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Your Club Needs You On Sunday 6th March !

On Sunday 6th March RPAC is hosting a "double header" event in Priory Park. The day starts with the MABAC league race at 10:00, followed by the junior Border League event at 12:00. We need volunteers to help set up the course before hand (including people who would be willing to collect equipment from Battlebridge and transport it to Priory Park), to act as marshals, etc. during the events, and to help break down the course and pack away the equipment afterwards. We do not expect people to volunteer for the whole time and we have created a form on which you can specify times at which you are able to help. More details will be coming out to you soon via email, including a link to the volunteer form. In the meantime if you have any questions about how you can help please email me  

This is an event that involves the whole club. As many of the seniors will want to take part in the MABAC race and many of the junior parents will want to watch the Border League races it would be really good if the two sections of the club could work together on this.   

Awards Evening 30th April 2022

Just a reminder that the new date for the Awards evening is Saturday 30th April 2022. Tickets are on sale via LoveAdmin. If you have already purchased a ticket this will be valid for the new date. 

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 13 February - Border League Match 2 - Guildford

The second round of this year's Border League will take place in Stoke Park Guildford, opposite the Spectrum Sports Centre, on Sunday 13th February.. There are separate boys and girls races for U9s, U11s, U13s and U15s. The first race is U9 girls at 1:30pm and then at 15 minutes intervals thereafter, with the last race being U15 boys at 3:15pm.

There is no cost to compete, but we do need to declare athletes ahead of time. If your child would like to compete please can you let me know. 

  

Senior Section News 

 Club training 

The new arrangements for Senior training on Tuesdays at Battlebridge commence tomorrow, 25th January. Please check which group you are in and the time at which you will be training, as these will probably have changed. The updated lists and times will be on the Noticeboard (see link) as soon as Malcolm has made the latest updates.

MABAC Windsor Last Weekend

Did you run the in MABAC event last weekend? If so did your result time in minutes beat your age in years (+15% on the time for ladies). If so, let me know as there is a special certificate awarded by MABAC for this

Tadworth 10 Sunday 16th January

 Apologies that this was missed from last week's newsletter but James England, Ruth Willis, Lisa Ashley and Andrew Pringle took part in the Tadworth 10 last Sunday. Well done to you all! This is a great local race that starts and finishes on Epsom Downs. I have vivid memories of running up Ebbisham Lane.

Members' News

Congratulations to Hannah Wright and Martin Wadham whose daughter Annabelle was born on New Year's Eve. What a lovely way to start 2022, I hope you are all doing well.

Ben Stanton reports that he and "Jon Payn and Andrew Reeves (running for Serpentine, but 2nd claim for RPAC) ran the Box Hill Fell Race on Saturday 22nd. A 12k course but with 520m of climbing, plenty of trails, some mud and a herd of rather large cows on course, it was certainly tough.

Full results are here; Andrew won the MV50 prize, and the course record was broken by a national champion fell runner, in 52 minutes.

Andrew and I also ran the Fred Hughes 1mile road race in St Albans today (Sunday 23rd). It’s a hilly but fast course on closed roads and well supported throughout. I ran a PB, despite the aches of the fell race in my legs."
 
Wow, that is very impressive guys, well done to all of you.

 

Dates for Your Diary

Sunday 6th February training session from the YMCA in Princes Road

Mike Pocock, Ian Edmonds and Ian Burks will be offering 2 training runs on Sunday 6th February from 9am at the YMCA in Princes Rd. Probably 10 miles and 13 miles but they will be tailored to those who turn out on the day.

As usual we will offer free tea, coffee and biscuits Pre and post run! 

Saturday 19th February Surrey League XC

Reserve the date. This is the last match of the season (match 4). Ladies are at Effingham Common for a  11:00AM start. Men are at Lloyd Park for a 3:00PM start.

Saturday 26th February National XC - Parliament Hill Fields 3pm

Save the date. Described by Tom as "12K of punishing mud and hills". Sounds fun.

Sunday 6th March MABAC Priory Park 10:00

 Save the date - we need a good turn out.

Sunday 20th March YMCA Y2Y North Downs Trek

This is either a full marathon or alternatively a 14 mile route from Denbies. You can see the full details of the event here.

All proceeds from Y2Y will go to the YMCA Life Change fund to pay for YMCA services helping young people get their lives back on track following the Pandemic.

  

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Summary Minutes from the Committee Meeting on 8th December

Can be seen here.

 

Awards Evening Postponed

Due to the continued rise in Covid-19 levels and several concerns passed in relation to that, it has been agreed by the committee to postpone the Awards evening due to be held on Saturday 22nd January 2022.  The new date for the Awards evening is Saturday 30th April 2022.

To those who have purchased a 'ticket', payment will carry over to the new date.  If you would prefer a refund, please contact Melanie Fulton Bell () who will process the refund for you. 

 

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

 

Saturday 15th January Surrey XC League @ Mitcham Common

You can read the full report here... Surrey XC League, Mitcham Common, 15 Jan.

 

Sunday 16th January South of England Indoor Champs @ Lee Valley

Michael Maguire continued his great start to the indoor season by both winning the U13 long jump and setting a new championship record with a jump of 5:02m.

This is a Reigate Priory AC indoor record for U13 boys, the previous one being 4:46m.

Many congratulations Michael.

 

Saturday 26th February English National XC Championships

Entries close soon for the English National XC Championships which are being held at the iconic Parliament Hill course on Hampstead Heath, London.

The timetable includes U15B'S (4k) at 11.25, U13G'S (3k) at 11.45, U17M (6k) at 12.05, U13B'S (3k) at 12.30 and U15G'S (4k) at 12.45.

There will be a club Juniors team entry and if you want to be included, and haven't already done so, please let  know by this Wednesday 19th January. Minimum age 11 on the day of the race.

The start (by the white marquee in the background) at Parliament Hill is pictured here:

 

Border League fixtures - dates for your diaries

The final two Border League fixtures are on Sunday 13th February at Guildford and Sunday 6th March in Priory Park. It would be great to have strong representation from RPAC for these matches. There are races for U9, U11, U13 and U15, with separate boys and girls races. There are no entry fees. Please make a note in your diaries. For the event we are hosting we will need volunteers to help marshal at the races. I will be in touch nearer the time asking for athletes and volunteers.

 

Senior Section News 

 

Saturday 15th January Men's and Ladies' Surrey League

Both the ladies' and the men's teams were in action on Saturday 15th January. The ladies' race was at Mitcham Common and the men's race was at Richmond Park. 

The ladies team came 5th on the day with the men's team finishing 6th. Full results are on https://www.surreyleague.org but we will follow up with the results and a report.

 

Sunday 16th January - MABAC Windsor Great Park & Club Grand Prix

 

There was an excellent turn-out at the MABAC event in Windsor Great Park on Sunday. Results and report to follow.

 

Club training 

Following the survey sent to attendees of Tuesday track sessions, the survey results have been analysed.  Groups and training sessions will change from Tuesday 25th January but until then, please continue as-is with Less Intense and Middle Distance sessions at 7pm and an Endurance at 8pm.  An email will be sent w/c 15th January with further information on the new groups & sessions.

 

Sunday 6th February training session from the YMCA in Princes Road

Mike Pocock, Ian Edmonds and Ian Burks will be offering 2 training runs on Sunday 6th February from 9am at the YMCA in Princes Rd. Probably 10 miles and 13 miles but they will be tailored to those who turn out on the day.

As usual we will offer free tea, coffee and biscuits Pre and post run!

 

Saturday 19th February Surrey League XC

Reserve the date. This is the last match of the season (match 4). Ladies are at Effingham Common for a  11:00AM start. Men are at Lloyd Park for a 3:00PM start.

 

Sunday 20th March YMCA Y2Y North Downs Trek

This is either a full marathon or alternatively a 14 mile route from Denbies. You can see the full details of the event here.

All proceeds from Y2Y will go to the YMCA Life Change fund to pay for YMCA services helping young people get their lives back on track following the Pandemic.

 

Sunday 9th January Surrey XC Championships

As a result of Eloise Bull's performance in the County Championships at Denbies last Sunday, Ellie has been selected for the squad of fifteen athletes who will make up the team to represent Surrey in the Senior Women's race at the 2022 UK Inter Counties Cross Country Championships, on Saturday March 12th.

 

Sunday 16th January Hitchingbrooke Country Park near Huntingdon

Kate Knight finished her 93rd marathon this last weekend, and is edging closer to her 100th.

She had a fantastic day out completing 8 laps of Hitchingbrooke Country Park which she tells us was a bit of a mud fest.

 

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Happy New Year!

On behalf of Paul and myself I would like to wish all or our readers a very Happy New Year. I hope you had a great Christmas and New Year break and that you and your families managed to avoid the Omicron variant. Let us hope that 2022 will see the back of it and allow us to return to normality.

 

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Awards Evening At Perrywood Sports & Social Club Saturday 22nd January 2022 

A reminder that our combined awards evening is to be held on Saturday 22nd January 2022 at Perrywood Sports & Social Club in Honeycrock Lane, Salfords.
 
The evening will commence at 6.00pm for Juniors with music to enjoy with your fellow club runners. Seniors should arrive from 7.30pm to purchase drinks prior to the awards ceremonies which will commence at 8.00pm.  
 
Following the awards presentations, all attendees are invited to continue enjoying the evening's festivities.  Finger food is included in the price of the evening and will be served throughout the evening so please let us know when booking if you have any food allergies. A bar is available at the sports and social club to buy refreshments.  The bar is able to take both cash and card payments.
 
The evening will cost £10 per person.  We request that juniors are accompanied by at least one one adult per child / family.  Seniors are welcome to bring their significant others.
 
To secure your booking, please book your ticket(s) via LoveAdmin. There are two booking options available. If you have any specific dietary requirements, please select the second option to flag this, as this enables us to cater for your needs. 

In the event that COVID rules prevent the evening from going ahead, we will postpone the event and provide refunds on request.

 

Coming Soon - Changes to the RPAC Website 

Watch this space for details of the changes being made to the club website. 

 

Reigate Priory AC Couch to 5K Programme starting Saturday 22nd January 2022

Registration is now open for the next programme starting on Saturday 22nd January.

You can see full details on this page. If you know someone who may be interested please do pass on the details.

 

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

 

Upcoming XC Fixtures from David Mills

Good luck to all our runners at next Sunday's Surrey XC Championships (Sunday 9th January at Denbies). Entries are now closed and race day information will be forwarded to those competing.

The following weekend, on Saturday 15th, it is the third of the four Surrey XC League matches. This is taking place at Mitcham Common with the girls races at 12pm and the boys at 2pm.

There are races for U13's, U15's and U17's. Anyone can turn up and run for the club, including those in year 6 who, if they are not yet 11, will be deemed non-scorers. If you took part in either of the first two matches at Richmond Park or Wimbledon Common, please don't forget to bring your Surrey League number.

 On Saturday 22nd January the Surrey Schools XC Championships will be held in Priory Park.

 

Senior Section News 

 

Club training sessions this week

Sessions will resume tomorrow (Tuesday 4th January 2022).

Men's and Ladies' Cross Country Saturday 15th January

Both the ladies' and the men's teams are in action on Saturday 15th January. The ladies' race is at Mitcham Common at 11am and the men's race is at Richmond Park at 3pm. 

If you wish to run please contact your team captains if you haven't already done so -  or 

Further details will be sent out to individuals nearer the time. 

 

Sunday 16th January - MABAC Windsor Great Park - Club Grand Prix

The first event in our relaunched Club Grand Prix (details TBA) will be the MABAC event on Sunday 16th January in Windsor Great Park. This is an unusual MABAC event in that it is longer than normal at approximately 8 miles and it is mostly on paths. More details are here. Parking in the park is very pricey, so car shares are essential. More details about meeting times,e tc. will follow in next week's newsletter. 

 

Sunday 27th February 2022 Wokingham Half - RPAC Club Championship

A reminder that the first Club Championship race of 2022 is the Wokingham Half Marathon on Sunday 27th February.  Places are still available here but with over 3000 entries so far and a 3500 limit you need to apply soon if you are planning to run. Entries close once the limit has been reached or on 16th February 2022 at the latest., 

 

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Awards Evening Postponed

Due to the continued rise in Covid-19 levels and several concerns passed in relation to that, it has been agreed by the committee to postpone the Awards evening due to be held on Saturday 22nd January 2022.  The new date for the Awards evening is Saturday 30th April 2022.

To those who have purchased a 'ticket', payment will carry over to the new date.  If you would prefer a refund, please contact Melanie Fulton Bell () who will process the refund for you. 

 

 

Reigate Priory AC Couch to 5K Programme starting Saturday 22nd January 2022

There are still a couple of places available for the next programme which starts on Saturday 22nd January.

You can see full details on this page. If you know someone who may be interested please do pass on the details.

 

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

 

Juniors at the Surrey XC Championships, Dorking Sunday 9th January


A dry sunny day for this year's Surrey XC Championships at Denbies on Sunday but after a day of persistent rain on Saturday, the hilly course was as muddy and challenging as expected.

Coping especially well with the conditions were Samuel Stapley who finished 3rd in the U15 boys race, and Oscar Curry who was 4th in the U17's. Both have won automatic selection to the Surrey team for the CAU National Inter-counties XC Championships at Loughborough in March. This is the major XC Championships involving all the counties from across the UK. A great achievement by both!

Other notable finishes included Sammy Rolaston 10th in the U15B'S, Nicole Haycock 15th and Ella Scrase 18th in the U15G'S and an especially great turn out in the U13B'S race saw RPAC finish 4th in the team results. Our leading finishers were Max Orchard in 11th place, Stanley Phillips 16th, Buddy Kedgley 21st and Teemu Sara-aho 25th.

There were many other excellent performances and it was great to see so many from RPAC competing in this major championship event. A particular mention for Florence Shade who was only eligible to enter as she had her 11th birthday the day before the race! Florence duly delivered a fine performance and in keeping with a few others who ran, will have another two years competing as an U13 at this event.

Full results can be viewed at www.surreyathletics.org.uk 

 

 

South London Athletics Network (SLAN) Indoor Open, David Weir Leisure Centre Carshalton , 8th January 2022

Two RPAC athletes made a great start to the indoor season at the SLAN indoor open this weekend. Michael Maguire improved his Long Jump PB to 5m 12 in winning the U13 boys Long Jump, whilst Justin Collins improved his High Jump PB to 1m 50 in winning the U15 boys High Jump.
 
Congratulations to you both.
 

Surrey XC League next Saturday 15th Jan 

 The third of four Surrey XC League matches takes place next Saturday on Mitcham Common (Windmill Road, Mitcham,  CR4 1HT).

 
There are races for U13, U15 and U17's with the start times and course distances detailed below.
All RPAC Juniors in year six and above are eligible to run. If you haven't run in either of the first two matches at Richmond Park and Wimbledon Common,  please let    know you will be there, so that you can be allocated a number and entered into the results system. 
 
Please note the slightly earlier start times for the boys races than previously advertised. 
Please see the information about the course here and about parking here
 

Border League fixtures - dates for your diaries

The final two Border League fixtures are on Sunday 13th February at Guildford and Sunday 6th March in Priory Park. It would be great to have strong representation from RPAC for these matches. There are races for U9, U11, U13 and U15, with separate boys and girls races. There are no entry fees. Please make a note in your diaries. For the event we are hosting we will need volunteers to help marshal at the races. I will be in touch nearer the time asking for athletes and volunteers.
 

Senior Section News 

Surrey XC Championships Denbies Sunday 9th January

RPAC was well represented at the Surrey XC Champ[ionships held at Denbies yesterday.

The RPAC Ladies' Team, comprised of Eloise Bull, Laura Ebbs, Ruth Willis and Kate Pain finished in 9th place (out of 14 teams). Also running but not scoring were Maxine Voutilainen, Lucy Kulp and Sharon Miller.

The RPAC Men's Team, comprised of Steve Bass, Lee Savage, Ben Stanton, Ian Stammars, Mike Pocock and Jon Payn, finished in 14th place .

Well done to all of you for taking part on what I understand was a challenging an very slippery course. 

 

 

Men's and Ladies' Cross Country Saturday 15th January

Both the ladies' and the men's teams will be in action on Saturday 15th January. The ladies' race is at Mitcham Common at 11am and the men's race is at Richmond Park at 3pm. 

If you wish to run please contact your team captains if you haven't already done so -  or 

 

Sunday 16th January - MABAC Windsor Great Park & Club Grand Prix

Fancy catching a glimpse of Her Majesty (or at least of Windsor Castle)? Why not run the MABAC race in Windsor Great Park on Sunday (16th January)?

We finished in 3rd place in the MABAC League in 2021, let's start as we mean to go on this year and get a really strong turnout. You don't need to be quick (although that helps), it's the numbers that count.

Everyone always rates this race as their favourite of the MABAC events. This is an unusual MABAC race in that it is longer than normal at approximately 8 miles and it is mostly on paths (definitely road shoes). More details are here. We have been advised that there will be staggered starts for men and ladies and for the shorter distance race (2 miles).

If you have a race number from last year it's probably as well to bring that along although strictly speaking we should get new numbers.

Parking in the park is limited and very pricey (I think it cost me £13 last year!) so car shares are essential. There is no free parking adjacent to Blacknest Gate. Prompt 08:30 departure from Bell St Car Park for shares. If you need a lift or are able to take others please let me know

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A reminder that this is the first event in our relaunched Club Grand Prix (details TBA) - apologies to those of you who are running the Tadworth 10 on the same day.

Club training 

Following the survey sent to attendees of Tuesday track sessions, the survey results have been analysed.  Groups and training sessions will change from Tuesday 25th January but until then, please continue as-is with Less Intense and Middle Distance sessions at 7pm and an Endurance at 8pm.  An email will be sent w/c 15th January with further information on the new groups & sessions.

Sunday 27th February 2022 Wokingham Half - RPAC Club Championship

A reminder that the first Club Championship race of 2022 is the Wokingham Half Marathon on Sunday 27th February.  Places are still available here but with over 3000 entries so far and a 3500 limit you need to apply soon if you are planning to run. Entries close once the limit has been reached or on 16th February 2022 at the latest.

 

Members' News

Congratulations to Doug and Rachel Kington on the birth of their daughter Rowan, who was born at 03:22 on Wednesday morning (5th January). Doug reports that apart from a bit of sleep deprivation they are all doing well. It can't be too bad as I saw Doug at Parkrun on Saturday and he looked pretty chipper and quite speedy to boot. 

 

George Roux started 2022 in style by winning a 5K race in Whitinsville, near Boston, Massachusetts on New Year's Day. He won in 16:24, beating his nearest rival by a minute and six seconds. There's nothing like starting a new year as you mean to go on George; well done!

 

Jim Vince got his first Ultra event of the year under his belt yesterday, completing the Country to Capital 43 mile event from Wendover in Buckinghamshire to Little Venice near Paddington. Jim reports that it was  "a bit wet and muddy at times but a great little event! I also managed to finish with a kiwi mate of mine! ".  Great stuff Jim!

 

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Have a lovely Christmas!

The Newsletter Eds (Andrew Bamford and Paul Walters) are having a short seasonal break, so we'll be back on either Monday 3rd or Monday 10th January (depending on the amount of available content).

 

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Saturday 22nd January 2022 Awards Evening @ Monotype Perrywood Sports & Social Club

We invite all junior and senior members of RPAC to our second combined awards evening to be held on Saturday 22nd January 2022 at Monotype Perrywood Sports & Social Club in Salfords.
 
The evening for Juniors will commence at 6.00pm with music to enjoy with your fellow club runners. Seniors should arrive from 7.30pm to purchase drinks prior to the awards ceremonies which will commence at 8.00pm.  
 
Following the awards presentations, all attendees are invited to continue enjoying the evenings festivities.  Finger food is included in the price of the evening and will be served throughout the evening so please let us know when booking if you have any food allergies. A (pay) bar is available at the sports and social club to buy refreshments.  The bar is able to take both cash and card payments.
 
The evening will cost £10 per person.  We request juniors be accompanied by at least one one adult per child / family.  Seniors are welcome to bring their significant others.
 
To secure your booking, please book your ticket(s) via LoveAdmin. There are two booking options available. If you have any specific dietary requirements, please select the second option to flag this, as this enable us to adequately cater for your needs. 

In the event that COVID rules prevent the evening from going ahead, we will postpone the event and provide refunds on request.

Please let us know if you have any questions.

Have a great Christmas and we hope to see as many of you as possible on 22nd January.
 
Mel & Usha

 

Reigate Priory AC Couch to 5K Programme starting Saturday 22nd January 2022

Registration is now open for the next programme starting on Saturday 22nd January.

You can see full details on this page. If you know someone who may be interested please do pass on the details.

 

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

 

Upcoming XC Fixtures - from David Mills

Sunday 9th January Surrey XC Championships at Denbies.

Saturday 15th January Surrey XC League at Mitcham Common.
Girl's races from 12pm boy's races from 2pm
U13, (Y6 and above) U15 and U17.

Saturday 22nd January Surrey Schools XC Championships, Priory Park.

 

Senior Section News 

 

Reminder - No club training sessions next week

There will be no club training sessions next week. Sessions will resume on Tuesday 4th January 2022.

 

Sunday 19th December The Turkey Trot

 

Here are the Turkey Trot runners at Denbies, Dorking on Sunday morning ready for the off. The walkers had already disappeared! We finished off at the outside kiosk for hot drinks. A lovely event.

 

Sunday 27th February 2022 Wokingham Half - RPAC Club Championship

Book your place in the Wokingham Half club champs race if you wish to attend - places still available here but with 2715 entries so far (I think) it's probably filling up. Entries close on Friday 31st December.

 

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