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 this on.
Sunday 9th January Surrey Cross Country Championships at Denbies, Dorking
Are you available to help with course marshaling at the Surrey XC Championships? We have been asked by the organisers of this event to publicise a plea for volunteers.
There is a full complement of marshals to cover the course but extra help will allow for a shift rota to give everyone a break from standing in a vineyard all day!
If you can help, please contact David Clarke on . Your help will be much appreciated and you're guaranteed a unique view of the racing!
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 5th December Border League @ Lightwater Country Park
Sunday saw the first fixture in this season's Border League series held at Lightwater Country Park, Woking.
RPAC had twenty one runners across the eight races, many of whom were running in their first competitive event for the Club.
The day started well with Gracie Shade and Emily Beatty coming 1st and 2nd in the U9 Girls race and Edith Duncton running strongly to see RPAC second in the team competition.
In the U9 boys unfortunately we did not have a third runner as we would have been well placed with Piers Matthew seventh and Arthur Naish coming in twelfth.
Next up were the U11 girls. Lisette Matthews and Florence Shade came home third and fourth respectively, ably supported by Charlotte Ebbs and Denise Ornella who were thirteenth and twentieth out of a field of sixty five, leaving RPAC second in the team competition.
In the U11 boys the strong RPAC performance continued with James Beatty winning and Lucien Watkins, just pipped on the line, finishing third. They were well supported by Jay Johnson, George Duncton and Ludo Blennerhassett, who all ran well leaving Reigate third in the team event after the first match.
In the U13 girls Eloise Matthews came third, Livvy Heppenstall fifteenth and Amelia Jeffers eighteenth, leaving the team in third place.
In the U13 boys Max Orchard warmed up for the Inter Counties event next week by winning the race, Rocco Secker in twelfth and Isaac Beckett in sixteenth completed the team, who are placed third, and Robert Duncton also ran well.
The next Border League fixture is on Sunday 6th February at Stoke Park in Guildford.
Sunday 9th January Surrey Cross Country Championships at Denbies, Dorking by David Mills
I will be doing a club entry for Juniors. You must be at least 11 on the day of the race. If you wish to be entered for the race please email by next Sunday 12th December.
Other dates for the diary
Saturday 15th, the third Surrey XC League match at Mitcham Common.
Saturday 22nd Surrey Schools XC Championships in Priory Park (you had to pre qualify for this through the schools district XC races earlier this month).
Saturday 29th Southern XC Championships - venue TBC. Fingers crossed for Parliament Hill!
Senior Section News
Tuesday 7th December Xmas Drinks at The Jolly Brickmakers
We will be gathering for Christmas drinks at the Jolly Brickmakers after the 7pm training session on 7th December. Please note there will be no 8pm session that evening.
The Turkey Trot - Denbies Sunday 19th December
It's a 9:00AM meet-up and a 9:15AM start for the traditional RPAC Turkey Trot run.
For those new to the club, the Turkey Trot is a seasonal get-together for a run/walk followed by refreshments in Denbies afterwards - all welcome.
Ian Edmonds will lead a run of approximately 10Km to Ranmore and back.
Paul Walters will also lead a three and a quarter mile walk from Denbies, but note that the walk will start promptly at 9:00AM. It is slippy and muddy in places - walking boots are highly recommended.
Wear something Christmassy!
Sunday 9th January Surrey Cross Country Championships at Denbies, Dorking
For senior women (at least 19 years old on 31st August 2021) start time 11.45am distance 8.4km (cut off time 70mins).
For senior men (at least 19 on 31st August 2021) start time 2.00pm distance 12.2km (cut off time 90mins).
For ladies wishing to run please let know as soon as possible.
For the men please inform us on
Club Championships - Age Graded Award - submissions for this ASAP please
This year we have a brand spanking new age graded trophy up for grabs. Could yours be the first name on it? (Apologies for the poor picture - it was really hard to photograph! )
Eligibility criteria are as follows:
- Any recognised race distance is eligible
- Track and road races are eligible
- The race must be included in your profile on Power of 10 and be eligible for rankings (see here for more information about what races qualify for ranking). I'm sorry to say that this means that Parkruns are not eligible.
- The winning result of the Andy Winterton Trophy (best age graded marathon) cannot be used to win this trophy as well.
If you have a result that you would like to submit for the Age Graded Award please visit the WMA Age Grading Calculator website, calculate your age graded score and submit it together with the race details and your age on the day of the race to me ( ) for verification. If you have trouble calculating your age grading please let me know and I will endeavour to do it for you (again I will need the race details and your age on the day of the race).
Saturday 5th December MABAC Winterfold Forest
There was an excellent turn-out at Winterfold for the MABAC on Sunday. The report is here.
We have been advised that a runner from another club who ran at this event has tested positive for COVID-19. You may consider taking a lateral flow test as a precaution.
Sharon Miller's Virtual Route 66 Challenge - an apology
We reported last week that Sharon's challenge took her 111 months. Unfortunately an extra digit was accidentally typed, and in fact it took Sharon 11 months. Apologies Sharon.
Saturday 4th December Podium 5K Leicester
Eloise Bull ran this event on a cold and windy day, and still managed to set a new PB of 18:27!
Sunday 5th December Weybridge 10K
Sunday 5th December Goodwood Motor Circuit
Kate finished the marathon in 6.17.25 with 22 miles completed, doing the remaining 4 miles virtually and sending her time to the organisers. They were so impressed with Kate's efforts that they have allowed her a marathon finish time!
Sunday 5th December YMCA Santa Run
Picture courtesy of Ian Burks, here I am (Paul Walters) sporting bells and flashing lights. There were a few members taking part, marshaling and spectating as well as some Couch to 5K Graduates from the recent programme. I thought that it was great fun!
I really need to collect the senior trophies back in as soon as possible to give me plenty of time to get them refurbished and engraved in time for the Awards Evening. Please bring them along to Battlebridge if at all possible or contact me to discuss alternative collection/delivery arrangements . Some people have retained trophies since 2019; we need them all back this year please. I will name and shame if necessary
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