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Recent Volunteers

Volunteers @ MABAC race, 3rd March 2019

Andrew Bamford, Antony Read, Bev Baker, Claire Humphrey, Colin Kloes, David Neumann, Donna Barrington Smith, Frank O'Regan, Gillian O'Regan, Ian Crouch, Ian Edmonds, Ian Moore, Janet Moore, Jas Dhanda, Liz Clark, Malcolm Woodman, Michael Stanley, Mike Scott (and Darcy!), Nat Wilson, Paul Chandler, Paul Sapsard (RPAC runner numbers), Stewart McIntyre, Usha Stevens, Wayne Chappell (wheels!)

Volunteers @ The Holly Run, 16th December 2018

Adam Woodman, Adrian Bowden, Alice Smith, Andrew Bamford, Annette Morris, Anthony Read, Ashleigh Burridge , Carl Bragg, Carol Orchard, Caroline Wheatley, Christian Froggett, Claire Humphrey, Dan Bartley, Dave Lovegrove , Dave Rayner, David Harris , David Littlemore , Donna Barrington-Smith , Fiona Gent, Gavin Lawrence, Gayle Dexter, Ginevra Stoneley, Helen Fulker, Ian Martin, Ian Moore , Ian Thomas , Janet Moore, Jas Dhanda, Jo Davey, Kate Knight, Leanne Sandifer , Malcolm Woodman, Matt Aylott, Mel Fulton-Bell, Michael Stanley, Mike Pocock, Mike Scott, Mike Smith , Mine Gent, Moray Carey, Naomi Jones, Nat Wilson, Paddy Patrick, Paul Walters, Rob Morgan , Ruth Willis, Ryan English , Sam Burnett, Sarah Walters, Sonia Galloway, Steve Watkins, Stewart McIntyre, Sue Carnell, Tom Coombe, Wayne Chappell

Volunteers @ Summer BBQ, 11th September 2018

Claire Humphrey, Ian Edmonds, Ralph Tuckwell, Sarah Walters, Usha Stevens

Volunteers @ YDL, 21st July 2018

David Manrow, Sue Peters, Anita Evered

Volunteers @ Lily B, 25th August 2018

Ellis Cain-Jones, Fiona Gent, Mike Gent, Kirsten Mackison, David Manrow, Dave Mills, Mark Peters, Julia Woodhams

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.

Sue Carnell at Awards Evening Jan 18

Competition

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!

Matthew Pickering at Soutehrns Jan 18     Ryan Harris Box Hill fell race Jan 18

Volunteering Opportunities

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.

Summary Minutes

The summary minutes for the December 2017 committee meeting are now available here.

Malcolm Woodman

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