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Tuesday 30th August - Summer Social
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.
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!
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
Dates for Your Diary
Tuesday 2nd August MABAC Wimbledon Common
Tuesday 30th August RPAC Grand Prix 1 Mile Race
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