Volunteers - MABAC & Border League
Recent Volunteers, Jan/Feb 2020
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Volunteers @ Holly Run, 15th December 2019
Volunteers @ Priory Relays, 2nd Nov 2019
Junior Section News
Saturday 22 February
With the amount of rain over the past week, it was a welcome change for two of our talented U15G'S who made the long trip to the Lee Valley Indoor Athletics Arena to compete in the 800m.
A trip well worth making as both girls turned on the power to record new PB's. For Lilah, her second 800m PB of the year, and for Shakila a PB in her first official 800m race of the year. Not bad for February!
Pics from Lee Valley:
The last of this season's four Surrey League XC matches saw the boys in action at Lloyd Park, Croydon and the girls in Richmond Park.
Strong running from both teams ensured it was a good season's end for our U13 boys and U13 girls.
Whilst taking 4th place on the day, our U13 boys secured 3rd place for the season (16 clubs), overtaking Belgrave Harriers in the League ranking and beaten only by Herne Hill Harriers and Epsom and Ewell. Max Orchard, Will John-Cox and Sam Rolaston worked off each other throughout the race to finish grouped close together, separated by only 7 seconds. Samuel Stapley missed the match through injury but has played a big part in the season's success.
Our U13 girls finished the day in 6th place and this secured them 6th place in the League for the season. Shakila Keable led the way with a fine 4th place finish with Alessia Turner in 18th place our next runner home. There was excellent support from Ella Scrase, Maisie Kaye, Charlotte Pelekani and Sophia Bryant.
Later that night the teams joined the Reigate Ladies XC team for the traditional end of Surrey XC League season meal, this year at Nandos.
Pics from last Saturday at Lloyd Park and Richmond Park:
Saturday 18th January 2020, Priory Park
Thirteen RPAC Juniors qualified through the district xc races in November to compete in Priory Park on Saturday in the Surrey Schools XC Championships.
All put in great efforts with some outstanding performances recorded. Lucy Dénecé, with a typically strong run, finished 4th in the Junior Girls (Y's 8 & 9) race to earn automatic selection to the Surrey Schools XC team that will compete in the prestigious English Schools XC Championships in Liverpool on the 14th March. Lucy is also selected for the Surrey Schools team competing in an Inter-counties xc match in Essex on February 1st.
In the same Junior Girls race, Shakila Keable and Lilah Unwin were both highly placed amongst the Y8 finishers and have been selected to represent Surrey Schools in an Inter-counties xc match in Kent on 21st March against Kent, Hampshire, Sussex and Essex. Alessia Turner ran well too but was agonisingly 1 place off selection.
Three more of our Y7 and Y8 contingent also finished in high enough places and have been selected by Surrey Schools for the match in Kent. Pollyanne Stott, who was 5th in her race, and both Will John-Cox and Sam Rolaston will wear the Surrey Yellow vests again on March 21st. There were great performances in these races too by Ollie Burnett, Charlotte Pelekani, Florence Carter and Livvy Thompson.
In the intermediate boys race (Y's10 & 11), both Oscar Curry and Noah Young ran strongly in a highly competitive field.
Some of our runners on Saturday:
Nine young athletes from RPAC undertook the challenging cross country course at Parliament Hill on Saturday, competing in the South of England XC Championships.
The first event saw Oscar Curry, in his first run at Parliament Hill, finishing the U15 boys race just outside of the top half with 317 completing the course. Another good run by Oscar.
Next up were the U13 girls, and with runners from 77 clubs from all across the South of England taking part, it was a great experience for Shakila Keable, Cara Koutzaroff-Richards, Livvy Thompson and Charlotte Pelekani who all battled well including managing the long (long!), uphill start!
The U13 boys race saw entries from 83 clubs! Strong running by Will John-Cox and Sammy Rolaston saw them finishing only 8 places apart, well inside the top half of the 304 finishers.
Imogen Gregory ran with her usual determination to complete the two laps undertaken by the U15 girls, and in the U17 boys race, Noah Young, now an old hand at running this famous course, competed strongly to clock one of his best finishes.
Good to see some proudly sporting their Southern XC Championships hoodies at Battlebridge training!
A small but strong contingent from RPAC competed in the Surrey XC League matches on Saturday with all producing excellent performances.
In the U15 boys race at Beckenham, Oscar Curry put in another great effort to finish in 27th position with several U17's ahead of him in that count as they run a combined U17/U15 race. In the U13B'S, strong runs by Max Orchard, 14th, and Sam Rolaston 21st, saw our incomplete team manage 8th place out of 14.
The girls were racing on Wimbledon Common and a typically gutsy run by Lucy Dénecé saw her finish 5th in the U15G'S. Excellent running from our U13G'S saw Pollyanne Stott finish 14th, Alessia Turner 22nd and in her first appearance in the League, Livvy Thompson was 39th. This earned them 7th place out of the 14 clubs entered.
The last round of matches take place on Saturday 8th February with the boys at Lloyd Park in Croydon and the girls at the scenic course in Richmond Park.