Volunteers @Quad kids Final
Volunteers @ Summer Evening 10k
Volunteers @ Lily B, 2nd June 2018
Volunteers @ Other Events, May 2018
Volunteering @ Vitality 10k, 28th May 2018
A while since my last update. Club members have participated in many competitions recently, well done to everybody for continuing to take part in both track & field matches and road races despite the very hot weather we've been having.
Particular congratulations to two of our field eventers. Katie Mackison took 5th place in the recent English Schools Championships, whilst a few weeks earlier Moray Laing won silver (discus) and bronze (javelin) medals at the European Transplant Games in Cagliari, Sardinia.
This year for the first time, the veterans in the club have competed in the Southern Counties Veterans AC Track & Field league (South London division). The women finished in 5th place overall, whilst the men were 6th, both out of the 8 participating clubs (and both beat our local rivals Dorking & Mole Valley AC!).
(Alice Smith and Moray Laing in action at a recent SCVAC T&F League)
With this competition, our participation in a joint team in the Southern Athletics League and the various leagues for Juniors, I think we can truly say we are moving to being a club for all disciplines, not just running.
Summer Evening 10k 2018
My thanks to all the 50+ people who volunteered at the Summer Evening 10k earlier this month. Another hugely successful event, with nearly 500 entries and nothing but compliments received. The accounts have not yet been finalised, but it looks like the race has made a significant contribution to club funds yet again, and has also successfully raised our profile with the local community.
Special thanks to Race Director Wayne Chappell and Race Consultant Moray Carey for all their hard work before, during and after the event.
I make no apologies for returning to the topic of volunteering, as having insufficient volunteers available poses a significant risk to the club. Although the Summer Evening 10k demonstrated what we can do as a club, we are still reliant on a relatively small group of members, parents, parents of former members and friends to keep the club running, organise events and take part in all the competitions we do.
Volunteering opportunities currently available include:
- Race Director of the Priory Relays, which are held in Priory Park in early November
- This is probably the simplest of the 3 races that we organise, with both Gavin Lawrence and Ian Martin available to assist and guide the person who takes on the role
- Assisting the Committee with marketing of the club, both internally and externally
- Somebody with experience and access to PhotoShop would be particularly welcome!
- Organisation of senior social events and assisting with the annual senior awards evening
- Longer term, Team Manager of the RPAC team for the Ebbisham Boys League for 2019
- Thanks to Sam Jenner who has been doing this role for the last few years, but her sons are now moving into higher age groups, so will no longer be competing in this league
- Realistically needs to be a parent whose son(s) will be competing in this league next year
If you want any further information about any of these roles or want to put your name forward, please contact me in the first instance (see e-mail version of this update for all contact details).
Please remember that if you want our club to improve and continue to provide the opportunity to participate in all aspects of athletics, then we need people to contribute in many ways, not simply sit on the sidelines and wonder why nothing is happening!
Steve Bass (Men's Captain) and Ronnie Murray (Men's Vice-Captain) are leaving the club to take on new challenges elsewhere in the world (New Zealand and Canada respectively). My thanks to both of them for their hard work and commitment to the men's team.
With immediate effect, Tom Almond is appointed as Men's Captain, assisted by Fran Dunham and Rick Coles as Vice-Captains. Tom, Fran and Rick can be contacted via e-mail.
Beat Box Hill 5k, 30th September 2018
We have been offered 2 free places in this new race, down and up the (closed) zig-zags on Box Hill. If you want to put your name forward for one of these places, please e-mail Ginevra as soon as possible and definitely before Tuesday 7th August.
You must have volunteered in some way in the last year to be eligible, but as long as you satisfy that criteria, the successful applicants will be decided by a draw.
If you haven't already renewed your membership or told Paul Chandler you are resigning from the club, please either pay and / or contact Paul Chandler as soon as possible (via e-mail).
I hope everybody has a good summer, please look out for details of a social event in early September for the whole club and e-mails about the remaining Track & Field events and road races over the next 2 months.
GB transplant athletes returned with the Overall Best Team Trophy from the European Transplant Sport Championship in Cagliari, Sardinia. Over 50 inspirational transplant athletes who have overcome serious illness have returned triumphant from Cagliari, Sardinia with a haul of medals. The championships are open to all organ and bone marrow transplant recipients and dialysis patients of all ages and abilities from over 25 different countries.
One of the athletes returning was Reigate Priory's Moray Laing from Coulsdon. Moray, who had a kidney transplant ten years ago and already a World Transplant Games champion at javelin, returned with one silver and one bronze medal for discus and javelin.
Moray said it was an honour to represent Team GB at the Games and to compete against other transplant athletes from many European countries. "The Games provide an incentive to keep fit, take advantage of a second chance generously given to me by my donor and to help in promoting organ donation. The coaching and support I have received at Reigate Priory AC definitely helped me in winning the medals. I am also grateful to my sponsor Angelo Conte of Nonna Rosas in Coulsdon who kindly provided my team kit as all team members are self funded or sponsored".
Moray is now preparing for the British Transplant Games in August with a view to qualifying for the British team which will compete in the World Transplant Games next year in Newcastle.
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).
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.
I hope everyone is enjoying the weather, it looks like spring (or is it summer already?) has finally arrived!
First off this month, the technical stuff. The new GDPR comes into force on Friday, 25th May. To satisfy the regulations, we have published the new privacy notice on the website here. You should have already seen this privacy notice in your membership renewal e-mail, but there have been some minor amendments since that went out, so please take the time to review the latest version on the website.
It's been a busy month for juniors and seniors. The Junior Academy competed in a Quad Kids competition back in April, whilst the juniors have had fixtures in all of the YDL (lower and upper age groups), Ebbisham Boys and Lily B leagues, plus the Surrey Track & Field Championships. Reports for many of these fixtures are on the website, but the highlight has to be the 9 medals won at the Surrey Championships including 4 Golds (Katie Mackison, Javelin; Lucy Broderick, 800m; Anousha Wardley, Pole Vault; Lily Cain-Jones, Javelin).
The seniors started with an unusually hot London Marathon. Congratulations to everybody who ran, simply finishing in those conditions was an achievement, and commiserations to those who did not manage to complete. Two of our runners decided to try again at the Milton Keynes Marathon 2 weeks later, but discovered the weather gods were against them as that day was even hotter!
Other races for seniors have included the YMCA 5 and Richmond Half Marathon, but culminated in 4 races in 2 days this past weekend. Sunday saw all of the Sutton 10k, a MABAC fixture and the Southern Athletics League, whilst Monday evening saw an intrepid 11 veterans compete in the Southern Vets T&F League - a new venture for the club.
To help everybody plan ahead for the summer, we are producing 2 flyers covering both competitions and volunteering, one each for the juniors & seniors. The one for the seniors is already available, an A3 copy is on the the new noticeboard at Battlebridge (thanks to Gavin Lawrence for the donation) and A4 versions are also available to be taken away. An electronic copy of the flyer is available here. The junior flyer will be available shortly.
At the AGM, we welcomed two new committee members in Ellis Cain-Jones and Jas Dhanda (who is actually returning to the committee after a break), replacing Christian Froggatt and Ronnie Murray. My thanks to both of them for agreeing to stand and to Christian & Ronnie for their work for the club. The Officers and other committee members remain the same, see the website for a full list. My thanks also to everyone who attended and participated in the discussions.
The major item on the agenda was about volunteering and how to encourage our members and parents to participate in the various opportunities. The discussion was very valuable and ruled out a lot of the suggestions that had been made during the earlier committee brainstorm. Your committee will be taking this forward, but some immediate information:
- To recognise the contribution of our volunteers, we will be publishing the names of everybody who has helped at all events on both the website and the Facebook Page
- With immediate effect, any seniors wanting to enter one of the 3 club organised races (Summer Evening 10k, Priory Relays or Holly Run) MUST also volunteer before or after the race, or provide somebody else to assist during the race. This change is a direct response to the strongly held views expressed at the AGM
- Additional assistance from within the club would be welcome in all the following areas, to assist the designated committee members:
- Marketing (to work with Ginevra Stoneley and me)
- Priory Relays co-Race Director (to work with Gavin Lawrence)
- Volunteering (to work with Liz Clark and Gavin)
- Social Events (especially for seniors) (to work with Gavin)
Ellis Cain-Jones took an action from the meeting to review the current constitution and to propose a way of allowing parents of junior members to have the ability to vote on club matters and to stand for the committee, which is not currently permitted unless they are a full member in their own right.
The summary minutes from the March Committee meeting are available here (website login is required).
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.
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.
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).
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!
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.
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).