All Club News
I do apologise for having a senior moment earlier and publishing a draft version of this newsletter. Thank you Malcolm for coming to my rescue!
RPAC Awards Evening
Look out for details of the 2021 Awards Evening coming soon. The provisional date for your diaries is 22nd January 2022.
I would like to start collecting the senior trophies back in as soon as possible to give me plenty of time to get them refurbished and engraved. 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.
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
Surrey XC League, Match 2, Wimbledon Common Saturday 13th November by Dave Mills
Highlights from RPAC Juniors included 1st place finishes for Oscar Curry (U17) and Samuel Stapley (U15). Euan Willis was 2nd in the U15Bs and Max Orchard 6th in the U13Bs.
There was a strong first run for RPAC from Nicole Haycock who finished 8th U15G with Ella Scrase putting in a consistently strong run to finish 11th U15G.
Our combined U17/U15 boys team remain in 1st place in the League despite just being edged into 2nd place in Saturday's match by Walton whose scorers were all U17'S.
All our runners put in excellent performances, including a youthful U13G'S team where Lisette Matthews and Florence Tombleson finished well up the order despite being still U11's and therefore non-scorers.
All the results can be found at https://www.surreyleague.org/sll/
The next Surrey XC League match is on Saturday 15th January on Mitcham Common.
Border League Upcoming Junior Events by Mike Gent
We are again this year entered in the Border League. This is a development Cross Country League for Juniors from U9s to U15s.
The Border League this year will comprise of only 3 matches this year.
Everyone of any standard is free to race and there is no cost. There are now three fixtures this year (the event on 7th November has been cancelled):
- Sunday 5th December - Lightwater Country Park, Woking 11:00am * note change of venue *
- Sunday 6th February - Stoke Park Guildford 2:00pm
- Sunday 6th March - Reigate -12:00pm.
Please mark these dates in your diaries and I will share further details nearer the time.
Senior Section News
Men's and Ladies Surrey Cross Country League
The second fixtures in the Surrey Cross Country League were held over the weekend. I will get the results up on the website ASAP.
The ladies were in action on Saturday 13th at 10:30 on Wimbledon Common.
The Ladies A team finished in 5th place overall and the B team in 20th place. Laura Gent (who is second claim for RPAC) finished in second place overall in 24:17, but was a non-scorer. For the A team Jo Davey finished in 18th place in 26:57 followed by Ginevra Stoneley in 27:18, Jamilla Ncayiyana in 27:43, Ruth Willis in 29:02 and Bethany Higgins in 29:16. The B team was comprised of Sharon Brennan (29:27), Nat Wilson (30:26), Linda Rodriguez (30:43), Taryn Bennett (32:24) and Sharon Miller (35:40).
The men ran on Sunday 14th at Denbies at 11:00.
The men's A team also finished in 5th place and the B team in 4th place in the plate competition (13th overall). George Roux was first home for the A team (31:33), followed by Max Smithson (31:52), Tom Almond (32:40), Steve Bass (33:01), Rick Coles (33:19), Ryan Harris (33:51), Andrew Reeves (34:06), Felix Smithson (34:29) , Neil Fenwick (34:54), Fran Dunham (34:55) The B team was comprised of Ben Stanton (35:06), Frank O'Regan (35:15), Alister Moses (36:10), Neil Freeman-Jones (36:54), Neil Harvey (37:02), Gavin Pollock (38:52), Gavin Lawrence (38:53), Jon Payn (42:09), Steve Smith (42:30), Mike Pocock (42:32), Andrew Patrick (43:02) and Paul Chandler (43:34)
MABAC Farley Heath 10:00 This Sunday 21st November
Please join us for the MABAC Farley Heath race this Sunday, 21st November and help keep RPAC near the top of the table. We are currently third in the league, having finished in second place in the last race at Nonsuch Park. It would be really great if we could get another good turnout.
If you need a lift or are prepared to drive others meet in Bell Street Car Park for an 08:30 departure. The location of the event is here.
Please let me know if you need a lift or are prepared to take others - think about the environment.
Couch to 5K Graduation / Parkrun tourism at Ifield Mill Pond Parkrun Saturday 27th November
We're off to Ifield Mill Pond for the Couch to 5K Graduation on 27th November. This is a parkrun that has fewer finishers than most (last week there were 55). It is pretty flat and run on tarmac paths. Whether you wish to come along to support the Couch to 5K graduands or whether you wish to run on your own, you're very welcome to come along and join in. It would be great if we can get a good turnout to support our fledgling runners.
We will be meeting up at 8:30AM near Gossops Green Community Centre (use postcode RH11 8HJ) - note that this car park is near the only loo available and is a 5 or 10 minute walk to the start.
We will be going to the nearby Squires Garden Centre (formerly called Cheals - the postcode is RH11 8PL and it's NOT the one near Buckland ) afterwards for breakfast and they do require numbers, so please do let Paul Walters know if you wish to attend
You can find the details of the parkrun at https://www.parkrun.org.uk/ifieldmillpond/ and you can see details of the breakfasts at
Sunday 19th December Turkey Trot @ Denbies
It's a 9:00AM meet-up and a 9:15AM start for the Turket Trot run.
For those new to the club, the Turkey Trot is a seasonal get-together for a run/walk and 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 4 mile walk from Denbies, but note that the walk will start promptly at 9:00AM.
All wear something Christmassy!
2022 Club Championships
We are assuming that a normal race calendar will be possible in 2022 and have decided to revert to the normal format whereby the Club Championships are held over a series of nominated races. The first club championship race will be the Wokingham Half Marathon which will be held on 27th February. This is a fast, flattish course that is good PB material. This race sells out quickly you can enter here.
The other championship races will be the Wimbledon Dash 5K and the Dorking 10 mile (both also Surrey Championship races - dates TBC) with the 10K race being confirmed once all the league fixtures are known.
We are also looking at reviving the club Grand Prix competition - details to follow in a later newsletter.
Fiona Clark Memorial Service
A memorial service was held for Fiona Clark yesterday (14th November). There was a great turnout from RPAC members both old and new and many representatives from other clubs. The flowers sent on behalf of the club are shown below. The service was recorded and if anyone would like to see it please contact Nat for the link
Karima Graham completed the Richmond Park Half Marathon on Sunday in 2 hours and 4 minutes. This was Karima's 29th Half Marathon and she says it was "quite hilly"! Nice medal Karima and very well done!
Not content with a single marathon, Kate Knight completed two marathons over the weekend. These were in Saffron Walden on Saturday and in Hinchingbrooke Park in Huntingdon on Sunday. Kate has now completed 91 marathons. What can I say Kate? Truly amazing. Here is Kate sporting her two medals and putting her feet up for a well earned rest and a glass of fizz.
Ian Burks was featured in November's edition of Surrey Life magazine. We hope to get permission to reproduce the article in a future newsletter.
In case you missed this earlier in the newsletter I would like to start collecting the senior trophies back in as soon as possible to give me plenty of time to get them refurbished and engraved. 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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