• Summer 10K 2022-3
  • RPAC at Wimbledon
  • RPAC at Dorking 10 2022
  • RPAC at Brockham
  • RPAC at Farnham Park 2022
  • RPAC at Wokingham

A reminder that it is the Elmore 7 this coming Saturday 16th July @ 14:00 which is in the RPAC Grand Prix and Surrey Road League.

See this for entry details.

It'll be a hot one - do hydrate and be careful!

Next Saturday 16th July is Couch to 5K Graduation Day. It’d be great to have you along to run the parkrun and support our participants.

We are going to Ifield Mill Pond Parkrun – see https://www.parkrun.org.uk/ifieldmillpond/ which is a flat parkrun, a little intricate in the route - https://www.parkrun.org.uk/ifieldmillpond/course/, and it is picturesque running around the millpond.

 We will meet in the car park of Gossops Parade, Gossops Green, West Sussex, RH11 8HH at 8:30AM. The toilets at the parade should open by 8:30AM, and they have done for our last two visits. From there we will walk to the start (just a 5-minute walk). The parkrun will start at 9:00AM.

After the parkrun we will attend the Toby Carvery at Vancouver Drive, Crawley. RH11 7UR for a slap-up breakfast. We went to this restaurant last time and it was very good. Just so we can tell the restaurant the numbers can you please tell Paul Walters if you are attending the breakfast ?

MABAC Farnham Park Sunday 8th May 2022

With the competing calls of the Surrey Road League Ranelagh Richmond Half Marathon and the Run Gatwick Half Marathon, 10K and 5K I feared that we would get a very poor turnout yesterday for the MABAC race in Farnham. I am happy to report however, that I was proved wrong and we actually got a very respectable turnout.

Not only did we get a respectable turnout but RPAC athletes finished in first and second place with Rob Wigley and Andrew Reeves finishing in 30:25 and 31:11 respectively. Frank O'Regan, Ben Stanton and Jez Greenwood were our other scoring men, all finishing in the top 20. Ruth Willis was our first lady home in 37:47 followed by Hannah Williams making her MABAC (and I think, club) debut in 39:52. We had a "Battle of the Pauls" with Paul Chandler finishing ahead of Paul Sapsard by just four seconds. 

The full team was Rob Wigley, Andrew Reeves, Frank O'Regan, Ben Stanton, Jez Greenwood, Alastair Swanepoel, Ruth Willis, Paul Chandler, Paul Sapsard, Hannah Williams, Andrew Patrick, David Winzer, Juliette Stern, Andrew Bamford, Sharon Miller, Fran Afonso and Ian Edmonds. 

My memory was playing up as well. I had assured people that it wasn't all that hilly, but I was wrong; it was pretty hilly and pretty warm too, but it was good to be out there. Farnham Park at this time of year (and at any other time for all I know) is beautiful.

Sadly for us despite the great performances, we have lost our second place in the league to Blackwater Valley who turned out in droves (it's their local run). They fielded 34 runners to our 17 and had some high scoring lady runners. We are now in third place with everything to play for.

Holmwood Common next month...turn out and help us get our second place slot back!

 

Ben, Frank and Jez - I think Rob and Andrew were too quick for the photographer.

Alastair and Ruth

Hannah looking like she's enjoying herself and Paul trying to dodge the photograph

Juliette and Paddy

Sharon and Ian both sporting knee braces, but still doing the full distance.

 

A Clutch of Surrey Medals for RPAC

Thirty five RPAC athletes (including a couple of second claim runners who we know and love) gathered on Brockham Green yesterday morning for the annual Dorking Tens running event. There are two races covering 10 miles and 10 Kms around Brockham, Betchworth and Leigh. The 10 mile race is our Club Championship 10 mile race and also one of our Grand Prix events. It is also a Surrey County Championship race and one of the Surrey Road League fixtures.

There was a problem with the race timing that meant that there may be some issues with the results I'd suggest that if you did run you check the reported results thoroughly. For example Neil Freeman-Jones had 50 minutes added to his finish time at one point.

I've added the results to our results section earlier. Let me know if you find errors. 

In the Surrey Championships Tom Almond took bronze in the Senior Men's category , Fran Dunham Silver in the V40 and Rick Coles Gold in the V50 and Jamilla took Bronze in the Senior Ladies' category. Well done to all of you! 

Tom Almond writes: 

"Twenty of Reigate’s best looking men took to the course on Sunday as part of the RPAC team. In classic Dorking 10 fashion it was 17 degrees and 70% humidity. The weather and rolling course did nothing to dampen efforts across the field and the top four runners for RPAC making up the road league team were: Tom Almond (3rd), Fran Dunham (9th), George Roux (10th) and Rick Coles (14th). Sadly the team was beaten to 1st place by a very strong Clapham chasers. That said our second place does mean that we move ahead of Woking into first place for the overall championship. If we manage to beat SLH and Woking in the remaining races we’re going to take the 2022 road league title! Just the Richmond 10k, Elmore 7 and Elmbridge 10k left to go, please sign up if you haven’t already. A big team is a strong team!"

 

 

The 10 mile runners L to R Fran Dunham, Lee Savage, Neil Freeman-Jones, Andrew Pringle, John Masterson , Nick Wade, Andrew Patrick, Jack Finn, Paul Chandler, Ian Stammars, Jas Dhanda, Bathany Higgins, Neil Fenwick, Linda Rodriguez, Tom Almond, Jo Davey, Ruth Willis, Jamilla Ncayiyana, Andrew Reeves, Kate Pain, Jez Greenwood.

Tom, Fran and Jamilla with their Surrey medals

Lisa, Juliette, Moray and Philippa were among those who took part in the 10K race

Anyone recognise these two? laughing

 

MABAC League Race Priory Park 6th March 2022

After many months of discussions with Reigate and Banstead Borough Council and a great deal of effort from several club members yesterday (6th March) we were able to host our first MABAC event in more than two years. You may recall that we hosted the last MABAC race before Lockdown One on 1st March 2020. How little we suspected how all of our lives would be affected by events that were beginning  to unfold in China and Italy.

The day got off to an inauspicious start when we discovered that the port-a-loos that we had hired for the event had been toppled, presumably by the "yoof" of Reigate. Thankfully Andrew Pringle managed to set them back upright and apart from a bit of damp toilet paper, no real harm was done. 

The next setback was when we discovered that the MABAC League timekeeper Jenny had arrived in Farnham Park, only to discover that the event was taking place in our beloved Priory Park. Given current petrol prices this was a costly mistake as Jenny lives in Tolworth. Jenny's presence was quite important as not only does she keep time, but she also keeps the race numbers between races. Anyway she must have put her foot down as she arrived just after 10:00 and the race was able to start at 10:15 with most people wearing the numbers that they should have. She commented that she had only just cleared her driving licence of penalty points so we have to hope that there were no speed cameras operating between Farnham and Reigate.

The course is approximately 5 miles long and follows 2 laps of what some people know as the "cross country course" (approximately). The start is close to the tennis courts.  The route crosses the park to a point close to the beacon before turning left to the "top corner" whence runners climb up to the path that runs along the back of the ridge (close to Park Lane East and then Park Lane). This is followed by a steep ascent up onto the ridge, a couple of hundred metres along the Greensand Way, followed by a descent of "The Gulley". At the bottom of the gulley the route turns left onto "The Woodland Trail" beloved by Parkrunners before crossing the park close to the copse close to Park Lane. There is also a one lap option. It's fair to say that the course was challenging with its combination of hills and deep mud. Fortunately conditions were a little better than in 2020 but there were still areas of deep mud and standing water.

RPAC runners turned out in force for this home fixture with no less than 29 finishers across the one and two lap races.  First home was Ryan Harris in first place, closely followed by Steve Bass in second and Andrew Reeves in third. Ben Stanton finished in sixth place and Frank O'Regan in 7th. Jo Davey was our first lady home, finishing as third lady and in 23rd position overall. She was followed by Ruth Willis and Beth Higgins who were fourth and fifth lady finishers respectively. Not surprisingly, with such a strong showing RPAC was the highest scoring team and leapt from fifth place to second in the league, overtaking Runnymede Runners, Wimbledon Windmilers and Blackwater Valley Runners. Only Dorking and Mole Valley are ahead of us.  Thank you to each of you for taking part. I hope you enjoyed it if you have not run a MABAC race before, or even if you have. The next fixture is in Winterfold Forest on 10th April. 

 

A lot of RPAC vests evident at the start

Frank O'Regan, Ben Stanton and Bethany Higgins powering their way to the finish

Vicky Stammars can still manage a smile despite the mud

Bethany Higgins, Susie Cardoso, Jake Boud and Paul Sapsard trying to keep warm.

 

 

 

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