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The "Cabin" has landed!

The "Cabin" has landed!

Welcome to my update for September; don't worry, I will revert to the normal boring title next month!

The eagle-eyed among you will have seen that a new building has appeared at Battlebridge, alongside our container. The "Cabin" is now fully commissioned, and will provide us with a proper toilet, working kitchen and communal area (see photos below). We will share this with Redhill Youth Football Club who, in partnership with the Council, successfully applied for a grant from Tesco's. Our container will become a storage facility for both Clubs.

The Cabin 1aThe Cabin 2aThe Cabin 3aThe Cabin 4a

 

Competition

The juniors had a quiet August, but on 2nd September the girls competed in the Lily B Plate Final at the Kingsmeadow stadium in Kingston. Although Sutton & District were well ahead of the other teams, there was a very close battle between RPAC, Holland Sports and Hercules Wimbledon for the next 3 places. Our girls ended up in 3rd place, but only a few points behind 2nd. Well done to everybody who competed, you are a credit to the Club!

For the seniors, there was disappointment for the men, who finished in 2nd place to Ranelagh Harriers in the Surrey Road League. However, this was only on count-back, based on both teams' best 5 results (out of 7) the two clubs were tied with an identical number of points. It was only when the next best result was taken into account that Ranelagh sneaked ahead.

In the Surrey Road Relays on 2nd September however, the ladies W35 team were the bronze medallists, congratulations to the team of Jo Davey, Nat Wilson, Ali Rustige and Ginevra Stoneley.

Ladies Surrey Road Relay W35 team

The Club turned out a total of 5 complete and 2 partial teams, covering most age categories, with excellent individual performances. Well done to everybody.

Ladies Surrey Road Relay 2

 

Surrey Cross-Country League

Looking forward to October, the Club is hosting a joint ladies & men's cross-country fixture in Priory Park on Saturday 14th October. There will be a total of 6 races covering all age groups, so many of our juniors and seniors will be competing. Even if you are not racing please come along to support those that are. If you are available to help on the day, that would be greatly appreciated - please see the recent e-mail from Ian Thomas.

Summary Minutes

The summary minutes from the July committee meeting are available here. Note that we did not have a committee meeting in August, hence there will be no summary minutes!

Malcolm Woodman

Update from the Chair, July 2017

Update from the Chair, July 2017

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

Surrey Athletics Network U13/U11 Open, Woking 19 July

Surrey Athletics Network U13/U11 Open, Woking 19 July

It was a successful night for Gusie Lewis, Lucy Dénecé and Eva Peters at the SAN Open Meeting held in Woking on Wednesday. Competing in the Year Six events, Gusie won Gold in the 800m, Lucy won Gold in the 1500m and Eva picked up the Silver Medal with a PB in the long-jump.

All three have had a good summer of athletics with each recording several excellent results through the season.

Southern Athletics League, Lewes, 9th July

Southern Athletics League, Lewes, 9th July

Holidays and other commitments meant that only two RPAC athletes competed at the Southern Athletics League match at Lewes last Sunday, joining with colleagues from Holland Sports and Dorking & Mole Valley. However, Jo Davey and Rachel Woodman each competed in 4 individual events, contributing 29 points between them to the team total of 191.

Jo dropped down in distance from her usual 1500m, finishing first in all of the 400m (66.9), 800m (2:27.2) and 400m hurdles (77.7). She also competed in the hammer, scoring more valuable points for the team. Rachel, in her first competition in 6 years, was 1st B string in the long jump (4.80m, just 3 cm off her PB), triple jump (9.17) and 100m hurdles, plus competed in the high jump. Rachel also ran a leg in each of the two relays.

Overall the team were 2nd, just 29 points behind the joint team from Lewes & Haywards Heath. After the first 4 matches the team is lying in 9th place out of the 16 in the division.

The 5th and final match for 2017 is on Saturday 19th August at Hastings.

 

Surrey selection for Barton in Derek Crookes Inter-Counties Match

Surrey selection for Barton in Derek Crookes Inter-Counties Match

 

Congratulations to Barton Carter who has been selected for Surrey to compete in the Long-Jump in the Derek Crookes Inter-Counties match at Kingston on Saturday 29th July.

Barton has shown great improvement this year taking his personal best in the long-jump from 4m 03 to 4m 86.

 

Ebbisham Boys League, Woodcote School Coulsdon 9 July

Ebbisham Boys League, Woodcote School Coulsdon 9 July

The league matches keep on coming! This time it was the boys' turn with the third and final Ebbisham League match of the season held at Woodcote School in Coulsdon on Sunday.

Some powerful performances from the sprinters led the way with PB'S across the board in 100, 200 and 400m.

In the U17's, Tyrese Greenway doubled up with 11.3 in the 100m and 23.2 in the 200m. Both PB'S and both quick! Tyrese broke his own club record for both events. James Naylor also had a PB in the 200m and Joe Jenner in the 400m. Joe also recorded 11.07 for a PB in the Triple Jump, also a new club record.

It was business as usual in the U13 sprints for Barton Carter. With PB 's in both the 100 and 200m, Barton just missed out in the long jump. Barton is having an exceptional summer of athletics. His time of 27.3 in the 200m equals the club record for U13B!

There was a Javelin PB for Charlie Jenner in the U15's.

In the middle distance races, year sixs Matthew Pickering and Gusie Lewis also picked up PB'S. For Matthew it was a first sub 5 minute 1500m with a time of 4.57.7 whilst Gusie recorded 2.31.8 in the 800m.

Standing out in the U11 competition was Sam Rolaston. Sam ran a quick 600m in a time of 1.52.5 and recorded 3.66 in the long jump.

The senior men pulled-off an emphatic win at the second of this summer's Surrey Road League races, the Sutton 10k, with stellar performances from the scoring three: Marc Graham (4th - 33m43s), Paul Prothero (5th - 33m53s) and Fran Dunham (10th - 34m19s).  

These were closely followed by Ronnie Murray (13th - 34m37s), Ewan McKay (34th - 36m15s), Rick Coles (37th - 36m31s), Steve Bass (48th - 37m55s), and Malcom Woodman (45m35s).  

Some great times for a slow course - including a well-deserved PB for Fran.  We are well placed for the next fixture, the Dorking 10 mile on 4 June.  Get your entries in before it's too late!

Steve Bass

Men's Captain

[Ed]: and don't forget the Dorking 10 is both the Club Championship and a Grand Prix fixture!

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