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Update from the Chair, May 2017
Belated congratulations to Chris Veale and his wife (that really should be the other way round!) on the birth of their twin boys, Rory & Maxwell, at the end of April. The next generation of RPAC juniors?
A very busy weekend just gone. On Saturday the younger juniors competed in the Youth Development League (lower age group) at Hillingdon, in which everybody excelled, setting many PB's. RPAC athlete of the day was Barton Carter, who won both 200m and long jump, setting a new club U13 Boys record in the latter.
On Sunday morning, 15 seniors ran in the MABAC League 5 mile race at Farnham Park. Great team spirit, a lovely location and the sun even came out.
Finally, on Sunday afternoon a combined group of juniors and seniors joined with athletes from Holland Sports and Dorking & Mole Valley in the Southern Athletics League fixture at Horsham. It was great to see a group of seniors competing on the track, something that hasn't happened for a long while. The whole spirit of the day was demonstrated in the pole vault: Anousha Wardley (U20) won the ladies competition with a clearance of 2.65m, whilst Gavin Lawrence (Vet 40) cleared the magnificent height of 1.30m to earn another point for the team.
The previous week the juniors were competing in the Surrey Tack & Field championships. Again, they excelled themselves, with many new personal bests, a number of medals, but the star performance of the weekend was by Katie Mackison. Katie won the U15 Girls javelin with a throw of 39.22m, which was a PB, a new club record and the Championship Best performance (i.e. no U15 Girl has ever thrown further in any Surrey Championships). Well done Katie!
Previous competitions for the juniors have included the first fixtures in all the other leagues: Lily B, Ebbisham Boys League and YDL (upper age group). Full reports of all these are available on the website.
Finally, after the first 2 fixtures of the Surrey Road League, the Senior Men are leading this years competition, an excellent start to the defense of the title they won in 2016.
After the AGM, we still had one committee position unfilled. Liz Clark has subsequently agreed to stand for this position, formally nominated by me and seconded by Ginevra Stoneley. If there is anyone else who would like to stand for this vacant position, you have 14 days from the date of this news item to put your name forward. If there are no further nominations, then Liz will be elected unopposed to the committee.
At the first meeting of the new committee, the following roles were agreed:
- Malcolm Woodman - Chair
- Ginevra Stoneley - Secretary
- Anthony Collins - Treasurer
- Paul Chandler - Membership Secretary
- Christian Froggatt - Competitions
- Gavin Lawrence - Social Coordinator
- Ian Martin - Development
- Liz Clark (Subject to formal election) - Volunteer coordinator
- Mike Gent - Junior coordinator
- Ronnie Murray - Marketing & Communication
The club has two significant events coming up in early July. The first is the 25th staging of our Summer Evening 10k road race on Wednesday 5th July. This is a major event for the club with approximately 500 competitors expected to run, which raises a significant amount for club funds. Details are available at summer10k.com, look out for e-mails from the Race Director Wayne Chappell and Race Consultant Moray Carey about how you can help both before and on the day.
As is customary, the Summer Evening 10k will be followed by our annual barbecue. This is held on a Tuesday evening at Battlebridge after training. Provisional date is Tuesday 11th July, but look at for confirmation and full details from Gavin.
With thanks to Fran Afonso, the club now has a supply of additional branded items of clothing and other kit. These can be purchased directly from iProSports, at the RPAC club zone. All members are able to order direct, there is no need to wait for a club order. The committee decided that the club would NOT take a cut of any sales, the intent is simply to provide all members with a source of branded kit, whilst increasing the awareness of the club within the local community.
There is no change in the arrangements for the standard club kit, i.e.:
- Club vests (for competition) - supplied when a new member joins as part of the joining process. Current members can purchase a new vest from Mike Gent (juniors) or Nat Wilson (seniors)
- Club T-shirts - available for purchase,again from Nat or Mike
- Club "over-the-head" personalised hoodies. We place regular bulk orders for these, please let Mike know if you want to be added to the next order
Big changes are afoot at Battlebridge. In addition to the replacement of the bowls green with a new football pitch, a new (2nd) container will be arriving any day soon. This will include a plumbed in toilet, sink and running water and a large communal area. This is being funded by the successful application to the Tesco's community sports fund last year.
We will share both containers with Redhill Youth Football Club, with our existing container being used for storage only by both clubs.
Antony Read will be organising two summer handicap races in Priory Park. In a change from previous years, these will be held on a Friday evening, to encourage as many people as possible to run. The plan will be to convene to the Dolphin afterwards for a social evening and drinks. Provisional dates are Friday 23rd June and Friday 28th July, confirmation and full details will follow from Antony closer to the date.
Following a discussion at and after the AGM, it has been agreed that we will have a 2 month trial of regular Wednesday evening "recovery runs". These are exactly as described, a steady run of up to 1 hour in between the Tuesday and Thursday speed / tempo sessions led by Ian and Jas. The plan is for three groups to go out each week, at 8+, 9+ and 10+ min/mile pace. As these will be official club runs, each group will be led by a qualified LIRF (Leader in Running Fitness) or coach. Ian Burks has generously offered the use of the YMCA Sovereign Centre to meet each week. Tentative start date is Wednesday June 7th, but look out for confirmation by e-mail and on the Facebook Group.
Summary minutes for April are now available here.
YDL League, Hillingdon, 20 May 2017
Another top YDL performance from Barton! At Battersea earlier in the season, Barton won the 100 and the 200m races, both with PB's, and came first in the Long-Jump. At Hillingdon on Saturday, he won the 200m and in the Long-Jump, not only won, but broke the U13B club record with a big PB of 4.86m!
It was a day of PB's all round as our young team performed with great gusto on an afternoon of sunshine and heavy showers.
In the U15B Alex Collins, as ever competing in the maximum three events, came away with three PB's (100m, 300m and Long-Jump). There were two for Tomos Knowles (1500m and discus), a discus PB for Charlie Jenner, and big PB's in the 1500m for Oli Mooney and Noah Young.
Our U15G'S all had good performances. Lily Cain-Jones PB'd in her 100m race and at Long-Jump, and came 2nd in the Javelin. Amanda Stapley had a big PB in winning the B stream 800m in a race that saw Frankie Evered overhaul the front runner at the last bend to win the A stream race in style . Amanda also just pipped that runner so they took 1st and 2nd places in the combined A and B string race. Frankie also PB'd in the Shot and finished third in the 300m. Amanda took fourth place in the high jump.
Joining Barton in the U13's we had Oscar Curry, as at Battersea where he won, running a great 800m race to finish in third place in the A stream. On his debut, Matthew Pickering went off fast and was close behind at the finish ensuring he was the winner of the B stream. Another in his first track race in the League was George Evered who made the Team Manager proud, posting a fast time.
The U13G'S had their share of PB's too! Eva Peters, strong as always, in both the 75 and 150m. Lucy Dénecé in the 1200m (taking 8 seconds off her previous best), and Lucy PB'd in the Long-Jump. Eva Marsh, also PB'd in the Long-Jump and came 2nd in the A string 800m. Zara Watkinson threw a huge 13.31m in her first competitive javelin competition and also ran a good 1200m. Francesca Manrow was 2nd in the B string 800m, and had a strong 75m and good high jump too. There were good performances too from Caitlin Holloway (Javelin), Lexi Stewart (800m) and Sofia Viera in the 75 and 150m.
The U13G'S finished the afternoon with Francesca, Lexi, Lucy and Caitlin taking part in the 4 x 100m relay.
Fifth place on the day (improving on our sixth place at Battersea)! The next YDL match is back at Battersea on Sunday 16th June.
Surrey Track and Field Championships, Kingston 13th 14th May 2017
Huge success for Katie Mackison in the Surrey Championships on Sunday! Katie threw 39.22m in the U15G'S Javelin which not only won her the Gold medal, but was a Championship Best Performance. No Surrey U15G has thrown so far in the Championships. Ever. It is also a National Standard which means Katie has gone beyond the Entry Standard for the English Schools Track and Field Championships in July and should be confident of a place in the Surrey team. Oh, and a new club record!
There were many other outstanding performances. In the U20W, Anousha Wardley took Silver in the Pole Vault and there was a Bronze for U17W Amelia Watson in the 80mH with a new PB.
James Naylor qualified for the final of the U17B'S 400m with a new PB, finishing eighth fastest in Surrey. He also set a new PB in the U17B'S 200m.
Tyrese Greenway, who has only recently started in the sport, ran PB'S in both heat and final of the U17B'S 200m finishing seventh. In the 100m he recorded the eighth fastest time in the heats, in another PB. Unfortunately, as he was in the fastest race, under the qualification rules he just missed out on a place in the final. In both the 100 and 200m Tyrese set new club records for the U17B'S! As Tyrese is in the lower year of his age group, these were very promising performances.
In the U15G'S, Lily Grant was Bronze medalist in the 300m and also qualified for the 75mH final where she finished sixth. Lucy Broderick followed what seems to be a RPAC tradition in 800m of being placed in the "heat from hell" with three of the medal favourites! With only the winner of each heat guaranteed a place in the final plus the four quickest losers from across the four heats, it meant they were forced to run the heat as if it were a final. Lucy qualified and took Bronze in the final with a PB and English Schools Championships entry standard time. 1, 2 and 3 in the final all came from her heat!
Frankie Evered had a great run in the 300m heats, with a new PB.
Pippa Roessler eased through her heat of the 1500m on Saturday, returning on Sunday to take sixth place in the final.
In the boys U15 1500, Felix Vaughan also negotiated Saturday's heat without a problem and finished fifth in the final. Both Pippa and Felix are in the younger year of their age group.
Victoria Wilkes had a good weekend, getting through to the semi-final in both the 100 and 200m.
In the U13G's, Lucy Dénecé ran two PB's in the 1500, on Saturday to qualify, then again in the final on Sunday where she finished sixth. Eva Marsh ran a season's best time in the 800m qualifying, just missing out by one place on reaching the final.
Two of the RPAC officials on duty at the Championships. Ian and Donna:
Ebbisham Boys League Carshalton & U20/U17 YDL Dartford 30 April 2017
Whilst team numbers were low, there were many PB's and entries onto the club records pages resulting from numerous outstanding performances at the Ebbisham Boys League meeting in Carshalton, and the YDL meeting in Dartford on Sunday 30 April.
At the Ebbisham match, Barton Carter had another great day! Barton produced 3 PB's the highlight being a speedy 27.7 in the 200m that moves him into 2nd place in the U13 boys club records. His other best performances came in the 100m and long jump. Another with a hat trick of PB's was Alex Collins in 200m, 300m and triple Jump. James Naylor PB'd in the U17B'S 200m and 400m and Oscar Curry produced his 2nd consecutive PB in the U13B's 800m.
At the YDL meeting in Dartford there were two new club records set. Amelia Watson with 9.99m in the U17W Shot, and Anousha Wardley with 1.45m in the U20W High Jump. Earlier this year Anousha set a new club Pole Vault record with a clearance of 3.03 in Cardiff.
Pictured at Dartford, new club record setters Anousha and Amelia:
Lily B League, Carshalton, 6 May 2017
Warm sunshine made for good conditions on Saturday at the first Lily B Girl's League match of the season held at the David Weir Stadium in Carshalton.
With several U11’s from the Academy having their first outing in the League, there were plenty of inspiring performances to admire. Not least the sight of our U11 4 x 100m relay team, at the end of a long afternoon, coming home in 5th place in a time of 72.2 seconds.
Most of the U11’s turned their hand to more than one event and as well as the relay, some were seen competing in the 75m sprint, some going for the longer option of 600m, and some trying the long jump. Of particular note were the performances of Katie Foss (2.00.5) and Alessia Turner (2.04.6) in the 600m race. Both times are quick!
It was a good day for all our Katie's! In the U15 Javelin, Katie Mackison threw a new PB and new Club Record distance of 32.15m. This took 1st place in the A stream competition. Lily Cain-Jones threw a hugely impressive 25.90m to take 1st place in the B string and confirm our strength in Javelin at this age group.
Katie Driver had a great day competing in three U17 events and finishing with one 1st and two 2nd places. In the 1500m she won the B string with Emelye Kenyon-Brown making it a club double by winning the A stream race.
There was more double success in the U15 800m with Lucy Broderick and Frankie Evered winning the A and B strings respectively.
Some of our U13’s took on new events including Amanda Stapley and Francesca Manrow tackling the high jump, and we also saw a fast and exciting 4 x 100m relay with RPAC finishing 3rd in the U13 A team race in a good time of 61.9 seconds. Izzy, Caitlin, Eva and Francesca made up the team.
Provisional results have RPAC finishing in 4th place in the match.
Special thanks are due to the Officials from RPAC without whom the event could not take place. Donna Barrington-Smith, Ian Crouch, Naomi Jones and Gina Watson. Also to Fiona Gent who gave up her Saturday to sit in the control room and compile the results as the events took place. There was a great response as well to team manager Kirsten Mackison's request for parents to help the officials at those field events we were allocated to assist at.
The next Lily B match is in Croydon on Saturday 3rd June. Details and team announcements soon.
Pics include the U13 Relay Team and Eva Peters and Lucy Dénecé at the long jump.
Sutton 10k - 7 May 2017
The senior men pulled-off an emphatic win at the second of this summer's Surrey Road League races, the Sutton 10k, with stellar performances from the scoring three: Marc Graham (4th - 33m43s), Paul Prothero (5th - 33m53s) and Fran Dunham (10th - 34m19s).
These were closely followed by Ronnie Murray (13th - 34m37s), Ewan McKay (34th - 36m15s), Rick Coles (37th - 36m31s), Steve Bass (48th - 37m55s), and Malcom Woodman (45m35s).
Some great times for a slow course - including a well-deserved PB for Fran. We are well placed for the next fixture, the Dorking 10 mile on 4 June. Get your entries in before it's too late!
[Ed]: and don't forget the Dorking 10 is both the Club Championship and a Grand Prix fixture!
Three went to (Mid) Sussex
Over the bank holiday weekend whilst others took part in the YMCA 5 Mile race in Priory Park and the Ranelagh half, 3 hardy souls from RPAC made the (multi distance trip) down the M23 to East Grinstead, Haywards Heath and Burgess Hill to take part in the 2017 Mid Sussex Marathon weekend.
The event is split over 3 races over consecutive days, two of 10 miles and one of 10km making up the marathon distance.
The weather was kind throughout the weekend and the kick off event was the the East Grinstead 10 mile on Saturday. Starting from East Grinstead Rugby Club and then heading down a rather pleasant down hill for the first mile (which comes back at you with a vengeance at mile 9), you head along footpaths, over stiles, through woods towards the bank of Weir Wood reservoir, before a long stretch along a wide pathway taking you through the halfway stage. You make the turn and have a nice, but short down hill, before heading slowly upward for the last two miles returning to the rugby club for the finish, and medal one.
Haywards Heath is an altogether different beast of a race, mainly on footpaths and roads the route follows a two lap course starting and finishing at Victoria Park in the town centre. As this race also forms part of the Sussex Grand Prix there were an extra 250 starters which led to a very busy 'race village' before the race. A quick up and back along the high street was followed by a short section around some local roads before heading into an uphill wooded section, looping back on yourself you then head out towards the A272 having a long downhill along the road before heading back into local roads and past many spectators, all cheering and offering much encouragement (and jelly babies), returning to the park before heading out on a repeat loop.
Monday came around and I'm sure with many aching limbs we all convened in Burgess Hill for the final event, a mere 10k! Making full use of the local terrain the course starts at a school and has a short road section before heading to Nightingale Meadows to complete two off-road laps past a water tower at the top of the hill and then back into a valley and before heading up and out the other side in a strange figure of eight, returning for a final lap of the school field before completing your 'marathon'.
Just shy of 200 people completed the full weekend with 700 people taking part in the 3 races. The marshalling was superb and you really can't argue when jaffa cakes and fig rolls are provided at the water stops.
See here for our results.
Surrey Road League, YMCA Fun Runs & RPAC Grand Prix
Surrey Road League
Sunday (30th April) was the first race in the 2017 Surrey Road League, in which the RPAC men are defending their team title. With three to score, our first men home were Fran Dunham (9th), Paul Prothero (10th) and Ewan McKay (26th). They were well back up by Dave Rayner.
The Surrey Road League have not yet published the team results, but it looks like we have (at least) finished in the top 3 teams, competing with Ranelagh Harriers & Woking AC.
It was also good to see Sarah Campbell back racing again, after a layoff through injury.
Well done everyone!
The next SRL race is the Sutton 10k this coming Sunday (7th May), for which we have a strong entry. If anyone has a place but is not running, please can they let Steve Bass know, as he was unable to get a place before entries were full.
YMCA Fun Run / RPAC Grand Prix
Sunday was also the YMCA fun run, with the 5 mile race the 2nd fixture in the Grand Prix for Groups 2 to 5.
We had 31 finishers in the 5 mile, including many trophy winners; Ronnie Murray, Steve Bass, Jenny Millett (running for Tri Surrey), Naomi Wyatt and Annette Morris are those I know of, my apologies if I've missed anyone.
Our sole competitor in the 1 mile race was Mel-Fulton Bell, just 1 week after the London Marathon. Mel did herself and the club proud, being the first lady finisher in 9th overall.
The Grand Prix tables have been updated on the website. There are clear leaders in some of the groups, but still very early days after just 2 of the 8 races. The next race in the Grand Prix is a track 1 mile at Battlebridge on Tuesday 16th May.
Don't forget to get your entries in for the Dorking 10 (June 4th) and Richmond 10k (18th June), both of which are the Club Championship and feature in the the Surrey Road League and the Grand Prix.
Trophy Hoard for RPAC Youngsters at YMCA Fun Run April 2017
There was some strong running by RPAC Juniors at this year's YMCA Fun Run with no fewer than five 1st place finishes!
Following the adult races were the U16 boys and girls in their 1 mile race. Felix Vaughan was 1st boy home and Pippa Roessler 1st girl. This was followed by the U12's race which saw Matthew Pickering 1st boy, and Lucy Dénecé 1st girl. There were top ten finishes for Eva Marsh 3rd girl, Gusie Lewis 5th boy, Lily Wonders 6th and Francesca Manrow 7th girls, Will John-Cox 8th and Jack Timbrell 9th boys, and Lilah Unwin 10th girl.
In the U10 race, Katie Foss was 1st girl and Ollie Burnett 2nd boy. There were good results too from George Mooney who was 7th boy home and Harry Peters 9th.
Several more youngsters from the Academy took part and their enthusiastic running was a great advertisement for the club.
Pictured with trophies, medals and Simply Sports vouchers are Lucy, Eva, Matthew and Pippa; Katie; Ollie; Felix and Pippa:
Success for Pippa and Felix, April 2017
Running for the South East in the Virgin London Mini Marathon on Sunday, Felix Vaughan won the Regionals U13 Boys race! A great result for Felix following on from his win in this year's Southern XC Championships at Parliament Hill.
In addition to a "modest" trophy, Felix was awarded a track suit and £250 of Adidas vouchers.
Running at Watford last Wednesday in a race that didn't start until 10.10pm, Pippa Roessler broke the club record for U15 Girls 3000m. Her time of 10.18.78 places her at Number 2 in the UK and is well within the entry standard for the English Schools T&F Championships, Inter-Girls. Pippa is still a Junior Girl!
Great achievements by both.
Felix at the Marathon and Pippa at Watford:
Early season T&F Opens, April 2017
There have been several good performances across early season Opens in Crawley, Eton, Tooting and Sutton. At Crawley, Amelia Watson broke the U17W's club record in the Shot with 9.23. James Naylor set club records in the U17B’s for 150 and 300m. Lily Grant ran 44.06 in the U15G'S 300m to move into 2nd place in the club records for the event, and Emiko Salvi set a new U15G's 600m record. Dan Statham PB’d in the high jump.
Racing at HHH track in Tooting, both Pippa Roessler and Frankie Evered had PB'S in their first 1500m of the season.
Under 11’s Max Owen (winning the 150m), and in the 600’s Lily Woodhams (4th in 2.07.6) and Ollie Burnett (also 4th in 2.04.59) were yet more notable results from the Crawley Opens as was U13 Will Graham's 4.35m in the long jump.
At Sutton on Sunday, hot sunshine added a touch of summer to the annual Hercules Wimbledon Young Athletes Medal Open Meeting. A string of strong performances saw several RPAC athletes winning medals. First up were the boys 1500m races and the tone was set by Freddie Fowler in the U13’s who calmly settled into the pack following the current UK number 1 from HHH, and then gained steadily over the last lap to take the gold in a long sprint finish. A new PB for Freddie.
Next up saw Felix Vaughan, new to U15’s, run a blistering 1500m in 4.31.43 to take the silver medal with a big PB, knocking 9 seconds off his previous best. Early season markers laid down by the boys!
Emelye Kenyon-Brown in her first track outing of the season brought home the Gold in the U17W 1500m.
The U15G'S 800m races were run as a time trial to accommodate numbers and once the results were consolidated, RPAC had claimed all three medal positions with Lucy Broderick 1st, Emiko Salvi 2nd and Pippa Roessler 3rd. Both Lily Grant and Frankie Evered ran fast races too and for Lily it was as part of a punishing series of four events over the weekend as she prepares for her Pentathlon challenges ahead.
In the U11 boys, Gusie Lewis picked up Gold for the Long-Jump with a new PB, and in the 1000m finished 4th in a fast race that saw a new Meeting Record set.
Pictures from the Hercules Wimbledon Medal Open Meeting:
Update from the Chair, early April 2017
It is with great sadness that I have to report the untimely loss of another former club member, Chris Milan. Chris both competed for the club and was Race Director of our Summer 10k for some years. A number of club members attended his funeral, to which we sent a wreath. Plans are also being made to remember Chris at this years Summer 10k.
The club AGM is on Monday 24th April, the formal notice and agenda were sent out by e-mail last week. My thanks for their work on behalf of the club to the three committee members who are standing down at the AGM; Clare Pryor, Fran Afonso and Ralph Tuckwell.
There are therefore 3 vacancies on the committee that need to be filled at the AGM. New ideas and views are always welcome, so even if you have never previously been actively involved in the organisation of the club, please consider putting your name forward to stand by contacting Ginevra Stoneley.
For the juniors, March was the final month of cross-country races, mostly for their schools or Surrey County. Congratulations to all the RPAC juniors who competed in any of these races, full reports are available in the earlier news items on the website. Special congratulations to any of you who helped the Surrey teams to one of their numerous wins.
The juniors attention now turns to Track & Field, with the Lily B League (Girls), Ebbisham League (Boys) and Youth Development Leagues (Girls & Boys) all starting very soon. As a competitive athletics club, we encourage all our juniors to compete in one or more of these leagues. Initial details of both the lower age group YDL and Ebbisham League have already been sent out by e-mail.
The final heat of the Jimmy James Handicap was held last Thursday (6th April), with many of the RPAC runners setting their fastest times of the season. This included Claire Humphrey, winner on the night, who ran nearly 3 minutes faster than her previous best time. The overall winner for 2016/17 is Matthew Pont, who increased his lead at the top of the table by running 1 minute faster than previously. Well done to both of you.
A large contingent also ran the the MABAC Winterfold Forest race on Sunday 2nd April. Everyone greatly enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere and tough course, a full write up by Paddy Patrick is on the website. The next MABAC race is at Farnham Park on Sunday 21st May.
Outside of these two club races, most of the focus has been on races as part of marathon preparation. Well done to the club members who raced the Brighton Marathon yesterday (Sunday 9th), in unseasonably hot weather, and good luck to everyone who is running the London Marathon on Sunday 23rd.
The Grand Prix is also back this month, in it's new "summer only" incarnation. The first race is a track 3000m tomorrow evening (Tuesday 11th) at Battlebridge, The first (slower) race will be at 7.20 pm, but please be there by 7 pm to allow time to allocate everybody to one of the 2 races and to warm up. If anyone is available to assist with the timekeeping / recording, especially for the first race, your help would be greatly appreciated.
Finally, the club is competing in the Southern Athletics League for the first time, in a joint team with Dorking & Mole Valley and Holland Sports. This league is open to both seniors and U20 Juniors (over 17). The first fixture is on Easter Saturday (15th April), the other fixtures are listed on the website calendar. If any senior athletes are interested in competing, please contact Ian Martin, U20 juniors should contact Tessa Wardley.
Don't forget that we now have a stock of club vests (including racer back vests for the ladies) and t-shirts available for sale. If you want a t-shirt or would like to replace your current vest, the contacts are Nat Wilson (for the seniors) or Mike Gent (juniors).
Fran Afonso has also been working on a supply of other club-branded kit, which is very close to fruition, watch this space for further details.
Offers and events for club members
A number of new items this month, more details for all of these are on the noticeboard:
- 30% off at More Miles / 10% at Start Fitness, through the Start Fitness sponsorship of the Surrey Cross-Country League
- Charity race places from Jigsaw (South East)
- Research project into career-ending injury
- Marlow Half Marathon and 7, 5th November 2017
Roles in the wider athletics world
UK Athletics is advertising for a "representative of affiliated clubs" on the UK Members Council, whilst the Surrey Cross-Country League is looking for somebody to fill the new role of website manager. If anyone happens to be interested in applying for either role, please let me know.
MABAC Winterfold Forest, 2nd April
The 2nd April saw Reigate Priory's second appearance at a MABAC event. MABAC league events are run throughout the year on (mostly) off-road courses. Sunday's Winterfold Forest event met those criteria with a (mostly) off-road meander around an undulating two lap 5 mile course in the greensand hills to the west of Leith Hill.
Sunday's whole event could be described, bar the running, as low stress. Race headquarters were a small table 100m down a track from an earth carpark on a minor road, the start marker was a handwritten sign on the ground with teams congregating in flattened undergrowth by the start. The race itself was well marshaled and signed by the Cranleigh Runners organisers.
MABAC races are highly inclusive with times for the 103 finishers ranging from 29.01 (Ollie Garrod of Epsom who was 5th individual points scorer in this year's Div 2 Surrey League) down to 113.26 for a pair of Runnymede Runners. In between these two extremes we had 11 Priory runners lead home by Sonia Galloway (second woman home in 38.59) followed by Paul Sapsard and Mike Scott (39.51 and 39.54). Other Priory runners were;Malcolm Woodman (41:25), Andrew Patrick (42:58), Michael Clarke (45:24), Annette Morris (46:24), Claire Humphreys (49:41), Bethany Higgins (50:44), Carole Merritt (54:07), Liz Clarke (57:25)
There is a team competition with RPAC coming in 5th out of 8 clubs though we were probably only one or two extra runners away from getting to third. 'Probably' as the scoring system appears byzantine, but then I've only spent an hour trying to work it put. One positive though is that absolutely everyone scores.
So, every runner contributes to the team, there are a wide range of runners from our and other clubs to compete (or just to run along) with, entry is covered by the club and the venues are interesting and varied enough for even the most hackneyed of been there done it all runners.
In case it was too subtle, that last sentence was an encouragement to more runners to join us for the third race which is at Farnham on 21/05/2017.
South East Schools U13/U14 XC Championships, Reigate 25 March 2017
“The U13 & U14 SE England Championships on 25th March at Reigate Priory delivered its usual mix of exciting races and the toughest competition. To compete for your County is an honour in itself, to then achieve further success (against the best in SE England) is a sign of an athlete with real talent. Surrey closed the 2016/17 Cross Country season in style with a power performance showing depth of individual talent now the envy of SE England.”
Quote above taken from the Surrey Schools Athletic Association web site report of the Inter-Counties XC match that took place on Saturday. Bright sunshine and a dry, fast course added to the spectacle as eight youngsters from RPAC helped Surrey to win all four races. The U14 (Y8) boys and girls, and the U13 (Y7) boys and girls. (A ninth RPAC youngster, Eva Marsh had to miss out as she was competing in the National Biathlon Championships in Crystal Palace).
The first race was the Y7 girls and an amazing run by Lucy Denece (a year 6 selected on the strength of having won her year six Surrey Schools Championship race two weeks ago), saw her finish in 3rd place! Not a bad debut season for Lucy who also ran for Surrey U13’s in the West Midlands Inter-Counties XC before Christmas!
Following on was the Y7 boys race where the always impressive Freddie Fowler took 5th place. Matthew Pickering came home in 9th place. Matthew, like Lucy is a year six, and he was selected after finishing 2nd in the year six Championship. A top ten finish confirms the potential he has shown this year.
The third race saw a strong run from Pippa Roessler who finished in 4th place, battling to the line to narrowly miss out on 3rd. Amanda Stapley ran well in her debut for Surrey and unfortunately, Frankie Evered succumbed to illness this week to miss out.
The last race, Y8 boys, saw Felix Vaughan take the lead from the start and hold on to win. This is Felix's third Inter-Counties victory including his win in the corresponding fixture last year when he won the Y7 race. Felix has once again been selected for the South East team to run in the Virgin Mini Marathon next month. Oli Mooney completed our contingent of RPAC runners with a good run too.
A strong showing from a talented group to finish the cross country season in style!
English Schools National XC Championships, Norwich 18th March 2017
Four young athletes from RPAC won selection to the Surrey Schools XC Team for the prestigious English Schools National XC Championships. This year the event was held at the Norfolk County Showground near Norwich. Without doubt, when it comes to the major Championships over the season, this is the 'big one' for most of our runners. Taken out of school on Friday lunchtime, the team travel by coach for an overnight stay at a hotel near to the venue. On the morning of the race there is an inspirational team meeting and the atmosphere at the races is described by the competitors as second to none.
The strength of Surrey Cross Country running was once again in evidence. With 44 counties taking part, and over 340 finishers in each race, Poppy Wardley (130) in the Intermediate Girls race was part of the Surrey team that took Gold. Felix Vaughan (41) in the Junior Boys race part of the Surrey team that also took Gold, and Lucy Broderick (59) and Pippa Roessler (112) were in the Surrey Junior Girls team that finished 3rd.
Next Saturday Felix and Pippa run again when it is the turn of our Y8 and Y7 runners, (plus a couple from Y6!) to represent Surrey Schools when they race against Sussex, Hampshire, Kent and Essex in our own Reigate Priory.
Pictured are the Surrey Junior Girls, Pippa 464, Lucy 459 and the Intermediate Girls team with their trophy. Poppy is number 462.
Border League XC, Haslemere 12th March 2017
The fourth and last Border League XC match of the season took place in Haslemere on Sunday.
It was another great day for Matthew Pickering who won the U11 boy's race. This result also confirmed Matthew as the overall gold medal winner in the U11 boy's category based on the results across the whole season.
Newcomer Katie Ray Foss came home in 2nd place in the U9 Girl's race, and having won the race in the last match, it is a fair bet Katie too would have had an end of season award had she been able to compete in the earlier rounds.
Ollie Burnett had a great run in the U9 boys race finishing in 6th place.
There was good support for Matthew in the U11’s from Zak Lovegrove and Sam Rollaston, and for Katie in the U9’s from Hattie Tyne. In the U11 girl’s, Lily Woodhams and Lily Wonders also ran well, and all our runners were placed in the top half of finishers in their races.
For some, it was their second race of the weekend having competed for their schools in the Surrey Primary Schools XC on Saturday!
Pictured are Zak, Matthew and Sam after their race, and Matthew with his gold medal for top U11 Boy across the four matches.
Surrey Primary Schools XC Championships, Priory Park, 11th March 2017
Running for their school teams, several RPAC youngsters took part and registered excellent finishes in the 2017 Surrey Primary Schools XC.
Outstanding were Lucy Denece and Matthew Pickering who finished 1st and 2nd respectively in the year 6 Girl's and Boy's races. Both are pictured below with their certificates of merit. In addition, both have won selection to the Surrey Schools XC Team that will compete in the South East Schools XC Championships against Hampshire, Sussex, Kent and Essex on Saturday 25 March. This year the match is on home soil, taking part in Reigate Priory Park. Although still in year six, they will be competing in a year seven race.
Other RPAC runners finishing in the top places included Gusie Lewis who took 7th place in his year six boys race, and Lily Wonders who had a good run finishing 13th in her year six girl's race.
In the year fives, Alessia Turner was 6th, Eloise Ashmore 9th and Shakila Keable 10th for the girls, and Will John-Cox finished 6th in the boys race. All top 10 finishers in both the year five and the year six races have received invites to the next Surrey XC Squad training day at Reeds School, Cobham in October half term.
Some 70/80 runners took part in each race.
Matthew on the right. Lucy Centre.
English National XC Championships, Nottingham 25 February 2017
As last year, there were nine young athletes from RPAC who travelled to the Midlands to compete in the English National XC Championships. After the heavy course at Castle Donington a year ago, the Wollaton Park, Nottingham course proved just as challenging with mud and water the predominant features!
Felix Vaughan was again in top form and challenged amongst the leading group throughout the U13 Boy's race, finally coming home in 4th place. With 458 completing the race, this was another great run by Felix. Freddie Fowler was excellent taking 50th place, and with Oli Mooney and Noah Young both well up in the first half of finishers, the boys were 10th in the team competition. Another good showing by the boys, this time running against clubs from all across England.
Pippa Roessler and Frankie Evered both ran well in the U13 girls race as did Emiko Salvi and Emelye Kenyon-Brown in the U15'S. With well over 400 in each race, like the boys, all our runners were easily in the top half of finishers. For Pippa it was 49th and for Emiko 64th. Poppy Wardley had another characteristically strong run to take 59th place in the U17 Women's race.
In two weeks there is a return to the Midlands for Poppy, Pippa and Felix when they will be in the Surrey teams competing at the CAU UK Inter-Counties XC Championships in Loughborough. Both Lucy Broderick and Emelye Kenyon-Brown are named as reserves.
Pictures from Wollaton Park:
All Dave had to do was make sure we had the right flag.........
Update from the Chair, February 2017
A short update this month, starting with the recent cross-country fixtures:
As already published elsewhere, all the teams (junior & senior) achieved outstanding results in the Surrey Cross-Country League, overall team results were:
- U13 Boys: 3rd
- U13 Girls: 2nd
- U15 Girls: 1st
- U17 Girls: 1st
- Senior Women: 12th (out of 15, by just 13 points in over 1000), so stay in Division 1 next season
- Senior Men: 2nd, so are promoted back to Division 1
Congratulations to everybody who ran in any of the races, a remarkable set of results!
Many athletes also competed in the South of England Championships at the end of January, led by Felix Vaughan who is the U13 Boys regional champion - well done!
Good luck to the small but select group running in the National Cross-Country championships later today (Saturday 25th Feb).
A reminder that the AGM is on Monday 24th April, 6.30 pm for 7 pm. The formal announcement will follow later in March, but please be aware that Clare Pryor and Ralph Tuckwell are standing down after a number of years of service to the Club, for which I would like to publicly thank them. We therefore need at least 2 additional members to stand for the committee at the AGM. Please contact me if you are interested or want further information.
London Marathon 2017
For many years, the Club has provided volunteers to help at the start of the London Marathon, and we will be doing so again this year. For anyone who has not done this before, it is a great morning talking to and helping the competitors as they make their way to the starts. Please see the e-mail from Donna Barrington-Smith for more information.
The summary minutes from the January Committee meeting are now available, see here (website login required to view).
Surrey Indoor Championships 18 & 19 February 2017
Reigate Priory AC Juniors win 4 medals at the Surrey Indoor Championships: 18 & 19 February 2017
A small and relatively inexperienced team of RPAC junior athletes performed above expectations at the Surrey Indoor Championships over the weekend, winning 4 medals and achieving many personal best performances
Anousha Wardley won the gold medal in the U20 women’s pole vault, clearing a height of 2m 80cm which was just below her lifetime best.
Will Graham won a silver medal in the U13 boys long jump with a PB of 4m 17cm, only being edged out by the winner in the last round of the competition.
In the U15 girls 60m hurdles, Lily Grant lowered her PB by nearly a half second to 9.81 seconds to achieve third place and a bronze medal.
Joe Jenner, competing in the U17 men’s triple jump, won the bronze medal with a distance of 10m 89cm; another PB.
The RPAC athletes running in the 60m sprints met extremely strong competition, but all achieved respectable times and personal PBs. In his first championship, James Naylor clocked 7.93 seconds in U17 boys, while Lily Grant and Victoria Wilkes ran 8.46 and 8.47 seconds respectively in the U15 girls and Will Graham finished in 8.89 seconds in the U13 boys.
Pictures of Anousha, Will and Lily with their medals below
U11 Sportshall Regional Final, Burgess Hill 11th February 2017
Congratulations to Eva Peters who was selected for the Surrey U11 Girls team who competed in the South East Regional Final at Burgess Hill on Saturday. Surrey were placed 4th out of 8 counties. An excellent achievement by Eva!
Senior Surrey League Cross-Country, February 11th 2017
At the start line of the snowy course at Farthing Downs, we had a fair amount of pressure on us all with only 25 points keeping us in Division 1. Despite a tremendous effort by all and RPAC finishing in our highest position of the season, Kent AC beat us by 2 points.
However........we managed to beat West 4 Harriers who were well ahead of us after match 3, meaning we have provisionally stayed in Division 1 by just 2 points - what an achievement and I'm so so proud of the teamwork - without anyone of the ladies who has scored over the past four matches, we would have been relegated.
Thank you to Ian Edmonds for being our nominated official for this event, shame we weren't allowed to put up the gazebo that he kindly dragged along.
At the cross-country dinner later that evening, the Ladies cross-country awards were presented to:
Senior Lady: Naomi Wyatt
Veteran Lady: Fiona Clark
Captain's Award: Ali Rustige
Special awards were made to the the 5 runners who ran in all 4 fixtures: Ali Rustige, Jo Davey, Alice Smith, Annette Morris & Nat Wilson.
Photos of the team and the award winners in action are below.
At a less snowy Lloyd Park, the men achieved a convincing second-place both on the day and overall, thus achieving promotion back to Division 1. I think Guildford & Godalming gave up under our consistent pressure! We broke our curse of a poor first race (this year our first race was the best), and the fact that quite a few different people scored in each race shows we are developing depth. While it may seem a long way away - we can build on this next season and hopefully draw in a few more runners to stay in Division 1 - do put the word out!
At the cross-country dinner the same night, the Men's cross country awards were presented to:
Senior Man: Paul Rodgers
Veteran Man: retained by Ryan Harris
Captain's Award: Ronnie Murray, who had the lowest aggregate score across the four races, and continues to show dedication and improvement
Special mention should go out to the 6 of us who ran in all four fixtures - Henry Munro, Ewan McKay, Marc Graham, Ronnie Murray, Malcolm Woodman & Steve Bass.
We also now know that Paul Chandler was the 2nd overall M60 in the League (best 3), Malcolm was the 5th overall M50 (all 4 races), and Ewan and I came 4th and 2nd M40 respectively (again all 4 races to count).
I'm also pleased to announce Ronnie is now Men's Vice-Captain - following a number of nominations and a bit of arm twisting! Thanks to John Smallwood for his efforts in this role over the last few years.
Surrey Ladies XC League, Coulsdon, 11th February 2017
Happy Valley, Coulsdon was the venue for the fourth and final Surrey Ladies XC League match which took place on Saturday.
On a snowy afternoon, running a tough hilly cross country course, the RPAC girls put on a great display of competitive running to ensure a successful finish to the League season. On a day when the RPAC men's team secured promotion to Division One, and the RPAC Senior Ladies put in a tremendous effort to secure top division status for another year, it was a great lead up to all the teams coming together that evening at Pizza Express in Reigate to celebrate the end of a successful league season.
The U17W's team went into the match leading the league and the team togetherness that has shone through all season was epitomised by an heroic run from Abbie Owen. Abbie had missed the start by a few minutes but carried on regardless to complete the race on her own and so add to the teams chances of retaining top spot. With strong running from her team mates Poppy Wardley, Pippa Wonders, Eloise Bull and Thea Wardley, the girls won the match and so confirmed their position as 2016/17 Champions!
Our U15G's were also in great form and our team of Lucy Broderick, Emelye Kenyon-Brown, Emiko Salvi and Katie Driver all finished in the top ten to propel themselves to the top of the League and they too end the season as Champions! Both Lily Grant and Maddy Pullen have also contributed greatly to the team in earlier matches.
For our team of U13G's it was 2nd place in the league behind HHH. Our three runners on the day, Pippa Roessler, Frankie Evered and Anna Russell all had good performances and the girls who have made up the U13 team this year have done a great job to take silver behind a particularly strong team from HHH. The other girls who ran well for the team in earlier matches and thus contributed to the team finishing position were Eva Marsh, Izzy McManus and Amanda Stapley.
In the individual rankings produced by the League over the season, Poppy Wardley was 2nd U17W, in the U15G's Lucy Broderick 3rd, Emiko Salvi 4th and Emelye Kenyon-Brown 5th, and Pippa Roessler was 4th in the U13G. Great results!
Club (Juniors) Endurance Awards for 2016 went to Poppy Wardley U17W, Lucy Broderick U15G, Pippa Roessler U13G and Felix Vaughan U13B.
With the English National XC Championships, the English Schools XC Championships, the CAU UK Inter-Counties XC Championships still to come, the League season may be over but there are some major races ahead!
Border League XC, Reigate Priory, 5th February 2017
A large turn out, mainly from the Academy, saw a successful days XC in the first Border League match to be hosted by RPAC.
Pride of place went to the U11 Boy's team who finished in 1st place out of 11 teams. Matthew Pickering came home 1st and was well supported by Gusie Lewis 6th, Will John-Cox 8th and Sam Stapley in 9th. In a field of 53, four in the top nine was excellent running! The U9 Girls team took 2nd place with our top four finishers being Katie Foss 1st, Carson Morley 6th, Scarlett Nimako 22nd and Anya Tavares 23rd.
The Under 9 Boys were 3rd. Another great team result! Leading finishers were Ollie Burnett 4th, Thomas Webb 13th, Hiro Enslin 18th and Harry Peters 20th. The Under 11 Girls took 6th place and with 11 teams in their match this too was a great result.
As ever with XC events hosted by RPAC, the level of support from parents and club members was outstanding with the days races going smoothly and many thanks go to all those who gave up their time to help.
South East Schools Inter-Counties XC Championships, Brands Hatch, Kent 4th February 2017
Following on from their excellent performances in the Surrey Schools XC Championships in January, seven young athletes from RPAC were selected to represent Surrey Schools in the annual South East Schools Inter-Counties XC Championships.
Inter-Girls Poppy Wardley, Emelye Kenyon-Brown and Maddy Pullen. Junior Girls Lucy Broderick, Pippa Roessler and Emiko Salvi and in the Junior Boys, Felix Vaughan.
The match took place at Brands Hatch in Kent and there were particularly highly placed finishes for Felix Vaughan, 3rd and Lucy Broderick, 5th in what were highly competitive races against strong county teams. It was also the last opportunity to impress the selectors ahead of this year's prestigious English Schools XC Championships being run this year in Norwich.
South of England XC Championships, Parliament Hill 28 January 2017
Triumph for Felix!
With 312 finishing the Under 13 Boys race, Felix Vaughan came home 1st (by a clear margin) to become the U13 Boy's 2017 Southern XC Champion. A tremendous feat and one that's been on the cards for Felix who finished 5th in this race last year. Felix had great team support with Freddie Fowler, (still a year young in the U13 category) coming home in 23rd place, and Oli Mooney and Noah Young also well to the fore to see 6th place for RPAC in a field of 37 teams.
There were strong performances amongst the girls too with Pippa Roessler 16th in the U13's race, and Frankie Evered also putting in a great effort, coming home 63rd out of 283. Poppy Wardley was in fine form finishing 28th in the U17 Women's race, where Eloise Bull also had a good run over the testing Parliament Hill course. Emelye Kenyon-Brown was a very creditable 49th out of 270 in the U15'S with Emiko Salvi, continuing her rehabilitation from the injury that saw her out of action for most of January, coming through as tough a test as you could wish for to notch up another big championship race finish.
With it's famous (infamous?) long up hill start, and panoramic view over London from the top, this is one of the iconic XC courses that provides a great experience for all those who compete there, and the names of many famous athletes feature in the lists of previous winners at this venue. Add F. Vaughan to those lists.
Update from the Chair, January 2017
Welcome to my first update for 2017, I hope everybody is coping with the continued cold weather!
At the Awards Evening last Saturday, we recognised two stalwarts of the Club. First, the Ted Baker Award for service to the club was presented to Greg Knott.
Greg was an active senior runner with the club in the 1990's, until he cracked a bone in his leg during the Priory Relays (he still finished!). He served on the Committee from 1998 through 2008, as Chairman from 2000 to 2006. Greg started helping John Hopkins coach the Senior section, then moved on to the Juniors when the Junior Section was re-founded in 2003. He has specialised in sprint, hurdles and jumps coaching, achieving his level 3 coaching qualification in those disciplines. Highlights of his coaching career are the multiple English Schools silver medals achieved by Lucy Hoad and Sophie Ellis. The Award was presented to Greg by both Lucy and Sophie.
Secondly, Honorary Membership was awarded to Ian Moore. Ian joined the club in 1984, competed for the club for many years and served on the Committee in the late 1980s. In 1993 Ian was the instigator of our Summer Evening 10k, and was the Race Director for 11 years.Before 1993, the Club finances were not healthy, but the surplus the Summer 10k has made ever since has contributed to a significant turnaround. Ian also set up the Jimmy James handicap in 1998, in memory of club member Jimmy and his contribution to the club. Turning his talent to other areas, Ian was also the DJ at many of the social events organised by the Club. Even now, after over 30 years of service to the Club, Ian can be found volunteering at many of our Club events.
My personal thanks to both Greg and Ian for their service to the Club over many decades, we all have a lot to live up to!
Significant races in January for both the Junior & Senior Sections have been the Surrey County X-C championships and the 3rd fixture of the Surrey X-C League, the Juniors competed in the Surrey Schools X-C, whilst the Seniors had their first race in the MABAC League. There have been outstanding individual and team performances in all of these races, which are fully documented in the news items and results on the website, congratulations to everybody who has run in any of these races.
Current team placings in the Surrey X-C League are:
- U13 Girls - 2nd
- U15 Girls - 2nd
- U17 Girls - 1st
- U13 Boys - 4th
- Senior Ladies - 12th
- Senior Men - 2nd
The 4th and final fixture is on Saturday 11th February, let's aim for a massive turnout in all races, to consolidate the current team places. This is especially important for the senior men, who are looking to gain promotion back to Division 1 and for the senior ladies, who need hold on to 12th to retain their place in Division 1 for yet another year.
For the girls / ladies fixture at Farthing Downs (Coulsdon) on 11th February, we have been asked to provide a volunteer to help marshal. If anyone is able to help, please contact Ladies Captain, Nat Wilson (see e-mail version of this update for her address). Thanks.
Good luck to everybody who is running in the South of England Cross-Country Championships at Parliament Hill tomorrow, Saturday 28th January.
Jimmy James Handicap (Seniors)
After 4 of the 6 races in the re-instated Jimmy James handicap, the current leader is Mick Heaver on 28 points. However, with 2 more races to go and only the best 4 finishes to count for each runner, there is a large group who can still win the overall competition. Remaining dates are Thursday 23rd February and Thursday 23rd March. Full details of the new arrangements are on the website, see here.
The AGM is booked for Monday 24th April, YMCA Sovereign Centre, Slipshatch Road, Reigate. The meeting will commence promptly at 7 pm (earlier than in previous years), to ensure we are finished by the time the building needs to be vacated. Full details will be distributed closer to the date.
Offers & Events for Club Members
- Through to the end of January, Run Reigate are giving 10% of all race entry fees for this year's Run Reigate events to the George and the Giant Pledge fund (#Georgeandthegiantpledge).
- On 1st March, there is a talk by Peta Bee, discussing the latest in good nutrition for adult endurance running, To book a place, register here.
Full details of both of these are on the club noticeboard (login required).
Summary Minutes from the December 2016 Committee Meeting are available here.
Surrey Schools XC Championships, Priory Park, 21 January 2017
Twenty young athletes from the club ran in this year's Surrey Schools XC Championships in a frozen Priory Park. Qualification took place in district XC races held before Christmas, and most RPAC runners were part of the South Surrey district team although we had at least three representing Central Surrey.
Three finished in Medal positions. Although still a year 8, Felix Vaughan was 2nd in the Junior Boys race (Y8 & Y9). Lucy Broderick was 3rd in the Junior Girls race and Freddie Fowler 3rd in the U13 (Y7) Boys race. All three are pictured after receiving their awards.
For Felix and Lucy it means qualification for the Surrey Schools teams that will compete in the English Schools XC Championships in Norwich in March. Joining them will be Poppy Wardley, also pictured, who finished 6th in the Intermediate (Y10 & 11) Girls race. As a Y7, Freddie will have to wait another year for a shot at the English Schools.
Other notable finishes included Pippa Roessler 9th in the Junior Girls race although still in the younger year, Emelye Kenyon-Brown 11th in the Intermediate Girls and Eva Marsh 12th in the U13 Girls race. They, along with some others from RPAC who had top 20 finishes in their age groups, have qualified for the Surrey Schools teams that will compete in inter-counties matches at Brands Hatch in Kent on February 4th (a combined Y8 & 9 team plus the Intermediate and Senior age groups), and in March in Priory Park ( a Y7 team & a Y8 team).
Surrey Ladies XC League, Lloyd Park, Croydon 14th January 2017
A week after competing in the Surrey XC Championships at Lloyd Park, the girls returned for the latest match in the Surrey Ladies XC League.
In cold, wet and muddy conditions the U17W won their match and hold on to 1st place in the League. Despite the loss of Poppy Wardley to illness, the team of Pippa Wonders, Eloise Bull, Abbie Owen and Thea Wardley battled hard to maintain their impressive record of match wins.
For the U15's it was third place on the day with very strong performances from Emelye Kenyon-Brown, Lucy Broderick and Lily Grant ensuring the team stay well set in 2nd place in the league with one match to go.
The U13 Girls, who also had to cope with the loss of a regular runner, Frankie Evered to illness, finished in fourth place on the day with excellent performances from Pippa Roessler, Izzy McManus, Anna Russell and Eva Marsh. They too hold 2nd place in the league and now look to the final fixture on Farthing Down, Coulsden on Saturday 11th February to round off a good season.
Surrey Men's XC League, Mitcham 14th January 2017
In the U13 race on Mitcham Common Felix Vaughan had another strong showing taking 2nd place. Noah Young came home in 11th place but it was a sad outing for Oli Mooney who suffered a twisted ankle on the home straight.
Despite being short of a full team compliment of four finishers, the RPAC boys are still well placed in the league of 18 clubs, holding on to fourth spot. The last match takes place on Wimbledon Common on Saturday 11th February.
Senior Ladies Surrey League X-C, 14th Jan 2017
Despite many of the team suffering from various bugs and lurgies, the team had a very tight top 5, giving us another boost to our team points and moving us a step closer to securing another season in division 1. We are currently in 12th place overall, just 25 points ahead of Kent AC (892 vs. 917 points), with the teams in 13th, 14th and 15th at the end of the season being relegated to division 2. No pressure ladies, but we all know what we have to do for the last match!!
Thanks to Ian Martin for coming to cheer us on, it was certainly appreciated. For this match, we had to supply a volunteer from the club to Marshall/officiate at the venue, so a big thank you to Sue Carnell who did so on behalf of the club; whether she volunteered or was volunteered is still being decided, but nevertheless standing out in the cold for all the ladies races was tougher I'm sure than taking part.
Final fixture is in Coulsdon on Saturday February 11th. There will be a celebration in the evening to mark the end of the season, which is usually involving food and drink - more details on both the race and the celebration to follow.
Senior Men Surrey League X-C, 14th Jan 2017
A fantastic result on Saturday for the men at the Surrey League Div 2 XC race at Richmond Park - Belgrave were 1st with 272 pts, we were only just behind at 296 pts and Guildford & Godalming were 3rd with 432 pts. That means we move into 2nd place overall - 98 pts ahead of G&G. We're in a great position to get promoted to Div 1 if we get a good team out for the final fixture at Lloyd Park - 3pm, Sat 11 Feb... remember the first 10 runners count.
Provisional results are at https://surreyleague.org/slm/match/66/pdf/ - and well done to Max Olive for his first League XC race.
MABAC League – Windsor – Jan 15th 2017
A wet and wintery Windsor is what greeted the 14 hardy soles from RPAC as they arrived at the north end of Virgina Water for the clubs first ever experience of the MABAC league, a league designed for the 'Fun Runner' (to quote the MABAC website) and we now take the entry up to 8 clubs.
After an introductory stroll from the car park to the start we all huddled under the marshals gazebo to get an understanding of what the event was all about. The Windsor MABAC event is one of the only road events on the calendar, the majority of the other events are 5 mile cross country, with the occasional half marathon, or in one case further event thrown in for good measure.
The league also offers several distances for you to take part in with every runner, jogger or walker scoring points for their team, so the more participants the better. Windsor had 8 mile, 4 mile and 2 mile offerings, so we split to 12 completing the full 8 mile course and 2 doing the 4 miles.
The course at Windsor is a beautiful, but undulating tour from the edge of Virginia Water, up past the Guards Polo Club and then on into Windsor Great Park. At the 3 mile mark you pass the Copper Horse statue of George III and down to your right in the distance is Windsor Castle (you'll have to take my word for this as it was merely a silhouette on race day). You continue on a loop around the park until the 6 mile mark where you make a turn for home and repeat the first 2 miles in reverse, this is very welcome as it makes it much more downhill in the final stages. Over the crest of the final hill and then down to the finish, where all of the RPAC team had gathered to cheer in their runners.
Once the admin had been completed we returned to the cars and set off to the east of the lake to the café for tea and cake, although warmth was not n store due to the rather open air nature of their indoor seating area! Everyone relived their individual glories and stories of other runners who'd helped them along the way.
A special mention here to Fran Afonso for getting us into the league and doing all of the admin in the lead up and on the day!
All in all a fantastic event and day for the RPAC MABAC team and one that we will look to repeat at the next event (The Cranleigh 15/21) in March, remember the more the merrier so we'll see you there?!
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Surrey XC Championships, Lloyd Park, Croydon 7th January 2017
On a muddy, undulating course in Lloyd Park a good turnout of young athletes from RPAC enjoyed a day of highly competitive cross country racing at this year's Surrey XC Championships.
Both Felix Vaughan who took the individual silver medal in the U13 Boys race, and Pippa Roessler who came 4th in the U13 Girls race, have gained automatic qualification for the Surrey teams at this year's CAU United Kingdom Inter-Counties XC Championships. This year the event will be held in Leicestershire in March. With a 7th place finish in the U15 Girls race, and 9th in the U17 Women's race, Lucy Broderick and Poppy Wardley are both firmly in the Surrey selectors thoughts for that major UK event.
Our U13 Boys team of Felix, Freddie Fowler, Oli Mooney and Noah Young put in a superb performance at Lloyd Park to take 3rd place behind particulaly strong teams from AFD and HHH. There was a 4th place for our U15 Girls and 5th places for both our U13 Girls and U17 Women's teams. For our U17W, they were in a team event that included U20W and as we have no runners in the higher age group, did particularly well against clubs who fielded U20's as well as U17's.
Next week the action switches back to the league with the boys at Mitcham Common and the girls returning to Lloyd Park in Croydon. We are at the start of a busy couple of months with the following week seeing many involved in the Surrey Schools XC Championships being held in Reigate Priory Park.
Pictures below from the Surrey XC Championships.
Update from the Chair, Christmas 2016
Seasons Greeting to all RPAC members , parents and friends; and best wishes for a successful and injury free 2017!
My thanks to everyone who volunteered at the Holly Run, but especial thanks to our new Race Director Mike Scott, who continued the slick and trouble free organisation established by Donna Barrington-Smith and her predecessors.
The challenge for 2017 will be to increase the participation across all the races, whilst not losing the focus on traditional cross-country races.
Congratulations to everybody who has run in any races for the Club in the last year, I think we have (using a boxing analogy) "punched well above our weight" in Junior & Senior Sections. There have been outstanding results in both individual & team competitions across all age groups, and we should all offer our thanks to our coaches who spend many hours in all weathers to achieve these results. I'm looking forward to being able to report continued success in 2017.
Awards Evening and Social
The annual awards evening and social is on Saturday 21st January, at Reigate Manor Hotel. This will be a less formal event than the last couple of years, with a buffet rather than a sit-down meal. All senior members, juniors over 16, parents and friends are welcome. The evening is subsidised by the club, so will cost only £10.50 per person. See Clare Pryor's recent e-mail for full details and how to book your tickets.
Following recent discussions about the lack of team competitions for the "less-competitive" senior runners, it has been decided that the Club will join the MABAC league for 2017. Quoting from the MABAC website (http://www.mabac.org.uk/): "MABAC arranges a series of races throughout the year, particularly aimed at the fun runner. Most are cross-country events held on Sunday mornings in some beautiful parts of the Surrey countryside. Afterwards, runners have been known to find a local pub."
Faster runners in the Club should note that their focus should STILL be the Surrey League Cross-country League, County & Regional X-C Championships and the Surrey Road League. If there is a clash between any of these races and a MABAC race, then any runner who usually competes in the Surrey or Regional competions will be expected to NOT instead run in the MABAC race.
Fran Afonso and Ian Edmonds will be organising our participation in the MABAC races, they will send out details in the new year for the first race, an 8 mile road run (with a 4 mile option) in Windsor Great Park on Sunday 15th January. Note this is the day after a Surrey League X-C for both women and men, personally I am planning to race the Surrey League as normal, then use the MABAC run as training the day after.
We will review levels of participation in the MABAC league towards the end of 2017 before making a decision on continued membership in 2018, when we will also need to host a MABAC race (the requirement for which has been waived by MABAC for 2017).
Nick Feakins Award
Following Nick's untimely death earlier in the year, the committee and President John Hopkins have been discussing the best way to establish a permanent award in Nick's memory. Nick was an inveterate racer, both in the RPAC focus races and across the world in far flung races whilst raising thousands for charity.
In view of this, we have decided to establish an annual award to the club member who has the greatest level of participation in races. Initially, this will be based on the results published on the Club website, but members are encouraged to send details of all their races anywhere across the world for consideration. The first award will be made at the Awards Evening on 21st January.
Senior Welfare Issues
After a recent request, the Committee has been discussing whether to establish a specific position for a Senior welfare officer. Our major consideration was the very disparate nature of possible issues that might need to be addressed. In view of this, we have decided not to establish a specific post, instead any information, requests, suggestions or complaints should be addressed to the Club Chair (currently myself) who will pass to the appropriate person as required. An additional recipient has been added to the Club contacts page (http://www.rpac.org.uk/index.php/contact-the-club) under the heading "Other Welfare Issues" to allow this to be done easily.
Offers to Club Members
Information has been received about the Gozo Secrets Half Marathon Package at the end of April 2017. For full details, see the website, http://www.rpac.org.uk/index.php/2015-02-28-17-17-35 (login required).
The summary minutes for November 2016 are available here.
The Holly Run Sunday 11th December 2016
The day dawned cold and foggy but as the morning progressed the sun burned off the mist and most of the races took place in sunny but cold and dry conditions.
As ever, there were large numbers competing in the Under 11 races and several club members ran in their school teams with Reigate Priory Junior School doing especially well. In the U11 Girls race, Lucy Denece came 2nd, closely followed by Rowie Braid in 3rd place and a great run by Lily Wonders saw her finish 8th.
Matthew Pickering took 2nd place in the Under 11 Boys race competing for his school. Running in club colours, Jack Timbrell 7th, Sam Stapley 8th and Will John-Cox 13th, took 2nd place in the team event picking up Silver Medals.
A strong U13 Girls team made up of Pippa Roessler (1st), Frankie Evered (4th) and Amanda Stapley (9th) claimed the team Gold Medals. In the Under 13 Boys there was a convincing 1st place finish for Felix Vaughan.
Under 15 Girls Emelye Kenyon-Brown and Maddy Pullen plus U17 Abbie Owen all had good races too and in the Seniors there was a 1st place for Ronnie Murray in the Men's race, and 2nd place for Naomi Wyatt in the Women's race. The Reigate Men's team finished in 2nd place.
Pictures are the Under 11 races plus Will John-Cox (221) Lucy Denece (7) Joely Watkinson (318) and Jasper Scopes (158)
South of England Inter-Counties XC Championships, Oxford 10th December 2016
The strength of Surrey Junior XC was underlined at The South of England Inter-Counties XC Championships held in Oxford on Saturday. The Surrey U13Boys, U13Girls and U15Girls teams all took 1st place, the U15Boys finished 2nd and the U17Women and U17Boys teams were 3rd.
Reigate Priory AC had good representation in the teams and there were excellent performances by our runners.
In the U13Boys race, Felix Vaughan had an exceptional run finishing in 2nd place, only 6 seconds behind his Surrey team mate. In the U13Girls race, Pippa Roessler came home in 9th place, one of four Surrey girls in the top 10.
Lucy Broderick and Emiko Salvi both finished in the top half of the field in the U15Girls race, and Poppy Wardley had another typically strong run to finish 23rd in the U17 Women's race. It was an unfortunate early end to the afternoon for Maddy Pullen in the U15Girls race as she took a heavy fall in the rough and tumble of a highly competitive race.
Several of the club's youngsters have already raced XC at Bedford, Mansfield, West Bromwich and now Oxford since the season began in September, and the races come thick and fast throughout January and February.
Pictures below of our runners in action in Oxford, and also Felix Vaughan and Pippa Roessler with their team winners medals after their races.
Surrey Ladies XC League, Mitcham Common, 3rd December 2016
RPAC Junior Girls were in cross country action again over the weekend, this time in the second match of this season's Surrey Ladies XC League.
On a cold but dry and sunny day, there was strong running from our U17 Girls who finished the match 1st, ahead of Woking in 2nd, and Herne Hill Harriers in 3rd.
Our U15 Girls team also ran well taking 1st place, just pipping Herne Hill Harriers. Walton were 3rd.
In the U13 race, making light of the short sharp hills they encountered on the course, the RPAC girls made it a full house by also winning their match. Herne Hill Harriers were 2nd and Epsom & Ewell finished 3rd.
The remaining fixtures in the League are at Lloyd Park in Croydon on Saturday January 14th, and we finish the League with practically a home match, at Farthing Down, Coulsdon, on Saturday February 11th.
Pictured are the U17, U15 and U13 teams at Mitcham Common.
Camberley Team Trophy XC Meeting 20th November 2016
RPAC U11 Girls had a good day at the Camberley and District Athletics Club annual XC Trophy Meeting bringing home the cup for 1st team place. Lucy Denece came home in 2nd and was strongly supported by Rowie Braid 4th, and Shakila Keable 11th.
The U11 Boys picked up Bronze medals by finishing in 3rd place with Matthew Pickering 2nd, Jasper Scopes 10th and Luke Fowler 20th.
Other notable achievements on the day included 1st place in the U13 Girls race for Pippa Roessler, and 9th and 10th places in the U9 Boys race for Harry Peters and Ollie Burnett.
A number of these young athletes had also taken part in RPAC's first foray into the Border League where running in Basingstoke on Sunday 13th November, Matthew Pickering came home in 2nd place in the U11 Boys race, Shakila Keable took 20th in the U11 Girls race and Harry Peters 22nd in the U9 Boys. There were several other good finishes by our youngsters.
Running in the Surrey Men's XC League at Farthing Down Coulsden the day before, Oli Mooney came 8th and Noah Young 13th in the U13 Boys race to build on the strong showing from the first League match run in Richmond Park.
Congratulations to the six RPAC Juniors who have been selected to run for Surrey in the Southern Inter-Counties XC Championships in Oxford next month. Poppy Wardley U17W, Lucy Broderick, Maddy Pullen and Emiko Salvi U15G, Pippa Roessler U13G and Felix Vaughan U13B.
Pictures below from Camberley including the winning U11 Girls team:
Update from the Chair, November 2016
More sad news
Many will have seen the news of the tragic and untimely death of 2 young athletes from Aldershot, Farnham & District AC last Tuesday. Our thoughts are with the families and friends of the girls at this time, a card signed by many RPAC members and parents has been sent to AFD to express our condolences. It is my understanding that the girls were crossing the road at a Pelican crossing with a larger group of AFD athletes, and in no way were they at fault. Even so, please take real care when you are out running on the road, especially when it is dark or in poor weather conditions.
Long term members of the Club will also be saddened to hear of the recent death of ex-Club member Bob Foreman. His funeral will be at 12 noon on 23rd November, at Crawley Crematorium. The family have asked for no flowers, but donations in his memory can be made at http://www.justgiving.com/Bob-Foreman-70.
Please also note that the collection in memory of Nick Feakins will remain open for another week, please make any donations direct to the Club account, with the narrative "Nick Feakins".
Turning to more upbeat matters, starting with recent competitions. The juniors have had a month of relays, starting with the Southern Road Relays at the end of September, then both the Surrey and National Cross-Country Relays. Congratulations to everyone who competed in any of these races, a very impressive set of results across all three relays. However, pride of place has to go to the U13 Boys team of Freddie Fowler, Oli Mooney and Felix Vaughan who finished in 5th place out of a field of 78 teams at the National XC Relays, with Felix setting the 3rd fastest time of the day.
In the first fixture of the Ladies Surrey League X-C, the U13 Girls were 3rd team, the U15s won their race and the U17s were 2nd; whilst in the equivalent Men's fixture, the U13 Boys were 4th team. All-in-all, an excellent start to the winter season, well done!
For the seniors, the ladies have had their first Surrey League fixture of the winter, whilst the men have had their first and second fixtures. The ladies were 12th "A" team (out of 15) in Division 1, which is just out of the relegation zone. Hopefully, more ladies will be available for the 2nd fixture on December 3rd. The men have finished both fixtures so far as 3rd team, but only a few points behind the 2nd place team, Guildford & Godalming. Promotion back to Division 1 is therefore still achievable with a good turnout in the remaining fixtures in January & February.
In the Surrey Masters Cross-County on 22nd October, Annette Morris was the bronze medalist in the W55 category, with Mike Pocock also in the bronze medal position in the M60 category. Congratulations to both.
Finally, in the recent Priory Relays, the Ladies "A" team finished just outside the medals in 4th place, whilst the Men's "A" team had their best result for many years, finishing 3rd behind Tonbridge AC and Belgrave Harriers.
RPAC Organised Races
My thanks to Ian Martin and his team for another highly successful Priory Relays last weekend. A total of 82 teams from 18 clubs took part, with lots of positive feedback. Quoting from a report on the Belgrave Harriers website: "Many consider this to be the most enjoyable event of the whole cross country season. Brilliantly organised and marshaled on a testing and spectator friendly tough cross country course, immediate results, all in the beautiful setting of the Priory Park with the backdrop of hills and Autumn colours. What more could you ask for?". I couldn't have put it better myself!
Next up is the Holly Run on Sunday 11th December. Race Director Mike Scott is already heavily engaged in organising the annual series of cross-country races, he and Volunteer Coordinator Fran Afonso will be sending out a request for volunteers to help on the day shortly. If you want to run, online entries are already open for all age groups from U11 through to veterans, see https://www.rpac.org.uk/index.php/2015-02-28-17-16-06/the-holly-run/holly-run-entry.
Following a quick "straw poll" at a recent track session, and investigation of available venues, it has been decided to hold the annual Awards Evening in January (rather than before Christmas). Further details will be published as soon as we have booked the venue.
Nominations for the Ted Baker Award, for contribution to the Club in the last year, are therefore still open. All nominations will be considered at the December Committee meeting, on Monday 12th. Please send your nomination (which can't be for a serving member of the Committee) to Ginevra Stoneley or me.
Seniors should also note that all trophies need to be returned to me as soon as possible, preferably at the track on a Tuesday evening. Deadline for return is Tuesday 13th December, so that we can get them in for engraving well before the Awards Evening.
Finally, please can any Seniors who believe they are in line for one of the marathon trophies (fastest lady, fastest man and fastest age-graded in the year since New York 2015) supply me with details of their performance.
London Marathon Club Places
The Club will have 3 places available for the London Marathon 2017. To be eligible for one of these club places, you must have been rejected in the ballot, and have been a regular volunteer at RPAC races and other events. In addition, one of the places will only be given to a club member who volunteered at the start of the London Marathon 2016. To apply for one of these places, please send an e-mail to Ginevra Stoneley. The recipients of these 3 places will be decided at the Committee meeting on Monday 12th December.
Offers & Events
Get Fit Boot Camp have sent us details of their cross-country run in May 2017, see the noticeboard for full details.
The summary minutes from the October Committee meeting are now available here.
West Midlands XC Match (Surrey Schs) West Bromwich, 12 November 2016
Ten youngsters from RPAC made the long journey to West Bromwich on Saturday as part of the Surrey Schools XC Team taking part in the annual West Midlands Inter-Counties XC match. Competing against Cheshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Warwickshire and West Midlands, the Surrey Schools teams put up strong performances.
Highlights included 2nd place in the Junior Boys (year 8 & 9) race for Felix Vaughan, and 4th place in the year 7 race for Freddie Fowler. Freddie was the first Surrey runner home. In the girls races, Poppy Wardley came home in 7th place and Maddy Pullen 23rd in the Inter Girls (years 10 & 11), while Pippa Roessler was 9th and Emiko Salvi (running most of the race with one shoe missing) 15th in the Junior Girls race. They were both scorers in the Surrey team that took 1st place.
The year 7 girls race saw an 11th place finish for Izzy McManus and a great debut run in the yellow vest of Surrey for Lucy Denece, still in year six, who finished 24th (68 finished).
The route to the Surrey Schools team remains district cross country in the autumn (running in your school teams), where you earn qualification with a high enough finish to the Surrey Schools XC Championships run in January. Another high finish in the Championships gains selection to the Surrey Schools XC Team.
English National XC Relay Championships, Mansfield 5th November 2016
Joining club sides from all over England, RPAC Juniors once again competed strongly at the annual XC Relays held at Berry Hill Park in Mansfield.
Pride of place on the day went to the Under 13 Boys team of Freddie Fowler, Oli Mooney and Felix Vaughan who finished in 5th place out of a field of 78 teams! All three posted fast lap times round the undulating course, with Felix completing the 3rd fastest lap of the day in the U13Boys race. This built on the 7th place achieved by our U13Boys team last year, and is the highest placing ever achieved by any RPAC team at the event.
The Under 13Girls team of Frankie Evered, Izzy McManus and Pippa Roessler also had a good day coming home 17th out of 87. Likewise putting in a great performance, the U15Girls team of Emiko Salvi, Maddy Pullen and Lucy Broderick finished 20th out of 91 teams. All of our teams can be proud of their achievements with top 20 places in this national event.
Pictures from Berry Hill Park:
Surrey XC Relay Championships (Bruce Judd), Guildford 29 October 2016
In mild and dry conditions, a large contingent of RPAC young athletes took part in a great day of XC relay racing at the annual Surrey Championships in Stoke Park, Guildford.
4th place finishes went to our U17W and U15G's teams with 5th places for both our U13B's and U13G's teams. (After adjusting for non-scoring composite teams). A good return from the eight teams fielded by RPAC, and testament to the effort put in by all our runners.
In the individual rankings, Felix Vaughan was 4th quickest U13B and Poppy Wardley (U17W), and Lucy Broderick (U15G), both 7th quickest. Freddie Fowler, Pippa Roessler and Emiko Salvi were all in the top 15.
There were great performances throughout the teams not least from 'first timers' Meghan Young, Barton Carter and Oscar Curry who all ran well.
Next week many of them will be running in the English National XC Relay Championships at Berry Hill Park in Mansfield.
Jimmy James Race 1
The results from the first running of the re-instated Jimmy James handicap are now on the website, see here for the race results. The cumulative points table and full information about the Jimmy James handicap are also available here.
The next running of the Jimmy James for the 2016/17 season is on Thursday 27th October. Full details will be sent out at the beginning of that week, but in short anyone who wants to run needs to be at the Dorking & Mole Valley AC pavilion in Pixham Lane by 7 pm or soon thereafter. Dorking turned out over 40 runners in September, so everybody should get a competitive run, no matter what your standard!
Surrey Ladies XC League, Nonsuch Park Cheam, 15th October 2016
The RPAC Junior Girls got their XC League season off to a flyer at a sunny and warm Nonsuch Park. With a dry, firm and flat course the races were fast and testing but the girls proved well up to the challenge.
With 15 Surrey clubs entering teams the U13Girls A team finished in 3rd place behind HHH and Guildford. Our leading runners were Pippa Roessler in 4th, Izzy McManus12th and Frankie Evered 15th. All our runners had good races and can be pleased with their performances.
The U17W finished in 2nd place behind HHH. Our leading runner was Poppy Wardley who came home 2nd, with Abbie Owen in 11th our next highest finish.
Highest team placing for RPAC went to our U15 Girls team who won their match finishing in 1st place with a score of 33, ahead of HHH in 2nd who scored 42, and third placed Guildford & Godalming with 78. Highest place finisher was Emiko Salvi in 4th, strongly supported by Lucy Broderick 5th, Maddy Pullen 10th and Lily Grant 14th.
The Surrey selectors, ahead of the South of England Inter-Counties XC Championships being held this year in Oxford, had made it known this fixture was their primary selection event, and certainly those who took top eight places will now be in their thinking.
The next races coming up are the Surrey XC Relay Championships in Guildford followed by the English National XC Relay Championships in Nottinghamshire. The next Surrey Ladies XC League fixture is at Mitcham Common on Saturday December 3rd.
Pictures from Nonsuch
2XU Surrey Men's XC League, Richmond Park, 15th October 2016
In the first match of this season's Men's XC League, the RPAC U13 Boys got off to a great start.
Running a scenic (and flat √√) route through Richmond Park, the boys finished the match 4th in a field where 16 clubs had teams running. Felix Vaughan had another strong race coming home in 2nd place and he was well supported by Freddie Fowler 15th, and Noah Young 21st.
The next league fixture for the boys is conveniently local, taking place at Farthing Down, Coulsden, on Saturday 12th November at 2.30pm.
Before then, the boys will be taking on the Surrey XC Relay Championships at Guildford and the National XC Relay Championships in Nottinghamshire.
Noah, Freddie and Felix at Richmond Park.
Hickstead Gallop XC, Sunday 9th October 2016
It was a successful morning at the annual Haywards Heath Harriers XC meeting for RPAC Junior and Academy runners.
Pride of place went to Matthew Pickering who won the U11 Boys race. In the U11 Girls, Lucy Denece had a second place finish and in the U16 race, it was third place for Lucas Powell.
There were strong performances from all our young runners and other high place finishes went to Harry Peters (5th U9B's), Harriet Thynne 5th and Florence Carter 6th (U9G's), and 6th place for Annika Powell (U11G's).
Lucy Denece and Eva Peters (12th, U11G's) pictured with their medals after the race.
Update from the Chair, October 2016
It is with great sorrow that I have to start this update with the news that long time club member Nick Feakins suffered a massive heart attack recently, whilst walking to the shops in Reigate. Despite the best efforts of passers-by, paramedics and medics, Nick never regained consciousness. Nick was one of the true characters in the club, instantly recognisable through his unique running style. Nick spent his leisure time running in races all over the world, raising tens of thousands of pounds for charity in the process. His funeral, for close family members only, has already taken place. Donations in Nick's memory can be made to the club bank account (with the narrative "Nick Feakins"), we will pass on all donations to a charity of the family's choice. RIP Nick, you will be missed. Our thoughts are with his family at this time.
Moving on to less sad news, starting with Upcoming Fixtures.
Next Saturday (15th October) is the first fixture in the Surrey League Cross-Country for both juniors and seniors. The ladies and junior girls will be at Nonsuch Park, Sutton; the men at Wimbledon Common; and the junior boys in Richmond Park. Full details of all venues are available at surreyleague.org. The juniors should check with their coaches about arrangements, the ladies should confirm their attendance with Nat as usual and please can the men (as with all events) confirm their attendance on Teamer (if you've not received a notification to attend via email or Text Message please register at http://tinyurl.com/olduzz9).
Competitions thereafter come thick and fast:
- Juniors have a Sportshall competition on Sunday 16th
- The Veterans are competing in the Surrey Masters Cross-Country Championships on Saturday 22nd
- The Juniors then have two cross-country relays, the Surrey Championships (Saturday 29th) and the Nationals (Saturday 5th November)
Good luck to everyone competing in any of these races.
The Surrey Masters X-C will be particularly challenging this year for the V40 and V50 men (especially the slow ones among us, like me), who not only have to race each other, but also have to race the closing time for Richmond Park. The race over 10k starts at 4.15 pm, with the gates closing at 5.45 pm!
Events after the beginning of November are all listed on the Calendar, see http://www.rpac.org.uk/index.php/2015-02-28-17-24-13.
Also on the Saturday 5th November, we are our hosting the second of our annual races, the Priory Relays. There will be a further e-mail closer to the date about volunteering on the day, but please put the date in your diary now if you think you will be able to help with marshaling or any other role. Steve & Nat will also put out a call for runners via the usual channels.
Clare Pryor is working on a date and venue for the Awards Evening towards the end of November. This will be a less formal affair than in the previous 2 years, with a buffet and disco. Look out for further announcements about this.
It is at the Awards Evening that we present the "Ted Baker Award" for contribution to the Club over the last year. The recipient is chosen by the committee based on nominations received from the entire membership. If you want to nominate somebody for this award, then please send me or Ginevra Stoneley the details (name and why) no later than Monday 7th November. The recipient can be anyone involved in the club: Junior or Senior athlete, coach, team manager etc. The only people who are not eligible are current members of the committee.
We also need to get all the trophies engraved in time for the Awards Evening. If you currently have one or more trophies, please return to me no later than Friday 21st October.
The RPAC website has long been the source of all the club records for the juniors. However, the little information that was available for the seniors on the old website was lost when we upgraded to the new website. We have just added a new page to the senior section of the website (http://www.rpac.org.uk/index.php/2015-02-28-17-16-34/senior-records) containing both the information from the old website and more recent data for the men's marathon.
I know this information is heavily biased to the men, is very incomplete and may be inaccurate. I would therefore welcome feedback on whether we should maintain a definitive set of senior records, as well as corrections / additions.
Offers & Events
On Saturday 15th October, Simply Sports is holding a Ron Hill / Hilly socks promotion day. Please go along if you want to learn more, not least because Simply Sports is the headline sponsor of our Holly Run races in December.
The summary minutes from the September committee meeting are available here.
South of England Road Relay Championships, Bedford 25th September 2016
Having been held at Aldershot for many years, the Southern Road Relay Championships took place at Bedford Autodrome this year. Making light of a full closure of the M1 to get there, five full teams and two incomplete teams from RPAC produced some exciting relay running and a great set of results.
For the first time we had representation at U17W level, and the A team finished in 19th place out of 34 complete teams. Poppy Wardley gave the team a great start and finished the day with the 21st fastest lap time in her age group.
Our Under 15G team had our best result, finishing in 8th place in a field of 53 teams. Lucy Broderick ran the anchor leg with a time that positioned her17th in the individual rankings.
Two teams of U13G's competed for RPAC with the A team taking 15th and the B team 36th place out of 45.
The U13Boy's team also finished in 15th place, this out of 35, and Felix Vaughan ran the anchor leg with the 19th quickest lap time of the day in his category.
Incomplete teams ran for the club in both the U17W and U15B's races.
With the Surrey XC Leagues starting in two weeks, followed by the Surrey XC Relay Championships in Guildford and then the English National XC Relay Championships in Mansfield, the XC season is up and running. For the younger runners the annual Haywards Heath Harriers XC meeting takes place at the Hickstead Showground on Sunday 9th October.
Pictures from Bedford:
Surrey County Combined Events Championships, Carshalton, 10,11 September 2016
Lily Grant and Joe Jenner took part in the Surrey County Combined Events Championships over the weekend and both performed excellently.
Competing in the Under 15 Girls event, Lily finished in 4th place out of 16. Her points tally of 2,540 exactly equalled her PB set earlier this year at the South East Schools Championships. Lily's score was some 140 points ahead of the 5th placed athlete and the rest of the field, bracketing her with a very strong quartet of talented all-round Surrey athletes.
In the Under 15 Boys competition, Joe finished 6th in a field of 20. In amassing a score of 2,044 points Joe included a new PB for his 80mH.
Both Lily and Joe were selected earlier this year for the Pentathlon in the Surrey Schools team that took part in the South East Schools Combined Events Championships at Lee Valley.
Lily B League Final, Ewell 27 August 2016
As ever with the Final of this year's Lily B League taking place over the August Bank Holiday weekend, numbers were down but a talented team from RPAC turned out. Having qualified for the Final as opposed to the Plate match by virtue of ending the season in the top half of the League (12 clubs), the RPAC Junior Girls finished in 5th place.
Amongst the highlights were 1st place finishes in the U17W for Anousha Wardley, 300mH, Poppy Wardley 1500m A race, Thea Wardley 1500m B race, and Abbie Owen in the 800m. Anousha also had 2nd place in both the high jump and the pole vault. Isabel Hornung had a good day with a Seasons Best in the 200m and a fast 13.1 in the 100m just 1/10th of a second off her PB. Izzie King threw 17.29m in the U15 Javelin for a PB, and came 1st in the Long-Jump and 3rd in the 75mH A race. Amelia Watson had a PB in the U15 75mH B race with a time of 12.3 finishing in 2nd place, and came 2nd in the Shot and 3rd in the Discus.
There was also a 1st place for Lucy Broderick, in the U15 800m, and in the U13's Pippa Roessler was 2nd in the 1500m and Frankie Evered 3rd in the 800m. Pippa also had a PB in the high jump. Lily Cain-Jones took 2nd in the U13 javelin and 3rd in both the Shot and the Long -Jump.
Amongst the non-scoring U11's it was an outstanding day for Francesca Manrow who finished with three PB's. These were in the 75m, the 600m and the Long -Jump. Eva Peters had a good day too with PB's in both the 75m and the Long-Jump.
With some additions to come from this year's U15's, the U17 squad is looking particularly strong for next year, and hopefully we will see these U11's and several more shine for next year's scoring U13's.
A presentation was made to Tessa Wardley who has managed the team brilliantly for a few years and is now stepping down (but will take on the management of the U17/U20 YDL team next summer - Yes, Tessa. It's true!) The same presentation was also made to Gina Watson who has similarly been outstanding in her management of the U15/U13 YDL team over recent years. The club and all the athletes who have had such trouble free participation in the league's are extremely grateful to both.
Some of the athletes pictured at the Lily B final:
Update from the Chair, September 2016
I hope everybody has been enjoying the recent good weather, almost too hot for running some days!
In the absence of any further nominations, Ginevra Stoneley is elected unopposed as Club Secretary, for a 2 year term (until the AGM in April 2018). Thanks Ginevra for taking this on.
The Junior Girls competed in the Lily B Cup Final over the bank holiday weekend. Unfortunately there were not many athletes available due to prior commitments, but those who did compete did themselves and the Club proud. Well done to them and everybody else who competed in any of the earlier Lily B matches, simply making the Cup Final was an achievement in itself.
The Seniors appear to be a roll following the Men's team winning the Surrey Road League. We had 7 teams competing in the Surrey Road Relays at Wimbledon Park last weekend, and came away with a 2nd (Veteran Men 40) and two 3rd's (Veteran Ladies 35 and 45). Congratulations to everybody who ran, an excellent turnout and results.
A busy week coming up. The Seniors will be competing in the Reigate Half Marathon next Sunday (18th). This is also the Club Half Marathon Championships, please note the championship rules, which are available on the website here. I am not competing myself, but I will be out on the course (somewhere) with the camera, so be warned!
The following Wednesday (21st) is the Ed Prickett 5000m on the track at K2 in Crawley. This is the Crawley AC Club Championships, but all RPAC Seniors are invited to participate, as it is held in memory of our former member Ed Prickett. Registration is at 8 pm for an 8.15 pm start.
The Juniors will be off to Bedford on Sunday 25th for the South of England Road Relay championships.
Good luck to everybody competing in any of these races.
Finally, a reminder that the first Surrey League Cross-Country is on Saturday 15th October. Please put this in your diaries now, the Senior Men especially have a history of a poor turnout for the first fixture of the season which would adversely affect the chances of promotion back to Division 1.
The Treasure Hunt run on Sunday was greatly appreciated by the select band of members who participated. Team Minky Moo were the winners, with Paul Chandler in the winning team for the 2nd successive year. A concerted effort will be needed to ensure that he doesn't win again next year! Thanks to Fran Afonso and Ian Edmonds for setting the course and the clues.
Clare Pryor has started the planning for our Annual Awards evening, which will be in late November / early December. We are looking at alternative formats for this year to encourage participation from all the Club, if anyone is willing / able to help Clare with the organisation please contact her direct (see e-mail version of this update for the e-mail address).
Reinstatement of the Jimmy James Club Handicap
Discussions have been on-going over the summer with Dorking & Mole Valley AC about using their winter handicap races to allow us to reinstate the Jimmy James handicap for the Seniors (and Juniors over the age of 17). Following a trial run over the full course by 17 seniors last week, it has been agreed that we will go ahead with this arrangement for the next year. Full details will follow closer to the first race, but the dates (all Thursday evenings) will be:
- 29th September 2016
- 27th October 2016
- 1st December 2016 (2 days before a Ladies Surrey League X-C, so the ladies may not want to do this one)
- 26th January 2016
- 23rd February 2016
- 31st March 2016
Orders for the new Club vests and t-shirts are still being taken. The sample kit for the Seniors is in the container at Battlebridge, so can be looked at on any training evening. The samples for the Juniors will be available soon. There is however an on-going discussion on the design of the t-shirts. An alternative design has been proposed, an online poll will be issued this weekend to establish which design is preferred by the members.
Discount Offers & Requests
A couple of new items on the noticeboard (you will need to login to the website to see these) this month:
- Discount offer from Back 2 the Trenches for their next obstacle course race on November 6th
- A request from Cancer Research UK for volunteers to help at their "Tough 10 Box Hill" race on November 19th. Please respond directly to the provided e-mail address if you are interested in helping out
Men's team confirmed as Surrey Road League winners
See below for the recent article in the Surrey Mirror, following the confirmation that the RPAC Man's team have won the Surrey Road League for 2016. Well done to everyone who ran in any of the SRL fixtures.
Update from the Chair, 10th August 2016
If you are away on holiday, I hope you're having a relaxing break from work, school and ... athletics!
First up, I am delighted to be able to announce that Ginevra Stoneley has volunteered to stand for the vacant post of Secretary. Ginevra is formally nominated for this post by myself, and seconded by Anthony Collins. If no further nominations are received within 21 days of this notification, then Ginevra will be deemed to have been elected unopposed as Secretary, without the need for a physical EGM.
Surrey Road League
Subject to confirmation after the final race (the Wimbledon Dash 5k, on Sunday 14th August), however it looks like we've won the Men's team competition in the 2016 Surrey Road League! This is an unprecedented achievement for the club, congratulations to everybody who has run (and especially scored for the team) in any of the first 6 races in the SRL.
Good luck to the seniors running in the Wimbledon Dash 5k and the juniors who are competing in the Southern T&F championships at Ashford, both this coming weekend, and to the junior girls who are competing in the Lily B league final on August 27th.
Offers for Club members
The club regularly receives offers for our members, but which we do not want to forward on to the entire membership by e-mail. We therefore plan to publish these on the website Noticeboard (http://www.rpac.org.uk/index.php/2015-02-28-17-17-35), and I will mention them in my next update after they have been published. Two offers this month:
- Corfu Trails & Holidays (22 - 25th September 2016)
- Free Brighton Marathon 2017 places via charity St John's School & College
Visit the Noticeboard to see full details, you will need to log in to access this page.
Sending an email to the Club
A quick reminder that if you want to distribute an e-mail to the some or all members of the club (and don't already have direct access to MailChimp), then please send an e-mail to "rpac @ rpac.co.uk" (remove the spaces). This will then be forwarded on to all 3 of the current club e-mail moderators, one of whom will send it out for you.
Minutes from the AGM
The full AGM minutes are now available, see here.
Men's team win Surrey Road League!
Subject to confirmation after the final race, but .....
crack open the champers - looks like we've won the Men's team competition in the 2016 Surrey Road League!
Latest scores are on the website - we are 5 points ahead of Ranelagh... They are the closest team - and even if they win the Wimbledon Dash and we don't score 2nd they would only be able to get to 158 (we are on 159). The only way we can boost our score is to come first or second... but we win anyway!!
This is a huge and unprecedented achievement! Lots of hard work and sweat... and more sweat...
It vindicates putting a strong team out for the Richmond HM (which we don't usually contest) which has got us to this position.
Congratulations and thanks to everybody who has run (and especially scored for the team) in any of the first 6 races in the SRL. A special mention to Rick Coles, who was running so fast at the Elmore 7 that he put himself into the ambulance and then hospital!
UK Youth Development League, Woking, 16th July 2016
The last of this season's U15/U13 YDL matches took place at Woking on Saturday. Competing in hot sunshine (!) the team produced a string of outstanding results including two new club records.
Jack Broughton had a great day in the U15 competition winning all three of his events and recording two PB's along the way. His 5.24 for the long jump was a big PB and his 40.1 in the 300m fast enough to move him into 2nd place on the club records page. His third 1st place finish came in the 800m.
Katie Mackison also excelled. Katie had three new PB's. She set a new club record with a throw of 30.77m in the U15 Javelin, moved to 2nd place in the club records with 8.75m for her Shot and recorded her fastest 300m with a time of 47.5.
The second new club record came in the U15B high jump where Owen Knowles cleared 1.55. In his first official attempt at Discus, Owen threw 18.20 to move into 2nd place in the club records and with a strong 22.17 for his first Javelin attempt, Owen can argue he too had three PB's!
Special mention for Oli Mooney too whose throw of 17.83m in the U13 Javelin was thought to have set a new club record until it was noted it had been missed that he had thrown 17.93 at Horsham last month and so already holds the record!
There were wins for Pippa Roessler in the U13 1200m (with a new PB breaking through the 4 minute barrier) and Eva Marsh in the U13 800m.
Others to record PB's included Sienna Aldridge who had a good day setting her fastest times in both the U13 75m and 150m, Laila Hassan U13 150m, Izzie King U15 100m, Maddy Pullen U15 1500m, Libby Evans U13 Shot and Emelye Kenyon-Brown in the U15 javelin.
There were plenty of other good contributions to the team score on the day helping the club to a 5th place finish.
Many thanks go to Gina Watson who has put so much time and effort into managing the team and to our officials Ivan and Ian and all the parents who helped the officials put on the match.
Pictured at Woking are Katie at the gun for the 300 and Eva leading at the bell on her way to winning the 800.
Surrey Track & Field Representation for RPAC Juniors July 2016
Congratulations to Anousha and Poppy Wardley who competed for Surrey in the U17 Inter-Counties Track & Field match held in Kent on Sunday 17th July.
Anousha took third place in the Pole Vault with a clearance of 3 metres and Poppy ran a seasons best time of 4.57.2 to finish fifth in the 1500m.
Felix Vaughan has been selected to run in the 1500m for Surrey in the upcoming U13 Track & Field Inter-Counties match taking place in Kingston on 31st July.
Anousha and Poppy pictured at the Inter-Counties match.
Ebbisham Boys League, Tooting 26 June & Coulsdon 10 July 2016
The final two matches in the Ebbisham Boys League took place in Tooting and then Coulsdon with several notable performances from regular competitors and newcomers too.
In the first of the matches held at the Tooting Bec track, there were a string of PB's. Competing in the U11's Gusie Lewis PB'd in both the 75m and 600m races. Euan Ashmore also 'doubled up with PB's in the U13 200m and 800m and in the U13 100m there was a PB for Alex Collins. More bests were achieved in the field events including Joe Jenner, Triple Jump, Charlie Jenner, Shot and Dan Statham, high jump.
The action switched to Coulsdon for the last match of the season with notable results including Owen Knowles winning the U15 High Jump with an official PB of 1.50 and Joe Jenner winning the U15 Triple Jump. In other field events there were PB's for Charlie Jenner in the Javelin and for Dan Statham in the High Jump. On the track Freddie Fowler continued his excellent run of form with another in a string of PB's in the U13 1500m and took his time below the 5 minute mark with 4.59.7.
Pictured at the Ebbisham Boys League are Joe, Xander, Owen (in the high jump) and Freddie..
RPAC Summer Evening 10k, Wednesday 13th July 2016
The 24th running of our Summer Evening 10k on Wednesday evening was (once again) very successful, with a total of 392 finishers, which is the second highest number in the last 6 years. The numbers last year were boosted by the excellent weather, with many runners entering "on the night", so taking that into account the numbers this year were very good.
A massive thank you to everyone who helped, either on the night or beforehand, without you we would not be able to stage the race. Just 3 people I want to single out individually:
- Wayne Chappell, our Race Director, who was doing the job for the first time this year,
- Moray Carey, who despite stepping down as Race Director last year, still provided a massive amount of support to Wayne, and
- Sonia Galloway, for taking her life in her hands to protect the runners in Park Lane
We don't yet have the exact figures, but I am fully expecting that yet again the race will have contributed a significant amount to the club funds.
Update from the Chair, 4th July 2016
I'll start this edition of my "update" with two upcoming events:
The Annual BBQ at Battlebridge is tomorrow, Tuesday 5th July. The Junior BBQ will be at 7pm, following on from their track session, with the Seniors at 8pm. See Clare Pryor's e-mail of last week for full details. If you can't find your copy, it is available on the website (http://www.rpac.org.uk/index.php/club-emails), but you do need to login in to access it.
Then our Summer Evening 10k is Wednesday next week (13th July). Many members have already volunteered to help at the race (thank you!), which is a major source of income for the club. If you are available but have not already contacted our Race Director, Wayne Chappell, please reply to Wayne's e-mail of last week or send him an e-mail direct (see e-mail version of this update for his e-mail address).
Which takes me straight on to my next topic of volunteering.
I am delighted to be able to announce that Mike Scott has agreed to take on the role of Race Director for the Holly Run, our annual open cross-country races in December. My thanks to both Mike and to Donna Barrington-Smith who has been our Holly Run Race Director for the last 3 years.
However, nobody has yet come forward to stand for the vacant post of Secretary. This is an essential post within the club, as without a Secretary we have nobody available to process & respond to outside contacts, nor to take the minutes and maintain the action logs from the AGM or Committee meetings. If any member of the Club is able to take on this role, please contact me as soon as possible.
The Juniors have gone from strength to strength in the last month. They have competed in a total of 5 league matches (two Lily B, the Ebbisham Boys League and both lower and upper age groups of the Youth Development League), setting numerous personal bests and club records. Reports of the matches have been published on the website, and the team results are also available there.
For the Seniors, after 4 out of the 7 Surrey Road League fixtures, the men's team are in joint first place. This is an amazing achievement, now the focus has to be on getting our best possible team out for each of the remaining 3 fixtures (Elmore 7, Elmbridge 10k and Wimbledon Dash 5k).
Hopefully everybody who intends to renew their membership has now paid their subscriptions. Please note that the e-mail and website lists will be updated in the next couple of weeks to reflect the membership at the end of June. If you haven't already paid, then you will no longer receive club e-mails or be able to log on to the website once this has been done. If you haven't paid but wish to continue as a member, you should contact Paul Chandler as soon as possible!
Summary & AGM minutes
Will follow eventually, as time permits, in the absence of a Club Secretary.
Lily B League, Guildford 2nd July 2016
The heavy showers that punctuated the sunshine in Guildford didn't stop the talented team from RPAC producing a string of top performances in the latest Lily B (Girls) League match.
Highlight of the day was a blistering U13 100m from debutant Victoria Wilkes. Victoria's time of 13.3 seconds is the 13th fastest in the UK in her age group this year, and only one tenth of a second from being a new club record. Not a bad first outing for the club!
There were two new club records set. Amelia Watson with 19.37 in the U15 Discus, and Anousha Wardley who cleared 3.05m in the U17 Pole Vault. Amelia also had PB's in the 200m and the Javelin! Anousha has been selected to represent Surrey U17W at Pole Vault in the Inter-Counties match coming up on 17th July.
Several others achieved PB's including Izzie King (U15 75mH), Lucy Broderick (U15 200m), Lily Grant (U15 High Jump), Lily Cain-Jones (U13 Javelin), Laila Hassan (U13 100m and 200m) and Joely Watkinson (U13 Javelin and Shot).
First place finishes were achieved by several including Lucy Denece with a big winning margin in the U11 600m, and in their A string events, Katie Mackison in the U15 Javelin, Izzie King in the U15 Long Jump, Abbie Owen in the U17 800m and Lucy Broderick in the U15 1500m.
Special mention too for the U13 4x100m Relay team (Eva, Frankie, Lily C-J and Victoria), who came home in 2nd place in a time of 58.1 seconds.
Provisional results have RPAC finishing the match in 4th place although only a handful of points behind Epsom and Ewell (2nd) and SLH (3rd). Clear winners were the host club Guildford and Godalming. The Final of the Lily B League takes place in Ewell on Saturday 27th August.
Pictured in Guildford are U13 sprinters Laila and Victoria. Throwing a massive 26.18m in the Javelin, Lily Cain-Jones. Winning the 600m Lucy Denece, and winning the 200m Lucy Broderick.
Trust10 - National Trust 10km free run at Polesden Lacey
The National Trust has launched an initiative that is not dissimilar to parkrun at a few of their venues across the country, but at the 10km distance.
They are in the early stages of getting them off the ground and have established one locally at Polesden Lacey. The events are free and take place at 9am on the 4th Sunday of the month so the next one is on 24th July.
Surrey Road League latest - Men are in joint 1st place!
Good news! The Richmond 10k results have finally been put onto the Surrey Road League website, and the Senior Men are now in joint 1st place with Ranleigh Harriers, ahead of our close competitors Wimbledon Windmilers and Clapham Chasers.
We have a chance to get our first ever historic win of the Surrey Road League!! But we'll need to get 3 good runners out to the final 3 races - Elmore 7, Elmbridge 10 and the Wimbledon dash.
- Elmore 7 is particularly important - it is usually poorly attended so it is a good chance for us to score well. I know some of you can't attend as it is 2 pm on a Saturday afternoon; Rick Coles and myself are on the entry list but it would be good to have a couple of other faster runners too (I shouldn't be counting really!).
- For the Elmbridge 10k we have Rick Coles, Alister Moses and myself so again could do with a couple more please (good 10k PB potential too if you get to the front at the start...). There are 160 places left for this one.
- The Wimbledon Dash (5k) is also a great chance to score well as it is usually under attended by other teams due to summer holidays. In spite of the hill I have my 5k PB here (ignoring 5000m track), and it is good prep for the Surrey Road Relays over the same course on 3rd Sept (more to follow on that). I'll be on holiday as are some others so please let me know if you can make this one.
All details can be found at http://www.surreyathletics.org.uk/road/league/
Steve Bass, Men's Captain
UK Youth Development League, Horsham 19 June 2016
A sunny day in Horsham and a strong turnout at the third YDL fixture of the summer resulting in our more than doubling our points tally from the first two fixtures (although they were in Portsmouth and Bournemouth)!
The strength of our team was emphasised when, at the end of a long day of competition, we fielded four teams in the Relays. Our U15B Relay team (Joe, Jack, Patrick and Ethan), came home in 2nd place in a time of 52.6. Each of our other Relay teams finished in 4th place. The U15G (Amelia, Emelye, Boo and Lucy) in 57.1, the U13B (Oli, Noah, Felix and Freddie) in 61.3 and the U13G (Pippa, Frankie, Amanda and Izzy M) in 61.9.
There were many sensational individual performances throughout the day including two show stopping 300m races with Joe Jenner and Jack Broughton storming home to win the A and B races respectively.With times of 40.6 and 40.9 they had the first and second fastest times out of both races combined.
Highlights in the field events were wins for Amelia Watson in the Shot, Issie King in the Long Jump and, with a big PB, Lily Cain-Jones throwing 22.44m to win the U13G Javelin.
There were many wins for our athletes on the track too, and most also competed in three separate events. Our unflappable team manager, Gina, calculates that an incredible three-quarters of the teams performances produced PB's:
U13G - Pippa (800, JT), Frankie (75m, LJ), Lily C-J (JT, SP), Izzy M (1200m SP), Eva (800m) and Amanda (1200m).
U15G - Amelia (100m), Lily G (200m) Boo (200m DT), Lucy B (800m), Emelye (DT, JT) and Emiko (1500m).
U13B - Dan (100m HJ, LJ), Oli (800m JT), Noah (800m JT), Freddie (1500m - 4th in a row!) and Alex (75mH, LJ).
U15 B - Joe (SP new club record), Ethan (100m, 80mH, LJ), Jack (300m), Charlie (80mH, DT), Patrick (JT) and Tommy (100m, SP, DT).
Of particular note amongst these were Lucy Broderick whose 800m in 2.19.9 makes her only the third U15G at RPAC to go under 2.20 (and Lucy has another year to come as an U15), and Eva Marsh who took a full 12 seconds off her previous best 800m time. Felix Vaughan won the U13B's 1500m in a time of 4.42.0 which was only a fraction of a second off a PB, and also the eighth fastest time run this year for the distance in his age group.
As ever, we are indebted to our seemingly ever present UKA qualified officials Ivan and Ian, and thanks go also to the parents who provided assistance to the officials.
The final YDL match of the summer is at Woking on Saturday 16th July.
Pictures from Horsham:
Quad Kids, Guildford 8th June 2016
Two young teams from RPAC took part in the Surrey Network Quad Kids competition at Guildford with some outstanding individual and team results.
Each athlete competed in a 75m sprint, 600m run, standing long jump and vortex howler throw. The event finished with a relay. At the end of the evening our A team had claimed a very creditable fourth place out of the nine teams taking part. This was particularly noteworthy as our team comprised mainly year 5's rather than the allowed year 6's.
Rowie Braid was our highest placed girl athlete finishing 8th in the individual rankings for girls, and Will Graham our highest placed boy athlete, with 11th place in the boys individual rankings. Both were awarded the Quad Kids Gold Standard as was Izzy McManus. There were Silver Awards for Zak Lovegrove, Jack Timbrell, Lucas Churchwood, Eva Peters and Lucy Denece. Bronze Awards went to Oscar Curry, Holly Howell and Evi Nimako.
It is likely the A team will have won through to the Network final to be held later in the season.
Several of the young athletes are pictured below competing at Guildford.
Surrey Schools Track & Field Finals, Kingston 11th June 2016
There was plenty of high quality Athletics at the Surrey Schools Track and Field Finals with several excellent performances from RPAC youngsters.
Leading the way in the honours was Katie Mackison who won the Gold Medal with another throw of over 29m in the Junior Girls Javelin. Katie now holds the Javelin Gold in both the Surrey County and Surrey Schools Championships.
In the Junior Girls 75mH both Amelia Watson and Izzy King won through to the final where Amelia finished third, picking up the Bronze medal, and Izzy finished fourth.
Another Bronze Medal winner was Abbie Owen in the Inter Girls 800m. Abbie also had to win through her heat and then come back later in the day to finish third in the final. Eloise Bull also came through the heats and finished sixth in the final. Lily Grant ran an exceptionally fast heat, 2.20.88, to reach the final of the Junior Girls 800m.
In the Junior Girls 1500m final there were PB's for Lucy Broderick (4th place) and Emelye Kenyon-Brown (6th place). Will Driscoll finished ninth in the Inter Boys 1500m final. Unfortunately, due to a mixture of DofE expedition weekend and illness, Poppy Wardley, Pippa Wonders and Emiko Salvi were all absent on the day from the 1500m finals they had qualified for.
Joe Jenner was another finalist, and Joe also ran a PB in the final finishing sixth in the Junior Boys 300m. Anousha Wardley had a fifth place finish in the Inter Girls 300mH final.
Both Katie (javelin) and Anousha (pole vault) have been selected in the Surrey Track and Field team for the South East Inter-Counties match being held in Sutton next Saturday. With Lily Grant and Joe Jenner having already been selected for the Surrey Combined Events team it is a good summer for RPAC County representation.
Pictured with their medals are Katie, Abbie and Amelia. Also Lucy, Emelye and Izzy at the awards ceremonies after their events.
Lily B League, Croydon, 4th June 2016
There was a good turnout at Croydon for the second (of four) Lily B League matches on Saturday. RPAC finished in 3rd place behind the match winners and host club, Croydon and 2nd placed Epsom & Ewell.
The day started well as two new club records were set in the Pole Vault. Anousha Wardley, competing in the U17W, cleared 3.0m and in the U15G's, Amelia Watson cleared 2.0m. Amelia had a particularly good day also winning the Shot and clocking a fast 12.5 in the 75mH. Anousha went on to win the 300mH.
Isabel Hornung had 2nd place finishes in both the 100 and 200m and this included a new PB of 13.0 in the 100m.
Another to score heavily for the team was Izzy King who was 3 100ths of a second off a PB in finishing 2nd in the A race of the 75mH, was also 2nd in the A Long Jump and won the B Javelin.
There was a strong all round performance from Katie Mackison who won both the Javelin and the Discus events, and then produced a big PB in the 75mH with a fast 12.9. Another athlete who had an exceptional day was Lucy Broderick. A PB (again) in the 1500m was followed with a big PB in the 200m. Lucy produced a quick time of 28.5 and this was particularly noteworthy as it came barely half an hour after her 1500m race.
In the U15 800's there were 1st place finishes for our A and B runners, Lily Grant and Maddy Pullen. For Maddy there was a PB and if Lily (who led her race from start to finish) was disappointed at just missing out on another PB, she quickly got over it by running a brilliant 2.19.82 at the Tonbridge Open a couple of days later.
Our U17W 1500m runners, Poppy Wardley and Pippa Wonders, also 'doubled up with 1st place finishes in the A and B races, and in the U17W 800m, there was a seasons best time for Abbie Owen, just a split second off a PB. In the U13 1500m, Pippa Roessler won by a distance and Pippa also PB'd in the high jump.
Our lone U11 Eva Peters had a good afternoon producing fast times in both the 75m and 150m.
The day finished, as always, with the relays where we fielded teams in each of the three age categories.
Pictured - action from the three Relay teams, Katie in the Hurdles and Amelia and Anousha after breaking the club Pole Vault records.
Surrey Schools Combined Events Championships, Crawley 1st June 2016
On a cold wet Wednesday, four young athletes from RPAC (more than from any other club in Surrey!), competed in the Surrey Schools Pentathlon Championships at K2, and despite the weather, there were a string of highly impressive performances.
Lily Grant finished the day in second place out of the eight finalists, winning the Silver Medal. Lily amassed 2,524 points which is a new PB and breaks the U15G's club record for the event. Lily has had her automatic selection for the Surrey Schools team confirmed, and will compete for the County at Lee Valley later this month in the South East Schools Regional Championships. On her way to the medal, Lily had PB's in the 75mH and Long Jump.
Izzie King finished in fourth place, and her points tally of 2,288 was also a PB. Izzie's result included a PB for her Long Jump. Finishing in sixth place, Amelia Watson also produced a Personal Best with 1,979 points.
In the U15B's event, Joe Jenner finished in third place, out of nine, to secure the Bronze Medal. His final points total was 2,142. Joe set a new club record in the high jump with a new PB of 1m 54 and had PB's in each of the other four events too! Joe is having an outstanding season and medalling in these Championships confirms the potential that he has shown all year.
Our medalists and competitors pictured below at the Pentathlon Championships. (Maybe Joe is in his garden...)
Update from the Chair, May 2016
A while since my last update, so a fair amount to cover. Please read to the end! Please see the e-mail version of this update for e-mail addresses.
- The Junior and Academy Girls will be competing in the 2nd match of the Lily B League tomorrow (Saturday). Good luck to everyone, I believe the weather is going to be much improved, so at least you'll stay dry!
- The Seniors have the Dorking 10 on Sunday. This is the Surrey Championships, race 3 of the Surrey Road League, the Club Championship 10 mile and the final race in the RPAC Grand Prix for 2015/16. 30 RPAC members have already entered, but if you are one of those who have not entered already, as far as I can tell there will be entries available on the day. Don't forget that you need to be a paid-up member of the club and wear your club vest to qualify for the Club Championship.
- The annual club BBQ will be on Tuesday 5th July at Battlebridge. The plan is for the Juniors to eat at 7 pm following their training session, with the Seniors partaking once they have completed their session at 8 pm. Clare Pryor will be sending out further details closer to the date.
- The Summer Evening 10k is on Wednesday 13th July. Please hold the date, even if you are not running, we will need lots of volunteers to assist on the day. Wayne Chappell will be sending out initial details very shortly, so if you can help in anyway, please let him know. If anyone is available to help Moray Carey leaflet cars at the Dorking 10 on Sunday, please contact Moray direct.
The results system on the website (www.rpac.org.uk) is now visible without logging into the website. There is also a list of the 5 most recent results for each of the Juniors and Seniors available on the Welcome page, so you can quickly see the results that are available.
The Junior results system will be used to publish only the team results from the summer and winter leagues - individual results are all available on Power of 10 (http://powerof10.info/). All the team results for this summer are already available.
The Senior results covers at least all of the agreed focus races - all results since early 2015 are available, older results from the previous website will be added when somebody has time available to do so.
The Senior Grand Prix standings for 2015-16 are now fully up-to-date, see http://www.rpac.org.uk/index.php/2015-02-28-17-16-34/rpac-grand-prix. You will still need to login to the website to see this page.
Everyone should have received their renewal notice (by e-mail) from Paul Chandler, fees were due on 1st May. If you have not received anything, please contact Paul urgently. We will cull the membership list at the end of June, anyone who has not renewed by then will be removed from the e-mail distribution list and the members-only sections of the website.
The new committee is as follows:
- Malcolm Woodman (Chair)
- Secretary: Position not filled
- Anthony Collins (Treasurer)
- Paul Chandler (Membership Secretary)
- Fran Afonso
- Christian Froggatt
- Mike Gent
- Ian Martin
- Clare Pryor
- Ralph Tuckwell
Welcome to new members Fran and Christian. My personal thanks to those who stood down from the committee this year: Valerie Cooper, Sonia Galloway and Ian Thomas. Their hard work in support of the club is greatly appreciated. In particular, Ian's many years of service was recognised at the AGM by a unanimous vote to award him with honorary membership.
Obviously the club cannot operate without a Secretary. If anyone is willing to put themselves forward for this role, or wants further information as to what it entails, please contact me as soon as possible.
Important details from AGM
The discussion on ways of utilising the club surplus was wide-ranging and productive. The two items that received the most discussion were:
- Development of the facilities at Battlebridge, in conjunction with Reigate & Banstead Council and Redhill Youth Football Club. Specific items included:
- Purchase of the container (currently leased) and request the Council to maintain, alongside the new container containing changing rooms, toilets and "kiosk" (funding for which the Council and football club have received from Tesco's)
- Improvements to jump pits and run-ups
- Improvements to throwing facilities
- Marketing of the club, in particular to pay for the development of material that can be used to promote the club to a wider audience.
The committee will now take all the suggestions on board and develop a plan on how to progress them.
There was also an impassioned plea from Donna Barrington-Smith on the recruitment of event officials. It is a requirement for many of the events in which (especially) the Juniors compete for us to provide officials. Donna herself started her officiating career at track & field events in which her daughter was competing. She now travels all over the country as a national level timekeeper and event referee. The club also requires more coaches / coaching assistants, for both Juniors and Seniors.
If anyone (parent or member) is willing to take on an officiating or coaching role for the club, please contact your child's coach (Junior section) or Ian Martin (Senior section). Please do not assume that somebody else will volunteer - even the smallest contribution will be gratefully received.
Finally, look out for an e-mail soon from Ralph, with details of the new club technical t-shirts and club vests. These will be coming from a new supplier, who have promised a better fit for the club vests, especially for the ladies!
Arrangements / suppliers for club hoodies and crop tops however will be unchanged.
Malcolm Woodman, 3rd June 2016
UK Youth Development League, Bournemouth 21 May 2016
Team Manager Gina Watson's summary of the day:
"A massive congratulations to those Juniors who competed at Bournemouth! We had a very special team, and some great performances. All athletes bar one won their main event; not just won it but decimated the opposition. Of particular note were the three amazing middle distance girls, Emelye, Frankie and Pippa, who all won their races by miles, which had me in tears! The boys were powerful and gutsy, and Katie Mackison won the U15 javelin and then smashed the RPAC club record for U15G Discus by a staggering 4.5 metres. Almost every athlete got one or two PB's as well. Many thanks to our faithful and hard working officials, Ian and Ivan, who supervised 3 field events in pouring rain, and to the many parents who helped them out."
Amongst the PB's, Joe moved to 3rd in the club records for U15B 100m with a time of 12.5. Amelia likewise moved up to 3rd on the records page, for Amelia it was with a time of 12.3 in the U15G 75mH. Katie's new Club Record in the U15G Discus was with a throw of 19.22m. Pippa and Frankie both posted fast times with PB's in the 800m and 1200m respectively and for Pippa there were PB's in the Javelin and long jump too.
Pictures from Bournemouth including Pippa taking an early lead in her 800m and Joe at the start of the 100m.
Surrey County T&F Championships, Kingston, 14/15 May 2016
A long weekend of high quality Athletics saw plenty of PB's and excellent performances from RPAC Juniors. There were medals in the Javelin, 1500m and 800m and at least five fourth place finishers in finals.
In the U15G Javelin, Katie Mackison threw 27.63m to take Gold after a Bronze in last year's competition. Felix Vaughan ran a PB to win his heat of the U13B 1500m on Saturday, and another PB, 4.41.65, in the final on Sunday which earned him the Silver medal. The winner produced a Championship Best Performance. In the current UKA rankings, Felix is at number 2 with the fastest and second fastest U13B's 1500's in the country having been set in Sundays's final! Only Tom Drew from 1991 has a faster time than Felix in the club records. In similar fashion, Lily Grant in the U15G 800m ran a PB in a very fast heat that matched four of the quickest girls together, then came back the next day to run another PB, 2.20.37 to win the Bronze medal. Both girls ahead of Lily ran National Standard times.
In the U15G 75mH, both Izzy King and Amelia Watson made the final finishing 4th and 6th respectively. For Izzy her time of 12.37 was a new PB. Izzy also finished 8th in the long jump competition. Amelia was 8th in the high jump and 4th in the Shot where her 9.01was a new PB and a new Club Record! Poppy Russell had a 10th place finish in the U15G long jump, and just missed out on qualifying through from her heat of the 200m.
Anousha Wardley, in the U17W Pole Vault was another 4th place finisher, and Poppy Wardley came home in 4th place in the U17W 3000m.
Fred Oliver had a PB, 3.81m in the U13B long jump finishing 8th. Joe Jenner equalled his PB with 1m.50 finishing 5th in the U15B high jump. This set a new club record (outdoor) for the event. Joe also had a best (outdoor) in the Shot with 8.62 which broke his own, existing club record. Joe finished in 7th place in the Shot.
Two others 'doubled up' with PB's in both their heats and their finals. Emiko Salvi in the U15G 800m finishing with 2.24.58 in the final. In the U13G's 800m, Frankie Evered came 4th in the final with her second PB of the weekend, 2.34.8. Another 4th place in a final went to Pippa Roessler in the U13G 1500. Pippa's time of 5.04.8 ranks her equal 2nd in the clubs records for the event. In the UK rankings, following the weekends results, Pippa now has the tenth fastest 1500m time in the country for U13G this year.
In the U15G 1500 we had two finalists with Lucy Broderick coming home 5th in a PB time of 4.54.09, and Emelye Kenyon-Brown finishing 7th in 5.02.8. Abbie Owen just missed qualifying in the U17W 800m despite running a seasons best time. Jack Broughton won his heat in the U15B 800m and had a good race in the final coming home 5th. Patrick Florida-James had a first ever attempt at the U15B 3000m and ran a great race finishing 10th out of 18. Freddie Fowler had a third consecutive PB in qualifying for the U13B 1500m final with 5.07.93 but unfortunately missed the next days final due to a football commitment.
As ever, the club also provided a number of UKA Officials to help run the two days of competition and thanks go to Donna Barrington-Smith, Ivan Barratt, Ian Crouch, Naomi Jones and Gina Watson for giving up their weekends.
Pictures from Kingston including the medal winners:
Ebbisham Boys League, Walton, 8 May 2016
There was a good turnout of boys from RPAC taking part in a joint team with DMV at the first match of the season In Walton on Sunday .
With excellent contributions across track and field from the RPAC athletes, now competing in the top division, the team finished in 6th place only 1 point behind SLH.
It was a good day for Gusie Lewis in the U11's with a big PB in the 600m finishing in 2.01. Gusie also had a PB in the 75m and a great long jump registering 3.08m. Finlay Dixon was another U11 to look back on a good days work having competed well in the 75m, 150m and long jump.
In the 800m races there were a number of boys competing for the first time. Oscar Curry and Euan Ashmore in the U13's, Owen Knowles in the U15's and Byron Kirsten-Foster in the U17's. All aquitted themselves well and Euan's time of 3.07 was a big PB. An older hand at the 800's, Jack Broughton (U15) had a 2nd place finish in a time of 2.13.3 , and Jack then went on to win the long jump competition with a leap of 4m.70.
Another stand out performer was Freddie Fowler in the U13 1500m. Freddie finished in 2nd place in a quick time of 5.11.1 and this took a full 13 seconds off his previous best time set a couple of weeks ago.
With Patrick Florida-James (U15) and Alex Collins (U13) competing well in three events each and some fast work in the U15 300m from Joe and Charlie Jenner (Joe's time of 41.0 was just a tenth of a second off a PB), the boys had a good day in the hot sunshine.
Pictured below are the boys in action at Walton.
Lily B League (Girls) Kingston 30th April 2016
A good start to the Lily B League at Kingston with RPAC taking 3rd place behind Croydon and HHH.
Two new club records were set on the day with Anousha Wardley clearing 2m 90 to win the U17W Pole Vault, and Katie Mackison throwing 29.63m in winning the U15G Javelin which cemented Katie's position at number 1 in the current Surrey Rankings. Amelia Watson won the U15G Pole Vault clearing 1m. 80 and in the U13G's Javelin there were PB's for Lily Cain-Jones with 14.34m and Joely Watkinson with a throw of 11.32m.
In other field events there were PB's in the U15G's for Lucy Broderick in the Discus, Katie Mackison in the Shot and Machayla Dewdney in the High Jump, and in the U13G's for Eva Marsh in the High Jump.
On the track it was a successful day in the 1500m races with 1st place finishes for Poppy Wardley (U17W A), Thea Wardley (U17W B), Lucy Broderick (U15G A) and Emelye Kenyon-Brown (U15G B). We also had two non-scoring U15G's 1500m runners who were put in the Match 1 race (RPAC were in Match 2) and promptly took 1st and 2nd places! Well done to Maddie Pullen whose 5.09.0 was a PB by 4 seconds, and Emiko Salvi who also had a big PB with her time of 5.13.8. In the U13G's 1500m both our A and B runners, Pippa Roessler and Frankie Evered, had 2nd place finishes and both also achieved PB's. Pippa's time of 5.08.0 sees her move into the top 10 in the UK rankings for U13G's 1500m.
In the 800m's there was a 1st place finish for Abbie Owen in the U17W race and new PB's for Izzy McManus and Amanda Stapley in the U13G's.
There were good points scored in the U15G's Hurdles with Amelia Watson and Lily Grant each finishing in 2nd place respectively in the A and B races, and Isabel Hornung had two 3rd place finishes in the U17W's 100m and 200m races. In the U13G's sprints there were a number competing in the league for the first time who ran well, notably Sienna Aldridge in the 200m finishing 3rd in a time of 30.8.
Full scoring results are available here.
In the U11 non-scoring events a number of younger athletes from the club had excellent performances including Lucy Denece who took 8 seconds off her previous best time for the 600m with 2.03.8. There was a big PB for Zara Watkinson too in the 600's whilst Francesca Manrow equalled her best time and Shakila Keable lived up to the promise she has shown with a fast debut in the event.
Pictured in Kingston are Izzy McManus and Amanda Stapley in the 800m. Amy Howell in the 800m. Anousha on her way to a Pole Vault record. Shakila Keable in the 600m. Lucy Denece in the long jump and U15 1500m runners Emiko Salvi and Maddie Pullen "in the zone" just before the start.
Juniors May Bank Holiday Weekend Races
Many RPAC Juniors took part in the annual YMCA 1 mile Fun Run on Sunday.
Leading the way with 1st place finishes were Poppy Wardley (U16G), Felix Vaughan (U16B) and Freddie Fowler (U12B). There were 2nd places for Pippa Roessler in the U16G, Lucy Denece in the U12G, and Will John-Cox in the U10B. Other notable performances came from Gus Lewis, 3rd in the U10B race, and finishing in 4th place were Matthew Pickering (U12B), Rebecca Frampton (U12G), and Zara Watkinson (U10G).
On Monday there were more big performances, this time on the track in the 800m. Lily Grant moved to number 1 in the current Surrey Rankings for U15G's. Running at Tooting in the Herne Hill Harriers Open Meeting, Lily's time of 2.21.32 was a new PB. Lucy Broderick is at number four in the Surrey Rankings after taking six seconds off her previous 800m PB, coming home in 2.24.64. Great form from both girls with the Surrey Track and Field Championships coming up in just two weeks.
Pictured with their trophies after the YMCA event are Felix, Pippa and Poppy. Lucy Broderick on her way to a big PB at HHH. Lucy Denece and Eva Peters relax after their YMCA 1 mile.
Senior May Day Races
A busy May 1st for the seniors.
A large contingent competed in the Richmond Half Marathon, the first Surrey Road League fixture of the season. Club Captain Steve Bass reports "We came third in the senior men category just one point behind the second team! Some great individual performances including Marc Graham and Rick Coles coming in 7th & 8th in just over 75 mins, and Fran Dunham in 16th in just over 77 mins. A great start to the season".
An even larger group of RPAC senior members ran much closer to home, in the YMCA 5 mile. At latest count there were 24 RPAC finishers, led home by Alister Moses in 2nd and Natalie Wilson, first lady in 11th place overall. Nat obviously decided to celebrate in style her last race before her big birthday!
Finally, Robin Dewar-Smith was the sole RPAC representative in the YMCA 1 mile, finishing in 12th place.
Next up is the Sutton 10k, next Sunday (8th May). This is also a Surrey Road League fixture, so it would be good to see a high turnout from the Club. Entries are still open, see http://www.suttonrunners.org/sutton_10km/.
All the RPAC results are available in the senior results system on the website, see http://www.rpac.org.uk/index.php/2015-02-28-17-16-34/senior-results-database/senior-road-races. A number of club members are not listed as running for RPAC, and have been manually identified and added. If anyone is still missing, please let Malcolm Woodman know.
Congratulations to everyone who ran in any of the three April marathons, Manchester, Brighton and London. Results for Manchester and London are now available on the website, see http://www.rpac.org.uk/index.php/2015-02-28-17-16-34/senior-results-database/senior-road-races. The results from Brighton have not yet been published in a form where we can search by club.
Donna would like to thank all the volunteers who were at the London start on Sunday:
"Well you were ALL just BRILLIANT! You made the days of preparation worthwhile, and I really am very grateful to all of you for getting up so early, in the drizzle and chill, and keeping a smile on your faces! Thank you so much – Everyone!!
I've had a little feedback so far, which includes how Dave Lovegrove was offering free hugs for moral support to the runners approaching the Red Start (totally classic – love it), and how Fran Afonso helped get a chap called Shaun from Elswick Harriers (Newcastle) back to Greenwich when he got a calf injury (a lovely mention on http://www.elswickharriers.org.uk/) – well done Fran!"
Thanks to Donna herself for organising the RPAC volunteers.
UK Youth Development League, Portsmouth, 23 April 2016
A long trip to Portsmouth for this summer's first UK YDL match saw a small team from RPAC produce one of the best sets of results possible.
Competing against athletics clubs from Bournemouth, Chichester, Havant, Woking and Horsham Blue Stars, each one of our competitors took 1st place in the A string line up of their respective main events.
In addition, there were many excellent performances in their second and third events including numerous personal bests.
The day started well with Izzie King winning the U15G 75mH in a new PB time of 12.5 seconds. Izzie also had a PB with her javelin throw. In that U15 G javelin competition, Katie Mackison won with a huge throw of 28.5m. This easily broke the previous U15G's club record, and despite being Katie's first throw with the heavier javelin used by U15's, was 2m further than her previous best. A good day for Katie who also PB'd in the 300m and Discus.
In the middle distance races, all our competitors had 1st place finishes.
Lucy Broderick won the U15G 1500m, Emiko Salvi won the U15G 800m with a PB of 2.29.6, Pippa Roessler won the U13G 1200m, Frankie Evered won the U13G 800m improving her PB by 12 seconds to 2.38.5 and Freddie Fowler, in his first 1500m won the U13B event despite being still in year six. Frankie also PB'd in the 150m and long jump.
A much larger contingent from RPAC will contest the first Girls Lily B League match in Kingston next Saturday.
Pictured in Portsmouth after their winning achievements are Emiko, Pippa, Lucy, Freddie and Frankie and Izzie and Katie.
Early Season Open Meetings, April 2016
A busy introduction to the start of the track and field season with Open Meetings on each day of the last two weekends. Several RPAC Juniors have already shone with numerous PB's across the four days of competition, and a clutch of medals won on Sunday at the annual Hercules Wimbledon Young Athletes Meeting.
Anousha Wardley, competing at the Herne Hill Harriers Open in Tooting, set a new club U17W Pole Vault record with a clearance of 2.70m to follow her PB in the 300mH at Crawley a week earlier.
Pippa Roessler started her season with an U13G 1200m race, also at Crawley, which she won in a time of 4.04.0 and Pippa now sits at Number 1 in the UK rankings for the event.
Also competing at Crawley, Izzie King had a PB in the 75mH with a time of 12.6 and Lily Grant PB'd in the 300m with 46.3.
In the U15G's 1500m, Lucy Broderick took 7 seconds off her previous best time to record 4.57.82 at Eton. A week later at Tooting, Emelye Kenyon-Brown followed this with her own PB running 5.00.34.
There have been plenty of good results in the field events. Amelia Watson and Lily Grant had long jump PB's at Eton. Lucy and Pippa long jump PB's at Wimbledon. At that Meeting in Wimbledon, Lily had a huge Shot PB and her throw of 8m.62 moves her to within 1cm of a new U15G club record (outdoor) for the event. Amelia, who holds the Indoor Shot record, also PB'd for her outdoor Shot at Tooting. Joe Jenner set a new U15B Triple Jump club record with 10m.30 also at the Tooting meeting.
Our Medal winners at the Hercules Wimbledon Meeting were Lucy Broderick and Pippa Roessler with Silvers in the U15 and U13 1500m's, Lily Grant Silver in the U15 800m. Lucy also took Silver in the Discus with another PB (13.58m) and Lily's Shot PB earned her the Bronze.
Pictured are Amelia Putting the Shot. Pippa, Lily and Lucy with medals, Anousha, Abbie and Alice in the line up for the 800m at Crawley. Lucy in the 1500m and Pippa lining up at the 1500m start.
South East Schools Y7 & Y8 Inter-Counties XC, Basingstoke 19th March 2016
The final XC match of the season saw more success for the RPAC youngsters. Representing Surrey Schools against Hampshire, Essex, Kent and Sussex at Basingstoke in Hampshire, for the 2nd time this season RPAC had two Inter-Counties Champions!
In the U13 Boys race, taking an early lead, Felix Vaughan went on to win his second Inter-Counties XC race. (His first being the West Midlands match held in Stoke before Christmas). Felix had great support from club colleagues making their Surrey debuts, Oli Mooney (30th) and Freddie Fowler (36th) in helping Surrey to a 3rd place finish behind Hampshire and Kent.
In very similar fashion, Lucy Broderick, running in the U14 Girls race, went to the front from the start. Lucy held on to a comfortable lead throughout to take 1st place. This race confirmed the great strides Lucy has made this season with outstanding performances in the Surrey XC Championships and UK Inter-Counties XC Championships already under her belt. Also running in the U14 Girls race, Emiko Salvi gave an outstanding performance to finish in 7th place and with Lucy, was part of the winning Surrey team.
There were more strong performances in the U13 Girls race from RPAC runners. Pippa Roessler came home in 8th place, Frankie Evered 21st and in her debut in the yellow vest of Surrey, Izzy McManus finished 29th. Two other RPAC youngsters, Lily Grant and Eva Marsh, were selected but unavailable on the day.
Further congratulations are due to Felix who has been selected as one of six U13 Boys for the South East team running in the Virgin London Mini Marathon finishing in the Mall ahead of the main London Marathon. Felix has had a great season!
Pictures below, including Felix and Lucy with their winners medals and Lucy leading from a Kent girl. Freddie (101). Pippa (centre) and Frankie (right) on the start line. Lucy (left) and Emiko (right) with their team 1st place certificates. Oli in SY vest. Pippa and Frankie (74).
Update from the Chair, mid-March 2016
A quick update, to cover a couple of important topics.
Before I start on those, congratulations to everybody who has competed in any of the final cross-country fixtures of the year. These include the small group of both Juniors & Seniors who traveled to the English National X-C Championships at Castle Donington, with Juniors also competing at all levels including Surrey Primary Schools, CAU Inter-Counties and English Schools Championships. Special mention goes to the Juniors who helped Surrey win the U13G team at the Inter-Counties and the Junior Girls team at the English Schools. Dave Mills has (as always) published full reports for the Junior races on the website.
Annual General Meeting
A reminder that the AGM will be held on Monday 18th April. 7 for 7.30 pm, at the YMCA, Slipshatch Road, Reigate.
We are still looking for volunteers to stand for at least one of the Officer roles up for election (Treasurer and / or Secretary), plus people willing to stand as general members of the Committee. The Club relies on our volunteers, many of whom have performed a variety of roles over the years. New faces are however always very welcome, to ensure that the entire membership is represented on the Committee and to provide challenge so that we don't simply carry on in the way we always have. If you are interested in standing or want more information please contact Anthony Collins or me.
The formal notice and agenda for the AGM will follow via the "RPAC Official" mailing list shortly.
"Redhill Communities Park" grant application
Reigate & Banstead Council, in conjunction with Redhill Town Football Club, have applied for a Tesco's Sports grant. The aim of this is to fund developments at Battlebridge. Although only some of this will be directly relevant to us as an Athletics & Running Club, it will also lay the groundwork for future developments of greater potential relevance.
The size of the grant will depend on the results of a vote by Tesco's customers. If you shop in the Tesco's store at Hookwood, please ask for a token when you check out, and use it to vote for the "Redhill Communities Park" application. I believe the voting has about 1 more week to go. It may also be possible to vote at Tesco's in Merstham, but I do not have direct evidence of that!
Summary Minutes for the February Committee meeting are now available here.
Surrey Primary Schools XC Reigate Priory Park, 12th March 2016
In the annual Surrey Primary Schools XC meeting, held in Reigate Priory Park, there were some excellent performances by RPAC youngsters running in their school teams.
With over 600 year 5 and year 6's taking part, each year group's races were split into two and run as a time trial. Leading the way amongst the RPAC runners were Freddie Fowler (Y6 Boys) and Lucy Denece (Y5 Girls) who each won their races! For Freddie as a year 6, this meant automatic selection for the Surrey Schools XC Team competing next week in a South East Inter-Counties XC match being hosted by Hampshire in Basingstoke.
In the Year 6 Girls race, Izzy McManus came 3rd and Eva Marsh 4th with both also winning selection to the Surrey Schools XC Team for next week's match.
Other notable results were 7th place in the year 5 Girls for Rowie Braid, and 8th place in the year 5 boys for Gusie Lewis. They, along with the others mentioned above, have also been invited to the next Surrey XC Squad Training day.
Great running by all!
Pictured are Lucy (144) nearing the finish in 1st place, Freddie, Eva (136) in her race, and Izzy (117) and Eva with their certificates after their race.
CAU UK Inter-Counties XC Championships, Cofton Park, Birmingham 12th March 2016
Another Midlands outing saw Felix Vaughan and Lucy Broderick part of more Surrey XC success as they took part in the Combined Athletics Unions UK Inter-Counties XC Championships at Cofton Park in Birmingham.
With more than 300 county runners in each of their races, Felix, strong as always, finished 19th in this major UK wide Championships, helping the Surrey U13 Boys to a 3rd place finish behind Yorkshire and The North-East. Lucy came home in 51st place and was part of the Surrey U13 Girls team that won to become UK County Champions ahead of Yorkshire and Kent! As with their teammates who took part last weekend in the English Schools National Championships, Felix and Lucy had to perform exceptionally at XC through the season to gain selection in the strong Surrey team.
A long cross country season draws to a close with one more Inter-Counties match for several RPAC youngsters next week in Basingstoke.
Felix and Lucy are pictured at Cofton Park.
English Schools XC Championships, Nottinghamshire, 5th March 2016
Poppy Wardley and Emelye Kenyon-Brown were part of the successful Surrey Schools XC teams at this year's English Schools XC Championships held at Woolaton Park in Nottinghamshire.
Both girls finished as 'scorers' for Surrey, with Emelye part of the Junior Girls team that dominated their race finishing the day as National Champions. Poppy ran in the Inter-Girls team helping Surrey to a 4th place finish. In both races, 44 County teams took part. The combined Surrey Girls teams aggregate score also saw them win the trophy for the best County aggregate. Surrey XC is extremely strong and, (ask the girls), just getting into the Surrey teams is hard!
Emelye is pictured (centre, holding Trophy), with the Surrey Junior Girls team, the English Schools National Champions.
English National XC Championships, Castle Donington, 27th February 2016
Nine young athletes from RPAC made the long trip to the Midlands to compete in the English National XC Championships on an undulating, heavy course at Castle Donington.
In the U13 Boys race, in which 420 competed, both our runners had great races with Felix Vaughan 15th and Oli Mooney 138th. Well in the first half of finishers, and both boys have another year as U13's.
Three of our U13 Girls took part and with 449 finishing the race, they can be proud of their performances with Pippa Roessler 54th, Emiko Salvi 95th and Frankie Evered 182nd. Again all comfortably in the first half of the results, and Pippa and Frankie run again next year as U13's.
We had a full team (4 to score) in the U15 Girls race, and out of 33 complete teams from across England, took 15th place. All the girls had strong performances with top finishers being Emelye Kenyon-Brown in 47th and Poppy Wardley close behind in 65th. 354 completed the race.
Pictures from Castle Donington below:
Surrey County Indoor Track & Field Championships, Sutton, 20th 21st February 2016
A very successful Indoor Championships for the RPAC Juniors. Five medals and several PB's the highlights over the two days of Indoor track and field competition in Sutton.
Leading the way was Joe Jenner in the U15 Boys. Competing in the 60m Sprint, the High Jump and the Shot, Joe came away with a Gold Medal in the Shot, throwing a new PB and new club record distance of 8.67m. He added a Silver Medal with another PB and new club record in the High Jump clearing 1m.50.
In the U15 Girl's competition there was a Silver Medal for Izzie King in the Long Jump where she recorded a leap of 4.67m. Izzie also reached the final of the 60m Hurdles (on the way clocking a new PB of 9.81), and finished in 4th place.
Amelia Watson was another U15 Girl to come home with a medal taking Bronze in the Shot with a massive new PB of 9.07m. This sets a new club record. Amelia also reached the final of the 60m Hurdles finishing 5th with another PB, 10.18.
In the Under 17 Women's Pole Vault, Anousha Wardley won Bronze with a clearance of 2.30m.
A great weekends work and standards set for the upcoming track and field season!
Pictured at the Indoor Championships, Amelia and Joe with their medals and our U15 Sprint hurdlers, Amelia, Lily and Izzie.
2XU Surrey Ladies XC League, Richmond Park, 13th February 2016
On a freezing afternoon, with a biting wind and sleet, the RPAC Juniors battled to hold on to their high placings in the final League match of the season.
Running on a scenic course in Richmond Park, the U15 Girl's team started the day in 1st place, just two points ahead of Guildford and Godalming. By the end of the race they had increased their lead to 14 points and finish the season as Surrey Ladies XC League Winners. A great performance across a long season and in a league comprising 13 clubs. Our six under 15 girls are Emelye Kenyon-Brown, Abbie Owen, Maddy Pullen, Poppy and Thea Wardley and Pippa Wonders.
Final Top Placings:
- RPAC 195
- G&G 209
- HHH 265
- DMV 366
For our U13 Girls, 2nd place in the League (with 16 clubs taking part), was confirmed as for the second match running they narrowed the gap to the winning team, HHH. Final top of the League placings:
- HHH 130
- RPAC 172
- SLH 321
- HW 348
Pictured after the race are our Under 15's plus our two Under 17 runners, and the start of the race.
Several RPAC Juniors will attend the Surrey Elite XC Squad Training Day on Monday. U15's Poppy Wardley and Emelye Kenyon-Brown have been selected to run for Surrey Schools in the English Schools XC Championships in Nottinghamshire next month, and U13's Lucy Broderick and Felix Vaughan for Surrey in the UK Inter-Counties XC Championships in Birmingham also next month.
Update from the Chair, January 2016
Welcome to my update for January and early February 2016.
January has been a very busy month for competition, starting with the Tadworth 10, closely followed by the Surrey X-C Championships (Denbies) and the Surrey League Cross-Country (hosted by us in Priory Park). The Juniors were in action again for a 3rd weekend in a row, with the Surrey Schools X-C Championships, also in Priory Park. The final weekend saw the South of England X-C Championships, held at a very muddy Parliament Hill Fields.
February has started where January left off. A good number of our Juniors were selected to run for Surrey in the South-East Schools Inter-Counties X-C Championships last weekend, whilst the seniors contested the Club Championship at the Chichester 10k road race. Juniors and Seniors will then all be racing again this coming weekend, in the 4th and final fixture of the Surrey League Cross-Country.
Congratulations to everybody who has run in any of these races, but I would like to specifically mention the following:
- Lucy Broderick, who won the silver medal in the Surrey X-C Championships
- Felix Vaughan, who is the 2016 Year 7 Boys Surrey Schools X-C Champion and won the silver medal in the Surrey X-C Championships (U13B)
- Sonia Galloway, who (as far as we can tell) is our first Senior Lady to have competed in the South of England Championships in at least 10 years!
Surrey Mirror Sports Star of the Year
Congratulations also to Sally Read-Cayton, who was named as the Surrey Mirror Sports Star of the Year 2015, following her win in the Women's Masters 400m in Bejing last year. See the Surrey Mirror article for the full details.
Annual General Meeting
The Club AGM will be held on Monday 18th April, 7 for 7.30 pm, at the usual venue of the YMCA Sovereign Centre, Slipshatch Road, Reigate. Full details of the agenda will be sent out after the March Committee meeting, but items to note include:
- Elections will be held for the Club Treasurer and Secretary. After many years service to the Club in various roles (for which we are incredibly grateful), Ian Thomas is standing down as Treasurer. We will therefore be looking for at least one new candidate to take on one of these two positions on the Committee. If you are interested / willing to contribute to the day-to-day running of the Club, please contact either me or Anthony Collins (see e-mail version of this update for e-mail addresses)
- An election will also be held for the remaining 6 general members of the Committee. Again, please contact me or Anthony Collins if you want to know more about what the role entails or to put your name forward
- Discussion on whether to spend all or some of the Club surplus. The finances are currently looking very healthy, with a very significant surplus. Your Committee has therefore been discussing how we could use some or all of this surplus to further the aims of the Club. We have already had a number of ideas, which we will publish along with the AGM agenda, to form the basis of the actual discussion at the AGM. We would welcome suggestions from the membership, so if you have any ideas, please send them to Anthony Collins.
- For the Seniors, the Committee and Club Captains will present their recommendations for the future choice of Club Championship and Grand Prix races, with the aim to provide a focus to the Senior race programme
I am delighted that the Jimmy James handicap races will be back for 2016/17. My thanks to Matt Aylott, Ian Burks, Wayne Chappell, Shane Dowle and Mike Pocock, all of whom have offered to work with Antony Read to address the health & safety issues that meant we had to cancel the races this year. I know the team already have ideas on how to encourage the seniors to participate in these races, so look out for more information before they restart in the autumn.
South East Schools Inter-Counties XC Championships, Bexhill, 6th February 2016
Seven RPAC Juniors were selected to run for Surrey Schools in the South East Schools Inter-Counties XC Championships at Bexhill in Sussex. Selection resulted from high finishing positions at the recent Surrey Schools XC Championships which in turn had to be qualified for through district XC races.
In a Championships involving under 15's and up, they were competing against similarly qualified athletes from Kent, Essex, Sussex, Hampshire and Berkshire.
Clara Grinyer took part in the Seniors race, Pippa Wonders in the U17's and Emelye Kenyon-Brown, Maddy Pullen, Emiko Salvi and Lucy Broderick in the Under 15's. Poppy Wardley unfortunately was missing due to illness. In strong winds and on a heavy course they all aquitted themselves extremely well and chalked up another major XC event in a packed season. The Under 13's, Year 7 and Year 8 athletes (including Lucy and Emiko again), have an Inter-Counties match in Basingstoke in March.
Pictured in Bexhill are our U15's Maddy, Emelye, Emiko and Lucy. Individually, Clara, Pippa and Emelye.
The South of England XC Championships, Parliament Hill, 30th January 2016
Back at the iconic Parliament Hill XC course for this year's South of England XC Championships, the young RPAC runners enjoyed (!) the challenge of the hilly, muddy course and taking part in races, each with over 250 competitors.
Both the Under 13 Boys and the Under 13 Girls teams finished 12th which were commendable achievements against athletics clubs from across Southern England.
Felix Vaughan led the way for the boys with a 5th place finish and he was well supported by Nicholas Smith in 45th, Oli Mooney and Matthew Retter. In the girl's race, Lucy Broderick came home in 42nd place with Pippa Roessler, Emiko Salvi and Frankie Evered all having great races to complete the team score.
Emelye Kenyon-Brown had a strong race in the Under 15 Girls, taking 24th place, and was closely followed by Poppy Wardley in 31st. Outstanding performances by both and well supported by Thea Wardley but unfortunately without a fourth runner there was no team placing.
Emelye, Maddy, Lucy and Emiko have all been selected to run for Surrey Schools Under 15's in The South East Inter-Counties XC Championships next Saturday in Bexhill, Sussex and Poppy and Pippa Wonders selected for the Under 17's.
Pictured, six of our Under 13's at Parliament Hill. Oli, Frankie, Matthew, Lucy, Felix and Pippa
Surrey Schools XC Championships, Reigate, 23 January 2016
Some 20 young athletes from RPAC took part in this year's Surrey Schools XC Championships (excellently marshalled as always in Reigate!), held in a foggy Reigate Priory Park. Each had qualified to take part through district XC races held before Christmas. In the Under 15 and up age groups, prestigious places in the Surrey team for the English Schools XC Championships in Woolaton Park, Nottinghamshire were up for grabs.
In the Year 7 boys race, Felix Vaughan led throughout and came home comfortably ahead in 1st place to become the 2016 Y7 Boys Surrey Schools XC Champion. In the same race, the ever improving Oli Mooney came 7th (out of 80). The Year 7 Girls race saw our leading runners Pippa Roessler finish 5th and Frankie Evered 13th. Like the two boys, Pippa and Frankie have been selected to run for Surrey Schools at the Inter-Counties XC match in Basingstoke in March.
The U15 Girls race (Y8&9), saw three RPAC runners in the top 20. Maddy Pullen came 7th, Lucy Broderick 10th and Emiko Salvi 16th. All are selected for the Surrey Schools U15 team to race in an Inter-Counties match at Bexhill in Sussex on 6th Feb and for Lucy and Emiko, again in the Inter-Counties at Basingstoke in March for the Surrey U13 team.
Poppy Wardley, in the U17G (Y10&11) race finished 6th to gain automatic qualification for the Surrey team at The English Schools XC Championships. Pippa Wonders also had a good race to take 17th place and Pippa also gains selection for the Surrey Schools team racing on 6th Feb in Sussex. Several other RPAC Juniors had excellent races in what is always a tough competition with entrants all having to pre qualify.
Pictured are Felix leading the boys race, Libby and Frankie on the start line, Pippa, Poppy and Lucy in full flow!
Kevin Archer: Diary Memoirs of A 'Veteran/Masters' Athlete 1993-2015
We have recently been contacted by our former member, Kevin Archer, to say that he has just released a new book titled "Diary Memoirs of A 'Veteran/Masters' Athlete 1993-2015". Kevin goes on to say:
"The book was originally written up in 2004, just before I came to Reigate would you believe, and was meant to be my first ten years as a Crook & District 'Veteran' (as was then) athlete. It's only recently that I have resurrected the project, and realised by now I needed to bring the story bang up-to-date for it to make any sense, after so long. Of course, this includes all my time spent with Reigate Priory AC, and plenty of good memories, stories and fruitful competition. I don't know whether you can forward this, because I have briefly mentioned most, if not all, of the club members/team-mates I can remember from my time at Reigate Priory AC. They may still be in contact with some of those who can remember me, but are no longer closely associated with the club. In any case, please pass on my email address/other contact details, so people can contact me if they wish. It would be good to catch up. I will have to pop over and do your parkrun one day.I’m involved with ours in Weymouth.
If anyone is interested in a copy of the book, which features contributions from Alan Bell, London 2012 Chief Athletics starter; Twice World Cup football referee George Courtney; marathon elite runners Max Coleby 2:14 (co-founder of The Great North Run) and Ian Bloomfield 2:17 (current British Masters Marathon M60 best 2:44); stories connecting me to Mo Farah, Dave Moorcroft, Seb Coe and Steve Cram etc. and a cast of hundreds, from around the country and world-wide, please drop me a line. It is not being published, just printed, A5 c.120 pages with photos, some showing Reigate Priory AC colours to the fore. It will only be available from me, at a cost of £5 per copy (postage included - to help try to re-coup some of the printing costs).
Please contact me by email, kevin_archer45@Hotmail.com or tel. 01305 830096, or mail 3, Lower Saint Edmund Street, Weymouth, Dorset DT4 8AJ. I look forward to hearing from some of the 'old' reprobates, and younger pretenders too. So, for a fiver, you can have a nice door-stop, and learn more about some historical club and individual results from 2004-2009, and the World 'Masters' scene too!
Cheers, happy running and regards to all,
2XU Surrey Ladies XC League, Reigate, 16th January 2016
Another strong performance from the RPAC Juniors on Saturday, this time running in the Surrey XC League.
In the boys match, held at Mitcham Common, Felix Vaughan had another good run finishing 3rd out of 43 in the U13 race.
The girls were competing in Reigate Priory and made good use of home advantage with our U13's finishing 1st and our U15's 2nd in their respective matches. In the U13's, Lucy Broderick had another outstanding run, coming home in 3rd place, and she was well supported by Emiko Salvi who ran impressively to finish 7th, and by Lily Grant and Frankie Evered who completed the scoring places. Emelye Kenyon-Brown was our first runner home in the U15 race taking 6th place, followed by Pippa Wonders in 10th with Abbie Owen and Thea Wardley completing the scoring.
With one match to go, in Richmond Park on Saturday 13th February, both our U15 and U13 girls teams have maintained their high placings in the League.
Pictured are the start of the U13 Girls race and Laila and Emelye.
Surrey XC Championships, Dorking 10th January 2016
A dry and sunny morning at Denbies in Dorking for this year's Surrey County XC Championships but a heavy and testing course with thick mud after all the recent rain. Despite a few fallers and the odd lost shoe, there was much success shared around a large contingent of RPAC Juniors.
Lucy Broderick (U13G) and Felix Vaughan (U13B) each had outstanding races, both winning Silver Medals with 2nd place finishes. They have both won automatic selection to the Surrey team for this year's UK Inter-Counties XC Championships (Combined Athletics Unions) which takes place in Birmingham in March.
Our U15 Girls team won Bronze medals, finishing third behind Guildford & Godalming and Herne Hill Harriers. The four scorers for the team being Poppy Wardley who finished 8th, Emelye Kenyon-Brown, Maddy Pullen and Pippa Wonders. This was matched by our U13 Girls who also took third place, this time with Herne Hill beating Guildford & Godalming into second place. The scorers were Lucy Broderick, Pippa Roessler, Emiko Salvi and Natasha Herholdt.The RPAC U13 Boys finished fifth in the team rankings.
In the U17 boys race, Will Driscoll had a strong first major XC race for the club coming home in 11th place. Alice Chandler was our representative in the U20W and had a great run to take 5th place.
The races come thick and fast this month and in addition to Surrey League and Surrey Schools races, it is back to Parliament Hill in three weeks for the South of England XC Championships.
Pictured: Lucy and Felix with their medals and during their races. Then, Under 15's Jack, Pippa W, Patrick and Emelye then U13's Oli, Libby, Poppy O, Frankie and Freddie all during the Surrey Champs.
Update from the Chair, Christmas 2015
I hope everyone has had a good Christmas, and my best wishes for 2016!
Ted Baker Award, 2015
The Ted Baker Award is presented to a member or parent who has made a significant contribution to the Club over the last year. The Award this year has been given to Dave Mills, in recognition of his coaching, attendance at races all over the country and the regular reports he produces for the website. The shield was presented to him at the recent Junior training session at K2, in front of the massed juniors and their parents. Congratulations Dave!
The Holly Run
My thanks to everyone who volunteered at the Holly Run before Christmas, a very successful day with lots of happy runners. I will single out only one person, our Race Director Donna Barrington-Smith, without whom we would not have been able to hold the event. After 3 years as Race Director, Donna is going to take a well-deserved break, whoever takes on the role for 2016 has a hard act to follow!
Volunteers required for upcoming Cross-Country races
We are hosting a joint Surrey League Cross-Country in Priory Park on Saturday 16th January. There will be three races, Ladies, Girls and Men, from 12 noon until (no later than) 4 pm. If you are able to help marshal or volunteer in any other way, please contact Ian Thomas (see e-mail version of this update for e-mail address).
The following weekend, Saturday 23rd January, is the Surrey County Schools Cross-Country, again in Priory Park. RPAC traditionally provides marshals for this race, if you are available to help, please contact Jas Dhanda.
A more detailed e-mail will be sent about these events in the New Year,
Coaching and Event Officials
The Club is reliant on a very small group of dedicated coaches and event officials, without whom we would struggle to provide training sessions or compete in events. We therefore need members or parents to train in the following roles:
- Track & Field Officials
- Leading Athletics
- Leadership in Running Fitness
The Club will pay all course fees for anyone willing to take the necessary training course, and the more people we have trained, the less each person will need to do during the year.
Please look out for a specific e-mail on this topic, which will be sent out in the New Year.
Surrey Call-up for Eight RPAC Juniors. The South of England Inter-Counties XC Championships
There are Surrey Squad call-ups for eight RPAC Juniors for The South of England Inter-Counties XC Championships being held this year at Shuttleworth Park, Biggleswade on Saturday 12th December.
In the U20W, Alice Chandler, in the U15G Poppy Wardley and Maddy Pullen, in the U13G Pippa Roessler and in the U13B Felix Vaughan have all been picked to run in the Surrey team. Emelye Kenyon-Brown (U15G), Lucy Broderick (U13G) and Nicholas Smith (U13B) are all named reserves. The runners are picked based on their performances in the League and other XC races held so far this season and the competition for places in the Surrey team is extremely tough. Well done to all the above!
Camberley XC Meeting, 15 November 2015
There was a big turn out of Academy youngsters at the annual Camberley Trophy XC meeting on Sunday. Running through hilly, wooded countryside, the RPAC youngsters enjoyed a highly successful day.
Individual medal winners saw Gold won, at either end of the age spectrum, by Shakila Keable and Eloise Bull in the Under 9 and Under 17 races respectively. There were individual Bronze medals won by Alessia Turner (U9G), Will John-Cox (U9B), Lucy Denece (U11G) and Pippa Wonders (U15G).
In the team results, pride of place went to the U11 Girls who won the Trophy coming home in 1st place. There were Silver medals for the RPAC teams in the U9 Girls, U9 Boys, Under11 Boys, and U13 Boys. The U13 Girls took the Bronze team medals.
A strong showing by the RPAC Juniors, and with the Holly Run coming up soon in Priory Park, a lot to look forward to!
Pictured below are four of the Under 11 Girls team, Eva Peters, Lucy Denece, Francesca Manron and Izzy McManus. Three of the U9 Girls team, Alessia Turner, Shakila Keable and Emily Webb. Will John-Cox coming home 3rd in the U 9 Boys race.
West Midlands XC, Stoke, 14 November 2015
In the annual West Midlands Inter-Counties XC match, held this year at Staffordshire University in Stoke, RPAC had strong representation in the Surrey Schools team.
There were were some superb individual performances from the RPAC runners who all contributed to another successful outcome for Surrey.
The first race featured the Year 7 Girls and Pippa Roessler came home 1st which is a major win for Pippa competing in a quality field against runners from seven counties. Frankie Evered also had a great run to come home in 11th place and with Pippa picked up a medal as a scoring member of the winning Surrey team.
In the second race, the Year 7 Boys, RPAC had another first place with Felix Vaughan seeing off a determined challenge from an athlete in the Cumbria team and like Pippa, Felix has confirmed his potential by winning in a major inter-counties event.
The Junior Girls race (years 8 & 9) saw RPAC Girls Maddy Pullen and Emelye Kenyon-Brown come home in 2nd and 4th places. They are pictured below running side by side as they did throughout most of the race. In the Intermediate Girls race, Poppy Wardley had another strong run to finish in 8th place.
The route to qualifying for the Surrey Schools team starts with the district XC held this month. In the girls event last Tuesday, Poppy Wardley won the Years 10 and 11 race. Emelye Kenyon-Brown and Maddy Pullen were 2nd and 3rd in the Year 9 race. Lily Grant won the Year 8 race with Lucy Broderick 2nd and Pippa Roessler won the Year 7 race with Frankie Evered 2nd. The boys districts are on Thursday.
Also pictured are Felix and Pippa leading in their respective races. After they'd raced, Pippa and Frankie and Theo and Nicholas.
2XU Surrey Ladies XC League, Esher, 7th November 2015
On a wet and blustery afternoon and running a tough course through woodland, the RPAC U15 and U13 Girls teams had another strong showing in the second of four Surrey Ladies League fixtures.
The Under 15's, whilst finishing the match in third place behind Guildford and Godalming and Walton, have moved up to 1st place in the League after two matches. HHH had led the League after match one with RPAC in second place.
The Under 13's finished the match in second place, again behind HHH as in match one, and have consolidated their second place ranking after the first two matches. They have a big lead over the third placed team, South London Harriers.
The third fixture takes place in Reigate Priory on January 16th when both the Men's and the Ladies matches are hosted by RPAC.
Update from the Chair, October 2015
A lot to cover this month, so please take the time to read all the way. I’ve tried to bring the general and junior specific information to the start, senior specific updates are towards the end. Please see the e-mail version of this update for e-mail addresses.
First, an enormous thank you to everyone who helped at the Priory Relays on Saturday (31st). A very successful day, with nearly 80 teams competing. In particular I would like to acknowledge Ian Martin (Race Director), Jas Dhanda (Chief Marshall), Sonia Galloway and Harriet Hutchinson (Volunteer co-ordination).
Dinner Dance & Awards Evening, 21st November 2015
Next up, a(nother) reminder about the Dinner Dance and Awards Evening on Saturday 21st November. We need to notify the hotel of the final numbers by the end of the week, but that means you still have a few days to let Clare Pryor and the social team that you want to attend. Please see the previous e-mails and the news article for full information.
Awards for 2015
At the awards evening, we will be presenting the Ted Baker Award for 2015. This goes to a member of the club (which includes parents) who has made a significant contribution to the Club over the last year, based on nominations from their fellow Club members. Current committee members and previous recipients are not eligible! Please send your nominations to me by Sunday 8th November, so we can review and agree at the next Committee meeting on Monday 9th.
For the Senior marathon trophies, we also need to identify the fastest man, fastest lady and the highest age-graded marathon over the last year (since New York 2014). If you think you are a potential recipient of one of these awards, please let me have the details of your time (and age for the age-graded Andy Winterton Memorial Trophy).
Congratulations to all the Juniors who ran in the Surrey X-C Relay Championships (Bruce Judd Relays) and the English X-C Relay Championships in Mansfield. Highlights in the Surrey Champs include two team bronze medals and multiple top 10 individual finishes. In the English Champs, the A teams finished 7th, 8th and 12th respectively, with 60 to 80 teams in each race. Dave Mills had published full reports of both relays on the website.
For the seniors, the individual highlights are Alister Moses and Andy Walker in the Frankfurt Marathon, who ran 2:38:06 and 2:49:31 respectively. Both times are in the top list of marathon results ever for the club, we’re investigating whether Alister’s time is a new club record.
In the Surrey X-C League, both the Senior Ladies and Men managed solid mid-table finishes in their respective divisions. Both Junior Girls teams finished 2nd in their respective races, and then showed a remarkable cake eating capability, polishing off the substantial pile of cakes donated by the Seniors! The next Surrey League race is this coming Saturday, 7th November.
Finally (but definitely not least), the Senior Ladies finished 2nd in the Priory Relays on Saturday, out of a total of 35 teams, with Fiona Clark running the fastest overall leg.
For complete clarity, please be aware that all the club e-mail addresses (@rpac.org.uk) do not necessarily go to a single individual, but rather they go to a distribution list. This allows us to ensure that we have back-up if the primary recipient is unavailable for any reason. Our apologies if this has not been made clear previously.
It also appears that some people are not receiving all the e-mails from MailChimp, we are assuming this is because individual ISP junk e-mail filters are deleting some of them before they even reach the recipient. To make sure that all e-mails can be accessed even in this situation, we have added a “feed” to the website, see the new “Club Emails” option.
Finally, there are a large number of members / parents who have never logged on to the website, so are not currently able to access the member-only information. Once we have cleaned the database of people who have not renewed their membership, we will be contacting those concerned to remind them of their password and check if there are any difficulties in accessing the website.
Request to participate in study
Former junior member Jonny Walton is now a 3rd year Sports Science student at the University of Birmingham. He is looking for volunteers to participate in a study on the impact of a novel sports nutrition supplement on endurance performance. Full details are available on the noticeboard.
The Committee and Club Captains have been discussing the Club Championship races for 2016, in particular the 10k. The current favourite is the Chichester 10k, on Sunday 7th February 2015. Please let us know your views, but remember the selected race must be a road race and not clash with either the official cross-country fixtures, another club championship or the Surrey Road League races. A final decision will be made at our next meeting on Monday 9th November.
We are also reviewing the Grand Prix Races for February, March and April 2016. The upcoming races are:
- November – Any Reigate Priory Park Run (but please avoid 7th & 21st, which are cross-country fixtures!)
- December – South of the Thames Championship Race, Saturday 19th
- January – Tadworth 10 mile, Sunday 3rd January
An announcement will be made about how to apply for the club London Marathon places after the Committee meeting on Monday 9th, thank you to those who have already expressed their interest.
Committee Summary Minutes
The October summary minutes are available here.