Volunteers @ YDL LAG, 19th May 2018
Volunteers @ Grand Prix track 1 mile, 15th May 2018
Volunteers @ Lily B, 5th May 2018
Volunteers @ YDL LAG, 21st April 2018
Volunteers @ Ebbisham Boys League, 29th April 2018
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).
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.
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.
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!
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.
The summary minutes for the December 2017 committee meeting are now available here.
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).
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:
and now they are off: