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Update from the Chair, April 2018

Update from the Chair, April 2018

Club AGM, Monday 23rd April 2018

I'll start this month by reminding everyone that it is the club AGM this coming Monday, 23rd April. 6.30 pm for 7 pm at the YMCA Sovereign Centre, Slipshatch Road, Reigate.

One major item on the agenda is a discussion about volunteering, and how we  can encourage members and parents to volunteer on a more regular basis. This topic will be introduced with a presentation, which is available on the website for you to preview - please see the e-mail version of this update for the link.

This presentation includes the result of a recent brainstorm by your committee, some of the options may appear to be somewhat unpalatable to many members and parents! I would therefore encourage everyone to look at the presentation and to attend the AGM to provide your feedback and suggestions.

On the topic of volunteering, please note that we will need at least 2 new people to stand for election to the committee, as both Christian Froggatt and Ronnie Murray are standing down as of the AGM. My thanks to both of them for their service to the club.

Finally, I am also aware that the club constitution as it currently stands does not give the parents / guardians of our junior members the ability to vote at the AGM, unless they are a full member in their own right. Thus it is currently possible for the senior members to agree changes to the club with very limited input from the junior section and junior academy. I would welcome feedback from the junior section / junior academy, either before or at the meeting, as to whether this is an acceptable situation. To give me feedback before the meeting, simply reply to my e-mail.

Southern Athletics League

A mixed junior and senior team of over 10 athletes competed at the Southern Athletics League match last Saturday, helping the combined Dorking / Holland Sports / RPAC team to 2nd place, only just behind the winners Cambridge Harriers.

Apologies that I can't mention everyone, but there were 1st place finishes for all of Lucy Broderick (twice), Jo Davey, Emelye Kenyon-Brown, Anousha Wardley and Drew Burridge, whilst it was really good to see Colin Kloes reliving his youth in the sprints (rather than his more recent endurance events).

Marathons

Congratulations to all the club members who have competed in the recent Brighton, Manchester and Paris marathons. Highlights from these are Max Olive's 2:56 at Brighton and Kate Knight completing her 50th marathon in the same race.

Good luck to the many members who are running in London this Sunday (22nd), I hope the weather cools down a bit before then (which I didn't think I would be saying just 1 week ago!). This will be Kate's 51st marathon, 1 week after Brighton.

Jimmy James Handicap

Finally, congratulations to Anthony Collins, who won the Jimmy James Handicap 2017/18 by just 1 point from Bethany Higgins. Commiserations to Bethany, who had established a commanding lead after the first 4 races, but was unable to run the last 2 through injury.

Malcolm Woodman

Update from the Chair, March 2018

Update from the Chair, March 2018

Dates for the diary and congratulations this month.

Annual General Meeting

The AGM will be on Monday 23rd April, at the YMCA Sovereign Centre. You will be receiving the formal notification and supporting documents at the beginning of April, but one topic for discussion will be ways to encourage members, parents & friends to volunteer for club activities. Your committee have already discussed and have a number of ideas, which will be presented at the AGM.

The AGM is also when we elect the new committee. We will require at least two new faces this year, as Christian Froggatt and Ronnie Murray will not be standing again. My thanks to both of them for everything they’ve done for the club whilst they’ve been on the committee. If you want to know more about what being on the committee entails, please contact me, Ginevra Stoneley or any other current committee member.

Membership

We are planning to offer renewals via direct debit from this year onwards. Please look out for an e-mail in early April giving further information and details on how to set up the direct debit.

Congratulations

It was my great pleasure to be able to join Dave Mills to present the Junior Section endurance awards back in February. The awards were presented to Lucy Denece and Matthew Pickering (U13), Lucy Broderick and Oli Mooney (U15) and Emelye Kenyon-Brown (U17).

Junior Awards 2018 Lucy Denece                      Junior awards 2018 Matthew Pickering

Highlights for the year were Lucy’s win in the Surrey Schools X-C  championships and Matthew’s first place in the West Midlands Inter-counties match, running for Surrey Schools.

Lucy Denece, Emelye and Matthew were joined by Noah Young to compete in the recent English National Cross-Country Championships at Parliament Hill. For the seniors, Ronnie Murray, Steve Bass, Max Olive and Tom Almond competed in the senior men’s race, whilst Annette Morris was our sole representative in the senior ladies. This race and venue are the ultimate cross-country experience, well done to everyone who ran.
 
The RPAC vest was also prominent in the recent Kowloon half marathon, as the race was won by our own George Roux, in a time of 1 hour 14 minutes. Congratulations George, it’s great to see the club gaining publicity in far flung places!

Kowloon Half pic 1      Kowloon Half pic 2

Summer race programme

The juniors will be competing in a number of track & field leagues this year:

  • Lily B (Girls only, age groups U15 and lower)
  • Ebbisham Boys League (U15 and lower again)
  • Youth Development League, Lower Age Group (boys & girls, U15 and lower)
  • Youth Development League, Upper Age Group (a joint team with other local clubs, girls and boys, U17 upwards)

The older athletes in the Junior Academy are also able to compete in the some of those leagues, plus there are other specific competitions organised for the Academy.

The club will also be focusing on a number of local open meetings and the Surrey Championships. It is expected that all juniors will compete for the club, so please look at the calendar for the dates and get the relevant ones in your diaries. Note that those for the Ebbisham Boys League and YDL Lower Age Group have not yet been added, they will follow soon.

The club also competes in the Southern Athletics League (a joint team with Holland Sports and Dorking & Mole Valley), this league is open to both seniors & juniors (U17 upwards), so an opportunity for the junior and senior sections of the club to compete together! Full details and dates are on the website.

Finally for Track & Field, we have joined the Southern Veterans AC Track & Field League for the first time this year. An opportunity for our veteran runners (35 and upwards) to compete on the track, either to rekindle your past or to experience the track for the first time! Full details are again on the website, but there are 4 fixtures on a Monday evening at various local tracks.

The seniors will also be competing in the Surrey Road League again this year, with both ladies and men planning to turn out a strong team in as many of the races as possible. Nat Wilson and Steve Bass have already sent out e-mails about these races, but if you want to check the dates, they are also on the website.

Again for the seniors, the Club Championship road races are the Dorking 10 (mile), Ranelagh Richmond 10k and the Reigate Half Marathon (despite being the day after the Surrey Road Relays). The Grand Prix will also run again this year, with your best 5 out of 8 results count to the competition. Full details for Club Championships and Grand Prix are also available on dedicated pages on the website.

MABAC League

Our MABAC race on 4th March unfortunately had to be cancelled because of the weather conditions. It is possible (but currently unlikely) that we will be able to reorganise later in the year.

The next MABAC race is the Cranleigh 15/21, on Sunday 25th March. This is an open race, to raise funds for MABAC so the other races are free to enter. We need to provide at least 2 marshals for this, if you are available to help or you are racing and your partner or a friend is able to help, please e-mail our MABAC team (see e-mail version of this update for their e-mail address).

Summary Minutes

Summary minutes are now available for both the January and February committee meetings (website login required).

Malcolm Woodman

Border League Match Four, Aldershot 25 February 2018

Border League Match Four, Aldershot 25 February 2018

The fourth and final match of this year's Border League was hosted by Aldershot. Going into this match three Reigate Priory athletes had prospects of medals. Max Orchard, who had won the two previous Border League matches he had competed in, completed his set by winning again and taking the overall U9 boys title. Rory Beale finished in a very impressive fifth place, which placed him third across the four match series.

In the U11 boy's Will John-Cox had another great run to finish fourth in the series overall. He was supported well by Sam Rollaston who finished eleventh on the day, but should have secured a top ten place overall. 

In the U11 girls Alessia Turner and Lily Woodhams ran strongly to finish comfortably in the top third of the field in their race. Tomos Knowles was our first U15 boy runner in the league this season and ran well in a small but strong field.

Below is a picture of Max and Rory with their medals and one of Will and Sam after their race.

English National XC Championships, Parliament Hill, 24 February 2018

English National XC Championships, Parliament Hill, 24 February 2018

Four RPAC Juniors took part in the English National XC Championships at Parliament Hill on Saturday. The line of pens used at the start line stretched into the distance with this year's entries seeing 570 complete the U13 boys race and 504 the U15 boys.

In that U13 race, Matthew Pickering had a great run to finish in 41st place (529 behind him!). Matthew will still be in the U13'S for cross country next year.

There were 467 finishers in the U13 girls race where Lucy Dénecé also ran well to come home in 71st place. Like Matthew, Lucy will run as an U13 again next year.

There were good performances too from Noah Young (U15 boys) and Emelye Kenyon-Brown (U17 Women's). With clubs from all across England sending their finest, these National Championships run over the renowned Parliament Hill course provide a challenging test for the young athletes.

 

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

Surrey Schools XC Championships, Reigate 20th January 2018

Surrey Schools XC Championships, Reigate 20th January 2018

There were podium places for three RPAC Juniors at the Surrey Schools XC Championships held in Reigate Priory yesterday. 

Lucy Broderick became an automatic selection for Surrey in the prestigious English Schools National XC Championships in Leeds on March 17th, finishing 3rd in the Inter-Girls (Y10 and 11) race. Matthew Pickering also took 3rd place, competing in the Y7 boys race. For Lucy Dénecé it was 1st place in the Y7 girls to become the 2018 Surrey Schools Y7 Girls XC Champion! All three faced tough competition with the field made up of runners who all had to pre qualify through their district races in the autumn. 

For Matthew and Lucy Dénecé, English Schools qualification has to wait another year.

Running in wet, muddy conditions several more from RPAC qualified to run for Surrey Schools in the upcoming South East Inter-Counties XC matches with the U15's and up competing in Berkshire on February 3rd, and the U13/U14's in Sussex on 24th March. Full results from yesterday yet to be published.

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