A small group of 6 RPAC senior men competed in the annual South of the Thames 5 mile Team Race on Saturday, hosted by Kent AC at Beckenham Place Park.
Charl Jordaan (55th overall), Steve Bass (60th), Matt Aylott (88th) and Andy Walker (a welcome return from injury in 127th) formed the scoring team, finishing in 16th place out of the 40 teams. The teams who beat us included 5 (!) from Kent AC, and we beat many local rivals including SLH, so not a bad result. Paddy Patrick and Malcolm Woodman completed the RPAC runners in 213th and 218th respectively.
We all suffered the bad traffic to get to Beckenham Place Park. Steve was driving Charl and Matt - and they got there less than ten minutes before the start, and only got numbers thanks to Andy bringing them to start line. Charl pinned his upside-down and Steve ended up running to the start line with one shoe in his hand - they showed no pity and they started a few seconds after, meaning he had to stop for 30 seconds or so in the first mile to do up his flapping shoe-laces... Still, it was good to get out and run among a quality field, on a cold but sunny day.
9 of us ran at Farley Heath last Sunday in the final MABAC race for 2017. The course was just under 5 miles, with mud, sand, hills and a short road section. Charl Jordaan was first home for the men and Bethany Higgins was first lady. We all enjoyed the run, although Paul Sapsard had a nasty fall on the first lap.
It has a been a good first season in the MABAC league, with RPAC finishing 6th out of the 10 teams, despite often having many fewer runners compared to the other clubs. The league resumes for 2018 at Windsor Great Park on Sunday 14th January, an 8 mile road run in a unique location. Hopefully we can get more RPAC runners to turn out for this one, even if it is only for a training run the day after the Surrey League Cross-Country.
Last Tuesday (1st August) saw 16 RPAC runners travel over to Wimbledon to compete in the latest race as part of the MABAC league. In contrast to all the previous runs which have always taken place on a Sunday morning the Wimbledon event was a 7-30 pm start time.
Upon arrival at race Headquarters, Wimbledon Rugby Football Club, we were greeted by a well organised team of car park marshals. HQ consisted of a modern club house complete with a bar and well stocked buffet for hungry runners upon completion of the race!
The actual race itself, a double loop 5 mile course, consisted of a mix of trails and gravel pathways undulating through the beautiful Wimbledon woodlands with a couple of challenging hills thrown in for good measure.
With 16 RPAC runners out on the course it was Brian Kelly who lead the team home in a time of 33-40 finishing in 37th place overall, closely followed by David Blayney (34-06) and Mike Scott (34-40). First RPAC Lady home in a time of 34-59 was Sonia Galloway. Ginevra Stoneley ran a time of 35-32 with third placed RPAC lady Mel Fulton-Bell finishing in a time of 41-14. Full individual and team results are available on the website here.
Special thanks to all those who made the effort to travel over to Wimbledon and compete for RPAC. Particularly those runners who were competing in their first MABAC. We hope you all enjoyed it and look forward to seeing you at future MABACs as well as hopefully a few more new faces.
The Run Reigate Half Marathon (and 10k) results are now on the website. This includes the Championship winners and runners-up (subject to confirmation that they are all fully paid-up club members).
The Grand Prix results have also been updated to include this last race, congratulations to all the Group winners.
In scorching conditions yesterday (Sunday 18th June), 17 dedicated / mad / idiotic* (*delete as appropriate) seniors competed in the Richmond 10k at Ham. With the temperature already up to 24C by the time of the 9 am start, it was good to see that everybody completed the race, although Dave Rayner did need medical attention at the finish. Hope you're feeling better today Dave!
For the men, we were led home by Marc Graham in 7th (33:59 chip), closely followed by Fran Dunham in 11th (34:34) and Ronnie Murray in 12th (34:41). First RPAC lady was Ginevra Stoneley in 228th overall with a time of 44:51.
This race was the next fixture in the Surrey Road League, where the men are the defending team champions and currently the leading team in this year's competition. It looks like we were pipped to first place in this race, with Ranelagh Harriers finishing just 1 point ahead (29 vs 30 points for the first 3 finishers). It should be noted though that Ranelagh had 73 finishers in the race, demonstrating the size of their club compared to RPAC, so this was another excellent result for us and (if confirmed) will maintain our overall lead in the men's team competition. The remaining fixtures in the SRL are the Elmore 7 (15th July), Elmbridge 10k (23rd July) and Wimbledon Dash 5k (13th August).
The race was also the RPAC Club Championship 10k and the 4th / 5th race in the RPAC Grand Prix 2017. Full individual results including the championship positions are available here, whilst the Grand Prix table has been updated here. Congratulations to all the Championship winners. The Grand Prix competition is hotting up, with very few points separating the leaders in each group. Things will start to get especially interesting now, as some people have already competed in 5 fixtures, with only their best 5 results from 8 counting towards their points total.
The remaining Grand Prix fixtures are the Elmore 7 (15th July), Elmbridge 10k (Group 1 only, 23rd July), a Priory Park Parkrun (each persons fastest time from 2nd or 9th September) and the Reigate Half Marathon (17th September). The Reigate Half is also the Club Championship half marathon.
Sadly no photos, the seniors are not as organised as the juniors!