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Tuesday 30th August - Summer Social

We're planning to hold a social event at the Battlebridge track on the evening of Tuesday 30th August. This will be a picnic and we're looking into whether we can get any local food vans along for the event.
 
We're planning to hold the Grand Prix Mile and also some mixed Junior and Senior 4 x 400m relays on the night as well.
 
We'll provide more details through the newsletter nearer the time.

 

Our Club History

I've mentioned before that I'm keen to try to put together a potted history of our club. We know of course, that it was founded by our club president John Hopkins, but not very much more than that. I have recently had the pleasure of chatting to Rita Diffley who was one of the founder members of the club (there is a picture of her before the 1987 London Marathon here), and at one time the club's high jump coach. Rita was kind enough to share some anecdotes from the early days of the club and she also has some copies of some very early club newsletters dating back to 1983. More of this to come, but if you know anything about how, why and when the club came into being, or you can share some stories from the early days of the club please get in touch via 

 

Reigate Priory AC Couch to 5K Programme starting 24th September 

Our next Couch to 5K Programme starts on Saturday 24th September.

The Couch to 5K Programme is for beginners to build up to 30 minutes of running over a 9 week programme, finishing with a 5Km parkrun to graduate from the programme on the 10th Saturday.

We encourage participants to register for this programme in time for the optional lead-in sessions which will be held on Saturday 10th September and Saturday 17th September.

Full details can be found on our website here. Please do pass this on if you know anyone who may be interested.

 

Give us your results please

If you run in an event, do please let us know your results by emailing . If possible please can you submit them by Sunday evening at the latest as this allows us to meet the deadline for the Surrey Mirror sports pages.

 

Junior Section News

Max Clocks Up 100

 Carol Orchard wrote to tell us the following:

"Just thought I'd drop the newsletter a note to say that Max has just completed a double 100.

Today Max completed his 100th junior parkrun at the Reigate junior course and has also successfully completed 100 times volunteering at the course on the same day. Most Sundays Max will be found running the warm up before running the 2km course, he'll often bar code scan or help with the finish tokens once he's finished. In fact Max has filled every volunteer position except Marshal and volunteer coordinator, he was Race Director when the kids took over for the parkrun's 2nd birthday. 
 
He celebrated in true junior parkrun style. . . With cake. "
 
Well done to you Max on both 100s!

Dates for the Diary

Lily B Girls League

The Lily B  is a track and field league for U11 to U17 girls.

The remaining fixture for this season is 27th August at Sutton

 

Senior Section News 

 

Final Reminder that tomorrow's track training is cancelled as it is MABAC at Wimbledon Common at 19:30

A final reminder that we are cancelling tomorrow evening's track session to enable people to run the MABAC race at Wimbledon.

We're currently lying in second place in the MABAC league so it would be great to get another strong turnout from RPAC for this event.

This is always a good event which starts and finishes at Wimbledon Rugby Club. It's close to the A3 so it's easy to find for a change AND there's lots of parking.

The bar is open and there is a buffet provided by Wimbledon Windmilers so we can have a bit of a social afterwards.

More details are here MABAC - Wimbledon Common - Wimbledon Windmilers - Mabac Running league

If you have run a MABAC race this season please try to remember to bring along your race number.

Meet in Bell St Car Park for a prompt departure at 18:00 for car sharing and lifts. If you haven't already done so, please let me know if you are able to offer a lift to someone else or you need a lift 

 

Club Championship 10K Race

This year's Club Championship 10K race will be the Brighton 10K on Sunday 20th November. More details to follow later.

 

Jimmy James Handicap Update

Dorking and Mole Valley AC have very kindly offered us the opportunity to participate in their Winter Handicap series as we did pre-Covid. We will be running this as the Jimmy James Handicap series again.

There is a slight change to procedure as Dorking have asked us to pre-register the week before each race. A number will be issued to each athlete which they keep for the season. I'm told no registration, no race! The races will be held on the last Thursday of each month starting at 7pm from September through to March. For the initial registration you will need to provide a current 5K time, email address, mobile and ICE info. 

SLH NADI Thursday 28th July

Well done to Gavin, Jamilla, Alistair, Bethany, Sam, Jake, Jake and Kate who completed the third and final SLH Near As Damn It 10K race last Thursday. Full results of the race are available here. I think I am right in saying that only Alistair, Bethany and Kate ran in all three races of the series, with total times of 02:23:15, 02:28:33 and 05:28:57 respectively. Bethany won the Senior Ladies prize and Kate the Ladies' Vet 55 prize. Well done to you both. Full series results are here.

 

Round Reading Ultra Marathon Saturday 30th July 

Despite having only two hours sleep after his night shift, Jim Vince completed the Round Reading 50km Ultra in 6hrs 31 minutes. I think I'm right in saying that this is Jim's first Ultra of the year as he's been carrying an injury. He reports that the course was "flat to undulating, but generally lovely with more cover than expected" although it was "a tad muggy". He says that it was quite sociable as there were a number of other 100 Marathon Club members participating . Well done Jim!

 

East Peckham 10K Sunday 31st July

Michael Bashford and his son Nick completed the East Peckham 10K yesterday. Michael finished in 01:05:33 and his son in 01:17:46. Well done Michael and Nick!

 

Usha's 250 

I happen to know that Usha will be doing her 250th Parkrun at Banstead Woods this coming Saturday (6th August). I'm sure that she would appreciate a good turnout from fellow RPAC members to help her celebrate.  

 

Leatherhead Fire Station Charity 10k 2022 by Moray Carey

The Leatherhead Fire Station 10K is a challenging race run over a semi-urban, semi-rural, undulating, multi terrain course described as “4k uphill, 2k downhill and 4k flat with 70% road and 30% trail”. It’s organised by the Red Watch Team to raise funds for local charities.

The 2022 event takes place on Remembrance Sunday 13th November and commences at 11.02am following a respectful 2-minute silence.

The race starts (and finishes) at Leatherhead Fire Station but soon steeply climbs via the Ridgeway. After reaching the top, runners are Marshalled by Fire Service personnel over the A246 (Young Street) to enter Norbury Park where the scenic ascents and descents provide some spectacular panoramas.

Trionium’s informative website includes some insightful images of the course here.

Refreshments are available at the Fire Station including a tempting array of home made cakes at Trish & Tracy's renowned Tea and Cake stall!

The entry fee is £15 and entry is via Sport Systems

https://register.enthuse.com/ps/event/LeatherheadFireStationCharity10K2022

  

Dates for Your Diary  

Tuesday 2nd August MABAC Wimbledon Common

Tuesday 30th August RPAC Grand Prix 1 Mile Race

 

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Apologies for the late publication of this week's newsletter; it was my daughter's graduation yesterday so I'm afraid that I ran out of time.

Tuesday 30th August - Summer Social

We're planning to hold a social event at the Battlebridge track on the evening of Tuesday 30th August. This will be a picnic and we're looking into whether we can get any local food vans along for the event.
 
We're planning to hold the Grand Prix Mile and also some mixed Junior and Senior 4 x 400m relays on the night as well.
 
We'll provide more details through the newsletter nearer the time.

 

Saturday 24th September  - quiz night for a cause

Charlotte Pekekani is organising a quiz night to raise funds in order to attend the International Scout Jamboree in South Korea on Saturday 24th September at St. Mark's Church Hall.
 
See details below...
 
 

Our Club History

I'm keen to try to put together a potted history of our club. We know of course, that it was founded by our club president John Hopkins, but not very much more than that. I have recently had the pleasure of chatting to Rita Diffley who was one of the founder members of the club (there is a picture of her before the 1987 London Marathon here), and at one time the club's high jump coach. Rita was kind enough to share some anecdotes from the early days of the club and she also has some copies of some very early club newsletters dating back to 1983. More of this to come, but if you know anything about how, why and when the club came into being, or you can share some stories from the early days of the club please get in touch 

 

Give us your results please

If you run in an event, do please let us know your results by emailing . If possible please can you submit them by Sunday evening at the latest as this allows us to meet the deadline for the Surrey Mirror sports pages.

 

Junior Section News

 It's been a quiet week for the Junior Section this week - maybe because of the start of the school holidays.

 

Dates for the Diary

Lily B Girls League

The Lily B  is a track and field league for U11 to U17 girls.

The remaining fixture for this season is 27th August at Sutton

 

Senior Section News 

Thursday's Training Session  is Cancelled

It is the third of the SLH NADI races on Thursday so this week's session in Priory Park is cancelled to allow people to run this instead.

 

Tuesday 2nd August 7:30PM MABAC @ Wimbledon Common

We're currently lying in second place in the league so it would be great to get another strong turnout from RPAC for this event.

This is always a good event which starts and finishes at Wimbledon Rugby Club. It's close to the A3 so it's easy to find for a change AND there's lots of parking.

The bar is open and there is some usually free snacks so we can have a bit of a social afterwards.

More details are here MABAC - Wimbledon Common - Wimbledon Windmilers - Mabac Running league

Meet in Bell St Car Park for a prompt departure at 18:00 for car sharing and lifts. Please let me know if you are able to offer a lift to someone else, or you need a lift 

Jimmy James Handicap Update

Dorking and Mole Valley AC have very kindly offered us the opportunity to participate in their Winter Handicap series as we did pre-Covid. We will be running this as the Jimmy James Handicap series again.

There is a slight change to procedure as Dorking have asked us to pre-register the week before each race. A number will be issued to each athlete which they keep for the season. I'm told no registration, no race! The races will be held on the last Thursday of each month starting at 7pm from September through to March. For the initial registration you will need to provide a current 5K time, email address, mobile and ICE info. 

I hope this works for everyone.  

Southern Counties Veterans League - South London Division Croydon 20th July

Steve Smith reports that lots of teams had limited numbers. There were only 2 teams in the women's relay. A lack of officials meant that the triple jump had to be cancelled. Despite this, it was a good meet and there were lots of strong performances from the RPAC team. The highlights were Nick Wade winning his 5000m race in 20:08.3 and Gavin Lawrence and Steve Smith winning their javelin categories with throws of 26.67 and 24.83 respectively. Andrew Pringle and Alistair Swanepoel competed in the 200m. Well done to you all!

Surrey Slog Half Marathon Sunday 24th July

Well done to Ben Stanton, Jez Greenwood, Jon Payn and Jim Vince who completed the Surrey Slog Half Marathon on Sunday. The course is tough - three times up Holmbury Hill and it was hot. I think I had the right idea as I was in the shade manning the water station!

Provisional results are here  and there are some more photos here

Ben Stanton finished in second place in 1:38:24. He must have got a wiggle on as he was in third place when I saw him last (around the 11.5 mile mark) . Jez Greenwood was 10th in 01:44:27, Jon Payn was in 31st place in 01:59:36 and Jim Vince was in 59th place in 02:27:44. Well done Gents!

Conner Wickens Spartan Champion

Over the course of 16th-17th of July Conner Wickens rounded off this year's  Spartan series of races and was crowned age grade champion.

Conner gives an update on his season.

"The Spartan Race series is made up of four different events in three different locations.

Henley on the Thames was the first event of the season and ‘the Beast’ race was the first event. This is the equivalent of a half marathon with 30 obstacles. Considering that I failed 3 obstacles on this event I manage to scrape first place! Day 2 of the Henley weekend was the ‘Sprint’ race; the equivalent of a 5k with 20 obstacles. As you can imagine this was a quick race and having done the race the day before I had heavy legs but when you get to the start line the adrenaline takes over! I managed to get a big win by 5 minutes in that race! 

Series race 3 was in the Brecon Beacons in Wales. I knew this was going to be a tough one for many, as the ‘the Beast’ race in Wales has the most gruelling terrain out of all the events. Even though I was a bit late to the start line I manage to fight my way to the front and to get a good lead and I came away with a win! After this event the total of the leader board for the series was 3000 points in my favour. 
Race 4 was up in the Midlands and was the ‘Super Race’, which is the equivalent of a 10k with 25 obstacles where I came in second place. I raced the competitive Beast race the day before and although this wasn’t part of the series I landed 1st place in that one. 
The prep going into this season was fantastic, definitely left no stone unturned. Next season I will be stepping up to the Elite category where I will be hunting down the big dogs."
 
Well done Conner!

 

 Liz Clocks Up 500 Parkruns

Congratulations to Liz Mason who completed her 500th Parkrun at Banstead Woods on Saturday. Liz clearly likes Banstead Woods as she has run all but twelve of the 500 there. She ran her first Parkrun on 1st August 2009.  I'm sure she won't mind me telling you that she was faster on her most recent Parkrun than she was on her first. Well done Liz! 

 
 
 

Marathon 106 for Kate

Kate Knight completed her 106th marathon (or more) over the weekend, taking on the Yorkshire 100km Ultra Challenge. She reports that it was very hilly, stony and rocky in places, but she's very pleased to have done it again. Well done Kate. You are a phenomenon.

 
 

News From Nottingham

Paul and Sarah Walters are away at the moment. Paul writes:

"Sarah and I are up in Nottingham. We were going to run Woolaton Parkrun but it was cancelled due to setting up for another event in Woolaton Park, so we decided to try Bestwood Village Parkrun. We were a bit apprehensive as on the walk to the start a chap told us that it was in the top 10 parkruns in the country for difficulty. We ran together. Sarah showed some tenacity up the hills, walking up the severe bits (like everyone around us) and we finished inside 40 minutes. A demanding but really friendly event, and highly recommended if you are ever in the area.

By the way, the parkrun is on the site of an old colliery."
 

  

Dates for Your Diary 

Thursday 28th July - RunReigate Summer 2022 trail races around Gatton Park 5K or 10K see this.

Thursday 28th July - SLH Near As Dammit 10k Farthing Downs

Tuesday 2nd August MABAC Wimbledon Common

 

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Summer Evening 10k by Moray Carey, Race Director 2022

 A massive “thank you” to everyone who volunteered to help at the 29th Summer Evening 10k in a variety of roles and for your indispensable contribution to its success!

My very special thanks go to fellow members of the core planning team since March – Nat, Ginevra & Paul (Walters), later enlarged with the addition of Usha and Colin.

Recognition is also due to Ian Moore who created the event 30 years ago and was Race Director for a number of years. Ian, together with wife Janet, marshalled at last Wednesday’s event.      

Thanks also to former Race Director, Chris Veale, for arranging effective, self-financing advertising.  

I’m very grateful to Naomi Jones who (again) undertook the role of Event Adjudicator, whose job it is to independently monitor that the conditions of the Race Licence issued by UK Athletics are followed.

Cheers to Pistachios in the Park for kindly allowing the free use of their café as Race HQ!

Finally, enormous gratitude to Thurlowe Clarke, Independent Financial Advisers, for their continued very generous sponsorship. MD Dan also presented the awards to the individual and team winners.

 

In the course of organising the 2022 event, RPAC met - and overcame - a number of challenges, including a proposed road closure on the race route for highway works.

But we don’t rest on our laurels and any feedback about any aspect of the race is welcome, particularly if you think things could have been done better so that, going forward, improvements can be factored into a future race plan.    

If so please email 

 

Carmela Charalambous joins the Reigate Priory AC Committee

Carmela has kindly volunteered to join the committee to fill the vacant position. Welcome to the committee Carmela!

 

Saturday 16th July the third Southern Athletics League (SAL) match at K2 in Crawley

SAL is a track and field league where the club teams up with Holland Sports AC and Dorking & Mole Valley AC to compete in Division 3 against other clubs from the South East of England.
 
The meeting is open to U17s, U20s and Seniors (Vets included). You should have received the timetable in an email but get back to us if you need it.

We had some excellent performances and fast times in the first 2 matches and it would be great if more athletes could join us at K2.

Both Jo and I will be away for this match so please email both  and copy in Malcolm Woodman  who will be in touch with the team sheet and further details before the 16th.

Please contact us by Tuesday 12th July if you would like to compete or if you have any questions.

The final match of the season, match 4, will take place on Saturday 13th August at Hastings.

Hope lots of you can make it to K2,

Ginevra and Jo.

 

Lost Property

We will shortly will be having a clear out of the container at Battlebridge and there are a number of water bottles and items of clothing that have accumulated (pictures to follow). If unclaimed they will be recycled or donated to charity as appropriate.

 

Give us your results please

If you run in an event, do please let us know your results by emailing . If possible please can you submit them by Sunday evening at the latest as this allows us to meet the deadline for the Surrey Mirror sports pages.

 

Junior Section News

Lilah competes in English Schools 800m Final, Manchester July 2022

In the Surrey team at the English Schools T&F Championships in Manchester, Lilah Unwin put in two storming performances in the Inter-Girls 800m. The standard of competition was high as the top performing athletes from across England met for these major Championships.

Qualifying from a fiercely competitive heat on Friday, Lilah returned on Saturday for the final and finished 8th in a brilliant time of 2.14.68.

The two days of intense competition were live streamed so all the action could be followed on TV as it happened.

 

Lily B - Match 3 Kingston

The third round of this year's Girls track league was held at a gloriously sunny Kingsmeadow on Saturday. We had a good turn out from the U11s and U13s. A number of athletes were appearing for the first time for the Club. Olivia Aries, Laura Sensier and Emma Devenny had strong results for their first event in their respective combinations of 1500m, 100m, 200m and long jumps. Heather King showed she is a very able sprinter across the 100m,200m and 75m hurdles, and together with Amelia Jeffers helped Reigate win both the A and the B race in the 100m. Livvy Heppenstall improved her 1500m PB  and Lisette Matthews and Sophia Potter endured the hottest part of the afternoon to record very respectable times in their 800ms. It was great to finish the day with two full 4 x100m U13 relay teams.
 
 
In the U11s It was great to see three Reigate girls, Denise Ornella, Charlotte Ebbs and Emily Beatty, in the top six of the twenty competitors in the 600m. Amelie Potter and Maya Pocock both scored PBs in the long jump and Freya Else came very close to doing so. Tabitha Sensier and Brooke Gibson competed strongly in their first event. But the highlight was the 4 x 100m relay . After coming last, and then being disqualified in the first match, the girls had worked on their baton changes and came in a very respectable third place. Well done to all who competed and thanks very much to Ivan Barrett and Ian Crouch who officiated throughout the day.

 

Dates for the Diary

Ebbisham Boys League

The dates and venues for this year's Ebbisham Boys league are as follows:

Coulsdon - Sunday 17th July

This league has events for U11-U15 boys.

Lily B Girls League

The Lily B  is a track and field league for U11 to U17 girls.

The remaining fixture for this season is 27th August at Sutton

 

Senior Section News 

Don't Forget Your Water Bottle 

As it's going to be very hot for the next few days please be sensible and bring a water bottle to the training sessions. We don't want any medical emergencies.

 

Saturday 16th July Couch to 5K Graduation at Ifield Mill Pond parkrun

Next Saturday 16th July is Couch to 5K Graduation Day. It’d be great to have you along to run the parkrun and support our participants.

We are going to Ifield Mill Pond Parkrun – see https://www.parkrun.org.uk/ifieldmillpond/ which is a flat parkrun, a little intricate in the route - https://www.parkrun.org.uk/ifieldmillpond/course/, and it is picturesque running around the millpond.

We will meet in the car park of Gossops Parade, Gossops Green, West Sussex, RH11 8HH at 8:30AM. The toilets at the parade should open by 8:30AM. From there we will walk to the start (just a 5-minute walk).

After the parkrun we will attend the Toby Carvery at Vancouver Drive, Crawley. RH11 7UR for a slap-up breakfast. We went to this restaurant last time and it was very good. Just so we can tell the restaurant the numbers can you please tell me if you are attending the breakfast by emailing  by Wednesday 13th July?

It’d be great to see you there whatever! 

 

Wednesday 20th July SCVAC Veterans Track & Field League

The third fixture in the Vets T&F League is at Croydon on the evening of Wednesday 20th July, with the field events starting at 6.30 pm and the track at 7 pm.

We need to nominate scoring competitors in each event, and the events are listed in an email that you should have received.

Do please read the email and reply accordingly. If you can't find the email do please contact us on .

 

Sunday 24th July MABAC Surrey Slog Half Marathon - Volunteers Required

The Surrey Slog Half Marathon is organised by MABAC. It is a major fundraiser for them (in fact it's their only fundraiser this year) and this enables them to stage the regular fixtures throughout the year. As a member club we are required to provide a small number of volunteers to help marshal the race. It takes place around Holmbury Hill near Holmbury St. Mary.

If you are able to help out please let me know by emailing . At the moment I am the sole volunteer from RPAC, don't let me be Billy No Mates!

 

Thursday 30th June SLH Informal 10K

Sorry that these are a bit late. A good turn-out from the club for the recent NADI - results below...

Place Time Name
6 38:27 Rob Wigley
16 42:14 Ben Stanton
32 46:41 Alistair Swanepoel
35 47:24 Mike Pocock
37 48:04 Jon Payn
41 49:31 Bethany Higgins
42 50:58 Andrew Patrick
49 53:30 Jake Boud
54 56:32 Gemma Frith
64 1:01:59 Ryan Higgins
71 1:05:28 Ian Edmonds
77 1:48:46 Kate Knight

 

300 Parkruns for Adrian Grant

Adrian notched up his 300th parkrun last Saturday at Reigate Priory.

 

Sunday 10th July North Downs Way Marathon

Hannah Williams finished this hot and grueling event in 5:59:21 - 8th lady finisher.

 

Saturday 9th / Sunday 10th July Peak District 100km

Kate Knight completed this event last weekend. Kate reports that despite the intense heat, particularly on Sunday, and numerous hills, she managed to take just under 2 hours off her Cotswold Way time.  

 

Dates for Your Diary

Saturday 16th July - Couch to 5K Graduation at Ifield Mill Pond parkrun - see above for details.

Saturday 16th July - Elmore 7 which is in the RPAC Grand Prix and Surrey Road League. See this.

Wednesday 20th July -  Vets T&F League at Croydon You should have received an email about this event.

Sunday 24th July - Surrey Slog Half Marathon This race is an open race organised by MABAC. The profit from this race means that the regular MABAC league fixtures can continue. Please support it if you can. The course is described as "challenging but rewarding, hilly and undulating". More details are at https://running.mabac.org.uk/surrey-slog-half-marathon/ 

Thursday 28th July - RunReigate Summer 2022 trail races around Gatton Park 5K or 10K see this.

 

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Tuesday 30th August - Summer Social

We're planning to hold a social event at the Battlebridge track on the evening of Tuesday 30th August. This will be a picnic and we're looking into whether we can get any local food vans along for the event.
 
We're planning to hold the Grand Prix Mile and also some mixed Junior and Senior 4 x 400m relays on the night as well.
 
We'll provide more details through the newsletter nearer the time.
 

Saturday 23rd July Memorial for John Smallwood

This coming Saturday afternoon is the remembrance get together for John Smallwood. If there is anyone who hasn't already contacted Gavin who would like to attend they need to email  for the details.
 

Saturday 24th September  - quiz night for a cause

Charlotte Pekekani is organising a quiz night to raise funds in order to attend the International Scout Jamboree in South Korea on Saturday 24th September at St. Mark's Church Hall.
 
See details below...
 
 

Give us your results please

If you run in an event, do please let us know your results by emailing . If possible please can you submit them by Sunday evening at the latest as this allows us to meet the deadline for the Surrey Mirror sports pages.

 

Junior Section News

Oscar turns up the heat with massive PB in 3000m

Competing at Wimbledon last Wednesday, Oscar Curry ran a fantastic time of 8.56.08 in winning his race - a massive PB.
 
There were 3000m PB's last week too for Sammy Rolaston and Will John-Cox racing at the Watford Open, and another great 800m on the same evening by Samuel Stapley who maintained his run of sub 2min 800's winning in 1.58.90.

 

Sunday 24th July  Michael Maguire representing Surrey

Michael Maguire is to be congratulated for being selected to represent Surrey in the U13 Long Jump at the inter counties event at Kingsmeadow on 24th July.

 

Dates for the Diary

Lily B Girls League

The Lily B  is a track and field league for U11 to U17 girls.

The remaining fixture for this season is 27th August at Sutton

 

Senior Section News 

Tuesday 19th July session - from Jas Dhanda

We may cancel the session on Tuesday. We will make a decision on the day at 4pm, so people should check email, Facebook, twitter before going to training.

 

Don't Forget Your Water Bottle 

As it's going to be very hot for the next few days please be sensible and take a water bottle if you run. We don't want any medical emergencies.

 

Wednesday 20th July SCVAC Veterans Track & Field League

The third fixture in the Vets T&F League is at Croydon on Wednesday evening, 20th July, with the field events starting at 6.30 pm and the track at 7 pm. It looks like it’s going to be cooling down (a bit), so should be okay for competing!

You should have received an email last week. If you haven’t already responded, please read and reply accordingly by no later than tomorrow (Tuesday) morning. If you can't find the email do please contact us on .

 

Thursday 21st July Club Handicap in Priory Park

This Thursday will be our informal handicap in the Priory Park with the clock starting at 7pm. If you haven’t taken part this season, please let Jas/Usha/Nat know a recent 10k time so that your handicap can be calculated. The course is just short of 5 miles and is run entirely within the park.

There will be someone watching valuables whilst you run if you need to leave anything.

After the handicap we will be heading to the pub for a few drinks should you wish to come along.

 

Tuesday 2nd August 7:30PM MABAC @ Wimbledon Common

We're currently lying in second place in the league so it would be great to get another strong turnout from RPAC for this event.

This is always a good event which starts and finishes at Wimbledon Rugby Club. It's close to the A3 so it's easy to find for a change AND there's lots of parking.

The bar is open and there is some usually free snacks so we can have a bit of a social afterwards.

More details are here MABAC - Wimbledon Common - Wimbledon Windmilers - Mabac Running league

Details regarding lifts and car sharing to follow nearer the event. Let's make it a good one!

 

Wednesday 6th July Reigate Priory AC Summer 10K

Apologies that this was not in last week's newsletter.

There were some excellent results from our club, including taking both team awards (Rob Wigley, Conner Wickens and Euan Willis for the men, Laura Ebbs, Ruth Willis and Linda Rodriguez for the ladies). 

RPAC results can be seen here. There are some photos from the event here and full results are here.

 

Saturday 16th July Couch to 5K Graduation

Congratulations to Anthony and Lesley for completing the Couch to 5K Graduation last Saturday at Ifield Mill Pond Parkrun. It was a lovely event finished off with breakfast in the Toby Carvery at Langley Green.

Thanks to all of you who turned out to run and support.

 

Saturday 16th July Elmore 7

In the past I've found that the Elmore 7 can be oppressive in the heat, and I doubt if Saturday was any exception. Tom Almond finished in 3rd place - well done to Tom and all of our participants.

Results from the club can be seen here and photos can be seen here courtesy of SLH.

 

Sunday 17th July Harry Hawkes Summer Raceday 10 miles

Liz Mason ran this race in the summer sun.

Liz reports that it was unbearably hot, and was reasonably pleased with 1 hour 40min 31 sec finishing time. Liz won her age group too. Congratulations Liz!

(Liz's daughter Kelly had to pull out unfortunately due to the heat.)

 

Sunday 17th July Oisans Trail Tour

After multiple cancelled flights and Tour de France road closures attempting to scupper his plans, Rich Friar completed the Oisans Trail Tour in the alps in 4 hrs 54 mins in 12th place.

The run was 40 km with a 2000 metre assent, all at altitude and at 30 plus degree heat!

 

 

Wednesday 13th July - Wakehurst Willow 2022 by Moray Carey

The Wakehurst Willow 8k is an incomparable event which provides the unique opportunity of running within the grounds of Wakehurst, 200 hectares of diverse landscapes, ornamental gardens, woodlands and a nature reserve managed by Kew Gardens on behalf of the National Trust.

The challenging, 2-lap, multi terrain course starts from the Stables restaurant then meanders around the perimeter of the botanical gardens over tracks, trails and paths passing flora from around the world, giant redwood trees, lakes and the world-famous Millennium Seedbank.

Due to the undulating nature of the landscape, there’s a precipitous descent to negotiate down into the Loder Valley and, later, a compensating steep ascent!

The latest edition took place on after closing time on Wed 13th July after a 2 year absence due to Covid.

The course was well Marshalled by enthusiastic members of Haywards Heath Harriers, who organise the race, and there were excellent facilities – ample free parking, loos and refreshments were available from the coffee shop.

The race was chip timed and the 298 finishers, predominantly from Sussex clubs, received a commemorative wooden medal. The fastest 2 men and women also received a trophy plus a Friends of Wakehurst annual membership.   

 

RPAC team and the Blue Anchor quiz

We made our final appearance in the quiz before the summer recess on Thursday 7th July - Paul Walters, Sue Carnell, Moray Laing, Ian Moore, Janet Moore and Stewart McIntyre. We won, with the proceeds (as usual) going to the YMCA.

Next quiz is in early September.

 

Dates for Your Diary

Thursday 21st July - Club Handicap in Priory Park - see above

Sunday 24th July - Surrey Slog Half Marathon This race is an open race organised by MABAC. The profit from this race means that the regular MABAC league fixtures can continue. Please support it if you can. The course is described as "challenging but rewarding, hilly and undulating". More details are at https://running.mabac.org.uk/surrey-slog-half-marathon/ 

Thursday 28th July - RunReigate Summer 2022 trail races around Gatton Park 5K or 10K see this.

 

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Summer Evening 10k 

Thank you to everyone who has offered to volunteer for this Wednesday's Summer 10km.  It’s been incredibly tight to achieve the numbers required to run the event successfully and thanks to those who stepped forward over the weekend, we’re just about there.
 
Everyone who has volunteered should have received briefing instructions last night.
 
Those who are assisting tomorrow evening should meet by the tennis courts in Priory Park at 6pm to put out signs.  The meet point for those assisting on Wednesday afternoon is also in Priory Park by the tennis courts unless you are helping transport the equipment from Battlebridge.
 
Those who are marshalling or assisting with the evening event on Wednesday should meet by the tennis courts in Priory Park at 6:45pm for a briefing.
 
We thank you again for helping put this event on which we know brings valuable income into the club.
 
Should anyone have any questions, please contact  and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.
 
STOP PRESS We still need a couple of people to help put up signs around the route tomorrow (Tuesday) evening. If you can help please meet by the tennis courts in Priory Park at 6pm and let Ginevra know that you're coming to help. 

  

Lost Property

In a couple of weeks time we will be having a clear out of the container at Battlebridge and there a number of water bottles and items of clothing that have accumulated there (pictures to follow). If unclaimed they will be recycled or donated to charity as appropriate.

 
 
 

Give us your results please

If you run in an event, do please let us know your results by emailing . If possible please can you submit them by Sunday evening at the latest as this allows us to meet the deadline for the Surrey Mirror sports pages.

 

Junior Section News

 UK Youth Development League, Lewes, Sunday 26th June by Dave Mills

A second trip this summer to Lewes for some of our U17s saw some excellent performances in the sunshine. 
 
Samuel Stapley doubled up starting with a new PB in the 400m of 53.54 and a 2nd place finish, followed by his first 1500m Steeplechase. Samuel finished 1st in a great time of 4:39.46 which is inside the English Schools Entry Standard.  A new club record established!
 
Sam Rolaston took on another gruelling 3000m and a strong run saw him home in 9:51.62 earning maximum points by winning the U17 event.
 
There was a 3rd place finish in the 1500m for Euan Willis with a good time of 4:25.58.
 
 
Pictures show Sam Rolaston in his 3000m and Samuel Stapley leading at the Water Jump in the Steeplechase. 

 

 

 Max in ESAA National Combined Events Final from Dave Mills

 
Following his strong performance in the English Schools Regional Combined Events competition last month, Max Orchard has qualified for the English Schools National Combined Events Finals being held in Bedford in September. 
 
U15 Max will start his day with the 80m Hurdles at 10.00am and finish with the 800m at 5pm having also competed in Shot, Long Jump and High Jump through the day.
 
Well done Max on a major achievement in reaching the National Finals!

 

Lily B - Girls Track League, Saturday 9th July

The third round of the Lily B Girls League will take place this Saturday 9th July, at Kingston. There are events for U11 to U17 Girls. If your daughter would like to complete please let Mike Gent know together with their choice of events. There is no cost to enter. Each athlete can do three events plus a relay. The first event is at 13:00 and the event finishes at around 16:30. Reigate are co-hosting this event together with Kingston so it would be good to have a strong turn out.

Ebbisham Boys' League, Sunday 17th July

The third match in this year’s Ebbisham Boys' League will be held at Coulsdon on Sunday 17 July. There are events for U11, U13 and U15 boys. Please let Mike Gent know if your son would like to compete.

 

Dates for the Diary

Ebbisham Boys League

The dates and venues for this year's Ebbisham Boys league are as follows:

Coulsdon - Sunday 17th July

This league has events for U11-U15 boys.

Lily B Girls League

The Lily B  is a track and field league for U11 to U17 girls. The remaining fixtures for this season are:

9 July at Kingston
27 August at Sutton

 

Senior Section News 

Southern Vets League, Kingston Monday 27th June

A team of nine RPAC athletes took part in the Southern Vets League at Kingston last Monday. There were a number of PBs and SBs.  Well done to all of you - Ginevra Stoneley, Jo Davies, Annette Morris, Kelly Marie Mason, Elizabeth Mason, Mike Pocock, Andrew Pringle, Alistair Swanepoel and Stephen Smith.

Second SLH NADI 10K Thursday 30th June

A number of you took part in the second of the SLH Near As Damn It 10K at Farthing Down. There are photos here...including one of Rob Wigley who looks to be running away from a bullock! If anyone can tell me where to find the results I'd be grateful.

Saturday 16th July Couch to 5K Graduation at Ifield Mill Pond parkrun

Put this in your calendar. You can run at your own pace, support our runners, or come and spectate, but it'd be great to see you. We will be also going for breakfast at the Crawley Toby Carvery off the A23 afterwards. If you'd like to attend for breakfast please let us know by emailing . We'll be meeting at Gossops Green Parade (RH11 8HH) at 8:30AM.  

 

Sunday 24th July MABAC Surrey Slog Half Marathon

The Surrey Slog Half Marathon is organised by MABAC. It is a major fundraiser for them (in fact it's their only fundraiser this year) and this enables them to stage the regular fixtures throughout the year. As a member club we are required to provide a small number of volunteers to help marshal the race. It takes place around Holmbury Hill near Holmbury St. Mary.

If you are able to help out please let me know by emailing 

 

Dates for Your Diary

Wednesday 6th July - Reigate Priory AC Summer Evening 10K 

Saturday 16th July - Elmore 7 which is in the RPAC Grand Prix and Surrey Road League. See this.

Sunday 24th July - Surrey Slog Half Marathon This race is an open race organised by MABAC. The profit from this race means that the regular MABAC league fixtures can continue. Please support it if you can. The course is described as "challenging but rewarding, hilly and undulating". More details are at https://running.mabac.org.uk/surrey-slog-half-marathon/ 

Thursday 28th July - RunReigate Summer 2022 trail races around Gatton Park 5K or 10K see this.

 

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