As promised, back to my normal boring title for this update.

Reigate & Banstead Sport Awards

First of all, congratulations to Mike Pocock. At the Reigate & Banstead Sports Awards earlier this month, Mike received the "Senior Citizen Sport Award" in recognition of his outstanding achievements in the Male Vet 60 category. I understand he still hasn't forgiven committee member Christian Froggatt, who organised the nomination!

Senior Citizen Sport Award

Surrey League Cross-Country

Last weekend, the club organised the first fixture in this year's Start Fitness Surrey League Cross-Country, a total of 6 races across all age groups for both women & men. My thanks to everyone who volunteered on the day to ensure that the races went off successfully, but especially to Ian Thomas (Race Director), Naomi Jones (Race Referee), Jas Dhanda (Chief Marshall) and Andy Walker (Results). We have set a standard for the other organisers to aspire to.

In the races, we had 20 juniors running across the various age groups, led home individually by Matthew Pickering (2nd, U13 Boys), Felix Vaughan (3rd, U15 Boys), Lucy Denece (8th U13 Girls) and Poppy Wardley (9th, U17 Girls). In the team competitions, the U13 Girls were 4th and the U13 Boys 5th.

The senior ladies had a much better start to their season this year, finishing in 8th place (out of 15 teams) in Division 1 (just 1 point behind Belgrave), led home by Fiona Clark in a fine 7th place individually.

Ladies Surrey League 14th Oct 2017 v2

The men however found Division 1 a massive step up from Division 2, compounded by 3 of our top runners being injured at the moment. The standard of the field was amply demonstrated by the fact that our first finisher, Paul Prothero, was back in 29th place despite having a good run.

RPAC organised races

On Saturday 4th November, we are organising the historic Priory Relays in Priory Park. This is a cross-country relay open to all seniors, veterans and juniors over the age of 17, each leg is 2.5 miles long. See www.prioryrelays.com for full details.

Please see the recent e-mail from Race Director, Ian Martin, for the request for volunteers to help stage this race, all offers of help will be gratefully received.

We will also be entering a large number of teams, if anyone wants to run and hasn't already put their name down, please contact the relevant captains; for ladies, please respond to the ladiescaptain e-mail address, men should reply to the Teamer invite (if you haven't received this, use the menscaptain e-mail address). Juniors (over 17) however should note that it is the English X-C Relays on the same day, which take precedence.

The Holly Run this year is on Sunday 17th December. There are a total  of 8 cross-country races across the day, catering for all age groups from 8 upwards. Full details are available at www.hollyrun.com, online entries are now open via Sport Systems. Bulk entry forms for schools will follow shortly. Race Director Mike Scott will be in touch closer to the date to request help with organisation and marshaling.

Social Media

In addition to to website and Facebook page, we now have an active Twitter account "reigatePrioryAC". For those who use Twitter, as a minimum a tweet will be published giving the link to each news item on the website. I hope I've used the correct terminology here, as you may have already gathered I am not a user of Twitter myself.

Summary Minutes

The summary minutes for the September committee meeting are available here.

Malcolm Woodman

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

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.

 

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

I’m going to start this month’s update with Communication and Marketing, where we have made a number of improvements over the last few weeks.

The eagle-eyed amongst you will have noticed that all news items on the website are now automatically posted onto the RPAC Facebook Page. This has already significantly increased the reach of the news items, and hopefully will encourage more people to consider joining the club. The next step will be to activate the club’s Twitter account, and post links to all news items on there as well.

We also have a new flyer for the Summer Evening 10k, using a template developed by Ronnie Murray. We will use this same template for all the races we organise. Ronnie has also nearly finished another flyer for the club itself, which we can use to encourage people to join the club.

Summer Evening 10k low res

Finally, don’t forget that if you want to send an e-mail to either the entire club or to a section of the club, please send the details to “rpac @ rpac.co.uk” (removing the spaces!). Also, if you think you’ve missed a club e-mail (e.g. because it has been blocked by a spam filter) the last 50 e-mails are available on the website, you will need to login to see them though.

Upcoming events

It is now just 1 week to go to our annual Summer Evening 10k, at 7.30 pm on Wednesday July 5th in Priory Park. As I write this we already have 374 entries (with an entry limit of 550), so it looks like we are going to have a really good turnout, especially as the weather forecast for next week is looking good at the moment (although that could of course yet change!).

Critical issue at the moment is ensuring we have sufficient marshals on the night. If you are available and haven’t already responded to Wayne Chappell’s e-mail of last week, please do so as soon as possible, which will greatly reduce his stress levels. I am sure there will be another e-mail direct from Wayne in the next few days to remind you again.

The following week will be our annual Summer BBQ, on Tuesday 11th July. This will be at Battlebridge track immediately following each of the junior and senior training sessions. Please put this in your diaries now, Gavin Lawrence will send out full details closer to the date.

Competitions

It has been a very busy period since my last update. The juniors have competed in all 4 athletics leagues (Lily B, Ebbisham Boys and both lower and upper age groups of the Youth Development League) as well as a number of open meetings; the junior academy members took part in the Quad Kids competition; there has been a joint junior / senior team in the Southern Athletics League; and the seniors have had 2 races in the Surrey Road League and a MABAC fixture.

I’m not going to give details here, as there are news items on the website about all of these, but it is really good to see so many members of the club taking part in these competitions at all levels and age groups. I would strongly encourage those who have not been able to participate in these events to consider signing up for one or more competitions over the remainder of the summer; our aim as a club is to get all our members competing regularly, we now participate in events at all levels, so there is a competition out there that is suitable for everyone. Please talk to a coach or a member of the committee if you are not sure what event(s) you should aim for.

Club Kit

We now have a large selection of club kit available for members. As a reminder:

  • Club vests are given to new members on joining. Nat Wilson and Mike Gent have the stock for seniors and juniors respectively, so if you want to purchase a replacement or another vest please contact them
  • We have a large stock of club T-shirts in all 3 colours (red, dark blue, light blue) available for purchase. Again contact Nat or Mike.
  • Over-the-head personalised hoodies are ordered on a regular basis, an e-mail will be sent out when we are ready to place the next order
  • Branded items are available from the iProSports club zone, Ian Martin was proudly wearing his new RPAC baseball cap at the senior training session last night!
    • Please note that the zip-up fleeces, beanies and caps are embroidered, so take 7 – 10 days extra over other items. If you order these at the same time as other items, there will therefore be a delay until you receive the entire order

Committee Matters

In the absence of any other nominations, Liz Clark is duly elected as a committee member, to serve a 1 year term until the AGM in 2018.

Summary minutes of the May Committee meeting are available here.

Malcolm Woodman

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