Club news for everyone
Message from the "newsletter team"
The RPAC newsletter editorial team now consists of Andrew Bamford and Paul Walters.
We intend to share the duties of creating the newsletter between us, so if you wish to add an item it is now important to use the email address
If you have any comments or feedback please let us know by emailing us.
Other than that there doesn't appear to be any "All Club News" this week, so can we steal the section and wish everyone competing in the Run Reigate or indeed the Surrey Road Relays this weekend the best of luck.
Obstacle Course/Social event @ Bletchingley Saturday 21st September 3-5 PM by Sam Burnett
* STOP PRESS: There are now just 15 places left for this event.*
We have organised a fun session which is open to *all* members of the Junior Academy and Junior section.
The Junior section has over 150 members and we thought some of you may like the opportunity to meet up after the long summer holidays and have a fun session at the beginning of term.
We will have exclusive use of an obstacle course in the beautiful countryside just minutes from Reigate/Reigate in Bletchingley.
You should have received an email about this event on Tuesday 30th July with booking instructions. Please send a message to if you have not received this email.
Make sure that you book your place now as there are a limited number of places for this event.
Surrey League Cross Country by David Mills
The cross country season is upon us and the first Surrey League fixtures take place on Saturday 12 October.
This league is important for any Juniors who aspire to make it into the Surrey XC teams as the selectors usually start their selection process based on the results from the first match.
For the Junior girls the first fixture takes place in Reigate Priory Park. The boys match is on Effingham Common. More details nearer the time but any U17, U15 and U13 athletes can take part. In the U13's Year 6 and above can run.
There are four matches in the Surrey League, two before Christmas and two after. We compete in other leagues too, and more details will be sent as the season unfolds.
Junior K2 Sessions by Mike Gent
The monthly Tuesday sessions for Juniors at K2, Crawley, will be on the following dates before Christmas. The sessions start at 7:00pm and last one hour.
Border League - Junior Cross Country League by Mike Gent
We have signed up again to the Border League for the 2019/2020 Cross Country season.
This is for all Juniors from U9s to U15s.
The first three matches are
3 November at Farnborough hosted by AFD
1 December at Lightwater Country Park hosted by Bracknell AC
2 February at Stoke Park, Guildford hosted by Guildford
SLH 5km & 1500m Festival @ Coulsdon Wednesday 4th September
A team of nine RPAC athletes finished strongly in both the 1500m and 5km races with many of them achieving new PBs. The full story is here. A special mention must be given to Jamilla Ncayiyana who was competing in her first track race for 11 years.
Surrey Silver for Anousha
The Surrey County Combined Events Championship took place this weekend at the David Weir Leisure Centre track in Carshalton. Reigate Priory AC's sole representative was Anousha Wardley who took second place in the senior women's Heptathlon. The full story and photograph is here.
Other Senior Results
Great North Run 8th September
David Crawford finished in 1:44:56 and Kate Knight (more details about Kate below) finished in 3:14:42. Kate's husband finished the race a little ahead of her in 3:07.
Bacchus Marathon and Half Marathon, Denbies 8th September
Jim Vince completed the Bacchus Marathon in 6:15:07. I should add that he was dressed as Batman!
Leanne Sandifer completed the Bacchus Half Marathon in 2:22:01
Pilgrim Half Marathon, Farnham 8th September
Craig Parke completed the Pilgrim Half marathon in 1:56:38.
German Fire Brigade 10K (Dortmunder Feuerwehrlauf), Dortmund 7th September
Four intrepid RPAC athletes travelled to Dortmund at the weekend to take place in the German Firefighter 10k. This event is open to Fire Service Personnel and guests. Surrey Fire and Rescue entered a team of ten. The RPAC team was led by Ian Edmonds. Frank O'Regan finished 7th overall in 41:39. Ian was 3rd in the MV60 category in 54:50, Elain Reddyhof finished in 58:30 and Fran Afonso in 1:00:38. I don't have the full details of category placings but all four RPAC athletes got podium finishes. A great weekend and well done to our firey RPAC runners.
Session @ Battlebridge Tuesday 10th September 7:00PM - Half Marathon focus
The plan for the training session at Battlebridge track is scheduled as follows...
Warm up and drills
High knees walking; butt kicks; A & B skips; open/close the gate; sidesteps; squats; lunges; high skips; tuck jumps; arms swings, punches; then high knees running in sets of 30 strides
5 reps of 8 mins with 2 mins recovery between reps.
1st and 5th reps:
Fast for 1 minute at 4 mins
2nd, 3rd and 4th reps:
Fast for 1 minute at 3 and 6 mins.
4 to 6 sets of: 400m, 100m jog, 300m, 100m jog, 200m.
Jog 300m between sets
Session from YMCA Sovereign Centre Wednesday 11th September 7:00PM
Ian Edmonds will be leading the run from the Sovereign Centre on Wednesday. He will lead the run to Reigate to run "circuits".
Session @ Priory Park Thursday 12th September 6:00PM for 6:15PM
Figure of 8 loops in the lower park.
Starting at the tree seat up the bench and then right along the park run route to the lake and back around until you get back to the tree seat.
This time going up to the bench and then left to the clump of Horse Chestnuts and back down to the HaHa to finish the figure of 8 loop.
5 loops in total. Aim to run hard on the uphills and recover on the way down.
For a less intense session you can just do the larger loop and miss out the shorter one.
Warm up at 6:00PM with a lap round the lake and back. main session starts at 6:15PM.
Run Reigate Half Marathon CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP @ Reigate Sunday 15th September
You can still enter this half marathon club championship here. As per the note below, you can also run in the club championship at the Barns Green Half.
Please note that there is no social run this Sunday because of Run Reigate.
MABAC race @ Lightwater Country Park, Camberley Sunday 22nd September
This is a 5 mile Cross Country Event – Part of the MABAC Running League, the senior race is just over 8 km (5 miles) there are also joggers’ and junior events of about 4 km (2.5 miles). You can read about this event here. Please put this date in your diaries, and if you have any queries or questions, or want to confirm attendance, please email the MABAC team on
What is Kate Knight up to?
Kate completed her 386th Parkrun at Riverside in Chester-Le-Street on Saturday 7th September in a time of 40:19 as a warm up to completing the Great North Run on Sunday in a time of 03:14:42. Well done Kate!
Closer to home Kate is being interviewed by BBC Radio Surrey and Sussex at 8pm on Tuesday 10th as part of the build up to Run Reigate. Kate is the female half of a pair of inspirational runners selected by the radio station. The male half is Reigate Priory Parkrun course record holder Kevin Quinn.
You can read Kate's inspirational story on the Run Reigate website here.
The Blue Anchor quiz - report from quiz week #1 Thursday 5th September - and join us this week please!
We built a team of 5 for last Thursday night's quiz night. The "RPAC" team can be seen below.
Lauryn Gardner (Guest), Moray Laing, Sue Carnell, Stewart McIntyre and Paul Walters were the RPAC participants.
There were I think about 7 or 8 teams of varying sizes on the night, but we won the quiz (HURRAH!), obtaining 118 points compared to the second team with 109 points. Without embarrassing anyone I hope, the team did have some quiz expertise on it, as well as the likes of me! Great fun though.
Our prize was £30, so we decided to contribute £15 to Lauryn's Meningitis Research page (she's running the Richmond Runfest Marathon on Sunday 15th September), and £15 to Sam Walters' Samaritans page (he has just run the Great North Run this last Sunday).
If you'd like to be part of the team for the next quiz night at the Blue Anchor in West Street, Reigate for this Thursday 12th September please let me know by emailing me on
It's £2 per person to enter the quiz, and you need to arrive by at least 7:45PM for an 8:00PM start.
News from our Cornish Branch
It is with great pleasure that I can announce that Mike Scott and Sonia Galloway are now engaged to be married. Apparently Mike proposed on horseback on a Menorcan beach. Getting down on one knee whilst in the saddle must have been a challenge!
Possible dates for the diary
Saturday 14th September Surrey Road Relays @ Wimbledon Park Athletics Track - see this and talk to the club captains if you can attend.
Sunday 15th September Run Reigate Half Marathon club championship - see this
Sunday 22nd September MABAC race @ Lightwater Country Park, Camberley - see this
Sunday 29th September Barns Green Half Marathon club championship - see this
Saturday 5th October Parkrun tourism at Horsham - more details to follow
Saturday 12th October Surrey League Ladies and Mens XC in Priory Park. Details to follow.
Note: For 2019 only, because of the clash of the Run Reigate Half Marathon (15th September) with the Surrey Road Relays on Saturday 14th September, it has been decided to hold the 2019 Half Marathon Championship over 2 races, Run Reigate and Barns Green (29th September). The Club Championship will be decided based on the amalgamated results from the 2 races, using chip timing.
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