Volunteers - MABAC & Border League
Recent Volunteers, Jan/Feb 2020
Volunteer @ Surrey League X-C, Chobham, 11/1/20
Volunteers @ Holly Run, 15th December 2019
Volunteers @ Priory Relays, 2nd Nov 2019
To avoid any confusion, the people Usha, Ian and I are expecting at the senior training sessions this week (week 4) are in bold/italics in the lists below. Obviously this doesn't take into account any swaps that I don't know about, which I will leave you to sort out amongst yourselves. I have also included the rota for future weeks at the bottom of this article.
If you can't make it this week, please let your colleagues in your group know at least 24 hours in advance (using the e-mail addresses already shared), so that there is time to arrange a swop.
I will update this article on the Sunday at the start of each subsequent week.
Tuesday 7 pm
- Gillian O’Regan
- Claire Humphrey
- Malcolm Woodman
- Jenny Carus
- Taryn Bennett
- Sharon Miller
- Bethany Higgins
- Carmela Charalambous
- Annette Morris
Tuesday 8 pm
- Jas Dhanda
- Duncan Mallison
- Steve Cheeseman
- David Neumann
- Ginevra Stoneley
- Gavin Lawrence
- Mike Pocock
- Sharon Brennan
- Doug Kington
Wednesday 7 pm (accounting for Usha / Senthil and Mel / Sarah swops already agreed)
- Mel Fulton-Bell
- Adrian Grant
- Kate Knight
- Usha Stevens
- Peter Luxton
- Sarah Finch
- Mike Bashford
- David Winzer
- Senthilkumar Rajaram
Thursday 7 pm
- Chris Daniels
- Ruth Willis
- Shane Dowle
- Lee Savage
- Julian Rowlands
- Nic Froggatt
- Christian Froggatt
- Clare Pryor
- Jack Finn
Thursday 8 pm
- Niall MacGregor
- Frank O’Regan
- Colin Kloes
- Jo Davey
- Alex Green
- Linda Rodriguez
- Jamilla Ncayiyana
- Stephen Smith
Rota for groups containing 9 (all but Thursday 8 pm)
- Week 1: Athletes 1, 2, 4, 5, 7
- Week 2: Athletes 2, 3, 5, 6, 8
- Week 3: Athletes 3, 4, 6, 7, 9
- Week 4: Athletes 4, 5, 7, 8, 1
- Week 5: Athletes 5, 6, 8, 9, 2
- Week 6: Athletes 6, 7, 9, 1, 3
- Week 7: Athletes 7, 8, 1, 2, 4
- Week 8: Athletes 8, 9, 2, 3, 5
- Week 9: Athletes 9, 1, 3, 4, 6
Rota for groups containing 8 (Thursday 8 pm)
- Week 1: Athletes 1, 2, 4, 5, 7
- Week 2: Athletes 2, 3, 5, 6, 8
- Week 3: Athletes 3, 4, 6, 7, 1
- Week 4: Athletes 4, 5, 7, 8, 2
- Week 5: Athletes 5, 6, 8, 1, 3
- Week 6: Athletes 6, 7, 1, 2, 4
- Week 7: Athletes 7, 8, 2, 3, 5
- Week 8: Athletes 8, 1, 3, 4, 6
Event Taster Sessions
Would you like to try a new event?
Now that we’re back to training, we would like to offer both junior and senior members a chance to try out a new event. The sessions are designed to develop new event specific techniques over three sessions, each coached by an RPAC senior coach and an active athlete from each discipline.
To start with we have chosen two events but this maybe broadened inline with interest levels.
You’ll learn the principles of the pull throw; speed, technique and strength. You’ll also learn that only a fraction of your throwing strength comes from the arm! Using adapted equipment to start by the end of the of the three sessions the goal is to have you throwing Javelins.
Coaches: Kirsten Mackison (Ellis Cain-Jones to support)
Active athlete: Katie Mackison who finished 2019 ranked 7th in the UK
Hurdling is, because of its technical and energy demands, an exciting and challenging event. Athletes will learn how to approach the counterintuitivity of sprinting toward a barrier by developing the solid technique and balance required to clear a hurdle.
Coach: Ian Martin
Active athlete: Sophie Elliss, coached by Greg Knott was 2nd in the UK 80m hurdles and last year ranked 7th for the 400m hurdles.
So, how do you register to be the next Fatima Whitbread or Colin Jackson? e-mail me directly to with your chosen event and we will provide you dates for the events. The javelin is likely to be on Thursdays between 6 and 7pm at Battlebridge.
Groups will be restricted to four or five athletes under the current UKA advice, which we hope will be reviewed in the coming weeks.
We look forward to hearing from you
England Athletics have today updated their guidance following the relaxation of the lockdown rules. In summary:
- Exercise outdoors only in groups of up to 6 people providing athletes/runners maintain social distancing advice i.e. 2m apart if from a different household
- A coach and up to 5 athletes or runners can train together provided they maintain social distancing i.e. 2m apart if from a different household
- Advice for young, masters and disabled runners and athletes is contained in the athlete guidance document.
However, the Club and coaches must conduct risk assessments before any official club or coach led sessions can take place, otherwise both club and coaches will be operating without insurance. We will also need to have official confirmation from the Council that we are allowed to use Battlebridge during our licenced hours, and that we can take the necessary steps to ensure that members of the public do not encroach on any training sessions we are conducting.
This is going to take time, so please do not expect an immediate return to even the small group sessions mentioned above. We will advise as soon as the necessary assessments have been completed, and the Club coaches have had a chance to discuss how best to move forward.
Good news! Following the government relaxation of lockdown and updated advice from England Athletics, we are able to return to small group coached training sessions for Junior event group athletes and Seniors. All Seniors will have just received an e-mail outlining the arrangements - please note you need to reply to the email to be added to the list of participants, you MUST NOT simply turn up at Battlebridge. Further information will be sent to Juniors in the next day, and individual Junior coaches will be in touch with their groups.
Ellis Cain-Jones has taken on the role of COVID-19 co-ordinator, as required by EA. He has completed the necessary risk assessments to allow us to commence training and the Council have given us their permission to resume training at Battlebridge.
Unfortunately we are not able to resume training for the younger Juniors and the Junior Academy at this time.
It is with great regret that Chris Veale (Race Director) and I have made the decision that we will not be able to go ahead with the Summer Evening 10K 2020, scheduled for Wednesday 1st July, due to the current government restrictions.
We have explored various alternative options. Unfortunately we are unable to move the race to later in the year, because of the lack of daylight. Chris has also considered the option of a virtual time-trial event, but has concluded that the logistics of this make it too difficult.
We know that many will be disappointed by this decision, but we have no alternative at this time.
We hope to see you all in Reigate for the 2021 event, when the current pandemic is over and we have got back to some semblance of normality.
Stay safe and keep running!
Malcolm Woodman, Chair RPAC