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Congratulations to everyone who ran the Holly Run 2017

Congratulations to everyone who ran the Holly Run 2017

Congratulations to everyone who ran in the Holly Run 2017 on Sunday. We hope everyone enjoyed themselves, even if it is only in retrospect! Full individual and team results are now available on the website site (hollyrun.com).

We had over 80 more finishers than last year across the 8 races, which made the effort put in by all our volunteers even more worthwhile. Thank you to all the volunteers and to our sponsors, Simply Sports.

A couple of photos showing the U11 Girls preparing to start:

Holly Run 2017 U11G start v2

and now they are off:

Holly Run 2017 U11G start v1

South of England Inter-Counties XC Championships, Oxford 9 Dec 2017

South of England Inter-Counties XC Championships, Oxford 9 Dec 2017

Four young RPAC Athletes were selected in the Surrey U13 team for the South of England Inter-Counties XC Championships held in Oxford on Saturday.

Competing in freezing conditions against teams from eleven other counties, Matthew Pickering helped the U13 boys team to 2nd place and Lucy Dénecé, Izzy McManus and Eva Marsh helped the Surrey U13 girls to finish in 5th place. The standard of opposition they meet in the Southern Inter-Counties Championships is high, coming up as they do against the best cross country runners from across the South, and they can all be proud of their achievements in being selected to run for Surrey.

Maddy Pullen ran in the Surrey U17 Women's team and both Poppy Wardley (U17W), and Lucy Broderick (U15G), were also selected but unavailable on the day.

 

Update from the Chair, December 2017

Update from the Chair, December 2017

Welcome to my final update for 2017, Merry Christmas / Season's Greetings (delete as appropriate!) and a Happy New Year to all members, parents & friends of Reigate Priory Athletic Club.

The Holly Run

It's been a busy year, but it's not quite over yet. It is now less than 2 weeks to the annual Holly Run cross-country races in Priory Park, on Sunday 17th December. With races for all runners from 8 to 80, we are expecting a total of approximately 500 competitors.

Please can I therefore ask all seniors and parents to offer their help if at all possible, simply reply to the recent e-mail from Nat Wilson with when you are free and your preferred role(s). The more people we have the better, but we are definitely short in the afternoon. Many seniors will be marshaling the junior races in the morning, but racing later on, so if there are any parents who can assist then please let Nat know.

It would also be great to see most of our juniors competing on the day, either for their school or for RPAC. Full details of the races and how to enter are available on the website, www.hollyrun.com.

Holly Run banner

Awards Evening, Saturday 20th January

To celebrate the successes of 2017, we will be holding the annual Awards Evening at Reigate & Redhill Golf Club from 7.30 pm on Saturday 20th January 2018. Gavin Lawrence will be sending out more details soon, but expect a buffet supper, the awards themselves and a disco. Please put the date in your diaries now, the evening is open to all seniors, older juniors, coaches and parents.

Among the other trophies & prizes, we will be presenting the Ted Baker Award for service to the club in 2017. Please send nominations (including a brief explanation of why your nominee should receive the award) to Ginevra Stoneley or me by no later than Monday 8th January, so the committee can make a final decision on the recipient at our first committee meeting in 2018. A full list of previous recipients is available on the website (http://www.rpac.org.uk/index.php/award-winners), current members of the club committee are NOT eligible for this award.

Battlebridge

Yet more change to report at Battlebridge. Bam Nuttall have just recently completed a new concrete area in front of the Cabin and container. This was done as a community project, at the request of the Council, whilst Bam Nuttall are working in Redhill. This was therefore done at no cost to us or the Council, so a massive thank you to them.

Bam Nuttall at Battlebridge

Reports in Surrey Mirror

Dave Mills has been submitting junior reports to the Surrey Mirror for some time now, but regular readers will have noticed that senior reports have also started to appear recently, thanks to Nat Wilson. To ensure we get a regular flow of publicity for the club, please can everyone send junior reports to Dave and senior reports to Nat, no later than Monday in the week of publication. It is always good to have a photo that can be published.

Summary Minutes

Summary minutes from the October 2017 meeting are now available here (website login required).

Malcolm Woodman

The Holly Run, 17th December 2017

The Holly Run, 17th December 2017

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

West Midlands Inter-Counties XC, (Surrey Schools), Warwickshire 25th Nov 2017

West Midlands Inter-Counties XC, (Surrey Schools), Warwickshire 25th Nov 2017

Congratulations to Matthew Pickering who won his race at the West Midlands Inter-Counties XC match on Saturday!

Running for Surrey Schools in Warwickshire, Matthew was first to finish in a race that saw the Surrey Schools team taking on Cheshire, Cumbria, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Warwickshire and the West Midlands. Gusie Lewis ran well too, finishing 19th in a field of 83.

Matthew becomes RPAC'S fourth winner of an inter-counties XC race for Surrey Schools in the last two years following on from Felix Vaughan, Pippa Roessler and Lucy Broderick.

Lucy Broderick, Emelye Kenyon-Brown and Maddy Pullen all ran strongly in the Surrey team that won the Inter-Girls race on Saturday. Surrey came home with the trophy as the overall winners of the match. Pictures from the West Mids including one of the trophy (held up by Matthew) with some of the Surrey runners:

Camberley XC Meeting, Sunday 19th November

Camberley XC Meeting, Sunday 19th November

RPAC had a successful morning at the Camberley Open XC meeting on 19 November.

In the U9 girls Jessica Randell just missed a medal finishing in fourth place, whilst Emily Sheard ran strongly to finish thirteenth. In the U11 girls Katie Foss was our highest placed finisher in eighth and Lily Woodhams ran well to come in fourteenth. In the U13 girls Lucy Dénecé, who has been selected in the Surrey County team had an excellent run finishing second.

In the U11 boy's Will John-Cox came second and was well supported by Kai Adams, Harry Peters and Ollie Burnett who all had strong runs. In the U13 boys Matthew Pickering, who also is to be congratulated on his first county selection for Surrey, came third. But the highlight of the day was the U9 boys where Max Orchard won, Rory Beale was sixth and Tyler Giles also ran well, with the team winning first place in the team competition. A picture of the victorious team with their cup is set out below.

A small group of 6 RPAC senior men competed in the annual South of the Thames 5 mile Team Race on Saturday, hosted by Kent AC at Beckenham Place Park.

Charl Jordaan (55th overall), Steve Bass (60th), Matt Aylott (88th) and Andy Walker (a welcome return from injury in 127th) formed the scoring team, finishing in 16th place out of the 40 teams. The teams who beat us included 5 (!) from Kent AC, and we beat many local rivals including SLH, so not a bad result. Paddy Patrick and Malcolm Woodman completed the RPAC runners in 213th and 218th respectively.

We all suffered the bad traffic to get to Beckenham Place Park.  Steve was driving Charl and Matt - and they got there less than ten minutes before the start, and only got numbers thanks to Andy bringing them to start line. Charl pinned his upside-down and Steve ended up running to the start line with one shoe in his hand - they showed no pity and they started a few seconds after, meaning he had to stop for 30 seconds or so in the first mile to do up his flapping shoe-laces... Still, it was good to get out and run among a quality field, on a cold but sunny day.

SoTT 5 mile 25th Nov 17