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Ladies' Day at MABAC Farnham Park
Sunday 19th May saw the latest MABAC fixture, hosted by Blackwater Valley Runners in Farnham Park. With a busy weekend of alternative races, we expected the turnout from RPAC to be small and we weren't disappointed!
After a few tense moments about transport arrangements a team of six set off from Bell Street Car Park, to be joined in Farnham by Nat who had made her own way there. For once we weren't the only team with a small turnout as numbers were down across all teams. There were only 105 runners compared with more than 300 at the event held in Windsor Great Park in January.
Farnham Park is beautiful, with views across to the Hog's Back, and well worth a visit. The course is all run on grass and is best described as "undulating". It's a two lap course of a little under 5 miles. There are a couple of short, sharp hills thrown in just to test one's resolve and stamina.
The ladies won the day for RPAC with Nat and Jamilla, making her first MABAC appearance, finishing ahead of the RPAC men. Jamilla managed to hold off a challenge from Paddy ("I'm nursing a hangover") Patrick. Andrew ("maybe my legs haven't recovered from the marathon") Bamford, Ian Edmonds, Gillian O'Regan and Moray Carey completed the RPAC lineup.
The next MABAC fixture is on Holmwood Common on 9th June.
National Youth Development League, Ware, 18th May 2019
A long trip to Ware in Hertfordshire didn't put off a good contingent of athletes from RPAC for the 2nd match in this season's YDL.
There were plenty of PB's, several 1st place finishes and a couple of athletes competing for the first time.
Barton Carter had another good day to follow up after his medal success at the recent Surrey Championships. He came 1st in the U15B'S long jump and scored heavily for the team by adding 3rd place finishes in both the 100 and 200m races, achieving PB's in each! Rudi Haylock was in good form too, equalling his PB in winning the high jump with 1m55 and then coming 1st in both the B string long jump and 200m. Rudi's long jump was a new PB. Also in the U15B'S, Oscar Curry had 2nd place finishes in the 300 and the 800m races posting fast times in each.
Our U15G'S both scored well by competing in three events each. Francesca Manrow won the discus, came 2nd in the 300m with a PB and was 4th in the 200m. Caitlin Holloway had a PB in finishing 2nd in her 300m race and threw well in both the discus and the shot.
Imogen Wheeler had a great day! Three events and three PB's! Imogen came 2nd in the U13G'S long jump with 3m 73 and was speedy in both the 75 and the 150m races. Charlotte Pelekani scored heavily for the team in her first appearance taking 2nd place in her long jump competition and having 3rd place finishes in both her 75 and 150m races. Tiggy Boyce also in her first appearance ran a great 800m to finish in 2nd place by a fraction of a second, but in doing so took maximim points as the winner of the B string. (A and B runners competed in the same race). Pollyanne Stott finished the race in 1st place to also pick up maximum points. Both girls then ran well in the 75m sprint. Completing our contingent of U13G'S, late in the afternoon it was Shakila Keable's turn in the 1200m where, despite having to run on her own at the front throughout, Shakila won in a time of 4.01.9. This time is in the top 25 in the UK currently and ranks her 3rd in the club records for U13G'S 1200m.
Justin Collins as ever turned out in three events and was rewarded with a PB in his U13B'S 75mH race. Justin also competed well in the 100m and in the high jump. A first outing for Sunny Boyce saw him also competing well in the 100m and Javelin.
Thanks go to Ivan Barratt and Ashley Burridge for officiating all day and to David Manrow for managing the team.
The next YDL match for U13, U15 boys and girls is on Saturday 22nd June in Battersea.
Surrey Track & Field Championships, Kingston, 11th 12th May 2019
Two days of quality athletics at the Surrey County Track and Field Championships in Kingston saw 18 RPAC Juniors compete against the best in Surrey.
There were a host of PB's, some in both (!) heat and final, a clutch of medals, and for everyone who competed, a great experience and the satisfaction of having been there and come through the test. Three even doubled up with a track and a field event; Eva Marsh, Lucy Dénecé and Alessia Turner.
In the U17 Javelin it was Gold and Silver for RPAC with Katie Mac adding to her personal hoard of Gold clearing 40m and Lily Cain-Jones taking the Silver with a new PB 36.55. Both girls are in the top 20 in the UKA rankings! Pretty Awesome! Alessia Turner threw a PB too to come away with Bronze in the U13G'S Javelin.
After an injury hit season last year, Barton Carter announced his return with a huge leap in the U15B'S Long Jump! Barton jumped 5m.26, a massive PB and good enough for the Silver Medal.
In the U17B's high jump, Dan Statham equalled his PB with 1.65m and finished 5th.
Completing our list of Field event competitors, Lily Woodhams jumped with great panache to equal her PB of 3m99 in the U13G'S Long Jump Final and finish 7th. Eva Marsh was 9th in the U15G'S Long Jump Final and Lucy Dénecé came 7th in the Final of the U15G'S Javelin.
On the track Vicky Wilkes came through her heat to finish 5th in the U17W'S 200m Final.
Drew Burridge also won through to his final in the U17B'S 400m, also taking 5th place.
Eva Peters missed her events on Saturday through illness but ran well on Sunday in the U15G'S 100m.
Oscar Curry, Samuel Stapley and Shakila Keable all came through their heats of the 800m's with new PB's. For Samuel there was an even bigger PB (6 seconds) in the final of the U13B's 800m where his time of 2.20.53 saw him finish 4th. At the time of writing, 18th fastest in the UK this year! It also places Samuel 2nd in the club records beating all his predecessors back to Tom Drew in 1991! Another 1/2 a second Samuel...
Shakila also had her biggest PB in the final going under the 2m.30 mark with 2.28.36 in taking 5th place in the U13G'S. A top 25 time in the UK for Shakila! Oscar has been having a great season and after a big PB in his heat ran almost the same time finishing 6th in the U15B'S 800m final.
There were PB's in the heats for Lilah Unwin and Pollyanne Stott in the U13 800's, and Genevieve Alcock in the U15 1500m.
Gusie Lewis and Eva Marsh U15 800m's, Lucy Dénecé U15 1500m, and Sam Rolaston U13 1500m and Alessia Turner U13 800m were all close to their best times in their heats.
Once again, several of the UKA Officials present over the two days were from RPAC and the competitors greatly appreciate the time and effort they put in to make the event happen.
Four 1st Places for RPAC Juniors at YMCA Fun Run, Reigate 5th May 2019
Some outstanding racing by young RPAC Juniors saw four first place finishes in the Junior races at the annual YMCA Fun Run event held in Priory Park.
With trophies and money for the winners the races were all highly competitive. No more so than in the U16's where two runners broke away from the pack to battle hard in a sprint finish which saw Oscar Curry take 1st place. Gusie Lewis ran a good race too to come home 3rd.
In the U12 race Ollie Burnett was strong to be 1st boy home with Harry Peters 3rd boy. Ollie and Harry pictured after the awards ceremony.
It was a RPAC double in the U10's with Alastair Fordyce 1st boy and Jessica Randall 1st girl. A great run by Eve Goulding took 3rd place in the girls'.
YDL UAG, Medway - 5 May 2019
A small but perfectly formed quartet of RPAC under 17s were the sole repesentatives of the composite Holland Sports/Reigate Priory team at the first Youth Development League - Upper Age Group fixture of the season.
The Medway Athletics Track in Gillingham clearly suited the foursome, as all produced personal bests. Most notably, Katie Mackison set a new club record in the Javelin at 44.89m, elevating herself to third place in the 2019 UK rankings and a spot in the UK 10 Target!
Drew Burridge set a new club record in the 400m with a dominant run of 53.17s, his third PB at this distance in the last three weeks. With everyone in attendance competing, warming up or officiating, we had to borrow the Photo Finish judge's image to illustrate his win!
Katie and Drew were ably supported by first-year u17s Jake Chandler and Alex Collins. Jake produced double PBs with 13.12s in the 100m & 26.24s in the 200m. Alex stepped up to earn us some valuable points in the Triple Jump with 9.35m and equalled his PB with13.92s in a non-scoring 100m run.
A big thanks to Ian Crouch for spending the day judging field events and Ashley Burridge for manning the timekeepers' steps.
The next YDL-UAG fixture is at Mile End on Sunday, 26th May. Mile End's track was refurbished ahead of the 2012 Olympics to provide additional training facilities for visiting athletes.
Vets Track & Field League, Monday 29th April
What a way to start the week! Monday 29th April saw RPAC making an appearance at the first Vets (male and female) Track and Field event of the season. The weather was good to us, which helped us on to the way to some nicely earned points for the league.
We had a strong and proud RPAC representation with a team of 10 athletes showing us how it is done, with some fantastic stand out performances on the night, both on the track and in the field events with Moray Laing taking on the discus, setting 2 new PBs on the way and scoring 5 points, and Gavin Lawrence in the high jump.
On the track, the men were up first for the evening to start the 100m event. We had 3 entrants for this event and we had high hopes. Unfortunately no winners in this category but they faced tough competition and put in their best efforts. Thanks to Stephen Smith, Frank O’Regan and Malcolm Woodman for all taking part. Dave Rayner took off shortly after in the 1500m race. Dave put in a solid performance and was continually making ground on the leaders and keeping great pace to finish in exceptional strong form.
A special mention has to go to Gavin who racked up 20 points for the club after entering four stellar events and quickly recovering and darting between each one to make all events possible. He managed a 1500m, 400m, high jump and 5000m which is truly remarkable. And he still made it for Tuesday track training the following evening! Hats off to you Gavin.
The ladies athlete team was made up of Jo Davey and Annette Morris (Nat Wilson unfortunately couldn’t attend at late notice, but will back for the next round). Both Jo and Annette ran very well on the evening. Jo set the standard for the Ladies and the crowd saw her set off to a remarkable start setting a pace that no one could come close to contend with. Her focus and determination saw her lap the majority of the field finishing with a clear 200m lead from the rest of the pack. A true stand out performance of the night. Annette put in 2 great runs for both the 400m and the 1500m, which saw her compete with ladies from all age categories making her competition tough, however she stuck with the whole way and I’m sure her finish times will be an outstanding age grade as always.
Congratulations to Frank O’Regan for making his debut for the club. The high light for him was coming 2nd in his heat of the 400m, despite his legs nearly collapsing from underneath him just before the finish line! A great contribution of 9 points overall.
The night finished on a high with a great turnout for the 5000m race seeing Matt Aylott, Gavin and Paul Walters all putting in very strong performances for the club. The pace was set fast from the offset and Matt stuck with the leading pack nearly all the way, which saw him sprint to the finish knocking another 2 seconds off his PB and securing a nicely earned 4 points. Well done Matt superb work!
Full results points and league table to follow, apologies they are not all available at this time.
Thank you to everyone who came along to take part and support.
Annette Morris, Dave Rayner, Frank O’Regan, Gavin Lawrence, Jo Davey, Malcolm Woodman, Matt Aylott, Moray Laing, Paul Walters, Stephen Smith, with Gillian O’Regan sorting out the numbers and yelling at all the RPAC athletes.
More of the same to come in May (Monday 20th) – we look forward to seeing you there. It really is a great team evening out.
April Marathons 2019
The month of April has seen various marathons taking place, starting with Manchester. The club had four athletes competing, taking advantage of the UK’s flattest major marathon with personal bests from most and two sub 3 hour times. First back for the club was Matt Aylott who, continuing his fine form, finished with a 6 minute PB in 2.48.28. Chris Daniels was next back in a huge 40 minute personal best time of 2.59.28. Graham Bull had a superb run finishing in a personal best of 3.11.27 and 29th V55 overall. Veteran marathon runner Kate Knight was facing 3 marathons this month, finishing the Manchester marathon in 7.15.24. Kate said the support was fantastic around the course and has already signed up for next year
The following weekend saw the Brighton Marathon with five club members taking part. Starting at Preston Park, the course snakes through the city centre, along the sea front and finishes at the iconic Madeira Drive in front of thousands of spectators. Lee Savage lead the club around the hilly and windy route with a 34 minute personal best time of 2.53.33. Steve Watkins was next in also achieving a personal best of 3.41.40. Clare Pryor was the first lady back for the club who, despite a lack of training, clocked 4.28.58. Running her first marathon was Claire Humphrey finishing in 5.00.02 and Kate Knight beating her time from the previous week, finishing in 7.10.05.
The final weekend of April saw 12 from the club take part in the 38th London Marathon. In pretty perfect conditions, excellent results were achieved with two club records broken. Fran Dunham was first back, breaking the men’s club record finishing in a tremendous time of 2.36.57. Not far behind Fran and in his debut run for the club was Charlie Butcher, finishing in an impressive time of 2.37.31. Despite his training being hampered by calf injuries, Matt Ryde managed to clock a personal best time 2.42.19. George Roux, who last month ran a personal best in the Seoul marathon, finished 4th for the club in 2.52.00. The ladies club marathon record was smashed by Ginevra Stoneley who achieved a sub 3 hour marathon in a personal best time of 2.58.59. Ginevra impressively managed a consistent pace throughout the entire race. Rick Coles suffered from 20 miles and had to dig deep to compete the course, but still achieved a Good for Age time of 3.00.31. Mike Pocock completed the 26.2 miles in a time of 3.20.01 earning him 39th V60 place overall. The rest of the RPAC athletes were Nicholas Wade (3.29.35 PB), Ruth Willis (3.36.02 PB), Leanne Sandifer (3.43.42 PB), Andrew Bamford (3.44.09 PB) and Kate Knight (7.02.26, her fastest marathon of the month). Andrew was very pleased to have beaten his previous best time by 22 minutes and as well as raising money for Parkinson’s, was especially pleased to learn that turning 60 this year meant his time qualified him for a Good for Age entry.
The Zurich marathon was also taking place the same day, with Mel Fulton-Bell being the sole competitor for the club, completing it in 4.40.04.
YDL, Carshalton 27th April 2019
This season's first Lower Age Group National YDL match took place on Saturday at The David Weir Leisure Centre in Carshalton. With teams made up of U13 and U15 boys and girls there was a good turnout from RPAC leading to 3rd place in the six club match. Strong winds throughout affected all the events.
The leading performances on the day came from Francesca Manrow in the U15G'S and Alessia Turner in the U13G 's. Francesca came 1st in the discus with a PB and new club record throw of 20.07m! A big throw! She followed this up with PB's in the 300m (1st place A string) and in the 200m with a 3rd place (B string). To add to her points contribution to the team Francesca was part of the RPAC U15G'S 4 x 100m relay team that came home in 4th place in a time of 60.01.
Alessia also had PB's in each of her three events, these being in the 150m, the 1200m and the long jump and with two 2nds and a third place scored heavily for the team.
Eva Peters had a good PB in the U15 200m while Eva Marsh battled hard in the strong wind to lead all the way to win the 800m A race. Isla Smith in her first appearance for the club, ran well to take 2nd place in the B string 800m race. Imogen Gregory also ran well in the 800. There were wins in the U15 Javelin A and B for Lucy Dénecé and Zara Watkinson who each picked up good points in their 1500m races too. Caitlin Holloway won the B string 300m in a quick time and had a PB in the Shot.
In the U15B's there were good points scored in the 800m with Oscar Curry winning the A string and Gusie Lewis the B. Gus also ran a quick 300m race. Joe Walker backed them up, running in the n/s 800.
A number of first timers in the YDL were amongst our U13 girls with Phoebe Bakker (70mH, 75m and Shot) and Imogen Wheeler (75m and 150m) performing well. For Lily Woodhams there was a PB in the 800m where she finished 2nd in the A string. Lily also picked up good points in the long jump and the 75m where she ran another PB. Pollyanne Stott was another first timer and ran a great 800m to finish 2nd in the B string.
There was excellent point scoring from our contingent of U13 boysl Joel Lawrence won the high jump A string and was 3rd in the 1500m. Justin Collins won the B string high jump and came 3rd in both the 75mH and the long jump where he PB'd. There were strong performances too from Harry Parsonage and Travis Bateman who scored good points. In the U13B 800m Samuel Stapley and Sam Rolaston took 1st place respectively in the A and B races with a PB for Samuel.
Many thanks to David Manrow for managing the team and especially to Mike and Fiona Gent who spent the whole day compiling the results. As always we are also indebted to our contingent of highly experienced UKA officials who were also on duty all day.
Plenty more League action ahead over the summer.
Pics from the YDL:
May time trial
This Thursday (2nd May) is the second running of the monthly time trial in Priory Park taking in 2 short, 2 long, 1 short laps of the park (~4.5 miles)
Run this challenge every month and the most improved time wins a prize
This is suitable for all abilities including Tuesday track masters and Wednesday recovery/social runners.
Update from the Chair, April 2019
Well, having thought I would be able to stand down as Chair, it appears that I have managed to get myself signed up for another 2 years!
There were no candidates for the role at the AGM on Wednesday evening, so I have agreed to stay on (invoking the special clause in the constitution) for another term, but only on the basis that I will offload some of the activities I currently do onto others and there is a potential succession plan for 2 years time.
In case there's anyone who doesn't know me, I've included my photo.
The full new committee for 2019/20 is:
There is still one place vacant, as there were insufficient candidates for the 6 "ordinary" members of the committee. If there is a willing volunteer out there, please contact me as soon as possible, as we will be able to co-opt you onto the committee.
Finally Ian Martin talked through the achievements and outstanding actions under the 2014-19 Development Plan, which has now ended. The full document with comments is available on the website (login required). Going forward we are working with England Athletics to undertake an EA 360 Review of the club, Everyone will be involved in this review, either via a survey or more direct face-to-face conversations.
Lily B League, Epsom 22 April 2019
RPAC U11 4 x 100m relay team. Winners at Epsom!
Easter Monday saw the first Lily B League match of the summer and there were plenty of good performances from the RPAC girls in the hot and sunny conditions.
There were strong results amongst the U11's with most taking on two or three events. Leading the way in the 75m sprint was Eve Goulding with a speedy 11.4 seconds. A big PB for Eve! This was the second quickest time of the day. Kaia Hessey was not far behind finishing in 11.9. In the 600m Jessica Randall posted a quick time of 2.07.9 with Kaia again the second fastest from RPAC with 2.10.9. Emily Sheard in the long jump recorded an excellent 3.28 metres. Eve Goulding had the next best jump from the RPAC contingent with 3.12 metres. Sophia Potter had a good afternoon competing well in all three events, 75 and 600m and long jump.
The day finished on a high with a scintillating win in the U11 4x100 relay!
In the U13's there were two PB's for Lily Woodhams coming in the 200m and the long jump where she was so close to 4 metres jumping 3.99! As ever, Lily picked up good points for the team running in the 800m as well to complete the maximum allowed, three events. Imogen Wheeler had a successful afternoon too with great performances in the 100 (14.3!) and 200m races and the long jump. Lilah Unwin and Florence Carter ran well in the 800m with Florence also doing well in the 200m. Both Izzie Young and Hattie Thynne performed well in the 100m and the long jump.
Eva Peters picked up a big PB in the U15 100m clocking 14.0 and there was a PB in the U17 Javelin for Lily Cain-Jones who threw a massive 34.67 metres. With Katie Mackison throwing 39.53 the girls took 1st place in both the A and the B string Javelin.
Francesca Manrow ran a fast 47.5 seconds U15 300m and was strong in the discus. Amelia South was thrown into her first competitive 800m in the U15 A race and was undaunted as ever.
Some pics from Epsom:
Dan Equals U17B's High Jump Club Record - Crawley Open 20 April 2019
In perfect athletics weather at the latest Crawley Open Meeting, Dan Statham cleared 1m 65 in the High Jump to equal the U17 boys club record! Needless to say, a new PB for Dan. There was another good jump, in the U15 boys, by Rudi Haylock who cleared 1m 55. Both boys also produced good long jumps and Rudi, competing in his first meeting for RPAC, also ran in the 100m clocking 13.29.
Lily Grant was in good form competing in her first track event of the season coming home in a speedy 48.39 in the U17W's hurdles.
Oscar Curry, in his first U15B 800m of the season, came home in 1st place and secured a massive PB in the process with a time of 2.16.66. Amelia South was another athlete at her first meeting and ran well in the U15G'S 800m.
Three U13 boys had their first taste of the 1500m and all performed well. Outstanding was Samuel Stapley who came in 1st in a quick time of 5.01.54! With 14 in the race Sam Rolaston finished a very creditable 4th also with a quick time and Will John-Cox ran a consistent race finishing strongly.
Max Orchard had his first track outing of the season winning the U11 600m comfortably in 1.57.28 just outside his PB.
Max and Oscar on their way to 1st place finishes. Sam, Samuel and Will after their first 1500's:
Three Senior Club Championships on the Horizon
There are three Reigate Priory AC club championships on the horizon...
|Tuesday 14th May||1 Mile (if ratified at the AGM)||Battlebridge Track|
|Sunday 2nd June||10 Miles||Dorking 10|
|Sunday 16th June||10K||Richmond 10K|
I'd note these in your diaries and book your entries now for Dorking and Richmond. Participation in the club championships was down last year, so let's all make an effort to be in attendance.
To book your entry to the Dorking 10 (Not the 10K unless you do not want to take part in the club championship) click here.
To book your entry to the Richmond 10K click here.
I've looked and Richmond 10K is 8 weeks away and there appears to be quite a few 8 week 10K training schedules available on the internet. You could try considering following a suitable schedule. Note that the 10K is a fast course and it gets filled quickly, but it appears from the website that entry is still open okay.
Southern Athletics League, 13 April 2019
As part of the joint team with Holland Sports and DMVAC, 5 RPAC athletes (juniors & seniors) competed in the SAL match at the Bromley track on Saturday. Each team fields 2 athletes in each event, competing in either the A or B race. Each team can also field extra competitors as non scorers in any event.
Running in his first ever competitive 100m, Jake Chandler came 4th in the B race with a time of 13.25 seconds; an excellent debut.
Drew Burridge set another 2 PBs; finishing 2nd in the A race 400m in 53.86 seconds and winning the B race 200m in 23.91 seconds; an improvement of 0.38 seconds.
Abbie Horsfall, running in her first competition since 2017 finished 3rd in the A race 200m, improving her PB by 0.23 seconds to 27.95 seconds.
Noah Young, still only 14 years old, finished a very creditable 3rd in the B race 1500m, breaking 5 minutes for the first time to achieve a PB of 4 mins 55.4 secs.
Not to be outdone, Senior team captain Tom Almond knocked 29 seconds of his 5000m PB in breaking 17 minutes for the first time. Tom finished 2nd in the A race in 16 minutes 33.8 seconds.
The next SAL meeting is on Sunday 19 May at the Hercules Wimbledon track. Contact Jo Davey or Ginevra Stoneley if you wish to compete
8 go down (up) to MABAC Winterfold Forest
A band of 6 plucky RPAC runners set out from Bell Street Car Park on a chilly Sunday morning into the wilds of Surrey to take part in the Winterfold Forest MABAC event. When I say the wilds of Surrey, it really is wild; Winterfold Forest is in the middle of nowhere! We drove out through Shere and kept going - for miles. The road climbed steadily (I am reliably informed by some cycling friends that this is the longest climb in Surrey) and became increasingly narrow.
At last we spotted a sign that said "MABAC" and then began the hunt for somewhere to park. Half a mile up the road Malcolm spotted a pull-in and we managed to squeeze two cars into it before joining the throng of other runners walking back towards the start.
Ian Edmonds raised the excitement level by spotting a creature that couldn't be identified - was it a red squirrel or a stoat, or possibly even a polecat? Who knows? We were joined at the start by Mike Scott and Sonia Galloway who had come direct to the forest, bringing our intrepid band up to 8.
The race is a challenging (i.e. hilly) two lap course through the forest and comprises just over 5 miles. It started with a downhill that was over too quickly, followed by a short undulating section and a very long downhill mostly on tarmac. This afforded us a great opportunity to get our breathing back under control before starting the long uphill slog - and it really is long! Most of it is pretty gradual and on trails, but there is a short section of perhaps 50m that reduces most people to a walk. The first lap finishes with a bit more undulation and the second lap finishes by going back up the start slope.
First home for the RPAC men was Mike fresh from a trail marathon in Dorset, followed by Andrew "Paddy" Patrick, Michael Stanley, Andrew Bamford, Malcolm and Ian. The ladies team was smaller and comprised of just Sonia and Gillian O'Regan on her first outing in the MABAC League.
Despite the small turnout (we were the smallest club by some distance, DMVAC had 72 runners out) we weren't last and finished in a creditable 7th place.
The next MABAC fixture is at Farnham Park on 19th May. It would be really good if we could field a bigger team at that event.
PB's and Club Records at Early Season Opens. Crawley 7 April and Woodford Green 30 March 2019
One of the most successful aspects of RPAC is our strong core of UK Athletics Officials who can be seen at so many of the events the club compete at. Today at the Crawley Early Season Track and Field Open Meeting was no exception. Amongst those on duty was Naomi Jones. Naomi is already a track judge and today was her first event as a Starter. She performed her role without a hitch (but as she was packing a couple of pistols I was never going to say different)!
Naomi at K2
It was a great day for all the RPAC juniors who took this early opportunity for a track race.
In the U17 Boys sprints, Drew Burridge won both the 300m and 150m with PB's in each and set new U17B's club records at each distance! Drew carrying on where he left off last year!
Drew winning at K2:
Another club record came in the U13 Girls 600m. Lilah Unwin ran a fantastic race to take a full 5 seconds off the existing club record and her time of 1.52.80 bodes well for her prospects at 800m later in the season. Also shining in the 600m was U15B Oscar Curry who won against a strong line up in a PB time of 1.39.10 which places him 2nd in the club records for the U15B 600m. Joe Walker ran well too to clock well under the 2min mark.
In the U15 Girls 600m both Lottie Burnett and Imogen Gregory had strong runs and quick times.
Lilah lines up at the start of her 600m:
Oscar and Joe waiting for their race:
Lottie and Imogen at K2 in the U15G's 600m:
Running last weekend at the Woodford Green Open Meeting U13 Alessia Turner took an amazing 13 seconds off her 800m PB. Her time of 2.35.73, particularly when running at the end of March, so early in the track season, gives every reason for Alessia to be optimistic about the season ahead. 2.35 is fast at U13!
There are two league meetings ahead this month for the Juniors. The first of this seasons Lily B League matches for girls is on Easter Monday at Epsom. Then on Saturday 27th April the first Lower Age Group Youth Development League match (boys and girls, U15 and U13) takes place in Sutton.
Celebrating Half Marathon Successes
With the spring half marathon season coming to an end, it is time to celebrate everyone’s successes so far this year.
20 senior members of the club have run at least one half marathon this year already. 10 members have achieved a pb, plus there have been a number of near misses. Congratulations to everyone who has competed, and apologies if we’ve missed anyone (blame Power of 10 for that!).
The results include 4 senior men in under 80 minutes, led by Matt Ryde’s 73:18 at Greenwich, which places him (at time of writing) at 41st on the UK V40 list for 2019. The ladies results are led by Ginevra Stoneley’s 86:03 at Fleet (a 3 minute PB), which puts her at 35th in the women’s UK V40 list. Another high UK ranking is Mike Pocock, who is 48th on the V60 list. The full list of runners and times is below.
The award for the furthest travel goes to the group who competed in the Barcelona Half Marathon back in February. They all did good times and apparently had a very enjoyable time!
Matt Ryde in London, and the team in Barcelona
The successes may not end here though, as at least 2 members are running at Paddock Wood on 7th April, in their last big effort prior to the London Marathon. Good luck to them and anyone else racing in the near future.
Tom & Malcolm
Alice R Smith
Birthday parkrun, March 23rd 2019
From Paul Walters
When I ran Worthing parkrun on New Year’s Day 2019 while trying to find a fast one (with a much-improved parkrun PB of 19:31) I was so impressed that I decided to return for my birthday with others.
On Saturday March 23rd 18 people (16 runners) descended on Worthing Parkrun in a minibus provided by Reigate College. This was my first V55 event having had my birthday on the previous day.
Conditions were good – overcast, fairly warm for this time of year with little wind. The course is along the sea front. It sets off in a westerly direction just before the pier, and eventually you turn around a cone to return back to the finish outside a leisure centre a little further east to the start.
You can see the results below, and I’ve added previous bests from just the last year for each runner– PBs are in red. (Note – for some there are much better times historically, so I hope no one minds this format!)
On the day there were of course some injuries and niggles within our group, and quite a few were racing in longer distance running events on the next day, which makes the results even more impressive.
It’s well worth a mention that this was Adrian Grant’s 200th ever parkrun.
Afterwards we went to the Burlington Hotel on Worthing sea front for a breakfast. The hotel did us proud and put us in our own room with a large square table arrangement.
Breakfast in the hotel
For me, there was no disappointment in finishing one second off my parkrun PB. This was such a lovely event. We were back in Reigate just after mid-day.
We even got a mention in the Worthing parkrun news!
Climbing into the minibus for the return journey
A big thank you to Ian and Janet Moore for coming to support us and taking photos, and also to Ian Edmonds, who stepped in to drive the minibus due to Sarah being unwell.
We want to do this again soon but opening the event up to the club, perhaps at Worthing with a visit back to the Burlington Hotel, or may be at a different location. Watch this space!
The group before the start of the parkrun
Prev recent PB
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Worthing age grading
South East Schools Inter-Counties XC Championships, Horsham 23 March 2019
There were plenty of new Surrey yellow vests on show as the Surrey Schools Year 7 and Year 8 cross country teams took on Sussex, Kent, Hampshire and Essex at the South East Inter-Counties Cross Country Championships. Held at Christ's Hospital School near Horsham, the course was flat and fast on a firm grass surface and run in dry, sunny conditions. Selection is based on the results of the Surrey Schools Cross Country Championships held in January and entry to that race only comes with finishing high in the district races held before Christmas.
First off was the year 7 girls race and a strong run by Shakila Keable saw her finish 18th out of 89 runners and help the Surrey team to a 1st place finish!
Three from RPAC had been selected for the Surrey Y7 boys team and Samuel Stapley, Sam Rolaston and Will John-Cox performed well to help Surrey to 2nd place behind Hampshire. Samuel and Sam were close to each other all the way round to finish 23rd and 27th respectively, again in a race with 89 runners.
Gus Lewis ran well in the year 8 boys race helping Surrey to a 4th place in the team results.
Pictures from Sussex:
English Schools XC Championships, Leeds 16 March, 2019
Two young runners from RPAC competed for Surrey last weekend in cold, wet and muddy conditions at the English Schools XC Championships held near Leeds .
Both had won selection to the Surrey team on the strength of their performances in the district xc races in the autumn and then, having qualified for the Surrey Schools XC Championships in January, their high placed finishes in that race.
Lucy Broderick, running in the Inter-Girls race, helped Surrey to 1st place in the team event. Lucy Dénecé, competing in the Junior girls race, was the 2nd Surrey runner home helping the team to finish in 6th place out of the 45 counties that took part.
Great achievements by both girls!
Update from the Chair, March 2019
Welcome to my update for March 2019. As the club constitution limits the officers of the club to 3 terms, each of 2 years, this will be my last update, as it is 6 years this April since I took over as Chair.
Please note that nobody has yet shown a willingness to take on the role of Chair, so it may well be that as of the AGM, the club will not have anyone in the role - which causes problems with both the day-to-day running of the club and with our EA affiliation! If anyone wants information about what the role entails, please contact me.
Please read on for information about the changes that are proposed to the constitution and the arrangements for the AGM.
Please see the e-mail version of this update for e-mail addresses.
Competition & Awards
I'll start this month though with competition, in particular the last fixture in the Ladies Surrey League. At this race, our Ladies team defied the odds to retain their place in Division 1 for the 15th successive year. Well done to everyone, and a massive thank you to our Ladies Captain, Nat Wilson.
The next day, we organised our first MABAC fixture, 5 miles around Priory Park in the rain and mud. We have had some very complimentary feedback, so congratulations to everyone who ran, thank you to all the volunteers and especially to Claire Humphrey and Jas Dhanda, who between them did most of the hard work.
The following weekend, at the Junior & Senior Ladies end-of-cross country meal, we were able to celebrate the successes in the cross-country competitions this winter, as well as the Junior performances in track & field last year. Well done to everyone who competed in any race or match and congratulations to the awards winners.
The same day, Lucy Dénecé ran in the CAU UK Inter-Counties Cross Country Championships at Loughborough, where she was part of the Surrey U13 Girls team who won the Gold medal. A really good result for both Lucy and Surrey!
I'll finish this section with advance notice that MABAC will be organising a pairs relay on Sunday 18th August. This will be a 10 x 1k relay, with each team member running 5 legs. The race will be followed by a barbecue. We are checking whether the juniors will be allowed to have more than 2 runners per team, if the answer is yes, then we will be able to make this a day out for the entire club!
Changes to the Constitution & AGM
As I alluded earlier, changes to the club constitution will be proposed at the upcoming AGM (7 pm on Wednesday 24th April). The full details of the changes will be published along with the AGM notification at the beginning of April, but the intent of the changes is:
- Allow parents/guardians of junior members (not junior academy) to fully participate in the running of the club, by allowing them to:
- Vote at the AGM
- Stand for election to the Committee, as both executive officers and non-executive members
- This change will significantly increase the number of people eligible to take on these roles, thus easing the task of finding sufficient volunteers to keep the club "running"
- Formalise the transfer from junior academy member to junior member of the club
- Any club member 10 or over on the 1st May, but under 18 on the same date, will be a junior member
- This will make it easier for the coaches to identify those club members who are / will become eligible to compete as U13s in the following year
- It will also simplify both the membership renewal process and EA affiliation as juniors turn 11
- This change affects the membership status of juniors, not necessarily where or when they train. The latter will still remain as a discussion between the juniors themselves, their parents/guardians and their coach
These changes will be taken as the first item on the AGM agenda. The changes need to be approved by at least 2/3 of the senior members present. Assuming the changes are accepted, then parents/guardians of juniors will be able to fully participate in the rest of the meeting, including voting and standing for the committee.
First Aid course
Ian Martin has organised a First Aid course on the evening of Thursday 4th April (7-10 pm). This will be open to all club members and parents, but priority will be given to coaches, officials and parent helpers, all of whom need to have a current first aid qualification.
If you would like to attend this course, please contact Ian as soon as possible.
The club has a number of sources of club kit, as follows:
- Every member will be given a club vest on joining. These are held by Nat Wilson (for the seniors) and Mike Gent (for the juniors). Replacement vests can also be purchased for £15. Please contact Nat or Mike if you haven't got your club vest or would like a replacement.
- The club also has a good stock of club t-shirts in all sizes and colours (red, dark blue, light blue). You may well have seen these being modelled by many members at both training and matches! These are available to purchase for £12.50 (juniors) or £15 (seniors). Again, contact Nat or Mike.
- The club regularly orders personalised hoodies, there is a request for orders out at the moment, see the recent e-mail from Mike Gent. You have until 23rd March to place your order!
- Crop tops are also available for the ladies & junior girls, see the website for details of how to order
- Finally, there is a wide range of club-branded kit available from iProSports.
All this information (but in greater detail) is available on the website.
Two new articles about volunteering have been added to the website, see here. These cover the role of Race Director (by Ian Martin) and volunteering at the London Marathon (by Liz Clark).
Summary minutes from the January and February 2019 committee meetings are available here (website login required).
CAU UK Inter-Counties XC Championships, Loughborough 9th March 2019
The annual CAU UK Inter-Counties Cross Country Championships took place on Saturday in Loughborough.
With 40 counties from across the UK sending their best runners, the competition was fierce. Lucy Dénecé was in the Surrey U13 girls team on the strength of her performances at cross country this winter and in particular, her Silver Medal in the Surrey Cross Country Championships in January.
Another strong run saw Lucy finish 22nd in a field of 307! This placed her in the top 4 finishers from Surrey and not surprisingly, with 4 of the top 22, the Surrey U13 Girls took 1st place and the Team Gold.
Lucy will be back in action next Saturday running in the Surrey Schools Junior Girls team at the English Schools Cross Country Championships in Leeds. Joining her in the Surrey Squad hotel on the Friday night will be Lucy Broderick who has been selected in the Surrey Schools Inter-Girls team.
Good Luck to both RPAC girls in the English Schools!
Surrey team Gold flanked by Kent and Buckinghamshire:
Ladies Surrey League Cross-Country
The RPAC Ladies team survived relegation from Division One of the Surrey Cross-country League on Saturday in the last match of the women's season.
Running at Lloyd Park in Croydon, we went into the race 13 points deep into the relegation zone with Dulwich our closest rivals.We were without a number of the regular runners through injury, but still managed to field a team of 6 in the sunshine.
Jo Davey set off leading the team, with Ginevra Stoneley hot on her heels. Ginevra eventually overtook her teammate and continued her lead to finish first for the team, coming in 40th place (34:37). Jo finished a short way back in 47th (35.01). She was followed by club captain Natalie Wilson in 50th (35.23, showing a welcome return to cross-country form) and debutant Leanne McKeogh in 75th (36.34).
Also making her debut was Gillian O'Regan who despite never racing before, brought the ladies team home in 152nd (46.44). Annette Morris closely followed Gillian in 154th (47:01). providing welcome backup.
At the end of the race the team had finish 12th, and with Dulwich pulling off a fourth-placed finish it seemed as if we would be relegated. However, despite Guildford and Godalming going into the race 207 points ahead of us, their team struggled with injuries and finished 18 points behind overall, condemning them to relegation and keeping our Ladies team in Division One for a 15th year!
SURREY COUNTY INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS 16 & 17 FEBRUARY 2019
A small group of RPAC junior athletes had mixed fortunes in the County Indoor Championships at the David Weir Leisure Centre over the weekend.
Barton Carter jumped good distances in the U15 long jump, but consistently failed to reach the take off board, finishing in 4th place. Eva Peters had 3 jumps over 4 metres in the U15 long jump, with her best just below her PB. In the 60 metres sprint heats Eva improved her PB by 0.3 seconds, just missing out on a semi-final place.
On Sunday, Drew Burridge, running in the U17 60 metres as practice to sharpen his starting for his favoured 400 metre event, ran just below his PB. Drew was compensated by a 3rd place medal in the U17 shot putt, achieving over 9 metres in his first ever competition in the event. Jake Chandler, in his first ever competition, ran creditably in the U17 60m
Update from the Chair, January 2019
I write this whilst waiting to see if the forecast snow falls overnight. We'll either wake up to a white world or nothing at all if the forecasters have got it wrong! Be careful when you're out running in this weather though, even if there's no snow it's bound to be icy.
At the the recent award's evening, I was delighted to be able to present the Ted Baker Award for 2018 to Mike Scott. Not only does Mike find time to train for ultra marathons, but he can be seen out early before every one of our races marking the course (dragging a wheelie bin of stakes behind him) and is also the Race Director for our annual Holly Run. In the latter role, Mike has halted the decline in entries and put the race on to a much sounder financial footing. A worthy recipient of the Ted Baker Award, congratulations Mike.
I'd like to take this opportunity to describe a number of future opportunities for every member, parent and friend of the club to get involved. More details will be sent out closer to each event, but please put the dates in your diary now if you think you are able to help. The list of roles is not exhaustive, your assistance will be required in other ways as well.
- MABAC race, Priory Park, Sunday 3rd March
- Marshals, finish funnel officials, first aiders
- Youth Development League (Lower Age Group) match, Saturday 27th April
- co-hosting with Holland Sport at K2
- Field & track officials & helpers, scorers
- London Marathon start, Sunday 28th April
- Donna Barrington-Smith will once again be organising us
- Meet & greet of runners before they enter the start
- The marathon make a contribution to the club, and people who help normally get a t-shirt or similar
- Southern Vets T&F League, Ewell, Monday 20th May
- Co-hosting with Epsom & Ewell
- Field & track officials & helpers, scorers
- London Vitality 10k, Monday 27th May
- For a number of years, Donna has also organised a small group of club members & friends to help at the start of this race. However, she has decided not to do so again this year
- The opportunity still exists to help, for which the club receives a donation and the helpers get various "goodies"
- For that to happen, we will need somebody to organise. If you want to know more about what this entails, please contact Donna by e-mail (see e-mail version of this update for address)
Turning to competition, congratulations to all our juniors who ran in the recent Surrey Schools cross-country championships, especially to Lucy Broderick and Lucy Dénecé, who have both qualified to compete for Surrey at the English Schools cross-country championships in March. Before then, they will be joined by another 7 RPAC juniors in the South East Inter-counties matches. Full reports on both the Surrey Schools and South of England championships have been posted on the website.
For the seniors, the men have their last Surrey League cross-country fixture on Saturday 9th February. The team are currently in 4th place (out of 9), so look well set to stay in Division 2 for another year. The ladies still have two fixtures remaining, following cancellation of the January event. At the moment the team are in 12th place, just out of the relegation places, so captain Nat Wilson is looking for a strong turnout in the remaining races to maintain or improve this position.
Staying with the seniors, we have recently created a "Rogue's Gallery" on the website, with the intent of allowing all seniors to post a photo of themselves. (Note that login to the website is required.) This will help us all recognise each other when we are out and about. To get yourself added to the gallery, please email a photo (preferably recognisable!) using the e-mail address on the website.
South of England XC Championships, Parliament Hill 26 Jan 2019
The annual South of England XC Championships took place on Saturday over the challenging Parliament Hill course in London. With clubs from as far apart as Cornwall and Norwich represented, there was no shortage of quality competition.
First off for RPAC was Noah Young in the U15 boys race. This was Noah's third consecutive year competing in XC at Parliament Hill and a strong run saw him come home in a respectable middle of the finishers position.
The U13 Girls tackled the long, steep uphill start next and Lucy Dénecé continued her run of good form by coming home 12th in a field of 316. One of the best placed finishes we have seen for RPAC in this major championship. Both Shakila Keable and Lily Woodhams had good races too, with Lily at the finish nominating it her favourite XC race.
In the Under 13 Boys race, both Samuel Stapley and Sam Rolaston put in great performances with both comfortably in the top half out of the 330 who finished. With four of our under 13's still in year 7, the experience they gained on Saturday will hold them in good stead in next year's Southern Championships when they will compete again as under 13's over the same distance.
Another who has raced several times now at Parliament Hill is Emelye Kenyon-Brown who put in a characteristically strong run to also come home in the top half against strong opposition. Emelye was running in the Under 17 Womens race. Next weekend Emelye will be joined by Lucy Broderick and Katie Driver in the Surrey Schools XC team taking part in the South East Inter-counties Championships in Hampshire. Lucy Dénecé will be there too as part of the Surrey Schools U15 girls team.
Surrey Schools XC Championships, Reigate 19th Jan 2019
Eighteen young athletes from RPAC took part in the Surrey Schools XC Championships on Saturday. All those taking part had qualified for these Championships by competing to a high standard in the district races held around Surrey before Christmas.
With the top six finishers in each age group guaranteed selection for the Surrey Schools team competing at the English Schools XC Championships in Leeds on 16th March, the competition was fierce. Huge congratulations to Lucy Broderick, 4th in the Inter-Girls race, and Lucy Dénecé, 4th in the Junior Girls race, who have both been confirmed in the Surrey team.
In addition to the English Schools National Championships there are two South East Schools Inter-counties matches coming up. Lucy Broderick will be joined by Emelye Kenyon-Brown and Katie Driver in the Surrey Senior Girls and Inter-Girls teams competing in Hampshire on 2nd February. The Surrey Year 7 and Year 8 teams are competing in Sussex on 23rd March and RPAC have a strong presence with Lucy Dénecé joined by Gusie Lewis, Shakila Keable, Samuel Stapley, Sam Rolaston and Will John-Cox.
In addition to those mentioned above, there were plenty of other strong runs from the club's juniors. In the Senior Girls, Poppy Wardley and Pippa Wonders. In the Junior girls Eva Marsh and Zara Watkinson. In the U13 girls Alessia Turner, Lilah Unwin, Lily Woodhams and Holly Elliott. Freddie Fowler ran well in the Junior boys race.
The big races keep coming at this time of year with several off to Parliament Hill this Saturday to compete in the South of England XC Championships.
Pictures from the Surrey Schools:
Surrey XC Championships, Lloyd Park, Croydon 5th Jan 2019
The annual Surrey XC Championships took place last Saturday at Lloyd Park in Croydon.
In the U13 girls race, a determined run by Lucy Dénecé saw her come home in 2nd place to pick up the Silver medal. A top six finish also guaranteed Lucy an automatic place in the Surrey team for the CAU UK Inter-Counties XC Championships in Loughborough on 9th March.
In the team event at Croydon, Lucy was joined by Genevieve Alcock, Shakila Keable, Alessia Turner, Lilah Unwin, Lily Woodhams and Yasmine Badawi in seeing the RPAC U13 girls finish 5th. Our U13 boys team of Samuel Stapley, Gus Lewis, Will John-Cox, Sam Rolaston, Chris Hodgetts, Ben Wright, Kai Adams and Ollie Burnett finished in 8th place. Only Gus moves up to U15 next year so the boys have gained valuable experience this time round.
Amongst the older runners there were several impressive performances including from Noah Young, Oscar Curry and Joe Walker in the U15 boys race, Imogen Gregory, (U15G), Emelye Kenyon-Brown (U17W) and Eloise Bull in the U20 women's race.
Pics from Croydon:
Update from the Chair, December 2018
I'm writing this listening to the wind and rain lashing against the window, a far cry from our long hot summer which is now just a distant memory. I hope everyone is managing to keep keep training & competing despite the weather, it's good for your athletic performances in the long run (honest!).
On the subject of winter running, please remember that it's a good idea to wear high visibility clothing and carry a torch if you are running on the road after dark. High visibility and bright clothing is mandatory on any autumn/winter road runs organised by the club - the coach in charge of the session will not let you participate if you are not suitably equipped. This is covered in the "Code of Conduct for Road Running", available on the website (login required). The monthly Jimmy James handicap also requires participants to carry a suitable torch.
This Code of Conduct has recently been updated to allow our older juniors (16 and over) to participate in road sessions with the seniors, allowing for the necessary safeguards. A number of our juniors have already taken advantage of this, joining in with Jas Dhanda's Thursday evening sessions.
A massive thank you to everyone who helped at any of our recent races, the Priory Relays and the Surrey Men's X-C League fixture at the start of November and the Border League X-C last weekend. We have had nothing but compliments about all 3 races, so well done everyone!
Our next race is the Holly Run on Sunday 16th December, where we are expecting to have over 400 runners across the 8 races. The benefits to the club include raising our profile in the local community, helping us to identify prospective new members, providing competitive opportunity for local runners and raising funds for the club. This is only possible with a large number of marshals and other roles. I know there are positions (10 or more in both morning and afternoon sessions) that have not yet been filled, so if you have not already volunteered, please contact Nat Wilson (see e-mail version of this update for the e-mail address) as soon as possible to offer your help.
Still on the subject of volunteering, Donna (Barrington-Smith) has recently written about her experiences since she first volunteered as an official over 10 years ago. The full write-up is on the website (no login required this time), but to give you a short flavour:
"When you’re watching your child regularly enjoy the variety and competitiveness of athletics, and you’re travelling many weekends from a track one week, to a cross country course another, then you’re asked if you’d help the athletics club to be in a position to join an athletic league as they have to provide ‘officials’ – what do you say?
Of course you say yes! And so RPAC joined the Lily B league for the first time... And I, somehow, became an UKA Technical Timekeeper. ...."
The same page also includes a short article from Liz Clark about volunteering at the Vitality London 10k. It is our intent to add further write-ups about other roles within the club - if you want to contribute please let me know!
I'm pleased to be able to announce that Clare Pryor has agreed to resume her role organising the club social events, even though she is not on the committee. If you have any suggestions for social events (for juniors or seniors) or are willing to help organise an event, please contact Clare (see e-mail version of this update for her e-mail address). Thank you Clare!
Clare is already hard at work sorting out the details of the annual Awards Evening, which is provisionally booked for Saturday 19th January 2019. Watch this space for further details as soon as they become available.
For the seniors, Ian Edmonds is organising the annual "Turkey Trot" in conjunction with the Polesdon Lacey 10k on Sunday 23rd December. Full details are on the website calendar and will be published on the Facebook Group.
Former member and super-vet Kevin Archer recently e-mailed Nat to give an update on his results this year, including a silver medal in the M65 1500m at the World Masters Championship in Malaga, in a time of 4:50.98. See here for the full text. A great shame that Kevin moved away from the area, so had to leave the club, he would be giving Mike Pocock & Paul Chandler a run for their money in our age group championships!
It simply remains for me to wish everyone a Merry Christmas / Season's Greetings, and to hope that everyone has a successful and injury-free 2019! I l hope to see many of you at the Holly Run on 16th December.
A message from former member Kevin Archer
For those that remember former member Kevin Archer, he recently sent Nat the following update on his athletics:
One of the reasons you’re so hard to forget is that last December time you were appearing regularly in the Athletics Weekly results, ‘stalking’ and even beating some of my former rivals, good athletes as well. I didn’t write to say well done then, because I was a bit injured, and didn’t want to make you big-headed. Now, I see your ladies team got the bronze at the Surrey Road Relays, so well done for that too. Of course, my Indoor and Outdoor track seasons did pick up, so I thought I’d do a bit of bragging too! I’ve probably missed loads of other good performances you’ve done, so hit me with them to get your own back, if you want.
I’ve had a stellar year.
Indoors - South of England 800m title (just did the one race); Inter Area 800m/1500m titles; silver in the British Champs (feeling rough, and defeat since avenged).
Outdoors – I won the Westminster Road Mile for the second year in succession, at the end of my age-group, beating Lord Sebastian Coe again (he's 3 years younger, but perhaps he wasn’t trying quite as hard as me?!
On the track, I did the South West and South of England 800m/1500m doubles; Inter Area 800m (just the one race); British Champs double. British lead 800m time by 8.74 secs, with 2:21.66, which is 2nd fastest all-time; 1500m by 8.9 secs, with 4:50.98 which is 3rd fastest all-time British run. British track Mile record 5:241 (still a soft record). World Champs 800m 4th, and 1500m, silver recently in Malaga. Now I’m full of the ‘flu and possibly a urinary infection, or heaven forbid something worse!! The ups and downs of stardom, eh! One of my long-time German rivals took a picture of us and sent it to the German press, so I am internationally famous now.
From June, my rise to fame was mainly because I moved into a new age-group (so I thought, you’re running against old men here, make it count!) Did you move up age-group?
Do you have a club house there? If so, be a sport and organise a plaque in my honour would you?!!! Well, perhaps not, but say hello to anyone who remembers me. I remember you once said, leaning over the balcony, just like Juliet, that you would be looking after me in a few years. Where are you now, when I’m just recovering from death’s door?!
I will still have to come and do the parkrun one day.
Best Wishes and happy running,
Photo shows me finishing 2nd in the World 1500m final, 7 secs clear of bronze.
Camberley Open Meeting 18th November
RPAC had a successful day at the Camberley Open on Sunday 18 November, winning nine medals in total, three individual ones and six team ones. On an attractive course through the woods and finishing on a very steep hill RPAC fielded sixteen runners across the various age groups.
Ada Heims took individual bronze in the U9 girls, finishing strongly to hold off a fast closing rival. In the U9 boys the team packed well with Callum Hart, George Turner and Oscar Birch, 6, 7 and 9 respectively. Robert Duncton also ran well to finish 11th.
In the U11 girls Jessica Randell ran with great determination to finish third despite being pushed hard all the way up the hill and to the finish. The highlight of the day though was the U11 boys where in a competitive field Max Orchard put in an impressive sprint to snatch second place in the last ten metres. Ollie Burnett and Harry Peters also had good races finishing 7th and 11th respectively to ensure RPAC won the team silver. This race saw our strongest turn out of the day with Will Shortall, Ethan Else, Isaac Beckett and Bertie Morgan all placed well.
In the U13 boys race Joel Lawrence was our sole competitor and had to navigate the hill twice, running strongly to finish 9th. In the U13 girls Alessia Turner ran well to finish 8th and Phoebe Taylor had a good race also.
Surrey XC Relay Championships, Guildford Saturday 27th October
The annual Surrey (Bruce Judd) XC Relay Championships took place at Stoke Park in Guildford on Saturday.
Six teams from RPAC competed with each team member running the same lap of c.2.5K around Stoke Park. Our U17W's team finished in 4th place. Lucy Broderick ran our quickest lap and finished with the 7th fastest individual lap time in the U17W's race.
There was a 4th place finish for our U13G'S A team too. With 15 complete teams (plus some incomplete teams with less than 3 runners) taking part, this was a great result.Two of our U13G'S finished amongst the top 10 individuals with the fastest laps. Lucy Dénecé was the 4th quickest and Shakila Keable the 7th quickest. In the U13B's race our A team were placed 7th with Samuel Stapley running the 14th quickest individual lap (66 boys took part). Our U15B's team finished 13th with all three runners completing their individual laps in almost identical times, all being within 4 seconds of each other.
Several of the RPAC athletes have been selected to represent Surrey Schools in the annual West Midlands Inter-Counties XC match being held this year in Cheshire on Saturday 8th December. However, following Saturday's performances, a number are now likely to be switched to the Surrey County XC teams competing in the South of England Inter-Counties XC Championship in Oxford. Unfortunately, this year the dates clash.
Some of the RPAC runners at Guildford:
Surrey XC League Match 1 Richmond Park and Wimbledon Common 13th Oct
The first Surrey League xc matches took place on Saturday 13th October with the Boys racing in Richmond Park and the Girls on Wimbledon Common.
The highlight for the Boys teams was 7th place in the U13's with 15 clubs competing. As we had no Y8's in the team, they can all still compete in the U13's next year too. Samuel Stapley 14th, and Sammy Rolaston 16th, were our two highest placed runners.
In the Girls match the U13 team finished in 4th place, again with 15 clubs taking part. Lucy Dénecé and Shakila Keable had exceptional races coming home in 4th and 5th place respectively.
The 2nd round of matches takes place on Saturday 10th November. The boys are on Wimbledon Common at 2.30 and the Girls in Nonsuch Park, Cheam with the U17/U15 race at 12.00 and the U13's at 12.30.
The U13B's at Richmond Park:
Some of our U13G's running at Wimbledon Common:
Update from the Chair, September 2018
It's the end of September, the nights are drawing in and the track and field season is over. It's therefore time to turn our attention to cross-country running for the next few months! The seniors have already received details of the fixtures over the winter, an e-mail will be coming out to all juniors in the next couple of days. Please review the fixture list and get the relevant dates in your diaries.
Summer Evening 10k
However, I'm going start my update this month with a look back at the last couple of months. Firstly, the Summer Evening 10k,which we held at the beginning of July in the middle of the heat wave. We had nearly 500 entries and 406 runners completed the course on the night, with no major medical incidents despite the temperature. So not only an excellent turnout, but we also raised over £2,000 for club funds. Thank you to all club members, parents and friends who helped at the event both before and on the night.
In particular, the race would not have taken place without the hard work of Race Director Wayne Chappell and Race Consultant Moray Carey, so a massive thank you to both of them for both this year and previously. Both Wayne and Moray have decided that it's time to take a break from race organisation, so are standing down with immediate effect. However, Chris Veale has already volunteered to take over as Race Director for 2019, thank you Chris! Chris will be looking for an assistant so as to spread the workload, please let him know if you are able to help.
Junior Track & Field Leagues
The juniors have successfully competed in all the following track & field leagues this year, covering all age groups:
- Lily B
- Ebbisham Boys League (joint team with Dorking & Mole Valley)
- Youth Development League (lower age group)
- Youth Development League (upper age group) (joint team with Holland Sports)
- Southern Athletics League (joint team with RPAC seniors, Dorking & Mole Valley & Holland Sports)
Our participation in all these leagues is hugely reliant on us providing people to officiate and help with the events on the day. I won't try to list everybody who has helped in this way, as their names have already been published on the website. However, we do need to ensure that we have sufficient people available to help in the leagues next year, so we will be organising an introductory session for track & field officiating in Spring 2019. Keep a look out for further details.
Having said all that, the most important volunteers are our Team Managers, on whose shoulders falls the responsibility for getting our athletes to the matches in the first place. Thank you therefore to all of Anita Evered, Sam Jenner, Kirsten Mackison and Tessa Wardley. All four of them are however standing down now the 2018 season has ended, as their children are all moving on through the age groups. Adriana Collins (Ebbisham Boys League) and Ashley Burridge (YDL UAG) have already agreed to manage the respective teams for 2019, but the positions are still vacant for the Lily B and YDL LAG. If your child / children will be competing in either of these leagues next year and you would be willing to take over as Team Manager, please contact Mike Gent (see e-mail version for the address) for further information or to volunteer.
At the beginning of September we had our annual club barbecue at Battlebridge after Tuesday training. The weather smiled on us this year and we had an excellent turnout of both juniors and seniors. Thanks to Ian Edmonds and his team for organising, cooking and clearing up afterwards, it was an excellent evening.
Club Mailing List
We are now 5 months into the club membership year, so it is expected that everybody who is planning to renew their membership for 2018/19 will have now done so. With this in mind, we will be removing anybody who has not renewed their membership from the club mailing list by the end of the coming week (7th October). If you have not renewed, this is therefore likely to be one of the last communications you receive from the club!
If you have not renewed for any reason, but still want to do so, please contact Treasurer Paul Chandler urgently.
Beat Box Hill 5k
This morning saw the first running of the Beat Box Hill 5k, 2.5k down the hill, then back up again. The organisers offered us two free places, which were taken by Annette Morris and Moray Carey. Annette finished in the excellent time of 25:39, the 73rd runner across the line, whilst Moray was a few minutes further back. I'm looking forward to hearing what it is like to run steeply downhill, then straight back up again!
Club Championship Half Marathon
For the seniors, we have 3 club championship road races each year, over 10k, 10 mile and Half marathon distances. The RunReigate Half Marathon was once again the half marathon championship this year.
Full championships results are on the website, congratulations to all our winners & runners-up as well as to everyone who raced in the half marathon or any of the other races organised by RunReigate the same day. The highlight of the day looks to have been Fran Dunham holding off new member Matt Ryan by just 17 seconds to claim the senior men's championship. Matt has the consolation of claiming the men's veteran 40 championship in his first competitive race for the club.
Senior Grand Prix
The Grand Prix for the seniors has now completed for 2018, congratulations to all the winners. The final results are on the website, but to summarise the key points:
- In Group 1, Steve Bass retained his first place, despite not finding anyone willing to sponsor his return to the UK for the RunReigate Half Marathon. Andy Walker also stays in 2nd, as Fran Dunham had left himself to much to do to catch him, having missed the early races through injury
- Tom Almond is the winner of Group 2 with a perfect score, but behind him Ginevra Stoneley overtook Gav Lawrence for 2nd place, as strangely Gav preferred to run and win the RunReigate 5k (with its attendant prizes) rather than run the Half Marathon!
- Group 3 is won by Dan Emson-Jukes, I won't mention who came second in that one
- Group 4 was very tight, Michael Clark just edging out Andrew Bamford by 2 points
- Anthony Collins is the winner of Group 5, with another perfect score. However, behind him, the Collins family was prevented from taking a clean sweep, as Kimberly Duckworth's run in the RunReigate Half Marathon meant she edged out Adriana for 2nd place
The Summary minutes for the Committee meeting back in July are available here (website login required).
SEAA Southern Road Relay Championships, C Palace 23 Sept 2018
The annual SEAA Southern Road Relay Championships took place on Sunday at Crystal Palace.
Starting and finishing in the Crystal Palace Athletics Stadium, each runner ran the same 3.1K lap. Despite heavy rain all morning, the young RPAC runners all performed well with some excellent lap times achieved.
The U13 boys, Matthew Pickering, Gusie Lewis, Sam Rolaston and Will John-Cox finished in 20th place out of 44 teams from across Southern England. Matthew ran the 10th quickest lap of all (145 competitors) and this despite a heavy fall out on the course which saw him treated in first aid after the race. The U13 girls were placed 25th out of 56 teams with Lucy Dénecé, Alessia Turner, Shakila Keable and Lily Woodhams all taking part. Lucy, like Matthew, ran the 10th quickest lap overall in her age group where 179 girls competed.
With Noah Young and Joe Walker running well in the U15 boys and Emiko Salvi one of the fastest amongst the Surrey qualified U17W, the rain was forgotten.
The Surrey XC Relay Championships take place in Stoke Park, Guildford on Saturday 27th October. Teams of 3, with a minimum age of 11 on the day of the race. Before that, the first Surrey League xc matches take place on Saturday 13th October. The girls match is at Putney Vale. The men's race is at Petersham but boys venue to be confirmed.
Seniors results, 15/16 September 18
Reigate Priory AC runners were out in force over the weekend. On Saturday the ladies fielded two team in the annual Surrey Road Relays in Wimbledon. The V35 team was lead off by Jo Davey who ran a strong 3 mile leg, passing over to Nat Wilson. Taking over from Wilson was Sarah Campbell before Ginevra Stoneley ran the anchor leg. Ginevra's impressive run was the fastest lap of the team, securing the team a Surrey Bronze medal and only missing out on Silver by 15 seconds. The V45 team was led out by Alice Smith with Sonia Galloway taking over and Annette Morris running the last leg finishing the team in 6th place.
Reigate Priory had a large number of runners taking part in the 5th Reigate half marathon on Sunday, which is club's half marathon championship. Battling it out for the club champion title were Fran Dunham and Matt Ryde. Matt, running his debut race for the club, started to suffer with about 2k to go enabling Fran to pull away. Fran managed to maintain his advantage, finishing 7th overall and taking the title of club champion in a time of 1.14.57. Matt not far behind was the first V40 over the line and became the V40 club champion, finishing with an impressive personal best time of 1.15.14. Other club titles went to Graham Bull (V50 champion) and Paul Chandler (V60 champion) In the ladies race, Ginevra Stoneley retained the ladies club champion finishing 4th overall. The other ladies champions were Ruth Willis (V35 champion), Claire Pryor (V45 champion) and Sarah Walters (V55 champion). In the new 5k race this year, Reigate Priory's Gavin Lawrence was the first first across the line, whilst there was good RPAC representation in the 10k as well.
In Woking, three Reigate athletes took part in the MABAC league at Lightwater Country Park. Malcolm Woodman was first home for the club over the hilly 5 mile course. Malcolm was followed by Anthony Collins and Adriana Collins.
In the Berlin marathon on Sunday, Reigate Priory's Matt Aylott was attempting sub 3 hours . Matt, who has been training hard to run to achieve his goal, had an impressive run, smashing the 3 hour mark finishing in a personal best time of 2.54.48.
Congratulations to all our runners this weekend, an impressive set of results!
(Adapted from Nat Wilson's report for the Surrey Mirror.)
Junior competition schedule, winter 18/19
The Junior coaches also have access to paper copies of the attached.
Lily B League, Sutton, 25 August 2018
The last Lily B League meeting of this year took place on Saturday at The David Weir Athletics Stadium in Sutton and a small contingent from RPAC acquitted themselves well with plenty of first places.
Competing in A stream events, Lucy Dénecé won the U13 1500m and also the Javelin with a throw of 21m 46. Katie Mac won the U17 Shot with 9.54 and was 2nd in the 80mH. Eva Peters won the U13 long jump with 3m 66 and was 2nd in both the 100 and 200m races. Lily Cain-Jones won the U15 Javelin with a throw of 27m 67 and Francesca Manrow won the U13 Discus with a throw of 16m 71.
Alessia Turner finished 2nd in the U13 70mH and won the B string long jump with a leap of 3m 66. Lily Woodhams picked up good points for the team with 2nd place in her U13 100m race and 3rd place in the 800m. Lily also jumped well in the long jump.
U11's Emily Sheard and Eve Goulding both performed well in the 75m and 150m sprints with Emily also putting in a good jump in the non-scoring long jump competition.
Thanks go to Kirsten Mackison for all the organising of our Lily B participation throughout the summer, and her management of the team at each of the matches. Also to the officials from RPAC and the parents and coaches who helped them. Special thanks go to Fiona Gent who spent the whole afternoon collating the results for the meeting.
Pics from the match starting with Katie and Alessia in the hurdles:
Moray Laing in the medals again
Congratulations to club member Moray Laing, who won 4 medals (1 Gold and 3 Silver) in the M50 category at the recent British Transplant Games in Birmingham.
Moray's full results were:
- Gold, Javelin. 36.40m (nearly 9m further than the athlete in 2nd!)
- Silver, Discus. 26.60m
- Silver, Shot Put. 9.09m
- Silver, Ball Throw (an event specific to the transplant games). 48.25m (just 15 cm behind the winner)
Moray will be back in Birmingham over the bank holiday weekend, where he is competing in the Javelin at the British Masters Championship. Good luck!
Update from the Chair, July 2018
A while since my last update. Club members have participated in many competitions recently, well done to everybody for continuing to take part in both track & field matches and road races despite the very hot weather we've been having.
Particular congratulations to two of our field eventers. Katie Mackison took 5th place in the recent English Schools Championships, whilst a few weeks earlier Moray Laing won silver (discus) and bronze (javelin) medals at the European Transplant Games in Cagliari, Sardinia.
This year for the first time, the veterans in the club have competed in the Southern Counties Veterans AC Track & Field league (South London division). The women finished in 5th place overall, whilst the men were 6th, both out of the 8 participating clubs (and both beat our local rivals Dorking & Mole Valley AC!).
(Alice Smith and Moray Laing in action at a recent SCVAC T&F League)
With this competition, our participation in a joint team in the Southern Athletics League and the various leagues for Juniors, I think we can truly say we are moving to being a club for all disciplines, not just running.
Summer Evening 10k 2018
My thanks to all the 50+ people who volunteered at the Summer Evening 10k earlier this month. Another hugely successful event, with nearly 500 entries and nothing but compliments received. The accounts have not yet been finalised, but it looks like the race has made a significant contribution to club funds yet again, and has also successfully raised our profile with the local community.
Special thanks to Race Director Wayne Chappell and Race Consultant Moray Carey for all their hard work before, during and after the event.
I make no apologies for returning to the topic of volunteering, as having insufficient volunteers available poses a significant risk to the club. Although the Summer Evening 10k demonstrated what we can do as a club, we are still reliant on a relatively small group of members, parents, parents of former members and friends to keep the club running, organise events and take part in all the competitions we do.
Volunteering opportunities currently available include:
- Race Director of the Priory Relays, which are held in Priory Park in early November
- This is probably the simplest of the 3 races that we organise, with both Gavin Lawrence and Ian Martin available to assist and guide the person who takes on the role
- Assisting the Committee with marketing of the club, both internally and externally
- Somebody with experience and access to PhotoShop would be particularly welcome!
- Organisation of senior social events and assisting with the annual senior awards evening
- Longer term, Team Manager of the RPAC team for the Ebbisham Boys League for 2019
- Thanks to Sam Jenner who has been doing this role for the last few years, but her sons are now moving into higher age groups, so will no longer be competing in this league
- Realistically needs to be a parent whose son(s) will be competing in this league next year
If you want any further information about any of these roles or want to put your name forward, please contact me in the first instance (see e-mail version of this update for all contact details).
Please remember that if you want our club to improve and continue to provide the opportunity to participate in all aspects of athletics, then we need people to contribute in many ways, not simply sit on the sidelines and wonder why nothing is happening!
Steve Bass (Men's Captain) and Ronnie Murray (Men's Vice-Captain) are leaving the club to take on new challenges elsewhere in the world (New Zealand and Canada respectively). My thanks to both of them for their hard work and commitment to the men's team.
With immediate effect, Tom Almond is appointed as Men's Captain, assisted by Fran Dunham and Rick Coles as Vice-Captains. Tom, Fran and Rick can be contacted via e-mail.
Beat Box Hill 5k, 30th September 2018
We have been offered 2 free places in this new race, down and up the (closed) zig-zags on Box Hill. If you want to put your name forward for one of these places, please e-mail Ginevra as soon as possible and definitely before Tuesday 7th August.
You must have volunteered in some way in the last year to be eligible, but as long as you satisfy that criteria, the successful applicants will be decided by a draw.
If you haven't already renewed your membership or told Paul Chandler you are resigning from the club, please either pay and / or contact Paul Chandler as soon as possible (via e-mail).
I hope everybody has a good summer, please look out for details of a social event in early September for the whole club and e-mails about the remaining Track & Field events and road races over the next 2 months.
YDL Wormwood Scrubs, 21 July 2018
The last of this seasons Lower Age Group YDL matches took place on Saturday at the Linford Christie Stadium in Wormwood Scrubs.
With most taking part in two or three events, there were a number of new PB's and highly placed finishes from the RPAC athletes.
For Joely Watkinson there was an excellent throw of 21m31 in the U15 Javelin. A new PB and 1st place on the day. Joely also ran a good 1500m finishing 3rd. Francesca Manrow continued a great run of PB'S this season by improving her 150m time and her clearance in the high jump. Eva Peters had another Long Jump PB with 4m11.
Barton Carter returning to action after a lengthy break finished 2nd in the U15 Long Jump, Zara Watkinson had a 3rd place finish in the U13 1200m and Joel Manrow was 3rd in the U15 800m.
Thanks go to Anita Evered for putting together the team entry and to David Manrow for overseeing the team on the day.
Pictures from the Linford Christie Stadium:
Lily B League, Kingston 15 July 2018
Hot again at the latest Lily B League match, this time at a parched Kingston.
Amongst numerous good performaces there were several PB'S obtained including two for Francesca Manrow who threw 17.41 in the discus and cleared 1.25 in the high jump. Lucy Dénecé threw a huge PB in the Javelin with 21.58. A distance that sees her ranked 4th in Surrey for U13G'S Javelin. Lucy also ran a fast 1500m winning her race in 5.15.4.
There was a Shot PB for Katie Mackison with Katie edging ever closer to the 10m mark throwing 9.91. Katie also threw 38.65 in winning the U17W'S Javelin competition. Iris McCauliffe had a PB in the Shot too.
Lily Woodhams had a PB in the 100m and competed well in the Long Jump and 800m. Eva Peters equalled her PB in the 100m, did well in the Long Jump with 3.97, and threw a respectable 11.19 in her first attempt at the Javelin. In the U13G'S 800m there was another strong performance from Shakila Keable, finishing in 2nd place with a time of 2.38.2.
Our U11 competitors, Eve Goulding and Amelie Lawrence both ran well in the 75m and 150m sprints. Eve picked up new PB'S in both!
Lucy throwing 21m:
Shakila and Francesca in the 800m:
Iris in the Shot:
Eve and Amelie in the U11 sprints:
Lucy after her 1500m:
Francesca in the 800m:
Lucy and Eva:
Katie Mac takes Javelin Final 5th place at English Schools T & F Championships
Competing in the Inter Girls Javelin Final at the prestigious English Schools Track and Field Championships in Birmingham, (held over two days, Friday and Saturday 13th/14th July), Katie Mackison finished in 5th place with a throw of 39.65m!
Katie was selected to represent Surrey based on her Gold medal winning performances at both the Surrey Championships and the Surrey Schools Championships earlier this summer. In both competitions she achieved the qualifying distance which is a prerequisite for competing at the English Schools National Championships.
Many congratulations to Katie!
Katie at the Alexander International Stadium in Birmingham after her Final:
South Surrey Quad Kids Final, Guildford 4th July 2018
Following the qualifying heats in June, two RPAC teams made it to the South Surrey Quad Kids Final held at Guildford on Wednesday 4 July. The format was 8 teams of ten athletes, 5 boys and 5 girls, with each athlete doing a 75m sprint, a 600m, a standing long jump and a Howler throw.
After they had won their heat we had hopes of the A team winning a medal for the first time, but we were up against strong competition from Guildford, Epsom and Camberley, all of whom had been in the other qualifying heat.
Our athletes excelled themselves. Travis Bateman was second fastest overall in the sprint and had the second best long jump. This placed him third overall in the boys event. Max Orchard was sixth overall, which is a tremendous achievement for a year 4 athlete up against year 5 and 6's. Sam Stapley had the second fastest 600m overall and achieved a gold standard score as did Harry Peters. Kai Adams also scored very strongly.
Amongst the girls Alessia Turner and Shakila Keable performed hugely impressively, scoring highly in all events and finishing third and fifth overall respectively. Holly Elliott and Lily Woodhams also competed very strongly, achieving gold standards and ensuring that in aggregate the team amassed an impressive score.
At the final analysis we learnt that we had won the silver medal, beaten only by the hosts Guildford Young Athletes Club.
There was also a number of impressive performances from our second team. Sam Rolaston achieved a PB in the 600m and had the third fastest time overall on the night. Pollyanne Stott scored strongly across all events, achieving a gold standard and Charlotte Pelekani and Daisy O'Brien only just missed out on this, achieving a silver standard score. Joel Lawrence and Ollie Burnett scored well and excelled particularly in the 600m with impressive times, likewise Justin Collins who had a particularly impressive score in the long jump.
We also had a number of younger athletes, Will Shortall, Amelie Lawrence and Henry Stockley, who scored well and will be eligible to compete again next year.
Moray Laing wins medals at European Transplant Games
GB transplant athletes returned with the Overall Best Team Trophy from the European Transplant Sport Championship in Cagliari, Sardinia. Over 50 inspirational transplant athletes who have overcome serious illness have returned triumphant from Cagliari, Sardinia with a haul of medals. The championships are open to all organ and bone marrow transplant recipients and dialysis patients of all ages and abilities from over 25 different countries.
One of the athletes returning was Reigate Priory's Moray Laing from Coulsdon. Moray, who had a kidney transplant ten years ago and already a World Transplant Games champion at javelin, returned with one silver and one bronze medal for discus and javelin.
Moray said it was an honour to represent Team GB at the Games and to compete against other transplant athletes from many European countries. "The Games provide an incentive to keep fit, take advantage of a second chance generously given to me by my donor and to help in promoting organ donation. The coaching and support I have received at Reigate Priory AC definitely helped me in winning the medals. I am also grateful to my sponsor Angelo Conte of Nonna Rosas in Coulsdon who kindly provided my team kit as all team members are self funded or sponsored".
Moray is now preparing for the British Transplant Games in August with a view to qualifying for the British team which will compete in the World Transplant Games next year in Newcastle.
YDL Eltham, 17 June 2018
Sunday saw the latest match in the Lower Age Group Youth Development League, taking place on this occasion at Eltham.
For U15 Alex Collins there was a continuation of his run of PB's with 4.18 in the long jump and a time of 27.96 in the 200m. Alex was close to his best in the 100m too. Dan Stapley cleared an impressive 1m.60 in the U15 high jump. Lily Cain-Jones was second in the Javelin with a big throw of 24m.25.
Frankie Evered picked up a PB in the U15 Shot having already raced well in both the 800m and 300m. George Evered competed in the U13's with fast racing in both the 100 and 200m's, and George picked up points for the Shot too.
There were new PB'S amongst the U13's for Ben Wright and Shakila Keable in the 800m, Lucy Dénecé in the 1200m, Zack Lovegrove in the 200m and Lily Woodhams in the long jump. Shakila's time for the 800m, 2.35.94, is particularly quick for a still 10 year old, and Lucy's 1200m time of 4.03.01 is the third quickest in the club's records. Matthew Pickering won the 1500m by a comfortable margin.
Several athletes competed in three events each including Eva Peters who had a good day with third place finishes in each of the 75m, 150m and long jump. Lily Woodhams ran in the 75m and 800m as well as doing the long jump, and Ben Wright added the 100m and the long jump to his 800m.
Anita Evered was organised and calm as ever in her role as team manager and as always at the YDL meetings Simon Evered was helping officiate events throughout the day. A mention too for Ivan Barrett who was one of the UKA officials running the match.
Pictures from the YDL - starting with George, Zack and Ben:
Shakila on her way to another 800m PB:
Lily and Eva in the Long Jump:
Surrey Call Up for U17's Lucy, Katie and Emiko
Congratulations to Lucy Broderick (800m), Katie Mackison (Javelin) and Emiko Salvi (3000m) who have all been selected to represent Surrey in the U17'S Southern Inter - Counties match being held at Lee Valley in July.
All three were also selected by Surrey Schools for the inter-counties match against Kent, Hampshire and Sussex hosted by Sussex this weekend.
Each of them won medals in both the Surrey County Championships held in May, and the Surrey Schools Championships held earlier this month.
Emiko, Lucy and Katie with some of their medals won this summer:
Ebbisham Boys League, Coulsdon 10 June 2018
The latest match in the Ebbisham Boys League took place at Coulsdon on Sunday.
In the U11'S there were particularly strong performances from Max Orchard and Jayden Alabi. Both ran fast 150m and 600m races and both were amongst the highest scoring long jumpers. Harry Peters and Justin Collins also performed well at three events each with Harry picking up a new PB in the 150m and Justin equalling his PB in the 150m.
A good turnout in the U13's saw Finlay Caldwell, Ben Wright and Joel Lawrence taking on three events each and a number of others doubling up with two events. Matthew Pickering took 2nd place in the 1500m and Gusie Lewis was 3rd in the 800m. Samuel Stapley finished 2nd in the B string 800m with Sam Rolaston leading home the four other RPAC 800m runners in the non scoring event.
In the U15's it was a great day for Alex Collins who had PB's in all three of his events! 100m, 200m and long jump.
Dan Stapley won the U15 high jump with a clearance of 1m.50 whilst Oscar Curry and Joe Walker ran well in the 800m.
U17's can take part as non scorers in this league and turning out consistently all summer has been Drew Burridge. Drew equalled his PB in the 400m and running his first competitive 100m had a fast time of 11.9! Charlie Jenner threw 13.51 in the discus to establish a club record for U17B's Discus!
Thanks go to Sam Jenner for Managing the team and liaising with Dorking and Mole Valley AC with whom we formed a joint team.
Pictures from Coulsdon:
Surrey Schools Track and Field Championships, Kingston 9th June 2018
On Saturday it was back to Kingston, this time for the Surrey Schools Track and Field Championships. Having qualified through the South Surrey District competition, several RPAC athletes were in action in a high quality meeting. With a host of strong performances they came away with six medals.
For Katie Mac it was business as usual as she won Gold in the Intermediate Girls Javelin with a throw of 38.75m. Competing in the same age group both Lucy Broderick (800m) and Emiko Salvi (3000m) won Silver medals and Lily Grant took the Bronze Medal in the 300m Hurdles. Vicky Wilkes ran a new PB time of 27.01 on her way to the Bronze medal in the Junior Girls 200m.
In the Junior Boys High Jump, Dan Statham jumped a new PB height of 1.63m. This earned Dan the Bronze Medal and was also a new club U15 boys High Jump record!
There were other notable performances from Poppy Wardley (4th in Senior Girls 1500m), Abbie Owen (4th in Senior Girls 800m), Frankie Evered who came through a gruelling heat in the Junior Girls 800m to take 5th place in the final, Drew Burridge who ran a PB in the heats of the Inter Boys 400m, Rosie Braid who had a big PB in her Junior Girls 200m heat and 5th place for Lily Cain-Jones in the Junior Girls Javelin.
Drew has been on a good run all summer and in his last 300m race (at Finsbury Park on 31st May) he set a new U17 boys 300m club record with a time of 38.77!
Dan Statham in action the day after The Surrey Schools Championships, at the Ebbisham Boys League:
Lily, Vicky, Katie, Emiko and Lucy with their Championship Medals:
Lily B League, Croydon, Saturday 2nd June 2018
There were several personal best performances (including Lily Grant's new club record in the U17W'S 300m hurdles) and plenty of other great efforts by the RPAC athletes at the latest Lily B League match held in Croydon on Saturday.
Javelin proved a strength again with Lily Cain-Jones throwing a new PB of 33.97m in winning the U15'S while Katie Mackison won the U17'S with a throw of 36.75m. Katie had a good day, finishing second in the Shot with a PB (9.59) and running a PB in the 300mH. Lily Grant added a Shot PB to her record in the hurdles.
In the U15'S there was also a new PB for Erin Taylor-Benson in the high jump and good points were scored by Vicky Wilkes, Eva Marsh and Evelyn Salisbury who all doubled up with two events each.
The U13'S had plenty of success too. Francesca Manrow ran a new PB in the 200m, came 1st in the discus and competed in the 800m. Shakila Keable ran a fantastic 2.39.8 in the 800m. Not many below 2.40 in year six! Lily Woodhams had a new long jump PB with 3m.29 and also had first competitive outings in the 100 and the 200m sprints. Eva Peters as ever scored good points with her 100m, 200m and long jump. For Alessia Turner it was a busy afternoon too. Alessia performed well in the discus and the high jump but her highlight was her first 1500m where a long sprint finish saw her come home in 5.38.3. We haven't seen too many year six 1500's but this time compares very favouroubly with those from RPAC that have gone before.
An exciting 75m sprint was won by U11 Eve Goulding in a fast 12.1 seconds! Eve also ran a good 150m. Yasmin Badawi had another good all round performance competing in three U11 events and coming away with a PB of 3.18 in the long jump. Harriet Thynne as ever undertook three events and Harriet ran a new PB of 24.8 in the 150m. There were also good performances from Florence Carter, Amelie Lawrence and Jessica Randall.
Ian Crouch and Donna Barrington-Smith are both UK Athletics Officials from RPAC and we are grateful to them for once again giving up their Saturday's to officiate at the match.
Lily and Eva in their 200m races:
Florence Carter and Jessica Randall:
Shakila in the 800m:
Francesca in the 200m:
Lily and Eva again:
Yasmin jumping 3.18 (PB):
Donna (Standing) official time keeper:
At the end of a long afternoon, the U11'S and U13'S both took part in the 4 x 100m relays. After clocking 69.5 at the first Lily B match in Ewell, the U11'S improved their time to a speedy 65.7 seconds!
The U13 team of Francesca, Alessia, Lily and Eva finished their race in 3rd place in a time of 60.5 seconds. As can be seen from the Power of 10 this time is pretty quick! ( The Croydon time of 60.5 not posted to P of 10 yet).
U13 4 x100m Relay Team at Croydon:
New Club Record for Lily Grant in 300m Hurdles, Croydon 2 June 2018
Congratulations to Lily Grant who won the U17 Women's 300m Hurdles race at the Lily B match in Croydon in a new Club Record time of 47.9!
Lily is pictured in the race with Katie Mackison (RR) who also ran a new personal best time of 49.2 to make it 1st and 2nd in the race for RPAC.
It has been a good week for Lily who finished 4th in the Surrey U17W'S Pentathlon Championships on Wednesday with a performance that included PB's in the 80mH and Javelin. Lily also won the 800m at that event by a margin of 7 seconds!
New Club Records for Emiko and Frankie, May 2018
Shining under the floodlights at recent Open Meetings, Emiko and Frankie have had a great couple of weeks.
A club record that had stood for 9 years in the U17 Women's 3000m fell to Emiko Salvi at the British Milers Club meeting in Brighton late in the evening on Wednesday. Following her 9 second PB in taking the Silver Medal in the 3000m at the Surrey T & F Championships, Emiko took another 8 seconds off in a 3000m race, described by the commentator as "loaded with big names". With two pacesetters pulling the race along, Emiko finished in 10.26.82. A week earlier, running at another BMC meeting this time at Cambridge Harriers track in Eltham, Emiko took 7 seconds off her 1500m time finishing in 4.48.64.
Frankie was another late evening runner. Last week on the Monday night, she set a new U15G'S club record in the 400m at the Blackheath and Bromley Open with a fast time of 61.82! This week, finding herself in the West Country, Frankie turned out at the BMC meeting in Exeter on Tuesday to record a new 800m PB with a time of 2.24.09.
Emiko and Frankie. Frankie wearing her British Milers Club vest at Exeter. Emiko flat out (also in BMC vest) after the 3000m in Brighton:
YAC Quad Kids Open, Guildford Saturday 26 May 2018
12 RPAC athletes entered the YAC Quad Kids Open event and recorded some great performances.
In the U11 Girls Charlotte Pelekani was 8th overall, Eve Goulding 14th and Lucy Cawthorne 30th out of a field of 45 athletes. They had strong performances across all four events but particularly commendable was Charlotte's standing long jump, where she was fifth overall, and Eva's sprint where she was third overall.
In the U11 boys RPAC dominated, with Travis Bateman second overall, Max Orchard third, Ollie Burnett eighth and Henry Peters thirteenth out of a field of 38. Henry Stockley and Tyler Giles also recorded strong scores in their first track competitions for the Club. Travis was first overall in the Howler throw and the Sprint, Max was second in the 600m with Ollie third and Harry was second in the Howler throw.
In the U13 girls again RPAC dominated with Eva Peters second, missing first place by the finest of margins, and Lily Woodhams fourth overall.
We also had two athletes in the younger events with Robert Duncton doing very well in the U9's and brother George performing strongly in the U7's event.
This all bodes well for the Surrey Quad Kids team event which starts with the qualifying round on Wednesday 13 June.
Update from the Chair, May 2018
I hope everyone is enjoying the weather, it looks like spring (or is it summer already?) has finally arrived!
First off this month, the technical stuff. The new GDPR comes into force on Friday, 25th May. To satisfy the regulations, we have published the new privacy notice on the website here. You should have already seen this privacy notice in your membership renewal e-mail, but there have been some minor amendments since that went out, so please take the time to review the latest version on the website.
It's been a busy month for juniors and seniors. The Junior Academy competed in a Quad Kids competition back in April, whilst the juniors have had fixtures in all of the YDL (lower and upper age groups), Ebbisham Boys and Lily B leagues, plus the Surrey Track & Field Championships. Reports for many of these fixtures are on the website, but the highlight has to be the 9 medals won at the Surrey Championships including 4 Golds (Katie Mackison, Javelin; Lucy Broderick, 800m; Anousha Wardley, Pole Vault; Lily Cain-Jones, Javelin).
The seniors started with an unusually hot London Marathon. Congratulations to everybody who ran, simply finishing in those conditions was an achievement, and commiserations to those who did not manage to complete. Two of our runners decided to try again at the Milton Keynes Marathon 2 weeks later, but discovered the weather gods were against them as that day was even hotter!
Other races for seniors have included the YMCA 5 and Richmond Half Marathon, but culminated in 4 races in 2 days this past weekend. Sunday saw all of the Sutton 10k, a MABAC fixture and the Southern Athletics League, whilst Monday evening saw an intrepid 11 veterans compete in the Southern Vets T&F League - a new venture for the club.
To help everybody plan ahead for the summer, we are producing 2 flyers covering both competitions and volunteering, one each for the juniors & seniors. The one for the seniors is already available, an A3 copy is on the the new noticeboard at Battlebridge (thanks to Gavin Lawrence for the donation) and A4 versions are also available to be taken away. An electronic copy of the flyer is available here. The junior flyer will be available shortly.
At the AGM, we welcomed two new committee members in Ellis Cain-Jones and Jas Dhanda (who is actually returning to the committee after a break), replacing Christian Froggatt and Ronnie Murray. My thanks to both of them for agreeing to stand and to Christian & Ronnie for their work for the club. The Officers and other committee members remain the same, see the website for a full list. My thanks also to everyone who attended and participated in the discussions.
The major item on the agenda was about volunteering and how to encourage our members and parents to participate in the various opportunities. The discussion was very valuable and ruled out a lot of the suggestions that had been made during the earlier committee brainstorm. Your committee will be taking this forward, but some immediate information:
- To recognise the contribution of our volunteers, we will be publishing the names of everybody who has helped at all events on both the website and the Facebook Page
- With immediate effect, any seniors wanting to enter one of the 3 club organised races (Summer Evening 10k, Priory Relays or Holly Run) MUST also volunteer before or after the race, or provide somebody else to assist during the race. This change is a direct response to the strongly held views expressed at the AGM
- Additional assistance from within the club would be welcome in all the following areas, to assist the designated committee members:
- Marketing (to work with Ginevra Stoneley and me)
- Priory Relays co-Race Director (to work with Gavin Lawrence)
- Volunteering (to work with Liz Clark and Gavin)
- Social Events (especially for seniors) (to work with Gavin)
Ellis Cain-Jones took an action from the meeting to review the current constitution and to propose a way of allowing parents of junior members to have the ability to vote on club matters and to stand for the committee, which is not currently permitted unless they are a full member in their own right.
The summary minutes from the March Committee meeting are available here (website login is required).
YDL Dartford 19th May 2018
Some of the RPAC athletes at Dartford:
The latest match in the YDL took place in Dartford on Saturday. A good turnout of athletes despite the clash with the Royal Wedding saw several come away with new Personal Best's.
Anyone called Francesca had a particularly good day with a 100% return of PB'S! For Frankie Evered they came in the 100m, 200m, with a time of 28.2, and in the Shot, and for Francesca Manrow in the 150m and in the 800m where Francesca took her time down to 2.44.0. There were two PB's for Eva Peters, in the 75m with a speedy 10.9 and in the 150m with 21.8 and Eva only narrowly missed her best long jump distance.
There were two personal best's for Lucy Dénecé - a big one in her 1200m time where she took 1st place with a fast 4.07.8 and a throw of 14.53m in the Javelin earning her 2nd place in that event.
Alessia Turner had a good afternoon with a PB in the long jump, 3m.65, a good 75m and a first 1200m run in an impressive 4.25.2.
In the U15B's 1500m Noah Young ran a PB time of 5.03.1. Fellow U15 Joel Manrow competed well with good results in the 300m and 800m. George Evered as ever earned good points competing in three events, the U13B'S 100m and 200m sprints and in the Shot.
Others competing well at events for the first time included Samuel Stapley with an excellent 2.35.3 in the U13B's 800m, Zack Lovegrove with great efforts in the 100m, 200m and long jump, and Lily Woodhams with a good first 800m.
The afternoon ended with a spectacular 4 x100m relay by the U13G'S (Francesca Manrow, Alessia Turner, Lily Woodhams, Eva Peters) who finished with the equal third fastest time of 59.8. (Out of 7 U13G'S relay teams).
Thanks go to Anita Evered for managing the team and to our UKA Official Ivan Barrett for giving up his Saturday to officiate so many of the events.
The next Lower Age Group (U15/U13) YDL match is at Eltham on Sunday 17th June.
Pictures from Dartford:
Surrey Track and Field Championships, Kingston 12th/13th May 2018
Two days of intense competition at the Surrey Track and Field Championships in Kingston saw a healthy return of precious metals as the club's young athletes came home with nine medals. Including four Gold.
Saturday saw George Evered picking up another PB in the heats of the U13 200m whilst in the U15 200m Vicky Wilkes breezed through the heat and semi final with a healthy PB in the heat, to take the Bronze Medal in the U15 Girls 200m Final! Although going out in the semi final, U15 Ellie O'Donovan picked up a new 200m PB, doubling up on Sunday with a 100m PB in the heats of the 100m. In the U15 Girls 800m heats Eva Marsh just missed out on progressing to the final but kept up her record of a PB in all three of her 800m races this year!
As the rain set in through the afternoon, Katie Mackison stepped up for the U17W'S Javelin Final and with a throw of 37.72m won her thrd consecutive Surrey Championships Gold Medal!
Vicky in the final and Katie:
With Gusie Lewis (winning his 800m heat) and in the 1500m's Matthew Pickering and Lucy Dénecé safely navigating their heats to return for Sunday's finals, the U17W'S 800m Final was held on Saturday. Outstanding racing from Lucy Broderick and Emiko Salvi saw them finish with Gold for Lucy and Bronze for Emiko. A Season's Best time of 2.18..26 for Lucy and a PB of 2.20.78 for Emiko.
Lucy, Emiko and Gusie:
Sunday saw much better weather and Gusie picked up a PB with 2.28.2 in the U13 800m Final coming home in 7th place.
Another big medal for Anousha Wardley! With a clearance of 3.0m Anousha won Gold in the U20W's Pole Vault. Around the same time, Poppy Wardley picked up Silver in the U20W'S 1500m with a Season's Best time.
Anousha and Poppy with their medals:
Drew Burridge continued his fine run of PB'S in the U17 400m with a time of 55.92 in the heat. For Lily Grant there was the disappointment of disqualification in the 300mH with no second chance for a false start.
Out on the field, Lily Cain-Jones had recorded a huge PB throw of 32.36m in the U15 Javelin Final and this proved good enough to win the Gold Medal against tough opposition.
Lily with her Gold and Drew in his 400m:
Back on the track meanwhile, having narrowly missed qualification for the U15 800m final despite finishing second in her heat (five heats, only the winner of each guaranteed a final place), Frankie Evered was continuing her run of PB'S in the U15 300m. With a time of 44.34 Frankie won her heat with ease and returned to finish 5th in the Final.
Frankie in the 300m final:
Now late into the afternoon. the middle distance finals started.
Emiko Salvi was back to take part in a gruelling U17W'S 3000m. With a trademark surge over the last 300, Emiko ran a big PB time of 10.34.18 to pick up a Silver Medal to add to her collection. Her time moves her up to 20th quickest in the UK at the time of writing.
Matthew Pickering was next and was another to pick up a PB with 4.49.66 seeing him also finish with a Silver Medal in the U13 boys 1500m - and ranked 16th in the UK!
Yet another PB was to come! Lucy Dénecé took 11 seconds off her previous best to finish 7th in the U13 girls 1500m Final with a time of 5.12.80. This sees Lucy into the top 30 in the UK ranking for the event.
I make that 4 Gold's, 3 Silvers and two Bronze Medals!
Emiko, Matthew and Lucy (First pic is Matthew finishing in 2nd place):
Finish of the U17W'S 3000m:
Frankie and Eva line up for their U15 800m heat:
Lily B League, Ewell, Saturday 5th May 2018
A hot and sunny day meant this year's first Lily B League match of the season took place in ideal conditions at Ewell on Saturday. Bolstered by a large contingent of Under 11's, the RPAC team enjoyed a good day competing in track and field events.
There were many notable performances, including from several athletes competing in the league for the first time. Amongst so much potential shown by the under elevens, the older girls didn't disappoint and the Under 17's had some particularly outstanding results. In the 300m hurdles Lily Grant and Katie Mackison both achieved personal best's. Lily's time takes her to number 2 in the club's records for the event (behind Sophie Elliss who at U17 represented England at hurdles in the Schools International in 2015). For Katie there was also a PB and new club record (again!) in the javelin with a throw of 40.25 metres. Katie is now ranked 3rd in the UK for the event. Lucy Broderick won the U17 800m by a distance with a seasons best time of 2.19.9.
All three girls are now set up nicely for next weekend's Surrey Championships.
Katie at Ewell after breaking the 40m barrier and Lucy winning the 800m
Highlights amongst the under 15's included two PB's for Eva Marsh, in the 800m and the long jump, and a first league appearance by Jasmine Foster who performed well in the long jump, shot and 800m. The 800m race completed despite losing a shoe at the start when someone trod on her heel. Jasmine ran the whole race with a shoe missing!
Under 15's Erin Taylor--Benson in the High Jump and 800m, and Imogen Gregory in the Long Jump and 1500m also performed well in their first league outings. There was another good double from Joely Watkinson with a fast 1500m time and a good throw of over 18m in the Javelin.
Amongst the Under 13 highlights were two PB's for Francesca Manrow, in the 200m and the discus, and two fast races run by Shakila Keable in the 200 and the 800m's. We were spoilt for choice in the 200m with Ella Scrase and Jessica Basnett also competing. Both Ella and Jessica also took part in the long jump. Caitlin Evans was our U13 100m runner with a time table clash with long jump meaning Jessica missed out. Lucy Dénéce and Zara Watkinson doubled up in the 1500m and Javelin with good results.
Ella in the long jump:
Zara and Lucy in the U13 1500m:
We had U11'S competing in the 75m, the 600m and in the long jump.
Yasmin Badawi had a particulaly good day, competing in all three events with 2.90 in the long jump, 12.0 in the 75m and 2.09.6 for the 600m. Others to do especially well in the 75m were Imogen Wheeler with a time of 11.9 and Harriet Thynne with 12.1. In the 600m there were particularly good times run by Holly Elliott with 2.08.1 and Daisy O'Brien with 2.09.6 (the same time as Yasmin). Harriet also had one of the leading scores in the long jump with 2.86 with Imogen jumping 2.65 and Amelie Lawrence, 2.50 and Emily Sheard with 2.49 also doing well.
Ruthie Lewis ran a good 600m race on her eighth birthday! Our youngest competitor.
The U11'S also ran a fantastic 4 x 100m relay!
Thanks as ever go to those parents who helped with the officating and especially to Kirsten Mackison for managing the team. This involved Kirsten running to and from the scorers office on many occasions to amend/update our team sheet with changes and late entries.
The next Lily B League match is in Croydon on Saturday 2nd June. Let Kirsten know as soon as you like if you want to compete!
More pics from Ewell:
Katie sets new U17W'S Javelin Club Record
Katie Mackison has started the summer in top form!
Having set a new U17W's club record for the Javelin with a throw of 37.94m at the recent Haywards Heath Harriers Open Meeting, Katie produced an even longer throw at the YDL meeting in Eltham on Sunday. In winning her event with a throw of 39.65m Katie increased her own club record, had a new PB and has achieved the entry standard for the English Schools Track and Field Championships being held in Birmingham in July. She is currently ranked 4th in the UK for U17W'S Javelin.
Katie (file pic!)
YDL Battersea 21 April 2018
Summer arrived early at Battersea Park on Saturday and a good turnout by the RPAC U13/U15 boys and girls saw them involved in an exciting afternoon of competitive athletics.
While several were competing in events for the first time, there were plenty taking advantage of the perfect conditions to record some impressive personal best performances.
Joely Watkinson had a good day! Running with great maturity in the U15 1500m Joely came through the field to take the lead on the bell. Holding off a determined attack on the home straight, Joely stayed strong to win in a time of 5.23.39. A massive PB. She went on to take third place in the Javelin with another big PB throwing 19.72m.
Noah Young also PB'd in his U15 1500m race to finish in fourth place and had a PB in the long jump. In the U13 1500m Matthew Pickering led for most of the way in a race that saw 1st and 2nd finish well clear of the rest. Pipped over the final 100m, Matthew still claimed his second 1500 PB of the month and his time of 4.49.70 is top ten in the UK at the time of writing. The U13 girls race 1200m in this league and there were good performances from Lucy Dénecé who finished 2nd in the A Stream and Zara Watkinson who was 2nd in the B Stream. Both went on to record good throws in the Javelin.
The 800m races saw our U15G's Frankie Evered and Eva Marsh take 1st and 2nd thereby winning both the A and B streams and for Eva it was a new PB. Frankie went on to record a fast 45.23 in the 300m taking second place with a PB and also PB'd in the shot for good measure! In the U13 800's Francesca Manrow and Alessia Turner were third and fourth with Alessia improving her PB by five seconds. Joel Manrow PB'd in the U15 800 finishing fifth in the A stream with Oscar Curry second in the B stream. Gus Lewis ran well and took second in the U13 800 then PB'd in the Shot, and in his first race, Harry Taylor came home fourth in the B stream 800.
Caitlin Holloway was another to have a good day with PB's in both the long jump and shot. Caitlin also ran a good 150m race. George Evered doubled up in the U13 sprints with two good races including a PB for the 200m and he had a new PB in the Shot. In the U15 sprints Barton Carter also doubled up with two good efforts and came 2nd in the long jump.
Lily Cain-Jones was 2nd in the U15 Javelin recording a throw of 24m.98.
Numerous athletes took part in two or three events like Iris McAuliffe who competed well in the 100m, high jump and shot. Like Iris, others too were first timers at their event including Sam Froggatt in the U15 100m, and Joe Walker U15 800m and they all put in good performances.
As ever we are indebted to Anita Evered for managing the team so brilliantly and to Simon Evered for his officiating and to the parents who helped him.
Update from the Chair, April 2018
Club AGM, Monday 23rd April 2018
I'll start this month by reminding everyone that it is the club AGM this coming Monday, 23rd April. 6.30 pm for 7 pm at the YMCA Sovereign Centre, Slipshatch Road, Reigate.
One major item on the agenda is a discussion about volunteering, and how we can encourage members and parents to volunteer on a more regular basis. This topic will be introduced with a presentation, which is available on the website for you to preview - please see the e-mail version of this update for the link.
This presentation includes the result of a recent brainstorm by your committee, some of the options may appear to be somewhat unpalatable to many members and parents! I would therefore encourage everyone to look at the presentation and to attend the AGM to provide your feedback and suggestions.
On the topic of volunteering, please note that we will need at least 2 new people to stand for election to the committee, as both Christian Froggatt and Ronnie Murray are standing down as of the AGM. My thanks to both of them for their service to the club.
Finally, I am also aware that the club constitution as it currently stands does not give the parents / guardians of our junior members the ability to vote at the AGM, unless they are a full member in their own right. Thus it is currently possible for the senior members to agree changes to the club with very limited input from the junior section and junior academy. I would welcome feedback from the junior section / junior academy, either before or at the meeting, as to whether this is an acceptable situation. To give me feedback before the meeting, simply reply to my e-mail.
Southern Athletics League
A mixed junior and senior team of over 10 athletes competed at the Southern Athletics League match last Saturday, helping the combined Dorking / Holland Sports / RPAC team to 2nd place, only just behind the winners Cambridge Harriers.
Apologies that I can't mention everyone, but there were 1st place finishes for all of Lucy Broderick (twice), Jo Davey, Emelye Kenyon-Brown, Anousha Wardley and Drew Burridge, whilst it was really good to see Colin Kloes reliving his youth in the sprints (rather than his more recent endurance events).
Congratulations to all the club members who have competed in the recent Brighton, Manchester and Paris marathons. Highlights from these are Max Olive's 2:56 at Brighton and Kate Knight completing her 50th marathon in the same race.
Good luck to the many members who are running in London this Sunday (22nd), I hope the weather cools down a bit before then (which I didn't think I would be saying just 1 week ago!). This will be Kate's 51st marathon, 1 week after Brighton.
Jimmy James Handicap
Finally, congratulations to Anthony Collins, who won the Jimmy James Handicap 2017/18 by just 1 point from Bethany Higgins. Commiserations to Bethany, who had established a commanding lead after the first 4 races, but was unable to run the last 2 through injury.
Update from the Chair, March 2018
Dates for the diary and congratulations this month.
Annual General Meeting
The AGM will be on Monday 23rd April, at the YMCA Sovereign Centre. You will be receiving the formal notification and supporting documents at the beginning of April, but one topic for discussion will be ways to encourage members, parents & friends to volunteer for club activities. Your committee have already discussed and have a number of ideas, which will be presented at the AGM.
The AGM is also when we elect the new committee. We will require at least two new faces this year, as Christian Froggatt and Ronnie Murray will not be standing again. My thanks to both of them for everything they’ve done for the club whilst they’ve been on the committee. If you want to know more about what being on the committee entails, please contact me, Ginevra Stoneley or any other current committee member.
We are planning to offer renewals via direct debit from this year onwards. Please look out for an e-mail in early April giving further information and details on how to set up the direct debit.
It was my great pleasure to be able to join Dave Mills to present the Junior Section endurance awards back in February. The awards were presented to Lucy Denece and Matthew Pickering (U13), Lucy Broderick and Oli Mooney (U15) and Emelye Kenyon-Brown (U17).
Highlights for the year were Lucy’s win in the Surrey Schools X-C championships and Matthew’s first place in the West Midlands Inter-counties match, running for Surrey Schools.
Lucy Denece, Emelye and Matthew were joined by Noah Young to compete in the recent English National Cross-Country Championships at Parliament Hill. For the seniors, Ronnie Murray, Steve Bass, Max Olive and Tom Almond competed in the senior men’s race, whilst Annette Morris was our sole representative in the senior ladies. This race and venue are the ultimate cross-country experience, well done to everyone who ran.
The RPAC vest was also prominent in the recent Kowloon half marathon, as the race was won by our own George Roux, in a time of 1 hour 14 minutes. Congratulations George, it’s great to see the club gaining publicity in far flung places!
Summer race programme
The juniors will be competing in a number of track & field leagues this year:
- Lily B (Girls only, age groups U15 and lower)
- Ebbisham Boys League (U15 and lower again)
- Youth Development League, Lower Age Group (boys & girls, U15 and lower)
- Youth Development League, Upper Age Group (a joint team with other local clubs, girls and boys, U17 upwards)
The older athletes in the Junior Academy are also able to compete in the some of those leagues, plus there are other specific competitions organised for the Academy.
The club will also be focusing on a number of local open meetings and the Surrey Championships. It is expected that all juniors will compete for the club, so please look at the calendar for the dates and get the relevant ones in your diaries. Note that those for the Ebbisham Boys League and YDL Lower Age Group have not yet been added, they will follow soon.
The club also competes in the Southern Athletics League (a joint team with Holland Sports and Dorking & Mole Valley), this league is open to both seniors & juniors (U17 upwards), so an opportunity for the junior and senior sections of the club to compete together! Full details and dates are on the website.
Finally for Track & Field, we have joined the Southern Veterans AC Track & Field League for the first time this year. An opportunity for our veteran runners (35 and upwards) to compete on the track, either to rekindle your past or to experience the track for the first time! Full details are again on the website, but there are 4 fixtures on a Monday evening at various local tracks.
The seniors will also be competing in the Surrey Road League again this year, with both ladies and men planning to turn out a strong team in as many of the races as possible. Nat Wilson and Steve Bass have already sent out e-mails about these races, but if you want to check the dates, they are also on the website.
Again for the seniors, the Club Championship road races are the Dorking 10 (mile), Ranelagh Richmond 10k and the Reigate Half Marathon (despite being the day after the Surrey Road Relays). The Grand Prix will also run again this year, with your best 5 out of 8 results count to the competition. Full details for Club Championships and Grand Prix are also available on dedicated pages on the website.
Our MABAC race on 4th March unfortunately had to be cancelled because of the weather conditions. It is possible (but currently unlikely) that we will be able to reorganise later in the year.
The next MABAC race is the Cranleigh 15/21, on Sunday 25th March. This is an open race, to raise funds for MABAC so the other races are free to enter. We need to provide at least 2 marshals for this, if you are available to help or you are racing and your partner or a friend is able to help, please e-mail our MABAC team (see e-mail version of this update for their e-mail address).
Border League Match Four, Aldershot 25 February 2018
The fourth and final match of this year's Border League was hosted by Aldershot. Going into this match three Reigate Priory athletes had prospects of medals. Max Orchard, who had won the two previous Border League matches he had competed in, completed his set by winning again and taking the overall U9 boys title. Rory Beale finished in a very impressive fifth place, which placed him third across the four match series.
In the U11 boy's Will John-Cox had another great run to finish fourth in the series overall. He was supported well by Sam Rollaston who finished eleventh on the day, but should have secured a top ten place overall.
In the U11 girls Alessia Turner and Lily Woodhams ran strongly to finish comfortably in the top third of the field in their race. Tomos Knowles was our first U15 boy runner in the league this season and ran well in a small but strong field.
Below is a picture of Max and Rory with their medals and one of Will and Sam after their race.
English National XC Championships, Parliament Hill, 24 February 2018
Four RPAC Juniors took part in the English National XC Championships at Parliament Hill on Saturday. The line of pens used at the start line stretched into the distance with this year's entries seeing 570 complete the U13 boys race and 504 the U15 boys.
In that U13 race, Matthew Pickering had a great run to finish in 41st place (529 behind him!). Matthew will still be in the U13'S for cross country next year.
There were 467 finishers in the U13 girls race where Lucy Dénecé also ran well to come home in 71st place. Like Matthew, Lucy will run as an U13 again next year.
There were good performances too from Noah Young (U15 boys) and Emelye Kenyon-Brown (U17 Women's). With clubs from all across England sending their finest, these National Championships run over the renowned Parliament Hill course provide a challenging test for the young athletes.
Update from the Chair, January 2018
At the recent Awards Evening, it was my great pleasure to present the Ted Baker Award and an honorary membership. The Ted Baker Award is given annually for contribution to the club, especially over the last year, whilst Honorary Membership is awarded for outstanding contribution to the club over many years.
The recipient of the TED Baker Award for 2017 was Jas Dhanda, in recognition of his volunteering at all our races, including taking on the role of Chief Marshal, as well as his coaching of the seniors. This continues his many years of work for the club.
An Honorary Membership was presented to Sue Carnell. Sue was the ladies cross-country captain for many years and served on the committee in most roles including the first club welfare officer. Sue was the prime moving force behind the revival and development of the junior section. As a qualified UKA coach, Sue has coached both junior and senior sections. Over the years she has also managed the girls cross-country team; organised social events; acted as a welcoming presence for new members and led social runs. As an athlete, Sue was the 1993 Box Hill fell race ladies winner, whilst her time from 1992 still ranks as the 10th fastest ladies time ever. Sue was a bronze medalist in the London Marathon team race and has a best time at London of 3:06. She has been the club road race champion on many occasions over all distances and topped the national 10k race walk rankings when she turned her attention to competitive walking rather than running!
My thanks and congratulations to both Sue and Jas.
January has been a month of cross-country, including Surrey Country championships, Surrey Schools championships, Surrey cross-country league and South of England championships.
For the juniors, a highlight was the 3 podium finishes by RPAC athletes at the Surrey Schools championships, with Lucy Denece winning her race, Lucy Broderick and Matthew Pickering both finishing 3rd. They will be joined by Poppy Wardley, Emelye Kenyon-Brown and Katie Driver in the Surrey Schools cross-country team. At the South of England Championship last Saturday, Matthew Pickering (our only junior representative) finished a fine 25th in the U13 Boys race.
For the seniors, the ladies team continued their run of good results in the Surrey cross-country league, finishing 8th on the day and maintaining 9th overall (out of 15 teams). In the Box Hill fell race, Ryan Harris finished in 7th overall and 1st veteran man over 40!
We have two opportunities coming up for volunteering.
On Sunday 4th March, we are organising our first race in the MABAC league, at which we will need upwards of 20 people to marshal, assist at the finish funnel and set up / dismantle the signage on the course in Priory Park. Claire Humphrey will be sending out a request for assistance in the next week or so, but if you already know you are available, please contact Claire by e-mail (see e-mail copy of this update for Claire's address).
Then on Sunday 22nd April, we are once again providing a team to help at the start of the Virgin London Marathon. The 35 members of the team will be providing "meet and greet" information for both athletes and spectators at the start, which is a great experience (and you get a free VLM jacket!). Donna Barrington-Smith will also be sending out more details shortly, the deadline for replies is 8th March.
The summary minutes for the December 2017 committee meeting are now available here.
Surrey Schools XC Championships, Reigate 20th January 2018
There were podium places for three RPAC Juniors at the Surrey Schools XC Championships held in Reigate Priory yesterday.
Lucy Broderick became an automatic selection for Surrey in the prestigious English Schools National XC Championships in Leeds on March 17th, finishing 3rd in the Inter-Girls (Y10 and 11) race. Matthew Pickering also took 3rd place, competing in the Y7 boys race. For Lucy Dénecé it was 1st place in the Y7 girls to become the 2018 Surrey Schools Y7 Girls XC Champion! All three faced tough competition with the field made up of runners who all had to pre qualify through their district races in the autumn.
For Matthew and Lucy Dénecé, English Schools qualification has to wait another year.
Running in wet, muddy conditions several more from RPAC qualified to run for Surrey Schools in the upcoming South East Inter-Counties XC matches with the U15's and up competing in Berkshire on February 3rd, and the U13/U14's in Sussex on 24th March. Full results from yesterday yet to be published.
Congratulations to everyone who ran the Holly Run 2017
Congratulations to everyone who ran in the Holly Run 2017 on Sunday. We hope everyone enjoyed themselves, even if it is only in retrospect! Full individual and team results are now available on the website site (hollyrun.com).
We had over 80 more finishers than last year across the 8 races, which made the effort put in by all our volunteers even more worthwhile. Thank you to all the volunteers and to our sponsors, Simply Sports.
A couple of photos showing the U11 Girls preparing to start:
and now they are off:
South of England Inter-Counties XC Championships, Oxford 9 Dec 2017
Four young RPAC Athletes were selected in the Surrey U13 team for the South of England Inter-Counties XC Championships held in Oxford on Saturday.
Competing in freezing conditions against teams from eleven other counties, Matthew Pickering helped the U13 boys team to 2nd place and Lucy Dénecé, Izzy McManus and Eva Marsh helped the Surrey U13 girls to finish in 5th place. The standard of opposition they meet in the Southern Inter-Counties Championships is high, coming up as they do against the best cross country runners from across the South, and they can all be proud of their achievements in being selected to run for Surrey.
Maddy Pullen ran in the Surrey U17 Women's team and both Poppy Wardley (U17W), and Lucy Broderick (U15G), were also selected but unavailable on the day.
Update from the Chair, December 2017
Welcome to my final update for 2017, Merry Christmas / Season's Greetings (delete as appropriate!) and a Happy New Year to all members, parents & friends of Reigate Priory Athletic Club.
The Holly Run
It's been a busy year, but it's not quite over yet. It is now less than 2 weeks to the annual Holly Run cross-country races in Priory Park, on Sunday 17th December. With races for all runners from 8 to 80, we are expecting a total of approximately 500 competitors.
Please can I therefore ask all seniors and parents to offer their help if at all possible, simply reply to the recent e-mail from Nat Wilson with when you are free and your preferred role(s). The more people we have the better, but we are definitely short in the afternoon. Many seniors will be marshaling the junior races in the morning, but racing later on, so if there are any parents who can assist then please let Nat know.
It would also be great to see most of our juniors competing on the day, either for their school or for RPAC. Full details of the races and how to enter are available on the website, www.hollyrun.com.
Awards Evening, Saturday 20th January
To celebrate the successes of 2017, we will be holding the annual Awards Evening at Reigate & Redhill Golf Club from 7.30 pm on Saturday 20th January 2018. Gavin Lawrence will be sending out more details soon, but expect a buffet supper, the awards themselves and a disco. Please put the date in your diaries now, the evening is open to all seniors, older juniors, coaches and parents.
Among the other trophies & prizes, we will be presenting the Ted Baker Award for service to the club in 2017. Please send nominations (including a brief explanation of why your nominee should receive the award) to Ginevra Stoneley or me by no later than Monday 8th January, so the committee can make a final decision on the recipient at our first committee meeting in 2018. A full list of previous recipients is available on the website (http://www.rpac.org.uk/index.php/award-winners), current members of the club committee are NOT eligible for this award.
Yet more change to report at Battlebridge. Bam Nuttall have just recently completed a new concrete area in front of the Cabin and container. This was done as a community project, at the request of the Council, whilst Bam Nuttall are working in Redhill. This was therefore done at no cost to us or the Council, so a massive thank you to them.
Reports in Surrey Mirror
Dave Mills has been submitting junior reports to the Surrey Mirror for some time now, but regular readers will have noticed that senior reports have also started to appear recently, thanks to Nat Wilson. To ensure we get a regular flow of publicity for the club, please can everyone send junior reports to Dave and senior reports to Nat, no later than Monday in the week of publication. It is always good to have a photo that can be published.
Summary minutes from the October 2017 meeting are now available here (website login required).
South of the Thames Team Race, Sat 25th Nov 2017
A small group of 6 RPAC senior men competed in the annual South of the Thames 5 mile Team Race on Saturday, hosted by Kent AC at Beckenham Place Park.
Charl Jordaan (55th overall), Steve Bass (60th), Matt Aylott (88th) and Andy Walker (a welcome return from injury in 127th) formed the scoring team, finishing in 16th place out of the 40 teams. The teams who beat us included 5 (!) from Kent AC, and we beat many local rivals including SLH, so not a bad result. Paddy Patrick and Malcolm Woodman completed the RPAC runners in 213th and 218th respectively.
We all suffered the bad traffic to get to Beckenham Place Park. Steve was driving Charl and Matt - and they got there less than ten minutes before the start, and only got numbers thanks to Andy bringing them to start line. Charl pinned his upside-down and Steve ended up running to the start line with one shoe in his hand - they showed no pity and they started a few seconds after, meaning he had to stop for 30 seconds or so in the first mile to do up his flapping shoe-laces... Still, it was good to get out and run among a quality field, on a cold but sunny day.
The Holly Run, 17th December 2017
Christmas is coming and it’s time once again to join us for the 2017 Holly Run.
Reigate Priory Athletics Club have hosted this event for the last 34 years. There are races for all ages starting from 8 years and this is your chance to join previous race winners/participants such as Mo Farrah and Scott Overall.
Last year we had glorious sunshine, once the early morning mist had cleared (photo below is start of the U11 race), but you should also be prepared for mud and occasionally snow, it’s a true cross country experience!
Before and after the race you, your family and friends can relax in the warm with hot drinks and home made cakes, whilst watching the post race presentations.
We hope you can join us, entries are now open via the Holly Run website: www.hollyrun.com
West Midlands Inter-Counties XC, (Surrey Schools), Warwickshire 25th Nov 2017
Congratulations to Matthew Pickering who won his race at the West Midlands Inter-Counties XC match on Saturday!
Running for Surrey Schools in Warwickshire, Matthew was first to finish in a race that saw the Surrey Schools team taking on Cheshire, Cumbria, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Warwickshire and the West Midlands. Gusie Lewis ran well too, finishing 19th in a field of 83.
Matthew becomes RPAC'S fourth winner of an inter-counties XC race for Surrey Schools in the last two years following on from Felix Vaughan, Pippa Roessler and Lucy Broderick.
Lucy Broderick, Emelye Kenyon-Brown and Maddy Pullen all ran strongly in the Surrey team that won the Inter-Girls race on Saturday. Surrey came home with the trophy as the overall winners of the match. Pictures from the West Mids including one of the trophy (held up by Matthew) with some of the Surrey runners:
Camberley XC Meeting, Sunday 19th November
RPAC had a successful morning at the Camberley Open XC meeting on 19 November.
In the U9 girls Jessica Randell just missed a medal finishing in fourth place, whilst Emily Sheard ran strongly to finish thirteenth. In the U11 girls Katie Foss was our highest placed finisher in eighth and Lily Woodhams ran well to come in fourteenth. In the U13 girls Lucy Dénecé, who has been selected in the Surrey County team had an excellent run finishing second.
In the U11 boy's Will John-Cox came second and was well supported by Kai Adams, Harry Peters and Ollie Burnett who all had strong runs. In the U13 boys Matthew Pickering, who also is to be congratulated on his first county selection for Surrey, came third. But the highlight of the day was the U9 boys where Max Orchard won, Rory Beale was sixth and Tyler Giles also ran well, with the team winning first place in the team competition. A picture of the victorious team with their cup is set out below.
MABAC, Farley Heath, 19th Nov 2017
9 of us ran at Farley Heath last Sunday in the final MABAC race for 2017. The course was just under 5 miles, with mud, sand, hills and a short road section. Charl Jordaan was first home for the men and Bethany Higgins was first lady. We all enjoyed the run, although Paul Sapsard had a nasty fall on the first lap.
It has a been a good first season in the MABAC league, with RPAC finishing 6th out of the 10 teams, despite often having many fewer runners compared to the other clubs. The league resumes for 2018 at Windsor Great Park on Sunday 14th January, an 8 mile road run in a unique location. Hopefully we can get more RPAC runners to turn out for this one, even if it is only for a training run the day after the Surrey League Cross-Country.
Update from the Chair, October 2017
As promised, back to my normal boring title for this update.
Reigate & Banstead Sport Awards
First of all, congratulations to Mike Pocock. At the Reigate & Banstead Sports Awards earlier this month, Mike received the "Senior Citizen Sport Award" in recognition of his outstanding achievements in the Male Vet 60 category. I understand he still hasn't forgiven committee member Christian Froggatt, who organised the nomination!
Surrey League Cross-Country
Last weekend, the club organised the first fixture in this year's Start Fitness Surrey League Cross-Country, a total of 6 races across all age groups for both women & men. My thanks to everyone who volunteered on the day to ensure that the races went off successfully, but especially to Ian Thomas (Race Director), Naomi Jones (Race Referee), Jas Dhanda (Chief Marshall) and Andy Walker (Results). We have set a standard for the other organisers to aspire to.
In the races, we had 20 juniors running across the various age groups, led home individually by Matthew Pickering (2nd, U13 Boys), Felix Vaughan (3rd, U15 Boys), Lucy Denece (8th U13 Girls) and Poppy Wardley (9th, U17 Girls). In the team competitions, the U13 Girls were 4th and the U13 Boys 5th.
The senior ladies had a much better start to their season this year, finishing in 8th place (out of 15 teams) in Division 1 (just 1 point behind Belgrave), led home by Fiona Clark in a fine 7th place individually.
The men however found Division 1 a massive step up from Division 2, compounded by 3 of our top runners being injured at the moment. The standard of the field was amply demonstrated by the fact that our first finisher, Paul Prothero, was back in 29th place despite having a good run.
RPAC organised races
On Saturday 4th November, we are organising the historic Priory Relays in Priory Park. This is a cross-country relay open to all seniors, veterans and juniors over the age of 17, each leg is 2.5 miles long. See www.prioryrelays.com for full details.
Please see the recent e-mail from Race Director, Ian Martin, for the request for volunteers to help stage this race, all offers of help will be gratefully received.
We will also be entering a large number of teams, if anyone wants to run and hasn't already put their name down, please contact the relevant captains; for ladies, please respond to the ladiescaptain e-mail address, men should reply to the Teamer invite (if you haven't received this, use the menscaptain e-mail address). Juniors (over 17) however should note that it is the English X-C Relays on the same day, which take precedence.
The Holly Run this year is on Sunday 17th December. There are a total of 8 cross-country races across the day, catering for all age groups from 8 upwards. Full details are available at www.hollyrun.com, online entries are now open via Sport Systems. Bulk entry forms for schools will follow shortly. Race Director Mike Scott will be in touch closer to the date to request help with organisation and marshaling.
In addition to to website and Facebook page, we now have an active Twitter account "reigatePrioryAC". For those who use Twitter, as a minimum a tweet will be published giving the link to each news item on the website. I hope I've used the correct terminology here, as you may have already gathered I am not a user of Twitter myself.
The summary minutes for the September committee meeting are available here.
South of England Road Relay Championships, Crystal Palace, Sunday 25th September
With the hot sunny weather more suited to a track and field meeting, the first cross country event of the season for the Juniors was held at Crystal Palace on Sunday.
Running a fast 3k lap that started and finished in the stadium, with full results not out yet, we think our U13 boys were our highest placed finishers coming home in 11th place. Oscar Curry, Gusie Lewis, Freddie Fowler and Matthew Pickering are pictured above.
Next up in the cross country is the Surrey League meeting on Saturday 14 October in Reigate Priory Park. That is followed by the Surrey XC Relay Championships at Stoke Park Guildford on Saturday 28th October.
Pictures from Crystal Palace:
Half Marathon Championship / Grand Prix
The Run Reigate Half Marathon (and 10k) results are now on the website. This includes the Championship winners and runners-up (subject to confirmation that they are all fully paid-up club members).
The Grand Prix results have also been updated to include this last race, congratulations to all the Group winners.
The "Cabin" has landed!
Welcome to my update for September; don't worry, I will revert to the normal boring title next month!
The eagle-eyed among you will have seen that a new building has appeared at Battlebridge, alongside our container. The "Cabin" is now fully commissioned, and will provide us with a proper toilet, working kitchen and communal area (see photos below). We will share this with Redhill Youth Football Club who, in partnership with the Council, successfully applied for a grant from Tesco's. Our container will become a storage facility for both Clubs.
The juniors had a quiet August, but on 2nd September the girls competed in the Lily B Plate Final at the Kingsmeadow stadium in Kingston. Although Sutton & District were well ahead of the other teams, there was a very close battle between RPAC, Holland Sports and Hercules Wimbledon for the next 3 places. Our girls ended up in 3rd place, but only a few points behind 2nd. Well done to everybody who competed, you are a credit to the Club!
For the seniors, there was disappointment for the men, who finished in 2nd place to Ranelagh Harriers in the Surrey Road League. However, this was only on count-back, based on both teams' best 5 results (out of 7) the two clubs were tied with an identical number of points. It was only when the next best result was taken into account that Ranelagh sneaked ahead.
In the Surrey Road Relays on 2nd September however, the ladies W35 team were the bronze medallists, congratulations to the team of Jo Davey, Nat Wilson, Ali Rustige and Ginevra Stoneley.
The Club turned out a total of 5 complete and 2 partial teams, covering most age categories, with excellent individual performances. Well done to everybody.
Surrey Cross-Country League
Looking forward to October, the Club is hosting a joint ladies & men's cross-country fixture in Priory Park on Saturday 14th October. There will be a total of 6 races covering all age groups, so many of our juniors and seniors will be competing. Even if you are not racing please come along to support those that are. If you are available to help on the day, that would be greatly appreciated - please see the recent e-mail from Ian Thomas.
The summary minutes from the July committee meeting are available here. Note that we did not have a committee meeting in August, hence there will be no summary minutes!
MABAC League Wimbledon
Last Tuesday (1st August) saw 16 RPAC runners travel over to Wimbledon to compete in the latest race as part of the MABAC league. In contrast to all the previous runs which have always taken place on a Sunday morning the Wimbledon event was a 7-30 pm start time.
Upon arrival at race Headquarters, Wimbledon Rugby Football Club, we were greeted by a well organised team of car park marshals. HQ consisted of a modern club house complete with a bar and well stocked buffet for hungry runners upon completion of the race!
The actual race itself, a double loop 5 mile course, consisted of a mix of trails and gravel pathways undulating through the beautiful Wimbledon woodlands with a couple of challenging hills thrown in for good measure.
With 16 RPAC runners out on the course it was Brian Kelly who lead the team home in a time of 33-40 finishing in 37th place overall, closely followed by David Blayney (34-06) and Mike Scott (34-40). First RPAC Lady home in a time of 34-59 was Sonia Galloway. Ginevra Stoneley ran a time of 35-32 with third placed RPAC lady Mel Fulton-Bell finishing in a time of 41-14. Full individual and team results are available on the website here.
Special thanks to all those who made the effort to travel over to Wimbledon and compete for RPAC. Particularly those runners who were competing in their first MABAC. We hope you all enjoyed it and look forward to seeing you at future MABACs as well as hopefully a few more new faces.
Update from the Chair, July 2017
I hope everybody is now enjoying the holidays, whether because you're no longer having to go to school, you're off on holiday somewhere, or simply because you are making the most of the reduction in traffic on your daily commute!
Highlights in July for the Club were our annual Summer Evening 10k on Wednesday 5th and the BBQ on Tuesday 18th.
For the 25th running of the Summer Evening 10k, we had record entries, a record number of finishers and new course records for both the ladies (Georgie Bruinvels in 36:57) and the men (Phil Wicks in 31:32). The weather also smiled on us, although we did have a few comments about it being too hot!
We also welcomed the Milan family to the race, which was our memorial for former member and Race Director, Chris Milan. Jane Milan presented all the prizes, including the special memorial trophies for 1st lady and 1st man.
My thanks to all members and friends who volunteered either before the race or on the night to allow the event to run smoothly, but especially to Wayne Chappell (Race Director) and Moray Carey (Race Consultant).
The Barbecue had to be delayed by 1 week because of excavations in front of the container and the torrential rain (what a difference to the previous week!). Although I wasn't able to be there for the rearranged evening, I gather it was a great success (and this time the weather was also good). Thanks to our chefs, Aoife Kehoe, Lynn Box & Ian Edmonds.
August is a very quiet month for the juniors, because of the school holidays, but the seniors have a number of events coming up in both August and September. Juniors who may be considering running the Run Reigate Kids Race on 17th September should however see the discount offer described below.
- There will be no senior training at Battlebridge on Tuesday 1st August. Instead everybody is invited to run in the MABAC 5 mile cross-country race at Wimbledon Common, start is at 7.30 pm. See the e-mail from our MABAC coordinators (Claire, Liz, Ian & Michael) for full details, please reply to them (see e-mail version of this update for their e-mail address) if you want to car share or need a lift back from Wimbledon after the race.
- The final race in the Surrey Road League is the Wimbledon Dash 5k on Sunday 13th August. After 6 of the 7 races, the men are tied with Ranelagh Harriers for the overall team competition, so the final result depends totally on how well we perform in the 5k. We therefore need all our fastest men to run if at all possible, but there are under 50 places left - details and entries are here.
- The Surrey Road Relays are on Saturday 2nd September, starting at 12 noon. This is also the Surrey County Championships. We can enter as many teams as we need and everybody is welcome to run - times for the 2.9 mile course range from under 14 minutes to over 34, so it is fully inclusive! The ladies have already received an e-mail from Nat about this race, the men will receive an e-mail from Steve shortly (or see the Teamer invite).
- Please note that, because of the clash with the Surrey Road Relays, the early September Grand Prix race has been switched from the Priory Parkrun to the Surrey Road Relays (see above).
- Finally, the Run Reigate Half Marathon on Sunday 17th September is our Club Championship and the final race in the 2017 Grand Prix. Run Reigate are offering all RPAC members a 10% discount on entry, see the e-mail version of this update for details of how to receive this discount. Run Reigate would appreciate entries to be made by the 9th August if possible though.
The next RPAC organised race is the Surrey League Cross-Country fixture on Saturday 14th October in Priory Park. This is a joint ladies and mens fixture, so all our cross-country runners (juniors and seniors) will be running. We will obviously need a large number of volunteers to help organise this event, look out for an e-mail from Race Director Ian Thomas closer to the date.
Before then however, Run Reigate are looking for more volunteers to help them stage their Half Marathon, 10k and Kids Race on Sunday 17th September. If you are interested in helping, please see their volunteer flyer and contact them direct. Please note that Run Reigate help us with publicity and assistance on the night for our Summer Evening 10k, so any reciprocal assistance we can give them would be welcome.
Events for Club Members
On the evening of Wednesday 2nd August, there is a "Brooks try a pair of trainers 5k Run" in Priory Park. Full details are available on the club noticeboard.
Summary minutes from the June Committee meeting are available here (you need to be logged into the website to open this).
Surrey Athletics Network U13/U11 Open, Woking 19 July
It was a successful night for Gusie Lewis, Lucy Dénecé and Eva Peters at the SAN Open Meeting held in Woking on Wednesday. Competing in the Year Six events, Gusie won Gold in the 800m, Lucy won Gold in the 1500m and Eva picked up the Silver Medal with a PB in the long-jump.
All three have had a good summer of athletics with each recording several excellent results through the season.
Southern Athletics League, Lewes, 9th July
Holidays and other commitments meant that only two RPAC athletes competed at the Southern Athletics League match at Lewes last Sunday, joining with colleagues from Holland Sports and Dorking & Mole Valley. However, Jo Davey and Rachel Woodman each competed in 4 individual events, contributing 29 points between them to the team total of 191.
Jo dropped down in distance from her usual 1500m, finishing first in all of the 400m (66.9), 800m (2:27.2) and 400m hurdles (77.7). She also competed in the hammer, scoring more valuable points for the team. Rachel, in her first competition in 6 years, was 1st B string in the long jump (4.80m, just 3 cm off her PB), triple jump (9.17) and 100m hurdles, plus competed in the high jump. Rachel also ran a leg in each of the two relays.
Overall the team were 2nd, just 29 points behind the joint team from Lewes & Haywards Heath. After the first 4 matches the team is lying in 9th place out of the 16 in the division.
The 5th and final match for 2017 is on Saturday 19th August at Hastings.
Surrey selection for Barton in Derek Crookes Inter-Counties Match
Congratulations to Barton Carter who has been selected for Surrey to compete in the Long-Jump in the Derek Crookes Inter-Counties match at Kingston on Saturday 29th July.
Barton has shown great improvement this year taking his personal best in the long-jump from 4m 03 to 4m 86.
Ebbisham Boys League, Woodcote School Coulsdon 9 July
The league matches keep on coming! This time it was the boys' turn with the third and final Ebbisham League match of the season held at Woodcote School in Coulsdon on Sunday.
Some powerful performances from the sprinters led the way with PB'S across the board in 100, 200 and 400m.
In the U17's, Tyrese Greenway doubled up with 11.3 in the 100m and 23.2 in the 200m. Both PB'S and both quick! Tyrese broke his own club record for both events. James Naylor also had a PB in the 200m and Joe Jenner in the 400m. Joe also recorded 11.07 for a PB in the Triple Jump, also a new club record.
It was business as usual in the U13 sprints for Barton Carter. With PB 's in both the 100 and 200m, Barton just missed out in the long jump. Barton is having an exceptional summer of athletics. His time of 27.3 in the 200m equals the club record for U13B!
There was a Javelin PB for Charlie Jenner in the U15's.
In the middle distance races, year sixs Matthew Pickering and Gusie Lewis also picked up PB'S. For Matthew it was a first sub 5 minute 1500m with a time of 4.57.7 whilst Gusie recorded 2.31.8 in the 800m.
Standing out in the U11 competition was Sam Rolaston. Sam ran a quick 600m in a time of 1.52.5 and recorded 3.66 in the long jump.
Quad Kids Final, Guildford Spectrum, 5th July 2017
Having qualified for the Final by virtue of their performance in the semi final last month, a great team performance by the RPAC young athletes saw them finish in fifth place.
Special congratulations go to Jack Timbrell who was third boy overall, and to Eva Peters and Shakila Keable who were seventh and ninth girl respectively.
Nearly all our competitors improved their score over the semi finals and out of the twelve who took part, no fewer than eight were awarded the Gold Award which is a great achievement!
As eight of the team are still in year five (or below!), this makes their performance even more impressive. They will have the opportunity to return for next year's competition with every chance of even greater success!
Lily B League, Guildford, 1 July 2017
The third of this year's Lily B League matches took place in Guildford on Saturday. As usual there were numerous good performances and a number of Personal Best's achieved including amongst the highlights on the day the following:
In the U15's sprints there were PB's for Vicky Wilkes (200m) and Lily Cain-Jones (100m) and Lily also finished in second place in the Javelin. Pippa Roessler took second place in the 1500m and Frankie Evered was third in the 800m.
Amongst the U13's there was a huge throw in the Discus by Francesca Manrow, recording 16.63m! Francesca also competed in the 200 and 800m's finishing fourth in both races. Eva Marsh ran a PB in the 1500m finishing 3rd in the B string whilst Lucy Dénecé took third place in the A string. There was a big leap of 3.74m by Anya Gill in the long jump.
Several U11'S competed in the non scoring events and in the sprints, Lily Woodhams ran 11.5 in the 75m to finish 4th fastest. Harriet Thynne and Edie Phillips performed well in the 150m and amongst several taking part in the long jump, Katie Foss, Harriet, and Lily Woodhams all recorded jumps of over 3m. Five took part in the 600m where Katie Foss finished 2nd in 1.59.3 and Lily Woodhams 4th in 2.00.7. Both times are exceptional. Carson Morley, Pollyanne Stott and Scarlett Nimako also ran well.
Many thanks go to Gina Watson who performed tirelessly all afternoon as our UKA qualified official and to all those parents who volunteered to assist with the officiating.
Update from the Chair, June 2017
I’m going to start this month’s update with Communication and Marketing, where we have made a number of improvements over the last few weeks.
The eagle-eyed amongst you will have noticed that all news items on the website are now automatically posted onto the RPAC Facebook Page. This has already significantly increased the reach of the news items, and hopefully will encourage more people to consider joining the club. The next step will be to activate the club’s Twitter account, and post links to all news items on there as well.
We also have a new flyer for the Summer Evening 10k, using a template developed by Ronnie Murray. We will use this same template for all the races we organise. Ronnie has also nearly finished another flyer for the club itself, which we can use to encourage people to join the club.
Finally, don’t forget that if you want to send an e-mail to either the entire club or to a section of the club, please send the details to “rpac @ rpac.co.uk” (removing the spaces!). Also, if you think you’ve missed a club e-mail (e.g. because it has been blocked by a spam filter) the last 50 e-mails are available on the website, you will need to login to see them though.
It is now just 1 week to go to our annual Summer Evening 10k, at 7.30 pm on Wednesday July 5th in Priory Park. As I write this we already have 374 entries (with an entry limit of 550), so it looks like we are going to have a really good turnout, especially as the weather forecast for next week is looking good at the moment (although that could of course yet change!).
Critical issue at the moment is ensuring we have sufficient marshals on the night. If you are available and haven’t already responded to Wayne Chappell’s e-mail of last week, please do so as soon as possible, which will greatly reduce his stress levels. I am sure there will be another e-mail direct from Wayne in the next few days to remind you again.
The following week will be our annual Summer BBQ, on Tuesday 11th July. This will be at Battlebridge track immediately following each of the junior and senior training sessions. Please put this in your diaries now, Gavin Lawrence will send out full details closer to the date.
It has been a very busy period since my last update. The juniors have competed in all 4 athletics leagues (Lily B, Ebbisham Boys and both lower and upper age groups of the Youth Development League) as well as a number of open meetings; the junior academy members took part in the Quad Kids competition; there has been a joint junior / senior team in the Southern Athletics League; and the seniors have had 2 races in the Surrey Road League and a MABAC fixture.
I’m not going to give details here, as there are news items on the website about all of these, but it is really good to see so many members of the club taking part in these competitions at all levels and age groups. I would strongly encourage those who have not been able to participate in these events to consider signing up for one or more competitions over the remainder of the summer; our aim as a club is to get all our members competing regularly, we now participate in events at all levels, so there is a competition out there that is suitable for everyone. Please talk to a coach or a member of the committee if you are not sure what event(s) you should aim for.
We now have a large selection of club kit available for members. As a reminder:
- Club vests are given to new members on joining. Nat Wilson and Mike Gent have the stock for seniors and juniors respectively, so if you want to purchase a replacement or another vest please contact them
- We have a large stock of club T-shirts in all 3 colours (red, dark blue, light blue) available for purchase. Again contact Nat or Mike.
- Over-the-head personalised hoodies are ordered on a regular basis, an e-mail will be sent out when we are ready to place the next order
- Branded items are available from the iProSports club zone, Ian Martin was proudly wearing his new RPAC baseball cap at the senior training session last night!
- Please note that the zip-up fleeces, beanies and caps are embroidered, so take 7 – 10 days extra over other items. If you order these at the same time as other items, there will therefore be a delay until you receive the entire order
In the absence of any other nominations, Liz Clark is duly elected as a committee member, to serve a 1 year term until the AGM in 2018.
Summary minutes of the May Committee meeting are available here.
10 PB's on a Hot Night At K2
With the temperature still around 30° in the early evening at the Crawley AC Open Meeting on Wednesday, there were a string of PB performances by RPAC youngsters.
Our U17 men had a good night with Joe Jenner picking up a PB in the 100m, Patrick Florida-James a PB in the 1500m and whilst not a PB, there was a good display of high jumping from Owen Knowles who cleared 1.60.
With eight from the club entering the graded 1500m races, four picked up Personal Best times. As well as Patrick, there was a big PB by Pippa Roessler who broke through the 4.50 barrier emphatically to record 4.47.1. Gusie Lewis and Eva Marsh also ran their fastest 1500m's to date. A mention for Matthew Pickering too who led from the start in his race to finish first, albeit just outside the time he ran three days earlier at Battersea.
Our 1500m runners swelter before their races:
In the U13B'S there were two PB'S for Lucas Church-Wood, one in the 100m and one in the long-jump and Dan Statham also doubled up with PB'S in the U15B's long jump and high jump. Harry Peters ran a fast 150m in the U11'S to register our tenth PB of the night.
Another strong showing from our dedicated UK Athletics Officials as well and we are grateful to Donna, Naomi, Ivan and Ian for giving up another evening to make the event possible.
YDL Battersea, 18th June 2017
The third of this seasons U15 and U13 YDL fixtures saw us return to Battersea on a hot, hot Sunday. Another fifth place finish to match our result in the last match at Hillingdon.
Needless to say Barton Carter features heavily again! Barton took 1st place in each of his three events winning the U13B's 100m, 200m and long jump with a new PB in the 100 and equalling his PB in the long jump. Another U13 with a great run of results in this year's YDL is Eva Peters. Competing in the 75m, 150m and long jump, Eva had three 3rd place finishes, each one a new PB!
Staying with the U13G'S, there was another 1st place for Lucy Dénecé in the 1200m with Zara Watkinson taking 3rd place in the B string. Francesca Manrow had two PB's, in the 75m and the long jump. Eva Marsh was 3rd in the 800m and Francesca took 3rd place in the B string of the 800.
Along with Barton in the U13B'S there were impressive results from Freddie Fowler, 2nd in the 1500m and Matthew Pickering 3rd with a PB. That meant Matthew won the B string as the A's and B's ran together. Oscar Curry finished 3rd in the 800m. George Evered picked up a PB in the Shot finishing 3rd.
Highlights amongst our U15 contingent were 1st place in the Javelin for Lily Cain-Jones with another big throw. 25.56m! Joely Watkinson won the B string with a PB throw of 14.19m. Joely also competed in her first 1500m finishing a very creditable 4th. In the 800m Frankie Evered cruised serenely round to win by a big margin in a fast time and Amanda Stapley ran a strong race to win the B string. Frankie also PB'd in the Shot. For the boys there were good results in the discus with Charlie Jenner 3rd, throwing a big PB, and in the B string, Tomos Knowles 2nd.
Four first timers put in excellent performances too. Sam Froggatt was 2nd in the U13B'S 200m B string, whilst Thomas Dickman competed in the high jump where he cleared 1m 20 and in the 100m. Mia Gill jumped 3.82 in the U15G'S long jump, and in the U13G's Anya Gill ran well in the 75m and in the 4 x100m relay.
Amongst many parents who wilted in the heat assisting the officials, a special mention for Simon Evered who seemed to be officiating at every event throughout the day! Maybe he's a triplet?
Southern Athletics League, Tooting Bec
This Saturday saw the third of the Southern Athletics League Matches at Tooting Bec.
On a very hot day we had a small but dedicated Reigate contingent with some great performances (and some bold attempts at new events).
Star performances of the day went to Paul Prothero with a win in the 800m and Anousha Wardley winning the Pole Vault with a new PB and English School entry standard.
On such a hot day there were other great performances by Jo Davey (1500m), Joe Jenner (200m, 400m, triple jump and 4x400m relay), Abbie Owens (800m), Paul Prothero (1500m) and Anousha Wardley (HJ). Duncan Wardley cleared 2.80m in his first ever PV competition and then took on the HJ and hammer and I may have achieved a first, competing in the hammer in my Birkenstocks - the result was not impressive but at least I got some points!
There are two more opportunities to represent the club in the Southern Athletics League this summer. If you fancy taking part next time it is a very friendly league with a huge range of abilities and ages taking part in all events - the standard ranges from top county performers to individuals giving it a go for team points, the age ranges is from u17 to vets 75+...and its a lot of fun.
The last two matches are:
9th July in Lewes
19th August in Hastings
Get the dates in your diary and let me know if you wish to take part - look out for an email asking for entries nearer the time...
Ranelagh Richmond 10K
In scorching conditions yesterday (Sunday 18th June), 17 dedicated / mad / idiotic* (*delete as appropriate) seniors competed in the Richmond 10k at Ham. With the temperature already up to 24C by the time of the 9 am start, it was good to see that everybody completed the race, although Dave Rayner did need medical attention at the finish. Hope you're feeling better today Dave!
For the men, we were led home by Marc Graham in 7th (33:59 chip), closely followed by Fran Dunham in 11th (34:34) and Ronnie Murray in 12th (34:41). First RPAC lady was Ginevra Stoneley in 228th overall with a time of 44:51.
This race was the next fixture in the Surrey Road League, where the men are the defending team champions and currently the leading team in this year's competition. It looks like we were pipped to first place in this race, with Ranelagh Harriers finishing just 1 point ahead (29 vs 30 points for the first 3 finishers). It should be noted though that Ranelagh had 73 finishers in the race, demonstrating the size of their club compared to RPAC, so this was another excellent result for us and (if confirmed) will maintain our overall lead in the men's team competition. The remaining fixtures in the SRL are the Elmore 7 (15th July), Elmbridge 10k (23rd July) and Wimbledon Dash 5k (13th August).
The race was also the RPAC Club Championship 10k and the 4th / 5th race in the RPAC Grand Prix 2017. Full individual results including the championship positions are available here, whilst the Grand Prix table has been updated here. Congratulations to all the Championship winners. The Grand Prix competition is hotting up, with very few points separating the leaders in each group. Things will start to get especially interesting now, as some people have already competed in 5 fixtures, with only their best 5 results from 8 counting towards their points total.
The remaining Grand Prix fixtures are the Elmore 7 (15th July), Elmbridge 10k (Group 1 only, 23rd July), a Priory Park Parkrun (each persons fastest time from 2nd or 9th September) and the Reigate Half Marathon (17th September). The Reigate Half is also the Club Championship half marathon.
Sadly no photos, the seniors are not as organised as the juniors!
Lily, Lucy and Katie compete in Inter-Counties, Basingstoke 17 June 2017
Lily, Katie and Lucy at Basingstoke for Surrey Schools.
On the strength of their achievements at last week's Surrey Schools Track and Field Championships, three young athletes from RPAC represented Surrey Schools at the South East Schools Inter-Counties match in Basingstoke on Saturday.
Katie Mackison, true to form, won the Javelin competition with a throw of 35.83m.
In the 800m, competing against the current UK number 2, Lucy Broderick ran a big PB to finish 2nd in a time of 2.17.5. This time means Lucy is now the second highest ranked Surrey U15G 800m runner. (In this race, she finished ahead of the current Surrey No1).
For Lily Grant there was a fourth place finish in the 75mH with a time of 12.35. Just outside her PB. Lily also competed in the Shot which gave her a good workout ahead of next weekend's South East Schools Combined Events Championships when she will again be representing Surrey Schools.
Silver in the Southern 3000m for Pippa
Competing at Crystal Palace in the SEAA Southern Track and Field Championships on Sunday, Pippa Roessler had a great run in the U15 3000m finishing in 2nd place.
Having competed the day before in the Surrey Schools T&F Championships at 1500m, this was a doubly impressive effort by Pippa!
Pippa on the Podium with her Southern 3000m Silver Medal:
Man vs Horse / MABAC Holmwood
Man vs Horse Marathon
7 RPAC members travelled down to Llanwyrtd Wells this weekend for the Man vs Horse Marathon. To quote Sonia Galloway, the conditions were:
"Brutal!!! I have never run anything so challenging and the conditions were terrible...glad I finished but not sure I'd want to repeat the experience! Perhaps a less hilly marathon might be in order! Everyone okay though and we all managed to have a lovely meal and drinks together last night."
Although none of our finishers managed to beat the fastest horse (the fastest runner was over 30 minutes behind this year), all acquitted themselves well considering the heavy rain and high winds they experienced. See here for the RPAC results. Ian Edmonds decided that discretion was the better part of valour and pulled out after stage 2.
Well done guys!
MABAC Holmwood Common
In very contrasting warm and sunny conditions, 16 RPAC members ran in the June MABAC race at Holmwood Common on Sunday. The team was composed off an excellent mix of old RPAC hands and newer members of all standards:
Despite the absence of many of the MABAC regulars, both at Man vs Horse and other events, the team finished 4th out of the 7 teams present on the day and overall pulled up one place in the league to 6th (out of 9) and we are now not far behind the 2 teams above us.
Most importantly though, everyone enjoyed their run and there was a great team spirit.
Individually, Marc Graham was (for the 2nd time in a week) unable to catch Ollie Garrod, finishing in 2nd. The most impressive RPAC performance however was by Naomi Wyatt, who finished in 6th overall and 1st woman (by a long way) (photo below).
Full RPAC results are available here.
The next MABAC league race is on Tuesday 1st August, at Wimbledon Common (7.30 pm start). Further details will be sent out closer to the date, but we hope that many of the regular Tuesday evening training group will be able to attend. We will arrange to have transport available back to Reigate for anyone who works in London, so that you can travel straight to Wimbledon rather than trying to get home beforehand.
Surrey Schools T&F Championships, Kingston 10 June 2017
A day of high quality athletics saw another clutch of medals won by RPAC athletes.
Having qualified for the Championships by competing for their schools in the district trials, the competition was fierce with the ultimate aim being selection to the Surrey team for the English Schools Track and Field Championships in July.
There were GOLD medals for Lucy Broderick in the 800m, Katie Mackison in the Javelin and Anousha Wardley in the High Jump. Lily Grant won her heat in the 80mH going on to take the BRONZE medal in the final.
In the 1500m finals, there were 4th place finishes for Felix Vaughan and Pippa Roessler. Both are in the younger year of their age group so will have high hopes of medals next year.
Others to reach the final of their events were Abi Horsfall 200m, Maddy Pullen 300m, Amelia Watson 80mH and Abbie Owen in the 800m.
The top two in each event have won selection to the Surrey team for a South East Inter-Counties T&F match in Basingstoke, Hampshire this Saturday.
Katie, Lucy, Lily and Anousha at their medal ceremonies:
Quad Kids, Guildford Spectrum, 7th June 2017
Two teams from RPAC competed successfully in the first semi-final of this year's Surrey Athletics Network Quad Kids Event held in Guildford.
Of particular note were Jack Timbrell and Charlie Aldridge who finished the night in equal 1st place amongst the boys, with Eva Peters 3rd girl. Zara Watkinson and Alessia Turner both finished in the top ten. In the 600m, Lily Woodhams and Sam Rollaston were the second fastest girl and boy respectively. Charlie threw the howler the furthest, and Eva was the fastest girl sprinter. Katie Foss, as a year 4 also did really well to finish 16th girl overall.
With their overall scores after the 75m, 600m, standing long jump and howler throw, six RPAC youngsters were awarded the Gold Standard. Jack Timbrell, Charlie Aldridge, Eva Peters, Zara Watkinson, Alessia Turner and Katie Foss. Lily Woodhams received a Silver award and Bronze awards went to Harry Taylor, Woody Aldridge and Polyanna Stott.
The second semi-final takes place on 21 June following which we will know if we have reached the final which will be on Wednesday 5th July.
Lily B League, Croydon 3 June 2017
With a marginally increased points total from the first match in Sutton, there was another fourth place finish in the second match that saw us pitted against Croydon Harriers, Epsom and Ewell, Sutton and District and Hercules Wimbledon.
There were many great individual performances and some of the highlights follow:
On a hot and sunny afternoon, our four Under 11's, Scarlett Nimako, Harriet Thynne, Alessia Turner and Lily Woodhams all competed in three events each. Alessia had a particularly good day with fast times in both the 75m and 600m and a big 3.31 in the long jump. Lily posted exactly the same time as Alessia in the 75m, 11.7 and was also fast over 150m with a time of 23.8.
PB's in abundance in the U13'S including three for Eva Peters; in the 100 and 200m, and in the long jump with a big leap of 3.83m. Zara Watkinson had another Javelin PB throwing 14.80 for 2nd place in the A string, and Evie Nimako won the B string with a throw of 9.06. Izzy McManus ran a PB finishing 2nd in the 800m. Francesca Manrow equalled her PB to finish 3rd in the high jump.
More Javelin success came in the U15's with Katie Mackison winning the A stream and Lily Cain-Jones the B string. Lily backed this up with a PB in the 100m. In the 75mH there was a PB for Lily Grant where she finished 3rd in a time of 12.3. Lily also won the U15 long jump. Pippa Roessler and Lucy Broderick took 1st and 2nd in a combined 1500m that saw both matches (11 clubs) run together in one race meaning 20 competitors took part! For Lucy there was a fast 200m to follow soon after with a new PB. In the 800m, both our runners finished 3rd, Frankie Evered in the A string and Amanda Stapley in the B.
There were more PB's amongst the U17's. A big moment for Amelia Watson, breaking the 13 second barrier in the 80mH to set a new PB of 12.9. Poppy Russell set a new PB in her 200m and in the 1500m Katie Driver took 8 seconds off her previous best time finishing in 2nd place. In the B string 1500m, there was a first place finish for Emelye Kenyon-Brown. Abbie Owen won the U17 800m.
We fielded relay teams in the U11, U13 and U15's to sum up the great team spirit in evidence throughout.
Yet again we are indebted to our Officials, Donna, Gina and Ivan who worked hard all afternoon, and there was great support from numerous parents who provided assistance at those field events allocated to us. Great organisation as ever from our team manager, Kirsten.
Pictures from Croydon including first up three of our U11's Harriet, Lily and Alessia:
Dorking 10 & Surrey Masters T&F Championships
Dorking 10 (Club Championship & Grand Prix)
Congratulations to the 34 members who ran the Dorking 10 yesterday. The results, including the Club Championship positions and Grand Prix results, have been uploaded to the website and the Grand Prix tables have been updated.
Marc Graham was 1st Male 30-39 (as well as Club Champion for 2017) and Paul Prothero 3rd Male 30-39. The Men's team of Marc Graham, Paul Prothero, Fran Dunham and Ronnie Murray also won the Dorking 10 team prize (only medals this time, not the cases of Stella Artois they won at the Sutton 10k!). They were also awarded the Surrey Men's team championship at the medals ceremony, but there is some doubt over whether this was scored correctly, so the result is not yet confirmed.
3 members also participated in the new "Not quite 10" (over just less than 10k) held in conjunction with the traditional 10 mile race.
Don't forget it's the Richmond 10k on Sunday 18th June, which is also the Club Championship and next Grand Prix race.
Surrey Masters T&F Championships
At the other end of the distance spectrum, Jerry Carnell ran in the Surrey Masters Track & Field Championships at Ewell. He finished first in both the Male Vet 60 800m and 1500m in times of 2:45.36 and 5:26.96 respectively. So we have yet another Surrey Champion!
BMC Open Brighton 31 May 2017
A top quality middle distance meeting hosted by Brighton Phoenix AC included the 2015 European Junior 800m Champion Kyle Langford and GB Rio 800m Olympic Games athlete Eliot Giles amongst the competitors.
On a perfect evening for racing, and with the British Milers Club organised races including pace makers, there were some big PB's for RPAC athletes.
Felix Vaughan took a full 10 seconds off his 1500m time and is now ranked number 1 in the UK in the first year U15 age group. His time of 4.21.97 has only been bettered at RPAC by Alister Moses back in 1992. A good week for Felix who had received an award from David Weir at the weekend for his 2nd place finish in the Westminster Mile.
Another to double up with the Westminster Mile first was Gusie Lewis. Gusie was 9th in the U11 category in Westminster and in the 800m at Brighton took 6 seconds off his previous best time.
In the U15G'S 800m it was also a big PB for Frankie Evered, with six seconds taken off her previous best, finishing in 2.25.84.
Lucy Broderick ran her second fastest 800m of the season in the U15G'S and U13's Oscar Curry and Lucy Dénecé enjoyed the high quality opposition to run fast times in their 800's.
Felix in the 1500m, Frankie and Lucy B in their 800m's, staying with the pace maker:
Weald Challenge Half Marathon
photo below from our cross country half marathon on Sunday, in prep for Man v Horse! Fab course and really great fun!
Pentathlon Silver for Lily Grant, Crawley 31 May 2017
Silver in the Surrey Schools Pentathlon Championships at K2 in Crawley for Lily who broke her own U15G Club Record in the process!
Setting a new best score of 2,627 points, Lily has moved up to stand currently at 13th in the UK for U15G Pentathlon. Her performance included a PB in the long jump and with great results in her 75mH, Shot Put, High Jump and 800m Lily can now be confident of representing Surrey Schools again, as last year, when they compete in the South East Regional Championships next month.
Lily with her Silver Medal:
Will & Lily Shine at U11 Quad Kids Guildford, 27 May 2017
Competing at the Guildford Young Athletes Club Quad Kids Open event at the Spectrum Athletics track in Guildford on Saturday, there were brilliant performances by youngsters Will John-Cox and Lily Woodhams.
After completing a 75m sprint, long jump, 600m race and a howler throw, Will finished in second place in a field of 56 boys picking up the Silver Medal! A great all round performance by Will.
Lily took seventh place in the girls event with the highlight being her second place finish in the 600m in what was dubbed the "race of the day". Coming from towards the back of the field on the last bend, Lily went past everyone but was then just pipped on the line. Her time of 2.00 is exceptional.
A great warm up ahead of the team quad kids event on June 7th when the RPAC teams will hope to produce more top performances.
Will and Lily at Guildford:
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.
English National XC Relay Championships, Berry Hill Park, Mansfield 31 October 2015
There were over 1,000 team entries for this year's National XC Relay Championships held in Nottinghamshire on Saturday. After the first forays by the club with a single team of U13 Girls two years ago followed by a single team of U15 Girls last year, RPAC was represented this year by five teams of Juniors. It turned out to be a hugely successful day for our young runners.
The Under 13 boys team finished in 7th place. There were 69 teams in their event. Coming home in the anchor leg, Felix Vaughan ran the fifth fastest lap time in his category and Felix will still be running as an under 13 next year!
In the Under 15 girls, we had two teams and the A team were also highly placed finishing 8th out of 85 teams. The B team came home a respectable 61st.
Two teams also represented RPAC in the Under 13 Girls race. Here our strength in depth saw the A team take 12th place and the B team 25th. 66 teams took part. Against opposition representing clubs from the whole of England, all our youngsters can be very proud of their days work.
Several will make the long trip up to the Midlands again in two weeks, this time wearing the yellow vests of Surrey when they compete in the annual West Midlands Inter-Counties Schools match in Stoke. With the National XC Championships being held in Castle Donington, Leicestershire, in the New Year, some parents are going to be clocking up a lot of motorway miles following the cross country!
Pictured are Nicholas running second leg U13B. Girls U15 and U13 teams. Start of U13G with Pippa (centre) getting pushed and pulled! Lucy and Frankie on the home straight.
Surrey XC Relay Championships (Bruce Judd) Guildford 24 October 2015
Fourteen clubs from across Surrey took part in the annual Surrey XC Relay Championships held in Guildford on Saturday. RPAC Juniors entered several teams (of three) and there were many excellent performances.
Highlights included Bronze Medals for both the U15G 'A' and the U13G 'A' teams. With RPAC participation going back 9 years to 2007, both teams set new club records for their team combined lap times.
The U13 boys 'A' team just missed out on medals finishing in 4th place.
In the individual fastest lap time listings, Felix Vaughan, Nicholas Smith, Pippa Roessler, Lucy Broderick, Poppy Wardley, and Emelye Kenyon-Brown all had top 10 rankings in their respective age groups.
Pictured are the U13 boys first leg runners, Freddie, James and Theo, Tomos finishing, Emelye handing over to Poppy, and the U15 girls in club ribbons. U15 and U13 Girls teams with their medals. Thea handing over to Abbie and Dani coming home in the U13 race.
2XU Surrey Ladies XC League, Roundshaw Downs 10 October 2015
A strong start to the new XC League season by the U15 and U13 Girls teams.
The U15's ran 4K over firm grass trails and finished in 2nd place only 6 points off the leaders, Herne Hill Harriers. With ten clubs in their League a great result for our girls.
The U13's, running a 3K course also finished the match in 2nd place. Fourteen clubs took part and RPAC like some others also fielded a B team meaning there were a total of 20 teams involved and our B team finished in a very creditable 11th place. Pride of place on the day went to Pippa Roessler who finished 2nd in the U13 race.
The girls also made short work of the substantial cache of cakes left behind by our Senior Ladies team! Thanks to Natalie and her team for these.
There are major XC fixtures coming up over the next three weeks with the Surrey XC Relay Championships in Guildford and The English National XC Relay Championships in Mansfield. We have boys and girls teams taking part in both. The next Surrey Ladies XC League match is on Saturday 7th November at West End Common, Esher.
Pictured below, the start of the U13 race and the U15 team after their race.
Haywards Heath Harriers Hickstead XC Meeting 11 October 2015
There was a good turnout of Academy young athletes at the annual Haywards Heath Harriers XC meeting held at the Hickstead Showground in Sussex. In bright autumn sunshine there were a host of outstanding performances by the RPAC youngsters.
Leading the way and bringing home Gold medals were Will John-Cox (U9B) and Rowie Braid (U11G). There were second place finishes and Silver medals for Freddie Fowler (U11B), Lucy Denece (U11G) and Alessia Turner (U9G), and a third place finish and Bronze medal for Shakila Keable (U9G).
Several others from RPAC ran and all were highly placed.
Oscar Tyce (although still 11), ran in the Juniors race U12-U16, and finished a brilliant sixth boy despite being one of the youngest taking part.
Most were taking part in their first competitive XC race for the club and there will be another opportunity to compete next month at the annual Camberley XC Trophy Meeting (Sunday 15th Nov) where we have a strong record in recent years of bringing home Team trophies!
Some of our runners are pictured below including on the right Lucy (239) and Rowie (249) with their Silver and Gold medals.
RPAC Annual Awards Dinner & Dance
This year's Annual awards and dinner/dance will be held on the evening of Saturday 21st November at the Bridge House Hotel Reigate.
See attachments for formal invitation and for Menu Choices.
Following on from the success of last year this year's event has been extended to all Junior members over 16 and to parents of juniors. Friends and family are of course all welcome to celebrate another eventful running year.
Summary Details below:
Date - Saturday 21st November - 7:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m.
The Bridgehouse Hotel,
Drinks Reception at 7.00pm / Private Bar/Disco
Tickets - £25 each to include Reception & 3 course meal
Dress Code – Smart Casual (no jeans/trainers)
Please R.S.V.P. by October 29th including menu choices and payment
Event is open to all club members over 16, parents of juniors, friends and family
A couple of outstanding results from over the weekend. Firstly mens captain Steve Bass achieved a sub 3 hour marathon in Chester, finishing in a personal best time of 2.59.19. Alistair Moses also ran a personal best at The Royal Borough of Kingston 10 mile finishing 2nd in a time of 54.55. Others running the Kingston 10 mile were Neil Hamilton (1.12.00) Simon Wright (1.16.34) and Moray Carey (1.49.53). A very well done to all.
Update from the Chair, September 2015
Welcome to my update for September.
Dinner Dance & Awards Evening
I'd like to start by reminding everybody that the Dinner Dance and Awards Evening is on Saturday 21st November, at the Bridge House Hotel on Reigate Hill. It would be good to see a really good turn out, seniors, parents of juniors, juniors over the age of 16 and friends are all welcome. Clare Pryor will be sending out further details this week.
I am also going to take the opportunity to send our best wishes to two of our members, John Smallwood and Ian Edmonds. John is now out of hospital following his serious accident earlier in the year, whilst Ian is recovering from an operation on his leg after taking a fall whilst spectating at the Reigate Half Marathon. I hope we will see them both back running with us in the near future.
It was good to see RPAC field teams in the Southern Road Relays at Aldershot, being placed 19th and 45th out of 56 teams in the U13 girls and 11th in the U15 girls out of 63 teams. We will following this up by sending strong teams to both the Surrey XC Relay Championships in Guildford and to the English National XC Relay Championships in Mansfield at the end of October.
October also sees the start of the Surrey League Cross-Country races, with the first races on Saturday 10th October. The juniors will also be supporting local Cross Country events at Hickstead on 11th October and Camberley on 15th November and it would be good to see a strong turn out for these events.
Looking forward to next year's Track & Field season (long term planning!), we will be entering a joint team with Walton AC in the U17 / U20 Youth Development League, so our older Junior members can look forward to more competitive outings next year.
The annual Priory Relays will take place on Saturday 31st October (one week earlier than previous years). This is the 2nd of our 3 RPAC organised races, which make a significant contribution to Club funds. Many Seniors will be competing in one of our teams, but we will also need a good number of volunteers to help organise and marshal the race. Further information will be sent to the entire Club closer to the date.
Congratulations to everyone from the Club who ran in the Reigate Half Marathon on 20th September, especially to the Championship winners. The full RPAC results and Championship winners are now published in the results section on the website.
All Senior members are strongly encouraged to compete in the cross-country races this winter. The first race is the Surrey League on Saturday 10th October. Our Captains (Nat & Steve) have already sent out details of both races.
The full updated Grand Prix results are available on the website, as are the future events for the rest of the 2015/16 series. Please note that the October event has been cancelled, following the move of the Ed Prickett 5000m to September.
It is with great regret that we have to announce that the Jimmy James handicap series for this winter has been cancelled. Although Antony Read was willing to continue to organise the monthly race, the Committee has reluctantly decided that due to both safety considerations and falling participation it was not possible to continue the Jimmy James in its current format. This is however not a permanent cancellation, the Jimmy James will be back, we are already discussing alternative times and courses that could be used to address the issues. Any suggestions would be welcome, please send to any member of the committee. Our thanks to Antony for his organisation of the Jimmy James for many years.
Tri Surrey / Senior Training
We were recently approached by the local triathlon club, Tri Surrey, who are interested in using the track at Battlebridge on a Thursday evening. We see this as an opportunity to strengthen the links between the two clubs (there are already a number of RPAC members who are also members of Tri Surrey). The Senior coaching schedule is therefore being expanded to include joint sessions for both clubs.
Seniors should look out for a further e-mail, which will give full details of all the RPAC coached sessions that will be available to them from this week.
The summary minutes of the September Committee meeting are now available on the website.
South of England Road Relay Championships, Aldershot 19th September 2015
Both the U15 and U13 girls Relay teams produced best ever results for RPAC at this year's South of England Road Relay Championships.
With 63 teams taking part and a total of 211 competitors in their race, our U15 Girls A team finished in 11th place. This established a club U15 girls team record for the event and against clubs from as far afield as Cornwall and Norwich, was a tremendous result. In the individual rankings Maddie Pullen and Poppy Wardley were both in the top 20 fastest runners.
The U13 Girls A team had a best ever finishing position being 19th out of 56 complete teams (some incomplete teams also take part). Lucy Broderick and Pippa Roessler were also ranked in the top 20 fastest runners. The U13 Girls this year ran the same distance as the U15's, just under 3K. Previously the U13's would run a shorter course. This means we were unable to see if they established a new club record for their team time (held by the 2013 U13 team of Poppy Wardley, Maddie Pullen and Katriona Brown), but they have established a new record for the longer distance!
The four mentioned above have put themselves into the frame for Surrey XC being highly placed amongst the Surrey runners competing on the day. There were also notable fast laps from Pippa Wonders in the U15 and Frankie Evered in the U13 race.
Pictured below at the event are individually Pippa Wonders and Maddie Pullen plus group shots of some of the U13 and U15 runners.
Surrey County Combined Events Championships, Sutton 12th 13th September 2015
FIve young athletes from RPAC took part with great success at this year's Surrey County multi-events championships held in Sutton over the weekend.
In the U13 Boys, Theo Lewis won the Gold medal with a new PB and U13B club record score of 1748 points. This maintains Theo in fourth place in the UK rankings for the event and maintains a 100% win ratio in Pentathlons for Theo!
In the U13 Girls, Lily Grant had a great debut in the Pentathlon scoring an impressive 2142 points. This gave Lily the Bronze medal and sees her ranked in 12th place nationally and Lily too set a new club record for the event. Her performance included a big PB in the high jump clearing 1m 32. (Previous best 1m.20) and a PB in the 70mH. Also taking part in her first Pentathlon was U13 Danielle Banning. Danni had a great day and whilst competing for the first time in some disciplines, scored 1681 points to finish in 8th place. Like Lily, Danni had a big PB in the high jump clearing 1m.26.
Taking part in the U15 Girls, Isabel King finished with a PB score of 2167 which saw her take 6th place. Isabel recorded an amazing four PB's on the day (75mH, Shot, High Jump and 800m).
In the U17 Women's Heptathlon, Anousha Wardley established a club record for the event with a score of 3203. Anousha PB'd in the Shot and finished in 6th place.
Pictured at the Championships are Danielle (centre) and Lily with her medal.
Ed Prickett 5000m 2015 race report
Congratulations to Alister Moses for finishing first in 16m 7.9s at this year's Ed Prickett 5000m race at the K2 track last Monday, 7 Sept. It was a great turn-out from the club at this 11th year of the event, and for the first time we believe RPAC vests finished 1st and 2nd.
Many people gained new PBs in the excellent cool and calm conditions, including new club member Adrian Bowden. Well done to all, and thanks to Tim Kimber and the others at Crawley AC and RPAC who organise such a great joint event.
Full results can be found at http://www.rpac.org.uk/index.php/2015-02-28-17-16-34/senior-results-database/senior-results-t-f and the last couple of laps can be seen on youtube at https://youtu.be/GR9-tWyoInk
Steve Bass, 13/9/15
Update from the Chair, August 2015
It's been a relatively quiet month, with many people away on their holidays!
However there have been some significant competitive results:
- Club member Sally Read-Cayton won the World Masters 400m in Bejing last weekend
- Ryan Harris won the overall Championship for the Veteran Men 40 in the Surrey Road League
- The Junior Girls finished 5th in the Lily B league final, despite a small team because of the timing over the bank holiday weekend
- The Seniors turned out 6 teams in the Surrey Road League yesterday
Congratulations to everyone, especially to Sally for a superlative performance.
The Ed Prickett Memorial 5000m will be held at the K2 Stadium tomorrow, Monday 7th September. This is the Crawley AC club championship, but RPAC members are welcome to run, in memory of our former member Ed Prickett, who tragically died before fulfilling his full potential.
Sunday 20th September is the Reigate Half Marathon, which is the Club Championship and Grand Prix race for September.
We are using the Noticeboard on the website (http://www.rpac.org.uk/index.php/2015-02-28-17-17-35) to post information about upcoming races, discounts available to club members and other items. It is therefore well worth visiting this page on a regular basis, recent posts include:
- Discount offer from "Your Running Mate"
- Volunteer request for Reigate Half Marathon
- Details of Alf Shrubb 5 mile Cross-country
- Early bird discount offer for Tadworth 10
The next scheduled social event is the Annual Dinner and Awards evening on Saturday 21st November. Clare Pryor will be sending out more details soon, but in the meantime, please hold the date. The event is open to all members over the age of 16 and Junior parents.
Lily B League Kingston, 29th August 2015
A smaller than usual team turned out over the August Bank Holiday to represent the club in the final of the Lily B League. In a league in which 12 clubs took place we finished in 5th position behind Kingston 1st, Guildford and Godalming, Herne Hill Harriers, and Croydon. We were ahead of Sutton and District 6th, Epsom and Ewell Harriers, Holland Sports, Walton, Dorking and Mole Valley, Hercules Wimbledon and London City.
A very creditable season!
On the day there were 1st place finishes in the A and B string races for the U15 1500m runners, Poppy Wardley and Emelye Kenyon Brown. Indeed, with a surfeit of 1500m runners in this age group, the rules allowed us to run two U15's in the U17 races and Thea Wardley and Pippa Wonders both took 2nd place in the respective A and B string races. In the U17 800m races, there were 1st place finishes for Anousha Wardley and Charley Clark in their A and B string events.
Notable performances in the field events included 1st place in the U13 long jump for Danielle Banning and 1st place in the U13 javelin for Katie Mackison. Isabel King took 1st place in the U15 long jump. Isabel also had a great debut in the javelin throwing 15.61m to rank her 4th in the clubs U15G's all time records for the event! Emelye Kenyon-Brown made her debut in the discus and her throw of 12.46m saw Emelye also move to a 4th place on the U15G's record page for the event!
Pictured at the final, clockwise from top left, the U13 relay team Danielle B, Danielle P, Frankie and Lucy. The U15 relay team Abbie, Poppy, Isabel and Amelia. The U17 relay team Charley, Anousha, Thea and Pippa. Also Poppy, Amelia, Anousha and Emelye.
IAAF World Athletics Championships Beijing 2015
For anyone that didn't tune into Euro Sports on Saturday at 10.35am, our huge congratulations to Sally Read-Cayton. Running for Great Britain, Sally won the Women's 400m Masters final during day eight of the 15th IAAF World Athletics Championships Beijing 2015 at Beijing National Stadium on August 29, 2015 in Beijing, China.
Ryan wins Surrey Road League M40 prize
UPDATE 18 August: Senior men finished 2nd overall out of 32 teams - a great achievement - well done to all!
After today's last Surrey Road League race (the short 5km 'Wimbledon Dash'), I'm pleased to announce that Ryan Harris was a clear winner of the M40 category. This is a huge achievement against strong competition, and something that RPAC can be proud of. Well done, Ryan.
Although we were in the mix for the mens senior club prize, Ranelagh Harriers were confirmed as winners at the Wimbledon track today. They didn't yet have the other placings (and as of 9pm they aren't yet on the website) but we were in the mix so I'm hoping we did well. Thanks for all who turned out and those who supported our runners in making this a great and competitive summer season. My kids were particularly happy with the rides (and sweets) at Elmore 7...
But the summer road racing season isn't quite done yet - the Surrey Road Relay Championships are held over practically the same course as today's at Wimbledon, with the first leg starting at 12 noon on Saturday 5th September. I ran last year and this is a great event. It would be great to get several teams out this year. We will be sending an email round shortly to ask runners to confirm their interest - the club pays entry and it is only 3 miles!
I'm also looking forward to the next cross country season - Nat and I will send round more details soon, but the dates are in the club calendar. For ease the four main Saturday afternoon Surrey league races for men and women are held on Oct 10th, Nov 7th, Jan 16th (we host at Priory Park), and Feb 13th (times TBC but provisionally they start between 12noon-3pm).
I'm at the Battlebridge track most Tuesdays if you want to know more.
Steve Bass, Mens Captain, 9 August 2015
Update from the Chair, July 2015
Welcome to my update for July 2015.
Summer Evening 10k
There's been lots going on this month, but I'll start with our own Summer Evening 10k. The race reached its entry limit of 500, and there were over 450 finishers, on what I understand was a beautiful summers evening. Unfortunately I was unable to be there (steam trains in Wales instead!), but I would like to thank everybody who volunteered, either beforehand or on the night. In total there were over 60 people involved (members and non-members), so I'm not able to name everybody individually, but I do need to publicly acknowledge Nat, Sonia and especially Moray Carey, our Race Director.
The Club also has had two social events since my last update, the Treasure Hunt Run at the end of June and the Barbecue at Battlebridge a couple of weeks later.
The Treasure Hunt run was greatly enjoyed by everybody who took part. A write-up by the Chandler family has been published in the Club News section of the website. Apparently some of the participants become ultra competitive, and there has even been talk of underhand tricks to put other teams off the scent! Plans are already in hand for a follow-up event next year.
The annual barbecue was also a great success, despite the weather - typically it was held on one of the few wet evenings in July. Proceedings were overseen by our own "King of the BBQ", Ian Edmonds, ably assisted by Irene and Tracey. The opportunity was also taken to present the awards for the Senior Grand Prix for 2014-15, congratulations to all the winners.
Please make sure you put Saturday 21st November in your diaries - the Bridge House Hotel in Reigate is already booked for the Club Annual Dinner and Awards evening. This is open to all members, parents and friends, including juniors who are 16 or over.
Look out for e-mails for Clare Pryor about future social events, I am sure she will welcome any suggestions from the membership.
The Juniors have competed in 4 team events since my last update (Two "Lily B" matches for the girls, an Ebbisham Boys League and a Youth Development League), plus a number of open meetings. Of the team results I've seen, the girls finished 2nd in the first Lily B, whilst the boys team (joint with Dorking & Mole Valley AC) finished 3rd in the Ebbisham Boys League.
There have also been many fine individual performances and PBs, but pride-of -place has to go to Poppy Wardley, who finished 3rd in the South of England AA 3000m Championships at Bedford on 18th July 2015. Well done Poppy!
Fuller reports on many of the events are available in the Club News
There is just one team event in August, the Lily B match on 29th August, but there a number of open events in the next few weeks. I would strongly encourage any of the juniors who have not already competed this year to talk to your coaches about entering at one of these open meetings - as a competitive athletics club, our aim is to ensure that everybody has the opportunity and encouragement to compete as much as possible.
The major focus for the Seniors over the summer is the Surrey Road League, a series of 7 road races covering all distances from 5k up to the Half Marathon. The men's team especially is doing very well in this, they are currently 2nd after the first 6 events, with just the Wimbledon 5k next weekend remaining. Individually, Ryan Harris is way ahead in the Men over 40 category and John Welch is currently 4th in the Men over 50 age group.
In the Near as Dammit multi-terrain series organised by South London Harriers, Ronnie Murray finished 3rd in the final race this week, and was the overall winner after all 3 races.
This week, the seniors have the Grand Prix one mile race at Battlebridge this Tuesday (4th August) and then the Wimbledon 5k next Sunday, 9th August. Looking further ahead, the Surrey Road Relays are at Wimbledon Park on Saturday 5th September. We have had multiple teams competing in this in previous years, each leg is approx 2.9 miles and there are separate teams for all age categories. Look out for further details closer to the event, but please put in your diaries now.
Finally, the Reigate Half Marathon on Sunday 20th September is both the 2015 Club Championship and the September race in the 2015/16 Grand Prix.
England Athletics have negotiated a significant members discount for weekend stays at a large number of hotels in the InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG®). Details of this discount and how to get it are available on the "Club House" page of the website. It is not totally clear at the moment how this discount applies to large groups where only one person is an EA member, or for juniors. We are currently asking for clarification on this, and will update the item on the website as soon as we have further information.
If any club members has personal contacts with an organisation that is willing to offer Club members a discount, then please let us know and we will publish the details on the website.
Walton U11 U13 Open 22 July 2015
At the Walton Open Meeting for U13 and U11's held last Wednesday evening there were some outstanding performances and many medals for RPAC youngsters.
In the U11's Freddie Fowler, Gusie Lewis and Megan McLoughlin all entered both the 75m and 600m events and all were medal winners! Their times for each event were all amongst the quickest we have seen over the summer from our under 11 competitors.
In the U 13's Theo Lewis had an excellent evening taking the Gold medal in the long jump, Silver in the 800m with a PB 2.24.6, and a Bronze in the 100m to complete the set! A good week for Theo who won his first Pentathlon event at Hemel Hempstead the previous weekend which included PB's for him in the 75mH, High Jump and Shot with his Shot of 7.10 also setting a new club record. This result sees Theo ranked 4th in the UK for U13B Pentathlon.
Lucy Broderick had another strong run to win the Gold in the U13G 1500m and Frankie Evered picked up a Bronze in the 100m and ran a new PB in the 800m knocking a full 5 seconds off her previous best.
There was also an invitation pole vault event and in the U17W Anousha Wardley set a new club record with a new PB of 2m.30.
Pictured at Walton are Theo, Gusie, Lucy and Frankie with their medals, Lucy on her way to 1500m Gold and Anousha pole vaulting.
South of England AA 3000m Championships, Bedford 18th July 2015
Poppy Wardley had a great result in the South of England 3000m Championships held in Bedford, taking third place and the bronze medal. Poppy's time of 10.41.27 (a new PB) sees her move up in the UK national rankings for U15 3000m to a current placing of 13th. Well done Poppy!
Treasure Hunt Run, 28th June
Senior "10k" Treasure Hunt
We were surprised by the intense competition generated by the Treasure Hunt run several Sundays ago. We often run together at the weekend but this felt completely different. We wanted to find the clues first and put other teams off the scent. It's very tempting as the excitement builds to hide the clues or follow other teams if you are not sure where to go. The adrenaline pumping as you keep looking behind to see if you are being followed. All the time you are wondering if you have gone the right way. We didn't find the curry house in Buckland but that may have been a red herring. It was a shock to find we were first back to the start and even more to win the bottles of wine. The next one cannot come soon enough. Thanks to Clare Pryor, Sonia Galloway and Ian Edmonds for putting it all together.
Paul, Grace and Alice Chandler
RPAC Summer 10k Report
The report was below was submitted for publication in the Surrey Mirror and published in almost its entirety.
451 runners completed Reigate Priory Athletic Club’s challenging, multi-terrain Summer Evening 10 kilometre course on Wednesday 10th July. The race was held under UK Athletics’ rules and was open to anyone aged 15 or above.
Teams were entered from local clubs including Run Reigate, Reigate Ladies Joggers, British Military Fitness, Run to Live, Simply Sports, Horley Harriers and of course the host club. Intriguingly 6 “Pirates” also ran!
The race also attracted runners from other athletic clubs in the area including Dorking and Mole Valley AC, Tadworth AC, Oxted Runners, Holland Sports AC, South London Harriers, Sutton Runners, Epsom Allsorts, Crawley’s Saints and Sinners Fun Runners, Striders of Croydon and Lingfield Running Club.
However, the majority of the field, 305, were runners without any affiliation to an athletic club, including those who run in the weekly 5k Reigate Priory parkrun which takes place at 9am every Saturday morning.
In ideal running conditions, a warm evening with a gentle breeze, the runners assembled in the Priory for a 7.30pm start which had to be delayed slightly to accommodate the many people who entered on race night.
At the sound of a siren the race started from adjacent to the tennis courts and the runners ran over the timing mats, making their way out of the Priory, turning right into Park Lane then almost immediately left into West Street. At the Black Horse the runners were directed left into Flanchford Road by some of the many volunteer Marshals deployed round the course.
From there the runners then followed over 7 kilometres of scenic, undulating country roads dissecting Reigate Heath and looping round towards Woodhatch via Clayhall Lane and Slipshatch Road. At the YMCA Sovereign Centre the route turned left through South Park. After negotiating the gently rising Sandcross Lane/Park Lane East the runners then encountered the race’s biggest challenge – the exacting long ascent up Park Lane!
Once negotiated the runners could then enjoy the descent before returning to the Priory for the spectacular finale, 1¼ kilometres through the picturesque grounds, round the lake, along a path through the trees before emerging for the short sprint to the finishing line, where each participant received a commemorative medal. Their finishing times were later texted to their mobile phones.
First to finish was unaffiliated runner Tom Martyn in a time of 32:35, followed by RPAC runners Alister Moses (34:50) and Ryan Harris (35:13). Less than a minute separated the first 3 ladies, Rebecca Coomber of Holland Sports AC winning in 41:52 followed by Hannah Robbie (42:21) and Naomi Wyatt (42:41), both unaffiliated.
The team prizes, awarded to the men’s and ladies’ team whose first 3 finishers record the lowest aggregate time, were both won by Reigate Priory AC, represented respectively by Alister Moses, Ryan Harris & Ronnie Murray and Pippa Mason, Catherine Sharpe & Gemma Frith.
RPAC was greatly honoured that these and other special prizes awarded for the quickest individual finishers and teams were presented by Jim Regan, father of Ben, the Dorking Rugby Club player who was tragically killed in Reigate recently. Jim rated his own performance of 58.37 (chip time) as “not bad for a rugby forward.”
Reigate Priory AC is also very grateful to all our race partners, who not only made the event possible but contributed greatly to its success.
- Reigate & Banstead Council (particularly Helen West, Priory Park Officer) for the use of the Priory
- Pistachios in the Park for kindly opening their Priory café out of hours, providing refreshments and allowing the cafe to be used as Race HQ
- Red Cross for providing medical services (supplemented by our own qualified First Aiders)
- Sport Systems for supplying the race clock and timing service
- Surrey Mirror for its coverage
RPAC is especially indebted to its members, their families and friends, together with all those in the local community with no direct connection to the club, who publicised and promoted the event via social media and expressly for assisting on race day.
Finally, thank you very much to all the entrants and the 451 runners (201 men and 250 women) who were able to take part!
Action pictures can be accessed via the Surrey Mirror and Sussex Sport Photography galleries.
YDL League, Portsmouth, 18th July 2015
Another hot and sunny outing for the RPAC YDL team, this time to the seaside in Portsmouth. Whilst absences left us too short of numbers to make much of a showing in the team placing, many took advantage of the great conditions to record new PB's.
Isabel King had another great meeting recording PB's in the long-jump and shot, and equalling her PB in the 75mH!
Emelye Kenyon-Brown, u15 1500m, Lucy Broderick u15 800m, and Pippa Roessler U13 1200m all ran new PB's and Emelye and Lucy took the opportunity to establish jumps PB's; Emelye in the long jump and Lucy in the high jump. Pippa took almost 5 seconds off her time in the 1200m!
There was success in the throws too with Amelia Watson gaining a new pb in the u15 shot, and in the u13 shot Laila Hassan (throwing 5.74m) and Libby Evans establishing their own PB's. Laila also ran a PB time in the 150m.
Alex Collins had a good day with PB's in 75mH and high jump and Danielle Pearse threw a new pb in the javelin. Frankie Evered stormed home in her first 800m in a battling sprint finish!
Great thanks go to Gina Watson who puts in so much effort organising and bringing the team together for these YDL matches and handling all the chopping and changing of entries on the day!
Pictured are Isabel flying high in her massive 4.58m long-jump, Libby and Laila in the Shot and Libby, Laila, Frankie and Pippa at the track.
Ebbisham Boys League, Walton, 12th July 2015
Several RPAC youngsters joined with Dorking and Mole Valley AC in a joint team to compete at Walton in the latest Ebbisham Boys League match. They fnished a very creditable third overall behind Kingston and HHH.
There were a number of outstanding performances including first place finishes in the under 11's for Freddie Fowler in the 600m and Barton Carter in the 75m.
In the high jump competitions AlexCollins, Simeon Cygler and Theo Lewis all achieved PB's and Theo also ran a PB in his 800m race. Theo followed this up with a big PB in the 1500m at the Crawley Open Meeting on Wednesday.
Lily B League, Walton, 27th June 2015
A strong team turned out for the second (of four) Lily B League matches held at Walton on a hot and sunny Saturday. The girls didn't disappoint and with many taking part in events other than their main discipline, they finished the match 2nd overall behind Kingston & Poly and ahead of Croydon Harriers, Epsom & Ewell, SLH and Hercules Wimbledon. We even had non-scorers taking part in some of the field events (often happens with the track events), as the A and B scoring positions were full! There were many first place finishes for RPAC athletes in both track and field events.
There were also several under 11's from the Academy taking part with much success and gaining valuable experience in a UKA officiated and run event. As always at the league events we take part in, RPAC supplied a large number of UKA officials and we are indebted to Ivan Barratt, Donna Barrington-Smith, Ian Crouch, David and Sue Heydon and Naomi Jones who gave up a day to help run the event. Ian Thomas was our official running the results department and Ian too gave up his Saturday and produced the speediest set of results of the season!
In the action Laila Hassan produced three PB performances. 100m, 200m and long-jump. Laila is having a great season! Eloise Bull had another 1500m PB knocking some six seconds off her previous best. Anousha Wardley established an U17W pole vault club record winning the event with a jump of 2.2m. There were PB's also for Danielle Banning (long jump), Isabel King (75mH), Izzy McManus (600m) and Lucy Broderick who ran 5.04.2 in the U13G 1500 which moves Lucy up to 12th place in the official UK rankings. A good week for Lucy who knocked an incredible six seconds off her 800m best time at the Crawley Open meeting on Wednesday!
The next Lily B girls League match is at Sutton on Saturday 25th July.
Pictured are our (first!) two pole vaulters, Anousha and Amelia, three of the RPAC officials Sue, David and Ian, our newest official, Naomi (plus helper), Anousha clearing 2.2m in the pole vault and high jumpers Poppy and Natalya (who between them won the A and the B string u15 high jump) seeking some shade.
Update from the Chair, May/June 2015
I'm not sure if this is a very late May update, or an early June update. I'll therefore call it the combined update for May / June! :-)
(Note: Contact e-mail addresses will be included in the e-mail version of this Update.)
To start, some important dates for the diary:
- Sunday 28th June - Treasure Hunt Run. Open to all. See Noticeboard for full details
- Wednesday 8th July- RPAC Summer 10k. We will need lots of volunteers on the night, contact Sonia Galloway if you are available
- Tuesday 14th July - Summer BBQ at Battlebridge. Open to all. Details to follow
- Saturday 21st November. Provisional date for Club Dinner & Awards evening. Hold this date. Following the successful Dinner & Awards Evening last year, we are planning to make it bigger & better this year. We would like to invite all Parents, Senior Athletes, Coaches and Friends to join us
It's been a very busy couple of months for the Juniors, with teams competing in the Lily B (Girls), Ebbisham Boys League and Youth Development League (Girls & Boys), plus the Surrey championships. I'm not going to go into detail on these, as there are excellent reports available on the website, but suffice to say there have been many pb's and club records. These include Ryan Longman (Long Jump), Amelia Watson (75 mH & Pole Vault - a club first), Lily Grant (800m) and Lucy Broderick (1200m). Congratulations to everybody who has competed, and my thanks to the coaches for their hard work and to all parents for their support.
AGM & Volunteering
All the documents from the recent Club AGM and the updated constitution are now available on the Club Documents page on the website. In particular, I would encourage everybody who was not at the AGM to have a look at the presentation given by Jas Dhanda on volunteering. I will make no apologies for returning to the subject of volunteering. Our volunteers are the "life blood" of the Club, without them there would be no Club races (without which the membership fees would significantly increase), no coaching, no social events and on and on and on....... If there is anyone (members or parents) who would like to know more about the opportunities, please contact Sonia Galloway or myself.
Our greatest current need is for 2 or 3 people who would be willing to assist with the pre-race organisation of our Club races (Summer 10k, Priory Relays and Holly Run). We have a Race Organisers team, who work together under the direction of the Race Directors. The tasks that need to be done are agreed and assigned to each person collectively within the team, so that nobody is required to take on anything they do not have the time or the desire to do.Again, please contact Sonia or myself if you are interested and want to know more.
June has seen by the Club Championship 10 mile (Dorking) and 10k (Richmond) races. Congratulations to all our trophy winners, full results are on the website.
The Dorking 10 race was also the last event in the 2014/15 Grand Prix. The full results have been published, the winners are:
Group 1: Andrew Walker
Group 2: Neil Hamilton
Group 3: Andrew Clark
Group 4: Paul Walters
Group 5: Rob Dewar-Smith
Group 6: Ian Martin
Group 7: Sarah Walters
The trophies will be presented at the BBQ on Tuesday 14th July.
The Richmond 10k was the first race in the 2015/16 Grand Prix, the races for the next 4 months are also on the Grand Prix page of the website. Valerie Cooper will be publishing the new groups shortly, as well as a full list of the races for the year.
The Club Half Marathon championship race is the Reigate Half on Sunday 20th September. It is now our understanding that the race will be using a wave start.After long discussions, the Committee has therefore decided to use chip time to determine the Club Championship results, for this race only. Our request to all runners is that if you know you are in a group who are all competing for an award, then you try to start together in the same wave. That will ensure that there is no distortion in the Championship results.
Website & Communications
The new website and the use of MailChimp for Club e-mails appear to be working well now, despite the initial teething problems. Hopefully everybody has now managed to log on to the website, so as to be able to see the full content available to members and parents.
The Senior results system is now up-and-running, we will be looking to add all historical results in the coming months. The Junior results are being worked on, and will become available over the summer.
Summary minutes of the May Committee meeting are now available.
I'm looking forward to meeting as many people as possible at the BBQ on July 14th, good luck in all your upcoming competitions!
YDL League, Horsham, 21st June 2015
A small but high quality team competed for RPAC at the third of this season's four YDL meetings held at the Broadbridge Heath stadium on Sunday.
Several established personal bests in events they took part in for the first time whilst there was more success for a number of young athletes who have been improving all summer.
Joe Jenner pb'd again in his main event, the 300m, and has now taken 4 seconds off his time this summer with a new best of 40.9. Theo Lewis continued his good run of form with a big pb (13.2) in the 75mH that sees him rise to 41st place in the UK rankings. Also with a new pb in the hurdles (u13G 70mH), was Lily Grant with a time of 13.0.
Jack Broughton secured another two PB's, in the 1500m and in the long jump, and is having a great season. Another 1500m runner in good form is Emelye Kenyon-Brown. Emelye had her fourth pb in five 1500m races this summer and is edging ever closer to a sub 5min time.
Competing in the U15G high jump we had Natalya Robinson who the day before had been in action for Surrey in the South East inter-counties Championships in Erith. There Natalya jumped a big pb hight of 1.48.
The fourth and final YDL match is in Portsmouth on Saturday 18th July.
Pictured are Natalya high jumping, Machayla about to put the Shot and Poppy O and Pippa R ahead of their 800m race.
Ebbisham Boys League, Coulsdon, 14th June 2015
The number 3 featured heavily for RPAC on Sunday as the boys, competing in a joint team with Dorking, finished 3rd in the Ebbisham Boys League match.
There were many successful performances including from boys taking part in some events for the first time. Of particular merit, in the U13's, Theo Lewis had 3 PB's, which came in the long jump, 75mH and 800m, where Theo earned a 1st, a 2nd and a 3rd place finish. Simeon Cygler, also U13, was another to finish the day with 3 PB's. For Simeon these came in the long jump, high jump and 200m.
Not to be outdone, in the U11's, Barton Carter had 3 first place finishes! 75m (PB), 150m and long jump. RPAC under 11's were particularly strong in the long jump event taking 3 of the first 4 places in a competition that had 24 entrants. Barton was 1st with Lucas Churchwood 3rd and Fred Oliver 4th.
Surrey Schools T & F Championships, Kingston 13th June 2015
There were three RPAC medalists in the Surrey Schools Finals at Kingston. Gold medals for Ryan Longman in the Junior Boys long jump, and for Alice Chandler in the Senior Girls 800m, and Bronze for Hayden Young in the Intermediate Boys 400m. All three put in outstanding performances.
Several other RPAC juniors made the finals of their events and there were a number with PB's. These included 4th place finishes in finals for Bradley Young (IB 800m), Poppy Wardley (JG 1500m), and Abbie Owen (JG 800m). Isabel Hornung was 5th in the final of the JG 100m and Jack Broughton (JB 800m) and Will Driscoll (IB 1500m) were 6th in their Finals. Great efforts all-round!
New U15B long jump record and Gold for Ryan
Competing at the Surrey Schools Track & Field Finals in Kingston on Saturday 13th June 2015, Ryan Longman won the Long Jump competition with a brilliant performance and a big PB. His distance of 5.84m sets a new club record, is comfortably within the entry standard for the prestigious English Schools Championships at Gateshead in July, and places Ryan10th currently in the UK rankings.
Two 'A Stars' for RPAC
More success for two talented athletes.
Anousha Wardley has been selected to represent Surrey in the U17W Heptathlon. This involves Anousha in the 80mH, high jump, shot, 200m, long jump, javelin and 800m! Anousha is pictured with the silver medal she won in the 800m at last year's Surrey Schools Finals.
Amelia Watson set a Championship Best Ever Time of 12.63 in the final of the U15G 75mH at the London Area Championships (Independant Association of Prep Schools) held at the Thames Valley Stadium in Eton earlier this week. Amelia is pictured with the medal she was awarded to commemorate her achievement.
Amelia, like Anousha, is a talented multi eventer (U15 pentathlon) and both girls are looking forward to this years Surrey Combined Events Championships.
YDL League, Aldershot 30th May 2015
On a sunny day at the Aldershot Military Stadium, the RPAC U15 and U13 Boys and Girls team had a great days athletics in an eight club match.
There were many outstanding individual performances (some reported elsewhere on the web site), and several young athletes obtained PB's by competing in events for the first time. Amongst others who improved their PB's, was Ryan Longman in both the 100m and 200m. Ryan also won the U15B A string Long Jump with Jack Broughton making it a double winning the B string Long Jump. Jack also took a full 20 seconds off his 1500m time. This was matched by Machayla Dewdney (U13G) who improved her 1200m PB by 20 seconds. Felix Vaughan improved his 1500m time to 4.52.9 which is exceptional being still in year six.
There was a treble in the U13G 800m with Lily Grant in the A string, Natasha Herholdt in the B string and Katie Mackison in the non scoring race, all coming home comfortably ahead of their opponents.
Katie Mackison produced another masterclass in the Javelin winning the U13 Girls event. In the High Jump there were PB's for Patrick Florida-James U15B and James McDowall U13B.
Back on the track, Joe Jenner is in great form with a run of PB's in the U15B 300m and Joe took his time down to 42.3 . In a similar run of improved best times, Abbie Owen had another good day with a new best time in the U15G 800m of 2.26.8.
The next YDL match is at the Broadbridge Heath stadium, Horsham on Sunday 21st June. Team Manager Gina Watson will be sending out details soon.
Pictured at Aldershot (clockwise from top left), James, Amelia,Thea and Abbie.
New U15 Girls Pole Vault Record, Aldershot 30 May 2015
A club first for Amelia Watson who cleared 1m.90 in her first competitive outing in the Pole Vault. Taking part in the National Youth Development League meeting in Aldershot on Saturday, Amelia had a great day with PB's also in both the 75mH and the 100m races.
New U13 Girls Club Records 30 May 2015
At the National Youth Development League meeting in Aldershot on Saturday 30th May 2015 there were outstanding results for Lily Grant and Lucy Broderick in the under 13 Girls middle distance races.
Lily continued her fantastic run of form with yet another PB in the 800m and broke her own club record. Her time of 2.23.9 sees her move to 2nd place in the UK rankings for u13G 800m.
In the 1200m, Lucy, also in a great run of form, dismantled the existing long-standing club record by a full 9 seconds and her time of 3.57.3 moves her to 5th place in the UK rankings for u13G 1200m. (Her 1500m race in last weeks Surrey Championships sees her in the top 20 in the UK for 1500).
Lucy & Lily
Surrey County Track & Field Championships, Kingston, 23rd, 24th May 2015
A large contingent of RPAC young athletes (and from the club six officials!), took part with much success at the County T& F Championships over the weekend.
Leading a host of great performances were Alice Chandler winning GOLD in the U20W 80Om, Lily Grant taking SILVER in the U13G 800m and Katie Mackison with BRONZE in the U13G Javelin.
Alice has now won the 800m Gold at the championships an amazing four years in a row! Two years as an U17W and now two consecutive years as an U20W. Lily was beaten in the U13G 800m final by the UK number one ranked U13G who won with a Championship Best ever Performance. Lily retains 3rd place in the current UK rankings. Katie had a huge PB in the Javelin and her throw of 26.53m sees her move up in the UK rankings to 12th. It was also another club record for Katie!
Several others made the finals of their events and a total of (at least) 18 RPAC juniors had PB's over the weekend!
In the sprints these included Isabel Hornung who came 7th in the U15G 200m final, Amelia Watson, also 7th, in the final of the U15G 75mH, and Theo Lewis 5th in a straight final of the U13B 75mH. Hayden Young in the U17B 100mH straight final, and Joe Jenner and Jack Broughton in the U15B's 300m also PB'd.
Katie Watson recorded a PB in the U15G high jump.
In the middle distance races there were U15G's 1500m PB's for Maddy Pullen and Poppy Wardley. Poppy finished 6th in a high quality final where the first nine girls were all under the five minute mark and even last place achieved a speedy 5.04. Patrick Florida-James had a PB in the U15B 1500m and in the U13G 1500m final, Lucy Broderick came home 5th with a big PB that moves her up to a current UK ranking of 14th!
800m runners achieving PB's were Bradley Young who finished 4th in the U17B final, Eloise Bull in the U17W, Jack Broughton with 6th place in the U15B final, Abbie Owen in the U15G, Tomos Knowles U13B and Poppy Oliver in the U13G's.
All of the young athletes who competed in RPAC colours were a great credit to the club. Pictured at the Championships (1st set clockwise from top left) Katie Mack, Lily, Isabel, Abbie. (2nd set) Amelia in the Shot, Bradley, Isabel and Poppy.
Lily B League, Guildford 17th May 2015
A sunny day in Guildford saw a PB packed performance by the RPAC U13 and U15 Girls teams, finishing in fourth place out of seven competing clubs. (see full results here).
With several U11's competing successfully too it was testament to the growing strength in depth in the Junior section.
The day started well with hurdlers and high jumpers in early action. Amelia Watson ran a PB of 13.5 in the u15 75mH and followed up with a PB of 1.40 in the high jump. Machayla Dewdney won the u13 high jump clearing 1.34 for a PB. Lily Grant won the u13 Long Jump with a PB of 4.02. In the u13 Javelin, Katie Mackison set another club record for the event with a PB of 22.51m. This ranks Katie 24th in the UK.
In the sprints there were excellent times run including in the u13 200m by Rosie Braid with 29.2, Lily Grant 29.3 and Laila Hassan 31.1. Isabel Hornung ran a PB in the u15 100m with a time of 13.1.
In the middle distance races there were ten PB performances, a number of which were by several seconds! The girls took first places in six of the eight races at 800m and 1500m. Lily Grant set another club record in the u13 800m with a PB of 2.25.3. She is currently ranked 3rd in the UK. In the u13 1500m, Lucy Broderick ran a PB with a time of 5.14.2. This sees Lucy ranked 17th in the UK and moves her to 2nd fastest u13G for 1500m in the RPAC club records. Pippa Roessler (still in year six) completed the u13 1500m in 5.18.9 which puts her 3rd fastest in the RPAC records and 30th currently in the UK. The girls finished their race one and two by some distance!
Others to claim PB's were u15's Maddy Pullen, Thea Wardley and Pippa Wonders in the 1500m and Poppy Wardley and Abbie Owen in the 800m, and in the u13's Natasha Herholdt and Libby Evans in the 800m.
Amongst many notable performances in the u11's were Izzy McManus laying down a marker with 2.04.1 in her first 600m, Eva Peters with 26.7 for a fast 150m and Francesca Manrow with good results in the 75m (12.5) and 600m (2.13.2).
Pictured: Anna, Machayla, Lucy and Pippa line up for the u13 1500m.
UK Youth Development League, Carshalton 2nd May. 2015
There were many PB's amongst a strong RPAC team for this first YDL league meeting held at Carshalton.
Several youngsters were taking part in their first league match for the club and there were particularly notable performances from Rosie Braid (10.8) and Danielle Banning (11.2) in the U13 75m, and from Matthew Retter and Oliver Mooney who both competed in three separate events each. Matthew improved his 1500m time by a full 16 seconds!
Of the more experienced athletes, sprinters Isabel Hornung (100m and 200m), and Isabel King (75m hurdles and long jump), had great afternoons with two PB's each.
In the middle distance races, Poppy Wardley set a new PB of 4.58.9 in the U15 1500m, and Emelye Kenyon-Brown knocked 7 seconds off her 1500m time to record her third consecutive PB for the event in a month. Jack Broughton U15 also had a new 1500m PB. In the 800m races their were PB's for Patrick Florida-James, Theo Lewis, Abbie Owen, Maddy Pullen, Lily Grant and Lucy Broderick. Theo had a particularly good meeting with PB's in the 75m hurdles and Shot too.
In the field events, Katie Mackison threw a new U13G club record in the javelin and Amelia Watson (U15G Shot) and Katie Watson (U15G Discus) both had PB throws that took them into third place each in the clubs record books for the events.
Full results including details of some more PB's (!) can be found on the Power of 10 web site.
The next YDL match is at Aldershot on Saturday 30th May.
Pictured at the meeting, Laila Hassan Frankie Evered and Rosie Braid.
Update from the Chair, April 2015
Welcome to my update for April - slightly late, but my excuse is that I was reviewing the content of the new website over the weekend. Which brings me to my first topic:
The RPAC website
Hopefully many of you have had a chance to look at the new website, my thanks to Ralph Tuckwell for his hard work in getting us to this point. The new structure is very easy to modify, so if there is any feedback, please let us know. You can either use the contact form on the website (choose "webmaster") or the e-mail address will be available in the e-mail version of this update.
Yes, we know there is an issue with the menus on mobile / touchscreen devices, we are working on it.
Please have a look at the "Club House" page (available to all members after logging in), I have just set it up to display a number of short term items, so would be interested in any comments on whether this is a suitable use of the facility.
I would also encourage the Seniors to use the "Social & Weekend Run" facilty to publicise if they are intending to go out as a group for a training run, especially for the Sunday morning runs.
Our President John Hopkins sends his congratulations to everyone who ran in the Brighton and London Marathons. Some seriously fast times this year, including a very large number of "Good for age" times - well done everyone!
The Juniors had a very successful outing to the Youth Development League last weekend. Team Manager Gina Watson and coach David Mills have both reported that that the team did really well, with good performances and many personal bests. Thanks to our officials and parents who helped out on the day.
Valerie Cooper organised a very successful Grand Prix 3000m for the Seniors at Battlebridge. 33 members of the Club ran in 3 separate races, with the star performance being Ryan Harris' solo run for a sub-10 minute clocking.
For the Seniors, the next event in the Surrey Road League is the Sutton 10k, this Sunday 10th May. Good luck to everybody who is running, unfortunately entries are now full, so there are no entries "on the day".
The Junior Girls will be competing in the first Lily B match on Sunday 17th May, all the Junior Girls will have received details from Team Manager Tessa Wardley.
There will be an informal get-together at 7.30 pm this Friday, 8th May, at the Blue Dolphin in Reigate. Everybody (adults only!) is welcome.
The AGM was held earlier in April. The full minutes and copies of the reports will be published soon, but in particular:
- The changes to the constitution were accepted in full
- Membership fees for 2015/16 are unchanged
- The new Committee is:
- Malcolm Woodman, Chair (2 year term)
- Ian Thomas, Treasurer (1 year term)
- Anthony Collins, Secretary (1 year term)
- Paul Chandler, Membership Secretary (2 year term)
- Valerie Cooper
- Sonia Galloway
- Mike Gent
- Ian Martin
- Clare Pryor
- Ralph Tuckwell
- Other specific roles will be allocated at the first committee meeting, on 11th May
- Thanks to Jas Dhanda, who has stood down from the Committee
Jas gave a very thought provoking presentation on the subject of volunteering. In particular he presented a table of the effort required to organise our three races (Summer 10k, Priory Relays and Holly Run) and the amount of money each contributed to Club funds in 2013 and 2014.
|Event||Pre-event organisation (hours)||Number of volunteers||
Benefit to the club
|Summer 10k||75||52||£2380 (£1917)|
|Priory relays||20||41||£804 (£529)|
|Holly run||110+||56||£665 (£954)|
|London Marathon||20||60-70||£300 + 1 LM place|
The races contribute a significant amount to Club funds, and therefore help to keep membership fees down (by over £10 per member every year). However, there is also a significant amount of effort required, especially from the Race Directors and their close team.Historically, this effort has been undertaken by a very small sub-set of the Club members and parents.
Two of the three Race Directors (Summer 10k and Holly Run) are retiring this year. I would encourage everybody (members and parents) to consider volunteering for these roles - the effort can always be shared between a small group if enough people come forward, thus reducing the effort required from any single person. However, if nobody volunteers, then we will have to seriously consider cancelling the races for 2016, which will have a significant impact on the Club finances, as well as ending the long history of these races.
Minutes of the March Committee meeting are available here.
New U13 Girls Club Records
On Saturday 2nd May, at the National Youth Development League meeting in Carshalton, Katie Mackison threw 20m.43 in the Javelin to set a new U13G club record for the event.
Racing on Bank Holiday Monday at the Herne Hill Harriers Open Meeting in London, Lily Grant, having achieved a PB two days earlier in the U13G 800m of 2.30.00, broke through the 2.30 barrier in spectacular fashion recording a time of 2.26.28. This took a full 3 seconds off the existing club record which had stood since 2009. With this time, Lily has now moved up to third in the UK national rankings for the event.
Well done to both girls for brilliant performances!
Pictured: Lily after Saturdays race.
Update from the Chair, March 2015
Welcome to the update for March 2015.
The development of the new website is proceeding rapidly, and is on target for release at (or soon after, hedging my bets!) the AGM on 13th April. For an example of the new "look and feel", see the Summer 10k page, www.summer10k.com. My thanks to Ralph Tuckwell and Paul Chandler for their work on this, and to Paul Walters for continuing to keep the current website running.
With this update, we are switching to the new e-mail communication system, which uses MailChimp. Separate e-mails will follow shortly to explain how this works.
It has been my great pleasure to present a bottle of wine to our junior coaches, as a small token of our appreciation of the work they do. I would like to take this opportunity to name them all, as without our coaches we would not be able to function as a club. So, once again, my thanks to Ivan Barrett, Paul Bossick, Graham Bull, Ellis Cain Jones, Andrew Clark, Mike Gent, Louis Grant, Greg Knott, Russ Longman, Stav Loucaides, Dave Mills and Michael Salmon.
The senior coaching team (Sue Carnell, Valerie Cooper, Jas Dhanda, Ian Martin and Antony Read) all received their bottle at the Awards Evening last November.
AGM, Monday 13th April
Everyone should have already received the notification and agenda for the AGM, 7 for 7.30 pm on Monday 13th April at the YMCA in Slipshatch Road, Reigate. This date is not the traditional Monday following the London Marathon, since that would have been too late to allow the membership to approve the 2015/16 subscriptions in time for the 1st May 2015 renewal date.
For the full agenda, see here. Other relevant documents are also available:
- 2014 AGM minutes
- Current constitution
- Proposed changes to constitution
- Notes on proposed changes to constitution
- Treasurer's report
Senior Grand Prix
The April race in the Grand Prix is a 3000m at Battlebridge, which replaces the normal Tuesday evening training session on Tuesday 14th April. There will be a series of races, seeded by the Grand Prix groups.
Senior training schedule, April 2015
The April training schedule for seniors is now available on the club website (see Calendar). Please note:
- Thursday sessions will now be held in Priory Park. Routes are shown in the notes below the table
- There will be a running technique session with Martin McCarthy on 9th April in Priory Park
- The Grand Prix 3K at Battlebridge on 14th April
- We will be trying some Saturday morning sessions later in the month to gauge interest
Good luck to everyone running in the Brighton & London marathons. Also our best wishes to Jas Dhanda, who is currently in hospital for an operation.
SE Schools Inter-Counties XC Championships Y7 Y8, Tonbridge, 28th March 2015
Eleven RPAC Juniors were selected to run in the Surrey Schools XC teams in the annual SE Schools Y7 and Y8 XC Championships held this year in Tonbridge, Kent. Surrey dominated the day against Kent, Hampshire, Sussex and Essex with the Year 7 Boys and Girls teams winning their matches as did the Year 8 Girls. The Surrey Year 8 Boys team finished second behind Kent.
In the Y7 Girls, Lily Grant ran a strong race to finish 9th and our only Surrey debutant on the day, Pippa Roessler had a great run to finish in 18th place out of 79 finishers. Strong performances by RPAC Juniors in the Y8 Girls race too. Emelye Kenyon-Brown also had a 9th place finish and Maddie Pullen came home 17th out of 67.
In the Y7 Boys race, Felix Vaughan had another superb run taking 4th place and Theo Lewis came home 54th. Patrick Florida-James was 50th in the Y8 Boys race.
Four of our selected Y7 runners were unfortunately not available on the day due to absence on holiday or illness, Nicholas Smith, Lucy Broderick, Katie Mackison and Poppy Oliver but they will all be likely to feature in the annual trip to the West Midlands with Surrey Schools in the autumn.
Pictured: Emelye and Maddie after the Y8 Girls race.
Update from the Chair, February 2015
Welcome to the update for February 2015. As usual, e-mail addresses can be found in the e-mail version.
Another busy month, with the final cross-country races of the season, plus the first (indoor) track & field event of the year.
The juniors have continued their excellent cross-country form, with 3 club members definitely selected to run for Surrey in the Inter-Counties Cross-Country this coming weekend. In the Surrey Indoor Track & Field championships, club members won 2 Gold medals and 1 Silver. Congratulations to everyone.
In the senior Surrey Cross-Country League, the ladies maintained their Division 1 status yet again, but unfortunately the men found Division 1 far too competitive, and were relegated back to Division 2.
Annual General Meeting
The AGM will be held on Monday 13th April, at the YMCA in Slipshatch Road, Reigate. The meeting will start at 7.30 pm and is expected to last about 2 hours. Formal notification and the agenda will follow shortly. Nominations will be sought for members to stand for the committee, please contact me or Anthony Collins if you are willing to stand. Jas Dhanda can provide more information about the various roles that need to be undertaken by the members of the committee.
Neil Hamilton has resigned as our Men's Captain. Many thanks for all the hard work and nagging Neil, even if we did get relegated in your last season in charge!
Steve Bass has agreed to take over as Men's captain, and will be assisted by John Smallwood as Men's Vice-Captain. Nat Wilson continues as our Ladies' Captain (thanks Nat!), with Sonia Galloway taking on the new role of Ladies' Vice-Captain.
Senior Grand Prix
Valerie Cooper tells me that the Grand Prix leaderboard has been updated on the website to include the Valentine's 10k and the February Cross-Country results.
The March race is the best time from any Priory Parkrun in March
The April event is a 3000m track race at Battlebridge, Tuesday 14 April at 7pm. This will replace the normal Tuesday evening training session.
RPAC Quiz Night
My informant tells me that the quiz was a great success, with everybody have a fun-filled evening. For the avoidance of doubt, the winning team (led by Gavin Lawrence) did not keep their winnings, but donated them to Comic Relief.
Summary Minutes of the February Committee meeting are available here.
English National XC Championships, Parliament Hill, Saturday 21st February 2015
Wet and muddy with plenty of hills thrown in for good measure! It was a tough course for the RPAC youngsters at this year's English National XC Championships. With a long uphill start, and around 400 competitors in their races, there were outstanding performances through often ankle deep mud, on a gruelling course. This was another step up in competition for those that had competed in the South of England Championships at Brighton a few weeks ago.
The Under 13 Boys had a great day with the team finishing in 12th place. Against clubs from all over England, with 42 clubs having sufficient runners taking part to constitute a scoring team, this was a tremendous achievement. Felix Vaughan had another strong run taking 12th place out of 395 finishers. This despite being still in year six and running in an Under 13 race that included year eights. He was followed home by Jack Broughton, Patrick Florida-James, Nicholas Smith and Theo Lewis.
The Under 13 Girls, racing against by far the largest number of competitors they have come up against so far, all ran strong races to take 22nd place in these National Championships, out of 49 complete teams. Emelye Kenyon-Brown, barely recognisable at the end as so covered in mud, finished 47th out of 433 finishers and was well supported by Lily Grant, Lucy Broderick and Poppy Oliver.
Surrey County Indoor Track & Field Championships, Carshalton, 14,15 February 2015
There were two Golds and a Silver for RPAC Junior Athletes at this year's Surrey County Indoor T&F Championships.
Ryan Longman, competing in the U15 Boys, took the Gold Medal in the Long Jump with a new indoor club record distance of 5.36m. Also winning Gold in the Long Jump was Emily Hornung in the Under 17 Womens competition, with a jump of 4.98m. In the Under 15 Boys High Jump, Callum Holder set a club indoor record of 1.40m in winning the Silver Medal.
Congratulations to all those who took part, and especially the medal winners who have got this years Track and Field competition off to a great start.
UK CAU Inter-County Cross Country Championship Cofton Park, Birmingham. 7th March 2015
Congratulations to the following RPAC Juniors who have been selected to represent Surrey in the UK inter-counties cross country championships in March:
Under 15G Team Poppy Wardley Under 13G Team Emelye Kenyon-Brown Under 13B Team Felix Vaughan In addition, Maddy Pullen has been named as a reserve for the U13G Team.
These selections represent an acknowledgement of the talent and dedication shown by these young athletes throughout the season which has seen them competing as far afield as Bridgnorth in the West Midlands and Brighton on the South Coast.
Surrey Ladies XC League, Farthing Down Coulsdon, 7th February 2015
Both the U15 and U13 Girls XC teams had strong finishes to the four match 2XU Surrey Ladies XC League season.
The U15's took second place on the day which ensured they finished the season as runners up behind Herne Hill Harriers. Poppy Wardley had another excellent race taking 4th place for the second match in succession. She was well supported by Pippa Wonders in 9th place, Thea Wardley 12th and Eloise Bull 15th.
Emelye Kenyon-Brown, finishing 7th, led home the U13 Girls who also ended the match in second place. Once again, it was Herne Hill Harriers who were the only club ahead of RPAC and the RPAC U13 Girls also completed the season by taking the Silver Medal position in the final league table.
Emelye was followed home by Maddy Pullen 9th, Lily Grant 10th, Lucy Broderick 11th, Pippa Roessler 13th and Katie Mackison 16th.
Update from the Chair, mid-January 2015
A belated happy New Year to all RPAC members and parents!
Holly Run 2014
I'd like to start by thanking everyone who helped at the Holly Run before Christmas. Yet another successful RPAC-organised race "under our belts", with lots of enthusiastic runners and good weather. Many club members and parents covered a whole range of jobs large and small, but the biggest thanks have to go to our Race Director, Donna Barrington-Smith. Without Donna over-seeing every aspect of the race, there would have been no Holly Run.
Which brings me onto my second topic for this month, volunteering. I know that many of you volunteer on a regular basis when asked, and a small group do a very large amount for the club (you know who you are!). However, we need to ease the burden of that small core group, especially when somebody decides to take a well-earned break. Therefore, if there is any member or parent who is willing / interested in taking on a more major role within the club, then please contact myself or Jas Dhanda (Volunteer co-ordinator) to offer your services (e-mail addresses in separate e-mail).
The most important role that needs to be filled soon is that of the Race Director for the Summer 10k, as Moray Carey wishes to stand down after a number of years "in role".
On a less major note, volunteer marshals are required for school cross-country races on both next weekend (Saturday 17th) and Saturday 31st January. See the previous e-mail from Jas for details.
A very busy January, with the Surrey Cross-Country Championships, Tadworth 10 and 3rd Surrey League Cross-Country fixture for both ladies and men having taken place already. During the rest of the month we have:
- Surrey Schools Cross-country on Saturday 17th, Priory Park
- Southern Cross-Country Championships (Juniors & Seniors) on Saturday 24th, Stanmer Park, Brighton
- SE Schools Inter-counties Cross-Country on Saturday 31st, Priory Park
The club relies on a small number of individuals to train and coach our athletes. We need more coaches at every age group and at different levels to be able to offer better coaching to more athletes. The club pays for the courses; in return we expect regular assistance/leadership at our training sessions. The first step is the Leading Athletics course which is a 3 hour course. You can then progress to other qualifications.
If you are willing to get involved in this rewarding activity, please contact Mike Gent, Greg Knott, Dave Mills or Ivan Barrett for the juniors; Sue Carnell or Ian Martin if you are keen to coach senior runners.
Scores for the Grand Prix have now been updated following the December & January races and are on the website on the Grand Prix page under the Results tab.
Our next race is the Valentine’s 10K on 15th February. Also 2 bonus points are available for participating in the Surrey XC league race on 8th February.
There are a number of free seminars available to us via Active Surrey. Although many of these are directed towards organisers and coaches, they are all open to any member of the club.
If anyone does decide to attend a course, please book yourself on direct, but let Anthony Collins know that you are planning to attend.
Surrey Ladies XC League, Wimbledon Common, 10th January 2015
On a muddy course in blustery conditions the U15 and U13 Girls teams had yet another great day of competitive cross country running.
With the U15's taking second place in the match, they have now also moved up into second place in the league for the first time this season after the third of the four matches. HHH are ahead by some distance with RPAC U15G's on 209 points, Dorking and Mole Valley third on 215 and Kingston & Polytechnic Harriers fourth with 232. Poppy Wardley finished 4th, her highest position to date and beating a couple of regular close rivals for the first time. With each one of this team showing marked improvement over the course of the season they have a great chance of finishing the year in a medal position.
Following on from their Silver Medal finish in last weeks County Championships, the Under 13 Girls team again finished the match in second place, behind HHH. However, they pushed Herne Hill hard with the first two HHH girls taking 2nd and 3rd followed home closely by three from RPAC in 5th, 6th and 7th places. Emelye Kenyon-Brown was our lead runner finishing 5th. There were 61 runners from 15 clubs taking part. The U13 Girls also stand in 2nd place in the league with one match to go. The top three are HHH 68 points, RPAC 129, Dorking and Mole Valley 194.
Next week sees the Surrey Schools XC Championships in Priory Park and the week after the teams are in action at The South of England XC Championships in Brighton.
Surrey XC Championships, Lloyd Park, Croydon, 3rd January 2015
A busy January with a succession of big races began with a strong turnout in the rain at Croydon with some outstanding performances.
In the U20W, Alice Chandler finished fourth and Felix Vaughan matched this with fourth place in the U13 Boys race. Poppy Wardley took eighth place in the U15G, and Emelye Kenyon-Brown, in the U13G, also finished eighth.
The U13G team came home with Silver Medals finishing in second place behind Herne Hill Harriers and ahead of Guildford and Godalming who were third, and Aldershot Farnham and District in fourth. A brilliant effort by the girls against strong opposition. The four 'scorers' were Emelye Kenyon-Brown, Lily Grant, Maddy Pullen and Lucy Broderick with support from Katie Watson, Poppy Oliver and Ciara Maher.
Next week sees a return to League action for both the boys and girls teams followed by the Surrey Schools XC Championships the week after and then the South of England XC Championships in Brighton a week later.