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).
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.
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).
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:
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