• Senior Men Road Racing Pic 1
  • RPAC at Farnham Park 2022
  • RPAC Junior Coaches
  • RPAC at Dorking 10 2022
  • Summer 10K 2022-3
  • Border League Cross-Country
  • RPAC at Wimbledon
  • Senior Track and Field Composite
  • Junior Academy Training Pic 3
  • Junior Endurance Training Pic 1
  • Junior Academy Training Pic 2
  • Junior Endurance Training Pic 2
  • Senior Ladies Cross-Country
  • RPAC at Brockham

All Club News

URGENT: Volunteers needed for MABAC and Border League events on 3rd March

We're getting desperate: On Sunday, 3rd March, RPAC will be hosting a double-header in Priory Park, starting with the senior MABAC race at 10 am, followed by the junior Border League races from 12 to 2 pm. Experience tells us that we need lots of volunteers to stage these event and so far, we do not have enough people signed up. Please help - it's a unique opportunity for junior parents to help at the senior fixture to allow seniors to run and for senior members to help at the Border League races so that parents can watch their children compete. 
 
If you can help, please sign up here: We will need help transporting equipment from Battlebridge on Saturday afternoon, laying out the courses, marshalling at both fixtures, breaking down the courses, and transporting equipment back to Battlebridge. It will be possible to fulfil some of these roles and also run or spectate. 

Surrey Rights of Way consultation

Surrey County Council is responsible for around 2,164 miles of public paths and is currently working on updating its improvement plans for them. Anyone who uses these public rights of way - and that's most of us who run - can have a say in how they're cared for: Respond to this survey by 10 March.  

Reigate Priory parkrun anniversary, 23rd March

The 10th anniversary of Reigate Priory parkrun is on Saturday, 23rd March; it's also the day after Paul Walters' birthday and his first event as a MV60. The plan now is for a gazebo in the park for a post-run breakfast - all club members and families are invited and very welcome! If you've got an RPAC running top, this would be the day to wear it - let's show off the club colours!

Provisional dates for later RPAC parkrun tourism events are 20th April, 11th May, 8th June, 6th July (possibly East Brighton parkrun), and 7th September. Do please let Paul know if you know of any events that clash with those dates ().

Sportsshoes.com Discount Code

The discount code for February will be in the email version of the newsletter.

Send us your results, please!

If you participate in an event, let us know your results by emailing   Please submit by Sunday evening at the latest to allow us to meet the deadline for the Surrey Mirror sports pages. 

 

Junior Section News

South East Inter-Counties Match

Two RPAC juniors represented Surrey in the South East Inter-Counties match held at Ardingly on Saturday. Josh Emmerson was very creditably placed in the top 50 in the Junior Boys race and Sam Rolaston in the Senior Boys race had a great run to finish 25th and be part of the scoring Surrey team that finished third overall on the day.

Saturday 10th February Surrey Cross Country League Match 4, West Horsley Place

The final race in this year's Surrey Cross Country League will be held at West Horsley Place on Saturday, 10th February. The first race is the U13 girls at 10:55am and the last Junior race is the combined U15/U17 boys at 12:30pm. There is no cost to enter, but we do need to register athletes ahead of the race. If your child would like to take part, please let Mike Gent know by Thursday, 8th February.

Sunday 11th February Border League Match 3, Guildford

The next race in this year's Border League will be held at Merrist Wood College, Worplesdon, Guildford (not Lightwater, as originally planned), on Sunday, 11th February. The first race is the U9 girls at 11:00am and the last race will be the combined boys and girls U15 race at 12:30am. Please let Mike Gent know if your child will take part by Thursday, 8th February.

Dates for the Juniors diary 

Saturday 10th February Surrey Cross Country League Match 4, West Horsley Place

Sunday 11th February Border League Match 3, Merrist Wood College, Worplesdon, Guildford (please note new venue) 

Saturday 17th February Surrey Primary Schools Champs, Year 5 and 6 only, Reigate Priory Park (please note revised date)

Saturday 24th February National Cross Country Champs, Weston Park, Shropshire

Sunday 3rd March Border League Match 4, Reigate Priory Park

 

Senior Section News

Medals at Chichester 10K

Seven RPAC athletes set out on a "lightning fast" but cold and windy Chichester 10k circuit on Sunday, 4th February. In addition to the open race, the event included the British Masters 10k championships: Nat Wilson found the last 2k "challenging" after her injuries in 2023, but nevertheless came away with a W45 silver medal after an excellent comeback time of 39:46 (chip time 39:37). Not far behind was Ginevra Stoneley in 39:59 (chip time 39:47), earning herself the W45 bronze medal. Annette Morris finished 6th in her category, W65, in 51:55 (chip time 51:22, beating her own 10K club record). As a composite W45 team - with Annette competing two decades below her age bracket - they won another silver medal; Ginevra, meanwhile, proceeded to run another 7 miles as part of her marathon training. For the men, Neil Fenwick was the first RPAC finisher and 14th M45 in an excellent time of 36:25 (chip time 36:16). Hugo McLaughlin, making his club 10K debut, ran brilliantly to finish in 39:52 (chip time 39:40) and, also on the comeback trail, was Gavin Lawrence, finishing in 42:14 (chip time 42:21). “Watch this space," says Gavin. Jack Finn ran as the 55-minute pacer, finishing in 54:47 (chip time 54:06). A good day out, according to reporter and chauffeur Stewart McIntyre. 

Windsor MABAC report

A small but hearty crew and no flesh-and-blood royals actually sighted - check out Andrew's report from last Saturday's MABAC at Windsor

Final XC match this weekend

The final Surrey XC League races are set for this Saturday, with the women racing at West Horsley Place in Leatherhead at 2pm, and the men from the infamous Lloyd Park. And it's not too late to join! Maybe, like men's manager Ewan, you're addicted to the rush, maybe you just really like mud, whatever the case, please consider joining us on Saturday. Club vests are required, but entry is free, and the races are suitable for all abilities - everyone is welcome. Contact  or  as soon as possible, if you're interested. 

Join us! Surrey Road League fixtures for 2024

Mud, freezing temperatures, and the better-than-average likelihood of a sprained ankle not your thing? Well, there's always the Road League! The fixture dates are set now and remember, league standings will be decided based on a runner's five best scores out of the seven races; learn more about the Surrey Road League here.

Sunday 7th April Sutton 10k
Sunday 12th May Richmond Half
Sunday 2nd June Dorking 10
Sunday 23rd June Richmond 10k (club championships)
Saturday 13th July Elmore 7
Sunday 21st July Elmbridge 10k
Friday 26th July Wedding Day 7k

Clarification of the rules for Club Championship races

In order to be eligible to win a Club Championship trophy you must enter a designated championship race as a member of Reigate Priory Athletic Club and you must run in an RPAC vest. The exception to these rules is the club marathon championship, where you can enter any road marathon race that is eligible to be included on the Power of 10 website and you can wear a RPAC vest, a charity vest or a county or country vest. You must still be entered as being a member of Reigate Priory Athletic Club.

Members' news

Rich Friar reports that he ran the brutal-sounding Arc of Attrition trail race on Saturday, 27th January, "a brilliant 51-mile trail race on the South West coast path that goes around Land's End and takes in some of Cornwall's most beautiful, remote, and challenging scenery." Rich finished in 9 hours and 44 minutes, landing in 14th place. Amazing running!

Dates for Your Diary  

Saturday 3rd February MABAC Windsor Great Park (Note Saturday rather than Sunday and 9am start rather than 10am) 

Tuesday 6th February Technique session at Battlebridge, 7pm (normal track session to follow)

Saturday 10th February Final XC match of the season, location TBD

Sunday 25th February Wokingham Half Marathon (Club championship)

Thursday 29th February Leap Day Jimmy James

Saturday 16th March Couch to 5K graduation, likely Ifield Mill Pond parkrun

Saturday 23rd March parkrun tourism, Reigate Priory

Sunday 24th March Y2Y North Downs Trek 

Wednesday 3rd July Summer Evening 10k 

 

Reigate Priory AC WhatsApp groups

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