with his gold medal for top U11 Boy across the four matches.

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.