All Club News
Monday 25th April RPAC club AGM ***next Monday ***
The Reigate Priory Athletic Club AGM will be held on next Monday 25th April at the YMCA Sovereign Centre at 7pm. We are currently planning for this to be a fully in-person event with no remote option available, although this is of course subject to any rules or guidance at the time. We will be sending out further details regarding the AGM in due course.
Saturday 30th April Awards Evening @ Monotype Perrywood Sports & Social Club
Numbers need to be confirmed by Saturday 23rd April for catering purposes so please ensure you book your tickets this week.
Couch to 5K programme
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
Sunday 3rd April - K2 Crawley
The first Track and Field Open of the season took place at K2 in Crawley at the start of the Easter holidays. Ideal weather conditions helped for some outstanding early season performances.
With no 800m on the card it was an opportunity for some to run a rare 600m race and records tumbled! Samuel Stapley's time of 1.25.96 set a new U17B'S Club Record by some 6 seconds, whilst Oscar Curry set a new U20 600m record with 1.26.05.
Lilah Unwin also took 6 seconds off the club record, this time in the U17W'S 600m, with a new PB in an exceptional time of 1.35.76.
Impressive performances also from Isla Smith, Nicole Haycock and Cara Koutzaroff-Richards who all set new PB'S in the event.
There were PB'S in the 300m too for Samuel Stapley, Max Orchard and Isla Smith.
Two of our exceptional U13 girls, Florence Tombleson and Florence Shade, competed well in a gruelling 1200m race, their first experience on the track at this distance.
For Florence Shade there was a PB in the long jump and for her U11 sister Gracie, a PB in the 75m sprint.
U13 Mateo Mahop had a great day with PB'S in both the 75m and in the long jump which he won with a big jump of 4m46.
Sunday 10th April - Medway and Maidstone
Max Orchard, competing for the first time in an 80m hurdles race ran a great time of 13.14 to place himself 2nd (already!) in the club's U15B'S records for the event.
Lilah Unwin raced in the British Milers Club 800m and finished in a quick time of 2.19.07.
Monday 18th April - K2 Crawley
Another sunny day in Crawley with ideal conditions saw more PB'S with some exceptional performances.
First up was Sam Rolaston running in his first 3000m. Sam ran strongly throughout and finished with a great time of 9.55.29.
Next on the track the Tombleson twins both ran new PB's in the U13G's 75m with Florence coming home in a speedy 11.60 followed by Lara in a quick 12.52.
It's been a great start to the summer Track and Field season for 800m runners Oscar Curry, Samuel Stapley and Max Orchard.
All three excelled in the sunshine to each record a new PB! U20 Oscar 2.01.89 and U17 Samuel 2.00.80 both have a sub 2min time firmly in their sights! Max broke the longstanding club U13B'S 800m record this time last year, and bettered that with 2.17.92 in his first 800m as an U15.
Late afternoon long jump and 150m race results not to hand but a strong contingent of Tombleson's and Shade's took part!
Monday 18th April - Tonbridge
Switching discipline to 400m, Lilah Unwin ran a brilliant time of 60.73 which places her 2nd fastest in the clubs U17W's records for the event.
Good luck at Watford!
Good luck to those off to Watford on Wednesday for a late evening 800.
Calling all U17 and U20 athletes
To get your requests in for the YDL-Upper Age Group match this coming Sunday, please email our Team Manager, Ashley Burridge, by Friday, 22nd April to let him know which events you would like to compete in.
Surrey County Athletics Championships
Ebbisham Boys League
Dates for the Diary
Ebbisham Boys League
The dates and venues for this year's Ebbisham Boys league are as follows:
Kingston - Sunday 1st May
Sutton - Sunday 19th June
Coulsdon - Sunday 17th July
This league has events for U11-U17 boys.
Surrey Team Quad Kids
This event is for school years 5 and 6. We need a team of 5 girls and 5 boys. The event is on Wednesday 15 June at the Spectrum in Guildford with a 5:30pm start.
Senior Section News
No Social and Recovery Session on Monday 25th April
As it's the club AGM there will be no session next Monday (25th April)
Sunday 3rd April Goodwood Running Grand Prix Marathon
Ruth Willis, veteran of the women’s cross country team, smashed the Goodwood Running Grand Prix Marathon, finishing the gruelling 11 laps of the fast, flat course in 3:27:08. Not only did she score a personal best for herself, but she was also the fourth woman over the finish and the first in her age category.
Ruth’s son Euan, the 14-year-old rising star on the RPAC junior team, came second overall in the 5K race at Goodwood with an astounding time of 16:51, making it his first sub-17 minute 5K race ever.
Sunday 3rd April Manchester Marathon
Three RPAC runners were grinding out the miles at the Manchester Marathon: Alex Mansfield turned out a brilliant 3:01:50, while Graham Bull finished in a swift 3:19:11, earning himself a 21st place finish in his category of male veterans over the age of 60. The unstoppable Kate Knight finished her 98th marathon in 8:04:35.
Saturday 16th April Park Run news
I've been nosing around some parkrun results from last Saturday - some great parkrun tourism and fantastic results.
Headlining our Parkrun results has to be Annette Morris who finished Brooklands parkrun (near Weybridge) in a time of 24:20, topping the age grading of 84.59% and toppling the W65 record.
Graham Bull finished Cannon Hill parkrun in Birmingham in 19:54 (with an age grading of 80.57%).
Brad Hammonds ran in Weymouth parkrun finishing in 20:22
Jack Finn ran in the Markeaton parkrun finishing in 23:07
Bethany Higgins ran in Clair parkrun finishing in 23:25
Valerie Burnley ran in Church Mead parkrun in 35:04
Melanie Fulton Bell ran in Sharpham Road Playing fields parkrun in 26:35
Andrew Walker ran in the Grove Fields parkrun in 18:49
Well done all - some great running there. Sorry if I've missed your result.
Sunday 19th April Mallory Park 10K, Kirkby Mallory, Leicestershire
Eloise Bull ran the Mallory Park 10K on Sunday and was pleased to run her first sub 40, setting a new PB of 38.48. Wow - congratulations!
Monday 18th April Boston Marathon, Lincolnshire
Ian Burks, Mike Pocock and Jim Vince completed the Boston Marathon in Lincolnshire today. Results are not in as yet. Well done guys.
Saturday Social running group
By way of an explanation the Saturday Social running group is a run / run-walk on a Saturday morning at 10:30AM usually from Reigate Priory, but is often replaced by the Couch to 5K session when the programme is running.
The schedule for the Saturday Social running group / impending Couch to 5K is as follows...
Saturday 23rd April - 10:30AM Saturday Social running group to start in Priory Park led by Andrew Bamford.
Saturday 30th April - 10:30AM Earlswood Lakes car park for a ~ 3 mile run, and an optional lead-in session for the up-coming Couch to 5K programme, also at Earlswood Lakes.
Saturday 7th May - 10:30AM start in Priory Park, and a 2nd optional lead-in session for the up-coming Couch to 5K programme also in Priory Park.
Saturday 14th May - 10:30AM start of the Couch to 5K programme in Priory Park, social running group are welcome to come to help and encourage.
Saturday 21st May - 10:30AM Priory Park, Saturday Social running group will be timed alongside the 2nd week of Couch to 5K to frequent the cafe afterwards.
If you'd like to join us for any of this do please let me know at
Sunday 1st May YMCA Fun Run
We usually have a great turn-out from the club for this one.
The first race is the 5 mile which starts at 10AM and this is followed by an adult 1-mile plus the usual 1-mile races for children.
Every finisher gets a great YMCA medal plus a YMCA T-shirt and there will be free snacks too from the water station at the finish.
Anyone interested can sign up online where there is also more info at
The YMCA are also looking for marshals from 9.30AM and if anyone is interested they can get in touch with or
Dates for Your Diary
Sunday 1st May YMCA Fun Run There are 1 mile and 5 mile options for seniors. The 5 mile race is a Grand Prix race.
Sunday 15th May (TBC) MABAC Farnham Park The date is still to be confirmed.
Sunday 12th June Dorking 10's (10 mile and 10K races) The 10 mile is the RPAC Club Championship 10 mile race and a Grand Prix event (and Surrey Championship too) More details on the noticeboard soon.
Plogging - by Moray Carey
Plogging is an activity which incorporates picking up rubbish while jogging.
The concept was pioneered in Stockholm 6 years ago by Swede, Erik Ahlstrom, concerned about the amount of rubbish littering the streets.
Since then this eco-friendly enterprise has spread globally through social media and a number of British running clubs and groups have organised their own Plogging. Locally, Earlswood Running Club has done so.
On one social run a couple of years ago, fellow RPAC Member Shelia Craft and I were astonished that the small copse opposite Trumpets Hill, at the end of the footpath from LMEQ, yielded more rubbish than we could fit into the large bag we had taken with us!
Sadly, littering is widespread and the Reigate & Banstead Council encourage community litter picking, although they caution that participation is entirely at the Volunteers’ own risk.
The litter picking kits provided by the Council - subject to availability - comprise:
- hi-viz jackets
- litter picker sticks
- litter bags
Although the Keep Britain Tidy “Great British Spring Clean” ran from 25th March to 10th April, would there be any interest in RPAC organising a future Plogging event?
“Plogging” is a combination of the Swedish words plocka (pick up) and jogga (jog).
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