Hello everyone I hope you and your families are all keeping well and are managing to enjoy the sunshine. The coaches have asked me to remind you to bring water along with you to training sessions whilst it remains so hot.
I look forward to seeing many of you on Wednesday evening for our Summer 10K race.
All Club News
Wednesday 21st July Summer Evening 10K - help still required
A huge thank you to everyone who has volunteered so far, unfortunately a few of you are now having to self-isolate so we are still in need of some volunteers. If you are able to help out please contact
Thursday 29th July Summer Barbecue & Relay Races
Our Summer Barbecue will be held on Thursday 29th July. You should have received an email with details of the event. Please let us know if you have not received the email.
Officiating and Volunteering at Athletics Matches from Ashley Burridge
Throughout the Summer season we take part in several track and field leagues and almost as many endurance leagues from the Autumn through to Spring.
All the track and field leagues require us to provide a number of officials or volunteers as part of the competition rules to ensure the smooth running of the meetings and the accurate recording of performances. Additionally, UK Athletics require qualified officials are in attendance when they issue a licence for a meeting to take place.
At Reigate Priory AC we have a small, well qualified team of officials covering the various disciplines. However, the majority are now officiating at a high level and are often called upon to officiate at national meetings leaving us thin on the ground at our many local league matches. This is not unique to us, even large clubs like Blackheath & Bromley Harriers are in the same boat!
Many of us got into officiating as a result of accompanying our children to meetings, initially helping out as volunteers while the youngsters compete and have fun with their friends. Becoming a licensed official is a relatively easy progression with a short course organised by England Athletics and four relevant officiating experiences.
Officiating is hugely rewarding whether you are at a club, league or county event, or progress up the levels to attend regional, national and even international meetings. And you never know who you'll bump into – just last week I got to speak to Linford Christie at a National Athletics League match and Ronnie O'Sullivan (who runs for Woodford Green when not potting snooker balls) at the England Athletics 10K Championships!
The UK Youth Development League (for all junior athletes U13 to U20) have introduced an initiative to encourage more volunteers to get involved and progress to get their Level 1 UKA licence. The League will pay the course fee through a voucher scheme and administer the official's progression. There are further incentives to progress to Level 2.
What are you waiting for?!
If you fancy getting involved, either as a much valued volunteer or to become a licensed official, please let me know. I would be very happy to talk it through with you. You can get on a discipline-specific course straight away or schedule yourself in for a meeting to try out different officiating disciplines (timekeeping, track judging, field events and start line) so you can decide what area is best suited for you. There's something for everyone! We are a friendly bunch and you will be made to feel very welcome.
Summary Minutes from June's Committee Meeting
Summary minutes are here.
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
Calling all U17 and U20 athletes! from Ashley Burridge
Please support our Youth Development League match at Brighton's Withdean Stadium on Sunday 25th July. This is the perfect warm-up event for the County Championships the following weekend!
This is a full fixture so there are plenty of events to choose from. If you haven't already, contact Ashley Burridge () to let him know which events you can compete in.
The timetable for the event is here.
Ebbisham Boys league report 10th July from Mike Gent
The first match of the Ebbisham boys league took place at Coulsdon on Saturday 10 July. We field a joint team with Dorking.
This league is a great opportunity for U11s to get experience of track competition. Henry Goggin and Ludo Blennerhassett both recorded strong performances in the 75m and 150m , whilst Mateo Mahop comfortably won both of his sprint races. James Beatty was one of the fastest 600m runners.
In the U13s Max Orchard demonstrated his versatility by posting a great time in his first 75m hurdles and then later winning his 800m race. Louise Gibson in his first competition for RPAC won his 200m comfortably and was just pipped on the line in his 100m. Ethan Else recorded good times in his debut 800m and 200m. Isaac Beckett, Gabe Martin and Alastair Fordyce also recorded strong performances .
Our sole U15,Milo Seals, ran well in the 100m, 200m and 300m, getting a PB in the 300m.
LAG YDL – at Guildford 17th July from Mike Gent
The second round of the Lower Age Group YDL was held at Guildford on Saturday 17th July. RPAC won three of the four boys 800m races with Sam Stapley, Max Orchard and Ethan Else winning their races convincingly. Ella Scrase also had a good 800m recording a PB by two seconds. Buddy Kedgeley showed his versatility by winning the U13 1200m and then coming second in the 75m. Lilah Unwin recorded a PB in the 300m, whilst Eve Goulding was second in both U13 sprints, with PBs in both races, and Izzy Young had PBs in all three of her events. Max Orchard achieved a PB in the long Jump, frustratingly his jump was measured at 4:99m, before throwing the Javelin 25m. There were also strong performances from Sophia Potter, Isla Kinniburgh, Neve Macgregor and Kyra Pemberton.
Thanks very much indeed to Graham Orchard for officiating all afternoon on a very hot day.
This Saturday sees the next round of the boys Ebbisham League at Sutton. Please let Mike Gent know if your son would like to compete.
Dates For Your Diary from Mike Gent
Upcoming dates for Junior Section track league events are as follows:
24 July - Ebbisham League - Venue TBC - U11-U15 boys only
25 July - YDL UAG - Brighton - U17- U20 Boys and girls
7 August - Lily B - Guildford - Girls U11-U17s
15 August Ebbisham League - Woodcote School Coulsdon - U11s, U13s and U15s - Boys only
28 August - Lily B - Sutton- Girls U11-U17s
4 September - YDL LAG - Sutton - U13-U15 Boys and girls
5 September - YDL UAG - Crawley - U17- U20 Boys and girls
Senior Section News
No Wednesday Training Session this week
Just a reminder that this week's Wednesday session is cancelled to allow us to help with the Summer 10K.
Caterham Rotary 10k and Half Marathon - from Gillian O' Regan
On Sunday 18th July 7 RPAC runners took on the Caterham Rotary 10k & half marathon. The day was a scorching hot one, but that didn’t seem to phase our strong RPAC team.
It was a phased start line so the ‘race’ element was missed, however most of the RPAC team headed out together (see photo) with smiles on their faces ready for the hilly course ahead! Many described it as the hardest 10k they’d ever done perhaps, because at some stages you can be running solo and it becomes a lonely run!
Results were impressive! Well done to everyone who took part! Great participation - thank you!
Jamilla was the 2nd female to cross the line and 15th overall in a time of 46.43.
Frank O’Regan finished in 3rd position overall in a speedy time of 38.58, followed shortly by former club member Alastair Moses in 39.55 finishing in 5th position. Only 5 runners overall achieved sub 40 minute times on this challenging course.
Other runners include Nick Day, Jon Payn, Michael Bashford, Doug Kington and Jack Finn.
Felix Kennedy was the only RPAC representative brave enough to take on the half marathon course in the incredible heat and completed with a sterling effort of 1hr 55 mins.
Pictures show the RPAC team at the start, Frank looking strong near the finish, Michael entering the finish funnel and the RPAC team plus Bobby (left to right Frank O'Regan, Jamilla Ncayiyana, Michael Bashford, Jack Finn, Jon Payn and Nick Day)
Full results can be seen in the Senior Results section of the website.
Southern Athletics League Meeting - Crawley 11th July from Jo Davey
You'll remember that in last week's newsletter we had some photos but no results from the SAL Meeting. This week we have some results but no photos...
Jo writes :
"Dan Statham jumped a PB to win the high jump in 1 m 82 cm
Anousha Wardley jumped a seasons best of 2 m 90 cm to win the pole vault
Eloise Bull was second in the 5000m in a time of 19 min 36.1 secs
Charley Clark was 4th b string in 100m in a time of 16 seconds (not fully confirmed on that one as a different lady listed).
Oscar Curry ran 2.07.4 and was 3rd A string runner in the men's 800m
Jo Davey did a dreadful slow limp round to win 1500m in 5 min 15.8 seconds. "
I dream of being able to limp that quickly Jo
Full results can be found here
Dorking 10s Sunday 11th July
In last week's newsletter I neglected to mention that the Dorking 10 mile race is a Surrey County Championship race. I'm happy to report the following:
- Tom Almond was second in the men's County Championship
- Rick Coles was first in the men's V40 County Championship
- Ian Burkes was first in the men's V60 County Championship
- The RPAC men's team (Tom, Rick and Frank) were first in the men's Team County Championship
Kate completed her 7th 100Km challenge yesterday - The Yorkshire 100Km which is a figure of eight loop of the Nidderdale Way starting and finishing in Pateley Bridge. This was her 78th event of Marathon or more distance. Amazing as ever, Kate!
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