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SURREY COUNTY INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS 16 & 17 FEBRUARY 2019

SURREY COUNTY INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS 16 & 17 FEBRUARY 2019

A small group of RPAC junior athletes had mixed fortunes in the County Indoor Championships at the David Weir Leisure Centre over the weekend.

Barton Carter jumped good distances in the U15 long jump, but consistently failed to reach the take off board, finishing in 4th place. Eva Peters had 3 jumps over 4 metres in the U15 long jump, with her best just below her PB. In the 60 metres sprint heats Eva improved her PB by 0.3 seconds, just missing out on a semi-final place.

On Sunday, Drew Burridge, running in the U17 60 metres  as practice to sharpen his starting for his favoured 400 metre event, ran just below his PB. Drew was compensated by a 3rd place medal in the U17 shot putt, achieving over 9 metres in his first ever competition in the event.  Jake Chandler, in his first ever competition, ran creditably in the U17 60m 

 

 

Update from the Chair, January 2019

Update from the Chair, January 2019

I write this whilst waiting to see if the forecast snow falls overnight. We'll either wake up to a white world or nothing at all if the forecasters have got it wrong! Be careful when you're out running in this weather though, even if there's no snow it's bound to be icy.

At the the recent award's evening, I was delighted to be able to present the Ted Baker Award for 2018 to Mike Scott. Not only does Mike find time to train for ultra marathons, but he can be seen out early before every one of our races marking the course (dragging a wheelie bin of stakes behind him) and is also the Race Director for our annual Holly Run. In the latter role, Mike has halted the decline in entries and put the race on to a much sounder financial footing. A worthy recipient of the Ted Baker Award, congratulations Mike.

I'd like to take this opportunity to describe a number of future opportunities for every member, parent and friend of the club to get involved. More details will be sent out closer to each event, but please put the dates in your diary now if you think you are able to help. The list of roles is not exhaustive, your assistance will be required in other ways as well.

  • MABAC race, Priory Park, Sunday 3rd March
    • Marshals, finish funnel officials, first aiders
  • Youth Development League (Lower Age Group) match, Saturday 27th April
    • co-hosting with Holland Sport at K2
    • Field & track officials & helpers, scorers
  • London Marathon start, Sunday 28th April
    • Donna Barrington-Smith will once again be organising us
    • Meet & greet of runners before they enter the start
    • The marathon make a contribution to the club, and people who help normally get a t-shirt or similar
  • Southern Vets T&F League, Ewell, Monday 20th May
    • Co-hosting with Epsom & Ewell
    • Field & track officials & helpers, scorers
  • London Vitality 10k, Monday 27th May
    • For a number of years, Donna has also organised a small group of club members & friends to help at the start of this race. However, she has decided not to do so again this year
    • The opportunity still exists to help, for which the club receives a donation and the helpers get various "goodies"
    • For that to happen, we will need somebody to organise. If you want to know more about what this entails, please contact Donna by e-mail (see e-mail version of this update for address)

Turning to competition, congratulations to all our juniors who ran in the recent Surrey Schools cross-country championships, especially to Lucy Broderick and Lucy Dénecé, who have both qualified to compete for Surrey at the English Schools cross-country championships in March. Before then, they will be joined by another 7 RPAC juniors in the South East Inter-counties matches. Full reports on both the Surrey Schools and South of England championships have been posted on the website.

For the seniors, the men have their last Surrey League cross-country fixture on Saturday 9th February. The team are currently in 4th place (out of 9), so look well set to stay in Division 2 for another year. The ladies still have two fixtures remaining, following cancellation of the January event. At the moment the team are in 12th place, just out of the relegation places, so captain Nat Wilson is looking for a strong turnout in the remaining races to maintain or improve this position.

Staying with the seniors, we have recently created a "Rogue's Gallery" on the website, with the intent of allowing all seniors to post a photo of themselves. (Note that login to the website is required.) This will help us all recognise each other when we are out and about. To get yourself added to the gallery, please email a photo (preferably recognisable!) using the e-mail address on the website.

Rogues Gallery

 

Finally, summary minutes of the committee meetings in both November and December 2018 are now available (website login required).

Malcolm Woodman

South of England XC Championships, Parliament Hill 26 Jan 2019

South of England XC Championships, Parliament Hill 26 Jan 2019

The annual South of England XC Championships took place on Saturday over the challenging Parliament Hill course in London. With clubs from as far apart as Cornwall and Norwich represented, there was no shortage of quality competition. 

First off for RPAC was Noah Young in the U15 boys race. This was Noah's third consecutive year competing in XC at Parliament Hill and a strong run saw him come home in a respectable middle of the finishers position.

The U13 Girls tackled the long, steep uphill start next and Lucy Dénecé continued her run of good form by coming home 12th in a field of 316. One of the best placed finishes we have seen for RPAC in this major championship. Both Shakila Keable and Lily Woodhams had good races too, with Lily at the finish nominating it her favourite XC race.

 

 

In the Under 13 Boys race, both Samuel Stapley and Sam Rolaston put in great performances with both comfortably in the top half out of the 330 who finished. With four of our under 13's still in year 7, the experience they gained on Saturday will hold them in good stead in next year's Southern Championships when they will compete again as under 13's over the same distance.

Another who has raced several times now at Parliament Hill is Emelye Kenyon-Brown who put in a characteristically strong run to also come home in the top half against strong opposition. Emelye was running in the Under 17 Womens race. Next weekend Emelye will be joined by Lucy Broderick and Katie Driver in the Surrey Schools XC team taking part in the South East Inter-counties Championships in Hampshire. Lucy Dénecé will be there too as part of the Surrey Schools U15 girls team.

 

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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

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