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Will & Lily Shine at U11 Quad Kids Guildford, 27 May 2017

Will & Lily Shine at U11 Quad Kids Guildford, 27 May 2017

Competing at the Guildford Young Athletes Club Quad Kids Open event at the Spectrum Athletics track in Guildford on Saturday, there were brilliant performances by youngsters Will John-Cox and Lily Woodhams.

After completing a 75m sprint, long jump, 600m race and a howler throw, Will finished in second place in a field of 56 boys picking up the Silver Medal! A great all round performance by Will.

Lily took seventh place in the girls event with the highlight being her second place finish in the 600m in what was dubbed the "race of the day". Coming from towards the back of the field on the last bend, Lily went past everyone but was then just pipped on the line. Her time of 2.00 is exceptional.

A great warm up ahead of the team quad kids event on June 7th when the RPAC teams will hope to produce more top performances.

Will and Lily at Guildford:

 

Update from the Chair, May 2017

Update from the Chair, May 2017

Congratulations

Belated congratulations to Chris Veale and his wife (that really should be the other way round!) on the birth of their twin boys, Rory & Maxwell, at the end of April. The next generation of RPAC juniors?

Competition

A very busy weekend just gone. On Saturday the younger juniors competed in the Youth Development League (lower age group) at Hillingdon, in which everybody excelled, setting many PB's. RPAC athlete of the day was Barton Carter, who won both 200m and long jump, setting a new club U13 Boys record in the latter.

On Sunday morning, 15 seniors ran in the MABAC League 5 mile race at Farnham Park. Great team spirit, a lovely location and the sun even came out.

Finally, on Sunday afternoon a combined group of juniors and seniors joined with athletes from Holland Sports and Dorking & Mole Valley in the Southern Athletics League fixture at Horsham. It was great to see a group of seniors competing on the track, something that hasn't happened for a long while. The whole spirit of the day was demonstrated in the pole vault: Anousha Wardley (U20) won the ladies competition with a clearance of 2.65m, whilst Gavin Lawrence (Vet 40) cleared the magnificent height of 1.30m to earn another point for the team.

The previous week the juniors were competing in the Surrey Tack & Field championships. Again, they excelled themselves, with many new personal bests, a number of medals, but the star performance of the weekend was by Katie Mackison. Katie won the U15 Girls javelin with a throw of 39.22m, which was a PB, a new club record and the Championship Best performance (i.e. no U15 Girl has ever thrown further in any Surrey Championships). Well done Katie!

Previous competitions for the juniors have included the first fixtures in all the other leagues: Lily B, Ebbisham Boys League and YDL (upper age group). Full reports of all these are available on the website.

Finally, after the first 2 fixtures of the Surrey Road League, the Senior Men are leading this years competition, an excellent start to the defense of the title they won in 2016.

Committee

After the AGM, we still had one committee position unfilled. Liz Clark has subsequently agreed to stand for this position, formally nominated by me and seconded by Ginevra Stoneley. If there is anyone else who would like to stand for this vacant position, you have 14 days from the date of this news item to put your name forward. If there are no further nominations, then Liz will be elected unopposed to the committee.

At the first meeting of the new committee, the following roles were agreed:

  • Malcolm Woodman - Chair
  • Ginevra Stoneley - Secretary
  • Anthony Collins - Treasurer
  • Paul Chandler - Membership Secretary
  • Christian Froggatt - Competitions
  • Gavin Lawrence - Social Coordinator
  • Ian Martin - Development
  • Liz Clark (Subject to formal election) - Volunteer coordinator
  • Mike Gent - Junior coordinator
  • Ronnie Murray - Marketing & Communication

Upcoming events

The club has two significant events coming up in early July. The first is the 25th staging of our Summer Evening 10k road race on Wednesday 5th July. This is a major event for the club with approximately 500 competitors expected to run, which raises a significant amount for club funds. Details are available at summer10k.com, look out for e-mails from the Race Director Wayne Chappell and Race Consultant Moray Carey about how you can help both before and on the day.

As is customary, the Summer Evening 10k will be followed by our annual barbecue. This is held on a Tuesday evening at Battlebridge after training. Provisional date is Tuesday 11th July, but look at for confirmation and full details from Gavin.

Club Merchandise

With thanks to Fran Afonso, the club now has a supply of additional branded items of clothing and other kit. These can be purchased directly from iProSports, at the RPAC club zone. All members are able to order direct, there is no need to wait for a club order. The committee decided that the club would NOT take a cut of any sales, the intent is simply to provide all members with a source of branded kit, whilst increasing the awareness of the club within the local community.

There is no change in the arrangements for the standard club kit, i.e.:

  • Club vests (for competition) - supplied when a new member joins as part of the joining process. Current members can purchase a new vest from Mike Gent (juniors) or Nat Wilson (seniors)
  • Club T-shirts - available for purchase,again from Nat or Mike
  • Club "over-the-head" personalised hoodies. We place regular bulk orders for these, please let Mike know if you want to be added to the next order

Battlebridge

Big changes are afoot at Battlebridge. In addition to the replacement of the bowls green with a new football pitch, a new (2nd) container will be arriving any day soon. This will include a plumbed in toilet, sink and running water and a large communal area. This is being funded by the successful application to the Tesco's community sports fund last year.

We will share both containers with Redhill Youth Football Club, with our existing container being used for storage only by both clubs.

Exciting times!

For Seniors

Antony Read will be organising two summer handicap races in Priory Park. In a change from previous years, these will be held on a Friday evening, to encourage as many people as possible to run. The plan will be to convene to the Dolphin afterwards for a social evening and drinks. Provisional dates are Friday 23rd June and Friday 28th July, confirmation and full details will follow from Antony closer to the date.

Following a discussion at and after the AGM, it has been agreed that we will have a 2 month trial of regular Wednesday evening "recovery runs". These are exactly as described, a steady run of up to 1 hour in between the Tuesday and Thursday speed / tempo sessions led by Ian and Jas. The plan is for three groups to go out each week, at 8+, 9+ and 10+ min/mile pace. As these will be official club runs, each group will be led by a qualified LIRF (Leader in Running Fitness) or coach. Ian Burks has generously offered the use of the YMCA Sovereign Centre to meet each week. Tentative start date is Wednesday June 7th, but look out for confirmation by e-mail and on the Facebook Group.

Summary minutes for April are now available here.

Malcolm Woodman

YDL League, Hillingdon, 20 May 2017

YDL League, Hillingdon, 20 May 2017

Another top YDL performance from Barton! At Battersea earlier in the season, Barton won the 100 and the 200m races, both with PB's, and came first in the Long-Jump. At Hillingdon on Saturday, he won the 200m and in the Long-Jump, not only won, but broke the U13B club record with a big PB of 4.86m!

It was a day of PB's all round as our young team performed with great gusto on an afternoon of sunshine and heavy showers.

In the U15B Alex Collins, as ever competing in the maximum three events, came away with three PB's (100m, 300m and Long-Jump). There were two for Tomos Knowles (1500m and discus), a discus PB for Charlie Jenner, and big PB's in the 1500m for Oli Mooney and Noah Young.

Our U15G'S all had good performances. Lily Cain-Jones PB'd in her 100m race and at Long-Jump, and came 2nd in the Javelin. Amanda Stapley had a big PB in winning the B stream 800m in a race that saw Frankie Evered overhaul the front runner at the last bend to win the A stream race in style . Amanda also just pipped that runner so they took 1st and 2nd places in the combined A and B string race. Frankie also PB'd in the Shot and finished third in the 300m. Amanda took fourth place in the high jump.

Joining Barton in the U13's we had Oscar Curry, as at Battersea where he won,  running a great 800m race to finish in third place in the A stream. On his debut, Matthew Pickering went off fast and was close behind at the finish ensuring he was the winner of the B stream. Another in his first track race in the League was George Evered who made the Team Manager proud, posting a fast time.

The U13G'S had their share of PB's too! Eva Peters, strong as always,  in both the 75 and 150m. Lucy Dénecé in the 1200m (taking 8 seconds off her previous best), and Lucy PB'd in the Long-Jump. Eva Marsh, also PB'd in the Long-Jump and came 2nd in the A string 800m.  Zara Watkinson threw a huge 13.31m in her first competitive javelin competition and also ran a good 1200m. Francesca Manrow was 2nd in the B string 800m, and had a strong 75m and good high jump too. There were good performances too from Caitlin Holloway (Javelin), Lexi Stewart (800m) and Sofia Viera in the 75 and 150m.

The U13G'S finished the afternoon with Francesca, Lexi, Lucy and Caitlin taking part in the 4 x 100m relay.

Fifth place on the day (improving on our sixth place at Battersea)! The next YDL match is back at Battersea on Sunday 16th June.

 

 

 

Surrey Track and Field Championships, Kingston 13th 14th May 2017

Surrey Track and Field Championships, Kingston 13th 14th May 2017

 

Huge success for Katie Mackison in the Surrey Championships on Sunday! Katie threw 39.22m in the U15G'S Javelin which not only won her the Gold medal, but was a Championship Best Performance. No Surrey U15G has thrown so far in the Championships. Ever. It is also a National Standard which means Katie has gone beyond the Entry Standard for the English Schools Track and Field Championships in July and should be confident of a place in the Surrey team. Oh, and a new club record!

 

 

 

There were many other outstanding performances. In the U20W, Anousha Wardley took Silver in the Pole Vault and there was a Bronze for U17W Amelia Watson in the 80mH with a new PB.

 

James Naylor qualified for the final of the U17B'S 400m with a new PB, finishing eighth fastest in Surrey. He also set a new PB in the U17B'S 200m. 

 

Tyrese Greenway, who has only recently started in the sport, ran PB'S in both heat and final of the U17B'S 200m finishing seventh. In the 100m he recorded the eighth fastest time in the heats, in another PB. Unfortunately, as he was in the fastest race, under the qualification rules he just missed out on a place in the final. In both the 100 and 200m Tyrese set new club records for the U17B'S! As Tyrese is in the lower year of his age group, these were very promising performances.

 

In the U15G'S​, Lily Grant was Bronze medalist in the 300m and also qualified for the 75mH final where she finished sixth. Lucy Broderick followed what seems to be a RPAC tradition in 800m of being placed in the "heat from hell" with three of the medal favourites! With only the winner of each heat guaranteed a place in the final plus the four quickest losers from across the four heats, it meant they were forced to run the heat as if it were a final. Lucy qualified and took Bronze in the final with a PB and English Schools Championships entry standard time. 1, 2 and 3 in the final all came from her heat!

 

Frankie Evered had a great run in the 300m heats, with a new PB.

 

Pippa Roessler eased through her heat of the 1500m on Saturday, returning on Sunday to take sixth place in the final.

 

In the boys U15 1500, Felix Vaughan also negotiated Saturday's heat without a problem and finished fifth in the final. Both Pippa and Felix are in the younger year of their age group.

 

Victoria Wilkes had a good weekend, getting through to the semi-final in both the 100 and 200m.

 

In the U13G's, Lucy Dénecé ran two PB's in the 1500, on Saturday to qualify, then again in the final on Sunday where she finished sixth. Eva Marsh ran a season's best time in the 800m qualifying, just missing out by one place on reaching the final.

 

 

 

Two of the RPAC officials on duty at the Championships. Ian and Donna:

 

 

Ebbisham Boys League Carshalton & U20/U17 YDL Dartford 30 April 2017

Ebbisham Boys League Carshalton & U20/U17 YDL Dartford 30 April 2017

Whilst team numbers were low, there were many PB's and entries onto the club records pages resulting from numerous outstanding performances at the Ebbisham Boys League meeting in Carshalton, and the YDL meeting in Dartford on Sunday 30 April.

At the Ebbisham match, Barton Carter had another great day! Barton produced 3 PB's the highlight being a speedy 27.7 in the 200m that moves him into 2nd place in the U13 boys club records. His other best performances came in the 100m and long jump. Another with a hat trick of PB's was Alex Collins in 200m, 300m and triple Jump. James Naylor PB'd in the U17B'S 200m and 400m and Oscar Curry produced his 2nd consecutive PB in the U13B's 800m. 

At the YDL meeting in Dartford there were two new club records set. Amelia Watson with 9.99m in the U17W Shot, and Anousha Wardley with 1.45m in the U20W High Jump. Earlier this year Anousha set a new club Pole Vault record with a clearance of 3.03 in Cardiff.

Pictured at Dartford, new club record setters Anousha and Amelia:

Lily B League, Carshalton, 6 May 2017

Lily B League, Carshalton, 6 May 2017

Warm sunshine made for good conditions on Saturday at the first Lily B Girl's League match of the season held at the David Weir Stadium in Carshalton.

 

With several U11’s from the Academy having their first outing in the League, there were plenty of  inspiring performances to admire. Not least the sight of our U11 4 x 100m relay team, at the end of a long afternoon, coming home in 5th place in a time of 72.2 seconds.

Most of the U11’s turned their hand to more than one event and as well as the relay, some were seen competing in the 75m sprint, some going for the longer option of 600m, and some trying the long jump. Of particular note were the performances of Katie Foss (2.00.5) and Alessia Turner (2.04.6) in the 600m race. Both times are quick!

It was a good day for all our Katie's! In the U15 Javelin, Katie Mackison threw a new PB and new Club Record distance of 32.15m. This took 1st place in the A stream competition. Lily Cain-Jones threw a hugely impressive 25.90m to take 1st place in the B string and confirm our strength in Javelin at this age group.

Katie Driver had a great day competing in three U17 events and finishing with one 1st and two 2nd places. In the 1500m she won the B string with Emelye Kenyon-Brown making it a club double by winning the A stream race.

There was more double success​ in the U15 800m with Lucy Broderick and Frankie Evered winning the A and B strings respectively.

Some of our U13’s took on new events including Amanda Stapley and Francesca Manrow tackling the high jump, and we also saw a fast and exciting 4 x 100m relay with RPAC finishing 3rd in the U13 A team race in a good time of 61.9 seconds. Izzy, Caitlin, Eva and Francesca made up the team.

Provisional results have RPAC finishing in 4th place in the match.

Special thanks are due to the Officials from RPAC without whom the event could not take place. Donna Barrington-Smith, Ian Crouch, Naomi Jones and Gina Watson. Also to Fiona Gent who gave up her Saturday to sit in the control room and compile the results as the events took place. There was a great response as well to team manager Kirsten Mackison's request for parents to help the officials at those field events we were allocated to assist at.

The next Lily B match is in Croydon on Saturday 3rd June. Details and team announcements soon.

Pics include the U13 Relay Team and Eva Peters and Lucy Dénecé at the long jump.

 

Warm sunshine made for good conditions on Saturday at the first Lily B Girl's League match of the season held at the David Weir Stadium in Carshalton.

 

With several U11’s from the Academy having their first outing in the League, there were plenty of  inspiring performances to admire. Not least the sight of our U11 4 x 100m relay team, at the end of a long afternoon, coming home in 5th place in a time of 72.2 seconds.

Most of the U11’s turned their hand to more than one event and as well as the relay, some were seen competing in the 75m sprint, some going for the longer option of 600m, and some trying the long jump. Of particular note were the performances of Katie Foss (2.00.5) and Alessia Turner (2.04.6) in the 600m race. Both times are quick!

It was a good day for all our Katie's! In the U15 Javelin, Katie Mackison threw a new PB and new Club Record distance of 32.15m. This took 1st place in the A stream competition. Lily Cain-Jones threw a hugely impressive 25.90m to take 1st place in the B string and confirm our strength in Javelin at this age group.

Katie Driver had a great day competing in three U17 events and finishing with one 1st and two 2nd places. In the 1500m she won the B string with Emelye Kenyon-Brown making it a club double by winning the A stream race.

There was more double success​ in the U15 800m with Lucy Broderick and Frankie Evered winning the A and B strings respectively.

Some of our U13’s took on new events including Amanda Stapley and Francesca Manrow tackling the high jump, and we also saw a fast and exciting 4 x 100m relay with RPAC finishing 3rd in the U13 A team race in a good time of 61.9 seconds. Izzy, Caitlin, Eva and Francesca made up the team.

Provisional results have RPAC finishing in 4th place in the match.

Special thanks are due to the Officials from RPAC without whom the event could not take place. Donna Barrington-Smith, Ian Crouch, Naomi Jones and Gina Watson. Also to Fiona Gent who gave up her Saturday to sit in the control room and compile the results as the events took place. There was a great response as well to team manager Kirsten Mackison's request for parents to help the officials at those field events we were allocated to assist at.

The next Lily B match is in Croydon on Saturday 3rd June. Details and team announcements soon.

Pics include the U13 Relay Team and Eva Peters and Lucy Dénecé at the long jump.